What Everyone Should Know About Gold Star Wives Day

NICEVILLE, Florida April 5, 2017 is Gold Star Wives Day, which is a day dedicated to those widows/widowers whose spouses died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, or as result of service-connected disabilities.  On this day Gold Star Wives come together to support one another, and to raise awareness of the incredible sacrifice that their spouse, and entire family made as a result of their military service. It’s a title and organization that many people are not familiar with, but is one that as Americans we should all recognize and appreciate.

“Being a Gold Star wife, I am grateful for the many people who have reached out to me to offer their support and words of encouragement,” says Tasha Sprovtsoff, ambassador for the EOD Warrior Foundation. “It’s especially important for people to support each other through such charities and movements when tragedy strikes. We all help one another to get through things.”

Sprovtsoff is a board member for the EOD Warrior Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the EOD family by providing emergency financial relief, scholarship opportunities, physical, social, and emotional support.  She was pregnant with her son, her and her husband’s second child together, when she received the news that her husband, Nicholas A Sprovtsoff, had been killed in action in September 2011. Her mission today is to help keep her late husband’s legacy alive, raise their two children, and to help raise money for supportive organizations such as the EOD Warrior Foundation. She became an ambassador for the organization in May 2016, and was invited to join the Board of Directors in January 2017.

Here are some things everyone should know about the Gold Star Wives:

  • The Gold Star Wives organization provides support to people around the nation. They have regional chapters throughout the country, and hold a yearly conference. The next conference is scheduled for July 2017.
  • The group fights for legislative change to help provide the widows with compensation increases, strengthen survivor benefit plans, obtain educational payment assistance and strengthen networking.
  • Many Gold Star Wives work to help organizations that in turn help military families in need.
  • The woman who founded the Gold Star Wives organization, Marie Speer, will turn 96 years old on May 9th. She started the organization in 1945.
  • First lady Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the founding members of the Gold Star Wives.

“We are honored to have Tasha Sprovtsoff as an EOD Warrior Foundation Board member,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “She’s a wonderful asset to our organization, has helped to raise tremendous funds in support of EOD Warriors around the world, and knows first hand the tremendous sacrifices that EOD families go through.”

For the 7,000 members of our military who are Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians, the rate of those veterans needing assistance may even be higher than other areas of the military, because their job is so dangerous. EOD technicians are highly trained military members serving in the Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force and are responsible for disarming, rendering safe, and disposing of bombs. When EOD technicians are wounded, they sustain some of the most severe and often life-changing injuries including loss of limbs, burns, paralysis, blindness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The EOD Warrior Foundation helps this elite group by providing financial relief, therapeutic healing retreats, a scholarship program, care of the EOD Memorial Wall located at Eglin AFB, Fla. and more. Their work is supported by private donations and the generosity of those who support the organization.  To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, or see their fundraising events calendar, visit their site at: eodwarriorfoundation.org.

About EOD Warrior Foundation

The EOD Warrior Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the EOD family by providing emergency financial relief, scholarship opportunities, physical, social, and emotional support. Specific programs include financial grants, hope and wellness retreats, scholarships, community support events, and care of the EOD Memorial Wall located at Eglin AFB, Fla. To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, or see their fundraising events calendar, visit their site at: www.eodwarriorfoundation.org.


Free Resources for the Military Community to Address Alcohol Misuse

By the National Center for Telehealth & Technology

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — In observance of Alcohol Awareness Month in April, the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) wants to raise awareness about alcoholism and to offer resources to help service members, veterans and their families identify, understand and get support.

AfterDeployment (afterdeployment.dcoe.mil) is a Defense Department program that helps service members, veterans and their families identify, understand and get support for behavioral health problems — including those with alcohol. It provides tools such as free, anonymous assessments that help people better understand their alcohol use, videos featuring real service members and veterans who got help, and fact sheets, tips and articles about post-traumatic stress, depression, sleep problems, and other topics in which alcohol misuse can become an issue.

“Our service members and veterans face a variety of challenges — such as difficulty sleeping, frequent life transitions, and occupational and life stress — and they may use alcohol to cope. Excessive drinking can impact relationships and the ability to fulfill duties, and cause financial and legal issues,” said Dr. Julie Kinn, clinical psychologist and deputy chief at T2. “During Alcohol Awareness Month and beyond, we want the military community to know that there are effective, trusted resources that can help.”

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, deployment during wartime, combat exposure and military culture are factors in developing substance abuse problems among military personnel. Among returning service members, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep problems and traumatic brain injury are strongly associated with substance abuse and dependence.

AfterDeployment offers an eLibrary with information on different types of alcohol issues, common excuses from alcohol users and signs of abuse. There is also an Alcohol Awareness Kit — developed specifically for Alcohol Awareness Month — that can be used to organize alcohol awareness events at military installations. The kit includes promotional items and educational materials that can be ordered or downloaded from T2.

“It’s important that we all work together to raise awareness of alcohol issues in the military community to let people know that there are resources out there,” Kinn said. “AfterDeployment is a great place to start getting the help they need.”

To learn more about T2 and AfterDeployment, and to find additional resources on alcohol abuse prevention and treatment, visit http://t2health.dcoe.mil and http://afterdeployment.dcoe.mil. You can also follow AfterDeployment on Twitter and Facebook.


Military MOJO Career Fair—Wrap-up

Military MOJO hosted one of their careers fairs in San Antonio, TX last week from March 30-31, 2017.

Each successful MOJO (Military Officers Job Opportunities) affair welcomes 200-250 candidates who get the opportunity to attend Career Workshops, a Women Veterans Roundtable and a Networking Reception that are all sponsored by Fortune 500 firms. Also, these candidates receive valuable resume assistance and meet face-to-face with recruiters from 45-50 companies. MOJO launched in 2012 with the original idea to pair Degreed Military Professionals and Transitioning Military Technicians with top tier global employers seeking veterans for roles across their organizations.

MOJO career fairs are hosted nationally and offer a white glove experience for corporate clients and veteran job seekers.

MOJO does not churn out candidates or push them in directions that would not benefit them. They provide individual resume assistance so their career track is targeted and transparent. Each candidate is prepped for the face-to-face with recruiters. Corporate clients receive exceptional customer service, branding support, social media exposure, free job postings and exclusive access to the database of resumes.

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