Since our inception, the St. Michael's All Airborne Chapter participated in community events that promote military service, patriotism and assistance for veterans. Our members are engaged in helping our veterans and deployed airborne units. We also work with our local High School JROTC programs to recognize deserving cadets and present them with the 82nd Airborne Division JROTC Medal and certificate.
The Chapter accomplishes its mission by conducting fund raisers to generate funds to assist our veterans with much needed financial help.
The St. Michael's All Airborne Chapter is always striving to support our paratrooper and veteran community. To that end we are a presence in our local events that support our veterans.
St. MIchael's AAC supported the Foothills Veteran Standdown at CVCC in June. Veterans Helping Veterans!
Those who attendance had e the opportunity to meet with Veteran's Administration personnel and County Veteran's Services Officers to talk about the opportunity to receive and apply for benefits.
Services available to those who attend were medical care, dental needs, blood pressure checks, vision care, and other medical necessities. Employment resources was available to include job services, resume' assistance, and free tax preparation. There was military surplus items available to veterans including boots, clothing, duffle bags, blankets, and more as available. Attendees received personal hygiene items, camping supplies, and shoes/work boots (if available). Mental health and pastoral counseling/chaplain services were on site.
Lunch was provided, as well as, fellowship with veteran volunteers and veteran advocates. It was the hope that each attendee was able to connect with needed services and build camaraderie with fellow veterans.
A paratrooper donated a car to a 100% disabled paratrooper who totaled his car in an accident. Veterans Helping Veterans!
Assisted in a pinning ceremony for a 92 year old Paratrooper in hospice care
Coordinated and obtained approval of the disinterment of a Vietnam Veteran KIA in 1968 buried in Catawba County - relocated to Arlington National Cemetery and interred with full military honors. Gone But Never Forgotten!
PURPLE HEART FOR
Obtained Awards for WWI 3ID Veteran through Sec Army - Presented at Fort Stewart by 3ID CG to Family. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Charles D. Costanza and Command Sgt. Maj. Quentin Fenderson, the command team of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, presented a long-awaited Purple Heart Medal and World War I Victory Medal to the granddaughter and extended family of one of their own, 103 years after he was killed in action in France.
A VETERAN IN NEED
Paid a month’s rent for a disabled Charlotte Paratrooper with 2 children who needed assistance - helped avoid being evicted
HONORARY MEMBER PUBLISHED AUTHOR
Steve Zaley is the son of a Paratrooper in the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II who had been involved in 4 combat operations behind enemy lines by parachute insertion (Sicily, Italy, Normandy, Holland).
Steve Zaley is the author of the highly acclaimed historical account of the 505th Combat Team, Third Battalion, Headquarters Company.
"They Are Only Gone If They Are Forgotten"
This is the story of how the 82nd Airborne Division’s, 505th Combat Team become the only Paratroopers to perform four combat operations behind enemy lines by parachute insertion in Sicily, Italy, France, and Holland. Then; the long ground pushes into Germany, the war ends. In a field, those present count heads to see who made it from the beginning to the end of the line and remember those who paid the ultimate price. Only a hand full of the 122 men from the beginning make it to the end of the Second World War. Those who made it from the beginning to the end of the line were changed forever.
Check out his website and purchase the book. Spread the word through your social contacts. This will make the perfect gift for any history buff.
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Chapter members got together with friends and rode their motorcycles to several historical sites in Virginia. The route took them through the Blue Ridge Parkway. The first destination was the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA. The trip also took them to Appomattox Court House National Historic Park which was where General Lee surrendered to Gen. Grant thus ending the civil war.
The riders continued to Lexington, VA and visited the gravesite of Civil War General Stonewall Jackson. The ride also took them to Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson.
Along the way they visited unexpected locations such as Jane's Country Café in Meadow's of Dan, VA. The real treat was the Pink Cadillac Diner where they stopped for photos, coffee and pie.
The riders agreed to make this an annual ride to different historical sites. So members, blow the dust off your motorcycles and join us next year.