366th Security Police
K-9
Da Nang Air Base
Republic of Vietnam
 
The Vietnam Security Police Association, Inc. (USAF) is
an association of USAF Vietnam War Veterans who served in
Vietnam or Thailand from 1960-1975, as Air / Security Police
(Permanent Change of Station, TDY, or as an Augmentee).
Welcome Home to VSPA! I am writing to you on behalf of the membership of the Vietnam Security Police Association, Inc. (USAF). A thousand plus, and still growing, we extend our sincere appreciation to all who strive to preserve our history and honor our 111 fallen brothers.
   

VSPA was formed for many reasons: to reunite friends, to preserve the memory of our fallen brothers, the history of our service in Vietnam, and to ensure that the hard lessons learned in Vietnam and Thailand would not be forgotten. Lessons of life and death, forged in war, tempered in battle, that when remembered will provide inspiration to Airmen who are yet to taste combat defending the fortress, and pride for those who have fought and bled with us.

We relish contact with current members of the USAF Security Forces, support training at the Security Forces Academy, and provide awards that are presented annually at the Academy. The officers of the association are elected by the membership during our annual meeting and reunion. Officers serve a two-year term and conduct the daily business of the association so that others may enjoy the camaraderie of their association while fulfilling our mission to preserve history.

The officers of the VSPA sincerely appreciates the part you may have played as an Air Police or Security Police officer during the war years in Vietnam and Thailand. We thank you for remembering our fallen brothers, and honoring our members.

Welcome Home to a very special brotherhood. You may have enjoyed web page stories and photos of bases and squadrons we served at during the Vietnam War. Through our web pages, and Guardmount publication, we want to tell every story, post every photo, crest, patch, and banner, for every base and squadron we served at in Vietnam and Thailand-- for every year of the Vietnam War . And with your help, we will do just that .

SteveGattis-LM49@vspa.com , President
Vietnam Security Police Association
Cam Ranh Bay 68-69


Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

VVA'S FOUNDING PRINCIPLE
" Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."

GOALS
VVA's goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.


I Support K9 Veterans Day

In December of 1987 we gave birth to what is now a nation wide effort to honor all the dogs of all our wars, and today that first story in Dog World magazine has lead us to this campaign to give K9 Veterans their own special day. They served to save, and they deserve to be remembered.

Now this is truly a unique memorial undertaking, as we speak for those who have no voice. And like the dogs who themselves asked for nothing but appreciation, this memorial effort is not asking for your money, we only ask that you wish to honor the dogs.

The goal here is to get Congress to make March 13 the official annual day for remembering our K9 Veterans. You see, the United States K9 Corps was officially born on March 13, 1942, making them long overdue their day.

K9 Veterans Day will then honor all the dogs of all our wars, to include the present war on terror. It will be a day when many breeds, plus mix breeds are celebrated, as all have served in times of war. And because of 9/11 this day will also celebrate the honorable service of Search and Rescue Dogs, Police Dogs, Customs Dogs, Border Patrol Dogs, Secret Service Dogs, ATF Dogs, FBI Dogs, and more, as all are now involved in guarding our precious freedoms against terrorist.

March 13, 2008 is going to be a day when everyone can have a part, as I am simply asking that people, groups, whatever, do their own thing to bring attention to what the day means. Why you could decorate your local dog park that day, and simply be there to tell people why, or get your Mayor to make an official proclamation that day to pay tribute to the dogs, or help us to get names on our petition to Congress (ask me for a copy). I have made a list of additional ideas on our menu, and you are certainly welcome to send me your own ideas. Simply put, we are just laying a foundation this coming March, and then we will build on it towards getting Congress to act. Your participation would be greatly appreciated, and please contact us if you are going to participate.

Sincerely,
Joseph J. White


Current home of the 366th Security Forces Squadron

Mountain Home AFB, Idaho 83648



The Vietnam Dog Handlers Association was organized in 1993 by a group of six veteran war dog handlers that served during the Vietnam War. One of their original goals was to never give up the search to re-unite veteran war dog handlers and honor the memory of their war dog partners. As a result, the VDHA has grown from six members to approximately 2000 members. Our membership consists of veteran war dog handlers and dog loving supporters of all ages and gender.

Many members have been featured in the print and film media, and during many of our nation's annually scheduled patriotic events. A significant VDHA achievement is the highly acclaimed TV documentary, "War Dogs, America's Forgotten Heroes."  The VDHA continues to be a part of war dog memorial projects throughout the country. Some have since been dedicated and more are on the horizon.  Raising money for a National War Dog Memorial for Washington DC is one of our current goals. Getting the US Postal Service to issue a War Dog Stamp that honors the service and sacrifice of the nation's war dogs is another goal. Educating the public on what these incredible four-footed animals have done to save American lives on the battlefields of foreign Wars is always in the forefront of every effort we support or sponsor.

During every modern War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq men have volunteered to serve as "Dog Handlers."  The military duty of having served with a dog in War is a bonding relationship and memorable experience like no other, and lasts a lifetime.


Visit USAF Security Police Group

The Virtual Wall
Vietnam Veterans Memorial


Places that address Veteran's issues
Probably everything you ever wanted to know about Vietnam U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs
Veterans Have Other Options For Storing and Sending Records List of web sites with information on Veterans Benefits
   
KitchenTableGang/VA Hospitalized Veterans Support Group

The Mesothelioma Center is committed to providing the latest, up-to-date information to their visitors in the hopes of spreading awareness about the dangers of asbestos cancer.  According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently 25 million living individuals who have served in the United States' armed forces. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of these living veterans were exposed to toxic asbestos-containing materials during military service which could develop into a mesothelioma disease .  Asbestos.com offers a provides a complete list of occupations, ships, and shipyards that could have put our Veterans at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases

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