Thursday, August 04, 2016

Open letter to Donald Trump: The Purple Heart Medal is not a trophy to be won!

The headstone in this picture is that of my grandfather, Johnnie Lee Conyer, Mr. Trump. If you look closely, you will notice that he received the Purple Heart while fighting in the Korean War.

My grandfather watched his friend, who was walking right in front of him during a patrol, get blown up by a landmine. His friend was killed instantly, and my grandfather and the men behind him were cuts to pieces from shrapnel.

As a child, I always wondered what the weird looking marks on my grandfather's chest and abdomen were. It wasn't until I was in middle school, when he told me where he got them from. He never boasted about his time there, and he never talked about the war to try and prove how tough he was.

He went on to live and amazing life, including being married to my grandmother for 54 years, but he was always haunted by the death of his friend. He lived every day knowing how close he came to dying. He never took life for granted, and he raised me to live life the same way.

War is hell. People die. People get injured. Last week you made the error of criticizing a Gold Star family, and in less than a week, you made a joke about how you 'always wanted' a Purple Heart. Well guess what, no one 'wants' a Purple Heart, and receiving one sure as hell isn't 'easy'! We as veterans raise our hands to defend this nation, knowing that we may one day give our lives in the process. Whether you realized it or not, you dishonored Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman by making a joke about his sacrifice! Did you not think of the horrors he must have seen to receive that medal that you so casually joked about? You made a mockery of what our service members face every day, because someone needs to stand in the breach.

You owe Mr. Dorfman a public apology, Mr. Trump! You owe all the veterans who were injured in battle an apology! You owe the families of the veterans, and those who take care of our wounded when they return home, an apology! You owe our Gold Star families an apology! You owe all of our service members who you want to be Commander-In-Chief of, an apology for making light the sacrifices they will lay in down in defense of this nation! Call a press conference, and just do it!

If you truly want to be president, you might want to show the utmost respect to those who are willing to give everything, including their lives, and whose caskets are draped with the American flag at their funerals.

Danielle D. Hollars
An Army veteran

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Open Letter to Hillary Clinton, from an angry Army veteran

Well, you did it again. You have managed to weasel your way out of another conspiracy. FBI Director Comey tossed you a life preserver, and saved you and your staff from prosecution. Attorney General Loretta Lynch 'conveniently' meets with your husband, and she will also 'conveniently' follow the recommendations of the FBI.

Do you really think that the American people who are honest, are going to believe that you think you should not be charged? You were the First Lady of Arkansas, the First Lady of The United States, a Senator from New York, and the Secretary of State. You have been read in so many times you could fill a book. You knew what you did was shady, but you continued anyway. Feigned ignorance of the rules is no excuse for what you did! Those of us who have held clearances know that you and those that answered to you should have had charges levied against you all, or at the very least, you should NEVER hold a clearance again!

You lied to the American people about your emails, and you lied to us about Benghazi! Worst of all, you looked those families of the men who died in the eyes, and lied to them!

Did you cry when you heard that Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods were dead? Or did you shed fake tears, just like you put on your fake accents when you go down South? No, you were too busy trying to save you and President Obama's so-called legacies! Well let me tell you a little secret: if it was YOU sitting in that consulate, those planes would've been scrambled immediately!!! President Obama would have been in the Situation Room all night waiting to find out your status. I guess Las Vegas and fundraising was more important for you and the President's future political careers, right? Those of us who wear the uniforms of our United States military know the truth! You had a chance to save them, and nothing was done!

Do you honestly want us to believe that all of the various charges against you over these past decades are just a right-wing conspiracy? That the mean ol' Republicans are so hard on little ol' Hillary Clinton, and that everyone else is lying? No, I fully believe that you knew exactly what you were doing, that you feel a sense of entitlement, and you will have to answer for the blood on your hands in the end!

I pray that the American people will see through your blatant lies, and that they will see you for who you really are: a bitter, washed up has-been, who does not deserve one more day in the White House!

Danielle D. Hollars
An angry American and Army veteran

Friday, March 04, 2016

Open letter to Mr. Donald Trump in regards to issuing unlawful military orders

Mr. Donald Trump,

I write to you tonight with extreme concern about a statement made by you during the Fox News debate on March 3, 2016:

"They won't refuse. They are not going to refuse me."

Really Mr. Trump?!?  Someone in your campaign needs to help you brush you up on some military protocol. You see, I am an Army veteran, and I come from a long line of family members who were also service members. If you were to give me an order to target civilians, I would disobey that order! You sir, are wrong when you imply that just because you give an order, means that it will automatically be followed.

When a person enlists in the military, they are given a book from the training command of their particular branch, and since you say you want to be Commander-In-Chief, you should probably read up on what makes a service member tick. Read Army TRADOC P600-4 Chapter 2-6. Army Values. Read subsections E and F in regards to how service members are to conduct themselves:

It speaks of honor and integrity. Honor, and integrity!!!

Audie Murphy, Gary Gordon, Randall Shughart, Florent Groberg, and Edward Byers Jr. all received the Medal of Honor. Have you ever heard of a Medal of Honor recipient receiving their award because they kill a house full of unarmed civilians, or because they targeted the family of a terrorist? No? That's because they would be behind bars instead!

The targeting of civilians is a no-no Mr. Trump. Your blustering about what you would command our military to do, will not translate into actionable orders. You cannot walk around and command Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and our Coast Guard, to willfully kill the family members of terrorists. You may think it sounds good with your followers, but IT IS NOT! You would be putting the morals of our military in jeopardy with this type of showing off for the cameras.

Our military members are a proud and honorable group of men and women! Men and women who are willing to give their all! We are not a bunch of mindless drones, that cannot think for ourselves! If you are elected to the presidency, you will have a moral obligation to protect their integrity, the code of conduct, and their moral compass!

They deserve nothing less!!!

Sincerely from a very angry,
Mrs. Danielle D. Hollars
U.S. Army veteran