Memorial Day 2017
It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
It is the VETERAN who salutes the Flag.
It is the VETERAN who serves under the Flag.
ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD,
AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM
Memorial Day – VA Benefits Check-Up
Are you a Veteran or a surviving spouse of a Veteran? There may be VA benefits available which you have not researched to date or you may have been denied in the past and your situation has changed. These benefits can help you pay for long-term care.
Qualifying Service Dates:
Vietnam: 12/28/1961-8/4/1964 (in country)
Vietnam II: 8/5/1964-5/7/1975
Mideast Conflicts: 8/20/1990 to date
Call the Center for Elder Veterans Rights directly for a no-risk interview concerning eligibility. (800) 394-1250
For more information on the Center for Elder Veterans Rights visit their website.
The Nation’s Oldest Living WWII Combat Veteran Turns 111
Richard Overton was born May 11, 1906 in Bastrop County. When he came of age, he served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945 as part of the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion. After the war, he returned to Austin, and he has lived in the same home ever since.
While he has been honored by sitting presidents, governors and other global dignitaries for his distinguished service, most days he can be found sitting on his front porch proudly wearing his WWII Veteran baseball hat holding a cigar.
He gives credit to God for his longevity and continues to attend church, but he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, too. For more click Fox News U.S.
MTSU President Performs Leap of Faith
with Army Golden Knights
The recognition comes for MTSU’s substantial support efforts for student-veterans., the 2016 opening of the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center and its recent expansion into career placement.
“It’s typical of the support that MTSU has given our recruiting efforts for the regular Army and Army Reserve over the years. They’ve always gone all-out to help us in a number of endeavors, and this is just the latest example.”
McPhee said while he appreciates the Army’s nod toward MTSU’s efforts to attract, retain and graduate veterans, the true honor goes to those who serve.
“We at MTSU want to do right by to those who gave so much to our nation,” he said.
Huber, a Special Forces veteran as an infantryman and Green Beret, said the tandem jump “was incredible. It was such a beautiful view of the countryside. It was great being around professionals again. I miss being a soldier.”
National Pear Harbor Remembrance Day
75th Anniversary December 7, 2016
To all who put themselves in harm’s way Then, Now, Always
“Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 a date that will live in infamy…no matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American People, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
We Remember the Fallen – Least We Never Forget
Veterans Day November 11th
“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” -Dan Lipinski
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
Flag Day June 14th
“Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation.” – Joe Barton
The holiday began after the Civil War, at that time it was known as “Decoration Day.” Originally founded to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War, today, Memorial Day is a day to honor all Americans who have died in military service.
Whenever our nation, or the world, has asked ordinary men and women to do extraordinary things our Veterans have heeded the call unselfishly.
Let us also give thanks and appreciation to the families of our fallen heroes and veterans, for without their enduring love and support their task would not have been possible…….this day belongs to them as well.
We, as a nation, owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our veterans. A debt that should be acknowledged to them not only on this day but everyday………every day that our children go to school, every day that we worship freely, every day that we are free to pursue happiness.
God bless all of our Fallen Heroes, Veterans and their families.
God bless you and God bless the United States of America. -Homelift Staff
Millions of senior citizens in the United States and hundreds right here in Rutherford County are Veterans or surviving spouses of Veterans. As these heroes age, many are frustrated because they want to stay independent and live in their own homes. They are unaware of the options available to them especially if they require in-home help with the activities of daily living. One of the benefits of having served is called Aid and Attendance and can help fund this care. This benefit is available to help those Veterans and their spouses who qualify with funding for bathing, dressing, grooming, meal preparation and the activities that make it possible to remain independent and living at home as long as possible.
Fayne Haynes has spent the last 13 years making sure the citizens of Rutherford County had access to the American flag. Mr. Haynes is a 91 year-old World War II veteran and former P.O.W. He decided to open Fayne Haynes Flag & Flagpole Company in 2000 after he could not find a flag large enough for his 30 foot-high flagpole. Since then, he has sold thousands of flags and flagpoles from his store off the square in Murfreesboro.
Mr. Haynes is the oldest P.O.W. living in Rutherford county and there is a museum located in his flag store with memorabilia from his years of service.
Did you know that there are new tax benefits available for Service Members and may be of benefit to your or one of your fellow Veterans?
Annual VA Carnival
The 12th Annual VA Carnival was held at the Murfreesboro VA Hospital. This event is open to veterans from anywhere in the city or state. It is a day of fun activities such as horse riding and carnival games with prizes. All the food is free and provided by local vendors. There are also free health screenings. The carnival is held the first Wednesday in October each year.