The American Veteran – Episode #1202

Episode #1202

This episode of VA’s The American Veteran features stories about: Charles Norman Shay, a 94-year old Penobscot tribal elder who served in WWII as a combat medic who landed on Omaha Beach in the first wave; a 27-piece salsa band made up entirely of military Veterans – brought together at the VA Caribbean Healthcare System; an Army Veteran applies the unbreakable warrior spirit to wheelchair basketball; a Navy Veteran who, with help from a VA prosthetist, regains something lost; and a look inside how VA’s recovery-oriented approach empowers Veteran’s to take charge of their treatment and live a full and meaningful life. . . . PRODUCTION BY: VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Digital Media Engagement Defense Media Activity Melvin Abreu Tyler Moore Jen Dikes Donna Austin . . DMA STUDIO: T.D. – Will Mosley Audio – Jack Martin Servers – Paul Hernandez Lighting – Grant Stolz Camera – Karen Varga . . SPECIAL THANKS: Defense Media Activity VHA Employee Education System Bobby Bleir Jerry Billings TJ Fryman

5 Trick-or-Treating Tips for Tweens and Teens

Eventually, tweens and teens reach the stage where they would rather canvass the neighborhood without any grownups tagging along. As they head out and about on Halloween to have fun with their friends, take time to talk with them about how to stay safe. Here’s what your son or daughter should know before heading out.

  1. Choose a routeMake sure they know the major streets so they can find their way home. Explain to visit houses with lights on, and to never enter the house of someone they don’t know for any reason.
  2. Talk about smartphone safety: If your teen has a smartphone, Halloween is the perfect time to have the extra talk about using these devices safely. Typing and scrolling while walking is a big no-no… especially on the roads after dark.
  3. Drive safeIf they’re borrowing the car, remind your kids that Halloween is a time when it’s especially important to be vigilant while driving at night. That means absolutely no texting and driving. Make sure they budget extra time to get where they’re going, just in case the hordes of trick-or-treaters cause a traffic jam in the neighborhood.
  4. Avoid the tricksThis one is trickier, because it’s not like your teenager is going to let you know if they’re up to some Halloween mischief – midnight pranks, vandalism or trespassing in a cemetery or abandoned house. Have a talk about the consequences and dangers, and consider a curfew.
  5. Host a gathering: If you don’t want to wonder about them, consider giving your teens and their friends a safe place to socialize and hang out at your place. You can go all out with decorations, food and costumes… or it can be something more laid-back, like a backyard bonfire with marshmallows and warm drinks.

Staying on the safe side can help you make sure everyone enjoys this ghoulish time of year. Happy Halloween!

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August 12th is International Youth Day!

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Recognize and celebrate the strength and contribution of our young people around the world.

“The hopes of the world rest on young people. Peace, economic dynamism, social justice, tolerance — all this and more, today and tomorrow, depends on tapping into the power of youth.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres

“Safe Spaces for Youth”

Youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves. While there are many types of spaces, safe spaces ensure the dignity and safety of youth. Safe spaces such as civic spaces enable youth to engage in governance issues; public spaces afford youth the opportunity to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community; digital spaces help youth interact virtually across borders with everyone; and well planned physical spaces can help accommodate the needs of diverse youth especially those vulnerable to marginalization or violence.

Ensuring that safe spaces are inclusive, youth from diverse backgrounds especially those from outside the local community, need to be assured of respect and self-worth. In humanitarian or conflict prone settings for example, youth may lack the space to fully express themselves without feeling uncomfortable or unwelcome. Similarly, without the existence of safe space, youth from different race/ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation or cultural background may feel intimidated to freely contribute to the community. When youth have safe spaces to engage, they can effectively contribute to development, including peace and social cohesion.

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Best Outdoor Adventure in Every State

Headed out of state this summer and looking for an adventure? Check out these awesome things to do in every state! Outdoor Adventure in Every State

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