Profile: John Vargason

Personal background
I am a military (Army) brat, married to a retired military (Air Force) man. We are both in our late forties, we have 3 grown children 2 boys, and the youngest is a third year student at Western Kentucky University her studies are in early education. I am also a third year student at Western Kentucky University, studies in English and Science, Middle school education and plan on attaining my Master's. My husband was permanently retired disabled in January 2003 this in turn was a blessing you could say, as it afforded my daughter and I the opportunity to complete our higher education goals. Our hobbies are tree farming, gardening flower and vegetable, hunting, fishing, camping, grand children, photography, helping others and our community when we can. My husband is a NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) Warfare Survival Instructor. His career was devoted to disaster planning, mitigation, and recovery. He is an expert in terrorist response, planning, mitigation, vulnerability assessment, and recovery. He literally taught thousands of students, community leaders, police and fire officials, state government employees and many others in awareness on many different aspects within the realm of Safety, responding to, and recovering from, accidents, disasters natural or manmade and mass casualties. All this knowledge and still no one would hire him because of his disabilities, so now he gives his advice free or if asked. He is a Federally Certified Train-the-Trainer for awareness and response to HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) incidents/accidents and is an excellent Incident Commander, also certified in many FEMA related courses to name a few of his abilities, and my hero, friend, hunting and fishing buddy and father.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I am running this program to help find intelligent life out there. Its there we just have to look for it nothing ever was done by just sitting on our laurels. About time, the government helped. They can fund all these other projects, why not one of the most important endeavors ever taken. We need to put our best foot forward if we are to compete on a universal platform. Who knows a black hole might just be God's vacuum cleaner and if we just sit around like dust, we might be the next galaxy sucked into the void!

We need to get the word out better, the only reason I found out about this at all was a visit to the Planetarium here in Kentucky. You would think with all the Scientists at S.E.T.I. you could at the very least talk to a Senator, Representative, or someone in the Government and get some sort of funding. With a little publicity through the local News folks, papers, radio. It’s really hard for me to believe that someone with so much education doesn’t know anyone that could help, give me a break for God’s sake. Alternatively, let some of us help, of course you are going to have to give us/others (not LOST "others") a lot more information in one place so a sensible case for the program(s)can be made. I’m sure others would be willing to help if the information was more easily referenced. I don’t have all the answers but I think a publicist or public relations person(s) would be of great help, my husband would be more then happy to help, all you need is ask.

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