Service Men & Women and Veterans
Men and Women Serving in U.S. Military World Wide and Veterans Deserve our Utmost Respect
Paul Joens is a member of the American Legion Post #25 in Cottonwood, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7400 in Cottonwood, and Loyal Order of Moose.
Diane Joens is a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary Post #7400 in Cottonwood and the the American Legion Auxiliary Post #25 in Cottonwood.
Arizona Veteran Registry (Registration Form, .pdf)
This registry provides an avenue in which Arizona Department of Veteran Services and Veterans First Ltd. collaboratively work to locate the 560,000 plus Veterans in Arizona, collectively uniting Arizona Veterans to make a difference for our Veterans, past, present and future–and their families. Registration also available at www.azdvs.gov.
Arizona Veteran and Military Registry (Registration Form .pdf)
Paul Joens Vietnam Veteran
Diane and husband Paul identify with the importance of supporting Veterans and those serving the United States in the Armed Forces.
Diane understands the loneliness and hardship of having a loved one fighting a war in a far-away country. She met her husband Paul when she was 17, between the time he returned home from his assignment in Germany, headed for a tour of duty in Vietnam. Paul served in the Army three years, from early 1967 through 1969. He received basic training in Ft. Bliss, Texas. From there he completed advanced training in heavy equipment mechanics at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. For a year-and-a-half he was a heavy equipment mechanic and operator with the 78th Combat Engineers Battalion, stationed in Ettlington, Germany. He then served a year in the 15th Combat Engineers, Battalion 9th Infantry Division, as a heavy equipment operator in the Mekong Delta area of Vietnam.
Paul was honorably discharged on Christmas Day, 1969, and was decorated with the Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Take a moment to offer a prayer for our men and women serving in the military all over the world. The selfless acts of courage and sacrifice made by those serving in our armed services are responsible for the freedom we enjoy today.
Photos taken in the Vietnam Mekong Delta Area in 1969
By Steve Ayers, Verde Independent
“After completing five years of service, Smith was honorably discharged and returned home. For his bravery and service to his country Smith was presented with many medals and honors, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Medal of Good Conduct, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Honorable Service WWII Button.”