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VFW Magazine January 2018 : Page 1

VFW’S HURRICANE DISASTER RELIEF TET OFFENSIVE 50 YEARS LATER An artist emerges from the trenches of WWI COMEDY THERAPY AS JANUARY 2018 Vol. 105 No. 4 20 COMEDY HEALS A VFW member in New York started a nonprofit that offers veterans a creative artistic outlet. One component is a stand-up comedy work-shop hosted by a Post on Long Island. BY KARI WILLIAMS After hurricanes Harvey , Irma and Maria roared through Texas, Florida and Puer-to Rico last fall, VFW Posts from around the nation rallied to aid those affected. Meanwhile, VFW National Headquar-ters had raised nearly $250,000 in finan-cial support through the end of October. BY KARI WILLIAMS ‘A LOT OF DEVASTATION’ 26 COVER PHOTO: An M-60 machine gunner with 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, readies himself for another assault during the Battle of Hue during the Tet Offensive in February 1968. Strapped to his helmet is a wrench for his gun, a first-aid kit and what appears to be a vial of gun oil. If any VFW magazine readers know the identity of this Marine, please contact us with details at Photo by Don McCullin/Contact Press Images. ON THE COVER 14 Tet Of fensive 20 Comedy Heals 26 Hurricane Disaster Relief 32 An Artist Emerges Horace Pippin, an infantryman with the “Harlem Hellfighters” was wounded in France during World War I. After coming home, Pippin used his experience in the trenches as fodder for his unique style of oil painting that made him nationally renowned. BY BARRY HUDOCK Korean War veteran Bob Currieo, who served as VFW’s Commander-in-Chief in 1982-83, died Oct. 17. Currieo, who also served as VFW’s Political Action Committee director and Washington Office executive director, had a long history of helping veterans, both nationally and in his home state of Arizona. WAR ‘BROUGHT OUT’ THE ART IN DOUGHBOY 32 IN EVERY ISSUE 2 Command Post 4 Mail Call 6 Now Hear This 8 Issues Up Front 10 Washington Wire 36 Better Health 38 Member Corner 46 Reunions A ‘CAPABLE AND CARING’ MAN 34 48 Vets in Focus CHECK OUT OUR DIGITAL VERSION AT WWW.VFWMAGAZINE.ORG NEED HELP? VETERANS CRISIS LINE: 1-800-273-8255 JANUARY 2018   • WWW.VFW.ORG • 1

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