Fitchburg war hero gets his due

By Nick Mallard, [email protected]
Posted:   04/22/2013 06:31:42 AM EDT

CLINTON — Forty-three years after serving his country in Vietnam, Fitchburg resident Owen McNamara was honored Sunday in a fashion that many would argue was long overdue.

McNamara is probably not one of those people. But the humble Army veteran was grateful for the Bronze Star Medal for Valor bestowed upon him at Clinton High School.

In front of friends, family and locals thankful for his service, McNamara had the medal pinned by former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. During his time in the military, McNamara helped a pair of fellow soldiers survive after a bombing, an act that Brown called “heroic.”20130422__SEN_042213_Bronze~p1

“Obtaining medals for people who deserve them is one of the things I miss (from my time as a senator),” Brown said. “I’m happy to be able to honor (McNamara) for what he has done for this great country.”

Master of ceremonies and Clinton High Principal James Hastings remarked on how incredible McNamara’s actions were in a time of war, noting the Clinton native was always “humble” and always exhibited “an appreciation of others.”

“Owen is the type of person that when he sees you, he honestly cares about how you’re doing,” Hastings said. “He wants to know how your entire family is. He brought that trait with him to his military commitments and it proved to be very valuable.”

Mark and Paul McNamara, two of the honoree’s sons currently serving in the armed forces, as well as his daughter, Meredith McNamara, and son Michael were present for the ceremony, with Paul reading the official citation before the pinning by Brown.

McNamara learned he would be receiving the honor late last year, with a trio of his comrades relaying the story of him caring for a wounded soldier and, in essence, saving his life.

Also on hand were Rev. Beverly Prestwood-Taylor, executive director of the Brookfield Institute, and Kevin Lambert, who represented the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services. Both knew the struggles McNamara had been through and spoke highly of his advocacy for helping returning veterans returning from service.

“I met Owen almost exactly four years ago during a workshop for veterans with the Brookfield Institute, and he pleaded with me to keep reaching out to veterans,” Prestwood-Taylor said. “He told me that veterans aren’t going to ask for help and will turn it away, but that we need to keep reaching out to them.

“It’s an honor to pay tribute to him for what he keeps doing. He wants to continue to help.”

Potential Fraud on VetSuccess.gov

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has recently been notified of potential fraudulent attempts to contact Veterans using VetSuccess.gov.  These individuals may be operating under company names such as Auto-Desk, Venus Remedies, or Aesculap Implant Systems.  Be aware that these are potential fake inquiries, and you should not communicate with or send any information to these individuals.

If you are contacted by an individual or company that is requesting to communicate with you through a suspicious communication method, do not communicate with these individuals.  If the individual or company has communicated with you through a suspicious email, do not click on any links in the email, and do not provide any personal information to the individual.  If you suspect that you may be victim of these suspicious activities, please contact the VetSuccess.gov team at 202-461-9600.

Do not share any of the following information with these companies or any other suspicious party:

  • Social Security Number or other National Identification Number
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Bank Account Information
  • Credit Card Information
  • Passwords
  • Date of Birth

Please be mindful of the information you share with individuals or a prospective employer until you are confident that the employer and employment opportunity are legitimate.  If you suspect that you may be victim of fraud as a result of these suspicious activities, please contact the VetSuccess.gov team at 202-461-9600.

VetSuccess.gov continues to make every effort to prevent this type of abuse. If you have received a suspicious email, phone call, text, or fax, please report these activities to the VetSuccess.gov team at [email protected].

 

Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

One Fund Boston – Please donate

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One Fund Boston

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino today
announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, the purpose of which is
to raise money to help those families most affected by the tragic events that
unfolded during Monday’s Boston Marathon.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support by the business community and
individuals who are united in their desire to help; The One Fund Boston will act
as a central fund to receive much needed financial support,” Governor Patrick
said. “At moments like this, we are one state, one city, and one people.”
According to Mayor Menino, support from the business community was
immediate. “Within an hour, I had calls from business leaders and local
philanthropists who, like me, were heartbroken by the impact this hideous
tragedy has had on individuals, their families, and friends. And they want to
do everything they can to help these people physically and psychologically in
the future.”

The cornerstone donation to The One Fund Boston is a $1 million commitment
from John Hancock. “John Hancock is honored to contribute to The One Fund
Boston, aiding those who were affected by this terrible event,” said Craig
Bromley, President. “The Boston Marathon is about courage and resilience and
community. John Hancock, which has been headquartered in Boston for more
than 150 years, will continue to stand by our city, the people BostonStrongRibbonof Boston, our
community partners, the runners, and the Boston Athletic Association as we unite in recovery and in renewal of our commitment to the Boston Marathon.”
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Other individuals and corporations making commitments to The One Fund Boston include Jack Connors, John Fish, CEO of Suffolk Construction, Brian Moynihan, President and CEO of Bank of America, the Managing Directors of
Bain Capital, Paul Grogan, President of The Boston Foundation, Steve Pagliuca, Co-owner of Boston Celtics and Shamrock Foundation President, Larry Lucchino, CEO of the Boston Red Sox, and Mike Sheehan, CEO, and Karen Kaplan, President of Hill Holliday.

Boston law firm Goodwin Procter has volunteered to organize The One Fund
Boston and is applying for 501(c)(3) status. One Fund Boston, Inc. will apply
for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. Although
the Fund cannot guarantee that the IRS will make a determination that the
organization qualifies as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, if approval is received
within the expected time frame, the determination will be retroactive to the
date of the Fund’s formation.

“We are one Boston. We are one community. As always, we will come together
to help those most in need. And in the end, we will all be better for it,”
Mayor Menino said.
To contribute to The One Fund Boston, click here or either of the onefundboston.org graphics.

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One Fund Boston

“Boston is a tough and resilient town, so are its people. I am supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other & move forward – as one proud city.”

-President Obama 4.15.13

 

American Veterans Traveling Tribute – Mount Wachusett Community College

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I would like to thank all the Veterans and Staff at Mount Wachusett Community College for bringing The Wall to Gardner, and a big thank you to the Patriot Riders, Chapter 3.  I would also like to thank Colby Contois for doing the video below.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute!
The largest traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC
In Honor of Vietnam Veterans

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American Veterans Traveling Tribute – Mount Wachusett Community College

 

April 11th through April 14th
Front Lawn, Mount Wachusett Community College
The Traveling Wall was escorted by the Patriot Riders, Chapter 3 to
Gardner City Hall the afternoon of April 10th

Opening Ceremony will commence at 2:00 pm on April 11th
Candlelight Vigil April 13th at 6:00 pm
Closing ceremony on April 14th at 12:00 pm

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In Honor of All Those That Served

We Will Never Forget!