Monday, May 22, 2017

Month 10 Week 2

Veterans History Project
 Students and youth groups throughout the United States have contributed significantly to the Veterans History Project. Please go to the site below and read at least two stories. Comment on what you have read. Additionally I have a dear friend, Tyler, he is a veteran of the Afghan war (2001-2014).

Veteran's Stories


  1. During Memorial Day and holidays for veterans, I see signs, social media posts, and more commemorating veterans. Many discuss people who have given their lives fighting for their cause, for their friends and family, and for their country. After reading some of these veterans' stories, it all makes me stop and think. Sometimes, when people celebrate veterans, they often think about the ones who have fought in grueling, perilous wars; who have carried out amazing feats and become incredible war heroes; and who have sacrificed their lives and literally everything. But the truth is, this isn't always the case. Yes, we definitely want to commemorate those veterans, but we also need to realize that every person - every single person - who has participated in the military has contributed immensely to our country. Not all of the veterans on the link provided in this discussion board died for their cause or commandeered amazing strength to do the near-impossible. They are men and women like us, but, through the military, they have poured their heart and soul into serving and honoring their country. So, my heart goes out to ALL of our veterans, for you ALL have made a difference in our lives!

  2. I read the stories of Dawn Alvarez Stratton and Patrick J. Garman. All I can say is that I'm forever grateful for the men and women who risk their lives to keep our country safe.

  3. I read the stories of a man and a woman who dedicated their lives to serve this country. Meg Parrish Miner joined the Air Force right after she finished high school. She was recruited for engine repairs and machine work. When she joined the Air Force she knew nothing about these machines, yet she severed our country greatly.
    Mark Andrew Jumper was a Chaplin in the Navy. He was recruited and soon learned that A Chaplin does not take breaks. Mark later on in the dessert pushed himself a little to hard and had a stroke. He was visited by his commander and was reminded how much he was needed. When Mark recovered he was one of the four Chaplin that in WWII went to help evacuate people from a sinking ship.

  4. I read the story of Joanne D. Palella. She mentioned how much fear she had for the segeants and that they would sometimes kick their boots. I can't imagine how touch it must be to go through that, especially being a female. She mentions fear from aluminum buildings being bombed. I am so thankful for all those who serve. Reading these stories makes me appreciate them more than I have before.

  5. I read about Josephine Taylor and Ingrid C. Lim. Both had high ranks in the military, being a captain and a lieutenant colonel respectively. The war took an emotional and physical toll on both of them, and I was so inspired by their courage and determination.

  6. NOTE: apologies for my vastly overdue comment.
    I read the story of Dawn Stratton and Meg Miner. Both were women who not only endured the expected tribulations and grueling conditions met by one who serves, but an additional wave of obstacles due to their gender, and in Miner's case, sexuality. In one instance Stratton had to be smuggled into a camp under a tarp because women were barred from certain areas at the time. Miner had to be incredibly discrete when receiving gifts and phone calls from her girlfriend, as her career would've ended if the wrong people found out. These extra added issues were stacked on top of a varying roster of other hardships, such as difficult and aggressive colleagues, awful food, and nightly bombing raids. I will never truly comprehend what people like Stratton and Miner went through, nor would it be realistic or fair to them to say I do. All I can do is offer my unending respect and gratitude to them, and thank them for offering their services in any number of ways to help safeguard freedom.