At the 9/11 Remembrance held at the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps last week, Vietnam veterans, firefighters, EMTs, elected officials and Auxiliary Police stood, saluted, and silently watched as Boy Scout Troop 106, the same unit Richard Pearlman belonged to, lowered the American flag.
Richard Pearlman, an 18-year-old EMS volunteer from the FHVAC, was at Police Plaza when the planes struck. The last photograph of him shows him helping a bloodied woman out of the World Trade Center.
A sudden gust of wind blows through Juniper Valley Park as the orange and purple sunset gives way to wispy cirrus clouds illuminated by two familiar beams of light in the distance last Thursday night.
Maspeth resident Janet Ricciardo smiles and nods, as if to acknowledge a friend’s whisper in her ear.
At top, The Wrenditions perform courtesy of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32. Above, some of the cooks and volunteers who helped make the day a success take a well-deserved break.
Among the honored guests were Casper Inzerillo, left of Howard Beach, who served in World War II, and Vietnam veteran Pierre Grace of St. Albans.
Members of the East Coast Car Association were honored for their service to the community at a recent blood drive and car show held in the Maspeth Federal Savings bank parking lot.
The ECCA received citations from state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., Assemblyman Mike Miller and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley for the club’s 16 years of volunteer service, including its contributions to the St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.
A group of military veterans on Labor Day threw a picnic for their some of their less fortunate brethren at the VA Community Living Center in St. Albans.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32 of Queens organized the day of food, entertainment and comraderie for elderly and disabled veterans going back as far as World War II. Stop & Shop was one of a number of sponsors donating food to the event.
First off, I would like to thank outgoing Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Terry Holliday for all he did for veterans. He was always available and did the best he could with the budget he was given. He will be missed.
One of the biggest problems for veterans in the outer boroughs is the location of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs. World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans are also senior citizens and have to travel into Lower Manhattan to get to MOVA, which means public transportation: walking and going up and down many stairs to get into Manhattan. Even if you could drive into the city, there is no place to park.
What we veterans need is easier access to MOVA. Each borough should have an office that veterans can get to locally, especially those who are handicapped.
We served our country. Many of us still serve our community. Why are veterans the last group of citizens to get the help and respect we deserve?
(BPT) - In wartime, members of the armed forces often face dangerous situations. President George Washington recognized this, when he created what is now known as the Purple Heart medal in 1782, to honor combat wounded veterans. Since then, an estimated 1.7 million Purple Hearts have been awarded by the military to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.
Pat Toro, a veteran of the Vietnam War, fought vigorously for the rights of fellow veterans until he died of leukemia last Friday.
Pat Toro was a soldier, both on the battlefields of Vietnam and on the political front lines when it came to veterans’ affairs.
On Friday, he died the same way he lived.
Pat Toro served with the Marine Corps in Vietnam.
Pat Toro, at the podium, served with the Marine Corps.
Pat Toro, the longtime former president of the Queens chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America and a retired law enforcement officer, died Thursday.
Ray Garcia, 65, is a Vietnam veteran, a limousine driver for exclusive customers and in his spare time, a poet.
Growing up, Garcia lived in many neighborhoods across the city, including the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and then finally settling in Ridgewood, where his father built a house.
(BPT) - As an active member in the U.S. Air Force, Diana Kramer has been deployed five times – twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, in the past year, she has traveled to Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Guam and Kuwait, just to name a few. And while she has been traveling the world, it doesn’t mean she can’t pursue a degree at the same time.
The colorful mural on the side of Maspeth Federal Savings bank at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 69th Street proudly proclaims “Maspeth is America.”
Few things are more American than a grandiose painting of a bald eagle soaring alongside Old Glory, just like few neighborhoods in the entire country have more history than Maspeth does.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Whitestone Post 4787 and Vietnam Veterans of America Queens Chapter 32 remembered those who served in World War II during a D-Day ceremony Friday at the Whitestone Veterans Memorial Field.
Veterans gathered at the site, top, with Councilman Paul Vallone, second from left, and state Sen. Tony Avella, right, to pay tribute to those who fought during the crucial battle 70 years ago and their comrades at arms in the war.
Robert Naimoli, inset, died on D-Day, June 6, 1944. On Saturday he was honored at his newly restored gravesite by his family and others including Vietnam veterans.
Robert Naimoli has not been forgotten.
On Saturday, a group of about 50 relatives, veterans, and local officials gathered for a special ceremony at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village that paid tribute to the U.S. Army paratrooper, 70 years and a day after his plane was shot down over Picauville, France in the D-Day invasion.
Re your May 29 editorial, “Serving veterans and ending a war”:
As a Vietnam-era veteran (Air Force, 1964-68), I’m entitled to receive Department of Veterans Affairs medical care, but I shouldn’t be. And neither should thousands of other vets like me who have no service-connected disabilities.
Under current law, the VA is required to treat all honorably discharged veterans at its hospitals and clinics, even if their medical conditions are not related to their military service. World War II, Vietnam and Korean War-era vets are treated for age-related ailments like cataracts and prostate cancer that have nothing to do with their time in uniform. They are — or should be — covered by Medicare and able to get treatment at any hospital or clinic that accepts Medicare recipients. The same goes for many patients in VA nursing homes who do not suffer from afflictions acquired during their military stints.
Such unlimited coverage wasn’t always the case. The VA was initially mandated to treat only those vets whose physical and mental injuries and illnesses resulted from military service. That changed after aggressive lobbying by veterans’ groups. This expanded mandate is one reason why veterans who really deserve treatment wait so long for it.
Conversely, many vets who deserve VA medical care don’t get it because their discharges are other than honorable. GIs call these “bad paper” discharges, and they are often death warrants for military veterans who desperately need VA help but are denied it.
Limiting eligibility to vets who suffer from service-connected afflictions would improve the speed and quality of VA care. The rules governing discharges must change so all vets who deserve VA care can receive it.
(NAPSI)—By February 2009, Ken Campbell had had enough. The Lincoln, California horse rancher caught the now famous economic “rant” by CNBC correspondent Rick Santelli, who said on national TV, “We’re thinking of having a Chicago tea party in July. All you capitalists that want to show up at Lake Michigan, I’m gonna start organizing.” Santelli didn’t start organizing a local tea party but Campbell did.
The wreath-laying ceremony at the Woodside Vietnam Veterans Monument.
A Vietnam veteran and his dog named Freedom.
More than 2,000 graduating students will gather on Friday at 10 a.m. for commencement exercises at Queensborough Community College’s athletic track in Bayside.
Among the outstanding graduates are Yueting Chen who was one of 85 students to receive the Jack Kent Cook undergraduate transfer scholarship. She graduated early and is now attending Stony Brook University.
Area vets honored by state Senate
Five distinguished veterans were honored last week with state Senate resolutions that were presented by Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in his Queens office.