Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Already Home (with Music By Tim McGraw)

4,000... heroes, all of them.

M*A*S*H Party for Brooks

When we decide to do something, we do it right. Case in point, the M*A*S*H party we held as a fare thee well for our friend, Brooks. He leaves soon for another tour in Iraq, and he deserved the biggest party we could think to throw. So we gave it to him.

Click here for more photos on Ric’s website.

Good luck and Godspeed, Bubba. Come home to us safe, soon, and successful!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Power of the Wii....

... or, How I Corrupted Ric and Got Him To Play Guitar Hero on the Wii!

With video.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Goals worth chasing...

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The VA is Asking for Volunteers

The VA Is Asking For Volunteers-The VA is hoping that more of us will be VA volunteers. Below please find the description of the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service. If you are interested please go to and check it out.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS)
founded in 1946 to provide for our nation's veterans while they are cared for by VA health care facilities

One of the largest centralized volunteer program in the Federal government
Over 350 organizations support VAVS volunteers have provided over 676 million hours of service since 1946.

Community Assistance
assist veteran patients by augmenting staff with end of life care programs, foster care, community-based volunteer programs, hospital wards, nursing homes, and veteran outreach centers

annual contributions over $50 million in gifts and donations
volunteers contributed a more than 13 million hours of service to veterans in FY2005

VAVS volunteers are a priceless asset to America's veterans and to VA

How do I sign up to be a VAVS Volunteer? You have two convenient ways:

1) Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs facility nearest you. Ask for Voluntary Service. Tell their staff of your interest in becoming a VAVS Volunteer. The staff will take care of everything else including your interview, orientation, and assignment! Locate the VA facility is nearest you.

2) Or Volunteer NOW! Fill out and submit the form. Someone from your local VAVS office will contact you with additional information.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008