Cmdr. Tony Hahn of USCG Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles will be the guest speaker for the Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America’s Feb. 19 luncheon at the Crab House Restaurant, 221 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles.
All U.S. military officers past and present are welcome to attend. Call me at 683-6419 for more information or to RSVP.
The chapter has given a donation for hot dogs for the USO at SeaTac for February. If you are interested in donating money for a month’s worth of hot dogs and buns, contact Jerry Rettela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for supporting the Marine Corps League’s Toys For Tots program at Christmas. For Christmas 2010, a total of 3,030 children received 2.58 toys per child. We collected 4,920 toys, purchased 862 and the foundation provided 1,044. I am so glad we could provide toys for them — all thanks to a generous community! Let’s hope that next year we do not have so many children in need.
The American Legion has a program that simulates the Washington state government. You build a government from the ground up — cities, counties, political parties, courts, a legislature and even elect a governor. Evergreen Boys State is open to young men who have just completed their junior year of high school. It takes place at Central Washington University, June 19-25.
Evergreen Boys State offers a fun, hands-on learning experience where you can meet new people, interact with elected officials and challenge yourself to learn and grow. Rob McKenna, Washington’s attorney general, is an alumnus, as are other politicians and community leaders. You can apply online at www.EvergreenBoysState.org or call me at 683-6419 to get more information. There is a similar program for young women called Evergreen Girls State. Go to www.evergreen
girlsstate.com for information and to register.
Sarge’s Place is looking for furnishings — new washer/dryer, couch, dining room table, etc. To discuss donations or to volunteer your skills to remodel the building in Forks, please e-mail Cheri Fleck, president of the North Olympic Regional Veterans Housing Network at email@example.com.
I was remiss in not noting the 20th anniversary of Desert Storm that began on Jan. 17, 1991. Therefore I want to make sure and acknowledge the start of the initial ground assault on Feb. 24, 1991. An interesting naval fact is that on Feb. 6, 1991, the USS Wisconsin, a battleship, answered its first call for combat gunfire support since March 1953 off Korea.
After 43 days of combat, cessation of hostilities was declared at 8:01 a.m. on Feb. 28, 1991. The United States suffered 148 battlefield deaths and 467 troops were wounded in action. Highway 110 west of Port Angeles has been designated Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm Memorial Highway thanks to the efforts of Jerry Rettela.
In a previous column I had information on how to help dogs assisting our soldiers in Iraq. Now I would like to tell you about a program, Patriot Paws, that trains and provides service dogs free of charge to disabled veterans in need. Patriot Paws Service Dogs was founded by Lori Stevens in 2006. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Visit the website at www.patriotpaws.org to find out more information or to donate using Pay Pal.
Contributors: DAR, Regent, Patricia Graham, firstname.lastname@example.org; American Legion and MOAA, Lorri Gilchrist, email@example.com; VFW Commander Roger Padie, firstname.lastname@example.org; Marine Corps League, Terry Roth, email@example.com; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela, firstname.lastname@example.org