Tag Archives: Veterans

Monarch butterflies are being wiped out. These combat veterans are trying to save them | NBC News

Guardian Grange looks to provide a safety net for veterans while teaching them about conservation, sustainability and regenerative agriculture.

Sept. 25, 2021, 3:00 AM PDT / Updated Sept. 25, 2021, 6:08 AM PDT
By Denise Chow

Sebastian Schell, Joe Sarapochillo, former Navy SEAL Mark Matzeldelaflor and Ole Schell on Ole’s ranch in Bolinas, Calif., on Sept. 12. Part of the 206-acre ranch is dedicated to a butterfly preserve.Clara Mokri for NBC News

When Mark Matzeldelaflor left the military more than a decade ago, he spent years searching for something that filled him with the same sense of purpose as being a Navy SEAL.

After serving a couple tours in Iraq, including as an elite sniper, he returned home and took up odd jobs — “just wandering and doing random stuff to make some money to pay the rent,” he said. Then, on a whim, he said that he tried “magic mushrooms” for the first time with a friend and that the psychedelic awakened in him a new resolve.

“I just reconnected to nature and my past, where I was like a kid in the woods,” Matzeldelaflor said. “And I realized there’s so much healing in being outside in nature, getting your hands in the dirt and doing good work.”

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One of the organization’s first major initiatives is to help construct a preserve for Western monarch butterflies, a pollinator species that has been pushed to the brink of extinction in recent years due to habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change.

Source: Monarch butterflies are being wiped out. These combat veterans are trying to save them.

Veterans Can Train, Adopt Service Dogs Under New PAWS Law : NPR

By Joe Hernandez Twitter, August 26, 202111:55 AM ET

Morgan, a military service dog, stands on her hind legs for her handler before a news conference for HR 1448, Puppies Assisting Wounded Service Members (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act outside the U.S. Capitol on May 13.
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A new program through the Department of Veterans Affairs aims to connect service dogs in training with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder.

The effort was years in the making and became a reality when President Biden signed the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act into law on Wednesday during a ceremony attended by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

Source: Veterans Can Train, Adopt Service Dogs Under New PAWS Law : NPR

Veterans Legacy Memorial | U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Welcome to the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM)

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Welcome to the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM).

VLM is an online memorial space managed by the National Cemetery Administration (NCA).

NCA manages more than 150 national cemeteries to honor our Nation’s Veterans, and extends memorialization of more than 3.7 million Veterans interred in those cemeteries to this digital memorial space by providing a VLM profile page for each Veteran.

To find a Veteran’s profile page, enter the Veteran’s name (First Last with no commas, such as “John Doe”). To refine your search, use the drop down menus to search by Branch of Service, War Period, and Cemetery Location. To search using additional criteria, click on Advanced Search.

Source: Veterans Legacy Memorial | U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veteran Grown: Urban Farming | Library of Congress

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Update: The video is on YouTube, see below, too..

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Title Veteran Grown: Urban Farming

Summary
This panel discussed farming in an urban setting as one of many unique career paths veterans take after transitioning to civilian life, and introduced the audience to programs that exist to assist veterans who farm.

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project collects oral history interviews of panelists who are veterans and work on an urban farm, including beekeepers. The Library will add these veterans’ stories to the project archive and include them in a future online exhibit as part of its “Experiencing War” series.

The panel will also highlight the Veterans History Project as both a repository and research resource.

Event Date March 19, 2021

Running Time 1 hours 22 minutes 3 seconds Online Format video image

Source: Veteran Grown: Urban Farming. 2021. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-9728/.

Veterans History Project Highlights Farming as Viable Career Path with Two Panels in March | Library of Congress

Justin Butts, a 32-year-old African American Navy veteran turned his love for farming into a full-time business in upstate New York. Butts will participate in the panel on March 26.

Experts will Share Tips on Programs and Resources that Help Veterans Transition to Farming

Press Contact: Maria Peña mpena@loc.gov
Public Contact: Lisa Taylor ltaylor@loc.gov | Monica Mohindra mmohi@loc.gov (202) 707-1071
Website: Veterans History Project

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project (VHP) will host two panels to highlight farming as a viable career path for veterans transitioning to civilian life and to introduce programs that support those who pursue farming.

The events, focused on the benefits and challenges of farming in urban and rural settings, will premiere on the VHP’s Facebook page. Panelists and moderators will be available to answer questions in the comments section.

Source: Veterans History Project Highlights Farming as Viable Career Path with Two Panels in March | Library of Congress

Tuskegee Airmen Veterans tell story in ‘Red Tail Angels’ – VAntage Point


Black History Month is a chance to celebrate and honor Black Americans who trail blazed paths for future generations. Among those trailblazers are the Tuskegee Airmen.

The 99th Pursuit Squadron activated March 23, 1941, in Tuskegee, Alabama. The Tuskegee Experiment was the first of its kind, producing an all Black unit to fight during World War II. Tuskegee graduated its first five U.S. Army Air Forces fighter pilots March 7, 1942, and more soon followed.

In late 2020, the Air Force produced a three episode series called “Red Tail Angels” to tell their story.

Here’s a link to Episode 1 on YouTube:

Editor’s Note: Items from the U.S. Veterans Administration…

Source: Tuskegee Airmen Veterans tell story in ‘Red Tail Angels’ – VAntage Point