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Aid Our Veterans started as a mission of love. The founder, Thomas Conlan became concerned by the ever-growing population of homeless veterans. Over the course of his work in the community, he took note of the vast proliferation of homeless and jobless veterans in many areas, many of them suffering from war-related injuries and mental issues. He also saw just how many homes in the community stood vacant that, while in serious need of renovation, were out of financial reach for these veterans. He realized he could no longer sit back and do nothing.
Aid Our Veterans was founded to address all of these needs at once. Taking his experience in home improvement, Thomas became determined to hire as many Veterans as he could. If they did not have home improvement experience or skills, he found a way to train them, giving them a skill for life. If they were homeless, He found a place to put them up including his own home. If they were in need of additional help, he helped them get enrolled in self-help programs or in rehabilitation programs through the VA Hospital system. Knowing the problem of homelessness in Veterans, Thomas knew his mission could come full circle if he could use his experience, and fill newly renovated properties with formerly homeless Veterans. With that dream and goal in mind, Thomas Conlan began the process of turning his gratitude toward veterans into action. Aid Our Veterans will not be satisfied until a Welcome Home Veterans sign truly means:
WELCOME HOME! to all Veterans.
Links Of Interest: The VA Web Site
Death in the Green Zone - A short story on our Personal Stories Page
Why Veterans pass out Poppies on Veterans Day..
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
The History Behind Veterans Day...
Posted on 10 November 2009 At precisely 11 o’clock on November 11, 1918, the guns of World War I fell silent. With the signing of the Armistice between Germany and the Allied countries, the first global conflict officially ended. Armistice Day was thus created to commemorate the men and women who served their country during World War I. On this day of remembrance, we observed one minute of silence for those who gave their lives to bring peace to the world.
As a boy growing up during the Great
Depression, I distinctly remember that, at the stroke of the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, factor
y whistles would blow, signaling that one minute of silence. At that moment, every man, woman, and child in this great nation paused to respect the soldiers who had foug
ht and died in World War I.
After “The War to End All Wars” ceased, President Woodrow Wilson, who dreamed of lasting peace, formed the League of Nations to ensure harmony worldwide. For two decades, peace reigned. When World War II erupted, it swept Europe, England, the United States, parts of Africa, and Japan into a conflict that lasted four very long, bloody years.
When it finally ended, Armistice
Day was changed to Veterans Day in order to pay our respects to those who had fallen during both World Wars. In so doing, something profound was lost in the transition: that one moment of silence.
In today’s rapidly changing, politically correct world, when holidays set aside to honor God and Cou
ntry are losing their meaning, I would like to see that old world custom restored to Veterans Day: that minute of silence when every man, woman, and child pauses, no matter where they are and what they are doing, to honor and respect, lest we forget.