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A Memorial Day Message

from Peter McCall | Executive Director, CareForTheTroops and member, Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Marietta

With Memorial Day coming upon us, CareForTheTroops wants to provide you with some reading and watching material appropriate to the season.  We hope you find it informative, material to reflect upon, and inspire you to continue your support of all members of the military families, veterans, and also the families of civilian contractors who have served overseas.

Who are the Children?

When we do workshops, we try to emphasize and make the point that that not only the children of current active duty and veterans of the current conflicts need help, but also those who were children of veterans from previous conflicts; as far back as WWII and Korea and certainly Vietnam.  This is especially important for therapists and clergy to realize as they work with their clients and members of their congregations.

Back in March, the CBS TV Show “Sunday Morning” aired a 9-minute segment on this very point. I had taped the show and when viewing it, was so surprised to see how well it shows the plight and struggles that current children as well as former children in military families all too often had to deal with difficulties. Here is a YouTube of that segment.  I hope you find it as interesting and informative as we did.

From the CBS introduction of their video segment: “Most are familiar with the heartwarming videos of a child in a classroom or at a sporting event surprised by the unexpected return of a parent serving in the military overseas. What those videos don't show is the struggle many families undergo after years of separation. Martha Teichner takes a look at the toll war takes on the children of warriors.”

Watch here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeMZ7AH5BQw

 A Legacy of Pain and Pride

The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation published in March a nationwide poll of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans that reveals the profound and enduring effects of war on the 2.6 million who have served.  This is a five-part series and will take 60-90 minutes to read. But the time and inspiration are worth it.  It will help all prepare for Memorial Day.  Here are the titles of the five part series.  Below is the link that will take you to Part 1; you can then access the other four parts from the top right menu on the articles page. Read more here>

  • Part 1: A Legacy of Pain and Pride
  • Part 2: Wanted: Heroes
  • Part 3: The Other Wounds
  • Part 4: The Choice
  • Part 5: “Ugh. I miss it”

 Movies

For those who like to sit on the couch and watch a movie, here are three suggestions.  There are plenty more, but these are very pertinent:

  1. Movie: Brothers At War
  2. Movie: Dry Land
  3. HBO Documentary: probably available through on-demand: Alive Day memories, Home From Iraq with James Gandolfini

Georgia’s Service Men and Women...and Families

In closing, on Memorial Day if you know of a military family, wish them well and thank them for their service. In addition to those on active duty, currently in the State of Georgia, there are a number of family members serving as part of Georgia’s forces led by our governor:

  • Army National Guard - 11,000+
  • Air National Guard - 2800+
  • State Defense Force - 800+
  • State Operations - 460+

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

 For more information: http://www.CareForTheTroops.org or call Peter McCall,770-329-6156