I Have Your Back and You Have Mine – Right?

By Major General U.S. Army (RET) Paulette RisherPresident/CEO, Still Serving Veterans The expression “I have your back” is commonly used in the Veteran community and beyond. Apparently, the expression heralds back to the time when warriors fighting with swords literally stood back-to-back in mutual support and protection. However, for me, I like the powerful metaphor … Continue reading I Have Your Back and You Have Mine – Right?

The Military Personality

By Lisa Philippart LPC, BCPCC, BC-TMH Is there such a thing as a “military personality”? And if so, do the personality traits and attributes of veterans and service members differ greatly from those of the average citizen? Personality is defined as the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character. Other terms … Continue reading The Military Personality

How Can We Say “Thank You” To Our Veterans

By Jennie RobinsonCity Council District 3President ProTem Years ago, I took my grandson Alex to visit the Veteran’s Memorial in downtown Huntsville after the Veteran’s Day Parade. He was in second grade at Chafee Elementary School at the time and, as we walked around the memorial, he noticed an elderly man dressed in his Army … Continue reading How Can We Say “Thank You” To Our Veterans

Honoring and Helping Our Veterans

By Phil Riddick Madison County Commissioner District 5Many businesses and schools in Madison County will close in observance of Veteran’s Day on November 11, and thousands of residents will attend and participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade. “On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national … Continue reading Honoring and Helping Our Veterans

Veteran Connections with the Alabama Heroes Welcome Initiative

By Jennifer HollidayAlabama Military Family Liaison Alabama has long been known as one of the most patriotic states in the nation, and one that wraps its arms around our military, Veterans, and military families. In 2019, Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth made a concerted effort to strengthen Alabama’s bond with its military-connected communities by improving the … Continue reading Veteran Connections with the Alabama Heroes Welcome Initiative

Salute the Troops – Veteran’s Day 2022

By Tommy Battle, Mayor of HuntsvilleEach November 11, on Veterans Day, we show our appreciation for the brave men and women who served in our nation's armed forces. In Huntsville, we recognize the vital importance of our military to make our communities and our nation better.   With many thousands of veterans and active military living … Continue reading Salute the Troops – Veteran’s Day 2022

Meet Billy “Pop” Neal, and Beverly Lowe

By Bob Druckman, Publisher(Photos by Mandi Cook Photography) When we think of wars we often don’t think of the “Forgotten War” the Korean War. Billy (“Pop”) Neal fought in Korea and is a proud veteran. On October 16th Pop will be celebrating his 90th birthday. He also had a wonderful career at NASA. His daughter, … Continue reading Meet Billy “Pop” Neal, and Beverly Lowe

List of Upcoming Events: 2022 Armed Forces Celebration

Every year, the Huntsville/Madison County community plans a number of events for our Armed Forces Celebration. We encourage you to mark these dates on your calendar. Monday, June 27 at 8:00 a.m. - Proclamation Signing Ceremony at Huntsville/Madison County Veterans Memorial (200 Monroe Street NW, Huntsville, AL 35801)Leaders from Huntsville, Madison, Madison County, and Redstone … Continue reading List of Upcoming Events: 2022 Armed Forces Celebration

Thoughts On Veterans Day From A Non-Veteran

"To me, Veterans Day is about freedom, reflection, and honoring those that make the sacrifice required to allow for my freedom."-- Chris Key, Huntsville Utilities Accounts Supervisor By COL (RET) John OlshefskiSenior VP of Customer CareHuntsville UtilitiesRecently, a friend and publisher of this awesome magazine – Bob Druckman, asked if I would share my thoughts … Continue reading Thoughts On Veterans Day From A Non-Veteran

Honoring Our Veterans

By Kenneth Anderson, DirectorHuntsville City Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In August 2021, America’s longest war ‘ended’ with a painful reminder of how costly military conflicts can be right up until the end. As American service members assigned to support the final evacuations of citizens, civilians and allies (Operation. Freedom’s Sentinel) in Afghanistan, were … Continue reading Honoring Our Veterans