Hi, my name is Sarah. I live in the Wisconsin house with my husband and four daughters. We qualify to live here because of my grandfather’s service overseas. He was a Corporal in the Army, and he served in the Korean War. His name was Neil Edward Crandall, and he was a great man.
I didn’t know that he had served as a soldier until the last week of his life. He was rushed to the VA hospital in Ann Arbor, MI, because of heart problems. I went with my family to the hospital to see him, thinking he may die before we even arrived. Now, my Grandfather had eight children, including two sets of twins, and many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When we arrived, my little family of four was just one of many that had rushed to the hospital to see him. We got very little time to have any meaningful talk, and I left the hospital, wondering if I ever would again.
On the way home, and all through the night, I did something that I had not ever done. I prayed to God, asking for something ver...
Honoring Veterans is of the utmost importance to us at the National Home. We are veteran founded, veteran supported, and run a veteran family-focused program. Though we celebrate veterans throughout the year, our Veterans Day dinner is a special event that allows us to come together as an organization to recognize the sacrifices of these brave men and women. This year we welcomed a guest speaker, 1SG, Jon Livingston with the Michigan National Guard, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery 1st Battalion 119th Field Artillery to speak with residents and staff.
1SG Livingston, who has served deployments in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan, shared with National Home residents and staff the importance of his service, the lifelong friendships, and connections from across the globe and the flag that binds us all together.
“We all find that community in a flag,” he said.
“Flags are personal. They show others what you stand for, who you root for, and who you want to succeed.” He added,...