Friday, January 20, 2017

The American Legion backs VA on disability claims on toxic waste exposure



American Legion backs VA on disability claims on toxic waste exposure


WASHINGTON (January 13, 2017) – The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization expressed appreciation Friday after the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a decision to provide disability benefits

to veterans suffering from eight deadly diseases connected to water contamination at Camp Lejeune, N.C. 


"Veterans have waited long enough for treatment and proper care in the area of environmental health," American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt said. "Those who have served at Camp Lejeune and are

now suffering from illnesses linked to contamination cannot be left to confront these diseases as if they were not in any way connected to their time on base. We are here to see this does not happen."


Groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune  was stated specifically in American Legion Resolution No. 118, passed unanimously by delegates at the 98th  National Convention in Cincinnati, calling for expanded research and quick, compassionate care for veterans suffering from exposure to other environmental hazards. The resolution also calls on Congress to establish a national center for research on the diagnosis
and treatment of health conditions of veterans, as well as their descendants, exposed to toxic substances during military service and an advisory board on exposure to toxic substances.


Eligible to apply for benefits based on toxic water exposure include those on active duty, reserve and National Guard status serving at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of
30 days (cumulative) between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions: adult leukemia; aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes; cancer of the bladder, kidneys or liver, multiple myeloma; non-Hodgkin's

lymphoma and Parkinson's disease.


With a current membership of 2.2 million wartime veterans, The American Legion, www.legion.org,

was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 13,000 posts across the nation.


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Media contacts: John Raughter (317) 630-1350 / 317-441-8847 (cell), jraughter@legion.org  or Michael Dorsey (202) 263-5758, mdorsey@legion.org








Thursday, January 19, 2017

Veterans Events & Announcements 1/19 to 2/19

Listed below are the events I have for the next 30 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there is no new items. You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events at  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html 

If your group has an event benefiting veterans, or you hear of an event, please share with me so I can share with the veteran community.  I would rather get an event 3 times than not at all!  Please make sure any flyer lists address of event and a contact person!

You can also find many other veteran events & information for Veterans on the State of MI Veterans website, Detroit Public Televisions' Veterans website, and a few others:
http://www.michiganveterans.com/home/Calendar.aspx
http://www.veterans.dptv.org/all-events

http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html#MI
https://sites.google.com/site/miveteranevents/home/military-events

ANNOUNCEMENTS!

"Special Thanks to ABC Warehouse!" As many of you know I volunteer at the Metro Airport Freedom Center, something like a USO. We currently have served over 325,000 troops, dependents, and veterans. Recently our fridge died and it was the great folks at ABC Warehouse that stepped forward and supplied the center, free of charge, a nice new fridge! Just wanted to acknowledge their generosity.

"Veterans & Social Security" This info might help some vets get an increase in your monthly SSA check. This only applies to veterans that served between 1957 & 1968 and who retired before 2002. Since the SSA uses the last 35 years of employment to determine how much your benefit will be, the vets in the mentioned group can have about $12,000 added to their income summary for their years in the service. That could make a difference in how much your benefit check will be. For complete info see the SSA webpage dedicted to this issue.

EVENTS!

"Thursday, January 19, 2017" Soldier Angels will be hosting another in their series of free food for vets at the American Legion Joe Louis Post 375 (Parking Lot) 19486 Sherwood Street Detroit, from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm, In Partnership with Gleaners Food Bank https://soldiersangels.formstack.com/forms/detroitmfd. You must register in advance at the website or call 210-629-0020. See flyer for more details.

"Friday, January 27, 2017" The Student Veterans of America (SVA), U of M Ann Arbor Campus, if hosting their 8th annual Benefit Dinner at the Rogel Ballroom in the Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM . All proceeds will benefit the Washtenaw County Vet Treatment Court & Region 9 VCAT. For more info see flyer. To get tickets click here.

"Friday, January 27, 2017" There will be a Macomb County Community Veteran focused hiring event from 9AM till 1PM at Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp. Open to the public, no registration required in advance. See flyer for more info.

"Wednesday, February 1, 2017" Southfield VFW 2645 is hosting its monthly Spaghetti Dinner social from 5 till 7PM at the post, 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield, rear entrance. $7 for all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, & salad. For more info call Don at 248-971-5844 or see flyer.

"Tuesday, February 7, 2017" Southfield Human Services will be hosting the first Tuesday of each month Training & Treatment Innovations, Inc., to provide supportive services to veterans that are homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless. This take place at Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield, from 1 till 3PM. This is open to all vets in Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, Saginaw, Lapeer, & Genesee Counties. For more info call 248-796-4540 or seeflyer.

"Sunday, February 12, 2017" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society (www.mimths.org) is hosting another in their lecture series and book review, "A Victim No More," A story of struggle, healing, and restoration by Sgt Stephanie J. Shannon - Best Selling Author of Battling the Storm Within and Founder and CEO of Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment. Takes place at the museum, Stevens Dr, Eastpointe, starting at 2PM. Admission by donation.

"Wednesday, February 15, 2017" The Macomb Community College Veterinary Program will be providing a long list of free services to veterans' dogs & cats, from 11AM till 3PM. For a complete list of free services see flyer. This is by reservation only at 586-286-2096 or email to francisL@macomb.edu.

"Saturday, February 18, 2017" Camp Liberty will be hosting its annual "Diamond & Spurs" Gala at the Laurel Manor, 39000 Schoolcraft Road, in Livonia from 4 till 10PM. Visit Camp Liberty for more information. See the registration flyer on their website for complete details for you which is also on line at https://camp-liberty.org/event/diamonds-spurs-camp-liberty-gala/.


--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member

Thursday, January 12, 2017

#Veteran Events & Announcements 1/12 to 2/12

Listed below are the events I have for the next 30 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there is 3 new items. You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these future events at  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html 
If your group has an event benefiting veterans, or you hear of an event, please share with me so I can share with the veteran community.  I would rather get an event 3 times than not at all!  Please make sure any flyer lists address of event and a contact person!

You can also find many other veteran events & information for Veterans on the State of MI Veterans website, Detroit Public Televisions' Veterans website, and a few others:
http://www.michiganveterans.com/home/Calendar.aspx
http://www.veterans.dptv.org/all-events

http://www.hostmtb.org/RADs_and_Other_Retiree-Veterans_Events.html#MI
https://sites.google.com/site/miveteranevents/home/military-events
ANNOUNCEMENTS!
"Special Thanks to ABC Warehouse!" As many of you know I volunteer at the Metro Airport Freedom Center, something like a USO. We currently have served over 325,000 troops, dependents, and veterans. Recently our fridge died and it was the great folks at ABC Warehouse that stepped forward and supplied the center, free of charge, a nice new fridge! Just wanted to acknowledge their generosity.
"Veterans & Social Security" This info might help some vets get an increase in their monthly SSA check. This only applies to veterans that served between 1957 & 1968 and who retired before 2002. Since the SSA uses the last 35 years of employment to determine how much your benefit will be, the vets in the mentioned group can have about $12,000 added to their income summary for their years in the service. That could make a difference in how much your benefit check will be. For complete info see the SSA webpage dedicated to this issue.
EVENTS!
"Saturday, January 14, 2017" The Yankee Air Museum is hosting its annual Gala fund-raiser at the museum, 2068 E St, Belleville (Willow Run Airport), with doors opening at 5:30PM, dinner at 6:30. After dinner there will be an afterglow party presented by Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle featuring Dwayne L Gill, Marine, former Cop, and a terrific comic! Tickets start at $250 per person. For more info and tickets visit the official website.
"Sunday, January 15, 2017" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society (www.mimths.org) is hosting another in their lecture series, this time about the Korean War. Takes place at the museum, Stevens Dr, Eastpointe, starting at 2PM. Admission by donation. The guess speaker will be Professor Bruce Zellers.
"Monday, January 16, 2017 (NEW)" The Mission Continues, where veterans help on civic projects, will be at MLK Day of Service Volunteer Project at Central High School, Detroit, from 9:30AM till 2PM - Volunteers are needed to help with painting and other indoor beautification project at Central High School to celebrate MLK Day - A light breakfast and lunch will be provided to volunteers. Please REGISTER here to participate
"Wednesday, January 18, 2017" The Macomb Community College Veterinary Program will be providing a long list of free services to veterans' dogs & cats, from 11AM till 3PM. For a complete list of free services see flyer. This is by reservation only at 586-286-2096 or email to francisL@macomb.edu.
"Wednesday, January 18, 2017" Inviting all those veterans either already in business or contemplating starting a business in 2017. We're also inviting any student veterans (studying for undergrade degrees in business) or any veteran who simply wants to learn more about veterans in business. Our meetings are ONLY OPEN TO VETERANS. Our meetings are ALWAYS FREE. Lunch is always provided to all those attending. This meeting will have Mr. Seth Seidell, Employment Law attorney with Seidell Law providing a special presentation on key facets of business law for anyone in business or contemplating starting a business. Don't miss this meeting...explaining "EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS LAW, BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK". See attached flyer for more details. Held at Level One Bank, 37100 Woodward, Bloomfield Twp, with a free lunch starting at 11:30AM.
"Thursday, January 19, 2017 (NEW)" Soldier Angels will be hosting another in their series of free food for vets at the American Legion Joe Louis Post 375 (Parking Lot) 19486 Sherwood Street Detroit, from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm, In Partnership with Gleaners Food Bank https://soldiersangels.formstack.com/forms/detroitmfd. You must register in advance at the website or call 210-629-0020. See flyer for more details.
"Friday, January 27, 2017" The Student Veterans of America (SVA), U of M Ann Arbor Campus, is hosting their 8th annual Benefit Dinner at the Rogel Ballroom in the Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM . All proceeds will benefit the Washtenaw County Vet Treatment Court & Region 9 VCAT. For more info see flyer. To get tickets click here.
"Friday, January 27, 2017" There will be a Macomb County Community Veteran focused hiring event from 9AM till 1PM at Macomb Intermediate School District, 44001 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp. Open to the public, no registration required in advance. See flyer for more info.
"Wednesday, February 1, 2017" Southfield VFW 2645 is hosting its monthly Spaghetti Dinner social from 5 till 7PM at the post, 24222 W 9 Mile, Southfield, rear entrance. $7 for all you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread, & salad. For more info call Don at 248-971-5844 or see flyer.
"Tuesday, February 7, 2017" Southfield Human Services will be hosting the first Tuesday of each month Training & Treatment Innovations, Inc., to provide supportive services to veterans that are homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless. This take place at Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield, from 1 till 3PM. This is open to all vets in Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, Saginaw, Lapeer, & Genesee Counties. For more info call 248-796-4540 or seeflyer.
"Sunday, February 12, 2017" The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society (www.mimths.org) is hosting another in their lecture series and book review, "A Victim No More," A story of struggle, healing, and restoration by Sgt Stephanie J. Shannon - Best Selling Author of Battling the Storm Within and Founder and CEO of Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment. Takes place at the museum, Stevens Dr, Eastpointe, starting at 2PM. Admission by donation.


--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member


Legislative information GovTrack Update for Jan. 11 2017



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Jan 9, 2017 — Introduced

H.R. 369: To eliminate the sunset of the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes.

This bill was referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and House Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Health which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration.
Rep. David "Phil" Roe [R-TN1] is a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Rep. David "Phil" Roe [R-TN1] is a member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Health.
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Jan 9, 2017 — Introduced

S. 75: A bill to provide for the reconsideration of claims for disability compensation for veterans who were the subjects of experiments by the Department of Defense during World War II that were conducted to assess the effects of mustard gas or lewisite

This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs which will consider it before sending it to the Senate floor for consideration.
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Jan 10, 2017 — Introduced

H.R. 411: To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a review of the deaths of certain veterans who died by suicide, and for other purposes.

This bill was referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration.
4 cosponsors are on that committee.
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Jan 10, 2017 — Introduced

S. 86: A bill to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program.

This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs which will consider it before sending it to the Senate floor for consideration.
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Jan 10, 2017 — Introduced

H.R. 388: To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that veterans in each of the 48 contiguous States are able to receive services in at least one full-service hospital of the Veterans Health Administration in the State or receive comparable servi

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Jan 10, 2017 — Introduced

H.R. 418: To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a pilot program to improve access to supportive services and community coordination for families of disabled veterans.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

President-Elect Trump announces choice for VA Secretary

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
 
David J. Shulkin
Under Secretary for Health
The Honorable Dr. David J. Shulkin is Under Secretary for Health for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. As the Chief Executive of the Veterans Health Administration, Dr. Shulkin leads the nation's largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.76 million Veterans each year. The Veterans Health Administration is also the nation's largest provider of graduate medical education and major contributor of medical research. Dr. Shulkin will have oversight over the system that employs over 300,000 people who work in the health system.

Prior to being nominated by President Obama and being confirmed by the United States Senate as Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Shulkin served in numerous chief executive roles including serving as President at Morristown Medical Center, Goryeb Children's Hospital, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, and the Atlantic Health System Accountable Care Organization. Dr. Shulkin also previously served as President and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Shulkin has held numerous physician leadership roles including the Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Shulkin has also held academic positions including the Chairman of Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel University School of Medicine. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Shulkin founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality one of the first consumer-oriented sources of information for quality and safety in healthcare.

Dr. Shulkin is a board-certified internist, a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, his internship at Yale University School of Medicine, and a residency and Fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center. He received advanced training in outcomes research and economics as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

Over his career Dr. Shulkin has been named as one of the Top 100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems by Becker's Hospital Review and one of the "50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the Country" by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician. He has also previously been named, "One Hundred Most Influential People in American Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare.

Daniel S. Wheeler
National Adjutant

The American Legion
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