“Seen this sky from the Afghan mountains, deserts of Iraq, Sinai and Saudi Arabia. Plenty of other places too. Even on the worst of days, it’s always been my place of peace,” Mike said. The pair sat in silence for a few minutes, quietly acknowledging the beauty and solitude in which they were embraced. Realizing the 15-minute break was about to end, the instructor broke the silence.
On Veterans Day, remembering two little words that mean a lot can make a difference.
Two hundred examples of what real couples appreciate about each other and their relationships along with tips for times when you can’t find anything right to say.
Stanley Wilcox, a 46-year-old Navy veteran with four children and a wife, died suddenly of a heart attack earlier this month. His 13-year-old daughter wrote this poem for her father’s funeral.
The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs face off in Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight at 9PM at Miami’s American Airlines Arena (ABC-TV). Both teams have strong support from the veteran and military community. The Heat have worked especially hard to bring attention and resources to south Florida veterans returning from deployment.
During a company retreat in Miami, American Income Life executives and their spouses help formerly homeless South Florida Veterans get a fresh start.
From the Trenches of South Florida, Cedric Halyard is Ending Homelessness for America’s Veteran Families
Cedric Halyard, Director of Veteran Outreach for Operation Sacred Trust, overcame homelessness and addictions after returning from deployment in Operation Desert Storm. His personal experience has helped him help more than 1,000 other Veterans and their family members who are homeless or at risk of homelessness rebuild the foundation of their lives.
Operation Sacred Trust’s Yvette Costa is Helping End Homelessness for South Florida’s Veteran Families
Yvette Costa, a Case Manager for Operation Sacred Trust, has helped end homelessness for hundreds of Veteran families in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Although Ms. Costa is the daughter of a Veteran, it was ultimately the help she and her family received from the Department of Veterans Affairs during difficult times that led her to dedicate her life to serving the Veteran community.
After becoming trained as Marriage Education Instructors by the nonprofit PAIRS Foundation in 2011, Deborah and Todd Lovell today lead marriage retreats for visually-impaired Veterans and their spouses at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.
Strong marriages and families may be the most effective tool for helping Veterans overcome visible and invisible wounds of war. The Veterans Administration is investing millions in new approaches that help loved ones help each other.
The nonprofit PAIRS Foundation will offer a series of free 90-minute online classes to help returning combat veterans and family members impacted by PTSD. “Early intervention through effective education and skills training is critical for combat veterans and family members,” said Seth Eisenberg, President and CEO of PAIRS Foundation.