2012 Hand in Hand – Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients
April 26, 2012 – Thursday
REMEMBER YOU CAN REGISTER ON LINE BUT YOU MUST COME TO REGISTRATION TO GET YOUR ARM BAND. BRING PROOF YOU REGISTERED
Registration: 8:00am – 12:00pm FREE
Where: Factory Merchant’s Mall
1000 Pat Nash Drive
Branson, MO 65616
Pick up arm bands,(You Must have an arm band) coffee & cookies, fellowship. The Veterans Administration will be there to answer questions, check your claims, and forms will be available also.
Opening Ceremony: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. FREE
Topics to be discussed at Opening Ceremonies:
- VA C&P examinations; including 1) PTSD/TBI, 2) Range of Motion (ROM) of back and joints, 3) hearing loss/tinnitus.
- VA Presumptive Conditions; including 1) Agent Orange/Herbicide Exposure, 2) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), possible Gulf War presumptives (??)
- NEXUS Opinions; discussing 1) definition of a nexus opinion, 2) consulting medical specialists, 3) what a good Rx opinion looks like.
- Records Research/Resources; 1) NPRC, 2) JSRRC, 3) buddies on Unit websites.
Where: Hamner Barber Theatre 3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy Branson, MO
Lighting of the Cauldrons, Special presentation by the National Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Officers on benefits, PTSD, and when & how to fill out forms. We will break into groups and throughout the 3 days service officers will be available to assist if you have specific questions or needs. We will have the Drawing for the fishing tournament, you must be present when your name is drawn in order to participate.
April 27, 2012 – Friday
Entertainment Show: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. FREE Hamner Barber Theatre 3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expwy Branson, MO Entertainers from the shows and the area perform. This is amazing and FREE
Fishing Tournament Noon
Where: Scotty’s Dock & Marina 500 S Boxcar Willie Dr Branson (if your name is drawn to fish)
For those who are not fishing, which includes women & men, we are planning a special Branson Culinary Experience. After we send off our fishermen we will all climb aboard the Ducks & head to the Branson Landing. We will go to special shops & have tasting experiences learn how to create different tastes with unique spices. Cantina Laredo will teach us how to make guacamole, table side. What fun!! Register on line, so we know how much transportation to prepare for. We will be done with our excursion in time to meet with the Fishing Boys and see who the big winner is. Then on to the Fish Fry
Fish Fry: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre 5586 W Hwy 76 Branson, MO
Free for Purple Heart Recipients & $10 for spouses, significant others and the general public. Fish, hush puppies, cole slaw, beans, coffee, all you can eat & a live variety band. We have a blast dancing & singing along.
April 28, 2012 – Saturday
Titanic - 9:00 a.m.
It is the 100 year Anniversary of the Titanic and they have graciously invited all Purple Heart Recipients to board the ship for free. There will be an admissions charge of $25 for spouses, significant others, etc. This is one of my favorite attractions in Branson and I am so excited that you will have the opportunity to be apart of their celebration.
Motorcycle Run – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Branson First Stop 220 Branson Hills Parkway Branson, MO
Registration: Saturday, April 28, 2012 9:30 a.m.
Depart: 10:30 a.m. and ride to Eureka Springs. The ride will end at Hamner Barber Theatre and there you will honor Purple Heart Recipients and you are invited to the closing ceremony.
Closing Ceremony: 2:30 p.m.
Where: Hamner Barber Theatre 3090 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson.
We will greet the motorcyclists and then go inside for a special closing ceremony and a special guest speaker, Staff Sergeant Robert Henline, Army, (ret).