Charleston, SC (PRWEB) October 24, 2005
Many of the nation’s U.S. military veterans, curious about the whereabouts of their past friends with whom they served, visit VetFriends.com –- the premier website for reuniting veterans. Now, as Veterans Day approaches, it is important for all of us to take a moment to remember and give thanks to the brave men and women who have served our country. It is a time for togetherness, gratitude and celebration, a time for veterans to reunite.
Currently, there are 29 million U.S. veterans, of which 80 percent served during a time of conflict. They hold their veteran status in high regard and with intense loyalty. Common experiences among veterans and their families often creates a desire to socialize with and seek out others of similar backgrounds.
With this powerful notion of "reuniting" in mind, VetFriends.com has created an easy-to-use online website for veterans, active military, along with friends and family, offering a wealth of information and a variety of helpful services. Visitors can search the database to make contact with old friends, set up reunions, chat online with other veterans, post photos and share military jokes, obtain information on how to receive medals and military records, and much more. VetFriends.com currently has over 585,000 members, attracting over 150,000 visitors per month, and the number is rapidly increasing.
The idea of an easy-to-use, online, veteran registry came to its founder, Marine Corps veteran of Desert Storm Dale F. Sutcliffe, during a conversation with his father-in-law, who had served during the Korean War. When asked whether he would attend a hypothetical reunion with his old Army unit, his father-in-law responded, "I'd be on the next plane to Korea to see those guys." Reflecting on the depth of this reply, Sutcliffe realized those special bonds often withstand the test of time precisely because of the unique and often difficult circumstances under which they were formed. Now, those bonds can be reestablished through modern technology.
One satisfied member, after locating 52 men with the assistance of VetFriends.com writes, “If it hadn’t been for VetFriends I would have only kept track of one man in Iowa. Thank you VetFriends for getting me started! We love our vets. God bless you.”
As Veterans Day nears, veterans across the country will come together in celebration, sharing memories, laughs and tradition. Our nation will reflect and give thanks to the courage and honor of our veterans. VetFriends.com thanks our veterans for their service to our country and will continue to be a valuable tool in preserving their cherished memories.
Note to our friends in the media:
“Interview a Veteran” at http://www.vetfriends.com/interview_veteran.cfm, connects members of the media to veterans who would like to be interviewed for a news story. If interested in this free service, please contact VetFriends.com founder Dale F. Sutcliffe at Sutcliffe@VetFriends.com or at call 843-856-2863 for further information. Mr. Sutcliffe is also available for interviews or questions.