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Memories of the ASA

Letter to the CCVVA:

I’m a member of the VVA located at Sedro Woolley, Washington and pleased to send you my donation for $100 for posting the story about the Army Security Agency.  Like Roger Carver I was assigned to ASA and Radio Research at Davis Station and the Tan Son Nhut Airbase from 1967 to 1972.  Here are links to photos of those stationed at Davis Station and the Sancta Maria Orphanage we sponsored.  I’m also including links to photos of me entertaining troops at Fort Ord and at Fort Belvoir in and aboard the USS Mann while en route to Vietnam in 1965 and when I hosted radio shows off-duty at night on FEN Itazuke, Japan in 1969-1970 and later on AFVN Saigon, Vietnam in 1970-1971.  There is also a link to photos of recording artists who performed in the Bay Area from 1961 to 1964.

Rock n’ roll 1961-1964

FEN and AFVN radio

Davis Station TSN airbase Vietnam

Sancta Maria Orphanage Saigon Vietnam

Video NVA taking over Davis Station

My best to VVA 1122,

Jim Satcher
Mount Vernon, WA

CCVC January Meeting and Legislative Report Jan 2022

From Pat Nugent: Federal Legislation of veterans’ interest that the chapter maybe interested in was presented today at the Collin County Veterans Coalition meeting.

The monthly meeting is held at the American Legion in Plano but due to the upswing in Covid it was zoomed today – the next meeting with be Feb 15th.

Below is a list of bills that were active in the last 60 days in the house and senate in Washington, DC.

Six of those bills became law: HB 5545, SB 796, SB 894, SB 1095, HB 2093 & HB 2911

Bills that are interesting:

HB 6307 – Tiny Homes

HB 5783 & SB 3094 – Homeless Veterans

HB 5946 – Stolen Valor

HB 6127 – The 13 Folds of Honor to be read at military funerals while the flag is being folded

 HB 5945 – The VA to provide $500 for a computer while you are using your VA education benefits

Military Discrimination

Nobody has a “right” to serve in the Military. Nobody. What makes people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer? Very far from it.

The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens from joining for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too tall or too short.

Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for missing or additional fingers. Poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth. Malnourished? Drug addiction? Bad back? Criminal history? Low IQ? Anxiety? Phobias? Hearing damage? Six arms? Hear voices in your head? Self-identify as a Unicorn?

Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair? Can’t run the required course in the required time? Can’t do the required number of pushups?

Not really a “morning person” and refuse to get out of bed before noon?

All can be reasons for denial.

The Military has one job. War. Anything else is a distraction and a liability.

Did someone just scream “That isn’t Fair”? War is VERY unfair, there are no exceptions made for being special or challenged or socially wonderful.

YOU change yourself to meet Military standards. Not the other way around.
I say again: You don’t change the Military… you must change yourself.

The Military doesn’t need to accommodate anyone with special issues. The Military needs to Win Wars.

If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from readiness or lethality… Thank you for applying and good luck in future endeavors. Who’s next in line?

Author unknown.

Review of our Town Hall, by Rick Jones


Hello, I am Rick Jones, a Life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Chapter #1122 that meets in McKinney, Texas.

On the 19th I arrived at the Craig Ranch Club House. The CCVVA was working like a well oiled machine! Check-in was laid out so it was easy to identify each person attending.

In Vietnam we had some Ladies from the American Red Cross who would travel to different bases to greet us and give us coffee or punch and donuts. We affectionately called them, “Donut Dollies”! The Red Cross was at the entrance for the Townhall meeting providing coffee and one of our members arranged for a donation for donuts!

The program began with a couple of people bringing us up to date on the efforts of VVA, some other Veteran organizations and the VA. There are some promising prospects on the horizon.

There is a small group who has been traveling around the US to help educate us for what we need to do. This was there 281st Townhall type meeting! They talked with us and had many questions to answer!

Our afternoon session was held by an education Team about Hepatitis-C.

But, first they brought us a very nice lunch!

Hepatitis-C has made a come back in large numbers!! When we were in the Reception Center, preparing to begin Basic Training, we were lined up in a gauntlet of shots! As we passed through the lines there were Medical Techs shooting us in both arms with air-gun type devices, then they gave us more shots by needles. The air-guns were not properly disinfected between each arm. This has set the stage for Hep-C’s regeneration.
There are several other sources too. The REAL bad thing about this Hep-C is that most people do not even know they have it! If treated in time, it is easier to get a full recovery. If it is not treated soon enough, the results are permanent.

The last segment of the program was an open session for Agent Orange questions.

It was a very good program! They did not have all the answers, but the ones they did have, they gave to us!! The remaining answers have not been born yet.

Important News 7-7-17

Goooood Afternoon,

This Thursday evening starting 5:30 social hour, 6:30 meeting Spring Creek BBQ Restaurant McKinney July Chapter 1122  monthly meeting. Not much time till :Faces of Agent Orange” Town-Hall Meeting. If you haven’t signed up on-line at please do so. Even as a chapter member and hope you are going to help need head count for seating and free lunch. Will have updated information at chapter meeting.

Our membership is growing, new members show up to meeting hoping to meet other veterans . Is other commitments your reason for not attending, what needs to be done to improve attendance ? The “Faces of Agent Orange” Town-Hall is an event the chapter is host to educate and help veterans, something everyone says what we need to be doing. We missed you at the Red White and Boom Parade the 4th of July, thanks to Roger, Raul and Paul we got it together. Great response thru out the parade route  and the photo of our float went nation wide on the Faces of Agent Orange face-book site.

I attended a luncheon with Senator Cruz Wednesday afternoon. A small group representing Collin County Veterans were able to arrange a luncheon with the Senator before the Town-Hall meeting held Wednesday night. I was able to spent some one-on-one with the Senator and each member in the group were allow two questions, the meeting quickly went to Veterans healthcare. The Senator stated is was in favor of an improved Veterans Choice program and most of the time was spent discussing that.

Sponsorship/ads need for the town-hall program, business size ads $50, 1/2 page ads $250 and full page ads $500. Not only will the ads be in the event program they will also be shown on the two 8 ft. screens during breaks and lunch, plus shown with the on-line connection and you-tube. Need ads as soon as possible no later than the end of July. Business cards, ads sent with check to  VVA Chapter 1122, P.O. Box 6165 McKinney, Texas 75071. Question to address below.

Thank you all, remember “TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG”

Don Roush
President Collin County VVA 1122