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VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars magazine

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VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars magazine
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Veterans of Foreign Wars magazine
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VFW magazine
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Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
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A n I r a q W a r v e t e r a n j o i n s a k a y a k i n g club in New York that )284( ghts suicide and o ers help with PTSD A n I r a q W a r v e t e r a n j o i n s a k a y a k i n g ‘Help Save Lives’ VFW CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH ‘HE COULDN’T BELIEVE IT’ VFW SERVICE OFFICERS RECOVER $10.2 BILLION FOR VETERANS

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FEBRUARY 2022 • WWW.VFW.ORG • 1 IN EVERY ISSUE 2 Command Post 4 Mail Call 6 Now Hear This 8 Issues Up Front 10 Washington Wire 52 VFW in Action 54 Book Corner 56 Member Bene)240( ts 58 Member Corner 59 Reunions 60 Vets in Focus IN THIS ISSUE 28 Texas Post Founder Remembered 30 Hooper vs. Ali 42 Life Member Earns Ph.D. 44 NVS Collects $10.2 Billion 48 Valor Medals Review 50 Ohio Post Recruits COVER IMAGE: Donna Zephrine sits on the shore of Long Island Sound off the coast of Port Jefferson, N.Y., in September. Zephrine, an Iraq War veteran and life member of VFW Post 2913 in Patchogue, N.Y., says participation in an annual kayak trip can help save the lives of those with PTSD. Photo by John Grif n A n I r a q W a r v e t e r a n j o i n s a k a y a k i n g club in New York that ghts suicide and oers help with PTSD A n I r a q W a r v e t e r a n j o i n s a k a y a k i n g ‘Help Save Lives’ VFW CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH ‘HE COULDN’T BELIEVE IT’ VFW SERVICE OFFICERS RECOVER $10.2 BILLION FOR VETERANS Check out our digital version at www.vfw.org VFW magazine on Facebook at facebook.com/ VFWmagazine Need help? Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 14 ‘I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT’ Though a novice when she started, Donna Zephrine has embraced the camaraderie, calm waters and support she gets by participating in a veteran-led kayak trip on Long Island Sound each year. She says it spreads awareness of PTSD and helps )294( ght suicide. By Ismael Rodriguez Jr. 20 VFW SALUTES BLACK TROOPS AND VETERANS During the month of February, VFW pays honor to the nation’s African-American veterans and active-duty troops. Here’s an update on notable recent achievements. By Dave Spiva 36 ‘MY MOM WAS CRYING’ As war raged in 1969 in Vietnam, a helicopter carrying three U.S. soldiers was shot down in North Korea. Here is the veterans’ account of their brutal con)294( nement and one family’s stories of the anguishing ordeal. By Janie Dyhouse 44 VFW RECOVERS $10.2 BILLION FOR VETS VFW service of)283( cers helped veterans they represent before the VA collect more than $10 billion last year. It is merely the latest accomplishment in more than 100 years of assisting veterans. By Janie Dyhouse 20 CONTENTS | FEBRUARY 2022 VOL. 109 NO. 5 44 36 14

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2 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 VFW magazine is the of)308( cial publication of the VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES DIRECTOR OF PUBLICATIONS PUBLISHER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Tim Dyhouse SENIOR EDITOR ART DIRECTOR Janie Dyhouse Lauren Goldman ASSOCIATE EDITOR Dave Spiva STAFF WRITER Ismael Rodriguez Jr. ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Tina Clark MEMBER ALLIANCE FOR AUDITED MEDIA STAFF ADVERTISING REPRESENTATIVE GLM Communications, Inc. Sabrina Camacho ,Vice President of Operations 500 1st Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 (212) 929-1300 FAX 212-929-9574 Email: scamacho@glmcommunications.com EDITORIAL OFFICE Address all communications for publication to: The Editor, VFW Magazine 406 W. 34th St., Suite 523, Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 756-3390; www.vfw.org; magazine@vfw.org VFW magazine is protected through trademark reg is tra tion in the United States and in the foreign countries where VFW magazine circulates. VFW magazine (ISSN 0161-8598) is published 10 times a year by Veterans of Foreign Wars, 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. Non-pro)283( t standard class postage paid at Oklahoma City, Okla., and additional mailing of)283( ces. Publications Agreement No. 1476947 Available on recording for those with disabilities that preclude reading material. Contact: magazine@vfw.org. SUBMISSIONS Unsolicited manu scripts and pho to graphs must be ac com panied by return postage and no re spon si bil i ty is assumed for safe han dling. Poetry submissions not accepted. VFW mag a zine is available in micro)284( lm from NA Publishing, Inc., P.O. Box 998, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-0998. Payment of membership dues includes $1.98 for a year’s subscription to VFW magazine. CHANGE OF ADDRESS/DECEASED MEMBER msc@vfw.org 1-833-839-8387 Forward address changes to: Member Service Center, VFW, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111. Be sure to furnish your old ad dress, also your Post number, when requesting change to new address. Please clip your present address as printed on VFW magazine. NON-MEMBER SUBSCRIPTIONS U.S. and its possessions, $15 per year, $1.50 per copy. For subscription in other countries, $20 per year. Make checks payable to VFW Magazine and send to: Member Service Center, 406 W. 34th St., KC, MO 64111. VFW OBJECTIVES To ensure national security through maximum military strength. To speed the rehabilitation of the nation’s disabled and needy veterans. To assist the widows and orphans and the de pen dents of disabled and needy veterans. To promote Americanism through education in pa tri o tism and constructive service to the communities in which we live. Copyright 2022 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States A t the VFW, our job is to serve, support and promote the best interests of the nation’s veterans. In February, VFW takes great pleasure in highlighting the contributions of the nation’s African-American veterans during Black History Month. That military history stretches back to the nation’s founding. Black Americans have participated in every U.S. military action since — and including — the Revolutionary War. African-American veterans, like all U.S. veterans, have served, sacri)294( ced and been shaped profoundly in the wars that have made this nation the greatest on earth. I served under one of those veterans — former Army Gen. Colin Powell — more than 30 years ago when I deployed to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. Powell was then serving as the nation’s )293( rst black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his awless handling of the war made it one of America’s quickest and most decisive victories in U.S. military history. VFW enjoyed a great relationship with Powell, who was a life member of VFW’s Department of Maryland, a recipient of VFW’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Award and the nation’s )293( rst black Secretary of State. We are saddened by his passing last year, but you will read in this issue of VFW magazine about some young black veterans who someday might challenge the high bar Powell set. You will learn how a black World War II veteran helped establish a VFW Post in 1955 in Texas, and how his son continues his legacy today. You also can read about a young black female VFW Post member in New York who participates in a kayak trip each year to raise awareness about PTSD and the )294( ght against suicide. Regardless of our differences, as veterans, our military service taught us to embrace diversity and reject all forms of bigotry. The VFW itself comprises members representing the rich variety of ethnic backgrounds that make up the United States. That diversity serves as a source of strength that makes the VFW the greatest veterans service organization in the country. For these reasons, we submitted a resolution for consideration by VFW delegates at last year’s national convention. They promptly approved VFW Res. 201 — VFW’s Commitment to Diversity . It resolves that the VFW focus on “the ideals of diversity and reject bigotry of all kinds so as to strengthen the bonds of our great organization.” We are stronger as an organization and as a nation because of the contributions made by African-American veterans. On behalf of the VFW, I thank them all for what they have done in the past, what they continue to do today and the great achievements they’ll attain in the future. VFW Celebrates Black History Month COMMAND POST | FROM THE CHIEF COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF Matthew M. “Fritz” Mihelcic

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4 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 O L Y M P I C GOLD O L Y M P I C O L Y M P I C VETERANS COMPETE FOR AFGHANISTAN WAR VETERAN DEVELOPS CYBER SECURITY SOLUTIONS 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AFGHANISTAN WAR: MARINES TAKE KANDAHAR FLORIDA POST HELPS SAVE GIRL IN SUDAN MAIL CALL | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR A A C h r i s t m a s Christmas Surprise S u r p r i s e A A f r i e n d o f m i n e friend of mine sent s e n t m e t h i s a r t i me this article as he had noticed a mention of my old ship, USS Vega (AF59). Yes, we took great delight in feeding the eet from “the most heavily armed refrigerator in WESTPAC.” I was off Vega by the time of this event, but yes, standing out on a heaving deck at 0300, fully loaded pallets swinging over your head and darned little light to see with, certainly piqued your senses. I’m glad we could brighten your day (and your stomachs). TOM DAILEY SEDALIA, COLO. I was on the USS Regulus (AF-57) for three years from 1965 through 1968. She was a good ship and a hardworking ship. We went many 24 hours without sleep. We supplied many ships with food and other things. We had a great captain. He even took us over the equator. I am now a shellback. DENNIS GRASS ST. GENEVIEVE, MO. Reading “A Christmas Surprise Off Vietnam” gave this Army grunt an insight and better understanding as to what the Navy guys had to put up with out there in the water. They did what they had to do to make a bad situation better and came out smiling. JERRY FELDMAN FAIR GROVE, MO. I remember seeing the Finch in Hong Kong while my ship, USS Hickman County (LST-825) pulled in early fall of 1967. I was a radioman second class and remember that Raising Hell in Afghanistan Thank you for publishing the story of the )294( rst U.S. troops into Afghanistan. It is an historic moment not well-known publicly. It also has meaning to me personally. I had the honor as a Navy Tiger Cruise selectee to join my sonin-law, retired Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin Smith, in Honolulu aboard the USS Comstock as the task force returned to San Diego. I have many memories of sailing with these heroes, the emotional ceremonies such as raising the World Trade Center ag, the awesome hospitality of the crew and the many welcome home celebrations. Thanks to all the personnel of the task force for a job well done. THOMAS ROZMARICH FORNEY, TEXAS at the time, the Finch was “Station Ship” SOPA. We were in )294( ve days of R&R from Vietnam. I deployed to the Gulf of Tonkin in 1965 on the USS Hollister (DD-788) in support of USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31), launching airstrikes into North Vietnam, then another year-and-a-half on the USS Hickman operating in the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam. MIKE LARSEN SUNNYSLOPE, ARIZ. “ M a i l C a l l ” f e a t u r e s l e t t e r s f r o m o u r r e a d e r s i n n i n e i s s u e s p e r y e a r . I f y o u h a v e q u e s t i o n s , c o m m e n t s o r c o n c e r n s a b o u t a n y s u b j e c t o r a r t i c l e f r o m o u r m o s t r e c e n t i s s u e , l e t t e r s c a n b e e m a i l e d t o m a g a z i n e @ v f w . o r g , w i t h t h e s u b j e c t l i n e “ M a i l C a l l , ” o r m a i l e d t o : V F W o r a r t i c l e f r o m o u r m o s t r e c e n t i s s u e , l e t t e r s c a n b e e m a i l e d t o m a g a z i n e @ v f w . o r g , w i t h t h e s u b j e c t l i n e “ M a i l C a l l , ” o r m a i l e d t o : V F W m a g a z i n e , M a i l C a l l , 4 0 6 W . 3 4 t h S t r e e t , S u i t e 5 2 3 , K a n s a s C i t y , M O 6 4 1 1 1 . L e t t e r s m u s t b e n o m o r e t h a n 2 0 0 w o r d s , a n d V F W m a g a z i n e , M a i l C a l l , 4 0 6 W . 3 4 t h S t r e e t , S u i t e 5 2 3 , K a n s a s C i t y , M O 6 4 1 1 1 . L e t t e r s m u s t b e n o m o r e t h a n 2 0 0 w o r d s , a n d V F W m a g a z i n e r e s e r v e s t h e r i g h t t o e d i t l e t t e r s f o r c l a r i t y , l e n g t h a n d a c c u r a c y . m a g a z i n e r e s e r v e s t h e r i g h t t o e d i t l e t t e r s f o r c l a r i t y , l e n g t h a n d a c c u r a c y . 13 Fallen Troops I found myself focused on the page with tear-)288( lled eyes, and my mind swirling with emotions and thoughts. Sitting on the couch for several minutes, looking at these young troops, there simply were no words. Tears rolled down my cheeks. Turning to the crew of the USS Finch , I found myself smiling to the point of laughter as the Christmas mail fell into the South China Sea. It was a Christmas surprise as the article wiped away my tears, all due to the crew of the USS Finch. CAROL THOMAS LOS ANGELES, CALIF. Five of the 13 who lost their lives on Aug. 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan, were 20 years old. Old enough to enlist, serve and die for their country, but were not considered old enough to be able to purchase alcohol or sit at a bar. In August 2021, I wrote to both my senators, congressman, both of the chairmen of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee requesting they introduce legislation to change the law allowing those men and women who are serving in the military or have served honorably, the same rights given to 21-yearolds who have not served. VINCENT GRIMALDI ANCRAM, N.Y. Tomb of the Unknowns This article stated that the Tomb guards carry “fully functional” M-14 ri es. This undoubtedly is true, but I think for the sake of clarity, you should have included that they are not loaded. Having observed the guard change on four occasions, they are obviously not loaded during inspection or while walking their tour. CHUCK SANDERS ELKO, NEV. ‘Making a Difference’ Thank you very much for the outstanding article [about VFW Post 9376]. I have gotten nothing but very positive comments and congrats from everyone around the world who have read the article. I truly appreciate you. MICHAEL J. EASON CLINTON, MD.

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6 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 NOW HEAR THIS | NEWS YOU CAN USE R o b e r t J . D o l e : 1 9 2 3 2 0 2 1 The U.S. Coast Guard will stage its first in-person marathon March 3-5 in Elizabeth City, N.C. Originally scheduled for 2021, that event was held virtually due to the pandemic. Until last year’s event, the Coast Guard was the only U.S. military service without a named running race. This year’s event will include a race expo, full marathon, half marathon, 5K race and post-race celebration. Event coordinators expect some 10,000 runners and supporters to Elizabeth City, an of)288( cial “Coast Guard City” located about 40 miles south of Norfolk, Va. To learn more about the Coast Guard marathon and to register for the 2022 events, go to www. CoastGuardMarathon.com. Coast Guard to Host Marathon in North Carolina R o b e r t J . “ B o b ” D o l e , a V F W l i f e m e m b e r , W o r l d W a r I I v e t e r a n a n d l o n g t i m e R o b e r t J . “ B o b ” D o l e , a V F W l i f e m e m b e r , W o r l d W a r I I v e t e r a n a n d l o n g t i m e S e n a t e l e a d e r , d i e d o n D e c . 5 , a t t h e a g e o f 9 8 . D o l e s e r v e d f o u r t e r m s i n t h e S e n a t e l e a d e r , d i e d o n D e c . 5 , a t t h e a g e o f 9 8 . D o l e s e r v e d f o u r t e r m s i n t h e H o u s e o f R e p r e s e n t a t i v e s a n d w a s e l e c t e d t o )Tj5.5506 0 Td (v e t e r m s i n t h e S e n a t e . H e a l s o H o u s e o f R e p r e s e n t a t i v e s a n d w a s e l e c t e d t o )Tj5.5506 0 Td (v e t e r m s i n t h e S e n a t e . 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D o l e a s a f o r m e r p r e s i d e n t i a l f o r m e r p r e s i d e n t i a l c a n d i d a t e a n d m e m c a n d i d a t e a n d m e m b e r o f C o n g r e s s f o r 3 6 b e r o f C o n g r e s s f o r 3 6 y e a r s , b u t t h e V F W y e a r s , b u t t h e V F W r e m e m b e r s h i m a s r e m e m b e r s h i m a s a 5 5 y e a r l i f e m e m a 5 5 y e a r l i f e m e m b e r o f V F W P o s t 6 2 4 0 b e r o f V F W P o s t 6 2 4 0 i n R u s s e l l , K a n . , a s a i n R u s s e l l , K a n . , a s a c h a m p i o n f o r p e o c h a m p i o n f o r p e o p l e w i t h d i s a b i l i t i e s , p l e w i t h d i s a b i l i t i e s , a n d a s a r e g u l a r g r e e t a n d a s a r e g u l a r g r e e t a n d a s a r e g u l a r g r e e t a n d a s a r e g u l a r g r e e t e r o f f e l l o w W o r l d W a r e r o f f e l l o w W o r l d W a r I I v e t e r a n s v i s i t i n g I I v e t e r a n s v i s i t i n g t h e i r N a t i o n a l W o r l d t h e i r N a t i o n a l W o r l d W a r I I M e m o r i a l i n W a r I I M e m o r i a l i n W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . , ” W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . , ” V F W C o m m a n d e r V F W C o m m a n d e r i n C h i e f M a t t h e w M . i n C h i e f M a t t h e w M . “ F r i t z ” M i h e l c i c s a i d . “ F r i t z ” M i h e l c i c s a i d . “ B o b D o l e w a s a n “ B o b D o l e w a s a n A m e r i c a n p a t r i o t w h o A m e r i c a n p a t r i o t w h o c a r e d d e e p l y a b o u t t h e h e a l t h a n d w e l l b e i n g o f t h o s e w h o h a v e a n d a r e w e a r i n g c a r e d d e e p l y a b o u t t h e h e a l t h a n d w e l l b e i n g o f t h o s e w h o h a v e a n d a r e w e a r i n g t h e u n i f o r m o f o u r c o u n t r y a n d t h e i r f a m i l i e s . O n b e h a l f o f t h e e n t i r e V F W f a m i t h e u n i f o r m o f o u r c o u n t r y a n d t h e i r f a m i l i e s . O n b e h a l f o f t h e e n t i r e V F W f a m i l y , I s e n d o u r d e e p e s t c o n d o l e n c e s t o h i s f a m i l y f o r t h e i r l o s s , a n d t h a n k t h e m f o r l y , I s e n d o u r d e e p e s t c o n d o l e n c e s t o h i s f a m i l y f o r t h e i r l o s s , a n d t h a n k t h e m f o r t h e i r s t r e n g t h a n d s u p p o r t t h a t e n a b l e d h i m t o c o n t i n u e s e r v i n g o u r g r e a t n a t i o n t h e i r s t r e n g t h a n d s u p p o r t t h a t e n a b l e d h i m t o c o n t i n u e s e r v i n g o u r g r e a t n a t i o n t h e i r s t r e n g t h a n d s u p p o r t t h a t e n a b l e d h i m t o c o n t i n u e s e r v i n g o u r g r e a t n a t i o n t h e i r s t r e n g t h a n d s u p p o r t t h a t e n a b l e d h i m t o c o n t i n u e s e r v i n g o u r g r e a t n a t i o n f o r s o m a n y y e a r s . ” f o r s o m a n y y e a r s . ” I n 1 9 4 2 , w h i l e a s t u d e n t a t t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f K a n s a s i n L a w r e n c e , K a n . , D o l e I n 1 9 4 2 , w h i l e a s t u d e n t a t t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f K a n s a s i n L a w r e n c e , K a n . , D o l e I n 1 9 4 2 , w h i l e a s t u d e n t a t t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f K a n s a s i n L a w r e n c e , K a n . , D o l e e n l i s t e d i n t h e A r m y ’ s E n l i s t e d R e s e r v e C o r p s . A s a s e c o n d l i e u t e n a n t , h e s e r v e d e n l i s t e d i n t h e A r m y ’ s E n l i s t e d R e s e r v e C o r p s . A s a s e c o n d l i e u t e n a n t , h e s e r v e d w i t h I C o . , 2 n d B n . , 8 5 t h I n f . R e g t . , 1 0 t h M o u n t a i n D i v . , i n W o r l d W a r I I . W h i l e w i t h I C o . , 2 n d B n . , 8 5 t h I n f . R e g t . , 1 0 t h M o u n t a i n D i v . , i n W o r l d W a r I I . W h i l e w i t h I C o . , 2 n d B n . , 8 5 t h I n f . R e g t . , 1 0 t h M o u n t a i n D i v . , i n W o r l d W a r I I . W h i l e )Tj5.62931 0 Td (g h t i n g o n H i l l 9 1 3 o n A p r i l 1 4 , 1 9 4 5 , i n n o r t h e r n I t a l y , D o l e w a s g r i e v o u s l y )Tj5.62931 0 Td (g h t i n g o n H i l l 9 1 3 o n A p r i l 1 4 , 1 9 4 5 , i n n o r t h e r n I t a l y , D o l e w a s g r i e v o u s l y w o u n d e d b y G e r m a n m a c h i n e g u n )Tj5.5665 0 Td (r e . 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T h e e x p e r i e n c e i n W W I I l e d h i m t o h e l p f o u n d V F W P o s t 6 2 4 0 i n 1 9 4 6 i n h i s h o m e t o w n o f R u s s e l l , K a n . , a s a c h a r t e r m e m b e r a n d s e r v i c e o f )Tj5.3865 0 Td (c e r . h i s h o m e t o w n o f R u s s e l l , K a n . , a s a c h a r t e r m e m b e r a n d s e r v i c e o f )Tj5.3865 0 Td (c e r . “ E x p e r i e n c i n g a d i s a b i l i t y y o u r s e l f , y o u c o u l d a l m o s t w a l k a r o u n d w i t h a “ E x p e r i e n c i n g a d i s a b i l i t y y o u r s e l f , y o u c o u l d a l m o s t w a l k a r o u n d w i t h a “ E x p e r i e n c i n g a d i s a b i l i t y y o u r s e l f , y o u c o u l d a l m o s t w a l k a r o u n d w i t h a b l i n d f o l d a n d p i c k o u t t h e o t h e r p e o p l e w i t h d i s a b i l i t i e s , ” h e o n c e t o l d D i s a b i l i t y b l i n d f o l d a n d p i c k o u t t h e o t h e r p e o p l e w i t h d i s a b i l i t i e s , ” h e o n c e t o l d D i s a b i l i t y m a g a z i n e . “ H a v i n g a d i s a b i l i t y c h a n g e s y o u r w h o l e l i f e , n o t j u s t y o u r a t t i t u d e . ” m a g a z i n e . “ H a v i n g a d i s a b i l i t y c h a n g e s y o u r w h o l e l i f e , n o t j u s t y o u r a t t i t u d e . ” m a g a z i n e . “ H a v i n g a d i s a b i l i t y c h a n g e s y o u r w h o l e l i f e , n o t j u s t y o u r a t t i t u d e . ” H i s V F W P o s t h o n o r e d h i m i n 1 9 9 5 o n t h e 5 0 t h a n n i v e r s a r y o f h i s w o u n d i n g H i s V F W P o s t h o n o r e d h i m i n 1 9 9 5 o n t h e 5 0 t h a n n i v e r s a r y o f h i s w o u n d i n g b y d e d i c a t i n g a p l a q u e t o t h a t e v e n t a n d r e n a m i n g t h e r o a d i n f r o n t o f t h e P o s t b y d e d i c a t i n g a p l a q u e t o t h a t e v e n t a n d r e n a m i n g t h e r o a d i n f r o n t o f t h e P o s t B o b D o l e D r i v e . B o b D o l e D r i v e . T o d a y , D o l e ’ s l e g a c y a l s o l i v e s o n a t t h e R o b e r t J . D o l e I n s t i t u t e o f P o l i t i c s a t T o d a y , D o l e ’ s l e g a c y a l s o l i v e s o n a t t h e R o b e r t J . D o l e I n s t i t u t e o f P o l i t i c s a t t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f K a n s a s . A c c o r d i n g t o i t s w e b s i t e , t h e a i m o f t h e D o l e I n s t i t u t e i s t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f K a n s a s . A c c o r d i n g t o i t s w e b s i t e , t h e a i m o f t h e D o l e I n s t i t u t e i s t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f K a n s a s . A c c o r d i n g t o i t s w e b s i t e , t h e a i m o f t h e D o l e I n s t i t u t e i s t o f o s t e r b i p a r t i s a n s h i p a n d “ t o p r o m o t e p o l i t i c a l a n d c i v i c p a r t i c i p a t i o n . ” t o f o s t e r b i p a r t i s a n s h i p a n d “ t o p r o m o t e p o l i t i c a l a n d c i v i c p a r t i c i p a t i o n . ” P H O T O B Y V E R N P A L L P H O T O B Y V E R N P A L L ABOVE: Two participants of last year’s Coast Guard “virtual” marathon prepare to begin their race. This year’s event will be the )265( rst ever held in person and will be staged March 3-5 in Elizabeth City, N.C. PHOTO COURTESY OF COAST GUARD MARATHON A s p a s t V F W C o m m a n d e r i n C h i e f N o r m S t a a b l o o k s o n , S e n . B o b D o l e ( R K a n . ) a d d r e s s e s a c r o w d o n A p r i l 1 4 , 1 9 9 5 , S e n . B o b D o l e ( R K a n . ) a d d r e s s e s a c r o w d o n A p r i l 1 4 , 1 9 9 5 , a t V F W P o s t 6 2 4 0 i n R u s s e l l , K a n . B o t h o f t h e f o r m e r l i f e a t V F W P o s t 6 2 4 0 i n R u s s e l l , K a n . B o t h o f t h e f o r m e r l i f e m e m b e r s o f t h e P o s t w e r e g a t h e r e d t h e r e t h a t d a y f o r t h e m e m b e r s o f t h e P o s t w e r e g a t h e r e d t h e r e t h a t d a y f o r t h e d e d i c a t i o n o f a p l a q u e m a r k i n g t h e 5 0 t h a n n i v e r s a r y o f d e d i c a t i o n o f a p l a q u e m a r k i n g t h e 5 0 t h a n n i v e r s a r y o f D o l e ’ s n e a r l y f a t a l w o u n d i n g i n I t a l y i n W o r l d W a r I I . D o l e ’ s n e a r l y f a t a l w o u n d i n g i n I t a l y i n W o r l d W a r I I . N . C . O r i g i n a l l y

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10 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 The Department of Defense has started taking steps to help service members and their families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A memorandum issued in November by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated that the DoD has started to address the current )293( nancial hardships of military families. In the memorandum, Austin noted that the COVID-19 pandemic and competitive housing market has caused issues with some troops. He said that the DoD has started to provide )294( nancial relief to military service members and their families who have experienced a 10 percent or more increase in rental costs. Those families could receive a temporary boost in their Basic Housing Allowance to cover the rising cost of living. Austin also stated that the DoD will temporarily extend lodging expenses where housing shortages exist. Families were only reimbursed for up to 10 days before the extension. The DoD will address food insecurity among troops and their families. One step the military is taking, according to Austin’s memorandum, is mandating )293( nancial education for service members. The DoD also will expand outreach for its and other )293( nancial support resources for military service members and their families. About 160,000 military service members have trouble feeding their families, according to Feeding America. The organization, which coordinates with 200 food banks in the U.S., cited several reasons for this, including: • Low salaries for enlisted troops. • High rates of unemployment among spouses. • The high cost of living near military bases. FOR MORE INFORMATION a b o u t s p e c i )Tj4.95 0 Td (c l e g i s l a t i o n o r V A b e n e )Tj4.95 0 Td (t s , c o n t a c t V F W ’ s W a s h i n g t o n O f )Tj4.95 0 Td (c e a t v f w @ v f w . o r g . A m e m b e r o f V F W ’ s N a t i o n a l V e t e r a n s S e r v i c e s t a f f w i l l r e s p o n d a s s o o n a s p o s s i b l e . v f w @ v f w . o r g . A m e m b e r o f V F W ’ s N a t i o n a l V e t e r a n s S e r v i c e s t a f f w i l l r e s p o n d a s s o o n a s p o s s i b l e . WASHINGTON WIRE | CAPITOL HILL BRIEFS BY DAVE SPIVA VFW Commends DoD for Military Family Support PHOTO BY JOSEPH SIEMANDEL/ARMY Army Chief Warrant Of)265( cer 2 Joshua Orr and his son put food in bags during a “turkey drop” event on Nov. 16 at Washington state’s Camp Murray. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said his department is addressing food insecurity among troops and their families. • The increased cost of child care. VFW Commander-in-Chief Matthew M. “Fritz” Mihelcic said that the DoD is taking “signi)294( cant steps” to address the overdue )294( nancial issues military families have had over the past two years. Mihelcic added that troops should not have to think about if their paycheck will cover bills or food for their families. “The pandemic hit our economy hard, and our military men and women suffered in silence as they continued to serve our nation,” Mihelcic said. “Financial peace of mind goes a long way when it comes to the readiness of the force.” V F W ’ S U N M E T N E E D S P R O G R A M C A N H E L P P R O G R A M C A N H E L P M i l i t a r y f a m i l i e s w h o h a v e r u n i n t o M i l i t a r y f a m i l i e s w h o h a v e r u n i n t o r r r r r r b e c a u s e o f d e p l o y m e n t o r o t h e r b e c a u s e o f d e p l o y m e n t o r o t h e r f r t r f r t r a p p l y f o r a s s i s t a n c e t h r o u g h V F W ’ s a p p l y f o r a s s i s t a n c e t h r o u g h V F W ’ s U n m e t N e e d s p r o g r a m . U n m e t N e e d s p r o g r a m . 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FREE BONUS REPORT! C A L L N O W F O R Y O U R F R E E GOLD INFORMATION KIT O r d e r t h e U l t i m a t e G o l d I n f o r m a t i o n K i t f r o m t h e e x p e r t s a t U . S . M o n e y R e s e r v e , w i t h o v e r 8 5 p a g e s o f “ i n s i d e r ” i n f o r m a t i o n ! • Why Own Gold NOW • The Secrets to Gold Ownership • Maximizing Your Pro)284( t Potential • E x c l u s i v e O f f e r s a n d I n t r o S a v i n g s 1-855-495-4398 CALL TOLL-FREE TODAY! V a u l t C o d e : V F 5 9 2022 U.S. Money Reserve. *Based on the change in gold’s price from $263.80/oz. (10/27/00) to $1,902.75/oz. (06/02/21). The markets for coins are unregulated. Prices can rise or fall and carry some risks. The company is not af)255( liated with the U.S. Government and the U.S. Mint. Past performance of the coin or the market cannot predict future performance. Prices may be more or less based on current market conditions. All calls recorded for quality assurance. Coins enlarged to show detail. Offer void where prohibited. C A L L N O W F O R Y O U R F R E E G e t Y o u r F r e e U l t i m a t e G o l d D i v e r s i f i c a t i o n K i t f r o m U . S . M o n e y R e s e r v e ! G e t Y o u r F r e e U l t i m a t e G o l d D i v e r s i f i c a t i o n K i t f r o m U . S . M o n e y R e s e r v e ! Gold provides the p r o t e c t i o n y o u r p o r t f o l i o n e e d s t o s t a n d t h e t e s t o f t i m e . One asset soars above all others C A L L N O W F O R Y O U R F R E E C A L L N O W F O R Y O U R F R E E p r o t e c t i o n y o u r p o r t f o l i o n e e d s t o s t a n d t h e t e s t o f t i m e . C A L L N O W F O R Y O U R F R E E p r o t e c t i o n y o u r p o r t f o l i o n e e d s t o s t a n d t h e t e s t o f t i m e . C a l l r i g h t n o w t o r e c e i v e t w o e x c l u s i v e BONUS reports: 25 Reasons to Own Gold and the 2022 Global Gold Forecast! O r d e r t h e U l t i m a t e G o l d I n f o r m a t i o n K i t f r o m t h e e x p e r t s a t U . S . M o n e y R e s e r v e , w i t h o v e r 8 5 p a g e s o f “ i n s i d e r ” i n f o r m a t i o n ! • E x c l u s i v e O f f e r s a n d I n t r o S a v i n g s 1 8 5 5 4 9 5 4 3 9 8 F R E E B O N U S R E P O R T ! C a l l r i g h t n o w t o r e c e i v e t w o e x c l u s i v e O r d e r t h e U l t i m a t e G o l d I n f o r m a t i o n K i t f r o m t h e e x p e r t s a t U . S . M o n e y R e s e r v e , w i t h o v e r 8 5 p a g e s o f “ i n s i d e r ” i n f o r m a t i o n ! f r o m t h e e x p e r t s a t U . S . M o n e y R e s e r v e , w i t h FREE KIT & 2 BONUS REPORTS! n e e d s t o s t a n d t h e t e s t o f t i m e . n e e d s t o s t a n d t h e t e s t o f t i m e . n e e d s t o s t a n d t h e t e s t o f t i m e . n e e d s t o s t a n d t h e t e s t o f t i m e . I I f y o u w o u l d h a v e t a k e n $ 1 5 0 , 0 0 0 o f y o u r m o n e y a n d f y o u w o u l d h a v e t a k e n $ 1 5 0 , 0 0 0 o f y o u r m o n e y a n d u f y o u w o u l d h a v e t a k e n $ 1 5 0 , 0 0 0 o f y o u r m o n e y a n d b o u g h t p h y s i c a l g o l d i n 2 0 0 0 , y o u w o u l d n o w h a v e o v e r b o u g h t p h y s i c a l g o l d i n 2 0 0 0 , y o u w o u l d n o w h a v e o v e r h b o u g h t p h y s i c a l g o l d i n 2 0 0 0 , y o u w o u l d n o w h a v e o v e r $ 1 m i l l i o n a t t o d a y ’ s g o l d p r i c e s . $ 1 m i l l i o n a t t o d a y ’ s g o l d p r i c e s . * * T h a t ’ s a n i n c r e d i b l e T h a t ’ s a n i n c r e d i b l e i n c r e a s e o f o v e r 6 0 0 % i n c r e a s e o f o v e r 6 0 0 % o i n c r e a s e o f o v e r 6 0 0 % —o u t p e r f o r m i n g t h e N a s d a q , —o u t p e r f o r m i n g t h e N a s d a q , D o w , a n d S & P 5 0 0 . 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I n t o d a y ’ s v o l a t i l e e c o n o m i c e n v i r o n m e n t , i t i s e s s e n t i a l I n t o d a y ’ s v o l a t i l e e c o n o m i c e n v i r o n m e n t , i t i s e s s e n t i a l l I n t o d a y ’ s v o l a t i l e e c o n o m i c e n v i r o n m e n t , i t i s e s s e n t i a l t o d i v e r s i f y w i t h g o l d . I f y o u h a v e b e e n w a i t i n g t o e n t e r t o d i v e r s i f y w i t h g o l d . I f y o u h a v e b e e n w a i t i n g t o e n t e r w t o d i v e r s i f y w i t h g o l d . I f y o u h a v e b e e n w a i t i n g t o e n t e r t h e g o l d m a r k e t , t h i s i s y o u r o p p o r t u n i t y t o j o i n t h e t h e g o l d m a r k e t , t h i s i s y o u r o p p o r t u n i t y t o j o i n t h e k t h e g o l d m a r k e t , t h i s i s y o u r o p p o r t u n i t y t o j o i n t h e t h o u s a n d s o f A m e r i c a n s w h o a r e p r o t e c t i n g t h e i r f u t u r e b y t h o u s a n d s o f A m e r i c a n s w h o a r e p r o t e c t i n g t h e i r f u t u r e b y A t h o u s a n d s o f A m e r i c a n s w h o a r e p r o t e c t i n g t h e i r f u t u r e b y t r a n s f e r r i n g m o n e y i n t o g o l d . U n l o c k t h e s e c r e t t o w e a l t h t r a n s f e r r i n g m o n e y i n t o g o l d . U n l o c k t h e s e c r e t t o w e a l t h m t r a n s f e r r i n g m o n e y i n t o g o l d . U n l o c k t h e s e c r e t t o w e a l t h p r o t e c t i o n w i t h y o u r f r e e 2 0 2 2 G o l d I n f o r m a t i o n K i t — p r o t e c t i o n w i t h y o u r f r e e 2 0 2 2 G o l d I n f o r m a t i o n K i t — a b s o l u t e l y f r e e f r o m t h e e x p e r t s a t U . S . M o n e y R e s e r v e . a b s o l u t e l y f r e e f r o m t h e e x p e r t s a t U . S . M o n e y R e s e r v e . e a b s o l u t e l y f r e e f r o m t h e e x p e r t s a t U . S . M o n e y R e s e r v e .

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12 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 WASHINGTON WIRE, CONTINUED Disability Exams Could Include Sexual Trauma Consideration Representatives in the House in November introduced a bill aiming to improve the VA’s disability exam process for veterans who experience military sexual trauma. Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas), a life member of VFW Post 3903 in Rosenberg, Texas, introduced H.R. 6064 , which would direct VA to work with the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine to review the process of how military sexual assault disability exams are performed. If the bill is signed into law, it also would require that the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s ndings be given to Congress for review. According to a press release from Nehls, H.R. 6064 would: • Determine if VA’s Public Disability Benets Questionnaires are adequate. • Find out whether certain conditions linked to military sexual trauma should require referrals to mental health and physical health examinations. • Decide what training is necessary for examiners to complete exams related to mental health conditions and physical injuries. • Determine if internal pelvic exams or alternatives are available if a veteran does not wish or cannot complete an exam. “It takes a tremendous amount of courage for survivors of military sexual trauma to come forward and submit a claim for compensation, so it is important that VA gets these claims right the rst time,” said Nehls, a retired Army Reserve major. M a r i n e C o r p s L a n c e C p l . N a t h a n i a l F i n k , l e f t , a n d L a n c e C p l . G a r r e t t C a m a c h o , l e f t , a n d L a n c e C p l . 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The following bills were signed into law on Nov. 30: PROTECTING MOMS WHO SERVED ACT OF 2021 P.L. 117-69 aims to help veteran mothers. The VA is required to implement a maternity care coordination program and provide non-VA maternity caretakers training and support to help veterans who are pregnant or postpartum. The bill was introduced by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a life member of the VFW Department of Illinois. HIRE VETERAN HEALTH HEROES ACT OF 2021 P.L. 117-67 could increase coordination for hiring veteran health care professionals at VA. The law requires VA to consult with the Department of Defense to recruit troops for jobs in the military’s and VA’s health care systems. A BILL TO ADDRESS RACE DISPARITIES AT VA P.L. 117-66 requires a study that assesses possible disparities associated with race and ethnicity concerning VA compensation and benets. It also requires a nal report to be submitted to Congress. Colonel John M. McHugh Tuition Fairness for Survivors Act of 2021 P.L. 117-68 requires colleges that receive GI Bill benets to provide in-state tuition rates for students receiving Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance. The program provides education benets to the dependents of veterans who died due to a service-related condition. The bill is named after Col. John McHugh, who was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2010. McHugh’s daughter was attending Kansas State University at the time of his death. President Biden Approves Several Bills for Veterans P H O T O B Y C P L . A L F R E D L O P E Z / M A R I N E C O R P S

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16 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 Zephrine, who deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2004 with the 416th Transportation Co., 260th Quartermaster Bn., 3rd Inf. Div., resolved to )299( ll her silence by delving into veteran-based organizations that could provide her with the camaraderie she once experienced in the military. “Having a veteran’s organization as an outlet to meet fellow veterans and provide you with resources can honestly help save lives,” said Zephrine, a life member of VFW Post 2913 in Patchogue, N.Y. “The problem sometimes is in spreading the word. Not a lot of veterans suffering from PTSD or other combat injuries have that support system in place.” With many veteran acquaintances suffering from PTSD and a few succumbing to suicide, Zephrine took it upon herself to not only listen to the whispers, but to amplify the awareness for veteran suicides and mental health to a crescendo. She earned a graduate degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City in 2012. She parlayed that into a career as a mental health therapy aid at Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center in Brentwood, N.Y. It was around this time that she met a fellow veteran, Ryan Weemer, through Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a nonpro)294( t based in New York City. Weemer, who served IAVA as an education case manager to help veterans with their GI Bill bene)293( ts, introduced Zephrine to an opportunity that would change her life. D o n n a Z e p h r i n e p e d d l e s h e r k a y a k o u t o f a s a n d b a r n e a r L o n g I s l a n d , o u t o f a s a n d b a r n e a r L o n g I s l a n d , N . Y . , a n d r e t u r n s t o t h e 2 2 m i l e N . Y . , a n d r e t u r n s t o t h e 2 2 m i l e k a y a k i n g t r i p o n S e p t . 3 . Z e p h r i n e , k a y a k i n g t r i p o n S e p t . 3 . Z e p h r i n e , w h o d e p l o y e d t o I r a q t w i c e w i t h t h e w h o d e p l o y e d t o I r a q t w i c e w i t h t h e A r m y ’ s 4 1 6 t h T r a n s p o r t a t i o n C o . , A r m y ’ s 4 1 6 t h T r a n s p o r t a t i o n C o . , 2 6 0 t h Q u a r t e r m a s t e r B n . , 3 r d I n f . 2 6 0 t h Q u a r t e r m a s t e r B n . , 3 r d I n f . D i v . , )Tj4.2392 0 Td (n d s k a y a k i n g h e l p s h e r w i t h D i v . , )Tj4.2392 0 Td (n d s k a y a k i n g h e l p s h e r w i t h h e r d i a g n o s e d P T S D s y m p t o m s . h e r d i a g n o s e d P T S D s y m p t o m s . Veterans Joshua Thompson, left, and Donna Zephrine take a break near Long Island, N.Y., before returning to their 22-mile kayaking trip dubbed the 22 PTSD Awareness Challenge (22PAC) on Sept. 3. Zephrine has not missed the annual trip since its inception in 2016, joining the 22PAC’s planning committee in 2017. PHOTO COURTESY OF 22 PTSD AWARENESS CHALLENGE (22PAC) PHOTO COURTESY OF 22 PTSD AWARENESS CHALLENGE (22PAC)

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18 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 ‘IT WAS FOR A GREAT CAUSE’ The event had no name at the time, but Zephrine was among the )293( rst wave of veterans to join co-creators and veteran trio Frank Lombardi, Chris Levi and Alex Rohman. The 22 veterans, a symbolic number close to the 20 veterans lost to suicide daily, according to the VA, were to spread suicide awareness across the cool, September currents of the Long Island Sound, a tidal estuary that sits between Connecticut and New York. Without much kayaking experience, Zephrine inhaled the salt-infused euphoria alongside her brothers and sisters for what has since become an annual phenomenon dubbed the 22 PTSD Awareness Challenge (22PAC). “I didn’t know what to expect at )294( rst, but I fell in love with it,” Zephrine said. “It was therapeutic for my PTSD and such a calm environment being out there on the water. Not to mention that it was for a great cause, the kind that can save a veteran’s life.” Each year since 2016, Zephrine has joined Lombardi, Levi and Rohman in peddling across the 22-mile trek. They annually depart from Bridgeport, Conn., around 10 a.m., kayaking across the Long Island Sound waters with the intention of arriving in Port Jefferson, N.Y., by 5 p.m. Rohman, an executive financial advisor for the Port Jefferson-based Time Capital Securities, had his business join three others in backing the )293( rst kayaking event. They accommodated several nonpro)294( t, veteran-based organizations with booths to help advise veterans in need of help or simply someone to talk to. “I found that the best way to help veterans is to get them help from other veterans,” Rohman said. “A lot of organizations compete for veterans, in a way, so we wanted to open this up to as many nonpro)294( ts as we could for a veteran to walk in and see a multitude of services that can help.” With Levi and Lombardi, CEO of New York-based Independent Group Home Living Program (IGHL), a nonpro)294( t supporting people with intellectual disabilities, the 22 PTSD Awareness Challenge has grown exponentially. Through word-of-mouth, social media and networking, the 2PAC” has established a horde of organizations and nonpro)293( ts that annually cram into the Port Jefferson Village Center to help veterans. The legwork in promoting the event falls on the 22PAC committee members and organizers each year. Zephrine joined the planning committee in 2017 to help veterans )294( nd some semblance of that camaraderie and peace that has helped her maneuver civilian life. “I try to share the event with veterans, as well as organizations and politicians each year,” Zephrine said. “My VFW Post is always there with a booth ready to serve veterans. It’s neat to see so many veterans helping one another.” Since the inaugural trek across the Long Island Sound to help raise suicide awareness and connect veterans to nonpro)294( ts, 22PAC also has raised more than $100,000. That amount includes $60,000 22PAC raised in the )294( rst year alone, according to Lombardi. Each year, the funds go toward the Victims Information Bureau of Connecticut’s Suffolk County, a subsidiary of IGHL that provides therapy services for veterans, among its other services for those experiencing family violence and rape. Although the annual event has proven profitable, Lombardi added that the main focus is to serve as an outreach to get veterans in touch with the services that can help them. Following the 22-mile kayaking expedition each year, Zephrine and all kayakers participating in the event celebrate their completion with an assortment of music, food trucks and on-site veteran services at the Village Center in Port Jefferson. For Zephrine, watching the event blossom over the years has been a blessing. She hopes to continue to do her part in reaching veterans that may be weathering an internal storm of doubt and combat-ridden complications by spreading the word on behalf of 22PAC. “I want to keep doing this for all my brothers and sisters who are still struggling, as well as those suffering from PTSD like myself,” Zephrine added. “And for those who are no longer with us, I do this in remembrance of them.” EMAIL irodriguez@vfw.org V e t e r a n s J a y L a w r e n c e , l e f t , a n d D o n n a Z e p h r i n e g e t r e a d y t o e m b a r k o n t h e 2 2 m i l e k a y a k i n g t r i p o n S e p t . 3 . B o t h v e t e r a n s e m b a r k o n t h e 2 2 m i l e k a y a k i n g t r i p o n S e p t . 3 . B o t h v e t e r a n s w e r e a m o n g t h e 2 2 k a y a k e r s c r o s s i n g t h e L o n g I s l a n d S o u n d w e r e a m o n g t h e 2 2 k a y a k e r s c r o s s i n g t h e L o n g I s l a n d S o u n d t i d a l e s t u a r y f r o m C o n n e c t i c u t t o N e w Y o r k . t i d a l e s t u a r y f r o m C o n n e c t i c u t t o N e w Y o r k . PHOTO COURTESY OF 22 PTSD AWARENESS CHALLENGE (22PAC)

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20 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 A m e r i c a ’ s l a r g e s t c o m b a t v e t e r a n s o r g a n i z a t i o n s a l u t e s t h e n a t i o n ’ s A f r i c a n A m e r i c a n v e t e r a n s o f t h e p a s t a n d p r e s e n t . H e r e a r e s t o r i e s A f r i c a n A m e r i c a n v e t e r a n s o f t h e p a s t a n d p r e s e n t . H e r e a r e s t o r i e s o f s o m e o f t h e m e n a n d w o m e n w h o r e c e n t l y m a d e h i s t o r y , a s w e l l a s o f s o m e o f t h e m e n a n d w o m e n w h o r e c e n t l y m a d e h i s t o r y , a s w e l l a s r e )Tj6.744 0 Td (e c t i o n s o f b l a c k v e t e r a n s o f t h e p a s t . r e )Tj6.744 0 Td (e c t i o n s o f b l a c k v e t e r a n s o f t h e p a s t . B Y D A V E S P I V A B Y D A V E S P I V A PHOTO BY PA2 TRAVIS MAGEE/COAST GUARD ( F r o m l e f t t o r i g h t ) C o a s t G u a r d p i l o t s L t . C m d r . J e a n i n e M e n z e , C m d r . L a S h a n d a H o l m e s , L t . A n g e l H u g h e s , L t . C h a n e l M e n z e , C m d r . L a S h a n d a H o l m e s , L t . A n g e l H u g h e s , L t . C h a n e l L e e a n d L t . R o n a q u a R u s s e l l s t a n d i n f r o n t o f C o a s t G u a r d L e e a n d L t . R o n a q u a R u s s e l l s t a n d i n f r o n t o f C o a s t G u a r d a i r c r a f t i n F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 9 a t t h e T u s k e g e e A i r m e n N a t i o n a l a i r c r a f t i n F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 9 a t t h e T u s k e g e e A i r m e n N a t i o n a l H i s t o r i c S i t e i n A l a b a m a . A t a c e r e m o n y t h a t d a y , R u s e l l w a s H i s t o r i c S i t e i n A l a b a m a . A t a c e r e m o n y t h a t d a y , R u s e l l w a s a w a r d e d a n A i r M e d a l f o r h e r e f f o r t s i n a H u r r i c a n e H a r v e y a w a r d e d a n A i r M e d a l f o r h e r e f f o r t s i n a H u r r i c a n e H a r v e y r e l i e f m i s s i o n i n A u g u s t 2 0 1 7 . r e l i e f m i s s i o n i n A u g u s t 2 0 1 7 . VFW MAGAZINE CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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FEBRUARY 2022 • WWW.VFW.ORG • 21 COAST GUARD AWARDS AFRICANAMERICAN PILOT In 2019, Lt. Ronaqua Rusell was awarded an Air Medal for her efforts in a Hurricane Harvey relief mission. Rusell, who is an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft pilot, earned the award while stationed at Texas’ Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi in 2017. Rusell, a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, is the )293( rst African-American woman serving in the Coast Guard to earn the award. Four other female AfricanAmerican Coast Guard pilots attended Rusell’s Air Medal ceremony: Lt. Cmdr. Jeanine Menze, Cmdr. LaShanda Holmes, Lt. Angel Hughes and Lt. Chanel Lee. ARMY RECOGNIZES FIRST BLACK UNION CIVIL WAR UNIT In January 2021, the Army Heritage Center Foundation presented )293( ndings of the )294( rst-known all-black Army unit. The First South Carolina Volunteers of African Descent, or 1SCVAD, was organized at Port Royal, S.C., in May 1862, according to the Army Heritage Foundation. The unit comprised former enslaved men and predated the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. According to the report by retired W hile celebrating Black History Month, VFW is commemorating Black veterans for their service and contributions to military history. Like all veterans, AfricanAmerican men and women have been an integral part of every VFWqualifying war. Here are stories of just some of the black men and women who made history in the military.

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22 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 The First South Carolina Volunteers of African Descent hear the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation , which made them free men, on Jan. 1, 1863, near Beaufort, S.C. Researchers with the Army Heritage Center Foundation say the unit is the rst-known all-black Army unit. PHOTO BY MASTER SGT. NANCY GOLDBERGER/AIR FORCE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS PHOTO Army Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges and retired Army Col. Chris Allen, on the night of Dec. 31, 1862, the soldiers of 1SCVAD went to bed as “contraband” but woke up on Jan. 1, 1863, as free men when the rst public reading of the Emancipation Proclamation made them free men. ALL-BLACK CREW CONDUCTS TRAINING MISSION For the rst time, an all-black ight crew of 33 airmen in February 2021 A i r m e n a n d s o l d i e r s f r o m G e o r g i a ’ s N a t i o n a l G u a r d a n d a c t i v e d u t y a i r m e n g a t h e r i n f r o n t o f a n E 8 C J o i n t S u r v e i l l a n c e a n d T a r g e t A t t a c k R a d a r S y s t e m , o r J S T A R S , a i r c r a f t f r o n t o f a n E 8 C J o i n t S u r v e i l l a n c e a n d T a r g e t A t t a c k R a d a r S y s t e m , o r J S T A R S , a i r c r a f t a s p a r t o f a h i s t o r i c a l )Tj4.32 0 Td (i g h t o n F e b . 1 9 , 2 0 2 1 , a t G e o r g i a ’ s R o b i n s A i r F o r c e B a s e . A a s p a r t o f a h i s t o r i c a l )Tj4.32 0 Td (i g h t o n F e b . 1 9 , 2 0 2 1 , a t G e o r g i a ’ s R o b i n s A i r F o r c e B a s e . A c r e w o f 3 3 E 8 C J S T A R S a v i a t o r s m a d e h i s t o r y b y b e i n g t h e r s t a l l b l a c k J S T A R S )Tj4.32 0 Td (i g h t c r e w o f 3 3 E 8 C J S T A R S a v i a t o r s m a d e h i s t o r y b y b e i n g t h e r s t a l l b l a c k J S T A R S )Tj4.32 0 Td (i g h t c r e w t o )Tj4.32 0 Td (y a t r a i n i n g m i s s i o n , w h i c h c o m m e m o r a t e d B l a c k H i s t o r y M o n t h 2 0 2 1 . c r e w t o )Tj4.32 0 Td (y a t r a i n i n g m i s s i o n , w h i c h c o m m e m o r a t e d B l a c k H i s t o r y M o n t h 2 0 2 1 .

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FEBRUARY 2022 • WWW.VFW.ORG • 23 conducted an E-8C Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System, or JSTARS, training mission. The mission took place at Georgia’s Robins Air Force Base with airmen and soldiers forming Team JSTAR. The mission was carried out to com memorate Black History Month 2021, according to the Air Force. Conducting the training mission were airmen from the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Wing, airmen of the 461st Air Control Wing and the soldiers from Army’s 138th Military Intelligence Company. “This mission gives us the opportunity to celebrate the legacy and honor our previous successors in the Air Force, primarily the Tuskegee Airmen, and the sacrices they made in order to get us to where we are now,” said Air Force Capt. Dewey McRae, an instructor with the 461st Air Control Wing. McRae also said that the mission was historic. “Within the active-duty and Guard, we have finally been able to come together and fulll an entire AfricanAmerican aircrew,” McRae said. “Taking that a step forward, we not only had enough people for the actual mission crew but were able to ll additional seats with instructors and evaluators, taking a full jet of African Americans to represent the combat Air Force.” BLACK MARINE EARNS FIRST STAR Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Anthony Henderson was promoted to his cur rent rank in July 2021 after more than three decades of military service. His promotion came after being passed over for promotion three times even after Department of the Navy Secretary Richard Spencer recom mended Henderson’s promotion to one-star in 2019, according to The New York Times. Henderson was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1989 when he started serving in the Marine Corps as an infantry ofcer. Henderson has deployed to Cuba, the Mediterranean Sea, Africa, the Asian Pacific and Southwest Asia, according to his of)7(cial Marine Corps biography. Henderson currently serves as the deputy commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force and com mander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Anthony Henderson currently serves as the deputy commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force and commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade. He was promoted to brigadier general last year. MARINE CORPS PHOTO

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24 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Sydney Barber, shown as a midshipman 1st class, became the )265( rst black woman appointed to the position of brigade commander at the Naval Academy in early 2021. She is the 16th woman to hold the top student position at Annapolis. DOD PHOTO B r i g a d e . A W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . n a t i v e , H e n d e r s o n g r a d u a t e d f r o m n a t i v e , H e n d e r s o n g r a d u a t e d f r o m n a t i v e , H e n d e r s o n g r a d u a t e d f r o m L o u i s i a n a ’ s S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y L o u i s i a n a ’ s S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y a n d A & M C o l l e g e i n 1 9 8 9 w i t h a a n d A & M C o l l e g e i n 1 9 8 9 w i t h a b a c h e l o r ’ s d e g r e e i n h i s t o r y a n d b a c h e l o r ’ s d e g r e e i n h i s t o r y a n d e a r n e d a j u r i s d o c t o r a t e i n l a w i n e a r n e d a j u r i s d o c t o r a t e i n l a w i n 1 9 9 3 . 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W i l l i a m W a l k e r w a s t a p p e d a s t h e n e w s e r g e a n t a t a r m s f o r a s t h e n e w s e r g e a n t a t a r m s f o r t h e H o u s e o f R e p r e s e n t a t i v e s , t h e H o u s e o f R e p r e s e n t a t i v e s , m a k i n g h i m t h e f i r s t A f r i c a n m a k i n g h i m t h e f i r s t A f r i c a n A m e r i c a n t o s e r v e i n t h e p o s i t i o n . A m e r i c a n t o s e r v e i n t h e p o s i t i o n . H e i s t h e H o u s e ’ s 3 8 t h s e r g e a n t H e i s t h e H o u s e ’ s 3 8 t h s e r g e a n t a t a r m s . a t a r m s . W a l k e r , w h o p r e v i o u s l y s e r v e d W a l k e r , w h o p r e v i o u s l y s e r v e d a s t h e c o m m a n d i n g g e n e r a l o f t h e a s t h e c o m m a n d i n g g e n e r a l o f t h e W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . , N a t i o n a l G u a r d , W a s h i n g t o n , D . C . , N a t i o n a l G u a r d , W a s h i n g t o n , D . 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26 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 PHOTO BY LISA FERDINANDO/DOD Then-Army Maj. Gen. William Walker briefs press members on Jan. 25, 2021, at the Pentagon, in Arlington, Va. Walker was selected as the new House sergeant-at-arms in March 2021, which makes him the rst African American to serve in the position. Barber now is a Marine Corps second lieutenant. She graduated from the Academy in May with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. In its 175-year history, the Naval Academy, based in Annapolis, Md., has had only 16 women hold the top student position, also known as the “six-striper.” Women have only been accepted to the Academy since 1980. THREE OF THE REMAINING TUSKEGEE AIRMEN PASS AWAY At least three of the famed Tuskegee Airmen died in 2021. Robert Holts, 96, of Bellevue, Neb., died in February 2021. Holts was the last Tuskegee Airman from Nebraska, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Robert Ashby, 95, of Phoenix, died in March 2021. He was one of three remaining Tuskegee Airmen of Arizona, according to the Air Force Times. Asa Newman died in June 2021. An Ohio native, Newman was 102 years old. Tuskegee Airmen flew P-51 Mustangs and were tasked with pro tecting Allied bombers in Europe. They were the rst black military aviators in the Army Air Corps. The name of the group derives from the Army aireld near Tuskegee, Ala., where the men were trained. Among the nearly 1,000 pilots who graduat ed from the program, 352 served in WWII, according to NASA. EMAIL dspiva@vfw.org Robert Holts, who served as one of the Tuskegee Airmen, shakes hands with a wellwisher while serving as grand marshal of a Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11, 2017, in Bellevue, Neb. In February 2021, Holts, a former Army corporal, died at the age of 96. PHOTO BY ZACHARY HADA/AIR FORCE

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28 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 BY DR. PAUL PHILLIPS III The surgeon general at a VFW Post in Texas notes that his father was a founding member aer World War II. His father also was the Post’s rst African-American member. I n the quiet rural town of Fredericksburg, in the Hill Country of central Texas, a respected and trusted African-American family in the community had three sons who all enlisted to serve in World War II. Lee Roy Phillips served as a Navy Seabee and John Phillips served in the Air Force. Another son, Paul Phillips Jr., served with the Army’s 278th Quartermaster Battalion. Paul Jr.’s service would take him from the United States to the Pacic and eventually to the Philippines, where he would serve as his company’s rst sergeant. The ofcers were white, but there was great trust in his leadership and devotion to those with whom he served. Paul Jr. served his time in the Army from 1942 to 1945 when he was discharged from the Army after a serious malaria infection. But he would eventually carry the skills he learned in the Army to a higher calling in the eld of veterinary medi cine. His service allowed him to use the GI Bill to continue his dream of becoming a veterinarian. He used the educational benefit to attend Tuskegee University in Alabama and entered the class of 1948. He graduated in 1952 along with four other classmates and returned to his hometown of Fredericksburg. There, Paul Jr. joined his GREAT TRUST PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. PAUL PHILLIPS III ‘THERE WAS IN HIS LEADERSHIP’

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FEBRUARY 2022 • WWW.VFW.ORG • 29 LEFT: Army Col. Dr. Paul Phillips III consults with another soldier in 2011 while deployed to Haiti with the 94th Combat Support Hospital. Phillips, the surgeon general for VFW Post 7105 in Fredericksburg, Texas, served 24 years in the Army Reserve Medical Corps. RIGHT: Army Pvt. Paul Phillips Jr. poses for his ofcial Army photo in 1942. After serving in the South Pacic in World War II and earning a degree in veterinary medicine at Tuskegee University in Alabama, Phillips helped establish and served as the original surgeon general of Post 7105 in Fredericksburg, Texas. father, Paul Phillips Sr., a well-known, self-taught veterinarian for the county, to help treat all types of animals. A FOUNDING MEMBER OF POST 7105 After passing the Texas Veterinary Board, Paul Jr. began his practice. But as a WWII veteran, he wanted to associate with other veterans who had served. In September 1955, a group of veterans who lived in Fredericksburg applied and were granted a charter in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. That was the beginning of Frantzen-Ahrens VFW Post 7105. The charter listed the original commander, vice commander and other ofcers. The position of Post surgeon general was given to an African-American veteran who served in the Pacic and the Philippines, my father, Dr. Paul Phillips Jr., the rst and only serviceman of African-American descent to be a member of Post 7105. That legacy continued for 64 years until I, Paul Phillips III, a retired colonel in the Army Medical Corps and an AfricanAmerican Army ofcer, would join that same organization in January 2019. Unfortunately, my father did not have the opportunity to see my induction into Post 7105 because he passed away in 2002. That legacy information was not known by any of the current Post members. The search for this information began when I asked current Post 7105 Commander James Bisson, a Vietnam veteran who served in the 25th Inf. Div., and retired as a brigadier general, if the Post had ever had an AfricanAmerican veteran join its ranks. Commander Bisson’s search began in October 2020, and he was able to nd the original request to the national VFW organization asking that a VFW Post be allowed to organize in Fredericksburg. With this ofcial document in hand at the November 2020 membership meeting, Commander Bisson read the list of ofcers who were selected in 1955. It was noted that the position of Post surgeon general was assigned to my father. All members were surprised by the announcement, but none more than me, a newly joined VFW member. SERVING AS A LEGACY MEMBER As an orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps for 24 years, which includes multiple overseas deployments from 2002 to 2018, as well as a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Fredericksburg, I have had the honor of serving as Post 7105 surgeon general since 2020. The position has much more meaning for me as a legacy member of Post 7105. This Post has looked at the merit and service of all its members and accepted their service as honorable and deserving of membership in this great organization. The color of their skin or their race does not dene the men and women who served in their country’s time of conict. I am honored to now serve in VFW Frantzen-Ahrens Post 7105 as one of the many who have heard the call and responded with an afrmative. I now continue in my mission to serve my community in my practice of medicine and in the service and mission of the VFW. I write this to thank all VFW Posts that have invited all races and colors into their ranks to meet VFW’s mission as it continues into the 21st century. EMAIL magazine@vfw.org Dr. Paul Phillips III is the surgeon general for VFW Post 7105 in Fredericksburg, Texas. PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. PAUL PHILLIPS III

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30 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 PHOTOS COURTESY OF HENRY HOOPER II A VFW Member’s Brush With ‘The Greatest’ A f o r m e r S p e c i a l s F o r c e s v e t e r a n a n d c u r r e n t V F W v e t e r a n a n d c u r r e n t V F W N a t i o n a l C o u n c i l o f N a t i o n a l C o u n c i l o f A d m i n i s t r a t i o n m e m b e r A d m i n i s t r a t i o n m e m b e r f r o m M e m p h i s s h a r e s h i s f r o m M e m p h i s s h a r e s h i s l i t t l e k n o w n t i m e i n t h e l i t t l e k n o w n t i m e i n t h e b o x i n g r i n g a g a i n s t o n e o f b o x i n g r i n g a g a i n s t o n e o f t h e s p o r t ’ s m o s t i c o n i c a n d t h e s p o r t ’ s m o s t i c o n i c a n d p o l a r i z i n g )Tj6.8028 0 Td (g u r e s . p o l a r i z i n g )Tj6.8028 0 Td (g u r e s . B Y I S M A E L R O D R I G U E Z J R . B Y I S M A E L R O D R I G U E Z J R .

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FEBRUARY 2022 • WWW.VFW.ORG • 31 H enry Hooper II sat at his home, nestled along a swath of colonial houses overlooking the Mississippi River on a cloudy November morning in Memphis, Tenn. The river, like Hooper’s own life, passes through many destinations, touching many lives along the way, but ultimately running in one direction. For Hooper, that has always been the soldier’s life. A man of principle and unwavering devotion to serving others, Hooper spent more than 11 years serving his country and then some. The Memphian’s titles include Vietnam veteran, Marine and Army Green Beret, former Secret Service agent to four U.S. Presidents, acting mem ber of VFW’s National Council of Administration and former VFW Department of Tennessee commander. With a life written in more chapters than a Leo Tolstoy novel, one of Hooper’s most cherished, yet little-re visited chapters comes from his life inside the boxing ring in the early 1960s. “So many of my comrades always ask me about my boxing background, but I really never talked about my ghts,” said Hooper, a former Department of Tennessee commander and life mem ber of VFW Post 11333 in Cordova, Tenn. “I currently serve on the National Council of Administration, and I doubt if more than a handful of councilmen know that little bit of my history.” A MEMORABLE CLASH Then a wiry 20-year-old Marine with gazelle-like reflexes and a skilled, counter-offensive boxing style, Hooper had established himself as one of the top young boxing amateurs in the country with a winning record across several weight classes. Like any young boxer trying to represent his country on the world’s greatest stage at the time, Hooper traveled to San Francisco for the U.S. boxing team’s Olympic qualifying trials at the Cow Palace in May 1960. Coming off a split-decision loss in the Military Inter-Service Championship bout against then-Airman Bobby Foster, who would become light heavyweight champion of the world in 1968, Hooper entered the trials with condence. He was one boxing match from clinching his spot on Team USA, but he would need to fend off another young light heavyweight boxing prospect with similar aspirations. That ghter was a Kentuckian named Cassius Clay. “Cassius and I had similar styles,” Hooper said. “I didn’t think he was any better than I was. He didn’t talk much during the ght either, not like he would be later known to do with everyone else. The guy would just swing so hard, he’d be off-balance.” By most historical accounts, which includes David Maraniss’s “Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World” book in 2008, the fight between both men had been a draw entering the third round. Where Maraniss’s account and Hooper’s recollection diverge is in the ending. Maraniss’s historical account details how Hooper received a devastating blow that sent him to the canvas, but LEFT: An Army Special Forces Green Beret at the time, Henry Hooper II, then 27 years old, poses with his Army Green Beret uniform, showcasing his Thai and Vietnamese Jump Wings, while stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., in January 1967. During his 11 years in the military, which includes a stint with the Marine Corps before re-enlisting with the Army, Hooper deployed to many foreign countries that included Thailand, Japan, Korea and the Dominican Republic. Hooper also deployed to Vietnam with the Army’s 5th Special Forces Group as a combat medic from June 1963-1964. ABOVE: Henry Hooper II, left, receives a blow from Cassius Clay during a light heavyweight boxing match in Team USA’s Olympic boxing qualifying trials in May 1960 at The Cow Palace in San Francisco. Hooper, who attended the trials on behalf of himself and the Marine Corps, lost to Clay via technical knockout in the third round. Clay would go on to win a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.

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32 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 that’s not quite how Hooper himself remembers it. “In boxing, you’re told to never take your eye off of your opponent,” Hooper said. “The referee was saying something, and I glanced at him. There’s a mandatory one-step back, but Cassius didn’t step back. He rocked back and rocked right into my jaw.” Although the blow did send Hooper to the canvas, he recalled being more than ready to get back into the ght if not for the quick technical knockout, called by the referee. “I went down really surprised, but I popped right back up,” Hooper said. “My head, as far as I was concerned, was clear. But the referee signaled a technical knockout, and that was that.” The two men had been on a collision course leading to the connes of the boxing ring at the Cow Palace, but it was the outcome of their brief brush with history that led each one down a different path. For Hooper, his duty to the country would always come rst. He discharged from the Marine Corps and re-enlisted in the Army as a Green Beret, deploying to Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group as a combat medic from June 1963-1964. Clay, who went on to win a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, rose to prominence in the sport, upsetting Sonny Liston to earn his first heavyweight title in February 1964 before converting to Islam and changing his name to Muhammad Ali. Considered one of the greatest sports gures of the 20th century, Ali, who finished his career with three world titles, 56 wins and ve losses, also is remembered for his conscien tious objection to the Vietnam War that stripped him of his rst belt. “I held no animosity against Ali for his anti-war stance,” Hooper admitted. “That was a way of getting deferred from service for many people, but they never offered him a deferral. He was man enough to stand up for his con victions and didn’t run to Canada like many did. He went to jail [for it], and I went to Vietnam.” TWO DIFFERENT PATHS Despite their respective careers and viewpoints diverging, Hooper always kept an eye out for Ali, who after his imprisonment continued on his rise toward becoming arguably the greatest heavyweight in the history of boxing. But both men would cross paths once more as a result of their choices in life. The last time Hooper and Ali met was on a night in 1978 at the White House in Washington, D.C. Hooper, who had been assigned to the White House by the Secret Service, recognized Ali as one of the many renowned guests invited to partake in a state dinner hosted by President Jimmy Carter. “He spotted me and started looking, and I guess he was trying to ponder where he remembered me from,” Hooper said. “He nally walked over to me and says, ‘Man, I know we’ve met somewhere. I don’t remember where. You just look familiar.’” Hooper grinned and told him, “The Cow Palace. San Francisco. Olympic trials.” “ ‘Oh, I knew it,’ ” Hooper recalled a gleeful Ali saying. “We sort of embraced there and got to talking awhile about our bout and other things.” When Ali passed away on June 3, 2016, he had encompassed a life that outside of his exploits in the ring included roles as an entertainer, activist, philanthropist and poet. Leaving a wave of worldwide sadness and mourning on that day, Ali’s legacy weighed heavily for the same man that many moons ago had lost to him at The Cow Palace in San Francisco back in May 1960. “When you’re here, you should do the best you can with whatever Godgiven talent you have, and hopefully you have an impact on the lives of people, not just for personal satisfaction,” Hooper said. “That’s how I’ve lived my life, and I believe that’s the legacy Ali left behind.” Hooper, now 83 years old, continues to apply such philosophy to his life. From an unwavering commitment to serving fellow veterans on behalf of VFW to helping locals as a State Farm insurance agent in Memphis, Hooper never stops striving to impact the lives of those around him. “So much of what I am today is the result of my development as a man in the military,” Hooper said. “I was 17 years old when I enlisted, so serving others is something that has always been inuenced on me. It keeps me going and giving back to other veter ans and my community.” EMAIL irodriguez@vfw.org Henry Hooper II presents a wreath on behalf of VFW Post 11333 in Cordova, Tenn., during a Memorial Day service on May 27, 2019, at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. Hooper, who is currently a member of the VFW National Council of Administration and a past VFW Department of Tennessee commander, served as a Secret Service agent for four U.S. Presidents following his time in the military. At 83 years old, Hooper remains an inuential voice and helping hand to fellow veterans. He also currently works as an insurance agent in Memphis.

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36 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 PHOTOS COURTESY OF DON LOEPKE T h e f a m i l y o f a f o r m e r p r i s o n e r o f f o r m e r p r i s o n e r o f w a r i n N o r t h K o r e a w a r i n N o r t h K o r e a d u r i n g t h e V i e t n a m d u r i n g t h e V i e t n a m W a r r e c a l l s t h e a g o n y W a r r e c a l l s t h e a g o n y o f h i s c o n )Tj6.8028 0 Td (n e m e n t o f h i s c o n )Tj6.8028 0 Td (n e m e n t a n d t h e s w e e t a n d t h e s w e e t h o m e c o m i n g a e r h o m e c o m i n g a e r h i s r e l e a s e . h i s r e l e a s e . B Y J A N I E D Y H O U S E B Y J A N I E D Y H O U S E ‘They Were All Sure They Were Going to Die’ M a l c o l m L o e p k e e m b r a c e s h i s w i f e , D i a n e , i n D e c e m b e r 1 9 6 9 i n w i f e , D i a n e , i n D e c e m b e r 1 9 6 9 i n F t . K n o x , K y . , a f t e r b e i n g r e l e a s e d F t . K n o x , K y . , a f t e r b e i n g r e l e a s e d f r o m a N o r t h K o r e a n p r i s o n c a m p . f r o m a N o r t h K o r e a n p r i s o n c a m p . L o e p k e a n d t w o o t h e r A m e r i c a n s L o e p k e a n d t w o o t h e r A m e r i c a n s w e r e s h o t d o w n a f t e r t h e i r w e r e s h o t d o w n a f t e r t h e i r h e l i c o p t e r a c c i d e n t a l l y s t r a y e d h e l i c o p t e r a c c i d e n t a l l y s t r a y e d i n t o N o r t h K o r e a n t e r r i t o r y . T h e y i n t o N o r t h K o r e a n t e r r i t o r y . T h e y w e r e h e l d a s p r i s o n e r s o f w a r f o r w e r e h e l d a s p r i s o n e r s o f w a r f o r 1 0 8 d a y s b e f o r e b e i n g r e l e a s e d 1 0 8 d a y s b e f o r e b e i n g r e l e a s e d f r o m N o r t h K o r e a . f r o m N o r t h K o r e a .

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FEBRUARY 2022 • WWW.VFW.ORG • 37 T he three oldest children of Malcolm Loepke well remember Aug. 17, 1969. Chris, the oldest who was 13 at the time, remembers the knock on the door of his family’s Elwood, Ind., apartment. Dawn, who was then 11, remembers pulling into the parking lot with her mom, Diane, and her younger brother, Don. Dawn recalled her mother letting out a gasp when she saw the Army chaplain’s car. She knew they were there to see her. Just hours earlier, Diane heard on the radio that a U.S. helicopter had been shot down in North Korea. Malcolm flew helicopters and was stationed in South Korea. Dawn had assured her mom at the time there was no way it was her dad. “I remember my mom was crying and this wasn’t good,” said Don, who was 5 when the news came that his father, along with two others, had been shot down over North Korea. “I really didn’t understand much of what was going on until a local newspaper had a photo of him. It was two weeks before we knew he was alive.” Flying the unarmed OH23 Raven helicopter was Warrant Of)283( cer Loepke with Capt. David Crawford and Spec. 4 Herman Hofstatter on board. Part of the 59th Aviation Company, the helicopter was shot down near Kumchon, about 15 miles inside North Korean territory. When they crashed in a river bed, they got out and tried to take cover behind the engine, which wasn’t much to shield the trio, who were all bleeding from being shot at while in ight. Crawford was the )293( rst to head out of the river, with the others to follow him. The North Koreans started beating Crawford with their ri e butts, and Loepke fell on top of Crawford to protect him. Hofstatter was shot in the legs so that he couldn’t make a run for it. Chris said his dad later maintained that he had a guardian angel with him since his ight suit was full of holes. “My dad said the North Koreans saw his 101st Airborne badge and started screaming ‘Rakkasan! Rakkasan!’,” Don said. “That is the last thing he remembers before waking up in the back of a truck. He said they were all sure they were going to die.” Loepke earned his third Bronze Star for his actions that day. ‘THE OLD MAN WOULDN’T COOPERATE’ What followed was 108 days of captivity at the hands of the menacing North Koreans. The GIs were separated and wouldn’t see each other until just more than a week before their release. They were beaten daily. Their captors told the Americans they would hold them for nine years. Loepke was told that his wife had forgotten about him and was now seeing his brother, in a failed attempt to mentally torture him. Don recalls hearing his dad speak of a time when he had lost hope while in captivity. “One of the most sadistic” of the guards came in to beat on Loepke, who mustered the strength to “clock him.” Loepke, who was 35 at the time, proceeded to get beat unconscious. “Our Uncle Monty was friends with the Marine Corps general who was part of the release negotiations team,” Don said. “He had been told that my dad wouldn’t make it home alive. The North Koreans said the ‘old man’ wouldn’t cooperate.” But he did make it home, along with Crawford and Hofstatter. ‘THEIR OUTLOOK WAS GOOD’ It took five private sessions of the Korean Armistice Commission to secure the release of the Americans. Marine Malcolm Loepke with his POW medal in 1990 at his home in Elwood, Ind. While Loepke and two other Americans were released by the North Koreans in 1969, it would take until 1990 for Loepke to receive his medal. Hofstatter, one of the three POWs, has yet to be awarded his medal.

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38 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 Maj. Gen. Arthur H. Adams represented the U.S. during negotiations. After one of the meetings, The Daily Dispatch (Moline, Ill.) reported on Sept. 4 that it would not release the crewmen until the U.S. admitted the trio was on a criminal mission. Adams dismissed the notion, saying: “It is preposterous to state that we dispatched the unarmed helicopter willfully or with any hostile intention.” Even then, there was some speculation that the U.S. would end up getting the men released using the same tactics deployed to free the crew of the USS Pueblo (AGER-2) a year prior. The Pueblo was captured on Jan. 23, 1968, and held for 11 months in North Korea. U.S. ofcials later signed a statement admitting the ship was spying. But just before the agreement was signed by Maj. Gen. Gilbert Woodward, he announced that the State Department had instructed him to retract the statement before signing it. In December 1969, Adams signed a Communist-drafted statement confessing to a “criminal act” and admitted the crew intentionally strayed into North Korean territory. Once their release was secure, however, the general recanted his statement, saying that “there was no criminal act or intentional infil tration.” He said he had acted in the “humanitarian interest of securing the release of these men.” On Dec. 3, Loepke, Crawford and Hofstatter were brought by a Russian jeep to Panmunjom where they were released just before noon. Army Col. Morris E. Jessup, United Nations Command secretary to the Armistice Commission, handed a written receipt to the North Koreans after the men were turned over. During the prisoners’ debriefing, they explained how their North Korean captors brutally pummeled them with their sts and rie butts. Worse, according to the GIs, were the statements read to the prisoners from Senate “doves” (a term used during the Vietnam War to describe those opposing U.S. military action in Southeast Asia). The statements were delivered to the prisoners in an attempt to break their spirits. After the release of the Americans, Col. Paul Shefer, commanding ofcer of the 121st Evacuation Hospital west of Seoul, told the Associated Press that all three men had spoken to their families and that “their outlook was good.” Crawford and Loepke appeared physically better than Hofstatter, who was on crutches and had open wounds on his knees. While they weren’t immediately asked if they were tortured, Hofstatter reportedly said, “It was pretty bad,” when asked about their time in North Korea. COMING HOME Loepke’s wife, Diane, heard about the release on the radio and cried out, “Thank God!” Minutes later, the State Department liaison ofcer called her to conrm the news. With just weeks until Christmas, Army Capt. David Crawford, second from left, and Warrant Ofcer Malcolm Loepke are escorted from a helicopter in December 1969 at the Army’s 121st Evacuation Hospital west of Seoul, South Korea. Crawford and Loepke, along with Spec. 4 Herman Hofstatter, were shot down months earlier in North Korea. They were released after the U.S. promised not to commit such a “criminal act again,” a statement the U.S. quickly retracted.

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40 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 Army Warrant Ofcer Malcolm Loepke receives the Outstanding Basic Trainee award in 1968 at Ft. Polk, La. Loepke, who served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953, received an age waiver so that he could re-enlist in the Army. He was hoping to get sent to Vietnam where his brothers were serving but instead ended up back in Korea. He departed the Army in 1972 but was a pilot in the Army National Guard until 1979. He owned a small airplane and frequently )25(ew his daughter, Dawn, to Ft. Knox, Ky., to see friends she had made when the family was stationed there. Dawn told the Associated Press, “It’s going to be the best Christmas present I’ve ever had.” Chris told the reporter that he was excited to show his dad the model plane he had built and refused to y until his father returned home. Diane talked of a cake she had baked and then froze weeks earlier. When the Associated Press asked her if that cake was still in the freezer, she replied, “You’d better believe it is,” adding that it is where it would stay until her husband was home. The Americans were eventually own to Ft. Knox, Ky., to be reunited with their families. “When he came off that plane, my mom was the rst person to grab him and hug him,” Chris recalled. “There were a lot of reporters. Tom Brokaw was at our house. The whole experi ence was overwhelming. The fact my dad made it back was a gift from God.” Chris said his dad, whose healthy weight was 185 pounds, weighed 135 pounds when he came home. “I was right behind my mom on the ramp to the airplane,” Don said. “I jumped into my dad’s arms and about knocked him over.” Loepke, who had served in the Korean War with the 187th Regimental Combat Team from 1951 to 1953, received an age waiver to re-enlist during the Vietnam War. He was working for Chrysler at the time of his re-enlistment. With two brothers serving in Vietnam, Loepke hoped to be sent there as well. He never expected he would end up back in Korea. He left the Army in 1972 but was a pilot in the National Guard until 1979. When he exited the Guard, he had 6,000 hours of both rotor-wing time and xed-wing ying time, all accident free. For Chris and Don, both of whom are pilots, this is an impressive feat. Dawn said she loved that her dad was a pilot. He owned a small plane and would y her to Ft. Knox to visit the friends she had made while the family was stationed there. “I hope that he knew how much I loved him and what an incredible man he was,” she said. “He loved the military and was so proud. He wore the uniform proudly and was a survivor until the bitter end.” The Loepke family welcomed their fourth child, Gloria, with the patriarch leading a full life as a journeyman electrician at Chrysler. Don said while some vets return from war and experience problems with alcohol to help drown out the memories, his dad threw himself into his work. “In my opinion, my dad had PTSD,” Chris said. “He was always working, always doing something.” Don remembered an incident when he was 7 or 8. He went to wake his dad from a nap. As he shook him awake, his dad jumped from where he was asleep, pinning Don to the ground before realizing what was happening. “He felt so bad about it and apologized but told me to always just call out to him if he was asleep and not touch him,” Don said. “There’s no doubt an entire generation of military folks had PTSD and never even knew.” Of the three POWs, Hofstatter is the only one still living. Crawford died at the age of 65 on Sept. 29, 2007. The Loepke children said their dad continued to amaze them until the end as he continued ying until a year before his death on Feb. 12, 1999. Diane died from cancer just two years prior. Loepke himself had lung cancer. He had always wanted to drive his motorcycle to Alaska. He and another couple headed off on their adventure in September 1998 right after Loepke had his chemotherapy port removed. In South Dakota, they made a pit stop so that Loepke could receive a blood transfusion at a hospital. In Canada, his friends had an accident and couldn’t continue due to the condition of their motorcycle. Loepke continued the journey alone, reaching Alaska after a month on the road. “I was so proud of him,” Dawn said. “He wanted to see Alaska before he died, and he did.” EMAIL jdyhouse@vfw.org

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42 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 I n the days leading up to the 1st Marine Division’s Iraq inva sion in March 2003, seven Marines with the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company were inserted into Iraq by helicopter. Carrying 145-pound packs apiece, those Marines served as the eyes and ears for the commanding generals preparing to enter the country. Among those recon Marines was Sgt. Collin Barry, now a VFW life member of VFW Post 2357 in Bouse, Ariz. “We were there to conrm or deny enemy movement,” said Barry, who earned his VFW eligibility in Iraq. “It was an 11-day long-range reconnaissance patrol, which was one of the longest Marine recon combat patrols at the time since the Vietnam War. It was awesome operating with such an exceptional team of professionals.” HIGHER EDUCATION INSTILLED When Barry was young, his father was a college president and his mother a teacher, so the family moved a few times before Barry reached high school. They lived in Kansas, New Jersey and Iowa before landing in New Mexico, where his dad nished out his career. “Higher education was instilled in my brother and me at a very early age,” Barry said. Barry, who says he “idolized Rambo,” hunted and enjoyed outdoors while he was growing up. He joined the Marine Corps in 1999 after being PHOTOS COURTESY OF COLLIN BARRY From a young age, the importance of education was instilled in Marine Sgt. Maj. Collin Barry. He has now earned three degrees during his 23 years in the Corps. BY JANIE DYHOUSE VFW Life Member Earns Ph.D. While on Active Duty Marine Command Sgt. Maj. Collin Barry receives his doctoral hood in May 2021 after earning his doctoral degree from the Indiana Institute of Technology. Barry ofcially graduated in September 2020 after working on it for more than ve years while serving on active duty. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, his graduation ceremony was postponed until 2021.

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FEBRUARY 2022 • WWW.VFW.ORG • 43 enticed by a Marine Corps recruiter who visited his small high school in Tucumcari, N.M. The importance of higher education was not lost on Barry. He earned a Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Organizational Management from the Indiana Institute of Technology in 2020 while serving on active duty. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2011 with his Masters of Business Administration. For Barry, who is now in his 23rd year with the Marine Corps, the decision to make a career out of his service was an easy one. “I kept re-enlisting because of my fellow Marines and the mission,” said Barry, whose son followed in his footsteps and is now a reconnaissance Marine. “I was doing everything I daydreamed about as a kid, and now I was making a living doing it.” Barry, now a sergeant major based at Yuma, Ariz., with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 225 (VMFA-225), joined the VFW in 2020 after Post 2357 adopted his previous unit. While the Post is located about 2 hours from Yuma, Barry said members there have hosted welcome home events and holiday parties for the Marines. “I established a relationship with Gunny Doyle Robertson, who is the Post com mander,” Barry said. “Post 2357 has been amazing for our active duty Marines and sailors.” Barry said that earning his Ph.D. took )294( ve-and-a-half years to achieve. During that period, he deployed twice (Okinawa and Bahrain) and executed two permanent change of station orders. He added there were a lot of late nights and long weekends of reading, researching and writing. Incidentally, Barry only took one semester off during his Ph.D. pursuit. “Senior military of)283( cers now desire educated minds among enlisted members because our capacity to contribute to the mission is signi)284( cantly enhanced,” Barry said. His dad, who earned a Ph.D. from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., offered Barry a bit of advice when Barry told him of his own doctoral interest. Barry’s father told him that people pursue a Ph.D. for two reasons: to be an educator at a college or a practitioner within one’s industry. Barry has experienced a tremendous amount of fulfillment applying the knowledge learned throughout the pursuit. “It was such a challenging, yet inspiring journey,” Barry said of the Indiana Institute of Technology program. His degree is already paying off. He will be relocating to Quantico, Va., in May as the sergeant major for the College of Enlisted Military Education at Marine Corps University. EMAIL jdyhouse@vfw.org T h e n S g t . C o l l i n B a r r y w i t h t h e M a r i n e ’ s T e a m 1 , 1 s t P l a t o o n , 1 s t F o r c e r i n e ’ s T e a m 1 , 1 s t P l a t o o n , 1 s t F o r c e R e c o n C o . , i n M a r c h 2 0 0 3 i n I r a q . R e c o n C o . , i n M a r c h 2 0 0 3 i n I r a q . B a r r y w a s p a r t o f a s e v e n m a n r e B a r r y w a s p a r t o f a s e v e n m a n r e c o n n a i s s a n c e t e a m d r o p p e d i n t o I r a q c o n n a i s s a n c e t e a m d r o p p e d i n t o I r a q f o r a n 1 1 d a y d e e p r e c o n n a i s s a n c e f o r a n 1 1 d a y d e e p r e c o n n a i s s a n c e f o o t p a t r o l b e h i n d e n e m y l i n e s . B a r r y f o o t p a t r o l b e h i n d e n e m y l i n e s . B a r r y s e r v e d a s t h e t e a m ’ s S A W g u n n e r . s e r v e d a s t h e t e a m ’ s S A W g u n n e r . LEFT: Marine Command Sgt. Maj. Collin Barry was appointed to his current position with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 225 (VMFA-225) in January 2021. Barry is set to relocate to Quantico, Va., in May as the sergeant major for the College of Enlisted Military Education.

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44 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 PHOTO BY LAUREN GOLDMAN/VFW PHOTO BY LAUREN GO VFW RECOVERS MORE THAN $10.2 BILLION 14. RELATIONSHIP TO VETERAN APPOINTMENT OF VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATION AS CLAIMANT'S REPRESENTATIVE NOTE : You can either complete the form online or by hand. If completed by hand, print the information requested in ink, neatly, and legibly to expedite processing of the form. IMPORTANT : Please read the Privacy Act and Respondent Burden Information on Page 3 before completing the form. SECTION II: CLAIMANT'S INFORMATION (If other than veteran) SUPERSEDES VA FORM 21-22, AUG 2015. OMB Control No. 2900-0321 Respondent Burden: 5 minutes Expiration Date: 02/28/2022 VA FORM FEB 2019 21-22 SECTION I: VETERAN'S INFORMATION VA DATE STAMP (DO NOT WRITE IN THIS SPACE) 1. VETERAN'S NAME (First, Middle Initial, Last) 2. VETERAN'S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (SSN) 4. VETERAN'S DATE OF BIRTH 6. INSURANCE NUMBER(S) (If applicable) (Include letter prefix) 3. VA FILE NUMBER (If applicable) 12. CLAIMANT'S TELEPHONE NUMBER (Include Area Code) Year Day Month 5. VETERAN'S SERVICE NUMBER (If applicable) NOTE: If you prefer to have an individual assist you with your claim instead of a veterans service organization, please complete VA Form 21-22a, Appointment of Individual as Claimant's Representative. When completed you can mail or fax this form to the appropriate intake center address shown on Page 4. VA forms are available at www.va.gov/vaforms . 10. CLAIMANT'S NAME (First, Middle Initial, Last) 11. CLAIMANT'S MAILING ADDRESS (Number and street or rural route, P.O. Box, City, State, ZIP Code and Country) No. & Street Apt./Unit Number City ZIP Code/Postal Code State/Province Country 13. CLAIMANT'S EMAIL ADDRESS (Optional) 8. VETERAN'S TELEPHONE NUMBER (Include Area Code) 9. VETERAN'S EMAIL ADDRESS (Optional) SECTION III: SERVICE ORGANIZATION INFORMATION 15. NAME OF SERVICE ORGANIZATION RECOGNIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (See list on Page 3 before selecting organization) 16A. NAME OF OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE ORGANIZATION NAMED IN ITEM 15 (This is an appointment of the entire organization and does not indicate the designation of only this specific individual to act on behalf of the organization) 16B. JOB TITLE OF PERSON NAMED IN ITEM 16A 17. EMAIL ADDRESS OF THE ORGANIZATION NAMED IN ITEM 15 18. DATE OF THIS APPOINTMENT (MM/DD/YYYY) Page 1 No. & Street Apt./Unit Number City ZIP Code/Postal Code State/Province Country 7. VETERAN'S MAILING ADDRESS (Number and street or rural route, P.O. Box, City, State, ZIP Code and Country) VA Form 21-22 must be )270( lled out by a veteran to receive assistance from a VA-certi)283( ed service rep. If a claims rep is not asking you to )270( ll out this form, move on. VFW’s National Veterans Service Director Ryan Gallucci said with Fiscal Year 21-22 well under way, VFW is calling this the Year of the Represented Veteran, given the importance of this form.

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FEBRUARY 2022 • WWW.VFW.ORG • 45 BY JANIE DYHOUSE More than half a million vets bene)284( ted from the tireless e orts of VFW’s VA-accredited service o cers in the last )283( scal year. F or well over a century, VFW’s National Veterans Service (NVS) of)289( ce on Capitol Hill has been devoted to serving veterans. With 1,900 VA-accredited service of)288( cers, including 27 service of)288( cers at PreDischarge of)289( ces on military installations, NVS recovered more than $10.2 billion in earned VA bene)289( ts on behalf of more than 550,000 veterans in Fiscal Year 20-21. “I’m proud of VFW’s advocacy for veterans,” NVS Director Ryan Gallucci said. “These vets put their trust in us to handle their bene)288( ts claims.” One such service of)289( cer is VFW Department of Utah Service Of)289( cer Wendy Grif)289( n, who )289( les 60-80 claims a month and sees 30-40 veterans a week. She said that even smaller claims, like getting a veteran free hearing aids through the VA, is rewarding to her as she can hear the joy in their voices. “Things like this, it makes my day for about a month,” said Grif)288( n, who has been a VFW service of)288( cer since 2016. “Big awards are nice, but sometimes it’s the little ones going dayto-day.” She recalled helping a homeless veteran who had served during the 1960s and experienced a lot of racial tension and discrimination. He was homeless for 20 years before working with Grif)288( n, who got him $250,000 in retroactive compensation. “He couldn’t believe it and asked if I was sure about the amount,” Grif)288( n said. “He was able to buy a home. After everything he had been through in his life, he was getting recognized for his service.” Grif)289( n, who was named the 2020 John A. Biedrzycki VFW Service Of)288( cer of the Year, said she works a lot with Vietnam vets who were told years ago they were not eligible for VA bene)288( ts since they could not prove Agent Orange exposure. She admits that while her job is greatly rewarding, it can be depressing at times, but adds she would not want to do anything else. “It’s changed my life,” she said. “If I’m not helping veterans, I’m not doing my job.” ‘THE GREATEST JOB I EVER HAD’ Brian Coleman, the pre-discharge claims representative at Ft. Riley, Kan., about 130 miles west of Kansas City, Mo., is another VA-accredited VFW service of)288( cer. Coleman, a Persian Gulf War vet, said he wishes he would have had the BILLION FOR VETERANS VFW Pre-Discharge Claims Representative Brian Coleman assists a soldier in October at his of)270( ce at Ft. Riley, Kan. A Persian Gulf War veteran, Coleman helps service members preparing to depart the military navigate the VA system.

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46 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 same level of service he provides to vets when he was discharged from the Army. Oftentimes, when soldiers preparing to discharge from the military come to see Coleman, they do not realize they need their medical records and must request those. “Everything has to be documented,” Coleman said. “Then I screen those records to see what he or she may be eligible for. We are very thorough. I have some soldiers come in and they are surprised, especially the older ones.” Coleman, a member of VFW Post 8773 in Junction City, Kan., said the most common issue he sees is behavioral health issues such as PTSD, anxiety, depression and military sexual trauma. The discharge process starts 180 days before a soldier is set to depart the military. “This process is all about diagnoses, updated medical records and trying to navigate the day-to-day system with all the other things like moving your family,” said Coleman who has worked for the VFW for ve years. “I tell them, ‘Let me help you with this.’” Coleman, who got his start as a Post service ofcer, said that while his primary mission is assisting soldiers, he can, and will, help those who have already left the military. “This is the greatest job I have ever had,” he said. “This is the one that gets me out of bed in the morning because I know there are soldiers who are depending on me.” VFW’S TRAINING ‘IS THE BEST’ To achieve such a high level of service, VFW takes great VFW Pre-Discharge Claims Representative Denise Southall (left) from Fort Carson, Colo., and VFW Department Service Ofcer for Virginia Bobbiejo Lazo receive guidance in 2019 during NVS training in Valley Forge, Pa., from National Veterans Service Assistant Director for Compensation and Pension Policy Brad Hazell. In Fiscal Year 20-21, NVS recovered more than $10.2 billion in earned VA benets on behalf of more than 550,000 veterans. pride in its service officer training, Gallucci said. “Our service reps are regularly trained to provide the best possible service to our veterans,” he added. The multifaceted training program for VFW service officers includes in-person annual training where they learn about changes in law and regulatory changes. Another facet to training is online or web conferencing, which was heavily relied upon during the peak of COVID19. “VFW seamlessly transitioned to remotely assist veterans during the shutdown,” Gallucci said. “The VFW was one of the only VSOs to immediately pivot to virtual technology. We still use it today to provide virtual assistance. Our ability to reach into communities is what distinguishes us from the rest.” A third approach is NVS quality assurance, in which a team will meet regularly with new service ofcers to see if they need assistance. “When a new service ofcer comes on board, we get out to their ofce during the rst year to see what they need,” Gallucci said. “Beyond that, we try to visit every ofce at least every three years.” Grifn said that VFW’s NVS training is the best out there. She has spoken with reps from other service organizations who get trained once a year, if that. YEAR OF THE REPRESENTED VETERAN Gallucci said that service officers such as Griffin and Coleman work tirelessly on behalf of veterans because that is the VFW way. “Our service ofcers are trained to provide a lifetime of advocacy to the veterans we represent,” he said. “We do this free of charge regardless of VFW membership.” Gallucci cautioned that not all service reps are VA accredited, and that is the rst thing a veteran or dependent needs to ask. An accredited service ofcer will ask you to ll out VA Form 21-22 or 21-22a . Gallucci says that if a claims rep is not asking you to ll out one of these forms, move on, because those reps in question are not willing to go on record with the VA. “Some bad actors are trying to charge veterans for help with their claims, arguing there aren’t enough service of)-1(cers out there to help,” Gallucci said. “That’s simply not true.” With Fiscal Year 21-22 well under way, Gallucci said VFW is calling this the Year of the Represented Veteran, given the importance of VA Form 21-22 . “We want veterans to know that we are proud to be your representative in the VA claims process,” he said. “We will meet VA standards every time.” EMAIL jdyhouse@vfw.org COURTESY OF VFW’S NVS

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48 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 BY DAVE SPIVA A university in Missouri has taken on the task — with the support of VFW — of correcting the military records of marginalized veterans of World War I. A scholar at the school said some Doughboys might have been denied the Medal of Honor due to their race or ethnicity. F or the past few years, a task force at a Missouri university has made it its goal to give many Doughboys of World War I the proper recognition for their acts of valor. A team from Park University’s George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War — located in Parkville, Mo., near Kansas City, Mo. — is working on the project with the World War I Centennial Commission, members of Congress and veterans service organizations, including VFW. In November 2019, VFW granted $70,000 to the group of researchers led by Timothy Westcott, director of the Robb Centre and associate professor of history at Park University. Westcott, a Marine Corps veteran, said that 121 WWI troops have been recognized for their acts of valor, but only four Jewish Americans, two African Americans and one Hispanic American were awarded the Medal of Honor for their feats. Westcott, who served from 1980 to 1988, added that three of those veterans posthumously received the nation’s highest award for valor in the past 30 years. Westcott said that no Asian American or Native American troops were awarded the Medal of Honor in World War I. He said that there is a “national obligation” to ensure all troops are judged by their character and actions. “Our ght on behalf of these men stands on the ideal that VALOR’ NATIONAL ARCHIVES PHOTO ‘There Is No Expiration for

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FEBRUARY 2022 • WWW.VFW.ORG • 49 their strains for fairness — no matter how harsh or painful to recount — deserve examination in the most candid light,” Westcott said. “There is no expiration for valor.” ‘GIVING A VOICE’ TO VETERANS Westcott said the inspiration for the research project came from a lecture he attended in February 2018. The speaker mentioned his decade-long work on researching Sgt. William A. Butler, a black soldier whom Westcott says was denied the Medal of Honor due to his race. Butler was recommended for the Medal of Honor in the same letter that George S. Robb, the namesake of Park University’s Centre for the Study of the Great War, was recommended for the top award for valor. Of)289( cially called the Valor Medal Review Task Force, the team consists of three full-time members: Westcott, Associate Director Ashlyn Weber and Senior Military Analyst Joshua Weston, an Army veteran who served on active-duty from 2008 to 2010. Additionally, Park University history undergraduates and Parkville-area high school students work with the researchers as interns. Westcott said that the team prepares recommendation packages for either the Army or the Navy for review. The World War I Valor Medals Review Project Act , which was made into law through the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020 , requires the military services to review service records of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Jewish American and Native American WWI troops who were awarded either a Distinguished Service Cross, a Navy Cross or received a recommendation for the Medal of Honor. Westcott said the team is committed to “giving a voice” to those veterans who were not allowed to have one. “The George S. Robb Centre’s greatest responsibility is to tell the stories of veterans who have been ignored, diminished and cheated by their military service for over a century,” Westcott said. “To allow a historical narrative that exaggerates the good while simultaneously ignoring prejudicial and oppressive acts against persons, regardless of race or creed, is no longer acceptable.” The team at Park University continues to research records and stories of WWI veterans. Westcott said the task force’s work on publishing its )289( ndings is ongoing and encouraged anyone interested in learning more about the project to visit its website, gsr.park.edu , or searching “George S. Robb Centre” at on You Tube. EMAIL dspiva@vfw.org LEFT: Soldiers of the 369th Infantry Regiment of the New York Army National Guard — also known as the Harlem Hell)265( ghters — arrive in New York harbor on Feb. 12, 1919, after serving in France during World War I. 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50 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 M embers of VFW Post 10380 in Green Township, Ohio, were at their recruiting best at the 161st Harvest Home Fair in September. Held in Cheviot, Ohio, a suburb near Cincinnati, the fair kicked off with a parade through the city’s downtown. Life member Bill Ostermeyer pulled his Iwo Jima-themed oat while the Post’s 2-ton truck was packed with Post members in the parade. Following the opening festivities, veterans filed into the fair for free. Once inside, folks ocked to the myriad booths, including one sponsored by Post 10380. Set up by VFW Post Jr. Vice Commander Ed Murphy and Joe Augustine, both Vietnam vets, the booth featured informational literature, copies of the Post newsletter and VFW Service Ofcer Roger Giblin on hand to answer questions. “We had 16 Post volunteers man the booth,” Murphy said. “Bill ran a shuttle service from his house so that our members would have a place to park. He also provided pizza and drinks for our volunteers.” Augustine said the fair drew about 300 to 400 veterans, and more than 100 of those came to the VFW booth. He said several had questions about VA compensation while others wanted more information on service projects the Post performs for the community. Post volunteers also distributed membership applications. Post Chaplain Bob Abrams said that Murphy had requested informational pieces from the VFW Membership Department at National Headquarters to give out during the fair. “Ed had some really good literature which talked about the different campaigns,” Abrams said. “Roger provided information about the VA’s list of presumptive afictions related to recent medical ndings and the proper way to le a claim.” Post Commander Mike Donnelly called the event “a success.” At press time, his staff was processing paper work for possible new members. “It will take time to know the exact number of new members joining our Post,” Murphy said. “But people attending ‘The Biggest Little Fair in Ohio’ denitely got to know about the VFW and Post 10380.” ‘WE HAVE BEEN PRETTY FORTUNATE’ Founded in 1988, VFW Post 10380 does not have a bar or restaurant, which keeps overhead low, Murphy said. “Our fundraising efforts not only support the necessary expenses of our Post, but allow us to give back a majority of our funds to veterans and their families,” he added. Post members are especially proud of their color guard, which is trained by the U.S. Army Color Guard. Murphy said the Post performs more than 80 military funerals each year, in addition to serving as the ofcial color guard at numerous other events. “Our Post is very active in the community,” Murphy said. “We have a good reputation, and people call on us all the time.” Abrams noted that with 140 members, about half are active. He added that the past few years, the Post has seen an increase in membership growth. He attributes that to the Post’s positive inuence in the community. “Between our talks in the school and our scholarship program to our Post color guard, our community relationships are strong,” Abrams said. “We have been pretty fortunate.” EMAIL jdyhouse@vfw.org PHOTO COURTESY OF POST 10380 In the Cincinnati suburbs, a VFW Post is “very active” in its community. Its e)20(orts at the recent Harvest Home Fair is just one example. BY JANIE DYHOUSE Ohio Post has Large Community Presence Joe Siebenburger, Tim Burda, Ed Murphy and Roger Giblin of VFW Post 10380 in Green Township, Ohio, man a VFW booth in September at the 161st Harvest Home Fair in Cheviot, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. Members talked with more than 100 veterans interested in VFW. Post volunteers provided information on their work in the community, and a VFW service ofcer assisted with claims questions.

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52 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 VFW IN ACTION | MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY O n the nal night of thenVFW Commander-inChief Hal Roesch II’s homecoming tour last year, Virginia VFW Riders surprised him with the largest sum they ever raised through VFW’s Vander Clute Memorial Motorcycle Ride. In front of hundreds of VFW and Auxiliary members from across the country, friends and fami ly, Virginia VFW Riders Chairman William Shepherd and 21 members of the Riders gathered last March in Portsmouth, Va., to present Roesch with the $20,000 check. “We have always worked hard to raise the most we could each year, but this was an especially important year for us in Virginia,” Shepherd said during the ceremo ny at the Renaissance PortsmouthNorfolk Waterfront Hotel ballroom in Portsmouth on March 28. “With Hal being our first Chief from Virginia, and with us not being able to attend the normal Vander Clute ceremony for two years, this check had to be huge.” Roesch, whose original homecoming in September 2020 had been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, accepted the ceremonial check with pride. A member of the Virginia VFW Riders himself, he then turned the spotlight on his fellow Riders, praising them for their incessant hard work to raise the money during a tough 2020 campaign plagued by the pandemic. “Virginia’s Riders continue to show their commitment to our organization, but also continue to show just how successful you can be with these fundraising activities,” Roesch said during the ceremony. “This really sets a standard for years to come.” The Virginia Riders began their fundraising trek in April 2020, an annual ride that honors the memory of VFW advocate Howard E. Vander Clute Jr., a former VFW Commanderin-Chief, longtime Adjutant General and motorcycle enthusiast who passed away in 2000. The Riders covered the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, a 100-mile trek that spans across 10 cities and nine counties. They made several stops along the way to collect donations for VFW’s Unmet Needs program, which helps veterans in need of nancial assistance. “We took in between five to six stops along the way,” Shepherd said. “Most of our stops were VFW Posts, but we also included businesses that support us, as well as an American Legion where several of their mem bers are also members of the VFW. COVID limited some of this, but we still raised the money thanks to our dedicated supporters.” Following the ceremonial check presentation, Roesch also surprised Shepherd, who retired last year as VFW Virginia Riders chairman, with a citation honoring him for his longtime contribution to VFW. For Shepherd, the citation personied the ultimate sign of respect from a man he considers a role model. “Hal has been my mentor for years, pushing me to continue my involvement in many parts of the VFW — but especially with the Riders,” Shepherd said. “The work we do is great. With so many awesome comrades and Auxiliary members helping, this is a labor of love and never a pain.” EMAIL irodriguez@vfw.org The Virginia VFW Riders honored one of their own last year. Then-VFW Commander-in-Chief Hal Roesch II accepted a $20,000 donation for VFW’s Unmet Needs program during a belated homecoming ceremony. BY ISMAEL RODRIGUEZ JR. PHOTO COURTESY OF VIRGINIA VFW RIDERS Members of the Virginia VFW Riders present then-VFW Commander-in-Chief Hal Roesch II with a $20,000 donation for VFW’s Unmet Needs program on March 28, 2021, at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel ballroom in Portsmouth, Va. ‘This is a Labor of Love’

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54 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 There I was: A Veteran Remembers By James Harper, life member, VFW Post 51, Spokane, Wash. This memoir by James Harper consists of a series of short stories that illustrate the hazards, hardships and humor of Harper’s more than 20 years in the Air Force. From the post-Vietnam era to his time as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., Harper chronicles all of his adventures as a pilot and leader during the Cold War, Persian Gulf War and the U.S response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as the height of the Afghanistan War. Self-Published Vietnam Can’t Get You Out of My Mind By Jim Jones, life member, VFW Post 2146, Idaho Falls, Idaho This memoir by Jim Jones chronicles his lifelong career and devotion to public service, which began after then-President John F. Kennedy challenged young people to help their country. The bulk of Jones’s book poignantly captures his tour in Vietnam — living and working with South Vietnamese forces, helping an orphanage, serving as an aerial artillery spotter and getting to know the Vietnamese people. During those 407 days in Vietnam, Jones’s life changed forever. Ridenbaugh Press My Buddha By Tom Affourtit, life member, VFW Department of Virginia This novel by Tom Affourtit is based on events between 1971 and 1975. The experience-based novel follows the lives of people who lived and served under the Nixon Administration’s Vietnamization program. Its main character, Tom Wilson, accepts a job in Vietnam as a training of)294( cer for a construction )294( rm during the Vietnamization program, and he is later protected by a mysterious underground anti-communist group in the wake of war. The author conveys Tom Wilson’s ordeal from a personal perspective, providing insight into the anomalies and nuances that affect counter-culture involvement. Self-Published A Dove Among Eagles By Linda and Steve Patterson, VFW Department of California With the backdrop of the Vietnam War, “A Dove Among Eagles” is a powerful memoir about trauma, courage, devotion and love at a time when American society was tearing itself apart and blaming a military that was more victim than perpetrator of the violent forces wrecking the nation. A story 52 years in the making, “A Dove Among Eagles”is set in 1968 in San Mateo, Calif. The author, then 26 years old, receives a letter from her 18-year-old brother, Joe, who expresses that news of the anti-war protests have been hurting the morale of Joe’s Airborne company of 130 paratroopers. In desperation, he turns to his sister to )294( nd a way to let these young, courageous soldiers know that they’ve not been rejected by the country they love. The memoir serves as an odyssey into the life of a woman devoted to her brother and all veterans who have and continue to )293( ght for their country. Silver Tree Publishing Constable Outreach 35 By Jay Cadmus, life member, VFW Department of Texas This novel by Jay Cadmus follows an elite American soldier captured in Nicaragua during a time of brutal rivalry between the Contras and Marxist rebels. Lester Russell, a C-123 loadmaster, is part of the forces sent in 1985 by the U.S. government to help the Nicaraguan Contras push back the Sandinistas and establish a clandestine base of operations in Honduras that could launch supply missions. Known as Constable Outreach, the program is about to be shut down, but not before Russell is asked to go on one last ight into Nicaraguan territory. Thebes Publishing STAFF PICK B O O K C O R N E R S U B M I S S I O N S V F W m a g a z i n e ’ s “ B o o k C o r n e r ” f e a t u r e s V F W m a g a z i n e ’ s “ B o o k C o r n e r ” f e a t u r e s s & t s & t / n / n / ^ E ^ / E / ^ E ^ / E m a g a z i n e f o r g u i d e l i n e s a t m a g a z i n e @ m a g a z i n e f o r g u i d e l i n e s a t m a g a z i n e @ v f w . o r g V F W m a g a z i n e , v f w . o r g V F W m a g a z i n e , B o o k C o r n e r , 4 0 6 W . 3 4 t h S t r e e t , S u i t e B o o k C o r n e r , 4 0 6 W . 3 4 t h S t r e e t , S u i t e 5 2 3 , K a n s a s C i t y , M O , 6 4 1 1 1 d n 5 2 3 , K a n s a s C i t y , M O , 6 4 1 1 1 d n n n s & t s & t n r n r n t n t BOOK CORNER T h e A s h e s o f W a r B y M i c h a e l M u r p h y , l i f e m e m b e r , V F W B y M i c h a e l M u r p h y , l i f e m e m b e r , V F W P o s t 5 9 7 4 , M a r s h a l l , I l l . P o s t 5 9 7 4 , M a r s h a l l , I l l . / / n f t n f t n n b b s s t D t D D n D n s s n n n t n t n n d t r ^ d t r ^ )Tj/F12 8.5 Tf 4.1395 0 Td ( n n )Tj/F12 8.5 Tf 4.1395 0 Td ( n n n t n t n n n n n n d n d n ^ n s ^ n s n n n n n n K )Tj5.8905 0 Td ( K )Tj5.8905 0 Td ( s n s n n n D n f t n D n f t n s s t t n n )Tj4.3095 0 Td ( )Tj/F12 8.5 Tf 4.3095 0 Td ( T a l e s )Tj4.3095 0 Td ( )Tj/F12 8.5 Tf 4.3095 0 Td ( T a l e s P r e s s P r e s s

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58 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 MEMBER CORNER | MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR VFW D uring VFW’s 122nd National Convention last July in Kansas City, Mo., delegates voted to change Article 1, Sect. 101 of VFW’s Manual of Procedure . The section, which outlines membership eligibility, once stated that a veteran must be a U.S. citizen to join the venerable veterans organization. Now, those words are removed, and Section 101 reads, in part: “An individual is eligible for membership in the corporation only if the individual is serving or has served honorably as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States.” While the change may seem small in nature, it’s a gesture VFW Membership Director Rick Butler says is the right thing to do and has been a long time coming. “This move isn’t about growing our membership, but honoring those who are serving or have served our country regardless of their citizenship status,” Butler said. VFW Membership Deputy Director Rick McKenna said conversations about changing the eligibility wording began more than two years ago. When it was presented to VFW’s Bylaws Committee for consideration, it was largely embraced. “This is really a big step forward for VFW,” McKenna said. “It has opened an avenue to those who have long wanted to join but couldn’t because of this wording.” Incidentally, the VFW Auxiliary also voted at its convention in July to remove the citizenship specication from its eligibility requirement. (See the March 2022 VFW magazine for an article regarding the change.) “So many non-U.S. citizen spouses already work alongside Auxiliary members, so why not let them join,” VFW Auxiliary National Secretary Treasurer Ann Panteleakos said. “We are so happy to be able to now include everyone.” VFW Membership Associate Director Corey Hunt said that the change in VFW’s bylaws has generat ed a lot of interest from VFW members throughout the organization. “We are hearing a lot of activity about this from the field,” Hunt said. “The VFW Departments of New Mexico and Texas also are fielding questions from south of the border regarding the new bylaw changes.” McKenna said the VFW and Auxiliary making the change at the same time benets both organizations while recognizing the service of those who have served or are serving. “Show me a Post without an Auxiliary, and I will show you a Post that is struggling,” he added. Butler noted that there are “thousands of veterans” with spouses overseas who, until recently, could not join the Auxiliary. He cited Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, as just one example. He said there is a large number of U.S. veterans residing there who are married to South Koreans. Those spouses can now be part of the Auxiliary. Butler added that the Department of Europe has the largest popula tion of overseas VFW members, with Germany leading the way within the Department, and the eligibility pool for Auxiliary members there is impressive. “Maybe you were turned down in the past when you tried to join the VFW or Auxiliary because of your citizenship,” Butler said. “We have corrected ourselves and wish to honor your service.” For more information on the VFW change, email membership@vfw.org and for questions on the Auxiliary change, email info@vfwauxiliary.org. EMAIL jdyhouse@vfw.org VFW convention delegates made a signicant change in the wording of VFW’s eligibility requirements last year. VFW and Auxilialry ofcials say it paves the way to recognize all who have honorably protected our way of life, regardless of their citizenship status. BY JANIE DYHOUSE ‘A Big Step Forward for VFW’ “ W e a r e s o h a p p y t o b e a b l e t o n o w i n c l u d e e v e r y o n e . ” — A n n P a n t e l e a k o s , V F W A u x i l i a r y N a t i o n a l S e c r e t a r y T r e a s u r e r

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• • REUNIONS rfntbnftt f b bfb ntbt tfnftt bf ffnt ALL BRANCHES Pleiku Assn.: Ron Chromulak (412) 515-7247; ron1bev@comcast.net Vietnam Dog Handlers Assn.: Ernie Ayala; www.vdha.us ARMY 14th Trans. Bn., AM&S, GS, Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa, Phu Hiep, Vietnam, 1965-72: Dan Quackenbush (315) 436-0498; quack0711@twcny.rr.com or www.14thtransbnamgs.org 15th Ordinance Co., DS, Fulda, Germany: Loyal McCammonds (530) 228-5777; mccammonds@yahoo.com Loyal McCammond (530) 228-5777; mccammonds@yahoo.com 79th Trans. Co., DS, Qui Nhon, Tuy Hoa, Vietnam, 1965-72: Art Harrison (440) 668-0019; jam1996min@aol.com or www.14thtransbnamgs.org 5552; www.97thsigbn.org 335th Trans. Co., DS, Chu Lai, Dong Ba Thin, Vietnam, 1965-71; Dan Riley (520) 2495386; driley9823@msn.com or www.14thtransbnamgs.org 339th Trans. Co., DS, Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa, Phu Hiep, Vietnam, 1962-68: Ralph Frank (352) 527-9319; rf339ds@gmail.com or www.14thtransbnamgs.org 532nd Signal Co., Phu Lam, Vietnam: Loyal McCammond (530) 228-5777; mccammonds@yahoo.com 540th Trans. Co., GS, Qui Nhon, Vietnam, 1965-71: Wayne Gallant (813) 363-5185; wayne.gallant@sbcglobal.net or www.14thtransbnamgs.org 604th Trans. Co., DS, Pleiku, Vietnam, 1966-73: Sal Mezzapella (347) 276-4937; salm102@aol.com or www.14thtransb namgs.org 608th Trans. Co., DS, Dong Ba Thin, Vietnam, 1967-72: Tim McElhinney (360) 9779800; tmcelhinney517@hotmail.com or www.14thtransbnamgs.org 610th Trans. Co., GS, An Khe, Da Nang, Vietnam, 1966-72: Carl Woods (620) 8422180; carlewoods1948@yahoo.com or www.14thtransbnamgs.org AUTOSEVOCOM Co., Phu Lam, Vietnam: Loyal McCammond (530) 228-5777; mccammonds@yahoo.com nam, 1966-67: Bill King (719) 748-8219; billkingsuoitre@aol.com MARINE CORPS Kilo Co., 3rd Bn., 7th Marines, Vietnam: Bill Gerke (631) 433-8575; msggerke@ aol.com Marine Corps Avn., Don Davis Sqdn., Avn. kevinmccutcheon76@gmail.com NAVY USS Jenkins DD-447: Bob Roginsky “Ski” (440) 582-5856; bjski1@aol.com USS McKean DD/DDR 784: Joe Winkel (510) 589-9595; joe.winkel@comcast.net USS Rich Assn.: Gary Wilson; reunion2022@ ussrich.org or www.ussrich.org USS Walker DD-517: Bob Roginsky “Ski” (440) 582-5856; bjski1@aol.com Would you like to receive the FREE Checkpoint e-newsletter? Email your name and email address to magazine@vfw.org . Then watch your inbox for this bi-monthly newsletter highlighting the good work of VFW Posts around the world!

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60 • VFW • FEBRUARY 2022 I n quieting the ripples of war that echoed in his mind, Lucas Goddard delved into the cool, uid waters running through his hometown of Sitka, Alaska. The Army veteran, who deployed with the 327th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division to Mosul, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, returned home following his discharge in 2004, quickly taking to the water as a kayak tour guide. “I found peace in being out on the water,” said Goddard, a member of the VFW Department of Alaska. “Going from kicking in doors to showing people the beauty that southeast Alaska offers was a big transition.” Alaska, which means “the object towards which the action of the sea is directed,” helped soothe Goddard’s transition by supplanting Iraq, where he participated in more than 300 missions over the course of a year, with a calm, scenic wilderness. With approximately 200,000 veterans transitioning out of the military each year, according to the VA, not many veterans )294( nd such resolve in cushioning their transition into the civilian world. Goddard was made aware of this in 2016, when he hosted a reunion with several of his comrades from Iraq. Through conversations with several of them about the positive effects the outdoors had on their transition, Goddard came away with a realization. “Having personally experienced the effects of war, emergency situations and the impact that it can have on individuals and their families,” Goddard said, “I made it a personal mission to help others who have similar experiences.” In 2019, Goddard founded Waypoint for Veterans, a nonpro)293( t focused on reconnecting veterans, )294( rst responders and their families to the positive and healing effects of nature through all-expenses-paid, guided excursions through Alaska’s wilderness. “Our goal is to provide an environment where veterans and first responders can reconnect to nature, thus promoting personal growth, healing and relaxation,” Goddard said. “We believe that providing this type of support for veterans and )294( rst responders will lessen their likelihood of suicide, substance abuse and broken families.” Through these excursions, mostly located near Sitka’s temperate rainforest in southeast Alaska, those involved get to bask in a canvas of mountains, open seas and the calm, simple pleasures of the great frontier. Like Goddard, who permanently returned home to Sitka after )294( ve years traveling the country following his year as a kayak guide, many of the veterans and )294( rst responders who have participated in Waypoint for Veterans since its inception find the holistic experience invaluable. For the Army veteran himself, the nonpro)294( t also has allowed him to continue to serve his fellow veterans with a unique alternative to cushion the transition from military to civilian life, a choppy sea of doubt for most. “It is not enough to just survive war or emergencies,” Goddard said. “It is necessary to reconnect to ourselves so that we can each experience the very best life has to offer.” EMAIL irodriguez@vfw.org An Army veteran from Alaska continues to serve through a nonpro)251( t focused on the positive effects of nature. BY ISMAEL RODRIGUEZ JR. Finding Peace in ‘The Great Land’ VETS IN FOCUS | INSPIRING PROFILES OF EXTRAORDINARY VETERANS V F W m e m b e r L u c a s G o d d a r d i s a m o n g t h e m a n y v e t e r a n s # S t i l l S e r v i n g . F o r G o d d a r d , h i s c o n t i n u e d s e r v i c e c o m e s i n t h e f o r m o f a n o n p r o )Tj4.3192 0 Td (t a p p r o a c h t o h e l p i n g d a r d , h i s c o n t i n u e d s e r v i c e c o m e s i n t h e f o r m o f a n o n p r o )Tj4.3192 0 Td (t a p p r o a c h t o h e l p i n g v e t e r a n s a n d )Tj4.3192 0 Td (r s t r e s p o n d e r s h e a l t h r o u g h t h e p o s i t i v e e f f e c t s o f e x p e d i t i o n s i n t o v e t e r a n s a n d )Tj4.3192 0 Td (r s t r e s p o n d e r s h e a l t h r o u g h t h e p o s i t i v e e f f e c t s o f e x p e d i t i o n s i n t o t h e w i l d e r n e s s i n h i s h o m e t o w n o f S i t k a , A l a s k a . t h e w i l d e r n e s s i n h i s h o m e t o w n o f S i t k a , A l a s k a . PHOTO P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F L U C A S G O D D A R D COURTESY P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F L U C A S G O D D A R D OF P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F L U C A S G O D D A R D LUCAS P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F L U C A S G O D D A R D GODDARD