Jun 29 2009

VA News – Week of June 29, 2009

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Jun 25 2009

VFW National Commander Visits Iraq

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2009 ? The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. returned home after spending almost four days visiting American troops stationed in Iraq. His overall assessment: “This war is nearing its end, which has our troops pumped with anticipation and the Iraqi people increasingly hopeful for their future.”

Glen M. Gardner Jr., a Vietnam veteran from Round Rock, Texas, entered Iraq on Sunday with the leaders of four other veterans’ service organizations for a first-hand view of the progress that has occurred in Iraq. He is the fourth consecutive VFW national commander to visit Iraq.

“Iraq is a different country today because of the tremendous effort of our military to make the surge work,” he said. “The assessment that everything is on target for the upcoming handover of the cities was made by everyone I met, from Multi-National Force-Iraq Commanding Gen. Raymond T. Odierno to his officers and enlisted soldiers, all of whom have served multiple tours in-country.”

Gardner’s trip comes a full year after the conclusion of a three-prong surge strategy that focused on security, the economy and political reconciliation. He said the changes on the ground were most noticeable in the eyes of six amputee veterans who returned to Iraq for the first time since being wounded. Their trip was sponsored by the Troops First Foundation, which has a program that allows wounded troops to return to where they were stationed to help close the loop on their wartime service. Gardner called the program “a great initiative, because departing a warzone strapped to a stretcher is not the last memory anyone should have to carry for a lifetime.”

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Jun 25 2009

VA News – Week of June 22, 2009

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Jun 21 2009

Inez and Dick Kerch Memorial Hall Dedication

  The members and Ladies Auxiliary of Post 9274 invite you to our post this Saturday, June 27, 2009 as we honor Inez Kerch and her late husband, Dick, for their many years of service to Veterans.   Our newly remodeled hall has just been named after them. Come join your friends. Bring your spouse and kids. Be ready to eat free and have a joyous time. Stick around to dance, too, to live music. Starts at 5 pm for hors d'oeuvres and dinner will be served at 6 pm. Only 85 can fit in our hall to eat (although there will be room for overflow in the canteen area). Be among the first persons calling for reservations.

Call Claudia at 703-385-4913 or call Marsha at 571-217-1714


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Jun 19 2009

VA Reopening Health Care Enrollment to Thousands of Veterans

WASHINGTON (June 19, 2009) – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which now has nearly 8 million Veterans enrolled in its award-winning health care system, is poised to welcome nearly 266,000 more Veterans into its medical centers and clinics across the country by expanding access to health care enrollment for certain Veterans who had been excluded due to their income.

“This incremental approach to expanding enrollment ensures that access to VA health care for a greater number of beneficiaries does not sacrifice timely access or quality medical care for those Veterans already enrolled in VA’s health care system,” Dr. Gerald Cross, VA’s Acting Under Secretary for Health, said. “Over the next four years, we hope to provide enrollment to more than 500,000 Veterans.”

Under a new regulation effective June 15, VA will enroll Veterans whose income exceeds current means-tested thresholds by up to 10 percent. These Veterans were excluded from VA health care enrollment when income limits were imposed in 2003 on Veterans with no service-connected disabilities or other special eligibility for care. There is no income limit for Veterans with compensable service-connected disabilities or for Veterans being seen for their service-connected disabilities.

Veterans who have applied for VA health care but were rejected due to income at any point in 2009 will have their applications reconsidered under the new income threshold formula. Those who applied before 2009, but were rejected due to income, must reapply. VA will contact these Veterans through a direct-mail campaign, Veterans service organizations, and a national and regional marketing campaign.

Information about enrollment and an income and assets calculator are available at www.va.gov/healtheligibility. The calculator provides a format in which Veterans enter their household income, number of dependents, and zip codes to see if they may qualify for VA health care enrollment.

In addition to applying online, Veterans may also contact VA’s Health Benefits Service Center at 1-877-222 VETS (1-877-222-8387). Each VA medical center across the country has an enrollment coordinator available to provide Veterans with enrollment and eligibility information.

Click here for official press release

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Jun 18 2009

Scam Artist Hits VFW Posts

A con artist has been preying on the generosity of sympathetic veterans and has managed to bilk numerous VFW Posts around the country out of as much as $400 each by posing as either a veteran who has “filled out an application” to join a specific Post or as a current VFW member.

The scammer has used a couple of different approaches when he calls a Post asking for a specific Post Officer by name for financial assistance, usually alleging to be experiencing some sort of car trouble and has even gone as far as to claim to be the parent of an Iraq veteran on his “way to the funeral for his son killed in Iraq.” He has also used a bogus story about how he recently visited a Post while introducing his son, “just back from Iraq” to various Post members. The swindler apparently goes on-line beforehand and obtains information about the Post in order to include details about the Post to help lend credibility to his story.

According to information received by VFW national headquarters, VFW Posts in AL, OK, WV, TX, KS and MO have responded by wiring money to the man who promises to repay the cash as soon as he returns home. So far, the sum being requested is in the $200- $500 range. Western Union doesn’t require identification for sums under $1000.

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Jun 17 2009

Virginia EMT Named National EMT of the Year

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Prince William County Fire &amp; Rescue<br />
Station 17<br />
15210 Holleyside Drive<br />
Montclaire, Virginia 22026<br />
(703) 680 &ndash; 3517<br />
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2008-2009 VFW POST 1503 EMT OF THE YEAR<br />

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Jun 17 2009

Ladies Auxiliary Names Winners

The Ladies Auxiliary recently named several national program winners:

Young American Creative Patriotic Art

First Place
Savanah Miller
Sponsored by Auxiliary 6143, Weatherford, Oklahoma

See all the art winners here

Junior Girls Scholarship

Santa Barbara, CA
2008-2009 National Junior Girls Scholarship
First-Place Recipient

Find out more here

Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year

Altoona, PA
2008-2009 Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year Award

Read more here

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Jun 12 2009

VFW Washington Weekly – June 12, 2009

In This Issue:
1. VA Committees Hold Hearings on CARES
2. House Committee Clears Advanced Funding/Other Vet Bills
3. Defense Bill Update
1. VA Committees Hold Hearings on CARES: This week, VFW testified before both House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees on the future of VA’s health infrastructure. VFW has been supportive of VA’s Capitol Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services process (CARES). The CARES model is a systematic, data-driven assessment of VA’s facilities designed to evaluate present and future demands for health-care services. We testified that the strength of CARES is in the decision making framework that it created enabling VA to reassess annually their construction priorities and veterans’ needs. Currently VA has a large number of projects underway and some still in the planning and design phase. One of the challenges remains the funding issue. We stressed the need for Congress and the Administration to provide full funding for major construction accounts to reduce the backlog and to begin funding future construction priorities. Another difficulty has been communication between VA and the veteran communities affected by the changes to the CARES process. We believe that VA needs to do a better job of explaining what their plans are for every location based on the facts so as to not create a sense of urgency among veterans that there care is being taken away. Access to care for all involved, especially those in rural areas, is a major challenge and we believe that many of the answers lie outside of the construction process.
To read our testimony visit the VFW website at: http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=caphill.leveld&did=3702
For more on both hearings, visit the House and Senate VA websites at:

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Jun 08 2009

The American Veteran – June Edition

(via The Pentagon Channel)

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