Leviticus 26: Either Or



Chapter 26 of Leviticus sets forth the blessings and curses that God warned his people Israel about. This is a particularly noteworthy chapter because it has been fulfilled in history. We can compare what God said would take place with what actually has happened. As we go through this chapter you will see what remarkable confirmation we have in history of all that God has said he would do with his people.

The chapter opens by repeating two of the ten commandments:

“You shall make for yourselves no idols and erect no graven image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land, to bow down to them; for I am the LORD your God. You shall keep my sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 26:1-2 RSV)

In other words, here are restated the second commandment (“Thou shalt not make any graven images … nor bow down to them”) and the fourth commandment (“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”). The reason these two are repeated here at this point is that it is the violation of the second commandment which produces curses in a life and it is the observance of the fourth commandment which produces blessings.

Idolatry — having some other god besides God — is the great threat. If you think that idolatry not only consist of bowing down to actual images. Many of our idols are not graven images but nevertheless are gods before whom we worship — the god of materialism, the goddess of sex. The ancients had names for them. Venus was the goddess of sex and was worshipped in the form of an image. But they were worshipping sex just as Americans do today. There were other gods — the god of war, Thor, as the Scandinavians called him. We worship the god of war. We also worship various minor deities and gods — our children, our automobiles.  This idolatry is what produces cursings.

But the observance of the Sabbath is what produces blessings. As we have seen in this whole book of Leviticus, the Sabbath day, Saturday, is a shadow, a picture of the rest out of which God wants man to learn to operate. It is dependence upon the work of Another, and therefore it results in calmness, absence of stress and anxiety, freedom from turbulence and tumult within. It is rest in the work of God, in his ability to work through you. That is the sabbath, and that is what produces blessings.

Following these two commandments we have the listing of the cursings and the blessings, beginning with the blessings. From Verse 3 through Verse 13 there are six blessings promised.

“If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall last to the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last to the time for sowing; and you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land securely. And I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; and I will remove evil beasts from the land, and the sword shall not go through your land. And you shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand; and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. And I will have regard for you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and will confirm my covenant with you. And you shall eat old store long kept, and you shall clear out the old to make way for the new. And I will make my abode among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people. I am the LORD your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; and I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.” (Leviticus 26:3-13 RSV)

God meant every word of his promises! When he asked them to observe his commandments he wasn’t referring to the ten commandments alone. He knew that fallen human nature, would never be able to keep them.  He meant not only the ten commandments but all the provisions for redemption which were provided with them — the offerings, the sacrifices, the cleansings, the healings, and all the other provisions which, in type, speak of Jesus Christ. In other words, “If you walk before me,” he said, “using the provision which I have made available to you to deal with the sin and rebellion of your heart, then these blessings will be yours.”

The blessings are six-fold. You can see as we go through this list that there is a counterpart for each of these in the spiritual life today. God meant this materially and physically for his people Israel, but it is also a picture of the spiritual blessings which are ours in our lives today, on the same condition. So this passage has direct application to us.

The first promise is fruitfulness. God said, “I’ll make you fruitful. Your land will bring forth its fruit.” Your life will be fruitful. It will be a blessing to others. You will have an effective impact upon others.

Second, there will be full supply: “Your threshing shall last to the time of vintage, and the vintage to the time of sowing; and you shall eat your bread to the full.” You will have all you need, every resource will be provided for you.

Third, you will have security: “I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid.” No enemy that will come against you shall be able to overwhelm you or take you captive. God will protect you. You will have peace in your land, or, in our terms, peace in your life. No enemy can overwhelm you, no threat can be too great for you, no attack can overthrow you; you shall be secure.

The fourth blessing is increase: “I will have regard for you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and will confirm my covenant with you.” In the spiritual application, your life will affect others. You will find the extent of your influence moving out, reaching out to larger dimensions.

And, fifth, you will have a divine sense of God’s presence, of fellowship with the Living God. “I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people.” You will have an intimate sense of communion with God.

All of this is guaranteed by the nature and character of God, the One who delivered Israel from the land of Egypt, the One who is able, sixth, to deliver and to dignify, to make people “walk erect,” as men and women ought to walk and to live. That is the kind of God he is and that is what he says he will do.

These blessings find their counterparts in our own lives in terms of the spiritual effectiveness and fruitfulness which God will produce if we lay hold of the provision that he has made for us in Jesus Christ, and if we deal honestly and openly with him. That is all God asks. He doesn’t ask us to be sinless; he asks us to be honest. He asks us not to kid ourselves, not to try to pretend, not to erect a facade, a wall that we hide behind, not to put on a mask which is not real, but to be honest and open and to avail ourselves of the resources that he has given in Jesus Christ.

Now, Israel did not keep these blessings. Israel chose otherwise. So the next section of the book deals with the cursings. And these cursings are what has occurred in Israel’s history. You will see that they fall into six definite stages, each one worse than the previous one, which God says will develop if the people turn against him, and refuse to hear his words and to obey, and won’t avail themselves of the provisions that he has made. Now hear these, beginning with Verse 14:

“But if you will not hearken to me, and will not do all these commandments, if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my ordinances, so that you will not do all my commandments, but break my covenant, I will do this to you:” (Leviticus 26:14-16a RSV)

This too is God’s promise. These curses follow, and they too have spiritual counterparts. There are parallel punishments, or cursings, which we will experience in our lives, as the people of God, if we too refuse to walk in God’s ways and avail ourselves of his provision — if, in other words, we walk in the flesh instead of in the Spirit. And they are just as sure as the blessings would have been. Notice these six stages as we work through this passage.

The first is given in Verses 16-17:

“I will appoint over you sudden terror, consumption, and fever that waste the eyes and cause life to pine away. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it; I will set my face against you, and you shall be smitten before your enemies; those who hate you shall rule over you, and you shall flee when none pursues you.” (Leviticus 26:16b-17 RSV)

There are two parts of this first mark of God’s disciplining hand:

First, disease would break out among the people. As you read the record of Israel for forty years in the wilderness, all the way from Egypt to the borders of the promised land, you find that they were not afflicted with disease except for special punishments of temporary disobedience on their part. God kept them from illness because he had promised them that, if they obeyed his commandments, the diseases of the Egyptians and the Canaanites would not come upon them. So when disease began to erupt among them it was a sign that they were turning from God’s word and from his will.

The counterpart is true with us. These diseases, as we have seen in this book of Leviticus, are pictures of moral blotches in our own life, of wrong attitudes — resentment, bitterness, malice, lovelessness, indifference. These are spiritual diseases which can afflict the believer. And when these begin to appear in your life, they are a sign that something is wrong, that there has been some disobedience, some failure to avail yourself of all that God has provided in Jesus Christ. So God has allowed the malady in order that you might turn again to him.

There was a second part of this first stage of discipline: conflict. “You shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.” There would be conflict with the tribes around Israel. This occurred throughout the history of this people, beginning with rather minor harassment but eventually escalating to horrendous proportions.

In the spiritual counterpart this too is true of us. Arguments arise and become conflicts, strife results in schism and separation, and factions break away. This is a sign among the people of God that they are beginning to turn from what God has provided, that they are not fully availing themselves of their possession and inheritance in Jesus Christ. And this is sent to turn them back.

But if it doesn’t, God moves to a second stage. He gives us that in Verses 18-20:

“And if in spite of this[which was given in order to get you to listen] you will not hearken to me, then I will chastise you again sevenfold for your sins, and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like brass; and your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.” (Leviticus 26:18-20 RSV)

The second stage consisted, first, of an immediate seven-fold increase of the first stage, and second, added to this would be drought. “I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like brass; and your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land will not yield its increase.” Crops would dry up and famine would come. This occurred in the history of Israel again and again.

The counterpart on the spiritual level is depression. Drought is barrenness, lack of life, a sense of futility, of the hopelessness of it all — depression, in other words. This is oftentimes a mark of someone who is failing, either through ignorance or willfulness, to understand and to avail himself of all that God has provided for us.

Then there comes a third stage, Verses 21-22:

“Then if you walk contrary to me, and will not hearken to me, I will bring more plagues upon you, sevenfold as many as your sins. And I will let loose the wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number, so that your ways shall become desolate.” (Leviticus 26:21-22 RSV)

In the history of Israel, as drought came and their crops dried up, the wilderness areas of the land were also affected. And the wild animals, not having sufficient food, came into the villages and cities and actually attacked people right in the streets, and killed their children, just as God had said would happen.

Once again this is a picture of something in our own lives. The attack of wild beasts is a picture of that unprovoked attack which may come to an individual, some sudden threat to his well-being or even to his life which comes from an unexpected source. Other people oftentimes act like wild beasts who want to take away everything we possess and devour us. This again is often a mark of spiritual declension, as God indicates.

Then there comes yet a fourth stage, Verses 23-26:

“And if by this discipline you are not turned to me, but walk contrary to me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will smite you sevenfold for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute vengeance for the covenant; and if you gather within your cities I will send pestilence among you, and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. When I break your staff of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and shall deliver your bread again by weight; and you shall eat, and not be satisfied.” (Leviticus 26:23-26 RSV)

In the fourth stage there is to be a sevenfold intensification of all the afflictions that have already been mentioned — disease and conflict and drought and wild beasts — and there also will be an invasion of the land. Enemies will be permitted to come in and take over. This will be accompanied by pestilence and widespread famine among the people, so that women will have to share ovens — ten women baking in one oven. And so scarce is the bread, so small the loaves, that when it is delivered people will eat them up and yet remain unsatisfied. This is a picture of famine throughout the land. You can read of the historical fulfillment of this in the records of the Kings and the Chronicles. All this actually befell this people as they persisted in their disobedience and in turning from the provision God had given.

Again in the spiritual life this has its counterparts of moral decline and of a lack of satisfaction in the things of God, a sense of restlessness and of famine for spiritual substance.

But then there comes a fifth stage, Verses 27-33:

“And if in spite of this you will not hearken to me, but walk contrary to me, then I will walk contrary to you in fury, and chastise you myself sevenfold for your sins. You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters. And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and cast your dead bodies upon the dead bodies of your idols; and my soul will abhor you. And I will lay your cities waste, and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your pleasing odors. And I will devastate the land, so that your enemies who settle in it shall be astonished at it. And I will scatter you among the nations, and I will unsheathe the sword after you; and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.” (Leviticus 26:27-33)

You know that for thousands of years the Jewish people have wandered across the face of the earth as a desolate, scattered people. Cast out of their land, exiled among the nations, with no temple of their own, no central place of worship, they have been hounded and harassed from place to place wherever they have gone. Even before they were exiled these words were literally fulfilled. They actually ate their own children in the terrible famine during the siege of Jerusalem when the Roman general Titus surrounded the city in A.D. 70 and created such starvation within the walls that the inhabitants ended up eating the dead bodies of those who perished from day to day. Josephus gives a vivid account of this actual fulfillment in history. God did what he said he would do.

But remember that this also has its counterpart in the spiritual life. There is a fifth stage of spiritual decline which means the breakup of a family, the loss of sons and daughters, atrocities of various sorts, moral perversities, the overthrowing of that which you have depended upon, the idol you thought would sustain you, whatever it might be. The result is utter devastation and, ultimately, some form of exile from the presence and power of God.

But there is still a sixth stage, Verses 34-39:

“Then the land shall enjoy its sabbaths as long as it lies desolate, while you are in your enemies’ land; then the land shall rest, and enjoy its sabbaths. As long as it lies desolate it shall have rest, the rest which it had not in your sabbaths when you dwelt upon it.[From a previous study you remember how literally this was fulfilled. Israel was taken into captivity in Babylon for seventy years because they had failed to observe seventy sabbath years prior to that.] And as for those of you that are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; the sound of a driven leaf shall put them to flight, and they shall flee as one flees from the sword, and they shall fall when none pursues. They shall stumble over one another, as if to escape a sword, though none pursues; and you shall have no power to stand before your enemies. And you shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up. And those of you that are left shall pine away in your enemies’ lands because of their iniquity; and also because of the iniquities of their fathers they shall pine away like them.” (Leviticus 26:34-39 RSV)

One of the strange mysteries of recent history is why the Jewish people in Europe, numbering eight million or more, would be so servile and submissive to the attacks upon them by the Nazis. Why didn’t they resist? Why didn’t they stand up and fight? The Jews themselves are troubled by this question. They have resolved that never again will they ever allow any such attack upon them without resistance. They themselves do not understand and cannot explain how they could submit so meekly to being lined up by the hundreds and thousands and herded into gas chambers and put to death without lifting a hand to resist. But God had said, “You shall be given faintness in your heart. You will not stand before your enemies. You will be afraid. You will flee when no one pursues, and a driven leaf will scare you — you will think someone is after you.” They would be characterized by faintness, by reduction in numbers, and by a terrible longing for the day when they would be delivered. All of this stands written in history, confirmed by the acts of men following the decrees of God.

Once again this has its counterpart in the spiritual life. There comes a time of utter moral collapse, utter decline, of alienation, and of being filled with restlessness and fear and trembling. All of this God has fulfilled in history and will fulfill in an individual life.

But now notice where all this is driving. The wonderful thing is that through it all God always has a redemptive, constructive goal toward which he is aiming, Verses 40-46:

“But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers in their treachery which they committed against me, and also in walking contrary to me, so that I walked contrary to them and brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amends for their iniquity; then I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and I will remember my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land[that is, I’ll remember to bring them back to it, after the land has its rest]. But the land shall be left by them, and enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them; and they shall make amends for their iniquity, because they spurned my ordinances, and their soul abhorred my statutes. Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not spurn them, neither will I abhor them so as to destroy them utterly and break my covenant with them; for I am the LORD their God; but I will for their sake remember the covenant with their forefathers, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.”

These are the statutes and ordinances and laws which the LORD made between him and the people of Israel on Mount Sinai by Moses. (Leviticus 26:40-46 RSV)


The record of Israel, you see, is the proof that God means exactly what he says. And yet his purpose is that he will not destroy them utterly. He will not allow them to be wiped off the face of the earth but will accomplish his purpose and bring them back at last to the land.

Does it seem to you as though God is pictured here as cruel and heartless and demanding and stubborn because he afflicts people with this kind of trouble? If so, then you have read the passage all wrong. Because this is the story of the inflexibility of love, of the ruthlessness of grace. There is love behind the cursing as much as there is behind the blessing.

Notice what God is doing. From stage to stage he says, “Now I’ll do this much. And if they turn back, I won’t have to do more. But if they don’t, I’ll move to the next stage. Because I’m not going to give up. I’m going to see to it that they return eventually.” And the process moves from stage to stage until God inflexibly drives them to the place of utter despair, to the time when they will return. This is the way God works.

This is the law of the universe, the law of inevitable consequence, of the inflexible will of a Sovereign God who is determined to accomplish the redemption of his people but who nevertheless has bound himself never to violate their free will. This means that their will must be persuaded; it will never be coerced. And there is no greater persuasion than heartbreak and despair. Have you found that out?

C. S. Lewis said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures; he speaks to us in our work; but he shouts at us in our pains.” Sometimes God must almost break our hearts, sometimes he must actually break them, before we will take seriously what he has said to us and observe the provision he has made for us in Jesus Christ.


God is dealing like this with every one of us today. Behind what seem superficially to be cruel and hard and difficult circumstances is the relentless love of God who says, “I will never give you up. I’ll never let you go. I will never give up on you. I’ll never be easy on you until I get rid of your foolish attitude of rebellious self-sufficiency which is hurting you, destroying you, and making you less than what you want to be and what I want you to be.”

I’m grateful for a God who truly looks out for my well being!




Some information taken from Ray Steadman, Leviticus Living Wholey



Militant Matriarch


In honor of Veterans Day, I as a Female Air Force Veteran , would be a miss if I did not salute my fellow comrades! In honor of this special day, I have loaned my blog to a fellow poetess, artist and Air Force Veteran who has made it her duty to make sure us Female Veterans receive the recognition we deserve. She is one bad Militant Matriarch!

Read, ingest and share the words of Jessica-Patrice Dorsey Coulter….then read it again. Its well worth the time. Thank you my sister for being our voice.

I am a Mother, a Poet, Yogi, and a disabled Veteran with a vagina. I have served my country, first as an Active duty Chaplains Assistant, then as a military wife, Then as a divorced military spouse, and finally, as a disabled veteran fighting, waiting for over 5 years with the Veterans Administration. I finally got the rating I feel is fair, but …MAN… that was a process….

It seems that everyone these days is penning “Open Letters to(insert offensive person), as a way to educate “said person.” Well, Universe, today is no different. My Mother and Father served in the Navy, my bother is a Lt. Col in the Army I have had two Uncles serve (one in the Air force) three cousins, and both my grandparents. The military was a way to pay for school, serve the country, and, for me, a way out of a small town. Those who serve do so for a variety of reasons
You could say, that I have seen all facets of Military life, the good, the bad and yes, the absolute worst. I have nursed my sons while in full Battle Dress Uniform in a bathroom in the back of my shop, and have supported my then husband while deployed over and over again with the GWOT. I stayed behind, because I ended up with a non deployable disorder. I developed a Thyroid disease, soon after my first deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base. I also had two children, and some that I worked with accused me of getting pregnant to avoid deploying. Those accusations truly hurt, as, a deployment is for a specific amount of time, children are forever.
I worked in my shop, the best way a E-4 could, with limited staff. I supported the families left behind in war, and the Chaplains who bore the brunt of those seeking 100% confidentiality. It was an inserting time, in my life to say the least. My best Friend, also a Veteran with a Vagina, and single mother super hero deployed again, and again, so, for those who say women catch a break, they don’t. War is hell. Male or Female.
I was sexually assaulted by a military police officer when I was 18, or maybe 19. Sometimes that day feels like forever ago, sometimes it’s a fresh as the almost frost on my small lawn, in the renovated projects in the most beautiful place in America, Newport RI. Now, that you have read, and seen my military stripes, I guess I will start with
Dear Civilian Community, As the advertisements and recognition for military service roll across the screen of your television, tablets and smart phones, and as the sale flyers get placed in your inbox and mailbox, I would like to advise you on how you can best serve those who have serves.
Do we, as veterans LOVE the FREE FOOD that day, HELL yes! Do we LOVE the free tickets to events and hotel stays, and your monetary discounts on Veterans day HELL YES! As I type, I am secretly hoping that an event for veterans I was invited too will have a spa discount for me. I have put in my time and paid my dues, and when I go to these Free dinners with a male friend, I am often NOT EVEN SEEN AS THE VETERAN.
So yes, shower me with free stuff, and remind me, that you care about what happens after the tarmac tear soaked reunions. Free Stuff on Veterans day, feels good, even if it is fleeting feeling, just like the food consumed.
I appreciate all of it. And the veterans who are on the brink of poverty, homeless and hungry appreciate the hot meals as well. Go to a chain restaurant and you will see young 30 -40somthing vets along with 65 plus vets in all states of living.
However, It is one day. 24 hours. Veterans days is One day that we flood the popular chain restaurants, and make the wit list IMPOSSIBLE for civilians to get food. One day where we stand on the field of whatever team and feel the love. For one day we hear cheers that we as OIF/OEF veterans never felt as they came home from multiple deployments. I feel that love from the NYC residents who line the streets and thank us fro our service when I bring my 2 sons to march in the NYC’s Veterans Day parade. Sometimes I fight back tears, because, again it feels good to know we are not forgotten, and people truly care.
Now, please acknowledge we are NOT looking for these accolades, and I can only speak for myself: It feels good.
For me, it makes my rape, my divorce to a military man, my battles with the VA, depression, homelessness, poverty, unemployment, the complete awful experience of divorcing the military, sting a bit less.
It is uncomfortable, but, I have learned to accept it, and take it. People really care, and on November 11, they all care at the same time.
Then on November 12, after that day is over, much like the day after a birthday, we all, civilians and veterans, collectively go back to the regular scheduled program called America. It is the reality of that day, like all other celebrations, it simply is.
As we prepare for Veterans Day 2014, other then posting my usual rants in my Facebook page, I wanted to go further, and share what I feel would create a sustainable effort for veterans issues, causes. Or, maybe I just wanted to purge my inner most frustrations being a Veteran with a Vagina. I use that phrase often, because it can be offensive to some, and as a female veteran, I am often invisible, consider that your Vagina trigger warning, it will be used going forward. I have compiled a list of things that YOU as a never serving, maybe even diabolically opposed to military service civilian can do to show that you care. I have broken it into two Sections, Awareness, and Action. First you must become fully aware of the state of the Veteran, in order to effective serve the veterans.
AWARENESS: 1. Become educated on the nuts and bolts of the Military. a. Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard b. Active Duty(24/7) & Reserve and National Guard c. Officers(college dregreed to become an officer) d. Enlisted (non college, or some college at time of enlistment)
A simple internet search, will help you avoid miss-naming a veterans service. All members of each brach have unique training, and we tend to have our own version of language and pride from which service we came from. Just like not every Gi is a Joe, not every Staff Sergeant is a Soldiers. A great way to avoid all this is to ask “Hey, thank you for your service, what branch did you serve?”
2. Leave your POLITICS and GOD at the door and research current veterans issues. I say GOD, because not all military members or veteran believe in God, and as chaplains assistant, not all people worship the same God. I say politics, because they we get divided, and there is no room for division, if you are really interested in helping veterans.
Here are some great search ideas, if the word Veteran is not on the list simply add it: The ABCs of researching Veteran Issues a. Veterans Health Care Issues b. Suicide Rates c. Killed in Action d. Wounded in action e. Military sexual Trauma(males and females) f. Unemployment g. Women Veterans (Veterans with Vaginas have been underserved in all these areas) h. Housing/Homelessness i. Alternative Healing for Veterans j. Deployment rates k. Average age of Military Veterans l. Traumatic Brain Injury m. Average number of medications Veterans take n. Service Animals o. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder p. Military to Civilian transition q. Mental Health rates r. Substance Abuse s. Pain Management t. Gulf War Syndrome u. What not to say to a veteran v. Long Term Care w. Education Programs x. Family Support y. Survivors guilt z. Sleep issues
Now that you know your ABCs, next time when you engage with a veteran, you will have some more idea of what we face as we (P) come back home, and try shapeshift in a world that many times, simply is no idea what we are going through. Maybe you have started to do your research and want to make a lasting impact, further then that 24 hours of love we call Veterans day.
Yes, now we get into Action. This is where I must put my title, if you will, on the line. I am an Alumnai of the Wounded Warrior Project, and are on their National campaign team for 2014. My position on this team, means that I have voulenteered my image, and my story to the WWP. You can read about me here. http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/…/meet-a-warrior/jessi…
So what do you do? There are so many Organizations out there, there are large one like the WWP and smaller, hyper local ones like Operation Standown Rhode Island, that are deserving of your assistance, time, funds and help. All you really have to do is search Veteran Service Origination online, and you will get many, many returns. I would list them, but there are so many to chose from. Again, as with any charity, do your homework and ensure they are on the up and up. A real “boots on the ground” way to find out where the help is needed is by looking up and contacting your own States office of Veterans Affairs, they will have a more tailored list and will have a more targeted need of veterans in that state, and can assist you further. You may also find your local Veterans Hospital, and find the volunteer services office, they can help you as well.
Another important aspect to helping veterans needs is matching you own personal style and passion to a charity. As a yoga Instructor, and a Military Sexual assault thriver and a veteran with a vagina, I tend to look at organization who serve the veteran holistically, and who help advance awareness of issues that pertain to the growing number of Women Veterans. Find one of those ABC’s, that touches you, and go in that direction. Veterans day is a wonderful day, and as I have said it feels good, to know that the country can place down its politics and celebrates the diversity that is the modern day Veteran. What I would like, is a continuation, way beyond free stuff, way beyond standing ovations. Don’t get this the wrong way, we need those, as a Country, we need one day to honor those who serve, from all conflicts, and there are many of them. I feel that if we really start to get to know what the issues at hand are, maybe we will can start seeing the true cost of war, and maybe that will lead to that Yoga lady dream I have of a nation and a world at peace.
A Veteran.
ps. Oh, and I do badass photoshoots and make poetry and what not as Jessica9names or J9.
pps. You can find more about that at www.jessica9names.com
pps. I am working on another Spoken word Album called ‪#‎MilitantMatriarch‬ that will due out in spring of 2016.