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#ExploreVA Facebook Chat: VA Serves Women Veterans

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.

Event starts in 6 days

Register

Learn how VA benefits help millions of Veterans and their family members adjust to post-military life during our online events!

VA and LinkedIn partner to provide resources for service members and 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.

Or just jump in at the links above.

Lynda.com also offers a 10 day free trial for those who aren’t Veterans or in the military and would like to check it out before committing to it, as well as monthly plans.  Looks interesting!

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”  ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

Stay Young!

‘Til next time,

Jane

Holiday Cheer 2015 Updates

Holiday Cheer 2015 logo

 

Thank you to the Marine Mom-Bethesda “Elfs” who brought Holiday Cheer to Walter Reed!

We love how “Elfs” from different parts of the country show their support during such a special time of year to those we serve!  You are SO appreciated!

Thank You for entrusting Marine Moms-Bethesda as a steward of your donations and gifts in support of our mission of bringing food and comfort items to the injured, ill, and wounded warriors and their families at Walter Reed.

You help brighten their time spent during their recovery at the hospital, and you are more appreciated than you know.  Thank you for caring.

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The Holiday Cheer 2015 “Elfs”:  Thank You!

Their very generous donations made this year’s event possible.

Alabama: Barbara

Florida: The Zabel Family;  Cheryl & Ted

Maryland: Choptank Marine Corps League Detachment #439; US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21-03; Dina; Jessi

Oregon: Marilyn

Washington: WA State Operation Thank You

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The Cards:

“Elf Barb” screened, sorted, and bundled the cards up in a cheery bow. Thank you, Barb!

Thank you, Cards Elves!

Alabama: Barbara

California: “Women in Recovery”

Colorado: Ellen-Alisa

Florida: The Zabel Family, The Frase Family, Marilyn & Crew, and Cheryl.

Maryland: Michelle; Choptank MCL Detachment; Our Lady of Victory/Baltimore grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.

Oregon: Marilyn

Card bundleThe hand-written, and sometimes homemade, cards were distributed during our December 6 Holiday Cheer luncheon on the 4th floor to patients either directly, or to their family members to give to their loved ones.  They were given to combat patients, and to “regular” active duty or Veterans who were surgical and cancer patients on the 4th floor. 

The handmade cards were beautiful – no they were gorgeous!  The ones from the kids were great, the blank batch sorted into packets with stamped envelopes were really appreciated, but most of all, the heartfelt notes and thoughts inside the cards were uplifting and encouraging.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Memories of Thanksgivings past, grateful for the Blessings we’re so fortunate to have in this great country, Land of the FREE and Home of the BRAVE.

Thoughts of those who can’t be with us today because they’re serving in dangerous places around the world, and prayers of comfort for the families of those who’s chair will always be empty.

Thankful for family and friends and those who keep us safe. Wishing you a peaceful and relaxing day.

Make good memories for yourself and you children.

And as our friend Jana said, “May your turkey be moist and your ‘taters and gravy lump free!”

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to all of you!

Happy 240th Birthday, United States Marines!

 

Happy 240th Birthday, Marines!

This evening, November 10, all over the country and beyond, Marines are celebrating their birthday. They weren’t born under a cabbage leaf, you know.  They were born in a tavern.  Tun Tavern.

And ever since, for 240 years, they’ve been Defending Freedom.

Choptank MCL Detachment's Banner

I had the pleasure of attending Choptank Marine Corps League Detachment’s Marine Corps Birthday Party at the VFW in Easton, MD tonight.  The Detachment adopted Marine Moms-Bethesda back in 2009, supporting our mission at Bethesda, then Walter Reed after the two hospitals combined.

Signing in
Guests signed in as they came through the door, were given a raffle ticket for the door prizes, had raffle tickets available to purchase for the 50/50, and there was a table to sign cards to be given to the patients at Walter Reed during our December 6th luncheon.

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November 8, 2015-4th Floor: Our Thanksgiving, Happy Birthday Marines, and Thank You Veterans Luncheon All Rolled Into One!

Over the years, our November luncheons have become a celebration of the Marine Corps’ Birthday and Veterans Day. I remember a few years ago, a Marine in a wheelchair came into the luncheon room and all he wanted was a piece of cake.  He told us he hadn’t had a piece of birthday cake and was so glad we had one. Another year, Janet had brought a huge turkey and we had all the fixin’s for a good southern Thanksgiving meal.  I was outside of the luncheon room next to the niftie-giftie table and a Marine in a wheelchair came out of the room with a heaping plate and a turkey leg laying right smack on top of everything, with a huge grin on his face.  It’s the little things…

The ward was pretty quiet this luncheon.

The Team: Dina, Deb, and Jane, with help from Julie, and Ryan from the Inpatient Warrior Family Office.

The Menu: deviled eggs, turkey & gravy, sliced ham, cornbread dressing, green beans, chicken noodle soup, fresh fruit salad, assorted rolls, assorted drinks, fresh smoothies, pumpkin pie, and of course, USMC Birthday Cake!

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The Niftie-Gifties: quilts, pillowcases (from Bayside Quilters), hand-knit slippers (from Carole and the Castaways) and scarves (from Dina), DVDs (from Dina’s friend), and snack bags (made up by our “Bag Lady”, Julie).

Every luncheon has at least one moment that stays with us. Dina sent me this after the luncheon:

“I’m still thinking of that sweet lady/mom that jumped right in and helped us and then checked in on us again as we were cleaning up.  What a blessing she was!  I wish I got to talk to her some more.”

She was so helpful!  She checked back in with us while we were packing up, on her way to the Fisher House to see if we needed help.  We gave her extra snack bags to give out to people she knew there.

Many thanks to our volunteers and supporters for your help making the luncheon a success. You are SO appreciated!

Happy 240th Birthday, Marines!

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240 Years!

 

 

 

 

 

 

To our Veterans, thank you for serving!

Until next time, continued prayers for our military and their families.

With Respect,

Jane

 

 

 

This Veterans Day, Honoring those who have served. Thank you for defending FREEDOM!

 

 

October 4, 2015 – 4th floor: Hurricanes and Heroes

So… a hurricane formed down in the Bahamas the week before the luncheon.

Okay, no problem, this storm will be here and gone before the weekend gets here. Or so we thought.

Joquain decided to take his good ol’ sweet time spinning around down there traveling 3 or 4 miles an hour for what seemed like forever. It’s so easy to let oneself be dragged into the panic of a potentially deadly hurricane traveling up the Chesapeake Bay and by 2 PM Wednesday I was wondering if we should cancel.

Hurricane Joquain's projected path
Hurricane Joquain’s projected path.

By Friday the path was forecast far enough away we were comfortable enough to go through with the luncheon. Then we worried about wind restrictions and the Bay Bridge being closed. Thankfully it all worked out.

The Team:

Dina, Deb, and myself.  Thank you, Ladies! Job well done!  And thank you to the Corpsman who came in on his day off to check on us, we appreciated your help!

Deb and Dina unloading the cars. A few years back these carts would be crammed full and stacked 3 feet high and we'd make three or four trips with them, unloading the cars. Deb and Dina unloading the cars. One trip did it.  A few years back we’d make three or four trips with the carts and they would be three feet high on top and the bottom would be chock full of stuff. Continue reading October 4, 2015 – 4th floor: Hurricanes and Heroes

Holiday Cheer 2015: Cards and “Elfie-ness”

Holiday Cheer 2015 logo

It’s hard to believe this will be our 9th “Holiday Cheer event”!

Once again we’ll be bringing Holiday Cheer to patients and families so far from home at Walter Reed/Bethesda over the holidays!

This year’s “Holiday Cheer will be a little different and consist of:

  1. A “Holiday Cheer” luncheon on the inpatient surgical ward at Walter Reed, serving all service branches.
  2. “Elfie Gifts” for a Marine family with children, and two single Marines.
  3. “Holiday Cheer” Cards Campaign.

We’re pretty excited, and also honored to have this opportunity to serve those who’ve served us and who are so far away from home during the holidays.

See the Elfie details by clicking “continue” or click here for the AAR.

Please note:
The final postmark deadline for “Holiday Cheer” is Monday, November 16, 2015.

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September 6, 2015: 4th Floor – Bits & Pieces

Sandwich fixin's - lettuce, onions and tomatoesThe Menu:

Deli Platter– Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef

Potato Salad

Green Beans

Chicken Noodle Soup

Fresh Fruit Platter

Potato Chips

Mini Cupcakes

Smoothies

Soft Drinks, Juice & Water

The Team:

Mary, Jillian, and Jane. 

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to Marine Moms-Bethesda’s mission for the past five years, Mary and Jillian.

quilts, pillowcases, and cardsThe Niftie Gifties

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