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"All Hands" a Veterans Day Free Story

The United States celebrates Veterans Day this Saturday, November 11. It is a federal holiday that has great meaning and depth for anyone in the military or part of a military family.

For Americans who do not have an immediate relationship with the military, the holiday can be misunderstood or overlooked.

I have not served in the military, nor have my parents, but both of my grandparents served in World War Two — one as a medic and the other as an air craft carrier radio operator. I have many friends who are currently serving or have served in the military, and my guess is that you do too.

We want to celebrate our military families with an original story, and so we created “All Hands.” The story grew from conversations I had with many military families and the unique challenges they experience with deployment, regular moves, and financial insecurity.

I hope this story can serve as an inspiration to reach out to our military friends and family — and to express appreciation and gratitude on this important holiday.


All Hands: A Story of Moving and Military Families

from the Helping and Healing Handy Tool-belt of Stories Collection

Description

It’s time for the Weaver family to move. They’ve been stationed at the Navy base in Mississippi for a little over two years and were fully expecting to be transferred to a new base somewhere else in the country. This is normal for the Weavers, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is difficult - especially for eight year old Derrick. Now he is faced with saying goodbye to his best friend Bobby and he doesn’t know what to say! Moving is always a challenge, and for the Weavers, it has the unique challenges that are familiar to all military families.

All Hands: A story of Moving and Military Families

Want to know more?

Here are is list of organizations that support active military and veterans:

 

GENERAL SUPPORT

Soldiers Angels

This highly-reviewed organization offers care and support in myriad ways to veterans and active military. They also work directly in and with the VA.


SUPPORT FOR ALL DEFENDERS/FIRST RESPONDERS:

Gary Sinese Foundation

Gary Sinese founded this organization after 9/11. Their mission: “creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.”


FOR TEXAS VETERANS:

Veteran Integration

This organization’s mission: to assist support, encourage, teach and equip Veterans & Families to achieve integration and balance and lead flourishing lives.


TRANSFORMATION through ART:

Combat Paper

This organization helps veterans deconstruct their uniforms and turn them into paper, which can then use to make art or as writing paper.


GIFT DIRECTLY TO THE VA:

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

You can give directly to this U.S. Department – with the largest network of hospitals and services for military and veterans.

About the Author

David Sewell McCann
Story Spinner

David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.