Piston Power Auto Rama and the I-X Center – Support Veterans

Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 7.37.51 AMThe I-X Center and Piston Powered Auto-Rama didn’t have to do this, but they did.
They partnered with the Medina VFW 5137, and three chapters of Rolling Thunder to honor veterans from the Vietnam War. Rad-Air Complete Car Care is presenting the show.
All are commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The I-X Center, presenters, and partners donated their time, money, salutes, and expenses to say, “Thank you for your service.”
And we say, “You’re welcome.”
Not all of our comrades are here to express their gratitude. Many are in cemeteries here and across the country. Many more will join them. A stand down in the heavens.
Steve Legerski / Show Manager, added, “We wanted to note the sacrifice of our troops, and when we say, ‘Thank you,’ we also express our heartfelt sympathies to those family members and friends who suffered greatly.”
If readers of DD 214 Chronicle wish to express their gratitude to the sponsors who didn’t forget us, send a note or a personal call to the honorary commanding officer, Steve Legerski / Show Manager 216-265-2514 / slegerski@ixcenter.com
On behalf of veterans, their families, and all who love us, we say, “Thank you, Steve, for keeping us in your thoughts.”
John H. Tidyman
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Bob Hope: The model of patriotism, generosity, and commitment to each and every one of us

Bob Hope AF Brought to you by: Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission

Good thing rank has nothing to do with popularity.

Bob Hope would have been our Commander-in-Chief for four wars: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East.

To say our Honorary Commander-in-Chief had heart for us damns by faint praise. He had an enormous heart for every grunt, swabbie, flyboy, and jarhead. He cared for each one of us. When he stopped to visit and entertain us, he was one of us.

And he proved it. He went where we were. He was committed to making troops smile and laugh. He made us laugh during war’s intermissions. He was indefatigable: Fifty seven trips to our troops. Where Hope found his energy and commitment, we’ll never know. All we know for sure is that we’re grateful. He made memories for us that will always be with us.bob hope in korea i hope

During the Vietnam War, some entertainers balked at Hope’s request to join the troupe. But Hope didn’t care so much about the politics behind war; he cared about the men and women in dirty uniforms and worried faces, and to hell with political correctness.

He could toss barbs with the best of them. He asked troops in Vietnam, “And did you read where President Johnson just requested another $50 billion to cover the rising cost of the war? Wouldn’t it be awful if we ran out of money and they repossessed the war?”

At an age when most of us are dreaming about retirement, the 61-year old trouper brought his joy and comradeship to Vietnam in 1964.

Taking entertainment to the troops was a complicated task carried out.hope and sailors

On a few of his tours, Hope was the only star. In others, he brought with him a galaxy of stars: Irving Berlin and Doris Day; Anita Ekberg, Jerry Colonna, and Hedda Hopper; Ginger Rogers and Jayne Mansfield; Mickey Mantle and Andy Williams; Tuesday Weld and Gina Lollobrigida; Johnny Bench, Jim Nabors, and Jill St. John; Brooke Shields and Miss USA Julie Hayek; Hootie and the Blowfish, Alan Jackson, Salt & Peppa, Boyz II Men, and LaToya Jackson; The Pointer Sisters and Ann Jillian. And Racquel Welch.Hope and 101st

If there’s a heaven, our friend and Honorary Commander-in-Chief Bob Hope is lounging in the clubhouse, waiting for us. He wants to welcome us home. We want to say “Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.” Thank you, Bob Hope, for the memories.Hope in Navy cap Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission brings this story to you. Click Here for more information: http://vsc.cuyahogacounty.us


Hope en route to Nam


Women in Uniform

Lt.EmilyPerezLt. Emily Perez,
We Hardly Knew Ye
by John H. Tidyman, editor

War has little regard for the lives of its combatants.
No regard at all for widows, widowers, friends, family members, neighbors, or fellow troops. At the gravesite, saying, “Goodbye forever,” is sad and somber duty.
Once in uniform, every trooper’s life is a matter of training, experience, and leadership. And good fortune. There are no guarantees.
Second Lt. Emily Perez died in Iraq. She led a convoy in Iraq when it hit a roadside bomb.
She graduated from West Point in 2005, where she was the highest ranking black and Hispanic woman graduate. Not just in 2005, but in history.
At West Point, she was a member of the gospel choir and the track team. She was indefatigable. She was proud of her country, West Point, and herself.
She was an officer assigned to Fourth Infantry Division, “Steadfast and Loyal.”
Today, the young lieutenant’s body rests in the West Point cemetery. Read more stories on our current issue.

Tri-C’s Veterans Upward Bound Director Wardsey Gates Dies

Wardsy GatesDear Student Veterans, Friends & Colleagues:
It is with a very heavy heart that I inform all you of the untimely passing of Tri-C’s Veterans Upward Bound Director, Wardsey Gates, this past Saturday night from a heart attack.  An Army veteran, Wardsey served both his country and the College with distinction.  Under his leadership over the past seven years, the Tri-C Veterans Bound Program rose to the top as a national model program within the VUB – TRIO Community.  In fact, Tri-C’s Veterans Upward Bound Program is the oldest of its kind in the nation coming into existence in 1972.
Information about funeral services will be forthcoming.  I ask that all keep Wardsey and his family in your prayers.
Rick DeChant
Executive Director, Veterans Initiative
Cuyahoga Community College
Metropolitan Campus  MSS 501-B
2900 Community College Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115-3193
PH: 216-987-3193
Tri-C® Where futures begin SM

Three Senior Naval Officers Punished

US Navy Rear Adm Terry Kraft

WASHINGTON (NNS) — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has issued Secretarial Letters of Censure to three senior officers following a thorough review into their interactions with Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) in the 2006-2007 timeframe. GDMA is the subject of a federal fraud and bribery investigation which was initiated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

Mabus directed the appointment of a Consolidated Disposition Authority in March 2014 to act as an independent authority to review GDMA cases forwarded by the Department of Justice to the Navy for administrative action. The purpose of the CDA, in this case headed by Admiral John Richardson, is to ensure that individuals are held appropriately accountable when less than criminal allegations are substantiated.

“All Navy officers, particularly our senior leadership in positions of unique trust and responsibility, must uphold and be held to the highest standards of personal and professional behavior. After reviewing the findings and recommendations of the CDA, I decided that these three officers, whose actions were revealed during the GDMA investigation demonstrated poor judgment and a failure of leadership in prior tours,” said Mabus.

To document their leadership failure, Mabus issued Secretarial Letters of Censure to:

US Navy Rear Adm Michael Miller

US Navy Rear Adm Michael Miller

o Rear Adm. Michael Miller, then-Commander, Carrier Strike Group 7 embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Miller is currently serving as a special assistant to the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

o Rear Adm. Terry Kraft, then-Commanding Officer, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Kraft is currently serving as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan and Commander, Navy Region Japan.

o Rear Adm. David Pimpo, then-supply officer of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Pimpo is currently serving as Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Support.

Kraft and Pimpo have since submitted requests to retire. The Navy will now process these two retirement requests and the previously submitted retirement request from Miller.

“Censure was both necessary and appropriate,” said Mabus. “I have now received the retirement requests of all three officers, and we will process them appropriately.”

These three officers were found to have improperly accepted gifts from a prohibited source, two were found to have improperly endorsed a commercial business, and one engaged in solicitation of gifts and services from a prohibited source, when they were deployed to the Seventh Fleet area of responsibility during the 2006-2007 timeframe.

The review concluded that these officers violated the Standards of Ethical Conduct, U.S. Navy Regulations, and/or the Joint Ethics Regulation, demonstrating poor judgment and a failure of leadership. More specifically, the review concluded that the solicitation and acceptance of these gifts as well as the inappropriately familiar relationship with Mr. Leonard Glenn Francis, President and Chief Executive Officer of GDMA, cultivated an unacceptable ethical climate within the respective commands.

US Navy Rear Adm David Pimpo

US Navy Rear Adm David Pimpo

Kraft will be replaced by Rear Adm. Matthew J. Carter and Pimpo will be replaced by Rear Adm. Paul J. Verrastro.

The GDMA investigation continues by NCIS and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS). The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California in San Diego and the Department of Justice Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. are leading the prosecution. It is anticipated that they will refer additional cases to the Navy for review and disposition. The Navy will review these matters and take appropriate action. The time of completion is unknown, but it is expected that this process will continue for some time.

It’s Not Too Late…

Lakewood HospitalSave Lakewood Hospital!

Please stop by Lakewood City Hall on Wed., February 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., 12065 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio and tell them “Not to tear down Lakewood Hospital” further tell them, “To actively negotiate with MetroHealth to keep Lakewood Hospital Open”.

The Cleveland Clinic has cut staff, moved departments and physicians to Avon medical facilities and Fairview Hospital.The “Clinic Deal” will force the city of Lakewood to cut fire, police, park maintenance, street maintenance, and services to the elderly.

The “Clinic Deal” will mean higher taxes and fewer jobs in Lakewood. The “Clinic Deal” will create a new organization that will spend Lakewood Hospital’s liquidated assets and the tax payers’ money without any representation. Tell them, “No” To The Cleveland Clinic Deal!

If you can’t make it to this meeting, please contact your elected representative:

Michael P. Summers, Mayor


Email: mayor@lakewoodoh.net


Mary Louise Madigan, Council Pres., Ward 4          Ryan Nowlin, Council Vice President

216-228-9579 or 216-529-6053                                  216-712-7582 or 216-529-6053

Email: mary.madigan@lakewoodoh.net                       Email:ryan.nowlin@lakewoodoh.net


David W. Anderson, Council – Ward 1                       Sam O’Leary, Council – Ward 2

216-789-6463 or 216-529-6053                                    216-200-8002 or 216-543-0629

Email: david.anderson@lakewoodoh.net                      Email: Sam.OLeary@lakewoodoh.net


Shawn Juris, Council – Ward 3                                 Thomas Bullock, Council – At Large

216-906-8432 or 216-529-6053                                    216-337-1318 or 216-529-6053

Email: shawn.juris@lakewoodoh.net                             Email: tom.bullock@lakewoodoh.net


Cindy Marx, Council – At Large

216-521-1848 or 216-534-1772

Email: cindy.marx@lakewoodoh.net

Mail city officials:

City of Lakewood

12650 Detroit Avenue

Please Stand Up For Lakewood Hospital!

SurgeonsJanuary 27, 2015

Dear Friends of Lakewood Hospital,

We’re blessed to have the VA Hospital in University Circle and the clinic on Brookpark Road. Fact is, lots of veterans don’t use VA health care facilities because the need is not there. With hospitalization costs shared by employees and employers, doctors and hospital care is often local.

Now comes the Cleveland Clinic, the insatiable, international, hospital giant, intent on stamping out Lakewood Hospital. It won’t be the first time, as patients and staff at Huron Road Hospital found out.

Cleveland Clinic, unable to control its lust for money and power, is going to slam shut the doors at Lakewood Hospital, turning doctors, nurses, and staff into the street. And leave citizens and neighbors without a hospital.

Cleveland Clinic non-profit? Don’t insult our intelligence.

Lakewood politicians and power brokers have approved Cleveland Clinic’s desertion of Lakewood. If the pols haven’t stepped up to care for Lakewood citizens, then they have approved the desertion.

It grows more difficult to determine the thieves from the alleged do-gooders.

The time has come to let our elected officials know that Lakewood Hospital is an asset that is critical to the City of Lakewood. On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Beck Center, 17801 Detroit Avenue, the Mayor of Lakewood, Lakewood City Council, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Lakewood Hospital Board trustees will hold an open forum to discuss their plans for Lakewood Hospital.

They have negotiated a written a “non-binding” letter of intent with Cleveland Clinic to close the hospital and reopen a new family health center. The following will happen:

  • The city of Lakewood’s Lakewood Hospital, at 457,000 square feet, will be torn down, and the 263 beds will be lost.
  • The city of Lakewood’s $1,000,000 in annual rent from the Cleveland Clinic will be lost. The Cleveland Clinic’s current lease goes through 2026.
  • 1,100 jobs will be transferred or lost to the Cleveland Clinic’s new hospital in Avon, Ohio.
  • Lakewood Hospital’s annual payroll taxes of $500,000 will be lost. These financial losses mean critical services such as police and fire will need to be reduced. Maintenance of parks, city streets, sidewalks, and other services will need to be decreased or taxes will need to be raised.
  • The Cleveland Clinic is buying the office building on Columbia Road and I 90 for 8.2 million. That purchase will help maintain city services in the short term.
  • The Cleveland Clinic is buying the office building on Columbia Road and I 90 for 8.2 million. That purchase will help maintain city services in the short term.
  • According to the County Auditor, the building on Columbia Road and I 90 is worth about 13 million. The Cleveland Clinic is getting quite a deal!
  • Doctors who maintain offices in surrounding buildings will close and move their offices out of the city of Lakewood. This will mean additional jobs from office workers, nurses, and professional staff will be lost.
  • Restaurants and service providers located in Lakewood will see a significant loss of business. Businesses will close along Detroit Avenue.
  • Property values of buildings and homes throughout Lakewood will depreciate.
  • The Cleveland Clinic will not allow another hospital to operate on the current property.
  • The Cleveland Clinic will spend 34 million to build a sleek new 64,000 square foot family health center on Detroit Avenue and operate a 24-7-365 emergency room.
  • The Cleveland Clinic will maintain a smaller staffed emergency room. It will no longer be a Level 2 emergency room since the hospital will be gone.
  • The current emergency room will close when the new building is built.
  • The emergency room was rebuilt from millions of dollars from Lakewood residents and was dedicated in 2000. Those gifts will be dismissed as foolish investments.
  • On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Toby Cosgrove, Lakewood’s Mayor Michael Summers, and Lakewood Hospital’s trustee, Ken Haber held a press conference at Lakewood City Hall announcing this new agreement.
  • Cosgrove said, “Look at the Huron Community Health Center and what it has done for that community.” Cosgrove was talking about the health center that replaced the Huron Road Hospital that the Cleveland Clinic closed in East Cleveland.
  • After East Cleveland filed a lawsuit, the Cleveland Clinic reached a deal with East Cleveland to provide 20 million dollars to replace lost payroll and money to tear down the Huron Road Hospital. Many jobs and payroll taxes were lost and now the city of East Cleveland is nearly bankrupt.

Will Lakewood be the next city to go bankrupt?

  • The Cleveland Clinic will be able to abandon the Family Health Center at any time and for any reason. The city of Lakewood will be allowed to buy the Family Health Center at a fair market value.
  • The Cleveland Clinic will make payments totaling 24.4 million to a new tax-exempt not-for-profit community based foundation. The 7.6 million will come from Lakewood Hospital assets bringing the total assets for the new foundation to 32 million. The Cleveland Clinic will be afforded naming rights for the new nonprofit foundation, any building(s), and will have two voting board members on the foundation.
  • No other health system provider will operate on the same property.
  • Lakewood will release the Cleveland Clinic from any liability for the violation of their current lease with the city.
  • The city of Lakewood will include the Cleveland Clinic health benefits as a Tier 1 and/or “Preferred Provider” access for city employees.
  • The formal agreement must be executed within 90 days.
  • The negotiations for this agreement have been done in secret, without any citizen input, and possibly in violation of the State of Ohio’s Sunshine Law, Ohio Revised Code Sections 109.43 and 149.43 (E) (1).
  • In 1931, Lakewood City leaders had the foresight to save Lakewood Hospital during the Great Depression. In 2015, will our current city leaders have the same insight to save Lakewood Hospital?

Please come to the January 28, 2015 meeting at Beck Center.

If you’re unable to attend the public forum or wish to contact your elected officials directly, please see their contact information below.

Michael P. Summers, Mayor


Email: mayor@lakewoodoh.net

Mary Louise Madigan, Council Pres., Ward 4          Ryan Nowlin, Council Vice Pres., At Large

216-228-9579 or 216-529-6053                                      216-712-7582 or 216-529-6053

Email: mary.madigan@lakewoodoh.net                             Email: ryan.nowlin@lakewoodoh.net

David W. Anderson, Council – Ward 1                             Sam O’Leary, Council – Ward 2

216-789-6463 or 216-529-6053                                          216-200-8002 or 216-543-0629

Email: david.anderson@lakewoodoh.net                             Email: Sam.OLeary@lakewoodoh.net

Shawn Juris, Council – Ward 3                                           Thomas Bullock, Council – At Large

216-906-8432 or 216-529-6053                                            216-337-1318 or 216-529-6053

Email: shawn.juris@lakewoodoh.net                                     Email: tom.bullock@lakewoodoh.net

Cindy Marx, Council – At Large

216-521-1848 or 216-534-1772

Email: cindy.marx@lakewoodoh.net


Mail city officials:

City of Lakewood

12650 Detroit Avenue

Lakewood, OH 44107