"Veterans Helping Veterans"

(Up Dates June 13, 2006)  FOLLOWING IS A GREAT
Cherie and John Donaghue at NAMB18@aol.com WRITE:
Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know that
there is a wonderful group of people that I work with
who have relentlessly worked within our group for years
helping others out at Christmas time.  We call the project
Santa's Sleigh.  We gather funds through various means
throughout the year and buy Christmas for needy
families at the holidays.  The last two years, we have
been given names of needy veterans.  It is very heart
warming to see that when the names/lists of wants and
needs are released, the veterans are adopted FAST.  If
you want to sponsor one, you have to get your name in
early!!  John and I have completed our shopping for our
veteran this year and I am getting ready to wrap our
gifts.  If there is anyone who would like to include a
message to him in our gift, I would be happy to do that.  
Our email is NAMB18@AOL.COM.  We do not get much
info except that he is definitely a veteran and needs
assistance.  I would also like to challenge all Mustangs to
contact the vet centers in your area and see if there is
anyone in your area who needs you this holiday season.  
To all Mustangs and families, we wish you a blessed
season of giving.  Because that is what our active
military is doing for us.  Let's not let them down at this
time of year when they so desperately would love to be
at home!

A Noble and compassionate cause.
Well done. JM6
Submitted by Perry Tillman, A Co, 65

"The POW MIA Remembrance Ceremony"

As you enter the banquet hall you may notice a small
table in a place of honor. It is set for one. This table
is our way of symbolizing the fact that members of
our profession of arms are missing from our midst.
They are commonly called POWs or MIAs, we call
them "Brothers." They are unable to be with us this
evening and so we remember them.

This Table, set for one is small -- Symbolizing the
frailty of  one prisoner alone against his oppressors.

The Tablecloth is white -- Symbolizing the purity of
their intentions to respond to their country's call to
arms. Remember!

The single Red Rose displayed in a vase reminds us
of the families and loved ones of our
comrades-in-arms who keep the faith awaiting their
return. Remember!

The Red Ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is
reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel
and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their
unyielding determination to demand a proper
accounting of our missing. Remember!

The Candle, the candle is lit -- Symbolizing the
upward reach of their unconquerable spirit.

A Slice of Lemon is on the bread plate to remind us
of their bitter fate. Remember!

There is Salt upon the bread plate -- Symbolic of the
families tears as they wait. Remember!

The Glass is inverted -- They cannot toast with us
this night. Remember!

The Chair -- The chair is empty. They are not here.

All of you who served with them and called them
comrades, who depended upon their might and aid,
and relied upon them, for surely, they have not
forsaken you. Remember! Remember!

Until the day they come home, Remember!

1. A small, round bistro table
2. White tablecloth
3. Single place setting, preferably all white
4. Wine glass - inverted
5. Salt shaker
6. Slice of lemon on bread plate with a pile of
spilled salt
7. Small bud vase with a single stem red rose
8. RED ribbon tied around the vase
9. Candle - lit
10. Empty chair
DD 214's Online:
FYI. The National Personnel Records Center has
provided the following website for veterans to access
their DD-214 online:

The National Personnel Records Center is working to
make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet
access to obtain copies of documents from their military

Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former
military members may now use a new online military
personnel records system to request documents. Other
individuals with a need for documents must still complete
the Standard Form 180 which can be downloaded from
the online web site. The new web-based application was
designed to provide better service on these requests by
eliminating the records center's mailroom processing

Also, because the requester will be asked to supply all
information essential for NPRC to process the request,
delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask
veterans for additional information will be minimized.
Veterans and next of kin may access this application at
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