WDVA seeks eligible Warhawks for grant funding

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs allocates grant money to the University of Wisconsin System and non-profit organizations during the month of September.

   The State of Wisconsin opens doors to nonprofit community support across the state for grant funding annually. The window to apply for grants ends September 30th.

Grants offer opportunities for all veterans, spouses and dependents through a tuition fee remission called “the Wisconsin G.I. Bill.” The WDVA also offers an annual grant for non-profit organizations like Disabled American Veterans, which rely on donations to purchase hospital transportation vans each year. The grant process starts with notifying the public through administrators like Donald Placidi Jr. and ends with a consultation from the Walworth County Veteran Service Officer prior to enrollment.

“The Wisconsin G.I. Bill is a state-funded program to allow veterans and their dependents tuition coverage. The Wisconsin G.I. Bill is the most generous grant you can get. My wife and I both use it,” said Placidi.

Donald Placidi Jr., division administrator of the Division of Veteran Benefits, oversees the administration of grants, state veteran programs and award nominations. Placidi distributes program information through County Veteran Service Officer training across the state. Placidi’s primary job is to oversee the operation of support services.

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is located at 2135 Rimrock Road in Madison, Wisconsin.

“We have a support service through a place called the Veteran Benefit Resource Center. I am the coordinator. My job is to connect our services across the state,” said Placidi.

Placidi is a benefactor of the Wisconsin G.I. Bill. Placidi is also a veteran returning to school, along with his family, who is actively pursuing his master’s degree. Veterans, spouses and dependents receive 128 credits-worth of state funded tuition.

“I believe it was a year ago when I was reading the Military Times. They were going through some of the best benefits across the country. The Wisconsin G.I. Bill was mentioned as one of the best benefits regarding student tuition,” said Placidi.

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is currently closed to public visitation. The State Revenue Building hosts the headquarters of WDVA where Placidi distributes information. 


WDVA provides updates and training through its State Service Officers. The instruction is for County Veteran Service Officers who receive a 427-page Veteran Service Officer Training Manual. Each County Veteran Service Officer works with WDVA to track all who utilize the Wisconsin G.I. Bill in school, helps families file claims and explain information applying for grants.

            “The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs offers accredited training of at least 40 hours of both federal and state benefits,” Walworth County Veteran Service Officer Nathan Bond said.

Bond began in 2014 and became a County Veteran Service Officer in 2016. WDVA helped him develop a detailed understanding of the proper filing of WDVA documents.

            “County Veteran Service Officers all go through an accredited process like the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars,” said Bond.

Bond also assists dependents and families who are eligible for the Wisconsin G.I. Bill by determining eligibility through records on file. Bond’s training and continued interaction with WDVA officials like Placidi seek to improve claim filing solvency. Walworth County Service Officers are one of the first points of contact for veterans, their spouses and dependents when applying for state benefits in the Whitewater community.

            “If your spouse or parents served, received an honorable discharge, you should see a County Veteran Service Officer before you apply for school. If a person separates from service, I can help them,” Bond said.

Not only does WDVA work with the county, the agency assists the Disabled American Veterans organization with funding and benefits as well. An annual grant for $200,000 provides enough to purchase seven vans to shuttle disabled persons to the hospital for care. The not-for-profit agency applies for seven grants per year to purchase vehicles from the Ford Motor Company.

Grant funding from WDVA offer safe rides from an all-volunteer fleet  transports members to the William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wis. Veterans in need of disability lift transportation call the Disabled Veterans Organization for free rides.

            “We Average 900,000-miles-per-year with our transportation,” said Wisconsin Disabled American Veteran Commander Matt Kempainen.

Kempainen’s organization works to increase disabled veteran mobility. Disabled American Veterans is 100 percent volunteer-operated, who donate up to 65,000 hours annually. WDVA seeks the help of organizations like these to spread the word about state grants who share how programs benefit their members.

            “We are here to empower veterans to lead high quality lives. Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs does the best they can to make sure our voices are heard,” Kempainen said.

The Wisconsin G.I. Bill is an on-going benefit available every semester. The WDVA Non-profit Grant deadline ends Wednesday, September 30, at 4:30 p.m. For more information, please stop by Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs’ website at www.dva.wi.gov.

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Wisconsin Department of the American Legion Patriotism and Purpose Art Contest 2020

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Commander Tom Stolarczyk of American Legion Post 501 of Madison, Wisconsin invites you all to pass along the featured flyer information:

Art ContestPart 2 Art Contest

For more information, please visit the Wisconsin American Legion Department website. Thank you for your continued support.

Respectfully Submitted,

Bradley J. Burt

Post 501 Adjutant/Service Officer/Historian/Public Relations and VA&R Committee Chairperson/Outpost 422 Outreach Founder

Vietnam War Love Letter Unearthed from Foot Locker—the Combat Crucible

July 27, 1969

Dear my lovely Roxy Foxx,

Today was overwhelming at the outpost. We spent the entire night fighting off the approaching enemy advancing our position. My photo of you in my pocket keeps me strong and even though we are miles apart, you are always with me. The days of the war are ongoing with being cooped up in the bunker. As we await our orders each day, we hear the war will end soon.

Our home front has become restless. The endless protests litter our streets as monuments collapse and fall. Our love will never fall. We are together as one unified soul under the milky way at night. We meet each other under our tree and collect our faith we will meet again when I return home.

I want you to know the world is my ocean of calming tide when you are in my arms. I know how happy we are when we are in communion with each other in meditation. Sadly, the bombs send shock waves through the jungle and my hand shakes when I write to you. My determination to return home to you holds my convictions true to our love.

The streetlights in America are growing dim with protests from what I hear. How are you holding up? I pray every time I see your pretty face in your picture you are safe. You will always be safe in my arms. Being a soldier on the frontline leaves a lasting imprint on humanity. Right now, we return home to our Capitol filled with vandalized monuments and are not feeling loved. We get spit on at airports and shunned at the coffee shop.

None of that matters to me. All that matters is that we meet each other each day in gratitude and rest assured that when the war is over, we will be together forever. I hope you will write to me soon. I adore your love letters and am determined to survive this war to see you again. May you always be right here in my arms until then. You are my soul-searching purpose to be a better man each day. We are the future of humanity. Our mission is to radiate love and light in times of peril and hate. I love you times Brazilian.

Love,
Cpl. Bob Cobb

The Slow Decay of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—the Crux of Combat

You wake up every day shrouded by a circle of demons. The sole mission of those demons is to repel the love of family. Post-traumatic stress disorder winds you up like a rubber band on the verge of slapping your caretakers to prevent them from getting close. The fast run of hypervigilance races through words spoken like a breath of a tornado. Nobody understands.

22 Vets A Day Too Many

The Reckoning
Recalling events from the past never leave. What would I have done different? Nothing. The reckoning is your narrative. Your explosive anger overwhelms you. Your crux is the confusion. Standing in line in the grocery store can be a chore. The hurt, the shame and all the pain overwhelmingly track your every thought. You calculate each move in the grocery store, you realize you dropped your credit card on the floor. You look for the door. Fear and Loathing send you racing to the car. You drive away far until the surge of racing thoughts disappear.

The Veterans Crisis Line is there to ease the pain. No more fear. No more loathing.

The Fear Follows You Like Wolves
The third world follows you wherever you go. The sounds of burning children are the only thing you know. The morning you woke up and the minute the 11th hour began, was the day you realize you should’ve run. Will I ever return the man I was before? Or will I run like a child down a haunted corridor? The wolves greet you in your sleep. The fear is the way they trap you to avoid the help you must seek. The wolves are night terrors who lock you behind closed doors. The fear snares you to sedate with painkillers all the more. The VA leaves you at death’s door.

Wolf for Blog

The Loathing Defines Your Trauma
As you leave many lives in despair—your cold-hearted coping teaches people you do not care. You watched many lives consumed by death. You know only one thing—we all have one last breath. Trauma never heals when the heart never feels. Hurt, shame and guilt are the products of the loathe. Be still, the world develops your life into becoming a wolf. The oath you swore disappears. The grief you cause those who love now becomes their fear. You are their first thought when they swallow all their tears. You leave them like a phantom who haunted them for years.

The Loathing for Blog

Truth of Trauma
The truth is out there if you are willing to take a hand. The PTSD Coach App will help you understand. The Veterans Crisis Line will teach you how to treat your fears. No more thoughts of suicide the loathing will disappear. The truth of trauma comes the minute you understand, help starts with courage when you ask someone to lead you to promised land. Trauma is the source of the 22. I was once like you. Trust is the last resort—the help will see you through.

Contagious, Cathartic and Quick—the Alan Cassidy Drum Review of “Verminous by the Black Dahlia Murder (2020)”

The Witching Hour Featured Artist

The Black Dahlia Murder is a death metal band who takes on the impossible task of performing live as a death metal entourage. There is a drummer who comes to mind when I think of a ‘90s archetype that stands out like no other. Alan Cassidy, the Black Dahlia Murder’s footwork engineer, and blast beat architect can be heard throughout the new single titled “Verminous.”

When I think of a drummer who is Verminous, I picture the sickest drum delivery as possible. Alan Cassidy nails the listener with a labyrinth filled with a variety of footwork typically unheard of in the death metal craft. Growing up as a drummer in a death metal band of the ‘90s, I am particular of making three things perfectly clear what death metal is, and what it is not. The Witching Hour drum reviews take on the firsthand expectation from someone who served in the trenches as a drummer who expects three things with the death metal brand—contagious beats, cathartic blast beats, followed by quick feet.

Archetype Delivery

The myth that all bands who play death metal must be satanic is a fallacy. Chuck Schuldner at the “Day of Death” in Milwaukee, Wis. announced during the “Death Human Tour ‘91” made clear death metal was his genre and ideology was not the focus of his prototypical expectation of the future of the genre he engineered. The Black Dahlia Murder flashes pentagrams, which is a total turn off to sell out to draw viewers. Drummers could care less. Alan Cassidy takes on the tough task of holding down originality in a genre that offers three forms of delivery with blast beats, quick time simplistic patterns with single-footed tempo keeping and the typical machine gun barrage drumming commonly played in all death metal bands.

The Trance

Death metal drummers take on the anthropological role of invoking ecstatic forms of performance. The audience keeps staring in awe in amazement while drummers like Alan Cassidy seem possessed, but realistically, simply has perfected his abilities with his craft. Playing death metal drumming is like opening a portal to a new universe in the percussion stratosphere.

All religious and sacrilegious values aside, the world and mind of a drummer like Alan Cassidy spends countless hours entranced in thought trying to sharpen the axe of improving the future of the toughest genre to play. Alan Cassidy scores high marks in the death metal community with his mastery of whips and snaps through his rolling double bass.

Alan Cassidy

The Possession

Ecstatic performers who are masters of their craft seemed possessed with their inhuman ability. Alan Cassidy makes the fundamentalist drummer hang on for dear life trying to emulate. Developing a style like Cassidy’s does not come easy and give him extra points for his Verminous footwork. I felt like I was being led through a maze of snakes slithering through an isle of ooze trapping me in place. From an anthropological and pragmatic survey of the ecstatic nature of death metal, the average listener, or those who are faint of heart, would run scared for their life when hearing such a fright. Drummers who have perfected their ability to demonstrate their prodigal possession perform their sorcery with flawless facets of full flavorful fan feeding frenzy.

The Ritual

The Witching Hour seeks to survey death metal through the lens of ecstatic trance and possession to dispel any myth the group is possessed by the devil or have a paranormal possession. Religions and genres are cultural representations of how musicians and fellowships view the world. Myths are symbolic and rituals are how the group performs their practice. Alan Cassidy dispels all myths with his flawless transmittal heard in the recording of Verminous. In contrast to ritualistic performance heard in previous albums, hand work and fills were marginal. I felt the foot work stood out as a new approach to future songs. The song flow was marginal in contrast to previous albums, but the cymbal work accented the placement of color heard throughout.

Happy Hauntings

One does not have to have a formal anthropological background to appreciate the sorcery of Alan Cassidy and his footwork style of imagistic flavor to appreciate the Black Dahlia Murder’s new album “Verminous.” Cassidy takes his listener to parts unknown leaving them wanting more. Cassidy lands his place as a legend in the Hall of Fame of archetypical death metal players—the Witching Hour stamp of approval.

The Weird Turn Pro—COVID 19 Distance Learning Assignment for Investigative Journalism at Madison College

The Founder of Gonzo Journalism

One cannot put into words to describe Hunter S. Thompson other than “Gonzo Journalist.” Thompson was a stuntman who went out of his way to ride with the Hell’s Angels on a cruising for a bruising that eventually turned ugly. As a rebellious youth growing up in Appleton, Wis. in the ‘90s, I followed Thompson’s writing style whose genre piqued the interest of weirdos like me. Gonzo Journalism was first introduced through my History teacher who hated the concept that defied all the laws of journalism objectivity.

He called us all “Jag bag Rhodes Scholars” for liking him. Thompson was my form of literary escape and rebellious rebuttal to my teacher’s low appraisal of me. “Fear and Loathing” became my montage attending his class where I purposely placed Thompson’s books on my desk for my teacher to see. I lived each day by one of Thompson’s quotes that propelled me to barely pass his class. My history teacher told me I would never make it to college. Hunter S. Thompson’s writing style fed me who is responsible for my rebellious approaches to journalism today.

“When the going gets weird—the weird turn pro.”-Hunter S. Thompson

Thompson profile photo

Biographical Source: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hunter-S-Thompson and Google search.

The Man Behind the Scenes

Name: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Place of Birth: Springfield, Kentucky
Born: July 18, 1937
Died: February 20, 2005
Education: Columbia University, Florida State University, Columbia University of General Studies, Louisville Male High School.

Hunter S. Thompson Defies the Laws of Journalism

My love for Thompson starts with his going above the status quo to write feature stories from the first-person cockpit. Journalist editors scold writers from inserting themselves in their reporting. Thompson ignores the editor and does it anyway. Gonzo Journalism is frowned upon at the Clarion. I have been scolded on many occasions for taking the gonzo approach. My favorite character feature about Hunter S. Thompson was his beat down he took with the Hell’s Angels who reported his life behind the scenes. My favorite gonzo movies are “Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).” Bill Murray and Johnny Depp take on the role of animating the life of the Gonzo Journalist, who feature Thompson’s signature cigarette filter chewing memoirs—his best attribute. Thompson served in the Air Force as a sports editor for an on-base newspaper starting in 1956 until he was discharged in 1957. Hunter S. Thompson followed his journalism career long after.

Going Gonzo with the Hell’s Angels

The best way to describe Gonzo Journalism would be to examine Hunter S. Thompson through introspection to delve into the mind of a madman who documented his ride-along with the Hell’s Angels. Introspection seeks to form observations regarding the writer’s state of mind leading them into their journalism career. Thompson was a rebel. By disregarding journalism expectations of objectivity, his writings became outlawed in the eyes of editors. But the reader kept wanting more and more. Gonzo Journalism investigated the Hell’s Angels after befriending the organization who turned on Thompson and beat the life out of him. The introspection of Thompson’s “Hell’s Angels (1966)” prospect editorial, dialogued a state of mind of a writer, who lived beyond the human capacity, to go above and beyond the status quo, to entertain ideas with readers (Introspection examination: https://youtu.be/ccyu44rsaZo).

 

Journalism Sample: Fear and Loathing in America

“The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time. Make no mistake about it. We are at war now—with somebody—and we will stay At War with that mysterious enemy for the rest of our lives.”
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The UW Whitewater Blog cast Catharsis Case Study to Research COVID-19 Trauma Coping Mechanisms

What are we going to do?

First off, give yourself a break and get situated. We know, you left your pictures of your wife and kids at the office, your colleague has had to relocate from COVID-19 unemployment, your roof is leaking and your not quite sure what to do next. Try checking in on our website and give blog casting a try.

Blog casting takes you on a journey to take you out of your head. Welcome to the journey in the mind of the COVID-19 Madison College Clarion Radio General Manager of Broadcast. We are teaching you mechanisms used in combat to quell anxiety and depression.

Outpost 422 is your sanctuary of trauma informed hope.

Our mission is to connect with you to help you carry your trauma crux. We can fight COVID-19 together with hope and courage to see this through. You are the catalyst. You are the future of this case study. We need your imput to care for those who cannot care for themselves.

Stay the Course.

Take this time to give yourself a break. Take your time. Scroll, listen and engage on our widgets that connect you to Facebook pages for immediate support. The Outpost 422 broadcast at Madison College featured in our experimental footage is available on Mondays at 1 p.m. CDT.

The Witching Hour Catharsis Case Study.

We are surveying the effects of death metal on trauma informed listeners. Metal Max is our critic who helps you decide what songs to pick and choose.

Go to his website at: Ask Metal Max

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The Weird Turn Pro—COVID 19 Distance Learning Assignment for Investigative Journalism at Madison College

The Founder of Gonzo Journalism

One cannot put into words to describe Hunter S. Thompson other than “Gonzo Journalist.” Thompson was a stuntman who went out of his way to ride with the Hell’s Angels on a cruising for a bruising that eventually turned ugly. As a rebellious youth growing up in Appleton, Wis. in the ‘90s, I followed Thompson’s writing style whose genre piqued the interest of weirdos like me. Gonzo Journalism was first introduced through my History teacher who hated the concept that defied all the laws of journalism objectivity.

He called us all “Jag bag Rhodes Scholars” for liking him. Thompson was my form of literary escape and rebellious rebuttal to my teacher’s low appraisal of me. “Fear and Loathing” became my montage attending his class where I purposely placed Thompson’s books on my desk for my teacher to see. I lived each day by one of Thompson’s quotes that propelled me to barely pass his class. My history teacher told me I would never make it to college. Hunter S. Thompson’s writing style fed me who is responsible for my rebellious approaches to journalism today.

“When the going gets weird—the weird turn pro.”-Hunter S. Thompson

Thompson profile photo

Biographical Source: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Hunter-S-Thompson and Google search.

The Man Behind the Scenes

Name: Hunter Stockton Thompson
Place of Birth: Springfield, Kentucky
Born: July 18, 1937
Died: February 20, 2005
Education: Columbia University, Florida State University, Columbia University of General Studies, Louisville Male High School.

Hunter S. Thompson Defies the Laws of Journalism

My love for Thompson starts with his going above the status quo to write feature stories from the first-person cockpit. Journalist editors scold writers from inserting themselves in their reporting. Thompson ignores the editor and does it anyway. Gonzo Journalism is frowned upon at the Clarion. I have been scolded on many occasions for taking the gonzo approach. My favorite character feature about Hunter S. Thompson was his beat down he took with the Hell’s Angels who reported his life behind the scenes. My favorite gonzo movies are “Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).” Bill Murray and Johnny Depp take on the role of animating the life of the Gonzo Journalist, who feature Thompson’s signature cigarette filter chewing memoirs—his best attribute. Thompson served in the Air Force as a sports editor for an on-base newspaper starting in 1956 until he was discharged in 1957. Hunter S. Thompson followed his journalism career long after.

Going Gonzo with the Hell’s Angels

The best way to describe Gonzo Journalism would be to examine Hunter S. Thompson through introspection to delve into the mind of a madman who documented his ride-along with the Hell’s Angels. Introspection seeks to form observations regarding the writer’s state of mind leading them into their journalism career. Thompson was a rebel. By disregarding journalism expectations of objectivity, his writings became outlawed in the eyes of editors. But the reader kept wanting more and more. Gonzo Journalism investigated the Hell’s Angels after befriending the organization who turned on Thompson and beat the life out of him. The introspection of Thompson’s “Hell’s Angels (1966)” prospect editorial, dialogued a state of mind of a writer, who lived beyond the human capacity, to go above and beyond the status quo, to entertain ideas with readers (Introspection examination: https://youtu.be/ccyu44rsaZo).

 

Journalism Sample: Fear and Loathing in America

“The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time. Make no mistake about it. We are at war now—with somebody—and we will stay At War with that mysterious enemy for the rest of our lives.”
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The Black Panther and the Misrepresentation of the Black Panther Party of Self Defense by the Press

 

Bobby Seale Standing

Meet Bobby Seale

He’s a man who has been misunderstood for much of his 83 years. During his recent visit to Madison College, Black Panther Party of Self Defense Co-founder Bobby Seale set the facts straight and put his life into perspective.

The Black Panther Party in the ‘60s was a hot item in the press, often falsely described as a paramilitary organization. It was that false description that lead to Seale being put on trial, accused by the Federal government of organizing an anti-American movement.

Seale contends that he, along with the others in his party, were bringing African American historical awareness into the education system and not creating militias.

In fact, Seale contends that the Black Panther Party of Self Defense was really about developing a revolutionary approach to community service and being a social force that included the exercise of their legal right to carry arms.

“You see, people confused our organization by leaving off self-defense in our title,” Seale explained.

Bobby Seale Intercultural Exchyange

California Growing Up

Seale grew up in Berkley, California where his father taught him cabinetry as a Master Carpenter and entrepreneur. His dad owned a business and expected Seale to learn the carpentry trade.

But Seale had other plans. Seale dropped out of high school and joined the United States Air Force in 1955. After being discharged, he worked as a sheet metal mechanic for various aerospace plants while studying for his high school diploma at night. After earning his high school diploma, Seale attended Merritt Community College where he studied engineering and anthropology.

The Advocacy

In college, he was formally introduced to Huey P. Newton through the Afro-American Association who met during a rally protesting the Cuban Blockade of ’62, who would later form the Panther party with.

The Afro American Association’s slogan was, “Come to tell it like it is,” and Seale did just that. He confronted those who used derogatory terms like “colored people” or “negro people,” to describe the African American community.

But he didn’t stop there. He came to confront those who used slang terms for Native American tribes as well. Seale says using slang terms to describe a community, leads to robbing the identity of ethnicity and customary practices by other cultures.

“When we say Afro-America, we are not saying Negro-America, we are not using derogatory terms. We are saying we are Afro and African American people,” Seale explained.

Bobby Seale Chair

Political Party Organizing

Seale and Newton created the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in October 1966. Seale credits his anthropology classes for helping him discover the necessary tools to develop the Black Panther Party along with his instruction in the field of research methods that lit his passion to start an organization. Their mission was to liberate the people of their community with protections from discrimination.

“Going back-and-forth to community college and having no background in politics what have you etcetera are how I developed the Black Panther Party—boom,” Seale explained.

One of Bobby Seale’s fondest memories was falling asleep in court. Hon. Julius J. Hoffman found many numerous ways to hold him in contempt to include shackling and gagging his ability to speak freely. Seale spent three months in jail staying up all night to organize the Black Panther Party while engineering the blueprints in jail. Bobby Seale was able to write his book behind bars by having his attorney take a pocket recorder back-and-forth to Newton for his members to transcribe.

William Kunstler appeared as his counsel on Nov. 5. 1969. Bobby Seale was charged with sixteen individual and separate accounts who was committed to the custody of the Attorney General of the United States for three months for criminal contempt. The judge ordered the clerk to deliver certified copies to the U.S. Marshal to confine the defendant.

The Trial

As a historical figure, a seasoned federal advocate and a passionate member of the African American community, Seale never missed a chance to seek the press to share his views. While in court, the press returned the favor by shining every opportunity on him as a militant.

During trial, Bobby Seale was removed from the courtroom. The courts forcibly restrained him who did not let the use of the gag stop him from speaking out. After being returned to the courtroom, he shouted as loud as he could through his gag. The court enforced the marshal to tighten the gag. The jury was allowed to witness the behavior demonstrated by the court that affected their decision. The courts asserted that Bobby Seale and his willful misconduct were deliberate in attempt to disrupt the orderly administration of justice.

“I was tired from staying up all night drafting plans for cooperative community housing,” Seale chuckled.

The Anthem of Protest

Bobby Seale protested the Vietnam War to protect and preserve his culture from the draft. Seale understood how colonization worked and wasn’t about to allow law enforcement to continue to destroy his people.

“I began to recognize part of the ethnic struggle in the ‘60s. The Afro American Association was on campus ‘to tell it like it is’ who wasn’t about to allow any funny business with our people,” Seale announced.

Bobby Seale was not going to allow anymore African American men and women to serve in the Armed Forces either. The ‘60s was a radical period where Americans burned draft cards and African Americans were considered expendable in war who were facing backlash from law enforcement. Seale and Newton created their own press and called the newspaper “the Black Panther.”

Bobby Seale Hat Autograph

Spreading the News Through “The Black Panther”

The Black Panther Party sought to organize community information centers to stay close to the people in the African American community to be able to locate each other amongst the masses. The Black Panther was their method of self-defense to distribute warnings quickly when one of their community centers would inform the Black Panther Party of the event.

The Black Panther Party sought to abolish the war. Their intent was to strengthen communities under attack who distributed their message by means of motto printed in their issues. Don Cox, Field Marshal for the Black Panther Party in his public address, would recite his words through the press in order to time stamp historical events.

“We are the advocates of the abolition of war. We do not want war. But war can only be abolished through war. In order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun,” Cox stated in the G. Louis Heath pamphlet titled, “the Black Panthers Leaders Speak (1976).”

Bobby Seale’s love for humanity and his background in anthropology helped develop his advocacy to seek justice to bring important and significant achievements to the light of day. Community college opened the portal of respect that holds true to Seale’s genuine love for human beings was heard when he cried out in Federal court to set all who are oppressed by the government free.

As a veteran, he knew full well the cost of war and the sacrifice in Vietnam that went unnoticed that lit the way for the Black Panther Party of Self Defense to take leaps of faith to see to it no African American veteran would ever feel the pain and stigma of systematic oppression ever again.
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Calling All Trauma Informed Warriors—The Witching Hour is Your Saving Grace

The Witching Hour is your catharsis.

What does it mean to be a warrior? Warriors are defined by battle. Fighting the stigma of treating trauma is a war all in its own. Do you struggle with overcoming the impossibility of intrusive thought? Try these next steps and overcome the nature of discourse by releasing the beast within.

Step one: Find Your Mode of Catharsis. 

Start by picking out a favorite death metal or screaming form of music. When the 11th Hour of crippling panic rears its ugly head, screaming along to death metal, drumming through headphones, or walking on the treadmill while listening to spotify helped overcome the impossibility of intrusive thoughts.

Outpost 422 was created to develop catalyst research to help others through talk radio. The Witching Hour was designed to offer music as well, which airs weekly at http://www.clarionradio.com on Saturdays at 3 a.m. CDT, to offer opportunities to try out new ideas.

Step Two: Stick With Your Favorite Band. Mine is Immortal. Abbath and Mighty Ravendark are my quick reaction in times of crippling panic.

The key is to find the center of your universe. By reaching out to blog casts in times of struggle, the listener starts out with a quick link to YouTube to immediately navigate intrusive thoughts. Our methods are suggestive only. Take it or leave it. The choice is yours. You are the warrior. You are the only one who knows your own fight.

Step Three: Give Yourself a Break.

Have you downloaded the PTSD Coach App yet? The best method of fighting intrusive thoughts starts with the downloading an easy to use app. Scroll through the Outpost blog archive to find first-hand stories of triumph to keep you centered.

The Outpost 422 Witching Hour Mission: