Category Archives: Military

In Memoriam: Frank King

The way to my heart…is through my heart, and the family of Frank King did just that.

“King, Frank L., 84, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in North Tustin, California after a lengthy illness.”

Frank enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 and flew missions as a tail gunner, navigator, and radioman in World War II and Korea. For his service, he received numerous decorations and medals.  He had a “Marine” mindset his whole life, always following his credo: “What did we say we would do?  Then do it!”

Charice and Ron King, the son and daughter-in-law of Mr. King, contacted us about Operation Family Fund because they knew their beloved father “would be pleased” to have donations made in lieu of flowers. 

Mr. King is survived by a huge number of loving family and friends.  And now, because of this request, he is also survived by a huge number of families of fallen military.

In just a few days, more than $2000 has been sent to Operation Family Fund (OFF) in Mr. King’s respected name and memory.

Operation Family Fund and all of us at The Dr. Laura Program are humbly grateful for this gracious thoughtfulness.

I would like to offer my personal condolences to the family of friends of Mr. King, who was obviously a remarkable man.

Heath Ledger and Tragic Death

I want to begin this blog by offering my deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Heath Ledger, the young movie star found dead this week in his apartment.  The point of view of this blog does not in any way intend to minimize the loss, hurt, and emotional suffering of those with whom he was close.

However, the amount of media attention to this tragedy does seem excessive to some, while the heroically tragic sacrifices of other talented and brave young Americans go unnoticed.  A “Blue Star Mother” (an organization of mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military bluestarmothers.org) wrote to me:

“In listening to the recent press hysteria surrounding Heath Ledger’s death, I can’t help but contrast that with the ultimate sacrifice our troops make every day with no fanfare.

My son, a Specialist with the Army 25th ID, is stationed in Taji, Iraq.  Last Friday he witnessed the death of his very good friend, Specialist Jon Schoolcraft, age 26, to an IED, not to mention the grievous wounds sustained by others in the same attack.  I would ask your listeners to log onto the DoD website (defenselink.mil/Releases/ ) just once to see the names and ages of the brave young men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  Better yet, turn off the gossip channels on the TV and Internet and write a letter or send a care package to the troops to let them know they’re not forgotten.

God Bless you, Dr. Laura, for all you do for our troops.  I too am a Proud Mother of an American Soldier…Hoo-ah!” 

I believe that a civilization is measured in great part by what it chooses to honor.

‘Tis the Season to be Giving

‘Tis the season to be giving…so give generously…but also give wisely.

You might have heard a recent report about Congressional hearings regarding a number of Veteran’s Charities.  It seems that one of the two worst performing charitable categories is “Veterans and Military.”  It is a sorry story that hundreds of millions of dollars raised in the name of injured military are being squandered by charities that take advantage of our compassion for the soldiers that have sacrificed their lives and health to protect us and our international interests. Continue reading

The Good Guys

I read the following email from Tina on the air the other day, but it’s such a good story, particularly during this week following Thanksgiving, that I wanted to share it in this forum as well:

Dr. Laura:

I have to tell you about a recent shopping experience I had at the local Wal-Mart.  My family and I live in northern New York, just 15 minutes from Fort Drum.  This area is extremely “pro-military,” and we like it, even though I can do away with the miserable winters. 

Driving to the store, I always pass through the base, and I saw all the “Welcome Home” banners hanging on the fence, meaning that a bunch of soldiers had just come home from Iraq.  When we got in the store, I couldn’t help but notice soldiers who were shopping – the look on their faces was priceless!  These guys were happy to be shopping, happy to be alive, and happy to be home to family, friends, and community who are aware of their sacrifice and heroism.

My six year old son was sort of oblivious to all of those dressed in fatigues until we reached the Lego aisle, and he saw a couple of soldiers in his favorite section.  He said, “Look, Mommy – some good guys!!”  “Yes, I see,” I told him.  Then he asked the soldiers:  “Did you get the bad guys?”  “Yes, young man, we sure did,” they assured him. 

My son was especially excited that the good guys liked Legos, too!

Thanks.

Tina

Religious Evil and Religious Evil-Doers

Forgive my rage, but a lawsuit is the most gentle response I can think of for what I’d like to have happen to the members and leaders of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas.
 
These pseudo-pious creeps traverse America showing up at the funerals of our fallen military carrying signs that read “Thank God for dead soldiers” sent to fight for the “United States of Sodomy.”  They believe that the death of US servicemen and women in Iraq is God’s punishment for this country’s “tolerance of homosexuality.”  Townsfolk from across the land, local police and firefighters, Patriot Guard bikers and others have shown up each time to try to build a compassionate barrier between these vulgar desecrators and the mourning family and friends. Continue reading

Save The Flag-Folding Recitations at Military Funerals

This is a “huzzah” to a bunch of Democrats for doing the right thing, and we have to join them. 

A group of Congressmen has asked the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to reconsider its obnoxious, disgusting, and horrible ban on the flag-folding ceremony at military funerals, after the agency decided last month to “streamline” burials at Federal cemeteries.  It gets worse. Continue reading

My Weekend With the Wonderful People of Norfolk

      I was thrilled when the good folks at WTAR AM in Norfolk, Virginia invited me to join their annual Talkfest and chose my favorite charity, Operation Family Fund, to be the recipient of all the fundraising events.  Well, I am reminded of that expression, “Be careful what you ask for because you might get it!”
      I spent the better part of the last week flying to Norfolk, flying around Norfolk and flying back from Norfolk.  This weekend I felt I was a whirling dervish, swept up in a crush of activities to raise awareness and funds for Operation Family Fund.  For those of you who haven’t listened to my radio show in the last 4 years, OFF (OperationFamilyFund.org)is a non-profit which gives 100% of every dollar donated to the families of our fallen or severely injured military heroes who served in the War Against Terror. Continue reading

Independence Day

231 years ago, the Declaration of Independence was signed, but it wasn’t until seven years later, in 1783, that the war was over and the United States of America was officially free of British rule.  We commemorate a lot of things on July 4th – the signing of that most important document, the birth of a new nation, and the freedom that we’ve been able to enjoy since Thomas Jefferson wrote of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  For this holiday, I’m turning my blog over to my listeners – below are excerpts from letters and emails I’ve received reminding us all about what it means to be an American, and how we should value those who defend those rights we hold so dearly. Continue reading