Charity

There are so many great organizations out there.  Personally I would enjoy nothing more then to help almost any organization to fight cancer, end hunger, help those who are hurting and those with disabilities. I do what I can, but there is only so much I can do and really feel like I am making a difference.  Because of my limitations as a human and limited financial resourses I felt like I needed to narrow down who I would really work to support.  For me it is our military.  

If you've been to one of my shows, you know I come from a long line of military and I have a deep and personal connection to them.  Go all the way back to the Revolutionary War, I have a great, great, great, great (honestly, I'm not sure how many greats there are) grandfather who fought to help win our freedom from the British.  There is even a statue in his honor in the Boston area.  WWII two of my Uncles on my dads side served, one in the European Theater with the army and one in the Burma, China, India Theater as the Calvary.  My dad served in the Korean War as a mechanic.  He enjoyed his time as although it was during the war, he ended up stationed in Bermuda.  

On my mothers side, my grandfather served in WWII as well.  He was stationed in a little place called Attu Island in the Alutien Chain.  Attu, is the only US soil to have ever been taken and held by enemy forces.  The Japenese held it for two years.  My grandfather served as a supply clerk there.  

Currently, I have a cousin who is retired USAF yet still works with them as a cival servant, a nephew in the USMC and my oldest son whom I am very proud of serves in the USAF.

Besides family, I have several good friends who have served or are serving right now.  One good friend was wounded in Iraq and I just recently got to spend some time with him and learn more of the time he spent there.  

So for me, the military is who I choose to support.  They have done so much for us and I only wish I could do more for them.  I am excited to be partnering with Bright Star International to help bring more support to these heroes.  Visit Bright Star International here http://www.brightstarinternational.org/ to learn more.

I have partnered with Operation Troop Aid and am very excited to do so. Click Here to visit their webpage and learn more about them.  




Thanks folks,
Doug 

Great Land Veteran Services is working to create a military community center/community in the Funny River Alaska area with the goals of helping military veterans by bringing practical tools to fight against suicide, homelessness, re-integration struggles, and societal discrimination. We specialize in peer mentorship, vocational re-training, family  life mentorship, and recreational opportunities. All of programs are run by veterans, for veterans. No board, director, or senior leader is paid. We do have job opportunities for veterans who go through our programs, as the point is re-integration into productive society with the skills and tools required to lead healthy families. We are not a substance abuse recovery center, but many of our leaders are recovered and sober addicts. GLVS acts as the healthy place to get transitional help, but once you’re accepted into our community you’re part of the family for life. The brotherhood never ends.

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