Wednesday Tid Bits……and a call out for a Volunteer…..

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rest in Peace RCASC Apprentice Keith Hubbard who , moved ont the Advance Party recently. Thanks to Donnie Cappler for sharing the news of yet another brother’s passing:

Rest in Peace Soldier your Duty done. Keith Hubbard 31 Platoon RCASC (A)

Apprentice Logo of his Beloved CORPS.

Naval Mission extended:

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced Monday that Operation Artemis will be extended for 2021.

Artemis is a multinational operation that deploys ships and surveillance systems to intercept shipments of weapons and narcotics in the region.

More details from the Canadian Forces: 

  • The renewal of Op ARTEMIS authorizes the Canadian Armed Forces to:
    • Deploy up to 375 personnel;
    • Seek command of CTF 150 twice during the four year mandate;
    • Provide a Halifax-class frigate once every two years and a CP-140 Aurora Maritime Patrol Aircraft once each year;
    • Enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 2317 related to the arms embargo and the ban on the import and export of charcoal into or out ofSomalia.
  • The Government of Canada is providing up to $131.4 million in funding to support the four-year extension of Operation Artemis to April 30, 2021.
  • Canada has been promoting peace and security in the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean region since 2001, first through Operations APOLLO and ALTAIR, and most recently through Operation ARTEMIS, Canada’s contribution to CTF 150 since 2012.
  • Canada recently completed its third command rotation of CTF 150.

As the Navy extends it’s maritime operations, our Fly Boys once again  host and participate in Exercise MAPLE FLAG this exercise is well respected within foreign air forces: BRAVO ZULU CFB Cold Lake.


Not forgetting our Army. At this weeks Defence Show in Ottawa a very important purchase by Canada for our troops. Yup it is sure a modern army now a days.


This is a Callout for a Volunteer, writer/reporter Volunteer at the Invictus Games in Toronto on Sept 26th, 2017.

If you are interested in covering the games for a fine Veterans magazine, let me know. I attach the latest copy of this up and coming magazine for those that may have missed the previous link.

You may contact me directly at   baconburner@gmail.com Thanks.  Here is the latest Magazine Link: http://webkiosk.sandbagtimes.co.uk/

PLUS  Prince Harry has named his  90 Strong Invictus Team:  http://webkiosk.sandbagtimes.co.uk/   Looking Forward to hearing from you as a Volunteer.

Please remember our troops and their loved ones. This US Video shows respect from Manager and Staff when a Vet was confronted by a silly woman: https://youtu.be/yQ2OABpi1oQ

Nil Sine Labore




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Peacekeepers day and 30th Anniversary of MF

Posted by on May 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPERS DAY. in memory of those who served on peacekeeping operations and especially to remember those that paid the ultimate price on Peacekeeping Operations around the world.

We shall Remember Them.

Canada provides both Military and RCMP, City Police as peacekeepers around our world.


Charlene McInnes operated the MFRC in Charlottetown and had many Red Friday Rallies. BRAVO ZULU Charlen

CONGRATULATIONS and a HEARTY  BRAVO ZULU to the spouses of our serving troops who 30 years ago, started to formally organise the MFRC. I really admire them for  standing up for Family Issues. In my day we had no MFRC and when one went on Scheme or or Peacekeeping operation Land Sea or in the air. Most families were left with very little support. The MFRC even led to Red Friday and support for our troops. THis Veteran always wears Red on Friday to show his support……..  who may he be ? ? ?    none other than Conrad Hof RCASC (A) Retired.

This article by Sean Bruyea gives the lowdown on the MFRC’s across Canada.


Real action not rhetoric for military and veteran families

By Sean Bruyea

They have been called our “best kept secret”. Will the current government’s defence policy review and decades of tight-fisted budgets continue to relegate the centres that serve our nation’s military and veteran families to social and fiscal obscurity?

It has been more than 30 years since the current 32 Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) began to take shape. The initiative was born in opposition to the failure of Canada’s military bureaucracy to acknowledge the importance of military families, long labelled dependants. Spouses who showed bravery that even the military had to begrudgingly admire, fought in the courts and political arena to have a say in how the military affects the lives of military families.

Arguably, spouses still have little voice on military matters affecting the lives of their families. MFRCs were not created, and arguably still do not operate, to address their needs. Although mandated to be “managed independently of the chain of command”, reality still hinders MFRCs’ arm’s length aspirations. As Dr. Deborah Harrison, Canada’s leading expert on the impact of military life and culture on families, points out in her 2016 book, Growing up in Armyville, MFRCs are still an “arm of the CAF [Canadian Armed Forces] and as such, their overriding goal is the operational readiness and retention of CAF members”.
True, each MFRC operates as a charity, governed by a board that must include at least 51% civilian spouses of military members. However, military members often sit on or observe board meetings. Their mere presence can intimidate civilian board members or potentially influence the hiring and firing of MFRC staff. Facilities such as daycare centres, space for youth and family education, job search and training, recreation, and peer support are located on and provided by military bases. Base Commanders often contribute around 10% of the operating budget for their respective MFRCs, a much-needed amount that can be removed at whim.

The majority of MFRCs’ budget is provided through Military Family Services (MFS), headquartered in Ottawa. MFS controls allocation of funding which has not increased since 2012. In an email response, MFS refused to provide a breakdown as to how the nearly $28 million is assigned.

Last year, Ottawa reportedly stopped funding MFRCs’ operation of their own websites, perhaps the major conduit to provide information to families in need. Instead, Ottawa has centralized all MFRC websites under a larger umbrella for military members including fitness, healthcare, financial assistance, mental health, retail operations, insurance, sports, ski clubs, curling, golf, etc. The result: military families are reconsigned by modern technology to their historical position of insignificance. At least two MFRCs, Halifax and Victoria (Esquimalt), maintain dedicated, informative, and accessible websites, emulating MFRC’s “by families, for families” founding philosophy.

Initiative, flexibility, and adaptability of civilian spouses and remarkable MFRC staff have allowed them to provide valuable services to military members and their families. A 2015 Veterans Affairs pilot program that funded seven MFRCs to assist medically releasing military members and their families will be expanded to all MFRCs, but only for those who leave the military after April 2018 . Callous fiscal management continues to deny MFRC services to the vast majority of Canada’s 600,000 veterans and their families including severely disabled veterans and their families who need the most help.

In a telephone interview, Deborah Harrison explained that the military has “little interest in so-called ‘damaged goods’” such as civilian spouses seeking divorce or civilian family members suffering spousal or child abuse. Most civilian spouses sacrifice career advancement, education upgrading, and the family and friend connections that most Canadians take for granted. After supporting the military member through years of unrecognized and unpaid support, once separated, spouses are denied access to MFRC services. Those suffering abuse, Harrison points out, fear stigma when they contemplate seeking MFRC services in the first place, as they accurately recognize the problem of “career costs to the serving member.”

Deborah Harrison’s 2002 book on violence against women in Canadian military communities, The First Casualty, led to an apparently short-lived CAF “Family Violence Action Plan” that included “substantial policy developments”. Tellingly, the 2004 CAF guide on how to operate MFRC’s did not mention the word “abuse” or the provision of services with respect to family violence. The Supervisor and Coordinator Guidebook Take a Stand! for dealing with family violence in the  military, instructs independent MFRC staff “contacted by the media…to refer enquiries to the appropriate local or national [CAF] Public Affairs Officer”. Not one MFRC website has readily identifiable links to help victims of violence.

Quoted in a media release, Chief of Defence Staff, General Vance said “the health and well-being of all Canadian Armed Forces members and their families is my highest priority”. To a Parliamentary committee he explained “everybody is treated the same in terms of if you become a casualty, if you are hurt, if you need any support. Certainly, the families are supported the same”.

This is disingenuous, but an honest mistake for any member of a culture, unlike any other, that imbibes rhetoric with life and death ramifications. Honour, duty, bravery, respect, integrity, commitment, and sacrifice have fed and energized the military soul for generations. For a military member, such heavy words mean something. However, meaning something and doing something substantially tangible are difficult to bridge for any organization but especially for the military.

“Every organization has an opportunistic orientation to its employees’ families”, Harrison explains. “What makes the military unique is its policies of unlimited liability and universality of service. These policies make the way in which the military organization fails its families much more tragic and poignant.”

The mission has been and still is the highest priority. Mission takes precedence over peers, self, and especially families. This is why MFRCs are managed by a relatively unimportant section buried in Ottawa’s massive defence bureaucracy. The section is managed by a Colonel, outranked by every general, who heads up any other unit, thereby making greater claims on not just operational but fiscal priorities. MFRCs, at $28 million annually, account for less than 10% of the CAF Morale and Welfare Services budget. Families are valued far less than one maritime helicopter that cost well over $100 million in 2003.

In the meantime, military families are foisted upon provincial and territorial healthcare and education systems that are woefully unprepared to deal with the unique demands military service places upon them. The US and the UK – but not Canada – have allocated extra funding to compensate regional and local institutions for the greater needs of military family members.

Highest priority families must beg for money to operate MFRCs with dedicated but highly underpaid staff. A quick look at charitable returns on Canada Revenue Agency’s website highlights MFRCs’ desperation. Three quarters of MFRC staff at most if not all 32 centres, including full-time positions, earn less than $40,000, without benefits or pension. They serve the families of military members with the richest pension and health benefits in Canada. It is not surprising that MFRCs have employee retention problems.

None of this makes rational sense. Modern military spouses are less likely to tolerate the indignity of being treated like 3rdclass passengers on the military voyage. Less family support for the military member is a leading reason why military members leave the Forces. As for the military lifeblood, recruitment, children of military members are 100 times more likely to serve than other Canadians. It is never a good idea to shoot holes in your own boat. 

MFRCs have come together to ask for modest and stable increases in their precarious funding and to enshrine a commitment in the upcoming defence policy review scheduled for release June 7, 2017.  They deserve and require far more than this.

The war in Afghanistan mobilized the support of Canadians for our military. At the same time, the military and politicians did all they could to keep the suffering of military families hidden from the same Canadians. Canada’s history is framed and buttressed by the heartbreaking struggles of military families. It is largely these heartbreaking struggles that keep the Canadian military operating.

Sean Bruyea, vice-president of Canadians for Accountability, has a graduate degree in public ethics, is a retired Air Force intelligence officer and frequent commentator on government, military, and veterans’ issues.

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L’action réelle n’est pas une rhétorique pour les familles des militaires et des vétérans
Par Sean Bruyea
Ils ont été appelés notre «secret le mieux gardé». Est-ce que la politique de défense du gouvernement actuel examinera et des décennies de budgets serrés continuent à reléguer les centres qui servent nos nations militaires et les familles de nos militaires à l’obscurité sociale et fiscale?
Il y a plus de 30 ans que les 32 Centres de ressources familiales militaires (CRFM) ont commencé à prendre forme. L’initiative est née en opposition à l’échec de la bureaucratie militaire du Canada à reconnaître l’importance des familles militaires, longtemps présumé dépendant. Les conjoints qui ont montré de la bravoure que même les militaires devaient admirer à contre-cœur, se sont battus devant les tribunaux et l’arène politique pour avoir leur mot à dire dans la façon dont les militaires affectent la vie des familles militaires.
Sans doute, les conjoints ont encore une petite voix sur les affaires militaires qui affectent la vie de leurs familles. Les CRFM n’ont pas été créés et, sans doute, ne fonctionnent toujours pas, pour répondre à leurs besoins. Bien que mandatée pour être «géré indépendamment de la chaîne de commandement», la réalité empêche encore les aspirations en bras croisées du CRFM. Alors que Dr Deborah Harrison, principale experte du Canada sur l’impact de la vie militaire et de la culture sur les familles, souligne dans son livre de 2016, Growing up in Armyville, les CRFM sont encore un «bras de la CAF [Forces armées canadiennes] et, en tant que tel, leur objectif primordial est la préparation opérationnelle et le maintien en poste des membres de la CAF “.
Certes, chaque CRFM fonctionne comme un organisme de bienfaisance, régi par un conseil qui doit inclure au moins 51% des conjoints civils de militaires. Cependant, les militaires se sentaient souvent ou observaient les réunions du conseil d’administration. Leur simple présence peut intimider les membres du conseil civil ou potentiellement influencer l’embauche et le licenciement du personnel du CRFM. Les installations telles que les garderies, l’espace pour les jeunes et l’éducation familiale, la recherche d’emploi et la formation, les loisirs et le soutien par les pairs sont situés et fournis par des bases militaires. Les commandants de base apportent souvent environ 10% du budget de fonctionnement pour leurs CRFM respectifs, un montant très nécessaire qui peut être supprimé au caprice.
La majorité du budget des CRFM est offerte par le biais de Services aux familles des militaires (MFS) dont le siège social est situé à Ottawa. MFS contrôle l’affectation du financement qui n’a pas augmenté depuis 2012. Dans une réponse par courrier électronique, MFS a refusé de répartir la répartition de près de 28 millions de dollars.
L’année dernière, Ottawa aurait cessé de financer l’exploitation de ses propres sites Web par les CRFM, peut-être le principal moyen de fournir des informations aux familles qui en avaient le besoin. Au lieu de cela, Ottawa a centralisé tous les sites Web du CRFM sous un plus grand parapluie pour les militaires, y comprirent l’exercice physique, les soins de santé, l’aide financière, la santé mentale, les opérations de détail, les assurances, les sports, les clubs de ski, le curling, le golf, etc. Le résultat: les familles militaires sont reconsidérées par la technologie moderne à leur position historique d’insignifiance. Au moins deux CRFM, Halifax et Victoria (Esquimalt), entretiennent des sites Internet dédiés, informatifs et accessibles, qui émulent la philosophie fondatrice de la philosophie fondatrice du MFRC «par les familles, pour les familles».
L’initiative, la flexibilité et l’adaptabilité des conjoints civils et le personnel remarquable du CRFM leur ont permis de fournir des services précieux aux militaires et à leurs familles. Un programme pilote pour les anciens combattants de 2015 qui a financé sept CRFM pour aider les militaires et les membres de leur famille sera élargi à tous les CRFM, mais seulement pour ceux qui quittent l’armée après avril 2018. La gestion budgétaire irréfléchie continue de refuser les services du CRFM à la grande majorité des 600 000 vétérans et à leurs familles, y compris les vétérans sévèrement handicapés et leurs familles qui ont le plus besoin d’aide.
Dans une interview téléphonique, Deborah Harrison a expliqué que l’armée avait «peu d’intérêt pour les soi-disant « produits endommagés », comme les conjoints civils qui cherchent un divorce ou des membres de la famille civile souffrant de violence conjugale ou d’enfant. La plupart des conjoints civils dévalorisent l’avancement professionnel, l’amélioration de l’éducation et les liens familiaux et amicaux que la plupart des Canadiens considèrent comme acquis. Après avoir soutenu le militaire lors d’années de soutien non reconnu et non rémunéré, une fois séparé, les conjoints se voient refuser l’accès aux services du CRFM. Ceux qui souffrent d’abus, souligne Harrison, craint la stigmatisation lorsqu’ils envisagent de rechercher les services du CRFM en premier lieu, car ils reconnaissent avec précision le problème des «coûts de carrière pour le membre en service».
Le livre 2002 de Deborah Harrison sur la violence à l’égard des femmes dans les communautés militaires canadiennes, The First Casualty, a abouti à un «Plan d’action pour la violence familiale» de la CAF apparemment de courte durée qui comprenait des «développements politiques substantiels». En ce sens, le guide 2004 de la CAF sur la façon d’exploiter les CRFM n’a pas mentionné le mot «abus» ou la prestation de services en matière de violence familiale. Le guide du superviseur et des coordonnateurs prend place! Pour faire face à la violence familiale dans l’armée, informe le personnel indépendant du CRFM «contacté par les médias … pour renvoyer des enquêtes auprès de l’agent des affaires publiques local ou national [CAF]». Aucun site Web du CRFM n’a des liens facilement identifiables pour aider les victimes de violence.
Cité dans un communiqué de presse, le chef d’état-major de la Défense, le général Vance a déclaré que “la santé et le bien-être de tous les membres des Forces armées canadiennes et de leurs familles sont ma plus haute priorité”. À un comité parlementaire, il a expliqué que “tout le monde est traité de la même façon si vous devenez une victime, si vous êtes blessé, si vous avez besoin d’un soutien. Certes, les familles sont soutenues de la même manière “.
C’est faux, mais une erreur honnête pour tout membre d’une culture, contrairement à d’autres, qui imbibe la rhétorique avec les ramifications de la vie et de la mort. L’honneur, le devoir, la bravoure, le respect, l’intégrité, l’engagement et les sacrifices ont alimenté et dynamisé l’âme militaire depuis des générations. Pour un membre militaire, de tels mots forts signifient quelque chose. Cependant, signifier quelque chose et faire quelque chose de substantiellement tangible sont difficiles à relier à toute organisation, mais surtout aux militaires.
“Chaque organisation a une orientation opportuniste à la famille de ses employés”, explique Harrison. “Ce qui rend l’armée unique est sa politique de responsabilité illimitée et d’universalité de service. Ces politiques rendent la manière dont l’organisation militaire échoue à ses familles beaucoup plus tragique et poignante “.
La mission a été et est toujours la priorité absolue. La mission prévaut sur les pairs, en soi, et en particulier les familles. C’est pourquoi les CRFM sont gérés par une section relativement peu importante enterrée dans la bureaucratie de défense massive d’Ottawa. La section est gérée par un colonel, dépassé par tous les généraux, qui dirigent toute autre unité, ce qui fait des réclamations plus importantes non seulement sur les priorités opérationnelles mais aussi sur les priorités fiscales. Les CRFM, pour un montant de 28 millions de dollars par année, représentent moins de 10% du budget des Services de morale et de bien-être de la CAF. Les familles sont évaluées beaucoup moins qu’un hélicoptère maritime qui coûte bien plus de 100 millions de dollars en 2003.
Dans l’intervalle, les familles militaires sont imposées aux systèmes provinciaux et territoriaux de santé et d’éducation qui sont mal préparés pour répondre aux demandes uniques qui leur imposent des services militaires. Les États-Unis et le Royaume-Uni, mais pas le Canada, ont alloué des fonds supplémentaires pour compenser les institutions régionales et locales pour les besoins accrus des membres de la famille militaire.
Les familles les plus prioritaires doivent demander de l’argent pour exploiter des CRFM avec un personnel dévoué mais très sous-payé. Un regard rapide sur les rendements de bienfaisance sur le site Web de l’Agence du revenu du Canada souligne le désespoir des CRFM. Les trois quarts du personnel du CRFM au plus sinon les 32 centres, y comprirent les postes à temps plein, gagnent moins de 40 000 $, sans prestations ni pension. Ils servent les familles des militaires ayant les plus riches prestations de retraite et de santé au Canada. Il n’est pas surprenant que les CRFM aient des problèmes de rétention des employés.
Rien de tout cela n’a de sens rationnel. Les conjoints militaires modernes sont moins susceptibles de tolérer l’indignité d’être traités comme des passagers de la 3e classe lors du voyage militaire. Moins de soutien familial pour le militaire est une des principales raisons pour lesquelles les militaires quittent les Forces. En ce qui concerne la force militaire militaire, le recrutement, les enfants des militaires sont 100 fois plus susceptibles de servir que les autres Canadiens. Ce n’est jamais une bonne idée de tirer des trous dans votre propre bateau.
Les CRFM se sont réunis pour demander des augmentations modestes et stables de leur financement précaire et consister à s’engager dans la prochaine révision de la politique de défense prévue pour le 7 juin 2017. Ils méritent et exigent beaucoup plus que cela.
La guerre en Afghanistan a mobilisé le soutien des Canadiens pour nos militaires. Parallèlement, les militaires et les politiciens ont fait tout leur possible pour que les souffrances des familles militaires soient cachées des Canadiens. L’histoire du Canada est encadrée et renforcée par les luttes déchirantes des familles militaires. Ce sont surtout ces luttes déchirantes qui empêchent les militaires canadiens d’opérer.
Sean Bruyea, vice-président des Canadiens pour la responsabilité, est titulaire d’un diplôme d’études supérieures en éthique publique, est un agent de renseignement de la Force aérienne à la retraite et un commentateur fréquent des problèmes du gouvernement, de l’armée et des vétérans.

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A TANKER died today… RIP Sgt Robert Dynerowicz … A Royal Canadian Dragoon

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

RIP Sgt R J Dynerowicz

A PROUD REGIMENT has lost a Son

Sadly a military exercise in Wainwright ALberta , has resulted in the loss of life of a Sgt with the RCD’s. This goes to show that the military suffer casualties in training, as well as Combat. May he Rest in Peace and condolences to his family, Regimental Brothers and Loved ones.

May the 3 injured recover quickly and return to their loved ones.


Tuesday has passed but the Bluff and Bluster of Donald Trump  continues to plaque the world.


The next issue this morning is not military but it does Concern me and should also concern all free Canadians. My baby brother Joe sent me this Video. I follow it up with links to the Government of Canada web site as confirmation. I find this a reprehensible rule in gun ownership. EVERY ONE MUST BE Photo Identifiable.




On that note we continue to watch the childish machinations of trump and kim il jung.

Have a thought and a prayer for our Military, our Veterans and indeed their families.

  Thank you to all Family Members of our Serving Troops.

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The BRINK …are we still teetering? ? ?

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Trump vs Kim  jong un.

As most of the free world held their breath with regard to threats of another World War.

Trump still rattles his proverbial Sabre as he attempts to be the biggest bully on the world stage?

The leader of North Korea will not back down to the threats from the USA a country which it deems to be the most  dangerous in the world. With a lying bullying president.


Trump’s gang in Washington are now reassessing their options after the latest Korean Missile test Crashed and burned.


As Trumpers STRUGGLE to  hastily organize a children’s Easter Egg roll on the lawns of the White House, it does make one wonder what they plan for the future of North Korea and indeed the world.

Please have a thought and a prayer for our Military and their Families.

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Wednesday….. Chit Chat

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a Veteran of the so called; COLD  WAR. I was pleasantly surprised to receive an e mail with this Cold War Link. Bob (Newf) Garsnell , a brother apprentice and friend of many many years sent me this very interesting article on Eavesdropping during our time in uniform, I send this link to my good friend, Cold war Veteran, SUBMARINER, author who is not feeling his best currently. Frederick Ben Rodgers graduate of HMS Ganges… get well soon amigo and back to your hard hitting Blog. Meanwhile enjoy the exploits of very brave submariners.


If you enjoy Submarine stories, time travel etc then go to Amazon and  order this terrific book by RN/RCN Veteran Fred Rodgers:


Meanwhile a Riddle to keep your mind’s active: What do the military and sports stars have in common? A hint from a 1997 film starring Robin Williams:  An absent-minded professor discovers “flubber,” a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.

FLUBBER is the answer as to what the Military and Sports have in Common….not Science Fiction

What may you ask is FLUBBER other than a screen writers imagination…….no that is not it watch this CNN Video and  be amazed.


The second  video is very important for modern day firefighters with a clear vision mask.

Enjoy your Wednesday  and have a thought for our soldiers, sailors and airmen of all NATO and allied countries. They are protecting all of us from terrorism. By serving in the far flung hotspots of our world.

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Red Friday….Green Beer Day …

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in The Invisible Army, Uncategorized | 0 comments

On this Red Friday, I would like to share this story with you. This three word headline should never have been needed.

                                                       Justice at last

NO SOLDIER should be charged for carrying out his/her battlefield duties. I realise that Sgt Blackman would have filled out his battlefield/incident report after the heavy action in Afghanistan. His conviction for MURDER has been overturned and he is now facing Manslaughter. Again this should never have happened to a soldier of NATO.

The witch hunts put forward by the enemy, be they Afghan Iraqi or any other foreign national should be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt.

Sadly countries have paid huge amounts to enemy combatants, for example the latest UK Jihadi who was a suicide bomber was part of a Million Pound Pay off upon his release from Guantanamo. Then he returned to fighting our allies with a cowardly bomb attack. In Canada CONVICTED MURDERER and terrorist Omar Khadr is suing Canada for his holiday in Guantanimo. Not forgetting the fact that he was recently operated on at public expense in a 19 hour shoulder operation. Many Canadians and especially Veterans are still awaiting either funds or medical assistance. Never the less this will continue to sadly be the case unless our Governemnt readjust their thinking towards Canadian veterans and not self confessed murderers.


Jailed Royal Marine A could be free ‘within weeks’ as his murder conviction is reduced to manslaughter after 1,616 days of hell


I send a prayer to Sgt Blackman and honourable Marine and to his family who have been mistreated  for the past 4/5 years.

> > > > >> > > > >> > >> > >> > >> > > >

The men and women who cover these wars as journalists. ( War correspondents ). Are brave souls covering terrible events in some dangerous countries. BRAVO ZULU to the men and women of the media.


GREEN BEER no matter whether one is actually of Irish Birth St Patrick’s day is celebrated in most of the free world.

To my friend Marilyn who sent me a quiz on St Patrick….no I did not google the answers but only scored 3 points. Here is the link to the ROMAN who is a SAINT of Ireland and all things Irish.


As for Green Beer it was a tradition in the Army to add food colouring to the draft on the  Saint Paddy’s night at the mess… I leave you to reminisce about the consequences the day after.

Erin go Bragh :  is an English corruption of the phrase Éirinn go Brách in the Irish language. … The term brách is equivalent to “eternity” or “end of time”, meaning the phrase may be translated literally as “Ireland until eternity” or “Ireland until the end (of time)”. Have a great Day.

To our military and their families, stay safe, positive and be proud of our military.

Nil Sine Labore




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