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Connecticut DAV members join Veterans Hall of Fame.

One DAV member made history and another was recognized for going the extra mile to help veterans when both were inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2008.

Barbara E. Miller, a retired Navy commander, became the hall's first female inductee. A registered nurse, she was recognized for her work as an educator and the medical instruction, training and volunteer services she provided to charities over the course of nearly three decades.

Marine Corps veteran H. Richard Newell, Jr., National Executive Committee District 4 representative, joined Miller and eight other distinguished veterans who were honored by Governor M. Jodi Rell's office.

Miller's passion to serve wounded military members began when she cared for troops returning from the battlefields of Vietnam. Throughout her career, she served many of the most profoundly disabled amputees and spinal injury survivors. Her own disability is a result of a back injury sustained by lifting thousands of patients throughout her military career.

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"I have great respect in my heart for disabled veterans. I saw the camaraderie and what they did for each other, even when torn apart by war," Miller said. "Once I saw an amputee crawling across the floor on his stumps to give a magazine to a friend. I offered to do it for him, but he said, 'No, please - I want to do it myself.'"

For years, Miller has been a life member and vocal proponent of the DAV. She is a Guardian Society member and has encouraged others to name the DAV in their estate plans.

In addition to his leadership on the local, state and national level, Newell was recognized for his volunteerism. He has driven more than 100,000 miles to transport more than 2,835 veterans for medical care. He serves as the Hospital Service Coordinator at the VA medical center in Newington.

As a Marine lance corporal in Vietnam, Newell was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat. For decades he has been a leader among veterans in the Constitution State. In addition to service as a past Department Commander, he is a former trustee of the Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs.

"The state of Connecticut would be hard-pressed to find two veterans who have contributed more to their communities than Barbara Miller and past Commander Newell," said National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson. "They have been leaders by example and have represented the entire community of disabled veterans with great distinction."

"Women veterans don't often get the recognition they've earned for incredible service, sacrifices and leadership they've shown, and Barbara is a shining example of determination and strength to all who have served," said National Commander Raymond E. Dempsey. "Richard, too, continued to serve his country long after his time in uniform had come to a close. He's been a stalwart advocate for his fellow veterans and a beacon of needed leadership over the course of many years.

"We congratulate both of them on this prestigious and well-earned recognition," Commander Dempsey said.
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Title Annotation:Disabled American Veterans member Barbara E. Miller and H. Richard Newell, Jr.
Author:Clare, D.
Publication:DAV Magazine
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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