From Cathy A. (Attorney, Age 52)

Recently, after years of taking care of themselves and their three children, my elderly parents made the choice to move into an assisted living facility.  In that facility, I noticed that there is a Wall of Honor, dedicated to those men and women who are residents and served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  The photos of these proud people, both in uniform and not, reflect generations who knew hardship, sacrifice and pride.  I look at the wall when I am there and it takes my breath away to be in the presence of such amazing people.  They are what is right in this world, both now and in times past.

For several years, I worked as a contractor to the U.S. Army.  During this time I had the honor of meeting and getting to know many men and women serving in the ongoing wars in which the U.S. is engaged from all branches of the military.  Many people refer to the World War II generation of service members as the “greatest generation,” a title rightfully earned.  However, as I had the privilege of meeting today’s soldiers, airmen and sailors, I firmly believe we need to realize, understand and appreciate those who volunteer today to serve, protect and defend the U.S. and democracy around the world.  These young men and women are just as dedicated, valiant and understated as those that came before them.   I know that 70 years from now, these same people will have sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and young friends who will be walking into a place that has a Wall of Honor and will realize that, once again, this is what is right in this world.

To those who have endured or are facing the hardships, separations and dangers of being deployed to a war zone, I can only say a very humble “thank you.”

Photo to come!

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Project Update – March 4, 2014

I’m happy to report that the Words For Warriors Project is underway in earnest. I have gotten some great submissions from a wide variety of people who wanted to express their support for our military men and women.  There are now submissions from a great-grandmother, a teenager, a ten year old, a veteran, a newly minted American citizen, a couple of attorneys, a retired toolmaker and a worker in a nail shop.  It’s gratifying to see such a lovely array of participants.

I am starting to reach out into the larger community.  I have composed a letter explaining the Words For Warriors Project which I will send to local churches to see if there are members of their congregations who might like to participate.  Those letters will be going out tomorrow.

I have a couple of meetings set up this month, one with a veteran’s group at a large manufacturing plant and one with a single veteran who may have advice/suggestions for connecting with more people and for places for distribution once I have enough submissions to bind.

If you’ve already made a submission, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  If you haven’t, won’t you please take 15 minutes, jot a note and send it along to words4warriors1@gmail.com?  As always, I appreciate your help spreading the word.  The more submissions we get, the better!

Remember a simple kind word can be a very powerful thing!

Lynn