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A Call To Action On Behalf Of the Black American Veteran


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Tuskegee Airman,1945


Many Black American Veterans from the Coast Guard, and the other four service branches as well, live in abject poverty, or are homeless in this, our United States, the richest, and best, Nation on earth.

Many of these brave men and women are war veterans whose service goes back to World War II (when the Coast Guard was officially part of the United States Navy from 1943-1945) or Vietnam. A full third of all the homeless on the American street are veterans and the average World War II veteran, over 76 in most cases, cannot even get VA care.
Many of these heroes have been thrown out on the street by their own families. Most of them are too sick, psychologically or physically, to work. Many of them spend the day searching for a scrap of bread to eat.
You can help one of these American heroes. It's not too much to ask.
When they tell America's Story
Hundreds of years from now
They will tell the story of ordinary heroes, men and women
Who struggled
And put themselves in harm's way every day
To keep Freedom's light burning bright.
When you hear that story
Then or now, you will know
Those heroes are there, and were there,
 For You.
You can help make sure
That that story continues to be told...
When you're asked to help a Veteran,
Remember you're American.
"O wives and mothers of soldiers,
Send your men off to war with a kiss.
As America's bravest sons,
Bid them goodbye with a prayer."
      - From an unknown American author
        at the time of World War I
Not every government on this planet is democratic,
Not every man is healthy,
Not every woman is thin,
Not everyone's world is getting smaller.
Not every American is a patriot.
...Become a pariot today,
Support your Veteran, Service Man and Woman,
when asked.
This Association has joined forces with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress as a sponsor of the Veterans History Project. Created by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in October 2000, the project aims to collect and preserve a permanent record of the experiences of Americans in wartime.
Both veterans and civilians are urged to take part. It's a great opportunity to get members of different generations talking to one another. Have your kids interview you or your parents. Talk to your friends and neighbors. The value of recording oral histories of blacks who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars cannot be overestimated. Everyone who fought in or lived through these historical events has a story to tell.
Letters, diaries, photographs, home movies, maps and other documents are crucial to building a comprehensive archive. To get more information on how to record an oral history, to order an interviewer's instruction kit or to learn other ways you can participate, go to or call 888-371-5848, or you can email us at

World War II KIA Dorie Miller with his Navy Cross
Dorie's blood was red, just like all war veterans

Contact Congress

This Association does not directly administer assistance programs for veterans, but we know some tremendous people who do, and who do so caringly and effectively.
They are the United States Navy Veterans Association and you can reach them, if you'd like to make a contribution to the homeless Black veteran from any service branch.
 Just go to their Membership and Contributions Page, which will give you all the information you need to make a donation.
Remember, you can earmark your contribution with these folks in writing or just by making a notation on the bottom of your check, e.g. Black Veterans, Black Coast Guard Veterans, Black World War II Veteran, Black Coast Guard Vietnam Veteran, etc., and they will see it gets into the right hands.
And this Association has it from impeccable sources, if you are a descendant of a slave, and you make a donation to the cause of the Veteran, when Congress actually does begin handing out reparations for slavery, you will go to the front of the line.
And May God Bless You for your help!
"Night Rescue Off Port Susan"

African-American Nurses in England, 1944

To the Rescue
"To the Rescue"

"Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?" is a question the veteran who has nothing, and the American dispossessed, have been asking on the streetcorner for a long time, and you probably have met someone who has asked you that very question.
Where did that phrase come from?
Well, it is the title of a minstrel song written by one of America's greatest pop music balladeers, Stephen C. Foster, who wrote it in 1854 in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he was paid 2 cents on every page of 25 cents sheet music his publisher sold. Foster died, penniless, at the age of 35 in 1861, at the beginning of the Civil War.
His songs, including "Suwanee River," "My Old Kentucky Home," "Camptown Races," "I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" and "Oh, Susanna," many of them sung with a newer and livelier beat, are being revived today, just as America's love of Patriotism is.