National Volunteer Week – April 7-13, 2019

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In 1991, as part of President George H. W. Bush’s 1000 Points of Light campaign to support volunteerism, April was designated as National Volunteer Month.

As part of National Volunteer Month, there is one week designated as National Volunteer Week (April 7-13, 2019), which closes out today.  National Volunteer Week was “established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week” according to Points of Light.

National Volunteer Week “is an opportunity to thank all the thousands of volunteers across the country who keep many organizations running, communities safe and provide the services that otherwise would not exist without volunteers.”

It’s been wonderful seeing and reading stories about volunteers who are making a difference, so consider thanking a volunteer or becoming one yourself.  There are great things happening across the nation’s communities to help others, but more can be done.  We already look forward to the National Volunteer Week for 2020.

The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, is the CEO and Lead Consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, munitions, technology, SBIR, production, logistics, and supply.  Carl is a career aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer.  He is also an active volunteer and supporter of those who volunteer, plus is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

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March 29, 2019 — Vietnam Veterans Day

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On 28 March 2017, President Trump signed ‘The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017’ into law.  This law “encourages the display of the U.S. flag on March 29, National Vietnam War Veterans Day” and designated March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day  For President’s Trump statement, please click here.

March 29th was the date chosen due to Military Assistance Command Vietnam’s deactivation on March 29, 1973.  According to the the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration[o]ur Commemorative Partners have helped communities publicly and individually thank 2.3 million Vietnam veterans and their families during 15 thousand ceremonies.”  Also, more than “11 thousand local, state and national organizations have partnered with us to assist the nation in honoring 6.4 million living Vietnam veterans and the 9 million families of those who served.

To see a video tribute by General Robert B. Neller, the 37th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, please click here.

The author, retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, US Air Force, is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, technology, SBIR, production, logistics, and supply.  Carl is a career aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics officer.  Carl is also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Air Force Association.

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National Medal of Honor Day

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March 25, 2019 was National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to honor the recipients of our nation’s highest medal, the Medal of Honor.

This year some of the 72 living Medal of Honor recipients laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  These recipients were participating on a three-day trip to Washington, DC for an annual event that recognizes recipients for their bravery.

According to Stars & Stripes, “[a]ll 72 living Medal of Honor recipients, from World War II through the Korean and Vietnam wars to the 21st-century conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, are invited to Washington annually for a March 25 National Medal of Honor Day.  American Airlines pays for their charter flight and some other events during the weekend.”

The first Medals of Honor were presented on March 25, 1863, when then-Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, “presented Medals of Honor (Army) to six members of the  “Andrews Raiders” for their volunteering and participation during an American Civil War raid in April of 1862”, according to NationalDayCalendar. Since its creation, “there have been 3,468 Medals of Honor awarded to the country’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coast guardsmen.”

There are three versions of the Medal of Honor, specifically the Army, Navy, and Air Force versions.  Members of the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard receive the Navy version.  According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society (MOHS), “the Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.”  For additional details on the Medal of Honor, please visit the CMOHS website.

The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, is the CEO and Lead Consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which provides consulting services in a wide variety of defense and aerospace areas.  Brig Gen Buhler (ret) is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Air Force Association.

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Centennial Anniversary of the American Legion

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As we reflect on the Centennial Anniversary of the American Legion, which recently occurred on 15 Mar 2019, we’re reminded of the reason the American Legion was formed. According to the Legion, “[t]he American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.”

To celebrate the Centennial Anniversary, Brett P. Reistad, the American Legion National Commander, sent an email to Legionnaires, where he wrote “It all started 100 years ago today when four line officers decided to start an organization to help the millions of veterans returning home from World War I.

And for 100 years, The American Legion has been an influential force in improving the lives of veterans and shaping American society.  Everything we’ve accomplished is because of our Legionnaires — and your commitment to serving our veterans, our communities and our nation.  Together, we’ve made amazing things happen.  Thank you for being a part of The American Legion Family and what you do every day on behalf of our veterans, servicemembers and their families.

I’m very proud of our legacy. I can’t wait to see what comes next.  Happy birthday, Legionnaires!”

National Commander Reistad’s email perfectly captures what the American Legion is all about, plus the impact the Legion has had on veterans.  For more from National Commander Reistad, please watch the American Legion video.

Additionally, there is an informative Centennial Documentary…it’s worth watching and is just under 12 minutes long. The video is available here.

The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, is the CEO and Lead Consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, technology, SBIR, supply, logistics and production. Brig Gen Buhler (ret) is a member of the American Legion.

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