The receipient of the Paver Brick to be placed in the Livingston County Veterans Memorial is Gloria Lewis. She enlised during WWI and served from January 1945 to Decemberr 1949 in the Army Medical Corps. She was stationed at Fort Dix, N.J. and then sent to Japan. She has vivid memories of her service and is very proud of being a female veterans. Stay tuned for more about Gloria. To send your congratualtions to Gloria Click here
Founded in 1999, EAGALA is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals using equine therapy to address mental health and human development needs. Our vision is that every person worldwide will have access to these services known as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. Want more information click here
There is a growing interest in equine therapy supporting the psychological health and family relationships of service members and their families
Suicide Prevention Month
This September, connect a veteran with the Veterans Crisis Line
September is Suicide Prevention Month. As such the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is getting the message out about the Veterans Crisis Line. This resource exists to provide veterans, their families, and their friends with a place to turn and a person to talk to in moments of crisis.
Every hour of the day, every day of the week, and every week of the year, trained and caring responders are waiting to talk to anyone who calls for support. Many of these responders are veterans themselves.
The phone number for this hotline is 1-800-273-8255, and then press 1. In addition to this traditional hotline, there is also an option to chat online (http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx), or via text message (text: 838255).
FREE TICKETS FOR VETERANS ONLY TO SPORTING EVENTS/CONCERT/THEATRE/CHILDREN EVENTS
FREE HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSE TO HANDICAP VETS click here
The Best and Worst in Humanity
Posted by on March 21, 2013 at 06:54 PM EDT
Stacy Pearsall is being honored as a Champion of Change for her efforts as a woman veteran.
I was a squad leader who ripped both Achilles tendons during basic. I figured I was toast. Thankfully my story was stressful in another way from yours – my squad and DI wouldn’t even entertain the notion that I would do anything less than pass with flying colors. If they wouldn’t give up on me I couldn’t give up on myself. I was pretty tough on my squad. I wanted them to be their best. I figured they’d be glad to get rid of me. I asked one of the girls who had given me the most grief, sass, and attitude why she wanted me around and she said “You’re fair, you care, and if we lose you God only knows who we’ll get.” It made me laugh and kept me going.
When I was in tech school (electronics) we had different services attending and instructing including foreign services. I was one of the first females to go through that school. Not all of the men were thrilled particularly the Middle Eastern ones (one spit on me – that was new). I just kept remembering my mother’s words “Kill them with kindness” and “It doesn’t matter what they do. You’re only in charge of you and I expect you to do the right thing.” So I resolved to be polite and attentive and do my best in spite of the fact that so many appeared to hate me and one of the instructors told me I was an idiot (I was an honor student prior to him) and there was no way he was going to pass me. I figured I had best know that material backward and forward so he had no grounds to fail me. He tried his best, but couldn’t trip me up. His parting words for that block were “I guess you’re smarter than you look.” (I was a petite curly haired blonde). I so wanted to smart off, but remembering Mom I only said “I had a good teacher.” And so I did. I learned more because I had to and not under the best circumstances, but it stood me in good stead later on. I remembered everything I learned in that block.
Words from a Veteran -
Not a day goes by that I dont remember Sergeant Winters. 10 years later, and I still tell your story.
I can remember Operation Seahorse Wind, August 2011, right before 9/11, how you taught me more about my job than I learned in school, how you would refuse to fall out of runs, and how you snuck out in town and brought back a kegs-worth of beer to thank us for a job well done at the end of the op.
I remember just before Christmas in Pakistan, when you and the rest of the Raider team landed to relieve us so that we could spend the holidays with our family.
I remember when they called us into formation to announce the news of the crash and your passing. I remember how I cried from the depths of my soul like I had never cried before.
I remember you, and will never forget.
Vets go from the front lines to the front of the class
Greg Toppo, USA TODAY12:24a.m.
January 3, 2013
Administrators are increasingly finding that many servicemembers make good teachers.
Teacher Brian Thompson works with
student Keshonda Fulmore on December 13.(Photo: H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)
WASHINGTON -- Stationed for 13
months along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border in 2007 and 2008, Brian Thompson
had a lot of time to wonder what could come next for him.
In charge of a mortar squad with the
Army's 82nd Airborne Division, Thompson often thought he would go to law school
once his three-and-a-half years were up.
Then one day he got a care package
from his mother with a paperback copy of Teacher
Man, the third in a series of memoirs by Angela's Ashes author Frank McCourt. "You would make a terrific teacher, just like Mr. McCourt," she wrote inside the book, "especially making kids laugh with that sarcastic humor."
It took more than a year, but by
2009, Thompson was standing in front of a history class at Cardozo High School
here in the nation's capital, one of thousands of newly minted teachers. On a
blustery day last month, the 32-year-old was teaching his third-period history
class about how rapid advances in weapons technology made World War I
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NEW HELP FOR FEMALE VETERAN ENTRREPRENEURS
Sgt. Lindsay Freeland was used to being one of the guys. She served alongside them in Afghanistan, sharing most responsibilities. But back home, Freeland and her fellowfemale vets are facing new battles: finding a job, she told CBS.
With the unemployment rate for female vets more than double than that of their male counterparts in September alone, many are seeking self-employment as an alternative. But a new partnership is doing something to give these entrepreneurs a boost.
Capital One Financial Corporation and nonprofit Count Me In For Women's Economic Independence have partnered to launch the Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps (WVEC), a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the skills of current female veteran entrepreneurs and to create more jobs for this demographic.
Female vets face a unique set of challenges. National Guard Sgt. Anna Rutherford, a communications specialist, told CBS that some employers may feel threatened by her background.
"I would definitely say the employers might be intimidated by a female who's very aggressive, very outgoing, somebody who is a very take-charge type female," she said.
WVEC is acting on more than a hunch to back up its initiative. In a recent survey conducted, 55 percent of women veterans said the leadership skills they gained from military experience pushed them to pursue self-employment, NBC reports.
Participants are coached in marketing, technology and business-building techniques to ensure their success and help them avoid common mistakes. For instance, 45 percent of the women surveyed said they didn’t make short-term business plans -- something that can deeply impact a budding business’s growth, according to Yahoo Finance.
Capital One has pledged $800,000 towards the program, which is hosting a conference and business-pitch competition in December to kickstart its initiative. Besides workshops and lectures, competition finalists will receive marketing materials and further training to boost their business goals.
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, who is on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, doesn’t see the employment situation improving anytime soon for women veterans, making initiatives like WVEC even more valuable, she says.
"Female veterans I think feel like, they've kind of been the forgotten patriots," Congresswoman Sanchez told CBS in July. Back then, the unemployment rate was 10.8 percent for females, in September it was 13.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "I think you're gonna see increasing numbers continue to struggle."
DoD Launches Helpline for Those Affected by Military Sexual Trauma
Free 24/7 support in partnership with RAINN
DoD Safe Helpline, a new resource for members and veterans of the Department of Defense (DoD) community, is a secure, anonymous and confidential support service that connects users with live sexual assault professionals.
Since it's launch in April 2011, DoD Safe Helpline has helped thousands of military sexual assault survivors take the first steps towards recovery. By a simple click, call or text, users can access free support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. DoD Safe Helpline is operated by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), on behalf of DoD through a contract with the Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO). DoD Safe Helpline also has a host of transitioning- and veteran-related services that are tailored to the user's individual needs.
For more information on the DoD Safe Helpline,click here.
Healing Solutions Massage in South Lyon, MI has joined with Hands for Heroes™ to provide therapeutic bodywork at no fee basis to our Veterans. Healing Solutions Massage will provide a predetermined number of bodywork sessions each month to help the Veteran in dealing with the stress encountered while on duty, as well as physical complaints common to our service men and women. Click here to learn more
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NEW DENTAL PROGRAM FOR VETERANS
NEW JOB POSTINGS for November click here
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Same sex spouses of these veterans and service members will be able to share in their government benefits. Click here for details
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Justice Outreach Program for Veterans in trouble with the law. Click Here for information and stories
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