Share Your Story, Help Save Lives

Oct 02 2014

Published by under Health & Living

CigmegotOver the past few years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had more than 25 people share their real stories on what smoking has done to them through the Tips From Former Smokers campaign.

Those stories have inspired hundreds of thousands of people to quit smoking for good. This is your chance to join them and keep what’s happened to you from happening to others.

If you are a former smoker who is serving or has served in the military and has been diagnosed with a serious health condition due to smoking, please respond to the CDC no later than October 30, 2014*.

Comments on this blog post are for discussion only and not sent to the CDC.

*Must have quit using tobacco for at least 6 months, be able to pass a Background Check, and be willing to have your doctor sign a legal statement verifying that smoking either caused, or contributed to your health condition. Compensation of $2,500 is awarded if selected. For more information please visit, email, or call 844–274–9816.


Image “Cigmegot” by Coco.championOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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Do You Know This WWII Veteran?

Sep 30 2014

WWII Chief Petty Officer photoCan you  identify this U.S. Navy servicemember?

The Australian television series “Who do you think you are?” is trying to identify the man in this photograph. He was a U.S. Navy chief petty officer who held the position of Chief Commissary man during World War II. He was in Sydney, Australia on Navy 135 with the U.S. Navy around 1945-1946.

Let’s share this post and help identify this man! #whodoyouthinkheis

If you have any information on this veteran, contact Christian at

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Rosalynn Carter Institute Hosts National Summit to Address Caregiver Crisis

Sep 29 2014

Published by under Events

Remsburg photo

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) will host the 26th Annual Summit and Training Institute on Oct. 24, when First Lady Rosalynn Carter, together with leaders from the White House; the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Health and Human Services (HHS); AARP; and other organizations focused on caregiving will discuss solutions to America’s Caregiver Crisis. The summit’s purpose is to provide best practices and collaborative pathways for both professional caregivers and the estimated 66 million family caregivers in the United States.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, there will also be pre-summit workshops, training, and certifications for caregivers! View the full program schedule here and visit the Rosalynn Carter Institute website for more information on the work they do on behalf of caregivers. And you can follow the discussion on Twitter using #RCISummit.

LifelongCaregivingFor more resources for veterans and their caregivers, visit the Caregiver Guide from MOAA and the Dole Foundation. You’ll find free financial resources, legal assistance, and guidance on navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs at


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Ian Anderson and the Best of Jethro Tull Military Discount

Sep 26 2014


Get tickets to the National theater in Richmond, Virginia on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 7:30 to see Ian Anderson and the best of Jethro Tull, with special guests including the Virginia Military Institute Commanders jazz band.

A pre-concert event, “Dinner in the Dark” on October 4, 2014, raises awareness of vision-related injuries suffered by veterans, as well as an art show the night of the concert displaying the works of veterans recovering from their injuries through art therapy!

You can buy your tickets online at or from TicketMaster. Active duty military, veterans, first responders, and their families and guests get $10 off the price of every ticket! Use the offer code “HEROES” when ordering.

And thank you to Helping the Heroes for this great event and military discount! View the full flyer from Helping the Heroes, including more event details.

Image of Ian Anderson, lead vocalist, flautist and acoustic guitarist of Jethro Tull, Munich 2014 via Wikimedia Commons by user Lesekreis.

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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Dedication

Sep 25 2014

Published by under Events

WallaWalla-Foundry_Page_02The new American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will be formally dedicated on October 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Memorial site, 150 Washington Ave., SW (Washington Ave. & Second St. SW).

Though the event is free and open to the public, event registration is required!

Registration Information

A maximum of 4 guests can be registered at one time. NOTE: each registrant must have a unique name – multiple registrations in the same name will be cancelled. Registrations will be accepted until event capacity is reached. To register for the Dedication Ceremony click here.

Get more information on memorial dedication events, location, and instruction online.


Image of bronze sculpture from the American Veterans Disabled for Life memorial website.

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