Marathon Jam 2017 May 20, 2017

Marathon Jam 2017

May 20, 2017

See the attached flyer for information regarding the upcoming "2nd Annual Marathon Jam" that will be hosted by the New River Chapter at the Ashe County Arts Council of May 20, 2017...after opening the poster, please copy/print/share with everyone who enjoys bluegrass music!

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Pre-Opening Show of Gibson Movie, "Hacksaw Ridge" at Parkway Theater in WJ November 2-3, 2016
Pre-Opening Show of Gibson Movie, "Hacksaw Ridge" at Parkway Theater in WJ

Pre-Opening Show of Gibson Movie, "Hacksaw Ridge" at Parkway Theater in WJ

November 2-3, 2016

* Over 275 Ashe County veterans and guests attended the theater showings of "Hacksaw Ridge" hosted by the New River Chapter on November 2nd and 3rd at the hometown Parkway Theater in West Jefferson, NC.

* COL Charles Knapp, MC, USA-Ret., a special consultant for the Mel Gibson film is shown (above right) posing with a publicity poster and holding Doss's Medal of Honor which the Desmond Doss Council, Calhoun, GA, owns as the official repository charged with maintaining the life, legacy and memorabilia of one of America's greatest war heros.

* Dr. Knapp is the Chairman of the Desmond Doss Council and has been involved for more than a decade in getting the movie made and working to ensure the accuracy of all aspects of the true story of what historians regard as the final, and bloodiest battle of WWII.

* CAPT Douglas Ehrhardt, MSC, USN-Ret., immediate Past President, New River Chapter, MOAA is pictured (below right) presenting the poster the New River Chapter made for publicity purposes at the special, by invitation only showing for veterans to COL Knapp.

- Media coverage as printed in the Ashe Mountain Times can be read here.

- Media coverage as printed in the Jefferson Post can be read here.

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THANK YOU SPONSORS!

THANK YOU SPONSORS!

* The New River Chapter's CAPT Doug Ehrhardt and COL Charles Knapp are pictured holding the publicity poster for "Hacksaw Ridge" with the list of sponsors from the community who provided the generous support that enabled us to host the film at no cost for Ashe County veterans.

* The New River Chapter greatly appreciates:

- GE Aviation

- AEV Emergency Vehicles

- Vannoy Construction

- Skyline/Skybest Telephone

- Blue Ridge Electric

- Walmart

- Lowes

- McDonalds of West Jefferson

Click here to link to a Photo Gallery post of Certificates of Appreciation being presented to our Platinum Sponsor.

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Hacksaw Ridge - Opened on November 4, 2016 Message from Director Mel Gibson
Hacksaw Ridge - Opened on November 4, 2016

Hacksaw Ridge - Opened on November 4, 2016

Message from Director Mel Gibson

* The inspirational movie about WWII Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who saved the lives of 75 of his fellow soldiers in Okinawa opened in more than 3000 theaters in the U.S. on November 4th. In the attached video clip, director Mel Gibson shared a special message of gratitude to veterans for their service and the power of Desmond Doss's faith that enabled his extraordinary service on the battlefield.

* The New River Chapter hosted two pre-opening day showings of the film at the Parkway Theater in West Jefferson, NC on November 2nd and 3rd...tickets were made available to all Ashe County Veterans on a first-come, first-serve basis as there were only 160 seats available each evening. We wish there could have been more as the response was remarkable.

* Special thanks go out to the many generous sponsors, shown here, who helped our Chapter to make this available for our counties veterans.

* Please share with fellow veterans, and GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!

* To learn more about Desmond Doss, click here.

* To get more information on the production of the movie, click here.

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50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Ceremony September 20, 2016

50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Ceremony

September 20, 2016

* As part of a DoD initiative to recognize and thank veterans of the Vietnam War, a 50th Anniversary Vietnam Commemorative Display and Vietnam Veterans Recognition event was held on September 20, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:30 PM at the Museum of Ashe County History in Jefferson, NC. The event was sponsored in conjunction with the North Carolina Council of Chapters, a DoD 50th Vietnam War Commemorative Partner.

* All veterans - anyone who served between the years 1955 and 1975 - were encouraged to sign in and place a pin on a map of Vietnam to designate where they were stationed during the war. A formal recognition ceremony was held to provide a certificate of appreciation and a lapel pin to each veteran attending the ceremony.

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Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS July 14, 2016

Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS

July 14, 2016

On July 14, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 540 by Unanimous Consent. The Resolution was co-sponsored by Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA). COA Executive Director Jim Currie worked closely with staff for Senator Coons over the past year to draft the language. Resolution 540 is titled, "A resolution commending officers of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service for their work in fighting Ebola." It also commended the Commissioned Corps for its Katrina, Rita, and Superstorm Sandy deployments as well as for its deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The resolution, as printed in the Congressional Record, follows...

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. RES. 540

Commending the officers of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service for their work in fighting Ebola.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 14, 2016

Mr. Coons (for himself and Mr. Isakson) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

Commending the officers of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service for their work in fighting Ebola.

Whereas the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (in this preamble referred to as the “Commissioned Corps”) traces its antecedents to the creation of the Marine Hospital Service in the Act entitled “An Act for the relief of sick and disabled seamen”, approved July 16, 1798;

Whereas the Commissioned Corps today consists of approximately 6,700 commissioned officers who serve in 11 specialty areas;

Whereas thousands of officers of the Commissioned Corps have deployed in the aftermath of natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and Superstorm Sandy;

Whereas almost 900 officers of the Commissioned Corps deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan to support members of the Armed Forces stationed in those locations;

Whereas the officers of the Commissioned Corps constitute a rapidly-deployable force of medical professionals who serve public health in the United States and foreign countries;

Whereas more than 300 officers of the Commissioned Corps deployed to Liberia to treat Ebola patients, voluntarily accepting the risks associated with treating patients who carried this deadly disease;

Whereas hundreds of other officers of the Commissioned Corps provided support to the officers who were deployed to Liberia;

Whereas the Ebola epidemic in Liberia no longer represents a public health emergency of international concern, as determined by the World Health Organization, due in part to the intervention of officers of the Commissioned Corps; and

Whereas the United States was spared the danger of an Ebola outbreak because the disease was contained in West Africa: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate commends all of the officers of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service who participated in the effort to prevent an Ebola outbreak in the United States.

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"Thanking Vets" in Ashe County

May 31, 2016

* Ashe County "Thank a Vet" program goes live.

* A new program honoring vets began on May 31st...go by the Ashe County Courthouse with your DD214 to enroll and get your discount card. If you have already registered your DD214 with the Register of Deeds then you won't need to bring a copy. Just have a photo taken, get your new card and start saving!

* Click here for a list of participating businesses and check back often as new ones are being added on a regular basis.

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