I was thinking about the VVA’s founding principal of , “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” Recently, there has been some debate on this principal. I do not plan on entering into the debate with this post. Instead, I would like to bring your attention to a group that I found browsing the Internet that is doing something to help out our next generation of Veterans.
“The Big Brothers-In-Arms Project” pairs up older Veterans (Vietnam-Era and up) with younger Soldiers returning from deployment and/or recently discharged. Our purpose is to give our Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, etc. someone to “talk it out” with, someone to “hang” with, someone who understands what he’s been through. We provide a non-judgemental but sympathetic ear to help ease re-entry into “the world.”
Big Brothers-In-Arms volunteers are Veterans from all branches of the military, and we have them in every state. Please click the image above or below and take a look at “The Big Brothers-In-Arms Project”.
The Big Brothers-In-Arms Project
30th ANNIVERSARY OF THE WALL READING OF THE NAMES
Reading of The Names
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is hosting the Reading of the Names of 58,272 service members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of the special activities planned this November to commemorate The Wall’s 30th Anniversary.
The Reading of the Names will take place at The Wall for 65 hours over a four-day period beginning with an opening ceremony on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Volunteers will read names for approximately eight hours from 4 p.m. on November 7 to 12 a.m. on November 8. Participants will then read the names for 19 hours daily from 5 a.m. until 12 a.m. on November 8, 9, and 10.
The Reading of the Names took place in Washington, D.C. just four other times in The Wall’s history. In November 1982, the names were read aloud at Washington National Cathedral as part of a week-long National Salute to Vietnam Veterans. The names were read at The Wall during the 10th Anniversary celebration in November 1992, during the 20th Anniversary celebration in 2002 and during the 25th Anniversary celebration in 2007.
If you are interested in participating in the Reading of the Names, please click the image above or below and follow the instructions.
Reading of The Names
It’s in the nature of Military and Veterans to step up. So we did.
The kind of people who volunteer to serve their country, the ones who put their nation first and their own lives second, are the kind of people we need to honor everyday. Not just on Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and the Fourth of July, but everyday.
Through The Veteran Tickets Foundation, now those who care about our Military and Veterans have a way to give back. Everyday, in every city, there are events with empty seats that could be filled by those who serve or served. More than that, many event tickets are simply unaffordable for average people. We believe the events that bring Americans together in the spirit of celebration, competition and camaraderie—those all-American moments are the times we need welcome and acknowledge our Veterans.
Thank you for giving my son the opportunity to meet the Arizona Cardinals.
GIVE SOMETHING TO THOSE WHO GAVE!
Please consider joining VTF and supporting our Soldiers and Sailors. Active duty and Veterans of all branches are encouraged to sign up.