How Your Purchases Can Benefit Our Veterans
The latter part of each year is filled with hustle and bustle, planning, entertaining and… stress. While many of us look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas as time to spend with family, there are far too many people who dread this time of year. Those who are alone or feel alone become more depressed during the holidays. Oftentimes it’s our veterans who are the hardest hit.
Is it any wonder? For those of us who have never seen a war zone, can you even begin to imagine the flash backs, nightmares and guilt? I know I can’t but that doesn’t mean I don’t have compassion. If a family member or friend were faced with a catastrophic event that resulted in depression, thoughts of suicide, homelessness or hunger would you reach out a helping hand?
Of course you would.
Read the statistics
The following veterans statistics are from a major study done by the RAND Corporation (full pdf of study), a study by the Congressional Research Service, the Veterans Administration, and the US Surgeon General.
Now it's our turn
We’re living in America, the Land of the Free. Who made that possible? Our military, both retired and in active duty. When our vets come home, they find a world unlike the one they lived overseas. You may think coming home would be a relief, but too often the reverse is true. Too many of our heroes come home missing limbs… and parts of their souls. They are mentally devastated by what they saw and experienced, all in the name of preserving freedom. They can’t share many of the details with anyone because – well, it’s not permitted or it’s too painful to talk about. Haunting memories often result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
And yet, our heroes are taken for granted and too often cast aside once they come home. Many find it difficult to reconnect with their families, turn to drugs and alcohol and oftentimes find themselves homeless for one reason or another.
You wouldn’t be reading this if not for the bravery of our military. Think about that for a moment.
We can help. How? The obvious answer is by donating or volunteering, but there’s another option you many not have considered. Our purchases, not only during gift-giving seasons but throughout the year, can benefit our veterans and help give them the love, shelter and care they need to overcome the devastation they suffer.
They sacrificed for us, now it’s our turn to give back.
Legacy Archives Foundation
In Autumn 2013 a handful of wordsmiths, story contributors and editors joined together as volunteers, forming a group dedicated to the preservation and archiving of non-fiction stories. These stories, entrusted to us to not only preserve but to share with the world, are included in small collections, book by book.
Many of these stories are integral aspects of a family's heritage and it is our mission to ensure bits and pieces of them are not lost in the telling from one generation to the next.
70% of profits from each book is assigned to help and promote a specific not-for-profit program. The remaining 30% covers production expenses.
Mysterious & Miraculous Book I
Legacy Archives Foundation
The first publication produced by Legacy of Archives Foundation, Mysterious & Miraculous Book 1, came to life in September 2013. Gathered and compiled by Angelia Phillips and Alastar Packer, this book is dedicated to preserving true life stories as written legacies. The first in the series has many contributors you may know: Maria Jordan aka marcoujor wrote the Forward and volunteered her editing services, along with having submitted a chilling account of her near death experience. Vicki Warner is also a contributor and editor. Mysterious & Miraculous was produced gratis by Mike Friedman of Mockingbird Books.
You will recognize several other authors when you purchase this chilling, spine-tingling book relating true accounts of the extraordinary and unknown.
The beauty of this publication is 70 percent of the proceeds go to K-9s For Wounded Warriors. This awesome cause not only serves our wounded veterans, but rescues unwanted canines to serve a two-fold cause: love for those who need it the most. The purchase of this awe inspiring book serves to help fund an amazing organization. Buy it for yourself; give it as gifts and feel proud that you are not only part of keeping legacies alive, but you are saving the souls of wounded vets and the lives of abandoned or mistreated dogs, that may have otherwise been subjected to euthanasia.
Miraculous & Mysterious Book 1 has been such a huge success that Book II is in the making and is set for publication in early December 2013, just in time for Christmas. I’m proud to say I am a contributor to Book II and will continue contributing as long as I have a story to tell. The response to Miraculous & Mysterious has been so resounding that several sequels are planned. The premise will be the same: the stories are true, set in print so as to keep them alive and 70 percent of all proceeds will fund various causes aimed towards supporting our veterans and the troubles they face.
Book II is now available
A portion of the purchase price supports Wounded Warrior Project
Another way to say thank you to our vets
One of my favorite quiet time activities is to spend Sunday morning sitting on my back patio with the paper and a cup of coffee. After reading articles that pique my interest, I meander through the sale flyers, dreaming at best. That is until I get to the inserts. I’ll admit it – I’m a coupon clipper. Recently, while going through the coupon booklets, I came across a page offering online coupons for everyday grocery products. What really struck my eye is the program benefits Wounded Warrior Project® Believe In Heroes. I’m a huge supporter of our military and their families. In fact, I’m a Disabled American Veterans Commanders Club member.
Anyway, back to the coupons. The flyer showed many products I use and, in fact, was on my grocery list. Naturally, I went into the website and grabbed my coupons. The coupon campaign began in September and runs though Veterans Day, November 11th. A portion of each coupon value supports the Wounded Warrior Project® Believe in Heroes.
Don’t worry if you miss out on the coupons. There is more you can do to support this project that was founded to help our veterans face the many challenges they encounter as they transition back into civilian life. When you go into their website (link provided above) you have the option to make a donation or purchase items from the online store. Under the Believe in Heroes® Gear tab, you’ll find everything from pens to key chains, grilling aprons to water bottles and tumblers, car magnets, decals, license plates and frames, trailer hitch covers, vehicle sunshades, and holiday ornaments. Shop year round and support our veterans with your purchases. As you click on each item, the percentage of the purchase price that funds Believe In Heroes® is clearly stated. That’s a nice feature; no hidden agenda.
While you’re in the website, read the featured stories of wounded soldiers and how Wounded Warrior Project® has touched their lives. Listen to their stories in their own words; see the gratitude in their faces as you watch the videos that accompany each article.
Our veterans put their lives on the line for each and every one of us. It’s time we give back. By making purchases, as mentioned in this article, you can help our beloved war heroes heal their wounds – both visible and unseen.
After all, we owe it to them, don’t you think?
Shauna L Bowling
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