Some Things to Consider about Veterans:

Though my own military career is long behind me, I still reflect on the valuable lessons I learned while serving in the Army.   My commitment as a lawyer has been greatly enhanced through learning leadership as a young lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division and later as an officer in a Psychological Operations unit.  I want to salute my fellow veterans today for the sacrifices they make daily of their personal safety, comfort, and family life – all for us!

I would also like to share an article written by a young woman who is a disabled veteran trying to move on with her life after sacrificially serving in our military.   I trust her story will make all of us more sensitive and willing to look for opportunities to show exceptional kindness, appreciation, and sensitivity for those faithful men and women who have served and may be working to overcome life-long challenges resulting from that service.

From Amanda C., Disabled Army Veteran:

“As Veterans Day approaches, may I share a few guidelines that can be helpful when interacting with veterans or service members?

  • It is never OK to ask a veteran if he or she has killed someone or to joke about it. If we have, we can’t even talk about it with our spouses, much less a stranger.
  • When you thank us for our service or pay for our meal, it is really appreciated. We also appreciate packages and notes.
  • Please don’t tell us that wars are a waste of dollars or lives or were fought for oil. What we hear is that, in your opinion, our best friend died for nothing. We know many people disagree with war, but it’s better to keep your opinions to yourself.
  • Many of us now have PTSD. If you see us acting anxious or moving away from crowds, simple kindness or a little distraction will be appreciated. Talk to us about something interesting and give us some breathing room.
  • Please remember that 15 percent of those who serve in the military are women, and some have been in combat. It’s better to ask, “Are you a veteran?” rather than, “Was your husband a soldier?”
  • As with any person who has a disability, please do not stare at us. We can be sensitive about our scars or injuries and would prefer not to be asked to relive a difficult experience by being quizzed about what happened. Please also understand that war injuries today are very different than in the past and are often not visible. It is not OK to tell someone they “don’t look disabled.”
  • Those of us with disabilities appreciate light conversation and assistance if we look like we are in need.
    It was my pleasure to serve our country. — AMANDA C., U.S. ARMY DISABLED VETERAN”

Source:  The Dominion Post, November 8, 2012

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Ronald McDonald House Facebook Fundraiser


JUST CLICK “Like.” Raise money to help sick kids and their families.  Pretty easy, right?

That’s what local lawyer Jeff Robinette and his wife, Terri, thought when they came up with an idea to fundraise for the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown.

For each “like” Robinette Legal Group got on Facebook, the Robinettes donated $10 to Ronald McDonald House. Two days — and 1,000 “likes” later — they reached their $10,000 goal.

In a post, the Robinettes explained their decision to do the Facebook campaign rather than just donate to the charity. In addition to the donation, 41,707 people learned about the Ronald McDonald House’s goal to raise money to build a new family room; 4,791 talked about the campaign on Facebook; people had a chance to discuss how the Ronald McDonald House has affected their lives, which could have led others to donate; and the Legal Group got 1,000 likes.

“After all, it is no easy task to get people to like a lawyer,” they joked.
Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Steve De Jesus said the family room will be in WVU Children’s Hospital right across from the pediatric intensive care unit, so that family members don’t have to go far from their children to get a meal or a shower or to decompress for a few minutes. The family room will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Ronald McDonald House is only a few minutes away by foot from the hospital, but De Jesus said, for parents of critically ill children, a few minutes is an eternity.
They’ve been fundraising since April and have raised $135,000. The room is expected to cost about $275,000.
De Jesus said they were stunned by — and very appreciative of — how quickly the Robinettes were able to get “likes” on Facebook.

“In two days, we raised $10,000,” he said. “I wish we could do that every two days.”
Jeff Robinette couldn’t believe it either. “People were clicking so fast, you could watch the numbers climb by the hundreds in a couple hours,” he said. They were happy to help.

“The Ronald McDonald House has a long history in Morgantown of providing services to families and children,” Robinette said.

Robinette said they know people who have had children with health problems and could have benefited from a family room.

To donate to the Ronald McDonald House’s family room project, visit or mail a check to 841 Country Club Road, Morgantown, W.Va. 26505.

Source:  Dominion Post, October 11, 2012, by Brandy Brubaker