This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.


  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Close up of a pink rose
The pulling us out of the trenches has been a respite for me.  Our daughter received beautiful scarves from Etsy's and other places and thank you all so much for that.
She bought herself a cute bathing suit and she carried us all out to a nice dinner.
She had to take some courses and getting her Drivers License ( Required in florida) and
she was welledup with tears as was Jack and me to get our rings and place them on
our fingers.  He has been hospitalized twice since the rescue and the rescue thanks to all of you and Kitsap River put us on a bit of a small cushion that we have not had since...ever that I can remember....maybe 2002.

We managed to take a 3 day trip 60 miles up the road for some beach time after the hospital time as Jack fell and had a heart ( stress related incident) and needed the book and beach at the little quaint motel court. Not fancy but suited our needs.

When I returned home I had to get busy with a congressman to take up a situation of a paper pusher at the VA taking Jack off transportation pick up ( overriding a doctor,,three actually) and spent most of yesterday on the phone taking names and making noise.

  During our little three day away...one of our best friends, who happened to help me start up UVA and was responsible for my starting advocacy for vets died from agent orange....on my birthday....A fan called and told me that he had wanted her to sing Happy Birthday to me if he didn't make it.  He had done that for years.  She did.
I  spent one day..my birthday.June 18th..trying to help his wife in Texas via email and phone set up a military funeral with honors.. Scotty Decker was his name and an awesome musician and singer who lived in Nashville when I got all involved with getting his benefits and ADA accountability..which led me to DC.

I paid us out of major overload behind bills and cannot thank you all enough for caring for this famiy so very much.  I have been not very active online as I have been significantly busy with bill paying, hospitals, mini vacations and yet another funeral of a dear veteran.  I also wanted to start trying to take better care of me and stop and smell the roses and you guys were responsible for that.

God Bless you all and thank you......You guys made sure my birthday was less stressful.
We knew Scotty was fading and he called me when Daddy died.. Imagine that...one with brain cancer worrying about a person and they are on their death bed.   I see all of you as good friends much like Scotty.. he came up with the slogan, " We really care".
DaNang was watching events play out on my FB as the news was coming in about arrangements and just like a regular Kossack here was standing by in case I needed extra help in arranging for that funeral.

You guys are the best.  I wanted to get pics up of the scarves an gifts but don't have that ability right at the moment tech wise.  Love you guys and from my family to this community of dear friends..Thank you so very much for EVERYTHING.  I love you all.

This is kind of two diaries in one as I wanted to take this time to also remember Scotty because as I am still an advocate, yet another voice in the org. has passed so the organization will need handing off or extreme tweeking so it kind of began and ended with the work I was doing for a Nahville vet.  His funeral is tomorrow.   Goodbye Scotty, and the inspiration that you gave Jack and me reached across the nation and hope I will be able to continue on as a strong veterans advocate without having the burden of keeping up a little 501 that has seen it's time.   I hope you all enjoy a song I found by Scotty three days before he died as I knew he probably would not be singing to me on my birthday anymore and it is odd as we never heard him do this song but there it was on you tube and very appropriate for Jack and me.

It is called The Last Song..


You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Extended (Optional)

Your Email has been sent.