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Greetings DJF Community Network!

Our next DJF Community Network NORTH quarterly meeting is fast-approaching.
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Our focus topic this month is “SUICIDE PREVENTION”.  

I hope that with the given topic and some pre-planning, we can expand the reach and activities to support Suicide Prevention Month in September! Come listen, learn, and see what you can do to raise awareness.

THU, AUG 17 • 0830 HOURS

Biden National Guard/Reserve Center
250 Airport Road, New Castle, DE 19720

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Thanks for all you do to support our service members, veterans, and families.

For security purposes, PLEASE RSVP BY EMAIL, if you will attend.

Welcome to Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. Rally Week 2017!
This week kicks off the two-month final push to the nation-wide Sound the Alarm campaign.

What is Sound the Alarm?

The entire American Red Cross will be installing over 100,000 FREE smoke alarms across the country at 370 events in 110 cities using the strength of over 1800 volunteers between September 23rd and October 14th.  Gail McGovern will be installing the 1,000,000th smoke alarm during the 3 week period.   In addition, the event provides the opportunity to raise $5.2M, including $1.9M of new donor dollars, and an opportunity to encourage new volunteers to join the Red Cross.

In the Greater Chesapeake Region, we will be holding two events to install a total of 1500 alarms:

  • September 30th    Dover, DE   9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  and   12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • October 14th          Glen Burnie, MD   9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for each and every one of you across the region to participate as One-Red-Cross.  This will truly be a region-wide, team effort:

Sound the Alarm Rally Kick-off!

  • Decorate your door or workspace to rally around Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.  There will be a prize for the best decorated workspace. Send your photos to Jen Singer by COB Thursday!
  • Take selfies with the Sound the Alarm selfie banner!  Each Chapter has a banner (Delmarva has one for Northern and one for Southern Peninsula). Send your selfie pics to Lenore.koors@redcross.org

POC for questions:
Ivy Walker , Regional Coordinator of Service to the Armed Forces
(410) 624 2055 (o)

Kim Petters, founder of Women’s Veterans Collective

Kim Petters, founder of Women’s Veterans Collective

Kim Petters, founder of Women’s Veterans Collective, will serve as guest speaker at the Delaware Veterans Coalition meeting on Monday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at FOP Lodge #3, 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover.

Ms. Petters served in the U.S. Air Force between 2002-12 in medical administration and public health and served a tour in Kuwait. She holds a BA Degree in Early Childhood Education, AA in Allied Health, AA in Public Health and AA in Liberal Arts.

The Women Veterans Collective was created by four female veterans to create a community network and serve as advocates for female veterans.

They addresses issues like the lack of women health providers at some VA facilities, a growing suicide rate, homelessness that is outpacing their male counterparts, and the number of women discharged related to PTSD.

She is also an advocate for cannabis as the safest and most effective treatment available for PTSD and has lobbied with locate grassroots advocate organizations to end prohibition.

“WVC accepts all women veterans regardless of their reason for discharge. If they served, they’re welcome,” said Ms. Petters. Originally from Connecticut her family, including four children between 5 and 11, moved to Magnolia for good schools and lower taxes. Her family also has relatives in southern New Jersey.

The Delaware Veterans Coalition, founded in May 2011, is a non-partisan, non-profit, pro-bono lobbying organization that represents issues affecting Delaware veterans of all generations. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every other month beginning in January. Membership is open to all honorably-discharged veterans living in Delaware.

Veterans who are non-members may attend a meeting as a guest. Visit www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com or call 302-736-8500 for more information.

Joe Start, Vietnam Veteran

Joe Startt Jr, in front of a Dustoff Huey helicopter bearing the 45th Medical Company patch similar to the one that saved his life in Vietnam. Photo by Dave Skocik.

“That others may live,” was the slogan of the UH-1 Dustoff helicopter crews who flew into firefights to rescue the wounded in Vietnam. That slogan and heroism has been passed down to today’s medical evacuation crews who serve in harm’s way across the globe.

The Vietnam Dustoff Association is coming to Dover for their September 21-23 national convention. They will hosted by Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America.

They have special meaning to Joe Startt Jr., Chapter 850 president, who will never forget his own lifesaving ride after being wounded in Vietnam in 1969.

“I remember being told to hold on, help was on the way. In less than 15 minutes the ‘whop, whop, whop’ was like an angel’s voice telling me I’d survive. The UH-1 Huey on display at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park serves as an ongoing reminder of their heroism,” he said.

Paul Davis, vice president of Chapter 850, worked for two years with the federal government and even the White House to secure the helicopter. That was followed by a road trip caravan to Florida by Joe Startt and other members of the chapter to pick it up with the help of a trucking company sympathetic to veterans.
One of the highlights will be a Friday, September 22, 7 p.m., dinner hosted by the chapter at the Modern Maturity Center and followed by several events the next day.

Saturday’s agenda will include a special 10 a.m. ceremony at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park on S. Little Creek Road in Dover where crew members will be honored, followed by lunch at the Dover AFB dining facility where the Dustoff crews with be greeted by representatives of the 436th Airlift wing and some of today’s airmen. A special tour of the AMC Museum will follow.

“These men, several thousand of whom paid the ultimate price saving lives in Vietnam,” are our brothers who traded their tomorrow for our today,” said Mr. Startt. “We will always honor and revere them.”
The $35 plated dinner will be open to the public on a first-come first-served basis. The cutoff date is September 15. “Sponsorships are also available to help with the costs of honoring these heroes,” said Paul Davis, VVA State Council president. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call 302-697-8384 or email pauldavis5322@comcast.net.

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