May 8 marks the anniversary Victory in Europe Day, or V-E Day. In 1945, the Nazis officially surrendered on May 8, bringing an end to WWII. This year is the 71st anniversary of V-E Day. Today we may only remember people celebrating in the streets as the end of the war was announced, but there’s a lot more to V-E Day than that. In honor of V-E Day, here are eight interesting things you may not have known about the end of WWII.
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From 1933 to 1945, more than 11 million people were killed in concentration camps under Adolf Hitler’s rule. Six million of these people were Jews, but anyone else who resisted the Nazis or didn’t fit into Hitler’s view of a superior race, including Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and people with disabilities, was persecuted as well. Horrific events such as the Holocaust are painful to remember, but it’s important that the world never forgets what people are capable of.
Loyalty Day may not be as well-known as our country’s other patriotic holidays, but it’s just as worthy of celebration. May 1st has always been a significant date for celebration, but many may not know its roots. May 1 was originally an ancient pagan holiday that many people still celebrate today as May Day. In more recent history, May 1 also became a day of recognition for Labor Party movements, including the 1886 Haymarket Square riot in Chicago that resulted in several men facing execution for fighting to establish the 8-hour work day.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Whether you’re cleaning up a roadside, recycling something new, or simply learning more about the environment, you can make a difference! One of the easiest ways things you can do today is donate your car to Vehicles For Veterans. Not only does your car donation help give veterans a better life, it also helps the environment. We auction or recycle donated vehicles and the proceeds go towards programs for disabled veterans.
Every so often, April 15 lands on a weekend and the IRS gives us a few extra days to get our taxes done. With the 15th being on a Friday this year, the deadline for your 2015 taxes has been pushed to Monday, April 18. If you haven’t done your taxes yet, this weekend is your last chance before the deadline!
Men and women sacrifice family time, personal safety, wellness, education, employment opportunities and so much more when they sign up for the military. Days such as Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day call attention to veterans’ service, but it’s important to understand these sacrifices and keep them in mind throughout the year because war should not be taken lightly.
While testicular cancer doesn’t get talked about as much as other forms of cancer, it should be. Although it accounts for only 1 percent of cancer cases in men, among those aged 15-35, it’s the most common form of cancer. Each year, approximately 8,500 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer – which works out to about one diagnosed case per hour – and 350 die from the disease.
April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Testicular Cancer Society, the cancer is one of the most treatable ones – particularly if it’s caught early. If caught at an early stage before it spreads, the survival rate is almost 100 percent. Here are some things to look for when it comes to making sure you catch it early.
Prevention Is Challenging
The challenge with testicular cancer is that not much can be done to prevent it. This is why early detection is especially important. When testicular cancer is diagnosed in its early stages, meaning when it is confined to the testis, the 5-year survival rate is 99 percent. When the cancer has spread to regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate drops to 96 percent. If the cancer has spread to distant areas of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 71 percent.
While a great many ailments can be diagnosed by a doctor, testicular cancer is rarely caught by your physician. According to the American Cancer Society, the first symptom of testicular cancer is most often a lump on the testicle, or the testicle becomes swollen or larger. Some testicular tumors might cause pain, but that isn’t always the case.
Approximately 1-in-250 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer. Thanks to early detection and advanced treatments, only approximately 1-in-5000 men will die from testicular cancer.
Donate Your Car To Help Disabled Veterans
Because more than 80 percent of the military is made up of men, that means they are very much at risk of getting testicular cancer. If you want to help fund services for disabled veterans, you can do so when you donate your car to Vehicles For Veterans. We accept nearly all makes and models of vehicles, and the proceeds from auctioning or recycling them benefit services for disabled veterans.
If you have an unwanted car, truck, boat, RV, motorcycle or other vehicle, you can give it a greater purpose by donating it today! Testicular Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to give back to veterans who have given so much with their service.
To make a car donation, please call [chapter_phone] or complete an online car donation form. In addition to helping veterans, you’ll receive free towing and a great tax deduction.
It may seem like being a kid is all fun and games, with hanging out with friends, extra-curricular activities and going to school. But the reality is, it’s not that easy. If you have a parent – or parents – that are service members, it can be even more challenging.
Having a parents in the military can mean dealing with new schools, new cities, regular moves to new cities and, of course, seeing a parent get deployed. To recognize the hard work and courage of military children, the Department of Defense has named April as the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). MOMC is a time to honor military youth for the important role they play in contributing to the strength of their military families. This year is the 30th anniversary of MOMC, after Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger established the observation in 1986.
Purple is the official color of MOMC because it’s the color that symbolizes all branches of the military; it’s a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. Army bases, state youth program coordinators, Army Reserve services coordinators and Operation: Military Kids state teams plan events ranging from picnics and parades to fun festivals. To celebrate MOMC locally, check out this event locator.
This year there is also a “Young Lives, Big Stories” contest that is open to active duty Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve children from pre-school through 12th grade. This year, drawings and essay submissions must answer the question “What does it mean to you to be a military child?” Also, for teens, Operation Megaphone will take place for a 24 hour period from April 29-30. The event is led by the Joint Service Teen Council and will connect teens from all military branches worldwide.
How To Help Veterans And Their Families
Whether you have a service member in your family or not, there’s an easy way to help veterans with the programs they need when they return home. Car donation can help to ensure that veterans and their families have everything they need during the transition back to everyday life at home. If Vehicles For Veterans is a cause that you’d like to support, please contact us today. Call us at [chapter_phone] or fill out our online car donation form. Your donation helps to improve the lives of veterans in your community, and it also benefits you. Car donation provides you with a fast and easy way to dispose of an unwanted vehicle, free pick up or towing of most makes and models of vehicles, and a great tax deduction. What could be better than that?
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This is an important time for veterans and their families to reflect on how much alcohol they are consuming. Another important factor in alcohol usage is why it’s being consumed. If you or the veteran who is close to you drink in order to cope with emotional or physical pain, there are better, safer, and easier solutions. Common difficulties for veterans returning to civilian life include job loss, financial problems and relationship issues. These are all high-stress factors that contribute to the over 13 percent of veterans who feel pushed towards drugs and alcohol as a way to deal.
A Health Behavior Survey by the Department of Defense shows that the use of illegal drugs has gone down in veterans, but prescription drug abuse and heavy alcohol consumption has increased. At higher risk of alcoholism are service members who have been deployed multiple times, or have been exposed to severe combat situations. Often occurring simultaneously to the stress of returning home are the struggles that accompany Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, and pain from a medical procedure.
Being in the military can create a lot of stress for service members and their families. Deployments, as well as the time before and after a deployment, can cause service members and their families to feel sad, irritable, or distressed. Even after leaving the military, veterans and their families often continue to struggle. Veterans who are wounded, disabled or develop PTSD and depression as a result of their service often face even more challenges than their peers who returned without mental illness.