August 3, 2021 13:57 EST

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Events

Delaware Veterans Stand Down set for Sept. 17

The 12th Annual
Delaware Veterans Stand Down
Friday, September 17

Schutte Park
10 Electric Avenue
Dover

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Opening ceremony: 9 a.m.

A Veterans Stand Down is a one-day outreach event for all veterans and their guests. It is organized, planned and carried out by a volunteer committee that plans year-round. Agencies and local service providers across the state offer critically needed assistance in one convenient location.

Services include housing, medical, dental, flu shots, behavioral health, VA eligibility assessment and benefits, haircuts, legal service, hot food, warm clothing, employment readiness assistance and camaraderie.

Due to COVID, the 2020 event was cancelled, but at the 2019 Stand Down event, 150 organizations assisted 1,500 veterans.

“This September we are expecting a large group of veterans and we rely on financial support and in-kind donations from the community. All donations are tax- deductible and checks should be made payable to ‘Delaware Veterans Stand Down, 12385 Sussex Highway, Greenwood, DE 19950,’” said Liz Ms. Byers- Jiron.

Contact Annette Fletcher at 302-577-5050, or Liz Byers Jiron at lbjnavcret@hotmail.com to request information on how to help with services or contributions.

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Vietnam Veterans of America

Dine with “Rusty Eagles” on September 22

Some 40 Vietnam Dustoff Association crewmembers who flew UH1 “Huey” medivac helicopters in Vietnam will be welcomed as brothers by Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America, during their annual reunion in Dover between September 20 – 26.

The highly-decorated aviators were part of a 10-year operation credited with saving 900,000 lives during the Vietnam War, sometimes at the cost of their own.

The four-man Dustoff crews flew day and night, in all weather, in mountains and valleys, often under fire. They had a casualty rate greater than 30 percent with 121 killed and 545 wounded, and 199 helicopters lost. Dustoff 90 and its crew are still listed as Missing In Action. Visit When I Have Your Wounded – YouTube for the Dustoff story.

Activities will include a trip to the Vietnam Wall in D.C. and to Ft. Miles in Lewes along with a guided tour of the AMC Museum at Dover AFB and visits to Dover businesses.

But the most significant events will be a September 22 dinner at Dover’s Modern Maturity Center to honor them, followed by a 10 a.m. ceremony on September 25 at Kent County Veterans Memorial Park in Dover where more than 100 bricks will be dedicated in honor of Dustoff crews, including those lost in action. The bricks will create a Walk of Honor placed under the Huey in the park.

The Vietnam Dustoff Association, aka “Rusty Eagles,” originally based in California, have traveled the nation since 2003 for their reunions. They visited Dover in 2017 and were so impressed by their reception by local, county and state organizations that they plan to make Dover their official home base this September.

“These guys are the heroes who saved my life in Vietnam,” said twice-wounded Joe Startt, Chapter 850 president, “and we are honored to embrace them again.”

A limited number of dinner tickets are available to the public at $40 on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact Woody Postle at 302-632-5284 or one9marine@gmail.com, for tickets and to order a roast beef or stuffed chicken dinner.

UH1 "Huey" at Dover Veterans Memorial Park
UH1 “Huey” at Dover Veterans Memorial Park
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Events: Flag Day 6/14 & Freedom 5K 6/26

Flag Day

June 14 at 10:00 am

Millsboro Veteran Cemetery
26669 Patriots Way
Millsboro, DE 19966
302-648-3061

Freedom 5K

Saturday, June 26

New Location: Dover’s Buffalo Wild Wings

Show your support by entering to run, walk or be a silent hero by filling out the entry form below or entering on TriSportEvents website:

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Questions regarding the 5K: please contact Sherri Taylor at 302-257-3117 or Sable Vance at 302-257-3120.

Entry 21 Freedom 5K
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Easterseals Caregiver Support

Wednesday Webinars

Most people don’t realize the number of resources Easterseals has available to support caregivers. Whether you are looking for information from our Case Manager, respite funds to take a break from being a caregiver, or more education on topics that are vital to caregivers – Easterseals can provide what you need. Learn about these services and so much more from Nancy Ranalli, Director of Community Outreach at Easterseals.

Meeting ID: 935 7585 1182
Passcode: 637468

To join by phone only, dial: 1-646-876-9923

Soldiers and Airmen, along with their Families, are invited to join in one or all of these Wednesday Webinars. Topics are meant to introduce you to benefits and services available to our military families. Topics and discussion will be most relevant to our National Guard and Reservists.

No registration necessary – just call/logon!

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If you agree with our mission of addressing issues that affect all of Delaware's veterans, please consider making a donation to our non-profit organization, Delaware Veterans Coalition. Any amount will be appreciated.