Veterans-For-Change NEWSLETTER

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Week Ending Sunday, July 08, 2018

Volume 9, Issue 27

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As you recall I announced that the Blue Water Navy Bill had passed the house with a 382 to ZERO vote, and I had asked you all to please keep up the calls but this time to your Senators asking they vote yes and use the same bill number!

So again this week I am reminding you to please keep up those calls every week, and to back that up visit their websites and send the same message there too. And if you would please copy the information and paste into an E-Mail and send to your entire e-mail address book and ask all your friends and family to do the same thing then forward on to their address books.

And again I know 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.

So please, when I post issues that need action being taken, and there are more below, please, do go send off the pre-written e-mails, follow it up with calls to your reps in DC, we can make change happen, provided you can help too!

None of us, meaning any organization can do it alone, none and I’ve seen a lot of smoke being blown about how one organization or another is doing this or that, but honestly what have we really seen?

Bottom line if Veterans don’t become involved in their own benefits and healthcare, simply speaking nothing will ever change.

Over the past week I’ve been speaking with LT Bobby Ross regarding the AFOA (Autistic Farmers of America) and looks like they will be expanding soon. He is currently looking for additional farm land to purchase and hopefully by this time next year will be able to start selling seeds that are GMO free which is a big deal!

So if you or someone you know might be interested, please have them contact me and I will make sure the information is passed on to Bobby.

More information is coming in on Autism and those who have served both here in the US and in the UK. So hopefully soon we will begin a add more information on the website for all to access.

One thing I have noticed becoming a prominent issue in speaking with several Veterans is being “cut off” from communications with their doctors through MyHealthNet, and being cut off from receiving assistance from their Congressman’s office.

And the one consistent factor is losing your temper, using abrasive or foul language, or making threats.

I know from being a military brat that temper, foul language, etc. comes with the territory and had always been acceptable, but when speaking to people regarding healthcare, benefits, or seeking assistance from your Congressman, you just can’t let it happen.

I promise you if you can’t maintain, be calm, level headed, direct and to the point, you WILL have doors slammed closed in your face and once that happens, it’s almost impossible to get them re-opened.

I really hate to say it this way, but you need to kiss ass to get what you want. Be kind, respectful, brief, direct and to the point, and LET IT GO.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar, same applies here!

This week we celebrated the 4th of July and I do hope every one was safe and sane. And now I’d like to ask everyone if you know of a Veteran who is single, living alone, to please make it a serious effort to pick up the phone and just do a buddy check on them!

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

Respectfully,
Jim Davis
Founder
Jim.Davis@Veterans-For-Change.org

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Wilkie Pledges No VA Health Care ‘Privatization’

During his nomination hearings last week, VA Secretary Nominee Robert Wilkie Pledged there would be No ‘Privatization’ Of Vets Health Care. In addition, Wilkie said that removing the red tape roadblocks to getting veterans “through the door” to see a doctor would be his top priority if he is confirmed by the Senate. Read more about the Wilkie’s nomination hearing.

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Remember Those who Served
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Four Highlights in Veteran News this Week

There were four important news developments for military veterans in Washington DC last week, which impact; VA Leadership, VA’s e-Health Records Roll-out, Benefits for Blue Water Veterans, and Access to Commissaries and Exchanges for Disabled Vets. Get the full rundown here.

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Summer Travel: Getting Care While Overseas

Summer vacation is the start of travel season for many military families. TRICARE covers you when you travel on business or take a vacation with family. When traveling overseas, you should know what to do in the event of illness or other health issues.

Read the full article here.

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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 4,173,227visitors 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.

www.veterans-for-change.org

• 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: 7,461)
• 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: Jim.Davis@veterans-for-change.org

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Take Action

Do Not Let Congress Balance the Budget on the Backs of Retirees

Background: TRICARE enrollment fees and other cost shares were recently changed. As a result, military retirees who entered the military after January 1, 2018, will generally be required to pay more for TRICARE benefits than current military retirees. Military retirees were exempt from most increases in recognition that they have kept their end of the bargain. Now, Congress would like to change the terms of its deal with military retirees by removing that exemption and significantly increasing TRICARE costs for current retirees. The VFW needs your help in defeating this harmful proposal which would require military retirees to pay more for their earned health care.

Take Action: Contact your Senators and Representative to demand that they reject any proposal that would result in TRICARE fee increases for current beneficiaries, and tell them that they must not balance the budget on the backs of military retirees.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION

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Vets Don’t Need 20% Down with the VA Loan Benefit

Don’t waste your money on rent when you can buy a home with $0 Down. Now is the time to use your VA Loan benefit. Qualified borrowers can buy or refi with as little as $0 down, and have no PMI payments with great rates and financing up to $453k. Use your VA loan benefit today.

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Click here for more info

LT Bobby Ross

June’s Featured Song

The Reunion

I have been sending out my LRRP Newsletter each month for over 30 years. Up and to this month, I have never gone into the ‘poor pitiful me mode’ until now. These past few months have been rough on me. First off, I lost my Mom. That in itself was hard. But then there were other complications. My Survival Farmingoperation has been seriously threatend to be closed down. And I had to bury one of my most favorite Bengal kitties. And a whole bunch of other crap. So, I am putting my “The Reunion” up this month as my “Song of the Month“. I produced this one on my original “Voice of America” album in Nashville in 1987. The picture below is of two beautiful and wonderful girls in my high school back when I was an Officer Candidate in the US Army in 1966. I came back on an unexpected leave from Fort Knox, KY, to South Lake Tahoe, CA on December 15, 1966 for Christmas. I met Connie and Maria at my parent’s home that night, and they both rushed into my arms. We had such a great night together with others, playing our guitars, singing songs and just having fun. The following morning, I went skiing with a couple family friends at Heavenly Valley Ski Resort, and on our way back home, we met up with the two girls who had driven up to Al Tahoe to buy me Christmas gifts. On the way back home, as we were following right behind them in our car, their car went off the road and down a steep embankment, and they were both killed. Connie was my only Baby Sister. Maria was my first fiance. This song, “The Reunion“, kinda touches on that moment, and that time in general. Shortly after their funerals, I graduated from OCS and became a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. Not long after that, I was in Vietnam fighting for my life.

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Save Now on Your Rx Costs & Co-Pays with a TRICARE Supplement

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