Work and Life this past week just seem to have conspired to limit my computer time,lol, so I have numerous odds and ends that I wanted to pass on, and am just now finding the time to do so.
First of all, it looks like I Won't be able to attend the 2008 Milblog Conference this year,darn. It won't be held in DC, but will be in Las Vegas, and JP of Milblogging.com announced it on March 8th (so you can see how far behind I am on getting news out,lol:)
For more from JP, his platoon will be featured on PBS Frontline on April 1, Wow!
A Fellow Soldiers Angel member and friend up in CT does a great job of passing things on to me, particularly to do with Anysoldier.com ,and she sent me this story that is posted also at this News Link on Anysoldier (scroll down the page):
The 'back story' on Taylor Batten, for any of you who don't know it, can be found at One Marine's View Here
and then I also found a link to a mention of her here, she was one of the winners of the 2007 STAR Awards
The Sharing Time And Resources (STAR) Awards recognize outstanding volunteers who exemplify the essence of volunteerism. Each year, individuals and groups from the Kalamazoo County area are recognized for their volunteerism during the year.
(hey, I grew up right outside of Kalamazoo!!)
And, here on the list of winners , it had This to say about Taylor:
At 13 years old, Taylor Batten has dedicated her time to showing U.S. military personnel that she supports them. The Three Rivers teen, winner of this year's Youth Volunteer STAR Award, sends cards, letters, e-mail messages and care packages to soldiers who are stationed overseas. She attends the funerals of fallen soldiers as a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. She has visited wounded Marines at the national Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Recently, Taylor held a blanket drive for the troops in Iraq and collected nearly 150 blankets to ship out. “It just popped into my mind that really anything that the troops get from home helps out a lot with their psychological well-being, and, believe it or not, it gets really cold out there,” said the Mendon Junior High School student. “It was just a good idea and it was fun to do.”
With all of her volunteer activities, Taylor does not seem to be a typical 13-year-old girl. Her health problems also set her apart. She has Turner syndrome, a chromosomal condition characterized by a partially or completely missing second sex chromosome. As a result of her condition, Taylor has impaired visual-spatial functioning, chronic-fatigue syndrome and scoliosis, has had a number of sinus surgeries and heart surgery, and is very small for her age. The STAR Award is not the first time Taylor has been honored for her efforts. In October, she was named an honorary U.S. Marine Private First Class and an honorary state-ride captain for the Patriot Guard Riders. That December, she was promoted to honorary U.S. Marine Sergeant. Her volunteer activities have not been limited by her illness. She said she draws on her Marine courage to deal with it. “It's always been in me that I want to do something,” she said. “The Marine Corps motto is honor, courage and commitment. I feel that I need to keep up with that and do everything I can. I just feel like it's the right thing to do.” Currently, Taylor is raising money for Hope for the Warriors, an organization that collects money to help wounded military members and their families. Her health condition prohibits her from ever joining the Marines as an active member, but by volunteering for a cause she loves, Taylor can still be involved, said her mother and nominator, Cathy Batten. “She's looking outside of herself,” her mother said. “All this help that she's doing, she's helping others, but in the long run we think it's helping her.” By Emily Monacelli - Special to the Gazette
A very special young lady, can't you please help her help our veterans? and send her an email or card to pass along?
CT Soldiers Angel also sent me This interesting link
about a Marine Vietnam Veteran
and,finally, here's another book to add to my list of books I want to read (in all my spare time?lol:)
so,now, I'm off to work on my Soldiers Angels Web Surfing post, late again! for that one,too!