Celebrating and commemorating our veterans. United States military veterans and their families.

A Renewed Spirit – Gig Line #151


By Marsha M. Brown

Every season of the year we look forward to special celebrations; each one of them create   and influence memories for each of us. Spring time and the holy observance of Easter is no exception…it is undoubtedly the time when we are re-inspired, re-vitalized and re-energized to bring good things to light. More good news…keep reading! 

In the ‘Good Book’ or should I say in God’s book…the Bible taught us about betrayal, suffering, a murderous crucifixion, yes…but we also learned about the beautiful and miraculous resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With the exception of the His conception and birth, this time of year is a commemoration that brings us renewed hope…joy…and inner healing. We envision a fresh start and the expectation of even more blessings to come and when we look at the result of the fell swoop of the Master’s palate at Easter time, we can’t help but feel the love.  With the swipe of His mighty brush, nature takes on new color; brown grass turns to green; flowers sprout buds and start to bloom; the fowl of the air chirp enthusiastically and the ‘bird speak’ exchanged outside our kitchen window sounds like feathered friends are catching up on news and gossip; the gift of life, health, family, friends and happiness that we often take for granted somehow re-surface at Easter and we feel that powerful energized re-connection with our Father and our loved ones too.

This Easter there is much to celebrate…much to be happy about. In my blessings, I count the life God gave me, my health, my handsome Sweetie Pie Billy, our beautiful family, our rock solid friends and our loving church. I consider my thankfulness of you…our veterans…and for GIG LINE too.

It may seem a bit odd to even vaguely associate veterans with Easter and the Bible but not when you really think about it. Many of our veterans have served in dark tunnels, jungles and caves; at times they have felt sheer despair and little to no hope…of survival and of ever seeing home again; they too felt as a source of sacrifice. While the majority of our servicemen and servicewomen joined our Armed Forces willingly many were drafted but regardless they have all had a part in peacemaking, healing, helping, providing for and for the downtrodden, oppressed and suffering…for those who prayed for rescue…our veterans have been an answer to their prayer.

Our veterans in Dare County are taking broader steps of late…and that’s a blessing to me! They’re inquiring more about potential benefits through the V.A.; they’re asking for the V.A. Benefit Booklets and they’re reaching out to our Veterans Service Officer and  Veterans Advisory Council members as well as to fellow veterans (and we’re all so thankful); they’re becoming more interested and engaged in veteran meetings and to date we have now issued 358 Dare County Veteran I.D. Card(s) saving veterans money for other things they need or want thanks to the businesses who have signed up to honor YOU.

The general public has become more engaged too. They seem more eager than ever to help promote our vets and our business owners have responded very favorably to committing their business to help our vets by offering the discounts and/or other means of help which brings to mind another newly added business to the list. YIPPEE!

Since GIG LINE last week when I listed all businesses to date who partnered with the Dare County Veteran I. D. Card for our Dare County veterans, Don Cabana (a veteran himself) of Homeworks Environmental Inspections signed up too! YAY! Don! THANK YOU! Folks, this is a great opportunity to have your home, business or other facility inspected for mold. As a Realtor myself, I have used the services of this company and both my client and I were very impressed with their service, follow up and attention to detail. Don is offering all Dare County veterans who present a Dare County Veteran I. D. Card a “10% discount on any service provided”. So, please add it to your list.Don is a proud veteran having served our country along with his comrades…our heroes. He’s a really nice man who has also shown great respect and kindness in other ways toward his brothers and sisters. Enough said. Like Don all of the business owners who have signed up to honor you look forward to serving you further – please give them a call or contact them through www.homeworksnc.com 

To all who have donned the uniform of our great U. S. of America military – thank you from the bottom of my heart!  Please know that you have blessed our country and that you’re your patriotism, protection and sacrifice will never be forgotten. On this Easter weekend, hug the ones you love and be proud of what YOU have done for us! No matter what position you served…where you served be it at home or abroad, you are our hero always and forever.

If we can be of help or if you have a question, please call me (252) 202-2058. To get your Dare County Veteran I. D. Card, please come to the Dare County Administrative Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Dr., Manteo – Rm. 142 every Monday through June (except Federal Holidays) – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. What do you bring? ONLY YOUR DD-214 SHOWING HONORABLE DISCHARGE & A LOCAL DRIVER’S LICENSE OR PROOF OF DARE COUNTY RESIDENCY. That’s it! It only takes minutes. We hope to see you soon!

Until next time, be happy, be safe and be proud. You live in the greatest country on earth and thanks to the willingness of our veterans she will always be the best of the best! To all of you my Sweetie Pie Billy and I wish you a wonderful, blessed weekend with those you love. Celebrate our veterans, your family and your faith proudly…God bless you all! Stay tuned.

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Marsha M. Brown has been writing a weekly Gig Line since 2012.  Marsha is the widow of Vietnam War, U.S. Army, veteran Billy Brown of Manteo, NC.  She was instrumental in establishing the Dare County Veterans Advisory Council and maintains an active role in the veteran community. You can reach Marsha with questions or suggestions at editor@giglineheroes.com.  Have a story to tell or a veteran to feature? She would love to hear from you!

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