Today V-E and WW II are commemorated around the world as those who served are honored. V-E Day marked the end of most fighting in Europe where tens of millions of service members and civilians lost their lives. President Harry S. Truman, who was born on May 8, 1884, announced the end of the war in Europe on his 61st birthday. About 16 million Americans served in World War II—with 2 million serving in Europe. 11% of our population fought in World War II.Join the Global VMF Caucus Zoom Event Volunteers Honoring Veterans in Washington, D.C. with Helen Belletti, Volunteer Coordinator, today, May 8 at 3:00 p.m. CET. This event is co-sponsored by the DA Germany VMF Caucus and the Global Women’s Caucus.
Terese Sarno published May is National Military Appreciation Month in News 2021-04-30 17:31:03 -0400
May-National Military Appreciation Month
A month to recognize and show appreciation to the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
May 1, 2021- Loyalty Day
A day set aside for American citizens to reaffirm their loyalty to the United States
and to recognize the heritage of American freedom. Learn more...
May 1, 2021 - Silver Star Service Banner Day
A day set aside to honor our wounded, ill, and dying military personnel by
participating in flying a Silver Star Banner. Learn more...
May 6, 2021 - National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of
May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. Learn more...
How can you pray for the military community? Learn more...
May 7, 2021 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day
A day set aside to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of the spouses of
the U.S. Armed Forces. Learn more...
May 8, 2021 — V-E (Victory in Europe) Day
(Celebrated May 7 in Commonwealth countries)
A day which marks the anniversary of the Allies' victory in Europe during World War II
on May 8, 1945. Learn more...
Volunteers Honoring Veterans in Washington, D.C. with Helen Belletti, Volunteer Coordinator
RSVP for the Zoom Webinar: [email protected]
To join on Zoom, go to: http://us02web.zoom.us/j/4414855431
Meeting ID: 441 485 5431 (Waiting room. No password needed.)
To join the VMF Caucus: http://www.democratsabroad.org/vmfMay 9, 2021 - Mother's DayMay 13, 2021 - Children of Fallen Patriots DayA day to honor the families our Fallen Heroes have left behind – especially their children.It’s a reminder to the community that we have an obligation to support the families of our Fallen Patriots. Learn more...
May 15, 2021 - Armed Forces DayA day set aside to pay tribute to men and women who serve in the United States’Armed Forces. Learn more...
May 31, 2021 - Memorial Day (Decoration Day)A day set aside to commemorate all who have died in military service for the UnitedStates. Typically recognized by parades, visiting memorials and cemeteries. Learn more...
May 31, 2021 at 1 pm Eastern (7 pm CET)Virtual Event Vietnam Veterans Memorial – Washington, DC
The theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth, which focuses on restoring the world’s ecosystems through natural processes, emerging green technologies and innovative thinking.
EARTH DAY observed by the U.S. military:
The U.S. Air Force at Ramstein Air Base will plant 500 trees base-wide in designated places from April 20-22. This free activity is open to service members and their families. Trees will be distributed in the KMCC. parking lot. During Earth Week, the legendary Wild Boar Mud Run will also take place.The U.S. Army “is committed to environmental excellence through stewardship, vigilance, and partnership with the community. Sound environmental practices are part of everything a Soldier does; thus, every day is Earth Day to the Army."The U.S. Marines are using Earth Day as a reminder “to reflect on our mission, our environment, and the need to preserve our resources for future generations of Marines, so we can continue to win our Nation’s battles.”
The U.S.Navy: “Each year, our Sailors and Navy civilians go above and beyond to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship. Not just on Earth Day, but in our daily work year round, we take pride in caring for the ecosystems and communities in which we operate."The U.S. Coast Guard: “Earth Day has been a day dedicated to educating everyone on responsible environmental management and supporting ways that make the planet healthier and more sustainable. It’s a chance to think about how our actions impact our environment. Individuals and organizations celebrate Earth Day in a variety of ways. Some people plant trees, clean up trash along highways, set up recycling programs or commit to saving energy.”From its beginning, Earth Day was bipartisan. A Democratic senator and a Republican congressman met with members of the media to promote the concept of a national teaching day for environmental issues.They chose April 22 for the event and everyone realized we all share common values. Everyone wants blue skies and clean water. Congress then created the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species.Schedule for Earth Week EventsApril 18-Earth Day Initiative (EDI) and March for Science NYC, are offering a series of online events with speakers and presentations from politicians, artists, and activists such as Elizabeth Warren, Kyra Sedgwick, Rosdely Ciprian, and Marc Yaggi, exploring a variety of environmental issues. Check out the full virtual stage schedule here.
April 19-at 3:00 p.m. (ET) the virtual march and rally, called “SC1.5NCE NOT SILENCE,” will take place in a 1990s-like virtual reality space created by Future Meets Present and Gather. Through an avatar, you will be able to visit booths, speak to exhibitors and other attendees, and, at 3PM ET, take part in a march and rally organized by March for Science NYC and Fridays for Future (the movement co-founded by Greta Thunberg). You can attend by sending an RSVP via the EDI site.
April 20-a global youth summit.
April 21-a global education summit.
April 21- 8:30 p.m. (ET) join National Geographic for its Earth Day Eve 2021 virtual celebration, with performances by artists such as Angélique Kidjo, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ziggy Marley, and appearances by a number of environmental activists such as Dr. Jane Goodall. You can join at the NatGeo website or at its YouTube channel — and afterward, continue with the music of Jayda G on the organization’s TikTok channel.
April 22- Earthday.org’s second annual “Earth Day Live: Restore Our Earth” online program, featuring celebrities, politicians, and activists, will be live streamed at noon (ET) at the same time as the global climate summit organized by the Biden administration. To participate, visit Earthday.org on the day of the event.
April 22 & 23- Leaders Summit on Climate to which President Biden has invited 40 world leaders. A live stream link will be available on the date of the event.
Terese Sarno published Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Corpsman Richard D. DeWert in News 2021-04-11 16:40:32 -0400April 5, 2021 | By Katie Lange, DoD NewsKnow Your Military“Of the millions who have served the nation, more than 3,500 men and one woman have received its highest award for valor. Medal of Honor Monday highlights a different service member from this elite group each week.”
Terese Sarno published A Proclamation on National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, 2021 in News 2021-04-10 18:26:27 -0400
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Enduring with limitless dignity and determination, these former prisoners of war are a powerful reminder that their indomitable spirit could not be broken, even by brutal treatment in contravention of international law and morality. Despite the terrible suffering inflicted upon them by their captors in harsh prisons and camps in Europe and Asia, American prisoners of war steadfastly demonstrated their devotion to duty, honor, and country.
On this day and every day, let us honor all who have borne the hardships of captivity in service to our Nation, remember the brave men and women who were held as prisoners in foreign lands during our Nation’s past conflicts, and recognize those at home who anxiously awaited their loved ones’ return. Their faith in God, love of family, and trust in our Nation are an inspiration to all Americans, and we will always remember their sacrifices.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 9, 2021, as National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day by honoring the service and sacrifice of all former prisoners of war as our Nation expresses its eternal gratitude for their sacrifice. I also call upon Federal, State, and local government officials and organizations to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
Terese Sarno published Military children qualify for a variety of VA benefits in News 2021-04-08 10:33:07 -0400
Every April, the nation celebrates the Month of the Military Child – a time that honors all military children for their dedication and sacrifices. The VA honors military children year-round by providing them earned benefits. Dependents and surviving children of Veterans and service members may qualify for certain benefits, such as life insurance, education services and health care.
Click the link for more information: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/86374/military-children-qualify-variety-va-benefits/
Terese Sarno published A Proclamation on Month of the Military Child, 2021 in News 2021-04-05 17:37:02 -0400
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April marks the Month of the Military Child, when our Nation pays tribute to the resilience and tenacity of our military children; over 2 million active duty, National Guard, Reserve and children of veterans who did not make the choice to serve, but live each day supporting their brave parents. These young people live out the words of the poet John Milton, “they also serve who only stand and wait.” We see their service and thank them for it.
From a young age, children of service members sometimes endure long separations from their parents and shoulder the burdens of service. They spend holidays and milestones apart from those they love the most, or celebrate with only a short phone call or virtual chat from a faraway parent. This is something the First Lady and I have witnessed in our own lives, as our grandchildren experienced their father’s deployment to Iraq.
Military children change schools up to nine times between the start of kindergarten and high school graduation. With each move, they grapple with difficult goodbyes and the challenge of making new friends. Although life in a military family can include exploring new places and exposure to other cultures and customs, it can also bring frustration and loneliness. During the Month of the Military Child, we show our appreciation for the commitment and service of military children in shouldering these challenges, and we recognize the stressors on military children brought about by the unique demands of their parents’ military life.
The strength of our Armed Forces comes not just from those who wear the uniform, but from their families, who also serve on behalf of our country. As a Nation, we have many obligations, but we have only one truly sacred obligation: to properly prepare and equip our troops when we send them into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families. The First Lady and I understand the gravity of this promise personally, and we have made supporting service members, veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors a top priority for my Administration.
That is why the First Lady has committed to relaunching the Joining Forces initiative, mobilizing all Americans to continue the national commitment to support and engage our military families. By raising awareness about the unique aspects of military life and working toward solutions to its challenges, my Administration will continue to support military children and will help ensure that they have opportunities to grow and live out their dreams.
Observing the Month of the Military Child demonstrates our support for military children who make daily sacrifices so their parents can keep our Nation safe. Military-connected children are strong and resilient, and we must match their strength with a commitment to provide the full support of our communities and our Government. I encourage all Americans to serve them as well as they serve us.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2021 as the Month of the Military Child. I call upon the people of the United States to honor military children with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
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Terese Sarno published DOD Announces Policy Updates for Transgender Military Service in News 2021-04-04 15:10:52 -0400IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2021
Today, the Department of Defense published the policy updates for transgender military service. The policy updates restore the Department’s original 2016 policies regarding transgender service.
The revised policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or an individual’s identification as transgender, provide a means by which to access into the military in one’s self-identified gender provided all appropriate standards are met, provide a path for those in service for medical treatment, gender transition, and recognition in one’s self-identified gender, and seeks to protect the privacy of all Service members and to treat all Service members with dignity and respect.
The policies will be effective on April 30, 2021, affording the Military Services the necessary time to update service-level policies and provide guidance to Commanders, Service members, medical professionals, and other communities of practice as appropriate. During this period, the Department’s interim guidance of January 29, 2021 remains in effect.
The DoD Instruction 6130.03: Medical Standards for Appointment, Enlistment, or Induction into the Military Services can be found here.
The DoD Instruction 1300.28: In-Service Transition for Transgender Service Members can be found here.
AprilMonth of the Military ChildAn opportunity to recognize military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience.April 5, 2021 - Gold Star Wives DayA day set aside to recognize the sacrifices of Gold Star wives.April 14, 2021 - Air Force Reserve BirthdayApril 23, 2021 - Army Reserve BirthdayApril 30, 2021 - National Military Brats DayA day set aside to honor the children of military personnel. Learn more...
Terese Sarno published March 29-Nation to Observe Vietnam War Veterans Day in News 2021-03-29 08:05:03 -0400On March 29, Americans will come together to commemorate the service and sacrifices made by the nearly 3 million service members who served in Vietnam.
In 2012, President Barack Obama signed a presidential proclamation, designating March 29 as the annual observance of Vietnam War Veterans Day.
The signing of the proclamation marked the 50th anniversary of the departure of the last American troops from Vietnam — March 29, 1973. Only U.S. embassy personnel and support staff remained in South Vietnam until the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/Story/Article/2545524/nation-to-observe-vietnam-war-veterans-day/source/GovDelivery/
Terese Sarno published DoD, Nation Celebrate Women’s History Month in News 2021-03-23 03:23:52 -0400March is Women's History Month, a commemoration set aside to honor women's contributions in American history, including in the U.S. military.
On March 16, 1987, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation dedicating March as Women's History Month. "From earliest times, women have helped shape our nation," the proclamation reads. https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/Story/Article/2545824/dod-nation-celebrate-womens-history-month/source/GovDelivery/
Terese Sarno published Statement on the Atlanta Shootings by Democrats Abroad in News 2021-03-20 03:48:11 -0400
On Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, a gunman killed at least eight individuals and injured others in Atlanta in yet another unspeakable tragedy. Most of the individuals lost are from the Asian American community.
Sadly, this is yet another example of the current threat facing our community. The rise in anti-Asian American violence and hateful rhetoric contributing to that violence in the United States cannot be ignored. Between March 2020 and February 2021, there have been 3,795 hate incidents reported by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in all 50 states and D.C., according to Stop AAPI Hate.
It is clear the derogatory anti-Asian language used throughout the past year continues to have a real-world impact. While President Biden’s condemnation of the violence against Asian Americans in his prime-time address last week is a good start, more political leaders need to speak out against this type of rhetoric and do more to support Asian American communities. More of us need to step up and speak out in our communities to make it clear that hate has no place here. Racist comments should not be brushed aside or ignored, they must be confronted and condemned. If it was not clear before, it is clear now that AAPI communities around the United States are targets of hate.
While this will not solve the racism problem in our country, we must continue to work together to pass common sense gun control legislation. Gun homicide (mass shootings, so-called “everyday” violence, and police-involved shootings) are a universal American threat that only make other social challenges worse.
Call your Senators to tell them to support handgun laws, including S591 and S763, which expand background checks.
Democrats Abroad condemns these acts of violence. We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community and our AAPI Democrats Abroad members. We must work together to speak out and stand up against this type of hate. These hate crimes must be taken seriously and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Hate against any of us affects us all.
We extend our deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones to last night’s shootings. We stand with you, we hear you, and we will fight with you to combat this wave of hatred and violence.
Julia Bryan, Democrats Abroad Chair
Cory Lemke and Emily Lines, Democrats Abroad Asian American & Pacific Islander Caucus Co-Chairs
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex."
On March 17, the House of Representatives passed a joint resolution to remove the time limit placed on the Equal Rights Amendment (HJ Res 17) to the Constitution. Now this will move to the Senate. The House also voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a landmark bill that covers everyone.
From Shari Temple, the DA ERA Task Force Chair:
The ERA Task Force needs your help NOW.
Please contact your state’s senators.
Post your story by March 24. Login to Democrats Abroad before you post your story.
Your stories on why ERA is important to you will be included in hand delivered packets to all Congress members. They could help influence some Senators to vote for SJRes 1. Equal rights must be anchored in our Constitution so they cannot be undone with an executive order. Tell Congress your story – www.democratsabroad.org/era_stories.
Please join us in telling Congress why the ERA is important to you. The DA ERA Task Force will share your story with House and Senate members. Simply go to https://www.democratsabroad.org/era_stories. We want to see a story for your Senators. You can write as few as a couple of sentences or a full dissertation (but in 500 word increments). And you can even include a photo, ideally with a pro-ERA sign. Together, we CAN make a difference.
Thanks for your help in promoting the Equal Rights Amendment and equality for everyone in US.
Terese Sarno published March is the Month of the Military Caregiver in News 2021-02-28 03:20:29 -0500MarchMonth of the Military CaregiverDuring the Month of the Military Caregiver, Americans recognize and honor military caregivers’ sacrifices and successes. Learn more...
March 3, 2021 - Navy Reserve BirthdayMarch 5, 2021 - Seabee BirthdayMarch 13, 2021 - K 9 Veterans DayA national effort to make March 13 K9 Veterans Day. March 13, 1942 is the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps, and so it seems only right to annually honor their service on that date. They served to save, and they deserve to be remembered. Learn more...
March 29, 2021 - Vietnam Veterans DayA day set aside to show honor and respect to our Vietnam Veterans. Learn more...
Terese Sarno published Louisiana Voters Abroad-Two Special Primary Elections -2nd and 5th Congressional Districts in News 2021-02-28 03:12:21 -0500
Louisiana—March 20, 2021 Special Primary Elections
The State of Louisiana will conduct two special primary elections on Tuesday, March 20, 2021, to fill a vacancy for the 2nd and 5th Congressional Districts. Congressional District 2 includes nearly all of the city of New Orleans and stretches west and north to Baton Rouge. Congressional District 5 includes rural northeastern Louisiana and much of central Louisiana, as well as the northern part of Louisiana's Florida parishes in southeast Louisiana, taking in Monroe, Alexandria, Opelousas, Amite and Bogalusa.
You can check the status of your absentee ballot by contacting your election office directly.
Louisiana voters abroad need to request a ballot each calendar year you’d like to vote in.
- Registration: email, fax, postal mail, or online~
- Ballot Request: email, fax, or postal mail
- Ballot Return: fax, or postal mail~~
~ Online voter registration available only with LA state identification
~~ Fax for ballot return available only if voter arranges in advance with local election official
Election Deadlines for Louisiana Voters Abroad
CD 2 and CD 5 Special
March 20, 2021
Mar 19, 2021, 4:30 PM
Mar 20, 2021, 8:00 PM
Register to vote and request your absentee ballot at www.votefromabroad.org
Request that your absentee ballot be emailed to you.
Americans overseas must request their absentee ballots every calendar year. Best to do this now so you are ready for all 2021 elections! Some people missed out on voting in the November election because they had not requested their absentee ballots before the deadline! Register/Request your absentee ballot today! Make sure you are all set to vote in 2021.
Register To Vote Now--Make Sure You Get Your Ballot
Just go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill out the form. We recommend you check the box to have your blank ballot sent to you by “Email/Online” or “Fax.”
After you’ve filled out the form, Email, Fax, or Mail your signed form to your Local Election Office.
During Black History Month, the DA Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus is highlighting the contributions of veterans.
Featured Black History Month Veterans:
Doris “ Dorrie” Miller, Midshipman Sydney Barber, Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, James Earl Jones, Montel Williams, Sunny Anderson, Representative Charlie Rangel, Harry Belafonte, Morgan Freeman, Berry Gordy, Jr., Jimi Hendrix, MC Hammer, Mr. T, James Avery, Tucker Smallwood, Skye P. Marshall, Alex Haley, Colonel Guion S. Bluford, Jr., Lieutenant General Julius W. Becton Jr., Private First Class Milton L. Olive III-Medal of Honor, Admiral Michelle Howard, Rear Admiral Retired Lillian Fishburne, Rear Admiral Annie Andrews, Major General Irene Trowell-Harris, Minuteman Lemuel Haynes, Corporal Freddie Stowers, First Lieutenant Vernon J. Baker, Harriet Tubman, Private Nelson Charles Davis, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Hazel Johnson-Brown, Cathay Williams , Jackie Robinson, Medgar Evers, Vernice Armour
For details on their accomplishments, check Democrats Abroad Veterans and Military Families Caucus - Facebook (www.facebook.com/DAVetsAndMilitaryFamilies)
Join the DA Veterans and Military Families Global Caucus: [email protected]
Register/Request your absentee ballot today! Make sure you are all set to vote in 2021.
Register to vote and request your absentee ballot at www.votefromabroad.org.
Request that your absentee ballot be emailed to you.
Americans overseas must request their absentee ballots every calendar year. Some Americans missed out on voting in the November election because they had not requested their absentee ballots before the deadline!
Terese Sarno published Georgia January runoff elections for two Senate seats that will decide control of the Senate. in News 2020-11-10 08:16:52 -0500
Calling all Georgia voters!!
- Didn’t register this year? Take action now. Registration deadline is Dec 7. www.votefromabroad.org
- Even if you didn’t vote this year. Even if you turn 18 Jan 5. Even if your last GA residence is now a commercial zone. Email your registration in asap, don’t wait.
- Voters who requested their ballot this year don't have to re-request it unless they want to change how they receive their ballot (for example, to change to receive the ballot by email).
- GA voters can use an FWAB now. Details on how to vote it correctly for two US senate races are on the way.
- Voters can use express courier to send their ballots back by Jan 5.
- The USPS is expected to be massively overloaded in Dec due to the holidays, limited airline services, and fewer people hand delivering packages. We suggest voters use postal mail in Nov, express courier in December.
- Didn’t register this year? Take action now. Registration deadline is Dec 7. www.votefromabroad.org