As Americans, we have a duty to provide our nation's heroes with the care and resources they need. Health care reform provides an historic opportunity to find new, collaborative approaches that could better serve them.
There's nothing more important than knowing that our families are healthy and happy. And after spending so much time with military families and hearing your stories of service and sacrifice for our country, I know that that's your priority as well.
In the military, fighter jets fly in formation, with the lead aircraft ahead and a backup plane off the right wing and behind. The wingman protects the lead pilot, watching his back. Each of us must be a wingman to the Veterans, service members and military families in our lives.
For many years, the prevailing culture among first responders, and members of the military and Veterans, has been stoicism. Whatever it was you'd gone through you'd better deal with quietly, deal with it alone and get back to work.
Sometimes, something as simple as talking to a Veteran can help them open the door and rediscover what matters most in their life. Whether the Veteran you know has just returned home, or they served years ago, you can be there to support them and help them remember what matters.
Soon enough, the military wanted to move him again, to Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. Smith's father, a Native American
"Yes, it's gonna be a hard road, but there are people out there willing to help. And in turn you'll be able to help others
"They started asking me my story, and other war fighters started telling me their story. 'It's like you're speaking for me
Aiding our men and women in uniform has always been integral to the American Red Cross' mission. Today, the American Red Cross' professional, compassionate team staffs an Emergency Communications Center dedicated to the military community.
Finding Hope Amid Devastating Loss: A Military Widow Who Lost Her Marine to Suicide Shares Her Story
While most military deaths are traumatic and violent in nature, suicide poses special issues that the parents, spouses, children, siblings and other family members must grapple with. It's extremely important that we get these families into bereavement care and support following a death.
I learned of extreme poverty and violence "over there" in the Army. When I came home I saw it in my own country. I continue to ask myself, how can we spend trillions to kill human beings and next to nothing on healing them? I joined the military to make the world a better place. Not destroy it.
It was a remarkable transformation to witness, and I have had the pleasure of seeing this kind of magic happen again and again because of Jake and the work he has done tirelessly, with much help, for the next group of returning Veterans who come and give us what is literally a last chance at saving their lives, in Malibu.
"I was just a very unhappy person. I felt like my personality went into a little container, and it was just an awful, awful
When we bring religious groups into the circle of resources available to those who serve, we can better support Guardsmen and women spread across the state, some of whom live hours from the nearest U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) facility.
"Obviously, you didn't leave the military with a bunch of medals pinned on you. Nobody told you, 'Kudos, great job,'" she