Editor’s Note: July 2023

This is the most patriotic issue we’ll publish in ’23, and it’s truly “A Salute to Service.” From our cover photo and article about Lt. Col. Jason Smedley of Little Rock to the final page of the magazine featuring Lt. Col. Thomas Speck of Conway, we honor those who serve.

One intriguing article takes us back to the March 31 tornado that devastated portions of Pulaski County and then moved to other areas of our state. Fire Station No. 9 on Shackleford Road in Little Rock was directly hit. At the last moment, firefighters took cover in an office; moments later, they moved into action. Their response defines bravery and service in my book.

Our Couple of the Month highlights Michael Bullock and his wife Julia, who was named 2023 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year for the National Guard. They support military families in Searcy and beyond.

Another feature that will make you prouder to be an American is about our four-legged friends. A group of volunteers in Beebe formed Arkansas Service Paws, which works with disabled veterans or first responders and their dogs for a year so the service dog is equipped to serve. In the final months of training, they accompany the dogs to large stores to ensure they and their new owners are ready to fly solo.

These are just a few of the quality features our staff brings you this month. We at 501 LIFE are proud Americans who appreciate our military, police, first responders and all those who serve others.

As you attend Fourth of July celebrations and recite our pledge, I hope the phrase “… one nation, under God, indivisible …” will stand out in your mind. Americans must reaffirm the vow to remain indivisible. If you’re wondering how to live that out, I hope this issue will inspire you to service. There are opportunities in your neighborhood, your community and beyond.