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Vol. 3 Number 8 • August 2016
INVISIBLE WEAPONS & WOUNDS: The IED, TBI, and Journey to a PURPLE HEART GI Film Festival San Diego Brings Stories of America’s Military to Life Through Film Connecting Americans to Our Veterans and Armed Forces, One Pushup at a Time Enlisted To Entrepreneur Military Families How and Why to Get a Service Dog? San Diego Veteran Coalition www.HomelandMagazine.com
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inside this issue
6 San Diego Veterans Coalition 8 Veterans and Armed Forces One Push-up At A26Time 12 Purple Heart Day, A Day to Celebrate 16 Dog Days Of Summer 18 GI Film Festival 22 Enlisted To Entrepreneur
26 Supporting Our Military Children 29 Helpful Military Kids Books 30 Stress Free Family Summer 32 Keeping a Military Marriage Strong 34 How And Why To Get A Service Dog
14 Journey to PURPLE HEART www.homelandmagazine.com
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BY: CJ MACHADO
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San Diego Veterans Coalition (SDVC) “Collective Collaboration is Key”
merica’s Finest City is well known for its many attractions, amusement parks, nearby beaches and “perfect” weather. Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, San Diego is home to the largest naval fleet in the world. With over 3 million residents, county wide, San Diego is the second largest city in California and the second largest military town in the United States. When it comes to providing veteran support services, San Diego is the most innovative and resourceful city in the nation. The San Diego Veterans Coalition (SDVC) is mainly responsible for those accolades. It is the largest collaborative veteran service organization in the country. SDVC is the National model for the comprehensive and the integrated system of community partners that serve our veterans. Every month, SDVC provides an open forum for veteran service organizations and businesses to collaborate and better serve our veteran community and their families. The forum is open to anyone that has an interest in supporting or providing a service to our veterans. The affiliated organizations and members range from ‘Habitat for Humanity’ to small business owners who provide specialized services for our veterans. Many of the organizations that belong to SDVC specialize in one field (education, housing, employment, healthcare). The goal is to understand what services each organization provides and with that knowledge, SDVC can offer comprehensive support to our local Veteran community. The Coalition is comprised of a wide variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations, as well as governmental agencies and civic minded individuals. First organized in 2009, the San Diego’s Veteran Coalition membership has grown to over 130 veteran support organizations and businesses. The vision of the SDVC is to honor and care for U.S. Veterans, their families and significant others by integrating all available services.
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The mission of the SDVC is to improve the support of our Veterans in the San Diego Region by inspiring and encouraging collaboration and cooperation among service providers and Veteran service organizations, advocating on behalf of Veterans, their families and significant others for better integration of services, improving communication between Veterans and providers to disseminate information and determine needs, providing guidance and leadership which would affect local changes and serve as a model for other communities to emulate. At SDVC, they have found that collaboration is the key to addressing the needs of San Diego regional Veterans, their families and significant others. To ensure all the needs are met, they have developed five Affinity Group to organize the work of the Coalition and have patterned these Affinity Groups off the successful Live Well model:
1. Physical and Emotional Health Affinity Group 2. Family Life Affinity Group 3. Personal & Self Health Affinity Group 4. Employment & Financial Health Affinity Group 5. Spiritual Wellness Affinity Group Through these Affinity Groups they identify gaps and create measurable outcomes to resolve them. These groups are made up of our members and together they are working to strengthen our community. COLLECTIVE COLLABORATION IS KEY! in supporting our veteran community. Our veterans need your involvement. SDVC encourages all civilians, veterans, organizations and businesses that care about our veterans to attend their monthly meetings and get involved. If you would like to attend an SDVC meeting and support our veteran community, please visit: Sdvetscoalition.org www.homelandmagazine.com
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CONNECTING AMERICANS TO OUR VETERANS AND ARMED FORCES ONE PUSHUP AT A TIME
By Leigh Ann Ranslem Boot Campaign Board of Directors
atriotism. What comes to your mind when you hear the word? You probably see the American flag, maybe envision a soldier in uniform, or perhaps you hear the Star Spangled Banner floating through a sports stadium. Do you think of pushups? If not, you should and here is why.
The Boot Campaign’s Pushups For Charity initiative is a way to show your patriotism and raise funds for our military community. I’ll explain. Several years ago, four of my friends and I were inspired by Marcus Luttrell’s story in the book “Lone Survivor.” Each of us had a unique reaction. I realized how relieved and grateful I was knowing that there are folks like Marcus who answer the call of duty.
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me and my family and I was compelled to do something more. I needed to help others see and appreciate these heroes that allow me to do what I do 24 hours a day. My friends felt the same way and we decided that we have a duty to thank the patriots who protect us on our own soil and abroad. We need to show the family members of these soldiers how much we appreciate their sacrifices. So how do we do that and where do we start? We began by photographing various celebrities in combat boots hoping to bring attention to our military. This was a simple visual of civilians putting themselves in the shoes of our servicemen and women for a brief moment. The idea was for the 99 percent of the population to take time out of their day to be grateful to the one percent who protect our freedoms. The effort gained immediate traction and, as a result, Boot Campaign was born. With a mission of awakening the patriot in every American and providing assistance to our military community in their time of need, Boot Campaign has grown into a formidable national nonprofit that promotes Patriotism among all of us. To date, we have raised more than $12 million in support of our mission.
I was not raised in a military family, and perhaps that is why I am so grateful to the ones who are willing to serve. Their devotion and dedication to our country allows the civilian population to freely choose our own passions and careers. After reading this book, I was awakened to this realization of how others sacrifice for www.homelandmagazine.com
So now back to ‘why pushups.’ Physical activity has always been important to me and my friends who started Boot Campaign. Connecting our minds, body and spirit has empowered us to start this challenge. Pushups For Charity is our version of a walk-a-thon. By donning our boots, you get to walk in their shoes. Now, by doing 90 seconds of pushups, you get to workout as they do and help raise funds to give back. This year, the Pushups for Charity theme is “What do YOU push for,” since I love to travel, I am pushing for “the freedom to travel safely.” Some of our participants push for their families or someone deployed and others decide to push for something as simple as a nice glass of wine.
Are you ready to let us know what YOU push for? If so, here is how it works: Get some friends, family or colleagues to participate with you in a group pushups event. Make it a party! Select a date for your Pushups For Charity challenge and register on our website. You could host a picnic, a block party or you can hold the challenge at your office. Prior to the 90-second challenge, ask people you know to pledge $1 per pushup (or any amount). Get someone to help you count and go for it. Remember to time yourself. Don’t worry, 90 seconds gives you ample time to exhaust yourself, rest and begin pushing again. Collect the money your supporters donated and send it to Boot Campaign. It’s that simple. People of all ages do as many pushups as possible in a minute and a half and raise funds in the process. Kids can do it. People who don’t usually exercise can do a few pushups. In fact, I’ve seen people in their 70s and 80s give it a go. This year we hope to raise more than $1 million, equating to more than 500 individual grants that will support veterans, service members, and their families before Veteran’s Day. Boot Campaign assistance grants are available to military families of all generations and help with housing, career and education expenses, and PTSD/ TBI treatment. Please join me and help awaken the patriots in all Americans. For more information go to: h t t p : / / w w w. b o o t c a m p a i g n . o r g / pushupsforcharity/ How many pushups can you do? Go ahead, drop and give me 90 seconds!
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Visit NissanUSA.com/military *Eligibility requirements apply: Eligible individuals include U.S. Active and Reserve Military, U.S. Military Veterans within 12 months of separation from Active or Reserve duty, U.S. Military Retirees that have completed at least 20 years of Active or Reserve duty required. Military cash certificate available towards the lease or purchase of a qualifying new Nissan vehicle from dealer stock. Excludes Nissan Versa Sedan S Trim, Maxima, Murano, Murano Cross Cabriolet, 370Z, Quest, Pathfinder, Armada, Titan, GT-R and NV. Military cash certificate amount varies by qualifying model. Offer valid from 3/1/16 through 3/1/2017. Limit up to 2 vehicle leases or purchases per calendar year per qualified participant for personal use only. Offer not valid for fleet or business use. Down payment may be required. Available on lease or purchase. Must take delivery from new dealer stock. Subject to residency restrictions. Other restriction s apply. See dealer for details. Offer is subject to change at any time. Always wear your seat belt and please don’t drink and drive. Nissan, the Nissan Brand Symbol, Innovation That Excites, and Nissan model names are Nissan trademarks. ©2016 Nissan North America, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Purple Heart Day, A Day to Celebrate the Courage and Sacrifice of Combat-Wounded Veterans The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration. On Aug 7, 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, creates the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver. The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge. The honoree’s name and regiment were also to be inscribed in a “Book of Merit.” Washington’s “Purple Heart” was awarded to only three known soldiers during the Revolutionary War: Elijah Churchill, William Brown and Daniel Bissell, Jr. The “Book of Merit” was lost, and the decoration was largely forgotten until 1927, when General Charles P. Summerall, the U.S. Army chief of staff, sent an unsuccessful draft bill to Congress to “revive the Badge of Military Merit.” In 1931, Summerall’s successor, General Douglas MacArthur, took up the cause, hoping to reinstate the medal in time for the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. On February 22, 1932, Washington’s 200th birthday, the U.S. War Department announced the creation of the “Order of the Purple Heart.” In addition to aspects of Washington’s original design, the new Purple Heart also displays a bust of Washington and his coat of arms. The Order of the Purple Heart, the oldest American military decoration for military merit, is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who have been killed or wounded in action against an enemy. It is also awarded to soldiers who have suffered maltreatment as prisoners of war.
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BY: VESTA M. ANDERSON
INVISIBLE WEAPONS & WOUNDS The IED, TBI, and Journey to a
“I was forced to come to terms with some of the things that are different about me now,” said Ryan Reidelbaugh from his home in San Diego, California in July 2016. “I had to find ways to overcome them.”
for convoy and foot patrols in and around Al Habbaniyah, specifically providing overall security to the area of military operation and also working with the local nationals.
Ryan joined the Marine Corps after he graduated from high school in July of 2005. Everything he did for the next five years was for his country – he left his dreams at home, along with his longtime friend and current high school girlfriend, KaLeigh Kabatzke. It was almost four years since 9/11 – a day no American will forget, and a day that inspired Ryan’s call-toservice.
It was supposed to be a routine night patrol, but when Ryan’s convoy rolled out at dusk on December 5, 2008, he quickly learned this particular night mission would be different than others. While traveling through a well-known intersection, Ryan’s mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle struck a roadside pressure-plated improvised explosive device (IED), injuring Ryan, rendering the vehicle inoperable, and stranding the platoon until the explosive ordinance disposal team arrived.
In October 2008, Ryan deployed for a second tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373. He was now a lance corporal three years in to his military service. Stationed in Al Taqaddum, an airbase located in central Iraq and approximately 50 miles west of Baghdad, Ryan and his platoon were primarily responsible
The signature weapon for OIF and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) was IEDs, accounting for the majority of wounded and killed military personnel in combat situations. The Department of Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery Service, and William Beaumont Army Medical Center conducted an analysis of wounding patterns in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2005 to 2009, which
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revealed explosive mechanisms (primarily IEDs) accounted for 23,793 injuries and for 74.4% of combat casualties. Data from the Defense Manpower Data Center show explosive devices caused 34,647 total U.S. casualties in the Global War on Terrorism from October 2001 to May 2012. “I saw a bright flash out of the corner of my eye, followed by what sounded like a pencil snapping next to my ear,” said Ryan, who became disoriented from the blast. “When I regained my sense of awareness, I was immediately concerned for my fellow Marines in the vehicle with me. I was sick at the thought that I’d hit an IED and injured one of my Marines.” It’s a feeling many combat warriors experience – because they all know what IEDs can do to a human body. IEDs are produced in varying sizes and have different types of containers, functions, and delivery methods. To increase bodily damage, their shells are typically packed with common hardware, which includes, but is not limited to: ball bearings, bolts, nuts, nails, chemicals and more. Luckily, the rest of Ryan’s team was not badly injured. Upon return to his duty station, medical staff treated Ryan for perforated ear drums and diagnosed him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Once Ryan regained his motor skills and was deemed coherent enough to return to duty, Ryan rejoined his team. But like many warriors returning from the battlefield, no one knew the full extent of his injuries because they were not visible.
On March 25, 2016, the DoD presented Ryan with the Purple Heart for outstanding achievement in the performance of his duties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The DoD praised Ryan for ensuring the security and safety of his vehicle and the rest of his team when his vehicle came into contact with an IED; his actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps. “The TBI impacts my life every day and will for the rest of my life,” said Ryan, who has slowly begun to put his life back together. “I have a hard time remembering things, like why I came into a certain room of the house, what I had for breakfast, and where I parked my car. I get headaches and have a strong sensitivity to light. My life is very different now than what it was before my injuries, but I am learning to cope. I have to set up reminders on my phone. I wear sunglasses all the time. And I
“I was elated to be honored with the Purple Heart,” Ryan said. “Wounded Warrior Project stepped in and gave me something that after seven years I would have never expected.”
Due to advances in medical technology, many service members are surviving wounds associated with IEDs and other explosive weapon systems. These warriors live with the aftermath of their bravery for the rest of their lives. Ryan is no exception as he deals daily with his traumatic brain injury, coupled with other bodily injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. There are too few ways to pay respect for the sacrifices service members make on the battlefield, and it is not uncommon for extraordinary acts of valor like his to go unrecognized. Since his second deployment, Ryan has fought for his health benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In 2014, Ryan sought help from the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Benefits Service team to file benefits claims for injuries sustained while serving active duty. After researching Ryan’s military background, WWP began creating a case for a formal request, asking the Department of Defense (DoD) to honor Ryan’s sacrifice with the award given to those warriors who have been killed or injured in combat – the Purple Heart.
rely on a lot of assistance from my wife,” said Ryan, who finally married his high school sweetheart, KaLeigh, in September of 2011. Ryan is now enrolled in a WWP program that focuses on longterm independence for warriors, helping them to live life to the fullest, on their own terms. Through gracious donations, WWP is able to provide Ryan and warriors like him with support and training for involvement in meaningful social and recreational activities that focus on wellness, volunteer work, education, and other life skills. To the warrior, it’s just a job. Still, the monumental sacrifices made by veterans leave many in awe and deserve the recognition they earned on the battlefield. “I was elated to be honored with the Purple Heart,” Ryan said. “Wounded Warrior Project stepped in and gave me something that after seven years I would have never expected.”
About Wounded Warrior Project The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The WWP purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To learn more about WWP and Warrior Care Network™, visit woundedwarriorproject.org. (Photos courtesy WWP) www.homelandmagazine.com
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ORIGINS DOG DAYS OF
SUMMER Why is this time of year, approximately forty days from early July to early September, referred to as the ‘Dog Days’ of summer? We have all heard the myths about Dog Days, most of which focus around our canine friends, which is why the old folks say this time of year is called Dog Days.
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Some of the myths that I have heard are-hunting dogs will not hunt, dogs go mad and foam at the mouth for no apparent reason, snakes go blind at strike at anything that comes near them, (dogs in particular), no use in going fishing because the fish will not bite, wounds and sores will not heal, if it rains on the first day of Dog Days, it will rain every day for the next 40 days, or the opposite-if it does not rain on the first day of Dog Days then it will not rain for 40 days, and the list of myths goes on. The above-mentioned myths are just that, myths. Handed down from generation to generation, but the real origination of this time of year being dubbed Dog Days, is based on a partial myth also. The term Dog Days was coined in ancient Rome, and was named after the star Sirius, the Dog Star, which is the brightest star besides the sun. It was thought that due to the rising and setting of Sirius at around the same time of the sun each day this time of year, that Sirius added its heat to the sun›s heat, thereby making the days hotter. Hence the term Dogs Days. Our modern day usage of the term has little to do with Sirius or his alleged wrath. We use the term Dog Days to refer to anything that is slow, lazy or languishing.
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GI FILM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO Brings Stories of America’s Military to Life Through Film
Organizers of the GI Film Festival San Diego are finalizing the selection of films featured at the upcoming five-day celebration of films for, about, and by service men and women. Thirteen films are now on the schedule, with more to be added in the coming weeks. “The stories featured in the films span several genres and depict various points in U.S. military history and experience,” says Tom Karlo, general manager, KPBS, which is presenting the festival, now in its second year. One such film is the 90-minute documentary “USS Indianapolis: The Legacy.” It was a 10-year journey to produce the film, which filmmakers Sara Vladic and Melanie Capacia Johnson describe as a “passion project.” The film opens the GI Film Festival San Diego with a screening at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park on Wednesday, Sept. 14. At the age of 13, Vladic heard about the tragedy of the USS Indianapolis while watching a documentary about WWII that touched upon the sinking. At the time, Vladic thought, “That can’t be real,” because it was so incredible.
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From an early age, Vladic knew she wanted to make movies, but she thought someone would make a film about the USS Indianapolis by the time she was old enough to. When she graduated from Pepperdine University, no one had made a film on the story yet. So Vladic set her mind to do so. She contacted the USS Indianapolis Survivors’ Organization to see if she could come and talk to the members. They took her in, inviting her to reunions. The first reunion she attended was in 2001 in Indianapolis. During one of these reunions, the survivors told Vladic they wanted her to tell their story. They had learned to trust her and work began. In 2005, Vladic began conducting interviews with the survivors with the intention to write a screenplay. At this time, there were about 100 survivors. She filmed the interviews, to be more accurate in her research and for archival purposes before the survivors passed away. She completed a full length feature screenplay, but felt it just wasn’t capturing the story authentically and to the depth that was needed to tell it accurately. It was then decided to use the footage of the interviews for the film – first-hand accounts by the survivors
themselves, and in their own words. When she began collecting interviews in 2005, there were about 100 survivors; in 2016 there are now only 23 and range in age from 89 to 94. The filmmakers expedited the production process so they could show the survivors and their families a finished product, which they did at the recent annual “Survivors’ Reunion” in mid-July 2016. According to Vladic, going to the 2016 reunion was like going home to see family. It’s always a treasured event, and even more so this year because they were able to show the finished film to the survivors, rescuers, and Indy family members in an actual movie theater. “The reception was overwhelmingly fantastic,” said Vladic. “There’s nothing like hearing the words from the survivors that ‘we got it right’ and they’re ‘so proud of us for telling their true story.’” Also at the reunion, Vladic was inducted as an “Honorary Survivor,” a title that only a select few hold in the organization. “’USS Indianapolis: The Legacy” is a driving force for us to tell their story accurately,” says Johnson. “We feel it is our responsibility to let current generations know what is arguably the greatest generation who sacrificed for us to have the freedoms we have.
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a piece of his father but a piece of history. Frogman delves into the sacrifices and burdens of a family where keeping secrets became part of the job, and explores just how much we can know someone through the stories we inherit.
“Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan”
Their story needs to be preserved and celebrated.” This commitment to preservation and celebration of the military experience is one of the key missions of the GI Film Festival San Diego. This year, several of the selections feature epic stories that few people today know about, yet many will have a chance to see on the big screen during the five-day festival. Another such film is “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War,” a film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, III. This film documents the true story of church minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha, who left their children behind in Wellesley, Massachusetts, to join a life-threatening mission in Europe and help save Jews and other refugees fleeing the Nazis during World War II. Their selfless endeavor spanning over the course of two years is told through their journal writings in the film.
Newly added titles to the GI Film Festival San Diego line-up also include:
“Escape from Firebase Kate” During the implementation of Nixon’s plan to end the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, 26 U.S. troops are caught in the transition. Unsupported by the South Vietnamese, the men are abandoned on a tiny outpost where they are surrounded by thousands of North Vietnamese troops. After surviving a brutal three-day siege, they lead a daring middleof-the-night escape through the jungle and evade enemy troops. “Escape from Firebase Kate” is their story, told by the men who survived in their own words.
“Frogman” Patrick only knew his father through the life stories he would tell – stories of covert operations as a frogman and Navy SEAL in Vietnam. With each story told, Patrick felt he gained not only
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During World War II, just off Chicago’s shoreline, the U.S. Navy trained over 15,000 carrier pilots on two makeshift “flattops,” both former, coal-fired, side wheel passenger steamers. Not every pilot landed successfully on the pitching decks of the USS Wolverine and USS Sable; many aircrafts went to the lake bottom. This is the story of the recovery of those rare warbirds and the ingenious training program that changed the course of the war in the Pacific.
“Operation Allie” Anthony Marquez, a former Marine and military dog handler, has returned from Afghanistan. He lost 17 friends in the war and has been suffering from the effects of PTSD. When he finds out the dog he went through the war with is being retired from the Marine Corps, he sets out to adopt her. This is the story of his journey to be reunited with his best friend, Allie, and the comfort they can provide for each other.
“Tom’s War” Tom Geerdes served as an Army medic in the 11th Armored Calvary in Vietnam and Cambodia. Like many veterans, he returned home a changed man. At StoryCorps, Tom shared his long journey toward healing with his daughter, Hannah Campbell. This animated short features the audio from their recording.
“The Last Time I Heard True Silence” Upon returning from Iraq, Noah struggles to transition back into civilian life. His attempts to reintegrate are repeatedly thwarted by problems he never faced before. After losing more friends to suicide than war, he finds himself hitting rock bottom so he starts running and he never stops. Now a father and husband, Noah enters a 50-mile wilderness race, pushing his mind and his body to their limits.
“The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel” Peter Ertel was considered “like family” by his Jewish employers by the end of World War II, but he had a remarkable past as a German soldier for five years at the beginning of the war. In the first-person narrative documentary “The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel,” the man speaks of his experience in a hatred, destruction-driven time. The film features rare archival footage – previously unreleased– as the audience learns from this former agent for the U.S. State Department.
“The Year of the Tiger” During the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy has to decide whether to put millions of Americans at risk and assist millions of people trapped 110 miles behind the Iron Curtain.
The second annual GI Film Festival San Diego is presented by KPBS in partnership with the GI Film Group and Film Consortium San Diego. The events schedule includes screenings at multiple venues, panel discussions and Q&A sessions with filmmakers, a Family Movie Night and a Local Film Showcase, featuring the works of San Diego area filmmakers, locations, and actors. The weekend culminates in a Closing Celebration and Awards Ceremony on Sept. 18, where filmmakers featured in the Local Film Showcase will be in contention for receiving awards in multiple categories. An Audience Choice Award will also be announced, giving audiences an opportunity to vote throughout the festival for their favorite film. Many of the events, including the awards ceremony, will be open to the public with special discounted opportunities for active duty military personnel and veterans. General admission tickets will be available online on Monday, Aug. 8. All access passes for entry into festival events and screenings are available now for $85 each on the GI Film Festival San Diego website at www.GIFilmFestivalSD.org.
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ENLISTED TO ENTREPRENEUR By Vicki Garcia
Trust is the life’s blood of business. Your prospects and customers must trust you, your services, or products. You have to trust your vendors and suppliers as well. Building and maintaining trust is central to success for every business owner. Nothing is sold until it is trusted, or at least the person selling it is trusted. Your reputation, your brand, your image, the way you and your business are perceived, all have to do with establishing trust. When things go wrong, often it has to do with a breakdown in trust. If you think about it, difficulty with a customer can be traced to a loss of trust. Once your customer doesn’t trust you, it’s almost impossible to regain that confidence. So, maintaining your buyer’s trust is critical. To quote Adam Kay, a Business & Professional Development Consultant with J.D. Strategist, “Trust is more than just a warm and fuzzy feeling people get if they like you; fundamentally, it’s also about your ability to get results. Steven Covey (author of the muchcelebrated book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) explains this double aspect of trust in terms of character and competence. On the one hand, character includes your integrity, motivations, and intent with people. On the other, competence includes your capabilities, skills, results, and track record. Both are integral to leadership; both are prerequisites for trust.” 22
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It’s important to say that some people have serious issues with trust. No matter what you do or say, how hard you try to prove to them that you, your services, or your product is reliable, they will never trust you. This manifests itself with the prospect asking zillions of questions, practicing “hire an expert and then tell them what to do,” and vigilantly looking for signs that somehow this non-trusting potential buyer is going to get screwed. This kind of customer can cause chaos and tremendous stress. Learn to see them coming. When you bump into someone like that, my recommendation is that you run the other way and find another prospect. There are many things you can do to build and maintain trust. Here are a few: Cloak Your Business in a Polished Image. Perception really is reality. Invest in a great logo and website. Branding is about preselling, so the buyer feels reassured. People think in stereotypes. People think and buy with their eyes. They hear what they see. Watch your visual clues to trigger the right stereotypes. Be Dependable and Predictable. Nothing adds to www.homelandmagazine.com
trustworthiness more than being responsible. Always say what you’re going to do, and do what you said you would do. They call this “integrity.” People value dependability and will even pay more for it. Nothing kills trust quicker that being erratic or unpredictable. Visibility Leads to Credibility. Hide behind your business and lose the standing you gain by prospects and customers feeling you are “the best” because they see you everywhere. In fact, visibility trumps actual ability, it’s that important. Want proof? How many incompetent competitors do you know? How did they find any success? Visibility. People Trust People They Like. In the
western psyche “like” and “trust” are inextricably linked. We have a difficult time trusting someone we don’t like, and we trust someone we do like. Logic always loses out to emotion. People buy and will pay more for the way you make them feel, so make them feel good. Presto, you’ll be liked. Ask any good salesperson and they will tell you how important it is to be liked. Communicate Often and Well. Frequent interaction helps to reinforce your expertise, concern for others, and talent. Communicate often with your target market, prospects, customers and employees. Avoid surprises.Become an emailing enthusiast, and allow for some of your personality to shine through.
Offer a Guarantee. Offering a guarantee or it’s close cousin proposing a free trial, help to ensure customer reassurance. We live in a skeptical world. People have been trained to be cynical. Anything you can do to calm the dubious buyer will be to your benefit. Cultivate Testimonials and Positive Reviews. Nothing works as well as hearing others saying how wonderful you are, how well your company solved a problem, or the success you had with a customer. The internet is loaded with places to generate testimonials, encourage reviews, and even generate referrals. You want prospects to arrive at your door already trusting you.
Vicki Garcia is the Co-Founder of Veteran Entrepreneurs Today & President of Marketing Impressions. Look for trusted advisors, or apply to be a B2B vendor for veteran entrepreneurs at www.veteranentrepreneurstoday.org.
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SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY CHILDREN
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BY WENDY POLING
hen I ask my three year old daughter what daddy does in the Army, she quickly stands up and yells, “HOOAH!” Can you tell my soldier husband has her trained well?
Although I smile with pride to be a military family, I know this lifestyle has not only affected me as a spouse, but also our children. We hear the term “resiliency” used quite frequently when the subject of military kids comes up. I can’t help but wonder if during my own struggle as a spouse, if they are facing a struggle of their own in their heart? I gave myself to this life, it was my choice. My children were not given the option. I truly do believe my children are resilient. They have learned to live without daddy and when he returns, they drastically transition to having him home again. We recover as a reunited family. They have grown and continue to do so by experiencing these challenges first hand. Their ability to bounce back is truly inspiring. Still, their well being is something I always keep in the back of my mind. Our children need to feel supported and need to be reminded of the amazing people they are growing up to be, including just how much we truly admire and appreciate them. As an Army National Guard family, this gets tricky. I remind my children of how valuable we are to the military community; I also explain why we must embrace our civilian community. We are pretty blessed to have both. At the end of the day when daddy isn’t home, we must continue to thrive as a proud military family. We ask so much of our military children. One way we can ensure that our military children continue to feel supported, especially our Guard and Reserve children, is by taking advantage of those programs and resources available specifically for the support of military children.
Here are 3 organizations that support military children in unique ways: Our Military Kids provides support for children of deployed and severely injured National Guard and Reserve members through grants. During my husband’s last deployment, we were able to obtain a grant for my son to participate in a summer soccer camp. It is important to keep our kids not only involved in the community, but to also help sustain them while their parent is away. Chameleon Kids – are military kids who are always changing and adapting. Sounds a lot like military life! Created by two military spouses, Chameleon Kids has fun resources and even a magazine just for military kids. A Backpack Journalist is geared towards 12-17 year olds, because the teen demographic is faced with multiple challenges when it comes to separations. A Backpack Journalist builds resiliency in teens by allowing them to find their voice through creative projects like writing, photography, song writing, digital storytelling and film making. My children are not quite old enough for this, but I am happy to know there are programs like this waiting for them. www.homelandmagazine.com
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BY ANGELA CABAN
6 HELPFUL MILITARY KIDS BOOKS
I love the resources our community has available for our military family. Today we have resource websites, networking groups and many books to help guide us through some very difficult times. Having these resources for families with kids has become a lifeline for us. My husband’s eight month, out of state training last year turned into quite an anxiety fest for my family. Not only was I stressed from being a solo parent, but my children were missing their dad. It had been quite some time since he had last left, so we were all going through some transitional hurdles and having a hard time getting past them. About two weeks into the separation I remembered what helped my son six years prior, reading. Books for military kids are written specifically for military kids and the unique situations or challenges they may be experiencing. Military kid books deal with various topics; dealing with deployment, missing a parent, help with emotions, relocations, and transitioning for homecoming.
I would like to share my top six military kid books that have been helpful to me and my children throughout our military walk. • I Miss You!: A Military Kid’s Book About Deployment: Beth Andrews, a social worker who counseled military families, wrote this book to help children and parents deal with deployment. The book is one-half parents’ guide and one-half child’s coloring book. In age-appropriate words, it explains what deployment will mean for the child, the deployed parents and the family left behind. It includes suggestions that can help children deal with anxiety and anger and go ahead with their lives. • My Dad’s a Hero: Any child whose father is serving in the military far away from home should read this book. It’s a perfect book for children who miss their dads, worry about them, have lots of conflicting emotions and unanswered questions. The book is also perfect for young readers, uplifting and free from scary words like guns, war and fighting. This book gives kids permission to be happy and proud of their military dad. www.homelandmagazine.com
• A Paper Hug: This book is a favorite of both my children, ages 10 and 4. This story is perfect for kids who need to deal with the emotion of sadness. The story is about a little boy who figured out the best gift to give his dad who was leaving to serve his country . . . a paper hug. • The Wishing Tree: A good book for all, but especially for girls. This book is about a girl who understands her dad is making the world a better place, but is still upset over the deployment. She finds a way to support her dad by creating a small wishing tree in her room, writing her hopes and prayers on yellow ribbons that she ties onto the branches. She wishes for her dad to enjoy good meals, make new friends, and return safely, the little tree comes to life with yellow ribbons of hope.
• My Dad’s Deployment: A Deployment and Reunion Activity Book for Young Children: If you’re looking for fun activities to do with your kids during deployment, then this book is perfect. The activity book features mazes, dot-to-dot, counting, matching, coloring, crafts, telling time, and other activities for preschool and early elementary children. Shown within the context of common deployment and reunion topics, the activities reinforce concepts young children are already learning and offer children the opportunity to ask questions, talk about their feelings, and feel connected to their deployed parent. • Military Life: Stories and Poems for Children: This book was one that my daughter fell in love with, we still read it! This book is a collection of original stories and poems on the many aspects of military life from a child›s point of view.
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BY ANGELA CABAN
STRESS FREE SUMMER FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
The temperature is rising as the summer season gets in full swing. As we experience heat waves and summer activity stress â€“ you will need to start thinking of fun ideas to keep those kids, as well as the family busy. 30
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Don’t let summer break stress you out. These few ideas are methods to keep your kids active, entertained and engaged. Productive ways to spend your extra time together, stress free. We all know summer can be quite demanding with kids – whether they are bored or just continuously seeking entertainment and your attention. For the stay-at-home parent, you’re probably trying your best to discover things to keep your children busy. While those parents who work full-time are trying to juggle family fun with a full work load. Whichever your predicament, here are some ideas to cool your summer stress and keep everyone feeling positive through your summer break. Children like to stay engaged at all times and they enjoy doing things their parents can applaud. Creating something together is a great way to stay busy while keeping their minds active. Crafts are a positive solution to generate innocent fun that allows everyone involved to get creative. A great start to finding the ideal craft activities can always be found on Pinterest. If crafts are not your idea of a relaxing summer activity, find something you and your kids can do that peak their individual interests. For example, does your son have a fascination with insects? Go to your local dollar store and pick up some tools he can use to scoop up those specific critters and crawlers he’s been looking for in the backyard. After an enjoyable afternoon of catching a suitable bug, spend the rest of your day finding out more information about the insect together. Or maybe your kids are a bit older. Find what interests them and let them explore. During the summer months, when they are not bogged down with school projects and extracurricular activities, this is the time for them to uncover their own individual interests. Getting involved with them is a great way to spend the summer months together. Even though it is hot outside, it is important to keep your children active and off the couch. Design a scavenger hunt for your kids and their friends to complete together. Or look into GeoCaching. Also, asking them to explore historical landmarks around your city can be an inventive way to cultivate their minds while they enjoy a unique summer activity. What if you are a full time working parent who believes the summer days are slipping away and you are struggling to find a balance between all the extra family time and work? Simply adding game nights or movie nights is ideal to keep your children entertained while you are able to unwind for the night. It’s an effortless activity that can bring your family together and something everyone can look forward to enjoying. An even better way to unwind? Take a break with your family. These trips are meant to be a stress reliever. Plan a spontaneous vacation and keep it simple. A camping trip is a cost effective, trouble-free approach to get the family out of the house and explore your surroundings together. In addition to all the fun to be had, the last few summer weeks are the perfect time to focus your children back on the idea of getting into a routine before school commences. Check with your local library to see if there are any back to school programs to help prepare them. For example, at the Oceanside California Library there is a calendar of events filled with art and reading events throughout this month. Also, with a new school year comes another year of more responsibility as they grow and mature. Perhaps you can sit them down and discuss future chores and fashion together a weekly planner. Don’t let summer break stress you out. These few ideas are methods to keep your kids active, entertained and engaged. Productive ways to spend your extra time together, stress free. www.homelandmagazine.com
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BY ANGELS CABAN
4 WAYS TO KEEP A MILITARY MARRIAGE STRONG
Marriage in general is tough. Throw in deployments, solo parenting, reintegration and you will quickly learn just how challenging military marriage can be. My husband and I have both learned this throughout 11 years of military marriage. Learning to put your marriage first isn’t a difficult task, but one that comes with a lot of lessons, and some harder than others. But don’t expect a strong marriage to happen overnight, it takes work, patience and a lot of understanding on both parts. Despite any separation, here are 4 things we have both learned on how to make our marriage a top priority and keeping our military marriage strong: 1. Marriage is the Responsibility of Both
You don’t go into marriage alone. The day you take your vows, you promised to love, honor and protect one another. Most importantly, you vow to protect your marriage. So why treat it differently while apart? One of the hardest things for me during a separation has always been feeling like I was in this alone. I would place the blame on the military, his job, and the fact that it took him away from me. No matter what, you both have very important roles to play, and realizing that separation
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does not change those roles shouldn’t be forgotten. You must remind yourself that even though you may be thousands of miles away, it is both your responsibility to step up and take action. Any issues you may be having should be handled by both. Step up and work on it, no one should ever be left alone to just deal with it. 2. Communication
This probably will sound like a broken record, but communication is the key to any marriage. Especially in a military marriage, because of the obstacles and additional stress this life brings. Men and women have different ways of communicating, and that’s okay. If you prefer to write it down in an email, Skype, text – it doesn’t matter how. Just as long as you remember that all forms of communication is important to your marriage during a separation. My husband was a texter, and I was a on the phone kind of gal – it doesn’t matter how, just communicate! 3. Take Advantage When you’re a military spouse, sometimes it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Separation is a big part of
this lifestyle, so take advantage of the moments you do have with your spouse. Instead of looking at it as how many days until they leave, look at it as the time you have available to spend together. Take advantage of it and savor the moments together. Create memories, and remember to save the small arguments for another time – have a good attitude and spirit! 4. Be patient With Each Other Patience is a virtue, and possibly one of the most important ones in marriage! There will be good days and very stressful days for you and your spouse, and because of the twists and turns that this roller coaster life brings, patience will be the key to getting through each day with your spouse. Understand each other, if you’re having a bad day, give each other some space and talk about what may be bothering you. Ensuring that you keep your marriage priorities in the right order will go a long way. In result, your marriage will be stronger and more able to withstand any challenge.
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How And Why To Get A Service Dog?
BY JUDY KEENE
Seeking and training a service dog can be a wonderful thing, providing 24/7 companionship and doing tasks that help your disabilities greatly. First be sure that you want and need a service dog for your disability â€“ it is a major commitment, much work and determination, a lot of fun, and definitely worth it if you understand what the dog can do for you.
1. Do you want a service dog? Or do you really want an emotional support dog or a therapy dog? LITTLE OR NO TRAINING REQUIRED for an emotional support dog: An emotional support animal (ESA) is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefits, such as alleviating or mitigating some symptoms of a disability. Emotional support animals are typically dogs and cats, but may include other animals. Legal rights of an emotional support dog are very limited and may vary from state to state. LITTLE TRAINING REQUIRED for therapy dogs: A therapy dog is a dog that is trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with autism. EXTENSIVE TRAINING REQUIRED for a service dog: A service dog is a type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities. Those disabilities may include visual difficulties, hearing impairments, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), seizures, ambulatory issues, mental illness, diabetes, autism, and more. Legal rights of a service dog are extensive and protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) law. The training of a service dog with you may take: 2 to 3 weeks on a service dog campus for certain disabilities (mobility training, for example) or may require up to 6 months of training of client with dog, meeting 2 to 4 times a week with a service dog trainer, until you and dog are bonded, communicating effectively with each other, and meeting service dog requirements (most often for PTSD and psychiatric service dog training). 2. Training a service dog and maintaining the service dog requirements requires commitment. At the end of the training process, the client must be able to pass the Public Access Test with the dog, for the first major accomplishment â€“ it is fun, sometimes easy, and sometimes very challenging, but all very beneficial. To download and review the Public Access Test, go to: http://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/standards/public-access-test/
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If you want a service dog, here are tips on how to find one: 1. Check the ADI (Assistance Dogs International) website for a listing of service dog organizations. http: //www.assistancedogsinternational.org/location/ north-america-adina/ This list is a good start but not comprehensive â€“ so do extra searching on the Internet. 2. For specialties, search the Internet under key terms that apply to you: Examples: diabetic service dogs, seizure service dogs, guide dogs (for blind), psychiatric service dogs, PTSD service dogs. Also search blogs and websites that involve your disability, and ask for recommendations for service dogs in your area. 3. Look on each service dog website for answers to the following questions, then phone them for the items not answered on their website: a. List your disabilities and ask how a service dog could help you with them. Does the organization specifically train to help my disabilities?
e. Does the organization select and train a dog, then you attend a 2- or 3-week training program? This is somewhat common and can work well for some disabilities. Ask - how many hours of training a day? What is the cost of the local hotels? If you do not feel that the dog works well with you, or that the program did not teach you enough, can you cancel the contract and return the dog? Ask yourself â€“ do you have the energy and focus to spend many hours and days in training classes? (Note: PTSD or psychiatric service dog training usually requires up to 6 months of client-dog training, meeting with trainers 3 times a week, to be successful.) f. How long does it typically take to get a dog after my application is submitted? g. Will they train my pet dog? If so, what are the requirements and costs for that training? Next Step Service Dogs in San Diego County serves veterans with PTSD and TBI.
b. What is the cost of applying? c. What is the cost for the dog and itâ€™s training? Be very careful if the organization requires a lot of money for the dog, for the training, or asks for your promise to raise a lot of money to support the organization. Some of these organizations do not properly train the dogs, do not do any follow up support, and are unethical. d. Does the organization use negative or positive reinforcement methods for training the dogs? Some organizations use choke or pinch collars extensively, and apply pain to teach commands to the dog quickly. Negative reinforcement can create a fearful traumatized dog that is unable to think creatively. Only seek the use of positive reinforcement methods.
For more information about PTD service dog training, see www.nextstepservicedogs.org or call 760-438-9190. www.homelandmagazine.com
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THEAND CAST OF/ NATASHA SILICONLEGGERO VALLEY/ BRIAN FEATURING DOUG BENSON / GARFUNKEL OATES POSEHN T.J. MILLER, KUMAIL NANJIANI, THOMAS MIDDLEDITCH & JIMMY O. YANG PUDDLES PITY PARTY / TAYLOR WILLIAMSON’S HOMEGROWN SHOWCASE
DANA AND CARVEY / CHEECH AND CHONG +15 OPENING EMERGING ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
DARRELL HAMMOND / JEFF ROSS / JANEANE GAROFALO DOUG BENSON / GARFUNKEL AND OATES / NATASHA LEGGERO / BRIAN POSEHN // DELHOMEGROWN MAR (SAN DIEGO), CA PUDDLES PITY PARTY / TAYLOR WILLIAMSON’S SHOWCASE
16–18, 2016 SEPTEMBER 16–18, SEPTEMBER 2016 +15 OPENING AND EMERGING ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
DEL MAR (SAN DIEGO), CA
SEPTEMBER 16–18, 2016
*LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
DEL MAR (SAN DIEGO), CA
*LIMITED NUMBER OF MILITARY PASSES AVAILABLE. WHEN PURCHASING, PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU KAABOODELMAR.COM
*LINEUP SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
HOMELAND / August 2016
USE YOUR INDIVIDUAL PROMO CODE AND THEN SELECT THE DISCOUNTED PASS TYPE ($249). PRICE
WILL NOT BE ADJUSTED IN THE SHOPPING CART AND DISCOUNT CANNOT BE APPLIED RETROACTIVELY.