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Christmas Decor Honors Veterans, Active-Duty Military and First Responders with Patriotic Pines

DALLASNov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Christmas Decor, a leading holiday lighting and decorating franchise, has teamed up with Birds Eye View Project to launch Patriotic Pines in an effort to show support and bring awareness to military and first responder communities across the United States. At a time when our nation seems so much at odds, the partnership aims to play a role in spreading efforts of unity, hope, and appreciation for the country and those who spend their days protecting our way of life.

Christmas Decor and its network of 250+ operators will be donating the red, white, and blue Christmas trees and garland flags to military families, VA hospitals, VFW lodges, military recruiting stations, local police stations, and fire departments across the country this holiday season. Additionally, retail orders can be made at www.patrioticpine.com if individuals are interested in aiding in the awareness effort or donating to local organizations.

“We have taken the humble symbol of the American flag and created a line of products that allow each and every American to show their support and thanks for military families, veterans, and first responders,” stated Rayan Parrott, founder of Birds Eye View Project. “We believe with the help of Christmas Decor, we can spread a message of unity, pride, and support for our brave men and women at a time when our country needs it the most.”

The partnership formed when Dallas-based philanthropist and former Navy SEAL, Ryan Parrott decided to expand Patriotic Pine to a national level by connecting with Christmas Decor’s parent company, The Decor Group. The idea began as a way to honor U.S. military members who cannot be home for the holidays. At a time of year when many spend their days with family and loved ones, others do not have that luxury. They are the brave men and women of our armed forces and first responders protecting our country and daily way of life.

“When we were approached by the Birds Eye View Project with an opportunity to partner with an amazing cause like Patriotic Pines, it was another wonderful opportunity to support a group of people who we admire and aim to appreciate,” stated Brandon Stephens, president of Christmas Decor. “This program complements our existing Decorated Family Program which is in its 15th year of transforming the homes of servicemen and women each holiday season. These efforts are the least we can do for those who risk their lives of us daily.”

Now a seasonal tradition, hundreds of franchisees nationwide participate in the Decorated Family Program by donating products, resources, and time to decorate the homes of local military families with lights, garland, ornaments, and other trimmings. Following the decorating process, each decked out home is revealed during a surprise ceremony.

Operating in more than 300 markets and 49 states, Christmas Decor, Inc. is the largest professional holiday and event decorating franchise. The company offers complete decorating service programs including unique display design, installation, maintenance, and removal of holiday lighting and decorations – alleviating decorating stress while delivering the look customers want within a reasonable budget.

For more information on Christmas Decor and to find a local operator, please visit http://www.christmasdecor.net/

About Christmas Decor
Since its inception in 1986, Christmas Decor has risen to become the premier holiday lighting and decorating company in North America. The Texas-based company was founded by Blake Smith as an off-season supplement to his landscape business and as a method to provide year-round work for employees. Christmas Decor quickly emerged as a viable business opportunity and today, operates in more than 300 markets in 49 states and Canada. Christmas Decor is highly revered in its field and has received consistent recognition for its efforts, including its popular Decorated Family Programwhich has been featured on The TODAY Show, TIME.comCNN and FOX, among others. For more information, visit www.christmasdecor.net.

About Birds Eye View Project
Birds Eye View Project generates awareness and raises funds for charities supporting veterans and first responders. Former US Navy SEAL Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, and other Veterans offer an up close and personal look at the extreme needs of veterans and first responders, as well as the people and organizations working to help them realize nothing is impossible, even the most extreme challenges. 2017 Beneficiary organizations include: Sons of the Flag, Carry the Load, 22Kill, Adaptive Training Foundation, America’s Mighty Warriors, Base Camp 40, Rebuilding Warriors, and Rosecrance Florian.  Visit #Birdseyeviewproject and www.birdseyeviewproject.org for more information.

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Christian Perspectives on Veteran’s Day 2015

By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Founder and Editor, FaithInspires.Org

In Acts Chapter 10 we find the story of Cornelius the centurion. A man who was not just a soldier but a man who commanded 100 soldiers in battle after battle. Verse 2 tells us, “ He and his whole household were pious,Gentle God worshipers. He gave generously to those in need among the Jewish prayed to God constantly.” Later in Verse 22 his messengers said of him, “ … a centurion and righteous man, a God worshiper who is well-respected by all Jewish people.” Acts Chapter 10 even tells us of God sending angels to talk to Cornelius. From this we can tell that God is concerned about those who serve in the military. They flourish under God’s care just as we all do.

In considering the responsibility of a member of the military from a Christian faith perspective we look at Ezekiel 33:6 where it says “But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.” What we learn here is that while God hates war, he understands that in this imperfect world war happens. Knowing this he provides us with men and women endowed with the necessary gifts to defend us when needed. God holds those charged with our defense accountable for our safety. This same need is echoed from our American History in the words of George Washington, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” God not only prepares us for war when it must happen, He also prepares those who defend us, through his relationship with them. We saw this with Cornelius where scripture tells us he “prayed to God constantly.” I know first hand that many of our military members do this even today. So while we very much be very grateful to every individual who has ever worn our nations uniform, as Christians we should also be grateful to God for providing us with such amazing unique individuals for our defense in the first place.

I served in the Texas State Guard many years ago. I also served in the Coast Guard Auxiliary along active and reserve Coast Guard members. I am a life member of the Navy League of the United States, and a former local board member with the U.S. Selective Service System. So I have been lucky to observe and be around members of our military from a variety of perspectives. So when I tell you that on Veteran’s Day that those who serve to protect us deserve our enduring gratitude. I speak from first hand experience, up close. One of the best ways we as Christians can thank our veterans is to pray for them. Many bear emotional scars years after the battle that the rest of us cannot even imagine. Some of them have suffered financially because of their service. Some have lost arms or legs, or have suffered head injuries that have caused many difficulties. The cost of our defense can be high to those who are charged with our defense. God’s comfort, strength, and companionship can be critical to them. You may not think you even know any veterans. As in all things, this does not restrict your prayer. God knows the names, God knows the needs. No sincere prayer will ever go unneeded or unheeded..

When I was in uniform I was blessed to not see combat. But I served, and as one who served I want to extend my prayers, and my enduring gratitude to every single person who has ever honorably worn our nation’s uniform. Thank you for giving me the right, and opportunity to say Happy Veteran’s Day, and God bless you for your service !

Veteran’s Day Reflections 2014

Veteran’s Day is the one day a year we set aside to honor all those who have served to defend our country. Whatever branch, What ever war, whatever function. They all played a part. As a group they deserve all the honor and recognition that we can bestow on them. Veteran’s are a special breed. Many have  served their communities through groups like the American Legion or the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars many times more years than they were in the military itself. Many veterans left the service and entered such fields as teaching, first responders and  health care etc. where caring and service are bigger incentives than the size of their paychecks. So it can be truthfully said that countless veterans continue to serve in very real ways long after they have hung their uniform up.

 

Unfortunately it is also true that too many veterans have physical, mental, and emotional injuries that have never been fully addressed. We should make a promise this Veteran’s Day to redouble our efforts to get them the help they need, and have earned. My personal opinion is the Christian church world has a very big role to play here. We should seek out  sound bible based  training in this area. We should look to build relationships with the veterans groups in our area. This should be thought of as a mission field, and it is one that practically every church in our nation has in its own back yard.

 

May Almighty God bless all those who have served to defend us this Veteran’s Day. May He strengthen and comfort those who need it. May help us gain understanding of the needs of this very important segment of our society. May he allow us to be truly thankful for their service, and for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Amen

 

Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

Founder and Editor, Faith That Inspires Action

Admiral, Texas Navy ( Honorary)

Life Member, Navy League of the United States

Military Police Corps-Texas State Guard 1983-1990

At the Intersection of Faith and Freedom are Those Who Serve

COLUMBIA, Mo., Sept. 8, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Those Who Serve is a devotional for those who serve our great nation. At the core of this book are the themes of faith, family, and freedom. It includes personal life stories from the author as well as thirty-three stories from Medal of Honor recipients and ex-POWs from our country’s major conflicts. Some of their stories are told in the inspiring DVD, which is included with the book. The author also uses examples of military insignia and badges to connect military history with pertinent scriptures. It’s designed to be a resource for military chaplains, all those in uniform, as well as all veterans.

Two of the sections of the book include advice for life and stories of American heroes who served in harm’s way. These individuals offer practical and spiritual wisdom for life. Much of their wisdom was forged during combat and in the burning fire of adversity, pain, suffering, sorrow, sadness, and death. Those Who Serve includes the photos of all the contributors featured in this book as well as images of various military insignia.

Col. Leo Thorsness, USAF (Ret.) MOH, Vietnam shares, “I have been blessed to know Jim Coy many years. This book combines service to the Lord and to the nation and makes it easy to share and encourage a faith in God. The book is a great resource for all who have a love of God and nation.” Brig. Gen. Robbie Risner, USAF (Ret), Korean War Ace, Ex-POW, Vietnam adds, “Any book written by this red, white, and blue Christian will make a powerful impact on the reader. Everyone who reads it will experience a renewed awareness of what makes America the greatest nation in the world.”

Those Who Serve — A Devotional for the Military is the fourth book in “The Gathering of Eagles” series. It follows A Gathering of Eagles, Prisoners of Hope, and Valor. He served as a medical consultant for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and with the Army Special Forces. Coy has received numerous military honors. Jim and his wife, Vicki, are on staff with the military ministry of Campus Crusade (CRU). He frequently speaks to community, church, and military groups across the U.S.

Those Who Serve, by Col. Jimmie Dean Coy (Ret.), 240 pages, HC with included 116 min. DVD, $24.99, Author’s website: www.agatheringofeagles.com, ISBN: 978-158169-471-0 Published by Evergreen Press christian-publishing.net (2013)

Veterans Received Thousands of Notes from Americans Via Generation Opportunity’s ‘Valentines for Vets’ Initiative

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Respect and Appreciation Overwhelming for Those Who Served and Sacrificed

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Generation Opportunity’s recent “Valentines for Vets” initiative resulted in an outpouring of thousands of notes to veterans receiving care in military hospitals as well as those in military retirement facilities throughout the United States. The online effort, launched in February of 2012, allowed people to create personal expressions of support and appreciation for veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Generation Opportunity provided the valentines to thousands of veterans in military hospitals and retirement facilities across the country during the week of Valentine’s Day.

“The ‘Valentines for Vets’ initiative gave thousands of people from across the country an opportunity to say thank you to those who have selflessly served our country and protected our freedoms, including those recovering in military hospitals. The expressions of gratitude were profoundly genuine — I was deeply touched by those messages I had the opportunity to read as they poured in from all over the country. As the brother of two active duty U.S. Marines, I know those who serve greatly appreciate when their service is recognized and respected by their fellow citizens,” said Owen Philips, Director of Online Strategic Initiatives at Generation Opportunity.

National and local media, as well as bloggers, played a major role in the success of the initiative as they highlighted the effort in news stories, links, websites, and blogs.

The Generation Opportunity team delivered the messages to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces at multiple facilities serving veterans, including:

  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Washington, DC),
  • Armed Forces Retirement Home (Gulfport, MS),
  • Veterans in Partnership (VISN) 11 Healthcare Network (Ann Arbor, MI),
  • Miami VA Healthcare System (Miami, FL),
  • VA Southwest Health Care Network (Mesa, AZ),
  • Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center (Columbus, OH), and
  • Maine VA Medical Center (Augusta, ME).

Generation Opportunity has many current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving or living overseas as fans on its pages “Being American by GO” and “The Constitution by GO.” The organization will continue to recognize and support those who have taken time from their families and communities to defend freedom and liberty around the globe.

ABOUT GENERATION OPPORTUNITY
Generation Opportunity is a non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c)(4) organization that seeks to engage everyone from young adults, to early career professionals, college students, young mothers and fathers, construction workers, current service men and women, veterans, entrepreneurs, and all Americans who find themselves dissatisfied with the status quo and willing to create a better tomorrow.

Generation Opportunity operates on a strategy that combines advanced social media tactics with proven field tactics to reach Americans 18-29. The organization’s social media platforms — “Being American by GO” on Facebook and “The Constitution by GO” on Facebook — have amassed a total fan base of more than 2.4 million. Both pages post links to relevant articles and reports from sources ranging from the federal General Accountability Office (GAO), to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Brookings Institution, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Heritage Foundation.

Read about Generation Opportunity here; visit “Being American by GO” on Facebook here and “The Constitution by GO” on Facebook here.

For our Spanish-language page — Generación Oportunidad — click here.

Generation Opportunity’s New ‘Valentines for Vets’ Initiative Delivers Expressions of Love, Support, and Appreciation to Veterans for Valentine’s Day

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Generation Opportunity Invites Americans to Create Notes of Appreciation to the Selfless Heroes Who Guarantee America’s Freedoms

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Generation Opportunity, a rapidly growing organization with over 2.3 million Facebook fans that is mobilizing young adults through a strategy based on social media and ground operations, is proud to announce its new “Valentines for Vets” initiative for Valentine’s Day 2012. The online effort allows people to create personal expressions of love, support, and appreciation for U.S. veterans. Many of the Facebook fans on Generation Opportunity’s pages “Being American by GO” and “The Constitution by GO” are current or former members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving or living overseas.

“The ‘Valentines for Vets’ initiative allows anyone the opportunity to create a message of thanks to the selfless heroes, especially America’s youngest veterans, who have taken time out of their lives and careers to defend America’s freedom, security, and Exceptionalism. The Generation Opportunity team knows — through the service of their own friends, family members, and those they love — the vital impact that a heartfelt and well-timed thank you can have on the morale of veterans,” said Paul T. Conway, president of Generation Opportunity and former Chief of Staff to Major General Douglas O’Dell, USMC (Ret.), at the United States Department of Homeland Security. “On a day when Americans traditionally engage in expressions of love to one another, it is a great opportunity to remind those who served that their fellow citizens and nation love them and fully respect their service and sacrifice.”

Generation Opportunity will deliver the messages to veterans during the week of Valentine’s Day.

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Go to this link — generationopportunity.org/valentines-for-vets
  2. Follow the instructions and write your personal message.
  3. After submitting, messages will be delivered to veterans the week of Valentine’s Day.
  4. For questions or other information, please email info@generationopportunity.org

ABOUT GENERATION OPPORTUNITY
Generation Opportunity is a non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c)(4) organization that seeks to engage everyone from young adults, to early career professionals, college students, young mothers and fathers, construction workers, current service men and women, veterans, entrepreneurs, and all Americans who find themselves dissatisfied with the status quo and willing to create a better tomorrow.

Generation Opportunity operates on a strategy that combines advanced social media tactics with proven field tactics to reach Americans 18-29. The organization’s social media platforms — “Being American by GO” on Facebook and “The Constitution by GO” on Facebook — have amassed a total fan base of more than 2.3 million. Both pages post links to relevant articles and reports from sources ranging from the federal General Accountability Office (GAO), to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Brookings Institution, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Heritage Foundation.

Read about Generation Opportunity here; visit “Being American by GO” on Facebook here and “The Constitution by GO” on Facebook here.

For our Spanish-language page — Generación Oportunidad — click here.