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Help a Veteran this Christmas

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here TAGSVeteransVettix Previous articleThe Best Things to Say (and Not to Say) to a Grieving PersonNext articleFive stains Americans love to hate – and how to beat them Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Meaningful ways to support veterans, members of the military and their familiesAt the airport, you take a moment to thank a solider in uniform who is returning home. On Veterans Day, you hold up a sign at your town’s parade to let those who have served know how much you care. Throughout the year, whenever you encounter veterans or someone currently serving in the armed forces, you show your appreciation for their service.Most Americans truly feel grateful to U.S. service personnel and take steps to express that gratitude. But what do you do for the families of veterans and active-duty, guard and reserve personnel? In many ways, these families sacrifice as much as their loved ones in service to the country.It’s just as important to support military and veteran families; they are the reason their loved ones fight and their inspiration for returning home safely. Many military families cope with the emotional and physical injuries their loved ones in the service come home with. A stable, loving family can help a veteran make the difficult transition from active duty to civilian life, or help an active-duty person return home after deployment.These families face significant hardships in support of their loved ones in military service. Forty-three percent of military families have moved three or more times in the past 10 years, according to a survey of military families, conducted by Vet Tix. These frequent moves cause difficulties for children adjusting to new schools, spouses finding jobs, and making new friends.Everyone can make a difference for veterans, members of the military and their families. Here are ideas for meaningful ways to show your support:Help them make memories.Veterans’ and military families often face financial challenges that can make it difficult to afford simple luxuries other Americans take for granted, such as attending a concert, show or sporting event. The ticket price for a game can easily exceed $200 for a family of four. In fact, the Vet Tix survey found cost was the main reason military and veteran families were unable to participate in entertainment opportunities.You can help a military or veteran family make special memories and attend the show or event of their dreams by donating tickets or funds to Vet Tix. The organization provides tickets for sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities to verified members of all branches of currently serving military and veterans. The impact of the donation often goes far beyond a single day of fun.For example, a Vietnam veteran living in Florida used tickets from Vet Tix to help rebuild ties with his wife and children. After he successfully reconnected with his family and community, the man’s doctor wrote a letter to the organization thanking them for helping lower the veteran’s PTSD-related anxiety.“Many veterans face financial challenges while making the transition from military to civilian life,” says Joel DeLand, a U.S. Army veteran from Chicago. “Long-lasting psychological effects from military service can cause veterans to isolate themselves from others when they return home. I’ve personally used Vet-Tix-provided tickets to reconnect with friends by attending local events together.”Visit www.vettix.org to learn more and to make a donation.Help care for their best friendsWhen military service people deploy overseas, some will have to leave behind a beloved pet. Not everyone will have a family member or friend who is able and willing to take in the service person’s pet for an extended period of time.You can help by donating to an organization that fosters pets for active-duty military, such as Dogs on Deployment or Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet. You can also volunteer to foster a pet. These national organizations work to match members of the military who need foster care for their pets with families around the country willing to care for them. If you live near a military base, you can also contact the base’s command to see if they have a local program in place.Help care for the whole familyEvery member of a military or veteran family can benefit from support. You can help discharged veterans and military spouses by volunteering to be a career mentor. Contact the Armed Services YMCA to see if you can volunteer as a teacher’s aide for preschools and after-school programs that serve military families in your area.Reach out to your local veterans or military support organizations and ask about adopting a military family. “Adoption” can be as simple as writing personal emails or letters of support, or offering financial help for specific needs, such as buying school clothes and supplies for children, or gifts during the holidays.For a super-easy way to help, simply log on to Operation Homefront’s Amazon page where you can purchase and donate a backpack for a child in a military family. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more


Byron Jennings Replaces Rene Auberjonois in She Loves Me

first_imgBroadway switcheroo alert! Byron Jennings has boarded the starry cast of She Loves Me. The Great White Way alum replaces the previously announced René Auberjonois as Maraczek in the revival, who has departed the production due to personal reasons. Headlined by Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski, the show will play a limited engagement February 19, 2016 through June 5. Opening night is scheduled for March 17 at Roundabout’s Studio 54.Jennings returns to the Roundabout Theatre Company stage, where his credits include The Man Who Came To Dinner, Heartbreak House, A Touch of the Poet, Twelve Angry Men and A Month in the Country. Other recent Broadway credits include You Can’t Take It With You and Macbeth.Directed by Scott Ellis and featuring a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock, She Loves Me follows Georg (Levi) and Amalia (Benanti), two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed? The score features favorites such as “Vanilla Ice Cream,” “A Romantic Atmosphere,” “Dear Friend” and “She Loves Me.”The musical comedy’s cast will also include Gavin Creel and Michael McGrath. Zachary Levi Star Files View Comments Laura Benantilast_img read more


Football team begins preparing for Longhorns

first_imgFreshman quarterback JT Daniels threw two interceptions and zero touchdowns against Stanford, but he will look to turn the page against Texas this weekend on the road. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)After a tough loss at Stanford on Saturday, the Trojans will attempt to redeem themselves when they travel to the Lone Star State to play Texas with preparations ramping up on Tuesday.Prized freshman quarterback JT Daniels struggled against the Cardinal, completing 16 of his 34 passes for 215 yards and two interceptions while getting sacked four times and losing a fumble against Stanford’s aggressive blitz. Daniels also briefly exited the game after bruising his hand, causing some concern about his status this week.But during practice Tuesday, head coach Clay Helton said that Daniels looked good with his hand and is not experiencing pain.“It’s pretty dang close,” Daniels said when asked if his hand was 100 percent . “It’s just an adjustment I have to make… It’s not like, ‘Oh, I can’t throw to the corner route, or something like that. It was just an in-game adjustment and that’s football and it happens. It’s just something I have to deal with.”  Daniels also downplayed using his freshman status as an excuse for his play, saying that learning curves are still mistakes.“They’re both the exact same thing, pretty much,” Daniels said. “They’re mistakes that you would expect someone that’s newer to make … We’re allowed to make mistakes, but it’s also you’re allowed to make that mistake once. … We’re learning from [mistakes] and trying to be better each day.”Daniels also expressed confidence in freshman wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown, saying that his deep ball targeted to St. Brown that was intercepted in the fourth quarter was not St. Brown’s fault.“It was not a good throw,” Daniels said. “It wasn’t where it was supposed to be — in the end zone, back corner. Obviously losing is never fun, you never go out to lose … I’m happy that we  got that experience under our belt in week one, rather than week 10, week 11.”Usc – Texas RivalryHead coach Clay Helton is ready to move past last weekend and focus on Texas, a team that USC beat in an exciting double-overtime thriller last season.“Really a special game, I think for both universities and both fanbases,” Helton said. “This has always been a special rivalry, and we look forward to having the opportunity to going down and facing the Longhorns.”Helton broke down the Longhorns’ offense and emphasized what the team is looking to do to slow them down. Helton said Texas has a balanced offense and praised quarterback Sam Ehlinger.“I’ve also been impressed with what coach Herman has been doing with Sam as far as his progression from a true freshman last year to a year’s worth of experience,” Helton said. “You see his poise in the pocket; he’s really maturing. He’s got two really good wideouts on the outside in Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey that are very efficient on the deep ball.”Texas’ offense isn’t as prolific as Stanford’s, so if USC can limit Texas’ explosive plays and force Ehlinger outside of the pocket and throw on the run, they should be in good shape on that side of the field. Come Saturday evening, Daniels and the offense will look to do their part this time.Injury UpdateRedshirt freshman cornerback Isaiah Pola-Mao is out for the game with a shoulder injury. Senior cornerback Isaiah Langley is limited with hip and groin injuries.last_img read more