Air Force Reserve Celebrates 70 Years

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Since President Harry S. Truman called for the formation of the Air Force Reserve in 1948, it has been a critical part of the nation’s defense. Its mission is to provide combat ready forces to Fly, Fight and Win. The Air Force Reserve is compromised of the 4th Air Force, 10th Air Force and 22nd Air Force. Under those, there are 35 wing, 10 independent groups and various mission support units at 9 reserve bases, 54 active duty, joint bases, 5 military bases. The total membership of the Air Force Reserve is 69,200. Of those, 80 percent are enlisted and 20 percent are officers.

Education for Veterans using the GI Bill

Any service member or veteran looking to pursue their educational goals through the use of the GI Bill, there is an important tool offered by VA. The GI Bill Comparison Tool allows users to compare different programs and institutions that accept the GI Bill. In the past few years, some student veterans have been impacted by the abrupt closures of the schools they were attending. These schools were using predatory business practices and had numerous complaints against them. The GI Bill Comparison Tool gives users the ability to check on the schools they wish to attend, and provides up-to-date data received from current and past students, helping GI Bill users make better, more informed decisions about where to attend school, and hopefully avoid programs that offer little to no value.

VFW Teams Up with Vet Tix to Support Veterans

The VFW and Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) are pleased to announce they’ve entered into an official alliance designed to benefit all veterans and service members, as well as their families and caretakers. By teaming up, both organizations increase awareness of the opportunities offered by both the VFW and Vet Tix. Vet Tix events provide service members and veterans a unique opportunity to spend quality time with one another and family to strengthen social connections. Vet Tix seats are often grouped in blocks enabling VetTixers to be seated with other VetTixers at events, helping to promote comradery similar to that experienced while in service. For more information, go to wwwvettix.org/vfw.

POW/MIA Update

Marine Corps Pvt. Edwin W. Jordan, 19, a WWII veteran, of Pittsburgh, whose identification was previously announced, was buried April 9, in Arlington National Cemetery. Was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.

Navy Seaman 1st Class Walter C. Foley, a WWII veteran was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Interment services are pending.

Navy Seaman 2nd class Bernard V. Doyle, a WWII veteran, was assigned to the USS Oklahoma.  Interment services are pending.

Navy Seaman 1st class Robert V. Young, a WWII veteran, was assigned to the USS Oklahoma. Interment services are pending.

Navy Seaman 1st class William G. Bruesewitz, a WWII veteran, was assigned to the USS Oklahoma. Interment services are pending.

Army Air Corp Staff Sgt. Percy C. Mathews was a WWII veteran as a member of the 422nd Bombardment Squadron, 305th Bombardment Group, 8. Interment services are pending.

Army Cpl. Thomas W. Regan, a Korean War veteran, was assigned to Company A, 14th Engineer Combat Battalion, 24th Infantry. Interment services are pending.

Army Sgt Donald L. Baker, a Korean War veteran, was assigned to Company H, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Interment services are pending.

Till next week, praying for all service members.

– Charles Castelluccio