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soldiers never die, they just fade away. And they fade even faster if they have memory loss,” he said. After witnessing his own World War II veteran father’s struggle, he vowed to help other families traveling the same difficult road. “Life in the U.S. Military is more than a book,” he said. “It’s an Aladdin’s Lamp that makes wishes come true.” His wish is to distribute the material to 600,000 veterans with memory loss. The Ladies Auxiliary VFW can help do that by purchasing the book at A portion of each book’s proceeds will come back to the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, and Koffman has promised up $1.5 million! During the visit of VFW Commander- in-Chief Richard Eubank to the Auxiliary session, the National President praised the Commander for recruiting 28 Ladies Auxiliary members during the past year, 27 of them Life Members. During the VFW and Auxiliary Joint Opening VFW Commander-in-Chief Eubank presented National President Cortina Barnes with the Gold Medal of Merit. “We have existed for nearly 100 years beside the VFW,” said the National President, pledging their continued support. Ricky Gilleland, a 17-year-old

from Virginia, was awarded the For Our Veterans & Country Award and a $10,000 scholarship.

Top Photo: National President Cortina Barnes recognizes Buddy Poppy Child Christina Maurier.

Middle Photo: Seventeen-year-old Ricky Gilleland receives the For Our Veterans & Country Award from the National President.

Bottom Photo: Life in the U.S. Military author Dan Koffman asks members to use his book to help veterans with memory loss.

8 LADIES AUXILIARY VFW MAGAZINE An inspiring video detailed

his project to document on the website the 858 soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars buried at Arlington National Cemetery. He may be only one teenager with one mobile device, but his goal is a giant one. “I hope the families can go on the site and feel a little bit of comfort,”

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