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Kaelen Felix illustrates Veterans Day for 360 Magazine

“Don’t Shoot Your Future Self” By Eric Power

Veterans face incredible challenges after leaving the military. From coping with mental health issues like depression and PTSD to finding employment, re-establishing relationships, and more – readjusting to civilian life is not easy. After putting their lives on the line in service of our country, veterans deserve more support than what they are getting.

The pandemic has only made this issue worse over the last year with the surge of loneliness, unemployment, and an increase in mental health cases among all Americans. A survey done by the Wounded Warriors Project found that more than half of veterans said their mental health had worsened during the pandemic.

Fortunately, a new book from recent military veteran, Eric Power can help. “Don’t Shoot Your Future Self” is a powerful story of self-discovery that shares the keys to overcoming some of life’s greatest challenges and the wisdom and insights in this book are more timely and relevant than ever before.

“This pandemic has set a shocking and much greater feat for veterans (and all Americans for that matter) to rise above thier mental health challenges. Yet, I am very optimistic about the future and hope to provide support, advice, and my personal experience to help save someone’s life…” said Power, whose mission is to provide a valuable resource and life-changing advice to veterans, their families, and all struggling Americans.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Blurring the lines between fiction and nonfiction, “Don’t Shoot Your Future Self” is a powerful story that shines light on the unique challenges veterans face after leaving the military. As an active combat veteran, Eric Power knows the sacrifices and struggles of civilian veterans. As a mentor and a self-development student, he also knows the keys to overcoming some of the greatest challenges in business and in life.

Power shares his success principles as he takes you through the challenges of David Little, a veteran facing personal and career challenges. Follow along as David meets his mentor, Ralph Power, who helps him discover his self-worth and shows him how to build life-changing relationships.

The statistics on veteran mental health are horrific. According to a 2020 report, roughly 17 veterans die by suicide each day in the US. This means meaning more veterans die by suicide every two days than were killed in action last year! This staggering statistic is why “Don’t Shoot Your Future Self” rings true to 24 million veterans around the world who have some type of personal struggle after returning home. As the Coronavirus surges forward, we have seen an increase in mental health conditions among all Americans. The wisdom and insights in this book are more timely and relevant than ever before.

Of course, this personal development is a must-read for military veterans, but it also appeals to non-veterans because it offers timeless and universal business and success principles applicable to all people. This book is a valuable resource for military families or anyone with loved ones in the service. It offers a glimpse into the reality of the veteran experience and readers can learn more about what their loved one is going through and how they can help.

Whether you are a veteran or not, “Don’t Shoot Your Future Self” is an unforgettable story about life, relationships, and the power we all have to create a lasting imprint on the people we meet and know.

The book was released December 28th, 2020 by Waterside productions and starts at $16.95 for the paperback edition. “Don’t Shoot Your Future Self” is available for purchase on Amazon HERE. 

ABOUT ERIC POWER:

Eric Louis Power is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and social activist dedicated to helping military veterans and their families achieve a better quality of life. Power served honorably in the US Navy reaching the rank of Petty Officer First Class and serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Southern Watch. Power has a total of seven deployments, with 3.5 years in Active Combat zones. He is the founder of For Veterans By Veterans, a nonprofit that provides assistance to homeless vets, and he is the founder and CEO of Veterans Disability Help, LLC, a firm that manages VA disability claims and helps disabled veterans get the benefits they deserve. Since 2012, Power has been responsible for redirecting over 2.1 Million dollars a month recurring from the VA, back to the veterans in regard to their VA disability claims.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT https://veterandisabilityhelp.com

Kaelen Felix illustrates Veterans Day for 360 Magazine

Remembering Veterans During a Strained Time

By: Elle Grant

Wednesday, November 11th marks the annual commemoration of veterans in the United States, aptly named Veterans Day. This year, in the unprecedented context of coronavirus, as well as intense political and social strife, the day takes on an additionally sacred context as a reminder of those who have served our country.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress then passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, with the day becoming a national holiday beginning in 1938. Similar to Memorial Day, which is an annual federal holiday in May, it celebrates veterans of the United States. However, the difference between them is that Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, living and dead. Yet a particular focus is on those veterans still with us, who served their country with honor and distinction whether during war or peacetime.

Several countries have similar days commemorating their veterans that find their root in remembering World War I and World War II on or near November 11th. Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday. World War I, as arguably the most brutal conflict in human history on the soldiers, is a devastating reminder of why countries celebrate those who serve.

2020 is a particularly remarkable year as it marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, and the 30th anniversary of both the end of the Panama Invasion and the beginning of Desert Shield.

Veterans Day has been distinctly impacted by the coronavirus, still sweeping the nation especially in the Midwest. As such, celebrations and efforts of remembrance are being affected in large ways. Arlington National Cemetery, used to hosting hundreds of thousands of veterans, their families, and the families of veterans who have passed, has altered its yearly ceremony in context of the current pandemic. For the first time, it will be livestreamed, with certain areas closed off, and embracing social distancing and masked mandates. Furthermore, the beloved observance at Memorial Amphitheater has been closed off to the general public, yet the overall cemetery will remain open.

Yet it is no time to despair or to pause the nation’s respects. There are 18.2 milling living veterans who have served during wartime alive in the United States today, all deserving admiration.

Many businesses and restaurants salute veterans during this day with special deals for those who have served and their families. 360 Magazine thanks all veterans for their service.

Kaelen Felix Illustrates a Harley-Davidson Museum Article for 360 MAGAZINE

New Exhibits at Harley-Davidson Museum

Two new special exhibits premiere at the Harley-Davidson Museum 
Plus, celebrate the season with a special Holiday Weekend Sale, the H-D Museum shows its appreciation to those who served with free admission to Veterans* on Veterans on Veterans Day and special gallery talks focused on H-D’s long history with the U.S. military.

Art, engineering and the timeless pursuit of adventure are always on display at the Harley-Davidson Museum. And beginning this month, two new special exhibits bring those elements to the fore.

“Off-Road Harley-Davidson” opens to the public Nov. 1 and tells the history of motorcycles designed for rough roads, the people who rode them and the adventures they shared. Dating back to the Motor Company’s earliest days and shining a spotlight on what the all-new, all-electric LiveWire® motorcycle is capable of, this exhibit is sure to thrill those who prefer the road less traveled. “Performance Builds from Born-Free” brings together four customized Harley-Davidson® motorcycles where imagination and ingenuity take center stage.

And in what has become an annual tradition of expressing gratitude for those who serve and those who have served, the Veterans Day 2020 appreciation includes free admission to the H-D Museum on Nov 11 and 12.

Finally, be sure to check out the H-D Museum’s Holiday Weekend Sale and score on your favorite H-D branded gear. Give as a gift or add to your wardrobe!

As always, the safety of our guests is a top priority for the Harley-Davidson Museum. Guests may notice changes since their most recent visit, including limited capacity. Visit the H-D Museum website to find out more about our safety measures or to purchase tickets in advance.

MUST-SEE EXHIBITS
“Off-Road Harley-Davidson”
Opening Nov. 21, 2020; Media Preview: Friday, Nov. 20
In the decades before America paved its highways, early riders had to be prepared for all sorts of terrain: sand, clay or dirt – and wandering those makeshift byways were Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Today, it’s called off-road or adventure touring; back then it was just called riding. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson motorcycles proved their toughness by riding over wooded hills, through stone-choked creek beds and up mountain sides. “Off-Road Harley-Davidson” tells the history of motorcycles designed for rough roads, the people who rode them, and the adventures they shared. Stay tuned to the H-D Museum social channels for a behind-the-scenes look at this exhibit.

“Performance Builds from Born-Free”
The Born-Free Motorcycle Show has been bringing together intrepid builders for more than a decade. The H-D Museum is pleased to display the passion projects of four top-notch Born-Free wrenchers whose canvas is a stock Harley- Davidson® motorcycle. Now on display in the Engine Room.

Stevan Dohanos painting, “Tex’s Motorcycle”
Dohanos, a frequent contributor to the Saturday Evening Post, enjoyed capturing his subjects as they were in real life. For this piece, Dohanos found his muse on a street in Georgetown, Conn. “Tex” Keller had decorated his saddle bags with nickel spots and covered his saddle with fur, putting his own flair on the Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Though Dohanos probably didn’t title the work, many motorcyclists now refer to it as “Tex’s Motorcycle” and prints of it can be found in shops across the country. The original has found a home at the H-D Museum.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory”
(Now)
A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.” Stay tuned to the H-D Museum social channels for a behind-the-scenes look at this exhibit.

EVENTS
Veterans Day Appreciation
Nov. 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Nov. 12 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
We salute you! On November 11th and 12th, the Harley-Davidson Museum will offer free Museum admission for all active Military, Veterans and their families.* Learn more about H-D’s military involvement during the Military Gallery Talks on November 11th at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.and November 12th at 11 a.m., 2:30 and 6 p.m. For more than a century, Harley-Davidson has been on the front line – right next to the troops. The first American to enter Germany after World War I did so on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. Active military and veterans always enjoy special discounts at The Shop and while dining at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant.

*Receive free admission to the Harley-Davidson Museum by presenting valid identification of service in the US Armed Services (active duty and veterans are welcome!) for the named servicemember, one (1) additional adult and up to four (4) children (under age 18). Valid on November 11, 2020 and November 12, 2020 for in-person use at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Not valid for online purchases. Non-transferable. Cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent. Offer not valid on previously purchased Harley-Davidson Museum tickets. Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Offer is subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Harley-Davidson® Merchandise Holiday Weekend Sale
Nov. 27 – 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Come for the sale in The Garage and stay to explore. Pick up a few gifts for the holidays: shop 50%-70% off discontinued, end-of-season MotorClothes® products**
Including holiday festivities:
• “Off-Road Harley-Davidson” Special Exhibit
• H-D Museum Campus Walking Tour, Audio Tours & Youth Activity Guides
• H-D Museum holiday specials at The Shop
• MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant burgers, BBQ and monthly specials

**Valid for onsite use in The Garage only at the H-D Museum on purchase of select, end of season men’s and women’s Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® merchandise. Not valid for online purchases; not valid in The Shop at the H-D Museum. Prices as marked in The Garage. Sale prices valid from November 27 – 29, 2020. While supplies last. Offer not valid on previously purchased merchandise. Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Offer is subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

TOURS
Engines 101
Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun – 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m.
What is a powertrain? What makes the Milwaukee-Eight® engine different? The Engines 101 class takes you inside the Milwaukee Eight engine and transmission. In a classroom setting, we break down the components and their functions while describing the performance of a 4-stroke engine. Engines 101 shows how an engine and transmission come together to make a powertrain. Advance tickets and more information can be found here.

H-D Museum Campus Walking Tour
Explore the campus of the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum and enjoy the great outdoors. This 20-acre site is the place to see and experience Harley-Davidson history and culture. Download the PDF to your phone or mobile device and follow the path around the H-D Museum campus.

THE SHOP
Enjoy free shipping on all online orders Nov. 27 – Nov. 30.***

***Offer valid for online purchases only. Get free standard shipping to locations within the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii on purchases at the Harley-Davison Museum online store (https://hdmuseum.archivea.com/perl/home.pl) any time from Nov. 27, 2020 – Nov. 30, 2020. Additional restrictions apply.

As we approach the holidays, please note the H-D Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

About the Harley-Davidson Museum
Discover culture and history through stories and interactive exhibits that celebrate expression, camaraderie and love for the sport at the Harley-Davidson Museum. A visit to the H-D Museum is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum at H-DMuseum.com.

Eat well while doing good at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant this holiday season
New catering packages take the stress out of meal planning for your special occasions.

MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant is still open! If you have a hankering for the bold, American classics found at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant, we’ve got you covered! While we continue to place guest and staff safety as our top priority, we have been working alongside the City of Milwaukee Health Department to ensure proper protocols are in place for your next visit. Dine-in, takeout and delivery are all available for lip-smacking BBQ, juicy ground chuck burgers, monthly specials and more.

And beginning today, bring in your new, unwrapped toys and receive 10% off your bill at Motor Bar and Restaurant as a part of the Kids2Kids Toy Drive! Help brighten spirits during the holiday season.

Visit MOTORRestaurant.com to plan your next night out or get a delicious feast delivered to your front door.

HAPPENINGS
Kids2Kids Toy Drive at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant, Nov. 9 – Dec. 13, 2020
Donate an item for the Kids2Kids Toy Drive at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum and receive 10% off your bill†. Your donation will help spread joy to children in need during the holiday season. Guests are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys that will be gifted to children in need. Kids2Kids Christmas not only makes an impact on the children who receive the toys, but it also helps instill the values of caring and giving in the children who donate the toys. Since the program began in 2006, more than 230,000 toys have been collected and distributed to families. Help us hit our goal of collecting more than 20,000 toys! Don’t forget, MOTOR’s kids menu is perfect for the pint-size set. More details are available at kids2kidstoydrive.com.

†10% off your bill at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum before tax with a donation for Kids2Kids Toy Drive hosted by Kapco Inc. on November 9 – December 13, 2020. Cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent. Offer not valid on previous visits. Cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Offer can be changed at any time without notice. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

NOVEMBER SPECIALS
Monte Cristo: Shaved turkey and ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, and blackberry jam on battered thick toast ($13.95)
Braised Short Rib with Gnocchi: Braised beef short rib, sautéed carrots, onions, and mushrooms with a red wine-thyme demi-glace. Served over fresh potato gnocchi ($20.95)
Warm Pumpkin Blondie: Pumpkin blondie served with spiced pecans and cinnamon ice cream ($7.95)

SMALL-PLATE LUNCH MENU
Entrees
Chicken Biscuit Sliders: Two buttermilk biscuits with house-breaded fried chicken, topped with mayo and pickles; served with fries ($7.95)
Nashville Chicken Sliders: Two Nashville hot chicken sliders topped with pickles, coleslaw, and mayo on a brioche mini bun; served with fries ($8.95)
Quesadilla: Tortillas with shredded cheese, black bean-corn salsa with choice of BBQ chicken, shredded pork or brisket; served with chipotle ranch ($7.95)
Butternut Squash Ravioli: Brown butter sage with toasted walnuts, Parmesan cheese ($7.95)
Asian Rice Bowl: Grilled chicken, peppers, celery, carrots, green onions, edamame with sesame teriyaki rice ($8.95)
Baked Pasta: Chunky marinara sauce, mozzarella & provolone cheese, onions and mushrooms ($7.95) Add on sausage or chicken for $2

Appetizers
Chili Cheese Fries: House-made chili served on golden French fries topped with sour cream shredded cheese and red onions ($7.95)
Crispy Ravioli: Five cheese-filled breaded raviolis served with homemade tomato sauce ($5.95)

CATERING PACKAGE (available beginning Nov. 13)Serves 4-6 and includes
Smoked Brisket -1 lb., BBQ Pork – 1.5 lbs., BBQ Chicken – 1.5 lbs., Hot Link Sausage – 1 lb. Coleslaw – 1 quart, Baked Beans- 1 quart, Corn Bread – 4, Crispy Fries – 1 lb. ($59.95)

WEEKLY SPECIALS
TACO TUESDAY
Join us every Tuesday for our weekly Chef’s choice taco special! Add a MOTOR Margarita for only $5.

FRIDAY FISH FRY
Visit MOTOR for our Friday AYCE Fish Fry! Every Friday, our All-You-Can-Eat Wisconsin Fish Fry is available all day, served with golden fried cod, crispy French fries, fresh jicama coleslaw, rye bread roll and tartar sauce for only $14.95.

BBQ & Blues
BBQ & Blues – the ultimate pairing of lip-smacking BBQ and blistering live (free) blues music – is back. Take in a live performance from a rotating lineup of blues musicians, plus all-you-can-eat, hickory-smoked BBQ chicken, pulled pork, smoked brisket and grilled sausage links for $29.99. All BBQ platters come with French fries, jicama coleslaw, BBQ baked beans and made-from-scratch cornbread. Not up for the AYCE task? Enjoy a special BBQ platter with hickory-smoked BBQ chicken, pulled pork, smoked brisket and grilled sausage link with all the sides for $19.99. In addition to the smokin’ BBQ, MOTOR® Bar and Restaurant will sizzle with the best in true American blues music from 5 – 8 p.m. – with no cover charge! Due to limited capacity, reservations are strongly encouraged!

H.O.G.® MEMBER SPECIAL
H.O.G.® Members can enjoy a 16-oz can of Budweiser, Bud Light, or Busch Light for just $3.

And if you’re looking to book your upcoming holiday party, wedding or team gathering, the pros at 1903 Events are ready to execute your vision and ensure a safe and memorable gathering. Winter is a magical time to host a wedding with extra sparkle! And if you want those all-American classics to come to your door, check outMOTOR® Bar and Restaurant’s Offsite Catering Menu!

About MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant
The only Harley-Davidson Museum® restaurant, MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant offers guests riverfront dining and Midwest camaraderie with a dose of genuine Harley-Davidson attitude. MOTOR® Bar and Restaurant takes diners on a culinary road trip of great American food and drink from its location in downtown Milwaukee. Guests can enjoy burgers, BBQ, seasonal favorites and a whole lot more. For more information and to learn about the latest menu, visit motorrestaurant.com or call 414-287-2778.

Veterans illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

Postal Inspection Service Lists Scams Targeting Veterans

As Veterans Day approaches this Wednesday, Operation Protect Veterans is alerting more than 17 million U.S. veterans to scams that are specifically targeting them. OPV is a joint crime prevention program created by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and AARP.

Some of these scams are listed as: 

  • Secret Veterans Benefits Scam: Veterans are told they qualify for “secret” government programs or benefits that offer thousands of dollars. But first, they attempt to collect personal information or a fee.
  • Pension Poaching Scam: Scammers often offer veterans lump sum payments up front, in exchange for signing over all their future monthly benefit checks.  
  • Bogus Employment Scam: Scammers post fake job descriptions to collect personal information from a veteran’s job application, or they charge an employment fee.
  • VA Loan Scams: Offers to refinance VA loans at extremely low rates. 
  • Update Your File Scam: An imposter, claiming to be from a government agency, attempts to get a veteran’s personal information to “update their file,” so they can maintain their benefits.
  • Aid and Attendance Scam: Veterans (or their family members) receive an offer to move their assets into a living trust so that they can qualify for financial assisted Iiving benefits.

According to research conducted by AARP, veterans are twice as likely as the general public to be victims of scams. What can veterans – and those who care about them – do to prevent being taken advantage of by scammers? 

The Postal Inspection Service advises every veteran do the following:

  • Visit the Postal Inspection Service’s website (www.uspis.gov) to learn about scams targeting veterans and what they can do to prevent becoming a victim.
  • Check out any offer with a trusted family member, friend or your local veteran’s affairs office before acting. 
  • Don’t be pressured into acting immediately. If you are dealing with a legitimate outfit, they won’t try to pressure you to act before having a chance to check it out and think about it. If they do, just say “no” and hang up.
  • Get an answering machine and caller ID display. Then, let the machine answer the phone for you. If you don’t recognize the person leaving a message, don’t pick up the phone! 
  • Contact your telephone service provider, and ask them what kind of services they offer to help you block unwanted calls.
  • Report if you believe you have been the victim of a scam. Contact your local police or AARP (protectveterans@aarp.org or 877-908-3360).
  • Get credible information on how to qualify for veterans’ benefits by contacting your state veterans’ affairs agency. Visit www.nasdva.us, and click on “Links.”

“Veterans have access to special benefits and share a special bond that scammers know and use to take advantage of them,” said Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale. “The Postal Inspection Service works hard every day to stop scams targeting veterans, but we need everyone to become better informed, so they can help spread the knowledge to the veterans they know and love. 

“I encourage all Americans to make this Veteran’s Day not only a day of remembrance and thanks for our veterans,” Barksdale continued, “but also to make it the start of learning about, and helping to spread information on scams targeting veterans.”

For more information on scams targeting veterans and other scams, visit www.uspis.gov. To learn more about the U.S. Inspection Postal Service, visit www.uspis.gov. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Juna N Joey – Heroes

Veterans Day arrives Wednesday, and to celebrate the brother-sister duo of Juna N Joey are releasing a brand new single titled “Heroes,” which you can stream by clicking right here.

With patriotic and uplifting lyrics, it tributes the heroes of our country with a classic, country sound. Their harmonies bring their passion for helping and celebrating others to life.

This is the follow up to Juna N Joey’s song “Anchor,” which you can hear by clicking right here. They also started the “Find Your Anchor” campaign for the prevention of bullying.

The two are coming off an exciting 2019, during which DreamWorksTV asked them to participate in the Netflix special “Spirit Riding Free” singing Keith Urban‘s “Somebody Like You.”

They also co-wrote their first single, “Stay Young” in Nashville, which caught the attention of Release Radar on Spotify and Country Radio. You can hear the song by clicking right here.

They then opened for American Idol star Cade Foehner on his Southern Hallelujah Tour. They also joined the Gratitude Tour with Michael Rouse’s ESF Camps.

They first started posting on YouTube, using guitar, piano, keyboard, and saxophone. They’re currently working on an EP.

You can learn more about them by clicking right here. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.