Was Your Great-Grandma Rosie The Riveter?

Military Heritage Wall During Andrew’s deployment, fueled by a surge of patriotism and in an effort to fill our home with more photos of our family, I created a military heritage wall. To begin, I reached out to my mom, my grandmother and my dad’s sister for information on my family’s military history. I was surprised to discover that I am a direct descendent of veterans of the Civil War, World War I (The Great War), World War II and the Korean War! Could we be any more patriotic!? I suppose the answer to this is yes. I could be related to Rose Will Monroe or George Patton or, dare I say it, George Washington! I am related to none of these great Americans, so far as I know. But back to the project…

I had my family scan and send me photos of my grandfathers and great-grandfathers — veterans of the US Army, US Army Air Corps, US Marines and US Coast Guard — which I then printed with Shutterfly. I spent a long long while in Hobby Lobby (with both of my children in a cart eating every snack ever created on the Earth) selecting individual frames for each photo, only to eventually decide that I should get matching frames. After a debacle trying to hang eight frames of varying sizes (take a moment to imagine me Pinteresting “gallery walls,” tapping and removing nails with wreckless abandon, snapping photos and texting them to my mom and sister for their opinion on my arrangements, more removing and tapping, some spackling, sanding and touching up), we now have the perfect tribute. I am so privileged to come from a line of such dedicated Americans.

Do you know your family’s military history? Was your great-grandmother Rosie The Riveter? Talk to your relatives NOW, while they can still remember the awesome stories of your ancestry! And then start Googling like crazy.

awareness: the US service member’s guide to academic programs and aid.

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  • Are you a milspouse who is thinking about going back to school and trying to calculate how many more years of service your soldier needs before he can transfer his entire Post-9/11 GI Bill to you?
  • Are you a milspouse paying for your degree out of pocket, daydreaming about scholarships and financial aid as you write the next check toward your student loan?
  • Is your soldier interested in the Green to Gold program?
  • Are you the spouse or child of a fallen or disabled soldier looking for assistance in continuing your education?
  • Are you a veteran of the US Armed Forces wondering “What’s next?” as you transition back into the civilian world? 
  • Is your child thinking about pursuing a career in the military and wondering about ROTC?

If you’ve answered yes to any of the preceding questions, then you need to check out this comprehensive guide to the academic programs and aid available to US servicemembers and their families. onlinecolleges.net has broken down and linked to many of the educational programs, scholarships and tuition assistance options you or a member of your military family may be eligible for.
In other words, they made a list of ways to keep your money in your pocket while getting a degree. Yes, please!

Arm yourself with the information you need to make smart decisions about your education:


1. Freedom is a privilege.

2. Veterans are to be thanked.

3. This country is my home.

4. Veteran’s Day means a day to remember those who have given of themselves to protect our freedoms.

5. A hero is a soldier.

Happy Veteran’s Day. Today I’m personally thankful to Andrew Wilhelm, the E-2 Brewdogs Class of ’08 and the men of 1-8 Infantry!