Surprise! Soldier gets welcome-home party following 3rd deployment

Staff photo by Mary Kemper Army Staff Sgt. Amber Mitchem, second from right, was given a surprise ‘welcome home’ party after coming back from her third deployment overseas at AMVETS Post 92 in Rio Jan. 18. She is joined, from left, by post commander Bruce Hudson; her friend, Army Specialist and combat medic Arielle Tango; post auxiliary president Debra Hudson; and her friend, Army Specialist and combat medic Mary Buchanan.

Staff photo by Mary Kemper
Army Staff Sgt. Amber Mitchem, second from right, was given a surprise ‘welcome home’ party after coming back from her third deployment overseas at AMVETS Post 92 in Rio Jan. 18. She is joined, from left, by post commander Bruce Hudson; her friend, Army Specialist and combat medic Arielle Tango; post auxiliary president Debra Hudson; and her friend, Army Specialist and combat medic Mary Buchanan.

Mary Kemper
Staff Writer
Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Amber Mitchem, Port St. Lucie, thought she was going to a local mall to go shopping with two of her best friends.
Instead, she was driven to a surprise welcome-home party given in her honor by members of AMVETS Post 92, Rio, Jan. 18.
The party had had to be postponed because of the unpredictability of Mitchem’s return date, so she knew it was going to be given — she just didn’t know when, until she arrived at Post 92.
“They definitely tricked me,” she said.
The tall, slim and fit soldier, 27, has served three deployments, one in Iraq and two in Afghanistan, as a member of Military Police battalions.
“Basically, we performed ‘high escort’ duty for general officers and dignitaries,” she said. “Basically transportation. Anywhere from one-star to four-star generals, mostly.”
Mitchem, who enlisted in the Reserves in 2005, served her first deployment in Baghdad, which lasted a year, and her second two tours in Afghanistan, totaling a year and 9 months, somewhat extended by “demobilizing issues,” she said.
Still on active duty, in February, Mitchem will go back to reserve status.
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VVA draws a bead on annual shoot

File photo by Patrick McCallister  The VVA 1041’s third annual Veterans Fun Shoot — South Florida Shooting Club, Palm City — drew 172 participants last year. From left to right are Frank Tidikis, Steve Dame, Joe Howard and Lew Jones. Tidikis and Jones are VVA Chapter 1041’s treasurer and secretary, respectively. Dame was the shoot co-chair in 2014.

File photo by Patrick McCallister
The VVA 1041’s third annual Veterans Fun Shoot — South Florida Shooting Club, Palm City — drew 172 participants last year. From left to right are Frank Tidikis, Steve Dame, Joe Howard and Lew Jones. Tidikis and Jones are VVA Chapter 1041’s treasurer and secretary, respectively. Dame was the shoot co-chair in 2014.

Patrick McCallister
For Veteran Voice
PALM CITY — The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1041 is taking aim at raising record dollars at its annual Veterans’ Fun Shoot. It’ll be on March 7 at the South Florida Shooting Club, 500 S.W. Long Drive, Palm City.
“This is the fourth annual fun shoot, and it’s our biggest fundraiser of the year,” George Mittler, president, said. “A hundred percent of that goes back to the veterans.”
Mittler took the chairman’s seat at the Veterans Council of Martin County on Jan. 14. The council is made up of 13 veterans’ organizations. Among other things, it raises money for buses volunteers use to take about 2,000 elderly and indigent veterans to medical appointments at the West Palm Beach Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center annually. Mittler said the council will get a share from this year’s Veterans’ Fun Shoot for its transportation fund.
“The bus needs to be replaced in Martin County,” he said.
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