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Terry Gould Interview

November 29, 2010

Just a reminder to listen to our latest podcast, where we had the opportunity to interview Terry Gould, Author of “How Can You Mend This Purple Heart”. Terry sent over the photo below which we wanted to share with everyone. It is the Navy hospital where he spent fifteen months. Visit the link below to listen to the podcast.

Listen to the Podcast Here


JUST A COMMON SOLDIER

November 19, 2010

JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

It’s so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

http://vaincourt.homestead.com/common_soldier.html
© 1987 A. Lawrence Vaincourt


Military Order of the Purple Heart presents check to polytrauma unit, James A. Haley VA Hospital

November 19, 2010

In honor of Veterans Day 2010, James G. Holland III, Commander of the Department of Florida, The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), presented a check in the amount of $50,000 to the Tampa VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, Florida.

L-R: Dr. Steven Scott, Chief Rehabilitative Services; J.B. Haskins, MOPH Dept Adjutant; Jim Holland, Dept. Commander; Nancy Reissener, Acting Hospital Director; Dr. Edward Cutolo, Chief of Staff; John Bircher, MOPH Pubic Relations Director; Dan Ducker, Asst. Chief of Staff

The donation was raised by a charity golf tournament, played in conjunction with the MOPH National Convention, held this year in Orlando, and hosted by the Department of Florida. The Tampa Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center is one of only four facilities in the country designed to provide intensive rehabilitative care to veterans and active duty service members who experienced severe injuries (including brain injuries) to more than one organ system. The MOPH donation will allow the Polytrauma Center to provide equipment and services to the wounded warriors through the Center’s Recreation Therapy Program. In particular, the Adaptive Sports Program enables the patients to participate in a wide variety of activities, including golf, equine therapy, kayaking, hand or recumbent cycling, fishing, scuba diving, sailing, rowing, and all Paralympic sports, clinics, and camps.

The organization now known as the “Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.,” (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America’s military history. Most importantly, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance. Through the VAVS program, MOPH volunteers provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veterans Homes.

For information contact:
James A. Haley Public Affairs Officer, Carolyn Clark, 813-979-3645
Or,
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
MOPH on the Web


John C. Moon Interview

November 11, 2010

John C. Moon with his companion Rainbow

We were very excited to have a visit by John C. Moon, the Chief Communications Officer for NEADS (Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans) along with his companion Rainbow. We are grateful to have the opportunity to interview John for our latest addition to the Veterans Galleria Podcast. We encourage everyone to learn more about the NEADS program and you can easily do so by visiting their website at http://neads.org or by simply listening to our interview with John.

Learn how you can help:
NEADS – Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans
Phone: 978-422-9064
Website: http://neads.org


Greetings to veterans, friends and families!

October 21, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I was in Pittsburgh, PA for the Military Writers National Convention and I met so many wonderful people and heard fabulous stories. I found 4 children’s books written by Sandra Miller Linhart and her daughter did the “amazing graphics.” If you have grandchildren, children, friends, grandparents, aunts, or uncles who don’t know how to talk to the kids about deployment, here are 4 books that are a must in your home, on the base, in the library, any place where a veteran can get their hand on these books. Another gentleman that I met and read his book was Terry Gould. “How can I mend this Purple Heart.“ This book is one of the best books I have read in yrs. It tells the story of recovery on the ward in a hospital in PA. I have read so many Military Books, but this a subject that has not been addressed that much and I can tell you I laughed, cried, emotions so deep at times I couldn’t breath, this was Terry’s story, but he hardly ever talked about himself, it was about his buddies. If you go to our “Did you know,” you will find the links for these books. As you know, I never endorse anything, but there is something very special going on here and I want you to know about it. The Military Writers Society has a link on our site and I highly recommend that you go there and support those veterans who have put their pain and stories on paper.

November 10, 2010 the 235th Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Branson Convention Center in Branson MO. The event is open to the Marines, Veterans, and the General Public. Attire is semi-formal and the Keynote Speaker is Col Jim Sims (ret). When you opened the home page here on Veterans Galleria you will see the button for the Marine Corps Ball… click on it for ordering tickets and more information. This is just an outstanding event.

The Hand In Hand for Veterans Foundation is bringing to Branson the Liberty Bell. David & Phyllis Hall bought this replica of the bell, and sand blasted the Ten Commandments on the tablets along side the bell and take it to all the veteran funerals they can attend in TX and also at very special events. They will be in Branson for Veterans Week, which is November 5 – 11th. November 8th they will be at the Factory Merchants Mall during the day. They will be at College of the Ozarks on November 9, and the Marine Corps Birthday Ball November 10, the Veterans Parade at 11 a.m. on November 11th and the Tony Orlando Show at 2 p.m. (Welk Theatre)November 11th. Please to go www.Proclaimliberty.us and check it out. It’s very amazing.

If you go to www.bransonveterans.com and click on 2010 Homecoming Week you will see all the different events going on that week. I hope you will enjoy everything that time allows for you…


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