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(Date Posted:12/27/2013 00:30)
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As we all know the year 2013 was a do nothing year. There was no concerted effort or push to have the Cold War Service Medal authorized. 
Our request to President Obama to issue an Executive Order to create the medal went unanswered and ignored.

All elected officials are now home and will return to Washington on Jan. 2, 2014. Please let us all try to contact them in their local offices before
they return to Washington.

Ask them to please introduce legislation that will authorize a Cold War Service Medal. One good idea would be to use the same wording used by
then Senator Clinton in the bill she introduced.

    The Secretary concerned shall issue a service medal, to be known as the `Cold War service medal', to persons eligible to receive the medal under subsection (b). The Cold War service medal shall be of an appropriate design approved by the Secretary of Defense, with ribbons, lapel pins, and other appurtenances.

    `(b) Eligible Persons- The following persons are eligible to receive the Cold War service medal:

      `(1) A person who--

        `(A) performed active duty or inactive duty training as an enlisted member during the Cold War;

        `(B) completed the person's initial term of enlistment or, if discharged before completion of such initial term of enlistment, was honorably discharged after completion of not less than 180 days of service on active duty; and

        `(C) has not received a discharge less favorable than an honorable discharge or a release from active duty with a characterization of service less favorable than honorable.

      `(2) A person who--

        `(A) performed active duty or inactive duty training as a commissioned officer or warrant officer during the Cold War;

        `(B) completed the person's initial service obligation as an officer or, if discharged or separated before completion of such initial service obligation, was honorably discharged after completion of not less than 180 days of service on active duty; and

        `(C) has not been released from active duty with a characterization of service less favorable than honorable and has not received a discharge or separation less favorable than an honorable discharge.

    `(c) One Award Authorized- Not more than one Cold War service medal may be issued to any person.

    `(d) Issuance to Representative of Deceased- If a person described in subsection (b) dies before being issued the Cold War service medal, the medal shall be issued to the person's representative, as designated by the Secretary concerned.

    `(e) Replacement- Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary concerned, a Cold War service medal that is lost, destroyed, or rendered unfit for use without fault or neglect on the part of the person to whom it was issued may be replaced without charge.

    `(f) Application for Medal- The Cold War service medal shall be issued upon receipt by the Secretary concerned of an application for such medal, submitted in accordance with such regulations as the Secretary prescribes.

    `(g) Uniform Regulations- The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that regulations prescribed by the Secretaries of the military departments under this section are uniform so far as is practicable.

    `(h) Cold War Defined- In this section, the term `Cold War' means the period beginning on September 2, 1945, and ending at the end of December 26, 1991.'.

Should your official object to this version you can ask them to use wording similar to H.R. 1968 The Cold War Service Medal Act
of 2011

To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the award of a military service medal to members of the Armed Forces who served honorably during the Cold War, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Cold War Service Medal Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. COLD WAR SERVICE MEDAL.

    (a) Medal Authorized-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Chapter 57 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

`Sec. 1136. Cold War Service Medal

    `(a) Medal Authorized- The Secretary concerned may issue a service medal, to be known as the `Cold War Service Medal', to persons eligible to receive the medal under subsection (c).

    `(b) Design- The Cold War Service Medal shall be of an appropriate design approved by the Secretary of Defense, with ribbons, lapel pins, and other appurtenances.

    `(c) Eligible Persons- A person eligible to be issued the Cold War Service Medal is any person--

      `(1) who--

        `(A) served on active duty in the Armed Forces for not less than 24 consecutive months during the Cold War; or

        `(B) was deployed as a member of the Armed Forces outside the continental United States for a period of at least 30 days during the Cold War; or

        `(C) performed such other service in the Armed Forces during the Cold War as the Secretary of Defense may prescribe for purposes of this section; and

      `(2) who, if discharged or released from the Armed Forces, was so discharged or released under honorable conditions after service in the armed forces characterized as honorable.

    `(d) One Medal Authorized- Not more than one Cold War Service Medal may be issued to any person.

    `(e) Issuance to Representative of Deceased- If a person described in subsection (c) dies before being issued the Cold War Service Medal, the medal may be issued to the person's representative, as designated by the Secretary concerned.

    `(f) Replacement- Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary concerned, a Cold War Service Medal that is lost, destroyed, or rendered unfit for use without fault or neglect on the part of the person to whom it was issued may be replaced without charge.

    `(g) Regulations- The issuance of a Cold War Service Medal shall be subject to such regulations as the Secretaries concerned shall prescribe for purposes of this section. The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that any regulations prescribed under this subsection are uniform to the extent practicable.

    `(h) Cold War Defined- In this section, the term `Cold War' means the period beginning on September 2, 1945, and ending on December 26, 1991.'.

      (2) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 57 of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

      `1136. Cold War Service Medal.'.

    (b) Sense of Congress- It is the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Defense shall take appropriate actions to expedite--

      (1) the design of the Cold War Service Medal provided for by section 1136 of title 10, United States Code (as added by subsection (a)); and

      (2) the establishment and implementation of mechanisms to facilitate the issuance of the Cold War Service Medal to persons eligible for the issuance of the medal under such section.
I am sure you will hear about the "Cold War Certificate", remind whoever you are talking to that this is just a piece of 
paper that anyone who worked for the government in any function is eligible to the certificate; it makes no mention of 
military service and most veterans have not bothered to apply for it.

Also mention that in 2011 the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that in the first year or two of the medal it
would cost about $2 million dollars, with a cost of $30 million over a 7 year period. That is much less that the cost
estimate given by the Department of Defense.

Make note of the fact that DoD authorized both the Armed Forces Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal 
for operations in Bosnia. So the excuse by DoD of "duplication of awards" does not make sense. plus we all know veterans
who served their tour of duty and received no award of medal of any type.

We must make the push hard and often. Contact your elected officials by phone, email, fax, in person or by mail. Do it now
and continue doing it.

Congress will begin working on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 in just a matter of days. Let this be the
year that the Medal is at long last authorized and issued.


Jerald Terwilliger
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American Cold War Veterans
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Re:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:12/28/2013 17:45)

Jerry, I wish to thank you for pushing for this service medal.  I agree that no matter what the odds, we still have to push for it.  A couple of points I would like to add to this.  Under Section 1136, subdivision (c) 1(A) criteria as follows:" who served on active duty for not less than twenty four months during the Cold War;(B) was deployed overseas for a period of at least 30 days during the Cold War." Does this mean service of twenty-four months, AND, 30 days of overseas deployment? This point was brought up by someone in past years discussion on this past bill.  Is it one or the other or do both criterias for this award be necessary?

It is tough or impossible to get anyone in the national media and or our VSO's to listen to us.  I had a recent conversation with Frank Tims about what I am going to do on my local level.  I am going to propose on my state level of New York, to have a bill put into the NYS Legislature, a bill calling for a CWSM.  There has been an approved CWSM medal for NYS Veterans in the past approved by my legislature, but when it went to then Govenor Patterson's signature, it was vetoed because he said;  "it would cost too much money."  (About eighteen million dollars, at that time in the past)  This former govenor seems to have had no problem funding money for welfare mothers, drug addicts, alcoholics, and the children of illegal aliens. But, when it comes to honoring former veterans who defeated the spread of Communism, he had no problem with denying the veterans of his state recognition for serving their nation. Perhaps he believed Communism was not an important threat to our nation. My understanding is that the NYS Legislature overrode Patterson's veto. This bill is in the finance committee at this time.  I wish to contact NYS Senator Ball to see if he would put a CWSM bill, or an amended bill of this nature, into the NYS Legislature that all eligible recipients would receive this medal if they paid for it.  It seems to be a question of money in NYS.  Perhaps paying for the medal, and or a ribbon might be the way to go.  I don't like it, but with everything that has been against us, I do not see any other way in my state.

I am also going to submit a resolution in June in my state of New York with the Suffolk County American Legion(Suffolk County, NY) another CWSM and a proposed resolution calling for the Congress and or the DoD to approve a service medal and or ribbon entiltled;  The Cold War Europe Defense Medal.  I will discuss this with the county legion  resolution chairman prior to submitting these two proposed resolutions. The NYS Dept. of State Legion will have their state convention in July.  If one or both of my proposed resolutions are adopted, then they will go to the National Legion Convention, next Summer of 2014. Since our government as we all know will argue that these types of service medals ; " would be too costly,"  I will write up resolutions that all eligible recipients would pay for the medal through our government.  Again, I don't like this way, but I do not see any other alternative.  At least it will argue against the DoD's position of the cost factor of these medal(s).  

As far as my Congressman Bishop, and my two U.S. Senators; Schumer and Gillibrand, these three federal officials have no interest and or desire to support and or propose any types of a CWSM's into the Congress.  These are three flaming liberal democrats who are only interested into making sure that  the people in their jurisdictions that are receiving all these free federal benefits continue to receive them and veterans like us have no significance at all.  People who are receiving all these free benefits are where the votes are, not with the veterans.  I hope what I am trying to accomplish makes sense. 

Sincerely, 
Rob DeVito


 
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RE:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:12/29/2013 18:37)

Rob.
That was indeed a question on the previous bill. The "or" was assumed.  Perhaps it would be best to correct that now and have the word "or"
inserted in that place.

And thank you for your continued support and push for recognition for Cold War Veterans. 

We must ALL, each and every member continue the push and pull with our elected officials to get this medal authorized and issued.
The ACWV leadership can not do it alone. 

You must take it upon yourself, if you truly want the medal stand up and let the world know
that it is a deserved and long overdue way to say Thank You to all Cold War Veterans.

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RE:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:12/31/2013 11:22)

Thank you CWVA for this renewed effort.....I will write my Senators and Representative.  I was thinking I would include a copy of that Wall Street Journal article too.  I thought that was very good and thought-provoking especially for those who might have dismissed the Cold Watr Veteran before.  Also, I think if we could get some real grass roots support from our own very local VSO commanders, I think that kind of input might go a long way in getting their respective parent organizations (Legion, VFW, etc.) to become more active in any proposed legislation.

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I'll give it a try with my Rep's also, don't have anything to waste but my time, Thanks to all of you for the time and effort in this.

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RE:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:01/07/2014 07:33)

This is the letter I wrote to send to Senators and Representative.........and a comment too as per Jerry's above....Its just hard to believe that a sitting President of the United States would ignore a letter from an established and chartered United States Veterans Service Organization.  Not good manners in my and my mother's opinion.

Anyway, here's the letter I'm sending.....maybe too long, but what the heck....I included that Wall Street Journal article that I thought was very good.

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                                                                                                           John Q. Public

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                                                                                                           January 8, 2014

    

                                                                                                    

The Honorable Senator _________

XXXX________Senate Office Building

Washington, D. C.  20515

 

Dear Senator ______,

 

     The Cold War spanned several decades from 1946–1991.  This “long twilight struggle” as President Kennedy referred to it as, was arguably the most significant and threatening geo-political event of the 20th century.  Our victory in it changed the world forever, yet, U.S. veterans that served during that period have never been recognized for what they did for all of us.  The theater, as you know, was worldwide and constant throughout the entire period; The Congo, El Salvador, Guatemala, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Arctic/Polar Regions, China, Hungary, Greece, Crete, Germany, High Seas, S.A.C., Korea, Taiwan, Guam, Indonesia, Angola, Laos, Philippines, Vietnam, Panama, Thailand, Turkey, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and on and on……The 1991 capitulation of the USSR and  resulting elimination of this decades long Soviet threat and national peril, now 23 years ago, led to the freeing of tens of millions of people around the world from a repressive and brutal system, and the de facto surrender of an enemy dedicated to our very own destruction.

 

    During this period Cold War veterans endured privation and hardship, often under very arduous and difficult conditions and long periods at sea, and many thousands paid the ultimate price.  They volunteered to protect their country when she called them.  These veterans have never been recognized for the great and historical defense of our nation they undertook and achieved.  Millions that spent years on active duty at remote and hostile duty stations received no medal decoration whatsoever, not one, for their service and for what they accomplished; service honorably rendered in the “Cold” War for all of us, our families, and our allies.  The nation called….they went, regardless of what “political winds” were blowing, then or now.

 

     I write to ask that you please take a moment to reflect on what the Cold War was to all of us and especially on its forgotten veterans, and that you please sponsor the necessary provision calling for the long overdue award of a Cold War Service Medal in the 2015 NDAA, and to introduce independent medal legislation in the Senate.

 

    Thank you for any consideration you might give this letter.

 

                                                                                                          Sincerely yours,

 

 

                                                                                                          John Q. Public

 

Encl:

     Please refer to enclosed (separate) Nov. 9, 2012 Wall Street Journal B. Newman article for supporting opinion.

 

     Also, please refer to then Senator Hillary Clinton’s Legislative Bill wording below (2005-2006 S-1351, …..2007-2008 S-1097) for reference, (In Blue).

 

    

The Secretary concerned shall issue a service medal, to be known as the `Cold War service medal', to persons eligible to receive the medal under subsection (b). The Cold War service medal shall be of an appropriate design approved by the Secretary of Defense, with ribbons, lapel pins, and other appurtenances.

(b) Eligible Persons- The following persons are eligible to receive the Cold War service medal:

(1) A person who--

(A) performed active duty or inactive duty training as an enlisted member during the Cold War;

(B) completed the person's initial term of enlistment or, if discharged before completion of such initial term of enlistment, was honorably discharged after completion of not less than 180 days of service on active duty; and

(C) has not received a discharge less favorable than an honorable discharge or a release from active duty with a characterization of service less favorable than honorable.

(2) A person who--

(A) performed active duty or inactive duty training as a commissioned officer or warrant officer during the Cold War;

(B) completed the person's initial service obligation as an officer or, if discharged or separated before completion of such initial service obligation, was honorably discharged after completion of not less than 180 days of service on active duty; and

(C) has not been released from active duty with a characterization of service less favorable than honorable and has not received a discharge or separation less favorable than an honorable discharge.

(c) One Award Authorized- Not more than one Cold War service medal may be issued to any person.

(d) Issuance to Representative of Deceased- If a person described in subsection (b) dies before being issued the Cold War service medal, the medal shall be issued to the person's representative, as designated by the Secretary concerned.

(e) Replacement- Under regulations prescribed by the Secretary concerned, a Cold War service medal that is lost, destroyed, or rendered unfit for use without fault or neglect on the part of the person to whom it was issued may be replaced without charge.

(f) Application for Medal- The Cold War service medal shall be issued upon receipt by the Secretary concerned of an application for such medal, submitted in accordance with such regulations as the Secretary prescribes.

(g) Uniform Regulations- The Secretary of Defense shall ensure that regulations prescribed by the Secretaries of the military departments under this section are uniform so far as is practicable.

(h) Cold War Defined- In this section, the term `Cold War' means the period beginning on September 2, 1945, and ending at the end of December 26, 1991.

Wall Street Journal                                                                                                           

November 9, 2012

By Barry Newman

                                                                                                          

 

A Cold Shoulder for Cold-War Vets

For survivors of the anticommunist effort, little remembrance on Veterans Day

This weekend, Americans will honor soldiers who fought the country's wars, from the Somme to Kandahar. In Manassas, Va., 30 miles from the nation's capital, a parade on Saturday will honor veterans of another big war: the one that never happened.

The Cold War, from 1945 to the Soviet Union's breakup in 1991, was all about avoiding total nuclear war. It turned hot in Korea and Vietnam and sparked conflicts from Lebanon to Grenada. But soldiers on duty between flare-ups didn't do battle. When the war that wasn't came to an end, they got no monuments, no victory medals.

Nor can they join the American Legion—which makes the parade of Cold War vets in Manassas a minor hot spot of its own.

The idea came out of Legion Post 10, a brick building with a long bar on Cockrell Road. The parade committee was in a room behind the bar one evening, talking protocol and Porta-Johns. Most were career retirees, yet 50 years after the Cuban missile crisis, the Legion's exclusion of Cold War short-timers was on their minds.

You have to serve in a declared war," said Mark Meier, the post commander, a44-year-old retired Marine. "That's our charter."

Bill Carruthers, 81, who flew in Vietnam as an Air Force colonel, opened his wallet and pulled out his Legion card. The eligibility periods were on the flip side: World War II, then a gap from 1946 to 1950. Korea, and a gap from 1955 to 1961.Vietnam, and another gap, from 1975 to 1982. Lebanon-Grenada, and a gap from1984 to 1989. Finally, a short war in Panama, a gap and 22 straight years of membership from the 1990 Gulf War through the Global War on Terrorism, which isn't over yet.

Missing in action: 22 years of the Cold War.

Col. Carruthers said, "I have a son who served four years on a destroyer, chasing Russian subs—after Vietnam but before Grenada. He cannot be a Legionnaire, and that really ticks me off."

The committee members have marched plenty. They've pinned on campaign medals and expeditionary medals. If they served during the Korea or Vietnam "eras," they also got a National Defense Service Medal. So did anyone on duty during the Gulf War, or since Sept. 11, 2001—whether patrolling Anbar Province or a stateside train station.

There’s no National Defense Service Medal for veterans of the Cold War. What were America's GIs up to? They went on alert when Egypt claimed the Suez Canal in 1956.They manned missile silos in North Dakota and piloted B-52s aimed at Soviet targets. They crewed nuclear-armed submarines and drove tanks in the Fulda Gap between West and East Germany. Some of what they did is still secret.

Don Levesque, a retired minister in Maine, was on leave in 1958 when 17 men in his Air Force unit were shot down and killed by a MiG while on a surveillance flight along the Armenian border.

"They call it peacetime," says Mr. Levesque, 74. "It wasn't. The Legion won't accept us. That's an affront. We never got a medal, and that's an affront, too."

Before he got discouraged and quit, Mr. Levesque belonged to American Cold War  Veterans, a group trying to convince the Defense Department to award a medal to GIs like him. Bills for the creation of one have passed the House and Senate several times, only to wilt in committee. The Pentagon is opposed.

"The Cold War was not actually a war," wrote Elizabeth King, an assistant secretary of defense, in a 2011 letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee. A medal would overlap hot-war medals, she wrote. It would cost $440 million, and 35 million vets could claim it.

How many of them served only in those 22 gap years? "Maybe five million says Frank Tims, 76, a retired defense analyst who is chairman of the veterans group. The Congressional Budget Office puts the likely number at 3.4 million and a medal's cost at $33 million.

"If it's about the money, I'll pay for my own medal," Frank Almquist says. He is 50 and drove Army tanks in the Fulda Gap early in the 1980s. "Just authorize it. I'll buy my own."

In2006, Mr. Almquist, who lives in Illinois, complained to his then-senator, Barack Obama.  Mr. Obama emailed back, calling a Cold War medal "appropriate," and hoping "that this impasse can be broken soon." It wasn't. Now the vets intend to ask him to create the medal by executive order.

They have campaigned too, to have May 1 (communism's May Day) declared Cold War Victory Day. Maine and Kansas have done it. Independently, Matamoras, Pa., has put up a Cold War monument. San Diego had a Cold War parade in 2010. Omaha had one last July.

Now comes Manassas. Banners on street lamps here commemorate Civil War battles in the fields beyond its strip malls. At a burger joint with "Thank You Veterans" ketchup on the tables, a waitress was asked what the Cold War was. "Just...like...a war?" she said.

"People don't realize there was a Cold War," Russ Keating was saying at Legion Post 10. He is an Air Force vet, and president of the parade committee. "They grew up with Vietnam and the Gulf."

It was the Cold War's invisibility that led the post to sponsor the parade (a separate nonprofit is running it). At Legion headquarters in Indianapolis, a spokesman says the matter of membership "has been brought to our attention." But the leadership has no plan to change the rules. Even if it did, Congress would have to amend the charter to let any veterans come in from the cold.

Parade planning has taught the Manassas Legionnaires one other lesson about Cold War vets: They're hard to find. No database lists them. A sign-up sheet at the county fair went unsigned.

"We're having a hard time," said Mr. Meier, the post commander. "They don't want to participate in our parade."

Kevin Bryne, in charge of participation, got up and told him: "When you have veterans that can't be members of your organization, they don't rush out to help you."

Mr. Bryne, 53, is a security contractor. He never joined the military; his father did. So he joined the Sons of the Legion. Kurdt Carruthers, the colonel's Navy-veteran son, will never do that.

"I told my father," he says on the phone from his home near Fredericksburg, "if I can't join the Legion, the hell with it."

He is 56 and spent four years, 1977-81, hunting submarines aboard the USS Peterson. "Interacting with the Soviets wasn't fun and games," he says. "We weren't waving at them and sharing movies." He missed getting a National Defense Service Medal by months.

Kurdt Carruthers was expecting to drive to Manassas today for its Veterans Day Parade. But he won't take part. He'll be standing in the crowd, watching his dad march by.

Write to Barry Newman at barry.newman@wsj.com

Source: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052970203846804578103272647950486



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Re:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:01/07/2014 18:57)

 You Guy's are better at writing letters than I am for sure.
What else can we do besides sending letters?
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RE:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
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Dale,
Phone calls to their offices, in person visits, visit the local offices of your officials

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RE:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
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Just wondered if anyone understands why the President of the United States (understanding that in actuality the writer would of course be an appointed administrator as opposed to the President himself), would not respond to an official letter from ACWV.  Is a reply still expected?  When I've written US Senators/Reps about CWSM before, I always, at the very least, get a written reply.....not always the one I want, but at least the common courtesy of a reply is respected....maybe "times they are a changin"....seems strange though....political possibly?

I also thought that Senator Israel might introduce new legislation.....If we could get both a Senate and House 2015 NDAA version provision together, I think it would have a better chance at ultimate passage because then, as has been the case in the past, there wouldn't be that difference in the two veresions that apparently brings the issue to the "House/Senate "reconcilliation process" where it always seems to get stripped out in the 11th hour.  Maybe if both versions had the medal provision in them, it wouldn't be or wouldn't be as much of an issue.

Then I think too, that the previous medal bill that did pass that read something like "It is the sense....that Secretary DoD should "consider".....What the hell is that?  In America, don't the people. the Republic (represented by Congress) still direct the Military instead of the other way around?  Tail waggin' the Dog if you ask me, and not good.  Just my opinion.

Anyway, below in blue is a short follow up e-mail message I wrote to my Senators/Representative through each's website contact application.  If anyone might want to use something short like this, I guess it at least let's them know there's a renewed effort ongoing.  The more contacts, the greater the interest/awareness. 

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Dear Senator ______,

 

 

     I write to ask that you please introduce legislation to establish a Cold War Service Medal, and include provision for same in the 2015 NDAA.

Thank you,

John Smith

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Re:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:01/14/2014 17:17)

Thank you Belknap for your continued support.  This President we have just used us as a campaign ploy to get votes to get elected, as most of us gather by now.  We will never change his view.  His goal is to get his Obamacare up and running no matter how we feel about it or want it.  As most of us know who keep up on current events, it is going to be a disaater.  But, this is another issue.  As far as him supporting and pushing for our recognition with some type of a CWSM, it is at the far end of his back burners.  I called Congressman Isreal's Washington D.C's   office about 3 weeks ago at phone number of: 1-202-225-3335. Congressman Isreal is in the next adjoining county on Long Island, NY,  next to mine.  I spoke to his office aide about CWSM Legislation.  I suggested that he re-write another CWSM bill to include that we pay for this service medal.  As I have indicated in the past, I know it is a raw deal, but there is no other way to go about this.  I have not heard anything yet.  I also sent an e-mail to Meghan Kelly, from the Kelly File on Fox News this past Jan. 10th.  I asked her if she will be willing to do a story about us Cold War Veterans.  About the struggles we are having to obtain recognition.  She seems to be about the only one in the news media that talks about veterans issues. I indicated that I would be willing to go on her talk show to discuss our situation.  It would be terrific if I were asked to do an interview.  I  only live about ninety miles from New York City, so that would not be a problem for me to go if I am contacted by Fox News. Again, I have dealt with Fox News in the past and the answer I received from them regarding a CWSM was that;  " It is not newsworthy." I also contacted New York State Senator Ball who has previously introduced legislation into the New York State Legislature calling on the Senate and the NYS Assembly to support a NYS CWSM, as most of us are already aware. I spoke to his aide, Sara Ritz, and explained our situation. I sent her a copy of the Texas CWSM bill that includes the sub-division whereby eligible recipients would pay for the medal if it is approved. So, with that said, all I can do is wait to see if anything happens. We have to stay the cause.
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RE:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:01/15/2014 06:41)

Understood rodevito......and thank you very much for all you do and I know have continually done for Cold War veterans.  I watch Meghan Kelly sometimes too (Albany girl originally, isn't she?), and I think she is very good and genuine, so good luck with that.....that would be great coverage for the cause.....and thank you also for conacting Senator Israel's office....I know he has supported and introduced good medal legislation in the past.

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RE:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:01/15/2014 12:17)

...and believe it or not, I really do mean "Congressman" Israel......but maybe Senator might fit too sometime, especially given his CWSM support over the years.

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RE:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:01/23/2014 12:03)

Not sure , but I was thinking it might be a good idea for ACWV to contact American Legion, VFW, AMVETS, etc and ask if they would actively support this year's medal push, and if introduced into 2015 NDAA, or if any Senate or House Bill is introduced, if they would show support by sending their respective medal resolutions to Senate/House leaders.  Also, it sure might help if they could mention same in a near-future publication of their organization's magazine.  They are all, as is known, as are many other VSOs, on record for supporting the creation of a Cold War Medal by adopted and standing resolution.

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Re:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:01/23/2014 17:01)

Thank you Belknap for your continued support on this CWSM campaign.  As of now, I have sent two e-mails to Meghan Kelly of Fox News.com.  I have not heard a response from her.  I think what happens is that these news people have staffers who screen all incoming communications to people like her and they decide what is best even though they have no clue at all as to what the Cold War Period was or entailed.  But I will keep sending communications to her.  Perhaps you other guy's should do the same.  Maybe we will get lucky if many people send info to her.  I called Congressman Isreal's office on Jan. 21, at his Washington, D.C.'s office at: 1:202-225-3335, spoke to one of his aides as to the status of the info I mailed to his office about the State of Texas Bill on the CWSM.  His aide told me that;  "these things take time."  Perhaps if some of you other guy's call Congressman Isreal's office, it might help push this forward.  What do we have to lose?  As far as getting the VFW and or the American Legion involved, I am going to submit a resolution in June on my local level asking the Legion to support a Cold War Europe Defense Service Medal and a Cold War Service Medal, as I have mentioned.  I tried in 2009, but was unsuccesful. I do not expect anything. But I am going to try again.  The current National Commander of the Legion, Dellinger, is a Cold War Veteran too.  Whether or not he will support a CWSM remains to be seen.  He may just be a puppet for the Legion and he will do as he is told; " for the good of the Legion." As they use as a motto. The VFW and the Legion as most of us know are predominetly run and administered by old men. I dare to say, clueless old men. Who have no interest in learning anything new about the Cold War Period and or what was involved here. They are more pre-occupied about running parties, parades, pig roasts, keeping the bar well stocked, eating and drinking at reduced prices, and whatever they can get for nothing. Even though nationally, the Legion and the VFW's memberships are dwindling. Most of their memberships consist of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Era Veterans. Only a small fraction of their memberships consist of 1990 and on veterans. But no matter what one may tell them about suggestions upon opening up membership to stateside and or overseas Cold War Vet's for the Legion and the VFW, all one would get from these old men is just the "dead fish stare. "  They are clueless and have no desire to learn about anything new or add to their mental capacities.  Then they cannot understand why the young men getting out of service today will not join their organizations. When these organizations will one day realize that they are going the same way that the dinosaurs went,  and they lose their political voting power base, it will be too late to save themselves. 
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Re:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:03/03/2014 08:54)

Hi, fellas.  I am still waiting for some evidence of the Spring Season to finally arrive.  It looks like the end of this week we might just see a slight warming trend of about forty degrees with no predicted snowfalls!  I hope. Since most of us are stuck in the Winter Doldrums, I thought I would share an e-mail I sent to the Suffolk County, NY American Legion.  As a member of the Legion, I receive correspondence from the Suffolk County American Legion News.  I sent out an e-mail on March 1st to their "comments section" on their site.  My e-mail was not directed to anyone person, just to the site.  Again, as I have posted recently on our site about membership numbers in the American Legion, I thought I would share my e-mail comment and the comment I received from the Suffolk County American Legion.  My e-mail may seem like a broken record to some, or it might be a little interesting to some of you this time.  But this is what I sent, and this was the response I received.  My email to them as follows,  to wit:

From: Robert DeVito
Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2014 4;35 PM
To:  Suffolk County American Legion
Subject: Re Suffolk County News You Can Use

I can see that the American Legion membership in Suffolk County is still dropping in overall membership numbers.  Again, as I have said in the past, the Suffolk County, as well as the Dept. of State of NY, as well as the American Legion on the National Level, its membership is slowly, little by little declining in numbers.  The powers in charge of running the overall function of the Legion are still sitting around at their local bars saying things like;  " what are we going to do about our decreasing membership totals!"  Just keep drinking that Kool-Aid at your bars and just keep brushing off former Cold War Veterans who served overseas or stateside during the Cold War while the Legion and or the VFW  just keeps regarding these men as;  " third class rated veterans!"  So, just keep doing what you are doing and you will go the same way that the dinosaurs went!

Sincerely,

Rob DeVito
Past Commander Post 803
Southold, NY
3rd Infantry Division,
U.S. Army-Iron Curtain

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The response I received from the Suffolk County American Legion News WEB Communications; To wit:

Suffolk County American Legion

to me

Rob,

You must have some solid suggestions.
See you at the March 7 Suffolk County Meeting, ok?
You know that we are a Congressionally charted war time veterans organization. Fact
Our membership is limited to those who served during congressionally mandated war time periods.  It will literally take an act of Congress to change that.  Fact.
Perhaps among the 72, 000 non-Legion veterans in Suffolk County there are many eligible veterans, should we not try to sign them up?
Or just keep bemoaning that fact that a small fraction of them are not eligible. My point continues to be that we need to sign up the eligible veterans and at the same time lobby congress to expand the war time period to include all the years prior to the fall of the Soviet Union as as to include the Cold War Veterans. If you feel left out, you would not feel that way at my post or at many great posts that I know of.
I think you are making way too much of this and would look forward to talking it over on March 7.  We are not a bunch of drunks and I am beginning to take offense to that characterization of those who are doing something positive to expand our ranks and accomplish our mission.
I will proudly offer you the chance to transfer to my post American Legion Greenlawn 1244.  Bring your legion card so I can initiate the transfer!

See ya,

Bob
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It seems like I might have struck a nerve with the Suffolk County American Legion.  I am not trying to go to war with them or go out of my way to dishonor anyone.  I am not going to transfer from my local post on the east end of Long Island, NY to travel sixty miles one way to go in the opposite direction.  If Mr. Santo seems to find what I am communicating to the Legion annoying, then why would he want someone like me to transfer to his post?  It was an interesting comment he made
about lobbying the Congress;  " to expand the war-time period to include all the years prior to the fall of the Soviet Union as to include the Cold War Veterans."  For once someone said something positive about Cold War Vet's!
I never said that they are all just a bunch of drunks either. But many post members I see do just that, hang around the bars.

I am planning to go to next month's Suffolk County American Legion meeting. First time since I was my local post commander.  I am going to contact the Suffolk County American Legion's Resolution Chairman, Rob Shadler, and discuss with him about putting in a resolution for a "Cold War Service Ribbon."  Just a service ribbon this time, no medal with it.  As many of us are aware, proposed resolution to go to the national level have to start on a local level.  I know we have been through this before.  We have all  had nothing but let downs, dissapointments, frustrations, and disrepect.  But I feel that we have nothing to lose again. I am retired, and I have a little time on my hands too.   Perhaps it is just the "Irish blood " in me to keep on fighting.  

Sincerely, fellas;

Rob DeVito
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Re:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:03/05/2014 06:36)

Hi, fellas.  Not that it matters that much to some people, but have you noticed how the news media is talking about the Cold War starting all over again.  I've heard terms again of; "the Soviet Empire, Sphere of Influence, the Iron Curtain and the Fulda Gap".   Gee, I thought the Cold War was all said and done!
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RE:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:03/06/2014 06:38)

Yes!....certainly have rodevito...referred to now all the time.  I think maybe that in these 2010s people are starting to see and starting to understand a little bit what that bear really was and could be again, and not at all sure how to deal with it and confront it......but we did...the Cold War veterans did and our leaders did then too....both parties.....we knew whatthe "bear" was and we knew what it could and would do if appeased.  We cofronted it all over the world (at great loss)....we contained it, and we beat it.

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RE:Cold War Service Medal, Let us try again in 2014
(Date Posted:05/07/2014 10:53)


With regard to J/ Terwilliger 12/27/13 post above....and upcoming ACWV meeting in Washington in June....

"Congress will begin working on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 in just a matter of days. Let this be the
year that the Medal is at long last authorized and issued."

I wrote several personal letters to sitting HASC and SASC members asking that consideration be given to adding amendment to 2015 NDAA for provision creating Cold War Service Medal. (I think what we fought in might more acurately be called "War against Soviet Agression"....this not in my letters...just my opinion here).

Among those I sent letters to:

Andrews,
Cruz,
Israel,
Levin.
Shaheen,
Vitter.

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