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All-veteran Solar Spring Break Serves up Power

If GRID ever needed a racing team, students from Perry Technical Institute would be the best pit crew around. Racking, microinverters and modules went up on the Sacramento-area roof in an organized and efficient manner while the future electricians of the group skillfully wired the 5.6 kilowatt solar electric system. Their second installation of the week may have come together in lightning speed, but efficiency and safety weren’t this team’s only notable characteristics.

The Perry Tech students were participating in GRID’s Solar Spring Break, an alternative break and service learning opportunity for college students. This particular team was unique because all of its members were veterans from different branches of the military. They are all currently studying at a trades school in Washington and connected with this opportunity through the Veterans Conservation Corps.

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The Wall that Heals

A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will be making its only stop in the Bay Area this weekend when it visits the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.

Residents wishing to show appreciation for those who served their country in the Vietnam War can visit the Wall That Heals, which will be on display in San Bruno beginning Thursday, April 9 through Sunday, April 12. On Friday April 10, each person’s name from San Mateo County, who had served and died in the Vietnam war will be  read. 50,300 names are on the wall.  The 107 names that were read were OUR hometown heroes.

Leo McArdle, who is helping coordinate the event, said he hopes thousands of people will come to pay their respects at the wall, which will be on display all day for no charge at 1300 Sneath Lane in San Bruno, CA.

The Wall That Heals is a 250-foot long, and 6-foot tall replica scaled to size and constructed in the shape of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. It will travel to the Los Angeles area after its four day stop in San Bruno at the Golden Gate Cemetery.

“It’s beautiful,” said McArdle. “It’s an exact replica.”




The wall tour is put on by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the nonprofit organization that constructed the wall in Washington, D.C., which hosts more than 4.5 million visitors a year.


Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream

Marine Corps Veteran Taps into Nature to Fight a New War Against an Old Enemy: Pain

– Decorated Hero’s New Mission is to Restore Hope and Quality of Life for Pain Sufferers –

Veterans share two key attributes in common: service and devotion to their country. And many also share something else in common: pain issues.

topricinLou Paradise, president and chief of research at Topical BioMedics in Rhinebeck, N.Y., is a decorated Marine Corps helicopter combat and rescue crew chief who served two tours of duty in Vietnam. As a result of the physical demands of his service and resulting injuries, Paradise suffered from cumulative trauma injuries and severe bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a debilitating nerve-related problem that affects the hands with burning, tingling pain.

Paradise’s arm and hand pain was unbearable. Although he was frustrated and desperate for relief, he refused to have surgery or be dependent on chemical pain pills. When Paradise’s military tour ended he traveled to Hong Kong where he met doctors trained in both Eastern Western medicine and learned about homeopathy.

“With my pain at its worst, I was lucky to get one or two hours of sleep,” says Paradise.

Seeking pain relief and armed with 12-years of physiology research on how the body heals itself, Paradise decided to experiment first with oral herbal medicine in an attempt to illicit a healing response, which had little effect.

“I’m not a proponent of prescription or over-the-counter medications, which only mask symptoms do not work on nerve pain and may have deadly side effects and I knew that surgery was not the answer for my pain,” he says.

Paradise was so impressed by homeopathy’s powerful healing potential and the fact that healing is the ultimate form of relieving pain.

First, he tried single-ingredient oral homeopathic medicine that again offered little relief. Paradise began to experiment with combinations of homeopathic medicines in a cream base that he then applied to the specific site of the pain and started to see the beginning of relief.

He experimented with different combinations of proven homeopathic medicines such as arnica and other homeopathic biomedicines and tested each formulation and measured the pain relief.

His persistence paid off and in just six months Paradise was able to perfect the initial (but not final finished formula) and found he could sleep through the night with no pain, no symptoms and a complete return of normal range of motion, function and mobility.

Paradise has now been pain free since 1981.

As others learned about Paradise’s discovery of tapping into the body’s own healing process, he shared his formula with them and they all experienced relieving the cause of their pain, too.

It was then that he decided it was time to put his ideas into motion and in 1992 Paradise launched his company, Topical BioMedics, with a product that’s become widely known as Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream.

“I never thought any good could come from my severe pain issues, but because of my own suffering I was able to develop Topricin and help hundreds of thousands of pain sufferers end their misery with both chronic and acute pain conditions and injuries, including arthritis, lower back pain, neuropathy and fibromyalgia.”

How Topricin Relieves Symptoms of Pain
Paradise notes that pain is quite simply the body’s way of telling us there is a problem and healing is the body’s way of fixing the problem. It is at this pivotal moment where assisting in stimulating and supporting this natural healing repairing process provides so many benefits and no downside.

Topricin’s natural biomedicines stimulate healing so the body can repair the damage in joints, nerves and muscle that is causing the pain.

How it works: Topricin’s biomedicines match the molecular size of the body’s natural healing chemistries. The medicines are readily absorbed through the skin and deep into the affected area. The combination of medicines supports the healing process by stimulating lymphatic drainage of toxins and fluid build-up from the affected area, while at the same time relaxing the capillaries to restore oxygen rich blood flow to the cells. The pain relief is the result of enhancing the healing process so the body can address and repair the cause of the pain.

“The key is to engineer things to work with the body, not against it,” says Paradise.

The results: lasting, safe relief improved range of motion, function and mobility; a reduction in the need for chemical pain pills; and the beginning of reengaging in the things you love with the people you love.

Topricin will not interfere with any other medications and is safe for all ages and skin types. In addition, Paradise points out that Topricin may help reduce need or dependency for chemical pain medication people are already taking. It also has the distinction of being patented for the topical pain relief of pain associated with neuropathy and fibromyalgia.

“Users of Topricin appreciate how quickly the product helps relieve their symptoms of pain and improves their quality of life – all with the peace of mind knowing they are free from the potential side effects of chemical oral pain medications,” says Paradise.

Dr. Weil Sings Topricin’s Praises
Dr. Andrew Weil commented about the remarkable benefits of Topricin in Prevention Magazine* noting, “some of my patients swear by the benefits of a homeopathic cream called Topricin.”

Since creating original Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream, Paradise has developed two new formulas.

Topricin Foot Therapy Cream is specially formulated to target foot and ankle pain and Topricin Junior for children was developed to address the safety issues and concerns of parents and doctors in pediatric pain relief. In addition, Topical BioMedics donates 5 percent of all sales of Topricin Junior to Pediatric Cancer Foundations.

As a decorated Marine Corps combat veteran Paradise is humbled by the benefits Topricin provides to the wounded troops suffering from severe trauma, post-surgical trauma, nerve pain and muscle and joint-related pain. Topricin has become an invaluable tool in treating our veterans and their families across the county.

Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream have been used at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, McGuire Veterans Medical Center, Kessler Institute and other VA Medical Centers around the country.

Waging War Against Pain
Paradise’s new mission is to help as many people live pain-free without any of the negative side effects that are commonly experienced by those people taking prescription and over-the-counter chemical pain pills.

“We are fighting a new war against old enemies – pain, addiction and side effects,” says Paradise.

Armed with his company’s patented product, Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream, Paradise says that his mission is able to provide every man, woman and child a completely safe, more effective topical pain relief product with no side effects.

“We are pleased to bring ancient health and healing practices to modern medicine, bridging the gap between conventional medical care and well researched natural medicine,” says Paradise. “We are dedicated to helping people get better and stay well. Only then will our mission be complete.”

Topricin is available in pharmacies, natural food stores, and other fine retailers nationwide, including, Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods Vitamin World, Fred Meyer, Wegmans, and other independent retail stores throughout the U.S., as well as direct from Topricin’s online store.

To learn more about Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream, go to http://www.topricin.com.

Information about Topricin can be found in the 2012 Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR).

About Topical BioMedics
Topical BioMedics is the research and development leader in topical regulated natural biomedicines for pain relief. The company’s flagship product, Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream, was introduced in 1994 and is now a leading natural therapeutic brand. A combination homeopathic formula, Topricin has been awarded a patent for the topical treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia and neuropathy.

All Topricin products are made in the U.S.A., formulated with approved medicines as found in the HPUS (Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States) and are in compliance with federal rules for homeopathic over-the-counter medicines. Safe for diabetics and pregnant and nursing women, the products contain: no parabens, petroleum or harsh chemicals, are odorless, greaseless and non-irritating, and produce no known side effects. For more information visit www.topricin.com.

*Health/Ask Dr. Weil www.Prevention.com September 2007

UPDATE on the Green Car Program for VETS!

Hi All..

This is an update of what has been taking place

1. We took a trip to Washington DC.  We did some personal recon of the situation in Congress.  And here is the plan we formulated.. Here are the names of the Representatives in the House Ways and Means Committee.  These are basically the Reps who hold the keys to unlocking the Veteran Employment Tax Credit.  This Credit will give employers tax breaks for hiring Vets.  This is a major bill that needs to pass.

As Veterans we need to pass the word and get other Veterans involved.. It’s as simple as sending these guys an email,  Especially if you are a Veteran who lives in their districts.. All you need to do is send them a short email that says your name.. Where you live in their district.  And the phrase “vote yes on the Veteran Employment Tax Credit Bills”.

It’s important for all Veterans to get involved in this . If you have to forward this email to your buddies go ahead. For non Veterans this is important for your friends, family members, and loved one’s who are Veterans now or who may be getting out of the service and becoming Veterans.  Please help out in this mission.

2. I have been waiting for my Web Site to get set up. Joint Force Veterans.  This is the site that I will switch to to handle all of my communication.. The site is still under construction but it is www.jfvets.org.  Expect to receive email from me with this server.

3. Updates on the Electric Car Program.

– Skyline and Tesla are working on developing a training curriculum as we speak.  The new class is scheduled to open Fall of 2012.  It will be open to all students who enroll at Skyline.  This class will train in the requirements that Tesla is looking for.

– In the mean time.. Tesla is still getting back to me on the names of the Veterans they have picked to hire. I will contact those Veterans and meet with you guys prior to a private awards ceremony which will be held at Tesla’s factory in Fremont.. After those Veterans have cleared probation we will have an official award ceremony at the War Memorial Building with the “new hires”. At that same ceremony we will also have another hiring event.. Tesla will be able to interview as many Veterans as possible that day.

– Some of the items we discussed with Tesla were.. Creating work shifts around Veteran students so that Vets can still go to school.. Working for Tesla will also provide Veterans with 4 units per semester.. So that Veterans can take 8 units of class and use the work at Tesla to fulfill the 12 unit requirement for the Post 9/11 GI Bill.. So yeah.. Tesla ROCKS..!!! Gotta love these guys.

– We still have training institutes that we are evaluating at the moment for training Veterans now.. So far the tuition money is secured.. The money for laptops is secured.. We are still working on Stipend money. If you are a donor who pledged money for the program.  Now is the time to contact me in regards to the Stipend.

– The training program that we have scheduled in June. So far appears to be on track to start up on the 3rd Monday. If problems arise then August at the latest.. This program will provide skills that Tesla is looking for but we are still setting up a program that can put graduates into Tesla.. The plan is to have the graduates also complete the train the trainer programs and if not work for Tesla work for Skyline as instructors..

– I have been so busy working on Tesla and recently I have been so wrapped up in my Presentation and Research for Stanford University that I have been neglecting the Car Program momentarily. Now that I am finished with my Stanford Presentation and have updated my journals on my research.. I can focus on the car program once again.

– So now I can focus on Nissan.. Nissan is very interested in helping Veterans now.. In fact they are very interested in Veterans who have Motor Transport backgrounds who go through the course that we are pushing for in June.. So I will keep you updated on that progress.

4. Some by the way announcements. EDD and Arnell Junio just awarded me with a plaque and gift card for my work with Tesla.. EDD is doing some wonderful things for Veterans and I am happy to be working with them.

– Swords to Plowshares is also stepping up and getting involved with the program and they are providing much needed support.  They are such an awesome organization.

– Assembly Member Jerry Hill has invited me to Sacramento to receive the Veteran of the Year award in June.. He even took the time to call me personally.  I’ve never met him.. But.. I have always heard great things about him.. And I can see why he is so highly talked about by the people who have met him.

– While in DC I made some powerful connections with some very high powered groups and high powered Veterans.  So they are now being introduced into the operation to take part in the battle.  So be prepared for some serious Shock and Awe in the future.

Thanks for you time and if you have any questions feel free to write me back.  I may have left out a lot of things. So just remind me.

Jarom Vahai  email: jlvahai2@aol.com
Member Veteran Advisory Committee Congress Woman Speier
President Skyline Veterans Alliance
Member Veterans Bay Area Alliance
Marine Corps League Education Liason

VETS! Job Opportunities at TESLA

Skyline Veterans Event Today, Friday, April 22
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Electric car kick off program

9am-10am: Cars arrive, vendors, groups setting up information booths, ect..

10am-11am: Tesla commences interviews, Green show in the quad commences, Hooters food and beverage certificates handed-out, music and other planned events.

Tesla interviews will be held in bldg 4..

Veterans remember to bring the following:

– a resume or written job description

– DD 214

– Copies or originals of certificates both civilian and military

– remember Tesla is filling all positions so go to this website.. http://tbe.taleo.net/NA7/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=TESLA&cws=1
find a job that fits your qualifications and let the recruiter know..

11am-12noon: Introductions and speeches; especially from our keynote speaker The Honorable Congresswoman Speier

12noon-1pm: Tesla recruiting continues, time to mingle, rest, ect..

1pm-2:00pm: Veteran meeting in the School Theater

Watch THE BAY TODAY– Green Car Program

WATCH: The Bay Today on April 9!!!

Veteran’s Services are highlighted on The Bay Today public television show.

Show Producer Scott Miles

Producer Jacqueline Smith

Guests: Jarome Vahai, Retired, USMC

Rommie Bassetto, Comander American Legion, POST 105, Redwood City

Mike LaFors, Veteran & Student at CSM

Special Thanks to

Mario Mihelvic
Certifying Official for Veterans Benefits
(650) 358-6856

Di Schwartz, CGEIT, Management Consultant, Contact at American Legion Post 105

Date and Time:
Saturday April 9, 2011 at 4:30PM on KCSM-TV.
KCSM-TV can be found on the following stations: Digital 43.1 KCSM Cable TV 17, and KCSM channel 60