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Veterans & Military Families Monthly News

August 2013 Vol. 4 No. 8
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P.2-Snyder Signs Bills Giving Some Military veterans Free Entry to State Parks P.3-VA Grants will Expand Transposition in Highly Rural Areas P.4-VA Converted over 30% of Disability Claims into Digital Files P.5-France 4 Michigan Remembers P.7-The Persian Gulf P.9-ESGR P.10-100th Birthday of Gerald R. Ford

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson was so honored to be asked to speak to the American Legion Summer Convention recently held in Sault St. Marie. Johnson spoke about her initiative, OPERATION: OUR TROOPS COUNT and efforts to help veterans get the benefits they have earned and deserve. A new VETERAN designation on driver's licenses will be available next year to honorably discharged veterans.

In This Issue

P.11-Vietnam Veterans Memorial P.12-Spirit of the American Flag P.13-Honor Flight P.14-National Gold Star Registry P.15-WWII Memories P.18-Veterans Summit 2013 P.20-Grassroots Action Team P.21-Monoply Story P.23-Thunder over Michigan P.24-Team Pascarella P.25-Military and veterans Affairs and Homeland Security P.26-Legal Help for Veterans

And much more…….
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We wou fighting

Some Useful Links
Air Force Times www.airforcetimes.com Navy Times www.navytimes.com Marine Corps Times www.marinecorpstimes.com Army Times www.armytimes.com Military Times www.militarytimes.com TRICARE www.tricare.mil American Legion www.legion.org Veterans of Foreign Wars www.vfw.org AMVETS www.amvets.org The DAV www.dav.org Department of Defense www.dod.gov Military/Veterans Report www.militray.com The Pentagon Channel www.pentagonchannel.mil Veterans Administration www.va.gov Military Order of the Purple Heart www.purpleheart.org

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder signed a pair of bills that offer free state park entry (starts in 2014) to military veterans who are eligible for 100 percent disability, to veterans who were prisoners of war, and those who have received the Medal of Honor. House Bills 4297 and 4439, sponsored by state Rep. Frank Foster, waive the annual $11 state park Recreation Passport fee for vehicle license plates issued to those military veterans. “Thousands of Michigan’s military veterans have sacrificed greatly for our way of life, and offering eligible veterans free entry to our state parks is a small gesture of our gratitude for their service,” Snyder said. The Michigan Secretary of State indicated that, as of November 2012, there were about 8,070 specialty license plates eligible for the free recreation passport endorsement. There have been 7,642 disabled veteran plates issued, 426 former POW plates, and two specialty Medal of Honor license plates issued in Michigan. HBs 4297 and 4439 are now Public Acts 81 and 82 of 2013.

Snyder Signs Bills Giving Some Military Veterans Free Entry to State Parks

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

~Ronald Reagan

If anyone has a site they would like to have added to this growing list please let us know! Contact us anytime at mhauser@migop.org Also check out the complete list of links that appear in this newsletter on the last page.

We would like to express our appreciation to all of the fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.

Thank you for your Support!
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Posted on July 12, 2013 by Donnie La Curan in Veteran News Veterans will have improved access to health care under a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative that supports new transportation services for those living in highly rural areas. VA began accepting applications this month for grants to help state Veterans Service Agencies and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans to VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care. A new regulation establishes the program that will administer these grants. Transportation will be provided at no cost to Veterans. “VA wants to be sure that all Veterans, including those who live in rural and remote areas, can receive the health care they have earned through service to our country,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “State Veterans Agencies and VSOs will now be able to employ innovative approaches to transportation services for Veterans in our highly rural areas. The end results will include better service and better health care for Veterans.”

VA Grants Will Expand Transportation in Highly Rural Areas

VSOs and State Veterans Service Agencies may apply for grants up to $50,000 to fund transportation of Veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care. If specified in the application, the services may be provided under agreements with contractors, such as private bus or van companies. A highly rural area is defined as a county or counties with a population of fewer than seven persons per square mile. Many highly rural areas are found in the western and southwestern United States but at least half of the states have at least one highly rural area. One of Secretary Shinseki’s top three priorities is increasing access to VA care and services for Veterans wherever they live. VA is expanding access in a threepronged effort that includes facilities, programs and tech-

nology. Veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible for an extended period of eligibility for health care for 5 years after they have left the service. For more information, please see the Federal Register. community need when the federal government terminated its program that helped many veterans pay for transportation to VA medical facilities. The DAV has 189 Hospital Service Coordinators around the country who coordinate the transportation needs for disabled veterans. Use the DAV Hospital Service Coordinator Directory to contact your nearest HSC for information or assistance. Please remember that the DAV Transportation Network is staffed by volunteers; therefore, it is unable to cover every community. We hope we can help you. Locate your nearest VA Medical Center

Form: www.dav.org Because so many sick and disabled veterans lack transportation to and from VA medical facilities for needed treatment, the DAV operates a nationwide Transportation Network to meet this need. Through the Transportation Network, DAV volunteers drive sick and disabled veterans to and from VA medical facilities for treatment. The Transportation Network is a clear example of veterans helping veterans. The DAV stepped in to meet a substantial

Need a Ride

We would like to express our appreciation to all of the fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.

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July 18, 2013 From: www.va.gov 165 Million Pages Have Been Scanned and Uploaded to Help Transform Paper-Based Claims Process to Digital Environment WASHINGTON—The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reached another milestone in its disability claims transformation process – over 30 percent of the current disability claims inventory is now digital and accessible to claim raters in VA’s electronic claims processing system, which has now been fielded ahead of schedule at all 56 Regional Offices across the country. This effort is a key part of transforming outdated paper processing into an electronic system that is delivering disability claims decisions for Veterans more quickly. In addition, all incoming paper claims are transformed into digital records for electronic processing using VA’s new claims processing software and electronic repository. “A key element that slows our process is the thousands of tons of paper documents we handle each year related to Veterans’ claims,” said Undersecretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey. “While we continue to expand our ability to process claims electronically, we still have to handle those we receive in paper form— the Veterans Claims Intake Program (VCIP) is our answer to this and helps us move into a fully digital environment.” On Sep. 28, 2012, VA established the VCIP program to maximize the use of electronic intake for all claims, creating digital, searchable files. The document conversion service, part of VCIP, has now been implemented at all 56 VA regional claims processing offices across the country. VCIP is a capability that enables high-speed document scanning to help VA end its reliance on paper-based claims. With VCIP, a new paper claim that is received at a regional office is recorded in VA’s electronic claims processing system—called the Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS)—and shipped to one of three document conversion locations to be scanned and converted into digital images. The document images, which are made keyword searchable in the conversion, are placed into a VBMS electronic folder for use by the VA employees who work the Veteran’s claim. Digital conversion improves processing timeliness by eliminating paper folder transport, reducing manual data entry, streamlining the review of medical records, and standardizing correspondence with Veterans and beneficiaries. To date, VA has converted more than 165 million pages of claims documents to digital images, and continues to add over 1 million images into VBMS every day.

VA Has Converted Over 30 Percent of Disability Claims into Digital Files

“Finding a key piece of evidence in a thick paper file folder takes time,” said James Thomas, a claims specialist at the Salt Lake VA Regional Office. “With digital claims records, we can find all the key information related to the claim with a key stroke.” At the same time, VA is working closely with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Service Organizations to urge Veterans and separating Servicemembers to file their disability claims electronically and, when possible, to file aFully Developed Claim through the joint DoD/VA online portal, eBenefits (www.ebenefits.va.gov/ ebenefits). Registered eBenefits users with a Premium account can file a claim online, track the status, and access information on a variety of other benefits, including pension, education, health care, home loan, and vocational rehabilitation and employment programs. Additionally, eBenefits users can take advantage of 50 self-service features that both VA and DoD have made available. VA is continuing to implement several initiatives to meet Secretary Shinseki’s goal to eliminate the claims backlog in 2015. In May, VA announced that it was mandating overtime for claims processors in its 56 regional benefits offices to increase production of compensations claims decisions, which will continue through the end of FY 2013. In June, VA announced that under an initiative launched in April to expedite disability compensation claims decisions for Veterans who have a waited a year or longer, more than 65,000 claims nationwide – or 97 percent of all claims over two years old in the inventory – had been eliminated from the backlog. Today, VA’s total claims inventory remains at lower levels not seen since August 2011 and the number of claims in the VA backlog – claims pending over 125 days – has been reduced by nearly 12 percent since the “oldest claims first” initiative began. VA continues to prioritize disability claims for homeless Veterans, those experiencing extreme financial hardship, the terminally ill, former Prisoners of War, Medal of Honor recipients, and Veterans filing Fully Developed Claims, which is the quickest way for Veterans to receive a decision on their compensation claim (http://www.benefits.va.gov/fdc/). Claims for Wounded Warriors separating from the military for medical reasons will continue to be handled separately and on a priority basis with DoD through the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES). Veterans can learn more about disability benefits, and register and/or upgrade to a free Premium account on the joint Department of Defense/VA web portal eBenefits at www.ebenefits.va.gov.
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The 70th Anniversary of D-Day in 2014 is fast approaching and the Lakeshore Lancers band of Stevensville Michigan has been invited by the “D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration” and “American Musical Salute” Committee to join as an official representative of Michigan in Normandy France in June of 2014. Our kids will join the American Liberation Victory Parade that will step off on the actual anniversary day, June 6, 2014 in the French village of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first village to be liberated by American troops. A 3-time State Champion, the band already represented the State of Michigan in 2004 at the inauguration of the World War II memorial in Washington DC. At the time, our students honored each living World War II Veteran of Michigan by wearing an epaulette that was eventually mailed back to them with a card to thank them for their service and provide them with a token of appreciation and gratitude.

With an invitation of such historical significance, we feel our mission should be meant for this generation to remember forever the meaning of D-Day and those Michigan citizens who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom as well as the significant role the State of Michigan played in this war effort. In particular, we are planning on honoring each of the 419 soldiers of Michigan resting at the Normandy American Cemetery by pouring a little bit sand from Michigan on their grave as a symbol of our remembrance of their sacrifice. The Michigan sand will be collected from high schools of Michigan as an educational program and in return, we will bring back sand from Omaha Beach that will be presented back to each participating school as a token of appreciation and a symbol of remembrance. In addition, we plan for our marching students to wear a ribbon in honor of each of the last living WWII veterans of Michigan that will eventually be mailed back to them as a mark of our gratitude. Finally, our students will research the history of leading companies of Michigan during World War II and build boards that illustrate the amazing contribution of our State to the war efforts. To accomplish this extraordinary invasion, the allied forces relied on American manufacturing companies to produce military equipment such as the Sherman Tank, bombers like the B-24, gliders such as the Waco CG-4A, amphibious vehicles like the DUCW, and military transport vehicles like the GMC CCKW350, the Dodge WC, or the iconic Jeep. Continued... We would like to express our appreciation to all of the fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.

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What do all these have in common? They were all manufactured by leading companies from Michigan. In fact, the whole State of Michigan and its business leaders threw themselves in support of the war effort like no other as the backbone of what was once called “the arsenal for democracy”. One can argue that never in the history of Michigan, has our State had such a leading impact on the world as during World War II. Our band is quite large for a high school of less than 1000 students. As a matter of fact, our band has never travelled overseas. Most band parents simply do not have the means to pay for such a large expense. For this event, we started a comprehensive fundraising program. We are reaching out to numerous leaders of Michigan to gather support:: from local businesses, corporate leaders, private donors, foundations, the French American

Chamber of Commerce of Detroit, The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the Michigan Department of Education, as well as our State and Congressional representatives. The response is consistent and overwhelmingly supportive as everyone shows their patriotic support and desire to ensure that such a project gets accomplished. As we live in these difficult economic and political times, wouldn’t it be extraordinary if we could celebrate in 2014 our glorious past while looking forward to a bright future that we owe to all those who served? I think you will agree that we owe it to the past generations, to the fallen, to our last surviving veterans, and to the future generations. For more information and for contribution interest, a website will be available soon: come visit us at www.ddaymichigan.com!

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From: www.michigan.gov When Iraq invaded Kuwait in early August 1990, the Michigan National Guard proved the Department of Defense's Total Force Policy was worth the resources spent on it over the previous 15 years. From the first warning messages sent by U.S. Forces Command that tensions were escalating in the Persian Gulf region until the last troops were released from active duty in January 1992, the Michigan National Guard deployed 1,638 members all over the world. They supported United Nations operations to restore the Republic of Kuwait to its original borders.

The Persian Gulf Conflict

The following Michigan National Guard units participated in either Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, or both: 1009th Transportation Detachment, Lansing 460th Service and Support Company, Midland 1461st Transportation Company, Jackson 1073rd Maintenance Company, Greenville 1439th Engineer Detachment, Grayling 1440th Engineer Detachment, Grayling 207th Evacuation Hospital, Detroit 745th Ordnance Detachment, Grayling Headquarters, 210th MP Battalion, Detroit Headquarters, 146th MP Battalion, Owosso 144th MP Company, Owosso 1776th MP Company, Detroit 1072nd Maintenance Company, Sturgis, Coldwater, Lansing

MICHIGAN AIR NATIONAL GUARD HISTORY BOOKS
The Michigan Air National Guard Historical Association created a three volume set of history books covering the periods 1926-1996. A fourth volume covering the years 1996 to 2006 is in production and should be available soon. Volume 1 covers the period 1926 to 1976-Cost: $1.00 Volume 2 covers the period 1976 to 1986-Cost: $4.00 Volume 3 covers the period 1986 to 1996-Cost: $1.00 Volume 4 covers the period 1996 to 2010-Cost: $6:00 Full color $35.00 If you wish to purchase one or more of these volumes or are interested in more information, please contact MAGHA at Phone: 586-239-6768, Fax: 586-239-6646, Email: 127.wg.selfridgeairmuseum@ang.af.mil

MANGBANG
From: Eugene (Gene) A. Simon- Command Chief Master Sergeant USAF (Retired) & Matthew X. Hauser As you may have seen in past editions of the newsletter, MANGBANG has been one of our sources. We are thankful for the source and so we just wanted to pass the information along for MANGBANG in case anyone is interested in joining the Michigan Air National Guard Historical Association. You can contact Lou Nigro if you are interested. We think it is a worthwhile investment-it supports the history of the Michigan Air National Guard and his monthly publications are very informative. For those who want to view it on our website (www.selfridgeairmuseum.org, http://www.selfridgeairmuseum.org ), Lt Col Lou Nigro, MI ANG (Ret) Executive Director, Selfridge Military Air Museum Email: louis.nigro@ang.af.mil

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From: www.esgr.mil ESGR, a Department of Defense agency, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,800 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve. ESGR has served our country for 40 years, developing and promoting a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. These citizen warriors could not defend and protect us at home and abroad without the continued promise of meaningful civilian employment for themselves and their families. ESGR has continued to adapt to meet the needs of our Reserve Component members, their families and America’s employers by joining forces with a network of other national, state and local government and professional trade organizations as together, We All Serve!

What is ESGR

From: www.va.gov The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to informing the Veteran community about VA health benefits and services. Currently, VA is producing personalized Veteran Health Benefits Handbooks for Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care. The new handbooks are tailored specificfor each Veteran and provides detailed information about the VA health services the Veteran may be eligible to receive. The Veteran Health Benefit Handbook provides answers to common questions such as contact information for the Veteran's local facility, instructions on how to schedule appointments, guidelines for communicating treatment needs and an explanation of the Veteran's responsibilities, such as co-pays, if applicable. Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare will receive their personalized handbooks via mail as part of a national rollout campaign starting in February 2012 based on Priority Group, beginning with Priority Group 1 and ending with Priority Group 8. In the near future, VA will develop an online version of the handbook for Veterans to access via MyHealtheVet. This will allow Veterans to access their up-to-date health benefit information anywhere, anytime. Click the link below for additional information about the Veterans Health Benefits Handbook or call VA at 1 877-222-VETS (8387).

Veterans Health Benefits Handbook

We would like to express our appreciation to all of the Fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.
Click the Michigan Flag to access the ESGR Michigan Page

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelli Ford 517-487-5413 LANSING, Mich., July 14, 2013– Today marks the 100th birthday of President Gerald R. Ford. To honor his legacy, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement: "Over the past 100 years, our nation has gone through a great deal of change. During this historic period, we've seen a man of great character lead this nation out of gloom and doubt by working diligently to restore the people's trust. That man is the Michigan-raised 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford. "A natural leader, President Ford proudly served our U.S. Navy, Congress and White House. Despite having faced many tough issues, he was well-respected for his modesty, openness and determination to bring the nation together again. His authenticity was exactly what our country needed, and his legacy will continue to inspire leaders for years to come. "On his 100th birthday, the people of Michigan proudly remember their President's service to this nation. While he is no longer with us, his profound impact lives on.”

Michigan Republican Party Statement on the 100th Birthday of President Gerald R. Ford

From: RAO Bulletin July 2013 (Lt. James ―EMO Tichacek, USN (Ret) Associate Director, Retiree Assistance Office, U.S. Embassy Warden & IRS VITA Baguio City RPPSC 517 Box RCB, FPO AP 96517 Tel: (951) 238 -1246 in U.S. or Cell: 0915-361-3503 in the Philippines. Email: raoemo@sbcglobal.net AL/AMVETS/DAV/FRA/ NAUS/NCOA/MOAA/USDR/VFW/VVA/CG33/DD890/ AD37 member) The U.S. Army has conceded a significant loss of records documenting battlefield action and other operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and has launched a global search to recover and consolidate field records from the wars. In an order to all commands and a separate letter to leaders of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Secretary of the Army John McHugh said the service also is taking immediate steps to clarify responsibility for wartime recordkeeping. The moves follow inquiries from the committee's leaders after a ProPublica and Seattle Times investigation last year reported that dozens of Army and National Guard units had lost or failed to keep required field records, in some cases impeding the ability of veterans to obtain disability benefits. The problem primarily affected the Army but also extended to U.S. Central Command in Iraq. McHugh, in his letter to committee leaders, said that while the Army had kept some of the required records, "we acknowledge that gaps exist." And in an enclosure responding to specific questions from the committee, McHugh confirmed that among the missing records are nearly all those from the 82nd Airborne Division, which was deployed multiple times during the wars. McHugh's letter was addressed to Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) and the panel's senior Democrat Michael Michaud of Maine, who said in an email 12 JUL that the records were of critical importance to veterans. Continued We would like to express our appreciation to all of the Fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.

OEF/OIF Battlefield Action Records

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"The admission that there are massive amounts of lost records is only the first step," Michaud said. "I appreciate the Army issuing orders to address this serious problem, but I'm concerned that it took a letter from Congress to make it happen … Our veterans have given up so much for our country, and they deserve a complete record of their service for the sake of history as well as potential disability claims down the road." A call and an email to Miller were not returned. Maj. Chris Kasker, an Army spokesman, said McHugh was not available for further comment. In his order to Army commands, McHugh notes that units are required under federal law to keep field records, including "daily staff journals, situation reports, tactical operations center logs, command reports, (and) operational plans. In addition to providing support for health-related compensation claims, these documents will help capture this important period in Army history." ProPublica and the Seattle Times uncovered assessments by the Army's Center of Military History showing that scores of units lacked adequate records. Others had wiped them off computer hard drives amid confusion about whether classified materials could be transferred home. In one 2010 report, investigators found infighting between the Army and U.S. Central Command over recordkeeping in Iraq and the failure to capture significant operational and historical materials in the theater. The missing records do not include personnel files and medical records, which are stored separately from the field records that detail day-to-day activities. McHugh's response to the congressmen said Army rules delegate recordkeeping responsibility to commanders at all levels, but they weren't always. "Although numerous

directives have been issued to emphasize the importance of the preservation of records, directives unfortunately were often overcome by other operational priorities and not fully overseen by commanders. Steps are being taken now to make sure this does not happen again," the letter said. McHugh's order launching an Army-wide search for records also shifts responsibility for maintaining them in a new central repository. Under regulations, individual units are charged with maintaining their records under the direction of the Army's Records and Declassification Agency (RMDA), which archives some records but is not required to collect them. Separately, the Center of Military History sends trained historians into combat zones to collect materials to write the official history of the Army campaigns. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the historians found themselves becoming de facto archivists in combat, chasing down what field reports they could find. Their reports of missing or inadequate recordkeeping prompted alarms and complaints from military and civilian historians but little corrective action from Army brass. Emails obtained by ProPublica show that the Center of Military History and RMDA have long argued about which Army branch should be gathering different records. Now, McHugh's memo orders commands to send whatever they have to the Center, which is to assess what the Army does and does not have by Dec. 31. Calls to the Center for Military History were not returned. Officials at the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, which had called on the Army to reconstruct missing field records, were not immediately available for comment. [Source: Sears & Stripes | Peter Sleeth | 12 Jul 2013 ++]

From: RAO Bulletin July 2013 (Lt. James ―EMO Tichacek, USN (Ret) Associate Director, Retiree Assistance Office, U.S. Embassy Warden & IRS VITA Baguio City RPPSC 517 Box RCB, FPO AP 96517 Tel: (951) 238-1246 in U.S. or Cell: 0915-361-3503 in the Philippines. Email: raoemo@sbcglobal.net AL/AMVETS/DAV/ FRA/NAUS/NCOA/MOAA/USDR/VFW/VVA/CG33/ DD890/AD37 member) Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. It will be used to build The Education Center at The Wall which will be a place on our National Mall where our military heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. With plans to begin construction in 2015, the Center is a technologically-innovative learning facility to be built on

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact that the Vietnam War and other wars had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation. Continued...
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The Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall, honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served. The Center will also celebrate the legacy of service that links the heroes of America’s past to those still serving today. It will provide an opportunity for visitors from around the world to more fully understand and appreciate the extraordinary sacrifice of those who have given their lives in the nation’s defense. Visitors will not simply read their names. They will see these patriots and get to know them in ways not envisioned in any other facility on the National Mall. The Education Center will truly be a place of learning and reflection about the values exemplified by the lives of those who have served and died for our country. The 108th Congress authorized the Education Center in 2003. The original legislation mandated that the Education Center be privately funded, but included a restriction on donor recognition. This prohibition severely inhibited fundraising efforts among some of the potentially most generous donors. On 10 JUL the U.S. Senate passed H.R.588, the Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgement Act of 2013. The bipartisan bill was authored by Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and co-sponsored by Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and 38 other members of Congress. When signed by President Obama, the law will correct a problem with the original legislation that authorized the construction of the Education Center at The Wall, and will make it possible for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to acknowledge donor contributions by displaying, inside the facility, appropriate statements or credits acknowledging major contributions. Learn more about the Education Center at The Wall by visiting http:// www.vvmf.org or by calling 866-990-WALL. [Source: Veteran Resources | Veteran News | 11 Jul 2013 ++]

By: Dale Hemphill-Designer, Spirit of America Flag (dhemp31628@aol.com)

Spirit of the American Flag

The Spirit of America Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 by a naval veteran realizing the need for historical recognition of American's heroes and the sacrifices they made for our country. The "Spirit of America" insignia shown above was designed to recognize our men and women of the military forces and the battles they fought. As the Spirit of America Foundation continues its mission to promote patriotism and the appreciation of our veterans, it has expanded its reach to help veterans in need in today's tough economy. FORGOTTEN HEROES USA, LTD, supports the missions of the Spirit of America Foundation by offering patriotic products honoring America’s hardships in history dating back to the Revolutionary War to present day Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. With each purchase, a percentage is donated to the Spirit of America Foundation. If you would like to help our cause by making a purchase or donation please know that your generosity will reach many others in their time of need. Please review our web site for more information. If you have any questions or comments please contact us via the "Contact Us" page. Thank you! Video: The Raising of the Spirit of America flag. At the American war cemetery in Margraten in The Netherlands on Sunday the 3rd of July 2011. Made by: RALPH84 Click Here to view the video.

We would like to express our appreciation to all of the Fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.

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From: www.michiganpva.org MPVA is celebrating its 50th year of service in Michigan. It is a chapter of the national Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), operating according to the standards and practices established by the PVA. MPVA is, however, a separate 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The Michigan programs, services, education, and outreach conducted here are made possible by local volunteers, partners, sponsors, and donors. The mission of Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America is to enhance the lives of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease as well as all citizens with disabilities, by advocating for civil rights, assuring quality health care, supporting continued research and education, and encouraging independence and healthy living through various health, sports and recreational programs. MPVA shall continue striving to remain at the forefront of both veterans’ benefits services and disability rights, while working toward a better quality of life for all American citizens.

The MPVA Mission

How the Registry Began
The National Gold Star Family Registry is a project of Military Families United, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to Honor the Fallen, Support Those Who Fight, and Serve Their Families. Through various events held for Gold Star Family members, Military Families United recognized a need for families to be able to share the stories of their Heroes with the world. In the beginning, families attending these events wrote their stories in a notebook to share with other Gold Star families, this concept eventually took the form of the virtual memorial. First launched in 2010, the Registry has been continually upgraded with the latest in technology and resources. This 21st Century memorial ensures that anyone anywhere can honor and remember the Heroes who have laid down their lives in defense of freedom. Whether they gave their life in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, or another conflict, the Registry is a place to ensure their memory will live on.

From: Wendy Lynn Day (www.goldstarfamilyregistry.com) The National Gold Star Family Registry is the first comprehensive database of the United States’ fallen Heroes and their families ever developed. The Registry not only affords family members the opportunity to publicly remember their loved one, but serves as a historical log of our Nation’s true Heroes. By providing educational resources and personal accounts, the Registry ensures that future generations may know who these brave Americans were—not only how they died, but, more importantly, how they lived. The information in the Registry is compiled from a number of different public sources including the Department of Defense and the National Archives. Adhering to Department of Defense guidelines for families who receive the ‘Gold Star Pin,’ the Registry only includes the names of Heroes who have given their lives on the battlefield. From the Vietnam Wall in Washington, DC, to the countless war memorials on courthouse lawns, the United States is peppered with stone monuments honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. These treasures are powerful, but access is limited by geography, and names inscribed in stone don’t tell the Heroes’ full story. The National Gold Star Family Registry serves as a 21st Century monument, utilizing the latest in internet technology to memorialize those same men and women in a whole new way.

National Gold Star Registry

About Military Families United
Military Families United is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) charitable organization whose mission is to Honor the Fallen, Support Those Who Fight, and Serve Their Families. We are a national coalition of Gold Star and Blue Star families, veterans, and patriotic Americans who share a deep appreciation for our men and women in uniform and support them in their mission to keep America safe. Founded in 2005 to provide an avenue for military families to remind the nation of the importance of supporting our military and the mission they have been given , the organization expanded to provide charitable programs offering families direct support. Through a portfolio of unique services, events, and advocacy programs, the organization seeks to ensure that future generations of Americans will never forget the sacrifices of our courageous military.

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On July 4th 2012 Mr. Franklin Smith passed away. In December of 2011 I received a letter with a story attached. Since then I have been working on obtaining a copy of his full story. Don Alsbro the President of Lest We Forget SW MI provided me with the document. Mr. Smith wrote over 50 pages in his account of World War II. Over the next few months we will publish the whole story. I thank Lest We Forget for their support with this project.–Matthew X. Hauser

World War II Memories From Captain Franklin H. Smith-Part X
By: The Late Cpt. Franklin H. Smith

WOUNDED
My men were putting some of the wounded that couldn’t walk into the boat and taking it around to the other side. Litter bearers would pick them up over there. When I was talking on the phone, I was right by this boat. There were two soldiers in the boat and the shell that hit me killed them outright. They weren’t seriously wounded but they must have been hit in very vital areas. There were two aid men close by when I got hit. One of them had also been hit and had a small hole in his lower calf. He wanted to leave but I told him that I couldn’t let him leave because I would need him. The aid men helped patch up my leg which was broken and badly damaged. We got the blood stopped and they put a tourniquet on my leg. I had learned in first aid class that you should release the tourniquet about every fifteen minutes so I looked at my watch to check the time. It was 12:15 when I got hit and I felt like I was going to pass out. A rushing came over me and I could feel that it was taking me. I didn’t want to pass out because I thought that if I did everything would go to pot. I felt that I would die. So I put my fists down at my side and told myself to hang on. The rushing came to a peak (like a pyramid) shuddered a few seconds and then I came back to normal and I knew I was not going to pass out. After we got my leg patched up I had to figure out what I was going to do next. Of course some other men were wounded and they were hiding by the bank and the shells kept coming in. I had plotted where the artillery was firing from by lying on the ground and I could hear the four guns fir-

ing. I plotted a line and sent one man and told him to go and tell them that the guns were firing from behind the hill in our directions. I wanted him to tell them that if they didn’t get me out soon the guns were going to get me again. So Private Marino went back and that was the end of that, as I never heard from him again. I had to decide what to do and it was now after 2:00 p.m. Lieutenant Briney appeared and I told him that he was in charge. I told the aid men to pick the dead men out of the boat and to put me in. There were a couple of holes in the boat but I told them I would put my hands over the holes. We had two other wounded men and I told them to get into the boat. I told the two aid men to jump in the water and push the boat to the other side. When we got to the other side I told the other two walking wounded men to run to the aid station. The aid men asked the wounded men to help in getting me out but I told them to go on, that we would work it out. As I was sitting in the boat looking up at the bank I noticed a litter lying in some bushes. I told the two men to climb up and get the litter, which after some struggle they did. They got it under me and managed to lift me up out of the boat and up on the bank and started to the rear with me. We had to go up over a railroad track and as we started up the incline a German machine gunner started firing from the other side. The aid men dropped me like a hot potato and they were gone. The machine gunner probably could have hit me but he stopped firing because a wounded man is more of a problem to an army that someone who is dead. I sat up on the litter and looked around to see where the two aid men could have gone. I saw an area where I thought they might be hiding and I knew they were very frightened. I had to use a very commanding voice to get them under control. I said: “All right you two men. Get out from under that cover and come over and grab this litter and let’s get out of here.” They came scooting out and grabbed the litter and over the railroad track we went. Down on the other side of the track was an ambulance jeep that apparently had been waiting for me. When we broke over the top I heard someone holler, “Here he comes.” They quickly strapped the litter to the jeep and away we went through the town to the aid station. As soon as I arrived at the aid station, Captain Di Loretto, a medical doctor, was there to work on me. It was 3:00 p.m. when I arrived at the battalion aid station in Dornot. I had a tankers jacket that I had bought in London and I was very proud of it. So when Captain Di Loretto took his knife to cut the sleeve of my jacket I protested and did not want him to cut it. He told me there were many more jackets where that came from and took his knife and slit right down the arm of the jacket so he could give me blood plasma right away. Continued...
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While I was taking the plasma, one of my soldiers came in to see me and ask if he could do anything for me. I asked him to go to the jeep and get my raincoat because I had bought it in London and it was brand new. When he came back he had the artillery observer’s raincoat. Eventually he came back with my raincoat but he had the artillery officer’s liner. That was too bad but I had to take his liner and he had mine. Colonel Lemmon came to see me and he had been given an order to withdraw from the bridgehead that night. The 5th Division had been successful in going about three miles south of us and putting a bridgehead in on the Moselle River and were ready to withdraw our bridgehead. He said that they were going to have men swim the river. They did not want to use any means of communication that the Germans might pick up. He told me that he was going to ask for a couple of volunteers to swim across the river that night with the withdrawal message. Most of the men were to throw their equipment into the Mossell and then swim back. He asked me about the terrain situation and I gave what information I could to be as helpful as possible. Then they got me ready to go to the rear where an ambulance could pick me up to take me farther to the rear. They strapped the litter on top of the jeep and we left the town of Dornot. As we were going to the rear, we passed one of my jeeps and I waved to the driver. He followed the ambulance jeep back to the drop off point where they put me on the ground at the side of the road. I would have been there by myself if Smith, my company’s jeep driver hadn’t stayed with me. I asked him to get my bag with my personal items from his jeep. He stayed with me until an ambulance came to take me to a clearing hospital. I was picked up by a regular Army ambulance and then taken back to the 5th Division Clearing Company. The two doctors at the Clearing Company were doctors I had been with in Winter Warfare School in Iceland in 1942 and 1943. One of them was Dr. David Dunn and he was in charge of the Clearing Company. Continued...

From: www.esgr.mil ESGR, a Department of Defense agency, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,800 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve. ESGR has served our country for 40 years, developing and promoting a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. These citizen warriors could not defend and protect us at home and abroad without the continued promise of meaningful civilian employment for themselves and their families. ESGR has continued to adapt to meet the needs of our Reserve Component members, their families and America’s employers by joining forces with a network of other national, state and local government and professional

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Dave went right into action as soon as he saw that I was the patient. They had moved many patients through and at that time I was the only one. He immediately started to give me more blood plasma so he must have thought that I was in a weakened state. We chatted and he told me that a number of my friends had been through. He and the other doctor talked as to which field hospital they would send me to because they wanted to be sure that I got treatment as soon as possible. They didn’t want to send me to a field hospital where they had sent the last group of wounded. They made the decision where to send me and after I finished with the plasma I was loaded in an ambulance and taken off to a field hospital such as you have seen in the television show Mash. It was late in the afternoon or early evening when I arrived at the field hospital. They had a number of wounded in the tent hospital and they were on the ground on their litters. A doctor came out and checked me and put a tag on me. I don’t know what it said because I didn’t read it. I was just lying there on the ground on a litter and it was around 10:00 p.m. when I finally got into the operating room. There were three or four doctors who were operating under bright lights. They put me on the operating table, then one of the doctors thought for a minute and said to take me back out and bring the other patient back in. I went out and was back on the ground again for a short period of time when they came and took me back in. There were a couple of nurses with this particular doctor and I told one of the nurses that my foot was killing me and that my shoe must be tied to tight. Of course it was nerve pain that I was getting in my foot. I asked them to please untie my shoe. While I was talking the other nurse gave me a shot in the arm and the next thing I knew was when I woke up the next morning. I was in a full body spica cast from the tips of my toes to under my armpits. My legs were spread and I had a board between my legs and I was still taking blood plasma. I had never seen such a contraption. That was the start of my time in the hospital. EVACUATED Around the 11th of September I was put on an airplane and evacuated to England. As we were flying I was in a lot of pain. The nurse came back and asked how I was feeling and I told her about the pain. She gave me a shot that must have been a full load because I felt like I had drifted off into never‐never land and I had the feeling that I wanted the plane to fly on forever. We landed in England and I was unloaded and taken to a hospital in Redding. I can’t remember whether they did anything there but I don’t think they did anything except prepare to move me farther north. I was moved to a hospital in Liverpool. I went in for a change of cast and a debridement (cleaning of wounds). At this hospital they cleaned the wounds and put a new cast on me at least two or three times. I was bleeding rather heavily and the cast would

get all full of blood. The first time they took me in they talked about putting me in traction but when I wakened I was back in a cast. I asked the doctor why he didn’t put me in traction and he told me that my wounds were too big in my right thigh and he couldn’t do it. The first week was very difficult. I felt like a tiger that had been captured and put in a cage. Then I began to lose my appetite and at one point I didn’t want to eat anything. The doctor came to see me and said that there must be something that my mother gave me when I was sick as a little boy. I told him that she would make me eggnogs. So they made me eggnog but I couldn’t drink it. The doctor asked if there was anything else that I could eat and I told him that I used to like Hershey Bars. They got me Hershey Bars but I couldn’t eat them either. I was listed as a priority patient to be moved to the United States because of my severe wounds and also, I guess, because I had lost my appetite and was going down grade. They wanted to move me by air to the US but the weather was bad and they told me the aircraft were not taking any wounded. One day the doctor asked me if I was willing to go home by any other transportation. I told him that I was willing, that it didn’t make any difference to me so they sent me by boat. I believe it was sometime in November that I was taken down to a train and was loaded to go to Scotland to be put on the Queen Mary. I had my musette bag and I also had a bag with the German Sheffield razors that I had taken out of that German aid station and I had some other items that I wanted to keep. When we got down to the train site, they told me that I couldn’t take both of the bags on the hospital train. I told them that I didn’t want to give them up because I knew I would never get them back. Finally they got the captain who told me that I couldn’t take both bags. I told them not to load me then and we had quite a discussion. Finally the captain had the soldiers carry me over to the opening of the train and he showed me how crowded it was. I could see that they had a number of bunks and that space was at a premium so I gave up one of the bags. Of course I never saw that bag again and that bag had the razors in it as well as some other items I really wanted to hang on too. Please Support and listen to “Frontlines of Fredom” Military Talk Radio Hosted by Lt. Col. Denny Gillem. You can hear it every Saturday at 1p.m. on 1260 AM the Pledge (Zeeland, MI), or by visiting the website at www.frontlinesoffreedom.com. Or on Facebook by clicking here. Thank you for your Support!

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A Note From: Lest We Forget Speakers Bureau
This notice from LWF is to inform the reader of the development of a “Lest We Forget” Speaker’s Bureau. Since our organization has conducted three yearlong courses at Lake Michigan College, we have many topics and many qualified speakers to present information from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, and our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have developed formats for school children of all ages, and for veteran’s organization. Whatever the event we will gladly produce the correct format We would be glad to present any topic of interest to any group. As coordinator, I will be glad to help with the choices of presentations and help with planning. Gary C. Lulenski Coordinator Speaker’s Bureau 269-428-3442 Garykaye2@comcast.net Please Support and listen to “Frontlines of Fredom” Military Talk Radio Hosted by Lt. Col. Denny Gillem. You can hear it every Saturday at 1p.m. on 1260 AM the Pledge (Zeeland, MI), or by visiting the website at www.frontlinesoffreedom.com. Or on Facebook by clicking here. Thank you for your Support!

From: www.wwimemorial.org In March 2008, Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, visited the District of Columbia War Memorial, on the National Mall in Washington DC. He observed that this peaceful, secluded memorial, dedicated in 1931 as a memorial to the 499 residents of the District of Columbia who gave their lives in that war, sits neglected and in extreme disrepair, and that there is no national memorial to World War I. Mr. Buckles issued a call for the restoration and re-dedication of the D.C. memorial as a National and District of Columbia World War I Memorial. The World War I Memorial Foundation was formed to make Frank Buckles’ dream a reality. The mission of the Foundation is to advocate and raise funds for the re-dedication of the DC War Memorial as a national World War I memorial, dedicated to all those Americans who served in the Great War. In 2014 the world will mark the centennial of World War I. Nearly 5 million Americans served during the war, and 116,516 Americans died in defense of democracy overseas. America’s support of its allies in World War I marked the first time in this nation’s history that American soldiers went abroad to defend foreign soil against aggression -- and it marked the true beginning of “the American century.” Yet while the later conflicts of the 20th century World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War -rightfully have national memorials on the National Mall, there is no such memorial to “the Great War,” even though more Americans gave their lives in World War I than in Korea or Vietnam. The D.C. memorial, which is already located adjacent to those other memorials, is the most fitting site for a national World War I memorial.

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The Grassroots Action Team was created in order to advocate for Veterans and others about issues concerning mental health parity and physical health. We will be doing this first and foremost by educating people and making sure they are aware of the issues. Then we will make sure our leaders in Washington and at the State level are aware of the issues and vote in favor of our Veterans. We will keep the pressure on to make sure programs that are already in place as well as any new programs helping veterans are in fact implemented. If you would like to make a donation or have ideas and/or suggestions for us please write to our President, Hank Fuhs, Lt. Col., United States Air Force/ANG/USAF Reserves (ret.) at 3848 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 or email him athankfuhs@gmail.com or info@grassrootsactionteam.org.

We would like to express our appreciation to all of the fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.
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By Patrick Tiller, From Gene Simon In September 1944 a hungry, cold, terrified airman hunched over what remained of a recently arrived Red Cross package. He had been a POW since his Lancaster was shot down over the Ruhr valley in 1943. His excitement grew as he saw the tiny red spot. He had been briefed about it just before his first mission. To identify a 'special' Monopoly set, a tiny red dot, designed to look like a simple printing glitch, was in the corner of the Free Parking square! His hands trembled as he split the box cardboard in the dim light from the tiny barred window above his head. He had already ravenously eaten the food that was left in the Red Cross Package and now found the strength to consider another escape attempt. A previous attempt had led to failure and severe punishment. Getting through the barbed wire had been relatively easy but finding his way through the snow and forests of Eastern Germany was not, nor was finding help or purchasing food or train tickets. He simply got lost until the patrols with dogs ran him down. As he gently spread the layers of cardboard of the package, he found two slivers of metal which screwed together to form a file. He broke the little wooden red hotel to find a tiny silk map of his region folded very tightly. Under the packaged Monopoly money was real German Reich marks ready to spend and, finally, inside the Scotty dog was a tiny compass. Here was what he needed to be among the estimated 35,000 Allied POWs who escaped from German and Italian camps during WWII. The contraband in the Monopoly games is credited with at least one third of them. During WWII, it is estimated that there were 135,000 British (50,000 from Dunkirk alone) and 95,532 US Prisoners of War held by Germany. By 1945

"The Rest of the Story" Boardwalk and Park Place go to War!

American and British POWs were mostly concentrated in about a dozen camps of several thousand each. Hitler, earlier, had decreed that all American and British prisoners were to be held at least 1000 miles from the English Channel. In order to make successful escapes as difficult as possible, Germans located the camps as far east as possible. As luck would have it, 'games and pastimes' was a category allowed into packages sent by the International Red Cross to prisoners of war. To help prisoners escape, in 1941, the British Secret Service asked John Waddington Ltd. (The Monopoly manufacturer in UK) to add a few little secret goodies to some sets. The most valuable aid was considered to be the maps showing the specific area of the POW camp with places marked where an escapee could expect help. There were several problems here. Maps were fragile and noisy when opened or closed. MI-5 came up with the idea of printing escape maps on silk. It is durable, can be folded-up into tiny spaces, and unfolded as many times as needed – all silently. At that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britain that had perfected the technology of printing on silk and that was John Waddington, Ltd. They were already printing silk maps for British and American air crews. They now started printing silk maps to be hidden inside Monopoly games. When processed, these maps were folded small enough to fit inside a Monopoly playing piece. Also, under the fake money was real French, German and Italian currency. Secret devices like files and compasses were also disguised as game pieces. Waddington's also managed to add a playing token containing a small magnetic compass and a twopart metal file that could easily be screwed together. In absolute secrecy in a guarded, inaccessible workshop at Waddington's, a group sworn-to-secrecy was producing the sets. After the war any remaining sets were quietly destroyed. Everyone involved, even the escaped prisoners, were sworn to secrecy. The Cold War was now beginning so Allied officials wanted to ensure the innocent looking board game could go back to war if required. This secrecy continued with the help of The British Official Secrets Act until 2007. The story was then declassified and surviving craftsmen and the Waddington firm itself was honored in a public ceremony.
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In absolute secrecy in a guarded, inaccessible workshop at Waddington's, a group sworn-tosecrecy was producing the sets. After the war any remaining sets were quietly destroyed. Everyone involved, even the escaped prisoners, were sworn to secrecy. The Cold War was now beginning so Allied officials wanted to ensure the innocent looking board game could go back to war if required. This secrecy continued with the help of The British Official Secrets Act until 2007. The story was then declassified and surviving craftsmen and the Waddington firm itself was honored in a public ceremony. Waddington's no longer makes Monopoly either as an innocent board game or as the "special" versions. On Nov. 30, 1994, Hasbro acquired the games division from John Waddington for 50 million British pounds ($78.22 million US.) The acquisition was approved by the Department for Trade and Industry. Alacra, The Premium Business Information Source™ Since Monopoly was invented in 1934, an estimated more than 500 million people have played the game! * More than 200 million MONOPOLY games have been sold worldwide. * More than five billion little green houses have been "built" since 1935. * A MONOPOLY game made at Alfred Dunhill, with gold houses and silver hotels, sold for $25,000. * The longest MONOPOLY game in history lasted 70 straight days. * The longest MONOPOLY game in a bathtub lasted 99 hours! The game of MONOPOLY is so much a part of today's popular culture that the game's graphic elements have been trademarked. The MONOPOLY tokens, Railroad,

COMMUNITY CHEST, CHANCE, and Title Deed designs, as well as BOARDWALK and all four game board corners are legally protected. Bibliography Bob Moore,& Kent Fedorowich eds., Prisoners of War and their Captors in World War II, Berg Press, Oxford, UK, 1997. David Rolf, Prisoners of the Reich, Germany's Captives, 19391945, 1998. Winton, Andrew, Open Road to Faraway: Escapes from Nazi POW Camps 1941-1945. 2001. Cualann Press Ltd. Nichol, John The Last Escape: The Untold Story of Allied Prisoners of War in Germany 1944-1945 Henry Chancellor - Colditz: The Definitive History Arthur A. Durand - Stalag Luft III: The Secret Story Anton Gill - The Great Escape: The Full Dramatic Story With Contributions from Survivors and Their Families External links The National Archives ADM 103 Prisoners of War 17551831 www.mentalfloss.com http://www.boingboing.net http://www.truthorfiction.com http://www.associatedcontent.com/ http://tfsternsrantings.blogspot.com http://www.scarsdaleschools.org http://forums.military.com http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/ http://www.sichat.com/ http://www.mentalfloss.com/http://www.aiipowmia.com/ http://www.hasbro.com/ http://www.mapforum.com/

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Dear Thunder Fans, We wanted to reach out and let you know that we have decided to change this year's dates of the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show back to our traditional early August time frame (August 10-11) to help accommodate a bigger show, number and quality of performers, and an overall better time for our loyal fans. We have traditionally held the show in early August but, we initially moved this year's show to mid-June in order to accommodate the scheduling of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. With the Thunderbirds' entire 2013 season, including a scheduled weekend at Thunder Over Michigan, grounded due to the federal budget sequestration, we sought to move the show back to its usual August dates. Early August is what our fans have come to expect for Thunder and we are pleased that we can move back to our normal dates. The August dates now allow us to secure additional world-class performers, statics, and

displays; the weather is historically much better than in June; and there is less conflict with other events then. We recently announced the addition of a very rare aerial demonstration by the North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre. The show will also feature world-renowned civilian aerobatic performer Michael Goulian, a demonstration by the only single-seat flyable German Me-262 jet in the world, crowd-favorites WWII and Vietnam battle reenactments, two specially-restored Vietnam-era UH-1 Huey helicopters, and a special "Vietnam Homecoming" celebration for Veterans. Click Here to Learn More! We have just begun releasing what is going to be a very thrilling, unprecedented air show lineup. With the change in dates, we will be announcing more exciting lineup additions in the next several weeks. We thank you for your ongoing support for the 2013 Thunder Over Michigan Air Show.

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Two Great Sources for Veterans/Military Legislative Updates in Washington D.C. Simply click the images to view the site.

Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security
Committee Members
Jim Stamas (R) Committee Chair, 98th District Ray Franz (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 101st District Gail Haines (R) 43rd District Kenneth Kurtz (R) 58th District Tom Hooker (R) 77th District Dale Zorn (R) 56th District Joseph Graves (R) 51st District Harvey Santana (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 9th District George Darany (D) 15th District Dian Slavens (D) 21st District Brian Banks (D) 1st District Henry Yanez (D) 25th District Phil Cavanagh (D) 10th District Ben Cook, Committee Clerk 517-373-2002

Rep. Jim Stamas Committee Chair Welcome to the Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee. The committee's regularly scheduled meeting time is Wednesday at 9:00am in room 308 of the House Office Building in Lansing. I welcome citizens to contact me or other committee members regarding bills or proposals our committee is addressing. Individuals needing special accommodations to participate in a committee meeting may contact my office to request the necessary assistance.

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Legal Help for Veterans
From: James G. Fausone Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC is a law firm located in Northville, Michigan. We have a national practice representing veterans on veterans disability claims. This representation occurs at the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and regional offices. We have helped veterans collect over $10,000,000 in retro and future benefits. Over the last decade, LHFV has become a trusted name in the legal community for providing legal services to veterans and lecturing at law schools, bar associations and community events. Members of the Legal Help for Veterans practice group are former service members who bring not only legal expertise but an understanding of service and duty. The members of the group have medical and administrative backgrounds as well as finely honed legal skills developed over twenty years of practice and experience. We have represented thousands of veterans and currently have over 650 active clients. For more information about the organization and about legal help for veterans and for contact information www.legalhelpforveterans.com and found on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Our telephone number is 800.693.4800. Our blog discusses current issues facing veterans and the VA. Typically our clients are enlisted men and women who served post Korea. The Vietnam vet is still the one with the most common problems. These include Agent Orange related disabilities, PTSD, psychiatric or orthopedic injuries. Other vets often have hearing loss, military sexual trauma or tinnitus. We are now seeing Iraq and Afghanistan vets with TBI. Many vets do not even begin the disability claim process until many years after service. The trigger may be unemployability and the need for benefits. With a million claim back log at VA, it is a slow and confusing process and many people need professional help establishing the proper diagnosis and service connection. That is what Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC has been doing for clients for years. We would like to express our appreciation to all of the fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.

From: Rick Briggs, Major, USAF (Ret) The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) Veterans Program utilizes numerous types of outdoor activities to gather Veterans and currently serving military personnel together for a little R&R. These special events are almost always free for the troops depending totally on the kind donations of sponsors and donors. In addition to being a great way to say “Thank you” for their service, these activities serve as the mechanism to get the troops to open up a little if they are having post-deployment issues. “Frequently we find that in the comfortable confines with others who have “been there, done that” they tend to be more receptive to learn about Invisible Wounds” says Rick Briggs the Program Manager, “both PTSD and TBI are treatable if they seek the proper help.” To find out more about these activities, or to donate to their Veterans Program, please make out checks to “BIAMI Veterans Program” and send them to 7305 Grand River Suite #100, Brighton, MI 48114 or contact Rick Briggs at veterans@biami.org or call him (810) 2295880 or visit www.biami.org.

Brain Injury Association of Michigan

BIAMI is celebrating its 30th Anniversary as it continues to strive to provide persons with a brain injury and their families, healthcare professionals, and the general public with the resources necessary to enhance brain injury awareness, education, prevention, and support. BIAMI is also fields the first and only dedicated Veterans Program staff within the Brain Injury Association of America.
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About the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI):

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Stand Up For Veterans-They Stood Up For US
-The DAV

American Legion Post is in looking for current military members to send care packages to. Please contact Robert Goulet if you know of any military member who might like something. Please see “News From American Legion Post 341” below for more information. Thank you very much!
CoordinatorMatthew X. Hauser

Staff & Contributors
Vicki Dunlop Mark Eddy Keith Famie James G. Fausone Rep. Ray Franz Sean M. Furr Denny Gillem Robert Goulet Dr. Jack Grenan John Haggard Larry Harr Dan Heckman

In Memory of Gary Lillie
Louis Nigro Roger Rosenberg Sid Rubin Eugene (Gene) A. Simon Phil Smith Sherry Swann Tim Pascarella Bob Tidmore Rep. Fred Upton Maureen VanHooser Publisher-Hank Fuhs

ContributorsDon Alsbro Rick Briggs Helen Budd Sen. Patrick Colbeck Sam Cottle Rep. Kurt Damrow Matt Davis David Duenow

Dale Hemphill John Hess Norma Housey Sec. of State Ruth Johnson James Julian Adrian Keogh Adele Krovsky Bill Langbehn Merridy Lewis Gary C. Lulenski Claude McManus Chad Miles

News From American Legion Post 341
American Legion Post 341 is seeking the names of troops that are deployed to a combat zone so that we can send them large package of goodies and that their names and address should be sent to the address below. Also post 341 is always seeking new members please contact Robert at the same address if interested. American Legion Post 341 Sr. Vice Commander Robert P. Goulet 6130 Nicholas West Bloomfield, MI rgoulet264@aol.com

Thank you for your service to our country. It is truly the men and women like you who make this nation great, and we must never forget that. Thank you to everyone for all the help you have given us with the newsletter. We have been able to reach more people because of your help. Compared to when we first started, the amount of input and ideas we receive has increased greatly. For that we are very thankful. If you have anything you would like to share, any questions, or have an article idea, please let me know. You may contact us anytime at mhauser@migop.org. Sincerely, Matthew X. Hauser and Lt. Col Hank Fuhs

In Closing

Lest We Forget-A Clip from Hank Fuhs Lt. Col., USAF, Ret, ANG (Just Click the Link Below)
I Fought For You

We would like to express our appreciation to all of the fighting men and women in the United States Military. Thank you for your service to this country.

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