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 On The 11th Hour
 On November 11th, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1. It was called "the war to end all wars". Soldiers came home with wounds, visible and invisible. There wasn't a VA, no safety net of care. They were promised a bonus and had to march on Washington to force their claims.

Because of all that, they began a movement that still lives on today. They paid it forward. VA health care, GI loans, and the GI bill providing a college education for hundreds of thousands if not millions of WW2 veterans who went on to create the largest expansion of wealth and knowledge in our history. Then it was their turn. Those WW2 and Korean war veterans who were so blessed thankfully stepped up for their turn and they paid it forward.

It was the voices of the Viet Nam veteran that could be heard warning those who would repeat the shameful treatment of American heroes we witnessed during Viet Nam. We would not allow them to do to our children and grandchildren what was done to us. Then we stepped up and fought for better treatment and benefits for Iraq Afghanistan. We understood what they faced and so we did all we could to improve their lives and the lives of their families. The crowning achievement is the "GI Bill for the 21st Century". We paid it forward.

Now it's your turn. Will you rise to the occasion, join with those of us who have been battling all those years for America's heroes? If you haven't already, will your training kick in to remind you that we are responsible for each other? Will you join us in the Veterans of Foreign Wars as we fight to keep and expand the benefits due to our brothers and sisters in arms? I hope you will.

This is the legacy of those "Doughboys" who came home and changed America's perception of what was owed to her warriors. It is also the proud history of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Our toughest work as always lies ahead We need each other to "Make it Happen.

Paul Spera 
Past Commander in Chief

As yesterday's defenders of freedom, we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group. Our common bond is the battlefield, whether it is service in the Persian Gulf, Korea, Kosovo, the war on terrorism or peace-keeping expeditionary campaigns. Your courage and sacrifice have made a difference in preserving and defending world peace. 


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As yesterday's defenders of freedom...

 ...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.

WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.

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Name:    David Colberg


Phone:    8605589050

Message:  The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn will conduct a free Archaeology Field School for Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel on Monday, July 23 through Friday, July 27, 9 am to 3 pm each day. State Archaeologist Dr. Brian Jones will lead the field school, which will take place in Windsor, CT.

Veterans and active duty military personnel will spend a week doing hands-on archaeology at an Archaeology Field School sponsored by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Office of State Archaeology. The field school will cover the basics of field methods, paperwork, data management, and artifact identification. Learning proper archaeological methods will develop the participantâ?Ts understanding of the ethical aspects of archaeology and the archaeologistâ?Ts responsibility to preserve the data they retrieve so that it will remain valuable to future researchers.

Participants of this program will have the opportunity to experience an official Connecticut Office of State Archaeology dig at a historic site in Windsor, Connecticut. Space is limited. To request a registration form please contact David Colberg at david.colberg@uconn.eduor 860.486.5690.

We have been doing field schools for educators and the general public, so we decided to add one for veterans and active duty military personnel. If this seem to be something you can share with the veterans you work with, please feel free to forward.


David C. Colberg
UConn Office of Public Engagement
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History
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