• Veteran Returns to Pearl Harbor for 75th Anniversary

    Robert Coles is a 92 year old, Pearl Harbor Survivor, who wished to return to Hawaii for the first time since World War II ended, to attend the 75th anniversary of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor. The anniversary will honor those who died defending our country on December 7, 1941. Coles wish has been granted by a GoFundMe page that was started mid-October. Coles who is a resident of Maine was in need of airfare, rental car, meals, and lodging for 2 people. The Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Committee did arrange for an Honor Flight from LA to Hawaii for survivors, but Coles needed to raise the funds to reach California on his own. Coles joined ...

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  • New St. Petersburg Distillery Opened by Former Green Berets

    Former Army Green Berets are working hard to establish American Freedom Distillery, which will make whiskey, vodka, rum and gin. The distillery’s home base is the old Genius Central building located at 2232 5th Ave. S, just a few blocks from the Tropicana field in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District. Scott Neil , Tyler Garner, and Rob Schaefer are all retired Green Berets- they have been working on the idea of craft distillery for about 18 months. They plan to begin hosting private holiday events in December, with a soft opening geared toward the NCAA college football championship in January, and full opening is expected by spring. American ...

  • Home of Tampa Bay Veteran is Vandalized and Set on Fire

    At 3AM Tuesday morning, a Navy veteran of Plant City, Florida received a call from his neighbor that fire trucks were outside his home. Matthew Smith and his family had been away for the night when he received the horrifying call. The Smith’s home has endured heavy damage, anti-Trump graffiti was sprayed inside and outside of home, his 8-year old daughter’s bed, 18-month- old son’s crib, and family Christmas tree were all set on fire. Every single room in the remainder of the home has suffered damage. On top of all the damage their entire home was ransacked; clothes, papers, important documents were torn and thrown everywhere. Smith stated ...

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  • Wreaths for Vets Annual Event

    For almost a decade now, Wreaths for Vets have ventured out the Saturday after Thanksgiving to place one holiday wreath on each grave at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. Wreaths for Vets collect and clean wreaths throughout the year, and with the help of volunteers they are able to place wreaths at each grave. The cemetery opened in 2005, and now serves as the honorable resting place for more than 5,000 veterans and family member. The wreath tradition in Killeen actually began seven years ago when the Wreaths Across American organization sent six wreaths to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery to be laid in honor ...

  • 3 Men Vandalize War Memorial

    National Guard SPC Timothy Brown was killed while serving in Iraq in 2005, after the devastating news community members raised $10,000 to build a memorial in Brown’s hometown of Cedar Springs, Michigan. On October 27, 2016 a bronze replica rifle, dog tag and a helmet were stolen from the memorial at the city’s Memorial Park. Three Cedar Springs men were arrested after officers were given tips that lead them to the stolen items at the property of one of the men. Brown’s family is already having a hard time with the 11th anniversary of Browns death just passing on the 4th of November; they just aren’t able to understand why anyone would ...

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  • Coffee That Helps Veterans

    BOMB Coffee a new coffee grown in India and roasted in Rockford, Illinois. This veteran owned coffee company started by four men, two which are veterans that set out on a joint mission to develop the world’s strongest coffee with BOMB flavor. BOMB Coffee is a super caffeinated specialty coffee that is highly explosive, with a bold and intense flavor that’s never bitter. Thorough the end of today BOMB Coffee will be donating 22 percent of all sales to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide prevention among veterans. BOMB Coffee’s original ground coffee is balanced, while the bourbon-infused variety has more complexity ...

  • New Veteran Food Pantry Opening This Month

    A new Quad-City Veterans Outreach Center opened on November 19, 2016. An area business women; Lola VanDeWalle is the face behind a nonprofit effort that has converted a vacant store front to become an outreach center for veterans in the area. Local veterans have been a huge help in getting this center on its feet, supplying manpower in support of the effort. American Legion Post 26 has assisted in cleaning and renovating the facility. The outreach center will allow veterans to have access to services that include food pantry, chiropractic therapy, pet care, and haircuts. VanDeWalle is excited about the project and can’t wait for the doors to ...

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  • Helping Veterans Through Song

    Jason Moon, an American veteran of the Iraq war and founder of Warrior Songs, a 501 c (3) non-profit organization committed to facilitating healing through the creative arts. Moons lyrics tell real stories of the type of toll war takes on a warrior. When deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Moon took his guitar with him. He played songs for solider and for Iraqi children, this was a way for him to forget the realities of war just for a moment. Coming home from Iraq, Moon realized he couldn’t leave the war behind, he had PTSD. At the time he didn’t realize but it just got worse and worse. That spring of 2008 he had enough and figured ...

  • Interviewing After Rehab: 5 Tips for Landing the Job

    Per Wickstrom is the founder and CEO of Best Drug Rehabilitation, one of the top holistic rehabilitation centers in the country. He found sobriety after a decades-long struggle with addiction and has since dedicated his life and career to helping others find the same life-affirming success he has. His program is based on natural and holistic methods and has helped lead hundreds to recovery. Connect with Per via his blog, Twitter or Facebook. Check out Per’s tips for landing the job after rehab. When someone suffers with drug and alcohol addiction, the first great battle is beating that addiction. But that isn’t the only battle. For those of ...

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  • Veteran Hikes to Raise Awareness for Veteran Community

    Former Army specialist Chance Huffman will start his long journey by foot from Waco, Texas to Portland, Oregon today (November 16, 2016). Huffman has planned a more than 2000 mile route in hopes to raise money for fellow veterans. Huffman, 31, has divided his route into a 40-to-50-day backpacking hike. He will go through Texas, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada before reaching his destination of Portland, where he plans to meet up his combat friend. It was driving this friend from Waco to Portland that gave Huffman the idea of this perfect route. He hopes his mission will raise awareness and funds for veterans’ needs and support charities that benefit ...

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