Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sgt. Nichole Olson of Beech Grove, Indiana attends Prayer Luncheon

Uijeongbu, South Korea (August 14, 2018) — The 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-U.S. Combined Division Unit Ministry Team held a 2018 Victory Prayer Luncheon in honor of Korean Liberation Day and Victory in the Pacific Day at Mitchell’s Grill Aug. 13.

More than 150 members of the 2ID/RUCD community varying in rank, position, and background met in observance of the event.

“This is a two-part celebration as we commemorate the U.S. victory in the Pacific, which ended World War II and the liberation of Korea from imperial Japan rule,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Hyeonjoong Kim, 2ID/RUCD command chaplain and Seoul native. “We reflect on the spiritual fortitude of our Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in support of the nations,” he added.

Following singing of the Korean and American national anthems by Ms. Song Ok Namgung, a contemporary Christian jazz singer, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion Chaplain (Capt.) Steve Love and Republic of Korea Army Chaplain (Capt.) Byungki Lee, 16th Mechanized Brigade gave the invocation in English Korean, respectively.

“There are two important days in your life: when you are born and when you discover the purpose of why you were born,” said Chaplain (Col.) Chul W. Kim, Eighth Army command chaplain and Seoul native.. “Everyone has a purpose in this life, it’s not random.”

Chul Kim spoke about how strengthening spiritual fitness can help Warriors focus their core beliefs to understand their identity, purpose, and sense of connection.

Chul Kim’s remarks resonated with Sgt. Nichole L. Olson, intel analyst and Beech Grove, Indiana native, who was inspired to attend future events as she enjoyed the communal atmosphere of the luncheon.

“It was altogether a wonderful time with the beautiful prayers, great music, and delicious Mexican food,” said Olson. “Loved the fact that it was open to both nations, regardless of religious denomination. Everyone can enjoy the luncheon and freely talk to their neighbors.”

After months of preparation, members of the 2ID/RUCD Unit Ministry Team agreed the event was a success.

“It was refreshing to see the immense involvement with this luncheon,” said Master Sgt. David M. Kress, a Cleveland native and religious affairs leader. “The Victory Prayer Luncheon was a testament of members of the Warrior community gathering and celebrating the division’s spiritual strength on a day fundamental in establishing ROK-U.S partnership on August 15, 1945.”

More than 73 years later, spirits are uplifted in reverence, song, and prayer as the bonds formed within the combined division flourish with the common goal of perennial peace on the Korean peninsula.

STORY: Sgt. Raquel Villalona, 2ID/RUCD Public Affairs

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Bosma Enterprises hires decorated veteran

Indianapolis, Indiana (July 19, 2018) — Bosma Enterprises has named Master Sgt. (Ret.) Jeffrey Mittman chief operating officer. He previously held positions at the Defense Finance and Accounting Services and National Industries for the Blind leveraging. Before his work with these organizations, Mittman served for 21 years in the United States Army, including four combat tours.

In 2005, his team came under attack. Mittman was severely injured by an improvised explosive device. Near death, his wounds included severe head and facial trauma, as well as, numerous other injuries including significant vision loss.

Since the end of his distinguished military career, Mittman has been recognized for his work in both the public and private sectors. He is a 2015 inductee of the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame and his nationally recognized awards include: the 2013 Defense Finance and Accounting Service and Department of Defense Disabled Employee of the Year Award; the American Foundation for the Blind’s 2011 Gallagher Award for mentoring and serving as role model for blind / visually impaired individuals; the 2010 Osborne "Oz" Day Award presented by the federal government for increasing public awareness of the federal AbilityOne Program; and the Lighthouse International's 2007 Henry A. Grunwald Award honoring outstanding public service.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

New IndyGo pass allows Veterans to skip bus fares

Indianapolis, Indiana (July 18, 2018) — IndyGo and the City of Indianapolis announced the new Veteran Fare Cards on Wednesday in an effort to provide veterans with better access to transit and employment opportunities.

Veterans must enroll in the program in person at the Julia Carson Transit Center located at 201 East Washington Street. The application requires proof of eligibility and enrollees must also have a photo taken at the transit center’s customer service desk.

Example of the new IndyGo Veterans Fare Card 

Veterans can prove eligibility by providing a valid U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ID or a valid government-issued photo ID and DD 214 certificate of release/discharge from active duty.

“This an exciting moment for the City of Indianapolis and our veterans, as they will now be able to better navigate their lives with the freedom they fought to protect,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Together, we are making a statement that Indianapolis is a welcoming place for America’s heroes – and thanks to our continued efforts as One City, we can be sure that Indianapolis will remain a welcoming home for our United States veterans for generations to come.”

The program provides unlimited access to IndyGo’s fixed route bus network, but doesn’t include paratransit, or open door, service.

It costs $2 to get a card and replacement cards cost $5.

The transit center’s customer service desk is open weekdays from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon.

IndyGo says the cards are non-transferable and must be swiped at a fare box on the bus. Other forms of eligibility won’t be accepted on board– riders must have the IndyGo-issued fare card.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Pilot program launched to connect rural areas with TeleHealth

Indianapolis, Indiana (July 16, 2018) — The Federal Communications Commission announced they are launching a $100 million dollar pilot program to connect veterans and others living in rural areas with Tele-Health.

It will provide grants to healthcare and broadband providers to establish a solid connection for telemedicine services.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) hosted the FCC commissioner recently in Hancock County to highlight the need for this investment.

“We learned on that visit about the opportunities to bridge the gap between providers by using the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies,” says Young.

The technology can be used to diagnosis, treat and follow up with patients.

Young says the Connected Care Pilot Program can be especially helpful for veterans.

“The Veterans Health Administration indicates that, according to the population they’ve already served using remote monitoring, there’s a roughly 20 percent reduction in hospital admissions,” says Young.

Many communities across the country, including in Indiana, have difficulty using the technology because of poor broadband.

WHAT IS TELEHEALTH? Telehealth is a collection of means or methods for enhancing health care, public health, and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies. Telehealth encompasses a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services.