Guys (and Gals), please read, and re-blog. Post this on your facebook. Forward it to your local politician (I have already reached out to Sen. Scott Brown about this). Help bring national attention to this terrible situation faced by one of our nations heroes.
Former U.S. Marine Jon Hammar is in a Matamoros prison in Mexico, charged with bringing an antique shotgun into Mexico.
MEXICO CITY — As a U.S. Marine, Jon Hammar endured nightmarish tension patrolling the war-ravaged streets of Iraq’s Fallujah. When he came home, the brutality of war still pinging around his brain, mental peace proved elusive.
Surfing provided the only respite.
“The only time Hammar is not losing his mind is when he’s on the water,” said a fellow Marine veteran, Ian McDonough.
Hammar and McDonough devised a plan: They’d buy a used motor home, load on the surfboards and drive from the Miami area toCosta Rica to find “someplace to be left alone, someplace far off the grid,” McDonough said.
They made it to only the Mexican border. Hammar is in a Matamoros prison, where he spends much of his time chained to a bed and facing death threats from gangsters. He’s off the grid, for sure, in walking distance of the U.S. border. But it’s more of a black hole than a place to heal a troubled soul.
This Veterans Day, I ask that you don’t thank me. I’ve been thanked for things that I’m not entirely sure I should be thanked for. I’m a citizen now. What I’ve done in my past is just that, past. I ask that you take $5 and donate it to a charity. Aside from that the only way I can say that you can really thank us is to join us.
So I know I have a couple buddies currently in Afghanistan (I-Have-Nightmares, Nico…anyone else), I’d like to ask a favor, of sorts.
One of my most prized possessions, and personal comfort item, is my Afghan blanket I bought and used while overseas. It’s possibly the most comfortable, most warmth producing, most wonderful thing I own.
Well after almost two years of continual use, not to mention being used in some real grimy areas…it’s on its last legs. Not to mention the dog has made it his personal blanket, so now it smells like dog.
I would pay for shipping/the cost/I’ll send you naked pictures of myself(?) if you are able to get/ship me one.
KABUL, Afghanistan — It was once President Barack Obama’s “war of necessity.” Now, it’s America’s forgotten war.
The Afghan conflict generates barely a whisper on the U.S. presidential campaign trail. It’s not a hot topic at the office water cooler or in the halls of Congress — even though more than 80,000 American troops are still fighting here and dying at a rate of one a day.