Sunday, October 21, 2018

Funeral Arrangement for George Haussman.

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To our membership:

          I am greatly saddened to inform our membership that the President of VVA Chapter 17, George Haussmann, peacefully passed away Saturday, October 13, 2018 at his home in Las Vegas, NV. He is survived by his daughter Lacey and granddaughter Arwen.

          The “Patriot Guard”, will be giving George’s remains a procession from our Chapter (6424 W. Cheyenne Ave. Las Vegas, NV) to the Cemetery. If you would like to join in, please be here by 10:30 am.

Funeral services will be held at the Boulder City Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 12:40 pm. Please wear your colors.

          After the services, everyone is welcomed to join the family at Chapter 17 for a Celebration of Life.

Thank You for Your Support

Andrew J LeDuc

Secretary, Chapter 17

United States Army Veteran

Friday, October 19, 2018

Mule: When bravery was abundant

Mule:  When bravery was abundant

James Earl Parker Jr., code name Mule was born October 25th, 1942 in Rockingham, North Carolina.  He passed on October 9th, 2018.  He was a friend and one of my favorite storytellers. A fellow member of China Post 1, he was the official historian of history in general. We often discussed someone from the past that had an impact on the world as we know it, perhaps the heroics of some who fought and died honorably for what they believed in, and several people we both knew or worked near over the years.   Not only did he contribute to the field of intelligence, but he was also a teacher of history and had that rare ability to help one measure the impact that one small operation or person had on much larger conflicts.  Our local groups, both formal and informal will miss Mule.  

The following is from his blog which is has been a refuge for me to retreat to over the years, “Muleorations”  Jim wrote of his experiences in Vietnam, Laos and other areas of the world he experienced from his travels, people he worked with or knew, and his service in the U.S. Army and CIA.  

“When Jim was 15 years old he ran away from home, ending up in Havana, Cuba. His parents were not amused and not long after he returned he was enrolled in the Oak Ridge Military Academy for an attitude adjustment.

There he learned discipline but he was still driven by a-rambling', rambunctious curiosity; summers he worked as a Myrtle Beach lifeguard. He went on to UNC/Chapel Hill, played lacrosse, flunked out, went with a couple of buddies down to Managua, Nicaragua but was chased out by what would become the Sandinistas. He flew to Florida, worked at a Miami hotel, returned to college for one more semester before dropping out to join the US Army.

THE VIETNAM WAR ITS OWNSELF 2nd edition chronicles his Vietnam War experiences; Parker was among the first in as a 22-year-old Second Lieutenant Platoon Leader in 1965 and he was the last to leave in 1975. In between, he married, graduated UNC and joined the Central Intelligence Agency. His first CIA assignment was upcountry Laos where he led Hmong hills tribe guerrillas against two divisions of North Vietnamese mainline soldiers. His detailed account of this top secret activity was published in hardback by the Naval Institute Press, titled CODENAME MULE - reprinted in paperback by St Martin's Press as COVERT OPS.  His LAST MAN OUT also reports on his Vietnam experiences. 

After para-military chores in Laos/Vietnam, Parker went on to serve undercover as a case handler in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, retiring in 1992.

He's been places and done things.

In the military, he received the Bronze Star with "V" and the Purple Heart. In the CIA, he received two Certificates of Outstanding Service, a Certificate of Distinction and the Intelligence Medal.

He went back to work for the CIA after 9/11, but re-retired to Las Vegas, Nevada.”

KESSLER'S COUNTRY HOMILIES is Parker's collection of funny stories he's picked up around the world."

Mule was to be awarded a lifetime achievement award in October 2018.  In addition to combat service in Southeast Asia, he has worked with the CIA in Africa, Central, and South America, and into our more recent conflict areas.  His field experiences positioned him well to improve security and to assist in recruiting new CIA HUMINT Case Officers.

The first 140 pages of the Vietnam War Its Ownself is titled Prelude and I believe is one of the best historical accounts I have read on the First and Second Indo-China Wars and those events between including World Wars and Korea.  To anyone with an interest in how we - America - became involved in Vietnam needs to read and understand this history.

Mule was a walking encyclopedia with special chapters on our history, operations, intelligence, conflicts, personalities, and their impact on all of us.  Over the years, when reading of something that didn't quite sound right or register, I would ask him for his opinion and always received a reply and once in a while, enlightenment. An example was his appreciation for the local nationals he worked with. 

 From his time in the First Infantry Division to a tour as a guerrilla leader among the Hmong in Laos, to when he was assigned to Vietnam in the latter war years; as well as he later assignments, he saw the desires of the local people to live free.  He spent most of his time in Vietnam in the Mekong Delta, in perhaps the least secure of any province there, Chuong Thien.  He worked daily with heroic Vietnamese military in those latter days when support was minimal but bravery was abundant. 

He dedicated his book to Vietnamese Army Generals he worked with - Tran Van Hai and Le Van Hung, heroes to the last.  His thoughts on the legacy of the Vietnam War - those who answered the call, served and sacrificed during difficult times demonstrated the principles of duty and country and the spirit of the Warrior. 

All of my service in Vietnam was with the local people and forces.  His book brought me clarity around some unusual missions and a feeling that this was but a costly battle lost in a larger war waged for a better world.  From his days of combat with the First Infantry Division in 1965 to 2 May 1975 as the last man out of Vietnam with the CIA, there are few that knew this AO as he did.

Any Southeast Asia hand should read his book.  You will not be sorry for that.  You will meet a man of honor.   A Warrior.

Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world.  A Veteran doesn’t have that problem”                 Ronald Reagan
Lou  CSM Lou Rothenstein, US Army (Ret) Life Member China Post 1

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Statement by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. on the Passing of Senator John McCain


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No. NR-248-18
Aug. 25, 2018

Statement by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. on the Passing of Senator John McCain

Statement by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.:
"Senator McCain exemplified what it means to be a warrior and dedicated public servant. Both as a naval officer and as a member of Congress, he was a lifelong and tireless advocate for the men and women of the U.S. military.

"He traveled the world to meet personally with Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, to hear what they had to say, and to see firsthand our military in action on the front lines. Senator McCain recognized the sacrifice and hardships military members and their families can experience and proudly served as their champion in Congress. He visited our nation's wounded warriors around the country to offer encouragement and to thank them for their service. Through his tenacious and selfless leadership in the Senate, he fought hard to ensure our Armed Forces remained strong and had the support and resources needed to succeed when placed in harm's way.

"While we mourn Senator McCain's passing, we are eternally grateful for his distinguished service to our nation, his advocacy of the U.S. military, and the incredible example he set for us all."

Monday, August 20, 2018

STAND UP FOR BILL (And Other Veterans and Their Families)

(And Other Veterans and Their Families)

I would like to create state and federal legislation that does the following:

1.  Directs the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to create free, accredited continuing professional education (CPE) for civilian health care workers and paramedical case workers (including social workers and chaplains) on veterans health issues. 

2.  Directs all health care providers to change their intake forms and health questionnaires to ask if patients “had any US military service” in order to “begin the conversation”.   Self identified veterans should be asked to fill out an additional military questionnaire.  A proposed format is available.

3.  Directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to require that all health care workers (including VA health care workers and CHOICE doctors) be familiar with compensable diseases and disabilities so they can refer Vets and their families to the VA benefits office for evaluation and additional assistance. 

4.  Directs the VA and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to use public service announcements and other media to reach out to veterans and their families to inform them about presumed connected disabilities and report back to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Nevada state governor and the veterans legislative committee annually on the effectiveness of these techniques.  

5.  Directs the VA and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to prominently display flyers and other media on presumed connected disabilities to all offices that work with veterans and their families, including VA cemeteries.

6.  Directs the VA and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to prominently display flyers and other media about survivor benefits to all offices that work with veterans and their families, including VA cemeteries.

7.  Directs the VA and the Nevada Department of Veterans Services to contact civilian support groups that routinely work with people who have one of the presumed connected disabilities (e.g. the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) and work with them to identify veterans, children and grandchildren who have a disease presumed connected to military service. Identified veterans and family members should be referred to designated VA resources.  Records of these referrals should be rolled up to the governor, state legislative affairs committee and the Secretary of  Veterans Affairs on a yearly basis. 

8.  Directs each state to keep records and prepare a yearly report to the governor, the veterans legislative committee and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs evaluating the effectiveness of the training delivered, contacts made and media used to provide information to veterans, spouses and health care professionals.

   We must make sure that Vietnam Veterans who have a presumed connected disease take full advantage of the benefits that they earned by their service to our country.
   We must make sure that Vietnam Veteran survivors have access to the benefits that their loved one earned by their service to our country.
   We must make sure that veterans from other conflicts such as the Korean War, the Gulf War, Iraq War, the war in Afghanistan, certain defense department projects and Camp Lejeune know about the diseases and disabilities presumed connected to their military service.
    We must act now to protect the children and grandchildren of veterans who were exposed to toxic substances during their military service.

The VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for benefits for these diseases.

          AL Amyloidosis
          A rare disease caused when an abnormal protein, amyloid, enters tissues or organs
          Chronic B-cell Leukemias
          A type of cancer which affects white blood cells
          Chloracne (or similar acneform disease)
          A skin condition that occurs soon after exposure to chemicals and looks like common forms of acne seen in teenagers. Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
          Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
          A disease characterized by high blood sugar levels resulting from the body’s inability to respond properly to the hormone insulin
          Hodgkin's Disease
          A malignant lymphoma (cancer) characterized by progressive enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and by progressive anemia
          Ischemic Heart Disease
          A disease characterized by a reduced supply of blood to the heart, that leads to chest pain also called coronary artery disease
          Multiple Myeloma
          A cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell in bone marrow
          Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
          A group of cancers that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue
          Parkinson's Disease
          A progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects muscle movement
          Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset
          A nervous system condition that causes numbness, tingling, and motor weakness. Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of herbicide exposure
          Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
          A disorder characterized by liver dysfunction and by thinning and blistering of the skin in sun-exposed areas. Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides
          Prostate Cancer
          Cancer of the prostate; one of the most common cancers among men
          Respiratory Cancers  (includes lung cancer)
            and cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus
          Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, or mesothelioma) A group of different types of cancers in body tissues such as muscle, fat, blood and lymph vessels, and connective tissues
          Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s disease causes the death of neuron controlling voluntary muscles.  This disease is associated with service in Vietnam.

If you would like to help me in this effort, or if you have ideas  on how to spread the word about presumed connected disabilities, please feel free to contact me.  I am Barbara Rodgick and I am the widow of an Agent Orange Vet.  My phone number is 425-442-7563 and my email address is  8/18/18

Thursday, June 28, 2018

VA Medical Center - Bridge closure by NDOT on I-215 at Pecos Rd

Pecos Road/CC-215 bridge closure scheduled for July 1
VASNHS staff and Veterans will begin seeing major traffic changes around the VA Medical Center between North 5th Street and Lamb Boulevard.
The first impact will be felt on July 1 as the current bridge in front of the VA Medical Center at 215 and Pecos Road closes for approximately four months for demolition and construction of a new bridge.

exit at Pecos Road, but will need to use S. Lamb Blvd. or Losee Rd. to travel westbound on the 215 from the facility.
Individuals traveling to the facility westbound on the 215 from I-15 will not be able to exit at Pecos. They will need to exit at S. Lamb Blvd. or Losee Road. Pecos Road will be open to eastbound traffic toward I-15 on the 215 from the facility during this phase of construction.
Those travelling to the VA Medical Center on I-15 North from Las Vegas are advised to exit at Lamb Blvd and take E. Centennial Pkwy to Pecos Road.
Engineering, Public Affairs and leadership will all work to keep staff and Veterans updated as construction progresses.


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Len Yelinek

Commander, Department of Nevada

Military Order of the Purple Heart

(702) 362-7673-h    (702) 460-076

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Help Us Spread the Word: Free Half-Day Seminar on Military Sexual Trauma

Dear State Commander or Veteran Advocate, 

NDVS, in partnership with the VA, will host a free, half-day seminar on Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The event will take place on Saturday, June 23 from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM in the first floor auditorium of the VA Southern Nevada Health Care System building in North Las Vegas.

This informational seminar will be available to ALL, including survivors of Military Sexual Trauma as well as those who want to provide support to survivors.

The event is aimed at providing a greater understanding of MST as well as the resources and support available.  The seminar will be led by MST experts Dr. Nicole Anders, Psy.D of Las Vegas and Dr. Brian Potts, Clinical Psychologist of Nellis Air Force Base.

To register and save your seat go to:

or call 702-486-5627.

Attached is a flyer that includes both the registration and contact information. Please help us spread the word about this upcoming event! 


Terri Hendry


Terri Hendry, Communications Director
Nevada Department of Veterans Services
work: (775)825-9755

cell: (775)771-2800
"Serving Nevada's Heroes"

VA researchers have made amazing discoveries

VA researchers have made amazing discoveries

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Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:00 am Posted in Health, Inside Veterans Health, Research, Top Stories, VA Innovations by Hans Petersen 3 comments 114 views

Did you know that VA researchers invented the first clinically successful implantable cardiac pacemaker, helping many patients prevent potentially life-threatening complications from irregular heartbeats?

Or that they developed the nicotine patch and other therapies to help smokers quit?

InnoVAtion to Implementation.”

Many Veterans gained hope for greater mobility when VA researchers invented a wheelchair that allows users to crank up the push rims to a standing position, providing them with increased functionality and independence.

It’s a remarkable history of accomplishments which we celebrate this Research Week.

Research Week is an annual event that celebrates the accomplishments of the VA Research Program and recognizes the researchers, Veterans and partners who support the program. For more than 90 years, VA research has been improving the lives of Veterans and all Americans through health care discovery and innovation.

VA research is unique because of its focus on medical issues that affect Veterans. It is part of an integrated health care system with a state‐of‐the‐art electronic health record and has come to be viewed as a model for superior bench‐to‐bedside research.

The groundbreaking achievements of VA investigators—more than 60 percent of whom also provide direct patient care—have resulted in three Nobel prizes, seven Lasker awards, and numerous other distinctions.

The theme for this year is “InnoVAtion to Implementation.”

Research Week is celebrated all over the country at VA medical centers. VA facilities plan open houses or other activities to commemorate the week. Some plan research presentations, research displays or slide shows, and others will hold Veteran appreciation days, featuring VA researchers and local officials, as well as personal testimonials by Veterans participating in VA research studies.

The purpose of VA Research Week is to recognize Veterans for their participation in research studies and to provide an opportunity for VA investigators and administrators to present findings from their discoveries and innovations that have led to advancements in the health care for Veterans and improved upon existing medical knowledge. We recognize achievements in the following areas.

How research translates to patient care

VA researchers study a wide range of health topics from cancer, diabetes, women’s health and mental health to prosthetics and post‐traumatic stress disorder. Research Week is the premier event for researchers to present their discoveries on these topics and to show how they translate research to patient care and services for Veterans.

Here’s a short list of substantial research launches and outcomes in 2017 alone:

  • A major study, conducted under the auspices of the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium, on the long-term effects of mild traumatic brain injury.
  • $81 million in new research on non-drug treatment of pain for military personnel and Veterans.
  • A physical-environment checklist used in VA psychiatry units led to a sharp decline in inpatient suicides.
  • A study showing that prolonged exposure therapy delivered directly into patients’ homes via telehealth could “dramatically increase the reach of this evidence-based therapy for PTSD without diminishing its effectiveness.”
  • Significant progress in restoring a natural sense of touch for those who use prosthetic hands.
  • Advances in brain-computer technology that now allows fast, accurate typing by people with paralysis.

Every year, Veterans from all over the country participate in research studies to help improve the lives of other Veterans. During Research Week, we honor Veterans and formally thank them for the vital role they play in supporting and contributing to the VA Research Program.

VA research depends on its collaborations and partnerships with academic affiliates, industry partners, nonprofit organizations, outside organizations, and Veterans service organizations to deliver high‐quality results. For Research Week, VA highlights these partnerships and the successful research studies that have been made possible through these collaborations.

VA research fosters dynamic collaborations with academia, other federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and private industry—thus furthering the program’s impact on the health of Veterans and the nation.


· Discoveries

· research week

· VA Innovations

· VA Research

· Veterans Health Administration




Hans Petersen

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

MOPH and Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day, Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 August 18


Subject: MOPH and Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day, Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 August 18
Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 06:47:33 -0400

Fellow Patriots, here is the latest information regarding the two days of events at Mount Vernon this year to celebrate National Purple Heart Day. 

Region Commanders, please share this information with your Department's Leadership who I hope will share this email with their respective Chapters. 

For everyone, please be sure to go online to register for your Free Tickets to the Wreath Laying and Mansion Tour on Friday, 10 Aug and the full ceremony on the East Lawn of Mount Vernon the morning of Saturday, 11 Aug.  All tickets are Free.  Saturday's ticket also allows access to all of Mount Vernon Estates. 

The Mansion Tour on Friday, 10 August is limited to the number of participants so if you have not gone on a tour of Gen. Washington's house and wish to do so you need to RSVP as it's "first come, first served".  If you have been on the tour last year, but still wish to participate in the wreath laying do get your tickets anyway, just let me know that you do not plan to do the Mansion Tour. 

Hopefully the Mount Vernon Inn will be open after we're done so everyone can have a nice evening of adult beverages after the Friday events. 

To attend the Reception please RSVP directly to me.  All I need is a name and number in your party. 

​This year we have support from the Hampton Inn and Suites, Alexandria, VA with discounted hotel rooms for Friday and Saturday nights.  Information regarding how to make your own reservations is included in the attached information paper.  ​

Be sure to get your tickets as you must have them to enter the Mount Vernon grounds on either days. 

And, please share this with everyone in your respective Chapters as we're planning to have a huge turnout of Purple Heart recipients and guests this year!!!

Yours in Patriotism,


Junior Vice Commander, Dept of VA

Past Chpt 353 Commander

Gordon Sumner, PhD
Home/Office:  703-455-4527

Cell:  703-595-8800
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”   ~Benjamin Franklin~

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Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day

You are cordially invited to celebrate National Purple Heart Day at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It is our honor to have you join us as we, in partnership with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, commemorate the oldest military decoration in the United States at the beloved home of its founder. Here is information you might find helpful in planning your visit. Please note that Mount Vernon will commemorate Purple Heart Day 2018 on Friday, August 10, 2018, and Saturday, August 11, 2018.
See you soon,


Joan Flintoft
Director of Events & Protocol


Free Admission Tickets for Purple Heart Recipients

We are pleased to offer free tickets to Purple Heart recipients and their families on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Free tickets are available until 5 p.m. on Monday, July 31.


Saturday, August 11

Hours & Admission
Mount Vernon will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018.
Your ticket will include access to the historic area, an optional tour of the Mansion, George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill, and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum & Education Center.
We recommend that you plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your Mansion tour time. You will be prompted to choose your Mansion tour time when you reserve your ticket.

Purple Heart Day Ceremony
Join the audience for Mount Vernon’s official National Purple Heart Day Ceremony on the East Lawn at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018, featuring remarks by General Washington.

Purple Heart Day Reception

· Mount Vernon is pleased to invite Purple Heart recipients and their families to a reception at the Mount Vernon Inn restaurant at 1 p.m.

· All guests must RSVP in order to attend, and attendance is on a first come, first served basis until the event reaches capacity.

· To RSVP, please contact Gordon Sumner, Chapter 353, Military Order of the Purple Heart, at no later than July 31, 2018.

Friday, August 10

Private Evening Tour

· On Friday, August 10, 2018, Purple Heart recipients and their families can enjoy a special Private Evening Tour of the Mansion and Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Purple Heart Memorial, on the 20th anniversary of its dedication, at 6 p.m.

· The Mansion tour includes the first, second and third floors of George Washington’s beloved home. The guided tour of the Mansion will take approximately one hour. Please note the first floor of the Mansion is accessible by most wheelchairs. The second and third floors are accessed by stairs.

· While a shuttle will be provided, please dress for the weather and be prepared for uneven walkways.

· All guests must RSVP in order to attend, and attendance is on a first come, first served basis until the event reaches capacity.


Things to Know Before Your Visit

Please be aware of the following:

· Mount Vernon Celebrates Purple Heart Day will involve outdoor walking, so please dress accordingly. Please be prepared for varying temperatures and uneven walkways.

· The Ford Orientation Center, Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center and Mount Vernon Inn complex are wheelchair accessible. Although the 18th-century pathways in the historic area can be uneven, there is an accessible path linking the Mansion, Ford Orientation Center, and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. More about accessibility at Mount Vernon may be found here.

· Food is available for purchase at our Food Court Pavilion or Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Reservations are recommended at the Mount Vernon Inn.

· Smoking is not permitted.

· Outside food and beverage are not permitted.

· Guests are welcome to leave the estate during the event and re-enter the estate by presenting a valid ticket.

Bag Inspection & Prohibited Items
For your safety, bags/containers larger than 16x16x8” are prohibited, and all bags are subject to inspection. Prohibited items include:

· Weapons/firearms not in compliance with Virginia law.

· Knives/blades longer than 3.5 inches.

· Flammable liquids, gases and aerosols.

· Fireworks and related materials.

· Other items deemed dangerous or suspicious.

· Food and beverages, except water.

Click here for more information about prohibited items.

Questions? Please feel free to e-mail


George Washington's Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121
United States






Mount Vernon is owned and maintained in trust for the people of the United States by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union, a private, non-profit organization. We don't accept government funding and rely upon private contributions to help preserve George Washington’s home and legacy.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Fwd: You're invited and Send Us Your May, Armed Forces or Memorial Day Events!

Southern Nevada Patriots -- Am forwarding an e-mail from the Nevada Department of Veterans Services.  Lotsa stuff here.

Check out the Memorial Day events at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, on May 26th, May 27th and May 28th

          Also to add to your calendars...

July 4th - Summerlin Independence Day Parade (Chapter 711 is entered, join them)

August 7th - Purple Heart Day.  The Clark County Commissioners will be proclaiming the county a PURPLE HEART COUNTY during their Commissioners meeting that morning.  Chapter 711 will be presenting the County a 3x5 flag to be flown each Purple Heart Day plus patriotic holidays.  We'll present a wall plaque commemorating the proclamation plus a couple of "Combat Wounded" reserved parking signs.

September 8th - Armed Forces, Veterans and First Responder's Appreciation Day at Craig Ranch Regional Park

Len Yelinek

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Here's the RSVP link for the Grand Opening too.


Thanks for stopping by this morning; I wanted to loop us all on an email chain, just in case you had any further questions for us. We appreciate you helping spread the word.

Here's the RSVP link for the Grand Opening too.



Ms. Jess Holland

Director of Business Development

American Dream U
T: 702-233-2366 C: 702-578-2262

Please take a minute to watch this video explaining our program:

ADU Helping Our Military Transition

Perhaps a small donation from Henderson Vet Groups might be a good thing for morale.


----- Forwarded Message -----

From: Thank A Vet <>

To: Lou Rothenstein <>

Sent: Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 6:04:28 PM PDT

Subject: Fwd: Care packages

This is from the unit that we are going to help.


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From: Christina Dorsey <>
Date: Fri, May 4, 2018 at 10:15 AM
Subject: Care packages

Here is the information for my soliders in need of care packages. If anyone has any questions please let me know. Thanks 

Christina Dorsey 

Please pass this contact information along for those who can provide care packages to our Team deployed in the most forward places in the Middle East. Not Iraq, Kuwait or Afghanistan.
They do not have the PX and the luxury's most of us spoiled Soldiers had in Iraq. They have nothing other than the mission and the environment to keep them going. As Chaplains they have a mission to provide moral boosters to the Marines and Soldiers they are supporting. So it's not just the two of them we should think about.
Let's try and work on some major care packages leading up to Christmas due to the delay in shipping and how remote they are in the region. 
  Now that we have a home for the next few months, here is our contact information. Up until we got here, there were only Chaplains that visited and none that stayed for very long.

Has 300-350 people average.
Mailing address:
   Pappe, Cliff MAJ
   APO, AE 09314

Monday, May 7, 2018

Final 2018 Nevada Veterans Legislative Symposia Report

---On Behalf of Director Kat Miller---

Dear State Commander or Veteran Supporter,

Below is the link to the final 2018 Nevada Veterans Legislative Symposia Report. It contains the legislative issues and concerns expressed and then ranked in priority by members of the veteran's community during symposia held on March 24, 2018 in Reno and March 31, 2018  in Las Vegas. You will be able to print the document once you open the link.

For questions, please feel free to contact me directly at or 775-771-2800.

We appreciate your continued interest and support.


Terri Hendry


Terri Hendry, Communications Director
Nevada Department of Veterans Services
work: (775)825-9755

cell: (775)771-2800
"Serving Nevada's Heroes"

Thursday, May 3, 2018

U.S.S. Corvina Model Will Soon Have a Permanent Place of Remembrance

(Carson City, NV) – The WWII submarine, The U.S.S. Corvina, will soon have a permanent home where the service and sacrifice of its crew members will be forever honored and remembered. That new home will be in the lobby of the State of Nevada Library, located in the Capitol Complex in Carson City. 
A new clear, plexiglass display case is being specially designed and built to protect, house, and display a 10-foot model replica of the fated submarine. The new case will also display memorabilia from the Corvina and its crew members. 
At one time, the Corvina model was displayed at the Reno's Veterans Administration Medical Center (VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System). After a remodeling project at the Veterans Administration facility, the model was moved for safe keeping and has since been sitting in a private garage. Aside from its appearances in parades or other public venues, the model has been out of daily sight from the public. In the months ahead, that will change. 
With support from the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, a unique partnership has formed between Nevada's U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc., Corvina Base, the Nevada Department of Administration and State Public Works. Since the beginning of this year, work has been underway to find the replica a new home. Mary Woods, with the Nevada Department of Administration said, "The plan for the display is perfect! The back door of the lobby of the State Library leads right out to the Veteran’s Wall, which is right behind the Capitol Building." 
For now, there are tentative plans for a formal dedication ceremony on August 6, 2018, with additional details to be determined. The date was selected because is it the submarine's 75th Commission Anniversary. 
The Corvina was assigned to Nevada and is one of 52 American submarines lost at sea. For more about the Nevada veterans group, visit the Corvina website:
For more on the Corvina history and its fallen, visit here:

Vietnam Veterans of America Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 receives Veteran Supporter of the Month Recognition and Honor

By Terri Hendry
(Carson City, NV) – Most of the seats were full inside the Old Assembly Chamber, located on the second floor of the Capitol Building, above the Governor's Office. 
Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 had to save the Governor a front row seat. He slid into his chair just as Nevada Department of Veterans Services Director Kat Miller began joking about having to adjust the podium before the ceremony could begin. Her smiles and jokes quickly took a serious turn when she began highlighting just a few of the reasons this Reno VVA Chapter was selected to receive Veteran Supporter of the Month. 
"This group shares a bond and a commitment that never again will one generation of veterans abandon another," Miller said. Before introducing Governor Brian Sandoval, she read a lengthy list of ways this group provides support to the veteran community ranging from assisting those with PTSD, to supporting nonprofits like the Veterans Guest House or championing veteran-friendly legislation during the Nevada Legislature. 
The Governor told the group how much he respects their military service, explaining his father served in WWII. He spoke about his to Nevada military members serving overseas and what a lasting impression that made on him. In closing, he motioned to a giant circular seal in the middle of the chamber that features the head of former President Abraham Lincoln. Sandoval said, "In the shadow of Abraham Lincoln I want to paraphrase one of his famous quotes; I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives, so that his place is proud of him." 
VVA Chapter 989 President, Linda Dickinson noted the group was relatively new, having formed in 2006. She said, "We started with just 25 members and have grown to more than 150 members in the Reno and Sparks area."
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A Closer Look at Memorial Day

By Terri Hendry
Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May. The day is set aside each year to remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It became an annual day of remembrance in 1871; a few years after the Civil War ended. Known as the "War Between the States," it ended in 1865 with a tremendous loss of life, among the bloodiest conflicts in U.S. history. 
By the late 1860's, Americans began holding tributes to the fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers. Although historians have a tough time determining exactly when this tradition occurred,the federal government in 1966 declared Waterloo, New York the "official" birthplace of Memorial Day. That city was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, one in which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags. This is why, initially, the day become known as Decoration Day. 
After World War I, Decoration Day evolved into a day to commemorate the deaths of all American military members who died in all wars. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, establishing Memorial Day as the last Monday in May. 
Memorial Day is a solemn observance in stark contrast to its significance to some as the unofficial start of summer. When lawmakers set aside the last Monday of May for a day of national remembrance, they also declared that Monday a federal holiday, giving federal employees a three-day holiday weekend. 
The annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City will be held on Monday, May 28, 2018 beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Flag-In event to place flags on each gravesite will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Please arrive before 7:00 a.m. 
In northern Nevada, the Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley on Monday, May 28, 2018 beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Flag-In event will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. 
Memorial Day is observed in many ways. Some visit a cemetery or memorial or participate in parades, while others host gatherings of family and friends. If you're wondering what events or gatherings are happening in your community, we've asked around the entire State for activities and events this Memorial Day.
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