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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy & Safe Holidays To All our Troops (Going off topic) For Our Service Members, Veterans & Their Families



   Christmas Wreath for a Happy Holiday Wishes


I  Wish Our Troops a Safe, and More than a Few Minutes,
of a Very Merry Christmas as well as a Happy Holiday Season & Safe Happy New Year.
I further Wish & Pray that All will Return Home Safely in 2014 & No Longer.
I Wish Happiness & Best Wishes to All Our Veterans & Their Families.
I wish for the Same to Everyone All Around the Globe Everywhere Who Celebrates a or the Holiday during This Time of Year.

My shout out for Our Troops

I wish for a Wonderful, Magical, Safe, Prosperous & Happy New Year for 2014 &beyond to All Our Troops, Our Veterans, and to all Our Service Family Members.  I know me saying thank you so much, for your sacrifices, services to and for our country, although I truly mean it from the bottom of my heart, I know that is not enough. It feels so lacking saying "thank you for your service". It's not enough, to merely, say the words.  In fact, I've heard that Veterans say, they get tired of hearing it (albeit it's better than no words at all).  It is my sincere hope, my one Christmas wish and my New Years prayer, that everyone will pause during their hectic holiday schedules and say collective prayers for our troops, send an unified shout out to wish our Troops well,  and send money to the good organizations who serve our Troops, Veterans and their Families. I think of all our men and women who are in harms way right now, as I'm writing this. I think about them being so far away from home, and away from any semblance of normalcy. This is the case, often for years and years and years. 
Collectively, we all can, and need to, remember all of those who are serving Our Country in our stead. Thinking about all Service Members who are in harms way right now, this very minute, and all future minutes until they come home safely.   Our Troops, give so much of themselves. They will continue to do so until they safely make it home and afterwards as well. But even then, our Veterans have so much to overcome, when they do make it home.  I'm thinking of the many wounded Warriors and hospitalized Veterans, with visible and not so visible wounds. I'm thinking how much those who love them, and who care for them have sacrificed for all of us and their loved one. They All have sacrificed SO, much that it's difficult to grasp what they have, and are going through right now… I'm thinking very sadly, of all those who have died in this all too long war. There are no words.  No thank you’s that help. There are only deeds we can do to now to serve them.
I wanted to send this, my small shout out, to our Troops, Veterans and their families!  "Thank You," isn't enough I know. I give all I can every month or more. I wish so much that all of you could can come home sooner rather than later. I’ll do my part to ask Our President again, to make sure you can ALL come home this coming year. I'm going to continue to bug him in whatever way I can some more. I really wish for, and hope that, you ALL will stay safe. I pray that every Service member comes home very soon, and does so safely. But, until that day, you all have my prayers, my best wishes, my financial and emotional support, and my Thank You So much for your Services for our Country and for your Sacrifice”.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to those in harms way, those in hospitals, those adjusting to life back home and those suffering in silence. Please, by all means, feel free to contact me if any of you see this. I hope that you do. Then, we can talk about, whatever you'd like to talk about.  Maybe you want to talk about something more mundane. Maybe you may want to talk about something really terrible. I'm am also a Pastor, was a social worker, community outreach worker, work with addicts, and am a fellow human being. 
God Bless you all. 
As for the rest of us, we need to press the President and Congress to move heaven and earth to get the VA to get it together. Process the enormous backlog of applications immediately. What's happening there is a National travesty and it brings shame to our Nation. So is the fact, that we have so many homeless Veterans. They should always have a home and the services that they need. A great program has worked in Arizona. They have gotten homes, they say for every homeless Veteran. They did this by doing is known as "wrap around services”. This is finding, and then getting, Veterans all the services they need to prevent homelessness. These things include medical attention, mental health services, counseling, jobs training, and even substance abuse treatment. This means they get to the root causes of homelessness. Now that they've housed and helped the Veterans, they are going to use this same model for all their homeless population. We should demand these services in our towns, cities, States and all over this country.
For Christmas, instead of all presents, write a letter, call a Congressman/woman (the women tend to really work together to get things done), give of your time, your money, talk to a Veteran, or someone just back home from Afghanistan.  Just ask a recent or older Veteran a regular question as in strike up a conversation like you would with anyone else.  I have never heard of anyone in America who doesn't "support the troops". We are the United States, and as such, should never, not ever, leave those out in the cold, who have sacrificed so very much.
Start a program, start something just do anything. They went voluntarily to the most of our wars but notably, the last one, and the current war in Afghanistan.
For many reasons we all were able to stay home and not give up anything. Most of us are home with our families and friends this holiday season. They are not. I ask that everyone at least think about this and then at the very least call your State Representative or write a letter to the President demanding that the Veterans Administration's backlog of claims gets resolved and now. This is my Christmas and New Years hopes and prayers. Yes, my "Thank You for Your Service".
Here are a few Non-profit Veterans groups that I know are of great help to Veterans with many Vets helping Vets and many more that are great I didn't mentioned here. I personally support, Wounded Warrior Project, Got Your Six, Help Hospitalized Vets , The USO (they’re good for getting phone cards and care packages, and this AM just after midnight, I saw them delivering Christmas items to the Troops in Afghanistan, and they also get other items to Troops in War zones) and VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars and yes Afghanistan & Iraq are just two such wars), to name a couple.
There are many, many more out there. If you want more information on many great projects that know what Veterans need now. You may check out many non-profits at, Got Your Six, which is run, by Veterans, for Veterans and they spread the word. They encourage people to start their own non-profit org. You may do some web research as well to find more information on great organizations that year around, are in need financial and other assistance.  You may already give to a Veterans Organization. That’s wonderful. I guess what I’m getting at is we need to do much more especially now that more Service Members have come home and are coming home, this year. What should we do about the VA backlog? All I can think of is call and write the President, Congress, local Representatives and so forth. If we all do this the huge problem just might get fixed! If they can fix the Health Care Web Site in such a short time after knowing of it's problems, then they should be able to fix the computerization issue at the VA. Maybe we need Steve Jobs for that too?
Merry Christmas Everyone.
Love, Peace & Prayers for Safe Return Home in the New Year

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