Memorial Day is that one special day out of the year that we pause to honor our loved ones, our ancestors, and our friends who died defending our freedom and liberty. I am always proud of how our military families provide such a wonderful example of taking the time to observe and reflect on this important day by participating in traditions such as religious services, parades, and speeches across the United States, and the placement of flags, insignia, and flowers on the graves of our departed veterans.
In 1986, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger established April as the Month of the Military Child. Military life can be very stressful on families in general. For children this stress can be heightened with feelings of abandonment and isolation due to long separations, frequent moves, inconsistent training schedules, and the toll of mental and physical injuries on both the service member and their families. Additionally, many of these children are trying to function normally everyday while having parents in harm’s way after being deployed overseas. Let’s all pray for them, their families, and for peace.
Fayetteville Observer, May 25th, 2012 By Kathleen Merrigan and Michael O’Gorman
What would you do with $10,000? For a returning veteran, it could help launch a new career.
Around the country, veterans are returning home from tours of duty and reintegrating into civilian life. Roughly 20 percent of our service members come from rural communities, so we shouldn’t be surprised that some look to farming and ranching as a promising second career.