TogetherWeServed.com offers digital shadow box

Their mission: Capture the story of every Veteran


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Too often, the stories of service and sacrifice of those who’ve borne the battle are never told. When they pass away, all that remains are some faded photos, a few medals and perhaps an old uniform.

To help preserve such memories, TogetherWeServed.com, or TWS, offers a digital platform to capture a Veteran’s entire military service from boot camp to separation. Each military service page displays a Veteran’s photos, rank insignia, medals, awards, badges, patches, dates and locations of boot camp, training schools and unit assignments. The page also shows any combat or non-combat operations.

Unlimited photographs from military service can be scanned and uploaded to a personal photo album. A step-by-step self interview called “Reflections” enables Veterans to recall memories of people and events that made an important impact on their lives. The result is a rich, visual presentation of a Veteran’s entire military service, displayed in a unique shadow box format.

These shadowboxes are available online to be downloaded or printed.

Veterans can purchase a printed version of the shadow box as an 18” wide poster.

“Together We Served is proud to serve our Veterans by providing them a secure place to preserve their service history, memories and photographs,” TWS President and Founder Brian Foster said. “It is vitally important their service to our country should never be forgotten.”

Veteran service miniplaque

In addition, TWS is offering Veterans the opportunity to receive a free, versatile miniplaque of their military service. This plaque can be printed out as a desk or wall display, printed out as a business card, or displayed as an image on a mobile phone for Veteran ID or other service recognition purposes.

To create a military service page and obtain a free shadow box and or miniplaque, join TogetherWeServed.com. Veterans automatically receive a free one year premium membership to Together We Served, which provides full access to the military service pages of all 1.9 million TWS Veterans.

 

The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products or services on the part of the VA.

Author

Brett Robbins

Brett Robbins is an Army Veteran serving as a communications specialist detailed to Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Experience Office.

Comments

  1. musicyo    

    Wow! This is so good. So, veteran’s can now keep their service history.

  2. Kenneth J Garcy    

    This is fantastic, as I am retired I would like to get one myself but I would also like to get one for my Dad & my step dad both were Korean War Vets, let me know

  3. Simone M. Duplessis    

    I would love to have a shadow box. I agree your timing couldn’t be better!

  4. John C Ziska    

    Please send Shadow Box

  5. Nelson Velazquez    

    This is something neat to have on my wall

  6. Dora Flores    

    I would love to be able to display that in our home. If possible, I would like a shadow box.

  7. Danny Leon Crowe    

    This will be good for a lot of people. Not for those with less than desirable service. I am very proud of my 22.5 yrs of service in the Army. Hope something can be done for the others that would make them feel better.

  8. Danny Leon Crowe    

    This will be good for a lot of people. Not for those with less than desirable service. I am very proud of my 22.5 yrs of service in the Army. Hope something can be done for the others that would take some sting out of their profiles.

  9. Master    

    It one of the best ever see…

  10. Melonie Lee    

    I would like one for my grandfather, who expired years ago. Is this possible?

    1. Brian Foster    

      Melonie,

      Yes indeed it is possible to create a Shadow Box and Mini-Plaque for your grandfather. You can join Together We Served as a Family Member at the following web address. First of all, please contact Diane Short at admin@togetherweserved.com who will give you further instructions on gathering your Grandfather’s service information and how to apply it.

      https://saveourstories.togetherweserved.com.

      TWS Admin

  11. Lyn Geist    

    My question is not related to the shadow box exactly, although I think it’s a very thoughtful thing to do for veterans and I will be getting one as soon as I ask this question…
    I’m a veteran but also a Copywriter. I would love to write for the VA but have no idea how to get in touch with this author or anyone in the field. If you could help put me in touch that would be awesome. I’m building a business upon separation and every helping hand I can get puts me one step closer to making it a reality. 🙂

  12. Gary Bernhardt    

    Anybody around from VA-22 NAS Lemoore, CA from 1968, 69,70 that sailed on USS Bon Homme Richard at that time. I went by Bernie !

  13. Dell Morgan    

    Many questions: I am widow of WWII and Korea Naval aviator who stayed in Reserves for over 20 years. I have much early information but lack later data. Do I have to do all the research or can you find it on line? And as asked earlier by someone, How about secret missions? His service in the Aleutians and internment in Siberia were top secret from 1942 until 1989 and the mission to Indo China (Viet Nam) in the fall of 1950 may still be secret. Any chance of getting a complete and correct record?

    1. Brian Foster    

      Dell – thank you for reaching out. We have a fantastic team of volunteers on Together We Served who would be happy to assist you to create your husband’s military history with whatever information you may have.

      Please contact Diane Short at admin@togetherweserved.com and she will be able to guide you through this process.

      TWS Admin

  14. Michael Taylor    

    I think this is a great thing to have. I served in 2 branches of the military, Navy and National Guard. Can the shadow box reflect both of them? What do I do if I can’t remember all the decorations and medals I received?

    1. Kevin Martin    

      should be listed on your DD214 and/or NGB22. You can always contact NPRC also.

  15. Cavetroll    

    I am concerned about some of the negative comments indicating they feel as if you were being deceptive. Not saying it’s so, just that I’m concerned about the issues they mention, mainly Personal data and who has access to it, and is it sold or available to others. All good things to be worried about. Does your site need access to any files or Folders, Pictures, or any data in our E-Mail other than the address for E-mailing to us? Any need for Data collection not expressly typed into your forms by a member? I’m not concerned with any Social Security numbers or Bank account Checking account numbers or routing numbers. They are all public information available to anyone. Do I get tracked in any way, or have my Web History read ? What about Social Media. Are my accounts on Social Media in any way open to your purview?

    1. Brian Foster    

      Sir, happy to reassure you. TWS was established in 2003 and is run by Veterans for Veterans. TWS has a membership of over 1.9 million Veterans and active military and is administered by a staff of Veterans.

      We have a registration process that establishes your basic military history which is then used to create your full military chronology to complete your Shadow Box with photos and memories. Units served in and timeframes allows our search engine to look up other members who served in the same units at the same time and provide with links to connect with them. We do not access any information other than what you elect to upload to your service profile.

      Together We Served is a member supported organization, just like a military association. We don’t place advertisements on your page and we NEVER market members information to third parties as free websites do. We have Free Basic Memberships and Full Premium Memberships ($19.95 per year) which helps support our staff of Veterans and our team of programmers.

      The link in the article: https://join.togetherweserved.com/va provides all VA Members complimentary Full Premium Membership for one year as accurately stated in the article.

      You do not get tracked in any way. TWS is an Historical Military Archive Website created for the benefit of Veterans and their Families and not for commercial gain.

      Feel free to email us at admin@togetherweserved.com if you have any further questions or concerns.

      TWS Admin

    2. Brian Foster    

      Sir, more than happy to answer your questions:

      1/ Together We Served allows you to enter your military history to your Military Service Page which then allows us to cross reference to our other members military history to enable you to find people you served with. This is a very powerful feature of TWS.

      2/ You provide your email address so we can email you a password reset, advise you when someone joins who was in your unit and send you our Dispatches Newsletter each month. Your cellphone number allows us to SMS a password reset code which is commonplace these days for highly secure websites.

      3/ You only post what you want to post. TWS never accesses your address book or other information or carries out any tracking whatsoever. TWS is an Historical Military Archive and Search Engine.

      4/ TWS is membership supported just like the American Legion and VFW. We do not place advertising on your Page which would diminish its sanctity nor do we market your information to third parties as Free websites do.

      If you need further information please email us at admin@togetherweserved.com.

      TWS Admin

    3. Brian Foster    

      Sir, more than happy to answer your questions:

      1/ Together We Served allows you to enter your military history to your Military Service Page which then allows us to cross reference to our other members military history to enable you to find people you served with. This is a very powerful feature of TWS.

      2/ You provide your email address so we can email you a password reset, advise you when someone joins who was in your unit and send you our Dispatches Newsletter each month. Your cellphone number allows us to SMS a password reset code which is commonplace these days for highly secure websites.

      3/ You only post what you want to post. TWS never accesses your address book or other information or carries out any tracking whatsoever. TWS is an Historical Military Archive and Search Engine.

      4/ TWS is membership supported just like the American Legion and VFW. We do not place advertising on your Page which would diminish its sanctity nor do we market your information to third parties as Free websites do.

      If you need further information please email us at admin@togetherweserved.com.

      TWS Admin

    4. Brian Foster    

      Sir, more than happy to answer your questions:

      1/ Together We Served allows you to enter your military history to your Military Service Page which then allows us to cross reference to our other members military history to enable you to find people you served with. This is a very powerful feature of TWS.

      2/ You provide your email address so we can email you a password reset, advise you when someone joins who was in your unit and send you our Dispatches Newsletter each month. Your cellphone number allows us to

      SMS a password reset code which is commonplace these days for highly secure websites.

      3/ You only post what you want to post. TWS never accesses your address book or other information or carries out any tracking whatsoever. TWS is an Historical Military Archive and Search Engine.

      4/ TWS is membership supported just like the American Legion and VFW. We do not place advertising on your Page which would diminish its sanctity nor do we market your information to third parties as Free

      websites do.

      If you need further information please email us at admin@togetherweserved.com.

      TWS Admin

    5. Brian Foster    

      Sir, more than happy to answer your questions:

      1/ Together We Served allows you to enter your military history to your Military Service Page which then allows us to cross reference to our other members military history to enable you to find people you served with. This is a very powerful feature of TWS.

      2/ You provide your email address so we can email you a password reset, advise you when someone joins who was in your unit and send you our Dispatches Newsletter each month. Your cellphone number allows us to SMS a password reset code which is commonplace these days for highly secure websites.

      3/ You only post what you want to post. TWS never accesses your address book or other information or carries out any tracking whatsoever. TWS is an Historical Military Archive and Search Engine.

      4/ TWS is membership supported just like the American Legion and VFW. We do not place advertising on your Page which would diminish its sanctity nor do we market your information to third parties as Free websites do.

      If you need further information please email us at admin@togetherweserved.com and we will be happy to get back to you.

      TWS Admin

    6. Brian Foster    

      Sir, more than happy to answer your questions:

      1/ Together We Served allows you to enter your military history to your Military Service Page which then allows us to cross reference to our other members military history to enable you to find people you served with. This is a very powerful feature of TWS.
      2/ You provide your email address so we can email you a password reset, advise you when someone joins who was in your unit and send you our Dispatches Newsletter each month. Your cellphone number allows us to SMS a password reset code which is commonplace these days for highly secure websites.
      3/ You only post what you want to post. TWS never accesses your address book or other information or carries out any tracking whatsoever. TWS is an Historical Military Archive and Search Engine.
      4/ TWS is membership supported just like the American Legion and VFW. We do not place advertising on your Page which would diminish its sanctity nor do we market your information to third parties as Free websites do.

      If you need further information please email us at admin@togetherweserved.com – TWS Admin

    7. Brian Foster    

      Sir, more than happy to answer your questions:

      1/ Together We Served allows you to enter your military history to your Military Service Page which then allows us to cross reference to our other members military history to enable you to find people you served with. This is a very powerful feature of TWS.

      2/ You provide your email address so we can email you a password reset, advise you when someone joins who was in your unit and send you our Dispatches Newsletter each month. Your cellphone number allows us to SMS a password reset code which is commonplace these days for highly secure websites.

      3/ You only post what you want to post. TWS never accesses your address book or other information or carries out any tracking whatsoever. TWS is an Historical Military Archive and Search Engine.

      4/ TWS is membership supported just like the American Legion and VFW. We do not place advertising on your Page which would diminish its sanctity nor do we market your information to third parties as Free websites do.

      If you need further information please email us at admin@togetherweserved.com.

      TWS Admin

    8. Brian Foster    

      Sir, more than happy to answer your questions:

      1/ Together We Served allows you to enter your military history to your Military Service Page which then allows us to cross reference to our other members military history to enable you to find people you served with. This is a very powerful feature of TWS.

      2/ You provide your email address so we can email you a password reset, advise you when someone joins who was in your unit and send you our Dispatches Newsletter each month. Your cellphone number allows us to SMS a password reset code which is commonplace these days for highly secure websites.

      3/ You only post what you want to post. TWS never accesses your address book or other information or carries out any tracking whatsoever. TWS is an Historical Military Archive and Search Engine.

      4/ TWS is membership supported just like the American Legion and VFW. We do not place advertising on your Page which would diminish its sanctity nor do we market your information to third parties as Free websites do.

      If you need further information please email us at admin@togetherweserved.com.

      TWS Admin

      1. Dorie Bryan, USAF Veteran    

        Dear Blog Coordinator and Fellow Veteran,
        Please be careful, if the term “Sir” is used anywhere in the reply template prior to your response Many of us out here are females and lately this has become a very sensitive issue. Since all of us are getting value from these posts, and they are all very good responses, “Fellow veterans” or something similar in singlar or plural form might be a more inclusive salutation. As a female loyal veteran, I believe both my brothers and sisters deserve great respect. This response is not meant as a criticism or political statement. God bless you for your work and your service to our country.

    9. Brian Foster    

      Sir, more than happy to answer your questions:

      1/ Together We Served allows you to enter your military history to your Military Service Page which then allows us to cross reference to our other members military history to enable you to find people you served with. This is a very powerful feature of TWS.

      2/ You provide your email address so we can email you a password reset, advise you when someone joins who was in your unit and send you our Dispatches Newsletter each month. Your cellphone number allows us to SMS a password reset code which is commonplace these days for highly secure websites.

      3/ You only post what you want to post. TWS never accesses your address book or other information or carries out any tracking whatsoever. TWS is a Historical Military Archive and Search Engine.

      4/ TWS is membership supported just like the American Legion and VFW. We do not place advertising on your Page which would diminish its sanctity nor do we market your information to third parties as Free websites do.

      If you need further information please email us at admin@togetherweserved.com.

      TWS Admin

    10. Brian Foster    

      Sir, more than happy to answer your questions:

      1/ Together We Served allows you to enter your military history to your Military Service Page which then allows us to cross reference to our other members military history to enable you to find people you served with. This is a very powerful feature of TWS.

      2/ You provide your email address so we can email you a password reset, advise you when someone joins who was in your unit and send you our Dispatches Newsletter each month. Your cellphone number allows us to SMS a password reset code which is commonplace these days for highly secure websites.

      3/ You only post what you want to post. TWS never accesses your address book or other information or carries out any tracking whatsoever. TWS is an Historical Military Archive and Search Engine.

      4/ TWS is membership supported just like the American Legion and VFW. We do not place advertising on your Page which would diminish its sanctity nor do we market your information to third parties as Free websites do.

      If you need further information please email us at admin@togetherweserved.com.

      TWS Admin

    11. Brian Foster    

      Sir, more than happy to answer your questions:

      1/ Together We Served allows you to enter your military history to your Military Service Page which then allows us to cross reference to our other members military history to enable you to find people you served with. This is a very powerful feature of TWS.

      2/ You provide your email address so we can email you a password reset, advise you when someone joins who was in your unit and send you our Dispatches Newsletter each month. Your cellphone number allows us to SMS a password reset code which is commonplace these days for highly secure websites.

      3/ You only post what you want to post. TWS never accesses your address book or other information or carries out any tracking whatsoever. TWS is an Historical Military Archive and Search Engine.

      4/ TWS is membership supported just like the American Legion and VFW. We do not place advertising on your Page which would diminish its sanctity nor do we market your information to third parties as Free websites do.

      If you need further information please email us at admin@togetherweserved.com.

      TWS Admin

  16. Robert McConnell    

    The big question is where will the information and pictures come from? The handful of papers I received when I was discharged in ’77 were destroyed in a flood in ’81, along with both WESTPAC cruise books. All of my ribbons, souvenirs, pictures, movies and uniforms were lost a few years later due to financial issues triggered by the collapse of NCR. My discharge certificate never did show up. How would I recreate any of them at this point? Another serious question is can I recreate the records for my wife, father, brother, uncles, cousins and nephews? I can identify 17 veterans in three generations of the family, from WWII to the present, but have no records for any of them. I believe 12 of us experienced combat in some form, but would like to be able to confirm that.

  17. Daniel Elliott Hebb    

    I as one of those crazy Viet Nam vets will be passing this one up. When very body is scared to death you , your family too. I do not think that is some thing I would future family will be proud of

  18. Brian Foster    

    Major Marsiglia – Members joining from the VA have Full Premium Membership of Together We Served free of charge. This is mentioned in the article:

    To create a military service page and obtain a free shadow box and or miniplaque, join TogetherWeServed.com. Veterans automatically receive a free one year premium membership to Together We Served, which provides full access to the military service pages of all 1.9 million TWS Veterans.

    TWS Admin

    1. Mike    

      Thanks Brian – I skimmed right over that part and was wondering how I came up with a full year premium membership. I’ve been looking around the site and it’s really something. It would be nice if there was an indication somewhere that could show the difference between the free membership and premium membership.

      Mike
      a new TWS member

      1. Brian Foster    

        Mike, happy to assist. The link in the Blog Article is actually:

        https://join.togetherweserved.com/va.

        It is not Togetherweserved.com which is our normal landing page. This link allows VA Members to get complimentary Premium Membership for 1 Year.

        Please email us at admin@togetherweserved.com and we’ll have you squared with your Free Premium Membership. Just mention you arrived from the VA Article.

        TWS Admin

    2. Robert Heimmel    

      This is a scam as other respondents have noted. They suck you in for a free membership for the first year and then bilk you. Services like these and Veterans Advantage should be for free and be managed be the VA and/or DOD. Veterans have already paid the price for these given their sacrifice and years of dedicated service.
      Robert Heimmel
      LTC, USA, Ret.

      1. Brian Foster    

        LTC Heimmel – happy to explain the economics of running an organization that has to pay its Veteran administration staff, its programming staff, extensive advertising and general running costs of a major website.

        TWS is membership supported just like any military association like the American Legion and VFW. We don’t place advertising on your military history page which diminishes the sanctity of your military history nor do we rent your information to marketing companies like “free” websites do. We are not supported by the taxpayer either.

        We can either exist covering our costs or we don’t exist and the valuable service we provide Veterans will never be replicated. We choose to exist LTC Heimmel.

        TWS Admin

  19. Gary W Smith    

    Greetings to all, looking for old Simon Bolivar SSBN 641 sea dogs. I paid $400 my shadow box and its balance walnut and symmetrical…but it heavy. The one above looks nicer and has more data. Haze Grey no more underway. I did watch 1942 June Battle of Midway yesterday.

  20. clarke p. goodrich    

    WHERE CAN I GET THE “RETIRED ARMY” WINDOW STICKER FOR MY VEHICLE.

    THEY WERE IN THE CLOTHING SALES AND COMMISSARY FOR AWHILE, BUT NO LONGER.

    CLARKE P. GOODRICH, MSG(ret)

  21. Gary Smith    

    Anyone form the USS SIMON BOLIVAR SSBN-641, I tested my metal there as young Navy Sea Dog. Done retired twice, (Navy and Boeing) waiting on Social Security ain’t no joy. Some fallen angels pulled my Sea Dog warfare off my wood shadow box. Know couldn’t touch these digital boxes.

  22. LOUIS CENTI JR    

    how do I GET THE SHADOW BOX

    1. Brian Foster    

      Louis, join Together We Served at https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter your service history on your service profile.

      Your shadow box is created which you can share with its own personal webs address or order an 18″ poster print.

      TWS Admin.

    2. Brian Foster    

      Louis – join us at https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and you will have all the information to obtain your Shadow Box and Mini-Plaque.

      You also get to meet a lot of great Veterans and reconnect with people you served with.

      TWS Admin

    3. Brian Foster    

      Louis – when you join Together We Served at https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter your military history, you automatically begin creating your Shadow Box. Your online Shadow Box and Mini-Plaque are completely free. If you wish you can order an 18″ wide high-quality poster print of your shadow box for $24.95 which you can frame.

      Hope this helps.

      TWS Admin

  23. Charla Moneymaker    

    My husband passed away 2 years ago – but I would like to join and create a shadow box for him. Would I join under my name and his rank – or would I put in his name and rank? Thank you!

  24. Gary Bernhardt    

    Has anyone done this yet or is it even for real? Never know what lurks out there?

    1. Brian Foster    

      Gary, We have been serving Veterans since 2003 and have over 1.9 million Veterans as Members – no civilians! TWS is run by Veterans for Veterans so yes we are real.

      Look forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  25. DANIEL RHEAUME    

    I’m sorry, i left a*scam alert* in this sight not 3 minutes ago, i followed instructions , gave my full name and e-mail, solve the math problem. and got a msg saying my post would not be published because there was no message.
    ….. helloooo…?? I filled all the required fields!!!!

    SCAM ALERT!! SCAM ALERT!! SCAM ALERT!!

    1. DANIEL RHEAUME    

      MODERATION, Does that mean editing or censorship? Surely not on a government sponsored site…. or is this a private site trying to get veterans to join a group that just wants to get into the veterans pockets…?

      1. Brian Foster    

        Daniel – VA Members joining Together We Served gets Free Premium Membership. This is from the article.

        To create a military service page and obtain a free shadow box and or miniplaque, join TogetherWeServed.com (https://join.togetherweserved.com/va). Veterans automatically receive a free one year premium membership to Together We Served, which provides full access to the military service pages of all 1.9 million TWS Veterans.

        TWS Admin

  26. a juliansr    

    Just what I need – another place to put my data so others can leverage it to steal my identity.

    1. Brian Foster    

      Sir, TWS has been serving Veterans since 2003 and is home to over 1.9 million Veterans and active serving. It is run by Veterans for Veterans in a highly secure, password-protected environment. Your service history allows our search engine to connect you with other veterans you served with. We have never had one identity theft incident reported in 16 years.

      Look forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  27. M. Ranger    

    As usual, “Free” is too good to be true.

    1. Ken Kieck    

      There is no monthly cost, it is $19,95 is for the entire year.

      If you wish to upgrade to the 3yr or Lifetime Membership, please use the promo code TWSLES50 and be sure to APPLY it. It is a 50% off promotion.

      1. Mike    

        Hi Ken – I tried the promo code but got an error: “Invalid Coupon Code”. I think it may have expired or something.

      2. Mike    

        Hi again Ken – (my other message seems to have disappeared?)
        Anyway, there was a typo in your code – use TWSLESS50 instead.

    2. Brian Foster    

      Mr Ranger. We’re very upfront. We are a Membership website supported by our Members similar to a military association. We do not market your information like free websites do and we don’t have advertising on our site which is unsightly. We normally have Free Basic Membership and Premium Paid Membership options ($19.95 per year).

      However we are offering VA Members the opportunity to get Free Premium Membership for 1 Year by joining at the following link:

      https://join.togetherweserved.com/va

      TWS Admin

    3. Cavetroll    

      When has “Free” ever been not to good to be true? Free usually means it’s paid for some other way than directly out of your pocket. Were you looking for free things?

    4. Brian Foster    

      Mr Ranger – Happy to reassure you 🙂

      Join TWS at: https://join.togetherweserved.com/va. This link provided all VA Members complimentary Full Premium Membership for one year as accurately stated in the article.

      Together We Served is a member supported organization, just like any military association. We don’t place advertisements on your page and we never market our members information to third parties as free websites do.

      Please feel free to email us at admin@togetherweserved.com if you need further information.

      TWS Admin

  28. Ronald G Rutkowski    

    A great way to meet up again.
    I’m currently a volunteer at the Milwaukee VA recreational sports programs.

  29. Charles Grant    

    How much is the box would like to request one for my 25 year’s of service.

    1. Mike    

      The free offer is for a “digital” shadow box. There is an option to order a hardcopy photo grade poster (18 inches wide) on the site, but I haven’t seen the price for it yet. I haven’t seen any offer for a real shadow box here.

  30. Mark Durick    

    I would like to get more information on this to include costs.

    1. Brian Foster    

      Mark – when you join Together We Served at https://join.togetherweserved.com/va you get Free Premium Membership for one year. Your online shadow box and mini-plaque are completely free. If you wish you can order a 18″ wide high quality poster print of your shadow box for $24.95 which you can frame.

      Hope this helps.

      TWS Admin

    2. Brian Foster    

      Mark, creating your Shadow Box is completely free. You can order an 18″ wide high-quality Poster Print which you can frame and we have a company that does this for us for $24.95 plus shipping to your door.

      You can create your Mini-Plaque for free as well. You can print this out on high-quality photo paper on your home printer as a 10 1/2″ x 6″ wall display, 7″ x 4″ desk display, as a 3 1/2″ x 2″ calling card (business card stock). It displays perfectly on your mobile phone as well.

      Hope this helps.

      TWS Admin

  31. Charles Aronson    

    How do I join this site?

    1. Brian Foster    

      Charles – you can join Together We Served at https://join.togetherweserved.com/va.

      We look forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  32. SCAM ALERT    

    This service is not free, it has a trial option which is only limited to 10 days, not 1 year like mentioned in the post. They then charge a monthly fee after the 10 day trial membership. You wont even see that this is a trial membership for 10 days until you have already filled out the applications and provided them all of your personal information including your email, date of birth, home town and etc. So now you have one more organization that has all of your personal information that could be compromised at any moment or better yet just sell it to the highest bidder. Why am I not surprised VA is providing a data collection organization as a “FREE VETERAN SERVICE”? Shame on you people for trying to take advantage of people.

    Digital Shadow Box TWS [ https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61723/togetherweserved-offers-digital-shadow-box/ ] Get Your Digital Shadow Box on TogetherWeServed.com

    To help preserve the memories of service,Together We Served now offers a “””free””” digital shadow box to all Veterans. Each military service page displays a Veterans photos, rank insignia, medals, awards, badges, patches, dates and locations of boot camp, training schools and unit assignments.

    1. DANIEL RHEAUME    

      **SCAM ALERT** I agree, I’m 73 years old and did my time, at the time and place directed. some combat, some secret, some no so much. but all my time was just that,,, MY time. MY service, My sacrifices, MY choice. I don’t need a “Free HERO BOX” to show me what i accomplished, i know, i have memories that my family and I share.
      My VA, is thereto provide me with medical assistance, housing assistance, education assistance and, if need be, survival assistance. In the end, they are there to assist my spouse with my final needs.
      So, I’m supposed to listen to an Army “Vet” who is/was a comm. Specialist and trust him with all my personal information in the world. I don’t think so scooter, I was born at night but not last night… this is not anything about the VA…
      I think i’ll keep my memories and personal information to myself thank you and good night.
      Although even in this post, name and Email are mandatory.

    2. Mike    

      I think you need to read more carefully. It clearly states the digital “shadow box” is free. True, it doesn’t mention that you need to provide personal info in order to get it, but that doesn’t make it a scam. This kind of “free” stuff has been available for decades. I first noticed this kind of thing at the auto parts store where you could “win” a free holiday cruise just by filling out the little card with your name, address and phone number.

      1. Brian Foster    

        Mike – I think you misunderstand what TWS is all about. We have been serving Veterans for 16 years and have reconnected more Veterans than any other organization. TWS is run by Veterans for Veterans. You provide your service history as this drives our search engine. Your email address lets us advise you if someone has joined from your unit. Your phone number allows texting of password reset security codes.

        Hope this helps.

        TWS Admin

        1. Mike    

          I should have worded that better. I wasn’t trying to say TWS was like a holiday cruise, it came out wrong. I meant that there have been many free things available for a long time, just for adding your personal info.

          I’ve already signed up and will be getting a life membership soon.

    3. Brian Foster    

      Sir – you joined at the wrong link I’m afraid. The link in the Blog is as follows: It provides Free Full membership to VA Members.

      (https://join.togetherweserved.com/va)

      To create a military service page and obtain a free shadow box and or miniplaque, join TogetherWeServed.com (https://join.togetherweserved.com/va). Veterans automatically receive a free one year premium membership to Together We Served, which provides full access to the military service pages of all 1.9 million TWS Veterans.

      TWS Admin

    4. Brian Foster    

      Sir, I think you joined TWS at the wrong link and not the one contained in the VA Article. You should have joined at:

      https://join.togetherweserved.com/va

      TWS is Member supported website, similar to a military association, with annual dues of $19.95 for Premium Membership. Free Basic Membership is Free. However we provide VA Members joining at the above link complimentary Free Premium Membership to TWS for 1 Year.

      Hope this clarifies.

      TWS Admin

  33. Frank R Gerlach    

    I think this is a wonderful idea and most Veterans will be honored or should be honored to post or display their service to there country. Each member who has served this country has made their family proud (I hope) and what better way to leave a reviewing legacy . I know I will work on my honored display of service. I am proud to have served and it does my heart good when ever anyone looks you in the eye and says (Thanks for Your Service, I just smile back and say your welcome and it was my honor).

    The Chief

    1. William Gerald leonard    

      I would like to post , served in the navy 250 men , home of the brave and proud. Captain alway on the road again, Did we get mail a few time,No cameras Allowed, the rest classified! Lone wolf

    2. Brian Foster    

      Frank, Thank you for your nice comments. It is our intention to give the opportunity for every Veteran to create a legacy of their military service that can live on for generations to come. Together We Served provide the tools to do so.

      Please let us know if you need any assistance at all. You may contact us at admin@togetherweserved.com at any time.

      V/R TWS Admin

  34. Justin M. Keller    

    How do I go about signing up to get the Digital Shadow box?

    1. Gail Atkinson    

      Go to Togetherweserved.com

      1. Brian Foster    

        VA Members go to https://join.Togetherweserved.com/va for free Premium Membership for 1 Year.

  35. Lucille A. Phillips    

    How much are these digital boxes, it would make a great Christmas or Birthday present.
    Thanks

  36. Johnna Litt    

    My Dad and Brother both retired as 1st Sgt, USA, is it possible to get one made for each of them as well as myself, USAF? Would I need to create an individual account for each of us? Love this! I will put Dad’s next to his flag. Thank you!

    1. Brian Foster    

      Hi Johnna – absolutely they would have to join separately at https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and they can create their own military service history. An online shadow box and mini-plaque is available to both of them free of any charge.

      Email us at admin@togetherweserved.com if you need any further information.

      TWS Admin

  37. Dennis W. Ross    

    This is a interesting project. I have a couple of questions. The first is when the free one year premium membership ends, what is the cost of membership? And, what are the other levels of membership and their cost.

    My second question is in regard to another veteran. We served together except for basic training. He was my Best Man when I got married 50 years ago. That was about 8 months before we both were separated from the Army. He passed away about three years ago. I was thinking the virtual shadowbox would be great gift for his widow and children. Is my idea a possibility?

    I hope I will receive answers to my questions directly to my email address. If I don’t I’ll come back to your website.

    Thank you,

    D.W. Ross

    1. Brian Foster    

      Dennis, Very happy to address your questions: We don’t have your email address so will post here.

      1/ We have 2 Membership options: Free basic Membership and optional Paid Premium Membership at $19.95/year. At the end of the Free Premium period, membership automatically reverts to Free unless upgraded again. TWS is entirely membership-supported – we don’t host advertisements or market our members information as free websites do.

      2/ TWS Members are able to create Remembrance Pages for Veterans who have passed on. Their Shadow Box and Mini-plaque are very straightforward to create.

      Hope this helps.

      TWS Admin

    2. Brian Foster    

      Dennis, happy to answer your question. I’m not able to send this to your email address:

      1/ When the Free Premium Membership expires after one year, your membership simply reverts to Free Membership which allows you to maintain and add to your service history, view short profiles and browse most things on TWS like forums. Premium TWS Membership allows you to view the Military Service Pages of all 1.9 million TWS Members and make contact with anyone you may have served with. Premium Membership costs $19.95 per year.

      2/ As a TWS Member you can create a Free Remembrance Military Service Page for any Veteran in the same form as our Shadow Box and Mini-Plaque.

      Please join us at https://join.togetherweserved.com/va to receive your Free Premium Membership and create your own Military Service Page. Then contact Diane Short at admin@togetherweserved.com who can assist you to create a Remembrance Military Service Page for your Best Man’s family.

      Hope the above helps.

      TWS Admin

    3. Brian Foster    

      Dennis, happy to answer your question. I’m not able to send this to your email address:

      1/ When the Free Premium Membership expires after one year, your membership simply reverts to Free Membership which allows you to maintain and add to your service history, view short profiles and browse most things on TWS like forums. Premium TWS Membership allows you to view the Military Service Pages of all 1.9 million TWS Members and make contact with anyone you may have served with. Premium Membership costs $19.95 per year.

      2/ As a TWS Member you can create a Free Remembrance Military Service Page for any Veteran in the same form as our Shadow Box and Mini-Plaque.

      Please join us at https://join.togetherweserved.com/va to receive your Free Premium Membership and create your own Military Service Page. Then contact Diane Short at admin@togetherweserved.com who can assist you to create a Remembrance Military Service Page for your Best Man’s family.

      Hope the above helps.

      TWS Admin

  38. Mark Alan Lambert    

    This is a wonderful idea. I’m proud of my service and so blessed to have served.

  39. Robert McConnell    

    The big question is where will the information and pictures come from? The handful of papers I received when I was discharged in ’77 were destroyed in a flood in ’81, along with both WESTPAC cruise books. All of my ribbons, souvenirs, pictures, movies and uniforms were lost a few years later due to financial issues triggered by the collapse of NCR. My discharge certificate never did show up. How would I recreate any of them at this point? Another serious question is can I recreate the records for my wife, father, brother, uncles, cousins and nephews? I can identify 17 veterans in three generations of the family, from WWII to the present, but have no records for any of them. I believe 12 of us experienced combat in some form, but would like to be able to confirm that.

  40. David L McSpadden    

    I’d like to learn more about how I can get a plaque/digital shadow box of my own 29.5 year career.

    1. Brian Foster    

      David, Simply join Together We Served at https://jointogetherweserved.com/va and you automatically get create your shadow box and mini-plaque free of charge when you complete your military history.

      Need more info. Email us at admin@togetherweserved.com.

      TWS Admin

  41. Michael D Brittain    

    Looking for any Marines that went to boot camp In San Diego Jan 1958, Platoon 308?

  42. Kenneth Ray Goodwiin    

    Served 71-73 camp lejune , not decorated much 2 metatorious promotions , president signed draw back from Vietnam. Then our great solders coming home had to face public hemililation ,
    Many confused , coming back to our ranks all trying to deal with with changes never before seen in this country , asking for help for those people more than myself , may god bless all of them

  43. Steven Karl Wilson    

    Great ideal….wish I could get one…

  44. Kerry Dennison    

    What about Shadow boxes for veterans that’s was in classified units? Such as the classified weapon units in Greece 77 to 79.. we had to sign a letter stating that we would not divulge our unit n location..

    1. Brian Foster    

      Kenny – Great question! You don’t have to post any Units that remain classified. Just enter your Unit History that you wish to present so that you have a keepsake of your Military History, Photos and Memories your family will enjoy knowing.

      TWS Admin

  45. Eric Bowers    

    Good day, I’m inquiring about tickets for any that I may qualify for being a veteran of the United states military

  46. Kevin    

    Simply fantastic Finally a digital box where to keep a career worth watching on television.

  47. Sonia Lee    

    To: Veterans, Thank you for your information and so sorry my many problems to memories made me delate..
    I am Sonia Lee,
    As my inability never get my income in U.S. This cause always have many problem my financial side …
    Now I’m Washington DC want stay here .. but without enough to fund necessary difficult to stay safe…

    I know USDA always want help, So please my situation really need urgently to help to stay safe, and purchase that necessary
    right now and so want to go to a Seoul to see my family since longtime didn’t go there… my mom want to see me and I do also.. I hope your help to solve my situation right now. Thank you for listening to me.
    I Forward’s to herd from you as soon as possible. Thanks!
    Sonia Lee
    (redacted)
    Phone: Lost phone .

    1. MAJ Vincent C Marsiglia US Army Ret    

      Not the right place to ask for money.

    2. Cavetroll    

      Sonia, The best advice I can give you comes with a question. If your broke, and that’s no shame, I’m broke now and then myself, but if your down and out, why are you living in a city to expensive for our Government Employees to live in? DC is crazy expensive and if you don’t already work for the Government directly or in some fleecing manner, then you can’t afford to live there. Move to Virginia like everybody else. Good Luck.
      P.S. Go talk to a DAV rep. Maybe they can help you financially with some VA programs.

      PS.S. How come the math in the box gets a little harder with each post? Lol.

  48. 2019 Download    

    Wow! This is so good. So, veteran’s can now keep their service history.

    Lovely post.

  49. Russell Crabtree    

    This is a great idea. I’m 75 years old and have been thinking about what I’m going to leave behind. The years in the Army were some of the most important years of my life. They were tremendously challenging, difficult and rewarding. Recently I’ve been thinking of getting my military history out of a box and displayed for others to see. Today I priced a shadow box made by a framing shop: $400 minimum. Definitely out of my reach. So stumbling across this was timely. Thank you!

  50. Daniel L Kibbee    

    The shadowing is very cool. You will like to look at it in your older years. Great idea.

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