This is really sobering. First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city where you went to high school and look atthe names. Click on the name and it will give details of the person’s death, a picture or at least their bio and medals.
This really is an amazing web site. Someone spent a lot of time
and effort to create it.
I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what
those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country.
Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people.

New Grant Cycle Opens To Fund Farmer Veterans

One piece of equipment changed it all. Ben Martin of Forest Grove, Oregon, served in the Marine Corps. After returning home from war, he pursued a career in winemaking.

Ben credits a grant from Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) for making the difference in his budding wine business early on. Back in 2015, FVC awarded Ben the supplies needed to bottle his first vintage of wine.

“We were just starting out making wine in the back of a horse barn,” acknowledged Ben. “We had no sales, no exposure. And we needed to bottle the vintage of wine. But we had no bottles, corks, or labels. FVC stepped in and gave us a grant for the supplies.

If it weren’t for FVC we wouldn’t have…well actually, I don’t know what we would have done, honestly.”

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Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities
PT Kihei Position, Veteran Preference
Kamaole Beach Club Resort in Kihei is looking for a long term, part time receptionist on Saturdays, Mondays and occasional other days (20-30 hours per week, $15 per hour). Perfect for Retirees looking to supplement their income. Reliable applicants only. Duties are checking guests in and out, taking phone and email reservations, and other similar administrative and customer service functions.
Veteran Preferred Goodyear Jobs
Please share with any Veterans you know who are looking for employment. You can contact the Recruiter via the info at the end of the listing.
Below you will see the various locations we are staffing for in Hawaii:
Entry Level Automotive Technician – Kihei, Hawaii
Automotive Guest Advisor – Hilo, HI
Automotive Mechanic – Kailua Kona, Hawaii ($1,000 Sign on bonus)
Entry Level Automotive Mechanic – Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Mid Level Automotive Technician – Kailua Kona, HI
Automotive Guest Advisor – Kailua Kona, HI
Entry Level Automotive Technician – Honolulu, HI
Goodyear also has hundreds of openings not listed above and they can be seen on https://jobs.goodyear.com/search/ if anyone is interested please insert my name in the “referred-by” option in the application. It would help me track and process applications faster.
Osvaldo Montes
Talent Advisor
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Phone number: (312)966-3319

VAPIHCS Veterans,

 VAPIHCS will resume offering the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years and older, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance, following a 10-day pause recommended by the CDC and FDA after a very small number of people who received the vaccine experienced rare but serious blood clots.

 After careful review and evaluation, the FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe for use and effective in preventing COVID-19. The available data show that the vaccine’s benefits outweigh its risks and the chance of blood clots occurring following its administration is very low. Anyone who is offered the J&J vaccine from VA will receive information about the potential risks and benefits of the vaccine, including the rare risk of blood clots and will be made aware of alternative vaccine options.

 The primary goal of COVID-19 vaccination is to protect those we serve from COVID-19, and VA’s priority remains the safety of all those receiving vaccine from VA, including Veterans, their spouses, caregivers, employees and federal partners.

 One and Done” with only one required dose, the Johnson &  Johnson Covid-19 vaccine is providing our Veterans, spouses, and caregivers an option to receive their vaccinations and be “One and Done”.

VAPIHCS has more than 3,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines that must be administered by June 23rd.

Call to secure an appointment: 1-800-214-1306

 We have both face-to-face or telehealth appointments and you can still utilize our drive-thru pharmacy service (on Oahu) from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

 One Team, One Ohana!

Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD, MBA, CPE

Director, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System

VADM, MC, USN, (RET)

36th Surgeon General, USN

VAPIHCS Veterans,  

 This past Tuesday, the CDC and FDA’s decided to pause use of the J&J/Janssen vaccine after receiving reports of blood clotting in six people out of the over 6,800,000 people in the United States who have received the J&J vaccine. Per the national guidelines, VA is pausing the use of the J&J vaccine as the CDC and FDA continue their review. VA has not seen these serious side effects in the more than 100,000 people we have vaccinated with the J&J product at VA and the J&J vaccine has not been removed from the market.

 While it is highly unlikely that you will experience any serious adverse reactions outside of the common flu-like symptoms seen in the first day or two after vaccination, we are reaching out to ensure you are informed. The six people that had a blood clot were women under the age of 48 and experienced this adverse event within two weeks of receiving the J&J COVID-19 vaccine As such, VA is calling all women 55 years and younger that received the J&J vaccine to check on their health and wellbeing. We are also conducting this wellness check on everyone who received the J&J vaccine by US mail.

 People who received their vaccine at least 3 weeks ago have a low risk of developing a blood clot. The general symptoms from a blood clot include severe headaches, blurred vision, fainting, seizures, pain in your abdomen (chest or stomach), leg pain or swelling, or shortness of breath. We are asking Veterans to contact us if they had any of these symptoms within the last 3 weeks and to seek emergency care or dial 9-1-1 if symptoms are severe.

 Your health and safety are our number one priority. We are here to answer any questions and to assist you as needed. Please contact your primary care team at 1-800-214-1306 dial 0.

 We will continue to update the VA vaccine website with what we learn about the J&J vaccine. https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/

VAPIHCS Veterans,  

Many of you may have seen the recent news reports from across the country about the recent increase of crimes and racial discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. It’s been heartbreaking for me to read the accounts from people in our communities who were either harassed, discriminated against or attacked, simply because of their race.

On Jan. 26, President Biden published a memo, “Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States,” on this topic that states:

Despite these increasing acts of intolerance, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made our Nation more secure during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout our history.  An estimated 2 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have served on the front lines of this crisis as healthcare providers, as first responders, and in other essential roles.  The Federal Government should combat racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and should work to ensure that all members of AAPI communities — no matter their background, the language they speak, or their religious beliefs — are treated with dignity and equity.

Many of our Veterans, employees, volunteers, friends and families, neighbors and elected representatives are of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent. As the Health Care System Director, I want to assure you that discrimination or harassment of any kind against Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders or any other minority group will not be tolerated at the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System. I also want to assure you that our Executive Leadership Team and I are working on identifying opportunities to help promote diversity and inclusion at all our sites of care. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace and health care organization that has the privilege to employ and care for thousands of America’s Veterans. Diversity in our workforce is a strength. Our Veterans and their loved ones, and all who walk through our doors deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.

I want to assure everyone that these types of issues are important for us to address as One Team, One Ohana.

If you or someone you know has been harassed at a VAPIHCS facility, below are a few resources you can reach out to for support:

  1. Contact the VA Office of Inspector General at 1-800-488-8244.
  2. Contact the VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at 1-855-429-6669 or vaaccountabilityteam@va.gov.

VHA continues to expand vaccination efforts for Veterans.

  • This week VAPIHCS will pass the 10K mark in vaccine doses administered, we are currently providing to Veterans who are eligible for VA care.  A big thank you to all of you who are working to make this all happen! 
  • As more vaccine becomes available, VAMC facilities continue to expand the priority lists for Veterans and caregivers, with some inviting all enrolled Veterans to their immunization clinics.

VHA will be implementing the Veteran-related aspects of the American Rescue Plan.

  • Public Law 117-2, the $1.9 trillion coronavirus economic relief package, was signed into law by President Biden on March 11. It ensures Veterans have continued access to quality health care and protections against COVID-19.
  • $17 billion is allocated in support of VA’s nationwide response to the pandemic and the law provides additional significant economic support to Veterans (press release).

 VA celebrates Women’s History Month.

One Team, One Ohana!

Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD, MBA, CPE

Director, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System

VADM, MC, USN, (RET)

36th Surgeon General, USN