Northwest Veterans Newsletter
Established September 1996

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Seattle, WA. USA








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Updated 22 February 2018

"The Price of Freedom is Never Free..."



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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]




2018 Winter Olympics Coverage - NBC


Opinion: The Left Is Reaping the Whirlwind of the Culture They Made by Andrew Klavan - Posted 22 Feb 18

Trump on preventing mass shootings: 'we're going to get it done' - FoxNews - 21 Feb 18

Who is in charge at the Department of Veterans Affairs? - MilitaryTimes - 18 Feb 18

Lawmakers ask Park Service to stop harassing vets visiting war memorials - MilitaryTimes - 16 Feb 18

13 Russian nationals indicted for interfering in US elections - FoxNews - 16 Feb 18

VA chief Shulkin, staff misled ethics officials about European trip, report finds - Seattle Times - 14 Feb 18

VA spending up again in Trump's fiscal 2019 budget plan - MilitaryTimes - 12 Feb 18

Trump's 2019 budget calls for 2.6 percent pay raise, thousands more troops - MilitaryTimes - 12 Feb 18

Trump signs budget deal, ending government shutdown - MilitaryTimes - 9 Feb 18

EDITORIAL: Instead of parading tanks, let's honor our post-9/11 veterans instead - MilitaryTimes - 7 Feb 18

Senate reaches budget deal with huge defense boost - MilitaryTimes - 7 Feb 18

View the FISA Related Memos - - 7 Feb 18


SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch - 6 Feb 2018


How Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis changed his mind on nuclear weapons - Seattle Times - 5 Feb 18

Deploy or get out: New Pentagon plan could boot thousands of non-deployable troops - MilitaryTimes - 5 Feb 18

Black Military History Month - MilitaryTimes

FYI: House Intelligence Committee Report On FISA Abuses - Courtesy of FoxNews - 2 Feb 18


State Of The Union - January 30, 2018


Mattis orders review of how troops use Fitbits, other fitness apps following breach - MilitaryTimes - 29 Jan 18

U.S. soldiers are revealing sensitive and dangerous information by jogging - Seattle Times - 28 Jan 18

With first A-10 strikes in Afghanistan, Marines call in the heat on the Taliban - MarineCorpsTimes - 27 Jan 18

Trump immigration proposal could provide path to citizenship for 1.8 million in US illegally - FoxNews - 25 Jan 18

First enlisted woman to retire from the Marine Corps buried in Arlington - MilitaryTimes - 24 Jan 18

Woman ID'd as inspiration for Rosie the Riveter dies at 96 - MilitaryTimes - 23 Jan 18




We Want Your Feedback!
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

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

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

Commentary on The Vietnam War by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick - Posted 5 Oct 17

MUST READ: AARP Article: Veterans Targeted by Crooks - AARP - posted 10 Jan 18

View the FISA Related Memos - - 7 Feb 18


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 July 21, 2017]
Most Defense Links have been removed because of government deletion!


DoD Sites:

U.S. Central Command - Official CENTCOM site

Press Releases from the DoD

Defense News - News from the DoD

Informative Sites For Veterans:

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

Army Historical Foundation - U.S. Army Museum - 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."

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

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

Other USG Reports:

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

9-11 Commission Report - Released 22 July 2004

Health News:

Treatment for military veterans: The Recovery Village - Personalized Addiction Treatment - Posted 20 Oct 17



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Overview of Hepatitis - - Posted 20 Sep 17

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..."

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

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

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

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."

eVetRecs: Request Copies of Military Personnel Records

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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