The Pulse, hosted by Leland Conway aired Jay McChord and conducted interviews with Gerald Belcher, Nita Clarke and Joe Lane, during his marathon broadcast raising funds for Operation Homefront. Stay tuned for links to the conversation…
Another fantastic event! Service women shared their legacies at Joseph Beth Booksellers, www.josephbeth.com. Thank you to our panelists- Nita Clarke (US Navy), Nita Ellison (Air Force), Kammy McCleery (American Red Cross) and Stacy Shannon (US Marine Corps). Amazing and awe inspiring women who have served our country!!
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Gracie Mae’s Choice is honored to announce United Way of the Bluegrass as our December Strategic Partner! UWBG is an incredible organization that supports numerous organizations and initiatives throughout Central Kentucky.
For every copy YOU purchase of A Veteran’s Legacy, between now and December 31, 2010, YOU make it possible for United Way of the Bluegrass to benefit $5 per journal. What an amazing gift to capture priceless memories of your favorite Veteran(s) or Service person(s) in your life! NOTE- when you check out, enter this code in the PayPal “special instructions or promotional code” box= GMC-UWBG-1210!
A little about United Way of the Bluegrass:
Our mission is clear
United Way of the Bluegrass improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.
Our impact statement is bold
United Way unites people from across the community to work together to identify and address the issues that matter most, change conditions and improve lives.
Together, we do this by:
• Raising awareness
• Raising money, goods and services
• Matching resources to needs; and
• Creating initiatives to fill the gaps
Support Operation S.E.N.D. Christmas, with your purchase of A Veteran’s Legacy! $5 from each sale will be donated to Military Missions, Inc. Check out this video of tips on care packages basics!
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OPERATION S.E.N.D. CHRISTMAS is just one of the projects that this organization undertakes each year, and it is definitely one of the biggest! Military Missions, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting our military and their families, as well as our veterans. The organization sends care packages out on a year round basis, but efforts for Christmas increase tenfold.
“On Christmas Day, our troops will not be gathered around the tree at home with family and friends. Instead, they will be standing watch over each of us, protecting us from harm and defending our liberties, “ states Beth Pennington, Founder of Military Missions, Inc. “Each one is a parent, a sibling, a child, a spouse, a friend, and an American. We need to send them encouragement as well as our thanks.” OPERATION S.E.N.D. CHRISTMAS has taken on a life of its own. Each year the project gets bigger and bigger. The need arose to create a website specifically for this endeavor. There are so many different ways for people to get involved locally, as well as on the national level. In order to easily present all of the information in a user friendly format, a new website was designed and was launched last week. You can check the site out at www.opsend.org.
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Gracie Mae Publications launches our Strategic Partnership Program- Gracie Mae’s Choice! Operation SEND Christmas is our inaugural partner!! For every copy YOU purchase of A Veteran’s Legacy between now and November 30, YOU make it possible for Military Missions, Inc. to benefit $5 per journal! What a great way to …support our troops, serving away from home this Holiday season!!
Good Morning A Veteran’s Legacy Fans!! Thank you for all the tributes! We salute all of your family and friends who have served and are serving in the The U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, United States Air Force, Marines and National Guard. Our fan list has doubled in the past week! Please continue to share …A Veteran’s Legacy with your Facebook friends and encourage them to HONOR and REMEMBER the veterans and active duty service people in their lives. Gracie Mae Publications has been overwhelmed with response to our Tribute Campaign- continue to post sentiments throughout November, The Month of the Military Family!
My wedding day, July 11, 2009…my father was pleased to pull his dress blues from his closet, at my request, to give his daughter away to the man I love. Even though he had always kept himself physically fit, I was impressed that he could still fit into his uniform. As I gaze fondly at this picture (it was my wedding day!), it triggers memories from many years ago.
I worked as a server for a catering company, in high school; that was contracted to cater the Air Force Ball. Although, my Dad was in the Army, he was frequently invited to other branches of service celebrations. As dinner concluded and my catering duties were complete, I received permission to join the event with my parents. My parents attended the Ball with another couple, that have been friends for many years! We danced and danced…
There was a popular song at the time- Jump, by Kriss Kross. Please close your eyes and imagine with me; two Forty Something, distinguished military men, in Dress Blues (chests full of medals) jumping up and down and swinging their arms. A memory I will cherish forever, still good for a smile and a giggle.
Perhaps the grin on his face lets me know that he, too, was remembering something from our past!!!!
I am a Vietnam-era Veteran of the U. S. Navy, which means that I served stateside during the war and was not an in-country Veteran. I was an Army brat growing up, the military wife of a Marine, and the mother of two Veterans of the U. S. Army. Now, some forty-years later, I have much to Honor, Remember and Heal.
My father was in the U.S. Army for thirty-years. His combat record included service time in Japan during World War II, the Korean War and finally Vietnam. He was stationed near Saigon while in Vietnam and ultimately was sprayed with Agent Orange. Some seventeen-years after his return to the states, my dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer that eventually spread throughout his entire body. He died in March, 1985.
My brother is presently a Colonel in the U. S. Army whose combat experience includes Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a former AH-64 Apache Pilot and currently serves as a Professor at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.
My husband of eighteen-years was in the Marine Corps for twenty-seven years. His combat experience was also in Vietnam. He now works for the Postal Service in Missouri.
Both of our children served in the U. S. Army; our son in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War, and our daughter stateside as a “Screaming Eagle” at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Most families with military experience can claim one or more of the above scenarios. There are precious moments that can be shared with family and friends, or private moments that go no further than the military mind. Whichever the case, journaling has been proven to bring honor as well as remembrance for the family, and healing for the burdened mind. It is also the ideal self-expressive manner in which to leave your veteran’s experiences to the future. Join us and celebrate your Veteran’s Legacy…I just celebrated mine.
- Nita Clarke