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Lincoln AMVETS alerts public to scam       Send a link to a friend

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 telephone.

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 http://www.american-veterans.org/OnlineRequestAssistance.html. Another report on this group, which has several aliases, may be found at http://www.give.org/reports/nondissql.asp?798.

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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.

Arnold Haak
Lincoln AMVETS Post 71

(posted 10-15-04)

Public memorial service       Send a link to a friend

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 prayer.

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.

Thank you.

Jeska Vannoy

(posted 10-14-04)

'A little life is not a little loss'       Send a link to a friend

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 credit.

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. http://www.october15th.com/

Jeska Vannoy

(posted 10-7-04)

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