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Delivered a Gold Star Afghan to the family of LTC. Ron Scott, USAF. LTC Scott was KIA during the Vietnam War and recently interred in Claremore, OK.
Our brothers and sisters who have left this earth and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Past in History, the Future is a mystery, and the Present is a gift from our God.
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."
President George Washington
Future meeting dates & locations:
Oct 20 - DAV, Coweta
Nov 17 - Muskogee
Dec 15 - Coweta
Veterans, military retirees to see a 1.6 percent cost-of-living boost in benefits:
Military retirees and veterans benefits recipients will see a 1.6 percent cost-of-living boost in their payouts starting in December, nearly half of the increase they received last year. Officials from the Social Security Administration announced the COLA boost on Thursday, based on inflation and consumer spending calculations over the last few months. The increase will go into effect for about 69 million Social Security beneficiaries in coming months, most in January 2020.
But individuals receiving certain military and veterans payouts will see that money arrive a month sooner due to differing payroll schedules for federal agencies. Under legislation signed into law last month, the cost-of-living boost for those benefits is tied to the Social Security calculations.
H.R. 2982, Women Veterans Health Care Accountability Act:
Representative Joe Cunningham (SC) has introduced H.R. 2982, Women Veterans Health Care Accountability Act, to identify and remedy barriers women veterans face when trying to access VA health care. The legislation would require the VA Secretary to survey women veterans-both those who use VA health care and those who donot-to understand their reasons for not using VA services. The survey will question women veterans about their perceptions of safety in VA facilities, access to services, and stigmas they may express about seeking treatment for sensitive issues such as military sexual trauma, mental health or substance abuse disorders. The legislation would then require VA to identify strategies for addressing any issues identified by the survey.
According to VA, only 22% of women veterans compared with 28% of male veterans use VA health care. VA has made many improvements in the way it manages the care of women using the system, and has launched campaigns to address veteran to veteran harassment, awareness about women veterans' eligibility for VA benefits and services, and stigma for mental health seeking, yet these problems persist. Findings from a detailed survey may assist the VA in developing tactics to tackle some of the ongoing concerns and barriers women veterans face when accessing VA health care.
Navy announces new way for enlisted sailors to become petty officers first class:
The Navy made permanent this month a pilot program that allows petty officers second class in certain high- demand career fields to advance to petty officer first class.
To qualify under the Advance-to-Position, or A2P, program, petty officers second class must complete necessary training and be within 12 months of transferring to a new command, according to an announcement Monday from the Chief of Naval Personnel.
A limited number of billets are available for each promotion cycle and not all career fields will have available slots in the program, according to the Navy.
Eligible candidates must have taken the E-6 exam with posted results.
Only active-duty sailors are eligible for the program and they may apply to sea-duty billets, regardless of their sea-and-shore duty rotation.
However, sailors on shore duty who are due to rotate to sea duty will not be considered for shore-duty billets in this program. Sailors selected for A2P billets are eligible to wear the petty officer first class rank insignia, a practice called frocking, when they complete all schools and training for the position, according to the personnel office. They will be advanced to the E-6 pay grade when they check into their new duty station
Something to think about -
If something happens to you, would your spouse know where to go to find important papers like your DD-214, insurance papers, last will and testament? It is a important that you let your spouse, or someone you trust, where you important papers are.
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