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Illinois VFW News - June 2018

Illinois VFW News - June

Vol 55 No 4 Always On Call June 2018 Illinois takes two top honors in National Publications Contest The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. has announced the winners of the 2018 National Publications Contest. The Illinois VFW News and the Taylorville Post 4495 Quarterly Newsletter took top honors in their respective categories in the National VFW Publications Contest. The Illinois VFW News was named the top Department Publication Small Frequency Publication, while Post 4495’s Quarterly newsletter was named the top publication in the Post/District Small Frequency Publication. Both are published 4 or less times per year. Illinois VFW News Editor Barb Wilson and Post 4495 Newsletter Editor Tony Durbin will receive their National Awards at the State Convention. Two non-VFW-affiliated journalism professionals served as judges for the competition. Postmaster: Send address changes to V.F.W. Circulation Department, 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111. A ‘Last Salute’ for Homeless Vets An Illinois VFW member arranges proper military funerals as one aspect in his quest to serve the homeless By Kari Williams Associate Editor, VFW Magazine Jack Picciolo has been working for nearly a decade to help homeless veterans receive proper burials. That work, along with other projects in his Illinois community, earned the Vietnam veteran the Illinois Veterans’ Patriotic Volunteer and Appreciation Award. For Picciolo, the recognition meant more because of who it came from. “It was from veterans — from groups that I work with, peers, veterans groups, not just a general award from the city or the state,” said Picciolo, who was drafted in 1964 and spent the last eight months of his two years of service in Vietnam as a specialist 4 with the 2nd Bn., 17th FA. Every veteran, according to Picciolo, deserves to be buried with military honors. “We have a national cemetery right in our backyard,” said Pic- By Barbara Wilson Editor, Illinois VFW News A Marine veteran and member of the Pierce McDonald Post 1422, Bushnell, Ill. was awarded a rare medal for noncombat bravery on May 5, 2018 for disarming a disgruntled employee in a workplace shooting which Homeless Salute VFW Jack Picciolo, a member of VFW Post 5788 in Lockport, Ill., has helped homeless veterans receive proper burials, with military honors, at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery near Joliet, Ill., for almost a decade. His efforts and dedicated involvement in the Illinois veteran community earned Picciolo the Illinois Veterans’ Patriotic Volunteer and Appreciation Award. ciolo, a member of VFW Post act as family and get these guys 5788 in Lockport, Ill., about their military honors?” 30 miles southwest of Chicago. Picciolo said the Abraham “Why couldn’t we arrange to Lincoln National Cemetery in Department of Illinois, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States PO Box 13206, Springfield, Illinois 62791-3206 1-217-529-6688 • Fax 1-217-529-5347 • Email: vfwil@vfwil.org Illinois VFW News Editor: Barbara Wilson • Email: bwilson@vfwil.org Elwood, Ill., roughly 15 miles south of Lockport, had a policy of quarterly burials. “I was basically the only person there,” Picciolo said. “There was just no participation by any groups anywhere. I decided right then I’d start advertising [and] working with the memorial squad.” The cemetery instituted its all-volunteer memorial squad in 2003 to help with military honors. “When requested, a detail consisting of at least two uniformed military persons, with at least one being a member of the veteran’s branch of service See Piccioli on Page 7 Marine vet awarded rare medal for noncombat bravery for disarming workplace shooter in 1989 took place in 1989. Michael Hainline was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the nation’s highest award for noncombat bravery for risking his own life to disarm a co-worker who had just shot and killed two employees at a plastic manufacturing plan in Macomb, Ill. Hainline is quick to point out the events of September 19, 1989 wasn’t a “one man ordeal”. “I had civilian coworkers step up and put themselves in harm’s way,” Hainline said. “They didn’t have to do that. I did - I was a Marine.” Hainline was on terminal leave from the Corps, working out of a hometown plant when “a guy walked past us, holding a revolver with a six-inch barrel.” Hainline brushed off the first loud bangs he heard, thinking it was machinery or pallets hitting the ground. But in reality an employee named Fred Hopkins had just gunned down another coworker, Pamela Buce. Unaware the young woman had been shot and killed, Hainline witnessed Hopkins moving quickly toward the front office. Hopkins raised his .357 Colt revolver and shot at another co-work, Jim Cobb, according to Hainline. Hopkins missed Cobb and had hit a filing cabinet behind Cobb. The gravity of the situation had not yet registered with Hainline, who initially thought it was a “sick joke”, he said. Hopkins pulled the trigger again, but this time Cobb fell to the ground. The shooter then Michael Hainline (right) with Marine Col. Thomas Savage following the Navy and Marine Corps Medal presentation ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington, D.C. See Hainline on Page 6 Official Publication of the Department of Illinois, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

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