Friday’s Hero – Heroes Return 11.01.13

FRIDAY’S

Today as I was scrolling through my Facebook page during lunch, I came across an article on Yahoo Travel.

The article by “Johnny Jet, The Travel insider,” told the story of a cross-country flight from earlier this week.  As reported in the article, approximately 45 minutes prior to arrival, the Captain came on the intercom to advise the passengers that they had been transporting a fallen soldier on their flight.

The Captain briefed those on board about what would happen as the plane landed, requested patience and cooperation .  The entire article along with video can be found here.

As I read the article, I couldn’t help but be proud of the way we the American people have treated our soldiers as they return home from war.  Whether we are for or against the wars of the past generation, we as a people have been supportive of our soldiers.

During the Viet Nam era this was not the case and it appears that lessons were learned by our citizenry, today we welcome our soldiers home.  We honor our soldiers on their return and we stand with our soldiers as they honor the ideals of what it means to be an American.

Today and every day we honor the soldiers, their families and the American people who have not forgotten, but embrace, this week’s Friday’s Heroes!

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Friday’s Hero ~ 5.17.13

FRIDAY’SThere really isn’t anything awesome about the teen years.

Filled with teen angst, pimples, hormones, drama, drama, drama, trying to fit in, body issues, first loves, first heartbreak, not being the best athlete, not being the smartest, not being in the cool clique….. UGH, let’s face it the teen years suck!

Now imagine trying to go through the teen years knowing you are different, and in many instances living in fear that others will find out about your difference… imagine being a gay teen.

The normal trials and heartaches of the teen years are only amplified when the confusion of being gay enters into the equation.

For many of us we did everything we could to suppress these emotions, for many of us we prayed constantly to be “changed” for many of us, we considered suicide.

Thank God, for today’s youth there are programs that help them move through these feelings and lead the most productive lives possible.

The bullying and bigotry remain rampant, however today there are organizations that help young people know they aren’t the only ones who have the feelings they do, and that they are part of a larger community of acceptance and love that will help them move through the dark days.

Two such organizations are this week’s FRIDAY’S HEROES…  The Trevor Project and It Gets Better. 

Both organizations help gay youth cope with their self discovery and in the case of The Trevor Project, provides a service designed to prevent teen suicides.

These organizations build a bridge for young gay citizens and their heterosexual counterparts that were not available 20 years ago, these organizations save lives. 

If you know a young person who could benefit from the services of The Trevor Project or It Gets Better, please give them links to the organizations above or they may call anonymously to,

The Trevor Project:  1 866-488-7386. (866-4-U-Trevor)

Helping to battle the struggles of being gay helps us all realize that we are people first, we are ALL God’s children and we all deserve the respect of our fellow man as we make our way through this life that can sometimes be difficult.

Providing hope to the next generation, the work of “The Trevor Project” and “It Gets Better,” this week’s Friday’s Heroes!

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