Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - Veterans Day

Complete DHS Report for November 11, 2014 – None Available – Federal Holiday

Over the past years I have never made a blog entry on Federal Holidays!  Now that I am truly retired I am choosing to make my own comments on my blog on Federal Holidays.
I have chosen to launch this venture on Veterans Day as I am a US Army veteran with 31 years of service.  I do not wish to bring notoriety to myself but rather to all veterans, active, disabled, deceased, reserves or retired.

I have been fortunate that at 75 years of age I have not been injured while in the active military or later in civilian life.  I donate to many charities that support veterans and I wish to bring a few of them to your attention.  Everyone that I list are those which I contribute to on a frequent basis. Please choose one or more and contribute to them:

·       The American Legion (http://www.legion.org/)
·       Coalition to Salute America's Heroes (https://saluteheroes.org/)
·       Disabled American Veterans (http://www.dav.org/)
·       Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) (http://hhv.org/)
·       The Heritage Foundation (http://www.heritage.org/)
·       MOAA (http://www.moaa.org/)
·       National Museum of the U.S. Army, The (http://thenmusa.org/)
·       National WWII Museum, The (http://nationalww2museum.org/)
·       Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/)

Yes, I know that there are many others….these are the ones I support.  Perhaps it is not clear why I support the American Legion and MOAA….simply I believe in the American Legion and its programs.  As for the MOAA (Military Officers of America Association), it is an excellent program for those that qualify and performs a significant number of social support activities.

Why the National WWII Museum?  My father is a veteran and I want him remembered for his service.  He and I are founding members.  You could also wonder why I support organizations relative to those wounded when I was not…..it is because that when the initial buildup of the Vietnam War took place the Army did not have the computer resources to automate the selection.  At that time I was a Personnel Sergeant at a major training center and was chosen to make the selections based on the criteria defined by Army and the quota assigned to the base to where I was stationed.

To this day I wonder whether any of those that I selected were injured or killed during their assignment.  I will never know as I did not keep a record of those that I selected.  It was shortly thereafter that I chose to pursue a career in information technology hopefully removing such a responsibility from individuals.