Barbara Rodgick Agent Orange etc

June 19, 2018 - 19:00

Barbara Rodgick: Born in Detroit, Michigan. Raised in the California Mohave desert on a navy base - China Lake. Graduated from UC San Diego (Revelle College) with a degree in molecular biology and a teaching credential. Worked for the US Treasury Department for 27 years. Met Bill in Washington DC. Married and lived in Seattle Washington until 7/2016. Moved to Vegas 7/26.
Her 27-year marriage to Bill Meehan ended when he died from his exposure to Agent Orange. Her husband joined the Army in 1962 and was honorably discharged in 1966. In March 2015, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and he died 15 months later at age 72. She’s made it her mission to try to teach others about the benefits available to veterans, widows and dependents, both from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the state. She has a website called Stand Up for Bill. “This is how I try to make sense of my husband’s death, my way of honoring him,” Rodgick said. My goal is to increase awareness among vets and their spouses and among the civilian health care professionals who treat them. I am a Nevada Veteran Advocate (NVA). I attend a weekly veterans’ support group, Vets Helping Vets Support Group (VHVSG.com) to support other vets who are struggling to get their benefits. I want to share my experiences with other veteran groups as well as individual veterans and their spouses. I have already started writing letters to organizations that can help me spread the word. I know there are veterans out there who are getting treatment for some very serious conditions who have no idea that the VA is ready and willing to help them.

Please Note: This meeting is being held on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month due to the Primary Election for Nevada being held on the usual 2nd Tuesday of the Month.

Tom Murphy; His grandfather Lt. D.E. White flew the last bombing mission of WW1.

October 9, 2018 - 19:00

Night Bombers of WWI

World War One was called “The War to End All Wars. By May of 1918, over 30 million combatants had been killed or wounded. Towards midsummer more than 8,000 military aircraft were in action along the Western Front. However, the rapid attrition in aircraft and pilots caused the Allies to turn to night bombing.
The 100 Squadron was the pioneer night bombing squadron in France from March 1917 to end of war in 1918. It was comprised of pilots from France, England and America. The Handley Page O/400 was the mainstay of the Allied bomber fleet. It was a twin engine heavy biplane bomber, nicknamed “The Bloody Paralyzer”. It had a 165 ft. wingspan and carried a 1,650 lb. bomb load of either high explosives or incendiaries. It was flown by a crew consisting of a pilot, observer/bombardier, and rear gunner – all perched out in the open. The pilot had a steering wheel similar to ones used on Ford Model T. He sat in a wicker chair on a cushion – no parachutes were provided. If the airplane was hit by enemy flack, it took all three crewmen all the way to the ground. – sometimes screaming as they burned to death. The ground forces could hear them as they dove to their deaths. These were brave men.
All flights originated in France and were flown entirely in darkness, in order to avoid the terrible antiaircraft fire from the German 88 mm guns. The plane climbed at 60 mph, cruised at 60 mph and made its bomb run at 65 mph. It had to fly straight and true during the bomb run, as any heavy maneuvering could pull the wings off the fuselage.
Most pilots were trained at Aerodrome Handley Page Stonehenge, right next to the ruins. The aircraft had rudimentary instruments, and relied on a clock, airspeed indicator, and compass to fly through weather good or bad. Ground-mounted signal lights gave the pilots an initial point (IP) for navigating.
My grandfather flew the last night bombing mission before the armistice was signed His mission commenced in the evening of 11-10-1918 on an incendiary run to the German aerodrome at Frezkartny, France. The War ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. I have my grandfathers diary plus other documents covering his time as a bomber pilot.

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Veterans Day Keynote Speaker Lt. Col. Donald C. Kauffman US Army (ret)

November 12, 2018 - 11:00

Veterans Day, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice signed in Paris November 11, 1918, by the allies ending the War to end all wars. Since that day America has fought in numerous conflicts. Vietnam was one of them. Our Veterans Day speaker for 2018 gallantly defended our nation serving 2 tours as an Army Infantry Officer and helicopter pilot in Vietnam. On this auspices day join us to hear his remarks about the honor of being a Veteran and serving our nation. Here is Don Kauffman’s military biography.

In 1966 Don was about to enter his 5th year at Arizona State University when he was drafted because of the 4 year deferment ruling.
He headed to Fort Bliss, TX for basic training. He inquired about OCS and was accepted. He attended OCS Infantry Officer training at Fort Benning, GA. From there Don attended paratrooper school at the same military post.
His next duty assignment was to the 101st Airborne as a platoon leader; from there to Vietnam in November of 1967.
He was heavily involved in the Tet offensive at Ben Hoa, RVN. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Don was then assigned to Fort Ord, CA preparing soldiers for combat. He was promoted to Captain.
He received orders to attend Rotary Wing (helicopter) school in 1970. He trained at Fort Walter, TX and completed his solo flight. Don was then assigned to Fort Rucker, AL for 5 months transitioning to the Huey helicopter. After a short assignment at Fort Carson, CO in 1971 he was again assigned to RVN. He joined the 134th Assault Aviation Group experiencing intense combat duty. The war was winding down in 1972. Don then was assigned back to Fort Carson awaiting orders to attend Infantry Officer advanced Courses at Fort Benning, GA. which was a yearlong school, 1972-1973. From there he received his BA from St. Martins University in Lacey, WA.
Don then was assigned for 3 years to the 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI. His unit was then deployed to Guam to assist Vietnamese refugees for 3 months. He returned to Schofield as a company commander which was one of the most rewarding assignments of his military career.
From there he was promoted to Major with an assignment as the professor of Military Science at Trinity University. He later attended the Command and General Staff College in 1979.
After CGSC graduation he was assigned to Fort Ord, CA, then on to Fort Bragg, NC working with senior officers from the 101st and 82nd Airborne and Special forces.
Don’s final assignment Fort Gillium, GA as Chief of Organization Effectiveness. This 4 year assignment ended his military career as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1987.
His retirement ceremony was at Fort Benning, GA at the Infantry Hall where he received his Second Lieutenant Commission 20 years and 10 months before.

DONALD KAUFFMAN US ARMY AWARDS “V”=VALOR/HEROISM

LEGION OF MERIT
BRONZE STAR W/”V” 2 AWARDS
PURPLE HEART
MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL 2 AWARDS
AIR MEDAL W/”V” 22 AWARDS
ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL W/”V” 7 AWARDS
NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL
VIETNEMESE SERVICE MEDAL
HUMANITAIAN SERVICE MEDAL
ARMY SERVICE RIBBON
OVERSEAS SERVICE RIBBON
VIETNAM CAMPAIGN MEDAL
COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE
PARACHUTIST BADGE
ARMY AVIATOR BADGE
EXPERT MARKMANSHIP BADGE….RIFLE & PISTOL
VIETNAM CROSS OF GALLANTRY WITH SILVER STAR
VIETNAM CROSS OF GALLANTRY WITH PALM
VIETNAM CIVIL ACTION MEDAL

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE OF Monday, November 12, 2018, at 11 AM

Colonel Pat Prevosto Army Nurse Corp

December 11, 2018 - 19:00

Patricia Prevosto grew up in the NYC area always wanting to be a nurse. She earned a BS Degree in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s College and later 2 Masters Degrees from Adelphi College.
In 1978 she joined the US Army Reserve as a staff nurse at the 1208th Army Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Shortly thereafter she was promoted to Head Nurse of the same facility.
She continued her career serving at numerous Army Medical Hospitals all over the United States culminating as Chief, RC Clinical Activities Forces Command, Atlanta, GA.
After 25 years of service she retired in 2004 as a full Colonel. Her decoration are numerous:
Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
In addition, she attended the US Army command and Staff College as well as the Army War College.
Please join us to hear SCA resident Pat Prevosto tell us about her impressive 26 year medical career as a senior officer in the Army Nurse Corps.

Veterans Club 10th Anniversary upcoming on SCA-TV

In 2008 the Sun City Veterans Club was granted their official charter. Since then the club has amassed many significant milestones in-line with their mission statement to support all service members, veterans and their families.
Recently SCA-TV filmed a panel discussion consisting of three past club and presidents plus our current club leader covering the the significant 10 years of your club’s history moderated by Steve McCarthy. To view the this program tune into SCA-TV starting March 26th thru April 2nd there will be a 30 minute program with many of the founding members of the Veterans Club.
Here is the link to the UTube video of the entire video to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86jTAxRPuqw&feature=youtu.be

Bill Campbell 2010, 2011 & 2012
Roger Cooper. 2013 & 2014
Art Lindberg. 2016 & 2017
Paul MacDowell 2018

2018 SCAVC Officers


From Left to Right
Paul MacDowell--------President.......Tom Bouchard--------Vice President........Roger Cooper-------Secretary........Patrick Glazier-----Treasurer

Veterans Club Color Guard

 

 The SCAVC Color Guard was organized in 1999 and marches  at club events throughout the year.

 

 

Arnie Malinger USA; George Price USN; Jerry Jones USAF; Sydney Ingram USN; Roger Cooper USA;

Phil Citron USMC; Bill O'Malley USMC

 

THE VETERANS CLUB SUPPORT AUXILIARY TEAM

At every membership meeting for the past five years our volunteer SUPPORT AUXILIARY TEAM* arrive early, to prepare the mess for our members and guests attending our meetings, and provide:
  • Various flavors of punch
  • Cookies
  • Ice cold bottled water

Thank you, team, for stepping forward!

2016's Support Auxiliary Team is currently comprised of Toni Jerauld, Debbie Glazier, Peggi Sue Wood .