Archive | February 2015

OUR VETERANS NEED YOU

A wonderful program I had not been familiar with. I’m praying about it to see if the Lord would have me take part in this if I am able. Our veterans hold a special place in my heart.

Sheri Lawrence de Grom

Veterans – 2015
by – Sheri de Grom

A veteran, possibly in your community, needs your help.

Veteran Affairs coordinates volunteers in their No Veteran Dies Alone (NVDA) program.

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Their mission is that no veteran will die alone.

We promise to take care of all veterans during life and in death. Many believe the ‘death’ portion of the promise refers to the burial benefits to which a veteran is entitled.

The NVDA volunteer program is an extension of the VA Hospice or Palliative Care Programs. For a veteran to qualify for the volunteer program he/she must participate in the VA Hospice or Palliative Care Program.

Many VA Hospitals lack sufficient bed space and comfort for this end-of-life population and the veterans are placed in community nursing homes where Hospice care is available. In many cases the care is available from their homes.

Often our…

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The American Flag: 13 Folds of Honor

Very interesting information on the reasons for each of the folds in the flag presented to the family after the death of a military man or woman. I never knew the specific meanings before. I encourage you to read it.

Good Time Stories

Photo Credit: Beverly & Pack via CC Flickr Photo Credit: Beverly & Pack via CC Flickr

The history, rituals, and the customs of the United States Military has always fascinated and intrigues me. I hold in highest esteem and respect, all people who has sacrificed their time and/or their lives for their country.

A military tradition that has always been deeply moving to me, is watching the person of a fallen spouse or child, receive the folded American flag during a funeral ceremony.

I often wondered the story behind the folded flag. Why is it folded in that particular manner? What does each fold represent? What is the history behind it?

I recently read a short article on the internet site, Folds of Honor, which answered my questions. It is for this reason that I thought that this would be a great article to share with you. I hope that this story will enlighten and encourage your…

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A Hand Up

Good reminder for us all to lend a helping hand when we see it is needed. Most people are too proud to ask for help.

Kindness Blog

Silouette of A Person Helping Up Another Person Photo Credit: http://www.funchannel.net

Lately, at work, I have spent more time with paper than people, which has contributed to a resurgence of my stress and anxiety.  Today, though, I was able to put the paperwork aside and spend some time with the guests at the day shelter for homeless men where I am employed, and as always, it was time well spent.  Also, true to form, one of the men reminded me why I refer to them as the finest gentlemen in all of Louisville, thanks to a kind gesture that I had the pleasure of witnessing.

As I made my way through the shelter, I heard a familiar voice call out my name, and I smiled broadly when I saw Sherman approaching me.  Sherman is a former guest at the day shelter who now lives in transitional housing, but he still returns to the day shelter on occasion to…

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