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American Legion Post 533
We are asking for a $2.00 donation for every food plate to help us maintain 51% non alcohol sales, in order to keep our new restaurant license. THANK YOU and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
VA Disability Claims Backlog Spiked to 300,000 During Pandemic
The VA did not restart in-person exams until late August, and then only on a limited basis.
Increased reporting of military sexual assaults has not led to more accountability, CBS News finds
Norah O’Donnell, CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor, and the CBS Investigative Unit interviewed nearly two dozen victims and three whistleblowers who worked for the military sexual assault and harassment prevention program for a four-part series beginning Thursday.
Jack Allen's Kitchen gives thanks by feeding 600 Camp Mabry soldiers
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
As we continue to find photos of the American service members who lost their lives in the Vietnam War, we are teaming up with veteran Facebook groups to help put a face to every name on The Wall. This week, we are asking you to help us find the photos of these four fallen service members from New York:
Otis James Hampton
Private First Class
A CO, 2ND BN, 7TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV. ARMY.
New York, New York
May 17, 1943 to November 17, 1965
Private First Class
C CO, 2ND BN, 12TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV. ARMY
New York, New York
October 13, 1946 to February 03, 1968
HHC, 2ND BN, 12TH CAVALRY, 1ST CAV DIV. ARMY.
New York, New York
February 14, 1951 to June 07, 1970
Hector David Oyola
Private First Class
B CO, 3RD BN, 1ST INFANTRY, 11TH INFANTRY BDE, AMERICAL DIV. ARMY
New York, New York
April 13, 1949 to August 14, 1970
Please share with your friends and Facebook groups.
If you have photos of any of these service members, or any service member listed on The Wall, submit them at: vvmf.org/wall-of-faces
In New Record, VA Now Handling More Than 10,000 Active Cases of COVID-19
Active cases of COVID-19 continue to rise among Department of Veterans Affairs patients.
Austin area employers are hiring Veterans and their Family Members this week! Mayor Adler’s Office and the City of Austin are joining Workforce Solutions Capital Area, local institutions of higher education, state agencies, and nearly 50 local employers to connect you to careers and internships. This virtual hiring event takes place from 10am-4pm on Thu, Nov 19, 2020. Visit bit.ly/veteranfamilycareerweek to register. #veteranfamilycareerweek #austinjobs #veterans #studentveterans #milspouse #military #veteranjobs
New court ruling could give thousands of Vietnam vets and survivors overdue disability payouts
Federal officials still have not decided if they will appeal the ruling.
Arlington National Cemetery Cancels Annual Wreath-Laying Amid COVID-19 Surge
The event has also been nixed at the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
VA moving ahead with plans to outsource all compensation and pension exams
Lawmakers raised concerns about plans to move all of the medical exams to contractors.
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
Sisters by blood, now sisters-in-arms: Two sets of sisters graduate recruit training
Three days before her grandfather passed away, Ashley Valentine, 19, made a promise to carry on his legacy in the United States armed services. After deciding to join the Marine Corps, her sister Amber, 22, made the decision to enlist as well.
“After talking with the recruiter about how it would impact my life, I was committed,” Amber said. “I was ready to go no matter what.”
Amber waited for her sister to be approved medically before she went to recruit training. The Manassas, Va. natives both agreed that having each other to rely on through recruit training helped during some of their highest highs and lowest lows.
“I went through a moment during first phase where I received some bad news in a letter, and she was there to be a shoulder for me to lean on,” Amber said.
The two will not be attending Marine Combat Training together however - Ashley suffered a hip fracture prior to graduation and will be remaining on the island while she heals.
The two sisters both have faith and confidence in each other on the next step of their lives, despite being physically distant. After they complete Combat Training, Amber will continue on in the Communications field and Ashley will be certified as a Motor Transportation Operator.
“I know she’s going to be ok,” Ashley said of her sister. “She’s always been independent and I know she’s going to succeed in her career.”
When Maria, Vanessa and Melissa Placido Jaramillo were young children, they made a pact to join the military together; yet it was their unbreakable bond that got them through the trials of recruit training.
The three sisters were born in Panama and moved to Las Vegas at a young age. Maria, 21, said she loved war movies growing up; When she saw “Tears of the Sun” for the first time, she said she was truly inspired to join the military. After learning about the ROTC program, she found her true motivation to become a Marine; to honor her family and give back the country who gave her so much.
Her other two sisters, identical twins Melissa and Vanessa, 22, were also in the ROTC program exploring their options of different branches, but it was their younger sister who first spoke with a Marine Corps recruiter.
During recruit training, it was friendly competition and daily positive affirmation that keep their relationship with each other strong, Melissa said.
“When one of us is lacking and the other is strong in that area, we always push each other to become to best we can be,” Melissa said.
“We have an unbreakable bond,” Maria said. “We are always together, but we know how to live separately. I know that my sisters will always be there for me, even when they are not physically with me.”
The three sisters have yet to find out what Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) they will be assigned, but are looking forward to what the Marine Corps has in store for them. Maria says she is excited to expand her knowledge of a new occupation while completing her education.
Melissa and Vanessa also both intend to complete their education, Melissa as a double major in Political Science and Medical Science, and Vanessa in Political Science and Legal Science. They all will become nationalized as American citizens.
These five success stories of triumph and resilience may have come to Parris Island with different mindsets and from different backgrounds, but they will forever share the bond of becoming Marines side-by-side.
Bastrop County Sheriff's Office
Arlington National Cemetery
The 60-day public comment period for proposed changes to eligibility criteria for burial at Arlington National Cemetery ends today, November 16. Consideration will be given to all comments received by that date.
Information on the proposed revised eligibility criteria can be found here: https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/About/Proposed-Revised-Eligibility-Criteria
To make an official public comment, please go to the Federal Register notice: federalregister.gov/d/2020-17801
U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser of Columbarium Court 8.
The Military Times guide to Tricare and FEDVIP open season
Open season ends Dec. 14 for those who want to change or enroll in Tricare plans as well as FEDVIP coverage.
Navy faces lawsuit for allegedly falsely denying retirement disability claims
A class-action lawsuit is accusing the U.S. Navy of unlawfully denying military disability retirement benefits to more than 16,000 Navy and Marine Corps veterans for more than 15 years.
Joe Vandever: Navajo Code Talker - VAntage Point
Joe Vandever Sr. was drafted into the Marine Corps to serve as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II. The code was never broken.
Army identifies 5 soldiers killed in Sinai UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash
The five soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash while on a peacekeeping mission.
Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 2
Reminder that Bastrop County is still under a burn ban!
5 US soldiers among 7 peacekeepers killed in Sinai helicopter crash
Americans among the dead in Sinai helicopter crash.
This Immigrant Soldier Earned the Medal of Honor a Year Before He Became an American
Alfred V. Rascon stands out in the line of immigrants who have fought for the U.S. before they officially became Americans.
Fort Hood leaders meet with Vanessa Guillen’s family, say gate will be named in her honor
During the Tuesday visit, Guillen’s family met with the III Corps and Fort Hood commander, Lt. Gen. Pat White, and deputy commander, Maj. Gen. John Richardson.
The War Stories Veterans Actually Want to Tell
Soldiers know the stories the rest of us want to hear. Some even have one or two
Navy vet celebrates Black vets at North Omaha museum
Eric Ewing spent 20 years in the Navy, most of it as a hospital corpsman, taking care of the medical needs of sailors in naval hospitals and aboard ships in
This 97-year-old just finished the Marine Corps Marathon. Here’s how the Iwo Jima veteran earned a Silver Star
The backstory behind this inspiring Marine:
DoD Fails to Address the Health Care Needs of Female Troops, Advisory Board Claims
The Defense Health Board has forwarded recommendations to the Pentagon to improve health services for female troops.
Bastrop County Emergency Services District No. 1
As a proud employer of many veteran's we just want to say Thank You! We appreciate all you've done to make this great country of ours the home of the free and the land of the brave.
Tomorrow, November 11th, if you know a veteran, please take a minute today to reach out and tell them thanks.
Lee County Veterans Service Office
In Honor of my Brothers and Sisters in Arms!
It began with an oath…
I raised my right hand and pledged to serve something greater than myself
The words have changed over the years but the commitment remains the same
service to the people of the United States
I live by a creed that reads in part...
I am a warrior...I serve my country...
I will protect their welfare...I am prepared to die in their defense...
I will never surrender...I will never leave a fallen comrade...
I shall fight on...though I be the lone survivor
I will trust in my God...and in my country...
The uniform has changed over the years but the symbolism remains the same
Dedication and service to the nation
I have felt joy...pain...sorrow...frustration...boredom...fear...
I was often cold...hungry...wet...over worked...seldom thanked
often glorified...often vilified...
sometimes scorned and despised by the very people I have sworn to protect
I have seen peace
And I have seen war
I’ve spent holidays alone and far from home
and served in remote areas of the world
From Lexington and Concord, to the desert sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan
I am a Veteran and I am proud that I served.
Happy Veterans Day!
Opinion: Texas veterans need our help, especially during COVID-19
Texas has the second-highest population of veterans in the country––nearly 1.5 million––and many of these veterans are poor or
Act Now: Open Season Is Underway
TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season are happening now and run through Monday, Dec. 14.
If you’re enrolled in or eligible for a TRICARE Prime option or TRICARE Select, TRICARE Open Season applies to you. This is your chance to enroll in a health plan or change your health plan for next year. Your enrollment choices will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.
Enrolling in a Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) plan may help you get the dental or vision care you need. If eligible, your chance to do so is now during Federal Benefits Open Season, which also runs from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14. If you enroll during Federal Benefits Open Season, your FEDVIP coverage will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.
To learn more, read the latest articles about TRICARE Open Season and Federal Benefits Open Season.
TRICARE Open Season begins today, Monday, Nov. 9 and ends Monday, Dec. 14.
1st Black woman named US Naval Academy student brigade commander
Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber will be the first Black woman to hold the top student leadership role at the U.S. Naval Academy.
National Memorial Day Concert (PBS)
Veterans Day is only two days away. On Wednesday, we plan to join the virtual event at the Korean War Veterans Memorial to honor all those who served and sacrificed in the name of freedom and to thank their families. Check out our page or the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation - KWVMF page at 2 p.m. ET for a livestream of the event. #MemDayPBS #VeteransDay #Veterans #ThankYou
U.S. Marine Corps
Happy Birthday Marines
Join Commandant Gen. David H. Berger and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Troy E. Black as we celebrate the 245th birthday of our Corps.
One Shot Distillery
Come by and enjoy a pint on us! Your service is greatly appreciated! 🍺🇺🇸
#osdtx #craftdistillery #craftbrewery
#drippingspringstx #drippingsprings #dstx
#fitzhughdistrict #texasveterans #do512
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