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March 13, 2014: Re-ignition of the Cold War and Membership Update. 

(1) Since last we updated our News section, the Cold War appears to have been reignited -- only this time the United States cannot claim the moral high ground it once commanded. 

While the government that led Ukraine (until its overthrow) did not meet "Jeffersonian" ideals, it was democratically elected and (in the not-too-distant future) was due to stand for re-election.  Rather than wait out this process, the U.S. government (through the auspices of U.S. Ambassador Victoria Nuland and with billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars) coordinated a violent coup.  Spearheading this U.S. sponsored violence were groups considered (by many) to be "neo-Nazi" -- both in terms of their history and their stated policies.  The umbrella name for many of the violent (U.S. supported) "neo-fascists" is Right Sector.  Another violent (U.S. supported) group (historically aligned with Nazism) is Svoboda.  (Five members of the Svoboda Party hold positions in the coup government now ruling Ukraine.) 

It should also be noted that the non-elected Ukrainian government has replaced the governors in the east of the country (the part of the country which remains loyal to the democratically-elected government) with "Oligarchs" -- billionaires whose wealth was obtained through very questionable means and methods.  U.S. taxpayers are now being asked to further enrich these billionaires at a time when the United States is cutting military benefits, veterans' benefits, food stamps and other programs that non-billionaire Americans depend upon.

Further damaging the reputation of the United States is our refusal to recognize democratic elections by sovereign regions within Ukraine (such as in Crimea) that do not wish to be ruled by neo-Nazis.

Perhaps the greatest mischaracterization of the events in Ukraine is the portrayal of modern-day Russia as a Soviet reincarnation when, in fact, the present leaders of Russia are (nearly) universally Christian and the majority of the Russian populace self-identifies as Orthodox Christian.  In other words, Russia is no longer the "godless," "atheist" nation that America fought for so many years.  One can draw his/her own conclusions as to the merits of religious belief.  One cannot, however, be permitted to draw Americans into a "Holy War" with an enemy that does not exist.

(2) Processing the most recent (new and renewal) membership submissions was delayed due to storm-related and other "off-site" technical issues.  In particular, we wanted to provide the update posted above before including a hard-copy version for those who requested it.  However, we did not wish to release a printed edition prior to our formal issuance of the online statement.  Because of internet outages in the Kansas City area, this was not possible.  Now that we have posted our online Ukraine comments, membership envelopes will be released for mailing today.

  

January 8, 2014: (1) Happy New Year to all of our members and their loved ones. (2) We have processed and mailed the most recent (new and renewal) membership submissions and are in the process of answering recent correspondence. (3) While we continue to get inquiries about a congressionally-authorized Cold War Victory Medal, the fact is we are in our worst position ever. While national media celebrate the recently passed federal budget, this garbage deal (which was supported by members of both parties and their respective leaderships) not only did NOT include a medal for cold warriors, it "achieved" cutting military pensions that were earned on our nation's battlefields. This is contemptible and speaks volumes about men and women who have never served in our nation's armed forces but think nothing of sending troops overseas to die and then cutting their benefits should the troops somehow survive. In short, our nation continues to be ill-served by demagogic chickenhawks — be they in the federal government or the national media. Given the current lack of support by our nation's "gatekeepers," the advocacy voice of the CWVA is needed now more than ever. In this spirit, we thank every one of you for your support.

  

October 9, 2013: Sorry for the long delay in updating our membership news.  The fact is, we have never been busier servicing the needs of the CWVA member community. 

(1) Much of our focus has been on addressing the fast-developing and constantly-evolving national security roles of both our military and intelligence services.  We played a particularly strong role in advocating AGAINST military action in Syria (as the predicate for unilateral U.S. military action had NOT been established), nor were we convinced that federal budgetary resources existed to fund such an action (and, given, the current federal shutdown, we feel vindicated on this score as well). 

While BOTH the Executive and Legislative branches (initially) were head-strong for another budget-busting military action, the American people overwhelmingly voiced their opposition.  Responding to the near-unanimous vox populi, the U.S. government finally backed down and, as a result, the lives of American service-members were spared.

(2) At the height of the mindless march to war by the latest group of chickenhawks, Father Patrick crafted this prayer for the Cold War Veterans Association.

(3) Related to item (1) above, the CWVA has advocated AGAINST the ever-increasing and unconstitutional violations of the privacy of American citizens.  While national security is important, it CANNOT be invoked as a justification for violating the United States Constitution.  It is terrifying to think of how frequently comparisons are being made between current U.S. governmental entities and the dreaded Stasi which allied cold war veterans worked to defeat.  For the comparisons to end, we need to alter our priorities to once again become a republic. 

(4) Finally, the latest round of new and renewal memberships was processed and mailed over a week ago and the Honor Roll has been updated.

 

April 22, 2013: (1) Another round of new and renewal memberships has been processed. Please continue checking our Honor Roll to help recognize those who have made a special contribution. (2) National security continues to dominate the headlines and the CWVA continues to be engaged in the conversation. While our work lately has been "behind the scenes," we will soon announce (new) policy positions with respect to these matters. In addition, leadership of the CWVA will soon be helping to conduct town halls on a number of related issues.

January 1, 2013: (1) The 2013 membership year is upon us and, with it, we have just completed processing a batch of new and renewal memberships.  Please check our Honor Roll to help recognize those who have made a special contribution. (2) Special thanks to all the schools that hosted our speakers in the month of November. (3) THANKS also goes out to the NAACP for inviting the CWVA Chairman to introduce the keynote speaker (Mayor Carl Gerlach of Overland Park, Kansas) for a county-wide town hall on community service that took place in November.

May 28, 2012: To commemorate this day in history, we respectfully ask that you visit our Memorial Day page.

May 1, 2012: ...We invite you to read a posting on: What is a "Veterans (Service) Organization"?

January 26, 2012: Thanks to George Lucas having (recently) reminded us of the brave service of the Tuskegee Airmen, we thought it appropriate to share with you a photo (below) from last year's banquet of the Tuskegee Airmen's Heart of America Chapter.  The gentleman to the left is an original Tuskegee Airman, Major Harvey Bayless.  Pictured to the right is the Public Affairs Director of the local chapter, George Dunmore.  In the center is CWVA Chairman Vince Milum.

Tuskegee Airman, Major Harvey Bayless

 

Cold War Victory Day Honors

May 1st is the day we commemorate Cold War Victory Day.  Each year several governmental entities help us recognize this special day.

To introduce the subject, the following is a speech given on the floor of the United States House of Representatives by Congressman Dennis Moore on May 1, 2003.  
 

2013 Cold War Victory Day

(1) To honor this day in history (May 1, 2013), Retired U.S. Army Chaplain, Father Patrick Rohen, has composed a special Cold War Victory Day Prayer which we invite you to read and recite.

(2) To further honor this day in history (May 1, 2013) and to recognize the significant sacrifices being borne by American service members and civilians alike, CWVA Chairman Vince Milum delivered this Cold War Victory Day speech announcing new CWVA policy positions that recognize the need for the United States to refocus its economic resources in order to ensure a more prosperous future for all.

(3) The Cold War Victory Day Proclamations for 2013 have begun arriving.  Check back regularly to see who is honoring us this year.

2013 Proclamations

Below are select 2013 Cold War Victory Day recognitions from various governmental entities within the state of Kansas where the (federally-recognized) CWVA is headquartered, as well as within the neighboring state of Missouri.

2013 U.S. Senator Recognizes Cold War Victory Day

2013 Kansas Governor Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2013 Kansas Secretary of State Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2013 Johnson County, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day (view a video commemorating this event beginning at the eleven minute mark; we apologize for the audio quality)

2013 Bonner Springs, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2013 Leawood, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2013 Lenexa, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2013 Mission, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2013 Olathe, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2013 Overland Park, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2013 Prairie Village, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2013 Blue Springs, Missouri Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2013 Lee's Summit, Missouri Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2013 North Kansas City, Missouri Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2012 Cold War Victory Day

To honor this day in history (May 1, 2012), Retired U.S. Army Chaplain, Father Patrick Rohen, has composed a special Cold War Victory Day Prayer which we invite you to read and recite.

2012 Proclamations

2012 U.S. Senator Recognizes Cold War Victory Day

2012 Kansas Governor Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2012 Kansas House of Representatives Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2012 Johnson County, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day (a video commemorating this event begins at the 19:50 mark and ends at 23:40)

2012 Kansas City, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2012 Overland Park, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2012 Lenexa, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2012 Shawnee, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2012 Leawood, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2012 Prairie Village, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2012 Mission, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2012 Olathe, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2012 Merriam, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

2012 Blue Springs, Missouri Proclaims Cold War Victory Day

Below: Ed Eilert (right), Chairman of the Board of Commisioners of Johnson County, Kansas presents CWVA Chairman Vince Milum (left) with the 2012 Proclamation of Cold War Victory Day.

Ed Eilert and Vince Milum 2012 Cold War Victory Day

2011 Proclamations

Below are select 2011 Cold War Victory Day recognitions from various governmental entities within the state of Kansas where the CWVA is headquartered.


2011 Johnson County, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day (a video commemorating this event in 2011 begins at the 17:30 mark and ends at 21:45)

2011 Lenexa, Kansas Proclaims Cold War Victory Day
 
 
 
Also in 2011, the Governor of Kansas helped us commemorate Veterans Day:
 
2011 Veterans Day recognized by Kansas Governor
 
 
 

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