Aug 26 2008

Convention 08: Thank You Troops

During the recent National VFW Convention, UAW and GM offered convention attendees a chance to thank our troops:

You can view the other 145+ video messages here.

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Aug 25 2008

WWII Ground Combat Infantrymen Eligible for Bronze Star Medal

"Infantrymen who served in ground combat during World
War II between December 7, 1941 and September 2, 1945, are eligible to
apply for a Bronze Star Medal (BSM), according to the U.S. Army Human
Resources Command. Approval is virtually guaranteed for those recipients
of the Combat Infantryman's Badge (CIB) or the Combat Medic's Badge
(CMB). Army regulations that govern this award may be found in AR
600-8-22, Military Awards.

Next of kin may apply for the posthumous award(s). If the veteran has
previously received a BSM during combat for a specific act of bravery,
he or his next of kin is still eligible to apply for a BSM."

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Aug 25 2008

VA News – Week of August 25 & Sept 1, 2008

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Aug 23 2008

109th Patriotic Rally Orlando

How many Comrades do you recognize that marched in Orlando.  Wish you were there!

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Aug 22 2008

Vets Visits on TV – August 2008


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Aug 22 2008

Many Veterans Still Eligible for Stimulus Payment

One in four veterans are still eligible to receive their economic stimulus payments. In July, the IRS estimated that 5.2 million of the 20 million American veterans and Social Security beneficiaries eligible to receive stimulus checks had not yet filed for the stimulus payment.

Basic Eligibility Requirements
  • You have, or your family has, at least $3,000 in qualifying income from, or in combination with, Social Security benefits, certain Veterans Affairs benefits, Railroad Retirement benefits and earned income. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) does not count as qualifying income for the stimulus payment.

  • You and any family members listed on your tax return have valid Social Security numbers.

  • You are not a dependent or eligible to be a dependent on someone else's federal tax return. (The same must be true of any family members claimed on your return.)

For those who do not normally file a tax return, the IRS has prepared an 8-page informational package that includes instructions, a sample Form 1040A and a blank Form 1040A — everything needed to file a tax form today. Package 1040A-3

The agency also reminded people that it has more than 400 local Taxpayer Assistance Centers operating normal business hours Monday through Friday. These centers can provide assistance to retirees and veterans trying to receive their payments. A list of addresses and office hours can be found at Contact My Local Office.

Payments are based on 2007 tax returns being filed this year. People must file by Oct. 15 in order to receive a payment in 2008. Those who do not file a tax return to obtain their stimulus payment this year may still receive their stimulus payments by filing a 2008 tax return next spring, but then their stimulus payment would be based on their 2008 qualifying income.

(Information compiled from Press Releases)

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Aug 22 2008

Convention 08: Patriotic Rally Parade

The following is raw, unedited video from the 109th VFW Convention Patriotic Rally Parade.

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Aug 21 2008

Convention 08: President Bush Addresses VFW

President George W. Bush addressed the Global War on Terror at the VFW National Convention on Wednesday. Click below to view the full speech.

Click here for a full text of the speech and additional photos.

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Aug 20 2008

Convention 08: Banquet

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 18, 2008–At Monday night”s banquet, actress Ann-Margret as well as Mickey Rooney, received VFW’s Hall of Fame Award.

Ann-Margret, who participated in Bob Hope”s USO tours in Vietnam in 1966 and 1968, said, “You represent the soul of this nation. We are eternally grateful. I give you my deepest respect and admiration.” She spoke emotionally about meeting Vietnam veterans so many years ago. “They were just boys doing a man’s job,” she said. The famed actress spoke proudly of her daughter, who is a psychologist at a VA hospital in Wisconsin where she treats veterans with PTSD. Ann-Margret received a hearty applause.

Actor Mickey Rooney, co-recipient of the Hall of Fame Award, made it clear that he was a soldier in the Army and not part of the USO. He recounted his time in WWII in Europe at length. Part of what was called three-man “Jeep tours,” he often entertained at the front lines. For a while he was attached to units such as the 82nd Airborne Division. Rooney, a VFW member-at-large in California, told a heartwarming story about an amputee he met overseas and how he affected his later life. Gen. George Patton recommended Rooney for the Bronze Star, the actor said. “Celebrity! Forget that. I am a soldier who loves his country,” he said. In referring to the presidential election, Rooney concluded: “Vote for the best interests of our country.”

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Photos courtesy Shannan Brown, New Hampshire VFW Post 7217

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Aug 19 2008

Convention 08: Memorial Service

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 17, 2008–Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Daniel Ivan Schultz, keynote speaker at today??”s memorial service, touched on the common thread that binds all veterans together??”wearing a military uniform and patriotism. Schultz, commander of the 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), based in Orlando, Fla., said it is our duty to remember the fallen in war. He emphasized that it is their “unspoken expectation” that we will do so. “The fallen are here in spirit with us today,” said the VFW member, who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

To illustrate his point about the heroism inherent in service, the general cited several examples of Americans making the supreme sacrifice in military actions such as Somalia and Iraq. For instance, he mentioned Army Delta Force operators Master Sgt. Gary Gordon and Sgt. 1st Class Randall Shughart, who were awarded Medals of Honor posthumously for Somalia, October 1993. He also honored Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith from Tampa, Fla., who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after being killed in Iraq in April 2003. Lastly, he told the story of Army Reservist Staff Sgt. Todd Cornell, who extended his tour in Fallujah, Iraq, to be with the men he trained and was killed on Nov. 9, 2004.

“We do not forget those who gave their lives for our country,” said Schultz, who also served a tour in Hungary supporting operations in the Balkans in 1997. “We must exercise the freedoms given to us by those who gave their lives.”

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