Veterans’ Corner: Observation of special days in May | New
TITUSVILLE – May is Military Helpers and National Military Recognition Month. Here are some important calendar days:
• May 1: Silver Star Service Banner Day and Loyalty Day
• First Thursday in May: National Day of Prayer
• May 7: Military Spouse Appreciation Day
• May 8: Victory Day (Victory in Europe on May 8, 1945, Germany surrendered unconditionally)
• From May 8 to 16: Week of the armed forces
• May 9: Mother’s Day
• May 13: Children’s Day of Fallen Patriots
• May 15: Armed Forces Day
• May 15: Peace Officers Memorial Day
• May 31: Memorial Day
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Leaders of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) wrote an editorial calling for comprehensive legislation on exposure to toxic substances.
There are currently several bills that deal with the issue of toxic exposure, and the recommendation of the VFW is to combine all of these bills into a large comprehensive package.
“The time has come for legislation on exposure to toxic substances,” said Hal Roesch, VFW national commander. “Veterans have waited long enough for our elected officials to act on their behalf. If Congress waits for the next conflict to resolve this issue, it is already too late. “
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The VFW announced Thursday that it has partnered with Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB).
Focused on improving veterans’ access to a combined network of health and wellness, Team RWB provides the camaraderie and support of fellow service members, veterans and their families.
The organization is made up of nearly 200 chapters and communities, made up of over 217,000 members, called Eagles, the majority of whom are post-9/11 veterans.
“Camaraderie, commitment and service are core values for both of our organizations, and together we will be unstoppable in our quest to ensure a better quality of life for every American Veteran,” said Roesch.
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Need help with your US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claim? The claims process can be confusing and you shouldn’t try to navigate it alone. The VFW’s National Veterans Service is a nationwide network of accredited VA service agents and pre-discharge representatives who are experts in treating VA and are key to your success.
As trained professionals, they help file disability, rehabilitation and education compensation claims; retirement and death benefits; and employment and training programs.
This is a service that VFW is proud to offer free of charge to anyone seeking assistance with the complaints process.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many VFW service desks are operating remotely, and VFW’s network of service agents have the capacity to virtually assist veterans.
The VFW Service Representative for Northwestern Pennsylvania is Julie Hutchison. She can be reached at (814) 835-8494.
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Here’s this week’s POW and Missing in Action update:
• Marine Radioman 3rd Class Theodore Q. Jensen, 22, from Delta, Utah, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was docked at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. He will be buried on June 2, 2021 in his hometown.
• 2nd Lieutenant William H. Melville, 20, of Minneapolis, was a pilot assigned to 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group. On October 28, 1943, he was on a combat mission on the island of New Guinea, Australia. Melville will be buried on July 16 in his hometown.
• Army Pfc. Philip T. Hoogacker, 23, was a member of D Company, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment. He was reported missing in action on July 27, 1950, after his unit was attacked near Anui, South Korea. He died as a prisoner of war. Burial services are on hold.
• 2nd Lieutenant Ernest N. Vienneau, 25, was a pilot assigned to the 340th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force, based in Amendola, Italy. On November 6, 1944, the bomber on which he served as co-pilot came under heavy anti-aircraft fire during a mission over Maribor, Yugoslavia. Burial services are on hold.
• Navy Water Tender 1st Class Charles E. Hudson, 39, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Burial services are on hold.
• Leading Seaman Walter C. Stein, 20, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Burial services are on hold.
• Navy Fireman 1st Class Kenneth E. Doernenburg, 23, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Burial services are on hold.
Charlie Castelluccio, a resident of Titusville, is chaplain of the 28th Foreign War Veterans District of Northwestern Pennsylvania and a member of the Titusville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5958.