WELCOME TO OLE' BILL'S MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2011


THIS MONTH IN QUARTERHORSE HISTORY

1Dec65: Operation Bloody Hand begins, RVN.
1Dec10: Hanukkah 5Dec65: Battle of Ap Nha Mat (Binh Duong), RVN.
7Dec41: Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
8Dec65: Operation Viper ends, RVN.
9Dec65: Operation Bloody Hand Ends. RVN.
9Dec65: Operation Bushmaster Ends. Rvn.
10Dec65: Battle of Xa Cat Fire Base, RVN. C Trp involved.
20Dec95: End of IFOR Mandate in Bosnia.


ATTN "A" TROOPERS - 65 to 66

Attention all A Troopers who served with 1/4th Cav Prior to; and during 65 and 66 up until Jun 8. Michael Pepe, who was our First Sergeant during this period is having a birthday on Dec 13th. He is in his mid 80's now but I'm sure he would enjoy hearing from troopers that he ram-rodded, trained, disciplined, counseled....and the list goes on and on. His address is: 865 Country Club Cir., Venice, FL 34293. BB


TROOPER HISTORICAL PHOTOS

Thanks to Bill Butler for sending in the following photos he discovered on-line and are A-Cavs of the 1/4th Cav while in Vietnam. Enjoy yourself! Click on this hyperlink and it will take you to over 100 photos of ACAVS from the Vietnam era. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who rode any of these vehicles especially if there is story or two to relate??? BB

Markings look like A-36. This was Duke Snyder's Vehical in 65-66 and the seat on the rear looks like
something a First Sergeant would sit in.

Unknown ACAV, Lady in photo looks familiar though

Bravo 22

Bravo 29, a Mortar ACAV after they were striped of their big guns

Charlie Troop ACAV taken in the 1969 era. Note the neat spider hole on top!

HHT 63, Maint ACAV, 1969

M132 Zippo ACAV, A-88 TC Zippo Reb, 1968

Appearently this thing crawled out of a plantation up by long binh
and after a lot of in-fighting it ended up with the 1/4th Cav. Anyone claim it?

This photo looks much like the Zippo Reb photo used in the Division
Calanders. Can't make out the markings.


REUNION 2011 PHOTOS

The following photos are provided by Bob Corbin.

John Conley and Waitress.....................The QuarterHorse is in town!

Terry Valentine, Bob Coad and Rich Gerrine.....................Rich Gerrine, Terry Valentine and Joe Dabney

(Near Table) James Keech,Jim Smith,Jerry French, Bob Coad and Alan Benoit(Far Table) Terry Emphry, Ron Davidison and Charles Brigance
Bob Corbin and Elke Kampfert, Terry Emphrey, and Jim Keech. BB

Joe Dabney,Mrs. Valentine, Jim Keech, Charles Brigance, Elke Kampfert, Ron Haliki, Terry Emphry and Jerry French
.....................Terry Valentine, James Keech, Ron Davidson, Bob Corbin, Tom Witter and Wife.

Neils Christenson, Joe and Mrs. Dabney, Ukn Couple, Jerry and Mrs. French.....................Richard Gerrine and the Chicken Wing eating king of the 1st Inf Div, 2011 and a QH Trooper.


FIDDLERS GREEN

Soldiers Missing from Vietnam War Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of three servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

Army Capt. Arnold E. Holm Jr. of Waterford, Conn.; Spc. Robin R. Yeakley of South Bend, Ind.; and Pfc. Wayne Bibbs of Chicago, will be buried as a group, in a single casket representing the entire crew, on Nov. 9, in Arlington National Cemetery. On June 11, 1972, Holm was the pilot of an OH-6A Cayuse helicopter flying a reconnaissance mission in Thua Thien-Hue Province, South Vietnam. Also on board were his observer, Yeakley, and his door gunner, Bibbs. The aircraft made a second pass over a ridge, where enemy bunkers had been sighted, exploded and crashed, exploding again upon impact. Crews of other U.S. aircraft, involved in the mission, reported receiving enemy ground fire as they overflew the crash site looking for survivors.

Between 1993 and 2008, joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), interviewed witnesses, investigated, surveyed and excavated possible crash sites several times. They recovered human remains, OH-6A helicopter wreckage and crew-related equipmentincluding two identification tags bearing Yeakley's name.

Scientists from the JPAC used forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence to identify the crew.

Today more than 1,600 American remain un-accounted for from the Vietnam War. More than 900 servicemen have been accounted for from that conflict, and returned to their families for burial with military honors since 1973. The U.S. government continues to work closely with the governments of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to recover all Americans lost in the Vietnam War.

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

PFC Cody R. Norris, 20, of Houston, Texas, died Nov. 9 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Spc. Chazray C. Clark, 24, of Ecorse, Mich., died Sept. 18 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

SP4 Garrett A. Fant, 21, of American Canyon, Calif., died Sept. 26 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.


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ACTIVE DUTY NEWS

Army General Describes Iraq Drawdown Progress
By Bradley Cantor
Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2011 - U.S. forces and equipment are expected to leave Iraq by Dec. 31, Army Brig. Gen. Bradley A. Becker said during a Nov. 22 "DOD Live" Bloggers Roundtable. Becker is the deputy commanding general for U.S. Division Center, Baghdad. He is responsible for oversight, support and sustainment for U.S. forces participating in Operation New Dawn.
According to Becker, the drawdown of U.S. forces and equipment from Iraq is being accomplished in accordance with agreements made between the United States and Iraq.
The amount of equipment and property that had accumulated on U.S. bases in Iraq over the years has been significant, Becker said. At the height of coalition operations in 2007 and 2008, he said, there were 505 bases and 165,000 service members in Iraq. As of this month, Becker said, seven bases remain to be transferred to Iraqi authority and less than 20,000 U.S. soldiers remain in Iraq. Every U.S. base in Iraq that's slated for drawdown gets three environmental inspections, Becker said. This, he said, includes an initial inspection, a follow-up inspection, and a final inspection to ensure no waste or hazardous materials are left unaccounted for.
Over the past eleven months, he added, 27 U.S. bases have been transferred, and all of those bases have gone through an environmental remediation process. The final seven bases, Becker said, have processed through two of the three required environmental inspections. Becker said he's confident that Iraq's security forces will be up to the challenge after U.S. forces depart. Iraq's security forces "have been in the lead since Operation New Dawn ... they have shown that they are capable," he said. "They did it during the elections. They did it during the Arab Spring."
Becker spoke of the positive changes he has witnessed in Iraq. "As I look back on the last nearly nine years of what we've accomplished," he said, "the one thing that really stands out -- at least for me -- is that we've given the Iraqi people opportunities that they didn't have in the past: the opportunity to choose their own government, a developing economy that benefits all the Iraqi people and, most importantly, an opportunity for a better future."

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Department of Defense Announces Sucessful Test of Army Advanced Hypersonic Weapon Concept

Today the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command conducted the first test flight of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) concept. At 6:30 a.m. EST (1:30 a.m. Hawaii-Aleutian Time), a first-of-its-kind glide vehicle, designed to fly within the earth's atmosphere at hypersonic speed and long range, was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii to the Reagan Test Site, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll.
The objective of the test is to collect data on hypersonic boost-glide technologies and test range performance for long-range atmospheric flight. Mission emphasis is aerodynamics; navigation, guidance, and control; and thermal protection technologies.
A three-stage booster system launched the AHW glide vehicle and successfully deployed it on the desired flight trajectory. The vehicle flew a non-ballistic glide trajectory at hypersonic speed to the planned impact location at the Reagan Test Site. Space, air, sea, and ground platforms collected vehicle performance data during all phases of flight. The data collected will be used by the Department of Defense to model and develop future hypersonic boost-glide capabilities.
The AHW program is managed and executed by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command program office in Huntsville, Ala. The booster system and glide vehicle were developed by Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M. and the thermal protection system by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, Huntsville, Ala.
The Department of Defense is using AHW to develop and demonstrate technologies for Conventional Prompt Global Strike (CPGS). As part of the CPGS effort, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency conducted boost-glide flight tests in April 2010 and August 2011, results from which were used in planning the AHW flight test.

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Family Matters Blog: Top 10 Reasons I Appreciate Military Families
By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2011 - Today marks the first day of Military Family Appreciation Month. In honor of the occasion, I created a Top 10 list of the qualities I most appreciate about military families.
Ten qualities hardly seem enough to encompass the amazing service and sacrifice of our nation's military families, but I figured it's a start.
What I most appreciate about military families:

10. Their sense of humor. I think this is a prerequisite for military families -- kind of an "If you don't laugh, you cry," complex, particularly when it comes to deployments. For instance, my friend Vivian wrote a blog post for Family Matters last year about a piece of pizza. Her Navy husband had just deployed, and the pizza was the only remnant of the family's last meal together before he left. "So there it sits, mocking me while growing another skin in our fridge," she wrote of that pizza, "a smelly, and somewhat odd, reminder that the man of the house, an integral piece of our family, is gone again." Funny ... and sad.
9. They're passionate -- about everything. They give their all, whether it's volunteering in their communities, with their family readiness groups or in their kids' schools. What's even more impressive is they do so while balancing careers, home life, kids and education.
8. They're strong, even under extraordinary circumstances. Due to state-of-the-art technology and medicine, the survivability of this war is unmatched by any other, and service members are returning home alive despite devastating injuries. And when they do, their families are there to embrace them. In some cases, they give up homes and careers to care for their military loved one full-time. That's strength.
7. They're always willing to lend each other a hand. I visited an Army post about a year ago to interview military kids and met a teenager whose parents were both deployed in Iraq. He and his two siblings were staying with his parents' friends, who had three kids of their own. I was amazed by the couple's selflessness at the time, but since have heard of so many other examples that I've realized this caring and support is simply another aspect of the military family culture.
6. They're resilient. A decade of war, frequent deployments, moves, career and school changes. Need I say more?
5. Military spouses. From the moment they say "I do" to a military member, they begin a life of service every bit as valuable as their spouse's. They give up careers to follow their military loved one around the world, hold down the home front during deployments, and offer their unfailing love and support. It's a lot to ask of anyone, and they voluntarily shoulder this burden.
4. Military kids. They're just amazing. They change schools, on average, six to eight times over the course of their parent's military career. They deal with long separations from loved ones who aren't headed out for a business trip, but for a year in a combat zone. Despite everything that's thrown at them, they are strong, brave and adaptable. I met a high school senior a while back who told me he was OK with his dad missing his graduation, prom and a host of other events. He knew the reason why -- his dad's desire to serve his nation -- and that was enough.
3. Other family members. People often forget about the extended family members who serve too. The grandparents who open their homes to grandkids during deployments, the sisters and brothers who call and send care packages, a host of uncles, aunts and cousins offering their unwavering support. I spoke to a woman who took in her two grandchildren during her Air Force daughter's deployment. She was nervous at first � it had been years since kids lived in her home full-time -- but then gained a new bond with her grandchildren. And she'd do it again in a heartbeat, she told me.
2. Their service and sacrifice. They, too, serve this nation. They weather holidays, birthdays and major milestones without their military loved one. In the worst cases, they must deal with their loved one's ultimate sacrifice. First Lady Michelle Obama expressed her gratitude for military families at an event to honor military kids last spring: "When we talk about service to our country, when we talk about all that sacrifice for a cause, when we talk about patriotism and courage and resilience, we're not just talking about our troops and our veterans," Obama said, "we're talking about our military families, as well."
1. They stand behind their service member. I know a military mom whose children all six had either joined the military or were about to. All had joined while the nation is at war. While she was concerned, rather than deter them from their choice, she chose to support them. She told me it was an easy decision. "I always tell [my children], 'This is your time in history. You are where the action is and you're fighting for us, for your country and for the lifestyle we all enjoy."

I hope everyone takes a moment to thank a military family this month, and year-round. Or, even better, offer to give them a hand, whether it's with child care, cooking a meal or helping to mow a lawn. As the first lady often says at her Joining Forces events, "Everyone can do something."

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U.S., Canadian Defense Leaders Call F-35 Crucial
By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Nov. 18, 2011 - Calling it crucial to the defense of North America, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Canadian Defense Minister Peter G. MacKay today emphasized that both nations are committed to developing the F-35 joint strike fighter.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, right, and Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay hold a press conference to open the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nov. 18, 2011. Panetta and MacKay fielded questions regarding possible U.S. budget cuts to the F-35 strike fighter and its impending impact on Canada. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo.
At a news conference here in conjunction with the Halifax International Security Forum, the defense leaders said budget pressures should not stand in the way of fielding the next-generation fighter jet. Panetta said he's seen media reports that the United States is not committed to the joint strike fighter. "Let me make very clear that the United States is committed to the development of the F-35, and to a cooperative relationship with the F-35 with our Canadian friends," he said. "The F-35 is going to be an essential fighter that will help in [the North American Aerospace Defense Command] and will be the future in helping us with security challenges that we face."
Despite looming budget cuts, Panetta said, the F-35's capabilities are essential. "I feel very confident that we'll get funding for the F-35 program," he said. "This is the fighter plane for the future, and in some ways, we really have no alternative. This is the plane that is going to be able to provide the technology [and] the capabilities for the future. "We need to have this [aircraft]," Panetta continued. "It's true for us. It's true for our partners -- not only Canadians, but others -- who are going to work with us and participate with us in the development of the F-35."
Making budget decisions involves looking for savings, the secretary said, citing areas such as procurement reform. "But we also have to look at areas where we continue to invest in the future, and the F-35 is one of those areas," he added. MacKay said the "eye-watering technology aboard the F-35" is why Canada has chosen to participate in the program. "It's the ability to dominate and own the airspace over continental North America," he said. "There is no fifth-generation aircraft other than the F-35 available to Canada and the United States, so all of the hypothetical discussions -- and quite negative discussions, quite frankly -- about this program are really just clatter and noise. "This program is going ahead," he continued. "Clearly, budgetary pressures are going to lead to speculation. We are dealing with our budgets, as all countries are dealing with this budget, but we are not wavering on our commitment to this program."
Every defense department has certain pillars, MacKay said. "This is one of those pillars: having the ability to protect your sovereignty. And there is a direct link -- a direct link -- between our national sovereignty and our ability to protect our airspace," he said.

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‘Devils’ mark return with uncasing

Company, battalion and brigade commanders with the 1st HBCT uncase their respective unit’s colors
during a Nov. 16 uncasing ceremony in Building 88312 on Custer Hill.
Story by: Shandi Pase
1ST INF. DIV. POST

Soldiers with the 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, marked their return to Fort Riley with an uncasing ceremony Nov. 16 in Building 88312 on Custer Hill. The brigade headquarters, 101st Brigade Support Battalion and Special Troops Battalion were among the units uncasing their colors during the ceremony.
The units deployed in October 2010 in support of Operation New Dawn as the core of the 1st Advise and Assist Task Force. During its recent deployment, the brigade worked to improve the capabilities of the Kirkuk Province police, 12th Iraqi Army Division and the 1st Pershmerga Regional Guards Brigade. The units also built cooperation and stability between ethnic and political factions vying for influence in the province under the Iraqi constitution. "I am in awe of what our Soldiers can achieve if given the chance and resources to get the mission done," said Col. Michael Pappal, commander, 1st HBCT. "This was a truly magnificent level of performance by everyone, and I am proud to command such Soldiers."
Only three of the colors within the "Devil" Brigade were uncased during the ceremony. The remaining four, representing three battalions in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and a battalion in Kirkuk Province, will follow in the coming months. Pappal said the remaining elements of the brigade are soon to return from harm's way in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment is currently closing out operations in Kirkuk and has been advising security forces in Iraq, while working with Iraqi Army units, and is expected to return home in late December.
Following the return of "Hamilton's Own" will be the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment. Pappal said the "Iron Rangers" have been "doing amazing work across the country of Afghanistan with the Special Forces to form, train and equip the Afghan local police."
The 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment and the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment are expected to return within the next two or three months. "They have been aggressively taking the fight to the Taliban, while building Afghan national security forces and infrastructure," Pappal said.
In closing, Pappal said it was great to officially be back at Fort Riley. "It will be a great day for the Devil Brigade to be once again consolidated after being spread across the world conducting missions in support of our national interests," he said.

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Manhattan hosts Veterans Day festivities

Story by: Stephanie Hoff
1st Inf. Div. Public Affairs

Marching from the Manhattan Town Center down Poyntz Avenue, Soldiers were joined by state, county, city and Kansas State University officials, along with local business owners in the parade, while flanked by cheering city and surrounding community residents.
"(Nov. 11) is a day that our nation sets aside to observe the traditions of this great country and remembering the courage displayed and the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform," said Maj. Gen. William Mayville, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, during a commemorative ceremony following the parade. The date was first recognized as "Armistice Day" in honor of the Nov. 11, 1926, signing of the treaty officially ending World War I. In 1953, a resident of Emporia, Kan., proposed Armistice Day be re-named "Veterans Day" in honor of veterans from all wars and conflicts.
The day's festivities marked Manhattan and Riley County's 19th year honoring Veterans Day since dedicating the Armed Forces Memorial Nov. 11, 1992. The parade also featured Soldiers from various "Big Red One" units marching with students from their partnered schools. Through the post's Adopt- A-School program, a Fort Riley unit is paired with a local school and the Soldiers serve as positive role models for the students, as well as assist school staffers. "I think we've all seen that Manhattan knows how to celebrate Veterans Day," said Manhattan Mayor Jim Sherow. "This was a great day to celebrate the accomplishments, the sacrifice and the service of our veterans. We had a great parade today, and there was a tremendous outpouring of the support our community gives to the veterans here."
Mayville agreed since his arrival to Fort Riley, he's noticed a trend of veterans choosing to retire here … and there's a reason for that – it's an incredible community and comes to no surprise to him that Soldiers and their Families would want to remain here, Mayville said.
"The support from this city to Fort Riley and the Soldiers of the Big Red One is remarkable. Nothing short of extraordinary, and it is unlike any other relationship that I know of in the United States Army. It is very, very special," he said.


TROOPERS CORNER - SOUND OFF!!

check out what showed up in our campground this week!.BB

This swarm of bees found a comfortable spot in one of our neighbors Orange Trees and have made themselves at home. There is even the beginnings of honey combs. A lot of residents of the park keep their eyes on the bees and check on them daily. Hopefully the limb will hold out until they find a more suitable place to start a hive.

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Thanks to Alan Benoit for this one .BB

Brothers "We did not become the men that we are because we were Soldiers or COPS, but became Soldiers and COPS because of the men we are."

If you got killed Tomorrow

I would not be at your funeral

Because I would be laying low

Looking for the asshole who killed you.

We ride together

< We die together.

He who sheds his blood with me shall be my Brother

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Here's a nice helpful hint from John Conley. BB

TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS

Something I didn't know either! I asked my Doctor why do I and other people urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor = Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright. When you lie down and the lower body (legs and other things) seeks level with the kidneys it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!>p>

I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

Correct time to drink water... very Important. >From A Cardiac Specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:

2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure

1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack

I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

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Congratulations to Joe Birindelli for his hard work "after retirement"
earing him KoDo's from his local citizens. BB

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Here is a great Poem sent in by Tong Moscicki. BB

Writer: Unknown

She said, “Why not forget it? It happened long ago!”
The deepest wounds, cut to the heart,
Will always heal slow.
The nightmare of the Mekong,
Of death, despair and fear,
Could not be left in Vietnam.
It’s fresh.
It’s crisp.
It’s here.
My body’s strong. My mind is sound.
I suffer from no pain,
But once a man has been to war,
He’s never quite the same.
For I know war for what it is.
No glory in the fight.
Its friends who die, and crippled kids,
And voices crying in the night.
I know the chill of Monsoon rain,
The heat of tropic sun,
The loneliness and heartache,
The power of a gun.
For some it never happened,
And most will never know.
Except for those who fought the war,
It happened long ago.

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Following are a couple of Quiz'es for you to enjoy while you are waiting
for your favorite TV program to start. First one from Ron Brauer. BB


This is interesting...See what you come up with.  Don't cheat!    Below is Dr. Phil's test .      
(Dr.  Phil scored 55, he did this test on Oprah and she got a 38.)  Folks pay a lot of money 
to find this stuff out!   The following test is pretty accurate and it only takes a few minutes.   
Take this test for yourself and send it on your friends.... Don'tlook ahead, just take the test. 
 
The person who sent it placed their score in the email subject box.    
Please  do the same before forwarding it on to your  friends
 
Don't peek!  
 
 
 
Answers are for who you are now and not who you were in the past.
 
 
 
This is a real test given by Human Relations Departmentsat many of the major corporations today .   
It helps them get better insight concerning their employees and in their prospective employees.
 
There are 10 Simple questions, so grab a pencil and paper.  Record your letter answers to each 
question.
 
Change the subject of the email to read YOUR total.   When you are finished, forward this to 
friends, family, and also send it to the person who sent this to you.
 
 
 
Make sure to put "YOUR" score in the subjectbox.
 
Ready?
 
Begin.
 
 
 
1. When  do you feel your best...
 
A)   in the morning
 
B)  during  the afternoon and early evening 
 
C)   late at night
 
 
 
2.   You usually  walk...
 
A)   fairly fast, with long steps
 
B)   fairly fast, with little steps
 
C)   less fast head up, looking the world in  the face
 
D)  less fast, head  down
 
E)  very slowly 
 
 
3.  When  talking to people you....
A)  stand with your arms folded
B)  have your hands clasped 
C)  have one or both your hands on your  hips
D)  touch or push the person  to whom you are talking
E)  play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth  your hair
 
4.  When  relaxing, you sit with..
A)  your  knees bent with your legs neatly side by  side
B)  your legs  crossed
C)  your legs stretched  out or straight
D)  one leg curled  under you
 
5. When  something really amuses you, you react  with...
A) big  appreciated laugh
B) a laugh, but  not a loud one
C) a quiet chuckle
D) a  sheepish smile
 
6.  When  you go to a party or social gathering  you...
A)  make a loud entrance so everyone notices  you
B)  make a quiet entrance,  looking around for someone you know
C)  make the quietest entrance, trying to stay  unnoticed
 
7.  You're  working very hard, concentrating hard, and  you're interrupted...
A)  welcome the break
B)  feel extremely irritated
C)  vary between these two  extremes
 
8.   Which  of the following colors do you like  most....  
A)   Red or orange
B)   black
C)   yellow or light  blue
D)   green
E)   dark blue or purple
F)   white
G)   brown or  gray
 
9.   When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before going to sleep you are...  
 
A)   stretched out on your back
B)   stretched out face down on your  stomach
C)   on your side, slightly curled
D)   with your head on one arm
E)   with your head under the  covers
 
10.  You often dream that you are...
A)   falling
B)   fighting or struggling
C)   searching for something or  somebody
D)   flying or floating
E)   you usually have dreamless  sleep
F)   your dreams are always  pleasant
 
 
POINTS:
 
1.   (a) 2     (b) 4      (c) 6
2.   (a) 6     (b) 4      (c) 7     (d) 2   (e) 1
3.   (a) 4     (b) 2      (c) 5     (d) 7   (e) 6
4.   (a) 4     (b) 6      (c) 2     (d) 1
5.   (a) 6     (b) 4      (c) 3     (d) 5   (e) 2
6.   (a) 6     (b) 4      (c) 2
7.   (a) 6     (b) 2      (c) 4
8.   (a) 6     (b) 7      (c) 5     (d) 4   (e) 3     (f) 2     (g)  1
9.   (a) 7     (b) 6      (c) 4     (d) 2   (e) 1
10   (a) 4     (b) 2      (c) 3     (d) 5   (e) 6     (f)  1
 
Now  add up the total number of  points.
 
OVER 60 POINTS:   Others see you as someone they should "handle with care."  You're seen as 
vain, self-centered, and extremely dominant. Others may admire you, wishing they could be more 
like you, but don't always trust you, hesitating to become too deeply involved with you.
 
51 TO 60 POINTS :   Others see you as an exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive 
personality, a natural leader, who's quick to make decisions, though not always the right ones.  
They see you as bold and adventuresome, someone who will try anything once, someone who takes 
chances and enjoys an adventure.  They enjoy being in your company because of the excitement 
you radiate.
 
41 TO 50  POINTS :   Others see you as fresh, lively, charming,  amusing, practical, and always 
interesting,  someone who's constantly in the center of  attention, but sufficiently well-
balanced not to  let it go to their head.  They also see you as kind, considerate, and 
understanding, someone who'll always cheer them up and help them out.
 
31 TO 40 POINTS:   Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as 
clever, gifted, or talented, but modest.  Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, 
but someone who's extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expects the same loyalty in 
return.   Those who really get to know you, realize  it takes a lot to shake your trust in your  
friends, but equally that it takes you a long  time to get over if that trust is ever  broken.
 
21 TO 30 POINTS:   Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy.  They see you as very cautious, 
extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder.  It would really surprisethem if you ever did 
something impulsively or on the spur of the moment, expecting you to examine everything carefully 
from every angle  and then, usually decide against it. They think this reaction is caused partly 
by your careful nature.
 
UNDER  21 POINTS:     People think you are shy, nervous, and  indecisive, someone who needs 
looking after, who  always wants someone else to make the decisions  and who doesn't want to get 
involved with anyone  or anything! They see you as a worrier who always sees problems that don't 
exist.   Some people think you're boring.   Only those who know you well; know that you aren't.

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Now wasn't that fun!! Here's another one sent in by Lynn Anderson. BB

BABY BOOMER GAME 

MEMORY TEST! 
(Have a paper and pencil handy to record your answers.. Your mind isn't as sharp as it once was!) 
This is NOT a pushover test. It's a Baby Boomer era test! 
There are 20 questions. Average score is 12. This one will be difficult for the younger set.(DUDE!) 
Have fun, but no peeking! 
When you forward this to your friends/family, Put your score  in the subject line and let them know 
your score. 
Don't forget to forward it to me, as well. 
Good  luck,  youngsters, 
1. What builds strong bodies 12 ways? A.Flintstones vitamins B.The Buttmaster C.Spaghetti 
   D.Wonder Bread E. Orange Juice F. Milk G. Cod Liver Oil 

2. Before he was Muhammed Ali, he was... A.Sugar Ray Robinson B.Roy Orbison C.Gene Autry 
   D.Rudolph Valentino E.Fabian F.Mickey Mantle G.Cassius Clay 

3. Pogo, the comic strip character said, 'We have met the enemy and.... A.It's you B.He is us 
   C.It's the Grinch D.He wasn't home E.He's really me and you F.We quit G.He surrendered. 

4. Good night,David A.Good night, Chet B.Sleep well C.Good night,Irene D.Good night,Gracie
   E.See you later,alligator F.Until tomorrow G.Good night, Steve 

5. You'll wonder where the yellow went... A.When you use Tide B.When you lose your crayons 
   C. When you clean your tub D.If you paint the room blue E.If you buy a soft water tank 
   F. When you use Lady Clairol G.When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent 

6. Before he was the Skipper's Little Buddy, Bob Denver was Dobie's friend... A.Stuart Whitman 
   B.Randolph Scott C.Steve Reeves D.Maynard Krebs E.Corky B.Dork F.Dave the Whale G.Zippy Zoo. 

7. Liar,liar... A.You're a liar B.Your nose is growing C.Pants on fire D.Join the choir 
   E. Jump up higher F.On the wire G.I'm telling Mom 

8. Meanwhile, back in Metropolis, Superman fights a never ending battle for truth, justice and..... 
   A.Wheaties B.Lois Lane C.TV ratings D.World peace E.Red tights F.The American way G.News headlines. 

9. Hey kids! What time is it? A.It's time for Yogi Bear B.It's time to do your homework 
   C.It's Howdy Doody Time D.It's time for Romper Room E.It's bedtime F.The Mighty Mouse Hour.. 
   G.Scoopy Doo Time.. 

10. Lions and tigers and bears..!  A. Yikes B Oh, no.. C.Gee whiz D. I'm scared... E.Oh my 
    F.Help! Help! G.Let's run

11. Bob Dylan advised us never to trust anyone.... A.Over 40 B.Wearing a uniform 
    C.Carrying a briefcase D.Over 30 E.You don't know F.Who says,'Trust me' G.Who eats tofu. 

12. NFL quarterback who appeared in a television commercial wearing women's stockings... 
    A.Troy Aikman B.Kenny Stabler C.Joe Namath D.Roger Staubach E.Joe Montana F.Steve Young 
    G.John Elway 

13. Brylcream... A.Smear it on B.You'll smell great C.Tame that cowlick D.Grease ball heaven 
    E.It's a dream F.We're your team G.A little  dab'll do ya. 

14. I found my thrill... A.In Blueberry muffins B.With my man, Bill C.Down at the mill 
    D.Over the windowsill E.With thyme and dill F.Too late to enjoy G.On Blueberry Hill. 


15. Before Robin Williams, Peter Pan was played  by... A.Clark Gable B.Mary Martin C.Doris Day 
    D.Errol Flynn E.Sally Fields F.Jim Carrey G.Jay Leno. 

16. Name the Beatles... A.John, Steve, George, Ringo B.John, Paul, George, Roscoe 
    C.John, Paul, Stacey, Ringo D.Jay, Paul, George, Ringo E.Lewis, Peter, George, Ringo 
    F.Jason, Betty, Skipper, Hazel G.John, Paul, George, Ringo 


17. I wonder, wonder, who. A. Who ate the leftovers? B. Who did the laundry? 
    C.Was it you? D.Who wrote the book of love? E.Who I am? F.Passed the test? 
    G.Knocked on the door? 

18. I'm strong to the  finish... A.Cause I eats my broccoli B.Cause I eats me spinach 
    C.Cause I lift weights D.Cause I'm the hero. E.And don't you for get it 
    F.Cause Olive Oyl loves me G.To outlast Bruto. 

19. When it's least expected, you're elected, you're the star today.  
    A.Smile, you're on Candid Camera B.Smile, you're on Star Search 
    C.Smile, you won the lottery D.  Smile, we're watching you. 
    E.Smile, the world sees you F.Smile, you're a hit G.Smile, you're on  TV. 

20. What do M  & M's do? A.Make your tummy happy.! 
    B.Melt in your mouth, not in your pocket. C.Make you fat 
    D.Melt your heart E.Make you popular F.Melt in your mouth, not in your hand 
    G.Come in colors.
 

Below are the right answers: 

1. D - Wonder Bread 
2. G -  Cassius Clay 
3. B - He Is us 
4. A - Good night, Chet 
5. G -  When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent 
6. D - Maynard G. Krebs 
7. C - Pants on fire 
8. F - TheAmerican Way 
9. C - It's Howdy  Doody Time 
10. E - Oh my 
11. D - Over 30 
12. C - Joe  Namath 
13. G - A little dab'll do ya 
14. G - On Blueberry  Hill 
15. B - Mary Martin 
16. G - John, Paul, George, Ringo 
17. D - Who wrote the book of Love 
18. B - Cause I eats me spinach 
19. A - Smile,  you're  on Candid  Camera 
20. F - Melt in your mouth not in your hand
 
 


WARNING!! TROOPERS JOKES - Some of these may not be pleasant for the young or weak of heart.

Heres one from Lynn Anderson that will get you thinking. BB

Bass Boat.....

A good old Alabama boy won a bass boat in a raffle drawing.

He brought it home and his wife looks at him and says, "What you gonna do with that. There ain't no water deep enough to float a boat within 100 miles of here."
He says, "I won it and I'm a-gonna keep it."
His brother came over to visit several days later. He sees
the wife and asks where his brother is. She says, "He's out there in his bass boat", pointing to the field behind the house.
The brother heads out behind the house and sees his brother in the
middle of a big field sitting in a bass boat with a fishing rod in his hand.
He yells out to him, "What are you doin'?"
His brother replies, "I'm fishin'. What does it look like I'm a doin'?"
His brother yells, "It's people like you that give people from Alabama
a bad name, makin' everybody think we're stupid. If I could swim, I'd
come out there and whip your ass!"

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Alan Benoit would like to help you out.BB

Are you tired of those
sissy 'friendship' poems 
that always sound good, 
but never actually come close 
to reality? 
Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of 
True Friendship. 
You WON'T see 
cutesy little smiley faces 
on this card- 
Just the stone cold truth 
of our great friendship. 

1. When you are sad, 
I will jump on the person 
who made you sad 
like a spider monkey 
jacked up on Mountain Dew!!! 

2. When you are blue, 
I will try to dislodge 
whatever is choking you. 

3. When you smile, 
I will know you are 
plotting something 
that I must be involved in. 

4. When you're scared, 
we will high tail it out of here. 

5. When you are worried, 
I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse 
it could be until you 
quit whining, ya big baby!!!! 

6. When you are confused, 
I will use little words. 

7. When you are sick, 
Stay away from me 
until you are well again. 
I don't want whatever you have.... 

8. When you fall, 
I'll pick you up 
and dust you off-- 
After I laugh!!!

9. This is my oath... 
I pledge it to the end. 
'Why?' you may ask; 
-- because you are my FRIEND! 
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Friendship is like peeing your pants, 
everyone can see it, 
but only YOU 
can feel the 
true warmth. 

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Thanks to Ron Brauer for this breaking news.BB

The Kneeling High Jump

This is incredible !
If you have ever tried High Jumping you will really appreciate this!
Remember, this is from a Kneeling position !

Are you aware that a new world record has been set for the HIGH JUMP from a KNEELING position ?
The record (0.757 meters) - remember this is from a KNEELING position was set recently on a beach near Montpellier in Southern France
The photograph below was taken a split second before the jump - but it gives you an idea as to how it was achieved.......

I've always enjoyed sports trivia...

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Heres one from Bob Corbin for all you Deer Hunters. BB

Deer Hunter and the Dentist

The man said to the dentist, "Doc, I'm in one heck of a hurry. I have two buddies sitting out in my truck waiting for us to go deer hunting, so forget about the anesthetic, I don't have time for the gums to get numb. I just want you to pull the tooth, and be done with it! We have our feeders set to go off in thirty minutes. I don't have time to wait for the anesthetic to work!'

The dentist thought to himself, "My goodness, this is surely a very brave man asking to have his tooth pulled without using anything to kill the pain."

So the dentist asks him, "Which tooth is it sir?"

The man turned to his wife and said, "Open your mouth Honey, and show him.

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Fred Currier is ready to do his taxes. BB

At the end of the Tax Year, The IRS sent an inspector to audit the books of a local hospital. While the IRS agent was checking the books, he turned to the CFO of the hospital and said, “I notice you buy a lot of bandages. What do you do with the end of the rolls when there is little left for use as a bandage?”
Good question,” noted the CFO. “We save them up and send them back to the bandage company and every now and then they send us a free box of bandages.”
“Oh,” replied the auditor, somewhat disappointed that his unusual question had a practical answer. But on he went, in his obnoxious way. “What about all these plaster purchases? What do you do with what’s left over after setting a cast on a patient?”
“Ah, yes,” replied the CFO, realizing that the inspector was trying to trap him with an unanswerable question. “We save it and send it back to the manufacturer, and every now and then they send us a free package of plaster.”
“I see,” replied the auditor, thinking hard about how he could fluster the know-it-all CFO. “Well,” he went on, “What do you do with all the leftover foreskins from the circumcisions you perform?”
“Here, too, we do not waste,” answered the CFO. “What we do is save all the little foreskins and send them to the IRS Office, and about once a year they send us a complete dick.”

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Rob FErguson was not only a fine trooper, he had a great sense of
humor. I still have several jokes he sent in and this is one of them. BB

PERKS OF BEING OVER 50
> If you are not over 50, this is what you have to look forward to.

1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

2. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.

3. No one expects you to run--anywhere.

4. People call at 9 pm and ask, " Did I wake you ???? "

5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.

7. Things you buy now won't wear out.

8. You can eat dinner at 4 pm.

9. You can live without sex but not your glasses.

10. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.

11. You no longer think of speed limits as challenge.

12. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.

13. You sing along with elevator music.

14. Your eyes won't get much worse.

15. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.

17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.

18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.

19. You can't remember who sent you this list

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H-m-m-m-m, I wonder if Smokey Guillespi plays guitar? BB

Top Ten Country Western Songs.

10. I Hate Every Bone In Her Body But Mine

9. I Ain't Never Gone To Bed With an Ugly Woman But I Woke Up With A Few

8. If The Phone Don't Ring, You'll Know It's Me

7. I've Missed You, But My Aim's Improvin'

6. Wouldn't Take Her To A Dogfight 'Cause I'm Scared She'd Win

5. I'm So Miserable Without You It's Like You're Still Here

4. My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend And I Miss Him

3. She Took My Ring and Gave Me the Finger

2. She's Lookin' Better with Every Beer

And the Number One Country & Western song is...

1. It's Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night That Chewed MyAss All Day.

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A nice one from Howard Greenfield.BB

THE OIL CRISIS

A lot of folks can't understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in our country.

Well, there's a very simple answer. Nobody bothered to check the oil.
We just didn't know we were getting low. The reason for that is purely geographical.
Our OIL is located in:

ALASKA
California
Coastal Florida
Coastal Louisiana
North Dakota
Wyoming
Colorado
Kansas
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania And
Texas

Our dipsticks are located in DC

Any Questions? NO? I Didn't think So.

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Tony Moscicki sent this one in. Haven't had a blond joke is awhile. BB

Kevin, a handsome dude, walked into a sports bar around 9:58 PM. He sat down next to this blonde at the bar and stared up at the TV. The 10:00 news was on and the news crew was covering a story of a man on a ledge of a large building preparing to jump. The blonde looked at Kevin and said, "Do you think he'll jump?"

Kevin says, "Yes, I bet he'll jump."
The blonde replied, "Well, I bet he won't." Kevin placed $20 on the bar and said, "You're on!"

Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the guy did a swan dive off of the building, falling to his death.
The blonde was very upset and handed her $20 to Kevin, saying, "Fair's fair. Here's your money."
Kevin replied, "I can't take your money, I saw this earlier on the 5:00 o'clock news and knew he would jump."
The blonde said, "I did too; but I didn't think he'd do it again."
Kevin took the money...

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Good to hear from Charles Murowski. BB

The Old Gas Station

The service station trade was slow. The owner sat around, With sharpened knife and cedar stick. Piled shavings on the ground.

No modern facilities had they, The log across the rill Led to a shack, marked His and Hers That sat against the hill.

"Where is the ladies restroom, sir?" The owner leaning back, Said not a word but whittled on, And nodded toward the shack.

With quickened step she entered there But only stayed a minute, Until she screamed, just like a snake Or spider might be in it.

With startled look and beet red face She bounded through the door, And headed quickly for the car. Just like three gals before.

She tripped and fell -- got up, and then In obvious disgust, Ran to the car, stepped on the gas, And faded in the dust.

Of course we all desired to know What made the gals all do The things they did, and then we found The whittling owner knew.

A speaker system he'd devised To make the thing complete, He tied a speaker on the wall Beneath the toilet seat.

He'd wait until the gals got set And then the devilish guy, Would stop his whittling long enough, To speak into the mike.

And as she sat, a voice below Struck terror, fright and fear "Will you please use the other hole, We're painting under here"

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Wayne Paddock thinks we should Learn something new every day!! BB

Manure... An interesting fact

Manure: In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before commercial fertilizer's invention, so large shipments of manure were common.
It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen.
Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!
Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening.
After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term 'Ship High In Transit' on them, which meant for the sailors to s tow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.
Thus evolved the term ' S.H.I.T ' , (Ship High In Transport) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.
You probably did not know the true history of this word.
Neither did I.
I had always thought it was a golf term


AGENT ORANGE NEWS

Health Update: Agent Orange Exposure & Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

National Resource Directory sent this bulletin at 07/18/2011 05:02 PM EDT
Agent Orange Exposure & Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Did you know that Vietnam-era Veterans with type 2 diabetes mellitus may be eligible for VA benefits based on their exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service? If you were exposed to herbicides, you don’t need to prove a connection between your type 2 diabetes mellitus and military service to be eligible to receive disability compensation and health care benefits. Read these about Agent Orange.

For more information about Agent Orange exposure visit the
National Resource Directory’s Health section.

Also check out our information about Gulf War exposures and associated illnesses.

Questions?
Contact us


COMPUTER TIPS

before we get into the computer tips, I have something to pass on to you. I can't remember the last time I got a virus, but, this week I got hit hard. I ended up having to reload my windows OS and lost all the data and programs I had on my computer. Fortunately I had my Cav data and many other files on external hard drives. These are now inexpensive, you can buy one with over a "Trillion" bytes capacity for less than $100.00 and usually they will survive a trojan attack such as what I just esperianced. "BEWARE" of any email you receive that has a familuar name as the sender, and has a hyper-link that isn't highlighted, ie, you can't click on it and be transferred to a web-site. What you would have to do is Highlite the hyper-link with your mouse, go to edit and click on "copy", then click on the address window of you internet browser which would activate the hyper-link which will then immediately download about 15 trojan virus's onto your machine. It will then take over your virus program, and begin slapping advertisements onto your screen. Mostly ask you to go to a website and buy their anti-virus while telling you that their program has scanned your computer and it is under attack by virus's. Once it is on your computer, there is nothing you can do to get rid of it except clean windows off your hard drive and start all over. So, enjoy your surfing but, "BEWARE" of the bastards that have nothing else to do besides creating virus's and try to slip them onto your computer. BB

Show CPU Meter in System Tray
(Works with all Windows versions)

The CPU meter tells you how much processing power your computer is using at any moment. This can help you identify problems with your PC by showing you what programs or processes are hogging the most resources. To show the built in CPU meter (which is part of the Windows Task Manager) every time you boot or switch users, do the following:

1. Click on your Start/Windows button at the bottom left and do a search for taskmgr.exe.
2. Right-click taskmgr.exe and select Send To > Desktop (Create Shortcut)
3. Right-click on the taskmgr.exe shortcut that is on the desktop and select Properties and Change the Run Command to "minimized."
4. Now rename the shortcut to "Task Manager" or "CPU Meter", then right-click the shortcut and select Cut.
5. Right-click on the Start/Windows button and click on Select/Open All Users, then find the Programs folder and in there you'll find the Start-up folder. Right-click on that and select Paste.

You should now see the meter in the system tray. If not then:

6. In the Windows Task Manager window select Options and click "Minimize On Use" and "Hide When Minimized".
7. Then minimize the Task Manager.


MEDICAL NEWS

By: Edmund Hayes, MD

Celiac Disease Vaccine Shows Promising Results

The Phase I trial undertaken in Melbourne, Australia, evaluated the safety, tolerability and bioactivity of the vaccine Nexvax2®, which has been developed for coeliac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by an immune reaction to the gluten protein found in wheat, rye and barley.Mbr> The three peptides on which the vaccine is based were identified by Dr Bob Anderson from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute's Immunology division. The vaccine is being further developed by US biotechnology company ImmusanT, of which Dr Anderson is Chief Scientific and Medical Officer. Dr Anderson presented the Phase I trial results on Sunday at the Digestive Disease Week symposium in Chicago, Illinois, US.
"Nexvax2® aims to desensitise patients to the three specific peptides in gluten that we have previously identified as 'toxic' to people with coeliac disease," Dr Anderson said. "Our Phase I study showed that Nexvax2® was safe to use and well tolerated, and importantly, that it had the desired biological response in patients with celiac disease."

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Providers Prescribing Nontraditional Medicine

More than a third of Americans use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and that number continues to rise attributed mostly to increases in the use of mind-body therapies (MBT) like yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercises. Prior research suggests that MBT, while used by millions of patients, is still on the fringe of mainstream medical care in America. New research suggests that attitudes are changing.
In a study from Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), researchers found that one in 30 Americans using MBT has been referred by a medical provider.

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Estrogen-Lowering Drugs Reduce Mastectomy Rates For Breast Cancer Patients

In the first large trial of its kind in the United States, researchers have shown that estrogen-lowering drugs can shrink tumors and reduce mastectomy rates for patients with stage 2 or 3 breast cancer.
Patients with these larger breast tumors have two options, says Matthew J. Ellis, MD, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and principal investigator of the trial conducted by the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group. "One option is to undergo mastectomy. The second is to receive medication before surgery to reduce the size of the tumor so that breast-conserving surgery becomes possible," he says.
Those who choose the second option usually receive chemotherapy. But now, Ellis and colleagues have shown that post-menopausal women with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer can benefit from a class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors that lower the amount of estrogen in the body. Since estrogen-receptor positive breast cancers feed off estrogen, aromatase inhibitors can slow or stop the growth of these tumors in women who have undergone menopause.

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Ginseng Doesn't Help Patients With Early Diabetes
Despite promising findings in the laboratory, nutrition researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that ginseng does not improve insulin sensitivity in diabetics who are overweight.
Ginseng has been used in Eastern medicine for more than 4,000 years. The widely used herbal supplement often is given to people to prevent or treat diabetes, but there have been few controlled studies to determine whether it really works.
The new research, published online in the journal Diabetes Care, followed 15 overweight or obese adults who recently had been diagnosed with diabetes or with impaired glucose tolerance, a condition that often leads to diabetes. The fact that they had a new diagnosis was important because diabetes is most easily stopped, or even reversed, in patients with a recent diagnosis.

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Blood Pressure Drug Shows Some Muscle
Using geriatric mice, a Johns Hopkins research team has shown that losartan, a commonly used blood pressure drug, not only improves regeneration of injured muscle but also protects against its wasting away from inactivity. A report on the old drug's new role, which is prompting preparations for a clinical trial of losartan in older adults, appears online May 11 in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
"The goal of the investigation was to find a way to prevent a bad situation from getting worse in the case of old muscle that's injured or not used," says Ronald Cohn, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology in the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "As pleased as we were to see that losartan therapy in mice had a positive effect on muscle regeneration, we were most surprised and excited by its striking prevention of disuse atrophy."

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Existing Drug Treatment Reduces Pain In Young Sickle Cell Anemia Patients
A cancer drug already used to treat adults and school-age children with sickle cell anemia is safe and significantly reduces pain and other complications of the disease in children as young as 9 months, according to a national study involving a UT Southwestern Medical Center researcher.
Pediatric researchers at UT Southwestern and 13 other academic medical centers say hydroxyurea should be offered to all young children with sickle cell anemia, regardless of disease severity and clinical symptoms. The findings of the Pediatric Hydroxyurea in Sickle Cell Anemia, or BABY HUG, trial appear online and in the May 14 edition of the Lancet.
"We've offered hydroxyurea at Children's since 1992 to severely involved patients with frequent or severe complication down to age 3. On the basis of the BABY HUG study's findings, our sickle cell team has made a conscious decision to now offer hydroxyurea to all sickle cell anemia patients in the first year of life," said study co-author Dr. Zora Rogers, professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern and clinical director of the general hematology and bone marrow failure program at Children's Medical Center Dallas.
The findings, Dr. Rogers said, likely will change how all medical professionals treat very young children with sickle cell anemia.

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Increase in Internet Access Parallels Growth In Prescription Drug Abuse

Increasing access to rogue online pharmacies - those which dispense medications without a doctor's prescription - may be an important factor behind the rapid increase in the abuse of prescription drugs. In a report that was released today online by the journal Health Affairs and will also appear in its June edition, investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the University of Southern California (USC) find that states with the greatest expansion in high-speed Internet access from 2000 to 2007 also had the largest increase in admissions for treatment of prescription drug abuse.
"We know we face a growing problem with prescription drug abuse in the United States. One need only look at statistics for college campuses, where prescription drugs are fast replacing illegal substances, to see the magnitude of the problem," says Dana Goldman, PhD, director of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC, the study's senior author. "Our findings suggest that Internet growth may partly explain the increase in prescription drug abuse, since it is well known that these drugs are easily available online." Goldman is also the Norman Topping/National Medical Enterprises Chair in Medicine and Public Policy at USC.
In their report, Goldman and lead author Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD, of the MGH Department of Medicine, note that the recent marked rise in the abuse of prescription narcotic painkillers - drugs like Percocet and Oxycontin - corresponds with an increase in the presence of online pharmacies, many of which do not adhere to regulations requiring a physician's prescription. Drugs that are frequently abused - painkillers, stimulants, sedatives and tranquilizers - often can be purchased from rogue sites that may be located outside the U.S. The current study was designed to examine the potential link between online availability and prescription drug abuse, an association that has been suspected but not investigated in depth.

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Believe it or not
San Francisco may vote on banning male circumcision
A group opposed to male circumcision said on Tuesday they have collected more than enough signatures to qualify a proposal to ban the practice in San Francisco as a ballot measure for November elections.
But legal experts said that even if it were approved by a majority of the city's voters, such a measure would almost certainly face a legal challenge as an unconstitutional infringement on freedom of religion.
Circumcision is a ritual obligation for infant Jewish boys, and is also a common rite among Muslims, who account for the largest share of circumcised men worldwide. The leading proponent of a ban, Lloyd Schofield, 59, acknowledged circumcision is widely socially accepted but he said it should still be outlawed.
"It's excruciatingly painful and permanently damaging surgery that's forced on men when they're at their weakest and most vulnerable," he told Reuters.
His group submitted about 12,000 signatures supporting his proposed ban, said Rachel Gosiengfiao, campaign services manager for the city's Department of Elections. The agency has 30 days to verify the petitions. He needs 7,200 valid signatures to qualify. The measure, which would only apply in San Francisco, would make it a misdemeanor crime to circumcise a boy before he is 18 years of age, regardless of the parents' religious beliefs. The maximum penalty would be a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Schofield, who would not discuss his current occupation but previously worked for hotels in the San Francisco Bay area, has found allies for his cause in the anti-circumcision groups Intact America and the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers, according to his group's website.
However, some experts said it was doubtful such a measure would withstand legal scrutiny if challenged.
"The practice of Judaism requires a boy to be circumcised. I suspect the California courts would ultimately require the city to demonstrate the practice is harmful," said Jennifer Rothman, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "I don't think there's sufficient medical evidence that it is, which would place the law's constitutionality in question."
But Josh Davis, professor and associate dean for faculty scholarship at the University of San Francisco School of Law, said the U.S. Supreme Court has previously indicated in rulings that "religions don't get a free pass."
"So if circumcision is the harm that's being targeted -- because circumcision is perceived as causing harm, and not because it is a religious practice -- it might well be a constitutionally valid law," he said.
Schofield's proposal would make exceptions for boys who need a circumcision for health reasons.
Nevertheless, Davis and Rothman both said voters would be likely to reject the measure at the polls.
"I think that people are very likely to react to it as interfering with religious practices," Davis said.


DA-VA-Retiree news

I think every Veteran associating with the VA should print the following document and refer to it when they have a question about their VA benefits. BB

Checklist of Benefits for Disabled Veterans and Survivors

Note: Many of the listed benefits also have other eligibility requirements. Mention of a particular benefit is to establish the basic threshold level of disability required for eligibility (or possible eligibility) to that benefit. Each higher level of disability also includes those benefits listed for previous levels.

Rated Service Connected — 0% overall
1. VA fee basis outpatient medical card for SC condition(s) requiring treatment.
2. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 5 (no co-payment for healthcare;
pharmacy co-payments required for NSC medications), or Priority Group 7 or 8 (co-
payments required for both healthcare and pharmacy), depending on veteran’s income and
net worth.
3. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—for
Purple Heart recipients and former POWs, without regard to whether the condition
producing need for such is service-connected.
4. Eligibility for VA Nursing Home care for any (NSC) condition, provided income
and assets are within specified limits. 5. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).
6. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use
of a creative organ.
7. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC
disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or
for certain skin conditions. 8. Possible eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment.
(Noncompensable (0%) disability must have been incurred in combat or have ascertainable
residuals, 38 CFR § 3.357.) 9. Eligibility for 10-point preference for State of California employment.
10. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home
modification grant. 11. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).

Rated SC — 10% overall 1. VA fee basis outpatient medical card for SC condition(s) requiring treatment.

2. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 3 or Priority Group 6 (veterans with
multiple 0% conditions receiving compensation at the 10% rate, 38 CFR § 3.324). No
healthcare co-payments required for either group; both groups pay pharmacy co-payments
for NSC medications, except for former POWs.
3. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without
regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.
4. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).
5. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a
creative organ.
6. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC
disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for
certain skin conditions.
7. Possible eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation
(showing of marked employment handicap required).
8. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.
9. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment.
10. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.
11. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.
12. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home
modification grant.
13. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).
14. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

Rated SC — 20% overall
1. VA fee basis outpatient medical card for SC condition(s) requiring treatment.
2. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 3 (no healthcare co-payments required;
pharmacy co-payments required for NSC medications, except for former POWs).
3. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without
regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.
4. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).
5. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a
creative organ.
6. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC
disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for
certain skin conditions.
7. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.
8. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.
9. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment.
10. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.
11. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.
12. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA)
home modification grant.
13. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).
14. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

Rated SC — 30% overall
1. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).
2. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.
3. VA fee basis outpatient medical card for SC condition(s) requiring treatment.
4. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 2 (no healthcare co-payment required; pharmacy
co-payments required for NSC medications, except for former POWs).
5. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard
to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.
6. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).
7. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative
organ; loss of a female breast; or, loss of use of one eye (blindness).
8. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders
resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for certain skin conditions.
9. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.
10. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.
11. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain
circumstances, may be employed on a noncompetitive basis.
12. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.
13. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.
14. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification
grant.
15. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).
16. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

Rated SC — 40% overall
1. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).
2. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.
3. VA fee basis outpatient medical card for SC condition(s) requiring treatment.
4. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 2 (no healthcare co-payment required; pharmacy
co-payments required for NSC medications, except for former POWs).
5. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard to
whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.
6. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).
7. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative
organ; loss of a female breast; or, loss or loss of use of one foot or one eye.
8. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders
resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for certain skin conditions.
9. Possible eligibility for one-time assistance in purchase of specially-adapted automobile.
10. Possible eligibility for Automobile Adaptive Equipment Allowance.
11. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.
12. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.
13. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain
circumstances, may be employed on a noncompetitive basis.
14. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.
15. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.
16. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home
modification grant.
17. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).
18. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

Rated SC — 50% overall
1. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).
2. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.
3. VA fee basis outpatient medical card (all conditions requiring treatment, whether SC or not,
except dental).
4. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 1 (no co-payments required).
5. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard
to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.
6. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).
7. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative
organ; loss of a female breast; or, loss or loss of use of one foot or one eye.
8. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders
resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for certain skin conditions.
9. Possible eligibility for one-time assistance in purchase of specially-adapted automobile.
10. Possible eligibility for Automobile Adaptive Equipment Allowance.
11. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.
12. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.
13. California State Park pass (requires SC wartime-incurred disability) ($3.50 one-time fee).
14. Reduced fee for hunting license.
15. Reduced fee for basic sport fishing license.
16. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain
circumstances, may be employed on a noncompetitive basis.
17. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.
18. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.
19. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification
grant.
20. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).
21. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

Rated SC — 60% overall
1. Eligibility for a rating of total disability because of individual unemployability.
2. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).
3. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.
4. VA fee basis outpatient medical card (all conditions requiring treatment, whether SC or
not, except dental).
5. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 1 (no co-payments required).
6. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without
regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.
7. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).
8. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a
creative organ; loss of a female breast; or, loss or loss of use of one hand, one foot, or
one eye.
9. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders
resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for certain skin
conditions.
10. Possible eligibility for one-time assistance in purchase of specially-adapted automobile.
11. Possible eligibility for Automobile Adaptive Equipment Allowance.
12. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.
13. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.
14. California State Park pass (requires SC wartime-incurred disability) ($3.50 one-time fee).
15. Reduced fee for hunting license.
16. Reduced fee for basic sport fishing license.
17. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain
circumstances, may be employed on a noncompetitive basis.
18. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.
19. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.
20. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home
modification grant.
21. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B)
. 22. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

Rated SC — 70%, 80%, or 90% overall
1. Eligibility for a rating of total disability because of individual unemployability.
2. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).
3. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.
4. VA fee basis outpatient medical card (all conditions requiring treatment, whether SC or
not, except dental).
5. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 1 (no co-payments required).
6. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without
regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.
7. Eligibility for long-term VA Nursing Home care for any condition.
8. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).
9. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a
creative organ; loss of a female breast; loss or loss of use of one hand, one foot, or
one eye; or, loss of use of both buttocks (80%).
10. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC
disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for
certain skin conditions.
11. Possible eligibility for one-time assistance in purchase of specially-adapted automobile.
12. Possible eligibility for Automobile Adaptive Equipment Allowance.
13. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.
14. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.
15. California State Park pass (requires SC wartime-incurred disability) ($3.50 one-time fee).
16. Reduced fee for hunting license.
17. Reduced fee for basic sport fishing license.
18. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain
circumstances, may be employed on a noncompetitive basis.
19. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.
20. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.
21. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification grant.
22. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).
23. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

Rated SC — Totally Disabled because of Individual Unemployability
1. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).
2. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.
3. VA fee basis outpatient medical card (all conditions requiring treatment, whether SC or not).
4. Eligibility for any necessary dental care.
5. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 1 (no co-payments required).
6. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard to
whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.
7. Eligibility for long-term VA Nursing Home care for any condition.
8. Eligibility for health care coverage under CHAMPVA for spouse and children (unless they are also
eligible for TRICARE).
9. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH), including up to $20,000 supplemental
insurance beyond regular amount.
10. Waiver of VA life insurance premiums, if under age 65 (but not on additional amounts).
11. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative organ;
loss of a female breast; loss or loss of use of one hand, one foot, or one eye; or, loss of use of both
buttocks.
12. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders resulting
in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for certain skin conditions.
13. Possible eligibility for one-time assistance in purchase of specially-adapted automobile.
14. Possible eligibility for Automobile Adaptive Equipment Allowance.
15. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.
16. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.
17. California State Park pass (requires SC wartime-incurred disability) ($3.50 one-time fee).
18. Reduced fee for hunting license.
19. Reduced fee for basic sport fishing license.
20. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.
21. Possible eligibility for one-time Special Adapted Housing Assistance.

Individual Unemployability (continued)
22. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification grant.
23. Possible eligibility for Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI).
24. CAL-VET Home Loan Disability Insurance.
25. Eligibility for property tax exemption on principle residence.
26. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain circumstances,
may be employed on a noncompetitive basis. The 10-point preference is also applicable for the spouse and/or
natural mother of a permanently totally service disabled veteran.
27. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.
28. Eligibility for Dependents’ Education Assistance for spouse and children under 38 U.S.C., Chapter 35.
29. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for spouse and children (Plan A). Requires wartime
service. May not be authorized concurrently with VA education assistance under Chapter 35.
30. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B). May be authorized
concurrently with VA education assistance under Chapter 35.
31. Eligibility for son(s) and/or daughter(s) to compete for admission to military academies.
32. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.
33. Withdrawal from SBP program participation (military retirees) after having been rated SC, totally disabled
for 10 continuous years, or, if out of service less than 10 years, having been rated SC, totally disabled for
at least 5 continuous years from date of last active duty.

Rated SC — 100% overall
1. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).
2. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.
3. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 1 (no co-payments required).
4. VA fee basis outpatient medical card (all conditions requiring treatment, whether SC or not).
5. Eligibility for necessary dental care.
6. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard
to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.
7. Eligibility for long-term VA Nursing Home care for any condition.
8. Eligibility for health care coverage under CHAMPVA for spouse and children (unless they are
also eligible for TRICARE).
9. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH), including up to $20,000 supplemental
insurance beyond regular amount.
10. Waiver of VA life insurance premiums, if under age 65 (but not on additional amounts).
11. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative organ;
loss of a female breast; loss or loss of use of one hand, one foot, or one eye; loss of use of both
buttocks; complete deafness in both ears; or, complete organic aphonia (loss of ability to communicate
by speech). 12. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of both eyes, both
hands, or both feet, or one hand and one foot. Includes paired extremities or organs (one SC, the other
NSC, 38 CFR § 3.383) and combinations of losses.
13. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation because of being permanently housebound or
having one disability rated 100% plus other conditions independently ratable at 60% or more.
14. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation because of being so helpless as to require
the regular aid and attendance of another person.
15. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders resulting
in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for certain skin conditions.
16. Possible eligibility for one-time assistance in purchase of specially-adapted automobile.
17. Possible eligibility for Automobile Adaptive Equipment Allowance.
18. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.
19. Possible eligibility for one-time Special Adapted Housing Assistance.
20. Possible eligibility for one-time Special Home Adaptation Grant.
21. Possible eligibility for Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI).
22. CAL-VET Home Loan Disability Insurance.
23. Eligibility for property tax exemption on principle residence.
24. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.
25. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification grant.
26. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.
27. California State Park pass (requires SC wartime-incurred disability) ($3.50 one-time fee).
28. Reduced fee for hunting license.
29. Reduced fee for basic sport fishing license.
30. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain circumstances,
may be employed on a noncompetitive basis. The 10-point preference is also applicable for the spouse and/or
natural mother of a permanently totally service disabled veteran.
31. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment. The spouse of a
100% disabled veteran is eligible for 10-point preference.
32. Eligibility for Dependents’ Education Assistance for spouse and children under 38 U.S.C., Chapter 35.
33. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for spouse and children (Plan A). Requires wartime
service. May not be authorized concurrently with VA education assistance under Chapter 35.
34. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B). May be authorized
concurrently with VA education assistance under Chapter 35.
35. Eligibility for son(s) and/or daughter(s) to compete for admission to military academies.
36. Eligibility for military identification card.
37. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Veteran license plates.
38. Eligibility for exemption from vehicle license fees.
39. Withdrawal from SBP program participation (military retirees) after having been rated SC,
totally disabled for 10 continuous years, or, if out of service less than 10 years, having been
rated SC, totally disabled for at least 5 continuous years from date of last active duty.

Special Veterans’ Benefits
In addition to the regular benefits available to all disabled veterans, there are special benefits
available only to two specific groups of veterans, namely former Prisoners of War and holders of
the Congressional Medal of Honor. These special benefits are over and above (and in addition to) the regular benefits to which these veterans would be entitled based on level(s) of disability alone.

Former POWs:
1. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 3 (no healthcare co-payments required), unless
disability rating warrants assignment to higher Priority Group 1 or 2.
2. Exemption from all pharmacy co-payments, including for NSC medications.
3. VA fee basis outpatient medical card (all conditions requiring treatment, whether SC or not).
4. Eligibility for any and all necessary dental treatment.
5. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard
to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.
6. Eligibility for exemption from vehicle license fees.
7. California State Parks pass ($3.50 one-time fee).
Medal of Honor holders:
1. Entitlement to payment of special Medal of Honor pension (currently $1,027 per month, as of
December 2004) in addition to any compensation for SC or other disability, or in addition to NSC
disability pension.
2. Eligibility for exemption from vehicle license fees.
3. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for veteran and children (Plan D), but
not for spouse or surviving spouse. May be authorized concurrently with VA education assistance
under Chapter 35.

Nonservice-connected Disability Pension Checklist
A. Claim Requirements:
1. Minimum of 90 consecutive days of active service or was discharged because of SC disability.
If veteran entered service after 1980, the service requirement is 24 continuous months or the full
period for which called to active duty, whichever is less, unless discharged sooner because of
hardship, reduction-in-force, or SC disability. In any event, at least one day of service must have
been during a wartime period.
2. If veteran is under age 65, evidence that veteran is in receipt of any disability benefit
administered by the Social Security Administration (either SSA or SSI); or, is a long-term patient
in a nursing home because of disability; or, medical evidence showing the veteran is unable to work
because of disability.
3. Medical evidence to show that veteran is in need of regular aid and attendance or is housebound
(if applicable).
4. Report projected family income—include income from all sources, including farm and/or business.
Also list deductions/exclusions—unreimbursed medical expenses, children’s wages, etc.
5. Report net worth.
6. Dependency documents—marriage certificate, birth certificate(s), death certificate(s), divorce
decree(s), VA Form(s) 21-674(as applicable). If an adult child is claimed as disabled (helpless),
submit appropriate medical evidence in support.
B. Benefits:
1. Possible additional pension payable if housebound or if so helpless as to require the regular
aid and attendance of another person (includes nursing home patients).
2. Additional pension payable if veteran served during World War I.
3. VA outpatient medical card if entitled to aid and attendance or housebound benefits, or if a
World War I veteran.
4. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 4 (no co-payments required) if entitled to aid and
attendance or housebound benefits.
Enrollment in Priority Group 5 (no co-payments required) if entitled to basic pension.
Enrollment in Priority Group 6 (no co-payments required) if a World War I veteran.
5. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—if housebound
or in need of regular aid and attendance.
6. Waiver of VA insurance premiums, if under age 65 (but not on any supplemental RH insurance).

Disability Pension (continued)
7. CAL-VET Home Loan Disability Insurance.
8. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.
9. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.
10. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment.

Service-connected Death Checklist
A. Claim Requirements:
1. Disposition of veteran’s VA check (if any).
2. If veteran was a military retiree, notify service department.
3. VA Form 21-534, Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death
Pension, or Accrued Benefits by a Spouse or Child, for surviving spouse and/or children. VA
Form 21-535, Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation by Parent(s), for
dependent parent(s).
4. VA Form 21-530, Application for Burial Allowance.
5. Veteran’s death certificate or other appropriate proof of death.
6. Medical evidence as needed to relate veteran’s death to service or to SC disability.
7. Dependency documents, if not previously submitted (marriage certificate, birth certificate(s),
death certificate(s), divorce decree(s), VA Form(s) 21-674, as applicable). If an adult child is
claimed as disabled (helpless), submit appropriate medical evidence in support.
8. Medical evidence to show need for aid and attendance (surviving spouse or dependent parent)
or that surviving spouse is housebound, if applicable.
9. Is surviving spouse or either dependent parent also a veteran?
B. Benefits:
1. Social Security death payment.
2. Possible VA accrued benefits (if there was an unresolved claim or if there were
unnegotiated checks at the time of the veteran’s death).
3. Eligibility for SC burial allowance, headstone or grave marker; U.S. flag; Presidential Memorial
Certificate.
4. Life insurance payments (VA, other Government, or commercial).
5. Possible eligibility for additional allowance for surviving spouse or dependent parent on account
of being so helpless as to be in need of the regular aid and attendance of another person (includes
nursing home patients), or for surviving spouse on account of being housebound.
6. Certificate of Eligibility for home loan guaranty.
7. Eligibility for CAL-VET Home Loan.

Service-connected death (continued)
8. Eligibility for CAL–VET Home Mortgage Insurance.
9. Eligibility for property tax exemption on principle residence.
10. Eligibility for Dependents’ Education Assistance benefits under 38 U.S.C., Chapter 35, for
surviving spouse and children.
11. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for surviving spouse and children
(Plan A). Requires wartime service. May not be authorized concurrently with VA education
assistance under Chapter 35.
12. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B). May be
authorized concurrently with education assistance under Chapter 35.
13. Eligibility for son(s) and/or daughter(s) to compete for admission to military academies.
14. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment (surviving spouse
and/or natural mother).
15. Eligibility for 10-point preference for State of California employment (surviving spouse).
16. If veteran was a military retiree, possible payments under SBP/RSFPP.
17. Eligibility for a military identification card if the veteran was a military retiree or was
rated SC, 100% at time of death.
18. Eligibility for health care coverage under CHAMPVA unless there is also eligibility under
TRICARE (if the veteran was a military retiree).

Nonservice-connected Death Checklist
A. Claim Requirements:
1. Disposition of veteran’s VA check (if any).
2. If veteran was a military retiree, notify service department.
3. If veteran was SC and rated totally disabled (100% or IU) at time of death, review for
possible DIC. (Generally, requires veteran to have been rated totally disabled for 10
continuous years immediately preceding death. If out of service less than 10 years at time
of death, rated totally disabled for at least 5 continuous years, from date of discharge
from service to date of death. If a former POW, rated totally disabled for one year
immediately preceding death.)
4. VA Form 21-534, Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death
Pension, or Accrued Benefits by a Spouse or Child, for surviving spouse and/or children.
5. VA Form 21-530, Application for Burial Allowance.
6. There is no minimum length of service requirement for DIC.
For death pension, veteran must have had a minimum of 90 consecutive days of active service
or was discharged because of SC disability. If veteran entered service after 1980, the
service requirement is 24 continuous months or the full period for which called to active
duty, whichever is less, unless discharged sooner because of hardship, reduction-in-force,
or SC disability. In any event, at least one day of service must have been during a wartime
period.
Note—if veteran died while on active duty under circumstances precluding payment of
DIC (i.e., willful misconduct), veteran must have served honorably for at least two years,
at least one day of which was during a wartime period.
7. Veteran’s death certificate or other appropriate proof of death.
8. Dependency documents, if not previously submitted (marriage certificate, birth
certificate(s), death certificate(s), divorce decree(s), VA Form(s) 21-674, as applicable).
If an adult child is claimed as disabled (helpless), submit appropriate medical evidence
in support.
9. Report projected family income—include income from all sources, including farm and/or
business. Also list deductions/exclusions—veteran’s final expenses, unreimbursed medical
expenses, children’s wages, etc.
10. Report net worth.
11. Medical evidence to show that surviving spouse is housebound or in need of regular
aid and attendance, if applicable.
12. Is surviving spouse also a veteran?

Nonservice-connected death (continued)
B. Benefits:
1. Social Security death payment.
2. Possible VA accrued benefits (if there was an unresolved claim or if there were
unnegotiated checks at the time of the veteran’s death).
3. Possible eligibility for burial and/or interment allowance; headstone or grave marker;
U.S. flag; Presidential Memorial Certificate.
4. Life insurance payments (VA, other Government, or commercial).
5. Possible additional pension or DIC for surviving spouse on account of being so
helpless as to be in need of the regular aid and attendance of another person (includes
nursing home patients) or being housebound.
6. Eligibility for CAL–VET Home Mortgage Insurance.
7. Eligibility for property tax exemption on principle residence (if veteran was entitled
to such exemption prior to death).
8. If veteran was a military retiree, possible payments under SBP/RSFPP.
9. Eligibility for a military identification card if the veteran was a military retiree or
was rated SC, 100% at time of NSC death.
10. Eligibility for Dependents’ Education Assistance benefits under 38 U.S.C., Chapter 35,
for surviving spouse and/or children (if veteran was rated SC, permanently totally disabled
at time of NSC death).
11. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B) if veteran
had a (rated) SC disability at time of death.

12. Eligibility for health care coverage under CHAMPVA unless there is also eligibility under
TRICARE (if the veteran was a military retiree) (if veteran was rated SC, permanently totally
disabled at time of NSC death).
13. Eligibility for 10-point preference for State of California employment (surviving spouse).


WEEKLY INSPIRATION

Lead Me to Peace Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill my heart, my world, my universe. Amen.


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