Sunday, December 3, 2017


Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday.  Maybe we should all take some of his advice!

A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company.
    1.   Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put 'PHOTO ID REQUIRED.' 
    2.   When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the 'For' line.      Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows
the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it.
    3.   Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a POBox use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address.  Never have your SS# printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary.   But
if you have It printed, anyone can get it.
   4..   Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine.  Do both sides of each license,  credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place.

   I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards.
        Unfortunately,  I,  an attorney, have firsthand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieve(S) ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA
credit card , had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more.

   But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know:
   5.   We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately.  But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call.  Keep those where you can find
   6.   File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).
        But here's what is perhaps most important of all:

(I  never even thought to do this..)

   7.   Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number.  I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the
internet in my name.
   The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.
        By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has
been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in).  It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks.
        Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your let, if it has been stolen:
                 1.)" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Equifax :                 1-800-525-6285
[]" href=" " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
                 3.) Trans Union :       1-800-680 7289
                4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line):   1-800-269-0271
        We pass along jokes on the Internet; we pass along just about everything..
        If you are willing to pass this information along, it could really help someone that you care about.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Show Your Gratitude To Our Veterans This Thanksgiving

Show Your Gratitude To Our Veterans This Thanksgiving  and through the Holidays

By Supporting

The Gainesville Fisher House on AmazonSmile

It's Easy! Tell your friends!

Families stay through the holidays at the Gainesville Fisher House due to the severity of the medical treatments their loved ones must undergo at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. We try to do what we can to make the Fisher House feel like home during such a stressful time, but we need your help.

By adding the Gainesville Fisher House as your charity on AmazonSmile, our Fisher House will receive a portion of the proceeds of your purchase at no additional cost to you.

Instructions on how to do so are down below.

Here’s how easy you can support veterans and their families with no additional cost to you:

    1. Sign in to with your Amazon login information.

    2. Under “Your Account”, select “Change Your Charity”

    3. In the “Find Your Charity” search bar, type “Gainesville Fisher House Foundation”     and click “Search”

    4. Click “Select” next to the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation

    5. Shop for all your loved ones this holiday season while supporting the Gainesville     Fisher House!

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Remember when you could shop at the PX, BX, NEX, MCX, or CGX?

November 11, 2017, Veterans with HONORABLE DISCHARGE can shop the [ONLINE] PX and BX at

Go to or Sign-Up directly at



1.. Fill out the form -

2.. Receive a determination

3.. Start shopping on November 11, 2017 at all online exchanges


Army and Air Force Exchange Service

Marine Corps Exchange

Coast Guard Exchange



Beginning November 11, 2017 … HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERANS will be able to shop at THE EXCHANGE (formerly known as The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)).

To get to THE EXCHANGE (AAFES) web site, type: WWW.AAFES.COM

To shop THE EXCHANGE, an HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERAN must first register at

Thought you might pass the word.


Len Yelinek

Commander, Las Vegas Chapter 711

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

American Legion Post 76 Update_4

 All, this is to remind you again that the Post 76 General meeting is still scheduled for Sunday, 19 November at 1330--located at Durango Hills YMCA, 3521 N Durango Dr. 

As always, we have an exciting meeting planned, featuring our continuing Guest Speaker Program. This meeting welcomes Jerome Joyner, a Veterans Employment Specialist with Nevada's JobConnect Program. He will enlighten us on opportunities with JobConnect for Veterans of all ages.

Future Guest Speakers will be Andre Haynes, President of the Armed Forces Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, in December; and Matt Taylor, Community OutReach Director for Nevada Department of Veterans Services, in January 2018.

Thanksgiving Day is coming soon, and all the Officers of Post 76 wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day.

Steve Daugherty
American Legion Post 76
2nd Vice Commander

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Patriots - forwarding a commentary from Oliver North.

A faulty retelling of ‘The Vietnam War’
Richard Nixon kept his promises, Ken Burns did not
Illustration on Richard Nixon's role in the Vietnam War by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

By Oliver North - - Monday, October 16, 2017


When Richard Nixon was in the White House, I was in Vietnam and he was my commander in chief. When I was on Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council staff, I had the opportunity to brief former President Nixon on numerous occasions and came to admire his analysis of current events, insights on world affairs and compassion for our troops. His preparation for any meeting or discussion was exhaustive. His thirst for information was unquenchable and his tolerance for fools was nonexistent.

Mr. Nixon’s prosecution of the war in Southeast Asia is poorly told by Ken Burns in his new Public Broadcasting Servicedocumentary “The Vietnam War.” That is but one of many reasons Mr. Burns‘ latest work is such a disappointment and a tragic lost opportunity.

It’s sad, but I’ve come to accept that the real story of the heroic American GIs in Vietnam may never be told. Like too many others, Ken Burns portrays the young soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of the Vietnam War as pot-smoking, drug-addicted, hippie marauders.

Those with whom I served were anything but. They did not commit the atrocities alleged in the unforgivable lies John Kerry described to a congressional committee so prominently featured by Mr. Burns. The troops my brother and I were blessed to lead were honorable, heroic and tenacious. They were patriotic, proud of their service, and true to their God and our country. To depict them otherwise, as Mr. Burns does, is an egregious disservice to them, the families of the fallen and to history. But his treatment of my fellow Vietnam War veterans is just the start. Some of the most blatant travesties in the film are reserved for President Nixon.

Because of endless fairy tales told by Ken Burns and others, many Americans associate Richard Nixon with the totality and the worst events of Vietnam. It’s hardly evident in the Burns “documentary,” but important to note: When Richard Nixon was elected president in 1968, he inherited a nation — and a world — engulfed in discord and teetering on the brink of widespread chaos. His predecessor, Lyndon Johnson, was forced from office with a half-million U.S. troops mired in combat and fierce anti-American government demonstrations across the country and in our nation’s capital.

Ken Burns may not recall — but my family remembers: It was Lyndon Johnson who sent my brother and me to war. It was Richard Nixon who brought us home. It is very likely we are alive today because Mr. Nixon kept his word.
That’s not the only opportunity for accuracy Mr. Burns ignored. He could have credited Mr. Nixon with granting 18-year olds the right to vote in July 1971 with the 26th Amendment to our Constitution. (Does Ken even recall the slogan, “Old enough to fight — old enough to vote!” He should. Mr. Burns turned 18 that same month.)

President Nixon pressed on to all but finish the war. As promised, he brought our combat units home, returned 591 prisoners of war to their wives and families, ended the draft, leveraged the conflict to open ties with China and improved relations with the Soviet Union. He pushed both Communist giants in Beijing and Moscow to force their North Vietnamese puppet into a negotiated settlement. Yet he is portrayed in the Burns documentary as a cold-blooded, calculating politician more interested in re-election than the lives of U.S. troops in combat.

Contrary to the film’s portrayal, Mr. Nixon had a complicated strategy to achieve “peace with honor.” His goal was to train and equip the South Vietnamese military to defend their own country in a process he called “Vietnamization,” and thereby withdraw American troops.

President Nixon succeeded in isolating the North Vietnamese diplomatically and negotiated a peace agreement that preserved the right of the people of South Vietnam to determine their own political future. Imperfect as the Saigon government was, by 1973 the South Vietnamese had many well-trained troops and units that fought well and were proud to be our allies. This intricate and sophisticated approach took shape over four wartime years but receives only superficial mention in Mr. Burns‘ production.
Despite Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress, Mr. Nixon— a deft political powerhouse — attained consistent support from America’s “Silent Majority.”

If Mr. Burns read President Nixon’s memoir or his two successive books in which the former president recounts his emotional anguish at the war’s toll — “No More Vietnams” and “In the Arena” — there is little evidence in the PBS production. Instead, Mr. Burnscherry-picks from the infamous “Nixon tapes” to brand the president as a devious manipulator, striving for mass deception — a patently false allegation.

By the time President Nixon resigned office on Aug. 9, 1974, the Vietnam War was all but won and the South Vietnamese were confident of securing a permanent victory. But in December 1974 — three months after Mr. Nixon departed the White House — a vengeful, Democrat-dominated Congress cut off all aid to South Vietnam.

It was a devastating blow for those to whom Mr. Nixon had promised — not U.S. troops — but steadfast military, economic and diplomatic support. As chronicled in memoirs written afterwards in Hanoi, Moscow, and Beijing, the communists celebrated. The ignominious end came with a full-scale North Vietnamese invasion five months later.

Despite the war’s end — and the trauma that continues to afflict our country — there is little in the Burns so-called documentary about the courage, patriotism, and dedication of the U.S. troops who fought honorably, bravely and the despicable way in which we were “welcomed” home.

The PBS “documentary” frequently reminds viewers of the “gallant nationalist fervor” among the North Vietnamese. But the South Vietnamese are portrayed as little more than conniving urchins and weak pawns of the imperialist Americans.

In a technique favored by the “progressive left,” Mr. Burns uses a small cadre of anti-war U.S. and pro-Hanoi Vietnamese “eyewitnesses” to explain the complicated policies of the U.S. government. Mr. Burns apparently refused to interview Henry Kissinger, telling the Portland Press Herald he doubted “Kissinger’s authority to adequately convey the perspectives of the U.S. government.” This alone disqualifies this “documentary” as definitive history on the Vietnam War.

Though Mr. Burns and his collaborators claim otherwise, the real heroes of “The Vietnam War” were not U.S. protesters, but the troops my brother and I led. They fought valiantly for our country and the president who brought us home.

Since meeting President Nixon in the 1980s, I have always remembered how he understood the incredible sacrifice of American blood in the battlefields of Vietnam. He was dedicated to ending the war the right way and committed to sustaining American honor. He kept his promise to bring us home.

Ken Burns failed to keep his promise to tell all sides about the long and difficult war in Vietnam. Mr. Burns, like John Kerry, has committed a grave injustice to those of us who fought there.

Oliver North was a Marine platoon leader in Vietnam, and recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and two Purple Hearts.

Memories from the last half of the last century.......Feel old?

I added some comments at the bottom.  Some memories, some political commentary.

Black and White

(Under age 45? You won't understand.)

You could hardly see for all the snow,

Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.

'Good Night, David .

Good Night, Chet.'

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter and I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli.

Almost all of us would

Have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool

(talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE... and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

Flunking gym was not an option... Even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself. – Trophies were only given to the Champions, sometimes 2nd and 3rdbut no Participant trophies.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah... And where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

We also played other rough full contact games without pads like “Kill the guy with the Ball’, Tackle Town, British Bulldog, Capture the Flag and Buck-Buck We got lots  of scrapes and cuts, that is for sure.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $99 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either; because if we did we got our butt spanked there and then we got our butt spanked again when we got home, often with a belt or a paddle.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off.

Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house.

Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a jerk It was a neighborhood run a muck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family.

How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes.

We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even

notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac!

How did we ever survive?


Pass this to someone and remember that life's most simple pleasures are very often the very best

I recall cutting lawns in the neighborhood with our push mower for a small income that kept my bicycle in intertubes that were not all patches.  Then my Father threatened to charge me rent on the tools he had to fix now and then.   Now I have to hire a landscape guy to do this task and it sometimes gets done as needed even through the language barrier.   Mine has a new and very shiny pickup truck pulling his well-stocked trailer filled with all sorts of equipment and tools.  I do not mind paying for things I could do but I am retired and my wife is never happy with the condition of things.  Even after the yard guy leaves, I have to straighten things out.  But I look at this is providing honest work to those who are willing to do it.

At age 13, I got a paper route (Oakland Tribune) where I had to deliver the paper within reach of the customer at their door.  Carrying the papers in the special carrier, an over-the-shoulders canvas carrier, folding the papers neatly as I walked the route or on Sunday, putting a rubber band around it.  No plastic bags back then.  It had to be placed where the rain would not touch it. Not bad money as good service brought good tips.   Bought a bicycle (3-speed) after saving a year for it.  Now I sometimes have to pick mine up from the street from at the 0530 delivery time by some person(s) and vehicle racing around that brings up thoughts that this might be a drive-by shooting about to occur.  This must also pay well as none of the cars I see are older than mine, are usually black and quite loud.

The Black & White TV was replaced by a magical color TV with a 10 inch or so screen as there were boxing on two days a week and Pop was a fan.  It drew neighbors to our living room. Professional football back then was rare as the college game was the big thing.  Kezar Stadium in San Francisco was used by the 49ers.  A 7,000 seat venue they paid rent at.  The big college games drew from 75 to 100,000 fans.  ABC was still black and white then at Monday Night AFL Football.  Then the merger.  It made enough money for ABC to go to color.  If you remember Howard Cosell you have mostly gray hair and arthritis.

Now, a team can move into a new, large stadium supported mostly by my and my neighbor's tax dollars.  Perhaps it is moving back in that direction again.  I hope the Raiders decide to stay in Oakland.   We are spending 1 billion in road capacity enhancement in Vegas and that won't be helped by a 65,000 seat stadium right off the main traffic route through our valley.  After a big sports event here now, there is always a problem serious enough to be noted on TV.

I could watch a news program and viewed-listened to news.   Not many talking heads back then.  Now when I watch "news" on the boob tube, I sometimes substitute the people for comic book characters as every one is an expert that interviews other experts.

So I get most of my news via the internet where I can select stories of interest from some agency that still uses the printed word.  Then there are things like uTube.  Technology, in particular, the Smartphone is great stuff but is apparently affecting our citizenry with reduced attention span, distractions from tasks such as driving and walking across the street.   I was recently at a National Park in Oregon where a sign read - "Selfie Danger Area."  Apparently they lost several tourists over the edge and were trying to reduce their paperwork and body disposals.  I still see drivers apparently texting in freeway traffic.   Personally, I despise telephones of all types although I use mine to give my wife driving directions from home (although she has built-in Nav) and for computer security.  Not all tech stuff is bad.

I read where old school subjects such as cursive writing and arithmetic are being phased out in our grammar schools.  With our local schools ranking in the lower 2% of the USA, and with most administrators drawing six-figure salaries - 3 times that of our teachers - what will they teach?  I can recall the days in grammar school when an occasional new kid from somewhere foreign would show up in class.  We kids taught them English pretty fast - in class and in after-school play and sports.  Mandatory busing has probably stopped this route to learning English.  But when one sees results and costs of teaching ESL, it is apparent that something is wrong. I have often wondered how much money could be saved and that most non-native residents had to learn English as a business language and citizenship requirement.  I believe road sign and traffic laws are available in at least a dozen languages.  This may be for getting more people behind the wheel (more revenue) but I have a feeling that the deep underlying reason for not making newer residents assimilate in language is twofold.  One to garner more votes and to also keep many in that world of second-class citizens economically and socially.

I read of the Swedish approach where they pay immigrants to learn Swedish.  Not just give them handouts.  It seems to reduce their immigrant unemployment rate enough to make it worthwhile.

Lou Rothenstein <>

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Thursday, November 2, 2017



This is a private business with no center in NV but seems to be good info so lets set up the links on 711 pages.  r
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From: Parker Ross <>
Subject: Quick question
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:50:26 -0400

Hi NVF team,
Are you still updating your links/resources page? My organization just published a guide on the links between veterans, PTSD and substance abuse, I thought you might like to read it. Here's a link, and another to our write-up on alcohol, the most abused substance in the world:
Veterans and Addiction
Alcohol Addiction and Alcoholism
If you like what we wrote, could you add these to your list to help us spread awareness?  Either way, let me know what you think!


All the best,

Parker Ross

He / him / his
Outreach Specialist



The Unusual Link Between Alzheimer's and Coconut Oil (Watch)
Memory Repair Protocol

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Annual Veterans Day Concert

Annual Veterans Day Concert

Patriots -- forwarding FYI

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Dear Veteran,

This November, The Desert Winds will perform our annual Veterans Day Concert, “THESE UNITED STATES: A Veterans Salute!”, honoring those who have served our country with dedicated love and patriotism. In partnership with Shadow Hills Baptist Church, 7811 Vegas Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89128, it would be our pleasure to have you join us in this celebration of all our military heroes and their families!

This FREE interfaith concert will be held at 7:00pm on Saturday, November 11, at Shadow Hills Baptist Church. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested to be assured a seat. Register by visiting our website at

The Desert Winds, Las Vegas’ premiere contemporary wind ensemble, was voted Best Performing Arts Group in the LVRJ’s “Best of Las Vegas." This season, we will present our audiences with musical "PLACES". We invite you to join us for a season that will stir the imagination and soul with infinite musical possibilities.

We are using email as the means to contact you because we want to reach as many veterans groups in our community as quickly as possible. As a leader of your veterans’ organization, we ask that you announce this event to your membership.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the email address above or at and a member of our management team will contact you.


Jay Poster, The Desert Winds Community Liaison


Len Yelinek

Commander, Las Vegas Chaper 711

Military Order of the Purple Heart

(702) 362-7673-h    (702) 460-0769-c

Saturday, October 28, 2017

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Breakfast for Veterans

Christmas Motorcycle Run

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Veterans Transition Resource Center

 Veterans Transition Resource Center
702-954-6300          Website: VTRC.US
Join us for OKTOBERFEST in our new location
2690 E Sunset Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89120
On the corner of E. Sunset & McLeod
Across from Sunset Park in Park 2000
Saturday, October 21, 2017           11am – 5pm
Patriotic Entertainment by Backstage Revue
$20.00 donation goes to support our Veterans, & their families. Donations are Tax Deductible.

Oktoberfest menu by Chef J.B
Whole Fresh Fruit
Sweet Kentucky Cole Slaw
Black Forest Ham and Chicken Breast Au Gratin
Beer Bratwurst with Sautéed Bacon and Apple Sauerkraut
Badlands BBQ Pulled Pork
Badlands BBQ Chicken
All Beef Hot Dogs
Old Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese
Roasted Corn on the Cob
Assorted Gourmet Cookies
Brownie Bites
Apple Strudel

Iced Tea and Lemonade

no veteran left behind

Hi Everyone,
This Thursday, October 19, 2017, the following interments are scheduled for 8:40 a.m. at the Southern Nevada Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV, 89005.  We have a brief meeting at about 8:15 a.m. before proceeding to the Chapel.  If you can get there in time for that, please do.  If you can’t get there that early, please be in place in the Chapel with your flag no later than 8:30 a.m.  These interments are for Nevada’s fallen Veterans who are without family, are homeless, indigent, or just forgotten by family and friends, and their remains are unclaimed.
These interments are for:
Army Veteran:            Linda Mendoza
Air Force Veteran:      John Gray
For anyone interested in riding over together, some of us meet for breakfast at The Coffee Cup Restaurant, in Boulder City about 7:00 a.m. with KSU at 8:00 a.m.  The friendship, conversation and camaraderie are great ways to start the day. We’d like to encourage as many PGR members as possible to join us.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Patriots, FYI

Dear Nevada Vets,

I am the events coordinator at the NV Southern Railroad Museum in Boulder City, NV.  We are one of three railroad museums in Nevada, and one of the most visited.

We love and respect our Veterans, so this Veterans Day weekend, Nov 11/12, 2017 will allow any veteran with ID to ride our trains, along with one additional relative.

Please publish the attached letters/information in your news to the Veterans of Nevada.  If you need additional information please contact me at my phone below, or email me.

Frank Carroll
Scenic Photography
Phone:  702.501.4475

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

no veteran left behind

Hi Everyone,

This Thursday, October 12, 2017, the following interments are scheduled for 8:40 a.m. at the Southern Nevada Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV, 89005.  We have a brief meeting at about 8:15 a.m. before proceeding to the Chapel.  If you can get there in time for that, please do.  If you can’t get there that early, please be in place in the Chapel with your flag no later than 8:30 a.m.  These interments are for Nevada’s fallen Veterans who are without family, are homeless, indigent, or just forgotten by family and friends, and their remains are unclaimed.

These interments are for:

Army Veteran:            Robert Erickson

Marine Veteran:          Kenneth Hougen

Also, as a reminder, we have a second mission that same day at the cemetery chapel.  The family of Navy veteran and V.V.A. Chapter 17 member Larry Bartlett has requested a PGR flag line at his interment.  The service will begin at 2:00PM.  If you are able to stay for this interment it would be greatly appreciated.

For anyone interested in riding over together, some of us meet for breakfast at The Coffee Cup Restaurant, in Boulder City about 7:00 a.m. with KSU at 8:00 a.m.  The friendship, conversation and camaraderie are great ways to start the day. We’d like to encourage as many PGR members as possible to join us.

Rick Foulon

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fwd: American Veteran documentary at West Charleston Library, THU Sep 28th 5:30pm-7:00pm



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Yesterday, 9:45 PM

MOPH Patriots -- Just received this notice.  If you are free tomorrow afternoon at 5:30pm, stop by the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Bl.

Just right around the corner for the documentary film screening “American Veteran” this Thursday 9/28 at the West Charleston Library. In partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation-Hidden Heroes.   Please also share among your network of military families and spouses that may be interested.  Attached is the flyer for the screening and evenbrite link to register.   We hope to see you there……..

Eva Secchiari
Founder/President & Executive Director
LifeAfterActiveDuty. 501(c ) (3) nonprofit
(702) 497-8744
777 N. Rainbow Blvd. Suite 150, Las Vegas NV 89107

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Op-Ed Get ready for the next round in the battle over the Vietnam War
Machine gun at the ready, a paratrooper of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Brigade advances cautiously near Hue, South Vietnam, on April 3, 1968. (Associated Press)
James Reston Jr.
There are two Vietnam wars, and the second is still going 40 years after the first ended. The United States fought the first one from 1959 to 1975 in the jungles, villages and airspace of Indochina. The second is the war over how that war, the first lost war in America’s national history, is remembered. This month, as Ken Burns’ 10-part Vietnam documentary is aired on PBS, the second conflict is sure to heat up again with renewed intensity.
The positions will be fiercely argued. What was the war good for? Absolutely nothing, as the 1970 song put it? Or was it a heroic cause? The most important — and poignant — group who will offer answers to these questions is Vietnam veterans themselves.
They see themselves reflected, against the roll of the dead, on the black granite walls of Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, or in the faces of Frederick Hart’s evocative sculpture of three soldiers nearby.
Many who served came home and got on with their lives, whatever the wounds and scars of war. A more visible subset of aging warriors sits astride motorcycles in Veterans Day parades or stands in the median strips of our streets holding cardboard placards. They live their lives as war survivors. They ponder what might have been.
Those who served in Vietnam or resisted may never be considered members of a Greatest Generation, like World War II veterans.
Often, no matter how their lives have unfolded, Vietnam vets have a chip on their shoulder. They ask or wish that their patriotism, their service, be better recognized, even glorified: They stepped forward, regardless of the flawed rationale and conduct of the war, when hordes of other young men, especially the so-called best and brightest, avoided the unpleasantness altogether.
For those who avoided the draft and the danger, there is often a quiet guilt — I have witnessed it many times. They dodge the inevitable question: How did you manage to get out of it? Hasty marriage? Graduate school? A trick knee? Men in this category do not invite conversation about that time in their lives, any more than combat veterans discuss the horrendous things they witnessed in the war zone. Only those who came of age after the draft turned into a lottery, the ones with high, untouchable numbers, or those who arrived after the Army went voluntary, escaped the moral dilemma of serving or resisting or malingering.
The statistics are revealing. Of the 26.8 million men who were eligible for service during the war period, 15.4 million were deferred, exempted or disqualified. Of those who served, 2.1 million were deployed to Vietnam. More than 58,000 died, 300,000 were wounded and 245,000 have filed for injuries incurred by exposure to the defoliant weapon Agent Orange. More than 50,000 draft-age men fled to Canada and Sweden. There are no statistics on those who suffer from permanent psychological wounds.
The men who actively protested against the war may feel best about themselves. They were engaged in the struggle of their generation, and they deserve the lion’s share of credit for stopping the war. Their resistance, especially from 1967 to 1969, when U.S. casualties were the highest, forced the hand of America’s leaders. They have a better argument for serenity in their old age than those who merely avoided service and stood smugly on the sidelines.
Then there are the politicians. The rationale for American involvement — the phony Tonkin Gulf resolution and the discredited domino theory — forced the moral dilemma on the Vietnam generation. Five years after Saigon fell, in the election of 1980, presidential candidate Ronald Reagan romanticized the conflict as a “noble cause.” He planted the enduring notion, so popular on political hustings nowadays, that America must never again fight a war it does not intend to win. This glib rhetoric is sure to be prominent in renewed debates over the war, and it may make those who bear the brunt of the war’s loss feel better: It wasn’t their fault. But scoffing detractors will ask whether more troops and more bombs would really have ensured victory. They will turn Reagan’s phrase upside down: America must never again force another generation to choose between service or resistance in an arguably immoral war.
It is with bitter irony that the Vietnam generation has witnessed the friendly visits of Presidents Clinton and Bush (both of whom avoided the war) to Hanoi, or the jovial Oval Office interchange between President Trump(deferred because of bone spurs) and Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the prime minister of our new ally and bulwark against China, the People’s Republic of Vietnam. They must cope with the recent revelations that Richard Nixon scuttled a Lyndon Johnson peace deal during the 1968 election for cold political reasons, a deal that might have saved the 20,000 American soldiers who died during Nixon’s subsequent six-year presidency. With mixed feelings or quiet applause, they watched John Kerry, a bonafide war hero and an antiwar leader, in his last act as secretary of State, meet the Viet Cong veteran who tried to kill him in the murky waters of the Mekong Delta.
Reconciliation after divisive wars, especially a lost war, is a tricky business. Those who served in Vietnam or resisted may never be considered members of a Greatest Generation, like World War II veterans. Nevertheless, their experiences are authentically American, deeply revealing of divisions and ideals that haunt us still.
In the early 1980s, the design for the now-celebrated Vietnam memorial wall — a site that has evolved into a place of contemplation for the pacifist as well as the warrior — attracted advocates and enemies who saw it as yet another opportunity to re-fight the war. An editorial in the Boston Globe summarized what would become a five-year art battle this way: “Commemorating the war in Vietnam is likely to prove no simpler than fighting it.”
The Burns documentary airs in a week. Get ready for another round.
James Reston Jr. will be interviewed about his latest book, “A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam Memorial,” at Chevalier’s Books on Sept. 28. Reston served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968, and is a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

5 Interments for Thursday, 9-7-17

Hi Everyone,

This Thursday, September 7, 2017, the following interments are scheduled for 8:40 a.m. at the Southern Nevada Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV, 89005.  We have a brief meeting at about 8:15 a.m. before proceeding to the Chapel.  If you can get there in time for that, please do.  If you can’t get there that early, please be in place in the Chapel with your flag no later than 8:30 a.m.  These interments are for Nevada’s fallen Veterans who are without family, are homeless, indigent, or just forgotten by family and friends, and their remains are unclaimed.

These interments are for:

Army Veteran:            StevenBrickman

Army Veteran:            Larry Mangels

Marine Veteran:          John Newman

Air Force Veteran:      Paul Giosas

Air Force Veteran:      James Sexauer

For anyone interested in riding over together, some of us meet for breakfast at The Coffee Cup Restaurant, in Boulder City about 7:00 a.m. with KSU at 8:00 a.m.  The friendship, conversation and camaraderie are great ways to start the day. We’d like to encourage as many PGR members as possible to join us.

**  Please note that we have moved breakfast from Sierra Gold to The Coffee Cup.

Rick Foulon

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Monday, August 7, 2017


* 6 August, Sunday. Taylor See recital, Desert Spring United Methodist Church, 120 N Pavilion Center Dr, 1500.

* 9 August, Wednesday. Veterans Home 15th Anniversary Celebration, 100 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City, 1700-1800.

* 10 August, Thursday. Services for Evelyn Hallas at Christ the King church, 4925 S Torrey Dr, 10 AM.

* 13-14 August. Army Nave Expo @ Tuscany Suites Hotel

* 16 August, Wednesday. Veterans Stand Down planning meeting, Cambridge Community Center, 3900 Cambridge Street, LV at 1300

* 18 - 24 August National Convention in Reno.

* 25 August, Friday. Services at SNVMC for Legionnaire John Burkett, 1400.

* 9 September, Saturday. Vietnam Veterans Event at Craig Ranch Park.

*17 September, Sunday. A documentary entitled The Vietnam War by Ken Burns (18 hours) will air on PBS Primary date, September, Secondary Date),

* 20 September. Wednesday. Veterans Stand Down planning meeting, Cambridge Community Center, 3900 Cambridge Street, LV at 1300

* 30 September, Saturday. Retiree Appreciation Day, Nellis AFB,  0800-1300.

* 30 September, Saturday. Honor Flight Southern Nevada Pancake Breakfast, Applebee’s Restaurant, Boca Park 8730 W Charleston Blvd, 0800-1000.

* 3 October, Tuesday. Nellis Family Housing Fall Festival, Housing  Office soccer field, 1630-1830/

* 11 October. Veterans Stand Down/Benefit Fair, Dula Gym, 441 E. Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas Blvd & Bonanza Road.

* 17 October, Tuesday. Monument dedication at SNVMC. 1000

* 25 October, Wednesday. PBS Job Fair, 1100-1400, 3050 E. Flamingo

* 10-12 November. Nellis AFB Open House and Air Show.

* 8 November, Wednesday. Color Guard for Sun City Summerlin Residents Forum Veterans Celeration, Desert Vista in Sun City.

* 11 November, Saturday. Color Guard in downtown Veterans Day Parade.

* 11 November, Saturday. Color Guard at Atria Sunlake, 3250 S Fort Apache, 1430.

* 11 November. Saturday. 4th Annual John H Hilgar II Charity Golf. Angel Park, 100 S Rampart Blvd. 0700-1800.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sen. Heller's Roundtable 7 July 2017

Sen. Heller's Roundtable 7 July 2017