Thank You To Our Sons and Daughters

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To Our Veterans: Thank You

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“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”
Jeff Miller

We are proud of those who serve our nation, past and present. We are proud of those sons and daughters that we know by name and those we know by heart.They are all our children. Words are never enough to explain the depth of gratitude we owe these brave men and women.

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I am proud to say that my son, Sgt. Joe Reinart is a veteran. My Dad, Joseph Christophe Vayo was a veteran. Thank you to all who have served and for your many sacrifices. We are so proud of your commitment to us. We love you more than you know.

Words are Never Enough

We are proud of those who serve our nation, past and present. We are proud of those sons and daughters that we know by name and those we know by heart.They are all our children. Words are never enough to explain the depth of gratitude we owe these brave men and women.

Veterans Day gives us the chance to say thank you. My dear friend, Mary Ryan, (children’s author) is the proud mother of CMDR James Barry Ryan. Mary told this story:

After the retirement ceremony for our son CMDR James Barry Ryan, USN Ret., the captain who had emceed the program made it a point to tell me how much he admired our son. He especially mentioned how patient and helpful Barry was to the entire staff. “He doesn’t show people how he loves God,” the captain said. “He shows God how he loves people.” There have been many times we’ve been proud of Barry, but that has to rank right up there near the top.

I am proud to say that my son, Sgt. Joe Reinart is a veteran. Thank you to all who have served and for your many sacrifices. We are so proud of your commitment to us. We love you more than you know.

Joseph Vayo 18 yrs old 1942 grandfather of Joseph Reinart:Joseph Reinart 21 yrs old 2002: Edmund Reinart,  32 yrs. old 1942 grandfather Joseph Reinart

Joseph Vayo 18 yrs old 1942 grandfather of Joseph Reinart & Joseph Reinart 21 yrs old 2002:

CMDR James Barry Ryan

CMDR James Barry Ryan

Help a Marine Stop Soldier Suicides

veterans_day_military_tiesGive a warm welcome to my guest, Antonio Centino. He is a former U.S. Marine, Texan, father, husband, and founder of the veteran resource High Speed Low Drag.

“Back in 2003″, Antonio remebers,”my friend, Second Lieutenant Christopher Shay killed himself while we were deployed.”

Bill Briggs, NBC News contributor, in his article One Every 18 hours: Military Suicide Rate Still High, tells us, “Research published last week has experts concerned that American troops who survived multiple nearby IED blasts while in Afghanistan and Iraq now are at greater jeopardy for harming themselves. People who have suffered numerous mild traumatic brain injuries — or concussions — carry a higher suicide risk, according to the first study to make that connection.”

Antonio says, ” I’m going to give Stop Soldier Suicide ( a non-profit vet run organization) $20,000 this Veteran’s day to raise awareness of military suicide. To do this – I created 400 neckties to honor each of the 4 military branches. For every tie sold I’m donating $50 to the cause.”

Antonio and his friend, Hendrik Pohl, who runs Bows n’ Ties, partnered together on this project. Antonio explains, “All proceeds, all profits–we are not making any money on this– go to Stop Soldier Suicides.”

“You can check out my project here: The ties are really nice (100% silk, regimental stripe, using historic service colors). I figure give Marines/Airmen/Sailors/Soldiers a tie they’re proud to wear all the while helping those vets that need it. Win- Win!”

The ties are retailing for $79 each – however any veteran/active duty/military spouse can use the code “military” for a $30 discount.  Meet Antonio in this video explaining his cause.
Thank you, Antonio for your service and continued good works. You help make the world a better place. I bought my son a tie and can hardly wait to give it to him.

Proud of Those Who Serve

Veterans Day gives us the chance to honor all of our sons and daughters for serving and protecting our nation. My dear friend, Mary Ryan, (children’s author) is the proud mother of CMDR James Barry Ryan. Mary told this story.

After the retirement ceremony for our son CMDR James Barry Ryan, USN Ret., the captain who had emceed the program made it a point to tell me how much he admired our son. He especially mentioned how patient and helpful Barry was to the entire staff. “He doesn’t show people how he loves God,” the captain said. “He shows God how he loves people.” There have been many times we’ve been proud of Barry, but that has to rank right up there near the top.

I am proud to say that my son, Sgt. Joe Reinart is a veteran. Thank you to all who have served and for your many sacrifices. We are so proud of your commitment to us. We love you more than you know.

Photo by Mary Ryan