Friday, December 4, 2015


SERVICE NEWSLETTER #3:  What Service were you in?  Dec. 4, 2015
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace and Justice

What’s at stake: 
What is the mission of OMNI? 
a world free of war and the threat of war,
a society with equity and justice for all,
a community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled,
and an earth restored.
OMNI asks for commitment to high goals because the leaders of the world powers too often have failed even to seek the minimal good for all species but rather seek to oppress, displace, kill.


Language: “Service” and Other Warping Words
  America, American
  Defense Department

Killed in Line of Duty
School Teachers
Forest Rangers
And All Who Work for Others Nonviolently
Public Health Nurses
Other Professional Nurses
Draft Counselors

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Language: “Service” and Other Warping Words

When asked what “service” were you in, the expected reply is:  the Army, Navy, or Air Force.  Just as fish don’t remark the water, our society is so saturated in militarism we think it like life-giving oxygen and do not protest the toxicity of killing.  We have countless ways to serve the public good without the violence of the unnecessary, illegal, unethical wars of the last 70 years. Service to our country does not mean blind compliance to the whims of a few government officials operating behind closed doors. Service means action:  choosing to stand up, even on your own, in defense of peace; in defense of democracy; in defense of the rights inherited by this great society.”  Edward Snowden, Statement to VfP Convention, August 13, 2015

America, American
There are many Americas—North, Central, South.  The US is the United States of America.  It’s difficult to be accurate, so long and deeply entrenched is the arrogant appropriation of “America” by the USA, but with a little attention and practice, you can learn to say:  I am a citizen of the United States of America.  You will be gratefully thanked by the millions of other “Americans.”

The Defense Department
For over 100 years our military was a government agency called frankly the War Department.  But in 1947 as the Sovietphobic Cold War was heating up, President Truman and bipartisan warriors changed the name to Defense Department in one of the most harmful linguistic coups in all of history, for then all US invasions and interventions became defensive in the flummoxed minds of the public.  

On December 14, 2012, it took five minutes at Sandy Hook Elementary School for the killers to murder 20 innocent children and their 6 courageous teachers who perished trying to shield them.
SCHOOL TEACHERS, Google Search, December 4, 2015, page one
Oct 27, 2013 - Teachers across the world die in the “line of duty”. ... Police say a 53-year-old teacher was stabbed to death at a park in California in front of her students. ... as grade school teachers, private as well as public school employees ...
Emporia Gazette
Jun 13, 2014 - When six educators and 20 school children were killed in a shooting ... a memorial to all educators that have lost their lives in “the line of duty.
Statesman Journal
Oct 23, 2015 - Of all the lines that might appear in my obituary, I never, ever, imagined it could read: “killed in the line of duty.” After all, where is the hazard in a ...
The Wichita Eagle
Jun 8, 2013 - Four teachers, a principal and a school psychologist from Sandy Hook ... “People like to honor those people killed in the line of duty, and ...
Florida Attorney General   Number: AGO 2000-35. Date: June 22, 2000. Subject: School Board, teacher killed in line of duty. Ms. Cynthia S. Prettyman General Counsel Palm Beach ...
The boy's father went to the school and shot the schoolmaster dead. ... school teacher of the Pyfer's School House, shot and instantly killed student Alfred Desem ...

The U.S. Forest Service on Thursday identified the three firefighters who were killedbattling a fast-growing wildfire in Washington state as Tom ...
Fox News - 43 mins ago
U.S. News & World Report - 23 hours ago
The Fayetteville, AR, Fire Department “raised more than $26,000 for Muscular Dystrophy of Arkansas.”  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (9-6-15).

FOREST RANGERS, Google Search, December 4, 2015, page one › News › Local
An officer and his K9 partner -- shot and killed in the line of duty -- were ... A rangerstation could soon honor a North Carolina forest officer killed in the line of ...
International Union for Conservation of Nature
Jul 29, 2014 - Fifty-six rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty in the last 12 months, 29 of whom have been killed by poachers, according to the latest ... › Public Lands
National Park Rangers Killed in the line of Duty. As Americans we all have the opportunity to enjoy our National parks. Most of us have been lucky enough to ...
Jan 2, 2012 - With Sunday's heinous murder of Park Ranger Margaret Anderson at ... In fact, the very first park LEO killed in the line of duty was a member of the USPP. ... Add in the US Forest Service K9 handler Kristine Fairbanks killed in ...
The Seattle Times
Jan 2, 2012 - On any given day, a national park ranger may help fight a wildfire, set up ... of two who was shot to death Sunday at Mount Rainier National Park, ... such as theForest Service and Bureau of Land Management, and in ... Before the weekend, eight Park Service rangers had been slain in the line of duty since ...
Aug 1, 2015 - Forest Service firefighter from Rapid City killed in the line of duty ... on the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest in Rapid City.

SHERIFFS, Google Search, Dec. 4, 2015, page one
Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, CO EOW: Saturday, January 3, 2015. Cause ofDeath: Struck by vehicle. Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland.
Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California · Lieutenant Patrick ... DeputySheriff Charlene Marie Rottler Los Angeles ..... K9 Line of Duty Deaths: 2.
Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.
Visit memorials of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Texas. ... Anderson County Sheriff's Department, TX. Anderson County Sheriff's Department'...
The following Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officers have all been killed in the line of duty. A total of ninety-four officers from the Los Angeles County ...
Aug 27, 2015 - The Washoe County coroner confirms a Carson City sheriff's deputykilled in the line of duty died of gunshot wounds, as did his shooter.
Articles, news and videos about police deaths and officers killed in the line of dutyacross the U.S..
Aug 15, 2015 - A Carson City Deputy Sheriff was killed in the line of duty Saturday morning, according to Sheriff Ken Furlong.
The Virginia Sheriffs' Association (VSA) provides links to organizations that may have resources related to sheriffs killed in the line of duty in Virginia.
St. Lucie County
Eight members of the Sheriff's Office, including a K-9, have been killed in the line of duty. Their names are inscribed on a memorial stone located in front of the ...
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Deputy William E. Whitehurst was 23 years old when he became the first Hillsborough County Deputy to be killed in the line of duty. It was said he was "the ...

Women in Military Service for America Memorial
The first female members of the military killed in the line of duty were World War I Army nurses Edith Ayres and Helen Wood. Nurse Ayres and Nurse Wood ...
... as a constant memorial to those who have given their lives while serving in the line of duty. ... LODD: Volunteer EMT/Firefighter killed in NY ambulance collision · Daniel ... Flight nurse falls from helicopter; fatally injured · Vicky Ryan - [Etowah ...
Jun 25, 2015 - AUSTIN - Austin flight nurse, Kristin McClain, made news back in April when she was killed while in the line of duty after falling from a helicopter ...
Apr 27, 2015 - A STAR Flight nurse fell to her death Monday night during a rescue in the Barton Creek ... STAR Flight's first on-duty death in 30-year history.
Apr 1, 2013 - When two women Marines and a female sailor were killed in a Fallujah ... According to Army Times, 7,000 women served in Vietnam, but only 16 were killed, most of them nurses. .... Pfc. Melissa J. Hobart, 22, collapsed while on guard duty, mother of 3 year-old, June 6, 2004. .... ItKnownLineLiveJournalMail.
Fox News Channel
May 24, 2013 - She was one of 17 flight nurses who died during World War II and one ... I never knew just how many women had died in the line of duty since ...
Eighteen African-American Army nurses served stateside caring for German ... More than 400 U.S. military nurses died in the line of duty during World War I. The ...
Read the latest EMS obituaries and line of duty deaths for EMT and ... Flight-for-Life pilot killed, flight paramedic and flight nurse injured in crash near Frisco.

NURSES    United States Public Health Service
Sep 5, 2014 - If you are interested in becoming an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, please note that applications for specific professions are accepted based on the current needs of the Corps. ... As a nurse officer in the U.S.Public Health Service (USPHS ...
Policy, Research, and Regulation; Ready Responders; PHS Nurses Today ... The United States Public Health Nursing Professional Advisory Committee ...
Nursing is my profession and my life's work. I have had various employment/self-employment positions over the years since becoming a nurse. But regardless of ...
Jacksonville University School of Nursing
Nurses work to promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. ... When providing direct patient care, they observe, assess and record patient symptoms, reactions and progress. Nurses collaborate with physicians in the performance of treatments and examinations ...
I've never thought of being a nurse as just a job; I know now that I am in the profession of nursing in the business of healthcare. Years ago I thought the business ...

Service as a Draft Counselor to Draft Resisting Conscientious Objectors
hi Dick
I "served" as a draft counselor in Ann Arbor & Detroit with the American Friends Service Committee & worked in conjunction with draft resister support houses in Canada, primarily Toronto, from early in 1968 until mid 1972..  david d

Contents: Service Newsletter #2, July 30, 2015
What Was Your Service? 
(Send me your additions to my categories, and your stories.)
United Nations
     UN World Humanitarian Day
     UN Workers Killed in Line of Duty
Government Workers Killed in Line of Duty
     Social Workers
     Postal Employees
     Police (Newsletter #1)
     Firefighters (Newsletter #1)
     Firefighters: Monuments
     Chernobyl Firemen
     Emergency Medical (Newsletter #1)
Investigative Reporters, Foreign Correspondents, Reporters Killed in Line of Duty
Freelance Reporters
Service Newsletter #1

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