OurMilitary.mil – DOD Community Relations Webpage

Sgt. Vincent Hancock - Olympic Gold Medal Winner

Greenwich, United Kingdom; Vincent Hancock (USA) competes in day two of the skeet men qualification during the 2012 London Olympic Games at Royal Artillery Barracks. Vincent is a Sergeant in the US Army.

I wanted to bring your attention to the DOD Community Relations webpage.  It’s called OurMilitary.mil.  OurMilitary.mil has information concerning Veterans and our Troops, with a wide range of topics, employment, education, health care, and even the Summer Olympics  (see: http://www.ourmilitary.mil/recent-news/news-archive/usas-vincent-hancock-wins-gold-in-skeet-shooting/) OurMilitary.mil is quite a complete webpage with more information than I could ever imagine.  It has hundreds of stories and links and I would have to give the DOD an A+ for the work here.

 

Finding the Calm in the Storm

As part of our ministry to veterans and their families we invite you on Sunday morning worship, July 22, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. to meet National Guard Chaplain Jeremy Pickens during our Sunday service and afterwards in a time for coffee and conversation at the Congregational Church of Christ, United Church of Christ, 583 Main Street, Leominster.

For more information call 979-537-7054.

CHAPLAIN (CPT) JEREMY T. PICKENS is currently assigned as the Battalion Chaplain of the 101st Engineer Battalion in Massachusetts National Guard and is currently serving as the Deployment Cycle Support Chaplain at the Military and Family Support Center in Wellesley MA. Prior to his current assignment he served as the 211th Military Police Battalion Chaplain for 29 months.

This assignment took him on a deployment to Iraq for 9 months. Upon his return from Iraq he started the Massachusetts Military Spiritual Strength Network, implemented resiliency weekends throughout the battalion and helped build the Massachusetts Risk Reduction Suicide Prevention Campaign.

Click the Red Balloon on the map for directions.

Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV)

Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV) is an all-volunteer movement assisting returning veterans to begin their civilian careers or educational pursuits by acquiring and distributing the necessary start-up tools. Founded with the gift of a fishing boat that began a commercial fishing career for a returning Iraq veteran, the foundation is expanding its outreach to other industries to assist our returning military.

Our model is unique and based on a sustainable, “pay-it-forward” dynamic. We support veteran entrepreneurs so they can establish businesses that thrive, so they can then hire more veterans creating quality jobs and career opportunities. Once the new business is profitable, WVFV becomes a beneficiary through contributions back into the organization including “gifts in kind.”

When we all actively help build and support veteran-owned businesses that hire other vets, then contribute to the model so even more entrepreneurs can succeed – the result is ongoing, long-lasting economic success and personal happiness – stronger families and stronger communities.

WVFV is currently developing relationships in many industry sectors to secure necessary products for distribution. All donations of products or services are directly distributed to veterans and all financial contributions are used to acquire, prepare or enhance those items to be gifted.

If you’re a veteran – thank you for your service! And welcome to our website and to our team. We’re here to help you continue your mission of service alongside ours.

— America’s Military Women —

Celebrating National Women’s History Month 2012
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— America’s Military Women —
Experienced, Educated and Empowered

Women’s Memorial Foundation Releases 2012 Women’s History Month Kit

The Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation is proud to showcase America’s military women for the 15th consecutive year with the release of our 2012 Women’s History Month poster, America’s Military Women—Experienced, Educated and Empowered. Supporting the national Women’s History Month theme, Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment, this display quality poster is but a snapshot of the myriad of important and meaningful jobs performed by empowered military women everyday—all made possible by education and training. This poster represents the more than 405,600 Active Duty, Guard and Reserve women who serve today around the globe—professional, capable women leaders—who are making a difference for themselves, their communities, the nation and the world. The poster is sure to stimulate discussion about the evolution of women’s roles, the influence of education and the ever-growing prominence of women in all aspects of our society.

Accompanying the 2012 poster is our online Women’s History Month kit. The kit includes brief thumbnail sketches about the remarkable women featured in the poster as well as individual downloadable photos of each.

Also in the kit is a Tribute to Our Fallen Sisters, a chronological listing and tribute to the 144 women who have lost their lives in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. You’ll also find two special online exhibits. The first, A New Generation of Warriors, (also available as a downloadable feature article) is a recent look at the women serving in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The second online exhibit is The Baghdad Diaries, which features the personal e-mail correspondence of a Marine Corps master gunnery sergeant in the earlier years of the war in Iraq. Another element of the kit a feature article is about our Global War on Terror exhibit, which captures the activities of women warriors some five years into the wars. We’ve also included an article about the origin of Women’s History Month and an online resource guide to help you find more information about America’s remarkable military women, past and present.

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Many thanks to our generous sponsors, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) who’ve helped produce the poster and kit for nine consecutive years; the AMVETS (American Veterans) for the past eleven years; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) joining us for the second year. Thanks to them, the poster is distributed free of charge to schools, libraries and veteran facilities across the nation and military installations worldwide.

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Click on the poster image to view thumbnail sketches of
the 28 women featured in the poster

                  The 2012 Online Women’s History Month Kit:

“Let the generations know that the women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom.”

—Anne S. (Sosh) Brehm
1LT, USA NC, World War II

MakeTheConnection.net

Make the Connection is a public awareness campaign by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that connects Veterans and their friends and families with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives. The campaign encourages Veterans and their families to “make the connection” — with information and resources, with the strength and resilience of Veterans like themselves, and with available resources of support. The success of Make the Connection depends on support from everyone who interacts with Veterans: community members around the country, Veteran Service Organizations, community-based groups, and health care providers who have direct contact with Veterans every day. Download, print, and share these Make the Connection information cards to spread the word about this useful resource for Veterans and their loved ones.
If you have any questions, please contact Koby South at: koby.south@va.gov.