No Active Duty Service Member (ADSM) or Veteran Should Eat a Holiday Meal Alone. We Match ADSMs & Veterans with Nearby Families for Easter, Eid Al-Fitr , Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, & Christmas.
PLEASE HOST a HERO for a Holiday Meal
Hosting an Active-Duty Service Member for a Holiday Deal is an incredibly rewarding experience for all involved. A simple LinkedIn post garnered over 180,000 views and many volunteers. It is time to expand from a family tradition to an online organization that serves thousands year in and year out. Our goal is to create a self-sustaining web-based community to host Vets and Active Duty for the holidays.
Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D., former Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Benefits Administration is a supporter. Shawn Bertholf, a Navy Veteran, loved the concept so much he volunteered as our Project Manager and will help to take the vision for Remember our Military from concept to reality and organize the development and implementation of an automated data collection and matching system for Hosts and Guests utilizing his network of Veterans.
Remember Our Military is an all-volunteer project. We are not asking for monetary donations. We need volunteers to support Remember our Military and spread the word. We need volunteers who want to host active-duty military and veterans over the holidays to make sure they don’t feel alone.
Sargent Benjamin Parker. EOD is pictured here and was our guest for Christmas Eve dinner a number of years ago. My family loved having him as a guest. He met TTrouble the Military Working Dog we fostered in his honor. TTrouble is serving in the Navy.
I asked him where he spent last Christmas Eve. He told us he was standing in cold water and mud diffusing a complicated IED under a bridge. The problem was complicated by the cold and it took much longer than expected. When he returned to base he hit his rack. And this year he is here at our warm and comfortable home.
My wife and I were thrilled to attend Ben's wedding a few years later. He is part of our family and always will be.
My Greatest Generation WWII B-25 Pilot Father passed away December 22, 2016. There were many nights he woke us up as little kids screaming as he revisited events from the war he never talked about. I read this article and would loved to have him see it, but it was already too late.
Anyone who has experienced the horrors of war returns home different. In one sense the people who left never return home because the person that left is so changed.
Watching Jimmy Stewart in A Wonderful Life I always had the feeling there was more to his performance that acting. Stewart's personal pain seemed to come through. It wasn't until I read this article in the Chicago Tribune that I understood where the pain came from.
My late father had tremendous respect for Second Lieutenant Stewart taking combat missions instead of 'milk runs'.
As you watch Its a Wonderful Life, please think about all those on active duty and the Veterans working through the pain they experienced so we can sleep safely at night.
PTSD never goes away. People learn to deal with PTSD and smooth out the roller coaster ride of emotions it causes, but it is always there.
A close friend and veteran asked me to get involved with #22KILL, the Facebook 22 Pushup Challenge. I couldn't say no. This lead me to four Veterans who needed nothing more than a person willing to listen to them, to let them know someone cared. They think I helped them along life's occasionally bumpy road. They inspired me to do more.
This particular video is personal. My Father was a B-25 Pilot in WWII and like many had PTSD.
My family has been hosting Active Duty Service Members and Veterans for 20 years, but Remember Our Military was created December 12, 2021.
Our Mission is to create an all volunteer group of families to Host a Hero for a Holiday Dinner across the country.
We will do our very best to accommodate your request to enjoy the holidays in 2025 with a volunteer family.