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T C Ramblings
Since the Last Vietnam Veterans of America, Laurel Highlands 364 Newsletter there have been many programs, services, activities that Chapter members and other area Veterans are actively involved within their communities. The participation and numerous veteran support efforts highlight the well-deserved pro-veteran/military reputation of our Laurel Highland/Southern Allegheny area(s)… Some of our active veteran Participations include our highly thought of Veterans Court Program (including our November graduation of 13 who completed the Comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation program). Our upcoming May 30th graduation (@ Cambria Co. Courthouse) is anxiously being awaited… November was the month of the Windber and Johnstown Veterans Day Parades, the Greater Johnstown East Side Elementary Veterans Day Breakfast, a Veteran Job Fair, Veterans Court Peer Mentor Training, and VVA’s Annual Veterans Day First Born gift certificate program… In addition to the VVA’s annual Holiday Needies Family program in December, there was a quarterly Veterans War Memorial Committee meeting, a GJCTC Veterans Brunch and a Thank You Vietnam Veterans Dinner and Presentation at the Salvation Army Christmas Dinner… Over the first 3 months of 2017 the Veteran Community in general (and VCI specifically) was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce with the Cultural Affairs Award. This award highlighted the positive impact that Veterans have held and do hold in our communities…. Meetings of the Veterans Advisory Council, Southern Alleghenies Work Force Development Program, and the Veterans Monument Committee were held with active veteran participation. This same first quarter also included an Iwo Jima Flag Raising Ceremony, Vietnam Veterans Day Recognition and Thank You ceremony, as well as the Cambria County Veteran Rural Outreach Program….. Upcoming events you might want to Save the Dates for include April 5th – Lift Johnstown Volunteers Event; 9th- Opening of John P. Murtha Center @ UPJ; 25th- Somerset Co. Veterans Rural Outreach Program @ Somerset VFW; May dates include Military Spouse Appreciation Day- Noon, downtown Johnstown on the 12th. A VA Town Hall @ HGA Seminar Theatre 4pm on May 16; a number of Memorial day events May 26-28; June 2nd there will be an American Legion Outreach Program 3pm @ Gallitzin American Legion; July 4th will be the 2nd annual Veterans Breakfast Club, details TBA; August 23rd will be the 12th Annual Veteran Issues Symposium @ HGA Seminar Theatre 12:30-5pm; September 1-3 will be the date for the Cambria City Ethnic Fest with a Veterans Ceremony on the 3rd … October 9th, The Salute to Veterans Dinner will be held; November brings us a November 11 CVV parade and a November 10th East Side Elem Breakfast… In addition to the Veterans Brunch in December, the VVA will again have its annual Holiday Needies Family Program and other Holiday Events… Pick an Event and get involved… Until next time, May God Bless TMC.