Wednesday, September 27, 2006------------------------------------------------------------------------
I am sure all of our servicemembers have been informed of this reimbursement. But, we all know they don't always act when they need to. Thought I would pass this along to the parents to "remind" their Marine or soldier.
Soldiers have until Oct. 3 to file claims for reimbursement of certain private purchases of protective, health and safety equipment such as body armor. Purchases qualify if they were made between Sept. 11, 2001 and April 1, 2006 and if they were made in anticipation of or during the servicemember's deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. Claims should be filed with the Soldier's current unit. Former Soldiers should mail their claims to the U.S. Army Claims Service at Fort Meade, Md. More information on the reimbursement program is available at www.jagcnet.army.mil. Follow the link to the "Protective Gear Reimbursement Program."
And now for a little entertainment, being the coffee lover that I am I had to pass this one on .... and Ben, my friend (another coffee lover!), this one is just for you!
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor.
Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.
Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups--porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal; some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite--telling them to help themselves to the coffee.
When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:
"If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.
"What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups and were eyeing each other's cups.
"Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and the jobs, money and position in society are the cups.
"They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and do not change the quality of Life. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided.
"So, don't let the cups drive you .... enjoy the coffee instead."
Written by Dorothy Holland
Semper Fi and God bless you all.