Veterans-For-Change NEWSLETTER

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Week Ending Sunday, July 01, 2018

Volume 9, Issue 26



This week I bring you both bad and good news.

As you may recall I had told you about Betty Hidalgo-Rabuse, our Director of Operation Mail Call.

Betty had been quite sick for just over two months with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Sadly Betty has passed away this past Saturday, June 26, 2018 leaving behind her husband James Rabuse, a Retired Army Veteran, Her two daughters and her grandson.

James has been struggling to reach the funds goal to help cover Betty’s funeral & memorial expenses, and if you’re inclined to help please click on James’s name above.

This week the house unanimously passed the Blue Water Navy Bill HR 299 by a vote of 382 to ZERO!

Many congratulations to Commander John Wells, USN (Ret.) his team and all the Blue Water Navy Veterans who all participated in making this happen!

But we still need everyone’s help by calling both your Senators (numbers can be located further down in this newsletter) and politely ask them to please support HR 299. And to also take a few minutes to go to their individual websites and send a message there as well, then to either copy and paste the information or type in new information into an E-Mail and send to your entire address book asking all your friends and family to call and e-mail as well.

I’ve been preaching how to make things happen for all Veterans for a very long time now, and with the passage of HR 299 just goes to show what you can accomplish by getting involved in a particular issue and sticking with it till it happens.

Over the past few weeks I have also been talking about those who either served in the military or had made every effort to serve who had Autism or Asperger Syndrome and how we have merged forces with AFOA (Autistic Farmers of America) and LT Bobby Ross.

This was done to create a further bond with our Veterans, helping them to gain employment in the farming industry, be self supportive, and to locate as much information as is possible to share with everyone.

We are still collecting information on both these illnesses and as soon as we have what we feel is a good start we will publish them all on the website.

Anyone who would like more information on AFOA, please feel free to write to me and I will make sure your E-Mail gets in the hands of LT Bobby Ross.

This coming week is the 4th of July and we’d like to remind everyone, although it’s a time to rejoice in our country, have terrific BBQ’s and awesome fireworks displays, please keep in mind your animals who might not tolerate loud noises and bright flashing light, and the same would apply to those who live around you who have served and have PTSD.

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

Jim Davis


Will ‘Blue Water’ Bill Support All Disabled Veterans?

The House Veterans Affairs Committee wants to extend Agent Orange disability benefits to 90,000 “Blue Water” Navy veterans of the Vietnam War by raising funding fees under the VA home loan program — but will disabled veterans be shielded from a funding fee, as the committee claimed last month? An organization called the Veterans Association for Real Estate Professionals (VAREP) argues otherwise. For more details, see this post.

Remember Those who Served

VA Staffing Shortages Addressed

Roscoe Butler, American Legion deputy director for health care in the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division, recently testified before the Subcommittee on Health to voice the Legion’s support for five pieces of pending legislation, which included bills addressing the severe staffing shortages plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). According to a recent study, there will be a shortage of more than 100,000 doctors by 2030, including medical officers, nurses, psychologists, physician assistants and medical technologists. A video of the hearing along with relevant documents is available on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs website.

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 4,155,960 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 16,411 documents on-line (Updated: 06/08/18)
• 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 (Counselor Needed)
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: 01/11/18)
• News (Articles On-Line: 7,450)
• Polls
• Web Links, more than 3,654, Added 9 New Links (Updated: 05/27/18)

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


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Take Action

H.R. 4556, Opening VA Dental Care to All Veterans

Representative Carol Shea-Porter (NH) introduced H.R. 4556, a bill that would require the VA to offer comprehensive dental care to all 9.1 million veterans enrolled in the VA health care system.

Current law limits eligibility for VA dental care to veterans with a service-connected disability rated 100%; veterans with a service-connected dental condition; former prisoners of war; and homeless veterans. Dental care is also available if a dental condition is aggravating a service-connected condition or complicates treatment of that condition.

This bill would eliminate these restrictions on eligibility for VA dental care, allowing all veterans that are enrolled in the VA system to access in-house dental care. The bill phases in the new eligibility over five years to give the VA time to invest in and increase its capacity to provide dental care.

This bill is in accordance with DAV’s Resolution No. 013, which supports legislation for VA to provide dental care services to all enrolled veterans.

Please use the prepared letter to ask your Representative to support passage of H.R. 4556. Thank you for your efforts and support of the DAV Commander’s Action Network.

Take Action

Heroic Service

Navy App Offers Blended Retirement Info

The Navy recently updated its financial literacy mobile app to include information on the Blended Retirement System (BRS) and additional resources for Sailors to better manage and plan their finances. Along with new BRS information, there is a BRS New Accessions Course, a BRS comparison calculator, and the Family Financial Planning Course. Users can explore issues like managing their credit, building a spending plan, home buying, moving, as well as how to navigate survivor benefits, insurance and the Thrift Savings Plan among many other topics. The Navy Financial Literacy mobile application is available for download at the Navy App Locker for both Apple and Android devices.


TRICARE Beneficiary Bulletin #455

Listen to this week’s podcast to hear about:

• Food Poisoning
• PTSD Care & Support Webinar
• TRICARE Coverage While Moving

Visit the TRICARE Media Center for this and previous podcasts at

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