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Happy Birthday Rock Merritt!

August 10, 2018, is the 95th birthday for Kenneth “Rock” Merritt. Rock Merritt is a true hero having jumped into Normandy, France on D-Day as a member of the 82nd Airborne. One of my first oral history interviews was with Rock at a picnic table in La Fiere during the 70th Anniversary for the D-Day landings. To this day, Rock …

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Florida Veterans Support Line

The Florida Veterans Support Line is now online and available statewide. This VA funded project provides assistance to Veterans and guidance as to community based programs. Veterans that need help adjusting or transitioning to civilian life can obtain help and direction from a fellow Veteran. Prominent services include crisis and suicide prevention, substance abuse help, mental health, disability assistance, health …

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WWII Photo Gallery

With some extra time this summer, I am starting to catch-up and add some photos to the WWII Photo Gallery from past trips. As it now stands, there are 21 individual galleries with 368 photos in total. These photos are from events that the Making History Project attended, including trips to Normandy, France as well as WWII Veteran reunions. The …

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D-Day June 6, 2018

Normandy Where it All Began It is hard to imagine but it has been eight years since my first trip to Normandy France for D-Day. Today represents the 74th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. All told, I have been in Normandy three times and it never gets old. To be in the presence of greatness and at the …

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World War II Veterans to Return to Normandy

We are seeking, in conjunction with a local French organization, World War II Veterans who served in Normandy who would like to return to Normandy for the annual D-Day commemorations during the first week of June. In order to qualify, the Veteran must be able to provide proof of service in Normandy during World War II, which normally can be …

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Annual Board Meeting

We held our annual board meeting this month. Prominent in our discussion was the project work for the past year related to the National Endowment for the Humanities grant on War and Trauma at Governor’s State University. Below, you will find one of the public outcomes of the grant, a televised town hall meeting between students and veterans on the …

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Just for Fun – It’s all about U

Being a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, I simply could not resist sharing this awesome photo of a Marines pilot throwing up the “U”. I would love to see other photos like this. Please contact me and share, if you know a service member on active duty from the University of Miami. Let’s go Canes!

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Combat Trauma Presentations

The New Year is often a time to reflect on the year that has passed. Last year was a watershed moment for the Making History Project in that I completed the work on my first NEH grant involving combat trauma. Combat Trauma Presentations The work culminated in November when I made several oral history presentations in Chicago concerning War and …

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