Thursday, July 12, 2012

Six Airmen Killed in 1965 Buried at Arlington; VA to Hire More Mental Health Staff; Women Veterans; Unemployed Veterans Heading Back To School; TROOPATHON 5; RIP Philadelphia Police Officer Lorenzo

The impossible we do every day. Miracles take a bit longer...Air Force Motto

Six Airmen Buried At Arlington

The remains of six airmen from a combat mission over Laos during the Vietnam War were buried at Arlington National Cemetery last week.

The airmen's aircraft, an AC-47D, went down on Dec. 24, 1965. In 1995, a U.S.-Lao team located the crash site, but the remains were not found until 2010 and 2011. Dental records identified the airmen.

The airmen killed in the crash were Col. Joseph Christiano, Col. Darrel B. Jaffords, Lt. Col. Dennis Eilers, CMSgt. William K Colwell, CMSgt. Arden Hassenger and CMSgt. Larry C. Thornton.

VA To Hire More Mental Health Staff

Sect. of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki recently announced the VA would be hiring more mental health staff. This action is in anticipation of addressing the needs of returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq.  It is estimated 1600 or more positions will be filled including nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. Mental health services will be integrated into primary care.

This order is also in response to the rise in PTSD cases and other mental health issues facing our veteran population.

Veterans in need of these services should contact their nearest VA facility. For more immediate assistance, help is available by calling the Crisis Line at 1.800.273.8255.

Women Veterans

Did you know there are approximately 1.9 million women veterans in the United States?

The largest number of women veterans reside in California, Texas, Florida, Virginia and Georgia.

Women veterans interested in contacting women veterans organizations should contact

Unemployed Veterans Heading Back To School

The U.S. Department of Veterans affairs reported that over 35,000 veterans applied for the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). The program was introduced last May. Approximately 12,000 applications were received within the first two weeks.

The VA said there are 45,000 slots available for FY 2012. The program is expected to serve 99,000 veterans.  The program is a first-come, first-serve for qualifying veterans between the ages of 35-60.

Qualified interested veterans should contact their nearest VA facility for more details or visit


TROOPATHON 5 is currently accepting donations. Donations will be used to send care packages to our troops. Today is the last day for donations. So hurry and call: 866-866-6372 or visit:

RIP Philadelphia Police Officer Brian Lorenzo

On July 8, 2012, Philadelphia Officer Brian Lorenzo was killed on I-95 when his department motorcycle was struck head-on by a drunk driver. The driver was heading the wrong way on the interstate.

Officer Lorenzo was a 23 year veteran of the department. He is survived by his wife and three children.


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