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Do you need a copy of your DD214 or a family member’s DD214?

October 26, 2011

There are two ways to request your DD214: online and by mail/fax

1) GO HERE : To request your DD214 online: click on ‘Launch the eVetRecs System to start your online request’. Follow the instructions in the pop-up window. The DD214 will be mailed to you after completing the form.

2) You can also download a form to mail or fax your request for your DD214 by clicking on the ‘Download form SF-180 to Mail or Fax your request’. Click the link ‘Download form SF-180 to mail or fax your request’ to download a PDF of SF-180 to your computer. The return addresses for the completed form are located on page three (3) of the form.

Remember, a DD214 Record of Military Service is always free to obtain for the member and family members.

For more information about U.S. Army Human Resources Command, visit:  www.hrc.army.mil


Rose Petal Memorial Service & Women Veterans Appreciation Lunch

October 19, 2011


On November 9, 2011, from 11am – 1pm, the Rose Petal Memorial Service and Women Veterans Appreciation Lunch will honor women who have served their country. Held at the Stone Castle Hotel & Conference Center, Draw Bridge Room, 3050 Green Mountain Drive, Branson, the event is open to
women and men who wish to honor women veterans.

Amy Bennett, Missouri Women Veterans Coordinator, will speak at the Rose Petal Service. Bennett has been with the Missouri Veterans Commission since 2010, first as a Veterans Service Officer and as of April, 2011, Women Veterans Coordinator. In her current position she conducts outreaches for women veterans in Missouri, prepares reports to include statistical data reflecting the number of women veterans and is senior editor for the quarterly Missouri Women Veterans Newsletter.

Major (Retired) Vicki Lynn Jones, a decorated US Army veteran, will also be speaking at the Women Veterans Appreciation Lunch. She has the distinction of being the first female helicopter pilot in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, and the first Native American female helicopter pilot in both the Oklahoma Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army.

For the seventh year, the service will pay tribute to women by dropping rose petals into water in remembrance of those who gave their lives.

For registration information, contact Barb Riggle at babsriggle@suddenlink.net or
bvtf1@suddenlinkmail.com, 417-339-6823 or 417-337-8387. The cost of the lunch is $20.00. The registration form will be on the www.bransonveterans.com website.


Iwo Jima

October 3, 2011

To see more images from Iwo Jima, please go HERE.


Celebration of Service

September 27, 2011

The Home Depot Foundation is running a special program to commemorate the
10th anniversary of 9/11. From 11 Sep 11 through Veteran’s Day (11 Nov 11),
Home Depot is offering to conduct work projects on military members’
Personal homes.

Home Depot will provide the materials, labor and contractors. Projects will
include repairs and installations. If there are any questions, please make
contact through the website below.

The priority is as follows:

- Wounded warriors returning from combat & disabled veterans
- Members returning from deployment
- Members with special needs (either themselves or family members)
- All others

For Details See: http://homedepotfoundation.org/


A Thank You to all Vietnam Vets from a Marine in Iraq

September 24, 2011

A guy gets time to think over here and I was thinking about all the
support we get from home. Sometimes it’s overwhelming. We get care
packages at times faster than we can use them. There are boxes and boxes
of toiletries and snacks lining the center of every tent; the generosity
has been amazing. So, I was pondering the question: “Why do we have so
much support?”

In my opinion, it all came down to one thing: Vietnam Veterans. I think we
learned a lesson, as a nation, that no matter what, you have to support
the troops who are on the line, who are risking everything. We treated
them so poorly back then. When they returned was even worse. The stories
are nightmarish of what our returning warriors were subjected to. It is a
national scar, a blemish on our country, an embarrassment to all of us.

After Vietnam , it had time to sink in. The guilt in our collective
consciousness grew. It shamed us. However, we learned from our mistake.
Somewhere during the late 1970′s and on into the 80′s, we realized that we
can’t treat our warriors that way. So … starting during the Gulf War,
when the first real opportunity arose to stand up and support the troops,
we did. We did it to support our friends and family going off to war. But
we also did it to right the wrongs from the Vietnam era. We treat our
troops of today like the heroes they were, and are, acknowledge and
celebrate their sacrifice, and rejoice at their homecoming … instead of
spitting on them.

And that support continues today for those of us in Iraq . Our country
knows that it must support us and it does. The lesson was learned in
Vietnam and we are all better because of it.

Everyone who has gone before is a hero. They are celebrated in my heart. I
think admirably of all those who have gone before me. From those who
fought to establish this country in the late 1770′s to those I serve with
here in Iraq . They have all sacrificed to ensure our freedom. But when I
get back home, I’m going to make it a personal mission to specifically
thank every Vietnam Vet I encounter for THEIR sacrifice. Because if
nothing else good came from that terrible war, one thing did. It was the
lesson learned on how we treat our warriors. We as a country learned from
our mistake and now we treat our warriors as heroes, as we should have all
along. I am the beneficiary of their sacrifice. Not only for the freedom
they, like veterans from other wars, ensured, but for how well our country
now treats my fellow Marines and I. We are the beneficiaries of their
sacrifice.

Semper Fidelis,

Major Brian P. Bresnahan
United States Marine Corps


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