Heroes

Heroes are hard to come by. With the death of Lt. General Hal Moore last Friday, the loss is particularly acute given his extraordinary leadership skills.

There are two types of heroes, those who demonstrate physical courage in the face of extreme danger, and those … Read More

True Grit with a Smile

Growing up, I had many interests, but none could match the fascination and passion I had for the U.S. space program, especially the first, Project Mercury.

When it was announced late yesterday that the last of the original seven Mercury astronauts, the first man … Read More

Ahhhhhh… the cool mountain air, a calm… ripple… of water peacefully moving over the lake.

Oh… it’s you!

While on summer break, I thought I’d offer a few links to commentaries that garnered the most attention by readers over the past seven months.

First place, … Read More

Gothamist.com

Yes, Virginia, good news does exist.

Sumeja Tulic reported to the website Gothamist.com: “[A] few minutes before the train arrived, a man in his late 50s/early 60s fell on the subway tracks. Without hesitation, 3 men jumped on the subway track and pulled him … Read More

Maj. John Baldwin (Ret.) is a good friend, former vascular surgeon who served in Vietnam and frequent reader of this site. He submitted the following story to me about former classmate and Vietnam POW Maj. Glenn Wilson. It begins with finding a bracelet.

When the … Read More

But How Many Others?

Good news about Dennis Haines… finally!

Last week, I wrote about Vietnam Vet. Dennis Haines’s difficulty in getting a medication approved by the V.A. for treatment for Hepatitis C – an infectious disease that he contracted after he had unintentionally received tainted blood while being … Read More

Dennis Haines and the V.A. – Update

Last month, I wrote that SP4 Dennis Haines (Ret.) was one of approximately 174,000 Viet Nam vets who had contracted Hepatitis C through tainted blood. However, due to the extreme cost of the drug, Sofosbuvir, only about 15 percent have been treated thus far.

Dennis … Read More