1ST PLACE – $10,000
Gerald K. Dalrymple
2nd PLACE – $2,500
Raymond A. Pilz
3rd PLACE – $1,000
Union City, PA
4th PLACE – $500
Charles Deitz, Jr.
5th PLACE – $250
Frederick M. Strassner
6th PLACE – $250
Lewis Kocher, Jr.
7th PLACE – $250
8th PLACE – $250 + $250 for being at convention
9th PLACE – $100
Abraham L. Duncan
10th PLACE – $100
Clyde L. Young
2014 SWEEPSTAKE WINNERS]]>
Founded in 1836, Carson Long Military Academy is the nation’s oldest boarding school to provide military training. Our college and career preparatory curriculum prepares young men of character and quality for college, military service, gainful employment, and service to their communities.
Enrolling boys in grades 6-12, Carson Long provides a safe, supervised campus environment; small classes that allow for individualized instruction; and a variety of academic enrichment opportunities, leadership activities, and educational and recreational programs.
Carson Long was first established as Bloomfield Academy in 1836. It was incorporated as a federally tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization in 1920, and has been a continually accredited member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools since 1929.
Carson Long is a member of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. Carson Long Military Academy is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees.
Since 1836, Carson Long Military Academy has been providing a high quality education to young people around the world. Our goal is to teach each cadet to “choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong” so all can become globally responsible citizens.]]>
During the recent Spring Meetings in Indianapolis, The American Legion’s National Executive Committee approved an alliance with the Founding Fathers Brewing Co., a new U.S.-owned company that brews premium lagers. Founding Fathers will support American military families with half of net royalties from sales through American Legion posts.
“We are delighted to announce that effective immediately, Founding Fathers will donate 50 percent of our net royalties to The American Legion for beer sold through American Legion posts,” said Phil Knutsen, founder and CEO of Founding Fathers. “This will support the tremendously important work of the organization as they assist our military heroes and their families.”
“This new alliance will provide significant benefit to a variety of programs on national, state and local levels,” National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said. “We are proud that Founding Fathers has dedicated a significant portion of their royalties to assist veterans and their families. This additional revenue will allow The American Legion to continue to provide necessary support to our nation’s greatest asset – our veterans.”
According to Knutsen, the Founding Fathers Brewing Co. will become a national brand by early 2015. The brewery produces a high-quality premium American lager that is targeted to the domestic premium beer-drinking market and is available in Light, Pale and Amber varieties.
- See more at: http://www.legion.org/troops/222496/legion-founding-fathers-brewing-co-teaming#sthash.CmfsXqpi.dpuf
The Founding Fathers brand represents a commitment to the values and ideals that keep America strong!”
President Abraham Lincoln challenged Americans to “care for him who…have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.” Now VA volunteers take Lincoln’s promise to the bedside of Veterans during their final hours.
As part of the recently-launched No Veteran Dies Alone (NVDA) program at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, volunteers give Veterans “the most precious gift,” according to VAPHS Chaplain Alan Morris – the gift of their presence.
“No Veteran Dies Alone is about being there when what a Veteran needs most is a relationship, because at the end that’s all that matters,” said Morris.
Volunteers can speak, read or hold the hand of a Veteran to comfort them. They are on call to come in when needed and often stay longer than required – because they want to.
Susan Rogers, of O’Hara, and George Coppola, of Collier, are two of the volunteers to graduate from the first class of NVDA training in August. Since then, they have each sat vigil with two dying Veterans.
“When you’re in a room with a Veteran, it’s very calming for both of you,” said Coppola. “You really get a sense of being with him or her.”
Coppola, a Vietnam Veteran, has had extensive hospice experience with his mother and other loved ones. He has also known other Veterans who died alone and wants to prevent that from happening to anyone else.
Rogers’ father, a 92-year-old World War II Veteran, lives in Ft. Wayne, Ind. She knows that if she cannot be at his bedside when his final hours arrive, she would like somebody to be there with him.
“I can serve others in the way I hope he is comforted at the end of his life,” Rogers said.
Dr. Sandra Blakowski, chief of hospice and palliative care, explains that just the touch of another human being is enough to bring great comfort to dying Veterans. “You don’t need to be the smartest person in the world or have great talent,” she said. “You just need to be a human being.”
Rogers said that VA hospice staff often thank NVDA volunteers for providing the end-of-life companionship that they sometimes can’t due to time and workload constraints.
“The hospice staff show so much compassion and care for these Veterans,” Rogers said. “It’s good to be a part of a team that makes the last hours of Veterans so comfortable and dignified.”
Coppola recalls providing comfort to one Veteran whom only a fellow soldier could fully understand.
“I told him he had done a good job with his family, and it was time for this old soldier to go home,” said Coppola. “I asked him if he heard me, and he squeezed my hand.”
NVDA volunteers must become registered VA Pittsburgh volunteers and train in the hospice or palliative care functions before receiving additional NVDA training. For more information, contact Maria Gibb at 412-822-3084 or email@example.com.
We are looking first and foremost for a UH-1 “slick” project to restore and fly. So far, we’ve encountered very few potential projects period. Some are aircraft that sadly, will not fly again due to missing data tags or a complete lack of records. Verifying the Vietnam status of the aircraft is sometimes difficult also. Prices for those that have a potential to fly again range from $200,000 to $800,000. libertywarbirds.com
It’s more than a beautiful tune with a 1940′s flavor. It’s the completion of a young man’s dream from seven decades ago.
“The minute I saw it, my musical mind said: ‘Boy! This is a song with a lot of potential, both in terms of very meaningful lyrics and the implied harmonies,” said DR. Truman Bullard, Professor Emeritus of Music, Dickinson College.
That’s why music professor Truman Bullard accepted Jane E’del’s challenge: Finish and arrange a love song to her mother, begun by her late father while a prisoner of war in Germany.
“At one point,” said Jane E’Del, ” I know my father said to me: ‘I wish I could hear some of the things that I wrote when I was in prison camp.”
Using lyrics scribbled by her dad on scraps of paper, and notes from a worn music sheet, Dr. Bullard brought to life a song that Lt. Ralph E’del wrote from his heart in 1943.
“I gave it quite a bit of time, said Bullard, ” flushing out the harmonies and thinking of ways in which we could make it sound the way he probably heard it, sitting in that POW camp.”
Ralph E’del a was a self-taught piano player who learned to write music during his 19 months of captivity. After his death in 1984, the completed work was recorded by Dr. Bullard and Jane for her mom’s 80th birthday. Jane sang for the session, but admits to being much more comfortable as principal french horn player with the Central Pennsylvania Symphony. And, Jane’s musical tribute to her dad expanded recently when Dr. Bullard arranged a full symphony version of the song, again with Jane providing the vocal.]]>
A place of hope, community and healing.
The Fisher House at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is located on the University Drive campus, just steps away from one of the largest, most comprehensive VA medical centers in the country.
This 10-bedroom “home away from home” provides a place for visiting families to stay, free of charge, while their loved ones receive inpatient medical care at the nearby VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
The Pittsburgh Fisher House is professionally furnished and decorated to suit the tone and style of the Pittsburgh region. It features a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with a library, and toys for children.
“Like the 57 Fisher Houses before, this house will provide a comfortable and safe haven for those families whose loved ones are being treated at VA Pittsburgh” ~ Ken Fisher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Fisher House Foundation
Construction of this Fisher House was supported by the Department of Pennsylvania American Legion; Highmark Inc.; Alcoa Foundation; Bill O’Reilly and ‘The Factor’ viewers; the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund; Masco Corporation; and Newman’s Own Foundation.
The Pennsylvania Compeer Coalition is an affiliation of the 9 Pennsylvania Compeer programs that support each other’s programs and the promotion of Compeer programming in Pennsylvania. Members of the Coalition support each other by sharing best practices and program ideas, and work together to promote Compeer throughout all regions of Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Compeer Coalition is working in partnership with the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) to promote the development of new programs in Pennsylvania. The Coalition is prepared to support potential new programs by:
Please use this website to learn more about Compeer and how the program can help consumers in your area.]]>
For the last 30 years, the Capitol Preservation Committee (CPC) has been diligently working to preserve the magnificent art, architecture, and history of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building and Complex. Our state Capitol, is a one-of-a-kind structure, designed by architect Joseph Huston and built from 1902-1906, it contains 640 rooms, priceless murals, marble, gold leaf, bronze chandeliers, carpets, and draperies.
Throughout the course of the Committee’s history, we have conducted over a hundred and twenty individual restoration projects designed to preserve the original 1906 appearance of the Capitol for all visitors. Some of the most prominent projects that the CPC has undertaken are the restoration of the Main Rotunda and dome, the conservation of Pennsylvania’s historic Civil War battle flags, and the removal and restoration of the statue Commonwealth from the Capitol dome.
Several other projects include conservation of the large Barnard statues at the Capitol’s main entrance and conservation of the Moravian Tile Floor, which sustains yearly damage from the harmful effects of winter salt. The CPC also repairs and maintains 300 historic Capitol clocks and several thousand pieces of custom-designed furniture, all designed by architect Joseph M. Huston. Additionally, the Committee is instrumental in conserving the artwork and ornate spaces of the North, Irvis, Ryan, Forum and Finance Buildings.
In large part due to the Preservation Committee’s diligent restoration work, the Pennsylvania State Capitol is widely-recognized as one of the most beautiful capitol buildings in the nation. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006, on the hundredth anniversary of its construction.
As chairman of the Capitol Preservation Committee, I invite you to browse our website, learn about the building’s history and artwork, and come to Harrisburg to visit Pennsylvania’s amazing “palace of art.”]]>
Dear Pennsylvania Veteran,
I am deeply concerned about the significant delays in medical care for thousands of veterans throughout the VA health system that is run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In light of the interim report by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating wide-spread delays in patient care throughout the VA health system, it is imperative that our veterans receive the quality care due to them based on the service and sacrifices they have made for our country.
As Governor, and having proudly served for 13 years as a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard 28th Infantry Division, I pledge to work together with our congressional delegation to ensure federal benefits and health care needs are being met for Pennsylvania’s veterans. The purpose of this website is to collect the information needed to allow the appropriate federal officials to work on solutions for you and your fellow veterans. My administration is working to ensure your concerns and experiences regarding treatment or care at VA medical facilities in Pennsylvania are shared with federal officials as investigations continue.
I am honored by your service. Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback today.
For more information on services available to Pennsylvania’s veterans, please click HERE.]]>