Non-Fiction

Disability Compensation The Veteran's Guide Volume ll

Title: Disability Compensation The Veteran's Guide Volume ll
Author: Thomas van Hees
Genre: How-to/Business
Reviewer: Jim Greenwald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1604520701

My book is a self-help/ how-to publication. It explains how to negotiate the VA's claim filing process when seeking disability compensation for a service connected injury or condition. This book is a continuation of volume one with new information that was added to the benefits that a veteran qualifies for. It also delves more deeply into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which was lightly touched on in volume one. It also includes many subjects and information that will help the Afghanistan
and Iraqi veteran. Basically this book covers all new information that was not available when volume one went to press.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
van Hees, Thomas

Wireless Messages: Once Bitten, Shy

Is this just me? I’ve been more than once bitten by the tones in my Internet emailed messages. I thought I’d learned from the past, but along came someone who misinterpreted what I wrote, probably due to tone. Once again, I've become shy, unsure ofmyself.

As for "bitten"– My ancestry includes England where a late 1400s printer translated an Aesop fable line from Greek to "He that hath ben ones begyled by somme other ought to kepe hym wel fro(m) the same." Through centuries of translations came the phrase, “once bitten, twice shy.”

Buckaroo Bonus

  • Lucky Buckaroo Bonus Drawing – To add even more fun to the auction, the first two auction items will be “Eye Glass Repair Kits and Grocery Coupon Cards.” They will be numbered 1-37. After they are sold, I will hand five sealed envelopes to Joyce Gilmour who will open the fifth envelope first. The envelope will contain 1000 buckaroos and a number between 1-37. Whoever purchased the item with that number will receive the buckaroos. Joyce will then open the fourth envelope and so on.

Reminder of first MWSA Book Discussion Forum this coming weekend

March 23 - 25th. 

The book to be discussed is Marcia Sargent's terrific memoir, "Wing Wife: How to to be Married to a Marine Corps Fighter Pilot."  The book is fun, rawkus, charming, philosophical, and heartbreaking. It's definitely a must-read.  Here's some more information about it: http://www.mwsadispatches.com/sites/default/files/null/WingWifeMarch23_0.pdf

And here's an excerpt from the review I did of it: 

Shadow Commander: The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn

Title: Shadow Commander: The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn
Author: Mike Guardia
Genre: Non-Fiction Biography
Reviewer: Bob Doerr

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store)1612000657: ISBN / E

The fires on Bataan burned with a primitive fury on the evening of April 9, 1942 - illuminating the white flags of surrender against the nighttime sky. Woefully outnumbered, outgunned, and ill-equipped, the battered remnants of the American-Philippine army surrendered to the forces of the Rising Sun. Yet amongst the chaos and devastation of the American defeat, Army Captain Donald D. Blackburn refused to lay down his arms.

With future SF legend Russell Volckmann, Blackburn escaped from Bataan and fled to the mountainous jungles of North Luzon, where they raised a private army of over 22,000 men against the Japanese. Once there, Blackburn organized a guerrilla regiment from among the native tribes in the Cagayan Valley. "Blackburn's Headhunters," as they came to be known, devastated the Japanese 14th Army within the eastern provinces of North Luzon and destroyed the Japanese naval base at Aparri.

After the war, Blackburn remained on active duty and played a key role in initiating Special Forces operations in Southeast Asia. In 1959, as commander of the 77th Special Forces Group, he spearheaded Operation White Star in Laos. Seven years later, Blackburn took command of the highly classified Studies and Observations Group (SOG), charged with performing secret missions now that main-force Communist incursions were on the rise.

In the wake of the CIA's disastrous Leaping Lena program, Blackburn revitalized the Special Operations campaign in South Vietnam. Sending cross-border reconnaissance teams into Laos, he discovered the clandestine networks and supply nodes of the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail. Taking this information directly to General Westmoreland, Blackburn received authorization to conduct full-scale operations against the NVA and Viet Cong operating along the Trail. In combats large and small, the Communists realized they had met a master of insurgent tactics - and he was on the US side.

Following his return to the United States, Blackburn was appointed "Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities," where he was the architect of the infamous Son Tay Prison Raid. Officially termed Operation Ivory Coast (and later, Operation Kingpin), the Son Tay raid was the largest POW rescue mission - and indeed, the largest Special Forces operation - of the Vietnam War.

During a period when United States troops in Southeast Asia faced guerrilla armies on every side, it has seldom been recognized today that America had a superb covert commander of its own, his guerrilla skills honed in resistance against Japan. This book follows Donald D. Blackburn from his youthful days in combat against an Empire, through his days as a senior commander, imparting his lessons to the newly-realized ranks of America's own Special Forces.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Guardia, Mike

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