You can Make a Difference Locally and Nationally

Spring has sprung and here on the East Coast the rush begins to prepare for summer.  We crawl out of our winter gear, shake off the dark and look forward to the refreshing changes of the season.

Keeping in mind that change has the opportunity of happening on a daily basis, and knowing we in this group are Military Minded and want to serve, help, support…lets think of ways we can Change the lives of those Military members Active or Veteran who need us!

How…

Even before becoming a Military Mom I was in the habit of contacting my Local Elected Officials, I’ve always felt, if they need me to vote for them, I need them to hear me, help me.  I contact my newly elected local officials, from Municipal, County and State Levels, to National level.  I don’t make it long…I don’t make it political…I just introduce myself as a constituent, I briefly explain my family and one or two major concerns and then I ask how they stand on those concerns. Pretty simple, and I’ve always gotten a response…  “I’m a Military Mom, I have a Veteran Son, My son relies on Veteran Administration Care”…simple non complicated statements…just ask how they feel.  And if you don’t agree with them, you might then want to take the conversation to the next step and call their office, or follow up with another letter or email.  It’s an easy way to support our Military and also get to know how our government work. You can find the contact information for your State at  http://www.gov.com/statelocal/

Let MMN know how your experience works out!

Free Stuff…

I don’t know about you, but I am always amazed at the Free Stuff you can get, sometimes its useful, sometimes its clutter…don’t just discard it, donate it!  I keep a running box of shampoo, body wash, toothpaste and other toiletries that I either get from Hotels, or samples or even coupon deals…when I have a full box I drop it off at my local Veterans Affairs office, I luckily have one right down the street but you may have to locate yours, call first and introduce yourself and MMN and let them know your wish to donate some unused items, I am sure they can find a use for them.  I add in socks that can be universal male/female and I always have one or two of those Free T Shirts from events…lanyards, hats, work gloves…keeping it small.  Many times your local VA Office won’t have storage room so if it’s too big they will turn away, so keep it small and simple.

MMN

is ALWAYS looking for those who can send boxes to our Active Duty military…we have ongoing means of donation and we have emergent need requests that go out…watch our page, sign up for the ongoing box drives. Check out the menu on our website and look for the Box and Card section.

And our Veterans always need you…

As a newer Veteran mom I realized right away that once your loved one is out of the Military the world is a different place for them.  It’s a more complicated life, hinged on many aspects they can’t anticipate or control.  It’s a frustrating maze that changes with each Government administration and very rarely are our Veterans “kept in the loop” meaning, they sometimes can’t keep up with the changing information. They may experience lapses in coverages, or payments…rent and car payments etc don’t wait, and may not be understanding of the issues facing our Veterans.  Lend a hand when you can, lend an ear or a shoulder, more important  listen!  An overwhelmed and emotional person sometimes doesn’t make the best decisions and sometimes a stranger just listening helps to clear a cloudy mind.  If you have the time volunteer at your local Legion Hall, Veterans Group Home, if you are not sure what resources your local community may have in place contact your County or State Veterans groups and ask, they will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.  A few hours a month can make a huge difference.  If you live in a Community that supports a lot of local interaction and activities contact your town or local administration and ask that they remember to include the Veterans, not just the Senior Citizen Veterans but All the Veterans in your community.  Speak for those who might not know how to speak for themselves.

As always I leave you with this, MMN would love to hear your comments or questions regarding our stories, it’s a pleasure to serve our Military and we are dedicated to sharing our passion.

~~Sue

 

 

Jenn’s Story: I Love/Hate the Army

I have such a love hate relationship with the army. I miss it every single day. I struggle every day living in a military community and seeing everybody, including my husband, wear the uniform that I no longer get to. I feel caught between two things. I never deployed, so I constantly feel like I never really served, and yet I am severely disabled by my time in service, and so I feel like I should still be able to call myself a veteran, because I sure sacrificed a lot.

 

 

 

And then I’m angry, because three years later the army is still messing with my life. I didn’t get a job because they couldn’t get me the correct papers needed for veteran’s preference. (Apparently my dd214, Separation orders, and proof of disability weren’t enough.) I really needed this job, as I can no longer just go out and work anywhere. Some days I’m in a wheelchair. Some days I have to wear braces all over my body. Some days I have temperature regulation issues.

This job would have fit that niche that I need, and I really really needed it to be able to support my family. The VA? I’m being told five to seven years before that might kick in, and I have to track down all 48 doctors that have seen me, acquire all of their office notes, and manually scan them into a computer, (That’s over 2000 pages). I just didn’t imagine that three years later I would still be so angry, still be so f***ed, and above it all, still want to be a part of it so badly.

 

 

 

 

 

Our current missions

MilitaryMamaNetwork moves fast; I think I no sooner pass on a need to the mamas and men and it is met.  My hope it to enable our non-Facebook supporters the ability to help with missions too!

Our current missions are:

  • Airman support at a forward operating base.  We have sent several sets of sheets but have 8 left that need to be sponsored.  You can donate through our donation link to sponsor our AF support.  To assist with this mission, you can shop at the Amazon store we created for their needs or donate using the donate button on the main page.
  • National Guard Support in Chicago.  We have a young Guardsman with a 3 month old son who was shot in a robbery attempt.  We will continue to support him as much as possible.  You can access our donation link or go to our Amazon affiliate store and shop in the NG Assist storefront.
  • Veteran support in MD and Chicago.  We will be providing products for wounded and transitioning veterans for a golf outing in MD and Warrior Games in Chicago.  The best way to support this effort is to click on our donation button or if you can be a corporate sponsor, contact me at Geriann@MilitaryMamaNetwork.org to make arrangements for your sponsorship and recognition on our website now and at both events.

2016 Fallen Friday Honor Wall

February

Joel Costa- Army

Kiara Apparicio 19- Army

June

Darren Mitchell 21- Army

Connor McQuagge 19- Navy

July

Pfc Matthew Sacilowski 22-Marine

Wesley Rothbauer 23- Navy

Justin Mumy- Navy

Spc Louis Moua 26- Army

Spc. Dhaifal Ali 34- Army

Spc Iris Armstrong 24- Air Force

Halex Hale 24- Air Force

Pvt 1st Class Kadontre Akeem Nelson-Army

Spc. Kyle Gantt 30- Army

1st Lt. Anais A. Tobar- Air Force

Tristan Segrest- Army

Spc. Wade Wright 20- Army

2nd Lt Michael Parros 21- Army

Spc Matthew Hester- Army

Staff Sgt. Charles Judge Jr. 40-Army

Sgt. Johnathan Prins 29- Army

Nickolas Atkinson 21- Navy

Brandon Stamm 20- Army

August

Sgt. Michael Andrew Tooley 28-Marines

Major Sterling “Stranger” Norton- Marines

Sgt. 1st Class Clayton Hughes 35-Army

Maj Gen John Rossi 55-Army

Jeremy Boggs 21-Army

Nathan Burkman 21-Army

Pfc Luis Ortiz-Army

Sgt. Jacqueline Anderson 26- Army

Spc Logan Ellis Rainwater 24- Army

Staff Sgt. Christopher Wilburn 36- Army

Spc Jesus Rios 22- Army

Spc Allen Cox Jr. 19- Army

Airman 1st Class Rhianda Dillard 20- AF

Staff Sgt. Matthew Thompson 28-Army

Sgt. Andrea Rasmussen 30-Army

Spc. Dion Shannon Servant 24- Army

Pvt. Devonte Chambers 22-Army

September

Johnathan Duran-Navy

Staff Sgt. Avonye John Caron 26- Army

CWO Brian Keith Pickney 48- Army

Johnathan Christopher Bright- Navy

Aaron Dominique Buford Navy

Joseph Trevor Dilger- Army

Capt. Benjamin Blaylock 39-Army

Zachary Ewing 24-Army

Pfc Stacy Jordan Hardy-Army

Brandon Jackson-WP Cadet

First Lt. Jeffrey Cooper 25- Army

Marstratton Gordon 23- Army

Carlos Pankau 23- Navy

Christopher Harrison 16-JROTC

Sgt. Timothy Hovey 27-Army

Spc. Travis J. Powell 26-Army

ABM Devon Faulkner 24-Navy

Airman 1st Class Ian Wendland 19-AF

2nd Lt. Andrew Hunt 23-AF

Pvt. Nathan Joshua Berg 20-Army

Spc. Matthew Roland 23-Army

Pfc Taylor Lee Odom- Army

WO Travis Tamayo 32-Army

Najee Williams- Marine

Carlos Segona 19- Marine

First Sgt. Lafonte Bennett 34-Army

Alfred Komlev 19-Army

Spc. Mollie mahowald 24-Army

Gene Wilder 83- Army Medic 1953-1956 and Hollywood Actor

October

Sfc Zachary a. Bannister 33-Army

Pfc. Kyle J. Walls 21- Army

Sgt James Morrison 28-Army

Spc Tyler Christian White 21-Army

CPO Jason Finan 34- Navy

Sgt. Douglas Riney 26- Army

Gordon FlaggIII- Marines

Morgan Brooke Blackmon 21- Air Force

Airman first class Isaac Colligan 21-AF

Airman first class Nathan Wilson-Ross 21-AF

November

Spc Phillip Cruz-medellin 21- Army

Sgt. John Perry 30-Army

Pfc Tyler Lubelt 20- Army

Spc. Ronald Murray Jr. 23-Army

Pvt Dakota Stump 19-Army

Capt Andrew Byers 30- Army

Sgt First class Ryan Gloyer 34-Army

Staff Sgt. David Whitcher 30- Army

Sgt Renardo Deshun Dukes 26-Army

Staff Sgt. Matthew Lewellen 27- Army

Staff Sgt. Kevin McEnroe 30-Army

Staff Sgt. James Moriarity 27- Army

Michael Raether 25- Navy

Staff Sgt. Donisha Stroman 25-Army

Zachary Boland 18-Marines

December

Dustin Lee Mortenson 32-Army

Lucas Maurice Lowe 33-Army

Pvt.Paige Elizabeth Briles 21- Army

Lt. Benjamin Fredrick 33- Navy

2015.December

James Beavers – Army (Indiana)

Lisa Akbari – Army

Arnold Fugate – Army (Indiana)

Walter Malar –  Navy (Staten Island, NY)

Sgt Eden Pearl – Marines (Texas)

Michael D. Shanks – Marines (Ohio)

Elizabeth Laird “the Hug Lady”  (Texas)