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…

Edmonds Military Wire: JBLM Ranger to be awarded Medal of Honor

By Michael Schindler Greatness shows up in the moment. And some moments require split second decisions — and those decisions reflect character. Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry displayed the character of a true leader by engaging in a selfless act that saved the lives of his team and ultimately changed his life…

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate June with releases perfect for dads and grads

By Elaine Mattson We never really got spring, and the calendar is telling us that summer is right around the corner. Which also means graduations and Fathers Day are right around the corner, ready or not. Take a deep breath, enjoy the sun when it’s here (I’m getting ready to put the top down on…

Edmonds Military Wire: On Memorial Day, remembering sacrifices of latest generation

By Michael Schindler In honor of Memorial Day, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, has penned the column below. This September marks the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 2,977 unsuspecting citizens in Manhattan, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.  This attack on our homeland sharpened our collective world…

Edmonds Military Wire: Overstock.com offering free ‘Club O’ membership

By Michael Schinder With National Armed Forces Day (held the third Saturday in May) behind us and Memorial Day quickly approaching, Overstock.com is honoring our devoted troops by announcing a new Club O initiative that will grant members of the Armed Forces a free lifetime Club O membership! Armed Forces Day is often overlooked. It happens…

Edmonds Military Wire: Documentary ‘Wartorn’ explores impact of PTSD

By Michael Schindler “The real war began when I got home.” This statement has stuck with me for a number of years. I was interviewing a soldier and his wife for the Operation Military Family book and he was describing his experiences in theater – which at the early stages of Iraq were not pretty…

Edmonds Military Wire: Wounded journalist, wife reach out to veterans with TBI

By Michael Schindler New York Times best-selling author Lee Woodruff had a wake-up call no wife ever wants to have. Her husband, award-winning journalist Bob Woodruff, suffered a severe injury from a roadside bomb while covering military actions in Iraq. Their journey to recovery, which has garnered critical acclaim for being both compelling and humorous, is chronicled…

Edmonds Military Wire: Michelle Obama initiative aimed at supporting military families

By Michael Schindler Military spouses and dependents are the inspiration behind an initiative launched in mid-April by First Lady Michelle Obama. The mission of “Joining Forces” is to make more Americans aware of the challenges facing military families, and to highlight ways communities, organizations and businesses are helping these families. Nearly 50 specific commitments have…

Edmonds Military Wire: Is America in Crisis?

By Michael Schindler For many, the answer to the question, “Is America in Crisis” has an obvious answer. “Look around,” some will say. States are broke, the Federal government is broke, the middle class is getting squeezed, more than 43 million Americans are on some form of government assistance – oh, and there is a…

Edmonds Military Wire: Are suicide prevention programs effective?

By Michael Schindler As mentioned in a previous post, we are exploring what, if anything, can be done to prevent suicides in the military. The stats show an increase in suicides across all branches – most notably the Army and Marines, followed by Air Force and Navy. Most troubling are the increased suicides among our…

Edmonds Military Wire: Who dies by suicide in the military

By Michael Schindler The headlines depict an epidemic occurring within our military. Not a day goes by that there isn’t some publication highlighting the increase in suicides among our nation’s finest warriors. RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, a joint endeavor of RAND Health and the RAND National Defense Institute, conducted a thorough investigation…

Edmonds Military Wire: Being called up to active duty? Take advantage of the SCRA

By Michael Schindler What do you do if you receive the call stating your unit, Battalion or Brigade is getting activated? Aside from putting all your personal affairs in order, check into the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. The Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act (SCRA) expanded and improved the former Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act (SSCRA)….

Edmonds Booktalk: From gardening to bunnies, books perfect for spring

By Elaine Mattson Welcome spring! It is finally beginning to feel as if it may happen this year, and having it stay light later is always a wonderful thing. And spring means gardening books! Last year I started my gardening fun the first week of March, but this year March was way too cold and…

Columnist Michael Schindler named ‘Superhero for Washington Families’

Congratulations to My Edmonds News columnist Michael Schindler, who has been named by ParentMap magazine as a 2011 Superhero for Washington Families. The announcement appears in the monthly magazine’s April issue. Schindler, a Navy veteran who writes the weekly Edmonds Military Wire, was honored for his work with Operation Military Family, an Edmonds-based organization he founded to strengthen…

Edmonds Military Wire: Family member deployed? Great event April 5

By Michael Schindler For those of you in the Puget Sound/Seattle area who have a deployed family member, mark your calendars to attend the Deployed Families Group at JBLM Tuesday, April 5 from 5:30-8 p.m. Carolyn Clanton, who heads this group of family members, is making their monthly event open to all branches of service…

Edmonds Military Wire: Fundraiser to expand golf course for wounded vets

By Michael Schindler Truth be told, I’m not much of a golfer. I am truly that guy who, if I were to “practice my golf swing,” would only be reinforcing a really bad golf swing. But this “Surrender Your Booty” event, which will benefit the American Lake Veterans Golf Course, will help many wounded and…

Edmonds Military Wire: Area families experiencing ‘Operation Baby Boom’

By Michael Schindler There was a saying in World War II that when sailors were asked by reporters what they would do when they first got home, they would reply, “Make love to my wife.” When asked what they’d do next, they’d respond, “Drop my duffle bag.” It seems the results of multiple deployments and…

Edmonds Booktalk: Edmonds Bookshop owners celebrate 10th anniversary

By Elaine Mattson The Edmonds Bookshop opened in 1972. We have been privileged to have a very short list of wonderful owners, not least of which are the current owners, Mary Kay Sneeringer and David Brewster. The reason I mention it now, is that this month, March 2011, we are celebrating their 10th year of…

Edmonds Military Wire: March 4 summit aimed at military kids and families

By Michael Schindler The fourth annual Washington State Military Kids and Families Summit will focus on providing needed resources to military children and the people who support them. The event, open to military families, educators, community leaders and the public, is March 4 in Tacoma.  Workshops include how children cope with deployment, transitions, and reunions….