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VETERAN'S DAY

We have many events this year. We need our members to step up and be there! If you are on our email list, you have received the various events info. If you are not on the email list and wish to participate, please Contact Us.

11/11/2016 11/3/2016 Veteran's Day
Next Post 440 Building Fundraiser - "A Tribute to Neil Diamond 4/22/2017 12/15/2016 Fundraiser
Ceremony Honoring U.S. Vietnam War Veterans 10/13/2016 8/8/2016 Veterans Event
Standard Form 180 (Get your records! - PDF File)   11/28/2015 Veteran Services
Outreach Event for all Veterans   7/18/2015 Veteran Services
VA drops 'net worth' as eligibility requirement for care   3/20/2015 Veteran Services
Cancer Support Community - Gilda's Club in Warminster -- 10/23/2014 Veteran Services
Bucks County - Joint Veterans Service Organization Honor Guard -- 10/23/2014 volunteer
Cold War Recognition Certificate   8/29/2014 Certificate
U.S. Marine Corps Times - Official Marine Corps newsletter   8/17/2014 information
U.S. Army Treasure room - you gotta see this!   7/30/2014 Stuff

Defense One - The new Battleground - Veterans

  7/30/2014 Veteran news
Gold Star Moms   -- website

Agent Orange and Depleted Uranium
–Diabetes and ischemic heart disease | Veterans Today

  July 8, 2013 website
MBIT offers GI Bill Benefits (Middle Bucks Institute of Technology)   May 21, 2013 website & forms
New Benefits for Unemployed Veterans   -- Veteran Services
VALOR Clinic Foundation   -- Veteran Services

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Persian Gulf Veterans Bonus to be Renewed

 

 

An important and popular program to compensate veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm may soon be renewed under legislation that passed the General Assembly this week.

 

The program provides a one-time bonus payment of $75 per month of qualifying, active duty service, up to a $525 maximum.

 

It is open to veterans of the armed forces, the reserves or the Pennsylvania National Guard who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations between Aug. 2, 1990, and Aug. 31, 1991. Recipients of the bonus must have been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations and honorably discharged. An additional bonus of $5,000 is available to surviving families of those killed in action during the same period.

 

More than 11,000 claims totaling $3.75 million in compensation to Persian Gulf veterans have been processed since the program’s inception in 2008. With hundreds of applications still coming in each year, and a balance of $2.3 million in the program fund, lawmakers want to ensure eligible veterans are still able to receive the bonus payments they earned.

 

If House Bill 175 to extend the deadline to 2018 is signed into law, more details will be announced at a later time. 


Thank You,
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 25

Vietnam Veterans Chapter 349
P.O. Box 76
Creamery,  PA 19430
Phone: 267-767-9975
email: davchapter25@hotmail.com

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Subject: VA drops 'net worth' as eligibility requirement for care
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The Veterans Affairs Department no longer will include net worth as a factor in determining whether a veteran is eligible for VA health care.

Until now, some veterans with illnesses not linked to their service and who are not rated for a service-connected conditions have been allowed to receive care at VA hospitals and clinics if their combined income and net worth were above VA thresholds, as long as they were willing to make co-payments for that care.

But according to a VA announcement Tuesday, the department has dropped the net worth portion of that calculation and instead will consider only a veteran's gross household income and expenses from the prior year when determining eligibility.

The change could lower health care costs for nearly 190,000 low-income and non-service connected veterans in the next five years, according to VA.

VA co-payments range from $15 per visit for primary care to $50 per visit for specialty care. Co-payments also apply to inpatient care and some hospital services.

With the change, the department stands to lose $55.5 million to $80 million in patient co-payments in the next five years. But officials said the change will help ease the burden of health care costs for low-income veterans.

"Everything that we do and every decision we make has to be focused on the veterans we serve," VA Secretary Robert McDonald said. "Changing the way we determine eligibility to make the process easier for veterans is part of our promise to our veterans."

VA still will use the combined net-worth/income threshold as a variable in determining eligibility for other benefits, such as extended care services, and when considering applications for pensions, officials said.

In coming weeks, veterans now prioritized into the lowest tiers of eligibility for care as a result of their net worth/income calculation Priority Groups 7 and 8 will receive notifications that they may now be eligible for enrollment in a higher priority group based on their gross income.

As part of an ongoing effort to streamline the administrative burden on veterans applying for services and benefits, VA last year also dropped the annual requirement for these veterans to provide updated financial information. Instead, the department receives the income figures directly from the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration.


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Program Support Technician
DoD Contractor, IIF Data Solutions, Inc.
111th Attack Wing
1051 Fairchild Street, Bldg 203
Horsham, PA 19044
Phone: 215-323-7435
Fax: 215-323-7434
E-mail: Theresa.arentzen@ang.af.mil

 





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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2014

President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC – On September 15, 2014, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and to Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for conspicuous gallantry.

Command Sergeant Major Adkins will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as an Intelligence Sergeant assigned to Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. Then-Sergeant First Class Adkins distinguished himself during combat operations at Camp A Shau, Republic of Vietnam, on March 9 through March 12, 1966.

Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a Machine gunner with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. Specialist Four Sloat distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of Hawk Hill Fire Base, Republic of Vietnam, on January 17, 1970.

President Obama also approved the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing for gallantry in action at the battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Additional details on the award to First Lieutenant Cushing will be announced separately.

First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. Cushing distinguished himself during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

Command Sergeant Major Adkins joined the Army in 1956, at the age of 22. He served in the 2nd Infantry Division until leaving to join Special Forces in 1961. He deployed to Vietnam three times between February 1963 and December 1971; the actions for which he will receive the Medal of Honor took place during his second tour.

After Vietnam, Command Sergeant Major Adkins served approximately two years as First Sergeant for the Army Garrison Communications Command in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He then joined Class #3 of the Army Sergeants Major Academy in El Paso, Texas. After graduation, he served with Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and then led training at Fort Sherman’s Jungle School in the Panama Canal Zone. He retired from the Army in 1978.

Command Sergeant Major Adkins and his wife of 59 years, Mary Adkins, currently reside in Opelika, Alabama. They will both attend the Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House.

Specialist Four Sloat entered the Army on March 19, 1969 from Coweta, Oklahoma. After completing his training, he was assigned as an M60 Machine Gunner, to 3rd Platoon, Delta Company, 2/1 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, in the Republic of Vietnam.

Specialist Four Sloat was killed in action on Jan. 17, 1970, at the age of 20. On that day, his squad was conducting a patrol, when one of the Soldiers triggered a hand grenade trap placed in their path by enemy forces. Specialist Four Sloat picked up the live grenade, initially to throw it away. However, when he realized that detonation was imminent, he chose to shield its blast with his own body, sacrificing his own life to save the lives of three of his fellow Soldiers.

Dr. William Sloat of Enid, Oklahoma, will join the President at the White House to accept the Medal of Honor on his brother’s behalf.

First Lieutenant Cushing graduated, and was commissioned, from the United States Military Academy at West Point in the class of June 1861. Born in what is now Delafield, Wisconsin, he was raised in Fredonia, New York. Cushing was the commander of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg.

First Lieutenant Cushing was killed in action on July 3, 1863, at the age of 22. On that day, the third day of the battle, in the face of Longstreet’s Assault, also known as Pickett’s Charge, First Lieutenant Cushing’s battery took a severe pounding by Confederate artillery. As the rebel infantry advanced, he manned the only remaining, and serviceable, field piece in his battery. During the advance, he was wounded in the stomach as well as in the right shoulder. Refusing to evacuate to the rear despite his severe wounds, he directed the operation of his lone field piece continuing to fire in the face of the enemy. With the rebels within 100 yards of his position, Cushing was shot and killed during this heroic stand. His actions made it possible for the Union Army to successfully repulse the Confederate assault. First Lieutenant Cushing is buried with full honors at his alma mater, West Point.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

THE MEDAL OF HONOR:
The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

• engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
• engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
• serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

 

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How To Obtain a Cold War Certificate


All members of any branch of the Armed Forces are eligible based on the criteria below.

If you served honorably on active duty, the Guard, Reserve, or as a DOD federal employee from Sept 2, 1945 to Dec 26, 1991, you are authorized the Cold War Recognition Certificate. Here's how to obtain your copy free:

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 Minutes

Here's How:
1. You will need proof of your service, such as a DD Form 214 (Record of Military Service).
2. Prepare, date, and sign a letter, requesting the award of the Cold War Recognition Certificate. You can also fill out an official request form at the Army's Cold War Recognition Certificate Website.
3. Send the letter or request form, and a copy of your service proof to:

Commander
U.S. Army Human Resources Command
Cold War Recognition
4035 Ridge Top Road
Suite 400
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
FAX: (703) 275-6749

4. You may also FAX the letter and proof to: 1-800-723-9262.

Tips:
1. Your letter must contain the phrase "I certify that my service was honorable and faithful" whether as a member of the U.S. armed forces or as a federal civilian employee during the Cold War era, or it will be rejected.

2. Do not send the original of your proof of service. Send a copy. Original documentation will not be returned.

3. There is a large demand for this program. Individuals normally will receive a response within 30 days; however, the turnaround time will depend upon the amount of requests received.
Suggested Reading
• Sample Letter to Request Certificate

BELOW is directly from DOD; this certificate is legitimate.
How to Apply for Your Cold War Recognition Certificate
By Jim Garamond
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 6, 1999 – Up to 22 million former and current service members and Dodd civilians can start applying for certificates honoring them for their role in winning the Cold War.
Those qualifying for the certificates can apply via the Internet at https://coldwar.army.mil, e-mail at cwrs@fairfax-emh1.army.mil, or fax at (703) 275-6749.

Applicants can also mail requests to:
Cold War Recognition
4035 Ridge Top Road, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22030.

Applicants must present proof of service. Army officials caution applicants not to send original documents because they cannot be returned. Applicants must use fax or mail to submit supporting documents.
Persons are eligible for the recognition certificate if they have military or civilian service with the War, Navy or Defense departments between Sept. 2, 1945, and Dec. 26, 1991.

Military or civilian personnel requesting the award must certify that they served honorably and faithfully at any period during the Cold War. Each mailed or faxed request must have official documents verifying their service. Acceptable documents include any government form that includes that includes the applicant's name, Social Security or service or foreign service number and the date of service. Military personnel can also use any of the following documents as proof of service: DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release/Discharge from Active Duty); WD AGO Form 53-55 (War Department Separation Document); or Oath of Office -- Military Personnel or Letter of Appointment.

Qualifying civilian service also can be proved with a Standard Form 50 (Notification of Personnel Action); Standard Form 2809 (Health Benefit Registration Form); an award certificate with employee's name, name of service or agency, and dates; or retirement forms with the employee's name, service or agency and dates.

The Total Army Personnel Command is the executive agent for the recognition project. A telephone help line is available at (703) 275-6279.

 


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 Important Info on Affordable Healthcare Act for Veterans

Courtesy of Gerry Ney in Philadelphia, PA:

VA Reaches Out to Veterans about the Health Care Law

WASHINGTON (Aug. 6, 2013) – The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an awareness campaign and a new website, www.va.gov/aca, to let Veterans know what the Affordable Care Act means for them and their families. Veterans receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when portions of the Affordable Care Act take effect next year.

"VA wants all Veterans to receive health care that improves their health and well-being," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "If you are enrolled in VA health care, you do not need to take any additional steps to meet the health care law coverage standards. If you are not enrolled in VA health care, you can apply at any time."

"VA encourages eligible Veterans who are not enrolled in VA's health care system to take advantage of the world-class care we provide to the men and women who have served this Nation in uniform," Shinseki added.

Veterans can apply for VA health care at any time by visiting www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387),
or visiting their local VA health care facility. Full details on eligibility are available at www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book

VA's health care system for Veterans has no enrollment fee, no monthly premiums and no deductibles. Most Veterans also have no out-of-pocket costs, though some may have small co-payments for some health care or prescription drugs.

"VA will continue to provide Veterans with high quality, comprehensive health care and other benefits they have earned through their service," said Dr. Robert Petzel, VA's chief physician and under secretary for health.

The Affordable Care Act was created to expand access to coverage, reduce rising health care costs, and improve health care quality and care coordination. The Affordable Care Act creates new opportunities for coverage for uninsured Veterans and their families.

There are more than 1.3 million Veterans and more than 950,000 spouses and children of Veterans without health insurance. Most uninsured Veterans are eligible for VA health care. For those who are not eligible for VA care – such as Veterans' family members – the law created a new Health Insurance Marketplace.

In 2014, the Marketplace will be a new way to shop for and purchase private health insurance. People who purchase insurance through the Marketplace may be able to lower the costs of health insurance coverage by paying lower monthly premiums. For more information, visit www.healthcare.gov.

For information about VA health care and the Affordable Care Act, VA encourages Veterans and family members to visit the new website at www.va.gov/aca, or call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or Saturdays from 11a.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern time. The new website includes a Health Benefits Explorer, where Veterans can learn about the benefits they can receive if they enroll in VA care.

 


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SAVING HALLOWED GROUND


This past week has been one to remember. On Monday I learned about a Vietnam monument that was dedicated on 11/11/1966! At that time in my life I had just received my orders to go to Vietnam, leaving early in January 1967. Later in the week found out that this monument in Chadds Ford, PA may be the oldest memorial to honor the service men and women who served in Vietnam.

Through Steve Quigley's efforts and now a bunch of new friends and Vets this monument hopefully will soon have a New home. One new friend Gene Hough came and cleaned the plaque and cannon. This guy is something else. You have got to watch his video on "Saving Hallowed Ground" and let me know what you think, please!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2fpll7_VJs

Patrick J. Hughes U.S.M.C. ChuLai 67-68

Rolling Thunder Inc. National Photographer

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Philly's only Vietnam-era Medal of Honor recipient still touching lives 45 years after death.

February 12, 2013

"I know that survivor's guilt got to a lot of them. And I tell em, 'Hey, you can't feel guilty, 'cause God wanted you here. He wanted you to be a grandfather. He wanted you to bring the news to other people about what the horrors of gosh-damn war is all about. It ain't all fun and games, buddy.'"
-- Joe Crescenz, whose brother Michael was killed in Vietnam

Cpl. Michael Crescenz was the only Philadelphia native to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in the Vietnam War.

Now, a bill is being considered in Washington that would rename Philadelphia's Veterans Affairs Medical Center in his honor.

For his surviving friends and family, the distinction is bringing back a lot of old memories.

Crescenz's brother Joe was 12 when he found out his big brother would be leaving their West Oak Lane home to fight in Vietnam.

It was August of 1968.

"I was proud," Joe said. "You know I figured, 'That's cool. They were gonna go play army.'"

To Joe, who now lives and works in Chester County, the whole thing was like watching a TV show.

"You know and that's what you thought combat was, you know that Hollywood cool stuff, beating the Germans and all that stuff," he said. "I didn't realize that war's a little bit different."

When Michael Crescenz volunteered to deploy in the summer of '68, he was a 19-year-old kid fresh out of Cardinal Dougherty High School and engaged to marry his teenage sweetheart.

By fall of that year, Crescenz was a machine-gunner in South Vietnam, serving as corporal.

Dark day.

On Nov. 20 of that year, Crescenz found himself in the middle of an Army unit moving though the jungles of Quang Nam Province, when — all of a sudden — hell broke loose.

"There was a lot of firing going on, a lot of noise, a lot of explosions," said William Stafford, the medic in Crescenz's unit. "I remember being scared."

For Stafford, who's now a drug and alcohol counselor living on Long Island, the memory of the battle remains with him.

"Your adrenaline is going 900 miles a minute," he said. "It's 110 degrees. Your strength that you had, you don't have. And there's this hollow feeling in the pit of your stomach."

The unit came into an ambush on the crest of a jungle-covered hillside. The lead men on the patrol were immediately shot down and, as medic, Stafford rushed out to help them.

"I got out about halfway and I couldn't move because the enemy fire was so intense," said Stafford. "Before I knew it, I heard [Crescenz] saying, 'I'll take care of it, Doc, no problem.'"

Joe wasn't there, but he's played the story in his head a million times.

"And Mike evidently — something just went off in his head — grabbed the nearby machine gun and charged up the hill and started doing his thing," said Joe.

Crescenz fired into the enemy bunkers and killed at least four North Vietnamese soldiers, creating space for the rest of the unit to advance.

"He relieved the fire so we were able to hold our line straight," said Stafford. "His actions, you know, they helped me, because I probably would have been killed."

Crescenz, though, wasn't as fortunate.

"Just as we got to this guy," Stafford said. "Michael got killed. He was shot in the head."

Back home.

About a week later, back in Philadelphia, the Crescenz family was settling into their typical Saturday morning routine. Joe was getting ready to go bowling with neighborhood rec team.

"Got the knock on the door, opened up the door, and there's this soldier," recalled Joe, who can still picture the green "pressed out" Army uniform of the soldier at the door.

He had no idea what was about to hit him.

"I said, 'Yo, Dad, it's a guy from the Army. I gotta let him in the house,'" Joe said.
"As soon as my mother, who was in the kitchen making breakfast for us, heard that, you heard the frying pan drop onto the floor," he said.

Philly's one and only.

Based on Crescenz's actions that day, his superiors recommended him for the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor — a distinction no other Philadelphian who fought in Vietnam has received.

And now, thanks to the persistent efforts of those whose lives Crescenz touched, a bill has been introduced in Washington that would rename the Philadelphia VA Medical Center as the "Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center."

Despite the pride that Crescenz's family and brothers-in-arms have for this distinction, they warn against glorifying combat bravery.

"There's no glory in war," said Stafford. "[That's] probably a statement Patton made cause he was sending everybody to war or to their death.

"What makes people stand up and do things? They do it for their comrades in my mind. They do it for other people. You protect your friend."

For Joe Crescenz, a staunch supporter of the military, his brother's death is proof of the wake of suffering that war leaves behind.

"I know that survivor's guilt got to a lot of them," said Joe. "And I tell em, 'Hey, you can't feel guilty, 'cause God wanted you here. He wanted you to be a grandfather. He wanted you to bring the news to other people about what the horrors of gosh-damn war is all about. It ain't all fun and games, buddy.'"

The bill to rename the VA hospital is in committee in both the House and Senate, awaiting enough support to be brought to a vote.

In the meantime, Joe thinks of Mike in his daily prayers.

"I ask the good Lord to take care of Mom and Pop. Take care of my brother Mike and all his comrades that never made it home. Every day," said Joe. "You can't forget it."

UPDATE: 3/1/2013

Subject: Renaming of VAMC Philadelphia

H.R.454 : Latest Title: To designate the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs located at 3900 Woodland Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the "Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center".  Sponsor: Rep Fattah,

Chaka [PA-2] (introduced 2/4/2013)      Cosponsors (Rep Brady, Robert A.

[PA-1] - 2/4/2013; Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] - 2/14/2013; Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] - 2/25/2013; Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] - 2/14/2013; Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] - 2/4/2013).  Related Bills:

S.229.  Latest Major Action: 2/8/2013 Referred to House subcommittee.

Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

S.229 : Latest Title: Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Act of 2013. Sponsor:

Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 2/7/2013).  Cosponsor (Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] - 2/7/2013).  Related Bills: H.R.454.  Latest Major

Action: 2/7/2013 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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