A Study on Music for Vets

If you are an OIF/OEF vet, please strongly consider taking a survey from an USC graduate student on the use of music in wartime. (Click on the bottom right button to start. And yes, I am linking to a dreaded Trojan.) Here is her request:


My name is Rebecca Johnson and I am a graduate student at The University of Southern California where, under the supervision of Professor Peter Monge of the Annenberg School of Communication, I am conducting research into the ways in which military personnel use music when on active duty. It is important that you know how much we appreciate the service and personal sacrifice that you have made. The study is to help deepen our understanding of the role music plays in the life of deployed members of the armed forces.

I am asking volunteers who were/are deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan post-9/11 to anonymously complete a 10 minute online survey consisting of questions about various situations in which you use or used music or reasons why you listened to music. You can decline to answer any questions for any reason and can withdraw from participating at any time by simply not submitting your responses. There are no known or anticipated risks from participating in this type of study.

Any and all information that you provide will be anonymous. The website is programmed to collect responses alone and will not collect any information that could potentially identify you.

If you are willing to participate please visit the survey. If you know anyone else who might be interested in participating, please forward this information.

Please contact me by email at rljohnso@usc.edushould you have any questions about the study, which is being conducted in compliance with ethical guidelines established by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) here at USC. You can learn more about IRB at their website:

Thank you for considering this study for your participation.

Rebecca Johnson

The Vietnam Healing Foundation

I worked Iraqi issues in most phases of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and often wondered what occurred to some of the Iraqi folks who were helpful to coalition forces. It is a question that can be asked about many of our conflicts, especially Vietnam. Bruce, over at Maggie’s Farm, has a touching synopsis by a Vietnamese vet named Del:

I am humbled to have as a good friend Del Vecchio. He writes in hopes you’ll read and give. The Vietnam Healing Foundation gets needed prothetics, food and money to the wounded soldiers, sailors and airmen of South Vietnam, who are still maltreated by the conquerors from the North. If you haven’t blown it all on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, please give:

Here is this year’s appeal from Vietnam Healing Foundation.

As many of you know, all our people here are volunteers, the only
overhead we have is the cost of getting funds to Viet Nam and distributed
to the needy there. That adds up to at most 4% of our total budget. For
every $10 in contributions, $9.60 winds up in the hands of someone
needing to buy rice or pay for medical expenses. The people we support
are all badly crippled from war wounds, and living only one level above
street people, facing still the discrimination that Hanoi put into law in
1975 to penalize them, their children, and grandchildren. . .

Please go to the link to read the rest. And consider supporting this very important cause.

Joe Paterno, the New Saddam Hussein?

Will this:

Saddam Hussein statue being town down in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF.)

Happen to this:

Joe Paterno statue (about to be torn down Saddam Hussein style?)

Whoah, PJ Media is writing articles about it and cartoons are just popping up. It saddens and sickens me that Penn State sacrificed winning for the lives of the kids who were raped in their football team’s showers. Happy Valley is not happy right now.

Back When I Was an Iraqi Linguist

In 2005, I was an Iraqi linguist working the Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) mission. So the following story hits very close to home.

12 Marines were involved in a vicious firefight in Haditha, where the distinction between villagers and combatants was blurred. 8 Jarheads were ultimately charged in the action and 7 were either found not guilty on all counts or the charges were dropped. The last Marine, SSgt Frank D. Wuterich, goes on trial this week. The incomparable Michelle Malkin has more.

It has been a tough road for the Devil Dogs involved in the struggle. John Murtha played quite a role, of which Michelle details. . .

Hand Salute: Kris. Thanks!