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|Veterans program slated at Jonesville May 25th|
Four Rivers For All Veterans will host its annual Memorial Program on Sunday, May 25, 2 PM at Block High School Auditorium in Jonesville, LA and invites everyone to attend.
In addition to paying honor to all of the fallen soldiers from Catahoula Parish there will be a special presentation of flags to the families of the men were killed during the Korean War. Congressman Rodney Alexander is having six flags flown over the capital to honor their memory.
The six men killed from Catahoula Parish during the Korean War are Alex Johnson, John W Johnson, Robert V McHale, Laster Mills, Thomas H Tradewell and Charles Watson.
Also taking part in the program will be Helen LaRavia Johnson, Louisiana National Guard, LaSalle Parish VFW and several area ministers.
Senator Neil Riser, along with Lt Col Jeff McClure, will present the families of the fallen soldiers from the Korean War with flags that Congressman Alexander has had flown over the Capital. Senator Riser was elected to the LA Senate in 2007 and started his first term in January 2008. He serves on the following committees in the senate ñ Agriculture, Revenue & Fiscal Affairs, Select Committee on the Homeland Security and is Chairman of the Labor and Industrial Relations. Riser is President and Owner of Riser Funeral Home in Caldwell and LaSalle Parishes, Board member at Caldwell Bank and Trust and Past President of Pelican State Life Insurance Company.
Key note speaker for the program will be Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Lane Carson. Carson is a veteran from the Vietnam War and a former legislator. From 1976 to 1982, Carson served in the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing New Orleans. He was the first Vietnam War veteran to serve in the legislature, and served on the House & Governmental, Civil Law and Health and Welfare Committees, and the Veterans and Elderly Sub-Committees. In 2001, Carson was appointed to the Louisiana Veterans Affairs Commission representing the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Carson was commissioned as a second lieutenant through LSU Army ROTC in 1970, and later served as a combat platoon leader in Khe Sahn, South Vietnam. He was wounded by North Vietnamese artillery during the Dewy Canyon II operation, resulting in a six-month hospitalization and a 50 percent disability from the Veterans Administration. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
In 1982, Carson became Assistant Secretary at the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Resources and later began work as an Assistant District Attorney in St. Tammany Parish, where he has served as the Chief of the Civil Division of the Civil Division, 22nd Judicial District Court, for more than 20 years.
Carson also previously served on the Veterans Administrationís Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans. President Reagan appointed Carson to serve on the Architectural and Transportation Barrier's Compliance Board. In 2003, Carson was appointed by President Bush to serve on the National Institute of Building Sciences.
Secretary Carson and his wife Laura, who is a retired assistant principal, reside in Covington. They have two children; Becky Carson Parks, an architect in Covington, and Chris Carson, a Lt. J.G. in the United States Navy who was recently deployed as the Weapons Officer on the USS Sirroco in the Persian Gulf.
Refreshments will be served following the program by Jonesville Womanís Club and area citizens. Jonesville Lions Club has provided handheld flags to hand out to those attending.
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