VA Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY
 
VA Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
 
 
In 2017, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act designating March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.  Our Nation’s Vietnam War Commemoration is an opportunity for all Americans to recognize, honor, and thank our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice during one of the longest wars in our country’s history.
 
As a commemorative partner, VA joins nearly 10,000 organizations across the Nation supporting the Department of Defense in this mission to honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans.  I encourage all VA leaders to either host ceremonies or participate in community events during the period March 25 – 29, 2018, to express our tremendous gratitude to this generation of warriors and their families.
 
The commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the United States’ involvement in Vietnam—November 1, 1955 – May 7, 1975.  Nine million Americans, approximately 7.2 million living today, served during that period.  The commemoration makes no distinction between Veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years.  All answered the call to duty.    
 
Please visit www.vietnamwar50th.com to learn how your organization or facility can become a commemorative partner and participate in this commemoration.  VA currently sustains more than 400 commemorative partnerships, and I am so proud of their contributions to honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans.  Importantly, a partnership provides historical media and the ability to request beautifully struck lapel pins and other recognition items for presentation to Vietnam Veterans.
 
Thank you for your continued service to VA and America’s Veterans.
 
 
David J. Shulkin, M.D.

Navy set to commission USS Omaha

The USS Omaha is set to be commissioned. The formal ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, February 3rd in San Diego.

The Navy calls it the newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Omaha (LCS 12).

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AMVETS DEPARTMENT of NEBRASKA Scholarship Webpage

You can submit the online form below OR at the bottom of this page, print the form and mail it in.

Applicants must be a member, child, grandchild, or stepchild of a member of AMVETS Department of Nebraska. Up to two scholarships of $500.00 each may be awarded annually. Applicants may be any high school or undergraduate student who will be attending an undergraduate program next school year. Scholarships may be used at any technical, community, 2-year, or 4-year college in the United States.

There is no limit to how many times students may receive this scholarship as long as they reapply each year and continue to make satisfactory progress in their program. When filling out the application, please type or print the requested information. 

AMVETS DEPARTMENT of NEBRASKA Scholarship webpage CLICK HERE

You can access this web page through navigation, program/projects,  AMVETS Scholarships

Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial

A project Veterans Service Clubs are working on in Central Nebraska.

The Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial will be built on site at the new Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney. As you can see reading the press release, this is a massive project which will require the efforts of local communities, businesses, citizens and Veterans Service organizations to complete.

Fundraising to date from veterans organizations alone has produced over $80,000 (60k from American Legion Post 52 in Kearney, and over 20k from Broken Bow VFW/Legion). To date we have over $800,000 raised or pledged towards a goal of $2 million. The news release I have attached has been provided to the state American Legion magazine and to the Nebraska Press Association (which produced a state wide press release to every newspaper in Nebraska).

Our goal is to challenge other Veterans Service clubs in Nebraska to educate themselves about this project and support it financially.

 
Press Release CLICK HERE
 
For Questions Contact: 

Bob Harpst, director

Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial

COMBAT CAMERA: THE WOMEN BEHIND THE LENS

There is a quickly approaching exhibition opportunity for current and former women Combat Photographers serving in all branches of the U.S. Military.

Combat Camera: The Women Behind the Lens,will pair official photographs from applicants’ officially released military experience with images selected from their personal work. By pairing declassified official and personal civilian images, the exhibit will provide the public with a unique perspective on the personal and professional intersections of women serving in our military.

The exhibit is sponsored by Tulane University’s School of Professional Advancement through the Department of Emergency and Security Studies and the Department of Digital Design in partnership with the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Funding for the exhibition printing and framing has been generously provided by the Tulane Provost’s office Lavin Bernik Faculty Grant.

To our knowledge, this is the first exhibition of its kind and we are inviting you to assist in the effort to reach as many eligible women as possible to apply. Our goal is to recognize and promote the women serving in all branches of the U.S. Military and share their perspectives with the community. In addition to an exhibition of prints in the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery in New Orleans, LA, the exhibit will be made available in a digitalslideshowinonline ready video formatto military bases, VA hospitals, Tulane University’s School of Professional Advancement campuses,and other locationsTBAnationally.

KEY DATES:The application deadline isMarch 1, 2018. The exhibition will open to the public on Thursday,April 19, 2018, in conjunction with Fleet Week 2018 New Orleans as part of theTricentennialNOLA Navy Week and Tall Ships of America.

More information and application can be found on the New Orleans Photo Alliance website: CLICK HERE  and Facebook event to share widely CLICK HERE   

Applicants having questions about or needing clearance on work being submitted should contact the DOD PIO CLICK HERE        

The exhibition was inspired by the service of our Tulane School of Professional Advancement  students who were former Combat Photographers. We welcome any questions or concerns and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Press release CLICK HERE

Teacher that trashed all military members issues response to backlash; under investigation

Gregory Salcido is facing severe backlash for his disparaging comments on the military.

The teacher’s comments stemmed from seeing a student wearing a Marines sweatshirt in class. A student in the classroom recorded the teacher’s rant on their phone and the video has now reached more than 6.7 million views.

“Think about the people you know who are over there. Your freakin’ stupid Uncle Louie or whatever. They’re dumb sh*ts. They’re not high-level bankers. They’re not academic people. They’re not intellectual people. They’re the lowest of the low. They’re not talented people,” the teacher says in the video.

In the videos, the male teacher goes on a rant for several minutes. He says he doesn’t know how anyone ends up joining the military.

“It’s because you have no other options,” the teacher says.

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AMVETS SuperBowl Ad Requesting People #PleaseStand for Anthem Rejected by NFL

 

#PleaseStand with us today!

The NFL just rejected AMVETS’ #PleaseStand ad for the Super Bowl program!

Commandeer Polk’s letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Media Coverage

 

Additional Information CLICK HERE