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More than seventy veterans involved in the Vietnam War and an approximate of 250 community members came together in Martinsville City Hall on the Friday night of last week to participate in a Fall Foliage Festival first. The gathering program was to give overdue appreciations to the gentlemen and women who took part in the serving in the deadly and controversial conflict. The occasion begun on a very good note with the 250th playing of Taps by Bugles across America and later, after the reading of the names of the fallen soldiers of Morgan County, which occurs on the square at 6:55 pm, on a weekly basis, each Friday. The history of the United States’ involvement and happenings in Vietnam was recounted by the American Legion 230 Commander John McGee after the presentation of colors and an opening prayer that kicked off the occasion. The recount given by John McGee stretched from the US sending in advisers back in 1950 to where the United States withdrawal of its troops in the year 1975. John stated that the stats and the numbers is not reliable to scoop truth, since they were never afforded the joyous and best homecoming welcomes of other wars. He requested for the Vietnam veterans present to be saluted. Following the program of the event, McGee, John continued to state that he has happily surprised to see the turnout of the veterans at the event. It was a routine for the Vietnam Veterans to show up for the event through the back door and maybe interact just a little bit, then leave whenever the Legion would hold events for the veterans to interact with each other. This time round, it has been a healing time. After John McGee’s speech, Rick Baum, who is the Morgan County Veterans Service Officer and a Marine Corps and Vietnam Veteran addressed the veterans concerning the services offered by his office along with his personal trails as much as soldiers after service are concerned. He said that is was a very special chance and privilege for him to serve the way he does. He also talked about his two sons who served in Iraq and whenever they come home, they are never the same. Bringing out a hat, Baum added that the hat he was having was a belonging to his son Benjamin, who had died four years just after getting home from war. His son was 29 years of age and passed on due to cardiac issues. From this, Baum addressed to veterans, of how it is of importance to take good care of themselves, more specifically when they are out of the service. An illness like heart disease and diabetes are the ones mostly found among veterans.
It was announced earlier this week by the Global UAV Technologies that the Fallen American Veterans Foundation, Inc. (“FAVF”), had chosen to responsible in the providence of the survey services and custom UAV solutions to be of help in the recovering and searching of the personnel belonging to the U.S. Military who are Missing in Action (MIA) in the whole world. A commitment is made by the Global UAV that it will make available its specialized UAV-MAGTM systems, equipment and other technological devices that can be of help in the search and recovering the missing aircrafts and the crews that were involved.  Funding and logistical support have been received from the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of Defence and private donor among others, for the Global UAV for their committed projects of the search and recovery. Why choose the Global UAV? It has a proven record, good and quality experience in its field personnel and the survey methodologies used in harsh climatic environment like the high arctic, and in international jurisdiction with specialized UAV- based geophysical liquids. The set main participation partner from the Global UAV Group for the searching and recovering projects will be the Pioneer Aerial Surveys Ltd. The locating of a US Coast Guard J2F-4 Grumman Duck will be the first search and recovering project. The plane is at the moment covered in ice in a remote area in Greenland after it crashed on the 29th of November in 1942. The CEO of Global UAV Technologies, Michael Burns stated that they are so happy and proud to have a partnership with the Fallen American Veterans Foundation in the searching and recovering missions. He continued to praise the organization of how it puts much effort and enough resources on the ground because of their commitment of leaving no man behind on the ground and the spirit applies to all the US military personnel that are missing in action. He guaranteed everyone that the set survey technology and remote location work capabilities are of a world class level and that they are pleased to utilize the equipment in the important mission of the recovering effort.  The Fallen American Veterans Foundation’s Board Chairman and Expedition Lead, Lou Sapienza, stated that as the Fallen American Veterans Foundation, they are more than pleased to have the Global UAV and pioneer Aerial Surveys partner efforts to the missioned searches for recovery. He continued to state that pioneer always brings a unique technology solution that is most sufficient and good for the searches on the Greenland ice cap.
The annual Stars and Stripes Forever celebration is set for purposes of pride, recognition and honoring community veterans by the City of Farmington Hills Special Service Adults 50 & Better. As their culture and tradition, this year is not any different. It is planned that it will take place at the Costick Center that is located at 28600 Eleven Mile Road in the Farmington Hills, on Friday the 10th of November from 11 a.m. to 1.30 pm. The 21st annual celebration advance tickets for the adults of all ages go for $8 till the 6th of November, while afterwards till at the door during the D-day, will be $10. Veterans residing in Farmington or Farmington Hills are lucky to be offered a complimentary admission, but only for those who are pre-registered before the deadline that is on the 6th of November. Every veteran who resides in the area, with their guests, is welcomed to attend the celebration. An honor guard ceremony that will be conducted by the VFW and the American Legion plus a roll call of all the attended veterans is an inclusion agenda of the November 10th Event. Herman Kasoff, the Army WWII Veteran, will be the keynote speaker of the celebration. Topping up the list of celebration’s event are prizes, raffles, luncheon and special interactive presentations from actors that portray Harry and Bess Truman.  
A recent study showed that more than 1.5 million wartime service veterans and their living spouses are entitled to VA pensions that are supposed to assist in paying for their long-term care: homecare, nursing homes or assisted living. This type of pension is known as "Aid and Attendance" and "Housebound." The sad part is that majority of these veterans and their spouses are not receiving these benefits since they don’t even know the programs existed let alone how they can filed for. This is because the whole process of filling the needed forms can be very frustrating. As a veteran grows older the VA department is supposed to offer services and benefits that will help the veteran deal with issues like health risks and financial challenges. There a many benefits that are available to the elderly veterans. These benefits include: Disability compensation Pension Education and training Health care Home loans Insurance Vocational rehabilitation and employment Aid & Attendance and Housebound Additional monetary payment will be offered to any veteran and survivor who happens to eligible for the VA pension and needs the aid and attendance of another person, or are considered to housebound. This benefit is paid to the veteran monthly together with their pension and cannot be offered without the pension benefits. A veteran and his surviving spouse might not be able to get the Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time. Aid & Attendance (A&A) The Aid & Attendance (A&A) monthly benefits can be added to a veteran’s pension amount if they meet one of the below requirements: The veterans need the assistance of another person to do personal functions needed for everyday living like: bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting themselves from the potential dangers of one’s daily living environment. A veteran is bedridden due to the disability he or she has, and can only leave the bed for any prescribed therapeutic course or treatment. The veteran is a patient at any nursing and diagnosed with physical or mental incapacity. The veteran’s eyesight is limited to a visual acuity of 5/200 despite being corrected. This can be in one eye or both. The concentric contraction is 5 degrees or less from the visual field. The annual family net income that is minus any expenses, is way below the yearly limit that has been by law. The limits are: Wartime service veteran with no dependents: below $21,531 Wartime service veteran with one dependent: below $25,525   The Housebound Benefits This extra monthly monetary pension allowance can be added to a veteran’s monthly pension if the veteran is confined to their immediate premises due to permanent disability. The other qualification would be that their annual family net income should be below the limits that are set by law, the limits are: Wartime service veteran with no dependents: below $15,773 Wartime service veteran with one dependent: below $19,770 NB: A veteran who has one dependent is normally one who living with their spouse. The VA Department deducts the countable income by subtracting any medical expenses that are associated with the out-of-pocket costs like home care or assisted living. Statistics show that most veterans and their surviving spouses have very low incomes and definitely meet the minimum annual income requirement. Many elderly veterans are not quite aware of the difference between these two benefits that are available to them, the Aid & Attendance and the Housebound Pension. The main difference between these two is the care and also the payment rates. In order to get an Aid and Attendance pension, the concerned veteran must need assistance to perform the daily living activities like dressing or bathing. While for the Housebound pension, he or she must be confined substantially in their immediate premise due to permanent disability. The VA benefits for the elderly is able to cater for a portion for expenses of the nursing home care. This is only if the veteran or the surviving spouse has been catering for the expenses from their pocket. Though you will find in some rare cases, where assisted living expenses are not reimbursed by the insurance company, that’s when the VA pension comes in to assist and allow the veteran or the surviving spouse to live an affordable comfortable and assisted life. The VA can also give caregivers (spouses or close family members) tax free monetary assistance that is supposed to assist them to care of the veterans or the surviving spouse. The claimant, though must be able to meet the eligibility requirements that have been set by the VA in order to get the money. The veterans are not limited to pick a VA facility, they can pick any nursing home that they deem to be most convenient to them. Also the provider doesn’t need to be a VA certified one, and any physician is able to document the care that is needed by the claimant. The nursing facilities costs will then be catered for by the VA Department, this applies to veterans and living spouses who are in independent living or assisted living. The surviving spouse of a wartime veteran is eligible for the Aid and Attendance pension or a Housebound pension, which is if they meet the minimum requirements mentioned above. Their net income should also be below the following limits: For the Aid and Attendance pension, annual net income of below $13,836, for a living spouse with no dependents. For the Housebound pension, annual net income of below $10,580, for a living spouse with no dependents. Just like with the veterans, the countable income of the surviving spouse is reduced by any medical expenses that are related to his/her care. State Owned Veteran Homes It’s true and very obvious that the State veteran’s homes help a lot in filling the need for elderly veterans who have low incomes and would want to spend their last days with their comrades. This predominant service can be accessed in state owned veterans nursing home care.  The VA nursing homes have to be fully licensed in their particular state and be able to meet the skilled or intermediate nursing services that are offered in the private sector nursing homes in their state.  The State homes can also provide assisted living care and/or domiciliary care, it’s more of supported independent living. But then the number of state owned veteran homes in the country are less than 200. And that’s why there are private homes for the elderly veterans and surviving spouse. Some of the services that are offered by the Veterans’ homes are: Help with bathing Help with dressing Medication reminders Transportation Meal preparation Transferring to and from bed Personal care Respite care Light housekeeping Laundry Companionship Assisting the veteran access any community resources that can be used to improve their life. There is at least one state owned veterans homes in every state, while some states like Oklahoma have close to 7 homes. The demand for the homes is very high but then the challenge of lack of enough federal funding has over the years created a delay in the construction of more than 130 care homes for the veterans. Approximately there are about 7,391,000 service members who are still alive and had served in the Vietnam War era between the years 1964 and 1975. The Department of Veterans Affairs. Has estimated that of all the soldiers who had served during World War II between 1941 and 1945, only 1.71 million veterans are still alive. A heavy responsibility has been placed on the country when it comes to looking after the elderly veterans, the VA has been trying to make sure the elderly veterans have access to good health, employment needs and welfare.
The number of veterans in the country has been reducing at a terrible rate, not to mention the many other issues that affect the veterans like poverty, homelessness and lack of good health care. Daily more than 392 veterans die not to mention more than 22 of that number are from suicide cases. The blow figures are a little alarming: World War I (1917-1918)  U.S. service members: 4,734,991 Deaths: 116,516 (53,402 in battle) Wounded: 204,002 Last veteran: Frank Buckles, died in 2011 at age 110   World War II (1941-1945)  U.S. service members: 16,112,566 Deaths: 405,399 (291,557 in battle) Wounded: 670,846 Estimated living veterans: 620,000   Korean War (1950-1953)  U.S. service members: 5,720,000 Deaths: 54,246 (36,574 in theater) Wounded: 103,284 Estimated living veterans: 2,275,000   Vietnam War (1964-1975)  U.S. service members: 8,744,000 (estimated 3,403,000 deployed) Deaths: 90,220 (58,220 in theater) Wounded: 153,303 Estimated living veterans: 7,391,000   Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991)  U.S. service members: 2,322,000 (694,550 deployed) Deaths: 1,948 (383 in theater) Wounded: 467 Estimated living veterans: 2,244,583 (2009 estimate, may include veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan) There are several funeral homes that offer burial services to the veterans. The only challenge is that the number of veterans buried from the funeral homes is very low compared to the number of veterans who die each day. This can be attributed to lack of knowledge and also the many social economic challenges that veterans face when they join the rest of the community after their service in the military. All veterans have the legal right to be buried in a national cemetery, with a headstone made of marble or granite (regardless of the location of burial) and a flag. No charges will be incurred when opening or closing the grave, a vault or liner, or setting the marker in a national cemetery.  Thou the family will have to cater for the other expenses including transportation. Markers will be available. The inscription for the markers must have the name, branch of service, year of birth, year of death—this is the normal order, it can include an emblem of belief, rank, and any decorations earned. At an additional cost, extra items can be included like nicknames and terms of endearment, however they have to be approved by the VA. When a veteran passes on they are entitled to burial benefits. These benefits include: A gravesite in any of our 135 national cemeteries with available space Opening and closing of the grave Perpetual care A Government headstone or marker A burial flag A Presidential Memorial Certificate Some Veterans are entitled to get Burial Allowances. Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains. A United States flag is provided, during the burial at no cost. The flag is used to drape the casket and for a cremation it will accompany the urn of a deceased Veteran who had served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces. This is done to honor all the memories of the Veteran’s military service to his or her country. For veterans who had dishonorably discharged the VA will furnish a burial flag for memorialization. So who is eligible to get a flag on their burial? A veteran who had served during any wartime A veteran who had passed on while on active duty after the 27th of May 1941. A veterans who had served in the military after the 31st of January 1955. Any Peacetime Veteran who had been discharged/ released before the 27th of June 1950, they must have served at least one enlistment or released due to a disability incurred in the line of duty. Specific people who had served in the Common Wealth organized military forces of the Philippines, while they were still in the service of the U. S. Military. Also they must have died on or after the 25th of April 1951. Specific previous members of the Selected Reserves. When the VA offers the flag for the burial of a veteran or a service member, the next of kin is given the flag by the department as a keeps take. This is after it has been used in the burial. When there is no next of kin then a close friend of the deceased will be given the flag but only if they make a request for it. Families of veterans can donate the flags (they are normally flown during patriotic holidays). The VA death benefit, has the following burial allowances that veterans and service members need to know about. Death while on active duty: VA caters for all expenses of the funeral: body preparation, casket, transportation to the place of disposition, interment (if in a national cemetery), and marker. The next of kin is entitled to receive a “death gratuity” of $100,000. Death caused by a service related injury: a burial allowance of $2000 will be offered to the veterans, this amount can cater for the funeral director’s expenses, the casket, and transportation to the cemetery. Veterans being buried in a VA cemetery may have their transportation costs catered for. For a non-national burial ground a sum of $300 will be offered as interment allowances, though most of the times it covers the opening and closing charges of the vault. A marble will be available for free. A non-service related death but at a VA health care facility: a sum of $722 will be offered toward the funeral & burial expenses. In case the burial will be taking place in non-VA cemetery, then the VA will offer and additional $722 to cater for the cost of the plot and interment. A non-service related death, which occurs outside a VA health care facility, but the veteran was collecting his/her VA pension and/or disability benefits: the VA will offer a sum of $300 for funeral or the burial expenses. The other mortuary expenses will be catered by the family even though burial in a national cemetery will be free. An interment allowance of $300 applies only if the burial takes place in a non-national cemetery. Death outside a VA facility, and the veteran was not receiving any of his benefits: the only benefits entitled to this veteran are a lot in a national cemetery, any required vault, interment, a granite or marble marker, and flag are the only burial benefits. The family will cater for all the cost if the burial is taking place on non-national cemetery. There are also state and county benefits that are offered when a veteran dies. It’s good to make an inquiry at your local veterans’ office on the available state and county benefits. What about the spouses and the dependents? The spouse and dependents of a veteran who is eligible for an honorable burial and a marker in the national cemetery (even if he/she is not married there), will be entitled to enjoy all the benefits of a deceased spouse.  Burial rights from a prior marriage, can be claimed by a spouse who remarried a non-veteran. Spouses who are entitled to military pay and die at any military medical facility are entitled to military transport to the nearest national cemetery (no farthest that their last permanent address of residence). Adult children of veterans are also entitled to burial benefits, but only if the children are disabled and dependent. Those who are eligible for burial benefits from the VA department are: Divorced spouses Adult children Parents, siblings and others—even if they are dependents Those with a dishonorable discharge Those convicted of subversive activities or capital crimes. Burial taking Place at Sea. Burial involving scattering the remains of a veteran at sea is an option that is available to all the veterans and close dependents. The option is offered by the US Cost Guard and the Navy. A flag must be there and if it was supplied by the family, it will be returned to them, but if supplied by the Navy it will not be given to the family. The only challenge with the sea burial is that it’s done at the convenience of the military personnel and the family might not have a chance to witness the burial.
A doctorate student in Public Health at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is seeking help from the veteran population. She has spent the past two years at the university examining childhood and adult sexual violence. Her research study is entitled, "Exploration of Rape Myths Among Former Military Personnel" and she is focusing on beliefs surrounding rape myths. She has nearly 17 years of active duty service, had deployed in support of OEF and OIF, and served initially as an enlisted Service Member and now as an officer. Many people are not aware that 1 in 6 males under the age of 18 years old has experienced sexual violence, and that 1 in 4 females experience sexual violence, and that every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted (DOJ, 2015; RAINN, 2016). Sexual violence has been shown to impact the long-term health of survivors in the military and in the civilian sector (CDC, 2016).  am hoping to gain your thoughts regarding current rape myths. The purpose of this project is to raise awareness, reduce This will be very helpful research and she is hoping to gain your thoughts regarding current rape myths. The purpose of this project is to raise awareness, reduce the stigma associated with sexual violence, dispel false rape myths by enhancing knowledge, and improve the health status of sexual violence survivors. This is a brief survey of former active duty Service Members/Veterans. The survey is short (less than 10 minutes), voluntary, anonymous, and approved by the ETSU Institutional Review Board. There are 20 Yes/No or Agree/Disagree questions regarding rape myths and gender attitudes. Honest and candid answers are critical to understanding current beliefs. Click on the following link to view the consent document and then please begin the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/rapemyths2017 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- If completing this survey raises any concerns for you, contact the Veteran's Crisis Line at 1 800.273.8255 and press 1, the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE to have a confidential chat, or communicate with another source that you feel comfortable speaking to. If I can answer any questions, please feel free to contact me at caldara@etsu.edu. Thank you for your time. Your help is greatly appreciated to better understand sexual violence and is instrumental in developing ways to assist current and future military Veterans. Please forward this message to any former military professionals you may know; I am trying to reach Veterans throughout America. Very Respectfully, Gabrielle Caldara,Author of the survey     References: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2016). Sexual violence: Consequences. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention /sexualviolence/consequences.html Department of Justice (DOJ). (2015). National Crime Victimization Survey, 2010-2014. Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.    Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). (2016). Victims of sexual violence statistics. Retrieved from https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence.    
Chicago, Ill.: On November 4, 2017, Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care will release a new 116-page, comprehensive resource guide for veterans and their families at its 2017 Chicagoland Veterans Expo: Benefits and Opportunities for Veteran Families. The expo will be held at the Presence Resurrection Medical Center Marian Conference Center located at 7435 W. Talcott Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A press conference announcing the guide’s release will take place during the expo at 11:00 a.m. The Guide to Home, Health and Honors: Benefits and Opportunities for Chicagoland Veteran Families is written in an easy-to-follow format for veteran families seeking information about federal, state and local services. According to the author, Katie Curran Kirby, “This guide provides crucial information, but is concise and easy to use. It goes beyond the usual Veterans Affairs benefits. It offers information on public and private services ranging from medical centers and home improvement to pensions, financial assistance, wishes granted and bereavement support.” The event’s presenting sponsor, Dignity Memorial, generously provided 4,000 copies of the guide book for distribution. A limited number of print copies will be given to veterans in attendance at the expo. The guide is also available for download at www.RainbowHospice.org/We_Honor_Veterans. Jesse Brown VA Medical Center will provide free flu shots and blood pressure screenings to veterans in attendance. Additionally, Veterans Affairs Service Officers will be on-site to help eligible veterans sign up for benefits. An expert from W.R.I.T.E. Resume Services will be also on-site to provide resume and job search consultations. Other exhibitors will include All Chicago; The American Legion, Department of Illinois; CapTel Outreach; Catholic Charities Supportive Services for Veteran Families; CM Ministry; Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital No Veteran Dies Alone and Hospice and Palliative Care Programs, and Hines VA Foster Home; Freedom Farm for Vets; Guardian Corps of America; Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs; Illinois Northern Tier We Honor Veterans; Inner Voice; Legal Assistance Foundation; Lutheran Church Charities Kare 9 Military Ministry; Military Outreach USA; Presence Home Care; Presence Resurrection Medical Center; Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care and Rainbow Grief & Loss Services; TLS Veterans; Veterans Assistance Commission of Will County, Veterans Consultants, Inc. and more. According to Susan Enright, Rainbow’s Interim President, “Honoring service to our country is an important component of our care for veterans. We hope that the information in our guide and at the expo will assist veteran families, and those caring for them, to locate appropriate services and more easily navigate the benefits process.” The Guide to Home, Health and Honors was published as part of Rainbow’s commitment to the We Honor Veterans Program, an initiative of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which aims to ensure our nation’s veterans have quality care at the end of life. Rainbow is a Level Four We Honor Veterans Partner, the highest distinction within the program, which less than 13% of hospices nationwide have achieved. To learn more about Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care and its commitment to honoring veterans at the end of life, please visit www.RainbowHospice.org or call 847-685-9900. About Rainbow Hospice and Palliative CareRainbow Hospice and Palliative Care is a 501(c)(3) offering hospice and palliative care services, extensive bereavement support programs and community and professional education to nine counties in Illinois. Visit www.RainbowHospice.org to learn more. About Presence HealthPresence Health is the largest Catholic health system in Illinois, serving over 4 million people in 11 counties. With over 150 sites of compassionate care including 12 hospitals, over 17,000 associates and more than 4,000 medical professionals, Presence Health has annual revenue of $2.6 billion. ###
Highlight In a study of US veterans, researchers found a linear relationship between air pollution levels and risk of experiencing kidney function decline and of developing kidney disease or kidney failure. Air quality remains suboptimal in many parts of the United States and in multiple regions around the world. Newswise — Washington, DC (September 21, 2017) — Studies have shown that air pollution can have negative effects on cardiovascular health and life expectancy. Now new research indicates that it is also harmful to the kidneys. The study, which appears in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), reveals that the effects on the kidneys are seen at low levels of particulate matter and increase linearly with rising levels of pollution. Information on the relationship between air pollution and kidney disease is very scarce. To investigate, a team led by Ziyad Al-Aly, MD (Director of Clinical Epidemiology at the VA Saint Louis Health Care System) linked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs databases to examine information on 2,482,737 US veterans who were followed for a median of 8.5 years. Air pollution levels were also assessed using space-borne sensors from NASA satellites. The researchers found a linear relationship between air pollution levels and risk of experiencing kidney function decline and of developing kidney disease or kidney failure. The results suggest that each year in the United States, 44,793 new cases of CKD and 2438 new cases of kidney failure are attributed to particulate matter air pollution exceeding the EPA’s recommended limit of 12 μg/m3. “Even levels below the limit set by the EPA were harmful to the kidneys,” noted Dr. Al-Aly. “This suggests that there is no safe level of air pollution.” He noted that the burden is not evenly distributed geographically: the highest toll seems to be in southern California and in large swaths of the Midwest, the Northeast, and the South. Of course the findings have implications outside the United States and may help explain the substantial variation in the burden of kidney disease observed around the world.   Study co-authors include Benjamin Bowe, MPH, Yan Xie, MPH, Tingting Li, MD, Yan Yan, PhD, and Hong Xian, PhD. Disclosures: The authors reported no financial disclosures. The article, entitled “Particulate Matter Air Pollution and the Risk of Incident CKD and Progression to ESRD,” will appear online at http://jasn.asnjournals.org/ on September 21, 2017, doi: 10.1681/ASN.2017030253. The content of this article does not reflect the views or opinions of The American Society of Nephrology (ASN). Responsibility for the information and views expressed therein lies entirely with the author(s). ASN does not offer medical advice. All content in ASN publications is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This content should not be used during a medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Please consult your doctor or other qualified health care provider if you have any questions about a medical condition, or before taking any drug, changing your diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment. Do not ignore or delay obtaining professional medical advice because of information accessed through ASN. Call 911 or your doctor for all medical emergencies. Since 1966, ASN has been leading the fight to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients. ASN has nearly 17,000 members representing 112 countries. For more information, please visit www.asn-online.org or contact the society at 202-640-4660.
On Saturday, the 14th of October of this year, the local Veterans are among the selected for the scheduled participation on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. They two planes booked for the transportation of the local veterans are set for departure from Milwaukee at 7 am, and bound for Washington, D.C, Dulles Airport, then later return to Milwaukee by 8: 30 pm, where the Franklin and Arrowhead High school dance teams will give spirit for the homecoming parade. The Veterans will visit the World War II Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and Vietnam War Memorial among many other sites while in Washington, D.C. The Local Veterans on the schedule for the trip are: From Eagle Ernest Kroeze, Korean War, U.S. Army Donald Ledrowski, Korean War, U.S. Army From Muskego: Richard Cuccio, Korean War, U.S. Army Allan Benton, Korean War, U.S. Marines, rifleman Bill Honeck, Korean War, U.S. Army, artillery Ray Kleppin Jr., Korean War, U.S. Army Eugene Vaught, Vietnam War, U.S. Air Force From New Berlin: Robert Leair, Korean War, U.S. Army Paul Ackerman, Korean War, U.S. Army Ted Rydzewski, Korean War, U.S. Army Bob Kensche, Vietnam War, U.S. Army Dick Gorsegner, Vietnam War, U.S. Marines From North Prairie: George Miner, Vietnam War, U.S. Navy From Waukesha: Bob Nettesheim, Korean War, U.S. Army Rodney Schultz, Korean War, U.S. Army Bill Sattler, Korean War, U.S. Navy Tom Rapp, Korean War, U.S. Army Gayle Smith, Korean War, U.S. Air Force Spencer Smith, Vietnam War, U.S. Army David Harris Jr., Vietnam War, U.S. Army From Menomonee Falls: Jerome Foshey, Korean War, U.S. Marines Melvin Barenz, Korean War, U.S. Marines Francis Berndt, Korean War, U.S. Air Force From Sussex: Al Wenzel, World War II, U.S. Air Force From Brown Deer: Claud Stewart, Korean War, U.S. Army Donald Terhorst, Vietnam War, U.S. Army From Shorewood: George Kuhagen, Korean War, U.S. Marines From Mequon: John Finco, Korean War, U.S. Army, platoon sergeant From Grafton: Thomas Keagy, Korean War, U.S. Navy From Port Washington: Louis Bertoni, Korean War, U.S. Air Force, radio mechanic From Thiensville: John Harrello, Korean War, U.S. Army From Cedarburg: James Bourgeois, Korean War, U.S. Army Patrick MacGillis, Vietnam War, U.S. Army, lieutenant colonel From Dousman: Robert Mund, Korean War, U.S. Navy Robert Walters, Korean War, U.S. Army Kenneth Ludwigsen, Korean War, U.S. Army Paul Rossmiller, World War II, U.S. Army From Hartland: Brian O'Connor, Vietnam War, U.S. Army From Nashotah: Michael Penneau, Vietnam War, U.S. Navy From North Prairie: George Miner, Vietnam War, U.S. Navy From Oconomowoc: Sidney Earsley, Korean War, U.S. Marines Robert Haley, Korean War, U.S. Air Force Dell Grosser, Vietnam War, U.S. Navy From Pewaukee: Harry Knight, Korean War, U.S. Air Force, B47 crew chief Joe Meylor, Korean War, U.S. Army Florence "Jo" Helgeson, Korean War, U.S. Army Mike Sloan, Korean War, U.S. Army From Brookfield: Jerry Zebrick, Korean War, U.S. Army Hugh Koehler, Korean War, U.S. Air Force Alexander Bizefski, Korean War, U.S. Army John "Jack" Miller, World War II, U.S. Army Air Corps, radio operator and gliders From Wauwatosa: John Mathie, Korean War, U.S. Air Force Paul Gaus, Korean War, U.S. Marines Alois Adamczak, Korean War, U.S. Army Charlie Wakefield, Vietnam War, U.S. Air Force From Franklin: Edward Konopka, Vietnam War, U.S. Navy Norman Graham, Korean War, U.S. Army Paul Boucher, Korean War, U.S. Army Herbert Jarosz, Korean War, U.S. Army Lawrence Kipfer, Korean War, U.S. Army From Greendale: James Arend, Korean War, U.S. Army, special services From Greenfield: Joe Pavletich, Korean War, U.S. Navy Paul Hugo, Vietnam War, U.S. Army Michael Fedran, Vietnam War, U.S. Army From West Allis: Leo Kartheiser, Korean War, U.S. Army Ronald Eagon, Korean War, U.S. Air Force Gary Lutz, Vietnam War, U.S. Army Jerry Buchkowski, Vietnam War, U.S. Army Andy Crowbridge, Vietnam War, U.S. Army From Oak Creek: Dennis Brost, Vietnam War, U.S. Army From St. Francis: Don Tomas of St. Francis, Korean War, U.S. Army  
Fred Wellman stalked the cluster of small buildings in the last few years while using online satellite photos, and his main fear of what could have befallen the Iraqis he established friendship with here during the US- led invasion in 2003. Wellman, as an Army major, was responsible for making media appearances to tout the US successes in and around Jaddalah Ismail, the dusty village, to help it to turn into an early symbol of hope in the US work to rebuild Iraq and to win its people over. Fred Wellman got more afraid for the fate of the village after more than a decade of getting no feedback. He was wondering if it remained a struggling seedbed for hopes and the many dreams or had it turned into becoming a graveyard instead when he’s helped to secure Jaddalah and the neighboring airfield fell to the Islamic State in 2003 as it swept across Syria and Iraq in 2014.  With him watching the signs of the village disappearing from overhead imagery, he had to be anxious and angry. He lost hope and publicly complained on war’s horrors. Just as that of his fellow service members, his wartime experiences and doings were linked to his working where he had mostly ventured and exposed, in Iraqi villages and most often he was armed with nothing less than a sidearm to have conversations on locals’ concerns and needs over tea or lunch that was shared with the company of leaders. Fred Wellman said that the real story of Iraq was not necessarily about guys kicking down doors, but guys like him just sitting down and dining on sheep. His post- war experiences, though, has been simply of him watching, most often at helpless distance, and their shared accomplishments and hopes having turned into ruin and agony. On July 2016, he posted on Facebook that they had visited an approximate of 40 villages in the area during the 2003 and 2004 period and made constructions of roads and built clinics and schools but he really doubted if anything was left.