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Author: TriSec    Date: 01/11/2022 12:14:07

Good Morning.

Kind of a ghost town around the veteran's news sites this week - some of the same stories from last week are hanging around "above the fold".


So how about something completely different? One of my primary sources, Military.com, has released a list of the top 'military' movies coming out this year. Like me, they're geeking out pretty hard for "Top Gun", which has been delayed for nearly three years.

However - scrolling through the list, I find at least one compelling movie, "Munich: The Edge of War", which is about the infamous conference in Munich in 1938...which led to "Peace for our Time".

Further down, I find what may be a re-boot of "Operation Mincemeat". That's a fascinating story in itself, and there was already a classic British movie about it, released in 1956. We'll see what the modern take is.

In other news - it popped up on my Facebook 'memories' page. Yesterday was the ninth anniversary of my last chemo treatment. I've now been cancer-free for those nine years.

But it did change me. Even now, I still have lingering aftereffects. Most notably, the CIPN in my foot that never cleared. I've seen some podiatrists, but there's nothing to be done; it's the new normal. The ball of my foot in particular has been swollen for over 6 years now, despite many attempts at treatment. Of all the fine motor skills that were affected at the height of my treatment, I still have occasional problems with buttons. And yes - I still get winded easily climbing stairs or summiting a mountain with a 40-pound pack on my back. (But who wouldn't?)

As always - it beats the alternative.


 

12 comments (Latest Comment: 01/12/2022 17:03:53 by shelaghc)
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Comment by wickedpam on 01/11/2022 14:01:33
Morning

Comment by Raine on 01/11/2022 14:13:23
Good morning!

Comment by wickedpam on 01/11/2022 14:34:54
Hey Raine, is there any update on Liv?

Comment by Raine on 01/11/2022 15:02:55
Quote by wickedpam:
Hey Raine, is there any update on Liv?
I haven't heard anything... I will give his friend a call today.


Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/11/2022 15:57:20
Good morning, bloggers!!!

I worked on lesson plans and posting things for my students yesterday. I may be able to test out of my isolation later this week.(I need some information from my school.)


Comment by shelaghc on 01/11/2022 16:00:32
Hey TriSec

What's your knowledge about various veterans' assistance programs around the country?

At work, I got a call from an elderly disabled veteran in Pennsylvania who needs some home repairs for his porch. He's not in an area that's covered by programs I currently know of.

I've been told by my director that we likely can't help him, and to give him some phone numbers for possible assistance, then close his file.

(That's not generally how I roll, so I'm sneaking around looking for other options before I make that call to him. Don't tell my boss! ;-) )



Comment by wickedpam on 01/11/2022 16:09:59
Quote by shelaghc:
Hey TriSec

What's your knowledge about various veterans' assistance programs around the country?

At work, I got a call from an elderly disabled veteran in Pennsylvania who needs some home repairs for his porch. He's not in an area that's covered by programs I currently know of.

I've been told by my director that we likely can't help him, and to give him some phone numbers for possible assistance, then close his file.

(That's not generally how I roll, so I'm sneaking around looking for other options before I make that call to him. Don't tell my boss! ;-) )




Is there a Project-Mend-A-House up there?

Comment by wickedpam on 01/11/2022 16:10:16
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Hey Raine, is there any update on Liv?
I haven't heard anything... I will give his friend a call today.



okey dokey

Comment by TriSec on 01/11/2022 17:20:58
Quote by shelaghc:
Hey TriSec

What's your knowledge about various veterans' assistance programs around the country?

At work, I got a call from an elderly disabled veteran in Pennsylvania who needs some home repairs for his porch. He's not in an area that's covered by programs I currently know of.

I've been told by my director that we likely can't help him, and to give him some phone numbers for possible assistance, then close his file.

(That's not generally how I roll, so I'm sneaking around looking for other options before I make that call to him. Don't tell my boss! ;-) )



Honestly, reach out to some local Scout Troops - could be a service project if the repairs aren't too ambitious - we've done similar work up here.


Comment by Will in Chicago on 01/11/2022 18:54:07
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by shelaghc:
Hey TriSec

What's your knowledge about various veterans' assistance programs around the country?

At work, I got a call from an elderly disabled veteran in Pennsylvania who needs some home repairs for his porch. He's not in an area that's covered by programs I currently know of.

I've been told by my director that we likely can't help him, and to give him some phone numbers for possible assistance, then close his file.

(That's not generally how I roll, so I'm sneaking around looking for other options before I make that call to him. Don't tell my boss! ;-) )



Honestly, reach out to some local Scout Troops - could be a service project if the repairs aren't too ambitious - we've done similar work up here.


Some local veteran's organizations might be able to help. Also, a carpenter's union local might have some leads or decide that it is a good project for their trainees.


Comment by shelaghc on 01/12/2022 16:08:24
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by shelaghc:
Hey TriSec

What's your knowledge about various veterans' assistance programs around the country?

At work, I got a call from an elderly disabled veteran in Pennsylvania who needs some home repairs for his porch. He's not in an area that's covered by programs I currently know of.

I've been told by my director that we likely can't help him, and to give him some phone numbers for possible assistance, then close his file.

(That's not generally how I roll, so I'm sneaking around looking for other options before I make that call to him. Don't tell my boss! ;-) )



Honestly, reach out to some local Scout Troops - could be a service project if the repairs aren't too ambitious - we've done similar work up here.

This is an intriguing suggestion. I never would have considered it.
Let me look into it.

Thanks!


Comment by shelaghc on 01/12/2022 17:03:53
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by shelaghc:
Hey TriSec

What's your knowledge about various veterans' assistance programs around the country?

At work, I got a call from an elderly disabled veteran in Pennsylvania who needs some home repairs for his porch. He's not in an area that's covered by programs I currently know of.

I've been told by my director that we likely can't help him, and to give him some phone numbers for possible assistance, then close his file.

(That's not generally how I roll, so I'm sneaking around looking for other options before I make that call to him. Don't tell my boss! ;-) )



Honestly, reach out to some local Scout Troops - could be a service project if the repairs aren't too ambitious - we've done similar work up here.


Some local veteran's organizations might be able to help. Also, a carpenter's union local might have some leads or decide that it is a good project for their trainees.


I did reach out to the veteran's organizations - I have a fairly extensive list, in fact.

The carpenter's union is an interesting thought. I might look into that one too.

Thanks!