Sunday, March 11, 2006
Havenít heard from Newsday yet. My Chiropractor suggested that I start walking now to get ready, I have been reluctant because I donít want to set myself back. She said walking will help balance my spine and keep the fluids in the spine moving, to ice it at least 3 times a day, to take valerian to reduce the swelling and to get a few acupuncture sessions in for the nervous system. What she told me made me feel better because I had been concerned due to my ignorance of what to do and what was going on with my back. Just like with politics, being ignorant and making up what I didnít know, the more I am learning the more effective and confident I become.
Monday, March 12, 2006
Talked to some more people that will show up at our meeting, getting in touch with more groups to support our cause and got a call from Congressman John Lewis from Georgia. Told them what we are doing and they referred me to his person in charge of Military Issues, I was unable to talk to her so I will try again tomorrow.
I saw the news about the children who died in the fire in NY City, all the limoís and attention given them (time and money) now that they are dead when a fraction of that time and money spent on a fire escape would have averted this tragedy. It saddens me in that how so like me to do something after the fact to appease my guilt, my shame and my failure to act to advert this tragedy that is on going with our Military Personnel. Now is the time for me to act, for if not now, when, and if not me, who?
Tuesday, March 13, 2006
Called the Congressman Lewis and was unable to get his Military Advisor, left a message. Got hold of Kathy who may help me keep this organized and moving. Talked to Holli about the PR person she gave me that I called and havenít heard from, she told me to call again or she would if I wanted her to. I called again, got hold of him and set up a meeting with him on Monday. Set up a video interview for Friday with Daryn Kagan who was an anchor for CNN.
Wednesday, March 14, 2006
I had a meeting with Dr Brown who does breathing work with veterans, 911 victims and active Military Personnel to help them deal with the stress. We talked about breathing being one of the first things we would do in the debriefing being that it is the least invasive then we would go into writing before we get to talk about their experiences. He is unable to make it to our first meeting because he will be in Washington DC. He told me he was a patient man, I said I am not, because every day that goes by another soldier is kicked to the curb. Though I may not be patient I am relentless and he agreed that there has to be a sense of urgency or nothing will get done.
Thursday, March 15, 2006
Congressman Lewisís office called me and I got an education (another one) from his aid Brenda Jones who asked if I had a lobbyist working for us, I said no and asked why we needed one. She explained that their aids may get what we send but not pass it on to their boss and they may be working on similar legislation so it would be redundant. I made sense to me and I said I would be glad to channel my effort into someone elseís legislation if in fact they gave us the same of more then we already ask for. I emailed a Lobbyist I met at the Informal hearing and will wait a few days then call if I havenít heard from him by then.
Friday, March 16, 2006
Called Tim Bishopís office back to see if they got in touch with Israelís office, they hadnít, but said they would today. Got a call from McCainís office referring me to his scheduler, who I called and invited to our meeting and gave all the information we have to date. My interview was cancelled due to the weather making it unable for me to get the video equipment we needed to do the shoot. I thought Daryn was a guy and was surprised to find a women, how my culture and upbringing has had me look at names, how my culture and upbringing has slanted my views on how we treat the military while in service, then how we treat them after they get out. Like I donít care what youíve done for me because that is the past, but what are you doing for me now as apposed to what can I do for you after what you have done for me. I feel like I have cheated them, taken them for granted, used them because they were naive and innocent and they have no one to stand up for them so I can get away with not honoring my word, my debt to them, forgive me, I will make amends, I will honor my commitment.
Saturday, March 17, 2006
The weather has cleared up so the roads are clear and Bev will be able to come and do the DVD shoot; I appreciate her doing this, she is helping make this happen because she makes a difference. Well Daryn called and we did the interview which will be on her web site ------------- in the next few days.
Went to Stephens Talk House in Amagansett to a benefit for Wounded Soldiers where the main draw was Ed Burns a movie star that played with the band. I introduced myself and gave him our card to check us out and see if he would support our cause. It has been awhile since I spent any time in a bar, meet someone I knew from high school and hadnít seen in 39 years, his daughter is a manager for Stephens Talk House who I got to meet and talk to. She is very involved with the Wounded Soldier cause and said she would do what she could to help, then she thanked me, I thanked her.