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2013 Post Christmas Party
Posted by VFW Post 3285 on 12.10. at 02:25
December 7th, 2013 , 6:00 pm.

Open bar 6-8 p.m. The Post will reopen at 9:00 p.m. for general bar business.

World War II veterans are invited to enjoy the party for free. The post will cover the price for the Veteran and 1 guest.

For everyone else the Cost is $10.00 a person+ a covered Dish. The Post Men’s Auxiliary will furnish the Meats for the party. Please us the sign-up sheet in the bar to indicate what side dish you will be bringing to the party.

Door Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. We have over $500.00 in various door prices available. Sign-up and for an evening of Food and Fun.

Any member needing a ride to the party please contact Commander Warner at 301.473.8141
Boy Scouts flag retirement ceremony
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 29.09. at 10:06
The Boy Scouts commemorate 9/11 anniversary with flag retirement ceremony at the VFW .

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=109799
Change to Executive Committee Meeting Schedule
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 19.07. at 20:58
Effective immediately the Post Executive Committee meeting will be held once a month at 7:00 pm to coincide with the General Membership meeting.
We are on Facebook
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 03.01. at 15:55
If you are a member of Facebook and would like to participate in our forum simply log on to FB, search VFW Post 3285, and make a request to join the discussion.
VA extends ‘Agent Orange’ benefits to more veterans
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 14.10. at 17:37
Release No. 10-01-09

Oct. 13, 2009

VA extends ‘Agent Orange’ benefits to more veterans

WASHINGTON (AFRNS) - Relying on an independent study by the Institute of Medicine, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki decided to establish a service-connection for Vietnam veterans with three specific illnesses based on the latest evidence of an association with the herbicides referred to as Agent Orange.

The illnesses affected by the recent decision are B cell leukemias, such as hairy cell leukemia; Parkinson's disease; and ischemic heart disease.

Used in Vietnam to defoliate trees and remove concealment for the enemy, Agent Orange left a legacy of suffering and disability that continues today. Between January 1965 and April 1970, an estimated 2.6 million military personnel who served in Vietnam were potentially exposed to sprayed Agent Orange.

In practical terms, veterans who served in Vietnam during the war and who have a "presumed" illness do not have to prove an association between their illnesses and their military service. This "presumption" simplifies and speeds up the application process for benefits, according to VA officials.

The secretary's decision brings to 15 the number of presumed illnesses recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"We must do better reviews of illnesses that may be connected to service, and we will," Secretary Shinseki added. "Veterans who endure health problems deserve timely decisions based on solid evidence."


Other illnesses previously recognized under VA's "presumption" rule as being caused by exposure to herbicides during the Vietnam War are:

-- Acute and Subacute Transient Peripheral Neuropathy
-- AL Amyloidosis
-- Chloracne
-- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
-- Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)
-- Hodgkin's Disease
-- Multiple Myeloma
-- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
-- Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
-- Prostate Cancer
-- Respiratory Cancers
-- Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, or Mesothelioma)

Additional information about Agent Orange and VA's services and programs for veterans exposed to the chemical are available at www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange, or call the toll-free helpline at 800-749-8387. (Courtesy of VA)
Troops to Teachers program
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 14.10. at 17:34
There is legislation pending in the U.S. Congress that will greatly enhance the Troops to Teachers program if passed. The legislation is House Resolution 1313-The Troops to Teachers Improvement Act of 2009 (HR 1313). The proposed legislation has bi-partisan support and 39 co-sponsors at this time but needs much more support. This letter is to request that you share this information with your colleagues and membership and to encourage each individual’s participation in the democratic process.

Contact information for the U.S. House of Representatives can be found at http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml. Contact information for the U.S. Senate can be found at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm. A brief snapshot of the proposed legislation follows and the entire bill can be located at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1313.

The Troops to Teachers program (www.proudtoserveagain.com) has accomplished much to enrich the quality of American education by helping to place mature, motivated, experienced, and dedicated veterans in our nation’s classrooms as public school teachers. Thousands of retiring and former military and reserve component personnel are discovering rewarding new careers in teaching and helping to build and sustain our nation’s communities, starting with our children.

Since the elimination of compulsory service over some 35 years ago, our nation’s youth have become unaware of the national importance our military service members play in today’s society. Americans should be proud of their sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines; they are the envy of the world. During the past 15 years the Troops to Teachers program has been extremely successful in producing quality teachers, a high percentage of whom are men and minorities. In addition, they have experience beneficial to successful teaching in high demand fields, such as, mathematics, science, special education and foreign languages.

While the Troops to Teachers program has been successful, it is absolutely necessary and required to enact legislative changes recommended by extensive study. The enhanced proposed legislation expands and updates eligibility to include our Iraqi freedom and War on Terrorism veterans. It also enacts a small financial enhancement after 15 years without change. The obligation a veteran must serve as a teacher to qualify for this modest financial increase has been extended from 3 to 4 years of employment. Lastly, and most importantly, Troops to Teachers applicants will be able to receive a small stipend to assist in defraying the education expenses for teacher licensing, which will be paid back by their service of at least 4 years in a school district that receives Title I, Part A entitlements. Additionally, an applicant can receive a bonus by serving at least 4 years in schools with high student poverty levels.

Thank you in advance for taking time to read and act on this request. Please contact my office via e-mail if you have any questions or concerns.


Robert T. Henry, USN (Ret)

Troops to Teachers Coordinator-MD/DC
Maryland State Department of Education
www.tttmaryland.org/home.html
VA Scam Alert!!!
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 01.10. at 22:01
All,

Please note the attached information from VA.

The link to the VA website is below.

http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1769

Please make the widest dissemination of this information.

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is warning Veterans not to give credit card numbers over the phone to callers claiming to update VA prescription information.

"America’s Veterans have become targets in an inexcusable scam that dishonors their service and misrepresents the Department built for them," said Dr. Gerald Cross, VA’s Under Secretary for Health. "VA simply does not call Veterans and ask them to disclose personal financial information over the phone."

Veteran Service Organizations have brought to VA's attention that callers are misrepresenting the VA to gain personal information over the phone. They say VA recently changed procedures for dispensing prescriptions and ask for the Veteran's credit card number.

"VA has not changed its processes for dispensing prescription medicines," Cross said. "Nor has VA changed its long-standing commitment to protect the personal information of this nation’s Veterans."

Veterans with questions about VA services should contact the nearest VA medical center or call, toll-free, 1-877-222-8387.
Memorial calls for photos of Vietnam vets
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 27.09. at 09:15
Release No. 09-05-09
Sept. 24, 2009


Memorial calls for photos of Vietnam vets

WASHINGTON (AFRNS) -- The National Call for Photos, a campaign to gather images of the more than 58,000 men and women whose names are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was launched recently at a Newseum event here hosted by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and FedEx Office.

FedEx Office will use its locations across the country to help in gathering photos.

Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial here, promoting healing and educating people about the impact of the Vietnam War.

The fund's latest initiative is The Education Center at The Wall, an underground facility near the memorial that is being designed to help visitors discover the stories of those named on The Wall and celebrate the values embodied by servicemembers from all of America's wars.

Exhibits will include a wall of photographs of people whose names are on The Wall, a selection of the more than 100,000 items that have been left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a timeline of key military events of the Vietnam War and a history of the memorial.

The center also will celebrate the values embodied by America's servicemembers: loyalty, duty, respect, service, honor, integrity and courage, officials said. An exhibit will show images of those who have served in America's conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq.

More than $20 million has been raised for the education center, including a $10 million gift from Time Warner. It is estimated that the center will cost $85 million to build.

Other Memorial Fund initiatives include educational programs for students and teachers, a traveling Wall replica that honors veterans and a humanitarian and mine-action program in Vietnam. (Courtesy of American Forces Press Service)

For more information, visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund site.

http://lyris.dmasa.dma.mil/t/2291225/5957388/6996/0/
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Summer Newsletter
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 29.07. at 14:07
The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Summer Newsletter can be found here.

http://www.vfwpost3285.org/post/service_officer_documents/veteransnewsletter.pdf
Post-9/11 GI Bill Information
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 29.07. at 13:43
Here is an additional link to more information and forms for the new program.

http://www.vfwpost3285.org/post/service_officer_documents/Post_911_GIBILL.htm
Post-9/11 GI Bill Information
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 29.07. at 13:37
New Post 9-11 G.I. Bill goes into effect August 1

(Annapolis, MD) July 22, 2009 – The landmark Post 9/11 G.I. Bill will officially go into effect on August 1. The law is considered to be the most significant piece of higher education legislation for veterans since the original G.I. Bill was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is the State’s approving agency for this program.

“It is an honor that MHEC is not only the State’s approving agency for this very valuable program, but that our staff does an outstanding job administering it,” Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr., said.
The new law is a benefit providing educational assistance to individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Governor O’Malley showed his strong support of the bill by joining in a bi-partisan effort with 27 governors across the nation sending a strong letter of support for the legislation to Congress.
“We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude for their service and sacrifice. The Post 9-11 GI Bill is a big step in the right direction and will help our veterans pursue the American Dream of a higher education,”Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown said.
“Governor O'Malley and I are committed to ensuring every eligible Maryland veteran is able to access every benefit they are entitled to and we look forward to working with MHEC, the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs and the USVA to educate veterans about these services, scholarships and opportunities.”
To be eligible for the benefit, military personnel must have served at least 30 days of continuous active duty service after September 10, 2001 and:
• Be honorably discharged from the Armed Forces;
• Be released from the Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list, or transferred to the Fleet Reserve or the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve;
• Be released from the Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable for further service in a reserve component; or
• Be discharged or released from Armed Forces for EPTS (Existed Prior to Service); HDSP (Hardship); CIWD (Condition Interfered with Duty) or continue to be on active duty.

Veterans will receive a percentage, as determined by their length of service:
• Amount of tuition and fees charged.
• Monthly housing allowance. Yearly books and supplies stipend up to $1,000 per year paid to the veteran.

Eligible veterans may participate in the Post 9-11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 for 15 years from their last period of active duty service of at least 90 aggregate days. Current service members may transfer their entitlements to dependents if they are members of the Armed Forces on August 1, 2009. On June 23, 2009, new Department of Defense guidelines established the criteria for eligibility and transfer of those education benefits.

For more information about The Post-9-11 Veterans Education Assistance Act, visit MHEC’s website at http://www.mhec.state.md.us/higherEd/acadAff/VeteransBenefits/index.asp or call Ted Porter at (410) 260-4532

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as an advocate for more than 327,000 college students in Maryland, for the State and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.


Christopher Falkenhagen
Director of Communications
Maryland Higher Education Commission
839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400
Annapolis, MD 21401-3013
Phone: (410) 260-4511
Cell: (443) 758-7644
Fax: (410) 260-3201
cfalkenh@mhec.state.md.us
Combat Action Ribbon
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 30.06. at 19:17
This is information that Army personnel who were awarded the CIB and other badges may put in for the Combat Action Ribbon. I don’t believe many Army personnel know that they are eligible.

http://www.mrfa.org/CAR.criteria.htm

Check the above link sent to us by a member of Post 3285. You could qualify for this ribbon if you meet the attached criteria. Contact the Post if you need assistance in applying for this ribbon.
LT. GOVERNOR BROWN LAUNCHES MARYLAND VETERANS NETWORK
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 30.04. at 16:44
LT. GOVERNOR BROWN LAUNCHES MARYLAND VETERANS NETWORK OF CARE PORTAL

Maryland is first state in the nation to launch online program to connect veterans with behavioral health services

ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 31, 2009) – Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown today joined representatives of the public mental health industry and veterans affairs as Maryland became the first state in the nation to launch a “Network of Care” Website devoted to the state’s veterans. The Maryland Veterans Network of Care portal is an on-line resource that provides simple and fast access to information on local, state and national behavioral health services available to veterans. The portal is part of Network of Care online community.

“We ask a great deal of our military families and our veterans and for that we owe them a debt of gratitude. When we saw men and women falling through the cracks of a large and out dated federal VA system, we didn’t point fingers. We chose to act,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans initiative is a national model for what states can do to improve veteran services, especially behavioral health services. We are proud to be the first state in America to launch the Veterans Network of Care portal. We hope that other states follow our example and make veterans health a leading priority.”

Last year, the O’Malley-Brown administration introduced to the General Assembly one of the most comprehensive veterans packages in the nation. The cornerstone of the package was the Veterans Behavioral Health Initiative that set aside $2.3 million for behavioral health services for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. The initiative provides funding for four regional resource coordinators who help direct behavioral health services to veterans in need. The administration introduced a bill this year that will expand the Veterans Behavioral Health Initiative to include all veterans. Brown is working closely with leaders in the General Assembly to protect funding for this program.

“Many veterans do not sign up for services through the VA, and their families don’t know where to turn for help,” said Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary John M. Colmers. “The Veterans Network of Care portal is a comprehensive Website that includes information to help veterans find and sign up for these services.”

Studies show that as many as one out of three veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffers from mental health problems, including traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Of those veterans, more than two out of three do not receive the proper medical attention that is necessary. Other studies have found that today’s returning veterans have a significantly higher rate of suicide than veterans from previous conflicts.

“The Veterans Network of Care portal will serve as a bridge between federal, state and local services available for veterans. As a unique, new outreach and information hub it will serve all of Maryland’s veterans regardless of their geographic location,” said Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Wilbert Forbes.

Found at www.mdveterans.networkofcare.org, Maryland’s Veterans Network of Care portal builds on the success of the state’s Network of Care site which launched last year. It is hosted by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), with assistance from the state Mental Health Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Maryland, On Our Own of Maryland and the Maryland Association of Core Service Agencies. DHMH is in the fourth year of a five-year $13.7 million federal grant to implement transformation initiatives in mental health care.

The Network of Care community allows consumers to have a lead role in addressing their needs for behavioral health services, and also allows them to store medical records, advance directives and personal wellness plans in a password-protected personal folder. The site also contains a library of mental health articles, links to support and advocacy organizations, and reports on legislation.

“This is a flexible system that can be updated within 24 hours,” said Renata J. Henry, DHMH Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health and Disabilities. “It is compatible with the 2-1-1 system and is available to anyone, including providers and those who staff crisis response systems.”

The Network of Care online community was developed by Trilogy Integrated Resources. California’s Network of Care system was showcased by the President’s New Freedom Commission in 2003 as a model program to help transform mental health care in the nation and is recognized as a leading force in the transformation of mental health care from a system that relied primarily on clinical treatment to one that empowers an individual to make decisions regarding his or her care.

“We were so proud to be able to work with both the veterans and mental health leadership of Maryland to develop this remarkable resource for our returning soldiers,” said Trilogy president Bruce Bronzan. “Maryland now has the most advanced and comprehensive, locally-based information resource for veterans and their families in the country.”

More information about Maryland’s main Network of Care Web site is available by clicking on “Maryland” found through the “Mental/Behavioral Health” link at www.networkofcare.org.
New Service Announced for Wounded Warriors, Families and Car
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 15.09. at 10:03
New Service Announced for Wounded Warriors, Families and Caregivers

http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=12190


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IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 752-08
September 08, 2008
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New Service Announced for Wounded Warriors, Families and Caregivers


DoD announced today that the Military OneSource service has established a Wounded Warrior Resource Center telephone number and e-mail address for service members and their families, if they have concerns or other difficulties during their recovery process.

Service members and their family members can now call (800) 342-9647 or e-mail wwrc@militaryonesource.com 24/7 to request support. Assistance provided by the resource center will not replace the specialized wounded warrior programs established by each of the military services, but it will offer another avenue of assistance for military facilities, health care services, and/or benefits information.

'The department is committed to aggressively addressing the needs of our service members and their families,' said Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

Specially trained consultants will ensure consistent, quality customer-centric support. The consultants will identify the appropriate 'warm hand-off' to either a military service or federal agency with authority to resolve the matter. The resource center consultant will maintain communication with the caller until the issue or concern is resolved.

'The term 'wounded warrior' encompasses the entire population of wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans,' said Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Michael L. Dominguez.

The Wounded Warrior Resource Center meets the requirements of Section 1616 of the 'National Defense Authorization Act Fiscal Year 2008' for a centralized number and ensures wounded families and caregivers have a number to call at any time.

________________________________

U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
Memorial Day Legislation
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 26.05. at 06:57
Great news out of the Maryland Legislature!

http://www.vfwpost3285.org/post/service_officer_documents/5.22.08_Vet_Health_Bill.doc

Regards, Don

VFW Post 3285 Service Officer.
Call to all members to help support these VFW programs
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 17.07. at 10:17
Call to all members to help support the VFW Poppy Drive and Operation Uplink programs

If every member can make a donation to these 2 worthy programs it would really help Post 3285 support them and make the Fund drives a success.
Volunteers needed for post Committees
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 17.07. at 10:17
We need volunteers to serve on the Voice of Democracy, Poppies, Post Christmas party committees and other upcoming events.

Help make our post the talk of the Community by donating your time to make these events successful. Contact Ron at 301-663-3372 for more information or to signup to participate.
Post Newsletters now available On-line.
Posted by VFW Post 3285 WEBMASTER on 18.02. at 10:32
Starting with the January/February 2006 edition the Post VFW newsletter will be available on-line.

If you wish to stop receiving the newsletter in your mail and rely on the electronic format contact the Post quartermaster at 301-663-3372

All Information on this page is maintained by VFW Post 3285, Frederick Maryland.
You can contact this VFW Post Web Admin by clicking here.
VFVFW Country Club (Post #3285), 5901 Old National Pike, Frederick, MD 21702
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