Surf Combat Lyrics by Naked Raygun.

Staring at the lifeguards
Hear mommy scream
I ain’t got no morals
It’s a bloody way out dream
The noon-day sun makes you want to kill

Mining all beaches
Flying hands and feet
Poison in your Thermos
Is no fun but discreet
Muscle Beach is now Pork Chop Hill

Barbecuring babies
Shish-kabob bikinis
Napalm makes you vomit
As it sizzles off your weenie
Surf combat

 

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VAC Veterans Advocacy Council.

So  here is something I am taking on: I joined the Tampa Veterans Advocacy Council.  I was briefly involved with it 6 years ago but I stop going to the meetings, however recently I decided  that I would join and see what good I can.

I am going to focus on three areas: first build the organization, the VAC is lacking in membership. The second one is doing their social media outreach. I have already started up a Facebook account and will set up a twitter soon.  I really want to get vets and the public involved in this.  Thirdly, I will work with veterans, try to be there for them.  I also want to bring attention to Moral Injury and how the VA will address it.  There are other issues I want to give my attention.  Peer to Peer counseling and the changes I feel need to be made.

Here are the Goals of the VAC:

1.     TO BUILD A WORKING ALLIANCE BETWEEN VETERANS, STAFF, ADMINISTRATION, FAMILY, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS (  COMMUNITY PARTNERS ) TO ENSURE THE DELIVERY OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AT JAHVH ( INCLUDING ASSOCIATED CLINICS AND COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINICS ).

2.    TO FOSTER AND EXCHANGE VETERAN ADVOCACY THROUGH THE COLLECTION OF INFORMATION, EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION,  AND PROVIDING FEEDBACK.   TO STRIVE TOWARD A WELL INFORMED VETERAN POPULATION THROUGH EDUCATION ON CURRENT TREATMENT AND PROGRAM POLICIES, AS WELL AS POSSIBLE ADDITIONS TO THE MENU OF SERVICES TO INCREASE RECOVERY ORIENTED CARE.
3.    ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT, ENHANCEMENT, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOVERY ORIENTED CARE TO VETERANS.
4.  AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST,  ISSUES AND CONCERNS TO BE ADDRESSED INCLUDE:  PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELLNESS,   DE – STIGMATIZATION, PEER SUPPORT,  COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, AND PARTNERSHIP IN DECISION MAKING.

 

A life lesson from war.

The thought just occurred to me while watching the short film Confusion Through Sand  . Very powerful short. I strongly recommend watching it. Anyways, it got me thinking that many times  when a soldier gets wounded in combat, he, if he can, he will continue to fight,; Even if he has multiple wounds.  That is how we must be in our lives. When life hits you and wounds you must get back up and live.  Keep going.  Yes, it can be hard to move but, it is something you have to do.

 

2015

Happy New Years All!!!

I am excited about this year. Professionally I many great opportunities: I have a feature film and a series to develop and write, I been asked to help build a art and culture organization,  I am going to lay the ground work for starting a film society here in the Tampa Bay area, dive into art and other creative endeavors, and look into starting businesses.

Personally I want to build strong personal relationships and become a leader again in my community.

Here are my goals for 2015.

  1. Do all this shit
  2. LIVE LIFE TO ITS FULLEST
  3. Continue to clear my name.
  4. Get into combat shape.
  5. Quit smoking.
  6. Write on a regular basis.
  7. Keep yard and house clean.
  8. Research, develop, write series and feature.
  9. Meditate and be more spiritual.
  10. Art and photography.
  11. Help people and be a leader in the community.
  12. Read a lot, catch up on magazines and read 40 books.
  13. Watch 250 movies.
  14. Write business plan and start my production company.
  15. Eat healthy.
  16. Start doing the groundwork for Film Society.
  17. Take classes and master courses.
  18. Be positive.
  19. Foster a serious work ethic.

So, yeah, there you have it.  Let me know what your goals are and subjects you want me to cover.

 

This years goals and objectives.

 

1.  Clear my name and restore reputation.

2.  Be a father to my son. I have been MIA and that is unacceptable.

3. Get back into combat shape. Yes, there is a huge difference between that and  just being “in shape”.

4. Research, develop and begin writing the series.

5. Create and nurture friendships and stop being so incredible isolated.

6. Finally Quit Smoking. Which plays into getting back into combat shape.

7. Watch 300 feature films, catch up with various tv series I am back logged, watch 200+ shorts, read 40 books, and catch up on my Bomb Magazines.

8. Get my house and yard tip top.

9. Direct music videos

10. Write Business Plan for production company.

11. See more bands.

12. Write.    A lot.

13. Meditate and be more spiritual

14. Help more people and be a leader in the community.

15. Get back to creating art and photography.

Here are things I will do this year.