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To all AMVETS Family members,
I had planned to go to the AMVETS and Auxiliary floors at the SEC this coming weekend, but since the SEC was postponed I will no longer be present to do so.
Each year, the Sons of AMVETS go in to the Spring NEC early to lobby Congress on behalf of veterans and present the AMVETS National Legislative Agenda.
As part of this, we invite all AMVETS, Auxiliary and Juniors members to join us on the Hill.  If you would like to come, here is what you need to know:
1. We stay at the Baltimore Airport Marriott (the same hotel as NEC).
2. Plan to arrive at the hotel before 7:30pm on Tuesday, March 12th.  There will be a meeting at 7:30pm at the hotel (room tba) to discuss what the issues and the plan.  The Commander’s hospitality room will be open after the meeting.
3. Sons of AMVETS provides bussing to and from Capitol Hill.  It will leave the Hotel at 7am and pick up at 5pm.  Specific times and instructions will be discussed at the Tuesday night meeting.
4. Thursday is typically the AMVETS National Commander’s testimony to Congress on the Hill followed by a memorial service at National Headquarters for the PNCs, PNPs and Sons PNCs we have lost in the last year.  Times TBA.
5. Friday we return to DC for wreath listings at the WWII, Korea and Vietnam memorials.  Times TBA.
6. National Sons of AMVETS budgets for their “Veterans Lodging” Program.  It is money for 1st time attendees to come to DC and lobby with us and see the 3 war memorials.  The program covers Tuesday through Friday night with double veteran occupancy.  To participate, I just need a copy your AMVETS membership card and phone number so I can fill out the paperwork, and the name of the veteran you want to room with (you can also leave it to chance and room with a veteran from another state).
What I need mostly is to know who is coming, so I can plan teams.  As you know Mass has 9 Reps and 2 Senators, and we typically hit NH as well since Mass has so many NH residents as members.  It is also important to know who is attending as it raises the chances of meeting with the actual Senator or Congressman and not just a member of their staff.
Currently, I have as attending:Don McLeanTom NortonRobert O’ConnellLeon ProctorDave PrescottMark SerpisGregg LudeckerDave Spencer
If you are NOT coming and are on my list, please let me know.
If you have and questions,  please let me know.  I can be reached by email at dspencer@sonsofamvets-ma.org or by phone at 978-609-1198.
Thanks in advance for your followup.
Dave Spencer, PNCLegislative DirectorSons of AMVETSDepartment of Massachusetts

VA Assists with the Burial of Unclaimed Veteran

VA Assists with Burial of Unclaimed VeteransThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) values its partnership with you to honor Veterans with no known next of kin and insufficient financial resources with dignified burial in VA national and VA-grant funded State and Tribal Veterans cemeteries.  We could not accomplish this without your efforts. For that reason, we are sending you this message so that you are aware of the revised 2019 reimbursements to ensure that unclaimed Veterans without financial resources may be honored with burial benefits earned through service to our Nation.VA recently revised annual reimbursement allowances. The maximum allowable reimbursement payable in calendar year 2019 for qualifying interments is $2,681 for a casket and $162 for an urn. Please see the Casket/Urn Reimbursement for Unclaimed Veterans Remains Fact Sheet which explains the requirements and procedures for obtaining the reimbursement.  Applicants must submit a VA Form 40-10088 Reimbursement of Casket/UrnAdditional resources are available to assist you with funeral and transportation expenses for unclaimed Veterans remains when there are insufficient resources.  Please see this Unclaimed Veterans Remains Fact SheetThank you for your continued support in providing honorable and dignified burials for unclaimed Veterans without sufficient financial resources.  Should you have additional questions regarding the claim forms, please contact us using our Inquiry Routing & Information System https://iris.custhelp.com, so we can track inquiries and respond promptly. For information on VA burial benefits, visit http://www.cem.va.gov or call (800) 827-1000.  Please look for our future e-mails on burial and memorial benefits available for eligible Veterans and spouses.  Also, please encourage your friends and colleagues to sign-up for notifications, future e-mail updates and information regarding VA memorial benefits through GovDelivery at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/usvanca/subscriber/new 
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Moving Wall at Gillette Stadium Nov 8 to NOV 12

Ladies and gentlemen,

Good morning.  Hope all is well.

The New England Patriots will have a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall displayed at one Patriot Place from NOV 8th to NOV 12th and are still looking for volunteers to stand watch.

Folks can sign up at the link below:

https://www.gillettestadium.com/2018-moving-wall-volunteers-needed/

Greatly appreciate all the help and assistance!

All the best,
Pete

Peter Aylward
Major General (Retired)
Senior Advisor
Vietnam War Commemoration
Peter.M.Aylward.civ@mail.mil
Office: 703-697-4926

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