“The future of our Armed Services and the future of
this country will be integrally linked with how we
take care of our Veterans”
|What is a warrior?
An excerpt from War and the
"A Warrior is not just one
who has been to war and
returned. Warrior has been
recognized as a social role
that has occurred since the
beginning of time.
Becoming a warrior is an
achievement of character.
A warrior is a servant of
civilization and its future -
guiding, protecting, and
passing on information and
wisdom. Warriors are
devoted to causes they judge
to be more important than
themselves or any personal
relationships or gain.
Having confronted death, a
warrior knows how precious
and does not abuse or
Ed Tick PhD
Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
A Memorial Day Message from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki
May 25, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Memorial Day, one of America’s most venerated national holidays, is set aside so that we
might reflect on the honor and sacrifice of those who courageously gave their lives to safeguard us and
our way of life. They are forever young in our memories.
Throughout our nearly 237-year history as a democracy, time and again, Americans in uniform have had
to secure the heritage of freedom and liberty for us and for the oppressed in other lands, paying a steep
price in blood and suffering.
The past decade has provided reminder enough of the devotion, loyalty, and determination of the
magnificent men and women who serve in our military formations. “In harm’s way” has become the
cliché for those deployed on mission without really capturing the danger, stress, worry, fear, and love
that keeps military families riveted to each breaking overseas news bulletin. There are no clichés for
discussing the undiscussable.
As we, in the Department of Veterans Affairs, go about our duties of providing America’s living
Veterans the care, benefits, and services they have earned, let us also remember the men and women
who gave their lives for our freedom. Their powerful legacy surrounds us each and every day all across
this Nation - when we gather openly to speak our minds freely. It is found in our churches, synagogues,
mosques, and temples, where worship is freely exercised. It is evident in the openness of our media,
where information is shared without fear of reprisal. It is embedded in our polling places, where ballots
freely cast determine who will govern this great land.
In caring for those “who [have] borne the battle,” we come to understand the consequences of war. Let
us remember the families of our Fallen. And with our prayers for peace, let us also pray for the Almighty’
s continued blessings on this great country, for which so many laid down their lives.
|General Eric K. Shinseki at Arlington
meeting with Nadia McCaffrey.
|"The willingness with
which our young
people are likely to
serve in any war, no
matter how justified,
shall be directly
proportional to how
they perceive veterans
of early wars were
appreciated by our
There are few things more important than how we take care of those who have served
our country. With your support we can establish VeteransVillage - a project that has the
potential to provide a unique place for military service members, veterans and their
families to heal, to learn new skills and enhance their inherent resiliency.
The enclosed DVD and documentation convey the urgent need to address the “invisible
wounds of war” as defined by recent studies outlining the needs of returning veterans
and recommendations for treatment. VVillage is a unique opportunity to provide the right
solution to meeting these urgent needs.
We envision a sustainable – intentional community – for military, veterans and their
families where resiliency enhancement is possible through experiential learning
opportunities and a focus on personal responsibility. VVillage will focus on optimal
wellness for each resident. Wellness goes far beyond physical healing - it requires a
holistic approach that includes the body, mind and spirit, and places happiness and
fulfillment at its foundation. This approach will compliment traditional medical methods
available to military personnel through the Veteran’s administration.
The opportunity is now. With help from you and others, we can acquire and re-use an
existing property located in Sauk Centre, MN. This extraordinary property is “more than
shovel ready” and is capable of housing 200 residents. Sauk Centre is located in central
Minnesota, 2 hours from Minneapolis/St.Paul.
We cannot do this alone. Pease take five minutes to look at the enclosed material
outlining this opportunity to build a place where we can begin to repay the sacrifice made
by others to protect our country and way of life.
See our DVD at www.valleyforgecenter.org
If you would like to know more about the project or would like to be a part of this unique
opportunity, please contact: Mike Weisser, CEO (760) 963-0352
VFV Web Address: ValleyForgeCenter.org
VeteransVillage is the vision-project of the
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Sept. 25, at the
lost her son,
Sgt. Patrick R.
June 22, 2004,
when his patrol