First of all, this website is my creation and I take responsibility for it. I try to present two sides to each issue. Unless I feel strongly - in which case I identify my opinions and comments as mine. (aw or ed.) I try to identify myself on the page by using blue text.)
I assume most readers are veterans, or family members, so I concentrate content for this group. I read a lot about Veterans, Military, family members, and I see interesting videos. I try to discriminate and only choose good stuff to share. Disagree? Let me know. Meanwhile, Life is too short to get caught up in snarky flame wars over wether or not Sarah Palen is a barbarian.
UtVet.com evolved from The Utah County Veterans Council's Newsletter. The County Veterans Council evolved from the Provo Veterans Council which evolved from the Provo Veterans Memorial Board.
Back in 1945 Utah County passed
a "mil tax" (a special property tax) for the purpose
of creating veterans memorials in Utah county communities.
[Can you imagine doing that today? aw]
The Provo Veterans Memorial Board was created from the leadership of a plethora of local veteran service organizations such as Spanish American War Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Retired Officers Association, The Marine Corp. League, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and others. The council was given responsibility to manage the veterans mil tax funds
slated for Provo.
The Veterans Memorial Pool in Provo is a prime example of the kinds of memorials built with these county
During the Vietnam War, political
support for the mil tax waned. Wise men in Provo set $10,000 of the remaining funds aside for future veterans. [when bread was ten cents a loaf, gas was twenty seven cents a gallon, and you could buy a good car for $2,499, $10,000 was alot of money.]
1974 the Provo Veterans Council grew out of the old Memorial Board. Their mission was to manage their resources and coordinate veterans
issues and patriotic events with Provo City govenment. Council
leadership continued to represent the leadership of Korean War
Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled
American Veterans, Retired Officers Association, Blue Star Mothers,
Veterans organizations continued
to evolve through the ninties. The Provo Veterans Council
found itself with a board of directors comprised of regional leaders
of its various veterans service organizations; American
Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans,
Retired Officers Association, Blue Star Mothers, and Vietnam Veterans.
The work of the Council was increasingly of a regional nature.
Council directors voted in 2003 to formally reorganize the Council
as the Utah County Veterans Council. In April, 2003 the
Utah County Veterans Council was incorporated as a 501-c-19 (veterans)
Due to illness, and other distracting family matters among key corporation directors, the non-profit corporate status of the Veterans Council was given up. We just couldn't manage the paperwork, small as it was, to report to the government every quarter.
Today, we welcome a new generation
of veterans home from Bosnia, Somalia, Panama, the Philippines, South America, Afghanistan, Iraq, and 120 elsewheres. We know from sad experience how lonely veterans can feel
in the midst of a homecoming. Sometime it seems that there
is "nobody who gets it." So the vet goes numb as secondary wounding of the psychological kind kicks in.
We urge these young vets
to get in touch. Start with a visit to your local vet center. In Utah County call 377-1117. There are a ton of links in this site. Check out the homepage and the two newsletter pages.
We don't claim to have all the answers.
We only claim to care. . . and to have some experience in finding
needed resources needed by veterans and their families. Check us out.
Here is your reward for reading all the way to the end of the page. It's a spoof of 'The Dark Knight.' It makes me laugh every time... But then, I'm easy.