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Former Marine Foils Attack on Memphis Cop

What would you do if you drove by a police car and noticed a man beating on an officer, one wrist handcuffed and the cuffs flying through the air as the assailant wailed on the cop?  Well, to the luck of one Memphis city officer, Darryle Tate just happened to be driving by and saw the commotion.  .  

Michael Green was suspected of trying to sell his EBT card in the parking lot of a Cash Saver in Memphis.  When the officer alerted to his crime came out to assess the situation, he asked Greene to step over to his vehicle so that he might search him.  A preliminary search conducted by the officer yielded the knowledge of a hidden metal pipe in Green’s waistband.  The officer put one handcuff on Greene and was trying to put the other wrist in the cuff when Greene turned the tide and began wailing on the officer.  That’s when Darrlye Tate was turning the corner and just happened upon the scene. 

For 25 years, Darryle served in active duty as a U.S. Marine and then held the position of a police officer himself in California.  When he saw the officer under duress he quickly sprang into action"I just straddled him out--put my arm around his neck and pulled him up with enough force to get him off the ground," Tate said. That act was enough to turn the tide and allow the officer to regain control of the event.  Greene was then arrested on charges including:  attempted second-degree murder and resisting arrest.  The officer suffered several injuries to his face, knees and elbows.

"God just puts you in places sometimes for a reason, and I feel like that was where I was suppose to be at that time," Tate said.

 

 

 

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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No Hero Should Be Homeless: Solving A Community's Homeless Veteran Problem

Our nation's issue of homeless veterans is a growing problem.

To put it simply "No hero should be homeless".

However even so, there were still hundreds of Clark County veterans who defended our nation's very freedom that did not have a place to rest their heads this past holiday weekend.

Arnold Stalk is the founder of Veterans Village and has dedicated most of his life to solve his community's homeless veterans problem.

Stalk shares that,

"There's a whole society that's a silent problem. You don't visually see a lot of it".

 

It was just over five years ago, that Stalk converted an old dilapidated motel into a place where local homeless veterans could call home.

Stalk shared that his housing complex is truly changing lives. It is a life project that he hopes to duplicate more than once.

Stalk is certainly passionate about his work and shares that,

"Someone that's given their lives for our country. To have them live on the streets is unthinkable to me,".

Not only does Stalk provide housing to these lucky veterans, but he also provides hope. A lot of his life work is dedicated to his late father.

"My dad was a United States veteran and I promised him before he died I would do this and I can't stand to see our veterans treated bad".

Stalk's original Veterans Village is located between pawn shops and restaurants directly on Las Vegas Blvd, just south of downtown.

Currently, Stalk has high hopes of replicated The Veterans Village only two miles away from the original location.

Even though Veterans Village provides its tenants with their own kitchen. bathroom, and even their own living area, Stalk isn't stopping there.

"We have to be thinking outside of the box," he stated.

Stalk has a vision of converting old shipping containers into complete housing units. Naturally this would be a wonderful alternative to a veteran sleeping on the streets. They are also economical and very easy to build.

Veterans Village was created thanks to the generous donations of the community.

 

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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Former Gitmo Guard Advances in Ms. Veteran America Contest

 

Erica Walsh is an army veteran and even a former Guantanamo Bat guard who has officially been named one of the top 25 finalists to advance in the Ms. Veteran America competition.

Walsh currently studies health and physical education at West Chester University. She also runs her very own fitness business.

Walsh has been chosen from a group of about 120 current or former servicewomen nationwide that chose to enter the initial stages of the contest.

It was on Saturday that Walsh found out through an email that she was among the 25 finalists ti advance in the competition.

Walsh admits,

"I was speechless. I was crying and was jumping up and down like a little kid at a gas station in Fairmount".

The Ms. Veteran America contest began in 2012 and shares that it specifically scores women based on grace, confidence, poise, and personality. The contest does not judge contestants in regards to their height, weight, or age but does judge them on their knowledge on military history.  

Walsh will soon be heading to Washington with her close family and friends in order to participate in the final competition in October.

Naturally, Walsh has high hopes of winning overall however she also is hopeful of being names the "Push-Up Princess". The "Push-Up Princess" will be the contestant that can do the most push ups in two minutes. Walsh also hopes to win a special award specifically for entrepreneurship in light of her fitness studio called Dub Fitness that has been opened for two years.

The ultimate winner of the Ms. Veteran America contest will receive a whopping $15,000. The winner will also travel nationwide for various events and community service.

Walsh, along with many of the other contestants, has been raising money for homeless female veterans. At this point Walsh has collected more than $12,000.

 

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 Calls For Help In Search For Missing Service Dog!

A bay area veteran has recently reported that her service dog has gone missing. The veteran suspects that the dog must have ran away after hearing fireworks when he was with a hired dog-sitter for the night in Oakley. Leo is the beloved service dog of an Iraq combat veteran and has been missing since Monday night.

The veteran has emphasized that although Leo is adorable and extremely lovable, he is much more than just a pet. Leo is a trained service dog of the veteran who suffers from extreme symptoms associated with PTSD. Nicholette Bilbao is Leo’s owner.

Bilbao served in the second Iraq war and shared that Leo is a valuable therapy dog who helps her get through her daily life and is always there to help her through her anxiety attacks.

Bilbao shared,

"He'll whine at me, like basically saying, 'mom, let's step back. I'm here to ground you. I'm here to keep you in the moment”.

Chris Peterson, who is also an Iraq War veteran, was dog-sitting Leo when he disappeared. Peterson said, "We're hoping someone has seen him, or somebody has. Maybe somebody pulled him out of the river into the boat or something,". Leo is a golden chow mix who just turned four. Leo was last seen at Lower Sherman Island near Antioch.

When he went missing, Leo was wearing a black collar that had military tags. He is micro-chipped and also hates swimming.

Anyone who has any information regarding his whereabouts are encouraged to contact this Craigslist Posting.

 

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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Police Recover Stolen Flag!

Every single year Cathy Scoppo decorates a large pavilion at the Cherry Grove Campground in Wolcott. Scoppo decorates with patriotic pieces for Memorial Day and keeps these same decorations up until July 4th.

The center of the pavilion displays a piece that is very dear to Scoppo. The middle of the pavilion displays the flag that was placed on her father's casket.

Scoppo's father was a WWII veteran by the name of Michael Cowley. He had served as an Army Air Force corporal and passed away in 1969, when Scoppo was just 14 years old.

"I have held it very dear to me. It was flying to honor him," said Scoppo.

However the thursday after Memorial Day, Scoppo saw that the flag had gone missing.

Scoppo made countless phone calls, desperate to find out what might have happened to her father's flag.

However no one had any idea what had happened to it. It was then that Scoppo took to social media in order to reach out to a bigger audience.

After posting about it on social media, Scoppo finally received an answer!

"She said, I have to send you a text that was sent to my granddaughter. She sent it and it was describing how to steal a flag," said Scoppo.

Scoppo and authorities were eventually led to the young boy that had taken the flag.

Scoppo said that initially she had got in touch with the boy's family but they were completely uncooperative.

After an official paid a visit to the teen, he admitted to taking it. He then drew a map and told officials he had buried it at a nearby location. After searching, officials were quick to realize that the boy was sending them on a wild goose chase.

It was only after an official warned the boy that he could face serious charges that he finally returned the flag.

After getting the flag back Scoppo shared,

"It just touched my heart so to have people, it felt like they took it personal".

It is needless to say that Scoppo is more than happy to have her father's flag back.

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 Determined To Add 74 Names To Vietnam Wall

It was 47 years ago that Vietnam veteran, Del Francis, was aboard the Evans which at the time was escorting an Australian aircraft carrier during key maneuvers in the South China Sea directly off the coast of Vietnam.

Early in the morning on June 3rd, 1969, the Evans was just outside the official combat zone.  Francis had been sleeping when the tragic accident occurred.

A terribly unfortunate navigation error resulted in the destroyer ripping in half.

When remembering this terrible day, Francis remarks,

"Only a couple of us escaped from there. I lost all my good friends".

A total of 74 of Francis's friends and fellow shipmates perished that day.

Francis refers to those lost that day as "The Lost 74".

All of these men received the Vietnam Service Medal.

However "The Lost 74" never had their names engraved into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that stands in Washington D.C.

Francis is on a mission to change just that!

It was on June 3rd, exactly 47 years after the Evans tragedy, that Francis decided to get on his bike in his hometown of Sulphur Springs, Texas and keep on pedaling until he reached Washington D.C.

Francis has labeled his 1,250 mile journey the "ride for recognition".

In light of his ride for recognition Francis admits,

" I turned 74 on May 22 and out of frustration I decided I might be able to draw some attention to the situation by riding my bicycle across the country".

His mission is clear: get the names of "the Lost 74" on the wall.

It was when the Vietnam Veterans memorial was completed in 1982 that Francis found out that "the Lost 74" would not be included as those listed as killed and missing in action simply because they died barely outside of the combat zone.

Francis is among the many that have been lobbying behind the scenes for this change for years.

“It is amazing that no one has ever heard of the second largest loss of life for the Navy during Vietnam and the only warship that did not return,” he says. “So, I am riding to honor the 74 lives that died serving their country” that others may know as well.

 

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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Kiss Honors Vets with 300 Ft U.S. Flag

Camouflaged Kiss tour shirt?  You got that right!  The classic rock band, Kiss, is setting off a national tour called the 'Freedom to Rock' tour this 2016.  And the legendary rockers kicked off the tour at AVA, July 4th at Casino del Sol in Arizona.  The founding members of the band Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were in all so familiar white and black make up displaying fireworks of energy for the roaring crowd.  And as with any Kiss show, the pyrotechnics and 'old-school glam rock' was over the top!

                To salute U.S. veterans the 'Freedom to Rock' tour brought with it an enormous American flag to be draped for the show.  Hundreds of veterans were tasked with the flag's display and they arrived early to complete practice runs before the show began.  Coming in at 160 feet  x 300 feet, the flag did not break the Guinness Book's record but it did make quite a statement!   

                Four gigantic rows of veterans filed into place to hold the flag once it was unrolled.  Through gusty winds which made the flag balloon and swell the veterans held their grip.  With a few fireworks overhead and the exciting entrance of the band, the flag ceremony was over and Kiss went to the AVA to perform their wildly popular songs.   The flag ceremony was a special rendition of the Kiss concert on tour.  It will not performed at the other venues.

                The marketing department of Kiss coordinated efforts with 'Hiring our Heroes', a D.C. based advocacy group which helps veterans and their spouses find work.   Before the flag ceremony concluded, Army Lt. Col. Mellorya Crawford was introduced as the "Roadie for a Day".  Crawford, an 18-year army veteran said she, "is sort of a Kiss fan".  But that she was excited to play a role model for other female service members and for African American woman across the nation.   

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 Becomes The New Viral Sensation

         

Retired marine Jose Barron was recently captured on video climbing a steep hill with only his hands and one leg.  The video, which went viral, shows the strong determination of his will to surpass the challenge.  Jose was injured while deployed in Afghanistan when a fellow soldier stepped on a bomb detonating it and sending shrapnel flying.   Barron lost his left leg and left eye. 

            The video was taken while attending the fifth reunion over the weekend at Camp Pendleton for Marines and families of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, who were deployed to Afghanistan in 2010.  An event was planned which included a hike over First Sergeant's Hill, an elevated hill,  where white crosses were placed to honor the fallen marines from Barron's unit who did not return from their tour.  25 marines from Barron's unit were killed over seven months.

            "I had told myself I want to see those crosses, and it took me five years to get up there. I knew I had to get up there some way some how," said Barron.  The video shows Jose climbing the hill without the use of his left prosthetic leg.  "The leg wasn't working the way I wanted it to work, so I just took it off and kind of crawled on my arms and one leg."  

            The inspirational video went viral and has been shared over and over on various social networks.  The hope, that the determination of his successful climb, will help others veterans suffering from depression.  Several members of Barron's unit have committed suicide.   A humbled Jose hopes that his video will help keep former marines motivated to stay alive and rise through their difficulties achieving what was previously believed impossible. Words of encouragement and motivation are shouted at Jose by his "brothers in arms" as he makes his way up the steep hill to show his respect to his fallen brothers

 

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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4 Vets Recreate Photo 50 Years Later

50 years later, four U.S. Marines reunited to take a photo together. A recreation of a photo they had taken half a century earlier. The last time they were all together was when they were deployed to Vietnam.

Squeezing a long board into an elevator in preparation for the shot proved comical as the men joked about the differences between then and now. With grey hair, wrinkles and the look of all that the golden age awards the men eagerly prepared for the recreate the imagery of their youth. The last time they all stood together on a beach with a long board behind them, they were naive to the hard road ahead and the terrors they would endure.

"We had the tools. We had the training," DeVenezia said. "But nothing trains you for your first combat. Nothing. Zero." In 1966, the group was stationed together in Camp Pendleton near San Diego. Over two years to follow, they trained together and then deployed to Vietnam where the group was separated and the men, each battling the trauma of the fighting, lost each other.

They all went on to create successful careers when they returned. They raised their children and loved their families. And the thought of their friends, so many years ago, was pushed to the back of their minds as the negativity surrounding the Vietnam war and the Veterans dragged down any positive revelry they might have imagined about a reunion. A few from the group had met up once and again but never had all four men, who as boys, forged such a strong friendship been reunited.

71-year old Bob Falk went to 6 different stores to find just the right white and blue striped shirt as to match the original photograph. They borrowed a surfboard from a surfer and marched to the beach for the recreation. Knowing that many of their fellow soldiers never came back from Vietnam, the four Veterans of war exchanged heartfelt respect.

"We all know," Puleo said, "that we've been given a gift of 50 years."

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 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS 4TH OF JULY…

 

With the celebration of the birthday of America right around the corner, make sure you and your family are in the know!

 

  1. Winn-Dixie, a Southern grocery chain, has announced that it will donate ALL of its profits from July 4th to Hope for the Warriors, a national non-profit dedicated to “helping servicemembers and their families”.  Other stores also donating profits to veterans groups are:   BI-LO SuperSaver and Harveys Supermarket.  

  2. Veterans suffering from PTSD can really have a hard time with fireworks.  The sound, smells and unexpected explosions can cause them to have flashbacks and panic attacks.  Please be mindful of that fact and take the time to ensure all of your neighbors are aware of when and what you will be lighting in terms of fireworks.  Taking the extra measure could go a long way toward making sure the holiday is enjoyable for all.  LINK TO BLOG ABOUT IT4th

  3. Happy Birthday, America!  What are we celebrating???  Our independence and our freedom!  And what is our freedom without democracy?  Take this opportunity to remind yourself, your family and your friends to register to vote.  Fill out the form online and print it out, get it ready to go and prepare for the election.  ‘"In a democracy people get the leaders they deserve."-  Joseph de Maistre

  4. Safety-  Fireworks can be dangerous and children should be watched at all times during, before and after lighting fireworks to ensure the safety of all involved.  

-Use fireworks outside only!

-Point them away from buildings and people

-Store them properly (out of reach of pets & children and away from heat sources)

-Do not alter them (trim fuses, make your own, etc)

-Keep a bucket of water or working hose nearby.

-Do not use fireworks when consuming alcohol.

-Do not ignite fireworks in a container.

-Never relight a ‘dud’!

-Dispose of spent fireworks properly by soaking them in water and putting into a metal trashcan away from combustibles.

-Light only firework at a time, with plenty of room apart from the audience.

-Do not light fireworks in windy conditions.

-Obey the law!  If fireworks are banned because of dry conditions, obey the law

5.  Check to make sure those American flags you’re waving around are MADE IN AMERICA!  It has been estimated that 94% of U.S. flags were imported from China last year.   Let’s turn the tide on that irony!  Plenty of stores offer American made flags.   Make a point to look before you buy!

 

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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