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Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association

The Rats Medical Issues Committee (RMIC) has an online survey (link below) to gather data on the extent of High-G Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). High-G RSI is a term for the basket of neck and back pain, range of motion limitation, and persistent pain attributable to flight time in high performance fighter/attack aircraft. The survey will remain open until 31 DEC 21. Survey results will be used by the Rats to obtain access to VA care for High-G RSI symptoms as well as disability ratings appropriate to one's degree of High-G RSI.

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Album 32Toby Hughes:

   I've known some pretty good fighter pilots lyricist through the years, Bobby Middleton, Thud Jock, Irv LeVine, also a Thud Jock and Chip Dockery who has flown the Phantom and a bunch of other stuff. But the warrior song-writing talents of Toby Hughes are unmatched by any of us. If there is a heavy thought you want to leave to posterity and you don't know how to say it, check with Toby. He has a way of reaching into the viscera, grabbing a fistful of guts and twisting until the pain goes away. He wrote the title song to this album, The Light In The Window. It is a tribute to those who had the toughest mission in any war -- stay home and wait.

Bridget Bradshaw:

   Bridget is two or three generations younger than those lyricists mentioned above. The Vietnam War had come and gone, and Desert Storm was on the horizon when she was born. Her eight songs on this album illustrate the changes which evolve in the warrior's psyche as the generations come and go.

Jake Brooks:

   Jake is a Tennessee songwriter with a keen perception of where the American common man finds himself today. You'll discover in his three songs Jake's convictions about the noble, courageous heart and soul of American tradition.

   Special thanks to my baby daughter, Angela Jonas, for her most excellent vocal rendition of Mom and Me.

Dick Jonas

1. The Light In The Window
Fighter Plane
10. No-Son-Of-A-Gun's Gonna Take My Gun
2. Mom and Me (Angela Jonas)
11. Off To War
3. Old Farts
12. Warthog
4. Willing To Fight
13. Son of the Warrior
5. Single Gold Bar
14. Whiskey Bill
6. Kay Cee One Three Five
15. Take a Stand
7. Red, White and Blue
16. Itazuke Tower
8. FNG
17. Medevac
9. Bill Kirk

Dick Jonas sound bites can be found at CDBaby

Dick Jonas was born and raised in the Suwannee River valley of northern Florida.
   He served four years as an infantryman in the Georgia Army National Guard while attending Valdosta State College. He graduated in 1965 with a BS degree in Physics and Math. He entered the Air Force and was commissioned at Officer Training School. In 22 years of service he flew 3,000 jet fighter hours in the F-4 and the F-16. During 125 missions in the Vietnam War, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters and the Air Medal with 12 clusters. He recorded his first albums of military ballads in 1969, after returning from the Vietnam War.
   He retired from the Air Force in 1986 as a Lieutenant Colonel, and became an Air Force Junior ROTC instructor.

   During 1991 and 92, in 325 performances he played the lead role in Guv: The Musical, a stage production of the Mill Avenue Theater in Tempe, Arizona.
   He retired from teaching in 2004 after 15 years service.
He is now a full time military folk music producer. His aim is to perpetuate the legacy of the warrior musician the songs we sang about the planes we flew and the people we knew in the wars we fought.

   He has produced 32 albums and published three books about military folk music. He has published 4 books in a series about fighter pilot philosophy, called A Fighter Pilot Looks at the World Upside Down. He holds copyright to 120 musical compsitions. He is a member of the Arizona Veterns Hall of Fame in the Class of 2016.
   Dick and his wife, Mary, reside in Chino Valley, just north of Prescott, Arizona.