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Comment by James F. Burgos on September 18, 2010 at 11:21am
STEVE-O, you have had some tough times. Another thing that Veterans, especially today's veterans, have to deal with is the KGB ! Ooops, I mean the DHS. ( Committee for State Security, Department of Homeland Security, what's the difference ?? ) ALL returning Vets are suspect. They are crazy and well trained in weapons and tactics and must be put on a " watch list ". This whole situation really ticks me off.
Comment by Dave Gettman on September 18, 2010 at 11:13am
Thanks for the rant, Steve. I know there are a few homeless and former homeless vets on this site. Definitely an issue that needs to be addressed.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on September 18, 2010 at 10:58am
Over 20% of the homeless are Veterans with an increasing number,being recent returnees from Iraq and Afghanistan,and a large increase in women Vet's being homeless. Part of it is frustration with dealing with the bureaucracy in getting help from the VA or any Government agency. They can give Food Stamps,housing and a check to these Ghetto Queens and Illegal Aliens for popping out kids,but they won't even think about it if they're a Veteran.
When I first joined Dragoon Base I was homeless. The company I had worked for for over 5 years shut it's doors,and HUD was foreclosing on the estate of the family of the guy I was trying to buy a condo from. My banker saw the news about my work closing,and less than 1 week before I closed on my 1st home,my loan was denied. HUD foreclosed,I got booted out.
I was only drawing $133/wk in unemployment,couldn't afford the deposit on a new apartment. I went out to Dave's Sporting Goods bought a tent, sleeping bag,and a camping shower. Found a place in the woods not too far from an office complex,so I had access to water and trash disposal. I would walk 2 miles to a Public Library,where I taught myself to go online,and look for jobs. That's how I found Dragoon Base.
I had to go in to the Unemployment office every couple weeks and show the counselor that I was looking for a job,and in NC they have counselors who are expressly for Vet's. It was really slow(2004)not like now,but, my Vet's Rep said I should apply for Food Stamps. NEVER thought I would EVER do that,but I sucked it up,went down and applied after I saw a Hispanic lady ahead of me in the grocery store,with 3 kids under the age of 6 walk out with a cartload of food and not pay a dime.
I go in and apply. I'm the only guy there,about 20 women. I'm told to come back and get my EBT card( They don't use stamps anymore) activated when it comes in the mail. I go back a week later and I was approved- FOR $12 DOLLARS A MONTH!! It took more money to process,approve and mail that card than I could draw in 6 months! I guess being single,Male and a Veteran all counts against you. I threw the card back at the lady and told them to go fuck their racist asses.
Sorry for the long rant,but, that shows just PART of the crap these guys have to go through to get help.
Comment by James F. Burgos on September 18, 2010 at 9:51am
About American Beer, Bud etc. When I rotated " back to the world " in '69 I tried a Bud at the airport in Philly. I had just cleared post at Ft. Dix and was on my back to L.A.. YUK !!! I was so used to REAL beer in Germany I couldn't drink Bud or any other American beer. Didn't touch a drop for about 10 years ! I had to buy imports.
Comment by Dave Gettman on September 18, 2010 at 8:53am
Forgot to mention....hard to rouse these oldtimers, but once you do, they don't quit!!
Comment by Dave Gettman on September 18, 2010 at 8:51am
Been keeping an eye on house bills going through the senate and there is a lot of legislation for homeless vets around the country, finally. Now if they will just pass some of it!!

And yes, a trip back is definitely worth it, albeit much costlier than the first time around. Never intended to go back, but sure glad I did (2006). Brought back memories to last a lifetime.
Comment by R C Johnson on September 17, 2010 at 9:33pm
I have been away from the computer for a couple of days, really enjoy reading the 'oldtimers' chewing the fat. Don't really know if I would like to go back to Germany. John Boyd and I have discussed it, it would be cool to see the old Pond barracks, man, I walked through that headquarters door a shitload of times. The old barracks with planters on the windows is a kicker. By the way, I watched the news from Houston today, there are over 500 female homeless vets in Houston, and some ladies that work at the big Texaco office in Houston got Texaco to donate a old building in Houston, the Texaco women are re-doing the building for the homeless female vets. I thought that was pretty cool. When I got out in '71, there was plenty of work, now there is not much work, GI's getting out have a tough row to hoe now. RC
Comment by Dave Gettman on September 17, 2010 at 6:46pm
According to what I was reading there are different types of Budvar.

Green label is non-alcoholic with max 0.5%.
Pardal is sharp and bitter, 3.8%.
Budvar Pale is 4%.
Budvar Premium Premium Dark Lager is 4.7%.
Budvar Premium Czech Lagar/Czechvar (what I have) is 5%.
Budvar Yeast Lager is also 5%.
Bud Super Strong (dark red label) is 7.6%.

Most of the biers I posted pictures of are in the 7%-8% range.
Comment by Wayne Dixon on September 17, 2010 at 6:13pm
Wonder what the czechvar taste like, Dave, I still have that bottle of Plum brandy in the refrigerator, must be about 16 or more years since I bought that bottle for my buddy that passed away and had not opened it, his daughter gave it back to me when she saw it in his office. I'll bet it has aged nice, I'll have to pick an reason to break into it. I have my 56 anniversary coming up shortly, maybe then..
Comment by Dave Gettman on September 17, 2010 at 5:48pm
I did some digging around on Wikipedia and found out that there are actually three companies fighting over the Budweiser trademark. Czech Bud and American Bud have been suing hell out of each other for a LONG time over rights to the name. Czech Bud just won a decision July 29th barring American Bud from the European market under the Budweiser label. Czech Bud can only be sold in the US as Czechvar. Real mess! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budweiser_Budvar_Brewery

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