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FEBRUARY 2015

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In This Issue
Waxie Steps Up
Combat Nurse Support Project
February Historical Presentation
New Volunteers
Arts for Veterans
Vietnam Exhibit Fundraiser
Dates In History
Recents Donations
New & Returning Members
VMMC-Midway Partnership
Eagles Wings
Pin-Ups on Tour
San Diego Ride for Vets
Library Catalog Online
Quick Links
Current Exhibits
Our Sponsors

San Diego Economic Development & Tourism Support Program

 

San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

 

Lynne C. Sanders Trust

 

Supervisor Cox, District 1, County Board of Supervisors

 

Supervisor Ron Roberts, District 4, County Board of Supervisors

 

Supervisor Bill Horn, District 5, County Board of Supervisors

 

The Bob Baker Family Foundation

 

CAPT & Mrs W. Hays

 

Viejas Enterprises

 

Legler Benbough Foundation

  

T.C. Akerman Foundation

 

Price Family Foundation

 

Glen Abbey Memorial Park

 

Int'l Assoc. of Machinists

 

San Diego Padres

 

Lockheed Martin

 

Kratos Defense & Security

 

San Diego Gas & Electric

 a Sempra Energy Utility

 

Dini Films International

  

B.P.O.E. 1812

 

Microsoft

 

Eagles Wings

 

San Diego Futures Foundation

 

San Diego Family Planning

 

Silverthorn Construction

 

The Thursday Club

 

The Thursday Club Juniors

 

Home Depot Foundation

 

First Command Financial Services

 

Phil's BBQ

 

The Beer Company

 

Access Point Media Group

 

Honoring Our Troops

 

Performance Measurement Company

 

AMG Construction

 

USNA ALUMNI ASSOC.

 

United Fundraising Group

 

Reed Food Technology 

 

Palomar Cleaners

 

Vicki Nenner

  

Mr. John Dillard

 

F.A. Dillingham

 

Robert and Joyce Ettinger  

 

Mr. Jose F. Luna

 

Dr. Byong Mok Kim, MD

 

RDML & Mrs. R. C. Melendez

 

J.L. Msangum

 

Mr. Dennis Schoville

 

Dr. Abe Shragge, Ph.D.

 

MG & Mrs. John K. Singlaub

 

Dr. & Mrs. Tom Splitgerber

 

Gen. E. Yul Yoon, ROKAF/Ret

 

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QUALCOMM

211 San Diego
  
Eagles Wings

Will Hays

International Association of Machinists and 
Aerospace Workers

Mt. Soledad 
Memorial Association

San Diego County 
Veterans Service Office 
  
Scottish Rite
Masonic Center 
  
USS Midway Museum

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CAL-Diego Paralyzed Veterans Association

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University of California
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San Diego Padres

 United States Navy League
San Diego Council

Veterans Law Group
  
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U.S. Congressman
Duncan Hunter
 
U.S. Congressman
Scott Peters

U.S. Congress
Susan Davis

California Senator
Marty Block

California Assembly Speaker
Toni Atkins

SD County Supervisor
Greg Cox

Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern

American Ex-POWs

City of Chula Vista
 
City of Oceanside
  
AFROTC Cadets &
NROTC Midshipmen
from UCSD, SDSU, USD, 
Point Loma Nazarene University
CSU San Marcos
 
American Legion
District 22

Fleet Reserve Association
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Marine Corps League

Military Order of the
Purple Heart
  
Navy Nurse Corps 
Association
  
Patrick Henry High School NJROTC

Pearl Harbor Survivors
of San Diego 

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Systems Center

United Veterans Council

UCSD Veterans Association

UCSD Choral Scholars

VA Regional Office

Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD)
  
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 472
  
 
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"A USA Veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "America" for an amount of up to and including his or her life."  Thank active duty, veterans and their families.

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The Museum continues to be a center of high activity for Veterans, Active Duty, and local organizations. Our "Art for Vets" classes, led by and for veteran artists, on the second Tuesday of the month, continue to be a big draw.  In the afternoon, our artists work with and entertain young visitors.   In the evening we conduct introduction to art classes for veterans by veterans.  This month we will also host the national "Spirit of 45" workshop as they prepare for the 70th anniversary celebration of the end of WWII in August.   This month is also Black History Month and we honor the storied Tuskegee Airmen with a documentary that will play continuously on our Free Tuesday (second Tuesday of the month), and on weekends throughout the month.


I invite you to visit our new website,
http://www.veteranmuseum.org/, and view our upcoming events, join our membership, and support the new Vietnam Exhibit that is opening in late April.


Please join us anytime and you are especially welcome on the second Tuesday of the month, when the VMMC is free for San Diego residents. On those Tuesdays, we often have special events, book signings, and children activities.

Our Memorial Service this month will be on February 21st as we will be closed February 23rd to the 28th for a major cleaning project.

 

"We invite you to become a sustaining member, contributing $5, $10 or more a month.  For $5 a month, we will thank you with a one-year individual  membership, and for $10 or more a month, we will thank you with a one-year family membership, both for as long you continue your sustaining membership."

 


 

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Sheldon L. Margolis

Executive Director
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WAXIE SANITARY SUPPLY CHOOSES THE MUSEUM AS THEIR COMPANY PROJECT FOR 2015!      
Waxie Sanitary Supply was alive, here, in 1945!

Waxie Sanitary Supply is a San Diego  company, started in 1945 by the Wax brothers, two WWII veterans.  This year Waxie is hosting their annual conference in San Diego and they have chosen the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center as their Community Service Project for 2015.  They will clean, scrub and shampoo the museum from top to bottom in the last week of February.  

To prepare for this evolution, the Museum will be closed Feb. 23-28 to move the exhibits and displays out of our Museum prior to the cleaning and then to move the exhibits back into our Museum.  The museum staff and volunteers have been preparing for this and have already moved and cleaned out the lower level in preparation.  But we have a lot more to do.

Thank you VVSD Residents for being first to volunteer and step-up to help!  You are all amazing!

We are seeking additional volunteers to help with repairing the wood floor and moving the exhibits prior to the cleaning and help moving the exhibits back after the cleaning. If you are interested, contact Diane Schmidt at diane.schmidt@veteranmuseum.com or (619) 239-2300.
THANK YOU LETTERS RECEIVED FOR GIFT BASKETS SENT TO NURSES AND MEDICAL STAFF STATIONED IN AFGHANISTAN, GERMANY AND CALIFORNIA
Annual Special Delivery!
The Veteran Museum's Combat/Military Nurse Support Project works with Dennis Schoville, a local foundation and Veterans to support and remember the guardian angels who care for our combat wounded around the world.  This year we sent 40 gift baskets to nurses and corpsmen at San Diego Naval Medical Center and Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton. Another 30 gift baskets were shipped to medical staff at Kandahar, Afghanistan and Landstuhl, Germany along with 21 boxes of books.

 

Thank you for your kindness and generosity this holiday season. I am one of the nurses stationed overseas who received one of your Christmas packages... It means a lot to be recognized by someone who has such an insight into what we do as military nurses day in and day out. We were able to use many of the items in our ICU holiday spread on Christmas Day and also had plenty left for ourselves.

Thank you for your service and your dedication to the military community.  Happy 2015!

 

Very Respectfully,

Kara M.

Afghanistan

 

On behalf of the RN Case Managers, I wanted to thank you for the delicious and beautifully wrapped Holiday gift baskets that were personally delivered  to many of the offices here at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton this past holiday season.

Our RN Case Managers assist wounded, ill and injured Marines and Sailors navigate the complexities of the system and support providers in establishing a more comprehensive plan to return them to either full duty or assist them in transitioning out of the military. We help them with coordination of their care; often going to medical appointments with them and advocating for them. We all love our jobs and love caring for our Marines and Sailors.

Thank you so much for recognizing what we do and for making our holidays so much brighter here in our little offices at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

Very respectfully,
Mary M. 

 

Thanks to you and your colleagues at the SD Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, the staff at the hospital outpatient barracks were reminded over the holidays how much their fellow Americans back home care for them. We're so grateful for your generous donation of delicious treats sent in November, and the staff were very touched by your thoughtfulness!

Thank you, once again, for your support again this year. We, and those we serve, deeply appreciate your generosity.


Hugs from Germany,
MaryAnn P. 
Soldiers' Angels

 

 


THE MILITARY AND THE NAVAL HOSPITAL IN BALBOA PARK: 1915 to 1988
Presentation by Rear Admiral Rod Melendez

The military played an instrumental role in the development of San Diego and was heavily involved in Balboa Park from 1915 through 1988. The history of this evolution is fascinating, not widely known, and spans World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Although the Naval Hospital was relocated to Florida Canyon in 1988, its impact on the park is still felt in 2015.

Rear Admiral Rod Melendez, former Executive Director of our Museum, will present this evolution and discuss the impact and experiences of the men and women who served in the park during a program in the Museum's main Gallery.
7 PM - Thursday, February 19th, 2015
NEW VOLUNTEERS CHEERED 

Our Museum staff, members and directors are thrilled to welcome three new volunteers and also welcome four new interns who are students at San Diego State. One student (and fellow veteran) is completing an internship for Public Relations and Marketing and three students are completing internships in History.  

We are seeking individuals who will assist us in maintaining our mission of honoring the men and women who served their country in the U.S. Armed Forces and Wartime Merchant Marine. Military experience is not required.

A commitment of four hours per month for at least four months is highly desired.  The benefits of volunteering at VMMC are Museum discounts, the opportunity to meet others with similar interests and to meet visitors from all over the world, the opportunity to learn new skills, and a sense of well-being by honoring U.S. Veterans.

Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Docent: Museum Tour Guides
  • Library: Archives & grant writing
  • Gift Shop: Cashier & Stocking
  • Office Support: Telephone & Clerical
  • Events: Set up & break down
  • Special Projects: Exhibits/displays, cleaning, repairs
  • Membership: Phone solicitation, member follow-up
  • Development: Fundraising
  • Outreach: Civil functions, speaker bureau, school visits
  • Construction: Museum renovation projects
Email Diane.Schmidt@veteranmuseum.org or call (619) 239-2300 for more information on our Volunteer Program. 
NATIONAL SPIRIT OF '45 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE WELCOMES LEADERS FROM 45 STATES
San Diego is a major hub for planning the national 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.  
The group will be meeting in San Diego in February to finalize marketing and media strategies for events honoring the contributions of America's airpower, ground forces, seaborne services and Home Front during WWII.
http://www.Spiritof45Conference.org

"This year may be the last time families and communities throughout America can come together to say 'Thank you!' to the men and women who were the ordinary heroes who did so much to assure a better future for their children and their children's children," said Warren Hegg.

The objective of this conference is for all Spirit of '45 event producers to share our past successes, and compare and generate new ideas to put the final plans together for tributes over the week of Aug 9 - 15, 2015 in honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.   

Leaders from organizations including the Air Force Association, the Commemorative Air Force, the National Parks Service, etc. are gathering together with organizers from 45 states, at this year's National Conference on Feb 12-15, 2015. 

Part of the conference will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Veterans Museum and then moves to the Air and Space Museum. On Sunday attendees will meet next to the Midway at the "Kiss Statue".  There will be a dinner on Saturday, Valentine's Day with actress Loni Anderson in attendance. The attendees are thrilled to make their trip to San Diego and also celebrate Valentine's Day and the weekend right here.  

Please go to these links to read articles about this year's tributes:
AFA helps nation commemorate 70th anniversary of WWII's end
Wingman Magazine Documents 2015 January 20, 2015

Preparations for National Commemoration of 70th Anniversary of WWII's End Announced at National Press Club
Preparations for National Commemoration of 70th Anniversary of WWII's End Announced at National Press Club

We are seeking sponsors to support the National Conference and the National Campaign. Please call Linda Laurie, National Coordinator. (858) 513-8238.   Spirit of '45 National Website
ARTS FOR VETERANS                                

The second Tuesday of every month, Tony the Vet holds two free sessions. From 2-4 p.m., children and families are invited to make cards or veterans and view a free puppet show. From 6-8 p.m., the Museum hosts free creative art classes (literary, performing and visual arts). These classes are facilitated by Tony LoBue, Veteran, artist, and teacher of the creative arts and will include guest artists and speakers.

On February 10th the guest artists will be Earl Edmund "e.e." Hundt (US Army Vietnam Combat Veteran) Poet, "How to Write a Poem Workshop"; Valerie Broesch, Puppeteer, "Furry Tales 2.0"; Glen Davis (US Navy Veteran) Arts Volunteer, "Volunteering in the Arts: It's Educational and Entertaining"; and Dave Gilmore, Craft Care Specialist, Helping Hospitalized Veterans, Chula Vista Veterans Home.

To register, contact Tony at (619) 806-2075 or email: tony@tonythevet.org. 
NEW VIETNAM GALLERY PROJECT IS UNDERWAY AND SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN APRIL 2015
VMMC raised $10,000 of our $20,000 first-year goal

Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War, we are converting our Museum office into a new gallery. The exhibit will be dedicated to the men and women who served in this conflict and to tell the history and the stories of the San Diegans who were there.

Our project requires the complete renovation of the former office, as well as development of the exhibit itself. It will also include new display cases, graphic design and posters, and additional facility upgrades.  

The total project will exceed $50,000 over the course of ten years. The fundraising campaign will help to underwrite the cost of this new exhibit.

We have raised over $10,000 to date and are well on our way to meeting our initial goal of $20,000. The initial funding is for the initial design, as well as demolition and construction of the new gallery.  

The Vietnam Exhibit $100 Challenge was initiated by Paul Fusco as the first person to contribute to this campaign.  You can contribute to the challenge with a matching Donation Online, by mail, or in person during your next visit to our Museum. For your $100 or more donation, we will thank you with a one-year membership or extension of your existing membership.

 

Please send your check to: 
Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
Attn: Vietnam Exhibit Challenge 
2115 Park Blvd. 
San Diego, CA 92101 

 

...or   

All donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by a letter from our Museum and you will be listed on our new gallery's website as a supporter.   Thank You!
HISTORICAL REMEMBRANCE DATES IN FEBRUARY
Significant Events this Month in Military History.  The month of February, like every month of the year has its notable events of interest. 
 
1941 -  The United Services Organization (USO) was founded. 

1942 -  The attack on the Marshall and Gilbert Islands began. Also, the first enemy attack on the U.S. mainland took place. A Japanese submarine shelled an oil refinery near Santa Barbara.

1942 - The Battle of the Java Sea marked the collapse of organized Allied resistance in the area, paving the way for Japanese conquest of the Indies.

1943 -  Many young men in the United States Army came of age at Kasserine Pass. Kasserine pass was where the United States and the Germans had their first clashes with each other.

1944 - Marines landed and secured Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll, and the Marshall Islands on February 18th. The 22nd Marines, under Colonel John T. Walker, had only two weeks to prepare for the landing. Backed up by Army amphibious tractors, the Marines took Engebi and its airfield with relative ease.

1945 - Manila began to be recaptured as the month of February got underway. After a well planned offensive, the 37th Division, First Cavalry, and 11th Airborne Division met at Manila. The Americans herded the Japanese garrison into the old walled city by the end of the month. There the 18,000 Japanese made a valiant suicidal defense, forcing the Americans to clean them out in house to house street warfare.

1945 - Following Royal Air Force attacks, the U.S. Eighth Air Force bombed Dresden, Chemnitz, and Magdeburg Germany. The bombings caused extensive fires devastating over 1,600 acres killing and estimated 100,000 people. The attack is considered the most destructive in history, even more so than Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Pacific two days later, Troop carrier C-47s dropped 2,065 paratroopers on Corregidor, in the Philippines, after an amphibious landing from Bataan. Three days later, Marines landed on Iwo Jima. The Third, Fourth and Fifth Marine Divisions, under Major General Harry Schmidt landed on Iwo and cut the island in half. They stormed Mount Suribachi and raised the American Flag on February 23rd. Some 6,800 Americans died during the 36 day assault. Thousands more were injured, and more Marines earned the medal of Honor in Iwo Jima than any other battle in U.S. history.

1951 - There was passage of a UN resolution condemning China for aggression in Korea on the 1st, and four days later, Operation Punch forces the Chinese to retreat north of Seoul. The operation consisted of a task force comprised of the U.S. 25th Division, which was augmented by heavy artillery and armored units and by tactical close-air support.

1952 - February 16, Communist negotiators at Panmunjon suggest that the Soviet Union should be a member of the neutral commission in charge of supervising the cease-fire. In February 1953, Lt. Gen. Maxwell Taylor becomes the new commander of 8th Army, and proposals are made to exchange sick and wounded POW's.

1965 - The first retaliatory air strike in North Vietnam occurred. U.S. Air Force Super Sabre F-100s suppressed ground fire in the target area while flying cover for attacking South Vietnamese fighter aircraft. President Johnson opened continuous limited air strikes against North Vietnam, in order to bring about a negotiated settlement.

1971 - "Operation Dewey Canyon II" began. Supported by heavy U.S. airpower and artillery fire, South Vietnamese troops crossed into Laos for a 44 day assault on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Observers described the drive as the bloodiest fighting of the Indochina War.

1973 - The first of 566 POWs returned home from Captivity in Vietnam. Led by Navy Captain Jeremiah Denton, the first group of 116 American prisoners of war was released in Hanoi by North Vietnam. Another 19 were released by the Vietcong. Capt. Denton's first words upon arrival at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines were; "We are honored to have the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances. We are profoundly grateful to our Commander in Chief and to our Nation for this day. God Bless America".

1991 - Iraqi forces, estimated at 60,000 mass for attack near Kuwait. Air strikes drive Iraqis forces into defensive positions. During 26 days of air sorties, more than 26,000 sorties were flown.
By the 24th, G-Day, Coalition ground forces embark on what turns out to be a 100 hour campaign. Tanks punch holes in Iraqi defenses and then air war enters it's final faze. 100,000 coalition (mostly U.S. Forces) into assault, and the Iraqi forces begin surrendering in large numbers.

1991 - "Mother of all Retreats" by Iraqi forces trying to get out of Kuwait, the fighting ends on the 28th.
   Contributed by Will Hays
RECENT ARTIFACT DONATIONS

The Model 1913 Cavalry Saber, commonly referred to as the Patton Saber, was a cavalry saber designed for the U. S. Army by Second Lieutenant (later General) George S. Patton in 1913. It had a large, basket-shaped hilt mounting a straight, double-edged, thrusting blade designed for use by light cavalry. Patton's 1914 manual "Saber Exercise" outlined a system of training for both mounted and on-foot use of the saber. The weapon came to be known as the "Patton Saber." There is no one sword that this saber was modeled after. Patton suggested the revision from a curved sword and edge and cutting technique to a thrusting style of attack, following his extensive training in France. Patton's thoughts were expressed in his 1913 report "The Form and Use of the Saber."

 

1.  Daniel DeMarco of La Jolla donated a model 1913 US Cavalry Saber given to him by Pearl Harbor Survivor John Hancock. This artifact is now on display in our Museum's Presidio to Pacific Powerhouse Exhibit.

2Will Hays of San Diego donated a collection of artifacts relating to MOH recipient John Baca and book for the military history library.

3.  Stu Hedley, Pearl Harbor Survivor of San Diego donated a collection of military history books for the museum's library.

4.  Jack Linnborn of Victorville, CA donated a set of enlisted aircrew wings.

5.  Daniel MacLeod of San Diego donated c1960 Navy uniform belonging to Mary T. Baker.

6.  Karen and Dale Turnbull of Lakewood CO donated a collection of WWII Army Air Corps uniforms worn by Howard J. Strutzel and a collection of his documents, pamphlets, booklets and materials from WWII.

WELCOME NEW &

RENEWING MEMBERS!

Phyllis Barber Family
Jay Bullard
William Busch*
Gilbert Crowell*
Robert Deschamps*
Richard & Rebecca Flannagan Family
Paul Holbrook*Sarah Holbrook*
John Miller Family
Marc Portland
Elmer Tattitch*
John Will

 

Mt. Soledad Memorial Association

 

* Life Member 

 

Your annual membership dues support our Museum and provide a tangible way for San Diegans to say thank you to Veterans for their service.  

 

Members receive:  

  • free access to our Museum and participating partner museums (USS Midway Museum)
  • access to our Military History Reference Library 
  • discounts for special events & the gift shop
  • invitations to special receptions
  • exhibit openings & activities  
Life Members Benefit

Are you 80 years old... or more?  Congratulations!  Celebrate your service and patriotism and become a Life Member! This includes Honor Flight Veterans!  Call us now to get your Complimentary Life Membership.

 

Become a Member easily online at our website, in person at the Museum, or just call our office.

 

Click on Membership Application or call (619) 239-2300. 

THE VMMC AND THE USS MIDWAY MUSEUM ESTABLISH RECIPROCAL MEMBER'S PARTNERSHIP 
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Exciting news for VMMC Members & USS Midway Museum Members! 
 

You VMMC Membership Card gains free admission to the USS Midway Museum.  USS Midway Museum Members will also have free access to our Museum.


The free admission is only for ONE person named on the VMMC membership card and does not include other family members. 

HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY TO EAGLES WINGS! 
A Museum program for support and healing
Eagle Wings celebrated 15 years on Sunday, January 25, 2015, with over 100 well-wishers. 

A graduation ceremony was also conducted for new members who completed a course of healing.  Eagles Wings is a program of support and healing for military widowed through counseling sessions with others who are also walking the grief journey. 
For more information, email: eagleswings2115@gmail.com
or call (619) 234-9464.
PIN-UPS ON TOUR is a night like no other! 
April 24th & 25th - 8 PM

From the moment guests enter the event, they will be treated to something special. Our goal is to recreate the magic of the Hollywood Canteen that operated during the 1940's as a club offering dancing, drinks and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. The evening will feature dancing Pin-Ups, Comedy, Variety Acts, Soulful Lounge singers, raffle-ticket selling beauties and more than a few surprises! With entertainment & atmosphere around every turn, guests will feel like they stepped into the 1940's.

This show is free for Veterans & Active Duty personnel to attend and only $25 for civilians.

And the best part?  Proceeds from the event go to benefit hospitalized Veterans and Deployed Troops!
About Pin-ups For Vets:
Founded by the vivacious Gina Elise, Pin-Ups For Vets raises funds to improve Veterans' healthcare, donates funds to VA hospitals for medical equipment and program expansion, improves quality of life for Veterans across the United States through personal bedside visits to deliver gifts and show appreciation, promotes volunteerism at Veterans Hospitals, conducts morale boosting events for military spouses, and delivers care packages to troops.

The organization has been able to donate over $50,000 in rehabilitation equipment to VA Hospitals across the U.S. thanks to the sales of their calendar - which has been featured on: FOX, ABC, NBC, PBS, National Examiner, Huffington Post, Queen Latifah Show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, AOL News, Inside Edition, Good Day LA, The Military Channel, American Forces Network, and many others.
We are always happy to promote our sponsors on our Facebook (Over 140K fans) , Twitter & Linked-In fan pages, as well as our email list to thousands of supporters across the globe. We often get covered in the local news on our visits (newspaper & TV) and we are more than happy to mention our sponsors in any interviews we do! Our audience is primarily made up of Active Duty Service Members, Veterans, Patriotic Americans and fashionable women between the ages of 24 - 50. Our audience is split very evenly 50/50 between men and women.

We are seeking $3,000 cash or in-kind sponsorships to help cover the costs of 2 performances in San Diego at the Veteran Museum and Memorial Center. These costs include the stipends and housing for seven performers, venue rentals, and production costs. As a 501(c)3 organization, all donations to our nonprofit at tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. 
To make a donation, contact Diane Schmidt at the Veterans Museum: diane.schmidt@veteranmuseum.org or (619) 239-2300.
San Diego Ride for Vets, May 9, 2015

Veterans Museum will be a stop on the San Diego Ride for Vets and Veteran Art Vendor Fair.

Over 250 motorcycle riders will be participating in a run from the Leatherneck Aviation Museum to Mount Soledad, the Veterans Museum and end at San Diego Harley.

A Veteran Art Vendor Fair will take place in the Memorial Garden.

To register for the ride, visit www.loveamazinglyproductions.com.

MUSEUM LIBRARY CATALOG

NOW ONLINE! 

 

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The Veterans Museum Military History Research Library's catalog is now online and you can search our collection of books, periodicals, oral histories and multimedia.

 

veteranmuseum.pastperfect-online.com will take you to our access portal.  Once there, you can search the library's collection by keyword, author, topic or title to see what is available.

 

Our library is a research library available to our members for research.  We do not check out materials.

  
For information or to schedule an appointment, contact our Museum at (619) 239-2300 or info@veteranmuseum.org
TELL YOUR EVENT PLANNER ABOUT OUR MUSEUM -  IS IT ON THEIR LIST?
Facility Rental Dates off to a great start in 2015!
 
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Veterans Museum and Memorial Center facility rentals are being scheduled at a brisk pace in 2015!

  

Members receive a 10% discount on published fees. Active duty military receive the additional 10% member discount when they become members.

 

For more information, contact Diane Schmidt, Events Director, at diane.schmidt@veteranmuseum.org or call (619) 239-2300.

FREE TUESDAY IN BALBOA PARK FOR

SAN DIEGO RESIDENTS

Why Keep this a Secret?

 

Come and visit us on the second Tuesday of any month for Balboa Park's Free Tuesdays! Share with your friends and challenge each other to bring the most friends to visit our Museum each month!
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San Diego County is home to the largest concentration of military activity in the world with 137,000 active duty military personnel, 230,000 veteran residents.  Additionally, we have the largest discharged Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) veteran population in this Nation with about 38,000 recent war veterans (9% of discharged recent warriors). Moreover, there are 110,000 OIF/OEF veterans currently calling the State of California their home. 

 

Your Veterans Museum honors the men and women who served in the US Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard) and Wartime Merchant Marine with exhibits and displays, ceremonies, educational programs, a Veterans Oral History Project, and a Military History Research Library.  We preserve the Veteran's contributions and experiences for future generations!    

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Daniel DeMarco & Rod Melendez
Co-Publishers/Editors
  
Editing
Kathy Tinsley & Holly Shaffner