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^
Tuesday at 9:40 AM

The Virtual Vietnam Memorial Wall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC honors those who died in the Vietnam War.

Their relatives and friends leave letters, poems, and photographs at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and on this web site.

We bring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to your home to help remember the sacrifices of the fallen and their families.

You are able to search by name or state.

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Maggie ^O^
Feb 18, 2018

From The Children

We had several appts this past week for my husband at a couple of different VA clinics.

At one of them we found these wonderful messages on the walls all over the entire facility.

The children from our state as well as several surrounding areas take on the task of creating thank you cards and Christmas cards and Easter cards and Thanksgiving cards and Veteran's Day cards for the veterans. Those cards are always handed to the Veterans when they arrive at the facility.

The general Thank You cards are displayed around the facilities for all to see.

I love how the schools are still teaching the kids about how important the Veterans are and what they have done to help them.

Super cute and everyone appreciates these little messages so very much. For many Veteran's these are the only cards they receive and they truly cherish them

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Maggie ^O^
Dec 25, 2017

Merry Christmas To Our Military and Their Families

Thank you for all of your sacrifices and keeping us safe.

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Maggie ^O^
Dec 24, 2017

Remember Them

You would not be celebrating holidays without the sacrifice they make and the sacrifices of their families.

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Maggie ^O^
Dec 7, 2017

It's Peal Harbor Day

Keep the memory alive .. share the story so future generations will know what really happened.

RIP to all the victims and much respect to those who survived.

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Maggie ^O^
Nov 21, 2017

Please Remember Them on Thanksgiving

Many families will be separated from their loved ones on Thanksgiving so please remember those families and those military heroes when you are giving thanks.

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