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 For Those Who Serve

My grandfather served in World War Two, my dad in Korea, my uncle Mike in Vietnam, I have relatives serving in the military around the world today and thankfully one of my best friend's son is due to return home from Iraq on Thanksgiving day.

November is a month when we reflect on the honor and sacrifices of our military men and women, but this recognition needs to extend beyond the one day we celebrate this week. More than ever, in the coming years, our returning vets will need our help and support. So many veterans are living with the effects of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury.)We conducted an interview with Lee Woodruff, who’s husband Bob was attacked while reporting in Iraq. The article was aptly titled “A Partner in Care”.  

As our returning soldiers have bravely stood up for us, we need to do the same for them. Contact your congressperson and senator to see how they are voting on veterans appropriations, donate to organizations such as the Wounded Warrior ProjectThe Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Now that I think of it, maybe there is a reason that National Family Caregivers month is in the same month as Veterans Day, both caregivers and veterans exemplify the same fighting spirit of those who care and those who serve.


Gary Barg

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