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Pu'uhonua Aloha Koa - Oahu Veterans ... Pu'uhonua Aloha Koa Oahu Veterans Center Bimonthly Newsletter
Pu'uhonua Aloha Koa - Oahu Veterans ... Pu'uhonua Aloha Koa Oahu Veterans Center Bimonthly Newsletter
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  • Pu'uhonua Aloha Koa Oahu Veterans Center Bimonthly Newsletter

    January-February 2013

    Wounded Warrior Softball The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) was in Oahu. From January 7th to the 11th, WWAST put on quite a show, demonstrating that the loss of a limb, or two, doesn't mean that fun and games have to end! With a 3-2 record, the WWAST gave the softball teams of Hawaii a run for their money.

    While these men were not on the field, they were among the community. Meeting with veterans and their families, visiting with children who were dealing with

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    1 Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team in Oahu

    1 ove Grant Proposal

    2 VIP Veterans

    2 Veterans of Foreign Wars

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    Hello 2013! Holiday festivities have come and gone. Presents have been opened, turkeys have been carved and all of our waistlines are a little thicker. We've made our New Year's Resolutions and this year, we plan to see them through! Now that the madness of the season is settling, it is time to start planning for 2013.

    We are proud to announce that the grant for the final phase to complete building plans for the Oahu Veteran Center (OVC) is underway. The grant proposal was submitted to the Hawaii State Legislator at the end of January. The ultimate goal is to add a third large hall to the ove for gatherings, meetings and events of all kinds.

    Also, our newsletter is now titled Pu'uhonua Aloha Koa, which translates to "Gathering Place for Warriors." The Oahu Veteran Center is here to serve as a gathering place for veterans and members of the surrounding area, so remember that the next time you are looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion or want to meet with members of your community. The ove is here for youle

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    illnesses or amputations and showing respect for the fallen at the Arizona Memorial were just some of the activities the team participated in while on island.

    To show the men of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team just how appreciated they were, Oahu Veterans Canter, the Marine Corps League, the Fleet Reserve Association and the Navy League presented the team with commemorative shadow boxes, Hawaiian flags (flown on the USS Hawaii) and American flags. Mahalo to the men of the WWAST and all the individuals and groups that showed their support.e

    VIP Veterans and the Community The Veteran Improvement Program (VIP) is a group of approximately 35 active veterans and family members that gather together weekly to discuss both veteran and community betterment projects and activities. VIP members not only strive to support fellow veterans and active duty members, but also the community at large. Their objectives include reaching out to veterans to ensure basic needs are met such as the acquisition of food and shelter, along with supporting one another as fellow veterans ought to.

    The VIP's aspirations are numerous and ambitious. The wards of Tripier Army Hospital and the halls of Fisher House are supported by activities of VIP members. An arts and crafts program, to be held at the Oahu Veterans Center (OVC), has commenced for all veterans that would like to attend. VIP President, Sam Hernandez, ultimately plans to hold a large fund raising event at the OVC which is intended to include a car show, activities for keiki, food vendors, a farmer's and craft market and local performers. Such an event is anticipated to provide a bridge between military members and their civilian neighbors. Proceeds will go to support both the VIP and OVC.

    Through an essay contest, Mr. Hernandez's vision is to integrate the children of the community with the veterans and active duty military members. With an essay theme such as "The Price of Freedom," the VIP's goal is to get children actively thinking about their rights as Americans and the sacrifices made by others for such rights to still be enjoyed. The VIP has big plans for 2013 and new members are always welcome! Regardless of when and where you served,

    the VIP is always actively looking for new members. If you are interested, stop by the VA at Tripier on a Wednesday at 1130, tech room 118. The VIP meets here weekly and will be glad to see a new face. Or you can give them a call at 808.393.7476. Mahalc-

    Veterans of Foreign Wars-VFW: "No One Does More For Veterans"

    The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection formed local organizations in order to protect veteran rights and benefits. The VFW has since grown into one of the strongest veteran advocacy groups in the United States. With nearly 2 million members, the VFW and its Auxiliary annually supply more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism and over $3 million in scholarships and bonds. With impressive statistics such as these, it is no wonder the VFW has managed to be so successful over the years.

    The VFW Department of Hawaii, "works to ensure Veterans receive every entitlement available to them from their government," says VFW State Adjutant

    \ Norbert Enos. Service Officers at Tripier Army Medical Center provide free services to Veterans and their families for the filing of claims with the VA. In 2012, the VFW Hawaii Service Office assisted in the direct recovery of over $5 million otearned entitlements. While this is a great feat, Mr. Enos stresses the importance of patience. After all, claim acceptance and compensation is a process.

    In fact, the VFW is currently searching for a new Service Officer to work part time. If interested, please call 808.433.0495. If you would like to get in contact with the VFW for any reason, whether it be to receive assistance filing a claim, to make a donation, or to join this proud organization, the telephone number is 808.946.7250 and the email address is VFWhhaq@aol.com. Remember, "No One Does More for Veterans" than the VFW! e 'I

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    DETAILS 808.422.4000* * *

    Trivia: If you add the colors of all five military branches together (i.e. Navy is blue), what color do you get?

    Think you know the answer? Call the OVC at 422-4000! If not, stay tuned for our next edition of Pu'uhonua Aloha Koa!

    Flag Retirement Ceremony

    A Respectful End

    Once the American Flag has flown its final day, merely disposing of it in the trash is not acceptable. Worn and damaged flags are to be honorably burned and the ashes buried. For some, this may seem a daunting task. Fortunately, the Oahu Veteran Center, along with various local groups such as the Marines and Scouts, are here to assist community members with disposing of flags in need of retirement. Hundreds of flags are retired annually in this fashion, so if you have a flag in need of replacement, contact the Oahu Veteran Center. We will gladly assist individuals with proper and respectful flag retirement. Accommodations can also be made for flag pickup. Please contact us at 808.422.4000.

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