Committee’s Newsletter for February, 2011

March 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Well, the groundhog says that it will be Spring soon, so all I can say is let it come soon.

Northern Shenandoah Valley Region

JORDAN SPRINGS, VIRGINIA: Today was a special day; the Historic Jordan Springs organization was hosting a “Pub Night” for the Disabled Veterans Committee on Housing to help our veterans in the community.  A little history on Jordan Springs the organization is:

Historic Jordan Springs

Our history goes back to the early 1600s, when the Catawba Indians discovered two mineral springs, the White Sulphur Spring and the Calibeate Spring, which flow from the grotto at the base of a nearby cliff-like hill called Devil’s Backbone. The Indians used the area as a meeting place for almost a century and a half, at which point the mineral springs were discovered by settlers. The property was later made into a resort centering on the therapeutic and healing medicinal powers of the springs. Since 1832, three separate hotels have stood on the property; the brick portion of the current building was built in 1893 by Edwin Clarendon Jordan, Jr.

Pub NightThe night was filled with food and beverage and live entertainment from a local group called “Medicine Mind”, they played music from all genres that made you feeling like you were back reliving the times of the music.

Also we welcomed our good friend, Shannon N. Beam who came by; she really rocked the house when she provided an acappella version of Miss Ella James version of “At Last”.  On another note I asked Shannon if she would like to become part of the Disabled Veterans Committee on Housing Staff.  Shannon agreed to become the Event Consultant Director.  Welcome her aboard and know she will be a truly great asset to our Committee.  We also surprised her with a birthday cake from all those that were present as her birthday was coming up soon.

WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA: Many of our veterans that we have contacted & associated with at the Disabled Veterans Committee on Housing are in a wheelchair as they are either a paraplegic or quadriplegics and it’s very hard on them and their caregivers when they have to be transferred from their chair in some cases to be transported to their doctors or even to go out to see friends.  One of the many benefits about my job is to see that veterans are taken care of not just helping in getting grants for our 100% service-connected veteran to assist in the building a new Specially Adapted Home (SAH), but in when they are in their home we want them to be warm or in a case of this veteran their garage.  Many builders in the Virginia area do not finish off garages with insulations in the ceilings and the walls and the garage doors.  This becomes extremely drafty and off course cold like a freezer in the winter and hot like a sauna room in the summer.

Well I have great news for our veteran’s that is Stephen Crouch, Builder’s Marketing Manager, Johns Manville Insulation Company of Denver, Colorado he heard of this and stepped up to donated twenty-five (25) bags of their top of the line ClimatePro insulation which can insulate to a -45 degrees in the winter, so it will keep it warm in the veterans garage during the cold winters and cool in the hot summers. As you can see our worker is really geared up just like his assistant and when they have finished you can see the finally product.

According to Nick Montanarellia, Regional Sales Manager, Johns Manville in Maryland that it won’t be too much longer for the garage door kit so we can finish off this veterans garage, he has stated that they are working on a debut of a new product line.  Thank you our friends at Johns Manville for all their assistance on this project.

WWI Veteran Buckles dies at 110

He was last surviving American WWI veteran

- Frank Woodruff Buckles, renowned locally and across the nation as the last surviving American World War I veteran, passed away Sunday at the age of 110, family spokesman David DeJonge confirmed to The Journal late Sunday night.

Buckles passed away of natural causes around 12:30 a.m. Details for services will be announced later this week, and DeJonge said there is a possibility that Buckles will lie in state, depending on government arrangements.

“We would just like to see the United States honor Mr. Buckles in the best way possible to demonstrate to the entire world true American patriotism,” he said.

Buckles enlisted on Aug. 14, 1917, when he was 16 years old, after fibbing about his age to an Army recruiter.

He served two years overseas during WWI, in England and France. He worked as an ambulance driver, and after Armistice Day he was assigned to a prisoner-of-war escort company to help return prisoners back to Germany.

Buckles returned to the United States in 1920 as a corporal.

Years later, he was captured as a prisoner of war at the beginning of World War II, when he was working as a civilian for a shipping company in the Philippines. He spent more than three years in Japanese prison camps in Santo Tomas and Los Banos, and this past Wednesday marked 66 years since Buckles’ rescue.

After recovering and returning to the U.S., he met and married his wife, Audrey, in California. They lived in San Francisco for a few years, before they bought Gap View Farm near Charles Town in January 1954 and had their daughter in 1955.

The veteran was recognized many times during his long life. One of his most significant awards came from former French President Jacques Chirac in 1999 at the French Embassy in Washington, when Buckles received the French Legion of Honor pin and spoke to Chirac in French.

Buckles met with President George W. Bush and top Pentagon officials in March 2008, and he received the Distinguished West Virginian Award from then-Gov. Joe Manchin in August 2007.

He is survived by his daughter, Susannah Buckles Flanagan, and her husband.

His family asks that donations be made to the National World War One Legacy Project to honor Buckles and the 4,734,991 Americans that he served with during WWI.

The project is managed by the nonprofit Survivor Quest and will educate students about Buckles and WWI through a documentary, a bronze statue and a traveling educational exhibition.

Details can be found at

Our Greater Richmond Area

As of the release of this Newsletter to be posted onto our website, there were projects that are in what we call working progress and I feel that I didn’t want to release any information on them until I have a completed project.  I hope that you can allow me to complete them and I will report to you at my earliest convenience.

Christopher L. Brown DVCH Director Richmond

We hope that you can find items that we write about or may know someone that can use a helping hand, remember our veterans gave a helping hand and now they can use one, so if you see a veteran or known a veteran that needs some assistance please don’t hesitate to contact one of the members of the Disabled Veterans Committee on Housing or help them the best that you can, here are the numbers of the members of the areas in Virginia covered by the Committee.

It’s now up to you, here are the numbers that I stated that you can contact:

John S. Lewandowski, President/CEO at 540-877-1252, or at


Christopher L. Brown, Director, Greater Richmond at 804-922-1314, or at


Daphne R. Mize, Executive Director, Veterans Outreach at 540-636-6380 or at

God Bless and Be Safe till next month.

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