Veteran’s Day & Star Spangled Boomerang

THANK YOU VETERANS!

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This website, Star Spangled Boomerang, was built to honor our Veterans, Service Members, and their families.  It was also created to encourage civilians to get involved with our military community.  After more than two years, we have had the opportunity to interact with countless dedicated and caring individuals, both in and out of the military community.  What an incredible journey and privilege it has been.

Our name, Star Spangled Boomerang, is a reminder that for every action there is a reaction.  When a civilian takes action and becomes a service member, serves his/her country and returns home wounded, for some, Operation FINALLY HOME reacts by offering help. Continue reading Veteran’s Day & Star Spangled Boomerang

West Metro Veterans Fair 2016

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Mary Ann Valeska welcoming WWII Navy Veteran Robert Eccles to the West Metro Veterans Fair

The West  Metro Veterans Fair gathered 40+ exhibitors for their 2016 Fair held at the Elks Lakewood Lodge #1777.  Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul gave opening remarks.  City Councilman Pete Roybal presented Vietnam War Veterans with a 50th Anniversary lapel pin.   Nurses were available to administer FREE Flu shots, along with blood pressure and glucose readings.  It was a beautiful day where a FREE lunch was provided by the Lakewood Elks Club and the Friends of Valor Point outside on the patio. Continue reading West Metro Veterans Fair 2016

Gloria’s Hope Cancer Fundraiser

GLORIA’S HOPE CANCER FUNDRAISER is Saturday, December 10, 2016

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Gloria & Family, Tabby, Landon, Lawson, Aubrey and Wesley

On Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Buffalo Rose in Golden, CO, come support Veteran Gloria Clough who is battling cancer for the third time.  Gloria’s Hope is a fundraiser to aid this remarkable woman with her mounting cancer medical bills.

Musical guests include headliner band: The Tah Tahs, plus:   Broken Timeline, Trouble Bound, Pyrokittens, and Orphan Sun. Continue reading Gloria’s Hope Cancer Fundraiser

Sept. 11th: The Mission Continues

September 11, 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  Join Denver’s 1st Service Platoon, with support from the Colorado Springs Service Platoon and participate with The Mission Continues.  This years service project is at Mount Saint Vincent.  In case you are not familiar with The Mission Continues, the following is from their website: https://www.missioncontinues.org/about/

“The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact.  We deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve.

Since our founding, we have always been a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to bringing together veterans and innovative community organizations to create transformational change for communities in need all across the country. Continue reading Sept. 11th: The Mission Continues

West Metro Veterans Fair: Scott Hefty

West Metro Veterans Fair

2013 Veterans Fair

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 1pm – 5pm, Lakewood Elks Lodge #1777, 1455 Newland Street, Lakewood

Greetings from Scott Hefty,

To everybody who has agreed to participate in the 2016 West Metro Veterans Fair (WMVF) – THANK YOU!  We have 39 non-profits on this year’s vendor list which is a new record for us.  Speaking of records, if we want to increase the number of WMVF attendees from 2015 we need everybody to pitch in and help spread the word by posting posters, handing out rack cards, posting WMVF information on your social media websites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) and in your newsletters as well as sharing this information with any veterans or other non-profits you are in contact with in order to get the word out to our veteran community.

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An American Hero: Veteran Richard Cox

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Navy Vietnam Veteran Richard Cox

What makes Richard Cox a true American hero?  After reading about his twenty years of military experience, his determination to make a difference regarding veteran challenges, and watching the following video, you will agree.  “Richard is a strong, silent man who is very dedicated to veterans, and their causes.”  This comment came from Judy Atencio.  Ms. Atencio, is an advocate for veterans and also an associate member of VVA Chapter 1071.  She has witnessed his tenacity for veterans time and time again, while being part of various veteran issues with VVA Chapter 1071.  For example, recently, important headway has been made with, The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015, currently in Congress.  Without active veteran commitment with veterans like Richard Cox, there is no face to the cause.  His leadership, has helped bring positive results. Continue reading An American Hero: Veteran Richard Cox

Team RWB & Jill Orr

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Jill Orr, Team RWB’s Denver Veteran Outreach Leader

Team Red, White & Blue is a fast growing organization of veterans and civilians alike.  Team RWB’s mission:  “To enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.”  It is easy to identify members at an event.  They proudly display Old Glory and wear Team RWB shirts.  Civilian volunteer Jill Orr is the Veteran Outreach Leader in the Denver Chapter. www.teamrwb.org Continue reading Team RWB & Jill Orr

Final Roll Call at Ft. Logan

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Final Roll Call for Thirty Veterans

On Saturday, June 25, 2016, thirty unclaimed veterans received a dignified burial at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.  The final roll call included ringing a bell after each name was read out loud.  These veterans were finally honored, remembered, and laid to rest due to the efforts of many.  This project has been a top priority for the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1071.  Without their dedication and tenacity, these unclaimed veterans would not have a name. Continue reading Final Roll Call at Ft. Logan

VVA #1071 – Come Show Respect

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PRESS RELEASE:

Contact: Bill Hilliard (303)278-9770, outreach.vva1071@comcast.net

Vietnam Veterans of America and Olinger Hampden and Eastlawn Cemeteries

to Inter Unclaimed Remains of 30 Veterans

June 25th at 10:30am at Fort Logan National Cemetery

(Lakewood, CO) – VVA #1071 will conduct a final roll call and interment of the unclaimed, cremated remains of 30 veterans at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd, Denver CO (303) 761-0117, at Columbarium No. 1 on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 10:30am – rain or shine.  The public is invited.  There is limited seating, reserved for those unable to stand for the 30 to 40 minute ceremony.  Close-in parking is limited, but a circulating shuttle will pick up at shelters A, B and C as well as the visitor’s center. (Cemetery Map). Continue reading VVA #1071 – Come Show Respect

Re-Dedication of a Lakewood Memorial

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Re-Dedication of WWII Memorial, Lakewood High School, 9700 W. 8th Ave., Lakewood CO

“LEST WE FORGET, THOSE OF LAKEWOOD SCHOOLS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN WORLD WAR II:     Rags  (Radcliffe) Addenbrooke, Ray Junior Brannaman, John B. Bray, Dale Broman, D. Eugene Cline, John A. Dorak, Herman William Gerke, James B. Jellison Jr., Danny E. Johnson, Kenneth Mayberry, Robert M. Molholm, James D. Smith.”

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