Thank you for your service!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

VA Counselors at Selfridge

Vet Center Counselor Now Available at the Selfridge Chapel!

In a continuing effort to provide the best support for our men and women in the military and their families, our 127th Wing Family Readiness Coordinator has just confirmed with the VA that they will be bringing out 2 individuals to Selfridge on Thursdays (as well as 127 Wing UTA Sundays) that are Veteran Center Counselors.

The 127th Wing's UTA schedule is in flux but as of today, the UTA Sunday schedule for the remainder of CY 2009 is 8 Nov and 6 Dec. The Sunday UTA schedule for 2010 is 13 Jan, 7 Feb, 14 Mar, 11 Apr, 23 May, 20 Jun, 18 Jul, 15 Aug, 26 Sep, 24 Oct, 7 Nov, and 5 Dec.

The Counselors core hours are from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Selfridge Chapel is in Bldg 168 at the intersection of George Ave and Wilbur Wright Blvd.

Vet Centers Counselors provide readjustment counseling and outreach services to all veterans who served in any combat zone. Services are also available for their family members for military related issues. Veterans have earned these benefits through their service and all are provided at no cost to the veteran or family. These counselors are dedicated providers, many of which are combat veterans themselves.

They cannot assist with VA medical issues or claims.

Link to their website www.vetcenter.va.gov;http://www.vetcenter.va.gov;

Please come by on a Thursday or a 127th Wing UTA Sunday to say thanks for their support, and by all means, come by to talk. They are here for you!

Sunday, May 24, 2009




Hank Fuhs
Claude McManus
Linda McPherson
Larry Harr

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mccain Re: Fwd: Coming Home to West Michigan

This is great! Any volunteers?

From: Tim Eernisse <eernisst@gvsu.edu>
Sent: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 5:12 pm
Subject: Coming Home to West Michigan

Good afternoon!

Being prior Air Force I am VERY excited to let you know about our upcoming show on WGVU highlighting Military Families and the challenges they face. WGVU will also be doing a local follow up, "Coming Home to West Michigan: A Newsmakers Special" where we talk with a local soldier about the challenges he faces and a panel of experts to hear where soldiers and families can find help.

Please pass on this information for all to see and pass out.

We will have a Live phone bank with experts ready to help anyone who calls in and connect them to the proper organization. If you would like to help out, please contact Tim Eernisse at 616-331-6630 ASAP.

This is a VERY MOVING SHOW and one the entire family can and should watch.
Thank you for your continued support of WGVU...Your Local Source for PBS and NPR!

Timothy E Eernisse
PBS and NPR for West Michigan
301 W Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
P- (616)331-6630
F- (616)331-6625

Only when the winds of
adversity blow can you tell
whether an individual or a
country has steadfastness.

John F. Kennedy

Monday, March 30, 2009

$19,000 a year to those who serve during conflict

Forwarded by request:

A little-known veterans' benefit for long-term care expenses is available to wartime veterans and their spouses. But the benefit is being overlooked by thousands of families.

The Special Pension for Veterans' Aid and Attendance pays up to $1,644 a month, $19,736 annually, toward assisted living, nursing homes or in-home care for veterans 65 and older who served at least 90 days and one day during wartime - stateside or overseas. Veterans and their spouses can receive up to $23,396 annually and spouses of deceased veterans, $12,681.

Please feel free to share the article with anyone you know who is a veteran of a war.

CSM David G. Davis
Installation Command Sergeant Major
Headquarters, U.S. Army Garrison
Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico 00934
"Training is the Army's top priority; it prepares us to fight. As leaders, our sacred responsibility is to ensure that no Soldier ever dies in combat because that Soldier was not properly trained." - Carl E. Vuono, General, U.S. Army Chief of Staff

Monday, March 16, 2009

One-time Economic Recovery Payment for Disabled Vets

The attached information was received from the Internal Revenue Service. A one-time economic recovery payment of $250 will be made by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs to disabled veterans. To receive this payment, you DO NOT have to file a tax return. Since the IRS is not making this payment, they were unable to provide any additional information. They did not have a contact for information at the VA, and no information appears on the VA site at this point.The key point is that disabled veterans do not have to file a tax return to receive this $250 one-time payment.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act One-Time Economic Recovery Payments

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law, the "American Recoveryand Reinvestment Act," Public Law 111-5, which provides a one-time payment of $250 to individuals who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSIRailroad Retirement and Veterans' Compensation and Pension benefits.

FMS plans to issue more than 64 million payments to benefit recipients with a potential economic impact of more than $16 billion dollars. We estimate that more than 53 million of these payments will be made electronically, which saves the taxpayers approximately $20 million.

FMS expects to begin issuing payments in May 2009.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Management Service (FMSin coordination with the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will be responsible for issuing these payments. SSA, RRB and VA will certify the payments and provide the payment information to FMS. FMS is responsible for disbursing the payments on behalf of SSA, RRB and VA.

* No action is required on your part to receive this payment.

* The one-time payment will be $250. The payment will be issued
separately and will not be included in your regular benefit payment.

* The payment will be issued in the same way we currently issue your
benefit. If you receive your monthly benefit by check, you will receive your one-time payment by check. If you receive your monthly benefit electronically, you will receive your one-time payment electronically on the payment date.

* If you would like to receive your economic recovery payment and all
future benefit payments electronically, sign-up for direct deposit at www.GoDirect.org <http://www.godirect.org/> or call 1-800-333-1795. You may also call your paying agency-SSA, RRB or VA-to enroll in direct deposit.

* If you receive more than one type of benefit payment, you willreceive only one payment. For example, if you receive a Social Security benefit and/or SSI, and you also receive a Veterans' Compensation and Pension and/or a Railroad Retirement benefit; you will only receive one $250 payment.

* If you owe a delinquent child support debt or a debt to a federal or
state agency, the law requires FMS to offset these one-time payments to collect the debt owed. If you have any questions about any child support or federal debts that you may owe, please contact the state or federal agency to which the debt is owed.
Issuance of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act payments will in no way interfere with, delay, or otherwise affect normal FMS processing of Social Security, SSI, Veterans or Railroad Retirement benefits; or vendor or tax refund payments.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Thanks to Gene Simon for passing this great piece on!

Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2009 9:17 PM
Subject: I'M TIRED

I'm tired by Robert A. Hall

I'll be 63 soon. Except for one semester in college when jobs

were scarce, and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but

job-hunting every day, I've worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some

health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in

sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit

my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy,

there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired ....very tired.

I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth

around" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told

the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and

give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.

I'm tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to "keep

people in their homes." Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I'm

willing to help. But if they bought Mansions at three times the price of

our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the

leftwing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the

Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them-with their

own money.

I'm tired of being told how bad America is by left wing

millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood entertainers

who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In

thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the

religious freedom and women's rights of Saudi Arabia, the economy of

Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of

Mexico, the tolerance for Gay people of Iran, and the freedom of speech

of Venezuela. Won't multiculturalism be beautiful?

I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace,"

when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their

sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honor;" of Muslims

rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and

Jews because they aren't "believers;" of Muslims burning schools for

girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery;"

of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of

Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to.

I believe "a man should be judged by the content of his

character, not by the color of his skin." I'm tired of being told that

"race doesn't matter" in the post-racial world of President Obama, when

it's all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college

admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the

most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture

of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than

anyone, and in the appointment of US Senators from Illinois. I think

it's very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is

doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the emancipation

proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, Colon

Powell or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and

less in an all-knowing government.

I'm tired of a news media that thinks Bush's fundraising and

inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama's, at triple the

cost, were wonderful. That thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of

presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the

public to control weight and stress, that picked over every line of

Bush's military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his, that

slammed Palin with two years as governor for being too inexperienced for

VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as without question the

best president ever.

Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching

to Fox News? Get a clue.

I didn't vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me

to his camp in 2004.

I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other

cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and

madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America, while no American

group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in

Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.

I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight

global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in

a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We

also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter

live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore's, and if you're

greener than Gore, you're green enough.

I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I

must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a

giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder

up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don't think Gay

people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take

drugs. And I'm tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a

freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.

I'm tired of illegal aliens being called "undocumented workers,"

especially the ones who aren't working, but are living on welfare or

crime. What's next? Calling drug dealers, "Undocumented Pharmacists"?

And, no, I'm not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic

and it's been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for

my religion. I'm willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic

person who can speak English, doesn't have a criminal record and who is

self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for

three years in our military. Those are the citizens we need.

I'm tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never

wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their

entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our

military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make

split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth

better people then themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do

our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the

atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty

years-and still are? Not even close. So here's the deal. I'll let myself

be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on

terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be

subject to captivity by the Muslims who tortured and beheaded Daniel

Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt.

Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the

blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the

Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the

girls were Christian. Then we'll compare notes. British and American

soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help

and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear.

I'm tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on

virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the

papers-bums are bi-partisan. And I'm tired of people telling me we need

bi-partisanship. I live in Illinois, where the "Illinois Combine" of

Democrats and Republicans has worked together harmoniously to loot the

public for years. And I notice that the tax cheats in Obama's cabinet

are bi-partisan as well.

I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and

politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid

mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only

mistake was getting caught.

I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

Speaking of poor, I'm tired of hearing people with air-conditioned

homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans

didn't have that in 1970, but we didn't know we were "poor." The poverty

pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars


I'm real tired of people who don't take responsibility for their

lives and actions.

I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or

discrimination, or big-whatever for their problems.

Yes, I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to be 63. Because,

mostly, I'm not going to get to see the world these people are making.

I'm just sorry for my granddaughter.

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms

in the Massachusetts state senate. He blogs at www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Note from Hank Fuhs, USAF Ret



I would like to encourage you to send a letter of
support to
Representative Chet Edwards. Invest a 42 cent
stamp to
support the freezing of Tricare fees for retirees!
You can send your letter to:
Rep. Chet Rayburn
2369 Rayburn Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4311
Your Friend,
Hank Fuhs

Bill would freeze Tricare fees for retirees
By Rick Maze - Army Times Staff writer

Posted : Wednesday Feb 4, 2009 9:45:47 EST

A key lawmaker has reintroduced legislation that
would freeze Tricare fees for mil itary retirees, a
preemptive strike in case the Defense Department
tries again to raise deductibles, copayments and
enrollment fees in an effort to hold down its health
care costs.

The Military Retirees' Healthcare Protection Act,
introduced Tuesday, is important because of its
chief sponsor - Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Texas -
and because of the timing. Edwards, an ally of
President Barack Obama who had been discussed
as a possible vice presidential running mate, is
chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee
responsible for military quality of life programs and
veterans health care. Overcoming Edwards'
opposition would be difficult. Additionally, Edwards'
move to drop a bill even before the Obama administration
has announced its plans for military health care is
a warning sign to the White House and Defense
Department that it might be a mistake to assume
that Tricare fee increases could be used to help
cover health care costs in the 2010 defense budget.
For three consecutive years, the Defense Department
has asked Congress to increase Tricare fees for retirees
and to revise pharmacy copayments for active-duty
families and retirees in order to reduce costs. Congress
has rejected the idea every time.

Defense officials estimate=2 0fee increases would cut
$1.6 billion in defense health care costs, partly from
the fees and partly from discouraging working-age
retirees who have other health care options from
enrolling in the military health benefits plan.
Edwards, who estimates that higher fees would
apply to 3 million people, made clear that
discouraging the Obama administration is part of
his strategy. "I hope the new administration will not
request the same premium increases as the last,
but this legislation will allow us to remove any
temptation," he said in a statement. "I believe that
keeping our promise of quality, affordable health
care for military retirees is the right thing to do
and the smart thing to do," Edwards said. "It is
right because our nation has a moral obligation
to keep our promises to those who have kept
their promise to defend our nation. It is the
smart thing to do because we cannot attract
the best and brightest to fight our war on terrorism
in the years ahead if they see us breaking faith
with those who served in years past. To win
the war on terrorism, we must keep faith with
our warriors." Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., is an
original cosponsor of the bill, which last year
had more than 215 cosponsors.


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