Dan Igou (US Navy)

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Dan was a RM3 Radioman Third Class Petty Officer with two Tours of Duty 1970-1971; HC-7 Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 7 with Search & Rescue missions inland and off the coast of Vietnam serving as a radioman. The squadron was detached out of Cubi Point Naval Air Base, P.I. and deployed on several aircraft carriers in the Tonkin Gulf.  HC-7 was the most decorated naval squadron during the Vietnam War.   In 1971-1974, the USS Ranger CVA61, was a combat aircraft carrier off the coast of Vietnam providing combat air missions.  Also, the USS Ranger served as a carrier support group to Haiphong Harbor, North Vietnam mining the harbor to cut off enemy shipping supplies to the forcing the end of the war.

Dan served 5 years as VVA Chapter President 952, Springfield, MO and currently serving as Past President, 2nd Vice President. 

Dan is self-employed working in the investment/retirement services business for 25 years, married to Suzanne, 5 children, 11 grandchildren & 1 great grandson.

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The President’s Corner July – August 2017

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The Chapter is growing and wonderful to see. I can’t believe all the hoopla and excitement about the new building space at 1925 Bennett #H.

Drop in Monday – Friday

Office Hours

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

417-693-6298

The Smoke Em if you Got Em BBQ event is August 5th    Countryside BBQ Pro Shop 2857 S. Campbell Ave. Springfield, MO 65807.     This is a family event with hourly drawings, bounce house for the kids, 50/50 drawing, silent table auction with vendors, military vehicles, and BBQ sampling!    

Get your Tickets! 

Get your Tickets for the  $1,000.00 Ceramic Smoker/Grill with accessories give-a-way. 

6-Tickets $20.00 or 1-Ticket for $5.00

I especially want to thank all the sponsors and helpers who have taken part in the great journey and see the vision for VVA Chapter 952.

   

Sgt. Harlan Bristol, President

grizz.b@yahoo.com

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Doc Barb’s Health Corner July – August 2017

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The healthy human has a functional immune system shares the planet with a multitude of organisms. Some of the organisms are dangerous, others are harmless and others are helpful. In the past decade, researchers have begun to seriously look at the details of the human intestinal function.   Pathology has used the microscope to examine the tissues of the intestines, which contain centers that produce immune cells.  Peyers patches (immune centers) show the interconnection between the multicultural bacteria in the intestinal gut. 

The immune centers are connected to the appendix through the lymph system and located at the junction of the ilium and the colon.  The Peyers patch centers are 80 percent of the immune system.  The other 20 percent of the immune system is found in the spleen, thymus, and the skin.  Through the Peyers Patch, “The body then prepares a full body-wide immune response to the pathogen before it is able to spread beyond the intestines.” (Prof. Taylor)

In the past 7 years, new research shows the brain has a direct connection to the intestines via the tenth cranial nerve (Vagus Nerve). This provides the explanation for how and why the thought of the mind influences the gut. Greater than 80 percent of the immune system is the small intestines, colon and spleen and clearly affects how one thinks and feels. The mind is a function of the brain and technically, the brain is part of the body. The body and mind are connected and affect each other. This fact has often been under appreciated in medicine mainly because the exact mechanism of how this works has not been known.

Taking care of the body, mind, and brain is important for every veteran to invest in eating well, meditation, and introspection. This is even more important for the veteran who has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because there is disharmony. Meditation and introspection helps to achieve balance with harmony of the mind and body.

For further information, I have previously written on achieving harmony of the mind and body with physiological pathways (refer to website articles). Email questions for Doc Barb to Susan revsp19@gmail.com

Tim Taylor, Anatomy and Physiology Instructor

http://www.innerbody.com/anatomy/immune-lymphatic/peyers-patches

**Barbara J. Houk, MD, Psychiatrist (board eligible), Fellow American Psychotherapy Association.  Dr. Houk has retired from clinical practice of Psychiatry. Her chief residency was in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (today known as Psychosomatic Illness Psychiatry) and retains the medical approach to the whole body through integrated medicine.

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Tom’s Corner July – August 2017

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My name is Tom Blubaugh and in March 1998, at the age of 56, I found myself homeless.  God saved my life by leading me to a Christian shelter.  It was a safe place where I was a resident for five months.  At that time I joined the staff and was there over five years.  During that time I turned men away nearly every day because there was no vacancy, they had problems we could not deal with (medical or mental), they did not meet certain requirements, could not give up employment, could not deal with the structure, or for other reasons, could not enter the program.  It hurt me to see these men walk out the door and return to what they were hoping they could leave or change.

 

A vision started developing within me to start an outside support program for men like these where they could get a large share of the benefits of a full-time rehab program.  God opened doors for me to leave my employment and devote the necessary time to the development of this program and it was born.

This is the beginning of this vision.  Through this website, The Genesis Project has a world wide presence that is available to those seeking support regardless of their location.  Although it is a virtual location, as opposed to a brick and mortar building, it, nonetheless, is a safe place where one can go to find help, support, and a sense of belonging.  God is the Author and Finisher of this vision.

 

The Genesis Project means the beginning of a planned undertaking.  That undertaking is the start of a new or different life.  No one can change their past but they can, by the grace of God, change their future.

Tom Blubaugh and The Genesis Project

417-812-6110
Listen to Tom’s Story: http://www.genesisproject.biz/mission

The Genesis Project Website http://www.genesisproject.biz/contact-us

Tom’s Author’s Community http://commonsensemarketingstrategies.com

Tom’s website http://tomblubaugh.net
Email Tom Tom@TomBlubaugh.net

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Doc Barb’s Health Corner May – June 2017

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Healing with the Mind-Body Connection

The Psychosocial Aspects of Health

The majority of young adults in the United States, at 20 years old, enjoy nearly perfect health; this would be true for men and women.  As life is experienced, young adults begin to accept responsibility for life with responsibilities and activities. For the veteran, a decision to join the Armed Forces with promises to the will of orders and pledging allegiance to the US Constitution.  Many veterans lost wellbeing, health, fitness, and became immune compromised.  Outlook, on life, can make illness better or worse.    

Well-meaning health professionals realize the mind is a function of the brain, which affects the structure of the body and including the brain. The type of thoughts one thinks does matter. Positive thoughts will help heal and maintain health, whereas negative thoughts harm tissue and worsen health. Psychology literature from 70 years ago, include observational reports regarding attitudes on health. Dr. Daniel Amen, Psychiatrist, uses brain scanning with continuing research on automatic negative thoughts (ANTs). He reports on the power of ANTs to cause illnesses in his book Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. He and other researchers show tangible evidence of thoughts affecting the body.

An unexpected positive analysis was through a work hardening study with an upper body exercise. The people were split into teams with one group given exercises and a coach, one group given exercises and no coach, and the control group were told about the exercises but not required to complete. The in depth study included before and after muscle biopsies and MRI scans of injured arm muscles. The goal was for change in physical abilities and return to work. The surprise was the instructed group had the lowest self-esteem participants who showed the greatest improvement.  The coached group became strong believers of the program with the most progress. The MRI showed increases in muscle densities and biopsies having healthier muscle tissues. The researchers commented the strong believers were not working harder as each team had the same amount of time with similar efforts. The positive thoughts and exercises increased the healthier muscle tissues. How this exactly happens is still not known (to the best of my knowledge).

The main point: how the veteran thinks matters. Humans are not machines as there are mind/body interactions. So, an illness can be made worse by negative thoughts or better by positive thoughts.

The human being is more than a biological machine. Whether an individual is religious or an atheist, the individual human is spiritual in the broadest sense. All humans no matter what culture ask common questions. For example: Humanity wants to know from where did the human species originate? What is the purpose in living life? Is there a life after this life? What is justice? What does fair mean? What is the make up of a proper society?

These questions begin early in the individual’s life and the answers are the subject of philosophy/religion. It is because humanity has the capacity to think and ponder that individuals have the ability to make choices (freewill). This is called the human condition.

For the veteran, war causes pain and sorrow while learning to adapt and ease pain.  Humans do not come into this world knowing about the universe or knowing instinct (hardwired programs). Research on infants over the past 70 years, indicates the majority of human instinct is desire and mechanisms to learn. Over the past 11,000 years, cultures agree a single human does not have all knowledge.  Consequently, the lack of knowledge is often the root of mistakes. However, certain situations are caused by injustices. There are people who choose retribution without consequence. Behavior is as old as humanity as well as recorded history. Psychologically it is far easier to make peace if pain was caused by a mistake. Nonetheless, managing injustices can be problematic creating a disharmony in the body. Internal body stressors accumulate if the mind, body, and spirit lack harmony and balance, which weaken the immune system, and create a condition whereby microorganisms, can thrive causing illnesses.    

The religious veteran often handles psychological traumas and injustices through prayer and forgiveness. The rational atheist often chooses meditation and introspection to diffuse traumas and injustices. Examining physiologically and psychological methods are similar and eventually achieve harmony and balance. Upon discharge, it would be wise for the Armed Forces to hold courses on this topic prior to discharge. As of this writing, I am unaware of any such courses. 

Common to prayer and meditation is the change in breathing patterns.  Though prayer and or meditation, alone, does change the body’s physiology for the better. The breathing changes the blood flow, which allows for clearer thoughts. Prayer is a form of introspection thereby examining events, thoughts, and feelings. Introspection or “self talk” combines the physiological changes found in prayer/meditation; self-talk is a deeper and clearer examination to the subconscious (a good reason why prayer is effective).

What is the difference between the rational atheist and the religious veteran’s prayer or meditation? The rational atheist does not think s/he is speaking to anyone but the self, whereas the religious person states s/he is speaking to God.

The rational atheist examines the feelings, which leads to the values behind the feelings. Next, the value(s) change and the emotional intensity shall decrease. The veteran (or any human) must acknowledge a past event cannot have a different outcome and have no logical importance. The change in value allows the rational atheist to let go. The religious person will lay unsolved traumas and injustices with God, which allows the religious veteran to let go.  I have worked with veterans who have achieved harmony using physiological and psychological methodologies.  The rational atheist and religious veteran can achieve the internal harmony. Through forgiveness, a function of the mind, body, and spirit the veteran can achieve balance, restore harmony and have a positive outlook on life.

References

Amen, Daniel. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. 1998. Random House.

Phys Ther. 1997 Aug; 77(8):802-9; discussion 810-1.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/9256868/

By law, I must tell you the article is information only and does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship or a prescription for managing health.

**Barbara J. Houk, MD, Psychiatrist (board eligible), Fellow American Psychotherapy Association.  Dr. Houk has retired from clinical practice of Psychiatry. Her chief residency was in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (today known as Psychosomatic Illness Psychiatry) and retains the medical approach to the whole body through integrated medicine.

Email questions for Doc Barb to Susan revsp19@gmail.com

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The President and Secretary’s Corner May – June 2017

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Come And Grow With Us   

As of May 1st, the Chapter has an office to better meet the needs of the growing Chapter.

Did you know we are a 501(C)3 Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 952? Yes, indeed (for many years). All cash donations are accepted by mail, in person, and through the website. We are in need of items to set up the office – donations are greatly appreciated. Vehicles, good furniture, and anything of value is also accepted.

1925 E Bennett # H.

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

417-693-6298

The Chapter is involved with two Memorial Day Ceremonies concurrently at the National Cemetery and Rivermonte Memorial Gardens. Join us! If you live outside the Springfield, MO area Bloomfield, Fort Leonard Wood, Higginsville, and Jacksonville will hold State Veteran Memorial Day Ceremonies. http://vfwmo.org/mo-vfw-news/mo-veterans-commission- announces-memorial-day-ceremonies-at-state-veterans-cemeteries/

The National Cemetery

When: Monday, May 29, 11:00 a.m.
Where: 1702 East Seminole Street, Springfield

The Chapter will present 2-flags. Arrive at 10:00 a.m.

Rivermonte Memorial Gardens Memorial Day Patriotic Remembrance

When: Monday, May 29, 12-1 p.m.
Where: 4500 S. Lone Pine Rd., Springfield—- Outside
What: Honoring the military, both living and deceased.

TICKETS

A big thank you to all who helped with the fundraising events for the year. Bill is the Outreach Coordinator so, don’t be shy. Send Bill an email for more information bbeeman7@gmail.com.

Sgt. Harlan Bristol, President grizz.b@yahoo.com veterans-springfield

Susan Phillips, Secretary revsp19@gmail.com 

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Reflections on The Joplin Tornado – Ed Faught

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Reflections on The Joplin Tornado

Ed Faught

On May 22, 2011 an EF-5 tornado struck the city of Joplin in the Ozark Mountains of southwestern Missouri. The tornado injured over 1,000 people and killed 161 people. Estimates for insured property damage vary from $1.9 billion to $3 billion for the city of about 50,000 people. The storm destroyed a hospital, high school, churches, homes, and other infrastructures. Communication was difficult because the tornado knocked down 17 cell phone towers. The infrastructure city damage made disaster response challenging. St. John’s Regional Medical Center set up triage in the parking lot only to have to move the triage when the hospital caught on fire.

More than 2,000 homes and businesses were destroyed and 20,000 homes lost power. The city had 25 emergency sirens; many ignored the sirens and did take shelter until it was too late. One of Joplin’s nursing homes was hit by the tornado and the bodies were deposited on the main commercial street. The tornado became the seventh deadliest in U.S. history and the deadliest in more than 60 years. As a result of the tornado, meteorological and emergency management organizations reevaluated administering tornado

dramatically improved during the past 20 years.
tornado warnings to encourage people to take shelter when warnings are issued.
Tornado picture from the CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/joplin-tornado/4/

warnings. The science of tornado detection has The National Weather Service changed the wording of

Doppler radar has evolved to detect debris in the air while the older radar technology might give false warnings. Even though the warnings could be a waste of time, it is best to take the warnings seriously. The dead from Joplin’s tornado would agree.

** Ed Faught retired at 24 years combined service in the US Army and National Guard. Ed has a B.A. in Computer and Information Systems and working on an Instructional Technology Masters program and a Masters in Emergency Management.

References

CBS News. Copyright © 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved May 15, 2017, from http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/joplin-tornado/4/
Cohen, N. (2011, May 22). Tornado Hits Missouri City, Killing Many. Retrieved April 04, 2017, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/23/us/23tornado.html
Murphy, K. (2011, May 23). Tornado devastates Joplin, Missouri, 116 dead. Retrieved April 04, 2017, from http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather-tornadoes-idUSTRE74M08L20110523
Freedman, A. (2012, May 22). The Joplin Tornado, One Year Later: Where Does it Rank? Retrieved April 06, 2017, from http://www.climatecentral.org/news/the-joplin-tornado-one-year-later-where-does-it-rank

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