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The Draft

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014

Remember it? For some it was a dreaded notice that came in the mail and notified you to report to the local draft board or other location for induction into the military. For more then 50 years the nations Selective Service served as a backup program to insure that we had adequate  manpower in the event of an emergency situation and the country went to war. While it started way back in 1917 it really gained momentum in 1940 when President Franklin Roosevelt  signed the Selective Training and Service Act  and it created a system where you were lawfully required to register and await your call. Many who read this will remember those times. If you appeared for your medical examination and did not pass you were classified ‘4F’. Selection was simple. 366 blue plastic containers  which contained birth...

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A Date to Remember | A War Hero Story – Cpl. Ian T. Zook

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013

 The date is November 11, 2013 and it is called ‘Veterans Day’. It is a day set aside to give our thanks to the thousands of men and woman who have served and continue to serve in our nations military and remember those who made that supreme sacrifice. This should not just be another day where some may have the day off from work or a day to start up the BBQ grill. This should be a day when we stop, take a moment and remember we’re a free nation because of the sacrifice of so many who asked for so little. A little history. It all started in World War 1.  Fighting had ceased some seven months previous when the armistice between the Allied Forces and Germany had gone into effect. Actually the fighting had halted on the...

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A Community Say’s.. Thank You

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013

On October 17, 2013 United States Air Force MSG Matthew Feldhouse was enjoying a quiet walk among the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, Florida . Matthew had served his country for  over twenty years and several deployments to foreign countries.On his last deployment as he left to serve in Kurkistan,  he left behind his 1998 Honda Prelude which had broken down and was in need of serious repair.Little did he know that Tim Harvey and members of the ‘Warriors” , a male group of church members from the Grow Life Church had a plan to make his return a joyful one. At a small tent in the open air of the Shops of Wiregrass a large group of people gathered about.   It was obvious a surprise was in store.    Matthew had been led some distance away and...

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Marriage and The Military | What to Expect!

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013

While this months issue of Florida Creative Living is focused on marriage it seems logical to discuss what will be in store for those men and women who  choose to marry a partner in the military. The military lifestyle may be great for the husband or wife however before you take the plunge there are a few things the prospective bride or groom should be made aware of. To be realistic I do not think my wife even gave it a second thought as to what military life would be like. We married right after her graduation from high school. She soon learned it was quite different. Married life in the military does not come with a manual and it is complicated. When you have a young bride or even groom who has not been out from under the...

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Women In The Military | Should Women Fight In Combat?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013

Recently as many have read, the Department of Defense and Washington have approved women  to serve in combat roles within the military. Needless to say the decision provoked many discussions both in veterans clubs, VA hospitals, those retired in civilian life and among the active military. While it is difficult to discuss such a decision without sounding sexist,a few facts jump out  and make me ask  why the decision was made. Leading the decision is the fact that Washington feels all members of the military both male and female have the  equal right to be assigned to combat military units and serve in combat zones. This will enable females within the military to serve in combat units and provide them with the opportunity for advancement. It is my thought that everyone should have a level plain filled when it comes to...

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Change Is Difficult | But It’s a Good Thing!

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013

I recall in the late fifties when I entered the United States Army everyone smoked. The old ‘C-Ration ‘ Box always had that small thin pack of cigarettes, and  of course packs and cartons of cigarettes were plentiful at the base exchange or base beer garden.    Enlisted,  NCO and Officer Clubs  also were  locations where it was permitted for a person to smoke as well. Tobacco was alive and well within the military service.  Over the years the military finally learned from studies by the Department of Health that smoking is a significant cause of lung cancer and that the fifty cent mixed drinks which many could down all day at one of the clubs while waiting for orders,  also was a contributing factor of a person   becoming  addicted to alcohol or tobacco. However  the services did...

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