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It has recently come to the attention
of the local Lincoln AMVETS Post 71 that a scam is being solicited
in our area under the name of "American Veterans," via the
The AMVETS name is
a shortened version of the true name of "American Veterans," and we
wish to convey to one and all that the AMVETS are not soliciting for
funds in this or any other area.
The group that is soliciting is
claiming to help homeless veterans. They are calling homes and
requesting credit card donations. The president of the group is
apparently Robert Friend Jr. If people check their caller ID, it may
read "Safety Programs-717-234-2635." This is a nonworking number.
Robert Friend is the president of
American Veterans Coalition, based in Gig Harbor, Wash. The website
with his information is
Another report on this group, which has several aliases, may be
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This is not an official
VA-recognized veterans service organization.
In response to a recent inquiry, a
Lincoln citizen was advised not to donate to this organization even
though they answered her question with yes, some of the funds will
be returned to the local AMVETS organization. None have been
received, nor will they be received.
AMVETS Post 71 recommends that if
you receive such a call, just hang up the telephone.
Lincoln AMVETS Post 71
A public memorial service will be held
at the Derrell Vannoy farm on Oct. 15,
Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Remembrance Day. The service is open to all families who have lost a
child through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. We will be
celebrating the International Wave of Light by lighting candles at 7
p.m. in memory of all the babies that have been lost.
Families may bring a lawn chair or
blanket and a picture of their baby if they would like to share. All
attending are invited to share their story, words of wisdom or a
The Derrell Vannoy farm is located
at 1358 2400th St., Atlanta, just east of Camp Griesheim. Balloons
will be placed on the corner of 2400th and 1350 Ave. and also at the
field entrance located on 1350 Ave. Please enter at the field
entrance after 6 p.m.
To the editor:
I am the mother of
stillborn twins. Please help me in recognizing that "a little life
is not a little loss."
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Awareness Month. One million families annually in the United States
are affected by this. Stillbirth in particular accounts for one out
of every 100 births. It is an epidemic, and sadly there is virtually
no research being done.
Dr. Jason Collins (http://www.preginst.com)
is the leading researcher of cord accidents, a major cause in
stillbirth. According to his research there are many warning signs a
pregnant woman can look for. As a second-time mother, I had never
been informed of these warning signs. Most women aren't.
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In addition, we as bereaved families
are currently in battle. Arizona is the only state that issues birth
certificates for stillborn babies and grants their families a tax
Please help shed some public light
on this painful subject. Spread the word about the warning signs to
pregnant women and save lives. Spread the word to the legislators
and help bereaved families know that their children are considered
human beings by law.
Oct. 15 marks the International Wave
of Light. Bereaved families will be lighting candles at 7 p.m. in
remembrance of the babies we have lost.