13th - Leaders meeting @ 1900 hrs at Duffy's restaurant in Broken Arrow
16th - General membership meeting @ 1400 hrs at The American Legion in Tulsa
20th - Tulsa mayor's veteran council @ 1300 hrs at the VFW in Tulsa, OK. Lunch is available for $7 beginning at 1200 hrs
It's official: troops get another big pay raise in 2021 budget request:
The proposed military pay raise for fiscal 2021 in the Defense Department's budget request, released Monday, is 3%, the second-highest pay raise for troops since 2010. The 3% raise, following 2020's 3.1% bump, ensures that the troops will be "well compensated" and underlines DoD's recognition that military and civilian personnel "are our most valuable resource" in carrying out the 2018 National Defense Strategy to counter China and Russia, according to the Pentagon's budget overview.
I prefer not to talk politics and this issue has more to do with the media than anything else. The major media was all over the fact that President Trump cut short his visit to New Hampshire but they never mentioned why he cut his visit short. It was, in fact, to allow him to make a trip to Delaware to welcome home some military heroes who were killed. I've said enough so let's stop right here.
Some retirees have already been pushed to off-base providers in Tricare shift:
Military retirees receiving care on bases nationwide are being quietly shifted to off-base civilian providers in a transition that has been taking place since at least 2018, Military.com has learned.
That's independent of a plan outlined in a recently obtained memo that would close 38 treatment facilities to all but active-duty patients.
The changes detailed in the Feb. 3 memo are a part of a review of military hospital operations and a system consolidation under the Defense Health Agency ordered by Congress in 2016. The memo did not list the affected facilities or make clear when the changes would start. A report on that review is expected to be delivered to Congress as early as this week.
The memo said changes would happen "in a deliberate, responsible fashion," and not until officials are "able to confirm there are available providers in the local Tricare network.
Air Force issues new guidelines for beards, turbans and hijabs:
Airmen will be allowed to wear up to 2-inch beards under a new Air Force guidance that outlines grooming standards for religious accommodations. The updated grooming policy, published Friday, also allows members of the Sikh faith to wear turbans and Muslim women to wear hijabs.
Airmen must have religious or medical exemptions to grow beards, the policy says. The guidance for beards grown under a shaving waiver remains unchanged: Such whiskers must not be trimmed to give a sculpted appearance and cannot exceed a quarter-inch in length, the updated policy states.
The Air Force is following the lead of the Army, which in 2017 became the first service to allow Muslim and Sikh soldiers to wear head coverings and beards in line with their religious beliefs. A similar accommodation was extended later to Norse pagan service members.
Some civilians who served in Vietnam are getting veteran status:
A recent ruling by the Defense Department has granted veteran status to a group of civilians who served in Vietnam. Specifically, the group consists of "Department of the Navy civilian special agents who served in direct support and under control of the Department of the Navy within the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975."
The ruling determines that this group will be "considered as having served on active duty for the purposes of all laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs." That means that they and their family members may be eligible for health, disability and burial benefits, just like military members who served during that time period. They won't, however, be eligible for any retroactive benefits. They may also be eligible for state veteran benefits.
If the veteran is deceased, a surviving family member may still file the application for veteran status. To receive benefits, these veterans must first get a DD-214 to use when applying to state or federal agencies. To get a DD- 214, an affected person must submit a DD-2168, Application for Discharge of Member or Survivor of Member of Group Certified to Have Performed Active Duty with the Armed Forces of the United States.
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"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
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.
Future meeting dates & locations:
Mar15, 2020 - American Legion Post 1 in Tulsa
April 19, 2020 - American Legion Post 1 in Tulsa
May 17, 2020 - American Legion Post 1 in Tulsa
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.