Veteran’s Day Blog Post: Michael Wells

At COSF we have a simple mantra – They Stood for Us. We Stand With Them.  We are committed to providing support for veterans from any generation, regardless of discharge status.  Veterans with “bad paper”, who were separated from the military with Other than Honorable discharges – often as a result of untreated Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury - are falling through the cracks.  Soldiers like Michael Wells, a veteran whose two combat tours left him with both mental and physical wounds.  In his own words, Mike tells us about the challenges he and his family continue to face.  This Veteran’s Day, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read his story and join us in our efforts to ensure that no veteran family is left behind.  – Kristy Kaufmann, Executive Director, Code of Support Foundation

I want to get my story out there to raise awareness for PTSD, TBI and Other than Honorable discharges. Not everyone who has a less than Honorable discharge is a scumbag. Some of us were simply reacting to situations that were out of our control. I did what I did because I feared for my safety and the safety of those around me. There is hope for us.  – Michael Wells, Combat Veteran

Shortly after graduating high school at 18 years old, I went down to the recruiting station.  I was drawn to the Navy for the sole purpose of becoming a Navy Corpsman; a Medic attached to a Marine unit. After talking to the Navy recruiter, it was determined that prior injuries would bar me from enlisting in the Navy. I went next door to the Army office to see what my options were. The recruiter was showing me a tape of certain Army Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) and the only one that appealed to me was a Tanker.

My Summer as a COSF Intern

My Summer as a COSF Intern

Code of Support Foundation is a very small non-profit organization devoted to military family and veteran support. Our organization teaches civilians the sacrifices our service members, their families, and veterans make- all of this inspires me to want to give back to them. I may not be personally involved in the military or veteran sector later in life, but I now know more about this walk of life and will continue to be an advocate for our heroes abroad and at home.

Fourth of July!

To all Americans home and abroad, happy independence day! Please take a moment to read a very special post from one of our unbelievable staff members, Jamie Stacy.

The 4th of July is a Holiday celebrated with anticipation, all across America. We all share the common experience filled with BBQ’s and Fireworks. But it means so much more than that...

Growing up in rural, upstate Averill Park, NY, I have clear memories as a four year old of sitting in a stroller, beside my family, in the middle of the Empire State Plaza of Albany, NY to watch the fireworks display. Strangely enough, I was not amazed at the colors and shapes in the sky. I was terrified. I spent the entire two hours under my blankie, waiting for it to be over.
But now, I look forward to lying out on a blanket in the middle of a park and being enchanted by the beauty of the fire in the sky, and inspired by what it means…

The Nostalgia of Remembrance

As we all start to gear up for the long weekend I wanted to share some of my memories of Memorial Day. My name is Shane Cooke and I am the proud son of a Marine, and the Director of Communications and Outreach at COSF. I hope you take a moment to read what Memorial Day means to me.

The Nostalgia of Remembrance...

As Friday rolls around this Memorial Day weekend, school kids everywhere will struggle to pay attention in class. For me, I was always way too busy daydreaming about the local pool opening, or mentally preparing for a camping trip with my parents to listen to Mrs. Wrecker talk about civics. The only thing I remember being on my mind in 5th period was the fact that I wouldn't have to go to school on Monday. As for my mom, although she would never have admitted it, she was probably in a similar state as she rode out the rest of the work week. My dad, if he wasn't at 30,000 feet turning off the fasten seat belt sign, was usually preparing to make his classic dinner of cheese quesadillas (a dish which infuriated my mother because it lacked a vegetable- “Uh that’s what the salsa is for mom”). Sometimes we would all pack into the family suburban and actually go on that camping trip, but most years we would just spend the weekend relaxing around the house, usually kicking off the unofficial start of summer with potato salad and barbecue in the backyard.

The Twelve Years of Christmas: An Amazing Gift to America

This past September, America marked twelve consecutive years of freedom from terrorist attacks on our shores. In those intervening years, we have enjoyed twelve Christmases with our families, twelve years of shopping, little league ballgames, commuting hassles, reality TV shows, Superbowls, politics and elections, PTA meetings and all of the myriad happenings that make up ordinary, everyday life in America. Other than some “minor inconveniences” of increased security measures here at home, it has been twelve years of business as usual for more than ninety nine and a half percent of the American people.

In Memoriam: General Jack Deane

The Code of Support Foundation lost a great friend and mentor recently with the passing of General Jack Deane. General Deane graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1942, and became a platoon leader in the 104th Infantry Division in Europe.  By the end of the war, he had risen to be a battalion commander. After 35 years of active duty service, he retired in 1977 as commander of the U.S. Army Material Command, having achieved the rank of four-star general.