Laying a Wreath at Arlington National Cemetery

Laying a Wreath at Arlington National Cemetery

Last week, Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services was honored to join the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The invitation came from Frank Christensen, General President of the IUEC, who has been a friend for many years with his emphasis and leadership in veteran economic empowerment.

It was a special invitation because Frank knows how much respect we have for that space. He knew we would be proud to lay a wreath on behalf of the people with whom we served and for whom we now serve. For years, we have wandered the sacred paths of Arlington National Cemetery. It is our destination for peaceful reflection and solace. Stepping through the gates to these hallowed grounds gives us a feeling of comfort.

After the wreath laying, we spent the next few hours visiting Sections 7,13,15E, 30, 31,45, and 60. These sections are in very different parts of Arlington, allowing opportunity to reflect on the lives of those interned on our route.

Arlington is a special place for us, and being asked to join friends in a wreath laying at the Tomb is an honor. Standing at the top of the steps waiting for the ceremony, spending the day walking through the grounds and visiting specific graves, our thoughts and stories turn to all those who serve. Those thoughts turn to specific reflections shared with the nearly 20 family and friends who accompanied us.

These reflections include:

  • Inspiring Others to Action
  • Individual and Team Success
  • Leading by Example
  • Relationships and Trust
  • Indirect Versus Direct Leadership
  • Decisions-Making

Thanks to all of them for their leadership and to the IUEC for their commitment to those touched by military service.

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Together, we are Reaching America.  That isn’t just our tagline, it is a fact.  Every dollar that supports our work was donated by American patriots like you. Donations and support come in all shapes and sizes.  This coming weekend, September 17, our friends from the Great Falls, Virginia Rotary are hostingthe “Sean Plunkett Memorial Bocci Tournament” with proceeds benefiting our work at Dixon Center for Military and Veteran Services. This event is a family-friendly, ten-team bocci tournament and an offers an afternoon of fun enjoying the tournament, listening to music, and supporting Great Falls Rotary and Dixon Center. The event is on the 17th of September, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., on the Village Green in Great Falls, Virginia. The tournament honors the former memory of Great Falls Rotary Club President, Sean Plunkett. If you would you like to host an event benefiting Dixon Center for Military and Veteran Services  contact Vanessa Stergios, our Director of Development at vstergios@dixoncenter.org to learn more. 

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The world changed after the terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001.  Many of our service members and their families saw their realities swept away with the attack.  The era of routine deployments and a reasonably predictable battle rhythm was destroyed and replaced by two decades of intense sacrifice and chaos both on deployment and on the Homefront.

Today, many of our service members were not even born when 9/11 occurred.  They still live in the environment brought forth from the attacks but for many it is a memory shared digitally through news stories every anniversary of the attack. Do you remember where you were on that awful day?

Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services asks you to remember. Remember that day and the actions taken by our brave men and women to counter that threat and ensure that our nation was protected. Our military and first responders amazed the world by their actions and dedication and continue to do so today.
 
Challenges remain for some of our veterans and family members that struggle with their reintegration into local communities after exposure to the vileness of warfare. Dixon Center works with organizations that provide services in these communities to address the unique challenges facing these veterans and their families.
 
If you would like to learn more about Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services work with organizations assisting Post 9/11 veterans and their families contact our President, Col. Duncan Milne, USMC(Ret.) at dmilne@dixoncenter.org.

 

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An Update on how Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services is helping Veterans and their Families Heal with Honor.On August 10, 2022, 5 million veterans became eligible for benefits and increased services from the VA when the PACT (Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics) Act was signed into law.

This is what it means to impact the lives of veterans and their families and is but one example of Dixon Center’s work under our focus area, Heal with Honor—developing solutions that focus on the eight dimensions of wellness: mental, physical, social, environmental, occupational, spiritual, intellectual, and financial; ensuring that veterans and their families not only survive, but thrive.

In recent months, along with working with other partners in passing groundbreaking legislation, like the PACT Act, Dixon Center: has placed a spotlight on the importance of wellness during the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s GotYour6 Summit in New York City; led a convening of organizations who are partnering with Easterseals Greater Houston in delivering wellness services to veterans and their families throughout southeastern Texas; successfully advocated for keeping open a vital VA medical center in western Massachusetts; and assisted organizations develop proposals to Mission Daybreak, the VA’s program to develop suicide prevention solutions that meet the diverse needs of veterans.

Our emphasis is on the positive. We are working with organizations able to support veterans heal with honor. We partner with local and national organizations to help them find and focus on the overall well-being of veterans and their families. We help them develop programs that work, making them even more impactful.Deploying influence, ideas, and actions, we assist those organizations scale their impact and ensure that the right services reach veterans and their families at the right time.To learn more about increasing impact and assisting veterans Heal with Honor, please contact Colonel (Ret.) Sam Whitehurst, VP, Programs & Services, at swhitehurst@dixoncenter.org.

 

Photo One: Rosie Torres, Burn Pits 360, at a press conference supporting veterans exposed to burn pits.

Photo Two: COL (R) Sam Whitehurst, Dixon Center, at the GY6 Summit.

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At Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services we work with thousands of organizations and individuals nationwide who assist with our noble purpose of making the lives of our veterans and their families better.
 
One of the most impactful organizations we work with is our very own, The Fedcap Group, and its array of top-tier nonprofit agencies dedicated to advancing the economic well-being of people with barriers. Dixon Center works every day with the companies of The Fedcap Group to help them integrate veterans and their families into their vast offering of capabilities focused on knocking down economic barriers.

Just recently we focused efforts on helping Fedcap Serving Maine stand up their new organization, Veterans Forward, an organization designed to provide critical assistance to create a sustainable future for Maine’s veterans, service members and their families.
 
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These are just a few examples of how Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services works across The Fedcap Group to ensure that veterans and their families can succeed in the communities where they live.  If you would like to learn more about our work within The Fedcap Group or with other organizations across the nation, contact our President, Retired Marine Colonel, Duncan S. Milne at dmilne@dixoncenter.org.

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Donors Share in 10 Years by Continuing Commitments

Together, we are Reaching America.  On July 13, 2012, Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services celebrated 10 years of live-changing operations and programming.  

Our donors responded to this celebration with their continued commitment to our Nation’s veterans and military families. Their gifts and investments enabled our ability to impact more than 2.4 million individuals and organizations. Dixon Center is thankful to all those who made a commitment to continue to increase their impact on the future for the Nation’s veterans and military families. Want to have an impact on our next ten years? You can. Your generous, tax deductible donation to Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services is making a positive difference in the lives of veterans and their families.

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Veterans Forward-Communities Assisting Veterans, Maine Edition

Veterans Forward-Communities Assisting Veterans, Maine Edition

Maine is a big state with a small population, but it is blessed with one of the highest per capita population of veterans of any state in the union. The rural nature of the state and distances required to travel create challenges when it comes to access to services and supports for veterans of the Pine Tree State. With the assistance of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, Veterans Forward has been created by Fedcap Serving Maine. Veterans Forward provides veterans, service members, and their families critically needed support in emergency situations such as housing, substance use treatment, home heating assistance, food and clothing, and job training across the state of Maine.

Veterans Forward couldn’t have arrived at a more critical time.  The challenge of living on a fixed income forces many of our veterans to make hard choices between food, fuel, and medical care.

It is Summer now but with Winter always just around the corner in Maine, these choices can have real life and death considerations. Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services stands at the ready to help organizations like Veterans Forward in Maine and those like it across the nation assist veterans and their families so they can thrive in their communities.

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Dixon Center for Military & Veterans ServicesService Before Self, a podcast that tackles the evolving needs of veterans and their families, based on the belief that veterans can succeed in the community where they live.Listen to Veterans Helping Veterans Become Entrepreneurs with Colonel (Ret., USMC) Scott Jensen, Executive Director, National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC).  NVSBC provides nationally recognized training, networking, and advocacy for veteran small business entrepreneurs in the federal market to ensure they are procurement ready and have enhanced access to opportunities to start, operate, sustain, and grow competitive and strong businesses serving Federal agencies and other government contractors.

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Save the Date: Annual Holiday Reception

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Save the DateDixon Center for Military and Veterans ServicesAnnual Holiday ReceptionTuesday Evening, December 13, 2022 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm ESTWashington, D.C.

Please Save the Date of our Annual Holiday Reception and Awards Ceremony.

About this Event

We hope that you will save the date for our annual holiday reception and award ceremony. We use this time every year to thank our friends, families, supporters, and donors. Every year we recognize special individuals and organizations with our four awards:

The Eugene and Ruth Freedman Leadership Award

The Herbert and Carolyn Metzger Service Award

The Michael “Mick” Yauger Point Man Award

The Lou Lowenkron Commitment to Veterans Excellence Award

Please Save the Date and we look forward to another successful event. Watch for more information and announcements.

Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Servicesc/o The Fedcap Group633 3rd Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017www.dixoncenter.org

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Donors React to Memorial Day & Basic Needs

Donors React to Memorial Day & Basic Needs

Thank you to our donors who throughout the month of May made donations to Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services. These donors made memorial gifts in remembrance of a loved one who has passed away. By giving a donation in memory of a family member or friend, these donors are recognizing a special individual while also affirming their shared values and commitment to our nation’s fallen over Memorial Day Weekend. In June, we were honored to receive investments supporting Women Veterans Emergency Financial Assistance. This crisis intervention program recognizes the unique financial challenges women veterans face in creating stable, fulfilling lives for themselves and their families as they reintegrate into civilian life.  Our donation process is simple and quick. In just 30 seconds, your donation will be on its way to enable our veterans and their families to succeed where they live. And again, thank you to our nearly 2,000 donors.  

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