Using Technology to Help Homeless Veterans

March 21, 2012

More than 67,000 Veterans spent one night homeless, living in emergency shelters, transitional housing units or on the streets in 2011, according to last year’s “point in time” count conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in coordination with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

It’s not always easy for volunteers and outreach workers to know where to send them to get help. That’s why the VA is excited to launch a competition to provide easy access to resources that the homeless need, when they need them, and where they can get them.

Project REACH (Real-Time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless) challenges applicants to make a free, easy-to-use, and broadly accessible web- and Smartphone app to provide current and up-to-date information about housing and shelter, health clinics, food banks, and other services available to the homeless. It is designed to tap the enormous talent and deep compassion of the nation’s developer community to help us deliver vital information to the people who care for the homeless.

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MOPH Service Foundation Supports National Veterans Golden Age Games

March 20, 2012

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud to help sponsor the 26th National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG), hosted this year by the VA St. Louis Healthcare System. The Games will run from May 31-June 5, 2012, and take place in the America’s Center downtown, with other events occurring throughout the St. Louis metro area.

L-R: Andy Day, John Colonder, Maura Campbell, John Caudron, Syd Staton

In a special ceremony at the Jefferson Barracks Division of the St. Louis VA Medical Center, Commander Sydney “Syd” Staton and other Patriots of MOPH Missouri Chapter 125 presented checks totaling $34,000, including a $30,000 grant from the MOPH Service Foundation, to Maura Campbell, the St. Louis Organizing Coordinator for the NVGAG. The monies will collectively be used to assist veterans in many of the game’s support services such as transportation, food, equipment, and supplies for the various events. In addition to financial support, approximately 1,500 volunteers are needed to assist with the games. If area residents are interested in volunteering or would like to find out more about the games, visit the NVGAG website at

The ceremony capped a year-long effort by Commander Staton and General Daniel R. Bissell MOPH Chapter 125, and the MOPH Ladies Auxiliary to raise funds as part of their participation in the St. Louis VA Volunteer Service (VAVS) Program, for which Staton is concurrently the MOPH National Deputy VAVS Coordinator. Support of the VAVS Program is a proud tradition of MOPH Chapter 125, whose other projects have included the installation of benches across the grounds at Jefferson Barracks, installation of a large screen TV in the Amputee Ward, purchase of books for the patient canteen, a special Tri-Bike for Amputee’s to use on the grounds, picnics for Amputee’s and Spinal Ward patients, support for the St. Louis Fisher House, and the list goes on. According to Staton, “I am so happy that my wife Sandy and I got involved with the VAVS Program. We enjoy working with veterans, especially those less fortunate than me. I believe we are a Band of Brothers, and we must bond together regardless what branch we served. The MOPH has been good to me and I want to represent them to best of my ability.”

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 combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women 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, through veteran service, 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 selflessly provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA medical facilities and State Veterans Homes.

For information about the MOPH contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535

For information about the NVGAG contact:
Maura L. Campbell, Local Organizing Coordinator, 314-894-6113


February 27, 2012

February 25, 2012- The Department of Defense issued the Seven Seals Award to Branson resident and legendary entertainer Tony Orlando for the work he does in the United States, as well as overseas, in supporting National Guard and Reserve members.

The Seven Seals Award is the highest award given to civilians, and was created to publically recognize Americans who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to those that have been called to serve in the armed forces.

The Seven Seals Award represents the seven military reserve components: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard reserves, along with the Army and Air National Guard.

Orlando frequently visits and entertains troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and performs countless shows for military personnel and their families in the United States. For 18 years he has hosted “Tony Orlando’s Yellow Ribbon Salute To the Veterans” in Branson MO on Veteran’s Day: a free show to all veterans who attend the Branson Veterans Homecoming  America’s largest veteran’s day celebration.

New Jersey Air National Guard Chief of Joint Staff, Brigadier General James J. Grant, and
Department of Defense State Vice Chair Don Tretola presented Orlando with the award at
The Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Tony Orlando will return to Branson November 1, 2012 to star in “Tony Orlando’s Great
American Christmas” at The Welk Resort Theatre.

ATTN: Korean Service Veterans 1960-1970

January 30, 2012

I am searching for anyone who may have worked in the area of Supply (specifically in Korea in the 1960s through the 1970s) who recalls or knows about 55 gallon drums painted bright yellow in color and having red bands at both the top and bottom and red stenciled text. These drums may have been elsewhere in the supply chains – Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Guam, etc.. Anyone with information about these drums and their contents and location, please contact me through email at Time is critical, so please respond directly to my email as soon as possible.

Thank you,
Phil Steward

CBS Request for Interview with Combat Veteran - Veterans Today Network

January 18, 2012

The CBS Weekend News, which airs Saturday/Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. EST (5:30 p.m. CST/PST), is putting together a story about the high unemployment rate among female veterans, according to the latest numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

While there may be some explanations as to why the 22% rate is so alarmingly high, compared to the national average… even when all the explanations are factored in, the rate remains alarmingly high.

What we’re looking for is to profile one or two women who have recently served in the military, who have seen combat, and who are continuing to have problems getting employment. What were your expectations upon returning home? What’s the reality been like? What is your sense of why returning vets are finding it disproportionately harder to get jobs? Is there an (unspoken) fear by potential employers of dealing with PTSD? Is it an (unspoken) concern about future redeployments?

We are producing this story out of Los Angeles, so our preference for interviews would be those who live west of the Rockies. We would do any interview on site (coming to you, instead of conducting it in a studio).

Our goal is to put a story together that looks behind the numbers. The person(s) we interview will be speaking for herself, not on behalf of the group, but she will be emblematic of what a growing number of female combat veterans are experiencing.

If you meet the criteria and don’t mind sharing your current situation (as difficult as it is) with a national audience, please contact me. Our deadline is ASAP.

Thank you so much,

Bob Kozberg
Producer, CBS News
Los Angeles Bureau
(323) 575-3425 (office)

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