A Day to honor ALL Service members and their Families.

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 Every November 11, patriotic Americans set aside time to honor military veterans, both alive and passed, and thank and remember them for their service. Today we call this special day Veterans Day. But it wasn’t always called that. In fact, it wasn’t even a national holiday for a long time.
Originally called Armistice Day, the holiday commemorated the end of World War I on November 11, 1918, when fighting ceased in what was at the time shortsightedly called The War to End All Wars. (Nobody knew that 20 years later the world would fight again.) Seven months after the cease-fire armistice was signed, the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, officially ending the war between Germany and the Allied and Associated Powers.
Immediately after the war ended, grateful citizens and veteran groups started lobbying for official recognition of the war’s end with a national holiday. By 1938, 27 states had made November 11 a legal holiday in commemoration, so on May 13, Congress made it a federal holiday by passing legislation that declared November 11 “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’”
By the time World War II ended, over 16 million veterans had served, and by the end of the Korean War, 5.7 million more were added to the rolls. After extensive lobbying by veteran groups and service organizations, Congress amended the law in 1954 to remove “Armistice” and replace it with the broader-reaching term “Veterans” to honor all who had served.
But then it got confusing. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved four federal holidays – Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day – to Mondays instead of a certain date. The new law took effect January 1, 1971 and made the first Veterans Day under the new law fall on October 25. When President Gerald Ford, a Navy veteran, took office in 1973, he recognized the significance November 11 held in American history and urged Congress to reverse the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which it did in 1975.
Today, thanks to United States Senate Resolution 143, which passed on August 4, 2001, Veterans Day is the beginning of National Veterans Awareness Week, which run November 11-17 for the purpose of educating elementary and secondary school children on the sacrifices and contributions of veterans.
As we celebrate Veterans Day this November 11, let us remember the sacrifices of those who currently serve and those who have served in the past. Thank one of the over 21 million veterans currently living in the United States. Shake a hand. Tell them how grateful you are. Most of all, remember what they have done to protect and preserve this country.

LET US NOT FORGET THOSE RETURNING HOME!

Too often we forget about our Veterans when they return home.  Some become homeless and many business' won't hire vets because they are afraid of the implications and problems that might come with the vet...e.g PTSD episodes, flashbacks, health problems, and many others.
There are programs to help vets but a lot of them fall through the cracks and are told there is nothing that can be done.
Others don't want to socialize, after what they've been through I'm sure it's hard to even trust a human being again.
And let us talk about the VA:

 But I would like to provide some links that might help.

The link below will tell you how to apply for healthcare benefits.
 https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/  

BELOW IS A LINK TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS

 https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/for_homeless_veterans.asp
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the only federal agency that provides substantial hands-on assistance directly to homeless people. Last year, VA provided health care services to more than 100,000 homeless veterans and provided services to 70,000 veterans in its specialized homeless programs. 

https://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits/homeless-veterans-programs.html

I also have a website with a RESOURCE page for veterans www.loris-song.com 

 RESOURCE LINKS:
Below are some resource links for PTSD 


Veterans Guide to a Peaceful Home Atmosphere

Trauma & PTSD in TEENS-Signs, Symptoms, Treatment

Recognizing TRIGGERS in PTSD


PTSD in the Workplace

12 Surprising Remedies for PTSD

Resources for Veterans- Housing, Education, Healthcare, Financing Options, Compensation you
might not 
know about

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