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a female soldier holding a red heart drawn on white paper

Honoring Our Veterans 

In the United States we reserve November 11, the date of the Armistice of World War I, as Veterans Day, to remember and honor all who do or have served in our armed forces.

The Veterans Administration provides benefits to veterans including health care. The VA Health Care System, or VHA,  one of the largest in the world, not only cares for veterans’ health, but also  provides medical education and medical research.

If you have ever received care from a physician who trained in the United States, that doctor likely learned from a veteran in a VHA facility. So our veterans continue to serve even after they leave military service. 

Welcome Home Heroes- military sign

 

Here I  share several stories about veterans. Enjoy them, and make  time to thank veterans this week.

disabled veteran patch

 

I believe your heart will be touched by this  story about the special relationship between  a wounded veteran and his therapy dog. Mine certainly was.

“It’s been quite a journey for U.S. Army veteran Justin Lansford and his canine companion, Gabe.

In 2012, Lansford lost his left leg in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.”

 

My husband served in the Army and was deployed to Vietnam in the 1970s. Here is his story

From bullets to blessings-one man’s journey to recovery from war

“I didn’t want to ever go to Vietnam again when I came home in 1972 after a one-year tour of duty with the United States Army. I was stationed with the Americal Division, 3/18 Field Artillery Battalion near Tra Bong, a major village located about 25 miles west of Chu Lai, the headquarters of the Americal Division, on “China Beach” at the South China Sea.”

army veteran standing next to a floral bouquet at a memorial

We always visit the traveling Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall replica when it comes to our area.

 

Memorial Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Angel Fire, New Mexico

a special Memorial Day observance at a unique veterans memorial

statue of a soldier in a small flower bed

Doug Scott Sculpture at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ,Angel Fire New Mexico; I am kneeling in the background, viewing the veterans’ memorial walkway; Photo by Raymond Oglesby

 

 

 

A veteran dishes out love– personal reflections from a Vietnam veteran

“The people around us are starving for love and we need to unlock our pantry and see to it that everybody gets a belly full.”

 

clowns entertain Vietnamese people

Billy and Jingles, a veteran and his wife, entertain at a medical clinic in Vietnam

 

 

 

how a father honored his veteran son’s memory

 

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Welcome Home Heroes- military sign

Honoring Our Veterans 

In the United States we reserve November 11, the date of the Armistice of World War I, as Veterans Day, to remember and honor all who do or have served in our armed forces.

The Veterans Administration provides benefits to veterans including health care. The VA Health Care System, or VHA,  one of the largest in the world, not only cares for veterans’ health, but also  provides medical education and medical research.

If you have ever received care from a physician who trained in the United States, that doctor likely learned from a veteran in a VHA facility. So our veterans continue to serve even after they leave military service. 

Welcome home heroes sign on a VA clinic

a Veterans Administration clinic

 

Here I  several stories about veterans. Enjoy them, and make  time to thank veterans this week.

Please  leave a comment as a tribute to a veteran you love and admire

disabled veteran patch

 

I believe your heart will be touched by this  story about the special relationship between  a wounded veteran and his therapy dog. Mine certainly was.

“It’s been quite a journey for U.S. Army veteran Justin Lansford and his canine companion, Gabe.

In 2012, Lansford lost his left leg in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.”

 

My husband served in the Army and was deployed to Vietnam in the 1970s. Here is his story of

From bullets to blessings-one man’s journey to recovery from war

“I didn’t want to ever go to Vietnam again when I came home in 1972 after a one-year tour of duty with the United States Army. I was stationed with the Americal Division, 3/18 Field Artillery Battalion near Tra Bong, a major village located about 25 miles west of Chu Lai, the headquarters of the Americal Division, on “China Beach” at the South China Sea.”

 

 

Memorial Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Angel Fire, New Mexico

a special Memorial Day observance at a unique veterans memorial

 

 

 

 

A veteran dishes out love– personal reflections from a Vietnam veteran

“The people around us are starving for love and we need to unlock our pantry and see to it that everybody gets a belly full.”

 

clowns entertain Vietnamese people

A veteran and his wife clown for people at a humanitarian outreach in Vietnam.

 

 

 

how a father honored his veteran son’s memory

 

 

two soldiers statue

Canon City Colorado

Memorial Day-why I went to  Angel Fire to see a brick

The United States celebrates Memorial Day  on the last Monday of  May, a day set aside to remember people who died while serving  in the armed forces, although many families  use it to remember other deceased loved ones also.  Memorial Day 2014 was special and unique for me and my husband.

We had planned a trip to New Mexico, not realizing we would be there on Memorial Day. I was going to attend a medical conference and we also wanted to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire. The previous year, I ordered a memorial brick ,engraved with his name, to be laid on the walkway there. Our schedule was such that the most convenient day to visit would be Memorial Day. We didn’t know that the Memorial has a special observance there every Memorial Day; but when we found out, we planned to attend. Here, in pictures,  is what we experienced that day .

on the memorial grounds, the chapel in the background

on the memorial grounds, the chapel in the background

In the background, I am kneeling to view Raymond's brick

In the background, I am kneeling to view Raymond’s brick

inside the chapel, which is never locked; it is open for anyone to enter at any time

inside the chapel, which is never locked; it is open for anyone to enter at any time

presenting a flag and plaque to the family of a fallen soldier

presenting a flag and plaque to the family of a fallen soldier

music by a local military reserve unit

music by a local military reserve unit

Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire, New Mexico

Raymond Oglesby with his brick

Raymond Oglesby with his brick

Raymond with the late Dr. Westphal, who founded the memorial in honor of his son who died in Vietnam (an old photo)

Raymond with the late Dr. Westphall, who founded the memorial in honor of his son David who died in Vietnam
(an old photo)

“Welcome home and thank you for your service.”

For the first time since we married several years ago, my husband and I do not have medical insurance through a private health insurer. Instead we are covered by two United States government programs.  By virtue of age and his military service, he qualifies for Medicare and the Veterans Administration (VA) care. As his spouse I qualify for CHAMPVA, the Civilian Health and Medical Program. I appreciate these programs, even though none are perfect and have some definite drawbacks, to both patients and physicians (that is not the subject of this post). But it is admirable that our government has programs in place to address the health and medical care of its citizens, especially those to whom it owes a debt- senior citizens whose work has built our country to where it is today; and veterans who have served to protect and defend it.

Military veterans today are held in high regard, and receive public and private recognition in many ways. This was not the case 40 years ago, when VietNam era veterans like my husband were not respected or appreciated. The public’s anger at our government for pursuing an unpopular war was all too often directed at them. They were blamed, and unfortunately accepted the shame of mistakes made by others. When called upon, they served their country but their country did not serve them well.

Fortunately, that has changed. A national monument honoring VietNam veterans now stands in Washington, D.C., as well as smaller memorials elsewhere. There is a travelling “Wall” , a replica of the one in the capital. My husband has  a car tag, caps and shirts identifying him as a veteran; when he wears them in public, it is rare that someone does not come to him and thank him for serving. Sometimes they will ask about his service experience, especially if they are also a veteran. Fellow veterans always offer a hand, saying “Welcome home.”

We have met relatives of service members who eagerly share their loved one’s story. Sometimes, it is a story of one who did not come home. These stories are often heart wrenching and we walk away choked up and silent.

To all of you who do or have served in the military, and to your loved ones-

“Thank you for your service. We can never repay our debt to you. “

Please leave the name of a veteran you want to honor.

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The travelling “Wall”- replica of the VietNam Veterans Memorial

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