VFW Action Corps Weekly, December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018

In This Issue:1. Blue Water Navy Bill Update2. House Passes Veterans Minibus3. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Examines VA Appeals Reform4. DHA Executive Council Meeting5. TRICARE and FEDVIP Open Season Extended6. VA to Develop New Patient Safety Innovations7. Another New Study Finds VA Outperforms non-VA Care8. Bells of Balangiga Returned9. MIA Update
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Marine writes song for those struggling with PTSD or survivor’s guilt

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.[ABOVE] Enhanced-Use Lease authority develops underutilized land and buildings#OperationSong – “He Took My Place” by Gary LimaThis #OperationSong spotlight is on “He Took My Place” by Veteran Gary Lima who served in the Marine Corps as a staff sergeant and the Army as a major. Gary served during the Cyprus Conflict in 1974 as part of a Marine helicopter unit and later had a full career in the Army, from which he retired at the rank of major.VA hosts Operation Hero-Animal BondeventVA partnered with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) at a recent Operation Hero-Animal Bond event at the VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS). The event was held to promote awareness of the benefits of the human-animal bond. Tech for Troopsbridges the digital divide for Veterans in needIn 2014, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs began partnering with the nonprofit organization Tech for Troops in Richmond, Virginia. Tech for Troops’ mission is to eradicate Veteran homelessness and poverty by bridging the digital divide for U.S. Veterans in need through gifting refurbished computers and providing opportunities to develop their computer skills. Tech for Troops has three programs: IT Training, Technology Reuse, and Computer Recycling.New on VAntage Point:VA Dietitian Discusses Ways to Eat Healthfully While Managing StressHelping Veterans Cope with PTSD during holidaysVA hospitals outperform private hospitals in most markets, according to Dartmouth studyVA ranked 6 out of 17 federal government agencies in ‘Best Places to Work’ annual tabulationNew VA tool helps verify Veterans’ mental health claimsResearch probes Vets’ experiences with Choice programTackling trauma, depression via the immune systemVA dietitian discusses ways to reduce food wasteLatest revision to VA’s rating schedule includes the hematologic and lymphatic systemsVA care played key role in Heat-Moon’s careerVA announces new Veterans Health Application Programming InterfaceAir Force Veteran had “a lot of help along the way”VA Careers:Donna chose a VA nursing career to serve VeteransThrough Blake’s VA career, he’s transforming communications with VeteransHelen’s choice of VA for her pharmacy career means providing holistic care to Veterans and training new pharmacistsConnect with VA:Facebook – Veterans of the Day, Top VA news & videosTwitter – Veteran news from around the countrySubscribe – Never miss a VA update
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 VETERAN OF THE WEEKThis week we honor Coast Guard Veteran Olivia Hooker. Olivia served from 1945-1946 and and was known as one of the last surviving members of the Tulsa race riots of 1921.During World War II, Olivia became the first African-American woman to join the U.S. Coast Guard.Nominate a special Veteran as #VeteranOfTheDayIt’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to us with as much information as you can put together. Click on the picture to the left for an overview of how to put together a great #VeteranOfTheDay package.

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A long wait is finally over

December 14, 2018Dear Friend,  Senator Shaheen with Mr. Byrne and his family after his Purple Heart CeremonyToday was a special day. Let me explain why: when Francis Byrne (Manchester) turned 18 years old, he immediately enlisted in the Army and was soon sent into the most harrowing battles of World War II. He fought in key turning points in the War, including the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. In the fall of 1944 while advancing through a cornfield, his friend stepped on a landmine, detonating the device and sending shrapnel all through his platoon. When a medic tried to assist Francis for his shrapnel wound, he told him to treat the other soldiers who were still in the field. His lieutenant told Francis that he would write him up for the Purple Heart. Sadly, the very next day, his lieutenant was killed in action.Francis survived the war and would eventually settle in New Hampshire. But over 70 years later, he still had not received the Purple Heart, as there was little documentation from the battlefield regarding his injury. My office has been working with the Army to right this wrong alongside 
Easterseals New Hampshire.Last Friday, there was a critical breakthrough. I was able to speak with the Secretary of the Army who informed me that Francis’ Purple Heart had finally been approved. It was a tremendous honor to call Francis and let him know that his long wait was over. Sergeant Major Dan Dailey awarding the Purple Heart / Mr. Byrne’s Purple HeartToday, at the Elliot Hospital, Francis was awarded the Purple Heart by Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey and Brigadier General David Mikolaities, The Adjutant General of New Hampshire, in front of friends, family and his community. The ceremony was a really special moment for New Hampshire and the nation to show our gratitude to Corporal Francis Byrne for his tremendous service and sacrifice. Francis is an exceptional member of the Greatest Generation that fought and defeated the gravest threat that the free world has ever known. We can never thank him enough for all he did to help secure the liberties that all of us enjoy.Sincerely,###

District 6 Annual Christmas Party Brockton VA

Fellow MembersLast night was District 6th annual Christmas party at the Brockton Va Campus building 2. First and foremost I would like to thank the members of our post 51  and District 6 members for volunteering there time that helped make this event possible These men are always there for me and often volunteer to […]

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 […]

TREA Weekly Update Newsletter (12/12/2018)

December 12, 2018     Inside this issueTREA “The Enlisted Association” Washington Update• Missed Enrolling in the Retiree Dental Insurance Program? Maybe It’s NOT too Late• 2018 Tax Statement Release Schedule• Government Shutdown Next Week? TREA “The Enlisted Association” Washington Update  Missed Enrolling in the Retiree Dental Insurance Program? Maybe It’s NOT too Late  According to a news report on Military.com it appears you […]