“Remember the Peace Keepers” HM3 Joseph P. Milano

“Rosalie Milano Donohue — sister of Joseph P. Milano, a Farmingville serviceman who was killed in a 1983 terrorist bombing in Lebanon — poses with a street sign during a ceremony to rename a street in Ronkonkoma near where her brother lived. (Newsday, 2/4/08)
(Above link from Newsday article 2/5/08–News 12 Long Island has video too.)
Comrades & Sisters:
Feb 4th, 2008 @ 10:00 AM there will be a street re-naming ceremony that will be held at Smith Street and Midland Blvd in Ronkonkoma to honor Navy HM 3 Joseph P. Milano. HM 3 Milano was assigned to a Marine unit and was killed in the Marine barracks bombing in 1983 in Beirut.
Yours in Comradeship
Dick Woltman
Commander
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Suffolk County Council
Some links to 1983 (25 years) Beirut, Marine barracks bombing:
“May I share something with you I think you’d like to know? It’s something that happened to the Commandant of our Marine Corps, General Paul Kelley, while he was visiting our critically injured marines in an Air Force hospital. It says more than any of us could ever hope to say about the gallantry and heroism of these young men, young men who serve so willingly so that others might have a chance at peace and freedom in their own lives and in the life of their country. I’ll let General Kelley’s words describe the incident. He spoke of a “young marine with more tubes going in and out of his body than I have ever seen in one body.” “He couldn’t see very well. He reached up and grabbed my four stars, just to make sure I was who I said I was. He held my hand with a firm grip. He was making signals, and we realized he wanted to tell me something. We put a pad of paper in his hand – and he wrote ‘Semper Fi.’ “ Well, if you’ve been a marine or if, like myself, you’re an admirer of the marines, you know those words are a battle cry, a greeting, and a legend in the Marine Corps. They’re marine shorthand for the motto of the Corps – “Semper Fidelis” – “always faithful.” General Kelley has a reputation for being a very sophisticated general and a very tough marine. But he cried when he saw those words, and who can blame him? That marine and all those others like him living and dead, have been faithful to their ideals. They’ve given willingly of them selves so that a nearly defenseless people in a region of great strategic importance to the free world will have a chance someday to live lives free of murder and mayhem and terrorism. I think that young marine and all of his comrades have given every one of us something to live up to. They were not afraid to stand up for their country or, no matter how difficult and slow the journey might be, to give to others that last, best hope of a better future. We cannot and will not dishonor them now and the sacrifices they’ve made by failing to remain as faithful to the cause of freedom and the pursuit of peace as they have been. I will not ask you to pray for the dead, because they’re safe in God’s loving arms and beyond need of our prayers. I would like to ask you all – wherever you may be in this blessed land – to pray for these wounded young men and to pray for the bereaved families of those who gave their lives for our freedom. God bless you, and God bless America.”

(The above quotes are the from President Ronald Regan’s speech to the Nation on: “Lebanon and Grenada”)

http://www.ibiblio.org/sullivan/CNN/RWR/album/speechmats/lebgre.html

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United Veterans of America Inc. Links

http://unitedveterans.org/links.html

Congressional legislative information
Military Associations
Air Force Association
American Military Retirees Association, Inc.
Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association
Association of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade
Association of the United States Army
Association of Veterans Education Certifying Officials
Blinded Veterans Association
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Fleet Reserve Association
Korean War Veterans Association
Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America
Military Officers Association of America (formerly TROA)
National 4th Infantry (IVY) Division Association
National Association for Black Veterans, Inc.
National Association of County Veterans Service Officers
National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA)
National Association of the Uniformed Services
National Association of Veterans Program Administrators
National Naval Officers Association
National Pearl Harbor Survivors Association
Naval Reserve Association
Navy Mutual Aid Association
Non Commissioned Officers Association
Reserve Officers Association of the United States
The Retired Enlisted Association
United States Air Force
United States Army
United States Coast Guard
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
Women Marines Association
Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association
State Agencies
Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs
Alaska Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
Arizona Veterans Service Commission
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs
California Department of Veterans Affairs
Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs
Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs
Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs
Florida Department of Veterans Services
Georgia Department of Veterans Services
Hawaii Office of Veterans Services
Idaho Division of Veterans Services
Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
Indiana Department of Vetreans Affairs
Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs
Kansas Veterans Commission
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
Maine Division of Veterans Affairs
Maryland Veterans Commission
Massachusetts Department of Veterans Affairs
Michigan Department of Military Affairs
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Mississippi State Veterans Affairs Board
Missouri Veterans Commission
Montana Veterans Affairs Division
Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs
Nevada Commission for Veterans Affairs
New Hampshire State Veterans Council
New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
New Mexico Veterans Service Commission
New York State Veterans Service Commission
North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs
North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
Ohio Governor’s Office on Veterans Affairs
Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs
Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs
Pennsylvania Department of Military Affairs
Rhode Island Division of Veterans Affairs
South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs
South Dakota Division of Veterans Affairs
Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs
Texas Veterans Commission
Utah Office of Veterans Affairs
Vermont Department of Veterans Affairs
Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington Department of Veterans Affairs
West Virginia Division of Veterans Affairs
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
Wyoming Veterans Affairs Commission

Veterans Organizations
Alston Wilkes Veterans Home
American Ex-Prisoners of War
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
The American Legion
American Merchant Marine Veterans
American Veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam (AMVETS)
Berkshire Veterans Service Officers
Catholic War Veterans, USA
Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Disabled American Veterans
Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Veterans of America
Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
Gulf War Veteran Resource
Homeless Veterans Fellowship
Jewish War Veterans of the USA
Joe`s Sock Fund for Homeless Veterans
Marine Corps League
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Military Order of the World Wars
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
National Veterans Legal Services Program
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Society of Military Widows
Veterans Alliance Service Center
Veterans Outreach
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Vietnam Veterans of America

Other informative links:
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
Boston Rescue Mission
Central Massachusetts Shelter for Homeless Veterans
Committee to End Elder Homelessness, Inc.
Greater Boston Food Bank (Boston)
Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
National Health Care for the Homeless Council
National Alliance to End Homelessness
National Coalition for the Homeless
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
North Shore Veterans Counseling Services, Inc.
Pine Street Inn (Boston)
Project Bread (Boston)
Puerto Rican Bi-Lingual Veterans Center
Rosie’s Place (Boston)
Saint Francis House (Boston)
Shelter, Inc.
Springfield Rescue Mission
United Way of Massachusetts Bay – Volunteer Connections
Veterans’ Benefits Clearinghouse, Inc.
Veterans Northeast Outreach Center
Veterans Outreach Center Metro-West

“LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS”

THERE ARE TEN PROHIBITED SUBJECTS

1. Don’t write military information of Army units — their location, strength,, material, or equipment.

2. Don’t write of military installations.

3. Don’t write of transportation facilities.

4. Don’t write of convoys, their routes, ports (including ports of embarkation and disembarkation), time en route, naval protection, or war incidents occurring en route.

5. Don’t disclose movements of ships, naval or merchant, troops, or aircraft.

6. Don’t mention plans and forecasts or orders for future operations, whether known or just your guess.

7. Don’t write about the effect of enemy operations.

8. Don’t tell of any casualty until released by proper authority (The Adjutant General) and then only by using the full name of the casualty.

9. Don’t attempt to formulate or use a code system, cipher, or shorthand, or any other means to conceal the true meaning of your letter.

10. Don’t give your location in any way except as authorized by proper authority. Be sure nothing you write about discloses a more specific location than the one authorized.

SILENCE MEANS SECURITY — If violation of protective measures is serious within written communications it is disastrous in conversations. Protect your conversation, emails and letters and be even more careful.

If you come home during war your lips must remain sealed and your written hand must be guided by self-imposed censorship.



2008 Homeless Veteran’s Standowns

“Every veteran has a home, and it’s called America”
– Jesse Brown
Former US Secretary for Veteran Affairs

“Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless veterans. Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless.

The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam veterans in San Diego. Since then, Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless veterans, reaching more than 200,000 veterans and their family members between 1994-2000.

The stand downs planned for 2008 are listed below:

Date # of Days Location Contact Phone Number
1/12/2008

1

Washington, DC Paula Gorman 202-745-8000 ext. 6892
1/31/2008

1

Waco, TX Paula Wood 254-743-1261
2/26/2008

1

Portland, OR Keith Scheff 503-220-8262 ext. 33722
3/15/2008

1

Viera, FL John W. Carroll 321-637-3788
3/19/2008

1

Hattiesburg, MS Paul B. Matens 601-362-4471 ext. 5504
3/27/2008

1

Raleigh, NC Bob Williamson 919-286-0411 ext. 6045
3/29/2008

2

Lebanon, PA Rebecca L. Sheetz 717-272-6621 ext.5438
4/5/2008

1

Columbus, GA Spring Love 334-725-2838
4/10/2008

1

Las Vegas, NV Gregory F. Abernathy 702-636-3000 ext. 6054
4/11/2008

1

Brentwood, NY John A. Sperandeo 631-261-4400 ext. 7031
4/25/2008

1

St. Cloud, MN Stephen Eisenreich 320-255-6480
5/14-15/2008

2

Las Vegas, NV Gregory F. Abernathy 702-636-3000 ext. 6054
6/12-13/2008

2

Chicago, IL Eugene Herskovic 312-569-8085
6/20-21/2008

2

San Juan, PR Daniel Aponte 787-641-7582 ext. 12327
6/2008

2

Fayetteville, AR Brian McAnally 479-444-5065
7/12/2008

1

Sandpoint, ID John E. Davis 208-255-5291
8/7-10/2008

4

Pleasanton, CA Denver Mills 925-680-4526
8/15/2008

1

Tampa, FL Wendy Hellickson 813-979-3559 
8/21/2008

1

Haverhill, MA Shara Puglisi 781-687-2457
8/2008*

1

Fairbanks, AK John Pendrey 907-273-4051
8/2008*

2

Anchorage, AK John Pendrey 907-273-4051
9/19-20/2008

2

Cedar Rapids, IA Sarah E. Oliver 563-370-1779
9/20-21/2008

2

Colville, WA John E. Davis 208-255-5291
9/23/2008

1

Savanah, GA Michael Bland 800-595-5229 ext. 2374
9/25-27/2008

3

Rock Island, IL Sarah E. Oliver 563-370-1779
9/2008

1

Rutland, VT Aleta M. Runey 802-295-9363 ext. 6184
9/2008

3

Philadelphia, PA Stephen Bennett 225-823-5800 ext. 5506
10/4-5/2008

2

Libby, MT John E. Davis 208-255-5291
10/22-23/2008

2

Michigan Frances E McGiven 313-576-1000
10/24/2008

1

Dayton, OH Kristina Walker 937-268-6511 ext. 2481
10/25/2008

1

St. Cloud, MN Stephen Eisenreich 320-255-6480
11/2008*

1

Salem, VA  Gaylene Sanford 540-982-2463 ext. 1230
11/2008*

1

Roanoke, VA Robert Schmitt 540-982-2463 ext. 1230
11/7/2008

1

Columbia, SC Margaret Battle 803-776-4000 ext. 7445
11/7/2008

1

Salt Lake, UT Rudy Johansen 801-582-1565 ext. 2611
11/10/2008

1

San Antonio, TX Ann Guerrier-Marsh 210-692-1155
11/15/2008

1

Manchester, NH Bruce Bissett 603-624-4366
11/20/2008

1

San Juan, PR Daniel Aponte 787-641-7582 ext. 12327
11/24/2008

1

Freeport, NY John A. Sperandeo 631-261-4400 ext. 7031
TBD

1

Cherry Hill, NJ Steven Chambers 610-384-7711
TBD

1

Austin, TX Paula Wood 254-743-1261
TBD

1

Asheville, NC Allison Haberfield 828-298-7911 ext. 15506
TBD

1

Tillamook, OR Steve Weld 503-842-4358
TBD

1

Yakima, WA Robert Vasquez 509-457-2736
TBD

2

Bend, OR Stu Steinberg 503-220-8262
TBD

3

Roseburg, OR Laura James 541-826-2111
TBD

1

Pittsburgh, PA Mary Francis Pilarski 412-365-5273
TBD

1

Macon, GA Adelaide Anne Martis 478-272-1210 ext. 3635
TBD

1

Columbus, GA Spring Love 334-725-2838
TBD

1

Lantham, NY Donna K. Vaughn 518-626-5167
TBD

1

Gainesville, FL Vianne Marchese 352-379-7461
TBD

1

Tallahassee, FL Vianne Marchese 352-379-7461
TBD

1

Jacksonville, FL Vianne Marchese 352-379-7461
TBD

1

Clay County, FL Vianne Marchese 352-379-7461
TBD

1

St. Augustine, FL Vianne Marchese 352-379-7461
TBD

1

Lake City, FL Vianne Marchese 352-379-7461
TBD

1

Ocala, FL Vianne Marchese 352-379-7461
TBD

1

Orlando, FL Heather S. Gallagher 321-397-0413
TBD

1

Richmond, VA Raymond Patterson 804-675-5000 ext. 4191
TBD

1

Longview, WA Christina Pegg  360-423-0140

*Indicates event planned for that month, exact date not determined. TBD stand down planned, date

not yet determined.  For additional information on Stand Down dates and locations, please contact the Homeless Veterans Programs Office at:    (202) 273-5764.”

The next Suffolk County veterans stand down will be April 11, 2008 1000 hrs to 1400 hrs at the Health, Sports, & Education Center on the Brentwood Campus of Suffolk Community College. The next volunteer meeting is on Friday 3/28/08 at 1400 hrs at the Police Academy Gymnasium ( Suffolk Community College Brentwood) the meeting after that is on 4/4/08 1630 hrs at the same place you can call (631)853-8387) for additional information.

Commander

Dick Woltman

(Thank You VFW Commander of Suffolk County Woltman)

The April 11th 2008 Homeless Veterans Stand Down in Brentwood, NY is hosted by the Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and the Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency, Thomas Ronayne, Director. Questions or additional information:

631 853 8387 (VETS)

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