Friday, February 27, 2015

FW: Volunteers Needed for Crossroad of the West Gun Show at the Cashman Center on March 7 & 8, 2015.

 Ya' know,  every once in a while something comes along that is just perfect!!!
We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea.

Subject: Volunteers Needed for Crossroad of the West Gun Show at the Cashman Center on March 7 & 8, 2015.
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:41:39 -0800

Two-Day Crossroad of the West Gun Show at the Cashman Center on March 7 & 8, 2015.

If you have never volunteered for a fund raising event before, this is a chance to get to know your fellow VVA members and see some of the weapons, ammo, reloading and weapon accessories that will be for sale.  We normally have two (2) members from Chapter 1076 and our host, Chapter 17, provides two members per time slot.  If we are heavy with volunteers at the booth, you can wander and approach possible members throughout the show.  Remember, we are pro Vietnam-Era Veterans also.  The years included are on some of our pamphlets and our main banner.  Have a good time and please respond in a timely manner.

Friday (March 6th) evening setup time shall be determined by Don Lecburg and Andy Leduc from Chapter 17.
*  Please provide phone contact numbers for anyone who may be interested in setting up. *

Saturday, March 7th:
* 0900 - 1200: 
* 1200 - 1500: 
* 1500 - 1700: 
* All day: 

Sunday, March 8th:
* 0900 - 1100: 
* 1100 - 1300: 
* 1300 - 1600: 
* All day: 
Return all time selections and/or inquiries to Neil Johnson at email address or his cell number:  (510) 913-6611.

Please feel free to contact Neil Johnson or Lance Ryness with any questions or concerns.

Neil Johnson
VVA Chapter 1076
Life Member, U.S. Army
(510) 913-6611, Cell No.

FW: U.S.VETS-2015 Veterans Stand Down / Immediate Needs-18 & 19 March 2015

 Ya' know,  every once in a while something comes along that is just perfect!!!
We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea.

To: ;
Subject: Fw: U.S.VETS-2015 Veterans Stand Down / Immediate Needs-18 & 19 March 2015
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:53:08 -0800

Can you help?
R. Walker
From: Karen Lewis
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:26 PM
Subject: U.S.VETS-2015 Veterans Stand Down / Immediate Needs-18 & 19 March 2015

Hello Community Supporters!
As the 12th Annual U.S.VETS-2015 Veterans Stand Down is quickly approaching, March 18 & 19; the event is still in desperate need of your support in the following ways:
1.Financial Sponsorships ($ No Donation is too Small or Large $) 
2.Service Providers (Tables and Registration are Free of Charge - Register online at
3.Donations (gently used clothing, new undergarments, hygiene and non-perishable food items - for male and female Veterans - Collection Bins are at the Nellis Commissary and Base Exchange thru March 9th, Individual, Other Donations and Drives are Welcome and Additional Information can be found on the website)
4.Regular Volunteers (Volunteer Register online at
5.Volunteer Leaders (Volunteer Leaders will be assigned to supervise specific areas, such as Courtesy Patrol, Food Services, Volunteer/Provider Registration, Lost & Found, Veteran Intake, etc... and must be able to commit to attend the mandatory meeting on Wednesday-March 11th at 9:30am and commit to being available all day "7am-5pm" on both event days: March 18 & 19 at Cashman Center at 850 North Las Vegas Blvd)
6.Volunteer Donation Sorters (M-Mar 9th, Tu-Mar 10th, W-Mar 11th and Th-Mar 12th from 9am to 2pm at U.S.VETS Donation Storage Facility at 3170 Polaris Avenue, Unit #8-44, Las Vegas, 89102 Point of Contacts are William "Bill" Rowerdink, 702-278-3998, or Michael Goldberg, 702-540-5361, or Alex Dammeir, 702-308-7130,
7.Volunteer Barbers and Hairstylist (Email to Volunteer to cut Veterans hair during the event)
*Note: Regular Volunteers are encouraged to attend mandatory meeting and to volunteer all day - both event days as well
*Again, Please Visit the U.S.VETS-Las Vegas Website to become a Sponsor, to Donate, to Register to Volunteer or be a Service Provider and/or for Additional Event Information at or email
Thanks in Advance for your Support!
:-)Karen A. Lewis
Retired Air Force Veteran
CP: 702-236-0453
FB: Karen Ann Soumas Lewis

FW: Street Name Change

 Ya' know,  every once in a while something comes along that is just perfect!!!
We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea.

Subject: Fwd: Street Name Change
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:20:49 -0800

This event may interest you and your family.

John L Scaduto

Personal E-mail

VVA 1076 E- mail

Begin forwarded message:

From: Richard Keirn <>
Date: February 26, 2015 at 9:47:57 AM PST
To: "John Scaduto (1076) SGT AT ARMS" <>
Subject: Street Name Change

On March 5 at 3 pm the City of Henderson will rename Atomic Street to Purple Heart Street
(Next to the Eldardo Cansio on Water Street) All Veterans family and friends are invited.

Sent from my iPhone

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FW: VVA: Re: On the Hill - correction

Ya' know,  every once in a while something comes along that is just perfect!!!
We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea.

Subject: VVA: Re: On the Hill - correction
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:26:13 -0500

Thanks for the info Mike. Has anyone else ever put together a question & answer list as to why someone should join VVA ?
Joseph Armstrong
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1044
P.O. Box 844
Sanford, Maine 04073
From: VVA
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:55 AM
Subject: Re: VVA: On the Hill - correction
this is the message we should be passing on to all chapters. Numbers Matter !!!!!!!
I placed this article in the paper

Why should i join VVA.
I am sure you ask yourself why should I join, what is in it for me, or I belong to enough things, or I am done with anything military. Well the following is the reason! The ONLY way to change things for veterans is through legislation. When one of the veterans organizations goes in front of congress pleading the case for veterans, and congress knows they have 100,000 member nationally, they will accept what they say and probably go on to the next issue. BUT, if that same organization comes before congress with 1,000,000+ members, NOW the congressperson listens. This also applies to state and local levels. So even if you do not go to meeting, don't want anything to do with an organization, BUT you want the VA to change and things to get better for all veterans, join VVA so when they go before congress, congress will listen. As a bonus you might find you like being in a veterans organization helping fellow vets.

follow this up with that was said below, and you have a message all vets can understand…

Mike Priven, President
VVA Ga chapter #1101
78 Blue Ridge Hwy, 30512

On Feb 25, 2015, at 9:26 PM, VVA <> wrote:

February 25, 2015

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) testifies before the United States Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs
On Thursday February 26, 2015, Rick Weidman, Executive Director for Policy and Government Affairs is scheduled to testify before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs regarding The Department of Veterans Affairs FY2016 Budget and 2017 Advanced Appropriations Request. The hearing will begin at 9:30am in room 418 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC. Also testifying before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs regarding the VA FY2016 Budget and 2017 Advanced Appropriations Request will be the Secretary of the  Department of Veterans Affairs, Honorable Robert McDonald. The hearing can be viewed at

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) presents their Legislative Priorities before a Joint Session of the 114th Congress
On Thursday March 5, 2015, Mr. John Rowan, VVA National President/CEO is scheduled to testify before a Joint Session of the House and Senate Committees on Veteran Affairs regarding VVA Legislative Priorities and Policy Agenda for the 114th Congress. The hearing will begin at 10:00 am in room 345 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC. The hearing can be viewed at

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FW: Paralympic Badminton National Initiative

 Ya' know,  every once in a while something comes along that is just perfect!!!
We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea.

Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:30:31 +0000
Subject: Fw: Paralympic Badminton National Initiative

---------- Forwarded Message ----------
From: "Welch, Michael (VACO)" <>
To: "Steve Kearney ( (" <>
Cc: "" <>
Subject: Paralympic Badminton National Initiative
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:44:37 -0500

Good afternoon,

VA and USA Badminton have been partnering to facilitate Badminton and Para-Badminton activities for older Veterans, disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces for a few years, but today is a great day to inform you of a new opportunity in Para-Badminton.  USA Badminton is looking for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces to help form the core of the first-ever U.S. National Para-Badminton Team. 

In October 2014, the International Paralympic Committee certified Para-Badminton as a Paralympic sport to be included in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.  Unfortunately, the programs and infrastructure supporting qualification for IPC certification tend to be more established in other countries and regions of the world.  USA Badminton is facing the challenge of developing the U.S. National Para-Badminton Team in time for the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships 2015 which will be held 8-13 September at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in England  The Para-Badminton classifications include three ambulatory, two wheelchair, and one short stature categories.  Therefore, Steve Kearney, the USA Badminton lead for developing the U.S. Para-Badminton National Team and developmental programs is seeking disabled Veteran athletes interested in competing for positions on the national and developmental teams.  In addition, any assistance in facilitating development of national, regional and community-based Paralympic and adaptive Badminton programs would be appreciated.

As part of the VA-USA Badminton partnership, USA Badminton is developing the standards in Para-Badminton and qualifying disabled Veterans will be eligible to receive the monthly assistance allowance for disabled Veterans training in Paralympic sports.  Also, USA Badminton manages the Badminton competition in the National Veterans Golden Age Games for Veterans 55-years-old and older.  In 2016, the Golden Age Games will be adding Wheelchair Badminton to their competitive events.  VA and USA Badminton are coordinating with some other adaptive sport entities on means to facilitate training and technical assistance to help develop this activity for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.

For Para-Badminton questions and other contact info, Steve Kearney is available at (719) 360-3848 and  Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions applicable for VA as well.


Michael F. Welch
Paralympic Program Specialist
Office of National Veterans Sports
  Programs and Special Events (002C)
Department of Veterans Affairs
Suite 912D
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20420
Ph: (202) 632-7136
BB: (202) 725-6423
Twitter: @VAAdaptiveSport
Instagram: @VAAdaptiveSport

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Monday, February 23, 2015

FW: Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day at Fort Irwin

 Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:04:06 -0800

Here we go, an affair we must attend, at Ft. Irwin, CA., something to talk about at the BOD meeting.
R. Walker
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 7:50 PM
To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;
Subject: Fw: Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day at Fort Irwin
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 11:06 AM
Subject: Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day at Fort Irwin
Members of VVA 1076:   My United States Army has invited all Vietnam Veterans to Fort Irwin for a day of Welcome Home!  A part of the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War.

This is the fifth day they have presented this and one of the first military installations to do it.  The one I went to had about 350 Vietnam Veterans aboard motorcycles as part of the parade. 

18 April 2015.  See attached flyer.

Perhaps discussion might be in order to discuss possible interest for car pooling or to go as a big group such as a chartered bus.

Please advise your other veteran organizations of this event.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

FW: Veterans/Military Day in the Legislature


Sent: 2/19/2015 7:44:10 P.M. Pacific Standard Time
Subj: Fw: Veterans/Military Day in the Legislature

Here is a chance for you to speak directly with your representative in the state legislative offices in Carson City, please read the info below and contact PDC Frank Greenwood if you or your chapter plan to attend.
R. Walker
Black Mountain Chapter
;March 26, will be VETERAN and MILITARY DAY at the Legislature.  I am making arrangements for the Legislators to Host the VFW, DAV, AL,VVA, MC League, Purple Heart, any veteran group member and or active Guard, to be on the Assembly Floor that day. I must submit names to Assembly Sergeant of Arms… your name.  There are 42 seats to fill.  If you have a preference of which Legislator you wish to be seated with be specific and I'll try to accommodate.
What? You don't know who that is?  Go to this link: Who's My Legislator / What's My District.  Go to the top right and enter your complete address.  When the District map opens up, click on the map pin… a window opens to show your District Elected Officers.  If you click on their name, it opens their Legislative profile for your review.  All of them have been very supportive of Veterans issues and we want to support them as well by showing up.  Oh, and by-the-way, your name will be entered into the record for the Assembly that day.  Yeah, YOU!
Why this is important:
Some may not know or understand that Caleb Harris, Darrol Brown, John Warden, and I have been lobbying many of the Lawmakers out of public sight, behind closed doors, and publically testifying for their Bills when requested.  We review the Bill with the Lawmakers to work out any proposed changes, amendments, misunderstandings, or offer our support.  Think of it as a political partnership for bills coming up where we may need their support later.  We don't expect every Bill to be passed, but we are on track for a majority if we continue our Legislative partnership.
As the names come rolling in I'll plug you in where you prefer, if not, I'll assign you a spot and provide more specific details.  I need to have this to the Assembly Sergeant of Arms no later than March 13.  Following his approval, I'll push the list out the following week providing you time to shine those boots, and ready your hair.
As the Assembly ends that day, we will migrate over to the Senate Gallery reserved for us, while the Senators recognize us as well. Only a very few are permitted to be on the Senate Floor.  They only have 21 seats there.  I don't want to completely overwhelm them – we might need them later.
Let's show them a "Sea of Hats"!

Friday, February 20, 2015

FW: Dedication at the VA Cemetery

John L Scaduto
President Chapter 1076
Vietnam Veterans of America
Henderson NV.
E- Mail

Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:53:53 -0800
Subject: Dedication at the VA Cemetery


John L Scaduto President Chapter 1076 Vietnam Veterans of America Henderson NV. E- Mail

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:07:52 +0000

Please pass to your contacts.
2015 National Veterans Day Poster
The Department of Veterans Affairs' mission to fulfill its promise to Veterans exists because of the service and sacrifice of our Nation's heroes.   Each year — through a national Veterans Day poster contest — VA's National Veterans Outreach Office, in conjunction with the Veterans Day National Committee, publish a commemorative Veterans Day poster, soliciting and selecting from the numerous creative contributions of U.S. citizens nationwide. Through the years, these posters have illustrated the rich history of our country's protectors, and continue to remind all who see them of the accomplishments and struggles faced by our Veterans, past and present. From Revolutionary War battles, to an Old Guard soldier rendering a salute in a solemn ceremony, vivid images and artwork call on us to pause and reflect in homage to those who paved the way for our freedom. The poster is distributed to VA facilities and military installations around the world, and graces the cover of the official program for the Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery.
Do you have an idea for a national Veterans Day poster? If so, the Veterans Day National Committee wants to hear from you. The committee is seeking submissions for the 2015 national Veterans Day poster.
Poster submission guidelines:
- The final posters must be 18x24" at 300 dots per inch (scale down submissions to 9x12").
- Submit electronic versions as jpg images or PDF files via e-mail to:  or alternatively, send copies of artwork on a CD with artwork files to:
Veterans Day National Committee, Department of Veterans Affairs, ATTN: Micheal Migliara (002D), 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20420
Please do not send originals.   The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2015.
Submissions must include sufficient information to demonstrate that the image is the work of the artist and is not copyrighted material (i.e. photos and concepts).
Submission must also represent Veterans from all branches of service. (The committee may select a particular submission but ask the artist to make modifications to the original design. Additional changes may be required prior to printing).
Submissions must also reflect the diversity of our Veteran and military population, including in terms of race, gender, and disability status.
Submissions are not solely restricted to "human centric" presentations, such as a joint color guard. Imagery of American icons, monuments, or scenery can qualify, for example, the American flag.
A selection committee will convene in May 2015 to review submissions and select a finalist.
If you have any questions, please contact Micheal Migliara at  or 202-461-5386

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FW: Thursday mission

Thank You
Robert Serge
VVA 17 Member
Blog Master
Don't talk about me until you have talked to me.
Don't underestimate me until you challenge me.
Don't judge me until you know me

> From:
> To:
> Subject: Thursday mission
> Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:53:10 -0800
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Donaghy []
> Sent: Monday, February 16, 2015 8:06 PM
> To: Undisclosed recipients:
> Subject: Thursday mission
> Hi Everyone
> This Thursday, Feb. 19th, the following interments are scheduled for 8:40 AM
> at the Southern Nevada Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veteran's Memorial
> Drive, Boulder City, 89005. These interments are for Nevada's fallen
> veterans who are without family, homeless, indigent or just forgotten by
> family and friends and remain unclaimed.
> This week's interments are:
> Army veteran(s): Ronald Statton, Donald Speno, Robert Asbell and Bob
> Pierce. Bob is full honors.
> USAF veteran: Jeffery Hill
> For anyone interested in riding over together, some of us meet for breakfast
> at the IHOP ( 4860 Boulder Hwy ) diagonally across the street from Sam's
> Town at around 6:50 AM. It will be KSU at 7:45 AM.
> Thank you Bob Donaghy=

Saturday, February 14, 2015

FW: VVA: RE: VVA Public Affairs Report

Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:53:37 -0500
Subject: VVA: RE: VVA Public Affairs Report

Public Affairs Report 

New PSA Project 2015
Bill Black of Com-cast and Keith King of Keith King & Associates along with collaboration from VVA have been working on a PSA project for this year. Com-cast has requested VVA to consider doing other projects for 2015. The PSA's will inform veterans of transitioning to civilian life from military, searching for jobs after service, as well as how to make the most of the benefits that we have earned.  This project has moved along much faster than we had originally anticipated. Because of a request to have the PSA's  ready for air dates in February of this year, we had to move up the schedule for the production shoot to January. Consequently we will be shooting the PSA's in late January.  Editing of the programs will done almost immediately, in order to meet air dates. Com-Cast has said that the air time currently scheduled for these PSA's would amount to Three and one half million dollars of free air time to VVA.
New Web Site
The new-site reconstruction of the web-site is moving forward.  Our progress is progressing  as planned.  To this point we have spent slightly more than $30,000 in round numbers on the reconstruction. At the same time we have maintained the current web site cost to slightly over $20,000 dollars and  we are closing in on the date when we will turn up the new face of VVA. At this time we anticipate April or May.    
Real Estate Task Force
This has been a project the Real Estate Task Force, Chaired by Tom Owen,  has been working on for about 10 months. We have been making progress in short leaps, but now we hope that we have finally found the avenue in which to make it all happen. The hang up has always been real-estate law and how to find a way to legally submit monies from the real-estate agents to the organization. Mr. Owen believes that he may have found an avenue to do so. We want to make sure that this works before we make the announcement of how we will move forward. So more to come.  
Government Affairs
HR 5484 The Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014 was introduced in Congress by Congressman Mike Honda. VVA strongly supported this bill. Unfortunately it died in the last Congress. We have to start over. We are awaiting the new bill number to be assigned so that we will move forward with our battle to have this won over during this session of Congress. The legislation will provide a method where  children of our servicemen and women, will have an avenue  by which their various forms of birth defects will be addressed. The nation needs to know the full effects of toxic exposures to our children. When the new bill number is known Please go to our Legislative Action Center, and take action by entering your zip code. Then send the prepared letter to your U.S. Representative asking them to please join their colleagues to co-sponsor the new bill.  This bill will help to achieve a measure of justice for the innocent victims of the use of toxic substances in times of war. This bill will offer unlimited possibilities for scientific research into the effects of these toxic chemicals.   
Dan Stenvold reported that the Award sub-committee is and has been very active with submissions for VVA's Commendation and Achievement medals  among others. Keep your nominations coming into the committee.  The National Convention is not far off.
Last but certainly not least the committee reviewed the upcoming budget process that will take place early this year. All Officers, members of the board of directors, Committee Chairs,  Department heads and everyone else who is involved with budgets should be actively putting the finishing touches on them before submission to the finance department. Deadline for budget submission is February 1, 2015. 

Tom Burke - Chair - Public Affairs

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Thursday Mission, February 12, 2015

-----Original Message-----
> From: Bob Donaghy []
> Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 9:29 AM
> To: Undisclosed recipients:
> Subject: Thursday Mission
> Hi Everyone. Sorry for late message. These were added late yesterday
> This Thursday, Feb 12th, the following interments are scheduled for 8:40 AM
> at the Southern Nevada Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veteran's Memorial
> Drive, Boulder City, 89005. These interments are for Nevada's fallen
> veterans who are without family, homeless, indigent or just forgotten by
> family and friends and remain unclaimed.
> This week's interments are:
> Army veteran: Thomas Rogers
> Navy veteran: Elzimer Howard
> USAF veteran: Robert Peterson:

Monday, February 9, 2015

FW: VVA: Garden of the Gods 02/08/15

 Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 05:06:46 -0500
Subject: VVA: Garden of the Gods 02/08/15

Garden of the Gods    02/08/15

The rocks remember.
The rills and swirls
Of ancient currents
In vanquished rivers
And time stopped tides
Forever frozen
In the lazy looping curves
Etched into the eroded
Rust painted grains
Of cemented quartz.
Tilted to vertical
Sandstone slabs
Thrust from the earth.
Rocks of record
to a time-lost past...
A boundary place
Neither plain
Not mountain,
A halfway house
Between two vast
Related realms.
Stunted but tough,
The native scrub oak
Colors the seasons,
Green counterpoint
Late spring to summer,
Red, gold and bronze
Decorate autumn dales
And drab brown deserted
Remnants stiffly defy
The whip winds of winter.
The carvings scoured
From peaks to west
Are father to the flats
of plains to east.
Wind and water
Still write the story,
The record of
Nature's reckonings.
And the rocks remember.

      - Gerald Alan Ney

Saturday, February 7, 2015

FW: VVA: Fwd: Remember The Fallen -- February

 Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 02:52:50 -0500
Subject: VVA: Fwd: Remember The Fallen -- February

via Gerry Ney
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Noonie Fortin <>
Date: Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 2:22 PM
Subject: Remember The Fallen -- February

This month please remember these women who died during February while serving our country in or during war times:

1 Feb 1968:           CIVILIAN Ruth Thompson, missionary, VIETNAM
1 Feb 1968:           CIVILIAN Carolyn Griswald, missionary, VIETNAM
1 Feb 1968:           CIVILIAN Ruth Wilting, missionary, VIETNAM
3 Feb 2005:           CIVILIAN Carmen Christina Urdaneta, 32, humanitarian, AFGHANISTAN
3 Feb 2005:           CIVILIAN Cristin "Cristi" Gadue, 26, humanitarian, AFGHANISTAN
3 Feb 2005:           CIVILIAN Amy Lynn (Niebling) Meeks, 29, humanitarian, AFGHANISTAN
4 Feb 1997:           USN AW3 Wendy L Potter, airplane crash, off coast of Israel
7 Feb 1944:           USA ANC LT Marjorie Morrow, WW II
7 Feb 1944:           CIVILIAN ARC Esther Richards, died at Anzio, WW II
7 Feb 1944:           USA ANC 1LT Carrie Sheetz, WW II
7 Feb 1944:           USA ANC LT Blanche Sigman, WW II
7 Feb 2007:           USMC CPT Jennifer Harris, 27, IRAQ
7 Feb 2007:           USMC CPL Jennifer Parcell, 20, IRAQ
9 Feb 1944:           USA ANC LT LaVerne Farquar, WW II
9 Feb 1944:           USA ANC LT Gertrude Spelboug, WW II
9 Feb 1971:           CIVILIAN Lucinda J. Richter, American Red Cross, VIETNAM
9 Feb 2005:           ILARNG SGT Jessica M. Housby, 23, IRAQ
10 Feb 2010:        USA PFC Adriana Alvarez, 20, gunshot wound, IRAQ
12 Feb 2007:        USN MA2 Laquita (Pate) James, 33, natural causes aboard USS Bataan, AFGHANISTAN
12 Feb 2009:        USN IT3 Caitlin Trask, 21, died of gunshot wound by her former boyfriend in Newport News, VA
12 Feb 2009:        USAF T/SGT Jessica Sweet, 30, leukemia, Walter Reed
14 Feb 2008:        USA SGT Julianna Gehant, 32, murdered in Northern Illinois University
14 Feb 2013:        USA SPC Kimberly Walker, 28, murdered by boyfriend, Colorado Springs, CO
15 Feb 2010:        USAF MG Jeanne Holm, died from double pneumonia
16 Feb 1944:        USA ANC Ellen Ainsworth, 24, WW II
16 Feb 2004:        USAR PFC Nichole M. Frye, 19, IRAQ
16 Feb 2005:        USA SPC Katrina Lani (Johnson) Bell, 32, IRAQ
16 Feb 2014:        USMC GySgt Monica Plank, 34, hit & run driver, OH
17 Feb 2006:        USAF SrAirman Alecia S Good, 23, plane crash near Africa
18 Feb 1944:        WASP Marian Toevs, WW II
18 Feb 1966:        USA ANC 2LT Carol Ann Drazba, 22, VIETNAM
18 Feb 1966:        USA ANC 2LT Elizabeth Ann Jones, 22, VIETNAM
19 Feb 2009:        HIARNG PFC Cwislyn K Walter, 19, non-combat vehicle accident
19 Feb 2010:        USA SGT Winter Plummer, 27, murdered by husband at Ft Lewis, WA
21 Feb 2010:        TNARNG CWO2 Billie J Grinder, 25, helicopter accident, IRAQ
22 Feb 2008:        USA SPC Keisha M Morgan, 25, non-combat overdose, IRAQ
22 Feb 2010:        USA PFC Autumn M Shannon, 32, murdered by mother, Ft Bragg, NC
22 Feb 2012:        CIVILIAN Journalist Marie Colvin, 56, killed in crossfire, Syria
24 Feb 1944:        ANC 2LT Elizabeth J Howren, plane crash near Gela-Vittoria, Sicily
25 Feb 1944:        WASP Trainee Betty Pauline Stine, WW II
25 Feb 1991:        USAR SPC Christine Mayes, 22, barracks building in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, DESERT STORM
25 Feb 1991:        USAR SPC Beverly S Clark, 23, barracks building in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, DESERT STORM
25 Feb 1991:        USAR SPC Adrienne L Mitchell, 20, barracks building in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, DESERT STORM
26 Feb 2007:        MDARNG PVT May Yuen, 22, Basic Training suicide?
27 Feb 1991:        USA SGT Cheryl (LaBeau) O'Brien, 24, DESERT STORM
27 Feb 2007:        CIVILIAN Geraldine Marques, 31, suicide bomber, AFGHANISTAN
28 Feb 1991:        CTARNG SPC Cindy Marie Beaudoin, 19, Kuwait, DESERT STORM
28 Feb 2003:        USAF SSG Shelby Dawn Orelup, 22, murdered at Sheppard AFB, TX
28 Feb 2009:        USMC Carri Leigh Goodwin, 20, suicide due to rape

You can learn a little more about these women as well as those who died in The Pentagon on 9/11/01 and in the Oklahoma City bombing by going to my webpages honoring them at:

If I have left anyone off--kindly let me know. I am still trying to find exact dates for those who died in earlier wars--those women will be listed each January if I can't find any other dates.

Noonie Fortin
1SG, USAR (Ret)
Author and Speaker
Researcher and Consultant

A Veteran - whether active duty, retired, National Guard or Reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The People of the United States of America", for any amount "up to and including my life". ~ Author unknown.

Friday, February 6, 2015

FW: Input for Newsletter

 Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 18:10:40 +0000
Subject: Input for Newsletter

Since November, I have only received newsletter input from the President, Secretary, Asst Secretary and Historian (I may have missed someone)  We have events and activities and a cell phone photo would suffice on covering it.  What I need is information.  Our officers, committee chairs, and members.  Bios/resumes can be turned into a good profile of a member.  A note on how the Vietnam era changed one's outlook on life.  Problems met and overcome along the way.   Perhaps just recommendations on a good place to visit, eat - show seen.  It would help to make the Chapter Newsletter of, for, and about members. 

Most general veteran information and changes will be sent out separately. 

What has not been covered well are some of the units are members served with.  All I need are general things like who, what, when, where.  I can research the unit.  I did this for one unit and found it had been awarded a Presidential Unit Citation.

Even inquiries for those who have little information on their units can lead to discoveries.

Send me a simple bio.  A good photo with wife, where the veteran pathway has taken you.  We want to know you. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

FW: Online Prescription Tracker Gives Veterans 24/7 Online Access to Status

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From: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs <>
Date: Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 10:55 AM
Subject: Online Prescription Tracker Gives Veterans 24/7 Online Access to Status

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VA News Releases

VA News Release

02/04/2015 01:55 PM EST

 Online Prescription Tracker Gives Veterans 24/7 Online Access to Status
Recommendation Made by VA Employee, 2013 SAVE Award Winner

Veterans can now track the status of most of their prescriptions online, thanks to an innovative idea by a Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) employee. The new 24/7 service allows online tracking for most prescriptions mailed from the VA Mail Order Pharmacy.
The Prescription Tracker was recommended by VA employee Kenneth Siehr, a winner of the President's 2013 Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award. Siehr's idea focused on the use of technology as a way to save money and improve the services VA provides to its patients.
"Our nation's Veterans deserve a first-class pharmacy and quality customer service as a part of the exceptional health care available from VA," said Siehr, the National Director for Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacies. "It is an honor to be part of serving Veterans and to have been recognized for an idea that enhances our services to them."
 More than 57,000 Veterans are currently using the service through My HealtheVet, an online feature that allows Veterans to partner with their health care team. The number is expected to grow as VA starts to educate Veterans about the new feature.  Later this month, the tracking feature will include images of the medication that dispensed. Over the next year, a secure messaging alert will be added so that Veterans know when a medication was placed in the mail.
 "VA prescription refill online is an excellent example of how one employee looked at the process of VA prescription tracking through the eyes of our Veterans and came up with an idea that better serves Veterans," said Interim Under Secretary for Health, Carolyn M. Clancy. "This idea is both innovative and transformative, and it is certainly one, when put into action, improves customer service for America's Veterans."

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FW: USO Wounded Warrior Volunteer Opportunity

Subject: USO Wounded Warrior Volunteer Opportunity
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 11:04:13 -0800

The USO Las Vegas is gearing up for the Air Force Trials for the Wounded Warrior games and could use your help. The Air Force Trials will be held on Feb 25 through March 5 at Nellis Air Force Base. At this event wounded Airmen from across the country come to Nellis to compete in various events/activities such as swimming, track and field, archery and many more for a chance to represent the Air Force at the Wounded Warrior Games.

Every year, USO Las Vegas helps sponsor this event by providing snacks/drinks every day, as well we provide and coordinate volunteers at the various events.  This year we are also assisting with the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the Renaissance Hotel and Casino on February 25th and March 5th, respectively. 

Below are the time slots we are looking to secure volunteers for the games. Our goal is to have 6 volunteers per shift. Most of the events will be at Nellis AFB unless otherwise indicated below. We will provide each volunteer with a USO t-shirts and they will either be helping our USO Mobile unit hand out snacks/waters or at one of the various events that will be taking place during their scheduled time slot. As we get closer, we will let the volunteers on each shift know exactly where to meet and hand out assignments as needed. Some of the events include, shooting, archery, track and field, swimming, cycling, sitting volleyball, basketball skills.

If you are interested or know anyone who would be interested in helping, we will need to know the name of the volunteer, their email address, their cell phone number and what shift they would like to sign up for so we can put them down in our master calendar.

We are also looking for local entertainers who would like to attend the Opening and/or Closing Ceremonies to let the Wounded Warrior athletes know how much we appreciate their service and sacrifices. If you know anyone who would like to perform, please let me know!   

Thank you for the support and we look forward to hearing from you!

Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

Friday, Feb 27th 8:30am - 12:30pm
Friday, Feb 27th 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Saturday, Feb. 28th 7am - 11am
Saturday, Feb. 28th 11am - 1pm
Saturday, Feb 28th Noon - 4:30pm
Sunday, March 1st 7am - 2pm (UNLV Pool)
Sunday, March 1st 11am - 2:30pm (UNLV Pool)
Sunday, March 1st 3pm - 7:30pm
Monday, March 2nd 7am - 12:30pm
Monday, March 2nd 1pm - 5:30pm
Monday, March 2nd Noon - 4pm
Tuesday, March 3rd 7am - 10am
Tuesday, March 3rd 10am - 1:30pm
Tuesday, March 3rd 1pm - 5:30pm
Tuesday, March 3rd 1pm - 5:30pm
Wednesday, March 4th 8am – Noon
Wednesday, March 4th Noon - 4:30pm
Thursday, March 5th - 7am – Noon

Kind Regards,

Kate Slawski
Programs Manager
USO Las Vegas
McCarran International Airport
PO Box 11362
Las Vegas, NV 89111-1362

CFC # 11381