By Museum of the American Military Family
At an Albuquerque press conference on June 29, New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez said that “half-a-million more visitors came to New Mexico in 2014 than in 2013” and that all-in-all, the state counted “32.7 million travelers last year.”
Following her presentation, MAMF Secretary for Public Affairs – Ole – had five minutes of one-on-one conversation with the Governor who was pleased and impressed that a MAMF exhibit had attracted 20,000 visitors in 2014. “You’re doing your share,” she told Ole.
Ole was able to tell her about MAMF and the upcoming exhibition, “Schooling with Uncle Sam,” and she said she would look forward to an invitation. When she told Ole she would plan a visit to the museum, he explained that we are in search of a home and are close to finding a semi-permanent place – and added that “we could use some help.” He gave her a MAMF brochure and told her that MAMF had received some comments from General Colin Powell and a letter of encouragement from Jill Biden.
Ole was also able to spend time with the Tourism Department Communications Director, Heather Bricanti, to tell her about MAMF and its programs. As the conference broke up, Ole gave a MAMF brochure to Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham and told her he would like to come talk with her sometime soon.
Latham had told the group that the New Mexico True Campaign promises tourists that they will have experiences “steeped in culture” when visiting the state. Both she and the Governor stressed that tourism initiatives were also focusing on attracting more state residents to travel within New Mexico.
The Governor said she was proud to announce that this was the “third year in a row for record-breaking tourism growth for New Mexico.”
The Museum of the American Military Family & Learning Center needs your help. We’ve found a building to buy in Albuquerque, NM, and can take immediate possession with $35,000 down, and open the doors this summer.
MAMF honors Military Families—of all branches and all generations—If we all pitch in, we can help create a permanent museum showcasing Military Families.
All supporters will be recognized in the museum in a permanent display. Together, we can do this!
MAMF is an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit. Your contribution will help make this a reality.
On March 27, MAMF Director, Circe and MAMF Writer-in-Residence, Caroline joined poets Jacqueline Murray Loring and Karin Bradberry onstage to perform as “4 Voices”. The Apronistas, a collective of women artists brought along their healing dolls as part of Women’s History Month events. Here are some photos from the 27th.
Whereas, since 1986, Army installations around the world recognize the sacrifices and applaud the courage of military children by celebrating the Month of the Military Child throughout the month of April; and
Whereas, each day, military children undergo unique challenges, which they face with resilience and dignity beyond their years; and
Whereas, it is essential to recognize that military children make significant contributions to the country while dealing with uncertainty and concern for their parents during extended hours and long deployments; and
Whereas, the high demand of Family responsibility that military children accept takes courage and strength as they serve the Nation along with their parents; and
Whereas, our men and women in uniform cannot focus on the missions or challenges ahead if they are concerned about their children at home; and
Whereas, the Army strives to provide a safe, nurturing environment for military children to enable a stronger and more resilient fighting force; and
Whereas, the Month of the Military Child reinforces this concept, reminds the nation that the service members’ children also serve, and gives communities an opportunity to share their gratitude for the service of military children; and
Now, therefore, we hereby join the nation in honoring our military children throughout the month of April.
John M. McHugh Secretary of the Army
Gen. Raymond T. Odierno Army chief of staff
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey Sergeant Major of the Army
Not Forgotten Outreach is pleased to announce the Ribbon Cutting of the Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center in Taos, New Mexico, on 06 April 2015 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.
We invite you to JOIN us for the Ceremony and live music by the Jimmy Staddler Band and good eats from the Farm House Café, who will be providing snacks & refreshments.
The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center Taos, NM, is a place for Military Families to come together for up to a week free, and help each other reintegrate into society. The “Ol’ Orinda” is a place of respite, calm and peace, allowing Military Families to address their mental health and cognitive needs with others who “walked in their shoes” after returning from war. By providing an outdoor, rehabilitative retreat that promotes peer connection, challenging outdoor experiences, and healing with other Veterans, Active Duty their Families and Gold Star Families.
“Ol Orinda” Offerings
· Taos Veterans Farming Project learn basic skills & best practices for sustainable farming for business or hobby
· Therapy animals
· Lodging, class & office space
· Secluded tranquility with breathtaking mountain views
The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center will also serve as a central location for Not Forgotten Outreach’s Taos Veterans Farming Project. The 2-acre parcel will be a working Farm, with a heated greenhouse, farm animals and field crops and the Teaching facility for a USDA grant “Beginning Farmers/Ranchers Development Program”.
Not Forgotten Outreach would like to thank Bank of America, University of New Mexico Taos Construction Technology Dept. and the UNM Taos Green Technology Program, Phoenix Mechanical, the Military Families and the Community of Taos, New Mexico for their support is project of creating a home for Military Families in Taos, NM.
Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. a 501(c)(3) is dedicated to motivating Military, Veterans & their Families and Gold Star families of fallen heroes to participate in recreational and/or therapeutic activities in order to facilitate the healing process. Providing opportunities to improve relationships, build comradeships and at the same time enhance personal well-being.
For Further information Contact Don Peters, at 575-224-1503 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Director, Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc.
The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the Museum of the American Military Family have joined with the New Mexico Humanities Council to offer Talking Service, a new reading and discussion program for veterans to reflect on their service and the transition to civilian life.
Veterans will come together over the course of 4 sessions in April to discuss a variety of readings about military service. Each piece of literature, from the anthology Standing Down is a jumping off point for veterans to reflect on their own experiences in the military and returning home. Caroline LeBlanc, Writer-in-Residence, Museum of the American Military Family, will facilitate the discussions.
Every participant will receive a copy of Standing Down. Call 505 504-6830 for more info, or to participate. Slots/books are limited, so reserve a slot today!