Northwest Veterans Newsletter
Established September 1996

Seattle, WA. USA








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Updated 25 May 2017

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In the News

"No nation should put the burden of war on its military forces alone."
- General William C. Westmoreland, US Army, retired
[Following the Vietnam war]




Trump to NATO: Unpaid dues unfair to U.S. taxpayers - FoxNews - 25 May 17

Manchester bombing: NY Times defends coverage as Trump calls leaks 'deeply troubling' - FoxNews - 25 May 17

Budget Calls for Cuts to VA Programs as Tradeoff for Extending Choice - - 23 May 17

Trump's budget seeks a 2.1 percent military pay raise for 2018 - MilitaryTimes - 23 May 17

Marine veteran Robert Mueller will lead probe into Trump and Russia - MarineTimes - 18 May 17

Chelsea Manning freed from Kansas military prison - FoxNews - 17 May 17

White House says Trump info-sharing with Russia 'wholly appropriate,' rips leaks - FoxNews - 16 May 17

Newsletter comment: When are news reports and leaks more damaging than what may have been said in the White House to our national security? I believe this is one of those times! I've never trusted the press since serving in Vietnam. - Roger, co-editor

Pierce County Medal of Honor recipient dies at 94: Single-handedly forced back Germans in epic battle - Seattle Times - 13 May 17

Russian fighter jet and Navy surveillance aircraft have close encounter - NavyTimes - 12 May 17

Trump fires FBI Director Comey - FoxNews - 9 May 17

Rod Rosenstein's letter recommending Comey is fired - BBC - 10 May 17

Newsletter comment: I believe the way Comey was fired was awkward to say the least, yet it is not some Constitutional crisis as some would like us to believe. The Russians must be laughing, if their intent was to disrupt our election and make us doubt our own government, they have succeeded beyond their greatest expectations as we watch internal politics continue to divide our nation even further.

Frankly I'm disgusted with the politics of both parties. Let the Russian investigations proceed in the FBI, DOJ, House & Senate. Until conclusions are finalized, stop with the political pandering and get on with our nation's business! - Roger Young, co-editor

US combat troops won't stay in Iraq after ISIS defeat, Iraq PM says - MilitaryTimes - 5 May 17

Leo Thorsness, Decorated Veteran Held Captive With McCain, Dies at 85 - New York Times - 3 May 17

U.S. contractor in Iraq ignores smuggling, security risks at base for F-16s - Seattle Times - 3 May 17

Related: US company turned blind eye to wild behavior on Iraq base - Seattle Times - 3 May 17

THAAD can defend against North Korean missiles, South Korea says - DefenseNews - 2 May 17

Letter shows Michael Flynn warned about foreign money; IG launches probe - FoxNews - 27 Apr 17

US admiral says North Korea crisis is at worst point he's seen - MilitaryTimes - 27 Apr 17




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Northwest Veterans Newsletter Blog


Shooting at Ft. Hood
Originally published on 11 Nov 09 and updated as we await the execution of Maj. Hasan.

Project Gunrunner aka Fast & Furious

Sad State of Affairs commentary by Roger Young - 19 Jul 12

Benghazi - Originally posted 28 Sep 12 with updates as events unfold.

2nd Amendment In Danger by Roger Young - 9 Jan 13

Silver Spur President's Message regarding Distinguished Warfare Medal - 18 Feb 13

PC Nonsense a Threat to Us All by Roger Young - 23 Apr 13

Military Vet Returning Home? Here's Help With the Transition - 17 May 13

Op-Ed August 2013 by Roger Young - 7 Aug 13

Opinion: The Benghazi Nightmare Revealed by Roger Young - 19 Sep 13

Vietnam POW 40th Reunion News Coverage - Posted 4 Oct 13

Not Paying the Families of our Dead Heroes a National Disgrace! - Posted 9 Oct 13

Vietnam Bronze Map Dedication at the Boeing Flight Museum on 10 Nov 13
Includes video and PDF of the dedication program

Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Auburn, WA - 2013
by Roger & Pam Young - 11 Nov 13

20th Anniversary of Vietnam Women's Memorial
by Pam Young - 12 Nov 13

Honoring Medal of Honor Recipient Emil Fredreksen - Video produced by Pam Young - 28 March 16
[Best watched in full screen on HD]






Support the troops

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war,
no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive
the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."
- George Washington


[Links were active as of March 17, 2015]


AC Online's Guide to College Affordability for Veterans - Posted 16 Apr 14

Air Force Memorial

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial - Posted 31 Jan 07 - Higher Education Resources for ROTC Students and U.S. Servicemembers - Posted 26 Sep 14

Coalition to Salute America's Heroes - "The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes was created to provide a way for individuals, corporations and others to help our severely wounded and disabled Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families rebuild their lives."

DoD Sites:

U.S. Central Command - Official CENTCOM site

Press Releases from the DoD

Defense News - News from the DoD

Edmonds Community College Veterans Resource Center - Helping Veterans Transition from Military to Civilian Life

Fallen Patriot Fund - Helping families and those seriously wounded and discharged from the military.

Final Salute, Inc. - For Women vets by Women vets. Provides support for women veterans who are homeless or facing homelessness.

Fisher House -- Helping Military Families - OUTSTANDING program! These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time -- during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

The Independence Fund - Helping to give mobility to our wounded heroes.

Military Resources: Higher Education for Veterans - Accredited Schools Online - Posted 2 Jun 15

MoneyGeek Veteran Resources:

Housing Benefits for Veterans

Scholarship & Financial Aid Guide

Career Guide for Veterans

Operation Homefront - Washington State Chapter

Tribute & support for the current 3-17th Cav

VA Programs to assist the survivors of military personnel who die on active duty - 17 Aug 04

Local: Veterans Archway Project - UW-Bothell - Posted 22 Oct 12

Women Organizing Women - "For Women Who Served In The Military" - Posted 29 Aug 08

Wounded Warrior Hospital Fund - A connection to contribute directly to our wounded at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

The U.S. Servicemember's Guide to Academic Programs and Aid - Posted 15 Oct 13

Senate Intelligence Committee Reports: [PDF files]

Postwar Findings about Iraq's WMD Programs and Links to Terrorism and How they Compare with Prewar Assessments - Senate Intelligence Committee Report [Phase II]

The Use by the Intelligence Community of Information Provided by the Iraqi National Congress - Senate Intelligence Committee Report [Phase II]

Other USG Reports:

NIE Report - Iran: Nuclear Intentions & Capabilities [PDF] Courtesy of MSNBC - Nov 07

PDF file: Report to Congress by General Petraeus - Courtesy of DefenseLink - 10 Sep 07

PDF file: Securing, Stabilizing, and Rebuilding Iraq: Iraqi Government Has Not Met Most Legislative, Security, and Economic Benchmarks - GAO - 4 Sep 07

PDF file: National Intelligence Estimate Report July 2007 - Courtesy of MSNBC

Iraq Study Group Report - 6 Dec 06

9-11 Commission Report - Released 22 July 2004

Health News:



Attention Gulf War Vets and those who served in the Operation Iraqi Freedom: The Secret Casualties of Iraq's Abandoned Chemical Weapons - New York Times - 14 Oct 14

Important Read: The Riegle Report, May 25 1994

PDF: The VFW's Report on the State of VA Health Care - VFW - Posted 7 Oct 14

VA rejects link between Gulf War service and cancers - ArmyTimes - 7 Jul 14

Top VA official questions use of term 'Gulf War illness' - ArmyTimes - 22 Apr 14

Vets battle VA on post-Vietnam Agent Orange claims - ArmyTimes - 11 Mar 14

Attention King County Area Female & African American Veterans: Therapeutic Health Services - For more information, please call the Rainier Branch at (206) 723-1980. - Posted on 3 Jan 14

Sickened by service: More US sailors claim cancer from helping at Fukushima - FoxNews - 20 Dec 13

How will Affordable Care Act affect veterans? New VA website has answers - ArmyTimes - 9 Aug 13

Vietnam War veterans with PTSD have higher risk of heart disease - FoxNews - 27 Jun 13

Study provides more clues to Gulf War illness - ArmyTimes - 26 Nov 12

PDF file: Gulf War Veterans' Illness Task Force Report - March 2012 - VA - Posted 29 Mar 12

VVA Urges All Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange Be Screened for Prostate Cancer - VVA - Posted 13 Dec 11

AGENT ORANGE/DIOXIN COMMITTEE REPORT: Operation Flyswatter - V.V.A. - Posted 19 Jul 10

VA Eases Claims Process for Veterans with PTSD - DoD - 12 Jul 10

VA to Intensify Gulf War Illness Outreach, Care - DoD - 1 Apr 10

Study Measures Traumatic Brain Injury - DoD - 5 Feb 10

More on Suicide and PTSD by Tom Berger - V.V.A. - Jan/Feb 2010

VA Recognizes Agent Orange Link to More Diseases - DefenseLink - 20 Nov 09

Agent Orange linked to serious heart disease - MSNBC - 24 Jul 09

TBI Fact Sheet (PDF) - Courtesy of Force Health Protection & Readiness - Posted 21 Jul 09

Defense, Veterans Affairs Collaborate on Brain Injuries - DefenseLink - 20 Jul 09

Soldiers' emotional battle scars put doctors in dilemma - Seattle Times - 20 Jul 09

Senate bill seeks mental-health screening for troops - Seattle Times - 20 Jul 09

VA Launches 10-Year Health Study of 60,000 New Veterans - VA - 22 Jun 09

PDF file: Agent Orange Dioxin Report - Courtesy of Vietnam Veterans of America - March/April 2009 - Posted 7 Apr 09

Mesothelioma Center - Vital Services For Cancer Patients & Families Posted 3 Mar 09

"...Veterans are allowed to apply for Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits for asbestos-related diseases, and the resources at can assist veterans in applying for benefits..."

Psychological Health, Traumatic Brain Injury Outreach Center Opens - DefenseLink - 15 Jan 09

National Resource Directory Helps Wounded Warriors - DefenseLink - 26 Nov 08

Healing the Invisible Wounds of War -DoD - 26 Nov 08

"Bandages and sutures cannot heal the sleepless nights, broken families and shattered lives caused by the invisible wounds of war. Military chiefs are determined to help troops combat what has become known as post-traumatic stress disorder."

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury - DoD - Posted 11 Nov 08 - Excellent resource site regarding PTSD & TBI

Warrior Care: Progress Includes Recovery Coordinators, Joint Care Plan - DefenseLink - 6 Nov 08

Army, National Institute of Mental Health Begin Suicide Study - DefenseLink - 30 Oct 08

Recently Wounded Vets Get Intro to Therapeutic Sports - DefenseLink - 1 Oct 08

'Virtual Iraq' Combats Horrors of War for Troops with PTSD - DefenseLink - 25 Sep 08

RAND Report - Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery - 17 Apr 08

Center Gears Up for Mental Health, Traumatic Brain Injuries - DefenseLink - 28 Jan 08

Troops Warned of Blood Clot Risk, Especially During Deployments - DefenseLink - 2 Nov 07

VA's Suicide Hot Line Begins Operations - DVA - 30 Jul 07

"...The toll-free hot line number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). VA's hot line will be staffed by mental health professionals in Canandaigua, N.Y. They will take toll-free calls from across the country and work closely with local VA mental health providers to help callers..."

Technology Identifies Veterans at Risk for Diabetic Eye Disease - VA - 15 Feb 07

VA and DoD to Pursue Joint Electronic Health Record - VA - 24 Jan 07

War trauma tied to heart attacks - Seattle Times - 2 Jan 07

Agent Orange study ends, no cancer link found - MSNBC - 7 Sep 06


Trauma of war hits troops years later - news service - 25 Aug 05

VA Support & Benefits, DD 214s:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA's Suicide Hot Line Begins Operations - DVA - 30 Jul 07

"...The toll-free hot line number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). VA's hot line will be staffed by mental health professionals in Canandaigua, N.Y. They will take toll-free calls from across the country and work closely with local VA mental health providers to help callers..."

VA Suicide Prevention Panel Completes Draft Report - DVA - 9 Sep 08

VA News Releases

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA)

Seamless Transition Home [DVA] - "Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) web site for returning Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. We honor the opportunity to provide benefits information and assistance to eligible veterans who honorably fought and served in our Nation's armed forces."

Healing the Invisible Wounds of War -DoD - 26 Nov 08

"Bandages and sutures cannot heal the sleepless nights, broken families and shattered lives caused by the invisible wounds of war. Military chiefs are determined to help troops combat what has become known as post-traumatic stress disorder."

eVetRecs: Request Copies of Military Personnel Records

Local Veteran Organization Sites:

Seattle Veterans Museum - Seattle, WA.

Veterans Memorial Museum - Chehalis, WA.

POW/MIA Sites:

(DPMO) Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office - Official USG site, databases, etc.

National Alliance of Families

National Leaque of POW/MIA Families

POW/MIA FOIA Litigation Account

DoD Doctrine on Recovering Captured Military Personnel:

See "Personnel Recovery," Joint Publication 3-50, January 5, 2007 (283 pages, 2.5 MB PDF):

New Book on POWs:

An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs Abandoned in Southeast Aisa

Excerpt: THE 1983-1984 COVER-UP: How It Was Structured, How It Was Sustained

Jane Fonda and POWs by

Operation Homecoming:

Hanoi Taxi - Posted 16 Jan 08

"The Hanoi Taxi (tail #66-0177) was retired from active service in May 2006. She was the last of the 285 C-141s built by Lockheed to leave active service. She flew 100 POWs out of Hanoi on 12 February 1973, some of them tasting freedom for the first time in six years. Each POW put their shot-down date on the face of the oxygen panel during their flight to Clark AB in the Philippines. For her retirement ceremony, the POWs she brought home were brought back for the ceremony and one last flight by this gracious lady. Most of them are old men now but their enthusiasm, emotions, and excitement were evident during this flight and retirement ceremony. She was then flown to Dayton, OH where she will spend her final days in the Air Force Museum..."

Montagnard Sites: Keeping track of Human Rights abuses in Vietnam

Montagnard Human Rights Organization




Silver Spur 2000 Mini-Reunion on Veterans Day in D.C. at the Wall



Vietnam Memorial & Changing of the Guard
by Roger & Pam Young


3/17th Air Cav from Vietnam to Iraq & Afghanistan

A personal tribute to all Troopers who have served with the 3/17th Air Cavalry from Vietnam to the present... by Roger "Bear" Young.


Salute to the Women Who Served During Vietnam

Produced by my wife, Pam, honoring the women, both military and civilian who served during the Vietnam war. Pam served in the Navy from 1970-1974 and was assigned to CINCPAC Joint Command and worked on Operation Homecoming for our POWs.

Here's some more background by Pam on the civilian women who were killed during Vietnam:

And more on the nurses who perished:


Once I Was A Soldier...

Song "Once I Was" by Tim Buckley, photos courtesy of Troopers who served with the Silver Spurs in Vietnam, 1967-1972. The Silver Spurs received two Valorous Unit Awards during their time in hell... one for the defense of Long Binh during the 1968 Tet Offensive, the second for our involvement in the 1970 Cambodia Incursion. In memory of those Spur who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our nation with honor...


God's Own Lunatics by Joe Galloway

God's Own Lunatics by Joe Galloway which I put to pictures by the Silver Spurs, A Troop, 3/17th Air Cavalry, Vietnam '67-'72.

We had the honor of having Joe Galloway as our keynote speaker for our 2008 Silver Spur reunion. He will return to be our speaker once again in April 2010. Joe is a true friend of all military veterans and those who serve our beloved nation today...

If additional Spurs find us via this video, please join us at our website.

Roger "Bear" Young
Spur scout platoon crew chief, '69-'70


Brothers In Arms

Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits






Newsletter Special Features & Articles

Bellevue Traveling Vietnam Wall July 1st - 4th, 2011 Video


The Acacia Memorial Park Traveling Vietnam Wall 2009 - Shoreline, WA.

After-action Report Updated 19 Aug 09

Pam and nurse, Deborah S., placed a rose for 1Lt. Sharon Lane
© The Northwest Veterans Newsletter

Nurses Killed In Vietnam

Remembering 1Lt. Sharon Lane - KIA in Vietnam, 8 Jun 1969

Operation Babylift - Operation Babylift was an on-going effort to evacuate children from the orphanages before the fall of Saigon

Cambodian Incursions and U.S. POWs by 3/17th Troopers Dan Sutherland & Roger Young

The Vietnam Wall Experience 2001 - Bellevue, WA. - July 2001

Vietnam Women's Memorial Tribute by Pam Young dedicated to the Womens Memorial in D.C.

My Own 1993 Journey to D.C. by Pam Young -- USN 1970- 1974

Vietnam Woman Veteran Receives Soldier's Medal by Noonie Fortin - © 2001 [Posted with expressed permission]

A Salute to Martha Raye 1916 - 1994

Granite Falls Veterans Day Parade 1997 by Roger & Pam Young

Some Important Dates in the History of Military Women - Compiled by Pam in 1997

To Scotty, With Love by Joyce Daugirda, Vietnam-Era & Desert Storm U.S. Army

In Remembrance of Carrie Dixon by Roger & Pam Young

A Soldier's Christmas by A Troop, 3/17th Air Cav 'Silver Spurs'





Newsletter Special Awards

Plaque presented to Pam in 2006 from A Troop, 3/17th Air Cav
Presented to Pam in 2006 from A Troop, 3/17th Air Cav "Silver Spurs"
at their 2006 Spur reunion in Dothan [Ft. Rucker], Alabama


Washington State Dept. of Veterans Affairs Award
Outstanding Veteran Volunteer, 2001
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
Roger & Pam Young
Outstanding Veteran Volunteer 2001
"You are commended for your
selfless service to veterans
and family members"


Glen A. Williams "Bronze Boonie" Memorial Award
Glen A. Williams Bronze Boonie Memorial Award
The Glen Williams Award for 2000 is presented to
Roger "Bear" Young and Pam Young
For many years Pam and Bear have unselfishly given of their
time and personal finances to publish their newsletter as a
service to the Veteran community. The Northwest Veterans Newsletter
has entertained, educated and edified veterans
and their families and strongly supported veterans causes.

Personal commitment, dedication, and sacrifice are virtues
embodied in the American Veteran. Pam and Bear Young
certainly reflect those virtues. We honor you, congratulations.

M.R. Rogers - Trustee - 15 June 2000



The West Wing at Sunset Hills
The West wing of the Wall at Sunset Hills
Vietnam Wall Experience 2001


To all of you that never had your parade,
Never felt your service time in hell was appreciated,
Who suffer health problems today,


From Auburn Parade to all veterans, 9 Nov 02
Unknown family honors veterans at Auburn, WA. Veterans Day Parade
9 Nov 02


Moving Wall
Washington Memorial Cemetery

Dear Uncle...
Note reads:


"I was only a boy when you left us and I really didn't know you, but now that I am a man, I promise to teach my boys of you and to honor your sacrifice. You are missed.

"Your nephew"


Washington State Wall
Washington State Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Washington State Korean War Memorial
Washington State Korean War Memorial

Northwest Veterans Newsletter Photos




Index of our Pages

Index Page 3/17 "Silver Spurs"
"Bear's" Unit -- Your gateway to the 3/17 Air Cav Squadron
Family & Racing Photos
In Progress!





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