Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Cards for Military/Veterans

Hope this note finds you doing well! With the holidays upon us I know you are getting ready to send out your holiday cards. It would be great if you could include our military so far away from home and those injured and under care in our hospitals. Here are two addresses for you. The first address goes to the Red Cross who will ship your card overseas. The deadline to send that card is December 3rd — so please don’t wait on that one. The second address goes to an injured member of our military.
Holiday Mail For Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
8901 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20889
It will make someone’s day for sure!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Thanksgiving Day Message from VA Secretary Shinseki

Message from the Secretary - Thanksgiving 2011
Washington, DC
November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving is an American tradition that predates the U.S. Constitution by more than 100 years. It is an observance that binds us as Americans no matter our race, religion, or culture. It is a time when we reflect on our many blessings and give thanks for the bounty in our lives.

As individuals, we are thankful for our families, friends, and loved ones. As a Nation, we celebrate the blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, thanks to the men and women who protect and have protected our way of life. We thank them for their service and their sacrifice, and we wish them and their families a blessed Thanksgiving celebration.

In celebrating Thanksgiving this year, let us remember a Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. One hundred and two colonists were facing a harsh winter and possible starvation. Some would die. Fortunately, Indians of the Wampanoag tribe extended a friendly hand that ensured the colonists survived their first winter in this new land, securing unto themselves the blessings of beginning a new Nation dedicated to the dignity and equality of all who live on this land.

It is a difficult time in this country. Yet, we all have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. We are strong as individuals, as families, and as a community.

To all the members of the Department of Veterans Affairs, your families, and our Veterans and their families, I wish you the warmest of Thanksgiving wishes, and thank you all for this wonderful country we share. Happy Thanksgiving!

Eric K. Shinseki

Monday, November 14, 2011

Incoming — by Jack Manick

by Jack Manick
Published by (date): AuthorHouse (November 15, 2010)
ISBN: 1452071322/ 978-1452071329
Price: $15.69
Tags: Military Army
 Synopsis: 1969 was a momentous year for the world and especially America. It was a year when man first set foot on the moon and in an equally amazing feat, the New York Mets won baseballs coveted World Series.While earth shaking events were happening two hundred thousand miles from home or deep within the confines of Shea Stadium, men of every race, education and age group were fighting and dying 12,000 miles from home in Americas most unpopular war, Vietnam. Today, 40 years later, writer, husband and Veteran Jack Manick reaches into his soul and resurrects the fear, tension, foreboding, laughter and terror that he and his fellow "Band of Brothers" felt as they walked the jungles and forests of the Central Highlands of Vietnam in 1969.While in the "Bush", he carried a pack, a medical aid bag, two knives, three grenades, a rifle, pistol and an unbreakable commitment to save the lives of his fellow soldiers, even at the cost of his own. The story of Jack "Doc" Manick and his fellow soldiers is one of survival...survival in a country laden with malaria, crawling with venomous snakes, scorpions, rats, giant centipedes and tigers and dominated by an enemy determined "Not to lose the War!" The language is as tough as the enemy who fought against him, as unrelenting as the blistering heat of the Dry Season and as depressing as the endless mud and mold of the Monsoon Season. Incoming invites you to lace up your jungle boots and take a walk with Jack through the jungles and the fields of dry grass in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in 1969.

Review by MWSA

Monday, November 7, 2011

2013 Full Battalion Reunion

Just a quick note to let you know that Roger and Vickie Rock are looking into planning the next full battalion reunion for June 2013 in Branson, Missouri.  Jack Manick had volunteered to plan one for 2013 in New Jersey ... but it was feared that too many folks from the West Coast wouldn't attend something on the east coast (just like a lot of East Coast folks didn't attend the reunion in Reno, NV because of the long travel distance).  So, we've split the difference and selected Branson, MO, a site in the middle of the country that should provide an opportunity or two for some interesting shows as well.

"A" Company Reunion Date Set

It's the best time of the year in Charleston, South Carolina and preparations for our next reunion are well underway.  Our dates, hotel, and entertainment for the banquet are all set up.  So, set your calendars and start making plans to visit the South Carolina Low Country in October 2012.  Native Charlestonians will tell you that this is the spot where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean.

The Vietnam Veterans of A Company, family and friends will meet again near Charleston, South Carolina from October 12-14, 2012.  We'll be staying in the Charleston-Mt. Pleasant Holiday Inn just a few miles across the Cooper River from downtown Charleston and the Battery.  We've blocked out 60 rooms for our group and more can be added as we need them.  Some of the rooms are set up for those of us who will need a little assistance, so let them know when you make your reservations.  All rooms will be $119/night + taxes and parking is included.  The hotel will honor that rate for 3 days before and 3 days after our get-together.  So, don't hesitate to make your stay a mini-vacation.  Sometime this month, the hotel will open a web site for us through which they can start taking reservations.    We'll be working with Tony Durbin to keep you posted.

As in Chattanooga, we'll have a hospitality room set up with our own beverages and snacks as a place to meet informally, make plans for visiting the area, and thell those old war stories yet again (if our wives aren't listening).  After dinner on Saturday night, e'll be entertained by the Plantation Singers whose music is particularly identified with South Carolina.  Music from the 60s and 70s will be played by a disc jockey for the rest of the evening for dancing and socializing.

Looking forward to seeing you in Charleston next year — Cliff and Maria Schneider