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Parade will file past Intrepid in ’08

USS Intrepid

It’s more than a year away. But officials Thursday that the 2008 Veteran’s Day Parade will be re-routed west across 42nd Street and north on 12th Avenue to pay homage to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid, which will return to its refurbished berth at Pier 86 on Sept. 26, 2008 — the birthdate of the late Zachary Fisher, who founded the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Museum officials announced the plans to more than 100 government and corporate leaders Thursday at a gathering in Brooklyn. The museum’s grand re-opening celebration will officially take place on Nov. 11, 2008 — Veteran’s Day.

Museum president Bill White said the celebration will “afford us the opportunity to give Intrepid the glorious return she so deserves.”

Commissioned in August, 1943, the Intrepid became one of the most famous ships in the U.S. Navy, serving in a variety of roles until she was finally decommissioned in 1974.

Torpedoed by the Japanese in World War II, struck on multiple occasions by kamikazes, the Intrepid was a key player in the Pacific Fleet, fighting in battles in the Kwajalein Atoll, the Marshall Islands, Truk, the Battle of Leyte Gulf and Okinawa. She later served as the primary recovery ship for NASA and the Mercury Astronauts and even served in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War.
Parade will file past Intrepid in ’08

Rescued by Fisher to establish the museum in 1982, the Intrepid was moved from its Manhattan berth late last year for refurbishment, including an $8 million interior renovation. The Intrepid is undergoing refurbishment in Staten Island.

On Thursday, officials announced the carrier will begin its trek back to Pier 86 at 8 a.m. on Sept. 26, 2008 and should return to the pier at 1:30 p.m.

It is expected that 5,000 veterans will take place in the museum’s grand re-opening celebration on Nov. 11, 2008.

“We are thrilled that we are nearing the return of the Intrepid to its New York City home,” New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn said Thursday. “The Intrepid is a living monument to our nation’s courage and our resolve to stand for freedom, whatever the cost.”

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Cold War Veterans News for August 2007

CWVA Chairman’s Contest Announcement

The CWVA is considering changing the organization’s logo. As part of this reconsideration, we are having a contest and EVERYONE is invited to participate.

We invite all members — as well as their friends and family members — to submit CWVA logo suggestions in the form of a graphic (e.g., as either an attached graphic to an email or as a drawing on a sheet of paper mailed to the address below).

The top three candidates will win a prize from the CWVA catalogue!

The following limitations apply to a submitted logo:

(1) It must reflect the global nature of the Cold War conflict (i.e., it cannot be theater-specific nor can it ignore the service of all allied countries whose contribution is recognized by our global membership).

(2) It must reflect the service of all branches of the military.

Please submit your suggested logos to (one or both of) the following:

Cold War Veterans Association

P.O. Box 13042

Overland Park, KS 66282-3042

logo@coldwarveterans.com

Cold War Remembrance – Washington, DC May 1, 2007

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/a-rose-from-holly.htm

We held a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on May 1 honoring the memory of those killed, captured, or lost on missions during the Cold War. It is not generally known that many men and women died protecting the United States from 1946-91 at remote outposts and during missions at sea and in the air. Often, these missions were carried out in secret at the time, and only years later were the facts disclosed – and their memory forgotten except by close friends and family. So far, 14 states have proclaimed May 1 Cold War Victory Day, and the State of Virginia has declared May 1 Cold War Victory Day in perpetuity.

House Joint Resolution No. 184

Designating May 1, in 2006 and in each succeeding year, as Cold War Victory Day in Virginia. (Passed by the House of Delegates and Agreed to by the Virginia Senate, )

We were determined to honor the memory of these brave men and women, and selected May 1 (Cold War Victory Day) as the date to formally visit Arlington Cemetery and place flags and flowers at their graves. There are significant numbers of Cold War casualties buried at Arlington. We had a commitment from the press to cover this event, and had high visibility. We invited Members of Congress and officials from the White House and Defense Department, as well as the press.

We were able to purchase silk roses (one for each grave), and had a preliminary estimate of between 30 and 50 roses. Because many bodies of Cold War casualties were not recovered, we placed a rose and a flag at suitable memorials in the Cemetery. Many of our national officers attended and participated.

Frank M. Tims, Ph.D.

National Legislative Director

Cold War Veterans Association

6372 Palma del Mar. Blvd. #508

St. Petersburg, FL 33715

CWVA Presents Wreath on Memorial Day 2007

On May 28, 2007, the Cold War Veterans Association was honored to have members Nils Parr and Richard Isaac represent the CWVA as part of the National Ceremonies commemorating Memorial Day in Washington D.C., at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Richard Isaac presents the CWVA wreath to the honor guard representative below.

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Cold War Veterans Association (CWVA)

Legislative Update – June 25, 2007

In the FY 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the House is a provision, SEC 556 COLD WAR VICTORY MEDAL. The Senate version does not include a Cold War Medal, but S.1097 “The Cold War Medal Act of 2007” is very much alive, and our greatest need is for enough cosponsors to show that it is the will of the Senate (and yes, I did deliver all the letters to Senators while I was at the Capitol – thanks to all of you who wrote).

The best insurance we can get is to get cosponsors and pledges of strong support from our senators. Each of you has to try and get your two senators to cosponsor S.1097. We have to take all of these options seriously at this time. I will handle option 1, trust me on this. Sean is getting the petition bound for presentation to SECDEF Gates’ office. I have sent a message to DOD through one channel and am working on another, so I am asking all of you to work on your senators NOW.

Debate on the NDAA in the Senate will likely take place in July, since the immigration bill is front and center at this time. So we have a window of perhaps 2 weeks to push for Senate action on S.1097, and demonstrate that this legislation has enough support that a Cold War Medal can emerge in the 2008 NDAA.

Trust me on this, I am also in communication with DOD asking them to support a Cold War Medal, but we really need two cosponsors from each state to get this thing moving. Clinton and Collins (Democrat and Republican, respectively) are sponsors of S.1097. NOW, we need Snowe and Schumer (NY), Martinez and Nelson (FL), Chambliss and Isakson (GA), Inouye and Akaka (HI), Warner and Webb (VA), and ALL THE OTHER SENATORS to sign on as cosponsors of S.1097. If we can show solid support for S.1097 – or for a floor amendment in the Senate – we can win this time. The only way to get 2 senators per state is for those who live in those states to e-mail, telephone, fax, and ask, ask, ask, urge, point out how important this is, that it has been repeatedly introduced in Congress since 1997 and now is the time to show support.

Tell them the certificate is inadequate, and about to be discontinued anyway (sunsets 2008). Point out that a single day of civilian service during the Cold War earns the certificate, and the men and women who protected America in uniform deserve more than a piece of paper.

Now, many will say “I support,” but we need hard strong support — co sponsorship. If there are enough cosponsors for S.1097, we may be able to get a floor amendment in the Senate during debate of the NDAA – think what that will mean!!!

Let’s Work On Cosponsors For S.1097, The Cold War Medal Act Of 2007. Let’s Get Solid Support In The Senate!!!

Frank Tims, Legislative Director, CWVA

CWVA Quartermaster Special Offer

Get a regularly priced $8.00 Mousepad of any of our designs FREE when you place a $50.00 order.

This offer is good until further notice.

Chuck Rysticken, Imperial Designs, CWVA Quartermaster

CWVA Membership Director Announcement

I am in the process of developing an association newsletter. This newsletter will be sent to all members of the association, via email, and/or snail mail. The newsletter will be monthly beginning January 1, 2008. I have been trying to get it up and running for since May, but it just didn’t happen. I will be sending out a format for approval to the leadership committee, along with solicitations for contributions. I will expect contributions from CWVA leadership regarding Association business as well as zone specific activities, etc. No one will be exempt. Listed below are the proposed headers for the columns that will be a regular occurrence in the newsletter.

Message from the Chairman –

From the Hill –

Membership –

PR News –

Chaplain’s Corner –

News from the Zone – (each Zone Director providing synopsis of what has been happening in their zone and what’s coming up).

Member’s Mailbag –

Old Business/New Business –

New Members/Chapters Welcome Page –

Member/Chapter Recognition Page –

VA News

Please feel free to make suggestions for additional topic areas, or changes to the topic areas. I would like to also make a space available for members to contribute articles, poetry, songs, stories, etc.

Please respond to me via personal email at osagespirit1@msn.com, with questions, concerns, and/or contributions.

Lloydene Fay Hill, National Membership Director, Pacific Zone Director, CWVA

CWVA Public Affairs Cold War Song in Development Stages

Wendell Austin of Winn, Maine, Peace and Freedom Music, is in the process of writing a Cold War Song. A copy of the lyrics to the song can be downloaded at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cold-War-Veterans-Association_Public_Affairs/files/.

CWVA Public Affairs Director, Sean Eagan indicated that Mr. Austin, hopes to begin recording the song in September.

For more information, questions, concerns or input, please contact CWVA Public Affairs Director, Sean Eagan at sean.eagan@gmail.com.

The Food Network and former Marine Josh Adam Garcia, a competitor on the network’s “The Next Food Network Star,” embellished information about his culinary and Marine Corps experience

By C. Mark Brinkley – Staff writer

Military service helped former Marine cook Josh A. Garcia land a shot at fame, and now it appears to be helping him stay in the running.

Garcia, who goes by the nickname “JAG” as a contestant on the reality show “The Next Food Network Star,” dodged elimination again Sunday night thanks to a solid performance in a military-inspired challenge at Fort Dix, N.J.

But because the bulk of the episodes were taped weeks ago, soldiers who participated in the event and supported Garcia didn’t know of his embellished military record.

Originally promoting himself as having deployed to Afghanistan before leaving the service as a corporal and graduating from the New York Restaurant School, Garcia, 26, defines himself on the show through his military service. After the season began June 3, however, Military Times found that Garcia was discharged as a private eight months before his enlistment contract was set to end, never deployed to Afghanistan and never graduated from the cooking school he once attended.

Asked to explain the inconsistencies in a June 11 interview, Garcia admitted that he allowed producers to “believe what they wanted to believe” and allowed the “war hero” notion to take hold during final selections for the show.

“It’s my fault,” he said. “I let them believe it – that’s my fault.”

The Food Network eliminated any references to Afghanistan from Garcia’s online biography in response to Military Times’ inquiry and promised to investigate the situation. Because of the military theme at Fort Dix, Garcia was the center of attention, even getting teary at the end.

“I went through a lot in the military,” Garcia told the judges at the end of the show, in which he and his teammate were the favorite contestants of the Army crowd. “As soon as I walked into that room, I smelled CLP. CLP is what you use to clean your weapons. It took me back for a second.”

While visiting Fort Dix, the contestants were given two challenges — spice up an otherwise boring Meal, Ready to Eat food ration, and whip up a comfort-food meal for 75 hungry soldiers. Garcia turned a pork rib MRE into a spicy chipotle stew, and helped his partner whip up a deep-fried meatloaf after the mess hall oven they were using failed to heat up for baking.

One soldier interviewed on the show said he supported Garcia for being a former Marine.

But a visitor to the Military Times online message boards claiming to be a soldier who participated in the event at Fort Dix, said he felt duped after learning the truth about Garcia’s past.

“I hope the food network takes the appropriate action and cans him,” wrote “SSG C” in a June 22 posting.

Network officials have not announced what action, if any, might result from Garcia’s tall tales. The series is almost entirely prerecorded, with guest judges narrowing the field down to the final two contestants before turning the final decision over to viewer voting. As of Tuesday, no portions of the final episode had been taped.

“Food Network remains committed to fully investigating Josh Garcia’s background,” Cara Brugnoli, a network spokeswoman, said Tuesday. “We are working with the military and others to conduct our research and we will release any relevant details when appropriate.”

The winner of the contest — now down from 11 competitors to just five, including Garcia — gets a six-episode deal for their own Food Network series.

But pretending to be a combat veteran for any reason should not be taken lightly, said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of the non-profit group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

“That’s absolutely unacceptable,” he said. “It’s an insult to the 1.6 million Americans who have been to Iraq and Afghanistan.”

The network should own up to the mistake publicly, he said, and if Garcia wins, should make a healthy donation to a veteran’s group, such as Fisher Househousing for families near hospitals where military members and veterans are receiving care.

“The Food Network stands to make a lot of money off his show,” Rieckhoff said. “That would be the right thing to do.”

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MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin vowed Wednesday to strengthen Russia’s military capability and step up spying abroad in response to U.S. plans to build missile defense sites and deploy troops in Eastern Europe.
“The situation in the world and internal political interests require the Foreign Intelligence Service to permanently increase its capabilities, primarily in the field of information and analytical support for the country’s leadership,” Putin said at a meeting with senior military and security officers in remarks that were posted on the Kremlin’s website.

The Foreign Intelligence Service is a successor agency to the KGB.

Putin did not identify specific nations as targets, but officials in the United States and Britain have said recently that Moscow has intensified its spying in those countries.

Putin said U.S. plans to station troops in Eastern Europe and Washington’s intention to base missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic pose security challenges for Russia. Washington says the facilities are necessary to protect the U.S. and Europe from missiles launched by Iran or other rogue states.

Cold War Veterans Association Kansas City Mo. August 18th 2007

Who we are and what we are about and most importantly where we are going :

The Cold War Veterans Association Is dedicated to the Veterans of the Armed forces who served
during the Cold War Era.

The Cold War Veterans Association (CWVA) is a tax-exempt, federally-recognized 501(c)(19) veterans
service organization

While there are a number of honorable Veterans Service Organizations, there is only one dedicated to
exclusively representing the interests of Cold War Veterans — The Cold War Veterans Association
(CWVA).

The Mission of the Cold War Veterans Association is to:

(1) Fight for rights and benefits that Cold War Veterans deserve;

(2) Educate people as to why the Cold War was fought and why vigilance must be
maintained; and

(3) Provide a fraternal community for men and women whose patriotism binds them
together.

To be eligible for membership, one must have served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces
at some time during the Cold War period (September 2, 1945 – December 26, 1991).

CWVA Membership Application

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Home Please print off, complete, and submit the following Home

ELIGIBILITY: The Cold War Veterans Association (CWVA) is a tax-exempt, federally-recognized
501(c)(19) veterans service organization open to honorably discharged veterans and active-duty
personnel who served at any time during the Cold War period – September 2, 1945 to December 26,
1991. (NOTE: RESERVISTS and National Guardsmen who engaged in basic training, advanced
training, and/or annual training during this period ARE ELIGIBLE.)

Name: ____________________________________________________________________

E-Mail Address: _____________________________________________________________

Mailing Address: ____________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________

Telephone Number(s): ________________________________________________________

Branch(es) & Period(s) of Military Service: _______________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

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DUES. There are FIVE CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP:

(a) Platinum Club (Contributors of $100 or more annually)

(b) Gold Club (contribute $50-$99 annually)

(c) Silver Club (contribute $25-$49 annually)

The above classes get special privileges (including mention on our web site)

(d) Dues-paying member ($15 annually)

(e) Non-dues-paying* member (we will NOT exclude someone from the Association

simply for lacking the funds – all veterans have paid enough “dues”)

PLEASE REMIT Completed Application along with DUES/CONTRIBUTIONS to:

COLD WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION

P.O. Box 13042

Overland Park, KS 66282-3042

PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE evidence of your military service — e.g., a photocopy of your DD-214 (feel free to delete any confidential information such as your Social Security Number). If
evidence of your military service cannot be provided, please explain why. (
*If signing up as a
NON-DUES-PAYING member, please so indicate.
)

NOTE 1: Donations/dues are NOT tax deductible – even though we are a federally recognized, tax-exempt veterans service organization – because Congress has yet to fully recognize the “Cold War.”

Download this application in PDF

The Soldier’s Wall: A Challenge: Read and Repost.

Here is a challenge for everyone, and an incredible opportunity for American Citizens to show their support:

Because THIS site is viewed frequently by Military personnel, at home, and abroad, we would like to challenge everyone to leave a comment on at least 5 of these service member’s pictures. You can pick at random, and send them a simple “Thank You”.

This is very important. A simple comment could really go a long way in helping to boost their morale.

Thank You!

http://www.soldierwall.com/wall.php

“They fought together as brothers-in-arms…….To them we have a solemn obligation.” — Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

Our medals are our permanent legacy

Dear Otis,

First, I want to thank you and your staff for producing the ‘Tis of Thee’ series, and choosing the title of the Series from the first sentence of our Founding Father’s original National Anthem. The ‘Tis of Thee’ series is a proud testimony to the individual men and women who served our Nation.Second, last week I attended the funeral of someone I served with. I was shocked to see that none of his ribbons were pinned to his suit before his burial, which is the custom for U.S. veterans.
With so many veterans passing from World War II, Korea and Vietnam these days there should be more said about them… at least by their families. But it is sad that their family’s don’t think enough of their veteran’s military service to bury them with the proudest emblems of the veteran’s finest moments in life, when he or she served in our military.
Kids come, grow up and go, jobs come and go, friends come and go, and spouses come and go… but our medals stay with us for life. Our medals are the one part of our lives that truly belongs to us. Our medals never leave us, abandon us, betray us. Our medals honor us. Our medals prove that there was a time in our lives when we did something selflessly for our country and the world. Our medals are our one true, personal legacy to last for all time. And even if future members of our families forget about our military service there is a record of our medals somewhere… and somewhere in time, someone will remember us for our sacrifices and hardships in earning our medals.

Keep up the good work!

Signed,
An Appreciative Veteran

Military Medal Issue Regulations
http://www.amervets .com/isr. htm

Contact Person for this posting: Roger Simpson,
Public Information Office: 13105320634. com (http://www.13105320634.com/ )
The American War Library: amervets.com (http://www.amervets.com/ )
16907 Brighton Avenue
Gardena CA 90247-5420
Fone/Fax 1-310-532-0634

America’s Huey-091

“Going Home with America’s Huey-091” is a completely philanthropic and voluntary project with the purpose to:

• Educate current and future generations
• Honor our Vietnam Veterans for their valor, courage, and selfless sacrifice, as well as all veterans who have answered our nation’s call
• Pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate price in the defense of freedom
• Our mission objective is to deliver and donate UH-1H 65-10091 to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on 19 March 2004 for display in the Price of Freedom exhibit.

you can check 091-America’s Huey out HERE:

http://www.myspace.com/americashuey091

AMERICAS HUEY -- 091

Visit their “real” website at: http://www.americashuey.org/

Islamist Win Turkish Election

Turkish Interverntion in Northern Iraq seems more likely after these election results providing yet another obstacle to future stability in Iraq and the possibility aof larger regional conflict seems to loom. The U.S. has said little other than warning Ankara not to invade Northern Iraq but quite possible has privately agreed to turn a blind eye on Turkish incursions into Northern Iraq . The Turks want to hit PKK rebel bases and have long made it know it would not except a independent Kurdish state on its border.

Turkey’s Islamic-rooted ruling party won parliamentary elections by a wide margin Sunday, and the prime minister pledged to safeguard the country’s secular traditions and do whatever the government deems necessary to fight separatist Kurdish rebels.

Kurdish Rebel Leader Expects Turk Attack
Kurdish rebels of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, are seen near the Turkish border

Kurdish rebels of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, are seen near the Turkish border in the remote village of Lewzhe, in northern Iraq, Saturday, July 21, 2007. Their commander, Murat Karayilan, says he believes the Turkish military will launch a long-anticipated offensive against separatist bases in northern Iraq shortly after Sunday’s general elections in Turkey and warned his fighters were prepared for battle.(AP Photo/Yahya Ahmed)

Kurdish Rebel Leader Expects Turk Attack

Jul 22, 5:27 PM (ET)
By YAHYA BARZANJI

LEWZHE, Iraq (AP) – The commander of Iraq-based Kurdish rebels said he believed Turkey will quickly follow its parliamentary elections Sunday with a long-anticipated offensive against his remote mountain bases.

Murat Karayilan, the leader of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, warned that his fighters were prepared for battle, but denied Ankara’s charges that his group was using Iraqi soil to launch attacks against Turkish forces across the border.

“The date of the Turkish offensive has drawn near,” Karayilan told The Associated Press in an interview Friday at his base in the remote northern Iraqi village of Lewzhe. “We are ready to confront it and to defend ourselves. The Turkish army cannot move with ease in this mountainous terrain.”

Turkey has been fighting PKK rebels since 1984 in a war that has killed tens of thousands.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose party won a new mandate Sunday, has threatened to stage an incursion into northern Iraq if post-election talks with Iraq and the United States fail to produce effective measures against the Kurdish guerrillas.

Erdogan told jubilant supporters in a victory speech in Ankara that: “In our struggle against separatist terrorists, we are determined to take every step at the right time.”

Opposition parties have criticized his ruling party for not showing determination to stage an incursion, a move that could seriously strain ties with Iraq and Turkey’s NATO ally, the United States. The United States, facing problems elsewhere in Iraq, opposes such a move, but Turkey, frustrated by escalating rebel violence, says Washington has reneged on promises to help it fight terrorism.

Karayilan said that the autonomous Kurdish government in Iraq was not supporting his group. He described his group’s bases in northern Iraq as primarily political indoctrination centers. An AP reporter, however, saw PKK guerrillas training on the use of light arms and doing endurance drills in full combat gear as he made his way to Lewzhe.

“The arms market and merchants are our main sources of weapons,” said Karayilan who said that his guerrillas recently ambushed and commandeered an Iranian truckload of weapons that was on its way to Lebanon. He said he commands about 10,000 people.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government has protested to Ankara over cross-border shelling of Iraqi territory by the Turkish army and repeatedly called for a diplomatic solution to the conflict. Al-Maliki has received an invitation from Erdogan to visit Turkey, but no date has been set.

Karayilan charged that any Turkish military incursion into northern Iraq would be intended to thwart efforts by Iraq’s Kurds to annex the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

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