"No Veterans, No Democracy. No Democracy, No America," Says James McEachin, from the CD, 'Voices: A Tribute to the American Veteran'

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Actor, author and recent Silver Star recipient, James McEachin re-ups his service to America with an appointment as U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador. The appointment carries a protocol rank of 2-star general and came by nomination from Major General Robert Ostenberg. It was signed into approval by Lieutenant General Helmley, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve on 30 September, 2005.

Actor, author and recent Silver Star recipient, James McEachin re-ups his service to America with an appointment as U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador. The appointment carries a protocol rank of 2-star general and came by nomination from Major General Robert Ostenberg. It was signed into approval by Lieutenant General Helmley, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve on 30 September, 2005.

Prior to the appointment, on 18 August 2005, U.S. Congressman David Dreier awarded McEachin the Silver Star, the Purple Heart (for multiple wounds), and a variety of other medals earned for bravery and gallantry in service. Coming some 53 years after the Korean War, these esteemed medals of valor bear significant meaning to this award-winning author of Farewell to the Mockingbirds.

"I believe the delay was more of an oversight than an injustice," acknowledges a thoroughly surprised McEachin. "Whatever the case, to receive the nation's third highest honor for valor is a great, great honor. The timing doesn't really matter. And while the ambassadorship doesn't quite reach the level of being awarded the Silver Star, it is a wonderful appointment and offers the opportunity to again be of service in troubled times."

McEachin has spent the last few years going around the country speaking to veterans' groups and has released a CD, entitled Voices: A Tribute to the American Veteran. It can be reviewed on his website at http://www.jamesmceachin.com. Visitors are encouraged to pay particular attention to the Military section and view the eight-minute film short, Reveille.

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