- Lexington, Kentucky, USA
- October 31
- Military Missions Inc
- I have what I consider to be the best job on the planet. I run Military Missions Inc, a nonprofit organization which supports military, veterans, and their families. I did not set out to start an organization, I simply did what came naturally when my son joined the US Marine Corps in 2004. I followed my mother’s heart. Previously, I taught school for 20 years (12 in public and private elementary schools, 8 in home education) and I have logged in countless hours as room mother, team mother, and parent volunteer. What started out as a mother sending care packages to her son has turned into a fast-growing nonprofit that keeps me busy 14 hours a day; and I love every minute of it! In addition to supporting our troops with care packages, providing support for their families here on the home front and getting involved with the veteran community, I’ve also been learning a lot about how our military functions and how to get some action out of our lawmakers. When I mailed the first care package six years ago, I had no idea that I would become an advocate for Wounded Warriors and Veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, the invisible wounds of war, but it’s obvious that God knew it all along. It is my honor and privilege to support those who have been willing to stand in the gap for my freedom. I figure this is the least I can do to say thanks. Felled Not was born out of efforts to help our combat veterans suffering with PTSD and TBI. Felled Not! No warrior shall be felled by invisible wounds.
MY RECENT POSTS
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April 26, 2011 11:29PM
- Move over Claudia Joy!
Michelle wants to run your
April 14, 2011 11:03AM
- Let's pay congress at the same
rate we pay our troops
April 08, 2011 07:11PM
- The Cost of Playing Politics
April 06, 2011 07:49PM
- 'Twas the Night Before Madness
March 28, 2011 08:33PM
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your continued support
encouragement. You are
May 01, 2011 12:36PM
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service, Sgt Herpel. Know you
April 24, 2011 05:25PM
- “Al, I don’t work
for anyone, and certainly not
people you are
April 09, 2011 02:04AM
- “Will, this entire
situation is an infuriating
disgrace! I am
so sorry to
April 08, 2011 06:36PM
- “Even though this post
got zero ratings here at Open
guess there aren't
March 31, 2011 11:57AM
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What does it feel like when your child deploys to a war zone? For most of us who have had to let our child grow up in such a way, we really can’t describe how it feels.....at least not in a nutshell. If I had to choose just… Read full post »
Yesterday, forty expectant military moms received a “well-deserved” baby shower through the combined efforts of Operation Shower, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Second Lady Jill Biden. Martha Stewart was on hand to teach the art of preserving memories through scrapbooking.&nb… Read full post »
While we are all discussing the possible government shutdown and the affected government paychecks, I’d like to point out that freshmen lawmakers earn five times the amount of first year military officers. Lawmakers salaries are ten times the amount paid to first year enlisted serv/… Read full post »
An open letter to the leaders and lawmakers of this land:
Rumor has it that those who serve in our military will continue to work if the government shuts down at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, but they won’t be paid. Apparently all “nonessential” government emplo… Read full post »
‘Twas the night before Madness and all through the land,
Not a team left unshaken by Jorts and his band.
The posters were plastered on locker room walls,
In hopes that a meeting would not soon be called.
When down there in Tampa arose… Read full post »
The Marine Corps Times is asking for opinions. Reporters are interested in finding out how Marines feel about a possible criteria change for awarding the Purple Heart to those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.
Thousands of troops would be eligible to recei… Read full post »
Better late than never! Could it be that officials may have finally come to their senses? Senior military leaders are actually considering changing the guidelines for awarding the Purple Heart. There are many troops who have sustained combat-related injuries, some of… Read full post »
(It is requested that any who feel compelled to write negative comments about the war and politics would refrain from doing so on this post. Let’s honor the fallen with the dignity deserved. Thank you.)
No matter how hard I try, I can’t get away from Charlie Sheen. Ever… Read full post »
Apparently mental health providers treating our deployed troops are too busy to do their paperwork. Bob Brewin of Nextgov obtained an internal message dated January 11, 2011, from the Army Office of the Surgeon General which stated that “Army units.....have become &ld/… Read full post »
Fox News brought prescription drug abuse to our attention today, focusing on drug abuse by the military. Unfortunately, Fox News failed to mention that the Department of Defense and the VA Medical Centers are the ones handing the drugs out like candy. Shame on you, Fox News… Read full post »
Carl Prine, a staff writer for the Pittsburg Tribune-Review, has recently published a number of articles on Wounded Warrior care. In addition to the series of articles on the subject, the Pittsburg Tribune Review has made available a number of reports from the Office of Wounded Warrio
A recent article by Gina Cavallaro in the Marine Corps Times, NC Marines Barred from Shops Selling Spice, has just come to my attention. Twenty-four businesses in the area surrounding Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River have been placed "off limits" for Marines, sailors, a/… Read full post »
Dear Mr. Zuckerburg,
Do you mind if I call you Mark? I feel a bit strange calling you “Mister” since you are half my age. I finally had a chance to go online and watch your interview on 60 Minutes that aired last Sunday night and all I can say… Read full post »
Today I write to ask you not only when you are going to correct the error you made in shutting down the business page associated with our nonprofit, MILITARY MISSIONS, INC., but to also ask you why you would shut us down, and at the… Read full post »
Congratulations! You have just been nominated and unanimously voted the winner of the 2010 GRINCH AWARD. With the click of a button, you have all but shut down our tiny nonprofit organization which supports our deployed troops.
&nbs… Read full post »
Our veterans have served and sacrificed on our behalf. They understand the effects of deployment and war. They are ready and waiting to support our young veterans. We are grateful for their continued service to our nation. Here’s a glimpse of our Ken… Read full post »
Okay, it’s not even officially Halloween until tomorrow. I still have all day today to figure out what my costume is going to be, so why do I find myself talking about Christmas already?
I’m the first person to become annoyed when the shelves are filled with Easter baskets in… Read full post »
Military Missions does not endorse candidates. Our organization is nonpartisan and our intent here is to make sure the public is well-informed on the issues regarding our veterans.
Recently the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) put out a Congressional… Read full post »
There has been a lot of talk about imposing term limits and I happen to agree with that philosophy, but I don’t think we need to limit those terms to time served in office. Just as our Founding Fathers did not intend for people to choose politics as their career of… Read full post »
It can’t be said any better than this.....
FOB Salerno, like the other outposts in Afghanistan, is a very long way from home. Want to lift the morale and spirits of our troops? We could use your help! www.opsend.org.
A lot of people want to know what to send to our deployed troops in a care package. I don’t think there is one answer to that question. For one thing, everyone has different tastes. But let’s put that aside and think about it from the soldier’s pers… Read full post »
We often get requests to send care packages out to our deployed troops. Most of our requests come from a spouse or a parent. Some requests come from friends and co-workers, and we often get requests right from our troops. Many will happen upon our website and submit… Read full post »
I’ve been blogging about my experiences with wounded warrior health care in recent months. I have found myself in a delicate situation because I want to accomplish some goals I have set, and I also want to protect my privacy and that of my son, the wounded warrior… Read full post »
The words of Sgt McCoy speak for our troops currently deployed today. “Throughout history, soldiers like us have not been able to accomplish our missions without the support of family and friends at home.”
Take a few minutes to read Sgt McCoy’s letter from war.&n… Read full post »
When you commented on my blog post a month ago, Silence Among the Generals, I couldn’t decide if I should delete it or leave it there. I can handle a negative comment, but I’ve got to admit - It’s hard to leave a comment sitting on my own personal/… Read full post »