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    Boo Coo NewsVietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154

    www.VVA154.com Mount Clemens, Michigan

    August 2010

    WELCOMEHOME!

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    Color Guard CertificationSubmittedbyBrianBobek

    OnJuly16,theChapter154colorguardwentthroughaonedaytrainingsessiontoreceiveofficialcertificationfortheirparticipationinfuneralservicesconductedfordeceasedU.S.Armypersonnel.Eighteenmembersofthecolorguardattendedthistraining,conductedbyMSgt.RectorandFirstSgt.TrejooftheU.S.ArmyReservegroupinRoseville.Topicscoveredincludedprovidingpallbearerassistance,riflesalute,bugleplaying,andflagfoldingprotocols.ThiscertificationallowsthecolorguardtoberecognizedforassistingtheArmypersonnelatveteranfunerals.

    Freedom Hill Clean UpSubmittedbyBrianBobek

    ItwasrecentlybroughtupthatourmemorialatFreedomHillwas,onceagain,inneedofsomeattentionandcleanup.Beforeacrewcouldevenbeputtogether,RonBankeroffsteppedupandtookcareofthecleanup.Manythanks,Ron,forjumpingtothetaskandmakingourmemoriallookgoodagain.

    FromthestateVVAnewsletter:``July810,theMichiganVietnamTravelingMemorialwasdisplayedattheannualMotorcycleRallyfor

    VeteransinSaultSte.Marie.The25footlongwallcontainingthenamesofthe2,654menandwomenwelostfromMichiganinVietnam.Inadditiontothememorial,wehavebookswithbiographiesonall2,654andpicturesofmorethan1,250ofthem.Itisourgoaltogetapictureofeveryonesopeoplecanseewhotheywere.ThedisplayalsoincludestheeightMedalofHonorrecipientsfromMichiganfromtheVietnamWarandabookwhichhasapictureandbiographyoneveryoneMichiganhaslostinIraqandAfghanistan.Chapter154alsocreatedaMedalfortheGlobalWarOnTerrorism.Wepresentvetsthismedalwhentheycometolookatourdisplay.ManytimesthefamilyofaKIAherovisitsourwallandwepresentthemwiththismedaltohonortheirhero.GivingoutthemedalisawayforChapter154toliveuptoourmotto`NeverAgainWillOneGenerationofVeteransAbandonAnother.`Chapter154ishonoredtobethekeepersoftheMichiganVietnamVeteransTravelingMemorial.ThememorialismannedbyCharlieandRuthBabcock,DaveandTerryLehrman,DennisandLynnKushner,PeggyRossmanandPatDanielsaswellasothermembersofChapter154.Thememorialcostsnothingtobringtoaneventotherthanallowingustoputupadonationboxandthatistohelpwithgasandsupplies.ItisChapter154shopethatbyremindingpeopleofthesacrificesmadebyourVietnamvets,itwillinturnremindthemofthesacrificesbeingmadetodaybyourmenandwomenofAmerica,andjustexactlywhatitisweowetheveteransofthiscountry.BecausetheonlythingweowethemisEVERYTHING!``(photosPage3)

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    Presidents Message

    Wow,wherehassummergone?It'salreadyAugustandwehavebeenextremelybusythissummer.WehadtheRideforFreedomandtheRidetotheVA.WehavebeentoSaultSte.Marie,WestBranch,GrandRapidsandSt.JoewiththememorialandweareoffinAugusttoGrandHaven,Claire,EscanabaandthenbackhomeforTheWallThatHealsinClintonTownshiponLaborDayweekend.Timeflieswhenyouarehavingfun.Idowanttothankallthevolunteerswhohavehelpedwithallthethingswehavegoing.Withoutyouthevolunteers,wewouldn'tbeabletodoallthethingswedo.So,thankssomuchtoeverybody!ThePOW/MIAVigilisonlyaboutsixweeksawayandIwouldaskthatyoutrytoputthatonyourcalendar.Thevigilisoneofthemostimportantthingswedo.Speakingofimportantthingswearenotthatfarfrom,OperationChristmasiscomingandwearestilllookingforaplacetostagetheboxesandthetoys.Ifyouthinkofaplace,pleaseletmeknow.Aspecialthankstothecolorguard.ThesefolksaredoingsomethingalmosteverydayandIforoneaminaweoftheirdedicationandcommitment.Thanksfolks,fordoingsuchagreatjobofrepresentingChapter154.Asalways,weneverhaveenoughvolunteers,soifyoucanpleaselendahand,yourhelpisalwaysappreciated.

    PatDaniels~PresidentVietnamVeteransofAmericaChapter154

    VVA Chapter 154 OfficersPresident: Pat Daniels (586) 524-38061st Vice: Brian Bobek (586) 337-34072nd Vice: Woody Horne (586) 716-0959Secretary: Mike Schneider (586) 567-0731Treasurer: Michael Jacobi (586) 465-6329

    Board of DirectorsChuck Charbeneau (2012)Gil Claunch (2012)Dave Lehrman (2012)Dave Schoenherr (2012) (586) 940-2568Greg Bowman (2012)Steve Bago (2011) (313) 580-1819Tim Clinton (2011)Gary Stephens (2011) (586) 747-8149Mike Gardner (2011) (586) 615-1509Ted Szymanski (2011) (248) 229-6609Gary Purcell (Past President)

    Boo Coo News PublisherThe Board of DirectorsBoo Coo News Editor

    Brian BobekDesktop Publishing/Typesetting

    Linda MayThank you! to all of our advertisers, and to the dedicated

    volunteers who provide copy and photos, those who act asprinter, proofreaders, mailing crew, facilitators & advisers

    for Boo Coo News.

    VVAStateCouncilWebsite:www.everythingveteran.com

    TheMIVVAnewsletterhasgonepaperless.AnyonewhowantsitshouldgototheWebsite.

    [email protected]

    2010-2011 STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS

    Agent Orange George SawyerCommunity Service Mike GardnerConstitution/By-Laws Tim ClintonFinance Mike JacobiGovernment Affairs Steve BagoIncarcerated Vets Dave SchoenherrMembership James GilreathMinority Affairs Dave LehrmanNominating Committee: Mike Bilyk, Bill Mault, Gary SoxPOW/MIA Tom DuffPublic Affairs Pat DanielsState Council Delegates Pat Daniels, Brian Bobek,

    Mike GardnerVeterans Affairs Woody HorneVeterans Benefits Brian BobekWomen Veterans Charles Charbeneau

    SPECIAL AND AD HOC COMMITTEES

    Agent Orange George SawyerAVVA Rep Randy ChomColor Guard Woody HorneFood Bank Gary StephensHospitalized Vets Tom DuffMichigan Memorial Pat DanielsPOW-MIA Tom DuffScholarship Woody HorneSpeakers Bureau Mike BrinkWebmaster Larry SaugerWelcome Home Manual ArgyrisIncarcerate Vets Dave SchoenherrOperation Christmas Dance: Mike Gardner

    Food: Doug Haskett

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    Chapter154's``MichiganVietnamTravelingMemorial.``Please

    volunteertohelp.

    ContactPatDaniels

    [email protected]

    MICHIGAN VIETNAM TRAVELING MEMORIAL AUG.17GRANDHAVENMICOASTGUARDFESTIVALGRANDHAVEN

    SOUTHOFMUSKEGON

    AUG.12CLARE,MICHIGAN

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    SEPT.2426ELKFESTIVALATLANTA,MICHIGAN,US33BETWEENGAYLORD&ALPENA,NORTHOFLEWISTON

    LINKTOKEITHFAMIESTRAILERFORHISDOCUMENTARYTHATINCLUDESCHAPTER154OURVIETNAMGENERATION"HTTP://VPROD.COM/TRAILER_VIETNAM.HTML

    #COLOR GUARD - THE POINT TEAM - WOODY HORNE, COMMANDER

    JUNEDETAILS

    6/11 RALPHCOOTS,ARMY,KOREA,21GUN&TAPS6/12 DONALDHOLLE,ARMY,KOREA,21GUN&TAPS6/12 HANKBALLISTER,ARMY,WWII,21GUN&TAPS6/13 VETERANSCARSHOWATGIBRALTAR,POSTCOLORS,21GUN&TAPS6/14 WATCHFIRE,KOFCHALL,21GUN&TAPS6/16 POSTCOLORSFORSENIORSATGIBRALTAR6/20 FORDESTATE,EYESONDESIGN,PARADE,21GUN&TAPS6/22 GEORGEGHIATN,ARMY,WWII,21GUN&TAPS6/24 POSTCOLORSFORJEFFREYSTANDFAST,MARINE,AFGHANISTAN6/25 PASSINREVIEWFORJEFFREYSTANDFAST6/26 GREGMARKEL,ARMY,VIETNAM,21GUN&TAPS6/26 FUNERALFORJEFFREYSTANDFAST6/27 RIDEFORFREEDOM,21GUN&TAPS,YOUNGMARINESPOSTEDCOLORS6/27 BAYORAMAPARADE;TOOK1STPLACEASMARCHINGUNIT6/28 MARIONKIERPAUL,ARMY,WWII,21GUN&TAPS6/30 ROBERTCHORANZIAK,ARMY,VIETNAM,21GUN&TAPS

    JULYDETAILS

    7/5 FLAGRAISINGATST.HUBERT'SCHURCH7/5 FREEDOMHILLMEMORIAL,21GUN&TAPS7/7 CHARLESKOPP,ARMY,KOREA,21GUN&TAPS7/8 WILLIAMZINOW,ARMY,VIETNAM,CHAPTER154MEMBER,21GUN&TAPS7/10 VINCENTBUFFA,ARMY,WWII,21GUN&TAPS7/10 IGNATIUSGALIA,21GUN&TAPS7/10 VINCENTHUMPHRIES,MARINE,WWII,21GUN&TAPS7/14 HAROLDTARNAS,AIRFORCE,WWII,21GUN&TAPS7/15 EDLEWANDOWSKI,MARINE,VIETNAM,CHAPTER154MEMBER,21GUN&TAPS7/16 CERTIFICATIONFORPOINTTEAMBYUSARMY7/24 VETERANSMEMORIALPARK,POSTCOLORS,21GUN&TAPS7/24 RIDETOVAHOSPITAL,POSTCOLORS,21GUN&TAPS7/25 FRASERPARADE7/25 MICHIGANMOMSCARSHOW,NEWHAVEN

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    VETERANS SUPPORT CENTER10a.m.to4p.m.MondayFriday

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    SERVICEOFFICERSfileclaimsandanswerquestions(NOCHARGE)

    VVAserviceofficer~everyotherTuesday~callaheadKennethJ.Aune~Wednesdays~callahead

    CarolAnnTurner~Thursdays~appointmentsonly

    HelpNeededPleaseVolunteertoStafftheVetCenter

    AndWorkontheFoodBankPTSDCounselor4:30p.m.&6p.m.Tuesdays

    TheseAreFreeServices

    SICK CALL

    DougHaskettisdoingwellafterhisrecentsurgery.HewillbeintheVAhospitalfortwoweeksforphysicaltherapy,soifyouaredownthere,stopinandsayhello.

    HankDrozdowskicontinuestobeplaguedbyrecurringproblems.Hankhashadmorethan200surgeriesandisstillnotoutofthewoods.

    CONDOLENCESItiswithdeepsorrowIannouncethepassingofourbrotherandfriendEdLewandowski.EdfoughtonehellofafightbutcancertookhimJuly2.PleasekeepEdandhisfamilyinyourthoughtsandprayers.

    HOSPITAL REPORTWelcomeHome!Tom Duff ~ Hospital Committee Chairman

    OnJuly14,RickWright,DaveShirey,GilClaunch,PabloGuzman,andIwenttotheVAhospital.WewenttoWardsA4North,B2,andthestepdownwards.Wewereabletovisitwith43vets.Wepassedoutpersonalitems,bags,blankets,puzzlebooks,BooCooNewsletters,lapblankets,magazines,LittleDebbieproducts,Nabiscoproducts,chips,pretzelsandbananas.Wegotalotofsmilesandthankyous.Afterthat,wewenttothemainfloorandpassedouttherestofourgoodiestothevetswaitingtoseeadoctor.Wehadagreattimeandsodidthevetsthatwecomeincontactwith.

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