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National Veterans News
VFW Annual Dues Increased
At the 2013 VFW National Convention, the voting membership approved a $10 annual renewal dues increase, which has gone into effect. All Annual Member renewals from this point on are at the increased rate.
Please note that effective January 1st, 2014, the Canteen staff is
checking member ship cards to ensure they are current before the
member will be allowed to partake in social events at the Post, including being
served at the bar or signing in guests. As always, valid membership cards are
required to attend Post meetings. If you are an annual member and have not yet
renewed for 2014, please renew now or consider purchasing a Life or Legacy Life
membership and not every having to worry about paying annual dues again!
Please note that effective January 1st, 2014, the Canteen staff is checking member
ship cards to ensure they are current before the member will be allowed to partake in social events at the Post, including being served at the bar or signing in guests. As always, valid membership cards are required to attend Post meetings. If you are an annual member and have not yet renewed for 2014, please renew now or consider purchasing a Life or Legacy Life membership and not every having to worry about paying annual dues again!
To see the proposal that was put before the membership, the reasoning for the increase, and the breakdown of the outlay of the increase, please click on this link: news/9-23_Q_A_Dues_Increase.pdf
Any questions, comments, or concerns can be addressed to Department of VA District 2 Commander Eric Mallet, Dist. 2 Senior Vice Commander Peter Gebelein, or Post 392 Commander Mike Gaughan.
Potential Fraud Alert
The Department of Veterans Affairs has recently been notified of potential fraudulent attempts to contact Veterans using VetSuccess.gov. These individuals may be operating under company names such as Auto-Desk, Venus Remedies, or Aesculap Implant Systems. Be aware that these are potential fake inquiries, and you should not communicate with or send any information to these individuals.
If you are contacted by an individual or company that is requesting to communicate with you through a suspicious communication method, do not communicate with these individuals. If the individual or company has communicated with you through a suspicious email, do not click on any links in the email, and do not provide any personal information to the individual. If you suspect that you may be victim of these suspicious activities, please contact the VetSuccess.gov team at 202-461-9600.
Do not share any of the following information with these companies or any other suspicious party:
Please be mindful of the information you share with individuals or a prospective employer until you are confident that the employer and employment opportunity are legitimate. If you suspect that you may be victim of fraud as a result of these suspicious activities, please contact the VetSuccess.gov team at 202-461-9600.
VetSuccess.gov continues to make every effort to prevent this type of abuse. If you have received a suspicious email, phone call, text, or fax, please report these activities to the VetSuccess.gov team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Curtis L. Coy
Time for Veterans of Gulf War I to Apply For VA Disability Benefits Extended
Veterans of the Persian Gulf War with undiagnosed illnesses have until December 31, 2016 to apply for VA disability benefits. Under the previous VA rule any undiagnosed illnesses used to establish eligibility for VA benefits had to become apparent by Dec. 31, 2011.
When announcing the change Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said: “Not all the wounds of war are fully understood. When there is uncertainty about the connection between a medical problem and military service, Veterans are entitled to the benefit of the doubt.” Veterans or survivors who believe that they may qualify for these benefits should contact VA at 1-800-827-1000.
State opens new veterans office in Va. Beach (12/16/2011, Pilot Online)
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services has opened offices in Virginia Beach and Alexandria. The openings on Thursday increases to 22 the number of veterans benefits offices operated in Virginia by the state agency.
The offices are intended to assist veterans with their paperwork and tracking claims. Representatives will also assist them if they appeal a claim.
In addition, veterans' affairs representatives can help with other issues, such as pension claims and veterans compensation.
The Beach office is in Pembroke II at the Pembroke Office Park, 287 Independence Blvd., Suite 130. For more information, call Elizabeth Bonin at (757) 552-1884.
NOTE: Liz will visiting VFW Post 392 this month on March 20th from 1100-1530. Otherwise, she will be available in her office during regular business hours.