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Remember My Service

  Last week, I was lucky to spend Thanksgiving in Florida with my beautiful daughter Monica, my awesome son-in-law Kasey, and my one perfect grandchild (I only have one), 9-month-old Macie. On Thanksgiving, gratitude is at the top of pretty much everyone’s mind, right? We try to focus on the positive and set aside the negative. We count our blessings. We give thanks. And we do this despite hardship and loss because this is how we become better than we were. [ “Gratitude is the beginning of wisdom.” ] Gordon B. Hinckley Before Thanksgiving, I spent some time with two friends [...]

2018-01-08T12:30:42+00:00 November 30th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Remember My Service

My Self-Imposed Isolation as a Vietnam Veteran

Gary Bonvillian, Ph.D. President Emeritus Thomas University In February of 1969, and at the age of nineteen, I had little sense of direction. Those were tumultuous times for our country and so was the life I was living. Without giving it much thought I volunteered for the draft. Given that the draft was highly active and young men not attending college a prime target, it was probably only a matter of time. My entire military career lasted 19 months and I was discharged in September of 1970 as an E5 Sergeant. I hadn’t even turned twenty one years of age [...]

2017-09-14T18:52:42+00:00 September 14th, 2017|News|Comments Off on My Self-Imposed Isolation as a Vietnam Veteran

Understanding Military Family Life

Posted Jan 22, 2014    Michelle L. Kelley Ph.D. Even though this story was posted in 2014 it still stands for today. All you have to do is what’s best for you and your family. Thelma met her husband when they were both enlisted and assigned to the same ship. After two years of dating they married, at 19 and 21. The following year her husband, currently serving as the executive officer aboard a ship, was commissioned and sent away for officer training. Thelma was three months pregnant with their first of three children. In Thelma’s words, “When he got commissioned, we knew [...]

2017-09-13T17:36:25+00:00 September 13th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Understanding Military Family Life

We are the NO Wrong Door!

Carolyn Turner – Volunteer Extraordinaire There shall be no requests for help dead ends. Dead ends happen when help cannot be found often after many attempts and much effort. Dead ends happen after many wrong doors are encountered. Perhaps there was an incorrect referral. The website is confusing as to who to contact or how. Perhaps no one calls back. Perhaps the response is yet another referral that doesn’t work. Perhaps there are confusing requests for paperwork before any help can be offered. Or maybe the paperwork was done but now more is required. Sorry, it appears you are not [...]

2017-07-07T20:15:58+00:00 July 8th, 2017|News|Comments Off on We are the NO Wrong Door!

A Warm Hand Off

Carolyn Turner – Volunteer Extraordinaire There is a difference between a warm hand-off referral and the other kind.  The other kind of referral is sends the message “not my job” or “not what we do,” so try this.  Or maybe the message is, I am swamped and don’t have time to help you, here are some places you can try.  These referrals might not work out for you because I don’t completely understand your situation but that is your problem, not mine!  Keep looking!  Good luck! Our guiding principle at Military Family Connect is that making correct referrals is essential.  [...]

2017-07-07T20:06:04+00:00 July 7th, 2017|News|Comments Off on A Warm Hand Off

Here’s why the American flag is reversed on military uniforms

Tim Marshall, the author of "Worth Dying for: The Power and Politics of Flags" explains why American flags are reversed on military uniforms. A lot of people ask, "why is the US flag reversed when it's on an arm patch of a US military?" Just as the US flag dips to no man or king and you will see even at the Olympic ceremonies, the American flag is the only one that doesn't dip to the head of state of the host country. Because — it's not a mark of disrespect to them, it's a mark of respect to the [...]

2017-07-07T20:01:00+00:00 July 5th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Here’s why the American flag is reversed on military uniforms

July Fourth

How the Complete Meaning of July Fourth Is Slipping Away BY GORDON S. WOOD July 4, 2011 At least one of the Founders thought that Independence Day would become important. When the Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776, John Adams, who more than any other single Founder was responsible for that vote, was ecstatic. America’s declaring of independence from Great Britain, he told his wife Abigail, marked “the most memorable Epocha in the History of America.” He hoped that the day would be “celebrated by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated,” he said, [...]

2017-07-07T20:18:22+00:00 July 4th, 2017|News|Comments Off on July Fourth

Busting the Resource Maze

Carolyn Turner - Volunteer Extraordinaire Wow.  What a revelation.  I just wanted to thank veterans for their service… Now after many months of work compiling a veteran’s resource database consisting of organization descriptions, locations and contacts, I realize that there are many good resources and people working hard to make things better.  Yet all too often veterans have trouble getting assistance.  These veterans and their families might be under stress so the finding of help should not add to the stress. I’m feeling pretty good, and I get tired trying to find contact information on your website that is supposed [...]

2018-01-08T12:58:37+00:00 July 1st, 2017|News|Comments Off on Busting the Resource Maze

Who We Are – Community support at the grass roots level

“Five years, one full time volunteer and over 100 veterans served.” Military Liaison to the program Don Tyre Army Major General (Ret.)  said “now that we are a proven concept we are ready to grow.” In the five years since its formation, the Military Family Connect (MFC) has played a role in the transformation of Department of Defense (DoD) Army Military Family Covenant, from a signing ceremony to an initiative that puts action to it words. The Military Family Connect program joined forces with The League of Cities to “empower local governments to encourage and inspire their residents to become [...]

2018-01-08T12:52:38+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|News|Comments Off on Who We Are – Community support at the grass roots level

I got Involved to Support Veterans

Gary Bonvillian, PhD. - President Emeritus Thomas University GA In February of 1969, and at the age of nineteen, I had little sense of direction. Those were tumultuous times for our country and so was the life I was living. Without giving it much thought I volunteered for the draft. Given that the draft was highly active and young men not attending college a prime target, it was probably only a matter of time. My entire military career lasted 19 months and I was discharged in September of 1970 as an E5 Sergeant. I hadn’t even turned twenty one years [...]

2018-01-08T13:03:04+00:00 May 12th, 2017|News|Comments Off on I got Involved to Support Veterans
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