Monthly Archives: June 2021

Mission Matters Newsletter: Do Good Twice with Giving In July!

A newsletter from the Wreaths Across America organization.


Dear Michael Barbour,


Time is flying by and we’re all looking forward to July with its picnics, parades and patriotism on display. For WAA, July offers an opportunity to highlight one of our long-standing beliefs that we can best further our mission by working with other like-minded organizations.

I am often heard saying “it would be disingenuous to say that we remember, honor and teach and not support others that do the same.” To that end, we choose the month of July — often dedicated to the commercial promotion of ‘Christmas in July’ — and call attention to the efforts of other nonprofits doing good work in their communities.

WAA is so proud of the work done year round by our volunteers. It is not lost on us that their passion is often fueled by personal life experiences and often tragedy. That said, in their commitment to “make a difference for the good” lies the best promise of the continued greatness of this Country.

The greatness of this Country I believe is in the hearts of its people. That greatness is found in those who have laid down their lives for freedom, those who go above and beyond to hold communities together and even those who do a simple act of kindness. It is truly a mark of character and integrity to take personal loss and pain and turn it into a commitment to help others. The character of the American people is inherently good.

So, it is appropriate that we take this opportunity to promote “Giving in July.” Every month, we commit to sharing the stories of Americans in action that make us who we are. Those stories are the foundation laid for the future we build for our children.

Have a Happy July. Embrace your freedom and family and stay, America Strong and America Proud.


With gratitude,

Karen Worcester


“People Always” – Breaking Stigma on National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Injury Awareness Day

Joe Reagan is Wreaths Across America’s newest team member, recently joining the staff as the Director, Military & Veteran Outreach. Joe has over 10 years of experience working with leaders within Government, non-profit, and Fortune 500 companies to develop sustainable strategies supporting National Security, and Veterans Health. He served 8 years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army including two tours to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division.


We are grateful for his and his family’s service, his commitment to helping veterans and their families, and for joining the mission to REMEMBER. HONOR. TEACH.


Following, Joe shares a personal story with his experiences with PTSD. This will also be the topic for this Thursday’s second Wreaths Across America Roundtable on Veteran Healing. We encourage you to tune in at 7pm ET to learn more.


June 27th is National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Injury Awareness Day. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness around the signs, symptoms, and stigma, associated with PTSD. As a former Infantry Officer with two deployments to Afghanistan this issue is deeply personal to me. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reported that somewhere between 10-15 percent of Veterans have a clinical diagnosis for post-traumatic stress. That number is likely far greater. A recent survey suggests that over a quarter of our population believes PTSD is incurable and those who have it are dangerous and mentally unstable – it is for this reason that so many Veterans refuse to seek help. 22 Veterans will take their own life today, two thirds of them will have never stepped foot inside a VA facility – 15 Veterans will die today without ever asking for help…

Wreaths Across America Radio RoundTable on Veteran Healing

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Roundtable

This live discussion will take place tonight—Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 7PM EST—and can be heard exclusively on Wreaths Across America Radio.

The discussion will focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and will look to recognize the scope of this trauma and how to turn it into purpose.


Panelists will be interviewed by Wreaths Across America’s Executive Director Karen Worcester and Director of Military & Veteran Outreach Joe Reagan, United States Army Capt. (ret).



Amy Looney serves as Vice President of Travis Manion Foundation, and leads a national movement focused on empowering veterans and families of the fallen to foster the next generation of leaders in the mission to unite communities to strengthen America’s national character. As a Gold Star Wife – her late husband, LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney was killed in Afghanistan on September 21, 2010, and awarded the Bronze Star with Valor – Amy has served as an inspirational champion for families of fallen service members, military families, veterans, and American troops.


Also joining the discussion from the Travis Manion Foundation is Josh Jabin, who serves as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leading staff and developing strategy. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001 and served twelve years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2001 to 2013 and eight years in the Marine Corps Reserves.


Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Polizzi is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Acting Psychological Health Promotion Branch Chief and Government Action Officer for the inTransition program and the Real Warriors Campaign at the Defense Health Agency’s Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE).

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Featured Merchandise

July is the perfect time of year to start thinking about the holiday season, and this year’s themed ornament makes the perfect gift!


Additionally, show your American Pride with an #AmericaStrong yard sign!

Make sure to follow Wreaths Across America official channels on social media for the most up-to-the-minute news on the mission:


Wreaths Across America, PO Box 249, Columbia Falls, ME 04623, United States, 877-385-9504

Final Reminder: Please Register for our Commemoration Day Virtual Service 2021

Join Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 (representing the San Francisco Bay area), along with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Arkansas Division, as they present a virtual Commemoration Day service at 10am (Pacific) on Thursday, 01 July.  If you wish to participate and watch the virtual service, please register at:

While July 1st is Canada Day, for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians it is also Memorial Day or Commemoration Day – a day when we remember the tragic events of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel.

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The first of July 1916 was the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, when 806 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment climbed out of their trenches and went “over the top” at 8:45am as part of the battle of Beaumont-Hamel. In less than an hour, the regiment was devastated, most killed or wounded within the first 20 minutes of the battle. The next morning, only 68 soldiers answered the roll call. Commemoration Day was established in 1917, just one year later.

Join us at 10am (Pacific) to participate.  Please register at:


News Release: Today We Remember the Sinking of the HMHS Llandovery Castle

Another item from the Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project.

Dear Sir/Madam:

Please find attached the News Release: Today We Remember the Sinking of the HMHS Llandovery Castle, June 27, 2021, for reference.

My very best regards,

Stéphane Ouellette
President and Chief Executive Officer
Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project (MNCTP)/
Executive Director
Colonel John Gardam Lifetime Achievement Award

Tel: 613.421.9005


Join us in marking Armed Forces Day 2021

An item from the UK-based organization formerly known as There But Not There.

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Armed Forces Day

This Saturday 26th June marks Armed Forces Day 2021, a chance to show your support for the men and women of the Armed Forces community and everything they have done for us over the past 12 months.

To the troops currently serving, Service families, reservists, cadets and veterans- we thank you!

At RBLI we provide employment to Veterans in our Social Enterprise and support those struggling to adjust to civilian life, while also offering a range of accommodation on our Village as well as back to work support to those out of work. We are proud to support our veterans, both young and old and will continue to do so for as long as we can.
To find out more about the work RBLI does, and how to support us, visit our website:
RBLI Website

RBLI’s Lifeworks: Ex-Forces Initiative of the Year

We are delighted to Announce that our LifeWorks Programme was awarded ‘Ex-Forces initiative of the Year’ at the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards!

LifeWorks is Royal British Legion Industries’ employment support programme. The course equips veterans and their families with the tools to get into and maintain a civilian job.

We are so proud of the dedication, passion and hard work of the LifeWorks Team, particularly over the past year, and that it has been recognised by winning this award!

Summer Trending Products:

Our veteran’s range of garden Tommies and planters are proving to be very popular this Summer! Check out our best selling products below:
Garden Tommy Medium
Garden Tommy Medium
Large Tommy Planter
Large Tommy Planter
Plant Pot Tommy Outline
Plant Pot Tommy Outline
Plant Pot Tommy Solid
Plant Pot Tommy Solid
'Hedgehog Headquarters' Hedgehog House and Planter
‘Hedgehog Headquarters’ Hedgehog House and Planter
Garden Tommy Large
Garden Tommy Large

Great Tommy Sleep Out Superstar

RBLI would like to say a huge well done to 10-year-old Great Tommy Sleep Out participant Joshua Partridge.

Joshua originally set out to sleep out for 7 nights, hoping to raise £300. However, after beating his target in just 2 days, Joshua decided to go all in, exceeding the challenge brief by sleeping out for a whopping 55 nights in his mum and dad’s garden! In total, he raised over £3,750 for RBLI, making him the challenge’s highest individual fundraiser!

Well done Joshua!

Founding Patron’s Hotel Marathon

A massive well done to Tommy Club Founding Patron, Former Gurkha officer, combat helicopter pilot and Specialist Military Unit officer, Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE. He took on a full marathon on Monday, inside his quarantine hotel room in Sydney, Australia, to raise funds for RBLI!

Ash was inspired to take on the challenge after a recent survey by RBLI revealed the damaging effects the pandemic has had on his fellow military veterans, with 1 in 10 veterans feeling their mental health has been significantly impacted due to the pandemic.

Not only did Ash run the 4600 lengths of his hotel room needed to complete the marathon distance, but he kept going after that to try to raise as much money for RBLI as he could in the time.

A big well done and thank you to Ash and everyone who donated to his fundraiser, once again demonstrating how fantastic our supporters are.

Ash is very close to his target of £5,500! Help him reach his target by donating on his JustGiving page via the button below:
Ash’s JustGiving Page
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Veterans Affairs Canada – Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach Team

An item from received from our colleagues at the RCAF Association.


Ministerial advisory groups at Veterans Affairs Canada are an opportunity to share knowledge, expertise, and experiences with the Minister to help guide change and improve services for Veterans and their families.

We are looking for new members for all six Ministerial Advisory Groups – Policy; Service Excellence and Transition; Mental Health; Care and Support; Families; and Commemoration.  Veterans, Canadians, and stakeholders from all regions of the country with diverse knowledge, expertise and experience who want to make a contribution are encouraged to apply.  Please share this exciting opportunity with your networks.

To learn more visit ministerial advisory groups.  Please note the review of applications will begin on 22 July 2021.


Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach Team
Veterans Affairs Canada



Les groupes consultatifs ministériels à Anciens Combattants Canada donnent la possibilité de partager des connaissances, de l’expertise et des expériences avec le ministre pour aider à orienter le changement et à améliorer les services pour les vétérans et leur famille.

Nous sommes à la recherche de nouveaux membres pour les six groupes consultatifs ministériels – Politiques; Excellence du service et transition; Santé mentale; Soins et soutien; Familles; et Commémoration. Nous encourageons les vétérans, les autres Canadiens et les intervenants de toutes les régions du pays possédant des connaissances, de l’expertise et de l’expérience variées qui souhaitent faire une contribution à poser leur candidature. Nous vous prions de partager cette occasion intéressante avec vos réseaux.

Pour en apprendre davantage, visitez groupes consultatifs ministériels. Veuillez noter que l’examen des candidatures commencera le 22 juillet 2021.


L’Équipe de mobilisation et sensibilisation des intervenants
Anciens Combattants Canada


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