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Best of Both Worlds Az has dedicated a series of posts to American Veterans and Soldiers
Please take time to read the following posts, and share any comments.
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Jeremy Roenick and Muze Clothing have teamed up to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project
. The movie quote from Boondock Saints, “there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, the indifference of good men” reminds us all to support those troops who sacrifice so much for our freedom. Six soldiers standing guard atop a red, white and blue Celtic cross, serve as a reminder of service men protecting our freedom, and the words ‘veritas’ and ‘equitas’ which mean truth and justice are a subtle tie-in to the film.
* 100% cotton, short sleeve, crewneck t-shirt
* Discharge distressed front graphic for vintage look and feel
* Back graphic featuring the movie line in flocking
* Silcon wash for softness
Price: $40.00 100% of the proceeds benefit those soldiers who have been severely wounded.
Click here to order Order yours now to help support this cause and also be fashionable at the same time! Many Celebs support this cause and have this exact shirt!
To wear is human,
to give, divine
Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project exists to honor and empower wounded warriors who incurred service-connected wounds, injuries, and illnesses on or after September 11, 2001.
To order Muze Clothing go to www.muzeconnects.com
ESPN’s Erin Andrews supports our troops by wearing the MUZE ” wounded warrior” shirt.
Give something to those who gave
The Veteran Tickets Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to giving back to those who gave us so much. They team up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, venues and everyday ticket holders to provide free and discounted tickets to the more than 26 million Veterans and Active Duty Military in the United States.
Veterans are the kind of people who volunteer to serve their country, the ones who put their nation first and their own lives second, are the kind of people we need to honor everyday. Not just on Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and the Fourth of July, but everyday.
Through The Veteran Tickets Foundation, now those who care about Veterans have a way to give back. Everyday, in every city, there are events with empty seats that could be filled by those who served. More than that, many event tickets are simply unaffordable for average people. We believe the events that bring Americans together in the spirit of celebration, competition and camaraderie—those all-American moments are the times we need to welcome and acknowledge our Veterans.
Got Tickets To Donate???
Do you have tickets that you would like to donate and receive a tax deductible receipt? Please go to www.vettix.org and use the Contact Us tab to start that process and please SPREAD THE WORD!!!
You can donate almost any type of tickets you can imagine.
Sporting events seem to be the most popular, but don’t forget for things like Disney Land, Sea World, airline tickets, movie tickets even hotel/resort suites.
Need Tickets ???
If you are Veteran or active in any branch of the military, you can get free tickets through Vet Tix.
Go to www.vettix.org and create an account. You will need to provide proof of your military status. You can follow vet tix on twitter to get up dates on tickets as they become available.
Hero’s Wish Program
Hero’s Wish allows members who meet certain criteria to request specific tickets for any single event, and have donors fulfill that request either by ticket donation or by donating money to make the hero’s wish come true.
The Hero’s Wish program can be used by Active Duty Military Personnel (one month prior to, while on leave from or one month after their deployments), severely wounded warriors and the families of men and woman killed in action (KIA).
If you are currently on Active Duty Military (one month prior to combat deployment, one month after a deployment, or while on leave from deployment), a severely wounded warrior or a family member of someone who was killed in action (KIA)?, then you are eligible for our Hero’s Wish Program. You need to go to www.vettix.com and complete a few easy steps and Veteran Tickets Foundation will get started on making your Hero’s Wish come true!
Want to help Veteran Tickets Foundation fulfill the wish of one of America’s hero’s?
There are two ways you can help honor these special members:
Make a ticket donation. Simply visit the Hero’s Wish page and select a wish that you’d like to help Vet Tix fulfill.
Don’t have tickets to donate? No problem! You can always support a hero by making a monetary donation toward the wish you select and Vet Tix will purchase the tickets as well as make sure all expenses associated with the wish, such as travel, lodging and food are taken care of.
New wishes are being subimitted all the time, so we encourage you to view the heros wish page as often as you can.
Do you really support our troops?
I think most people would say that they support our troops. What does that really mean, to “support” our troops? It’s easy to buy the tee shirt or slap a bumper sticker on your car, but I am not sure that fully constitutes supporting our troops. I think that it is easy for Americans to become a little bit self involved and forget about everything outside of our own world. Perhaps you are thinking about where you will go for happy hour, what outfit to wear, the office gossip, or some sort of sporting event. Consider for a moment the every day life of a soldier or how they cope with returning to civilian life after a year or more of combat. Imagine how the parents, children and spouses cope while their loved one is deployed.
You can not wear patriotism like a fashion accessory, and you can not “support” our troops as a trend. To me supporting our troops is more than acting politically correct. To support someone is to provide for them, give them strength, and to keep them from becoming week or falling. To support our soldiers, is to become an advocate on their behalf.
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” -Cynthia Ozick
My Personal Story
For those who don’t know, my brother is a medically retired, disabled Veteran.
I would like to share what life was like for my family and I while my brother was deployed. My brother was deployed to Iraq at the beginning of the war. At that time the war was basically televised 24/7. Every moment I was home, my television was on CNN or Fox News. If I was in my car, I was listening to news radio. I was waiting to see or hear something familiar, anything that suggested he was alive and safe. Every night, when they would list the names of fallen soldiers, we would listen and pray that his name wouldn’t be next. Every night that his name was not on the list, I would thank God. I would also feel guilty and almost ashamed for my gratitude, because I knew that at the same time, there was another family listening to those names and suffering my worst fear. I was not alone on this emotional roller-coaster, my mother was also a wreck. My brother’s wife and kids were struggling too, and trying to exist in everyday life, minus a father and husband. Our entire family spent a year worried. Occasionally he was able to call his wife, but there wasn’t a lot of communication at that time. We would send letters and care packages, but wouldn’t get a letter back for months. It’s difficult having someone you care about in a war. You know the dangers and possibilities, and you never know if they are okay. The worst part is feeling helpless; you can not protect them or even offer any advice. As an older sister, I have always been protective over my “little” brother, but war challenges that behavior. You can only pray and wait.
Me with my brother
I began to doubt that Americans truly support our soldiers, shortly after my brother came home from Iraq. When my brother first came home, it was like a weight had been lifted. I will not share all of my feelings and experiences of that time. I prefer to keep those memories for myself. I will say that I was excited to celebrate my brothers safe return and fully expected that every one else would feel the same. I imagined a hero’s welcome would greet him every where he went. I promised to take him out, and was excited to show him our local bars and night clubs. I was shocked and sorely disappointed at the complete lack of gratitude and enthusiasm expressed for a returning soldier. There were a few people who bought him drinks or thanked him for his service and my brother appreciated any gratitude he received. I don’t think he really had any expectations. I on the other hand, had high expectations, something along the lines of a red carpet treatment. I was totally embarrassed by the superficial behavior that surrounded me. It was that night that I realized that some people think a VIP is a stripper or a douchebag with an abundance of hair gel. I felt like a child that just found out Santa Clause isn’t real. I looked around at the men in the club and wondered how they would react if there was a draft, and they had to replace their BMW’s and hair gel for IED’s and Kevlar. Do these guys appreciate that there are men that volunteer to fight for this country? If it were not for the volunteer service of our soldiers, these guy’s would not have their evenings free to buy overpriced drinks and pretend to be awesome. I know that my attitude may seem abrasive, but I always held Americans to a high standard of patriotism. When I see American patriotism taking a back seat to materialism, vanity, entertainment and self absorbency, it breaks my heart. I hope this does not represent a new American attitude. If you have not done something to show your gratitude towards a veteran or our soldiers, then you can not claim to support or troops, however you have every right to feel ashamed.
In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935
Jesse and Josh while deployed in Iraq
I would like to dedicate this post to my brother Jesse and his close friend Josh.
Jesse and Josh were in Iraq together, and maintain their friendship today. Both have lived in Arizona and were in the 4th Infantry Division, stationed out of Fort Hood Texas. Together they operated a missile launcher, Jesse was the gunner and Josh was the driver. Thank you for your service to our country, and thank you for allowing me to share your personal photo’s.
I would like to thank all American Soldiers and Veterans for their service.
Please share something that you have done to support our troops. I would love to hear your personal experience.
Soldiers R U.S.
Soldiers R U.S. is a local non-profit that has sent 8000 care packages overseas to our troops. Through local school districts, volunteer organizations and individuals donating travel size items, they can now show them a touch of home and hopefully build their morale.
They also specialize in supporting our troops as they return home and try to acclimate back into society and its pressures. This is why they try decompressing as many troops as possible every year by bringing them to professional and x-treme sporting events.
You can purchase raffle tickets to win a custom Saxon motorcycle at www.soldiersrus.org
Saxon Motorcycles USA, founded in 2004, was established to produce production custom motorcycles at a more reasonable price point than currently available and to apply professional management and production processes to an industry that is dominated by fragmented manufacturing practices.
Best of Both Worlds would like to thank Soldiers R U.S. and their sponsors.
Soldiers R U.S. Arizona Sponsors.
Saxon Motor Cycles, Carolyn Sechler, CPA , American Fence Company, SUNBELT Rentals, Guitar Center, Y-Not Party Rentals, Prime Time Little Cigars, Suede Lounge, SuperStar Entertainment, American Spirit Arms, BDP/Capital Consortium Inc., 944 Magazine, Swing It Again Golf, The UPS Store, Sign Creations, Juggernaut Designs, CEG, Western Honda, Bead It, Mahsa Kierland Commons, Flyers Direct, Braha Pain Relief Studios, Blue Media, Relentless Beats, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Southwest Promos, New Times, Desert Storm Hummer, DogDaysofWinter.org, Nutrifab, Fidelity Press, Ever-Ready Glass, A.M.E Southwest, INC., Lady Luck Tattoo Gallery, GOYKPHOTO, Upper Deck Sports Grill, Len Simon Animation, AZ Veterans Lead Group, YKnot Party Rentals, Lunabrand, AZ POW MIA KIA
If you would like to get involved or sponsor Soldiers R U.S., visit their website.
There is a huge selection to chose from, with something for everyone.
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Veterans day is this Thursday, November 11th
Best of Both Wolds Az will be dedicating a series of posts to American Soldiers and Veterans.
- We will share information, on how you can support our soldiers and Veterans.
- We will also share information regarding services available for Veterans.