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April 2020, Volume 70, Issue 4

Greetings and Go For Broke!

If you missed it, 5 April was National Go For Broke Day and I want to thank our WWII veterans who served in the 100th and 442nd for their service defending our freedom.  I also want to thank the men and women who served during WWII in various units: the Military Intelligence Service, Woman’s Army Corps, 17th 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, the Army Air Corps, and Navy.  These men and women served for various reasons, but in the end, they answered the call to serve and defend our freedom.  And we should not forget those incarcerated at home and across the U.S. – we thank you for your support and the sacrifices you made for service members. 

Also, I want to wish all who served or are currently serving in the United States Air Force Reserve a happy 72nd birthday!  The USAF reserved was created on April 14, 1948, soon after the USAF was established after WWII.

A lot is going on and changes occur frequently, but both the NVC and NVC Foundation leadership are doing what we can under the COVID-19 restrictions and mitigation orders from the government. 

The Governor recently extended the Stay at Home order through 4 May, which shuts down non-essential businesses and activities with some exceptions in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

These are unprecedented times. We recognize this is having a profound impact on each of us and the community we live in. We need to do everything we can to help our families during this state of emergency and to work with them within the parameters of the law as much as we can.

The decision to close the NVC Memorial Hall and cancel or postpone activities was made in accordance with guidance from the Governor’s Office and Washington State Department of Health, and it aligns with precautionary measures recommended by the CDC to fight the spread of COVID-19.  Closing the NVC Memorial Hall and canceling or postponing our events and activities helps minimize our interaction with the public, increases social distancing, and limits the chance for transmission.

This situation will continue to evolve for the foreseeable future, so thank you for staying informed and communicating issues as they arise with the NVC and NVC Foundation.  We will all get through this together.

All activities are canceled until further notice, and unfortunately this includes the 75th Anniversary Memorial Day service in May.  We are looking at an option in lieu of the service at Lake View Cemetery, but please stand by. 

Updates to NVC and NVC Foundation activities are posted on our website, Facebook, and sent through email.  For those without connectivity to the internet or email, please ask and reach out to family members and friends who have access to these sites and can relay the updates to you.  We will continue to send the newsletter through the postal service while we can, but the most recent updates will come through our website, Facebook and email.

I want to share some good news.  The Washington State Attorney General (AG) Civil Investigative Demand (CID) investigation of the NVC and NVC Foundation is closed.  The AG findings are in favor of the NVC and NVC Foundation, and we are cleared of all accusations in the case.  The NVC and NVC Foundation leadership thank those who helped us during the CID investigation.  Selected board members from the NVC and NVC Foundation spent hours, nights, and weekends answering questions, gathering documents, working together to help bring this investigation to a close.  We also thank the membership, partners, and community who supported us through this investigation.  A letter about the AG CID will be published at a later date to be determined. 

In closing I encourage all of you to be part of the solution by adhering to the Governor’s and local authorities’ orders to stay at home. This is a time to be positive and respectful to the needs of others around you.

Stay Home, Stay Healthy, be part of the solution.

Walt Tanimoto