Friday, May 15, 2015

H.R. 2067 Cold War Service Medal Act of 2015

A new bill H.R. 2067 introduced by Representative Steve Israel and 7 other members of the House
of Representatives on April 28, 2015 would authorize a Cold War Service Medal.

Please contact your Representative asking him/her to become a cosponsor to H.R. 2067 The Cold
War Service Medal Act of 2015. It is very important that members of Congress see that there is
strong support for this bill and medal within the Veteran Community. Veterans are a very large
voting block and if enough veterans reach out to their elected official, said officials will take notice.

Cold War Veterans have been attempting to have this medal authorized for several years. Bills have
been introduced in both the Senate and the House, these bills have been read and the  sent to the
Armed Services Committee of the Senate/House for further consideration.

There have been provisions written into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to
authorize the medal. In 2001 the NDAA included such a provision. The wording of that provision
was that "the Secretary "may" issue a Cold War Medal. At that time the Department of Defense (DoD)
declined to allow the medal to be issued.

DoD has objected on two main issues: Cost, DoD has vastly over estimated the cost of issuing this
medal. Not every Cold War Veterans would apply for the medal at one time. It would take several
years for word to spread, and many veterans might not even apply for the medal. So this objection
is not strong enough to deny the medal.

The other reason DoD has objected is "duplication of awards" There have been instances when
both the Armed Forces Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal have been
issued. So this objection also is meaningless and invalid.

Another fallacy is "not a shot was fired", many lives were lost during America's Longest War,
lasting from Sept. 1945 to Dec. 1991. Communist forces shot down our planes from the sky,
our ships were attacked, troops on the ground were attacked. There are still over 120 Missing
In Action fromt he Cold War.

America won the Cold War, we stopped the spread of Communism and freed millions of people
from the oppressive regimes they suffered under.

President George H.W. Bush and many other leaders of our nation and other countries all
have made comments abut the end of The Cold War.

Now some 24 years after the end of the Cold War our veterans are still not recognized or
remembered. Often Cold Warriors are told they are not "veterans" as they did not serve
in a combat zone.

Yet the many places where American blood was spilled, and lives were lost, Armed Forces
members injured or captured can not be ignored. Do not forget that Korea, Vietnam and
other "Hot Spots" were all part of the Cold War.

Our numbers are steadily declining as we grow older and depart this mortal plane. Is that why
DoD continues to block all attempts for recognition-they are just waiting for us all to pass away?

So now is the time, contact your Representative asking them to cosponsor H.R. 2067 The
Cold War Service Medal Act of 2015 and urge for the bill to be brought to the full floor for
a vote; and vote for passage.

Also contact both of your Senators asking them to introduce a bill with the wording of
H.R. 2067.




---- Jerald Terwilliger,  Chairman Emeritus,  American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Cold War Service Medal Act 2015

On April 28, 2015 Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY3), and Congressman David Jolly(R-FL13)
introduced a new bill H.R. 2067 The Cold War Service Medal Act 2015.

This bill was introduced with 7 cosponsors, and has been sent to the House Armed Services Committee.

The Cold War was waged for more than 45 years as the United States and our allies combated
the spread of Communism, from 1945 through 1991.

There were many lives lost in this decades long battle. Despite the common misconception that
"Not a shot was fired", our planes were shot down from the sky by Communist forces, our ships
were attacked and damaged, troops on the ground were attacked and killed and or wounded

Korea, Vietnam, the Congo, Lebanon, Granada, Panama, Dominican Republic and many other
"hot spots" were all a part of the Cold War.

Many members of the Armed Forces were placed in dangerous and difficult situations on a daily
basis; often during missions that even today remain classified, and we were not; and still not
allowed to speak of what we did to family or friends.

Now, more than 25 years since the downfall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War;
we should finally bestow on our veterans the thanks of a grateful nation. It is time to offer these
veterans the respect and honor they so deserve.

Contact your Congressman/Congresswoman urging them to become a cosponsor to H.R. 2067
and demand the bill be brought to the full floor for a vote, and vote for passage.

Please also contact your Senator asking them to introduce a similar bill in the Senate immediately,
let us not wait another year, do it now.


No longer allow our Cold Warriors to be a forgotten and dismissed generation of veterans.



---- Jerald Terwilliger Former  Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996

Friday, March 13, 2015

Registration Form For American Cold War Veterans Convention


REGISTRATION-AMERICAN COLD WAR VETERANS CONFERENCE AND COMMEMORATION
April 30-May 1, 2015
Washington D.C.

Name:
Address:
Telephone:
E-Mail:

For Arlington Cemetery memorial-Pass Required to Enter Post
Automobile year, color, make, model:
Tag number and state:
If you can you take passengers, how many?

ACWV Member: [ ] Yes [ ] No
Luncheon Buffet only [ ] $25.00
Dinner Buffet only [ ] $35.95
Full event (both meals) [ ] $65.00
Please make checks payable to ACWV and mail to CH (COL) Charles H. Nalls 9329 Harvey Road Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 by 25 April 2015 Questions: acwvdc@outlook.com Phone: (Chaplain Nalls’ Office) 1-888-312-8884
This form does not guarantee a hotel reservation. Please contact the Holiday Inn Rosslyn 1900 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209 Phone 703-807-2000 ext 2200 Fax: 703-522-7480 A special room rate of $99.00 plus tax per night you must mention American Cold War Veterans when making your reservation. Hotel reservations must be made by March 30, 2015.


---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996

Sunday, March 1, 2015

American Cold War Veterans Convention 2015


American Cold War Veterans
Annual Meeting and Commemoration 2015
We Remember”
30 April-01 May
Washington, D.C.
Holiday Inn Rosslyn
1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington VA 22209
703-807-2000 ext. 2200; 703-522-7480 fax
A special rate of $99.00 (+tax) is available to attendees.
Please mention the American Cold War Veterans when making your reservation.
Room reservations must be made no later than 30 March 2015.
Conference Buffet Luncheon: $21.95/person; Conference Banquet: $35.95/person; Business Meeting Only-25.00; Full Event (both meals) $65.00
Event Schedule

Thursday, April 30, 2015

9:00 am-12:00 pm
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
1:30 pm-2:00 pm




3:00 pm-7:00 pm
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Congressional Visits-Please Contact Conference Coordinator
Lunch-Dubliner Pub Phoenix Park Hotel, 4 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Wreath-Laying: Victims of Communism Memorial-Confirmed Speaker Marion Smith, Executive Director, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
Memorial located at: Massachusetts and New Jersey Avenues and G Street, NW
Registration and Check-In at Holiday Inn Rosslyn
Dinner (on your own)
Hospitality

Friday, May 01, 2015

7:30 am to 8:00 am
Breakfast
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Opening of ACWV Business Meeting
10:00 am to 10:30 am
Break
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
ACWV Business Meeting Continues
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunch--Confirmed Speaker-Dr. Lee Edwards, Chairman, Victims of Communism


1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Memorial Foundation; Distinguished Fellow, Heritage Foundation
Transit to Arlington Cemetery Cold War Commemoration- Section 34, Arlington
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Arlington Cemetery Cold War Commemoration; USS Liberty Commemoration

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Transit to Holiday Inn Rosslyn
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Informal Social Hour; Dinner-Speaker LtGen Jack Klimp, USMC (ret.) President, National Association of Uniformed Services

Saturday, May 02, 2015

7:30 am to 9:30 am
Breakfast for those staying over
9:30 am
Check Out-Holiday Inn Rosslyn










Conference Coordinator (e-mail preferred):
ACWV Legislative Director
CH (COL) Charles H. Nalls
1-888-312-8884 (office)
acwvdc@outlook.com














---- Jerald Terwilliger Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hearts, minds opened to needs of TN veterans at Mount Carmel Veterans Memorial Dedication/Cold War Medal Presentation - The Rogersville Review: News

Hearts, minds opened to needs of TN veterans at Mount Carmel Veterans Memorial Dedication/Cold War Medal Presentation - The Rogersville Review: News



Slowly recognition for the brave men and women who served our nation during the Cold War. Now if only it would spread to the national level and Congress authorize and DoD issue the Cold War Service Medal. Ask you Representative to cosponsor H.R. 4807. Ask you Senators to introduce similar legislation in the Senate to finally recognize and honor our Cold War Veterans.



 ----Jerald Terwilliger ChairmanAmerican Cold War Veterans"We Remember"----------------"And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades."-- Robert M. Gates, 1996

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Russia To Reopen Intelligence Gathering Facility in Cuba

It appears that Russia will reopen the intelligence gathering facility in Cuba. According to reports
President Putin and the Castro brothers have signed an agreement that will allow Russia to reopen the
Lourdes Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) near Havana.

It was once the largest such facility that the Soviet Union operated outside of Russia, and was
operated by more than 1,500 KGB, GRU and Cuban DGI operatives.

It was able to monitor and intercept a vast amount of commercial and government communications,
covering the southeast U.S. as well as communications between the U.S. and Europe.

Russia was able to monitor and copy commercial satellites communications as well as United
States military, merchant shipping and also NASA space programs.

It should be made clear that now the U.S. Central Command, Souther Command and Special
Forces Command are all located in Florida.

Russia closed the facility in 2001, but in recent years has been negotiating with Cuba to reopen
the facility and it now seems that the deal has been finalized.

Russian President Putin had said that the "goodwill gesture" was not appreciated by the
United States, so Russia now plans to reopen and modernize the facility.

With new and modern equipment it will take far fewer personnel to operate and will be
able to cover a wider area and receive much more information.

So, now Russia will be in the spy game very close to the U.S., and with Russia planning
to become more active in Central and South America, one has to question the reasoning
behind all this.

Putin has said he does not want to start another Cold War, but as Russia continues to
grow their military and introduce new weapons and equipment, the rest of the world
would do well to watch very closely how things progress.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996