14 December - Toy Run in Oklahoma City (see events section)
We will have a meeting and Christmas party on December 14, 2019 at Gleyn's shop. Meeting will begin at 1700 hrs and the party will begin at 1800 hrs. There will be a Dirty Santa
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Future meeting dates & locations:
Dec 14 - Meeting & Christmas party, Broken Arrow beginning at 1700 hrs with meeting and party at 1800 hrs
Jan 19, 2020 - Coweta
Feb 16, 2020 - Muskogee
Mar15, 2020 - Coweta
"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
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.
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.
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Department of Defense expanding access to commissaries, military exchanges and recreation facilities:
The Department of Defense is expanding commissary, military exchange, and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) retail privileges on U.S. military installations as specified in the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, included in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, access will expand to include all veterans with service-connected disabilities, veterans who are Purple Heart recipients, veterans who are former prisoners of war, and individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. While this expansion will extend eligibility to over 4.1 million new patrons, the Department expects little to no impact on current patrons in most locations. There may be some impact in areas with a high cost of living, but the Department is preparing to accommodate all new patrons.
"These new privileges recognize the service and sacrifice of these veterans and those that care for them," A.T. Johnston, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Military Community and Family Policy, said. "If you or someone you know might be eligible for these privileges, share the message,"
Department charge them a small user fee to offset the increased expense incurred by the Department of the
Treasury for processing commercial credit or debit cards used for purchases at commissary stores. Johnston said. "Please help us ensure these veterans and caregivers receive the privileges they've been granted."
New patrons eligible solely under this authority should be aware that the law requires the Defense 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.
The courts have 'lost patience' with VA over delay on Blue Water Navy veteran benefits:
Excerpts from an article by Elizabeth Howe and Abbie Bennett
Twelve "Blue Water Navy" Vietnam veterans have died since the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie issued a stay on processing their Agent Orange disability claims.
On Friday, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by a veterans nonprofit group, Military Veterans Advocacy Inc. (MVA), asking that the delay on processing those claims ends. The delay affects more than 400,000 veterans or surviving family members who could be eligible for benefits, according to VA.
"I think we won a strategic victory," MVA Executive Director John Wells told Connecting Vets after the hearing.
Wells feels confident that, at the very least, VA will not be able to extend the stay past the original date of Jan. 1. However, there's a possibility that a decision comes back from the court ending the stay even earlier.
"We'll have to wait until the decision comes out, but I think if nothing else we've prevented the secretary from going past January 1st," Wells said. "From our point of view that would be the worst possible outcome. It might be better but we think that would be the minimum that we would get."
POW/MIA flag to fly at federal sites year round
:As reported November 8 by Leo Shane III for Military Times, prominent federal buildings and national war memorials will now fly the POW/MIA flag alongside the American flag throughout the year, thanks to legislation signed into law Thursday. The proposal, passed without objection in the House last month and the Senate earlier this year, is designed to help highlight the continued sacrifice of military families whose loved ones are still unaccounted for overseas, estimated at about 82,000 individuals. President Donald Trump finalized the measure on Thursday night
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