My birthday, Memorial Day, and Mars approaching

Today is my birthday - yay! - and it's also Memorial Day, the one day a year we collectively honor and mourn the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. In fact, in nearby Waterloo, NY, it's the 150th anniversary of the first public Memorial Day celebration.Growing up, my mother always joked that the town threw a parade for my birthday, but we always knew what the day was about. She never passed by a veteran selling paper poppies without making a donation - spare … [Read more...]

Send a care package to “Any Soldier” this holiday season

The holidays can be difficult for anyone separated from their family, but especially for our service men and women. And even more so for those who don't have family or friends to write letters and send care packages.Yes, there are service men and women who don't get a letter from home. Ever.So with Veterans Day tomorrow and Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to share a way you can reach out to our service men and women: website AnySoldier.com. It's a … [Read more...]

Sgt. Rex to be reuinited with Iraq War veteran Corporal Megan Leavey (Updated)

  Iraq War veteran Corporal Megan Leavey and Sgt. Rex (photo http://schumer.senate.gov)  ** See end of post for updates!** U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer launched an online petition last week, urging the United States Air Force to reunite Sergeant Rex*, a military working dog, with his former partner, Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Corporal Megan Leavey. The two had served together helping to identify and disable roadside bombs in Iraq. Leavey and Sgt. Rex were severely injured … [Read more...]

Nowzad Dogs Reunites Servicemen and Women with the Dogs they Befriended while Deployed Over Seas

Imagine for a moment befriending a dog during your most stressful and lonely time, away from family and friends, fighting in a foreign land. Then imagine leaving your canine companion behind when your tour of duty is over. Pen Farthing, a former British Royal Marine who served in Afghanistan and witnessed firsthand the extraordinary bond forged between soldiers and the dogs they befriended, knows how that feels. While serving in the war torn town of Now Zad in the Helmand Province of … [Read more...]