Saturday, June 30, 2007

CWVA Meeting Central Zone At Truman Library August 18th

The 2007 Central Region meeting will be held at the Truman Presidential Library on Saturday August 18 starting at 10:00 AM. Any CWVA and Eagles Club members are welcome to attend. Of special note will be a presentation by Frank Tims, a tour of the Library, and discussion of chapter development.

For those not able to attend I would be happy to meet in the area. I will be traveling through Illinois and Missouri stopping at the Chanute Air Musuem in Rantoul, IL as well as Fulton, MO, site of the famous Churchill speech. Please contact me with any questions.


Chris Sturdevant
Central Zone coordinator
Congressman Bart Gordon's Latest Reply:

June 11, 2007

Thank you for contacting me about the Cold War Medal Act of 2007. Hearing from you helps me better represent Middle Tennessee.

Like you, I believe in the importance of honoring those who chose to serve their country during the Cold War era. The secretive nature of the Cold War meant that many of its most pivotal figures could not
receive the recognition they were due. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, however, there is no reason to deny these patriots the honor they have earned through many years of quiet and unsung service to our

Currently, the bill has only been introduced in the Senate, where it is
working its way through the committee process. I will support its passage once the bill is forwarded for consideration by the House of Representatives.

Thank you once again for writing me. If you have any other issues you'd like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Stay in touch,
Member of Congress

Friday, June 29, 2007


(TRENTON) - Assemblymen Jack Conners and Mims Hackett, Jr., recently introduced legislation to recognize the service and enduring sacrifices of the men and women who served in the U.S. military during the Cold War era.

Under the measure (A-4366), the New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran Affairs would issue certificates of honor to Cold War veterans who are state residents or were residents on the date they commenced service with the U.S. Armed Forces. The bill covers Cold War service between September 2, 1945 and December 26, 1991.

To qualify, veterans should have been honorably discharged after completing at least 180 days of active service during the Cold War. Certificates also may be awarded to deceased veterans or military personnel missing in action during the Cold War era.

"The Cold War was a long and arduous struggle between the forces of freedom and democracy led by the United States and the forces of communism led by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.)," said Conners (D-Camden), a veteran and chairman of the Assembly Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee. "Tens of thousands of soldiers, sailors, marines and air force personnel - Cold War veterans - underwent tremendous hardship and struggle to protect the freedom and democracy we have today. This measure honors their immeasurable sacrifice and contribution."

"Scores of men and women in our armed forces paid with their lives to safeguard our democratic rights. They had a defining role in changing world history," said Hackett (D-Essex). "The Cold War, which started after World War II, resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Union, the weakening of the forces of communism and strengthening of the forces of democracy. This measure recognizes the contribution of our veterans in shaping the destiny of nations and the fate of humanity."


Assemblyman Conners(856) 461-3997

Assemblyman Hackett(973) 762-1886

Gita Bajaj (609) 292-7065

IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff talks with General Barry McCaffrey and others on MSNBC's Scarborough Country about a report by a group of Army mental health experts recommending troops get a month off for every three months on the front lines.

Pass it on to your friends!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

The CIA reveals it spied on opponents of the Vietnam war

CIA details Cold War skulduggery

The CIA reveals it spied on opponents of the Vietnam warThe CIA has made public the details of its illicit Cold-War-era activities, including spy plots, assassination attempts and experiments with drugs.

Documents declassified on its website include plans to use Mafia help to kill Cuba's Communist leader Fidel Castro.

They reveal the extent to which the CIA spied on US journalists and dissidents and on the Soviet Union.

They are part of a report commissioned by a former CIA chief in 1973 in response to the Watergate scandal.

Press reports from the period had implicated the CIA in a break-in which took place at Democratic Party offices at the Watergate Hotel.

The Daily Show IAVA Appearance

IAVA Director of Government Affairs, Todd Bowers talks with Samantha Bee about counterinsurgency. He isn't in it for long, but Todd plays a great fake serious tone for the segment. Todd served two tours in Iraq as a civil affairs sergeant with the Marine Corps and was wounded in Fallujah. Check it out and pass it on.


Legislative Update - June 25, 2007

In the FY 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the House is a provision, SEC 556 COLD WAR VICTORY MEDAL. The Senate version does not include a Cold War Medal, but S.1097 "The Cold War Medal Act of 2007" is very much alive, and our greatest need is for enough cosponsors to show that it is the will of the Senate (and yes, I did deliver all the letters to Senators while I was at the Capitol - thanks to all of you who wrote)..

Options now: 1) We ask DOD to support this medal; 2) we get COSPONSORS FOR S.1097 ASAP and make a strong push for inclusion in the NDAA, 3) try for a floor amendment during Senate debate, and 4) push for a Cold War Medal to emerge from House-Senate conference. The best insurance we can get is to get cosponsors and pledges of strong support from our senators. Each of you has to try and get your two senators to cosponsor S.1097. We have to take all of these options seriously at this time. I will handle option 1, trust me on this. Sean is getting the petition bound for presentation to SECDEF Gates' office. I have sent a message to DOD through one channel and am working on another, so I am asking all of you to work your senators NOW.

Debate on the NDAA in the Senate will likely take place in July, since the immigration bill is front and center at this time. So we have a window of perhaps 2 weeks to push for Senate action on S.1097, and demonstrate that this legislation has enough support that a Cold War Medal can emerge in the 2008 NDAA.

Regarding floor amendment, we only push for this if we have enough support. That is why cosponsors for S.1097 are so very important.

Trust me on this, I am also in communication with DOD asking them to support a Cold War Medal, but we REALLY NEED two cosponsors from EACH STATE to get this thing moving. Clinton and Collins (Democrat and Republican, respectively) are sponsors of S.1097. NOW, we need Snowe and Schumer (NY), ffice:smarttags" />Martinez and Nelson (FL), Chambliss and Isakson (GA), Inouye and Akaka (HI), Warner and Webb (VA), and ALL THE OTHER SENATORS to sign on as cosponsors of S.1097. If we can show solid support for S.1097 - or for a floor amendment in the Senate - we can win this time. The only way to get 2 senators per state is for those who live in those states to e-mail, telephone, fax, and ask, ask, ask, urge, point out how important this is, that it has been repeatedly introduced in Congress since 1997 and now is the time to show support.

Tell them the certificate is inadequate, and about to be discontinued anyway (sunsets 2008). Point out that a single day of civilian service during the Cold War earns the certificate, and the men and women who protected America in uniform deserve more than a piece of paper.

Now, many will say "I support," but we need hard support, strong support -- co sponsorship. If there are enough cosponsors for S.1097, we may be able to get a floor amendment in the Senate during debate of the NDAA - think what that will mean!!!

LET'S WORK ON COSPONSORS FOR S.1097, The Cold War Medal Act of 2007. Let's get solid support in the Senate!!!
Senator Sherrod Brown Wishy Washy on Cold War Service Medal

Dear Mr. Burden:

Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 1097, the Cold War Medal Act of 2007.

This legislation would direct the Secretary of each military branch concerned to issue Cold War service medals to those veterans who served honorably during the Cold War era (September 2, 1945 through December 26, 1991).

As a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, I believe that we must ensure our Nation s veterans receive the thanks and respect they deserve. S. 1097 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Armed Services, but should it come for a vote before the Senate I will be sure to keep your views in mind. Thank you again for contacting me.

Sherrod Brown

Steven T. Banneker Burden
Disabled Veterans International

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Thank you for writing Sen. Brown and sharing the response. If you get anymore feedback from lawmakers on this issue we are trying to put a scorecard together for the Senate especially to see who is and isn't supporting this measure. If you could post a message to your membership to contact their Senators in their home state on S 1097. I think messages from veterans and service members overseas who vote absentee maybe persuasive, look at Fla. in 2000. Thanks again.

Best Wishes,

Sean P. Eagan
Northeast Zone Director
Cold War Veterans Association
CWVA NY 716-708-6416

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

- Idaho Statesman
Edition Date: 01/22/07

Not many people can claim to have driven a truck down an icy road into the Bruneau Canyon pulling a trailer with a nuclear warhead on it. Andy Kimbrell is one of them.

Kimbrell was among those who responded to a Statesman story last week on the Cold War nuclear-missile complexes buried in the deserts of Ada and Owyhee counties in the 1960s.

When I was writing the story, I couldn't find a single one of the people who worked at the sites. Since it was published, they've been doing everything but crawling out of missile silos.

Roy Coon of Emmett helped build the Ada County site. Boisean Merlyn Knight learned computer skills on the guidance computer from one of the underground complexes. Kimbrell, also of Boise, worked at all three of the sites.

The stories they tell are of an era and mindset that now seem like science fiction.

"I've been a carpenter all my life, and that was the biggest project I ever worked on," Coon said. "It had steel and concrete doors 4 feet thick. The underground power house and other buildings were mounted on springs. They said it would survive anything but a direct nuclear hit."

Kimbrell trained for a year before being assigned to Mountain Home Air Force base as a 21-year-old warhead technician.

"I was a science-fiction fan, and it was like walking into a sci-fi novel," he said. "Everything was remotely controlled, there were TV cameras watching us, and everything was designed to survive anything short of a nuclear blast. The tunnels had flexible junctions to withstand shock. The toilets were mounted on shock-absorbing pads 4 inches thick."

Kimbrell helped mount the first nuclear warheads installed on Idaho's Titan I missiles and maintain the missiles throughout their short life. They went on line in 1961 and were deactivated in 1965, after more advanced models made them obsolete. I asked him whether working with warheads capable of eradicating cities made him nervous.

"Not really," he said. "The main thing other than making sure they went off when they were supposed to was making sure they didn't go off when they weren't. They were incredibly safe, and the work was mostly routine, repetitive procedures using checkoff lists.

"Every one once in a while, though, there were incidents that made you realize what you were working with. One was reaching into a missile to change a part and realizing that I was up to my shoulder in a nuclear weapon. Another was driving into the Bruneau Canyon on a slick road with a nuclear warhead on the trailer behind us. It made you think about how careful you had to be."

Kimbrell was stationed at Mountain Home when word came of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. "We were at lunch when a siren went off and we dropped everything and went back to work. When we got there, our old sergeant was so pale that it was the only time I saw anyone who qualified as being as white as a sheet. He said, ‘boys, this ain't no game.' "

For the next week, the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war and Kimbrell worked 12-hour shifts. When the Titan sites were deactivated, their equipment was returned to the Air Force or sold as scrap or surplus. One of the guidance computers ended up in Nampa at Northwest Nazarene College, now Northwest Nazarene University. Knight was among the student beneficiaries.

"It was 20 feet long and got so hot it had its own air-conditioning system," Knight said. "It wasn't real practical as far as doing anything, but it was a great learning tool. I programmed it to play tic-tac-toe. It was the most useless but used program on the computer. Read More

Cold War Veterans Ten Commandments

In response to the Popes new 10 Commandments on driving our N.H. State Director Glen Talon
has issueed a Cold War Veterans 10 Commandments .

WOW Frank do we wish to shame the Pope whom only has the ten commandments of driving by issueing the Ten Commandments of Cold War Vets?

1 Thou shall not claim they were never shot at some were

2 Thou shall not claim they had no loses they did

3 Thou shall not claim they are undeserving of merit

4Thou shall not claim they served any less or more than fellow veterans (all gave some Some Gave All)

5 Thou shall not claim it was peacetime (see # 1&2)

6 Thou shall not use declared war as an reason to shun Korea,Viet-Nam or Cold War Vets or those in actions with out a declared war

7 Thou shall not use covert actions to shun or hide those whom gave all

8 Thou shall not shun familys of the lost

9 Thou shall not demean,belittle any veterans service (they showed up)

10 Thou shall support,care for and remember all veterans(even the jailed and homeless)

This was the best I could come up with in short time bet you folks can make vast improvements so feel free to !


Friday, June 22, 2007

Jack Hicks: Cold War vets did their part

Column by Jack Hicks

It takes more than a little effort to locate the unobtrusive grave of Robert C. Von Luehrte in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell.

And if you travel to Washington, or other sites where military veterans are honored, you may never see a commemoration to America's Cold War warriors.

If ever a group was largely forgotten, it's those soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen who served their country between World War II and the Korean War, or between Korea and the Vietnam War.

During a total period of about 17 years, millions of men, and women, served in the armed forces. They were the real or perceived barrier to worldwide domination by the Soviet Union and others in the Communist Bloc.

The warriors were draftees, and those who joined the several branches of the service, including reservists who spent various lengths of time on active duty. Many who joined did so to "get it over with," because the draft was inevitable.

Sometimes, especially when civilian job prospects weren't too favorable, those who joined stayed, and made a career of the military.

These Cold War warriors, and chances are that some are your relatives, friends or neighbors, didn't face combat. But death and injury weren't unknown, in the form of airplane crashes, training accidents and even car crashes, as they sometimes tried to stretch a weekend pass, to get home for a few hours.

Most of these military folks came home in one piece when their hitch was over, to go on with their lives. But while they didn't pay the supreme sacrifice, all gave a slice of their lives to the country, along with their sweat, and even some blood and a few tears.

Lives were changed for good or bad, in that military personnel sometimes married people they met elsewhere in the country, or overseas. Had not military service been required, these meetings and connections would never have occurred.

A Covington native, Von Luehrte might stand as an honorable example of a Cold War warrior who gave all. A pilot and first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, he was killed when his plane crashed during the Berlin Airlift, in the summer of 1949.

Von Luehrte had flown 51 missions in a B-17 over occupied Europe in World War II. He was among 31 Americans who lost their lives during the airlift.

Like Cold War service in general, the airlift has also faded into the pages of history. In 1948 and 1949, when the Soviets cut off road access to Berlin, American and British air crews flew millions of pounds of food, medicine, fuel and other commodities to the people in the German capitol.

The airlift became known as perhaps the greatest humanitarian effort in history, and as the keystone of Western opposition to the Soviets controlling all of Berlin, all of German and ultimately, all of Europe. Some believe it eliminated World War III.

The airlift was a reality because pilots such as Von Luehrte flew around the clock, in all kinds of weather, and sometimes without sleeping for days.

Von Luehrte's family was told that he was transporting a load of coal when his plane developed engine trouble. Rather than crashing in a populated area, he ditched the aircraft in Russian-held territory, and was killed in the mishap.

He was 26 years old and left a wife and a 15-month-old daughter.

Nearly 60 years have passed, and few remain who knew Von Luehrte personally. John Klette, a Northern Kentucky attorney, is one who did. He and Von Luehrte were stationed at Lockbourne Air Base near Columbus, Ohio, in the latter days of World War II.

The two were from the same Covington neighborhood, but Klette was a few years older, and they hadn't known each other before the war. Both had flown with the same unit over Southern Europe, but their paths didn't cross until Lockbourne.

"We would get a 24-hour pass, and we'd hop on a Greyhound and come home together," Klette said.

Klette left the service after the war, although he would be recalled during Korea. He believes Von Luehrte stayed in the active military and flew with the Air Transport Command.

Much has been made over the sacrifices of World War II veterans, and of late, of those who served in Korea and Vietnam. And rightfully so.

But the Cold War veterans did their part, too, and they shouldn't be forgotten.
Cold War cost paid differently

And response from Dr. Frank Tims National Legislative Director of The CWVA
Column by The Kentucky Post's Jack Hicks

Like millions of other Cold War veterans, Frank Stallings of Highland Heights was never shot at.

But he did miss the birth of his son and spent 14 months in Germany before getting his first look at the child.

And even without enemy fire, threats to life and limb were real. In Stallings' Army division, for example, 21 soldiers died in training accidents during a single year.

Shooting wars are milestones in our nation's history, richly detailed in books and honored in stone monuments. But those born since America ended the draft may be largely unaware of the veterans who served and sweated, and sometimes cried and bled, between the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Stallings, a retired English professor and a former faculty regent at Northern Kentucky University, returned to campus this week to tell his personal story of Cold War service as part of the university's Military History Series.

Stallings really didn't want to be in the military, but Uncle Sam required it. Faced with the draft, Stallings chose officers candidate school. He later withdrew and served out his hitch as an enlisted man.

Stallings was older than most of his peers, a college graduate and married. His parents had schooled him in washing dishes, making beds and shining shoes, so basic training wasn't too hard.

At 110 pounds, he was able to ''slip in and slip out'' of his Army bunk and didn't have to do much to remake it each day.

He could type, and learned quickly that ''you could get out of things by typing.''

The Korean War was being fought during Stallings' tour, but he was sent to Europe.

''Talk about a party. . .,'' he said, of the troops being assigned to Germany rather than Korea. ''It was just the luck of the draw.''

After a rough trip across the Atlantic in a troop ship, Stallings found himself as a typ ist at an infantry headquarters in a small German town. A native of the Texas Panhandle, where the wind constantly blows, he discovered that snow actually fell straight down, not sideways.

Like all soldiers, Stallings and his peers spent a lot of time complaining and trying as best as possible to avoid work.

But in retrospect, the duty wasn't so bad. They found time for local restaurants and travel around Europe, seeing Paris and London.

Stallings learned to operate within and outside the system. He wrote for the regimental newspaper and became known as ''the best coffee-maker in headquarters.''

American soldiers were issued two cartons of cigarettes a week, and although it was illegal, they became a medium of exchange with the Germans.

''I don't think anyone ever cared. It helped the German economy,'' Stallings said.

But the duties of a soldier, even a typist, included training in the field. That meant cold, muddy and primitive conditions, and the threat of Russian troops just across the border in Czechoslovakia.

Those were the days, of course, when Americans at home, as well as on the front lines, were constantly reminded, ''the Russians are coming.'' They didn't, and America eventually won the Cold War.

What made their time bearable was knowing they weren't alone. If you were miserable and homesick, at least there was plenty of company.

In his waning months in Germany, Stallings missed his buddies, who were sent home one by one, and counted the days until his own time was up. Eventually he was reunited with his wife, Virginia, and met his son, David.

The GI Bill paid for Stallings' graduate degrees and preparation to teach college classes. Now 71, he came to NKU in the early 1970s and retired eight years ago.

Just like millions of other servicemen and women of the Cold War era, Stallings doesn't see himself as a hero. Whether his, and their, contribution won the war may be for the ages to determine.

''But we were there, and that's important. We were there,'' he said.

Response By Dr. Frank Tims

Dear Mr. Hicks:

One of the lingering myths about the Cold War is that of "no shots fired in the Cold War." This myth perpetuates the public perception of a Sergeant Bilko-Gomer Pyle world of popular TV during that period. Even the hard-partying doctors of "MASH" had incoming wounded. Anybody who thinks troops in the Cold War "didn't face combat" does not know about the Americans who served on the Korean DMZ, or advisors in the Greek communist insurgency of 1948-49, or who flew reconnaissance missions around and over the USSR, China, and Vietnam (when we weren't "officially there" in 1953-57), or the US advisors killed in a dozen small wars. Then there were the men of the USS Pueblo, and the USS Liberty, not to mention the USS Tautog (and others on patrol, or the USS Gudgeon that was depth charged by Soviets. And how about the US aircraft shot down by the Soviets. and their allies over Eastern Europe, or the casualties due to terrorist attacks (with East German training and weapons) in Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, the Philippines, and numerous other places? Air crews who lost their lives in combat with Soviet, Chinese, North Korean, and other hostile nations during the "peacetime" of the Cold War -- sometimes reported officially as weather-related accidents, training losses, and accidental, to preserve the cover of the missions.

Now, combat aside, there was the service of those who were part of the real deterrent of ICBMs, B-52s with nukes, and the air defense missile sites. Operational losses were very real for these folks, and yes we did have B-52s on full nuclear alert and in the air.

And then there was Cuba.
USAF Major Rudolph Anderson was killed by a Soviet missile crew in 1962 over Cuba, and yes, there were combat air patrols on a routine basis all over the world -- this was the reality of the Cold War.

The "peacetime" aspect of the Cold War had to do with the very real deterrent and preparedness of our forces. We didn't get incinerated in a nuclear exchange -- which is the whole point of deterrence. There as a Lt. Robert Gates, who was part of the ICBM force in the United States -- who later became head of the CIA and is now Secretary of Defense. He knew it was serious, and he knows we won.

Please help us overcome this myth by putting the facts before the American people. I recently made trips to Arlington Cemetery to place flowers on the graves of many forgotten Cold War heroes, including Lt. Col. John Nicholson, who was killed by a Soviet guard in East Germany in 1986, and General James A. Van Fleet, who led our military mission to Greece in 1948-50 and helped the Greeks defeat the Communist guerrillas, and later commanded the Eighth US.Army in the Korean War. Many, many more heroes of the Cold War are buried at Arlington. Check out the article, "The Unspoken War," in the St. Petersburg Times edition of May 31.
I will be pleased to provide any more details you need --
Frank M. Tims, Ph.D.
National Legislative Director
Cold War Veterans Association

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Cold War Medal / Certificate Poll


Have you sent in your DD214 to recieve your Cold War Recognition Certificate?

Enter Vote Here :

You can change your vote until the moderator closes this poll.


Have you purchased the Foxfall Medal?

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Victims of communism finally remembered
New statue in Washington will address West's 'moral blind spot'

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The 'Goddess of Democracy' featured by Chinese protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989 is the model for a memorial in Washington, D.C., to victims of communism
While memorials to victims of all kinds abound, the U.S. has had no place to teach current and future generations about the "murderous legacy" of communism – until now.

A congressionally authorized "Memorial to the Victims of Communism" will be unveiled Tuesday in Washington, D.C., featuring a statue modeled on the "Goddess of Democracy" used by Chinese students who protested in Tiananmen Square in 1989

The memorial will be located at the intersections of Massachusetts and New Jersey Avenues, about two blocks from Union Station and within view of the Capitol.

A dedication ceremony is planned Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, giving the keynote speech. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., also will speak, and President Bush has been invited to give remarks.


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If you don't stand behind our troops, please feel free to stand in front of them !!

Congress why is DOD wasting money on more studies
by testvet6778 (from Ms. Lynn Norris)

Thu Jun 14, 2007 at 05:10:15 AM PDT

The first Gulf War ended in 1991, it has now been 16 years since that war ended, yet the medical community can not decide what is causing the many medical problems the veterans of that short war are experiencing.

It was one of the shortest wars in American history, yet has one of the highest percentages of veterans being compensated for "unknown medical issues" as there is no recognized etiology or nexus for the problems these men and women are suffering.

testvet6778's diary :: ::

Why do I care, I am one of the Gulf War veterans, however I did my service in the nation of Oman, far from the war. So how did I get invovled in the medical problems?

I happened to be used in this nations program that ran from 1955 thru 1975 at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland that conducted chemical weapons experiments, Sarin, Mustard agents etc, and they also dealt with non lethal agents/weapons otherwise known as drugs, LSD, scopolmine, peyote, PCP, ecstacy, etc, all total there were 254 different substances used in the 20 year program.

The program was one of the most classified programs in the defense industry at the time, it was ran by DOD/CIA and the Army. To this date DOD will still claim that much of the data is still classified. Well like most of the enlisted men used as test subjects (medical volunteers) we were never told what we were being exposed to, nor the dosages, so we don't know any of the data needed to make military plans with this stuff. Most of us just want to know what we were exposed to.

These Cold War veterans have only been waiting for Congress for three decades since the program was stopped and 40% are now dead and of the 4022 survivors 54% of them are disabled another 2200 men and DOD and the VA refuse to help

Is there any way to help the 4022 survivors as of FY 2000 when the last health study on these men was conducted under a DOD contract by the IOM. It was supposed to be a comprehensive health review, yet the IOM Doctor William Page ignored many of the critical body systems that would have been affected by exposure to Sarin and Mustard Agents, he did not report on cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and pulmonary effects on the men.

The group they used for the "control" were the 7120 enlisted men who were used in the illegal human experiments at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland from 1955 thru 1975. In FY 2000 these men would have been aged 45-65 as the previous studies show the men used there were born in 1935 and after the youngest would have been born in 1956. Myself I was there in June - August 1974 at age 18, born on August 25, 1955.

There are 2 other independent studies on GB (sarin) and chemicals weapons one by the National Institute of Health (NIH) this one was published Jan 1 1994, two years before DOD admitted there were chemical weapon exposures at Kamisayah, Iraq in March 1991. The medical problems found in this study also match the symptoms found in this prior study that was done by a German Doctor who spent his career treating Wermacht soldiers employed by the German Army during WW2 in chemical weapon production and storage pages 40 and 45 have the known symptoms.

Why did these 2 respected research facilities come to the same basic conclusions, yet the IOM based on a contract written and worded by the DOD, find none of these medical problems and even found "brain tumors" 25 per 100,000, when neither of these other studies ever found brain tumors to be an issue?

These men signed "national security disclosure" statements that is they discussed the experiments or the chemicals or drugs they WOULD be prosecuted and sent to Leavenworth for 25 years, even in September 2006 when they sent notices from the VA to the veterans, one of the paragraphs reminded the veterans of the national Security Issue and the veterans were told they could only tell the doctors what they were exposed to, if they even knew, but we were forbidden to discuss toxic levels, capabilities, or what type of experiments were done as not to disclose what the government was attempting to use the substances for.

This program and some of the drugs have been known about since the DA IG Report of 1975 on Human Experimentation was made public and Congress forced the human experiments to stop.

Many of these men carried the secrets of the tests to their graves, they never told their parents, wives or children about the chemicals or drugs at Edgewood. Given that two of the scientists/doctors who worked there in the 60s have recently written books about the experiments and the program, I no longer feel beholden to the National Security Acts, one of them is a retired Army Colonel my comments are 15 and 21.

The other book I have not ordered yet, but seems to be a more accurate truth of the dangers of the tests, while using fictitious names, "Men and Poisons" by Dr. Malcolm Bowers he is a Yale Professor now.

The VA refuses to address medical issues that deserve service connection and compensation, and DOD is less than forthcoming about anything related to Edgewood.

Here is the links to the EPA super fund reports and the list of 77 toxic substances found in the drinking water, ground water and soil of Edgewood. Until the late 70's we used to post water wells for showering, drinking water, water used to make coffee and kool aid, swimming, etc., the EPA ordered the water wells capped in the late 1970s, the government had been dumping chemicals and burying wood and metal drums of toxic chemicals on the Edgewood site since the War department created the chemical weapons center there in 1917. superfund site data list of toxic substances on Edgewood in the water and soil

I am in contact with 13 other "test vets" and we are all disabled in some form partially or totally. We are aware of the feres decision from 1950, is there any way around this, our families and the veterans deserve better treatment than this, at least we should be service connected and compensated for the exposures, either directly or thru environmental exposures.

It is my feeling the reason that DOD and the VA do NOT want to find a link between the chemical weapons/pesticides and Gulf War Illness is the fact that instead of being able to claim the symptoms are psychosomatic but real issues caused by the exposures at Kamisayah in Iraq in 1991 or from cleaning the equipment exposed in Iraq either in Saudi or at bases back in the states, the cost to service connect the veterans from Gulf War one will run into the tens of billions of dollars annually, and as DR Chu, Under Secretary of DOD has publicly stated in the past, "retirees and disabled veterans will prevent this nation from being able to field a military force in the future" it is my opinion it is cheaper to keep looking for answers instead of acknowledging the data that has been gathered from experience over the past 60 years, from WW2 Germans and our own National Institute of Health. As Kissinger stated "military men are just dumb animals to be used"

Congress we have the proof to link our health problems to chemical weapons, why won't you make the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense recognize it.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

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What: Wounded servicemen and women cycling in New York to spread their message of courage and hope. The brave men and women participating in this event are cycling in support of their injured comrades recovering in military hospitals across the country. All of the participants are provided the adaptive equipment they need to cycle with a missing limb or limbs.

When: Friday, June 15th between 10 AM - 11 AM.

Where: Riders will assemble and depart from the "10 House" Firehouse across from Ground Zero, 124 Liberty Street.

Who: Soldier Ride is a program of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) that provides key rehabilitation opportunities for wounded warriors and raises public awareness and money for those that have been severely injured during the current war on terror.

The Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride's cycling programs give severely wounded servicemen and women the opportunity to reinvigorate their bodies and uplift their spirits. Soldier Ride provides each of the brave men and women who participate in our ride with the adaptive equipment they need to cycle, even if they are missing one or more limbs. Participation in our cycling and recreational events fosters the rehabilitation of the wounded by showing them that they can still lead active, independent lives and gives families the opportunity to reconnect outside of the hospital environment.

Wounded Warrior Project also offers services and programs like benefits counseling, advocacy initiatives and combat stress seminars to aid in the transition from hospital bed to an independent productive life. Many of the injuries suffered during this war are amputations, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and severe burns that will retire these brave warriors from military service.

For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit: http://www.woundedwarriorproject. org/

- Five (5) wounded soldiers from the Israeli Defense Forces are also participating.

Happy 231st Birthday US Army!

The United States Army was born out of the desire to defend liberty and proudly celebrates its 231st birthday on 14 June 2006.

Since 1775, millions have worn the uniform and lived the “Warrior Ethos.” Soldiers have always understood that the freedoms our nation guarantees are worth fighting for and America’s decision to put “boots on the ground” illustrates like no other action its continued commitment to these ideals.

From Kabul, Afghanistan, the Security Detachment Soldiers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District (AED) wish all Soldiers and Civilians throughout the Army, Happy 231st Birthday. Through our construction and reconstruction programs, AED’s Boots on the Ground are making a difference in promoting stability and security in Afghanistan and the Central Asia Republics.

This year’s theme is “Call to Duty – Boots on the Ground.”

“To all of our Soldiers around the world, our thoughts are with you and your families on this 231st Army Birthday. We are humbled by your sacrifices and awed by your achievements,” said Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Help Adam Kokesh


My old Army buddy Tony sent me this he is webmaster and very active VFP in D.C. Chapter 16 he has been sending emails about Adams story and I have been following it. I was wondering if you could post a bulletin and a blog asking people to help. Here is a letter he sent me to pass around.

Sean Eagan
CWVA Northeast

Dear friend,

Please write to Marine Brigadier General Darrell Moore
immediately about Adam Kokesh.

Adam is a VFP chapter 16 member and fighting to keep
his honorable discharge. You can find more
information on Adam's blog
, and

Please feel free to use or edit the message below.
General Moore is to decide on a review board's
recommendation within the week. Adam's full 8 year
commitment ends on June 18 so we have to ask fast!
Thank you and consider donating to Adam's cause and
Iraq Veterans Against the War via

Dear General Moore,

I represent Veterans For Peace Chapter 16 of
Washington D.C. and I am writing to you on behalf of
Adam Kokesh. I urge you to act most urgently and
disregard the recommendation of the three-person
Marine board that met on June 4 in Kansas City and
recommended he receive a general discharge under
honorable conditions.

After a tour of duty in Iraq and completion of his
military service, Adam Kokesh received an honorable
discharge from active duty. This Marine continued to
honor his oath to protect and defend the Constitution
of the United States against all enemies, foreign and
domestic by joining Iraq Veterans Against the War and
speaking out against a war he sees as illegal and

As a result of exercising his right to freedom of
speech, (a right he was told he was fighting for in
Iraq) the Marine Corps, while admitting that The
Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) does not apply
to Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) service members, is
trying to refuse him an IRR honorable discharge for
alleged violations of the UCMJ! This bold attempt by
the government to suppress the views of our service
men and women must not go unchallenged.

The Marine Corps claims that is against regulations to
wear a uniform, or apparently a part of a uniform, at
political events. If that is correct, the regulation
is selectively enforced by the Department of Defense.
President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and other
politicians often have soldiers in full dress uniform
standing behind them for the cameras at political

Veterans For Peace sees Adam Kokesh and all active
duty and reserve troops who have the courage to speak
out against this illegal war as true patriots and
heroes. Any attempt to stifle legitimate pro-American
speech will not be tolerated. Thank you for your time
and consideration.

Best regards,

Tony Teolis
Veterans For Peace Chapter 16
home (evenings/weekends): 703-352-1603
cell: 703-402-1763
A Message from DVI


Disabled Veterans International given bogus and fraudulent audit by Citizen’s Tax Service 3724 Williston Road Woodville Mall suite # 950 that caused the DVI not to meet requirements for VA accreditation and Combined Federal Campaign funding so far.

This information was found out when the DVI application for VA accreditation, which an audit was required with the Department of Veterans Affairs, was rejected due to failed audit.

In the VA decision they stated it was the worst audit they ever seen the DVI hired and paid a fee of 3,ooo dollars to have this professional audit.

The DVI was referred to Citizens Tax service and informed they were the best by officials in Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur 9th district of Ohio Mr. Dan Foote. He spoke to our CEO and Founder who is a member of one of America’s Founding Families Mr. Steven T. Banneker Burden.

Mr. Foote referred Mr. Banneker to Dave McPherson & Pat Walsh Citizens Tax Service they require Mr. Banneker to deposit 3,000 dollars for the fee in advance to a bank account in Toledo it was transferred by International Bank transfer directly to the specified account given from Pat Walsh Citizens tax service.

Now Congresswoman Kapturs office refuses to help the DVI in getting to the bottom of their referral of citizens Tax service and why the DVI was defrauded on this important issue we have with the VA.

The DVI calls on all our viewers and members & fellow Veterans organization’s to call Congresswoman Kapturs office 419-259-7500 and ask for an explanation.
Mr. Banneker Burden has made statements and as well as others in the organization Mr. Foote assured our Founder that they would get the job done because he personally knows both Dave & Pat from citizens. He stated to Mr. Banneker Burden in numerous telephone conversations but instead has caused the DVI needed funding and our accreditation until the issue is cleared up in court.

Many people feel that this was and intentional malicious attempt to cause the ruin of the DVI because the DVI opened people’s minds and hearts and helped bring change, which the DVI is Internationally known to promote.

The DVI is because of this fraud we are short on funding and we call on our members and viewers to donate to the DVI to help us with any legal costs caused by this referral to this very questionable Company.

We Call upon Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur to show her sincerity towards Veterans and find out why members of Citizens tax service her office referred us to can submit to the DVI & audit unworthy of the paper its written on for us to turn into the Dept. of Veterans Affairs on the very nature of the existence of the DVI & our members & viewers. And we believe we should be granted DVI be granted our VA accreditation we would have made if not for this fraud by citizen Tax service and their employees

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The liberty Report

Liberty Report

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The USS Liberty after incident with Isreali Defense Forces (IDF)
in 1967.

Response to this Post

I just want to tell you great post. My CWVA Boss Legislative Dr. Frank Tims just attended the Liberty Reunion in D.C. this weekend and tonight we had a long discussion about this subject .

People need to be reminded of this incident. The bravery of the Men, but maybe more importantly the shameful fact that the truth was never disclosed and even now these families suffer on May 1st we had a meeting in Washington and one of the widows of the men on the liberty and a retired Col. spoke at length about the liberty incident and the passion they have to fight for justice and the public disclosure of what really happened was inspiring . To them the Liberty might as well have been attacked 40 days ago instead of 40 years that fact became profoundly clear as I listened to them speak. We must never let our govt. behave in this manner ever again and as "Captain" Morgan said "Telling the truth is a part of being honorable. It's time to testify the truth..."

Sean P. Eagan

Northeast Zone Director

Cold War Veterans Association

CWVA NY 716-708-6416
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Time for the truth about the Liberty
By Ward Boston Jr.June 8, 2007

Forty years ago this week, I was asked to investigate the heaviest attack on an American ship since World War II. As senior legal counsel to the Navy Court of Inquiry, it was my job to help uncover the truth regarding Israel's June 8, 1967, bombing of the Navy intelligence ship Liberty.

On that sunny, clear day 40 years ago, Israel's combined air and naval forces attacked the Liberty for two hours, inflicting 70 percent casualties. Thirty-four American sailors died, and 172 were injured. The Liberty remained afloat only by the crew's heroic efforts.

Israel claimed it was an accident. Yet I know from personal conversations with the late Adm. Isaac C. Kidd – president of the Court of Inquiry – that President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara ordered him to conclude that the attack was a case of “mistaken identity.”

The ensuing cover-up has haunted us for 40 years. What does it imply for our national security, not to mention our ability to honestly broker peace in the Middle East, when we cannot question Israel's actions – even when they kill Americans?

Today, survivors of Israel's cruel attack will gather in Washington, D.C., to honor their dead shipmates as well as the mothers, sisters, widows and children they left behind. They will continue to ask for a fair and impartial congressional inquiry that, for the first time, would allow the survivors themselves to testify publicly.

For decades, I have remained silent. I am a military man, and when orders come in from the secretary of defense and president of the United States, I follow them. However, attempts to rewrite history and concern for my country compel me to share the truth.
Adm. Kidd and I were given only one week to gather evidence for the Navy's official investigation, though we both estimated that a proper Court of Inquiry would take at least six months.

We boarded the crippled ship at sea and interviewed survivors. The evidence was clear. We both believed with certainty that this attack was a deliberate effort to sink an American ship and murder its entire crew.

I am certain the Israeli pilots and commanders who had ordered the attack knew the ship was American. I saw the bullet-riddled American flag that had been raised by the crew after their first flag had been shot down completely. I heard testimony that made it clear the Israelis intended there be no survivors. Not only did they attack with napalm, gunfire and missiles, Israeli torpedo boats machine-gunned at close range three life rafts that had been launched in an attempt to save the most seriously wounded.

I am outraged at the efforts of Israel's apologists to claim this attack was a case of “mistaken identity.”

Adm. Kidd told me that after receiving the president's cover-up orders, he was instructed to sit down with two civilians from either the White House or the Department of Defense and rewrite portions of the court's findings. He said, “Ward, they're not interested in the facts. It's a political matter, and we cannot talk about it.” We were to “put a lid on it” and caution everyone involved never to speak of it again.

I know that the Court of Inquiry transcript that has been released to the public is not the same one that I certified and sent to Washington. I know this because it was necessary, due to the exigencies of time, to hand-correct and initial a substantial number of pages. I have examined the released version of the transcript and did not see any pages that bore my hand corrections and initials. Also, the original did not have any deliberately blank pages, as the released version does. In addition, the testimony of Lt. Lloyd Painter concerning the deliberate machine-gunning of the life rafts by the Israeli torpedo boat crews, which I distinctly recall being given at the Court of Inquiry and including in the original transcript, is now missing.

I join the survivors in their call for an honest inquiry. Why is there no room to question Israel – even when it kills Americans – in the halls of Congress?
Let the survivors testify. Let me testify. Let former intelligence officers testify that they received real-time Hebrew translations of Israeli commanders instructing their pilots to sink “the American ship.”

Surely uncovering the truth about what happened to American servicemen in a bloody attack is more important than protecting Israel. And surely 40 years is long enough to wait.
Cold War Veterans Association Radio Appearance

Listen to my Partners in crime Dr. Dave and Dr. Frank do this great radio show appearance in NW Fla.

Download MP3 WEBY 1330 AM Interview with Dr. David Clevenger and Dr. Frank Tims Host Ken Lamb producer Stan Clevenger


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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Colorado Declares May 1st Cold War Victory Day
Here is another Proclaimation I just got in.

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Date: Jun 7, 2007 10:21 PM
From: United States! United People!

Here SHE is,
the USS New York,
made from the World Trade Center!

USS New York

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.

It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there."

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up." "It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back."

The ship's motto? "Never Forget"

Please keep this going so everyone can see what we are made of in this country!

Dazzlin Dave Of The U.S. Of A

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

A Cold War Victory Day Article appeared on my radar : Senate gives OK to Cold War Victory Day

Central Maine Morning Sentinel - Augusta,ME,USA

The Cold War Veterans Association has been advocating for making May 1 Cold War Victory Day in a number of states around the country. ...

Short but oh so sweet!!

Senate gives OK to Cold War Victory Day

By Ann S. Kim Portland Press Herald Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — The Senate today voted in favor of designating the first day of May Cold War Victory Day.

The measure still needs final votes in the House and Senate.

The proposal calls for the governor to issue a proclamation each year that urges citizens, businesses and organizations to observe the day with appropriate activities. The day would not be a state holiday.

The Cold War Veterans Association has been advocating for making May 1 Cold War Victory Day in a number of states around the country.

Keep up the good work guys.

Several Thousand Turkish Troops Invade Iraq Today Chasing PKK Rebels.

From :
Wednesday on The Ed Schultz Show!Click here to listen to Big Eddie's opening news that the Turks have invaded Iraq and breaks down the Republican debate.

Download MP3

I wrote this last week in response to Sec. Gates Warning Ankara not to Invade last week:

(Looks Like Turkish troops went into Iraq Today)

May 30th, 2007

Turkey is waiting in the wings for the Iraqi Govt. to crumble or splinter and they will move into Northern Iraq tal afar and beyond. With no doubt in my mind. They will wait until they have the guise of humanitarianism but they will move into Kurdish Iraq and continue a campaign against PKK. Who will stop them they have the largest Army in Southwest Asia well armed with U.S. and Isreali weapons . It would be disaster for the Kurds but maybe not so bad for our interests as a buffer from full blown Iranian domination. That is of course if we start to withdraw .

Sean Eagan

Cold War Veterans

AssociationNortheast Director

Looks like the Turks will no longer wait .

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Update on Marine Being Discharged for His Wearing Uniform to Protest

Military justice proves to be an oxymoron in KansasCity.
Help Adam now. Please visit Sgt. Kokesh's blog and support him His discharge date from the Individual Ready Reserveis June 18 and a Marine General is to rule on the board's recommendation by then. The board recommended Adam Kokesh receive a general discharge under honorable conditions. To hear Kokeshtell it, it's a middle ground decision he wants no part of.

Please visit Sgt. Kokesh's blog and support him

Follow Adam and the crew
For more videos

Best regards,
Tony Teolis
Veterans For Peace Chapter 16

Monday, June 04, 2007

WASHINGTON - The nation’s largest veterans group on Friday urged the military to "exercise a little common sense" and call off its investigation of a group of Iraq war veterans who wore their uniforms during anti-war protests.

"Trying to hush up and punish fellow Americans for exercising the same Democratic right we’re trying to instill in Iraq is not what we’re all about," said Gary Kurpius, national commander of the 2.4 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars.

"Someone in the Marine Corps needs to exercise a little common sense and put an end to this matter before it turns into a circus," Kurpius said.

A military panel in Kansas City, Mo., is holding a hearing on Monday to decide whether Marine Cpl. Adam Kokesh’s discharge status should be changed from honorable to "other than honorable" after he was photographed wearing fatigues _ with military insignia removed _ during a mock patrol with other veterans at a protest rally in April.

The Marine Corps is investigating whether Kokesh might have violated a rule prohibiting troops from wearing uniforms without authorization. Kokesh was honorably discharged following a combat tour in Iraq, but he remains part of the Individual Ready Reserve, a pool of former active duty service members in unpaid, non-drill status.

Kokesh also was cited for making a disrespectful comment to a military officer investigating the incident. His attorney, Michael Lebowitz, has called the case an effort to stifle critics of the Bush administration’s Iraq policy. Read this article

Should VA Secretary Nicholson hire veterans to staff the VA?

TOPIC: Veteran confidence in the VA is at its lowest level since the VA was established in the last century. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson has promised reform but many veterans believe Nicholson has, to date, failed. The majority of veterans believe that the VA would better serve veterans if more veterans were employed by the VA, particularly now and in the near electoral future since fewer military veterans hold seats in Congress than any time since the end of World War One when the Department of Veterans Affairs was created.The following survey MUST be responded to at this website:

Any survey responses sent by email will NOT be includedin the Survey Results Report to be posted on the SurveyQuestions website:
SURVEY QUESTIONS (http://home. veterans/ vahire.htm):

1/7. Should the Secretary of Veterans Affairs submit a formal request to Congress for approval to bypass or amend Civil Service new-hire statutes to obtain hiring preference for Honorably Discharged military veterans?

2/7. Should the Secretary of Veterans Affairs submit a formal request to the President and Commander-in- Chief for an Executive Order permitting the Department of Veterans Affairs to give hiring preference to Honorably Discharged military veterans?

3/7. Should VA rentention bonuses be eliminated?

4/7. Once upon a time 90 percent of American professionals (doctors, lawyers, judges, etc.) could proudly boast former employment with retailers such as Sears Roebuck. Montgomery Wards or J.C. Penney either during their youth, while attending college, or entering the work force immediately after military service ... but fewer than one-tenth of one percent of American veterans have obtained employment with the Department of Veteran Affairs. Do the non-veteran, Civil Service Union employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs discriminate against military veterans applying for employment?

5/7. In your opinion, would the Department of Veterans Affairs serve American veterans more efficiently and more respectfully if the majority of VA staffers and employees were military veterans?

6/7. Are you a member of a Congressionally chartered veterans organization?

7/7. Have the Congressionally chartered veterans organizations failed American veterans by not placing more veterans on the staff and employment rolls of the Department of Veterans Affairs?

Contact Person for this Survey:
Roger Simpson, Public Information Officer
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