For the Troops II CD

The following is an email I received regarding the "For the Troops II" CD.   The download for the CD will be available on the 25th of November from AAFES.com.

Sometimes, music can move our souls and change our lives. It can inspire, motivate, boost morale, lift spirits, bring back fond memories or serve as a temporary distraction from everyday life. Grammy Award winners/nominees and multi-platinum selling recording artists Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Daughtry and Five For Fighting teamed up with 10 other artists to release the CD “For the Troops II” on November 25.

 Just in time for the holiday, we are giving our thanks to the troops and their families. For the Troops II” will be available for free download by Thanksgiving for U.S. active duty service members and veterans worldwide with a valid military ID at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) Web site, www.aafes.com. Additionally, TriWest Healthcare Alliance is producing and distributing 200,000 hard copies of the CD at locations, such as military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, America Supports You events, USO Centers, Fisher Houses, and others across the nation and overseas.

Find out more about the CD “For the Troops II” at http://www.cdforthetroops.com/press and please help spread the word about the FREE CD with “For the Troops II” widgets for your blog or web site!

Thank you,

Lauren Vargas


Victory Day in Iraq ~ November 22, 2008

As the spouse of a soldier who witnessed first hand, the amazing transformation in Ramadi and Al Anbar from 2006 to 2008, the news from those on the ground in Iraq is WONDERFUL!  As it is quickly spreading through the blogsphere....I join with others tomorrow in celebrating VI Day..... Victory in Iraq! 

An great idea of Zombie at Zombietime.com, one that I think should have come from somewhere within our own great Nation's Government, but since neither our outgoing, nor incoming administration will take on the responsibility of declaring this hard earned Victory for our Service Members and their families, then it is up to the people of our Great Nation to do it for them.....so join Zombie and the rest of us tomorrow in declaring November 22, 2008, VI Day in Iraq.....

Join in the celebration......read more here and here and here  and here and here, hell, everywhere ....I can't begin to link to all the places that are part of this.  It is what it is......

Congradulate our brave Service Men and Women for all they have sacrificed to acheive what so many said could never be done.....we did not tuck tail and run.....we did not leave with our honor disgraced.....we stand with our heads held high.  We value each life that was lost, every service man and woman who was injured, who bares the internal and external scars of this War.....the families who gave and lost all, that are left to carry on, they know that what was lost, or given, was not taken in vain......we acknowledge their sacrifices with our unyeilding resolve, with our love and compassion as we stand and celebrate this Victory with them..... God Bless each of them, their families and the United States of America.   

To Victory!


Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and Ad Council PSA

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) in partnership with the Ad Council have launched a campaigned for Veterans of OIF and OEF. The campaign encourages Veterans to join an online community that is the first and only one of it's kind that is specifically exclusive to the Veterans of these conflicts. It is designed to help them connect with one another. Much like military blogs, the social networking site provides them a place to talk about their own unique experiences.

I received this information from Matt Hirsch, on behalf of IAVA, in partnership with the Ad Council and felt it important to help the word out about this site.

See, I am very lucky that when issues came up with my husband after he returned this last time....issues that had been there for many years (since his first tour) that he knew that there was something wrong. He knew that seeking help for the growing feelings he was experiencing was what he needed to do. I was also very lucky that my husband is a loving husband and father and never let the uphill climb he faced (and still does) destroy his love for us or his commitment to making through to the other side.

Other service members are not so lucky, they may not have the supportive love of a wife who understands, or children waiting for them so that they can pick up where they left off once they return, or a Command that "gets it", or family and friends standing by their side. Many do feel alone and as if they have no one that truly understands where they are coming from.

Maybe this will be one more tool to help them feel less like they are in it all by themselves. Please help me, help them spread the word......


Military Health System....NOV 19th 2-4pm est ~ TOWN HALL MEETING

The MHS is hosting a web town hall meeting where experts will answer questions from service members and their families about the Defense Department’s medical care programs for its wounded, ill and injured troops. I hope you can join us.

When: Nov. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. EST
Where: http://www.health.mil/WarriorCareWebhall
Questions: Submit to mhswebcontent@tma.osd.mil

And please consider posting an entry to your blog and invite your readers to participate. During the event, medical experts, supporting organizations and service members who have been touched by warrior care will be dialoging about healthcare solutions. I’m working with MHS and your help will be appreciated.


Military Health System



Build A Sign launches program in honor of Troops

BuildASign.com has launched a promotion in honor of Veteran's Day. They are giving military families a free customizeable banner to help welcome home their loved ones returning from overseas or the option to send a free customized jumbo card to a loved one serving overseas.

Below is the link to the site

Build A Sign