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Thank You

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To all of the women and men who have served in the armed forces and reserves to protect us, say thank you. For those families who have lived ones who continue to serve or will serve, we thank you.

Such service is unfathomable to me but I am humbled but it and never miss the opportunity to thank a veteran. Nir should you. It’s not about war, it’s about the people and families who sacrifice.

Thank you.

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Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Family, Politics, Youth

 

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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Girls, History, Politics, women

 

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It’s Not About War

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No matter your politics, you owe them thanks. Salute a soldier today, tomorrow, always for their service.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2013 in Family, Health, Reflection

 

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I Salute You

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Although I do not support war, I absolutely support those who serve to protect this country.

Let’s be sure to recognize and support soldiers and veterans year-round. Whether is thanking a neighbor for their service, making a donation for wounded warriors and/or urging your representatives to propose/sponsor legislation that supports soldiers, veterans and their families.

Those who serve or have served in our military, I salute you this Memorial Day and always.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Family, Politics, Youth

 

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Women Have BEEN In Combat…hellooooo!

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Women in the military is an issue which is close to my heart. Although I have philosophical issues with the military, I admire those who bravely serve our country and am passionate about them receiving the treatment and benefits that they have earned.

In a previous position, I had the honor of meeting many women in uniform and experiencing their humility. I was charged with educating the public about women in the military at a time when nobody wanted to talk or hear about it, circa 2005. It was also my responsibility to communicate about women veterans and female soldiers as well as the unique research, advocacy and programming that the organization offered.

So today’s announcement is long overdue. Women have been in combat due to the nature of modern war. Purple hearts have been awarded to women for getting limbs blown off while getting a unit to safety during an attack. Unfortunately when I looked it up, the list of notable recipients did not include any women (although I’ve met a few). An interesting issue raised is this change increasing promotion opportunities, as those in combat are frequently rewarded.

There will be those who disagree. Those who will argue that women have no place and will drag down the quality of our military. Already there are grumblings of elite forces such as Navy Seals requesting an exclusion. Other arguments such as women lacking the physical strength.

I believe that women should simply be recognized for all the contributions that they have made to the military.

The armed services have until May 15 to implement.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Civil Rights, Family, Politics, women

 

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Thank a Vet Today, Everyday

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There are many ways to say thank you.

Say it. Speak the words, “Thank you.” It is necessary and humbling. It means that you support soldiers, veterans and their families, not war.

Advocate. Support legislation that will help with their successful transition into civilian life, assist them to secure rightful benefits and ensure that they have housing and employment.

Hire veterans. Encourage your employer to hire veterans. Think outside the box to consider this under-utilized talent pool. Most soldiers have valuable transferable skills, unparalleled work ethic and stellar leadership abilities.

Talk to your reps. Hold your Congressional  representatives accountable. Make sure they support/vote for and/or introduce legislation that supports veterans, soldiers and their families.

Educate yourself. There are many stereotypes about those who serve in our military. They are young, smart, diverse and committed.

 

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A Salute to Our Military

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Yesterday, President Obama repealed a long-standing policy that refused condolence letters for the families of soldiers who commit suicide while in combat zones. Good for him. The word for such a policy is cruel.

If you have ever spoken to a soldier or veteran who has served in times of conflict, you know that there are things that they will never share. There are experiences that they have locked away as a means of self-preservation.

I remember attending a hearing regarding suicide in the military. A young, former Marine, a veteran/ psychiatrist as well as older veterans, who turned to substance abuse and other destructive behavior to mask their pain, testified. It was excruciating and I had to excuse myself. They were asking the VA to improve mental health outreach/benefits to veterans but more importantly to partner with community programs that serve and give continued support to veterans for depression and PTSD. The Marine had attempted suicide and had several fellow soldiers who succeeded.

The point is this, these people voluntarily serve this country and fight valiantly. If they break from the weight of war, does that make them less of a soldier? Does their family grieve less? And while I’m thinking about it, I am curious to know what the policy is for the spouse/children/family- do they receive whatever compensation is given to other soldiers who die in the line of duty?

Again, I applaud the policy change and thank our veterans and soldiers for their service.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2011 in Family, Health, Politics

 

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