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Have you taken the “American Legion Women Veterans Survey”?

Women Veterans:

The American Legion’s women veterans survey ends on Monday, July 18, 2016.

The survey will be used to make specific recommendations for congressional appropriations, Veterans Affairs programs and facilities, and increase public awareness of issues facing women veterans.

All information from the survey is confidential and submitted anonymously.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ALwomenvets

And yeah, this nosy mom checked it out before posting the link. Go for it, ladies!

Learn more about the American Legion HERE.

Love and Hugs,

Jane

November 9, 2014 – 4th Floor: Marines, Veterans, and Thanksgiving

Julie & LCpl. Smitty
Happy Birthday, Marines!

Today’s Luncheon was a celebration of the USMC’s 239th Birthday and Veterans Day, serving a Thanksgiving Day meal!

The Sponsors:

Carey & Chris

Joanna & Joel

Mary T.

WA State Operation Thank You

Thank you!

 

Room Before
The room when we arrived, the “stuff” we brought (first trip up), and almost ready to serve.

the food
The buffet, missing are the mashed potatoes and stuffing.

The Menu:

Turkey & Ham

Gravy, Stuffing

Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Potato Soup & Fresh Fruit Salad

Stuffed Celery, Cranberry Sauce

Cheese & Pepperoni Tray

Pickles & Olives

Asst. Rolls

Assorted Drinks & water

Fresh Smoothies

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Pie & Cake

The Niftie Gifties:

pantry bags, quilts and pillowcasesQuilts from Olde Kent Quilters

Patriotic Pillowcases from Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore

Marine & Army Lap Quilts from Jean in Ohio

Scarves from Eleanore in New Jersey

Snack Bags

Thank You!

 

The Day:

We send out the call for sign-ups to our luncheon volunteers and they help when they can. Some months we have two or three, this month we had seven. Even though we staggered the arrival times, I thought we’d be knocking elbows with everyone in the room, and we were – until the line began to form. Continue reading November 9, 2014 – 4th Floor: Marines, Veterans, and Thanksgiving

Happy 238th Birthday, USMC! Thank You, Veterans!

A beautiful fall day for the 238th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps!  It just so happened our November luncheon date landed on November 10th, the birthday of the greatest fighting force in the world!

It was also the day before Veterans Day.  Such an honor to serve the Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and their families a special luncheon on the combat ward at Walter Reed.

Bethesda Exit
Almost there!

 

 

Katie, Julie, Dina, Deb and I planned to arrive a little before 10 AM.  Deb drove, traffic was easy and she and I got there a little early.

Wildlife at Walter Reed
Wildlife at Walter Reed

 

 

 

 

 

As we rounded the corner after going though the gate we had to stop for the wildlife. No, Moms, not bored Marines… 😉  There were geese taking their good ol’ sweet time waddling across the road.

We unloaded and took everything upstairs with the help of the Gunnery Sergeant.  It was nice meeting him and  putting a face to the emails.

Deb went to park the truck while I began setting up the room.  Katie, Julie and Dina weren’t far behind us.

 

November 10, 2013 Luncheon
All set up and waiting for our guests!

The Menu:

Pickles, olives, cheese and crackers
Baked Ham
Roasted Turkey
Gravy and Dressing
Chicken Tortellini Soup & Potato Soup
Mashed Potatoes
Broccoli
Sweet Potato Casserole
Fresh Fruit
Brownies
Smoothies and Assorted Drinks
and…
although we didn’t have a Birthday Cake, we had…
 
 
 
Marine Cupcakes
Happy Birthday, MARINES!

 

Awesome Cupcakes!

They came from Cupcake Blvd. in Gambrills, MD.  And they were gooood!

 

 

 

 

 

Niftie Giftie Table
A very full “niftie-gifties” table!

 

The nifty-gifties table was set up with pantry bags and other things.  Julie does the shopping and packing for the bags, which have snacks and a few other things in them, just something to have in the hospital room so they don’t have to walk down the hall to the vending machine for a day or two… or three.

Also on the table were books on CDs, great for vision-impaired patients, from Bob and Linda, Carole and the Castaways’ hand-knitted slippers and beanies, quilts from both the Bayside Quilters and Olde Kent Quilt Guilds, and composition books from Katie.

Cards from Diana
“…The troops have given so much. Thank them for me…” – Diana

 

 

 

Diana in Florida sent blank handmade Hanukkah and Christmas cards for the patients and families to have if they wanted them.

They were beautiful, as were the “all occasion” ones she sent earlier this year.

To everyone who help make the luncheons possible, your “Gifts From the Heart” mean so much to those we serve.  Thank You!

 

And then…

The time came that makes all of the planning, shopping, and preparation worth it.

Moms, Dads, wives, and patients came in to fill a plate.  Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania were just a few states represented.  There were amputees in wheelchairs, Traumatic Brain Injury patients, other types of head injury patients…

One of the patients “signed” to us – he couldn’t speak because of his recent surgery so he spelled the words out with his hand, and his wife translated “Thank You!” for us.

Some of the people we served had been to past luncheons.  More than once or twice… or thrice… and may still be there when we go back toward the end of January.

One will be moving on to a Polytrauma Unit at a VA Medical Center so he can be closer to home, and others will be back and forth between the surgical ward here at Walter Reed and Bldg. 62, the out-patient apartments, for many more months.

One Solider, very well-liked by the other patients, had started out at the old Walter Reed – three years ago… A few more surgeries and this part of his recovery will be completed, then the next steps of his rehab begins… with his Mom by his side ‘walking the walk” with him.

In spite of the life-altering injuries our troops and their families are living with in their “new normal”, their UPBEAT SPIRITS and “CAN DO” attitude are MORE than inspiring…They take their “Warrior Ethos” and they apply it to their new mission – Recovery.

Do not tell them “can not”.

They will prove you wrong.

Lessons many of us would do well to pay attention to when we’re having a bad day.

Happy Birthday, Marines!

And to our Veterans, Thank You for serving our country!

 

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

Love and Hugs,

Jane