American soil


An Army soldier in Iraq with his tiny ‘plot’ of grass in front of his tent.  It’s heartwarming!  Here is a soldier in Iraq, stationed in a big sand box.

He asked his wife to send him dirt (U.S. soil), fertilizer, and some grass seed so that he can have the sweet aroma, and feel the grass grow beneath his feet.  When the men of the squadron have a mission that they are going on, they take turns walking through the grass and the American soil — to bring them good luck.

Of all the things he could have asked his wife to send to him from home………..he asked for American soil.  WOW.



If you notice, he is even cutting the grass with a pair of scissors.  Sometimes we are in such a hurry that we don’t stop and think about the little things that we take for granted.

Upon receiving this, say a little prayer for our soldiers that give and give (and give up) so unselfishly for us.

You don’t have to send this on, but gosh, who wouldn’t?

The Dog That Cornered Osama Bin Laden !!

When President Obama went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, last week for a highly publicized,Tt                      but very private meeting with
the commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the super-secret SEAL DevGru unit was identified by name: Cairo, the war dog.
Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian Malinois. The Malinois breed is similar to

German shepherds but smaller and More compact, with an adult male weighing in the 30-kilo range.

(German shepherds are still used as war dogs by the American military but The lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered
better for the tandem Parachute jumping and rappelling operations often undertaken by SEAL teams.
Labrador retrievers are also favored by various military organizations around the world.

Like their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly
Skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform
Extraordinary military missions by SEa, Air and Land (thus the acronym).

The dogs, equipped with video cameras, also enter certain danger zones
First, allowing their handlers to see what’s ahead before humans follow.
As I mentioned before, SEAL dogs are even trained parachutists, jumping Either in tandem with their handlers or solo,

if the jump is into water.
Last year canine parachute instructor Mike Forsythe and his dog Cara set The world record for highest man-dog

parachute deployment, jumping from more than 30,100 feet up — the altitude transoceanic passenger jets fly at.
Both Forsythe and Cara were wearing oxygen masks and skin protectors for The jump.
Here’s a photo from that jump, taken by Andy Anderson for K9 Storm Inc. (more about those folks shortly).

When the SEAL DevGru team (usually known by its old designation, Team 6) Hit bin Laden’s Pakistan compound on
May 2, Cairo ’s feet would have been Four of the first on the ground.
And like the human SEALs, Cairo was wearing super-strong, flexible body Armor and outfitted with high-tech equipment

that included “doggles” —
Specially designed and fitted dog goggles with night-vision and infrared Capability that would even allow Cairo to see

human heat forms through Concrete walls.
Now where on earth would anyone get that kind of incredibly niche hi-tech Doggie gear?
From Winnipeg , of all places.
Jim and Glori Slater’s Manitoba hi-tech mom-and-pop business, K9 Storm Inc., has a deserved worldwide reputation

for designing and manufacturing
Probably the best body Armor available for police and military dogs.
Working dogs in 15 countries around the world are currently protected by Their K9 Storm body Armor.

Jim Slater was a canine handler on the Winnipeg Police Force when he Crafted a Kevlar protective jacket for his
own dog, Olaf, in the mid-1990s.
Soon Slater was making body Armor for other cop dogs, then the Canadian Military and soon the world.
The standard K9 Storm vest also has a load-bearing harness system that Makes it ideal for tandem rappelling

and parachuting.

And then there are the special hi-tech add-ons that made the K9 Storm Especially appealing to the U.S. Navy SEALs,
who bought four of K9 Storm Inc.’s top-end Intruder “canine tactical assault suits” last year for $86,000.
You can be sure Cairo was wearing one of those four suits when he
Jumped into bin Laden’s lair.
Here’s an explanation of all the K9 Storm Intruder special features:

The U.S. Military currently has about 2,800 active-duty dogs
Deployed around the world, with roughly 600 now in Afghanistan and Iraq .
Several of the photos I have included here are from Foreign Policy, as you Will see.

Other photos are from K9 Storm Inc.

As for the ethics of sending dogs to war, that’s pretty much a moot point, don’t you think? If it’s ethical to send humans into combat, then why not Dogs?

Hi to Veterans from an Aussie Vet.


Hi Gentlemen.

As fellow vets I have taken the liberty of dropping you a line. My apologies if you deem it inappropriate.

All of us have experienced a defining moment in our lives… Vietnam . In my case it determined how I would spend the best part of my life.


In 1990 I went back to Vietnam and 4 years later finally got approval to set up an aid group on the southern coast around Vung Tau…I finished living there for two tours 1994-2000 and 2004 to 2007. The corruption of the Hanoi Government finally drove me out with attempted graft of some $57,000.

Very pissed off I commenced to put it all down on paper and in 2011 published my book..544 pages with pics…… ‘The Quiet Australians. Saints and Sinners’  and sin I did and in-between managed to save a few Vietnamese kids, the poor and the impoverished.


As Vets, I trust you will appreciate that our tours of Vietnam as allies were parallel, both during and after the war.

I respectfully ask that you take a look at  for more information. The book is also available on KINDLE.

The book has received great reviews on Amazon in the US where it is available.

I again ask respectfully that you may find a way to notify your membership of the book.


A  side-story is that in 1998 I purchased a set of US Army  ID tags in a market in Saigon…I put them up on on the Buddy page and got a hit from a veterans daughter in the US and sure enough they were his, lost in battle up near the DMZ. I couriered them to his daughter who gave them to him as a 50th birthday present. He has retired to Florida and rides his Hog daily. We are in touch from time to time and I may get over to visit him and the family. (How the tags found their way from the DMZ to Saigon nearly 30 years later is a mystery)




Paul Murphy.

Founder AVVRG 1994.

Now available on KINDLE.

“In pre-op, I was asked yet again..’do you have anything in you that you were not born with?…I replied…’Attitude’..the nurse patted my shoulder and smiled.

Every Friday At The Pentagon

Every Friday At The Pentagon

I was not aware of this practice until now.  I am pleased that it happens ,

And am astounded that it does happen ,

               Given the political situation that exists in our government today.

It really breaks my heart to know that we didn’t know this goes on every Friday , well at least I didn’t know.

Instead , I guess the media feels it’s more important to report on Hollywood stars as heroes.

I hope this article gives you a sense of pride for what our men and women are doing for us ,

Every day , as they serve in the armed forces here and abroad.



Mornings at the Pentagon

McClatchy Newspapers

Over the last 12 months , 1 , 042 soldiers , Marines , sailors and Air Force personnel have given their lives in the terrible duty that is war.

Thousands more have come home on stretchers , horribly wounded and facing months or years in military hospitals.

This week , I’m turning my space over to a good friend and former roommate , Army Lt. Col.. Robert Bateman , who recently completed a yearlong tour of duty and is now back at the Pentagon.

Here’s Lt. Col. Bateman’s account of a little-known ceremony that fills the halls of the Army corridor of the Pentagon with cheers , applause and many tears every Friday morning. It first appeared on May 17 on the Weblog of media critic and pundit Eric Alterman at the Media Matters for America Website.


“It is 110 yards from the “E” ring to the “A” ring of the Pentagon. This section of the Pentagon is newly renovated; the floors shine , the hallway is broad , and the lighting is bright. At this instant the entire length of the corridor is packed with officers , a few sergeants and some civilians , all crammed tightly three and four deep against the walls. There are thousands here.

“This hallway , more than any other , is the `Army’ hallway. The G3 offices line one side , G2 the other , G8 is around the corner. All Army. Moderate conversations flow in a low buzz. Friends who may not have seen each other for a few weeks , or a few years , spot each other , cross the way and renew.

“Everyone shifts to ensure an open path remains down the center. The air conditioning system was not designed for this press of bodies in this area.

“The temperature

Is rising already. Nobody cares. “10:36 hours: The clapping starts at the E-Ring. That is the outermost of the five rings of the Pentagon and it is closest to the entrance to the building. This clapping is low , sustained , hearty. It is applause with a deep emotion behind it as it moves forward in a wave down the length of the hallway.

“A steady rolling wave of sound it is , moving at the pace of the soldier in the wheelchair who marks the forward edge with his presence. He is the first. He is missing the greater part of one leg , and some of his wounds are still suppurating. By his age I expect that he is a private , or perhaps a private first class.

“Captains , majors , lieutenant colonels and colonels meet his gaze and nod as they applaud , soldier to soldier. Three years ago when I described one of these events , those lining the hallways were somewhat different. The applause a little wilder , perhaps in private guilt for not

Having shared in the burden … Yet.

“Now almost everyone lining the hallway is , like the man in the wheelchair , also a combat veteran. This steadies the applause , but I think deepens the sentiment. We have all been there now. The soldier’s chair is pushed by , I believe , a full colonel.


“Behind him , and stretching the length from Rings E to A , come more of his peers , each private , corporal , or sergeant assisted as need be by a field grade officer.

“11:00 hours: Twenty-four minutes of steady applause. My hands hurt , and I laugh to myself at how stupid that sounds in my own head. My hands hurt. Please! Shut up and clap. For twenty-four minutes , soldier after soldier has come down this hallway – 20 , 25 , 30.. Fifty-three legs come with them , and perhaps only 52 hands or arms , but down this hall came 30 solid hearts.

“They pass down this corridor of officers and applause , and then meet for a private lunch , at which they are the guests of honor , hosted by the generals. Some are wheeled along. Some insist upon getting out of their chairs , to march as best they can with their chin held up , down this

Hallway , through this most unique audience. Some are catching handshakes and smiling like a politician at a Fourth of July parade. More than a couple of them seem amazed and are smiling shyly.

“There are families with them as well: the 18-year-old war-bride pushing her 19-year-old husband’s wheelchair and not quite understanding why her husband is so affected by this , the boy she grew up with , now a man , who had never shed a tear is crying; the older immigrant Latino parents who have , perhaps more than their wounded mid-20s son , an appreciation for the emotion given on their son’s behalf. No man in that hallway , walking or clapping , is ashamed by the silent tears on more than a few cheeks. An Airborne Ranger wipes his eyes only to better see. A couple of the officers in this crowd have themselves been a part of this parade in the past.

“These are our men , broken in body they may be , but they are our brothers , and we welcome

them home. This parade has gone on , every single Friday , all year long , for more than four years.

Did you know that?  I didn’t.

Don’t send it back to me , just be a Patriot and send it on its way as you see fit.


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Remarkable Statue……..

 Be sure to read the following details about this statue!!!!!!!!


Remarkable Statue……..

I for one, am thankful for  the power of the Internet. I would never see this in or on

Any of this country’s mainstream main media  outlet.


This  statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace, now home  to the 4th Infantry
Division.   It will  eventually be shipped home and put in the memorial museum  in
Fort  Hood,  Texas

The statue was created by an Iraqi artist  named  Kalat, who for years was forced
By Saddam Hussein  to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam  that
Dotted  Baghdad

Kalat was  so grateful for the America’s liberation of his country;  he melted 3 of the
Heads of the  fallen Saddam and made the statue as a memorial to the  American
Soldiers and their  fallen warriors

Kalat  worked on this memorial night and day for several  months.

To  the  left of the kneeling soldier is a  small  Iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort

As he mourns  the loss of his comrade in arms.

Do you  know why we don’t hear about this in  the news?   The media avoids it because
It does not support their agenda.  But we can do  something about it.

We can  pass this along to as many people as we can in honor of  all our brave military
Who are making a  difference.

“I believe in the sun even  if it isn’t shining. I believe in
Love even when I am  alone. I believe in God even when He is silent.”