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U.S. Postal Service Honors Battleship USS Missouri with a Forever Stamp

The Postal Service recently announced it’s going to issue a stamp for the famous World War II battleship USS Missouri. The battleship was affectionately nicknamed “Mighty Mo,” and had one of the most historic roles during World War II. On Sept. 2, 1945, military officials from the Allied powers and imperial Japan convened on her deck and signed the documents confirming Japan’s surrender and ending the war.

USS Missouri Stamp
The new USS Missouri forever stamp

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the USS Missouri (BB-63) with a Forever stamp. The famed American battleship is being honored to coincide with the 75th anniversary of her commissioning on June 11, 1944. The battleship was affectionately nicknamed “Mighty Mo,” and had one of the most historic roles during World War II. On Sept. 2, 1945, military officials from the Allied powers and imperial Japan convened on her deck and signed the documents confirming Japan’s surrender and ending the war. 

Tuesday, June 11, at 11 a.m. HST

Battleship Missouri Memorial
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, HI 96818

Hosted by:

USPS Acting Enterprise Analytics Vice President Jeffrey C. Johnson
USS Missouri Memorial Foundation President and CEO Mike Carr
Rear Adm. Brian P. Fort, U.S. Navy Region Hawaii
Rear Adm. Samuel Cox, U.S. Navy (Retired), Director, Naval History and Heritage Command, Curator of the Navy

If you wish to attend you MUST RSVP. Dedication ceremony attendees are required to RSVP and determine access requirements at usps.com/ussmissouri

The stamp art depicts Missouri from a low vantage point almost at sea level, cutting through the water at a moderate speed commensurate with entering or leaving port. Large and imposing in the frame, Missouri is shown in the disruptive camouflage she wore from her commissioning until a refit in early 1945. Clouds loom in the background, tinged with gold and rose from the sun’s rays.

Designed by art director Greg Breeding, the stamp features a digital illustration created by Dan Cosgrove.

The USS Missouri stamp is being issued as a Forever stamps and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.

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The New Veterans Gazette Podcast, Vcast and Blog Starts Monday 13May2019!

Our new blog, Podcast, and Vcast all starts 13May2019 with my trip across the country from Sea to Shining Sea. Went from Norfolk VA to San Diego CA and lots of places in between.

I made a trip this week to the VA Hospital in Phoenix and talked with staff members, Veterans and the community about the VA and how things were going there. Unfortunately the director was out of town but I was told that she would call me when she got back in town to answer some questions about the VA and some of the outstanding things they are doing and also about things they are still working to improve.

Next week I will have a complete post for you about the VA in Phoenix and views about how management feels they are doing and where they still need help.   Also we will see how their ideas of what they are doing compares to the feelings of the Veterans that they serve.

I will say that my first impression is that veterans are respected by the medical staff and the lower level staff at the VA. When I went in to have blood drawn for my doctor in Missouri I found much of the staff to be caring, respectful, friendly and extremely helpful.

Upper level staff was not very respectful or helpful. They could have been having a bad day but the public affairs officer who is retired Air Force veteran was very disrespectful and even asked me why the director would want to talk to me. I understand that the VA in Phoenix has had their problem in the past so they may be a bit touchy about talking with the media but then again I expect the fact that I am a 100% disabled veteran deserves at least a little respect from a veteran. I found the same lack of respect when I talked to the admin assistant for the Deputy Administrator. In my full post about the hospital next week I will let you know if that continues to the Hospital Administrators office.

VA Appoints Army Veteran Director of DC VA Medical Center

Retired Col Michael Heimall

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it has appointed Michael S. Heimall, a former director at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, to take on new duties as director of the Washington DC VA Medical Center (DCVAMC) on Oct. 14.

In that role, Heimall will oversee delivery of health care to more than 121,050 Veterans and an operating budget of $610 million. 

“Michael’s proven experience is what we need to continue to stabilize and make further improvements at the medical center,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “I believe our employees, volunteers and Veterans will greatly benefit from his strong leadership.” 

A retired U.S. Army officer with 30 years of progressive experience in hospital and health system leadership, Heimall has seven years of experience as CEO in an academic medical center with graduate medical education programs and large research portfolios. From 2015 to 2017, he served as the director for Walter Reed, where he led a 240-bed facility employing 7,000 people.

An operational and financial improvement leader, Heimall has demonstrated success building solid medical staff relations and community outreach programs. He also has an extensive background in health plan development, health professions education and clinical research oversight.   

Heimall holds a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College, as well as a Master of Health Administration degree from Baylor University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Norwich University in Vermont, and has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2007.

Full Bio

Colonel Michael S. Heimall is a native of Sussex, New Jersey. A
Distinguished Military Graduate, Colonel Heimall earned his commission from Norwich University in 198. Colonel Heimall holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies from Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont; a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University, Waco, Texas; and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and the US Army War College.


He has held numerous positions during his Army career culminating in his assignment as Director, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. COL Heimall’s previous assignments include Chief of Staff, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Assistant Chief of Staff, TRICARE Transition, Western Regional Medical Command, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Deputy Commander for Administration, US Army Medical Department Activity & Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Congressional Liaison, Office of The Surgeon General; Assistant Executive Officer to the Surgeon General and Commanding General, US Army Medical Command; Senior Health Policy Analyst, Office of The Surgeon General; Director of Business Operations for the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, Walter Reed Army Medical Center; Chief of Managed Care and Resource Management, US Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Meade, Maryland; Chief of Managed Care and Clinical Support, US Army Medical Department Activity, West Point, New York; Executive Officer, US Army Dental Activity, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Administrator, Department of Radiology, Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Aide de Camp to the Commanding General, Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center; and
Executive Officer, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 18th Medical Command and 121st Evacuation Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

Colonel Heimall’s command experience includes serving as the Commander, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas; Commander, US Army Medical Department Activity & Irwin Army
Community Hospital, Fort Riley, Kansas; Medical Company Commander, 93rd Evacuation Hospital and the Detachment Commander, US Army Dental Activity, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He deployed as the Medical Operations Officer for the Combined Forces Special Operations Command Central.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (2OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), the Army Achievement
Medal (1OLC), the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. Colonel Heimall is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. COL Heimall also serves as the Army Surgeon General’s Consultant for Healthcare Administration.


He is married to the former Lynda Mullen of Littleton, Massachusetts. They have three grown children, Christian, Brandon, and Michael.