Nicole’s Notes – Our CEO’s blog

Nicole Hart, ARVets CEO, is a combat veteran of the Iraq War. She is the founder of ARVets and in this capacity is on the front lines working to improve the overall quality of life for Arkansas veterans. Prior to this role she was the Military and Veteran Advisor to Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. In this position she served as liaison between those respective communities, our Governor and the Arkansas Legislature.

In Nicole's own words "On the battlefield the culture is to follow orders and complete the mission, at home we want the veteran to give the orders and we complete the mission for them!"

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Nicole Hart, CEO

Nicole Hart, CEO

As as combat Veteran of the Iraq war, it is disheartening to hear that the efforts that myself and fellow battle buddies fought for (and some died for) remain unsettled.

However, I know without question that our service members will continue to answer the call of the U.S. government in aiding our country’s interests here and abroad.

For ARVets and others here at home who are actively supporting our nation’s heroes we can only ask that the same honor and loyalty be extended to those service members and their families beyond the orders given by their nation.

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Memorial Day 2014

Memorial Day 2014

Every Memorial Day, they go to his gravesite to pay their respects. They cry because he lived, and they cry because he died. And now all that remains are the memories. Battle buddies to the end, through their tears they see their mantra – “We will never forget” – engraved on the stone.

She kneels to kiss the tomb of her beloved. There, her mind wanders back to the day when the mailman came to her doorstep, delivering the awful news that she and her children would never see him again. The all-too familiar feeling in the pit of her stomach rears its ugly head, and the knot in her throat gets bigger. She knows by now that it doesn’t get better by holding it in, so she lets go. Just to smell the air where he lays is all there is, so it has to be enough. Through the grieving wife’s looking glass read the words, “We will never forget.”

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veterans

When servicemen and women return home from deployments they often have a tough time readjusting to everyday life.

The constant urgency and need to be on high alert in a conflict zone soon gives way to the monotony of buying groceries or meeting with your child’s teachers at school. The slower pace of being back stateside, coupled with the safety and security of home life, can sometimes be liberating. However, haunting memories of the sights and sounds of war can hinder personal progress when veterans don’t have an emotional, spiritual, or even an intellectual outlet to help them refocus their energies and reset their lives.

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Veterans-healthcare

Many Military Families Could Use Additional Support From The Private Option Plan

As state lawmakers debate whether to fund the Arkansas Private Option plan that provides health insurance coverage to thousands of low income residents, I am reminded of how difficult it can be for some servicemen and women to get the care they need. The private option uses federal Medicaid money, under the Affordable Care Act, to purchase private insurance for nearly 250,000 Arkansans who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Those facts are sometimes too technical for many people to understand, but what we do know is about 102,000 residents who didn’t have insurance are now eligible for it, but they could lose this coverage if the plan isn’t fully funded during this year’s fiscal session of the Legislature.

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Now that we are celebrating Black History Month, I thought it would be nice to speak American service member facts into the mix. As an African-American woman, I have to pay tribute to my sisters-in-arms.

Throughout history, Black women overcame discrimination based on race and gender to serve this nation with distinction. In war and peacetime, these courageous women of color defended our country, preserved American values, shattered the military glass ceiling, and overcame barriers for women of all races.

121311-national-black-women-soldiers-militaryI am constantly amazed at how our roles in the United States Armed Forces are sometimes forgotten by the history books. Black women without rank or uniform served as nurses during the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. Near the end of World War I, trained black nurses with the American Red Cross were offered Army Nurse Corps assignments. Though they weren’t on the front lines of conflict, these pioneers lived in segregated quarters and cared for German prisoners of war and black soldiers at Camp Grant, Illinois, and Camp Sherman, Ohio.

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