WELCOME TO OLE' BILL'S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

August 2010 - Week 2


OLE' BILL'S CORNER

I'm just receiving the following infomation as I was ready to upload this weeks newsletter. BB

From: James Stone
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2010 15:45:47 -0400

I just received an email from Rosie telling me of the passing of Ed Burke today. He was in the hospital with a blood clot and pneumonia in addition to lung cancer.
I'll send out more information as I get it.
Please forward to anyone I may have left out.

Jim


QUARTERHORSE HISTORY EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK

11Aug65: Operation Barracuda, first major combat of 2nd Bde in RVN.
13Aug67: Operation Paul Bunyan ends.
15Aug91: 1st Inf Div (FWD) deactivated in Germany.


MINUTES OF 2009 1/4TH CAVALRY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

MINUTES OF THE 1/4TH CAVALRY ASSOC OF VETERANS
August 7, 2009 Dearborn, Michigan

Meeting called to order: 17:20pm by Secretary Bill Baty
There were 26 members in attendance. Board Members not present: Vice – President Joe Birindelli. President John Conley was delayed at another BRO meeting and joined our meeting at 17:45pm. Board Members present: John Conley – President and Bill Baty – Secretary/Treasurer.
Notice of this annual meeting was placed on the Association website on May 21, 2009 and several time thereafter.
Pastor Dennis Skiles gave the opening prayer after which our annual memorial of Departed Comrades was held. We had a round the room introduction of everyone in attendance and then after reading the Invocation, Bill Baty read off the names of all troopers who had died the previous year. There were 4 post Vietnam deaths and 7 names of Active Duty Troopers killed in Iraq or Afganistan. Following a toast to our comrades, John Conley joined us and we sang “The Silent Column”.
Reading of the Treasury Reports and last years minutes were dispensed with and the reports were approved with no changes.
There were no reports from Committee Members or Old Business.
New Business: John Conley, Joe Birindelli and Bill Baty were all reelected to their present positions for another year.
1. John Conley briefed everyone on our involvement in assisting the new 4th Cavalry units with their organizing their Veterans Organizations. Eventually we hope to have all 4th Cavalry units excepting the 3/4th Cav attending the Big Red One Society Reunions. Later on as the Squadrons get their own associations started, we will consider forming a 4th Cavalry Regiment Association. A motion was made that we continue with our efforts and seconded.
2. John Conley proposed that we indicate in our by-laws that “75% of the attending memberships needed to vote in order to approve a change to our Constitution”. Motion made, seconded, proposal passed.
3. John Conley proposed that “changes could be made to our By-laws by the executive committee without membership vote”. Motion made, seconded, proposal passed.
4. John Conley proposed that we pay for the new 4th Cavalry Squadrons Constitution from our treasury and they can pay us back when they are able. Motion made, seconded, proposal passed.
5. A motion was made from the floor that Bill Baty, Secretary/Treasurer receive financial assistance from the Association Treasury because he has to drive to reunions and bring all the Flags, staffs, etc. discussion followed and a motion was made that ; “Bill Baty could obtain financial help from the treasury when needed. The option on whether to use 4th Cavalry Funds would be left up to him.” Motion made, seconded, proposal passed.

There were no Awards or Recognition so we moved on to the Open Discussion Period.

Terry Valentine reminded everyone that he had brought some CD Maps to sell for funding for the Research Team.

Bill Baty reminded everyone that he had copies of Duke Snyder’s new book for sale

Motion to Adjourn.
Meeting adjourned at 7:10pm


REUNION 2010 ATTENDEES

Below are the names of the troopers who have already signed up or plan on attending. I will update this list weekly and post it on the Weekly Newsletter. Jim Skillings was making out his reseveration when he received news that he is scheduled for surgery and won't be able to attend. BB

FORTH CAVALRY ATTENDEES

John Conley is having to pull out of this years reunion due to a family member having a serious illness. BB

4th Cav Regiment-WWII and Cold War

Paul Miller


HHT, 1/4TH CAV

Davidson, Ronald
Wilemon, Jimmy
Kenneth J Costich II
Esquilin, Jorge and Wife
Wilemon, Jimmy


A Troop, 1/4th Cav

Sturgis, Ralph
Friday, Jerry
Humphrey, Richard
Miller, Paul
Dabney, Joe and wife
Baty, Bill
Snyder, Duke
Warne, Gary
Joe and Barbara Dabney
Valentine, Terry
Corbin, Robert and Wife
Empey, Terry
Jones, Charles
Empey, Terry
Kampfert, Elke-Trooper Wife
Kintz, Gerald
Novak, Edward
Row, Nancy-Trooper Wife
Bob Bowling and Wife


B Troop, 1/4th cav

Kramer, Jeff
Keech, James


C Troop, 1/4th Cav

Baker, Daniel
Benoit, Alan
Brigance, Charles
Seibert, Wilmer
Karl Listl and wife
Capps, Jimmy
Jones Jr, James
Wright, James


D Troop (Air)

Smith, James and Wife Kenneth J. Costic II, wife and twin Boys


Unknown Troop

Baker, Ralph
Riley, William


TROOPERS CORNER - SOUND OFF!!

A case of reverse Stolen Valor. Submitted by Danny Horn. BB

Obama restores rank of disgraced Vietnam general

AP – In this 1972 file photo, Gen. John D. Lavelle, right, talks with then Senate Armed Services Committee

By PAULINE JELINEK and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press Writers Pauline Jelinek And Robert Burns, Associated Press Writers – Wed Aug 4, 11:13 pm ET

WASHINGTON – More than 30 years after his death, an Air Force general has been exonerated of charges that he violated presidential restrictions on aerial bombing during the Vietnam War and that he ordered the falsification of records to conceal the missions.
John D. Lavelle was forced to retire in April 1972 at the rank of major general — two stars below the rank he held as commander of air operations in Vietnam — after being relieved of duty for ordering unauthorized airstrikes against North Vietnamese military targets. He maintained his innocence during congressional hearings held after his dismissal.
He died in 1979.


The story took a new twist in 2007 with the publication in Air Force Magazine of an article by a retired Air Force general, Aloysius Casey, and his son, Patrick Casey. They used declassified documents and transcripts of President Richard Nixon's Oval Office audio tapes to show that Nixon had secretly authorized more aggressive bombing in North Vietnam in February 1972.
The Caseys also wrote that such attacks had been authorized in late 1971 and early 1972 by top U.S. officers, including Adm. Thomas H. Moorer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Army Gen. Creighton T. Abrams, the overall U.S. military commander in South Vietnam.
Lavelle's family petitioned the Air Force to correct his record and restore his rank. It said the decision in 1972 to relieve him of duty was based on "woefully incomplete" evidence.
The family's legal petition to the Air Force said the Nixon tapes show that "he was a 'scapegoat' and in fact had acted within the authority expressly granted to him by the president and communicated to him through classified communications between the chief of Pacific Command, the secretary of defense and others." In 2008 the Air Force Board for the Correction of Military Records found no evidence that Lavelle caused, directly or indirectly, the falsification of records or that he was even aware of their existence.
The board also agreed with the family's assertion that the 1972 decision had been based on incomplete information and that the White House and others withheld important facts.
"After thoroughly reviewing the evidence of record and noting the applicant's contentions, we find sufficient evidence the retirement grade in which the member was nominated was the result of material error — an incomplete record," the board concluded.
It added: "It is clear the White House, the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff all possessed evidence which, if released, would have exonerated him."
In a written statement Wednesday, the Air Force said its board found that once Lavelle learned about the falsified reports — which pertained to false claims of hostile fire by North Vietnamese forces — he took action to ensure that the practice was stopped.
The Air Force board recommended, in light of the new information, that Lavelle be reinstated to the rank of general. Defense Secretary Robert Gates endorsed the recommendation and President Barack Obama has asked the Senate to confirm Lavelle to the rank of general.
The Lavelle family issued a statement Wednesday praising the decision to exonerate the general.
"The president's nomination is a major milestone in the effort to publicly restore General Lavelle's outstanding record of military service, his honor and his good name," it said.
Lavelle's widow, Mary Jo Lavelle, 91, thanked all involved.
"Jack was a good man, a good husband, a good father and a good officer," she said. "I wish he was alive to hear this news."

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Thanks to Bob Corbin for this article.BB

Mowing Grass -- Priceless

I hope the picture will go through for you - of this Army soldier in Iraq with his tiny 'plot' of grass in front of his tent. It's heartwarming!

Here is a soldier stationed in Iraq , stationed in a big sand box. He asked his wife to send him dirt ( U.S. Soil), fertilizer, and some grass seed so that he can have the sweet aroma, and feel the grass grow beneath his feet When the men of the squadron have a mission that they are going on, they take turns walking through the grass and the American soil -- to bring them good luck.

If you notice, he is even cutting the grass with a pair of a scissors. Sometimes we are in such a hurry that we don't stop and think about the little things that we take for granted.

Upon receiving this, say a little prayer for our soldiers that give and give (and give up) so unselfishly for us. <> Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.

Protect them as they protect us,

Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.

In Jesus' name, Amen

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Good Information from Wayne Paddack. BB

ALL VETS SHOULD COPY THIS

Comment: Someone has gone to a lot of trouble. If this helps one person, then it was worthwhile. Please pass this on to all Veterans on you e-mail list.

Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests.

Appeals http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch05.doc

Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/

CARES Commission http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/

CARES Draft National Plan http://www1.va.gov/cares/page.cfm?pg=105

Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

Center for Veterans Enterprise http://www.vetbiz.gov/default2.htm

Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/

Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000016.html

Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assoc http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000011.html

Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/part6%20/ch07.doc

Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03 http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm

Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page http://www.va.gov/

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view

Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm

Due Process http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch02.doc

Duty to Assist http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch01.doc

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/

Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf

Environmental Agents http://www1.va.gov/environagents/

Environmental Agents M10 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1002

Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=315

EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR GULF WAR AND IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHandbook1303122304.DOC and http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1158

See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DepletedUraniumFAQSheet.doc

EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR NON-GULF WAR VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHANDBOOKNONGW130340304.DOC

Fee Basis, PRIORITY FOR OUTPATIENT MEDICAL SERVICES AND INPATIENT HOSPITAL CARE http://www1.va..gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=206 Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005 http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf OR, http://www1.va..gov/opa/vadocs/current_benefits.htm

Forms and Records Request http://www.va.gov/vaforms/

General Compensation Provisions http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter11_subchaptervi_.html

Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/

Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG http://www.oqp.med.va.gov/cpg/cpgn/mus/mus_base.htm

Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/VHIgulfwar.pdf

Gulf War Subject Index http://www1.va.gov/GulfWar/page.cfm?pg=7&template=main&letter=A

Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q& As http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/GWIllnessesQandAsIB1041.pdf

Hearings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.doc

Homeless Veterans http://www1.va.gov/homeless/

HSR&D Home http://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/

Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/exams/index.htm

Ionizing Radiation http://www1.va.gov/irad/

Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA http://www.vba.va.gov/EFIF/

M 10 for spouses and children < http://www1..va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1007

M10 Part III Change 1 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1008

M21-1 Table of Contents http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1.html

Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38CFR/BOOKC/PART4/S4_130..DOC

Mental Health Program Guidelines http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1094

Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers http://www.mirecc.med.va.gov/

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp

My Health e Vet http://www.myhealth.va.gov/

NASDVA.COM http://nasdva.com/

National Association of State Directors http://www.nasdva.com/

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention http://www.nchpdp.med.va.gov/postdeploymentlinks.asp

Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/regs/38cfr/bookc/part4/s4%5F124a.doc

OMI (Office of Medical Inspector) http://www.omi.cio.med.va.gov/

Online VA Form 10-10EZ https://www.1010ez..med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/

Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders http://www1.va.gov/resdev/funding/solicitations/docs/parkinsons.pdf and, http://www1.va.gov/padrecc/

Peacetime Disability Compensation http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1131

Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteri_.html and, http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapterii_.html and, http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteriii_.html

Persian Gulf Registry http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1003 This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005: http://www1..va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1232

Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1006

Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/gulf_war_2002/GulfWarRpt02.pdf

Phase I PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1004

Phase II PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1005

Policy Manual Index http://www.va.gov/publ/direc/eds/edsmps.htm

Power of Attorney http://www.warms.vba..va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch03.doc Project 112 (Including Project SHAD) http://www1.va.gov/shad/

Prosthetics Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=337

Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page http://www.vethealth.cio.med.va.gov/

Public Health/SARS http://www..publichealth.va.gov/SARS/

Publications Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/publications.cfm?Pub=4

Publications and Reports http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/pubs_individual.cfm?webpage=gulf_war.htm

Records Center and Vault Homepage http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/default.html

Records Center and Vault Site Map http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/sitemap.html

REQUEST FOR AND CONSENT TO RELEASE OF INFORMATION FROM CLAIMANT'S RECORDS http://www.forms.va.gov/va/Internet/VARF/getformharness.asp?formName=3288-form.xft

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002 http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/Minutes_April112002.doc

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses

http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/ReportandRecommendations_2004.pdf

Research and Development http://www.appc1.va.gov/resdev/programs/all_programs.cfm

Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partiii_chapter35_.html

Title 38 Index Parts 0-17 http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv1_02.tpl

Part 18 http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv2_02.tpl

Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl

Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (also § 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here) http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl Title 38 PART 4--SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart B--DISABILITY RATINGS

http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=ab7641afd195c84a49a2067dbbcf95c0&rgn=div6&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.2&idno=38

Title 38 § 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on un employability of the individual. PART 4 SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart General Policy in Rating http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&rgn=div8&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.1..96.11&idno=38

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims http://www.vetapp.gov/

VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) http://www.avapl.org/pub/PTSD%20Manual%20final%206.pdf

VA Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/opa/fact/gwfs.html

VA Health Care Eligibility http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/home/hecmain.asp

VA INSTITUTING GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF FUNCTION (GAF) http://www.avapl.org/gaf/gaf.html

VA Life Insurance Handbook Chapter 3 http://www.insurance.va.gov/inForceGliSite/GLIhandbook/glibookletch3.htm#310

VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans http://valoans.com/va_facts_limits.cfm

VA MS Research http://www.va.gov/ms/about.asp

VA National Hepatitis C Program http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/

VA Office of Research and Development http://www1.va.gov/resdev/

VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War http://www.va.gov/OAA/pocketcard/gulfwar.asp

VA WMD EMSHG http://www1.va.gov/emshg/

VA WRIISC-DC http://www.va.gov/WRIISC-DC/

VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address http://www.va..gov/oig/hotline/hotline3 . htm

Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service http://www.va.gov/rcs/Eligibility.htm

Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page http://www.vba.va.gov/

Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/

VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/

VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives http://www1.va.gov/health_benefits/page.cfm?pg=13 http://webmaila.juno.com/webmail/new/UrlBlockedError.aspx >

VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http: // www.publichealth.va.gov/

VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans Health http://www1.va.gov/vhi_ind_study/gulfwar/istudy/index.asp

Vocational Rehabilitation http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/

Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/InterSubsistencefy04.doc

VONAPP online http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp

WARMS - 38 CFR Book C http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/bookc.html

Wartime Disability Compensation http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+38USC1110

War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey http://www.wri.med.va.gov/

Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site http://www.gibill.va.gov/

What VA Social Workers Do http://www1.va.gov/socialwork/page.cfm?pg=3

WRIISC Patient Eligibility http://www.illegion.org/va1.html

Print this and save it in your VA files. There may be a need for its use in the future.

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Here's a very patriotic article sent in by Chaplain John South. BB

EACH VIETNAM VET SHOULD BE AWFULLY PROUD AFTER READING THIS SPEECH.

To my brothers-in-arms--Army * Navy * Air Force * Marines*: I "met" Quang as a result of visiting the "We Stand With Arizona" website. We've had some conversations and he sent me a preview of a speech he is giving this Saturday in Prescott. since 98.1% of all y'all aren't in Aridzona, he gave me permission to share his thoughts with all of you....and send you his grateful appreciation as well. I've left his e-mail address should you want to contact him. With best regards, Ken

QUANG NGUYEN's Speech at the Freedom Rally

This Saturday the 24th at 6:30 pm, the town of Prescott Valley, AZ will be hosting a Freedom Rally. I was asked to speak for 10 minutes on my experience of coming to America and what it means. I wrote this in dedication to all Vietnam Veterans and I feel that it is important for me to share it with you prior to the Saturday event. Here it is and God Bless you my friend.

35 years ago, if you were to tell me that I am going to stand up here speaking to a couple thousand patriots, in English, I’d laugh at you. Man, every morning I wake up thanking God for putting me and my family in the greatest country on earth.I just want you all to know that the American dream does exist and I am living the American dream. I was asked to speak to you about my experience as a first generation Vietnamese American, but I rather speak to you as an American.If you hadn’t noticed, I am not white and I feel pretty comfortable with my people.I am a proud US citizen and here is my proof… It took me 8 years to get it, waiting in endless lines, but I got it and I am very proud of it. Guess what, I did it legally and it ain’t from the state of Hawaii.I still remember the images of the Tet offensive in 1968, I was six years old. Now you might want to question how a 6 year old boy could remember anything. Trust me, those images can never be erased. I can’t even imagine what it was like for young American soldiers, 10,000 miles away from home, fighting on my behalf.35 years ago, I left south Vietnam for political asylum. The war had ended. At the age of 13, I left with the understanding that I may or may not ever get to see my siblings or parents again. I was one of the first lucky 100,000 Vietnamese allowed to come to the US. Somehow, my family and I were reunited 5 months later, amazingly, in California. It was a miracle from God.If you haven’t heard lately that this is the greatest country on earth. I am telling you that right now. It is the freedom and the opportunities presented it to me that put me here with all of you tonight. I also remember the barriers that I had to overcome every step of the way. My high school counselor told me that I cannot make it to college due to my poor communication skills. I proved him wrong. I finished college. You see… All you have to do is to give this little boy an opportunity and encourage him to take and run with it. Well, I took the opportunity and here I am. This person standing tonight in front of you could not exist under a socialist/communist environment By the way, if you think socialism is the way to go, I am sure many people here will chip in to get you a one way ticket out of here. And if you didn’t know, the only difference between socialism and communism is an AK-47 aiming at your head. That was my experience.In 1982, I stood with a thousand new immigrants, reciting the pledge of allegiance and listening to the National Anthem for the first time as an American. To this day, I can’t remember anything sweeter and more patriotic than that moment in my life.Fast forwarding, somehow I finished high school, finished college, and like any other goofball 21 year old kid, I was having a great time with my life, I had a nice job and a nice apartment in Southern California. In someway and somehow, I had forgotten how I got here and why I am here. One day I was at a gas station, I saw a veteran pumping gas on the other side of the island. I don’t know what made me do it, but I walked over and asked if he had served in Vietnam. He smiled and said Yes. I shook and held his hand. The grown man began to well up. I walked away as fast as I could and at that very moment, I was emotionally rocked. This was a profound moment in life. I knew something had to change in my life. It was time for me to learn how to be a good citizen. It was time for me to give back.You see… America is not place on the map, it isn’t a physical location. It is an ideal, a concept. And if you are an American, you must understand the concept, you must buy into this concept and most importantly, you have to fight and defend this concept. This is about Freedom… and not free stuff. And that is why I am standing up here. Brothers and sisters, to be a real American, the very least you must do is to learn English and understand it well. In my humble opinion, you cannot be a faithful patriotic citizen if you can’t speak the language of the country you live in. Take this document of 46 pages… Last I looked on the internet, there wasn’t a Vietnamese translation of the US constitution. It took me a long time to get to the point of being able to converse and until this day, I still struggle to come up with the right words. It’s not easy, but if it’s too easy, it’s not worth doing.Before I know this 46 page document, I learned of the 500,000 Americans who fought for this little boy. I learned of the 58,000 names scribed on the black wall at the Vietnam memorial. You are my heroes. You are my founders.At this time, I would like to ask all the Vietnam veterans to please stand. …. I thank you for my life. I thank you for your sacrifices, and I thank you for giving me the freedom and liberty I have today. I now ask All veterans, firefighters, and police officers, to please stand. On behalf of all first generation immigrants, I thank you for your services and may God bless you all.
Quang NguyenCreative Director/FounderCaddis Advertising, LLCquang@caddisad.com
928-775-5384 Officehttp://www.caddisad.com

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This comes in from John Conley. Something we should all take a hard look at. BB

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, 'How heavy is this glass of water?' Answers called out ranged from 8oz. To 20oz.

The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it.'

'If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.'

'In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.'

He continued, 'And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on.'

'As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.'

'So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work/life down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow.'

'Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you've rested.

Life is short.. Enjoy!' Mo< And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life: <> 1 * Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.

5 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can't push.

9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on..

10 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

11 * Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

15 * You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull.. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today ! ! !


WARNING!...TROOPERS JOKES..MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNG-INS AND THE TENDER AT HEART

Wayne Paddack has an ounce or two of sympathy for the ladies, I think..BB

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN GUILTY OF LOOKING AT OTHERS YOUR OWN AGE AND THINKING, SURELY I CAN'T LOOK THAT OLD. WELL . . . YOU'LL LOVE THIS ONE.
MY NAME IS ALICE , AND I WAS SITTING IN THE WAITING ROOM FOR MY FIRST APPOINTMENT WITH A NEW DENTIST.
I NOTICED HIS DDS DIPLOMA ON THE WALL, WHICH BORE HIS FULL NAME. SUDDENLY, I REMEMBERED A TALL, HANDSOME, DARK-HAIRED BOY WITH THE SAME NAME HAD BEEN IN MY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS SOME 30-ODD YEARS AGO. COULD HE BE THE SAME GUY THAT I HAD A SECRET CRUSH ON, WAY BACK THEN?
UPON SEEING HIM, HOWEVER, I QUICKLY DISCARDED ANY SUCH THOUGHT.
THIS BALDING, GRAY-HAIRED MAN WITH THE DEEPLY LINED FACE WAS WAY TOO OLD TO HAVE BEEN MY CLASSMATE.
AFTER HE EXAMINED MY TEETH, I ASKED HIM IF HE HAD ATTENDED MORGAN PARK HIGH SCHOOL .. 'YES. YES, I DID. I'M A MUSTANG,' HE GLEAMED WITH PRIDE.
WHEN DID YOU GRADUATE?' I ASKED.
HE ANSWERED, 'IN 1975. WHY DO YOU ASK?'
YOU WERE IN MY CLASS!', I EXCLAIMED.
HE LOOKED AT ME CLOSELY.
THEN, THAT UGLY,

OLD,

BALD,

WRINKLED FACED,

FAT-ASSED,

GRAY-HAIRED,

DECREPIT

SON-OF-A-BITCH

ASKED,

'WHAT DID YOU TEACH???

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Charles Murawski sent in a good one. BB

NOW THATS SOME MIGHTY EXPENSIVE HAY.

Keep Scrolling Down...

SURPRISE, IT AIN'T FOR HORSES!

You will proabably wonder now everytime you see a load of hay going down the highway....

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Heres one from Howard Greenfield you'll all enjoy. BB

While on a road trip, an elderly couple Stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. After finishing their meal, they left the Restaurant, and resumed their trip. When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly Left her glasses on the table, and she didn't Miss them until they had been driving for About forty minutes. By then, to add to the aggravation, they Had to travel quite a distance before They could find a place to turn around, In order to return to the restaurant to Retrieve her glasses.

All the way back, the elderly husband Became the classic grouchy old man. He fussed and complained, and scolded His wife relentlessly during the entire Return drive. The more he chided her, The more agitated he became. He just Wouldn't let up for a single minute.

To her relief, they finally arrived at the Restaurant. As the woman got out of the Car, and hurried inside to retrieve her Glasses, the old geezer yelled to her, “While you're in there, you might as well Get my hat and the credit card.”

This coming week is National Senior Mental Health Week. You can do YOUR part by Remembering to contact at least one Unstable Senior to show you care.
I have now done MY part.

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Here's one Sent in by Smokey Guillespie. BB

Revision of Some 60's Songs

Some of the songs of the 60's are being revised with new lyrics to accommodate aging baby boomers who can remember doing the "Limbo" as if it were yesterday .

They include:

Bobby Darin ---Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' A Flash

Herman's Hermits ---Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Walker

Ringo Starr ---I Get By With A Little Help From Depends

The Bee Gees -- -How Can You Mend A Broken Hip?

Roberta Flack---The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face

Johnny Nash ---I Can't See Clearly Now.

Paul Simon---Fifty Ways To Lose Your Liver

The Commodores ---Once, Twice, Three Times To The Bathroom

Procol Harem--- A Whiter Shade Of Hair

Leo Sayer ---You Make Me Feel Like Napping

The Temptations ---Papa's Got A Kidney Stone

Abba---Denture Queen "You haven't seen my teeth have you Wilma?

Tony Orlando --- Knock 3 Times On The Ceilin, If You Hear Me Fall

Helen Reddy ---I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore

Leslie Gore---It's My Procedure, And I'll Cry If I Want To
And Last but NOT least...
Willie Nelson ---On the Commode Again

Ooooh I know ...stop complaining about the corn......the devil made me do it

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Here's Don Kalahar with a novel ideal! BB

BB

Let's put the seniors in jail, and the criminals in nursing homes.

This way the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies, and walks. They'd receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment , wheelchairs, etc.

And they'd receive money instead of paying it out. They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly if they fell or needed assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.

A guard would check on them every 20 minutes, and bring their meals and snacks to their cells.

They could have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.

They could have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counseling, pool, and education.

Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, P.J.'s and legal aid would be free, on request.

Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard -- with gardens.

Each senior could have a personal computer, TV, radio, and daily phone calls.

There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct, that would be strictly adhered to. The criminals in nursing homes:
The criminals would get cold food, be left all alone, and unsupervised.
Lights off at 8 pm, and showers once a week.
Live in a tiny room , and pay $4,500.00 per month and have no hope of ever getting out.
And justice for all.

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Rob Ferguson takes us down memory lane. BB

A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband is not in bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him.

She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in front of him.

He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall.

She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee.

'What's the matter, dear?' she whispers as she steps in to the room, 'Why are you down here at this time of night?

The husband looks up from his coffee, 'It's the 20th Anniversary of the day we met'.

She can't believe he has remembered and starts to tear up.

The husband continues, 'Do you remember 20 years ago when we started dating? I was 18 and you were only 16,' he says solemnly.

Once again, the wife is touched to tears thinking that her husband is so caring and sensitive.

'Yes, I do' she replies.

The husband pauses. The words were not coming easily. 'Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?'

'Yes, I remember' said the wife, lowering herself in to a chair beside him.

The husband continued. 'Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said,'Either you marry my daughter or I will send you to prison for 20 years?'

'I remember that, too' she replied softly.

He wiped another tear from his cheek and said 'I would have gotten out today.'

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Here's a good one from Jim Dempsey. BB

RETIRE WHERE?? decisions, decisions......
Here are your choices :

You can retire to Phoenix , Arizona where...
1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
2. You've experienced condensation on your hiney from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
5. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.
6.. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!

OR

You can retire to California where...
1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house
2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
6. The 4 seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought.

OR

You can retire to New York City where...
1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan.
2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
3. You think Central Park is "nature."
4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
5. You've worn out a car horn. (ed. note if you have a car).
6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.

OR

You can retire to Maine where...
1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco.
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than one recipe for moose.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.

OR

You can retire to the Deep South where...
1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "Y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
3. "He needed killin'" is a valid defense.
4. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.
5. Everything is either "in yonder," "over yonder" or "out yonder." It's important to know the difference, too.

OR

You can retire to Colorado where...
1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and so he stops at the day care center.
3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.

OR

You can retire to the Midwest where...
1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?"
5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"

OR

You can retire to Florida where.
1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people.

SO MANY CHOICES . . . SO LITTLE TIME.....


HERES TO YOUR HEALTH

This bit of military medical news was sent in by Danny Horn. bb

Stars and Stripes Newspaper

New treatment for PTSD? Dropping some Ecstasy.

By Leo Shane III

Published: July 20, 2010

Associated PressIt's not the most likely prescription for veterans already suffering from paranoia and emotional imbalance, but a group of researchers with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies in California are suggesting that 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (better known as Ecstasy) could prove valuable in helping combat vets in dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The study, which tracked only 20 patients, found veterans using Ecstasy were more receptive to counseling sessions than those on a placebo. Researchers said the effect was "immediate" and had "no evidence of impaired cognitive function as measured by neuropsychological testing."

MDMA has been used as a psychotherapy agent in the past, but has been illegal in the United States since it became a popular club drug in the 1980s. Researchers said they carefully screened study participants to ensure none had a history of chemical dependency or psychosis, and plan on starting a wider trial in coming months.

But any such treatment would be a tough sell for the VA; Earlier this year, officials rejected calls for expanded use of marijuana for PTSD patients, noting that their doctors cannot consider prescribing anything illegal to patients.

Dr. Edmund Hayes Weekly News

Calcium Supplements Linked to Boost in Heart Attack Risk
Although millions of people take calcium supplements to boost bone health and ward off osteoporosis, New Zealand researchers say the supplements have little effect on bone strength and contribute to a small increase in the risk for heart attack among older people.
Rather than relying on calcium supplements, the researchers suggest that people get their required calcium, if possible, from foods.
"When you look at major trials where people have been randomly assigned to take calcium or placebo, there is an increase in the risk of heart attack in the people who were randomly assigned to take calcium," said the study's lead researcher, Dr. Ian Reid, from the Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.

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Are Antidepressant Drugs Better Than Placebo For Depression?
Clinical psychologist Irving Kirsch is selling a new book in which he argues that anti-depressants aren't much better than placebo. He bases his claim on sophisticated statistical studies he has done that combine the results of antidepressant research trials from over the years.
The scary part is that he had to use the freedom of information act to get a hold of some of the studies.
His analysis shows that for all but very depressed patients, the impact of using antidepressants wasn't any better than using placebo.
This turns out to be very similar to the results of a recent study published in JAMA - antidepressants didn't really help mild depressions.

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Plant Compound Resveratrol Shown to Suppress Inflammation, Free Radicals
Resveratrol, a popular plant extract shown to prolong life in yeast and lower animals due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, appears also to suppress inflammation in humans, based on results from the first prospective human trial of the extract conducted by University at Buffalo endocrinologists.
Results of the study appear as a rapid electronic publication on the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism website and will be published in an upcoming print issue of the journal.
The paper also has been selected for inclusion in Translational Research in Endocrinology & Metabolism, a new online anthology that highlights the latest clinical applications of cutting-edge research from the journals of the Endocrine Society.

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Industry Gifts Okay with Most Doctors
Most physicians believe that interaction with industry representatives does not influence their decisions about patient care.
Increased emphasis on conflicts of interest has yet to sway physicians' generally positive attitudes toward drug and device manufacturers' marketing activities, a survey of almost 600 attending physicians and trainees showed.
More than 70% of respondents saw nothing inappropriate about attending sponsored lunches, and 25% had no problems with accepting large gifts from industry representatives, according to an article in the June issue of Archives of Surgery.
Surgeons, trainees, and respondents unfamiliar with institutional policies on conflict of interest tended to have more positive attitudes about gifts.

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Extended Use Of Anti-Clotting Drug Helps Some Bedridden Patients
A treatment plan used to prevent potentially dangerous blood clots in recovering surgical patients can also benefit some patients immobilized by acute medical illness, doctors have found in a multi-institutional study.
In women, patients age 75 or older, and patients strictly confined to 24-hour bed rest, a month of extended treatment with a blood thinner significantly reduced the chances of blood clots while only slightly increasing the risk of bleeding.
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and several other institutions report the results online this week in Annals of Internal Medicine. The double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was funded by Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of enoxaparin, a form of the blood thinner heparin that was used in the study.

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World-First Vaccine Candidate For Newborns To Help Combat Deadly Rotavirus
The vaccine candidate, developed by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, is the culmination of almost four decades of research in Australia by MCRI, the University of Melbourne and the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne following the discovery of rotavirus by a team of staff led by Professor Ruth Bishop in 1973.
Current rotavirus vaccines are given to babies from six to eight weeks of age, which may leave newborn infants at risk of early infection and, in countries with limited health care access, may delay timely administration of the vaccine.
"This is a contribution of major importance to global child health by Australian researchers and one that has enormous potential to reduce suffering and mortality among the most vulnerable children around the world," said lead researcher Professor Julie Bines of the University of Melbourne, MCRI and The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne.
"The new vaccine candidate has the potential to save many thousands of lives by vaccinating babies at birth while they were still in a health care setting."

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Huntington Disease Discovery Provides New Hope For Treatment
Huntington's disease is a genetic disease with no cure, characterized by a steady decline in motor control and the dysfunction and death of brain cells. The cause of the disease has long baffled scientists.
Symptoms tend to first appear when the person is in their thirties or forties. The most common symptom is jerky movements of the arms and legs. A person with Huntington's disease may also have difficulties with speech, swallowing and concentration.
Using state of the art technology, Dr Danny Hatters and his colleagues at the University of Melbourne's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Bio 21 Institute observed how human mutant 'huntingtin' proteins form into large clumps, which kills brain cells and leads to progressed Huntington's disease.

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Believe it or not
PA mom cleaned bath with son's toothbrush
An eastern Pennsylvania woman has been cited for harassment after her son told police she cleaned the bathroom with his toothbrush, then returned it to its holder. Police in Lower Saucon said 52-year-old Deborah Woist decided on July 18 that a bathroom inside her home needed a good scrubbing because it hadn't been cleaned in two months. Her 26-year-old son, Justin Novack, said the scrubbing was done with his toothbrush. He said his mother put it away when she was done.
Novack then called police, claiming his mother applied feces to his toothbrush.


DA-VA-VETERAN NEWS

S.407 : Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009.
A bill to increase, effective as of December 1, 2009, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 2/10/2009) Cosponsors (17) Related bill H.R.1513 Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs Senate Reports: 111-24 Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 111-37
[GPO: Text, PDF]

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S.3609 : VA Contract Physicians. A bill to extend the temporary authority for performance of medical disability examinations by contract physicians for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sponsor: Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI] (introduced 7/19/2010) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Veterans' Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2010 Referred to Senate committee.
Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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S.3615 : Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2011.
Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Tim [SD] (introduced 7/19/2010) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Appropriations
Senate Reports: 111-226
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2010 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 469.

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H.R.5731 : Veterans Mental Health Professionals Oversight Act of 2010.
To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for annual reviews of mental health professionals treating veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kirkpatrick, Ann [AZ-1] (introduced 7/14/2010) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Veterans' Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/14/2010 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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H.R.5841 : VA PTSD Treatment Public-Private Partnerships.
To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish public-private partnerships for the treatment and research of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Sponsor: Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] (introduced 7/22/2010) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Veterans' Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/22/2010 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

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VA Funding 2011:
The House Appropriations Committee approved $77.3 billion for FY2011 VA programs as well as $50.6 billion in advance funding for veterans' medical care for the succeeding fiscal year, 2012. Advance funding is needed to sustain health care activities seamlessly from one fiscal year to the next, because Congress rarely finishes VA appropriations legislation by the first of the fiscal year. The funding measure provides $48.8 billion for veterans' medical care, an increase of $3.7 billion above 2010. $5.2 billion of the total is to be used for mental health services. Other elements of the package provide:
$4.2 billion in assistance for homeless veterans
$250 million to improve access to care for veterans in rural areas
$5.7 billion to maintain and upgrade VA medical facilities
$590 million for medical and prosthetic research
$2.6 billion to hire and train more than 4000 additional claims processors to reduce the rising claims backlog and process projected new claims
$1.5 million for Arlington National Cemetery to hire additional personnel and address deficiencies identified by the Army Inspector General

For the Veterans Affairs Department, the fiscal 2011 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill (H.R.5822) provides $56.8 billion in discretionary funding, and $64 billion for mandatory VA programs. The bill's overall level of discretionary funding is close to the $77.25 billion the Senate Appropriations Committee approved in its version this month. The Senate bill allocates $56.99 billion in fiscal 2011 discretionary funding for the VA, and $50.6 billion in advance appropriations for fiscal 2012. The House voted 411-6 on 28 JUL to approve the bill, the first of the 12 annual spending bills to see floor action this year. H.R. 5822 now moves to the Senate, which has yet to pass a single appropriations bill this year. Only a week remains before Senators begin their summer recess, so the MilCon/VA bill is unlikely to be addressed in that chamber until lawmakers return in the fall.
[Source: MOAA Leg Up 30 Jul 2010 ++]


COMPUTER HINTS

Activate Your Mouse "Snap To" Feature (XP, Vista)

You can enable the Microsoft Windows mouse "Snap To" feature to automatically focus the pointer on dialog box buttons. By activating this feature, your mouse cursor will automatically move to the default button on any dialog box that appears in Windows. This will save you a little time from not having to move you mouse cursor to the "OK" button each time a dialog box appears. To enable this feature follow these steps:

1. Open your Control Panel.
2. Double-click the Mouse icon
3. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointer Options tab
and check the "Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box" option.

Now give it a try and see if you like it. If it's not for you, just uncheck the same box.


WEEKLY INSPIRATION

Chaplain John South gives us our devine guidance this week.

Ezekiel - Part 2 Chapter 34, vss 2, 4, 8. “Woe to those leaders ... who only take care of themselves. Should not the leader take care of his followers? ... You have not strengthened the weak or taken care of the sick, or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost ... I (the Lord) hold leaders responsible for their followers ...” Do you aspire to leadership? For what purpose? The only legitimate purpose is to serve those who would be your followers. Chapter 44, vs 15 - 16. “The (leaders) who faithfully carry out their duties ... They alone are to enter my sanctuary.” Is God interested in your competence as a leader. Read the verse again for the answer. Chapter 47, vss 7-10, 22-23. “Then (the Lord) led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, ‘This water flows ... down through the Jordan valley, and enters the Dead Sea. Where it empties into the sea, the water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows, everything will live.’” If you are truly living for the Lord Jesus Christ, you will be like the fresh water spoken of above. Everywhere you go there will be life, and joy, and hope, and truth. and faith and meaning in the lives of those you touch. All of us who are Christians are to be influencers of the people and culture around us - turning the salt water into fresh water so that God’s life can spring up and flourish in the lives of others.


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