Americanmilitaryfamilymuseum news from the museum of the american military family gas 2016


November is election month with political memes springing up all over the Internet. One caught my attention: it spoke of persisting. I like that word persist; it is what our museum does each and every day. November is also Military Family Appreciation month, something we do each and every month: Honor the memories and collect the stories of our military families.

We do have letters from sons in basic training to their mothers; we have WWI telegrams from the Red Cross notifying a family that their son is missing in action and presumed to have been hit by poisonous gas. gas mask drawing We do have hundreds and hundreds of folios and first-hand stories going back to World War II written by the parents, the spouses, and the children of military service members. We have over 800 books covering military and military family topics.

Our museum’s mission is to be a place where people of varying backgrounds come together to share experiences and stories and dialogue with the world. wd gaster theory Our museum’s cozy living room has become a place to do just that. We welcome differing opinions and civil engagement. We acknowledge that the word “military” to some people is a real turn-off. We understand that walking into our museum may trigger people who have had unpleasant experiences with the military; we’re pleased that our museum brings happiness to those nostalgic for their past military life.

Years ago, on a dark night, I became aware of flashing lights from an ambulance parked in front of a house across the street from us. A dual-veteran couple lived there, and the wife had been extremely sick with service-connected illnesses. As the ambulance rolled away, I saw the husband standing in the middle of the street, alone, and I knew instinctively his wife had died. gas nozzle stuck in car All I could do was go out there and hug him and hold onto him while he wept in the street. It was a terrible, terrible night.

On another dark night, while my husband was TDY and unreachable, I came home from work to find my beloved 16-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Maggie, dead in her bed. Part of me was relieved, because we had known it was time to put her down, but had waited, not wanting to. gas national average 2008 Part of me was devastated that she was gone–my faithful friend of many years.

I made a big pot of spaghetti which was Maggie‘s favorite food, and put some in her dish, I lit a candle and put it on top of her crate. I poured myself a glass of wine and sat and talked to her, while eating my own spaghetti well into the night. I was used to my alone-ness and dealing with things on my own, and if I could not get through this by myself, I’d fall to pieces.

Every day, somewhere in the world, a military family, already struggling with alone-ness, faces a crisis –big or small– – brought on by the virtue of simply being a parent, spouse, or child of a military member. And in that crisis, they manage to pull it together, and get through it. gas density formula It’s not easy, and the scars may last a lifetime, but at that moment, they pull together and do what they need to do to get through.

Our museum acknowledges and honors all those military moms and dads out there, all the families and extended families who live their lives, weathering crises and the every-day bumps and bruises and carry-on — as military families. Their sacrifice and their service to this nation should be marked in time and history. That’s what our museum does. That is why we persist.

Daily, roughly 20 Veterans, active-duty servicemembers and members of the National Guard and Reserve commit suicide nationwide, and of those men and women, 14 had not received care at a VA. static electricity in the body effects In New Mexico, the Veteran suicide rate is roughly one every 4 days. About 4 out of 5 are not enrolled with VA. The national suicide rates for male Veterans are about 20% higher than for civilians; for women Veterans, the suicide rate is about twice the rates of civilian women. Veterans (men and women) account for approximately 18% of the suicide deaths in this country and comprise about 14% of the adult population.

This years’ New Mexico ride will take approximately 100 motorcyclists from Albuquerque through Tijeras, Espanola, and Taos, around the “Enchanted Circle,” and end in Angel Fire. At each stop, information on VA enrollment and suicide prevention information will be available to both riders and members of the local community. The American Legion Riders Chapter 22 is coordinating the route.

RickyPete remembers, “She always had something hopeful to say. electricity kwh Her prayers always came from her heart. She comforted our riders who were going through hard times and always had a kind word for us. She was always so helpful on the outside, and little did we realize, that she was trying to face her own demons by herself. When we learned of her suicide, it was then that I wanted to get involved, so that maybe I could help just one veteran– just one person–educating and supporting everyone involved in this difficult issue.”

The ride will be on Saturday, October 13, starting at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center with kickstands up at 9:00 am. Stops along the ride will be at the Museum of the American Military Family in Tijeras, the Veterans Memorial in Espanola, Taos CBOC, and gas stations located along the route. There will be a remembrance service on Sunday morning at the Angel Fire Memorial.