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A Big Thank You

To everyone who gave to our fundraiser on Causes.Com to help send military kids to camp through the National Military Family Association.  We raised $500, for Operation Purple Camp, which sends military kids to summer camp for a week, for free. . Special thanks to my cohorts in crowdfunding, Deb Ings and Matt Murray. RIght…

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A Game Changer: Rivers of Recovery

Rivers of Recovery offers fishing trips in communities across the country. Guided by veterans, or supporters, the fishing trips make a huge impact on the lives of everyone who participates. Regardless of physical or emotional challenges, Rivers of Recovery accommodates everyone.  A community builds as the hours, days, and weekends go by. Men and women…

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“What’s Love?” WarRetreat Asks U.S. Navy Veteran Carl Salazar

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked the movers and shakers in the veteran service community, this essential question: “What’s Love?” “Service. Service means everything. Service is love in action. Service is love – manifested.” -Carl Salazar, Founder, Expedition Balance Carl is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and a combat veteran. He founded…

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Chicago: Parks Program Offers Classes To Veterans

The Chicago Parks Program is offering a variety of classes for veterans to help regain a sense of camaraderie, accomplishment through adaptive sports and arts classes. Most popular, is the archery class led by SGT Donna Pratt, US Army, Retired Archery Instructor. She can adapt the sport to all levels, and claims that with “Archery,…

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Cleveland: Veteran Artists Exhibit Their Work

Veterans art therapy featured in exhibition at Tri-C gallery By Brian Albrecht, The Plain Dealer “CLEVELAND, Ohio – You or a loved one went through the wringer of war and got hung out to dry. You try to explain what happened but the words aren’t there. People just don’t get it. And it hurts.” To…

What would you do if the man you loved, the man you wanted to grow old with, the man who made you laugh, who made you smile, who made you feel special…changed?  By change I mean, “very empty, angry, depressed, explosive, and rather unpredictable.”

My Insane Life as a Marine Wife

My Insane Life as a Marine Wife: A Conversation with the Founder of an Online Support Network What would you do if the man you loved, the man you wanted to grow old with, the man who made you laugh, who made you smile, who made you feel special…changed?  By change I mean, “very empty,…

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A Veteran Transforms both Inside & Out

Every evening, I see people dragging their suitcases to the local park, in search of somewhere to sleep. Every evening, I wonder how many served our country. Every evening, I worry about them, and a little piece of me dies. Homelessness, poverty, PTSD, are a vexing problem. On any given night, 62,619 veterans are homeless.…