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On June 6, 1944 the Allied Forces invaded Normandy to free the French people from Nazi rule.
That day alone, over 4,000 soldiers gave their lives in the fight for freedom.
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My service to others didn't end with my tour of duty but now I serve others in a different way. I'm passionate about being there for the men and women who serve our country and I've found a way to serve them when they return from their tour of duty.
As I reflect on my service to our country, and how others continue to serve so that I can live a life of my choosing, I want to take this opportunity to share an opportunity.
The opportunity I'm referring to is the opportunity to go after your dreams. Too often we limit what we believe we're capable of based on what we think we can achieve but I'm here to tell you that you can always achieve more than you think you can. Whatever stage of life you're in, you have dreams and if you've stopped dreaming along the way, it's time to start again! We never know what's around the next corner or what the day will bring so doesn't it make more sense for us to dream big?
When we dare to dream about our future, our wants our desires and our wishes, we become an example for others to start dreaming as well! Get that degree, get involved, ask him/her to marry you, take that trip, start that business, and above all, never let age determine what you dream about.
If you're reading this, and you think your dream is too lofty or could never come true, I have a perfect example of what a dream can create. All it took was one person with a dream to fulfill the wishes of fellow soldiers and a "Soldier's Wish" was born.
Their mission is to identify unmet needs of veterans of military service regardless of branch or rank and identify or provide resources to meet those needs by providing needed support directly to the veteran service members and/or their families in order that such service members can lead normal and productive lives. “Veterans” may be those who have served only a short time and are still on active duty, those who served a single enlistment, those who were discharged due to their wounds, and those who retired from active duty. In addition, Soldier’s Wish will educate the public about the needs of the veteran’s and active duty communities and encourage the public to participate in meeting those needs by volunteering and other means.
If you still think your dreams are too lofty, too big or too far out of your reach, keep a Soldier's Wish in mind and the next time you start to doubt yourself, remember what has already been achieved by one can also be achieved by many. After all, that's what our great country is all about!
The VFW continues to remember more than 82,000 missing and unaccounted-for Americans from our nation’s wars going back to the beginning of World War II. The number includes 72,000 from World War II, 7,600 from Korea, nearly 1,600 from the Vietnam War, 126 from the Cold War, and six from post-Vietnam operations that include one from Operation Eldorado Canyon, two from Operation Desert Storm, and three civilian contractors from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Today the nation also salutes the more than 140,000 Americans captured in battle. Most would return home, but with physical and emotional scars that would last their lifetime. Learn More HERE
Airline passengers who rushed the cockpit of Flight 93, somewhere over western Pennsylvania, thwarting what was to be another attack on our nation’s capital.
For all that was witnessed that day, what came forth was a new group of heroes who met the challenge and saved countless lives.
On Wednesday, September 11, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) and Carry The Load (CTL) will partner on a national day of service (Headstone/marker cleaning and grounds beautification) at 40 national cemeteries across the country... CLICK HERE to read more!
Ensuring women veterans receive veterans’ benefits and services that honor their brave military service is one of the VFW’s top priorities. Currently, women comprise 15 percent of the active-duty military and 18 percent of the Guard and Reserve. With the steady increase of women wearing our nation’s uniform and their increased role in military operations, it has never been more important that we ensure women veterans have a VA that is ready and able to care for them when they transition back to civilian life.
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As the military services each roll out new policies regarding hemp-derived products like cannabidiol, or CBD, the Defense Department is not mincing words.
"It's completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time," said Patricia Deuster, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. To learn more, CLICK HERE
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