wouldn't you love it if . . .


our military servicepeople were treated like the heroes they are?

Well, there’s a guy in Houston, Texas, named Dan Wallrath, who custom builds homes. And he’s been building new houses and giving them to wounded servicemen and women and their families free of charge. (Gee, it seems like Houston, Texas is the place to be for good things happening today!)

No matter what your politics, and I’m not going to get into mine, you’ve got to admit that these men and women signed up to do a job for us. They expected, because our recruiters told them, that they would be well taken care of both on deployment and after, whether they were well or ill or injured. But, many of them don’t get the benefits they need, or they don’t get them easily.

Life goes on, even after you’ve sustained catastrophic injury. Bills need to be paid, the family needs a home; they need food and clothing, transportation. It goes on and on. But, if you’re that badly wounded, you’re dealing with such basic survival issues that the rest of it gets away from you. And more medical bills pile up. It can get ugly.

And people who got wounded doing a job for us ought to be taken care of better than that. We owe them, whether we agree with a military action or not. Whether they agree with the military action or not, they’re in uniform and they did their job. We owe them.

This guy, giving away houses, is treating our wounded warriors like heroes. In my book, that makes him a hero, too.

Rock on!

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there were no more hunger problems?

Me too. With 1 in 6 Americans fighting hunger, many of them children and seniors, the problem is massive. I was there as a child. I know how it feels to try to sleep with an empty belly and no idea where you’ll get a next meal. So, as an adult I’ve been a food bank volunteer, founder, builder, donation solicitor for many years now. I work in my own little corner of the world on a daily basis and pretty much don’t worry about the rest of the planet. I can’t let myself get overwhelmed at the problem, so I keep my focus very limited. Generally.

Today, I got an ad for “Global Hunger Shabbat” in my email. It seems that American Jewish World Service is sponsoring both this Friday evening-Saturday sunset observance and “18 Days of Action” which lead up to Thanksgiving.

America’s Second Harvest is doing a similar build up to Thanksgiving and the holiday season. They also offer an interesting challenge: Live one day on a food stamp (SNAP) budget and then blog about your experience. Pretty cool way to get involved.

Share Our Strength is an organization of food service professionals that work together to fight hunger with special events and education. They are running a Taste Of program, where people get to pay a fee and eat food prepared by some of the top chefs in their area. The money goes to feed hungry children. 

Anyhow, the point is, with each of us doing one thing, getting educated, taking a challenge, contributing food when the library (usually $1 an item in overdue fine reduction) or the postal carriers (coming to your mailbox soon!) start collecting, buying a little extra and leaving it in the food bank containers at the grocery, talking about hunger to our kids, and anything else you can think of . . . we CAN win this. We are the richest nation in the world. We have great organizations and individuals going at the problem in many ways. It will happen. Let’s make it happen soon!

Rock on!