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November 07, 2009

Sprint to the Finish Line!

As of this morning, the Marine team was holding onto the lead by about a $7000 margin. But as you can see, Army is closing fast! We are doing great, but need to keep up the pressure during our sprint to the finish line! Let me remind you that the Marines have never won this competition. I can't imagine a better tribute to our Marine heroes than for us to remind everyone why the Marines are America's 911 force. GO MARINES!!!

As always, Marine team members are stepping up to the plate:

1. Wolff has a fantastic post on America's fighting men:

The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his
country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him,
but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

2. Our Marine of the Day is Sgt. John Eubanks

When Marine Sgt. John Eubanks first went to Iraq, he was an infantryman and a weapons specialist. In the middle of his second tour in 2005, he suffered back injuries and a traumatic brain injury when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Since then, Sgt. Eubanks has undergone numerous medical procedures, but perhaps none has been as therapeutic as his recent return to Iraq as a visitor. During his recovery, Sgt. Eubanks wrote about what such a journey would be like for him and other wounded warriors.

In October, when Sgt. Eubanks and six other wounded soldiers returned to Iraq as part of Operation Proper Exit, those written wishes became reality.

3. Jules Crittenden on those annoying "sounds of freedom":

It’s a variation on the “Sound of Freedom” dispute, which is what happens when people move in next to military air bases. In this case, it’s the sound of two centuries of American freedom, twice a day. Next thing you know, some Barbary pirates pop up on the horizon, they can’t get enough of it. Hang on a sec … we do have Barbary pirates on the horizon. I guess this means we’re officially in the post post-9/11 era. Post-Barbary pirate era, whatever.

The rail of Constitution, by the way, is where the first United States Marine was killed in action. Lt. William Bush, Aug. 19, 1812, musket shot in the face while preparing to board HMS Guerriere in the action that earned Constitution the nickname “Old Ironsides.”

Two centuries later, United States Marines are still engaged, still taking fire, this time alongside our British cousins.

4. Miss Ladybug asks: What Is Freedom Worth to You?

5. The winners of the Military Demotivators contest are out!

6. Ercille mourns the fallen at Fort Hood

7. MaryAnn calls on the Army to do the Teapot Dance with a funny photo! It's all in good fun :) MaryAnn is one of the Army's biggest supporters. We're lucky to have her on our side!

8. Donating money is not the only way you can help Valour IT. We need help spreading the word as well! Anyone with a blog or email account can pitch in just by doing something as simple as telling everyone they know about Valour IT!

Here is a Valour IT flyer you can email around:

Valour IT flyer in Word format

Valour IT flyer in pdf format

If you have a blog, upload it and urge your readers to email it to everyone they know. If you don't have a blog, why not send the flyer to your friends and ask them to pass it on? We need to reach out beyond the Milblogs and blogosphere and a viral email is a great (and easy) way to do that!

Later on I'll have a post up about how the media refuse to cover American war heroes - chock full of inspiring stories of heroism. Check back at VC. And please keep those fundraising widgets at the top of your sites! The last few days will be a sprint to see who can get to the finish line first!

Let's make sure it's the Marine team. Let's make that thermometer move, people!


Posted by Cassandra at November 7, 2009 11:41 AM

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[following comment muffled because of paper bag over head]

Gad. The Army Team is pathetic. At least when West Point sucks, I could give a carp because I'm a ROTC grad.

But this. Feh. Next time, we'll find some wimmin to run our team, too. We guys suck.

Posted by: Unknown Blogger of Argghhh! at November 9, 2009 04:40 PM

No one is more surprised than I am, big guy. At any rate we're not there yet.

Posted by: Cassandra at November 9, 2009 04:43 PM