Veteran’s Day

veteransToday is Veteran’s Day. Recently one of my friends asked what I do on Veteran’s Day. I told her I do pretty much the same thing I do on any other day. That isn’t exactly accurate. On Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, I usually watch a war movie or two. I figure Veteran’s Day honors those who served and are still serving in some capacity along with their family members, while Memorial Day is a day of reflection for those who were lost.

Speaking of military family members, there should be a national day of recognition for the loved ones who take on multiple responsibilities, including worrying, when their military member is away.

Anyway, I have never really considered myself a veteran, at least a veteran worthy of special notice and a holiday. When I think of veterans I have to admit that I think of the actors like Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, John Wayne, George C. Scott, and Eddie Albert. These men were in every war movie I ever saw growing up as a kid. I watched these movies with my father, a Korean War veteran. It wasn’t the actors themselves I thought of, but the characters they portrayed.

For the actors who played a role in a war movie, that role ended when the script was done. For many veterans, life isn’t as simple. This year instead of just watching a war movie or two (I had to throw the “just” in there because I’ve already watched “The Longest Day” today) I thought I would provide a few links to resources and news for veterans and their family members.

 

From the official blog of Google:  Growing our support for veterans and military families

Train Vets to Treat Vets: A Unique Program Working to Expand the Quality and Quantity of Mental Health Services for Veterans

Military Mental Health Screening Program

Give An Hour – Give help, receive help.

The Mission Continues – The Mission Continues awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. Mission Continues Fellows serve for six months at a local nonprofit organization addressing key educational, environmental or social issues. Each Fellow works to achieve a post-fellowship goal of full time employment and/or pursuit of higher education, while maintaining a permanent role of public service.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America – IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable leadership for our country and their local communities. We work toward this vision through programs in four key impact areas: supporting new veterans in health, education, employment and building a lasting community for vets and their families. We create impact in those critical areas through assistance to veterans and their families, raising awareness about veterans’ issues and advocacy for supportive policy from the federal to the local level.

Team Rubicon – Our Mission: Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.

 

Here’s to the veterans and their family members out there today. Thank you!

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