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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Taking care of Veterans into the new year
Happy New Year 2015 and we are hoping it will be a great one for you. It will be a challenge for me to remember to use 2015 instead of 2014.
We had 77 phone calls and 22 appointments in the month of December.
I would like to give a shout out to Charlie Scruggs and Brandon Hawkins for their continued support of our veterans and going to the assisted living facilities at Christmas so that these veterans are not forgotten. You could see it in the veteran's eyes when they received their gifts. The gifts included calendars, tooth brushes, tooth paste, socks, blankets, deodorant, shampoo, word find and especially the little bear. Thank you all who have donated funds for these things. It is appreciated.
Now from the Army Times I found this article that talks about the thousands of Vietnam Era soldiers who may have been given punitive discharges because they suffered from PTSD before it was recognized as a debilitating medical condition. This new decision applies only to veterans who received "other than honorable" discharges. It does not apply to veterans who received less than honorable or dishonorable discharges because of serious infractions. It also only applies to Vietnam Era veterans.
Easy to be thankful when home for holidays
I hope everyone one had a great Thanksgiving and were able to share it with family and friends. The start of our Thanksgiving was met with our 2-year-old grandson locking himself in his mom and dad's bedroom with a slide lock. Yes the door did have to come down but all was well.
I am reminded back about 45 years ago somewhere in Vietnam we had Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimming but not everyone had that. Some were so far into the bush they did not get anything but c-rations and thankful for that. I do know that we loaded hot meals onto Huey's and some on Chinooks to take out to the firebases and smaller compounds so that those guys would have something special. At least for a minute or two you maybe forgot where you were but only for a minute. So today I am just a little bit more thankful for what we have. That is not true I am a LOT more thankful for what we have.
Patriot's Day is coming this week
Well another month has slipped by and we just keep plugging away. We had 30 in office veteran visits and 58 phone calls to the office. I also was part of a group of local men that visited with veterans at Williamsburg Healthcare. I also attended the American Legion meeting on August 7th and VFW business meeting on August 14th.
Veterans newsletter for July
It is July already and I am wondering where this year is going. Soon the kids will be headed back to school.
If you remember last month I mentioned that if you have a VA ID card that you should be on the lookout for a new modern card in the mail. Well I just received mine in the mail so be on the lookout for yours. It is suppose to be a better secure card. Just remember that if you have a card now you should receive a new one.
Training went well this month
Well another month has slipped by and it looks like it is starting to get warmer. The first week of April was spent in Indianapolis training with the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers. It was a long week in a classroom but I gained a lot of good knowledge. When I am fully accredited I will be able to go to the VA website and look directly at the claims and see what is happening. I still have to take another test for the State of Indiana. There were 91 Veteran Service Officers in attendance and we all passed. The test was 100 questions long and had to be completed in 90 minutes. Well that part is completed.
Veterans Service Officer reviews past year
Well it is a new year and I truly hope that you all have a safe and prosperous new year. I thought that I would do a little review of the 11 months that I have been here.
We have helped file 149 claims and saw 369 people in our office to discuss benefits and attended 23 veterans meetings.
Veterans Service Officer report
I want to start off with a huge thank you to all of you men and women that have served your country or are serving our country today. The sacrifice you have made or are making is not unnoticed or forgotten. This past Monday was Veterans Day and a lot of activities were going on.
VSO planning ahead
It seems that the months are flying by and the snow will soon be flying as well. We were busy in September with 34 people in my office and we also flew 79 veterans to Washington DC to see their memorials on Sept. 9.
Ellis advises veterans
Greetings to everyone and hope your July was great. The office has been busy this last month as we had 37 people in our office with 21 claims and applications sent in. Also, I had 51 incoming phone calls and 47 out bound.
Opportunities to help available
July is here and there is a lot going on with and for veterans. I hope you all helped celebrate the fourth of July safely and enjoyed the fireworks. Our freedoms are a precious commodity and should not be taken for granted. A lot of our veterans have fought long and hard for the freedoms we enjoy. Thank a veteran when you recognize one. They do appreciate it.
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