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Operation Song – VAntage Point Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • #OperationSong Michael Peterson: Give ’em time
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on January 7, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Michael Peterson served in the Army for 20+ years and fought in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He wrote a song with help from Operation Song. The post #OperationSong Michael Peterson: Give ’em time appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #OperationSong Daniel Maderic: Why am I here?
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on August 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    This #OperationSong spotlight features “Why Am I Here” by Veteran Daniel Maderic, who served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. The post #OperationSong Daniel Maderic: Why am I here? appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #OperationSong: Zach and Kassie Peterson
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on April 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    In their song “The Same War,” Army Captain Zach Peterson and his wife Kassie wrote about the strain couples face throughout deployments and their pursuit toward the same goal: a happy life together as a family. The post #OperationSong: Zach and Kassie Peterson appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #OperationSong: No Cinderella by Army Veteran Lory Gatter
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    This #OperationSong spotlights “No Cinderella” by Army Veteran Lory Gatter and Jenn Franklin. Gatter wrote about overcoming traumatic experiences. The post #OperationSong: No Cinderella by Army Veteran Lory Gatter appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #OperationSong: “I Fly” by Sam French
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Army Veteran Sam French co-wrote “I Fly” with Don Goodman and Matt Dame. The song opens with French remembering that, like most males of his generation, he was drafted into service. French was just 21 in 1969, and he “wanted to have a choice, didn't want to be one of those front line-boys." The post #OperationSong: “I Fly” by Sam French appeared first on VAntage Point.

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  • George Paris Davis III: Eyes in the Sky
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on July 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    In his 20-year career with the Army, George Paris Davis III flew clandestine missions at the end of the Vietnam War and later worked in intelligence. The post George Paris Davis III: Eyes in the Sky appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Charles Beckwith: The Father of Delta Force
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on January 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Colonel Charles Beckwith was a Special Forces officer who founded the secretive special operations unit known as Delta Force. The post Charles Beckwith: The Father of Delta Force appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Clifton Arnesen: Love against hate
    by Nathan Giacalone on December 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Clifton Arnesen enlisted to escape his troubled childhood but was discharged due to his sexuality. Later he became an advocate for LGBT troops. The post Clifton Arnesen: Love against hate appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Richard DeLeon: Return from the Edge
    by Nathan Giacalone on November 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Richard DeLeon thought that his upbringing in New York had toughened him up, but everything he saw on those streets could not compare with the battlefields of Vietnam. The post Richard DeLeon: Return from the Edge appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • The Ambulance Driver: Elliot Hugh Lee
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on November 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    The factors that decide fate can rarely, if ever, be identified. In the case of Elliott Hugh Lee, the factor of one half-inch is what changed his life. In 1915, Lee was a recent graduate of Princeton eager to do his part for his country. Though things beyond his control altered his original path, Lee never lost sight of his goal to serve his country. Lee served both France—a country he came to care about genuinely—and his own country in the war on the Western Front. He continued his service long after the end of the war. Lee was born … The post The Ambulance Driver: Elliot Hugh Lee appeared first on VAntage Point.

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  • #VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran Scott Speicher
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on January 17, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    On the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm, today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Michael Scott Speicher, an F/A-18 pilot who was the first combat casualty. The post #VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran Scott Speicher appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #DesertStorm30: Powell says Veterans did ‘fabulous’ job
    by Adam Stump on January 17, 2021 at 11:00 am

    During Desert Storm, there were many faces of the war. President George H.W. Bush made decisions as the commander in chief and delivered remarks from the White House to the American people on the war’s opening night. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney advised the president on policy. Army Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf led the troops downrange. Serving as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, there was an Army Veteran advising Bush and Cheney while working with Schwartzkopf: Gen. Colin Powell. Powell was less than a year into his tour as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when Operation Desert … The post #DesertStorm30: Powell says Veterans did ‘fabulous’ job appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Oklahoma City VA to receive first Fisher House in the state
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on January 16, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Oklahoma City VA Health Care System has been selected to receive a Fisher House. This will be the first Fisher House in the state of Oklahoma. “A home away from home” for families of Veteran patients. The post Oklahoma City VA to receive first Fisher House in the state appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Thomas O. Black
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on January 16, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Thomas O. Black, who served with the Second Infantry Division during the Korean War. The post #VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Thomas O. Black appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #DesertStorm30: 50/50 chance of survival
    by Adam Stump on January 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    When Air Force Veteran Greg Feest took off in his F-117 Jan. 16, 1991, there was a 50/50 chance he wasn’t coming back. Iraq was one of the most heavily defended airspaces in history. According to the Gulf War Air Power Survey, there were 972 anti-aircraft artillery sites, 2,404 guns and 6,100 mobile guns. There were also surface-to-air missiles: 6,500 SA-7s, 400 SA-9s, 192 SA-13s, and 288 SA-14s. Pilots spent months planning operations, developing routes and making target lists during Operation Desert Shield. During that planning, the numbers were grim. For the 12 F-117s that left Jan. 16, commanders said six might not return. Most spouses didn’t know when the Desert Storm air war started and watched the TV coverage from the U.S. Bridget McGovern, Feest’s wife and also an Air Force Veteran, knew hours before. She watched from a command center at their base in Saudi Arabia. The post #DesertStorm30: 50/50 chance of survival appeared first on VAntage Point.

Note:  Not all blog posts are by our interns, but we contribute to these blogs.