Courtesy of JSA veteran SGM David McAllister ret.

Barefoot Tattler

SUBJECT: Item for January Issue

VETERANS GOLF TOURNAMENT.

Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 155, will again host the annual golf tournament.

The date is: Saturday, January 14th, 2012. The theme for this year's tournament is "Patriotism". We will display our 50-State Flags to the front of the Putting Green and every tee box will have a full-size American Flag. As in the past, for this tournament to be a success we need a lot of volunteers. We need help in putting up and taking down the 50-State flags, monitors for the Hole-in-One prizes being offered (usually a new car), and ticket-takers for lunch and buffet. Please let me know if you will be able to help.

You can call me at 664-7029 or stop by the Veterans Service Office on a Thursday .

CHAPTER 155, DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS.

Our Chapter has had a very good year. We are very proud of our accomplishments. First, we financed and gained approval from our Board of Trustees for the erection and placement of the Veterans Memorial Wall. Second, we have designed and made Tee-Shirts and Golf Shirts available which enhance the image of Barefoot Bay. That was a not-for-profit project funded by our Chapter. Third, Our Chapter took the initiative to recommend the Barefoot Bay Veterans Council donate funds to the Recreation District for the purchase and placement of 2 large (30') flagpoles at the Barefoot Boulevard entrance to Barefoot Bay. And Fourth, and the one we are most proud of, is the establishment of an "Americanism" Team made up of our Chapter's members who are now traveling to campuses across the state to educate students about combat service in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. These goals have been accomplished because of the wonderful support we receive from our Community. Thank you.

REPLACING THE MISSING DD-FORM 214 AND AWARDS AND DECORATIONS.

Replacing the missing DD Form 214 or Awards and Decorations earned while in military service can be accomplished by visiting the "eVetRecs" web site. It is a simple form and can be filled out by the veteran, or next-of-kin of deceased veterans. Once the form is submitted there is an authentication page to be signed and mailed to NPRC WEB at 9500 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO If you don't have a computer or need help in completing the application, please visit the Veterans Service Office at Building D&E.

ABOUT VETERANS LONG TERM CARE BENEFITS.

There are 3 types of long term care services for veterans.

1. The first type is benefits provided to veterans in the VA Healthcare system. These are individuals who have substantial service-connected disabilities who are receiving VA Pension or who are considered low income. Services include possible free medical care, possible free prescription drugs, orthotics and prosthetics, home renovation grants for disabilities, home care, assisted living, domiciliary care, nursing home care, and a possible host of other long term care benefits. These services are not available to all veterans in the health care system. Availability depends on the local medical center's funds, the nature of the disability or whether the veteran is considered low income.

2. The second type of benefit is State Veterans Homes. The majority of these homes offer nursing care but some may offer assisted living or domiciliary care. The Department of Veterans Affairs in conjunction with the states, helps build and support state veterans homes. Money is provided to help with construction and a federal subsidy of $75.42 a day (2009) is provided for each veteran using state veterans nursing home services. These homes are generally available for most veterans and sometimes their spouses and in some cases so-called "Goldstar parents." Veterans Homes are run by the States, sometimes with the help of contract management. There may be wating lists.

3. The third type of benefit is disability income for veterans who served on active duty.

More information is available on the web at: Florida VA Nursing Homes, and at your local Veterans Service Office.

Thanks for listening. See you next month.

Dave

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