Curtis M. Hendel

Vietnam Veterans facing another silent enemy...

Veterans of the war in Vietnam have faced many challenges that extended beyond their time in the combat zone.  Too many of these great Americans have died decades too early from issues that attacked them after they returned home.  As if the enemy they faced in battle and the societal enemies they faced back at home were not enough, their war would not end easily.

For those that love to use race, the mirror is thy enemy...

Ok, I think that the sign of character is when you speak up when it goes against what you have been defending.  The time for me to face up is here, and here goes...

The Definition of Covfefe...

The latest scandal from the Trump administration, inventing a word to cause a reaction of foolishness from a wide spectrum of Americans.  Covfefe.  On the night of May 30th, a short time after a trip to Europe, President Trump sent out a late night tweet; “bad press, blah blah, they are creating their own stories, blah blah, covfefe”.  Ok, so the quote was much shorter and more coherent than mine, but that last word, covfefe.

Military Working Dogs no Longer Military Surplus....

My obsession with the Military Working Dog Program comes directly from my service as a Military Working Dog Handler and Trainer from 1985 till 1991.  In a recent piece I told of the atrocious treatment of the thousands of dogs that served honorably in the Vietnam War and were credited with saving over ten thousand lives.

Remembering the Dogs of the Vietnam War

As K9 Veteran’s Day was on the 13th of March I would like to take the opportunity to mention one group of four legged veterans that served as heroes and were dismissed by the nation they served.

You Have GOT to be Kidding Me!

Just days ago, the last week of March, another crime took place in another state in our great nation.  Well, let’s say TWO crimes took place.  The first was a home invasion in Oklahoma.  Three young men (my words, my perception) broke into a small guest house and, later that day, returned to break in to the main house, looking for what the get away driver called a big score.

Fool me once; I did NOT see that coming...

Like most people, I have this surprise button deep in my mind that goes off when I am startled.  Like many people, those buttons can break after time.  Whether it is no longer jumping when I see spiders the size of cats or when someone tries to scare me by jumping out from a corner.

The Grand Hypocrisy

About a week ago I had been thinking of something that had been on my mind for some time, trying to find a way to put it to paper so that it made sense.  Then, just days ago the story broke that would open the door.

The Safety in the Safety Pin

We have become a nation of small symbols.  Years ago the Blue Star Banner was put up to show that a loved one from that household was serving overseas.  That became a Gold Star when their loved one was killed in his or her service.  Another similar one was the Yellow Ribbon, symbolizing that loved one overseas with the promise to wait for them to return.

Hot off the brain cells.....

It is like a scene from a movie; a beautiful Sunday morning in a city, a police officers makes a traffic stop very close to the Department of Public Safety.  He gets the license and insurance information from the driver, returns to his car and starts to write the citation.  The music becomes a bit dark as a black car pulls up behind the police cruiser and a sinister character exits, walks to the driver’s window where an unsuspecting officer is doing his duty.  The bad guy levels a handgun at the officer, shooting him in the head.  The officer slumps over violently and the man reaches inside and shoots him again.  He heads back to his car and tears off from the scene.