In regards to Mr. Schrad's letter to the editor, I would like to add my problems and comments.
I am a retired Marine living here in Marshalltown and at this time a resident of the Iowa Veterans Home. My seven year life at IVH, gives me some insight as to what happens there.
During my 30 year Marine career, I began a collection of military memorabilia. My brother, also a 30 year Marine, decided we should go together with our collection and ended up with a very large array.
Our collection consisted of just over 42 military shoulder patches from uniforms of all branches of the service and some foreign.
Our helmut/hat collection had several WWI steel helmets, one of which was painted white and had the unit defense decal on it.
We collected too many various items to be listed here, but I have pictures here out at IVH. When I first took them to IVH, there was a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood covered with the patches and a half sheet which had the rest. I also had styrofoam heads for the helmets/hats. I did state they could be a service permanent gift to IVH, but I would like it not to be separated and wished to borrow it back if I had a chance to tour VA facilities with it.
I had this opportunity, but when I arrived to collect the collection, only about a third of it could be found. More than 300 patches missing. None of the helmets could be found and everything else lost or stolen. My complaint to the Commandant and Adjutant are maneuvered. So much for the honesty of leadership.
I have written to my insurance company to inform them about the theft of my property and have been told they will investigate. Every item was marked that would show under a special light, so if any turn up they can be checked.
Two other items no one can find is a WWI, early WWII, leather pilots hat with radio microphone attached and a WWI gas mask with communicator.
I did find part of the collection or display in a show window of one IVH building and have asked for it back. All the items have been photographed by the insurance company and can be identified, but all seem to have been lost.