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Fragmented Soul

Published August 22, 2018 by tindertender
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War ~
Some are very good at it, and while they fight, the other half of them – dies.

Dedicating LIFE to make WAR is nonsensical. Our men (and women) who decide to do this, fighting in conflicts which have no bearing or threat to their own country, is insane. They give up their opportunity for peace, and they take opportunity for peace from others … on orders from men who would never put themselves in these positions. Of course there are life-long members of this game they play, they got into it and discovered they enjoy the chaos, probably because they cannot stand to be alone with themselves and their thoughts of what they’ve become. And if they DO like what they’ve become … they are lost.

Someone once told me to stay away from those who serve more than one term. They said ‘once and done’ … but if people stay longer than that, it means they enjoy killing and ought to be forgotten, steered wide of.

I have no doubt that innocence when enlisting is crushed. What comes out of that, what the ‘powers that be’ hope to create, is a killing machine – that’s their goal, to keep needless war going.

The fragmented soul has no power to create peace … within themselves or anywhere else, for peace begins in the mind. Those intent on destruction have not this capacity. There are the strong few who turn about and, with great effort, flip the poles of who they are and what they do, and it takes constant effort to undo the damage done. The slightest trigger can flip them right back to where they were, in destroy mode.

See, governments have no desire for people to be at peace. It’s always a war on this and a war on that … never is it about peace. Sure, they might call it a ‘peace mission’, failing to see that bringing chaos to any situation will never result in the ‘peace’ they speak of.

I pray for you, fragmented soul. I pray that you will have the strength and courage to leave behind what you’ve been told to believe, and the stamina to create a new reality for yourself, one which includes the contribution of soothing the pain and the suffering being birthed in this world. My hope is that you find your way out of the chaotic darkness that was handed you, and enmeshed in your psyche.

May healing and rebirth come to all in the world.
May sorrow become joy,
And may chaos become peace.
Let Balance Be.

Former Navy SEAL on Psychiatric Drugging of our Military

Published May 6, 2017 by tindertender

Mikal Vega is a former Navy SEAL & Chief Petty Officer— a 22 year military veteran who survived numerous dangerous combat operations and deployments only to be nearly killed by the cocktail of psychiatric drugs prescribed him by military doctors. Now retired from the military, Mikal works to help Veterans overcome problems suffered in battle without the use of mind-altering psychiatric drugs or psychiatric labels. Currently Mikal is an actor who can be seen in such films as Transformers 3&4 and the web series Black – he uses his acting to help fund and promote his non-profit organization, Vital Warrior. He was one of four individuals who received a human rights award from the mental health watchdog CCHR International, on Feb 1st 2014 in Los Angeles, presented by CCHR Commissioners, Danny Masterson & Jason Dohring. Previous award winners include members of Congress, state legislators, attorneys, medical doctors, whistleblowers, and civil and human rights activists.

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http://www.vitalwarrior.org/blog/vital-warrior-news.html

US Government Is Failing

Published February 12, 2017 by tindertender

The US Government trained and used men and women in wars the government itself created, all in the name of greed … for power and money. These people fought these unrighteous battles, they were told this would make them citizens simply by takin the oath. They were lied to.

Highly trained now in the ability to protect, or to eliminate, life … they are sent to another country, rejected by the government that used them so ungraciously. The system here is refusing to pay for their PTSD and other medical issues.

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Heck, this government does not even honor it’s legal veterans who have given much of their live in service for these wars. We see them on the streets every day, living there in the cold, hungry, hurting.

There are many criminals in this world. There are those in high places, who point their fingers at those in lower places. All the while filling their pockets with the money created by all of the underhanded scheming and gross injustices being done.

U.S. military veterans without citizenship are being deported

Published February 12, 2017 by tindertender

Military veterans of the United States – who are not U.S. citizens – can be deported if they commit a crime. It’s happened to over 200 combatants and most are from Mexico. Correspondent Mike Kirsch reports on these deported vets. He’ll tell us what happens to them when they leave the U.S. and if their deportations can be reversed. Many Mexican immigrants joined the US military and fought in wars on behalf of the country. But they were soldiers – not citizens – because they were never officially naturalized. And they later found out they had no legal protection against being deported if they committed a crime. Their supporters say the real crime is how the US government could deport them in the first place after risking their lives to protect and defend the United States. Deported Veterans hope outgoing US President Barack Obama will reverse or commute their expulsions with a presidential pardon, before leaving office. Obama has now commuted 184 prison sentences in the United States during his two terms, more than the combined number of those granted by America’s last six presidents. Check out Americas Now Correspondent Mike Kirsch’s report below.

Isn’t this just like the Government? The deport these men and women, and those that remain here are forced to live on the streets without proper medical care. This government uses them for their wars and then toss them aside when they are finished, abusing them for their loyal service to the country.

There is a lot of angry talk about doing drugs after the wars. I know US Citizens who have fought and suffer from exposure to the chemicals and war making traumas. The VA does not give proper treatment, and in many cases, will not accept responsibility for any of the medical conditions later. People do what they need to do to try and cope. Left without guidance and support, it is highly likely wrong choices will be made.

Evil lurks in high places and there are no beating hearts there these days.

Army Veterans Have Just Returned To Standing Rock To Form a Human Shield Against Police

Published February 11, 2017 by tindertender

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US veterans are returning to Standing Rock and pledging to shield indigenous activists from attacks by a militarized police force, another sign that the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline is far from over.

Army veterans from across the country have arrived in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, or are currently en route after the news that Donald Trump’s administration has allowed the oil corporation to finish drilling across the Missouri river.

“We are prepared to put our bodies between Native elders and a privatized military force,” said Elizabeth Williams, a 34-year-old air force veteran, who arrived at Standing Rock with a group of vets late on Friday. “We’ve stood in the face of fire before. We feel a responsibility to use the skills we have.”

It is unclear how many vets may arrive to Standing Rock; some organizers estimate a few dozen are on their way, while other activists are pledging that hundreds could show up in the coming weeks. An estimated 1,000 veterans traveled to Standing Rock in December just as the Obama administration announced it was denying a key permit for the oil company, a huge victory for the tribe.

The massive turnout – including a ceremony in which veterans apologized to indigenous people for the long history of US violence against Native Americans – served as a powerful symbol against the $3.7bn pipeline.

But the presence of vets was not without controversy. Some said the groups were disorganized and unprepared to camp in harsh winter conditions, and others lamented that they weren’t following the directions of the Native Americans leading the movement.

Vets with post-traumatic stress disorder also suffered in the cold and chaotic environment without proper support, said Matthew Crane, a US navy veteran who is helping coordinate a return group with the organization VeteransRespond. His group has vowed to be self-sufficient and help the activists, who call themselves “water protectors”, with a wide range of services, including cleanup efforts, kitchen duties, medical support and, if needed, protection from police.

“This is a humanitarian issue,” said Crane, 33. “We’re not going to stand by and let anybody get hurt.”

On Friday afternoon, as snow rapidly melted during an unusually warm day in Cannon Ball, Jake Pogue helped organize a vets camp area at Sacred Stone, the first camp that emerged last spring in opposition to the pipeline.

“We’re not coming as fighters, but as protectors,” said the 32-year-old marine corps vet, noting that he was concerned about police escalating tactics. “Our role in that situation would be to simply form a barrier between water protectors and the police force and try to take some of that abuse for them.”

Since last fall, police have made roughly 700 arrests, at times deploying water cannons, Mace, rubber bullets, teargas, pepper spray and other less-than-lethal weapons. Private guards for the pipeline have also been accused of violent tactics.

“We have the experience of standing in the face of adverse conditions – militarization, hostility, intimidation,” said Julius Page, a 61-year-old veteran staying at the vets camp.

Dan Luker, a 66-year-old veteran who visited Standing Rock in December and returned this month, said that for many who fought in Vietnam or the Middle East it was “healing” to help water protectors.

“This is the right war, right side,” said Luker, a Vietnam vet from Boston. “Finally, it’s the US military coming on to Sioux land to help, for the first time in history, instead of coming on to Sioux land to kill natives.”

Luker said he was prepared to be hit by police ammunition if necessary: “I don’t want to see a twentysomething, thirtysomething untrained person killed by the United States government.”

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, founder of the Sacred Stone camp and a Standing Rock tribe member, said she welcomed the return of the vets.

“The veterans are going to make sure everything is safe and sound,” she said, adding, “The people on the ground have no protection.”

At Standing Rock, indigenous activists say the mass arrests and police violence have led many of them to develop PTSD, suffering symptoms that many veterans understand well.

“This historical trauma of indigenous communities in this country is very real. It’s tragic,” said Crane. “The military has a lot of the same problems.”

Aubree Peckham, a member of the Mescalero Apache tribe who has been at Standing Rock for months, was in tears on Friday as she described the way indigenous water protectors have bonded with vets.

“We don’t know how to protect ourselves against the tactical weapons they are using,” she said. “They are getting us better prepared.”

Peckham said the affection was mutual: “We are able to talk about PTSD. And they finally feel like they are understood.”

The link for this article is http://alternativemediasyndicate.com/2017/02/11/army-veterans-just-returned-standing-rock-form-human-shield-police/.
I post the article here because of all the ads at the link.

 

Veterans vs. Trump: “Pipeline Will Never Be Built!” Warriors Vow

Published February 4, 2017 by tindertender

February 3, 2017

http://alternativemediasyndicate.com/2017/02/03/veterans-vs-trump-pipeline-will-never-built-warriors-vow/

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U.S. military veterans have thrown down the gauntlet to the Trump administration, vowing that the Dakota Access Pipeline will “not be completed— not on our watch.”

Veterans Stand, a group of vets who have vowed to protect the pipeline protesters of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and supporters, ominously threatened the possibility of more “boots on the ground” at the site — but also repeated their commitment to nonviolent action. The group is capable of calling up several thousand veterans to the protest site.

“We are committed to the people of Standing Rock, we are committed to nonviolence, and we will do everything within our power to ensure that the environment and human life are respected,” spokesman Anthony Diggs told CNBC. “That pipeline will not get completed. Not on our watch.”

The latest defiant declaration follows the arrest Wednesday of nearly 80 protesters camped out at the demonstration site near the town of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, amid the Trump administration’s determined press to push through the controversial pipeline. Local law enforcement said the protesters were arrested when they moved from one of their camps onto land owned by pipeline operator Energy Transfer Partners.

The renewed pressure on the protesters drove donations to a GoFundMe site established last week by Veterans Stand to $105,000 in six days.

Trump late last month signed an executive order to advance construction of the pipeline just weeks after the Army Corps of Engineers had held up the pipeline by calling for a new environmental review that could taken up to two years. Financial disclosure filings by the president have revealed that as recently as last summer he owned shares in Energy Transfer Partners, and company CEO Kelcy Warren contributed $100,000 to elect Trump, Mother Jones reported.

The arrests at the protest site occurred the day after Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to abandon the environmental review and grant Energy Transfer Partners the final easement it needs to complete the last stretch of the $3.7 billion, 1,172-mille-long pipeline.

Protesters have vowed to stand their ground. The Standing Rock tribe says the planned section of the pipeline where they’re encamped would travel through sacred burial grounds, would violate an 1857 treaty and would threaten precious water resources. They have vowed to launch a new legal challenge to the pipeline, arguing that the Army Corps of Engineers lacks the authority to halt the environment review that it had just launched weeks ago.

Before Trump moved into the White House, the Corps denied the easement to the pipeline company in early December, declaring that the best option would be to consider other routes by conducting a thorough environmental review.

US Soldier Tells Us Who The Real Enemy Is

Published December 31, 2016 by tindertender

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