Saturday, December 31, 2011

Jacques Poulet - International Chicken of mystery

Jacques Poulet - International Chicken of mystery

A few years ago a friend of mine who had gotten back from Afghanistan told me about a special little chicken that his daughter had sent over with him when he went on tour so he could send her photos and she would know he would be safe.  His daughter named the chicken "Jacques Poulet" and he quickly became very popular so the guys decided to have some fun with it.  All the captions you will see with each photo were sent along with it, enjoy.

Jacques is a auto enthuisist! after Jacques made his first Million selling some poor Polish invester "Golden Eggs", he then went out and bought a new ride! as Jacques put it "Dis Ryde ist so sexy, da ladys' no ow ist da man"

Aw dis place is mine all mine, one day they wilt know who Jacques was, He was da richest Bird in day world

Jacques now has a new Afghan translator. Abdul Mohammed Wha Zoe. He is fluent in 9 languages. Jacques primary role in this part of the world is 1) The war on terrorism and 2) educating people of the value of eating pork. Or as Jacques would say "Puts la Polk on le folk"
Dis es mi ami, he est sexy to no?

This is a photo taken before Jacques was brought in for questioning on an apparent Steroid Scandel, he made a statment though his lawyer. "These Steroid Accus' are absured, I am grain fed, no preservatives here". at the time of the photo at hearing the accusation, he head butted a whooped that windows ass, The bird has rage, and lots of it... You be the judge...
Jacques, Likes da Blings Bling, NO!
Hey What you looki at? I don't inhale..

I am looking for mi frend, have you seen heem? No

Aw der yo are, Mi frend, Ah yes we birdz does have lips! No?
This is a beautiful day when a little girl can smile even when she's in pain. Her name is Mosapha. She is 7. You can't see it but her legs are badaged, and Jacques loves being around her. (The children at the hospital loved Jacques)

Jacques later purchased a larger fleet of army vehicles, when question he said. "Yoo can never bee enuff safe, No?, I likes da one in da tan..."

And they lived happily ever after? 

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Military Minds YouTube Channel Launched

Yesterday Cpl Chris Dupee launched a NEW YouTube channel that we are 100% behind and proud to help support.  His video "Invisible Wounds" speaking out about PTSD has already helped soldiers struggling with the same things he is in just a few weeks.  I know this personally as I've put a few families in contact with Chris since posting his video on our Twitter page and it's making a difference.

With his new YouTube channel Cpl Dupee is hoping to give veterans a voice and help people dealing with PTSD related and combat stress issues.



- A VOICE FOR VETERANS & Raising funds for Wounded Warriors

SUBSCRIBE NOW and join what may become one of the largest channels on YouTube and it won't cost you a penny!

Check out the MILITARY MINDS website and follow them on TWITTER

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Young people making a difference for our soldiers

A lot of the times all we hear is about problems with the youth today id you use Twitter and have a look at trending topics you would think that all young girls are obsessed with nothing but Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, well I hope this blog may help to change your perception of that.

 I'm going to share with you some stories of some youth doing amazing projects in efforts to make the lives of our currently serving soldiers & injured soldiers a little easier.  Also, I want to introduce you to two youths who are doing something amazing to honour the lives of our fallen soldiers and keep their memory alive.

Pennies For Patriotism - Autumn Haggard :

This started as a school project by a grade five student in Ontario who wanted to do something for injured soldiers returning from deployments around the world.  I did an interview with Autumn for our blog and when I asked her "Why Pennies" she said :

" I chose Pennies for Patriotism because its my way to give back to our Canadian Soldiers. Because of them I have my Freedom and Protection I don't have to live my life in fear!! I have FREEDOM.. These brave Men and Women Fight for me so I fight for them"

Myself and Kevin McHarg from Hero To Hero Team Canada got together and with the help from a friend designed Autumn her very first webpage for Pennies For Patriotism

You can read the full interview with Autumn I did back in February and visit her Facebook page 


Michael & Elizabeth Pratt - A walk to Remember :  Langley Youth For The Fallen - A Walk To Remember was an initiative started by Michael & Elizabeth Pratt as a way for the youth of Langley, B.C to honour of fallen soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2001.  158 trees (one for each of our fallen soldiers) will be planted along with a Cenotaph showing each of the names.

 Information regarding sponsoring a tree (for $300) can be found on their Facebook page: Langley Youth for the Fallen or by emailing Michael or Elizabeth  

"We don't have any money for advertising or anything like that and so it is entirely by word of mouth. We have about 80 sponsorships so far and so are more than halfway there! We received a lot in the past two weeks leading up to emembrance Day and hope we can keep our momentum going. We had a planting ceremony on November 11th for 71 trees and it went really well." says Elizabeth Pratt  

Cody Jackson - The One Boy USO : Cody Jackson is just eight-years-old, but he's been patriotic almost as long as he can remember.

It all began when, as a four-year-old he asked his parents a simple question, "Why is it so hard to get on a plane?" They felt it was important to tell Cody about September 11th and how that day changed travel for people around the world. They also told him about the wars American men and women were fighting as a result of those attacks.

Ever since then, Cody has has a new passion -- now known as the "One Boy USO"

Two or three times a month, he goes to Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and thanks returning serviceman and women for their protection.

Cody (and his mom Kelly and dad Ken) would love to hear from you on his Facebook Page where they also collect donations to send care packages to deployed military.

Lexxi Saal :

When Lexxi was twelve years old she wrote a song called "Thank You" dedicated to our men and women in uniform which is acapella and a very powerful song.  I have featured Lexxi's song in our most recent video for "The Wall of Gratitude" (View below)  which will be launching soon on  Lexxi is now taking part in a  "Beat Bullying" tour which you can learn more about by visiting  Lexxi's webpage at Official Lexxi Saal

Cassy's Card : I was checking my emails for Thankasoldier I received this email from a woman in Ontario who told me about her six year old daughter who had created a Christmas Card she wanted to send to soldiers.

"During Christmas break my 6 year old daughter Cassy created the attached card. Now what I think makes it so special is the fact that when she made it she was 1/2 way thru before she said to me " I'm making a Christmas Card for the soldiers Mummy" when I said " That is a great idea honey is this something you are talking about at school." Her answer was "No I just felt like doing it". I was so proud of her and I just had to share it. So I was wondering if you could help me forward it to "the soldiers."

"Do you mean soldiers in Afghanistan? Or do you mean the soldiers here in Toronto?"

I asked Cassy which soldiers she meant and this was her reply.... "I meant the soldiers who have died, and the soldiers in Afghanistan, and the soldiers in Hati, and here and all over the world. I know that we can't guarantee that the dead ones will see it but I want every soldier in the world to see it"  
View Cassy's Card Here 


I hope this blog post gives you as much joy to read it as it did for me to type it up and its stories like these that renew my faith in young people and if you know of anyone doing things that I should add to this feel free to email me

Thank You & Merry Christmas  

Check this out!!!!!!!!!

A Message from Afghanistan

I received this in my email this morning after posting the "Christmas To Our Troops" post earlier with a soldier singing Blue Christmas and had to share with everyone.  I've edited it out this soldiers first name but he asked me if I would share this with all of you.  This is the reason why I do what I do right here, nothing makes my day more than getting emails like this from soldiers.

"To all the members of your "Thank A Soldier" page :

My name is PFC T. Joyce and I am a member of the US ARMY currently stationed in Afghanistan,  This is my first Christmas away from my wife and daughter who just turned four the day before I left for my last deployment which still has about six months left to go in it.  It is rough but going on your webpage and seeing all the messages and photos of support gets us through the day.

I was recently directed to your Facebook page and website and was blown away at all the messages of support.  I was told about it by a member of the Canadian Forces who had received a care package from home and he had brought over some brownies and candy to share with us as this woman had sent him over ten boxes of goods.  This package had came from a Lady in Trenton, Ontario and I'm sorry I don't remember this but maybe if you post this on your website she will see this and know how much her parcels were appreciated.

Another member of my unit prints off some of the photos on your Facebook page and has them up here in our outpost when most of the other guys have girls in bikini's and on motorbikes.  Every day before we go out on our patrols a few of us have a look at them and it gives us that extra boost before we start our day.

I read a post that you put up here yesterday about the day you almost quit your website because of hackers and I just wanted to say all of us are certainly glad you didn't.  My wife has met other military wives due to your Twitter page and without your page she wouldn't have someone to talk to and go through the same things she is going through.

We've heard a lot of bands come through the base and various celebrities come visit the guys on the base but the guys out here on the FOB units we are the forgotten one's most times.  There's eighteen guys in my unit and when we got a box from this ladies shipment we all sat around and it was like our own little Christmas, I never thought I'd see one guy be so excited to see a package of Skittles before in my life but we sure do appreciate the littlest things over here.

Please pass along my message to all your group members and with some of our guys coming home from IRAQ this past week I hope people don't forget that we are still over here and your website and Facebook page certainly help with that.

P.S. We miss your Tim Hortons if you know anyone who could send us some, we would love that!

From the bottom of our hearts - Thank You
PFC T. Joyce  - US ARMY

Christmas Tribute to the troops

As we take the time to celebrate the season with our loved ones, please take a moment to remember our men and women serving on operations all over the world who won't see their families this year.  Please also take a moment to remember those who have lost their lives serving our great countries.

Please enjoy our Christmas tribute to the troops featuring a member of the Canadian Forces MCpl Elton Adams singing "Blue Christmas"

Please also check out "Cassy's Card" & our "Christmas cards for Veterans"  below the video........

Please also take a moment to check out "Cassy's Card" designed by a six year old little girls who's Christmas wish is for "Every Soldier" to see her card for them.

CLICK HERE to see her card

This Christmas we also started "Christmas Cards for Veterans" it started late so I only had time to get the oko from one Veterans hospital to accept cards but there are bigger things in the works for next year.  One veteran got to sneak a peek a few days early too click below for more :

"Christmas Cards for Veterans"
"Veteran gets a sneak peek at the Christmas Cards"

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thank You Hayley Wickenheiser

Most people in Canada will know the name Hayley Wickenheiser as she is one of the best women's hockey players that has ever played for Team Canada at international competitions and is considered the best female hockey player in the world.  She also played on both of the last two gold medal winning teams at the Olympics.

I was browsing around Facebook a few days ago and saw this post on her page :

The first person I thought of was my good friend Murray Marshall who's son Sapper Steven Marshall was killed in Afghanistan in October of 2009.  Stephen grew up playing Minor hockey in Calgary and loved the sport so much so that his father Murray had his Calgary Flames jersey made in to a tribute jersey for him and has people wear it to games to keep his memory alive.  I did up a blog about that you can you read below.

When I contacted Murray to let him know he had won he asked me if I would post it on the site as he wanted to keep his son's memory alive and well and to let more people know about his hockey jersey he had made and also that Stephen will never be forgotten.

Hayley announced on her Facebook page today that Murray Marshall will get to attend the January 5th Bronze Medal game at the World Junior hockey Championships and I couldn't be happier for him.  THANK YOU Hayley for hosting the contest and making the father of a fallen soldiers Christmas a little brighter.

Father Honors sons memory with travelling Flames Jersey

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I love hockey and am a die hard Maple Leafs fan but when Murray asked me if I 'd like to be the first person to wear it to a game I didn't hesitate.  You can read about my night with the Flames jersey on my blog also.

 I would love nothing more than to get to one of these games but when I saw Hayley's post and I knew Murray had just gotten back in town I didn't hesitate to nominate him for tickets and hopefully he will get to take one of Stephens brothers and have a great night out watching the game that their son loved to play.

In March a good friend of mine who goes by @Newfiehun on Twitter also got to spend a night with Stephens Jersey which you can read about here  

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Turning Facebook & Twitter RED on Fridays

 I am not claiming to have started RED FRIDAY it's something I have supported since I first heard about it almost five years ago from "The Red Friday Ladies" on Facebook.  One thing I've always believed in is that arguing over who started something is totally pointless but I've included some history below.

This is not about getting on the Twitter trending topics list, selling shirts or getting donations for other charities.  It is about our service men and women and their families and helping to spread the word about Red Friday.

How you can help spread the word:

Put something like this in your facebook status :

If you are on Twitter  

This is not a contest as to who can do the most #Redfriday tweets you simply post it at least once every Friday to encourage people to wear Red on Fridays, its’ as simple as that.

What is Red Friday? has it linked as “Collected on the internet in 2005″ they also report that in the spring of 2006 Red Fridays in Canada was started by two wives of Canadian forces uou can check out “The Red Friday Ladies” page on Facebook.

I wanted to post the above information as when I post this and attempt to do what this blog is for I don’t want anyone to think i’m trying to claim starting this idea or anything like that. It’s simply an idea to Facebook & Twitter RED on Fridays.

Wikipedia : Red Friday in Canada : People in Canada have worn red on Fridays to show support for troops serving in the Canadian Forces. Red is chosen because it is an official Canadian colour, and historically is a colour of remembrance because it symbolizes the red poppies in Flanders Fields and the loss of life that the country has endured.

Me proudly wearing my RED on a friday with two members of the Canadian Forces

The day I almost quit "Thank A Soldier'

It was back in April 2007 that I went on Facebook typed in "Tim Hortons For Our Troops" and saw that there was no groups in existence for sending over coffee to our Canadian Forces in Afghanistan and thats where it all got started.  The numbers began to jump quickly and people wanted to get involved.  After the group was featured on VOCM News in my hometown of St. John's Newfoundland it started to pick up steam.

CityTV Toronto was the big break this little group needed and then the gift certificates started to pour in the Military Family Resource Centre in Toronto, Ontario which was where I lived at that time.  Things were going amazing and then on Wednesday, December 3rd 2008 I attempted to log on to my website at the time and saw this.

My website I had created was shut down by a "Security Company" in Pakistan that wanted me to pay them money to get all my photos and website back, I was devastated.  It felt like everything I had done for the last nineteen months was all gone down the drain. 

I then decided to log on to Facebook chat when I noticed one of my good friends was online who had lost her son in Afghanistan a year previous to this, I told her how upset I was and that I just wanted to give it all up.  I will never forget what she said to me next 

"Dave, I have met some amazing people through your group that have helped me grieve the loss of my son and have met friends of his also, please don't ever shut it down" 

I then thought about our men and women serving and when they have incidents overseas they have to get right back up the next day and continue there mission and that was what I had to do.  On December 8th, five days after my website was shut down I was listening to the song "The Red & White" by Julian Austin that says "Do we take the time to thank a soldier for every thing they do"

With that "Thank A Soldier" was launched.

Full screen shot of what I saw the day I logged in to find my site had been hacked:

Just "Useless Words on a computer" that's all

“Your Thank a soldier cause and website is nothing but “WORDS ON A COMPUTER” our soldiers don’t care about that crap and it’s meaningless to them”  

"You should spend less time in Tim Hortons and more time on a treadmill you useless fat #$$!!!$"
  (Received after I was on CTV News about Timmies for Troops)

"You're wasting your time trying to get a Support Our Troops stamp issued by Canada Post that will never happen"

The above three messages are a few of the rare negative emails sent to me in the last five years and did it stop me? Hell No!! It just lights my fire a little brighter.............

Three years ago I was listening to the song “The Red & White” by Julian Austin which has a line in it that says “Do we take the time to thank a soldier for everything they do…….” after hearing this song I decided to type three words on a computer called “Thank A Soldier”

These three words on a computer have been responsible for :

-Saving a potential marriage from a civilian to a soldier (See A wedding story on links)

-the introduction of numerous family members of our soldiers to other family members to help them grieve their sons or daughters loss

-Helping a soldier reach people with his music (MCpl Elton Adams)

-setup many school kids and civilians as pen pals with soldiers

-Group members posting over 1000 thank you messages a day thanking troops

-meeting other amazing organizations such as Operation Gratitude and who we now send people back and fourth to when we know things we can help

-over 4 million YouTube views of videos group members and organizations have posted

-Responsible for sending Christmas Cards to Veterans at Sunnybrook Hospital

A few months I decided to type THREE more words on a computer “The Gratitude Project” this was a idea to ask people on Twitter and Facebook to submit photos of themselves saying Thank You to our service men and women from all over the world serving as allies in various operations. Yes, People got up from their keyboards and went out taking photos, some lay in the snow, others made snowman and had them hold the sign. People went out in to public with their signs and asked strangers to hold the sign for a photo to say thanks. Those are some pretty powerful words on a computer. We received enough photos to make ten YouTuve videos and soon will be releasing he follow up "The Wall Of Gratitude"

 One of the most amazing events to date was a email I received from a American soldiers serving in Taiji, Iraq. He enclosed a photo of an American Flag with a certificate that said “This flag was flown in Taiji Iraq in honor of Dave Murphy & Thank a soldier” I am a Canadian and since Day 1 of Thank a Soldier it has been for all coalition forces. Our men and women serve together, we support them together and to see this photo and to know American soldiers were flying a flag at a base where they serve in honour of a Canadian kind of sums it all up right there.

When I first joined Twitter in March 2009 it was because of a broadcast I had seen on “Red Eye” on Fox news. There were four analysts making fun of The Canadian Forces on the day when we had lost four heroes in Afghanistan. This enraged me and I had heard that one of the broadcasters was on Twitter and I wanted to check it out. Little did I know that after the situation blew over I would meet so many amazing supporters and organizations that also support our troops.

We are not in competition with anyone, for me it’s not a “Look at how good we support our troops better than these guys” or any of that. With the Gratitude Project for example @OpGratitude (Operation Gratitude) @HeroToHero have all been helping us get the word out and its bringing people together in all sorts of ways.

As Thank a soldier passed its 4 Millionth member in three years I want to thank every single person who has joined, invited their friends, shared links, put my links in your Twitter and helped. Without everyone else, my group would be one person strong and all these stories wouldn’t be happening.

Without me typing these “WORDS ON A COMPUTER” I never would have met Angelia Phillips a gold star mother and someone I consider a true friend. She is the mother of a fallen US Soldier and my only offiicial volunteer in the United States. I have introduced her to many families of Canadian soldiers and they have also become great friends. I have over 2200 friends on facebook and many of what I would call acquaintances, but I am lucky to say that I consider all of these people true friends.

My website is my life, It’s my heart what started out as a cool idea of sending coffee to the troops has turned in to a family of sorts. The people I have met I am so blessed and feel they have all made me a better person. I have learned so much from families of fallen soldiers about appreciating what I have and taking nothing for granted. I call my family and tell them “I Love You” whenever I can and it takes a lot to get me angry. ”Thank A Soldier” and everything associated with is like my child and when someone insults it and what it stands for it gets me going and had to get all of this off my mind.

Why am I writing this blog? Well a good friend of mine Cpl Chris Dupee just posted a video a few days ago speaking out about PTSD and he told me he was starting to get some "Trolls & Haters" and I told him a few of these stories and how he should shrug it off, not pay them any attention and move along.

People who hate and have nothing better to do that post negative things come and go, people who support you truly will stand by you forever.

The "Thank A Soldier" Wedding Story

So if you had told me five years ago that my website and efforts would be responsible for saving a potential marriage I would have said you were crazy but here's the story

I am not going to post names here but I have been talking off and on with the fiancé of a British Soldier. The other night she told me something and I asked her if it was ok If I shared it on here and she said it was ok so here it goes.

This lady had been engaged to a British soldier for awhile and to be honest, she was having doubts about if she would be able to go through with it while her husband was deployed to Afghanistan for 6-9 months at a time. She felt alone in this situation as she didn’t know anyone that had gone through the same thing or could understand the feelings she was having.

Well, she informed me that she had joined the “Thank A Soldier” cause after seeing the site on the big screen at the Calgary Flames game a few months ago when I was the BMO Community Hero of the game.

She joined the cause and saw that there was a lot of Army wives and girlfriends posting photos of their husbands and boyfriends and so she sent one of them a message. After becoming close friends with a few of them she felt she could make it through and the love that she has for her fiancé would get her through the long months when he is away.
They got married last August!

See, yes Thank A Soldier has 4.2 Million members but its much more than the numbers, its about families of soldiers meeting each other. The families of fallen soldiers helping each other cope with the loss of a loved one. We have easily 15,000 soldiers that are a member of the group and it makes their day to come on the site and read all the messages daily.

I have received numerous emails from men and women serving in various locations that check the site a few times a week when they are having a rough day or need that extra push to get going.

I have a group of ten soldiers who a group of school kids in Miami, FL sent letters to about to finish their tour soon and their first act when they get back is to go visit this school and they are having a large assembly for them.

I want to thank every single person who has joined and helped this site grow to the amazing thing it has become.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Raptors unveil Camouflage Jersey to Honour Military

From the Canadian Press: 

TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors are donning camouflage jerseys to honour Canada's military heritage.

The Raptors announced on Wednesday that they would debut alternate jerseys with a green camo background on March 21 when Toronto hosts the Chicago Bulls.

"We're excited to be the first NBA team to have a jersey that honours the work of military personnel," said Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, the Raptors' parent company, in a statement. "This jersey is just a small gesture that shows our organization's commitment and appreciation for the men and women who serve our country."

The jersey will make its first on-court appearance as part of the team's annual Canadian Forces night.

That won't be the only appearance of the alternate jersey.

Toronto will also wear the camouflage on March 26 versus the Orlando Magic, April 1 against the Washington Wizards and April 16's game with the Atlanta Hawks. All three games will be played at Air Canada Centre.

Also, the jersey will be an option for the Raptors in the popular "NBA 2K12" video game.

Photo Courtesy - The Canadian Press

8yr old boy welcomes home soldiers at airport

Cody Jackson - The "One Boy USO"

I saw this on CNN this morning and had to share it, we could all learn a lot from Cody Nicknamed the "One Boy USO," this wonderful Georgian goes to the Atlanta airport twice a month to personally welcome home our returning troops

8yr old boy welcomes home soldiers at airport

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy 128th Birthday to the Royal Canadian Regiment

Ray Romano, Kiefer Sutherland, Andy Dick, Samuel L. Jackson, Phil Donahue, Chris Evert, Frank Zappa  & Jane Fonda what do they all have in common? well all have birthdays today and chances are if you use Twitter at some point today you will see one of the following names trending with a "Happy Birthday" in front of them.

I bet if anyone were to mention all of these names to you that you could tell me at least one thing about them, no disrespect to Ray Romano as everybody loves him right but how many Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan can you name that served with the Royal Canadian Regiment?

No disrespect to any of the following above celebrities mentioned, I'm going to tell you about a more significant birthday today..........................

On  December 21st, 1883 The Royal Canadian Regiment came into being. Of course, it was called the Infantry School Corps, with three companies, one each in Fredericton, New Brunswick, St John's, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario.

The Royal Canadian Regiment (The RCR) is an infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces. The RCR is the senior infantry regiment in the Regular Force, but its 4th Battalion (formerly the London and Oxford Fusiliers) is ranked 11th in the order of precedence among Reserve Force infantry regiments. The regiment consists of four battalions, three in the Regular Force and one in the Reserve Force (militia). The regiment's four battalions are stationed in Ontario and New Brunswick.

With many of its soldiers drawn from Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces in recent decades, the regiment maintains a general connection as the "local" infantry regiment for eastern Canada. The RCR maintains a Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) in Petawawa, Ontario, which has no operational command role but handles regimental affairs outside the responsibility of the individual Battalions.

The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum is also located in London, in the historic Wolseley Hall. Wolseley Barracks in London has been continuously occupied by some element of the regiment since construction of Wolseley Hall was completed in 1888. At various times Wolseley Barracks has been the home of the 1st and 2nd Battalions, and remains the home of the 4th Battalion today.

I want to wish the RCR a Happy Birthday and thankful for all the amazing soldiers I know from this regiment.

Veteran Sneaks a Peek at Christmas Card

A few weeks ago I sent out a request to our group members to send some Veterans at Sunnybrook Hospital in Ontario Christmas cards.  Well the cards have started to flow in and today one veteran was able to get a sneak peek of one of the cards.

This is what Sunnybrook posted on their photo page:

Today, Veteran Don Stewart and recreational therapist Jennifer Ashby took a sneak peek at the holiday cards sent to our veterans through Thank a Soldier. The cards contain heartfelt words of thanks from people across North America, and send a special holiday message to our Veterans.

Don opened and read just one of the many cards we've received so far. The rest will be delivered to our Veterans on Christmas Day.

Don Stewart viewing his Christmas Card

Don Stewart joined the navy when he was sixteen years old, after tricking his mother into signing the consent form. She was "a little upset," according to Don.

Don went on to fight German submarines and perform rescue missions through the war, coming home in 1946 to parents who had been told he died at sea.

Read Don Stewart's incredible story:

This is just ONE story out of the over 500 Veterans at Sunnybrook Hospital.  I will post more as they are sent to me after Christmas and I wanted to sincerly thank everyone who has taken the time to send a card this year.

Next year we will have more time and this will be even bigger.

If you would still like to send some cards you can get all the info on our "Christmas Cards For Veterans" page