Veterans encouraged to support the Huey
Dear readers and fellow veterans: I address you with a great, saddened heart and great disappointment and total disbelief.
With such a great veteran community in Hardin County, I am surprised the city would turn down the addition of a Medevac Helicopter to be placed behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to honor the Huey itself and all Medevac crew’s who saved so many lives during the Vietnam War.
Their reason expressed to me was “it would take away from the serenity of our great Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.”
I do not see how or understand how adding such a great honor and tribute would take away from the serenity that is at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
I think there’s so many other events held around the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall that take away from the serenity more then adding this great tribute.
By far, it would add such great honor, tribute and respect to all the great Helicopter crew members who saved so many lives during the Vietnam War.
Vietnam was America’s first helicopter war.
The Huey Medevac missions had a 97% survival rate if you were loaded on the helicopter.
Just about everyone you know with a Purple Heart would be another name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The Huey was like the Jeep was in World War II.
It hauled everything wherever but most of all it carried wounded and dead off the battlefield.
The Huey carried so many our brothers and sisters out of harm’s way to live another day and come back to America and raise a family here in Elizabethtown and Hardin County.
I’m asking all veterans and everybody that was saved by a Huey helicopter to please call the City Council of Elizabethtown and Mayor Jeff Gregory and tell them how you feel.
The Huey and the Vietnam Memorial Wall belong together. There is no other location in the city that would bring honor and respect to the Huey.
Please call the city maybe we can get them to change their mind.
Carey T. Christie
Help the Huey
Dyslexia: It’s not just what you think
Per national statistics, about 1 in 5 students in our county schools face difficulties each day when they’re asked to read or spell or write a few sentences. The inability can be crippling academically or at least shaming and anxiety producing. Dyslexia can run from mild to profound and it’s not just about seeing words jumbled up.
Signs of the disability may be noticed in the preschool years when the child has speech delays or jumbles words like spaghetti into pasghetti or can’t seem to rhyme simple words like cat. Reading at school can begin well or poorly, depending on the severity.
However, the typical dyslexic falls behind around grade 3 or 4, when reading to learn is necessary for nearly every subject and words have become complex enough that these differently wired brains cannot process the information.
Unfortunately, the schools usually lack the tools that have been shown in studies to rescue and re-wire these creative souls. Despite the extensive recommendations by the National Reading Panel, there remains little teacher training for something that affects so many. The slow and methodical live interaction some require is in short supply. The computer-based screening tests employed by many schools may not catch the student who is unable to repeat words, break apart sounds and identify the letters and blends that make those sounds. ADHD and math difficulties often accompany dyslexia, causing further confusion on the part of the teacher.
Perhaps this is what contributes to the reading scores that hover around 50% proficiency for our county and city. This is why parents must know the signs of dyslexia and must become their student’s best advocate.
Use Google to find Bright Solutions for Dyslexia or the International Dyslexia Association to educate yourself. It’s likely you know a child who has been left behind and Dyslexia Awareness Month is the perfect time to explore why the student is failing. The good news is that catching up is possible and accommodations can make school both tolerable and beneficial.