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Military Monday (a day late) Honor Flights

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 2, 2009 by juliannah

Yes I know it is not Monday but I have a good excuse. Since adopting Lucie (see the post below) on Saturday I have taken her on a few walks. Now let’s just say that she is a little leash ignorant and tends to almost take me for a walk. So when I got up Monday morning I could hardly move because I was so sore. So needless to say I spent the day laying on the couch and taking hot showers to relieve the soreness. After a day of Iburprofren and rest I feel a little better. No major muscles are pulled. This is either going to be really good for me or kill me.

So anyway here is the post that I planned to put up on Monday.

Honor Flights is a charity that provides free transportation to World War II veterans that have never been to Washington DC to see the WWII Memorial.  There are flights out of most US major cities several times a month.

The reasoning behind this charity is that based on recent 2008 statistics, we are losing World War II veterans at the rate of approximately 1,000 per day. There are plans in place to eventually be able to provide this service to Korean and Vietman war vets.

The first Honor Flight took place in May of 2005. Six planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio taking twelve World War II veterans on a visit to the memorial in Washington, DC.

Honor Flight’s website can be found here. I found out about Honor Flights through the Chicago Tribune. See a video about a recent group of vets from the Chicago are that were able to travel to the nation’s capital and see thier memorial.  There a more pictures here.

If you are a vet, give this trip some thought. Afterall it is your memorial and you deserve to see. I did and I was humbled and I am not even a vet. Just a daughter on one and mother of two.

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Military Monday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 18, 2009 by juliannah

seeing-eye-dog
I am sure that everyone knows how much seeing eye dogs help blind people. Well Southeastern Guide Dogs decided to take it a step further. In 2003 they heard about a young Marine who had been blinded by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Southeastern learned that the military does not provide guide dogs to wounded military.

So they decided to contact some military officials and see what could be done to help the wounded military out. General Tommy Franks was very impressed and argreed to become a spokesperson at no charge.

Paws for Patriots now provides guide dogs at no charge to blinded soldiers and Marines. Southeastern did not stop there. They also placed therapy dogs at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Paws for Patriots receives receives no governmental funding and relies completely on donations. If you wish to donate you can go here.

Military Monday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 11, 2009 by juliannah

The GI FilmFestival was established to exclusively celebrate and honor the men and women of the US Military.  It will be held May 13-17 2009 in Washington D.C. So if you are near here you can go and check out some of these movies.

Some of the fimmakers are active duty and retired military so they have first hand experience.

If you visit the site you can watch the trailers and decide which films you would like to see. Many celebrities will be appearing such as Gary Sinise, Robert Duvall and Fred Thompson.

Sounds like a fun thing to do this weekend!