Sneak Peak of Veterans urban photo shoot.....

Hello Family Happy Monday. Lets Make it a good one.

Today I wanted to share with you a bit of what I would like Thrift in Time to be about. The direction is not to only spotlight what I wear but to spotlight people I meet along this journey. We will also be doing plenty of Fashion. I was part of an Veterans Urban Photo Shoot. I reconnected and spoke with so many veterans this weekend at event called the Stand Down.

Stand Down-
The stated goals of a Chicago Standdown are to provide a respite from the rigors of life on the street, help veterans obtain housing and establish a source of income, and stabilize medical conditions. However, just as important as these, is the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution veterans have made for all of us.

This was my first time at a Standdown here in the Chi and I did not fully understand what it was. Although my friend of One Savvy Veteran and Combat to Chic. Explained the mission of The Chicago Stand down my brain could not fully comprehend the magnitude of the whole concept.

It did not fully register until I arrived on site. I'm one of those veterans that self-isolated and never connected with the veteran community. While others tend to gather in PODS like families homless, disabled and able bodied veterans connecting no matter of person color or gender. When I walked in I was instantly overwhelmed and grateful that I had decide to come. I checked in with My DD214 because I had misplaced my military I.D. I was given a shirt that said StandDown Chicago 2016. I embraced by Meosha and She was passing out personnel Hygiene Bags for Women Veterans. I often mention One Savvy Veteran and Meosha Because of the work that she does with Homeless and Transitions Women Combat Veterans. The sole operation is off of donations and proceeds raised by Combat to Chic
I was overwhelmed with the love The women veterans had for Meosha and how she knew each and everyone of them by name. The veteran community is a network of interwoven communities. Imagine almost 700 veterans on this day the Day before it was or might have been double that. Of that 700 I think I counted 50 women from all Branches. It was truly love.

I took picture of many things bu the best one was a Vietnam Women Veteran who helped an Injured Iraq veteran put her injured leg up on a chair and they just talked to each other and had a shared commonality. Instant kinship formed despite time and location.

Next I would like to introduce you to Michael Pierce my Former Supervisor. He has moved on to another department with in Information Systems that I work in. He is a big man with Hair that was one healthy thick and luxurious. I had hair envy that is for sure. Michael served in Vietnam and has been working for the university for the longest time. Last weekend he completed a 5k walk run. His spirit is amazing and in my eyes he is a hero. Mike Walked/Ran in the Northwestern University Cancer 5k he is going through cancer treatment and chemo but you would be hard pressed to tell. I see the struggle but, as former military does we push through.

I am blessed to work along side so many veterans and acknowledge the work that we do at work, church, in charities, and in our own volunteer times. For me the Stand Down was a journey I needed to take. This is mostly for homeless veterans and I could see why. The supporters and sponsors gave away personnel cleaning items, clothing, wash towels, underwear, Blankets, Shoes Boots, food, etc, etc, etc. I felt unworthy of accepting such Items. We were given tickets and assigned a wrist band. Mine was 656 I will never forget. I was the second to last in line. As I saw the veterans line up to receive these items all I could think about was there are so many homeless an so many in community and so many who help on a daily like One Savvy Veteran, Combat to Chic. Walgreens and the American Red Cross and so many others. Com Ed. There are so many programs to help veterans and combat veterans. It brings joy to my heart.

I donated all my gear I received to One Savvy Veteran to help other Women Combat Veterans in similar situations who were unable to make it to the StandDowm.

Per usual all items I wear are donated. I hope by now you all know how in love I am with harem pants. It was in the 90s this weekend. Oh my goodness.

Until Next time Thank you for reading and Checking out the pictures, commenting and/or stopping by.

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  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    You are really doing wonderful and meaningful things. Thank you for reminding me about the power of positive energy. And great harem pants!

  • Maneera replied 4 years ago

    This is such a wonderful post, Donna. Thank you for all this amazing work you do everyday.

    I think you're super super sexy in #2! I may be in love with you!! What awesome sneaks & harem pants! I want to steal both :P

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    You and your friend look FABULOUS in #1. Thanks for being a bundle of positive energy, Ledonna. You make a difference. 

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Ledonna, you look amazing in those pants! But more importantly, you are doing such important work. Thank you for your spirit and your determination and your gumption and your service to others. What a gift you are shining on the world. 

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Suz Thanks Sis .we all have something to give back even if it is just a kind word. You keep me full.with information and fashion.

    Angie right back at you. You keep us hip and with it. Lol

    Maneera awe I love them both lol so comfy.

    Shevia you are alright and you have the gift of the thrift or op shop. I wouldn't have believed it . The power of the positive but it is true on my journey.

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    As others have said, you are gift. Is there a way to find out if there are similar organizations helping women vetrans in our own areas?

  • annagybe replied 4 years ago

    Wow! Great work.
    And I adore your outfit

  • Jane replied 4 years ago

    Love your writing. It is so evocative and having heard your fab voice, even better, as I can almost hear you speaking.

    It looks to be such a moving day. We are gentle beings when our stars align reflecting on the photo Vietnam and Iraq veterans.

    Love those harem pants and checked shirt.

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Joy I will check with One Savvy Veteran to inquire about that. I'm sure there is.i will get back with you on that.

    Annagybe wow thanks. I know you give life with your fits.

    Jane We are gentle beings when our stars align reflecting on the photo Vietnam and Iraq veterans. Loves this

    The harem are everything especially because it's like wearing nothing on a hot humid day.


  • Jenava replied 4 years ago

    I LOVE your outfit, and your whole look (hair, glasses; you look amazing).  Sounds like a great experience.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Thanks Jeevan we had a great experience.

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Your pants are fantastic. Is Meosha sporting a new 'do? It's super cute.

    Standdown is a good name. It says a lot. Worthy work.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Hey Rachylou, Meosha is sporting new hair. She had her natural blown out and curled. I'm afraid to do it. I want my hair to revert back to its Afro. I'll let her know you like it. I like the name also it means that we ar nolonger at way. Yeah.

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    I know what you mean. After torturing my hair into going green, I'm pretty much afraid to even touch it, lol. Am convinced it's gonna break off... Lolol.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    That's how I wound up bald last year. My poor hair. It's ok I rocked it bald. Lol but I'm more attached to it now.

  • Sally replied 4 years ago

    The harem outfit is really cool...I don't know how you manage to put such wonderful pieces together so well.   You wear it so well.  Its a great thing that you are doing for the veterans in your country. 

  • Momo replied 4 years ago

    Good work indeed Ledonna And I love the stories about people you meet or know,
    Cool outfit. Those pants and shoes are awesome.

  • kkards replied 4 years ago

    love the fashion/blogger photo shoot in #1….perfect!
    and i'm seconding Joy's question re: local groups helping women vets.

  • Lucy replied 4 years ago

    Inspiring work Ledonna. And you look FIERCE in your harems - doing great work in style. 

  • RobinF replied 4 years ago

    I'm amazed at all that you are involved in! Love that first picture, very magazine-shoot-ish. And your plaid top is great.

  • Ledonna N. replied 4 years ago

    Thank you again it has turned out to be both exciting and exhausting experience.

    I love taking pictures and talking with people on the flip side my insomnia is almost nonexistent almost. Lolol.

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