Thursday, November 6, 2014

Lets Make a Difference for Our Veterans and Their Families

It is time to make a difference in the lives of our Veterans and their families.  Everyday the purpose of "A Military Series - A Parent's Perspective" is to tell the stories of their sacrifices.  The Veterans Parade and Expo is coming up this weekend November 8th from 10 am to 4 pm at the New York State Fairgrounds.  The Expo will be in the Center of Progress building.  I  I will be there with my series.  Come honor their sacrifice and give thanks to those who defended the peace and freedom you live in.

My challenge to you America is now to go one step further than the thank you - time to ask what you can do for the warrior who lives in your neighborhood.
Remember President John Kennedy's quote?  "...Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country."
As I pack my paintings with care to travel in my minivan, each one is getting a special prayer for the subjects and what each American can do for every story.  When you see me this weekend ask about those prayers.  Every family holds their warrior dear.  I have watched and heard so many stories beyond the paintings.  Many of the young warriors in my paintings are now married and having children. Some either are or have just graduated from college. Their lives are changing.  Some have been challenged with health issues.  Some employment issues as they transition to civilian life.  Each one has a special purpose and promise to make this world a better place.  Moms are no different, my purpose and promise is to make this world a better place for my Veterans who have asked me to be sure their stories are told - America needs to know.

Last month I was in Atlanta at Nat Con for Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans and Families.  Each one of their businesses help the Veteran and we were there to learn how to get the funding to get our businesses started with sustainable incomes.  They are now another part of my military family in their own right that has become a big part of my life as I turn this series into a not for profit organization.  Each business is part of the 47,000 businesses and organizations that help our Veterans.  That may seem like a lot of businesses.  Who do you turn to and support their causes?  Stand behind what we do and I am praying you stand with me as I help teach the importance of action in helping others to understand my Veterans and their families sacrifice through your donations.

Military life is so special and it doesn't end as they transition into American society.  As they did everything to protect and keep us safe and free, we must do everything we can to open the doors for our Veterans to thrive.  Come to the parade and visit the expo with your families and see "A Military Series - A Parent's Perspective". Ask about the "Heroes Among Us" book project and how you can volunteer in a creative day with our Veterans and their families.  Learn what you can do along with the other Veteran organizations making a difference in Central NY.
Marine Corp Ball 2013
Marine Corp Ball 2014
Coming up next week, the series travels once again to the Marine Corp Ball here at the On Center for its entry way at their Gala affair.  Another event to honor my Veterans.

Oohrah and Semper Fi!

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