For the veterans out there, and their friends and family: check out the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project. It is really, really cool. And consider sharing your own stories, pictures and archives.
They've been building this database for a long time, one veteran at a time and then cataloging and linking their stories, leading to all sorts of connections, documentation and archives.
One of the more poignant stories was a VietNam vet who shared his story of being shot down and ejecting from his plane who, through the VHP found a picture, taken by another vet of the moment when his plane went down - they'd never previously met.
It's also a great resource - so often, when we try to help connect veterans to services we are missing key documents that will confirm their service, discharge status, etc. Getting this information in the archives may just help fill in that record.
So if you've got stories, memories, pictures, documents you're willing to share, take the time to do so. And even if you don't, explore their archives - the stories are so poignant, touching, painful and necessary.
If you'd like to participate here in #IL06, contact our office to share your story.…

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9 Jan
Speaking as someone with a positive COVID test and very mild symptoms, PLEASE isolate and quarantine if you also find yourself in that boat. Data from NYT today is scary.…
On the one hand, data shows what folks like me have noticed. Omicron feels like a very mild cold for those of us with vaccinations; we wouldn't think twice about it outside of our COVID moment.
On the other hand, the surge in deaths, even in these highly-vaccinated cities suggests that the unvaccinated are much more at risk than from earlier variants.
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Some thoughts on our history and our democracy - and our COLLECTIVE obligation to know the former as we defend the latter on this eve of January 6. Thread:
1/ There is a tension at the heart of our founding documents. We were founded by rebels who rejected one authority, then sought to build a country around a new authority they created.
2/ Our founding declaration takes it as a stated truth that it was "necessary to dissolve the political bands" that previously held them together. How would then then ask Americans to commit to a new set of bands?
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16 Dec 21
This is not a "small circle of Republican lawmakers". It's the majority of the @HouseGOP, including their leadership. It is no hyperbole to say that if they get control, it is the end of US democracy as we know it.…
Remember, on December 10 2020 126 members of the @HouseGOP signed onto the amicus brief to the Supreme Court asking them to overturn the results in GA, MI, PA and WI. Those signers included McCarthy, Scalise, Brady.…
You don't get a delegation this big without prodding from leadership. They decided democracy was against their interest and worked to subvert it.
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15 Dec 21
Oil industry shills gonna shill. But what if I told you there was a way to lower the cost of fossil fuel by 100%? Efficiency, conservation renewables. And its all in the Build Back Better Act. Spare me your crocodile tears, shills.…
Here's the thing: no one in the oil and gas wants cheap oil and gas prices. And no one outside of the oil and gas industry wants to spend a penny more on keeping themselves warm and well lit than they have to.
Their hostility to Build Back Better isn't because they are suddenly advocating against their economic interests. Its because they know that every time we invest in a clean energy asset that's one more nail in their coffin. They can't compete on price once those assets are built.
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14 Dec 21
Do not lose sight of the fact that - notwithstanding their panicked calls to Meadows - the majority of the @HouseGOP voted to overturn the election just hours later and their media shills acquiesced.
There is a deep, anti-democratic rot that has infected their party. Most are traitors. The rest are cowards. It is a righteous and welcome thing in a democracy to disagree on policy. It is something else entirely to disagree on democracy itself.
@GOPLeader couldn't lead his way out of a paper bag. He will not save them. The media is too obsessed with both sides-ism to acknowledge the rot.
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9 Dec 21
A quick conversation about what happened in the House last night that distills the rot at the heart of the @GOP. If you think that sounds partisan. Read on, cause these are all facts...
1/ We spent 3 hours on the floor voting individually on 30 separate "suspensions". These are bills that our rules allow us to pass without the more formal process of debate and deliberation, but only provided we can secure 2/3rds on passage.
2/ To be clear, they are important bills. Administrative changes to procedures. Honoring those who served with the naming of public facilities. Clarifying research budgets. All, by definition, very bipartisan.
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