Portraits of Courage.

My husband is an Iraqi Freedom Veteran, by the grace of God he was not injured….but so many were.. we can help these veterans simply by purchasing this book.

In February of 2017 President George W Bush released a book called “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.” to benefit post 9/11 veterans.

Marine Corps Sergeant Michael Joseph Leonard Politowicz is one of dozens of wounded veterans profiled in Bush’s new work George W. Bush

 

The book is of his paintings of Veterans that he took the time to get to know before painting. Some of these Veterans have visible wounds while others are invisible wounds like PTSD. Their stories go along with the portraits of each Veteran he invited to his farm and befriended.

These very intimate stories of what these men and women went through can be very hard to read, but in some of the interviews with these veterans they found that they didn’t need to hide behind their wounds, Mr Bush gave them the ability to accept the way they are without shame.

Bush donates a large portion of the book’s proceeds to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a non-profit organization formed to help post-Sept.11 veterans and their families successfully make the change back to the civilian world.

You can order this very powerful and touching book while helping Veterans and their families.

Buy now and support our Veterans

From a military Wife,

Until Next Time…

~Spread Your Wings.

Christa

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Do you even know what being hot feels like?

This post is sure to offend someone, so if you can’t handle foul language and are easily offended… just don’t read it, because I’m not going to sugar coat anything in this post to make you comfortable.

I keep reading complaints of people feeling so hot, “It’s 90+ degrees, I’m so hot, I’m gonna die”. People don’t even think about what our military is going through…they either don’t care, or they just don’t know.

The average temp in Kuwait is 100 degrees every day. Some days it’s much higher, like 120+ degrees… Yeah, “so what”? you’re thinking.. “it gets that hot here too.” Here’s the temps in Kuwait for the next 5 days.

Difference being? You’re not in full military gear surrounded by sand, no shade, no trees, no A.C. during your 13-16 hour shifts Packing around 50-75-100 pounds of gear, everyday……You’re not fucking hot, you’re uncomfortable. You can put on some shorts, a bathing suit, jump in a pool, climb in your A.C. car, or house…strip down naked. You have multiple options to get out of the heat…I hate to break this to you but every man and woman in our military in the middle east are HOT and they aren’t crying about it. I guess that’s why they are military, they can handle it.

Everyday they put on a full uniform, t-shirt, blouse, pants, socks, boots, gloves, their bullet proof vest (which is made of a composite plates), a Kevlar helmet that is also a type of composite, or a hat (depending on where they are what they are doing, but the helmet is always with them), two weapons ( A rifle and a pistol), a 3 gallon Camel back with water and anything they may need in their back pack. Food, first aid kit..whatever they need for whatever they’re doing. Add the weight of all that together and it damn-near weighs more than I do, and they carry it in excruciatingly hot temps and direct sun….. But you’re hot and going to die. Give me a fucking break.

Here’s what these guys and gals wear EVERYDAY!

U.S. Army Pvt. Derek Hayes, a mortarman from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, patrols Tarmiya, Iraq, Feb. 17, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. William Greer) (Released)

 

MAT-V’s have A.C. but when you’re driving them daily in a gigantic endless sandbox, it doesn’t always work, sand doesn’t mix well with vehicles.

Next time you think to post how hot it is and you’re going to die…think of our deployed military instead of yourself and just don’t…. because really, unless you’re military…you don’t have a CLUE what hot feels like.

Here are a few of the major places our military is deployed and the weather for the next 5 days…

You still feel hot and like you’re going to die?

 

From a military wife….

Until Next Time..

Spread your wings,

Christa

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Why I love the 4th of July and why red, white and blue are my go to clothing colors.

On July 4th 1776 the 13 colonies claimed their Independence from England which eventually led to the formation of the United States of America. God Bless America!

Betsy Ross showing George Washington the first American flag.

What it means to be independent.

Independence is such a powerful word, by definition it means: Not subject to control by others : Self-governing (2) : not affiliated with a larger controlling unit.

People generally don’t like to be controlled, it’s a very freeing feeling to be to be independent. To rely upon ourselves for the things we need and make choices for ourselves. The 4th of July has always been my favorite holiday because of the magnitude of it’s meaning. The colors of the flag have been my favorite because It represents not only my own, but the Independence and freedom of this nation.

Why the 4th of July?

A lot of people choose Christmas or Thanksgiving as their favorites, but it’s my belief that we should celebrate thankfulness every day and Christmas has become so commercialized that it’s lost it’s meaning, it’s made it more of a chore and a financial burden than what the true meaning calls for. For me the 4th I can sit back and watch the fireworks, BBQ with family and reflect on how far this country has come since 1776.

It most certainly has it’s problems, but the lack of freedom isn’t one of them. We are still independent and it doesn’t cost a small fortune to celebrate. We don’t have to buy gifts to show our love, (Not that it should be that way, but it seems like it is with other holidays).

Meaning of the colors of the U.S. Flag

According to custom and tradition, white signifies purity and innocence; red, hardiness and valor; and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice. The Stars represent the 50 states.

Long may she wave.

Old Glory flying above the Arizona Memorial.

I wear the colors to show my respect to all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for it. As long as this flag flies it represents the independence and freedom of this country. Aside of sacrificing our own lives, to me this is the next best thing to show respect and I will continue to wear these colors proudly. I would say I wear red, white and blue 80% of the time. My jeep is decked out in it. My Kitchen decor is red, white and blue and I have a lot of decorations around the house that are patriotic colors. My bedroom has a flag hanging on the wall along with a stuffed enormous blue American Eagle and the bedspread is….you guess it, Red, White and Blue.

I am a true proud American patriot….That is why the 4th is my favorite!

Ty named “Spangled”
Welcome to our home.
LED lit American wreath.
My Uncle Sam Garden Gnome.

While you are enjoying the festivities on the 4th, be safe and take a moment to remember the many lives it took to get us here. I hope you enjoy your 4th as much as I know I will!

Until Next time,

~Spread Your Wings…..

Christa

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R.E.D. Fridays, a way to remember our deployed military.

What is Red Friday?

RED is the acronym for Remember Everyone Deployed. Red Fridays were created to remind Americans that we still have men and women in war zones throughout the world and to let those troops know we are thinking of them.. Simply enough by wearing something red.

As a wife who’s husband has been deployed, I love seeing people wearing red on Fridays. It doesn’t matter if they do it for the same reason I do, it still makes me stop and remember our deployed military.

Even if those men and women aren’t always aware of our efforts to show support, their wives and husbands here at home are…. And we appreciate it. Having someone you love in a combat zone is very difficult. Knowing that people appreciate our military member’s service, makes it worth what we as military spouses go through during deployment.

How did Red Friday start?

An email chain. Yes, an email chain… According to Snopes.com the chain letter read:

You will soon see a lot of people wearing RED on Fridays. Here’s why…..

The Americans who support our troops, are the silent majority. We are not “organized” to reflect who we are, or to reflect what our opinions are. Many Americans, like yourself, would like to start a grassroots movement using the membership of the Special Operations Association, and Special Forces Associations, and all their friends, simply to recognize that Americans support our troops. We need to inform the local VFW’s and American Legion, our local press, local TV, and continue carrying the message to the national levels as we start to get this going. Our idea of showing our solidarity and support for our troops is starting Friday, and continuing on each and every Friday, until this is over, that every RED – blooded American who supports our young men and women, WEAR SOMETHING RED.

Word of mouth, press, TV — let’s see if we can make the United States, on any given Friday, a sea of RED much like a home football game at a university.

If every one of our memberships share this with other acquaintances, fellow workers, friends, and neighbors, I guarantee that it will not be long before the USA will be covered in RED – and make our troops know there are many people thinking of their well-being. You will feel better all day Friday when you wear RED!

Let’s get the word out and lead by example; wear RED on Fridays.

Please forward this to everyone you know!!

Wear RED on Fridays . SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE. FOR US, THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED!! GOD BLESS AMERICA.

I love this concept, which is why I participate… I was surprised to read that Canada adopted the idea before it picked up in the United States. Never-the-less, it did become a thing here as well.

I have been participating for at least 15+ years, despite the info I found which recorded that the concept didn’t start in the U.S. until 2006…I dispute that date. I remember wearing red on Fridays shortly after 9/11.

“As long as blood is shed, I will wear Red.”

Until all our troops are home with their families, I will show my support for their sacrifice.  It is my hope that I see that day….

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Do you support RED Fridays? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Join me on Fridays by sharing your RED Friday pics on Learning to Fly’s Facebook : www.Facebook.com/spreadyourwings22/

Until next time…

~Spread your wings!!

Christa

 

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