The "Featured Veteran" in July's newsletter was Bill Watts, Jr. He was inducted into the "In Memory" Program in Washington DC. on June 20, 2015. After publishing his story, many calls have come into The Highground requesting information about the program.
This program honors those that died as a result of the Vietnam War but whose deaths do not fit the parameters for inclusion upon the Wall.
Their website address is www.vvmf.org/inmemoryprogram. All the information is there, application, etc. They have a great staff (just like The Highground) and are very helpful. They definitely want the word spread about the program.-- Pat Watts
2016 Honoring Our Veterans Raffle
Tickets are $2.00 each
6 for $10
12 for $20
PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder—affects many of the veterans today. A “magic” number we think of at The Highground is twenty. For every person killed in the current war, there are twenty that come back home suffering from PTSD. They are MIA (Missing in America). Missing an arm, a leg, body part or part of their psyche, they no longer are the same person as before they went to war.
The Highground Gift Shop and Information Center has three wonderful books that are given to those who visit that would benefit from this information. They are:
Courage After Fire by Keith Armstrong; Suzanne Best;
Souled Out: A Memoir of War and Inner Peace by Michael S. Orban
Tears of A Warrior by Janet J. Seahorn and
E. Anthony Seahorn
If you, or someone you know, may be suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or if you are not sure if you have this, please come to The Highground to get a book and compare your story to the author’s story.
For more assistance, you can also call on the Tomah VA’s program call at 608-372-1651.
Todd Stage, Vet Center Counselor, is also available at The Highground on Thursdays.
Military Working Dog Tribute
Luca, a military working dog, has led groups of Special Forces in Afghanistan’s Helmund provice on more than 400 missions,as the point dog searching for IEDs. On her last mission she alerted to an IED a fraction of a second too late. The bomb exploded and Luca lost one of her legs. She recently was honored with the highest award given to Military Service Dogs. Luca now lives with her handler, his wife and their two children.
Should you wish additional information on the Military Working Dog tribute please contact The Highground via 715 -743-4224 or e-mail them at email@example.com
Or they can be reached on facebook at www.facebook.com/TheHighgroundVeteransMemorial
If you have 18 or more stones from one organization/family/group and would like a special dedication ceremony date, (separated from the current scheduled dates) please contact Kay for possible arrangements.
*This ceremony is for the Lao-Hmong Association Honoring the veterans on
Lao Hmong Appreciation Day
Get your application in for 2016
before they are all gone too.
Call for special arrangements.
Legacy Stones are 12" x 12" x 2" grey granite squares that represent one of the main means for meeting the operating and maintainence costs of The Highground Veterans Memorial Park. For a $435 donation, families and organizations may place a stone on the Center Walkway, contribute material toThe Registry, and participate in a meaningful ceremony. We call Legacy Stones living tributes because they are meant to honor special people in our lives including veterans and nonveterans, living or passed.
Now accepting applications for September 9, 2017 Ceremony
20 Spots Available for 2017
Stones are engraved 12”x12” x2” solid red granite stones. They are
placed annually in the floor of the Meditation Garden picnic shelter,
therefore, limited in number. The donation of $500 helps maintain the
Meditation Garden’s four rooms for visitors to reflect and meditate.
We are accepting applications now for June 10, 2017 ceremony!!
Korean Tribute Stones stand apart from Legacy and Meditation Stones in two ways.
1. They are a polished black granite stone,
8”x12”x1.25”, with white lettering.
2. Korean Tribute Stones are place vertically on the face of rice paddies or the inside walkway wall into the Tribute.
“The number of Stones available are limited by the area of placement. The Rice Paddies have been sold out and we have opened Phase II. There are approximately only 177 spots available for stones here. A donation of $575 helps The Highground maintain the upkeep of this tribute to the “Forgotten War”.