In God We Must! A powerful message from President Reagan June 15, 2016

June 15, 2016




In God We Must!

A powerful message from President Reagan


Amputee Vet Shoots Himself, Ignored by VA Crisis Hotline


A Final Salute


Hungry Heroes


Wife Finds Disabled Vet Husband in Tears


June is PTSD Awareness Month


Coming Home 


“Taps” – America’s Song of Remembrance 


Editor – Sharon DiLorenzo






A powerful message from President Ronald Reagan



Quadruple Amputee Veteran Shoots Himself After Being Ignored by VA Crisis Hotline



Nicely shown with Gary Sinise/U.S. News


The VA has failed our veterans so much that even their crisis hotline is doing nothing to save them as they commit suicide at a rate of 22 a day.  Tragically, quadruple amputee, Tod Nicely, nearly became another statistic when he recently attempted suicide by firearm after the VA crisis hotline ignored his pleas for help.  Nicely shot himself after being told by the hotline support to call back when be becomes “less irate.”  The veteran survived the suicide attempt and now says that life is good.  He lives in a customized home that suits his needs, built by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation.  Time Magazine,, U.S. News


  A Final Salute


Fredericksburg, VA–At first just a  handful of people planned to attend her funeral.  Then word spread on social media about the formerly homeless veteran who never married or had children and twenty minutes before the ceremony at the cemetery, a caravan of cars created a traffic jam. Serina Vine, who worked in radio intelligence for the US Navy and who died May 21, 2016, had no known living relatives and spent the last 20 years of her life at the VA’s 120-bed Community Living Center in Washington, DC.  She was 91 years old when she died and was homeless before coming to the VA facility.



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Army Maj. Jaspen Boothe, president for the non-profit Final Salute, Inc., kisses Serina Vine’s casket after the Quantico National Cemetery service.  Boothe never met the WWII vet, but felt compelled to honor her since both were once homeless veterans.  JB Branscome, The Freelance-Star


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Hungry Heroes




Twenty-five percent of the nation’s total active duty and reserve personnel are seeking food pantries and other charitable programs according to an inquiry conducted by Feeding America, a hunger relief charity. The help is sought for various reasons, experts say.  For active duty, pressures include low pay and poor financial planning by junior soldiers, the difficulty of spouses to hold steady jobs due to base transfers and deployments, and the cost of living when a military family must go “on the economy,” a situation created when base housing is not available.  For veterans, the triggers are the transition to the civilian world and trying to live off low disability pay or retirement.  NBC News


A military family volunteers at the Jewish Family Service food distribution center for military families in San Diego. NBC News Photo

Wife Finds Disabled Vet Husband in Tears


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Former combat engineer, Christopher Garrett, a US Army Specialist who had deployed to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division, earned a medical retirement and a 100 percent disability rating after being shot in the gut. Despite his disability and the persistent nagging pain, the veteran did his best to maintain his home, including mowing the yard with an old-fashioned push mower.  Garrett’s wife, Brittany, found him outside crying, and after determining that nothing was wrong with her husband, was blown away by what was right…an anonymous neighbor had witnessed Garrett struggling with the old push mower and decided to bless him with with a brand new John Deere riding lawn mower.  The Conservative Tribune

June is PTSD Awareness Month



US Department of Veterans Affairs

In June of 2010, Congress named June 27 PTSD Awareness Day.  In 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for National PTSD Awareness. After a traumatic event, most people have painful memories.  For many, the effects of the event fade over time, but for others, the memories, thoughts and feelings do not go away–even years after the event.  Mental health experts do not know why some develop PTSD and others do not.  If stress reactions do not improve over time, they disrupt everyday life and it is important to seek help.

Coming Home












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Day is Done


American’s Song of Remembrance


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Composed by Major General Daniel Butterfield

Army of the Potomac, Civil War

Fading light dims the sight,

And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.

From afar drawing nigh – Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,

From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.

All is well, safely rest – God is nigh.


Then good night, peaceful night,

Til the light of the dawn shineth bright.

God is near, do not fear – Friend good night.





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