Dear Veterans and Stakeholders,
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to team up to combat illegal robocalls targeting Americans, including Veterans and their families.
Each year, the FCC receives more than 200,000 complaints about unwanted calls. While this may seem like a big number, it pales in comparison to the millions of robocalls being made each day. The calls interrupt dinners and family time; they flood landline and mobile phones. Scam calls frequently solicit money for fake charities, including ones claiming to support America’s Veterans - some even claiming to be VA representatives.
We know that scam activity increases during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so the FCC and VA urge you to be vigilant. We offer the following tips to help you avoid unwanted calls and scams.
Don't answer calls from unknown numbers. Scammers may spoof their caller ID to display a fake number that appears to be local. If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother's maiden names, or passwords in response to unexpected or suspicious calls.
Be sure to set a password for all voice mail accounts to avoid being hacked.
Register your number on the Do Not Call List to block calls from legitimate telemarketers.
Ask your phone company about call-blocking tools and services for your landline phone, and check for helpful apps that you can download to your mobile phone.
Please help spread the word about robocall fraud among those who may need assistance particularly those who are frequently targeted by phone scams.
For more information, visit: fcc.gov/robocalls.
Veterans Benefits Administration
Please read this e-mail from our friend Ken Rushing:
My grandson is Brantley Palmer currently at Egleston Childrens Hospital in Atlanta awaiting a heart transplant. He was born with a defective heart, had his first heart operation at 7 days old, his second at one year old and when the heart cath was done to determine the date for the third operation the doctors told his parents he needed a transplant due to a leaky heart valve that cannot be fixed. He is now 5 years old and has to stay in the hospital until a heart is available and several weeks after the operation. Several fund raisers are being planned in our local area to raise money to help his family in keeping the bills paid, travel expenses, food and personal items. If you would like to make a personal donation it can be made @ Bank Of Lafayette--101 W, Patton St.--LaFayette, Ga. 30728 phone number 706-638-2520 made payable to Marshall K Rushing--Benefit for Brantley Palmer--Brantleys Heart . If you would like to know more about the local fund raisers call Marshall K. (Ken) Rushing. Please forward if you would like to. Ken Rushing
May your family be blessed with the love and peace that is
Help us help our fellow VETERAN and La Fayette resident, Mr. Bill Mullins, US Army. Bill is on dialysis and stays COLD after his treatments and needs constant warm heat in his home. He uses more than the normal amount of propane gas per household. He owes: $1,200.00 to Blossman Gas.
Fort Villanow, neighbors and a local church have made contributions this year. He remains to be in need. Can you and your friends or businesses help him please?
Ways To Donate:
Contact Blossman Gas directly (Credit Card Cash or Check) 706-638-2540
Stop by the Fort on Saturdays with your donation (cash or check to Blossman gas).
Share this with your friends and other Veteran Groups!!!
Mr. Bryant Eugene Harp Sr. age 86 of Thomaston Ga, died Thursday December 13, 2018 at Upson Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services will be Sunday December 16, 2018 4:00 PM at the Chapel of Coggins Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Crystal Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Harp was born January 27, 1932 in Upson Co., GA to the late Bryant N. and Lola Wilson Harp. He served in the United States Army with 20 years of service during the Vietnam War and was retired from the Thomaston Police Department with 21 years of service. Mr. Harp was a former member of Southside Baptist Church in Griffin and a member of Silvertown Baptist in Thomaston.
Mr. Harp was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marian Killingsworth Harp, grandson Bryant Nathaniel Harp, brother Richard Harp.
Survivors include his sons, Bryant Eugene Harp, Jr. and his wife Fran of Cameron, MT and James Calvin Harp and his wife Susan of Griffin, brothers, Don K. Harp and his wife Kathy of Thomaston and Cecil Harp and his wife Frances of Thomaston, sisters, Maxine Barron of Barnesville, Norene Horne and her husband Lyn of Yatesville and Judy Thigpen of Macon, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at Coggins Funeral Home.
Those desiring, may make memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor New York, NY 10001.
George H.W. Bush honored by son, dignitaries in emotional funeral tribute: 'A great and noble man'
George H.W. Bush's enormous legacy was honored by a procession of dignitaries and family members at Wednesday's state funeral in Washington, with his former president son, George W., capping off the tributes by delivering an emotional and personal eulogy for "a great and noble man."
"We're gonna miss you," the 43rd president said of his father, the 41st president. "Your decency, sincerity and kind soul will stay with us forever."
Bush and his family joined all current and living former presidents, as well as world leaders and other distinguished guests at the Washington National Cathedral.
He choked up in describing “the best father a son or daughter could have.”
Referencing his late mother, as well as a sister who died young, he said: “And in our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.”
The 43rd president also drew laughter with anecdotes about his father, revealing how Bush confidant James Baker recently secretly brought vodka and steaks into his hospital suite. “To us, he was close to perfect,” he said. “But not totally perfect. His short game was lousy. He wasn’t exactly Fred Astaire on the dance floor. The man couldn’t stomach vegetables, especially broccoli. And by the way, he passed these genetic defects on to us.”
A longtime friend, a fellow world leader and a historian also delivered eulogies for Bush, who served as president, vice president and CIA director and fought in World War II.
"George Herbert Walker Bush was America's last great soldier-statesman, a 20th century founding father,” presidential historian Jon Meacham, who wrote a Bush biography, said in his eulogy.
“I believe it will be said that no occupant of the Oval Office was more courageous, more principled and more honorable than George Herbert Walker Bush,” former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, who served when Bush was president, said.
“In George Bush's theme of life, during all the highs and lows, was a simple credo: what would we do without family and friends?" said former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, a longtime family friend, who made the crowd laugh in a heartfelt tribute with stories about his times with the president.
Simpson added, “He was a man of such great humility. Those who travel the high road of humility in Washington, D.C. are not bothered by heavy traffic."
Cathedral officials told Fox News the cathedral was at full capacity, with approximately 3,000 people in attendance. Members of the Bush family -- Lauren Bush Lauren, Ashley Walker Bush and Jenna Bush Hager -- read lessons from the Bible. The hymns "Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven" and “The King of love my shepherd is” were sung.
Earlier, members of Bush’s family looked on as the former president’s casket was carried down the steps of the Capitol, amid the playing of "Hail to the Chief" and other hymns, for its trek to the cathedral. The motorcade passed by the White House one final time on its way to the service. President Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning.
Despite a rocky history between the Trump and Bush families, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended the service. Ahead of the funeral, Trump tweeted, “Looking forward to being with the Bush family. This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. He will be missed!”
All eyes were on the front row on the left side of the cathedral facing the pulpit. That's where Trump and his wife, Melania, sat, along with the other former presidents and their families: Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and his wife — Trump's 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. When the Trumps entered the cathedral, they took a pair of seats next to the Obamas, exchanging handshakes. Trump and the Clintons did not acknowledge each other.
Also attending: Britain's Prince Charles, the king and queen of Jordan, Polish President Andrzej Duda and other dignitaries from around the world.
Bush was known for his gentlemanly demeanor, dedication to traditional American values, willingness to take on foreign despots like Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Panama's Manuel Noriega, and leadership presiding over the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Bush, who died Friday at the age 94, was preceded in death by about eight months by his wife, Barbara Bush.
Bush’s casket has been in the Capitol since Monday night, when a short service was held with family, friends and lawmakers. Since then, thousands of visitors have flocked to the Capitol Rotunda to pay their respects as Bush was lying in state.
Later Wednesday, Bush’s casket departed Joint Base Andrews for Houston, Texas.
He'll be laid to rest on the grounds of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, near his wife, Barbara, and their daughter Robin, who died of leukemia in 1953 at age 3.
We will be meeting on December 15 at 9:00 AM at the Fort and heading to Canton, GA.
REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.
On Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM, Wreaths Across America will be at Georgia National Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.
Please help by laying wreaths at as many graves as possible.
To participate in a wreath-laying ceremony, coe join us! Or please click Ceremony Information, or to search for a participating location near you, please click Search for Participating Locations.
The closest in our area are: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery, West Hill Cemetery (In Dalton) and the Georgia National Cemetery (In Canton).
FREE SCUBA DIVING LESSONS for Veteran's and specials for family members of Veterans! Come check out Fort Villanow's newest project. Come get certified as a scuba diver and experience our 25 foot deep dive tank. Visit our website at fortvillanow.com or call us at (706)397-8860 Friday-Saturday 11am-6pm to sign up today.
Talk about a wonderful time ! It was great.
We all stayed with Colonel Bryant Harp.
I remember my dad telling me about his travels all over the world and he never stayed in the homes of more than one or two people in his lifetime. The Harp family was one of the two. I asked why?
He said they made me feel as if I was a home.
“Son, you’ll only meet a very few people in your life that will make you feel that way,” and you know what, he was right.
Bryant served 34 years in the U.S. Army.
You could say he is still serving, by generously hosting our:
Montana Elk Hunt for the Fort Villanow Veterans Project Members 2018.
Thank you, Colonel
In order to be apart of the September 2019 Trip,
you must sign up by March 1st, 2019.
It's Veterans and Military Families Month!
This month is all about you. Throughout November, you’ll find events across the country that honor Veterans and their families, as well as offer support services and resources. Check out our calendar to see how and where we’re celebrating your service and the family members who support you.
Take Advantage of Tax Free Online Shopping at Military Exchanges
In addition to no sales tax, online shopping benefits include military exclusive pricing, members only credit options, and free shipping on some orders. The verification process is simple and can be completed online. Profits go to military quality of life programs.
Match Your Circumstances to Your Benefits
Your experience is unique to you — and so are the benefits you’re eligible for! The Circumstance Matrix can help determine the benefits that match your situation. Choose your circumstance in the left-hand column, and then look to the right to find your benefits.
Benefits of the Native American Direct Loan Program
VA provides direct home loans to eligible Native American Veterans to finance the purchase, construction or improvements of homes on Federal Trust Land. The fixed-rate loans are easy to qualify for, require no down payment and offer low closing costs.
Receiving VA Recognition As a Tribal Organization
Many Native Americans do not have access to local representatives to help with benefit claims. Tribal organizations can now seek formal recognition from VA, allowing them to officially represent and assist Native American Veterans with their claims. Read eligibility requirements and find out how to apply.
Stay up to date on Veteran employment information
We are planning our Fall Trip for our Fall Trips of Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Cookouts & Scuba Diving for Veterans as our Thank You to those who have been helping us all year and our members.
Sunday November 11. Cook-out at the Fort free for Veterans! Friends and family are invited. Donations appreciated!
From Noon - 3PM
To RSVP please call:
Did you know that there are actually two Mother’s Days in the United States? The first one is celebrated in May – the standard Mother’s Day we all celebrate. But the second Mother’s Day is one many Americans are not aware of. It’s called Gold Star Mother’s Day and it is observed on the last Sunday of September each year. Gold Star Mother’s Day is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces.
The holiday is celebrated by American Gold Star Mothers, a Veterans service organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.
The third Friday in September is recognized as POW/MIA Day, a time to remember the sacrifices of prisoners of war (POW) and servicemembers who are missing in action (MIA). Until 1979, there was no formal recognition day set aside for these important men and women in uniform.
POW/MIA Day will be observed on Friday, September 21, 2018.
U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Jacob Jimenez.
The first observance of POW/MIA day included a remembrance ceremony at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. but since that time, the Pentagon is the site for the Department of Defense’s “official” observance, with other ceremonies happening at military installations and elsewhere.
There are many different ways communities choose to observe this day; even the National Park Service has observations at selected sites. Private organizations such as Veterans Of Foreign Wars also observes the day with events and activities at individual “outposts” nationwide.
The familiar POW/MIA flag, so closely associated with the observance, actually pre-dates it. According to DoDLive.Mil, in 1971 a military spouse named Mary Hoff contacted a private company to request a flag to honor those missing in action or prisoners of war (one of whom was her husband). A World War 2 pilot named Newt Heisley created the now-iconic design.
The POW/MIA flag is intended to be flown just below the United States flag, which is how it is displayed at the White House; it is the only flag (according to the Department of Defense) to do so at that location.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) official site says more than 83,000 service members are missing from conflicts from World War Two to the present time. Of that number, the majority (more than 73,000) are missing from World War Two. The number of POW/MIAs from the Korean conflict number just above 7,000.
Vietnam has over 1,600 listed, with the Cold War at 126 servicemembers listed as POW/MIA. Conflicts since 1991 have six people still unaccounted for.
Of the more than 83,000 service members listed as POW/MIAs, approximately half are “presumed lost at sea” according to DPAA.mil. Roughly 75% of the entire number of POW/MIAs are thought to be in the Asia/Pacific theater of operations.
Repatriation efforts-cooperative projects with other nations to bring POW/MIAs back home-are ongoing. Efforts in Vietnam and Korea are ongoing, and there are still identifications being made on remains from World War 2. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency is tasked with making continuous efforts to account for the some 83,000 service members who still have not come home from conflicts around the globe. POW/MIA Day is but one moment in that ongoing effort, but it’s an important one.
National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag
The National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag is to be flown at major military installations, national cemeteries, post offices, VA medical facilities, the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the official offices of the secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs, the director of the selective service system and the White House. This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag. The other days are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.
Observances are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans’ facilities. A Pentagon ceremony featuring members of each branch of military service is held annually on National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Local POW/MIA ceremonies are encouraged throughout POW/MIA Recognition Week
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)
The DPAA is responsible for the fullest possible accounting of missing personnel to their families and the nation. When American personnel remain captive, missing, or otherwise unaccounted-for at the conclusion of hostilities, the DPAA becomes the responsible agent for determining the fate of the missing and where possible, recovering them alive or recovering and identifying the remains of the dead. The DPAA facilities are located at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.
1949 – Present: Air Force Historic Events
The official date of the founding of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947. It was a momentous event that over six decades later has demonstrated the achievement of an Air Force second-to-none, yet the Air Force's history and heritage goes back a lot further.
From the time that the US military purchased its first aircraft in 1909 up to 1947, the US Air Force did not exist as a separate and independent military service organization. It went through a series of designations: Aeronautical Section, Signal Corps (1909); Aviation Section, Signal Corps (1914); United States Army Air Service (1918); United States Army Air Corps (1926), United States Army Air Forces (1941).
WWII illustrated the value of airpower, and the need to change the basic organization of the US Military Forces. The result was the creation of a single Department of Defense with a strong Joint Chiefs of Staff with Army, Navy, and Air Force chiefs. In 1947 President Truman signed the National Security Act which established this new defense organization, and along with it the creation of the US Air Force as an independent service, equal to the US Army and US Navy. The official birthday of the US Air Force is 18 September 1947.
Through the years history has shown the wisdom and foresight of the creation of a separate Air Force. The US Air Force emerged quickly from its cradle and began to create its own history and heritage.
1949: The flight of the “Lucky Lady II” demonstrated the Air Force’s capability to fly, non-stop round the world, showing it could take off from the U.S. and drop bombs anywhere in the world.
1950-1953: USAF engaged in the first completely jet aerial combat During the Korean War. The F-86 Saberjet scored impressive aerial victories against the enemy MiG-15.
1954: The first B-52 Stratofortress came into the USAF Inventory and has served in every conflict since its appearance.
1960s: The development and deployment of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) as a major component of the aerial defense capability of the United States.
1964-1973: War in Vietnam
1970s: The development of laser-guided bombs and TV-guided air to ground missiles. Air mobility took a major step forward with the introduction of the C-5 Galaxy in the Air Force Inventory. Other aircraft systems introduced in this decade were the F-15, A-10, AWACS, and F-16.
1980s: Stealth Technology was revealed advent of the F-117; strategic bomber capability was increased with the deployment of the B-1.
1990s: USAF played a major role in the swift defeat of the Iraqi military forces in the first Persian Gulf War: The Air Force underwent a major reorganization with the formation of Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and Air Force Materiel Command. The USAF supported the war in the Balkans, and the US intervention Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.
2000 -- Present: The Expeditionary Air Force concept was a major transition in how the Air Force employed forces. The Global War on Terrorism brought the USAF into Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
American Flag Half-Staff Early Alert: Tuesday, Sept. 11th 2018, Sunrise to Sunset
Patriot Day, Honoring Sept. 11, 2001 Victims
Traditionally, President Trump will issue a proclamation directing U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for those who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The official proclamation will be posted at: Proclamation
17 years ago a senseless act of terrorism killed 2,996 innocent victims including 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers. Over 6000 people were injured. Lowering the flag to half-staff is a visual reminder of our unity. On Patriot Day we reaffirm the spirit of patriotism, service and community that we felt in those days and months that followed the attack. It's the perfect time to consider volunteering in activities that will enrich our lives and strengthen our nation. Please pass this along to others.
SPECIAL NOTE: President Trump did issue a half-staff proclamation honoring the life of Sen. John McCain. The official proclamation can be read at: Proclamation
Good morning! My name is Shannon Hess, I'm the social media manager and executive assistant for Bravo Whisky Charlie Films you to the big-screen debut of our indie western that we filmed up at Fort Villanow Veterans Project. I should note, this is only a Short film version, not the feature-length film on which we are still working.
The film will be shown at 7pm on Wednesday June 27th at the historic Strand Theater on Marietta Square in Marietta, Georgia. If you would like to attend, there is a Facebook event at this link: https://facebook.com/events/525844877788657/
The address for the theater is 117 N Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060. I've attached maps of the square so you can find it more easily.
Thank you for your support.
Shannon @ BWC Films
A very interesting read about the History of Flag Day & The Army's Brithday!
Standing for the American national anthem and our Flag is the correct protocol for all Americans. The individual’s undivided attention, reverence, and silence is expected during the national anthem. We are supposed to find the flag and turn toward it while the anthem is played. We are to do the same in the presence of another country’s flag and during their national anthem. Citizens remove their hats and remain silent and steady out of respect.
On June 14, 1775, the Continental Army was established by the Congress marking the birth of the United States Army. Today is the 243rd birthday of the United States Army. Happy birthday to our brave soldiers and their amazing families.
On June 14, 1777, the Stars and Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States. Declaring our official flag was by act of Congress and important.
On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania is the first and only state to celebrate June 14 as Flag Day. Pennsylvania is, of course today, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team. Congratulations to the Eagles for winning the Super Bowl. Getting into a fight with the primary resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is something many believe deflates them and their win when they dishonor such a kind invitation to the White House by the president.
There are two more significant things that happened on June 14. In 1954, President and 5-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower added the words “under God” to our pledge of allegiance — which we also stand to say together while we face our flag.
And lastly, it's no coincidence on June 14, 1946, Donald John Trump was born. He is 72 years old today and currently the 45th President of the United States of America. Happy Birthday, Mr. President.
Is it a surprise then that President Trump is passionate about our nation’s flag? He was born on Flag Day. I didn’t know that. Flag Day is Trump’s birthday.
He is patriotic through and through, enthusiastic about standing for our flag, respectful of the longstanding protocols in place for hundreds of years, and he reminds us to honor God, as Eisenhower did, while we pledge ourselves to the USA.
I submit that this is a very personal thing for him. It is for me. It is for many Americans.
I have known President Trump for over 30 years. When the Veteran’s Day parade was in dire need of support as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of D-Day, “the Donald” helped raise over one million dollars to create one of the best Veteran’s Day parades in NYC history. When he began "The Celebrity Apprentice" he chose to launch this on the flight of Intrepid,America's most historic Navy ship, which is on display for the world to visit and appreciate. The show’s first winner, Piers Morgan, selected the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund as his charity. Millions of dollars were raised in support of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Throughout 2003-2010 President Trump generously supported and helped raise significant funds for our efforts at the Intrepid as we tried to help those catastrophically wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Trump is a graduate of the New York Military Academy.
I have witnessed when President Trump showed his patriotism, his love of country, and his respect for those who make it truly great. I have seen that when there were no cameras around and when there was nobody recognizing him. I believe his love of America is genuine.
I understand why he would like for us all to stand for the flag when the national anthem is being played and why he wants us show the proper respect for our nation, its great military and the sacrifices they and our first responders make every day to keep us safe.
Lastly, I submit that June 14 is not only Flag Day, the Army’s, and Trump’s birthday.
It’s also World Blood Donor Day. Please consider giving blood today in support of those who have shed their blood for us and our freedoms. Let’s stand for them. They stand up for us all.
Bill White is the CEO of Constellations Group and is widely recognized as one of our nation’s foremost advocates for Military, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. White has raised over $1.5 billion for these heroes and is a respected businessman and philanthropist.