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~ Wives Behind the Badge ~ Shield Magazine November 2013

Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. Double Feature The Hero and His Perfect Princess And Heroes 4 Higher

Hero Stories aren’t always just in the movies

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Table of Contents Magazine Staff….3 President’s Corner….4 - 7 Volunteer Welcome ….8 The Hero and His Perfect Princess .911 Veteran’s Day Feature …. 13-16 Veteran’s Benefits …. 17 Heroes 4 Higher …. 19– 21 Big Sister of the Month …. 24 Member Testimonial …. 25 Members Celebrations…. 26-29 Recipe of the Month …. 30 Beauty Behind the Badge….31 Auxiliary Highlight … 34 Auxiliary Events …. 35-38 Nationwide LE Events 39-41 Author Spotlight - Kim Power Stilson 42-45 Staff Feature ~ Melisa Cross ...46 Hero of the Month…. 47-51 Blue Line Kids Spotlight ….52-56

The Armor Yourself Training Program 58-60 FBTB . . . . 62-64 KARE ….65-68 HALOS . . . . 69-76 WBTB Stores ….77-80 Blue Lights Specials….81.86 Social Media Directory ...87–91 Sponsor Thanks You and State Level Auxiliary Sponsors . . . 93 Partners. . . . 94-97 Sept. Days to Celebrate … 98


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MEET THE STAFF OF SHIELD MAGAZINE Melisa Cross - Melisa is the Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. National Secretary and Western Auxiliary Assistant. She joined WBTB in January 2012 as the Oklahoma Auxiliary Director, but after joining the national staff and board of directors stepped down from the state level to focus on her duties as secretary, working with the auxiliary directors and helping to build Shield Magazine. Contact Melisa: newsletter@wivesbehindthebadge.org Noelle Butler - Noelle joined WBTB stepping into the media team, helping with the various social media pages and event fliers. Soon after, she joined the staff of Shield Magazine as a content creator and writer. Recently, she filled the role of New Jersey Auxiliary Director and Media Team Director.

Contact Noelle: Noelle@wivesbehindthebadge.org Juli McCoy - Juli started her journey with WBTB as a member of the Maryland Auxiliary and as the National Grant Coordinator. Recently, Juli took over maintaining the content of the WBTB website, and joined Shield Magazine to coordinate the content of the magazine to mirror the website itself. Contact Juli: webmaster@wivesbehindthebadge.org

Tabitha Youngstrom - Tabitha started with Wives Behind the Badge, Inc in the So Cal Auxiliary, and soon after became the organization’s Vice President. In May of 2012, she became President, leading the organization into a new direction. With her guidance and wisdom, she offers insight to the behind the scenes of WBTB with her “President’s Corner” feature. Contact Tabitha: president@wivesbehindthebadge.org Jamie Crawford - Jamie joined the WBTB forums in May 2013. Shortly after, she joined the Arizona Auxiliary as a volunteer and came on to the Shield staff in October of 2013. Contact Jame: Jamie@wivesbehindthebadge.org


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PRESIDENT’S CORNER TABITHA YOUNGSTROM

Board of Directors

One of the fundamental tasks of a nonprofit is establishing a board of directors to oversee the organization. The board plays an essential legal and practical role in any nonprofit. The nonprofit's board shoulders the legal duty to keep the organization true to its public service mission, so that it continues to deserve its tax-favored status. In addition to setting policies and maintaining the nonprofit's overall direction, a good board also serves an immensely practical role. The board of directors:  defines the nonprofit's mission  establishes priorities  crafts strategies, and  ensures that plans and programs are implemented. Board members are also involved in a nonprofit's fundraising campaigns. Our board members spread the word about WBTB’s great work, they actively seek out potential donors, and participate in the fundraising campaigns of our auxiliaries throughout the nation, and when financially feasible our board members regularly make their own donations. We have board member that run the gamut some being comfortable working behind the scenes or asking for money directly to those that are at the forefront in the public eye sharing the mission of Wives Behind the Badge with press and getting the community and agencies involved, there is always a way for the whole board to get involved.


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PRESIDENT’S CORNER TABITHA YOUNGSTROM

WBTB board members often go beyond the traditional directorial tasks of setting policy and defining a nonprofit's goals, our board members roll up their sleeves and do much of the nonprofit's actual work, they create marketing materials, run campaigns, teach courses, and even run auxiliaries. Our board shares some common traits and qualities that enable them to lead their groups creatively and effectively. These are qualities we actively look for in a board member and traits our board members exude:  share a passion for and commitment to WBTB’s mission  are willing to roll up their sleeves when necessary to help with the practical work  have strong ties to their communities  are diverse -- in age, gender, race, religion, occupation, skills, and background, and  are willing to support efforts to raise money. In most boards the board is not in charge of the day-to-day affairs of the nonprofit. Taking care of the many details involved in running the organization is the responsibility of the nonprofit's staff, including the President, board officers, and volunteers. Our board breaks this tradition because we are a small allvolunteer organization our board does assist managing the day to day operations. The board works as a team and actively assists each other so that WBTB may continue to grow and work actively toward its mission. The same person may sometimes play a board member's role, and sometimes an activist or volunteer staff role. Although they may take care of all the nonprofit's dayto-day details, they are not doing so in their capacity as board members. Some examples of a board member wearing a "staff hat" --not a "board hat" -include:  donning a WBTB shirt and name badge and passing out information at events  stuffing envelopes and mailing merchandise  managing as a program director  picking up chairs and cleaning up for an event, and  teaching a seminar.


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PRESIDENT’S CORNER TABITHA YOUNGSTROM On the other hand, when a board member is discussing whether certain programs fit into the nonprofit's overall mission, that member is wearing a "board hat." Keeping this distinction in mind will help everyone understand the board/staff relationship and the breakdown of roles that is so important to the effective functioning of our WBTB board. Most new nonprofits appoint their very first board members as part of the process of incorporating. Nonprofit corporations created at the state level, most commonly by filing papers known as articles of incorporation with the secretary of state's office. Those articles generally ask for the names of the nonprofit's initial board of directors. As an established nonprofit, appointing board member is a more formal process. Our nominating committee of existing board members evaluates the current board situation and its needs, gathers names of prospective new members, and recommends candidates to the full board, which then votes on whether to elect the new members. As our board and organization grows larger, we are breaking down the board's governance duties into smaller committees. Some may be permanent (sometimes called "standing") committees to handle ongoing issues such as finance, marketing, program development, scholarships, or the like. Other issues that come up are handled by creating a special committee such as committees for special merchandise, fundraisers, or events. Committees help maximize the board's productivity in several ways.  Helping the board handle complex issues. The smaller committee can r esear ch and br eak down complex issues and present its findings to the board, which can then move forward to making decisions.  Matching board members with particular expertise to appropriate areas. Forming a committee is a great way to assign specific responsibilities to the people best able to handle them.  Engaging with issues more deeply and consistently than the board as a whole could. The finance committee, for instance, can and should maintain thorough and ongoing management of the nonprofit's finances between meetings, so that the whole board can deal with this key concern (based on the reports of the finance committee) at board meetings.  Dividing the board's workload. Having separate committees is a simple way to distribute responsibility for the many tasks boards typically need to tackle.  Attracting and involving newcomers. In some nonprofits, specialized committees often include people who aren't on the board of directors (a nonprofit that promotes physical fitness for diabetic children might have a doctor on one of its program committees, for example).  Serving as a training ground for new board members. Chairing or just being involved in a committee is a good way for inexperienced board members to increase their involvement, develop confidence, and learn leadership skills.


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PRESIDENT’S CORNER TABITHA YOUNGSTROM

Our board works, changes, and grows with the organization it is never stagnant. The work we are committed do is extremely important to every member of this organization. Tasked with determining and promoting the organization's public-service goals, the board of directors also engages in active strategic planning to achieve those goals. This function is so crucial we actively seek to recruit board members with a variety of planning expertise who not only can bring their know-how to the table, but also share it with other board members. To move the organization forward, every member must participate in planning for its current and future success, as well as be in agreement when it comes to strategic organizational planning. It is WBTB’s position that board engagement is critical to effective governance. In our view, board engagement includes active participation at board meetings, attendance at committee meetings, personal financial support of the organization, financial support of fundraising events, the offering of skills and abilities to move the mission of the organization forward, and loyal support of the organization’s mission, goals, and objectives. A strong board ensures stability and growth for the future.

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OUR NEWEST VOLUNTEERS CAROL ~ AK

BRANDI ~ LA

DEBBIE ~ ID

KELLY ~ MA

LANA ~ IL

NOELLE ~ MA

MEGHAN ~ LA

PATRICIA ~ WV

LORI ~ LA

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Corporal Tyler Barnes ~ US Marine Corp LCPL Joseph Floirendo ~ US Marine Corp (E4) Gary Mercurio, Jr ~ US Army Ranger LCPL Thomas Floyd ~ US Marine Corp Specialist Lloyd Cross ~ US Army Sergeant Kenneth Kay ~ National Guard Wesley Buchanan ~ US Army Specialist Chase Ditwiler ~ US Army Sergeant Kristy Janigo ~ National Guard Staff Sergeant Roland Weisenburger ~ US Army AVN Cadet Ogden Russell Ward ~ US Army Air Forces Petty Officer 2nd Class William R McCoy SR ~ US Navy Seaman 1st Class William R McCoy JR ~ US Navy Private 1st Class Walter R Whisel ~ US Navy Baker First Class Glenn Roy Lantz ~US Navy Master Sergeant Leon Bowser ~ US Air Force Specialist William Bowser ~ US Army Specialist James Bowser ~ US Army Specialist Gary Bowser ~ US Army Airman 3rd Class Walter R Whisel ~ US Air Force


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Major Frank C Remail ~ US Army Specialist Charles Remail ~ National Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert E Foster ~ US Navy (E4) Charles Foster ~ US Air Force (E4)Terry Foster ~ US Army Sergeant Tracy Latimer ~ US Army ME3 Marine-time Enforcement Specialist Zachary Wheeler ~ US Coast Guard CPT Andrew Shanley ~ US Army Sergeant Bruce Earley ~ US Army Joe Todora ~ US Navy Jim Limoseth ~ US Air Force GSM2 Robert G Everson ~ US Navy Glen E Everson ~ US Navy Robert H Samuel ~ US Air Force Lee Samuel ~ US Navy Sergeant Grant Snyder ~ US Army Sergeant William Fallon ~ US Marine Corp Sergeant Justin Morgan ~ US Marine Corp Corporal Bill Ward ~ US Marine Corp

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LCPL Amanda Shelamer ~ US Marine Corp Sergeant Stan Lamerson ~ US Marine Corp Chief Petty Officer Hary Hedin ~ US Navy LT Colonel John W. King ~ US Air Force Petty Officer 3rd Class ~ Steve England Sergeant David Disch ~ US Army ~ Currently Active in US National Guard Sergeant Robert Scabilloni ~ US Army LCPL Craig Pfeuffer ~ US Marine Corp Master Sergeant Francisco A Garza ~ US Marine Corp


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My husband, Mike, served in the United States Air Force for over four years. He served for three years in England and the rest of his time stateside. During his time of service, he served as Crew Chief on a WC 135 airplane. While on the flight line completing a re-fuel, his airplane was struck by lightning, which passed through the plane, striking him. The impact threw him, causing his head to strike the nose landing gear of the plane, rendering him unconscious. Although other crew members were on board, they were not hurt. Mike was rushed to the hospital and his heart stopped several times over the next few hours, however, that night there were no immediate major medical conditions discovered. Miraculously, he was given his wet and dirty uniform and sent back to work. Who knew that 22 years later he would be in pain without any Veteran’s benefits? One would think an injury – even a lightning strike while servicing Air Force property, as an employee of the government—would be automatic issuance of benefits from the military. Unfortunately, that was not the case for my husband. Mike was young when he was honorably discharged from the Air Force, as are most military members. He did not understand that his headaches or pain were caused by the injuries sustained during his time of service. The treatment of his injuries at the time of the incident led him to believe this was not a big deal. Now, my husband suffers with constant headaches and migraines, back and neck pain with a total of eight bulging discs, light sensitivity, PTSD, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, arthritis, sleep disorders, hyperhidrosis, among others. As time went on, his research proved that it was a result of the lightning strike.

My husband initially applied for benefits from the Veteran’s Administration nine years ago and was denied due to a lack of documentation demonstrating that his medical conditions were service connected. Fortunately, we were able to find doctors who treat my husband for his medical conditions and understand the connection between his pain and the lightning strike. We re-applied for benefits from the Veteran’s Administrations eighteen months ago. Mike was evaluated for a traumatic brain injury with post traumatic stress disorder in March of this year by a neuro-psychologist at the VA. In October, we received a letter, along with a check, awarding my husband with 70% service connected disability. They awarded him a year of back pay, as well. Given the number of years since the incident, this was such a huge accomplishment for us - it is a life changing award. Our message to any Veteran is that your time served is to be recognized by more than just a piece of paper stating that you served in the United States Armed Forces. During your time served, you may have experienced a variety of things, such as losing a buddy, sustaining an injury, or depression. Be sure to document it, regardless of how insignificant it may seem at the time. Seek medical attention, therapy and talk to someone. Apply for benefits before you discharge, or if you have recently discharged, do it now; it is never too late. The experience of your service will impact your mind and body in so many different ways, of which some will not be immediately recognized. If and when you feel you are suffering, it will be better to receive treatment, which will allow you to move forward with your life. It is my hope that the story of my husband will encourage you to receive the vital treatment necessary today in order to make tomorrow better. Additionally, it is important that you understand the fiduciary responsibility of the government for your time served. Please ask for help. JC Jamie@wivesbehindthebadge.org


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Support Forums Www.wivesbehindthebadge.org/forums

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Our online support forums offer friendship, support, understanding, and entertainment to spouses and significant others of police officers. Our members span the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia, and combine to make one incredibly unique sisterhood. Membership is always free!

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Forums Staff Brandi (B.Ober): Forums Director

Jessie: Forums Administrator Mendi: Members Liaison and Chaplain Stacy (Sweet Stacy): Member Services Coordinator

Moderators pamedic954 - Anne b.ober- Brandi cb_wifetoonefinedeputy- Cindy JeannineNJ35 - Jeannine Fiona - Michelle DeAnna - DeAnna izzy1977 - Elizabeth

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In 2009, I found Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. when I was looking for wives who understood what I was going through. * Wives that understood the anxiety that came with him putting on his vest and leaving. * Wives who understood that the rip of Velcro could wake you from a sound sleep with peace of mind that he had returned home safely. * Wives who understood that there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. * Wives that would know how to clean wounds and get blood out of the pristine uniform. * Wives who understood sleeping with the telephone. * Wives who understood that he couldn’t be at every game, practice or concert. I never fathomed that I would find all of that and more. I found SISTERS! Sisters near and far. Sisters without judgment. Sisters bonded by a thin blue line. Sisters in all time zones, who are always at the ready to help, talk, listen and support. And for all that, I I am blessed beyond measure to have found Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. Samantha 'Sam' Deen Alabama Auxiliary Director


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Each month we like to celebrate with our Wives Behind the Badge Forums members. From birthdays and anniversaries to new babies and graduations, to celebrating how many years they’ve been a part of our forums, we are excited to be able to share in those happiest of

FORUMS ANNIVERSARIES 5 years

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Coreen

Blueangel21 Hudsmom Kathylee

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MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEER BIRTHDAYS

November ObGyNur ~ November 4th Idaho_amanda ~ November 7th Hudsmom ~November 11th Jirleymar ~ November 11th SweetStacy ~ November 11th Emily ~ November 13th MRomo ~ November 18th

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November GeorgiaK9Wife - November 9 Mommymacmic - November 11


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Aiden William ~ 7 lbs. 4 oz

Grandson of President Tabitha Youngstrom October 28th

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Ingredients 3 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 4 eggs 2/3 cup water 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans. In a large mixing, combine sugar, oil and eggs; beat until smooth. Add water and beat until well blended. Stir in pumpkin, ginger, allspice cinnamon, and clove. In medium bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just until all ingredients are mixed. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick comes out clean, about 1 hour.

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Beauty Behind the Badge

If ever there was a product I have fallen in love with, it has to be Lid Primer. While several brands have their own version of this miraculous foundation, I am partial to Smashbox Cosmetics. The beauty of lid primer is that it gives an even, smooth foundation for your eye makeup. It extends the life of your eye shadow, helping to keep your makeup looking fresh all day long. Most Sephora members have given the Smashbox Primer 5 out of 5 stars and praise that this is, without a doubt, a must have product. For more information about Smashbox visit

http://www.smashbox.com/

Or to find other great primers check out Sephora for a variety of amazing beauty products to fulfill your every need.

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MLC newsletter@wivesbehindthebadge.org

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TALK WORTHY SiriusXM Satellite Radio 143 Tune in at 3:00 PM EST/ 12:00 PM PST Thursday, November 7th, as Kim Power Stilson welcomes Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. National Secretary and Shield Magazine Editor Melisa Cross to her show Talk Worthy.

https://www.facebook.com/ TalkWorthyRadioShow

http://www.byuradio.org/about/

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AUXILIARY COMMITTIEES Click HERE to check out all of our auxiliaries!

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Auxiliary Highlight

Please click to the links below to connect with the West Virginia Auxiliary.

continues to stay informed and keep the Facebook page updated with both national and statewide news and information.

The Montana Auxiliary Our Montana of Wives Behind the Auxiliary is Badge, Inc. is number currently eight on the organization’s records and, like other Auxiliaries, functions to support law enforcement officers and their families across the state. The Auxiliary Director

accepting applications for volunteers and anyone who supports law enforcement is encouraged to become active—WBTB is not exclusive to wives. For more information, please click the links below, email Montana.auxiliary@wives behindthebadge.org or visit our website.


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ILLINOIS Left to Right ~ Amy Thorn, Ashley Spratt and Allison Hernandez

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Auxiliary Events Illinois Madison County Sheriff’s Office Trivia Night November 8, 2013 6:30 pm Godfrey Knights of Columbus 1713 Stamper Lane Godfrey, IL 62035

Sips N Splatters November 16, 2013 1:00pm - 4:00 pm Sips N Splatters of Belleville 15 S High St Belleville, IL

North Carolina A Night In Blue Gala November 22, 2013 6:00 pm - Midnight North Raleigh Hilton 3415 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC 27609

Texas Heroes Behind the Badge November 9, 2013 4:00 pm Performing Arts Center 979 Kohler’s Crossing Road Kyle, TX


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National Law Enforcement Events November 1, 2013 St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy St. Louis, MO Running Dead Zombie 5K November 2, 2013 Bakersfield Police Department Bakersfield, CA Bakersfield Police Department Annual Memorial Run Police Families United Police Families Expo featuring author Vickie Newman Dover, NH November 3 - 8, 2013 National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Golf Classic Myrtle Beach, South Carolina November 6, 2013 Gaithersburg Police Foundation Fundraiser Buffalo Wild Wings 68 Clopper Road

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National Law Enforcement Events November 9, 2013 2013 Brad Jones Memorial Walk/Run Glendale, AZ November 10, 2013 Daytona Beach Police Department Beat the Heat Triathlon Daytona Beach Boardwalk: 70 Boardwalk. Daytona Beach Fl. November 11, 2013 Los Angeles Police Department 2013 West Traffic Charity Golf Classic Los Angeles. CA Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation Veteran’s Day Golf Tournament North Ridge Country Club Raleigh, NC Public Safety Training Institute Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement Sunnyvale, CA


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National Law Enforcement Events November 14, 2013 Chicago Police Memorial Foundation 10-1 Benefit for Zachary Paluch Chicago, IL November 17, 2013 Alexandria Police Foundation USATF Road Race Alexandria, VA November 23, 2013 Los Angeles Police Department Mission Area 5k Run Los Angeles Police Davis Range Academy November 24, 2013 Pinal County Sheriff C.O.P.S. Classics & Customs Car Show Poston Butte High School San Tan Valley, AZ Thanksgiving till Jan 5 Knott’s Berry Farm ~ CA Police Recognition - Offer for a free ticket for all active law enforcement plus one guest.

JC Jamie@wivesbehindthebadge.org


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WBTB Author Feature Kim Power Stilson Kim is the creator of Make, Bake, Shake, Rake & Fresh© a duplicatable marketing strategy that has consistently delivered 60% savings, a 140% increase in name awareness and has rewarded over $150 million in sales. Kim Power Stilson is the author of several communications including “Surthrival Series for Business Success” training course and her newly published book “Choose Surthrival! Are you ready to go from surviving to thriving with a 21st Century business?” (ISBN-13: 9781469943176) available in paperback or ebook on Amazon. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Kim speaks conversational Japanese, is the founder of the Bluebird Sisterhood, sits on several boards, loves to watercolor, play tennis, snow ski, write, and be near the sea. A dual citizen, Kim divides her time between the United States, England & Ireland. www.kimpowerstilson.com or www.choosesurthrival.com

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WBTB Author Feature Kim Power Stilson Choose Surthrival is a new book that helps people move from just surviving to thriving with a 21st Century business solution Now is the time to go from surviving to thriving by owning a business in the 21st Century. If you have or are thinking about starting a business, Choo$e Surthrival! is a new book filled with stories and solutions by Kim Power Stilson that will help you find the answers you need to have outstanding 21st Century home-based business success! Today Power Strategies, Inc. announced the official launch of the new book, Choo$e Surthrival! Are you ready to go from surviving to thriving with a 21st Century business? [ISBN-13: 978-1469943176] by talk radio host and home-based business owner Kim Power Stilson. The book features 12 questions to help people garner a successful perspective of thriving where many others merely survive.

“The freedom, power and opportunity to thrive rather than just survive are why I own my own business,” said Kim Power Stilson. “Individuals with a fresh perspective can do what Economists suggest is a smart solution in today’s economy, and thrive with a business! Choose Surthrival will get you started.”

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WBTB Author Feature Kim Power Stilson Kim’s book shares the strategic and inexpensive but highly effective social and e-media, traditional marketing, and cause-related and celebrity promotions that have worked for her own business. Choo$e Surthrival! Are you ready to go from surviving to thriving with a 21st Century business? is a witty read, full of stories, suggestions and information people need to know when considering thriving with a home-based business. Over the last 12 years as a home-based business owner, Kim Power Stilson has given an eMedia PR, Radio & TV voice to thousands of businesses. As an award-winning pioneer of Internet Talk Radio, talk show host and co-founder of the Prepared Housewives, her mission is to change the socioeconomic status of a million homes by helping moms feed and fund their families. Kim hosts the TalkWorthy Radio Show on SiriusXM 143 and www.talkworthyradio.com. As an eMedia marketing strategist, for Power Strategies, Inc., Kim shares her expert advice in magazines, and is a sought after speaker for corporations, organizations, universities and national publications. In 12 quick-to-read and easy-to-apply, yet essential sections, she shares stories from her experience helping hundreds of people—from senators to business owners, authors and celebrities --promote their brands and businesses with her “Choose Surthrival” philosophy. Choo$e Surthrival! Are you ready to go from surviving to thriving with a 21st Century business? book shares stories of wit, strategy, and wisdom that may be imperative in your transition from merely surviving to thriving with a 21st Century business. Available at www.createspace.com/3775942 and Amazon ISBN-13: 978-1469943176 (CreateSpaceAssigned) ISBN-10: 1469943174 BISAC: Business & Economics / Small Business.

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“Surthrival Series for Business Success” Take this 5-Step Training Series so you can go from surviving to thriving with a Successful 21st Century Business! by Kim Power Stilson Step ONE: Strategy! Create a marketing strategy for your business in 24 Hours! (Volume 1) “24 Hours to Zero Down Marketing Strategy” (Volume 2) “24ZDM Hourly Workbook” Step TWO: Digital and eMedia Tools! Learn how to use the 21st Century Grapevine to build your business! (Volume 3) “Grapevine Connection” (Volume 4) “Learn to Blog, Ping, Pod, Stream, Bookmark, Blast, Release, Wiki, Widget, Web, Link, Avatar, Tag, RSS, Twitter, Google & Bing, CoVideo, Smartphone, Skype, Snapchat, Pinterest, Hulu & YouTube!” Step THREE: 24/7 Sales! Connect and Sell to your Customers 24/7 Online. (Volume 5) “Setting up Shop Online!” (Volume 6) “Ready to Sell 2.0? Take ACTION with the 24 Hour Challenge!!” (Volume 7) “Ready to Sell 2.0?” Workbook Step FOUR: Freedom! Enjoy the virtual success and freedom of a Hostage Proof Website! This course gives you step by step training teaching you to easily maintain, manage and create your own Website. (Volume 8) “Own your own Hostage Proof Website!” Step FIVE: Promote! Make global social connections and promote your business with cause-related events and media. (Volume 9) “Talking to your Customers = Dollars!” (Volume 10) “Launch Your Business Locally & Globally with Talk” (Volume 11) “Talk Radio” Workbook (Volume 12) 2.0 eMedia Web, Internet, Marketing & Sales Survival Terms eMedia and live class room training available on www.WcWW.com or www.powerstrategies.TV. Story written and contributed by Kim Power Stilson

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Melisa Cross National Secretary, Western Auxiliary Assistant, Shield Magazine Editor

Melisa joined Wives Behind the Badge in 2012 on the Forums and quickly stepped in as a Big Sister where she nurtured and groomed new members and prepared them for verification. Although Lis isn’t as active as a Big Sister as she had been, many of her Little Sisters remain in direct contact with her today. Her talents and passion were quickly recognized and Lis was asked to join the Board of Directors as Secretary and also serves as the Western Auxiliary Assistant. In her role as Auxiliary Assistant, Lis fields questions from Directors in the western part of the U.S., aids the National Auxiliary Director with paperwork and works hand-in-hand with the Eastern Auxiliary Director to ensure a smooth operation. As Secretary, Lis is responsible for taking and providing minutes and sending correspondence to the Board and Staff. Although she wears many hats, perhaps her most favorite is that of Shield Magazine Editor. With a vision to provide a professional and informative monthly publication, Lis works tirelessly with her magazine staff to produce new, fresh and interesting information and stories from across the law enforcement community. Lis shares that, “WBTB is more than just a passion, it is a family unlike any other on earth, one I am blessed to be a part of.” Lis has been married to her husband, Butch—a police Chief in Oklahoma for 21 years. A love born while Butch served in the Army, it wasn’t long after their wedding that Lis was left alone while her new husband served his time in Germany. Distance did not dampen this true love and soon, Lis became a mom—not once, not twice, but four times over. Matthias is the oldest, followed by twins Tristan and Brenden, and the youngest, Jeremiah. This unique family can be found each year at the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival where they step back in time to portray knights and the like. But it doesn’t stop there—Lis and her husband spend countless hours researching and preparing to turn their property and the surrounding buildings into a haunted wonderment for their community. This year’s theme was “My Childhood Nightmares” and they received one of their most treasured compliments related to the effectiveness of their spook-fest; a girl who toured the property shared that she would never come back because Butch, dressed as “Sleepy Hollow’s” Sandman scared her so badly. To read more about Lis, visit her Getting To Know You highlight on our website!


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Wives Behind the Badge Inc. is pleased to present our

They show honor and courage as they protect and serve their communities. Thank you to all of our heroes!

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For those of you subscribed to the WBTB newsletter, you might have noticed it has been expanded and is now bringing you lots of exciting news, features, and activities. One of the many wonderful updates includes a BLK section. In this section we will be doing lots of fun activities. One of these activities includes showcasing our school honor roll students. So, this upcoming school year, if your child makes their school honor roll, you can email me a copy of their report card/mid-term, and it will be showcased in the following month’s newsletter. To insure continued safety, of our kids, I will black out all personal information, with the exception of their first name, age/grade, and state. If there is any other information you would prefer not be shown, just let me know. We would also like to add birthday celebrations, which will not only include their first name, state, and birthday, but will also include any birthday note you might want to share with them, in the newsletter. We share birthday greetings on the BLK forums, and the BLK Facebook page. BLK is about our kids; special events in their lives, their accomplishments, activities they participate in, and more, and we want help them celebrate these things. We also love to see what our kids are up to. So, if they have a special event, if they receive an award, are involved in an activity, we would love to know about it, and share it in the newsletter, on the BLK forums, and/or BLK Facebook page. We would also love to have some fun pictures, or anything else you’d like to share. All submissions can be sent to bluelinekids@wivesbehindthebadge.organd should be sent by the 20th of the month, to be included in the following month’s newsletter. Please be sure to include their name, age, description, and state, along with a note giving us permission to use your submission. If it is a professional picture, please include a release from the photographer.

If your child, age 9 to 17, is not a member of our forums, they can join by filling out the member verification application located athttp://www.wivesbehindthebadge.org/our-work/blueline-kids/. If they are the appropriate age, to join Facebook, they can also become fans of our BLK page at www.facebook.com/bluelinekids. Kathy Everman, Blue Like Kids Program Director


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Enforcement Survival Institute “Saving the Lives of the People Who Save Lives” The Armor Your Self™ Training Program Our mission of "Saving the Lives of the People Who Save Lives" extends from our "Armor Your Self™" training seminar to the information, strategies and tools available on our website to help cops plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives. This program teaches how to add physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components to your regular training program. The "Armor Your Self™: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement" on-site training program is an eight hour, hands-on "how to" seminar that helps police officers and other law enforcement professionals armor themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We also teach how to Armor Your Agency™ against the stresses and traumas inherent in careers in law enforcement. Many people who serve, and who have served in law enforcement bear the scars of the cumulative stresses that accompany the career. The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) and CopsAlive.com work tirelessly to assemble strategies, tactics and best practices to help anyone working in this profession successfully survive their career. LESI and CopsAlive.com work with agencies and families to create environments that support healthy, happy and effective law enforcement professionals both on the job and at home. This training program is a powerful seminar that will help you being building the foundations of law enforcement health and wellness for you and for your organization. You will find the tools you need to recognize the symptoms of the toxic effects of a career in law enforcement and be able to create and plan for your survival as well as for your team and organization.

Our "Armor Your Self™" program includes eight hours of training on the following topics: 1. Introduction to the "Hidden Dangers" of Law Enforcement and Threat Assessment of Wellness Vulnerabilities 2. Armor Your Self™: A New Strategy 3. Armor Your Self™ Physically 4. Armor Your Self™ Mentally 5. Armor Your Self™ Emotionally 6. Armor Your Self™ Spiritually

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In This program you will learn about:        

Comprehensive survival skills to save your life and your health. Gaining control over your career, your relationships and your finances. The development of emotional combat survival techniques. Nine critical protective factors. Seven core concepts for stress reduction. The way of the Blue Warrior. The concept of True Blue Valor. You will learn to conduct a "Threat Assessment" of your life and career and then to benchmark your organizations programs using different models for wellness. You can begin to build your own strategic wellness plan and use the CopsAlive.com short-term wellness planning checklist to steer your life and career toward positive and successful career survival.

We have included self-paced training modules so you can create a system of "Fire Spotters and Smoke Jumpers" to recognize trouble and then establish a "Family Support System" to create positive relationships. We have also included information on the ten steps toward creating "Tactical Wellness." There is material on building positive relationships and you will learn how to successfully plan for your retirement. There is even a "Suggested Reading List" so you can further enhance your Tactical Wellness and Survival Skills. About the Primary Presenter: John Marx, CPP, CHM John Marx holds certifications in both service and security management. He was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a SWAT Team Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. In 2008 he founded The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) and started a project that has evolved into CopsAlive.com. Simply put, the mission of both LESI and CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! The Law Enforcement Survival Institute gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives and distributes that information t throughout its training programs and www.CopsAlive.com. The "Armor Your Self™: How to Survive a Career in Law Enforcement" program includes a user manual or "Toolkit" to accompany the training seminar. It is 64 pages, softcover. Price: $24.95 U.S. Our Program Package is $3,500.00 per day (within the continental United States) per instructor, and includes all travel expenses and 50 toolkits. We offer other arrangements with multiple instructors and for multiple day or half-day programs. We are also available for keynote speeches if a seminar is not what you need. Please contact us for more information on these or any other options. We offer quantity discounts depending on the number of books you order: Quantity Discount Price: 1 to 10 copies - list price $24.95 11 to 50 copies - 20% discount $19.95 51 to 100 copies - 30% discount $17.47 101 or more copies - 40% discount $14.97 For larger quantities, please contact us at 303-940-0411 for a price quote.


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For more information about this program, call The Law Enforcement Survival Institute at 303940-0411. To learn more about The Law Enforcement Survival Institute, visit them at www.lawenforcementsurvivalinstitute.org. To learn more about CopsAlive, visit them at www.CopsAlive.com.

John Marx holds certifications in both service and security management. He was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a SWAT Team Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. In 2008 he founded The Law Enforcement Survival Institute (LESI) and started a project that has evolved into CopsAlive.com. Simply put, the mission of both LESI and CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! The Law Enforcement Survival Institute gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives and distributes that information t throughout its training programs and www.CopsAlive.com.

Wives Behind the Badge , INC. would like to thank John Marx for contributing the information JC ~ Jamie@wivesbehindthebadge.org


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Being part of a law enforcement family is an adventure. Sometimes you never know what lies around the next curve or over the top of the hill. Dinner is not at the 6pm dinner bell, sometimes it is grab and go. There are no such thing as business hours. It seems the pager’s favorite time to go off is in the middle of the night. Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays…..family functions seem to be dysfunction. For this reason, Families Behind the Badge was created. To offer support to the extended family of officers. Our FBTB forums are designed for mothers, fathers, siblings, aunts and uncles….any family member in need of that extra support or desire to connect with other LE family members.. To celebrate the wonderful and amazing times and achievements as well as to stand in that gap during the hard and unpleasant times.


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Wives Behind the Badge HALOS program has spent its years honoring our fallen officers as well as their families by sending out condolence cards and words of support to the survivors. Each card has the contact information of one of our volunteers through out the country that are ready and willing to spring into action should that family need anything. These volunteers are made up of our forum members, state auxiliary chapters volunteers and they are our HALOS Angels. Our angels play a huge role in or program and are there to provide any type of support or assistance needed whether it's a shoulder to cry on, help with household chores while the family prepares to lay their loved ones to rest, home cooked meals, or a hand to hold through the rough road ahead. has spent its years honoring


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Partners P.O.L.I.C.E. FAMILIES P.O.L.I.C.E. Families, written by Mendi Keatts, is designed to help integrate law enforcement life into family life. Taught by an officer and spouse, the course is presented to officers and family members. P.O.L.I.C.E. Families is for all types of law enforcement families. Designed to help promote a better understanding of each side of the law enforcement relationship and learn some of the communication tools that can make the relationships successful. Taught to officers and family members in a comfortable and casual atmosphere. Children are welcome with some activities and snacks provided - the class is made as accessible as possible. It's all about the family. The class has been accredited for Mental Health by Oklahoma CLEET in 2012, received copyright in 2013 and is now an official partner with Wives Behind the Badge, Inc.

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Partners The Police Wife Life, LLC, is dedicated to the support of Law Enforcement Officers and focused on bringing awareness to the need for the support of our Law Enforcement Officers as well as bringing back the respect for our Officers from the general public. My mission is legislative change through my Bill, “One Strike You’re Out, Protective Measures for Law Enforcement Officers”, which if adopted Nationally would change the sentencing laws to require long term, fully served sentences with no parole options or plea agreements for repeat offenders who assault or attempt to injure an Officer. It would require mandatory life sentences with no parole option for those who murder an Officer, with no option of plea deals for lesser charges (for those states with no death penalty). My goal is to keep repeat offenders off our streets and to instill fear back into the minds of criminals who currently have no regard for the lives of our Officers due to the lack of current consequences from our Government. TPWL is a National online community which offers support to those in Law Enforcement, spouses, family or loved ones. http://www.thepolicewifelife.com


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Partners Every 17 hours an officer commits suicide. • 75 percent of our officers have been divorced – 87% of our firefighters! • 40 percent of officers are involved in domestic violence * The avg. lifespan of a Corrections officer is 58 years * 85% of first responders and 35% of dispatchers experience some symptoms of PTSD.

Serve & Protect is dedicated to the HOMELAND HEROES who serve or have served in Law Enforcement, as a Firefighter, EMT, or Corrections Officer. The dedication and sacrifice of these brave men and women who keep the homeland safe is unsurpassed by any profession. Founded by Robert Michaels, who served with the 229th Military Police Battalion VANG, and norfolk Police on patrol and as a detective, we provide services with a boots on the ground understanding of the job.


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Partners Public Safety is a stressful, demanding career. You keep communities safe. You protect life and property. You enforce laws. You resolve conflicts. Public safety rests on your shoulders. What happens when your personal life and career are out of balance? You are going through a divorce. Your finances are out of control. You can’t sleep. A traumatic event at work is haunting you. Drugs and alcohol seem to lessen the effects. Don’t ignore the warning signs. Safe Call Now was established by public safety employees for public safety employees. Talk to someone who understands the stressful demands of your work. It’s a simple and confidential phone call away.

Mission Statement: Safe Call Now is a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide.

Vision Statement: Safe Call Now provides education, healthy alternatives and resources to save lives and put families back together.

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