What Makes the 10th Mountain Division the Toughest Division in the Military

What Makes the 10th Mountain Division the Toughest Division in the Military
By Bradley J. Burt

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The cold weather and subzero elements make for a miserable nine months per year at Fort Drum, N.Y., the home of the 10th Mountain Division. The toughest division in the military is located at the basin of record snowfall dumps of lake effect snow. Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division and their 12-mile runs around Riva Ridge Loop endure temperatures ranging from -20 to sometimes -60 below. Never-the-less, they suit up, they show up, they gear up, their frozen eyes tear up to embrace the suck for the duration of their service to America while stationed at Drum.

So, what makes the 10th Mountain Division so tough?

They are the most deployed division in the United States military who spends most of their time training for war through programs like the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La. They never forget those who are deployed who use programs to adopt platoons at Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan. Their gallantry above the call and their guts are met by their dedication to wear the mountain tab. They carry their American colors on their right shoulder, who carry warrior honor with them for the rest of their lives. Their dedication to democracy and freedom in Afghanistan extends the warrior threshold unmet by any other division. Those who have served at Fort Drum know full well the level of sacrifice and dedication it takes to serve the 10th Mountain Division. They earn the right to share their equity of honor and integrity in America who should be recognized as the toughest division.

The 10th Mountain Division motto: “Climb to Glory.”

Their determination and guts are like no other division. They train cadets at Gen. George Washington’s elite West Point United States Military Academy. Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division who share the honor of being cadre build 100,000 sandbag fortified positions. Their instruction is of the highest quality and standard formulated under intense scrutiny carried out by the heritage of their West Point commanders. Their standards must meet the highest inspection through the Department of Defense to meet this criterion. While all the other divisions sleep at night, they eat, breathe, carry and present the torch of the truest of all virtues not found on any other base. They are the 10th Mountain Division. They do not waiver. They hold their virtues they swear at Reveille to leave no warrior behind. They are brave. They never surrender.

The forging of a 10th Mountain Division warrior requires high standards. The only way through the gauntlet of becoming a 10th Mountain warrior is by setting the physical fitness standard. The 10th Mountain Division hosts “Fit to Fight” that will not settle for the minimal U.S. Army wimp standard of a 180 P.T. score. All those who serve the frontlines must hold a 240 P.T. score, which sets the 10th Mountain Division’s combat-ready standard high above the regular Army garrison standard. Those who earn the mountain tab never miss a day at the gym.

The 10th Mountain Division always picks up its wounded. What separates a member of the 10th Mountain Division above all the other divisions is their distinguished character. They do not stop until every piece of equipment, members of their platoons and squads, all who have perished and their families are accounted for.  Their family may leave the military with the burden of grief, but the 10th Mountain Division always finds ways to support them long after they return home. They build their legacy from the ground up by adopting platoons in Afghanistan who write about their accomplishments long after they leave the military. They never stop training and protecting their communities. They become American Legion, DAV and VFW National Commanders to continuously search for all of those who are lost. They are the founders of Outpost 422. They never stop making their nation’s safety the highest standard as veterans. They are the 10th Mountain Division—the Toughest Division in the Military. They earned this title being thee most deployed division. They meet each day with the call above and beyond their duty. They Climb to Glory.

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Eagle Six Kicks Off Veterans Day at the Baird Patriot Veterans Career Forum

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MILWAUKEE, Wis.—Gray Colton, Chairperson for the Robert W. Baird & Co. Patriot Veteran Hiring Program invited veterans of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater to attend the Baird Patriot Veteran Career Forum on Friday, November 1st, 2019. Gray Colton is the Senior Vice President of Private Wealth and Management for the Robert W. Baird & Co.

Colton arranged to have the 101st Airborne Commander share his mission with members of the Patriot program and veterans. Colton was pleased to see so many veterans turned out to support the Patriot mission, who gave a cordial introduction to Major General Brian Winski.

“We are honored to have Eagle Six with us today,” said Colton.

Colton introduced Major General Brian Winski, Milwaukee, WI native and graduate from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee as “Eagle Six,” which is the 101st Airborne Commander’s call sign in the field and in combat. Major General Winski began his speech addressing the need to hire veterans who shared the value of having veterans in the workplace.

“Every man and woman who wears America’s uniform is a part of a long unbroken line of achievement and honor. No single military power in history has done greater good, shown greater courage, liberated more people or upheld higher standards of decency and valor than the Armed Forces of the United States of America,” said Winski.

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Major General Brian Winksi, Post Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division left the impression Wisconsin holds an ironclad lineage with his division who dates all the way back to the Civil War through the 8th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment. Eagle Six shared the story of how the 101st modeled the efforts of those who served with the 8th in the Civil War and their mascot “Old Abe,” which is the icon for the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagle patch.

Wisconsin 101st Airborne Heritage Speaks

Maj. Gen. Winski closed his address to the Baird Patriot Hiring Program members by reiterating to employers the level of dedication a veteran commits to their country also follows them into their prospective careers. Maj. Gen. Winski extended his appreciation to veterans by taking an opportunity after his presentation to answer questions regarding Syria, Afghanistan and Africa. Winski closed with his expression of gratitude extended to all who serve. Robert W. Baird, the Baird Patriot Veteran Hiring Program and the message shared by Major General Brian Winski shared one thing in common—all appreciate the efforts by all who have served.

 

 

 

The American Legion Post Service Officer’s Role and How They Can Help Veterans Navigate Claims at VA.gov.

American Legion Post Service Officers are a veteran’s first line of communication when inquiring about filing a claim for disability services through the Veterans Administration. Veterans who seek assistance who are seeking information regarding the Veterans Administration can reach out first to a Post Service Officer. Help begins at the post level who will assist with sorting out information. One thing a Veteran can expect is to always have members at American Legion posts to greet them. Service Officers are there to open the door for new members who also meet prospecting members in the community. Service Officers are their advocates. You do not need to be a member to speak with a Post Service Officer.

American Legion website link: https://www.legion.org/

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Service Officers are community ushers for veterans who may be confused about where to turn when filing or opening a claim. As a Service Officer to Post 501 of Madison, WI, I would like to invite all who are discouraged about their future with claiming VA benefits to take a moment and tour the VA.gov website, but first, you will need to register. The First Step to exploring http://www.VA.gov is to click on the link below.

Please take a minute to register for access to VA claim information: https://www.va.gov/

Please take a minute to review VA.gov website first. Take your time and survey the great rewards the Veterans Administration provides for your service. It is my pleasure to serve all of you who have served. Please leave comments or go to our American Legion Post 501 Madison, WI, link on our homepage to reach out to our Service Officer on our website or Facebook links.

According to American Legion Post Service Officer Guide, “an effective Post Service Officer understands benefits afforded to veterans and dependants; however, the PSO is not allowed to file claims on behalf of the claimant. PSOs serve as valuable resources to veterans in local posts to ensure that our veterans and their dependents receive their earned benefits.”

What Service Officers can do: 

  •  Assist veterans with rideshare information available for their appointments.
  •  Contact Department Service Officer at intake.
  •  Share literature available at the local post.
  •  Visit with members at VA hospitals or assist members with making appointments.
  •  Research community programs available like Dryhootch and reach out for assistance.
  •  A handshake for your service to the United States Military

What Service Officers cannot do:

  •  Offer legal advice.
  •  Speculate the outcome of any claim.
  •  Assist with filling out paperwork.
  •  Order prescriptions.
  •  Share sensitive information covered under the Privacy Act of 1974.

Information regarding the Privacy Act of 1974 website can be viewed at https://www.justice.gov/opcl/privacy-act-1974

How to begin filing a claim by registering at VA.gov:

Please go here to register for access to VA claim information: https://www.va.gov

Registering at VA.gov starts by clicking on the “sign-in” feature at the home page in the upper right corner.
Go to the next page and click on “DS Logon.” This will take you to the sign-in page.
Click on “need an account?”
Follow instructions for creating a DS Logon account.
Once you click on the DS Logon sign-in feature you must read the disclaimer.
Scroll down and enter the DS Logon username and DS Logon password.

Note: Ebenefits has moved to the VA.gov website. You can still access Ebenefits, but will need to use the VA.gov website to review and track claims. The VA is currently in the process of transferring from Ebenefits to The VA.gov registry.  There will be times the VA.gov website will instruct the user to revert back to Ebenefits, which is confusing. Do not be alarmed. Follow procedures until the VA develops its online interface.

Navigating the VA.gov website starts by clicking on programs and links. Feel free to explore services and locate claims information. Claims information will help the patient navigate past VA appointments and offer premium access to explore federal programs available once registered with an approved service-connected claim. Service Officers assist with confusing navigation of VA programs on the web.

If you or a loved one need assistance, please leave a comment and our administrators will reach out as soon as we can. Thank you for your service to the United States military and welcome to the VA claims system. Good luck with your future and reach out on our American Legion Post 501 Madison, WI, page Facebook link to connect with a Madison area Service Officer when visiting the Madison VA Hospital.

 

 

The Veterans Administration Pain Management 11th Hour Reality

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The 11th Hour was the hour I lost hope in America. The Veterans Administration’s solution to treating those of us who have served in America’s outposts is to over medicate with opiates. I started my “pain management” program early on in life prior to 9/11 and made several attempts to treat my service-connected condition through physical therapy that failed.

I was offered Hydrocodone two tablets of 2000 mg twice per day for over two years along with muscle relaxers and Gabapentin. I was up to a total of 15,000 mgs of mixed pharmaceuticals to include VA prescribed Ibuprofen per day.

In 2008, the VA introduced its “Pharmaceutical Pain Management Program,” which led me into a near-death experience. The VA refers to opiates as a “pain management program,” which really translates to being a Veteran test subject who will be subjected to a long and slow death through a journey of taking and becoming addicted to pharmaceutical Heroin.

My 11th hour was in August of 2010 when the VA took me off opioids’ cold turkey without treatment. My blood pressure was 220/190 and had come in ten days early for my prescription refill in hopes of avoiding certain death. I paid a visit to the VA for a refill after dropping my prescription in the toilet from the shakes. I would come to know the feeling of overwhelming dread being cut off by the VA forever. Being cut off forever changed my life as my prescription suddenly ran out after the Pharmacist said, “Get lost! You are not getting a refill!” What I was about to experience would take me through a journey that would leave me all alone.

My 11th hour was the minute I went into cardiac arrest and passed out in my living room without help. My phone was shut off after running out of minutes and had no way to call for help. I lost consciousness due to tremors I was experiencing as a result of painkiller over-prescription. I knew I was done. America finally gave up on me.

My defining moment began the morning of August 13, 2010, when I woke up in a stream of cold sweat that left me confined to my bed. My body began to go into detox.

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I began to develop thoughts of despair that ravaged my mind like a driving force of a hundred horses in a stampede. All I could think about was finding a safe place to die. I knew I would not be able to make it to the closet where I knew my kids would not find me.

The struggle to maintain my pain manifested into throwing up from the pit of my soul. Detoxing from VA pain prescriptions is nothing short of demonic possession. As I attempted to take each step towards the door, I felt my body give out and went into convulsions.

My Veterans Administration pain medication had me for keeps. Thoughts raced through my head about my mother who would find me lying face-down on the floor. I began to weep over missing my children’s birthdays and especially their graduation. I began to see the room grow dim and the light of the doorway shine under the threshold. Shards of glass from broken bottles covered the kitchen floor due to scrambling to find my pills.

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I crawled over to the linoleum to cool myself down. I began to vomit once again and had accidentally inhaled shards of glass in my mouth that cut my tongue. The taste of opiate withdrawal mixed with shards of glass took a once standing tall soldier and threw them in the gutter.

Vomit soaked teeth from the dry heaves started me down the path into the Valley of the Shadow of VA Opiate death. I laid on the floor crying for help and nobody heard a word as I went into cardiac arrest. I had called my sister the week before in a fit to say mean things to her. She was my only hope. She was all I had left. My brothers gave up on me and told me I was hopeless.

I could not possibly trouble my mother after living in her basement and overstaying my welcome.

My heart raced and I passed out. Not a single person at the Tayco Street Apartments in Menasha, WI, heard a word I said. I did not know what to do and began to slip into a coma. I did not know how I could possibly live one more minute.

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The benevolent light led me through the maze back into life as I vowed to do anything for just one more chance. The hand of life shoved me back into my body and awoke to a massive head contusion. I was alive and that was all that mattered. Whatever the higher power was that saved my life, I have dedicated my life to it. Today I am nine years opiate free and have returned to school as a result.

Surviving the 11th Hour—Download the PTSD Coach app. That’s an Order.

by Bradley J. Burt

The 11th Hour—Navigating Your Way Out.

The 11th Hour is the Last Hour Prior to the Veteran Ending their Life. I Stood in the Doorway of Desperation With Only One Choice. I Chose to Make the Call. The Veterans Crisis Line Saved My Life and Will Save Yours Too.
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August of 2017, was my first experience surviving from the 11th hour of hopelessness and despair that opened my mind to try to live my life. Freedom and release quickly built my confidence after downloading the PTSD Coach app. I had begun my Cognitive Processing Therapy at the Madison VA and was journaling my intrusive thoughts. Thoughts manifested into moments of hopelessness that would not go away. “What will I do for work? I will I feed my kid? What will become of me five years from now?”

After receiving a referral for outpatient treatment through the Veterans Crisis Line, I was able to step on the path to seek help.

I had come to realize how quick and easy taking the time to call the Veterans Crisis Line was, but I needed something more. I needed to navigate my way out. I was in Las Vegas, NV, where I had started to develop signs of my first panic attack. After reaching into my pocket to grab my phone to call the Veterans Crisis Line, I noticed a sign in the casino that guided me to download the PTSD Coach app and did.

Survival is the Key to Ending Veteran Suicide. Download the PTSD Coach app.

“Ok, I am having a panic attack, now what?”

Take two minutes to collect yourself and practice a simple breathing technique I learned from John Tesh. Inhale and hold for fourteen seconds—exhale for fourteen seconds slowly—Take a deep breath and let it out. Do this as many times as it takes to survive being overwhelmed. Think of a happy moment. Mine is the night I won a triple-double seven-jackpot at the Monte Carlo Casino after seeing Cher. Las Vegas, NV has many magical moments. Find your Las Vegas.

You are never hopeless. Your Battle Buddy is only one app away. Download and explore.

Research Your Condition.

Do not ever hesitate to explore the internet for the means to end social and environmental panic attacks. My condition and diagnosis did not allow much information other than my situation was treatable but permanent. Navigating the maze of mental health must be fought minute by minute. Taking a break is critical before becoming too overwhelmed.

The sole mission here at Outpost 422 is to help talk you down from following through with thoughts of suicide. We are all Battle Buddies in the war at home. You are valuable. You are valor. You are worthy to hold on one more day. Reach out on Facebook at Outpost 422 and we will be there to offer blogs and tips to help you see this through. We want you to know you can make it with the help of all of us who are the survivors of the 22.

Dryhootch Supports Veterans of Dane County

by Bradley J. Burt

https://www.dryhootch.org/

This Week’s Feature: Dryhootch

Madison, WI—Dryhootch is a facility designed to meet with the Veteran who is developing into a crisis. Sometimes Veterans fall through transition into civilian life. Dryhootch is a community outreach designed to meet the Veteran who may be uncertain what the future may hold. Dryhootch opens the portal of hope to share strategies with the Veteran that comforts the individual as a safe shelter when the 11th hour rears its ugly head.

On average, 22 Veterans Per Day Commit Suicide. Download PTSD Coach App and Talk to the Professionals who can help. 1-800-273-8255 Press 1. the Veterans Crisis Line is only one call away.

Dryhootch is a Safe Place in Crisis.

Address: 2825 University Ave #2, Madison, WI 53705

Hours

Thursday8AM–4PM
Friday8AM–4PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
Monday8AM–4PM
Tuesday8AM–4PM
Wednesday8AM–4PM

Phone: (608) 250-2540

Outpost 422 Communicates with Dryhootch and Capitol Law Enforcement.

If you are a Veteran who has been recently discharged from the Madison VA and have nowhere to go or are homeless, you can meet us at Peace Park by reaching out to our Watchdog Quick Reactionary Force on our Outpost 422 Facebook page. We are UW Veterans who have survived the 11th hour by using PTSD Coach app and the Veterans Crisis Line who attend the Tuesday crisis support group at 12 p.m. in Madison, WI. Look for us under the sign at Peace Park on the 400 block of State Street.

Dryhootch has been a game-changer that offers assistance with academics as well. Our goal through our Outpost 422 outreach is to enlist as many Watchdogs as we can to support Dryhootch with their upcoming Valor building groundbreaking find a place for our Battle Buddies to call home. Dryhootch will not judge your situation. Reach out anytime.

Capstone—the Essence of Military Strength Through Endurance —the Jessica Dean Trauma Transition Story

by Bradley J. Burt

Meet Jessica Dean—Marine Corps Veteran and Dedicated Scholar.

Name: Jessica Dean

MOS: 2846 Ground Radio Intermediate Repairer

Branch: Marine Corps

Current Status: Military Sexual Trauma and Military Victimization Outreach Advocate

Hi, name is Jessica Dean. Here is my Veteran story:

Whitewater, Wis.—UW Whitewater Veterans Servicemembers Organization hosted a cookout at Starin Park to kick off Fall Semester Sept. 14, 2019. After becoming acquainted with members of the group, Jessica Dean was introduced by her husband who is the Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5470 in Whitewater, Wis. The Deans met while they were in service. Jessica Dean offered to share her story for UW Capstone outreach feature writing piloted at Outpost 422. Dean supports the idea of writing mechanisms to overcome grief. Dean indicated she was interested in sharing her story to answer the question,

“What was your defining moment?”

Jessica Dean offered to share her experience, strength and hope from an occurrence that happened while she was in service. Dean’s story is one that has happened to many that goes unpunished, gets discarded due to weighing of merits due to the weighing of evidence from eye witness accounts.

The Hardship:

Dean is coming forward to share her story as an MST survivor. Dean had been sexually assaulted by an individual while she was stationed at 29 Palms Marine Corps base in California. Her hope is that readers will become aware of the hardship of her situation and her testimonial of triumph will inspire more women to share theirs as a result.

What is MST or Military Sexual Trauma?

Currently, in the United States Military, women are being allowed to join the combat arms fields. Misogyny and brutalization have become an epidemic due to the integration of women on the frontline. Women who serve have been fighting both the enemy and misogyny in the military.

More and more women are being victimized and are coming forward sharing how they are becoming prey to being attacked by servicemembers. The military Courts-Martial enables the predatory behavior to continue due to the current Inspector General investigation system being backlogged. Meanwhile, predators know these odds are in their favor and the brutalizing system of accosting women grows stronger by the day.

Women attempt to speak up and receive backlash. Their stories are going unrecognized and unheard. After interviewing Dean, her story spoke of hurt and emotional pain, along with the weight of marginalization with VA claims, which sends women into appeal who apply for service-connected military sexual trauma.

“Military sexual trauma has been getting overlooked and ignored. Women must speak up,” said Dean.

Misogyny and sexual assault result in military sexual trauma that has led to Dean dealing with untreated conditions. The Veterans Administration downplayed her condition by diagnosing her with “Extreme Anxiety Disorder.” Military Sexual Trauma has been happening to several women in the military and has left women prey to dealing with untreated trauma as a result. After coming forward to the VA for her claim, she noted the lack of support women face leads to marginalization and victim-blaming at the level of the Walworth County Veterans Service Office. Dean also noted when interviewed by Compensation and Pension examiners, she felt cornered by interrogation methods.

“You can’t prove any of this happened,” the VA Compensation and Pension Examiner stated.

Jessica Dean has been through the hardship of trauma transition along with VA Compensation and Pension marginalization.  Walworth County Service Officer gave Dean a method of interrogationtion she was unprepared for.

“The Walworth County Service Officer gave me a blank stare of disbelief when they assisted me with filing claims where I dealt with a Veterans Administration claims decision of a severe anxiety disorder and sent me on my way,” said Dean.

Dean’s Husband Gets Hit by a Drunk Driver:

Jessica Dean got out of the military and pursued her undergraduate degree. Dean and her husband were raising three boys at the time. Not only did Dean suffer at the hands of an attacker, she was left to discover she had to endure yet another life hardship—her husband Jason Dean was hit by a drunk driver. Dean shared her story of determination to help her husband recover. Not only was she dealing from military backlash, but an unexpected traumatic turn in her marriage on top of her working through her own personal trauma.

Dean is a true Marine and a dedicated fighter. Her determination developed her drive to succeed. Even though Jessica Dean was overwhelmed with school and her newly diagnosed condition, she was determined to stay the course. Surviving trauma taught her how to overcome her husband suffering a near fatal incident, which left her to raise the boys for her husband to fully recover. Dean is tough.

Her dedication to the Veterinarian industry was her focus to pull her through. Not only had Dean come to endure one of the hardest moments of her life, she also had to embrace for the news her credits from another school were not transferrable.

None-the-less, Dean fought her way through four-and-a-half years of retaking several classes to eventually be awarded an opportunity to serve an internship as a Wildlife Intern for the Dane County Humane Society. Jessica Dean’s story is one of bravery and guts over moments of defeat.

Jessica Dean’s passion is to end military sexual trauma by speaking up and being heard:

Dean’s is passionately seeking a career to be a Veterinarian who took ten credits of UW schooling while working full-time.

“I took a terrible event and made a good thing out of it—battling misogyny amongst Veterans. There are times where you are really plagued with doubt,” said Dean.

Advocates like Dean who share their grief and angst regarding first-hand experience with MST claim sexual assault is commonplace in the military and it needs to end. If you, or a loved one are harboring keeping your hardship secret, please reach out to 1-800-656-HOPE. https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline

Information regarding MST abuse and symptoms can be also found at:

https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/mentalhealth/msthome/index.asp

Outpost 422 Practicum Launch—09/12/2019

WORKLOAD PROPOSAL REPORT

To: Practicum Instructor

From: Bradley Burt

Date: 09/22/19

RE: Workload Proposal

     Introduction: After spending the entire summer preparing for the Fall 2019 Semester, I have decided to utilize Practicum writing to help my fellow Veterans of the State of Wisconsin pursue the Journalism Certificate Program to become vloggers for a program I am piloting called, “Outpost 422.”  Practicum 1 helped knock the advocacy writing out of me that led to writing several opinion pieces.  The one piece that sticks out the most I am mainly looking to focus on was the APA I wrote for my final for Intro to Mass Communications, which utilizes crowdsourcing through WordPress to feature Veterans.  As a Veteran who has been treated for my untreated combat injuries through the Veterans Integration Transitional Academic Leadership Program at Truax Campus, I feel it is my duty to enlist as many Veterans as I can to pass on the baton or Practicum writing as a means of therapy.  Feature writing has improved my mental health.  Being published last semester quickly turned my condition around and am investing in the Journalism Certificate Program as an American Legion Service Officer who serves on the Wisconsin American Legion Press Association and the Wisconsin Department of the American Legion as a future member of the Suicide Awareness Committee.

     I am creating an Ad Hoc Reporter, which is a Watchdog Journalist who establishes a link of communications between Capitol Law Enforcement and Student Senate when our school has an active shooter situation. UW Parkside recently had a Veteran commit suicide in the parking lot and wrote my argument for Intro to Mass Communications around a piece by the Washington Post titled, “the Parking Lot Suicides.”  My project for Practicum 2 is to develop crowdsourcing and WordPress outreach for struggling Veterans who can connect with UW Madison and UW Whitewater VITAL Capstone Journalism Writers at the UW when the Veteran becomes overwhelmed, or in the event of an Active Shooter, organize a Quick Reactionary Force to converge and guard our classrooms through Vlogging footage. 

     Media organization: The joint venture Media organization will be between the Badger Legionnaire and the Clarion to develop Outpost 422 as a shared governance communications fundraising Veteran Vlogging Check Point prototype to assist VITAL Veterans at Madison College successfully develop and meet the expectations the UW has for them as our intern writers.  Our interns will develop a sense of importance of shared governance by attending Student Senate meetings and reporting the news through the Outpost 422 broadcast.  American Legion Post 501 of Madison, WI has graciously offered to allow us to use their hall on Dempsey Road to work with the Veterans who take over the program after I finish the 2019-2020 program.  My plan is to pilot a blog journalism program to teach Veterans how to Vlog for the Outpost 422 broadcast and serve the Wolfpack as a remote broadcast during Veteran events.  Our goal is to raise funds through WordPress to end Veteran suicide in support of the Department of Veterans Affairs Zero Veteran Suicide Initiative.  We are also developing a prototype to continuously serve our recently adopted 10th Mountain Division Platoon.  The “Outpost” is for the 10th Mountain adopt-a-platoon and the 422 is for Veterans who enter VA VITAL from Building 22 at the Madison VA. I am one of those Veterans and am utilizing my Practicum 2 to help distribute the weight to those who enter the Wolfpack returning from war.

     Practicum focus: Throughout the Fall Semester of 2019, we will be linking up all aspects of the Clarion staff into one Vlogging outlet at www.Outpost422.com.  Each week on Monday from 1:30 to 2:30pm, we will be tracking our progress through our live broadcast, which will eventually be recorded to capture the lens of Madison College Veterans.  For the entire Fall 2019 Semester, I will be taking Social Media Writing at Madison College where the website will develop into an outreach for the entire state of Wisconsin Moderated and Administered by me for the remainder of the program’s existence.  Outpost 422 is my own personal documentary story that will be a survivor manual for VITAL Veterans and am asking the American Legion to sponsor the program by linking the Badger Legionnaire to the Clarion through the website portal.  All staff members will be writing for the 10th Mountain Division who is deployed in Afghanistan and will link up at Peace Park in Madison, WI to meet and greet Veterans between UW Madison and Madison College. 

     My focus with my Practicum 2 pilot is to incorporate all aspects of Backpack Journalism into one medium source.  Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary Order and the Uniformed Code of Military Justice share a unique common bond that I discovered once I became and American Legion official.  Piloting a UW Capstone Veteran feature writing program will increase morale by and large between Veterans and those serving in Afghanistan.  What I envision is the Madison College Truax campus hosting silent auctions and key figure speakers at the Mitby Theater. The focus is to pilot a Vlogger program through internship sponsorship to develop combat Veterans with PTSD that will give their unique perspective through interview and blogging for the UW Health graduate students to study.  I have spoken with Paul Rickert at the Madison VA who has given me his blessing in hopes we can end the 22 Veteran per day suicide statistic by boosting morale in the combat zone.  Those who graduate Outpost 422 Capstone Writing through the UW will be offered opportunities to pursue drone journalism upon transfer, which will be my UW Whitewater Capstone transfer program next.

     Practicum goals: My number one Practicum goal is to create an assembly of Veterans who indirectly assist other Veterans.  The American Legion will assist with organizing fundraising and will be turning Practicum 2 portfolio over to the Wisconsin American Legion Press Association as a prototype to develop the Badger Legionnaire digital presence at the post level.  Service Officers can submit articles, but not many do.  Developing a digital presence will help keep the cost of print down and will be a prototype for nonprofit organizations to follow and develop through the Social Media Writing Course at Madison College. 

     Time management: The Practicum work will be done Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30p and Thursdays from 10a to 6p.  Every Friday will be spent at Tellurian Detox Facility between 8:00 to 10:00p assisting with crisis intake.  The requirement for the internship is to assist with homeless Vets.  The Veteran will meet with the American Legion for their assignment.

Conclusion: The Workload Proposal Report will be posted to the WordPress account for branding authenticity as an Academic Philanthropy Program with the express consent of the fundraising board between the Madison College and Wisconsin American Legion Press Association bylaws a nonprofit Vlogging and fundraising crowdsourcing entity to assist the 10th Mountain Division adopt-a-platoon, Madison College VA VITAL, and Department of Veterans Affairs Zero Veteran Suicide Mission be maintained by both the intern and the Practicum Professor as a UW Madison, UW Whitewater, and UW Extension means to end Veteran suicide.

Buck it Up Bucky—You’re in for Alotta Push ups Today!—the 2019 Camp Randall Opener

by Bradley J. Burt

10th Mountain Salute to the colors for those who are still fighting in Afghanistan. Also a big huge shout out to my biggest fan who scored us these sweet tickets to see my first Badger game. Although UW Whitewater is my transfer school, I am pursuing the UW Madison Journalism Practicum Writing Certificate at Madison College. This semester is kicking off with a lot of great gifts and perks for using both schools to transition as a disabled veteran.

After coming to realize what feature journalism writing is, I am turning this project over the Wisconsin American Legion Press Association to create a blogger fundraiser coverage for veterans. Today’s game starts the pursuit to develop “Rucksack Journalism.” We are a community watchdog program to assist at-risk veterans become scholars through the VA VITAL Program at Madison College.

We are embarking on a Capstone Journalism journey to develop veterans into academic blog writers. Today’s Badger game featured a melee of epic opportunities to create and generate ideas for blogs.

35,000 Red fans raging over a football was today’s feature. I sat back and studied the well-trained Badger fans who wore red. The student body at UW Madison was the in-group, and of course, we were the out-group. But, are we really? Who funds scholarships? Who makes it possible for a decrepit old veteran like me to become a UW Royal Purple and Capitol Capstone Journalist? The out-group. Reason being? The crowd was dominated by what the student body said we ought to do when we started the wave. The out-group did not understand why the in-group needed to chant profanity back-and-forth. Studying humans through then lens of Philosophy proves one key element is most certainly true. Being a Journalist takes yourself out of the situation to study what the hip thing is to do and captures it through the painting of words, like Bob Ross, that teaches PTSD Veterans a new coping and development strategy.

Fortunately, the Practicum UW Madison Journalism Certificate Program has given me a profound respect for our Philanthropists who donate to keep the Madison College UW Transfer Programs funded at the University. We are grateful you are adopting 10th Mountain platoons deployed to Afghanistan at Madison College. I look forward to reviewing more games as the season continues in search of football players who are veterans on the team.

Bucking A’ Bucky Did a Bunch of Push ups Today!

The Sacred Warriors

“One of the lessons learned during the Vietnam War was that the depiction of wounded soldiers, of coffins stacked higher than their living guards, had a negative effect on the viewing public. The military in Iraq specifically banned the photographing of wounded soldiers and coffins, thus sanitizing this terrible and bloody conflict.” Walter Dean Myers

Who are the Sacred Warriors of the Sacred Warrior Church of Native America Inc?

The legend of the Sacred Warriors can be found in every place we meet. We see them standing before us and on the corner of every street. They are noble and brave, they are the next 22 we ignore every day who don’t know what to do. Nobody listens to them when their may be a sign something is wrong. They act like hardened warriors who cry behind closed doors, wishing there was a magic wand to cure them of trauma from their civilian transitional wars.

They cry out to us when they return home from land, air, and sea. They are the walkers amongst the earth who fall prey to misery. The abyss awaits them in the deep, silent screams of agony with no relief. They run from untreated trauma from the bullies at work. They can’t take time off or they will surely reap—they turn to the only thing they know—the VA Opiate Harvester who possesses their war torn souls.

Over periods of time, the pills wear off, the Sacred Warrior suffers through detox shock and seeks for an oasis to cool them off—they are the silenced and beaten, their stories of being verbally assaulted in the workplace have them feeling defeated.

The Sacred Warriors watch over us at night. They are the ones who lost the 22 fight…

Although we seek to comfort them at home—their soul is lost—in the combat zone they roam, only wishing for the nightmare would leave them alone. The sounds of explosions awaken them at night, the terror, bewilderment, the reflections of losing their Battle Buddy in a firefight. We collect their memories here at Outpost 422—along with their families who know not what to do.

I ask you all to stop and pray, at 4:22 PM, while they stand guard every day. Their soul rests at Post Everlasting, while their memory here leaves their families fasting, never to see them and hold them again, Gold Star Mothers who have children who gave up the fight from the war they were in.

As we close in prayer, we seek only one request—never ever let their memories rest, for it is at Outpost 422 they will be blessed. They are the guardians of the next 22, they are the silent voice who cannot tell us how we can help you. The Sacred Warriors gave us their all; it is from their ashes America stands tall. Be not weary for they are on watch. We must honor them daily for the future 22 who are lost…22 More Dead Veterans Today—The price of America’s Democracy as a result of Congressional neglect. The thanks our Sacred Warriors get for the shores they use to protect.