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Region: Texas

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
National Chicken Fried Steak Day
National Pit Bull Awareness Day
National Pumpkin Day
National Day of the Deployed

Quotes of the Day:
“You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.”- Joseph Joubert

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”- Roald Dahl

“The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.”- Sigmund Freud

Music of the Day:

Alan Jackson - The Older I Get

On This Day In History:
1863 International conference begins in Geneva aimed at improving medical conditions on battlefields - beginning of the Red Cross
1977 Last natural case of smallpox discovered in Merca district, Somalia. Considered the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination
2001 The United States passes the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
2015 World Health Organization classifies processed meat as carcinogenic
2017 US President Donald Trump declares the opioid crisis a public health emergency
2017 Oldest-known tsunami victim revealed by sediment discovered in 6,000 year-old skull by scientists near Aitape, Papua New Guinea
2018 Longest Baseball World Series game by both innings and time; LA Dodgers beat Boston Red Sox, 3-2 in the 18th inning (7 hours, 20 mins) in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium with Max Muncy walk-off homer

National Day of the Deployed

National Day of the Deployed on October 26 is our day to say “Thank You” to all military serving outside the US and to their families who keep things running at home in their absence It’s hard to imagine a more challenging military assignment than one taking our servicemen and women to countries all over the world, far away from home. Unless you know someone currently serving outside the US, the sacrifices they make throughout deployment are difficult to comprehend. Read on for some simple ways to recognize, support, and encourage our amazing U.S. troops.

National Day of the Deployed dates back to 2006 when Shelle Michaels Aberle approached then North Dakota Governor John Hoeven to support a proclamation for a day to honor those men and women actively serving in the military outside the U.S. Hoeven was the first governor in the United States to recognize deployed troops through a formal proclamation. October 26 was chosen as the annual date of observance because it was the birthday of Aberle’s cousin, U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Hosna, actively serving in Iraq at the time.

In 2011, Hoeven, then a state senator, sponsored a resolution designating October 26 as National Day of the Deployed, which passed unanimously. Since then, all 50 states have officially observed the holiday.

Deployments can last anywhere from 90 days to 15 months. Having a loved one actively serving a deployment brings numerous challenges. Extended periods of time away from home and not knowing where your loved one may be are just a couple of the stressors. Today, take a moment to remember, honor and thank the dedication our deployed military displays for our country.

Around the World Today

Today, around 170,000 servicemen and women, or 12% of our total active-duty military, are deployed outside the U.S.

American-led Intervention in Iraq

The number of US soldiers in Iraq peaks at 170,000.

Korean War

During the last year of America’s active combat with North Korea, we had over 300,000 soldiers deployed.

Mexican-American War

Over a boundary dispute, President Polk deployed US troops to Mexico resulting in the U.S. taking sovereignty over present-day Texas and other territories.

How can families keep in touch with a deployed military member?

There are many ways families can keep in touch with loved ones on deployment including phone, video phone, email, other online methods such as Facebook, military networks, and snail mail.

Will family members know where their loved one is assigned?
For safety purposes, families may not always know where their family members are. There are an estimated 40,000 active servicemen and women on classified assignments today.

How many military members have children?
Over one-third of our active duty servicemen and women have children; there are over 980,000 children in our military families today.

Send a care package

Servicemen and women enjoy receiving care packages. The United States Postal Service offers tips on how to best pack and ship them, particularly if shipping to another country, so be sure to check out their website. Plan to send items such as playing cards, baseball caps, magazines, toiletries, and snacks such as gum and beef jerky. You can also donate money to organizations that will purchase, pack, and ship the care packages for you.

Help the families of our deployed military
If you know someone who has a loved one currently deployed, you can do several things to support them. Are you handy? Offer to help with repairs around the house or yard work. Offering to cook a meal or babysit also takes the load of a little.

Display a yellow ribbon
Yellow ribbons are a sign you are remembering someone serving far away from home and looking forward to their safe return. Tie one around a tree or mailbox or display it on your front porch.

By Branch

As of the end of 2018, our active duty service members totaled over 1.3 million with 36% serving in the Army, 25% Navy, 25% Air Force, and 14% Marine Corps.

By Gender
Women make up 16.5% of our active-duty military.

By Location
Of the total population deployed outside the US, only 0.2% are within the Western Hemisphere; all others are on the other side of the world.

By Age
Over 45% are under the age of 25 with around 8% being 41 years of age or older.

By Marriage
Slightly over half (51.5%) are married with 6.7% in dual-military marriages.

It allows us to say “Thanks” real-time

Today, you can encourage someone actively fighting for your freedom. There’s no time like the present to say thank you and this holiday sparks our opportunity to do just that.

It allows us to support in the moment
Americans love to come together to support those in need and we too often forget about the families of those serving in the military in far-off locations. National Day of the Deployed reminds us of these special people and the need for us to surround them with love and support in the middle of an active-duty deployment.

It brings us together
When you read about and consider what our deployed military and their families go through during the cycle of deployment, you realize “it takes a village”. National Day of the Deployed brings us together to, in an indirect way, serve our country through serving those on the front lines.

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Welcome To Texas!:


Day of the Deployed


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Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.


Have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner