VFW MISSOURIAN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION: STATE OF MISSOURI VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS August 2011 Edition Olin Parks State Commander Lora Dailey State Ladies Aux.President Inside this edition: Page #1 - State Commander message and District #18 Leadership Academy photo’s Page #2 - Letters from the State Line Officers. Page #3 - Letters from Surgeon, All American District/Post and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Page #4 - Past Commander comments and Candidates for State Surgeon. Page #5 - Ladies Auxiliary page. Page #6 - Letters from Department VOD/PP Chairman. Page #7 - Partners in Veteran Service program and Veteran Service Articles. Page #8 - Veterans Rally at the Capital and Festival in Forrest Park Page #9- National Home Trip Information Page #10 Article, Angela Bode attends 99th Infantry Division reunion Page #11 Jessie Jones for Nationa C-I-C 2015-2016, campaign ad and bio. . VFW Missourian August 2011 pg. 1 !!!!!!New this Year!!!!!! Leadership Academy at Mountain Grove Post 3770 on July 30th. The Leadership Academy is a new function supplied by Department to provide leadership training and situational knowledge to post leaders. Additional Leadership Academies are scheduled for: August 6th at Cape Girardeau, August 7th at Lee's Summit, August 13 at Ballwin, August 21st at Clinton, September 11 at Palymyra, September 25th at Sullivan. A few other dates are available to districts who have not scheduled (end of September deadline for classes). (Below are Pictures taken at the District No. 18 Academy.) Olin Parks State Commander Greetings to all my fellow comrades and warriors: This fall will be an important milestone for our organi- zation and its stated objective of assuring veterans' care and benefits. As everyone has heard, there will be budget reconsiderations at the state and federal level. In order to have a strong voice, the Veterans of Foreign Wars must expand its membership in order to be a functional fraternal organization that can make its voice heard. To delineate membership to a non-priority is allowing those who have different priorities to simply put us out of any legislative voice. Retention is an overriding concern as shown by just reviewing the last few years' membership statistics. Reinstatement of members who were never invited to the post or welcomed sufficiently into the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be a real challenge but can be overcome by being visible as a worthy organization of veterans "standing for veterans". Now is the time to be proactive about protecting and growing our membership which translates directly to legislative State Commander, Olin Parks present District No. 18 Commander recognition. Our veterans care and benefits need Chris Johnston with his 2011-2012 District Commander hat. our support - let's do our job and make sure we have a strong voice. All kinds of "cuts" will be considered by our elected representatives - let's be sure that our fellow veterans' benefits do not make that list!! In visiting with members throughout Missouri, I am constantly reminded how lucky I am to be a member of a prestigious organization that "walks the talk". The capabilities of our individual members are truly exponential and should make everyone proud. Please exhibit this pride by being a public VFW member - have a VFW sticker in your back window, wear VFW shirts, invite eligible veterans to become members and be their mentor. Always remember most of us would not have joined if someone had not asked us to. Chronicle your post activities in news- papers, on our weblog, and on local radio and TV stations - we are doing great things but we are not "beating our own drum". In Comradeship, Olin L. Parks, Commander Vfw Missourian August 2011 pg. 2 Phil Pippin, Sr.. Vice Commander Lyle Seelinger Jr. Vice Jessie L. Jones, Comrades: Greeting Comrades, Greeting Comrades: Thanks for all you do. A new year has started and I know all will do their part in It seems like just a short time ago we It’s an honor to serve again this year as making this the best Veterans of Foreign were at the Department Convention but your Adjutant/Quartermaster. As in the past, Wars in the Big Ten and also in the here we are already well into the new July1 starts a new year with new programs National Organization. Each Post must year. and leadership at all levels in the organiza- grow through retention, recruiting and rein- Many Posts are very active in the commu- tion. As we make this transition each year, it state. When you recruit a new member, nity assisting our comrades and their is ever more important that we remember remember to always welcome him or her families, promoting Americanism and citi- our obligation when taking office “to council into your post. Do this by personal wel- zenship. Community projects and and otherwise assist your successor come, aphone call and especially a hardy events are a great way to show the com- through the experiences you have gained welcome in your post news letter. To do a munity that the members of your during your term in office”. Far to many of reinstate, get together with your member- organization, the VFW, still care. the calls to the office are from new officers ship chairperson and a few comrades or Many of us live in the same area that we seeking advise that should have been avail- post officers and hold a call night. Also do did when we joined the armed able at the Post from those that had served mailings. Post Commanders and forces. The same area that before. If you are a new officer, seek advice Quartermasters must check memstats we proudly served and fought to protect. from those that have gone before you and each week, not once every few months. As members of the VFW we can seek their council. Every Commander and Quartermaster show that we still care and are proud of must check your Mo.webmail daily. The our community by having an active Communication, as in the past, is our key to state office updates info several times a Community Activity Program. success as an organization. It’s our duty to month to inform all members of whats obtain the information required of our office going on in our organization. If anyone Lyle Seelinger and communicate to those having a need to wants to get involved with the Yellow Jr. Vice Commander know. That includes officers at all levels and Ribbon program, please contact me at my our members. Today, all communication is web mail or phone. Remember, Working sent electronically. It’s imperative that Post membership started July1, 2011. Officers log onto their webmail. Instructions are contained in the Post Commander and Thanks again to all Quartermaster manual printed and given to NATIONAL OUTSTANDING all Commanders and Quartermasters. You Phillip Pippins COMMUNITY ACTIVITY do not have to have a computer at the post. Senior Vice Commander You may log-in anywhere where you have POST AND AUXILIARY IN access to a computer. MISSOURI AWARDED TO: Quartermasters, don’t forget that your Incorporation annual report is due in August Post and Auxliliary # 2866 and IRS 990’s and 990N’s are due by St. Charles Mo. November 15. & Looking forward to seeing you at the C of A. Post and Auxiliary # 7183 Lilbourn, Mo. Jeesie Jones, State Adjutant/Quartermaster VFW Missourian August 2011 pg. 3 (Lyle Seelinger, continued from pag#2) (Tom Mundell, continued from column #2) There are numerous suggested activities first filling out a Veterans Referral Form in the Guide. The needs of each commu- and getting it turned in to our VSO office. nity are different. Each Post should look Then you will make sure that their paper- at their community to determine which work has been received and is being projects will benefit the area the most. worked on. It has been proven time and time again that a Post active in the community like to be able to help some friends or rela- will continue to grow. tives that have served. Let them know that People like to belong to an organization being a member in the best Veterans that is active in the community. One that Organization in the world will give them they can brag about what they have that capability and they will never regret done or are doing. Also the reputation of the day that they met you. Make sure you the Post will improve and membership have that referral form filled out first. That will increase as people will want to be a gives you their information so that you can member of the VFW. follow up. Contacting members that need When you do an activity or project have to renew their membership with the same someone take pictures and report it in introduction will inspire them to want to be the area newspaper. The more you pat back in the organization, the VFW. They yourself on the back the more you Tom Mundell, State Surgeon will see you and the good that you are will be recognized. At the present time doing and the help that you are trying to only about one-third of the Posts have provide them. They will be much more submitted a Community Activity report. As Veterans, Active Duty, Reserves, and likely to renew at that time, if you can fill Any activity that has been completed members of the National Guard grow in out a referral first and get the ball rolling to since May 1 can be reported on this their careers, each of them know that they help Them. years reports. have worked hard, focused and have hon- ored their commitments they each made to Tom Mundell Make your Post, your District, your their country and its citizens. Each of them Missouri VFW State Surgeon Department, YOUR VFW look good know that there are benefits that they have 314-616-1613 by being active in YOUR COMMUNITY. earned, deserve and qualify for. But few know exactly how to go about getting them. Thank you for all that you are doing not Reaching out to these individuals by first----Congratulations-- only for your community but also for your introducing yourself as a Veteran and ask- ing them if they have heard about the ALL fellow comrades. recent opportunities that are available with- AMERICAN Respectfully yours, in the VA to help them be all they can be POST COMMANDERS today as well as tomorrow, will peak their interest. "Are you paying very much for 2010 - 2011 Lyle J. Seelinger Jr. Vice Commander healthcare right now?" "This is the best Community Activity time in history to be in the Military or be a Post 3944, Overland/St. Ann Chairman Veteran". Ask them where they served. Post 7356, Parkville Regardless of where, speak to that time Post 4207, Monett and place and show interest in their military Post 5327, Wentzville service. Find out the job that they per- Post 3118, Pleasant Hill formed in the military and begin formulating a plan to introduce to them possible ways Post 3838, Cape Girardeau that the VFW could help them submit Post 4680, Caruthersville claims for illnesses or injuries that they acquired while serving their country. Each of us are Veteran Service Officers. Our professionally trained and successful National Veteran Service Officer's cannot QUARERMASTER OF THE be everywhere at all times. It is up to us to LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT reach out to these individuals and let them AWARDS WERE AWARDED YEAR AWARDS WERE know we care. We are here today, right AWARDED TO: TO: now and are willing to do everything we KERMIT ELLIS, JR. can to help them. As you show your con- cern and commitment, keep informing them Post 4436, Montgomery City Doug Lorenz of success stories that you have had with Post 4288 other Veterans. Ask them if they have JAMES E. LOTSPEICH Corder, MO friends or relatives in the area that might Post 3118, Pleasant Hill be in need. Show them you are devoted to helping them and you will put a 100% effort toward helping them through the process by (continued , top right) VFW Missourian August 2011 pg. 4 Bob Wonnell Jim Gill Chris Bell Past Dept. Commander Candidate for Surgeon 2012-2013 Candidate for Surgeon 2012-2013 Our Missouri VFW Veterans Service Officer Jim graduated from Webster Groves High I am a candidate for the high office of program is busy helping veterans. Many or School in 1967, spent one (1) year at the Department Surgeon for the year 2012- our Posts are busy helping veterans. Many University of Missouri before heeding the 13. I am asking for your support and of our Districts are busy helping veterans. call and enlisting in the United States your vote . I have served in a number of The word is slowly getting out that the VFW Navy. He gained his eligibility while serv- leadership roles in the Navy, and in the exists to do just that, help veterans. All of ing with the Navy from 1968 to 1989. VFW, at the Post, District, Department your other programs can feed off of the one During his 21 years of service, he served and National levels. As you can see by primary program of the Department of aboard five (5) Ships and two (2) Shore my qualifications I have experience in Missouri. Many Posts have realized that by Stations before retiring as a Chief Petty two different Departments in the VFW. I having Post Service Officer Events and Officer in 1989. His last duty station was believe that with my experience, I can Veterans Benefit Fairs they can accomplish at Oaknoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, make a difference as the Department so much more in their communities and in the California; here he completed 4 ½ years Surgeon in the coming year. Post itself. of independent duty as the Disability If elected, I will continue to sup- Membership continues to be a battle but your Counselor for the Western United States. port the Veteran Homes and the refur- goals can be obtained. You have time to After his service he returned to bishing of the facilities, continuity of care reach the 100% goal and keep this organiza- Missouri and for 20 years was the Plant and expansion. The VFW needs to be tion a strong and viable voice in Jefferson Engineer at the Fulton Diagnostic and one of the watch dogs of this very impor- City and Washington D.C. You must make Reception Center. Initially he began tant program and continue to be a driv- membership a priority. Now is the time to be under the direction of the Department of ing force for our state legislators to make working membership. Corrections but finished under the direc- Veterans Homes and Veterans issues a One thing I must emphasize to all now and tion of the Office of Administration. He top priority in Missouri. I will make this forever. Communicate, communicate, and retired from the State of Missouri in my number one priority as your communicate! Let your city, county and state August 2010 and returned to his roots. Department Surgeon. know you exist to serve veterans and their He and his wife GiGi now live on an Elk I have the complete support of families. and Deer Preserve in Ste Genevieve my Family, Post and District. I have the Our Veterans in the Park Festival will be here County where they enjoy the wonders of experience, dedication and commitment before we know it. Step up and help or at nature and work as ranch hands. to fulfill the responsibilities as least attend. Jim joined the VFW in 1974 in Department Surgeon and I ask for your Supporting our Missouri Veterans Homes is Hayward, California, and became a Life support in my quest for this high office. also a priority. Get involved comrades, get Member in 1979. During his California involved. years he was elected 1983-84 Seam MY QUALIFICATIONS Squirrel for Pup Tent 86 (The Gold Pup Retired from the U.S Navy after Bob Wonnell Tent) in Santee, California. In Santee he 23 years of service. Attained the rank of Past Dept. Commander began serving the VFW holding all Post Master Chief Petty Officer. (E-9) My eligi- 2010-2011 Chairmanships and Positions; this contin- bility for membership in the VFW is ues even today. Upon returning to based on my service in. Vietnam 67-72, Missouri he had more time to devote to Beirut, Lebanon 83-84, Panama 88-89. the VFW and transferred his membership Life Member of VFW Post 30, Life to Callaway Post 2657 in Fulton. Member of Disabled American Veterans, Member American Legion Post 21. (Continued on Pg #6) (Continued on Pg #6) VFW Missourian August 2011 pg. 5 LADIES AUXILIARY PAGE Betsy Buchanan, Ladies Auxiliary Department Rep. for the October C of A and Homecoming Lora Dailey State Ladies Auxiliary President As we jump into the start of the 2011- 2012 year, I want to first thank my Auxiliary sisters for placing your trust in me by electing me as your president and for giving me such a wonderful team of offi- cers to work with. Rebecca Strauss Sr. Vice, BETSY BUCHANAN, Taylorsville, Indiana Danetta Wakefield Jr. Vice, Marianne Seelinger NATIONAL DISTRICT COUNCIL MEMBER, #5 Chaplain, Debbie Miller Secretary-Treasurer, Gigi Gill Conductress and Sheila Allen Guard. Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Our first C of A is coming up October 7-9, 2011 in Jefferson City, where our National Representative Betsy Buchanan, Taylorsville, Indiana, was elected to represent Indiana and will be our newly elected NDCM #5 Betsy Missouri on the National Council of Administration, which governs the Ladies Buchanan for Indiana. For those attending there Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars between National Conventions. will be a breakfast reception Saturday, October 8 please take the time to stop in and welcome Betsy Installed at the 98th National Convention in San Antonio, Texas, she will to Missouri. Then on Saturday evening a fun time serve a two-year term as one of 28 representatives who make up the Council is planned for the Commander and Presidents along with the top seven National Officers, the National Chief of Staff, and Homecoming, where the theme is Hawaiian Resort the four Junior Past National Presidents. Casual. By now you should have heard about the financial A member of Wagner-Reddick Auxiliary #1987, Betsy joined on the eligibility crisis facing our "Wonderful" Veterans Homes. of her father, who served in the U. S. Navy 1942-1945. She has served in Make those phone calls, send those e-mails and several capacities for the organization, including Auxiliary, District and State make those visits to your State Representatives President. On the national level she has served as Director for the Buddy and Senators and let them know that we are Poppy program and Big Ten Conference Chairman for the Buddy Poppy and against any financial cuts to their funding. Then Legislative programs. mark your calendar to join your Department Officers on September 14th in the rotunda at our In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading and her volunteer work at the state capital, as we make our voices heard. USO Camp Atterbury. May God share his blessings with you as he watches over our veterans and active duty person- Betsy's family includes husband Chuck. nel. Loyally Lora Dailey VFW Missourian August 2011 pg. 6 (Jim Gill, Continued from pag#4) (Chris Bell, Continued from pg#4) Here he was elected 1991-93 Post NATIONAL Commander and received his All-State White National Aide-De-Camp 2003-2004, Hat. District 9 elected him the 1995-96 and 2007-2008, 2009-2010 2002-03 District Commander; where he was Member of the National Resolutions recognized as a District All-State Commander. Committee 2003-2004, 2009-2010, He was appointed as the Department of 2010-2011 Missouri State Inspector in 1999 and served in National Deputy Chief of Staff 2009- this position for the next 10 years. He has had 2010 the privilege to be appointed to National Member of the National VFW Programs Committees and Aide-de-Camp. Currently he Committee 2010-2011 is serving as Ste Genevieve Post 2210 Service Officer and the Chairman of Volunteer DEPARTMENT Services for the "Veterans Festival at Forest California State Aide-De-Camp 2001- Park". 2002 Jim would appreciate your support in Missouri Department Sgt. at Arms 2010- the upcoming election. 2011 Jimmy Cook Currently serving as Department VOD/PP Chairman POW/MIA Chairman 2011-2012 Monett Post 4207 Officer for 2011-2012 DISTRICT The theme for Voice of Democracy is Calif. 10th District Commander 2003- "Is There Pride in Serving in Our 2004 Military?" (All State District Commander) Calif. 10th District Sr. Vice Commander The theme for Patriot's Pen is "Are 2002-2003 You Proud of Your Country?" Calif. 10th District Jr. Vice Commander 2001-2002 Getting our Programs into the Schools Missouri 5th District Commander 2009- has always been challenging. I know that 2010 the teachers have a full load and are (All State District Commander) sometimes reluctant to take on more Missouri 5th District Sr. Vice work. One thing that we can do is to Commander 2007-2008 present our programs to the School Member of the 5th District Honor Guard Principles and Superintendent to show Above is a picture taken last night at our post them the benefits we have for their stu- meeting, I just wanted to forward it. We have POST dents. By doing that, they may pass that a really good bunch this year and are especial- Calif. Post 3000 Quartermasters 2000- along to the teachers, the importance of ly proud that Loren Cole ( WWII ) is still an 2002 participating in the Voice of Democracy active officer at 90 years old. In April, I got (All State Quartermaster 2001-2002) and Patriot's Pen Programs. Also remem- to present him with his 65 year continuous Missouri Post 1829 Jr. Vice Commander ber that the Programs are not just for member pin, something that I was very proud Missouri Post 1829 Quartermaster Public Schools. to do. Please include Private and Parochial COMMITTEE'S Schools as well as the home-schooled Front Row L – R : Officer of the Day, Bill Membership Chairman (District and students. Cooper; Senior Vice Commander, Ken Post) Madison; Adjutant, Dick Gibson; Voice of Democracy Chairman (District All District Chairpersons should have the Commander, Quentin Carter; and Post) Programs material for this year. Quartermaster, Richard Redshaw; Patriot's Pen Chairman (District and If you need material contact your District Surgeon, Loren Cole Post) Chairperson, or you can go to the web Teacher Award Chairman (District and site, vfw.org or vfwmo.org for Entry Post forms, Chairman Manual, Score Sheets Back Row L – R : Trustee, Leo Morris; Community Service Chairman (District and Participation Reports. Trustee, Dave Thurman; and Post) Home Committee, Chuck Wakefield; Buddy Poppy Chairman (District and As you know, the deadlines are an Service Officer, Terry Clay; Post ) important part of our Programs. All dates Chaplain, Alfred Painter Blood Assistance Chairman (Post) are posted in the Chairman Manual. At Civil Disaster Chairman (District and every level, the entries should be moved Post) forward in a timely matter. That includes Respectfully, National Home Chairman (District and the Department winners to the Veterans Terry Clay Post) of Foreign Wars National Contest. Political Action/PAC Chairman (Post) Dist 7 CDR Wheelchair/Golden age Games By working together, we can have anoth- Chairman (District and Post) Loyalty Day er successful year with the Voice of Chairman (District and Post) Democracy and Patriot's Pen Programs. VFW Missourian August 2011 pg. 7 Partners in Veteran Service Become a continous donor and receive a distinctive donor pin. Bronze - $10.00/mo or $120.00/yr. Silver - $20.00/mo or $240.00/yr. Gold - $30.00/mo or $360.00 or more per yr. Pins to be awarded at the State Convention. Dennis F. Flynn Department Service Officer DID YOU KNOW? NOW TWO WAYS TO DONATE TO THE VETERAN SERVICE 1) The Veterans of Foreign Wars was founded in 1899 for OFFICER PROGRAM the purpose of assisting veterans in obtaining medical 1. As an Individual: and pension benefits from the federal government? By Credit Card monthly or one time donation (see attachment). 2) VFW Service officers file over one third (1/3) of the The individual donor will be recognized by VFW Department. claims filed in the St. Louis Reginal.office? 2. As a Post/District member: 3) VFW Service officers are successfull in obtaining over $120,000,000 million dollars in VA benefits for Veterans in Donate directly to your Post Relief Fund on a monthly (auto- Missouri each year? mated transfer by credit card to Post Relief Fund) or one time basis. Be sure to request that your donation be forwarded to 4) The VFW Service Officer program is funded solely Department for the Service Officer Program and that your through VFW Department membership dues, programs Post/District be given credit for the donation. This donation will used to offset the $3.00 per member. and donations? 5) Donations to the VFW Service Officer program are Submitted by: James Rippy, VSIO Chairman tax-deductible to the full extent of the law? “VETERANS HELPING VETERANS” JOIN THE “PARTNERS IN VETERAN SERVICE” BY STARTING YOUR MONTHLY DONATIONS TODAY!! DONATION CARD Mail to: VFW Dept. of Missouri I would like to support the important work of the VFW Service P.O. Box 26 Officers by enclosing my gift of: ( )$25 ( )$50 ( )$75 ( ) Other $__________(check enclosed) Jefferson City Mo. 65201 Donor name:_______________________________________________ (Please Print) Credit Card Donation Address:_______________________________________________________________________ Step 1: Complete Credit Card Information: Please charge my: ( )Master card ( ) VISA ( ) AMEX ( )Discover Card No. ______________________Expiration _____/_______ Signature_____________________________ Date:_______________ Phone No. _________________ Security Code:_________ Step 2: Please choose one option: ( ) Option 1: Make a one time donation by credit card of $____________.____ ( ) Option 2: Join the Partners in Veteran Service by donating the amount listed below from my credit card monthly: ( ) $10 per month* ( ) $20 per month ( ) $30 per month ( ) Other $____________per month. *monthly minimum amount is $10, processed on the day requested of each month. I understand payments will continue automatically each month until I notify VFW Department Headquarters of any change. VFW Missourian August 2011 pg. 8 MAVO VETERANS FESTIVAL IN FORREST PARK Missouri Association of Veterans Three (3) day event hosted by the Missouri Organizations Veterans Foundation over Labor Day Week- end. Veterans Rally in the Capital September 14, 2011 Throughout Forest Park, from our world-famous St. Capitol Rotunda, 1st floor Louis Zoo to our nationally renowned St. Louis Art Museum, our expansive Missouri History Museum, AGENDA the breathtaking St. Louis Science Center and the nearby internationally respected Missouri Botanical 9:30- Set-up Garden, Forest Park will be brimming with special and unusual exhibits, events and festival fare guaranteed 10:00-Opening-Jessie Jones, Chairman, MAVO to captivate visitors of all ages. Salute to Colors Opening Prayer - VFW Chaplain Bring the entire family and friends. Pledge of Allegance Volunteers Welcome Opening Remarks - Jessie Jones Event Chairman: Dave Morgan, Past Department Commander 10:15-Larry Kay, Executive Director, Missouri Veterans For more infomation, visit the website at vfstl.com Commission 10:30-Paul Connors, Missouri Veterans Commission 10:50-Remarks by Commanders of Veterans Service Schedule of Events Organizations Saturday September 3, 2011 11:15-Dewey Riehn-Events and locations of activities for the 9:00 AM Parade rest of the day Featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales Forest Park 9:00 AM Veterans Village Adjourn for MAVO meeting. Runs 9:00 AM through 8:00 PM 9:00 AM Arts and Crafts Show Visit with Legislators Runs 9:00 AM through 6:00 PM The Muny Comrades and Sisters 10:00 AM Opening Ceremony Presented by the VFW Department Honor Guard 10:00 AM Food and beverage For the past three (3) years,the Missouri Veterans Commission has 11:00 AM Entertainment (bands) had to use it’s reserve fund to support the operation of the Veterans Runs 11:00 AM through 8:00 PM Homes in Missouri. Based on current state funding from General 1:30 PM Golf Tournament Revenue the Reseve fund will be depleted by July 2013. If Legislators Sunday September 4, 2011 do nothing to correct this situation in the next session that starts in 9:00 AM Veterans Village January, the homes will have to start closing in July 2013. We urge all Runs 9:00 AM through 8:00 PM those concerned about the homes to be present at this Rally to show 9:00 AM Arts and Crafts Show the Legislator’s our support for full funding for the homes and our Runs 9:00 AM through 6:00 PM desire to find a dedicated source other than General Revenue. Post The Muny and Auxiliaries are being asked to bring their colors with stands. We 10:00 AM Food and beverage want to make a big showing. 11:00 AM Entertainment (bands) Runs 11:00 AM through 8:00 PM Note: Parking for vehicles will be a problem. It’s recommended people car pool and have a designated driver that can drop them off and pick Monday September 5, 2011 them up. 9:00 AM Veterans Village Runs 9:00 AM through 8:00 PM Hope to see you on the 14th. 9:00 AM Arts and Crafts Show Runs 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM The Muny Jessie Jones 10:00 AM Opening Ceremony MAVO Chairman Presented by the Korean War Honor Guard Korean War Memorial (behind Jewel Box) 10:00 AM Food and beverage 11:00 AM Entertainment (bands) Runs 11:00 AM through 8:00 PM VFW Missourian August 2011 pg. 9 Annual National Home for Children October 21-23, 2011 Mark your calendar! This year’s Department of Missouri National Home for Children Trip Dates: 21-23 October 2011 Cost: $175 per person Includes: bus transportation and hotel stay (double occupancy) ——————————————————————————— We are working on bus routes with pick-up / drop-off locations along three routes for maximum participation: Tentative headcount required by 1 September 2011 Deadline for reservation is 1 October 2011 I-70: Kansas City to St. Louis I-44: Springfield to St. Louis I-55: Cape Girardeau to St. Louis ***locations and schedules to be published*** If you cannot attend, PLEASE Support our efforts by sending a donation to help pay for our trip. Point of Contact: Nancy Cowan 314-323-4481 Send this form along with your check (made payable to Department of Missouri, VFW) to: VFW Post 5327 ATTN: Nancy Cowan 1414 Hwy Z Wentzville, MO 63385 Name:___________________________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________ Phone #:______________________Email____________________________ Address____________________________________ Roommate’s Name:_________________________________________________ Amount Enclosed:__________________________________________________ VFW Missourian August 2011 pg. 10 Angela Bode, Office Manager, attended the reunion of the 99th Infantry Division. The unit her father served in. Her thought’s and pictures from the event are displayed on this page. At the ripe, old age of 29, Elliott Montgomery (my Daddy) and some 37,000 of his comrades were caught in an impossible situation in American history, bet- Insignia ter known as the Ardennes Campaign of the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. The 99th Infantry Division, referred to as the Battle Babies because of their inexperience in battle, became trapped in an unspeakable state of affairs, early on the morning of Dec. 16, 1944. It was the beginning of a battle that raged for months. The 99th Infantry Division has held reunions for 62 of the last 67 years, 2011 being their last because of dwindling attendance and members' advancing age. It was my honor and privilege to attend my first and last reunion, July 21 - 24, 2011. While I did not find anyone who knew my deceased father (1915- 1984), I found many who told the same stories I had heard all my life and was too stupid to write down or too young to appreciate. I remember spending lots of quality time with Daddy in our barn where his full set of uniforms hung on the wall, just short of the first manger. Stories of friends and how and where were never understood until recently through the help of my newly found "rela- tives" of the 99th. It was truly humbling to stand in their midst, becoming acquainted with their hearts, and touching the hands of those who fought to defend America's free- dom. Each veteran I met had a twinkle in his eye and a smile that lit the sun. Each said they would do it again and again. I felt as if I were in the presence Memorabilia of family and princes higher than any royalty. Words cannot express nor explain the sacrifices and the amazing accomplishments of the 99th. War is not to be glorified or thought of as pretty. As with all veterans, there are stories to be told, accounts to be credited, celebrations and regrets to be shared. There are also those experiences that should forever remain unspo- ken out of respect and reverence. For those of us who are not veterans, no words can express how profoundly we need and want to be made aware of your contributions. They say they, the WWII veterans, were the "Greatest Generation". My Daddy will always be my greatest hero. But never forget, you are someone's greatest hero, everyone's hero, and my hero too. I encourage each of you to take time to write down historical facts and experiences as inner peace and healing allows you to for your loved ones and future generations. Your personal, indelible sacrifice to your fellow man made a difference and it matters because they are YOURS. If it's possible to love and appreciate someone even more than you already do because of what you learn about them (in my case) after they pass, then I Story Recording guess my dad was the greatest of the Greatest Generation. It was at my first and last 99th Infantry Division Reunion that I realized Daddy was taking care of and protecting me before I was ever born through his service to our country. I was speechless for most of the reunion weekend as I was confronted with revelation of what he went through for me and a nation of people he never met. For all the sons, daughters, wives, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters… in-laws, and out-laws of your life who can never fathom what you experienced, know that we fundamentally desire to absorb and appreciate the offerings of each beloved soldier, sailor, and airman so that we may NEVER forget what you did for us. Thank you over and over for your service. May God richly bless and protect you. Reminising VFW Missourian August 2011 Pg. 11 ------------------BIO---------------- Jessie L. Jones was endorsed at the 91st Jessie L. Jones Department of Missouri Convention held at the Missouri's Endorsed Candidate Holiday Inn Select in Columbia Missouri on June For Jr. Vice Commander-In-Chief 9, 2011 as Missouri's endorsed candidate for Jr. 2015-2016 Vice Commander in Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for the 2015-2016 VFW year. Jessie served in the United States Marine Corp from 1964 to 1968 including a tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam from March 1966 - April 1967, attached to Marine Air Support Squadron , 3d MAW at Da Nang and Marine Air Support Squadron , 1st MAW at Chu Lai. His decorations include the Vietnam Service Medal w/1 bronze star, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 device, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. 2009 - present State Adjutant/Quartermaster Jessie joined the VFW in 1989 at Post 2657 in 2009 - 2011 Chairman, Missouri Veterans Assoc. Fulton, Missouri, where he maintains his life mem- 2008 - 2009 State Adjutant/Assistant Quartermaster bership. He has served in elected and appointed 2007 - 2008 State Adjutant 2006 - 2007 All American State Commander positions at the Post, District and Department 1999 - 2000 All State Commander, District No. 9 (state) levels culminating with the election as 1994 - 1997 All State Commander, Post 2657 Department Commander in 2006 - 2007. Jessie Received various National Appointments over the years. currently serves as Adjutant and Quartermaster of the Department of Missouri and served for two B. S. Degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, St. Louis years as Chairman of the Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations. MBA from William Woods University After his release from the Marine Corp in 1968, Retired from AmerenUE after 36 years of service. Jessie worked for thirty-six (36) years for Twenty Six (26) years in Management at Ameren's Callaway Nuclear Power Plant. AmerenUE, a utility company with Headquarters in St. Louis Missouri. Prior to his retirement in June, "Seeking support and endorsement in the Big Ten 2006, Jessie worked in Supervision and Conference" Management at AmerenUE's Callaway Nuclear Power Plant for twenty-six years. Mail Campaign contributions to: Earl Boyer, Campaign Finance Chairman 1560 Hillcrest Dr. Jessie earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business DeSoto, MO 63020 Administration from the University of Missouri St. Louis and Master's Degree from William Woods University. Jessie and his wife Charlotte have three children and nine grandchildren. They make their home in Fulton Missouri.