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Louisiana Army National Guardsmen from the 2225th Multi-Role Bridge Company in Marrero, La., bring residents of Hackberry, La., to dry land after the small town in the southwest portion of the state received massive flooding caused by Hurricane Ike. Soldiers from the company have been assigned to the area to offer assistance to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in search and rescue missions. Photo by Sgt. Angela K. Fry.

Guard hauls nearly 2,500 to safe havens

Sep 15, 2008

ARLINGTON, Va. — Hauling people to safe, dry places became one of the main missions for National Guard troops after Hurricane Ike rampaged through Texas and Louisiana on Friday night and Saturday.

Guardmembers had rescued nearly 2,000 people in Texas, the hardest hit state, by Monday, and had rescued or evacuated another 343 in Louisiana, the states reported.

“We’re proud of the work our troops are doing out there,” said Lt. Col. James Waskom, deputy commander of Louisiana’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “But we’ve got to keep our heads in the game because there is lots of work still out there to do.”

Texas Guard members utilized ground, water and air assets to help people stranded by the hurricane that, ironically, bears the famous nickname of one of the state’s most famous sons. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president, was born in Denison, Texas, near the Oklahoma border, in 1890….

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Louisiana Army National Guardsmen from the 2225th Multi-Role Bridge Company in Marrero, La., bring residents of Hackberry, La., to dry land after the small town in the southwest portion of the state received massive flooding caused by Hurricane Ike. Soldiers from the company have been assigned to the area to offer assistance to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in search and rescue missions. Photo by Sgt. Angela K. Fry.

Guard hauls nearly 2,500 to safe havens

Sep 15, 2008

ARLINGTON, Va. — Hauling people to safe, dry places became one of the main missions for National Guard troops after Hurricane Ike rampaged through Texas and Louisiana on Friday night and Saturday.

Guardmembers had rescued nearly 2,000 people in Texas, the hardest hit state, by Monday, and had rescued or evacuated another 343 in Louisiana, the states reported.

“We’re proud of the work our troops are doing out there,” said Lt. Col. James Waskom, deputy commander of Louisiana’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “But we’ve got to keep our heads in the game because there is lots of work still out there to do.”

Texas Guard members utilized ground, water and air assets to help people stranded by the hurricane that, ironically, bears the famous nickname of one of the state’s most famous sons. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president, was born in Denison, Texas, near the Oklahoma border, in 1890….

I have NO idea why that looks that way. However…lol.You can read the rest here.

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President Bush speaks to the press following his visit with Walter Reed patients Sept. 9. Listening from left are Col. John Bradley chief of psychiatry and acting deputy commander for clinical services for the Walter Reed Health Care System; Command Sgt. Maj. Rudy DelValle; Col. Norvell Van Coots; and Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, commander of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Photo by Bernard Little

President visits wounded warriors at Walter Reed

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 12, 2008) — President George W. Bush visited patients, Family members and staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Tuesday.

Since the start of the Global War on Terrorism in 2001 and the Army’s premier medical center receiving wounded warriors, President Bush and first lady Laura Bush have made regular visits to Walter Reed.

“I come to Walter Reed to do a couple of things: first, to pay my respects to those who have been wounded,” the president said during remarks to the press following his visit with patients, their Families and staff.

“I’ve come to pay my respects to the healers and doctors and nurses, and thank them for their service. I can truthfully say that the health care our troops receive here is first-class,” he added.

He also thanked Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, commander of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and WRAMC, for her “hospitality and leadership.”

“You energize our staff, as well as the patients and their Families, to get even better,” she said. “So thank you very much.”

“I’ve also come to pay my respects to Family members that are praying that their loved one can get back on their feet and serve again, or get back on their feet and live a normal life,” the president said.

“It’s an interesting experience because, on the one hand, you see the horrors of war; on the other hand, you see the courage of the people that have volunteered to serve. I marvel when I come to Walter Reed. I marvel at the fact that people say to me, ‘Mr. President, I’d do it again. And you see somebody in bed who’s been severely wounded, and they look and they say, I’m honored and proud to have served.'”

The president then spoke of one servicemember he visited who was wounded severely and being cared for at Walter Reed: “He says, ‘I’m looking forward to getting back in uniform, getting back on the front lines.’

“America is lucky to have men and women who volunteer to wear the uniform and to serve to protect us. And, general, we’re lucky – and they’re lucky – to have health care that can provide for the wounded and provide comfort to those who need the care. So I’m honored to be with you.”

(Bernard S. Little serves as the command information officer for Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Stripe newspaper.)

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President Bush speaks to the press following his visit with Walter Reed patients Sept. 9. Listening from left are Col. John Bradley chief of psychiatry and acting deputy commander for clinical services for the Walter Reed Health Care System; Command Sgt. Maj. Rudy DelValle; Col. Norvell Van Coots; and Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, commander of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Photo by Bernard Little

President visits wounded warriors at Walter Reed

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 12, 2008) — President George W. Bush visited patients, Family members and staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Tuesday.

Since the start of the Global War on Terrorism in 2001 and the Army’s premier medical center receiving wounded warriors, President Bush and first lady Laura Bush have made regular visits to Walter Reed.

“I come to Walter Reed to do a couple of things: first, to pay my respects to those who have been wounded,” the president said during remarks to the press following his visit with patients, their Families and staff.

“I’ve come to pay my respects to the healers and doctors and nurses, and thank them for their service. I can truthfully say that the health care our troops receive here is first-class,” he added.

He also thanked Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, commander of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and WRAMC, for her “hospitality and leadership.”

“You energize our staff, as well as the patients and their Families, to get even better,” she said. “So thank you very much.”

“I’ve also come to pay my respects to Family members that are praying that their loved one can get back on their feet and serve again, or get back on their feet and live a normal life,” the president said.

“It’s an interesting experience because, on the one hand, you see the horrors of war; on the other hand, you see the courage of the people that have volunteered to serve. I marvel when I come to Walter Reed. I marvel at the fact that people say to me, ‘Mr. President, I’d do it again. And you see somebody in bed who’s been severely wounded, and they look and they say, I’m honored and proud to have served.'”

The president then spoke of one servicemember he visited who was wounded severely and being cared for at Walter Reed: “He says, ‘I’m looking forward to getting back in uniform, getting back on the front lines.’

“America is lucky to have men and women who volunteer to wear the uniform and to serve to protect us. And, general, we’re lucky – and they’re lucky – to have health care that can provide for the wounded and provide comfort to those who need the care. So I’m honored to be with you.”

(Bernard S. Little serves as the command information officer for Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Stripe newspaper.)

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From 10 Downing Street:

Wednesday 17 September 2008

Rugby stars help wounded troop heroes

Rugby stars join the PM at the Help for Heroes reception. Crown Copyright.The biggest names in Rugby Union came to Downing Street today as part of the £1million charity bid for wounded members of the armed forces.

“Help for Heroes” is promoting a legends of rugby game taking place at Twickenham on Saturday 20 September.

Sporting stars including Lawrence Dallaglio, Scott Gibbs, Martin Johnson, Jonah Lomu, Will Greenwood and other legendary figures will join with the best of the Armed Forces players to battle it out in a spectacular game to raise money for the wounded.

The aim is to sell out the 82,000 seat stadium and raise £1million to improve facilities at the services rehabilitation centre at Headley Court.

Speaking at today’s reception to mark the game, the Prime Minister said that the day would see rugby heroes honour “all of the heroes of our armed forces”.

“To put your life on the line for others every day takes someone very special, and I would like to take a moment to remember those brave men and women who have fallen in the course of their duties.

“We are deeply indebted to them, and we will never forget what they have done on our behalf.”

Help for Heroes (new window)

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From 10 Downing Street:

Wednesday 17 September 2008

Rugby stars help wounded troop heroes

Rugby stars join the PM at the Help for Heroes reception. Crown Copyright.The biggest names in Rugby Union came to Downing Street today as part of the £1million charity bid for wounded members of the armed forces.

“Help for Heroes” is promoting a legends of rugby game taking place at Twickenham on Saturday 20 September.

Sporting stars including Lawrence Dallaglio, Scott Gibbs, Martin Johnson, Jonah Lomu, Will Greenwood and other legendary figures will join with the best of the Armed Forces players to battle it out in a spectacular game to raise money for the wounded.

The aim is to sell out the 82,000 seat stadium and raise £1million to improve facilities at the services rehabilitation centre at Headley Court.

Speaking at today’s reception to mark the game, the Prime Minister said that the day would see rugby heroes honour “all of the heroes of our armed forces”.

“To put your life on the line for others every day takes someone very special, and I would like to take a moment to remember those brave men and women who have fallen in the course of their duties.

“We are deeply indebted to them, and we will never forget what they have done on our behalf.”

Help for Heroes (new window)

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Myth vs Fact

Myth Fact
Islam: Religion of peace. Sahih Muslim Book 020, Number 4705:

It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the, Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: While a man walks along a path, finds a thorny twig lying on the way and puts it aside, Allah would appreciate it and forgive him The Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) said: The martyrs are of five kinds: one who dies of plague; one who dies of diarrhoea (or cholera) ; one who is drowned; one who is buried under debris and one who dies fighting in the way of Allah.

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