Hi friends…

Just a few words on holiday happenings, and my current status for those of you interested.

First and foremost, The holiday at home was exceptional – great to see family and friends again after another year away. My oldest son Nicholas has graduated from the NYFD academy and has started working with the department. Although I really can not say that I’ve been much of a father to him, I can say that I’m awful proud and wish him all the luck in world and will be praying for his safety as he serves .

My Daughter Sam has grown into quite a great kid – having her sweet 16 in December as well as being honored to march with the Macy’s all American band in NYC in the Thanksgiving day parade.

News for me – My VA Disability has been approved (thank God & Senator Libby Dole) after very long and disheartening wait. I should be receiving my back pay before long, allowing me to catch up on things and get into a more independent living situation.

My Nephew Ryan & Neices Meahan & Natilie with “Lola” on Christmas morning

Also on the Va front – They have not decided to rate me as unemployable – so I’m going to be allowed to work from home and am soon to begin Veterans Vocational Rehab. via The Order Of The Purple Heart Foundation who will be training me on a new software package so I can telecommute as a help desk technician / software technician.

Last but not least – For those who are unaware, I will be staying in Agawam, Massachusetts with my sister & her family for at least the next month as I finish my VA paperwork before my return to my home in North Carolina.

Hope all your holidays were blessed!