Disabled American Veterans

Blind Veterans National Chapter #1

WEB SITE: http://www.davbvnc.com/

March-April, 2012 Newsletter

Editor: Dennis O’Connell







Commander Richard Bugbee
Phone 480 986-0304

Email: dadbug37@gmail.com

Senior Vice Commander Joe Wallace
1st Junior Vice Commander Stephen Moffitt

2nd Junior Vice Commander William Burgess
3rd Vice Commander James Hogan

4th Junior Vice Commander Junior Farley

Judge Advocate Dennis O’Connell
Chaplain Rev. Tony Martino
Phone 847 736 2111

Adjutant/Treasurer Paul Kaminsky (also webmaster)

Phone 904 291-0576
email: pkjax@kaminsky.com

Immediate Past Commander Dennis O’Connell


If you know of any member who is sick or deceased please inform one of the officers whose contact information is listed above.






Ninety (90) years ago, on the third anniversary of the armistice that ended World War 1, an unknown soldier who died while fighting in World War 1 was re-interred in a special tomb at Arlington National Cemetery as America’s Unknown Soldier on November 11, 1921. According to a newspaper at the time, America’s unknown warrior was “the body of that boy whose very namelessness symbolized 50,000 others who had given their lives for America on the field of battle in the World War.”

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was another custom that America borrowed from Europe. England first conceived honoring her nameless dead by interring one of them in Westminster Abbey. France followed suit by burying an unknown soldier under the Arc de Triomphe. General Pershing journeyed to France to select the unknown soldier from 4 American cemeteries in France in October 1921. 

America’s Unknown Soldier began the journey back to his homeland on October 25, 1921 when his coffin left Havre, France and was first placed on board Admiral Dewey’s historic flagship cruiser, Olympia, departing for Washington. Once in American waters, the soldier was accompanied by the battleship North Dakota and destroyer Bernardou, and arrived at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. on November 9th. Salutes were fired from Fort Washington and Washington Barracks as the Olympia steamed past. As he was brought ashore, a 21-gun salute sounded and a military band played. 

His flag-draped coffin was then transported to the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, where President Harding laid a wreath upon the coffin and the nation was allowed to pay tribute to him.

On November 11th, 1921, General Pershing, along with many U.S. and foreign dignitaries, and representatives from each branch of the military forces accompanied the coffin and horse-drawn caisson down the streets of Washington, across the Potomac River, to Arlington Cemetery where the soldier was placed in the tomb designed for him by Thomas Hudson Jones that has since became a national shrine.




On the quarterly TSA Disability Coalition teleconference held last week, we informed our members that TSA planned to launch TSA Cares, a toll-free helpline to provide information and assistance to passengers with disabilities and medical conditions and their families before they fly. We are excited to announce that TSA Cares is now available and accepting calls.

Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. Travelers who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to contact TSA Cares or can e-mail TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov. The hours of operation for the TSA Cares helpline are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST, excluding federal holidays. After hours, travelers can find information about traveling with disabilities and medical needs on TSA’s website at:  http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/disabilityandmedicalneeds/

When a passenger with a disability or medical condition calls TSA Cares, a representative will provide assistance, either with information about screening that is relevant to the passenger’s specific disability or medical condition, or the passenger may be referred to disability experts at TSA. TSA recommends that passengers call approximately 72 hours ahead of travel so that TSA Cares has the opportunity to coordinate checkpoint support with a TSA Customer Service Manager located at the airport when necessary.

TSA will issue a press release regarding TSA Cares later today, as well as making information about TSA Cares available on www.tsa.gov. We will provide you with the specific link to TSA Cares information when it becomes active, as well as a link to the official press release.

As promised in yesterday’s e-mail about the launch of TSA Cares, you can find more information about TSA Cares on TSA’s website at the following links:




We urge you to spread the word about TSA Cares so that those you represent have access to information about screening that is specific to their disabilities or medical conditions. As always, the staff from the Office of Disability Policy and Outreach will be available to you to assist with disseminating information about TSA Cares.

Thank you for your continued participation and support.  We look forward to improving the screening experience for passengers through TSA Cares.




Weight Loss - Vinegar naturally helps to remove fat from the body - apple cider vinegar is especially good for this. Drink some in a glass of water a few times a day, and add a little lemon or honey for a nicer flavor. This will also help reduce your appetite.

Cracked, dry skin - Smooth a little vinegar on dried skin to help it heal.

Clean dentures - Soak dentures overnight in Heinz White Vinegar, then brush away tartar with a toothbrush.




Before you receive the next issue of this newsletter, you should have received a letter from Paul Kaminsky asking for delegates to our National Convention in August. If you intend to attend the convention as a delegate, please return to Paul all the information he requested in a timely manner to make his job easier. Unlike last year, ONLY send in your name and bio if you seriously intend to represent our chapter as a delegate. Please just don’t send in your name.

Also, please try to sign up another blind veteran to our chapter. Our numbers are dwindling and we have had only 1 member join our ranks since the last convention in August.



Special Ceremony Awards Flag to Veteran in Florida


Michael Taylor, Life Member of the DAV Blind Veterans National Chapter #1 , and resident of Fleming Island in Clay County, Florida, recently received a hand-sewn Braille U.S. flag from local members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The presentation of the flag made of satin and grosgrain ribbon occurred on Veterans Day at a groundbreaking ceremony for a $40,000 memorial wall project to honor past and present military veterans with local ties. DAR chose Mike as the first recipient of a Braille flag because of his service and sacrifice. Mike is a Vietnam veteran who lost his sight and a leg in an explosion during Vietnam combat operations. The gathering of approximately 200 persons near the entrance to

Magnolia Cemetery in Orange Park, Florida, included Blind Chapter Adjutant-Treasurer and dual member Florida Chapter 38 Paul Kaminsky and Korean War disabled veteran and former Marine Al Keithan.  The idea for the 2½-foot high granite memorial, supported by DAR, originally came from the Historical Society of Orange Park. The wall will display inscribed emblems of each of the nation’s armed forces. Inscribed bricks that sell for $50 each will be used to create a lighted walkway.

Mike’s flag was sewn by DAR member Linda Easterwood. To provide a tactile reference, the flag was sewn using alternating different textured materials to distinguish the red and white colors for the stripes. The blue field has the 50 stars individually

embroidered on both sides.