Veterans of Foreign Wars of the
United States of America
General MacArthur Memorial Post No. 392
2408 Bowland Parkway, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
PH: (757) 486-5875
                                    

 

 

VFW Post 392 Newsletter Page

 MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Dear Comrades,

    It is our pleasure to present to you the latest edition of RED, WHITE, and BLUE THREE NINETY TWO's Monthly Newsletter. The July 2022 Newsletter is now available for your review. In it you will find messages from Post and Auxiliary Leadership, upcoming events, recent past events, birthdays, passings, Canteen information, and longevity awards. Please take time to review the Newsletter in its entirety to see what YOUR VFW Post is doing for our members and community. Also note that the Newsletter is only current as of the time of publication - events are subject to being added, changed, or deleted. For the most up to date calendar of events, click on the link on the left to view our Calendar page.

  Scroll down to see links to the past year's worth of Newsletters. At the bottom of the page is contact information for our Virginia State VA Representatives in Virginia Beach and updated information (as of 12/25/2021) regarding changes to TRICARE.

CHANGES IN SERVICES AND SCREENING AT THE HAMPTON VA HOSPITAL AS OF 4/8/2022

Comrades and Sisters, please note the following info provided by the VA Hampton Medical Center: COVID and Pharmacy Tent operations will cease on April 8, 2022, at 3:30 pm. Pre-procedure screening will be conducted in building 110, room D316. For non pre-procedure testing, please go to the Emergency Room. All Pharmacy needs will return to the main Pharmacy on the ground floor in building 110 on April 11. Effective April 11, 2022 Covid Vaccination Clinic has moved from Bldg. 114 to Bldg. 110B, 2nd floor, room 2C-150 & 2C-151, in Prime 6.

 


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Quilts of Valor

VFW Post 392, June 20th, 2022

On June 20th, 2022, VFW Post 392 hosted the Patriots Triangle Quilts of Valor group from Williamsburg, VA. We had 15 members and guest sewing new quilts, and also had another ceremony where 4 of our members received a QOV, along with 6 other guests. It was a great day as Post 392 members Ken Macdonald, Patrick Doyle, Tom McGowan, and John Phillips, who each served in the Vietnam area of operations during the Vietnam War, each received a custom made Quilt of Valor. Congrats to them and all the recipients that day. You can click each thumbnail below to see a full size image of the photo.

Boy Scout Troop 71 Eagle Scout Project

US Flag Retirement Ceremony

May 31st, 2022

 

What an honor for Post 392 Commander Troy Wagers and Auxiliary President Dinah Doyle to be able to be part of the flag retirement ceremony during an Eagle Scout Project with Boy Scout Troop 791..thank you and what a GREAT Day!!!

 

Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony

March 29, 2022 from 11AM-12PM

Greetings Comrades,

There will be a program at the Virginia War Memorial on March 29, 2022 from 11AM-12PM to honor all Vietnam Veterans.  They will be honoring you and pining on a pin to honor your service in Vietnam.  I will be giving the Invocation at that event. Below is some additional information about the event.  

The Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony will be held March 29, 2022 from 11:00 – 12:00 at the Virginia War Memorial.  March 29th is National Vietnam Veterans Day and Vietnam War Veterans Day in Virginia, a day to honor the men and women who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War. All Vietnam era Veterans attending the ceremony will receive a pin, honoring their service.

 

We want to recognize as many Vietnam Veterans as possible and ask that you help us spread the word, through your organizations, about this special upcoming event. More information can be found on the Virginia War Memorial Webpage Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony | Virginia War Memorial (vawarmemorial.org)

 

I hope to see you there.  You are long over due to be recognized for your service.

 

Yours in service,

Harold Sayles, Ph.D.

National Chaplain & State Chaplain

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

NOTE: IF YOU WERE UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO THIS CEREMONY, YOU CAN CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL VFW POST COMMANDER TO SEE IF PINS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR PRESENTATION TO OUR VIETNAM VETERANS OR THEIR SURVIVING SPOUSES. WE WISH TO ENSURE THAT ALL VIETNAM VETS ARE RECOGNIZED WITH THESE PINS. 

 

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION UPDATES FOR  APRIL/MAY 2022 - PLEASE REVIEW

THE SOCIAL SECURITY UPDATES HAVE BEEN RELOCATED TO A SEPARATE PAGE. FOR UPCOMING SSA ONLINE AND IN PERSON EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

 

THE 2022 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS CEREMONY WAS HELD ON APRIL 21ST. TO SEE THE REPORT AND PHOTOS, CLICK HERE.

 

SCOUT OF THE YEAR AWARD

YOUNG AMERICAN CREATIVE PATRIOTIC ART

SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST

This is a reminder that the Scout of the Year Award and the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest deadline date for entry will come due in the new year.

 

For the Scout of the Year Award, annually, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States awards three individuals.  These individuals can be Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters who have risen above their peers in illustrating the qualities of that rank. Entry to this contest is now closed for 2021. We will again accept applications in the Fall of 2022.

To be eligible for the award, the candidate must:

·       Be the recipient of the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.

·       Be a registered, active member of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship at the time the above award was received.

·       Have demonstrated exemplary citizenship in school, Scouting and community.

While there is no minimum age requirement (as along as all other eligibility criteria have been met), the maximum age requirement is 18 years old.  If an applicant reaches their 18th birthday during the nomination year, they remain eligible as long as they are still in high school at the time of the submission deadline of March 1, 2022.

 

It should also be noted that the student does not have to be a military dependent, nor do they need to be related to a VFW or VFW Auxiliary member to participate in this program.  

Documentation Required:

1.   A 3 x 5 picture of the Scout in full uniform.

2.   School Participation Record – single page, one-sided resume indicating your academic achievements, offices held, honors received and significant participation in other activities.

3.   Scouting Record – three pages maximum, one-sided only. Starting from the beginning of your scouting career.

4.   Community Service Record – single page, one-sided resume listing participation in community and religious service organizations (excluding Scouting and school), noting leadership positions held and any recognition received.

5.   Letters of Recommendation – submit three letters no more than two pages in length from:

§    A scout leader.

§    A community member.

§    A teacher/faculty member (if homeschooled, a parent letter is

allowed).

             §    In addition, you may include one or two additional letters, no more than two pages in length from local community members who have special knowledge of the candidate’s abilities/accomplishments.

6.   Completed Entry Form, which contains the complete rules and eligibility requirements can be found at www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/scout-of-the-year or by contacting me direct at cjmitchell02531@gmail.com.

Awards are as follows:

$5,000 1st Place National Scholarship

$3,000 2nd Place National Scholarship

$1,000 3rd Place National Scholarship

An entry form must be submitted to VFW Post 392 by no later than March 1, 2022.  Once received, it will then be advanced to state for judging.  If you are chosen to represent the state, your entry form will then advance to National for judging.

In addition to the awards available at the National level as shown above, the individual who is chosen as Post 392’s Scout of the Year will receive an award of $400 at a ceremony held in the Spring of 2022.

 

For the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, this is a reminder that the deadline for entering is March 31, 2022.

 

The scholarship is open to all students in grades 9 to 12, providing they are a U.S. citizen or U.S. national.  The student does not have to be a military dependent, nor do they need to be related to a VFW or VFW Auxiliary member to participate. 

Two-and three-dimensional art is acceptable.  Digital art, photography and jewelry are NOT ACCEPTED.

 

To enter, you submit your application (and artwork) to your local VFW Post, which in this case would be VFW Post 392, Virginia Beach.  Judging will commence immediately following the deadline date.  If chosen as Post 392’s first-place winner, your entry will advance to State, where it will again be judged.  If chosen to represent State, your entry will then advance for judging at the National level.

 

The following is a picture from the first-place national winner from the 2020-2021 year.  The winning prize was $15,000. 

A picture containing text, person, indoor

This was drawn using Acrylic Paint by an 11th Grade student from Bellevue, Washington.

 

For those who make it to the National level, listed below are the awards the top twelve-place winners will receive:

First Place:  $15,000 Award

Second Place: $7,500 Award

Third Place:  $3,500 Award

Fourth-Fifth Place: $1,500 Award

Sixth Place - $1,000 Award

Seventh-Twelfth Place:  $500 Award

 

If you need an entry form, go to www.vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships, scroll down and click on the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest.  The entry form sets out the complete rules and eligibility requirements.  You may also contact me for the entry form at cjmitchell02531@gmail.com.

 

As mentioned above, Post 392 judges the artwork for advancing the first-place winner onto State.  Aside from this, Post 392 also chooses a second and third-place winner for the Post level only.  If chosen as Post 392’s first, second and third-place winner, you will receive an award of $300, $200, and $100, respectively, at an Award Ceremony held in the Spring of 2022.

 

Again, the entry form for Scout of the Year must be submitted to VFW Post 392 by no later than March 1, 2022.

 

The entry form of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest must be submitted to VFW Post 392 by no later than March 31, 2022.

 

The address to forward your entry form is as follows:

 

VFW Post 392

Attn:  Scholarships

2408 Bowland Parkway

Virginia Beach, VA  23454

 

You may either mail or drop off your entry form.  If mailing, please be sure you give your entry form plenty of time to arrive.  If received after March 1, or 31, respectively, it cannot be accepted.  Should you decide to drop your entry off, the Post is open seven days a week and is open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  If directions are needed, the Post telephone number is (757) 486-5875.

 

Connie J. Mitchell

Scholarship Chairman

VFW Post 392 Auxiliary

 

Youth Scholarships - Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen (Click here to view on VFW Website)

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.

Voice of Democracy

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay.  Each year, nearly 25,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

The national first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, and find your sponsoring local VFW Post as applications must be turned in by midnight, Oct. 31. Download and complete the 2022-2023 Voice of Democracy entry form here.

Entry to this contest is now open for 2022-2023!!

 

The 2022-2023 theme is: 
America: Why is the Veteran Important?

 

About the 2021-2022 winner ...

Daniela Mare, a junior at Sachem High School North in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, was named the 2021-2022 Voice of Democracy first place winner. Daniela's speech on the theme, "America: Where Do We Go from Here?" won her a $30,000 college scholarship. Daniela VFW Post 9486 and its Auxiliary in Centereach, New York. Watch as Daniela delivered her speech during the VFW's virtual Parade of Winners award ceremony.

Want to catch up on everything that happened this year? You can watch the full virtual Parade of Winners ceremony which was streamed live on Facebook, or see this year's complete list of winners.

 

Patriot's Pen

Each year more than 68,800 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000! 

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, and find your sponsoring local VFW Post as applications must be turned in by midnight, Oct. 31. Download and complete the 2022-2023 entry form here

Entry to this contest is now open for 2022-2023!

About the 2021-2022 winner ...

Syed Ali, an eighth grade student from Lafayette, Louisiana, was named the 2021-2022 Patriot's Pen first place winner. His essay on the theme, "How Can I Be a Good American?" won him a $5,000 award. Syed was sponsored by New Iberia, Louisiana, VFW Post 1982.

Watch as Syed delivered his winning essay, during the VFW's virtual Parade of Winners streamed live on Facebook, or see the complete list of 2022 national winners.

 

The 2021-22 theme is: 
My Pledge to our Veterans

 

Attention Teachers! 

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Get Acquainted with VFW's Programs

National Scholarship Programs Brochure

FULL INFORMATION FOR ALL THREE PROGRAMS CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING THIS LINK: https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships

 

POST 392 LEGACY CEILING TILES

VFW Post is now selling 2' x 2' Legacy Ceiling Tiles that can be hung in the Canteen or Main Hall Ceiling at the Post. They are very high quality and can be ordered at the Post for $65.00. You may obtain one for yourself, or to memorialize any veteran whose service you wish to honor. This includes members of our Auxiliary!

There are already over thirty in place, and they look great!! The order form can be downloaded by clicking here. Here are some examples of Legacy Tiles already in place. Click the image to see full size. You can view additional tiles and get additional information by opening the August 2021 MOCA Insert.

UPDATES

Almost a century ago, the VFW National Home for Children began as a place where families left behind by war could remain together. Today, the National Home has evolved to meet the changing needs of America’s military and veterans’ families.

 

 

The Public can now lay flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery for the first time in 100 years.

Click this link for further information.

 

 

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA > 2020 > News Release: VFW Post 392 and Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America Partner for a Retirement for Flags

 

News Release: VFW Post 392 and Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America Partner for a Retirement for Flags

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2020

For more information contact:
Alison Harrison, Assoc. Development Director of Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America, 757-497-2688 ext. 372

VFW POST 392 AND TIDEWATER COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA PARTNER FOR A RETIREMENT FOR FLAGS

Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 392 in Virginia Beach held a Retirement for Flags on Sunday, February 16, 2020. Retired flags are tattered, torn, or damaged in some way and are burned when they are turned into the VFW Post for retirement. Approximately 100 flags were retired on February 16.

Post Commander Neil Siegfried and Senior Vice Commander John W. Flavin organized the program. Three groups of NJROTC students were present, along with four Tidewater Council Scouts from Troop 499 in Virginia Beach and one Scout from Troop 164 in Edenton, NC. Many VFW Post 392 members and Auxiliary members were also in attendance.

It was an inspiring ceremony with all Scouts, NJROTC students, and adults taking part in the program. Troop 499 Scoutmaster B.J. Allen did part of the readings, which included excerpts from previous speeches regarding the flag, given by past Presidents. Scout members present were Zachary A., Baran O., Leo H., and Nixon T., from BSA Troop 499 and Ethan T. from Troop 164.

Some of the flags were in strips with the blue field removed and burned separately, while some were small and burned as a whole. The line of people carrying the flags to the burn location was impressive. At the burn location, a VFW Post member was at the ready with a final salute for each flag.

About the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Founded in 1899, the VFW is an organization of war veterans committed to ensuring rights, remembering sacrifices, promoting patriotism, performing community services and advocating for a strong national defense.

About Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America
Tidewater Council is the 5th oldest Boy Scouts of America council in the United States, established in 1911. Today, the council serves over 5,300 youth and 2,400 adult volunteers in the Virginia cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach, as well as the North Carolina counties of Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans. Boy Scouts of America is one of the world’s largest youth organizations. More information about Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America is available by visiting www.tidewaterbsa.com, emailing james.parnell@scouting.org, or calling 757-497-2688.

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Changes to TRICARE

Updated December 2021

Starting January 1, 2021, there were some changes to your TRICARE benefits. 

The following will remain the same:

  • TRICARE will continue to offer several different health plans, but will now require some subscribers to pay a subscription fee.
  • All plans meet or exceed the requirements for minimal essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Plan availability depends on who you are and where you live.
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT ON DEC 15, 2021, TRICARE WILL MAKE CHANGES IN PHARMACIES SERVING THE PROGRAM. BE SURE TO VERIFY IF YOUR PHARMACY WILL BE IMPACTED!!!
  • What are the copayment changes as of January 1, 2022?
    • Generic formulary drugs will increase from $10 to $12.
    • Brand-name formulary drugs will increase from $29 to $34.
    • Non-formulary drugs will increase from $60 to $68.
  • For full information on the changes, go to https://tricare.mil/changes

VIRGINIA VETERANS AFFAIRS REPRESENTATIVE

State Veterans Services are available at the office in Pembroke Bldg 2, 287 North Independence Blvd, Suite 130, Virginia Beach VA 23462, (757) 552-1884. You can also contact the Dept of VA concerning your VA questions and concerns at 1-800-827-1000 or click this link for full information. https://www.dvs.virginia.gov/dvs/locations/virginia-beach-field-office


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