Marine Was Dedicated

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Leroy Calvin Alex Jr.

Alex was dedicated to the Marine Corps
and his Country

San Antonio, TX  –  An adventurous young man who joined the Marine Corps before graduating from high school, Leroy Calvin Alex Jr. never lost the patriotism that propelled him to serve in the military.

Losing a leg and two fingers in combat in Vietnam in the late 1960s, Alex wanted to be allowed to continue serving his country.

“They were going to release him from the Marine Corps, but he fought it,” his sister Valerie Arreguin said.  “He loved the Marines, loved everything about it.”

Alex, who received two Purple Heart medals and a Bronze Star Medal for Valor, among other awards and citations, died Nov. 21 at 68.

The oldest of seven children raised in the Southeast Side of San Antonio, Alex showed early promise as a salesman.

“He worked for Watkins (Products) selling door-to-door, was good at what he did,” Arreguin said.  “He could sell to anybody.”

Even so, he was restless.

“At 16 he ran away from home, hitchhiked to New York,” his sister Sherry Sublousky said.  “He was gone for a week.”

Another time, Alex hitchhiked to California.

He was attending Brackenridge High School when he decided to join the Marine Corps.

“My mother kept telling him he didn’t want to do that,” Arreguin said. But “Junior was always one of those who wanted to do his own thing.”

Sublousky, still a young girl at the time, and never forgot the day the family was notified of her brother’s injuries.

“Two Marines fully dressed in dress blues … rang the doorbell,” she recalled.  “We thought that we’d lost him.”

Sent to Brooke Army Medical Center to recover, Alex received a visit from Bob Hope and a letter from then-president Richard Nixon, who informed him that he had personally asked the Navy Department “be as understanding as circumstances permit in its review” of Alex’s request to remain on active duty.

No less a patriot after leaving the Marine Corps, Alex traveled to the Texas coast on July 4, 1972, raising a flag on the beach and laying beside it.

The scene caught the attention of a news photographer who took a picture that many newspapers ran the next day.

Alex also wrote to the San Antonio Light in the early 1970s, suggesting that the city establish a memorial for Vietnam Veterans, an idea that gained momentum in the 1980s.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Veterans Memorial Plaza was unveiled in 1986.

Leroy Calvin Alex Jr.
Born:  May 18, 1948, San Antonio
Died:  Nov. 21, 2016, San Antonio
Preceded by:  Mother Eleanor Alex.
Survived by:  Daughters Jennifer Alex, and Summer Alex; son Aaron Alex;  father Leroy Alex Sr.;  three brothers;  three sisters;  16 grandchildren.
Services:  Funeral at 9:45 a.m. November 29, 2016 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 16075 N. Evans Road, Selma, Texas

Giving Tuesday

The Holiday Season, a time for giving
and helping others

This is Our third Holiday Season since opening Our Doors on Google August 19, 2014, and We made Our first post here on WordPress October 17, 2014.

Since that time We have added support pages on FaceBook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Twitter.

On November 17, 2015 We made Our first post on Our WordPress Blog, My Brother’s Keeper.

In all that time, I have come to know one thing for sure:  INDIFFERENCE WILL NEVER STOP CHILD ABUSE

We are not indifferent toward Children, We Love and Care about every Child in this world.

We have joined with Ark of Hope for Children in their Holiday Fundraiser, and have Our very own Fundraising Team, We are Team Removing Chains GT16 NotInMyWorldOrg.

We want to ask you all to join with us this Holiday Season, as We open Our Hearts to give, We ask you to open your Hearts, and join with Us in giving to #ArkOfHopeForChildren.

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Suspect Arrested In Senseless Attack On Officer

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Suspect that entered San Antonio Police Headquarters sunday.

San Antonio Police announce arrest in
Officer’s killing

San Antonio Police announced Monday the arrest of a man suspected of targeting and killing a 50-year-old police officer.

Otis Tyrone McKane, 31, was arrested around 4:30 p.m. while riding with a woman and a 2-year-old child in a car on Interstate 10, Chief William McManus said.

“This is the person’s whose image we saw on surveillance,” McManus said at a press conference.  “This is also the person we believe is responsible for the cold and calculated murder of Detective Marconi.”

Detective Benjamin Marconi, a 20-year veteran of the department, was shot to death while writing a traffic ticket outside of police headquarters Sunday.

Police have identified Otis Tyrone McKane as the suspect in the fatal shooting of SAPD detective Benjamin Marconi.  https://t.co/9zo0AO3kZD pic.twitter.com/EKDKHyeQw8
— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) November 21, 2016

The department released footage of a man seen inside police headquarters four hours before the shooting and video of a car leaving the scene, CNN-affiliate KPRC reported.  McManus, who said he believed Marconi was targeted because he was a police officer, told reporters that he doesn’t believe McKane has any relationship to the driver pulled over before the shooting, CNN-affiliate KRIS reported.

McKane was kept under surveillance for several hours before a SWAT team made the arrest without injuries, McManus said.  The woman he was with was driving at the time of the arrest, he said.

Police have located the black Mitsubishi Galant seen leaving the shooting scene and are processing it for evidence, McManus said. Texas Rangers, U.S. Marshal deputies and FBI agents assisted in the investigation, the chief said.

“The motive for the capital murder is still unknown,” McManus told reporters. “This is very much an ongoing investigation.”

The killing happened a few minutes before noon on Sunday.  Officer Marconi pulled over a driver on the south side of the police station. He returned to his patrol car to write a ticket.

That’s when a man pulled up behind him.

The man walked up to the patrol car driver’s side window and shot the officer in the head, McManus said.  The man then reached through the open window and shot him a second time, McManus said.

After the shooting, the man returned to his vehicle and drove away.

Chief:  Attack resembles ambushes in Dallas,
Baton Rouge

McManus likened the shooting to the fatal ambushes of police officers in Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earlier this year.

In July, sniper Micah Xavier Johnson killed five officers who attempted to protect activists that were marching in Dallas following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed by police this summer.  It was the deadliest single incident for US law enforcement since September 11, 2001.

Later that month, Iraq veteran Gavin Long fatally shot three officers in Baton Rouge in an ambush attack.

Police are investigating motive in this case, including a possible connection to a shooting Sunday morning in Dallas involving an officer, McManus said.

“Unfortunately, like Dallas, like Baton Rouge, it’s happened here,” he said.

It wasn’t the only ambush attack on Sunday:  A police officer in St. Louis, Missouri, was wounded in an ambush shooting but is expected to survive.

“It’s always difficult, especially in this day and age where police are being targeted across the county,” McManus added.

We Joked About Child Abuse In The 90s

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Pedophile that Sexually Abused his Daughter

Then The Daughter The Convicted Pedophile Raped Speaks Up

It was 1996 when police arrested Jim and Justine and charged them with prolonged sexual abuse and exploitation of their 13-year-old daughter, Amanda.

At the time, Jim claimed that he didn’t think he was doing any harm to his daughter, and that in those days, child molestation was considered “something people joke about” — citing comic book “Chester The Molester” as supposed cultural evidence of this.

But the repercussions of that abuse — which began when his daughter was just 11 — would haunt Amanda into her adulthood, sending her life sideways as she attempted to self-medicate and escape the pain.

Now, 20 years later, Amanda and her biological parents meet again — Amanda for an apology, her parents (particularly her father) forgiveness.

Appearing on Wednesday’s episode of “Dr. Phil,” Amanda says her parents would routinely photograph her in “provocative” situations and video tape her performing various sexual acts— sometimes with her father — with the plan to sell the tapes across the world.

She tells Dr. Phil: “Jim told me with the money we could make, I could go to college”

Amanda adds that she never saw any of her supposed earnings.  Her mother, on stage with Amanda already, begins weeping, presumably overwhelmed with guilt and regret at her part in the abuse.

Then Dr. Phil brings out Amanda’s father.  The audience is silent as he walks out, the tension at its peak.

Amanda starts in on Jim, at first tenuously, seeming to barely contain her rage:

“Where to begin?….  How could you?”

Amanda begins to ask questions directly to her father — reluctantly, at first — saying she’s “dreamed of this moment,” but adding:

“Truthfully I would have preferred if you had been six feet under.”

Jim says to Amanda as she stares at him in anger and disbelief that he’s ashamed that he only remembers abusing Amanda four or five times when it was obviously a regular routine in the family.

Looking straight at his daughter, he says:

“It should have been burned into my memory as much as it was into yours.”

As Amanda recounts how her life spiraled out of control into adulthood — addiction, work as a topless dancer, even the creation of an alter ego to escape the pain she was experiencing — it’s clear that the memories left significant scars with lasting impact.

But the most chilling moments in the episode come from a one-on-one interview with Jim taped earlier, in which the former convict claims that during the early 1990’s, “sexually abusing children were things that people winked and joked about.”

Unbelievably, he goes on to complain that he’d been “exploited, taken advantage of [and] beaten up,” in prison.  He also protested that he had never been aroused by his daughter, but rather was interested in the “mechanics.”

But Dr. Phil doesn’t pull punches responding to claims that Jim didn’t know what he was doing to his daughter, saying directly to Amanda:

“To suggest that he was in an environment where parents didn’t know it wasn’t okay to rape their children is insulting your intelligence, it’s insulting to your experience, it is a complete insult to this entire experience between him and you.  Now he’s either that naive, or he’s just thumbing his nose at you because that is an idiotic statement.”

To watch the entire episode, which aired on Wednesday of this week, check Dr. Phil’s website for listings.

The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, which collects statistics nationally, reports that 46% of children who are sexually abused are the victims of family members.

It also reports that 61% of American rape victims are raped before the age of 18, and unbelievable 29% of all rapes occurred before the victim was 11.

 

Tips For Parents From Kid Smartz

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NCMEC Logo and Kid Smartz Logo

GOING OUT CHECKLIST

Heading out for some family fun at an amusement park, movie theater, mall or any other public place?  Use this checklist to make your outing safer.

REVIEW THE KIDSMARTZ RULES

Make sure your children understand the basic rules of safety:

  • Check first before going anywhere.
  • Take a friend everywhere you go.
  • Tell people “NO” if they try to touch or hurt you.
  • Tell a trusted adult if anyone makes you feel sad, scared or confused.

PLAN FOR EMERGENCIES

Look at a map of the facilities and locate information booths or customer service centers.

Carry recent pictures of your children in case they get lost.

You can even take a picture of them on your cellphone just before leaving.

CHARGE YOUR CELLPHONE

Check that your cellphone is charged and your children have the number memorized.  Consider giving older children a cellphone of their own so you can reach them more easily.

PAY ATTENTION TO CLOTHING

Remember what your children are wearing so you can describe their clothing to staff members in case they are lost.

Tip: If your children are wearing bright colors, they will be easier to spot in crowds.

IDENTIFY ADULTS WHO CAN HELP

Teach younger children to look for people like security officers, store employees or park staff members who can help them look for you in case you are separated.

CHOOSE A MEETING SPOT

Instruct older children to go directly to a designated spot, like a store or an information booth, to meet you.  They should never leave or go to the parking lot to try and find you.

PLAN FOR BATHROOM BREAKS

You should always go with younger children to the restroom.  Make sure older children take a friend;  it’s safer than going alone.

When it comes to keeping your child safe, YOU are your child’s best resource!

Kid Smartz
The Next Generation of Got2BSAFE
http://www.kidsmartz.org

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
http://www.missingkids.com
1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678)

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We want to say THANK YOU to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the U.S. Department of Justice for allowing us the use of so many resources to properly educate our staff, and also to pass along this valuable information and resources.