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11th Annual Yountville Veterans Home
Air Force Sergeants Association
NATIONAL LEAGUE OF FAMILIES OF AMERICAN PRISONERS AND MISSING IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA, CALIFORNIA STATE COUNCIL, INC.
NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION OBSERVANCE POKER RUN and WATCHFIRE
Co-Sponsored by Vietnam Veteran's of America
National League of POW/MIA Families
American Legion, Mission City Post 564
Local Veteran Posts
Motorcycle Poker Run
(Proceeds to Benefit National League of POW/MIA Families and Veterans)
SEPTEMBER 19-20, 2009
Poker-Run Registration Opens (Coffee & Donuts)
Registration opens for Motorcycle Poker Run at Mission City Post 564, 2120 Walsh Avenue, Santa Clara, CA
Rider Safety Briefing
Brief remarks to participants by Santa Clara Mayor Mahan
1st Rider Stick Departs (5-10 minutes between groups*)
Poker Run (stops at several VSO buildings)
Mayor on lead-bike to local County Veterans Buildings/Posts
Poker Run End Party With Awards, Prize/Raffle Drawings, BBQ and Entertainment
Return and Final Stop at American Legion Mission City Post 564 for BBQ and entertainment, prizes and the beginning of Operation WatchFire, 24Hour Vigil
POW/MIA WatchFire Opening Ceremony
Open to the Public ~ Participation ENCOURAGED!
Reading of names of POW/MIAs from Bay Area (ALL WARS)
Missing Man Table Honors and Lighting of POW/MIA Candles
24-Hour Vigil ~ Dignified, Respectful Fellowship
Security provided by Veterans and Volunteers
Closing Ceremonies, Sunday at 5:30 pm
1. Welcome and Opening Remarks
2. Posting of Colors (local VSO Joint Color Guard)
3. Presentation of VSO Colors
4. Pledge of Allegiance
5. National Anthem
6. Invocation and Blessing
9. Presentations of Awards
10. WatchFire Lightning Ceremony
11. Posting of WatchFire Firewatch Detail**
12. Thanks and Salutations
Thanks and Presentation of Certificates of Participation
Retiring of Colors
Relief and Dismissal of Fire Watch Detail
Extinguishing the WatchFire Flame
Depends on number of riders and division into groups/sticks
WatchFire Fire Watch Detail Tour of Duty (1-2 hours) Depending on number of volunteers
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:
National League of Families Vietnam Veterans of America
Phone: (408) 605-0894 Phone: (408) 607-4030
Senate Resolution 260
Whereas, on September 16, 1919, Congress issued to the American Legion a Federal charter as a wartime veterans service organization;
Whereas the American Legion remains active in communities at the national, State, and local levels;
Whereas members of the American Legion (commonly referred to as ``Legionnaires'') provide millions of hours of volunteer service to medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs and State homes for veterans throughout the United States;
Whereas the American Legion continues to sponsor activities for children and youth, including the National Oratorical Contest, Boy Scouts, American Legion Baseball, Boys State, and Boys Nation;
Whereas the American Legion awards millions of dollars in college scholarships to young men and women;
Whereas the American Legion National Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to Legionnaires displaced by natural disasters;
Whereas the American Legion Family Support Network provides assistance to members of the Armed Forces of the United States and their families;
Whereas the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation has provided millions of dollars to programs focused on youth in the United States, including the Special Olympics and the Children's Miracle Network;
Whereas the American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance provides grants to veterans with children experiencing financial hardships;
Whereas the American Legion remains second to none in steadfast support of strong national defense;
Whereas the American Legion supports maintaining a viable and principled foreign relations agenda;
Whereas the American Legion is a staunch advocate for the principal missions of the Department of Veterans Affairs;
Whereas the American Legion wrote the original draft of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 (58 Stat. 284, chapter 268), commonly referred to as the ``G. I. Bill of Rights'';
Whereas the American Legion continues to support employment programs and opportunities for veterans; and
Whereas Legionnaires believe that a veteran's service to the United States continues long after the veteran is honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate designates September 16, 2009, as ``The American Legion Day''.
From: Secor, Kevin
Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 2009 1:50 PM
Subject: Patient Care Group Scam
I have received many reports that Veterans are being contacted by "Patient Care Group" representing that they are helping administer VA prescriptions and stating that the pharmacy billing procedures have changed and they are therefore requesting Veteran credit card numbers for prescription payments in advance of filling their prescriptions. This is false. VA does not call Veterans asking to disclose personal financial information over the phone. VA has not changed its processes for dispensing prescription medicines.
(September 1, 2009)
I received this from another list, but those of you who receive medications from the VA or from ChampVA should be aware of this scam. Kay (Gold Star Wives of America, Washington D.C., Mid Atlantic Region)
The Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that the "Patient Care Group" is conducting a scam operation against veterans who receive VA prescriptions.
Callers claiming to be representatives of this group tell veterans that their prescriptions are being administered by the company. They then ask for credit card information so that the veterans can continue to receive their medications.
VA officials said that the department has made no change to its prescription system, and that veterans should not provide any information to callers from this group.
Veterans with questions about VA services should contact the nearest VA medical center or call, toll-free, 1-877-222-8387.
August 9, 2009 - As a lifetime member of the Gold Star Wives of America, I just wanted to share this with you. Check out the hyperlink. Shirley B. (Web Master)
My name is Sarah White and I am a therapist in California. I wrote a children's book for the children who have lost a soldier. I give away as many as I can and recently figured out how to get a copy on youtube so families can have it for free. I just wanted to share the link with you because of the work you do for these families. Thank you for your time.
Fantastic photos taken 68 years ago. Some of you will have to go to a museum to see
what a Brownie camera looked like?
These photos are absolutely incredible....Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941
Administrator's Note: This is an email received from Gary Ragsdale, Thank You Gary!!
OPM finalizes hiring preferences for military spouses
By Alyssa Rosenberg email@example.com August 12, 2009
The Office of Personnel Management has finalized a rule allowing federal agencies to hire the spouses of some military service members without requiring them to compete for jobs.
"The intended effect of this rule is to facilitate the entry of military spouses into the federal civil service as part of an effort to recruit and retain skilled and experienced members of the armed forces and to recognize and honor the service of members injured, disabled, or killed in connection with their service," OPM director John Berry wrote in notes on the regulation, published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.
The rule allows agencies to appoint the husbands or wives of members of the armed forces to jobs without comparing them to other candidates under three conditions: if a service member is transferred to a new location permanently, becomes completely disabled during active duty (though the injuries do not have to result from combat), or dies during an active-duty assignment. If the spouse is killed during service, the widow or widower must remain unmarried before receiving an appointment.
Administrator's Note: This article was emailed to me by the Gold Star Wives.