Feel Good and Inspirational

A touching, personal story about survival by Amanda Gilliam – “To me and my family in that moment, it meant the world.”

  Story by guest blogger Amanda Gilliam. On August 13, 2014 my husband became a statistic. He was one of the 22 a day who lost his fight with the invisible wounds of war. Rapidly shuffled out of the home we shared on base, I looked back to see eerie caution tape surrounding this once vibrant house. After being rushed to the hospital with his commanding officer and fellow soldiers, we waited and prayed. Unfortunately, it was time to say good-bye. His family was on their way from Tennessee and were about 2 hours out. My life had stopped but the world blurred around me. I had the outfit I wore (pajamas), no toiletries, no medications, not even my ID card. Army protocol and regulation stated I couldn’t enter my home until the investigation was complete. I didn’t have anywhere to go and just the shirt on my back. On top of loosing my husband, my life, I couldn’t even go home nor did I ever want to face that house. The Fisher House took me and my family in without hesitation. The moment I entered I felt welcomed and safe. It’s not made like a hotel to be simple […]

Help Us Build A Home That Heals — Only $200k to go!

April 12, 2012 — SSG Travis Mills lost both arms and legs in an IED blast in Afganistan. His wife Kelsey and daughter Chloe remained his primary motivation in becoming one of five people to ever survive a quadruple amputation. They healed together at Fisher House, DC. Every dollar donated  to GCFH will give Cleveland Vets and their families a home to heal while receiving care from Stokes VA Hospital. $2.8 M Raised // $3M Goal — Only $200k to go!    

The world’s oldest living Pearl Harbor Survivor will inspire anyone who watches this video.

  • Oldest Pearl Harbor vet still pumping iron at 104

    "He's changed my outlook on aging forever," trainer Sean Thompson said of Ray Chavez, who is celebrating his 104th birthday this week and is the nation's oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran. story: http://bit.ly/1QCaNdA

    Posted by The San Diego Union-Tribune on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The world’s oldest living Pearl Harbor Survivor will inspire anyone who watches this video. Ray Chaves is 104 years old and in the gym every day! Oldest Living Pearl Harbor Vet Still Pumping Iron At 104, His Secret Is Simple And Powerful. Ray continues to defeat the odds, prove people wrong, and inspire us deeply Ray Chavez credits healthy diet, gym visits for longevity. “He’s changed my outlook on aging forever,” trainer Sean Thompson said of Ray Chavez, who is celebrating his 104th birthday this week and is the nation’s oldest surviving Pearl Harbor veteran.   Original story by The San Diego Union Tribune. 

Best photobomb? Military dad photobombs son at School Picture Day.

  • Best photobomb?

    Best photobomb? Military dad photobombs son at School Picture Day In Durham, North Carolina. After months in Kuwait, Army Corporal James Bass surprised his 8-year-old son Joshua at his school. (ABC World News)

    Posted by Chris Lynch on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Best photobomb? Military dad photobombs son at School Picture Day In Durham, North Carolina. After months in Kuwait, Army Corporal James Bass surprised his 8-year-old son Joshua at his school. (ABC World News)  

What Will You Do? (PSA video by Gary Sinise)

Our Veterans put everything on the line to protect our freedom. We may never be able to repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show them just how much we appreciate all that they’ve done. Everyone can do something to let Veterans know how much we appreciate their service. Visit www.volunteer.va.gov. What will you do? Award-winning actor Gary Sinise is probably remembered most for his roles as Lt. Dan from the movie “Forrest Gump” and Detective Mac Taylor on CBS-TV’s “CSI: New York.” But did you know he also works tirelessly on behalf of our active duty military and Veterans? In addition to touring with the United Service Organizations (USO) and entertaining troops with his “Lt. Dan Band,” he also volunteers his time to help the VA communicate to Veterans and the public through Public Service Announcements (PSAs) like this one.   View the original PSA on The Department of Veterans Affairs website here.