The AP report: Bush supporters start camp countering war protesters
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Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, Calif., started the war protest Aug. 6 off the road leading to President Bush's ranch. It has grown to about 100 core participants, and hundreds more from across the nation have visited, many staying a few days.
Sheehan remained Saturday in Los Angeles, where she flew Thursday after her 74-year-old mother had a stroke. Her mother has some paralysis on her right side but is in good spirits, and if she improves Sheehan may return to Texas in a few days, some demonstrators said.
#2 Father of fallen soldier upset by Sheehan war
A patriotic camp with a "God Bless Our President!" banner sprung up downtown Saturday, countering the anti-war demonstration started by a fallen soldier's mother two weeks ago near President Bush's ranch.
The camp is named "Fort Qualls" in memory of Marine Lance Cpl. Louis Wayne Qualls, 20, killed in Fallujah, Iraq, last fall. His father, Gary Qualls of Temple, said his 16-year-old son also wants to enlist, and he supports that decision.
The Army Times reported this week that White House officials are discouraging Congress from approving any new military benefits or pay increases, including a federal Thrift Savings Plan, requested by the Pentagon until a defense advisory panel has completed its review of military pay, which could be another year away for fiscal year 2007. The Bush administration says the military retirement system is generous enough and new incentives can wait. Do you agree? To vote, click here (Kileen Daily Herald)
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