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March 19, 2020 3 min read 1 Comment

Welcome to this week’s edition of "Just a few things," a weekly blog dedicated to sharing a few things I've been doing, thinking, reading or learning throughout the previous week. Many of these things will be inspired by my interactions with you via email or social media... so feel free to drop a comment and share a few things yourself! 


Something that needs to be said
Just a friendly reminder to remember to keep in contact with your buddies during these uncertain times. Whether it be isolation or anxiety due to the news, make sure they know they aren’t alone. Be a beacon of hope and courage and set the example for those around you. I feel the need to caveat this with the fact that I am not a medical or mental health professional, but isolation can often times exacerbate underlying anxiety or feelings of depression and separation. Give them a call, a text, FaceTime, or Facebook video chat. I don’t really care, just check in and be a good friend and human.

Stop Soldier Suicide isn't going anywhere
Our friends at Stop Soldier Suicide aren't going anywhere during this time of uncertainty. Chris Ford, the CEO of Stop Soldier Suicide, put out a heartfelt note earlier in the week underscoring their commitment to veterans and the criticality of people continuing to give:

"In the coming weeks and months, on behalf of America’s veterans, we will urgently need your help.

First, if you know a veteran, or know of a veteran in your neighborhood, the social distancing and isolation that is necessary right now may cause them to be even more isolated. Loneliness is one of the worst things that can happen to a person struggling with depression or thoughts of self-harm. Please reach out however you can safely do so. Be friendly. Ask what they’re doing to keep busy, or what they’re watching on Netflix. It doesn’t matter what you talk about as long as you connect.

Second, the economic effects of the global pandemic will ripple down and hit our clients especially hard. We’re already seeing an uptick in demand for the services we provide. We expect a downturn in donations, revenue shortfalls, and drops in new donor recruitment. For a while, gathering for fundraising events will not be possible.

As always, we are not government funded. We are relying on private donations from people like you to be able to help America’s veterans weather this storm along with the rest of us. If you can, please donate directly to help us continue to provide this critical support."

You can read the full letter from Chris on the Stop Soldier Suicide website here:

Have I told you about BlogOps?
BlogOps is an often neglected brain child of mine... I'm able to share individual stories of military to service through the Original Combat Flag, but I can do only so many Originals at a time. That's where BlogOps comes in. It's an idea I had a few years ago, but haven't done a great job of fully leveraging due to, well, life. But I'm REALLY trying to change that. Long story short, BlogOps is a library of service-member submitted stories chronicling their service. If you or a loved one would be interested in sharing your/their story, please head to the link below. I've created really easy tool to capture submissions, basically only needing your/their thought and time.

Head here:


Alright, that wraps up this week's edition of Just a Few Things. I encourage you to leave a comment on this post or on social media to let me know a few things of your own!

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1 Response

Tonya Gowan
Tonya Gowan

March 20, 2020

Staying connected! How about a letter writing campaign? We could send to you and you all distribute to veterans you have in your network. Pen Pals! Thanks for the amazing work you do!

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