Pets With Vets In Mind

A local Indiana company, Paws & Play Dog Resort & Training Center in Fishers, is the newest sponsor of the Humane Society of Hamilton County’s Pets Healing Vets program.  This program pairs up qualifying veterans with a dog or cat.  The Pets Healing Vets puts together a Hoosier veteran returning from active duty and going through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury symptoms.

For more on this program, go to  Some other programs exist regarding veterans and pets such as out of Glendale, Arizona.

**Comment if you know of any additional programs such as these mentioned.

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Source:  “Fishers business sponsors Pets Healing Vets”, Current in Fishers, September 24, 2013.

First Ever Military Consumer Protection Day

Did you know? The National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) partnered with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and other governmental agencies and advocacy organizations on July 17th, to celebrate the first ever Military Consumer Protection Day in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Capitol Building.

Military Consumer Protection Day was an organized, national promotion earlier this summer to provide service-members, veterans, and their families with the knowledge and resources they need to make positive consumer financial decisions and avoid fraud. There was an Inaugural Congressional Information Fair on Capitol Hill and provided an opportunity for NACA and other partner organizations to highlight numerous resources to offer service-member consumers and their families.

What is NACA?  “NACA is comprised of more than 1500 attorneys who represent and have represented hundreds of thousands of consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive, and predatory business practices. As a national organization fully committed to promoting justice for consumers, NACA’s members and their clients are actively engaged in promoting a fair and open marketplace that forcefully protects the rights of consumers, particularly those of modest means. NACA’s Military Consumer Justice Project (MCJP) is an educational initiative that links the needs of service members and their families with NACA members and their considerable experience and skills in consumer law.

To reduce fraudulent and abusive business practices that negatively impact morale, welfare and readiness, NACA works with federal, state, and private organizations to identify common financial services problems service members face and to advocate for service members’ rights.  NACA attorneys have been collaborating with the military arms for years, providing training for the Air Force, Army, and Navy Justice Schools and at local military training symposiums.  In addition to training military legal personnel and support staff on consumer protection issues, NACA’s MCJP also trains NACA members on how best to work with military personnel and represent service members.  They also develop, collect and promulgate educational materials for service members and their families to increase awareness of consumer rights and help them avoid consumer scams.  For more information on the NACA’s Military Consumer Justice Project and educational materials, check out the Military Consumer Justice Project Brochure” at

NACA also partnered with the FTC to provide a free webinar update on the Military Consumer Protection Day on August 1st.  Info will be posted once received on the outcome and how the day was meant to promote cooperation on Military Consumer Protection issues year-round.  For more information involving Consumers in the Military, go to:

 Source:  Langston, Chelsea. “NACA and Military Consumer Justice”,  National Association of Consumer Advocates.  5 August 2013.

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The United States’ Flag History for April 4th

Did you know?  On April 4th, 1818, Congress adopted the United States flag, which included 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state.

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Medal of Honor Day in Its 150th Year

March 25th was celebrated as Medal of Honor Day – a day to pay respects to service members who have served and gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Citations for Medal of Honor recipients describe feats of courage, strength, and resilience. Recipients overcame the paralysis of fear, and in some cases, they persevered in spite of wounds that would normally be so painful as to be disabling. Some of these heroes willingly gave their lives for the sake of their buddies.

To further tribute Medal of Honor Day, here are eight interesting facts:

1) The earliest actions in which the Medal was awarded took place before the Civil War began on February 13-14, 1861.  Bernard J.D. Irwin  was an Assistant Surgeon in the Army when he voluntarily went to the rescue of 2d Lt. George N. Bascom who was trapped with 60 members of the 7th Infantry. Irwin and 14 men began the 100-mile trek to Bascom’s forces riding mules. After fighting and capturing Apaches along the way, as well as recovering stolen horses and cattle, Irwin reached Bascom’s forces and helped break the siege. The Medal of Honor was awareded to Irwin on January 24, 1894 – which was more than 30 years after he performed his heroic actions.

2)  In the beginning, the Medal of Honor was only awarded to enlisted service members. On March 3, 1863, this was changed to include officers as well.

Army Medal of Honor

3) There are three versions of the Medal of Honor: U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. Members of the U.S. Marines Corps and U.S. Coast Guard are eligible to receive the Navy version.  Likewise, each of the armed services maintains their own regulations governing the award.

Navy Medal of Honor

Air Force Medal of Honor

4)  Only one woman has received the Medal of Honor and her award was temporarily taken away. President Andrew Johnson presented the Medal of Honor to Dr. Mary E. Walker on November 11, 1865 for her actions as a Contract Acting Assistant Surgeon in a series of battles from First Bull Run in 1861 to the Battle of Atlanta in 1864. Caught by Confederate troops and arrested as a spy, she also spent four months as a Prisoner of War. Although her award was rescinded along with hundreds of others in 1917, upon the passage of legislation that stated the medal could only be given to persons who had engaged in “actual combat with an enemy,” Walker’s Medal of Honor was reinstated on June 10, 1977 by President Jimmy Carter.

5)  The Medal of Honor recommendation process can take in excess of 18 months with extreme scrutiny every step of the way because of the need for accuracy. To see a visual depiction of the process, visit

6) Children of Medal of Honor recipients are not subject to quotas if they are qualified and want to attend the U.S. military academies.

7) The recipients of Medal of Honor have uniform privileges, which allow them to wear their uniforms at any time or place they choose, unlike other military personnel or retirees.

8) Although it is not required by law or military regulation, service members are encouraged to salute Medal of Honor recipients as a gesture of respect and courtesy regardless of rank or status and, if the recipients are wearing the medal, whether or not they are in uniform. This is the only instance where a Soldier will receive a salute from members of a higher rank.

What information do you have about the Medal of Honor history or tradition that you can share in the comments section of this post?

Source:  Brown, Brittany. “The Medal of Honor:  Eight Surprising Facts.” Army Images, U.S. Army. 15, March 2013.  <;.

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Why Do We Spring Forward this Sunday?

It’s time to change those clocks this weekend. But have you ever wondered WHY?

Daylight Saving Time for the United States  and its territories, is NOT observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and by most of Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona).

One of the biggest reasons we change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time (DST) is that it saves energy. Energy use and the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly related to when we go to bed and when we get up. Bedtime for most of us is late evening through the year.  When we go to bed, we turn off the lights and TV.

In the average home, 25 percent of all the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances, such as TVs, DVRs and stereos. A good percentage of energy consumed by lighting and appliances occurs in the evening when families are home. By moving the clock ahead one hour, we can cut the amount of electricity we consume each day.

We also use less electricity because we are home fewer hours during the “longer” days of spring and summer. Most people plan outdoor activities in the extra daylight hours. When we are not at home, we do not turn on the appliances and lights. A poll done by the U.S. Department of Transportation indicated that Americans liked Daylight Saving Time because “there is more light in the evenings / can do more in the evenings.”

Daylight Saving Time is a change in the standard time of each time zone. Time zones were first used by the railroads in 1883 to standardize their schedules. According to the The Canadian Encyclopedia Plus by McClelland & Stewart Inc., Canada’s “[Sir Sandford] Fleming also played a key role in the development of a worldwide system of keeping time. Trains had made obsolete the old system where major cities and regions set clocks according to local astronomical conditions. Fleming advocated the adoption of a standard or mean time and hourly variations from that according to established time zones. He was instrumental in convening an International Prime Meridian Conference in Washington in 1884 at which the system of international standard time, still in use today, was adopted.”

Source:  ” Daylight saving time, its history and why we use it.” 8 March 2013.   Adapted from Aldrich, Bob, 2005, Saving Time, Saving Energy: California Energy Commission.

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History Behind the Word “American”

After the victory of Fort Duquesne, the British chose to drive the French out of Canada.  It dates back to June of 1759 when the British attached Quebec, which is located on steep cliffs above the St. Lawrence River. To be able to carry out the surprise attack, British troops silently climbed narrow paths up the cliffs during the night.

The French were surprised to find the British at the gates of the city the next morning.  The battle lasted for months.  Finally on September 13th, the French surrendered Quebec.  One year later, British seized Montreal, and the French were forced from Canada.

War between Great Britain and France in Canada ended with the fall of Montreal.  However, battles between the two countries continued in Europe until 1763, when France was defeated. They signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the French and Indian War.  After this treaty was signed, Great Britain claimed all of France’s colonies in North America.

After the war, the French could no longer help the Native Americans. Likewise, Great Britain could not afford to use troops to protect settlers in the Ohio Valley.  As a result, Great Britain issued the Proclamation of 1763.  This was the official announcement that set aside land west of the Appalachian Mountains for Native American groups.

Even though the British claimed previous French lands, they did not have firm control over them.  In 1763, Ottawa Chief Pontiac united Native Americans in the Ohio River valley to drive out the British. Pontiac’s fighters captured and burned many British settlements in the area but were defeated by the British army.

Washington on his journey to the French forts.

The British victory in the French and Indian War united the colonists.  They joined together to fight a powerful enemy.  They discovered strong leaders such as George Washington.  Soon, a new, independent spirit developed between the “Americans,” as they called themselves.  Victory in the French and Indian War set the stage for the American Revolution.

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Which U.S. President Was Awarded the Medal of Honor?

It was in January of 2001, the United States 26th President Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery on July 1, 1898, during the Spanish-American War, in the battle to capture San Juan Heights, near Santiago, Cuba, when he led the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry (Rough Riders) and other troops in two dramatic charges against entrenched Spanish positions. Tweed Roosevelt, a great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, was chosen to receive the Medal for the family because of his leadership in the efforts to bring about the award. 

It was highly unusual for an award recommended by the entire chain of command to be rejected; and this was an award for action in combat that had been witnessed by many and widely reported in the press. But the recommendation was rejected by the War Department. Why? The probable reason is that Theodore Roosevelt had sent a telegram and a letter to Secretary of War Russell A. Alger strongly urging that American troops, ravaged by tropical diseases, be immediately returned to the United States now that the fighting was over. (Theodore Roosevelt himself contracted malaria, which remained with him the rest of his life). General Shafter leaked these messages to the press, thereby embarrassing and infuriating Secretary of War Alger as well as President William McKinley.

In 1916, less than three years before his death, the 26th president was nominated for the Medal of Honor, but the Army passed him over, citing a lack of evidence for his heroic actions at San Juan Hill.

Congressman Paul McHale introduced a bill to give the Medal of Honor to Theodore Roosevelt in 1996, and then introduced a second bill on July 25, 1997, HR 2263, entitled “A bill to authorize and request the President to award the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously to Theodore Roosevelt for his gallant and heroic actions in the attack on San Juan Heights, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War.” HR 2263 had over 160 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, forming an impressive and bipartisan coalition.

On January 16, 2001, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Theodore Roosevelt’s Medal of Honor was given to the Roosevelt family by President Bill Clinton, and at the same time the descendants of Andrew Jackson Smith, a slave who escaped and fought in the Union Army during the Civil War, also received the Medal of Honor for the bravery deeds of their ancestor. Roosevelt’s son, Theodore Jr., who served in both World Wars, also received the Medal of Honor.

For more information about Theodore Roosevelt’s Medal of Honor history, visit

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December Brings Some Medal of Honor History

1862 Original Medal Of Honor

Shortly after the Civil War began, in December of 1861,  Congress authorized the distribution of medals of honor to petty officers, seamen, landsmen and marines that distinguished themselves by their bravery in action and other seamanlike qualities during the Civil War. Two months later, Congress authorized the distribution of medals of honor to privates in the Army of the United States that distinguished themselves in battle. Consequently, the “Medal of Honor” was born. In March of 1863, the Army Medal of Honor was extended to officers, as well as non-commissioned officers and privates. The Navy medal continued to be reserved for enlisted personnel only until March 1915. The Air Force was authorized in August 1956, with their own distinctive design “Medal of Honor” separate from that of the Navy and Army.

The first Medals of Honor were presented by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to six of the surviving members of Andrew’s Raiders on March 25, 1863. While these were the first medals presented, the first heroic act for which the Medal of Honor was given occurred February 13, 1861. On that date, Army Assistant Surgeon Bernard J.D. Irwin rescued 60 soldiers of 2d Lt. George Bascom’s unit at Apache Pass, AZ. The Medal of Honor was also presented to several individuals for heroic acts performed before the Medal of Honor was authorized by Congress in December 1861.

Did you know?  The National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Source:  21 December 2012.

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Make A Difference Day is Coming Up!

When: The fourth Saturday in October

This year it is October 27th.

The national day began in 1990 and was initiated to help others by doing volunteer work in the community. The activity can be almost anything. Millions of Americans participate in community improvement projects. It takes the form of cleanup, fix up, painting, and repair in poorer neighborhoods, parks and municipal facilities. It doesn’t matter what project it might be. It doesn’t matter whether you help a non-profit organization, the community, your town, nursing home, a church, a food kitchen, or any other group in need. What matters is that you participate.

Make a commitment to help others for just one day. Make a difference on Make a Difference Day!

Did You Know?  Each year on Make a Difference Day, ex-President Jimmie Carter gets out his hammer and saw ,and helps to build or rebuild housing in underprivileged areas.

Steve Alt, Raine Inc.’s Operation Manager, leads a team of his friends who serve a meal to the community through a local church.  They are 1 of 11 teams that do this every 11 weeks and serve over 160 meals a week. In all, they have been able to serve over 50,000 meals since October 2004.  “This just one way my family can pay forward for all of the blessing we are given,” says Steve.

Raine would love to hear how you are able to help someone or organization in your community.  It just takes one person to lend a hand. Invite your kids, friends or family to get involved!

Source:  21 October 2012.

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What American Song was first sung on this Day?

Have any guesses?

The Star Spangled Banner was first sung on this day in 1814. Try singing it to yourself or out loud today!

Did you know?  This song was written based on a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, Francis Scott Key, after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.

Star Spangled Banner

Lyrics by Francis Scott Key

              Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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