Landstuhl Hospital Care Project http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org Supporting America’s Largest Overseas U.S. Military Hospital And Combat Support Hospitals Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:36:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Norwich Annual Poker Run http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/norwich-annual-poker-run/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/norwich-annual-poker-run/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:20:15 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10734 Over 100 people gathered May 17, 2014 for the Norwich Annual Poker Run in Norwich, NY. Sponsored by the American Legion Riders Post 189, legionnaires and friends rode through the chilly morning to support Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. Over $5000.00 was raised! Bill Fowler, Sergeant at Arms, American Legion Riders Post 189 stated “We will […]

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Norwich Annual Poker Run

Norwich Annual Poker Run

Over 100 people gathered May 17, 2014 for the Norwich Annual Poker Run in Norwich, NY. Sponsored by the American Legion Riders Post 189, legionnaires and friends rode through the chilly morning to support Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. Over $5000.00 was raised!

Bill Fowler, Sergeant at Arms, American Legion Riders Post 189 stated “We will ride in Honor of America’s Heroes and in support of those same Sons and Daughters of this Great Land, that have been wounded on battlefields far from their homes. These Great Men and Women were not drafted or conscripted into service – they went because they love America and know they live in the Greatest Nation to ever exist, on this planet.”

Thank you to all of the riders and supporters who made this year’s American legion Riders Benefit for LHCP a success.

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Healing Heroes 2014 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/healing-heroes-2014/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/healing-heroes-2014/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:40:13 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10730 Mark your calendar, this years Healing Heroes concert will be staring Leslie Satcher, Paul Aldrich, Casey Beathard, and Ed Hill is set for June 22. This year will also have special guest star comedian, actress, author, journalist, & radio show host Victoria Jackson!

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Mark your calendar, this years Healing Heroes concert will be staring Leslie Satcher, Paul Aldrich, Casey Beathard, and Ed Hill is set for June 22. This year will also have special guest star comedian, actress, author, journalist, & radio show host Victoria Jackson!

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Jennifer M Moreno http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/jennifer-m-moreno/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/jennifer-m-moreno/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:37:14 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10694 Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for […]

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Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Army Capt. Jennifer M. Moreno.


Army Capt. Jennifer M. Moreno

Died October 6, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


 

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. – A nurse from Madigan Army Medical Center and three of her fellow soldiers in a special operations force were killed by an improvised bomb blast Sunday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said.

Jennifer Moreno 21st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, was based at the hospital at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and volunteered as a member of a cultural support team with a special operations task force that deployed in June.

Also killed in Sunday’s blast in the Zhari District of Kandahar Province were Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25 of Carlisle, Pa.; Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo.; and Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore.

All four service members were killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Army officials said 1st Lt. Moreno was on her first deployment to Afghanistan.

She was born June 25, 1988, in San Diego, Calif. After graduating from San Diego High School, she was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Nurse Corps officer after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

Moreno completed the U.S. Army Airborne Course 2009 at Fort Benning, Ga., and the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course 2010 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Moreno was then assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., where she served as a clinical staff nurse on a medical surgical unit.

She volunteered and was successfully assessed and selected into the U. S. Army Special Operations Command Cultural Support Team program and deployed in June 2013.

“Our unit mourns the loss of 1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno,” said Lt. Col. Patrick J. Ellis, Commander of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “She was a talented member of our team who lost her life while serving her country in one of the most dangerous environments in the world.

“Her bravery and self-sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of the 75th Ranger Regiment. She was making a difference in Afghanistan and that legacy will live on. The Moreno family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

Moreno’s awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

1st Lt. Moreno was posthumously promoted to Captain and awarded the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and NATO Medal.

She is survived by her mother, Marie V. Cordero, and her sisters Jearaldy Moreno and Yaritza Cordova of San Diego, Calif., and her brother, Ivan F. Moreno, currently serving in the U.S. Army.
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Four soldiers dead in roadside bomb attack

By Joe Gould
Staff writer for Honor the Fallen

 

Two Army Rangers, a nurse and an Army criminal investigator were killed by a roadside bomb blast in Zhari, Afghanistan, on Sunday, authorities said this morning.

One of the Rangers was killed while trying to aid a fallen comrade.

The criminal investigator killed was the first agent of Criminal Investigation Command to die in Iraq or Afghanistan, though agents often assist special operations forces, a CID spokesman said.

1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, Calif., a nurse assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. She was with an Army Special Operations Command cultural support team.
Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, of Carlisle, Pa., assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo., a special agent assigned to the 5th Military Police Battalion, Vicenza, Italy.
Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore., assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga.

Col. Christopher S. Vanek, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, called Hawkins a “man of character and commitment” and said Patterson, “had a limitless future.”

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Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Laying http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/arlington-national-cemetery-wreath-laying-2/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/arlington-national-cemetery-wreath-laying-2/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 14:35:21 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10684 May 10, 2014 was the annual LHCP Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery. 21 people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery. Participants this year in laying the wreath were Mr. David Buck, Petty Officer First Class Jeremy Grimord, TSgt Jason Kingham and Mr. George Gray. As is the tradition with LHCP, we lay a wreath at […]

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Participants this year in laying the wreath were Mr. David Buck, Petty Officer First Class Jeremy Grimord, TSgt Jason Kingham and Mr. George Gray.

Mr. David Buck, Petty Officer First Class Jeremy Grimord, TSgt Jason Kingham and Mr. George Gray.

May 10, 2014 was the annual LHCP Wreath Laying at Arlington National Cemetery. 21 people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery. Participants this year in laying the wreath were Mr. David Buck, Petty Officer First Class Jeremy Grimord, TSgt Jason Kingham and Mr. George Gray.

As is the tradition with LHCP, we lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown and then lay flowers at the gravesites of men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defending our nation.

The group reflected on their feelings about the day.

Landstuhl Hospital Care Project at Arlington National Cemetery

Landstuhl Hospital Care Project at Arlington National Cemetery

Jason and Jennifer said they were honored to commemorate our fallen warriors at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. George stated it was a privilege and honor to lay the wreath and remember the sacrifice of those buried in this hallowed place. David said it had to be the experience of a lifetime. Michelle said that today rekindled the pride that she felt the first time she put on her uniform. Jo Ann stated it was emotional and a lovely recognition of people. Brittney said it leaves you with a loss of words.

Asked about the favorite thing of the day, Jason and Jennifer responded that Section 60 was special. Section 60 is dedicated to those service members who have given the ultimate sacrifice in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Reading the biographies of each fallen warrior gives us a glimpse into their lives, which made it a more personal experience. Casey and Debbie stated they were very proud and deeply moved to witness their son, TSgt. Jason Kingham, lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown.

When asked about the day in general, the group responded that it was a special day to remember. The Tomb of the Unknown, the sentry’s watching over those known only to God shows a dedication to the people who serve our country and shows what it actually means to love your country.

At the end of the day, the group paid their respects at the Pentagon Memorial. It was a touching moment of reflection to finish this day.

Pentagon Memorial

Pentagon Memorial 2014

 

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1st Quarter 2014 Newsletter http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/1st-quarter-2014-newsletter/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/1st-quarter-2014-newsletter/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 08:08:44 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10643 The post 1st Quarter 2014 Newsletter appeared first on Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.

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Faith R. Hinkley http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/faith-r-hinkley/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/faith-r-hinkley/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 23:47:35 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10593 Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for […]

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Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Army Sgt. Faith R. Hinkley


Army Sgt. Faith R. Hinkley

Died August 7, 2010 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom


 

Faith

Faith

Faith was born July 16, 1987 in Alamosa, Colo. to David and Annavee Hinkley.

Faith enjoyed a variety of activities. She was very active in Rainbow Girls, serving as Worthy Advisor of the Monte Vista Assembly, Grand Hope of Colorado Rainbow. Faith was active in her Sunday School Class, attended Vacation Bible School and was an instructor and helper. She also belonged to Girl Scouts. Faith was involved in sports and was an honor student in middle school.

During high school, Faith was a cheerleader for four years and was on the golf team for one year. She belonged to several clubs and organizations including Young Life, FBLA, Student Council, FCCLA, Peer Mediation and Key Club.

Faith also was in the color guard for the Monte Vista State Champion Marching Band, and was the 2006 Band Sweetheart and 2005 Homecoming Senior Attendant.

The general said Faith was instrumental in developing a relationship with Iraqi intelligence and also was instrumental in finding a weapons cache that contained materials for building IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices.”

Pasquarelli then said that, in addition to her posthumous promotion, Faith had been awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
A letter from her supervising officer said Faith was seldom seen without a smile on her face, an infectious smile that made others feel good to be around her.

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“She had the courage to face any challenge,” he said, noting that she had posted the highest score, 126 points, on the promotion board.
“Faith is a true American hero, a true soldier, a true warriors, never to be forgotten.” The letter also conveyed heartfelt condolences to the family from the entire U.S. military.

Young women who had been Faith’s friends from childhood wept openly, along with their older relatives. People carrying U.S. flags lined the roadways and stood alongside the fence at the San Luis Valley Regional Airport-Bergman Field in Alamosa.

Youthful soldiers, many with combat ribbons on their chests, stood at attention until it was time to do their assigned duty of the day, then marched to a special gurney next to the small charter jet.

As a sergeant barked orders, they stepped forward in unison and grabbed handles of the dark wooden coffin, then marched in step to a waiting hearse.

Members of the Patriot Guard stood at attention, saluting and preparing to mount their motorcycles and become part of the solemn procession from Alamosa to the Presbyterian Church in Monte Vista.

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Hand Written Notes and Emails http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/hand-written-notes-emails/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/hand-written-notes-emails/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:24:20 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10581 Hand written notes and emails of thanks like these are starting to fill in our Troop Thanks 2014 page.  “I would like to take this time to thank your organization and the people that work and volunteer in your organization for all that they provide for the men and women deployed away from their families.” […]

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Hand written notes and emails of thanks like these are starting to fill in our Troop Thanks 2014 page.

 “I would like to take this time to thank your organization and the people that work and volunteer in your organization for all that they provide for the men and women deployed away from their families.”

“Two boxes of wonderful  warm blankets arrived, just in time, as our quilt and blanket supply was getting low.”

“It is through the kindness of contributors such as your that allows us to make the time spent in our center for an average of 1000 transiting troops, family members, and service retirees a day, a little more like home.”

“Once again thank you for your donation to the CASF USO. Two boxes of wonderful  warm blankets arrived, just in time, as our quilt and blanket supply was getting low.”

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Vehicle Donation http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/vehicle-donation/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/vehicle-donation/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:23:18 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10524 The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project’s is now accepting vehicle donations through v-Dac.  A free, convenient service for converting that extra car, truck, or RV into a tax deductible donation. You can donate online or call 877-999-8322 to make your donation benefiting the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. . Don’t donate your car or truck to some […]

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v-Dac_postThe Landstuhl Hospital Care Project’s is now accepting vehicle donations through v-Dac.  A free, convenient service for converting that extra car, truck, or RV into a tax deductible donation. You can donate online or call 877-999-8322 to make your donation benefiting the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. .

Don’t donate your car or truck to some charity you have never heard of. v-Dac’s trusted service makes sure your vehicle is properly handled so you get your tax deduction and the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, gets the benefit of your donation.

Your contributions and fundraising tell our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that they are supported.

Thanks
LHCP

 

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2nd Annual Sebring Amvets LHCP Ride http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/2nd-annual-sebring-amvets-lhcp-ride/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/2nd-annual-sebring-amvets-lhcp-ride/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:54:02 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10554 The post 2nd Annual Sebring Amvets LHCP Ride appeared first on Landstuhl Hospital Care Project.

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LHCP is in need of your help ASAP! http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/lhcp-is-in-need-of-your-help-asap/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/lhcp-is-in-need-of-your-help-asap/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:14:16 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10521 LHCP is in need of your help ASAP! The past 2 weeks we have had a extremely large increase in “wish list” items, from 10 new contacts in Afghanistan asking for our support for their units. We have sources to make these bulk purchases but we need the funds to do so. If you can […]

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LHCP is in need of your help ASAP! The past 2 weeks we have had a extremely large increase in “wish list” items, from 10 new contacts in Afghanistan asking for our support for their units. We have sources to make these bulk purchases but we need the funds to do so. If you can help with a donation of $5 it will be a great help. Please send your tax deductible donations ASAP so we can inform the units we will be able to support them. Thank you!!

Sharon Buck
LHCP Treasurer
4204 Summerville Road
Phenix City, AL 36867

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1948 International Pickup Raffle http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/1948-international-pickup-raffle/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/1948-international-pickup-raffle/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:56:10 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10462 Only 800 tickets for this raffle. Drawing held September 1, 2014 at the AmVets Post 21 Sebring FL, 2027 US Highway 27 S. Sebring FL 33870. You do not need to be present to win. Contact George Gray (607-316-2676) for more info. This 48 International hot rod pickup has a four-cylinder engines, five-speed transmission, and […]

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Only 800 tickets for this raffle. Drawing held September 1, 2014 at the AmVets Post 21 Sebring FL, 2027 US Highway 27 S. Sebring FL 33870. You do not need to be present to win. Contact George Gray (607-316-2676) for more info.

This 48 International hot rod pickup has a four-cylinder engines, five-speed transmission, and sits on S-10 frame.

 

 

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Here is a video describing this hot rod from October, 2011

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Clinical Pastoral Division http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/clinical-pastoral-division/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/clinical-pastoral-division/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:14:01 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10515 Dear LHCP Thank you for your generous donation to the Chaplain’s Clothes Closet (CCC0. Your donation will be used for direct support of our wounded warriors. The CCC started in October 2001 at the onset of Operation Enduring Freedom and continues today to provide clothes and comfort items for wounded and ill warriors who come […]

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Dear LHCP

USArmyChapCorRegInsignia

US Army Chaplin Corps

Thank you for your generous donation to the Chaplain’s Clothes Closet (CCC0. Your donation will be used for direct support of our wounded warriors.

The CCC started in October 2001 at the onset of Operation Enduring Freedom and continues today to provide clothes and comfort items for wounded and ill warriors who come to Landstuhl Regional medical Center for treatment. Frequently, they arrive here with minimal clothing items. The CCC provides new essential clothing and tile try items for these en and women.

The Chaplain’s Closet serves more than 350 warriors each month. Since the Chaplain’s Closet is a non-funded humanitarian entity within the Department of Defense, we rely on the generous donations of fellow Americans and others. One hundred percent of all donations directly support our wounded and ill service members.

Our goal is to respond immediately to donors as contributions are received. Please include your email address with your next donation. This will help us follow up with you and confirm receipt of your generous donation.

Please continue to pray for our wounded warriors and their families, and again thank you for you generous donation.

Sincerely,

Chaplain (COL) USA
Chief, Clinical Pastoral Division

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Mental Health Clinic Provides Comforts of Home http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/mental-health-clinic-provides-comforts-of-home/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/mental-health-clinic-provides-comforts-of-home/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:08:46 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10487 by Maj. Nicole David 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs   AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar – The stress of deployment can present challenges to service members. Depression, stress, anxiety and relationship issues are a few examples of common issues that service members experience during time away from loved ones. On March 30, 2014, the […]

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by Maj. Nicole David
379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
 

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar – The stress of deployment can present challenges to service members. Depression, stress, anxiety and relationship issues are a few examples of common issues that service members experience during time away from loved ones. On March 30, 2014, the Mental Health Clinic of the 379th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron provided an open house to all military members on base, offering a variety of quality of life items to help boost morale and also remind the troops that help is always available.

The open house idea was the result of the mental health clinic receiving 20 boxes from the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, a non-profit organization that provides comfort and relief items for military members. Each shipment LHCP sends is in honor of a fallen warrior and their photo and a short biography is taped to the outside of every box mailed, as a reminder of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The boxes were filled with approximately $20,000 worth of donations of toiletries, towels, mattress covers, handmade pillows and blankets, food items, novels, DVDs, video games and much more, all free to any Airman, joint or coalition partner who paid the clinic a visit.

“We really wanted to host this open house, not only to provide comfort items to people, but also because we wanted to put a face to the mental health clinic services,” said Master Sgt. Allison Weeks, the outpatient services flight chief deployed from Eielson Air Force Base, AK. “Sometimes seeing and talking to those of us who can support, encourages Airmen to seek help and come back and talk with us.”

Seeking professional help is not an easy thing to do, another reason why the mental health clinic wanted to host an open house. Weeks, a native of Palmer, Alaska, pointed out that providing this opportunity allows service members to interact with the professionals in a relaxed, unofficial setting that provides some comforts of home and helps people feel less isolated.

The challenge of working in the military can be physically, emotionally and mentally taxing, especially while deployed. That is why it is important for service members to take deliberate care of one’s physical and mental health. Taking direct action to cope with stressors is empowering and one way to do this is by talking to a mental health professional. Actively coping is an attitude and a habit that must be strengthened through practice, even when there is no crisis.

As Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, “Mental health treatment is a choice that embodies moral courage, honor, and integrity.”

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Master Sgt. Allison Weeks, the 379th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron, Mental Health Clinic outpatient services flight chief, shows Staff Sgt. Pierre Hutchins, the non-commissioned officer in charge of automatic data processing equipment, assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, a variety of free quality of life items provided by at the MHC open house at Al Udeid Air Base, March 30, 2014. Donations from the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, amounting to about $20,000, were offered to service members in an effort to help boost morale and bring a face to the services offered by the MHC. Weeks is deployed from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska and a Palmer, Alaska native. Hutchins is deployed from Moody Air Force Base and a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Nicole David)

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Staff Sgt. Travis Kyle, a public health technician assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron, takes advantage of the free quality of life items provided by the Mental Health Clinic at Al Udeid Air Base, March 30, 2014. Donations from the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, amounting to about $20,000, were offered to service members through the mental health clinic’s open house in an effort to help boost morale and bring a face to the services offered by the MHC. Kyle is a native of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and deployed from Nellis Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Nicole David)

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Master Sgt. Allison Weeks, the 379th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron, Mental Health Clinic outpatient services flight chief, and Maj. Michelle Gramling, clinical social worker, pose during the MHC open house at Al Udeid Air Base, March 30, 2014. A variety of free quality of life items were donated from the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, amounting to about $20,000, were offered to service members in an effort to help boost morale and bring a face to the services offered by the MHC. Weeks is deployed from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska and a Palmer, Alaska native. Gramling is stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., and a native of Columbia, S.C. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Nicole David)

 
 
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Army 1st Lt. Jason Togi

Died August 26, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


GOV. LOLO: “HE WAS OUR HERO”

Army 1st Lt. Jason Togi

Army 1st Lt. Jason Togi

Government leaders, military officials, family and friends gathered at the CCCAS church in Fagasa for the service remembering the life of U.S. Army 1st Lt Jason Asootama Atuatasi Togi —who served his family, church, village, his wife and the military.

1st Lt. Togi was married to Siosiana Togi and he’s the son of Alepapa and Jean Angela Togi. He died Aug. 26 in Hasan Karez, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and Fort Hood, Texas. He was deployed to Afghanistan on July 4th this year.

Togi and his wife of less than a year, Siosiana, were based in Killeen, Texas.

The Fallen Toa o Samoa was laid to rest at the residence of his grandfather Atuatasi Talosaga in Fagasa yesterday afternoon. The two-day funeral service began on Wednesday with final burial services yesterday.

At the service, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga said Togi defended and upheld the constitution of the United States of America. He noted that he did not just walk into the military, he knew very well the complication he was facing and he served his people the best way he could… “He’s our hero and we are here to celebrate his service to his people. “First Lt Jason, rest in peace.”

Jason Togi

Jason Togi

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin stated that he did not come all the way from Washington DC to mourn the passing of Jason, rather he came to celebrate his life. He said to Jason’s parents, and his wife that Jason sacrificed his life to protect us, so we can continue to live as a free people.

Brigadier General of the US Army, Daniel L Karbler, who escorted the body of 1st Lt Togi also gave remarks, stating it was an honor to represent the US Army in paying the last respects to Jason.

“His fellow soldiers loved him, his fellow bosses, deeply respect him and his Battalion Commander considers him family. Jason is a great man, and his Battalion Commander said that he had a great sense of humor, was athletic and was a great leader in every aspect.

Family members stood behind his casket after being presented by the Army with Gold Star lapel pins. The pins are given to immediate Family members of service members killed in combat during active duty.

According to the program handed out at the service, Jason attended Le’atele Elementary School, Samoana High School, ASCC and Wentworth Academy in Missouri. Jason enlisted in the US Army in 2007 and following that he, earned an AA from Wentworth Academy along with a BA in Civil Engineering.

He was a Sunday school teacher, a CCCAS Fagasa youth leader and choir member.

Courtesy of Joyetter Feagaimaalii-Luamanu American Samoa News


 

Service for Army 1st Lt. Jason Togi

Service for Army 1st Lt. Jason Togi

More than 100 Family members, friends and fellow Soldiers with the “Black Jack” Brigade paid their final respects to their fallen brother-in-arms during a remembrance ceremony Oct. 12 at the 73rd Street Chapel (1st Cavalry Division Memorial Chapel).

During the ceremony, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div., paid tribute to 1st Lt. Jason Togi, who was killed in action on Aug. 26 while serving as a combat engineer platoon leader in Hasan Karez, Afghanistan.

“The last thing I said to him before he deployed was, ‘I hope I see you when you come back,’” said Sgt. Genaro Sexton, a combat engineer with Company C, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. “He was a good, hard worker. He always portrayed himself in a professional manner and was Family-oriented first. It was an honor and a privilege to serve under him.”

Togi, a Pago Pago, American Samoa native, attended Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. and graduated from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in 2010. He entered the Army the following year and graduated from the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. in 2012.

He was assigned to Co. C, 2nd BSTB, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div., and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, July 4, 2013, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

On that day, he died of injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

Family of Jason Togi

Family of Jason Togi

“Jason Togi paid the ultimate price for our freedom,” said Lt. Col. Michael Kielpinski, rear detachment commander for Task Force Pershing, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. “When he came to Fort Hood, he sought out the most challenging position he could find. He always had a positive attitude, was respected and admired by his peers, and led by example with a smile on his face.”

After Soldiers spoke and final respects were paid, a lone candle was lit in Togi’s memory and a three-volley salute was rendered.

“He will be truly missed,” Kielpinski said. “We’ll never forget our freedom and the ultimate sacrifice he made to protect it.”

Togi is survived by his wife, Siosiana Togi, and his parents Alipapa and Angela Togi.

By Sgt. Christopher Calvert, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs

 

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Christopher L. Camero http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/christopher-l-camero/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/christopher-l-camero/#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2014 20:40:08 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10421 Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero Died July 12, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom   Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero, 19, from the Big Island of Hawaii, died Friday of wounds suffered in combat with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. Camero had been injured July 6 in Helmand province, Afghanistan. In June, Taliban […]

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Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero

Died July 12, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


 

Christopher L. Camero

Christopher L. Camero

Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero, 19, from the Big Island of Hawaii, died Friday of wounds suffered in combat with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. Camero had been injured July 6 in Helmand province, Afghanistan. In June, Taliban insurgents increased attacks against coalition forces in northern Helmand, in an apparent bid to regain lost territory.

Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero came from a military family, and as a young boy he was always saluting, relatives told West Hawaii Today newspaper.

His aunt, Florida Ballio, said Camero emigrated from the Philippines at about age five and grew up in Waimea, where he enjoyed to cook, fish and play football, judo and wrestling. (The Defense Department had reported that Camero’s hometown was Kailua-Kona.)

Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero

Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher L. Camero

“He would always goes fishing with his father whenever he had the time,” Ballio told the Hawaii newspaper. “I’m really trying to cope with it,” she added, speaking of Camero as if he were alive: “he’s a very, very good boy. Very active.”

Camero family

Camero family

A friend who attended boot camp with Camero wrote on his web site: “His lifelong goal was to become a Marine, and his childhood dream came true. … On July 6th, I heard you were hit badly by an IED (improvised explosive device,) and I prayed for you.”I will never forget you or any of the stunts we pulled.”

His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

Courtesy of Gretel C. Kovach of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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FedEx Small Business Grant http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/fedex-small-business-grant/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/fedex-small-business-grant/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:57:10 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10407 Vote for the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project to help LHCP win one of ten small business grants from FedEx, including the $25,000 grand prize. You can vote every day up to and including February 23, 2014. And as always: Your contributions and fundraising tell our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that they are supported. Vote […]

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Vote for the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project to help LHCP win one of ten small business grants from FedEx, including the $25,000 grand prize.

You can vote every day up to and including February 23, 2014. And as always: Your contributions and fundraising tell our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that they are supported.

Vote for Landstuhl Hospital Care Project

Our primary mission is to provide quality of life items to military members who have been injured or wounded in Afghanistan & Middle East.

LHCP VoteWhat inspired you to get into the business you are in today?

Fed 1Many injured military arrive at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) or field hospitals with only the clothing they were wearing when they were removed from the battlefield. During a visit, I saw the Chaplain’s Closet was short on clothing and toiletry items they needed for the patients being sent to the hsoptial from Iraq, Afghanistan & the Middle East. I was inspired and returned home to gather volunteers and donations to help the Chaplains provide items needed for support and morale.

 


How do you define success for yourself and for your business? LHCP Vote

Fed 2One of our recipients defines our success: “They (Landstuhl Hospital Care Project) provide clothing that gives back the identity of an individual. LHCP provides blue jeans, t-shirts, shoes, socks and sweats. All these comfortable clothes remind us of back home, and not the combat uniform that identifies the incident and pain. Hope and care are provided in these items.” When we help LRMC with Day Trips, patients physically relax and open up as they enjoy a normal day away from the hospital

 

 


LHCP VoteHow would you use the FedEx SMB Grant money to make a significant impact on your business and/or on others?

Fed 3We would fund Day Trips for the patients recuperating at LRMC. Funding cuts have reduced LRMC’s capability to provide the normal materials support and Day Trips. Trip costs include bus, food and entrance fees. Each trip requires a volunteer medical staff, Chaplain, Licensed Nurse, and escorts for patients in wheelchairs or on crutches. In addition to the Day Trips, we (LHCP) would continue to support the units who contact us with the morale and quality of care items they need.

 

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Victoria A. Pinckney http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/victoria-pinckney/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/victoria-pinckney/#comments Sun, 02 Feb 2014 06:38:04 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10380 Air Force Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney Died May 3, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom   Capt. Pinckney died May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft that involved two other Airmen. At the time of the accident, the Airmen were assigned to the 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. Their home […]

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Air Force Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney

Died May 3, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


 

Victoria A. PinckneyCapt. Pinckney died May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft that involved two other Airmen. At the time of the accident, the Airmen were assigned to the 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. Their home unit is the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington.

Victoria was loved by many and will be remembered forever as a hero and a patriot for her service and sacrifice. She was a beloved daughter, a devoted wife, and a caring mother. Victoria was born on September 28, 1985 in Denver, Colorado.

Pinckney 2In 2003, Victoria graduated from Palmdale High School in Palmdale, California. She went on to complete a year at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School where she met her future husband, Richard Pinckney. Victoria graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2008 with a B.S. in Systems Engineering, Space Systems. While there, she played on the Women’s Rugby Team and was a member of Cadet Squadron 15, the War Eagles. She was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on May 28, 2008. On May 31, 2008, Victoria married Captain Richard Pinckney in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was a devoted and loving wife and was cherished by her husband. The two both attended pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. There, Victoria flew the T-6 and the T-1 aircraft. On May 28, 2010, she was promoted to First Lieutenant. Shortly after, she received her wings and her assignment to fly the KC-135 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Washington. In May of 2012 she earned the rank of Captain, and she completed her Master’s Degree in Psychology later that year.

Victoria A. PinckneyVictoria shared a smile and a positive attitude with everyone she encountered. She was extremely proud of her military service and was always generous with her time and talents. As a young student, she enjoyed competing in the Academic Pentathlon. Tory enjoyed scrapbooking, snowboarding, and crocheting. She also had a black belt and red stripe in karate. She loved to bake and share her goodies with friends and neighbors. Victoria’s son, Gabriel, was the light of her life. She was an attentive and loving mother. Capt. Pinckney is survived by her husband, Richard Pinckney and her son, Gabriel Pinckney, both of Spokane, Washington. She leaves behind parents, Larry and Michelle Castro; two sisters, Nichol and Samantha Castro; grandparents, Lt. Col (Ret) Don and Terry Castro, and Josephine and Emil Grulkowski. She is also survived by mother-in-law, Nina Pinckney and Wally Slate; father-in-law, Richard and Lorraine Pinckney; sisters-in-law, Christine, Stephanie, and Jeanna Pinckney; brothers-in-law, Tyler and Kevin Obrock and Douglas Kozar; and grandparents Anna and Donald Bull, and Virginia Hunt. She also leaves behind many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Victoria will be laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Plot: Section 60 Site: 10574

Published in The Gazette on June 2, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anthony O Magee http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/anthony-o-magee/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/anthony-o-magee/#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 23:29:30 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10330 Army Sgt. Anthony O. Magee Died April 27, 2010 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom HATTIESBURG — Sgt. Anthony O. Magee, 29, of Hattiesburg, returned home for the final time when a Kalitta Charters jet carrying his flag-draped coffin touched down at the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport at 7:22 a.m. Friday. Magee died April 27 from wounds […]

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Army Sgt. Anthony O. Magee

Died April 27, 2010 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom


HATTIESBURG — Sgt. Anthony O. Magee, 29, of Hattiesburg, returned home for the final time when a Kalitta Charters jet carrying his flag-draped coffin touched down at the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport at 7:22 a.m. Friday.

Army Sgt. Anthony O. Magee

Army Sgt. Anthony O. Magee

Magee died April 27 from wounds suffered three days earlier when his unit came under indirect fire at Contingency Operating Base Kasul in Iskandariyah, Iraq. He was a member of the United

States Army’s 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Benning, Ga.

Magee is the second soldier from the Hattiesburg area killed in a 20-day span during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. William Anthony Blount, 21, of Petal was killed April 7 by a roadside explosive device in Mosul, Iraq.

“This is something we should do,” said Maxine Coleman, neighborhood coordinator for the city, who stood at Pine Street and Second Avenue to pay her respects as the funeral procession passed. “He gave his life for our freedom.

“I can’t imagine what his family is going through. It could have been my son. I have kids that age.”

About 25 members of Magee’s family were at the edge of the airport tarmac Friday, one grasping a small American flag that rippled in the breeze.

The Mississippi Honor Guard Team from Jackson met Magee’s casket at the airport.

An escort of law enforcement from Hattiesburg Police Department, Forrest County Sheriff’s Office, Petal Police Department, University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, followed by a formation of Patriot Guard Riders, led the procession down I-59.

Anthony O. Magee

Anthony O. Magee family

The halls of Hattiesburg High were silent Friday morning as students filed along Hutchinson Avenue to catch a glimpse of the hearse.

As Leisha Weathersby stood outside, she had nothing but kind words to say about Magee, whom she taught in her Algebra I class when he was a ninth-grader.

“He was one of the nicest people,” she said. “He was sincere and hard-working in and out of school. This is a bittersweet moment. It was an honor and privilege to teach him, and I wish I had 101 students like him.”

Magee is survived by his mother and father, Patricia and Tony Davis; three siblings; his wife, Courtney Magee; and his 5-year-old son, Kameron Johnson,

The funeral of Sgt. Anthony Magee’s will be 1 p.m. today at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Eastabuchie, with burial in Venia Park in Collins.

Source: Clarion Ledger May 8, 2010

Additional Source: Military Times

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Sheldon Hawk Eagle http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/sheldon-hawk-eagle/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/sheldon-hawk-eagle/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:39:59 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10238 Army Pfc. Sheldon Hawk Eagle Died November 15, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom   Army Private First Class Sheldon Ray Hawk Eagle, 21. Her nephew was quiet and loyal, a mature young man who gave every decision careful thought, says Turner, who helped raise him after his parents died. “He didn’t jump into anything,” […]

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Army Pfc. Sheldon Hawk Eagle

Died November 15, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom


 

Sheldon Ray Hawk Eagle

Army Private First Class
Sheldon Ray Hawk Eagle

Army Private First Class Sheldon Ray Hawk Eagle, 21. Her nephew was quiet and loyal, a mature young man who gave every decision careful thought, says Turner, who helped raise him after his parents died. “He didn’t jump into anything,” she recalls. “He was very meticulous and organized.” Sheldon was from Grand Forks, North Dakota and was a member assigned to the, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.; killed Nov. 15 when two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul, Iraq.

Sheldon was killed from injuries suffered during combat operations in Iraq. Sheldon Hawk Eagle was a talented artist who loved to draw and paint, and a classic car buff who knew every model he saw on the road. Hawk Eagle also adored kids and talked about a career in child psychology, and looking forward to using the Post 9-11 GI Bill. Our Eagle soars with wings, today.

If you listen closely, you will hear the angels pray.

He’ll be watching from above Still sharing of his love. “Our nation owes him our utmost gratitude and earnest thanks. To his sister, grandfather, the elders and friends of his Native American Tribe. Know that your precious one loved his family and country deeply. Private First Class Hawk Eagle joins the thousands who have given, so that you and I might enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy today.”


The Wings Of An Eagle

Sheldon Ray Hawk Eagle

Sheldon Ray Hawk Eagle

Sheldon Ray Hawk Eagle of Grand Forks, North Dakota was carried to the Heart of

All that is, Paha Sapa, the Black Hills and laid to rest as

Warrior with honor, dignity and respect.

The coffin and the pall bearers were purified with

Sweet grass. Each of the twelve, wore yellow ribbons

Tied around their arms.

The Lakota people are a warrior people. It is an honor

To be a warrior and protect your land, your freedom and

Your family. Because they were here first,

They love the land more than any other race.

This Lakota Warrior made the ultimate sacrifice

For both his Nations.

For 18 hours, an overnight vigil, hundreds of Tribal

Members listened to both Christian and Lakota

Prayers and honor songs by drum groups.

There were giveaways and feasts.

At sunrise, a two hour funeral, followed by a three

Hour procession, carried Hawk Eagle’s body

One hundred and fifty miles to the Black Hills,

The heart of all there is in Lakota tradition.

Color guards from the Cheyenne River, Rosebud,

Standing Rock, Oglala and Sisseton Wahpeton

Tribes bore the flags of the Nations.

Proof of the family’s goodwill was evident,

When they began giving away jars, vases, and

Baskets of flowers that had been sent.

They handed out bouquets to the elders and then

One flower for each of the mourners to press in the

Memorial program in remembrance.

Pillows, towels, baskets bowls and household goods

Were passed out to the hundreds in attendance.

Giveaways are traditional among the nations during

Important occasions. It is the Lakota way.

Sheldon’s sister, Frankie and their relatives,

Stood to drape stack after stack of

Lakota Star quilts over friends and elders.

The Lakota have a relationship, with the Big Dipper

Constellation. In Lakota culture, it is said to help the

Deceased on their way to the spirit world.

The family completed the giveaway and faced the east.

Mitakuye Oyasin, all my relatives, began the elder.

Tunkasila, (grandfather)

We pray for this day, your wisdom and not our own.

We pray for one mind and one spirit.

Sheldon descends from Tshunka Witko.

Chief Crazy Horse who helped defeat

Lt. Col.George Armstrong Custer, at the

Battle of Greasy Creek (Little Big Horn).

As he was being buried, a Black Hawk helicopter flew

Over the cemetery, lingered in the snowy hills.

It flew into the heart of all that is,

And was gone.

~~Somehow, it did not seem like enough. ~~

Our Eagle soars with wings, today.

If you listen closely, you will hear the

Angels pray.

He’ll be watching from above

Still sharing of his love.

This poem with a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace played by the Lakota Tribe and original article.

Additional sources: CBSNews.com & MilitaryTimes.com

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