Category Archives: 2012

July 22, 2012 – 4 East

Don at the grill.Hamburgers and hot dogs?  Yes, Don’s at it again!

Last month’s 4 East BBQ was a hit, the weather was great, Don and Barb enjoyed being over at Mercy Hall grilling and had offered to do it again.  Would the weather hold?  It looked like it would so we went with it!

By the time Barb, Don and I arrived at the hospital Katie, Kathy and Dina were upstairs setting the room up while Gladys stayed with our stuff downstairs.  Andrea and Nancy were not far behind us.  This was Andrea’s first luncheon with us, and Nancy had driven down on Friday from Connecticut to join us.

After every thing was up in the room I took Nancy over to Mercy Hall so she could see where we grill and do the Mercy Hall luncheons.  Don already had the grills cleaned and the coals going.

We went back over to the room to finish setting up and things got pretty busy.  Barb went back over to Mercy Hall to pick up the first batch of hamburgers and hot dogs from Don.

Stars and Bars Forever and the niftie-giftie tableMost of the “niftie gifties” were with us this time. “Warrior Song – HARD CORPS” t-shirts for Marines and their Mom/Wife/Girlfriend/or Sister from an anonymous Elf; baby quilts, mom quilts, manly quilts and pillowcases from Bayside Quilters, cards from Cub Scouts, word search books, encouragement notes, and pantry bags.  The pantry bags, quilts, pillowcases and notes were a little bit depleted by the time we remembered to take pictures.

We have the slippers and hats from Carole and the Castaways but with the temps being in the high 90′s and low 100′s, I decided to leave them home to save for cooler days.  The music and movie CDs will come with us next time.

The cards Katie brought from the Cub Scouts are so cute!

combat medicSometimes I wonder if people think we only serve Marines, but we serve ALL service branches at our luncheons.  Seeing Army insignia on the doors is new to us so when we get home I look them up.  This one, when I saw it, I thought it had to do with an Army Medic because of the snakes on it, and I was correct.

God Bless him, we know he has saved a lot of lives over the years and wish him the best.

It was a good luncheon.  Menu was hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and all of the fixin’s, chicken salad, pasta salad, potato salad, tossed salad, green beans, of course the cheese, pickles and olives, fresh strawberries and angel food cake, cookies, smoothies and assorted drinks, different flavors of pie – apple crumb, blueberry, sweet potato, and… pecan? I forget.  The grocery store sells them in half sizes so we were able to offer so many different kinds.  Pretty cool.

Almost as cool as finding green bean casserole in cans for Thanksgiving the first year my Marine was deployed so many years ago…  Things have come a long way since 2004, ’05. ’06… All kinds of care packaged-size things now that weren’t around back then.  Medical advancement has come a long way, too.  Lots more support groups now than there were then.  Laws have changed as well.

One of them is The Family and Medical Leave Act Military Family Leave Entitlements.  I will never forget during our first visit to the hospital in October 2005 when a Marine mom told us she had used up her two weeks leave while at Bethesda, and had to choose between staying there with her son, or going back to work.  If she stayed, she was going to lose her job.  Now, this was a HUGE company she worked with.  She never did tell us who it was, just that it was big.  She stayed with her son.  Although families still have to make decisions like this at times – stay or go home for different reasons, the laws have come a long way.  The latest updated information about The Family and Medical Leave Act Military Family Leave Entitlements can be found here:

July 22, 2012 MMB Luncheon crewThank you Barb, Don, Katie, Dina, Nancy, and Andrea so much for your help!  Gladys, we missed having you with us.  Thank you for helping out with the shopping and delivery.  Job WELL Done!

Love and Hugs,





July 8, 2012 – Richmond

Car Loaded and Headed SouthHeaded SOUTH of the BORDER!  To Richmond VA Medical Center!

Did you know some of the patients from Walter Reed head on down to Richmond VA Medical Center aka Hunter Holmes McGuire Medical Center for further rehabilitation?  The medical center serves active duty combat patients on the Polytrauma, Spinal Cord, and PTRP units.  Family members stay in the Fisher House within easy walking distance to the facilities, or in hotels in town. Sometimes the patients are transported 121 miles to Walter Reed for additional surgeries or other medical care during their stay at Richmond.

We met a little before 9:30 AM in the parking lot and called Paulette and the Gunny to let them know we had arrived and then they come down with carts to help us unload.  While we were waiting, we talked with the Vets sitting outside getting some fresh air.  One we spoke with Sunday was an Army Veteran who had been with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam.  He told us he comes down every morning to feed the birds, then asked us if we could help him figure out his cell phone.  Well, we tried…  I think Kathy was able to help him.  Sarah arrived soon and Mary Allen was right behind her, on her way to church, to drop some things off for us.  Carol and Harry were not far behind.

Buffet main dishesThe tables were set up when we got up to the room.  The red white and blue tablecloths were a nice touch. We moved some of the tables around to suit the way we planned to serve.  Main buffet table, then sandwich fixin’s and desserts on another table and on the third table we had the soup, the popcorn popper and the smoothie maker.

About the time we were ready to serve, Warriors, some with family members, began coming in.  One of the Soldiers’ moms asked me if we had been at Walter Reed.  I told her, yes, we do luncheons there monthly, and are at Richmond about 4 times a year.  She told us they had been to many of our luncheons at Walter Reed.  They are from North Carolina and her son’s whole family was there visiting – Mom, Dad, Aunts, Grandmother.

Fixin's and stuffThe Gunny brought up the microwave so we could heat the gravy and Paulette brought us ice to ice down the drinks and water.  The menu was roast beef and gravy, ham, chicken salad, and rolls and biscuits if they wanted to make sandwiches.  Potato salad, watermelon, tossed salad, potato soup, macaroni and cheese.  To top the meal off were blonde brownies with chocolate chips and pecans, marshmallow brownies, and peach pie.

Harry took care of the smoothies.  With the recent weather being so hot, they were a nice cool, refreshing drink. When he got down to the last little bit, not quite enough ingredients left to make a pitcher, he added some watermelon to the strawberries and yogurt and got a Thumb’s Up from the NC Soldier’s Dad.

The desserts were incredible.  I’m not sure what was the most popular, the marshmallow brownies or the pecan-chocolate chip blondies.


Popcorn and SoupThe atmosphere at the Richmond luncheons, after the initial setting up, is much more laid back than the 4 East luncheons.  With tables and chairs in the room, the families and patients are able to sit down and eat in the room with us, and we’re able to sit there and chat with them.  Paulette had music playing on a CD player.  One of the Soldiers’ wives was there with their two little ones.  The 4 year old entertained us with his dancing.  An Airman entertained us with stories of when he was deployed, not just in Afghanistan, but in Desert Storm.  The get together was nice, almost like having Sunday dinner at home with friends, except they are so far from home…


DessertsWe gave the Gunny the “Warrior Song – HARD CORPS” CDs and t-shirts to give to his Marines that an Elf and the Warrior Song Project  sent to us.  We handed out the note packets to all of the Warriors.

Then the Gunny surprised us with a Certificate of Appreciation.  That was really nice. Thank you!

We began packing up at 1300 and were on the road by 1430   Leftovers were packaged into take out boxes for later with Paulette and the Gunny’s help.

Today's luncheon crew.
Today’s Luncheon Crew: Sarah, Kathy, Harry, and Carol. Thank you! Job Well Done!

To our Supporters, thank you!  We could not do the luncheons without your help.  Time goes on, the war goes on, and you continue to support our Nation’s finest though Marine Moms-Bethesda.  Your donations directly support the Warriors and their families who have sacrificed so much in defense of our country.  There is no middleman taking a percentage of the funds, there are no administrative costs – these are out-of-pocket expenses for our volunteers, 100% of the donations directly support the luncheons.  NO one is making a profit off of the unfortunate circumstances our Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and their families find themselves in, and our volunteers do this out of a sense of stewardship and love for those so far from home learning to live their “new normal”.

To those we serve, never ever feel you are alone.  If you need anything, just ask.  There is help available for so many things you may need, from adapted homes to watering the plants at home while family is with you, but no one knows you need something if you don’t ask.  We honor you and are grateful for the opportunity to give back just a little to you for your service and sacrifice.

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

Love and Hugs,





June 21, 2012 – Mercy Hall

“Elfie Stuff…”

Jane and the CorporalMercy Hall is a small transitional barracks for out-patients with the ability to live on their own, and is also for wounded Warriors on medical hold (med-hold for short) waiting for their discharge from the military.  In most cases the residents of Mercy Hall do not have family members staying with them.  We have seen a lot of changes at Mercy Hall over the past four years.  The barracks used to house mostly Marines and a handful of Sailors, maybe a Soldier or two.

Since the transition of Walter Reed over to Bethesda the service branches living there are more diverse.  We are now serving about a third the number we used to serve at Mercy Hall.  The residents are on internships, have classes either on base or at a college off base, have doctors’ appointments, field trips… they are kept very busy!  And this is a good thing.  It gets them out of their rooms and in some cases like with the internships, takes them out into the civilian world preparing them for jobs and for the day they are discharged.

This month’s Mercy Hall luncheon was extra special (but then they ALL are!)

It began with a trip to the post office on Wednesday, the day before the luncheon, and finding a package pick up notice that had to be signed for.  Now if you follow Marine Moms-Bethesda on Facebook, you will know every once in a while I post a YouTube link to The Warrior Song – HARD CORPS.  Why? Just because I LIKE it!

Guess who the box was from?

Note from the Warrior Song ProjectInside of the box was a note:

Dear Marine Moms,
This bundle of CDs was purchased by an anonymous admirer in the hopes that you would pass them out to lift the spirits of the veterans you are helping.
With our best regards,
   The Warrior Song Project



Wow………… not only were CDs in the box, but DVDs and t-shirts!

You can check The Warrior Song website out here.

A little about a few of the Marines who received the generous gifts:

One has been a resident of Mercy Hall for two years, told us he has finally finished all of his surgeries and just recently received his med hold paperwork.

Another we met in December 2011 at Richmond VA Medical Center when he was in a wheelchair; again in February at Mercy Hall still in a wheelchair not knowing if he could keep his leg; again in April and he was walking with a cane ON his own two feet!  On Thursday he was walking unaided, completely on his own!

A third Marine has been there at least 6 months and asked for a second t-shirt for his older brother who is a Marine now out of the Corps, so we gave him one to pass on.  (How can a Marine Mom say “no” to one of our Semper Fi Guys?  She can’t!  And we didn’t think the donor would mind us doing this.)

Following the recovery of these and other Marines has been extremely humbling.  The opportunity to serve lunch to them at Mercy Hall every other month is a true honor, and a privilege we Moms do not take lightly.

The menu was pickles, meat lasagna, veggie lasagna, chicken salad sandwiches, cucumber salad, tossed salad, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes and apricots, assorted rolls and bread, pretzel/Rollo/pecan thingies, blueberry cobbler, and assorted drinks.  The meat lasagna, chicken sandwiches, pretzel thingies, and cobbler were the hits of the day!  Several of the Marines stocked up with the lasagna for later.  Most of the veggie lasagna went “home” with a woman Sailor.  Other leftovers were left in the fridge and if not perishable, on the table for the residents.

MMB_Buffet June 21_2012 at Mercy Hall_WR

Katie went over to the hospital ward to invite families over and I held the fort down.  She makes the luncheons look easy.

Some ARMY STRONG Soldiers joined us, both men and women, as did two Corpsmen, all of them injured in the war.  Love ‘em all!

I asked one of the Soldiers what he liked and he said, just like all of the guys do, “I’ll eat anything!”  “No, what do you really like? What do you eat when you go home on leave?”

“Steak!”  (Just like all of the guys say!)

“Oh, and I like sweet potato pie.”

I promised him we would bring him a sweet potato pie when we are back in August, and if we don’t see him, we’ll put his name on it for when he gets back later that day.  Steaks, however, would be a stretch for our budget…

Warrior Song-Hard Corps CDs and T-ShirtsThe t-shirts and CDs were awesome and a great morale booster.  Thank You to whomever sent them, and to the Warrior Song Project for being the intermediary for this random act of kindness.

And if anyone is wondering, one “Elf” did come to mind and when I asked him if he had anything to do with it he said,

“I have absolutely no idea who might have done such a thing…
Besides, even if I did… wild horses couldn’t drag it out of me.”

Gotta love our “Elfs”!  =)

We are very grateful for our military, and grateful for those who help us support those who have given so much to our country defending our freedoms.

Katie making sandwiches.Thank you to the staff at Mercy Hall for their help getting the word out about our luncheons and for helping us unloading and loading the cars.  Katie, thank you for your help making the luncheon a success! You all are great!

Our annual quilt raffle is going on.  The drawing for “Stars and Bars Forever”, donated by Bayside Quilters of Easton, MD to help raise funds for the luncheons, will be held August 16 at our Mercy Hall luncheon.  100% of the funds raised from the raffle will directly support our luncheons.  Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  The picture does not do the quilt justice!  It is gorgeous, and the quilters hand-quilted it this year.  Thank you, Bayside!


Jane and Guy holding Stars and Bars ForeverThanks also to the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society for space in their vendors’ area at their Silver Anniversary Show at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum last weekend.  Jim and Guy stopped by to see us. Jim, thanks for sharing your picture! It was great to see you both!

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

Love and Hugs,







June 10, 2012 – 4 East

Battle Plans:

Barb suggested a BBQ, Mary thought it was a great idea and Don offered to do the grilling, so two fronts for this luncheon – the grills over at Mercy Hall and the conference room on the 4th floor.  A first for us for a  4 East luncheon!  The question was: Could we pull this off?

Plan of Attack:

  1. Arrive at 9:30.
  2. Unload -15 minutes.
  3. Mary, Jillian, Barb and Gladys take stuff upstairs and begin setting up.
  4. Don and Jane go over and get the grills ready.
  5. Clean grills – 15 minutes.
  6. Coals heat up – 15 minutes (We’re up to 10:15; serving at 11:00.)
  7. Jane to go back to the luncheon room to finish helping with set up.
  8. Don to call Barb when the first batch of hamburgers and hot dogs are finished cooking.
  9. Grill half of the stuff -20 minutes. (We’re up to 10:35.)
  10. Begin serving at 11:00.
  11. Grill the other half of the stuff – 20 minutes. (11:05)
  12. +15 minutes for Semper Gumby stuff (cause we know it always happens, right? 11.20.)
  13. Don finishes grilling and is back to the luncheon  room by 11:30.

Arrived on time.  Unloaded on time and the Liaison office had three carts! Yes!!!  We took the stuff upstairs then Don and I headed over to Mercy Hall, unloaded, and oh joy!  We were able to park at the end of the building instead of the parking garage.  This saved us 10 or 15 minutes.

Don's getting the charcoal going.Front 1: The grilling.  We cleaned the old coals out of the grills, loaded them up with the huge bags of charcoal and then, Sempeeeeeeeeer Guuuuuuuumby…

Don: “Did you bring starter fluid to start the coals?”

Jane: “It’s Matchlit…………… aw maaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!!!! I didn’t…!!!!!!!!”

Jane: “I DID!”

We had two huge bags of regular charcoal and one little bag of Matchlite leftover from past luncheons. I didn’t even think of the starter fluid when we were packing the car, had the Matchlite on my mind, and thank goodness Jerry included the little bag of Matchlite in the car just in case we needed extra charcoal.  So we split the Matchlite between the two grills and sorta kinda got the coals going.  I left Don to head back over to the luncheon room.

As I was going through Mercy Hall the guy on duty, who was very nice, had helped us unload, asked me if there was anything else he could help us with.


Jane: “Mmm…. you don’t by any chance have starter fluid for charcoal, do you?”

He did!  He saved the day!  When I left, Don had the coals going really good. It was about 10:35 by now.  Plans always look good on paper, don’t they?

Setting up th eroom.Meanwhile, Front 2: In the luncheon room, the ladies were busy setting the tables up.

And after that, who knows what time we were at according to the Battle Plan.  The first batch of hamburgers and hot dogs arrived shortly after 11:00 and we began serving around 11:20 and all was well.  Families were ready to come in and once they came in, the cameras were put away until things slowed down again.  Their privacy is very important to us.

 The menu was hamburgers, hot dogs, and brats with all kinds of fixin’s for them, two kinds of baked beans, cheesy potatoes, corn on the cob, cole slaw, potato salad, the best macaroni salad ever, fresh fruit salad, tossed salad, PB&J sandwiches, pickles, olives, and a cheese tray, brownies, cupcakes, and snickerdoodles, smoothies, and assorted drinks and water.

About the time we began packing up Brother Dave stopped in to say hello.

Brother Dave and JaneHe has been volunteering at Bethesda since at least 2006 and every once in awhile our paths will cross.  It is always so nice to see him.

Not long after we saw Brother Dave, Sgt. Major Ploskonka stopped in to say hello.  He was there visiting the wounded Warriors.

We really enjoyed speaking with the patients and families.  I thought Don would be lonely all by himself over at the grills but I should have known better.  He made a friend, one of the guys who lives there kept him company.

Meeting people from all over the country is interesting.  I try to guess where they are from by their accent – or if they have cowboy boots on. I think the Alabama accent is almost like the Tennessee accent… and then there’s the New Jersey accent which is one of a kind, and the West Virginia accent reminds me of “home”.  Did the Army mom from Arizona bring today’s sunshine and warm temps with her? (If you did, Thank You!!!)    The Warriors and their families – God Bless Them All.

hot food in chafing dishesThe combat surgical wing at Bethesda/Walter Reed is the beginning of a new journey for most of them.  For others, it is a return for additional surgeries and follow up.  Sadly, not everyone who makes to Walter Reed makes it home for a happy homecoming… a very few succumb to the infections that set in or their bodies just cannot handle the injuries they sustained.  This is one of the reasons we continue collecting notes of support month after month to hand out during our luncheons.  They may be the last thing they read.  I was astounded when my husband came home from Rolling Thunder a few weeks ago, and out of the 1,000′s of people there, he told me he had met a Gold Star Mom who had been to one of our luncheons – three years ago, whose son did not make it.  (And if you are reading this, Mom, Thank You!!! xoxo)

It is such an honor to serve our Warriors and their Families.  And so very humbling.

Cold sidesTo Marine Moms-Bethesda’s Supporters, thank you so much for supporting these luncheons. We could not do this without you, and your support is VERY much appreciated by the wounded Warriors and their families.  The luncheons are a tremendous morale booster for them.

We are not serving one branch of the military or one specific unit.  We are serving our Nation’s sons and daughters from the Marines, Navy, Army and Air Force.  Coast Guard, too, if they are there.

2012 raffle quilt Stars and Bars ForeverOur annual quilt raffle is going on right now.  “Stars and Bars Forever” was donated to us by Bayside Quilters to raise money for the luncheons. (Thank You!!!) 100% of the funds raised from it will directly support the luncheons.

None of us receive compensation for what we do, other than reimbursement for the food and supplies needed specifically for the luncheons.   Often we add to them out of our pocket.  Today’s luncheon came in at just over $730.00.  I don’t know how we do it.  But we do. With your help. Thank you!

Don with the last cart
Packed up and waiting for the elevator, one of three carts.

One day – hopefully – the combat ward will be empty, other than regular medical needs. The needs of our war Veterans will not end when the war ends, though, and I hope our country keeps it’s promises to them.  I would like for Marine Moms-Bethesda to still be around 50 years, 75 years from now, serving our Veterans and their families.  Perhaps the mission would be a little different.  Our young service members and wounded Warriors of today will be like our World War II generation today.  Wars may end, but the needs continue.

Today’s luncheon crew:  Don, Barb, Mary, Jillian and Gladys.  Thank You! Job WELL Done!!!

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

Love and Hugs,


May 20, 2012 – 4 East

Jane wasn’t at this luncheon.  Here’s the After Action Report from Katie, slightly edited:

May 20, 2012 – 4 East luncheon

From: katie

To: jane
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:34 PM
Subject: last Sunday

Hi Jane – I wanted to fill you in on how Sunday’s luncheon went.  We did have plenty of time to get everything set up, we were ready to serve at 11.

When I walked in the lobby a Marine was leaving with his wife, baby and Mom.  They were going to go to the mall.  He is doing so well.

Another 2/5 Marine wheeled himself down to the room and had us in stitches, he was having a great time and loved the food!  He and his wife came in to see us a couple of times.

I met with other 2 Marines from the 2/5 and their families that day too.

Unfortunately I did not take pictures of the food set up.

Julie worked the smoothie making.  Dina did the “cold” table, the salad, fruit, 7 layer dip.  Kathy worked the dessert table.  Mary and Elizabeth worked the hot food.

I worked the door.

We only had some soup left over.

Kathy and I went up to the TBI ward to invite them down.

I went to ICU but I don’t think any families came down.

The strawberries were from the Swann Farms in Owings Md.  the owner Joe Swann sold me the 12 pints (1.5 flats) at wholesale price. We should mention his farm on our contributor list next month.

We only had one gift bag left.  We left it in the pantry.


Thank you, Katie, Julie, Elizabeth, Kathy and Dina for making the day so special on the 4th floor!



March 5, 2012 – Richmond VAMC

The Best Laid Plans… 

March 5th weather forecast Semper Gumbiness!  It happens!  We’re used to it, have lots of experience with it, and have learned to flow with it, there are just some things we can’t control.

Originally the luncheon was scheduled for Sunday.  About five days before it was going to happen we learned we needed to change the date so  we switched it to Monday.  Oh, sure, we could have rescheduled for a later date, but the weather forecast looked great, some of the food had been bought, we had enough volunteers to help on a weekday, so we rolled with it.  I did tell everyone that if there was the slightest hint of snow flurries, I wouldn’t driving down.

My plans were to leave about 5 AM on Monday morning.  Sunday afternoon I checked the weather site… then kept checking it every hour or so.  From about 2 PM until 9 PM  the temps fell from just above freezing to just below freezing and the potential of a snow/rain/ice mix

Deciding not to attempt the long drive down and back, I called Janet to let her know and asked if they were up to the drive down. The rest of the luncheon crew live much closer to Richmond.  She said they were good to go.


Janet touched base after they arrived home and said the luncheon was a success, the patients and families were very appreciative, and the VA and Liaison staff were a fabulous to work with.

March 5th BuffetMenu:

Olives, cheese and crackers;

fresh veggie tray; a fruit bowl; vegetable beef soup;

ham and turkey  platters with sandwich fixin’s on the side; assorted rolls and bread;

macaroni and cheese, assorted desserts, drinks and smoothies.




From Janet:

Today came ‘In like a Lion’ and ‘Out like a Lamb’

Sarah, Mike, and I hit the road by 8:30AM this morning.   We were enjoying the light flurries and conversation while driving on 95 heading south to the McGuire Hunter Holmes VA Hospital in Richmond; that is until we hit Thornburg. 

The light flurries turned into a swirling blanket of snow which caused low visibility and our speed dropped to 45.  Every time a truck passed us our windshield would be covered with slush. 

snow on the trip downIf the temperature would have dropped, we would have been stuck in Richmond; but that didn’t happen.  The temperature gradually rose and we had smooth sailing all the way home.  We did call Paulette to let her know we hit snow and might be a bit late.

Arrived at the hospital at 10:00AM.  Paulette was there waiting with two carts.  We were up to the room and set up by 11:00AM.  Not bad for being slowed down by snow.

She continues:

We were cleaned up and on the road by 2:30.  Paulette and the Gunny were FABULOUS.  Great all around luncheon.

What a wonderful day, Jane.  One of my favorite times in Richmond.  All went so smoothly and so precious to be amongst those brave young men (and a few old timers).

Take care,


Thank you, Mike, Sarah, Carol, Janet (and Lew in the background!) for braving the weather to serve our wounded Warriors and their families at Richmond VA Medical Center!   Job Well Done! 

We are grateful to the VA staff and to the Marine Corps Liaison office for working with us and allowing Marine Moms-Bethesda the honor of coming in to show support for these brave young men who have given so much in service to our country.  Thank you!


This was Janet and Lew Skerry’s last luncheon with Marine Moms-Bethesda.

Thank you, Janet and Lew for your dedication and commitment helping with Marine Moms-Bethesda’s luncheons over the past two years. Your advice to us from the viewpoint of a family of a wounded Warrior has been invaluable.  We wish you fair winds and smooth sailing in your new endeavors.


Hunter Holmes McGuire aka Richmond VA Medical Center has a state of the art rehabilitation program serving our Nation’s combat wounded and active duty service members who incur catastrophic injuries.  One of the things Janet mentioned to me about the luncheon were the patients they met with severe Traumatic Brain Injuries. 

Eventually, they will recover to their “New Normal”, perhaps even possibly continuing on active duty.  Others will need long term care for the rest of their natural life.  Once these Warriors, still in the fight – just a different mission now – are medically retired they will transition into the civilian world and the VA medical system.

Brain Injury AwarenessTo raise awareness about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), March is National Brain Injury Month.

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury’s website has beau coup bunches of information for those looking for information and help.  I encourage those interested, whether active duty, family member, care giver, or Veteran, to surf their site to see what is available.

There are also many, many other organizations providing help to those looking for it.

You are NOT alone.

To our “Elfs” – our supporters – Thank You! You are touching lives in ways you do not know.

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

Love and Hugs,