WSWVETS MEETING FOR SEPTEMBER 8TH AT 2/42 COMMUNITY CHURCH.  MEETING ROOM HAS CHANGED, PLEASE NOTE SIGNS.  SPEAKER IS A MALE VETERANS DISCUSSING HIS MST (MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA).  Click here for details.

WSWVETS sponsored the first Annual Veteran Retreat at the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids.  A great time and wonderful food was had by all.   Click HERE foradditional photos

Another FUN gathering of Women that Have Served.  To see more photos, Click Here

Gloria Lrwis served from January 1945 to December 1949 with the Army in Japan.  'I loved it, every minute of it", said Gloria.  Gloria Was nominated to have WSWVETS designate a brick in her honor to be placed in the Livingston County Veterans Memorial.  WSWVETS selected her name and this brick was placed a few weeks ago.  Gloria, thank you for your service. 

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Veteran, mom, grandmother, wife and student, Cristy B has this as her signature on her email.  Great

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan -- to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.
Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, Saturday, 4 March 1865

 

Wendy, Air Force Veteran and her mom Donna create these fabulous flowers to beautify your garden.  The flowers are made from plastic bottles, painted wit transparent colors to glow in the sun or shade.  To date, they have UPCYCLED over 700 bottles and counting.  Available at the Brighton Farmers Market.  Want more information:  artaddict@comcast.com

Peer to Peer Veterans Meeting

 

Gatherings for those women who have served in the U.S. Military.  There is no agenda it is an opportunity to talk and share with others that have been where you were and maybe are.  If you are interested in participating email:  wswvets@gmail.com or to see dates and locations along with comments from previous gathering, visit wswvets.org.

 

If you are interested in having a meeting that is closer to your home, let me know and we will arrange that. 

 

Meeting Dates:

 

September   27th,  Brighton MI

4 - 7

Donna Engstrom, Artist will join us and help us create a watercolor painting  

            

 

Arlene Callaghan

810-599-6014

 

 

These are the words for those who attended the Peer to Peer Veterans Meeting this past Saturday. 

This meeting is open to all women who have served or are currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves.

 

 

I want to also thank Stephanie for opening her home to us. I'm very grateful. I also want to thank Arlene for getting us all together! She doesn't think she really does enough (or much) for us, but I think this was a big deal for us. So, Arlene, thank you from the bottom of my heart

 

 

I haven't felt that exhilarated in a while.

> I just want to thank you for all your hard work and getting us together.

> Your tireless work is part of my healing process.

 

I had such an amazing time yesterday How wonderful to have met you ALL
Hope to see you beautiful women very soon!

I don't know how anyone else felt or still might feel but I found it a true blessing.  As I sat there and really listened to the other women veterans stories you realize that you are not alone and that you are not the only one that has faced or continues to face challenges.

I feel that by coming together that we can find strength from each other and a true support system so that each of us as we move forward in our lives and the many challenges that  come along as well will have someone that we can turn to, even if it is just a simple "I understand, for we will know that they really do understand because they have been there and done that or had "that" done to them and they can relate"

 

Sorry, civilian people (usually spouses of veterans) do not understand why veterans go and sit at the American Legion or the VFW club rooms.  It is because you can sit on a bar stool next to a fellow vet and you don't have to utter a single word but you know they get it and you know that should the need arise they would have you back !

 

 For the most part......We all came in as strangers yesterday afternoon however we were able to share some pretty personal "stuff" with each other cause we knew we were "amoung comrades" and that we were safe there and by the end we were all hugging !

 

Ladies I had a blast yesterday! I don't get a chance to have time out much with my school schedule and homework load, so yesterday was a treat.  Stephanie, thank you so much for opening up your home to us.  Arlene, I echo Stephanie's sentiments when I say thank you for being our catalyst.

I know Kate said she would be willing to host in April and if no one objects I would like to host in May.

 

I look forward to seeing all of you soon,

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About Them

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.

 

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As of May 1st, you can now get a Veteran Designation on your Drivers License when you renew at no charge.  If you chose to get this designation, prior to your renewal, there is a $9 charge.  If you cannot afford the $9 you can send them a letter with your full name, drivers license or PID number, and contact information with the request.  Once these documents are received, a determination will be made as to whether your request can be accommodated. 

This designation may make it easier to obtain veteran discounts at retailers. 

 

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