Veterans Support Program Planned Saturday in Ashburn

The Salute to Military Veterans and Families will be held at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn on Saturday, formally declared Military Appreciation Day in Loudoun County.

The annual event is designed to pay tribute to sacrifices of those in military service and to ensure that veterans and their families are well informed about available support services. Representatives of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and other services organizations will be on hand. A computer team will be available onsite to help veterans sign up or check on the status of their benefits with the Veterans Administration.

The event runs from 10:30 to 4 p.m., with a formal program at noon.

Retired Gen. Lester L. Lyles will be the keynote speaker. He is a former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force and current chairman of the board of USAA.

The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Loudoun County has hired a full-time veterans coordinator to centralize information, outreach, and referral services for veterans and establish a collaborative network of partners who serve veterans in the county. More information about resources available to local veterans, including the veterans coordinator’s contact information, is online at

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  • 2017-10-30 at 11:17 am

    Dick Black, salute!
    He enlisted in the Marines in 1963. By age 21, Black became a second lieutenant and was among the Marines’ youngest aircraft carrier-qualified pilots. He flew 269 combat helicopter missions in Vietnam. Ground fire struck his aircraft on four different occasions.
    Black also engaged in bitter ground combat with the 1st Marine Regiment. His radiomen were killed and he was wounded during an attack against enemy positions across the Hoi An River. Black served in small-unit actions where two fellow Marines–PFC Gary Martini and SSgt. Jimmie Howard–won the Medal of Honor. While in office, he was the only member of the Virginia General Assembly who held the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in battle.

    After the war, he served as a flight instructor and later attended engineer school. Black graduated second from engineer officers’ class and was made a Company Commander. He deployed his 240-man unit to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. There, Captain Black’s Marines rebuilt the island runway. They operated a large rock quarry–drilling, blasting, crushing and trucking aggregate used to pave the airstrip. By then, Captain Black was 25 years old.
    Dick left the Marines to attend the University of Florida. There, he was twice elected to the Student Senate. He graduated with honors from the School of Business in 1973 and earned a law degree in 1976. He practiced law in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, before accepting a commission as a Major in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG).
    The Judge Advocate General of the Army appointed Dick to head the legal office at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. While there, he lobbied the Missouri legislature for legislation that curbed drunk driving. As an ex-officio member of the City Council for St. Robert, Missouri, Black led a major crackdown on vice that shut down eight houses of prostitution.
    He supervised 40 attorneys at Ft. Lewis, Washington. There, he executed one of the most complex federal land transactions in recent years. He negotiated and developed legislation protecting competing interests of state and federal agencies, environmental groups, ranchers, and the Yakima Indian Nation. His efforts preserved the hunting and fishing rights of the Indian people, and provided for the eventual return of the vast, 63,000-acre tract to them.
    Black headed the Army’s Criminal Law Division at the Pentagon. He developed Executive Orders for the President’s signature, and laws that were enacted by Congress. He advised senior government officials on issues of national significance. He testified before the U.S. Congress, representing the U.S. Army, on four occasions.
    In 1994, Colonel Dick Black retired from military service to become a partner in the law firm of Taylor, Horbaly, and Black. In addition to operating a successful law practice, Dick Black was a frequent media guest who appeared over 30 times on CNN and other national networks discussing foreign and military affairs.
    Black has been a member of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, Virginia Society for Human Life, National Federation of Independent Business, Knights of Columbus, Izaak Walton League, NRA, VFW, American Legion, Military Officers Association, and Virginia Right to Life.
    He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Virginia. He has held a Top Secret security clearance.

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