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Thank you and looking forward to 2019

ALL –
I would like to extend my best greetings to all for a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a safe 2019.  I am sending you this message to thank you for your support, efforts and all the work you have done to assist our Veterans, their families and all here in Randolph. It takes a team to provide assistance to our Veterans and their families.  No one person can accomplish all that is needed to care for our Veterans who defended our Freedom from WW2 to present day.  We are in their debt as w/o their service to our nation, nothing we know exists.
I have been working as your Director of Veterans Services since March 2016 and I can say it is a great honor and privilege to hold this position. I am looking forward to 2019 and want to share with you one of my goals for the upcoming year.  I feel that with the talent, skills and abilities of all of us, we can make things happen in Randolph and lead by example for other communities in Massachusetts.
Housing is now the #1 issue presently for our Veterans. It used to be healthcare but it has become housing as the cost/availability of decent housing is the largest issue/cost most Veterans (and others) face as they get older. I have a number of Veterans who struggle to afford a place to live and worry about becoming displaced or homeless.  Envision Bank is working to create some Veterans Housing in Randolph and I will be working with them to support their initiative to build in Randolph.  I had a great conversation with Envision VP Richard Olson yesterday and their support for our Veterans is needed.  We need partners and I have discussed how we can support their project.
I will be looking to work with all in 2019 who can assist us with creating housing for our Veterans and hope to have some additional ideas on how together we can create better housing options.There are some innovative solutions being put forward to deal with the need for stable housing and I feel we can do more here in Randolph.
May all here in Randolph, all in Massachusetts and across our nation experience peace, safety and freedom in 2019.  

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Kevin J Cook – US Navy (Ret.)Director of Veterans ServicesShared Services District of Randolph & MiltonCell 617-251-7767

Take Action: Urge Your Senators to Support the Blue Water Navy Bill Now

Urge Your Senators to Support the Blue Water Navy Bill Now

Background: Congress is very close to passing H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018, which would end the injustice of denying Vietnam, Korean DMZ, and Thailand veterans who suffer from life-threatening health conditions the care and benefits they deserve.

Unfortunately, this important bill is now in jeopardy. Make sure your senators support its immediate passage and encourage their colleagues to do the same.

Take Action: Call your senators to demand support for immediate passage of H.R. 299. The Senate cannot continue to delay passage of this important bill while Blue Water Navy veterans sicken and die from diseases related to exposure to Agent Orange.

Call To Action!!!!

Please post this and let your members know that we need to call and leave a message that we want this bill to pass!!
Thank you,
Michelle Prazan-Mura
Michelle Prazan-Mura
Executive Office Manager
611 Beverly-Rancocas Rd.
Willingboro, NJ 08046
(Ph)(609) 526-4356
(Fax)(609) 526-4659
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American Veterans
Department of New Jersey
What does AMVETS stand for?
View the attached video for a better understanding.
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To: 
Sent: Sunday, December 2, 2018 6:52 PM
Subject: Call To Action!!!!
Call To Action!!!!
The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017 is in trouble and your help is needed.
Please call Senator Mike Enzi, (R) Wyoming  at 202 224-3424 or 888 250-1879  and Senator Mike Lee, ® Utah 202 224-5444
Here’s a sample message:
I am calling in support of HR229, “The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017”.  (Leave your name and telephone number.)  This bill has been hot lined by the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and is currently on hold by the Senator. I respectfully request that the Senator lift his hold on this bill so that 90,000 Blue Water Navy and Marine Veterans, can get the benefits they are entitled to receive.  Thank you.
Please share this request with your fellow veterans and advocates.  Act now as time is running out.
Thank you.

Take Action: Blue Water Navy Bill Must Pass Before End of Year

Background:  In July, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018, to end the injustice of denying Vietnam, Korean DMZ, and Thailand veterans who suffer from life-threatening health conditions the care and benefits they deserve. This important bill continues to be stalled in the Senate. The VFW needs […]

AMVETS -IRS requirements

IRS is requiring DD214’s       This is the link to the complete IRS Examining Process for Veterans Organizations.       http://www.irs.gov/irm/part4/irm_04-076-026.html       The excerpt below gives inspectors the option of reviewing DD214s.           4.76.26.12 (01-27-2011) Field Examination Guidelines   Review the following to determine the composition […]