Memorial Day 2011

Memorial Day is traditionally a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.  Those who have so bravely served deserve to be remembered on this day, and every day.  We must also remember those who currently serve.  These women and men have taken leave of their loved ones, traveled far and put themselves in perilous circumstances. 

For those they have left behind there is a  publication, A Handbook for Family & Friends of Service Members Before, During and After Deployment.  Divided into three distinct sections:  pre-deployment, deployment and post-deployment, each segment explores topics related to relationships, self-care, communication and staying informed. Sample topics include:

  • What to expect during a deployment
  • Tools to keep your family and community strong throughout a deployment
  • Skills to strengthen or repair relationships
  • Tools to create open lines of communication with your spouse/partner/child

This handbook is available free from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at

A comprehensive resource regarding Veterans and Military Health is MedlinePlus.  The National Library of Medicine staff has compiled links to information on Latest News, Coping, Specific Conditions, Related Issues, Tutorials, Videos, Financial Issues, Organizations, Statistics, and so much more.

For those who serve, and for those we’ve lost we hope for peace.


When the last voyage is ended,
  And the last sail is furled,
When the last blast is weathered,
   And the last bolt is hurled,
     And there comes no more the sound of the old
           ship bell-
     Sailor, sleep well!
When the last Post is blown,
     And the last volley fired,
When the last sod is thrown,
    And the last Foe retired,
     And thy last bivouac is made under the ground –
       Soldier, sleep sound!
                                                                   Joseph Lee
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