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The Siller Family started the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to honor the memory and carry on the legacy of their brother, Stephen, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping 60 lbs. of gear to his back and rushing on foot through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others.
In 2013, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation launched its 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit; a tribute to all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, including, of course, the 343 members of the FDNY who made the ultimate sacrifice. The high-tech, 53-foot tractor-trailer, which transforms into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, is a tool to further educate citizens throughout the country about the events of that tragic day.
Welcomed around the country, from the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, the memorial provides interactive education; including artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, documentary videos, and recordings of first responder radio transmissions. Interactive guided tours are carried out by FDNY firefighters who provide firsthand accounts of the day and its aftermath. The 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit, which has traveled to nearly 30 states and Canada, has welcomed in over 250,000 people to date.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is committed to ensuring WE NEVER FORGET.
- Start/End: June 30 thru July 1
- Event Categories: 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit, Home Events
Organizer: 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit
ATTENTION ALL LEGIONNAIRES AND SUPPORTERS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION!
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from The American Legion calling on behalf of the Century Club- DO NOT give them information. The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin does not and will not do phone solicitations- THIS IS A FRAUD. If you get a call like this and are able to capture the number, please contact Department Headquarters at (608) 745-1090 with the number they called from. Thank you- Your HQ Staff. 3/2/18
To report such scams go to https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Publications/Telemarketing976.aspx
DoD releases new ‘deploy or get out’ policy:
Prior to WWII, Americans didn’t think much of softcover books.
In early June, 1944, tens of thousands of American troops prepared to storm the beaches of Normandy, France. As they lined up to board the invasion barges, each was issued something less practical than a weapon, but equally precious: a slim, postcard-sized, softcover book.
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The American Legion
Sep 06, 2017
In September 2016, American Legion Post 67 in Cary, N.C., teamed up with other organizations and agencies to conduct a Veterans’ Experience Action Center (VEAC). Over the course of three days, 600 veterans and their families received assistance in areas such as veterans benefits claims, mental health treatment and other health-care concerns.
Post 67 Service Officer Richard Spyrison thinks this year’s VEAC can make an even bigger impact.
“Our expectations (in 2016) were actually a little lower because we were kind of flying by the seat of our pants, not knowing, really, what we were doing,” said Spyrison, who also serves as Post 67’s 1st vice commander. “It just kind of fell into place.
“We think we’ve got a good possibility of 800 (this year). I think we’ve got (the word) out pretty good right now.”
This year’s VEAC is taking place Sept. 14-16 at the Cary Herbert Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., in Cary. Post 67 will team up with the Cary VFW Post 7383, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Wake County (N.C.) Veterans’ Services to provide assistance in processing benefits claims and claim status updates, and distribute information regarding available services. Veteran service officers from throughout North Carolina also will be present to assist with the claims process.
The VEAC started as a Veterans Benefits Action Center in 2014 under the leadership of former Department of North Carolina Service Officer Cajun Comeau. A series of such events garnered more than $1 million in retroactive VA payments to veterans and their families.
“Cajun had put together these programs … across the state, but nothing had been done in Central North Carolina,” Spyrison said. “We saw a need. I was representing our post at our county veterans council … and found out we have over 70,000 veterans just in our county alone. We felt there was a need, and it just fell into place and grew from there. The whole post got involved. We thought it was important and got the community involved, businesses involved.
“We are trying to reach the hundreds of veterans who may not have access to those services or got lost while navigating the claims process. It is our hope that our outreach program will gain traction on a national level and garner funding and support from top officials in Washington.”
A year ago veterans came from as far away as Maryland and Georgia to receive assistance at the VEAC. “We’ve tried to look at about a three-hour drive for a veteran,” Spyrison said. “These guys or girls will do anything to be able to sit down with a veteran’s rep and talk about their case. Distance is really no object to them.”
The hours for the VEAC are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 14-15 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 16.
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AAFES: Will open to all honorably discharged veterans on Veterans Day 2017
DALLAS – After four years of coordination with the Departments of Defense, Army and Air Force as well as several other federal agencies, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) will welcome home approximately 15 million veterans on Nov. 11. “AAFES is honored to offer this well deserved benefit to those who raised their right hands, took the oath and served our Nation with honor,” said AAFES Director/CEO Tom Shull. “There are many generations of service members who have not been properly recognized for their sacrifices.
The Veterans Online Shopping Benefit (VOSB) acknowledges their service and welcomes them home.” Extending online shopping (shopmyexchange.com) privileges to all honorably discharged veterans will directly improve family and support programs for Soldiers, Airmen and their families.
Consistent with each exchange’s dividend policy, increased earnings as a result of VOSB are expected to generate tens of millions of dollars in increased annual dividends to Quality-of-Life programs for the military community including contingency operations, Army child development centers, youth services and fitness centers, Air Force outdoor recreation, combat uniforms, overseas school lunches and more. VOSB also strengthens AAFES’ online business to better serve current shoppers. Including honorably discharged veterans will conservatively double exchanges’ online presence, improving the experience for all shoppers. From technology upgrades to associate training to inventory planning, AAFES has been working on implementation of VOSB since it was first proposed in 2013.
As a result, most of the required business capabilities are already in place, and AAFES will be ready for a smooth rollout on Veterans Day. “AAFES, along with its sister exchanges, is ensuring America’s veterans are honored for their service and recognized as Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors for life,” said Shull. “We look forward to welcoming our veterans home this Veterans Day and every day thereafter.”
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