Archive for November 11th, 2008

by jhwygirl

From Councilman Jon Wilkins:

Y’all know it’s Veteran’s Day tomorrow. And when I think back over my life and what Veterans mean to me, that generally brings tears to my eyes because I remember friends from the Class of ’68, Great Falls High, that don’t have the opportunity to honor Veteran’s Day today. ‘Cause they didn’t make it back.

A couple weeks ago, I left for lunch, on a Wednesday, and I was going over to City Hall…and I found a man, laying in the gutter…and the ambulance came. His buddies were all sitting on the bench, commenting about him. “He’s a combat Veteran with the Force Division.” Well, I happened to be with the Force Division in Vietnam, in the central highlands. And here this poor man is laying in the gutter.

How are we treating our Veterans? I want you to think about that tomorrow. Even our young ones that are coming home and the problems they’re facing…you know, to be in combat, it’s always with you. Some people can handle it – some people can’t. And there’s no disgrace in not being able to handle it. But our government and our city our state needs to do more to help these people out. And it’s appalling to me that a combat Veteran is laying in the gutter in the City of Missoula and has no home and no place to go…and…it just eats at my soul.

And I know myself I probably don’t do as much as I should but I try to do what can. So tomorrow when Veteran’s Day comes around and you see all the American flags in everybody’s yard, stop and think what it really means. Because we wouldn’t be sitting at this table making the decisions that we do on growth and all the other decisions that we make if it wasn’t for those Veterans during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and all the little skirmishes in between.

And you know? Per capita for people that we have in Montana, we have more Veterans than any other state that come out of here than any other state. We are truly a patriotic state. Our people do serve and it’s time that we start paying attention to that.

Thank you.

No, Thank YOU, Jon Wilkins. In more ways than one.

by jhwygirl

Gone but not forgotten, these Montanans gave their lives.

Killed in Iraq:

Cpl. Stewart S. Trejo, 25 – Whitefish (August 7, 2008)

Pvt. Timothy J. Hutton, 21 – Dillon (August 4, 2008)

Sgt. James A. McHale, 31 – Fairfield (July 30, 2008)

Cpt. Andrew R. Pearson, 32 – Billings (April 30, 2008 )

Pvt. Daren A. Smith, 19 – Helena (December 13, 2007)

Staff Sgt. Yance T. Gray, 26 – Ismay (September 10, 2007)

Spc. Donald M. Young, 19 – Helena (August 8, 2007)

Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins, 31 – Bozeman (June 1, 2007)

Pfc. Kyle G Bohrnsen, 22 – Philipsburg (April 10, 2007)

Staff Sgt. Shane Becker, 35 – Helena (April 3,2007)

Cpl. Chris Dana, 23 – Helena (March 4, 2007)

Pvt. Matthew T. Zeimer, 18 (February 2, 2007)

Marine Lance Cpl. Nick Palmer, 19 – Great Falls (December 16, 2006)

Army Pfc. Shawn Murphy, 24 – Butte (December 10, 2006)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles V. Komppa, 35 – Belgrade (October 25, 2006)

Lance Cpl. Jeremy S. Sandvick Monroe, 20 – Chinook (October 8, 2006)

Cpl. Phillip E. Baucus, 28 – Wolf Creek (July 29, 2006)

Capt. Michael J. MacKinnon, 30 – Helena (October 27, 2005)

Pfc. Andrew D. Bedard, 19 – Missoula (October 4, 2005)

Lance Cpl. Nicholas William B. Bloem, 20 – Belgrade (August 3, 2005)

Sgt. Travis M. Arndt, 23 – Bozeman (September 21, 2005)

Sgt. 1st Class Robbie D. McNary, 42 – Lewistown (March 31, 2005)

Cpl. Raleigh C. Smith, 21 – Troy (December 23, 2004)

Staff Sgt. Aaron N. Holleyman, 26 – Glasgow (August 20, 2004)

Cpl. Dean P. Pratt, 22 – Stevensville (August 2, 2004)

Pfc. Owen D. Witt, 20 – Sand Springs (May 24, 2004)

1st Lt. Edward M. Saltz, 27 – Bigfork (December 22, 2003)

Killed in Afghanistan:

Pfc. Kristofor T. Stonesifer, 28 – Missoula (October 19, 2001)

Joshua Michael Hyland, 31 – Missoula (August 21,2005)

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