Invasion on D-Day

Your end of week wrap-up of Veterans news and resources:

  • The Battle of Iwo Jima, one of the most iconic and fierce battles in our history, began 68 years ago this week. Check out To the Shores of Iwo Jima, a 1945 documentary (featuring color footage) to give some perspective on why the engagement mattered. And be sure to read another take on Joe Rosenthal’s famous shot of the flag raising over Mt. Suribachi.
  • With no down payment needed, VA-backed home loans are among the best in the business. If you’re looking to buy your own home, check out our resource page for more information and to see if you qualify.
  • Veterans are used to adapting to tough situations, working in small teams, and operating in high stress environments. Sounds like a small business doesn’t it? Learn how to create your own business, get information on upcoming conferences, and more.
  • Baltimore Vets: VA has opened a new 13,300-square-foot facility to serve folks in Anne Arundel and Howard counties. Services include general outpatient medical care, preventive health and education services, various medical screenings, telehealth services and referrals to specialized programs and inpatient services.
  • We often mention the Veterans Crisis Line and how it has saved lives, but this video really drives home the enormous effort from dedicated folks to staff the call centers day and night. And as always, the Crisis Line can be reached at 1-800-273-8255, online through chat, and now by text at 838255.

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Published on Feb. 22, 2013

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  1. Al Senn February 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    My Dad was part of the Armed Forces for many years…Merchant Marines, Army Air Corp and then ended with 24 years in the Air Force. His last assignment was in Vietnam 1967-1968. When he went to Vietnam, my older brother was already there. My brother and Dad were at a place where they could and did see each other when they could. First thing my Dad was to tell my brother he could go home now because of the rules of family serving at the same time in a war zone. “Yeah, right” was my brother’s response. They both survived Tet 1968. My brother, Bronze Star for bravery. Both returned home safely in 1968. They never talked of what was Vietnam and I didn’t ask. In June of 1969 I was drafted into the Armed Forces. I guess you might say that I “lucked out” being assigned to the US Army. The day I was inducted, the Marines were there asking all the new troops if anyone wanted to go into the Marines? Couple of guys did go, but they “needed” a few more guys to fill the quota. They just picked a few more guys and that was it…no choice…welcome to the US Marines. Anyway..I served with the 101st Airborne, 1st 506th Infantry, 1970-1971. Yep..11B…Combat Veteran. I survived, quite a few times, to return home safe. Once I got home I knew then why my Dad and brother did not talk of Vietnam.

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