OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF
TRI-COUNTY COUNCIL VIETNAM
PO Box 11100, Albany, NY 12211 Office: 142 Catherine St., Albany, NY 12202
Contact us: 1) USPS mail 2) Web @ www.TCCVEV.com 3) Fax
2014 OFFICERS UPCOMING
EVENTS - NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014
PRESIDENT (Albany County Honor A V’s location, varies - American Legion
Posts: Joseph E. Zaloga and N Albany, ETC.)
JOE POLLICINO (Rensselaer County’s Honor A Vet is on the 3rd Fl-Rear; in the
County Office Bldg (DMV), at 1600 Seventh Ave.)
VICE PRESIDENT 11/3 Monday - Albany’s HAV - John J. Kowalski - Army - Cpl - WWII @
Zaloga Post = 8:30 AM
ROBERT ALLYN 11/4
Tuesday - TCCVEV’s General
Meeting @ Zaloga Post = 7 PM. Also, Election - go & Vote, it’s
11/5 Wednesday - @ Shaker HS, at 7 PM - Vets
TREASURER 11/6 Thursday - FREE Concert at Albany’s Palace by the
RAY LINDH 11/8 Saturday - USMC Ball @ Albany’s Polish American
Center at 110 Commerce Ave - 6 PM
11/8 Saturday - 2nd Annual Benefit SUNY-A Football
game, in memory of Army Lt. Col. Todd Clark
SECRETARY 11/10 Monday - Troy’s HAV - William J. Collis - USMC
- Pfc - WWII @ Renss. Cty Ofc Bldg = 8:30 AM
GEORGE LaMORA 11/11 Tuesday - Albany’s Veterans Day Parade kicks off
at 11:11 AM; . Grand Marshall Norman Jensen, WWII
(“Invitation Only” - Gold Star Mother’s
Luncheon @N Albany American Legion Post following parade)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 11/12 Wednesday - Capt. Wm. D. O’Brien’s General Meeting @
Zaloga Post = 7:30 PM.
DON AMOROSI 11/18 Tuesday - TCCVEV’s Board Meeting @ Catherine Street
Office = 7 PM
JERRY D’AMELIA 11/27 Thursday - THANKSGIVING DAY
ADRIENNE DANIELS 11/29 Saturday - Proctor’s in Schenectady - Fundraiser
for TCCVEV = 7 PM
BILL DAY 12/1 Monday - Albany’s HAV - Henry G. Zimmer, Sr. - Army - WWII @
Zaloga Post = 8:30 AM
CHARLES JOHNSON 12/2 Tuesday - TCCVEV’s General Meeting @ Zaloga Post =
TOMMY MARINELLO 12/7 Sunday - Pearl Harbor Event = TBA; tentatively
scheduled for the morning; ck the newspapers or TV
Rev. CHARLENE ROBBINS, GSM 12/10 Wednesday - Capt. Wm. D. O’Brien’s General Meeting @
Zaloga Post = 7:30 PM.
HENRY ROSENZWEIG 12/16 Tuesday - TCCVEV’s Board Meeting @ Catherine Street
Office = 7 PM --- Tentatively scheduled - TBA
BURT THORNE 12/25 Thursday - Merry Blessed Christmas.
TOM TRACY 12/31 Thursday - New Year’s Eve
AGENT ORANGE MEMBERSHIP NEWS
BOB ALLYN At the present time, 97
members are paid for 2014 and LIFE Membership is up to 135. While,
LIFE Membership is up; we are 28 below our members paid, at this time last year
only, 27 members have paid their 2014 dues since February 2014.…and the year is quickly coming to
an end. So, this would be a good time to take care of the dues.
CIA Please check your address label on
this newsletter. If the number, after your name;
JOE POLLICINO starts with
a number, less than 14, you are NOT paid for 2014 (example: #13-2356
OR #08-1094). The prefix number indicates
the last year that you paid your dues. If, COLOR GUARD you
are not sure of your “DUES” status; and receive the newsletter by e-mail - GEORGE LaMORA please contact Jerry D’Amelia
at his e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org and your status
will be verified. HELP
Tri-County, stay strong and reach our goal of 140 EDUCATION paid members
MIKE PLONKA To JOIN, the application is found on the last page; GIVE
one, to a friend - they WILL enjoy
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50-50 (HAV) Honor-A-Vet’s
Applications are available, either County; call &/or
Rev CHARLENE ROBBINS,GSM Veteran Affairs Director =
(518) 447-7710 and Lonnie (@ Rensselaer County
Vets Affairs office) LWarrington@rensco.com (518) 270-2760
Quote of the Day: “…..We FEW,
we HAPPY few, we BAND of BROTHERS! ”
WEBSITE: BOB KRAFT any questions or problems that
require an answer in the world of computers - email him at: BobKraft_Albany@yahoo.com
JERRY D’AMELIA We have the capability of paying for our dues & for the TCCVEV coins-on Line! Also, updating email
adds. or any issues or PC concerns.
PLEASE REMEMBER ME
TOM REGAN SIXTIES ROCK EXPERIENCE……RETURNS TO PROCTORS
GENE LOPARCO Celebrate the
50th Anniversary of the BRITISH INVASION
POW*MIA It’s a
FUNDRAISER for TCCVEV and we have a block of 250 tickets, center.
DON AMOROSI We receive $15
on every $35 ticket sold by Jack Clancy (518) 235-4254
and Al Diacetis
(518) 466 - 8771 - will have the tickets. Bring your friends!
SPOOKY It was
fun and a blast, last year. Go out for dinner, prior to the show.
GENE LOPARCO AGAIN, it’s a
major FUNDRAISER for us & the $ will help the needy vets &
JERRY D’AMELIA their families.
Besides, helping with the cost of finishing the final payments
of our Albany Vietnam Veterans Memorial,
that was Rededicated on 9/13.
VETTRAK Gary Weinlein,
Producer/Director/“PR Guy” & Jack’s very good friend;
BURT THORNE organized this
show and will assist TCCVEV in selling merchandise. He and
Proctors, are very proud to having proceeds
go to our projects.
So, let’s do our
part and make this evening a successful event.
Remember, when you buy the tickets - GO to
Jack & Al…..not, other sources because that is the only way that TCCVEV will receive $15.
The the British Legends, Mick
Jagger, Van Morrison, Lulu, Joe Cocker, The Zombies, The Moody Blues, Dusty
Springfield and America‘s Legends - Felix Cavaliere, Linda Ronstadt, The
Turtles, Mama Cass Elliot, Santana, Grace Slick & Jim Morrison.
Albany Vietnam Veterans Memorial Re-Dedication, on September 20th, came off
great. Our Gold Star Families came out in force to make this eventful day
complete & we had a perfect day. Weather was terrific & the 400 plus;who
attended the ceremony and celebration, had so many grateful & positive
remarks, for all of the great work.
the great committee we have, to all the generous benefactors; to many who provided “in-kind” service,
to our elected officials, who gave their support & to all the Albany
Vietnam Veterans Memorial supporters who
GAVE, for making this “Monumental” renovation project…..a very
On September 25th, TCCVEV was honored, to provide a Color Guard, for
the 118th NYS Conference for
the Daughters of the American Revolution; this was the 1st event, AFTER the
rededication event. They chose to have their
ceremony & photo opportunity at the newly renovated Albany Vietnam Veterans
Memorial. Again, this was a perfect day to provide Colors for this important society of grateful women.
this event will mark the first of many, by taking advantage of this beautiful
Memorial. Also, as a venue in the City of Albany for future tourist, to honor
the sacrifice of the 77 souls, who made the “Supreme Sacrifice” and who are
etched in bronze, in Lafayette Park, Albany, NY. This isn’t for only Albany
County but it’s for “ALL to see”.
speaking, I am glad that Albany’s Mayor Kathy Sheehan has experienced these
events; and to see this patriotism, comradeship and brotherhood throughout the
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Rev. Charlene Robbins GSM Veteran’s
Day is approaching, and for a moment in time, Americans will draw in a deep
breath and feel pride for our men and women in service. Men and women, who have set their lives
aside, to protect and preserve a way of life that STILL offers unlimited
possibilities for their children and future generations.
happens when the parades are over, the last news segments appear on television
and the public returns to
their mundane routines? In the past,
perhaps, with the crunch of the holiday season fast approaching, thoughts focus
on gifts, banquet feasts at family gatherings and the roar of the crowds at the
champion football games. And yet, today,
we are hearing an additional roar…the call, not to arms, but to service FOR our
veterans. Communities, one after
another, are setting up organizations to help our veterans, past and present,
to return to their lives in as normal a way as possible--promoting an
atmosphere of wholeness in body, mind and spirit.
Albany area, a project called Soldier On, was presented and ground was broken
two years ago, to rehab the county nursing home into a universal center, which
will provide these services to our veterans.
Not in competition with the overburdened VA hospitals, but in addition
to them. A place where our heroes will
feel empowered, where their hopes can be reignited and the feeling of being
home realized. Let’s give a gift to
these men and women that will last a lifetime! Encourage your legislators to
eliminate the rhetoric and red tape and move this project forward NOW. Where would we be if our service men and
women debated for months/years when they were on the front lines? They had our backs, now let’s make sure we
have their backs.
forget that in any project of love and compassion, we are not acting alone, for
‘with God, all things are possible’.
God bless our veterans. God bless
abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.’ Corinthians 13:13
truly, I say to you, if you have faith, as a grain of mustard seed, you will
say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move, and nothing
will be impossible to you.” Matthew 17:21
PRO BONO was held on October 18th, at Albany Law. Remember
it’s a privilege to be part of a group that respect the veterans, as do, these
attorneys. NO CHARGE for those who come.
They have Senior Citizens and Special Needs groups. They really care for YOU.
Since, the WWII Veterans are being reduced, daily; the Korean War Veterans to
present day’s Veterans, are the majority that can benefit these services. So,
whenever these services are available; please, take advantage of the service by
going to Albany Law. They are a great group and they care for YOU.
Editor’s Opinion: The following, needs to be repeated: “When it comes to
volunteering for any assignment; the “Doubter”, NEVER does. It’s those, who
have respect in what they believe is fair & worthy. When, it comes to the
Albany Vietnam Veterans Memorial; I’ve witnessed MANY who “heard the call”. I
wasn’t one, even though many
feel that by me taking photos of ALL who ARE working; I’m
preserving TCCVEV’s “History of Events”. I thank those who believe that thought
& I AM proud to serve our country, in the past and NOW, taking part, in
truly, a beautiful and respected project. One that will be remembered, long
after we’re gone. Those who made the supreme sacrifice are NEVER FORGOTTEN;
which, is the main thought. So, thanks to YOU that have worked many hours….we
know who you are and you know it’s gratifying to be part of the
big picture. I’m proud to be part of this group.
Remember the Veteran. NEVER take for granted, “FREEDOM”; because, it’s
NEVER free. Many made the supreme sacrifice for this statement. Always, let’s
remember them; especially, this coming Veterans Day.
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Please Remember Me - Trustco Bank, honored & presented a
plaque with a $1,000 check to Tom Regan. He was one of four, to be inducted in
the bank’s “Hall of Fame”, on Fri., Oct. 17th. Also, for Albany’s Veterans Day
Parade; we’ll need 120 volunteers to carry the flags. Remember, we’re honoring
over 1,200 men & women; since, WWII, who made the supreme sacrifice for our
freedom. We’ll MEET at 10am @ Central Ave & Partridge St. intersection.
Tom Regan (518)229-3182 or Gene Loparco (518)265-0242 or
email Gene: email@example.com
DUES are $15, Annually
is opened to Vietnam Era Veterans (1 May 1957
- 7 May 1975).
Also, anyone who served SINCE, 7 May 1975
OR is still serving on Active
Duty in the US Military.
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS are
NOT Required to
have Served in the Military
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& PERIOD OF SERVICE_______________________________________________________
UNIT SERVED WITH_________________________________________________________
& Type of Discharge (Include
NOTE: Complete and MAIL the above
application; along, with your DD214 & your $15 check, to:
TCCVEV, P.O. Box 11100, Albany, NY
12211.…….Remember, you may INVITE a FRIEND to join.
Note: Any questions or
comments; concerning “SPOOKY”? Email
GENE (Editor): firstname.lastname@example.org