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Published by cwomaine, 2018-12-29 07:49:55

Newsletter Jan 2019

Newsletter Jan 2019

The Veteran’s Voice
Newsletter

January 2019
Edition

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VOLUME 7 ISSUE 2 FEBRUARY 2018 P.O. Box 844 Sanford, ME 04073
Email: president@vva1044maine.org

http://www.vva1044maine.org

Officers US To Pay Billions to Marines Afected By
Contaminated Drinking Water
Joseph Armstrong
President

Richard Doyle Nation Jan 13, 2017 9:34 AM EST was stationed at Lejeune. Janey died from
Vice-President
Conrad Letellier WASHINGTON — After years of waiting, leukemia at age 9. Ensminger now heads a

Secretary veterans who were exposed to contaminat- veterans group, The Few, The Proud, The

Richard Litwin ed drinking water while assigned to Camp Forgotten, which advocates for those seek-
Treasure
Lejeune in North Carolina may now be ing disability compensation.
Quartermaster
Jim Davis able to receive a portion of government

Chaplain disability benefits totaling more than $2 “This has been a hard, long slog,” said
Jim Currier
billion. Ensminger, who argues the government
AVVA Chapter
Representative must go further in covering additional dis-

Jim Davis Beginning in March, the cash payouts eases. “This is not the end of the issue.”

from the Department of Veterans Affairs The new rule being announced Friday

may supplement VA health care already covers active duty, Reserve and National

being provided to eligible veterans sta- Guard members who developed one of

tioned at the Marine base for at least 30 eight diseases:

cumulative days between Aug. 1, 1953, adult leukemia, aplastic anemia, bladder

and Dec. 31, 1987. Veterans will have to cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multi-

submit evidence of their diagnoses and ple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

service information. and Parkinson’s disease.

Historian Outgoing VA Secretary Bob McDonald Documents uncovered by veterans groups
Candice Lurvey
determined that there was “sufficient sci- over the years suggest Marine leaders
Newsletter Staff
Joe Armstrong entific and medical evidence” to establish were slow to respond when tests first

Editor a connection between exposure to the con- found evidence of contaminated ground

Membership taminated water and eight medical condi- water at Camp Lejeune in the early 1980s.
Chairman
tions for purposes of awarding disability Some drinking water wells were closed in
Conrad Letellier
Compensation. 1984 and 1985, after further testing con-

firmed contamination from leaking fuel

The estimated taxpayer cost is $2.2 billion tanks and an off-base dry cleaner.

over a five-year period. The VA estimates

that as many as 900,000 service members The Marine Corps has said the contami-

were potentially exposed to the tainted wa- nation was unintentional, occurring when

ter. federal law didn’t limit toxins in drinking

water.

“This is good news,” said retired Marine

Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger, whose The 246-square-mile military training

daughter Janey was born in 1976 while he complex was established in 1941. The new

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federal rule covers Camp Lejeune and Marine
Corps Air Station New River, including satellite
camps and housing areas.
Spurred by Ensminger’s case, Congress in 2012
passed a bill signed into law by President Barack
Obama extending free VA medical care to affected
veterans and their families. But veterans were not
automatically provided disability aid or survivor
benefits.
The issue has prompted lawsuits by veterans organi-
zations, which note that military personnel in Camp
Lejeune housing “drank, cooked and bathed” in
contaminated water for years.
“Expanded coverage is making progress, but we al-
so need to know whether the government may be”
purposely leaving people out, said Rick Weidman,
executive director of Vietnam Veterans of America.
Affected veterans who were stationed at Camp Leje-
une may now submit applications for benefits.
Roughly 1,400 disability claims related to Lejeune
are already pending, and will be reviewed immedi-
ately, according to the VA.

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A LESSON TO REMEMBER

Back in September, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social
studies school teacher at Robinson High School, did something not to
be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the
school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she
removed all of the desks out of her classroom.

When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there
were no desks.

'Ms.. Cothren, where're our desks?'

She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the
right to sit at a desk.'

They thought, Well, maybe it's our grades.'

'No,' she said.

'Maybe it's our behavior.'

She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third peri-
od. Still no desks in the classroom.

By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in
Ms.Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had tak-
en all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found
seats on the floor of the desk less classroom, Martha Cothren said,
Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she
has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found
in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom
and opened it.

Twenty-seven (27) War Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that

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classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the
school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand along-
side the wall... By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in
place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in
their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned..
Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These he-
roes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to
you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good stu-
dents, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have
the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'
By the way, this is a true story.
Please consider passing this along so others won't forget that the free-
doms we have in this great country were earned by War Veterans.

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Chapter President’s
Comments

Hello Brothers & Sisters

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all.

When I started this chapter 7 years ago in Sanford it was with a hope and desire to help our
chapter grow and to help our fellow veterans.

In the beginning we started out like gang busters and our membership took off. We had a lot of events and
functions and membership support was outstanding.

After 5 years in Sanford I took a look at where our members were traveling from and I was very
Surprised to see that 75 - 80 percent of our members were traveling from the Biddeford area and beyond.
Some traveling as much as 90 miles away to attend meetings and functions. At that time we were up to ap-
proximately 115 members.

After much contemplation and consideration I felt that it was time for a new location to accommodate the
majority of our members.

I searched the surrounding areas for several months when I was approached by the then commander of
the American Legion Post 26 in Biddeford Jake Mulligan. Jake offered the downstairs of his building to us
as a meeting location.

The building fit our requirements to a “T”. I approached our Board of Directors with the idea of moving
our meeting location to accommodate the majority of our members. The board gave me approval to make
the move.

Shortly after we made the move our membership attendance at our meetings started to decline. 27 mem-
bers from the Sanford area has not attended any meetings in Biddeford. Why I not sure but I am sure that
they have their reasons. I was told by one member that he “WILL NOT” travel to Biddeford for meetings
because “it was to far”. I asked him “What about the members from Biddeford and beyond that have
been traveling to Sanford every month, was it fair for them?” At which point he replied “That’s their de-
cision!”

Well here we are in Biddeford and I feel that we made the correct choice to move our meeting location.
We have been in Biddeford for approximately 3 - 4 years now and our membership has continued to grow
thanks to the tireless efforts of our membership chairman Conrad Lettellier.

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Since Conrad has taken over the membership department we have added approximately 44 new members
bringing our membership up to 174. Although our membership numbers have increased, support and
volunteerism for the chapter has not.

We have tried doing raffles, information tables, dinners and now recently a Soup & Sandwich Saturday. It
seems that it is ALWAYS the same 8 - 9 members helping out.

The Soup & Sandwich Saturday is a good fundraiser for us if we can get the support of our members. We
offer a FANTASTIC sandwich, cup of HOMEMADE soup and a cup of coffee for the mere donation of
$5.00. Soda, chips and water are $0.50 each. Each week we offer a different sandwich and soup so if you
have a special sandwich or soup you like let us know and we will add it to our menu.

Now tell me where can you get a better deal? Unfortunately again it is the same few members coming down
for soup and sandwich each week. We have approximately 72 members that live in or around Biddeford.
Why their not more interested or support is beyond me.

We also offer a one of a kind R&R center for veterans and or family members. A place where they can come
and relax. We offer a TV to watch, several board /card games to play such as cribbage, chess or checkers.
Or if they prefer just sit and read a magazine or book. We also have available a Veterans Service Officer
available to help in filing out disability forms or to answer any questions they or their family members may
have.

When I started this chapter there were 5 chapters here in Maine. Since that time 4 of them have disbanded
and are no longer. The reason for their demise is “Lack of membership involvement.”

I do not want this chapter to end up like them. We have done and continue to do so much great work help-
ing our fellow veterans and their families. BUT the few that are here constantly are getting tired.

We need YOU the members to please consider stepping up and helping. How you say, by helping out at our
dinners, helping out with our information tables, volunteer to come down to the R&R center for just an
hour to be their should a veteran come in.

Another way to show support is by stopping by on Saturdays and enjoying a fantastic cup of home made
soup (NO CAN SOUP) and a sandwich. Bring your wife/husband or significant other and friend(s). Its a
win - win situation. You get a great meal and the chapter gets a much needed donation to help us to contin-
ue on with our mission of “Helping Veterans and Their Families”.

I fear that if we do not get more support from you the members that we will also become a stastic like the
other 4 chapters that were once here in Maine.

PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN!! Show your support by volunteering to help out where ever and
when ever you can.

Respectfully

Joseph Armstrong
Chapter President

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This holiday season, VA salutes the valor of our nation’s men and women—past and present who
sacrificed so much to preserve our liberty. And we are grateful for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and
Marines deployed around the world, advancing the cause of peace and protecting the freedoms we
treasure.
Two of those important freedoms are the rights to gather together with family and friends and worship
as we see fit during the holidays. Whether we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other
religious or secular events during this special time of year, our freedom to do so has been safeguarded by
those who have worn our country’s uniforms.
This season of peace is also a time of remembrance. On Christmas Eve 1944, Private Burnett Miller was
stationed in France. Private Miller wrote to his mother, “It’s the evening before Christmas, but it’s quite
hard to realize this. I’ll just sort of skip this year and we’ll all celebrate twice as much next year.” Less
than a week later, he saw combat for the first time southwest of Bastogne.
Private Miller’s simple words and sentiments resonate with the joy we find among family and friends
during this special time of year. And they remind us of the experiences of innumerable Veterans who
have spent holidays far away, doing their duty, focused on the mission, and celebrating in quiet, humble
ways with their comrades.
As we count our many blessings, let us remember Veterans like Private Miller and their families. And we
also offer our thoughts and prayers to our wounded warriors, their families and the families of the fallen
who never made it home for holiday celebrations. We honor them all.
On behalf of our 22 million Veterans and our 350,000 VA employees who are privileged to serve them, I
offer my warmest wishes for a joyous holiday season and peace in the New Year. May God bless you and
your families, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

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MEMBERSHIP DEPARTMENT

Conrad Letellier
Membership Chairman

Just a few words on our membership. We are doing very well. But as of December 1, 2018 VVA
National decided to change the membership fees. Without notice they decided to do away with the 1 and
3 year membership and are only doing a $50.00 life membership.
Now with that being said, hopefully this will not affect our membership. I have no idea what they were
thinking about. If they wanted to change the fees, they could of had the decency of letting the chapters
know and given us a notice about the change.
I just want to give our members a heads up that when it’s time for you to renew, it will be $50.00 life
time membership. I as membership chairman think it’s a bad idea for the change, but that’s just my
opinion.
WISH ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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My Weekend At The Wall

By Conrad Letellier Vietnam 68-69

I just wanted to drop a few lines on how my week- I introduced Dahana to my friend and her mom.

end went. We all started talking when my friend and her

mom had to leave. I tole my friend that I will see

It all started on Thursday night, I wanted to visit her soon. After they left Elaine, Dihana and myself

the “Wall” with my wife Elaine. We arrived there sat down and talked some more.

and started looking at names, trying to find a few

names of my brothers, that never made it home. I found that once again I was able to open up some

Little did I know that GOD was about to put a more about the war. I think we both felt the bon

beautiful person in my life. between us growing. It’s been just 24 hours since

we met and Dihana was able to get me to talk

W had been at the “Wall” for not more than 5 min- about the war, more than I had in the past 40

utes when Dahana came up and introduced herself years. Little did I know from that point on my life

to us and asked if we needed help. Little did I know was getting ready to change

from that point on our lives were to become always

connected. We proceeded to look up a few names, Chuck and Cindy Estano wanted to go see the

the ones that meant the most to me. From the mo- “Wall”. Since Elaine had to work I told Chuck I

ment we met it was like we knew each other for would go with them. We went to the “Wall” and

ever. started to walk along the “Wall”. I spotted Dahana

and again her beautiful smile made the morning

Dahana was able to get me to open up a little about even more beautiful. I introduced Dahana to

stuff that happened. It was like she could feel it in Chuck and it was at this time that I met Larry.

me. After talking awhile we said our good nights. One more friendship that will last forever.

She asked me if I was going to go back to the

“Wall”? I told her I was going to be there in the Dihana asked me later in the day if I could take her

morning with a friend. to get her phone fixed and I said sure thing. I

turned around for a second and Dahana was gone

Friday morning I went to pick up Jean a friend of so I started talking to Larry and some other help-

mine that I worked with. We went down to the ers. All of a sudden I heard Dahana call Larry over

“Wall” where I showed jim a few of the names of and told him to go get me also.

the ones I know on the “Wall”. He was very im-

pressed. Jean is a few years younger than myself As I walked to the tent I saw Dahana talking to this

and really does not remember the war. veteran. She came up to me and asked me to go

and talk to him. I said “sure”. It was at this time

After Elaine got home from work around 5:00 pm. that I met George. I sat next to him and could see

We picked up a friend of ours and her mom and that he was having a hard time so I started talking

went out to supper. We then proceeded to the to him. I’m not sure what we talked about but we

“Wall”. As we walked around looking at names, I connected. I felt his hurt and knew that he needed.

found myself starting to talk more about stuff that I knew that this was going to be another friendship

happened in Vietnam. that was going to last a lifetime. We talked for a

while and the more we talked the more I could see

As we were talking to our ex-mayor, I looked George starting to relax.

around and spotted Dahana and at the same time

she spotted me. Dahana ran up to us with the big- I had to leave to bring Chuck home so I told Daha-

gest smile on her face. na I would be back to get her after I brought

Chuck home. Before I brought Chuck home and

met George I ran into Dan Smith also a

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Volunteer. As we spoke he saw that I had a Khe Monday is the day that will always stand out as the

Sanh Veteran hat on. He proceeded to tell me that best day of the weekend. We were going down early

he also was in Khe Sanh in 1967. Come to find out to get a good place to park because of the parade.

all the places he had gone to the year before were Little did I know I was never going to see the pa-

the very same places I had been to. We even were on rade.

the same ship when we went afloat on the U.S.S.

Okinawa. What a small world. When we got to the field one of the first persons we

seen was the person with that beautiful smile, yes

After taking Chuck home I went back to hook up you guessed it, it was Dahana. She looked at me and

with Danana. When I arrived back at the field I pro- said “bro I need ya to help out”. Without thinking

ceeded to the tent to find Dahana and as I expected about it I told her “Im yours” she said time to put

she was there still talking to George, but this time the shirts on. So I told Elaine I was going to help out

George seemed like a completely different person. and she told me it was about time. Lol. Dahana put

He was very relaxed and smiling. We talked for a me at my post and said just to be myself. It was

few minutes while waiting for Dahana to get her great helping people to find names.

things.

There were a few incidents that stayed with me. The

As we were on our way to town Dahana was asking first was I believe one of the best moments of the

me questions about Vietnam. I answered her the weekend. There was a family that asked me if I

best I could. I told Dahana that I had to go and get would mind taking their picture next to the name on

some flowers for my mother in-law’s grave. We the wall. I said “sure, I would love to”. After taking

were on the Old Orchard road when she told me the picture I started to one that asked me to take the

about this house she used to live in and that now it picture.

was a church. Come to find out it was the very same

house I lived in, we were both shocked, what a small He noticed that I had my Khe Sanh hat on and he

world. We proceeded to pick up the flowers and said that he would be honored if I took a picture

placed them at the grave. with his dad which was a vet from Pearl Harbor.

When I heard that I told him that it would be my

We got to the Cingular store, went went inside and honor to have my picture taken with a Pearl Harbor

not going into details it turned out to be very funny. veteran. Just standing next to this hero sent chills up

I also took Dahana to buy a pair of jeans. and down my back.

We arrived back at the field and I ended up staying After the picture was taken I started talking to this
most of the afternoon and talked to more veterans. I hero. Come to find out he was a machine gunner
told Dahana I would be back later that night with just as I was in Nam. What a pleasure that was.
Elaine.
Next there was this one vet that came to the wall. I
When Elaine arrived home from work we went out could see that he was having a hard time so I went
to get a bite to eat and ended back at the “Wall”. and asked him if he needed a hand to find anyone.
We hooked up with Dahana and talked to more vet- He responded that yes and I took the paper he was
erans and I helped people to find names. It was a holding. As I took the paper I noticed his hand
great time. It made me feel good inside helping oth- shaking and could see tears in his eyes.
er veterans plus Dahana got me to open up a little
more. It was a good healing. I proceeded to look for the names on the paper. As
we located them there were 4 in all. I asked him if he
The most I remember about Saturday is the good wanted me to rub the names. He said no all he want-
feeling I had. We went home around 10:00 pm. ed to do was rub his fingers over them. After the last
name he rubbed his finger over he looked at me and
Nothing happened on Sunday. Elaine had to work said thank you for helping him and was able to
and I had stuff to do around the house. smile to me over his tears. He told me this was the
first time that he was able to touch all the names he
was looking for. He proceeded to give me a hug that


came from deep within his heart. With tears in his right !! Another page gave information on what to do
eyes and a smile on his face he looked me in the eyes if you get lost. It stated FIRST OF ALL, DON’T
and said “thank you brother”. Now that’s what the GET LOST!! WOW, that was informative LOL.
weekend was all about.
OK so now it’s Saturday and my uncle picked me up
It was at that point that I had to find Elaine. She saw and we were off. YES my heart was racing. We ar-
the tears in my eyes and asked if I was OK and I told rived at our hunting spot and it was just starting to
her what had happened and she gave me the hug I get light out. The air was crisp and the ground had a
needed and told me she loved me. light crust of snow that sounded like walking on po-
tato chips.
The next moment was the closing, especially the 343
names of the men on the wall from Maine, a few of My uncle took me down by a swamp and told me
them I knew very well. It was very moving. It turned that this was where I would take my stand and wait
out to be a very beautiful weekend. One of the best I for a deer to come by. He would be further down the
have had in a long time. swamp.

Reflecting back I know I missed a lot that went on Well after 2 hours my feet were getting cold so I
that weekend but I just wanted to write about the started rocking on the heals and toes. Then I heard
things that struck me the most over the weekend. something walking on the crust covered snow not far
And YES I would do it all over again. from me.

On our way home I told Elaine that this was the best I was looking hard to find the deer. It came several
weekend I had in a long time. A couple of days later more steps closer and stopped. I still could not see
Elaine told Dahans what I had said. Dahana asked the deer. Again several more steps and stop. Now I
me how is it that after 40 years that this could be one was getting very frustrated ! Why couldn’t I see the
of your best weekends that I have had. Its not hard deer? A few more steps and it would be on me ???
to figure out, its the “Wall” It has healing processes
and the best part was to be able to help out other I looked down on my left side and about 5 feet away
vets in their healing process. By helping them, I was this huge big black animal crouched and ready
helped myself. to spring up on me. I quickly raised my 30/06 and
snapped the safety off. This is when it wheeled
YES I am glad that GOD sent me an angel into my around and took off with lightning speed. I managed
life. THANK YOU DAHANA !!!! to get a quick shot off but didn’t hit it. Now I am
trembling from excitement and the cold. I decided to
********** head back to the car and wait for my uncle. I have
never seen an animal like this and was curious to
My First Deer Hunt 1963 Waterboro Maine find out what it was.
By Carl Rabida
This animal was definitely on the stalk for me.
My uncle Bob asked me in Oct. If I would like to go NOTHING IN THE MAINE WOODS WILL HARM
hunting deer with him. Of course I would, it was a YOU! YA RIGHT !!
dream of a lifetime for a 16 year old.
Eventually my uncle returned and I asked him about
I had a few weeks to get ready. I bought my first li- the animal and he said he didn’t know. He rolled his
cense for 25 cents and I got a copy of the hunting window down and asked the man in the car parked
rules. next to us if he knew.

I think about this day and I have to chuckle. The The man said it was them damn fisher cats. He asked
book was not very informative but it had the dates if we saw the chickens hanging in the tree as bait for
and bag limits on the first page. It stated NOTHING trapping them. These dead chickens were hanging
IN THE MAINE WOODS WILL HARM YOU! Ya many parts of the woods here.


So now I knew what it was. For years after, I tried to
find as much info on fisher cats and they do have a
bad reputation for viciousness but never saw any
pictures of a very large fisher.

That was until someone a year or so ago shot one and
put it on Facebook. While it was big, it wasn’t as big
as the one that came at me. Now at least I know they
can get quite large!!

To this day I still will not nap under a tree while
hunting !!


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

All veterans should make sure that all documents associated with their military service are in a secure loca-
tion and accessible to family members when the need arises. It is unfortunate that, all too often, veterans put
their military papers in boxes or files and family members have no clue as to where to look to find them.

The veteran’s discharge papers — Form 100 Discharge, DD214 or NGD22 — are critical for any benefits
for which a veteran or their family may be eligible. Do not keep the family in the dark on where they are
located; make a list of all these documents and include a copy of the most recent “Federal Benefits for Vet-
erans and their Dependents” pamphlet.

Too often, a situation arises in which the VA could provide valuable assistance and a delay is caused by a
lack of essential documents to speed the process for medical coverage or dependent assistance. Make it is
easy for your loved ones to assist you if the need arises.

I know that there will come a time when I will be in need of my family’s assistance, and I want them to be
able to find and use the documents to ease their stress and have access to all eligible VA benefits. There are
many websites and information sources that are vital to veterans and their families; I recommend that they
become familiar with these and make a list of these resources, so that the veteran and their family can have
access to them immediately when needed.

Here is a list of information and details that veterans should have available to their loved ones:

■ Name, Address, State, Zip Code;

■ DD214, DD215 or NGD 22, Form 100 Discharge;

■ Date of Enlistment ­ Location;

■ Date of Discharge — Location;

■ Branch of Service — Service Number;

■ Date of Birth & Birth Certificate;

■ Date of Marriage & Marriage Certificate;

■ VA Medical Card & Medicare Cards;
■ Government or Life Insurance Policies;

■ VA Claim Number — Social Security Number;

■ Certificate of Eligibility (COE) — Home Loan;

■ Bank Accounts —Safe Deposit Box & Location;

■ Records Location and any VA or Social Security Compensation;

■ Other Documents — Deeds, Mortgages, Will, Living Will instructions, and more; and

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■ VA Office where records are located.
All of the above information is very important to have and can be included in one simple to use booklet
called “THE PAPER SAFE”. It has been designed by our sister organization The Associates of Vietnam
Veterans of America.
If you would like to obtain a copy of this booklet you can stop by our R & R center located in the basement
of the American Legion Post 26 508 Elm Street, Biddeford, Maine or call us at 207-494-9287. If by chance
there is no answer please leave a message with you name address and we will make sure you get a copy.

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VETERAN LICENSE PLATE DECALS

For FREE replacement of faded Campaign or Service decals:

Write to:
Secretary of State Bureau of Motor Vehicles 29 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0029

*Include a copy of your registration and a note requesting replacements

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Monthly Special

Exterior window decal 3 x 2. Purple Heart
Larger decals available price depending on size Baseball Cap

$5.00 $5.00

If Interested in ordering one or more please make check or money order out to
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1044 and send it to

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1044 P.O. Box 844 Sanford, Maine 04073
Or

Stop down to our meeting location 508 Elm Street Biddeford and see the many other
items that we have available.

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SUPPORTERS PAGE

Support Those That Support US!!

(Cost to have your company business card placed here in our newsletter as well as on our website is only $25.00
per year)

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Membership in VVA is the Right Choice

First I want to say "WELCOME HOME "

The goals of Vietnam Veterans of America are to promote and support the full
range of issues important to Vietnam veterans. To create a new identity for this
generation of veterans and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.

VVA is a "home of our own" - a community of fellowship with people who share
our experiences, needs, and hopes for the future.

Be as active as your time, talents, and interests allow. Or, simply be a proud
member of VVA, knowing that your membership helps VVA work for you and
your fellow Vietnam veterans.

Membership includes a subscription to our award-winning newspaper, The VVA
Veteran, bringing you updates on issues and legislation affecting veterans, as
well as unique articles on the people, places, and history of the Vietnam experi-
ence.

Membership is open to U.S. armed force veterans who served on active duty (for
other than training purposes) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28,
1961 and May 7, 1975, or in any duty location between August 5, 1964 and May
7, 1975.

Our chapter is very active working hard to help our brothers and sisters, their
families and veterans of today.

We meet once a month at the American Legion Post 26 located at 508 Elm Street
Biddeford. Meetings start at 1:30 (13:30)

If you would like further information on joining our chapter please email me
your mailing address at president@vva1044maine.org I will send the informa-
tion to you.

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Information on these and other events may be found on our web site at
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