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In these days of 'political correctness', it seems to me that there has been nothing but 'minor chatter' about the Fort Hood shooting aftermath. Heaven forbid we should 'insult anyone's religion', you know? But here is an article from The Daily Star about a fundraising dinner. It restores one's faith that there are still plenty of people in this country who care. And they care enough to put their time and energy to work in a very tangible way.
One question I have, though, is WHERE IS UNCLE IN ALL OF THIS? It is to our shame and dishonor that the government--who seems to be willing to support and enable ALL SORTS of causes --does NOT pledge total life-affirming and enabling SUPPORT for soldiers such as Matthew Cooke? Why can't the V.A. be relied upon in this regard either, I wonder?
The lack of long-term support for the Fort Hood victims by those who SHOULD HAVE ACTED ON THE INTEL ABOUT MAJOR HASAN WHICH THEY NOW ADMIT THEY HAD is shameful. It will be yet another stain on what was once the Kevlar-like fabric of our great Nation.
"Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent--
the Lord detests them both." Proverbs 17:15 (NIV)
We need to make our voices heard and then put our money and resources where our mouths are if we are to truly stand up for the principals upon which the United States of America was founded.
Below is the newspaper article, followed by a comment there by 'Thru The Spy Glass' who really lines out my sentiments on lack of sufficient government arena assistance in this case.
Please join me in this prayer: Please,God, bless Matthew Cooke, age 30 and grant him continued healing and improved health. May you imbue him with undaunted uplifting of spirit in view of the injuries he has received at the hands of evil. And God, please also bless Ed Hoffman of The Sidney American Legion for his kindness, compassion and energy in organizing this benefit. May Your Grace be with them and sustain them all the days of their lives, these who 'dare to care'.
We pray this in the name of Your Son Jesus,
With TOUGH love,
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist--Where Science Meets the Cross"
From THE DAILY STAR http://www.thedailystar.com/local/local_story_053040037.html
More than $13,000 raised for soldier hurt at Fort Hood
February 22, 2010 04:00 am
SIDNEY _ The Sidney American Legion benefit event Saturday raised more than $13,000 for a soldier hurt in a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas.
Matthew Cooke, 30, formerly of the Sidney area, appeared via a Web video connection and spoke with area residents attending the dinner and auction activities at the Legion Hall at 22 Union St., said Edward ``Ed'' Hoffman, the lead organizer of the benefit.
Hoffman said 308 tickets for a roast beef dinner were sold, and businesses and individuals contributed items for silent and live auction. The preliminary tally was $13,224, he said, but some envelopes, checks and donations are still being counted. The Hulse Brothers Band provided country and classic- rock music, he said.
Hoffman, a member of the Sons of the American Legion, said the event and support for Cooke were ``heartwarming'' examples of the care the community has for its soldiers who serve in the U.S. military forces.
Cooke, of Forward Support Company, 20th Battalion, 36th Brigade, was among 30 people injured when Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly opened fire at Fort Hood on Nov. 5. Twelve soldiers and one civilian died, and Hasan faces criminal charges.
Cooke was shot several times, and he has been credited with saving the life of another soldier.
Cooke's father, Carl Cooke of Sidney, said ``it was great'' to see his son via the Web and that he seems to be doing well.
``He's still alive, and I thank the Lord for that,'' Carl Cooke said Sunday night. The community came together, as it did after the flood of 2006, to help someone in need, he said, adding that the effort as ``awesome.''
Cooke, a 1998 graduate of Afton Central School who also attended school in Sidney, joined the Army in 2005 and previously served in the Marines. He had been scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan this year.
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Thru The Spy Glass wrote:
This is a wonderful thing ..So happy to read about a community coming together to help a wounded warrior ...BUT i cant help wondering...where the hell is the govt. and the V.A. Where is the help this man should be getting from our own GOVT.
Why do people have to have a fund raiser when it is the responcibility of or V.A. and DOD to help these men When we elect people to office and they are picked to keep an eye on certain agencys with in the govt > Where are they and what are they thinking ....I would not deny this hero his due , but all this should not have to come from family and friends ...IT SHOULD BE AUTOMATIC...
February 22, 2010, 11:59 AM