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Documentary on my Combat Unit in Vietnam War

The leader of my combat platoon reunion committee found a Vietnam documentary about Firebase Jackson, one of my former slum housing bunker, described in my novel, “Curse of the Coloring Book.” Be sure and enter “Curse of the Coloring Book,” a novel or you will turn up adult cursing coloring books! You will love the [...]

By | January 18th, 2019|Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Proposal to Privatize Veterans Administration Flawed

In the Sunday front page article, “V.A. To Propose Shifting Billions into Private Care,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/12/us/politics/veterans-administration-health-care-privatization.html) is an attempt to privatize veterans care in areas not fully served by the VA. At first glimpse, allowing private physicians to see veterans, where they are under-served, is an easy fix. For injuries that are purely physical in nature, [...]

By | January 14th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Winter Reading Special w/Documentary Link

  Want an intriguing novel to wile away the hours on a snowy day? Try, Doctor recommended, "Curse of the Coloring Book," a novel. Check out the reviews on Amazon. Be sure and enter the word; novel, or you will be directed to adult cursing coloring books. BONUS: The only film of Firebase Jackson in [...]

By | January 11th, 2019|Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Chef PTSD: Remoulade Sauce

Want an easy Cajun sauce that spikes your taste buds while still not overwhelming what it garnishes, this is it! Great on crab cakes, pork, chicken, beef or for a pick-me-up on a sandwich. Serves 6 2 cups mayonnaise 2 stalks celery, minced 1 white onion, minced 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 [...]

By | August 19th, 2018|PTSD Chef Recipes|0 Comments

Chef PTSD: Carrots International

Serves 4 1, 10 oz. bag French Cut (matchstix) carrots (www.bolthouse) 1 large or 2 medium bunches green onions, butt removed, tops trimmed, sliced. 1 12 oz. Rice Vinegar, roasted garlic (www.huyfong.com) 1 tablespoon Chili Garlic Sauce (www.huyfong.com.) 2 tablespoons white sugar Place carrots into non-reactive large bowl, cover with International House Dressing and marinade [...]

By | August 19th, 2018|PTSD Chef Recipes|0 Comments

Chef PTSD: Eggplant Mushroom Cheddar

Have an afternoon and a six-pack of good beer or bottle of good wine to create a dish that tastes incredible and freezes for later. This is it! Serves 4 2 large eggplants, cut in pieces 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick, either length wise or circles 2, 24 oz. Pasta Sauce (24 oz. Salsa may be substituted [...]

By | August 19th, 2018|PTSD Chef Recipes|2 Comments

Tragic Article about Afghanistan’s 17 year war.

In the New York Times Magazine section, page 29, Sunday, August 12, 2018, article: “War without End,” examines the demoralization of 17 years of war on U.S. combat soldiers objecting to the length of the conflict and how it is being fought (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/08/magazine/war-afghanistan-iraq-soldiers.html). The most haunting picture is of a U.S. soldier on patrol the [...]

By | August 15th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Take a “Curse,” for Summer Vacation Read

The following is an Amazon review: "So many of us, as we finished college undisturbed by service in the military, could not get our high school friends to talk about their experiences in Vietnam. Instead, they suffered alone, giving us only a glimpse of the personal story of war, or maybe their shrapnel wounds. Neither [...]

By | August 11th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan: Good News!

In the San Francisco Chronicle, August 2, 2018, article: “Islamic State surrenders after rout by Taliban,” (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Taliban-surge-routs-Islamic-State-in-northern-13123963.php) examines how the Taliban have routed ISIS in Northern Afghanistan. Last week, I blogged about the Taliban entered negotiations with a U.S. representative, something ISIS would never entertain. Could this be the door to finishing the 17 years [...]

By | August 4th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan, Time to Go or Negotiate?

In the New York Times, July 29, 2018 article: “New Tactic in Afghanistan Urges Retreat,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/28/world/asia/trump-afghanistan-strategy-retreat.html) examines U.S armed forces being centralized in the heaviest population centers, the cities. The purpose is to protect military forces from attacks at isolated and vulnerable outposts, focusing on protecting cities and other populated areas. Does anyone remember Vietnam, [...]

By | August 1st, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments