Veteran Stories

How do police officers feel?

Police officer feel

police officers feel:

I didn’t enjoy writing tickets – But you didn’t know

I cried when I found your daughter lying in a ditch, high on meth – But you didn’t know

I was devastated when I found the 32-year-old veteran died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound – But you didn’t know

I missed my kids birthdays, school plays and family trips because I had to work – But you didn’t know

I had nightmares about the 2-year old I found crushed under a truck tire while mom was inside buying dope – But you didn’t know

I really struggled with EVERY death notification I made to a family about their loved one – But you didn’t know

I was never comfortable at social gatherings because with the things I’ve seen, I can’t trust anyone – But you didn’t know

I’ve seen things you could never even imagine – But you didn’t know

I really didn’t like putting people in jail – But you didn’t know

My job was hard on my family – But you didn’t know

I had problems, just like everyone else – But you didn’t know

The next time you see an officer or any first responder, remember that they are people first and there is no training in the world that prepares them for the things they see and do on a daily basis.


I read this article on LinkedIn and decided to share it with my veteran friends.

Published with the permission of

Buck Rogers IPC LL.D D.Crim
Lt General at International Police Commission European Command Headquarters.

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A Canadian Vet story of the Great Escape


In March 1944, one of the most audacious projects carried out during WW2 occurred. It was the mass escape of Allied soldiers from the German prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III, the story of which was forever immortalised in the 1963 film The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen.

Stalag Luft III  was a Luftwaffe-run prisoner of war (POW) camp during the Second World War, which held captured Western Allied air force personnel.

On March 25, 1944, a German soldier patrolling around the camp noticed slushy tracks in the snow outside the camp.

As he got closer, he noticed a prisoner crawling through the snow. Realizing an escape was underway, the soldier fired his weapon in the air and called for help. Alarms went off all around the camp. The floodlights were turned on, and four prisoners were captured at the mouth of a tunnel.

Tragic End

In the hours that followed, the Germans realized the full extent of the escape: 76 men had made it out in the largest escape attempt of the war. Almost all of them, however, wouldn’t make it to freedom.

The German military followed a practice whereby each branch of the military was responsible for the POWs of equivalent branches. Hence the Luftwaffe was normally responsible for any Allied airmen taken prisoner. Stalag Luft III was a German POW camp situated deep within Nazi-occupied Poland, some 100 miles southeast of Berlin. The camp held thousands of captured Allied airmen during WW2 and was considered one of the hardest to escape from. Three design features made tunnelling almost impossible. Firstly, the loose collapsible sandy soil upon which the camp was built. Next, elevated prisoner housing to expose tunnels. Lastly the placement of seismograph microphones around the perimeter of the camp. All of these attempts had not stop allied POW of making escape plans. And Canadian vet Albert Wallace was no exception. (read the story)

Canadian Veteran benefits from the Veterans Independence Program

Veterans Independence Program

Canadian Veteran benefits: Howard Elson has experienced his share of action and adventure in his 31-year career with the Canadian Army’s Artillery division. His advice to CAF members and Veterans in life after service is to take advantage of all the benefits and services available.

Mr. Elson joined the Army from his home in Newfoundland. He served with the Artillery in postings was posted across Canada, and even on the Rhine river in Germany. He achieved the rank of Master Corporal, and then in the Reserves Rangers, rose to Lieutenant.

An accident in 1979, while working with 155mm artillery shells, left Mr. Elson with a permanent back injury. He transitioned out of the CAF and pursued a number of opportunities, after his service. These include being a training officer for the Canadian Rangers, working as a security guard for a Labradorean mining company.

Now 78, Canadian veteran Elson receives support like snow removal and assistance around his Nova Scotia home through the Veterans Independence Program(External link).

He encourages any Veteran who feels they might benefit from the program to apply. “By all means, look into it. I’ve been happy with what the program has to offer. It’s always easy to get answers if ever I have questions.”

If you’d like to know more about what the Veterans Independence Program can do for you, please click here to visit our website(External link).

Veteran Organizations

Veteran Organizations

Veterans are men and women who have served devotedly for their countries. They not only deserve recognition and but also respect and support to build their post-service veteran lives. Veteran organizations are the ones that make that transition easier.

They can be in many forms. For example, veteran nonprofit organizations, government organizations that serve veterans and veteran families, veteran lead businesses or companies hiring veterans are all considered as veteran organizations.

There are nearly 50 thousand veteran nonprofit organizations (and veteran charities) and over 250 thousand businesses founded or operated by veterans only in the United States. The number of veteran organizations all around the world is over 2 million. They serve 100 million veterans and their families. plays a vital role as a hub to assist veteran organizations in forming a strong and effective network. Every single veteran organization offers valuable services and support; however, together, they can achieve more.

Bringing veterans organizations together is precisely what we are trying to accomplish at

“With solidarity, we prevail.”   

Veterans and their organizations should work together to build a better future not only for the veterans and their families but also for the communities and even the whole of humanity. They can play a crucial role in human rights, democracy, and sustainable development of communities, cities, countries, and the world.  

Many veterans wonder which is the best veteran organization to join. It will depend on your location, personal interests, and time. They are all great, and they all try to add value and make an impact. You can explore many government, private sector, or nonprofit sector organizations on our website or the internet.

Veteran lead businesses and nonprofits are a significant part of our socio-economic world. However, they may not be as visible as they deserve. Please pay attention and recognize their impact. If you have time, join their volunteer team. If you have financial resources, make donations and support what they are trying to do for us.

You can also consider a second career in veteran lead business or nonprofit. It will be a good fit with the skills that you have gained during your military or community service. Be part of a veteran organization and start making a difference.  

A Chinese veteran pleads for peace

chinese veteran trapped in India visits his home town in china

Chinese veteran Wang Qi stayed in India after accidentally crossing into Indian territory in 1963.

The resentment of not being able to see his mother one last time has stayed with Wang Qi, 81, a Chinese soldier during the 1962 war with India. He says he accidentally crossed into the Indian territory, and has remained here since.

“I fought for my mother, whom I could not see after the war ended,” Mr. Wang said in broken Hindi. “People on both sides will have no benefit from fighting. Yeh acha baat nahi hai. Samjhauta karo! [This is not a good thing. Come to an agreement]. Why let people die over a piece of land?”

A surveyor in the People’s Liberation Army, Mr. Wang strayed into Arunachal Pradesh while on a stroll from his camp in January 1963. Tired and hungry, he hailed a Red Cross vehicle, only to be blindfolded and handed over to the Indian Army. The next seven years he was jailed in Ajmer, Delhi, Bhopal, Jabalpur and finally in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh before being freed.

On the ongoing border conflict, Mr. Wang, who joined the Army at 21, said: “I am just a former soldier…I have been away from my homeland. This is what conflict brings. People only lose. If border tension escalates, I will never be able go back to China.”

Upon his release, Mr. Wang began working at a flour mill in Tirodi village. “They even named him Bahadur,” recalled his son Vishnu Wang. Soon, he won over the trust of his employer, who arranged his marriage to a local woman in 1975. “Every night, I cried remembering my mother. The war split us forever,” said Mr. Wang.

Finally At Home

However, his heart pined for his homeland. “I told the Indian government that they could keep me here, but at least allow me to visit my home once,” he said, recalling the requests he had made over years. When Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister, Mr. Wang sent an air letter to his family members in Shaanxi province, who were relieved to know he was alive. Only in 2017 could he visit them for three months along with Mr. Vishnu, his wife and daughter, on a trip sponsored by the Indian government. At his hometown Xianyang, crowds cheered for the Chinese veteran holding banners that read: “Welcome home soldier, it has been a rough journey”. It was too late by then; his mother died in 2006. (continue reading)

Love We Share Foundation – Preserving Korean War Veteran memories through music

Love We Share Foundation – Preserving Korean War Veteran memories through music

As June 2020 marked the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, the Love We Share Foundation had plans to remember Korean war veterans across Canada through music with support from the Commemorative Partnership Program for all Canadian veterans. Small concerts were planned from Vancouver to Halifax, and various map dots in-between. COVID-19 put a damper on these plans – but that didn’t stop them from continuing to recognize the service and sacrifice of those who served during the Korean War.

The Love We Share Foundation, based in Edmonton, was founded in April 2014 with the goal of supporting local community needs through music. Sam Seo, the Producer and Artistic Director of the Foundation, wanted to create a project to recognize the Canadian veterans who served during the Korean War. “Remembering those Canadians who participated in the Korean War is very important for Korean-Canadian citizens,” he says.

A Dedicated Project

The original project was set to hit the road in June 2020. The project contains several events, initiatives and concerts scheduled across Canada. When the COVID-19 pandemic restricted public gatherings, Seo had to pivot and re-think his original plan.

The Love We Share Foundation was still determined to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. “We still wanted to highlight the talent of our musicians. And of course, commemorate the sacrifices of those who served during the Korean War,” says Seo.

Seo decided to create a virtual concert. Recordings were done with various musicians in South Korea, Edmonton, and Ottawa. He was able to secure an introductory greeting from the South Korean Ambassador to Canada, Chang Keung-Ryong. “We all know that music has healing power… and music can help us get through these difficult times,” Ambassador Keung-Ryong states at the beginning of the video message.

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2021 Veterans Day To Be Honoring the 100-year history of the Tomb of the Unknown Solider

us veterans loves to visit the tomb

This Veterans Day will mark 100 years since the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery has honored the remains of unidentified U.S. soldiers.

The Memorial Amphitheater, located by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, holds two major services each year—one on Memorial Day and one on Veterans Day. Each ceremony attracts about 5,000 people. There are approximately 3,000 smaller ceremonies at the Amphitheater throughout the year.

Roughly 130,000 visitors toured Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day pre-COVID. This year may be different, but it is still an important occasion for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Memorial Day seeks to honor those who have fallen while serving our country, and the Unknown Soldiers are no different.

On November 11, 2021, Arlington National Cemetery will be commemorating the centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The centennial is not only a day to celebrate and remember the burial of the World War One’s Unknown Soldier but to reflect on what the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier means to the nation.

A Brief History

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was erected after World War 1. At that time, access to the Tomb was considered achievable only with great difficulty to the average visitor. For this reason, the Army felt the stationing of a sentry was not necessary.  

However, according to Robert M. Poole, author of “On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery“, by 1923, a lack of decorum at the Tomb was being reported to the Army. Some of the undignified activities included picnickers and professional photographers taking photos of tourists in front of the Tomb. In addition, other complaints included cigars being stubbed out on the marble plaza and men approaching the Tomb with hats on. Following a story reported in the Washington Post, the Army hired a private guard at the end of 1923.

In 1926, after complaints from veterans visiting the Tomb, a military guard began its guard duty on the site.   By 1937, the military sentries would stand guard 24 hours a day.   As with many armed forces, tradition is important for the United States Army. For this reason, sentries posted at the Tomb are ceremoniously relieved.   Today, members of the Army’s Third Regiment are guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The tomb doesn’t represent just one conflict; it represents all conflicts, the significance, and purpose behind the upcoming events for the centennial, and where Americans can find information on these events and projects.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery is the first VA facility to have a never forget me garden. There are lessons why every American should visit the tomb. The nation should learn about its history and importance to so many gold star families and Veterans.

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‘They Were Soldiers’ Shares Inspirational Stories From 48 Vietnam Vets


A best-selling author and distinguished war correspondent collaborate on this tribute to US Vietnam vets

Many of the 2.7 million Americans who served in the Vietnam War returned to a divided country in great political turmoil. A new book, They Were Soldiers: The Sacrifices and Contributions of Our Vietnam Veterans, tells the stories of 48 male and female military members who served during those turbulent times.

The authors are Vietnam veterans themselves: Joseph Galloway, New York Times coauthor of the best seller We Were Soliders: Once … and Young (1992), and photojournalist Marvin Wolf. The pair chose to focus their work on the sacrifices and contributions that these veterans made after the war — as artists, healers, government workers and more. In the process, Galloway says, they found that “often the story of what good that veteran has done for his or her community and our country is more important than the war stories.”

The excerpt below highlights the story of Diane Carlson Evans, an Army nurse who returned from Vietnam with a severe case of PTSD and struggled as she became a mother and wife. Her frustrations with the lack of female representation at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., ignited the campaign to create the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.


Diane Carlson Evans was twenty-one when she arrived in Vietnam on July 30, 1968.

“I felt like I could do it,” she recalled. “I had good training and was ready to practice nursing. Therefore, I wasn’t afraid to develop the skills to start IVs, hang blood, take care of chest tubes, put down nasogastric tubes, and take care of patients on ventilators with tracheotomies — observing and caring for all kinds of patients. But I wasn’t prepared for the sheer numbers. For so many men my own age suffering and dying. (continue reading)

Facing Stalingrad (German & Russian Veterans)

Limburg-Volgagrad Memorial for the Battle of Stalingrad veterans

Memories of the Battle of Stalingrad come to life in the stories of surviving eyewitnesses of veterans. They are also enshrined in monuments that were built to commemorate the battle. Just as with the veterans’ stories, the memorial cultures in Germany and Russia show how differently the battle is remembered.


There are only a few Stalingrad memorials in Germany; the most prominent one is located on the cemetery of Limburg, a town forty miles from Frankfurt. It is a rock of granite bearing the inscription “Stalingrad 1943” and marking the moment when the 110 000 surviving soldiers of the German Sixth Army rendered themselves into Soviet captivity. Only about 6000 of them would return to Germany; the last were freed in 1955. These survivors formed a “Union of Former Stalingrad Fighters,” and they first chose Nuremberg, later Limburg, as the site of their annual meetings, which regularly fell on Volkstrauertag, the National Day of Mourning.

The German veterans commissioned the “Stalingrad rock” in 1964. Its shape and granite core were to evoke the toughness of the Sixth Army and its soldiers. On top of it rests a large bronze plate holding, chosen to indicate the large number of victims. Hidden below the plate is a crystal shrine containing blood-drenched soil from Stalingrad.

Scores of veterans attended the Limburg meetings during the 1960s and 1970s, each regiment claiming a separate table. Over time, their numbers steadily shrank. When we visited in 2009 less than twenty veterans were in attendance. They comfortably fit around a single round table. The meeting began with an evening of reminiscences, over coffee, cake, and wine, in the Limburg’s civic center. The next morning, the veterans visited the cemetery and congregated around the Stalingrad rock. A wreath lay on the ground, bedecked with the flags of the 22 German divisions destroyed by the Red Army between November 1942 and February 1943. Town officials held speeches denouncing past and present wars. A reserve unit of the German armed forces provided a guard of honor while a solo trom­bone player intoned the sorrowful melody of the traditional German military song, “Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden” (I had a comrade).

Russian Federation

In Russia, memorials commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad are legion. For instance, the city of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) alone boasts more than 235 memorial objects — plates, statues, obelisks, tanks, etc. This number does not include the dozens of urban streets that are named after generals, soldiers, and divisions that fought in the battle. A Panorama Museum commemorating the battle stands in the city center. And next to the Volga river, there is the Mamayev Hill memorial complex for the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad.

Overlooking the complex, which features a Hero Square, a Hall of Fame with an eternal flame, Walls of Ruins, and a Pond of Tears, is a huge female figure with an outstretched sword – a symbol of the Motherland calling on all Soviet citizens to fight for their country’s survival. As the memorial complex makes vividly clear, Soviet public memory of the battle (and post-Soviet Russian memory as well) emphasizes the heroic, and it is an affair of state. (more)

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US Postal Service unveils stamp honoring Japanese American WWII veterans


The U.S. Postal Service will honor Japanese American veterans with the Go For Broke: Japanese Americans Soldiers of WWII commemorative stamp. Second-generation Japanese Americans, also known as nisei, formed one of the most distinguished American fighting units of World War II. These troops were the all-Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team. Their motto was “Go for Broke.”

“The Nisei soldiers were exemplary role models who displayed perseverance, bravery and aloha. This stamp includes their motto ‘Go for Broke,’ which became the basis for their teamwork and victories on the battlefield,” Democratic state Rep. Nadine K. Nakamura told The Garden Island on Saturday.

The stamp features Shiroku “Whitey” Yamamoto from the Big Island, a member of the combat team. Artist Antonio AlcalaIt designed the stamp based on a photograph taken in 1944.

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” said Lynn Heirakuji, president of the Nisei Veterans Legacy and co-chair of the Stamp Our Story Hawaii Organizing Committee. “There is a big story behind this little stamp. But it’s more than a history lesson. It holds powerful lessons for this and future generations.”

Thousands of Nisei Fought in the US Army

Heirakuji, whose father was a WWII veteran and also a member of the combat team, said this is the first U.S. Postal stamp to feature an Asian American solider and bring recognition to about 33,000 Japanese American soldiers who fought in the U.S. Army during the war.

He also credited the effort to the Stamp Our Story campaign. It started in 2005 by three Japanese American women from California — Fusa Takahashi, Aiko O. King, and the late Chiz Ohira.

The USPS announced that the stamp is being issued as a forever stamp. Hence, it will always be equal in value to the current First Class mail one-ounce (28-gram) price. The stamp is available at all post offices, and online.

“This stamp not only honors the bravery and dedication of our Japanese American Nisei soldiers; it reminds us of our obligation to carry on the legacy of these soldiers to fight for a more equal and just world,. Democratic state Rep. Della Au Belatti said. (continue reading)