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Graham Kent By Jessica GInet
It’s a special claim that few can boast about: getting chewed out by General George Patton. Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Graham Kent is one of those special few. It was World War II and Kent and his men were exhausted. Some hadn’t slept for two or more days. Patton was scheduled to inspect his men at 0600. “It was cold,” Kent said. “It was an exhausting job. I hadn’t slept in almost three days. I did a patrol, came back, and fell asleep standing up for two hours. My men had been working all night and were laying in a pile covered in snow. Patton shows up and chewed me out. ‘God damn this place looks like a whorehouse.’ ” Kent felt secure, however, because he had successfully completed his mission. Despite the tongue lashing, Kent recalled, “He was a great general. I would have served with him anywhere.” Kent has a diverse history with the Armed Forces: he served 31 years in the Army and spent time in Germany, India, Pakistan, Taiwan, Vietnam and Panama. He
served in three wars: World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. Even now, at the age of 89, Kent has the air of structure and discipline surrounding him. His hair is cut high and tight and he wears a pressed white short-sleeved dress shirt tucked and belted neatly into his trousers. He was an 18-year-old teenager when he began his career in the Army. The adventure began at Fort Lewis in 1943. He was sent to Pine Camp, New York for three weeks and then on to Europe where he was sent to Remagen, Germany. Remagen is well-known in World War II history as a formerly obscure German town that changed the afternoon of March 7, 1945, when a company of U.S. 9th Armored Division soldiers emerged from the woods west of town. Before them stood the Ludendorff Bridge and the Rhine River. The bridge was a rarity at the time because the German Army, under Adolf Hitler’s orders, was destroying bridges spanning the Rhine to slow the Allies’ advance. Kent is reluctant to speak about his achievements in the Army during his lengthy
career. Rather, he repeated the phrase, “When I think back I remember the people.” The folks he’s met include General Patton, Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter Alice, whom he described as, “the most opinionated woman I ever met. She micromanaged her poor daughter and made it very clear that Teddy hated Franklin.” One of the people he vividly recalled was one of his Battalion Commanders. “He was small, 5’2”. . . and a strict disciplinarian. If he didn’t like someone, God help them. He liked me, though. I did what he told me to do.” Another memory is from his time in Heidelberg. “I just loved Heidelberg,” he said. “It was a glorious occasion.” While in Heidelberg, Kent would indulge in his love of music and saw many of the great musicians of the day. One, Walter Gieseking, was a renowned and controversial pianist. During World War II, Gieseking continued to reside in Germany, while continuing to concertize in Europe. Because he performed in Nazi-occupied countries such as France, he was later accused of having
Graham Kent collaborated with the Nazi party. Kent remembered Gieseking as a tall and large man. He was at one performance where the grand piano was set up so that the audience could watch Gieseking play from the side. Kent said he walked up to the giant grand piano and moved it so that instead of sitting with the audience to his side, he was sitting with his back to the audience. “He played two hours, got up and left,” Kent said. His memories also include his time spent in Peshawar, Pakistan, as part of the 6937 Communications Group while stationed at Peshawar Air Station. PAS was established in 1958 as an isolated detach-
known around the place, greeted upon his arrival with shouts of, “Graham, how you doin’?” and, simply, “Graham!” Kent’s M1 rifle is displayed on the wall of the VFW Post 239. Kent and his wife, Dorothy, moved to Kitsap County in 1976. His wife, Dorothy, retired as a Navy Lieutenant Commander from the Bremerton Naval Hospital. When asked if he minded the fact that technically his wife outranked him, he replied, laughing, “the wife always outranks the husband!” He joined the Central Kitsap Fire Department (then known as Kitsap Fire District No. 1) after retiring from the Army, joining as a volunteer and then became a commissioner. Those days are behind him now, but Kent is still active with his hobbies, which includes amateur radio operations. He and Dorothy have one son, who resides in Walla Walla and has a doctorate degree in history and teaches at Whitman College. Quietly summing up his fascinating career, he humbly said, “I just liked the people.”
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Twelve years ago on Sept. 11, the world changed. In one way, living in the United States became like living in any other foreign country because we became all too aware that we, too, can suffer horrible acts of terror. Prior to 9/11, we felt safe from the kind of violence we saw happening in the Middle East via our television news. On 9/11, lives were lost and so was our naive sense of safety. In this month’s issue of Veterans Life, we celebrate those who gave their lives on 9/11, both in the attacks and in the emergency response to the attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. We look back on 9/11 through the eyes of Roger Zabinski, a local Air Force veteran, who was in New York when two planes flew into the World Trade Center towers. And we visit the local memorial underway in Bremerton’s Evergreen Park, where Kitsap County is proud to have two steel beams taken from the destruction in New York and given to us as a lasting reminder of what we lost that day. Reporter Seraine Page shared both of these stories with readers. On a lighter note, we look at how the military allows active duty soldiers, sailors, Marines and others to take leaves. Typically referred to as “Liberty Call” or “R&R,” reporter Luciano Marano tells about the rules and regulations on military time off and about some favorite Ports of Call for sailors. Our Veteran Profile this month is on Graham Kent. Reporter Jessica Ginet tells the story of when Kent, a longtime resident of Kitsap County, got a tongue-lashing from Gen. George Patton. Kent’s career in the Army began when he was just 18. And then there’s Sam Martin, of Silverdale. A Vietnam Veteran himself, he’s working hard to help veterans from any time period to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The former Marine devotes many volunteer hours through the Disabled American Veterans office in Bremerton and has had a hand in the Toys for Tots campaign in Kitsap County for years. Reporter Leslie Kelly tells Martin’s story and his hopes of getting more veterans to come forward and get help for PTSD. And there’s a tribute to PFC James Chester Mohn who was reported missing in action and presumed dead on June 6, 1943. It wasn’t until a few years ago that the wreckage of his plane was found in the Himalayan Mountains. His family celebrated his life with a military tribute this past month in Tacoma. We’d like to invite any veteran to write something for Veterans Life. Tell us about an experience you had when on duty. Give us a story idea about how veterans are involved in their communities, how they spend their time, and what their interests are. After all, this publication is your’s and we need your ideas.
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Operation free time: service members enjoy their “R&R” By Luciano Marano, Contributor Much has been written about the daily sacrifices made by the members of our uniformed services: they endure long work days as routine, relentless deployment schedules and in many cases a con-
stant threat of recall. Deployments keep them away from friends and families, and even at home duty schedules often interrupt weekend activities that most civilians take for granted.
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E-1 straight out of boot camp earns 30 days of paid vacation a year, something you’d be hard pressed to find with other employers. Then, of course, there is the time off that doesn’t even count against your personal days. These are days spent visiting exotic locations and exploring foreign lands, all the ideas that bring a young person to the military to begin with. Whether you are a sailor on shore leave in a new port or a soldier enjoying some well deserved rest and recuperation (R&R), liberty is not only an ideal to protect but also something to look forward to. Every sailor knows the excitement and anticipation of waiting to hear the call over the 1 Main Circuit (1MC) system: “Liberty Call! Liberty Call!” The rush toward the brow is on par with anything seen at a wild concert venue, and the sailors waste no time getting off the ship for what may be the first time in many weeks (and the last time for at least as many more). However, shore leave today is not the debaucherous frenzy that it historically was. Sailors today spend their time in new ports enjoying tours and activities offered by the command and engaging the local community through numerous volunteer projects. While a small number of behavior-related incidents are inevitable in any group as large as a ship’s crew, on the whole modern sailors are considered ambassadors to the countries they travel to and make it a point to explore and experience new cultures. Land services too have their own traditions and customs when it comes to R&R. According to MyArmyBenefits.mil, “Soldiers who are serving in areas designated as hostile fire and imminent danger area may be eligible for one Rest and Recuperation trip per 12-month deployment period.” R&R is described officially as “a chargeable leave program that
authorizes use of ordinary leave and may not be combined with other absences.” There are, however, exceptions to this regulation and there is a way for certain soldiers to take advantage of leave that does not count against there accumulated days. The Non-Chargeable Rest and Recuperation (NCR&R) program applies to soldiers serving specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan and allows them to take non-chargeable leave up to 15 days in addition to the benefits already provided under the R&R Leave Program. The requirements are specific, in addition to the location where the soldier is deployed, they must also have a minimum of 270 days “boots on ground” and be approved for the time off by their unit Officer in Charge. Though any one service member will have their own favorite leave destination, each as varied and unique as the people who make up America’s uniformed services, there are some classic locations around the world that have played host to deployed troops for so long now that they have become sort of “traditional” locations for each new enlisted generation to experience. Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong are certainly among some of the most consistently popular locations. They are exotic and exciting places, the kind of destinations that inspire young people to join the service. Hawaii of course, so steeped in military tradition, is a highly sought after duty station and a favored port of call, not just for it’s natural beauty, but because for many Westcoast ships it is the last port call before returning home from deployment. “My favorite R&R location was always Dubai,” said Raz Singh, a local seven year Army Special Forces veteran. “It’s a totally different culture there and it’s beautiful. You get to experience all different kinds of things in one place,” he said. “For example, there’s an indoor ski lodge in a mall there and an indoor race track. It’s predominantly a Muslim culture there, but it’s also very modern and open.”
Other vets are of a different mind when it comes to time off, and some even prefer to spend their R&R on more familiar ground. “My favorite place for R&R is Alvin, Texas,” said Johnny Rodriguez, a local four year Army veteran. “It’s where I was born and raised, and where my family all still live. The peace and quiet of the natural countryside is really peaceful, plus the BBQ isn’t bad either.” Regardless of a person’s reasons to join the military, many decide to continue past their first enlistment as much for the military lifestyle as for the occupation itself. Because while the hardships can be many, so too can the rewards.
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Sailors from the USS Abraham Lincoln go souvenir shopping in Chinatown in Kuala Lumpour, Malaysia, while on Shore Leave in 2010.
Liberty, R&R and leave are just some of the staples of that lifestyle which, along with friendly camaraderie, job stability and advancement opportunities continues to attract so many.
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By Seraine Page From the time the precious metal arrived in Kitsap County, it has never spent a day or night alone. Like a fallen soldier, it must be guarded until it is laid to rest, some say. At the Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton, there’s a spot reserved for a Kitsap 9/11 Memorial to honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. That same spot, on a slanted hill that sits right above the water, is where two steel beams recovered from the World Trade Center site will be regenerated in a place of reflection. It will also be the final resting place for a piece of stone that came from the Pentagon wall. “The beams are like a fallen service member. We’re escorting the beams until they get to their final resting place,” said Bill Castle, a 25-year Navy vet and 9/11 Memorial Project volunteer. “It’s an honor to have it here because it helps people remember the events that
The fire rescue group was the third in the nation to be approved for the metal. Once approved, Lusk looked at 18 different sites around the county before settling on the Bremerton location.
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Two steel beams recovered from the World Trade Center following 9/11 have made their way to Bremerton to be a lasting memorial to those who died that day. happened.”
poses, Castle said.
Ever since the World Trade Center beams arrived on Aug. 22, dedicated volunteers from around the county have stepped up to ensure the sacred pieces are never alone. Partly for protection, but mostly for respect pur-
“They are hallowed by the blood of the people who are no longer with us,” said Roy Lusk, the memorial chairman. “It’s partially protection, but also for reverence.” As the assistant chief of Central Kitsap Fire and
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Each part of the memorial will have a significant meaning, from the ginkgo trees (because of the plant’s resiliency) to the circular walkway (the exact circumference of the 767 airplanes that smashed into the towers), no detail was taken lightly, Lusk said. The thoughtful features were the product of a local architect firm and were confirmed by the airline industry and The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) for accuracy. After hearing the news that the CKF&R was approved to receive the steel beams, they got to work with Leadership Kitsap to form a
committee dedicated to creating a memorial that would honor victims and their families. All costs, labor and materials are paid for with donations making it a true community effort, Lusk said. On the construction site, the beams rest on the back of a semi truck adjacent to a tent where volunteers keep a watchful eye. A tent shades volunteers from the heat of the sun, and a variety of information sits on a table, including photos of the project’s progress and items for purchase that benefit the construction of the memorial.
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Air Force vet recalls his experience in NYC on 9/11 By Seraine Page The smell in the air was one that Roger Zabinski will never forget. “It was a real pungent, toxic smell,” he said. “It was definitely something that was not a normal smell like a house fire. It permeated the air in New York. The smoke lasted for many days.” The former Air Force reservist doesn’t talk about 9/11 often. He remembers driving by the crumbled buildings, shocked and saddened by the destruction that overtook the city. The scent of burnt flesh and metal was a memory he wouldn’t soon forget. “There was a lot of panic and chaos,” he said of the attack on the World Trade Center. He was starting out his day getting ready for his work as a scientist at a pharmaceutical company. The day before, he had just finished his military ordered work. He was ready to go back to his regular civilian job when tragedy struck, and he knew it wasn’t going to be a normal work day. Zabinski learned of the news in his Bronx-based house where he stood alone
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Regardless of the hour, volunteers are always on site, including veterans who feel a sense of obligation to be present. Veterans like Bob Rothery who spent seven years in the Marine Corp and read about the memorial project on the internet. He remembers exactly where he was on 9/11. He had just walked in from work and started watching the news with his wife. He turned to her and said, “a lot of my brothers and sisters are gonna die today,’” he remembers, talking about the first responders on the scene. Rothery stands watch on the project, sitting on his motorcycle keeping an eye on the site. Even if it wasn’t volunteer-based, Rothery said he knows he would still stand watch on the project because of what it means to him. “There’s an aura about that metal; you can feel it,” he said of the beams. “I’m very taken by what’s going on out here.” Other volunteers who
Roger Zabinski watching a live feed where he watched the plane smash into the second tower. “The fact that the second one, it was flying at it…it looked intentional,” he said. Because of his status as a reservist, Zabinski was required to check in to one of the fire stations in the Bronx since he was unable to contact his home base in New Jersey. All the “phone lines were down” which left him with no way to contact his base or unit. In the Air Force, Zabinski had trained for disasters as an Aerovac medic and instructor, which resulted in the ability to remain calm while the world whirled about him. He admitted he was anxious being away from his family during a criconsider themselves patriotic residents have also chipped in their time and effort because of a similar dedication that veterans have. David Raymond, cocoordinator for the 9/11 ceremony that will take place on the 12th anniversary, understands what Rothery means about the site. He’s been an active volunteer since day one and has been looking forward to coordinating the ceremony since 2009. When the attacks happened, Raymond had planned a huge softball game to take place with community members, including many active duty military members for the Saturday
sis, but it subsided when he was able to retrieve his wife and daughter who were at a check-up at a doctor’s office. Since the Bronx is right next to the Manhattan, Zabinski didn’t have to go far to see smoke streaming from the towers. But seeing it and being able to access it were two different things, even for those with approved badges. “It just wasn’t going to possible for people to get into or out of Manhattan,” he said of the destruction aftermath that clogged downtown. Even after checking in, Zabinski found that he wasn’t able to help in a way that his training had enforced. He was told, “Just go home” and remembers many people who came from afar decided to stay in the area. Day after day, he never heard anything, which he partially believes was part of the disorganization in communication between the police department and other first responders and the higher up authorities who may have wanted to secure the area to ensure safety. He remembers any time he went in to the fire station that he had to state his business and show proper ID.
“Most of the military and fire department and civilian providers were excluded out of the process,” he said. “NYPD was assigned to secure the area whether they wanted to or not. There just wasn’t any inclusiveness of those other groups.” Despite being unable to help in a rescuing capacity, Zabinski found himself at a blood bank donating blood. “You’re not able to help out. It was obviously very frustrating,” he said of the entire situation. Previously, Zabinski had taught EMT skills at LaGuardia Community College, which further exasperated him and others who knew their fellow rescuers were in need of their services. He thinks that the decisions to keep responders from the sites may have come from the mayor and others as a security precaution, which is something he understood much later, he said. “You didn’t want to add more chaos to the situation. Most people’s intent was to help out, whether they were a citizen, volunteer. You try and you move on and you be helpful. It’s a little different than a natural disaster. It was really an act of war.”
The images on television were accurate in relaying the horrifying devastation that took over the city of more than 8 million people, he said. Zabinski and his family lived in a “lively” Italian neighborhood, an area where people were normally friendly. In the days after the attack, the gloom settled in over neighborhood just like the dust settling upon the area. “I think that no matter where you went, people were in shock,” he said. “There was a certain liveliness usually. Days afterward, people were just moping about. They weren’t lively. They had lost some of their spirit.” After a few months, signs of normalcy started resurfacing in the neighborhood. Although the signs of leadership weren’t always evident, Zabinski credits Rudy Giuliani for helping restore the community’s faith that New York City would stand strong again. “Eventually, people started to pick themselves out of that gloom,” he said. As a tourist in New York City for the first time in 1986, Zabinski remembers holding a film camera in his hands and going up to the towers to
snap photos. He even went inside, he recalls, but he never went up to the top of the towers in the elevators because “the lines were always long.” He took the ferry from Battery Park to the Statute of Liberty a few times, always looking back to see the two massive buildings towering over the city. “They were always a part of New York,” he recalled. The former Air Force reservist hasn’t been back to New York since 2002. He and his wife, both from Washington State, decided to move back to the west coast with their family. But, one day, Zaninski hopes to return to New York City. As for telling his children — who are now 10 and 13 — about 9/11, he hasn’t really felt the need to explain about his participation on the day America was under attack. He doesn’t think he had a huge role in helping, but that he was there doing what every other civilian and government working wanted to do at the time: help in any way, shape or form possible. “I don’t know if I had a role in it,” he said. “I just saw it as my duty to help.”
post 9/11. The event was scheduled to host 36 teams. After the attack, military players disappeared and the event dwindled down to 12 teams. Raymond decided to host the game regardless of the shrinking numbers because he wanted to help show the community how to band together in the face of terror, he said.
say I’m the most patriotic person that I know,” he said. “It was a life-altering event for everybody. Our lives are not the same today as they were on Sept. 10, 2001.”
ical events took place on the east coast, it (still) directly impacted every single American from that day forward,” he said. “This memorial itself and the ceremony is to reflect on the loss of life. It’s a memorial, it’s an equiv-
alent of a funeral service and a memorial marker. We don’t want to get involved in the politics of it. People have different beliefs and we respect that…the ceremony is to memorialize the victims and heroes of that day.”
“That was kinda our way of standing strong,” he said of the community. Although his annual 9/11 softball games have fizzled out, his patriotism and dedication to remembering have not. “I’m not a veteran, but I
Because the nature of the memorial can get a bit political, Raymond wants the community to be reminded that the construction of the site and the protection of the beams is anything but a political statement. On the day of the opening of the memorial, he hopes locals will be respectful and understanding of the significance of the entire process and service. “I strongly believe that even though the actual phys-
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Two men hope to bring Horse and Cow back to town Now, Looby and Timby are ready for a Bremerton comeback.
By KEVAN MOORE Mike Looby and Larry Timby wanted to open a brand new Horse and Cow bar and restaurant in downtown Bremerton this month.
“We’re not giving any timeline, because it will happen when it happens,” Looby said. “We’re not on a tear like we were. Now it’s just a matter of time. We’re on the verge of getting it, right on the edge.”
But the businesses partners have learned a lot about patience while working with the Washington State Small Business Development Center, the Small Business Administration and various banks. “It’s been a learning experience for both of us from the ground up,” Looby said. “I’ve been in business for myself for more than 30 years and had bars all over the place. But actually trying to renovate a building, find financing and everything else that’s involved is mindboggling. It really it is. And it takes a lot more time.” Looby and Timby own a building at 242 Burwell Street, built in 1946, that formerly housed Scotty’s and the Nite Shift taverns. They have visionary plans to refurbish and remodel the building, inside and out, downstairs and up. The ulti-
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Larry Timby stands next to a yellow submarine that sat idle in Seabeck for years. It will eventually serve as a centerpiece to a new Horse and Cow restaurant and bar in Bremerton. mate goal is to open a Horse and Cow, complete with a yellow submarine that sat idle in Seabeck for years, serving as a centerpiece of the revamped space. The Horse and Cow franchise, known by sailors and shipyard workers the world over, got its start in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District in 1953. Looby’s father, Jimmy, a Korean War Army veteran, and Jimmy’s
brothers, opened the place to serve submariners from nearby Hunter’s Point. “Some of the sailors started to ask my dad and his brothers if it would be okay to bring in pictures and plaques,” Looby said. “My dad his brothers said, ‘Sure.’ Then it just became a competition of who had more stuff in the Horse and Cow.” After Hunter’s Point
closed in 1974, Looby’s father started a Horse and Cow in Vallejo where it lasted two decades until subs were transferred as part of Cold War cutbacks. Looby had also opened a San Diego version of the bar in 1990 which closed a decade a later when he opened one in Bremerton on Northlake Way. In 2007, Looby opened another bar in Guam and is in the process of opening one Hawaii.
“We’ve also talked about doing shellfish and doing it really well,” said Timby, who served in the Navy from 1982 to 1990 on the USS Daniel Boone and USS Alabama as a torpedo man. “The thing I liked as a torpedo man on the old boomers, was everything in the torpedo room was rope and tackle,” he said. “We pushed ‘em back and forth and there were no electronics or push buttons for operating the tubes.” For folks who have served on submarines, the name of the bar is likely to make more sense than it would
to those who have not. During World War I and II, merchant sailors would often get tattoos of a horse on one ankle and a cow on the other. That’s because Neptune, God of the deep, is often portrayed in paintings and drawings while accompanied by a small horse and a small cow, or bull. The tattoos were meant to ensure safe passage at a time in which so many surface ships were being sunk by submarines. Looby and Timby know they have the perfect audience for a Horse and Cow in Bremerton, but also want to appeal to a wider audience. “In general, there’s not much going on as far as entertainment in downtown Bremerton,” Timby said. “We just figure, the Horse and Cow was a really popular spot on Northlake Way for a long time and a lot of people remember what it was like in the past. We’re going to offer a good time and good food. We’re not just catering to submarine sailors, either, but all military personnel, the shipyard workers and everybody else.”
Operation Goodjobs helps veterans get back to work By CHRIS CHANCELLOR TACOMA — Veterans in the Puget Sound region now have another resource as
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The program, according to Goodjobs program manager Mike Tassin, already has enrolled 300 veterans and placed 200 into jobs. Tassin said the agency, which is funded locally and with the help of a $1 million grant from Walmart, offers assessment, job training, placement assistance and access to skills, such as résumé building and interviewing techniques. And the assistance goes beyond that. Tassin said Goodjobs even will help a veteran find a professional outfit to go to an interview. “If you don’t have a suit and show up to an interview without it, you’re not going to get the job no matter what your résumé says,” he said. Others might simply need fuel to drive to an interview. Tassin said Goodjobs offers a financial literacy class to help veterans figure out how to budget. Tassin said the agency is important to him because he also made the transition to civilian life after serving as a fuel truck driver for eight years in the Army. He
Goodjobs program mananger Mike Tassin in Basra, Iraq. was stationed at Fort Lewis. “I think it’s important for the veteran reader to know that we’re not giving a handout,” Tassin said. “We’re giving you your next mission. I have no doubt you will be successful.” The program is a byproduct of Tassin’s desire to make a difference after he returned to the area from Iraq, where he suffered a serious back injury in an accident. Tassin suggested to his supervisors that they needed to assist veterans and he even helped write the grant application to help establish a program. “Everyone is struggling to find good jobs these days,
but veterans face particular challenges and it is our duty as a nation to support these young men and women who are having difficulties transitioning back into civilian life,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “We at Goodwill believe it is absolutely imperative that we give each of these veterans every opportunity they need to thrive.” As for Tassin, he now is a licensed health counselor who works with veterans and their families on a variety of issues, including posttraumatic stress disorder.
Do a bit of research before using the Post 9/11 GI Bill By SERAINE PAGE The United States military has always been known for its benefits. Possibly its greatest and most rewarding benefit for veterans may be the Post 9/11 GI Bill which allows former military members to go back to school on the government’s dime. There are several different educational bills that allow service members to go back to school. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs website, both veterans and active duty personnel can also qualify for more than one education benefits program, including the Post9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33), Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB, chapter 30 and chapter 1606), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, chapter 1607) and Post Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance program (VEAP chapter 32). But the Post 9/11 GI Bill can only be used by those who have at least 90 days of service in after Sept. 10, 2001. Although it may seem daunting, service members who are looking to get a college education need to start their research sooner rather than later, said Wendy McFadden, an Olympic College veterans services program specialist II. “You need to start researching what you might like to pursue before you get out,” she encourages. That means looking at schools, programs, certifications and various occupations that are of interest to the service member. Eligible dependents — such as children or spouses — may also qualify to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill if the service member does not want to use it. And before even stepping on a college campus, a service member must have a letter in hand from the Department of Veterans Affairs stating eligibility, McFadden said. She said a large percentage of students use it because the campus is located in a military town. “The Post-9/11 is the biggie (for benefits),” said McFadden. “The last time we looked, about 67 percent of our students use Post9/11. They’ve come up with something that really helps students a lot.” In the 2012-2013 school
year, there were 1,235 veterans or eligible dependents enrolled in some type of program at the Bremertonbased college, she said. Many of the students are interested in computer programs, while others are looking for a transferable degree to go on to a four-year college or university. Newly enrolled students will attend an orientation about their benefits and how to utilize the educational bills in the best manner, McFadden said. If it all seems just too confusing, Larry Cleman, project coordinator of Olympic College’s Veteran and Military Support Center, is glad to help out. Cleman spent 26 years in the Navy doing various jobs along the way. When he retired in 2005, he wanted to do something worthwhile and as fulfilling as his military service. So, as a retired vet in his 50s, he decided to go back to school. In May, he received his degree in workforce education development from Southern Illinois University by using his own Post 9/11 GI Bill. “It’s the best job I’ve ever had,” Cleman said of his new spot at Olympic College. He started an internship in the office two years ago, then worked his way up to parttime after volunteering on campus. He then went on to take his current full-time position with the school. If it weren’t for the educational bills offered to veterans, Cleman believes that many would be lost upon exiting the military. The biggest difference between the old and the new bill is the fact that students had to pay the money up front for their classes before, he said. For those coming out of the military with little money, going back to school can be hard to do financially, the vet said. Having funds from the Post-9/11 GI Bill makes the process that much easier, and, for that, Cleman is grateful. “I think if they were to get out (of the military) without that opportunity, you are faced with a real financial burden,” he said. “When they promised this to the vets, it was really a good deal for them.”
Although the Post- 9/11 GI Bill pays benefits directly to the school now, that’s still no excuse to come out of the military with no savings, warn both McFadden and Cleman. “You really should have some money to help you get going in your first quarter because of the time it takes for the benefit to roll in,” advises McFadden. “Research what you wanna do and be prepared with a little seed money to see you through while you’re waiting for your benefits to kick in.”
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As a veteran who knows the benefits inside and out, Cleman also strongly recommends having a cushion upon discharging from the military. “I learned the hard way. I learned from the school of hard knocks,” he said. “Plan three to four months before you go to school. Save some money aside. You’re gonna need money. It’s important you have your ducks in a row for what school you want to go to.” If things get tough and school seems too hard, Cleman encourages veterans to come into his office where they will be directed to services that will help the transition into school easier. Some of the services include financial advice and psychological counseling. “Every student runs into a hardship,” he said. Cleman hopes that vets won’t give up on school, especially when he knows students can succeed if they reach out for help when they need it. He’s seen students from all walks of life come through his office door, and he hopes they’re never discouraged to ask questions.
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It doesn’t matter what the project is. Sam Martin’s always ready to lend a hand. Martin, of Silverdale, is a judge advocate with the U.S. Marine Corps League, Olympic Peninsula Detachment 531. And he’s a Vietnam Veteran, who’s suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and now helps counsel other veterans who have PTSD. “Most of these guys who went to Iraq and Afghanistan have been on two or three or four back-to-back tours,” Martin said. “The things they’ve seen are terrible. The pressure on their minds is awful. And they’ve had no time to deal with anything before they’ve been sent right back in the middle of all of it again.” Martin spends several days a week as a volunteers at the Disabled American Veterans office in Bremerton. There he meets with veterans and listens to them talk. “Sometimes they want to talk,” he said. “Other times, they don’t. But I’m there to
across veterans who need help with various VA benefits and he works to get them to the right people so they can get served.
listen and to try to get them help.” Because he’s been there, many veterans will trust Martin and open up to him. As a former Marine who was a rifleman in Vietnam, Martin has been trained to recognized PTSD. He knows what programs are available to help veterans who have PTSD and he works to match them to programs that they’ll feel comfortable attending.
He was 18 when he enlisted in the Marines in June of 1962. He spent time in San Diego, and at NATO Headquarters in Virginia. By the time he got sent to Vietnam, he had almost eight years in and was 25 years old. “That’s what’s so different with these young guys who are being sent to Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. “They’re just 18, 19 and 20 year olds. They’re kids and they’re seeing so much.” Martin stayed in the Marines through 1974 and was stationed in Hawaii and Okinawa. He went back to California but eventually came to Kitsap County to
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“I tell them that when they went into the military, they wrote the government and their county a blank check,” he said. “And now it’s time for them to cash that check and get what’s owed them for the service they gave.”
Sam Martin poses by a tank as a young Marine in Vietnam. Martin said he’s even seen men on the streets and by looking them in the eyes, can tell they have PTSD. He said he tries to engage with them and offers his help.
work at Bangor as an underwater welder and in the periscope shop. He retired in 1999. Because of his service in Vietnam, Martin said there’s an automatic bond with other veterans.
“There are programs that can help,” he said. “And right now the services at the Veterans Administration Hospitals are helping.”
“Some of them trust no one,” he said. “But they’ll talk to me because they know I know what they’ve been through. War is nasty. War is Hell. And coming back from War can be just as bad.”
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Martin will be the first to admit that he has his good days and his bad days. Many of his medical problems stem from Agent Orange. He’s fought non-Hodgkins lymphoma. And he came close to death in Vietnam from malaria. When he speaks about his service in the Marines, he says he made the right choice. “If it hadn’t have been for a Marine buddy taking me along on a double bind date, I wouldn’t have met my bride,” he said. “We’ve been married 50 years. “ For any veteran suffering with PTSD, Martin suggests the DAV office at 2315 Burwell St., in Bremerton. “There’s that machoMarine thing where they don’t want to ask for help,” he said. “But now, we’re starting to get a handle on that. Even with active duty, getting help isn’t going to affect a person’s career or promotion opportunities. We’re way past that.” To get in touch with Martin, call 360-265-7492, or call the DAV at 360-373-2397.
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Gladys Terry receives a flag during the memorial. the “last call” on the radio acknowledging that Mohn is now home, said Clark. And the Tribal Warriors gave a 21-gun salute. Terry told stories about her brother whom she always called “the baby.”
“I’m the youngest, but we always called him the baby,” she said. “He was a good boy and he wanted to be rich someday.” Before joining the military, her brother worked for a Tacoma jeweler, she said. She shared other stories about her brother during the memorial, like how he was a good guitar player, played sports and how
she helped him cheat on a geography test. She also spoke about how when she saw her brother off at the train station in Tacoma in 1943, she had a feeling she’s never see him again. “And I didn’t,” she said. It took the U.S. government two years to find Terry and tell her that the crash site
had been located. Plans then got underway for a fitting memorial. The VFW post was honored to be a part of the memorial, Clark said. “This is a huge honor for us,” said Clark. “To take part in something like this, for one of our own, who has been missing for so long.”
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Additionally, the Lincoln City Cultural Center hosts a “Vintage Military Uniform and Weapon Displays” that will be available Sept. 19-20, featuring guest speaker Steve Sparks, who will speak about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). On Friday and Saturday, the medal presentation ceremonies will be held to allow family and friends of military killed in action to post flags on behalf of their loved ones. Applications for the medals must be completed in advance of the ceremony with proof of military service attached. Forms are available at the resort starting noon on Sept. 17. On Sunday, the rededication of the Traveling Veterans Memorial will occur in front of the casino at 2 p.m. where the Siletz Tribe Honor Guard and Tribal Drummers will start the dedication. Veterans and active duty eat free during open hours at the Siletz Bay Buffett on Sunday. Register at the Winners Circle and show proof of ID.
The National POW/MIA Recognition Day is set for Sept. 20 as proclaimed by President Obama. VFW Post 239 in Bremerton will host a POW/MIA remembrance event at Ivy Green Cemetery at 6 p.m. Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent is expected to be present for the event.
The Department of Navy, OCHR-Silverdale (formerly Human Resources Service Center, Northwest) will host its 11th Annual Veterans Job Fair at Jackson Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 28, with USAJOB’s workshops starting at 9 a.m. Naval Base Kitsap Fleet and Family Support Center will be co-hosting the event. The job fair is open to veterans, transitioning service members and their family members. Call Shelli Broussard at 360-315-8076, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Isn’t it remarkable how some dates and important events stay within the deep recesses of our minds, just to pop up from out of nowhere, regardless of how old we have grown to be? It happens to me quite often. We seem to remember happenings of years ago, but can’t remember where we left our reading glasses or the name of an old friend not seen in years. Reading over my calendar recently and seeing the month of August, I started thinking back to my young teen years. It was Aug. 15, 1945, and the war in the Pacific was still going on and dad was out there somewhere doing his job as a Navy medic. (He won a Silver Star in the Korean War later for saving lives. Another story.) Little brother Franky and I were “Victory Pickers,” which I have written about several times. During summers, with kids from communities all over Seattle, my brother and I rode buses to downtown Seattle, then walked the steep hill to a church parking lot. After handing in our parents’ permission notes, and holding our sack lunches tightly, we climbed into the back of high, huge farm trucks. We were then told which area and farm we were to spend the day picking. Off we would go, standing in the trucks all the way to local farms in Kent, Renton and Auburn, to pick string beans for twoand-a-half cents a pound. It took a lot to fill one hamper. It really wasn’t much of a money making deal but we were patriotic, doing what we could to help our country besides saving lard and other used commodities.
There just were not enough folks to pick fruit and vegetables because they were either working in factories or in the military.
No one called it child labor, but a necessity. This one hazy, sunny morning we arrived at the parking lot to greet friends we had made. We were “full of vinegar,” as Grandma used to say (only Grandpa Bob always added another word we weren’t aloud to repeat). There was chatter of how our earnings were going to be spent; some of it going to the movies, s perhaps a roller skating rink or the ice cream parlor. It was a busy morning and we kids were all starving by noon. We were sitting by the river swapping tales
when the farmer’s son, Ronnie, came running down the rise yelling something.
We stood up to meet him and he told the news his father had just heard on the radio: The war had been pronounced over in the Pacific.
People were hugging kissing, crying, drinking, dancing — a sight I would not have missed for the world. Franky and I held hands looking down from the back of the truck — a real front row seat to history — and said we would never, ever forget this day. We knew dad was coming home. The memory is still as clear in my mind as it was then.
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The farmer called the pickers to the truck and said we were all going home early to celebrate.
If I close my eyes and sit very still, I can hear the echo of the crowd rejoicing with abandonment in those busy Seattle streets.
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Arriving in the middle of downtown Seattle, we were stuck in stopped traffic with cars honking horns, and buses that everyone had deserted.
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People had run outside the stores and shops and into the streets everywhere. Employees left their counters crying and laughing. We were by the Woolworth store and could get no further.
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And once again, we thought it was the war to end all wars. How wrong we were. Jacque Thornton is a columnist for the Kingston Community News, a Sound Publishing newspaper.
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