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LDVA Secretary Strickland Invites You to Attend Ceremony on March 29
BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) Secretary Joey Strickland cordially invites Vietnam Veterans, friends, families, veteran service organizations, and members of the community to a “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” day event being held from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the American Legion Nicholson Post #38 on Friday, March 29.
In the coming months, Americans will be uniting to thank and honor Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
On March 29, America will observe National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This special day was added to our national holidays when the President signed into law The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017. The LDVA will host their event on that same day at the American Legion Post located at 151 South Wooddale Drive in Baton Rouge, La.
As a proud partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, an organizationally based, hometown centric, veteran-focused program designed for federal, state, and local organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families where they live and work, the LDVA will be making sure that our state remembers and honors these brave men and women.
“We want to continue to echo a clear message of appreciation, respect, and honor, and offer a sincere “Welcome Home,” to our Vietnam Veterans,” said LDVA Secretary Strickland, who is himself a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War.
People from around the state are welcome to attend this celebration, including Vietnam Veterans, families, service men and women from across generations and branches of service, Gold Star families, and veteran service organizations.
As part of their long-delayed welcome home, Vietnam Veterans will be recognized, and receive commemorative pins, bumper stickers, and thanks from attendees and guests.
The day’s events include an official ceremony, remarks by several keynote speakers, a resource fair, food, drinks, and Vietnam War era music.
The LDVA recognizes that our nation is forever indebted to our Vietnam Veterans and encourages everyone to come out and thank these men and women on March 29.
President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Honor to American Legion member James C. McCloughan of South Haven, Mich., on July 31 during a ceremony at the White House.
Michigan Legionnaire receives Medal of Honor
President Donald Trump presented the Medal of Honor to longtime American Legion member James C. McCloughan of South Haven, Mich., on July 31 during a ceremony at the White House.
McCloughan, a 24-year member of the Legion and former Army combat medic, was honored for risking his life 48 years ago to save 10 American soldiers during the Vietnam War.
“Today, we pay tribute to a veteran who went above and beyond the call of duty to protect our comrades, our country and our freedom,” Trump said. “Though he was thousands of miles from home, it was as if the strength and pride of our whole nation was beating inside of Jim’s heart. Jim did what his father had taught him – he gave it his all and then he just kept giving.”
On May 13, 1969, less than three months after he arrived in Vietnam, McCloughan was one of 89 men in his company to embark on a mission to secure a transportation route near Nui Yon. As McCloughan and his men jumped out of the helicopter, they were surrounded by enemy troops.
Within minutes, two choppers were shot down and a soldier was badly wounded in the middle of an open field. “Jim did not hesitate,” Trump said. “He blazed through 100 meters of enemy fire to carry the wounded and the soldier to safety. But this was only the first of many heroic deeds Jim would perform over the next 48 hours.”
Despite being ambushed after an attempt to advance toward the enemy, Trump said McCloughan ran into danger to rescue his men. As he cared for two soldiers, shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade slashed open the back of McCloughan’s body from head to foot.
Yet, McCloughan didn’t let his badly injured body stop him from pulling the two soldiers to safety, as well as answering the plea of another wounded servicemember whom he also rescued and carried to safety.
“As day turned to dusk, nearly all of those who could and really, really had to make it back – they were finally within their night defensive position, except for one soldier whose plea Jim could not ignore,” Trump said. “After several minutes passed, Jim emerged from the smoke and fire carrying yet another soldier. He got the wounds fixed and lifted the soldier to a medevac helicopter.”
Over the next 24 hours, McCloughan fired at enemy combatants, suffered a bullet wound to his arm, and continued to race into gunfire to save more and more lives.
“He would not yield, he would not rest, he would not stop and he would not flinch in the face of sure death and definite danger,” Trump said.
After nearly two days with no food, water or rest, he also volunteered to hold a blinking light in an open field to signal for a supply drop. In those 48 hours, McCloughan rescued 10 Americans and tended to countless others.
He was one of 32 men who held their ground against more than 2,000 enemy troops, Trump said.
“Jim, I know I speak for every person here when I say that we are in awe of your actions and your bravery,” Trump said. “Specialist Five McCloughan – We honor you. We salute you. And with God as your witness, we thank you for what you did for all of us.”
Denise Rohan was elected national commander of the 2 million-member American Legion on Aug. 24, 2017, in Reno, Nev., during the 99th national convention of America’s largest veterans organization.
Born in McGregor, Iowa, Denise (Hulbert) Rohan lived in Elkader, Iowa, until leaving for U.S. Army basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala., in 1974. She served on active duty as a stock control and accounting specialist and repair parts specialist course instructor at Fort Lee, Va., until her honorable discharge in August 1976.
Rohan and her husband, Mike, currently live in Verona, Wis., where she has served The American Legion since 1984. Prior to her transfer to Post 385 in Verona, she served as the commander of Post 333 in Sun Prairie, Wis., where she established a Sons of the American Legion squadron and chartered a Boy Scout troop.
She has also served as the department commander of Wisconsin.
Rohan and Mike are both 2006 graduates of the National American Legion College and 2015 graduates of the Wisconsin American Legion College-Basic Course, and have gone on to serve as department and national American Legion College facilitators.
Rohan was employed with the University of Wisconsin Madison as the assistant bursar of student loans until her retirement in 2012. She managed the University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Wisconsin Green Bay and University of Wisconsin Colleges $120 million loan portfolio made up of approximately 200 different federal, institutional and state programs in compliance with all laws, regulations and policy. She was responsible for the efficiency and design of the computerized student loan accounts receivable system.
She is a graduate of Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, Wis., and The Collegiate Management Institute.
Rohan served the Family Readiness Group as a civilian volunteer with the Wisconsin Army National Guard 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 1-105th Cavalry Squadron. She also served with the 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard Airman and Family Readiness Program.
Her theme as national commander is “Family First” and her fundraising project is the Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance program and the Legion's service officer program. TFA awards cash grants to minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership. These grants help families in need meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities and health expenses, thereby keeping the child or children in a more stable environment.
Rohan has been married to Mike since 1976, and they have a son, Nicholas, daughter-in-law Angie, and two grandchildren, Sawyer and Isla. Mike is very active with The American Legion on both the state and national levels and is a past department adjutant. Nick and Sawyer are members of Squadron 385, and Isla is a member of Unit 385.
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