March Makeover In Stony Brook

by Linda Franklin

Shining Service March Makeover , LindaFranklin Here are some wonderful pictures from our latest makeover in Long Island.  The women were lovely and the artists who made our beautiful women even more beautiful were amazing.  Great big hearts all around.  Thanks so much Cactus Salon and Spa.   

I also want to thank TGI Fridays for hosting a wonderful lunch for our military gals.  This is the second lunch Fridays has hosted and looking forward to the third.  You support our miltary women and we love you for that!

Shining Service March Makeover - Linda FrankinOne of our makeovers Wendy, cut 10 inches off her hair and donated it to Locks of Love.  She was given a gift that day and she wanted to pay it forward.  That’s how wonderful our women are.

Take a look at more pictures from our makeover mission – they will warm your heart.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family. Our goal is their successful re-integration back into civilian  We do that with our transitional homes for veteran moms and their children, our makeover missions, The Shining Service Bracelets corporate and private donations. 

Karilyn Bales Blogs About The Anguish Of A Military Spouse

by Linda Franklin

Karilyn Bales wrote a blog about her daily life as a military spouse.  She detailed her pregnancy, with her husband a world away. She described the knot she got in her stomach from missing him. She wrote of her disappointment after he was passed over for a promotion.

But mostly, Karilyn Bales — the wife of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers last week — relayed the simple anguish of life as a military spouse, tending to a home with two young children, with a husband summoned for repeated deployments.

“Bob left for Iraq this morning,” she wrote in her family blog on Aug. 9, 2009. “Quincy slept in our bed last night.”

She described surprise phone calls and solo doctor’s appointments, attempts to clean the house while Sergeant Bales was gone and the “bad dreams” she woke from after a nap on the day he left in 2009

Though much of the family’s online presence appears to have been removed in recent days, the fragments that remain capture the daily travails typical of any family with a loved one stationed abroad.

To read more check out the front page article in Sunday’s New York Times.

My heart goes out to Karilyn and all the militaryspouses who are left behind with so much on their plates to deal with.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family.  Our goal is successful re-integration to civilian life.

Military Wife’s Life – It Ain’t Easy!

 By Al Detres  

Military Wife's Life  Al Detres Shining Service Worldwide Talk about complicated! Whether in the military or married to a military guy, the life of a military wife has to be one of the most challenging tasks known to humanity. Between moving from one base to another to being alone for months at a time during deployment to never knowing what the next day will bring, the life of a military wife is not one for the faint of heart. This life is one for women of great faith. 

There is a story of two great women of faith in the Old Testament, Deborah a prophetess forIsraeland Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite. According to Judges chapter 4, These women had it going on! Deborah was such a great leader that Barak, commander of the Israeli army, refused to go into battle against the enemy commander Sisera’s army without her. She agreed, but told Barak that a woman would get the credit for the victory if she went. 

Barak agreed and when the Israeli army routed the enemy army, Sisera ran to the tent where Jael and her family lived. Jael lured Sisera into her tent, covered him, gave him milk to drink and let him fall asleep. Once he was asleep, she drove a tent stake though his skull and killed him. This act of heroism brought about a huge victory forIsraeland both women got the credit for the military victory. 

What does this have to do with being a military wife in the 21st century? Women have always been called into countless scenarios that require courage and sound thinking. Military wives need to keep their minds focused on what is true and real this day, knowing that God is in control of their lives and the lives of their husbands and families. Worry is not an option.

Al Detres is a father of four and a Christian Minister in Oregon.  He has a son currently serving in the US Army.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family.  Our goal is successful re-integration back into civilian life.

Justin Timberlake – A Man Of His Word

by Linda Franklin

JJustin Timberlake A Man Of His Word by Linda Franklin Shining Service Worldwideustin Timberlake is a man of his word. The superstar made good on his promise after accepting a YouTube invitation to attend the Marine Corps Ball on Saturday night in Richmond, Virginia.

He fulfilled his promise and arrived on the arm of U.S. Marine Cpl. Kelsey de Santis, who asked him to be her date in a YouTube video.

Timberlake looked dapper in a black suit, white shirt and a snazzy bow tie as he made a grand entrance into the Greater Richmond Convention Center. 

The annual event is a hot ticket for U.S. Marines, but is not open to the public.

Those attending must be active duty Marines, reservists or retired, although they are allowed to be civilian guests.

According to local television station WTVR, the wife of one of the marines at the ball said Timberlake ‘posed for pictures and seemed like a normal guy’. 

Ok from now on, Justin gets a thumbs up from The Shining Serice Community.

Shining Service Worldwide supports all women who are part of the military family through Beauty Makeover Missions and The Power of Ten Mentoring Program.

Bullying Has To Stop

by Traciana Graves

Females In The Military Target of Bullying by Traciana Graves Shining Service WorldwideDuring the past 10 years, the roles women play in the military have changed. More than 200,000 women have served in the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and many of them have found themselves in direct ground combat situations, despite a Pentagon policy that’s designed to prevent that from happening.

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said, “I’d be hard pressed to say that any woman who serves in Afghanistan today or who’s served in Iraq over the last few years did so without facing the same risks of their male counterparts.”  Despite the fact that women serve faithfully next to men, they face harassment, discrimination and bullying in higher numbers than their male counterparts.

All soldiers are treated somewhat roughly during their training – this is accepted as part of the training process. However, fellow soldiers and junior officers take matters into their own hands by organizing activities that are supposed to increase “team work” and “trust”. Women are targeted during these hazing activities and often do not report incidents for fear of being branded “weak” or “whiny”. ‘

Hazing, harassment and other transgressions against women have become commonplace. Bullying in the military is difficult to define, especially when rough treatment comes with the territory. However, bullying is defined as: Aggressive, Intimidating and Repeated.  Bullying has been proven to have long-lasting traumatic effects, not only for children, but adults as well.

If you feel you are being bullied, or you hear of or see an incident, stand up and speak out.  Women do have a strong voice.  We have to stand together and use it to change the world. 

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family.