Roughly half of veterans (47%) who served since 9/11 know someone who was killed in action -- a major contributing factor to developing PTSD. June is PTSD awareness month. If you know someone who served, take a minute to learn the signs of PTSD. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/reintegration/guide-pdf/FamilyGuide.pdf#page=8&zoom=auto,-12,33\ https://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/
Nearly preschoolers are separated from a parent serving in the U. Sesame Street is reaching out to help military kids through deployments, combat-related injuries, and the death of a loved one through its "Talk, Listen, Connect" initiative.
The new Veterans Employment Center allows active-duty military and veterans to see the benefits they've accumulated during their service, post a resume, and learn what kinds of jobs might be a good fit based on their skills. https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/
After years in the making, the new Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge has officially opened and welcomed its first guests yesterday! The lodge is the nation’s largest free hotel for service members and veterans undergoing medical care at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and is expected to serve up to 20,000 of our nations' warriors annually. On its first night, 52 veterans were served and there are 46 more scheduled for tonight! www.defenderslodge.org
We are here for our 10th Annual Night of Heroes Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. What a spectacular night! Lee Woodruff, author and founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, is serving as our emcee, and Deidra Lee Stubbs of the American Military Spouses Choir and the Virginia Grand Military Band are providing the evening’s entertainment! www.penfedfoundation.org
Online Auction Update: As part of our 10th Annual Night of Heroes Gala this year we are holding an online auction through 8:30 p.m., May 14. Additional jewelry and memorabilia items have been added! Live auction items are now available for viewing, but will only be available for bidding during the live auction portion of the gala on May 14. Bid high, bid often with all proceeds going to the PenFed Foundation's programs. www.bidpal.net/nightofheroes2014
Bid now! Our 10th Annual Night of Heroes Gala will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on May 14 to raise funds to support our programs and the new Lee & Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge. As part of the gala, we'll have both silent and live auctions, as well as an online bidding component which is now open to the public and will run through 8:30 p.m. on May 14! Check the site often as additional items will be added throughout the week. www.bidpal.net/nightofheroes2014
"The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge, U.
Fact of day in honor of Financial Literacy Month: According to new research, veterans are more likely to end up homeless not just because of military stressors but also because of poor financial skills.http://www.stripes.com/news/study-lack-of-financial-literacy-may-trigger-vets-homelessness-1.248524 https://www.flickr.com/photos/taradsturm/