Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thank You Senator Collins

The American Cold War Veterans wish to extend our heartfelt Thank You to Senator Collins
and her staff for assisting us in obtaining room SD-G11 for our annual meeting.

The meeting to take place on April 28th from 2:00PM to 4:00PM will focus on our several
goals in furthering Remembrance of the Cold War.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
"We Remember"

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

American Cold War Veterans Meeting

The American Cold War Veterans will be holding their annual meeting in Washington, DC
on April 28. The meeting will be held in the Dirksen Senate Building Room SD-G11, ground
floor. The meeting will be from 1:30PM to 4:00PM

This meeting is open to the public.

Following the meeting we will proceed to Arlington National Cemetery for a 5PM memorial
service to Cold War Veterans.

Hotel arrangements: We have a block of rooms at the Best Western Rosslyn/Iwo Jima
1501 Arlington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22209 Phone: 703-524-5000. The rooms are available from April 27 to May 1 for those of your who may want to spend a little extra time in DC. If you desire to extend your stay beyond those dates please check when making reservations, on a case by case situation the hotel may be able to extend the group rate.

Be sure to mention American Cold War Veterans when making reservations to receive the proper rate of $149.99 plus 10.25%tax per night.

There are a small number of handicapped rooms available, if you require a handicapped room please mention that when placing your reservation.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
"We Remember"

Monday, March 22, 2010

Cold War Veterans Recognition Day

It seems as though we were given a pat on the back and a slap in the face at the same time.

H.RES.900 did pass the House with no nay votes, but the date May 1 was removed. So now
we have to do another push to get a date attached to actually celebrate.

Plus we still have to push on S.2743 AND H.R.4051 The Cold War Medal Act 2009. Please
continue to contact both of your Senators and your Representatives to ask them to cosponsor, have the bill embedded in the NDAA 2011 and vote for passage when it reaches
the floor.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
"We Remember"

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The House passes H.RES.900 Cold War Veterans Recognition Day

The House has passed H.RES.900 to designate May 1 as Cold War Veterans Recognition Day
6:03 P.M. -
Considered as unfinished business.

H. Res. 900:
supporting the goals and ideals of a Cold War Veterans Recognition Day to honor the sacrifices and contributions made by members of the Armed Forces during the Cold War and encouraging the people of the United States to participate in local and national activities honoring the sacrifices and contributions of those individuals

The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): (Roll No. 161).

Passed 294 to 0

Now to get it in the Senate. Ask your Senators to introduce legislation similar to this
in the Senate.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
"We Remember"

Bill to honor Cold War Vets delayed

Congressman Steve Israel yesterday made an impassioned plea to honor Cold War Veterans

After 40 minutes of debate a vote was called for. After the vote, the Chair decided
that further action on the motion would be postponed.

This does not look good for a bill many of us have worked long and hard to make it
come to fruition.

Contact your Representative urge them to cosponsor H.RES.900 AND H.R.4051 The Cold War
Service Medal Act 2009.

Ask them to vote for passage on both of these bills which are very important to all veterans.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
"We Remember"

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

List of Representatives that are veterans

Veterans in Congress

Since this list is a year old not all listed may still be in office.

This list was updated 02 JAN 09, by Richard Aragon.
NOTE: The information presented here was obtained through numerous sources including attempts at direct contact when required. In some instances, no response was received and some of the data from conflicting sources has not been verified due to lack of response. Please forward all corrections either directly to Richard Aragon or to John Paul Rossie for updating this file.

Veterans in the United States House of Representatives

"#" in front of the name indicates a combat veteran.

* Todd Akin (R-02 Missouri)
U.S. Army

* #Joe Baca (D-43 CA)
U.S. Army 1966-1968

* Spencer Bachus (R-06 AL)
National Guard 1969-1971

* James Barrett (R-03 S.C.)
Army 1983-1987

* Sanford D. Bishop (D-02 GA)
U.S. Army 1971

* John Boccieri (D-16 OH)

* John Boehner (R-08 OH)
U.S. Navy 1968

* #Leonard L. Boswell (D-03 IA)
U.S. Army 1956-1976

* #Allen Boyd, Jr. (D-02 FL)
U.S. Army 1969-1971

* Paul Broun (R-10 GA)
USMC Reserves 1964 -67
US Navy Reserved 1967 - 72
National Guard 1972 - 73

* Henry Brown (R-1 SC)
National Guard 1953-1962

* Vern Buchanan (R-13 FL)
Air National Guard 1970-1976

* Dan Burton (R-05 IN)
U.S. Army 1956-1957
Army Reserves 1957-1962

* G.K. Butterfield (D-1 NC)
Army Reserves 1957-1962
Army 1968-1970

* Stephen E. Buyer (R-04 IN)
U.S. Army 1984-1987, 1990
Army Reserve 1980-1984, 1987-Present

* Christopher Carney (D-10PA)
Naval Reserves 1995 - Present

* Howard Coble (R-06 NC)
Coast Guard 1952-1956, 1977-1978
Coast Guard Reserve 1960-1981

* Mike Coffman (R-06 CO)

* Mike Conway (R-11 TX)
U.S. Army 1970-1972

* John Conyers (D-14 MI)
National Guard 1948-1950
U.S. Army 1950-1954
Army Reserve 1954-1957

* Geoff Davis (R-04 KY)
U.S. Army 1980 -1987

* Nathan Deal (R-09 GA)
U.S. Army 1966-1968

* Peter A. DeFazio (D-04 OR)
U.S. Air Force 1967-1971

* William D. Delahunt (D-10 MA)
Coast Guard Reserve 1963-1971

* John D. Dingell (D-16 MI)
U.S. Army 1945-1946

* John F. Duncan, Jr. (R-02 TN)
Army Reserve 1970-1987

* Bob Etheridge (D-02 NC)
U.S. Army 1965-1967

* John Fleming (R-04 LA)

* #Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-11 NJ)
U.S. Army 1969-1971

* Louie Gohmert (R-01 TX)
U.S. Army 1977-1982

* Charles A. Gonzales (D-20 TX)
National Guard 1969-1975

* Virgil H. Goode, Jr. (R-05 VA)
National Guard 1969-1975

* Bart Gordon (D-6 TN)
US Army Reserve 1971-72

* Brett Guthrie (R-02 KY)

* Phil Hare (D-17IL)
Army Reserves 1969-1975

* Ralph M. Hall (R-04 TX)
U.S. Navy 1942-1945

* Doc Hastings (R-04 WA)
Army Reserves 1964-1969

* Maurice Hinchey (D-22 NY)
U.S. Navy 1956-59

* #Duncan Hunter (R-52 CA)
U.S. Army 1969-1971

* Darrell Issa (R-49 CA)
Army 1970-1972, 1976-1980

* #Sam Johnson (R-03 TX)
U.S. Air Force 1951-1979 (POW)

* Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-03 NC)
National Guard 1967-1971

* Paul E. Kanjorski (D-11 PA)
U.S. Army 1960-1961

* Peter King (R-03 NY)
National Guard 1968-1973

* •# Mark Kirk (R-10 IL)
Navy Reserve 1989-present

* #John Kline (R-02 MN)
USMC 1969-1994

* John Linder (R-7 GA)
US Air Force 1967-69

* Edward J. Markey (D-07 MA)
Army Reserves 1968-1973

* #James Marshall (D-08 GA)
U.S. Army 1968-1970

* Jim McDermott (D-07 WA)
U.S. Navy 1968-1970

* Eric Massa (D-29 NY)
US Navy 1981-2001

* Gary Miller (R-42 CA)
Army 1967-1968

* Alan Mollohan (D-01 WV)
U.S. Army 1970
Army Reserves 1970-1983

* Dennis Moore (D-03 KS)
U.S. Army 1970
Army Reserves 1970-1972

* Patrick Murphy (D-08PA)
Army 1999-2004

* #John Murtha (D-12 PA)
U.S. Marines 1952-1955, 1966-1967
Marines Reserve 1967-1990

* Pete Olson (R-22 TX)
US Navy 1988-1998

* Soloman P. Ortiz (D-27 TX)
U.S. Army 1960-1962

* William Pascrell, Jr. (D-08 NJ)
U.S. Army 1961
Army Reserves 1962-1967

* Ron Paul (R-14 TX)
U.S. Air Force 1963-1965
National Guard 1965-1968

* Gary Peters (D-09 MI)
US Navy 1993-2000 USNR 2001-2005

* Collin C. Peterson (D-07 MN)
National Guard 1963-1969

* #Joseph R. Pitts (R-16 PA)
U.S. Air Force 1963-1969

* Ted Poe (R-2 TX)
Air Force Reserve 1970-1976

* Jim Ramstad (R-03 MN)
Army Reserves 1968-1974

* #Charles B. Rangel (D-15 NY)
U.S. Army 1948-1952
* #Silvestre Reyes (D-16 TX)
U.S. Army 1966-1968

* Harold Rogers (R-05 KY)
National Guard 1957-1964

* Mike Rogers (R-8 MI)
US Army 1985-89

* Phip Roe (R-01 TN)
US Army 1973-1974

* Tom Rooney (R-16 FL)

* Bobby Rush (D-01 IL)
U.S. Army 1963-1968

* John Salazar (D-03 CO)
U.S. Army 1973-1976

* Robert C. Scott (D-03 VA)
Army Reserves 1970-1974
National Guard 1974-1976

* Jose E. Serrano (D-16 NY)
U.S. Army 1964-1966

* Joe Sestak(D-07PA)
U.S. Navy [Admiral] 1970-2006

* John Shadegg (R-03AZ)
National Guard 1969-1975

* John Shimkus (R-19 IL)
U.S. Army 1980-1984
Army Reserves 1987-Present

* #Vic Snyder (D-02 AR)
U.S. Marines 1967-1969

* John M. Spratt, Jr. (D-05 SC)
U.S. Army 1969-1971

* Fortney P. Stark (D-13 CA)
U.S. Air Force 1955-1957

* Cliff Stearns (R-06 FL)
U.S. Air Force 1963-1967

* John S. Tanner (D-08 TN)
U.S. Navy 1968-1972
National Guard 1974-Present

* Gene Taylor (D-04 MS)
Coast Guard Reserve 1971-1984

* #Mike Thompson (D-01 CA)
U.S. Army 1969-1972

* Edolphus Towns (D-10 NY)
U.S. Army 1956-1958

* Tim Walz (D-01MI)
National Guard 1981-2005

* Ed Whitfield (R-01 KY)
Army Reserve 1967-1970

* Joe Wilson (R-2 SC)
National Guard 1972-2003

* Frank R. Wolf (R-10 VA)
U.S. Army 1962-1963
Army Reserves 1963-1967

* C.W. Bill Young (R-10 FL)
National Guard 1948-1957

* Don Young (R-All AK)
U.S. Army 1955-1957

Most of these are Cold War Veterans, remind them of that fact when asking them to
cosponsor H.R. 4051 and H.RES.900. They should be supporting their fellow veterans
and get a medal also.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
"We Remember"

A List of Senators that are veterans

Veterans in Congress

This list was updated 02 JAN 09 by Richard Aragon.
NOTE: The information presented here was obtained through numerous sources including attempts at direct contact when required. In some instances, no response was received and some of the data from conflicting sources has not been verified due to lack of response. Please forward all corrections either directly to Richard Aragon or to John Paul Rossie for updating this file.

Veterans in the United States Senate

Note: "#" in front of the name indicates a combat veteran.

* #Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI)
U.S. Army 1943-47
* Robert Bennett (R-UT)
National Guard 1957-61
* Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
Army Reserves 1968-74
* #Thomas Carper (D-DEL)
U.S. Navy 1968-1973
Navy Reserve 1973-1991
* Thad Cochran (R-MS)
U.S. Navy 1959-61
* Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT)
Army Reserve 1969-75
* Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Air National Guard 1967-73
* Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
· U.S. Air Force 1983-1989
National Guard 1989-1994
* Tom Harkins (D-IA)
U.S. Navy 1962-67
Navy Reserve 1968-74
* James M. Inhofe (R-OK)
U.S. Army 1954-56
* #Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
Medal Of Honor
U.S. Army 1943-47
* Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
National Guard 1966-1972
* Tim Johnson (D-SD)
U.S. Army 1969-
* Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
U.S. Army 1951-53
* #John Robert Kerry (D-MA)
U.S. Navy 1966-1970
* Herb Kohl (D-WI)
Army Reserve 1958-64
* #Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Army 1942-1946

* Richard Lugar (R-IN)
U.S. Navy 1957-60
* #John R. McCain (R-AZ)
U.S. Navy 1958-81
*POW Vietnam 1967-73
* Bill Nelson (D-FL)
U.S. Army 1968-1970
* Jack Reed (D-RI)
U.S. Army 1967-1979
U.S. Army Reserves 1979-1991
* Pat Roberts (R-KS)
U.S. Marine Corps (1958-62)
* Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Army Reserves 1973-86
* Arlen Specter (R-PA)
U.S. Air Force 1951-53
* #Jim Webb (D-VA)
U.S. Marine Corps 1964-1972
Ass't Sec. of Defense 1984-1987
Secretary of the Navy 1987-1988
* Roger F. Wicker (R- MS)
U.S. Air Force 1976-1980
Air Force Reserve 1980-2004

As you can see most of them are Cold War Veterans. So remind them of that fact when
you contact them asking them to cosponsor bill S.2743 these would be in their favor.
They should be doing anything possible to help their brother and sister veterans.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

Contact your elected officials

Please continue to contact both of your Senators by phone, fax, mail, email to ask them to cosponsor S.2743 The Cold War Service Medal Act 2009.

Contact your Representative ask them to cosponsor H.R. 4051 The Cold War Service Medal Act 2009, and also H,RES. 900 which would designate May 1 as Cold War Veterans Recognition Day.

These bills will at long last provide some honor and respect for the so many men and
women who placed their lives on the line from Sept. 1945 to Dec. 1991, the period known
as the Cold War. Long forgotten and often ignored and dissed; told they are not veterans.

Many live were lost during the struggle to contain Communism, protect freedom and avoid
the assured mutual destruction of an atomic war.

From March 29 to April 8 all elected officials will be in their home states. This would
be the perfect time to call their local offices and ask for a face to face meeting with
your Senator or Representative.

Ask them to cosponsor these bills, and vote for passage when the bill reach the floor
for a vote.

Ask them to please consider having the bills included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2011. The NDAA is being written now, and a much better chance
for passage of the Cold War Service Medal would be if it were included in the NDAA.

With your help this can be the year we bring to fruition one of our goals. Tell your
officials now, tell them loud, and tell them often.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
"We Remember"

Monday, March 15, 2010

Bonus program for Ohio veterans moving forward -, The Vindicator Local News Youngstown OH

Ohio has a good idea here. Sad to say it does not include Cold War Veterans, except those
who served at the very end of the Cold War in 1990-1991

But it is wonderful to know that at least one state is doing something for veterans. And
in this time of hardship and so many losing their employment it is especially meaningful.

Bonus program for Ohio veterans moving forward -, The Vindicator Local News Youngstown OH

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What the US Army thinks of Vietnam Veterans

One of our members Dr. Robert Kamansky had a meeting at the Department of Defense.
While in the waiting area, where all services have a booth set up for public information.

He went into the Army booth which had sections devoted to all wars the US fought in.
Under the Vietnam area was a statement that is a slap in the face of every veteran
who served during the Vietnam era.

"During the Vietnam War many units fought well but not superbly. Following the Vietnam
War the Army took steps to improve professionalism in the Army. As a result the units
in the Gulf War all fought superbly."

To say that the Vietnam military was an less professional than today's military is beyond
comprehension. To dishonor the service of all the brave, dedicate, honorable men and women is unconscionable and a disgrace to our country.

Once again we as Cold War Veterans, and Vietnam era veterans in particular are being told we are not veterans, our service does not count.

How dare the US Army denigrate the service of anyone.

It was bad enough that the public treated these men and women as outcasts. When they
returned home many were spit upon, called "baby killers" and worse.

The morale of those serving during that period may have been low, but they were professional. They served with honor.

If this is an official government statement, one that throws dirt upon these veterans and their families then it is a policy that must be changed immediately.

Please contact the Department of Defense, the US Army, your elected officials and demand that this entry be eliminated, or at the least changed.

There is no excuse for such shabby treatment and total disrespect. It is no wonder that veterans do not trust their government. The person or persons responsible for this
backstabbing, kick in the stomach, slap in the face and turning their backs on our veterans should be disciplined.

An apology must be made and made publicly and the time is now. It should be made far and wide in all media sources.

Again contact the DoD, US Army and your elected officials to demand this outrage be rectified immediately.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
"We Remember"

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Information on TBI

I received this information from Chelsea Travers. Very helpful for anyone who is suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury.

Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Military

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is becoming a common wound of modern warfare. It has even been coined the “signature wound” of the War on Terror. While TBI is becoming more prevalent in wartime activity, many service men and women continue to go undiagnosed. Institutions, like the US Department of Veterans Affairs, are working to make quick and accurate diagnoses in order to prescribe appropriate and effective treatment.

TBI is caused by forced trauma to the head, either by being shaken or hit. The severity of a TBI varies from case to case, but symptoms range from mild concussions to a debilitating state. The majority of TBI’s acquired by military personnel are classified as mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI). Initial symptoms of MTBI consist of loss of consciousness, disorientation, loss of memory, headache, and temporary loss of hearing and vision. They are often partnered with anxiety, irritability, difficulties processing information, limited concentration amongst other problems experienced down the road. While MTBI is most common amongst the men and women of the armed forces, more severe cases of TBI are happening much more frequently and often require the victim to attended specialty rehabilitative nursing centers, like CareMeridian.

The most common cause of a TBI in the military is due to blasts. There are three degrees of blast injuries where a TBI is common; Primary (due to blast itself), Secondary (due to objects being propelled by a blast) and Tertiary (due to a collision with a third party object). According to the Veterans Health Initiative, active male members of the military from the ages 18-24 are hospitalized with a TBI at a rate of 231 per 100,000 and females 150 per 100,000. Based on military force projections this would mean that 4,141 military personnel are hospitalized on average each year with a TBI, and these numbers often rise during wartimes.

The best prevention for veterans to avert the long-term effects of a brain injury is to recognize the symptoms of a TBI. Once the symptoms are identified an individual should take basic precautionary measures in order to begin the healing and recovery process until a more specific diagnosis can be made.

Service men and women give so much to protect this country and they deserve to come home to a happy and healthy life. Creating awareness about TBI will help ensure their long term health. By helping our veterans, their friends and their families recognize the early warning signs of a TBI, treatment can be sought as early as possible.

Friday, March 5, 2010

American Cold War Veterans-Military Order of Foreign Wars meeting followup

Dr. Robert Kamansky was admitted as a member of MOFW. The luncheon was well attended by retired officers, several generals and admirals among the group.

The MOFWUS is very much in favor of the Cold War Service Medal, and will join us in
our quest. Their backing could be a very large help in convincing Congress to make
this the year.

Four star General Stultz, commander of all reserve forces in Iraq and Afghanistan was also honored with membership,
and gave a very nice speech thanking the members for what they have done in the past and for their support of the
ongoing conflicts.

Keynote speaker Sprios Manolas, Ph.D. author of "American Arms, Greek Blood" The Greek guerrilla war 1946-1950.
He spoke of the battle against Communism and how the Communist forces were finally defeated; with the help of American advisers and General Van Fleet.

Tuesday afternoon Jerry Terwilliger and Sean Eagan hit Capitol Hill with a vengeance. We stopped in the offices of
several Senators and spoke with staff members. Everyone seemed to be aware of S.2743 and American Cold War
Veterans. All those we spoke to were very much in favor of the bill and promised to bring it up again with their Senator.

We also spent some time talking with Jeff Burdette, Legislative Assistant to the House of Representatives
Subcommittee Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health. We discussed equal treatment for ALL veterans, regardless
of time or place of service. He stated that the committee is very much aware of the inequity and unfair treatment
of many veterans. He also said "it is something that is being worked on now."

One very touching moment occurred as Sean and I were standing on the sidewalk. We were approached by an Army Major and an Air force Colonel who thanked us for our service. The Major was very interested and much in favor of
the Cold War Service Medal. When I have him my card he said that he had been to the website many times.

On Wednesday I continued the attack hitting several Representative's offices. Again most seemed to be aware
of the H.R. 4051, many of the Representatives were on the fence and almost ready to cosponsor the bill. I also
mentioned H.RES.900 and asked for cosponsor ship. All thought it was a good idea, although one said that "even
as a no cost item" it could still face some opposition.

The offices contacted were Senator Collins, Senator Schumer, Senator Bayh, Senator Lincoln, Senator Gregg, Senator Graham, Senator McCain, Senator Webb, Congresswoman Pingree, Congressman Michaud, Congressman Sestak, Congresswoman Laura Richardson, Congressman John Carter, Congressman Sam Johnson and others.

The MOFW also stated interest in Sean Eagain, myself, Scott L'Ecuyer and Frank Tims becoming members of
their organization. They are 100 per cent in favor of the Cold War Service Medal. In fact they have adopted the Foxfall Cold War Medal as one on their own, and all members are authorized to wear the medal.

Dr. Bob, Sean and I also applied for membership in the Army-Navy Union another very old VSO, which has
also adopted the Foxfall Cold War Medal. Under title 10 members are entitled to wear the medal on their uniforms
and as civilian clothes.

So in all it seemed like we found a lot of support and also that Congressional awareness of American Cold War Veterans is spreading.

Thank you to all of you who have been sending the post cards to your Congressmen/Congresswoman and Senators.
It is helping, keep up the pressure and this could be our year.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc
"We Remember"