Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 8

a note from our
executive director

Celebrating Our Networks
and Shared Vision
BY BARBARA KELLEY

O
Barbara at the Pennsylvania
Walk4Hearing, fall 2018.

You're all part
of the HLAA
network-
whether you're
a member,
constituent,
corporate
partner, donor,
Walk4Hearing
participant,
chapter member
or a visitor to our
website. Let's
celebrate our 40
years of building
networks.

n December 14, my family will continue our tradition and participate
in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. The goal is
lofty-to cover every Veteran's grave in the cemetery, totaling 253,000.
Why do thousands of volunteers do that? To remember the fallen, honor those
who serve, and teach our children the value of freedom.
"Thank you for your service" might sound trite and overused at times. But
said in the right context at the right time, the five-word message says it all.
We know that service often means sustaining injuries such as hearing loss and
tinnitus. That's why we're dedicating this issue to our Veterans.
As I write this, I'm remembering my parents and their stories about World
War II, when my dad served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. (He wore hearing aids
later in life supplied by the Department of Veterans Affairs-the VA.) I think of
my brothers, who were drafted during the Vietnam War. (One of them wears
hearing aids supplied by the VA, and the other needs them.) And more recently, I
think about my husband, who served three deployments in post 9/11 as an Army
Reserve JAG officer. And I think of many others.
To bring it a little closer to HLAA, on the wall in my office hangs the
American flag that was used to cover the casket of HLAA Member Edward K.
Nesbitt when he was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. He left HLAA
a large bequest, and his family gave us the flag, which we framed with a
commemorative plaque. And as HLAA celebrates its 40th anniversary, I think
of our Founder Rocky Stone, who sustained his hearing loss during his Army
years, along with many Veterans connected to HLAA in one way or another. Our
Veterans, along with our memories, make up this far-reaching network.

"... the world doesn't change one person at a
time. It changes as networks of relationships
form among people who discover they
share a common cause and vision of what's
possible. ... We don't need to convince
large numbers of people to change; instead,
we need to connect with kindred spirits."
-Margaret Wheatley, author

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Hearing Life November/December 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hearing Life November/December 2019

A Note From Our Executive Director
Thoughts From Our Board Chair
Founder’s Corner
Supporting Our Veterans Through All Their Years: The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter
Advocacy
Convention
Never Give Up: A Vietnam Veteran’s Hearing Journey
Walk4Hearing Update
Sue, Eleanor, Fred—And Facing Our Fears
Awards and Recognition
Acoustic Trauma and the Impact of Noise on Our Men and Women in Uniform
A Holiday Getaway to the Big Apple
Hearing Loops at Home
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Cover1
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Cover2
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 3
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 4
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 5
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 6
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - A Note From Our Executive Director
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 8
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 9
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Thoughts From Our Board Chair
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Founder’s Corner
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 12
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Supporting Our Veterans Through All Their Years: The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 14
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 15
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 16
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 17
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 18
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Advocacy
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 20
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Convention
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 22
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 23
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 24
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 25
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Never Give Up: A Vietnam Veteran’s Hearing Journey
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 27
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 28
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 29
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 30
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Walk4Hearing Update
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 32
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Sue, Eleanor, Fred—And Facing Our Fears
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 34
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 35
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 36
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Awards and Recognition
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 38
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Acoustic Trauma and the Impact of Noise on Our Men and Women in Uniform
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 40
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - A Holiday Getaway to the Big Apple
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 42
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Hearing Loops at Home
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 44
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 45
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 46
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