Summer Camp- Tips to Prepare

Guest Post: 5 Tips for Preparing the Whole Family for Summer Camp

More than 11 million children attend summer camp in the United States every year. For these kids, summer camp is an exciting and empowering experience that provides them with opportunities to develop their teamwork skills, practice goal setting, navigate relationships and discover nature. As Camp Corral’s COO, I have the pleasure of providing a safe and fun environment for the children of our nation’s military families in which they find a supportive community of friends, develop skills that build confidence and gain tools for coping with the challenges they face at home, all during a week at camp with children who face similar realities.

As a parent, you may find that many questions cross your mind as you prepare to send your child off to camp and you’re likely not sure who is more anxious, them or you? Will they make friends? What if they don’t like the food? Will they keep up with all their belongings? Did I pack everything they’ll need? Will they wear enough sunscreen?

Whether this is your child’s first time going to summer camp or their third, preparation is key. This experience provides an opportunity for growth and change that is shared and should be embraced by the entire family. Here are my thoughts on the top five things that, if you pay special attention to, will make a true difference for your family during the camp stay.


Familiarity with the camp

Understanding who and what will make up the camp adventure is an important first step to easing your family’s angst. Visit the camp’s website. Most camps love to show off what makes their camp great! Make it a family activity to watch the camp video, read the frequently asked questions, check out staff profiles and review the different activities that will be available at camp. The more you familiarize your child with the place they will call home for a week, the better they will feel when they arrive.

Make a list of questions together and send an email or call the camp office. Believe me, they have answered every question a parent or child has had. Even returning campers can benefit from this.

Campers from all over the country share their experiences of what it means to be a Camp Corral camper. If you visit the Camp Corral Facebook page, you will find stories from our campers and parents that will help you understand the environment of the camp. Plus, after watching a camp video, I promise even the most anxious campers will want to pack their bags immediately.


Every camp has perfected their packing list; print it off and have your child follow along as you pack. This will allow them to see what items are being packed as well as get them excited for camp. When a child is suddenly sharing a cabin with other kids it’s best that they’re familiar with the items for which they are responsible, so don’t rush out to get them a brand-new wardrobe. They should pack their favorites: shirts, shorts, caps, blankets, even underwear. Seeing their own blanket on their bed or wearing one of their favorite shirts will give them a sense of comfort.

Also, write your child’s name in everything! Don’t use their initials or just their last name. They may be familiar with the items but will still need to be reminded that the dirty shirt on the floor belongs to them.

Most importantly, don’t be concerned when they come home and only wore half of the clothes you sent with them. They had fun!


Now that you have had your virtual camp experience and packed their bags, how do you answer the question: “Mom, will miss me?” You get a knot in your throat and struggle for the response, knowing you will miss them much more than they will miss you.

This is the time to discuss with your child how you plan to stay in touch and set the expectations for their stay at camp. Camp is a time to unplug, make sure you help your child know what this means and reassure them that, if necessary, you will be able to call the camp. Prepare pre-addressed post cards for them to send you from camp. Also, most camps allow parents to sign up to send emails that are printed off each day and put in their camper’s mailbox.

When communicating with your child, keep all your correspondence very positive and open-ended. This will prompt them to report back on their experiences when they write you. For example:

“Johnathan, when we took you to camp, we noticed the wonderful lake there. I bet that has been fun and refreshing this week. Have you had a chance to go kayaking in it? We miss you, but we’re happy knowing you are having so much fun and making new friends. We will see you on Friday at lunch time and can’t wait to meet all your new friends.”


Another question that challenges even the best of parents is “Dad, I don’t know anyone going, what if I don’t make any friends?” Not knowing anyone when arriving at camp can make even the most extroverted child hide behind their parents. At Camp Corral, the magic is that every child there already has something in common.

Remind your child that they will be able to share stories and experiences with their cabin mates that they may not always be comfortable sharing with their friends at school. Plus, the counselors will facilitate teambuilding activities and the week is full of activities where they’ll make memories to last a lifetime. Before arriving at camp, help your child learn ways to introduce themselves to their new friends. “Where are you from? What grade are you in?” Have you been to camp before?” “I’m a little nervous to climb the rock wall, will you go with me?” Believe me, they may be a nervous mess when you drop them off at camp, but by the time you return to pick them up, they will be crying over leaving their friends – it’s a wonderful thing!


Appreciation for the time apart

Every year, we receive wonderful letters from parents saying that their child had a great time at Camp Corral, and that they too enjoyed the extra time they got to spend doing things for which they usually can’t make time. If your children know you are having fun while they’re away, they will have fun. They will be excited to allow you that opportunity to have fun while they do so too. When you come together at the end of the week you can all share your “camp stories” on the ride home.

Don’t forget to remind yourself that camp helps children grow by providing them a well-supervised, positive camp experience in an environment that is both natural and safe.
The experience is better for everyone when families have taken the time to prepare for camp. Your child will benefit from the memories, supportive relationships and skills they’ve gained. They’ll also learn that they can have a great time while being away from home, and that’s okay!

These are just a few things that make the transition from home to camp easier for all. The most important thing to remember is to make sure your child understands they can always have an open and comfortable conversation with you – whether it’s about camp or anything else.
Leigh Longino is a former Camp Corral board member and currently serves as COO. She has 20 years of experience in camp programming and operations. She has served in various positions within the YMCA managing program development, risk management and staff development. Leigh has three daughters.


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It’s Ok to be Happy on Memorial Day

Yes, it’s ok to be happy on Memorial Day.  In fact, other military families and I encourage it.

No, wishing me a happy Memorial Day isn’t really appropriate, though, nor is thanking my husband for his service today, but I do know the wishes come from good intentions.

Remember the Fallen

Memorial Day is not the day to thank us.  Leave that for Veterans Day and Armed Forces Day.  Memorial Day is a day to remember our fallen heroes.  Pausing to remember is important, there are families from all over the country who are missing a loved one at their table this weekend, and the rest of us should think of them and be grateful for their sacrifice, but it is also important to be happy for the freedom to celebrate.  The freedom for which countless Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines have sacrificed their lives since our Nation’s inception.


So, please barbecue, shop the sales, drink sangria… do what makes you happy on this, and every, Memorial Day, because you can.  You can savor the day because individual members of our Armed Forces fought and gave their precious lives so that you may do so.  Please, just remember to think of them and be thankful for the joy in this and every day.


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Military Appreciation Month: 10 Things We Appreciate About Being a Military Family- The Silver Linings

10. Relocating. Some of us actually prefer to stay on the move and want to see as much of the world as is possible. We get antsy if we stay in one place for too long. Living overseas, especially, provides us with opportunities we would not have without the military.  Plus, if we don’t like the place we are stationed, we always know it won’t be long before we can move on to the next one.


9.  Getting Rid of Clutter.  Sure, moving homes so frequently has its downsides, but an upside is that we can take the opportunities to give away, sell or toss clothes, toys, books, kitchen items, etc., each time, rather than let it pile up in corners and in the basement.  With such a fluid community, wherever we go, there’s always an opportunity to hold a garage sale, but donating or giving to a friend is easiest and feels the best.

8.  Medical Coverage.  Military health insurance has its pros and cons, but in my opinion, the positives outweigh the negatives.  If we live near a military treatment facility and use its providers, or stay in network using the Prime option, we have no copays!  Sometimes it can take a long time to see a specialist, but usually you can make the system work for you to get the appointment.  I had four c-sections in four different hospitals, two in the continental US, one in Hawaii and one in a private hospital in China and I only paid $63 in total, and that was for the room when I delivered our first son.  It’s a pretty good deal when all is said and done.

7.  Military life builds resilience.  When we face the adversities of relocation, separation and long deployments, we are forced to build strengths we might not otherwise need.  These strengths help our kids grow into strong adults and help us adults evolve into self sufficient, can do anything, people, and it feels good.

6.  We build unusually strong bonds with our kids.  When one parent is away for long stretches, it leaves an opportunity for the at home parent to grow especially close to the kids.  Building a strong personal relationship with our kids, while they are young, can lead to open and honest parent child relationships as they grow.  One on one time can lead to a more open dialogue than might otherwise occur.  Also, communication with the deployed parent is less frequent but it is intense.  Parents and children have no choice but to make quality time out of the minimal quantity.  Finally, siblings bond with each other because they are the only friends they have when they move to a new place.  This forced time together builds life long invaluably close relationships.

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5.  We are solidly patriotic.  At military post schools, children not only recite the Pledge of Allegiance each morning, they also hear the National Anthem each day.  As a school teacher, hearing the kids say the Pledge still makes my heart stir- Every. Single. Day.  No matter what troubles our country is enduring, it’s still our country and we love it.

4.  Our kids get to know extended family on a deeper level.  It’s true that we don’t get to spend as much time with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins as we’d like, but the time we do spend with them is intense because we are usually staying in their homes with them.  If we don’t live nearby, we have to make a trip during holidays, and other school breaks, to see them, or they do to see us, and we spend 24/7 with them, which helps to intensely bond the family together.  Sometimes, families with young children will spend months with the grandparents while the service member is deployed.  Our family spends summers, in the US, with grandparents while we are living overseas. The relationships formed during these times are irreplaceable.

3.  People usually appreciate what we do.  The fact is, the military takes a lot of criticism, at the water cooler and in the news, but for the most part, civilians seize the opportunity to thank a military member and their family for their service.  The appreciation feels good every time.


2.  Job satisfaction.  Serving our country, either on Active Duty, or as a family member, is an honor.  Knowing that our military member is serving our country, a cause for the greater good, makes everything else more tolerable.  The job comes first, but we know why and are proud to be a part of it.

And the Number 1 element of military life we appreciate the most is the people.  We meet so many people through each new neighborhood, new school, new job, new sports, etc., and some of the people turn out to be our favorite people on the planet.  We may only have a few months to three years together, but we work quickly because we have to, and we cement the solid friendships that last forever, no matter where the military sends us.  We will travel by planes, trains and automobiles to meet up with friends from past postings, and it’s always like we never left.  The connections we form with other military and foreign service families are especially solid and unique.  The shared history bonds us forever.  All of our close friendships are invaluable, though.  We appreciate each one.



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Military Appreciation Month- 10 things military families deal with that most civilians don’t realize


10. Family memories are compromised in the interest of National Security.  Missed births, first days of school, graduations, anniversaries, mother’s days, father’s days, Christmases and Chanukahs, Ramadans, Easters and Passovers, illnesses and funerals are too numerous to count.

9.  Communication is good but not perfect. Yes, the internet makes communication much easier now than it was “back in the day,” but we still endure long stretches without any communication whatsoever due to security issues.

8.  Mental Health Issues are Common.  Military kids sometimes develop crippling anxieties directly related to, but not obviously so, the military service member parent’s absence.

7.  Relocations are frequent.  Some military kids don’t spend more than two years in one place during their entire childhood.


6.  Some military families fall apart but most are very strong.  With the right guidance and support, military families can be more resilient than civilian families.

5.  Deployments can really suck the soul out of a person.  Long separations become routine but they never get easier.

4.  Reconnecting is hard.  Reuniting with the family after deployment can be as difficult as the separation for the servicemember, spouse and children, as the deployment itself.

3.  Moving is very expensive.  Military families get a relocation allowance when they change duty stations, but it does not come close to covering the costs of relocation, which can include but are not limited to: passport photos and passports, visa fees, the cost of moving anything over the weight allowance per family (including the family pets), security deposit or down payment on housing, lodging until the housing becomes available, shipment or purchase of one or two vehicles, cleaning and kitchen supplies Every Time, and meals out until the family is settled in the new home.

2.  Servicemembers are away from their families for much more time than you see on the news.  In addition to the well publicized year long deployments, there are countless weeks-long and months-long deployments and time away in preparation for deployments which lead to even more separations of families.

The Number 1 thing that most civilian families do not know about military families is that we live much of our life in limbo.  We are always wondering what will happen next.  Whether waiting for orders for our next duty station, the date of the next deployment, the return from a current deployment that has already been extended many times, to worrying about being a target of terrorism for being affiliated with the US military, uncertainty looms over us every day, and it is unsettling.

1 more for good measure: Mrs. Murphy’s Law is omnipresent in our lives. Mrs. Murphy is Murphy’s wife and her law is, if it can go wrong, it will go wrong and Mr. Murphy will be away when it happens.  (gender labels not intended to trigger emotions.  I had to pick one.  I’m very aware that women serve our country and men can be spouses.)  You know, when one kid is sick, one kid is freaking out over school stresses, one kid is facing college application deadlines, the car gets a flat tire and the dog makes a mess all over the house and your spouse is away for the week… Multiply that by 52, or 78 weeks and you might be able to imagine what it’s like to be a military spouse.


The struggle is real, but it’s worth it.  Our servicemembers work hard to keep America and the world safer.  As family members, we might not appreciate the day to day balancing act, but we are truly grateful and honored to be a part of the great efforts for our country.


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The First Week… The Return of Mrs. Murphy

For those of you who may not remember, Mrs. Murphy is the stronger, trickier, sidekick to Mr. Murphy, of Murphy’s Law infamy.  She has returned to our house and Horatio has been gone for less than one week of his two and a half months in the US.

Where to begin…  He left on Saturday and by that evening, Bob and Harold had taken it upon themselves to devise a plan to take turns sleeping in my bed while Horatio is away from home.  When I asked if I have a say in the plan, they agreed that, no, I do not.  I’m actually ok with this plan.  I’m happy to let them share the king size bed as long as they still want to share it.

On Sunday night, Harold had a terrible time falling asleep, probably because he already misses his Daddy, and on Monday, he woke with a fever.  Thankfully, we have our ayi, Xiao Lu, at our house every day during the week, so I was able to run a few errands while Harold rested and watched movies on Apple TV.

On Tuesday, Dwight decided to pursue the idea of getting a moped so he can be more independently mobile.  He was truly set on the idea and excited about spending the money he earned working at the embassy over winter break on a sweet new ride.  However, Horatio and I discussed it and while we understand why it would be great for him to have a moped, we think it is a bad idea for a 16 year old to ride on the streets of Beijing on such a vehicle, even in our haven away from the city.  Beijing drivers are extremely aggressive and always think they have the right of way, so they don’t look to see what other vehicles are coming their way.  We’d never be able to forgive ourselves if Dwight was seriously hurt on the moped we let him buy.  So, with the hard NO response, Dwight was not pleased, to say the least, and since I’m the only parent around, I bore the brunt of the serious debate, disappointment and frustration.  Doors were slammed and crickets could be heard for the rest of the evening.

Later that evening, just before bed, Harold had a large glass of milk which did not sit well in his stomach.  So, this sweet smelling, just showered, cherub left a mess on himself and from the study, through the hallway, and into the bathroom.  He had to take another shower and couldn’t settle down to sleep until nearly 10:00.  I was left with laundry to wash.

All better and ready for bed for the second time.

Bob came home from school on Tuesday to tell me it is time to pay for his Model UN trip to Malaysia.  So, on Wednesday I had to go all the way to the embassy (45 minutes to an hour drive) to cash a check so that we could pay for the trip, in cash.  The cashier’s office at the school only accepts cash.  China is very much a cash based society.  I’m crossing my fingers that the large stack of 100 RMB notes will make it to the cashier.

Starting two nights ago, I came down with a cold, complete with full body achiness and fever, but what is a temporarily single mom to do in this situation?  Take a bunch of meds and press on, right?

Today is a new day.  I’ve prepped the house for the arrival of my parents, who are visiting for Spring Break, and I will run errands and then take it easy for the rest of the day…  I hope.

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The Zookeeper’s Wife Fandango gift card giveaway

The Zookeeper’s Wife starring Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Help) and Daniel Brühl (Captain America: Civil War) opens in theaters on March 31.  I have a Fandango gift card to give away so you can go see to the inspiring story with someone who inspires you!

Based on a true story, The Zookeeper’s Wife portrays Antonina and Jan Żabiński, a Christian couple and zookeepers in Warsaw, Poland.  When the Germans invade and start World War II, Antonia and Jan refuse to stand-by in the face of so much suffering and persecution.  They join the resistance, and use the zoo as a hiding place and refuge to save hundreds of Jews from the Nazis – risking their own lives in the process.

The film focuses on courage and doing what is right in the face of danger. The true story also shows us an incredibly strong female protagonist.

In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński, have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care.  When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned when they are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck.

To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.

At a time when everyone lived in fear, Jan and Antonina refused to stand aside in the face of injustice – they resisted and stood against evil.  The State of Israel would later honor the Żabińskis as Righteous Among the Nations.

This film is a must see!

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Military Airfare Assistance for Our Heroes

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As the founders of Helping Heroes Fly, Terri Keene and Pam Matt can tell you: being a 2-woman team has its challenges. But they also know that with every family reunion that follows the work they do together, there is joy that is priceless. In fact, the pair feel honored to help the nation’s brave heroes come home, without having to worry about their finances. And they are grateful for the contributors that enable Helping Heroes Fly to fulfill such a worthwhile mission on behalf of our troops:

hhf-logo“We want to provide airfare to enlisted military personnel so that they can be home with their families for holidays, and special occasions when they otherwise can’t afford a ticket to get them to an important life event. We believe finances should never keep a military hero from being with family!”

How It Began

hhf-compositeInspired by the sacrifice the nation’s military men and women make on a daily basis, Terri and Pam knew there had to be a way to avoid the heartbreak of troops being stuck on base or in a dorm merely because they didn’t have the finances to leave. The team was determined to do something about it. Relying solely on donations, the pair help to arrange travel for service members who need financial help to come home for important life events, special occasions or holidays.

How It Works

hhf-family1Military members who want to fly home should follow the simple instructions on the website. And here are 3 important things to keep in mind when you apply for airfare support:

  • Complete the application found on the Helping Heroes Fly website and submit it, along with proof of active duty U.S. military enlistment and leave approval via email or U.S. mail. It is recommended that you apply 30 days before your desired travel date.
  • Note that air travel requests are handled on a first come, first served basis. You will be notified within 24 hours of receipt of your application, and every effort will be made to fulfill your travel plans.
  • There is only one trip per person permitted at this time, due to the amount of donations and funding currently available.

Help Support Our Heroes

hhf-family3If you’d like to make a donation that can help bring our service members home when they need it most, there are several ways to do it:

  • Submit a contribution to Helping Heroes Fly via PayPal
  • Send a check through U.S. mail
  • Shop on Amazon Smile, designating Helping Heroes Fly as your preferred funds recipient
  • Make an in-kind donation
  • Donate your frequent flyer miles

The Helping Heroes Fly team uses 90% of donations for airfare, while donating 100% of their time to their efforts, to keep their operating expenses at 10%. All donations are tax deductible. Learn more about making a donation.

Terri & Pam - hhf About Terri & Pam
Terri has always had a deep appreciation for the military and felt a strong desire to ensure military families could be together when they needed it most. Meanwhile, when Pam’s son enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, she wanted to do whatever she could to make sure his friends felt like part of the family — the kind that takes care of each other. Together, they ensure that no enlisted military person is denied an opportunity to be with their family. Learn more about them.

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Free Tickets to the PGA Tour’s PLAYERS Championship

The PGA TOUR’s signature event – THE PLAYERS Championship – offers all active duty, retired and reserve military personnel and their dependents  FREE admission to the  tournament (May 9 – 14, 2017) in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. 

That’s not all. Here’s a list of military-specific activities taking place throughout the week:

Military Job Fair at THE PLAYERS

Saturday, May 6

Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost (located adjacent to the No. 16 tee)

Prior to tournament week, THE PLAYERS will welcome active duty, Reserve, retired military, veterans, and military spouses to TPC Sawgrass on Saturday, May 6 in the Birdies for the Brave® Patriots’ Outpost, to participate in its sixth-annual Military Job Fair, in partnership with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition.  The Military Job Fair is free and open to military personnel, veterans and military spouses who are seeking employment.  There will be approximately 40 companies on hand, all with open hiring opportunities.  Free career counseling and resume-writing assistance will be provided, as well as, information on local educational institutions with veterans’ programs. Previous PLAYERS Military Veterans Job Fairs have seen attendance of more than 500 military job seekers and 40 companies participating.

Operation Shower

Sunday, May 7
Birdies for the Brave
Patriots’ Outpost (located adjacent to the No. 16 tee)
On Sunday, May 7, THE PLAYERS and Birdies for the Brave® will again partner with Operation Shower to host a group baby shower for 40 military moms-to-be.  Some of these soon-to-be moms are active duty military and some have deployed spouses. Scheduled to be held from 12-2 p.m. in the Patriots’ Outpost, the event will be will feature Operation Shower’s signature Shower-In-A-Box, gifts of high-quality products for the moms and babies that have been provided by sponsors and donors.

Birdies for the Brave® Patriots’ Outpost

Tuesday through Sunday
Throughout tournament week, all active duty and Reserve military members, military retirees, veterans and their dependents will have access to the Birdies for the Brave® Patriots’ Outpost, a hospitality tent reserved exclusively for the military which offers complimentary food, beverages and activities.  Located adjacent to No. 16 tee, the Patriots’ Outpost is financially supported by THE PLAYERS and Jacksonville-area companies and individuals.  Like in 2016, THE PLAYERS volunteer leadership – the Red Coats are the lead sponsor of the Birdies for the Brave® Patriots’ Outpost.   In2016, more than 19,000 military members and their families were hosted in Birdies for the Brave® Patriots’ Outpost. The venue will be just under 10,000 square feet making it the largest Birdies for the Brave® Patriots’ Outpost at a PGA TOUR tournament. The Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost will officially open on Military Appreciation Day, Tuesday, May 9 with Commissioner Finchem hosting a short program.

  • In 2016, THE PLAYERS issued more than 30,000 complimentary military tickets, and the tournament is once again proud to continue its policy of providing free or affordable access to the tournament for men and women of the U.S. Armed Services.
  • THE PLAYERS provides all career military (active duty, Reserve, military retirees and dependents) with complimentary admission to the tournament all week. To obtain voucher for complimentary admission, go to and click on the Tickets & Parking link.
  • THE PLAYERS also provides discounted admission for veterans.  To obtain a voucher for discounted admission, go to and click on the Tickets & Parking link.
  • Jacksonville is home to more than 250,000 military, both active duty and retired
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US Navy SEAL Museum, Woodford Reserve VIP Lounge Opens

The Brown-Forman Military Channel seriously upped its ante in providing facilities that support the US Military by opening a Woodford Reserve VIP Lounge in a Mark V Assault Craft at the US Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida yesterday.

Mark V Assault Craft are extraordinary military vessels typically used as an insertion and extraction platform for Special Operations Forces, often times US Navy SEALS.  The Woodford Reserve VIP Lounge being placed in a Mark V is a first of its kind.


The Brown-Forman Military Channel has developed a solid reputation for providing support facilities for the US Military and their families.  In recent years the Channel has opened a Jack Daniel’s Bar and Lounge at Fort Benning, GA, a Jack Daniel’s Lounge at Fort Sill, OK and a Woodford Reserve Room in Fort Knox, KY.  In addition, the Brown-Forman Military Channel is actively involved with the USO and other military support activities such as “Operation Ride Home” which transports active duty troops home for the holidays.

“It is a great honor for Woodford Reserve and its parent company – Brown-Forman – to be associated with the US Navy SEAL Museum which represents so splendidly the valor and sacrifices of SEAL team members and US Navy personnel around the world.  It is our hope that visitors to this fabulous military museum can take few minutes to pause in the Woodford Reserve Lounge and reflect on the job that the SEALS, Navy personnel and all members of the United States military do daily on our behalf around the world,”  said Joe Bollinger, Brown-Forman’s director of Military and Transportation.


The Woodford Reserve VIP Lounge was opened with a special ceremony at the SEAL Museum attended by an enthusiastic crowd of Museum supporters and bourbon lovers. Following comments by Rick Kaiser, a retired Navy SEAL and executive director of the SEAL Museum, and Bollinger, speaking on behalf of Brown-Forman and BRAVE – the company’s veteran’s organization – a special bourbon tasting was conducted by Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris featuring Woodford Reserve Distillers Select, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and Woodford Reserve Rye.

Woodford Reserve created a special cocktail – The Golden Trident – for the ceremony at the SEAL Museum.  The Golden Trident is the special emblem worn to designate an individual as a U.S. Navy SEAL.

According to Kaiser, the Museum’s Mark V is on loan from the Naval History and Heritage Command, DC, donated by Special Boat Team Twenty, Virginia Beach, on December 18, 2012.

“The Mark V played a very significant and influential role in the history of Special Operations in general, and the SEAL/SWCCs, specifically. For this reason alone, the Mark V significantly enhances–and is a essential part of – the Museum’s collection by increasing the national footprint and educating the public about the unique history of the U.S. Navy SEALs,” Kaiser said.

About The Navy SEAL Museum

The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, the Museum resides on the training grounds of the original Navy combat divers, the Frogmen. Built to honor the men who served with fortitude and ingenuity, the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum first opened its doors on Veterans Day in 1985. From humble beginnings, the facility has experienced tremendous growth, achieving national stature in 2007. The main objective of the Museum remains the promotion of public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs through interactive exhibits, while honoring the fallen at the SEAL Memorial and caring for those warriors’ families through Trident House Charities.

About Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve, the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby,” is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky – the heart of thoroughbred country. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands such as Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, and Tuaca. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. For more information on Woodford Reserve, visit or visit Facebook at

About Brown-Forman

For more than 145 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibilyy building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach and GlenDronach.  Brown-Forman brands are supported by nearly 4,600 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide.

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Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol., The Woodford Reserve Distillery,Versailles, KY ©2013.


Craft Carefully. Drink Responsibly.


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PTSD Paid Study Needs Volunteers

The National Center for PTSD in Palo Alto, CA is currently running a paid study with the goal of helping couples affected by PTSD.  If you are in a relationship where one member is a veteran affected by PTSD and you would like help with this condition along with ways to improve your overall relationship, go to this link to learn more:  All materials are received through the mail or by phone, so no travel or face-to-face meetings are required.  If able, we encourage you to help aid in the development of effective treatments for struggling couples.

Does your spouse or partner have PTSD? Try a mobile app designed to help couples reconnect and move beyond PTSD.


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