After a year of coordination and planning, the first ever American Legion Overseas Deployment team has been approved to visit deployed Kentucky Army National Guard troops overseas in their theater of operation. The story of this mission started over a year ago with the development of the pilot program of supporting Guard units before, during and after deployments. American Legion Post 121 of Bardstown initiated this program as an outreach of serving the soldiers of the most highly decorated Guard Unit in Kentucky, the 2/138th FA BN Charlie Battery.
Dr. Pete Trzop, the Commander of Post 121, related, "Our mission as a Legion was to provide our local Guard unit the necessary support during all the phases of a deployment, which included their families." The efforts to support the local unit included BBQ's, family days, bus trips for troops, and fundraising by individuals like Pam Blain of Post 157 Shepherdsville with the Victory Ride and Kylie Ball of Nelson County High School with donations going to the Guard Fund. These funds are critical in funding all the efforts to support the unit.
Support for this mission can come in the form of fundraisers, donations, volunteers, and other creative ways to make this mission better for our soldiers. Team Members are available for presentations around the State. All monies and donations will be made to the American Legion as to ensure accountability and integrity of the fundraising process. If you want to be a part of this Overseas Deployment Operation, please contact Dr. Pete Trzop at 502 498 4122, 100 Sandy Hill Court; Bardstown, Kentucky 40004, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Facebook.
"Camera Boy: An Army Journalist's War in Iraq"
Fred Minnick is the author of Camera Boy: An Army Journalist's War in Iraq (Hellgate Press) and is a contributor to The Blog of War: Front-Line Dispatches from Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan (Simon & Schuster).
Minnick spent more than a year in Iraq as a U.S. Army public affairs photojournalist. With a Nikon in one hand and an M-16 in the other, he accompanied combat troops on missions ranging from raids on suspected terrorist strongholds to public relations events including the opening of a school for girls. Some of the stories made it back home most did not. Camera Boy offers an eyewitness account of the Iraq War from a soldier with a different point of view from behind a camera and typewriter. Unfortunately, being assigned to public affairs did not shield Staff Sergeant Minnick from the horrors of war, including the deaths of two close friends or from the devastating effects of PTSD upon his return home. It is a story of courage, frustration (with both the military and the mainstream media), dedication and redemption. The book includes 32 pages of photos taken by the author. Buy it on Amazon or wherever books are sold.
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program is a new expanded training program for unemployed veterans between the ages of 35-60 who are not currently receiving VA education benefits. The program is limited to 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012 through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program (currently up to $1,473 per month). The Department of Labor will provide employment assistance to every veteran who participates upon completion of the program. The Veterans Administration has already begun the applications process for the VRAP program. Participants must be enrolled in a program of education approved for VA benefits and the program must lead to an associate's degree, diploma, or certificate, and provide training towards a high demand occupation.
National College has established the Blue Ribbon Grant and Armed Services Recognition Grant to assist eligible veterans, active-duty military personnel, their spouses, and their dependents. Unique to National College, these grants provide financial support in addition to military education benefits such as VRAP.
The Blue Ribbon Grant at National College will award up to $10,000 in additional financial support to qualified current and former military, Guard/Reserve, and related individuals (spouses and children) interested in pursuing a higher education. This grant may be used with existing military educational benefits.
It was a time when the spirit of patriotism was at its highest. World War II was just beginning and every American felt compelled to do their duty. Those who qualified joined the military to fight the enemy overseas. Women did their part by taking the factory jobs made vacant by their male counterparts. With a sense of unity, all Americans put their total effort into winning the war.
The music of that era reflects the spirit of those people. You can feel it in the lyrics and melodies they created. The Andrew Sisters, in particular, brought a spark of relief and joy, which helped to lighten the load for the American soldier as well as the folks back home.
They also perform a more modern program which is suitable for patriotic holidays, military functions, and other flag-waving events. The Ladies for Liberty are also known for precision-timed performances for the National Anthem used at Air Shows across the country.
Let the Ladies for Liberty entertain you at your next big event! Please visit www.ladiesforliberty.com for more information.
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