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May 17, 2015 – 4th Floor: Armed Forces Day Weekend


buffet The Team:

Elizabeth and Mary

Thank you! Job WELL done!!!

The Menu:

Deli Platter: Turkey, Ham, and Roast Beef
Rolls & assorted breads
Condiment tray
Chicken noodle soup
Potato salad
Green beans
Fresh fruit platter
Soft drinks, juice, and water
Fresh Smoothies

It’s still quiet on the ward. It’s also Armed Forces Day weekend, a day to honor those who are serving our country.  Continue reading May 17, 2015 – 4th Floor: Armed Forces Day Weekend

April 19, 2015 – 4th Floor: It’s Spring!

Flowering trees at Walter Reed
Spring has sprung! April 2013, Mercy Hall patio.

Way-uhl, we forgot to take pictures so here’s one from 2013 taken at a Mercy Hall luncheon.

And the sandwiches were sooo pretty. And tasty. Yep, sandwiches can be pretty. Something about nice, large, unsquished croissants with chicken or tuna salad on them to make them extra special. They were excellent. Continue reading April 19, 2015 – 4th Floor: It’s Spring!

March 22, 2015 – 4th Floor: It’s quiet on the ward!

Yep, things are quiet on the ward these days.  This is good.

The Menu:

March 22's buffet
March 22’s buffet

Turkey, ham, and roast beef sandwich platter

Tuna salad

Macaroni salad

Rolls and condiment tray

Chicken noodle soup

Fresh fruit platter

Sandwich fixin's and sides
Sandwich fixin’s and sides

Cherry tomatoes

Individual bags of chips


Assorted drinks.

The Donors:
Continue reading March 22, 2015 – 4th Floor: It’s quiet on the ward!

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 pillowcases

Quilts 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

October 5, 2014 – 4th Floor

quilts, scarves, afghan
Quilts and afghan from Bayside Quilters, scarves from Edythe’s mom in New Jersey. Thank you!

Today’s team was Dina and Deb. Here’s Dina’s AAR (slightly edited):

Hey Jane. Just wanted to fill you in on today’s luncheon. Since it was just the two of us, we pushed back the start time to 11:30. But we were more than ready to start at just after 11:00!

The highlight for me was a family I saw walking the halls…that I invited to come have some lunch. They declined at first, but came by about 30 minutes later without the older gentleman. I asked them who they were visiting and the man said, “My dad, he just got a kidney on THURSDAY!” I couldn’t believe he was the man I saw walking the halls earlier…three days after a kidney transplant!!! Amazing things happening at Walter Reed, as you know!!!!

The quilts were a big hit and families were so appreciative! It never gets old to see how genuinely thankful the families are to receive our goodies!

I got the wings and wraps at Wegmans (through their catering department). I was very satisfied with their stuff. I was able to order the food on line and then pick up the stuff on Saturday night. I would definitely use them again. They have a great variety too.

Here are some pictures from today…


Thank You! Job well done, Ladies!



Wheat Wraps (Roast Beef, Ham, Turkey and Cheese)

Potato Soup

Green Beans

Cole Slaw

Fresh Fruit Platter

Cheese Platter

Potato Chips

Sodas & Water



We’re very grateful to our supporters who help make the luncheons happen!

cheese and pepperoni

wings and green beans Desserts and drinks





Thank you to those who serve our country, past and present!

In other news:

DoD May Deploy up to 4,000 Troops to Combat Ebola


By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

FORT MEADE, Md., Oct. 3, 2014 – The Defense Department could deploy up to 4,000 service members to Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance against Ebola, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon today.

There are 205 U.S. service members in Liberia today with another 26 in neighboring Senegal. All service members are supporting the lead federal agency for American participation in the crisis — the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel “has approved the potential deployment of up to 4,000 [service members],” Kirby said. “But I want to make one thing real clear, that that’s a potential deployment. That doesn’t mean it is going to get to that number.”

Testing labs operational
Operations are moving forward in Liberia. “Over the last 36 hours, two Ebola testing laboratories manned by personnel from the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center are now fully operational,” Kirby said. The labs can process about 100 samples each day.

U.S. personnel are also on track for completing a hospital for infected medical personnel on Oct. 18. “Construction of two treatment centers for other Ebola victims will begin today and should be completed by the end of the month,” the admiral said.

Kirby forecast a significant increase in the operations tempo in Liberia and with it an increase in troops.

Read more at the link above.

Hot Zone 10/03/2014 03:52 PM CDT Surrounded by Ebola patients, a health worker, center, gives a thumbs-up to visitors near the hot zone, defined by the double barrier orange fence, in Liberia, Sept. 26, 2014. If a sick person falls, the patient cannot contaminate the clean zone. U.S. Africa Command is supporting the effort by providing command and control, logistics, training and engineering assets. U.S. Agency for International Development is the lead U.S. government organization.
Hot Zone
10/03/2014 03:52 PM CDT
Surrounded by Ebola patients, a health worker, center, gives a thumbs-up to visitors near the hot zone, defined by the double barrier orange fence, in Liberia, Sept. 26, 2014. If a sick person falls, the patient cannot contaminate the clean zone. U.S. Africa Command is supporting the effort by providing command and control, logistics, training and engineering assets. U.S. Agency for International Development is the lead U.S. government organization. (DoD photo)











Check this article from Oct. 1, 2014 out.

Hagel Authorizes 700 Soldiers for Liberia Deployment


A snip from it:

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has authorized the deployment of 700 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division headquarters element to Liberia to help with the Ebola epidemic there, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said here yesterday.

The soldiers will deploy in late October, Kirby told reporters during a briefing, and they will become the headquarter staff for the joint forces command, led by Army Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky.

Read more at the link above.

Is sending our troops over there really a good idea? What will the long-term ramifications of this be to our troops, their families, and our country?

And then there’s what’s going on in Iraq…

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

Love and Hugs,


September 7, 2014 – 4th Floor

We never know who or how many we’ll serve at a luncheon.  Today’s luncheon was busier than we’ve seen in a while.  I don’t know if it’s because we’re on the events calender now or because the fighting has increased ‘over there”.  Sure, there’s a draw-down.  The fighting is still happening.  In Afghanistan, and now we’re back in Iraq – sort of.  Who knows where this will lead…

09/07/2014 03:55 AM CDT


September 07, 2014

Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on Haditha Dam Airstrikes

“At the request of the Government of Iraq, the U.S. military on Saturday conducted coordinated airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists in the vicinity of the Haditha Dam in Anbar province. We conducted these strikes to prevent terrorists from further threatening the security of the dam, which remains under control of Iraqi Security Forces, with support from Sunni tribes.
“The strikes were flown by aircraft under the control of U.S. Central Command. The strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives.
“We will continue to conduct operations as needed in support of the Iraqi Security Forces and the Sunni tribes, working with those forces securing Haditha Dam.
“Sitting astride the Euphrates River, the Haditha Dam provides fresh water for millions of Iraqis, as well as their crops. It is the second largest hydroelectric contributor in the power system in Iraq.
“The potential loss of control of the dam or a catastrophic failure of the dam – and the flooding that might result – would have threatened U.S. personnel and facilities in and around Baghdad, as well as thousands of Iraqi citizens.”


Many thanks to today’s crew for taking a beautiful Sunday to serve the Warriors, their families, and the other patients on the 4th floor, TBI Ward, and the CCU families.  I wasn’t there. Elizabeth sent the AAR and Mary took the pictures.



Chicken Noodle Soup

Tomato Soup

Sandwich Platter– Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef

Tuna Salad

Tomatoes and Mozzarella Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad

Cheese Platter

Bags of Chips

Assorted bottled/can drinks




A bit from Elizabeth:

Stephanie and I went down to ICU… Two of the nurses/corpsmen on the ICU unit knew all about us and were very helpful. We ran into Sgt Major P. as he was visiting in ICU. There was one family there that we did bring up with us. They had a cute little 2 year old who loved watching Bob make his smoothie. He hung onto the edge of the table and watched Bob’s every move.

We do not provide food for the CCU patients, they are usually on special diets or can’t have solids.  However the luncheons are a nice break and a distraction for their families.

The 4th floor consists of more than one ward and serves other types of patients in addition to combat wounded.  A Dad asked Jillian and Hallie to visit his daughter.  Can you tell they’re Orioles fans?  🙂  In an environment of mostly males, they were welcomed visitors for her.

Jillian, Bob, Gladys, and Hallie


Sounds like the event was a hit.  Many thanks to those of you who support the luncheons.  It means so much to those we serve.




Please keep our military and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Until next time…

Love and Hugs,


August 3, 2014 – 4th Floor: Changes

After our July 20th luncheon we received an email from Walter Reed’s Environmental Health Department with new policies we’re required to follow.


I asked if there had been complaints and was told:


No, we are just trying to equally apply the standard for special events across NSAB
and ensure that the food served in the best possible way to prevent foodborne illness.

We look forward to working with you, so you can best serve the patients and families.

Thermometers from Hopkins


These policies, good food handling procedures, were implemented at today’s luncheon:

  • food transported safely to the hospital (already did this).

  • food gloves (we already used them).

  • head coverings (*flashback* – elementary school lunches and the lunch ladies! We chose ball caps instead of hair nets).

  • cold food kept below and hot food kept above specific temperatures during the event (bought food thermometers so we could be assured we were within their requirements).

  • hygienic serving equipment (we already did)

And the biggie:

Please be aware that home baked goods i.e. cookies, brownies, or pies are
authorized at this time. Homemade goods i.e. casseroles, salads, or
pot roast have to be store bought.

Today’s luncheon was all store bought.

Our luncheons are a welcome break to the fast food the families live on and have been a mixture of home made and store bought items. This is how we’ve been able to keep the costs down. Example:

  • Today’s 4 lbs of pulled pork BBQ and 24 rolls cost $98.58.

  • July 20th’s 5 lbs of pulled pork BBQ cost and 24 rolls cost $49.99.


Cheese, olives, & pickles, pulled pork BBQ & rolls, tuna fish salad,

chicken noodle soup, potato salad,

fresh fruit salad, cucumber & tomato salad,

chocolate chip cookies, water and assorted drinks.


The heath inspector came in to make sure the food was being handled properly, checked the temperature of the food, and gave us “two thumbs up” before he left.


We appreciate the need for the food policies and will continue to serve the patients and families in the best possible way.


Many thanks to Deb for helping out at the last minute.

Special thanks to our supporters who help make the luncheons happen with their generous donations.


And as Gladys said on her Facebook page:

Although the number of wounded patients has decreased, there is still a need to support those who have sustained injuries while defending our country. Marine Moms-Bethesda will be there until the last patient and their family members go home.

Army Medic fills a syringe
U.S. Army Sgt. Megan Smith fills a syringe during a patient transfer in Afghanistan, July 22, 2014. Smith is a medic assigned to the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade.    U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch

That’s the Plan.

sweet pulled pork BBQ
Sweet pulled pork BBQ, it was really good.
potato salad and tuna salad
Potato salad and tuna salad. Need to find a different place to buy the tuna. This was very vinegary with pickle relish in it. The potato salad was good, although it had bacon in it.  We usually serve bacon on the side for those who can’t eat it for whatever reason.
Chicken Noodle Soup
The chicken soup was delicious.
Fruit Salad and Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Fresh fruit salad and Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Desserts, drinks, and LCpl Smitty
Desserts, drinks, and LCpl. Smitty.
Thank you, Chris for sending LCpl. Smitty to join us for the luncheons!
Cheryl's Stars
“Stars” sent to us to hand out to the wounded Warriors from Cheryl in Florida. These can be tied on to wheelchairs.  Thank You, Cheryl!
Blue Afghan
This beautiful afghan was crocheted by one of the ladies from Bay Side Quilters, sent along with the quilts and pillowcase to give out. The wife, or maybe she was a mom, saw it, fell in love with it. It could not be going to a better home!

 Adapt and overcome.”


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

Semper Gumby,


July 20, 2014 – 4th Floor: DEDICATION

(source: Google search)



This is the word that describes my thoughts after Sunday’s luncheon.

The volunteers’ dedication – month after month helping out with the luncheons, some for many years, some just beginning, all willing to help where needed.

In 2005 and 2006 Janelle and I popped in to visit Marines and their families we had met online during our sons’ deployments.  We began doing the luncheons in an organized manner in 2007.

Gladys and Bob have been with us since 2008. Tremendous supporters of our Marines.

Steph, since 2010.  She heard about us through Marines at a Walter Reed event before Walter Reed moved over to Bethesda.

Dina, since 2012.  Married to a Marine Veteran, she believes volunteerism and giving back to the community is important, and wanted to teach their sons by example.

Deb, since 2013. Our “Army Brat”, Deb grew up mostly in Germany, living in the United States a total of two years while in grades 1 – 12.

and Colette was with us for the first time today.  She supports Veterans in another important way and wanted to do more.  We met Colette at the Serving Together Veterans Resource Fair in May.


Each of them pitched in enthusiastically both in the weeks before and on the day of the luncheon with planning and prep to be ready to serve the patients and families at 1100.  We were ready 20 minutes early.

Two Sergeant Majors stopped by while we were there to say hello before they visited the wounded Marines.

For those unaware, to reach this rank in the Marine Corps, the highest enlisted rank, takes a huge commitment, lots of perseverance, and tenacity.  Dedication.

The dedication shown to their Marines, visiting them on a beautiful summer Sunday when they could be home with their family instead, is a huge morale booster to the wounded Warriors.  And they don’t just visit wounded Marines on the 4th floor, they visit them wherever they are in the hospital.

The Warriors we met – DEDICATION.

Dedication to their country.

Dedication to their families.

Dedication to their recovery.

They inspire us.

Bob folding brochures

Bob has to stay busy, can’t stand to sit still so we had him folding MM-B brochures for us while we were waiting for our guests to arrive.


The buffet was set up and we were all ready to go 20 minutes early.

pulled pork and baked beans

What’s pulled pork without baked beans?

tuna salad and rolls

Tuna salad for those who didn’t want pulled pork.

fruit salad and california salad

Fresh fruit salad and California salad.

Flag afghan

This gorgeous afghan was made by one of the Outreach members from Bayside Quilters.  I believe it went to a Soldier’s mom for her Soldier.

What a trooper!

What a trooper!  Deb signed up in January for today’s luncheon, broke her ankle, and said nothing would keep her away!

desserts, raffle quilt and pantry bags

Our “niftie-giftie” table.  The quilt we’re using as a tablecloth is this year’s raffle quilt, “May All Eagles Fly”, donated to us by Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore, Easton, MD.

Today's Luncheon Crew

Job WELL done, Ladies and Bob!  Thank you for your time, donations, and dedication to the patients and their families at Walter Reed/Bethesda.


Please remember there is still a war going on.  Our Nation’s Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen are all across the globe.  If they are stateside they are training.  If they’re deployed and not in a war zone, they are training.

On land… at sea… in the air…

Pararescuemen taking off in a helicopter at Bagram, July 9, 2014.
A U.S. Air Force pararescue team takes off in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from Bagram Airfield Afghanistan, July 9, 2014. The airmen represent U.S. Defense Department elite combat forces specifically trained, equipped and postured to conduct a range of personnel recovery combat operations. (Photo Credit: DoD)
U.S. Marines and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers run as they emerge from the water while practicing small-unit techniques as part of the Japan Observer Exchange Program at Kin Blue Beach
U.S. Marines and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers run as they emerge from the water while practicing small-unit techniques as part of the Japan Observer Exchange Program at Kin Blue Beach, Okinawa, Japan, July 16, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The program enhances the interoperability of the two forces and the region’s security. (Photo Credit: DoD)
A Sergeant performs the last preflight check on a CH-46E Sea Knight on Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico, Va., July 16, 2014.
Sgt. Mario A. Ramirez performs the last preflight check on a CH-46E Sea Knight on Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico, Va., July 16, 2014. Shortly after Ramirez completed his check, the last four Sea Knights departed the squadron for the last time. Ramirez is an air frames mechanic assigned to Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron One, Headquarters Marine Corps. (Photo Credit: DoD)

If you consider our luncheons a worthy cause,  please support us by buying a quilt raffle ticket or two.  100% of the proceeds directly support the patients and their families at Walter Reed through our luncheons.  $1.00 a ticket or 6 for $5.00, checks or money orders should be made out to  “Marine Moms Bethesda” and mailed to:

(This raffle is closed.)

Checks or money orders only, NO cash please.  Please note “quilt raffle” in the memo line.

Final postmark date is August 1, 2014.

The Lucky Winner’s name will be drawn during our August 14th Mercy Hall luncheon.

Please include your email address if you’d like acknowledgement of the tickets and your phone number so we can contact you when you win.

raffle quilt
Marine Moms-Bethesda’s 2014 Raffle Quilt, “May All Eagles Fly!”


quilt label
“May All Eagles Fly!” quilt label

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

Love & Hugs,


June 8, 2014 – 4th Floor Luncheon In Pictures

Reports from the Moms is, “Things are quiet on the 4th floor these days.”

Let’s hope it stays that way!

Trying something new – today’s luncheon in pictures. Don’t turn your speakers up, I haven’t figured out how to add sound.

June 8th 4th floor luncheon











One thing’s for sure, no one leaves hungry when they’ve gone through the moms’ buffet line!

We’ll be at Mercy Hall on June 19th, our last luncheon there, then they will move over to the bigger barracks. 

If you feel what we do is a worthy cause, please consider buying a raffle ticket or two.  $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  The winner’s name will be drawn at our August Mercy Hall soon-to-be Sanctuary Hall luncheon.  This is our only fundraiser.  Thank you for your consideration.  Click on the picture for the details.

Our 2014 Raffle Quilt, “MAY ALL EAGLES FLY!”









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

Love and Hugs,


May 18, 2014 – 4th Floor: What time of year is it?

May 18 luncheon

What time of year is it?

It’s BBQ season!

June 8 Marine Moms-Bethesda luncheonThe Team:

Dina, Barb & Don, Steph, and Katie

Thank you, Dina, for taking the lead with the luncheon and to all of you for a job well done!

The Menu:

Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, and all the fixin’s

Potato soup

Baked beans

Green beans

Fresh fruit

Assorted desserts & drinks

Fresh smoothies

quilts, pantry bags,desserts and drinksAAR:

The ward is pretty quiet – this is GOOD!



Leftovers were taken to the TBI Ward, the kitchens (called “nourishment centers” – they aren’t “real” kitchens although they have a coffee maker, microwave, toaster, and fridge), and I think someone said some stuff went over to Mercy Hall.

Our next luncheon is June 8th on the 4th floor.

Luncheons are funded by our volunteers and by supporters both local and across the country.  Thank You!

(Photo credit goes to Katie.  Thanks for sharing the pictures!)


If you’re interested, our Annual Quilt Raffle has begun.  This is our only fundraiser.

This year’s quilt was once again donated by Bayside Quilters of the Eastern Shore.  “May All Eagles Fly!”

We are an ALL VOLUNTEER support group with 100% of the proceeds from the raffle supporting the luncheons.

We serve combat wounded patients, injured patients, and ill patients – all service branches, and their family members who are on the 4th floor, ICU and the Traumatic Brain Injury Ward at Walter Reed.

Every other month we serve wounded, injured, and ill out-patients living at Mercy Hall, a small transitional out-patient barracks. When Mercy Hall transitions over to the new building we expect to be serving many more service members.

Yes, the draw down continues in Afghanistan, however troops are still being deployed there, and to other dangerous (and not so dangerous) places.  For example, we’ve served patients (and their families) who were injured during training accidents and off-duty accidents – abroad and stateside.  .

If you feel our luncheons are a worthy cause please consider buying raffle tickets. $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  Click on the picture below for details.  Thank you for your consideration.

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

Love and Hugs,



raffle quilt
Marine Moms-Bethesda’s 2014 Raffle Quilt, “May All Eagles Fly!”