Happy 100th Birthday to The American Legion!!!! 03/15/2019

100 years of serving veterans, military members and their families.

The American Legion’s centennial birthday is about the nearly 2 million members who carry out the duties of the nation’s largest veterans service organization.

Why does the Legion celebrate its birthday on March 15?

On that date in 1919, the first American Legion caucus, held by members of the American Expeditionary Force, convened in Paris. Much as the birthday of the United States is celebrated on July 4 – for the date in 1776 when patriots declared the independence of the British colonies and birthed the spirit of America – March 15 is the date when The American Legion came to life.

Throughout the organization’s history, local posts across the country have celebrated with festivities that have included the entire community. For the 20th birthday in 1939, Battle Mountain Post 71 in Hot Springs, S.D., brought out a 40-pound birthday cake – two pounds for every year of The American Legion’s history. For the 38th birthday in 1957, Post 214 in Upper Darby, Pa., hosted an entire week’s worth of events as part of American Legion Birthday Week, so proclaimed by the township’s Board of Commissioners. Parties, dances and a two-act play were held at Post 214’s clubhouse.

Some aspects of Legion celebrations have remained mostly the same over the years: for the 91st birthday in 2010, Post 252 in Greenwood, Ind., held its annual dinner, with speakers and entertainment by the Greater Greenwood Community Band. The post-sponsored Boy Scout Troop 621 presents the colors every year, but had a bigger role in 2010. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Scouting, Post 252 made that year’s party a joint affair with the troop. The national organization can get involved in commemorations, too: for this year’s 93rd birthday, the new American Legion Amateur Radio Club is operating as a special event station, and a committee has already been formed to celebrate the Legion’s 100th birthday in 2019.

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Here are some things that you may not know about The American Legion.

  • The American Legion was founded in March 1919 in Paris, France, by U.S. World War I military personnel
    stationed there who were dedicated to four pillars of service and advocacy: veterans, military personnel, youth
    and patriotic values.
  • The American Legion today consists of 55 “departments” in each of the 50 states as well as the District of
    Columbia, France, Mexico, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. There are approximately 13,000 local posts
    worldwide.
  • Current national membership is about 2 million. Combined with the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of
    The American Legion, membership in what is known as the American Legion Family exceeds 3 million.
  • American Legion membership is open to military personnel and veterans who have served their nation on
    active duty during wartime. Eligibility has been open to all who have served on active duty since Aug. 2, 1990,
    the beginning of continuous U.S. armed conflict in the Middle East and other locations around the planet.
  • The Legion has been instrumental in the creation of a number of major institutions of American society,
    including formation of the Department of Veterans Affairs, creation of U.S. Flag Code, passage of the
    GI Bill and more.
  • American Legion posts annually:
    » Donate more than 3.7 million hours of volunteer service in their communities
    » Provide assistance on more than 181,000 VA benefits claims and cases
    » Donate more than 80,000 pints of blood to collection centers nationwide, which makes the Legion the
    nation’s single largest blood donor
    » Awards more than 8,000 medals to Junior ROTC students
    » Sponsors more than 2,500 Scouting units serving more than 64,000 young people
    » Awards more than $4 million in college scholarships
  • Among the prominent Americans serving on the national 100th Anniversary Honorary Committee are:
    » Chairman Theodore Roosevelt IV, grandson of American Legion co-founder Theodore Roosevelt Jr
    » Tom Brokaw, former American Legion Baseball player and American Legion Boys State participant
    » Mitch Daniels, Purdue University President, former American Legion Boys State and Boys Nation
    participant and former two-term governor of Indiana
    » Jamie Corkish, former American Legion Junior Shooting Sports champion and 2012 U.S. Olympic gold
    medal winner
    » Diane Carlson-Evans, Vietnam War combat nurse
    » Gen. Patrick Brady, Medal of Honor recipient
    » Val Nicholas, NBC News Vice President
    » Susan Eisenhower, international policy adviser and granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower.

Want to know more about The American Legion or would like to join? Visit: The American Legion

Did you know as the child of a Veteran, you may be eligible for The Sons of The American Legion or The American Legion Auxiliary? Learn more here: Sons of The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary

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Veterans Chamber of Commerce

I am a Veteran and a Small Business Owner. I am constantly searching for ideas and better ways of growing my business.

Today I was searching one of my favorite blogs Veneran Owned Business and ran across the Veterans Chamber of Commerce. This site is packed with programs and assistance for Veterans and Active Duty Military in helping them start their own business.

Here is an over view about them in their own words:

Everything we do is in support of veterans and their families.

Our Mission is clear: We Empower Individuals and Organizations who have ideas or programs that impact the lives of veterans and their families.
Our Message is Simple!:  We believe in establishing strong bonds of collaboration with like-minded individuals and organizations who have a passion for helping veterans.
What We Believe:
We believe in working together as “One-Unit” – We believe in Promoting and Supporting all veterans. 

​What we do:
We help Veterans advance into their next stage in life in three areas:

  1. Entrepreneurship – provide support with training on how to start a business
  2. Business Growth – Provide strategies and business advice
  3. Organizations – Help organizations that serve veterans, expand their reach to the veteran community

On the Service side of the Chamber;
We Empower 
individuals and organizations who have ideas for programs that impact the lives of veterans and their families, in three areas:

  1. Employment 
  2. Education
  3. Family & Wellness”

I signed up today, it was free. I look foward to exploring their programs and will report back what I find in the future.

If you are running a business and/or starting a business in Indiana, give me a call and I can discuss with you options on insuring your business. Call me at (317) 886-0081 or visit me on line at Scott Lynch Agency.

 

Here is a great organization to get behind!

Bringing Them Back One Song At A Time

Operation Song, the 2018 Hands on Nashville Strobel Award, “Civic Volunteer Group of the Year.”

Operation Song is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Nashville, Tennessee. Our mission is to empower veterans, active duty military, and their families to tell their stories through the process of songwriting.

Operation SongTM songwriting programs create an opportunity to transform service related issues, injuries and illnesses into a structured, musical outlet as an enhancement of traditional therapies and/or treatments.

Since 2012, we have written over 600 songs with veterans of WWII to those currently serving. We hold weekly workshops in Middle Tennessee and sponsor events and group retreats throughout the U.S. Those we serve need no musical background, only the desire to tell their story. http://www.operationsong.org/

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Listen to the latest song of the week here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pWE34n7gBi8

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How to Achieve Restorative Sleep

Jeff Nichols is a Navy SEAL veteran and exercise physiologist and I recently consulted with him on the topic of sleep and recovery and how to achieve a “restorative sleep.”

As Jeff puts it, the goal is quality hours of sleep that place the body into a rapid eye movement (REM) pattern as many times as possible. This process introduces the hormone response that enables the body to recover from a stressful day and the physical stress of job and training that many tactical athletes endure.

Though there is a list of sleep assistance items and habits to follow, do not try to do all of them at once. The goal is to see what works for you, so keep it simple. Select one or two at a time and implement them for a week or so. Then try to add another. Eventually, you will find the perfect formula that works for you. This process will also allow you to evaluate the new changes to your life effectively.

Treat sleep as the most important part of your day — really! You will sleep 30 percent of your life. You should be good at it because, if you are not, you could be subtracting years from your life due to your inability to metabolize stress properly. It is helpful to prepare for sleep as if you were preparing for any other part of your day. Consider the following rituals:

Four to Six Hours Prior to Sleep

Lay off caffeine several hours prior to sleep. In fact, you should make this the first step to sleeping better. For some people, having caffeine up to 6 hours before bed can affect sleep by over an hour.

Start cooling the room temperature a few hours prior to sleep. Try a setting between 65-69 degrees Fahrenheit. This will allow your body temperature to drop (approximately 0.7 degree Celsius), which is necessary for essential hormone release — such as testosterone, HGHr, dopamine and serotonin, to name a few. This hormone dump is directly correlated to entering REM and is a clear sign of quality restorative sleep.

Food before bed. The goal is slow-digesting protein (casein) sources low in sugar. Foods like the following are good snacks before bedtime:

  • Plain whole milk Greek yogurt (vanilla-flavored casein protein powder will add taste to plain yogurt plus extra slow digesting protein)

  • Quinoa

  • Cottage Cheese

  • Nakee butter peanut butter – https://nakeebutter.com. This product has MCT oil in it, which is ideal for brain function and brain health. There’s nothing artificial in this product, and it comes ready to travel in single-serving packets.

Find a snack that works for you and your digestive system. The amino acids in these protein-rich foods are also helpful with metabolizing stress.

Some Extra Items to Consider Getting and Doing

Bedding. Consider new sheets and pillowcases. Polyester, silk, satin, or any other sheer type bedding is not recommended. Bamboo is a good choice. Here is a brand worth checking out: https://www.cariloha.com. Hemp sheets are a good second option, and pure cotton is fine too.  Bamboo is actually softer than cotton; because of the weave, it is more breathable and will not trap extra heat under the sheets with you.

Air Filter. Get a high-quality air filter for your bedroom, especially if you have pets. Air quality is essential for quality of sleep even though it’s often overlooked. Most any air filter will do. It does not have to be super expensive, just one that focuses on pets and dust stirred up from normal living. Consider this one.

Blue light-blocking glasses. If you spend time in front of the screen prior to bed or in the evening in general (on your phone, computer or tablet), these glasses are mandatory. Just wear them around your house an hour before bed and do what you normally do. This will begin to down regulate your brain and help you quiet your mind and prepare for sleep.

Supplements. People often take melatonin as a supplement, though it’s best to help your body make it naturally. The most effective and simple way is to place yourself in direct sunlight for 10-15 minutes before 9:30 am. This sets the circadian rhythm essential for natural melatonin release each evening. This is very useful when you travel time zones. It  will also align your appetite. The goal is to sleep naturally and not rely on supplements or sleep aids. However, Gaba-250 (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a natural, safe, non-habit forming neurotransmitter. Too much excitation can lead to irritability, restlessness, sleeplessness and spasmodic movements. This excitation needs to be balanced with inhibition. GABA is the most important inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain.

Sleepwear. The act of getting into pajamas is a trigger for the brain to start preparing for sleep. Do this an hour prior to sleeping. Bedtime clothing recommendations are the same as for sheets — bamboo, hemp or cotton. A cotton-poly blend isn’t bad either, especially since many of them are very soft and comfortable.

The ChiliPad. Mattress temp is equally important as air temperature in the room. Consider getting a mattress cover that cools. Try the ChiliPad at 69 degrees. Keep in mind that as morning approaches, you may need to turn it up to 71 degrees. This is because, as you go into REM sleep, your body temp will drop and you may get a chill. This is normal.

Binaural Music. Specifically, “delta wave binaural tones” is the soothing music of choice. Simply put, it involves sound tones that places the brain in a state to receive sleep. Your brain will produce an electrical wave in a Delta pattern when in REM sleep.

Showering before bedtime. The combination of heat radiation and the mammalian response, or diving reflex, will help ready you for sleep. Take a warm shower and make sure you stand under the shower head for a minute or two as it pours over your face and head — breathe and relax. Keep the bathroom dim during the shower. Do not brighten the bathroom or bedroom after the shower. Once you have dried off, get into bed and do not cover your feet or hands. The heat leaving your body will simulate a body temperature drop similar to entering REM. As you feel yourself getting sleepy, cover up and get comfortable.

Your bedtime habits can elicit a response that helps you relax, but you have to start associating relaxing events or times in your life with that time right before sleep. For instance, before sleep, smell something that reminds you of something nice, like a baby’s hug or your bedroom as a kid — something relaxing to you. A picture of your child or puppy sleeping will also work. But smell is very powerful to help with this response.

For more information about Jeff Nichols’ programming, check out www.performancefirstus.com.

Original Article: How to Achieve Restorative Sleep

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

Thank you notes to Hoosier veterans

by Cindy Kirchhofer – State Representative – Indiana

Indy Honor Flight is asking for thank you cards and letters to give to local veterans during their upcoming flight to Washington, D.C.

The nonprofit organization was created to honor World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans from Indiana by transporting them to the nation’s capital to visit the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifices.

On their trip home, veterans receive a packet of letters, drawings and more to enjoy. This is a simple, meaningful way to thank them for all they have done to protect our freedoms.

Please send cards and letters in by May 18 to:
Indy Honor Flight
P.O. Box 10
Plainfield, IN 46168

If you, a family member or friend is interested in being a part of this experience, please have the veteran complete an application here. For other volunteering opportunities, click here.

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For Indiana Veterans – Achieve your Small Biz Dreams Webinar

Happy Small Business Week!  This For Veterans—Achieve Your Small Biz Dreams Webinar is just one of many events throughout Indiana in honor of Small Business Week.

National Small Business Week

SBA Indiana teams up with VetBiz Central to deliver information on a variety of programs, opportunities, and benefits for aspiring or established Vetrepreneurs.

Topics include:

  • SBA resources throughout the state
  • Financing options
  • SBA contracting programs
  • VetBiz Central’s unique services and programs for Veterans
  • VOSB/SDVOSB Verification
  • Supplier Diversity Program

WHEN:       May 1, 11 am

WHERE:     Online

COST:         Free

Registration is required.  Click or type www.vetbizcentral.org in your browser and sign up today!

This workshop brought to you through a partnership between Veterans Business Outreach Center VetBiz Central and the SBA.  Questions? Email Public Affairs Specialist Laura Schafsnitz at laura.schafsnitz@sba.gov.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

SBA Indiana District Office

8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN  46240
317-226-7272
www.sba.gov/in

Insuring Your Small Business

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Meaning – Reagan’s Speech
President Ronald Reagan is credited with reviving the practice of honoring Memorial Day and its meaning. One of his famous speeches was given at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in 1986.

“Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember.

“I was thinking this morning that across the country children and their parents will be going to the town parade and the young ones will sit on the sidewalks and wave their flags as the band goes by. Later, maybe, they’ll have a cookout or a day at the beach. And that’s good, because today is a day to be with the family and to remember.

“Arlington, this place of so many memories, is a fitting place for some remembering. So many wonderful men and women rest here, men and women who led colorful, vivid, and passionate lives. There are the greats of the military: Bull Halsey and the Admirals Leahy, father and son; Black Jack Pershing; and the GI’s general, Omar Bradley. Great men all, military men. But there are others here known for other things.

“Here in Arlington rests a sharecropper’s son who became a hero to a lonely people. Joe Louis came from nowhere, but he knew how to fight. And he galvanized a nation in the days after Pearl Harbor when he put on the uniform of his country and said, ‘I know we’ll win because we’re on God’s side.’ Audie Murphy is here, Audie Murphy of the wild, wild courage. For what else would you call it when a man bounds to the top of a disabled tank, stops an enemy advance, saves lives, and rallies his men, and all of it single-handedly. When he radioed for artillery support and was asked how close the enemy was to his position, he said, ‘Wait a minute and I’ll let you speak to them.’ [Laughter]

“Michael Smith is here, and Dick Scobee, both of the space shuttle Challenger. Their courage wasn’t wild, but thoughtful, the mature and measured courage of career professionals who took prudent risks for great reward—in their case, to advance the sum total of knowledge in the world. They’re only the latest to rest here; they join other great explorers with names like Grissom and Chaffee.

“Oliver Wendell Holmes is here, the great jurist and fighter for the right. A poet searching for an image of true majesty could not rest until he seized on ‘Holmes dissenting in a sordid age.’ Young Holmes served in the Civil War. He might have been thinking of the crosses and stars of Arlington when he wrote: ‘At the grave of a hero we end, not with sorrow at the inevitable loss, but with the contagion of his courage; and with a kind of desperate joy we go back to the fight.’

“All of these men were different, but they shared this in common: They loved America very much. There was nothing they wouldn’t do for her. And they loved with the sureness of the young. It’s hard not to think of the young in a place like this, for it’s the young who do the fighting and dying when a peace fails and a war begins. Not far from here is the statue of the three servicemen—the three fighting boys of Vietnam. It, too, has majesty and more. Perhaps you’ve seen it—three rough boys walking together, looking ahead with a steady gaze. There’s something wounded about them, a kind of resigned toughness. But there’s an unexpected tenderness, too. At first you don’t really notice, but then you see it. The three are touching each other, as if they’re supporting each other, helping each other on.

“I know that many veterans of Vietnam will gather today, some of them perhaps by the wall. And they’re still helping each other on. They were quite a group, the boys of Vietnam—boys who fought a terrible and vicious war without enough support from home, boys who were dodging bullets while we debated the efficacy of the battle. It was often our poor who fought in that war; it was the unpampered boys of the working class who picked up the rifles and went on the march. They learned not to rely on us; they learned to rely on each other. And they were special in another way: They chose to be faithful. They chose to reject the fashionable skepticism of their time. They chose to believe and answer the call of duty. They had the wild, wild courage of youth. They seized certainty from the heart of an ambivalent age; they stood for something.

“And we owe them something, those boys. We owe them first a promise: That just as they did not forget their missing comrades, neither, ever, will we. And there are other promises. We must always remember that peace is a fragile thing that needs constant vigilance. We owe them a promise to look at the world with a steady gaze and, perhaps, a resigned toughness, knowing that we have adversaries in the world and challenges and the only way to meet them and maintain the peace is by staying strong.

“That, of course, is the lesson of this century, a lesson learned in the Sudetenland, in Poland, in Hungary, in Czechoslovakia, in Cambodia. If we really care about peace, we must stay strong. If we really care about peace, we must, through our strength, demonstrate our unwillingness to accept an ending of the peace. We must be strong enough to create peace where it does not exist and strong enough to protect it where it does. That’s the lesson of this century and, I think, of this day. And that’s all I wanted to say. The rest of my contribution is to leave this great place to its peace, a peace it has earned.

“Thank all of you, and God bless you, and have a day full of memories.”

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Hire a Hoosier Veteran!

Registration for the 11th Annual Operation Hire A Hoosier Veteran Employment Fair is now open.  We look forward to once again connecting actively hiring Hoosier employers with job seeking Veterans, current service members, and their family members.  OHHV will be April 19th, 2017 10am-3pm at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  More information will be forthcoming on preparation workshops.

Job Seekers: Free as always.  We strongly encourage job seekers to register online and to attend a preparation workshop prior to the fair.  Nearly all past participants have said it was worth the effort and enhanced their job searching.

Employers: We have four great registration options to meet the needs of employers. New this year, we hope to offer a preparation workshop covering HR/employer aspects to recruiting and managing Veterans.

Non-Hiring Community Organizations: For organizations that would like to participate, but are not actively recruiting for employees.   This typically includes Veterans Service Organizations, Government programs/agencies supporting Veterans, schools and training opportunities, and other civic organizations.  As Operation Hire A Hoosier Vet is first and foremost an Employment Fair, hiring employers have priority for our limited booth space.  Your registration does not guarantee we will be able to offer you a booth.