National Medal of Honor Day March 25, 2009

Found this on One Marine’s View



The Medal of Honor

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, it is often called the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Also from One Marine’s View

Who Are America’s Heroes?’

Posted: 18 Mar 2009 06:27 PM PDT

Tr%20MEDAL%20OF%20HONOR Airline Experience Begs Question, ‘Who Are America’s Heroes?’ 
By Donna Miles 
American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 18, 2009 – The challenge issued by a flight attendant during a recent commercial air flight seemed innocuous enough: “Name just one of the fiveMedal of Honor recipients from the current engagements in Afghanistan or Iraq, and get a free drink coupon.”
But the passengers’ response – more specifically, the inability of all but just one to respond – revealed how little the average American knows about its military heroes.Bombarded by superhero lore almost from birth, many Americans grow to revere fictional heroes as well as sports and celebrity icons. But silence descended over the cabin of a flight bound from Jacksonville, Fla., to Baltimore when the conversation turned to those who had earned the nation’s highest honor for valor – even when a free cocktail hung in the balance.

Dale Shelton, an Annapolis, Md., resident who served five years as a Navy intelligence specialist, was the only passenger to press the button over his seat to beckon the attendant. Shelton’s response: Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, the first Medal of Honor recipient in the global war on terror and inOperation Iraqi Freedom.

Smith received the highest military honor for valor posthumously on April 3, 2005, two years to the day after saving more than 100 soldiers in the battle for Baghdad’s airport. His young son and widow accepted the award on his behalf during a solemn White House ceremony.

The flight attendant gave free drink coupons to Shelton, as well as his wife, Jean, and two other traveling companions. Then he returned to crew area to announce over the intercom that only one person had correctly answered the challenge.

This time, the attendant offered a second challenge: “Name an ‘American Idol’ winner.” The cabin lit up like a pinball machine as 43 passengers scrambled to push their attendant call button. Passengers named various Idol winners.

The attendant announced that he wasn’t going to award drink coupons for that answer, telling the passengers that “naming an Idol winner was not worth a free drink,” Shelton recalled.

“He concluded his announcement with the question: ‘What’s wrong with our country when out of 150 passengers, only one can name a Medal of Honor recipient, but 43 can name an American Idol winner?’”

Later during the flight, Shelton shared with the attendant his own frustration over “the current lack of appreciation of our military heroes.”

The attendant asked Shelton if he knew the names of the other four Medal of Honor receipts from the current military operations. Shelton said he was able to name three: Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor and Army Spc. Ross McGinness. 
All were killed sacrificing themselves to protect their comrades during enemy attacks.

Murphy, a Navy SEAL, died June 28, 2005, trying to save his team members during Operation Red Wing in Afghanistan. Monsoor, also a SEAL, died in Iraq on Sept. 23, 2006, using his body to absorb a grenade blast that likely would have killed two nearby SEALs and several Iraqi soldiers. McGinnis died Dec. 4, 2006, after throwing himself on a hand grenade in Iraq to save four fellow soldiers when insurgents attacked their Humvee.

Shelton said he regretted that he had forgotten the name of Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham. Dunham died April 15, 2004, using his body to shield fellow Marines in Iraq from a hand grenade.

The flight attendant didn’t hold Shelton’s memory lapse against him. “He gave me all the remaining drink coupons he had in his possession and shook my hand,” he said.

(Editor’s note: A new special report on the Defense Department home page pays tribute to the five U.S. servicemembers who have earned the Medal of Honor for action in the war on terror.)

Recent MOH HEROES     

Posted: 19 Mar 2009 09:40 PM PDT


Face of America Bicycle Ride- Make a Banner for the Troops

Make a banner to support the troops

It’s that time again! The plans for Face of America Bicycle Ride 2009 have been finalized. The ride is taking place on April 25 & 26 from Bethesda MD to Gettysburg PA. Soldiers’ Angels works with World T.E.A.M. Sports by providing volunteers and support during the ride.

Face of America is a two-day inclusive bike ride of approximately 110 miles, creating a TEAM of people with and without disabilities. The ride is open to all—wounded, ill, active duty, civilians, young and old alike. This is a ride—not a race.

Banners! Banners are loved by the riders! Hung along the route and at rest stops, they offer encouragement and support to the riders. Banners can be made of any material ranging in size from a pillow case or tee shirt, to twin-size bed sheet. If you are interested in making and sending on a banner, please email Lisa Dixon at for information and mailing instructions.

Brain Injury Conference, Portland March 5,6,7


Brain Injury Association of Oregon PO Box 549 Molalla OR 97038 1-800-544-5243 Fax: 503-961-8730

The 7th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2009 In Portland Oregon


                                        MARCH 5 (pre conference) 6, 7


Here’s a sampling of workshops at the Conference. Wish I could go, but hope some angels will attend and take notes!

Thursday, March 5, 2009  9:00 – 4:00 pm 

$50 – Lunch provided 

Behavioral Challenges After Brain Injury 

Harvey E. Jacobs, Ph.D. 

Psychologist / Behavior Analyst  

Partner, Lash and Associates Publishing/Training 



FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2009 





2009 Conference Highlights

1st Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Conference


If you are interested in attending this event, please email Julie at or  for more information and a registration form.  This is a wonderful learning opportunity in our own backyard!   Hope to see you there! 



We invite you to join us at the 1st Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Conference, presented by the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services and the Washington State Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council on: May 4, 2009, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at the Seattle Airport Marriott, 3201 S. 176th St., SeaTac, WA 98188. 

A registration form is attached. The conference fee is $35.00 per person (includes a meal). A confirmation with the final agenda and other details will be sent in April via email or mail. 

The goal of the conference is to provide opportunities for survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), caregivers, advocates, and TBI professionals to increase their understanding of TBI, improve TBI programs, and improve collaborations in Washington State. 

The conference topics and confirmed speakers include: 

TBI Model Systems, Kathy Bell, M.D., University of Washington Medical Center

The Healing Power of Humor, Debbie Wooten, Comedian

Yoga and Meditation for Individuals with TBI, Colleen Mehner, Instructor

Advocacy 101: How to Advocate for Yourself and Your Loved One, Fred Langer,

   R.N., Esquire, Advocate 

Soldiers & Veterans with TBI, Fred Flynn, DO, FAAN, Medical Director/Neurologist, TBI Program,

    Madigan Army Medical Center; Maryanna Karl, MS, MFTI, Regional Care Coordinator, DVBIC;

    Tara Stablein, LICSW, CCM, Polytrauma Social Work Case Mgr., VA Puget Sound.

The TBI Council: Open Forum Interactive Discussion

Speak Out! Advocating for Youth, High School SAMs (Self-Advocacy for Motion)      

   students from Eastern Washington

TBI 202: Best Practices in Washington State

And Others! 

Participants will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the state. The conference will include exhibits from non-profit and for-profit organizations.  

To make lodging arrangements, please contact the Seattle Airport Marriott at: 1-800-314-0925 by April 13, to receive the conference rate ($108) or at  Please make sure you mention you are attending the TBI Conference.

Today was that day……..

“It was a very touching time for me.  Ever since Viet Nam I have wanted to be able to do SOMETHING to show how much I appreciate every soldier for everything they have done for me and my country.  Today was that day, and I made a point of thanking each and every one of them.  I shook the hands of some of them  and hugged others.  I won’t forget this special day, and I don’t think they will either.  I can’t wait until next year.”

Sandy Marcell
Roseburg, Oregon Angel



Roseburg VA

Roseburg VA Photos by Soldiers Angel Sandy Marcell 1st frame : Chef at the Luncheon. Awesome apron! The Candy filled mugs and balloons were for the patients. 2nd frame: The second picture is of our Vet's playing the Wii game (SA gave them) during the celebration. They had a great time. It really is a great way to exercise. I hear it is quite addictive. 3rd Frame: a quilter demonstrating some of the wares. You can see some of themwere made by our Angel's. They were beautiful.


Roseburg VA  photo#1 :  Angel Sandy Marcell with Veteran enjoying the celebration.  photo #2: The next one is of  a few of the wonderful nurses partaking in some of the goodies. photo #3: a very dark picture taken during hospital administrators speech thanking our Vets for everything they have done for us, and our country  You cant really see all of the people in the audience, or the beautiful decorations.  There were about 100 guests, and at least half of them were there to go and visit with the patients. We each took two mugs and went in groups to visit with the patients.

Roseburg VA photo#1 : Angel Sandy Marcell with Veteran enjoying the celebration. photo #2: The next one is of a few of the wonderful nurses partaking in some of the goodies. photo #3: a very dark picture taken during hospital administrator's speech thanking our Vet's for everything they have done for us, and our country You can't really see all of the people in the audience, or the beautiful decorations. There were about 100 guests, and at least half of them were there to go and visit with the patients. We each took two mugs and went in groups to visit with the patients.

Thank you Sandy for sharing your wonderful experience with the Veterans at the Roseburg VA!