Robin “Cherokee” Gilmore named Veteran of the Year in Pottstown

On Saturyday, Oct. 29 at Senator John Rafferty’s Annual “Veterans Appreciation Breakfast” at the Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown, our good friend, Robin ” Cherokee” Gilmore was named Veteran of the Year”!

As you all know,  Rob works tirelessy feeding, clothing and caring for homeless Vets with his friends at VCOP in Reading the 2nd Saturday of each month, rain or shine or snow with mini stand down, along with working to help Vets all year long in any way he can.  If Robin can’t do it, he knows someone who can!

I’d like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to Robin for all he does for the Veterans of our area, it’s an honor to call you friend!

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In Memory of Rich Murray / Member of Honor Flight Phila and A Hero’s Welcome

It is with a heavy heart that I give you the sad news that Rich Murray, member of both Honor Flight Philadelphia and A Hero’s Welcome, passed away suddenly on Saturday Nov. 26 at his home in Avalon, NJ. I don’t have funeral details at this time but I will update this post as soon as I get the info.
Rich recently helped A Hero’ s Welcome at the Philadelphia Veterans Parade by helping me carry our big banner.. in the wind..lots of wind.. and Rich had a smile on his face the entire time as you can see by the picture attached. Rich was very proud of his service during the Vietnam War and was very active in the VVA Chapter in NJ near his home. Below is an article from starnewsphilly.com about the recent Honor Flight for Vietnam Vets in Oct. 2016. The article tells how Rich felt about his service and his memories of his return home. Please keep Rich’s family in your thoughts and prayers.. We lost another good guy.. Rest in Peace Rich, it’s been an honor knowing you.
http://www.starnewsphilly.com/2016/oct/6/homecoming-decades-making/#.WDzmUub_rIU

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UPDATE! ATTENTION VIETNAM VETERANS! 3/29/16 Vietnam War Commemoration Program NE Phila.

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ATTENTION VIETNAM VETERANS WHO REGISTERED FOR THE COMMEMORATION PROGRAM AND DID NOT RECEIVE THEIR A HERO’S WELCOME CERTIFICATE:  
A HERO’S WELCOME WILL BE AT THE SOUTHAMPTON ROAD ARMORY ON MAY 9, 2016 AND MAY 11, 2016 FROM 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM TO DISTRIBUTE YOUR CERTIFICATES.  
ONLY VIETNAM VETERANS WHO REGISTERED FOR THE ORIGINAL PROGRAM ON MARCH 29 WILL HAVE CERTIFICATES PREPARED.   
THANK YOU! IT’S BEEN AN HONOR TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS MEMORABLE EVENT.  
WELCOME HOME!
 Photos by Robert Castaldi, Sr. (father of our own, Rob Castaldi)
Photos by Jeff ” Bikerider” Story, Thanks Jeff!
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THANK YOU for your support! We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to present our Hero’s Welcome certificates to close to 500 Vietnam Veterans!!!   The number of Veterans who have responded continues to grow.
Thank you to the members of A Hero’s Welcome who have volunteered to help,   please arrive by 1:00 pm.  There will be parking  available behind the Armory in the Motor pool area.
Please let the guard know you are with AHW and they will let you park in the fenced area and will direct you to the doors available for you to come into the building from the parking area.
Please text me if you have any questions or problems.  My cell is 610-327-2916.
Date: March 29, 2016
Program begins at:  3 p.m.  Doors open at 2:00pm
Pennsylvania National Guard Armory

2700 Southampton Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154.

ALL HANDS ON DECK.. A HERO’S WELCOME NEEDS YOU!

A Hero’s Welcome will be partnering with the Association of the U.S. Army, the  Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support and Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  We will be presenting a personalized “Welcome Home” certificate to  every Vietnam Veteran in attendance and we are asking for members of A Hero’s Welcome to assist with this opportunity to say “Thank you” to our HEROES! 
Please comment below if you would like to join us on Tuesday 3/29/16 or have any questions. We are asking all volunteers to arrive by 1:00 pm.

Vietnam Veterans and their families are invited to receive a long overdue “thank you” for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States at this commemoration ceremony.

Date: March 29, 2016
Time:  3 p.m.
Pennsylvania National Guard Armory
2700 Southampton Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154.
Doors open at 2:00 pmPurple Heart recipient and Vietnam War veteran Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Sinn, Ret., will also provide a keynote address on his experiences as a “tunnel rat” and leader of a Rome Plow team.
There will also be a live performance by the USO Show Troupe!
Military service veterans who served during the years of the Vietnam War and relatives of fallen veterans, please  RSVP at 215-737-5700 or vietnamvetsphilly@dla.mil to be honored at the program. 
Within the RSVP, attendees are asked to state their name, telephone number, number of expected guests and if they require special assistance.
Doors open at 2 p.m.
Vietnam War Commemoration Program
March 29, 2016, 3 p.m. (Doors open at 2 p.m.)
Pennsylvania National Guard Armory
2700 Southampton Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154
RSVP at 215-737-5700 or vietnamvetsphilly@dla.mil

5/21/16 By Vets for Vets Mini-Stand Down Reading, PA

The Original Veterans’ Mini-Stand Down in Reading will
officially move to the THIRD Saturday of every month, starting May 21st,
2016. 

Every third Saturday, 10:00 am -12:00 noon this group gathers to feed and clothe homeless veterans. If you were looking for a way to directly help veterans in need,

THIS IS IT!     Please donate or come out and help if you are able. 

link to location of Stand Down: https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B020’08.1%22N+75%C2%B054’52.8%22W/@40.3355981,-75.9168537,674m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

Please distribute this information far and wide – we need ALL our LOCAL
Veterans and their families to understand the opportunity this presents
them.

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PA 7/8/15 6th Annual Vlahos Dunn Insurance Golf Outing Benefiting Area Veterans Gilbertsville, PA

Dear Supporters,

Spring has sprung ! The 6th Annual Vlahos Dunn Insurance Golf Outing is just around the corner. July 8th will be make it our 6th year of supporting those who served in our military. Last year was our best and hoping with the continued support from all of you we will continue to give to those who have given so much in a very unselfish manor. Please reserve the date and plan on a great day of golf, food, beer, and fun with friends at the best golf outing ever for a great cause. I hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you for your continued support.

James W. Vlahos   USAF “73-83”   contact: jvlahos@vlahosdunn.com

DATE: July 8, 2015

Location: Twin Ponds Golf Course, 700 Gilbertsville Rd, Gilbertsville, PA 19525 

http://www.twinpondsgolf.com/directions.html

 Time: 12:00 registration, 1:00 Shot gun, Dinner at 5:30,

 

A Hero’s Welcome Thanks Donators who supported the MSAWI Support the Troops Day

ACME & Giant Donations

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Walmart and Giant Southampton

 

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Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews donation pick-up

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Thank you to the staff of Eros Wholesale. Owner Brad Seiver, middle with earpiece.

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Pace Charter School.. Thank you for your       donation!!! 
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