The Weekly Wrap

Since it’s getting closer to the holidays, and your life is getting busy, I figured I would start wrapping our weeks up in one post for your convenience.

Though I’d encourage you to visit every time a story goes out, this should at least help condense it for you in a crunch.

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Of all the federal holidays, Veteran’s Day might be the most important. Without the men and women that we show appreciation for, it’s quite possible that none of the other holidays would exist as we know them. Featuring two phenomenal charities, Thank You: A Post For Our Veterans, was an appropriate start to the week.

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Thanks to a TechCrunch story that came through my reader, we learned that a Russian sports network, R-Sports, was threatening that it would revoke credentials for journalists found to be using smart phones and apps like Instagram during the Sochi Olympics. Though it seems focused toward maintaining a level of “classic journalism,” it looks more like the network needs to find it’s way out of the Dark Ages.

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I’m becoming a Certified Personal Trainer, and Chris Powell inspired me to do it. From the Extreme Weight Loss guru, to a very supportive wife, I’m on a journey to get certified, and help others understand that if I lost my weight, then they can too.

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Finally, Affordable Healthcare cracked me. After avoiding the topic for months, the president’s recent apology for the botched job that is the Affordable Care Act caused me to laugh. After finding a CBS story about three 20-year-olds that created a functioning healthcare website overnight, it’s evident that nobody in Washington has any clue what they’re doing.

That was the week for the Freelance Rider, and I can’t wait to see what we get from this weekend.

Thank You: A Post For Our Veterans

Of all the federal holidays, this one may be the most important.

You might find it inconvenient that the Post Office is closed, or that your kids are out of school today, but no inconvenience is greater than the sacrifices that deserve the respect this day is meant to carry.

So before you busy yourself on your day off, let’s take a moment to say thank you, for everything that our serving men and women do for us.

Feeling inspired, and want to help make a difference in a veteran’s life?

Two great organizations to support are the Wounded Warrior Project and TAPS. Both are dedicated to helping veterans and their families, and both are worth taking a look at when it comes to helping show your appreciation to our veterans.

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Image: Wounded Warrior Project

Through five core values, the Wounded Warrior Project’s vision is:

To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

What are the five values that guide their work?

  1. Fun
  2. Integrity
  3. Loyalty
  4. Innovation
  5. Service

The other organization I’m encouraging you to look at is TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

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Image: TAPS

TAPS not only focuses on the veterans and a healing process for wounded vets, but also the families of the fallen. With an understanding that veteran sacrifices stretch far beyond just the veteran, the work that TAPS does is inspiring.

I found the organization when I ran with them in the 2013 Disney Princess Half-Marathon, raising $500 for the cause. It may not seem like a huge number, but when it comes to giving back to the men and women that put their lives on the line, every dollar counts.

In the end, I don’t care how you choose to say thank you, as long as you take a moment today to thank a veteran. Without them, you probably wouldn’t be living the life you do.