Veterans Fighting the Healthcare Front

Three million: That's how many U.S. soldiers have been deployed in the foreign wars held in Iraq and Afghanistan. I realized this when I read the news on my Facebook feed and yes, that's a very large number indeed!It doesn't even include the thousands of veterans from past wars, including, WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. An article written in the Washington Post says that more than half of these brave soldiers have come home with physical or mental injuries, and the majority of these injured soldiers feel the government is not living up to their healthcare needs. Ouch.Who's Responsible?The Department of Veterans Affairs is the U.S. government agency responsible for the care of returning soldiers. According to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than half of our injured soldiers feel that the care they have received by the Department of Veterans Affairs has been inadequate or poor....more

Remember Our Veterans...

Today's prompt for NaBloPoMo was "if you could eliminate one worry..." off the top of my head, I thought, "money."  Which is 100% true.  If I (we) didn't have to worry about car/student loan/ credit card payments, the day to day stuff would be a breeze....more

My Unknown Soldier

Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day make me sad because my late husband, Richard, was not quite a veteran but his service to his country killed him.  ...more

Medal of Honor Ceremony for Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha - Psalm 23

Yesterday I watched the Medal of Honor ceremony for Clinton L. Romesha, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army.I rarely watch TV yet I was blessed to see this historic event. Staff Sergeant Romesha was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in Afghanistan.His acts of valor and bravery in the battle at Combat Outpost Keating on Oct 3, 2009 were remarkable....more

Happy Veterans' Day!

I’m a Daddy’s Girl (and proud of it!). ...more

Letters from Team 19: Strength, Fear and Phone Calls

Being strong during a deployment means lots of things.People may think we just have to be strong to get through 6 months, or 9 months or 12 months apart.People may think we have to be strong to meet all the day to day challenges of life with out our other half by our side for such long periods of time.Maybe they think we have to be strong to say Goodbye.And it's true, we need a lot of strength for those things.But sometimes we need the most strength just to get through a phone call with our soldier....more

From shock to acceptance: Jordan's journey

One week ago Sunday, we learned our youngest son, Jordan, was headed off to war. To southern Afghanistan, roughly 7,000 miles and 12 time zones away. Basically, halfway around the world. In the seven days since that I've had to process this news, I've gone from shock to dread to pride and joy to acceptance....more
I wish he was able to be with you guys over the holidays. It really does suck!more

Be grateful, always.

Today's guest post is written by my wife, Lori....more
A beautiful post. One of the big joys of becoming a teacher in mid-life has been working with ...more

National PTSD Awareness Day

Today, June 27th, is the second annual National PTSD Awareness Day. In honor of it, I will be wearing my teal ribbon and hope that all of you will do the same. I also thought it would be appropriate to discuss it here once again.I've talked about my personal experiences with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the past, but it's important to understand how it affects our community at large. First of all, let's take a look at how many people it affects. Here are a few statistics I found on (I know it's a lot of numbers, but please read them and bear with me):...more

When my daughter was 19 she came down with a rare neurological disease that nearly killed her. I ...more

Love Me A Military Man

With Independence Day upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on those serving in the military.  Specifically, I want to think about my own husband who is in the military and why he is “The Man” and more.  This is not to leave out military women – they are incredible and serve in ways that I know I’m not “woman enough” to even think about doing.  But, for this moment I want to share why I “love me a military man”. Reason 1:  He is devoted to things bigger – way bigger – than himself. Reason 2:  He respe...more