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Homeland

Vol. 1 Number 5 • July 2014

Real stories from real heroes; service members, veterans, the wounded, and the families that keep it together

How does CAM Help Veterans? Paying it forward at Del Mar beach Making Military Life Easier Discover San Diego

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Paying it Forward at Del Mar Beach By Rick Rogers Special to Homeland Magazine

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ast summer a freak lawn mower accident took Jack Lex’s right leg below the knee. The sensitive 7 year old was so mindful of the event that as its first anniversary approached he asked if he’d lose his other leg, too. His father John, a Marine officer who served at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar before retiring to Lexington, N.C., knew his son needed to focus on what he had instead of dwelling on what he didn’t. But how? The need was obvious. The solution was not. “He needed to see what is possible,” John said. “Even though he lost a limb, he can still do things. When something happens, you can either be a victim or a survivor. There are no victims in my family.” Then an opportunity popped up to bring his family to San Diego on a working vacation. John jumped at the change of scenery, but he wasn’t sure how this would help Jack. What followed was a stream of serendipitous events driven by bighearted people that culminated in a recent Thursday afternoon at Del Mar Beach. There Jack met Chris Small from San Diego. In 1994 Small lost his left leg in a car accident while serving in Okinawa. At first the amputation that ended Small’s military career devastated him. But it did not stop him. But the former Marine recon sergeant regrouped, overcame and pressed on. Five years ago he took up surfing and now hits the waves at Del Mar with a group of wounded warriors from San Diego Naval Medical Center. Small also volunteers time to several surfing organizations, including one that gives children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses the chance to enjoy the beach while learning to surf. When told about Jack, Small immediately embraced the idea. “This is definitely the way to do it,” Small said. “To show Jack what other people are able to do who have the same situation he has.” “There are just no limits to what Jack can do,” Chris added. “They say

there is nothing he can’t do, but he doesn’t know what to do. Just like anyone, you have to get involved in life.” This overcoming was the message that John and wife Nicole wanted their son to hear and see in action, and a beach outing was arranged by Tom May under the watchful eye of Del Mar Beach and Community Services Department employees Pat Vergne, Matt Belshin and Liza Rogers. May, from Rancho Penasquitos, said, “Chris really is paying it forward. He had guys help him out so this is what he does.” For a few hours, Chris, missing his left leg, and Jack, his right, metaphorically leaned on each other. When a pod of dolphins were spotted close to the shore, the Del Mar lifeguards took Jack out for a closer look. “I think all this slowly going to sink in,” John said. “It is important that Jack sees others like him who are able to do things. Anything is possible for him.” “I don’t think we’ll ever get the smile off his face. For the first time in a long time, Jack didn’t see himself as different or lesser,” John said. “He didn’t think of what he couldn’t do, but what he can.”

There are just no limits to what Jack can do,” Chris added. “They say there is nothing he can’t do, but he doesn’t know what to do. Just like anyone, you have to get involved in life.” 4

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Inside This Issue

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14 COMMENTARY Teaching Compassion in Two Different Languages

17 SPECIAL FEATURE Liberty Station – It’s All Happening Here! Part 2

26 ORIGINS The Most Famous Poster In The World

29 DISCOVER SAN DIEGO Mission Bay, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach

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Paying it Forward at Del Mar Beach

7 FEATURE Free Counseling For Military Families Makes Life Easier

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How does CAM Help Veterans with PTSD and/or TBI?

10 FEATURE The Wounded Warrior Project understands that the greatest casualty is being forgotten™

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HomeLand Publisher Michael J. Miller

Contributing Writers Wounded Warrior Project Linda Kreter Armed Services YMCA Rick Rogers CJ Machado Cyndia Rios-Myers

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Greetings and a warm welcome to HOMELAND Magazine!

Please take some time to get to know the layout of our magazine. Homeland Magazine focuses on real stories from real heroes; the service member, the veteran, the wounded and the families that keep it together. Our magazine is driven by passion, vision, reflection and the future. The content is the driving force behind our magazine and the connection it makes with service members, families, veterans and civilians. Homeland is about standing your ground, resilience, adaptation, inspiration and solidarity. HOMELAND is inspirational, “feel good” reading; our focus is on family, military and civilians alike. I believe HOMELAND is where the heart is, and our publication covers a wide variety of topics, and issues about real life and real stories. We are honored to share the work of so many committed and thoughtful people. They say San Diego is a military town, I find that San Diego is a HOMELAND town, where military and civilians work and live together. Over the next few issues we will feature the rich legacy and bright future of Liberty Station, “where the historic meets the happening”. We appreciate your support and are so happy to have you as a reader of HOMELAND Magazine. With warmest thanks, Michael J. Miller, Publisher

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Free Counseling for Military Families Makes Military Life Easier By Brianna Shannon

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t’s no secret that military life can at times be exceedingly stressful. Between over a decade of combat operations, frequent separations and deployments, and issues transitioning upon returning home, there are many tough challenges faced by today’s service members and their families. Armed Services YMCA San Diego (ASY San Diego) knows the difficult challenges military families endure. Since 1922, the nonprofit has been making military life easier by giving military personnel and loved ones the support and resources they need, through a dedicated focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. One of the many services provided by ASY San Diego is free counseling for service members and their families. ASY San Diego has a staff of social workers at the ready to assist enlisted military families E-7 and below when times are tough through in-home and on-site clinical counseling services. The nonprofit operates separate from the command system, and services are completely free and confidential. Counseling programs are inclusive of all types of families with active duty military affiliation. “We’re here to help individuals and families work through tough times, as well as help them learn new techniques and ways to become better equipped to handle future challenges,” said Amy de Meules, Director of Social Work for ASY San Diego. “It’s our goal to connect with families, and help make their lives easier through our free counseling programs.” ASY San Diego works with service members and their dependents on a variety of issues impacting their lives, including marital conflict, parenting, adjustment to medical crisis or injury, grief and loss, adjustment to relocations or deployments, depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, and much more. Programs are inclusive of all types of families with active duty military affiliation.

“We strive to give back to those who serve by providing programs and events that support military families and honor their commitment to the community and to our nation,” said Tim Ney, Executive Director of ASY San Diego. “Our counseling programs are just one of dozens of free and low-cost programs that we offer to help military families and children live happier, healthier lives.”

“We’re here to help individuals and families work through tough times, as well as help them learn new techniques and ways to become better equipped to handle future challenges.”

In order to be eligible for in-home counseling, individuals must be active duty military personnel (or a dependent with active duty sponsor). The active duty sponsor must be ranked E-7 or below, from any branch of service, stationed at a San Diego command or San Diego-based ship. For more information on other ASY San Diego services or to participate, volunteer or donate, visit militaryymca.org.

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How does CAM Help Veterans with PTSD and/or TBI?

By Linda Kreter

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AM, the acronym for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is gaining recognition for helping veterans adjust and heal after combat mental health injuries (Post Traumatic Stress/PTS and Traumatic Brain Injury/TBI), and for pain management and addiction. Complementary methods are used with traditional, evidence-based therapies, and Alternative methods are used in place of standard medical practice. PTSD (mild to severe) is a complicated condition estimated to effect 20-60% of today’s veterans, and TBI (mild to severe) may overlap in 19% of all veterans. While there is debate over the condition prevalence and diagnoses, additional treatments for symptoms such as hyper-vigilance, insomnia, anger, social isolation, depression and anxiety are better understood. Most CAM therapies are sought by the veterans themselves or family members when traditional, evidence-based VA treatment is ineffective or inadequate. Newer therapies are slow to mainstream to the VA, yet most practitioners acknowledge there is no “one size fits all” care plan. Veterans seeking augmented help often feel empowered by taking action, and will then blend traditional methods with their additional therapies. If you or someone you know is struggling with the symptoms of PTSD or TBI, researching alternative programs may be of help. The following is a partial list to explore: Service Dogs: Many programs exist that pair a SM/Vet with a dog suited and trained to support their specific needs, ranging from dogs who can alert an impending seizure to those that provide solace and companionship. Service dogs become part of the household and add a sense of purpose to the vet. Equine Therapy: Riding programs assist PTSD and those with physical disabilities that negatively affect their emotional health. For many, being mobile away from a wheelchair or walker, and in tune with a large animal is a turning point for hope and acceptance. Outdoor Retreats: Opportunities for veterans provide not only the peace of the outdoors, but add a renewed camaraderie among their peers. Retreats may provide learning a new skill (fly fishing, rock climbing, sailing), and others pair outdoor activities with group therapy. Retreats

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may also include separate sessions for family members and children, who also benefit from the experience. Yoga: Yoga has proven very helpful in easing chronic pain, providing physical focus, and beneficial through adding a spiritual element through movement and breathing awareness. A growing number of programs are taught by vets or family members who understand the aftereffects of combat, and the essential mind/ body connection is nurtured through this practice. Meditation & Mindfulness: These practices restore many focusing on both physical and spiritual elements that elicit emotional stability and well-being and are used mainly for decreasing anxiety and depression symptoms and improving overall wellness. HBOT: (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) HBOT has proven life-changing for many veterans with TBI (and/or PTSD). This treatment places an individual in a highly pressurized oxygenated environment that stimulates cell growth. These highly oxygenated red blood cells move through the body, facilitating the repair of bruised and damaged tissue for faster recovery. Brain scans are showing visible improvement and the VA offers HBOT at most facilities upon request. Acupuncture: This ancient practice of thin needles placed in the qi (“chee”) points of the body facilitates calm, promotes peace of mind for better sleep patterns, and is also a help for chronic pain. Acupressure utilizes the same premise, but uses manual pressure on the qi points instead of the insertion of needles. Therapeutic Massage: The soothing element of touch can be very helpful for emotional health, and is often used for pain management, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and physical conditions. Art, Music, and Expressive Writing Therapy: Through personal expression through these mediums, veterans have found emotional relief and improved wellness. These attentive sessions are often in a group setting, which adds the peer support to those expressing and releasing painful or negative emotions in a non-judgmental environment. Many other complementary and alternative therapies exist, and the key element is finding one that fits the veteran’s personal situation most closely. The symptoms of PTSD and TBI can usually be managed once the correct blend of therapies is followed, and is crucial for the best possible medical outcomes.


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The greatest casuality is being forgotten What started in 2003 as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members, has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.

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t Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), we understand the greatest casualty is being forgotten™. Watching the first wounded return home from the current military conflicts, our founders were inspired to help others in need. As veterans of prior conflicts, many of our founders knew firsthand the struggles of coming home and transitioning to civilian life. They founded WWP with the goal to make this the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in our nation’s history – something WWP has adopted as its vision statement. Their hope was that this generation would be welcomed home with open, supportive arms – a privilege that veterans from prior generations were not awarded. What started in 2003 as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members, has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life. WWP was founded on this idea of one warrior helping another, and it has become intrinsic to our organization. It’s depicted in our logo – one warrior carrying another. While not everyone can serve, everyone can support. And so, once these warriors are carried off the battlefield, it is our responsibility to carry them the rest of the way home, ensuring they accomplish every success in life they desire and deserve. Wounded Warrior Project has a simple, yet vital mission: to honor and empower wounded warriors. We know it is not just the warrior whose life is changed after injury, but the family as well. Which is why our mission carries over to military families and caregivers. Although they may never set foot on a battlefield, the courage and sacrifices of these families are just as significant as the heroes they support. Just as our returning warriors come home to a “new normal,” so does every member of that service member’s family. WWP Executive Director Steve Nardizzi remembers his first visit to a military hospital: “I remember a blur of young faces, too young for the injuries I was seeing. Amputated limbs, gunshot wounds, and disfiguring burns and scars – not to mention the invisible wounds of combat stress. In each room I went to, I handed out a WWP backpack filled with comfort items and offered that Wounded Warrior Project would be there to support them through their recovery.”

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As Wounded Warrior Project celebrates its 10year anniversary, we continue to live up to the solemn commitments we made during those early days of the conflicts. Through our work at the hospital bedsides, we came to fully understand just how long the battle continues after a warrior leaves the battlefield. The more we learned, the more vital our mission became. We realized there was very little direct support in place for these young warriors and their families. Where we found gaps in service, Wounded Warrior Project and our generous donors filled it. Not because we simply wanted to, but because we had to. If we didn’t fill the gaps with worthwhile and needed programs and services, where would these warriors turn as they navigated the mine fields peppered along the path of transitioning to a successful civilian life? During its decade of service, WWP has grown from one grass roots program of packing backpacks in a basement to 20 programs uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. We would never have been able to do this if our mission wasn’t seen by the entire WWP family and our passionate supporters as necessary and deserved. A mission started by six friends with a passion to serve has grown to more than 500 passionate and dedicated employees in 20 program offices – almost half of which are veterans or caregivers. United by shared values, we accomplish our mission by raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service members; helping wounded servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and providing unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. Our mission provides a perpetual compass for our daily collective efforts.

On April 23, 2014 Wounded Warrior Project hit a significant milestone – we reached 50,000 registered Alumni. We are now halfway to our strategic goal of serving 100,000 warriors by 2017. We are also providing services to more than 7,000 family members. These statistics emphasize the profound need that remains and will only grow in the years to come as the conflicts wind down. We know we have a great deal of work ahead of us if we want to achieve what our vision statement so boldly states. We continually pursue innovation in our programs, operations, and strategies to best honor and empower our nation’s deserving wounded warriors and their families. To make sure our programs are positively impacting the

lives of wounded warriors and their families, we survey our alumni annually and use the resulting metrics to ensure our programs are meeting the needs and improving the lives of every member of the military family. The Combat Stress Recovery Program (CSRP) addresses the mental health and cognitive needs of warriors returning from war. While posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat/ operational stress are common after war-time experiences, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) approaches these issues from the warrior›s perspective. We understand the stigma attached to mental health, access to care, and interpersonal relationship challenges. Continued on page 12

Wounded Warrior Project has a simple, yet vital mission: to honor and empower wounded warriors.

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Our approach to meeting mental health needs of warriors is two-fold. We challenge warriors to think about goal-setting and understanding their new normal.

Our approach to meeting mental health needs of warriors is two-fold. We challenge warriors to think about goal-setting and understanding their «new normal.» Many warriors begin their journey with Project Odyssey™, an outdoor, rehabilitative retreat that promotes peer connection, challenging outdoor experiences, and healing with other combat veterans. We have conducted half of the 90 Project Odyssey retreats scheduled to serve more than 1,200 warriors this year, with most participants reporting it helped them learn new coping skills and reporting they would continue to seek out mental health support in the future. We also assist warriors in navigating mental health resources that help process their combat experience. Restore Warriors® is an online tool that teaches veterans more about the invisible wounds of war. Videos of fellow warriors sharing their own experience and strategies, self-assessment tools, and exercises to help with triggers provide valuable insight into readjustment challenges. Our Physical Health & Wellness (PH&W) programs are designed to reduce stress, combat depression, and promote an overall healthy and active lifestyle by encouraging participation in fun, educational activities. Our goal this year is to serve 6,000 warriors and 3,000 families in various activities. Physical Health & Wellness has something to offer warriors in every stage of recovery.

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Inclusive Sports - It’s about what you can do. Inclusive sports allow warriors living with cognitive, emotional, and/or physical impairments to engage in local community-based activities to help overcome both visible and invisible injuries. Participation in inclusive sports is a great tool for rehabbing and learning to thrive. Through sports and recreation, warriors can spark deep-rooted leadership skills and challenge buddies in some friendly competition.

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Fitness - Enhance your physical fitness, no matter where you are on your journey. Making fitness a daily routine can change your life. Fitness activities such as run/walk events, dancing, crossfit, paddle boarding, cycling, and rock climbing are great for reaching personal goals such as weight management, physical endurance, speed, strength, and an overall healthier lifestyle.

Nutrition - Fuel your body during recovery. Nutrition plays an important factor in well-being, especially when making new adjustments. By focusing on nutrition, Physical Health & Wellness educates warriors about the four major foods groups, teaches healthy food preparation techniques, and provides nutritional knowledge to promote healthy choices.

Wellness - Unite body and mind for overall wellness. Wellness focuses on educating warriors about healthy lifestyle behaviors and providing opportunities to participate in physical activities that embrace fun, leisure, and recreation. Active engagement in activities such as smoking cessation education, meditation, stress management, yoga, and scuba, can unite mind and body for an improved lifestyle.

One of the better known PH&W programs is Soldier Ride®. Soldier Ride is a unique four-day cycling opportunity for Wounded Warriors to use cycling and the bonds of service to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds. The rides are exhilarating and a great way to help warriors gain confidence and realize you can do this! They have completed nine of 19 rides scheduled and anticipate 1,100 warriors participating this year. We envision a generation of wounded veterans who are economically empowered. They are not unemployed or underemployed, and have


opportunities to pursue a meaningful career or own their own business. WWP offers higher education programs, information technology training, and employment assistance services to encourage economic empowerment for warriors to provide long-term financial stability for themselves and their families. TRACK™ is the first education center in the nation designed specifically for wounded warriors. The 12-month program, which will serve 240 warriors this year, gives warriors a jump-start on meeting their educational goals, while also supporting goals around personal health and wellness, mental health and career development. Thus far, 95 percent

Benefits Service program provides access to earned government benefits and has filed more than 4000 claims on behalf of warriors this year. True to its roots, Wounded Warrior Project has delivered more than 17,700 backpacks and 42,900 transitional care packs filled with essential care and comfort items such as clothing, toiletries, playing cards, and more to injured warriors at military trauma centers nationally and abroad through our WWP Packs program. Despite a decade of service, Wounded Warrior Project knows it must constantly plan for the future. For many warriors, the battle continues long after they return from conflict, and they discover that the help they thought they would receive doesn’t even begin to cover what they really need. That is why WWP is not just committed for today or tomorrow, but for a lifetime. This year, Wounded Warrior Project committed $30 million to help 250 of our most severely injured warriors who need a lifetime of support. This funding will serve the most severely wounded service members through two initiatives — the Independence Program and the Long-Term Support Trust. The Independence Program helps warriors live life to the fullest, on their own terms. It is designed for warriors who rely on their families and/or caregivers because of moderate to severe brain

This year, Wounded Warrior Project committed $30 million to help 250 of our most severely injured warriors who need a lifetime of support. of our TRACK graduates immediately enrolled in school or work after graduation, and over 80 percent of past graduates have remained in school or employment based on our annual check-in. Our Transition Training Academy™ (TTA) provides warriors with innovative information technology (IT) training and has trained 932 warriors so far this year. We currently have a 100 percent pass rate for our computer maintenance and repair (CRM) course through TTA compared to a 60 percent pass rate in the civilian sector. The Warriors to Work program provides career guidance and support services to WWP Alumni interested in transitioning to the civilian workforce by matching their skills and experience to the needs of hiring managers. We help them set attainable goals, build an effective resume, and prepare for an interview. In mid-June, Warriors to Work celebrated its 1000th career placement this year. To ensure injured service members engage with one another, WWP has both a peer mentoring and robust Alumni program. Additionally, the Policy & Government affairs program ensures injured warriors and their families have a voice in local and national advocacy and legislative issues. In April, WWP played a significant role in drafting the Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2014, introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.). The bill would not only close gaps in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implementation of the Caregiver Assistance Law of 2010, but also addresses needs that were not covered in that earlier law. WWP played an instrumental leadership role in the writing and ultimate passage of the groundbreaking 2010 law – the first recognition by the VA and federal government of the obligation to care for caregivers of injured veterans – and this bill extends and expands the support that caregivers would receive. Our

injury, spinal-cord injury, or other neurological conditions. It is a team effort, bringing together the warrior and his or her full support team while creating an individualized plan for each warrior — focusing on goals that provide a future with purpose at no cost to the warrior and his or her support team. It’s designed as a comprehensive long-term partnership intended to adapt to the warrior’s ever-changing needs. The Long-Term Support Trust was developed to ensure services including life-skills training, home care, transportation, and additional resources remain available to the severely wounded who, upon the loss of their caregiver, is at risk for institutionalization. Through the Trust, resources will be available for all warriors enrolled to supplement services and entitled benefits. The goal is to empower each warrior to live independently as possible, with the highest quality of life and the finest, most compassionate care. When we say we are committed for a lifetime, we mean it. Wounded Warrior Project will be here to honor and empower wounded veterans and their families for as long as they need us.

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Teaching Compassion in Two Languages By Cyndia Rios-Myers

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hile English is the primary language spoken in my San Diego home, which was not the reality of my childhood. I was raised in a home where both English and Spanish words bounced off the walls. Actually, it was probably more unilingual as my parents spoke only Spanish to each other. My older sister learned English in school, and I learned English from her. By the time my little brother came around, English was the predominant language in our home. Understandably, English was my first language, but Spanish was a somewhat strong second one, as my mother and father continued to speak to me in it, even while I answered them in another. A permanent move from the United States to Puerto Rico changed all of that. At the age of 10, I shelved English as my language of choice and replaced it with my rusty Spanish. My first few months there were very rough. While I was able to speak to my sister, brother, and mother in English, we were greatly outnumbered by Spanish speakers. My aunts, uncles and cousins laughed at me while they corrected my speech. I didn’t like being mocked, so I worked hard at mastering Spanish. A few years later found me living back in the United States full time. Thanks to my bilingual siblings and friends, my English did not get rusty. I got a job, got married (to a non-Spanish speaker), and had a kid. Then the questions came. “When will you teach your son Spanish?” “Don’t you want him to be able to speak to his family in Puerto Rico?” The answer to those was “Yes!” A lot of the people posing those questions were unilingual - only speaking one language full time. I didn’t believe that they understood the complications that come with speaking two languages under one roof. Another barrier was my fear that teaching my son two languages at once at too early an age would cause him to not dominate one language entirely; I’d met adults who had that difficulty in childhood. It was my job to parent him in a way that would best prepare him for life in an English speaking country, so, English became his first language. As soon as he showed his proficiency in it, I began to teach him Spanish words and phrases. He loved it. My husband and I bought him Spanish/ English dictionaries made for kids, as well as other English and Spanish books. He loved them, too. However, if I had to ask myself if I was working hard enough to teach him Spanish, I knew what the answer would be probably not. One day, I read a news article that changed everything. A New York woman and her daughter were killed by her estranged husband because her police reports (the abused woman went to police on more than one occasion) were never translated from Spanish to English. This horrified me. If that awful crime would have happened in a place with a small amount of Spanish speakers, I might have understood the tragic mistake, but this happened in New York City: a metropolis that boasts many individuals that speak Spanish and English, as well as scores of other languages.

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“When will you teach your son Spanish?” “Don’t you want him to be able to speak to his family in Puerto Rico?” However, the woman’s needless death moved me to action. While I could do nothing for the poor woman, I might be able to help someone else. I went on every social networking website I knew of and let everyone know that I spoke English and Spanish fluently. I looked into my own town’s (San Diego, California) need for Spanish interpreters and translators, and saw that I could help. However, homeschooling my son along with my husband’s out-to-sea periods did not leave me with much spare time. In looking at my son, I knew that I could do something. I immediately created a Spanish curriculum for him. I bought a magnetic dryerase board, which I hung on the fridge. Every week, I list new Spanish words for my son to learn. I went online and downloaded scores of free worksheets on learning Spanish. My son was excited about learning more Spanish, he told me. He also asked me why we were doing more of it. I told him that one day, someone might need to communicate something important, but might not be able to because they might not be able to make themselves understood. I asked him if he wanted to help people who could not speak in Spanish or English communicate with others, and he said that he’d like that a lot. So would I. Cyndia Rios-Myers is an essayist, novelist, freelance writer, military spouse and a homeschooling parent of one son. Cyndia and her family live in San Diego, CA, where she is currently researching and writing a new book series. Keep up with her at www.cyndiariosmyers.com.


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A Happening Place for Everyone – and Everything By Rick Rogers Special to Homeland Magazine “It’s all happening here” is Liberty Station’s slick catchphrase, but in this case there is truth in advertising. From places to work and pray -- not to mention eat, play and stay – Liberty Station indeed does have it all – and more is coming.

Companies to develop the site in the early 2000s. In this case, great things do indeed come in small packages. The fact that we were dealing with a compact project on less than 500 acres, as opposed to a base with extensive acreage and potential challenges like restrictions for air fields or unexploded ordinance … helped the progress of (Liberty Station),” said staff with San Diego’s Planning,

From places to work and pray – not to mention eat, play and stay – Liberty Station indeed does have it all – and more is coming. To appreciate Liberty Station’s explosive growth in the last decade from a shuttered former naval training center into a vibrant community venue, a little perspective is required. Consider that Marine Corps Air Station El Toro and the San Diego Naval Training Center, the precursor of Liberty Station, were both closed during the same Base Realignment and Closure round in 1993. That’s about where the similarities end. While El Toro developers have struggled with issues involving the massive Orange County location (nearly 5,000 acres), Liberty Station has quietly taken wing, winning awards after the City of San Diego partnered with The Corky McMillin

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Neighborhoods & Economic Development Department. Also contributing to the rapid redevelopment, according to city planers, was the early recognition that San Diego couldn’t afford the project’s infrastructure costs and needed a master developer to substantially pick up the tab, which is where The Corky McMillin Companies stepped in. Over the years, barracks and open spaces were transformed

into office space, meeting venues, retail shops, banks, hotels, cafes and schools in a transition so successful that Liberty Marketplace won a “Redevelopment Award of Merit” from the California Construction Magazine in 2007 and NTC Promenade took an Orchid award for Urban Design from the San Diego Architectural Foundation. That same year, the Association of Defense Communities named Liberty Station the Base Redevelopment Community of the Year. Businesses quickly took note and began flocking to the historic former naval base and really never stopped. The list of those now calling Liberty Station home is a colorful mix of operations that highlight the best San Diego has to offer. Continued on page 22


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featuring From Panera Bread to the School of Rock to The Rock Church to Wine Steals to Navy Federal Credit Union to Stone Brewing Company to Oggi’s Pizza to Von’s to Trader Joe’s to the Loma Club to Corvette Diner, the list goes on and on – and is growing. What’s the lure? For legendary San Diego restaurateurs David and Lesley Cohn, Liberty Station’s unique setting and sense community proved too good to pass up. Their award-winning Cohn Restaurant Group is the largest such operation in San Diego County employing more than 1,000 employees. Its 20-plus holdings include: Blue Point Coastal Cuisine in the Gaslamp Quarter, El Prado in Balboa Park, Indigo Grill in Little Italy, 333 Pacific in Oceanside and Corvette Diner at Liberty Station. In 2009 David Cohn could’ve moved his

And businesses aren’t the only ones choosing Liberty Station. So far this year, 159 special events are booked, including: San Diego Half Marathon, MS Walk, Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival, San Diego Brew Fest, Latin American Art Festival and Autism Speaks to name just a few. And Liberty Station isn’t done yet. By about this time next year, three new hotels – some 650 rooms – will join the existing Marriott and Hilton in gracing the picturesque grounds. The new hotels will complete the new construction planned for Liberty Station, said city planners, leaving several historic buildings

By about this time next year, three new hotels – some 650 rooms – will join the existing Marriott and Hilton in gracing the picturesque grounds. Corvette Diner anywhere in San Diego County. He chose Liberty Station. “Really, it had do with the building and the concept of Liberty Station as a mixed-use project,” Cohn said. “We wanted to find a oneof-a-kind location and we found it here. “Even back in the early days, Liberty Station offered a unique blend. It was a neighborhood – where people lived and worked – but it is also a regional resource for walks, runs and other events. “I think we’ll continue to see one-of-a-kind businesses move in like Stone Brewing,” Cohn said. “We’ve seen tremendous progress in the last five years and we expect it will be that much better in another five years. We are very, very happy here and plan to stay for a long time.”

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in the Civic Arts and Culture District yet to be renovated and occupied. Big changes are also coming for the venerable Sail Ho Golf Club, which starts a new chapter July 1 as the Loma Club. The name isn’t the only change coming to the 9-hole golf course that dates back to the World War I era. The club is undergoing a makeover that will see the addition of a 1,200-sq.-ft. deck. There are also plans to renovate the clubhouse, making it a destination for golfers and nongolfers alike. Through it all, the Loma Club will remain open and a gem among public San Diego County courses. “We’ve been here since almost the beginning

and the growth of Liberty Station has really been amazing to watch over the years,” said Katie Flaherty, Loma Club general manger. “We now have restaurants, bars, clothes and even fishing stores --- and, of course, a golf club,” Flaherty said. “I think you could probably come to Liberty Station and find whatever they are looking for. This place is really diverse.” And while Liberty Station thrives, city tax receipts grow. The city receives property tax revenue for Liberty Station, which prior to redevelopment it did not. In addition there’s increased sales tax revenue from the many Liberty Station businesses and transient occupancy taxes from the current and future hotels. “The conversion of the former Naval Training Center to civilian use was a large undertaking for the City of San Diego, and we are proud of the award winning community it has become today,” city officials said. “Reflecting back on the 1998 NTC Reuse Plan, the project today has accomplished most of the expectations and goals set out at that time.”


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Spend your Summer at NTC Liberty Station! July kicks off with Friday Night Liberty on a Saturday on July 5th! Enjoy free performances, fun hands on activities for kids and parents, food trucks and live music! Meet artists in their studios and learn about naval history! Highlights include Mina Javaherbin, author of Soccer Star, will be at Yellow Book Road from 1 - 3pm for a book signing; a used book sale at Visions Art Museum and a performance by the Theater Arts School of San Diego.

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On July 5th root on the top 10 men and women as they complete the Murph Challenge Final in Ingram Plaza benefiting the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Formerly known as ‘Memorial Day Murph’, The Murph Challenge is an extended version of the Memorial Day tradition that so many supporters have been taking part in for the last several years.Participants not only be pledging to participate in the Crossfit Hero WOD ‘MURPH’ but are also a unique group of Americans who pay tribute to Michael P. Murphy (SEAL), and donating to a prestigious organization founded by the Murphy family. Saturday July 12th-The 4nd annual San Diego Brew Fest returns to Liberty Station, and promising another fun filled day with beer, food trucks, and music. The event will feature dozens of local and international craft beers, as well as San Diego’s most popular food trucks (food sold separately).Admission ranges from $40-$50 and include the beer tastings. The San Diego Brew Fest’s proceeds will benefit Noah’s B-ark Pet Rescue whose aim is to rescue dogs from shelters and find permanent homes for rescued pets.

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“The Most Famous Poster In The World”

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riginally published as the cover for the July 6, 1916, issue of Leslie’s Weekly with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” this portrait of “Uncle Sam” went on to become--according to its creator, James Montgomery Flagg--”the most famous poster in the world.” Over four million copies were printed between 1917 and 1918, as the United States entered World War I and began sending troops and materiel into war zones. Flagg (1877-1960) contributed forty-six works to support the war effort. He was a member of the first Civilian Preparedness Committee organized in New York in 1917 and chaired by Governor Clarkson. He also served as a member of Charles Dana Gibson’s Committee of Pictorial Publicity, which was organized under the federal government’s Committee on Public Information, headed by George Creel. Because of its overwhelming popularity, the image was later adapted for use in World War II. Upon presenting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt a copy of the poster, Flagg remarked that he had been his own model for Uncle Sam to save the modeling fee. Roosevelt was impressed and replied: “I congratulate you on your resourcefulness in saving model hire. Your method suggests Yankee forebears.” Uncle Sam is one of the most popular personifications of the United States. However, the term “Uncle Sam” is of somewhat obscure derivation. Historical sources attribute the name to a meat packer who supplied meat to the army during the War of 1812--Samuel (Uncle Sam) Wilson (1766-1854). “Uncle Sam” Wilson was a man of great fairness, reliability, and honesty, who was devoted to his country--qualities now associated with “our” Uncle Sam. James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960)


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chool of Rock has been bringing the Rock’n’Roll experience to our nation’s youth since 2002. After initially opening in Philadelphia, the company has expanded to over 120 locations across the USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia. Their unique approach and innovative methods have inspired kids and adults of all ages to realize their potential as a musician and band member. After 7 years of operating in the East Village, School of Rock San Diego has recently moved into Liberty Station and is proud to become a member of the Point Loma community. In addition to their yearlong program, which includes private lessons and band rehearsals, their Summer Camps have become a huge hit and regularly sell out. What makes School of Rock’s method different is their inclusion of rehearsals and shows in addition to the usual one on one lessons. Students are able to immediately put their skills to use working on a themed show and putting on a real concert, at a real venue, for real fans. For their Summer shows, the San Diego school is working on songs by modern artists such as OFF!, St Vincent, and TuneYards. They’re also working on 60s classics like The Who, The Beatles, and The Kinks, and 70s rockers like Kiss and Alice Cooper. Over the years, School of Rock students have played on stage or worked with Jon Anderson (Yes), Earl Slick (David Bowie), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Frank Black (Pixies), Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Mike Keneally (Dethklok/Frank Zappa), Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Talking Heads), and many, many more.

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Just For Fun

DID YOU KNOW?

2014

FIRSTS!

Did you know the first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum

Did you know the Beatles were the first band to play in a stadium. They played New York’s Shea Stadium on Aug. 15, 1965, in front of more than 55,600 people.

Did you know the first sailing boats were built in Egypt

Did you know plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970

Did you know Hilton was the first international hotel chain

Did you know the term ‘disc jockey’ was first used in 1937

Did you know the Beatles were the first band to print song lyrics on an album cover. They did so on 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Did you know New York was the first capital of the United States

Did you know the first train reached a top speed of only 8 kmh (5 mph)

Did you know Britain was the first country to use postage stamps

Did you know that the first MTV video played was ‘Video killed the radio star’ by the Buggles

Did you know the subject of the first printed book in England was about chess

Did you know Iceland was the first country to legalize abortion in 1935

Did you know The first English dictionary was written in 1755

Did you know the first rugby club was formed in 1843

Did you know the first city to reach 1 million population was London

Did you know New Zealand’s first hospital was opened in 1843

Did you know the first Burger King was opened in Florida Miami in 1954 Did you know in 1878 the first telephone book made contained only 50 names

Did you know the first metered taxi was introduced in 1907 Did you know cars were first started with ignition keys in 1949 Did you know paper money was first used in China

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Cool breezes, tranquil waters and soft sand beaches attract recreational enthusiasts to the Mission Bay and Beaches area throughout the year.

Mission Bay Located just minutes from downtown San Diego, Mission Bay Park is the largest park of its kind in the world. The 4,600-acre aquatic playground is surrounded by 27 miles of meandering shoreline, with a variety of waterways, inlets and islets to explore. Enjoy water sports activities of many kinds, from laid-back sailing outings to action-packed kite surfing, there’s something for every age and skill-level to enjoy in the water. On land, families can picnic, barbecue or celebrate with bonfires right next to the water. Mission Bay is also home to SeaWorld San Diego, the world-famous marine life adventure park. With awe-inspiring shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable face-to-face animal encounters, kids of all ages will enjoy exploring the wonders and adventures of the sea. If sport fishing is your passion, a number of operators depart from Mission Bay with options for ½ Day, ¾ Day and Multi-day trips. During the winter months, many of these same boats also offer whale watching tours.

• Roasting smores at one of the fire pits than line Mission Bay. • People watching, walking, running, and biking along the boardwalks. • Watching the sunset from Sunset Cliffs. • Moonlit cruise on Bahia Belle, a sternwheeler fashioned after a Mississipi riverboat.

Mission Beach and Pacific Beach

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Experience the quintessential San Diego beach lifestyle in any of the nearby beach neighborhoods of Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. Along the 3-mile oceanfront boardwalk, you’ll find funky surf shops, beach bars, restaurants and nightclubs. There are a variety of upscale resorts and family hotels to choose from. And be sure to visit Mission Beach’s iconic Belmont Park amusement park and entertainment center.

• Lifeguards are on duty daily during the summer and on weekends throughout the year. • There are plenty of rental shops for beach equipment. • Many area hotels and resorts feature room and SeaWorld ticket packages which provide an excellent value.

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