This week I bring you both bad and good news.
As you may recall I had told you about Betty Hidalgo-Rabuse, our Director of Operation Mail Call.
Betty had been quite sick for just over two months with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Sadly Betty has passed away this past Saturday, June 26, 2018 leaving behind her husband James Rabuse, a Retired Army Veteran, Her two daughters and her grandson.
James has been struggling to reach the funds goal to help cover Betty’s funeral & memorial expenses, and if you’re inclined to help please click on James’s name above.
This week the house unanimously passed the Blue Water Navy Bill HR 299 by a vote of 382 to ZERO!
Many congratulations to Commander John Wells, USN (Ret.) his team and all the Blue Water Navy Veterans who all participated in making this happen!
But we still need everyone’s help by calling both your Senators (numbers can be located further down in this newsletter) and politely ask them to please support HR 299. And to also take a few minutes to go to their individual websites and send a message there as well, then to either copy and paste the information or type in new information into an E-Mail and send to your entire address book asking all your friends and family to call and e-mail as well.
I’ve been preaching how to make things happen for all Veterans for a very long time now, and with the passage of HR 299 just goes to show what you can accomplish by getting involved in a particular issue and sticking with it till it happens.
Over the past few weeks I have also been talking about those who either served in the military or had made every effort to serve who had Autism or Asperger Syndrome and how we have merged forces with AFOA (Autistic Farmers of America) and LT Bobby Ross.
This was done to create a further bond with our Veterans, helping them to gain employment in the farming industry, be self supportive, and to locate as much information as is possible to share with everyone.
We are still collecting information on both these illnesses and as soon as we have what we feel is a good start we will publish them all on the website.
Anyone who would like more information on AFOA, please feel free to write to me and I will make sure your E-Mail gets in the hands of LT Bobby Ross.
This coming week is the 4th of July and we’d like to remind everyone, although it’s a time to rejoice in our country, have terrific BBQ’s and awesome fireworks displays, please keep in mind your animals who might not tolerate loud noises and bright flashing light, and the same would apply to those who live around you who have served and have PTSD.
On behalf of our Volunteers nationwide and myself, we wish you and your family good health!