UPDATE – Veterans Day Parade is Cancelled

From the City of Marietta – Dear Veterans Day Parade Participants,

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the cancellation of the 2022 Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony.  Tropical Storm Nicole’s arrival in the metro Atlanta area will bring heavy rain and high winds.  We have been monitoring the storm for the past week hoping it would take another path, but the meteorologists are indicating a 100% chance of rain and 2-3 inches of rain total.

Our first priority is the safety of our Veterans, parade participants, and community; therefore, the parade and ceremony cannot continue under these conditions.  Unfortunately, due to the complexity of the parade, there is no reschedule date.

Thank you so much for your commitment to participate in the parade and ceremony and to honoring our veterans.  It was an honor working with you.

Guest Speaker at Monthly Meeting

Join the Legion Family Wednesday, October 5th for a special speaker on situational awareness and safety following the SAL dinner at 6pm.  Retired Atlanta PD officer will give a brief but thorough review on personal safety for both men and women. With the increase in crime and upcoming holidays you do not want to miss this opportunity. Free to attend. No tickets to download. Respective meetings will follow the special guest.

New Veterans Affairs clinic in Marietta to open next week

Sep. 20—The new U.S. Veterans Affairs specialty clinic in Marietta is set to open Monday, Sept. 26, the VA Atlanta Healthcare System confirmed.

The clinic is located at 1263 Cobb Parkway North, near the intersection with Bells Ferry Road. It will offer services including primary care, mental health, radiology, audiology, eye, dental, physical therapy, occupational therapy and prosthetics.

Initially, only the audiology, physical and occupational therapy, dental, and eye specialty clinics will be open, said Gregory Kendall, a spokesman for the Atlanta VA. The primary care and mental health services are expected to open over the next couple of months, he said.

Construction on the $15 million clinic was completed in November of last year.

The clinic will serve approximately 17,000 veterans and employ some 200 workers.

Hunter Riggall, Marietta Daily Journal, Ga. Tue, September 20, 2022 at 12:01 AM·1 min read

It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of longtime SAL member and friend to many at Post 29, Howard Gestrin.

 The following is Howard’s obituary. 

Obituary for Howard Eugene “Gene” Gestrin Sr.

Howard Eugene “Gene” Gestrin, Sr., 76, of Marietta, GA passed away Monday, July 11, 2022, in Austell, GA. A Memorial Service will be held in Howard’s honor at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home Macland Chapel in Powder Springs, GA. with Rev. Barry Lancaster officiating. Family has asked in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Howard’s name to Sons of the American Legion at https://www.legion.org/sons

Howard is survived by his domestic partner, Shirley Deaton of Marietta, GA.; son, Howard Eugene Gestrin, Jr. and wife Bree of Phoenix, AZ; daughter, Laurie Stafford of Arizona; sisters, Nancy Horner of Idaho, Susan Davis of Idaho; brother, Robert Gestrin and wife Verna of Idaho; grandchildren, Adam Gestrin, Jessica Gestrin, Taivyn Gestrin Dylan Svendsen, Sydney Svendson, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by Otto Howard Gestrin, Betty Tindle Gestrin and John Gestrin.

Howard was born on Wednesday, July 3, 1946, in Donnelly, ID to Otto & Betty Gestrin. He was raised on a working cattle ranch and spent his youth helping his family maintain the ranch. He met the love of his life Shirley Deaton, and they spent eleven wonderful years together. Howard worked for many years at Boeing Aerospace and then began working as a Chemical Engineer at Lockheed Martin for 30 years until his retirement. Howard was a long-standing member of the Sons of the American Legion Post #29 in Marietta, GA and enjoyed the camaraderie he found there. Howard had many hobbies over the years, from rebuilding antique radios, woodworking, boats, and antique cars. What he enjoyed most however, was traveling with Shirley, exploring different museums together, and just spending time with her. What truly made Howard happiest was making sure that Shirley was happy. Howard was always forthright with his thoughts, and you always knew where you stood with him. He was a good man who lived his best life. His presence will be forever missed.

The family will receive friends for visitation at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Arrangements made under the caring guidance of Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home Macland Chapel www.mayeswarddobbins.com 770-943-1511

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Howard Eugene “Gene” Gestrin Sr. please visit our Sympathy Store.

Senate passes historic burn pit legislation

The U.S. Senate made history June 16, ensuring millions of veterans exposed to noxious fumes emanating from burn pits will have access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care and benefits. The bill was approved by an 84-14 vote.

The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act (PACT Act) addresses the full spectrum of issues affecting toxic-exposed veterans’ access to VA benefits and care, while also reforming VA’s presumptive decision-making process.

The sweeping legislation provides a comprehensive framework to improve the presumptive process for burn pit veterans by streamlining access to health-care benefits for those who served in areas of known toxic exposure — regardless of disability status — and provides health care for as many as 3.5 million veterans exposed to airborne hazards and burn pits.

American Legion National Commander Paul E. Dillard hailed the Senate and the 117th Congress for passing the PACT Act, calling the legislation a “historic bipartisan achievement.” 

“Today, the U.S. Senate has saved lives and truly delivered for veterans,” Dillard said. “By passing the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act, the 117th Congress has put substance behind the phrase, ‘Thank you for your service.’

“The American Legion is grateful for the service of millions of veterans who were exposed to burn pits, atomic radiation, Agent Orange and other environmental poisons. Thanks to the U.S. Congress, these men and women will be able to receive the care and benefits they have earned. The PACT Act is an historic bipartisan achievement. The American Legion thanks not only those who voted for this legislation but the thousands of Legionnaires and advocates who worked to make this happen. We look forward to President Biden signing the Honoring Our PACT Act into law.”

Toxic smoke and fumes from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan included medical and human waste, jet fuel, chemicals, metal, munitions and unexploded ordnance, petroleum and lubricant products, plastics, Styrofoam and more.

From Legion.Org Written By Mackenzie Wolf June 16, 2022


VetBuds is a non-profit group where the members share a common bond of military service and the desire to provide assistance to veterans directly within the scope of our personal resources, and indirectly by our combined business, social and personal knowledge and connections.

Mission:  VetBuds is a group of military veterans whose purpose is to provide assistance to other veterans.

Vision:  Veterans Supporting Veterans

The Uptown Cafe is OPEN! The Johns Creek VetBuds group meets on the THIRD Wednesday of each month from 0730-0900 at the Uptown Cafe 9850 Nesbit Ferry Rd, Johns Creek, GA.

The Cherokee County VetBuds group meets on the SECOND Wednesday of each month at 1130 hours in the Back Room of Semper Fi Grill, 9770 Main Street, Woodstock, GA.

The West Cobb VetBuds group meets on the FIRST Wednesday of each month from 0700-0800 at Marietta Perks, 800 Whitlock Ave, Suite 116, Marietta, GA.

VetBuds. www.vetbuds.us

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