29 October 2008

World War II Hero Motivates Soldier from College Park, GA

Photo: Army Sgt. 1st Class Calvin Cameron, a native of College Park, Ga., who serves in Multinational Division Baghdad as a fires support noncommissioned officer with the 10th Mountain Division's Brigade Support Troop Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, meets with two students while conducting a humanitarian aid mission to assess the needs of a school in Beladiat, Iraq, Oct 9, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Grant Okubo
A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier from the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team who draws his motivation from a World War II hero joined the exclusive company of soldiers who have earned membership in the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club here in September.

Sgt. 1st Class Calvin Cameron, who hails from College Park, Ga., and serves with the Brigade Special Troops Battalion, was nominated by Master Sgt. Ron Camp, his supervisor, to compete for the privilege of becoming a Sgt. Audie Murphy Club member.

Murphy, who went on to become a Hollywood movie star, was World War II's most decorated U.S. soldier. The Sgt. Audie Murphy Club began in 1986 at Fort Hood, Texas. It expanded to include all of 3rd Corps five years later, grew to include all of Forces Command in 1993, and a year later it expanded Armywide.

Camp said he nominated Cameron because "he has a strong aggression to accomplish the mission before he's told to."

Cameron said his interest in joining the Army dates back to when he was a student at Benjamin Banneker High School and a teacher asked her students to write a report on someone from a list of 50 notable people. Cameron said he chose Murphy as his subject only because his name seemed different.

But his research on Murphy and his accomplishments inspired and motivated him to serve his nation in the Army, Cameron said, and eventually drove him to excel to the point that he would earn membership in the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club.

As Cameron began his research, he said, he began to see how Murphy overcame most of the obstacles he faced with his personal courage and sheer determination, and he summoned up those qualities within himself. "With the help of the recruiter and the example of Audie Murphy," he said, "I was able to lose a massive amount of weight to join the Army."

Though Murphy was an infantryman, Cameron chose to be a fires support specialist. "As I read the Audie Murphy story," he explained, "I got excited after he picked up a [hand microphone] in a burned-out armored personenl carrier to call for fire. Giving them the enemy's position saved the whole platoon. That earned him the Medal of Honor."

Murphy's story motivated him to make a life-changing decision, Cameron said.

"When I was in high school, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life until I read his story," he said. "I knew for sure after writing the report on Audie Murphy that I was going to join the Army, because I wanted to be somewhat like him."

He said he was even more motivated when he read about Murphy overcoming his own internal demons in his battle against his addiction to the prescription drugs given to him for "shell shock" after World War II.

"Murphy recognized he had a problem with drugs and decided to go 'cold turkey' off the drugs by locking himself up in a hotel room for a week to deal with the withdrawal," said Cameron. "I was really impressed then."

Cameron said he channeled that determination against his own inner struggle – his weight.

"The recruiter told me that I was overweight by over 100 pounds, and I could not join until I lost the weight," he said.

And up stepped another motivating force, his Army recruiter, who worked with Cameron for a year while he was in the delayed entry program to help him lose the weight and achieve his goal. Cameron ultimately succeeded in his battle over his weight problem and he became a member of the Army team in June 2000 as a fires support specialist, and now he offers advice to fellow soldiers.

"Speed bumps will always come, but once you hit that speed bump, don't quit," he said. "Just keep trucking so you can accomplish your goals. Once you accomplish your goal, set your next goal and accomplish it as well."

Cameron said his next goal is to achieve the rank of master sergeant within 12 years of service.

"I have done great things in the Army, and the Army is the only thing that I know and I love," he said. "I met my wife, who is my soulmate, and we had our four boys in the Army. Everything I have, I have because of the Army."

(From a Multinational Division Baghdad news release.)
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'Readiness Challenge' Events to Help Families Manage Finances

Installation commanders from all military services and the Defense Department will begin conducting "Financial Readiness Challenge" events nationwide next week to help military families deal with the effects of today's economy.

Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., will host the first event Nov. 5 in partnership with the deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy.

Together, installation commanders and DoD will bring a full range of local, state and federal resources to help military personnel and their families manage their finances effectively, officials said.

Event planners said the Financial Readiness Challenge events -- being conducted for the first time -- are paving the way for an expanding series of customized financial outreach efforts that address the unique issues military communities face.

"Each event is designed to help service personnel and family members make direct contact with local, state and federal subject matter experts -- financial counselors and educators," Lynda C. Davis, deputy undersecretary for military community and family policy, said. "These experts will provide information and assistance on such topics as budgets and spending plans, stretching your dollars to make ends meet, credit management, debt elimination, car buying, housing loans and foreclosures, savings and investments, and financial, estate and retirement planning."

Financial Readiness Challenge events include keynote speakers such as Public Television's Kelvin Boston and author and lecturer Brooke Stephens, as well as others who address topics such as credit scores and myths, the perils of debt and getting what you need and want in today's economy.

Hands-on workshop sessions will provide information on debt elimination, investing, car- and home-buying strategies, the Thrift Savings Plan and retirement planning, building a better budget and spending plan, paying for college, identity theft, credit reports, and what to do in today's economy, officials said.

Certified financial planners and counselors will answer questions and provide counseling services. Sign-ups for private counseling appointments will be available prior to and during each event.

Special financial education programs for children will be available at some Financial Challenge events, including Sammy Rabbit for younger children, Junior Achievement for older students and Jump $tart for all ages, including college. Child care by pre-registration also will be available at some events, officials said.

All workshops, counseling services and light refreshments will be provided at no cost to military personnel, their families and organizational representatives.

Financial Readiness Challenge events are scheduled at the following installations:

-- Air Force: Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., Nov 5; Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 13; Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 14-15; Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, week of Dec. 8; and Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., week of Feb 25.

-- Joint commands and Army: Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base, Wash., Dec. 4; Fort Belvoir, Va., Jan. 24; and Fort Polk, La., March 7.

-- Navy and Marine Corps: Base Consortium in San Diego Region, Calif., week of Feb. 25; Base Consortium in Norfolk, Va., Feb. 25; and Naval Base Kitsap, Wash., Feb. 23.

(From a Defense Department Office of Military Community and Family Policy news release.)
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Military Reservist Working Capital Loan Program Expanded

Legislative changes will make a U.S. Small Business Administration loan program more accessible to small businesses facing financial loss when the owner or essential employee is called to active military duty by extending the application period, increasing the unsecured loan threshold, and raising the maximum loan limit.

Changes to the Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan (MREIDL) program became effective October 28.

“The SBA is proud to be able to support the men and women who serve in America’s military services,” said SBA Acting Administrator Sandy K. Baruah. “Their service is not only honorable and selfless, but it makes them more talented and resourceful employees when they return home. That makes it doubly important that the small businesses they left when they were called to active duty are still operating when they come home. As they have worked to defend their country, the SBA’s military reservist loan program aims to support those small businesses by providing the funds needed to cover their expenses and continue successful operations.”

Under the new rules, a small business can apply for an MREIDL on the date the essential employee receives notice of the expected call-up. The application period is extended to one year after the essential employee is discharged from active duty, an increase from the previous 90-day application window.

In addition, the small business is no longer required to pledge collateral to secure an MREIDL of $50,000 or less. Previously, the business was required to put up collateral if the loan amount exceeded $5,000.

The Small Business Disaster Response and Loan Improvements Act, passed in May 2008, also increased the MREIDL cap from $1.5 million to $2 million.

The MREIDL is a direct working capital loan, and the funds may be used to cover operating costs until the essential employee or business owner is released from active duty. An “essential employee” is defined as an individual (whether or not the owner of the small business) whose managerial or technical skill is critical to the successful daily operation of the business.

The interest rate on these working capital loans is 4 percent, with terms up to a maximum of 30 years.

Businesses can apply online by going to the Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. To get an application by mail, or for other questions about the loan program, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or by e-mail at disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
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Americans Called to Duty on Behalf of 6,000 Soldiers Overseas

Subscriptions for Soldiers is calling on the American public to take action and support deployed U.S. service members - about 350,000 of them to date - by helping to fill more than 6,000 requests for magazine subscriptions from men and women serving overseas through http://www.subs4soldiers.com.

In an effort to boost morale of American troops and provide relief from stress they endure every day by providing a monthly reminder of home, Subscriptions for Soldiers was launched by Magazines.com in April 2008 to provide free magazines to soldiers serving overseas. In the first three weeks, the program received more than 8,000 requests for magazine subscriptions from deployed service members. Currently, more than 6,000 subscriptions need to be filled, and the organization is reaching out to the American public to meet these soldiers' wishes.

"With a $10 donation, you can let a service member know they are remembered and give them something to look forward to each month," says Jay Clarke, president and CEO of Magazines.com. "At the heart of Subscriptions for Soldiers is a campaign to connect service members, those they serve and the life we all cherish."

With the war in the Middle East entering its seventh year, it is important to offer support to service members overseas. Depression and anxiety are common problems among soldiers serving long and multiple deployments. For active duty service members, receiving a monthly magazine can boost morale in stressful times.

"Magazines provide a source of entertainment that can be re-read and shared with others," says Kitty Pedigo, business development manager of Magazines.com. "They give service members a small break from their everyday stress and help them stay focused on the task at hand."
Many Americans may want to give back to those serving overseas, but the time and money required to put care packages together and ship them from the post office can be challenging. "Having access to an affordable and easy resource that provides soldiers with a magazine each month makes it easier for those who want to let a service member know they are appreciated," says Clarke.

To sponsor a subscription, individuals can visit http://www.subs4soldiers.com and submit a donation of $10 or more, which will be used to fill the magazine request of a soldier overseas. For more information, visit http://www.subs4soldiers.com.

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28 October 2008

Military Order Of The Purple Heart Elects New National Commander

(NAPSI)-Jeff Roy of Longmont, CO, has been elected National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH). Roy enlisted in the Army as a helicopter mechanic in August 1963; in June 1966, he completed the Army's Warrant Officer Candidate Helicopter Course. In December 1967, Roy received a direct commission to 2LT and, after serving 30 years, he retired from the 94th Army Reserve Command in 1994 at the rank of Colonel.

A distinguished helicopter mechanic and pilot, Roy deployed to South Vietnam with the 187th Army Helicopter Company in February 1967, flying air missions out of Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam; a region west of Saigon and adjacent to the Cambodian border. He was wounded during a nighttime mortar and rocket attack on his base camp during the fierce fighting in conjunction with the North Vietnamese 1968 Tet offensive.

Roy's goals during his tenure as Commander include focusing on programs that directly aid veterans seeking employment through conducting job fairs and chapter assistance to members, aid in identifying and bringing homeless veterans back into the mainstream of society and, recruitment of volunteers to assist veterans in VA hospitals, homes and community-based retirement homes where veterans are domiciled.

While serving in the Army Reserves, Roy concurrently worked for the Army as a civilian pilot until 1980, when he transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration. After serving as a safety inspector and manager, he retired from the FAA and federal service in January 2002 following 39 years of government service.

Roy's military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal (25 awards--two for valor), the Army Commendation Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters and numerous service medals and engagement ribbons.

Roy served in a number of capacities in the Military Order of the Purple Heart, from community-based chapter commander, state and regional leadership positions and, ultimately, national offices leading to his election as National Commander.

Action plan

As National Commander, Roy seeks to return to the basic precepts and objectives of the Order--those being "educational, fraternal, historical and patriotic, perpetuating the principles of liberty and justice, which have created the United States of America."

Additionally, Roy and the organization will:

• Focus on the business of the Order by being more open to the membership with finances and business and being accountable to the membership and the Foundation with grant requests and expenditures;

• Develop internal policies and procedures to meet these areas as well as compliance with applicable IRS regulations and Sarbanes-Oxley recommendations for nonprofit organizations; and

• Seek to improve support to veterans by increasing volunteer service hours and improving VAVS grant administration and the Service Program.

Roy's additional goals and objectives in meeting these focus areas include:

• Increasing VAVS volunteer hours by 15 percent, nationally;

• Conducting four MOPH-sponsored Job Fairs with the subgoal of finding employment for 1,000 veterans;

• Initiating a Homeless Veteran Program by appointing a National Homeless Veteran Program Coordinator;

• Partnering with the Cell Phones for Soldiers organization and developing a nationwide donation program;

• Increasing the responsibilities of the Region Commanders in the areas of membership recruitment and VAVS administration; and

• Improving legislative support at the Department level by taking national positions in support of local veterans issues.

To learn more about the Military Order of the Purple Heart and its programs, visit the Web site at www.purpleheart.org.

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27 October 2008

Honor Flight Fayette at World War II Memorial



Pictured at the Georgia portion of the World War II monument are (l-r) veteran William Jackson, guardian Allen Smith and veteran John Dailey.

On October 8th, Honor Flight Fayette completed its 2nd day trip to Washington, D.C. with a precious cargo of WWII veterans. Because their memorial was completed less than 5 years ago, many veterans felt they would never see it due to medical or financial reasons. Honor Flight Fayette took care of those concerns by covering all expenses for these members of the greatest generation as well as providing guardians and medical assistance for them throughout the day. The guardians each paid their own way and medical personnel raised the money needed through donations.

This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will not accept any money from the veterans and 100% of money raised is used totally for the trip. There is a board of directors to guide this effort and each one of them, as well as guardians, medical personnel and volunteers, gives generously of their time and talents to keep this project going as we are losing these vets at the rate of over 1,400 each day.

The vets started the day at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church with Chick-fil-A biscuits, had box lunches under tents close to the memorial and finished with a catered meal at the USO facility at Reagan Airport.

Fayetteville First Methodist Church and First Baptist Church of Fayetteville provided buses to get everyone to the airport, and the group traveled in comfortable motor coaches around the nation's capitol.

The veterans especially enjoyed the reception they received everywhere they went as crowds of airline employees, travelers and active military personnel greeted them with cheers, hugs and salutes. However, they also were excited to meet Sen. Bob Dole, who was instrumental in getting the WWII monument built and who comes to meet as many honor flight groups from around the country as possible.

"Mail call" on the flight up to D.C. was a favorite also as the veterans read letters written especially to each of them by members of Jo Springer's 5th grade class at Huddleston Elementary school. Many of the vets said they planned to write back to the students and tell them how much their letters meant to them.

If you would like to learn more about this worthwhile organization, be of assistance or donate toward this cause, please check honorflightfayette.org or call 770-719-1024.

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25 October 2008

Hwy. 314 Dedication to General William Livsey

On Wednesday 29 October at 11:00 hrs General William Livsey will have the Fayette County section of HWY 314 dedicated to him.

The ceremony will be held at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center, 175 East Lanier Ave – across the street from the old Fayette County Court House … the same location where the Honor Flight attendees depart.

All veterans are encouraged to attend …

General Livsey is a Korea War veteran … served in the Army from 1952 thru 1987. He is an outstand “trooper.”

The program coordinator/manager is Jack Wheeler – he estimated 200 plus veterans and community officials attending the dedication.

BIOGRAPHY OF GENERAL WILLIAM LIVSEY

General Livsey is a native of Clarkston, Georgia. He is a 1952 graduate of North Georgia College & State University. Years later he served as a trustee for the university foundation. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the Regular Army. He has a Masters degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University. His military schooling includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College where he graduated first in his class, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Army War College.

In 1953, Livsey served his first combat tour as platoon leader with the 3rd Infantry Division in Korea. He commanded his first company with the 30th Infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1954. From 1958 to 1961, he served in Germany as a company commander in the 2nd Armored Rifle Battalion, 36th Infantry, 3rd Armored Division. He served his second combat tour in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 with the 4th Infantry Division as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 (Operations), and as the Commander, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry of the 3rd Brigade Task Force.

In May 1971, Livsey took command of the 2nd Brigade 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Carson. He later returned to Fort Carson in 1974 to serve as the Assistant Division Commander (Support) and as the Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver) for the 4th ID (M) until June 1976. From July 1977 to May 1979, he was the Commanding General of the Infantry Center and Commandant of the United States Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

In May 1979, Livsey became the Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized), United States Army Europe where he served until June 1981. He then assumed the position of Commanding General, VII Corps, USAREUR, and served there until July 1983. From July 1983 until April 1984 he served as the Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Forces Command as well as Commanding General of the Third United States Army, Fort McPherson, Georgia.

Other notable assignments include, I Corps Chief of Staff in Korea, Executive to the Army Chief of Staff in Washington, D.C. and Southeast Asia, staff officer in the Office of Research and Development, and leadership instructor at West Point.

In May, 1984, and until his retirement on June 30, 1987, Livsey served as Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command/Commander-in-Chief Combined Forces Command/ Commander, United States Forces, Korea/Commanding General Eighth United States Army.

Livsey's awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Silver Star, Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with "V" Device, Air Medals, Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Combat Infantryman Badge (2nd Award), Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

Livsey and his wife, the former Bena Sue Burns, currently reside in Fayetteville, Georgia.
They have four sons.

Senate Resolution 980
By: Senators Chance of the 16th, Douglas of the 17th, Harp of the 29th and Staton of the
18th
A RESOLUTION
1 Dedicating the General Bill Livsey Highway; and for other purposes.
2 WHEREAS, William J. Livsey was born June 8, 1931, at Clarkston, Georgia, where he
3 attended the public schools and there distinguished himself in scholastics and athletics; and
4 WHEREAS, after graduating from Clarkston High School he attended North Georgia
5 College where he further excelled scholastically and athletically, and he completed the
6 Reserve Officer Training Corps curriculum, graduating in June 1952, whereupon he was
7 commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army; and
8 WHEREAS, shortly thereafter, he served as a platoon leader in the Korean War, earning the
9 Silver Star for gallantry in action; and
10 WHEREAS, he continued to distinguish himself in his military career seeing further combat
11 duty in Viet Nam as Commander of an infantry battalion; rising through every level of
12 command position while serving in the United States and in four subsequent overseas tours,
13 and culminating his career with assignment as Commander in Chief, United Nations
14 Command/Commander in Chief, Combined Forces Command/Commander, United States
15 Forces, Korea/Commanding General, Eighth United States Army; and
16 WHEREAS, his military education included completion of the Army´s Command and
17 General Staff College (where he was first in his class), the Armed Forces Staff College, and
18 the Army War College; and
19 WHEREAS, awards and decorations received by him also include the Defense Distinguished
20 Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Service
21 Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with
22 "V" Device, and the Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device (with two Oak Leaf
23 Clusters); and
08 LC 34 1566
S. R. 980
- 2 -
1 WHEREAS, General Livsey retired in 1987 after attaining the rank of four-star General, one
2 of only four Georgians ever to be so recognized by the United States Army; and
3 WHEREAS, after his retirement General Livsey served the people of our state as a member
4 of the Board of Trustees of North Georgia College and State University, his alma mater; and
5 WHEREAS, throughout his career of service around the world, General Livsey continually
6 maintained his home in our State of Georgia, residing today at his residence in Fayette
7 County with his wife Bena Sue Burns Livsey, originally of East Point; and
8 WHEREAS, General Livsey is credited with being among the first, if not the first, to remind
9 us that "Freedom is not Free"; and
10 WHEREAS, the life of unselfish service of General William J. Livsey has been dedicated to
11 securing and preserving the blessing of freedom to the people of the United States of
12 America, bringing honor and pride to his native State of Georgia.
13 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF
14 GEORGIA that the portion of SR 314 North running from its intersection with SR 85 and
15 running northerly to the Fayette County line shall be dedicated as the General Bill Livsey
16 Highway and the Department of Transportation is authorized and directed to place and
17 maintain appropriate markers so dedicating said highway.
18 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is authorized and directed
19 to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to General Bill Livsey and to the
20 Department of Transportation.

22 October 2008

Isakson, Chambliss Express Concern over Proposed Expansion of Bulldog Military Operating Area in East-Central Georgia

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss,R-Ga., today sent a letter to Michael Donley, Secretary of the AirForce, and Bobby Sturgell, Acting Administrator of the Federal AviationAdministration, expressing their concern over the proposed expansion ofthe Bulldog Military Operating Area in East-Central Georgia and thenegative impact it could have on operations at civilian airports in thatregion.

The text of the letter is below:

Dear Secretary Donley and Administrator Sturgell:

Today our staffs met to discuss the proposed expansion of the BulldogMilitary Operating Area (MOA) over East-Central Georgia. We hadpreviously written to you regarding this issue, and appreciate youmaking your staffs available to meet.

We strongly support the ability of the Air Force to conduct necessarytraining and operations in support of its readiness and our nation'ssecurity, and recognize the requirement it has. We remain concerned,however, about the potential impact the proposed expansion as outlinedin the letter we received from Colonel Miller on March 10, 2008 may haveon operations at civilian airports in Emanuel County, Georgia, andMillen, Georgia.

Specifically, the community is concerned that the proposed expansion maynegatively affect arrivals and departures flights into the Swainsboro /Emanuel County airport and that the recent upgrades to the InstrumentLanding System (ILS) at the airport may be negated by the proposedexpansion. Swainsboro is also concerned about communications issues anddelays as they relate to instrument arrival and departure clearances atthe airport. Both communities are concerned about MOA usagenotifications between the Wing and the airports, and the steps forwardwith regards to the MOA should traffic at these airports increase andnecessitate new airspace needs.

We appreciate the reassurances by your staffs that they will take these,and other concerns raised at tomorrow's public meeting, intoconsideration and that both the Air Force and FAA will work to mitigatethese concerns before implementing changes to the MOA. We hope that theAir Force and the Federal Aviation Administration can agree on aproposal and a process of closing the MOA to accommodate arrivals anddepartures into these airports so as not to negatively affect existingor dissuade future commercial air traffic and economic development, andwe stand ready to assist you in any way possible in this regard.

We appreciate you keeping us fully informed as this issue develops, andwe intend to carefully follow this issue to ensure that out nationalsecurity needs are met without negatively impacting operations at local,civilian airports in Georgia.

Very truly yours,
Saxby Chambliss
United States Senator
Johnny Isakson
United States Senator

The community will have an opportunity to engage the Air Force and theFAA and share their comments at a public meeting on October 23, 2008.Isakson and Chambliss encourage all interested residents to attend themeeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the Augusta Regional Airport,Large Conference Room, 1501 Aviation Way, Augusta, Ga.

The FAA and the Air Force have extended the public comment period toNovember 24, 2008, and have pledged to Isakson and Chambliss that theywill look at ways to mitigate the existing concerns of the community.

State Senator Jack Hill, State Representative Butch Parrish and otherelected officials as well as Bill Rogers and the Swainsboro/EmanuelCounty Chamber of Commerce have worked with Isakson and Chambliss onthis important effort.
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Helping Veterans At Work

(NAPSI)-A unique program helps employers support returning service members who are coping with two increasingly common battlefield injuries--Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which are expected to affect hundreds of thousands of veterans as they return to civilian life. The program, called America's Heroes at Work, equips employers and workforce development professionals with tools and promising practices to help employees with TBI and/or PTSD succeed in the workplace.

Symptoms of TBI or PTSD range from headaches and vertigo to short-term memory deficits--however, most can be addressed through simple workplace supports. Dispelling the myths about TBI and PTSD, the program offers a variety of educational resources for employers including fact sheets, Web-based training tools, presentations and a toll-free help line offering personalized assistance (800-526-7234). The initiative is managed by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and Veterans' Employment and Training Service. For more information, visit www.AmericasHeroesAtWork.gov.

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16 October 2008

Honor Flight Fayette Veterans Witness Sea of Support in Washington


Veterans on the October Honor Flight Fayette trip to see their memorial in Washington, D.C., were greeted by current members of the United States military. Bystanders who heard the veterans were arriving wanted to show their appreciation as well.

The veterans were surprised and visibly moved by the cheering crowd, and many later said that this was one of the highlights of the trip for them. After the war ended, the majority of the soldiers returned home without fanfare to seek jobs and adapt to civilian life, so this recognition may have been delayed but was much appreciated. Unfortunately, we are losing these members of the "Greatest Generation" at the rate of over 1,400 per day.

Honor Flight Fayette is preparing for their 3rd flight on November 12th, which will bring to over 200 the total number of veterans who have been taken to D.C. this year at no charge to them. Funds are raised through contributions from caring and generous businesses and citizens, and 100% of these monies are used for the flights.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Honor Flight Fayette has a board of directors to guide the effort and keep it on track. Board members, guardians and volunteers consider this project a labor of love, dedication and determination, and they donate their time and talents as often as needed to make these flights a success. In fact, guardians pay their own way just to be of service to 2-3 veterans during the entire day trip to insure their safety and enjoyment.

If you would like to be part of this most worthwhile service, obtain more information or make a donation please contact honorflightfayette.org or call 770-719-1024.

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08 October 2008

The Chrysler Foundation Donates $100,000 to the National Infantry Foundation for National Capital Campaign

PRNewswire/ -- The Chrysler Foundation announced today that it donated $100,000 to the National Infantry Foundation, Inc., in support of its capital campaign to construct the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park in Columbus, Ga.

"The Chrysler Foundation is proud to support the National Infantry Foundation as it works to commemorate the extensive history of the Infantry," said Bob Nardelli, Chairman and CEO - Chrysler LLC. "Chrysler has a proud history of supporting the U.S. military, and we are pleased to support this project as part of our 'Honoring Those Who Serve' initiative. This museum and memorial will stand as a reminder of the courage and sacrifice of the Infantry, which has enabled us to enjoy the freedom, the opportunities and the comforts of living in this great nation."

The project is located on a 200-acre site that links Columbus, Ga., and Fort Benning, the Home of the Infantry. It features a 180,000-square-foot museum, six galleries that represent different eras in the Infantry's history, a 2,500-seat stadium for weekly graduations of Infantry Basic Trainees and a 3-D IMAX(R) theatre.

We're proud to have this level of support from one of the nation's leading automotive companies," National Infantry Foundation President MG (Ret.) Jerry White said. "Chrysler and the Infantry have been partners throughout our long history. They have been an essential part of the successes we have enjoyed on battlefields around the world. With this gift they still stand by us today."

The gift continues the Foundation's commitment to our nation's military as part of Chrysler LLC's "Honoring Those Who Serve" military support initiative. Previous recipients of gifts from The Chrysler Foundation include The Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation, Operation Gratitude and the Freedom Calls Foundation.

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01 October 2008

Past National Commanders of Veterans' Service Organizations Endorse John McCain

McCain-Palin 2008 today announced that twenty-one past National Commanders of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have endorsed John McCain for President. The individuals endorsing John McCain hail from 18 different states, including Colorado, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Illinois. Also included on the list is New Jersey native George Lisicki, who just last month stepped down as VFW Commander-in-Chief.

John McCain stated, "I am honored and humbled to receive the support of individuals who have served their county with distinction in the military and as leaders of two of America's largest and most esteemed veterans' organizations. It has been my great privilege to serve America's veterans, and today I renew my pledge never to forget the sacrifices of veterans and their families, or to do my utmost to provide veterans with the care and benefits they deserve."

Those Endorsing John McCain:

Edward S. Banas, Sr., Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, Connecticut
Tom Bock, Past National Commander, American Legion, Colorado
John Brieden, Past National Commander, American Legion, Texas
Billy Ray Cameron, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, North Carolina
John "Jake" Comer, Past National Commander, American Legion, Massachusetts
George R. Cramer, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, Illinois
James R. Currieo, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, Arizona
Miles Epling, Past National Commander, American Legion, West Virginia
John F. Gwizdak, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, Georgia
Walter G. Hogan, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, Wisconsin
Tony Jordan, Past National Commander, American Legion, Maine
Gary Kurpius, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, Alaska
George J. Lisicki, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, New Jersey
James R. Mueller, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, Missouri
Clifford G. Olson, Jr., Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, Massachusetts
John W. Smart, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, New Hampshire
R.D. "Bulldog" Smith, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, Georgia
Paul A. Spera, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, Massachusetts
Norman G. Staab, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, Kansas
John S. Staum, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, Minnesota
John Wasylik, Past Commander-in-Chief, VFW, Ohio
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Americans Called to Duty on Behalf of 6,000 Soldiers Overseas

PRNewswire/ -- Subscriptions for Soldiers is calling on the American public to take action and support deployed U.S. service members -- about 350,000 of them to date -- by helping to fill more than 6,000 requests for magazine subscriptions from men and women serving overseas.

In an effort to boost morale of American troops and provide relief from stress they endure every day by providing a monthly reminder of home, Subscriptions for Soldiers was launched by Magazines.com in April 2008 to provide free magazines to soldiers serving overseas. In the first three weeks, the program received more than 8,000 requests for magazine subscriptions from deployed service members. Currently, more than 6,000 subscriptions need to be filled, and the organization is reaching out to the American public to meet these soldiers' wishes.

"With a $10 donation, you can let a service member know they are remembered and give them something to look forward to each month," says Jay Clarke, president and CEO of Magazines.com. "At the heart of Subscriptions for Soldiers is a campaign to connect service members, those they serve and the life we all cherish."

With the war in the Middle East entering its seventh year, it is important to offer support to service members overseas. Depression and anxiety are common problems among soldiers serving long and multiple deployments. For active duty service members, receiving a monthly magazine can boost morale in stressful times.

"Magazines provide a source of entertainment that can be re-read and shared with others," says Kitty Pedigo, business development manager of Magazines.com. "They give service members a small break from their everyday stress and help them stay focused on the task at hand."

Many Americans may want to give back to those serving overseas, but the time and money required to put care packages together and ship them from the post office can be challenging. "Having access to an affordable and easy resource that provides soldiers with a magazine each month makes it easier for those who want to let a service member know they are appreciated," says Clarke.

To sponsor a subscription, individuals can visit www.subs4soldiers.com and submit a donation of $10 or more, which will be used to fill the magazine request of a soldier overseas. For more information, visit www.subs4soldiers.com.

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