Tom’s Corner January – February 2017

The Genesis Project

Tom Blubaugh

I’m Tom Blubaugh, the author of The Genesis website. I’m seventy plus years old. I feel like I’ve experienced enough for two lifetimes. I have had a lot of pain in my life–emotional pain–as a child and as an adult. I’ve spent most of my life hiding the real me–pretending I was someone else to try to earn admiration, respect and most of all–love. I was a performer.

Eventually, my life caught up with me in the form of severe depression. At the age of fifty-six, I ended up broke and homeless. The only thing left was my relationship with God. 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 to develop within for 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 was the beginning of this vision. 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.

Who can participate in The Genesis Project program?
It is open to anyone who is trying to improve their life whether addicted or not. Statistics tell us that 85% of our country’s population is either addicted or somehow affected by someone who is.

Let go and let God. Eph. 3:20, 21

The Genesis Project

Tom Blubaugh 417-812-6110

The Genesis Project Website

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President’s Corner January – February 2017

Come And Grow With Us

Christmas and New Years has come and gone for another year. I hope everyone had a great time and are thankful. I know I sure am.
My family and I had a great time visiting, exchanging gifts, and a lot of shared laughter.

We had two happy people at the Chapter Christmas Party. The drawing was held and the lucky local winners received either a Quilt or a Marlin 22 Rifle. Dan Igou received a plaque for his service as past President for six years. Thanks Dan for an awesome job!

Bobby had a fantastic graduation in Mt. Vernon with seven members of the chapter joining with the celebration. He was happy and we are happy for him. Great job Bobby.

The plaques for Sheriff, City Police, and Fire Marshall are ready to be presented. Charlie is working on media coverage at the presentation. I will get back with you as to the presentation location.

A big Welcome to the new Members and Associate Members! The Chapter includes Veterans of All  wars to join the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 952. Rex is the Chair of the Membership; so be sure to contact Rex for more information.

The Chapter has an ongoing project for the homeless to include: Toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, soap, snacks, socks, gloves, shaving cream, disposable blades, pencils, notepad, poncho, diabetic socks, etc. The Dollar Tree is a good store to look for items. To assist: Contact the Homeless Veteran Coordinator, Sam Hudson at

It was hard to say good by to 2016 but I’m looking forward to 2017 and what lies ahead. I know a lot of projects were accomplished, completed, and awards given in 2016. Lets get together and work together for a fantastic 2017! All ideas are welcome so don’t be bashful.

If I can answer any questions about the Chapter, be sure to call 417-894-3659 or drop me an email
I wish you all a very successful 2017. Until next time everyone take care and enjoy life to it’s fullest.

Your President


Ash Grove’s Second Annual Trunk or Treat

On October 7, 2016 the Springfield Chapter 952 of the Vietnam Veterans came out to support Ash Grove’s Second Annual Trunk or Treat event. The Ash Grove community makes monetary and candy donations to the Secondary Pirates Association (SPA), the AG JR/SR HS teacher’s organization, which is all converted into candy and supplies to host the completely free event for the community to attend. This always happens at the last home game of the football season. The Ash Grove Football team lost to the Fair Grove Eagles in the KY3 Game of the Week. The VVA was featured in the Trunk Or Treat interview held for the KY3 live news at 5. The Ash Grove community loves seeing the VVA members at local events.

You can expect to read more about the VVA and their involvement at Ash Grove Junior High school by next month’s news letter. Volunteers from the organization have been signing up to speak to Mrs. Compton’s Junior High English class during the last week of October and the first week of November as a part of her Veterans Day Curriculum. To learn more about presenting please contact Mrs. Compton via email at You are also welcome to join the Ash Grove community on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 9am for breakfast in the cafeteria of the High School and the Veterans Day Assembly to follow at 10am. Ash Grove is a very patriotic town and loves the opportunity to celebrate our nation’s veterans.

Courtney Compton is the incoming Company Commander for the 428th Transportation Company out of Jefferson City and Springfield, MO in the Army Reserves. She celebrates six years in the United States Army Reserves as a civilian and soldier. In the past six years she has moved from Central New York to Southwest Missouri to teach junior high English and lead soldiers in the transportation branch. 1LT Courtney Compton and her husband, 484th HHD Company Commander, 1LT Thomas Compton, are expecting their first child, Cora Compton in January 2017.

Courtney Compton

Are Phone Books Going Away?

Over the past several years, I have noticed what one might call a interesting phenomenon. The big thick phone book has shrunk. I can remember using the phone book as a booster seat for my kids and it was always handy. When I decided to clean out the old phone books, I decided to use as a back stop for rifle target practice 30 or so years ago.

Today, the phone book resembles a smaller thick pamphlet and target practice would take more than three phone books as the thickness, height and width have reduced as well.

As far back as I remember, the phone book has been the “go to” place for finding businesses’ and individuals’ contact information. Need a plumber? Go to the phone book. Need to know what Betty Sue’s phone number is? Go to the phone book. The phone book was the “Holly Grail” of personal or business information.

The businesses listed in the phone book showed legitimacy. Otherwise, the business could be considered a “fly by night” company. The phone book was the number one external sources

for locating a business in the community.

All individuals were published in the phone book. Why? Because every home had a big heavy desk phone tethered to the wall. Many phones had the round dial dialing one number at a time.

If you knew a person’s name and the town, the phone book listed the phone number and address.

Recently, I have investigated, and there is a perfectly logical explanation for the overall phone book content reduction. In a nut shell, the phone book is phasing out.ayer, the smart phone. So what happened? The internet.

Now all I do is “Google it.” Or use some other search engine or directory ap for the number and/or business address. Need an industry rated? Simply look at the reviews, testimonials, rankings, in depth editorials, and analysis of the business or businesses.

So is the phone book gone completely? Well, no. The reason might even surprise you, or maybe not. In some areas, printing phone numbers is a required service even though costly

and unprofitable. Other areas, the printed yellow pages or business pages are profitable though advertisements and businesses realize a return. Over 80% of the phone books are delivered to homes while other statistics show that fewer than 11% of the households ever open the phone book.

I’m not here to advocate for or against the phone book. I am simply giving my observations as a long time business owner. In my experience, the phone book as an advertising tool is dead. It took me many years of throwing money away to come to that conclusion. Once I redirected the advertising money, I my response and profit grew. In one of my businesses I saw a 3000% ROI from online advertising. O was surprised! I had never seen that kind of response from the phone book.

*Corey and his wife Jennifer developed VVA Chapter 952 website and support veteran organizations.

Corey Harrison

Founder and President
Harrison Marketing Systems


Women Veterans Post to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary


Commander Schmidt

Women Veterans Post to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary, Host “Meet and Greet” with National American Legion Commander

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Women Veterans of Southwest Missouri, American Legion Post 1214, will celebrate their one-year anniversary in conjunction with a “Meet and Greet” event for newly elected American Legion National Commander Charles Schmidt of Oregon. The event will take place at Fire Station #8 (Community Room), 1405 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO.

Festivities will include a presentation by Commander Schmidt, recognition with a Quilt of Valor by the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild, and a Willard JROTC tandem rifle performance. Cake and light refreshments will be served.

The official traveling party will include National Commander Charles Schmidt,
National Commanders’ Aide Dirk Levy, Department Commander Betty Gonzales, Senior Vice Commander Cary Kellett, Department Adjutant Lowry Finley-Jackson, National Executive Committeeman Kenny Goth, Alternate National Committeeman Tom Goodin, National Historian Paul Bennett, Zone and District Commanders when available.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Post 1214 by calling 417-882-2557 or emailing

Women Veterans of Southwest Missouri is the second largest (of five) all-female American Legion posts in the state of Missouri and is the only one in the Springfield area. The post received its permanent charter in November 2015 and to date has 54 members, ranging in age from 19-94. In September 2016, Women Veterans of Southwest Missouri was awarded “Post of the Year” by American Legion’s 17th District.

Homeless Veteran Coordinator for VVA 952 – Sam Hudson

May 2016


I really have a soft spot for homeless Veterans and wanted to talk about a man I met hanging out in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart shopping center. After three or four visits to Subway sandwiches, he began to talk. I told him I was not giving him a hand out, just a hand up. He trusted me enough to sit in my truck eating a sandwich, as the day was cold. The Vet was guarded and did not trust people; so I didn’t ask many questions. Though the warmer he became, the more he talked about four years of living on the streets and making bad choices along the way. He had been robbed several times and showed me the knife wounds in his side and neck describing the hard times on the street. He was afraid and hadn’t talked to anyone in months. I told him where I worked and how I could help; but he was not ready. I asked three times where he was staying and would not say. Finally, he realized that I meant no harm; he said he stayed in an open unlocked space at a storage shelter. I told him he was unwise for not accepting help. I wanted to get him off the street and in the office to assist.

A motorcycle friend of mine knows the landlord of the storage shelter that the Vet was staying. We spoke with the landlord who, at first, was all about money; but quickly remembered his brother was KIA in Vietnam. The landlord said he would find the Vet a place, just give him some time.

Three days later, I received a call to meet the Vet at the storage shelter with the landlord and a guy driving a new black Cadillac with several custom cars in a heated space. The Cadillac owner asked the Vet questions and become the night watchman for the storage shelter and would stay in the office next to the cars. The Vet would receive $ 50.00 a week from each owner. We found a single bed in the trash and set it up for him. The Vet couldn’t stop smiling with the job and warm bed.

I know my Vet won’t be begging at the Wal-Mart. Sometimes when I give a hand up, I really don’t know if the Vet will work the program; but I have a good feeling this Vet will be O K. I stopped by the other day to drop off a case of water at his new home and will continue to check on him every three or four weeks.

If you would like to work with VVA Chapter 952 and the homeless projects, contact Sam through email