Veterans Day …


Do something for a Veteran … is my chant  – not a rant

As we move deeper into autumn and winter like weather, most if not all Americans, recognize Veterans Day. I am not sure most or any employers in the Private Sector do – just saying!  My mind is on many things but the news and numerous Veteran Day ads on TV have brought back memories of my brother. My brother was, a lifetime Marine, a phenomenal artist and promising professional football athlete drafted in high school under the old laws of mandatory military service,  he was of age with no option to say no contrary to some upper class mostly white men.  I know he was an exceptional soldier, though we all hoped for the best, always prayed, knowing the end result of war he and his fellow brothers friends were subject to back then almost always meant death. He and his fellow Soldiers served the best they could, he earned medals at the cost of having a pace maker, heavily grafted and a hand that was quite mangled from protecting his men. I will say he made some mistakes during and after his years in service; he suffered from all that he endured while in Viet Nam like so many other Soldiers in the name of “Military Service”. He was not perfect man, but proud to be a Marine and our family … his children were very proud … peace and love bro. on Veterans day.

If you live in Washington State, enjoy the crisp somewhat sunny low temps outdoors or stay indoors to celebrate and honor the men and women of the Military. Reports are that the weather will be nasty so, have some air popped corn while watching Military movies all day long, talk about it and remember what the Men and Women in uniform mean to all of us here in the States. I cannot begin to list all the Military people, I know; those who have chosen to serve and protect our country in some form live and die with a great sense of pride to have been in the Military, and I thank them all for keeping us safe.

 I especially am thinking about a couple of brothers named Luis and Carlos both cutie pies and who still support others after several years of time served… Semper Fi! Luis …love ya over there in Brasil

Taking Control of America’s Energy Future


In his weekly address, President Obama discusses progress in American energy and highlights that we are now producing more oil at home than we buy from other countries for the first time in nearly two decades. We reached this milestone in part not only because we’re producing more energy, but because we’re wasting less energy, and as a result, we are also reducing our carbon emissions while growing the economy.

Click here to watch this week’s Weekly Address.

Watch: President Obama's Weekly Address

Honoring our Military: On Veterans Day, the President honored those who have served, or are currently serving, our country. The President hosted a breakfast that morning for veterans and their families before heading off to Arlington Cemetery with the Vice President, the First Lady, and Dr. Biden. The President participated in a wreath-laying ceremony and spoke to the crowd about the devotion and commitment of those who don our nation’s uniform.

In the life of our nation, across every generation, there are those who stand apart. They step up, they raise their hands, they take that oath. They put on the uniform and they put their lives on the line. They do this so that the rest of us might live in a country and a world that is safer, freer, and more just.

The President also reminded Americans that we need to support troops after they have come home. “This is how we’ll be judged.  Not just by how well we care for our troops in battle, but how we treat them when they come home,” the President said. Check out the President’s remarks here.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden wrote an op-ed about Joining Forces that appeared in military news websites, highlighting their commitment to employment, wellness, and education for veterans, service members, and their families.

Continuing his work with members of the military later that week, the President welcomed senior civilian defense and military leaders to an annual meeting and dinner, where those present discussed a wide range of issues.

Affordable Care Act: President Obama made a statement in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room on Thursday, announcing new steps to help those Americans that are receiving insurance cancellation notices. The President stated that insurers can offer customers who have been notified about canceled plans the option to renew their 2013 plan in 2014.

“It took 100 years for us to even get to the point where we could start talking about and implementing a law to make sure everybody has got health insurance,” the President said. “And my pledge to the American people is, is that we’re going to solve the problems that are there, we’re going to get it right, and the Affordable Care Act is going to work for the American people.”

Manufacturing in Ohio: The President spoke at a steel factory in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, highlighting the plant’s comeback after nearly 1,200 steelworkers were furloughed when the auto industry was on the brink of collapse. Today, ArcelorMittal, is the largest supplier of steel in the auto industry and is a global leader in producing advanced high-strength steel for fuel efficient cars. “The story of this plant is the story of America over the last five years,” President Obama said. “We haven’t just been recovering from a crisis. What we’ve been trying to do is rebuild a new foundation for growth and prosperity to protect ourselves from future crises.”

Tribal Nations Conference: On Thursday, the White House hosted the fifth White House Tribal Nationals Conference, which welcomed leaders from all 566 federally recognized tribes. The President spoke to conference attendees, highlighting the need for strengthening justice and tribal sovereignty, expanding opportunities for Native Americans, and protecting tribal lands. Read the President’s full remarks here.

Protecting kids with asthma and allergies: President Obama signed into law the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act on Wednesday, which encourages schools to plan for severe asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Approximately 9.5 percent of American children suffer from asthma, and between 4 and 6 percent of children have food allergies. By updating and upgrading school’s response capacity for asthma and food allergies, this law will help relieve the anxiety of millions of parents.

First Lady Talks Education: First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. to discuss the importance of youth empowerment and education. The First Lady shared her personal academic experiences to a group of sophomores, telling them that she pushed herself to have a strong academic and extracurricular record. “And when I encountered doubters…when people told me that I wasn’t going to cut it… I didn’t let that stop me,” she said.

Oldest Living WWII Veteran …


Photo: President Obama Greets the Oldest Living WWII VeteranPresident Barack Obama greets Mr. Overton, 107 years old and the oldest living World War II veteran.

President Barack Obama greets Richard Overton, with Earlene Love-Karo, in the Blue Room of the White House, Nov. 11, 2013. Mr. Overton,107 years old and the oldest living World War II veteran, attended the Veteran’s Day Breakfast at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

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To Honor Veterans … You need to confirm the dates & locations with the establishment


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Veterans Day Free Meals for 2013 has been updated! If you know of a restaurant offering a Veterans Day free meal in 2013, please send me an e-mail so I can get you on the list.

There are plenty of Veterans Day free meals to be had this year as well as some other additional discounts on items other than food. You’ll be able to stop into any of the restaurants below on or around Veterans Day this year to get your free meal.

Tip: Pay close attention to the date listed and what you need to bring so you qualify for the free meal. They don’t all take place on Veterans Day (Monday, November 11, 2013) and some require different forms of identification.

Tip: Some of these Veterans Day free meals are nationwide but some are only at participating locations. Please call the restaurant before you leave home to make sure they are taking part. This list is 8 pages long! Look through them all so you don’t miss out on a favorite.

Looking for more freebies like this one? Lots of military freebies are available all year round. You’ll also want to check out this list of current free samples you can request.

Golden Corral Veterans Day Free Meal (Monday, November 11, 2013)

Veterans Day Free Meals 2013© Golden Corral

On Monday, November 11, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Golden Corral will be giving out Veterans Day free meals to any person who has ever served in the U.S. military or is on current active duty. This includes retirees, veterans, National Guard or Reserves.

All Golden Corral locations will be participating and no identification is required to get your free dinner buffet and beverage.

Last year, Golden Corral served over 375,000 veterans a Veterans Day free meal!