Veterans Day: Cost of Freedom

Veterans Day is difficult for me every year. This year, Veterans Day will be particularly challenging.  Normally, I either keep myself busy with mundane tasks or submerge myself in some monumental project. To be sure, I am never idle.  Some years I participated in Veterans Day ceremonies.  Sometimes, I have the honor as a keynote speaker or as a performer singing our national anthem. Some years, I have avoided all contact.

Women Veterans: Proud Part of Our Military History

Women have played an important role in our nation’s military history. They set the stage for future generations who wanted to serve their country, and  proved that women could be as resilient and inspiring as men in times of conflict.

Women have actually been in every crisis and every war the United States has ever been in.  But only recently have their contributions been  recognized and appreciated.

Guitars For Veterans: Another Great Tool in the Battle Against PTSD

Music is not only enjoyable, but can be extremely therapeutic as well.   Thousands of war Veterans suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, more soldiers have committed suicide since the Vietnam War than have died in actual battle.

More than half of the 2.6 million veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars struggle with both physical and mental challenges as a result of their service. Unfortunately, 22 veterans commit suicide everyday, but many are finding hope in the wood and strings of an acoustic guitar. The healing power of music helps soldiers cope.

Remembering Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the examples of their sacrifice inspire us to selfless love. Bless the families of our fallen troops, and fill their homes and their lives with Your strength and peace.

Recently, I received a Memorial Day newsletter called “Army Echoes.” It is a publication for Army Retirees. In it was an article entitled “The Problem with Being Humble.” This prompted a discussion with my Retired Ranger Buddy Lieutenant Colonel Chad Walker on Humility.  Chad sponsors a Gofundme page under RANGER Walker walk for Veterans.

Suicide is an Epidemic

Suicide Prevention is a societal mission of prime importance. We can all help prevent suicide. Every year, the Lifeline, other mental health organizations and individuals across the U.S. and around the world strive to raise awareness of suicide prevention. The Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide reporting to suicide prevention, i.e.to actions that can promote healing, help and give hope.

Veterans May Soon Get Free Child Care

Veterans may soon be provided free child care while undergoing treatment for mental health and other medical issues. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the possibility of this benefit in hopes that it will make it easier for veterans to get help. A House of Representatives Bill (H.R. 840) would extend and seek to make permanent a 2011 pilot program Veterans Child Care benefits program.

Dust of Serving Those Who Serve

The Mantra for 2019 is “Serving Those Who Serve.” I am making it a personal mission and challenging my readership to adopt this mantra as well.

When I say “Serving Those Who Serve,” I mean all who serve in any and every capacity to make us safer, healthier and happier. In short, the backbone of “Keeping America Great!” Over the holidays, I received a T-Shirt from a dear friend that had the American Flag on it and the words “No One Fights Alone.”

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