VFP Gainesville Chapter 14

Veterans For Peace

Womens Veterans Conference

Here we are at the Women’s Conference in Sarasota.  Thanks to Veterans for Peace for sending us.  There are over 100 Women vets registered here today – most form Florida but some for as faraway as Vermont and Los Angeles. We are listening to the introductory speeches from the Mayor of Sarasota who is a Vietnam Vet and a representative form Senator Nelson.  All led by young fireball and Veterans for Common Sense Nadine Noky. Iwill be blogging the conference today to give you some high points on our VFP blog.

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DISABLED VETERAN IS DISRESPECTED!

Rev. Griner will be at The Clock restaurant this Saturday morning at 10 am. to protest the treatment of a
veteran and his service dog.
TO MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL MEDIA:
FROM THE OFFICE OF REV. MILFORD L. GRINER, PRESIDENT,
THE ROSA PARKS QUIET COURAGE COMMITTEE
On Wednesday, January 21st, Mr. Jeff Woods, a Gulf War disabled veteran from Lake City went to The Clock Restaurant with his service dog, Tinie to have a meal. After he arrived, as chronicled in today’s Gainesville Sun written by reporter, Cindy Swirko, Mr. Woods was treated very harshly and with no respect at all because of the presence of his service dog, and attempts were made to bar the dog from the restaurant, which is against federal law. Not only was the restaurant management rude and harsh with Mr. Woods, but also with officer Crystal Castor of the Gainesville Police department upon her arrival.
  Mr. Woods was humiliated and embarrassed by what took place, and because of this, as a member of the community, a pastor and president of The Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee, I intend to seek and demand that a written apology be written to Mr. Woods, a man who gave service to his country, was wounded for that service, and did not deserve the harsh treatment he received after coming all the way from Lake City, Florida to eat at The Clock Restaurant when he could have chosen to eat somewhere else.
    I am going to arrive at The Clock Restaurant at 10am, and if I am not allowed inside, I am going to speak to this matter on the public sidewalk outside of the restaurant, and call attention to the inhumane treatment of Mr. Woods and his loyal service dog, Tinie. I am going to copy this media release out to many of my fellow clergy, fellow believers in justice and to organizations such as The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, The NAACP, and others who desire to speak out against injustice, and for our for citizens, and especially war veterans who deserve respect for what they have done for this country.
  I am asking all who care deeply about this situation to join me at The Clock Restaurant this Saturday, January 24th at 10am, and let us stand together and support Mr. Jeff Woods and Tinie! For more information or questions, Rev. Griner can be reached at
665-4066, or by e-mail at: mlgriner@yahoo.com
“INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE”…Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Conference on opportunities for Veterans

From the Veterans Farm in Jacksonville

Active Duty, Veterans, Veteran spouses, and Local Farmers who are interested in  starting a farm or ranch related business. Please join us
March 7th for our workshop/conference to learn more about grant,
scholarships and lending opportunities available to you. The Veterans Farm
will be awarding over 40 scholarships and 20 fellowship in 2015. RSVP now
and join us at the event to learn how you can qualify.

Adam Burke, Purple Heart, CEO/Founder of Veterans Farm
www.veteransfarm.org
352-217-1662
or email to adam@veteransfarm.com

Vets Farm FellowshipApplication-2

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About | CITIZENFOUR

CITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Trailer:

via About | CITIZENFOUR.

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2014 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

Here is a site dedicated to bringing you military discounts.
I am also including a shorter list of the local meal discounts and free meals on veterans day below the quote

Two notes before jumping in:

Proof of Military Service. Most companies require some form of military ID. These include: a Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Drivers License with Veterans Designation, Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may go by the honor system.

Participation. Second, always call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies. We will do our best to keep this page updated as we find new info.

via 2014 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill
1005 NW 13th St.
Applebee’s invites all active-duty soldiers and veterans to pull up a chair for a meal and heartfelt thanks this Veterans Day. With valid proof of U.S. military service, customers will be able to eat one complimentary entree from a choice of favorites. This offer is valid during regular business hours.

International House of Pancakes
3625 SW 13th St.
With a valid military I.D. or discharge papers, active-duty soldiers and veterans will receive a complimentary short stack of pancakes between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Mother’s Pub and Grill
1017 W. University Ave.
Mother’s invites anyone in active service or any veteran to enjoy $2 burgers all day long and $2 Blue Moon beers from 5 p.m. until close.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
310 NW 13th St.
This year, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. is honoring America’s service men and women on Veterans Day by giving away free doughnuts to all veterans and active military personnel. Veterans and active military personnel are invited to visit any participating U.S. Krispy Kreme store on Veterans Day and enjoy one free doughnut of any variety.

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s Companies will offer a 10 percent discount to active-duty, National Guard and reserve members, retirees, veterans and their immediate family members, Nov. 8 through Nov. 15, in honor of Veterans Day. The Lowe’s discount can be used on purchases of as much as $5,000, for a maximum discount of $500. It can be used only on purchases made in stores, and is not available for sales at Lowes.com. It does not apply to previous sales or purchases of services or gift cards. Customers must present a military ID card or other proof of service.

Outback Steakhouse
3536 SW Archer Road Outback Steakhouse is giving veterans a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day.

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DoD Releases Strategic Sustainability Plan (IE plan for Climate Change

Climate Change does exist according to the US military:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014 – The Defense Department released a plan today intended to mitigate the effects of climate change on military operations and national security in what officials describe as a comprehensive framework for action through 2020 that calls for using resources more efficiently and acquiring more energy from renewable sources.

The Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan details DoD’s goals for taking sensible and measured steps to mitigate the risk on operations posed by such climate change effects as flooding, surging sea levels, severe weather and extreme temperatures, by “managing the unavoidable and preparing for the possible,” officials said in announcing the plan’s release.

Some Details:

Hagel has highlighted the Hampton Roads area in Virginia — home to the largest concentration of U.S. military sites in the world — as one area under threat. “We see recurrent flooding today, and we are beginning to work to address a projected sea level rise of 1.5 feet over the next 20 to 50 years,” he said in releasing the department’s 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap earlier this year.
Conger said this is one example that shows the department is going to have to adjust to accommodate environmental change. “There are projections that we have out to 30 years where we’re looking at a foot or two feet of sea level rises in that particular area,” he said. “That will affect some of our infrastructure, but it’s not going to make the base useless.”

For more go to:

via Defense.gov News Article: DoD Releases Strategic Sustainability Plan.

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Yoda Has Left the Building

Andy Marshall, 93, has been the Pentagon’s futurist in chief for over 50 years. He hasn’t had a new idea since the 1970s.

via Yoda Has Left the Building.

Well worth reading: Marshall is admired by Rumsfeld and if that’s not enough to discredit him thoroughly he sees arms races and competition in which one side loses as the way to go for our future. His views on China are scarey to me and to China.
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Andy!

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The True History of Blowback in One Sentence

Since you’re probably wondering why the Canadian Parliament was shot up and your friendly neighborhood police officer is driving a tank and your savings account is a sad joke and your road is littered with potholes and you can’t find a job and three of your friends who joined the Army to pay for college died in Iraq and Afghanistan and two others have brain trauma from IED explosions and won’t ever be the same and your tap water is flammable and the ocean is coming for your home, well…

via The True History of Blowback in One Sentence.

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First U.S. Stealth Jet Attack on Syria Cost More Than Indian Mission to Mars – The Daily Beast

Fears of a potent Syrian air defense system drove the U.S. Air Force to send its silver bullet force of F-22 Raptor stealth fighters into battle for the first time ever. The Pentagon confirmed on Sept. 23 that the $150 million jets had struck an ISIS command and control facility in Raqqah, Syria with a satellite-guided bomb. That was right after an initial wave of U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missiles hit their targets around Aleppo and Raqqah.But the Raptors’ first mission wasn’t cheap. Together, the missiles and airstrikes cost at least $79 million to pull off, according to a Daily Beast tally.That’s more expensive than India’s mission to Mars, which was successfully completed Wednesday at a cost of just $74 million.

via First U.S. Stealth Jet Attack on Syria Cost More Than Indian Mission to Mars – The Daily Beast.

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Snowden awarded Swedish ‘alternative Nobel’

Edward Snowden Portrait

Edward Snowden has been declared one of the winners of a Swedish human rights award for his disclosures of top secret government surveillance programmes.

The former National Security Agency contractor on Wednesday split the honorary portion of the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, also referred to as the “alternative Nobel” with Alan Rusbridger, editor of British newspaper The Guardian, which has published a series of articles based on documents leaked by Snowden.

The 1.5m kronor ($210,000) cash award was also shared by Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir, Basil Fernando of the Asian Human Rights Commission and US environmentalist Bill McKibben.

via Snowden awarded Swedish ‘alternative Nobel’ – Europe – Al Jazeera English.

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