"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
Remember, this is your chapter and what you put into it is what you get out of it. Our chapter needs you to help it grow and become known throughout Oklahoma.
Pending status of Coronavirus -
June, 2020 -
June 18, 2020 - Chapter leader's meeting at Duffy's restaurant beginning at 190 hrs.
June 21, 2020 - Chapter meeting beginning at 1400 hrs at The American Legion Post in Tulsa
Don't forget choir practice on Thursday's; watcfh for emails as to location
July, 2020 -
July 16, 2020 - Chapter leader's meeting at Duffy's restaurant beginning at 1900 hrs
July 19, 2020 -Chapter meeting at The American Legion in Tulsa beginning at 1400 hrs.
Oklahoma's Annual State APR -
1500 hrs Thursday August 27 thru August 30
When calling for reservations if no one answers leave a message with your name and number asking for a call back as the phone system doesn't ring every time.
Robber's Cave State Park
2300 Park Cabins Road
They have rooms, cabins, campsistes, or RV sites
Future meeting dates & locations:
All meetings will begin at 1400 hrs
June 21, 2020 - American Legion Post 1 in Tulsa - beginning at 1400 hrs
July 19, 2020 - American Legion Post 1 in Tulsa beginning at 1400 hours
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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.
Remember to check on a brother or sister during this trying time in our Country.
CVMA National Meeting -
The CVMA national meeting originally scheduled for June in Jacksonville, Florida has been re-scheduled and will be held September 21 - 27. The host hotel and all contracted hotels will remain; if you have a reservation at the Hyatt you will need to make new reservations as they have cancelled all reservations. The other contracted hotels will move your reservations.
VA Begins to Reopen Selected Medical Centers:
This week, VA reopened 20 medical centers as part of a three-phase timeline. The speed of the phases will depend upon the VA medical center’s ability to minimize and control exposure to COVID-19. Even though these VA medical centers are not fully open, certain non-emergency in-person appointments and some elective procedures may be permitted. Physical distancing, mandatory face masks, screening processes, and other rigorous safety measures remain in place for now. Telework, telemedicine, phone consults, and wellness checks will continue whenever possible. VA continues to strongly suggest that a veteran contact their local VA medical center before arriving at a facility. The initial sites will indicate how other VA medical centers reopen in the coming weeks and months
Legislation introduced to preserve 48-hour claims review:
On Tuesday, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced S. 3761, the Veterans Claim Transparency Act. This important legislation would reinstate VA’s former policy of permitting VSOs to review claims decisions within the 48-hours preceding promulgation to ensure all claims were properly evaluated and are error-free prior to a veteran receiving notification of a ratings decision. “The 48-hour review period is an essential feature of the VA claims process,” said VFW National Legislative Service Associate Director Matthew Doyle. “It functions as an independent quality review check on claims decisions before final ratings are sent to veterans.”
CARES Act extends VA home loan pre-foreclosure options:
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, was signed into law to help Americans economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic avoid home foreclosure. VA’sLoan Guaranty Service is focused on ensuring veterans and their families facing temporary or more long-term difficulty paying their monthly mortgage understand their options. If you experience financial hardship caused directly or indirectly by COVID-19, you should immediately contact your loan servicer and explore options to avoid foreclosure on your VA home loan. Read more.
H.R. 6933, the Caring for Survivors Act of 2020:
This bill will increase payments for dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) for surviving dependents and would change eligibility to allow additional survivors to receive the benefit. Specifically, the measure would:
Increase the DIC rate to make it more equitable with rates provided to federal civilian employee survivors. The base rate of DIC would be increased to 55 percent of the rate of compensation paid to a totally disabled veteran.
Expand eligibility for DIC by replacing the "10-year" rule with a graduated scale of benefits that begins at five years for initial eligibility at 50% and gradually reaches the full benefit at 10 years after determination of disability. If a veteran is rated as totally disabled for five years and dies of a nonservice-connected cause, a survivor would be entitled to 50% of the DIC benefit.
Reduce from 57 to 55 years, the age a surviving spouse may remarry and maintain their benefits, consistent with eligibility for other federal benefits for survivors.
For more news regarding veterans and active duty personnel refer to the "Veteran and active duty news" tab above.
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.