The Official Publication of the Nevada Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Volume 10 Issue 3 June 2011
Silverlines Is Going Digital! State Commander
access a computer with an Internet con- It has been quite a thrill to have served
nection and go to the Department’s Web as Department of Nevada Commander
page to open the digital version. The this year. Our department has grown in
files will be large, so it will take some total Posts, as two new Posts were char-
Volume 10 Issue 2
The Official Publication of the Nevada Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
time to download for viewing over a tered; the first Post being VFW Post
2011 Mid-Winter 2011-12 Post Election Time:
Conference in Pahrump
low-speed connection. 12101 in southwest Las Vegas and the
included our National Representative
John McNeill, Assistant Adjutant Gen-
eral-Operations, and his wife, Cecile;
the Department’s very own Ladies Aux-
iliary 17th District National Council
Starting in March with the first round
of officer nominations and concluding
with elections at April meetings, Post
ership it deserves.
If you are a member-at-large (your card
will list your Post as “15029”), maybe it There are several significant advantages latter, VFW Post 12108 in Beatty,
Member Linda Brinkley; and Steve
Stetson, Past State Commander of
Department of Washington and candi-
date for VFW National Home for Chil-
members will be choosing their leaders
for the ensuing year. This is a critical
time for all Posts, since the strength of
the leadership essentially determines the
is time to get involved with the VFW at
the “grass roots” level. Without the Posts,
there would be no daily contact with the
veterans of your community to provide to the reader and to the Department: Nevada. At the time of writing, our
dren, District 12 Trustee.
State Commander Jerry Chamlee rec-
ognized nine Posts and one District that
had achieved at least 100% membership
by the day of the conference. He also rec-
strength and future of the Post. Espe-
cially critical are the offices of Com-
mander, Adjutant and Quartermaster.
These three officers set the tone for the
the assistance they may need; there
would be no students or teachers
receiving recognition at the Post, District,
Department, and National levels; there • Lead time for articles will be days Department membership stands at over
ognized 23 members who had recruited
five or more new or reinstated VFW
members. He also rectified a previous
situation by presenting Past District 6
Post for a whole year, provide leadership,
experience, financial management and
administrative functions for the organiza-
tion and its members.
would be no graveside honors that every
veteran deserves. Your participation as a
member of the Post, irrespective of
whether you want to be an officer or instead of weeks. That means that 99% and needs 70 members to achieve
State Commander Jerry Chamlee
addresses the Joint Opening.
Commander James Dorsey with All-
American status for 2008-09, including
All-American VFW cap, pin, certificate
and streamer for the District banner. Cur-
rent District 6 Quartermaster Walter
If you are interested in assuming an
officer position, you are highly encour-
aged to make your interest known to your
fellow comrades. If you have not had pre-
chairman, is a vital role in determining
the health of the Post.
So, the charge we levy upon you is for
you Post members to make the April the paper can carry more timely 100%. I believe our Department will
achieve All-American status for the 11th
vious officer experience, take on one of meeting and help determine the wellness
Dieback was recognized as an All-Amer-
the other roles, such as Junior or Senior of your Post. Since Silverlines is deliv-
VFW Department of Nevada held its
Mid-Winter Conference on January 22,
2011 at the Saddle West Hotel in
ican Quartermaster for the same year.
Also, Post 10054 received a mounted cap
and shirt for its All-State status last year,
Vice Commander, Judge Advocate or
become a Trustee and learn how the Post
ered about the third week of the month, it
is too late for you to attend many of the news than when the paper does not
consecutive year. I wish to thank all those
Pahrump, Nevada. Annually, the but there was no Commander to accept functions financially. If you are a casual Post meetings in March for the first
Department meets during January to these items. or infrequent attendee to Post meetings, round of nominations. However, you can
conduct business in its general session
and in the Council of Administration. It
is also a time when Posts are recognized
The respective Department chairs
announced Citizenship Education
Teachers of the Year and Public Safety
these are probably the most important
meetings each year. Your vote could
make the April meeting where nomina-
tions are opened again, followed by elec- get to the reader for up to six weeks
members who have done so much to
ensure the Post gains the quality of lead- tions of the Post officers.
for membership performance, members winners and certificates, plaques and
are recognized for their recruiting
efforts, and we honor Department stu-
dent essay finalists (Patriot’s Pen and
cash awards were given to Post represen-
tatives to present in their communities.
For the program year 2010-11, winning
INVOLVED, continued on page 2
after the deadline for publishing.
ensure our Department continues to
Voice of Democracy), and Citizenship teachers were Pamela K. Albino, elemen-
Education teacher and Public Safety tary school teacher, Grace Christian VFW ‘Free Call Days’
Gold Medal winners. The event started
on Friday with Military Order of the
Cootie and its Auxiliary meetings, fol-
Academy, submitted by Post 36-Boulder
City; Tyler Pawl, middle school teacher,
Charles Arthur Hughes Middle School
Tops 5 Million Connections • The 12-page format no longer
lowed by a Post Home night social, and
concluded on Saturday night with the
Awards banquet for the students. This
year, 189 VFW and Ladies Auxiliary
and Gregory H. Johnston, Virgin Valley
High School, both submitted by Post
7385-Mesquite. Winning Public Safety
officials are Firefighter Captain Seth
than 700 Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Center Internet Cafés using SPAWAR.
Service members use their regular applies. If there are only 10 pages grow. As we know, membership growth is
the key to our organization’s future due to
members and guests attended. Williams, City of Reno Fire Department, SPAWAR prepaid PIN number and then
This year’s visitors to the conference submitted by Post 3819; Emergency follow normal dialing procedures. If they
don’t have a PIN, on the day of the FCD,
the café manager can issue them one. A worth printing, then the publisher
the heavy loss of our WWII, Korean and
sponsor message greets them before the
call is placed to inform them that the call
is at no charge, and they are free to talk
for as long as they are able. does not need to find two pages of
The program is the only one of its kind,
providing two designated days each
As of January 16, 2011, VFW Opera-
tion Uplink™ “Free Call Day” (FCD)
month when deployed service members
making phone calls from their MWR
center to the U.S. are greeted by a
filler. If, on the other hand, 13 pages Jerry Chamlee
surpassed 5 million connections made
from deployed military personnel to their
recording which states the call will be
free, courtesy of Operation Uplink. VFW
are required to get all of the input in We have just lost a Past State Com-
loved ones at home. Operation Uplink
hosts Free Call Days for service mem-
bers serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and
and Ladies Auxiliary members, as well as
other caring citizens, generously support
the program. The VFW is proud of Oper-
mander (PSC) and a Veterans Adminis- State Commander
2009-10 All-State Award presented to Post 10054 by Past State Commander Hagen.
Kuwait, as well as hospitalized veterans,
giving them the opportunity to call their
loved ones in the United States at no cost.
ation Uplink because it provides an easy
way for individuals and organizations to
make an immediate difference in the lives
the paper, then the paper has 13 pages.
CONFERENCE, continued on page 7 Free Call Days are available at more of active-duty military personnel.
• We have the option to get away from trative Volunteer Service (VAVS)
This is the last issue (10-3) of Silver- fixed dates for publishing. We have Committee Chairman. Both of these offi- as our State Commander in 1982-83 and
lines to be printed and mailed to the significant events (Convention, cers were veterans of the Korean War. It as 17th District Council Member in
Department of Nevada’s nearly 8,000 Mid-Winter Conference, etc.) and is imperative that we continue to recruit, 1997-99. He was a VFW member for 45
members. The next edition (10-4) will then we have periods of little as well as retain, the eligible members years. He also served as Post Com-
appear in digital format only, posted on Department news. Why not publish who have served and are serving our mander of VFW Post 10047 for three
the Department of Nevada’s Web site at when required? In between publica- country against the Global War on Ter- years. He was scheduled to be the Grand
www.vfwnevada.org/Silverlines or by tion, information needed to get to rorism components. Should our member- Commander of the Military Order of the
e-mail if requested. readers and Posts from the Depart- ship fall to a level where our members of Cootie in 2011-12. Frank’s leadership
The overriding reason for changing the ment could be delivered on the Web- Congress feel that they no longer need and guidance will be sorely missed
delivery method after 43 printed editions is site and via e-mail as a Department our veterans’ votes, our veteran legisla- within our Department. VAVS Chairman
to save printing and mailing costs. Dona- newsletter, also as required. This tive issues will be a thing of the past. Sherwin Cihlar passed away on March
tions are way down, costs continue to newsletter could take up the task of Past State Commander Frank Risewick 25, 2011. Chairman Cihlar served as
increase, which leads to cutting budget distributing general orders and the passed away on April 6, 2011 and served VAVS Las Vegas for 16 years and
items somewhere. This appears to be an current Adjutant/Quartermaster
newsletter. COMMANDER, continued on page 2
easy cut that provides more advantages
than disadvantages. Plus, we save trees. • Using Adobe Acrobat format (PDF)
But for you with caged birds or new pets, means that the embedded links
you will have to find another paper source. could be activated with a mouse LAVFW State President’s Message
Changing now will help balance the click, and avoid copying the link Here we are at the end of an incredible
2011-12 Department budget. Going dig- from the article, then pasting the journey through the State of Nevada,
ital with the newspaper has been under link into a browser address window. using the eyes and ears of the Ladies
discussion for some time. Other options There is a way to keep you, the reader, Auxiliary to the VFW. Thank you for
considered: no change; print less than 4 as a passive recipient, and that is through allowing me to serve as your President,
copies a year; doing away with the news- a one-time e-mail notice to bruce. ladies. I also want to say thank you to
paper altogether – to name just three; but email@example.com, requesting that Commander Jerry Chamlee and the
the option we are implementing appears we e-mail you a copy of Silverlines members of the VFW for all the advice
to have the most advantages and a single each time it is published. Readers that and help you gave throughout the year.
disadvantage to the reader and no disad- change their e-mail address, would I have traveled many miles – too many
vantage to the Department. have to remember to send the new e- to count; we live in a beautiful state with
That disadvantage to the reader is that mail address to me to update the Sil- plenty of space to stretch out and observe
he or she must change from a passive verlines e-mail database. and enjoy the peaks and valleys.
recipient to an active participant. The Any questions or comments, contact me We have worked all the programs, and
reader will have to remember the dates (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jack I feel we have done extremely well with
a new edition becomes available, then McMindes (email@example.com) by e-mail. our reporting. Speaking of reports, they
are extremely important at the end of the
year and I thank the Auxiliary and
Department Chairmen for getting your
forms completed and mailed. The
Ladies Auxiliary is so close to 100% LAVFW State President
NEVADA membership, and I ask everyone to con-
tinue talking and handing out applica- this great organization; our veterans con-
VFW – AUXILIARY WEB PAGE tions and getting them in to our
Treasurer for transmittal to National. I
have visited all the Auxiliaries and all
tinue to need our help and commitment.
I am looking forward to seeing all of
you at the State Convention in Hawthorne,
www.vfwnevada.org the District Conventions, met many
beautiful ladies and enjoyed each and
every one of you.
Nevada on June 22, 2011.
“United by Love for Our Veterans and
Country”, so “Stay on Line” because “Our
Again, thanks for a successful year for Veterans are The Fruit of the Spirit.”
2 Vol. 10 Issue 3
State Senior Vice Commander COMMANDER, continued from page 1
assisted over 1,000 veterans during those years. His dedication and devotion to duty
Membership Chair is to be commended, and I salute his service to our veterans.
Silverlines Editor/Webmaster Post 12108 in Beatty has been chartered with an institution meeting on May 26,
2011. The community of Beatty is totally on board with the new VFW Post. Nye
Wow, the year is almost over. All programs County Deputy Sheriff George Wehrly and Comrade Russ Osmun have played an
are complete, the Department achieved All- instrumental role in the recruitment of 35 new members that are charter members of
American status by completing all of the the Beatty Post. The organizational meetings for the Post were held at the Happy
Burro Chili & Beer Hall, owned by Fred and Patti Summers. I highly recommend any
requirements, including 100% membership.
travelers passing through Beatty to take the time and enjoy this lively establishment,
Now all that is left to do is attend the Con- as you’re sure to taste the best chili in the state of Nevada.
vention and celebrate the Department’s and Our Department has partnered with a law firm in Las Vegas. Stovall & Associates
State Commander Chamlee’s, successful will be at our State Convention in Hawthorne to present their offer of assistance to
year. State Conventions are when we cele- veterans and their families for any legal issues they may be facing now or in the
brate, honor our Posts and Districts for their future. Our point of contact within the firm is Mr. Michael Iglinski and he may be
hard work, and recognize those who went contacted by phone at 702-258-3034 or e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
beyond the “expected” for the Veterans of I look forward to greeting all the delegates and members of our VFW and its Ladies
Foreign Wars of the U.S. Auxiliary at the State Convention. I wish all members of this Department the best of
Although we voted to eliminate the Con- years to come and hope that each and every one of you remain committed to serving
vention’s Awards Luncheon (due to com- our nation’s veterans. God bless our VFW, our United States of America, and most of
all, our service members who defend this great republic.
plaints about the cost), the awards did not go
away and will be presented in either the Con-
vention’s joint opening or in VFW and State Junior Vice Commander
LAVFW business sessions. Congratulations
to all who will receive recognition. So, if you
State Senior Vice Commander
have been kicking around the thought of
attending the Convention, you need to Membership Chair As I was strolling through the National Web
Silverlines Editor/Webmaster site, I ran across the results of the VFW
commit. There should still be time to get reg-
National publishing awards and…Wow! There
istered and find lodging. I am looking for- was the Nevada Silverlines in 2nd Place in our
ward to attending, and I think you also would enjoy it. category…WELL DONE, Bruce!!!
This has been a weird year for membership. We have several Posts and one District As this year comes to a close, we have had
that far exceeded the Department’s membership goals, and we have several who are few disappointments, but we have had a lot
struggling to break 90%. Among those who excelled are Post 12093 Las Vegas, Post more good things happen. The programs this
2313 Hawthorne and District 4, who will be honored at the National Convention as year went very well, although we still need
All-Americans. Five other Posts exceeded the 105% membership goal: Posts 3819 to get more people and Posts involved. I
Reno, 8071 Virginia City, 1103 Tonopah, 3677 Gabbs and 6825 Schurz. Congratula- would like to congratulate the Posts and Dis-
tions to the All-Americans and to those Posts that exceeded the 105% goal. tricts that met; and in some cases, exceeded
Commander Chamlee instituted two new Posts, one in January (Post 12101 in the requirements for the All-State and All-
American Awards. We still have much work
south Las Vegas) and one in May (Post 12108 in Beatty). Congratulations to him
to do this year, and most important we need
and the team that worked to make these Posts become a reality. This is not the end to get our membership above the 100% level
of new Posts…the state officers expect to add two more in 2011-12 (most probable: for two reasons. Membership keeps our state
West Las Vegas and Winnemucca). With the Beatty Post, we are up to 38 Posts and and the VFW strong so we can continue the
with success next year, we will be back to 40 Posts, the number we had when I struggle to get the benefits that are due our
joined the VFW in 2003. veterans, but also the Department of Nevada Joe Rigsby
The state officers are finding that it is easier to start a new Post than to meet the VFW has been an “All-American” Department for State Junior Vice Commander
Bylaws requirement to attend new Post meetings for at least six months to assist them the past few years and we need to keep that Programs Chair
in becoming viable VFW Posts. We have long-range plans to start new Posts in the streak going.
Reno area, but are constrained by availability to make new Post meetings. Those will Comrade Hollinger has asked me to be the
be pursued in 2012-13. State Program Chairman for this coming year and we are in the process of getting the
programs set up and ready, so we can hit the ground running the first week in July. There
In programs, we see essentially the same Posts year after year complete the core pro-
will be a lot of information put out at the State Convention, so please try to attend.
grams (Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen, Citizenship Teacher) and report their com- We have recruited and reinstated a lot of good people this year, so let’s keep in touch
munity service efforts. Unfortunately, the percentage of Posts participating in the core with them, mentor them and keep them involved with the good things we do. We all
programs is nowhere near 100%. Particularly disturbing to me is that less than 40% of work hard but we play hard, too. Remember the more new members and reinstates
our Posts report their community service activities to the Community Service Chair. that you keep involved is one less that you have to hound next year for their dues.
The worrisome thing about this lack of reporting is that it is how we (National, Depart- Let us all remember the good people that have passed on this year; keep them in
ment and Post) justify to the Internal Revenue Service our “charitable” status that is your thoughts.
prominent in our purpose, stated in the VFW Congressional Charter. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE AND WHAT YOU DO FOR THE VFW.
Stovall & Associates, a Las Vegas law firm, is offering basic services for free. Yes,
that is right, at no cost to VFW members and their families. Please see the announce-
ment in this paper. Taking advantage of this offer will require signing a contract that
will protect the law firm from the State Bar and other agencies satisfied, as well as lia- Well, June is here again. It seems like only
bility. The contract implies no obligation to the firm. Mr. Les Stovall is a member of yesterday I was elected your Surgeon for the
both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and The American Legion and expressed his desire 2010-2011 year. I want to thank each of you
to assist veterans with simple legal matters at little or no cost. for the honor and privilege of serving you
With this edition of Silverlines, I have resigned as the editor. There are significant this past year.
changes coming to our Department newspaper, but you can read about them in an A lot has happened this past year with the
challenges to the health care reform law and
article elsewhere in this paper. I have enjoyed my two years editing the paper; but,
the current budget crises that will affect all
enjoyed less the bugging necessary to get articles from columnists and Posts with of us. We need to remain vigilant to ensure
newsworthy events. Thank you for all the support you have provided to me while doing that the reductions in the budget, from our
the editing job. local governments to the federal level, have
Many of you probably have noticed that the Department’s Web site at no ill effect on our veterans and their needs.
www.vfwnevada.org, was redesigned during this year. The design was not just cos- Just recently the House armed services
metic; we decreased the time to load pages and simplified the menu structure. But subcommittee on military personnel met to
what should really matter to you as a Post officer or chair is that every document or discuss and subsequently voted down, a pro-
form you might need for your Post is now readily accessible by clicking on the “Doc- posal to increase Tricare fees. The full com-
mittee is scheduled to take up the bill soon.
uments and Forms” button on the main menu page.
This is only one of many issues facing our
In conclusion, I thank everyone for the support you have graciously provided to me active military and Veterans. We, as I said
this year in my several roles. I look forward to that same support as I move up to State before, must remain vigilant.
Commander. We, the Department officers and chairs, have committed ourselves to Again, thank you for your support this last Jim Utterback
another year as good as, or better than, this one we are completing. We will cover next year and as I announce my candidacy for the State Surgeon
year’s plans and expectations at the Convention. Hope to see you there! Judge Advocate office, I hope I can count on
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO your continued support.
Vol. 10 Issue 3 3
State Adjutant/ State Judge Advocate
Quartermaster I have been busy this year as State Judge
Advocate giving legal counsel to Com-
Post Commanders, Adjutants, Quartermas-
mander Chamlee and the Council of Admin-
ters: Our year is about to close. We have had
istration, addressing some disciplinary
a successful year. With your help, we have
actions, and providing interpretation of the
obtained an IRS Group Exemption Number
for those Posts that did not have an indi- Bylaws and Manual of Procedure.
vidual IRS Tax-Exempt Letter. We have received the Commander-in-
We have made progress on each Post Chief’s resolutions from National and have a
becoming Incorporated with the Nevada total of six Department resolutions, which
Secretary of State, but we still have about 20 will be presented and acted upon at the
Posts that have not made the effort and I Department Convention in June.
would strongly suggest that those Posts that Bruce Hollinger has asked me to Chair the
are not Incorporated, do so before the Veterans Service Committee for his year and
Deputy State Inspectors visits. in keeping with that, I have completely
The State Convention convenes on June rewritten the Department Employee Policy
23rd, 2011. At that time if you have not Manual, developed job descriptions for the
completed your quarterly audits and paid Service Officer and Administrative Assis-
your delegate fees, your Buddy Poppy tant, and evaluation forms for both positions.
orders and admission fees, the Post will be
These documents will permit the committee
considered in arrears and not eligible to State Judge Advocate
Jack McMindes to carry out its responsibilities for the
State Adjutant/Quartermaster vote at the Convention. upcoming year.
In the interest of cutting expenses, the I’d like to switch hats to my Chairman of the Nevada Veterans Assistance League hat
Webmaster has placed the Resolutions to be and say that the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City is really doing an out-
considered at the Convention online and we will only print 10 copies for you to read standing job “Caring for Our Heroes” and has been evaluated as the number one
at the Convention. veterans home in the entire nation! This is a 180-resident facility and provides out-
This year our Webmaster has prepared CDs with all the information Posts and Dis-
standing care for veterans, their spouses, and Gold Star parents who require 24-hour
tricts will need to successfully complete the 2011-2012 year. This same information
skilled nursing care. There currently is no waiting list and new residents can be
will also be located on the state Web site for you to access during the year if you lose
accepted almost immediately. There are many volunteers, who assist daily with activ-
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members in Nevada for their ities and outings for the residents, and help to make their stay a little bit better. If you
help in making my year as Adjutant/Quartermaster go smoothly in accomplishing the wish to volunteer please contact Angela Metcalf, Volunteer Coordinator, at 702-332-
goals of the Department of Nevada. Thank you for your friendship and until our next 6741. If you know of someone who might need to go into the home, you can have
meeting at a VFW function – God Bless. them contact Shirley Pfannebecker, Admissions at 702-332-6717 and they can visit
the NOVS Web site at www.veterans.nv.org and click the Veterans Home link. On the
link they will find all of the forms and necessary information for admission. If you
State Chaplain have any other questions. please give me a call on my cell at 702-808-4750.
Due to the recent passing of my friend and mentor, Sherwin Cihlar, I have been
To all of my comrades, I would like to wish appointed as the Department VA Volunteer Services Representative to the Southern
all of you the best. We have all had a very Nevada Healthcare System. With the new VA hospital and four new community
busy first 10 months of the year. As we all clinics under construction and opening in the near future, we will need many volun-
know, we have had far too many deaths in teers. Each clinic alone will require 175 volunteers! If you would like to volunteer,
the Department of Nevada this year. We please get in contact with me and I will get you the information. Along this line I am
recently lost two notable comrades, Sherwin currently looking for a dedicated, committed, active volunteer to fill the position of
Cihlar and Frank Risewick. Both of these VAVS Deputy for Las Vegas. This would involve attending VAVS meetings, as well
gentlemen were very active and will be as being registered as a volunteer with the VA Volunteer Services. If you would like
sorely missed. This in no way minimizes the to be considered for this position, please contact me at bobsuegarlow64@
other losses, because they are also missed. embarqmail.com or call me at 702-808-4750.
To our comrade and friend Sandy Clum, Finally, I would like to announce that I will be running for the office of State Junior
who was involved in a serious car accident, Vice Commander at the Convention in June and would appreciate your support. Let’s
may you feel God’s healing hand. carry on the great work that has been started and work for our veterans, the troops and
As our lives go on, may all of my friends their families.
within the Department of Nevada experi-
ence the power of our Creator.
State Chief of Staff
State Chaplain It’s turning out to be another exciting year
in Nevada. Another new Post is on its way
and should be instituted by the time this
paper hits your mailboxes. Chartered in Dis-
District 3 Commander trict 4, Post 12108 in Beatty will be our
newest Post in Nevada. It is very heart-
I wanted to take this opportunity to express warming to drive through Beatty and stop at
to you how incredibly rewarding it has been a shop, restaurant or gas station while
to serve you as District 3 Commander. While wearing a VFW shirt and be asked by
I will no longer lead the District, I will still everyone you meet, “When do we get our
participate and support the new District 3 VFW Post?” The entire community is
and Department officers, and the Veterans of embracing the concept of having the VFW
Foreign Wars. I hope that I have served you back in Beatty. Congratulations to all of the
well in the two years that I have been in organizers and recruiters that made Post
office, and I look forward to working with 12108 possible. I offer my very best wishes
each of you on our future endeavors. to our newest Comrades, and have a hunch
I particularly thank those comrades who that a new Ladies Auxiliary will soon follow.
stood with me as District officers, the The 61st Annual Armed Forces Day Cele-
Department officers for all their help, bration was a huge success. Post 2313 Life
encouragement and support, and all the offi- Member and Wounded Warrior, SPC4 Tim- John Stroud
cers and members of the Posts that so enthu- othy Hall was the Grand Marshall in the
siastically supported me and the objectives State Chief of Staff
parade. Tim laid a wreath dedicating the
of our great organization. Again, I cannot Vietnam Traveling Wall Opening Cere-
fully express the honor that it has been to be monies. Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval dedicated the Freedom Range, a memorial
your District Commander, and may God to Nevadans who gave their lives fighting for us in Iraq and Afghanistan in the War
Jim Rudeen bless you and your loved ones. on Terrorism. VFW Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief, Richard L. DeNoyer, was
District 3 Commander
CHIEF OF STAFF, continued on page 4
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NEVADA VFW SILVERLINES 2011-2012
DEADLINE Official Publication of the
Department of Nevada,
District 3 Commander
FOR NEWS, Veterans of Foreign Wars
of the United States
PHOTO P.O. Box 637 I would like to thank the District 3 officers and Post Commanders in having the con-
Logandale, NV 89021
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I am taking on a new challenge in becoming your Commander, but we have some
times yearly by the Department of great comrades in this District, like Jim Rudeen and John Edwards, and I know who
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United States in conjunction with American their willingness to help, I should have a great year.
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in advance. Send all articles and photos I hope to have all the Posts inspected by the
Visit the Nevada Web Page at: for publication to: Editor, Jack McMindes
www.vfwnevada.org end of December 2011. The District meeting
2090 Bafford Lane, Fallon, NV 89406 dates will be published after the State Con-
vention in June.
CHIEF OF STAFF, continued from page 3 The VFW family has lost three members
present at the ceremony and led all other VFW entries in the parade. in April: Comrades Sherwin Cihlar, Frank
Here in the “Heart of Nevada”, the State Convention Committee has been working Risewick and Ladies Auxiliary member
very hard to prepare for our 77th Annual Department Convention in Hawthorne, Gail Slider. All three were pillars of our
America’s Patriotic Home. Our National Representative will be Past Commander-in- organization.
Chief, John Moon, from the great state of Ohio. The Ladies Auxiliary National Rep- The State Convention will be held in
resentative will be the National President, Cortina Barnes, from the District of Hawthorne, Nevada, June 23-25 at the El
Columbia. Soon to be named as an All-American Post for the first time in its 79-year Capitan Hotel, hosted by VFW Post 2313.
history, John Franklin Shain Post 2313 and its Ladies Auxiliary are proud to be Ed Morrissey
Hope to see all of you in Hawthorne.
hosting the Convention this year. You will find that this Convention will be one of the District 5 Commander
most affordable and rewarding in recent history.
I congratulate State Commander Jerry Chamlee and Ladies Auxiliary Department
President Patricia Feaster on their dedication and leadership of our organizations this
year. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve Nevada as the State Chief of Staff
this year, and I thank Commander Chamlee for the appointment to this office.
Our State Adjutant/Quartermaster, Jack McMindes, has been appointed by and National Legislative Chair
incoming Commander-in-Chief Richard DeNoyer as the Convention Chairman of the
113th National Convention to be held in Reno in July, 2012. Past Department Presi- I want to thank all Post and District VFWs
dent/Past 17th District Councilmember Rhalda Lewis has been named as the Ladies and Ladies Auxiliaries for getting teacher
Auxiliary Convention Chairman. They are going to need a lot of volunteers to make entries turned in for judging…and again, a
this Convention a success, so start thinking about what you can do in the areas of reg- big congratulations to all the winners.
istration, transportation, health fair, signs and flags, contests, patriotic rally and The State Convention will be here before
numerous other activities. we know it, and that means let’s get working
Lastly, at the 112th National Convention this August in San Antonio, the Western on next year’s programs now.
Conference States will elect the Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief for 2012-2013, to Our Representatives have been busy in
be installed at the 113th National Convention in Reno. Mere words cannot say thank Washington, D.C. working on the budget.
you enough to those wonderful Comrades and Sisters who have given of their time, Hopefully none of our items will get cut at
energy, support, encouragement, friendship and generous donations to the success of all, and hopefully all the requests we made in
my campaign. To date, 15 out of the 17 Western Conference States have endorsed me March with Commander-in-Chief Richard
to be the first-ever Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief from the great state of Nevada. Eubank will be met.
My sincerest of gratitude will forever remain in my heart for what you have made pos- With the death of al Qaeda’s leader, Osama
sible. May God Bless you and your families as well as every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Bin Laden, our Representatives should
Marine and Coast Guardsman guarding the gates of freedom today. remember that if it weren’t for our military
we wouldn’t be able to do what we do, and
State Safety Chairman we owe them and their families the con-
tinued support for their families, as well as
those that have gone before. Gil Hernandez
Beginning with the 2011-12 Program May 9, 2011 was the start for Caregivers Americanism and National
Year, there will be two major changes to the Applications for veterans. Veterans can Legislative Chair
Gold Medal Safety Awards for Law download a copy of the program application
Enforcement, Firefighter and EMT/Para- to designate a primary family caregiver, or
medic. The new program date will be the secondary family caregiver, as needed. Caregivers would be eligible for a living
same as prescribed by National, which is 1 stipend, mental health services, and access to health insurance, among other services.
January 2012. Posts submitting entries for More information is available at http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.
Law Enforcement, Firefighter and cfm?id=2088
EMT/Paramedic of the Year must have all The Military Personnel Subcommittee voted against a proposal to increase Tricare
entries to me by 1 January 2012. fees for working age military retirees. The VFW is working hard to get the increase
The second major change is the presenta- killed when the full committee meets on the FY2012 National Defense Bill.
tion of the national citation, plaque and The VFW is working hard to protect your rights and will continue to do so.
monetary prize award. These will be pre-
sented to the VFW Post that submitted the
Need Help Filing a VA Claim?
winning entry for each of the three cate-
gories, and this will now take place at our
All information on these changes and other Paul Ruprecht – VFW Department Service Officer
programs for Safety will be included on the
Leslie Fiester Program/Leadership DVD which will be 5460 Reno Corporate Drive #106
State Safety Chairman issued by the State Program Chairman, Joe
Rigsby, at our State Convention in Reno, NV 89511
Hawthorne June 23rd-25th. I will also give a
Phone: 775-321-4885 FAX: 775-321-4889
short presentation on the Safety Program at the Convention.
Vol. 10 Issue 3 5
National Military Services Chair State “She Serves” Chair
Wow, how fast the year went! Our National Greetings, Lady Veterans! It’s time to stand
Military Service programs have had a great up and be counted! I am collecting contact
amount of success in our Department this information (name, phone, e-mail and
past year and we have increased our Adopt A mailing address) for each Woman Veteran
Unit program participants. Some Posts have who is a member of the VFW in the Depart-
more than two Units who they support ment of Nevada. Even if you have recently
through their membership, Our MAP pro- updated your information, I still need it sent
gram for the year was also a great success. to me. E-mail is preferred, but I can take
In the southern part of the state we had some calls or receive letters. The VFW national
great events, one being with our department data is deficient in identifying and keeping
leadership cooking and serving over 1,800 contact information on our VFW Depart-
military families for an Organization Day ment of Nevada women members.
funded by VFW National NMS MAP. There This is very important data that the VFW
was also a large event in the northern part of needs to fight for better “Women’s Health-
the state for our departing troopers heading care” and improved disability claim pro-
for a Combat Mission for a year. Our pro- cessing within the Department of Veteran
grams supported Nellis Air Force Base in Affairs. This is no small task, but it does
four MAP events. Yes, I would say we had a affect each and every one of us women vet-
good year and with the new 2011-2012 year, erans. The VFW needs to be able to show
Jon Fennych will grow even larger. Congress that there are more women vet- Dottie Marsh
National Military Remember all Posts who have an adopted erans, and especially women combat vet- State “She Serves” Chair
Unit, must turn in a yearly report to erans than ever before in the history of the
National. I am requesting that each Post with United States. We need to show our repre-
a Ladies Auxiliary try to encourage its lead- sentatives and senators we exist and we need benefits tailored to us, the women vet-
ership team to get more involved in the programs of National Military Service and erans. So, please contact me with your information so we can get the Department of
Adopt A Unit. It will bring growth to your membership and have the ability to be an Nevada’s women members’ identified and informed.
olive branch in support of the families whose members are serving so proudly for our For the 2011-12 program year, starting on 1 July, we will institute programs specif-
great nation. Develop a bond of unity for all of us who serve so proudly!!!! ically to help women veterans. Also, recruiting our eligible women combat veterans
We developed a partnership with the USO at McCarren Airport. Our members vol- is very important to the VFW and to you, because numbers count when fighting for
unteering to work at the USO Lounge, gave the USO the resources to ensure the our benefits. We will have several contests to give Life Membership payments,
lounge would be a 24-7 operation, so that our Military and their families would have annual payments and more. There will be competitions to recruit more women into
a place to relax during their travels. Thanks to all who supported the program and spe- the VFW. Remember, your membership helps ALL Women Veterans and we cannot
cial thanks to some who assisted me in insuring our commitment would be mission make progress without you.
successful. We would love to see you at our Department Convention in Hawthorne on 23-25
I have been getting a lot of feedback from the Active, Guard and Reserve Units, June. Check the registration forms available in this paper.
requesting how they can get their spouses to join a Post Auxiliary. Being a female
spouse, it is easy; we have the Ladies Auxiliary. However, we do not offer any type Dottie Marsh
of membership for the male spouses, or male family members. Some of our troopers 8370 West Cheyenne Avenue, Suite 109-232
are aware of Men’s Auxiliaries offered in other VFW Departments. Why not Nevada? Las Vegas, NV 89129
I have brought this issue up with our Department Leadership, along with Post Com- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
manders and now it really seems that we should give the Post the opportunity to form Office: 702-508-3030
a Men’s Auxiliary. Times are changing, and we have to change to be all we can be. Cell: 702-875-5873
The approval will be requested at our State Convention for this coming year. I hope
all will support the growth that National is giving us by letting us approve in the
Department Bylaws that a Post may have a Men’s Auxiliary if approved by the Post
Youth Scholarship Programs Chair
My motto is: “Shoot, Move and Communicate” and we all will be mission successful.
Serve proudly in the best veterans’ service organization in our nation!! Hoooah! Bringing the end to a very exciting year,
I am looking forward to another year that
P.S Special thanks to our State Commander for giving me the opportunity to be State should be even more fun. One more thing
NMS Chairman. I look forward to serving our new State Commander not only as NMS to do is present certificates to the Posts
Chairman, but by being one of his top Post Commanders for the State of Nevada. that participated in the Voice of Democ-
racy and Patriot’s Pen programs at the
Department Convention. Then my job will
State POW/MIA Chair be complete for 2010-2011. I can’t tell you
how much I enjoyed this position and am
looking forward to serving next year.
Eleven WWII MIAs Identified: The The theme for next year’s VOD and
Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office Patriot’s Pen essay contests have been on
announced the identification of remains of the VFW Web site for a couple months; so,
an 11-man B-24D Liberator crew that had get out there and start sharing this oppor-
been missing in action since Nov. 20, 1943, tunity with the students in your area before
when the aircraft took off from Port Moresby school gets out. Remember those 5th
in New Guinea, but failed to return to base. graders going into middle school next year.
In 1984, the government of Papua New Perhaps you could get some time at the ori-
Guinea notified U.S. officials of a World entation and briefly explain the programs.
War II crash site in a ravine in Morobe They can get started this summer, as well Sandi Clum
Province. A U.S. search and recovery team as the 8th graders moving up to high Youth Scholarship Programs Chair
investigated the crash site in late 1984 and school. The VOD theme for next year is:
located B-24 aircraft wreckage. During a site “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Mili-
visit in 2004, local villagers turned over tary?” In addition, the theme for the Patriot’s Pen is: “Are You Proud of Your
human remains they had previously removed Country?” All the forms necessary for both these programs are available on the
from the area. In addition to Bode’s indi- National VFW Web site, the Department Web site and on the Programs CD that
vidual burial, the crew of 11 men, 1st Lt. will be distributed at the Department Convention.
Richard T. Heuss, 23, Berkley, Mich.; 2nd Please make sure that when you send a student’s packet forward, that it is totally
Lt. Robert A. Miller, 22, Memphis, Tenn.; complete and sent before the deadlines. Don’t make our job harder and possibly
Tom Vick 2nd Lt. Edward R. French, 23, Erie, Pa.; 2nd disappoint your student by not doing it correctly the first time.
State POW/MIA Chair Lt. Robert R. Streckenbach, Jr., 21, Green We are looking forward to getting lots of students involved and give them the oppor-
Bay, Wis.; Tech. Sgt. Charles A. Bode; Tech. tunity to obtain lots of money for their education. Thank you for what you do.
Sgt. Lucian I. Oliver, Jr., 23 Memphis, Tenn.; On a personal note, I was in an auto accident on April 21, 2011. I was traveling
Staff Sgt. Ivan O. Kirkpatrick, 36, Whittier, Calif.; Staff Sgt. William K. Musgrave, to Salt Lake City on Hwy. 93 and rolled the Buick off the road, flipped it around
24, Hutsonville, Ill.; Staff Sgt. James T. Moran, 21, Sloatsburg, N.Y.; Staff Sgt. James and upside down. Initially I thought I just had some bruised muscles, but I have
B. Moore, 21, Woburn, Mass.; and Staff Sgt. Roy Surabian, 24, Medford, Mass., will some broken or cracked ribs, and possibly a compression fracture to a vertebra in
be buried as a group on March 24 at Arlington National Cemetery. the middle of my back. Still in a great amount of pain, but the important thing is I
Five WWII MIAs Identified: The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office am still here. So, Comrades and Sisters, I guess you are stuck with me for a while
longer. Thank you for all the calls, cards and e-mails and most importantly, the
POW/MIA, continued on page 8 prayers. I truly believe the VFW is a family who cares for and about each other.
6 Vol. 10 Issue 3
News for and About Veterans
VA Taking Applications for New giver Support Coordinators at each VA If you have served in ANY combat zone, pregnancy care. You should contact your
Family Caregiver Program medical center are available to assist local Vet Centers can help you and your Women Veterans Program Manager as
The Department of Veterans Affairs VA Family Caregivers in identifying benefits family with readjustment counseling and early in your pregnancy as possible to dis-
published the interim final rule for and services they may be eligible for. The outreach services – for free. cuss local processes regarding your pre-
implementing the Family Caregiver Pro- Caregiver Support Coordinators are well Do You Want to Go Back to School? – natal care and to explore options for
gram of the Caregivers and Veterans versed in VA programs and also have VA pays benefits to eligible Veterans, health care services for your baby.
Omnibus Health Services Act 2010. This information about other local public, pri- reservists and active duty service mem- More Specialty Care Services – Your
new rule will provide additional support vate and non-profit agency support serv- bers while they are in an approved educa- PCP will make referrals for:
to eligible post-9/11 Veterans who elect ices that are available to support Veterans tion or training program. The new Post • Management and screening of chronic
to receive their care in a home setting and their Family Caregivers at home. 9/11 GI Bill could be for you. conditions
from a primary Family Caregiver. On VA programs for Veterans and their Are You Looking for a Good Job? – • Rehabilitation therapy
May 9, staff in VA’s Office of Care Man- Family Caregivers include: In-Home and Take advantage of the variety of • Homebound therapy
agement and Social Work opened the Community-Based Care: This includes resources that can help you land one. Long-term care Pension and Fidu-
application process for eligible post-9/11 skilled home health care, homemaker Want to work at VA? VA’s Veterans ciary Service – now separate from Com-
Veterans and Servicemembers to desig- home health aide services, community Employment Coordination Service pensation Service Effective April 11,
nate their Family Caregivers. “We at VA adult day health care and Home-Based recruits Veterans. E-mail or call 866-606- 2011, VBA split Compensation and Pen-
know that every day is a challenge for Primary Care. 6206 to get in touch with a Regional Vet- sion Service to establish two separate
our most seriously injured Veterans and Respite Care: Designed to relieve the eran Employment Coordinator in your services. Compensation Service will
their Family Caregivers,” said VA Secre- Family Caregiver from the constant chal- area. If you re looking for federal focus exclusively on issues relating to
tary Eric K. Shinseki. “I know many Vet- lenge of caring for a chronically ill or dis- employment in another agency, check out service-connected disabilities. Pension
erans and their Family Caregivers have abled Veteran at home, respite services the agency contact list. Each agency has a and Fiduciary Service will address the
been waiting anxiously for this day and I can include in-home care, a short stay in Veteran employment program office ded- unique needs of beneficiaries in receipt
urge them to get their applications in as one of VA’s community living centers or icated to helping you. Look for jobs at VA of pension, and those participating in the
soon as possible so they can receive the an environment designed for adult day Careers and VetSuccess, two of many current Fiduciary program.
additional support they have earned.” health care. Web sites that can help in your search.
Additional services for primary Family Caregiver education and training Women Veterans Health Care – Did Clarification on Evidence Requirement
Caregivers of eligible post-9/11 Veterans programs: VA currently provides mul- you know? Women are the fastest in Haas Blue Water Navy Claims
and Servicemembers include a stipend, tiple training opportunities which include growing group within the Veteran popula- Training Letter 10-06, Adjudicating
mental health services, and access to pre-discharge care instruction and spe- tion? Each VA facility has a Women Vet- Disability Claims Based on Herbicide
health care insurance, if they are not cialized caregiver programs in multiple erans Program Manager. Women Veterans Exposure from U.S. Navy and Coast
already entitled to care or services under severe traumas, such as Traumatic Brain may receive: Guard Veterans of the Vietnam Era, dis-
a health care plan. Comprehensive Care- Injury (TBI), Spinal Cord Injury/Disor- • Full continuum of medical cusses development procedures and evi-
giver training and medical support are ders and Blind Rehabilitation. VA has a benefits package dence requirements for establishing that
other key components of this program. Family Caregiver assistance healthy • Women’s family planning and an offshore “blue water” ship entered the
The program builds on the foundation of living center on My HealtheVet, www. birth control “brown water” of Vietnam’s inland water-
Caregiver support now provided at VA myhealth.va.gov, as well as caregiver • Gender-specific health care – for ways, thus qualifying crewmembers for
and reflects what families and clinicians information on the VA’s main Web page example: hormone replacement the presumption of Agent Orange (herbi-
have long known; that Family Caregivers health site; both Web sites include infor- therapy, breast and GYN care, maternity cide) exposure. Compensation Service
in a home environment can enhance the mation on VA and community resources care, infertility care (if eligible) recently received questions regarding the
health and well-being of Veterans under and Caregiver health and wellness. Examples of Women Veteran’s Primary evidence necessary to establish a ship’s
VA care. Caregiver support groups and other Care Services: inland waterway service when the phrase
Veterans may download a copy of the services: Family Caregiver support • Family Planning and Birth Control “mouth of the river” appears in deck logs.
Family Caregiver program application (VA groups, offered in a face-to-face setting • GYN Maternity Care In part, the training letter indicates that
CG 10-10) at www.caregiver.va.gov. The or on the telephone, provide emotional • Infertility Evaluation Treatment when deck logs refer to entering or
application enables the Veteran to desig- and peer support, and information. • Midlife and Menopause Issues anchoring in the “mouth of a river,” Com-
nate a primary Family Caregiver and sec- Family Caregiver services include family • Cancer Screenings pensation Service deems this sufficient to
ondary Family Caregivers if needed. counseling, spiritual and pastoral care, • Wellness and Healthy Living establish service on the inland waterways.
Caregiver Support Coordinators are sta- family leisure and recreational activities • Mammograms The benefit-of-the-doubt doctrine applies
tioned at every VA medical center and via and temporary lodging in Fisher Houses. Your PCP may also refer you for mental and evidence of the vessel’s presence in a
phone at 1-877-222 VETS (8387) to Other services: VA provides durable health services. Mental health services river’s mouth is sufficient to establish the
assist Veterans and their Family Care- medical equipment and prosthetic and can help with: presumption of exposure for Veterans on
givers with the application process. “Pro- sensory aides to improve function, finan- • Depression and mood disorders the ship.
viding support to Family Caregivers who cial assistance with home modification to • Anxiety disorders When deck logs, an official ship history,
sacrifice so much to allow Veterans to improve access and mobility, and trans- • Intimate partner and domestic violence, a cruise book, or any other reliable docu-
remain at home surrounded by their loved portation assistance for some Veterans to sexual trauma, elder abuse, neglect ment states that a ship “entered” or
ones, is very important to us at VA. We and from medical appointments. • Parenting and anger management issues “anchored” “in the mouth of the river,”
offer a range of Caregiver support serv- • Family caregiver stress inland waterway service can be acknowl-
ices including training, counseling and Returning Service Members OEF/OIF • Marital or family-related stress edged and the presumption of herbicide
respite care to ensure that our caregivers Have you recently returned from military • Post-deployment adjustment exposure extended to the crewmembers.
have the tools and support they need to service? If you’ve served, you’ve earned VA provides free, confidential coun- However, if the reference is to being
continue in their care giving role,” said benefits. Now is the time to take advantage seling and treatment for mental and phys- “near,” “close” or “in the vicinity of ”
Deborah Amdur, VA’s Chief Consultant of the benefits VA offers OEF/OIF Vet- ical health conditions related to military “the mouth of the river,” inland waterway
for Care Management and Social Work. erans. Please do so NOW. Here are just a sexual trauma – MST. Some problems service cannot be acknowledged. For US
“We appreciate the patience, support and few of the programs VA offers: associated with MST include: Navy ships, being near the mouth of a
assistance we have received from Vet- Five Years of Cost Free Health Care – • Disturbing memories or nightmares river can mean being several thousand
erans, Veterans Service Organizations, OEF/OIF combat Veterans can receive • Difficulty feeling safe yards offshore, with reference to the river
and the greater Caregiver community in cost free medical care for any condition • Feelings of depression or numbness serving as a topographical bearing
shaping this program and bringing this related to their service in the • Problems with alcohol or other drugs marker, in conjunction with other bearing
new VA program to our wounded war- Iraq/Afghanistan theater for five years • Feeling isolated from other people markers, to pinpoint the exact location of
riors and their dedicated Family Care- after the date of their discharge or release. • Problems with anger or irritability the ship for the deck log record. It is
givers.” Caregivers for Veterans of all In order to take advantage of these bene- • Problems with sleep important for RO personnel to recognize
eras are eligible for respite care, educa- fits, OEF/OIF Vets need to enroll in VA’s • Physical health problems and apply this distinction in order to pro-
tion and training on what it means to be a health care system. Don’t delay 180-day Pregnancy Services – VA provides mote consistency and fairness in the adju-
caregiver, how to best meet the Veteran’s dental benefit – OEF/OIF combat Vet- pregnancy care and services through dication of Haas related claims. Note: If
care needs, and the importance of self- erans may be eligible for one-time dental arrangements with community providers. the logs provide bearings to known land-
care when in a care giving role. The full care – but you must apply with 180 days VA will pay for prenatal care, delivery, marks, and other evidence shows that the
range of VA services already provided to of your separation date from active duty. and postnatal care for eligible women ship is near the mouth of a river, ask the
Caregivers will continue, and local Care- Find Family Support at Vet Centers – veterans. Many details are involved with VA to refer the evidence to an expert car-
VA NEWS, continued on page 10
Vol. 10 Issue 3 7
News for and About Veterans
Back to Life: Veteran Meets Savior from Vietnam War
Reprinted from the Elko Daily, lung, multiple bone breaks, loss of half of events as a single moment in time with I had severe PTSD and I have the night-
Elko, Nevada his small intestines, kidney damage and memories of surgeons cutting off his mares and dream about the war all the
multiple shrapnel wounds to his spine. He boots and clothing. He had no idea he time. I had that inside of me for 43 years.
ELKO – The events of a single day in was pronounced dead by medical per- was pronounced dead three times. I never told anyone that story because it
1968, in a Vietnam morgue called Graves sonnel not once, but three times. Roth saw Hernandez move on a sounded so unbelievable.”
Registration, were sheer luck from the per- It was Roth, who now lives in Colling- morgue slab and hit him in the chest to Roth visits the wall once a year in Feb-
spective of veteran Chuck “Graves” Roth. dale, Pennsylvania, who saved his life resuscitate him. ruary to pay tribute to his best friend who
For Vietnam veteran and Elko resident after seeing his body move in the middle Since that day, Roth never forgot Her- was killed in Vietnam.
Gil Hernandez, who was severely of the morgue. nandez’s last name and spent years trying This year he pushed the visit to March,
wounded in a combat zone and pro- During his time in the morgue, Roth to find him. as that is when Hernandez planned to be
nounced dead, the day brought another tagged 2,700 bodies, including 30 men Finally, in September 2009, after a in Washington as the national legislative
chance at life. from his Marine Corps unit in a single friend of Roth’s saw Hernandez’s name in lobbyist for veterans’ rights for the State
These Marine Corps veterans, who day. In the traumatic time Roth spent a VFW magazine about Post-Traumatic of Nevada. He was attending an appoint-
briefly came in contact with each other there, no one left Graves Registration Stress Disorder, the men were put in con- ment with the VFW Commander-in-
for a short time on that remarkable day, alive — except for Hernandez. tact with each other. Chief for the state.
were brought together again more than 40 “He was the only one that got away,” Last week the men were reunited at the “Even though I was in the joint opening
years later, on March 7. Roth said in a phone interview with the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall in Wash- and even though I knew I had a mission to
Hernandez was taken to the morgue Elko Daily Free Press. “No one ever ington, D.C. do with going to the Capitol and fighting
after his tank was hit with satchel charges came out alive.” “It was probably the second best day of for veterans’ issues, my mind was on
and grenades. He suffered a collapsed Hernandez said he only remembers the my life,” Roth said. “I was very anxious. ‘Graves’ and the wall,” Hernandez said.
LIFE, continued on page 9
Annual Certification of Individual Unemployability (IU)
If you are receiving compensation at the VA. The form to certify annually for If you were self-employed or employed tion II of this form. Then, print it out and
100 percent rate based on being unable to those of you on individual unemploya- by others, including the Department of send it to the VA during your anniversary
secure or follow a substantially gainful bility (IU) is available at http://www. Veterans Affairs, at any time during the month when you were awarded IU.
occupation as a result of your service- vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-4140- past 12 months, complete Section I of this Always send everything to the VA by certi-
connected disabilities, you must com- 1-ARE.PDF. The VA is notorious for form. If you have not been employed fied mail with a return receipt. Make sure
plete and mail a certification form to the NOT sending these out. during the past 12 months, complete Sec- you keep a copy of the completed form.
Court Orders VA to Overhaul VA Hosts Veteran Small Business
Mental Health Care Conference in New Orleans
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Supports Veteran-Owned Businesses and
lambasted the Department of Veterans
Affairs for failing to care for those suf- Helps Them Compete for Federal Contracts
fering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and
ordered a major overhaul of the agency. WASHINGTON – The Department of The conference will offer a variety of
Noting that an average of 18 returning Veterans Affairs will host the upcoming new training sessions on navigating the
National Veterans Small Business Con- federal acquisition process, including
service members commit suicide each
ference and Expo, Aug.15-18 in New finance, compliance, business develop-
day, the court directed a district judge in Orleans. It will be the largest nationwide ment, marketing, strategy, contract man-
San Francisco to order sweeping reform of conference of its kind focused on helping agement, human resources, technology
the VA’s mental health care system. Veteran-owned businesses succeed in and program management. The confer-
Veterans for Common Sense and Vet- winning federal contracts. ence track sessions will be targeted for a
erans United for Truth sued the VA four “Veteran-owned businesses provide variety of businesses, from new busi-
world class services and expand employ- ness owners just back from theater, to
OVERHAUL, continued on page 10 ment opportunities for some of our nation’s well-established Veteran-owned busi-
most highly-trained and motivated men and nesses looking to expand opportunities
women,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs or increase market share.
Last World War I Combat Veteran Eric K. Shinseki. “That is why VA is proud
to host this annual conference to help better
An open house has been added to the
event to give Veterans from both the con-
Dies in Australia at 110 prepare these veteran-owned businesses to
compete and win contracts with the federal
ference and local region the opportunity
to experience the wide range of resources
government.” available to the Veteran community.
Claude Stanley Choules, the The conference, scheduled for the The National Veteran Small Business
last known combat veteran of Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, will Conference is open to both government
World War I, died Thursday at a provide Veteran-Owned and Service-Dis- and non-government personnel. For more
nursing home in Perth, Aus- abled Veteran-Owned small businesses information and to register for the con-
tralia. He was 110. The British- of all sizes with an opportunity to learn, ference, go to www.nationalveterans
born Choules spent 41 years in network and market their businesses. conference.com
the military and published his
first book at the age of 108.
Choules was born March 3,
1901, in the small British town Governor Brian Sandoval (right)
of Pershore, Worcestershire. sharing a “photo op” with Dis-
World War I was raging when trict 1 Commander, John Zem-
Choules began training with the lock. Director of Nevada Office
British Royal Navy, just one of Veterans Services, Caleb
month after he turned 14. In Cage, hosted the Legislative Day
1917, he joined the battleship in Carson City. Governor San-
HMS Revenge, from which he doval briefed veterans on issues.
watched the 1918 surrender of Veterans were gathered in
the German High Seas Fleet, Carson City to attend a legisla-
the main battle fleet of the tive session at an Assembly and
German Navy during the war. Senate hearing.
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POW/MIA, continued from page 5
2011 State Convention Schedule
announced that the remains of four U.S. Army Air Forces airmen and an American
Red Cross civilian have been identified. They are Capt. Lewis J. Geerlings of All events, except MOC/MOCA events,
Freemont, MI; 1st Lt. Ray F. Fletcher of Westboro, MA; Staff Sgt. Edwin Elliott of
Mattoon, IL; Cpl. Richard H. Loring from New York; and civilian Carolyn Chapin. at the El Capitan Lodge and Casino
On May 10, 1944, the five were aboard a B-25C Mitchell that took off from Corsica
on a routine courier mission. The aircraft failed to reach its destination.
WWII Airmen Identified: The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel
Office announced today that the remains of four U.S. servicemen and one civilian,
missing in action from World War II, have been identified and returned to their fam-
ilies for burial with full military honors. They are Capt. Lewis J. Geerlings, 36,
Freemont, Mich.; 1st Lt. Ray F. Fletcher, 27, Westboro, Mass.; Staff Sgt. Edwin
Elliott, 24, Mattoon, Ill.; Cpl. Richard H. Loring, 31, New York; and American Red Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Cross civilian Carolyn Chapin. The remains representing the entire group will be 1300 MOCA Grand Scratch Post 2313 Meeting Room
buried in a single casket today in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. 1500 MOC Grand Scratch Post 2313
On May 10, 1944, the five were aboard a B-25C Mitchell bomber which took off from 1600 Hotel check-in El Capitan
Ajaccio, Corsica, on a courier mission to Ghisonaccia, Corsica. They failed to reach 1600-1900 Registration Post 2313
the destination and were officially reported missing on May 13, 1944. 1700-1830 MOC/MOCA Joint Dinner Post 2313 Meeting Room
WWII Airman Identified: The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office 1900 2010-11 LAVFW COA Post 2313 Meeting Room
announced the identification of remains belonging to Army Air Forces Technical Sgt.
Robert S. Wren, of Seattle. On Oct. 27, 1943, Wren and 11 other crewmembers took Thursday, June 23, 2011
off from New Guinea in a B-24D Liberator on a reconnaissance mission of shipping 0800-1600 Registration El Capitan,
lanes in the Bismarck Sea. They failed to return to base. 1st Floor Meeting Room
WWII MIA Identified: The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced 0900 Joint Opening El Capitan, 2nd Floor
the identification of remains belonging to Army Air Forces Pfc. Mervyn E. Sims, 23, (Elevator Available)
of Petaluma, CA. On April 24, 1943, Sims and four crewmembers aboard a C-87 Lib- 1115 VFW Business Session El Capitan, 2nd Floor
erator Express departed China on a six-hour “Hump” mission over the Himalayas to 1115 LAVFW Business Session El Capitan, 1st Floor
India. The aircraft never arrived at its destination. No evidence of the aircraft was 1200 Past Commanders Luncheon El Capitan,
found until 2003, when an American citizen found aircraft wreckage in the mountains (Room TBA)
east of Chabua, India. 1200 Past Presidents Luncheon El Capitan,
1300 Business Session (continued) El Capitan, 2nd Floor
Military Order of the Cootie 1545
Business Session recess
Joint Memorial Service El Capitan, 2nd Floor
Grand Commander Friday, June 24, 2011
The Grand Scratch will be held in 0800-1600 Registration El Capitan,
Hawthorne, Nevada on 22 June 2011 at 3 1st Floor Meeting Room
p.m. at the Post home. We have a lot to dis- 0800 Reconvene VFW Business Session El Capitan, 2nd Floor
cuss, so if you want your Pup Tent to have a 1100 School of Instruction,
District Commanders El Capitan, 2nd Floor
say, please attend.
0900 Reconvene LAVFW Business Session El Capitan, 1st Floor
We will also conduct elections for next
1200 Lunch on your own
year’s Grand officers. 1330 VFW Business Session (continued) El Capitan, 2nd Floor
On July 15-17, 2011, we will have our 1330 LAVFW Business Session (continued) El Capitan, 1st Floor
MOC/MOCA 12th Supreme District 1630 Business Session recess
meeting at Arizona Charlie’s, 740 S. Decatur 1800 Post Home Night Post 2313
Boulevard. Call 1-800-324-2695 for reserva-
tions. The cost is $50.00 + tax; group code is Saturday, June 25, 2011
“c-moc11”. 0800-1000 Registration El Capitan,
The meeting starts with a joint opening on 1st Floor Meeting Room
July 16th at 9:00 a.m. in the Banquet Room, 0900 Reconvene VFW Business Session El Capitan, 2nd Floor
top of the escalator. 0900 Reconvene LAVFW Business session El Capitan, 1st Floor
Hospitality and registration is July 15th 1200 Lunch on your own
from 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at the Presidential 1330 Joint Installation of Officers El Capitan, 2nd Floor
Suite and outside the Banquet Hall, prior to Ed Morrissey 1430 Convention Closing Ceremonies El Capitan, 2nd Floor
the joint meeting. 1500 VFW 2011-12 COA El Capitan, 2nd Floor
Military Order of the Cootie 1500 LAVFW 2011-12 COA El Capitan, 1st Floor
Hope to see all pup tents from Grand of
Grand Commander 1800 No-host Cocktail Hour El Capitan, 2nd Floor
1900 Distinguished Guest Banquet El Capitan, 2nd Floor
Did You Know? Note: Subject to change to accommodate VFW/LAVFW business.
10% Discounts at Lowe’s, Home Depot and Auto Zone Sights to see while in Hawthorne,
America’s Patriotic Home
These retailers offer a 10% Old Rawhide Jail
discount year ’round to all Located next to Min. County Courthouse,
military personnel and their 1st & A Street
families, and includes retirees Memorial Rose Garden
and their families. To get the Located next to Min. County Library,
discount, just show a valid 1st & A Street
military or dependent military Lion’s Park
ID card. 5th & Armory Road
BPO Elks Lodge #1704
The original railroad freight depot, 5th & F Street
Mineral County Chamber of Commerce Office
Across from Min. Co. Independent-News, 314 5th Street
NEVADA Hawthorne’s Original One-Room Schoolhouse
Currently School Administration, 503 C Street
VFW – AUXILIARY WEB PAGE Original Primary School - Cultural Arts Center
Located on 6th & D Street
Hawthorne Ordnance Museum
www.vfwnevada.org Located on 900 E Street
Hawthorne Convention Center
CONVENTION, continued on page 9
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CONVENTION, continued from page 8
Things to Do for Memorial Day
Mineral County Museum
Located on 10th & D Street Every Memorial Day marks the passing of over a million
Original USO Building military veterans.
Across the street from the Ordnance Museum Surviving families must collect military information for
burial, as well as preservation of family history records. The
Walker Lake Golf Course
following is a Memorial Day season list of things all veterans
Hawthorne Ammunition Depot should do to make sure their children, grandchildren and
Veteran’s Memorial Park - future generations have quick access to you and your parent’s military heritage.
Home of the original Hawthorne Club neon sign and the Big Flag 1. Collect copies of all of your military documents and place them in a
Located across from the Mineral County Museum fireproof container.
Future All-American VFW Post 2313 2. Make several copies of your documents and distribute them to younger family
Corner of 9th and A Street members for additional safekeeping.
Hawthorne Fin Field 3. Maintain a written record of all of your military training and awards (such as
U.S. Highway 95 North of Safeway your DD-214, DD-215(s) and your 201A Military Authorizations Report
4. Sign a Military Medal Will for the distribution of your military hardware
5. Keep current your military information and place a military photo in your
personal listing in the Worldwide Military Personnel Database
6. Ensure that all of your family members (both living and deceased), are listed in
the Worldwide Military Personnel Database and that a living contact person’s
information is available.
7. If you or a family member is a Grand Medal (top five military awards in all
Service Branches) recipient, make sure the names are listed in the medal roster
of recipients that is also accessible on the Worldwide Military Personnel Database.
Reprinted from an e-mail distributed by The American War Library
LIFE, continued from page 7
Hernandez said he was nervous the evening and morning before meeting the man who
saved his life and felt “like a kid going on his first hunting trip.” He even took a longer
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guaranteed room rate, reservations must be made by June 1. “We hugged. It was emotional, but at the same time we held back our tears because
it was a happy time,” Hernandez said. “It was like a dam breaking and all my emo-
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Internet, laundry, handicapped showers. For RV space reservations, call 775-945-1800 For Roth, the meeting finally gave him something positive from the war.
“There was so much horror in what happened in Vietnam. It was a very barbaric war
and I never had anything good come of it,” Roth said. “I finally have something good
to talk about with Vietnam.”
Although it was only recently that Roth began to tell this story because of its unbe-
lievability, there is no part of him that thinks it was heroic.
“I saw a lot of guys do heroic things and I did heroic things, but that wasn’t heroic,”
Roth said, adding he just happened to be in that part of the morgue working on a body
that day and looked over at Hernandez. “It was just meant to be. God had a reason to
keep Gil around and I believe after meeting him, I see why he kept him here. It was
luck and God. It had nothing to do with being a hero.”
The events of that day in 1968 are still all too real for Roth. At on point during their
short reunion, Hernandez removed his hat. The image of Hernandez’s hair immedi-
ately took Roth back to the war.
“He had helmet hair and I flashed back to Vietnam, to him lying in the morgue and I
thought he was dead. I had to realize I was in Washington, D.C. at the war memorial,”
The reunion might have been short, but it brought two men with an inextricable face
Both Hernandez and Roth have dedicated their lives to preserving veterans’ rights
and providing assistance to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Having
both suffered from PTSD, they know the great toll trauma can take on service men
Hernandez said for years after his return from service, he was plagued by night-
mares revolving around the night his tank was attacked.
“(That night) I was able to get my guys together, in case the enemy came down and fin-
ished us off,” Hernandez said. “And, for a lot of years, I had nightmares of them coming
down and finishing us off.”
For Roth, it was only this week where he said he awoke from a nightmare in which
Hernandez did not live. It wasn’t until his wife told him Hernandez was alive that he
started to shake the dream.
Reaching out to veterans is of the utmost importance to both men and it is their goal
to make sure veterans get the help they need to heal.
Roth said if anyone sees a veteran in trouble, they should get them to a local organ-
ization for help.
“That’s what we do, get them treatment and help them,” Roth said. “My life is just
beginning and it was 30 years wasted. If anyone can reach out to a veteran, and give
them a hand, is all I ask.”
Hernandez said veterans coming home should keep notes and share their stories, so
they aren’t lost forever. Both Hernandez and Roth agree that veterans need to be
reached out to, so they can begin the healing process.
Currently, Hernandez is lobbying to make sure the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs continues to get funding. He said the government needs to understand that if
they do not make sure veterans are cared for, they should not be sent to war.
“We should not be the first ones to be cut,” Hernandez said. “If anything, they should
cut every other program before they cut veterans, because these other issues wouldn’t be
issues if it wasn’t for veterans.
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VA NEWS, continued from page 6
tographer for an opinion as to whether the stressor. This regulation shifts much of Center Manager (VSCM) call of August the service member has completed the
ship had entered the mouth of the river. the stressor verification process from RO 2010, the Department of Defense (DoD) PEB process, knows that he or she is
personnel to the VA medical examiner, Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Offi- being separated from service, and has a
PTSD examinations and the new resulting in the examination report taking cers (PEBLO) are now providing BDD projected date of separation. If, at the
“fear-based” stressor regulation on increased significance for resolving and Quick Start pamphlets (VA Pamphlet time of application, the service member
The new Post-Traumatic Stress Dis- the claim. Issues related to the examina- 21-09-2 and VA Pamphlet 21-08-1) to has less than 60 days on active duty, the
order PTSD regulation at 38 CFR 3.304 f tion process are covered in Training service members who have completed claim will be processed as Quick Start. If
3 allows a veteran’s lay statement alone to Letter 10-05, Relaxation of Evidentiary traditional Physical Evaluation Boards the service member has more than 60
establish the occurrence of a claimed in- Standard for Establishing In-Service PEBs and are being separated from days remaining on active duty and can
service stressor when: it is related to fear Stressors in Claims for Post-Traumatic service. Intake Sites and ROs are report for an examination either at, or
of hostile military or terrorist activity, and Stress Disorder. reminded that BDD and Quick Start near his or her duty station, the claim will
a VA psychiatrist or psychologist, or con- claims can be taken from all service be processed as BDD.
tract equivalent, confirms that the Benefits Delivery at Discharge BDD members who have a known separation Initial compensation claims from
claimed stressor is adequate to support a and Quick Start Claims from Service date within 180 days, including those service members who are participating
diagnosis of PTSD, and the veteran’s Members with Medical Separations who are medically separated. BDD and in the IDES will be processed as part of
symptoms are related to the claimed As indicated on the Veterans Service Quick Start claims can be accepted once that program.
OVERHAUL, continued from page 7
years ago, alleging systemic failures in often takes weeks for a suicidal vet to
the government’s processing of disability get a first appointment.
claims and appeals of denied coverage. A The May 10 ruling noted that there are
lower court denied the groups’ claims on 25 million veterans in the United States,
procedural grounds. including 1.6 million who served in Iraq or
Treatment of war wounds has been a Afghanistan over the past decade. PTSD is
legal guarantee to soldiers since a leading mental health disorder diagnosis
Abraham Lincoln was president, and for those veterans. A Rand Institute study
the law was enhanced in 1998. The VA estimates that as many as one third of
is obliged to provide a mental health returning war veterans currently suffer
assessment within 30 days for any vet- from PTSD or major depression.
eran requesting help, but it takes the The VA could ask the appeals court to
Department an average of four years to reconsider its decision with a special 11-
fully provide the mental health benefits judge panel; ask the U.S. Supreme Court
owed veterans. The court also said it to take the case; or abide by the ruling.
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Troops Thankful for
Free Call Day Program
Troops stationed overseas were able to wish their loved ones at home a happy Easter,
thanks to a VFW Operation UplinkTM “Free Call Day” (FCD) sponsored by the VFW
Department of Texas. Deployed military personnel took advantage of the event by vis-
iting Internet cafés located throughout Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait to make over
65,000 connections home with family and friends. The program is the only one of its
kind, providing two designated days each month when deployed service members
making phone calls to the U.S. and other home base locations are greeted by a
recording which states the call will be free, courtesy of Operation Uplink.
With the Easter FCD, VFW surpassed 1 million free connections since September
2010. VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members, as well as other caring citizens, generously
support the program. The program provides an easy way for individuals and organiza-
tions to make an immediate difference in the lives of active-duty military personnel.
Service members are incredibly grateful for the program. Jeremiah Giles posted on
VFW’s Facebook page, “This is my fourth deployment, and thank you very much for
all the FREE phone calls that I’ve had over the years on the holidays!”
Dan Mabey posted, “This is my third deployment, and I am so grateful to be able to
call home, especially when it is for free. Thank you, VFW, for all the love and sup-
port you show the troops.” To see more comments and get all of the latest VFW news,
visit VFW’s Facebook page.
A Mother’s Day FCD occurred on May 8, sponsored by VFW Ladies Auxiliary. The
number of free connections for Mother’s Day was not available at the time of this
article’s deadline. However, there was a very personal connection for one of our VFW
members, Sandi Clum. Her son, Patrick, called her to wish her a happy Mother’s Day
and to see how she was recovering from her recent automobile accident. He was able
to call her because of Operation Uplink Mother’s Day FCD.
Comrade Clum says, “So thank you, VFW, for giving me the opportunity to speak to
my son for a while on Mother’s Day. Without that, the only way we have communicated
has been snail mail and e-mail. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this program, and
I am sure every mother out there that has a child over there appreciates it, too.”
March 23 was a historic day for Timothy Hall, wounded warrior and Life Member
of VFW Post 2313. The smile on his face says it all as he stands for the first time at
Walter Reed since being wounded in June 2010.
VFW 7385 teamed with members of the Red Hat Divas in Mesquite to remember
our veterans with a Buddy Poppy drive on April 23, 2011. An English couple vis-
iting Mesquite stated that they were not sure that the VFW members understood the
poppy’s significance. Bob Barquist, Post 7385 Commander, responded with, “All
combat veterans know about Flanders Field and that we honor all veterans around
the world by distributing our Buddy Poppies every year.” VFW Post 2350 Commander Larry Hire (on the right) and Senior Vice Commander
Dennis Fobes (on the left) presented Heidi Arndt a certificate from the VFW for
winning the Department’s Voice of Democracy oral essay contest. Also present was
Keith Wald, Spring Creek High School’s principal.
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National Guard Family Day Risewick Funeral and
April 3, 2011 Memorial Service
District 1 District 2
May 14, 2011 April 16, 2011
District 3 District 4
April 30, 2011 April 23, 2011
District 5 District 6
April 2, 2011 May 7, 2011
Districts 5 & 6 Picnic