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  • 1,761 Americans

    Still Missing in Southeast

    Asia 53 from

    Michigan

    Boo Coo News Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154

    www.VVA154.com Mount Clemens, Michigan

    AUGUST 2008

    WELCOME HOME!

    GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS 7:30 P.M. SECOND WEDNESDAY

    OF THE MONTH AT AMERICAN LEGION POST 4, 401 N. GROESBECK HIGHWAY SOUTH OF ELIZABETH ROAD

    * * * VETERANS SUPPORT CENTER

    16945 12 MILE ROAD ROSEVILLE MI 48066

    (586) 776-9810 PHONE (586) 776-9683 FAX

    MONDAY - FRIDAY 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.

    EVERYONE IS WELCOME. STOP BY. HANG OUT & HELP OUT.

    * * *

    BOO COO NEWS DEADLINE: PREVIOUS MONTH’S MEETING

    TO SUBMIT ITEMS, PHOTOS, AD COPY: MAIL, FAX OR DELIVER TO THE VETERANS SUPPORT CENTER

    Cash Raffle

    Remember, this fundraiser is one way that helps us to keep the doorsopen at the Vet Center. As of the first of July we have a little over$16,000 turned in. That’s enough to cover the prizes. Remember, the drawing is in November. I’ll need all tickets and money turned in by the 15th

    of September. If you have tickets you can’t sell or don’t want to sell, please turn them in with the money. We have people looking for tickets to sell.

    Gary Stephens

    The 4th of July picnic on the TV news

  • Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 - Boo Coo News AUGUST 2008 - Page 2

    President’s Message

    The picnic is behind us and what a great job by Gary Purcell and hiscommittee. The weather was terrific and we had a great time. Nofireworks, but we still had a good crowd and everybody seemed to enjoy it to all who volunteered. Thank you. It is you who chose to volunteer, who move us forward and we are most grateful for your efforts.

    As many of you have heard or seen in the news, the remains of Byron Fouty and Alex Jimenez were found in Iraq. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers. We, better than most, understand that “freedom isn't free.” The next project coming in September will be the POW/MIA vigil the third weekend in September. Please mark your calendar and join us in Novi as we raise awareness about our missing brothers and sisters.

    The Operation Christmas dance will be December 6 at Gino’s Surf. Frank Blowers has graciously agreed to be the dance chairman. Gino's will seat 500, so we shouldn't have anyone without a ticket. It may be a little more per ticket but as we are all aware the price of all the things we put in the boxes is rising, like everything else. Hopefully we can fill the place and make enough to do Operation Christmas like we have done in the past.

    Thanks everybody, for all you do. You are what makes 154 what it is: the premier veterans organization around! Welcome home, stay safe, and “give some care.”

    Pat Daniels 4TH INF DIV/ 101ST ARBRNE DIV

    VIETNAM 1970-1971

    VVA Chapter 154 Officers

    President: Pat Daniels (586) 524-3806 Nextel 131*41741*1

    1st Vice: Tim Clinton (586) 247-0586 2nd Vice: Steve Bago (586) 463-3478 Secretary: Mike Brink (248) 399-6981 Treasurer: Dan Miller (586) 770-3070

    Board of Directors Brian Bobek (2009) Dave Brevick (2009) (586) 630-0304 Chuck Charbeneau Mike Gardner (2009) (586) 615-1509 Woody Horne (2010) (248) 379-1086 Dave Lehrman (2010) Gary Purcell (2010) (586) 598-7375 Dave Schoenherr (2010)

    Gary Stephens (2009) (586) 777-9591 Ted Szymanski (2009) (248) 229-6609

    Boo Coo News Publisher Pat Daniels & the Board of Directors

    Boo Coo News Editor Pat Daniels

    Desktop Publishing/Typesetting Linda May

    Thank you! to all of our advertisers, and to the dedicated volunteers who provide copy and photos, those who act as printer, proofreaders, mailing crew, facilitators & advisers

    for Boo Coo News.

    2007-2008 Committee Chairs (2008-2009 coming soon)

    Agent Orange George Sawyer AVVA Rep Randy Chom Color Guard Woody Horne Community Service Mike Gardner Constitution/By-Laws Tim Clinton Convention Delegates Tim Clinton ETABO (Employment, Training & Business Opportunities)

    Gary Stephens Finance Dan Miller Food Bank Food Bank Committee Government Affairs Steve Bago Hospitalized Vets Tom Duff Incarcerated Vets Dave Schoenherr Membership Larry May Michigan Moving Wall Steve Bago Michigan Trust Fund Tony Kozlinski Michigan Works Tim Burke Minority Affairs Dave Lehrman Nominating Bill Mault Operation Christmas Tom Duff Pointman Ministry Tom Duff POW/MIA Tom Duff Public Affairs Pat Daniels Scholarship Woody Horne Speakers Bureau Mike Brink State Council Delegate Mike Gardner Veterans Affairs Gary Purcell Veterans Benefits Brian Bobek Web master Larry Sauger Welcome Home Mitch Argyris Women Veterans Dave Brevick

  • Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 - Boo Coo News AUGUST 2008 - Page 4

    SUPPORT YOUR CHAPTER!

    LOTTERY RAFFLE TICKETS $5 - CONTACT GARY STEPHENS AT THE VET CENTER CASH RAFFLE - IF YOU HAVE ANY TICKETS THAT YOU CAN’T SELL,

    PLEASE TURN THEM IN TO THE VET CENTER. Buy merchandise -- clothing, caps etc. with the chapter logo, patriotic magnets, etc.

    at the Vet Center.

    ASSOCIATES OF VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA

    The Mission and Vision of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. is to advance the work of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. through cooperative projects and/or programs, to facilitate, enhance and improve communication with our members and the general public and to continue legislative efforts to ensure the rights of and benefits for all veterans and their families. Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., are dedicated to the aggressive advancement of realistic goals with integrity and in the spirit of unity that reflects our commitment of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., all Veterans, their families and communities.

    AVVA meetings are at 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at the home of Randy & Marilynn Chom

    The Associates of Vietnam Veterans’ Chapter 154 invite you to join our group or are inviting you to come back! Do you have some time to volunteer at events? ~ Do you feel a need to help veterans and their families? WE NEED YOU! We would also like to combine our efforts with the United Military Families of Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq veterans. We all share the same vision. Some of the events that we have been involved with are: Operation Christmas, Michigan Moving Wall, 4th of July Picnic, Selfridge Air Show, Traveling Vietnam Wall.

    MINUTES OF JUNE MEETING

    Attendance: Randy & Marilynn Chom, Terri Lehrman, Darlene Domaradzki, Sue Gough, Ruth Babcock, Peggy

    The meeting opened at 7:10 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.

    July 4th Family Picnic: There will be no fireworks at the picnic. Since there are no fireworks, there will be no food vendors. Gary Purcell will be looking for vendors. The games will run from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Dave Lehrman will be in the dunk tank. The associates will be selling water and pop and helping out with the games.

    The next meeting will be Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m. Randy and Marilyn would like to have a potluck dinner that night. They will supply the meat – everyone coming will bring a dish to pass. Marilynn will send out an email. Hope everyone will attend!

    Meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

    NOTE: The associates will not be meeting in August.

    Our next meeting will be September 24, at 7 p.m. At that meeting, we’ll begin planning for the Operation Christmas Dance.

    Respectfully submitted: Peggy Rossman

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    Re/Max Suburban Inc. RAY NADOLSKI

    Full-Time Realtor Since 2002 FHA, VA and Foreclosures

    Chapter Member and VFW Post 6250

    586-262-2000 cell 248-705-3794

    email: rnadolski@remax.net

    8-10 solutions Web site development

    P.O. Box 1871 Warren MI 48090

    586.855.8995

    Chapter Web Site VVA154.com

    Larry Sauger ~ Chapter Member

    # HOSPITAL REPORT Welcome Home!

    On July 9 the hospital committee visitedvets at the Dingell Veterans AffairsMedical Center in Detroit. Our next visit is

    August 13

    # MACOMB COUNTY VETERANS FOOD BANK

    June Report: We took care of 45families and 125 individuals. More than 100 volunteer work hours were put in by six volunteers.

    Bring food for our deployed troops to the Vet Center: including soup, chili, beverage mixes. ~~ Thank you, Food

    Bank Committee

    # POINTMAN MINISTRIES RAP SESSIONS

    If you want to talk about it, there arepeople who care. Come – relax,relate, and release on the first Monday of the month at the Vet Center,

    7-8 p.m.

    If you want to be on the chapteremail list and be notified aboutchapter events or situations that occur (like funerals) between meetings,

    contact Pat Daniels at tootall.7@comcast.net

    CONDOLENCES Emily Ambrosiewicz,

    mother of associate member Mary Penzien and mother-in-law of

    Dan Penzien

    VETERANS SUPPORT CENTER SERVICE OFFICERS

    Ken Aune Wednesdays and some Thursdays

    Phil Smith every Tuesday ~ call ahead ~

    Come in if you think you may be entitled to compensation, if you were

    denied previously, if you have diabetes, prostate cancer or anything else. What

    was not compensable earlier may be compensable now.

    PTSD COUNSELOR Erin Munia Tuesdays

    THESE ARE FREE SERVICES

    # COLOR GUARD - The Point Team - Woody Horne, Commander

    JULY DETAILS

    JULY 4 FLAG RAISING ST. HUBERT JULY 4 FREEDOM HILL VETERANS PICNIC JULY 6 ALGONAC PICKEREL PARADE

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