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FRONT PAGE!!! J Here is what it said:
Henry County veterans
board expands hours
CAMBRIDGE — The Henry
County Veterans Assistance Commission has increased the hours it will be open
each week to serve area veterans.
“It has been a tough
year for veterans all over the country,” commission Supt. Dot Meindok said in a
news release. “Each day 22 veterans commit suicide and it is reasoned that much
of that is due to lack of services and difficulty in accessing services.
“In an effort to help
fill the gap, the county’s veterans and the staff and board of the Henry County
Veterans Assistance Commission have decided to stay open an additional day
without taking a pay increase,” the news release said.
“We are all in this
together, we are all veterans, brothers and sisters in arms and a few extra
hours is nothing if it can make the difference in a veteran’s quality of life,”
Meindok said in the release. “Curtis Potter and I, along with our board and volunteer
drivers, see this as a necessity and we are happy to be able to serve,” she
are confidential, and are normally scheduled on Wednesdays, according to the
news release, so veterans seeking assistance with a claim should make an
appointment. Walk-in assistance is available on all days but the best days for
quick service are Monday and Tuesday when the office is fully staffed,
according to the news release.
New hours for the
veterans assistance office on the third floor of the Henry County Courthouse
are Monday through Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Veterans can check
the office’s calendar at www.henrycty.com/Departments/Veterans-Assistance for information on holidays, special events and
Or they can phone
309-937-3450 or 3451.
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CALL TO CARDS!
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for 'help'. My dad is a Military Veteran. He served during the
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He took his service seriously and is quite proud of what he did.
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he has; days, weeks, a month or two. We have discovered that cards and
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Trump and Clinton actually agree on one issue:
Both favor expanded services for
vets, though Trump wants more flexible private care.
Check out this story on
USATODAY.com: Clinton and Trump, AGREE??
Effects of Agent Orange extend to next generation
By Dave Boyer -
The Washington Times - Monday, August 22, 2016
A top House Republican said Monday that theDepartment
of Veterans Affairs is hiding behind a “litany of excuses” instead of
improving health care for veterans.
House Veterans Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller,
Florida Republican, said VA officials “haven’t learned much from the wait-time
scandal that shook VA to its foundations and forced the resignation of former
Secretary Eric Shinseki” in 2014.
“Unfortunately, it seems the same sort of attitude that created
the VA scandal is still alive and well within thedepartment,” Mr. Miller wrote
in an op-ed for InsideSources.com. “VA leaders have adopted the puzzling
strategy of downplaying and making excuses for instances of employee misconduct
that every objective observer knows are abhorrent.”
He pointed to recent comments by VA Deputy Secretary Sloan
Gibson, who criticized some media coverage for creating a false impression that
veterans seeking care would encounter “some lazy, corrupt bureaucrat who
doesn’t care a whit.” Mr. Miller said
those comments “are a remarkable rhetorical about-face” for Mr. Gibson after
earlier complaining about the agency’s culture that led to problems with
The VA’s inspector general has founded that 293 veterans died
awaiting care at VA facilities in Phoenix, with scores of other such cases
nationwide. But Mr. Miller said
the VA has fired fewer than 10 employees for issues related to wait times.
“Let that sink in. VA bureaucrats at 40 locations were
manipulating data to hide long waits for care, 316 veterans died and yet VA has
only successfully fired fewer than 10 people for these issues,” Mr. Miller said.
“It’s obvious that until those who caused the VA scandal are removed from the department’s
payroll, efforts to reform the department will
The lawmaker said the Obama administration can’t fix the problem
because the VA too often is “content to simply make excuses — often
excruciatingly bad ones — for their misbehavior.”
“Veterans are depending on VA for solutions to
most pressing problems,” Mr. Miller said.
“There is simply no excuse for VA’s litany of excuses regarding employees who
can’t or won’t do their jobs.”
Copyright © 2016 The Washington Times, LLC
Congressional Extension on
Guidelines for Upgrading OTH Discharges due to PTSD and TBI. The Congressional
letter is attached if you would like to read it. So, far 103 of the 271 adjudicated
cases have resulted in upgrades. There are still 481 cases pending.
WARNING: The following 2 articles are likely to incite anger and
sadness. I know they were hard for me to deal with. I have published them here
because I am of the belief that WE cannot look away as this continues to happen
over and over again, all over the nation. If this type of article should not be
in this newsletter please email me and let me know. This is you newsletter as
well as mine and I want only to inform you of matters that you want to know
about. Remember – you can call me directly at 309-751-8136 anytime. I am not a
counselor but I will always listen and help in any way that I can. With love
and caring for all of you, Dot
Veteran dies after setting himself on fire outside New Jersey
By Jessica Chasmar -
The Washington Times - Thursday, March 24, 2016
A 51-year-old veteran died
Saturday night after he set himself on fire outside a Department of Veterans
Affairs clinic in New Jersey.
Northfield police said Charles R.
Ingram III of Egg Harbor Township was airlifted Saturday afternoon to the
Temple Burn Center in Philadelphia, where he died later that night, The Press
of Atlantic City reported Wednesday.
Mr. Ingram reportedly used
gasoline as an accelerant and set himself on fire at the clinic at 1901 New
Road, which was closed at the time. The Northfield clinic is part of the
Wilmington VA Medical Center system.
No note of explanation was left at
the scene or at Mr. Ingram’s home, said Northfield acting Police Chief Paul
Atlantic County Veterans Affairs
Director Bob Frolow said the clinic’s daytime Monday-to-Friday schedule causes
a hardship for veterans who cannot get there during work .
“At the very least, his actions
were an expression of need,” Mr. Frolow speculated. “It’s a shame and sign of
desperation and need. This might open a window on that need.”
On Tuesday, veterans were seen
visiting a memorial for Mr. Ingram that had been set up at the site of the
fire, The Press reported.
The Wilmington VA Medical Center
issued a statement saying it was “saddened to learn about the tragic incident
that took place outside of the Atlantic County Community Based Outpatient
Clinic. … Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family, friends and
“Due to the open investigation and
patient privacy concerns, we will not be commenting further at this time,” the
statement said, The Press reported.
A VA official told the paper that
22 veterans commit suicide each day in the country.
Copyright © 2016 The Washington
76 year old
veteran kills himself in VAMC parking lot after being denied care.
A 76-year-old veteran committed
suicide Sunday in the parking lot of New York Veterans Affairs hospital, police
Peter A. Kaisen,
of Islip, was pronounced dead after he shot himself outside the nursing home at
Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island, Suffolk County police told The New York Times.
The reason for Mr. Kaisen’s
suicide was not immediately known, but two people connected to the hospital
told The Times he was angry after he was allegedly denied care in the emergency
room for issues related to his mental health.
“He went to the ER and was denied
service,” a hospital worker told The Times. “And then he went to his car and
The staff member said there is
always a psychologist on call, and the mental health building is open seven
days a week, but no one at the ER gave Mr. Kaisen that
“Someone dropped the ball,” the
worker said. “They should not have turned him away.”
A spokesman for the hospital,
however, said there “was no indication that he presented to the ER prior to the
incident,” The Times reported.
Goodman said “the employees here at Northport feel this loss deeply and
extend their thoughts and prayers to all those impacted by this tragedy.”
The Northport hospital has been
under scrutiny for mismanagement since The Times reported in May that it had closed all five of its
operating rooms for months due to dust contamination in its decaying air ducts.
Copyright © 2016 The Washington
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BE AWARE !!!
Transgender bathroom access
extends to all federal buildings
By Jessie Hellmann
Federal buildings nationwide must
allow transgender employees and visitors to use the bathrooms that correspond
to their gender identity, according to a notice set for Thursday publication in
the Federal Register.
The General Services
Administration says the more than 9,000 buildings and offices controlled by the
agency must comply, NBC
"Federal agencies occupying
space under the jurisdiction, custody, or control of GSA must allow individuals
to use restroom facilities and related areas consistent with their gender
identity," the notice says.
The rule applies to federal
courthouses and offices of the Social Security Administration and the
Department of Veterans Affairs, but it won't apply to the U.S. Capitol building
or national parks.
The notice says agencies can't
require proof a transgender person is undergoing a sex change or have them
produce proof of any surgery.
"The self-identification of
gender identity by any individual is sufficient to establish which restroom or
other single-sex facilities should be used," the notice says.
The issue of bathroom use by
transgender people has been an issue this year following a directive from the
Obama administration that advises public schools to allow students to use the
bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity or risk losing federal
Several states are challenging
that directive in court.
the PIG TIME!!!!!
Be sure to see the schedule, map
and parade route in the attachments. A BIG THANK YOU to PAUL KING & DENNIS
HANSEN and all the vets riding in the parade! Dot will be behind the van in a
red train ringing a bell! Before and after the parade Dot will be manning a
non-profit booth promoting awareness of HCVAC, this booth is near concessions,
so come out and say HI!
On Sunday, Dot will be representing HCVAC on the TOUR OF
HOG HEAVEN in a 28 mile bike ride. She will be sporting HCVAC and veteran gear!
Learn the route and please DO NOT run her
NOW HIRING VETERANS (Don’t
forget, employment postings are attached with many other opportunities.)
CHECK OUT THESE MILITARY
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Technical Recruiter, Knowledge Manager, and SCCM/Desktop Imaging Lead.
For more information, click the logo or email Dan Darland at Dan.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schebler is currently hiring Industrial Workers and Welders
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IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union is currently hiring for entry level teller
positions - Member Services Representatives
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Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors is currently looking for Real Estate Salespersons.
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FLIGHT DAY AT MODERN WOODMEN PARK
6:00:33 PM hosted by the R.I.A.
Federal Credit Union and QC River Bandits
Come out for the River Bandits baseball game at 7 pm on 1 September!
Half of the ticket price of $8 will go to support the Honor Flight of the Quad
Cities! Tickets can be purchased at any of the area R.I.A. Federal Credit Union
EMPLOYMENT EDUCATION EVENT
9:30:47 AM This is a great opportunity
to meet, interact, and recruit Soldiers,
Veterans, and their Family Members, who can be an asset to your
CENTER OF INFLUENCE
11:00:56 AM Click here to register!
The Iowa National Guard and the Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves
will be hosting Civilian Employers on a Center of Influence event at the
Davenport Army Aviation Support Facility at 9650 N HARRISON ST, DAVENPORT, IA,
E-mail (email@example.com) or Fax (515-252-4519) Registration by
Friday, September 2, 2016 to: Becky Coady (Iowa Committee for ESGR). Telephone
ANNUAL ADONAI PATRIOTIC GOLF TOURNAMENT
9/10/2016 8:00:25 AM Adonai
Community Support Services (ACSS) is hosting it's 5th annual golf tounament.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
OAKVIEW COUNTRY CLUB, ALEDO IL
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!
WOODMEN'S SALUTE TO HEROES MARCH
2:00:08 PM Gather along our route
Sunday, Sept. 11, beginning at 2 p.m. and into the evening, to honor local
first responders and military members on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11. If you
know a first responder or military group who would be interested in
participating in the march, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Modern
Woodmen's Be an Everyday Hero project remembers and honors those lost... and
recognizes the brave first responders, military members and others who continue
to serve our community every day. Visit www.modernwoodmen.org/everydayhero for
more details, including a map of the march route.
FCU ARSENAL ISLAND BRANCH OPEN HOUSE
11:00:05 AM The R.I.A. Federal Credit
Union is hosting an Open House at our Arsenal Island branch (in Building 61)
from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm on Thursday, 15 September. Come out, enjoy some free
hot dogs and chips, and meet our new branch management team of Nicole Kespohl
and Angela Zerbonia
ANNUAL CARDS FOR THE TROOPS
6:35:08 PM Save the Date — 9th Annual
Cards for the Troops
Please join us Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6:30-9 p.m., at for the 9th Annual
Cards for the Troops.
Adults only (high school and older), please. Hand-made rubber stamp art cards
are created by hundreds of volunteers under the guidance of local stamping
artists for our deployed troops to mail home to loved ones. No stamping
August 19, 2016
In This Issue:
1. VFW, VA Host Successful Vet
Center Tour and Q&A
2. VA Adds New Women’s Chat
3. Help with Health Care
4. Expanding Online Exchange
5. MIA Update
1. VFW, VA Host Successful Vet
Center Tour and Q&A: On
Wednesday, the VFW partnered with VA to host a live Facebook tour of the
Annapolis, Md., Vet Center and a Facebook chat regarding the benefits and
services available at the 300 Vet Centers and 80 mobile Vet Centers throughout
the country. National Veterans Service Deputy Director Ryan Gallucci and Chief
Officer for VA’s Readjustment Counseling Service Mike Fisher toured the
Annapolis Vet Center and discussed the array of confidential health care and
services one-stop Vet Centers provide to service members, veterans and their
families. Following the tour, VA subject matter experts and VFW staff answered
questions regarding Vet Center eligibility, community programs and how to find
the nearest Vet Center. Many veterans also shared how Vet Centers have positively
impacted their lives. The VFW urges VFW members and leaders to partner with
local Vet Centers for community outreach and service projects. To learn more
about Vet Centers, visit: www.explore.va.gov/health-care/vet-center-services.
To view a video of the tour or read the questions and answers, visit: www.facebook.com/VFWFans.
2. VA Adds New Women’s Chat
Service: The VA’s Women Veterans Call
Center is expanding its outreach to women veterans with a new online,
one-to-one chat function. The new service enables women veterans to go online
and anonymously chat via real-time text messaging with trained representatives,
all of whom are women and many of whom are veterans themselves. The new chat
feature, which is open extended hours Monday through Saturday, provides another
avenue for women veterans to ask general questions about benefits, eligibility
and services specifically related to them. Learn more at: http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/WOMENSHEALTH/programoverview/wvcc.asp.
3. Help with Health Care
Billing Issues: VA has established a
toll-free phone number for veterans to call if private sector health care
providers have improperly billed them for care that VA is required to pay. The
VFW urges any veteran being pursued by collection agencies to seek VA’s
assistance. VA will help you resolve adverse credit reporting and debt
collection issues. Veterans who believe they have been incorrectly billed for
their care should also call the billing call center to determine if VA is
liable for the cost of the care. For assistance, call 1-877-881-7618
and press 1, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern Time.
4. Expanding Online Exchange
Shopping Access: Military Times is
reporting that the Defense Department’s Executive Resale Board is recommending
that all honorably discharged veterans be authorized to shop online through
military exchange store websites. The VFW-supported idea was first pitched two
years ago by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service as a way to increase
donations to respective service morale, welfare and recreation programs, as
well as to thank the great majority of honorably discharged veterans who do not
make the military a career. If approved, the new benefit would apply to online
shopping only, not at traditional brick-and-mortar stores, where access will
remain restricted to military ID card carrying service members, retirees, 100
percent disabled veterans, and their eligible family members.
5. MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the
identification of remains of one soldier and two sailors who had been missing
in action from the Korean War and World War II. Returned are:
-- Army Pvt. Virgil B. Adkins,
of Summers, W.Va., who is scheduled to be buried with full military honors on
Sept. 3 in Hinton, W.Va. On July 17, 1953, Adkins was reported missing after
his patrol came under attack north of the former Demilitarized Zone in North
Korea. He was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3rd
Infantry Division. Read more at: http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/914298/soldier-missing-from-korean-war-accounted-for-adkins/.
-- Navy Fireman 1st Class Jim
H. Johnston and Seaman 1st Class Murry R. Cargile, were both stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7,
1941, when the battleship suffered multiple torpedo hits and capsized as it was
moored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During salvage efforts, a large
number of remains representing as many as 400 individuals were recovered and
buried as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in
Honolulu. The remains were exhumed in 2015, and due to advances in forensics
technology, both Johnston and Cargile were identified. Interment services are
pending. Read more at:
Dorothy “Dot” Meindok, Esq.
Superintendent, Henry County
Henry County Courthouse
307 W. Center Street
Cambridge, IL 61238
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