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Here in the United States of America and in many Nations around the World it is Veterans or Armistice Day and best wishes to all fellow veterans.

After a very scruffy campaign in the USA we have elected a new President the 45th. in our relatively short history.  He has promised to look after veterans considerably better than has occurred in the past, the 44th. Administration was particularly bad at that job, so hopefully those of us who need care will be looked after decently and those of us that can will help.

Therefore we should give him the chance to do his job, not expect results in two weeks or even two months after his Inauguration but over the first two years of his term of Office.  Most of us, one believes, were glad he was the choice and not that other candidate who clearly was neither truthful or dependable and thus not capable of doing the job in spite of lengthy political experience.  In fact that experience so misused was what helped bring her down.

So instead of moaning, groaning and whinging, as has already started, lets back him up and find out if there is a way to help the First Term be the success him is looking for.

Thank you everybody for your Service and

Good Watch.


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