A Hero’s Welcome will be joining Bruce Boyce, Fern Billet and representatives from the Michael Cresenz VA Hospital and Coatesville VA Hospital along with April Harley , Volunteer Coordinator Southeastern Veterans Center to continue the Vietnam War Commemoration Program for residents of the SEVC Hospital and local Veterans who would like to participate.

Please join us at this ceremony to honor the Vietnam Veterans who never received the proper welcome home.. or many.. even an acknowledgement .. for their service.

A Hero’s Welcome will present our AHW Certificate of appreciation and MSAWI Stars for our Troops to the Vietnam Veterans.

This is a perfect chance to say THANK YOU to our HEROES.

If you know a Vietnam Veteran who wasn’t able to attend the other ceremonies, please pass the word and ask them to contact me, we’d love them to join us and we can have a certificate prepared for them. maria@aheros-welcome.org

Vet Breakfast

This morning’s Vet Breakfast at Penn Diner. We had a good showing with Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines in attendance. Navy Commander, Air Force Chief, WWII Vet John, and a bunch of grunts and ground pounders. As usual, no one was exempt from the ribbing of the various branches of the service vs each other!Breakfast

Ocean City NJ offers free beach tags to Vets and Active Military

Free Beach Tags for Active Military Members and Veterans

Free 2016 beach tags for veterans and active members of the military will be available seven days a week at the Welcome Centers at City Hall (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue), on the Route 52 Causeway, at 46th Street and West Avenue (weekends), on the Ocean City Music Pier and at the 12th Street and Boardwalk booth. New state laws allow Ocean City to offer the free tags to veterans (the veteran only) and to active military members (including spouse and dependent children over the age of 12).  Proper military or veteran ID must be presented to receive a tag.

One of the following documents will be required to receive a free beach tag:

  • DD214 or any other discharge papers
  • County Veteran ID Card
  • Department of Veterans Affairs ID Card
  • Valid driver’s License if you received a veterans tag last year.
  • Government-issued active military ID

Veterans and military members can now show ID on the beach to receive their free tags.

Advanced Practice Nurses

Despite what you may be being told, there are not enough Physicians to treat all of our Veterans in the VA system (please read the article below). Hugely backlogged, the VA is hoping to institute a system whereby advanced practice nurses (highly educated and experienced) can take up the slack. This is understandably being met by major resistance from Physicians.

You should know that it’s totally acceptable for Advanced Practice Nurses to treat our Vets on the front lines during wartime but they are not given the authority to care for our Vets in our Hospitals stateside. How weird is that?

If the physicians succeed in politically preventing this much needed change, the ones who will continue to suffer are our vets, who suffer even now because of limited resources and long waiting times to see a health care professional.

Let’s make a much needed change. Let’s not allow politics to reign here. Go to this link: click on “TAKE ACTION”. Choose the appropriate demographic. Choose ‘take action’ again. You’ll be asked to register – no credit card required : ) Then you’ll be taken to a letter clearly supporting your position. Please do this under as many headings for which you qualify.

Here’s the link to help :

Here is a link to a NY Times article: