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Friday, 27 May 2016
ACTION CORPS
Now Playing: Reprinted from Ann Markel
Topic: VETERANS
                                 May 27, 2016
 
In This Issue:
1. Memorial Day 2016
2. Senate Hearing on Pending Health Care Bills
3. House Advances Veterans Legislation
4. Democratic Leadership Roundtable
5. VA Proposes APRN Full Practice Authority
6. Brain Health Summit Focuses on TBI/PTSD
7. VFW Hosts U.S.-Russia Joint Commission
8. MIA and Burial Updates
 
1. Memorial Day 2016: National Commander John Biedrzycki will be representing the VFW at the White House Monday morning, as well as participating in Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Locally, many of our 6,600 VFW Posts will be hosting similar ceremonies to honor our fallen. As we gather to remember the more than one million Americans who died in our nation’s conflicts going back to the Revolutionary War, please remember to keep our 83,000 missing and unaccounted for servicemen — and their families — in your thoughts. Memorial Day weekend activities in Washington include:
-- National Memorial Day Concert, Sunday, May 29, from 8-9:30 p.m. on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, and aired live on PBS stations nationwide.
-- National World War II Memorial Observance, Monday, May 30, at 9 a.m.
-- Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day Observance, from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, inside the Memorial Amphitheater next to the Tomb of the Unknowns.
-- Vietnam War Memorial Observance, from 1-2 p.m., Monday.
-- National Memorial Day Parade, start time 2 p.m., Monday, from the National Archives building down Constitution Avenue past the White House.
-- Korean War Veterans Memorial Observance, at 5 p.m., Monday.
 
2. Senate Hearing on Pending Health Care Bills: On Tuesday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing to discuss several bills on veterans health care and benefits, including legislation to expand the Veterans Choice Program, expedite the disability compensation appeals process, and improve mental health care programs for women veterans. VFW Senior Legislative Associate Carlos Fuentes offered the VFW’s support for many of the bills being considered and offered recommendations to improve others. Fuentes urged VA to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce the more than 450,000 appeals backlog before reforming the process for future appeals. VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson and members of the committee also discussed Secretary McDonald’s recent comments on how VA measures wait times. To read the testimony or view the webcast, visit: http://www.veterans.senate.gov/hearings/pending-legislation-052416.
 
3. House Advances Veterans Legislation: On Monday, the House of Representatives advanced several veterans bills. These include the VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act, which would require VA to develop and carry out a plan to hire permanent directors at each VA medical center; bills to rename VA outpatient clinics and U.S. post offices after heroic veterans; and a bill to grant veterans the opportunity to appeal Caregivers Program eligibility determinations to an independent contractor. The House has passed several veterans bills in the past couple of months, and awaits Senate action on a large veterans health care and benefits bill before negotiation on a final veterans bill that would be considered by Congress and sent to the president. However, the House has failed to pass legislation to expand the Caregivers Program to pre-9/11 veterans who suffer from injuries and illnesses which limit their ability to live independently. The VFW urges its members and supporters to call on the Senate to pass the Veterans First Act, which includes language to expand the Caregivers Program, and tell the House to act on legislation to expand the Caregivers Program to veterans of all eras. Stay tuned to the Action Corps Weekly for updates.
 
4. Democratic Leadership Roundtable: Four times a year the House Democratic leadership hosts a veterans service organization (VSO) roundtable in an effort to stay connected with the issues that most concern the veterans community. The most recent roundtable took place on Wednesday, May 25. Topics the VFW discussed were the legislative action Congress must take to continue to improve veterans’ access to care. This includes making it easier for VA to hire more physicians, allowing VA outpatient clinics to have extended hours and weekend appointment options, simplify the contract process so private community doctors can more easily see veterans, and consolidate and streamline the non-VA care payment system so veterans aren’t charged for care in the community that VA should pay for. We also discussed the need for increased resources to pay for expansion of caregiver benefits, Blue Water Navy, and other benefits and services veterans and their families’ need. Leaders from the Appropriations Committee committed to working more closely with VSOs so they can better understand these needs and work to find ways to fund them.
 
5. VA Proposes APRN Full Practice Authority: The Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing a policy to allow full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) within VA. By doing this, APRNs will be able to assess, diagnose, interpret diagnostic tests and prescribe medications for patients. Permitting full practice to APRNs is being proposed as a means of increasing access to care for veterans. APRNs are clinicians with advanced degrees and training to provide primary, acute and specialty health care services. Depending on their specialization, they are certified as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse midwives. All VA APRNs are required to obtain and maintain current national certification. For more information on the APRN proposal, visit: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2791.
 
6. Brain Health Summit Focuses on TBI/PTSD: On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, One Mind –– an organization led by retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli that is dedicated to promoting and supporting brain health –– held a summit in Arlington, Va. Among those in attendance were employees of The Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institute of Mental Health, and The Food and Drug Administration. Panel discussions were hosted by world renowned Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) researchers, clinicians and policy analysts. The key sessions focused on the translation of science into clinical practices, standardized screening for TBI, the diagnosis of PTSD, and progress toward better diagnostic and prognostic assessments for TBI and co-morbid conditions. The conference wrapped up with talks centered on recommendations for advancing TBI/PTSD treatment and policy implementation in the future of medicine. For more information on One Mind, visit their website at: http://onemind.org/.
 
7. VFW Hosts U.S.-Russia Joint Commission: On Tuesday, VFW National Commander John Biedrzycki hosted a reception for the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs at the VFW Washington Office. The commission was formed in 1992 by then Presidents George H.W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin to help thaw superpower relations around a humanitarian issue. Their meeting in Washington this week was their first in 11 years and 20th overall. The commission’s purpose is to help break down bureaucratic barriers in order to help determine the fates of American and Russian MIAs from World War II through the end of the Cold War.
 
8. MIA and Burial Updates: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced burial updates and new identifications of remains of 13 missing and unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Being returned for burial with full military honors are:
-- Navy Seaman 2nd Class Challis R. James, of Portsmouth, Ohio, Fireman 1st Class Frank E. Nicoles, 25, of Eau Claire, Wis., Warrant Officer Daryl H. Goggin, 34, of Eugene, Ore., and Chaplain (Lt. j.g.) Aloysius H. Schmitt, 32, of St. Lucas, Iowa, had been missing since Dec. 7, 1941, when the battleship USS Oklahoma they were aboard suffered multiple torpedo hits and capsized as it was moored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
-- Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Davis, of Indiana County, Pa., who was lost fighting in North Korea on Nov. 2, 1950. It would be later learned he was captured but died in captivity. He was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
-- Navy Lt. Cmdr. Frederick P. Crosby, 31, of Orlando, Fla., was piloting an RF-8A Photo Crusader on a combat mission in North Vietnam when his aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed in Thanh Hoa Province on June 1, 1965. He was assigned to Light Photograph Squadron 63.
-- Army Pvt. Earl J. Keating, 28, will be buried May 28 in his hometown of New Orleans. Group remains representing Keating and Pvt. John H. Klopp, 25, also of New Orleans, were buried in Arlington National Cemetery on March 23. On Dec. 5, 1942, Keating and Klopp died repulsing a Japanese attack in present-day Papua New Guinea. Both were subsequently buried, but their graves couldn’t be located after the war. Both were assigned to Anti-Tank Company, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division. Read more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/777845/soldiers-missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-keating.aspx.
-- Marine Pfc. Elmer L. Mathies Jr., 21, will be buried May 28 in his hometown of Hereford, Texas. Mathies died Nov. 20, 1943, while fighting the Japanese on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands. He was assigned to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. Read more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/777823/marine-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-mathies.aspx.
-- Navy Motor Machinist's Mate 1st Class John E. Anderson, 24, will be buried May 28 in his hometown of Willmar, Minn. On June 6, 1944, Anderson was stationed aboard a Landing Craft Tank that after offloading its men and equipment during the D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach was destroyed by enemy fire. Read more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/777787/sailor-missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-anderson.aspx.
-- Army Pvt. John P. Sersha, 20, of Leoneth, Minn., will be buried May 28 in Eveleth, Minn. On Sept. 27, 1944, during Operation Market Garden, Sersha was one of three “Bazooka Men” sent out with a platoon to assault German positions near Groesbeek, Netherlands. None of the three men returned. Sersha was assigned to Company F, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment. Read more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/777857/soldier-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-sersha.aspx.
-- Air Force 1st Lt. Donald W. Bruch Jr., 24, of Montclair, N.J., will be buried May 29 in East Petersburg, Pa. On April 29, 1966, Bruch was piloting an F-105D Thunderchief toward a target in North Vietnam when his aircraft was struck by enemy anti-aircraft artillery. He was assigned to the 333rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing. Read more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/778981/airman-missing-from-vietnam-war-accounted-for-bruch.aspx.
-- Marine Pfc. James B. Johnson, 19, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., will be buried May 31 in Arlington National Cemetery. Johnson died Nov. 20, 1943, while fighting the Japanese on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands. He was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. Read more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/779753/marine-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-johnson.aspx.
 
 
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Friday, 20 May 2016
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Now Playing: Reprinted from article by Ann Markel
Topic: VETERANS
                                   May 20, 2016
 
In This Issue:
1. House Advances Bills
2. Hearing on Innovative Careers in Technology
3. House Passes Amendment for Blue Water Navy Benefits
4. Congress Advances VA Appropriations Bills
5. New Army Secretary Sworn In
6. MIA Update
 
1. House Advances Bills: On Wednesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a markup to advance several pieces of legislation. These included bills that would permanently authorize the Veterans’ Success on Campus program, which provides counseling and benefits assistance to student veterans; the VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act, which would require VA to develop and carry out a plan to hire permanent directors at each VA Medical Center; and a bill that would allow VA to recoup relocation expenses paid to employees when it is found that they did not deserve them. These bills were advanced to the full House for consideration. Stay tuned to the Action Corps Weekly for updates.
 
2. Hearing on Innovative Careers in Technology: On Tuesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing regarding innovative careers for veterans in technology based fields. During the hearing committee members made sure to focus on discussing not just tech-savvy, younger veterans, but also older generations of veterans interested in technology based careers. In attendance were leaders and policy makers from Microsoft, Amazon, NS2 Serves and Uber, whose companies have been making great efforts to hire more veterans. The VFW praises companies who offer innovative technology employment opportunities for veterans. To view the hearing, click here: http://veterans.house.gov/hearing/veterans-in-tech-innovative-careers-for-all-generations-of-veterans.
 
3. House Passes Amendment for Blue Water Navy Benefits: An amendment to the House-passed version of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill would extend presumptive service connection for conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure to Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans. Currently, only those Vietnam veterans who were “boots on the ground” or served on the inland waterways are eligible for the presumption.  This would mean eligibility for health care and compensation for thousands of veterans. The inclusion of the amendment came on the heels of a Washington, D.C. press conference organized by its sponsor, Representative Chris Gibson (R-NY), and attended by the VFW. The passage of this amendment is a major victory, as the VFW has long advocated that Blue Water Navy veterans should be eligible for presumptive exposure to Agent Orange. Still, the amendment must pass the Senate. Be on the lookout for an Action Alert on this issue next week, and feel free to begin contacting your Senators today to let them know that this is a top priority!  To read the Military Times article about the amendment, click here: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2016/05/19/house-votes-expand-benefits-vietnam-blue-water-navy-vets/84602742/.
 
4. Congress Advances VA Appropriations Bills: On Thursday, the House of Representatives and the Senate advanced their respective Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2017. Both bills fall short of the Administration and the Independent Budget’s request for veterans programs, specifically for VA’s FY2017 construction accounts and advance appropriations for FY2018. Both bills increase funding from FY2016 levels and the Senate’s version nearly matches the Administration’s request, but the House bill falls $1.5 billion short of the $75 billion VA said it needs for health care, benefits, cemetery operations, construction and other discretionary spending programs. Both bills include language to authorize VA providers to discuss the use of medical marijuana with VA patients. The Senate bill includes a provision that would expand fertility treatments VA provides veterans who have lost their ability to reproduce due to severe injuries they suffered during military service. However, the Senate failed to adopt an amendment introduced by Senator Grassley (R-IA) to end the wrongful practice of denying veterans who require a fiduciary their second amendment rights. The House bill does include a provision that would expand disability compensation benefits to Blue Water Navy veterans. It is unclear when Congress will discuss or consider a compromise bill, but the VFW urges its members and supporters to contact their members of Congress to ensure these three important provisions are included in a final compromise bill.
 
5. New Army Secretary Sworn In: On Wednesday, Eric Fanning was sworn in as the 22nd secretary of the Army during a small Pentagon ceremony after being confirmed by the Senate a day earlier. Fanning’s previous Pentagon positions include being deputy undersecretary of the Navy, acting secretary of the Air Force, and chief of staff to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. He defines his new job as making sure the Army recruits the best, trains them properly, equips them with what they need to do the job right, and to get them home. Read more at: https://www.army.mil/article/168207/Fanning_takes_oath_as_22nd_Secretary_of_Army/.
 
6. MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced the identification of remains of five American service members who had been missing in action since World War II. Being returned home for burial with full military honors are:
-- Navy Chief Storekeeper Herbert J. Hoard, 36, and Seaman 2nd Class Dale F. Pearce, 21, had been missing since Dec. 7, 1941, when the battleship USS Oklahoma they were aboard suffered multiple torpedo hits and capsized as it was moored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Hoard will be buried May 21 in his hometown of DeSoto, Mo., and Pearce will be buried May 26 in his hometown of Dennis, Kan. Learn more about their individual recovery and identifications at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/757870/uss-oklahoma-sailor-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-hoard.aspx and http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/776446/uss-oklahoma-sailor-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-pearce.aspx.
-- Marine Pfc. Elmer L. Mathies Jr., 21, will be buried May 28 in his hometown of Hereford, Texas. Mathies died Nov. 20, 1943, while fighting the Japanese on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands. He was assigned to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division.
-- Army Capt. Elwood J. Euart, 38, of Pawtucket, R.I., died Oct. 26, 1942, died trying to rescue some soldiers who were trapped in a transport ship that struck two mines as it was entering Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides. He was assigned to the 103rd Field Artillery Battalion, 43rd Infantry Division. Burial details have yet to be announced.
-- Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Donald L. Beals, 21, of Brookings, S.D., was a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot who died April 17, 1945, while on a combat mission near Dresden, Germany. He was assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force. Burial details have yet to be announced.
 
 
 
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Post 3274 Elects Officers for the Coming year.
Topic: Post 3274

Commander = Edwardo Rodriguez (Eddie)

Senior Vice = Charles Luera (Charlie)

Junior Vice = Michael Gimeson (Mike)

Quartermaster = Cathy Brock

Chaplain = Guillermo Rodriguez (Billy)

Judge Advocate = Sid Barrett (appointed)

Surgeon = Stanley Tillman  (appointed)

1st Year Trustee = Frederick Oliver (Ted) 

2nd Year Trustee = Marvin J. Baccus

3d Year Trustee = Charles Dice

Adjutant = Cathy Brock  (appointed)

Service Officer = Edwardo Rodriguez (Eddie) (appointed)


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Friday, 13 May 2016
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Now Playing: Reprint from Ann Markel
Topic: VETERANS
                                May 13, 2016
 
In This Issue:
1. House Hearing on Veteran Suicide
2. Senate Hearing on Tribal Veterans Health Care Bill
3. House Passes Veterans Bills
4. Senate Advances Veterans Omnibus
5. House Advances Key Bills
6. Changes to Spina Bifida Program
7. Take the Military Family Survey
8. MIA Update
 
1. House Hearing on Veteran Suicide: The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing on Thursday to discuss veteran suicide. Topics highlighted during the hearing were data gathering and analysis, better staffing of mental health providers, expansion of peer support programs, timeliness of patient care and outreach. The committee strongly highlighted the need to increase mental health staff within VA, as well as shorten the amount of time required to hire these health care providers. VA representatives discussed what they are doing to improve the Veterans Crisis Hotline as well as expand peer support specialist programs. VA also explained that they have been conducting research to better understand veteran suicide, not just as whole, but within subpopulations based on gender and age. The epidemiology department of VA has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as DOD to analyze data for all veterans dating back to 1979. Results should be published mid-summer which should help not only VA, but the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees make forward moving decisions on how to better prevent veteran suicide and improve mental health treatments.
To view a video of the hearing, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd3vAyJeKfM.
 
2. Senate Hearing on Tribal Veterans Health Care Bill: On Wednesday, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing to discuss the Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act, which would require the Indian Health Service (IHS) to cover the copayments VA charges Native American veterans who have been referred to VA medical facilities by the IHS for non-service connected conditions. The bill’s sponsor, Senator Thune, explained that IHS covers the copayments of Native American veterans who are referred to private sector providers, but not VA providers. This bill would correct this inequity. Santee Sioux Nation Chairman Roger Trudell discussed the barriers Native American veterans are required to overcome when receiving the health care and benefits they have earned. To view a video of the hearing, visit: http://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/legislative-hearing-receive-testimony-following-bills-s-2417-s-2842.

3. House Passes Veterans Bills: This week the House passed two veterans bills which would curb VA’s use of opioid prescriptions to treat and manage chronic pain, and would enable service members with military emergency medical technician (EMT) training to leverage their military training to streamline the process for state certification and licensure as an EMT. The bills now await consideration by the Senate. While the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee has advanced its version of the Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee has yet to consider the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2015. Stay tuned to the Action Corps Weekly for updates.
 
4. Senate Advances Veterans Omnibus: On Thursday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee advanced a veterans omnibus bill, the Veterans First Act, which includes a number of important provisions the VFW strongly supports, including expansion of the Caregivers Program to pre-9/11 veterans, expansion of the Yellow Ribbon Program to Fry Scholarship beneficiaries and authorization for research on the health effects toxic exposures may have on the descendants of exposed veterans. This bill would also curb VA’s use of high dose opioids to treat and manage chronic pain and improve accountability of VA employees who put veterans’ lives at risk. The VFW looks forward to working with the Senate to secure the swift passage of this important bill. For a summary of the bill, visit: http://www.veterans.senate.gov/newsroom/majority-news/isakson-blumenthal-unveil-groundbreaking-veterans-legislation-to-change-culture-at-va.
 
5. House Advances Key Bills: On Wednesday, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittees on Economic Opportunity and Disability Assistance & Memorials Affairs each held markups to advance several pieces of legislation to the full committee. They included bills that would increase accountability for VA employee relocation and travel, encourage veteran hiring in the private sector, improve oversight of the GI Bill, authorize a cost of living allowance for 2017, provide an extra month of benefits to families following a veteran’s death, and provide special compensation for veterans who lose or lose the use of creative organs in the line of duty. The VFW supports each of these measures. Stay tuned to the Action Corps Weekly for updates as they continue to move through the House.
 
6. Changes to Spina Bifida Program: This week, VA implemented changes to health care and services it covers for certain children of Vietnam War and Korean DMZ veterans born with spina bifida. Starting this week, Spina Bifida Program beneficiaries are eligible to receive homemaker or home health aide services that provide assistance with daily living activities or instrumental activities of daily living that have therapeutic value. VA has also made changes to the list of health care services that require preauthorization. For more information on these changes, contact the Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program General Information at 888-820-1756.  You can also read more at: http://www.va.gov/purchasedcare/programs/dependents/spinabifida/.
 
7. Take the Military Family Survey: Blue Star Families has asked the VFW to help distribute their 2016 Military Family Lifestyle Survey to active duty, Guard, Reserve and veteran families. The data collected provides real-time feedback from military members and families on issues ranging from operations tempo to pay and benefits, stress, caregiving and employment. The survey closes on May 31. Take it online now at: https://syracuseuniversity.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_73C1hBjjOK1eky9&RID=MLRP_1ZzNbz37XAfCy5T&Q_CHL=email.

8. MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of four American servicemen who had been missing in action since World War II and Korea. All will be buried with full military honors. Returned home are:
-- Navy Ensign William M. Finnegan, 44, of Bessemer, Mich., Ensign John C. England, 20, of Alhambra, Calif., and Chief Petty Officer Albert E. Hayden, 44, of Mechanicsville, Md., had been missing since Dec. 7, 1941, when the battleship USS Oklahoma they were aboard suffered multiple torpedo hits and capsized as it was moored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Hayden will be buried May 18 in Morganza, Md.
-- Army Sgt. Billy J. Williams, 20, of Madisonville, Texas, will be buried May 17 in Madison County, Texas. On Feb. 14, 1951, Williams was assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Infantry Division, when his company was attacked by Chinese forces in the vicinity of Chuam-ni, North Korea. He was declared missing in action after the battle. It would be later learned he had been captured, but died in captivity in April 1951.
 
 
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Friday, 6 May 2016
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Now Playing: FWD: Reprint from Ann Markel
Topic: VETERANS
                                                           May 6, 2016
 
In This Issue:
1. Progress, Promise, and Challenges in U.S. Veterans' Health Policy
2. VA Expands MyVA Communities
3. New Director of Center for Women Veterans
4. New Military Sexual Assault Report
5. Take the Military Family Survey
6. Invictus Games Begin This Weekend
7. V-E Day Commemoration
8. MIA Update
 
1. Progress, Promise, and Challenges in U.S. Veterans' Health Policy: On Wednesday, the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald to discuss his transformation of VA into a high performing organization. McDonald detailed his 12 priorities for 2016 which include improving a veteran’s experience when receiving VA health care, staffing critical positions that are vacant, and transforming information technology and supply chain processes. To view a video of his speech, visit: http://csis.org/event/progress-promise-and-challenges-us-veterans-health-policy.
 
2. VA Expands MyVA Communities: As part of Secretary McDonald’s MyVA transformation initiative, VA has established local community engagement boards, called MyVA Communities, around the country. These boards provide a feedback and input mechanism for local veterans, and bring together the local VA leadership to meet the unique needs of veterans in each community and facilitate the development of local solutions. VA has incorporated more than 50 community engagement boards into the MyVA Communities initiative and expects to have nearly 50 more by the end of the year. To learn about the MyVA Communities initiative or to find a local community engagement board, visit: http://www.va.gov/nace/myVA/index.asp.
 
3. New Director of Center for Women Veterans: The Secretary of VA has appointed Kayla Williams as the Director of the Center for Women Veterans. In this role, Williams will be the primary advisor to the Secretary on programs, policies and legislation that affect women veterans. Williams is an OIF veteran and is a long-time advocate for women veterans who has experienced the road to recovery with her husband who suffered a TBI while deployed in Iraq. To learn more about Williams, click here: http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/27420/kayla-williams-selected-new-director-vas-center-women-veterans/.
 
4. New Military Sexual Assault Report: Only 254, or four percent of nearly 6,100 sexual assaults reported by military service members last year resulted in court-martial convictions, according to the Pentagon’s latest report on military sexual assaults, which was released on Thursday. Although court-martial proceedings are still pending on 113 others, many reported assaults resulted in no punishment for an array of legal reasons that included lack of jurisdiction, lack of evidence, a commander's decision not to prosecute, or because the alleged perpetrator separated from the military. A full quarter of the complaints were filed as “restricted” reports, which meant the service member reporting the assault only sought health care or victims' support services, not a formal investigation. More than 500 cases were also resolved without a court-martial, which indicates non-judicial punishments and administrative discharges. About 20 percent of victims were men, which along with the total reports filed was consistent with the 2014 report. Learn more at: http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/752797/program-director-military-sexual-assault-efforts-having-impact-but-hurdles-rema.
 
5. Take the Military Family Survey: Blue Star Families has asked the VFW to help distribute their 2016 Military Family Lifestyle Survey to active duty, Guard, Reserve and veteran families. The data collected provides real-time feedback from military members and families on issues ranging from operations tempo to pay and benefits, stress, caregiving and employment. The survey closes on May 31. Take it online now at: https://syracuseuniversity.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_73C1hBjjOK1eky9&RID=MLRP_1ZzNbz37XAfCy5T&Q_CHL=email.
 
6. Invictus Games Begin This Weekend: The second Invictus Games, an Olympic-style international competition for wounded warriors, will be held May 8-12 in Orlando, Florida.  Taking its name from the Latin word for “unconquered,” the mission of the Invictus Games is to use “the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.” This year, 500 competitors representing 15 nations will compete in 10 athletic events. Television coverage will begin with the opening ceremony on Sunday, and continue throughout the week on ESPN2 and ESPN3. To learn more, visit: http://invictusgames2016.org/.  For the complete broadcast schedule, visit: http://invictusgames2016.org/espn-broadcast-schedule/.
 
7. V-E Day Commemoration: A public ceremony to commemorate the 71st anniversary of Victory in Europe Day will be held at the National World War II Memorial in Washington on Mother’s Day, May 8, at 11 a.m. All WWII veterans are invited to attend and be recognized for their service and sacrifice. The WWII Memorial has very few disability parking spaces, and street parking could be limited since it’s the tourist season. Taxis to the memorial are plentiful and recommended. The two closest Metro stations, Federal Triangle and Smithsonian, are both about a half-mile away. Learn more about this and other events at: http://www.wwiimemorialfriends.org/.
 
8. MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of four American servicemen who had been missing in action from World War II and Korea. Being returned for burial with full military honors on a date and location to be announced are:
-- Fireman 2nd Class James B. Boring, 21, of Vinton County, Ohio, Navy Fireman 3rd Class Edwin C. Hopkins, 18, of Swanzey, N.H., and Ensign Lewis B. Pride Jr., 23, of Madisonville, Ky., had been missing since Dec. 7, 1941, when the battleship USS Oklahoma they were aboard suffered multiple torpedo hits and capsized as it was moored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
-- Army Sgt. 1st Class James P. Shunney, of Providence, R.I., was lost fighting in North Korea on Nov. 2, 1950. He was assigned to Company I, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.
 
 
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Sunday, 1 May 2016
MAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR POST 3274
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Sunday, May 1st - May Day
Friday, May 6th - Dart Tournament
Monday, May 9th - Planning Meeting for Memorial Day 6:00 PM
Thursday, May 12th - Installation of VFW and Auxiliary officers 6:00 PM - Hot Dogs, Chili, Chips and Dips
Thursday, May 19th - VFW and Auxiliary Meeting 6:30 PM
                                        Pack Troop Care Packages
Saturday, May 21st - Armed Forces Day
Monday, May 30th - Memorial Day - Details will follow about ceremony.

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Friday, 29 April 2016
ACTION CORPS
Now Playing: Rprinted from Ann Markel
Topic: VETERANS
                                           April 29, 2016
 
In This Issue:
1. Army Retains SFC Martland
2. FY 2017 Defense Bill Overview
3. VFW Lauds Senate VA Committee Efforts
4. House Markup of Health Care Legislation
5. VFW Supports Continued Research for Gulf War Illness
6. New Four-Star Leadership
7. V-E Day Commemoration
8. MIA Updates
 
1. Army Retains SFC Martland: The Army announced yesterday that Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland will be allowed to continue his career in the Army. The decorated Green Beret had been fighting an involuntary discharge after confronting an Afghan police officer in 2011 for sexually abusing a small boy and assaulting his mother. VFW National Commander John Biedrzycki said in a statement that the VFW was pleased to hear that SFC Martland will continue to serve our great nation in uniform. “He is an outstanding soldier who did the absolute right thing for the right reasons, and we are very pleased that Army leadership agreed,” he said.
 
2. FY 2017 Defense Bill Overview: The House Armed Services Committee passed its fiscal year 2017 defense authorization bill draft by a vote of 60-2 early Thursday morning. The full House still has to vote on the $610 billion package, plus differences have to be worked out with a Senate version that is still in committee. Some of the troop strength and quality of life programs contained in the HASC bill include:
-- A 2.1 percent pay raise, which is a half-percent higher than the Administration’s request.
-- Halting most planned troop drawdowns by adding 25,000 more soldiers to the Army National Guard and Reserve, increasing the active Army by 5,000, adding 1,000 more Marines and 285 Airmen.
-- Retain Tricare Prime and create a new Tricare Preferred program out of the current Standard/Extra programs. Current fee structures would remain in place, but could change in 2020 if the Pentagon can meet certain standards for patient access and care. All personnel now serving or who will retire before 2018 will stay in current Tricare fee structures, with enrollment fees adjusted to the cost of living, as mandated by law. Anyone enlisting after Jan. 1, 2018, would pay an annual fee for services.
-- Require military treatment facilities to extend their normal business hours to improve patient access, and realign military health facilities under the Defense Health Agency, which is a step closer to the VFW-supported goal of a joint military medical command.
-- Require women to register with the Selective Service System.
-- Extend by one year the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance of $310 per month through Sept. 30, 2018, as well as eliminate the different treatment under the Survivor Benefit Plan accorded to members of the Reserve Component who die from an injury or illness incurred or aggravated in the line of duty during Inactive-Duty training.
-- Amend the Uniformed Service Former Spouse Protection Act by eliminating the “windfall provision,” which currently grants divorce awards based on expected retirement pay, not on the actual paygrade at the time of divorce. This is another longtime VFW-supported goal. Former spouses would still benefit from annual COLA increases as approved by Congress.
 
3. VFW Lauds Senate VA Committee Efforts: On Thursday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee unveiled its version of a comprehensive veterans package, known as the “Veterans First Act.” The VFW is encouraged that the committee has addressed some of the VFW’s priority goals, including expanding caregivers benefits to pre-9/11 veterans, expansion of the Yellow Ribbon Program to Fry Scholarship beneficiaries, and reducing VA’s use of high-dose opioids to treat and manage chronic pain. The VFW lauds the committee for its progress on this bill, and while there are key omissions, we call upon the full Senate to quickly pass it so that the House and Senate can compromise on a final bill. As the bill is conferenced, the VFW will strongly urge both chambers to include a consolidated community care payment provision, as well as to provide expanded urgent care options for veterans, postnatal care for new mothers, expanded childcare options at VA facilities, and an increase in the VA home loan guarantee amount. The VFW looks forward to working with the committees to pass this much needed bill, as well as finding a way forward to implement appeals reform that improves the process and reduces the current backlog of pending appeals. For a summary of the bill, visit: http://www.veterans.senate.gov/newsroom/majority-news/isakson-blumenthal-unveil-groundbreaking-veterans-legislation-to-change-culture-at-va.
 
4. House Markup of Health Care Legislation: Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health held a markup of several health care bills, many of which the VFW supports, including expansion of adult day care services and establishing a program to afford transitioning combat medics and corpsmen the ability to use their combat medical experience to become VA physician assistants. The bills await action by the full committee. To view the webcast of the markup, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxtPdbO_T0E&feature=youtu.be.
 
5. VFW Supports Continued Research for Gulf War Illness: On Thursday, VFW Senior Legislative Associate Carlos Fuentes participated in a panel discussion at a VA Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses meeting on how VA can improve health care and benefits for Gulf War veterans. Fuentes urged the committee to continue researching the causes of Gulf War Illness and to work with VA to develop a single disability benefits questionnaire for Gulf War Illness disability claims. For more information on the research advisory committee, visit: http://www.va.gov/rac-gwvi/.
 
6. New Four-Star Leadership: The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the nomination of the first female officer to lead one of the military's nine combatant commands, as well as two other four-star generals to lead U.S. forces in Europe and Korea. The full Senate is expected to confirm all three nominations. Approved this week was Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson to be commander of U.S. Northern Command. She is a life member of VFW Post 541 in Prescott, Ariz., and currently the commander of Pacific Air Forces. Also approved were Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti to lead U.S. European Command and Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks to lead U.S. Forces Korea. Scaparrotti is currently the USFK commander and will succeed retiring Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove. Brooks, a life member of VFW Post 2979 in Washington, D.C., is currently the commander of U.S. Army Pacific.
 
7. V-E Day Commemoration: A public ceremony to commemorate the 71st anniversary of Victory in Europe Day will be held at the National World War II Memorial in Washington on Mother’s Day, May 8, at 11 a.m. All WWII veterans are invited to attend and be recognized for their service and sacrifice. The WWII Memorial has very few disability parking spaces, and street parking could be limited since it’s the tourist season. Taxis to the memorial are plentiful and recommended. The two closest Metro stations, Federal Triangle and Smithsonian, are both about a half-mile away. Learn more about this and other events at: http://www.wwiimemorialfriends.org/.
 
8. MIA Updates: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of four American servicemen who had been missing in action since World War II and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
-- Navy Lt. Julian B. Jordan, 37, from Georgia, and Seaman 2nd Class Rudolph V. Piskuran, of Ohio, had been missing since Dec. 7, 1941, when the battleship USS Oklahoma they were aboard suffered multiple torpedo hits and capsized as it was moored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. They will be buried on dates and locations yet to be announced.
-- Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Leonard R. Farron, 23, will be buried May 4 in his hometown of Tacoma, Wash. On Oct. 15, 1942, Farron was piloting a P-39 Airacobra that failed to return to base after a strafing mission over Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal. He was assigned to the 67th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, 13th Air Force. Read more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/743794/airman-missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-farron.aspx.
-- Army Cpl. David J. Wishon Jr., 18, of Baltimore, will be buried May 6 in Arlington National Cemetery. Wishon was declared missing in action after his unit was heavily attacked by enemy forces in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea on Dec. 1, 1950. He was assigned to Medical Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Read more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/744912/soldier-missing-from-korean-war-accounted-for-wishon.aspx.
 
 
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Friday, 15 April 2016
ACTION CORPS
Now Playing: reprinted from Ann Markel
Topic: VETERANS
                                         April 15, 2016
 
In This Issue:
1. VFW Testifies at Two Bill Hearings
2. House Holds Hearing on IT
3. Military Construction and VA Bill Advanced by Congress
4. VA’s Commission on Care to Hold Public Meeting
5. Puerto Rican Regiment Receives Congressional Gold Medal
6. Top VFW & Auxiliary Volunteers
7. Veterans in Public Office
8. MIA Update
 
1. VFW Testifies at Two Bill Hearings: On Wednesday, April 13, Deputy Legislative Director Aleks Morosky presented VFW’s position on pending legislation before the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. If enacted into law, these bills will provide special compensation to veterans who lost the use of their reproductive organs, authorize a COLA increase for 2017, improve burial benefits and protect surviving spouses from repaying VA for certain overpayments. To view this hearing click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9UOA-YJ2o8&feature=youtu.be. On Thursday, April 14, Morosky presented testimony before the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. This bill hearing focused on legislation that will provide additional educational benefits to veterans in STEM programs, expand GI Bill usage for certain pre-apprenticeship programs, and make permanent the Vets Success on Campus program, along with other meaningful legislation. To view this hearing, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBQLbXWay8w.
 
2. House Holds Hearing on IT: On Thursday, April 14, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation held a hearing to examine VA’s work to improve and implement needed improvements to its IT to support the Choice Program. The committee heard directly from VA Under Secretary for Health, Dr. David Shulkin, and Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology, LaVerne Council, on issues surrounding VA’s IT scheduling and community care provider claims processing system, as well as the new system that will support the consolidation of community care networks. To view this hearing, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEvhAk2YcMo.
 
3. Military Construction and VA Bill Advanced by Congress: Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee held a markup to discuss and advance the fiscal year 2017 MilConVA appropriations bill that sets funding levels for VA and DOD’s military construction accounts. The bill would provide $74.9 billion for VA’s discretionary accounts. The bill also includes two provisions that are important to VFW members. It would expand VA fertility treatment options for veterans who have lost their ability to start a family due to their military service. The bill would also prohibit VA from interfering with the medications of veterans participating in state-approved medical marijuana programs. The Senate bill’s VA discretionary appropriations are $1.4 billion above the House’s MilConVA bill’s, which was also reported out of its respective committee this week. Both bills await consideration by their respective congressional chambers. Stay tuned to the Action Corps Weekly for updates on this important legislation.
 
4. VA’s Commission on Care to Hold Public Meeting: VA announced that its Commission on Care will host a meeting open to the public on April 18 and 19, 2016.  The commission was established by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 and is responsible for recommending ways to better deliver health care to veterans for the next 20 years. The meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., and those who cannot attend in person can register to dial into the meeting. For more information on the meeting and how to attend by phone, visit: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/07/2016-07919/commission-on-care-meeting-notice.
 
5. Puerto Rican Regiment Receives Congressional Gold Medal: A Puerto Rican Army regiment, the 65th Infantry Regiment known as the “Borinqueneers,” was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The VFW-supported recognition comes more than 50 years after the unit was disbanded, and the effort was largely due to the leadership of Congressional Gold Medal Alliance chairman Frank Medina, who is a member of VFW Post 3822 in Panama. Learn more at: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2016/04/13/congressional-gold-medal-awarded-to-puerto-rican-army-regiment/.
 
6. Top VFW & Auxiliary Volunteers: In recognition of National Volunteer Week, the VFW is saluting two of our own for representing the VFW and the Auxiliary in the Department of Veterans Affairs volunteers of the year award. Dale Henry, of VFW Post 8884 in Vinton, Iowa, has contributed almost 2,100 volunteer hours over the past four years with the Iowa City VA Healthcare System. Mariann Hamann, of VFW Post 7546 Auxiliary in Dearborn Heights, Mich., has volunteered more than 700 hours to Ann Arbor’s VA Healthcare System, as well as serving as secretary/treasurer of the local VA Volunteer Service (VAVS) Executive Committee. From its beginning in 1946, VAVS volunteers have served alongside VA staff to provide quality care and compassionate service to all veterans. The initial group of eight national organizations has grown to more than 7,400 national and local community organizations and 75,000 active volunteers. Last year, more than 6,100 VFW volunteers donated 700,000 hours to 159 VA medical facilities, which according to the nonprofit coalition Independent Sector would equate to almost $16.5 million in salary had they been paid.
 
7. Veterans in Public Office: An American Enterprise Institute article released on Tuesday provides a detailed breakdown of veterans serving in federal and state elected offices. Nationally, veterans made up 72 percent of the U.S. House of Representatives and 78 percent of the U.S. Senate in 1971. Today, those percentages are 18 and 20 percent, respectively, which still doubles veterans’ representation in Congress despite being only 9 percent of the general population. Veteran status averages about 14 percent in the state legislatures, with the top five being New Hampshire (23 percent), Nevada and Alabama (22), and North Dakota and Tennessee (21), and the bottom five being Utah (5), California and Minnesota (6), and Massachusetts and Illinois (7). The article includes a political party breakdown, but does not go further into detail regarding names or congressional districts. Read more at: https://www.aei.org/publication/serving-after-serving-veterans-in-state-public-office/.
 
8. MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced one burial update and the identification of remains of four sailors who had been unaccounted for since Dec. 7, 1941, when the battleship USS Oklahoma suffered multiple torpedo hits as it was moored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack capsized the ship, resulting in 429 casualties. Thirty-five sailors would be subsequently recovered and identified; the rest would eventually be buried as unknowns in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, better known as the Punchbowl. Being returned home for burial with full military honors on a date and location yet to be determined are Ensign Joseph P. Hittorff Jr., 25, of Westmont, N.J.; Chief Storekeeper Herbert J. Hoard; Fire Controlman 1st Class Paul A. Nash, 26, of Indiana; and Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Alfred F. Wells.
-- Army Cpl. Dudley L. Evans, 24, will be buried with full military honors on April 23 in his hometown of Greenville, Miss. He was assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, engaged in a battle in the vicinity of Chipyong-ni, South Korea. It would be later learned he died in captivity after being taken prisoner on Feb. 15, 1951.
 
 
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Friday, 8 April 2016
Action Corps
Now Playing: reprint from Ann Markel
Topic: VETERANS
                                   April 8, 2016
 
In This Issue:
1. VFW Set to Testify Next Week
2. VA Provides New Care to Migraine Sufferers
3. Army in State of High Risk
4. USAF Authorizes Gold Star Lapel Button Wear
5. MIA Updates
 
1. VFW Set to Testify Next Week: Next week, the VFW will testify at two hearings before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee where we will give our views on pending legislation. A Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, at 10:00 a.m.; and a Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity hearing is scheduled for April 14 at 2:30 p.m. Deputy Legislative Director Aleks Morosky will testify on behalf of the VFW at both hearings. For more information and to watch the hearings live, visit: http://veterans.house.gov/legislation/hearings.
 
2. VA Provides New Care to Migraine Sufferers: VA is now offering a new form of preventative care to patients suffering from migraine headaches. Cefaly is a new technology that uses electrodes to stimulate nerve cells which stop pain receptors from causing migraines. The device was approved by the FDA in 2014 and is suggested to be worn daily for a minimum of 20 minutes. Most patients report their migraines either completely end or at least drastically improve after consistent use of Cefaly. “It’s reduced the amount of meds I’m taking,” one patient said. “When you’ve had a headache for 14 days, you’re willing to try anything to get relief, and this thing works. If you’re having issues with headaches, it’s worth a try. It’s a comfort, having it here, knowing I can use it whenever I need it.” To read more, click here:
http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/26884/va-helping-migraine-sufferers-new-treatment/.
 
3. Army in State of High Risk: In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said Thursday that his service is in a state of “high risk,” which could spell disaster in terms of being able to respond when, where, and in sufficient strength to a major world crisis. He said another problem is the gap is closing in the U.S. military’s ability to outrange and outgun other major militaries. His current assessment doesn’t include what might happen if mandatory sequestration is restarted again next year, which would force the Army to drop from its planned 450,000 active-duty strength to 420,000. Eliminating sequestration has been a top VFW legislative priority ever since it was created by the Budget Control Act of 2011, not only because it slashes almost $1 trillion from Defense Department funding, but because the world has become far more dangerous and unpredictable since then. Five years ago the Islamic State didn’t exist, Russia wasn’t in Crimea, China wasn’t creating islands out of rocks, and North Korea and Iran weren’t pushing the limits of international patience as much as they are now. The VFW wants all members and veterans advocates to use this federal election cycle to force Congress to eliminate that which it created. Watch video of the hearing at: http://www.armed-services.senate.gov/hearings/16-04-07-posture-of-the-department-of-the-army.
 
4. USAF Authorizes Gold Star Lapel Button Wear: The Air Force is now allowing airmen to wear the Gold Star lapel button or the Next of Kin of Deceased Personnel lapel button on their dress coats, mess dress and service dress uniforms. Soldiers have been able to wear the pins on their dress uniforms since 2014. No decision has yet been reached for the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. Under federal law enacted in 1947, members of the armed forces who are issued the Gold Star pin include widows and widowers, parents, stepparents, children, siblings, and half- or step-siblings of those who died in combat. The Gold Star pin applies to conflicts from World War I forward. Those not eligible for the Gold Star pin could receive the Next of Kin pin, which applies to relatives who lost loved ones on active duty or were assigned to a Reserve or Guard unit on drill status. Learn more about both at: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2006-title32-vol3/pdf/CFR-2006-title32-vol3-sec578-63.pdf.
 
5. MIA Updates: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of remains of two Marines lost fighting in World War II, and burial updates of two World War II pilots and three Korean War soldiers. Returned home are:
-- Marine Corps Pfc. John F. Price, who was lost fighting on Tarawa on Nov. 20, 1943, will be buried with full military honors on a date and location to be determined. He was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.
-- Marine Corps Pfc. Anthony Brozyna, of Hartford, Conn., who was lost fighting on Tarawa on Nov. 20, 1943, will be buried with full military honors on a date and location to be determined. He was assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.
-- Army Cpl. Robert P. Graham, 20, of San Francisco, is being buried today with full military honors in Colma, Calif. In February 1951, Graham was assigned to Company A, 13th Engineer Combat Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, which was engaged in a battle near Hoengsong, South Korea. His unit was ordered to withdraw south while under heavy attack. He was reported missing on Feb. 13, 1951. Learn more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/711220/soldier-missing-from-korean-war-accounted-for-graham.aspx.
-- Army Air Forces Flight Officer Dewey L. Gossett, 23, of Spartanburg, S.C., will be buried with full military honors on April 11 in Wellford, S.C. On Sept. 27, 1943, Gossett was piloting an A-36A Apache in a flight of four searching for targets of opportunity when they encountered bad weather. Only three aircraft returned to base. He was assigned to the 527th Fighter Squadron, 86th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force. Learn more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/714241/airman-missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-gossett.aspx.
-- Army Pfc. Aubrey D. Vaughn, 20, will be buried with full military honors on April 12 in his hometown of Union, S.C. On April 23, 1951, Vaughn was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 5th Regimental Combat Team, when his company's position was overrun by Chinese forces in North Korea. Vaughn was reported missing in action after the battle. Learn more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/713796/soldier-missing-from-korean-war-accounted-for-vaughn.aspx.
-- Army Air Forces Capt. Arthur E. Halfpapp, 23, of Steelton, Pa., will be buried April 14 with full military honors in Annville, Pa. On April 24, 1945, Halfpapp was piloting a P-47 Thunderbolt that crashed during an armed reconnaissance mission southeast of Alberone, Italy. He was assigned to the 87th Fighter Squadron, 79th Fighter Group. Read more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/715567/airman-missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-halfpapp.aspx.
-- Army Cpl. Dennis D. Buckley, 24, of Detroit, will be buried April 14 with full military honors in Rittman, Ohio. On Feb. 5, 1951, Buckley was assigned to A Battery, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, which was fighting in the central corridor of South Korea. Buckley would be reported missing on Feb. 13 after the Chinese counterattacked. Read more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/NewsReleases/tabid/10159/Article/715592/soldier-missing-from-korean-war-accounted-for-buckley.aspx.
 
 
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Sunday, 3 April 2016
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