811 likes. I attended Mayfair High School in Lakewood, California, married my wife Sue in June of 1967, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in July of 1967. Check "directions" page for location. During the war, over 58,000 U.S. military members lost their lives and 153,000 were wounded. We enjoy riding together and participating in our events and supporting motorcycle and Veteran related events in our communities. The Catholic high school that holds funerals for homeless veterans . The Next Generation USID card does not change the populations who are eligible to receive the current card. incorporate a modified barcode which supports the last phase of the department's elimination of the Social Security number from all DOD identification cards. I attended Aircraft Mechanic School Memphis, TN, where my first son David Jr. was born. Membership in CVMA Utah is granted per the bylaws of the national Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association®. in Vietnam 1966-71 and Iraq 2007. As a general officer, he served as Commander, Marine Corps Air Bases eastern area and commanding general, MCAS Cherry Point , North Carolina (1993-1996). CVMA MI 35-3, Sterling Heights, Michigan. Fifty Vietnam combat veterans enrolled in treatment for PTSD responded to the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation and were interviewed with the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale. If you are here to support veterans then this is your association! Executive Officer Served two tours in Japan (1959-60, 1970-71, one tour in Vietnam as a helicopter door gunner (1966-67, HMM-262 & 265), and went on numerous cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Two years there and I got out of the Corps and was hired by Delta Air Lines Feb 1973. Jack was more then a friend to us all. He loved his country, he loved his fellow veterans and he loved his community. He was a patriot in the true sense of the word. I now live in Griffin Georgia where I play with my two old tail dragger small air planes, play a terrible game of golf, and enjoy having my two grown children come visit from time to time. If you are a Vietnam Vet or served during, the Vietnam era or served in any era or war, you need to, see what we are all about. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Good-bye+Vietnam&FORM=VIRE5#view=detail&mid=CFE3548D9182919B7948CFE3548D9182919B7948, Master Sergeant Jack Diamondstein, one of the founding members of this organization. admin@hmm-262combatvets.com, Home of the Tigers Originally Founded as the HMM-262 Vietnam Veterans Association by :  From New River I went to RVN in December 1969, joining HMM-262. Sgt. LONG ISLAND DUCKS; REGISTER TO GET RECOGNIZED FOR YOUR SERVICE AT A GAME. Among his decorations are three Silver Starts, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Purple Hearts and 130 Air Medals. Dave Powell (1970-1971) N.Y.    My son is a national park ranger living in north Atlanta. We bought a house in Pasadena, CA and I went to work in the aerospace industry in Southern California. Married in 1957 to Helen Mathis (Battle Creek '57) and divorced in 1974. Adjutant - Stephan D. Bravard The Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association is a Commemorative Partner in this endeavor. He swore that he would never go up in a helicopter again. This is an incorporated organization and non-profit entity according to the laws of the State of New York. Mike Farrell, PAST COMMANDING OFFICER I completed four years of optometry studies at Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee, in May 1976. 1969 The organization volunteers at the Michael E. DeBakey Veteran’s hospital every Sunday. I was assigned to the 42nd OCS class at Quantico, Virginia, where I received my commission as a Second Lieutenant in December 1966. S-3/Gunner, Executive Council Members can be reached at the following e-mail: Like you, I served in Germany during the Vietnam era and I've always called myself a Vietnam era veteran. Allies . © 2020 Vietnam Veterans of America | All Rights Reserved 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | 301-585-4000 The company's filing status is listed as In Existence and its File Number is 0802328526. Administration Officer These salutes may be initiated and done by our … I entered the work force in 1973 and am now employed in the agri-business field as a Regional Sales Manager and living in a small town north of Atlanta, Georgia. CVMA 11-3. Dawn puts her past banking experience to good use as my business manager. Combat Veteran Eligibility Enhanced Eligibility For Health Care Benefits On January 28, 2008, “Public Law 110-181” titled the “National Defense Authorization Act of 2008” was signed into law. Cpl. in Army Special Forces. I am active in several local clubs including the Marine Corps League the Major Stephen W. Pless detachment # 1196. In 1970 I received orders for Vietnam in HMM-262 MMAF, In July of 1971. 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Fred is married (since June 1966) to the former Kathy Schwartz of Johnson City , Tenn. Director (Support)       I had a brief transition to the "PHROG" at Santa Ana, and then left for Vietnam from Treasure Island in April 1969. VIETNAM RADIO   http://vietnamvetradio.com/  Great Link, This site has been set up to encourage an interest in our, organization. Gunner-Ground Support Equipment. After 31 + years with them I left to go fly (mostly) freighters for Air Atlanta Icelandic. Director (Historian) "); "Borrowing" an army general's personal vehicle for which I later  received the "Army/Marine Corps Public Relations Medal" ( The first and only award to my knowledge!). Joining HMM-262 in mid-1966, after jet engine school, he deployed to RVN with the squadron and spent his entire ‘Nam tour with HMM-262 as a Crew Chief. Each dog would complete around a three year tour before they were 'retired'. Sue and I currently reside in Woodbridge, Virginia. He loved his country, he loved his fellow veterans and he loved his community. AS A PATRIOT, THIS VIDIEO WILL BRING A TEAR TO YOUR EYE. Chris Lamberts story. Through it all Jack never missed an event unless he was in the hospital. Steven, Jr is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock . The Associations rosters of names and addresses, including e-mail, will be only used for the purposes outlined in the Mission Statement and will not be used or sold for political purposes, opinions, or sales of any product(s). We remember his long distinguished service as a Volunteer Fireman in the Merrick Fire Dept holding just about every office there is. Counseling. I returned to New River Air Station in Jacksonville, NC where I was a UN1-N pilot until 1973. Director (JAG) Jack was called home November 24, 2010, this warrior’s battle with cancer for so many years, finally won out. But, alas, my time in the venerable H-34 was to be limited as we transitioned to the turbine power! They include traveling, working on the property, my on-site recording studio, and documenting the exploits of HMM 262 and her officers and men. April 69 to February 1970 As a pilot Mr. White flew for two tours in Vietnam on Cobra gun ships and LOH scout helicopters. Experience the. The CVMA is a motorcycle association, not a club. Additional information and updates regarding the Next Generation USID card will be available in the coming months on DOD's website. I currently have position at Fort Belvoir, Virginia at the De Witt Army Hospital. Jan. 70 to Jan. 71 The government … In a 14-year test-retest study measuring combat exposure in a large sample of Vietnam veterans, Koenen and colleagues found that changes in the severity of combat-exposure scores were related to changes in PTSD symptom severity, particularly the severity of reexperiencing symptoms . Jack did two tours in Vietnam in Army Special Forces. Lt. Gen Fred McCorkle (ret.) Doing the right thing in combat ALWAYS has blowback, but if you get to be an old man, you get to sleep well at night with no ghosts. In January 1970, I joined HMM- 262 in Vietnam as a participant in the “Southeast Asian War Games”. The Next Generation USID card will. 10/21/2019 The Catholic high school that holds funerals for homeless veterans . After graduating college in 1968, I went straight to flight school in Pensacola. HMM-262 Combat Helicopter Association (formerly HMM-262 Vietnam Veterans Association) is a truly apolitical, non-commercial organization. I have been practicing continually as an Optometric Physician since that time. He was a decorated hero. We remember his dedication and all he brought to VWVA. As a result, the VDHA has grown from six members to approximately 2000 members. The VA states: Veterans, including activated Reservists and members of the National Guard, are [Combat Veterans] if they served on active duty in a theater of combat operations…and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. G. L. "Red" Logan and J. I had offices in Lafayette, Louisiana for fifteen years prior to relocating to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1991, where I soon met the woman of my dreams. I attended North Carolina State University and Campbell University. The Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes veterans that served in the country, then known as the Republic of Vietnam, from February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975, as being eligible for such programs as the department's Readjustment Counseling Services program, also known as the Vet Centers. If you wish to find out a little more about us, come and, sit in on one of our meetings. In addition to the above boards, Fred also serves as the senior advisor for Optical Air Data Systems (OADS). Mike Harr The VA offers counseling programs for Vietnam veterans who were active-duty members of the military between Feb. 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975. He flew many missions along the DMZ and into both Laos and North Vietnam. Thank you for everything you do for us! "helping veterans, communities, and those serving in harm's way." Life's sorties, keep me busy. Consequently, we agree to carry out events and activities to salute Vietnam veterans. Dennis Blackwell, Director (OIF Liaison)   It is a story of healing. accomplishing the goals we set out to do. Vietnam Combat Veterans Association is a Texas Domestic Non-Profit Corporation filed on November 10, 2015. I changed my major and school every time the wind changed but finally set my sights on a degree in Business Administration. We are looking for active participants to veterans’ issues; not patch hunters that do not believe in our mission, “Vets Helping Vets”. Returning to CONUS, in January 1968, assigned to HMM-263 MCAS Tustin, he trained Crew Chiefs on the CH-46D and filled the slots of Aerial Gunnery Instructor and NATOPS NCOIC. Facebook. James A. His first tour in Vietnam, he served as a U.S. Marine helicopter gunner and crew-chief on CH-46 type aircraft with HMM-262. This Marine story will touch you. Worked in electronics for aircraft (military & civilian), ships (military & civilian) and Trident submarines. He was a decorated hero. It is a Nonprofit Veteran support organization. Since his retirement from the U.S. Army, Mr. White has been active with assorted veterans groups. I then was assigned to HMM-561 at MCAF Santa Ana where I continued advanced training in the H-34. Even in his sickness he was a hero. DOD is transforming the way service members and their families are supported through modernized ID cards and improved mechanisms to protect cardholder privacy and personal information. After completion of Officer Candidates School, and The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia (1967), he attended Naval Flight School, Pensacola, Florida, and was designated a naval aviator in January 1969. Crew Chief (1966-1967). Upon graduation t> in 1968 I began my tour in the Marine Corps. We meet the 4th Tuesday of every month             at 7:30 PM, except August. Captain - Pilot. Vietnam War Veterans Association. Email: combatveterans@cvma11-3.org. Blood Sweat and Tears Veteran T-Shirt. The Vietnam Veterans of America group recognize, welcome and label anyone who served during the Vietnam era as a Vietnam veteran. by Imp's Dog House $20 . Dawn and I recently purchased a home on Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs, Arkansas, and we look forward to many hours of "R & R" at the lake. I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in the summer of 1969 and enrolled in college that following fall. He currently resides in California. Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association; DAV; Fleet Reserve Association; Forty and Eight; Grand Army of the Republic (dissolved 1956) Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; Iraq War Veterans Organization; Jewish War Veterans; Marine Corps League; Military Officers Association of America; Military Order of the Carabao (organized by officers of the Philippine Insurrection) Military … Thanks U.S. Navy, but eighteen days at sea was plenty for me! The Vietnam women veterans who served during this period in American history were not authorized to serve in combat, yet war has a way of blurring lines and boundaries. By 1969, more than half a million Americans were stationed in Vietnam. Watch L/Cpl. I spent my childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina. There after a short Vietnam tour as an infantry Sergeant, he became a Warrant Officer/helicopter pilot. Executive Council Members can be reached at the following e-mail. NY State Medal for Merit and NY State Conspicuous Service Star and eligibility criteria. I was honorably discharged and attended several colleges and universities. Fred also serves on several tax-exempt charity foundations and boards including: the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), the Navy and Marine Association and the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. The HMM-262 COMBAT VETERANS ASSOCIATION, sponsors a reunion every year. Have two daughters, three grandkids, and a great-grandson. Thank you for your interest in the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association®. THIS IS WHY WE SERVED OUR COUNTRY. Master Sergeant Jack Diamondstein, one of the founding members of this organization. What is a Combat Veteran? These enhanced features enable DOD to reduce the number of card types issued to. Rendered by the West Point Glee Club, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KGHhEJdfFM. Just a few of my most memorable experiences with the "Tigers" of HMM-262: Being shot down in Laos my second week in-country and rescued by my own "Tigers"; The squadron move to Phu Bai with monsoons and Typhoons and "knee-deep" mud  ("Phu Bai is all right! Only Vietnam veterans who were active-duty members of the military can join the VVA. Normally two dogs were assigned to each of the Australian Battalions of the Task Force at Nui Dat. My daughter is expecting a son in March 2007 (first grand baby) and lives on Fishers Island Attended college in what is now called University of Central Missouri. Application for. At the time of the study (middle- to late-1980s), among Vietnam veterans, approximately 15% of men and 9% of women were found to currently have PTSD. Repéré par Claire Levenson — 9 août 2014 à 11h07. Of course, "Old Tigers" are always welcome for a visit! May your heart be touched by this tribute to all those who gave their lives for this country. Welcome to the official one-stop shop for all Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association gear and apparel! She continues to teach 3rd grade full time. This is an incorporated organization and non-profit entity according to the laws of the State of New York. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Windslow Gutierrez SR and is located at 900 Parker Rd., Houston, TX 77076-3808. He is a senior executive with a well known international moving, transportation and cargo company and travels extensively. eligible individuals from 10 to three. I Walked The Walk Female Veteran. My remaining fifteen months in the "Corps" were spent as an instructor pilot with HMMT-402 as MCAS New River. After getting my wings I went to New River transitioning into the CH-46. I thoroughly enjoyed flying the H-34 and was later grateful for the extensive training I received in the mountains of southern California. I left Vietnam and HMM-262 in February 1970 and returned to the states aboard the USS Ogden (LPD-5). Became known as "Red". Jack was more then a friend to us all. Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) is a unique organization, pulling together Veterans, their families, their friends, and people who support their issues into one united group. A. Tags: iraq-veteran, combat-veteran-afghanistan, combat-veteran, soldier, vietnam-veteran Available in Plus Size T-Shirt. Groups like VFW won't accept us since we didn't serve in a combat zone where most who were in country were subjected to the hazards of war. Tags: memorial-day, combat-veteran, military-veteran, us-veteran, veterannavy-veterans Available in Plus Size T-Shirt. Read the article in the file below and be proud of what we have done and what we can do for the future. Despite my "FNG" status, I made many friends and was happy to find a home with the "Tigers." For any of us who lost friends in the Vietnam War.doc. In an effort to conserve resources and limit the impact on ID card issuance facilities, cards will not be reissued solely for the purpose of obtaining the Next Generation USID card. KCEN news reporter Emani Payne talked to the boker group and a Richard Rawling's Garage spokesperson about the incident. He was a patriot in the true sense of the word. I was born on July 4, 1947 in Hereford, Texas, and moved with my family to Southern California at an early age. Most of these women braved some of the same dangers, situations, and environments as men did. The dogs were the core of Combat Tracker Teams that were used from 1967 until the last combat troops departed in1971. Both the NVVRS and NVVLS compared two groups of Veterans: those deployed to the Vietnam War (“theater Veterans”), and those who served during the Vietnam-era, but were not deployed to the Vietnam theater (“era Veterans”). We remember his long distinguished service as a Volunteer Fireman in the Merrick Fire Dept holding just about every office there is. Jack did two tours in. Pilot. The second flight was slightly better and he was hooked. Jake was born in Elkhorn, Wisconsin and joined the Marine Corps on September 15, 1965. 22 New Items 95 Public Items 2 ON SALE / Discontinued Items 147 Patches, Rockers, Name Tags 73 Full Member Shirts and Hoodies 38 Auxiliary Member Shirts and Hoodies 23 Supporter Member Shirts and Hoodies 3 Jackets / Coats (All Members) 38 Member Shirts (All Members) 3 Youth Tees and Hoodies … HMM-262 Combat Helicopter Association (formerly HMM-262 Vietnam Veterans Association) is a truly apolitical, non-commercial organization. United States military involvement in the Vietnam War officially began on August 5, 1964; however, the first U.S. casualty in Vietnam occurred on July 8, 1959. COMBAT VETERANS MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATION ARKANSAS 7-2. A former member of the military who participated in actual combat operations in Vietnam during the Vietnam War (roughly 1959-1973). Lieutenant General Frederick McCorkle, USMC (retired) last served as the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters, Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. Fred McCorkle retired from the United States Marine Corps on October 1, 2001. The "Next Generation" USID card will incorporate an updated design and security features to deter counterfeiting and fraud, and will be printed on a plastic cardstock. However, this definition is broad and includes anyone who was in-country for any reason other than training. THIS IS WHY WE ARE MORE THAN A VETERAN'S  ORGANIZATION, WE ARE A FAMILY. AVVA is NOT an auxiliary. Vietnam War veterans may be eligible for disability compensation for exposure to Agent Orange. [However, the above definition is for eligibility for VA benefits] Webmaster WHY WE ARE WHO WE ARE AS PATRIOTS. Had a great time and am sorry that I'm too old to do it again! My hobbies were/are: Touring Motorcycles (rode in all states except Hawaii, all Canadian provinces and Mexico), scuba diving, in-line skating (roller hockey), skiing, poker, travel trailer, beer & wine. Once completing all the required schools, he was assigned to H&MS, in New River, as a 3rd Mech - (Raggie) on the CH-37C (Deuce) “…That bird shook and rattled all over the sky, belching smoke and pouring engine oil and hydraulic fluid all over North Carolina…”. After graduation from high school in Battle Creek, Michigan, I entered the U.S. Marine Corps on Dec 28, 1955 and became an avionics technician. After completing his U.S. Marine Corps service, Mr. White transferred into the U.S. Army. The photo above will be the final page in the book our brother Paul Grieco is putting together on the History of the War in Vietnam. One of their original goals was to search for and re-unite veteran war dog handlers and honor the memory of their war dog partners. In 1966, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in education from East Tennessee State University and (in 1979) received a master's degree in administration from Pepperdine University . I was born in northern Iowa and attended high school at Des Moines Roosevelt  graduating in 1964. It is a story of saying goodbye to Vietnam and the hold it had over his life for so many years. "THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER " THE HISTORY BEHIND THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. The Spokane Veterans Home is glad to have you as our friends. The Vietnam Combat Veterans Association is a 501-C-3 organization created to provide an opportunity for Vietnam veterans to support veterans through participation with various organizations. 2. He is currently serving on the board of directors and as a senior advisor for GKN Aerospace Services. Our mission is supporting Veterans organizations and charities through fund-raising events, education, and awareness. After retirement from the Marines, I remarried in 1975 to Mary Ann (Tilford) Albert, a widow with two sons. I am planning on "semi-retirement" in a few more years. Airway Heights, Washington. Please go to "Contact Us / Forms" Page to download the following forms: Membership Application, Renewal Form, Walls of Honor Application, USA Vietnam War Commemoration Medal application, Dr. G's Voices for Veterans Concert application. Jake has degrees in Business Administration and Transportation Engineering. Dawn and I were married in 1994. I taught for Central Texas College at Fort Stewart, Georgia. To exa… I was stationed at El Toro MCAS and changed MOS to Ground Support Equipment in H&MS 33, where my daughter Joan was born. He served in Vietnam with HMM-262 during 1969-1970 and flew over 1,500 combat missions. Joined the Marines in the PLC program in December of 1964. The findings from the study mandated by Congress in 1983 were alarming. Section 1707 amended Title 38, United States Code (U.S.C. (Courtesy of the Army). On the even years we hold a Mini-Reunion in conjunction with the Popasmoke Reunion wherever they hold their Reunion.. On the odd years we plan and hold our own Association Reunion at a place chosen by the members. Your email address will not be published. Retired Dec 12, 2001 and now do consulting and some contract work. Our purpose is to serve our fellow Vets, and our community. In addition to being a wonderful wife, Dawn is an invaluable asset to my optometry practice. During this tour he became the first enlisted Marine to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross since World War II. I retired Jun 30, 1975 after working as a technician, instructor, quality control and avionics chief. I have two sons by a previous marriage. Commanding Officer Description. We do not profess to be the biggest veteran's, organization, but rather an organization where, camaraderie and our activities work hand in hand in. 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