Days of Infamy
Have you noticed that Pearl Harbor Day (December 7th) and Giving Tuesday (November 30th) are exactly one week apart? Consider the extraordinary giving in both of these infamous times — from the 2,403 military and civilian personnel who gave up their lives in the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack in Oahu, Hawaii, to 80 years later when millions of people worldwide broke records by generously giving their time, money or goods on Giving Tuesday.
Offering a simple smile or helping an elderly neighbor can be as impactful to some as donations of food, clothing, money or supplies to others. Heartfelt giving focused on need and at any time of year optimizes the benefits of generosity for both giver and receiver.
The 21st Century’s Decade of Infamy
The events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, worldwide ccp/covid lockdowns, presidential election fraud, and January 6th set-up and arrests blatantly ignore Constitutional rights and radically impede the cherished freedoms that generations of our military fought to protect. Still, I believe (and pray) that Good will prevail over Evil as in prior World Wars.
“September 11 motivated me to do whatever I could to serve and protect my country.” – Mark Lalli
I think of the powerful patriotism that united Americans during World War II. How our can do attitude and service made the world a better, safer, kinder place. (We did not need signs to tell people to be kind. Morally, it was a given.) Remember how people came together in caring too in the aftermath of 9/11? Hopefully, these last two years of intolerance and divisiveness are the impetus for growing numbers to unite against the current tyrannical infamy such as the Great Reset or Building Communism Back Better agendas. There are always rays of light…
Lives of Giving and Infamy
Many service personnel proudly continue the military service legacy of their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, not knowing if they will return home alive or permanently wounded. I have the utmost respect for these courageous and generous people who love our country and are willing to serve and protect it rather than the unappreciative ones trying to destroy it by stomping on our laws, rewriting history, and removing statues and traditional values like love of country, faith and family.
Many of my charitable donations center around veterans and dogs because I could never adequately repay either of them for the self-less service they generously and tirelessly give.
Will you show your support and gratitude for the difference they’ve made in our lives by donating via any of these buttons?
Veterans Served for Us, Now We Serve for Them
The mission of K9s For Warriors is ending veteran suicide and returning Warriors to a life of dignity and independence.
K9s For Warriors provides highly-trained Service Dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma. With the majority of dogs coming from high-kill rescue shelters, this innovative program allows the K9/Warrior team to build an unwavering bond that facilitates their collective healing and recovery.
K9 Hero Haven is dedicated to serving the military, veterans, and first responders by providing working dogs a home for retirement. The K-9s employed with the military and first responders are the best at what they do.
Giving Our K9 Heroes the Homecoming They Deserve
Supporting Our Vets and Their K9 Companions…Helping Two at Once
They are expected to work in the toughest environments and face the harshest conditions. At any moment, they are expected to selflessly give their life to save ours.
Serving Those Who Have Served
Patriot Paws Service Dogs trains and provides service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
“After working with these veterans and visiting the VA Hospital in Dallas, I realized just how many of our disabled veterans are in desperate need of assistance dogs and I knew I had to help…Working with our volunteer puppy raisers and our innovative Prison Training program at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, we are able to train an additional 45 dogs in other locations and place about 35-41 Patriot PAWS Service Dogs with disabled veterans each year…But with over 50 disabled American veterans waiting for a Patriot PAWS Service Dog, there is still much work to be done and we need your help.” — Lori Stevens, Founder and Executive Director of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs
There is no greater sacrifice than that offered by our service personnel.
Valor, Sacrifice and Peace
Valor, Sacrifice and Peace is the theme for this year’s Pearl Harbor Day commemoration yet it is a daily mantra for those choosing to serve.
I was particularly saddened by the disfigured face of this young Marine whose truck was blown up by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. No, let me correct that. His disfigured yet youthful face still haunts me…
Anthony Villarreal‘s continued commitment to country and appreciation for the support and care he’s received after his tremendous sacrifice for peace astounds me.
“You can only imagine a warrior’s disappointment to come home after sacrificing so much for their country, for people worldwide, and feel like they aren’t supported. I’m here to tell you, there are people who care. I joined the military because I wanted to give back. What amazes me is how many have given back to me – their time, emotions, and wisdom – all because they want to show thanks for my service and sacrifice. We’re all in this together. It makes me want to help my country even more.” – Anthony Villarreal
Our service personnel freely give for us… it’s time we give them their freedom
“I didn’t serve, but I wanted a way to recognize the sacrifices of the veterans who did. I feel like I get more from my interactions with them than they benefit from my time. I’ve built relationships with veterans, and I look forward to seeing them when they need me. It’s rewarding, and I can tell it’s a meaningful contribution I can make. The DAV Transportation Network gives me a tangible connection to the veteran community.” —Patty Davis, DAV transportation coordinator, Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee
Years of Generous Giving Turned Scant
Americans have long been considered very generous and quick to lend a helping hand wherever and whenever needed. This notable friendly collective spirit use to easily reach across differences to find common ground. Common ground. I’ve been wondering if any remains when we can no longer rationally discuss politics, vaccines, education, religion or sex which are interwoven in today’s climate. Oh yes, climate change too is another no-no politicized topic.
So, what can we agree on? Can we agree that we are all Americans? That we are weary of the divisiveness, of fighting for basic inalienable rights? Can we agree that we are all humans needing food, water, shelter, safety and love? That we crave peace? Can we be generously tolerant of each other…and live and let live? Once again?
Government Infamy and God’s Rule
I often say I love America yet it is not my government I love but the attitude that birthed our nation. The nation that was created as one, under God with liberty and justice for all — not just the tyrannical few in power who want to control our independence and freedom, the inalienable rights given by God, not the state.
To update President Roosevelt’s words of four score ago:
I can only hope, and continue to pray, that with the unbounding power of God and determination of the good-willed people, we will gain inevitable triumph and return to a sane and caring society.
Image credits in order of appearance:
Featured image: Pexels
#2: CCO Public Domain
#3: Wounded Warrior Project
#4: Zack Marshall on Unsplash
#5: CCO Public Domain