As a career professional, volunteer, mom, wife, and friend, I focus on the positive aspects of life, even when the road is rough getting there. Life is funny. How you treat others, how you handle situations, and how you live each day is your responsibility ... so are the outcomes.
There is more to May 18, 2013 than people realize. It is our day of awareness for families and friends, who have lost a loved one to suicide. “When guns fall silent and ceasefires are agreed, wars live on in the minds of the men and women who fought them. And a killer still stalks them, more deadly than the enemies they once faced.[i]” These statistics are staggering. The rates are climbing every year. “349 service members in all branches of the US Military committed suicide in 2012, up 15 percent from 301 suicides in the military in 2011.[ii]” Like soldiers, teenage deaths due to suicide are the number three killer taking the lives of our youth ages 15 - 24.[iii]
I have become all too familiar with the lasting impacts of suicide, the heartfelt pain, and the lack of answers as to “why” or “how could I have helped before it was too late.” It is for this reason we are holding the Homes for Our Troops 9-Pin Tap Bowling Tournament. October 26, 2012 claimed another 15-year old victim and this time, it hit way too close to home again. Maddy was a vibrant, beautiful young lady, who wanted to go into the Army, loved fundraising / donating her time, and was an avid bowler. Now, imagine being a disabled soldier, who not only has to deal with a decrease in their independence, but also has to cope with dreams, thoughts, and other side-affects from being in combat. Unless you have lived it, it is unimaginable, yet there is (Maddy's) hope for a better life and help available for survival through life’s hardships.
Kenny Chesney - 2 tickets to the Miller Park, Milwaukee WI tour stop (Saturday, May 18) are being "52-chance raffled" to raise funds for:
"Homes for Our Troops, a national highly-rated non-profit, non- partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2004. They are strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious injuries since September 11, 2001.
It is our duty and honor to assist severely injured veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and to coordinate the process of building a home. Since inception, administration and fundraising costs are only 9.6 % of revenue. Through your generous donations, the homes Homes for Our Troops provide to our veterans are given at no cost." (http://
This is not just another raffle. It is a way to show kindness and compassion for humanity. It is a way we all can play a part in something bigger than ourselves. It is a way to honor our armed forces by contributing to their stability.
Only 52 cards will be sold - $20 each OR 2/$35 (Great seats!)
Contact TJ at email@example.com OR Go to Kips Inn (Hwy 100 & Walker) to purchase.