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Our American Legion passed these alarming statistics and we want to share with everyone. As you read the numbers ask yourself…
“What am I doing to help change these numbers?”
The fighter pilot who flew through the Eiffel Tower in 1944 has died.
In the spring of 1944 Bill and his P-51C, the ‘Berlin Express’
were near Paris when the scene that is immortalized in the
artwork by Len Krenzler of Action Art that leads this article
took place. Bill had followed a German Bf109 from the
bombers he was escorting when most of the German
The two planes had been in a running dogfight.
The German pilot flew over Paris hoping that the heavy
German anti-aircraft artillery would solve his problem and
eliminate Overstreet and the ‘Berlin Express’, though Bill
managed to get some hits in at about 1500 feet.
The German’s engine was hit, and Bill stayed on his tail
braving the intense enemy flak. His desperation undoubtedly
growing, the German pilot aimed his plane at the Eiffel Tower
and in a surprising maneuver, flew beneath it.
Undeterred, Bill followed right behind him, scoring several
more hits in the process. The German plane crashed and
Bill escaped the heavy flak around Paris by flying low and
full throttle over the river until he had cleared the city’s
heavy anti-aircraft batteries.
Hero: World War II
Aviator Bill Overstreet Jr., best known for flying beneath the
Eiffel Tower in pursuit of a German plane, is pictured in his
Overstreet was presented with France’s Legion of Honour in 2009.
Before the ceremony, Overstreet had previously said that, if he lived long enough
to receive the Legion of Honor, he would be accepting it in memory of his fallen
brothers. In particular, he wanted to pay tribute to a friend, Eddy Simpson, who
died fighting the Nazis on the ground so his comrades, including Overstreet,
After the award was pinned to his lapel, Overstreet said:
‘If I said, “Thank you,” it wouldn’t be enough,’ before adding:
‘What more than “thank you” do you need?’
He was born in Clifton Forge, Virginia in 1921 and after Pearl Harbor, he
enlisted in the Air Corps as a fighter pilot.
By February 1942, he was a private and sent to California for flight
training; there, his instructors prepared him for the unexpected
mid-flight by cutting the engine as he landed.
Loss: Bill Overstreet is pictured at an event, Warbirds Over the Beach,
in 2013. ‘He was always humble. Whenever the press interviewed him, he said,
“I didn’t do anything. We were a team”.’
RIP Bill Overstreet.
“May Papa God Bless all those who served in the Greatest Generation
And Bless those have served and are serving now!”
Lest we forget:
On this day in 1944, now known as D-Day, future President Dwight D. Eisenhower, then supreme commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in World War II gives the go-ahead for a massive invasion of Europe called Operation Overlord. Back in America, President Franklin Roosevelt waited for word of the invasion’s success.
By the first week of June 1944, Nazi Germany controlled most of Western Europe. Allied forces, numbering 156,000, were poised to travel by ship or plane over the English Channel to attack the German army dug in at Normandy, France, on June 5. Eisenhower had a window of only four days of decent weather in which an invasion would be possible. When bad weather hit the channel on June 4, Eisenhower wrestled with the idea of postponing Operation Overlord. Weather conditions were predicted to worsen over the next two weeks and he had thousands of personnel and thousands of tons of supplies that were in his words, hanging on the end of a limb. After a promising but cautious report from his meteorologist at 9:45 p.m. on June 5, Eisenhower told his staff let’s go.
That night, from Allied headquarters in England, Ike, as he was later affectionately called, composed a solemn and inspirational statement that was delivered the next day as a letter into the hands of every soldier, sailor and airman set to embark on Operation Overlord. In a radio delivery of the message, Eisenhower displayed the confidence and leadership skills that in 1952 would clinch his election to the presidency. Reminding the men that the eyes of the world are upon you and that their opponents would fight savagely, Ike exhorted them to be brave, show their devotion to duty and accept nothing less than victory! In closing, he wished his troops good luck and sought the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking. At the time, no one knew that, along with that statement, Eisenhower had also scribbled a note in which he accepted all blame in case the mission failed. The note remained crumpled up in his pocket.
Meanwhile, back at the White House on the afternoon of June 5, President Roosevelt waited for word of Operation Overlord’s commencement. According the Doris Kearns Goodwin in No Ordinary Time, Roosevelt had hoped to be in England with Churchill and Eisenhower for the monumental event, but his declining health made travel impossible. Instead, Roosevelt sat in his office tinkering with the speech he planned to deliver once the invasion began. At his daughter and son’s suggestion, Roosevelt turned the speech into a prayer entitled Let Our Hearts be Stout. First lady Eleanor tried to go about her daily business, but felt suspended in space. At 3 a.m. Eastern time on June 6, Roosevelt received the call that the invasion had commenced. He notified the nation by radio that night, saying at this poignant hour I ask you to join with me in a prayer.
On June 8, 1944, after years of planning, preparation and placating egos among his military peers, Eisenhower was able to report that the Allies had made a harrowing and deadly, but ultimately successful, landing on the beaches of Normandy.
Hello everyone!! Election year 2016 has not only taken over the TV it is effecting families. A line in the sand has been drawn and Americans are picking sides. Sound familiar?
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It’s nearly impossible to turn on the TV, open up a web browser, or scroll through Twitter without being assaulted with notifications of a new world disaster (or two, or three…). Thanks to the 24-hour news cycle, alerts of shootings, plane crashes, ISIS beheadings, crime, war and human rights violations are constant — and this incessant news of violence and destruction may be messing with our heads.
The world isn’t falling apart, but it can sure feel like it. The news can be violent, depressing and emotionally-charged.
According to some psychologists, exposure to negative and violent media may have serious and long-lasting psychological effects beyond simple feelings of pessimism or disapproval.
Some research has even suggested that viewing traumatic images in the media can cause PTSD-like symptoms. A study found that watching the events of 9/11 on television was enough to trigger PTSD symptoms — such as worrying about future terrorist attacks and reduced self-confidence — in some viewers. Severity of symptoms, interestingly, was directly correlated with the amount of time the subjects spent watching television.
Researchers have noted that over time, exposure to graphic violence can cause a process of either sensitization, in which the individuals becomes more sensitive to emotional distress upon viewing the images, or desensitization — a sort of numbing process in which individuals become habituated to what they see — to occur. This numbing effect, which causes the brain to exhibit less of an emotional response to disturbing stimuli, has been observed in those who have been repeatedly exposed to violent video games.
What’s clear from this research is that more positive news is needed to outweigh the violence and destruction we’re exposed to every day.
TV interview’s need to be more like this:
Below are some of the most fascinating photographs ever captured on camera!! Thanks to these great images, we now have before us a rare window to some of the most interesting moments of our world history.
Recently, one of our clients received a call from the IRS saying that they were being sued for back taxes owed to the IRS. Immediately their Caregiver called the office to let us know about the call. The number was from a (202) area code so we started researching the number. Using an FBI Scam alert link, we found information on their website identifying the phone call as a scam.
All to often we hear of Seniors being targeted for scams. Having a caregiver can help!! Lighter Hearts Caregiver’s complete “Scam Alert Training” every year in hopes that we can help at least one senior from becoming a victim of scams.
Our Team wanted to share the most common Senior Scam that we feel can do the most damage to the overall well-being of our clients.
You’re a grandparent, and you get a phone call or an e-mail from someone who identifies himself as your grandson. “I’ve been arrested in another country,” he says, “and need money wired quickly to pay my bail. And oh by the way, don’t tell my mom or dad because they’ll only get upset!”
This is an example of what’s come to be known as “the grandparent scam”—yet another fraud that preys on the elderly, this time by taking advantage of their love and concern for their grandchildren.
The grandparent scam has been around for a few years—our Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has been receiving reports about it since 2008. But the scam and scam artists have become more sophisticated. Thanks to the Internet and social networking sites, a criminal can sometimes uncover personal information about their targets, which makes the impersonations more believable. For example, the actual grandson may mention on his social networking site that he’s a photographer who often travels to Mexico. When contacting the grandparents, the phony grandson will say he’s calling from Mexico, where someone stole his camera equipment and passport.
Common scenarios include:
What to do if you have been scammed. The financial losses in these cases—while they can be substantial for an individual, usually several thousand dollars per victim—typically don’t meet the FBI’s financial thresholds for opening an investigation. We recommend contacting your local authorities or state consumer protection agency if you think you’ve been victimized. We also suggest you file a complaint with IC3, which not only forwards complaints to the appropriate agencies, but also collates and analyzes the data—looking for common threads that link complaints and help identify the culprits.
And, our advice to avoid being victimized in the first place:
FBI website: Frauhttps://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/frauds-from-a-to-zds )