Iraq continues to take the lives
of our troops. I have been to three funerals in Wisconsin
since the last issue of The VVA Veteran. Rachael
Bosvelt died in an explosion. She served in the 18th MP
Brigade, the same unit I served with in Vietnam. Eugene Uhl
III and Warren Hansen died when their Blackhawks crashed into
each other. If we can go to these funerals, we need to go. I
offer my most sincere condolences. That's about all I can do.
But the families need to know their sons and daughters,
brothers and sisters are not forgotten.
been a busy time of year. I received a request from Mike Meyer
for assistance in getting blankets to an R&R center in Kuwait.
Let's work on this and get some blankets over there. If you
need further information, please contact me. The address in
546 PSB (Camp Virginia)
Attention: Specialist Hargrove
shipper is the VFW Foundation. Use FedEx account number
2401-8298-8, check "Bill Third Party."
need to fill out a FedEx commercial invoice. They need these
blankets ASAP. They also could use some letters.
in conjunction with the Minority Affairs Committee, will
present a recognition program for Native American
Vietnam War veterans. This special program will take place at
Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. The
date is February 14 at the Coffin Sports Center. The
basketball game starts at 5:00 p.m. The recognition award will
be presented at half time. A veterans club will provide a
color guard. They are happy to be part of this presentation.
If someone you know is interested, pass the information along.
If you know Native American Vietnam War veterans, invite
veterans club is planning a special presentation of a statue
to commemorate Native American mothers whose sons and
daughters served in the armed forces. If you are interested in
donating for this project, please contact me.
received a few Region 6 special project recognition award
applications. I want to see more. I will not set a deadline,
but the applications need to be received within a few weeks of
the Leadership Conference that starts August 4. There is no
formal application. Just write it up and submit it.
As we move
into 2004, continue to do the good works you do. Set some
goals for yourself and your organization. Do not lose sight
of goals that are close at hand and nearly finished. If you
can see the end is near, finish your project and start
another. The work we do isn't so hard when we do work we
enjoy. I am involved in a project that builds libraries in
Vietnam and Laos. This project is successful because we trust
each other, we quietly do the work that needs to get done, and
we ask for help when we need it. Remember the person you ask
for a helping hand may be that person who has been waiting for