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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Army Gold Star Wife Stephanie Dostie on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our servicemembers - past and present. Each year the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country.
Memorial Day, is the only federal holiday in May and is celebrated on the last Monday of the month. The day, dating from the Civil War era, traditionally has marked recognition of those who have died in service to the nation. Each year on Memorial Day, the White House Commission on Remembrance promotes one minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time to honor the military's fallen comrades and to pay tribute to the sacrifices by the nation's service members and veterans.

 On Saturday, May 23, 2015 tune in to hear Gold Star Wife, Stephanie Dostie who lost her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Dostie, during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. Tune in to hear her talk about her meeting her husband for the first time at UT Knoxville, falling in love, and embracing being an Army wife with her heart and soul.

Listen to her recount their early years of marriage moving from country to country prior to 911. She talks about her husband's love of family and country and his bravery. She tells the last days of  Sgt. Dostie's life and how she knew he was KIA before she ever received the knock on the door at Fort Campbell shortly after Christmas.

Stephanie Dostie talks openly about raising the children alone and the difficulties of the early years without the love of her life and hero. She talks about the support of the Fort Campbell community and what has helped strengthen her over the years. She also talks about the importance of being there for other families and gives the audience suggestions on how they can comfort, support, and honor families who have loss a service member.

This show promises to empower, inspire, and motivate you to live your BEST life. Living Your Best Life, can heard on 760 The Gospel in the Middle Tennessee region, Tune-In, www.UStream.TV and military bases from 9-10AM CST.

More About Dostie Family and the National Memorial Day Concert

The 2015 National Memorial Day Concert will be broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on NPT and other PBS affiliates around the country on May24. This year, two Middle Tennessee children will be among the honored guests whose stories will be part of the annual celebration.

Bayleigh and Cameron Dotsie will be among the honored guests. The National Memorial Day Concert will be part of the segment wherein letters from servicemen and servicewomen and/or their families are read by celebrities. The Dotsie children are Gold Star Children who have lost a parent to war. Their father, Shawn, was killed 10 years ago while serving in Iraq. Their story focuses on memories of their father before he went to war, and then how everything changed when just after Christmas “two men in uniform” came to their house. Bayleigh‘s words will be read by actress Stefanie Scott.

NPT will broadcast the National Memorial Day Concert live at 7 p.m. on May 24, with an encore presentation immediately following at 8:30 p.m.

The National Memorial Day Concert will be hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise — celebrating their 10th anniversary as co-hosts — and will include appearances by General Colin L. Powell (Ret.); seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gloria Estefan; actress Stefanie Scott; “The Voice” season five winner Tessanne Chin; classical cross-over artist Katherine Jenkins; and renowned tenor Russell Watson in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jack Everly.
Also participating in the event are the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Armed Forces Color Guard, and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.

All Photos: Stephanie Dostie

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Erik Milam on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers  embody, "Be the change you want to see in the world.

 On May 2, 2015, tune in to hear TrustCore's Erik Milam share about overcoming, beating the odds, and dealing with self doubt. Erik Milam, a former Montgomery Bell Academy football player turned financial planner will share about his challenging childhood and college years and how those challenges did not deter him from being successful in life and at life.

Erik Milam speaking at the NBJ's 40 Under 40 Luncheon on March 27, 2015
Erik Milam receiving a standing ovation after his inspirational speech!
Milam, 34, was chosen as one of the top 40 Under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal in 2015 and in 2014 by the inaugural Investment News 40 under 40 for being a leader in his industry and in his community. Listen to Milam talk being told as a child he will never be able to climb stairs because of cerebral palsy but years later is running in marathons. Hear him discuss his speech impediment but is now a sought after motivational speaker! Overcoming odds and difficulties are woven into Milam's DNA and he lives his life to the fullest. Milam is truly an example of turning obstacles into assets. This interview will keep you empowered, inspired, and motivated to live your BEST Life long after the show is over.

Erik living life to the fullest!

Living Your Best Life, can heard on 760 The Gospel in the Middle Tennessee region, Tune-In, www.UStream.TV and military bases from 9-10AM CST.

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