Aug 14, - The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade on Nov 12, 2012 needs volunteers. If you can help register here.
July 18 - Support the 2012 Vietnam Veterans Car Show on Oct 6th at Chuy's on 22nd at Kolb. Money raised will help pay for the city fees and expenses to rent Reid Park for the Nam Jam Concert on October 20th. For information view the VVA 2012 Car Show Flyer.
July 17 - Fellow Arizonans, Mason Steill is a combat medic who was badly wounded in Afghanistan and is recovering at Walter Reed Hospital. He could use notes and cards to show Arizonans have not forgotten about him. His mailing address is in this Arizona Republic news article
May 5 - New Purple Heart stamp unveiled in San Diego. Carroll Sweet didn’t exactly get a hero’s welcome when he returned from Vietnam. Sweet, who received a Purple Heart in 1970 after being shot in the leg and hit in the head with grenade fragments, remembers being spit on by civilians and having projectiles dropped on him as he sailed with other veterans under the Golden Gate Bridge. Then there was his introduction to a high school friend’s newlywed wife. “She called me a baby killer and told me a real man would have gone to Canada,” Sweet said. It may look like ordinary postage to some, but the U.S. Postal Service’s new Purple Heart stamp — unveiled Thursday morning aboard the USS Midway Museum — represents much more to Sweet and others. It represents respect. It represents appreciation.
May 2 - Military Order of the Purple Heart Salutes the Parents and Family of US Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor Recipient, Lt. Michael P. Murphy, upon the Christening of DDG-112, USS Michael Murphy.
GOLD STAR MOTHER’S LETTER TO HER SON
By Elaine Ramsey
It has been 8 years since you have gone. I remember the day you left on July 3, 2004, with a big smile on your face you said “I love you Mom…I’ll be back in March”.
I can still remember when the military person that came to our house and told us you were killed in Iraq. The first thing I wanted to do was go to you, that’s what Mothers do when their child is hurt.
They would not let me go. You were only 22 years old; with your whole life ahead of you. I wonder what your kids would have been like; you would have been a great Dad.
We were given many gifts since then. A man from Phoenix gave us a huge clock and it chimes on the hour…and that reminds me of every hour that you are not here with us. I was given four small quilts and I gave one each to your brothers and sisters. I use one when I rest in the afternoon while I am thinking of you.
A lady I had never met sent me a shawl and when I put it around me I feel your hugs. I know we will all be together again someday. You don’t stop loving someone just because they died and, we don’t forget them just because we hurt a little less. They loved us. We loved them. We still do.
Take care Carson, I miss you very much.