It has always been an honor to serve the patients and their families and today was no different.
As things have changed at the hospital, we’ve adapted our luncheons. Thoughts of years past and how things have changed come to mind as we reflect on those we’ve served.
Our main mission since 2007 has been serving wounded warriors and their family members. This is why we formed – to serve our “sons by another mother” who were so far from home. And now we sometimes serve our “daughters by another mother”, too.
As the numbers of combat casualties have decreased, we’re serving “regular” active duty, Veterans, and their families more so than combat patients. Because there are fewer combat casualties, we adjusted our schedule to three luncheons this year.
The luncheons impact is still the same. Food for the families when the cafeteria in the hospital is closed, family members stay with us to eat because their loved one can’t have solids, the surprise that we’re there, and the appreciation and thanks for the meal and niftie-gifties.
Our supporters and “Elfs” are very much appreciated by those we serve. You help to make the luncheons quite awesome!
Sunday’s luncheon was really nice. Dina and Dina were a pleasure to work with. Yes, who would have thought there would be two Dinas? With help from HM2 C. from the WIFLO we were ready to serve a half hour early. Thank you, Ladies. Job well done!
Brother Dave popped in to say hello, always nice to see him. He’s so dedicated to the patients at Walter Reed.
Our “Elfs”, along with our volunteers, are dedicated, too. They are what makes the luncheons so special for the people we serve.
By all accounts, we’ve heard the “3rd Annual American Heroes Dinner” hosted by Honoring The Sacrifice Foundation was very enjoyable!
It was an honor to be involved as a sponsor for three VIP tables through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Thank you for supporting this organization that is helping to better the lives of those who have sacrificed so much on our Nation’s behalf.
“Elfs” in the Chattanooga area helped us get the word out and fill the seats. Thank you!
Special thanks to Mr. John Shackleford for sharing his personal photographs from the dinner with us. It was nice being able to place the names on our guest list with pictures of our guests.
Army Gold Star Mom Shawna is organizing a bike show, ride, and silent auction in honor and memory of her son, SPC “Mikey” Yates and his “Brothers”, SPC Jacob Barton, Sgt. Christian Bueno, MAJ Matthew Houseal, and CMDR Charles Springle.
Many Thanks to Vince, Third Battalion, First Marine Regiment dad and now an Army dad, “Keeper of the List” of our sons’ Brothers, our “sons by another mother”, who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the three deployments our 3/1 sons were active duty.
May God rest their souls and comfort their families. Some gave all…thank God for our Veterans. ~Vince
3/1 Fallen 2004-2007
Fallujah Apr 04- Jan 05
L/Cpl.Joshua S. Dickinson 12/12/04
L/Cpl. Joseph T. Welke 11/20/04
L/Cpl. Phillip West 11/19/04
Cpl. Bradley T. Arms 11/19/04
L/Cpl. Luis Figueroa 11/18/04
L/Cpl. Michael W. Hanks 11/17/04
Sgt. Christopher T. Heflin 11/16/04
L/Cpl Louis W. Qualls 11/16/04
L/Cpl Jeramy A. Ailes 11/15/04
L/Cpl. James E. Swain 11/15/04
Cpl. Dale A. Burger 11/14/04
Cpl. Andres H. Perez 11/14/04
L/Cpl Benjamin S. Bryan 11/14/04
L/Cpl Justin D. McLeese 11/13/04
Sgt. Byron W. Norwood 11/13/04
Sgt. Morgan W. Strader 11/12/04
Cpl. Theodore A Bowling 11/11/04
L/Cpl. Nicholas D. Larson 11/09/04
L/Cpl. Juan E. Segura 11/09/04
L/Cpl. Abraham Simpson 11/09/04
L/Cpl. Nathan R. Wood 11/09/04
S/Sgt. Russell L. Slay 11/09/04
Cpl. William C. James 11/09/04
Cpl. Brian Oliveira 10/25/04
Cpl. Steven A. Rintamaki 09/16/04
Cpl. Nicanor Alvarez08/21/04
Pfc. Fernando B. Hannon 08/15/04
Pfc. Geofery Perez 08/15/04
Sgt. Juan Calderon Jr. 08’02/04
Cpl.Terry Holmes 07/10/04
Sgt. Krisna Nachampassak 07/10/04
Pfc. Christopher J. Reed 07/10/04
S/Sgt. Trevor Spink 07/10/04
Haditha Sep.05- Apr.06
Sgt. Jeremy E. Murray 10/16/05
L/Cpl. Miguel Terrazas 10/29/05
Cpl. Justin Watts 01/14/06
L/Cpl Brandon Dewey 01/20/06
Cpl. Carlos Arrelanopandura 01/20/06
AO ANEHIEM TQ Apr. 07- Nov. 07
L/Cpl. Steven A. Stacy 07/05/07
L/Cpl. Shawn V. Starkovich 07/16/07
Cpl. Sean A,Stokes 07/30/07
Cpl. Travis M. Woods 09/12/07
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13
Armed Forces Day weekend, our first luncheon of the year.
Thank you to those who serve – our Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen, who sacrifice everyday and keep our country safe!
Suzan and Jane. Guy had to pass at the last minute. Please send good thoughts and energy to him, he’s still recovering from bronchitis.
SSG from the IWFLO was a tremendous help to us setting up and then later, packing up. You are so appreciated by us! Thank you!
It’s always an adventure with Suzan, a seasoned veteran Marine Mom whose son was with the Airwing when the Osprey was first being tested.
We first met in March 2006 at the Patriot Guard Mission for LCpl. Matthew Snyder. Matt’s mom, Julie, came on board MM-B a few years later, does the snack bags for us and helps at luncheons when she’s able. Small world, isn’t it…
Passing on for Women Veterans from the VA site. For the direct link, click here.
Explore VA Facebook Chat: VA Serves Women Veterans
March 22, 2–3 p.m. Eastern time
If you’re one of an estimated 2.2 million women Veterans, we want you to know that VA is continually enhancing facilities, training staff and improving access to services to meet your needs.
If you served in any branch of the U.S. military, you may have earned VA health care benefits and be eligible for other VA benefits that can help you buy a home, earn a degree, advance your career, and do more in life after the military.
Join VA, representatives from Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and others in the Veteran community for a #ExploreVA Facebook Chat to learn more about VA health care and benefits for women Veterans.
Participating is easy: Visit the VFW Facebook page on March 22 at 2 p.m. EST. The discussion will begin at 2 p.m. in the comment section of the post announcing the Facebook Chat. Register here or click the button to the right to receive an e-mail reminder the day of the event. You will need a Facebook account to view the discussion and ask questions.
During the chat, you can:
Learn why more than 500,000 women have enrolled in VA health care, and why many are choosing VA over private health care providers.
Get answers to your questions from VA and VFW experts.
Hear how VA continues to change to better serve women Veterans.
Are you active duty or a Veteran looking for ways to expand your skills? Are you transitioning or planning your transition into the civilian world?
Passing on info a Marine Veteran sent me…
“Back on Veterans’ Day LinkedIn ran a promotional about this and I signed up. There aren’t a lot of courses applicable to me but are some that would for others.”
The VA and LinkedIn are partnering to offer service members and Veterans one year of access to LinkedIn’s professional development site, Lynda.com, at no cost.
Lynda.com offers online video tutorials and training in the following areas: developer, design, web, photography, business, education, 3D + Animation, Video, and Audio + Music http://www.lynda.com/
Additionally, LinkedIn offers service members and Veterans job-search resources and a one-year premium job seeker account on its own site at no cost. Interested? Start here to set up your account: https://veterans.linkedin.com/
You can read the VA’s blog post for more details here.