Homeland Magazine May 2020

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Homeland M A G A Z I NE

Vol. 8 Number 5 • May 2020 www.HomelandMagazine.com

Memorial Day A Time for Heroes

Remembering Those Who Sacrificed for America

What’s Next Transitioning

Mental Health COVID-19 Enlisted To Entrepreneur

Memorial Day

LEGAL EAGLE Law Enforcement

Veterans Day Remember the Difference

The Things She Carries

25,000 ‘Soldiers for Life’

Marching to the Beat of a New Mission

Respond to Nation’s Call

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Contributing Writers Holly Shaffner Veteran Advocate

RanDee McLain, LCSW A Different Lens

Vicki Garcia

Enlisted to Entrepreneur

CJ Machado

Homeland Photojournalist

Kelly Bagla, Esq. Legal Eagle

Joe Molina Veterans Chamber of Commerce

Eve Nasby

What’s Next - Transition

Collaborative Organizations Wounded Warrior Project Raquel Rivas

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 6 The Things She Carries (WWP) 10 25,000 ‘Soldiers for Life’ 14 REMEMBER THE DIFFERENCE 16 A Time for Heroes 19 A Lyons’ Heart (DAV) 20 Remembering Those Who Sacrificed 20 A Different Lens - COVID-19 24 Arts & Healing - Memorial Day 28 Leadership During COVID-19 30 What’s Next - A Descendant of Change 32 Enlisted to Entrepreneur - Active Duty 34 Legal Eagle - Chess 36 FEAR (And How to Deal with it) 44 Law Enforcement 50 Homeland 2020 Editorial Calendar 54 COVID-19 Facts (CDC)

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The Things She Carries Traci Uribe traveled 590 miles away from her family

in San Antonio to participate in an endurance event, but she felt close to her husband, Army veteran Javier Uribe. “I wanted to feel what it was like to carry his burdens as a veteran,” Traci said. While Javier while was at home taking care of their three children, Traci was running through deep sand and high ridges in the Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico. “But never in our relationship have I felt closer to him,” Traci said. Traci went out of her way to put herself in his shoes — wearing combat boots and a weighted vest to honor his days carrying 120 pounds of medical equipment as a combat medic. “I kept reminding myself that while I could drop off some weight, he didn’t have the opportunity to put his weight down while he was in service,” Traci said. Javier returned from Iraq with visible and invisible wounds that changed his outlook and caused some physical problems. Together, he and Traci negotiate the deep sands and high ridges of their relationship while managing his PTSD and leading busy lives. Traci participates in fitness events to stay physically active — and to gain a better understanding of her husband’s military service. In fact, it has become her personal mission.

Marching to the Beat of a New Mission “About three years ago, I felt like I wasn’t able to do enough to help him,” Traci recalled. That’s when she started seeking out challenging fitness events designed to honor the sacrifices of servicemen and women. She also bought herself a pair of combat boots and started training in them. Then she added a weighted vest and a ruck sack filled with a 20-pound rice bag and a collection of military mementos Traci started running when she was 19 years old to help her dad stay in shape after his bout with heart disease. 6

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She stayed fit through adulthood and continued to exercise for the mental and physical benefits. After she met Javier, her purpose shifted. Traci wanted to understand more about Javier’s time in service. She said that living with him has taught her many things, among them that “sometimes the invisible injuries are the ones that hurt the most.” Traci looked for events that would benefit Javier and other veterans like him, who are focused on helping others but who rarely reach out for help for themselves. That’s how she found out about the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Carry Forward® 5K, delivered by CSX®, which takes place in San Antonio and other cities annually. Traci attended in 2019 and met other military families who support veterans and active duty military in Military City USA. Carry Forward and the Bataan Memorial Death March have meant the most to Traci out of the nearly 100 fitness events she’s participated in. She brings special items in her ruck sack to every event to commemorate veterans who have crossed her path. “First, I reflect on what my husband went through when I’m getting mentally ready for an event,” Traci said. “I carry items from people who have impacted my life.” Those include her grandfather’s patch from his WWII uniform, another grandfather’s WWII wings from his service in the 101st Airborne Division, her husband’s medic patch from active duty. These are people who have impacted her life and propelled her forward.

In Traci’s Bag 1. Husband’s Army medic patch 2. Grandfather’s WWII 101st Airborne patch 3. Poppy pin to remember the fallen 4. Photo of a Marine friend who was lost on 9/11 5. Stories about fallen heroes from nonprofit Memories of Honor 6. Husband’s mementos, which remind her of things they’ve been through 7. The shell of a bullet from the gun salute at her grandfather’s funeral Continued on next page >

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Quarantined But Not Isolated Traci was doing boot camp training three days per week when the coronavirus pandemic affected everything. “The quarantine has been an eye-opener for many people. I feel so blessed that I have a roof over my head and that my kids are safe,” Traci said. She recounts a time when she was stressed about work and Javier changed her perspective just by reminding her that the people she serves at USAA have been through many trials. Traci is thankful for the insight and appreciates the sacrifices Javier and other military members have made to preserve our way of life. “The more I learned about him and his story, the more he changed my life,” Traci said. She wants to make sure other people are aware of the needs — and talents — of all veterans. Understanding what warriors carry — physically and emotionally — is a big source of motivation for Traci as she trains for fitness events.


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Living with a military service member, Traci learned that often the stressors of everyday life are “small potatoes.” There’s so much richness in knowing about the perils of deployment, the battle buddies lost, and the scenarios Javier has had to work through as a combat medic and as a civilian on the front lines of medicine. Traci is proud of her husband’s service and plans to keep carrying forward for him and his fellow servicemen and women. “Now more than ever it’s important to reflect on life, liberty, and freedom,” Traci said. “When I think about skipping my morning run, I quickly remind myself that this run isn’t for me — it’s for those servicemen and women who can no longer run for themselves. Don’t take for granted why we are here; it’s because of the selfless sacrifices of those who have served.”

“The more I learned about him and his story, he more he changed my life.”

All proceeds from Carry Forward go directly toward programs for warriors, who never pay a penny for WWP services. WWP is committed to empowering, employing, and engaging veterans in their communities. To find out how to support the mission, please visit https://wwp.news/GiveBack.

CARRY FORWARD® 5K The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Carry Forward® 5K, delivered by CSX®, is held in five host cities and virtually across the globe. Participants can: • Carry a flag to show support and patriotism.

About Wounded Warrior Project

• Carry a weight to represent the responsibilities veterans carry while serving our country.

Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers – helping them achieve their highest ambition.

• Carry another person to symbolize one warrior carrying another in their time of need. WWP warriors and supporters can join Carry Forward from anywhere in the world. In addition, WWP’s wellness coaches guide participants through home-based training that will take them from walking, to jogging, to completing a Virtual Carry Forward 5K on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16! Participants can even engage with WWP online by tagging @WWP and with the hashtag #WWPFIT to show off their training, routes, and reason to carry forward!

Learn more: http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us.

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25,000 ‘Soldiers for Life’ Respond to Nation’s Call By Thomas Brading, Army News Service As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, many civilian medical providers’ capabilities are being stretched thin. To help fill this gap, the Army has deployed its own medical professionals to the field and is now calling on former soldiers to join the battle. Last month, the Army reached out to about 800,000 retired “gray-area” and Individual Ready Reserve soldiers, asking them to join the response effort. So far, roughly 25,000 from numerous backgrounds have volunteered to rejoin the Army team, said Brig. Gen. Twanda E. Young, U.S. Army Human Resources Command deputy commanding general and reserve personnel management director at Fort Knox, Ky.

Many nonmedical respondents volunteered through the command’s website, Young said. Once screened, qualified individuals will provide additional capabilities to support the COVID-19 pandemic response, she said. “This effort seems very simplistic — soldiers volunteer and we just bring them back on active duty — but it requires a specialized team of professionals knowledgeable in reserve policy, which the reserve personnel management directorate provides,” Young said. This is a herculean effort, she added. “We understand the urgency,” she said, “thus, we are working multiple shifts to sift through screening volunteers to get them at the point of need.”

Army Spc. Montana Naccarato of Mount Gretna, Pa., assigned to the New York Army National Guard’s 69th Infantry Regiment, checks a motorist’s identification at a drive-through COVID-19 sampling site outside the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, N.Y., April 6, 2020. 10

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“ When we talk about someone being a soldier for life, I don’t think you can

“If individuals are already serving in their local communities, we are proud of their service, and want them to continue serving in those communities, as this effort is not to detract from current community support, but to enhance it,” she said.

get any better example than these individuals. “

Potential volunteers may include medical students, retired doctors, or former soldiers not involved in the medical community. Key medical military occupational specialties needed include critical care nurses, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, critical care nurses, nurse practitioners, emergency room nurses and respiratory specialists, Young said. Who is accepted and where they will go is decided case by case, depending on the Army’s needs of the Army, she added.

- Brig. Gen. Twanda E. Young Soldiers who are currently licensed in medical fields are preferred, but Army officials are encouraging all soldiers to step up in the fight against COVID-19. “Army health care providers are heroes in the fight against COVID-19. Protecting our citizens from the novel coronavirus requires a vital call to action, and we need the help of many of our retired or recently separated medical professionals,” Army officials stated in a news release.

Although 25,000 former soldiers have stepped up to the plate so far, Young said, she expects that number to continue to increase as more people reach out every day.

However, the Army doesn’t plan to mobilize veterans currently in medical jobs, Young said.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Charmain Tolbert, mobilization operations noncommissioned officer in charge, Army Human Resources Command, speaks with a former soldier volunteering to return as an active duty medic in support of combating COVID-19.

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“When we talk about someone being a soldier for life, I don’t think you can get any better example than these individuals,” she said. “These soldiers are willing to rejoin the team and continue to serve.” After HRC receives volunteer requests, officials sift through and validate initial requests, then sort them by specialty, Young said. The duration of the orders is open-ended. “These are individuals who are putting their lives on hold,” Young said. “Even though we want to get them on as quickly as possible, we have to take into consideration they must get life affairs straight and give them the necessary time.” After combing through volunteers’ credentials, the next step is matching them to what the Army needs, then getting the volunteers on orders, Young said. The vetting process works like a funnel, Young said, and filters the volunteers into smaller numbers based on their credentials, requirements, background checks and capabilities. Occasionally, “life happens,” and some qualified volunteers are unable to commit to the Army’s requirements.

The goal is to get volunteers on-board quickly so the Army can get them to the places where their skills, expertise and knowledge are needed the most, Young said. “Requirements are changing for what is needed,” she said. “When we talk to soldiers and explain that we are looking to bring them on, we caveat that statement by ensuring they understand this is at the point of what the Army needs, and acceptance to be recalled is voluntary.” Individuals who don’t volunteer are no less of a soldier for life, Young said. “Our word is that we will take care of soldiers and make sure that they and their families are taken care of,” the general added. These soldiers have gone through the gauntlet, she said, and the Army is proud of their service. They are skilled to operate in some very uncertain and complex times. “It makes me proud to be a soldier — not just a general officer — but a soldier in America’s Army, to see the level of commitment and dedication of those currently serving and those who have served, and their willingness to rejoin the team,” Young said.

Brig. Gen. Twanda E. Young, left, deputy commanding general of Army Human Resources Command and reserve personnel management director, discusses strategies to bring soldiers back into the force at Fort Knox, Ky., April 7, 2020

Soldiers who are interested should provide their information using the COVID-19 voluntary recall survey on the HRC website.

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REMEMBER THE DIFFERENCE Memorial Day: Celebrated the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is the holiday set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military.

Veterans Day: This federal holiday falls on November 11 and is designated as a day to honor all who have served in the military.

“Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union Veterans -- the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) -- established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.”

Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918.

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“In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans,” the site says. “With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”

History of Memorial Day

For nearly 150 years, Americans have gathered in late spring to honor the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in service to their country. What began with dozens of informal commemorations of those killed in the Civil War has grown to become one of the nation’s most solemn and hallowed holidays.

Memorial Day traces its roots to the tradition of Decoration Day, a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. The first declaration of Decoration Day occurred on May 30, 1868, when Major Gen. John Logan declared the day would be a time to recognize those who lost their lives in the Civil War.

Memorial Day has become the traditional kick off of summer but the holiday has a much more significant purpose.

The first large Decoration Day was held at Arlington National Cemetery that year. The ceremonies included mourning draping around the Arlington mansion of former Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant presided over the ceremonies, which included speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the Granddaughters of the American Revolution placing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves.

Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the military. Among its traditions are ceremonies to honor those who lost their lives in service, with many people visiting cemeteries to place American flags on grave sites. A national moment of remembrance takes place across the country at 3 p.m. local time. The purpose of Memorial Day is sometimes confused with Veterans Day. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day commemorated on Nov. 11 each year - honors all those who have served in the U.S. military during times of war and peace. Armed Forces Day, which falls on May 20 each year, recognizes those who are currently serving in the military.

The Arlington tradition was built on longstanding ceremonies held throughout the South. Once of the first occurred in Columbus, Miss. on April 15, 1866, when a group of women decorated the graves of Confederate soldiers who died at the battle of Shiloh. Upon seeing the undecorated graves of Union soldiers who died in the battle, the women placed flowers at those headstones as well. Several cities currently claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, including Macon and Columbus, Georgia, Richmond, Virginia, Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, Waterloo, New York and Carbondale, Illinois. Memorial Day continued to be celebrated at local events until after World War I, which it was expanded to honor those who died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays. In 2000, Congress passed “The National Remembrance Act,” which encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.

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Memorial Day A Time for Heroes By Nancy Sullivan Geng, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota I leaned against an oak at the side of the road, wishing I were invisible, keeping my distance from my parents on their lawn chairs and my younger siblings scampering about. I hoped none of my friends saw me there. God forbid they caught me waving one of the small American flags Mom bought at Ben Franklin for a dime. At 16, I was too old and definitely too cool for our small town’s Memorial Day parade. I ought to be at the lake, I brooded. But, no, the all-day festivities were mandatory in my family. A high school band marched by, the girl in sequins missing her baton as it tumbled from the sky. Firemen blasted sirens in their polished red trucks. The uniforms on the troop of World War II veterans looked too snug on more than one member. “Here comes Mama,” my father shouted. Five black convertibles lumbered down the boulevard. The mayor was in the first, handing out programs. I didn’t need to look at one. I knew my uncle Bud’s name was printed on it, as it had been every year since he was killed in Italy. Our family’s war hero. And I knew that perched on the backseat of one of the cars, waving and smiling, was Mama, my grandmother. She had a corsage on her lapel and a sign in gold embossed letters on the car door: “Gold Star Mother.” I hid behind the tree so I wouldn’t have to meet her gaze. It wasn’t because I didn’t love her or appreciate her. She’d taught me how to sew, to call a strike in baseball. She made great cinnamon rolls, which we always ate after the parade. What embarrassed me was all the attention she got for a son who had died 20 years earlier. With four other children and a dozen grandchildren, why linger over this one long-ago loss?


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A teenager learns the importance of war veterans. I peeked out from behind the oak just in time to see Mama wave and blow my family a kiss as the motorcade moved on. The purple ribbon on her hat fluttered in the breeze. The rest of our Memorial Day ritual was equally scripted. No use trying to get out of it. I followed my family back to Mama’s house, where there was the usual baseball game in the backyard and the same old reminiscing about Uncle Bud in the kitchen. Helping myself to a cinnamon roll, I retreated to the living room and plopped down on an armchair. There I found myself staring at the Army photo of Bud on the bookcase. The uncle I’d never known. I must have looked at him a thousand times—so proud in his crested cap and knotted tie. His uniform was decorated with military emblems that I could never decode.

“Remember how hard Bud worked after we lost the farm? At haying season he worked all day, sunrise to sunset, baling for other farmers. Then he brought me all his wages. He’d say, ‘Mama, someday I’m going to buy you a brand-new farm. I promise.’ There wasn’t a better boy in the world!” Sometimes I wondered about that boy dying alone in a muddy ditch in a foreign country he’d only read about. I thought of the scared kid who jumped out of a foxhole in front of an advancing enemy, only to be downed by a sniper. I couldn’t reconcile the image of the boy and his dog with that of the stalwart soldier. Mama stood beside me for a while, looking at the photo. From outside came the sharp snap of an American flag flapping in the breeze and the voices of my cousins cheering my brother at bat. “Mama,” I asked, “what’s a hero?” Without a word she turned and walked down the hall to the back bedroom. I followed. She opened a bureau drawer and took out a small metal box, then sank down onto the bed. “These are Bud’s things,” she said. “They sent them to us after he died.” She opened the lid and handed me a telegram dated October 13, 1944. “The Secretary of State regrets to inform you that your son, Lloyd Heitzman, was killed in Italy.”

Funny, he was starting to look younger to me as I got older. Who were you, Uncle Bud? I nearly asked aloud. I picked up the photo and turned it over. Yellowing tape held a prayer card that read: “Lloyd ‘Bud’ Heitzman, 19251944. A Great Hero.” Nineteen years old when he died, not much older than I was. But a great hero? How could you be a hero at 19? Your son! I imagined Mama reading that sentence for the first time. I didn’t know what I would have done if I’d gotten a telegram like that.

The floorboards creaked behind me. I turned to see Mama coming in from the kitchen, wiping her hands on her apron.

“Here’s Bud’s wallet,” she continued. Even after all those years, it was caked with dried mud. Inside was Bud’s driver’s license with the date of his sixteenth birthday. I compared it with the driver’s license I had just received. A photo of Bud holding a little spotted dog fell out of the wallet. Jiggs. Bud looked so pleased with his mutt.

I almost hid the photo because I didn’t want to listen to the same stories I’d heard year after year: “Your uncle Bud had this little rat-terrier named Jiggs. Good old Jiggs. How he loved that mutt! He wouldn’t go anywhere without Jiggs. He used to put him in the rumble seat of his Chevy coupe and drive all over town.

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There were other photos in the wallet: a laughing Bud standing arm in arm with two buddies, photos of my mom and aunt and uncle, another of Mama waving. This was the home Uncle Bud took with him, I thought. I could see him in a foxhole, taking out these snapshots to remind himself of how much he was loved and missed. “Who’s this?” I asked, pointing to a shot of a pretty dark-haired girl. “Marie. Bud dated her in high school. He wanted to marry her when he came home.” A girlfriend? Marriage? How heartbreaking to have a life, plans and hopes for the future, so brutally snuffed out. Sitting on the bed, Mema and I sifted through the treasures in the box: a gold watch that had never been wound again. A sympathy letter from President Roosevelt, and one from Bud’s commander. A medal shaped like a heart, trimmed with a purple ribbon, and at the very bottom, the deed to Mama’s house. “Why’s this here?” I asked. “Because Bud bought this house for me.” She explained how after his death, the U.S. government gave her 10 thousand dollars, and with it she built the house she was still living in.“He kept his promise all right,” Mama said in a quiet voice I’d never heard before.

I haven’t. Even today with Mama gone, my husband and I take our lawn chairs to the tree-shaded boulevard on Memorial Day and give our daughters small American flags that I buy for a quarter at Ben Franklin.

For a long while the two of us sat there on the bed. Then we put the wallet, the medal, the letters, the watch, the photos and the deed back into the metal box. I finally understood why it was so important for Mama—and me—to remember Uncle Bud on this day. If he’d lived longer he might have built that house for Mama or married his high-school girlfriend. There might have been children and grandchildren to remember him by. As it was, there was only that box, the name in the program and the reminiscing around the kitchen table.“I guess he was a hero because he gave everything for what he believed,” I said carefully. “Yes, child,” Mama replied, wiping a tear with the back of her hand. “Don’t ever forget that.”


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I want them to remember that life isn’t just about getting what you want. Sometimes it involves giving up the things you love for what you love even more. That many men and women did the same for their country—that’s what I think when I see the parade pass by now. And if I close my eyes and imagine, I can still see Mama in her regal purple hat, honoring her son, a true American hero.

A Lyons’


Combat-wounded veteran of Afghanistan finds purpose providing final honors for veterans By M. Todd Hunter


hen a high-value target failed to show up where Lance Cpl. Ed Lyons had been lying in wait for more than a day, the designated marksman of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, and his spotter were ordered to tactically egress from their hiding position in the Garmsir District of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province and rejoin their squad for the patrol back to their forward operating base. That order forever changed Lyons’ life. Just 200 yards from his unit, Lyons stepped on a pressure plate explosive device. “It was like the earth opened up and all hell broke loose,” said Lyons, who was seven weeks into his first combat deployment in November 2009. “I don’t remember anything other than the world going dark and feeling my body being thrown through the air and hitting the ground.” The blast took Lyons’ left hand, caused a traumatic brain injury and left him with various other internal injuries due to shrapnel in his abdomen. Medical personnel at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany had difficulty stabilizing him in the immediate days after, but he eventually became well enough to be transported back to the U.S. After 2 1/2 years recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Lyons was medically retired from the Marine Corps. The discharge paperwork stated that, due to his physical disabilities, he ‘would never render use in civilian or military industrial life. “For a 22-year-old, that was a punch to the gut,” said Lyons. Suffering from survivor’s guilt, Lyons struggled at

Ed Lyons plants an American flag at the headstone of a grave in Fort Logan National Cemetery, where he worked as a caretaker.

times during his transition from a Marine infantryman to civilian. In 2014, Lyons’ brother, Gerard, an Army veteran of Iraq and then-manager of Yellowstone National Cemetery, invited him to attend the cemetery’s grand opening on Memorial Day. “I knew right then that this is what I was going to do for the rest of my life,” said Lyons. Initially turned down from the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), Lyons worked various manual labor jobs and persistently submitted applications, and he was eventually offered a caretaker position at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. Just four years later, Lyons attended the NCA’s yearlong Cemetery Director Intern Program. From there, he was selected to serve in his current position as assistant director of the Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida. In 2019, Lyons received the Outstanding National Cemetery Administration Employee of the Year award at the DAV National Convention in Orlando. “Ed saw the worst of war and suffered tremendous personal losses,” said National Commander Butch Whitehead. “But he found his life’s purpose as an employee of the National Cemetery Administration, devoting himself fully to honoring our nation’s veterans and ensuring their families are cared for in life’s most difficult times.” Assisting veterans and their families has helped give Lyons closure for the friends who never made it home from Afghanistan. “It helped me overcome my own demons while making someone else’s worst day just a little bit better,” he said. ■ WWW.HomelandMagazine.com / MAY 2020


Remembering Those Who Sacrificed for America BY JIM GARAMONE When Jane Horton hears someone say “Happy Memorial Day,” it makes every one of her nerves stand on end. “That’s not what the day is about,” the Defense Department’s senior advisor for Gold Star and surviving family members matters. Sure, Memorial Day marks the traditional beginning of the summer vacation season. The three-day weekend involves picnics and barbecues and family trips, but it is also about acknowledging the debt Americans owe those who died to protect the country. Memorial Day is a time for Americans to reflect on the sacrifices of so many to secure the country and protect its citizens. Since the country was founded, well over 1 million Americans died in the nation’s wars. Service members are still in harm’s way in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Jane Horton, widow of Army Spc. Christopher David Horton, walks through Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, Feb. 25, 2015 - Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton


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Memorial Day grew out of the carnage of the Civil War, when more than 600,000 Union service members died giving the nation, as President Abraham Lincoln said, a “new birth of freedom.” After such an overwhelming loss, Americans in the North and the South remembered those killed. Arlington National Cemetery — created in 1864 to bury those killed in the Civil War’s Overland campaign — was the site of family picnics on Memorial Day, as families from all over the country visited to place flowers on the graves of their loved ones. Those who have paid that price were like Jane’s husband, Army Spc. Christopher Horton, an Army sniper killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 9, 2011. Chris would want people to enjoy their long weekend, she said. “But they should take some time to remember, and understand why they are free,” she added. “That doesn’t mean they have to be somber or they have to obsess over it. But they should keep the sacrifice in the back of their heads.” The best way to honor the fallen is to live the best life possible — especially for service members, she said. “That’s what I try to do,” she added.

A veteran reads the Glass Wall that contains the names of 58,229 Americans killed during the Vietnam War during a Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day ceremony at the Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial. - Photo By: Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez


“I have fun, go fishing, live the American dream, and remember, and learn different stories of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for me.” Horton is worried that Americans are almost divorced from the losses suffered by those in uniform. “People don’t understand that this is real,” she said. “They don’t understand that people really do go to defend us so the enemy doesn’t come here, and sometimes they die.” Horton is working on care and support to Gold Star and surviving families, “because we can always do better,” she said. “I’m also working to give more senior leaders access to Gold Star and surviving families,” she added. Horton said she wants senior leaders to understand how strong these families are, and that “the force needs to see that strength of the families left behind, and how we want to continue supporting the missions our loved ones gave their lives for.” Finally, Horton suggested that families know the names and know the stories of those who sacrificed for Americans they never met. “Learn a name this weekend,” she said. “Teach your kids a story about that loss. Then go and have fun.”

Sue Pollard, first vice president of American Gold Star Mothers Inc., speaks during a commemorative ceremony for Gold Star Mother’s Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Sept. 25, 2016. - Photo By: Rachel Larue, Army

Air Force Staff Sgt. Jared Arehart salutes the graves of fallen service members at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, Pa., May 20, 2019. - Photo By: Joshua Seybert, Air Force

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A Different Lens Mental Health Monthly By RanDee McLain, LCSW

COVID-19 Fear of Unknown and Loss of Control 2020 has turned out to be a challenging year so far… and it is only May! COVID-19 has challenged us in our daily activities both in our personal lives and our work lives. The line between these two worlds have become blurred for many people during this pandemic. As a social worker - I teach individuals, clients and staff about boundaries and finding a healthy work/life balance. COVID-19 has turned this thought process on its side. It is a lot harder to leave work when it is done from your kitchen table. We used to be able to say leave work at work when you go home for the day. How do we do that when over 70% of working San Diegans are now working from home? It is important to find ways to set up boundaries even when working from home. Here are a few helpful tips for those working remote: Routine: • It is important to start your day like you would on a normal workday. Take a shower; get dressed (do not stay in PJs -though it may be tempting). • Try to have set start/stop times (normal work hours) • Regular breaks; take a walk; do not eat in work area Work Space: • Have a designated work area • Reduce distractions if possible (children, pets ect…) • Use an actual desk or table (versus a couch or bed) Boundaries: • Limit checking work emails/calls after hours • Place phone/ email alerts on silent during off hours • Limit amount of negative information/ news Remember, a lot of us love the work we do but it is important for sustainability to find balance. I still go to the office 5 days a week, so the remote challenges are not the same for me.


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I will say it is quiet in the office these days though. The challenge I had to address is loss of control. It is funny how I find ease in typing that, but it took a staff member pointing it out for me to realize it. We are about six weeks into COVID-19 at least the super restrictive semi-lock down status. Like I said, I am still in office and handling client issues so at first, I just felt busier. People asked me often how I was doing and how was I feeling. I was ‘feeling’ super busy….and slightly overwhelmed. One night about 3 weeks ago I woke up about 0100I was crying. Those who know me best know that I’m not overly emotional and generally pretty insightful about my stress levels and anxiety. I was so confused. I was overwhelmed with emotion and couldn’t stop crying but had no idea why. This happened at least 3 more times in the following weeks. One of the times I was just in my office and became overwhelmed with emotion for what I perceived as no reason. I realized it was because in my mind I had lost control. I take pride in usually knowing what is going on and having a plan. COVID-19 has taught me, now more than ever, that I have to be ok with not knowing. Not knowing when life will return to normal, not knowing about job security of myself or my team, not knowing if my family or myself have been exposed to the virus….so much not knowing….so much I am not in control of. I am the person whose calendar goes out at least 18 months. My best friend puts herself on my calendar so we can hangout. Clearly, I am a planner….but myself along with all other Americans are in a state of hurry up and wait. Good thing the Navy taught me how to do that well. We will get through COVID-19 and we will be stronger for it. Please have patience and grace for yourself and others as we continue to navigate our new normal. Take a breath, do a virtual hangout with friends and find some ways to take care of you!

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Arts & Healing Arts for Military Veterans

By Amber Robinson

A creative’s guide to a meaningful Memorial Day As Memorial Day approaches, I know many of us veterans begin to think about those lost. For us, Memorial Day often holds a much deeper meaning than it does for those who have not served. We have all been to our share of military memorials, whether for a friend, someone we know or just one for Memorial Day. Many of us have also had to face death on different levels during deployment. We come to understand that it is simply a part of what we do. As an Army photojournalist I spent three deployments photographing memorials for brave soldiers I did and did not know. On Memorial Day I think about the men and women I photographed during those events. I have photographed a lot of pain over the years. It haunts me at times, as you can imagine. I can only guess what some of you out there think about. This year may be even more difficult as many of us will be in COVID19 isolation. Here are a few creative things you can do to help channel negative (and positive) emotions as well as honor those lost. Write: As I have said in my last column, the action of mindful writing can do wonders for a troubled mind and heart. Write about the ones that you have lost and mourn. If you feel brave, you can write about how they were lost. Writing out traumatic events can help us to face them, thus allowing us to heal. But, it’s also an exercise in healing to write about why they were great, why you miss them. Write out feelings of anger, sadness or despair. Draw/Paint: If you don’t think you can dig up the words to express how you feel, go grab a canvas, a sketch pad or a piece of typing paper and markers and channel how you feel into a Memorial Day masterpiece. That can just be different colors of blue, black and red smears in paint, a drawing of someone lost or a special memorial creation integrating their name and/or your shared unit crest. You make up the rules on how it can be expressed. Choose your medium and just feel it out. 24

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Cook: Memorial Day is usually filled with cookouts and lots of food. Grilling food and tossing back some beers may be the best way for you to remember and honor lost comrades. As I believe, it’s probably what our fallen would want for us to do, and what they’d be doing with us if they were around. You can get creative in a different way here, and whip up an awesome Memorial Day feast to honor them. If they loved burgers with jalapenos, make some. If they loved Red Stripe beer, go get that (wear your mask!). You will be surprised how close you can feel to one lost just by preparing and eating foods you know they loved. All it takes is a little creativity to turn Memorial Day into a time to not only honor those lost but heal from their loss as well. Our fallen would not want for us to struggle or continue to carry the pain of their loss. But, for many of us, it is hard not to. Therefore, if you are struggling, pick up that pen, those markers or grab those jalapenos and Red Stripe and go create something special.

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Veterans Showcase Leadership During COVID-19 Crisis By Garrett Cathcart, Executive Director of Mission Roll Call The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an unprecedented impact on the daily lives of Americans. As veterans, we have an opportunity to show leadership in helping our fellow citizens navigate this moment of crisis. When social distancing measures first started going into effect last month, I thought about how this would affect our communities across the country. One of the most important things we need right now is a way to stay connected, a way to share our stories and encourage personal growth, optimism and responsible behavior in the weeks to come. That train of thought led to the creation of the “Be A Leader” campaign, which our team at Mission Roll Call is running right now on social media. The idea of the campaign is for veterans, their families and caregivers to post videos of themselves sharing their stories and insights, and then challenge another to do the same. Each video is posted with the hashtag #MRCBeALeader. Over the past few weeks, we have created a virtual community where veterans can experience the camaraderie and positivity that they normally would enjoy in person, but may not be able to now as the country practices social distancing. Here are a few examples of the advice and encouragement that veterans have shared through the campaign so far. Physical distancing, not social distancing The actions we are collectively taking to slow the spread of the virus are called “social distancing,” but it is important to remember that this does not have to mean social isolation. More than ever right now, we need to maintain social and community connections. As Kate Migliaro shared in her video, we need to stay mentally and physically fit. Maintaining social connections will help us stay mentally fit. We can converse with friends and family through virtual means such as text messages, phone calls and video calls while practicing safe physical distancing. Volunteer in your community If you are able to, consider volunteering in your community to help your friends, family and neighbors during this crisis. Sidney Covington shared this advice along with examples of how she has donated groceries and other supplies to her neighbors, while helping to care for her younger family members as schools are closed. She also stressed that if you are feeling overwhelmed, 28

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it’s ok to take a break and recharge so you’re ready to help in the future. Practice compassion and empathy Sometimes, we do not need to act, we simply need to be there for someone to make a dramatic difference in their day. This was one of the takeaways from Isra Pananon’s video, where she also encourages her fellow veterans to show empathy and compassion when interacting with others. Practice active listening to learn how you can best support your friends and loved ones during this crisis. Check in on your buddies One thing I have pledged to do during this crisis is check in on at least one veteran buddy per day. This can be as simple as a text message asking how they are holding up. This is particular important for our fellow veterans who live alone or in isolated communities. Keep in touch to ensure they are empowered to thrive during these uncertain times. If there has been one theme so far that I have seen in these videos so far, it is that veterans are ready to continue serving in a civilian capacity during this crisis. Clint Bruce summed this up by saying in his video that we veterans know how to stay calm and lead during a crisis, so let’s get to work. The videos posted by these veterans are all viewable online. Take a look at our hashtag, #MRCBeALeader, and visit our social media channels by searching for “@MissionRollCall” to hear more tips on how to navigate this crisis. If you have thoughts of your own to share, then please do so! Just post your video with the #MRCBeALeader hashtag so the rest of the community can hear your story. If you’re seeking urgent assistance during this crisis, please reach out to the America’s Warrior Partnership Network at www.missionrollcall.org/AWPNetwork. About the Author Garrett Cathcart is the Executive Director of Mission Roll Call, a program of America’s Warrior Partnership that is dedicated to giving every veteran a voice in advocating for the issues that are important to them. Visit www.MissionRollCall.org to learn more.




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WHAT’S NEXT Transition to Civilian Life By Eve Nasby

A Descendant of Change

Phil is a passionate supporter of our transitioning military and he also served as the Chief People Officer of The Honor Foundation. Like Richard Henry Dana, Jr., Phil is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion and has dedicated his career to Human Resources. Transition can be as unforgiving as at tumultuous sea, but with the right equipment, expertise and crew you can enjoy a successful passage. Phil’s Top 4 Transition Tips 1. Start Early How early? Some say 1 years 2 years but Phil admits that he doesn’t know if there is a right answer. If you have opportunity to take the Predictive Index or Gallup Strengths assessments, he recommends doing it as he is a big fan. He also suggests using a software system that does a 360 review of you. If you don’t have access to that, swallow your pride and interview people around you that will candidly tell you what your perceived strengths and opportunities are. He recommends interviewing a lot of people to get a true picture. Friends, family, coworkers and others who have crossed over the transitioning bridge before you make the best interviewees. 2. Choose Wisely

Transition Advice from Phil Dana Richard Henry Dana, Jr (1815-1882) was a well-traveled seaman, a graduate of Harvard and the author of “Two Years Before the Mast” (1840). He journaled his travels from Boston around Cape Horn to California on a Merchant Ship named, “Pilgrim”. In fact, Dana Point, CA is named after this adventurer and 138 years later we are thrilled to have an audience with his direct descendent, Philip Dana to learn about transitioning well. As an enlisted sailor and Naval Academy Graduate, Phil Dana followed in his Civil War Era relative’s love of ocean-going travel by adventuring around the world by Navy ship. After 14 years in the Navy, Phil transitioned out and has worked for some of the top companies in the US like Amazon, Intuit, Life Technologies, Dendreon and others. 30

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There are over 4,000 organizations that have been set up to help veterans transition. He recommends getting engaged in a few and glean from the hard lessons learned by others. He warns that the events that the organizations will facilitate will offer many different flavors of opinion. He quips, “ You will find people who will still try and convince you to wear a red tie to an interview, and will coach you to have an elevator pitch that makes you sounds like a robot. So, proceed with caution but proceed.” Phil wishes that he would have spent more effort connecting with people who had a better track record of success when he invested the time to network. Phil notes, “You will find instructors in both for profit and not for profit transition help organizations who have never been in the military and who have never personally transitioned successfully.” Dave Grundies

He suggests, “Pay attention to people who have a proven track record of success. Have they lived the transition? Do they have the job that they have always wanted or have they settled for less and are now offering you bad advice?”


3. No Cattle Calls Please Phil cautions against getting caught up in going to massive veteran support events where you are one of many veterans in a loud room filled with well-meaning veteran supporters. He suggests, rather, to find a small CEO group or an Executives in HR networking group where you will meet decision-makers who have the power and authority to hire you or refer you to someone who can do so immediately. He says, “Contrast a room full of people who want to help and a room full of people with open jobs to fill. Where would you rather be? “ 4. Want the Job? Speak to the Heart. Phil’s number one interview question is, “So tell me about yourself.” He has yet to have a veteran produce an answer that hit it out of the park on their first try. Don’t say, “I’m a 25-year veteran looking for a job in project management. “

Transitioning Out of the Military into the Civilian Workforce? Finding a job in the civilian world may seem easy at first. After all, you have learned skills, practiced leadership and demonstrated initiative that will make you successful wherever you go. The reality, though, is that it can be difficult. In fact, it can be down right depressing, demotivating and you may feel totally disillusioned.

“Instead, if you are interviewing for a cancer technology company, talk about how your father fought cancer and lived an additional 4 years because of an innovative therapy or technology. Say, ‘ Because your technology and team does that, Mr. Employer, you have my full attention.’ If you talk to the CEO, hit the heart not the brain. Transitioning veterans need to hit at the heart of the person with whom they are interviewing. Study your interviewer before you go to the interview. Check out their LinkedIn profile. Do they like golf? Scotch? Jesus? Bridge the gap in your conversation.”

This column is dedicated to you and to helping you succeed in your transition. Eve is a seasoned recruiting executive and business owner. She is driven to help people find the right job for and to help companies find the right talent. She is especially passionate about helping military professionals transition into the civilian workforce.

As the top HR Executive at Dendreon, Phil’s time is in demand, but he purposefully maintains time on his calendar to help those who are serious about succeeding in their transition.

If you need help with your career transition, connect with her on LinkedIn.

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Your adventure of transition will carry you to new places. Have your waypoints charted out and seek out seasoned people to have aboard with you that will help you journey well.

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Active Duty Entrepreneur Imagine you’re in a remote, obscure corner of the world with the mission of making sure military aircraft can fly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Plus, you’re tasked with making sure those under your command have everything they need to do their jobs. And now, imagine, if you can, that you’re running an active business in San Diego. Easy huh? Not really. Kevin Post is one of those guys who knows anything is possible if you believe in yourself and find your purpose in life. And Kevin is leading a big, purposeful life. Kevin Eats Challenges for Breakfast He enlisted in the Marines in June of 2007 out of Toms River, NJ, and quickly found himself in San Diego training to become an Avionics Tech for the MV-22B Osprey. He knew nothing about airplanes. Now he holds almost all the qualifications possible on his aircraft. When Kevin decided to enlist in the Marines, he thought all Marines just went to the front lines and had infantry type jobs, slept in the dirt, showered every few days, and only ate when food was available. He had heard all the horror stories about the Marines. Because few can do it was exactly what attracted him to the challenge. He quickly discovered that despite all those stories being true, it was not as bad as everyone made it out to be. The Marines do go to war and expect a lot from you. But this assignment took him to over 13 different countries and introduced him to hundreds of different cultures “It allowed me to encounter many unique people from many diverse places,” he says. After 13 years and now on his fourth deployment, Kevin started thinking about life post-separation when he leaves in November 2020. While home in March 2019, Kevin returned to look for a place to live with a few Marine roommates. Sharon Rios, a long-time native of San Diego, happened by with some friends and offered them unused furniture. Kismet, fate, destiny…. long story short, Sharon and Kevin became fast friends.


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Together Sharon and Kevin built their company, Esteemed Movers, a residential and commercial moving company from the ground up, dedicated to customer satisfaction. Sharon literally “holds down the fort” while Kevin is deployed. Always interested in business, she obtained her degree in that field. She had been a contract specialist for a big company for 8 years where she bid on and won over 100 million dollars’ worth of contracts including a contract for over 20 million dollars for work on Camp Pendleton. Sharon comes from a family of entrepreneurs. A highly motivated person, she sets her goals extremely high (like a Marine) and Kevin trusts her with the operation while he is gone. Applying Military Experience to the Business World Being able to command Marines from different backgrounds and leading them in different situations all over the world has helped him in business. In 2014 the Corps decided that Kevin would make a great Marine Corps recruiter. Serving as a recruiter from August 2014 until August 2017 in Burlington County, NJ helped him network with like-minded individuals as well allowing him how to meet civilians unfamiliar with the military. All the military jargon spoken in the Marines had to give way to improving his communication skills. It also taught him how to network, build his brand, and interact with clients. Becoming a veteran, active military, or civilian entrepreneur has its challenges. Kevin says “getting into something I had never ever done before, taking the risk that many are scared to take, and starting a company from nothing” were in his way. He overcame those internal roadblocks through the perseverance learned in the Marines. It’s not over. It’s not ever over when you own a business. You’ve got to learn to oversee the cash flow while investing in the company, paying bills, and managing payroll for your employees. Figuring out the complex world of marketing is a work in progress. Relying on his Marine experience Kevin set out to build a team. It might look easy, but it requires finding the right employees whose values align with the company. Keen on hiring veterans, their “top guy” is a Marine. They instinctively continue to lead and train their team to be the best they can be. The goal is to grow their company big enough to have a staff full of veterans.

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Kevin is passionate about the Marines and building his company. That’s what keeps him going with his balancing act. He depends on Sharon, but it’s not simple when he’s on the other side of the world. When he is up America is sleeping and when America is up, he’s sleeping. Like a Marine, he pushes through the challenges and looks for opportunities. Social media and building relationships with important influencers like realtors can be done from afar.

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Somehow this marine has held on to his heart. Understanding that moving is stressful and no two moves are alike, they customize each move to each client’s specific needs. When one client went into labor early, they rescheduled the moving date at the last minute to accommodate her. The crew stayed after and helped up the bed and unpack a bit. Kevin and Sharon stopped by as the movers were getting ready to leave and brought a basket full of baby items. Kindness as well as muscle are what makes the company special.

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legal Eagle Straight-forward legal tips for Military and Veteran Business Owners By Kelly Bagla, Esq.

CHESS – A GAME OR REALITY? If you want to learn about running a successful business then you’ll find no better teacher than a chess board. Chess is a game of tactic and strategy and these tactics and strategies can be useful in the business world. Chess is a complicated mental game modelled after war, the struggle to achieve victory, but it can also be a tool to improve business skills. Business is all about position and strategy and you’ll be moving your business in the same ways you would chess pieces – with precision and accuracy.


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Below are some lessons you can learn from chess that will help you postion your business on the path to success: • Learn to look ahead Only those who can foresee several moves ahead can play a good game of chess. Taking the effort to plan for a good forecast is critical to the success of any business. • Learn to develop memory To be able to look ahead, you must learn how to memorize a large number of potential moves. Since memory is an essential element of thinking, it should be of help to ensure business decision making.

• Learn the value of patience


In chess, you need time to place your pieces in the proper position before you can attack effectively as a premature attack may backfire. This is very similar in business where you must patiently restrain yourself from making rash moves until everything is set. You conduct market research and feasibility studies first before risking your capital.


• Learn to anticipate your competitors moves When making a move in chess, you must also anticipate the probable responses from your opponent because they are planning to defeat you. This idea of a thinking foe must be incorporated into the making of business plans. In the real world, competitors would react to your moves so you must be prepared for the counter attack.

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Veterans Chamber of Commerce By Joseph Molina www.vccsd.org

FEAR And How to Deal with it

Is it normal to feel Fear? Yes, fear is as normal as any other emotion, feeling or sensation. Sometimes we may feel sad or happy, other times we may feel hesitant, and other times we may feel fear. But it is how we respond to the feeling, and how much we allow the emotion to influence our responses. Our reactions are the “markers” that tell us How Much impact or influence fear has on us. We also must gauge the “Degree of influence/Impact” of the fear we are feeling at the moment. This will help us determine the impact the feeling of fear will have on our behavior. What happens when we feel fear? So, let’s think about this. What happens the precise moment when we start to feel that emotion that we know of as fear? We know this is difficult since, in most instances, we don’t know fear is coming. However, if we were to slow down the process or to think back as to what happened in that Initial Moment and what can we learn from that experience - There is a great benefit from learning what takes place at that precise moment of “Fear Zero” (Fear Zero, the moment just before fear is felt). What are some of the most common types of fear? Have you ever thought of why we feel fear of some things but not others? This could mean that we may have created a preconceived notion, expectation or mindset about what something is or the effect it will have on us. Mind-projection, happens when we encounter a moment and the mind projects emotions, feelings or thoughts from a previous experience that defines the current moment. Mind-projection has a tremendous influence on when or at which types of moments we may feel fear. Below is a partial list of the most common types of fears: Fear of heights, fear of change, fear of public speaking, fear of success, fear of meeting new people, fear of flying, fear of insects, fear of dogs, needles, etc. 36

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Can Fear be avoided? As we mentioned earlier, fear is as common as any other emotion, we should place our focus on: 1) identifying our type of fear, and 2) the degree of our fear. Not every fear has to be overcome, dealt with or eliminated, some fear may work to our advantage. The important factor here is to recognize we feel it, then we can move to step 2 and beyond. Can we use fear to our advantage? Of course, a low-level fear may be an asset for us. For example, feeling a little fear of an upcoming presentation, may help us prepare better. Feeling a little fear of being late to an appointment, may help us leave earlier. Of course these are just some examples, but when the feeling of fear obstructs our activities, it is then that fear has moved from low-level (positive) into an obstacle level (negative) To conquer fear, we must first understand what it is, how it works, and where it comes from and then learn how to use it, avoid it or overcome it. According to Merriam Webster fear could be defined as: “An unpleasant often strong emotion caused

by anticipation or awareness of danger (1) : an instance of this emotion (2) : a state marked by this emotion”. Is there anything we can do to control fear? Here are some steps that could help reduce it: 1. Think back to a time in the past when you have felt fear. 2. Capture the exact moment by picturing it in your mind. 3. What was your first thought (at the moment of Fear Zero)? 4. Was the emotion of fear appearing after the thought or before? 5. Recreate the scenario in your mind and see what it was that triggered the emotion of fear.

6. As you are recreating the scenario, imagine what it would be like if you had not felt fear at all and then imagine what you would have done. This may take some time to master. * We are talking about situations

that give us the feeling of fear, phobias are different and not covered in this article.

Steps that could help overcome situational fears: 1. Be aware of it 2. Know the trigger 3. Be intentional and tend to make choices that would not be based on fear In Summary: Fear is a normal, everyday emotion/feeling that can be overcome and or deal with. Fear can be positive or negative, constructive or destructive, depending on its degree or impact on our behavior. Excessive amounts of fear and/or continuous fear emotions may be best approached with the help of a professional.

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The content of this article is written from my personal experience. Share information for the purpose of helping some dealing with this emotion of fear. By all means please contact a professional to make sure your are dealing with the fear itself and will be able to receive professional assistance. No need to go alone.

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Remembering Our Fallen is a national memorial unlike any other -with military & personal photos of 5,000 military Fallen since 9/11/2001 Unveiled at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2017, it has since traveled the nation coastto-coast. This memorial also includes those who returned from war, but lost their inner battle to suicide, and those who died from non-war zone injuries while serving in their military capacity. Please contact us to add a Fallen loved one, host the memorial, or make a donation at: info@RememberingOurFallen.org Artist - Elizabeth Moug Artist - Saul Hansen 42

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“If the purpose of a war memorial is to help us remember the sacrifices of the Heroes, and to help us heal from our sorrow, then your mission has been accomplished. Thank you for this tremendous gift.” - 1LT Daniel P. Riordan’s Mother

“There is a ‘disconnect’ between those we ask to serve our military objectives and our society at large. This memorial made that connection very dramatically and helped us understand the magnitude of their sacrifices. - Ed Malloy, Mayor of Fairfield, Iowa

We need your help to locate San Diego County World War II and Korea War Veterans for our upcoming 2020 trips. We want to honor them by taking them on a 3-day trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials built for their service and sacrifice. Since 2010, Honor Flight San Diego has taken over 1,400 veterans on this trip. Due to generous donors, the trip is no cost to the veteran.

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INSIDE THE ISSUES * Editorial Content EACH MONTH Includes the following: • Monthly Featured Editorial Support, resources, inspiration and human interest articles from contributing veteran organizations throughout the country.

Join Us in 2020 Homeland Magazine Voted 2017, 2018 & 2019 Best resource, support magazine for veterans, transitioning military personnel, active military, military families & veteran organizations

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• Veterans In Transition Educational Opportunities, Recruiting Civilian Jobs, Articles, Jobs for Vets, Careers in Law Enforcement & Veteran Entrepreneurship • HEALTHCARE Fighting PTSD, Healthcare , Research, Studies & more • Monthly Calendar Information Military & National Holidays, Including Events ( Airshow, Military/Veteran Film Festivals, Feet Week, City Job Fairs, EDU Seminars,Workshops etc...) • Homeland Columns Transition, Financial, Legal, Health, Veteran Life, Arts, & more... • Community Endorsements Supporting businesses, organizations, educational institutions, community services and promotions for veterans, military personnel & military families.

2020 Editorial Calendar & Themes

Publishing Date – The 1st of each month. Space Reservation Deadline – Mid Month (Drop deadlines vary with confirmation and month (Call for monthly details) * Please note themes & features are added closer to issue publication date

• AUGUST - Summer Issue - “Dog Days of Summer” Tribute To Service Dogs - Purple Heart Day

• JANUARY - Veterans Life 2020 - Transition 2020 - Health 2020 • FEBRUARY - Adapative Sports - Transition - Education

• SEPTEMBER - “Never Forget” 9/11 - Gold Star Mother’s Day - GI Film Festival - National Suicide Prevention Month

• MARCH - Women’s History Month - Brain Injury Awareness Month - Month of the Military Caregiver

• OCTOBER - Veterans In Transition - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

• APRIL - Month of the Military Child - Transition - Health - Service

• NOVEMBER - Veterans Day Issue - *San Diego Fleet Week

• MAY - Memorial Day Issue - National Military Appreciation Month

• DECEMBER - Holiday Issue - BEST of 2020 - Pearl Harbor Remembrance - Wreaths Across America

• JUNE - PTSD Awareness Month • JULY - Independence Day - Disabled Veterans


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SHARE FACTS ABOUT COVID-19 Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors. FACT


Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.

Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can cause people to avoid or reject others even though they are not at risk for spreading the virus.



For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.

There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.



• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. • Stay home when you are sick. • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:





Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.

For up-to-date information, visit CDC’s coronavirus disease 2019 web page.

• Fever • Cough • Shortness of breath Seek medical advice if you • Develop symptoms AND • Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

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Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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PTSD COACH PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. More than half of individuals experience at least one trauma in their lives. The National Center for PTSD offers FREE, confidential mobile apps that provide help, education, and support related to mental health.

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