From: Harry M. Riley, forwarded by YNCS Don Harribine, USN (Ret)

“The following letter is from Bob Reinlie, one of the plaintiffs in the Class Act medical care lawsuit prosecuted by Col George E. Bud Day. We have an opportunity to show our support and appreciation for the years of work Col Day performed in raising military retiree medical care as a national issue. The details are in the letter below.
“Please do not send questions or comments to me. Send them to the point of contact at Okaloosa-Walton College, Carla Reinlie, 850-729-6468, or E-Mail.” - Harry Riley

Dear Friend:

I am writing today to ask your help in paying tribute to a man who has served our country in battle and continues to serve us in retirement. Col. George E. “Bud” Day - what a name!

From the underage marine fighting on Guadalcanal, to the most resistant POW in Hanoi and now the only man with the will and moral strength to challenge the U.S. government to restore health benefits for veterans with 20+ years of service.

Only Bud Day had the guts and tenacity to organize the Grass Roots folks (that’s you and me) to “take on” the government. As a result of his efforts to restore promised benefits more than 2 million retired military veterans and their wives and widows are healthier, happier and better off financially.

We have an opportunity to recognize Col. Day and his accomplishments, as well as inspire young students of military science in the process. Okaloosa-Walton College, located in the community where Col. Day lives with his wife Doris, is seeking funds to name the Department of Military Science. The amount needed for this endeavor is $25,000. Once raised, this amount will be matched dollar for dollar by the state of Florida. The resulting $50,000 will be endowed and the interest earned will be used to provide two annual scholarships in-perpetuity for deserving ROTC students in their first two years of college.

Now I ask each of you to join me and other members of the Class Act group to make a contribution in honor of Col. Day. A gift of $100 will help name the Col. George E. “Bud” Day Department of Military Science and ROTC at Okaloosa-Walton College and provide college scholarships for young men and women who follow in our foot steps. $25,000 is our goal, but we hope this fund will grow and exceed this amount.

All tax-deductible contributions will be managed by the OWC Foundation and matched by the state. Rather than have a few friends make large gifts, we hope all who are the beneficiaries of Bud Day’s dedication and determination will be involved in this tribute with a $100 donation. However, it’s your participation, not the amount of your gift that matters. Any amount you are able to send will honor Col. Day.

Giving is easy. You can make a donation on the OWC Website,, designated to the Col. George E. “Bud” Day Tribute fund or send a check made payable to the OWC Foundation at the following address:

Col. “Bud” Day Tribute Campaign
Okaloosa-Walton College Foundation
100 College Boulevard
Niceville, Florida 32578

Thank you sincerely,

Lt. Col. Robert L. “Bob” Reinlie