Sunday, February 3, 2019

Update from Paul Martin on the Bible and Missing Man Table

To All Concerned,
The director of the VA facility in NH has and is helping to rectify this problem. They at the VA were blindsided by this also. In no way does this reflect on the director or his staff.
As a member of the committee that worked on the installation of this table, it sits there today because of,  the Director and his staff. The North East POW/MIA Network has been informed as to the handling of the issue and is fully aware of the pending outcome. This is an outrage and the staff at the VA facility is in no way responsible for it. What we need to do as Veteraans organizations is band together to stop this assault on our Freedoms that these groups seem to think they can demand removal of items from places of Honor to our comrades.
I have full confidence that the outcome of this issue will be satisfactory to all Veterans and that we stand ready for the next assault on our Monuments

Paul Martin
North East POW/MIA Network

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Manchester Missing Man Table Update

Good morning,

I wanted to provide some more information and follow up.   Mr. Montoya has been very active and has developed a temporary solution that allows us to put the bible in a locked case adjacent to the table along with an updated script.  The placement in a locked case is to ensure the safekeeping of the bible.  The script defining the meaning of the items on the table will be displayed above the table and in the case with the bible.   The updates to the script help to further identify why the bible is really an artifact and not a religious symbol. The hopeful permanent solution will allow for a locked case secured to the table which will be used to display the bible. 

The updated language which further personalizes the script and shows the intent of the Veteran dedication as well as the symbolism of the bible in place is as follows: 


The table is round – to show our everlasting concern.

The cloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.

The single red rose reminds us of the lives of these Americans….and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, while seeking answers.

The yellow ribbon symbolizes our continuing uncertainty, the hope for their return, and our determination to account for them.

A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate, captured and missing in a foreign land.

A shaker of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families - who long for answers after decades of uncertainty.

The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return – alive or dead.                                                                                                                                                                                 
The Bible, donated by Former U.S. Army Air Corps Tech. Sgt. Herman "Herk" Streitburger of Bedford, New Hampshire, was one of the few personal items he had while he was held in captivity in a German Prisoner of War Camp. It represents the strength gained through faith, to sustain us and those lost from our country.  For former Tech. Sgt. Streitburger, a symbol to remind all he never forgot those who served, that he served with and who never came home. (Adjacent to the table in locked display case for safekeeping.)
The glass is inverted – symbolizing their inability to share a toast.

The chairs are empty – they are missing……………..

This display was donated by the Northeast POW/MIA Network and Rolling Thunder Chapter 1, by Veterans for Veterans, to demonstrate their everlasting concern.  Manchester VA Medical Center is honored to ask all who enter to take notice, pause to reflect and offer gratitude for the service, sacrifice and valor of our Prisoners of War and those that remain Missing in Action. 

Faith, Trust, Truth, Responsibility & Accountability ..... We must never Forget

I am available for any and all questions related to this. 

With respect,

Kristin Pressly
Public Affairs Office
Manchester VA Medical Center
718 Smyth Road
Manchester, NH 03104
(603) 624-4366 x 6779
(603) 722-9527
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Rep. Jennifer Wexton removes POW Flag and replaces it with a Transgender Banner

I have been told that outside of Congressional Offices in DC. The American Flag, Their State Flag And the Pow/MIA Flags are displayed.
It has been noted in recent articles that the a Newly elected Congresswoman Rep. Jennifer Wexton, from the 10 th District Of VA has chosen to remove the POW/MIA Flag and replace it with a Transgender Banner.
Would one of Our Federal Reps check on this and Point her in the right direction!
The POW flag replaced by the transgender flag....the Northeast POW/MIA Network believes even one day without this flag is one day too many.
“The public should be aware that they still are not home,”
The Veteran Community of NH and in fact Country would appreciate it! Replace the POW/MIA Flags before this gets blown Way out of proportion! Like Now!
Thank You..Semper Fi
Bob "Doc" Jones
Northeast POW/MIA Network 
Meredith, NH

Bible Remove from Missing Man Table at Manchester VA

 A few months back a few Veterans, yes, Vietnam Veterans with the assistance of Blue Star Family Members, Northeast POW/MIA Network and VA Representatives worked together on an effort to place a ‘“POW/MIA Missing Man Table”  in the lobby at the Manchester VA.

 It was a Great Ceremony with Director Al Montoya as guest speaker, many Veteran Organization Leaders, several WWII POWs and Senator Maggie Hassan whom I had the honor of sitting with. That Day Rolling Thunder NH1 raised a new POW/MIA Flag.

There is a Bible that is placed on every Missing Man Table. The one placed that day belonged to a 95 year old WWII POW who was one of the 5 that was able to make it with us that day. Beautiful Ceremony, to saw the Least.

Now, because of ‘few’ complaints the Bible has been removed from that table, "until the legal department can check out responsibility". They are not willing to just leaving the Bible until the facts are checked out!

That Missing Man table represents ALL Veterans, ALL Religions. The fact that the Bible is on the table is just part of the setting and SHOULD NOT and WILL NOT Be Removed.

This is the State of  "Live Free Or Die"! Veterans in This State I don’t believe care what Federal Regs might say! If 99% say it’s fine and 1 % don’t like it...Sorry! Time for Veterans to stand as one!! Here and at VA it stops !! 

The Bible of 95 year Old Veteran, WW2 Veteran STAYS! You don’t like it, State your name and say so.

Bob Jones
President Northeast POW/ MIA Network
Meredith, NH

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

POW Flag replaced with a transgender flag by Bob Jones, President Northeast POW/MIA Network

The POW flag was removed and in its place a transgender flag stands outside of Representative Jennifer Wexton's office in Washington on January 4, 2019.

The question is where is the POW flag?

Courtesy Photo/Office of Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton

A picture speaks a thousand words....this photo is from the Congresswoman’s and clearly shows that the POW flag is no longer there....please call and ask that it be returned to its rightful place.
Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.-10th) is displaying a transgender pride flag outside her Washington office.
The pink-, blue- and white-striped flag is displayed at the door to her office, along with the U.S. and Virginia flags.
In a statement, Wexton says she’s displaying the flag because she has family members and friends who are transgender. Chief of Staff Abigail Carter says Wexton is an aunt to a transgender person.
Wexton says she wants the transgender community to know they’re welcome. Since it went on display, Wexton says she’s received messages of support and appreciation from across the country.
Wexton is a former prosecutor who defeated Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in November.
For those willing to contact our Congressional leaders on the issue of Rep. Jennifer Wexton and her removal of the POW Flag and replacing it with the transgender flag (…/congresswoman-displays-transgend…/) How to contact your Representatives: 

Members of the U.S. Congress
  • U.S. Senators—Get contact information for your Senators in the U.S. Senate.
  • U.S. Representatives—Find the website and contact information for your Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bob "Doc" Jones
Northeast POW/MIA Network 
Meredith, NH

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Open Letter to Our Veterans

Since we became an independent country many years have come and gone, however, there is one constant that remains from the 1700’s through today. Our country has had many brave men and women volunteer to defend our country.
There was a movie produced about World War II, whose name I cannot recall, but at the end there is a line which rings true (even though the words are not an exact quote), “Where do we get these brave men and women to always step forward when the need arises?” These men and women come from all over our country and too many times are taken for granted. Men and women, who during times of war and peace, are on-call 24 hours a day 7 days a week and spend countless holidays, birthdays and special events away from their family and friends.
The pay is not great, but they continue to volunteer and many make it a career. They are mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, cousins and friends. We may not always agree in the wars and battles that we fight, but this should not deter us from the support we give to these men and women in uniform. It is through the sacrifice that they and the numerous individuals before them have made, which provides us with the freedoms we have to disagree and speak our objections.
While words cannot pay what we owe you and your families, we ‘thank you’ for your sacrifice. To the families who have lost loved ones, we offer our most heartfelt condolences. Many of us have never endured the pain you must feel, but our hearts hurt for your loss and wish we could help ease your pain. Let us never forget the people who did not make it home.
Remember those still serving in our prayers and never take for granted the sacrifices they make. In closing, one more time I would like to say…… THANK YOU!!!
Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire