Red Vines World of Sharing

January 13, 2011

Red Vines – World of Sharing

Hey Veterans….this is an awesome way to send notes to the troops. Please, Please tell all your friends. The Purple Heart event in Branson starts April 28th, let’ see how many of you can send at least one note or more.

World War I Memorial Stolen: VFW Sue for its Return

January 13, 2011

by Audrey Beebe on January 12, 2011
via: VA Benefit Blog | Entire Story

Some war memorials are popular. The Vietnam Veterans Wall and World War II memorials among the most recognized. How about the only World War I memorial which Congress recognizes as a national monument, ever heard of it? Known as the Mojave Desert Memorial Cross, this memorial was erected in 1934 by veterans of World War I to honor their fallen brothers in arms. It is so little known that the top return in a Google search by its name is the Wikipedia page for the memorial. Compared to the deservingly large and elaborate memorials popularly known, this World War I monument is simply a seven foot tall steel cross tucked away in the Mojave Desert. It has stood as a local pillar of strength and remembrance to all to drive past it.

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News and Must Read Articles

January 10, 2011

Here are a few recent news pieces and articles that should not be overlooked!

Twenty Homeless Vets Laid to Rest in Calverton
Ceremony for former soldiers, whose bodes were never claimed by family members, features tributes from U.S. Reps. Tim Bishop and Steve Israel.

The War That Comes Home: How PTSD Affects Our Children

Vietnam Veterans, Welcome Home: June 17-19, 2011 in Chicago
The Welcome Home 2011 has been designated to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the most historic event that Vietnam veterans and the City of Chicago have ever experienced, namely the 1986 Chicago Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade, to be held June 17-19, 2011 for veterans and supporters.

VA will stop issuing paper checks, 2013
On March 1, 2013, VA will stop issuing paper checks to comply with Department of Treasury policy. Veterans and other beneficiaries who do not have electronic payments for their federal benefits by that time will receive their funds via a pre-paid debit card.

"Treats for Troops" Shipment

January 3, 2011

On Monday, December 6, 72 boxes were shipped overseas to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. In those packages were over 1000 cookies made by the Branson Jr. High Kitchen Staff and hundreds of items collected The 72 boxes shipped overseas by the students of Branson Jr. High and donations from the Forsyth Elks Lodge. Among those items were the cookies, hot cocoa packets, candy canes, toiletry items, puzzle books, board games, single serve foods, and much, much more. We had so many items donated that we still have some leftover hot chocolate packets and candy canes because we ran out of boxes! We also gained some new members on packaging day. We even had parents come to help package. It was really cool to see all the hard work of The Tyler Project members pay off. Not only did we send out our biggest shipment yet, but we more than doubled our goal of 30 boxes.

Of course, this shipment wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the money donations. I would like to thank everyone who donated to The Tyler Project, whether it was money or an item to ship, but I would like to give a special thanks to Vietnam Veterans of America; Chapter 913, who donated $1000. Thank you soooo much.

We got word of the first few boxes arriving on December 15, 2010. The picture below is of the platoon who received those first few boxes. Along with the picture we received this email:

“Dear Tyler Project,

Thank you very much for the care packages. My Platoon and I enjoyed them. You have brightened many lives. It is so nice to know that there are people like you who care. A lot of people say they do but not that many show it. You showed it and we are grateful.”

To know that a bunch of us junior high students can come together and do something that has true American heroes thanking us is amazing. I have three wishes for the New Year. The first is that the rate of casualties decreases; eventually going to none and the second is I hope the wars will end so that the families of our American heroes can reunite, but I know there is nothing I can do to make those happen except pray. My third wish is for more people to be educated about the wars, to learn how to support our troops, and to proudly show patriotism every day. Through my work with The Tyler Project, I can make this last wish is a reality.

The Tyler Project’s next shipment will be sent out on February 18, 2011. We aren’t collecting anything specific. Some of the most recommended items are chap stick, tooth brushes, toothpaste, any type of toiletry items (except razors), single serve foods, non-chocolate candies, unscented baby wipes, puzzle books, board games, and anything that is not glass. Your donations can be sent to or dropped off at:

The Tyler Project
c/o Branson Junior High School
263 Buccaneer Blvd.
Branson Mo, 65616

Until my next blog,
Young Patriot

Check us out on Facebook: The Tyler Project

Members of Delta Company, 3-15 IN BN. Just one of the groups of wonderful service men and women who received boxes from The Tyler Project “Treats for Troops” Shipment.

A Year at War

January 3, 2011

A Year at War
Articles in this series are chronicling the yearlong deployment of the First Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, based in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan. The series follows the battalion’s part in the surge in northern Afghanistan and the impact of war on individual soldiers and their families back home.

Families Bear Brunt of Deployment Strains

NY Times – Published: December 30, 2010

WAUTOMA, Wis. — Life changed for Shawn Eisch with a phone call last January. His youngest brother, Brian, a soldier and single father, had just received orders to deploy from Fort Drum, N.Y., to Afghanistan and was mulling who might take his two boys for a year. Shawn volunteered.

So began a season of adjustments as the boys came to live in their uncle’s home here. Joey, the 8-year-old, got into fistfights at his new school. His 12-year-old brother, Isaac, rebelled against their uncle’s rules. And Shawn’s three children quietly resented sharing a bedroom, the family computer and, most of all, their parents’ attention with their younger cousins.
The once comfortable Eisch farmhouse suddenly felt crowded.

“It was a lot more traumatic than I ever pictured it, for them,” Shawn, 44, said. “And it was for me, too.”

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