Mountaineer Military Museum’s Memorial Weekend Vet-together

May 29, 2011 - 1 Comment

by Jim Barnes

 

The following is a report filed by our correspondent, Matt Gillespie:

Saturday I traveled to Weston, WV to take part in the Mountaineer Military Museum’s Memorial Weekend Vet-together.  There were several reenactors and veterans present who took part in the cook-out in front of the museum.  The cook-out was sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary.  There were some of our few remaining WWII veterans on hand.  Guest speaker, Psychologist Dr. Greenbrier R. Almond  shared his experiences in working at the V.A. Hospital and counseling veterans suffering from PTSD.  Dr. Almond has studied PTSD for 30 years and has helped thousands of veterans.  His work has lead to his creating a DVD to assist other doctors in the treatment of PTSD.  He donated 100 DVDs to the museum that can now be sold to help raise funds for maintaining facilities.

In all, about 200 people attended the cook-out, toured the museum, spoke with veterans and shared history.  Mr. & Mrs. McVaney of Buckhannon maintain the Mountaineer Military Museum.  Mr. McVaney does so to honor his best friend who lost his life in Vietnam.  This was the third annual such Vet-together and a fourth is planned for Memorial Day weekend in 2012.  I encourage all veterans and reenactors to take part in this rewarding day.

Thanks to the McVaneys for their work in producing this worth-while activity!  I have attached several pictures.

-Matthew Gillespie

Comments (1)

Paul

June 14th, 2011 at 9:55 am    


Looks like a great time! I wish I could have made it, but I was 4000 miles away.

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