In Honor Of Our Military

Hosted by Maggie ^O^
Group active since Thu, May 29, 2014

I wanted to create a group where we can honor those who have and are serving our country.

It started as military but will be expanded to include our brave first responders also.

Some members of Just A Pinch are in countries other than the U.S.A.

Please feel free to join us with your stories about your military friends and family members.

This group is not for sharing recipes but rather for sharing the love and the stories of those we know who have served or are serving.

Treat this as a tribute group for the brave men and women who make our freedoms possible.

Maggie ^O^
May 29, 2014

My Story

I have many family members who served in our military. Most made it home but some did not.

Those who made it home came home physically in 1 piece but suffered many different issues as a result of war.

I have always been deeply affected by military people.

When VietNam happened I was horribly angry when we had POW and MIA people .. that just wasn't right.

I began campaigning to make people aware and to do my little part to bring our people home one way or another.

It was approximately 1997 when I came upon a website called Operation Just Cause.

This website was all about our POW and MIA people.

They had an "adoption" form there. I read it and signed up immediately.

What happened was very cool. I was given the name and history of a military person, from my state, who was MIA in VietNam.

At the time I had a website and decided to include a special area for military.

My adopted MIA is named RoberT Wayne Altus.

Captain Altus was an Air Force pilot. He and his weapons and systems operator 1st Lt. William
Phelps were shot down Nov. 23, 1971 over Laos.

Neither of them have ever been found.

I built a page on this person. When it was done I asked the organization to get in touch with his family so they could see what I had done.

His sister contacted me within 2 days via telephone. She told me that his mother had just passed away but his father was still alive. She had shown the page I created to his father and it moved him to tears knowing that a complete stranger cared enough about his son to try and keep the word out about our POW/MIA people.

As time went by I got to meet these 2 wonderful individuals. The sister was so much fun and very helpful and informative. It was almost as though we were sisters. His father was quite the character. He was such a sweet old man. He died in 2006 and the sister passed in 2008.

My time spent with them was very special and will forever be precious in my memory.

We went together to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Portland Oregon one afternoon. We found Robert's name and I have to tell you that it was such a powerful moment to see that name and to touch it.

We did a tracing of his name and spent a fair amount of time in silence holding hands and shedding a few tears.

Here is a link to his story (not my webpage)}&DE={E9FAB9EF-FBFD-4835-A9F9-25E678B7315A}

And here is a photo of my MIA ... RIP Robert Wayne Altus.

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Maggie ^O^
Nov 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Day

Be thankful that you are able to celebrate and remember that it is because of these brave men and women who sacrifice it all - including family time at holidays for you.

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Maggie ^O^
Nov 11, 2016

Loving A Military Man

The truth is ....

But I wouldn't change a thing.

Happy Veteran's Day

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Maggie ^O^
Nov 8, 2016

Veteran's Day 2016

Please take a few minutes out of your schedule and do something nice for a Veteran - even if it is just to shake their hand and thank them for everything you have.

If you would like to take a Veteran out for a meal that day there are many places who are offering free food in the form of appetizers, desserts and in some cases complete meals for our Veterans.

Here is a list of places you can take a Veteran. Do it ... it won't cost you anything more than some of your time and they will so appreciate that you took the time.

Remember to thank a Veteran as often as you can but in particular, celebrate them this coming Friday.

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Maggie ^O^
Sep 11, 2016

Our Military - Fighting For Our Country

Remember those who were lost fighting for you due to the events of September 11, 2001.

Remember their families left behind as a result of those events.

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Maggie ^O^
Jul 4, 2016

4th of July

Celebrate but remember ....

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