"Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it." — Unknown
Democrats Abroad Germany (DAG) honors the men and women of our armed forces, and is committed to representing their best interests in the democratic process. Government policy must reflect the interests of those who serve or have served honorably, those who support them overseas and their families. In order to support these efforts, DAG established the Veterans and Military Families Caucus (VMFC) in 2018 at the AGM in Hamburg. This caucus works with the leadership of Democrats Abroad Germany and the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) to achieve mutual goals, and to assure caucus members that the Democratic Party is fully supportive of their needs while serving (and after service) on behalf of their country.
Join the DAG VMF caucus—https://www.democratsabroad.org/vmf_signup
Looking for 25 new members! All DAG members are eligible to join.
Send us an email after you join! [email protected]
Ask a friend to join today. Help us reach our goal!
Going back to the U.S. this summer? Take advantage of the Blue Star Museum offer! The Arts are for everyone! https://youtu.be/bOgsiofqdsw
Blue Star Museums will again offer free admission to our nation’s active duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, all summer from May 21 through Labor Day, September 5.
Participating museums: https://www.arts.gov/blue-star-museum-map
On Wednesday, May 18th, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. EST, VA, in collaboration with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation (EDF), will host the Seventh Annual National Caregiver Convening. This partnership with EDF reflects VA’s beliefs that caregivers are essential to Veterans’ care and that caregivers have earned our nation’s gratitude and support.
We are proud to join EDF at this year’s event as we continue to put caregivers front and center by giving them the recognition and attention they so rightfully deserve.
This year’s convening, titled Bold Steps for the Future: Action, Policy, & Priorities, will lay out steps for the future of caregiving, address policy, and establish priorities through which we can create a better environment for caregivers and Veterans alike. The Convening will feature speakers from EDF, VA, other experts, caregivers, and keynote remarks.
Remarks will be given by Senator Elizabeth Dole and Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Donald Remy. Learn more: 7th Annual National Caregiver Convening
- Steve Schwab, CEO, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
- Kim Mingo, VP Government Sales and Business Strategy, Philips
State of the Caregiver ConversationSteve Schwab, CEO, The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Moderator
- The Honorable Donald M. Remy, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Meg Kabat, Senior Advisor for Families, Caregivers, and Survivors, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
A Message from General Mike Linnington, CEO, Wounded Warrior Project
Understanding the Experiences and Challenges of America’s Military and Veteran Caregiver Survivors
- Melissa Comeau, Director of the American Red Cross Military and Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) Red Cross
Panel: Support in the Journey from Caregiver to Survivor – A Roadmap for the Future
- Bonnie Caroll, President and Founder, TAPS
- Ann Duff, Director, Office of Survivor Assistance, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Chad Maxey, Chaplain Program Manager for Family Care and Bereavement, Office of Chaplain Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Laura Taylor, National Program Manager for Advance Care Planning via Group Visits, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Qwynn Galloway-Salazar, Founder, In Their Honor, LLC
I Am a Caregiver
- Dole Caregiver Fellows
Special Address by Senator Elizabeth Dole
A Message from Dr. Kevin Vigilante, Chief Medical Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton
Panel: Prioritizing Healthy Caregivers: A Vital Component of Aging in Place
- Dr. Colleen Richardson, Executive Director, Caregiver Support Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Daniel Schoeps, Director, Purchased Long-Term Care Policy Group in the Office of Geriatrics & Extended Care, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Prince Taylor, Deputy Director, Center for Development and Civic Engagement, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Bob Stephen, Vice President, Caregiving and Health Programs, AARP
- Angelena Taylor, 2021 Michigan Dole Caregiver Fellow
- Leah Christensen, National Program Manager, Caregiver Support Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
A Message from Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP
Campaign for Inclusive Care Presentation and Champion Awards Announcement
Protect the benefits you've earned. Learn how to spot, avoid, and report evolving scams with the Watchdog Alert Handbook: Veterans Edition: https://www.aarp.org/.../watchdog-alert-fraud-handbook...
MAY is National Military Appreciation Month and Month of the Military Caregiver
May 3 “Giving Tuesday” To donate to a veteran or military charity, you can click here.
May 5 National Day of Prayer
May 8 Mother’s Day
May 15 Peace Officers Memorial Day
May 21 Armed Forces Day
May 22 National Maritime Day
May 28 Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial Day Commemoration
(Please join us for the wreath laying ceremony.)
May 30 Memorial DayThe Germany VMF Caucus and DA Luxembourg will again lay wreaths at the Luxembourg American Cemetery on May 28th at the Memorial Day Commemoration Event. We hope you will join us!Please contact us for details: [email protected]Please join our caucus to show your support of the U.S. military! https://www.democratsabroad.org/vmf_signup
Last year the DA Germany Veterans and Military Families (VMF Caucus) and DA Luxembourg honored SSgt. George Peddle, from the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, aka Ghost Army, buried at the Luxembourg American Cemetery. At that time efforts were underway to convince Congress to award a Congressional Gold Medal to SSgt. Peddle and the other soldiers of The Ghost Army. We are happy to announce that the bill finally passed in the Senate and President Biden signed S.1404 the Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act into law on February 1, 2022.
Sonnet for Memorial Day
by Nancy Harb Almendras
“Sweet and fitting to die for one’s country,”
Says Horace, ironically echoed
By Owen, who so much did disagree.
Even Ernest Hemingway plainly showed
Futility of war and its great toll
Gathered in Flanders Fields where many lay.
Remarque’s teacher his students did cajole
To take up duty, arms, instead of play.
Dulce et decorum est, pro patria
Mori; as if we’ve learned nothing yet
Denizens repeat the old, old story…
As widows cry we express regret
As once again on Memorial Day
We come around to barbecue and pray.
Upcoming elections for federal office
May 3: Primary Elections - Ohio and Indiana
May 10: Primary Elections - West Virginia and Nebraska
May 17: Primary Elections - Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania
May 24: Primary Elections - Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia
May 24: Special Primary Election - Minnesota CD 1
May 24: Runoff Primary Election (if necessary) - Texas
June 2022 – 30 Day Notice:
June 7: Primary Elections- California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota
June 7: Special Primary Election- California US Senate
June 7: Special General Election- California CD 22
June 11: Alaska Special Primary Election- Congress At-Large
June 14: Primary Elections- Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and South Dakota
June 14: Special General Election – Texas CD 34
June 21: Runoff Primary Elections: Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia
June 21: Primary Elections- District of Columbia and Virginia
June 28: Primary Elections- Colorado, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma and Utah
June 28: Runoff Primary Elections- Mississippi and South Carolina (if necessary)
July 2022 – 60 Day Notice:
July 19: Primary Election- Maryland*
July 26: Runoff Primary Election- North Carolina
* The Maryland Primary Election was rescheduled from June 28 to July 19.
August 2022 – 90 Day Notice:
August 2: Primary Elections- Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington
August 4: Primary Election- Tennessee
August 6: Territory Primary- Virgin Islands
August 9: Primary Elections- Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin
August 9: Special General- Minnesota CD 1
August 13: Primary Election- Hawaii
August 16: Primary Elections- Alaska and Wyoming
August 16: Special General- Alaska U.S. House
August 23: Primary Elections- Florida and Oklahoma
August 27: Territory Primary- Guam