Deployment
...Life After

Linking Our Troops Through Music… Transitional Assistance. Stress is one of our major concerns, as it’s the root cause of the primary silent killers afflicting increasing numbers of our Veterans. As strong as they are, veterans are not invulnerable. Oftentimes, returning from deployment can be taxing and stressful to Troops and their families. Many are facing the challenge of transitioning directly from active-duty service to the civilian workplace and may feel a lack of purpose, or struggle with depression. We provide critical information services to Veterans and their families. Let us help.

Veteran
Low-Income, Disabled

Supplemental Aid to Disabled and Low-Income Vets. You or someone you love might be a disabled or low-income veteran unable to accomplish the day-to-day tasks necessary to sustain quality of life. You may be experiencing poverty, fear of aging, potential homelessness, or may need extra assistance with benefits updates. We've had stellar reviews from elderly Vets, thankful for fellow Vets stepping in and helping with minor home repairs to light yard work. Having someone help put all the pieces together can be the critical support you need.

Separation
Veteran Families

Separation Guidance For Veteran Families. Sudden transfer of loved ones, bereavement, or uncertainty of location can cause loneliness and lead to the inability to relax, rest, and in more severe cases, sleep all together. Hearing the voice of someone who cares can offer comfort. Natural pain relief; creative relaxation musical therapy tools for children and parents, including calming aid alternatives for adults can give hope to those facing critical health disorders. Music can draw the attention and the hearts of everyone. Music knows no boundaries. Music can penetrate all pain and anxieties replacing them with a new view of life.

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Alex Hall – You’ll Need An Angel

Alex Hall is 19 years old and is a country singer/songwriter. He has a special place in his heart for service men and women, as well as first responders — his grandfather is a Vietnam veteran. PLEASE check out this lyric video we released on Memorial Day. Produced by Jan Smith Studios www.jansmith.com

Running for Veterans: Eddie Got Soles 2014 LA Marathon Fundraiser

As I’ve already shared, my next “Adventure” will be training for, and running the LA Marathon with Team NutriBullet. While I will be receiving lots of support from Team NutriBullet, I will be sending my support to Brenai Foundation.  Every time I lace up my shoes for a training run, up until I lace them up for the LA Marathon and beyond, I will do so with the goal of Fundraising for Brenai Foundation.

Brenai Foundation is a charity with the goal and purpose of helping support Military Veterans. They will accomplish this goal by providing education, aid, and resources to disabled and low income vets, help veterans and their families with transition assistance, aid and support for military families who are separated from their loved ones, and much more!

As a Marine Corps Veteran I know first hand the challenges many service men and women experience when they separate from the Military.  And so does Brenai Foundation founder and CEO Keaver Brenai, who created the charity after witnessing her own family members in the same struggle.

I have shared my experience, 8 1/2 years in the Marine Corps – this is where my running history started so its only fitting that I use my running ability to help support veterans.  Aside from my own service, I have many friends, family members – cousins, aunts and uncles, etc. who have also served.

“There is no reason a Veteran should become jobless or homeless due to lack of resources and knowledge.”, says Keaver Brenai, founder of Brenai Foundation.  She, and the rest of her organization is not just talking about it, they are out there working hard and doing something to create real change!  It is that level of dedication that makes it and easy decision for me to choose them as my charity of choice for the LA Marathon!

I ask, if you are able, please give what you can and donate to this wonderful charity! http://www.crowdrise.com/2014forveterans/fundraiser/Eddied80

To learn more about Brenai Foundation visit their website: http://Brenai.com

Thanks,

Eddie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrWmL8YyrAI

Juliah Rueckert, Editor – Ben Partick Johnson, Voiceover – DVIDS, Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYndAU6MiYg

Our United States National Anthem – The Star Spangled Banner

Performed by Keaver Brenai after the "Linking Our Troops" panel discussion

House of Blues, Hollywood

One day, I remember being with Daddy when he was a tad under the weather and unable to mow his lawn. Gardening and landscaping are the ultimate therapy for Daddy (and music, of course – giggle giggle).  So, here I am listening to him tell me about how he is feeling and how he's disappointed the lawn will not be attended to before the next rain.

Man, oh, man, it seemed to be 100 degrees that day.  I changed my clothes, rolled up my sleeves, and asked Daddy to start the mower for me.  You should have seen the shock on his face.  Heck, it had been a trillion years since I mowed a lawn of this size (mine is much smaller).  In fact, I think the last time was when he first showed me how to use the mower when I was a kid!

I mowed the front.  Giving close detail to the areas he meticulously pointed out to me.  Then I mowed up and down the sides of the house.  All was going well until I turned the corner toward the rear of the property.  There, suddenly appearing before me as though I was seeing it for the first time, THE BACKYARD.  In its entirety.  OMGoodness…  The small incline became a steep hill.  And the mower became a cumbersome object that I was unable to maneuver with the same precision as Daddy would.  But, I gave it my best shot — successfully dodging the garden, bushes, new landscaping, and the swing hanging from the tree!  Whew!

So, at the end of this escapade, I showered and asked the family to take a ride with me.  I drove straight to Lowe's.  Did not pass go,  did not stop at the ATM and collect 200 dollars… (you remember that board game, don't you?)  We arrived and parked, with everyone wondering what the heck we were doing.  I asked my cousins to take Daddy around to see a few items in the store and, just before we're ready to leave, try to lure him to the riding mowers.  I left the family and found a salesperson to walk with as I filled him in on my plan.

We met up with the family, and Daddy was proudly sitting on top of a riding mower.  I asked him about the differences between the various models.  He instantly became the connoisseur of all grass tools.  When I showed an intense interest in one particular model, he went over-the-top and told me how helpful something like this would have been a couple hours ago during my mowing turmoil.   SOLD! 

The salesperson showed interest in our conversations as I said, "Daddy, why don't you take this one home with us?"  His reply broke my heart.  "Well, dear one, I would love to drive this beautiful machine outta here.  But, my pension and military benefits combined, only allow me to meet ends.  And this is a desire, not a need.  So I'll just put it on the wish list." 

Fighting back the tears, I pulled the salesperson and my Daddy away from the rest of the family and asked Daddy if the red riding mower he was most passionate about would help him maintain his quality of life and allow him to enjoy his love of landscaping with ease.  He laughed, as he always does under pressure, and said, "Yes."  I looked at the salesperson and said, “Please process this purchase with an extended service warranty and deliver to my Daddy's home.” 

Now it was Daddy's turn to hold back the tears as he yelled, “Whooooooooooo BIG RED! The neighbors are going to see me riding BIG RED!” (of course everyone in ear shot is teary eyed at this point).

I was blessed to be able to contribute to my Daddy's quality of life.  Not every child can help their parent in such a big way.  But Brenai Foundation can.  With the help of donors, sponosrs, and people like you who support the cause, we can change the lives of our veterans and give them the quality of life they have earned and deserve.

Daddy passed away before he could see how he inspired the creation of Brenai Foundation. This organization offers its support to active-duty and retired military in honorable memory of my dear Daddy.

While the initial fundraising will be online, many of you have asked if you could participate in person – so… I’d like to offer the opportunity for you to submit your ideas for a fundraising event. You suggest the location, with marketing/promotion ideas. We work on the goodies: listening stations, gift bags, raffle, and of course funding.

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