Wild Bill on White Privilege. Do you have privilege?
Wild Bill on White Privilege. Do you have privilege?
Dateline Pensacola, Florida 28 August 2018. It was a valiant effort. It showcased a principled and accomplished America patriot throughout. Winning his run for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Florida’s Congressional District 1 was not to be. Our Vet in the Fight, Marine Cris Dosev, former major and combat pilot, was defeated by incumbent Congressman Matt Gaetz, who garnered endorsement by President Trump. Ever the gentleman, Cris extended his best wishes on Tuesday night. We hope Cris will consider running for office again, once he and his family decompress. Special Operations Speaks will be in his corner.
In the win column last night was Lieutenant Colonel Michael Waltz, retired US Army Green Beret and strategic commentator on FoxNews, in Florida District 6 (Flagler-Volusia). Waltz garnered 42% of the vote in a three-way race with John Ward (30%) and Fred Costello (27%). Waltz will run in November for the Republican seat vacated by Congressman Ron DeSantis, another Vet in Fight who won his primary bid as candidate for Governor of Florida.
Florida is an key state, whether in midterm or in general election. Vets in the Fight should get to their local Board of Elections, along with their eligible family members and register to vote.
Do it this week!
Special Operations Speaks (SOS) is an activist veteran organization.
Many of you know of our efforts to encourage veteran voting, veterans serving in public office, and veterans holding government accountable. We are also trying to affect improvements, both large and small, in the Veterans Administration (VA) treatment of our Warriors. We are a non-profit organization, and we are not paid for our volunteer efforts.
Recently, it came to our attention that a key, scientifically validated drug-free remedy to the decades-long difficulties in treating PTSD is in hand, and has been for five years.
Here’s the story …
You’ve heard of the proverbial ‘Silver Bullet’, that solves difficult problems with a single shot, but most often proves to be something much less powerful.
Sometimes, though, you run across homegrown ideas and efforts that come pretty close to performing like that elusive ‘Silver Bullet’.
One of those was recently sent to us by friend of SOS and Vets in the Fight, Rear Admiral Denny Wisely, US Navy retired, “Rattler” former commander of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV67) and of the Navy’s Blue Angels. The admiral sent us an astounding paper that outlines new therapies developed by the Research and Recognition Project Labs, a 501 c 3 non-profit, charitable organization, therapies that can have a dramatic and lasting effect on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), without the use of drugs, as is not the case with many of the treatments for PTSD today. The PTSD research field has spent $900 million over the past ten years, with little appreciable advance in treatment.
But, Research and Recognition has developed a therapy that is over 90% effective in resolving one of the key conditions found in PTSD. That therapy is Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories, or RTM, which over time resolves memories that have a significant impact on daily life, often as recurring nightmares or flash-backs. In essence, RTM permits the patient to understand and accept the memories, eliminating a key clinical component of PTSD, again without the use of drugs. Importantly, if RTM is administered soon after return home from the combat zone, PTS Syndrome can often be pre-empted entirely.
The therapy has been offered to the Veterans Administration where funding for wider implementation has been pending … since 2013. Admiral Wisely and his Blue Angle Foundation are at the forefront of an effort to continue funding RTM, and to begin certifying psychologists from across the US on how to use the protocol. In fact, Research and Recognition is holding a certification course on September 22, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
We are asking for your consideration in support of this immensely important breakthrough in treatment whether by helping to fund, letters to congressional offices and the Veterans Administration or alerting the veteran community of its existence. Our wounded men and women deserve this fighting chance to live their lives to the utmost. Together, we can help make that chance a reality.
According to new analysis published in Sociological Spectrum, while military veterans were more likely to be affiliated with the Democrat party throughout the 1970s and into the early 1990s, their affiliation is now in a state of flux. The study found that in more recent years, veterans lean more to the Republican party. Steven L. Foy and Salvatore J. Restifo, assistant professors of sociology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, examined shifts in party affiliation among generations of veterans.
The report showed that among those who came of age before World War II, 55.4 percent identified as Democrats, 38.3 percent identified as Republicans and 6.2 percent considered themselves Independents. Change began to be apparent among veterans who reached the age of 18 between 1972 and 2016. The study showed that about one third identified as Democratic. Just more than half said they were Republican, and 16.7 percent were Independent. “Our results suggest that the historical tendency for veterans to identify as Democrats is reversing course,” Foy and Restifo write. “In attempting to predict veteran political affiliation, we should consider veterans not as a monolithic group but rather as distinguished from one another in patterned and meaningful ways by cohort.”
For the study, the two researchers examined 18 years of data that the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center gathered through nationally representative surveys between 1974 and 2016. They focused on how men aged 18 and older answered questions about military service, political affiliation and their personal backgrounds. The scholars analyzed response data from a total of 10,251 people, 35 percent of whom were veterans.
Foy and Restifo excluded women because they make up such a small proportion of the veteran population — 2 percent as of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Also, women have not been subject to compulsory military enlistment and possible conscription, which are factors the researchers considered as part of their analysis.
When they looked at the sample as a whole, they found that 49.8 percent of veterans identified as Democrats while 39.1 percent said they were Republican. The remaining 11.1 percent were Independents.
In comparison, men who were not veterans were slightly less likely to be Democrats. The breakdown: 47.8 percent Democrat, 38.2 percent Republican, 14 percent Independent.
When Foy and Restifo looked at military service and political affiliation over time, here’s what else they learned:
“From 1974 to 1991, the percentage of veterans identifying as Democratic remained relatively comparable to, if not higher than, the percentage of nonveterans identifying as Democratic — a trend that sits in stark contrast with common assumptions that veterans tend to disproportionately align and affiliate with the Republican Party.”
According to exit polls conducted by CNN in November 2016, veterans voted at a 2-1 ratio for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. In battleground states Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio, a number of counties went for pulled for Trump at numbers higher than those John McCain and Mitt Romney candidates had over President Obama in 2008 and 2012. The Pew organization polled veterans in March 2017 and found that they were positive about the job he was doing. In April 2017, 54 percent of those who have served in the military approved of his job performance. Trump’s job approval among the overall public was just 39 percent at that time. Veterans represent approximately 7 percent of the total U.S. population and are thus an important group.
Both younger and older veterans gave higher approval ratings for Trump than did younger and older adults overall, according to the poll. Almost half of veterans ages 18 to 49 (46 percent) approved of Trump’s job performance, compared with only 31 percent of all adults younger than 50. Among those 50 and older, nearly six-in-ten veterans (58 percent) supported Trump, while about half of all older adults (49 percent) said the same.