Thursday, October 20, 2011

World Series Game 1 To Veterans


Wounded Marine from Camp Pendleton honored at World Series
October 19, 2011

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Hello sports fans. Your heroes will be on your TV soon while you pop open your favorite beer and carry your snacks to the TV. Bet you waited a long time especially if one of these teams are your "boys" and you don't want to miss one single second of the game.

Sorry that your game time will be interrupted by reality but that's what you get for not paying attention all along to men and women risking their lives for what you enjoy.

What's the problem? Why do you ignore them? Is it because you don't support them being in Iraq or Afghanistan? That's a shame since back in 2001 over 90% of the country was all for sending them to retaliate against Osama. Against troops in Iraq? Well there again, the majority of the people were all for that too. The men and women you approved of sending didn't get to just go home when you decided it should be over.

Every political debate involved Iraq while Afghanistan was forgotten about. Did you bother to ask what was going on when no one talked about there but managed to mention 9-11 every time they opened their mouths? Did you care back then? Is it because you think they are a losing team? They aren't. They haven't lost any battles.

Did you use the excuse the media doesn't report on any of it? Lost that one too. There are over 13,000 posts on this blog alone and they came from media reports. You could have found all the updates you wanted if you bothered to look but they would have had to matter to you first.

Back to the game. Did you track your favorite team as if you knew them? You don't really know them. You don't know much about their lives but you know their faces and their career info. You know enough to think you care about them. Many a day has come and gone when a player retires and it is as if you felt you lost a friend.

Think about that the next time one of them comes home in a casket with a flag over it. The next time one of them comes home with wounds you don't want to look at. The next time one of them needs help finding a job, keeping a roof over their heads, feeding their families or someone caring enough to listen when they are trying to recover from where you sent them. These men and women are on our home team but the lack of attention they get in this country is stunning.

Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, MLB Dedicate World Series Game 1 To Veterans

The Rangers and Cardinals will share the Busch Stadium spotlight with another set of stars on Wednesday night: veterans and military families.

For the third year in a row, the first game of the World Series will be dedicated to our troops and to raising funds and awareness for two critical nonprofits, MLB’s Welcome Back Veterans and the White House’s Joining Forces, reports. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will also partake in the pre-game military ceremony and will field questions from fans through Facebook and Twitter.

"We are honored to have first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden join us for the 2011 Fall Classic to recognize the courageous men and women who serve the country as well as their families," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement on
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