Veteran’s Son with TBI Featured in SHIFT Magazine After Writing Children’s Book

 Josh Goblowsky recently released his new children’s book, “Josh’s World.” It’s about a baby dragon with disabilities and how he sees the world. Josh was severely injured at the age of 3 in an hit-and-run involving two semi trucks.

The massive Traumatic Brain Injury effected every area of his life; cognitive, emotional, and physical. He has been through two thousand appointments in the sixteen years since the injury. His cognitive abilities have suffered the most severe part of the injury.

His father, Mark Goblowsky, was an Air Force veteran and took it upon himself to make sure that Josh’s life was as normal as possible. Now, in his 20s, Josh still has the emotional maturity of a 10-year-old, but an indomitable spirit. He wanted to write a book so that other children and young adults with disabilities could relate to his situation.

They brought in illustrator, Justin William Gordon for the drawings. Josh created a list of chapter ideas and story content with Jennifer Perea, who helped get his thoughts down on paper. Mark handled the publishing duties.

Joshua is donating 100% of the proceeds to the Sunshine Foundation which helps chronically ill children fulfill their dreams.

As of 2022, the market size of the Children’s Book Publishing industry is $2.6 billion, an increase of 2.22% from 2021. (IBIS world website, 2022)

Josh’s book has been featured in SHIFT Magazine’s March/April issue with a full review and recap of Josh’s story.

“I’m really proud of Josh for doing this, it’s a great way for him to connect with other young people around the world and share his story which in many ways are like Josh’s story.” – Mark Goblowsky

To purchase a copy of “Josh’s World,” go to Amazon: www.amazon.com/Joshs-World-Joshua-Michael-Goblowsky/dp/B09NRB43ZD

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Canada – Ministers of Veterans Affairs and National Defence commemorate Battle of Vimy Ridge

Ottawa, ON – In the early stages of the First World War, Germany captured Vimy Ridge in northern France and turned it into a strong defensive position.

Ottawa, ON – In the early stages of the First World War, Germany captured Vimy Ridge in northern France and turned it into a strong defensive position. With its complex system of tunnels and trenches, and a heavy arsenal of machine guns and artillery pieces, the Germans established a nearly impenetrable fortress that the Allies struggled to overtake. Hundreds of thousands of Allied troops would be killed or wounded in unsuccessful assaults on Vimy Ridge in 1914 and 1915.

By the spring of 1917, with Europe having been at war for more than two-and-a-half years and neither side gaining significant ground, a major attack was planned for April in the area around Arras, France.

It would fall to the Canadians to capture Vimy Ridge.

For the first time, all four divisions of the Canadian Corps would fight together as one formation. After spending all winter strengthening the lines, preparing for the assault and training rigorously, the first wave of between 15,000 and 20,000 Canadian soldiers attacked on the morning of 9 April 1917.

In the first phase of the assault, Canadian battalions suffered great numbers of casualties as they came up against fierce and deadly machine gun fire. But by noon of that first day, most of the heavily defended ridge was captured and by 12 April, the Allies commanded the heights overlooking the Douai Plain.

In remembering the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Canadians are encouraged to reflect on the heroism and sacrifices of those who fought so hard to help secure peace in Europe during the First World War.

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“Despite the enormous losses suffered by the Canadian Corps in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, they achieved a victory that still today is remembered as one of Canada’s most important military accomplishments. At a time of great instability in the world, we honour the memory of all those who fought and died at Vimy Ridge by pledging to do everything we can to preserve and protect the peace and freedom that their sacrifice helped to give us.”

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

“The bravery and sacrifice demonstrated by Canadian soldiers during the Battle of Vimy Ridge contributed to one of the most significant Allied victories of the First World War. The courageous actions of Canadians in uniform during the great conflicts of the first half of the 20th century, and those of Canadian Armed Forces members in more recent years, have helped ensure that peace and freedom remain pillars of Canadian society. Lest we forget.”

The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence

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veterans.gc.ca/canadaremembers

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Media Relations

Veterans Affairs Canada

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John Embury

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Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs

john.embury@veterans.gc.ca

Media Relations

Department of National Defence

Phone: 613-904-3333

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Daniel Minden

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Office of the Minister of National Defence

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Daniel.Minden@forces.gc.ca

One Veteran’s Perspective of Veterans Day

 The war to end all wars came to a close 103 years ago. It was called Armistice Day, for the next 30 plus years until a Kansas shoe storeowner named Al King had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. By act of Congress, November 11th has been Veterans Day ever since.

Every American owes a debt to those who serve their country. It is a debt that cannot be repaid by simply waving a flag or slapping a magnetic sticker on their car.

There are men and women who put their lives on the line every single day to protect and defend the constitution of the United States and all who call the United States home. Regardless of your political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, or even citizenship status, you are being defended today by Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen around the world. Whether you go about a daily routine as a business leader, a professional athlete, a teacher, a civil service worker, a politician, a lawyer or even if you are a criminal, are unethical or lack integrity, the members of the U.S. Armed Forces place all of us ahead of themselves.

They deserve more. Today is a good day to recognize that obligation and resolve to do something to even the score.

For many of you, writing a check makes things simple, in which case there are many excellent programs that could really use your help. Folds of Honor, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Operation Homefront, Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center and Troops First Foundation are just a few of many.

If you operate a business, think about what your company can do to demonstrate your appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Any special consideration you give would earn you the respect of all who have served. It is the right thing to do and now is the time to do it.

For most Americans, the most rewarding contribution is a donation of time. Make yourself a promise to visit a veteran’s hospital for a few hours on your day off. You will come away richer for the experience. Or call any one of numerous non-profit military support organizations and ask how you can volunteer. There are so many of worthy causes to choose from.

“I encourage you to support companies that make it part of their mission to give back to the military members and their families. If your lead a company and have not done so yet, I challenge you to stand up a military program and I am happy to help.”

Here are a few companies with strong Military programs;

– Acorns – https://get.acorns.com/military

– NortonLifeLock – https://us.norton.com/store?promocode=md

– Golf Channel – www.MilitaryTeeTimes.com

– Vail Resorts – www.epicpass.com/info/military

– 1-800-Flowers – www.1800flowers.com/MilitaryUSA

– UNTUCKit – www.untuckit.com/military

Make this Veterans Day a special one. Honor America’s Veterans with more than just words. Get involved. Our entire country will be better off when you do.

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Canada – Ministers of Veterans Affairs and National Defence mark 20th anniversary of the end of Canada’s mission in East Timor

Since the start of Canadian peacekeeping, few of Canada’s international peace missions over the past seven decades have taken members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) farther from home than the operation in East Timor from 1999 to 2001.

Ottawa, ON – Since the start of Canadian peacekeeping, few of Canada’s international peace missions over the past seven decades have taken members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) farther from home than the operation in East Timor from 1999 to 2001.

In 1999, when Timor tried to reassert its independence from Indonesia, the country of over one million people was ravaged by militia-led violence. Homes were burned, civilians were killed, and between 500,000 and 700,000 people were displaced.

Canada joined a UN-authorized, Australian-led multinational force to East Timor to restore peace and security, protect and support the existing UN mission in carrying out its tasks, and help humanitarian aid reach affected citizens.

The more than 650 CAF members and 15 Canadian police officers who deployed to the region filled important roles such as providing security, constructing a camp, repairing local facilities, and keeping the naval task force supplied.

Twenty years later, Canada remains grateful to the CAF members and civilian police who served in East Timor as part of Operation TOUCAN.

 

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“The mission in East Timor is among the largest in Canada’s proud peacekeeping history. As we mark 20 years since the end of Operation TOUCAN, we thank the hundreds of Canadians who went across the world and put their lives at risk to help secure peace for the Timorese.”

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

“Canada’s support for Timor-Leste self-determination 20 years ago helped pave the way for the democracy and freedom enjoyed by the Timorese today. To all those courageous members of the Canadian Armed Forces who deployed to East Timor, Canada’s largest mission in Asia since Korea in the early 1950s, thank you for your service.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

 

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The Canadian Armed Forces in East Timor

Media Relations

Department of National Defence

Phone: 613-904-3333

mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

Daniel Minden

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Office of the Minister of National Defence

Phone: 613-996-3100

Daniel.Minden@forces.gc.ca

Canada – Ministers of Veterans Affairs and National Defence mark 30th anniversary of the end of the Gulf War

Today marks 30 years since the Gulf War came to an end, almost seven months after Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait. From 1990 to 1991, more than 4,000 Canadians served in the Middle East as part of the international Coalition that fought to restore freedom to the Kuwaiti people. At its peak, Canada’s contribution numbered more than 2,700 Canadian Armed Forces personnel in the region at one time.

Canada’s first military actions came at sea in August 1990, when three Canadian warships joined the Coalition fleet that would secure the waters off Iraq and occupied Kuwait. That October, Canadian CF-18 fighter aircraft were sent to the Middle East to help take control of the skies above the Gulf. Canadian medical, communications, logistical and security units would also play important support roles in the conflict.

While Canadian women had made significant contributions and sacrifices that put them in harm’s way in previous conflicts, the Gulf War was the first time female Canadian Armed Forces members served in combat trades, and they went on to play important roles on land, in the air, and at sea.

Though Canada suffered no loss of life during the Gulf War, the burdens many returned home with were heavy, and some carried them for the rest of their lives. On the 30th anniversary of the end of the Gulf War, we pay tribute to everyone who so bravely assumed the risks that came with serving in uniform in the Persian Gulf, and thank those Veterans still with us for stepping forward in defence of peace and liberty in Kuwait.

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“For those of us who were around, watching the start of Operation Desert Storm still stands out as one of those moments that will always stay with you. Thirty years later, it’s incredibly important we make sure that the generations that follow remember the contributions that thousands of Canadians made during the Gulf War. We thank them for their remarkable service today.”

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

“During February, we pay tribute to the thousands of Canadians who served in the Middle East during the Gulf War. The land, air and sea support they provided to the multinational coalition contributed greatly to liberation of Kuwait, and the continued Canadian presence along the Iraq-Kuwait border in support of the United Nations enabled further security in the years following the end of the war. To those who served, we are forever grateful for your service.”

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

Quick facts

After Iraq invaded Kuwait, Canada joined a coalition of more than 35 countries to liberate the small Gulf nation.
More than 4,000 Canadians served in the Gulf War, helping liberate the country of Kuwait.
The Gulf War was the first conflict where Canadian women served in combat roles.