April is known as the Month of the Military Child. In that same vein, Military Brats Day is observed on April 30th.

Military Brats become accustomed to changing circumstances, moving from base to base, both around the United States and internationally. Answering the often asked question “Where are you from,” isn’t always an easy task.
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8 Things In The Back Of Every Veteran’s Closet

There are just certain things that veterans never get rid of.
When you serve in the military, you inevitably collect a lot of memorabilia. By the time you separate or retire, you’ve basically got a closet full of military stuff. Some of it you just don’t need anymore — like sock garters … hopefully. But other things you’ll want to keep forever. Occasionally, veterans will make an “I love me” wall. Others just devote space for a box in the attic.

Whatever you do choose to do with your military stuff, here are eight things that veterans never throw out. Read more


Show your support and wear RED tomorrow.

How do we bridge the civil/military gap? The largest in US History

There are several opinions coming from both sides of this divide as to why the gap exists (largest in US history) and what can be done to close it .
I’ve shared a couple of excerpts and links to the related articles below. It’s going to take effort from both sides of the cassim, but with determination we can begin to close the gap between us.

Flash forward nearly 20 years, and Ricks’ observations not only proved prescient, but remain exceedingly relevant. (in reference to the above quote).

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The VFW Salutes the Armed Forces

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Congress considers veteran suicide bills

Veterans advocates say there’s momentum in the battle against suicide with several bills pending in Congress, including one influenced by a grieving family in Coronado.

The legislation, which applies to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, addresses the higher suicide rate among female veterans and the mental health care needs of vets privy to classified material.

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Become a Veterans Advocate

Link directly to the website here.

Banished US veterans lean on each other south of border

banished veterans

This is news to me…

TIJUANA, Mexico –  They served the United States on battlefields from Korea to Iraq, but now they live in the shadow of the nation they once served, deported to Mexico for offenses as minor as getting caught with marijuana.

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My Thanks to all of you…

Free download, catechism of constitution

Let every American learn, from his earliest
years, to love, cherish and obey the  Constitu-
tion. Without this he can neither be a great nor a
good citizen; without this his name will never be
engraved with honor in the pages of our history,
nor transmitted, like that of Washington, with
praises and blessings to a late posterity.

As a way of saying thanks to everyone who takes time to visit Maiden on the Midway I’d like to offer you a free downloadable PDF of The Pocket Catechism on the Constitution, originally published in 1828! I’ve been reading it and it explains how and why our constitution works that’s easy to understand. Click here to download your copy now.

In the treaty were provisions for the hundred thousand veterans left maimed and irrevocably mute throughout the city. As is the way of things, their sacred places and comforts have dwindled to a lonely strip of shoreline and a polite nod whenever they are passed in the street.” 

Catherynne M. Valente, 


Remember Everyone Deployed


Kevlar for the Mind: Recovering from traumatic brain injuries

Every time you turn on the TV or read the paper there seems to be a story about how tens of thousands of service members have suffered traumatic brain injuries during combat. There’s no doubt that tens if not hundreds of thousands of men and women are dealing with the aftereffects of this cruel and devastating consequence of war. Read more

Veteran of the Day

Veteran of the Day

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Tommy Downs. Known most affectionately by all who knew him as Chief Downs, Tommy served the United States Air Force and Kentucky Air National Guard for more than 30 years. Tommy’s service was cut short by his untimely passing after complications with pancreatitis in December 2009, but his legacy lives on in the hearts of those he served. Tommy was larger than life, in both his commitment to his Airmen and his stature, a giant among men in all facets of the word. Tommy had catcher’s-mitts for hands and a towering presence, but everyone knew his heart was the biggest part of his enormous frame. 
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VA undertakes depression, seasonal affective disorder amongst vets

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a three-part series of articles designed to generate awareness and provide resources for people suffering from Seasonal affective disorder and depression. Read more

Image of the Day: 20 January 2016

Support our veterans and active duty military, remember the sacrifices made by them and their families.