Hand in Hand - Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients 2011

March 1, 2011

What a season we are having. Too much rain, too much snow, too many earthquakes, too many tornadoes, not enough shovels, not enough candles, we are being challenged and not only in Branson, MO but all over the world.

The season for Branson will soon be starting and Hand in Hand Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients is one of the signs the season is upon us. This years dates are April 28, 29, 30. We are going to have so much fun. Please sign up by clicking here.

Rolling Thunder will be stopping in Branson MO as part of the ride to Washington DC on Memorial Day. They will be doing a “Flame of Freedom” Ceremony on the 16th of May at the Radisson Hotel in Branson, MO. They have not given me a specific time yet, so keep looking at our calendar of events.

Please support our Veterans Galleria. We have been working so hard on this “venue” and we have enjoyed putting it together and we appreciate your efforts so much.

News Picks

February 15, 2011

Navy radio man who sent first Pearl alerts dies

Wounded Vet Takes Pain Of War To Comedy Club

Brain Wars: The Story So Far

VA Reaching Veterans Through YouTube

VA Adds Chat Feature to Online Application for Health Benefits

High-Tech Knee Holds Promise for Veterans

New Agent Orange Regulations

February 4, 2011

Hello Everyone,

Hope everyone is well and safe after our big snow/ice storm. Our area received lots of ice and some snow, but main roads are clear now, secondary roads are still bad.

Some new information for Korean vets from 1968 to 1971 for possible Agent Orange claims.
VA recently published a new Agent Orange regulation concerning Veterans who served in Korea from April 1968 through August 1971 in or near the DMZ. Though the VA has had a policy concerning these veterans for several years, this expands the previous dates and codifies it.

38 CFR 3.307 (a)(6)(iv) A veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971, in a unit that, as determined by the Department of Defense, operated in or near the Korean DMZ in an area in which herbicides are known to have been applied during that period, shall be presumed to have been exposed during such service to an herbicide agent, unless there is affirmative evidence to establish that the veteran was not exposed to any such agent during that service.

Until next time, take care


Latest News

January 18, 2011

Here are a few recent news pieces and articles that should not be overlooked!

Enhanced VA Health Care Enrollment Opportunity Closing For Certain Combat Veterans
Enhanced VA Health Care Enrollment Opportunity Closing For Certain Combat Veterans
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Certain combat Veterans who were discharged from active duty service before Jan. 28, 2003 have until Jan. 27, 2011 to take advantage of their enhanced health care enrollment opportunity through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

VA Posts Annual Medical Quality Report
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued the 2010 annual VA Facility Quality and Safety Report on Jan. 5 that reports on VA health care for Congressional review and offers Veterans the opportunity to see the quality and safety findings specific to their VA medical center.

‘Stop loss’ bonuses go unpaid to 35,000 soldiers
The Army is struggling to find about 35,000 soldiers, most of them veterans now, who are owed bonuses because they were forced to remain in the military beyond their normal enlistment.

Bank Admits it Overcharged Troops on Mortgages
JPMorgan Chase also improperly foreclosed on homes

Does Patriotism Still Matter?

January 17, 2011

Does Patriotism Still Matter?
pa tri ot ism [pey-tree-uh-tiz-uh-m] –noun: devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty.

Just recently, I was asked to write a report on the topic “Does patriotism still matter?” If you ask me, that is a pretty stupid question. Of course patriotism still matters. It always has mattered. From the very first day after winning the American Revolution and still today, while fighting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, patriotism has mattered.

But the sad thing is, that before Tyler’s death, my answer to the question “Does patriotism still matter?” would have been “Sure.” Before Tyler made the ultimate sacrifice, patriotism was hard for me to understand because I didn’t see it displayed often enough. But after Tyler’s funeral, I saw patriotism in its full glory, and realized what it really was, how important it is, and just how beautiful it is.

How did I see patriotism displayed at Tyler’s homecoming and funeral that changed my opinion so greatly? On the way to the airport to pick up Tyler’s body, I saw people lining the streets, holding American flags and/or saluting. I saw many signs, both those homemade as well as the signs out in front of businesses’, all thanking Tyler. When we turned the corner to the airport, I saw hundreds of flags, all being held by Patriot Guard lining the entrance of the runway. I had never seen anything like that before. I wondered why we don’t see so many American flags more often, as what I saw was beauty. After receiving Tyler’s body, we were led back to our hometown by the hundreds of Patriot Guard members. Along the highway and small towns we passed through, we saw Americans, showing respect for a true American hero. As we came into Tyler’s hometown, it was quiet. The only sounds we could hear were the sounds of the hundreds of flags swaying in the wind, and the crying of those who mourned the loss of a hometown son. More flags than I had ever seen lined the road. I was in awe. I wish that every American could see what I saw, or at least experience patriotism in a way that would affect them as much as I was.

How would I define patriotism? Always supporting and loving your country, veterans, and soldiers, being loyal to America.

Thanks to Tyler’s heroic sacrifice bringing me to reality of the wars, I think patriotism is still important. Ask a gold star mother as she mourns the loss of their child. Ask a wife praying for her husband’s safe return, or a child wishing to see their mother, who died for their child’s future, just one more time: their answers will be as every American’s should. As long as we still have soldiers fighting for our lives, patriotism DOES matter.

Until my next blog,
Young Patriot

Number of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command: 5863

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