October 26 is the National Day of the Deployed and is a day to honor all of the men and woman who have been deployed, are sacrificing, or have sacrificed their lives in defense of the United States. Additionally, this is a day to acknowledge and celebrate the families who are separated from their loved ones due to deployments. All 50 states officially observe the day as of 2012.
According to the National Day Calendar at www.nationaldaycalendar.com, “Shelle Michaels Aberle founded National Day of the Deployed in 2006. Ms. Aberle approached then North Dakota Governor John Hoeven for support of a North Dakota Proclamation for the day. Governor Hoeven was the first governor in the United States to recognize deployed troops in a formal proclamation. October 26 was chosen by Aberle’s cousin, Bottineau, ND native LTC David Hosna who was deployed to Iraq from Kaiserslautern, Germany. October 26 is the date of Hosna’s birthday.”
There are many ways to increase knowledge and understanding of those deployed and their families, such as donating to a veteran’s organization, sending care packages to those deployed, contacting veteran’s groups to see how you can help, or even using the #DayOfTheDeployed social media hashtag.
The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, is currently the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services to the aerospace, production, manufacturing, and defense industries. An advocate for veterans, Carl maintains an affiliation with several military and veteran support organizations.
The American Legion has a number of initiatives to help veterans and their families, one of which is the American Legion Scholarship Fund. The fund provides higher education financial support for children of veterans who have fallen in active duty post-September 11th, 2001, as well as children of veterans who have become disabled during this period. One of the major fundraising efforts of this scholarship is the Legacy Run, which is sponsored by USAA and has taken place annually over the past 12 years. This year’s run was held in the summer and spanned western parts of the country, including Colorado and Utah, after beginning in Kansas.
This year’s event raised more than $550,000, which will be used for new scholarships. All told, the Legacy Run events have brought in upwards of $7.4 million for the fund.
The author, Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD), retired from the Air Force in 2018. Currently, he is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC (https://buhlerconsulting.com), where he provides consulting services to commercial, industrial, and defense companies. Outside his professional life, Carl Buhler continues to support military organizations such as the American Legion.
VFW members around the nation are constantly doing their part to provide support to the veteran community. In New York, for example, Rich Synek founded an organization devoted to feeding hungry veterans after a chance encounter with one at a post office in 2008. After talking with the man, he found out that his family was chronically underfed. That’s when he decided to create Feed Our Vets, a program to ensure that veterans get the food they need to stay healthy.
There aren’t rigid requirements to qualify for the program. Veterans only need to present their DD-214 paperwork and photo identification/VA card to receive food from the pantry. To learn more about the organization and how you can help, please visit www.feedourvets.org.
The author, Carl Buhler, is a graduate of Valdosta State College and is a retired Air Force brigadier general (AF biography at (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD). He now serves as CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC (https://buhlerconsulting.com), where he provides subject matter expertise on production, efficiencies, and turnarounds to commercial, industrial, aerospace and defense companies. Still engaged with the military community, Brig Gen (ret) Carl Buhler is a supporter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) service organization.