June 30, 2015

Sgt. Shaft caricatureDear Sgt Shaft
My name is Caren and I work in the Casting Department of All3Media, a production company based out of Los Angeles. All3Media, producers of the Emmy Award winning series Undercover Boss, is a leader in unscripted and documentary style programming shedding positive light to our unsung heroes and the storytelling process.

We are currently working on a brand new documentary special called AMERICAN PLATOON for a major cable network, and I am interested in speaking to Vietnam War veterans specifically. We are trying to track down 4-8 surviving members of a storied Vietnam platoon to tell the tale of their war adventure firsthand. Guided by interviews with each of them, we will relive the entirety of their experience through their multiple perspectives… from the moment each of them entered training, to the rescue missions, to the camaraderies formed, to the final goodbyes and return home.

Since we are trying to reach as many veterans as possible, our team would greatly appreciate if you would spread the word about our new documentary to any and all Vietnam veterans, or anyone associated with Vietnam veterans. This subject matter hits very close to home and we would love to discuss with anyone interested in hearing more.  Please feel free to share this email, as well as my contact information, which can be found in my signature below. Thank you so much for your time and for your service.

Caren Sachs
Casting Associate
all3media america
t: 424-732-6604
f: 424 732 6699

6060 Center Drive | Suite 400 | Los Angeles | CA 90045
caren.sachs@brightroadprods.com
www.all3a.com

Dear Caren
I urge all my fellow Vietnam veterans to share their experiences so that the general public learns the truth of what actually happened, rather than presented by Walter Cronkite and his cronies.

Shaft Notes
Congratulations to the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)  for their  recognition  by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with the 2015 Summit Award for its Military Caregiver Assistance Program, which incorporates several programs and services that provide practical, meaningful assistance to more than 1 million military family caregivers of disabled veterans.

The Summit Award is ASAE’s highest recognition under The Power of A Awards, given to associations that make exemplary commitments to creating a stronger America. MOAA is one of only six associations chosen for this honor.

MOAA’s Military Caregiver Assistance Program began in 2009 with MOAA’s advocacy work on the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. As co-chair of The Military Coalition, 32 of the most influential military-family and veteran’s associations in the nation, MOAA helped lead the effort that resulted in passage of this historic caregiver-support legislation.

Following that hallmark success, MOAA was selected to receive an Innovation Grant from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to build “Tips for Lifelong Caregiving,” an online tool specifically addressing the legal and financial needs of military caregivers. Guided by a focus group of 40 military caregivers, MOAA collaborated with several national associations and government departments to create this unique resource. The final product was launched in April 2014 at a White House ceremony keynoted by first lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole.

As an adjunct program and in partnership with the American Bar Association and the Public Council Law Center, MOAA coordinated the design and launch of “Lawyers for Heroes,” offering caregivers of disabled veterans pro bono legal assistance. This initiative then formed the basis for “Financial Education for Heroes,” a program partnership providing free financial education services to military family caregivers, that is expected to launch in late July 2015.

“We are honored to be recognized again by ASAE with this distinguished award that reflects the extraordinary and positive impact MOAA programs are having on currently serving uniformed service members and veterans of all ranks and their families and their survivors,” said retired Navy Admiral Norb Ryan Jr., president and CEO of MOAA. “Since early 2013, MOAA has been honored and privileged to be a partner with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation: Caring for Military Families in helping to meet the needs of the military caregivers.”

MOAA previously received the 2012 ASAE Summit Award for its veteran-focused career transition assistance program and two Power of A Silver Awards for the MOAA Scholarship Fund and the Military Spouse Employment Program.

These programs are funded, in part, by the MOAA Military Family Initiative, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation and a subsidiary of MOAA.

MOAA will receive the award at the 16th Annual Summit Awards Dinner Sept. 30 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Congressman Charlie Dent (Chairman, House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee) and Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D. (Chairman, House Veterans Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee) released the following joint statement on their oversight visit of the Philadelphia VA Regional Office.

“The issues raised in the VA OIG report two months ago exposed the personal and monetary costs that develop and thrive within an environment and structure that lacks true accountability.  While these specific issues occurred here in the Philadelphia Regional Office, the unfortunate reality is that they are not contained to a single facility or region and they speak to a broader need to reform the VA’s internal culture to avoid further consequences at the national level.  Through our respective roles as authorizers and appropriators, we have a responsibility to carry out diligent oversight in order to ensure that our veterans and all who are served by the VA are receiving the quality of care that they deserve.  Today we had the opportunity to learn about the good progress being made to rectify the specific issues raised by the OIG from the VA’s senior leadership, but we also saw firsthand the amount of work that still needs to be done to address the underlying concerns that still remain through our conversations with the employees who are on the front lines.

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