Thursday, September 8, 2016
Just a reminder that there will be no meeting this Saturday at the Elk's Lodge. Instead, we will all meet at the Harley Davidson Building just off exit 16 at 1000 to dedicate the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. If you are participating in the flag raising and firing detail, muster time is 0915. Uniform is ceremonial.
We will have a booth set up to sponsor the League. Bring any unsold rifle/pistol tickets you may still have in your possession, so we can hopefully sell them off before the drawing that is scheduled right after the event.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
2015 Graduates at Awards Night
Please remember our Devil Pup Awards Night program on Friday evening, September 23rd. This year it will be held at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins, where Col. Toole is currently residing. We will have food catered by Brick Oven in the Multi-Purpose Room, where we will also have an award ceremony for Col. Toole as he retires from Devil Pups. Rich Linsday, President of Devil Pups, Inc. and Col. Ray Blum, Devil Pups board member, both long time friends of Col. Toole, will attend, as will Heather Ham, Devil Pups, Inc. coordinator. We are looking forward to honoring our seven new graduates and celebrating Col. Toole’s nearly 40 years of volunteer service to the Devil Pup program.
Doors open at 6:00, food at 6:30, program to begin at 7:00. Please be aware that Col. Toole has had a couple small strokes and is suffering from dementia. He may be overwhelmed by this evening - one that he’s poured his heart and soul into for so many years.
Please send me an e-mail if you plan to attend, letting me know how many will be in your party. I want to make sure you don’t leave hungry. Thanks to all of you - let me know if you have questions.
SoUtah Devil Pup Coordinator
dtoole (at) sunrivertoday (dot) com (you know how to correct this)
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
This past weekend I attended a reunion of the squadron I first served with in Vietnam during March ‘66 until April ’67, fifty years ago. What a great experience! The squadron was VMO-6 based at Ky Ha just a few miles from Chu Lai in Southern I Corps. For those of you who were in that area, our call sign was KLONDIKE. We flew the UH-1E gunship escorting troop transport helos, medevacs and providing close air support for troops in contact. Of all the flying I did over thirty years, that tour was the most rewarding. We saved a lot of lives and we took out a lot of the enemy.
About a third of the original squadron attended the reunion, both officer and enlisted. We talked and laughed a lot, sharing stories, telling jokes, remembering different missions and remembering our fallen comrades. More than a few tears were shed. We were all reminded of what a special relationship we shared during that combat tour. We were special; we were Marines. Today, I see similarities in our Detachment. Although we are not being tested as my unit was in combat, we have all faced similar tests in our military service and life after leaving the Corps. Our Marine heritage serves us well now. We all know the value of service together to accomplish the mission.
On September 10 we will render honors at the dedication of the new Vietnam Veterans Monument in Hurricane. I encourage all hands to fall out for that event, especially Vietnam vets. Later that day we will announce the winners of the rifle and pistol drawings. We have sold almost all of the tickets. Thanks to all who helped with this successful fundraiser. We have a few tickets left if you missed out.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Please click on the flyer for information on Medical Care for Veterans. Thanks to Steve Ikuta for this posting.VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM FLYER
Friday, August 12, 2016
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
A while back, Bill was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, and on July 18th a memory care room came available from the waiting list for the Southern Utah Veterans Home. He is now cared for at SUVH in Room 401. His cell phone, which might not always be on, is 925-216-8964.
My cell phone is 925-216-8741. Just be aware that the cell phone coverage is spotty out there near the SUVH. Bill has a southern exposure room, so our coverage is a little better. He looks out over the construction site for the new medical center that is being built next to SUVH.
This was an extremely emotional and difficult transition for me, but once again my Marine is protecting me, helping to make the decision to enter the nursing home when he realized I was struggling with his round-the-clock care. I hate the separations in the evenings, but we're adjusting. Other than a couple of really bad days after the prescription of a medication that didn't agree with him, it has been a transition that we both knew was necessary. Our children are so supportive, flying out to visit and assist, plus purchasing a new HP ProBook for me to use while at SUVH to keep up with our blogs and release some tension with genealogy when I can.
Bill is treated so well there. They know his part in the formation of the SUVH in Ivins and have bent over backwards to assist. I believe they do so for everyone, but we are blessed by their kind care.
And here is the staff welcoming him to SUVH on July 18th.
Late morning, mid-afternoon visitors welcome. Thank you for your interest - and prayers for both of us during our transition.
Donna and Bill Toole