Posts tagged ‘Veterans Court’

November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Eve Military Appreciation Dinner

by lewwaters

Very accomplished guitarist, Ernesto Quilban, playing a medley of the themes of the United States Military Themes.

Recorded live at the Vancouver, Washington Armed Forces Reserve Center, November 27, 2013 for the first annual Thanksgiving Eve Military Appreciation Dinner hosted by the Clark County Veterans Court Board.

November 12, 2013

Thank the Military This Thanksgiving

by lewwaters

Bush turkey 2Thanksgiving Day will soon be upon us and we will likely sit down with family and friends, overeat, watch a ball game and of course, somewhere in the course of the day we will give thanks for living in such a great country.

Most of us do not know hunger; fear of being dragged from our homes in the middle of the night to be interrogated or targeted by despots merely because we disagree with them and wish to lobby for changes.

We have fields of grain unlike many other countries and such bountiful farmlands that even the poorest among us are fed regularly.

We will give credit to many for such riches, but who really deserves credit?

September 26, 2013

Luau with Elvis 4 Vets

by lewwaters
Mark Stevenz

Mark Stevenz

Elvis fans rejoice, Mark Stevenz, one of the top 20 Elvis Tribute Artists will be performing this Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Tyee Yacht Club in Portland on Marine Drive.

A Luau is scheduled from 12:00pm to 6:00pm with a full line-up of top notch entertainers to benefit the Clark County Veterans Court.

Along with Mark Stevenz’s Las Vegas style Show will be acclaimed guitarist Ernesto Quilban returning on behalf of Veterans leading off the Luau at Noon.

August 11, 2013

Video: Concert for a Cause – The Cause is 4 Vets

by lewwaters

Whether you were able to come out to Camas Meadows Tuesday evening or missed it, it was a great show. For all, a sampling of some of the great performances that were seen.

Many thanks to all who came out in support of the Clark County Veterans Court.

Keep your eyes and ears open for announcements of the next event and come on out.

August 5, 2013

Don’t Sit Home

by lewwaters

Soldiers TearsFor some time now you have seen the post stuck to the top, Concerts for a Cause ~ The Cause is 4 Vets addressing a very worthy event to be held tomorrow, Aug 6. By this time tomorrow the blog should return to normal, after I return from a great evening enjoying the best entertainment the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

As a certified car nut, I will also spend some time looking over some of the most awesome classics, hot rods and customs people in the Northwest own, many self-built.

Of all of the Concerts for a Cause planned this month, this one supporting  the Clark County Veterans Court promises to be the very best one, featuring stellar entertainment like Flexor T, Mark Stevenz as Elvis, award winners as fiddler champion Cynthia Hamm, guitarist Doug Smith of Three Together, Nashville Artist Tom Mann.

Click the link above to sample the entertainment you will be enjoying.

June 21, 2013

Celebrate Independence Day Helping Deserving Veterans

by lewwaters

Fireworks 2Independence Day, more commonly referred to as the Fourth of July is our oldest and most celebrated holiday, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and subsequently winning independence from Great Britain in 1783.

Originally expecting it to be adopted on the 2nd, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on the 3rd,

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Due to debating and revising some wording, the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted on the 4th and we have celebrated our Independence ever since, pretty much as John Adams expected us to.

May 19, 2013

Rockin’ at Boppin’ Bo’s

by lewwaters

DSC00388 ASummer got an early start Saturday under a cool northwest cloudy sky and showers. For the balmy raining day the car turn out was tremendous, many people coming out to Boppin’ Bo’s for an afternoon of eats, cars and Rock n Roll.

The day started with decorating and loading a truck graciously supplied by Waste Connections with banners promoting the Clark County Veterans Court, sound equipment and of course, the entertainers to treat spectators lining the route of the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands to a taste of what they would find at Boppin’ Bo’s.

The lovely Petya Grozeva, Champion Fiddler Cynthia Hamm and Elvis Tribute Artist Mark Stevenz manned the float, singing and playing as the float slowly traveled the parade route.

May 6, 2013

Kick off the Summer with a Cruise-in at Boppin’ Bo’s

by lewwaters

Route 66, once known as the Main Street of America since it was one of our early roads cutting through the heart of America. Its fame spawned songs, a hit TV show of the same name and epitomized the American love affair with our cars as many envisioned cruising down the highway, with the top down, listening to the cool songs of the era by the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Jan & Dean and of course, Elvis Presley.

The once famous highway has been bypassed by modern Interstate Highways today and is but a historical memory, but our visions of cruising in a cool car, like a vintage Corvette remain imbedded in our souls as does the songs like ‘409,’ ‘Little Deuce Coupe,’ ‘Maybellene’ and so many more.

April 21, 2013

Veterans Courts Successful: With Your Help

by lewwaters

Comedian George Carlin said the above in 1990 as part of a much longer routine, Euphemisms, on how we have taken the humanity out of words to make them sound softer and with less importance.

While I do not fully agree with his assessment of the Vietnam war as “lies and deceits surrounding that war,” he does make a valid argument on Veterans in the past not having the help they would need in dealing with the horrors they might have been subjected to when they try to return to their previous lives.

March 25, 2013

An Evening of Pop & Country While Helping Veterans

by lewwaters

Lone Soldier bIn today’s modern society, filled with time-consuming activity and daily distractions we all deserve a time out simply to enjoy ourselves, be entertained, escape from daily woes that face us all and if we can do that while helping someone in need, all that much better.

We live in increasingly partisan times. It seems more and more we are divided as we bicker among ourselves on issues of the day. Be it taxes, civil rights, infrastructure projects or any number of issues facing us, we remain divided and apparently unable to find a compatible middle ground.

But when it comes to supporting veterans, we are united. Even though our bickering extends into partisan rancor over sending them off into harm’s way, we remain united in appreciating their willingness to stand between us and our enemies, having learned decades ago that those that we send to war are not the designers of war and THEY deserve our support.

February 10, 2013

World Class Entertainment on Behalf of Veterans

by lewwaters

Veterans CourtWe all enjoy good entertainment as well as helping our Veterans when they are in need. As previously shown, we have a great chance to do both at the same time this Valentine’s Day here in Vancouver, Washington.

Valentine’s Dinner With Elvis – Supporting Veterans

Although tickets are selling well, there are still a few available for you to spend an enjoyable evening with your sweetheart and be entertained like we rarely see in Vancouver.

The headlining acts lined up are unmatched in our area and can only be described as ‘world class’ and all for just $20 a ticket, far less than you would expect for such a line-up of talent.

A sampling of some of the entertainment lined up to perform,

January 5, 2013

Valentine’s Dinner With Elvis – Supporting Veterans

by lewwaters

Vet ElvisFew entertainers have achieved the lasting notoriety as did Rock n Roll singing star, Elvis Presley. Presley died August 16, 1977 after a 24 year career on stage and in movies with his fame growing after his death, spawning the careers of many impressionists keeping his name and songs alive.

Many of today’s ‘Tribute Artists’ hadn’t been born when Presley was reaching the peak of his fame, but even they draw crowds to their shows as well as a competitions held throughout the land, judging which ones offer the overall best tributes to Elvis.

We are fortunate in Clark County to have one of the better artists, Mark Stevenz, a top 20 in the world Elvis Tribute Artist who has performed and delighted crowds all over North America, including Las Vegas and Memphis.

December 27, 2012

Vets, whispers, and a little horse sense

by lewwaters

BY REES LLOYD (Reposted by author’s request)

Vet WhispererA great gift to give to veterans with stress this Christmas or for the new year is information about or sponsorship in the unique “Join-Up”® equine therapy program of Monty Roberts, the internationally famous horseman, horse trainer, and humanitarian known as the “Horse Whisperer.”

Roberts’ “Horse Sense & Soldiers” workshops, through his International Join-Up® Organization, are being credited with transforming the lives of veterans wounded by service-related post traumatic stress injury by teaching them to use his unique method of working with, and ultimately “joining up” with, untrained horses without the use of any violence whatsoever.

October 24, 2012

Legendary Horse Whisperer Monty Roberts Helping Veterans

by lewwaters

There’s a condition in combat. Most people know about it. It’s when a fighting person’s nervous system has been stressed to its absolute peak and maximum. In the First World War, that condition was called shell shock. Then a whole generation went by and the Second World War came along and very same combat condition was called battle fatigue. Then we had the war in Korea, 1950. Madison Avenue was riding high by that time, and the very same combat condition was called operational exhaustion. Then of course, came the war in Viet Nam…, the very same condition was called post-traumatic stress disorder. I’ll bet you if we’d of still been calling it shell shock, some of those Viet Nam veterans might have gotten the attention they needed at the time.” George Carlin – 1990 “Euphemisms”

Monty Roberts

George Carlin was well known for his biting humor and as in the words above, often injected social awareness. While I can’t say his words would have changed anything, he did show that society was finally coming to grips with the fact that they owed Veterans something, especially those suffering from PTSD and experiencing problems readjusting back into a peaceful civilian life.

Unlike when those of my generation and before returned from our wars, programs and treatments to help those Veterans are becoming more and more available. Knowing that when dealing with something like PTSD there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all,’ we are seeing several different approaches, all showing results to help the Veteran overcome their wartime trauma.

September 9, 2012

Endless Summer Cruise-In to Benefit Veterans Court

by lewwaters

As we face the eve of the 11th remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, we must also remember that we still have troops in harm’s way, fighting those who would repeat that horrific day, given the chance.

Those troops will be returning to us one day, some after multiple tours, each having experienced their own horror of war and trying to put the war behind them and just get on with life. Most will adjust with little effort, but a few will have problems.

Some will have minor scrapes with the law and that is where our Clark County Veterans Court comes in. It was founded to remove those few from the system and divert them into counseling or mentoring with other Veterans to give them a chance to ‘unwind’ and not be locked up and forgotten or end up committing suicide as far too many of our heroes have done over the years.

Cruise-In

Although much of the court’s initial costs are covered by a $350,000 federal grant, donations are needed to provide Veterans with things like transportation and phones so they can stay connected with their mentors.

August 9, 2012

Concert, Classic Car Show to Benefit Veterans Court

by lewwaters

Our community remains very blessed in so many ways and one blessing we enjoy is taking care of and looking out for our Veterans, knowing the price they have paid for us. We have some of the strongest Veteran supporting communities in the United States and our citizens turn out in large numbers to support our Veterans, as seen every year on Memorial Day and the attendance at our Veterans Day Parade at Vancouver Barracks.

But Veterans are human too and occasionally, a small few may stray and run afoul of the legal system. As was outlined in a previous post, that is where our Veterans Court comes in, diverting minor infractions that might otherwise land someone in jail to Veterans support groups in an effort to help a struggling Veteran instead of just throwing them to the wolves.

The previous post announced a “Cruise-in” to raise needed funding for the Veterans Court and was not only well attended, offered everybody who could make it a great day of fun and enjoyment.

Another event is now planned to benefit our Veterans Court that promises to be even more fun and enjoyment for all ages, especially if you are a “Certified Car Nut.”

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