Thursday, October 31, 2013

Scary times for Military Veterans and Families

United Military Care, Inc.
Zombies, Monsters, Ghouls 
They don't scare me.

This does! 

Dear Friends & Partners,
As we prepare to dole out sweet treats for little ghouls and goblins, I wanted to tell you what really scares me.  Where is our country headed and why aren't we taking care of those who have worn the uniform and protected all of us? If you dare to care - read more.....

Kim Scofi
900,000 Vets go Hungry, Over 53,000 in Georgia   
 By:Iraq War Veteran, J Stolz

Explain this to 53,500 Georgia Veterans....On Friday, unless Congress acts (which would be an exception, not a norm), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or food stamps, will be cut for as many as 900,000 veterans and their families, according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Many of those who served this nation in uniform, but are facing tough economic times, will find it that much harder to feed their families.
How is this even a debate? How is it that men and women who served in uniform get smeared as lazy and unmotivated to work, as soon as they need help feeding their families by using food stamps?


Not all Super Heroes wear capes, America's wear camouflage!

Where is the money?   

Below are a few expenditures that were brought to our attention.
1.6 billion to Pakistan    
 16M Grant Opportunity
 to improve the nutritional status of mothers and children in Cambodia.
400,000 Veterans told to sit and wait and wait....
By: Lisa Ferguson-NewsMax
More than 400,000 claims from the nation's warriors have been left untouched for more than four months in the offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs, it has been revealed. And it's not even the fault of the government shutdown - the number actually went down during the 16 days that Washington stood nearly idle. The latest figure, from last Friday, stands at 411,704,
The Wall Street Journal reports. These are claims that were filed before June 15.

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With the help and support of wonderful Americans we have been able to provide the following this month:

Food - 193 Assists
Clothing - 8 Assists
Military Kids - 1204
Budgeting/Coupons - 47
 Returning Soldiers - 485

The needs are coming in fast and furious and as you can see by the articles above, it is about to get a lot worse.  YOU can make a difference.  Please take two minutes out of your day and help a military family or veteran.
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Kim Scofi, President
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

DJ's back stroke

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DJ basically taught himself how to do the backstroke. One day he couldn't even float on his back and the next this:
We had to video it to show Jerry, and figured we would share. :-) 

Monday, June 17, 2013

DJ showing off his new moves in the water.

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Summer is here, which means lots of pool time for us. DJ has pretty much taught himself to swim over the years and this year is no exception. He has figured out the front stroke and back stroke over the last couple of days. We had to video it to share with Jerry.

Please Help My Friend Jen!

My friend Jen has an awesome opportunity and I am hoping that someone out there that reads this can help her out in some way! With all that is going on here this is the best I can do for now, unfortunately. But I know that I have some awesome friends and family out there, as well as the random reader that could help her out.
Here are the details in Jen's own words:
Hello Facebook friend, future friend or random invitee!

SHORTCUT: There are now TWO ways to sponsor! On, please use my personal email On (Quick Pay service), please use

Thank you in advance for your support! Collaboration projects & pitches welcomed! HUGE, humble thank yous to those who have sponsored me thus far. If you are unable to donate funds, please consider supporting me by sharing this page on yours or with a retweet on Twitter.

My name is Jen Vargas and I was one of 8,000 people in the United States invited by Google to participate in their Glass Explorers project. I am reluctantly sending out this event invite as a last ditch effort to try and secure sponsors to make my Glass For Good project happen. I certainly don't want to be seen as a spammer or charity case, and apologize in advance for using an Event Page for something like this. (Have seen them used for worse though!) Lots of info below, but it's important stuff. Hang in there with me...

Have you heard of Google Glass? Google Glass might just be the most revolutionary thing to happen to mobile technology. Despite the privacy stigma already thrust upon it, I honestly believe Glass could do a LOT more good for a LOT of people. I could fill this text box with lots of tech specs that most of you probably won't care about, or I could SHOW you. Check this out...

What 'Good' do I hope to do with Glass? I am open to any and all project suggestions from anyone who sponsors in the state of Florida. Here are a few of my ideas so far:
- Shoot short films on Glass here in Florida
- Show people
Relay For Life: Hunter's Creek, Florida (a 21 hour fundraising event) through Glass
- Show people what
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Metro Orlando (5K walk in Downtown Orlando) is like
- Shoot and broadcast (over air/web) the first tv show segment shot on Glass via
Indie Cinema Showcase
- Show readers of Central Florida Top 5 a Day in The Life of the blog
- Show viewers live local events, openings and sneak previews through Glass.

THE DEETS: I have 14 days (from June 6) to purchase Google Glass and 30 days (also from June 6) to pick them up. Google is asking all participants to travel to either New York City, Mountain View, CA or Los Angeles to pick up their Glass, and sadly is mandatory. To be as cost efficient as possible, my goal is to fly in/out the same day of pickup. My dream would be to visit Google's Mountain View campus but to cut costs, I will be traveling to New York City.

PICKUP DAYS AVAIL (as of Sun June 16):
- New York City (Chelsea Market): June 29 [3p], July 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 [varied pick up times b/w 12p - 6p]

- Google Glass = $1500
- Travel (very last minute airfare, meals, taxis or gas) = $300-$500
- An **available friend with personal transport to take me to/from the airport and to Chelsea Market in NYC.
**Gas & lunch money for said available friend above.
**Available friend above will also be allowed to accompany me to Google HQ for Glass info session and fitting!
- Spare airline miles? (JetBlue?)
- Possibly a place to stay overnight, although I'm sure I can sleep at the airport or on a red eye flight.

Total funds raised as of Sunday, June 16th: $860.

If you are interested in sponsoring my Project Glass project, my PayPal address is **RELAYJENNNN@GMAIL.COM.** I chose not to use crowdsourcing sites for personal reasons... and also because every other Google Glass invitee used these sites to fundraise. I can't promise much in return for your kindness - at least not right now. Social Media shout outs are a given, a blog too. Maybe even individual blogs! Don't worry, I'll think of a creative way to thank ALL who are nice enough to support me :-)

If you can find it in your heart to help her out I would sure appreciate it! If you have any questions you can get ahold of Jen at one of the above email addresses and I am sure she will get right back to you!
The event page that I got the information above at is

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Family Movie Night at Riverfront Park

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The City of Columbia, sponsors a family movie night at River Front Park every Friday night of the summer. DJ and I went down and met my friend Aime last Friday night and enjoyed Puss In Boots.

From their website:
What's Happening at the Parks this Weekend! 

City of Columbia Parks and Recreation is kicking off the annual Movies in the Park series at a new location this summer, Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel Street. The public is invited to come and take in a great, family flick at the amphitheater while enjoying the natural surroundings near the river. The series will continue this week through July 26. 

June 14 - Puss In Boots
June 21 - The Three Stooges
June 28 - Ice Age: Continental Drift
July 5 - The Croods
July 12 - Life of Pi
July 19 - Parental Guidance
July 26 - Spongebob Squarepants Movie

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Take Me Out To The Ball Game... A Night Watching the Columbia Blowfish

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Here in Columbia we have a summer collegiate Coastal Plain League team, the Columbia Blowfish. This past Saturday night was military appreciation night, and since the weather was nice we decided to go downtown and take in a game. Let me say, I would rather pay the $7.00 a person to go watch these kids play than $30 or more to watch the pros play any day. It's just as exciting!
 Before the game started...
The City Of Columbia and several sponsors bused in a bunch of the new recruits from Fort Jackson to watch the game. I believe there were more than 1,000 present in uniform. 

The Fort Jackson Color Guard presenting the colors.

The Fort Jackson Band sang the national anthem.

Between innings the commanding General from Fort Jackson swore in some delayed enlistment kids. 

This gentleman led one of the charges in WWII and is the most decorated veteran alum from the Citadel. 

Natalie got a shirt. 

Blowy, the blowfish racing the kids from third to first base. 
DJ is the first boy in red there in this picture from their race. 

DJ and Blowy

Cutting the Army Birthday Cake