Monthly Archives: May 2014

Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is now upon us. Please check the Post’s calendar for all the events that have been planned and take the time to participate in whatever you can. Our parade scheduled for Monday at 0930 hours will honor World War II veterans and others. Katie VanBortel’s Chevrolet dealership in Macedon has graciously offered some of her new vehicles for the parade with a 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible reserved for our Normandy Invasion veteran(s). The offer by this writer to drive in the parade was graciously refused.

This is the land of the free because of the brave.

Tribute to all veterans in the front yard helps keep alive the sacrifice of all veterans. All gave some but some, gave all.

“Senior” Veterans Visit Post

“Senior” Veterans from area Senior Living Communities visited the James R. Hickey Post May 2, as a culminating activity following visitations to the communities by Post Service Officer, John Schlafer and 2nd Vice Commander, Dave Borland.  Schlafer and Borland had visited the communities with an audio/video presentation designed to show the residents that there was an active American Legion Post in the area.  The residents arrived by bus and auto and were greeted by Post Commander, Ann Guest, Post Manager, Amber Jenkins, Post Service Officer John Schlafer and 2nd Vice Commander, Dave Borland.  Commander Guest took interested parties on a tour of the first floor.  The other three floors were left for another time.

Past Post Commanders and their accomplishments are shared with the visitors.

Past Post Commanders and their accomplishments are shared with the visitors.

Ann answers questions  from Navy, Marine and Army widows in an informal setting. Ann answers questions from Navy, Marine and Army widows in an informal setting.

John Schlafer listens to a Veteran’s concern regarding benefits from the VA. John took notes, made a phone call, talked with a VA official and supplied the answer to the question and concern.

The first step in problem solving is listening.

The first step in problem solving is listening.

“Senior” Veterans Visit James R. Hickey Post 120

On Friday, May 2, 2014, James R. Hickey Post 120 hosted many “Senior” veterans from two nearby Senior Living Communities. The invitation was the result of two post officers visiting the Senior Living Communities in the area over the last two months to ensure that the veterans were aware of all the information they needed to gain what they had earned by serving our Nation. Three Senior communities were visited over the past two months and it culminated in the open-house for any and all who could find time for the get-together.  John Schlafer, Post Service Officer, David Borland, 2nd Vice Commander and Ann Guest, Post 120 Commander, greeted each of the visiting “Seniors”, welcoming them. Schlafer and Borland had created an audio/visual presentation for their “road show” to each of the Communities sharing what the Legion is, what it does and how the Post can help the veterans and their families.

Commander Guest, the former Post Historian conducted a tour of the first floor of the Post Home, sharing stories and the history of the Post and its potential. The other three floors will be left for another visit.

Ann answers questions  from Navy, Marine and Army widows in an informal setting.

Ann answers questions from Navy, Marine and Army widows in an informal setting.

Past Post Commanders and their accomplishments are shared with the visitors.
Past Post Commanders and their accomplishments are shared with the visitors by former Post Historian, Ann Guest.

Post Service Officer, John Schlafer, listens to a concern of a veteran regarding VA services.  Good listening is the beginning of problem solving.  John listened, took notes, made phone calls and the problem was solved.  Two months ago these veterans didn’t know that there was an active post in the area. Many of the veterans are reasonably new residents to our area.

The first step in problem solving is listening.

The first step in problem solving is listening.

 

 

Two “New” News-Articles of Important Information

There is a great new website on Agent  Orange Presumptive Conditions that lists a dramatic increase in number of conditions.  We have been asked to please pass this information on to other vets who might be affected.  The website is  http://www.veteranprograms.com/id1071.html

A 2014 Benefits for Veterans and Dependents Book is now available.  This unique handbook, written for veterans, gives you everything you need to know about: how to apply, veterans service centers, choosing a facility, changing a facility, second opinions, prescriptions, dental care, chiropractic care, non-VA care, travel, POW benefits, appeals, grievances, confidentiality, financial issues, means testing, hardship determinations, waivers, medication co-payments, health insurance and a complete listing of VA facilities.

The link to all this information is found at: http://militaryhandbooks.com/view-military-handbooks/2014-benefits-for-veterans-dependents

All this information was supplied by the Air Force Security Forces Association, April, 2014, Newsletter