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Former POW Knows the Needs of Veterans

Thomas E. MoeThomas E. Moe began a life of service when he enlisted in the Naval Reserve at age 17. After college he transferred to the USAF and, after F-4C fighter pilot training, was assigned to a combat squadron in South Vietnam just before his 24th birthday.

On his 85th mission, a bomb detonated near his aircraft, and he was forced to eject. Lieutenant Moe evaded the enemy for three days before he was captured and, after a month-long, 100-mile journey, often on foot, was placed in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton." He was held prisoner for five years and later wrote that he, "would get to know pain on a personal basis."

But he survived the horrific brutality to return home on March 14, 1973. He earned a Master's Degree at the University of Notre Dame where he later served as Professor of Aerospace Studies and researcher at the Kroc Peace Institute. Colonel Moe retired from the Air Force in 1995 and moved to Ohio where he served as Director of the Fairfield County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and later as Director of Veterans Services for the State of Ohio. He currently serves as
Commissioner on the WWI Centennial Commission.

Tom and his wife Chris were married in 1965 and have three children, Connie, Erik, and Ryan. He was raised a Master Mason in Amanda Lodge #509 in 2010, and later joined Lancaster Lodge #57, both in Ohio. In 2015, he was awarded the Rufus Putnam Distinguished Service Award by the Grand Lodge of Ohio. He will receive his 33rd Degree in Scottish Rite Masonry in 2017.

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Dear Brethren,

Thomas E MoeI am writing to ask for your support for this year's Hospital Visitation Program sponsored by the Masonic Service Association."Service" is a defining word for us Masons, so it is completely fitting that we are so deeply committed to serving those who served in our Country's Military. Your support allows us to continue to visit our veterans in VA Medical Centers and provide the comfort and assistance that they have most surely earned.

As a combat-wounded veteran, I fully appreciate the care our country provides, and I am grateful that I, unlike so many of my comrades, have been able to return to a productive life. I cannot stress how important and uplifting friendly and personal visits are to individuals who are recovering in hospital. It is the best "medicine"! If you have supported the Hospital Visitation Program in the past--thank you.

If you are in a position to continue or to start supporting this special service project, I heartily encourage you to do so! As Masons, we can do no less for our fellow citizens.

So I simply ask that you generously support the MSA's Hospital Visitation Program through this year's "Green Envelope Program". Thank you.

Sincere best regards,


Thomas N. Moe 32°


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