&%*% Never Loved Us… Mistreatment of Veterans in America

Nigga never loved us Do it look like we stressin’? Look at you, look at you, and look at you, Ah – I’m glad that they chose us Command, it’s a mission, Trying to fight to the finish just to see ’em all finish

 

 

As I listen to Drake’s song Worst Behavior, he yells, “Motherfuckers never loved us.” He began to talk about his innocent beginnings on Degrassi to rap stardom. This particular line stuck with me. It is anthem for all people who has been ousted but still succeeded. I can relate to this song but more so I can relate this to the many men and women who have sacrificed time, money and even their lives to serve their countries. These men and women are your United States veterans.

 

For many of you reading my blog for the first time, I am proud veteran of the United States Army. I devoted my life for four years to this unique core. I joined like most teenagers for the college money and to find my own pathway in life. I thought the war in Iraq was a joke and even the president at time was even bigger joker. Nevertheless, I was proud to serve my country only with the expectation that my country will be willing to serve me. My husband, who is a combat engineer, did two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his time there, he has felt a lot pain due to being away from home and even losing a friend in battle. My husband still kept fighting because he vowed to so. So, I began to think about these great men and women who take the time to raise their hand to defend flag and serve their country. In return, they come home to unsuitable living conditions, the constant runaround from Veterans Affairs, and the ills of dealing with life after war. Our soldiers reach for a helping hand but there are few hands who will reach back.

 

Majority of the veterans come home to nothing. They have dealt with so much on the battlefield but still have to fight for basic human needs. Human needs such benefits, medical, housing and mental health. Lately, the Department of Veterans Affairs has failed our comrades every time. You can talk to any veteran and they will tell you the VA is a bad place to be. Why should these men and women fight for these benefits that are guaranteed? On the other hand, if the country is need for soldiers to fight for an unknown cause, we answer. This is unfair not only to veterans but their families. The families of veterans are dealing with the war too. They try to make their home and life suitable but cannot due lack of resources. Not only, you are hurting the veteran but the family is suffering too.

 

What is the problem? Where is all the money allotted to veterans? Yes, we want to honor them and say “Thank you for your service” every November. After the fanfare and all the bells and whistles are gone, we go back into our homes and live the life of luxury and forget what they fought for. Remember…… all the wars and the flag draped coffins we seen on TV. So, I charge our government taking money away from the military budget and cut your damn salary. If it was not for us, you would not have opportunity fight like a bunch of hens in a farmhouse.

 

For the Department of Veterans Affairs, stop giving our veterans the run around. Stop the fucking madness….It kills me to hear some of the stories about veterans dying at VA hospital or being evicted from their homes with nowhere to go. When these veterans come to apply for their benefits…. YOU BETTA HAVE THEIR MONEY WHEN THEY COME FOR IT LIKE ODB. Take care of them because this is what you are paid to do. Show them some respect and treat them like if that was your family member. I give credit to the people who are working at VA helping veterans. I applaud you but I am calling out the folks who come just to collect a check. HAVE SEVERAL SEATS and find a job at WALMART.

 

I don’t charge just VA. I take account every one of just who call ourselves Americans. Do not just sit back and shake your head whenever you see a homeless veteran. Help them out it us up us to help our own because the government are pussyfooting around. You be the change. You be catalyst of change for a veteran who feels like a refugee in their own country. Volunteer for a nonprofit organization to get our vets back on their feet. Donate your time, clothing and food to one who fought for you to give.

 

Military organizations, stop being social club just to gather and talk about old times. These young veterans need you to guide them into this new world. Don’t just be a standing organization but be an active organization within the community. VA cannot do this alone they need your help. These veterans are hurting and as I remember we should never leave a fallen comrade behind. Take charge and take care of our own not yesterday but right now. Churches, they need your help too. You are the hands and feet of God on earth. Your mission is save those who are hurting. Take time and pray with them. Trust me prayer goes a long way. Talk to them and become that spiritual light they need to deliver them shadows of darkness.

 

Some of fellow soldiers of mine died so we live in unstable society. Whenever we need them to put on the uniform, they go. They leave behind so much. Their families deal with so much. I know I am military wife and the tears I’ve cried could hydrate a football team for the rest of their lifetime. It pains me to see a veteran standing on the side of the road asking for help. It pains me to see a homeless veteran living out their car or in extended stay. They come home to nothing but grief and mental ills the battlefield has afflicted upon them. These are people not refugees. They are our own brothers and sisters. Honor your vets every day.

 

Let us fight to eliminate two words: Homeless Veteran

When it comes to how America treats our veterans, we are on our worst behavior.

 

Dedicated to Chad Young #foreveryoung

No Rhyme ,No Reason : The Icon and Legend George Duke

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I was shocked to wake up this morning to find another soul legend has left us. George Duke, composer and amazing, wonderful jazz pianist passed away yesterday at the age of 67. Like everyone else, I was stunned, but reflected on all the beautiful music he made. As a little girl, my dad was, and still is, a big jazz fan. There was always jazz played at the house, in the car, and anywhere else. The first song I ever heard from George Duke was No Rhyme, No Reason. This was a beautiful ballad which accompanied his jazz and R&B fusion style over Michelle Ferrell’s melodic voice. I remember George Duke as this man who fused jazz, R&B and funk all together to make this beautiful sound. “Reach for it” is another song I love and used to blast loudly in my dorm room. This was a head banger with Boosty Collins and a funky guitar rhythm in the background. He worked with such artists as Kanye West, Michael Jackson, Boosty Collins, Miles Davis and Jill Scott. George Duke is the man behind the best music and musicans, who we admire today. Duke recently released an album titled “Dreamweaver” which he dedicated to his wife, who passed a year earlier. The album topped the Billboard Jazz Charts. He leaves behind two sons. Let us keep the Duke family in our prayers during his untimely passing. Let us not forget Sir Duke, who made music history that will live on forever in our hearts.

Rest in peace Sir George Duke…

Suicide becomes social!!!!

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1699754/freddy-e-dead.jhtml

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The world we live in has come down to this. Mental Illness is a serious issue that cannot be ignored any longer.  Being a person who have been through depression, it is hard road but it feels like you can travel it alone. Please pay attention to signs before it’s too late.

Check The Rhyme : Week In Review For Dec 13th

From Justin Bieber to the Fiscal Cliff, I cover it ALL today. Also, I will list my top 5 Jams for the week.

Careers that pay over $85,000 a year!!!!

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underground grooves

If you are in Memphis Area, you want to go somewhere and listen to some good music. Come out and support my good friend Steve @Snipes901 and his company. I promise you will enjoy it.

Overwater Entertainment presents “Underground Grooves” every Thurs night starting 12/13/12 at the Oak Room (inside the Clarion Hotel) 6101 Shelby Oaks Memphis, TN. FREE admission from 6 – 8 with happy hour specials every week. Musical atmosphere provided by @DJ_Supawheels and @Snipes901. Relaxed dress code. Security strictly enforced.

 **This event is catered to the young adult who enjoys lounging in a nice environment while enjoying the best music that may or may not be on the radio. Hip hop, southern soul, blues, RnB and more under 1 roof!** 

Hey Everybody. I wanted to add a new segment to my blog called “Check The Rhyme” which it named after one of my favorite hip-hop songs by Tribe Called Quest. It is my personal week in review of movies, fashion, music, news, and all other stuff. Hopefully you will like it and if you have any topics I need to cover, music or news we can use please let me know at TiffanyReneeBlogs@gmail.com.

Da Jam For The Day 6/7/12

Happy Birthday Prince Rogers Nelson!!!!!

 

Yes, today is the purple one birthday today. It seems like this man never age a bit. He still looks the same as he did 1984. What is his secret??? Anyways, Prince is one of the most talented musicians that ever walked the face of this earth. He set the trend for the artists to express themselves however they feel. Can I tell you this man album collection is constantly growing. He is responsible for so many people careers such as Sheila E, Sheena Easton,  and The time. Hopefully, I didn’t leave anyone out. The song I chose today was off his Emancipation album called “Somebody’s Somebody“. I like this song because it’s a slow jam cut about someone who is lonely  and he just want to belong to someone for one night. Have you ever been in that situation before? Prince’s vocals over the track is really nice and I can’t forget the guitar solo at the end. On this day, I ask you to put your lighters up and sing along with me… PURPLE RAIN PURPLE RAIN PURPLE RAIN.  Enjoy my pick for jam of the day!!!!

Da Jam For The Day 6/6/12

MIlk and Honey — Goapele

Goapele is the essential music neo-soul child that just eased on the scene. I first heard her when I was working at Macy’s, the song I heard  was titled Closer. I recognized this was a unique artist with a different sound. Milk and Honey is a new track off her new album titled Break of Dawn. The track is produced by Bedrock and sound of it is very smooth. It’s one of those songs you can go riding around in your car while the sun sets. After hearing this song, I’m going to get the album today because I love this type of music that you can just groove to.  If I could classify this song, I would say its a CHILLING ON LAWN WHILE DRINKING MY FAVORITE MOSCATO song.

http://goapele.com/home/