Commander’s Message


Thankfully we have had a livable winter to date. Many of our snow birds will be returning from Florida for the next meeting which is scheduled for April 9th at the American Legion Sweeney Post in Manchester.

We have requested that Dan Marcek, a Director of Vetflix and a previous presenter to again explain his program. Mr. Marcek is anxious to encourage our members to participate in documenting our oral history regarding our service in Korea. Some of you would like to memorialize your experience and some not.

I would also propose the possibility of having a professional presentation on Wills and Trusts in the future if the majority is interested. I realize that we are aged and assume that most have taken care of these end-of-life issues. This would be an informational session at no cost and would cover a wide range in avoiding Federal and State estate taxes. I would ask that you let me know of your interest. My e-mail and telephone number is attached.

Since our last meeting, I have had a 15 minute radio spot on WLMW in Manchester discussing the KWVA and our goals. Unfortunately the radio range is about 20 miles but they do have a community listening audience.

Last January at the State Veterans Action Committee (SVAC) in Concord, I discussed our concerns for recognition in the future and proposed the naming of a bridge in Lebanon NH on Rte 4 to be called “the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge”. This discussion was held with State Senator Sharon Carson who volunteered to propose the Bill in the Senate. She later confirmed the effort with co-sponsors and the Bill (SB548) is currently in the Transportation Department.

I need the membership to assist in this effort by simply getting in touch with your State Senators and Representatives from your District to support the Bill. It is our Chapters hope that we can have some visible memorial in each of the States counties. Soon we will have no one to represent us, so we must act now so that the future citizens of this State will have a reminder of our sacrifice. You can easily access these contacts on the internet or the telephone directory.

Mr. Sun Woo Park of the Korean-American Society has been notified of this event and insures that the Society will exercise their influence. Mr. Park also confirmed that the annual memorial ceremony will be conducted in either late June or late July at a site to be determined and requested that our family members join in the festivities. He will need a head count as the time draws near.

I am working with the City of Nashua to relocate our Korean War memorial to Monument Square in Nashua. I am requesting a re-dedication ceremony around Memorial Day. At this time the City is cooperating in the relocation.

Last year we had a very successful “Rose of Sharon” sale in Nashua. This year we will conduct a sale in Nashua and Manchester, tentatively on July 16th. We will need volunteers at both sites. We expect the hours to be between 10am and 3pm. Success we be dependent on the weather our presentation and your support.

Secretary Perreault will be sending out dues notices for 2016. Some are remiss. Please continue supporting the Chapters efforts. Voice you interests and concerns. It is hard to determine what the silent majority feels about our activities when we don’t communicate.

I am asking for your support in these matters.

Thank you:

Richard A. Moushegian
Commander, KWVA
78 Tennyson Ave.
Nashua, NH 03062
Tel: 603-888-2880

Minutes December 13, 2015 Meeting

December 13, 2015 Membership Meeting Minutes

The December Social Meeting of the NHKWVA was held at the Sweeney American Legion Post in Manchester commencing at 1 pm. Commander Richard Moushegian welcomed the 10 members and 7 guests.

Those present enjoyed an excellent lunch of homemade beans and chowder
along with sandwiches, salads, coffee and a variety of desserts. The conversations and comradeship were abundant and enjoyable. Jeanne Perreault organized and directed a fun Yankee Swap.

Mary Ann Williams of Keene talked about her experience on being a DNA donor for a cousin who was killed in the Korean War and is still an MIA. This is a federal program and more information may be had by contacting her through me.

A short business meeting the followed:

Commander Moushegian reported on the possibility of having the new bridge over the Connecticut River near Lebanon be named in honor of the Korean War Veterans. This is a work in progress and updates will be coming in the future.

He also reported that a new parkway in Nashua has been built and is asking the city to name it the Korean War Veterans Parkway.

Nine members of the Chapter, Robert Desmond, Richard Moushegian, Conrad Perreault, George Delorey, Alan Heidenreich, Donald Buskey, Joseph Willette, Robert Courtemanche and James Slater, were invited by Dennis Beaulieu to attend the 8th Annual Veterans Count Breakfast held in Manchester on October 20th. This was the first time that Korean Veterans had been invited to this event.

Six members, Richard Moushegian, Robert Desmond, Conrad Perreault, Richard Zoerb, William McCabe, and Robert Courtemanche attended the 125th Anniversary Ceremony on December 3rd at the New Hampshire Veterans Home. Information and a display of the Chapter were set up.

The financial year for the Chapter runs from January 1 to December 31 meaning that the 2016 Chapter dues of $10 are now being accepted. A check can be made out to NHKWVA and sent to NHKWVA, 177 Pako Ave., Keene, NH. There are 13 members that are still outstanding for their 2015 Chapter dues and 14 so far have paid their 2016 dues. Also, check your National Membership card to determine when your National dues need to be submitted. The Chapter does not receive any part of the dues that are paid to National.

The Chapter’s financial report was presented. So far this year we have expended $1070.39 which is less than received. Our income from dues is only $720 including those who paid ahead for 2016. If it wasn’t for donations from some of our members and the Rose of Sharon distribution we would not be in such good condition.

It was moved, seconded and passed that the Chapter donate $100 to the Sweeney Post for allowing the use of their facility.
It was also moved, seconded and passed that the Chapter donate $200 to the State Veterans Home in Tilton.

The New England Honor Flight will soon be taking Korean War Vets so it is imperative that if you wish to be included in one of the flight that you apply.

Bob Desmond mentioned the up-coming Nashua Stand Down and also a book “Take Charge – what to do if your ID is stolen”.

A thank you was given to the Perreaults, especially Jeanne, for their effort in preparing the meal and the Yankee Swap. They want to thank Karen Youngman for her help with the meal.

There will not be a meeting in February 2016 with the next meeting scheduled for Saturday April 9, 2016 at the Sweeney American Legion Post, Manchester.

Meeting adjourned at 2:44 pm.

Submitted by:
Conrad Perreault