Nov 26 2013
MOAA chapter members across the country often spend their prime years serving their country, and they spend their retirement honoring others who have served.
The MOAA Sandhills Chapter honored veterans at a ceremony November 11, with Maj. Gen. Sidney Shachnow, USA (Ret) speaking about the sacrifices made by servicemembers that have gone unnoticed, including female servicememembers and Vietnam veterans.
He also called attention to the increasing number of soldiers who survive combat injuries and face a difficult time when they return home.
“There is a hidden cost to war,” he said referring to long-term medical care. “We can’t shirk our responsibilities. We must not forget surviving families.”
Read the full story on Maj. Gen. Shachnow and his powerful words to attendees at the MOAA Sandhills Veterans Day Ceremony at thepilot.com.
The High Country MOAA chapter also honored their local veterans, with performers singing patriotic songs, a presentation of the colors by the Marine Corps JROTC program at Watauga High School, and even an award of the Order of Saint Maurice medallion to a deserving infantryman, Lt. Col. Ron Branch (Ret).
Read more about this event in the Watauga Democrat – the largest crowd for this event was in attendance this year!
And MOAA member Bert Lawson from the Georgia Mountain Chapter was honored for his service and sacrifice in the Vietnam War at a local event in Georgia, followed by a parade. Of his own service, Lawson said:
“Vietnam was a tough part of American history. Whether we agreed or not, we did what we were ordered to do,” he said. “But the real heroes are the ones that didn’t make it home.
Read more about Bert Lawson in the Dawson News online.
And to join this distinguished pack of veterans in your community, celebrating and honoring your fellow servicemembers, find and join a local MOAA chapter near you!
The Goodfellow Joint Service Color Guard leads the Veterans’ Day Parade in San Angelo, Nov. 10. They were followed by units from Goodfellow and various other groups and organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Joshua Edwards via DVIDS.)