Some 70 people crowded into the little theater in Albuquerque’s Explora Children’s Museum last November to watch a documentary film about the “Donut Dollies” and interact with a couple of actual “Dollies.” Several hundred other visitors walked around and crawled into a Bernalillo Sheriff’s Department Huey for a first-hand look at one of the helicopters made famous in the Vietnam War and which carried the “Dollies” from one combat zone to another. They also admired a Young Marines Color Guard and enjoyed seeing a few young women re-enacting the pinup girls of the 1960s..
The Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) had partnered with the American Red Cross, the Heels to Combat Boots, and the Explora Museum to honor Veterans Day with a special look back at some remarkable young women through the film A Touch of Home – the Vietnam War’s Red Cross Girls. In the audience were pilots who had flown the Hueys, Vietnam Veterans, and two surviving “Dollies, ” one who had served in Korea, the other in Vietnam. Mary Cohoe, from Gallup, NM, delighted the film audience with her comments about her service and about being the only Navajo “Dolly.”
The day-long Explora program was only one of many for MAMF last year. There was a February day in the State Capitol where the Legislature, in a rare act of bipartisanship, passed a Resolution recognizing MAMF and the work it does. MAMF volunteers interacted with hundreds of politicians, legislators, Veterans, and civic leaders that day hosting a booth in the Round House for Veterans Day at the State House. In July they worked another booth during Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair, and in May marched (and rode) in the Memorial Day parade in Bernalillo.
But the biggest achievement of all may very well have been the move into the second floor of the Bataan Military Academy in Albuquerque and establishing a home and a place to show artifacts and host visitors, although on a limited basis. A permanent home was on the agenda throughout the year, and MAMF has become an active participant with the New Mexico National Guard’s quest to expand its museum in Santa Fe and Guard plans to include a MAMF in its expansion. While that step is still a long way off, the opportunity provides incentive to continue the effort. Read the rest of this entry »
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Not Forgotten Outreach honors:
NFO brings Military Families together from all over the US for an experience filled with fun activities on & off the Ski Mountains. Making each family feel special and giving them an opportunity to share their feelings about losing something. Hit the slopes for a guaranteed good time with loved ones and friends surrounding you. Not Forgotten Outreach is pleased to provide adaptive inclusive recreation for the Military Family. Military Families will enjoy a day of alpine skiing and snowboarding. It’s a perfect opportunity to improve relationships and at the same time enhance personal well-being. It’s family fun for everyone!
Dates: Taos Ski Valley January 19 -24, 2016
Resort Deals & Discounts: Eligibility: Active Duty, National Guard, Reservist, Veteran, Family members and Gold Star Families and their Families with military ID or other identification
- $25.00 “All Day” lift tickets
- Free Ski/Snowboard Rental Equipment
- Discounted Group Lessons for Adults & Children
- Discounted Child Care @ Taos Ski Valley
- Adaptive Ski Lessons & Adaptive Ski Equipment
- Lodging Discounts
- Dinner for 250 Military Families
- Live Music & DJ’s
- Non-Ski Events: Snowshoeing, Tubing, Sled Hockey, Yoga, Self Defense
- Free Hot Drinks and Snacks @ the Base
Not Forgotten Outreach cares
Using a volunteer team, Not Forgotten Outreach creates a weekend of events to connect the children and surviving spouses of the fallen, Active Duty & Veterans with others going through the same experience. The Military Families who attend our annual events walk away knowing they are not alone, and that we honor the sacrifice the Military Members made while serving our country.
About Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc.
Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. a 501(c)(3) is dedicated to motivating Military, Veterans & their Families and Gold Star families of fallen heroes to participate in recreational and/or therapeutic activities in order to facilitate the healing process. NFO provides opportunities to improve relationships, build comradeship and at the same time enhances “Mindfulness” and personal well-being.
All Not Forgotten Outreach events are alcohol & drug free.
Monthly Writing Salons
Women Veterans and Women Family Members
WHERE: North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Community Center
WHEN: 1-3 PM: Third Saturday from January to November, 2016
Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 15, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19
WHAT TO BRING:
*Paper, Pen or Pencil
*Poems, fiction, non-fiction, or scripts you have written or are working on
*Ideas about what you want to write
WHAT WE WILL DO: This will vary, depending on who comes and their wants/needs. We will always do some blend of having the chance to read what you wrote, writing something new while together (I will provide prompts), giving each other supportive feedback about how to achieve our writing goals, and celebrating writing achievements.