FOUR VVA SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED

FOUR  VVA SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED

Please join with the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) for the presentation of the 2012 Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarships. The ceremony will be held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 10, at the new location of the Vietnam Memorial at Carter Park in Leominster. Mrs. Helen Hill, Gold Star Mother, will present scholarships to the sons and daughters of Vietnam veteran and one student from Leominster High School. All are attending college. Following the short program, there will be refreshments at the Leominster Veteran Center, 100 West Street.

 

Dan Joseph, Scholarship Committee chairman and Treasurer of the Vietnam Veterans of America, said the Vietnam Veterans of America, has, for 29 years, presented more that $115,000 for higher education to sons and daughters of VVA members. This successful annual project is the longest running project for VVA 116.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship is awarded annually to recognize, encourage, and contribute to the higher education of qualified VVA 116 members children. The Scholarship is presented to honor members of VVA who have devoted their energies in effecting positive change on behalf of all Americans. As a tribute to their continued service and to those who have lost their lives, this Scholarship program is in keeping with the spirit of VVA’s motto: IN SERVICE TO AMERICA.
 
VVA’s ambitious agenda has always aimed to find creative, pragmatic solutions to the programmatic concerns of Vietnam-era veterans, their families, and the community.
 
Take this opportunity to make a donation to the VVA 116 Scholarship program. 100% of your contribution will go directly to the Scholarship project that assists veterans’ children. The young scholars need your support. Send your tax deductible donation to: VVA Scholarships, P.O. Box 294, Leominster, MA 01453.

National Veterans Foundation

National Veterans Foundation

Our Mission:

  • To Serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families through: Management and operation of the nation’s only toll-free helpline for all veterans and their families.
  • Public awareness programs that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of America’s veterans.
  • Outreach services that provide veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.

The founder of the National Veterans Foundation, Floyd ‘Shad’ Meshad has been working with Veterans since 1970. Meshad was a Medical Service Officer during the Vietnam War, where he counseled soldiers in the field who were suffering from a multitude of psychological and emotional problems resulting from their experiences in combat, including what would later become known as ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,’ or PTSD.

After the war, Shad continued to counsel Vietnam veterans through his work with the Veterans Administration in Los Angeles. He co-founded the VA’s ‘Vet Center’; program — 206 storefront facilities throughout the country, located away from VA Hospitals, where veterans walk in off the street to receive mental health counseling. He also authored a critically acclaimed book called “A Captain for Dark Mornings,” which chronicled his experiences both during the war, and after coming home.

Today, Meshad remains one of America’s most sought after experts on Combat Stress, Trauma Therapy, and the readjustment issues confronting returning soldiers and their families.

In 1985, Shad founded The Vietnam Veterans Aid Foundation (VVAF), a non-profit, 501- c (3) human service organization. The mission of the VVAF was to help veterans and families in need with a variety of issues. Due to an overwhelming number of requests for help, the VVAF established a toll-free number in 1987 to help veterans and families in need more easily connect with the assistance they required. The VVAF was the only veteran’s outreach service offering nationwide benefits information, resource referral, and crisis counseling via a toll-free helpline. By 1992, VVAF had become a recognized resource for veterans of all wars who were struggling to access benefits, locate services, or overcome the emotional scars of war. As a result, in 1992, the VVAF formally changed its name to the National Veterans Foundation, a human service agency committed to serving the crisis and information needs of all veterans and their families.

Staffed by a team of veterans (from Vietnam, the Cold War, Desert Storm, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan) who are specially trained in the delivery of crisis information and referral services, as well as a team of licensed volunteer counselors to whom all crisis calls are routed, more than 275,000 veterans in need of medical treatment, substance abuse or PTSD Counseling, VA benefits advocacy, food, shelter, employment training, legal aid, or suicide intervention, have now been served by this unique, one-of-a-kind resource. Also, as a recognized leader within the community of organizations that specialize in providing human service programs to veterans and their families, NVF frequently plays a key role as advisor, partner, and collaborator.

Over the past two decades, this has included providing financial assistance, training, and donations of food, clothing, and other goods to other non-profits serving the specialized needs of veterans’ including New Directions (CA), The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (NJ), LA County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (CA), Desert Storm Justice Foundation (OK), Point Man of Northern California (CA), Veterans Coalition of the Hudson Valley (NY), Westside Stand Down (CA), Stamford Homeless Project (CT), US VETS (CA), and Swords to Plowshares (CA), among many others.

The NVF’s extraordinary record of service has not gone unnoticed. As one of the world’s most sought after experts in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the U.S. Government asked Shad Meshad to provide training to the counselors at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The NVF continues to evolve. Shad, his team and the board of Directors are committed to continually seeking and developing the most effective means to help those who have served our country and their families. The NVF is open to all who seek emotional support and other assistance.

firebase116.org thanks the NVF for all they do to help and support our Veterans.

Please visit http://www.nvf.org for more information

Airmen Missing from Vietnam War Identified

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

Welcome Home Brothers – Rest in Peace

Airmen Missing from Vietnam War Identified

           The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

           Air Force Lt. Col. Charles M. Walling of Phoenix will be buried June 15 at Arlington National Cemetery. There will be a group burial honoring Walling and fellow crew member, Maj. Aado Kommendant of Lakewood, N.J., at Arlington National Cemetery, on Aug. 8 — the 46th anniversary of the crash that took their lives.

           On Aug. 8, 1966, Walling and Kommendant were flying an F-4C aircraft that crashed while on a close air support mission over Song Be Province, Vietnam. Other Americans in the area reported seeing the aircraft crash and no parachutes were deployed. Search and rescue efforts were not successful in the days following the crash.

           In 1992, a joint United States-Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) team investigated the crash site and interviewed a local Vietnamese citizen who had recovered aircraft pieces from the site. In 1994, a joint U.S.-S.R.V. team excavated the site and recovered a metal identification tag, bearing Wallings name, and other military equipment. In 2010, the site was excavated again. Human remains and additional evidence were recovered.

           Scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial and material evidence, along with forensic identification tools including mitochondrial DNA which matched Wallings living sister in the identification of the remains.

           For additional information on the Defense Departments mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call 703-699-1420.

Boston – Bedford Veterans Expo 2012

Boston/Bedford Veterans Expo 2012

All Veterans Save the Date!

On June 20, 2012, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., Bedford VAMC and VA Boston Healthcare System will be hosting a one-day benefit and service conference at Bunker Hill Community College.

Veterans will learn how to locate and land jobs and sign up for VA healthcare and benefits. They can attend seminars on resume writing, financial planning, learning life skills (focused on healthy family interaction) and explore ways to achieve higher education.

So, If you are a Veteran or someone you know is a Veteran, spread the word  and come see what’s new for you at the VA!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 20, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Center, Building G, 250 New Rutherford Ave., Boston MA. for a day full of information, camaraderie and fun!

You Served Us….We Honor You

Directions: http://www.bhcc.mass.edu/inside/65 or call 857-364-5934 for more information. Free Parking and accessible by the Orange Line.

Sponsored by:

Bedford VAMC; VA Boston Healthcare System; MA. Dept. of Veteran Services; Bunker Hill C.C. in conjunction with the cities of Boston, Chelsea, Everett, and Revere

 To see who will be attending,  just click the links below:

Service Agencies

Schools

Jobs/Career Services 

Life Skill Seminars

Visit ->  The Boston – Bedford Veterans Expo 2012 <-website by clicking here or on the Title.

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THE GODBEHERE PATROL (The Jere Beery Story)

THE GODBEHERE PATROL [The Jere Beery Story]

This 25 minute video is a 1992 rough-cut work-copy of a true story documentary film about the life and death struggle of 5 badly injured men ambushed by the Viet Cong in 1968. It is the intensely bloody, true, and untold story of combat on a river in the Mekong Delta as told by the men that where there.  You will hear the story of survival of a badly damaged PBR river patrol boat and her critically wounded crew.

ENDORSEMENT: “The intrepidity and courage of the Godbehere Patrol and the heroic story of the combat reported in this history had become legendary by the time I had become Commander of US Naval Forces, Vietnam, in September of 1968. The remarkable performance and the human tragedy involved in this experience are, in my judgment, most deserving of publication and of use in the production of a movie. It would be of great interest to the many millions who now understand the true nature of the Vietnam war and who increasingly revere the men who served in that war.” E. R. Zumwalt, Jr., Admiral, USN (Ret.)

STORYLINE: “Tonight we were under the command of one of our favorite officers, Lieutenant Richard Godbehere. The Lieutenant was in his early thirties and had been with River Section 511 for about eight months. During the period of time, the Lieutenant had encountered the Viet Cong many times, including having one boat shot out from under him, sunk. Because he was a “Mustang,” we all felt a little closer to him than some of the other officers, and his name ‘GOD-BE-HERE’ was considered good luck and sort of a divine blessing on our boats and our patrols”. I have recently decided to share this video at the request of many close friends and fellow veterans. This video is being shared with the full consent and permission of all parties appearing in the video.

For more information on THE GODBEHERE PATROL, visit: http://jerebeery.com/godbehere-patrol.