Delaware VVA Chap 83 Gold Star Program Receives Award

Delaware Academy of Medicine Recognition Award

Delaware Academy of Medicine Recognition Award

Saturday, April 26, 2014, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 83 Gold Star Program was presented with the Delaware Academy of Medicine Public Health Recognition Award.

Pictured left to right:

Pictured left to right:
Judy C. Campbell, Bob Woodruff & Richard C. Campbell, Vietnam Era Veteran

Judy C. Campbell, VVA Chap. 83 Gold Star Representative, accepted the prestigious award on behalf of VVA Chapter 83.

Bob Woodruff, was the keynote speaker at the Awards Banquet and left the audience spell-bound as he described being seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq in 2007. We encourage individuals to obtain his book “In An Instance”  so you may learn of his miraculous on-going journey to recovery.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 83 continues to serve our veterans, Gold Star Families and community-at-large.

Like many volunteer organizations they often work silently and behind the scenes receiving little recognition and are honored to be a recipient of this prestigious award.

VVA Chapter 83 extends an invitation, to the public, for the 2nd Annual Gold Star Gala to be held 20 SEP 2014 at Dover Downs Casino & Hotel, Dover, Delaware from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door and may be obtained by contacting VVA Chapter President Tom Daws at: vnamvet@comcast.net (302) 738-8875 or Judy Campbell (302) 593-5991.

Pictured left to right:

Pictured left to right:
Executive Director Delaware Academy of Medicine, Tim Gibbs, Kathleen W. McNicholas, M.D., J.D. & Judy C. Campbell

Pictured left to right:

Pictured left to right:
Judy C. Campbell, Bob Woodruff, Richard C. Campbell

Kent Vietnam Veterans to dedicate Huey on Memorial Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21, 2014

Contact: Dave Skocik 302-736-8500

Kent Vietnam Veterans to dedicate Huey on Memorial Day

John R. Sabanosh, Sr., a Vietnam "Dustoff" (medevac) crew chief and pilot.

John R. Sabanosh, Sr., a Vietnam “Dustoff” (medevac) crew chief and pilot.

A 2 p.m., ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, will see the dedication of a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter by Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America.

The chapter acquired the aircraft last November and have been readying it to be displayed above the Vietnam Memorial at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park on South Little Creek Road, Dover.

“This will be a great day not only for our chapter, but for every Vietnam veteran in the state,” said Joe Startt Jr., chapter 850 president. “The Huey and its crews are responsible for saving thousands of lives in Vietnam, including my own.”

The keynote speaker will be John R. Sabanosh, Sr., a Vietnam “Dustoff” (medevac) crew chief and pilot who served in Vietnam from 1969-1970. More than 1,000 Dustoff pilots and crew were killed in action. Their slogan was “So Others May Live.”

Mr. Sabanosh enlisted in Army in August 1968 and trained as a Huey Helicopter mechanic who later applied for and entered flight training at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia.

After completion of flight training he was assigned to the 45th Medical Co. (AA) and was assigned as a Dustoff Crew Chief/Pilot who later flew more than 1,000 missions in hostile environments, rescuing wounded from the battlefield. He was shot down five times.

Credited with saving the lives of more than 350 American GIs in addition to Vietnamese soldiers, civilians, and even enemy troops, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, 14 Air Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Medal, and a Presidential Commendation.

Following military service Mr. Sabanosh served as a police officer in New Jersey in municipality, county and state capacities for 30 years, including traffic crash response, reconstruction, engineering, and training and investigation roles.

Now a consultant in those areas, he travels throughout the country for private companies and government agencies. He resides in Bishopville, Maryland with his wife Gail. They have four adult children.

The rain date will be Saturday, May 31, at 2 p.m. Click on www.DelawareVVA.com for more information on the Huey.

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Delaware Veterans Court – Mentors Needed

Would you like to play a key role in helping fellow veterans? If so, The Delaware Veterans Court, founded nearly three years ago on February 18, 2011, in Kent County, needs mentors.

The Veterans Court involves the Delaware Superior Court, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Justice, Office of Public Defender and the Treatment Access Center.

The court is presided over by Kent County Superior Court Resident Judge William L. Witham Jr., and serves veterans throughout the state, including those charged with new offenses and those charged with violation of probation. It is the first statewide veterans court in the nation.

Click on http://courts.delaware.gov/Superior/veterans_court_mentor.stm, for the duties and responsibilities of volunteer mentors and for an application. Mentors need neither legal or counseling experience but they must:

-Be a veteran of the U.S. Military
-Adhere to Delaware Veterans Court Program policies and procedures
-Become familiar with Veterans Affairs services and Veterans community resources
-Serve as an advocate and role model for a veteran in the Veterans Court Program
-Attend training and court sessions, if and when needed
-Interact respectfully and professionally with other veterans and staff
-Agree to serve for a period of one year or more

Mentor training will take place on January 22, 2014, from 1 – 4 p.m., at the Delaware State Bar Association, 405 North King Street, Wilmington, DE

Contact Kathryn Wolinski at Kathryn.Wolinski@state.de.us to register and for follow up questions.

For additional information on the veterans court system see http://courts.delaware.gov/Superior/veterans_court.stm

Newest Arrival for Kent County Vietnam Memorial

Welcome to the newest arrival for the Kent County Vietnam Memorial. Our Huey was delivered via truck from Florida on Nov. 18, and is currently in a local facility where we will restore her to her former beauty. Acquiring this beloved aircraft took more than two years but it was worth every minute.

We appreciate that it was used for air evacuations because the lifesaving role is what our fellow Vietnam veterans hold closest to their hearts.

We expect it to be in place at the memorial park and dedicated on Memorial Day 2014. A number of people have asked if we are accepting donations to help in its restoration. We anticipate the restoration will cost about $10,000, which will include placing it at the memorial in an elevated position that will simulate a close support landing.

We appreciate any and all donations and will provide an official certificate of involvement in this historic event. We will also keep a record of our donors for inclusion in our archives.

Checks may be drawn to: VVA Chap. 850, C/O Paul Davis, 5233 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Write “Huey” in the memo section of the check.

Nov. 18, Huey receives police escort to Kent County Memorial Park from Dover PD.

Nov. 18, Huey receives police escort to Kent County Memorial Park from Dover PD.

Students from North Dover Elementary School next to the memorial park prepare to lead the assembled crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Students from North Dover Elementary School next to the memorial park prepare to lead the assembled crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Some of the members of VVA Chapter 850 pose in front of the new arrival. Everyone touched and shared private thoughts and prayers at the aircraft.

Some of the members of VVA Chapter 850 pose in front of the new arrival. Everyone touched and shared private thoughts and prayers at the aircraft.

Vietnam Huey and Cobra pilot, Walter "Dubby" LeKites being interviewed by local media.

Vietnam Huey and Cobra pilot, Walter “Dubby” LeKites being interviewed by local media.

Arriving at restoration facility in Leipsic on Nov. 18, 2013.

Arriving at restoration facility in Leipsic on Nov. 18, 2013.

VVA Chapter 850 welcomes long-awaited Huey to Dover

Donations to help rehab the Huey can be mailed to VVA Chapter 850, PO Box 1718, Dover, DE, 19901 with a memo that it is for the Huey rehab. We anticipate the rehab and mounting the aircraft at the site will cost about $10,000.

We would love to have it completed by Vietnam Veterans Day on March 30, 2014, but getting the job done right is more important than a date.

 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Contact: Dave Skocik 302-736-8500 cell

VVA Chapter 850 welcomes long-awaited Huey to Dover

Some of the members of Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America, pose with their Huey.

Some of the members of Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America, pose with their Huey.

Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America, welcomed the newest addition to its family on Monday morning, Nov. 18, to the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park where it will later be put on permanent display.

It’s been nearly three years since the chapter began seeking a UH-1 helicopter, known as a Huey. The most iconic aircraft of the Vietnam War is sought by a great many organizations, including museums. Competition for the dwindling supplies of the venerable bird is intense.

Vietnam veterans instantly recognize the “thump, thump, thump” of it rotors. The aircraft carried them in and out of combat, brought them ammunition and supplies, provided gun and weapons support, and to many, life-saving medical transport.

“We have invited our chapter members to come out to welcome our Huey,” said Paul Davis, vice president of Chapter 850 and state VVA council president.

Chapter President Joe Startt echoed his sentiments. “This aircraft has special significance to me and to every wounded veteran whose life was saved by being airlifted to medical help by the Huey. Seeing it here means the world to me and my fellow chapter members,” he said.

The aircraft was given a Native-American “smudging ceremony,” a smoke blessing, by chapter Chaplain Terry ‘Dream Wanderer’ Sammons, a member of the Lenni-Lenape tribe. Mr.

First grade students from East Dover Elementary School next to the memorial site, visited and prepare to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

First grade students from East Dover Elementary School next to the memorial site, visited and prepare to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sammons was accompanied by John ‘Little Bear’ Fisher a member of the Cherokee tribe. A similar ceremony was conducted when the property was first acquired in 2007.

“It’s coincidental but November is Native American Month,” said Mr. Startt, “and this just adds another positive aspect to this ‘welcome home’ ceremony.”

Mr. Davis was effusive in his gratitude to all who assisted in the long process. “It’s important to not only acknowledge the assistance of Messrs. Carper, Coons and Carney, but also to the US State Department, and Kent County Levy Court and the City of Dover. We’ve also engaged Hillis-Carnes Engineering in Dover to test the soil. Site design work is being done by W.C. Gomez Associates Engineering of Chester, Pa., all of whom are providing discounted work for us as veterans,” he said.

Restoration work on the aircraft will done be at a Leipsic facility provided by John Carey. After being on public display at the memorial, the aircraft was taken to Leipsic to prepare it for later inclusion in the Vietnam Memorial. The memorial park is located on S. Little Creek Rd., Dover, behind Airbase Carpet Mart.

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VVA: Who We Are

A video put together by the Vietnam Veterans of America. Watch to learn more about how VVA began and what they have accomplished for Vietnam veterans as well as veterans of later conflicts.

For more info, visit www.vva.org or call 1-800-882-1316.

Vietnam Veterans Wall Of Faces Project

Share with others…

If you know of anyone that served during the Vietnam War or are of that generation, I encourage you to help us find the photos to go with the names on The Wall…

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/07/vietnam-veterans-memorial-fund-seeking-photos–90883.html

Informational Meeting & Discussion TBI Traumatic Brain Injury

Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs
BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION of DELAWARE
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA DELAWARE STATE COUNCIL
INVITES

Veterans, Family Members , and all interested Delawareans

For An Informational Meeting & Discussion TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
SIGNATURE WOUND OF THE Iraq/ Afghanistan WAR

10 July 2013 1/PM – 3/PM
Easter Seals Bldg
22317 Du Pont Highway
Georgetown Delaware 19947

CONTACT ROBERT CORSA (302)-933-0119
USMC 64 68 TBI SURVIVOR

First Extra Edition: Health & Technology (Wilmington VA Telehealth)

A look at how technical innovations are changing the way you communicate with your doctor and reducing the burden of transportation to the VA Wilmington Health Center.

A WHYY’s innovations reporter from the program and the business editor at American Medical News are hosting an online, social interactive screening of the episode on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 PM. The screening allows participants to talk to each other and ask the reporters questions while the episode airs. Here’s the link: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/tg9tj.

Note:  Re-posted from the Delaware Veterans Coalition website.

Video – Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony – March 30, 2013

The Delaware Vietnam Veterans of America had a ceremony on March 30th, 2013 in recognition of Vietnam Veterans Day (which is held on March 30th of every year). The keynote speaker was Sam Chick, a former 101st Airbone infantryman who served in the Iraq War. The ceremony also unveiled the future site of the Iraq/Afghanistan War Memorial.

Photos of the event can be seen on the Delaware VVA Flickr page.

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