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Week Ending Sunday, February 18, 2018

Volume 9, Issue 07



Almost every Secretary of the VA has at one point promised improvements in the VA Healthcare System, and frankly there has only been one Secretary of the VA whom I had a lot of faith and trust in, and that was Secretary Shinseki, but his hands were tied so badly, he was not able to accomplish what he knew deep in his heart needed to be done.

Then we had Secretary McDonald who to me was nothing more than a show piece, he was followed by our now current Secretary Shulkin whom I am still not impressed with, however, he is promising quick results in the following areas:

1. Central, national accountable leadership – VA has designated Dr. Peter Almenoff, Director of VA’s Office of Reporting, Analytics, Performance, Improvement and Deployment (RAPID) Healthcare Improvement Center, to oversee improvement at each of the centers. Dr. Almenoff reports directly to Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Executive in Charge of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
2. Comprehensive analysis and identification of improvement targets – VA is employing a new initiative, known as Strategic Action Transformation (STAT), that uses a rigorous and formal approach based on clinical performance indicators to identify vulnerabilities in each low-performing facility and set specific targets for improvement.
3. Provision of national resources for improvement – VA’s RAPID team of experts will use sophisticated statistical tools to track the progress of improvement against these targets, and, where warranted, will dispatch a team of expert improvement coaches quickly to the medical centers to assist them in meeting the goals.
4. Accountability for results –VA’s Central Office will review each of the facilities quarterly, and if the facilities fail to make rapid substantial progress in their improvement plan, VA leadership will take prompt action, including changing the leadership of the medical center.

VA whistle blowers who have identified problems and reported them have been treated so badly most who want to speak out are afraid due to retaliation in one form or another.

But I’d like to ask our readers to keep your eyes open, and any areas you see are failing, need improvement, or even if staff need to be terminated, PLEASE send me an E-Mail with as much detail as possible.

We’d like to track and report to all 535 members of Congress, President Trump and Secretary Shulkin, and see exactly how they will address those problems. And of course we will not say where our information came from protecting all sources.

In addition a subject came up over the past few days on several social media sources about free services to Veteran in the area of either stationary or mobile canteens providing coffee and tea at NO cost as supplies are all donated.

Does your VA facility provide this to you while waiting to see your doctor, or have tests performed?

And are you being seen within 30 minutes of your scheduled appointment?

In addition to this, we’d like to also know how many VA Hospitals provide a library for long term residents.

If you can help us in this area and provide as much information as possible, we’d greatly appreciate it.

On behalf of our Volunteers nationwide and myself, we wish you and your family good health!

Jim Davis


Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s 2019 Budget Request

President Donald Trump has released his budget request for fiscal 2019, marking the first step in a months-long process in which lawmakers from both chambers of Congress debate and ultimately decide on its funding levels and policy provisions. For a complete rundown of the major military budget changes proposed for next year, see this article.


Announcement of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s (ATSDR) Public Meeting

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) invites the public to attend a public meeting of its Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel (CAP). Please see below for more information about this public meeting, including how to watch the meeting via live stream link.

Community Assistance Panel Meeting: February 27, 2018 9:00 AM

Century Center
Conference room 1A/1B
1825 Century Boulevard NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

Registration is required to gain entrance into the building and closes on February 26, 2018. To register to attend the meeting in person, submit your registration online at All audience members must arrive at the visitor center by 8:45 AM so they can be escorted to the meeting room. Please note that all visitors must have a valid U.S. driver’s license or passport to obtain entrance into the building.

For those not able to attend the meeting in person, a live stream of the meetings will be available for viewing via computer. A link to the live stream will be available on the day of the meeting at

For more information about the health studies and other work done by ATSDR at Camp Lejeune, visit

To contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to learn more about benefits, please visit or call (877) 222-8387 (Healthcare – Veterans), (866) 372-1144 (Healthcare – Family Members), or (800) 827-1000 (Benefits).

For more information, or to update your contact information, please visit, call (877) 261-9782, or e-mail Please share this information with anyone that may have been at Camp Lejeune in 1987 or prior years and encourage them to register with us.

The Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Program

Presidents Day

How President’s Food Stamp Cuts Would Impact Military Families

A federal funding proposal issued by the White House this week would cut the amount of food aid given to most recipients, including many military families, and replace it with a subscription-style box of delivered foods. The proposal, announced Monday, would slash the food stamp program, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), by $17 billion in 2019. For more details, see this article.

VFC Website

The Veterans-For-Change website has been under construction since day one back in 2009 and every day since then. The looks pretty much stay the same, but in the background constant improvement and change is being done to make our website the most user friendly “One-Stop-Shop” website to find almost everything you might have tried to find searching the internet.

Almost a hundred people have been involved; collecting web links to documents now houses on the VFC website, collecting thousands of web links for various issues, illnesses and benefits. Creating forums for all eras of service and two forums one just for men and one just for woman where you can go question, comment, share medical and personal concerns, what ever you’d like it to be.

We also have a forum with a licensed Mental Health Worker, again where you can seek help or just ask questions.

We average 2,100 hits per day, and downloads average 1,200 per day with a total 3,892,725 visitors as of Friday.

If you subscribe you will have full access to the entire website and best of all it’s FREE of charge! You just need a valid E-mail address so the system can send you a confirmation E-Mail. Once received, click on the link to be authorized automatically.

• Documents Library with over 16,163documents on-line (Updated: 12/30/17)
• FAQ’s with more than 1,600 FAQ’s and answers
• Multiple Forums
o Afghanistan Veterans
o FMP – Foreign Medial Program
o Gulf War & Desert Storm Veterans
o Iraq Veterans
o Korean Veterans
o Men Veterans Forum
o Mental Health for Veterans
o Political Issues
o Suggestion Box
o The Mess Hall
o VA Hospitals and Medical Centers
o Veteran Affairs
o Vietnam Veterans
o Welcome Mat
o Women Veterans Forum
o WW II Veterans
• Job Postings
• Memorial Pages (Updated: 11/02/17)
• News (Articles On-Line: 7,124)
• Polls
• Web Links, more than 3,618, Added 1 New Links (Updated: 01/03/18)

If you have a submission for the memorial pages, E-Mail:


AAFES Offers Tax Prep Discount

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is teaming up with H&R Block to provide tax preparation services at a 10 percent discount at Exchange locations worldwide. Also, if you file a 1040EZ form, the tax professionals will do it for free until Feb. 28. H&R Block tax preparation at the Exchange includes a free second-look review. Tax professionals will examine tax returns from the last three years to see whether filers are entitled to money that was not claimed. Military shoppers can visit the Exchange website to locate their local H&R Block office or contact their local Exchange.


DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Riverside National Cemetery 22495 Van Buren Boulevard Riverside, CA 92518

I am writing regarding our upcoming observance of National Medal of Honor Day for 2018.

Riverside National Cemetery is home to the Medal of Honor Memorial and five recipients are interred at our cemetery, On March 17, 2018, Riverside National Cemetery will hold its 2nd annual National Medal of Honor Day ceremony to honor the valiant actions of Medal of Honor recipients.

I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend this event.

I would be honored if you would join the community of Riverside on March 17th, from 1 to 2 p.m. to honor these heroes.

This ceremony will take place at the Medal of Honor Memorial at Riverside National Cemetery.

Parking is free to the public.

Contact Greta L. Hamilton at to RVSP.

Please RSVP by March 10th, we hope to see you in March.


Navy Faces Travel Claim Backlog

The U.S. Navy’s Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Travel Processing Center (TPC) in Memphis is currently experiencing a significant backlog in processing travel claims. Currently, TPC Memphis is processing a backlog of 7,500 claims with a settlement time between 60 and 70 days. The JTR requires travel claims to be processed within 30 days of the end of a servicemember’s travel. Currently, TPC Memphis is processing claims from mid-November, and anticipates returning to the 30-day processing requirement by mid-March. For information on how to submit travel claims, visit the NPC website.

Fire Works

LT Bobby Ross


Army Warns About Social Media Scams

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s (CID) Computer Crime Investigative Unit (CCIU) is once again warning Soldiers and the Army community to be on the lookout for ‘social media scams’ where cybercriminals impersonate servicemembers by using actual and fictitious information. Frequently, CID receives notifications from individuals stating they were scammed online by someone claiming to be a Soldier, but in reality it was an online Scammer who has used an unsuspected Soldier’s name and available social media photos to commit a crime. For information about computer security, other computer-related scams and to review previous cyber-crime alert notices and cyber-crime prevention flyers, visit the Army CID website.


VA Secretary Says Caregivers Program Can Save Money

Thousands Of People Will See You!

…So, hit ’em with your best stuff!
Get ready for our supporters in all 50 states and those around the world to see your ad or message in our 13th annual Pin-Ups For Vets calendar for 2019. We will be featuring another outstanding group of female Veterans!
If you want a unique way for your business to be seen by Veterans, service members, very patriotic civilians and pin-up fans, then run–don’t walk–to your nearest keyboard and e-mail Pin-Ups For Vetsfounder, Gina Elise here:
Do you have a start-up business?
Do you need more eyes on your product?
Do you want to reach more Veterans and service members?
Do you want to spotlight your military or class reunion?
How about a tribute message for an anniversary or birthday?
What about a memorial tribute to a loved one?
We are offering different size ads to be included in our 2019 calendar. Don’t miss out! We are planning early production this year for our 2019 edition. Please e-mail us ASAP!
When you purchase an ad, you also help to support our award-winning nonprofit and help us to continue our mission to improve the quality of life for our Veterans and Troops.
Thank you so much!
Gina Elise, Founder
Pin-Ups For Vets

Jan Executive Report

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Feb 2018 AMVETS EXECUTIVE Report(for amvets use only)


Get out of the Box

New and Improved

Recruit 5 member drive

Analysis of our dataset.

This analysis can be accomplished at Departments by selecting the Dept roster and at post level..

Median age 65, Emails 50%,


Gender 5% female

Let’s put our heads together and figure a way to do better. California, Womens Veterans Committee, what can we do to increase our percentage?


10,114 members expire on 8/31/2016

These 10,114 members owe for 2 years. The system was designed to keep them in a 1 year grace period. The grace period keeps them on your e-roster so you have their contact information. Contact these members and try to keep them in your post. You already know they are veterans and they know AMVETS. It’s easier to keep them than go out and look for new members. For a new member you have to talk to 10 people to find 1 veteran. These are 100% veterans. They all have 2 year invoices and can pay online. I emailed the 50% with emails. Do your part at the post and call the ones without emails. These members will disappear from your roster in August 2018.

17,156 members expire on 8/31/2017

On 15 January 2018 we had 17,156 annual members that have not renewed. We only have emails for 50% of our members, call the ones without emails, ask them to renew and grab their email and update the database.


Pass the word about our membership directory. Letters and cards are being mailed. It is legit, it’s not a scam. PCI is doing the legwork to get addresses phone numbers and emails up to date. Its our

Get out of the box!


Many AMVETS posts work and meet in buildings with Legion and VFW posts. The VFW and Legion are getting creative. Some of their successes are opening family friendly areas like playgrounds and game rooms. Recently an American Legion Post  opened a successful art gallery showcasing veteran art. Fred Draper is an AMVETS artist (FL-88), one of probably many. He did the 2 pics below which hang on my wall. Approaching “TawSunut” and “End of the Patrol”


But what can my post do?

  • Where does your post keep the X Box?
  • Do you have some Call of Duty Games around? Do you have copies of Modern Warfare and Black Ops III? These are the games young vets play. Call of Duty is owned by Activision and they support our Career Centers.
  • Does your post have a career center? Call Karla or Cierra. We will place 500 vets in jobs this year. You can help. Hire a vet to do your membership processing. Cierra has the resumes.




Address Hold and Solicitation Hold

You  have 2 extra columns on your e-rosters. Address Hold and Solicitation Hold. If you see a 1 call the member and change the address. Any change in the address field will release the address hold. The solicitation hold is used if a member does not want solicitations like insurance. Log in and hit the edit button to see your status.



CommemorativePartnerLogo_Final_10-3-12 aiHQ is a Commemorative partner; they came to AMVETS when they began the program for our input. We have 6 Departments that are commemorative partners and 29 Posts. Lots of Vietnam era vets out there. Get onboard do a program and ask em to join. HQ will  at a Maryland Welcome home event on March 30th. Become a partner with the DOD Program, ITS FREE.

Here is the list get on it!



Veterans own 9% of all businesses! Support them and they will support you!



As a member of AMVETS your veteran owned business is our first choice for goods and services. You served your country and you are serving veterans through your AMVETS membership. Your veteran owned business is adding strength and jobs to the American economy. We support and promote your business at no cost! Go to the AMVETS member center and submit your business.

AMVETS Member Owned Business Directory


recruit5_logo (2)The Recruit 5 members drive in full swing. Use the new form attached.













The Grand Prize will be presented at Convention.

This year we are giving away 3 I pad minis courtesy of USAA.



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Thanks for all you do to help veterans!

Harry Neal

AMVETS National Membership Director


US Army Infantry

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14 February 2018 Washington Update

    Inside this issue TREA: The Enlisted Association’s Washington Update • VA Secretary Says Caregivers Program Can Save Money • Risk to Commissaries is Growing • No Request to Close More Bases/Posts in President’s Budget • CAMP Lejeune Family Health and Disability Benefits TREA: The Enlisted Association’s Washington Update VA Secretary Says Caregivers Program Can Save Money Last week […]

RAO BULLETIN 14 February 2018

RAO BULLETIN 14 February 2018   HTML/PDF  Editions     THIS RETIREE ACTIVITIES OFFICE BULLETIN CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ARTICLES   Pg                   Article                                                Subject .                                                   * DOD *                                                   .      05 == Climate Change [03] —- (Impact on U.S. Military Sites) 05== BRAC [61] —- (Pentagon Skips Annual Request This Year) 06 == Commissary Funding  [30] —- (Falling Sales | Will The […]

AMVETS Non Profit

1024 pending approval Letter to IRS to forgive fine.-1 Copy of Post not on EOBMF   The IRS has a master file available to the public to search for all nonprofits by state. It is the Exempt Organization Business Master File (EOBMF) EOBMF Link We completed a comparison of all AMVETS Post and Dept EINs to […]

Valentines for Vets Photos

    Hello everyone,  Walter Spencer and I went and picked up the Valentines for Wednesday at our local Elementary School.  They even took our picture.  Try it next year with your schools.   You will be educating the kids about the importance of not forgetting the Veterans. Al  Temple Hello everyone,  Walter Spencer […]

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