I am thankful for Operation Homefront

OPERATION HOMEFRONT:  On the eve of Thanksgiving 2017, I realize there is so much to be grateful for!  I am thankful for the opportunity to gather together to share a meal with family and friends.  At this celebration, we have the religious freedom to bow our heads (or not) and give thanks with any faith we choose to participate in. 

I am thankful for and have a deep appreciation for those who have made the choice to serve our country, both past and present, and their families.   Making a commitment to wear the uniform does not usually include a leave for the holiday, or a large budget for the family’s holiday that they are separated from.  Undergoing physical risks are also endured as part of their decision to serve.  I am thankful for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members, both past and present.

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I am thankful for organizations who offer help and assistance to our military families like Operation Homefront.  Operation Homefront provides a way for civilians and their communities to show appreciation for service members, wounded warriors, and their families who have sacrificed so much.   operationhomefront.org/ Continue reading I am thankful for Operation Homefront

Robert Waples answers the call

Robert Waples answers the call

Robert Waples and Troy Bystrom

Today is Veteran’s Day, 2017.  We applaud and salute our Veterans who have worn the uniform, both past and present. We respect you, and have immense gratitude for your service, and our freedom.  

Instead of just saying, “thank you for your service,” thousands of private citizens who have not worn the uniform, express their appreciation in their own ways throughout the year.  Robert Waples is one of those Americans. Not only is he involved in volunteering with several veteran events and organizations, he is easy to spot in the crowd because he usually has his grandson, Troy Bystrom, with him.  Robert includes Troy so his grandson will also have the opportunity to show respect to our veterans.  Recently, we were able to catch up with Robert.    Continue reading Robert Waples answers the call

5th West Metro Veterans Fair

Another successful West Metro Veterans Fair has come and gone in Lakewood, CO.  Many thanks to all of the hard working volunteers and especially the Lakewood Elks Lodge #1777 for making this years 5th West Metro Veterans Fair (WMVF) a success.

According to veteran Scott Hefty, the City of Lakewood Municipal Court Chief Probation Officer, organizer of this event: “The WMVF is designed to increase awareness of non-profit programs and services available for veterans and their families by highlighting employment, housing, educational, recreational and resource opportunities.  This is a veteran-driven and community inspired event with the goal of connecting veterans/families with people and resources.”

The following are a few of the forty-three veteran organizations who participated in the West Metro Veterans Fair.

Vietnam Veterans of America #1071, Veterans Terry Ritenour, Cliff Fejfar, and Jose Gonzales

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Clare has enlisted in the U.S. Navy


Clare with Sarge enlisting in the U.S. Navy
Meet Clare from Missouri.  Not only did she walk down the aisle to receive her high school diploma in 2017, she recently raised her right hand at the Robert Young Federal Building to enlist into the United States Navy.
Congratulations, Clare, on both counts!  We salute you! The decision to become a service member is indeed a monumental declaration.  We appreciate you sharing some of your thoughts regarding this life-changing and important mission you have chosen.

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Upcoming West Metro Veterans Fair (WMVF)


Once again, Lakewood is gearing up for their annual West Metro Veterans Fair (WMVF).  Veteran Scott Hefty, the City of Lakewood Municipal Court Chief Probation Officer, is at the helm of this important event.  Please share this information with our veteran community .  This year’s date is Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 1pm to 4pm.

From Scott Hefty:  “The West Metro Veterans Fair (WMVF) is now in its 5th year.   This event originally started out as a grass-roots endeavor in 2013.   It was developed by the City of Lakewood to provide an informative forum for veterans and their family members.  Veterans were able to learn about and access the wide variety of services and interventions available by non-profit organizations as well as at the local, state and the federal government level. This veterans fair has grown into the event it is today  through the efforts of many, including Lodge #1777.

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Venita Collier and Elks Lodge #1777


Volunteer Venita Collier

Meet volunteer Venita Collier.  She is a (VAVS) Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services representative for the Colorado State Elks Association, and has been for the last three years.  Venita’s Elks Lodge is #1777 in Lakewood, CO.  She is very proud of her participation with this organization, and what it does for the community.  Venita Collier:  “There is no greater reward than to serve those who gave so much in serving our country.  It is a blessing to be able to give them joy and the joy I receive words cannot express.” Continue reading Venita Collier and Elks Lodge #1777

2017 Armed Forces FreedomRide

Those Who Serve Image2017 Annual National Armed Forces FreedomRide

Get ready, Get set, and Ride again for another Annual National Armed Forces FreedomRide.  This is the 8th year for this fun celebration with a community who recognizes that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.  If you have not yet attended this holiday event, come pay your respects to those that have served and those that are currently serving.  Veteran volunteer coordinator Gloria Clough: “Bikers across the Nation will Ride to Honor and Show their Support for all Armed Forces Veterans of War, Pow, MIA, KIA, WIA and Our Troops!” Continue reading 2017 Armed Forces FreedomRide

EFT Tapping for Freedom

Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT Tapping, has helped many of our returning Veteran warriors with PTSD, explained as the Flight, Fight or Flee response.

Last year at this time, Star Spangled Boomerang brought the movie Project 22 to Lakewood, CO.  This movie was created by two Veterans, Doc King and Daniel J. Egbert, discussing PTSD and the suicide crises with our Veterans.

In order to show support, civilians purchased the tickets upfront so our local Veterans could attend for free.  Veteran Jordan Daniel spoke briefly after the movie, sharing his thoughts and interacting with other Veterans in the audience.  Fortunately, Project 22 is now accessible on-line for free. (link below)

With more and more solutions being explored to help our Veterans with PTSD which can lead to suicide, EFT Tapping has been shown to assist in stress levels, freeing the individual from everyday anxiety.  It is free, easy, and you can tap whenever it is needed.  Show our Veteran warriors support by sharing information on EFT Tapping.  It could change their life.  The following explanation comes from the tapping solution website. http://www.tappingsolutionfoundation.org/tapping-for-war-veterans/ 

“Tapping is a combination of Ancient Chinese Acupressure and Modern Psychology that works to physically alter your brain, energy system and body all at once.

The practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points while talking through traumatic memories and a wide range of emotions.

As Dr. Dawson Church says, “Acupoint tapping sends signals directly to the stress centers of the mid-brain, not mediated by the frontal lobes (the thinking part, active in talk therapy).” Because EFT simultaneously accesses stress on physical and emotional levels, he adds, “EFT gives you the best of both worlds, body and mind, like getting a massage during a psychotherapy session.” In fact, it’s EFT’s ability to access the amygdala, an almond-shaped part of your brain that initiates your body’s negative reaction to fear, a process we often refer to as the “fight or flight” response, that makes it so powerful.

It’s estimated that 10 million people worldwide have used tapping. What’s so exciting is how incredibly quickly it’s alleviating issues like depression, anxiety and insomnia, as well severe PTSD, physical pain, even illness.

The basic technique requires you to focus on the negative emotion at hand: a fear or anxiety, a bad memory, an unresolved problem, or anything that’s bothering you. While maintaining your mental focus on this issue, use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times each on 9 of the body’s meridian points (see the video below). Tapping on these meridian points – while concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion – will access your body’s energy, restoring it to a balanced state.

You may be wondering about these meridians. Put simply, energy circulates through your body along a specific network of channels. You can tap into this energy at any point along the system.

Tapping is simple and painless. It can be learned by anyone. And you can apply it to yourself, whenever you want, wherever you are. It’s less expensive and less-time consuming. It can be used with specific emotional intent towards your own unique life challenges and experiences. Most importantly, it gives you the power to heal yourself, putting control over your destiny back into your own hands.”

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Cliff Fejfar Retires From RMHF

Navy Vietnam Veteran Cliff Fejfar

One of the many joys of participating with Star Spangled Boomerang has been and continues to be the incredible people whom we have met.  Many Veterans who have served continue to lead by holding the torch for their fellow Veterans and their country.  Navy Vietnam Veteran Cliff Fejfar is a shining example of this way of life.

Navy Vietnam Veteran Cliff Fejfar

Recently, Cliff Fejfar retired from his volunteer position as Vice-President with Rocky Mountain Honor Flight.  His great energy and passion will be missed. rockymountainhonorflight.org/ Continue reading Cliff Fejfar Retires From RMHF

Thanksgiving & Our Military Kids

Happy Thanksgiving

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Recently I read an article regarding being grateful for all of our blessings and people we may take for granted.  The author suggested taking time from our busy schedule to think about who would be included in our cornucopia for Thanksgiving, instead of flowers or food. 

With this website, we try to honor and demonstrate our gratitude for Veterans, service members and their families in our military community.  We give thanks for all the brave men and woman from all conflicts who have put their own lives on hold, holidays included, for our freedom.  Are they included in our cornucopia?  You bet! Continue reading Thanksgiving & Our Military Kids