July 17, 2012
* The members of the New River Chapter were host to the Wounded Warrior Project Outreach Coordinator, Jason Pratscher from Fayetteville, NC at the July 17, 2012 regular membership meeting.
* Pratscher - pictured here with 1st Vice President Charles Knapp, President Doug Ehrhardt and Secretary Treasurer Ken Lynn - spent almost two hours describing in detail the mission and purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project using both slides and a video presentation that chronicled four areas, e.g., mind, body, economic empowerment and engagement, that are stressed in order to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the on-going needs of this group of America's heroes.
* Founded by veterans and friends moved by the stories of the first wounded service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the Wounded Warrior Project provides comfort items and offers a complete range of rehabilitative programs to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.
* Follow the below link to read the July 26, 2012 Jefferson Post article on Jason's visit to the New River Chapter's regular monthly membership meeting.
To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project and how to get involved, with time or donations, go to www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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April 19, 2012
* Representatives from the North Carolina Council of Chapters (NC COC) were in Myrtle Beach, SC on April 19 and 20, 2012 to seek out, and add, new members to MOAA National's 370,000 - and counting - rolls that make up the Association's "ONE POWERFUL VOICE!"
* Pictured are Doug Ehrhardt, CAPT, USN-Ret. (President, New River Chapter and 3rd Vice President, NC COC) and Chris Canipe, LTC, USANG-Ret. (Senior Advisor, NC COC).
* In addition to meeting old friends and sharing the benefits that MOAA National brings to ALL service personnel - active, retired, guard and reserve - the two days of effort were rewarded with 11 new members of the NC NGA.
* WELCOME ABOARD!
MOAA National's Awards Announced
* The New River Chapter's web site (which you are currently logged on to) and the Chapter's newsletter, the New River Current each brought home an award from the 2011 Marvin J. Harris Communications Award competition which recognizes those councils and chapters that do an outstanding job communicating with their members.
* The web page won 1st place honors in Category V, Chapters with fewer than 120 members.
* The newsletter won 1st runner up (it took home a 1st place in 2010) in Category V.
* Kudos all around to the Chapter officers, Board of Directors and members for their support and interest in our Chapter that makes this all possible.
Military.com link to "ALL KINDS" of discounts
* As most active and retired military are aware, large outlet retailers like Lowe's and Home Depot give a percentage discount to servicemembers when presenting a valid ID.
* Depending upon where you shop, however, retail offerings of discount goods or services may be far more extensive than many realize.
* By following the below link, you can surf literally "hundreds" of stores that have discount offerings for the military.
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Bestselling author of "Legacy of Honor"
* Alvin Townley has received high praise for this work that gives his readers a revealing insight into the world of U.S. naval aviators.
* Chapter members are heartily encouraged to get and read Townley's newest work, not only to enjoy discovering the extraordinary people and enduring spirit of naval aviation but also to read more about the son of chapter member, CAPT Jim Need, MSC, USN (Ret.), whose heroic efforts as rescue swimmer on the HS-5 Nightdippers team are chronicled in Chapter 7, "Rescuers.
Click the below link to reread the release by USS Eisenhower's PAO on the daring rescue that is so much more fully detailed in Townley's book...
Bravo zulu again AW2 Kyle Need, USN.
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Information regarding the Mesothelioma Center, a Veteran's resource for individuals needing assistance dealing with applying for benefits has been added to the Documents section.
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Lee displays his workmanship at the June membership meeting
The flags of the New River Chapter are proudly displayed in a stand built by Chapter member Lee Eldreth, MAJ USA (Ret.) from a piece of wormy chestnut that he harvested from his tree farm in West Jefferson, NC.