16 Dec 2016 - Community Series - Dementia: Tools and Techniques

We have had a good year of Community Education presentations for our 1st year! I've attached the last one for this year.  This will be a very timely and interesting presentation on "Dementia: Tools and Techniques for Winter Behavior." Please attend and feel free to share this flier!

Thanks, Vie

VIE VAN NOY, MS, TRT | Director of Community Relations
Southern Utah Veterans Home
160 N 200 E
Ivins, UT 84738
O: 435-634-5264 | C:435.619.9663

1 December 2016 News Items

Maynard Sorensen reports:

Two items for the December News.

1.  American Legion Post 711 is in the process of merging with Post 90. Former Commander Maynard Sorensen is third Vice Commander of Post 90 and will continue to serve the Ivins area with assistance of Post 90 membership with American Legion projects. Some of the former members of Post 711 are now serving in the Post 90 Honor Guard.

2.  For some time, former Commander of American Legion Post 711, now in Post 90, Maynard Sorensen has been working on re-naming the Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson for one of five Medal of Honor winners in Utah. Recently, Gary Harter, head of the Department of Veterans Affairs for Utah, announced that the name change had been approved, and that it would happen on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7th, 2016 at the Veterans Home in Payson, Utah at 2 p.m., which facility was built as the same time as the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins. Maynard Sorensen will be a speaker on the program and will assist in an unveiling of a new monument and special photo at the conclusion. The public is welcome to attend.

The Payson facility will be re-named The Mervyn Sharp Bennion Veterans Home. Captain Bennion was killed while in command of the USS West Virginia defending his ship and crew during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7th, 1941. This year is the seventy-fifth anniversary. Captain Bennion grew up just fifty miles to the West of Payson on a sheep and cattle ranch near Vernon, Utah. He, and his Brother Howard, both graduated with honors for the military academies and had very successful  careers in the military.

18 Nov 2016 Holiday Eating - a Community Education Series

Do you stress over holiday eating - and keeping your sugar in check?  Here's the Community Education event you should attend at Southern Utah Veterans Home on November 18 at 1:00 p.m.

10 Nov 2016 - Military Honors for Bill Toole

On the Marine Corps' 241st birthday, Bill Toole was given military honors by the Utah Dixie Detachment #1270, Marine Corps League at Spilsbury Mortuary in St. George.  The Toole family sends a huge thank you to the Detachment and to Devil Pup graduates for a beautiful tribute to Col. Toole.  MCL 1270's Facebook page has a few photos posted, including these photos of the rifle detail and Devil Pup pallbearers.

MILITARY HONORS  You might have to log in to Facebook to see the photos.

11 Nov 2016 - SunRiver Veterans Honor Park

  • Fri, Nov 11, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • SunRiver Veterans Honor Park, intersection of Wide River Dr. and Diamond River Dr.
  • Everyone is invited to attend the 2016 Veterans Day ceremony at the SunRiver Veterans Honor Park at 9 AM, Friday, November 11th to honor our veterans for their service and sacrifice. The American Legion, Marine Corps League, Knights of Columbus, and Civil Air Patrol will perform the ceremony, which will be climaxed during the flag-raising by the flyover of a vintage Air Force jet, symbolic of the contribution to our freedom by our military aviators. St. George City Mayor Jon Pike will sing our National Anthem.
    NEW! -- A VERY SPECIAL GUEST: Wilford Brimley, the well-known actor, who is also a former Marine, has kindly volunteered to speak at the ceremony!

    Again this year, the Western Sky Warbird Museum at the St. George Airport has generously made available a vintage Air Force T-33 two-seat jet trainer, and pilot Rich Grinnell has volunteered his time to perform the flyover. One lucky person will be riding in the back seat during the flyover!

    WIN A RIDE IN THE JET -- SPONSORSHIP TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE for SunRiver residents who wish to help with the cost of fuel for the flyover, and possibly become the lucky recipient of an orientation ride in the T-33 while it performs the flyover of the SunRiver Veterans Honor Park. A donation of $10 is requested for each ticket, limit 5 per household. The drawing will be held at Hank's Riverwalk Grill at 2 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 9th. The holder of the drawn ticket may take the jet ride themselves, or give it to someone else - not necessarily a SunRiver resident. To acquire tickets contact Tom Cover, 435-673-5101.

    The SunRiver Veterans Honor Park is located in the community park at the intersection of Wide River Drive and Diamond River Drive.

10 November 2016- Remembering Bill Toole


Visitation:2:00-4:00 p.m. November 10th, 2016 (Thursday)
Services:4:00 p.m. November 10th, 2016 (Thursday)
Address: Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff, St. George, UT

2 and 3 Nov in 2016 Megaplex Theaters


Synopsis The Journey Home
An estimated 9.1 million Americans served in the military during the Vietnam War, August 5, 1964 – April 30, 1975. The most controversial war in U.S. history incited protests and created a pervasive anti-military sentiment that continued long after the veterans returned home. Never before had the American people treated their own military with such hostility and disdain.

Featuring Vietnam Veterans from all over the country, this film focuses on the men and women who have struggled not only with the post-traumatic stress of combat, but also—perhaps even more so—have endured the completely unexpected aftermath of coming home to an unwelcoming country. Today, America reveres its service members and embraces their return with deep gratitude—and Vietnam Veterans sparked the cultural shift by leading flag-waving homecomings at airports and on Main Streets across the country. Vietnam vets vowed their shameful treatment would never be repeated—and it hasn’t. Today, Americans have learned to separate the war from the warrior.

In “The Journey Home,” we explore how Vietnam Veterans—representing communities from around the country—have been able to reconcile and heal from their disgraceful treatment 50 years ago. Many still struggle. Many, though, have come to terms with this pain by serving, contributing, meditating, loving… and by forgiving.