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Veterans's Tribute To Dallas Officers Will Have You In Tears!

After five Police Officers lost their lives and seven others wounded in Dallas, TX by a lone-gunman last Thursday, the nation has been heartbroken by the continual violence by and against police throughout the country

 Upon hearing of the tragedy in Dallas, one local Veteran immediately made his way to the nearest law enforcement agency in Pasco County and laid flowers at its steps.  He took off his hat and said a silent prayed, and then retreated down the steps to leave.  The simple act of respect was captured on video and has since gone viral.  Chris Mannoia wasn’t aware anyone was watching him at the time.  “I wasn’t doing it for points or anything. I was doing it so these people could see some support,” he said. An ABC reporter, just happened to be taking video of the flags at half staff when he shot Chris in his solemn moment, then uploaded it Facebook.  By Tuesday, the clip has been viewed almost 100,000 times.

            Unaware of the video, Chris was surprised when he received messages on social media, “I saw people on Facebook that night.  People were like sending me messages.  That was wonderful.  That was wonderful.  And I was like, 'What?'” he said.   Chris, who feels a kinship with the police because of his experiences in the military, sharing a uniform with great responsibility, suffers from PTSD.  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a common malady from which many of our military Veterans suffer.  It is estimated that up to 22% of returning troops are diagnosed with the disorder which can be crippling for them when they return home. But, that doesn’t stop Chris Mannoia from volunteering to help other veterans get the benefits they need. 

Chris doesn’t believe he did anything ‘special’ in his tribute to the fallen officers.  He simply happy that he was able to ‘contribute something positive’ in these times of need.

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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WWII Veteran Gets Neighborhood Parade After Winning National Veterans Golden Age Games

Chester Parks is an 88-year old World War II veteran who recently came home to Harvard after winning one silver medal and two gold medals at the 30th annual national Veterans Golden Age Games.

When he arrived home he was pleasantly surprised to find his family, close friends, and even his local neighbors all lined up in a parade in order to celebrate his homecoming!

The Veterans Golden Age Games took place in Detroit this past Tuesday. Parks competed and placed in three different swimming events: the 25-yard freestyle, the 50-yard freestyle and the 25-yard backstroke.

Parks reflects that,

"It was very competitive, and I enjoyed being with all the vets...It was like being back in the Army again".

Parks has been training for the three different swimming events for about four months, however he was still more than surprised when he received three medals in the games.

Parks proudly came home wearing all three medals he had won on Wednesday night.

Amanda Honea is Parks's granddaughter who was able to arrange the entire parade. Honea happily shared with local reporters that the Harvard Fire Protection District as well as the Harvard Police Department also participated in the parade.

Honea admits that the support of the community was absolutely incredible and that she is very proud of her grandfather.

“He was so proud to do it and he went into it saying he was going to be No. 1, and he certainly came out No. 1,” Honea said.

“It’s a pretty incredible experience and something not many people get to say about their grandpa, so it’s very cool, and we’re very proud of him.”

Parks remembers fondly,

"I was absolutely overwhelmed...I was crying, the sirens were going, the horns were blowing, all the neighbors all over this whole subdivision were outside".

 

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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Vietnam Veteran Celebrates Honor Flight Experience

David Clifton is a Vietnam veteran who was able to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, National World War II Memorial and more all in one day and all for free!

Clifton was able to pull off this adventure in a day thanks to a local non-profit known as Central Missouri Honor Flight program.

The Central Missouri Honor Flight program's mission is to provide transport for veterans to Washington D.C. in order to visit the various memorials that are dedicated to honor their sacrifices and ultimate service to our country. Not only are our veterans able to see all of these memorials, the program also returns these veterans back home to central Missouri within 24 hours.

Clifton was truly touched by the experience.

"It was very humbling".

Clifton will be turning 68 this year and encourages that every Vietnam veteran should take full advantage of this amazing opportunity.

Clifton's journey began on June 29 around midnight.

He was aboard the 40th flight since the program's beginning in 2009. So far over 2,300 veterans have taken the flight using this program.

Many of the veterans who express interest in the program are flown out on a "first-come, first-served basis" however top priority is given to senior veterans (WWII survivors) as well as Korea and Vietnam veterans who are currently terminally ill.

Clifton shared that on his honor flight, most of the other veterans were also Vietnam veterans while there were a few Korean War veterans sprinkled in between.

Veterans must provide must provide their own transportation to Columbia however once they are there, there are no other costs.

A medical team as well as guardians to assist veterans in wheelchairs accompany the group for the entire duration of its journey.

 

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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Veteran Creates Campaign To Send Coffee To Active Military Members

Cheryl Norton is a local vet who is determined to pay it forward for men and women that are currently serving overseas. In order to help those half a world away, Norton has set up an original campaign to send fresh coffee to those on duty at no cost.

Norton shared,

"We always say 'thank you for your service', but that's not enough, so I can't do a lot but I can send them coffee".

Norton served in the army overseas in Germany in 1980. It was an experience that changed her life forever.

"When I got out of the military, I started driving a truck, and I've been driving trucks since 1989".

However Norton admits that her time serving in the military was far different than what our current troops are facing overseas today.

"We've been fighting in a war for 15 years...We just got the word yesterday they're going to send another 500 troops to Iraq".

Norton admitted that the idea to send coffee to active service members overseas blossomed during a usual day of work, sitting behind the wheel of a truck.

Norton has high hopes for her growing project.

"Here's the goal, let's send out 100,00 samples, or 100,000 actual packages to soldiers abroad or here at home that are active duty, and we want to get that done before the next Veterans Day".

To ensure that her mission is well underway, Norton created a website called SendASip.org.

The website has reportedly just launched on Tuesday, July 12th.

"We're putting boxed together now...If you go on the website, you can tell us what they want. If they want hot chocolate, teas, whatever it is, they can do that and send out that order form".

Norton shared that the coffee will be ready and begin shipping out within just two short weeks.

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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Show ‘Em What’s Underneath- Marine Amputee Underwear Model

 

 

In 2012, Lance Corporal Chris Van Etten of the U.S. Marine Corps was in Afghanistan helping to load an injured fellow soldier into a stretcher when he stepped on a mine and it flew him up into the air, taking off both of his legs before crashing him down into small crater.  He was 22 at the time.  His brother in arms, Corporal T.J. Baune, did die in the blast.  His name is tattooed on Etten’s left shoulder along with another friend who died while on tour.  

Van Etten was returned home and began the healing process.  He began to fall into a deep depression.  The year following his homecoming was a very tough one for Van Etten.  But, when he noticed he was beginning to get out of shape, physically, he took himself to the gym and that’s when things began to change.

A woman at the gym, who noticed Chris working out and that he had lost both of his legs, took a picture of him and shared the inspirational message on her Facebook page.  The post made its way back to Chris.  He was shocked by the inspiration people derived from his sight. He said, “If I can be motivating people and I don’t even know it, imagine what I could do if I tried?”  Therein began a new chapter in Van Etten’s life.  He got back on his motorcycle, he played wheelchair Lacrosse and mono-skiing.  And in 2015, at the gym, he met his fiancée.  

Then, early this year, he began working with Jockey in the ‘Show ‘em what’s underneath’ campaign.  'The "Show 'Em What's Underneath" campaign encourages everyone to be comfortable with themselves — imperfections and all,' Matthew Waller, senior manager of corporate communications and brand partnerships
  "The one thing I want everyone to know is that you don't have to be famous or extremely gifted to change the world," said Van Etten. "I was an ordinary person and through determination I was able to make the best of it. It's amazing what people are capable of." 

WWII Veteran Recalls His Time Breaking Wild Horses For Army

 

Robert Elliott joined the Army in 1942, shortly after turning 19. However Elliott's path was far different than other soldiers during World War II.

Instead of patrolling combat zones with a loaded weapon in his hand, Elliott was sent to Australia with instructions of breaking wild packs of horses.

Elliott who is now 93-years-old was in the army for nearly four years and was sent all over the world to places such as Hawaii, New Guinea, and New Zealand.

Although his time in the army took him around the world, Elliott admits that joining the army was not his first choice out the gate.  

"I couldn't get tires, I couldn't get gas and there wasn't a whole lot of work".

Elliott was originally trained to be an anti-aircraft gunner and completed a total of three months of training on single and twin 50-caliber and 20mm guns.

Elliott was bound for the Philippines to aid the battle as American forces were twisted up in a last ditch effort of battling the Japanese on the island of Corregidor. However once they got wind that the battle abruptly ended they diverted their efforts to Australia.

Shortly after landing in Sydney, Elliott was one of the few chosen to help break horses in Townsville.

Once trained, the horses were to be used to carry supply in certain terrain that was far too rugged for vehicles.

Because Elliott did not have any previous experience breaking horses he admitted that the work was difficult and dangerous.

Each man was given about nine horses to break. It was a long process that lasted about 45 days.

Elliott trained countless horses but didn't get too attached to any...except one.

Elliott identifies his only favorite as: 098.

"That was his serial number..he threw me 27 times before I finally rode him".

 

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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5-time Iraq Veteran Shares How He Transitioned Back To Civilian Life

Joe Rice is currently a colonel in the Army Reserve and has also amazingly juggled his military service as well as being the may of Glendale, Colorado. Not only did he accomplish this amazing feat, but he also went on to become a Colorado state representative with a whopping four of his five Iraq tours occurring simultaneously.

Rice joined the military at the young age of 17, while he was still completing high school. It was in 1987 that he earned his associate degree from New Mexico Military Institute. He then received his bachelors degree at the Metropolitan State University of Denver while serving in the Colorado Army National Guard.

It was in 2011 that he was offered the position of director of government relations for Lockheed Martin Space Systems.

Rice admits,

"When I got hired by Lockheed...that really was my transition...For the first time in eight or nine years, I wasn't involved in the campaign or serving in the military".

Rice believes that his previous skills learned during his time serving truly helped secure his position with Lockheed.

When he was deployed to places such as Iraq or even Bosnia, he often had to serve as a liaison between the locals and the military present.

"Those are the lessons I've learned and the skills I think are very important to Lockheed".

Rice shared with reporters that one of the main struggles for troops transitioning to civilian life once again is finding a similar sense of purpose.

"You're a 24-, 25-year-old squad leader in Iraq or Afghanistan, and you've had eight or nine people you were responsible for keeping alive...Then you come back here, and you're offered assistant manager at a convenience store. How do you find something that channels your passion?"

Rice shares that finding a new passion, getting involved with veterans groups, and not becoming socially isolated are all key factors when it comes to a smooth transition.

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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Local Charity Gives Veteran Brand New Wheelchair!

A local charity has announced that it has given a local disabled Army veteran in Anne Arundel County a brand new wheelchair.

Walter Popko was a U.S. Army flight engineer in the Vietnam war.  However Popko admits that far too many hard landings during his time of service did some serious irreparable damage to both his knees and his back.

Popko admits that there are many daily tasks that have become very difficult and some even almost impossible. His old wheelchair would often get stuck in rough terrain and walking anywhere was just far too painful. Popko had his heart set on a top of the line wheelchair but shied away from it due to its overwhelming price tag.

But shortly after inquiring about the chair, Popko got the surprise of his life!

"I called about buying one-it was out of my price range- and then he called me back and said they issue them to disabled veterans," Popko shared.

Because his various injuries occurred as a result of his time in Vietnam, Popko immediately became a prime candidate for a substantial donation from Firehouse Subs!

The company is paying a whopping $14,000 for his chair as part of its charities made for veterans and first responders.

Mark Greahlinger shared with a local news station that delivering the chair to Popko was truly an honor!

"It's hard for me to sleep the night before I deliver a chair because I'm so excited about knowing what it's going to do for people," Greahlinger admits.

Popko's new chair is the Action Track Chair and it powers through gravel, grass, snow, and even sand.

The chair even has a special camouflage design that fits Popko's outdoorsy lifestyle perfectly.

Popko was excited to say,

"Now I can get back to hunting in the woods and everything else without having to hunt out of the truck".

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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Wounded Marine Triumphs over Adversity

                  

 

                Master Sgt. Berle Sigman recently graduated from the Faculty Advisor Course FAC in late June and that was no simple feat.  After serving 11 years in the Marine Corps , Sigman was in Iraq in 2004 when he suffered an injury resulting in the loss of his leg.  Although, he could have medically retired at that point, Berle choose to stay in the Marines.  As to his recent graduation, Sigman says of his choice to become a Military Faculty Advisor, “This seemed like a good way to give back to the Marine Corps and thank them for letting me stick around after I got wounded. “  

                Sigman always maintained a positive attitude after his injury.  In December of 2004 he was issued his first prosthetic leg and by February was walking without assistance.  After only one year of recovery Sigman was returned to work at Systems Command aboard MCBQ.  Berle declared he never intended to leave the Marine Corps.  "Being a Marine is just one of those things that you love," he said.  His recovery was aided by a keen sense of humor, support from family and friends and of course, his fellow marines.

            Master Sgt. Berle Sigman’s focus at this point, is to assist fellow Marines to “discover their full potential”.  "I hope I can open the door to other seriously injured guys," he said. "I want to help them understand that any kind of adversity can be overcome--it doesn't have to be quite as obvious as my injury." 

            As a Faculty Advisor the reach of Sigman’s influence will span 1,000 students a year as they pass through the SNCO Academy’s Segeants Courses.  In October of 2014, Marines interested in being promoted must complete Professional Military Education courses.  Berle will be there with his smile, determination and positive spirit helping them through the FAC and discovering the greatest potential hidden within each and every Marine he meets.

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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Meet The Motor Maids- Oldest Female Biker Group!

 

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                   They’re not the oldest motorcycle group in the country but they ARE the oldest “ongoing women’s club” in the U.S.  since 1940.  The group started by Linda Dugeau of Rhode Island, a lover of motorcycles who enjoyed riding and sought to find others who shared her passion.  The “mission” of the group was to, “foster a positive image, promote safe-riding skills and ride, sister, ride.”

“We’re not a motorcycle gang,” said Richmond Motor Maid member Pamela Jewell. “We’re not one of the ‘one-percenters,’ that’s for sure!” “We socialize, we ride,” she added. “We just have fun.”

The Motor Maids are 1,300-1,400 member strong across the United States.  And their heritage is shared with a uniform, patches for completions and a love of the open road.  The smells, sounds and varied nuances of the unique travel offered by open motor bikes is a special affection shared by all members.

74-year old Glennadine, who just returned from a 2,000 mile trips spanning 5 days to the Motor Maid museum in Iowa said that some of the riders are hard-core, many mile travelers and some are good-weather afternoon strollers.  And the ages of the women ranges to 90 and up!  Glennadine, who owns three Harleys all with over a 100,000 miles on them, is a many-mile traveler.  She recalls one year she entered a contest for the most miles covered and came in fourth- after driving 33,000 miles in one year.  The equivalent of 10 cross-country trips comes close to totally 33,000 miles.  Glennadine, claims to have ridden over a half-million miles in the last 30 years.

The Motor Maids consider themselves dedicated riders.  They do not wait for the sun to shine through the clouds to finish their trek.  They take the opportunity to enjoy the world from the open seat of a, loud, pulsating motor-bike.  And if you want to wear the Motor Maid’s colors on the back of YOUR jacket, make sure you ride your own bike to the conventions.  “If they trailer it (their bike) they are a guest. There’s no trailing in our club.”  said Glennadine.  No matter what the weather, rain or even snow, “you still ride.”

Healing Heroes Network (HHN) is a non-profit 501c3 charity which has provided needed programs and services to our veterans since 2008.  

 As a non-profit organization, HHN's primary focus is to provide the means for wounded warriors to get the treatment and therapies they deserve and need.

Along with sweepstakes advertised at Hero Giveaway, HHN solely relies on the graciousness of their followers on Facebook through donations, merchandise, and entries to HG's giveaways.

Thanks for your continued support for our troops. For more information, and to donate to the cause, click the link below!

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