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Military Mom Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck welcomes Debbie Gregory of Military Connection.com, February 28th

Debbie Gregory, MilitaryConnection.com, Military Connection, resources for military personnel, resources for military families, support for veterans, support for military spuoses, resources for the military, Military Mom Talk Radio, Motherhood Incorporated, Sandra Beck, Tina Gonzales, Robin BoydAs both the CEO of MilitaryConnection.com and the founder of the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA), Debbie Gregory covers all the bases when it comes to serving the needs of Military and Veteran Communities. MilitaryConnection.com, one of the most popular websites on the Internet for active military, veterans and their families, is referred to as The Go To Site for jobs, benefits, news, and information regarding education benefits.

The web site is one of the most comprehensive online directories of military and veteran resources with thousands of pages and something for everyone. Ms. Gregory, who was named Woman Business Owner of the Year by NAWBO – Ventura County (National Association of Women Business Owners) said that the huge reach of MilitaryConnection.com allows her to do what she truly enjoys-assisting veterans, active duty military, their families, and a number of non-profits. The web site not only helps publicize their needs and events, but also facilitates win/win partnerships with corporations that want to reach this audience and increase their positive visibility as well as support those who serve, past and present. It was through Gregory’s work on MilitaryConnection.com with Veterans and Corporations that she saw the need for VAMBOA. She recognized that Veterans made outstanding business owners and entrepreneurs. VAMBOA is the fastest growing non-profit trade association in the nation for Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Business owners.

Visit www.militaryconnection.com for more information.

Military Mom Talk Radio on airs on Mondays at 2pm pst on Toginet and can be downloaded directly from www.itunes.com. Military Mom Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck, Tina Gonzalez and Robin Boyd and powered by Motherhood Incorporated.

Military Mom Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck welcomes Debbie Gregory of MilitaryConnection.com, February 28th

Debbie Gregory, MilitaryConnection.com, Military Connection, resources for military personnel, resources for military families, support for veterans, support for military spuoses, resources for the military, Military Mom Talk Radio, Motherhood Incorporated, Sandra Beck, Tina Gonzales, Robin BoydAs both the CEO of MilitaryConnection.com and the founder of the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA), Debbie Gregory covers all the bases when it comes to serving the needs of Military and Veteran Communities. MilitaryConnection.com, one of the most popular websites on the Internet for active military, veterans and their families, is referred to as The Go To Site for jobs, benefits, news, and information regarding education benefits.

The web site is one of the most comprehensive online directories of military and veteran resources with thousands of pages and something for everyone. Ms. Gregory, who was named Woman Business Owner of the Year by NAWBO – Ventura County (National Association of Women Business Owners) said that the huge reach of MilitaryConnection.com allows her to do what she truly enjoys-assisting veterans, active duty military, their families, and a number of non-profits. The web site not only helps publicize their needs and events, but also facilitates win/win partnerships with corporations that want to reach this audience and increase their positive visibility as well as support those who serve, past and present. It was through Gregory’s work on MilitaryConnection.com with Veterans and Corporations that she saw the need for VAMBOA. She recognized that Veterans made outstanding business owners and entrepreneurs. VAMBOA is the fastest growing non-profit trade association in the nation for Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Business owners.

Visit www.militaryconnection.com for more information.  

Military Mom Talk Radio on airs on Mondays at 2pm pst on Toginet and can be downloaded directly from www.itunes.com. Military Mom Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck, Tina Gonzalez and Robin Boyd and powered by Motherhood Incorporated.

Military Mom Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck welcomes Pat Brisson, author of Sometimes We Were Brave, February 14th

Sometimes We Were Brave is a picture book that portrays the special challenges military children face written by Pat Brisson. It’s about Jerome, whose mother is in the U.S. Navy and is shipping out for an extended period. Jerome’s mother kisses him good-bye and tells him to be brave, but he’s not sure he can do that.  He misses her a lot and worries about her out on her ship so far from home.  But when a wise teacher explains that being brave doesn’t mean not being afraid, but rather, doing what you’re supposed to do even though you’re afraid, he begins to realize that he has been brave all along.

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Pat Brisson is the author of twenty books for young people.  Her picture book, The Summer My Father Was Ten, won the Christopher Medal, an award given to books that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”  Her picture book Mama Loves Me from Away, about a young girl whose mother is in prison, inspired her to volunteer at the state prison for women in New Jersey.  Since 2003 she has coordinated Project Storybook that allows the women to choose books to record and mail home to their children.   Her most recent picture book, Sometimes We Were Brave, was selected as an honor book in the picture book category by the Society of School Librarians International.  She is the mother of four sons.  She and her husband live in Phillipsburg, NJ.

Tune into Pat Brisson on Military Mom Talk Radio on February 14, 2011 at 2pm pst or download this shows from www.itunes.com and www.MilitaryMomTalkRadio.com.

Military Mom Talk Radio on airs on Mondays at 2pm PST, 5 pm EST on www.Toginet.com and can be downloaded directly from www.itunes.com. Military Mom Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck, Tina Gonzalez and Robin Boyd, produced by Rick Swanson, hosted by Toginet Radio and powered by Motherhood Incorporated.

Military Mom Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck welcomes Pat Brisson, author of Sometimes We Were Brave, February 14th

Sometimes We Were Brave is a picture book that portrays the special challenges military children face written by Pat Brisson. It’s about Jerome, whose mother is in the U.S. Navy and is shipping out for an extended period. Jerome’s mother kisses him good-bye and tells him to be brave, but he’s not sure he can do that.  He misses her a lot and worries about her out on her ship so far from home.  But when a wise teacher explains that being brave doesn’t mean not being afraid, but rather, doing what you’re supposed to do even though you’re afraid, he begins to realize that he has been brave all along.

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Author Pat Brisson visits Military Mom Talk Radio

Pat is not from a military family, but as a children’s author, she visited many schools to talk about reading and writing.  When she visited DoDD schools in Panama and Guantanamo, she became interested in the military family subculture. As a parent, she wondered how she would deal with having to leave my children for long periods, and as a writer she wondered what it was like for the kids left behind.   Sometimes We Were Brave was written as a tribute to military families and a salute to the sacrifices made by the children of those serving in the armed forces.

Pat Brisson is the author of twenty books for young people.  Her picture book, The Summer My Father Was Ten, won the Christopher Medal, an award given to books that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”  Her picture book Mama Loves Me from Away, about a young girl whose mother is in prison, inspired her to volunteer at the state prison for women in New Jersey.  Since 2003 she has coordinated Project Storybook that allows the women to choose books to record and mail home to their children.   Her most recent picture book, Sometimes We Were Brave, was selected as an honor book in the picture book category by the Society of School Librarians International.  She is the mother of four sons.  She and her husband live in Phillipsburg, NJ.

Tune into Pat Brisson on Military Mom Talk Radio on February 14, 2011 at 2pm pst or download this shows from www.itunes.com and www.MilitaryMomTalkRadio.com.

Military Mom Talk Radio on airs on Mondays at 2pm PST, 5 pm EST on www.Toginet.com and can be downloaded directly from www.itunes.com. Military Mom Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck, Tina Gonzalez and Robin Boyd, produced by Rick Swanson, hosted by Toginet Radio and powered by Motherhood Incorporated.

Military Mom Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck welcomes Cortina Barnes, National President Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. on February 7th 2011

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Cortina Barnes on Military Mom Talk Radio

Cortina Barnes, was elected National President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States at its 97th National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 26, 2010.  The theme for the 2010-2011 year is United by Love for Our Veterans and Country. Cortina plans to focus attention on the Auxiliary’s core programs for veterans and their families. She also hopes to lead members in topping donations to the Cancer Aid & Research Fund at more than $3 million to assist members with cancer and fund important research to fight this disease.

A life member of Woodbridge Auxiliary #9755 in Washington, D.C., she is eligible through her father, Benjamin F. Willis, who served in the United States Army from 1944-1946 in the European Theater. Barnes was employed with the federal government for 32 years. She worked with the Department of Defense Human Resources Activity outside of Washington, D.C., as a Resource Manager and is a Certified Defense Financial Manager. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. She is a life member of the VFW National Home for Children, a member of Sodality of Our Lady at St. Francis de Sales Church, American Society of Military Comptrollers and the Military Order of the Cooties Auxiliary (MOCA).

Military Mom Talk Radio on airs on Mondays at 2pm pst, 5 pm est on Toginet.com and can be downloaded directly from www.itunes.com. Military Mom Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck, Tina Gonzalez and Robin Boyd, produced by Rick Swanson, hosted by Toginet Radio and powered by Motherhood Incorporated.

A Surviving Mom of a Fallen Soldier Talks About Her Journey and TAPS on Military Mom Talk Radio with Sandra Beck on February 7th, 2011 on Toginet.com

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Author Betsy Beard visits Military Mom Talk Radio

As the surviving mom of SPC Bradley Beard, who was killed in action in Iraq, Betsy Beard has been associated with TAPS since 2004, first as a survivor requesting a Peer Mentor and then as a participant in the National Survivor Seminar. Betsy became a TAPS Peer Mentor in May of 2005 after attending Peer Mentor Training. She began to write extensively in 2005 and has published articles in TAPS Magazine, Living with Loss Magazine, and Hospice Foundation of America’s 2008 Living with Grief.
Betsy is the editor for the national quarterly TAPS Magazine. She also assists with the writing of various other TAPS publications including the award-winning children’s book, Klinger, A Story of Honor and Hope.

Betsy has served as a support group facilitator and workshop presenter at TAPS regional and national seminars and currently co-facilitates the Raleigh, North Carolina TAPS Care Group. She has presented workshops on bereavement for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Regional and National Trainings and participated in the Casualty Notification training for the United States Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operation Center (CMAOC).

Prior to the death of her son, Betsy worked in the banking industry, home-schooled her children through high school, and spent 21 years working in hospital laboratories as a Medical Laboratory Technologist.

About TAPS
TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care to anyone grieving the death of someone who served in the military. Founded out of tragedy by military families in 1994, the nonprofit organization has offered support to more than 30,000 people. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, and 24/7 crisis intervention care for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to http://www.taps.org or call toll-free 800.959.TAPS.

Military Mom Talk Radio on airs on Mondays at 2pm pst, 5 pm est on Toginet.com and can be downloaded directly from http://www.itunes.com. Military Mom Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck, Tina Gonzalez and Robin Boyd, produced by Rick Swanson, hosted by Toginet Radio and powered by Motherhood Incorporated.

Operation Gratitude Scheduling a “Labeling Day” February 11

From our friends at Operation Gratitude –

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Dear Volunteers,

WOW!! You assembled and shipped more than 45,000 Holiday care packages (including our 600,000th package), and assembled an additional 6,000+ packages which we will send out over the next three months as we receive requests. This was an enormously successful Holiday Drive!! My deepest thanks to each of you for your time, efforts and dedication.

I also want to add my gratitude to our Catering Supervisor, Marsha Roseman, her terrific team of kitchen volunteers, and our very generous Lunch Sponsors who kindly prepare and serve lunch to all of us on Assembly Days. I have listed and linked the Lunch Donors below and hope you will have the opportunity to express your appreciation to them.

We have set the dates for the 2011 Patriotic Drive–I have included the schedule below. Please mark your calendars now!! We will post the 2011 Holiday Drive Schedule in the Spring.

Always check emails, Twitter and our website for schedule change notifications!

We have a “Labeling Day” scheduled to label and custom form completed care packages:
Friday February 11, 2010 from 9-2
Please join us for any time you are available that day.

As in the past, we welcome children ages 12 and older to all activities at the Armory; those ages 12-16 must have a responsible adult with transportation on the premises. Due to insurance, liability and safety concerns, we must strictly adhere to these rules–there will be NO EXCEPTIONS. Younger children are encouraged to write letters and organize recycling drives from home.

Every Assembly Day, you hear me praise and thank our wonderful team of “Supervisors”, those “Hard Corps Volunteers in the Royal Blue Shirts,” who accept responsibility for specific areas of our operation. As Operation Gratitude continues to grow, we need and welcome more Supervisors! If you are interested and available, especially during the week, please email or call our Director of Operations, Charlie Othold: othold@yahoo.com or 818-437-6201.

We have a special team of volunteers dedicated to reading and screening the personal letters submitted for the care packages. This is a critical task that requires careful attention, concentration and adherence to our strict content guidelines. If you are willing to read letters at home and/or at the armory, please contact Linda Barber at: lindalebar@yahoo.com or 818-996-3158. We have a mandatory meeting for all screeners at the Armory on February 11 (same day as labeling) at 12:00 Noon.

The Castaic Lake/Los Angeles Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run will take place the night of Saturday April 16 (first ever Night Run) and the morning of Sunday April 17. We’d like a huge turn-out of “our family” to participate, volunteer and/or spectate this year. Stay tuned for exciting information about “Team Operation Gratitude!”

Again, many thanks for your phenomenal efforts in support of our troops. You truly made a difference in their lives during the Holiday season, as evidenced by the thousands of emails and letters we have received from our service members. Regularly check our Facebook Page and/or the Mail Call section of our site to read their very touching words and visit the Packages Arrive Photo Album to see their pictures and smiles. If you missed the news about the delivery of our 600,000th Care Package by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, click here: Special Delivery

All my best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year to you and your loved ones! I look forward to working with you this year.

Carolyn Blashek, president of Operation Gratitude

Many Thanks to Our Wonderful Lunch Sponsors:
Subway
Lancaster Rotary
Buca di Beppo
Jewel City Kiwanis Club
Maria’s Italian KItchen