This post is about one particularly hard day, meant only to give you a glimpse of what it is like here and how we cope with what we see.
It was 0830 and I was in my office working on some useless spreadsheet when my pager went off. It said “Ax1, GSW APH ETA 10 m.” This translates to incoming…one injured, life threatening (Alpha), Gun Shot Wound, coming by Apache Helicopter, Estimated Time of Arrival, 10 minutes.
Piece by piece, stitch by stitch, quilt by quilt -– a group of quilters volunteered their talents over the last 18 months to deliver comfort to wounded soldiers.
Five local women from the Honor Quilts organization recently joined forces with quilters from Fergus Falls, Perham, Dent and Underwood to sew and hand-deliver 950 Quilts of Valor (QOV) to injured soldiers at Fort Knox and Fort Campbell.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, is encouraging Guardsmen and Reservists to nominate their civilian employers for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award before the January 21 deadline.
Veterans come from all walks of life. They’re ordinary people living ordinary lives who are asked to do extraordinary things for their country.
Their acts of bravery and sacrifice to preserve American freedoms should never be taken for granted.
That was part of the message Major General Gerald E. Lang with the Minnesota Army National Guard delivered in Alexandria on Sunday, Veterans Day.
Do you currently have a friend or family member deployed overseas?
The Blue Star Mothers of Alexandria are looking for addresses of military personnel on active duty overseas, so packages/letters can be sent to show them they are supported by those back home.
The Blue Star Mothers are women who currently have or have had a family member on active duty in a war zone.
Service members and their families have a whole new level of support in Alexandria and in Douglas County.
Governor Mark Dayton recently presented the county and the city official certification as “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Networks.”
President Barack Obama Friday signed into law a bill co-sponsored by all of Minnesota’s congressional delegation that will return up to 27 days of paid leave to some of the state’s National Guard members who have served in Kuwait helping to wind down the United States’ involvement in Iraq.
We knew it was going to happen soon and on Monday we found out when.
Four buses rolled into Alexandria around 1 p.m. reuniting Alpha Company of the Minnesota National Guard Red Bull soldiers with family and friends after a year-long deployment in Kuwait.
The Minnesota State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of American is hosting at Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, March 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Avenue South, Bloomington.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) yesterday called on the U.S. Department of Defense to ensure that Minnesota National Guard soldiers serving overseas receive the full benefits they were promised when they return home.
A simple e-mail request has produced an outpouring of local generosity.
Marisa Ostendorf of Alexandria picked up on a particular request made by U.S. soldiers serving in the Middle East – please send golf balls.
While serving in the desert, many soldiers spend their free time hitting golf balls.
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