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In This Issue:
1. VFW Shares Concerns with President
2. Camp Lejeune Exposure Update
3. TRICARE Contract Start Date Delayed
4. Legislation Impacting Veterans Clears the House
5. HASC Sequestration Hearings
6. SASC Hearing on Marine Scandal
7. DOD Releases Service Academy Report
8. VA Seeks Under Secretary for Benefits
9. MIA Update
Utah Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) with Utah Office of Veterans and Military Affairs will host a Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony March 29 at the State Capitol Rotunda. Vietnam Veterans Day in Utah was passed by legislative action March 29, 2014, to coincide with the final day combat units served in the Vietnam War. The last combat unit left Vietnam March 29, 1973.
The 10 a.m. ceremony will include music, speakers and the distribution of the book "A Time To Honor" and the accompanying DVD "Long Journey Home." The Book and DVD are being distributed at no cost to each of the 47,000 Vietnam Veterans living in Utah. "We remind all our veterans of the Vietnam Era that they did not have to serve with 'boots on the ground' in South East Asia to be considered a Vietnam Veteran," reports Dennis Howland, Utah State President, Vietnam Veterans of America. "Although 2.7 million of us served 'in country', we didn't fight the war alone. An additional 6 million supported our efforts and are considered our brothers and sisters of the Vietnam War." Family members of Vietnam Veterans, Gold Star Families, all veterans and the public are all encouraged to attend.
Following the Rotunda activities, everyone is invited to proceed to a memorial ceremony at the monument on the West lawn of the State Capitol grounds. Vietnam Veterans will place a wreath to remember and honor the 58,479 young men and women lost to the Vietnam War which includes Utah's 366 killed; and the more than 1600 still unaccounted for and listed as Missing In Action. A part of the wreath ceremony will be a special song for those lost to war performed by the Red Spirit Singers from Ft. Duchesne Reservation.
For information please contact Dennis Howland at 801-389-1893 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are having another Celebrity Server Night at Golden Corral benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah. I currently serve as their Board President and would be honored to serve you dinner as we raise funds for our local ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Please join us Thursday night for dinner. Call me for tickets, 435-680-5073, or simply show up and buy your ticket at the door.
Mark Heiner, Funeral Planner/Licensed Funeral Director
110 South Bluff Street
St George, Utah 84770
Let me thank you once again for your firm support of our program. We honestly could not run this program without the many people like you who believe in these cadets as our future. As you know, our annual National Awards Ceremony is scheduled at the Pine View High School Auditorium on Friday, 12 May 2017. Social hour starts at 1730 in the Pine View High Commons, with the Awards Ceremony starting promptly at 1900 hours in the adjacent auditorium. We would like to ask you to ensure all of your organization’s members are aware so they can plan to show support to this great bunch of youth. There will be food available during the social hour, so you won’t need to eat dinner before you come!
There will also be a silent auction taking place up until the time the formal ceremony starts. Our board, which consists of Lt Colonel Thomas Brown & me, Senior Master Sergeant Doc Thomas.
Thanks for your super support throughout the years when I was at Dixie High School! Please email any questions or concerns.
GERALD A. THOMAS, SMSgt, USAF (RETIRED)
Aerospace Science Instructor, Pine View High School UT-20161
(435) 628-5255 (w); (435) 632-8447 (c) (435) 628-0327 (f)