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Special Veterans Day Event at Carolina  0

On Tuesday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day) at 9pm, Carolina Women’s Basketball will host Tennessee (one of the most successful women’s teams ever) at Carmichael Auditorium.  The athletic department is making this offer for this game.
UNC BasketballThe active duty military person or former military person will be admitted free and each of her/his family members with her/him will be admitted for 1/2 price ($5, normally $10).   In any case, the offer will be honored at the ticket window on the day of the game.  No military ID is required.  The URL is offered for people who want to know more and/or to print tickets prior to the game.
Carolina Athletics reports, “We will be celebrating Veteran’s Day at the Tennessee game on Nov. 11th.  All military veterans can come to game for free and purchase ½ tickets for their friends/family.  Here is a link to the offer . ”  Order tickets

Military Appreciation Day at UNC-Chapel Hill  0

Here is a UNC Chapel Hill special Military Appreciation Day  Women’s Basketball event for veterans coming up on Friday, November 8th.  Carolina plays Air Force at 4:30 pm in Carmichael Auditorium in Chapel Hill.

Carmichael Auditorium
Carmichael Auditorium

There is the special ticket deal for the ‘Military Appreciation Day’ game on Nov. 8th vs. Air Force at 4:30 pm. All active, retired and former military members can attend the game for free and purchase ½ price tickets ($5) for guests. Click here for details and tickets

It may not say it on the website, but the same offer will apply to vets who buy tickets at the ticket window at Carmichael on game day. Visit


Buddy Poppies on Veterans Day  0

As our nation celebrates Veterans Day today, honoring those who have served in the military, our local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be distributing the traditional Buddy Poppies at the Peace and Justice Plaza in front of the Franklin Street Post Office on Veterans Day, November 11th,from 3 to 6 PM.

buddy poppy handVFW Buddy Poppies are assembled by disabled, needy, and aging veterans in VA Hospitals across the country. The majority of donations received by VFW Posts is retained locally to provide for veteran services and welfare. The minimal assessment (cost of Buddy Poppies) to VFW units provides compensation to the veterans who assembled the poppies, provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs, and partially supports the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation’s veterans.

Buddy Poppy proceeds represent no profit to any VFW unit. All the money contributed by the public for Buddy Poppies is used in the cause of veterans welfare, or for the well-being of their needy dependents and the orphans of veterans.

Please come by the downtown Post Office between the hours of 3 PM and 6 PM. This is one of the major annual fundraisers for our Chapel Hill Post, and it is an opportunity for citizens in our community to express their support for local veterans in need. Thank you.

Celebrating Gerhard Weinberg  0

Join the Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education as they  celebrate Gerhard L. Weinberg, the world’s leading scholar of World War II.  The date is Thursday, December 5, 2013, 6–9 pm.  It is Gerhard Weinberg13px”>an evening of education and enjoyment under the Atrium at UNC’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Professor Weinberg, famous for his global history of the war, will speak on “My Experience of War in England, 1939-40 and Occupation of Japan, 1946-47.”

A reception will kick off the evening, followed by a lecture, a moderated discussion, and a Q&A session with participants.

Gerhard Weinberg, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of History, Emeritus, retired from teaching at Carolina in 1999, but remains active in his field. He is one of the world’s most distinguished scholars of World War II and National Socialist Germany. He is the author of ten books, including A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II, which received three major awards for scholarship, was a Book of the Month Club Main Selection, and is widely considered to be the best single-volume history of World War II. Most recently, Professor Weinberg was awarded the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award, a lifetime achievement prize for excellence in military writing.

What past participants say about Gerhard Weinberg: “Dynamic, funny, interesting, clear, and well prepared.” “Knowledge peppered with wisdom and humor … wonderful!” “What can be said other than every minute was wonderful?” “A national treasure.”

Time, Place, Cost, and Registration

6–9 pm, Thursday, December 5, 2013

Held in the Atrium at the Friday Center  The Friday Center, UNC-Chapel Hill’s premier facility for continuing education, offers free parking, easy access, and comfortable seating.

Map and Directions

 Tuition is $45. Discounts do not apply to this special event.

Register for this event.

Veterans Honored for Veterans Day  0

Hillsborough Grady Brown Elementary School is honoring local veterans on Tuesday, November 12th, at 1 p.m. This annual event is put on by the students and includes comments from the children and singing of patriotic songs.  The event is followed by a reception.

Honor the braveGrady Brown Elementary School has a strong patriotic program that instills patriotism and civic pride in their students.  The program announcement states, “An unknown author once wrote, “A veteran is someone, who at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America, for an amount of up to and including his/her life.”  What a unique opportunity we have to teach our children about this level of commitment and honor.”

The school is also the home of the 2013 Teacher of the Year (K-5) for the Department of North Carolina.  Small wonder!  Let’s give the students our full support.

The school asks veterans to wear their hats, bring their medals, and maybe even wear their uniform (if it still fits!).  Attendees should arrive by 12:45 for seating before the program begins.

Grady Brown is located at 1100 New Grady Brown School Road, Hillsborough, NC  27278.

World War II Memorial Remembered  0

In 2006, C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill VFW Post 9100 traveled to Arlington, Virginia, for the funeral of a member, Carl R. Fritz.  We also took time to visit the World War II Memorial.  We’ll share a few photos of our trip here.  We encourage you to visit the war memorial website.  It has a lot of information on its funding, construction, and importance.  To visit the site, click here.

The memorial’s website is full of facts that you may not know.  The section on funding of the memorial is of special interest.  Did you know that it was funded almost entirely by private donations as required by Public Law 103-32?  The memorial funding campaign raised over $197 million dollars in cash and pledges.  “Hundreds of thousands of individual Americans, hundreds of corporations and foundations, veterans groups, dozens of civic, fraternal and professional organizations, states and one territory, and students in 1,200 schools across America” provided the money.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars provided over $2,000,000, as did the American Legion.

It cost $182 million.  All of the expenses of design, building, fees to the National Park Service for maintenance, and the dedication were part of the cost. The remaining funds (then $15,000,000) are held on deposit with the U.S. Treasury in a special National WWII Memorial Trust Fund.  Learn more about this special memorial that honors the 16 million service men and women and over 400,000 who gave their lives during World War II.

Our slideshow of the 2006 trip shares images of local World War II veterans that joined us on our journey, but have since died.  Let’s not let our local veterans miss an opportunity to visit their memorial.

Sharing Computer Skills  0

Our host American Legion Post is going to have an open forum chalk talk on personal computer use.  Post Commander Heavlin will work with post members as they share computer problems and issues with other members.  Many user problems are common and shared by others.  The solutions are the same.

Also covered will be new software solutions that may be unfamiliar to post members.  Handheld smartphones are rapidly taking hold and many computer users now use a smartphone or tablet as their computer of choice.

This forum is open to all post members and to local veterans.  If you are interested in participating in a daytime session in the next few weeks, you can.  Watch for more information on this site.  Learn more

For free computer service, click here.

Vets Get Free PC Repairs  0

A local business is helping veterans and members of  Veterans of Foreign Wars with free personal computer repair.  That’s right!  It is no-cost help.  Of course, parts are not included.

If a veteran’s personal computer needs parts, the repair shop will not sell them the part, but they will give them a list of needed parts and tell them where they can obtain them.  Parts will then be put in for the veteran.

So, if your personal computer is ailing and you are about to lose control, ask for help before you head to the big box super center to buy a new one.    Get some professional help.  Your computer may be fine.  It could be a software issue or a minor part.

The expert advice and assistance is offered by a local Hillsborough personal computer tech.  He is offering his no cost repair services to local veterans in Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Orange County.  Other veterans can get assistance if they are in the surrounding area and contact him for assistance.

PC EMT Ad for Repair

For many of our members, computer repairs are needed and they have limited funds.  This is a good opportunity for them.  To obtain assistance in this program, complete the attached form and send it to him at   Download PC EMT Request

For Post 9100 members, we can also arrange for you to drop off your computer at the American Legion Post on our meeting night for him to pick up.  Make sure you have made arrangements for pickup before you take your PC to the post.

Most computer parts, cables, memory, and accessories are available in Chapel Hill at Intrex Computers on Elliot Road at affordable prices and lower than many big box stores.

We applaud “Ben” for volunteering to help our post members and other local veterans.  And we also thank the Crime Prevention/Training Department of NC Department of Public Safety in Raleigh for sharing this service information.

There’s Nothing Rusty about “Rusty”  0

What would you do after your completed a successful 39-year career with IBM that took you around the world?  Would you sit back and relax?  Not Rusty Edmister.”  His IBM experience only prepared him for the most rewarding career of his life.  Rusty travels the local area and state serving as a North Carolina State Archives videographer interviewing veterans!

Rusty Edmister
Rusty Edmister

He has been interviewing Chapel Hill post members for several years.  You would often hear him say, “I just did my 25th interview, when can I interview you?”  His count went to 30, 40, 50…and now over 100 interviews of living veterans.  There are thousands of stories from thousands of veterans yet to be recorded and he is bound and determined to do as many as possible.  He recently said, “I’ll do it as long as I can drive…”

Rusty has a simple formula.  You just sit back and relax as he sets up his tripod and mini-videorecorder.  Then it is time for a chat on any subject you want to share.  It is your time to share your life’s experiences with family and friends and the State Archive.  Rusty will prepare multiple copies of your interview and you can give them to family members.  This is your opportunity to tell your story.  Out of the Chapel Hill area?  Not to worry.  He will travel.  Contact him and tell him you are ready to tell your story.  Email Rusty Edmister

Rusty and other area retirees on their second journey in life was interviewed by the Raleigh News and Observer reporter Carol Frey.  Read more and be inspired.

Job and Resource Fair This Week – May 22  0

Attention all local and Orange County Veterans. If you are looking for a job, help is here. It is time for you to dust off your resume, dress for success, and put on that big smile.

The Orange County Department of Social Services is hosting a Job and Resource Fair at their Hillsborough office. You can speak to employers ready to hire veterans. More than 30 employers and resource providers will participate.

Here are the details:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
113 Mayo Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278

This job fair is open to everyone. Call your friends and share the opportunity. Please come prepared with resumes and dress professionally.

Sponsored by Orange County Department of Social Services. Download:

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For more information contact: Shanika Williams (919) 245-2822 or Randy Haynes (919) 969-3032 ext.