Monthly Archives: March 2014

Important information if you were stationed at Ft. McClellan, Alabama

If you were ever stationed at Ft. McClellan, Alabama, in the years 1935 through 1999 during your military service, then you were exposed to toxic chemicals. You need to file a claim with the VA for 100% service connection for toxic chemical exposure and make sure you cite HR 411 Ft McClellan Health Registry Act in your claim and attach a copy of it to your claim. Call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 for instructions on how to file a claim or file your claim online.
Agent Orange has NOTHING to do with H.R.411 Ft McClellan Health registry Act…PCB’s have everything to do with the bill. There is absolutely NO COVERAGE of AO in the bill.
By filing your claim now, you have to go through the Appeals process until H.R.411 Ft McClellan Health Registry Act is approved. It seems they are trying to get Presumptive Statusing…meaning as a presumptive, you will not have to prove it…it is already presumed. And, once H.R.411 is approved…your claim will already be in the VA system and you can be easily identified as a Ft McClellan Vet and get backpay back to the time you file your claim and/or to the time of exposure…not sure how the VA will work out finances or VA procedures. Legislation is pending.
Download and save to your computer and then upload and attach to your VA claim online and take a copy with you. It’s a PDF file. Contact your Congressmen and Senators to get them to support HR 411 Ft McClellan Health Registry Act.
provided by Ft McClellan Vet, Lars Vedvick

Candy Corner Creates Easter Basket for SAL Raffle

Les Thompson and his Candy Corner Confectioners have created a “large” Easter Basket filled with sweet reminders of the kid in all of us at Easter. How many of us have never had the urge to bite the ear of a large chocolate rabbit? The Sons of the American Legion are offering this “large” Easter Basket as part of an Easter Raffle. See SAL members for raffle tickets. You need not be present on April 18th at 6:30 pm to win. Proceeds from the raffle support the ongoing activities and community projects of the SAL.

Les Thompson offers  sweet confections for the kid in all of us.

Les Thompson offers sweet confections for the kid in all of us.

S.A.L. to Raffle Everything But The Squeal

The SAL is hosting an exciting day with a huge Shrimp and Pork Raffle on April 12th

The SAL is hosting an exciting day with a huge Shrimp and Pork Raffle on April 12th

From 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. on Saturday, April 12th, Squadron 120 of the Sons of the American Legion will be hosting a Shrimp and Pork Raffle at the Post home at 132 Cuyler Street, Palmyra. Refreshments, door prizes, music and everything that is expected at a SAL sponsored event will be offered. Come, enjoy yourself, and help the SAL raise money to support the sponsored activities of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron.

Local Grant Provides AED’s to Community

Ken Miller, Town of Palmyra Supervisor, is seen here after presenting an AED defibrillator to the Palmyra American Legion James R. Hickey Post #120 Commander, Ann Guest. Grant money became available through the estate of Ralph Cator to be used to benefit the people of Palmyra. David Jankowski, Committee member and Post Adjutant, suggested to the Committee overseeing grant applications that there is always a need for AED’s anywhere that people congregate. To that end, the Committee identified six (6) places where AED defibrillators would be accessible to residents in time of need. Identified where the Palmyra Town Hall, Palmyra Village Offices, Palmyra Police Department, Palmyra Community Library, Palmyra Highway Department and the Palmyra American Legion Post.
Mr. Miller has already contacted the Finger Lakes Ambulance service to provide free training on the use of these defibrillators to persons associated with each organization.
Each AED comes equipped with a mounting case that can be installed for easy access to this life-saving equipment.

L-R: Ken Miller, Palmyra Town Supervisor, Ann Guest, Post Commander, David Jankowski, Post Adjutant and Committee member

L-R: Ken Miller, Palmyra Town Supervisor, Ann Guest, Post Commander, David Jankowski, Post Adjutant and Committee member

Tour of Italy Dinner Menu Offers Outstanding Fare

JAMES R. HICKEY POST #120
PALMYRA AMERICAN LEGION
PRESENTS:

A TOUR OF ITALY
SATURDAY MARCH 29, 2014
2 SEATINGS: 4:30PM & 6:00PM
$17.00/person
$8.00/child (ages 4-12)

Reservations and payment required before March 26, 2014

DINNER BUFFET INCLUDES:
Antipasto Display
Hand Tossed Caesar Salad
Garlic Bread
Greens and Beans
Eggplant Parmesan
Tortellini Alfredo
Penne Marinara
Sausage with Peppers and Onions
Meatballs
Chicken Cacciatore
Cannoli’s
Coffee and Tea

New Secure VA Veteran Health Identification Cards Coming

The VA is introducing a new, secure identification card called the Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). The VHIC replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC), which was introduced in 2004.

– VA is committed to providing high-quality, safe
and effective health care veterans have earned and deserve, and part of this effort includes ensuring the personal security of veterans.

– As part of a phased roll-out, which began on Feb. 21, VA began issuing the newly-designed, more secure VHIC to newly-enrolled and other veterans who were not issued a VIC. Beginning in April, VA will begin a replacement effort to automatically mail the more secure VHIC to veterans who have the old VIC. VA expects to complete the mailings if the new VHICs by July. To ensure receipt of the new VHIC, veterans should make sure that VA has their correct mailing address.
– The new VHIC is distinguished by additional security features and will have a different look and feel. The veteran’s Social Security number and date of birth are removed from the bar code and magnetic strip. Similar to a typical health insurance card, the VHIC displays the veteran’s member ID and branch of service emblem, a new unique identifier, as well as a Plan ID which reflects the veteran’s enrollment in VA health care.
– The VHIC is for use in VA medical facilities and does not authorize or pay for a veteran’s care at non-VA medical facilities.
http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2014/February/New-ID-Cards-for-Vets Enrolled-in-VA-Health-Care.asp
(source: USAF Security Police Assoc. 3/2/14)