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November 11th Hungry Horse Veterans Memorial Bridge Dedication

HUNGRY HORSE: Veterans’ Memorial Bridge Dedication – South Fork Bridge, 2 – 4pm

Please join Senator Dee Brown and local Veterans’ organizations to unveil the Veterans Memorial in Hungry Horse, MT and dedicate the South Fork Bridge to county veterans Killed in Action. It dedicates the new bridge to Flathead County Veterans and establishes a memorial with names of individual veterans killed in action.
Public notice was published in your local newspaper regarding the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge Dedication scheduled November 11th at 2:00 pm in Hungry Horse. In an effort to ensure that the whole community is aware of the dedication, and that every individual has an opportunity to attend, and have his or her questions, comments, or concerns answered and addressed, we are asking you to partner with us in sharing information regarding the Veterans’ Memorial Bridge Dedication.


Honor and Remember Medallion

During the 2017 Legislative Session, Gov. Bullock signed into Montana state law the Honor and Remember Act, which authorizes the Honor and Remember Medallion (HRM) for family members of servicemen or women who have passed in the service of their country while engaged against hostile military forces.  The Medallion – its appearance and presentation criteria – is based upon the Department of Defense and U.S. Congress’ determination of the Gold Star Family standard, and as adopted by Montana state statute.   As such, specific family relationships are authorized the Honor and Remember Medallion – as designated on its application form.  The Medallion’s presentation criteria honors previously relevant state laws that allowed for a Medallion, at no charge, for one family member; as well as, the recently passed legislation which expands the Medallion’s availability to all authorized family members (per Gold Star Family standards).  Expanding the availability was the right thing to do, but it also significantly increased the cost of the program; therefore, there is a cost of $20 for any additional family member to receive the Medallion.  While there was apprehension to include a fee, it was necessary for the greater good of the Honor and Remember Medallion program in that it could be, long-term, as financially self-sustaining as possible.  While the $20 does not cover all the costs of the Medallion, its presentation case, the engraving and other expenses; it does – as augmented by donations – ensure its perpetual availability.  Please visit the Montana Veterans Affairs Division website at mt.gov to obtain the application and instructions.


VFW Brings VA Services to Remote Locations

A Montana VFW Post is the first non-VA site to house a telehealth facility, and VA wants to establish 10 similar sites by the end of 2019.

VFW Post 6786 sits seven miles from the Canadian border, more than 60 miles from the nearest VA clinic and more than 250 miles from the nearest VA hospital. Because of its remote location, VA approached the Eureka, Mont., Post in July about becoming the first non-VA location to house a telehealth facility.

Telehealth uses technology, such as video conferencing, to remotely connect patients with doctors.

Kedron Burnett, VA’s Project Advancing Telehealth through Local Access Stations (ATLAS) National Team Consultant, said VA has looked at telehealth access points for some time, but the concept of partnering with veterans service organizations began about two years ago.

Read more here.


Convention Elections

Message to Prospective Candidates from the VVA Elections Committee: March 31 Deadline Fast Approaching

Fellow veterans and prospective candidates, time is running out for those who wish to throw their hats in the ring to be early candidates at the National Convention. The Elections Committee is encouraging you to send your Letter of Intent and other required documents by the March 31, 2019, deadline. This will give the body of the organization the chance to know who you are before they come to the convention.

It is important to remember there are serious restrictions that apply to those who choose to run from the floor, and it is important to know and understand them. All pertinent and relevant information is posted on VVA.org and The VVA Veteran, Nov./Dec, and Jan./Feb. issues.

More information here.

 


Never Forget the Heroes Act HR 1327 S.546

VVA Calls for Swift Passage of the  Never Forget the Heroes Act,

Long-term Funding of 911 Victim Compensation Fund

 

(Washington, D.C.)— “Vietnam Veterans of America calls for the swift passage of the Never Forget the Heroes Act, which would fully fund the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund through 2090,” said John Rowan, VVA National President.

 “As Vietnam veterans, we know firsthand the toll of toxic exposure on our health and the high costs associated with our toxic wounds,” said Rowan. “We will not remain silent as those injured in the terrorist attack and those who assisted with debris removal in its aftermath are told the cost of their care will overtake the $7.375 billion 911 Victim Compensation fund. We must start keeping our promises to those who answer the call.”

 On February 15, 2019, the Special Master of the fund determined that what remains in the 911 Victim’s Compensation Fund is insufficient to pay all pending and projected claims under current policies. Consequently, she announced modifications to the policies consistent with her statutory obligations, noting that severe cuts to claims would be made across the board.

 The Never Forget the Heroes Act (H.R.1327, S546), when passed, will ensure that those injured and ill and their families will be assured funding for their claims well into the future.