On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Donald Trump stated that November is National Veterans and Military Families Month. He stated that this is a time to honor military families and their loved ones. The White House released a statement saying that it is America’s patriotic duty to honor military families and veterans. They also stated that since November is a month that is dedicated to giving thanks, this is a perfect time to honor our veterans.
There are already several events that will take place this month. M Street Graduate Studious will have an exhibition called “Unsung Heroes: Do You Know Who I am?”. These exhibits will honor African-American Veterans. The exhibition will run from November 1 to November 18.
Lisa Daniels, who works at California State University in Fresno, will also host “Unsung Heroes.” A reception will be held on November 10, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuskegee airmen from the Sacramento will be honored on November 11, 2017.
The Friends of the African American Cementery will also be hosting a ceremony on November 4, 2017. It will take place at 10 a.m. The ceremony will honor veterans who have been buried in the cemetery. This ceremony has been held every year since 2010. The cemetery is located at 215 North Street, Rye, NY. There are 24 veterans who are buried at this cemetery.
President Donald Trump has declared November to be National Veterans and Military Families Month. With U.S. Armed Forces in conflicts across the globe, there is no better time to set aside than the month of Thanksgiving.
The declaration was made on November 1st, with the President stating in his proclamation: “Our veterans are our heroes. Our Armed Forces have preserved the security and freedom that allow us to flourish as a Nation.”
President Trump has expressed his respect and dedication to our armed forces on many occasions. And with this declaration, he has chosen to recognize and bring to the forefront issues facing our combat veterans at home.
The United States is currently in armed conflicts on two continents. This month is being set aside to honor them with ceremonies and thanking them for the service they have given the American people. Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, only half a million are still alive in 2017. This month is intended to be one not only of Thanksgiving but of remembrance and gratitude for these and all veterans of American conflicts.
This is the first time American veterans have been honored with a National Month. VA hospitals and facilities all over the country will be showing their appreciation all month and promoting programs aimed at improving the welfare of all veterans.
Upper St. Clair High School, which is located in Pennsylvania, will be having a program to honor veterans on November 9, 2017. The program will feature Todd McIntrye and Sean McCrae. Sean is a disabled veteran who retired in 2011 after spending 24 years in service. He won more than 62 awards while he was in the military
Sean did not let his disabilities stop him from living a full life. He recently competed in the International Powerlifting League World Bench and Deadlift Championships.
Todd is also disabled. He worked in the nuclear propulsion program during his time in service. Not only is he a former veteran, but he also competed in several athletic competitions. He has competed in 77 triathlons and seven ironman competitions. He was forced to retire from the military in 2015 after suffering seven strokes.
The strokes left him paralyzed and unable to speak. Even though Todd is still recovering from the strokes, he was able to compete in a sprint distance triathlon in June 2017. The program will feature performances by the school’s marching band. The Marine Corps League will present the colors. Furthermore, all current and former veterans will be honored during the service.
Several people who work at the high school have served in the military. Peter Wray is the high school security officer. He has served in the United States Army Reserves.
Every year, on November 11, America celebrates those who have served the country in the military – the veterans. They include men and women who have previously served actively in the U.S. armed forces on military duty and are now civilians. On the Veterans Day, with parades and speeches across the US, these brave category of people are duly applauded for the sacrifices and risks they have made for the country with Americans coming together to tell them ‘Thank you’.
The number of veterans in the US is over 19 million and continues to rise. The US government through the Department of Veterans Affairs ensures that veterans are cared for when they return to the U.S from war. Just yesterday, the President Donald Trump signed a proclamation establishing November as a Veterans and Military Families Month with events running throughout the month. It will be the first time that America will celebrate Veterans and Military Families, not just on Veterans Day, but for a whole month.
As part of this year’s events, some veterans will speak to high school students. The event is proposed to raise the awareness and appreciation of those who have served in the military. It will also provide students with service perspective they can’t find in their books. Veterans will be offered VIP treatment including reserved parking spaces, escorts, breakfast, lunch, and more.
On this Veterans Day and the entire month of November, let us unite as Americans to thank the veterans for their service to our nation.
Chris Nolte is the owner of Propel Bikes in Brooklyn, New York, a shop that deals in electric pedal-assist bikes or e-bikes. The bikes come in handy when it comes to mountain biking, kid carrying, and even urban commuting as they add a motorized boost when riding. The rider uses less energy when riding the e-bikes as compared to their traditional counterparts.
Nolte served in the military and was present during the 2003 Iraq invasion but came out with a back injury. Being disabled, he decided to venture into electric bicycling to exercise (since he bike-exercised since childhood) and for recreation purposes.
Despite his back injury, Chris would still take on biking, but this time, he had to go for traditional bike alternative. This is where he landed on the electric pedal-assist bikes. He learned that the technology used in the bikes would only demand little energy to ride, making the bike perfect for disabled people. He knew the bicycle would improve his life as he would again see himself riding alongside his friends.
As a quick thinker, he developed a business idea. He thought of filling the gap for sweat-shy commuters and disabled people through selling them the bicycles. He then got a loan of only $20,000, and by 2011, he had sold his first batch of e-bikes. Within just three years, his sales had hit $1 million. In 2015, he started the Propel shop.
Nolte knows that the e-bike industry is still young and growing. He urges perspective entrepreneur to tread carefully with technology so that it does not harm the industry in the long run.
Dillion Naslund was a 25 year old veteran having served with the 133rd Regiment and served in Iraq for 4 years and had just come from a 1 year Middle East deployment. Just like other parents, the Naslunds were happy to have their son back home and he also seemed to enjoy being back and sharing time with family and friends. Things soon fell apart with Dillion suffering depression and was eventually diagnosed with PTSD after his family took him to the Veteran Affairs, a stress disorder common among combat returnees, in Dillions case, treatment seemed to have worked, but in hindsight, the Naslunds believe he just got better at hiding his situation from the family, Dillion sent a text to his ex-girlfriend on December 10th who alerted his parents, he was later found dead, he had committed suicide.
Following their son’s death, the Naslunds realized many more families were dealing with situations similar to theirs, the Veteran Affairs says roughly 20 veterans commit suicide daily, about 1 death every hour. This statistic is what buoyed the Naslunds to start Engage America, an organization that helps bring together veterans ,their families and friends by offering support programs such as health (mental and medical), education (check more on their website http://www.operationengageamerica.org/) and also help connect them to other veteran care organizations.
If you know any returned veteran who might need their help, or any veteran, you might refer them and have them get help and gun down PTSD.
A Los Angeles internship program for growing marijuana is helping veterans take on a challenging task to overcome PTSD. Although they get to earn money, this program is more personal. This is done in a featureless industrial warehouse located in downtown Los Angeles.
Multiple military veterans spend long days cultivating rows of plants and inspecting leaves and buds of marijuana growing under the orange lights. By the end of the three-month internship dubbed ‘seed to sale’ at the THC Design’s facility, these veterans hope that they can enter the profitable multibillion-dollar marijuana industry with full-time occupations.
During an interview with the BuzzFeed News, a veteran by the name Steven Passmore said that most people are blown away each time he tells them that he is farming pot even though he didn’t smoke even in school. Passmore, a US Army combat aged 35, says that he just explains to everyone that this is his new job.
The THC Design publicized this unique cultivation training program designed for veterans in June. They received over 65 applications. Among the people who sent the applications was a Vietnam veteran aged 71. Seven of the applicants joined the program, with two of them getting full-time employment. Steven Passmore was a natural fit. He is pursuing a botany degree at the Los Angeles City College and is currently experimenting growing cannabis in his small closet. The California law allows one to grow not more than six plants at home.
In a little more than a week, five military personnel have paid the ultimate price to maintain America’s freedom and two Federal Government employees have been called on the carpet relative to the election scandal which makes one wonder why it has taken so long for Facebook to shut down a questionably authentic news page devoted to U.S. Vets. when is the American public going to realize that anybody with access to cyberspace can submit items to social media sites and capture multitudes of followers amounting to an estimated 200,000 on Facebook alone. Bets have not been anted yet for how many social media reps will voluntarily sit down with the U.S. Senate and House Intelligence committee members. According to Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook will be cleaning up its act on her watch.
Rock Star John Fogerty is standing Up for Nam Vets by donating personal funds and calling attention to the almost completed Veterans center in Los Vegas which will offer more just to meet the immediate needs of homeless veterans with a hot meal and a warm place to sleep. This facility, slated to open on Veterans Day November 11. 2017, will offer medical and mental health care as well as avenues to explore for reentry into the workforce.
All Americans need to tune their ears to catch a new song “Love and War” co-written by Fogerty and Brad Paisley that could be a small vehicle on the track of making America great again.
Despite the numerous attempts and efforts by the Congress, the Trump administration and state attorney generals to counteract the predatory practices by most of the profit colleges. Service members and veterans who work under the G.I Bill Gates and the defense department to go to school are still under the target by the industry saddling people with useless degrees and debts. According to a recent report by the senate committee, the same warning was issued three years ago in vain. They issued this warning when it came to their attention that there are numerous deceptive practices in the veteran industry. Federal agencies and state attorney generals were investigating seven for-profit companies generating their money from the G.I Bill Gates Foundation. Some of these colleges have shut down their premises.
However, a new scale has been brought forward by the Veteran Education Success. This is one of the few non-profit organizations that offers their legal services to the veteran students at various veteran centers in the United States. This organization found out that the for-profit industry is still working hard to retain their quality and standard in the veteran premises. They are still on sights with the service members and veterans while the non-military enrolment seems to go down each day.
This is a problem that has emerged proficient in the 90/10 rule. This is a rule that was created by the Congress in 1998. This rule also allows the for-profit schools to have more than 90 percent of their profits raised from the federal student’s aid. For this reason, they can use other sources of money to raise the remaining 10 percent of their income. This was a measure taken by the government to prevent the low-quality schools from raising most of their money from the state agencies working to enrich the education standards among the veterans.
Adam Driver heads a nonprofit that seeks soldiers for the stage. His nonprofit, Arts in the Armed Forces, exists to match military and family members with theatre and acting opportunities in their community. Veterans get to interact with actors, playwrights, and directors. The nonprofit also aims to help service members to eventually produce a play of their own.
His organization has recently announced a $10,000 grant to an ex-service member who will produce a new play. The play, “Jesus Hopped the A Train,” featured a reading with Mark Ruffalo and Laurence Fishburne. This is an exciting development. Driver’s nonprofit is currently reaching out to cadets, women, men, veterans, and current service members to provide a platform and environment where members can tap their inner creativity.
It is all positive and good, as it gives those connected with the military an outlet to make an impact and tell their story. Adam Driver served in the Marine Corps, and later went on to study acting at Juilliard. A goal of his is to help dispel negative perceptions about military-affiliated persons with respect to cultural awareness, sophistication, and appetite for the performing arts.
Achieving this will be a huge plus for everyone, and will certainly benefit soldiers of every stripe and walk of life who participate in the program. It will also be a plus for industry professionals to give back to those who have served to protect America’s freedoms.