Veterans Day Special 2016

Celebrating 7 Years Online

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

~Pope Francis~

We ask that God the Creator bless the United States of America as it moves into a new era of leadership, and may he bless the future visions and decisions of our new President Elect, Donald Trump.



We Ask God To Especially Bless All Of Our Living Veterans and Their Families for Their Service To The United States of America and It’s People

Did You Know?

Sergeant Stubby

That Sergeant Stubby was America’s original dog of war who fought bravely on the Western Front—then helped the nation forget the Great War’s terrible human toll.


Good News

Patriot Paws

The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and PTS in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS intends to build partnerships with state and community organizations to help develop and support this goal.




PAWS & STRIPES provides service dogs for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.​​ We help veterans so they can live the full and rich lives they deserve. We help veterans choose their own dogs from local shelters. In other programs, the dogs may be trained to perform predetermined tasks. Later, if there’s a problem with obedience, the dog must be sent away for reinforcement training. Paws and Stripes’ trainers teach the dogs and the veterans together, so veterans maintain training themselves. In other programs, service animals can cost the disabled person from $10,000 to $60,000. Paws and Stripes provides the dogs, training, equipment, and initial veterinary care of dogs adopted through the program for free.



K 9 For Warriors

K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our Warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. Our goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.


Picture of the Week

Remembering the Four-legged Warriors of the Battlefield

Ask Susi

Q: My parish priest told me that “we (meaning the Catholic Church) do not believe that animals go to heaven, because they have no souls.” But, my heart and faith in Jesus tells me otherwise. Is what he said true?

A: This is perhaps the most epic question I am asked, in numerous and varying contexts. Countless books and articles have been given over to the question of animals in heaven and there is the long and short of it, depending on where you really want to go. So, I will answer the initial question, and follow it with an abridged explanation for the positive.


Susi’s Weekly Column


~by Susi Pittman

They are the quiet Americans, forgotten heroes forgotten no longer. Susi looks at the history of the American War Dogs.


Catholic Journeyman

Towed Yet Again

~by Louis Templeman

How can loosing your transmission going uphill on a high overland bridge bring your perspective of unity with God into a grace filled moment?


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Banyan, Realm of Celtic Fantasy

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Virginia gets her Irish on and presents a lyrical journey into one of natures most magical trees.


Weekly Commentary

Veterans Day: Is anybody listening? By Danny Tyree

While preparing this column, I asked veteran Terry Lowe of Marshall County, Tennessee (who sent 18 months in a tank in Vietnam and whose father was with Dwight Eisenhower’s army all the way from Normandy Beach to Berlin) what he would like to tell my readership for Veterans Day. Although he threw in some colorful details about backroom deals and sniper attacks, the short answer was “Don’t ever forget.” A simple request, but one we often find hard to carry out.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Father Ron Camarda

Father Ron Camarda is a retired Naval Chaplain and author of TEAR IN THE DESERT, a powerful book containing his memoirs of life and death at the Battle for Fallujah in Iraq. Navy Reserve chaplain Ron Camarda didn’t want to go to Iraq. But go he did, writing in his journal the names of the 2,000 troops — some dead, many wounded — he met along the way. His experience at the Marine Surgical Hospital and in the City during the battle for Fallujah changed him and those who know him. This is the story of how millions of people had their lives changed forever. Father Ron shares insight into the spiritual dimension of the War in Iraq and the War at Home. Father Ron was awarded the Silver Medal from the Military Writers Society of America for his book.

Father Ron appears on EWTN each Veterans Day for a 30-minute EWTN special in which he reads from his book. The show was filmed at Fort McCoy, Wis. You can visit Father Ron at his WEBSITE.

A Recommended Video


A new movie from Warner Bros. spotlights the military’s more than 3,000 working dogs in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.

Military Times attended an advance screening of the movie “Max” that made its debut June 26, and talked to actress Lauren Graham (TV’s “Parenthood,” “Gilmore Girls”) about the film’s importance.

“Max” tells the story of a military working dog paired with U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott (Robbie Amell, “The Flash”) who is killed during a deployment to Afghanistan. Suffering from PTS, Max connects emotionally with Kyle’s younger brother, Justin (Josh Wiggins, “Hellion”) and is adopted by the Wincott family (Graham and Thomas Haden Church, “Sideways”). Strip away the plot line of the hero dog versus the stereotypical bad guys — and you will find a movie that truly honors the four-legged veterans and their handlers.


Quote of the Week

Our military has to be strengthened. Our vets have to be taken care of. We have to end Obamacare, and we have to make our country great again, and I will do that.

~Donald Trump~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Michael the Archangel

Geology & Archaeology

Military Geology In Changing Times

Those expert at preparing defenses consider it fundamental to rely on the strengths of such obstacles as mountains, rivers and foothills. They make it possible for the enemy to know where to attack. They secretly conceal themselves under the nine-layer ground.

The U.S. military actions in Afghanistan have brought into the American public’s eye the people and place names of Afghanistan, its history, its religions and, not surprisingly, its geology. Geology’s underlying role in recent events is particularly apparent because our adversaries have moved below ground. The military needs “geologic intelligence” on the locations and characteristics of caves, and on how resistant tunnel entrances may be to conventional and penetrating bombs. Geology has become particularly important in the search for Taliban and Al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan, where the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates there are more than 10,000 caves, both natural and manmade.


Global Weather

The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program

The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program is managed by the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. Command and control is provided by a joint-operational team at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The DMSP mission is to generate terrestrial and space weather data for operational forces worldwide. The Air Force is the Department of Defense’s executive agent for this program. The data from this program is also furnished to the civilian community through the Department of Commerce.



Operation Free

We Are a coalition of veterans and national security experts who believe oil dependence and climate change pose threats to our national security. We advocate for securing America with clean energy.



Wounded Nature

Wounded Nature – Working Veterans is a non-profit entity cleaning up rural beaches and estuaries on the East Coast. We hire wounded veterans who have completed their rehabilitation providing them with their first civilian paycheck aiding transition into the workforce.



E3 Hiring Veterans Is A Smart Investment

The E3 framework offers opportunities to strengthen manufacturing in the United States while supporting our nation’s heroes. By hiring a veteran, you gain an employee with integrity, technical know-how, and transferable skills. Veterans are struggling to find meaningful work, while manufacturing jobs in the United States are vacant because companies cannot find workers with the appropriate skills.

Transitioning from military to civilian life presents unique challenges. To make things easier and provide structure, a few of the leading organizations in veteran career development, like VETNET have combined forces to create one, easy place to start.


God’s Green Earth

A Soldiers Pledge

Farm News

Farmer Veteran Coalition

WE GUIDE the passion of our veterans so that they may earn for themselves a meaningful, financially sustainable place in the agricultural community. This could entail full-time or part-time employment, or a critical supplement to disability-related income.


Steward Alerts

Saint Michael’s Soldiers

While deployed, our service men and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. They miss their families, their homes, and the lifestyle that we take for granted. But despite the danger, they proudly due their duties. St. Michael’s Soldier’s is dedicated to ensuring that their sacrifices are recognized.

St. Michael’s Soldiers brings a little bit of home to our troops with our “Home Sweet Home” boxes, which are lovingly filled with needed and requested items like toiletries, snacks, and personal items that we box and ship all over the world to our deployed troops.

We welcome and honer our troops returning home with our Hero’s Welcome Home Celebration that includes an escorted parade through town, filled with local police and state troopers, deputies, patriot guard riders, bike clubs, civilians and local fire departments. The perfect way to say “Thank you, and welcome home!”

St. Michael’s Soldiers also supports our returning local wounded troops with financial assistance to help make ends meet during treatment and rehabilitation. We also provide small services, like running errands and arranging transportation to appointments. Because everyone needs some recreation, St. Michael’s Soldiers also provides opportunities to go to concerts and sporting events that include backstage or sideline passes, and arranges meets and greets with the performers and athletes.


Steward Activities

Adopt A Retired Military Dog: The Forgotten Soldier

These K-9’s are soldiers that did not volunteer for their jobs, but did them anyway with every ounce of energy they had. Soldiers that no matter what the task, the long hours, heat, cold, rain or shine, could be counted on to do their duty. Soldiers that deserve the best. For anyone who can handle the unique needs of these special animals, you’ll never find a better dog.


A Song Before The Lord



Military Veterans: The Next Generation of Organic Farmers

Compost tea (a mixture of recycled organic matter soaked in water), hydroponic living basil, and organic certification are terms that, at first glance, may not have much of a connection to military veterans. Colin Archipley, a decorated Marine sergeant, and his wife Karen however saw the combination as a win-win when they founded the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program outside San Diego, California.


Wellness & Nutrition

Military Veterans Finding Success In Fitness Industry

The boot camp workout trend is still going strong in the fitness industry, once again making the American Council on Exercise’s list. Also on the list is suspension training, the invention of a Navy SEAL in the ’90s. The influx of military-inspired fitness programs persists. Along with the plethora of career options that appeal to veterans, they’re also given the ability to apply the skills and interests they’ve cultivated. “There are some synergies between the military and fitness,” says Kampas. “Physical training is an integral part of all military service.



NASA Launching Veterans’ Careers

NASA has always been full of veterans. If you’ve seen The Right Stuff, you know that practically all the first astronauts were veterans. But the influence goes far deeper than that. Much of NASA’s initial staff, the people on the ground, came directly from the Air Force. Many of those who didn’t had served in World War 2 or Korea. Don’t get the wrong idea, NASA is a civilian agency; but it is a civilian agency founded and run by veterans.

That culture is still apparent today. NASA undertakes big projects, with big risks and incredible rewards. The business world has adopted a lot of military terms, but they often don’t really understand. Mission-critical at NASA means mission-critical. NASA needs people who can function under extreme pressure, when failure can cost lives. They need people who can function as part of a large team to accomplish a goal. Veterans are used to that.



Let not one creature forget!

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