They are the unsung heroes. There are no monuments built to them and no medals of honor awarded, yet they fight every day in the aftermath of America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They are the caregivers: the families who love and care for the wounded warriors who come home transformed and tormented.
"We stand quietly in the back," says 35-year-old Tai Kimes, whose husband Casey returned from combat suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).
My job is about passion.
It's a passion to lead. It's a passion to succeed. And it's a passion to give people a little bit better of a day – or even just a moment – amid some of the biggest challenges of their lives.
I'm the manager at USO Kandahar, one of seven remaining USO centers in Afghanistan. Thought that war was over? A lot of other Americans do, too. But we've still got thousands of U.S. troops serving in harm's way every day. And when those men and women need a break, a nap or a place to call home, they come to our center.
CHICAGO – When an Ohio judge sentenced Kelley Williams-Bolar to jail for enrolling children in a suburban school district where their grandfather lived sharp words were spoken. "I will make an example out of you," said the judge.
She was right.
Williams-Bolar is an example of a courageous black woman who feared for the safety of her children when her Akron home was burglarized and a mother who wanted her children to have a good education.
Warm weather means all kinds of things, including...fire up that grill! And oh, what delicious grilling options there are.
Though barbecue overall has a pretty bad rep, there are actually some very healthy benefits to grilling. But it's all about the choices and the preparation.
First is first...
Credit Talk of the Town beauty spa and salon owner George Barnes with the understatement of the week.
In final preparation for this weekend's sidewalk picnic celebrating Talk of the Town's 40th year in operation, Barnes was asked about the shop's significance as an industry trendsetter from its inception in 1974.
"Well, we did shake things up a bit, didn't we?" he laughs, knowing full well that a lot of local history is packed behind his statement.
Now a multi-storefront entity at 300-306 South Main, Barnes will be hosting what's being called a Taste of the Town Saturday throughout the day (May 24th). He is hoping to be joined by the cast of regulars and reminescers who know him as "Mr. George" and remember Talk Of The Town as a major cultural marker in the city's history.
Leshundra Robinson's driving force can be accessed through a question: "If we don't give back to where we came from, then who will?"
The president and co-founder of the non-profit youth mentoring organization UCAN Memphis, Robinson recently netted the S.I.S. (Surviving in Silence) Award from Walking Into a New Life, Inc. during the organization's 4th annual S.I.S. event at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.
"We are a product of our own community. ... Who knows our community better than we do? Giving back to my community is extremely important because I want to help my community grow," Robinson said.
Allegations about the neglect of veterans at Veterans Administration hospitals are unsettling, says District 86 State Rep. Barbara Cooper, who hopes the scandal matter will shed light on recent efforts to build a Veterans Home in West Tennessee.
Cooper expressed her concern when notifying The New Tri State Defender of a meeting held Wednesday (May 20) by a committee of concerned citizens. She wants to make sure the public knows the effort is moving forward.
The West Tennessee Tennessee Veterans Home Project is a citizens group comprised of active and retired military personnel, and business and community leaders. It's headed by Holly Swogger, a local realtor. A memo from Swogger to Cooper outlines a dire situation faced by vets in West Tennessee.