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Military Appreciation Day

The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program will host Fredericksburg Area Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory (1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg). It is a free informational fair for all service members, veterans, reservists, members of the National Guard and their families.

Paul Galanti, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, a Vietnam Veteran and prisoner of war, will be the guest speaker. The day will include free lunch prepared by the American Legion 12th District, free Lion’s Club eye screenings, free blood pressure screenings, children’s activities, and live entertainment. A silent auction will benefit the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (through the Veterans Services Foundation) and Operation First Response.

The schedule of event includes:

  • 11:15 a.m. – Presentation of the Colors by American Legion Post 320
  • 11:30 a.m. – Guest Speaker, Paul Galanti, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, a Vietnam Veteran and prisoner of war
  • 12:15 p.m. – Awarding of the Silver Star Banners by the Silver Star families
  • 1:15 p.m. – “Having a Deployed Parent” Performance by Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block
  • 2:00 p.m. – The Enduring Freedom Honor Team
  • 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – Demonstrations by the United States Marine Corps Military Working Dogs
  • 3:30 p.m. – Performance by Glen Shelton, singer/songwriter “Unsung Hero”

With the exception of vendors, entrance to the event will be limited to those with military identification, DD214, or a photograph of themselves or their child in uniform.

For more information, please contact Camilla Schwoebel, Regional Coordinator, at 540/373-3223, ext. 3085. To learn more about the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program in our area, visit

In 2009, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board received notice of a grant from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services to provide services to veterans and their families. The services are intended to address any problems resulting from service in combat including combat stress and traumatic brain injury, both in terms of the direct psychological effects on the veteran and also the impact this has on family members. The grant award is part of $1.7 million in grants funded by the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program to coalitions of community programs. The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program was created by the 2008 General Assembly to ensure that services to veterans and their families are readily available in all areas of the state.


  • Stephen Real

    I am not a clinical psychologist but I thought this program had a stunning 50% success rate and should be looked into with serious consideration for the fellas.
    Dr. Ad Kerkhof is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
    Dr. Kerkhof specializes in worry, depression and suicide. He provides a set of practical exercises (cognitive behavioral therapy) designed to make you aware of your worries so that you can begin to tackle them and replace them with something more fulfilling.
    The exercises are direct, simple and can be completed even in the worry-filled day of the worrier. Taking time to do the exercises (15 minutes twice a day), practice and perseverance are required, but the step-by-step, day-by-day guide lightens the task. Many exercises focus on identifying the nature and intensity of your worries. A few key questions are repeated each day, i.e. what made you worry (work/ study, finances, family). You simply check off an answer, and the multiple choice format focuses the mind. A space is set aside for jotting down key worries. Within days patterns begin to emerge, and your worries become glaringly clear. You can then question their logic and learn how to replace them with something else.

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