Washington State Department
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Veteran Voices Ė May 2017
Don "Mac' Smith Sends
Posted May 19, 2017
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-VLC Receives Special Award
-YesVets Team Receives Award
-Memorial Day Events
-Korean War Wreathlaying
-Nominate VetCorps Members for
-Purchase Your Armed Forces
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June Monthly Meeting
June 20, 2017, 1900 - FRA 29
521 National Ave, Bremerton
Brick Donation Form
does not determine who is right ?
only who is left."
Well," snarled the tough old Navy Chief to the
"I suppose after you get discharged from the Navy,
you'll just be waiting for me to die so you can come and
piss on my grave."
"Not me, Chief!" the Seaman replied.
"Once I get out of the Navy, I'm never going to stand in
May Meeting Summary
Posted May 17, 2017
After routine opening ceremonies,
Base Commander Steve Corcoran introduced WWII
Subvet member Paul Christofferson, visiting Subvet Dewey Reed, and his wife, new member Pete Espiridion and USSVI Western District 4 Vice
Commander Jim DeMott.
Steve gave a heart felt eulogy
for recently departed member TMC (SS) Hank
Steve then introduced Past FRA 29
President Otis Robinson, Sr., a former
Navy Deep Sea Diver. Ottis gave us a brief
overview of his Navy career before presenting a
"Man" Basket created by his wife, Annie Robinson
(who was sick) who put it together for a Base
raffle. COB Waye Peterson's name was
drawn as the winner by Ottis.
Member Jerry Drumm gave an
update on his wife's condition with ongoing heath
problems. She is currently in ICU at Harrison
Hospital. Don Bassler gave a brief report on
Member Jim Shumard's condition after recent
complication after routine testing at the Navy
hospital, then Harrison and finally Madigan where he
is in recovery and should be home soon.
Meeting concluded with routine
committee reports and announcements of upcoming
Base Charter Member Hospitalized at
Posted May 16, 2017
Jim Shumard was taken from
Harrison Hospital last Friday, then to Madigan
Hospital and is having kidney problems (only has 1
kidney) also high blood pressure, high. Wife,
asks that everyone pray for him.
I called Jim and he is in better
shape than yesterday. He expects to be home by
Thursday, 18 May. (360-710-3794).
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........ A Florida resident has been found
guilty of defrauding the Department of Veterans Affairs to the tune of nearly
$400,000 over 15 years. Veronica Dale Hahn of
Bonifay, Florida, received $394,800.85 in veterans disability benefits between
November 2001 and February 2016 based on claims of 100 percent service-connected
blindness in both eyes.
However, Hahn was found to have obtained multiple
states' drivers licenses with no vision restrictions; was observed driving a
personal vehicle; and held multiple positions in state correctional facilities
that required normal eyesight, despite her claims to various Veterans Health
Administration and private-practice doctors that she was almost completely
Hahn pleaded guilty to theft
of government funds during a January 2016 trial.
......... Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs)
headed by DAV, VFW and Paralized Veterans compiled a list of 6 critical items
requested of the VA, Congress, and the Administration to:
1. Strenghten reform and sustains the VA health care system
2. Reform the VA Claims and Appeals process
3. Realign and modernize the VA?s capital infrastructure to
replace old facilities and determine needs for new.
4. Improve assistance for caregivers of severely injured veterans
5. Improve women veterans programs and care
NSL PACNW Chapter, Wed,
May 17th, Horse and Cow Happy Hour Event (1600-1900)
USSVI Bremerton Base
Posted May 11, 2017
Happy hour event in lieu of a formal luncheon for our May event.
The NSL will provide the pupus (appetizers) at no cost to you. No
host beverages, but the H&C has great
Happy Hour pricing from
Where: We will be at the Horse and Cow Pub and Grill, 536
4th Street, Bremerton, a self-proclaimed festive submarine-themed
watering hole. For the uninitiated, there is a great collection of
submarine memorabilia covering the walls, a submariner vibe, and
great food and drink.
who have been to other generations of this establishment, this is
not the one you may have gone to at Mare Island, San Diego, or the
most recent local version in Chico (I understand the one in Guam is
nice, too). Much nicer and worth a stop off. If you?d like to
check out their website. it's: http://horseandcow.com/bremerton.html.
Google Maps directions: https://goo.gl/maps/mUkLAr3h2GD2
blocks to/from the ferry if you?re coming over from Seattle. There
is somewhat limited street parking but there are several garages
RSVP: No RSVP
Who: All NSL members, their guests, and all active duty. I
will also invite members of the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy
League Council and SUBVETs
bases. Pass the word! Please mark your calendars and plan
to stop by.
CAPT, USN (Ret.)
President, Pacific Northwest Chapter
Naval Submarine League
69th Armed Forces Day Parade, Saturday, May 20,
Updated May 11,, 2017
Kitsap Credit Union Armed Forces Day Parade held in Bremerton is the
largest and longest running Armed Forces Day Parade in the nation.
This year is the 69th year of the event, held on the third Saturday
in May in downtown Bremerton. This event includes the Puget Sound
Energy Heroes? Barbeque that provides a free hot dog, chips and soda
to all active-duty, reserve, retired and veteran service personnel.
The parade's annual attendance is 25,000 to 40,000 people from all
over Western Washington. Entries come from as far away as Oregon and
Spokane to participate in this event.
The parade includes all branches of the military, police and
firefighters, youth organizations, dignitaries, commercial
businesses, car clubs and more.
Our staging area will be in
"B" on 6th street between Venita Ave and Chester Ave.
The parade starts at 10AM,
be there by 9:00.
Parade route map here
Jun Puget Soundings On Line
Posted May 8, 2017
Members and Wives
Attend Submarine Ball in Early April
Posted May 8, 2017
Ralph Harris sends...
all had a good time. Girls were glad they went. We bought one round
of drinks. Some 2nd class bought the other round. Cab was about 10
to 15 bucks. TTF MCPO was Master of Ceremonies. Guest speaker was
Force Master Chief. 4 sailors received their dolphins. They got a
copy of the tolling of the bells. Dutch requested a copy. Food was
great as usual. Got one of the challenge coins they use for tickets
to give to Paul Christofferson. Rose Marie and Katy were
complimented on there vests and were told by quite a few women that
they were honored to have them as guests.
Ralph Harris and Dutch Kaiser
Life & HC Member Goes on Eternal Patrol
Posted May 4, 2017
TMC(SS) (ret) Henry "Hank" Hollis (82)
went on eternal patrol after fighting cancer for several years.
Hank joined USSVI in 2001 and served as Bremerton
Base Chief of the Boat for several years.
Before retiring from the Navy in 1977, Hank served in
Sam Houston and Abraham Lincoln.
Hank asked that he
be given no services. He is survived by wife, Kay and his
Sailor, Rest your oar.
Memorial Day Ivy Green Cemetery Service
Posted May 2,, 2017
Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day. We will be at Ivy
Green cemetery at @ 0730 to help place flags on the fallen graves,
and prepare our corner spot with our flags. In the afternoon at
@1300, we will partake in the ceremony and present our wreath at the
Tomb of the Unknown.
"Tolling of the Boats" event at Deterrent Park at Bangor Base
Posted May 2,, 2017
Thursday, May 25th, 1030. Bremerton Base will
partake in the "Tolling of the Boats" event at Deterrent Park at
Bangor Base. This is the Thursday prior to Memorial Day. John
Clear of Olympic Peninsula Base has taken charge of this event
along with Pam Love of Group 9.
We are looking for volunteers who have base access
to escort individuals who do not have access. Meeting place will be
at the Main Gate at PSD parking lot.
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