2017-11-05 / Family

A salute to veterans

By ZAFFIE HADIARIS
Columnist

Wars, wars and more wars. I can remember a cavalcade of Army trucks driving over Route 1 in 1943.

For a youngster it is a frightening experience. My father’s store was at the entrance of the Naval Shipyard located in Kittery. I can remember, while eating an ice cream cone and waiting outside the store watching all the hustle and bustle of wartime.

The many service men coming and going. My goodness, I thought, how do those sailors keep their uniforms so snowy white? And look at those neat Marine outfits!

We recall all those events on Veterans Day. In the Unites States, Veterans Day annually falls on Nov. 11. This day was the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.

Veterans Day is a holiday to thank and honor all who have served in the United States military service. Veterans Day is a celebration to honor American veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Let us pray on Veterans Day to remember those who gave up life for freedom. They gave so we might live in peace. Thank you and God Bless all veterans. The greatest casualty is being forgotten.

We must not forget the military families. The wife who listens for his footsteps to come up the driveway after work or the children waiting to greet daddy at the end of the day. It is a lonesome time for families. Wartime military service affects children and families.

The authors conclude that policy makers can help military-connected children and their families cope with deployment. Strong community support services and adopting public health measures that are designed to reduce the stigma of seeking treatment for psychological distress is needed.

It is warned that much recent research on military children’s response to deployment is flawed in various ways. Researches call for better-designed, long -term studies as well as better evaluation of existing and future support programs.

If you are a military veteran or active-duty service member you and your family can join a free creative wellness program by Art Hope and the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Art and nature for veterans. The first of four seasonal workshops was held Saturday, Oct. 28.

Future workshops will be held in February, April and June 2018. This program is limited to veterans or active-duty service and their families. Please call 337-2900 for additional details. The event is handicap accessible.

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a National Estuarine Research Reserve with its headquarters listed on the National Register of Historic places. Call 646-1555.



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