Stan Spangle Sr.: Get information on Lejeune water contamination

Jun. 06, 2013 @ 06:50 PM

A month from Saturday will be our next quarterly get-together at Highland United Methodist Church. All Marines and their dependents who were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1950 and 1985 should try to be at this meeting. I should have the information on hand by then, and somebody from the  Department of Veterans Affairs to talk to us about the contaminated water issues.
For the last two months I have attended meetings in Greensboro, with representatives of agencies and groups that serve and provide services for veterans and their families. We’re hoping that by working together, a coalition of veterans groups can help solve the problem of homeless veterans.
The DAV, the VFW, the American Legion and a host of other people and groups are involved in forming this coalition to address this problem our veterans face. We have discussed and believe that the coalition can have the problem of homeless veterans solved in this area well before the end of the 2015 goal set by the VA. I’m involved in coalition, representing the High Point Marine Corps League. My Marine Corps brother, Bill Moss, represents the Greensboro Marine Corps League. I’m honored to be wearing two hats in this veterans coalition, representing the Highland group also.
This from The Retired Enlisted Association: The week of May 24 saw “The Stolen Valor Act” passed by Congress and sent to President Obama. It is now a federal crime to claim to have received a military medal or decoration and use it to benefit financially. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said, “Our nation can never fully express our gratitude for all that our men and women in uniform have experienced on our behalf. Their acts of valor helped ensure the safety and security of our nation, and the honor of their awards should never be compromised.”
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said, “With Memorial Day approaching, I am pleased that we were able to unanimously pass a bill that ensures we honor our true American heroes. Lying about military service is dishonorable and an insult to the brave men and women of our armed forces.”
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced a new initiative called the Veterans’ Entrepreneur Program. According to the SBA, this new program in conjunction with top lenders aims to help veterans become entrepreneurs. The SBA’s Veteran Pledge Initiative is a commitment by top national, regional and community lenders to increase their lending activity by 5 percent per year for the next five years. Nine percent of small businesses are veteran-owned. These 2.45 million veteran-owned businesses employ more than 5 million individuals. In the private sector, veterans are more likely than those with no active military experience to be self-employed.
TREA has pre-written letters that veterans can email or send to your representatives in Congress. Go to: http://www.capwiz.com/trea/issues/bills/
Marines, join the Marine Corps League. OoRah!
Pray for the fallen.
Semper Fi.

Stan Spangle Sr. is a 21-year veteran of the Marine Corps, serving in Korea and Vietnam. He’s a member of numerous veterans organizations. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.