My name is Jim Rudy. I flew slicks with the 170th AHC in 66/67 and Chinooks with the 180th ASHC in 1970. I later commanded the 173rd AHC at Fliegerhorst Kaserne near Hanau, Germany from Dec/75 to June/78.
I happen to be a volunteer "Ambassador" for the Army's Freedom Team Salute program. The Army will send any Army veteran (Active, Guard, or Army Reserve) the following and it is free:
1. A very nice Certificate of Appreciation with your name and former Army rank on it and it is signed by the Army Chief of Staff, General George Casey, Jr. and the Secretary of the Army, Pete Geren.
2. A letter of thanks and it is also signed by the two top Army officials.
3.. A lapel pin with the Army logo on it and "Veteran" across the top.
4. Two US Army decals.
All you need to do is send your name, address, and former Army rank to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you prefer, call me at home at 864-972-2085.
Jim Rudy Freedom Team Salute Ambassador #382 Seneca, SC
The Army Leadership abruptly pulled the funding for the Army Freedom Team Salute program and it dies as of the end of February. Abruptly in that I received an email from the FTS program office in Alexandria, VA on Feb 10th that no more commendation requests would be accepted after, get this, Feb. 11th and that the program would cease at the end of the month.
Through this guest book I have found and honored a whole bunch of Army veterans with the free FTS commendation (Certificate, Letter of Thanks, Army lapel pin, & 2 Army decals).
I and several others are mounting a nationwide campaign to get Army veterans and others to write letters send emails, and to make telephone calls to their Congressman, Senators, and to the senior Army leadership. Consider doing the same.
To date some 2.4 million Army veterans and Army supporters have been recognized through this program since it was initiated in May/2005. However, an estimated 15 to 17 million Army vets are in the USA at any given time. This number continually turns over as WW II Army veterans pass away and as our younger soldiers end their terms of service.
Honorable John McHugh Secretary of the Army 101 Army Pentagon Washington, DC 20310-0101
General George W. Casey, Jr. Chief of Staff, US Army 101 Pentagon Washington, DC 20310-0101