An event to honor Active Duty Personnel and Military Veterans September 23-27, 2015
Field of Honor (1,000 Flags)
Cost of Freedom Tribute
Oregon Travelling Memorial Wall
American Infantry Soldier Camp
Vets Helping Vets HQ Wall
Veterans and Active Duty Personnel Receive a Free Buffet on Thursday, September 24, 2015
For more information, contact Bill John at 1-888-244-6665 ext. 5815 or Heather Hatton at ext. 5766
I was honored to receive the Veterans of Oregon Honorable Service Medal at the 10th Annual Celebration of Honor in 2013. Having served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War era back in the mid 1960’s, it was not easy for me to honor my own military service until later in life. When we came home from serving during and after the Vietnam War, it was a time when veterans were not honored and respected like we are today. Like millions of other veterans of that time long ago, we took off our uniforms and moved on with our lives, avoiding any discussion or acknowledgement of military service. The sad fact for many warriors of that time, is we never had the opportunity to heal and to honor the sacrifice of so many who protected the freedoms we all enjoy in America. Vietnam veterans are most honored and proud of serving America and spend much time in retirement these days serving America again by honoring and supporting veterans of all wars. The Oregon Coast Veterans Association is one such non-profit organization that goes the extra mile to support all veterans throughout the year, including during the Celebration of Honor. Please join your fellow veterans and all Americans who will honor and give thanks to veterans of all wars this week at the 12th Annual Celebration of Honor, at Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon…
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Museum of the American Military Family…”We Served Too…” Quote from this website… “Through this exhibit, the community can see history through a different filter, relive their own military roots, open dialogue between generations, and leave with a deeper appreciation of what it means to serve as a military family. This is an opportunity for visitors to experience a unique part of history, their history, in many cases — their complete story–the joy and pain, the sorrow, and the sacrifice…”
“Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family” is a special exhibit that will open Memorial Day, May 26, and run through August 31 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.
This inspiring exhibition celebrates America’s rich military history through the voices of America’s military families. Through written word and interactive elements, visitors will experience the joy, the sorrow and the sacrifice of America’s steadfast and unsung heroes, the military family.
There is no additional admission cost to view the exhibit beyond regular Museum admission; $8 for adults and $7 for youth and seniors.
I am honored as a former US Navy military child and Vietnam era veteran, to participate in the Museum of the American Military Family Memorial Day exhibit “Sacrifice and Service.” My story as a child of a US Navy WWII and Korean War combat veteran is painful. America’s combat veterans from all wars up to and including Vietnam were from the “go home and forget about it” and “suck it up” culture. Not because we wanted to ignore the moral injury and invisible wounds of war sustained by American soldiers and sailors who protected the freedoms of Americans, it was because we were ignorant of the lasting emotional damage in life after war. Medical science did not define or measure the mental health effects of war until around 1980 following the Vietnam War. Until recently we did not recognize how war affected the entire military family, especially children, often for a lifetime.
“We served too” has a special meaning to me. I am proud of my father’s honorable and heroic service during WWII and the Korean War. I am proud to have been a military child from a US Navy family where my mother served too as a single mom during all WWII and as the life long caregiver for my father. I am proud to have served in the US Navy during the Vietnam era. And, I am especially proud to be an American. I am also now well aware of how war affects the bodies, minds and souls of warriors like my father, including the families, who served America with honor, duty and pride. I am especially aware of how the American military family served as caregivers to the men and women who returned home following long and multiple deployments in hard combat. It is with this knowledge and awareness that my own journey of healing includes helping others become educated on the lingering effects and on-going treatment of moral injury and Post-Traumatic Stress on the military family.
I am looking forward to a full schedule of book readings, discussions, and interaction with visitors attending the Museum of the American Military Family “Sacrifice and Service” exhibit on May 31st and June 1st at the Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque. It is a high honor and privilege to share my personal experience and body of work to help others know more of their own family’s proud but sometimes painful military history and service to America…
As a gift to the Museum of the American Military Family and the upcoming “Sacrifice and Service” exhibit, following is a short poem reflecting heartfelt thoughts about my post WWII and Korean War experience as a US Navy military child. “We served too!”
Mother always told Dad we were bad while he was away at sea.