Members of the NCOA Rogue Chapter have been busy making medallion presentations at a variety of venues.
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Rogue Chapter Chairman Terry Haines attended a VFW meeting to present Vietnam Medallions to Marine veteran Ralph Groover (left) and Navy veteran Gary Lowe (right).
,Chapter Chairman Terry Haines attended a veteran's breakfast in Grants Pass, OR and presented Vietnam Medallions to Navy veterans Bruce Buckmaster and Kenneth Barnette as well as to Army veteran Harold Rice. He also presented a Korean Medallion to Air Force veteran Paul Rice at the same event.
NCOA Down East Chapter Chairperson Julianne Froncek received the NCOA Award of Excellence from NCOA's 34th Grand Knight Sir Paul Siverson. The award was presented for her outstanding contributions in support of the aims and goals of NCOA. Froncek served as the Chairperson for the 2022 Jacksonville, NC, Veterans Day Parade hosted by the NCOA Down East Chapter. The award was presented during the chapter's monthly meeting held on January 5, 2023.
NCOA Rogue Chapter Chairman Terry Haines presents the proceeds from VeteRUN 2022 to Jeremy Stalnecker from Mighty Oaks Foundation and Wyndess James from David's Chair. Each donation was $14,075 and the presentation took place at the chapter's Christmas social.
The NCOA Magnum Force Chapter held their annual chapter Christmas gathering and Awards Presentation. The event was a great success.
NCOA Grand Knight Sir Paul Siverson recently presented 85 year old Marine Corps Major James Capers, Jr. with an NCOA Vietnam War Medallion. Major Capers served in Vietnam and received the Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars, and 5 Purple Hearts. He is the author of the book "Faith Through the Storm".
Members of the NCOA Mountain Post and Mountain Post Auxiliary Chapters were on hand at the Colorado Springs Airport to welcome the Gold Star Families returning home from 2022 Snowball Express.
Snowball Express is a five-day healing retreat that serves the children of fallen military heroes, surviving spouses, and their families. Throughout the annual event, these families have an opportunity to bond with the only people who can truly understand their loss: one another.
Snowball Express was started after the publication of a letter from a soldier to his wife. U.S. Army Private First Class Jesse Givens had left the letter behind when he deployed to Iraq, instructing her in a note on the envelope to only open it if something happened to him. Following his death in Iraq while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom May 3, 2003, his wife opened the letter. It conveyed how much he loved his family and the things that he wanted them to do. Among his requests was that his wife make sure she took their children to Disney Parks.
After the letter was published, readers believed hundreds of other families were in the same situation and took the families to Disneyland Resort in 2006 as most participants lived in California.
Gary Sinise became involved with Snowball Express 2007 and has volunteered his band The Lt. Dan Band to perform every year since. As the event grew larger, it moved to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in 2009. The program officially became part of the Gary Sinise Foundation in 2017 and moved to Walt Disney World Resort in 2018.
Gary Sinise shared, “While our hearts are heavy at the circumstances that brought these families together, I am grateful we can honor them, remembering their loved ones who are no longer with us, as we wrap our arms around each and every one of them. As we approach the holiday season, I am so glad that for the first time since our amazing event in 2019, we are once again able to bring these deserving families together to create new and wonderful memories at the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World Resort.”
Grand Knight and former NCOA Chairman of the Board Sir Paul Siverson recently presented an NCOA Vietnam War Medallion to former NCOA Chairman of the Board SgtMaj Joseph Houle, USMC (Ret).
NCOA life member and the 7th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Rick Trent recently presented an NCOA WWII Medallion during Veterans Homecoming Week in Branson, MO, to Dale Higgins, a 97 year old Navy WWII veteran that served in the Pacific Theater. Mr. Higgins was also the Grand Marshal of the Branson Veterans Day Parade!
NCOA President Paul Kingsbury, NCOA Director of Government Affairs Levi Sadr, and NCOA's 2022 Navy Vanguard Award recipient IT1 Justin Osborne represented NCOA at the Veterans Day Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. President Kingsbury and Petty Officer Osborne participated in the wreath laying ceremony.
During a recent Honor Flight, NCOA Rogue Chapter Vice Chairman Ken Wilson presented Korean War Medallions at the Korean Memorial in Washington, DC, to Marine Corps veteran Thomas Clark, Navy veterans Dominic LaRosa and Harry Nystrom, Army veteran Dick Traugh, Air Force veteran Bob Cline, and Army veteran Allen Wilkes.
New NCOA Life member Dale Templeman receives Korean War Medallion from NCOA Rogue Chapter trustee David Haines.