THE VFW LEADER Official Publication of the N.C. Department H OLD T E FUTU Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States EH RE VFW of North Carolina W Non-Profit Org Inside: PO Box 25337 US Postage • Pg. 2 - Letters Raleigh, NC 27611-5337 PAID Rermit No. 1838 • Pg. 3 - Officers Columns Raleigh N.C. 2009 • Pg. 4 - American Income Life • Pg. 7 - President’s Column • Pg. 8 - Happening Photos • Pg. 9 - Convention Photos • Pg. 10 - Advanced Wall of Honor VOLUME NO. 64 THE VFW LEADER APR/MAY/JUNE 2010 Jr Vice Cdr-in-Chief and National Conductress Witness Seay's and Butterworth's Triumphs Douglas L. Seay of Clyde was elected VFW Bruce Edwards as Quartermaster, Eddie changes, the Department Convention State Commander and Janice Butterworth Banther as Judge Advocate, Saundra floor voted to support a proposed change of Holden Beach as Ladies Auxiliary State Clagett as Surgeon, and A. G. Parker as to increase the National Convention post President at the Department of North Chaplain. fee from $10 for the first comrade to Carolina's 80th Annual State Convention $25, as the National Convention has in Raleigh on June 19, 2010. Viewing On the Ladies' side of the house, Barbara grown in costs, despite budget slashing, this 2010-2011 election were the two Icard moved up unopposed from Junior over the years. National Representatives, Junior Vice Vice President to Senior Vice President, Commander-in-Chief Richard DeNoyer and Ginger Amos advanced unopposed In the area of Resolutions, the Convention of Massachusetts and Ladies Auxiliary from Chaplain to Junior Vice President. floor approved two resolutions to be sent National Conductress Arimithea "Sissy" Winning the other three chairs in the to the National Convention for consider- Borel of Louisiana. Ladies' chain of responsibility were ation by all 54 Departments of the VFW. Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief Ladies Auxiliary National Penny Cacoulidis over Kathy Dixon for They are a resolution to have colleges Richard DeNoyer of Massachusetts Conductress Arimithea "Sissy" Rounding off the slate of top three 2010- Chaplain, Ida Workman unopposed for give college credit to soldiers who have Borel of Louisiana 2011 officers for the VFW are Jason Conductress, and B. Mae Harris over undergone certain military training and ment that Poppies can be purchased is 500. in 2000-01. He was elected as Junior Schoolcraft of Whiteville as Senior Betsy Fortenberry for Guard. instruction, and a resolution to support National Representative Junior Vice Vice Commander-in-Chief at the 2009 Vice Commander and Ted Briggs of a government stamp and coin program Commander-in-Chief DeNoyer declared National Convention in Phoenix. Clemmons as Junior Vice Commander. William Sloan and Lynn Jones ended that would assist warriors and their fami- his great enjoyment at visiting North Besides the VFW, he is a member of the Schoolcraft was unopposed in his bid to their exciting year as State Commander lies monetarily. Carolina and viewing the very suc- American Legion, DAV, Vietnam Veterans move up from Junior Vice Commander and State President respectively by cessful state convention. DeNoyer will of America, Marine Corps Mustang to Senior Vice Commander, but Briggs assuming their hard-earned positions of In separate business on Sunday morn- become National Commander-in-Chief Association, Marine Corps League, had to battle three other candidates to Past State Commander and Past State ing, the 20th, the incoming Council of in 2011-2012. A member of Medford, US Marine Corps Drill Instructors win his position. In the closest election President. Administration approved Bruce Edwards Massachusetts, Post 1012, he served Association, and the Retired Officers in 20 years, Briggs defeated District 10 as Adjutant, Cleo Summers as State in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960 Association. Commander Euell "Buzz" Griggs, Past In the area of Department By-Laws Service Officer, William Dohl as Chief to 1982, including a tour in Vietnam District 8 Commander Mark Bergman, changes, the Convention floor voted to of Staff, and Stephen Amos as State in 1966-67. His decorations include a Sissy Borel, the Ladies Auxiliary National and She Serves Committee Member approve the formation of VFW Riders Inspector. Also, the Council approved Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Conductress, will become National Frances Crawford. The contest took (motorcycle) chapters by the individual a motion that the Budget Committee Medal, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry President in 2013. She is a member of three separate ballots, as first Crawford posts. These chapters will conform to would conduct a VFW audit of the with Palm. Auxiliary 4759 in Starks, Louisiana, hav- and Bergman were dropped off the ballot VFW National rules and regulations, Department records, in addition to the ing a brother and three sons who give as being the lower scorers. In the final which will be published to all posts in professional audit currently conducted DeNoyer joined the VFW in 1981 in her eligibility. Her elected offices include vote, Briggs was able to top Griggs by a the near future by Department headquar- by the accounting firm of Neal, Bradsher, Massachusetts, and has served at Post, Auxiliary President, District President, total of 51 % to 49%. ters. A proposed change that would have and Taylor, and a motion that would District, and Department level, culmi- and President of the Department of allowed the Council of Administration to allow posts to buy Buddy Poppies in nating in his election as Commander of Louisiana in 2004-2005. She was elected Other VFW comrades who were reelected vote by mail in unusual circumstanc- 100-poppy increments from Department the Department of Massachusetts National Guard in 2008 and National unopposed to their same position were es was defeated. For National By-Laws Headquarters. Currently, the smallest incre Conductress in 2009. Past State Commander North Carolina / Virginia Ralph Ross Of Mint Hill Dies Benefits Partnership Update Update Government's new supplements, but this special enroll- AFBA foundation provides (free ben- ment window will not last so don't efit) an additional $40,000 scholar- low-premium Medicare miss out. Contact our NC/VA VFW ship fund to surviving families of Supplement plan "N"- a Benefits Partnership message center first-responders killed in line of duty. at 1-866-223-1431 immediately for Coverage is provided with no medi- huge hit! more information. cal underwriting up to $250,000 and Are you "trapped" in an expen- ARMED FORCES BENEFIT is also available to spouses and chil- sive Medicare supplement? Now dren! Call our NC/VA VFW Benefits ASSOCIATION (AFBA) ben- Partnership at 1-866-223-1431 for there is a way out. The government unveiled two new modern Medicare efits now available to non- more information. Supplement Plans "M" and "N," military! that are available now for enrollment. Hospital reimbursement plan These plans were designed to provide Remember the cheap life insur- reimburses both civilian and Medicare recipients with Medicare ance you had while on active duty? supplement coverage at tremendous Most veterans are familiar with the VA hospital co-pays! monthly premium discounts. And AFBA as the non-profit organiza- there is significant opportunity for Outstanding limited benefit plan tion that provides death benefits to our comrades/sisters who are trapped available to all North Carolinians active duty/Guard/Reserve military in expensive supplement plans ages 40-80; this plan is especially personnel at extremely low rates. because they have medical issues that attractive to Medicare Advantage Started under President Eisenhower prevent them from qualifying for a enrollees who want protection from just after WWII, AFBA benefits were cheaper supplement. For a limited high co-payments (i.e. In-patient only available to military person- time window, they can now apply hospital stays/cancer treatment). It nel, but for the first time in his- for low-premium Plan "N" coverage is also attractive to comrades/sisters tory, AFBA benefits are now avail- without the normal medical under- that are not yet on Medicare and able to certain non-military First writing! For example, a comrade and want to have commercial/VA hospital Responders (Fire/Police/EMS) and sister previously unable to move to co-pay reimbursement skilled nurs- other government/state employees. a cheaper MedSup (because they are ing care benefit, and lump sum pay- This outstanding coverage provides insulin diabetics) were able to move a ment for outpatient surgery/cancer the same 24/7, on/off duty death plan "N" with no medical underwrit- diagnosis at very low cost. Call the Ralph Ross of Post 4059 in Mint Hill Loyalty Day Chairman from 1957-58, benefit coverage (for any reason -no ing, and they reduced their premi- NC/VA VFW Benefits Partnership at passed away in Charlotte/Mint Hill Community Services Chairman from occupation, war, or terrorism exclu- ums from over $6,000 to $2400/year 1-866-223-1431 for more informa- recently. Ross was the State Commander 1958-61, and Membership Chairman in sions!) that is provided to active duty - saving over $4,800 per year! This tion. of the Department of North Carolina 1963-64 and 1965-66. personnel. Example rate: a 32 year- during the height of the Vietnam War in is an absolutely golden opportuni- old first responder with $100,000 1968-69. Ross was elected to the Department ty for enrollees stuck in expensive coverage for $10/month! In addition, officer chairs in 1966 as Junior Vice He had a very active career in the Veterans Commander, served as Senior Vice of Foreign Wars, beginning with his Commander in 1967-68, and then as election as the first Post Commander of Earp-Williams Post 4059 in 1950. State Commander in 1968-69. Visit Your Post's Website Serving again as Post Commander in After his year as State Commander, he 1951-52, he moved up temporarily to continued to provide excellent service Every post in North Carolina has their own web- Department level by being appointed as to the Department as a member of the Sergeant-at-Arms in 1952-53. He then Rehabilitation and Welfare Committee site. It takes a minute to visit your post's site. served as Adjutant of his post from 1953 in 1969-70 and 1972-73, the State Voice to 1957. of Democracy (VOD) Chairman from Just log in to: 1970-72, and finally as District 13 In 1957, he began his service at Commander in 1973-74. http://www.vfwwebcom.org/northcarolina Department level in earnest. He was Page 2 APR/MAY/JUNE 2010 THE VFW LEADER THE VFW LEADER NCDVA Employees, Members of the Commission and Commanders and A letter signed by the President of the Republic of Korea expressing that free A Message Representatives of VSOs, nation's profound gratitude is available The VFW Leader is published Attached is information that needs to each living Korean War Veteran and can be obtained on line at http;//eng. From Your quarterly by the Department Correspondence regarding sub- of North Carolina Veterans of Foreign Wars at 917 New Bern scription and circulation should be addressed to VFW Leader, P.O. to be sent to your respective County Veterans Service Offices. koreanwar60.go.kr/apply.asp<http:// eng.koreanwar60.go.kr/apply.asp> or Department by writing to: U.S. Branch ROK 60th Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina. Editor........................Bruce Box 25337, Raleigh, N.C. 27611. As the 60th anniversary of the begin- ning of the Korean War approaches AKW Commemoration Committee, 2450 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Commander Edwards on June 25, now is a good time to let Washington, DC 20008. Korean War Veterans know that the "These are the times that try men's News stories, photographs and other matters for publication Republic of Korea wants to directly If you need additional information, souls." —Thomas Paine should be addressed to Editor, thank them for their courageous ser- please contact me. VFW Leader, P.O. Box 25337, vice and sacrifice on behalf of freedom. Charlie Smith, Director, NCDVA These past years have been some Raleigh, N.C. 27611. of the most challenging in our Dear Fellow Veterans: malice for being wounded by an invis- nation's—and organization's— "Department Headquarters ible enemy, while proudly serving their history. A crippling recession. normal operating hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. From July ( 1945 ) to November ( Country, and would gladly "strap-it- Wars on two fronts. Rising num- Monday thru Friday. Closed for holidays: New Years 1992 ), the United States detonated on" one more time in defense of our bers of injured veterans. And 1,154~nucrear weapons including the liberty, freedom and way of life, as they unfortunately, declining dona- Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, Good Friday, two Atomic-Bombs that destroyed are all true Patriots of the first order, tions to our programs ... even as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veterans Hiroshima & Nagasaki ( Japan ) and and their only wish is to be properly Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day." the need is growing dramatically. three ( advanced design ) tests on the recognized by their Government, and outskirts of Hattiesburg, MS. There properly treated for their health issues. Today, VFW is being tested on an Letters to the Editor were more than 500,000 military per- sonnel involved in those radiation con- Accordingly, there are several thousand surviving Spouses of ( deceased) A-Vets epic level. This situation is seri- ous. You need to know about it so, tamination events, at various Pacific who may not be aware of their eligibil- GREETINGS: Storm, Cold War, etc.) - approxi- Islands & Atoll's, or at the "Camp- ity for "survivor" benefits. Reaching together, we can fight back. mately 12-15 medals United Nations Desert-Rock" (NV) Test Site. Those out to these Veterans, and their families I am just a "grunt" down the line, - approximately 20-30 medals. Atomic-Veterans (A-Vets) were held to a is the root purpose of our continuing More than two million men and who has an "ax to grind!" What is it? strict "oath-of-secrecy" that was finally Mission-Statement. women have served in Iraq and Why do our veterans (around here) If you, as a Veteran, are interested, rescinded in November, 1996. By this Afghanistan. They are returning fail or do not wear their medals on write for the catalogs from the ven- time, however; more than 300,000 A- The Officers & Directors of NAAV are home to a nation in crisis. Jobs Memorial Day or Veterans Day or dors listed below. (There are other Vets had carried their "secrecy-oath" all Atomic-Veterans who dedicate their are extremely scarce. The VA sys- any other day? vendors not listed shown.) These are with them to their graves, along with time towards these ends, freely and tem is stretched to the limit. And listed in sequence of which have the a host of debilitating radiogenic health without compensation. In the past, these young veterans are turning So I put together the enclosed Medals most commemorative medals. No issues that shortened their normal life we were able to fund the costs of these and Commemorative Medals infor- vendor carries them all, as each has to us for help in record num- expectancy. These health anomalies activities with membership dues and bers, as are veterans of wars past. mation sheet and pass a copy to any a different contract for buying and were precipitated by their exposure to ( tax-exempt ) donations, without the veteran I see to include post/chapter selling the medals. You can get all If we stopped sending mailings ionizing radiation particles at various need to actively solicit additional con- meetings. I sent this to you and the catalogs and shop around for the and relied solely on membership nuclear weapon test sites, or while tributions. At this time, however; we perhaps you could put something best price. engaged in assigned activities within find ourselves in need of seeking out dues, the available funds would together, (Use my words and such nuclear radiation fallout "hot-zones." additional monetary assistance, from cover only 11% of program costs. as you see fit) and put it in the VFW You are entitled to various medals; other Veteran Groups, or from any Without donations from generous Leader. why not get them and pass them on The National Association of Atomic other "Good-Samaritan" source. We members like you, VFW will fall to your grandkids? Veterans ( NAAV ) was founded in hope you will consider the merits of short. Right now, we are falling Patriotism is not dead! But if you 1979, to give A-Vets a single voice to assisting us in our quest to continue short. can, please help me to encourage our Children today need heroes. Your express their concerns about ( radio- to help America's wounded "Nuclear- buddies to wear their medals. It's medals recognize you as one... .espe- genic) health issues that they could Warriors" as described herein. All such I know we ask a lot of you, but ad—shame they don't. They earned cially in the eyes of children. Medals not freely discuss with their families, contributions will be recognized with that's because we need you. them, after all. I am not "bad mouth- can also show an important part if private physicians, or even the local our letter of thanks, and an "Atomic- Without your contributions, we ing" anybody. They have done great your family's history. V.A. Over the last 30+ years, we have Veteran-Sponsor" Certificate. Those things. would be forced to turn away rendered assistance to more than who may wish to contribute $500.00 many veterans in need. I want you Order Catalogs from: 50,000 of these veterans, and their ( or more ) will be recognized with our Why don't all of us wear the med- ® Pieces of History, P.O Box 7590, to understand your donations to families, on a "no-fee" basis. Current letter of thanks and a ( bronze & cher- als we earned? Remember, this is Cave Creek, AZ 85327- (480) 488- Department mailings stay in this ( DOD) records show that here are ry-wood ) "Atomic-Veteran-Sponsor" the Land of the Free Because of the 1377 (2) Medals of America, 1929 approximately 200,000+ surviving A- plaque. It is our hope that you will find Department. Your donations sup- Brave! Fairview Rd., Fountain Inn, SC Vets, many of whom may not be aware our purpose noble, just, and worthy of port the programs right here in 29644 - (800) 308-0849 (?) Medals, that the "secrecy-oath" is no longer your kind & generous considerations. our state. I know I've heard grum- There is an old saying..."Put a fire 221 N. Central, #1776-M, Medford, in effect, and a large percentage of blings about donations going to under somebody's a--, and they will OR 97501@ Hoover Mfg. Co., P.O. which may be afflicted with "service- Yours truly; National—they do, but then they move." Time to light the fire, I say. Box 516, Peru, IL 61354 - (815) connected" radiation induced cancers. R.J. Totter-CEM Managing Director & come right back to us. Mike George USA, CSM(Ret) 85 223-1159 <£) D+G Enterprises, Collectively, these Veterans hold no National Commander years old. P.O. Box 680, Salem, AL.36874 - Doug Seay, State Commander (334) 749-9222 $ US Calvary, 2&55 P.S. The old guy in this photo would Centennial Ave., Radcliff, KY 40160 light up the fire for sure. This pic- ture was taken by my basic training - (270) 351-7000 & Ranger Joes, 325 Farr Rd., Suite A, Columbus, Online Raffle Test a Success Winners buddy two days after we crossed the GA 31907 - (800) 247-4541 In support of programs and proj- Raffles are a traditional means of Rhine in assault boats. •Certificate / CJM, 704 N. Easy Street, ects to assist the VFW Department of North Carolina and other vet- fund raising used by non-profits to create revenue in support of of the Suite *1, Payson, AZ 85541 - (928) 468-1011 American International LTD, 1205 W. Main, Norman, OK erans service groups, the Veterans Foundation of North Carolina con- organizational missions. Selling raffle tickets online enables posts VFW 73069 - (800) 830-1776 cluded its first online raffle ticket and auxiliaries to go “outside the drive at the Department’s annual state convention, as approved by well”, beyond the VFW member- ship base and into the general pub- Leader the Council of Administration last lic in providing ways for individu- Seth Zissette, a rising sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill, was selected February. als to support the VFW/Auxiliary mission of “honoring the dead by Raffle to participate in a National Science The first winners of this new con- helping the living.” These are not Foundation Research Experience for $10,000 to William S. cept raffle are: 1st place and 3rd electronic online raffles, but rather Undergraduates at the University of place – Charles Cole of Fayetteville are raffles that require the printing Collins of China Grove, NC Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Post 6018 for $65, and 2nd place of tickets, placed in a barrel with Seth will be immersed in anthropo- – Jeffery Friar of Charlotte Post draws conducted by a representa- logical method and theory. He will 9488 for $25. tive of the organization. If tickets $2,000 to George Gideon of conduct original research, share in a are not sold, the raffle becomes a field trip program visiting museums Sebastian, FL The Veterans Foundation of North 50-50 drawing. Tickets printed for and will participate in a lecture pro- COMMEMORATIVE MEDALS Carolina is a non-profit 501c3 drawings will be saved and remain gram discussing biological anthropol- organization created by the VFW to available for auditing purposes. $1,000 to Thomas Dittmann ogy, chemistry, archaeology and Near The U.S. Government does not have assist veterans and military families, Eastern studies. Seth was one of only of Whispering Pines, FL a policy of furnishing foreign med- and is operated by volunteers and If any North Carolina post or aux- ten students selected nationwide to als to veterans. Service personnel are non-paid employees since 2004. iliary would like to explore the participate. Seth is a pre-med major at expected to personally acquire for- Chariclicks, LLC, a partnership possibilities of conducting its UNC. He is the son of Keith and Lisa organization of the Department own online raffle, it is free to sign $500 to Johnnie T. Felts of eign medals, at their own expense. Zissette of Barnwell, SC; the grandson of North Carolina, provides its up. Interested posts and auxil- Union Grove, NC of Durwood and Joan Moore, and great Listed below are some commemora- Exclusive License Agreement with iaries should contact VFW State grandson of Mrs. Marie Tyer all of tive medals and a list of vendor's a company called Raffle America Adjutant/Quartermaster at (919) Washington. Seth was the Recipient of $500 to Marie C. Wester of catalogs which carry the medals. to the VFW Department for use 828-5058. Also, one can visit the the Veterans of Foreign Wars 2009 Otis World War II - approximately 25-30 by the Veterans Foundation, and website/weblog at HYPERLINK Henderson, NC N. Brown Scholarship. His grandfather medals Korea—approximately 12- VFW posts and auxiliaries in North "http://www.vfwnc.org" www. is a lifetime member of Post #6088, 15 medals Vietnam - approximately Carolina. vfwnc.org. Washington, North Carolina. 9-13 medals Post'Vietnam - (Desert THE VFW LEADER JAN/FEB/MAR 2010 Page 3 COMMANDER’S COLUMN SR. VICE COMMANDER COLUMN tiful shores. Have you ever schedule was the commander's banquet. gave up all of their tomorrows for our It was during that banquet I had the priv- today. It is important that we never lose heard of the story of sheep, ilege to witness a memorable ceremony; sight of that. When we come together sheepdogs, and wolves, and a ceremony that would prompt me to as an organization, whether as a post, how it relates to combat vet- reflect on the mission of the VFW. district, or department, we are coming erans? Most of our citizens together to serve the needs of veterans. Dave Hamel conducted a POW/MIA We should always make an effort to are sheep, not in a bad way, remembrance ceremony. It was a moving remember that. When we are debating but in the way of being kind, service that reminded me of the incred- our business in a VFW meeting we must trusting, forward-looking, ible sacrifices our brothers and sisters- be considerate, respectful, and polite. and hard-working. They do in-arms have made. It also reminded We must always act in the true spirit of me why I joined the Veterans of Foreign comradeship. After all, we are all veterans not really know about the Wars. Watching the service and then coming together for a common cause. wolves who lurk in the dark- saluting during the playing of Taps, I ness, waiting to snatch up recalled the commitment to veterans and The ceremony that night reinforced the every sheep they can get. their families that this organization has. importance of what the VFW does. We I thought about our motto to "Honor the can never allow petty jealousies or trivial These wolves are the enemies JASON SCHOOLCRAFT DOUG SEAY dead by serving the living." personalities to interfere with our mis- of America, and they long Our department convention just finished sion of service to veterans. Those we greatly for an end to democ- up. It was a busy time for all the comrades We all commit our time and resources to strive to help deserve no less than our Let me begin by thanking all racy and freedom everywhere. who were present. There were numerous the VFW because of our desire to serve best effort. of you who supported me so And then there are the sheep- meetings about budgets, recruiting, etc, our fellow veterans and their families. We loyally for all these years, and and even an election. Among the crowded serve in remembrance of our friends who dogs - those who guard the have accorded me the high flocks, because they know that honor of being your State there really are wicked wolves JR. VICE COMMANDER COLUMN Commander for 2010-2011. in the world. You and I, my You may not remember, but comrades, are those sheep- I would like to thank all of the Comrades purpose of District Meetings is to inform I am the last of the state line dogs, and we know what will for your support in electing me all Post members about the business of officers who had to progress Department Junior Vice Commander, the Department. Therefore it would be happen if we are not ever- and a special thanks to Cleve Cox for a pleasure to see all Posts represented at through four other chairs to vigilant against the wolves. nominating me. I pledge my service to the District meetings. By the way, it is a reach the position of State the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and will requirement that the Post Commander or Commander - these being However, our contributions to represent the Department with dignity. his representative attend such meetings! Surgeon, Judge Advocate, During my campaign I visited sever- I have been a member of this great our great nations' safety and al VFW Posts and Districts, and was organization for many years, and remem- Junior Vice Commander, and security sometimes have con- pleased with the work that most of them ber well when there was standing room Senior Vice Commander. The sequences we never dreamed were doing on membership, Voice of only at District meetings, and also at Convention, in its wisdom, of, and I will address this Democracy, Patriot's Pen, Teacher of the Department Conventions. I would like has since that time made Year, Community Service, and the many to see our attendance increased at all topic next. ways they were assisting our Veterans. meetings, so let us all strive to make the Surgeon's and the Judge However, I noticed that some of the our Department stronger by working Advocate's position into con- At the recent Annual State VFW Posts and Auxiliaries were not rep- together. tinuous ones (much like the Convention, where I was resented at the District meetings. The TED H. BRIGGS Quartermaster or Chaplain) elected and installed as your in order for the comrades in new State Commander, I those positions to gain much made an announcement to valuable knowledge and infor- mation as a result of their all present about my health issues, as I felt that there were Retirement for Active Duty Service extended service in that job. Of course, they still have to be too many false rumors flying about the Tarheel State about from January 1957 to Dec. 31, 2001 elected separately each year, my mental fitness to com- by Cleo Summers, State Service Officer but they do not compete for mand. I freely tell you now Please share this with anyone who's Agent Orange Exposure Listed [Destroyer] [Operated on coastal inlet higher jobs in the state line that my experiences in com- had active duty service between The Department of Veterans Affairs north of Da Nang, June 2-5, officers' chain of command. January 1957 to December 31, 2001 has issued a list of Navy vessels from 1966, protecting Marines holding a bat come home to nest now and planning for retirement. In a the Vietnam War era verified to have bridge] Suffice to say, I am glad I am and then, and this is what nutshell it boils down to this: served in inland "brown water" USS Basilone (DD-824) [Destroyer] finally here, and intend to do happened to me during the regions. Sailors and officers who [Operated on Saigon River, May 24- a great job for you! last several months. Just as You qualify for a higher social secu- served on these vessels are presumed 25, 1966] many of you brave comrades rity payment because of your Military by the VA to have been exposed to the USS Hamner (DD-718) [Destroyer] I would like to address my service, for active duty any time from herbicide Agent Orange. As such, if [Operated on Song Lon Tao and Long have suffered "flashbacks" of 1957 through 2001 (the program was they become sick with any of the ill- Song Tao Rivers, August motto this year - "One Nation your horrible experiences in done away with 1 January 2002). nesses related to Agent Orange expo- 15-September 1, 1966] Under God". I chose this war, I too had a "flashback" Up to $1200 per year of earnings sure, they would qualify for treatment USS Conway (DD-507) [Destroyer] motto to reemphasize our and sought help from the VA credit credited at time of application at VA medical facilities. [Operated on Saigon River, early country's basic values — Medical Center and its phy- - which can make a substantial dif- August 1966] much like incoming National ference in social security monthly The ships and dates of inland water- USS Fiske (DD-842) [Destroyer] sicians. The medicine that I payments upon your retirement. You way service are listed below: All vessels [Operated on Mekong River, June Commander-in-Chief Richard had been prescribed to assist must bring your DD-214 to the Social of Inshore Fire Support [IPS] Division 16-21, 1966] Eubank's motto of "God, me was not working, and for Security Office and you must ask 93 during their entire Vietnam tour USS Black (DD-666) [Destroyer] Country, Veterans." The last a short while, I was not at for this benefit to receive it! Soc Sec USS Carronade (IPS 1) [Operated on Saigon River, July 13- time I looked, our Pledge of 100% operating strength. But website: http:// www.ssa.gov/retire2/ USS Clarion River (LSMR 409) 19, 1966] Allegiance to the Flag still military.htrn [Landing Ship, Medium, Rocket] USS Providence (CLG-6) [Cruiser, I have now changed the medi- USS Francis River (LSMR 525) Light, Guided Missile] [Operated on contained the words of my cine, am stable and happy, This is something to put in your files USS White River (LSMR 536) Saigon River 3 days during. motto, and our American and look forward to per- for when you apply for Social Security All vessels with the designation LST January 1964] money still contained the forming as your hard-charg- down the road. It is NOT just for [Landing Ship, Tank]; LCVP [Landing USSMahan(DLG-ll) [Guided Missile words "In God We Trust." I ing State Commander. I can retirees, BUT anyone who has served Craft, Vehicle, Personnel]; PCF [Patrol Frigate] [Operated on Saigon River certainly am not advocating on active duty between January 1957 Craft, Fast]; PER [Patrol Boat, River]; October 24-28, 1964] assure you that I am fully and any particular religion (even to December 31,2001, during their entire tour The following USS Okanogan (APA-220) [Attack completely capable of lead- FYI - this benefit is not automatic, ships on the dates listed only: Transport] [Operated on Saigon River my own!), as long as we all ing the Department of North you must ask for it! We've all been on USS Ingersoll (DD-652) [Destroyer] July 22-23, 29-30, 1968 remember that this is one of Carolina to new heights. active duiy between 1957 and 2001 or [Operated on Saigon River, October and August 5-6,1968] the cornerstones of our exis- know someone who has. Passing on 24-25, 1965] USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) [Combat tence as the greatest nation on We will begin now, where my good information for all your mili- USS Mansfield (DD-728) [Destroyer] Stores Ship] [Unloaded supplies on Earth. It is imbued within our tary folks when you apply for social [Operated on Saigon River August 8- Saigon River and Cam Rahn great predecessor, Bill Sloan, security. 19, 1967 and December Bay, April 22-25, 1968] history, and cannot be deleted left off, and sign up ever more 21-24, 1968] or denied. As they say, there comrades, sisters, and broth- Ships Qualifying for Presumptive USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849) are no atheists in foxholes in ers. I am absolutely deter- combat! The beliefs of a huge mined to make 100%+ this majority of our people in a higher power and a higher year, as is my lady counterpart, The newly renovated and paint- President Janice Butterworth. purpose are surely of great Remember that we must also ed VFW State Recruiting Trailer consequence in the minds of our brave warriors scattered retain those we sign up, and is availabale for sign out and not let them "escape through around the globe battling evil the back door!" So let's get pick up by contacting the State on a daily basis. to work together and move VFW Headquarters at 919- forward strongly!! May God bless all of our 828-5058. It comes complete valiant Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast with recruiting documents and Guardsmen as they keep the patriotic giveaways. wolves at bay from our beau- Page 4 JAN/FEB/MAR 2010 THE VFW LEADER Washington Post 6088 Sponsors Traveling Wall That Heals Each name on The Wall That 6088, District 2 Commander due to his actions on November Heals has a story to tell, but the George Schryer, and the city of 14,1965 in a battle in Vietnam, people whose names are listed on Washington. in which he was wounded during that wall cannot tell their stories. his heroic action, which included Instead, it is up to the living to The Wall commemorates the charging an enemy machine gun tell their stories and keep their more than 58,000 members of the position singlehandedly. names alive. United States armed forces who were killed during the Vietnam "264 U.S. military personnel That was one of the messages War. Part of those are 1609 North who served in Vietnam received delivered during the opening cer- Carolinians killed in action there, the Medal of Honor," said Marm, emony for the four-day visit of and 43 North Carolinians still "some of them posthumously. the half-sized traveling replica of listed as missing in action. Of that number, 154 have their the Vietnam Veterans Memorial names inscribed on the wall. Many in Washington, D.C. The recent Keynote speaker at the ceremo- Americans have been touched by placement of the Wall in Veterans ny was Medal of Honor winner these walls as they have traveled Walter Joseph Marm Jr., a retired Army Colonel and Medal of Honor recipient, Memorial Park in Washington Walter J. Marm, a resident of the U.S. The names on the Wall studies the traveling Wall That Heals at Veterans Memorial Park in Washington, was due to the hard work of Fremont, North Carolina. Marm each have a story to tell." NC. Marm was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony. Red Brinson Memorial Post was awarded the highest medal A Return Trip, Slightly Different, for Honor Guard Cliff Harris, quartermaster of the District 11 Honor Guard knew Retired Air Force Master Sergeant "At about the same time," Harris what to expect on their most Ron Hash appreciated seeing his said." the Aussie's father had been recent trip to Arlington National name among the list of contribu- at the other end of the air strip, at Cemetery to place a wreath at the tors for the Air Force Memorial Long Binh." The son had studied Tomb of the Unknowns. After overlooking Arlington and that war, knew where his father all, they had done it last year and Washington. had been, so he and Harris had a combined the trip with a two worthwhile conversation. day tour of Washington. They But for Harris, who is also the would do the same this year but rifle squad leader for the Honor The Honor Guard returned from add another dimension: visiting Guard, three unexpected events Washington on a Sunday night. wounded troops at Walter Reed stick in his memory. Tourists The next day they were back Army Medical Center. visit Washington from around doing what they most frequently the world. Lucky United States do, providing military honors at Making the trip with Harris this citizens get to meet some. Harris veterans' funerals - 169 times in Rifle Squad Leader Cliff Harris of the VFW District 11 Honor Guard chats with past October, a year after their is one of the lucky ones. He met 2008, it will be close to that num- a Stanford football player. previous journey, were Honor tourists from Djibouti and from ber in 2009. Guard members James Cranford, Cambodia, both places far differ- Ron Hash, Cokie Jones, Joe King, ent from North Carolina. At the In addition, the Honor Guard at the half for a funeral. They Chapter of the Military Officers, Barry Luper, Robert McCarn, Air and Space Museum at Dulles, gives veterans a public face all gave presentation rifles to the Air A. G. Parker saying grace before Carl Monson, Jim Moore, E. beneath a UH-1, he met a tour- across the District. They present- Force Junior ROTC unit at North the meal. And they went to schools T. Page, John Troxel and Jack ist from Australia, in bush hat ed the Colors at the Wake Forest Forsyth High School, thanks to a across Davie and Forsyth Counties Whitaker. They all agreed that and rigby shirt, whose father had - Stanford football game, leaving generous gift from Honor Guard for Veterans Day activities."We both the Arlington and Walter been in the Australian army in member Barry Luper. They made want to be involved in our com- Reed experiences were significant Vietnam. Cliff had been at Long a presentation to the Tar Heel munity," says Templeton, "and and emotional. Binh. do something extra." American Income Life Insurance Company: Linking Business with Community Service At its February 2010 meeting, corporate culture is the network ing back to the Community." It gram. This quickly adds up to a that there is a wide selection of the Department Council of of food bank programs that AIL has been particularly helpful dur- significant amount of non-per- healthy food that people enjoy. Administration approved spon- maintains across the United ing the recession. ishable food. Post leaders or indi- It's not just a bag full of beans." sorship of a new value-added ben- States - to help families in times vidual VFW NC members can Farr said he's concerned about efit package in partnership with of crisis. According to a recent report*, call the local AIL representative the financial problems American American Income Life Insurance one in eight Americans, or 37 for food assistance if/when it's working families face today and Company (AIL). This partner- Launched years ago as a com- million people, received emer- most needed. he's glad AIL can help them. ship provides all comrades with a munity service, AIL's grass-roots gency food help last year. That package of additional benefits at food bank program has assisted number has increased by almost Because the local insurance "We've helped many families who no cost to the comrade. Specifics thousands of needy working fam- half, 46%, since 2006, according agency handles distribution, Fair thought they would never have to were detailed in the insert that ilies nationwide. AIL's program to the report. said, immediate help is available. come to a food bank for assis- accompanied the last edition serves as a stop-gap measure. It There are no formal interviews or tance," Farr said. "It makes me of the newspaper. You can see gives an emergency supply of food During the visit AIL makes to a paperwork. proud to be with a company like American Income Life (AIL) is to help families in need. While comrade's home to present them AIL."View the benefit offering somewhat distinctive in that it American Income Life Insurance with their benefits package and "We just tell them to come by the and/or request benefits by going has a solid track record of stable, Company is not a food relief explain additional supplemental office," Farr said. "We don't just to the web site listed below . well-managed growth coupled organization, regional Public insurance available, the AIL rep- give out a can or two. We give a with a culture of community ser- Relations Director Tim Fair said resentative will ask for a food family an entire bag of groceries www.ailife.com/benefits/pgaop. vice. One example of this unique the program is AIL's way of "giv- donation for the food bank pro- to tide them over. We make sure THE VFW LEADER APR/MAY/JUNE 2010 PAGE 7 PRESIDENT’S COLUMN goals only by working together VA Simplifies Online Application WASHINGTON (May 5,2010) - return to the application at any as a team. We must put our dif- Veterans will find it easier and time without having to start over. ferences aside and focus only on faster to apply for their health care Previously, Veterans had to com- what is best for our organiza- benefits now that the Department plete the form in a single session. tion. I think my motto, "Our of Veterans Affairs has updated its strength lies in unity", expresses online Form 10-10EZ, "Application This updated online form, along this perfectly. I chose "Anything for Health Benefits." "VA is com- with the revised VA Form 10-10EZ, Leprechaun" as my theme sim- mitted to tapping into the best reduces the collection of informa- ply because it is fun! I believe that technology has to offer to tion from Veterans by eliminating very strongly in working hard, ensure Veterans receive the benefits some questions. but I also believe in having a they have earned," said Secretary of little fun along the way. I think Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. In addition, there are minor chang- that if we work "United", we "We continue to look for new ways es to simplify the wording of ques- will also have time to have some to improve access to care and ben- tions and provide clarity in the fun. efits." instructions. Further enhance- This revised online application pro- ments to the online application are I would like for us to continue vides enhanced navigation features expected to be delivered in incre- with the recruitment program that make it easier and faster for ments throughout 2010. that Past President Lynn and Veterans to apply for their health Past Commander Bill started care benefits. This new version also Veterans may complete or down- this past year. This has proven allows Veterans to save a copy of load the 10-10EZ form at the VA to be successful in bringing in the completed form for their per- health eligibility Web site at https:// JANICE BUTTERWORTH new members. I do, however, sonal records. www.!010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/ also want us to concentrate on 1010ez. Veterans may also contact keeping our members. We need The most significant enhancement VA at 1-877-222-8387 (VETS) or to mentor the new members and allows Veterans to save their appli- visit the VA health eligibility Web First of all, thank you for entrust- help them understand our orga- cation to their local desktop and site at www.va.gov/healtheligibility ing me with the honor of serv- nization and our "language". ing as Department President for I remember when I joined the the 2010-2011 year. I promise that I will serve you to the very best of my ability. In addition to thanking all of the members Ladies Auxiliary and had no clue what POP, VOD, MAPS, or any of the things that roll so easily off our tongues meant. I Ladies Auxiliary Blast of the Ladies Auxiliary for this honor, there are also some others that must be mentioned. In no particular order, they are my very didn't know when, where, why, or how we went to the "hospi- tal" to play bingo. Only by read- Through in Raffle! ing and being helped by other patient and supportive husband, members did I learn these things The Department of North Carolina's Ladies be included under the Ways and Means portion of Ben, who has always believed in and much more - such as the Auxiliary took part in the comrades' VFW Leader their budget. me and is always there for me and Annual Raffle for the first time in their history, and differences between Auxiliary, the Sisters of the Tarheel State came through with State Quartermaster Bruce Edwards furnished an my step-daughter (and friend), State, and National. As we teach flying colors for outgoing Department President estimate to the Ladies that they would net about Janet, and her husband, Dwight, our "new" members and involve Lynn Jones and incoming Department President $5,000 per raffle or $10,000 for the year, but cau- for all their love and support. Also, them in our activities, lets' not Janice Butterworth. tioned them to be careful with the estimates in their there are the ladies of Calabash forget our "old" members. A 2010-2011 budget. The Ladies led by Margaret VFWLA #7288. They are truly phone call just to say "hello, how After costs and a share allotted to the VFW Rogers wisely included only a $6,000 increase in the epitome of why the Ladies are you, do you need anything?" Department of North Carolina for doing the actual their budget estimate, and were delighted with Auxiliary exists. Then there is can mean so much. Don't just work, the Ladies pulled in a profit of over $5300 on their profit of over $5300 for only one raffle. VFW State Commander Doug call to remind them of dues or this first effort, which is a whopping 10% increase Seay. He and his wife, Barbara, ask for a donation for the yard in their annual income. And they are posed to do There was some discussion at the comrades' have always opened their home sale; call to ask what we can do it again at the Voice of Democracy/Patriot Pen Council of Administration meeting on Thursday, and hearts to me. Doug and I for them. We are a service orga- Annual Raffle in February of 2011. If they are as 17 June, on whether the matter should have been have been planning "our" year active in that raffle as in the one just completed, voted upon by the Council prior to including the nization and that also means they will have increased their income by 20% in Ladies, but no conclusions were reached. However, for a long, long time. We both taking care of our own! one year! the incoming Council on Sunday, 20 June, voted want what is best for our organi- unanimously to approve the comrades' 2010-2011 zations and we hope you will find I truly believe that if we func- Then President Lynn Jones called a special Ladies budget (which included the Ladies' projected par- our ideas helpful.. I also recog- tion with the understanding Auxiliary Council of Administration meeting on ticipation in both raffles), and then in a motion nize and appreciate the sacrifices that "Our strength lies in unity" March 13 to discuss the possibility of joining proposed by Past State Commander Larry Flood that each and every veteran has as we prove that we are "United the comrades in their annual raffle. After a hard- to remove all doubt, formally approved continued made. It is only because of your by love for our veterans and fought battle spearheaded at the Department participation by the Ladies. duty to our country that I am country" as "One Nation Under Headquarters building by President Jones and then able to hold this position. My God" our organization will be Senior Vice President Butterworth, the motion to In addition to the Ladies' increased income, the sincere thanks to all of you. better that we have existed. participate was passed. Several Department line comrades increased their own income to the officers and others inexplicably voted against the Department budget by $1700 for accomplishing As we enter this new year, we must measure, even though it was virtually guaranteed the actual physical and bookkeeping work involved remember that we will reach our to increase the Ladies' budget power for years to with a raffle. come. It was agreed that the projected profit would NC Scholars Awarded Otis N. Brown and Billy Ray Cameron Scholarships This year, the 2010 Billy Ray Cameron having a very high academic average, he was a Don Webb. Barbara is current Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship of $4000 was awarded to Brett cast member of many high school plays, sang District President of District 12. Her parents Pardue of Elkin, and the 2010 Otis N. Brown in the Mars Hill Festival Chorus and the Surry are Insurance Adjuster Jim Webb and Secretary Scholarship of $4000 was awarded to Shelby County Honors Chorus, and played in the high Denise Webb of Kannapolis. Nunn of Kannapolis. school marching band and concert band. He volunteered his services at the Hugh Chatham Shelby's accomplishments are many and var- The two Department of North Carolina aca- Nursing Center and in peer tutoring. ied. She has a very high academic average, is demic scholarships are awarded each year to a a member of the National Honor Society, and deserving high school senior who is eligible for Athletically, Pardue was on the Elkin High President of the local Bible Club. Her special the prize through a VFW or Ladies Auxiliary School Fencing Team for four years, with 3 years passion is for volunteer work, in which she family member and will be attending a college as co-captain. He was rated 6th place statewide apparently excells. Among other projects, she or university in North Carolina. The many in fencing in 2008 and 5th place statewide in led a Bible Club fundraiser to help community applicants' packets are sent to State Scholarship 2007. He also was a member of the track and members with utility bills, a calendar sale fund- Chairman Paul Eddie Rash, a comrade and field team for two years. raiser which helped families in the Middle East, the Dean of Avery Campus of the Mayland an effort to provide local needy families with Community College, and he and his judges Politically, he was in many clubs, and served Christmas presents, and a "Nets for Rhetts" bas- select the winners based on academics, high Elkin High School as Student Council Vice ketball tournament which raised $4000 to ben- school accomplishments, and need. President, Student Council Parliamentarian, efit Rhetts Syndrome research and the school and Senior Class Vice President. He wants to be athletic program. She has also volunteered her Brett Pardue just graduated from Elkin High a teacher in Music Education. time and efforts at local nursing homes, and at School, and is eligible for the scholarship Camp Spencer, a two week camp for adults with through his grandmother, Vera B. Foster of Shelby Nunn just graduated from South Rowan mental retardation. Auxiliary 1142. He is the son of R. Craig High School, and is eligible through her grand- Pardue, an employee of the state of North mother, Barbara Webb of China Grove. Shelby is Shelby wants to pursue a career in Nursing at Carolina, and Cheryl J. Pardue, a controller also the grandaughter of recently deceased and either UNC Charlotte or at Cabarrus College of Shelby Nunn of Brett Pardue of Elkin at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. Besides well-liked, long time District 12 Commander Health Sciences. Kannapolis. Page 8 APR/MAY/JUNE 2010 THE VFW LEADER Happenings Around The Tarheel State Commander Robert Davidson of Greensboro Post 2087 places a memorial wreath on the grave of Otis N. Brown District 10 Past Commander Buzz Griggs explains VFW benefits to National Guardsmen at a 2010 of Greensboro, who was State Commander in 1936-37 and Commander-in-Chief in 1939-1940. Yellow Ribbon Homecoming Program held at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Griggs and his team signed up over 150 members at two such events in May and June. Comrade John E. McNamara of Dunn Post 6767 along with his son and grandson, retire an American flag. Ladies Auxiliary members of Posts 9899 and 2087 recruit members at the National Guard Yellow Ribbon Homecoming The post is a sponsor of Boy Scout Troop 780. Event. L-R: Auxiliary 2087 President Melvinna Avent, Judy Triplett, Auxiliary 9899 Tresurer Ginger Thornburg, State President Lynn Jones and Janice Farabee. Leland Post 9408 held a charity barbecue and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its induction into the North Jacksonville Post 9133's new Soviet D-30 122mm howitzer, standing in front of the post. The post held a dedication Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and to rename the post after WWII comrade Ralph E. Long Sr. ceremony for their Iraqi War Memorial attended by numerous military dignitaries, including the Commanding Officer of Camp Lejeune. State Adjutant/Quartermaster Bruce Edwards presents a special VFW Boy Ashevill Post 891 Commander Harold Stines presents Care Partners/ 102 year old comrade Paul J. McElreath of Asheville Post 891 is Scout Award to State Assistant Scout Coordinator David Baillie. The Hospice Representative Lem Moore a check for $4000 at an awards congratulated by Post Trustee John Ward, Commander of the Buncombe certificate was signed by VFW Commander-in-Chief Thomas Tradewell. banquet at the post home. County Veterans Council Memorial Team. A WWII veteran, McElreath still drives himself to meetings and programs. THE VFW LEADER APR/MAY/JUNE 2010 PAGE 9 Scenes from the 80th Annual State Convention Incoming State Commander Doug Seay being given the oath of office Incoming Ladies President Janice Butterworth and Incoming Com- Outgoing Commander Bill Sloan receiving a farewell gift from outgoing from National Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief Richard DeNoyer. mander Doug Seay being escorted up for their oaths of office by Past President Lynn Jones on the convention floor. President Lou Taylor and Color Guard Captain James Cacoulidis. The uniformed members of the Convention! Sergeant-At-Arms Gary U. S. Senator Kay Hagen addressing the convention floor while A moving POW/MIA ceremony by State POW/MIA Chairman Barringer, Color Guard members David Holm, Bill Hertline, James Commander Bill Sloan and President Lynn Jones look on. David Hamel at the banquet. Cacoulidis, and Sunny Whitehead. Happy people at the banquet! Senior Vice Commander Jason School- Ladies National Conductress Sissy Borel craft, Past President Deborah Crowder, Hospital Chairman Frank and Ladies National Council of Admin- Foronda & Mrs. Foronda. istration Member Ann Yamrus at the banquet head table Newly elected Junior Vice Commander Ted Briggs and Ladies Adjutant/Quartermaster Bruce Edwards Chief of Staff Farres Upton at the banquet. working away at the Council of Administration meeting. Page 10 APR/MAY/JUNE2010 THE VFW LEADER Advance Post Reveals Caregiver Legislation Becomes Law The Wall of Honor Families, women veterans, rural veterans to benefit WASHINGTON, May 6, 2010 well as the family caregivers of that's geared primarily to treat- -The Veterans of Foreign Wars all veterans, to include train- ing men, and it addresses the of the U.S. is saluting the presi- ing and education assistance, challenges of serving veterans dent for signing into law yester- counseling and mental health in rural parts of our country, day the Caregivers and Veterans services, and respite care. It as well as homeless veterans on Omnibus Health Services Act will improve the services VA the streets of our cities. (S. 1963), a bipartisan bill currently provides to female introduced last fall by Senate veterans, such as establishing "As an early supporter of S. Veterans Affairs Committee a childcare pilot program, pro- 1963, the VFW is proud to Chairman Daniel Akaka (D- viding seven days of post deliv- have worked with members of HI). ery care to newborns, and train- Congress and their staffs to ing mental health professionals make this new law happen, "This new law will go a long way who care for women veterans to include Chairman Akaka's to helping our injured Iraq and affected by military sexual seven Senate cosponsors — VA Afghanistan veterans and their trauma. It will also improve Committee ranking member families who care for them," healthcare to veterans resid- Richard Burr (R-NC), Tim said VFW National Commander ing in rural areas, prohibit VA Johnson (D-SD), Christopher Attending the Wall of Honor event were, Left to Right: State Thomas J. Tradewell, Sr., a from collecting copay-ments Dodd (D-CT), Byron Dorgan Quartermaster/Adjutant Bruce Edwards, State Ladies Auxiliary combat-wounded Vietnam vet- from catastrophically injured (D-ND), James Inhofe (R- Chief of Staff Farres Upton, State President Lynn Jones and eran from Sussex, Wis. "This veterans, and enhance home- OK), Mark Begich (D-AK) and Comrade Ted Briggs (now newly elected State Junior Vice Cdr) new law honors the commit- less programs and initiatives. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) - and ment our nation made to her "The new law recognizes and House VA Committee Chairman veterans." supports family caregivers who Bob Filner (D-CA) and House leave jobs and careers to care VA Health Subcommittee The new law will expand sup- for their severely injured loved Chairman Michael Michaud port programs for the fam- ones," said Tradewell. "It rec- (D-ME)." ily caregivers of Iraq and ognizes that women veterans Afghanistan war veterans, as must be served better by a VA Post Commander Joe King in front of the magnificent Wall of Honor Advance Post 8719, following dreds of hours doing research several year of research into for the veterans' names all over local county records, letters the county, and the result is a from veterans, church and cem- tribute to those veterans that etery records, and interviews covers the entire 40-foot rear with living veterans and their wall of the VFW post home on families, revealed on June 6 a Feed Mill Road in Advance. magnificent project called the The program unveiling the "Wall of Honor." Spearheaded wall was prestigious and well- by Post Commander Joseph B. organized. The dedication King, the project lists all the and unveiling of the wall was veterans that could be found accomplished by Major Larry from Davie County, back to Carlton, US Army (Retired), and including the American assisted by the District 11 Civil War. Color Guard. Miss Amanda Nichols sang the National The Wall of Honor contains Anthem. The principal speak- 3000 veterans' names, includ- ers addressing the scores of ing a special section for those attendees included then Ladies Killed In Action. In that spe- Auxiliary State President Lynn cial section are 360 Civil War Jones, local attorney Hank KIAs, 18 from World War 1,60 Vanhoy, and US Army Air from World War II, 2 from Force World War II veteran the Korean War, 1 from the Thomas Howard. After the Beirut Expedition, and 9 from ceremony, a 21 gun salute was Vietnam. fired outside the building by the Honor Guard, and Taps Assisting Commander King was played by Davie County in this tremendous undertak- Veterans Service Officer Don ing were Auxiliary members Covers. Refreshments were Pat Jones and Katie Workman. then served to the admiring They and other members of the audience of comrades, sisters, post and auxiliary spent hun- and local notables. ADVERTISING POLICY STATEMENT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF NC's VFW LEADER. 1. The running of any advertisement does not imply or mean that the Department of North Carolina endorses or approves of that product or candidate. The only exceptions to this policy are ads that originate from VFW National Headquarters and its partners/a liates, and ads that state in the ad that the product/candidate is en- dorsed by this Department. 2. The Editor reserves the right to refuse any advertisement he deems inappropriate. 3. 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