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* The third annual Marathon Jam was held on May 19, noon to midnight in the Ashe County Arts Council building. * While pickin’ and grinnin ... [more]

Annual New River Chapter Picnic

August 19, 2017

Open this link to the Photo Gallery to read the details and see photographs from the New River Chapter's annual picnic at the Mt. Jefferson State Park.

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Happy Birthday, United States Public Health Service (USPHS) July 16, 2017

Happy Birthday, United States Public Health Service (USPHS)

July 16, 2017

* On July 16, 1798 President John Adams signed a bill that established the antecedent of the today’s U.S. Public Health Service. The act itself affected only a small percentage of the population of our country, for it applied only to merchant seamen, a category of individuals who were otherwise left out of the medical care establishment of the day. As one might imagine, the life of a man who sailed on a wind-powered ship in the last part of the 18th century was hard indeed. Food was primitive and boring at best; drinking water was often foul; the voyages themselves sometimes lasted months—even years if they were whalers—and the dangers of life aboard a commercial or U.S. Navy sailing vessel meant that injuries and disease were rampant. The Marine Hospital Service, which lasted until the 1980's, took care of these individuals, and it was Public Health Service officers who staffed these hospitals.

* It's unknown how many individuals were served by the Marine Hospital System during its nearly-200 years of existence, but it provided a unique service for an under-served population. If that phrase “under-served population” is familiar, it’s because today’s Public Health Service also provides healthcare to under-served populations. As anyone reading this post may undoubtedly know, the largest number of Commissioned Corps officers serve in the Indian Health Service, many of them in remote parts of our country. They, like all other PHS officers, carry on the tradition that was established in 1798, the date that appears on the USPHS flag.

* If there is anything more significant about this date, it is that it was only eleven years after the drafting of our Constitution and only nine years after our present government began. Indeed, it was the very Founders of our republic who decided that it was fitting and proper for the federal government to insert itself into the healthcare business. How that involvement is presently defined is at the core of many of the debates we are having at the national level today.

* Regardless of how these debates evolve and turn out, it's today's Public Health Service whose ancestry is traced back 219 years on the 16th of July.

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New River Marathon May 6, 2017
New River Marathon

New River Marathon

May 6, 2017

* Members from the New River Chapter, MOAA braved the cold and wind on May 6th to volunteer at the annual New River Marathon, a qualifying race for bigger marathons like Boston, New York and the Marine Corps races.

* This year, we manned water and Gatorade stations at the 12 and 14 mile points along the New River race course. A total 153 runners competed in the marathon; the winning race time was 2:53:38.

* Shown (upper right) Bob Worley and Lou Burge wait for the lead runner at the 12 mile mark while Cathy Ehrhardt and Lynne Hayes (lower right) brave the wind at the 14 mile post.

* Other thumbnail pictures show Porter Hicks trying to keep water cups from being blown away by strong wind gusts, Bob and Bobbie Worley ready to pass out energy gel, and Porter and Steve Tucker watching Chuck Hayes offer a choice between water and Gatorade to marathoners.

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MOAA's 2016 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards April 6, 2017

MOAA's 2016 Col. Marvin J. Harris Communication Awards

April 6, 2017

* The New River Chapter received two 4 Star Awards for their website and e-newsletter during a presentation held as part of the 2017 "Storming the Hill" in Alexandria, VA.

* Open the News and Events page on the North Carolina Council of Chapters website with details on all the communication awards received by Council and Chapters on April 6th.

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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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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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