The Vietnam Veterans of America National Chapter of the Year - 1999 & 2007
Newsletter of the Year 2007, 09, 11 & 15
President’s Message - David 'Doc' Martinez
PRESIDENT’S OCTOBER MESSAGE
Well, the leaves on the trees are turning all beautiful shades of red, orange, yellow and different shades of brown. It’s a sure sign that Old Man Winter is not far behind. Have you noticed that the weather is changing? It’s getting a little chillier. Fall is a pretty season because it means the beginning of another holiday for our Chapter to bring some joy to our veterans at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare Services and the folks at Dawn Farm. By the time you get this newsletter the Halloween Party at the Medical Center will have come and gone. I always have faith in John K., George, and Roy having things ready to go for those events. I only hope that we have enough Chapter volunteers to help at the V.A. at the Halloween Party. I’m sure that some of you will be able to spare some time to come up to the V.A. and chat with a veteran on that one night. You may bring him some comfort in just knowing that someone cares enough to spend some time with him.
I was just thinking of what we do next month. It used to be that we had “THE WALL OF HERO’S” at the V.A. They had Nov. 10 for a while then it stopped. I don’t think they ran out of heroes. Whatever the reason is, just look around; you see there are still plenty of them at the V.A. Thank God we still have our Marine Corps Birthday on November 10th this year. None of these men who were being honored asked or wanted to be considered a hero. They were there and they did their job. They were all heroes without doubt. They were just young men at the time, some teenagers, who were serving their country out of duty. Some were scared, but all served with bravery. The medals that these brave men earned represent their dignity and the caliber of their service as well as their courage. Our chapter has many heroes and we should have many of these good men on the wall in the years to come….Oh yes! I forgot they did away with “THE WALL OF HEROES.” I wonder why?
There’s more on the horizon I just learned about. That’s enough for today. See you at the meeting.
SEMPER FI and WELCOME HOME
Together, we truly make a difference.
DAVID “DOC” MARTINEZ
MEDEVAC’S HMM-163 & HMM-262
MAG-39, 1ST MAW, QUANGTRI, RVN 67-68
OFF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, RVN 71,72 73
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