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  1. My Army buddy Howard Gage, I call him Gage, because as you all know we call out last names in the military, and I just got used to calling him Gage. His family calls him Howard Gage is my ol Army buddy from way back, after Panama Just Cause I ETS'd out and he continued on to Kosovo, Bosnia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, he did his time, paid his dues with PTSD and all the troubles that go along with it, and I need prayers for my friend. We have been in touch and hung out since we met each other in 1990 while in the Army and just a few years back he moved to within 1hour of us and we visit and hang out. Gage was having some issues that took him to the docs office two days ago, and it was discovered that he has a cancer tumor in his esophagus. He is pretty low right now, and can barely eat, his wife is trying to get food down him but it's hard, he is very weak right now. He is a strong man, good ol boy who's not afraid of much, never seen him waiver, loves his guns and his Harley's, and most of all, loves his Family (wife and three kids and three grand kids), and we all love him back. We will be finding out soon what stage his cancer his in. Please pray for my friend, pray that whatever path he goes on, that he will find strength, and that he will know God is his guiding light in these challenging times. He retired from federal service at Twenty Nine Palms Marine Corp Base here in Southern CA just this past Christmas, then he and his wife purchased their dream home in North Carolina, moved, was having a wonderful time over the past three months, and then this hit. Thank you to all who will lift my friend and his family up in prayer, I greatly appreciate it, prayer is powerful. Image below is my buddy at left, and me at his home for a barbecue, we often barbecued together, my wife and his wife are best friends, they are both from Panama, we always had a great time, he's one of those buddies that we could go a year without seeing each other, and when we do, it's like a beat was never skipped. We talk about anything, all of it, and sometimes just sat in silence in each others company, feeling no obligation to speak, yep, that kind of friend. Thank you friends,
  2. Our newly graduated US Army soldier, Private Tiffany Morris. This day was the actual graduation day from Fort Jackson on January 30th, after the ceremony we found ourselves exploring Columbia South Carolina with our new soldier, and we found this beautiful river called the Congaree River, we took a walk along the riverside and under the Gervais Street Bridge, almost a century old the bridge is, the architecture was really wonderful. We had a great day with our soldier, hours later we had to drop her off and say our goodbyes, then she left to AIT.
  3. Looks like we got a soldier on her way to graduation! Congratulations to our daughter Tiffany Morris on her completion of the Forge and a big congratulations to all her buddies too! The last big test is The Forge, where all their knowledge and training comes together, during a 4 day ruck, 4 days in the wild with nothing but what's on their backs and the food supplied by staff or MRE's. Nearly 40 miles of hiking, navigating, live fire, night exercises, and a ton more, with very little sleep, and all of it is being observed by scorers, to make sure you are doing what you were trained to do correctly, you can pass, or fail. Our kid passed! And with the pass, she acquired her Army beret, and Army patch for her left shoulder! Graduation ceremonies are soon, and we'll be there. We are so proud of our little girl, ahem!, our soldier! On a side note, Tiffany was injured during her second phase of Basic Combat Training, she fractured her pelvic, she was recycled to another company to finish, but before that she came home over Christmas and recovered her fracture as much as she could, she has been in immense pain since the fracture, and she has completed all of this training, with her fracture, the last two week she stated the pain has gotten better, but still in a lot of pain, and the rascal humped it all the way through training and through The Forge, with her fracture, now if that aint hardcore soldiering, I don't know what is! She did a total of 3 months basic because of her injury. My chest out, buttons popping, and when mama hear the news, tears flowed from her. Thanks all for reading. Our girl has red arrow on her.
  4. I do miss her very much. At the same time I'm very happy for her. She was glowing with pride and confidence! She is back at training now, we'll see her soon at the end of the month for her basic graduation.
  5. It feels so long ago, and in a different world, rarely does it even cross my mind anymore, but I just realized today that our 30th Anniversary came and went for OJC Veterans. I had not even put the dates together over the Holidays, actually the anniversary was a day after our daughter arrived from Army Training Camp to visit us, I was a tad busy December 20th. Two great events came out of my service in this Central American country, we liberated a people from a dictator, and tyrant, and I met my most beautiful and awesome wife while there. Still in my thoughts to this day though are those Americans who lost their lives for this cause. I have rolls of undeveloped photos on old 110 and 35mm film, some during the invasion, many images of my time in Honduras, and many of me and my buddies just being young soldiers and acting out around the country and in the barracks, someday I'll get em developed, I don't even remember what's on those roles anymore, some of it may not be suitable for all audiences.
  6. Random Draw Recipients We'd like to congratulate the following recipients of the items contributed by our fabulous sponsors. We also want to thank all who participated in this wonderful project, we raised more than our goal, and our adopted family is set up for a wonderful Christmas morning, thanks to you all! And, a hearty congratulations to the winners of the machinery and tools donated by Laguna Tools, Woodcraft Supply, and Easy Wood Tools, we can't thank them enough. Please, each recipient, contact me via messenger and leave your shipping address, thank you all once again! Al Berube @Al B - Laguna 14/12 Band Saw Cliff Rohrabacher @Cliff - Easy Wood Hollowing Tools Peter Tomlinson @p_toad - Wood River No.4 Hand Plane Michael Curtis @Woodbutcherbynight - Wood River Block Plane Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's submit an application to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to giveaway for this cause. We use 100 percent of your contributions to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family and to fund related project expenses such as shipping fees for gifts. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for our Wounded Warrior adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. The Wounded Warrior Family This year we have a unique situation for our adopted family. The family we are supporting is to remain anonymous. Hardships and conditions the family have and are undergoing prevent us from disclosing the identity of the family, so out of respect for the family we agreed to not share any images of the family, nor any personal information. In doing so would "out" the family and cause more hardship to them. Our adopted family has already gone through enough by serving our nation and paying a great price. What we can share is: The father and husband served our nation in the US Army. He is now on 100 percent disability with varying issues from PTSD to physical injuries including Traumatic Brain Injuries. Though many call Dad the hero of the family, the family themselves will call Mom the hero, as is typically the case when you have a caregiver situation as this family does. They are blessed with four beautiful children as follows. Boy in his late teens Boy pre-teen Boy pre-teen Girl toddler Your Comfort We understand the inferences that "Anonymous" implies, some folks may be a bit skeptical to contribute to an anonymous cause. So to help alleviate your concerns, I would like to encourage you to contact any of our forum hosts or admins for your general questions regarding the family. Our Forum Hosts and Admins are completely familiar with the family, they have seen the family, and they understand the history of the family, so they will be able to confirm to you the validity of this cause. Please keep in mind, under no circumstances will our Forum Hosts or Admins be able to disclose any more information than what has already been disclosed here, you will only be able to have confirmation that our Adopted Family is indeed with us, and needs your help. Please contact our Forum Hosts or Admins with your concerns by clicking on their names at our "Staff" page. https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/staff/ Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate. Outside countries may contribute but you will not be entered into the system for receiving items due to shipping costs. If you are in an outside country, and do contribute, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate). Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately. You may contribute as much funding as you like to earn entries into our random draw. Your contributions will be accepted up to December 20th 12pm Eastern Time, at which time project will close and item recipients will be chosen. 4 names will be randomly drawn by Random Picker software, and items will be awarded in the order of names drawn, starting with the Laguna Bandsaw, then the Easy Wood Tools, then the Woodriver hand planes. An apology I apologize for the current method of contributing funding to this project as cumbersome as it is, our usual way, and very easy way we've used in the past had to be eliminated due to current "Raffle" laws governing our state of California, so I had to create this work around. This will be the last year I perform this event from my home state of California due to restrictions. For next years Christmas Family event, we will have a Patriot Woodworker host this event from their home state that allows such fund raising activity. We will not quit, we'll just find away around it! Our Veteran and Gold Star families need us! To contribute to our Adopted Family please click on "Donate" button (The project is now closed, thank you!) This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! You can donate only 2 dollars with multiple entry bargains, and your odds of receiving a sponsored item are very high given our typical turnout. To view the entry fees, and to purchase your entries please click on the Donate button above! A full accountability of the proceeds will be reported on at the end of the project so you know your hard earned money was used for our Adopted Family. Item links Laguna 14|12 Bandsaw for one recipient Easy Wood Tools Mini Hollowers for one recipient Woodriver Standard Block Plane with Adjustable Mouth for one recipient Woodriver No.4 Bench Plane for one recipient In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys! Prior Years Projects Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2015 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2016 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays 2017 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2018
  7. Our youngest girl is taking a big test today, she's heading down to MEPS to sit for a Cryptologist/Linguistics test for the US Army, yep, she's getting serious, and ready to serve, so very proud of our baby girl. I hope and pray that she does well, this is the MOS she wants, with a rich career after service. I am apprehensive as most parents would be, but very proud. Our plans have not aligned with her plans after High School, we had a dream of all our kids furthering their education after HS, but our youngest daughter has her own dreams, I am a bit quicker at accepting her road she's heading down, but mama is having a bit of a hard time in all of this. But all in all, when our kid finally gets it all squared away, and mama and me are sitting in front of her basic training graduating class, I know mama will be very proud of our warrior girl. I know I am already! Here is our younger daughter Tiffany day of HS graduation, just a short 2 month ago. She's trading in her heels and makeup for BDU's and adventure! Cryptologic Linguist (35P) WWW.GOARMY.COM Ideal for multilingual Soldiers, Cryptologic Linguists analyze foreign communications & extract insights to inform Army...
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    Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a wounded warriors family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's apply to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to raffle for this cause. We use 100 percent of the raffle proceeds to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for our Gold Star adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. All proceeds from this raffle will be used to purchase gifts for Camilla, Charlie, and mom Nicole and to provide a Christmas dinner for the family. The Gold Star Family This year we are proud to be supporting the Merlo Family from San Marcos, California. They include Mrs. Merlo (widow of Spc 4 Ivan Merlo), and her son Charlie at 4 years old, and Camilla at 7 years of age. The Merlo's in Service Young Mr. and Mrs. Merlo. History Spc 4. Ivan E. Merlo of San Marcos, California graduated from San Marcos High School in 2006. He joined the Army that October and arrived at Fort Campbell four months later. He was due to return home within two weeks after finishing a yearlong deployment in Iraq. He was supposed to serve as the best man at the wedding of his best friend and brother in combat, Pfc. Phillip J. Pannier. But Merlo and Pannier both died while waging an Army offensive targeting insurgents north of Baghdad. Just before being deployed, Ivan married his long time girlfriend, Nicole. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon, Weapons Qualification, M4, Expert. Ivan died in Samarra, Iraq of wounds sustained during combat operations at age 19. Army Service 2nd Battalion 327th Infantry Regiment 1st Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Kentucky Gold Star Family History The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom. Read more... Our prior years projects Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2015 Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2016 Click on the Raffle Ticket and support our adopted family! Tickets only $2 each with multi ticket discounts! Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate) Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately You may purchase as many raffle tickets as you like Raffle ends midnight December 16th 2017, names will be drawn one second after midnight 4 names will be randomly drawn by Raffle River, and prizes will be awarded in the order of names drawn, starting with Laguna Certificate, then the Rikon Slow Speed Grinder, then the Woodriver Spindle Sander. You may also enter by mailing check or money order made out to The Patriot Woodworker and send too: The Patriot Woodworker - 977 Sussex Rd, San Jacinto, CA. 92583 You may also request one free entry by submitting your request through regular postal mail, please use address above. This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! The tickets are only 2 dollars with multiple ticket bargains, and your odds of winning are very high given our typical turnout. To view the ticket prices, and to purchase your tickets please click on the Raffle Ticket above! A full accountability of the proceeds will be reported on at the end of the raffle so you know your hard earned money was used for our Adopted Family. You may win one of the following prizes! 3 Winners will be randomly drawn by Raffle River In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, and Laguna Tools, for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys! Honorable Mention The Patriot Woodworker community wants to also thank Easy Wood Tools for their past and continuous support of our woodworking community and their endless support of the men and women who serve our nation. Easy Wood Tools has been a valuable partner to us and our military support efforts. Easy Wood Tools, Made in America, by Americans, for the World!
  9. We have two Army Medics among us. I just thought you would like to know each other, and shake hands. @Lissa Hall, meet @MaDeuce And thank you both for your service.
  10. Winners Announced On behalf of The Patriot Woodworkers and the Bassett Family, we want to congratulate the following raffle contributors for their win, and we want to thank all for participating. I wish all could receive something for their contributions, but as you all know folks, this is a raffle, and the cause is the reason. Thank you all once again! We raised $2205.00 !! Please PM @John Morris with your shipping information so that we can get these wonderful sponsored prizes out to you immediately! Laguna Tools $500.00 Gift Certificate - @p_toad Easy Wood Tools full set of Mid-Sized Turning Tools - @Dadio Woodriver Spindle Sander - @DuckSoup Rikon 8" Slow Speed Grinder - @schnewj Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's submit an application to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to raffle for this cause. We use 100 percent of the raffle proceeds to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family and to fund related project expenses such as shipping fees for gifts. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for our Wounded Warrior adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. The Wounded Warrior Family This year we are proud to be supporting the Bassett Family from Las Vegas, Nevada. They include Wounded Warrior, Mr. James Bassett and his wife Mrs. Michelle Bassett, and their two boys Dalen (15 yrs) and Aiden (14 yrs). (Bassett family, image a couple years old) Mr. Basett and his boys Wounded Warrior James Bassett James went to Basic Training and AIT at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. He was stationed at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma and attached to multiple units under the 214th Fires Brigade. His combat deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom were to UAE & Kuwait while he was in Unit 114. His unit was the first live HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) ever fired in the UAE. James has many injuries, too many to list here by Mrs. Bassett's account. He has a Traumatic Brain Injury which has affected his impulse control and he has little to no short term memory capabilities. He is haunted by PTSD (mostly survivors guilt and hyper alert behaviors), and James suffers from Avascular Necrosis in his right leg (dead bones) and the family is currently putting off an ATK (above the knee) amputation for as long as possible. He wears braces from mid thigh to calf as well as ankle and foot braces on both legs. He has Plural Scarring on both lungs due to the fine metals he was breathing while "In Country" for 9 months. Army Service Basic Training and AIT - Fort Jackson, South Carolina Permanent Duty - Fort Sill, Oklahoma Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Combat Deployments - United Arab Emirates, Kuwait Medals - Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal The Wounded Warrior Mom and Wife Michelle Bassett, the hard working mother of two boys and the wife and best friend, and caregiver of her Wounded Warrior husband James is one busy lady! I have been in contact with Mrs. Bassett and I found out the sacrifices and volunteerism spirit is alive and well after her husband James' service and sacrafice to our nation. This family is still giving freely of their time to our country. Michelle is a highly active member and Fellow of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. I'd like to submit some excerpts of my discussions I've had with Mrs. Bassett. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation brings awareness to the community on the everyday life and struggles of our Military and Veteran Caregivers. Every state has a "Fellow" our job is to advocate and fight for the rights our Veterans and Caregivers deserve. I am the State of Nevada Fellow. Every year all the Fellows head to Washington DC for a week. We then "Storm the Hill" and have private meetings with our House Representatives and Senators and talk to them about what we need done. I helped pass two bills that were signed into law by President Trump. The first bill was the Family Caregivers Act. and Last year I focused on something near and dear to me which was our Vietnam Era Veterans. I am proud to say because of our Fellows hard work we were able to get enough Co-Sponsors and the VA Mission Act was signed into law by President Trump this year. This bill is the one that expands the Caregiver Stipend currently available to "Post 9/11" caregivers to include "Pre 9/11". It is starting with the Vietnam era since these are the Veterans that are sadly needing full time caregivers. It allows a family member or appointed person to get paid to take care of the Veteran in their home. This way they can spend their last few years at home and not in a state run care facility where they aren't cared for well. also With the Elizabeth Dole Foundation we have a campaign called Hidden Heroes (Tom Hanks is our spokesman) and I was personally able to get a day named Hidden Heroes Day in the city of Henderson Nevada. I also volunteer with Operation Homefront and I am the Hearts of Valor leader for Southern Nevada. Family Snapshot by Michelle Bassett James and I met online through a Cancer support community. He is a Leukemia survivor and I am a 2 time breast cancer survivor. Right after we started communicating he joined the military. James is a 40 year old Army Veteran who served a combat deployment that forever changed our lives. He is an amazingly strong man who battles mental and physical disabilities daily but still gives 100% for his family. He loves his car and tinkering around with it is cathartic for him. He loves food and is a total meat and potato guy. Watching NASCAR and going to the gym are 2 of his favorite ways to relax. Dalen will be 15 years old and definitely marches to his own drum. He is a self proclaimed nerd and proud of it. He joined a Dungeons & Dragons club at school and has been enjoying that. He wants to design video games and loves computer graphics as he gets older. He has great taste in music (Johnny Cash, Jimmy Buffet, Billy Joel and lots of 80s) so I feel I'm doing something right! Aiden will be 14 years old in about a month and is the typical "cool kid". He loves all typical teen boys stuff. He has recently started showing an interest in photography and has been taking pics on an old cell phone of mine. He is a jokester but such a sweet kid and loves volunteering with James & I. Links of Interest Michelle and James Hidden Heros Page Injured Service Members and Their Families Participate In Family Fun for a Day (story with James and Michelle) Prior Years Projects Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2015 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays 2016 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays 2017 Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate) Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately You may purchase as many raffle tickets as you like Raffle ends 4pm Eastern time, January 1st. 4 names will be randomly drawn by Raffle River, and prizes will be awarded in the order of names drawn, starting with Laguna Certificate, then the Full Size Easy Wood Tools, then the Rikon Slow Speed Grinder, then the Woodriver Spindle Sander. You may also enter by mailing check or money order made out to The Patriot Woodworker and send too: The Patriot Woodworker - 977 Sussex Rd, San Jacinto, CA. 92583 You may also request one free entry by submitting your request through regular postal mail, please use address above. Click on the ticket to enter! This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! The tickets are only 2 dollars with multiple ticket bargains, and your odds of winning are very high given our typical turnout. To view the ticket prices, and to purchase your tickets please click on the Raffle Ticket above! A full accountability of the proceeds will be reported on at the end of the raffle so you know your hard earned money was used for our Adopted Family. Please be advised, the Laguna Certificate is also good at their new store, Supermax Tools. In addition, there are many items you can purchase directly with the 500 dollar certificate such as Laguna Bandsaw Accessories for most bandsaws, please see Band Saw Accessories. Their Drift Master Fence System is pretty nice from what I hear. In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys!
  11. Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a wounded warriors family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's apply to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to raffle for this cause. We use 100 percent of the raffle proceeds to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for our Gold Star adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. All proceeds from this raffle will be used to purchase gifts for Camilla, Charlie, and mom Nicole and to provide a Christmas dinner for the family. The Gold Star Family This year we are proud to be supporting the Merlo Family from San Marcos, California. They include Mrs. Merlo (widow of Spc 4 Ivan Merlo), and her son Charlie at 4 years old, and Camilla at 7 years of age. The Merlo's in Service Young Mr. and Mrs. Merlo. History Spc 4. Ivan E. Merlo of San Marcos, California graduated from San Marcos High School in 2006. He joined the Army that October and arrived at Fort Campbell four months later. He was due to return home within two weeks after finishing a yearlong deployment in Iraq. He was supposed to serve as the best man at the wedding of his best friend and brother in combat, Pfc. Phillip J. Pannier. But Merlo and Pannier both died while waging an Army offensive targeting insurgents north of Baghdad. Just before being deployed, Ivan married his long time girlfriend, Nicole. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon, Weapons Qualification, M4, Expert. Ivan died in Samarra, Iraq of wounds sustained during combat operations at age 19. Army Service 2nd Battalion 327th Infantry Regiment 1st Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Kentucky Gold Star Family History The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom. Read more... Our prior years projects Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2015 Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2016 Click on the Raffle Ticket and support our adopted family! Tickets only $2 each with multi ticket discounts! Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate) Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately You may purchase as many raffle tickets as you like Raffle ends midnight December 16th 2017, names will be drawn one second after midnight 4 names will be randomly drawn by Raffle River, and prizes will be awarded in the order of names drawn, starting with Laguna Certificate, then the Rikon Slow Speed Grinder, then the Woodriver Spindle Sander, then the Full Size Easy Wood Tools. You may also enter by mailing check or money order made out to The Patriot Woodworker and send too: The Patriot Woodworker - 977 Sussex Rd, San Jacinto, CA. 92583 You may also request one free entry by submitting your request through regular postal mail, please use address above. This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! The tickets are only 2 dollars with multiple ticket bargains, and your odds of winning are very high given our typical turnout. To view the ticket prices, and to purchase your tickets please click on the Raffle Ticket above! A full accountability of the proceeds will be reported on at the end of the raffle so you know your hard earned money was used for our Adopted Family. You may win one of the following prizes! 4 Winners will be randomly drawn by Raffle River In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, Laguna Tools, and Easy Wood Tools for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys!
  12. Just heard on the news, that the Army is now going to overlook mental health issues during the recruitment process, including substance abuse and other personal issues. I guess they are not hitting their recruitment goals these days. So they are now just opening this up to troubled youth? Hmmm, I'm just trying to figure out how the hell I got in then!!! I must of really fooled em!
  13. For anyone who has served in the Armed Forces, you all know that you meet folks that you'll know for a lifetime, they become brothers, sisters, and they become family. The experiences you share while serving together form a bond deep and long. I have one such friend I have kept in touch with since we parted ways in 1991. I ETS'd out, and he stayed in. We have never lost touch after all these years, we met while serving in Panama back in 1990. I was shipped to Panama right after AIT to participate in the Invasion of Panama (Operation Just Cause) and shortly after, we met. We were (still are) like brothers while serving together, we went every where together, we got in trouble together, we had good times, we had bad times, we cried over too many beers, and we laughed over the worse things. We even met both our wives at approximately the same time, in the same place. His wife is Panamanian native, as is mine. And we never lost touch with each-others family. As both our families grew with kids, we remained in touch. He served in the Kosovo conflict and later in Iraq (OIF) and went on to serve in Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait and he was dragged into many other campaigns over the years, till he finally retired about 6 years ago. He now works at Twenty Nine Palms Marine Corp. Back in 2005 while he was in Iraq, I took time off from work and loaded my family into our truck and drove up to Utah to help his wife and kids with some "Honey-Do's" in his absence, and to just give her support and hang out for a little bit. Our families have been there for each other. After all these years of my buddy going from one base to another, one campaign to the next, since 1991, a few years ago he and his family ended up just an hour from our home in Yucca Valley California, again where he commutes to Twenty Nine Palms for work. And there he'll retire in a few years, and we'll hopefully grow old together now. Today, we headed on over to their home up in the high dessert for a family barbecue. The two knuckle heads, me on the right, and my Army buddy Gage on the left. We had a great time as always. My buddy has paid the price in his service, and he is pretty beat over it all. But he still has the same sense of humor he did over 25 years ago, when we first met, some things never change. May God Bless all our Brothers and Sister Veterans who are paying and have paid the price in service, we shall never forget. Gage if your reading this, love ya man, and thank you my friend.
  14. We had a great time at the Sgt David Mayer Home Build with Homes For Our Troops. There were 100 plus folks there and everyone was getting into the dirt and having fun. This was the landscape day for this home build. Thank you Homes For Our Troops, thank you for providing a way for us to actually help in real time in real life. This pic was taken by our buddies Tami N Allen Worsham, in the picture is Patriot Woodworker John Morris, his three children and awesome wife. If you would like to help build a home in your area, please go to our interactive Homes For Our Troops Map.
  15. Howdy folks, does anyone know if my old roll film that I took pictures with back in 1989 through 1991 can still be developed? I have a bag full of undeveloped cans and Kodak 110's with images of my tour in Panama. I just never had an interest in them being developed, when I ETS'd out and came home, I threw them in a plastic bag and put them at the bottom of a box where they sat for the last 25 years. I have an interest now in seeing them, does anyone know if they are trashed by now, or is there hope? Thanks
  16. From the album: Awards for Veterans

    These are the emblems we used for the awards, they looked very cool.
  17. Memorial Day, a day of remembrance and honoring those who have put it all on the line and who paid the ultimate price while serving under the flag of The United States of America. I have mixed emotions about this day. As we roll through the daily grind of holding down a day job, we all love to have that "Monday" off and spend it with our families, and with hobbies such as woodworking, boating and camping and many other activities we Americans enjoy during this extended weekend. It's the official kick off to summer as well. But as I walked through the front doors of a major home center this morning looking for some supplies to complete some long standing "Honey-Do" list that I have been trying to knock down for years but just never seems to end, I spot a big colorful sign at the entrance of our local home center and the sign states in big bold happy letters, "HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!". Happy? There is nothing "Happy" about this most solemn of days contained in our annual calender of holidays. What is "Happy" about this day? This one day we are supposed to take time and reflect upon those who gave their life defending our country, and protecting us from the very bad people of this world, happy? What is "Happy" about men and women losing their life before their life even began, many in their teens, and some cases even under aged, yet they wanted to serve our country so bad, they lied about their age to get into the service. What is happy about a day that we are supposed to memorialize dead Americans, most who died for a righteous cause, and many who may not have. There is nothing happy about this day my friends. Sure, my family and I will enjoy our "Monday Off" because we will be with each other, but we will also be attending a function in honor of our dead Americans where the event is sure to be solemn. For my wife and I, we will carry a heavy heart throughout the day, and our children will be encouraged to keep those same sentiments in their hearts as well. Do not think that for one instance if our military was not standing post with rifle in hand, that our enemies would just sit by and do nothing. The only reason we are able to live our lives day in and day out, without worries, able to go about our day to day tasks of visiting a Starbucks before work, seeing a movie with our family, or the simple task of having a restful sleep during the night, all of those simple things we take for granted, are completely owed to those who protect us every day. Lets enjoy the day off, lets enjoy being in company of the ones we love, but the whole while, lets not let the feeling of solemness, and remembrance leave our hearts. We owe those who are no longer with us, that. Just one day is all they are asking. Memorial Day, May 25th 2015. May God always bless the men and women who serve our country, and may He keep in a very special place those who died in service and long after, for they are the ones who gave of themselves selflessly, and they will be "Forever Young". And we'd like to ask each and every one to pray at your barbecue for our troops both past and present, and set out an empty setting over an empty chair at your dinner table, in memory, and in hope that our men and women serving today will all come home very soon.
  18. Another one from my Brother - Young folks won't even know who this is...... -+ It was well recognized that Martha Raye endured less comfort and more than any other Vietnam entertainer. I did not know this, I bet you didn't either. Don't let the sun go down without reading this about Martha Raye. The most unforgivable oversight of TV is that her shows were not taped. I was unaware of her credentials or where she is buried. Somehow I just can't see Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton, or Jessica Simpson doing what this woman and the other USO women, including Ann Margaret & Joey Heatherton did for our troops in past wars. Most of the old time entertainers were made of a lot sterner stuff than today's crop of activist bland whiners. The following is from an Army Aviator who takes a trip down memory lane: "It was just before Thanksgiving '67 and we were ferrying dead and wounded from a large GRF west of Pleiku. We had run out of body bags bynoon, so the Hook (CH-47 CHINOOK) was pretty rough in the back. All of a sudden, we heard a 'take-charge' woman's voice in the rear. There was the singer and actress, Martha Raye, with a Special Forces beret and jungle fatigues, with subdued markings, helping the wounded into the Chinook, and carrying the dead aboar d. Maggie' had been visiting her Special Forces (SF) 'heroes' out 'west'. We took off, short of fuel, and headed to the USAF hospital pad at Pleiku. As we all started unloading our sad pax's, a USAF Captain said to Martha.... "Ms Raye, with all these dead and wounded to process, there would not be time for your show!" To all of our surprise, she pulled on her right collar and said "Captain, see this eagle? I am a full 'Bird' in the US Army Reserve, and on this is a 'Caduceus' which means I am a Nurse, with a surgical specialty.... now, take me to your wounded!" He said, "Yes ma'am.... follow me." Several times at the Army Field Hospital in Pleiku, she would 'cover' a surgical shift, giving a nurse a well-deserved break. Martha is the only woman buried in the SF (Special Forces) cemetery at Ft Bragg. Hand Salute! A great lady. I did not know this about Martha Raye.... thought you might like to read it
  19. With the technology the way it is today, and with the support our men and women receive, it's no wonder that anymore a lil ol thing like an amputation isn't going to keep a soldier from serving on the front lines. Who would of thought! These Three Soldiers Fought Their Way Back To The Front Lines After Losing Legs  
  20.   Today, the United States Army announced that the 2009 Fort Hood attack was indeed a terror attack, and that the victims will receive Purple Hearts.    According to an Army media release today, due to a provision in the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, the attack that took place in 2009 will now be considered a terror attack because the perpetrator of the attack “was in communication with the foreign terrorist organization before the attack,†and “the attack was inspired or motivated by the foreign terrorist organization.†  The Army determined there was sufficient evidence to conclude that Hasan was communicating with foreign terrorists before the attack “and that his radicalization and subsequent acts could reasonably be considered to have been ‘inspired or motivated by the foreign terrorist organization.’"   The Army says,“…the circumstances related to the November 5, 2009, shooting at Fort Hood meet the criteria for the award of the Purple Heart and the Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom.†Secretary of the Army, John McHugh has ordered all qualifying soldiers and former soldiers receive Purple Hearts, and any qualifying current or former Army civilians and contractors be awarded the Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom.  Read more: http://www.hannity.com/articles/behind-the-headlines-487015/breaking-the-lie-is-finally-over-13230149/#ixzz3S8r7auyy
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