New White House Mobile App for iPhone, iPad, and Android

According to the latest statistics, 15% of Americans use their mobile phones to get information, and that’s enough voters for even the White House to pay attention.

Anyone who loves using their iPhone, iPad, or Android device, and doesn’t want anyone to miss out on what they “say” is going on in D.C….can now get the free, upgraded White House Mobile app here:

Get the App for iPhone & iPadGet the Android App for Phone & Tablet

With the White House mobile app, you get:

  • Breaking alerts directly from the White House
  • Live video streams of official events as they happen
  • High-quality photos
  • The latest news from the White House
  • Full text of speeches and press statements in the Briefing Room

Free Download also available here:

2012 State of the Union: Watch Online Version for Graphs, Stats, Twitter, and Facebook Chat

Everyone watching the 2012 State of the Union online will have a chance to chat, post comments, ask questions, and get involved in the discussions and reactions via social media. The White House is asking everyone to take part and have a say, and invited us to do so in the following communication sent out this afternoon:

Good afternoon,In just a few hours, at 9:00 p.m. ET, President Obama will stand before Congress to give the State of the Union Address. He’ll talk about where we are as a nation, and he’ll lay out a blueprint for an America built to last…

….We made a behind-the-scenes video to show you what went into this year’s State of the Union. Check it out, and stay tuned to watch the speech with us at 9:00 p.m. ET:

To make sure you get the most out of the State of the Union, we’ve put together an enhanced version of the speech. As the President outlines his plans for 2012, you’ll see key facts and figures. We’ll present charts and infographics so that everyone can get a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges ahead of us.

We hope you’ll join us after the speech as well — when a group of policy experts and senior White House staff will sit down to discuss the President’s remarks online and answer your questions.

The best place to learn more about the State of the Union is at Dig in and watch the speech with us:

Moving forward, the President will do everything he can to turn this blueprint into reality — and you can help. We need a vigorous debate about these ideas. So lift up your voice, share your views, and spread the word.


David Plouffe
Senior Advisor to the President


National POW/MIA Day Recognition Ceremony and Flag Information

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year.  Americans take this time to remember prisoners of war (POW) and recognize those who are still missing in action (MIA).

Many veterans organizations commemorate this day by setting an extra space at an empty table and saying a few words of remembrance.  Known as the “POW/MIA Table Ceremony”, it reminds us that we can “Never Forget” the soldiers of America who have not come home:

-As you entered the dining area this evening, you may have noticed a small table in the place of honor near our head table. It is set for one.

The military caste is filled with symbolism. This table is our way of symbolizing the fact that the members of our profession of arms are missing from our midst.

They are commonly called, POW/MIA. We call them brothers.  They are unable to be with us this evening and so we remember them because of their incarceration.

  • This table set for one is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors. Remember!
  • The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms. Remember!
  • The single rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who kept the faith awaiting their return. Remember!
  • The red ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing. Remember!
  • A slice of lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate. Remember!
  • There is salt upon the bread plate symbolic of families’ tears as they wait. Remember!
  • The glass is inverted, they cannot toast with us this night. Remember!
  • The chair, the chair is empty, they are not here. Remember!”

The National League of FamiliesPOW/MIA flag symbolizes the United States’ resolve to never forget POWs or those who served their country in conflicts and are still missing.

Newt Heisley designed the flag. The flag’s design features a silhouette of a young man, which is based on Mr Heisley’s son, who was medically discharged from the military.  As Mr Heisley looked at his returning son’s gaunt features, he imagined what life was for those behind barbed wire fences on foreign shores. He then sketched the profile of his son as the new flag’s design was created in his mind.

The flag features a white disk bearing in black silhouette a man’s bust, a watch tower with a guard on patrol, and a strand of barbed wire. White letters “POW” and “MIA”, with a white five-pointed star in between, are typed above the disk. Below the disk is a black and white wreath above the motto “You Are Not Forgotten” written in white, capital letters.

The POW/MIA flag can be displayed on  Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Patriot Day and Veterans Day.  The POW/MIA flag can be seen displayed on these memorial holidays and remembrance days at State Capitols, the White House, the Korean War Veterans Memorial the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, national cemeteries, various government buildings, and major military installations.

Obama Disses VFW Convention 2011

The largest foreign war veterans organization in the world, the VFW, has been smacked in the face by the White House.  Evidently, other matters were more important for President Barack Obama.  Hmm.. perhaps the fact that 2011 is a non-election year?

For the first time in recent history (including my 8 years of attending VFW National Conventions), there was no representative from the current White House administration available to speak on matters regarding veterans affairs.

No Obama..No Hillary…No Biden…NOBODY to “represent”!  From August 27th through September 1st.

When the Commander-in-Chief cannot find the time to speak in front of an organization that was not only born before him, but has (without question, wonder, or excuses) wielded the sword now stabbing them in the back, one must wonder AGAIN what is on HIS agenda.

President Barack Obama not only failed to show his face, but neglected to send a designated speaker to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the White House is full of excuses:  White House defends Obama’s absence

At least Mitt Romney showed up:

<<Romney bashes Obama on military

and..I’ll “Never Forget” the excellent speech given by Texas Governor, Rick Perry!

Perry endorses concept of preemptive…>>

Read related blog post:

VFW Chides White House, Texas Governor for No-Show

Voices For America’s Troops: Tools to Make Your Voice Heard in Congress

You may not face the same challenges that military families face every day, but you can help protect them – as they protect you. 

Let’s face it, not everyone in America is destined to join a not-for-profit organization.  The meetings, the politics, & the membership criteria coupled with the annual or lifetime membership fees of many military-oriented organizations can be overwhelming.

Especially if all you really want to do is make a difference….somehow.

If you Supports our Troops, but often feel that Congress doesn’t exactly understand (or care to protect) their needs, then Voices For America’s Troops can provide you with the tools to tell them so.

Organized by the MOAA (Military Officers Association of America),  membership to Voices For America’s Troops is open to any U.S. citizen over the age of 18 for a mere $15 per year.

Valuable information and tools will keep you informed.

Membership is only intended for those of you that truly wish to make a difference.

Free Housing for Families of Wounded Warriors: The Fisher House Foundation

The Fisher House Foundation has been supplying free housing to veterans and their families since 1990.  To date, they have provided more than 3 million days of free housing to over 120,000 families.

Due to the increasing number of combat casualties returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, “Fisher Houses” have become an essential part of the recovery process for America‘s “Wounded Warriors”.

The primary purpose of the Fisher House Foundation began with the goal of providing a ‘home away from home’ for military families to be close to their loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.  Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the Fisher House Foundation, several independent airlines, and passengers willing to donate their frequent flier miles: flights for families to and from the many Fisher House Homes are also free.  This is called the “Hero Miles” program.

Beyond housing, The Fisher House Foundation has worked hard to enrich the lives of veterans. By “joining forces” with the U.S. Paralympics and Department of Defense, they helped support the 2011 Warrior Games held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

More than 200 wounded, ill or injured service members from the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Special Operations Command took part in various events.

Honor the Fallen Memorial Day Tribute 2011, from Military Times

All gave some, but some gave all!