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By Bill Smith on May 24, 2009

"It is the Veteran, not the preacher who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Veteran, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Veteran, not the poet who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Veteran, not the campus organizer who has given us the freedom to assemble.
It is the Veteran, not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Veteran, not the politician who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Veteran who salutes the Flag, who serves under the Flag, and whose coffin is draped by the Flag." ~ Author Unknown.

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By Bill Smith on May 14, 2009

President Truman (who grew up in Independence, MO) assumed leadership of the United States in the waning years of World War II following the death of President F.D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945. His early presidency was marked by several crucial decisions to bring an end to the war particularly, the use of the Atomic Bomb on Japan. Following the end of WWII he was faced with many issues internationally - the Russian blockade of Berlin, providing aid to both Turkey and Greece against Russian aggression (Truman Doctrine), the economic recovery of Europe following WWII (Marshall Plan), the establishment of the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Korean War and the beginning years of the Cold War. Domestically, Truman faced many challenges with expanding Social Security, creating a full-employment program, a permanent Fair Employment Practices Act, and public housing and slum clearance. These programs came to be known as the Fair Deal. For more information about President Truman, visit the Truman Presidential Library.

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By Bill Smith on March 26, 2009

First, this will be the subject of a presentation I will be giving at the Missouri Partners In Prevention annual Meeting of the Minds. Second, what makes me qualified to write this article? I am a Veteran, I utilized the Montgomery GI Bill, I use VA for my health care and I have worked in Higher Education for the past nine years as a Public Health Educator. Since June 1989, I have been and will always be an American soldier. Like many Veterans, I enlisted for military service because of my sense of pride and duty to my country. I was assigned to the famed 1st Infantry Division — the Big Red One (BRO) at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Furthermore, I was assigned to one of the oldest units in the Army: Headquarters & Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment —- Hamilton’s Own.

One November day in 1990, the BRO was called to duty as part of Operation Desert Shield. My unit deployed to Saudi Arabia at the end of December 1990 and returned to Ft. Riley at the end of May 1991. I was awarded the Bronze Star for my service during Desert Storm.

I received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army in June 1992 and enlisted in the Army Reserve in October 1992. I remained in the Reserve until December 1997.

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By Bill Smith on January 27, 2009

It has now been one week since President Obama took the Oath of Office. I have taken this time to really reflect on what that Moment meant to me. As I sat around a television with my co-workers watching the historic event my heart was racing, my eyes were misty, I could feel my heart beating in my chest, and I had the funny sensation of thousands of butterflies fluttering about in my stomach. I was not sad nor was I anxious. I was just so thrilled to see the person I had campaigned for, sent many emails of support for to family and friends (whether they agreed with me or not), and who I stood in long lines to see both in the freezing cold of winter and the heat of summer while he visited Kansas City. The person I believe so strongly will begin the process of reshaping our American story, will help set us on the path of recovery on so many levels and will help to restore the American spirit of innovation and progress…he was standing on the steps of the United States Capital building taking that most sacred Oath’s to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. What a thrilling day!

“Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.” President Barack Obama, Inauguration Address January 20, 2009

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By Bill Smith on November 5, 2008

First can I just say, "YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Woooo Hooo! and 'bout Time!"

Following is a letter I just sent to President Elect Obama (I have chills just typing that) via the Service Members Legal Defense Network (SLDN) website. Many of you who read my blog know my history as a member of the U.S. Army and my Honorable Discharge from the Army Reserve in 1997 as a result of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law. Barrack Obama while campaigning, pledged to get rid of this discriminatory law if he were elected President and Commander In Chief of the United States military. Here is my letter to him:

Dear President Elect Obama,

Congratulations! Your victory in the 2008 General Election is not only a victory for the citizens of the United States but also to the citizens of the world. We have spoken very loudly and proclaimed that change is on the way. Your campaign and final victory last night has restored in me the sense of pride and honor to be an American, something I have not felt in a long time. As a result of your ability to inspire me during the past 2 years of campaining, I worked hard and donated what I could afford to your campaign.

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By Bill Smith on October 9, 2008

Dear Everyday Citizen Readers,

I am a U.S. Army Veteran who served during Operation Desert Shield and Storm during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. I received the Bronze Star as a result of my service during that time. I truly respect all service members who volunteer to serve in harms way to up hold the dignity and values of the United States of America. I also have a deep respect for Senator McCain who sacrificed years of his life as a Prisoner of War during the Vietnam War however that experience alone does not qualify him to be Commander In Chief. Nor would I feel confident serving under his leadership if he were to be elected President.

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By Bill Smith on September 24, 2008

I think that it is no secret about the pride that I have for my experience with the U.S. Army, despite “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. I still feel the same sense of pride I felt when I accomplished the monumental task of successfully completing Basic Training in August of 1989 and when I was first assigned to the famed 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas – The Big Red One. It was also an honor to deploy with the Big Red One during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. It is hard to explain what is like to be a part of such a prestigious division – one that grew out of WW I, matured in WWII, fought tirelessly in Korea and Vietnam, and would prove itself time and again in post Cold War campaigns.

It is a distinct honor to wear the Big Red One combat patch knowing that I have carried on the traditions of all those soldiers before me who have uttered the motto, “No mission too difficult. No sacrifice too Great. Duty First.”

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By Bill Smith on September 4, 2008

To quote one of the lines from Sophia in the movie The Color Purple, “ Oh... Sofia home, now. Sofia home. Things is gonna be changin' around here. Pass me them peas, boy.” Well, Bill’s back on Everyday Citizen and he’s got some words to be said…now sit back and enjoy the ride.

I have been watching the Republican National Convention this week with as open a mind as I can muster. I have resisted the urge to pop the cork on a bottle of wine just to get through all the rhetoric that is spewing out of Minneapolis-Saint Paul like lava from Mount Vesuvius. I have to tell you all – it has been a rough week.

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By Bill Smith on August 27, 2008

First I would like to apologize for my long absence from Everyday Citizen. This summer was a very busy time with a work conference to Orlando for a week and a trip to Connecticut for about two weeks to visit family. I know – poor me! Once the traveling was complete in early July it was back to the grind at work preparing for the start of the fall semester. I am back now and will do my best to “become regular” again.

A recent article posted on and distributed by Inter Press Services seems to answer this question of whether or not McCain is truly honoring Veterans, with a resounding, “No Sir”. I find this to be in direct contrast to his stance on the military and Veterans. Not only has McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for POTUS, opposed the GI Bill for the 21st Century now it appears that he would also like to deconstruct one of the most fundamental benefits available to veterans – VA Health Care. Is this guy serious?

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By Bill Smith on June 24, 2008

Many post-9/11 veterans and servicemembers will soon be eligible for a new comprehensive education benefits package. The new bill goes well beyond helping to pay for tuition. Many veterans who served after Sept. 11, 2001, will get full tuition and fees, a new monthly housing stipend, and a $1,000 a year stipend for books and supplies. The new bill also gives Reserve and Guard members who have been activated for more than 90 days since 9/11 access to the same GI Bill benefits. The new GI Bill will soon be on its way to the president for signature, he is expected to sign it by July 4. (

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