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VFW WASHINGTON WEEKLY

October 28, 2011



In This Issue:
1. VFW Supports Medal for Montford Point Marines
2. House Roundtable Discusses Patient Safety
3. VA Launches TBI Awareness Campaign
4. Burger King Helping VFW Unmet Needs Program
5. Military Post Offices to Close in Iraq
6. DD214s are Free
7. North Korea MIA Recoveries to Resume
8. Eleven MIAs Return Home


1. VFW Supports Medal for Montford Point Marines: The House unanimously passed legislation this week to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines of World War II who "paved the way for future generations of African Americans to proudly callthemselves United States Marines," said VFW National Commander Richard DeNoyer, who wants the Senate to pass their companion bill, S. 1527, before the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps on November10. The VFW asks that you contact your senators today and urge them to approve the bill. Contact your senators here: http://capwiz.com/vfw/dbq/officials/. For the VFW press release and e-mail Action Alert, go to http://stage.vfw.org/News-and-Events/Articles/VFW-SUPPORTS-MONTFORD-POINT-MARINES/.


2. House Roundtable Discusses Patient Safety: On Tuesday, the House Subcommittee on Health held a roundtable with representatives from the VA, veterans' service organizations, and healthcare industry leaders to discuss bringing new innovations and technologies into the VA to help combat healthcare-associated infections. Almost 1.7 million hospital patients nationwide are infected every year by potentially deadly and antimicrobial-resistant infections. The VFW will continueto work with Congress and the VA to provide the best possible care to our veterans. To learn more about the roundtable, click here:http://www.vfwonthehill.org/2011/10/vfw-to-join-house-roundtable-on-va.html.


3. VA Launches TBI Awareness Campaign: The VA has launched a campaign to increase awareness about Traumatic Brain Injury and the services provided to veterans and military members recovering from its effects, which can range from mild to severe, and last for a brief or prolonged period of time. The campaign debuted with a 25-minute documentary highlighting individual recovery stories and the specialized VA services that are available to support veterans and military members. The documentary and more information is available at http://www.polytrauma.va.gov.


4. Burger King Helps VFW Unmet Needs Program: For the fifth consecutive year, Burger King will be raising funds forthe VFW's Unmet Needs program throughout the month of November. Since 2007, more than 1,200 participating Burger King restaurants have raised more than $1.3 million in support of a VFWprogram that to date has provided more than $4.2 million in grant money to help 3,000 military families through emergency financial situations. The Unmet Needs program is available for all active-duty, Guard and Reservists in all five services, and program eligibility also extends to 36 months after an honorable discharge. For a list of participating Burger King restaurants, please visit http://www.vfwfoundation.org.


5. Military Post Offices to Close in Iraq: With U.S. forces coming home from Iraq by the end of the year, the U.S. Postal Service will stop accepting mail addressed to military post offices in Iraq starting Nov. 17. Military post offices in Iraq will also stop processing mail Nov. 17, and service members there should begin now to advise those who send themmail about the Nov. 17 deadline. Mail in the system through Nov. 17 will still be processed and delivered to service members. Read more here:http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=65829.


6. DD214s are Free: It has come to our attention that there are people advertising to obtain a veteran's DD214 for a fee when this service is in fact free for veterans and their family members. Need a copy? Read more here: http://www.army.mil/article/67903/.


7. North Korea MIA Recoveries to Resume: U.S. and North Korean officials reached an arrangement last week to resume operations to recover the remains of American servicemen missing from the Korean War. The recovery operations are expected to begin in Unsan County, about 60 miles north of Pyongyang, and in the Chosin/Jangjin Reservoir area, where more than 2,000 soldiers and Marines are believed to be missing. The U.S. had haltedits recovery missions in 2005 due to increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The new arrangement is a stand-alone humanitarian matter that is not tied to any other issue between the twocountries. Almost 8,000 American servicemen are listed as MIA from the Korean War. More than 5,500 of them are believed to be missing in North Korea. Read more here: http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=14874.


8. Eleven MIAs Return Home: The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced the identification of remains belonging to 11 airmen, one from Vietnam and 10 from World War II. Returned are:
    * Army Air Forces 2nd Lts. Robert R. Bishop, 24, of Joliet, Ill., Thomas Digman, Jr., 24, of Pittsburgh, Donald W. Hess, 28, of Sioux City, Iowa, and Arthur W. Luce, 24, of Fort Bragg, Calif.; Staff Sgts. Joseph J. Karaso, 21, of Philadelphia, and Ralph L. McDonald, 22, of East Point, Ga.; and Sgts. John P. Bonnassiolle, 20, of Oakland, Calif., JamesT. Blong, 19, of Port Washington, Wis., Michael A. Chiodo, 22, of Cleveland, and John J. Harringer, Jr., 20, of South Bend, Ind. On April 29, 1944, their B-24J Liberator crashed near thetown of East Meitze, Germany, while on a bombing mission of Berlin.
    * Air Force Col. Gilbert S. Palmer Jr., 37, of Upper Darby, Pa. On Feb. 27, 1968, Palmer and another crewmember were on a photo-reconnaissance mission of enemy targets in Quang Binh, North Vietnam, when their RF-4C aircraft crashed in an unknown location that eventually turned out to be across the border in Laos. Read more about their recovery and identification at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/news/news_releases/.

 

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