OurMilitary.mil – DOD Community Relations Webpage

Sgt. Vincent Hancock - Olympic Gold Medal Winner

Greenwich, United Kingdom; Vincent Hancock (USA) competes in day two of the skeet men qualification during the 2012 London Olympic Games at Royal Artillery Barracks. Vincent is a Sergeant in the US Army.

I wanted to bring your attention to the DOD Community Relations webpage.  It’s called OurMilitary.mil.  OurMilitary.mil has information concerning Veterans and our Troops, with a wide range of topics, employment, education, health care, and even the Summer Olympics  (see: http://www.ourmilitary.mil/recent-news/news-archive/usas-vincent-hancock-wins-gold-in-skeet-shooting/) OurMilitary.mil is quite a complete webpage with more information than I could ever imagine.  It has hundreds of stories and links and I would have to give the DOD an A+ for the work here.

 

“My Gentlemen” – Ann Margret

Richard, (my husband), never really talked a lot about his time in Viet Nam, other than he had been shot by a sniper.  However, he had a rather grainy, 8 x 10 black and white photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann Margret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures.A few years ago, Ann Margret was doing a book signing at a local bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get her to Sign the treasured photo so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o’clock for the 7:30 signing.

When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the bookstore, circled the parking lot, and disappeared behind a parking garage.  Before her appearance, bookstore employees announced that she would sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted.Ann Margaret
Richard was disappointed, but wanted to show her the photo and let her know how much those shows meant to lonely GI’s so far from home.. Ann Margret came out looking as beautiful as ever and, as second in line, it was soon Richard’s turn.

He presented the book for her signature and then took out the photo.  When he did, there were many shouts from the employees that she would not sign it.  Richard said, “I understand. I just wanted her to see it.”

She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and she said, “This is one of my gentlemen from Viet Nam and I most certainly will sign his photo. I know what these men did for their country and I always have time for ‘my gentlemen.”

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With that, she pulled Richard across the table and planted a big kiss on him.  She then made quite a to-do about the bravery of the young men she met over the years, how much she admired them, and how much she appreciated them.  There weren’t too many dry eyes among those close enough to hear.  She then posed for pictures and acted as if he were the only one  there.

Later at dinner, Richard was very quiet.  When I asked if he’d like to talk about it, my big, strong husband broke down in tears.. ”That’s the first time anyone ever thanked me for my time in  the Army,” he said.

That night was a turning point for him. He walked a little straighter and, for the first time in years, was proud to have been a Vet. I’ll never forget Ann Margret for her graciousness and how much that small act of kindness meant to my husband.

I now make it a point to say ‘Thank you’ to every person I come across who served in our Armed Forces.  Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all those who have served their country.

If you’d like to pass on this story, feel free to do so. Perhaps it will help others to become aware of how important it is to acknowledge the  contribution our service people make.

“The country is behind you 50 percent”         – Bob Hope to the troops, Christmas Tour Vietnam 1966

Stay tuned for more about Bob Hope and the USO Tours in Vietnam.  – J. Barry

Red Sox Foundation and MGH – Ride For Our Heroes 9.22.12

Red Sox Foundation & MGH – Ride For Our Heroes 9.22.12

A True Motorcycle Enthusiast Event!

New England-area motorcycle enthusiasts are kick-starting their bikes and riding in the 2012 Ride for Our Heroes on Saturday, September 22. The Ride for Our Heroes is a true motorcycle enthusiast event honoring our nation’s service members, veterans and their families, while raising vital funds for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.

Riders are encouraged to make fundraising for the Home Base Program an important part of their event participation. Prizes will be awarded for reaching fundraising goals. Every dollar helps to make a difference in the lives of New England veterans and their families.

The Ride features three starting points from locations throughout New England and will kick-off with an opening ceremony and acknowledgement of local military heroes. The Ride concludes with the WZLX Ride for Our Heroes Party at Fort Devens in Devens, MA.

 

Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114
617-726-2200 | [email protected]

Fort Devens Museum plans Armed Forces Day open house on May 19, 2012

DEVENS — The public is invited to the Fort Devens Museum’s Open House on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when Armed Forces Day will be observed with exhibits, talks and an opportunity to share conversation about the military and local history with others over refreshments.

The museum is located on the third floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens. Follow the signs and balloons to the parking area. Guest speakers will cover a broad range of subjects and an even wider timeline than the installation’s 95 years of existence.

The event is free and open to the public. For more details, contact the Fort Devens Museum at 978-772-1286 or [email protected].