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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 2018
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
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.
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
08/25/2018 08:42 PM CDT
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
Thursday, June 28, 2018
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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Commander, Department of Nevada
Military Order of the Purple Heart
(702) 362-7673-h (702) 460-076
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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: http://bit.ly/2I9pkma
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, Communications Director
VA researchers have made amazing discoveries
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.
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.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” ~Benjamin Franklin~
Monday, May 14, 2018
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
Thursday, May 10, 2018
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
Please take a minute to watch this video explaining our program:
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To: Lou Rothenstein <email@example.com>
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.
Here is the information for my soliders in need of care packages. If anyone has any questions please let me know. Thanks
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.
Pappe, Cliff MAJ
APO, AE 09314
Monday, May 7, 2018
---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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-771-2800.
We appreciate your continued interest and support.
Terri Hendry, Communications Director
Thursday, May 3, 2018
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: http://usscorvinabase.org/)
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
(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."
For more information on the VVA Chapter 989: https://vvareno989.org/
To nominate a Veteran of the Month: http://www.veterans.nv.gov/page/veteran-of-the-month-program
To nominate a Veteran Supporter of the Month:
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.
Check here to see what's happening near you: http://veterans.nv.gov/news/199290/mark-your-calendar-may-2018