Edmonds Military Wire: Veteran? Check out these offers on Veterans Day

By Michael Schindler Check out the following offers available to veterans in honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11: Applebee’s – free meal on Nov. 11. Last year, Applebee’s served 1,024,000 free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members, and there will…

Edmonds Military Wire: Will troop withdrawals lead to more suicides?

By Michael Schindler The president recently announced that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by year-end. To some this is great news – especially for families back home. To others, the news is a bit alarming and shows more like a political move. But the reality is, after nearly nine years since entering…

Edmonds Military Wire: Defense cuts could help veterans’ benefits

By Michael Schindler Welcome to the 21st century. No question this time in history will be viewed much like the Great Depression — high employment, increasing homelessness, economic instability; there is a lot of “belt-tightening” and not just at our home fronts. The Department of Defense has been instructed to tighten its belt as well…

Edmonds Military Wire: Military draft possible with defense cuts

By Michael Schindler If the bipartisan supercommittee is unable to reach a deal by Thanksgiving, what we now know as an “all volunteer” military could give way to the Vietnam-era draft. Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Representative Buck McKeon recently claimed that if the bipartisan debt supercommittee is unable to reach a deal…

Edmonds Booktalk: A bevy of new books to read this fall

By Elaine Mattson Now that we have, at long last, had a bit of summer, I must admit that I am getting ready for fall. The top is back up on the Jeep, and it is starting to become noticeably darker, noticeably earlier. One of the best parts of fall is all the great books…

Edmonds Military Wire: Obama challenges veterans’ health care ruling

By Michael Schindler Uh-oh. The Obama administration is challenging a ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that would allow veterans’ groups to go to court to seek an overhaul of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ procedures and timetables to speed health care to veterans. This decision has some vet…

Edmonds Military Wire: Movie ‘Courageous’ tackles first responder issues

By Michael Schindler Understanding the issues that face our first responders and military families can often be difficult for those who haven’t actually “lived it.” Coming soon to theaters is a movie, “Courageous,” that does a great job of bringing some of those issues to the forefront. “Courageous” takes a look into the lives of…

Edmonds Military Wire: Army announces shortened deployment cycles for 2012

By Michael Schinder Army officials announced that beginning January 1, 2012, most soldiers will deploy for nine months, giving them more time at home between deployments. That being said, most augmentees and those with particular skills or in low-density skill sets and grades will remain on 12-month deployments. So what does this really mean? Those…

Edmonds Military Wire: Support our veterans with Hometown Heroes Raffle

By Michael Schindler Over the years I have had a number of people ask me what are practical ways they can support our troops. Is it care packages? Calling cards? Letters? All of these are great. And our troops are often well thought of while deployed. So what happens when they get home? Unfortunately, for…

Edmonds Booktalk: The best book I’ve read lately

By Elaine Mattson A long-time customer, and a woman I have known since I was a kid (hi Mrs. Pince!), asked me what was the best book I had recently read. And it stumped me for a minute. I’ve been reading a lot of books this summer, and have liked a lot of them ……

Edmonds Military Wire: Army faces new threat in record-high suicides

The Army has a new threat – and unfortunately it is an ongoing one that seems to grow regardless of the resources they throw at it: service member suicides. In the month of July, the Army reported 32 suspected active duty and reservist suicides, the highest monthly toll on record. Of those 32, five took…

Edmonds Military Wire: New office aims to strengthen military families financially

By Michael Schindler Okay, I know this will sound a bit funny – especially in light of all that is taking place in Congress right now – but the government has dedicated an office to help strengthen military families financially. Here’s the release: “A government office dedicated to protecting servicemembers and their families from financial…

Edmonds Military Wire: Troops becoming drug addicts — what is the solution?

By Michael Schindler For more than nine years, we have been engaged in conflict and war. The result: multiple deployments, marriage breakups, troop suicides, increases in domestic violence and military sexual trauma. There are also countless hidden injuries – PTSD, TBI and chronic pain. The flip side? No terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. So the…

Edmonds Booktalk: If you like these authors, here are some others to try

By Elaine Mattson There has actually been an occasional day of summer. Hooray! So grab a book, and find a spot to relax and read and breathe in these summer days. Are you reading faster than your favorite author can write? Unless you are reading everything with James Patterson’s name on it (how _does_ he…

Edmonds Military Wire: A government default wouldn’t impact military pay

By Michael Schindler. Down to the wire. Are we going to raise the debt ceiling or are we going to default. That is the most pressing question for many in Congress. But if you are serving this country, the most immediate question is, “Will I get paid?” The answer is yes. On Wednesday, July 13,…

Edmonds Military Wire: VA reaching out to women veterans

By Michael Schindler Some will undoubtedly say, “It’s about time…” and there is no question that services for women veterans have been lacking. Women veterans are one of the fastest-growing segments of the veteran population. Of the 22.7 million living veterans, more than 1.8 million are women. They comprise nearly 8 percent of the total…

Edmonds Military Wire: Introducing Sargeslist, a classifieds for military families

By Michael Schindler Classified ads have never really been “classy.” Growing up I remember that people’s worn out or well-used goods were given real estate at the “back of” the newspaper. Jump a few years and the classified section graduated to Craiglist. Not classy – not flashy; but extremely effective. And the goods actually seemed…

Edmonds Military Wire: Celebrate the 4th of July with Jimmy Smits

By Michael Schindler I love the Fourth of July. Anchored in rich history and a visual display of America celebrating its independence, the Fourth of July holiday. No question Edmonds has some of the best fireworks, but should you not be able to hang for the late night festivities, do check out A CAPITOL FOURTH….

Edmonds Booktalk: Read the books before you see the summer movies!

By Elaine Mattson The book is always better! We are smack in the middle of the summer movie season, and it seems that Hollywood is, once again, using books as a great source of material. While this is definitely not a new phenomenon, it certainly seems more common these days, or maybe we are just…

Edmonds Military Wire: Keeping the romance alive during deployments

By Michael Schindler I have a confession. When the Dating Divas first reached out, I was sure that what they were doing didn’t apply to me – after all, I’m married and I left “dating” behind a long time ago. And yet, my wife and I have date nights….what was I thinking?? Ladies, I’m sure…