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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Happy New Year to everyone! Today marks the beginning of a fresh, new year and many have already made their list of New Year's resolutions. I've decided on just one....to not give in to the temptation to give up. "To those of you whose dreams have been denied thus far in your life, hang on....To those for whom the future looks blank and empty, do not roll over and die....Whoever you are, what ever your situation, do not give up. Do not stop short of the Lord's plan for your life.

Decorated Iraq vet reacts to troops coming home

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http://www.wcnc.com/news/Purple-Heart-135632268.html

Decorated Iraq vet reacts to troops coming home
by Amy Cowman / NewsChannel36
Bio | Email | Follow: @amywcnc
WCNC.com
Posted on December 15, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Updated yesterday at 12:17 AM

COLUMN: An Open Letter to a Lonely Veteran

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http://magicvalley.com/news/opinion/editorial/an-open-letter-to-a-lonely-veteran/article_0af63977-68be-513c-bae7-7b317910be15.html
COLUMN: An Open Letter to a Lonely Veteran
Melissa Davlin The Back of the Notebook Magicvalley.com | Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 2:00 am

SEASON'S GREETINGS!

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With Thanksgiving only a few days away and Christmas right around the corner, I'd like to dedicate the following poem to the brave men and women who won't be home for Christmas, but are instead ensuring that we here at home have a happy, safe holiday season. The author of this poem is unknown. Some say it was written by a Marine while stationed in Okinawa, Japan some years ago, but the sentiment is applicable for any time period and any war currently being fought:

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Warrior Gateway Announces the G.I. Network

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Washington, DC – Today, Warrior Gateway announces the G.I. Network: A Nation of Support. One Network, the largest free network available designed to connect hundreds of thousands government programs and vetted non-profits, with the millions of veterans in the US. http://ow.ly/7lAlj

Brief: DoD must alter suicide prevention plan

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By Patricia Kime - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Nov 3, 2011 18:17:03 EDT

Military suicides threaten the health of the all-volunteer forces and the Pentagon is “losing the battle” to prevent them, with active-duty members taking their own lives at a rate of one every 36 hours, a new report concludes.

The policy brief, “Losing the Battle: The Challenge of Military Suicide,” from the Washington-based Center for a New American Security think-tank, exhorts the Defense Department to change protocols and policies that it says hinder suicide-prevention efforts.

Losing the Battle

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Losing the Battle
The Challenge of Military Suicide
Dr. Margaret C. Harrell and Nancy Berglass

http://www.cnas.org/losingthebattle

some highlights:

RECON TO RESTORATION

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Ministry helping those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and intervention for those considering Suicide. Share this resource:
http://www.recontorestoration.org

Inspiring Musical Tribute to Our Troops & Vets-Dick Wagner

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"To all the warriors and veterans, and to all men and women in uniform who continue to serve, I salute you with this song!" Dick Wagner

JERUSALEM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgGzq9zZxUY

Shoulder to Shoulder

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http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/media2.asp
Shoulder to Shoulder – Finding Strength and Hope Together
Best Army press I’ve seen about suicide prevention! Pass it/pay it forward!

Emily J.M. Stehr
CPT, SP
PT, DPT, OCS
Asst Chief, Physical Therapy
Suicide Survivor
Fort Drum, NY

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