"Dying for freedom isn't the worst thing that can happen. Being forgotten is." Georgie Carter-Krell (Mother of posthumous Medal of Honor recipient PFC Bruce W. Carter, USMC- Florida). VVA 436 can forever hold its head high and take pride in our efforts keeping Major Louis Guillermin from being forgotten
VVA 436’s Holiday book deal:
It’s packed full of free offers and other great deals like these: • Page 38 shows how to get help for your spouse’s home care. • Imagine tax benefits for your employer just for hiring you. Details on page 100 •Get a “In Memory of” marker installed with your name in a Veteran cemetery. Page 85 The book even comes with a money back guarantee. What’s not to like? The book is Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors and it’s available free wherever the VA sets up a table. Get your copy and read/read/read how to improve your life with a boost from your government.
The VA provides compensation for the children of women Vietnam Veterans with these birth defects but does not compensated for the childrenof male Vietnam Veterans.
• Cleft lip and cleft palate
• Congenital heart disease
• Congenital talipes equinovarus (clubfoot)
• Esophageal and intestinal atresia
• Hallerman-Streiff syndrome
• Hip dysplasia
• Hirschprung's disease (congenital megacolon)
• Hydrocephalus due to aqueductal stenosis
• Imperforate anus
•Neural tube defects
• Poland syndrome
• Pyloric stenosis
• Syndactyly (fused digits)
• Tracheoesophageal fistula
This information was lifted from the website of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance. Spina Bifida remains the only birthdefect assumed to result from male or female Vietnam Veterans’ exposure to AO.
This is the time of year when we discuss the calendar fundraiser for 2014. If you have an opinion (yeah/nay), bring it to the December meeting. President Ken has established a donation committee.
firstname.lastname@example.org: Recycle your mailed copy to a fellow Veteran. Email editions are still free. Editor note: Senior citizens use the internet at a 56% rate but mostly for social media: Email, FaceBook, Twitter, etc. There is a massive amount of on-line information available about all Veterans issues. A good place to learn what else is out there is www.vva.org.
There are openings for members to join our color guard. It’s easy, and even Sailors and Airmen look good in green.
Our speaker was Sandy Miller who is a director at two residential service homes at Coatesville VAMC: 1. Building #6A houses LZ2, and it has helped 1,500 male Vets over 16.5 years. Residents stay an average of 9 months. There are 95 beds available. 1,500 meals are made each week by a kitchen staffed by patients. The name comes from the familiar Landing Zone, and they doubled the dedication when their lawyer, Lloyd Ziff died shortly before operations started. 2. Mary E. Walker* House (building #9) has given the same help for 300 women since 2008. Today there are 28 patients. Most women are discharged to the VAMC for further care. *named for the only female Medal of Honor recipient. These two units are able to feed residents @ $2.98/day. They get some public assistance but their ministry is fueled mostly by donations.. Ms. Miller told us Veteran organizations from three local counties have combined to tackle Veteran homelessness. Sandy invited us to visit her units to see how they operate. Call first; ask for “Mom”.
Visiting us this night was Ron Koch, a friend of Louis Gullermin who also served with him.
The new contributions committee to handle our donations met on October 16 and complied a list of worthy organizations. This list was discussed at the November meeting with a few changes made. Approved donations will go out after the December meeting.
The SPVC had its holiday BINGO on November 26 and plan another for December 26.
Bud McCullough reported a meeting with the architect has been scheduled to discuss the Chester County Vietnam Veterans Memorial . They will meet with the architect who is providing his services pro bono.
Barry Amole and Ken Schweitzer delivered 30 copies of the children’s book “The Wall” to the Hillendale Elementary School in honor of Louis Guillermin.
VVA State held a Agent Orange Town Hall meeting at Penn State on October 29.
VVA National is promoting the idea of two year terms for chapter officers and directions. There will be further discussion about whether we want this for our chapter.
Bob Gallagher floated the idea of an action committee to plan trips similar to the ones we once did.
If you have not done so, register your DD214 and get your Veteran ID at the county’s Recorder of Deeds.
Tony Cantone said Connicelli Motors is accepting food and clothing donations for homeless Veterans.
Veteran breakfast @ Bistro24, Rt. 100, Marchwood Rd, Lionville: starting at 6:00 a.m, December 10 & 31.
A movie about Veteran suicides, When Jane and Johnny come marching...homeless is due to premier soon. Video here
Coatesville VAMC seeks used winter clothing in XL and larger. Bring donations to the upcoming meetings.
Learn how the VA can do more for Veterans and their current backlog courtesy of Buddy Rhoades.
What is a “banished Vet”? If you’re a permanent legal resident, and after you served our country, you commit a crime, you can be permanently “banished” to your home country. There have been as many as 3,000 recently. Someone please expose this story as a hoax.
Your VA ID card can be scanned to reveal private information. Careful; you could get your ID stolen.
Here’s a website loaded with information about the Vietnam war courtesy of Nick Panco.
The Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans (not a VVA chapter) suffered a break-in and theft of property.
VA436 will sponsor an AYCE buffet holiday lunch at Old Country Buffet, 1090 East Lancaster Avenue. Downingtown on Friday, Dec. 13th at 11:30 a.m. Veterans from Southeast PA Veteran Center will be feted, and we need our members to be aides and chat with the guests. Please consider attending and helping. Meet the SPVC bus at the Downingtown Buffet. ●●●●●
A good book about our war is The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. This fiction novel was West Chester University Big Read book for the fall semester. It’ll make a good Christmas gift for you or a friend.
Motions to donate were made, seconded & passed:
• Two Christmas events at Southeast PA Veteran Center
• Chester County Vietnam Veteran Memorial
• LZ2 and Mary E. Walker House
• Bus trip to Shady Maple for VAMC Veterans
7:30 p.m. Monthly membership meeting: 2nd Tuesday of! VFW Post 845 each month , 4601 W. Lincoln Highway, Downingtown, PA 19335
“Never again will one generation of Veterans turn its back on another.”