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Tracy A Stephens (Tracy's Thoughts)
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For Americans, June 6, 1944, is remembered as the day in which more than 150,000 American, British and Canadian forces stormed the beaches of Normandy. The invasion is known as the largest seaborne military assault in history.
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We really live in a sick and cruel world. Late yesterday as the news broke about the death of Beau Biden I saw where several people and pages were sharing that story.

Many would state that "all politics aside" and offer words of condolences etc. Yet, you still had some that would say things such as "good, glad he's gone". And yes, I really saw that posted some where.

Sad to know that there are people that are that uncaring for others!
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As I have been working on some projects today, some of which involve the Veterans Party of America, I thought about the population of Veterans here in America and in my home state of Alabama.

I found an article that appeared in AL.com this past Veteran's Day that was just about that. The article starts with this, "There are an estimated 23.2 million veterans living in the U.S. About 400,000 of them call Alabama home."

23.2 Million Veterans nation wide and 400,000 here in Alabama! 

Just imagine what a difference those Veterans and their Families, along with anyone else that truly want our elected leaders to actually represent "WE the PEOPLE" could make if they finally turned away from what we keep getting from both the Democrats and Republicans.

As I've said before, I feel that both Parties are equally corrupt and WE should be doing something to let them know we're ALL tired of it. Below is a link to that article and for those in Alabama please check out the Veterans Party Of Alabama as well. 
There are an estimated 23.2 million veterans living in the U.S. About 400,000 of them call Alabama home.
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Don't forget to go over to the Bren-Trac Reacts YouTube Channel which is a project that my oldest son and I are working on together. We're having a lot of fun and he has done some amazing editing and special effects on a few of the episodes. (Especially our 50th Subscriber Special!!!)
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Last night I watched "American Sniper", while I'm not going to necessarily give it a review I am certainly going to share some thoughts on what I got out of it.

We have so many fine Men and Women who have served or are still serving that has had tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. I've got two Nephews that have done so. We have lost many of these Men and Women due to those combat missions and we are losing far too many to suicide.

For any member of the US Military that have ever witnessed the horrors of war and returned home there will be many that suffer from PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is simply defined as a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or seeing a terrifying event. I'm sure most of us can agree that with the things they have seen are certainly terrifying. I've had the opportunity to hear about a few of those things from one of my Nephews that had served.

According to some sources it states that there are 22 Veterans each day that take their own lives. In the news there are reports of the major problems at many of the Veterans Administration Hospitals. We see or hear stories of the many homeless Veterans. While there are other heart-warming stories about some of the successes concerning those Veterans, and this is a good thing, we must not forget and fall short in helping those that have given so much and deserve much much better. 

I personally know some Veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam War and a few other conflicts mixed in. Now I, as a Veteran of the Cold War, have never seen actual combat but I do have a higher degree of respect for those who have. Not because I'm a Veteran myself, but more so that I am a grateful American Citizen, that I feel that ALL Veterans really do deserve the best treatment and support that is possible.

The chants of those protesting the Vietnam War come to mind when we had Soldiers who were called ugly and vile names and even spat upon. More recently I've seen where some have said that we don't need people in the Military to go off and kill people while making the men in suits rich. I've seen far too many disrespect those that have served. I have seen far too many disrespect the Flag of this Nation that those who have died in fighting to protect. I have seen politician after politician make promises for our Veterans and never deliver.

I ask you this, if it weren't for all those brave young Men and Women that held up their hands and swore to an Oath to protect your life and your way of living, just where do you think you may be today?

Please Honor, Respect and Support those Men and Women in uniform. Help them in any way you can!
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In a way it may seem that Obama, his administration, and others have all but publicly declared a "war on the Police" by condemning their actions without knowing all the facts. Now it seems as if he may be taking further actions that may also hinder those in Law Enforcement to do their jobs safely in protecting the lives and property of those they serve.

There are some bad and ugly times that America may face in the very near future...
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I too am a non-combat Veteran. I served in the US Air Force as a Security Police from 1982 to 1988, during the Cold War Years. While I am proud of my time served I often felt inadequate in claiming the title of "Veteran". I have always thought that Honor should go to those who have fought and even died for.

I remember a few years back I was told by a Vietnam era combat Veteran for me to never be ashamed of my Service. Last year on Veteran's Day and this past Memorial Day was the first time I have every been to a ceremony honoring Veterans and those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. Both were very emotional and I stood proud as the "Air Force" song was played as each of the branches of the Armed Services was recognized. 

Even those who have not fought in a combat situation, we ALL swore to an Oath to give up our lives if it ever came down to it. I still have a higher degree of respect for those who that have but I will gladly call myself a Veteran and join with my Brothers and Sisters in arms to defend our Country today!
Just before Memorial Day at a local medical clinic, I was asked, “Are you a veteran?” I paused and then answered, “Yes, I guess so.”
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Sometime people get confused as to what America is...

Democracy - A system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

Republic - A state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

Although as of late, it seems that there are others to think that America should be neither of the above!
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I've seen asked over and over if the following Oath ever has an expiration date or time limit.

"I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me,"

Here is my answer to that question.

Legally it might, morally maybe not so much. I have a certificate hanging on my wall that reads "Honorable Discharge", but I still feel obligated to uphold that Oath I took long ago!
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Thanks to the Men & Women of the Oxford, AL Police Dept. Please watch their video "Why I Wear the Badge". #ThinBlueLine  
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Some may have a hard time believing and understanding how it can be FUN standing on the side of a road leading up to Cheaha Mountain for almost 8 hours on your off day, but I love it!

Yesterday, and since 2006, as an amateur radio operator I have been doing just that by volunteering with the Cheaha Challenge. My oldest son has been helping me since 2011 now. If we make it to 2016 it will be my 10th year and his 5th year. I think that is kind of a cool accomplishment.

So what's so FUN about it?

It gets me away from my usual hustle and bustle from my work and into the beauty and quite of nature. It gives my son and I a chance to do something together and have some great bonding time. It gives me a chance to help others by being there for their safety. It gives me an opportunity to meet new people and maybe even make a few friends and acquaintances along the way.

Still don't know if that sounds like FUN to you, but it is for me!
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Great message here! 
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+T Henderson I have one. Animals are also known for eating their mate after copulation, killing for the alpha position in the pack, free range parenting (i couldn't resist, my peeps will find that one funny), pissing on things to mark territory, throwing feces during disputes, and many more. Are there any other animal practices you plan on taking up sometime soon?
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I am a USAF Veteran, former Law Enforcement Officer, proud Patriotic American and a very concerned Citizen. I believe in God and the Constitution of the United States. God bless the USA and all those who serve and defend her!
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I am the youngest of 5 children, two brothers and two sisters. I was born in Enterprise, AL on August 28, 1963, the very day that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington D.C. I've spent most of my life growing up in various parts of Alabama but have lived in Cantonment, FL (near Pensacola), Cedartown, GA, Walled Lake MI (near Detroit), and Sandusky OH also. From 1st to 12th grade I changed schools around 13 times! We moved around a lot due to my Father's jobs, he was a Southern Baptist Preacher and a Radio Announcer.

My parents were divorced in 1976, both of my Grandfathers died that same year too. From 1976 to 1979 we went from a 7 member family, Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters, to just my Mom and myself as both my brothers and both my sisters left the house in what I call "under other than pleasant conditions". I lost my Mother to pancreatic cancer in 2000, just a few short days prior to my oldest son's first birthday.

In 1982 I graduated from Arab High School in Arab, AL and while in school I worked at Pizza Hut there. After graduation I went into the US Air Force and served for 6 years (1982-1988). I had my Basic Military Training (BMT) at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX and also attended Security Police Technical School there. My first and only Duty Station was at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD where I was assigned to the 44th Missile Security Squadron. About a year after being Honorably Discharged I went to work with the Dothan Airport Police Department in Dothan, AL where I worked for 6 1/2 years (1989-1995). While working with DAPD I also became a certified Basic Emergency Medical Technician and I also had a Part-Time job, for a short period of time, as a Bank Courier. Prior to going to work at the Dothan Airport I worked, for a few months, as a Security Guard at the Sony plant in Dothan, AL. After 12 1/2 years of Security/Law Enforcement work I decided to make a change. I worked about four years for Wal-Mart, first in Sylacauga, AL, then Prattville, AL, then Oxford, AL and finally Valley, AL. After leaving Wal-Mart I worked a short time with Sears Termite And Pest Control in Opelika, AL, and then about two years with Sherwin-Williams in Valley, AL. It was a small store and it was located in a "bad part of town", they had been talking about closing the store ever since I first started and I found out not long after I left they finally did. I am now working at a "BIG BOX" home improvement retail store, been here since 2002. I'm married to a great wife and we have two wonderful sons and currently live near DeArmanville, AL in Calhoun County.

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  • Arab High School
    1979 - 1982
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