My Dad and Mesothelioma

I was contacted today via email about linking to  I am very aware of the health issues Veterans have to deal with, Agent Orange, PTSD, various cancers, diabetes…the list could go on for pages. (Please see the site for more information about Mesothelioma (asbestos) cancer.)  Link to follow…

Just seeing the word Mesothelioma brought back memories of a real Hero that I knew.  My Dad.  He was a “Pipe Fitter” on a Tin Can.USS Hyman DD-732

That Tin Can was The USS Hyman DD-732 .  The Hyman with Dad, went to Iwo Jima and proceeded to blast the hell out of that piece of the Pacific, with her 5″ guns, for 4 days before the Marines landed.  Dad and the Hyman crew fought off days of air and endless kamikaze attacks.  They went on to Okinawa and fought off more air attacks.  A kamikaze hit her on the main deck near the torpedo tubes and exploded.  While Dad and his boys were putting out the fires and doing the damage control, the Hyman took the liberty of sending a couple kamikazes to Davy Jones.  I talked with one of Dad’s shipmates at a reunion back in the 70’s and he told me about my Dad going over the side to pull one of his boys, that got blown off the deck, back onto the Hyman.  Under enemy fire.  Dad never told me that.  I met the man that he saved.  He told me that Dad was a Hero.  My Dad lost a dozen of his Brothers that day.A Hero

The Hyman went in for repairs and then back to San Francisco for a brief time and again sailed off to Pearl Harbor.  Getting there just in time for the Japanese surrender on August 15, 1945.  Neither the Hyman or Dad were through…they went on to receive the Japanese surrender at Kusaie and then for Japanese surrender at Pohnpei Island.  The Hyman and Dad held Pohnpei until the island’s people were safe on their own.

Dad went back to Pearl Harbor, Guam and Pohnpei for the 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.  He went with a bunch of his crew from the Hyman.  Dad came home a changed man.  It took 50 years, but he forgave Japan.  Dad passed away in 2008, 83 years old.  He was a Hero that survived Pearl Harbor and survived multiple kamikaze attacks to die of Mesothelioma.

RiP Dad, (aka John (Jack) Henry Neas, Jr. USN) I’ll never forget you.  You were and will always be a Hero to me…and many others.

And to all of America’s Finest, Thank you.

The AOL Homepage For Heroes

The AOL Homepage For Heroes

AOL honors and supports our Troops.  AOL is trying to raise 1 million free minutes for our Troops to call home.  Please click the above link or the graphic below to help support AOL in their quest.

Vietnam Woman’s Memorial

Vietnam Woman's MemorialThe Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project was incorporated in 1984, and is a non-profit organization located in Washington, DC. The mission of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Map of VietnamFoundation (formerly the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project) is to promote the healing of Vietnam women veterans through the placement of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial on the grounds of Vietnam Woman's Memorialthe Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.; to identify the military and civilian women who served during the Vietnam war; to educate the public about their role; and to facilitate research on the physiological, psychological, and sociological issues correlated to their service. The Foundation has the support of every major veterans group in the country including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and more than 40 other diverse organizations.

In 2002 The Project changed its name to the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation to better reflect its mission at this time.

Select any of the graphic on this post to visit The Vietnam Woman’s Memorial Foundation website.

Vietnam “Operation Babylift” (OBL) 37th Anniversary

“Operation Babylift”

Operation Babylift was the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the United States and other countries (including Australia, France, and Canada) at the end of the Vietnam War (see also the Fall of Saigon), from April 3–26, 1975.

The end of the Vietnam War precipitated increased adoptions of Vietnamese children by American families. In April 1975, two years after the Americans signed a cease-fire accord with Vietnam, North Vietnamese troops spread through the South. The war’s end caused hundreds of thousands of citizens to flee the country, fearing for their lives.

With the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang having fallen in March, and with Saigon under attack and being shelled, on April 3, 1975, U.S. President Gerald Ford announced that the U.S. government would begin evacuating orphans from Saigon on a series of 30 planned flights aboard C-5A Galaxy cargo aircraft.

Visit Operation Babylift’s homepage by clicking the above graphic or right here.

Strength At Home

Welcome to Strength at Home!

To veterans, service members, and military families: thank you for your valuable service to our country.

We know that there are many challenges in the transition from deployment to civilian life.  As a result, we are offering two programs designed to help service members, veterans, and military couples strengthen relationships, and reduce arguments and conflict with relationship partners and others. These programs are part of federally funded research projects.

12 Session Men’s Program:

The primary goals of this program are to help veterans and service members of any conflict era improve anger management skills and prevent arguments and conflict in intimate relationships.
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10 Session Couple’s Program:

The primary goals of this program are to help OEF/OIF military couples strengthen their relationship, increase feelings of closeness and happiness, and to prevent arguments and conflict.
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The Strength At Home programs are relationship strengthening programs for veterans, service members and their families who are struggling with conflict, anger, and readjustment after a deployment.  Our programs were collaboratively developed by internationally recognized mental health experts at the National Center for PTSD, Boston VA Healthcare System, Boston University, and other academic and clinical institutions serving military members and their families.  Our team leaders are experts in couple’s treatment, anger treatment, as well as trauma and recovery. 

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