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Another Local Reunion Story

Another great local reunion story!

A father surprised his son at Freedom High School’s graduation this week.

These are always emotional to watch, but so worth it.





70 Years Later…

Today is the 70th anniversary of D Day.

A D Day vet, Jim Martin was in the 101st Airborne Division. He parachuted into Normandy 70 years ago. Now, 70 years later, he parachutes into Normandy again. He is 93 years old. Check out the article and video about Jim Martin and his jump 70 years later.

70 years later, D-Day vet Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin jumps again


Today and every day, we say “Thank you”

Originally posted on Operation Gratitude Blog:

Today is the day we remember the price that was paid for our freedom.

Some of the brave men who took part in the Battle of Normandy are still with us. We can never say “Thank you” enough.


Over the years Operation Gratitudehas been privileged to send care packages tothousands of veterans, including those from the Greatest Generation making a trip with the Honor Flight Network to see the National World War II Memorial and other monuments in Washington, D.C. 

Last week we received an email message from one of Honor Flight JS2the recipients (pictured here meeting Senator Bob Dole):

“Operation Gratitude: I appreciate the Gratitude Box. The GOODIES were well received. You provided so much that I shared some with our Veterans Home here in KY. Your publication indicates that you are interested and dedicated to helping all Veterans. Looks like you are a fun group. God Bless you all. J.S…

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Memorial Day has come and gone, so has my wedding and honeymoon! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, and there’s still more craziness to come!

I hope you all enjoyed Memorial Day and spent it with loved ones remembering the sacrifices that many have made for our country.

I’ve seen lots of reunion stories floating around the internet lately, but here’s one that’s a little different… a soldier reuniting with his dog.. after 4 years! I’m an animal lover. This made me melt. So cute. Check it out: Soldier Dog Reunion

It’s true what they say… Dogs are a man’s (and woman’s) best friend.



Local Homecoming Surprise

Love watching those homecoming surprises where a service member surprises their loved ones? Well here’s a local one! Check it out!

Welcome home, soldier: Father surprises family in Bethlehem




Support for Military Pets

For all you pet lovers out there, here’s a great organization that you can get involved with to help military service members and their pets.

If you’re a pet owner, you know that without a question, they are a member of your family. But, what do you do if you have to go away for several months? What if you are a single service member and you have an upcoming year long deployment? You don’t have any family nearby or a friend who can have a dog in their apartment or who won’t be deploying or PCSing while you’re gone. This can definitely be a very tough situation for a dog owner. Dogs on Deployment is a great organization to help with this situation!

Dogs on Deployment supports military pets nationwide. If you are deploying and you aren’t sure what to do about your dog or cat, check out Dogs on Deployment. And if you are an animal lover and want to help out someone who is deploying by boarding their dog while they’re away, check out Dogs on Deployment.

For more information check out Dogs on Deployment website. It’s such a great organization!



Spouse Appreciation

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

The first Military Spouse Appreciation Day was 30 years ago.President Ronald Reagan declared May 23, 1984 the first Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

As a military spouse, I understand many of the challenges this lifestyle can present and there’s also a lot that I have yet to learn or experience. I understand the frustration and uncertainty, putting of your own goals, wants and even needs so your spouse can continue to achieve theirs. And I understand the annoyance and frustration when people just assume you are choosing not to work or go to school, when in reality there just may not be many options…or any option at all depending on your location, your home life, how long until your next PCS. But, I also understand the sense of community the military provides, how everyone reaches out, the network you can build, the support from others who understand what you are going through. Needless to say, there are many ups and downs of this lifestyle, but when you thank us, many of us will say, “for what?” We are aware of the sacrifices we make, but we do it because of love. We love our spouses, our families. We are grateful for your thanks and appreciation, but often times we don’t think what we do is anything special. And on that note, Thank you.

Here’s a link to President Barack Obama’s Presidential Statement regarding Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2014: President Obama Proclaims Military Spouse Appreciation Day





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