I write this with sorrow as I hear today that a helicopter containing Special Operations Forces was shot down in Afghanistan, killing 31 Americans and 7 Afghan Commandos. Initial reports say that the majority of the killed are Navy SEALS. God be with them, their families and their comrades.
Ranger Up invited Ranger Mike Schlitz and I to be their guests at the Strikeforce and M-1 Global Fedor vs. Henderson match, featuring Ranger Tim Kennedy fighting Robbie Lawler. Full set of photos here.
Ranger Tim Kennedy wins over Robbie Lawler, at the 1:40 minute mark Tim brings up Ranger SFC (ret) Mike Schlitz!
Deadliest Warrior: Ranger Tim Kennedy was the Ranger featured in this episode. Parts are corny but Tim was AWESOME!
and in a trifecta, Tim was featured on the cover of Muscle & Fitness magazine, with a nice article in the pub. Go buy it now!
Ranger Up is an amazing veteran owned business. Check out their website and buy something!
Karl interviews Ranger veteran Bob Sebastian, founder of H.O.O.A.H on The New American Veteran. Bob has created Help Out Our American Heroes (H.O.O.A.H) to assemble and ship care packages to Ranger units (and others) deployed overseas. The most requested item for the care packages? Copenhagen! Support their effort by sending a check or mailing non-perishable items (Cope, beef jerky) to this address:
13645 Northdale Blvd
Rogers, MN 55374
Missing credentials harm jobless veterans (article). This article does a very good job of talking about the frustration with a veteran who ran the postal service in a combat zone, but isn't "qualified" to do the same thing in the U.S.
POTUS announced a new initiative aimed at helping reduce veteran unemployment, and the Dept of Labor just released new numbers:
9.0% unemployment rate for all U.S. population
8.6% unemployment rate of ALL veterans
7.3, 8.5, 8.2 % unemployment rate for Gulf War, WWII/Korea, Vietnam and other eras
Veterans post-Gulf War (current GWOT)
Note that Desert Storm and earlier report a lower than national average unemployment rate, while post Desert Storm is significantly higher (33% more if you're male, 56% more if female).
Navy veteran Matt Flavin, Director of Wounded Warrior and Veteran Policy for the White House writes in the White House blog: Putting Our Veterans Back to Work.
Vote for GallantFew in the Pepsi Refresh Everything Competition. We are competing for a $50k grant to help us refine our volunteer/veteran mentor database - the top 10 are eligible for the grant, we are sitting around #80. Vote every day at this link: www.refresheverything.com/gallantfew and also text 108109 to 73774 (standard text rates apply).
Received this from 1/75: SGM Jack Schmidt Memorial Bench:
SGM Jack Schmidt was and is an inspiration to many Rangers – of all eras. His Ranger Buddies are asking you to contribute to the purchase of a Memorial Bench with bronze plaque as seen in the inserted photo. The approximate cost of the bench is $1700.00. Any donation will be greatly appreciated! If you are associated with a website, please post if your site permits.
All donations can be mailed to Shelia Dudley, 520 E. Harris Street, Savannah, Georgia. Please annotate on your check and envelope“Schmidt Memorial”. When enough funds are collected, we will place the order and notify you of the date of installation in the 1/75 Memorial. If you have not had the opportunity to visit the 1/75 Memorial at Hunter Army Airfield, please do – you are always welcome!
1st Ranger Battalion Memorial
Here's a vintage clip about the Ranger's raid on Cabanatuan. Used to be called "rare" but now it's on youtube! RLTW!
Homeland Security Job Opportunities: