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Official Publication of the N.C.

Department
VFW of North Carolina PO Box 25337 Raleigh, NC 27611-5337
Non-Profit Org US Postage PAID Rermit No. 1838 Raleigh N.C.

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Inside: Pg. 2 - Letters Pg. 3 - Officers Columns Pg. 4 - New Solicitation Effort Pg. Pg. Pg. Pg. Pg. 8 - President's Column 9 - VFW Stamp 10 - OND/BRC Scholarships 11 - Suicide Epidemic 12 - Veterans Village

2012

The Department of North Carolina will hold its Mid-Winter Conference and Council of Administration meeting from 3-5 February 2012 at the North Raleigh Hilton Hotel, located at 3415 Wake Forest Road, just off Exit 10 on 1-440.

Mid-Winter Council Meeting Scheduled for February 2012


$1000 scholarship for 3rd place VOD. The Patriot Pen students receive a $500 check for 1st, $400 check for 2nd, and $300 check for 3rd. Additionally the six students will visit the State Capitol building, the Legislative building, and the Museum of History. The Mid-Winter Conference will be full of meetings, seminars, and classes. All Comrades, Ladies Auxiliary members, and Men's Auxiliary members are highly encouraged to attend. On Friday the 3rd will be a business session, one-half day's one-on-one training in the Department's webmail/website system and internet reporting system, and the banquet. On Saturday will be committee meetings, Conference meetings (Eastern, Central, and Western), and various classes. Besides an entire day's worth of one-on-one webmail/website and internet reporting system classes, there will be training for Post Adjutants, National Military Services training (MAP program, Unmet Needs program, Operation Uplink, and Adopt-A-Unit), a Service Officer update seminar, and a Membership Recruiting and Retention class. the October meeting in order to encourage more Comrades to attend the conferences and convention. On Sunday morning will be a memorial service by the State Chaplain, and a final business session. Starting at this Conference, all Comrade attendees who are not normally paid by the Department for attendance at the meetings will be reimbursed at the rate of $.20 per mile for the journey from their home to the hotel and return. Comrades do not have to drive their car to receive this reimbursement, but do have to attend the various meetings. Forms for reimbursement will be completed by all attendees and collected by Department Headquarters at the Sunday morning business session, and attendees will be mailed their reimbursement check later from Department Headquarters. This plan was approved by the Council at Another item approved by the October Council is to hold two drawings on Saturday night for two free room nights at the Department Convention in June. When a Mid-Winter Conference attendee purchases a goody bag packet for $30 or a Banquet only ticket for $20, or a Hospitality Room bracelet-only for $10, they will receive a ticket for the rooms drawing. However, the person must be present at the Hospitality Room drawing on Saturday night to win the rooms, since the winners will be announced by ticket numbers instead of names. The Department Hospitality Room will open by 12:00 noon on Friday and remain open until 12:00 midnight Saturday night. All hospitality rooms, to include any being operated on behalf of candidates running for State offices, will be closed from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday night, so as not to conflict with the Banquet. Also being drawn on Saturday night in the Hospitality Room are the winners of the Department's 2011-2012 Voice of Democracy/Patriot Pen Raffle. Prizes are $10,000 for 1st, $2,000 for 2nd, $1,000 for 3rd, $500 for 4th, and $500 for 5th. You do not have to be present to win these prizes. Tickets for this raffle have been received in the mail by all Comrades, Ladies Auxiliary members, and Men's Auxiliary members.

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Highlighting the conference will be the Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen Banquet, to be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday the 3rd. To be honored at the banquet will be the top three Statelevel winners of the Voice of Democracy (VOD) high school oral competition, and the top three State-level winners of the Patriot Pen (PP) middle school writing competition. The 1st place winners in both competitions will read their prize winning entries to the Comrades, Ladies Auxiliary members, and Men's Auxiliary members attending the gala event. Cost of attending the banquet is $20 per person. Prizes for the winners include a $3000 scholarship for 1st place VOD, 1 $1500 scholarship for 2nd place VOD, and a

The National Representative from VFW Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, is John Hamilton of Florida, the National Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief. Hamilton is scheduled to become the National Commander-in-Chief in July at the National Convention in Reno, Nevada. The National Representative for the Ladies Auxiliary is Ann Panteleakos of Connecticut, who is the current Ladies Auxiliary National Chaplain. She is scheduled to become the National President in 2014.

Brunswick Shaggers Donate $4750

Army JROTC cadets from Erwin High School assist Asheville Post 891 in a flag retirement service. Post 891 has retired over 500 unserviceable US flags with the proper ceremony in the last several months. The JROTC unit is also a Boy Scout Venture Crew, sponsored by the post. At the far left, post comrade Robert Benson starts to light the first flag to be retired.

The Society of Brunswick Shaggers, a group of individuals dedicated to dancing the "Carolina Shag" have donated $4750 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in their annual gift for soldiers and veterans through the National Military Services program, administered at both National and State VFW Headquarters. A dancing organization consisting of over 250 members from many coastal

towns, the group is headquartered in the Oak Island area. They raise money all year through various fund-raising programs, and donate the proceeds through the Oak Island Post 10226. To date the Shaggers have donated more than $25,000 over the last several years to assist members of the Armed Forces, particularly in the area of telephone communications.

A staple of southern coastal Carolina, the Shaggers dance every 2nd Friday of each month at VFW Post 10226, and every 4th Friday at the Oak Island Moose Lodge. The fun begins at 7:00 p.m., and the cost is only $2.00 for members and $5.00 for guests. More information on this generous group of citizens may be found at their website at www.shagtour. com/societyofbrunswick.

Indian Trail Post 2423 Hosts Vietnam Moving Wall


VFW Post 2423 will be hosting the Vietnam Moving Wall at their post home in Indian Trail from Thursday, June 14, through Monday, June 18. The Wall is the half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and has been touring the country for more than 25 years. When John Devitt, a former helicopter door gunner and Army veteran, attended the 1982 dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, he said he felt the positive power of "The Wall." At that time he vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., and thus the Moving Wall was born. Viewing of the Moving Wall will begin at 12:00 noon on the 14th, and end at 2:00 p.m. on the 18th. At 5:00 p.m. on the opening day will be a ceremony that is dedicated to the families of the 18 Union County soldiers who died in the Vietnam War. The post's Moving Wall Committee is contacting the Gold Star families of the 18 soldiers, and asking them to attend the ceremony. The Wall is open 24 hours a day, and there is no charge for admission. It will constantly be guarded by Comrades and Men's Auxiliary members of the post. Other ceremonies will follow during the course of the five days that the Moving Wall is at Indian Trail. On Saturday the 16th at 1:00 p.m. will be a dedication ceremony, and on Sunday the 17th is a remembrance ceremony. The Wall was last displayed at the Indian Trail post in 2007, and attracted thousands of visitors. There are over 58,000 names on the Wall to represent all of the members of the American Armed Forces killed in the Vietnam War. 1600 of those soldiers came from North Carolina. Post Moving Wall Committee Chairman Troy Comer notes that hosting the Moving Wall is a costly affair. The post is currently seeking donations to help offset the expense. Those who wish to make a donation can send a check of any amount to The Moving Wall Committee, VFW Post 2423, PO Box 535, Indian Trail, NC 28079. The check should be made out to VFW Post 2423. Further information about this event can be found at www.vfwpost2423.com. and click on The Moving Wall link. Chairman Comer can be contacted at 706-537-9788.

Murphy Post 10222 recently shipped 25 boxes of goodies to Specialist Josh Reid and his unit in Afghanistan. The effort was a joint one with the local American Legion post. Behind the boxes are several packers, including Post Quartermaster Oscar Valdez on the right.

Assistant State Scouting Coordinator David Baillie of Asheville Post 891 presents VFW medals to Marine JROTC cadets of Asheville High School. This JROTC unit is also a Boy Scout Venture Crew in its third year.

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DISAB LED VETS CAN USE HELP WITH KEEPING JOBS
To the Editor: Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time in America there were jobs. Specifically there were some jobs set aside for disabled vets. They were telephone switchboard operator, elevator operator and security guard. Time and technology have eliminated the phone and elevator operators. Those jobs have gone the way of the dodo. All that is left to disabled veterans coming home from our wars is security guards. There are precious few of those jobs available, considering the vast numbers of disabled veterans. Now, the final assault on disabled veterans is almost complete. The classic Catch 22 is this: The only way to stop flying combat missions is if you are crazy; however, if you want to stop flying combat missions, you can't be crazy and therefore must continue to fly. The federal government, Big Army in particular, has gone Heller one better, and it's not fiction folks. It goes like this: We hired you because you are a disabled veteran; however now we are going to fire you because you're disabled and can't pass a personal fitness test. Can a 61 year old Vietnam veteran who left his right foot in a rice paddy still hold a rifle or search a vehicle? Yes he can. Can he run two miles in 14 minutes? No, he can't. Can a 25 year old who has a traumatic brain injury and nerve damage in his back from combat in Kandahar patrol a base perimeter in a pickup truck or check ID cards at a gate? Yes, he can. Can he do 54 sit ups in two minutes? No, he cannot.... not without excruciating pain. This has been going on for several years now. There is only one base left where they haven't gotten rid of the disabled veterans who can't pass this absurd test. That base is Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point in North Carolina. Our brave veterans there have fought Big Army to a standstill, and the whole sordid issue is now at an impasse and will be going to arbitration. Likely as not, the might of the federal government will prevail and those disabled veterans will be quietly ushered out the gate. The rationale is something like this: "We need a younger stronger security force; therefore the physical fitness test is the tool we will use to get it." There is not a veteran who disagrees with the need to protect our bases. Hardly a month goes by where there is not some incident of a gun toting whack job trying to penetrate a base or a terrorist planning to attack one. From today's paper in Greenville we read: "A North Carolina man charged in a terrorist plot to attack a Marine base has been found guilty on immigration violations in a separate case." We do need good security to protect ourselves and our military assets. We do not need to discard veterans who can do the essential elements of their jobs, but can't pass some arbitrary physical fitness test. Big Army is going to dump these brave men and women, who were broken in our wars like yesterdays coffee grounds. As you read these words a disabled veteran is possibly telling his family, "I'm losing my job, I'm sorry there is nothing I can do." Please, America, awaken that sleeping giant once again. Contact your elected representatives and tell them you want this injustice stopped and stopped right now! You want currently employed veterans exempted from the physical fitness test and you will be watching to see how and what they do. By God, you elected those people and you can run them off. Please take five minutes from your day to call, email or write. Andrew Jost, Southport, NC

"Department Headquarters normal operating hours 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Closed for holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day."

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Letters to the Editor


A CHALLENGE LETTER FROM THE STATE NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR
Comrades: I am issuing a prediction that will affect the Department of North Carolina in it's National ranking, and here is the reason I feel that the prediction will come true. Beginning in 2004, I have checked the National Membership Standings and Department Statistics at least once a day. The following information is each district's and post's standing from the statistics of the week ending 12/11/11. It is from this information that I am predicting that the Department will not reach its membership quota for the 20102011 fiscal year and possibly not 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 either. We are in a rut that we need to get out of and it's up to each of us to do so. which are: 2,3,4, 7, 9, 11 and 17. Nice job, keep up the good work!! 4. POST LEVEL: Seventy-one posts have not added one new member as of 12-11-11, and there are 81 with no reinstated members. 5. Thirty posts have only one new member and 34 posts only one reinstated member. We do, however, have some bright areas, and those are the following posts with over 20 new and reinstated members: 9133 (43),9983 (33), 9103 (24),4542 (23), 6018 (25),12107 (40), 10346 (24), 2423 (24), 1142 (24) and 891 (31). NICE JOB, KEEP THE GOOD WORK UP!!!! A BIG SHOUT OUT TO THE FOLLOWING POSTS THAT HAVE REACHED 100% BEFORE THE YEAR IS HALF OVER!!!! 9959,9850,9161,11119,8466, 12 107,5953,9436,9134,9811.

Larry Powell 1706 Meek Junior Byers 5574 D. W. Hooper Jr. 10950 Don L. West 891 Hubert G. Wilkie 5204 R. S. Graham 2843 Ben Oxendine 2843 Harold B. Locklear 2843 Monroe Lowry 2843 Winston Oxendine 2843 Jeffrey E. Lane 15034 Thomas H. Pardue Elda R. Morgan 2087 Charles Wilderson 15034 Franbk Moulton 15034 Arthur J. Bousquet Leo J. Van Deusen 15034 Leonard S. Jacobs 7339

There are a number of posts that need only one, two or three new You do have a chance to prove me members to reach 100%, but wrong, but here are the reasons I don't stop there. One post reached feel that it is going to take an all- 200%+ one year and was going for out effort to do so. 300% before the year ended. 1. NATIONAL LEVEL: 35th with a 85.13% percentile. We now need 4000+ new or reinstated members to make 100%. The Membership Program is as important, if not more so, than the core programs of VOD, PP and Buddy Poppy. Without members we'll see the last person cut off the lights and lock up for the final time. It has been shown that those who are slack in the four core programs are slack in their membership program.

The newly renovated and painted VFW State Recruiting Trailer is available for sign out and pick up by contacting the State VFW Headquarters at 919-828-5058. It comes complete with recruiting documents & Patriotic Giveaways.

2. SOUTHERN CONFERENCE LEVEL: Here our standing is a little better with us ranking sixth, but there are only fourteen departments in the Southern Conference. We still need 4000 to meet the 100% for the confer- NOTHING WOULD MAKE ME ence. HAPPIER THAN FOR YOU TO PROVE ME WRONG. 3. DISTRICT LEVEL: With our overall percentage of 85.13, there MERRY CHRISTMAS. are only seven districts who have surpassed that figure. A large EUELL "Buzz" Griggs "shout out" to those districts

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We can't count on our elected representatives to step up and do the right thing. We have to demand the government honor its promises to veterans and their families. We have to stand up and make our voices heard in Washington DC. Politicians won't act in our best interests; they'll only react to our united calls for action. It is only through a strong, growing membership that we can have our voice heard. We have to convince our fellow veterans of the importance of joining the VFW. We have to make them aware that joining the VFW gives them a voice in Capital Hill; that joining makes our collective voices louder. We need to let all eligible veterans know that their membership allows us to fight the good fight in Washington. I can think of a lot of good reasons to join the VFW, but none may be more important than the legislative advocacy membership allows. Nothing can make a bigger impact on the VFW's legislative efforts than membership. Please help us make a difference, help us recruit new members into our ranks. The next time you see a veteran thank them for their service and then ask them to join the VFW. With your help we can grow our numbers and defend veteran's benefits from the continued attacks by politicians.

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very pleased with the results of all the Resolutions. In October, I along with many of you attended the wedding of our Department Quartermaster and Department Secretary in Indian Trail. Southern Conference was held in Mobile, Alabama, which I attended and pleased to say North Carolina was well represented in Mobile. I have visited a few Posts in the Department, due to orders from our State Commander. As of this writing it seems that some good has come out of my visits. Comrades, you know if you have a problem in your Post or District, try to resolve it within, before you contact the Department. It makes it so much easier on everyone and it saves the Department money. November 19,2011, I was assigned to be representative in District 10. The District meeting went well, and I would like to congratulate members of District 10 for the outstanding work they have done this year in their schools. Keep up the good work Comrades. I want to thank all of you, for all you do for our Veterans and their families. I have started receiving Voice of Democracy entries, and hope all Districts will submit an entry to be judged on the Department level. It would be so nice to have a National winner. Sign a member up in January, and please try to attend the Council of Administration meeting in Raleigh February 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2012. I appreciate your support, and will continue to need it through this year, and also next year. Yours in Comradeship, Ted Briggs

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I used to be rather naive about our government. I believed that our elected leaders had a sense of responsibility to our veterans: that they would honor our nation's obligation to care for its defenders no matter what the cost. Now I pick up a newspaper or turn on the television and see daily examples of where our politicians are failing veterans. It disgusts me to see our government tell veterans they must sacrifice their benefits for the sake of debt reduction or cost savings. Nobody gave veterans those benefits, they were earned! In many cases they were earned on the battlefield with blood.

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Hi Comrades and Sisters, I would like to bring you up to date on some of the things I have been doing this year. The National Convention is a good place to start. As you know it was held in San Antonio, Texas, and North Carolina was well represented with Comrades and Sisters. I think more of us was

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ing information, exchanging ideas, learning Department meetings we have more buy-in our processes and procedures, and the com- on the direction the Department needs to puter reporting systems. take. In other words, we will all be on the same page. Attending these meetings provides officers and members the chance to participate in To be a part of the process, you have to the decision making process of this orga- be where the decisions and direction are nization. It also gives us the opportunity determined; meetings. I know that you to work one-on-one to build consensus on comrades can't get to all meetings. But, the direction we are to take to be success- challenge your elected officers to attend ful. This "face" time is essential because and represent you and keep you abreast of it limits how much gets lost in translation the latest news. Then, you can be assured through memos and emails. that you have made informed decisions for your Posts and Districts. With seventeen Districts; and over one hundred seventy Posts across the State, we Remember, an informed membership is a need to maintain a common, systematic powerful membership. See you at the next approach in fulfilling our mission. If each meeting. of the Districts and Posts operate independent of one another, our organization will Yours in comradeship, be less successful as a whole. When officers Ernie Allis and members participate in the District and

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If I begin speak, Self says "You've already spoken on that. Yeah, I guess they have already heard of the hungry, the sick and the needy." So what's new Comrade?? Frances and I have covered North Carolina from top to bottom and side to side and we have enjoyed every moment of District Meetings, Post Meetings, and those places visiting the sick, needy and afflicted. We appreciate so very much the opportunity to serve those who have need and hope we made a difference. Buzz Griggs, I heard you loud and clear and you're doing a fine job on that television. Comrades, I've been asked lately why there is such urgency for more attendance at meetings. As I discussed in my last article, our meetings at all levels are the best vehicle for shar-

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Qualified People with Military Background Needed For Work


It is of great pleasure to talk to you over the phone in reference to finding qualified people with military background to work for Turner Asphalt Inc. We are a paving company located in Raleigh, NC with offices in Greensboro and Charlotte, NC. The company has been in business since 1995 and we specialized in asphalt and paving, concrete, sealcoating, milling, streetprint, grading. You can also visit our website at www.turnerasphalt.com to get to know who we are and what we do. Turner Asphalt is an equal opportunity employer and currently, we are hiring for the following positions: 1. Milling Operators Experienced in operating heavy equipment Valid NC Driver License with good driving record Flexible schedule 2. Sweeper Tractor Operators Experienced in operating heavy equipment CDL Licensed A or B with good driving record Flexible schedule 3. General Labor Must. be dependable, hardworking Flexible schedule Valid NC Driver License with good driving record Qualified candidates may apply in person at Turner Asphalt Inc.-5805 Lease Lane, Raleigh, NC 27617. Contact Person: Jo Snyder, Phone # (919) 784-0014. If you have any questions, I can be reached at (919) 784-0014 or email jo@turnerasphalt.com. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to find qualified candidates with military background to work for our organization Jo Snyder - Turner Asphalt Inc. 5805 Lease Lane, Raleigh, NC 27617 (919) 784-0014 Office (919) 784-0084 Fax jo@turnerasphalt.com North Carolina, South Carolina Virginia www.turnerasphalt.com

Hey Children: 'The time has come, the Love you all - a little bit! Frances says Walrus said, to speak of many things." Amen! The problem with that statement is this Chaplain has very few things to speak of!! Chap.

Frequent Flyers Miles Solicited for Veterans WWII Tours For 2012
This is the ninth year that Vi Ranney will be escorting veterans and others to Europe for he 68th anniversary of D-Day. The tour is produced by Rupiper Travel and designed by WWII veteran Dr. Brooks Ranney of Yankton, SD. Highlights will include: Paris, Normandy and Eisenhower's headquarters in France Patton's grave in Luxembourg the Battle of the Bulge area in Belgium the Remagen Bridge, Munich, Dachau, Hitler's Eagle's Nest and more in Germany. The tour features professional guides, great hotels, most meals and is economically priced. Two departures are slated: June 3-13 and August 8-18. Veterans are especially honored at the June 6th ceremonies. Mrs. Ranney stated that "since our WWII veterans are elderly and often living on a small tension, a trip like this is not always feasible unless help is solicited. Therefore, we are asking individual, businesses, large corporations, VFW and Legion Posts and Departments for contributions of extra frequent flyer miles. If we could get the air transportation covered for our needy veterans, they could afford the rest in most cases. Each year I hear from between three and four hundred veterans who would like to make he trip, but just can't afford it. After all they have done for us, isn't it a shame they can't go. They need to go back and make a closure. If you can help, please call me," she concluded. Call Mrs. Ranney at 605-665-3596 if you would like a brochure or to donate frequent flyer miles.

VA Publishes Social Media Policy


POLICY ESTABLISHES RESPONSIBLE USE FOR WEB-BASED COLLABORATION TOOLS WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the release of a policy directive regarding the secure use of Web-based collaboration and social media tools. The policy allows the Department and it employees to leverage emerging platforms that enhance communication, stakeholder outreach, and information exchange as the Department transforms itself into a 21st Century organization attuned to the needs of Veterans of all generations. "Veterans should have consistent and convenient access. to reliable VA information real time using social media whether on a smartphone or a computer," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "They also should be able to communicate directly with appropriate VA employees electronically." The policy, "VA Directive 6515: Use of Web-Based Collaboration Technologies," encourages the adoption and use of social media by VA employees. It provides workplace boundaries and establishes the Department's philosophy for communication: VA is open and transparent, and VA is willing and able to engage and collaborate with its many stakeholders online. "This isn't about using social media because it's cool or because it's a fad," said VA Director of Online' Communications Brandon Friedman. "It's about getting the right information to the right Veteran at the right time. This policy sets us on a path toward changing how we talk and listen-to Vets." VA began launching social media sites in 2009 and the Department has over 100 Facebook pages, more than 50 Twitter feeds, two blogs, a YouTube channel, and a Flicker page. VA's Facebook pages have a combined subscribership of over 293,000 fans with the Department's main page reaching over 138,000. On Twitter, VA has a combined followership of over 53,000with the Department's -main- feed reaching over 22,000. VA has posted over 300 videos on YouTube and over 9,000 photos 01). Flicker, which have been viewed over a combined 1.1 million times. In November 2010, VA launched its first blog, Vantage Point, which distinguishes itself from other government blogs by actively soliciting guest pieces from both employees and the public. By the end of the year, the Department expects to have an active Facebook page and Twitter feed for all 152 VA Medical Centers.

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The Department of North Carolina has partnered with a new firm to solicit companies and individuals in North Carolina to try and obtain funds to help defray the tremendous efforts made to support soldiers, veterans, and their families in the Tarheel State. The new company is Landmark Productions of Naples, Florida. The firm did an outstanding job serving the VFW Department of New Hampshire, and was discovered by the Department's computer "guru", Ross Myers, a few months ago. Previously the Department used a firm called Heritage to do its telephoning, but the results over the last few years have not been completely satisfactory. The projections for higher income were placed in the 2011-2012 and were subsequently approved by the Department Council of Administration in its June (after the State convention) meeting. A "landmark" of the Landmark Productions company is that they will actually come to the donor's door to pick up the donated check. Heritage relied on the donors mailing their checks to the company headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas. Of course, if the poten-

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The funds collected helped to offset the grants that the Department Headquarters makes from the Department Relief Fund to help make mail boxes overseas to deployed soldiers, help deploying and redeploying units, help with events or welcome home celebrations, and to assist soldiers, veterans, and their families who have "fallen through the crack" because of a combat deployment. In this fiscal year alone (1 June 2011 to 31 May 2012) the Headquarters has already given out over $41,000 in grants to help our Armed Forces, and this doesn't even count the additional thousands of dollars given annually by the 173 individual posts in North Carolina. Comrades and posts, if asked by citizens in their local communities whether or lot this solicitation effort is a "scam" or not can truthfully say that it is an authorized fundraising effort by the Department of North Carolina. The Landmark Productions Company is listed on the Department's Charitable Solicitation License, issued annually by The State of North Carolina's Secretary of State's Charitable Solicitation Division.

Department Kicks Off New Solicitation Effort


tial donor wants to contribute but is uneasy about Landmark coming to their door, they are advised that they can send their donation to the Headquarters on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh. "The thrust of the solicitation effort is that Landmark is not going to members of the VFW for donations," pointed out State Adjutant/Quartermaster Bruce Edwards. "In the VFW we are often guilty of always going back to the same well, but in this case, we are looking for patriots who want to support soldiers and veterans."

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves


Why is employer support important? Almost half of our military force resides in the Reserve Component which is comprised of the Guard and Reserve. The men and women who serve in the Reserve Component are unique in that they also have civilian employers. Support of America's employers and the employees they share with the nation ensures the viability of the all-volunteer force, and thus our national security. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense agency that seeks to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees with ESGR as the principal advocate within DoD. It does so by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members. Reserve. What we do: More than 4,600 volunteers and. support staff are located in all 54 U.S. states and territories to provide the following services: ADVOCATE: We advocate relevant initiatives on behalf of employers, service members and their families. We promote the importance of employer support through regular communications to military leadership, and serve as a communication link between employers and the Department of defense. Rights Act (USERRA). Statutory authority for USERRA resides with the department of Labor, and ESGF serves as a neutral, free resource to employers and service members. ESGR has many resources available at www.esgr. mil. icies, and tips to help you avoid Posters: Employers are required employment challenges. to provide a notice of rights to employees entitled to the rights Understanding of the law: and benefits under USERRA. To Confused? We can help! ESGR meet this requirement, you can provides wallet cards and other download free USERRA notices resources to help you understand for both federal and non-federal your rights and responsibilities workplaces to display. under USERRA. ESGR volunteers attend mobilization/demo Training: Links to free online bilization briefings to answer USERRA training help employers questions. Call ESGR toll-free at to better understand the law. 1-800-336-4590 or contact your local Guard or Reserve unit for Briefing: ESGR volunteers can more information. Show apprevisit your workplace and provide ciation for supportive employUSERRA training. Join thou- ers by nominating your boss for sands of American employers a Patriot Award. It's free, and who visibly confirm their sup- an easy way to say thanks. Visit port for their Guard and Reserve www.esgr.mil to nominate your employees by signing a Statement employer. of Support. Visit www. esgr.mil to request your Statement of Our customer service center is Support. operational from 8 am to 6 pm Eastern Time, Monday through ESGR PROVIDES SERVICE Friday, to provide answers to MEMBERS: USERRA questions, or to refer cases to a trained ombudsman. Resources: ESGR provides Call our customer service censamples of military leave absence ter toll-free at 1-800-336-4590. forms, sample letters, service pol~ Questions may also be answered

MEDIATE: Trained ombuds men provide information, consultation and mediation concerning USERRA compliance. We have hundreds of trained volunteer ombudsmen throughout the country ready to provide free mediation. Many times a conflict is resolved because it is due to a misunderstanding rather than a RECOGNIZE: We applaud purposeful violation of the law. employers who practice personnel Policies that support employ- ESGR PROVIDES EMPLOyee participation in the Guard and ERS: Reserve. Regulations: ESGR provides INFORM: We inform and edu- copies of the USERRA Statute cate service members and their Law reviews, the Federal Code civilian employers regarding of regulations for USERRA their rights and responsibilities Implementation and a non-techWho we help: All employers under the Uniformed Services nical guide to understanding the and members of the Guard and Employment and Reemployment law.

National Personnel Records Center Moves


THE NEW ADDRESS FOR THE NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER IS - NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS CENTER, 1 ARCHIVES DRIVE, ST. LOUIS, MO 63138-1002
The majority of personnel have moved to the new location and the military personnel records are in the process of moving. The entire move should be completed by the end of the Summer of 2012. As a reminder, ALL retirees and Honorably Discharged veterans should ensure that their family knows the location of their military Separation Document (DD Form 214 from 1950 to present and WD (War Department) Form 53-55 and other variations prior to 1950). Note that registering at the 'county' courthouse may make that document a public record. Separation Documents issued after 1969 may contain Social Security Numbers which could be used for identity theft. Storing the Separation Document in a safe deposit box may make it difficult to retrieve immediately upon the death of the retiree or honorably discharged veteran. The better storage locations are: Fire safe in a secure location of the house (not in the bedroom, as this is where most thieves search first). Be sure spouse knows the location and has key/combination. In a watertight food container (Glad; Tupperware. etc. in the refrigerator. Most refrigerators are fire resistant. Additionally a refrigerator is heavy enough to fall through the floor of a building into the cooler part of a fire and the documents would survive. Finally, a refrigerator is large enough to be easily located in the trash and rubble of a fire or other serious incident. (As a bonus, everyone has a refrigerator, not, everyone has a fire resistant storage box). Be sure to inform your spouse and relatives' where to locate your Separation Document and any other important papers. As a reminder, the preferred method of submitting a request to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) is via the Internet. Please note that in some cases using a browser other than Internet Explorer may create problems with data entry. As you know, the NPRC provides copies of documents from military personnel records to authorized requesters. Our webbased application will provide better service on these requests by eliminating our mail room processing time. Also, since the registerer will be prompted to supply all information essential for us to process the request, delays that occur when we must go back for more information will be minimized. you may access this application at: http://www. archives. gov/veterans/militaryservice-records. 180. you should print Standard Form 180 as you need it, not in advance because the form is periodically revised and updated. It should not be available on your web~site. you can have a link to the NPRC webpage - The link is: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ stanaard-form-180.html.

Since the Standard Form 180 is updated periodically, it is NOT recommended that large quantities be printed/photocopied This improved on-line request and stocked. should be used INSTEAD OF Standard Form 180 for requests The form will be updated with from the veterans or the veter- the new address within six an's next of kin, if possible. your months. The US Postal Service assistance with this initiative will will forward mail if requests are allow us, and you, to better serve mailed to the old location until the needs of our veterans. If you February 2012. don't wish to use the Internet, you should use Standard Form

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during the second half of the year. We will have to 'Step up and Leave no Veteran Behind' to achieve the membership we need to serve our Veterans in the same fashion we are accustom to. We can do this if we all pull together. We have so many good programs that we are all working on. Remember, the job is not done till you do the paper work is done (report). Enter your reports online as soon as you finish your projects. And call if you need help. It was such an honor to represent you at the Statue of Liberty celebration and the Southern Conference meeting. I have been truly blessed to be apart of such great organization, and for you allowing me to do this.

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or hypertension. Another study showed that nearly one-third of oEf/oIf Veterans who were pregnant and used VA health care received one or more mental-health diagnoses, compared with 21 percent of female Veterans who were not pregnant. oration of VA research with the VA health-care system has accelerated the translation of findings into everyday practice. for example, when researchers found prolonged exposure therapy in female Veterans with post-traumatic stress to be effective, the VA office of Mental Health implementour research also focuses ed a national training proon how women are affected gram to expand the theradifferently by diseases and py's availability. conditions, or where differences in use and quality-of Go to www.research.va.gov/ care exist. for example, a programs/ womens health study analyzing the records to learn more about our of more than 125,000 research portfolio. Veterans who received VA primary care or mental- Dr. Joel Kupersmith is chief health services between research and development 2001 and 2007 found that officer for the Veterans 15 percent of women and Health Administration. 7 percent of men reported military sexual trauma. Article submitted by News Chairman, John Scocos finally, the ongoing collab-

Women's Health High on VA's-List


By Dr. Joel Kupersmith Women are the fastest growing segment of the Veteran population. Today, they constitute 11 percent of the oEf/oIf Veterans, and by 2018 they'll be 10 percent of the overall Veteran population. In response, VA research has significantly accelerated activity in this field, with more studies than ever before. Participants include previous generations of aging female Veterans, who are living longer and with chronic illness, right up to the current cohort of oEf/ oIf Veterans. for example, one study found depression to be highly prevalent among female Veterans with complex chronic heart disease

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Ladies Auxiliaries: I hope you've all had wonderful holidays. It has been a pleasure so far to represent you as President. But we have just begun. I am so proud of all of you for all the hard work and support you have given me, and most of all, the organization. It has been a joy visiting the different Auxiliaries throughout the state. It has been fun sharing ideas. I look forward to the other visits

Caregiver Benefits and Services


P.L. 111-163, the Caregivers and Veterans omnibus 'Health Services Act of 2010, is a watershed piece of legislation that is providing assistance to caregivers of severely injured veterans" who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. Caregivers make extraordinary sacrifices for the injured veteran they love and care for. Among other sacrifices, many go sleep-deprived and, experience high and chronic personal stress as their own health deteriorates. Under this legislation, caregivers of seriously injured veterans will receive the support they need. Caregivers will receive important training to care for their loved ones in a proficient way, while receiving a monthly stipend and respite care of their own. They will have access to mental health services and VA counseling, while also reimbursing travel expenses related to treating an eligible veteran. We believe these steps will give them a basic standard of living so they can care for their loved ones. Caregiver support coordinators are located in every VA medical center. The program application form (VA CG 10-10) can be found on the VA's Website. The VA also runs the National> Caregiver Support line (855-260-3274) that veterVA has developed a core ans and caregivers from all training tool in collabora- eras can call for more infortion with Easter Seals, and mation. the first approved caregivers began their training in While it is true that this June 2011. The training is new program is currently being offered in a variety available only to Iraq and of formats, such as in-per- Afghanistan veterans, VA son, online or through writ- is required to report to ten materials. Since May 9, Congress by January 30, VA has received more than 2013, on the feasibility of 1,000 applications, and 500 expanding this program to caregivers have been able to veterans seriously injured receive training. in the line of duty before September 11, 2011. The The VfW is watching the VfW strongly supports program very closely and expanding this program. expects feedback from mem- We have and will continue bers who interact with the to publicly advocate for this VA caregIver program. expansion in the halls of Congress.

State Commander Runs to Support "Return the Favor"


State Commander Jason Schoolcraft was looking for a way to help veterans across the country. He found it just down the road 26.2 miles. That's the distance he'll be running in the upcoming 2012 Myrtle Beach Marathon. America's oldest and largest service group for combat veterans. State Commander Schoolcraft started running a few years ago after a trip to the doctor. "My blood pressure and cholesterol levels were high and the doctor wanted to put me on medications for both. Exercise and better nutrition were the only option to avoid the meds, so 1 started a fitness program," he said. Schoolcraft has been running ever since, logging up to 30 miles a week in preparation for the february 18 marathon. He continued, "I hope that in addition to raising funds for the VfW foundation 1 can also inspire others to improve their health and fitness. Maybe other comrades and sisters will be motivated to become more physically active. That would be great!"

He's running to raise awareness and funds for the VfW foundation's Return the favor campaign. "I wanted to combine my love of running with my love of the VfW. The marathon was the perfect opportunity," said Schoolcraft. "I'm hoping I can make people aware of all the great programs the VfW foundation supports. Things like Unmet Needs, the Military Assistance Program, and our National Veteran's Service program get funding from the foundation. These programs are at the core of our mission to honor the dead by helping the living," added the commander. To make a donation or learn more about the campaign you Return the-favor is a cam- can go to www.firstgiving.com paign sponsored by the VfW and type "Jason Schoolcraft" foundation to honor, celebrate in the search field. Checks and and support active-duty and money orders made payable to retired military and their fami- the VfW foundation can be lies. The VfW foundation is a mailed directly to Commander 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit orga- Schoolcraft. Address your gift nization and official charity of to him at 150 Brookside Road, the Veterans of foreign Wars, Whiteville, NC 28472.

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Recently, when Congress voted to raise the nation's debt ceiling, they specifically targeted national security spending to absorb many of the cuts, indicating that Department of Defense personnel programs and VA benefits would not be spared. that could have serious repercussions on a military at war and a veterans' population that has already sacrificed much for the nation. However, instead of debating and enacting meaningful fiscal reforms, some in Congress have proposed plans that would leave America's military and her Leaders in Congress have already veterans to shoulder more of the discussed cutting or eliminat- national debt. ing 10 benefits affecting military members, veterans and their This "10 for 10" plan - to cut families in recent months, and 10 specific benefits to pay for the VFW believes that these toxic 10 years of war - is a breach of proposals will once again gain faith with America's military and momentum as Congress looks for veteran families, and the national ways to tighten its belt. An in- commander of the Veterans of depth explanation of each pro- Foreign Wars of the US and it's posed cut is included below. Auxiliaries is calling upon his 2 million members to fight it. America's all-volunteer military has shouldered a multi-theater "Our military and veterans have war all by themselves for almost earned each of the 10 benefits 10 years. They did so without Congress is proposing to cut," question, and often with tremen- said VFW National Commander dous sacrifice to themselves and Richard L. Eubank, a retired their families. Marine and Vietnam combat veteran from Eugene, Oregon. Americans understand the scope of the national debt crisis; a crisis "Our nation broke a similar

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grams for service members. While Congress publicly debated raising the nation's debt ceiling, the VFW was concerned that many of the proposed cuts were being discussed behind closed doors, The VFW had the same concerns over the new bipartisan "Gang 'of 12" Super Congress tasked to develop the nation's debt reduction plan. Eubank said the VFW recognizes that the nation must make difficult fiscal decisions, but the programs and benefits' provided to veterans and military families were prepaid in full through their honorable service and sacrifice. "Unlike other government-funded entitlement programs, veterans earned their benefits by making a national commitment that 99 percent of other Americans are simply unwilling to make," said Eubank. "To ask these same men and women to sacrifice more is simply unconscionable." The VFW also believes that cutting the 10 benefits could have tremendous impact on military recruiting and readiness, and threaten the future viability of the all volunteer force. Healthcare, education, a retirement system and family programs are critical factors in retaining talented personnel in a low-paying and extremely dangerous profession. Eubank said as the debate over fiscal responsibility continues to unfold in Washington, the VFW will work to ensure that military and veterans' benefits remain intact. In the coming weeks, the VFW will continue to put pressure on Congress to ensure proposed fiscal reforms do not negatively' affect troops, veterans or their families. Join the effort and make your voice heard by calling, writing, or emailing your members of Congress. To learn how, visit VFW's Capwiz page at capwiz.com/vfw/dbq/officials/ and to follow the story as it develops, visit the VFW's new Capitol Hill blog at www:vfwonthehill.org

10 For 10: VFW Won't Stand for Broken Promises


promise to her World War I veterans," he said. "It took the VFW to lead thousands of them in a march on Washington until Congress made the responsible choice to support them. The VFW wouldn't stand for broken promises then and we won't stand for it now." The 10 ways Congress is targeting military and veterans' benefits during today's difficult fiscal times are to: Increase healthcare premiums for military retirees on TRICARE Increase pharmaceutical fees for troops, families and retirees. Eliminate presumptive service-connected conditions for disabled and ill veterans. Lock out or increase fees for Department of Veterans Affairs Priority Groups 7 and 8 veterans Reduce costof-living allowances. Freeze military pay End government subsidies to military commissaries Eliminate Department of Defense elementary schools stateside Eliminate the 20-year military retirement plan Eliminate DoD tuition reimbursement pro-

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SUPPORT YOUR VFW

Otis N. Brown/Billy Ray Cameron Scholarships Veterans of Foreign Wars and It's Ladies Auxiliary Department of North Carolina
ELIGIBILITY: A scholarship ing been submitted to National applicant must be sponsored by Headquarters. a member of a NC VFW Post or NC Ladies Auxiliary Unit. Should the sponsoring parent or grandparent be deceased, it is the 1. Be the child, grandchild or responsibility of the student to stepchild of a 2011 CURRENT provide information confirming AND 2010 IMMEDIATE PAST that the parent was a NC VFW/ YEAR member of a NC Veterans Auxiliary member at time of of Foreign Wars Post or a NC death. Assistance can be obtained Ladies Auxiliary or if deceased, from the VFW Post or Ladies must have been a member in Auxiliary unit regarding memgood standing at time of death. bership status and membership Membership status must be veri- number. A current Post Officer's fied by Post/Auxiliary Officer signature is also necessary. who, by signing preliminary application, takes full respon- 2. Be enrolled as a Senior in a pubsibility for member's dues hav- lic, parochial or private school. 3. Intend to enroll in a junior or P.O. Box 25337 senior college in North Carolina. Raleigh, NC 27611 4. Be recommended by an official, principal or counselor of the applicant's school, as scholastically and morally worthy of consideration for a scholarship. 5. Return the Preliminary Application form signed by Post or Auxiliary Officer postmarked by February 17, 2011 to the following address: Otis N. Brown/Billy Ray Cameron Scholarships Committee Veterans of Foreign Wars, Dept. of NC student may receive as much as $4,000.00 in a four Year period.) Awards must be used in the con6. The final application form with tiguous four (4) years after high other requested materials must school graduation. be submitted to the Scholarship Committee before April 15, Scholarship checks will be mailed 2011. Final Application forms directly to the college or univerand instructions for completing sity in which the student enrolls. them will be mailed directly to Checks will be forwarded to the the student who has filed a pre- institution in August for the first liminary application authorized semester and in December for the by Post/Auxiliary Officer. second semester. The student will be notified when check is mailed AWARDS: Otis N. Brown to institution. Scholarship-Billy Ray Cameron Scholarship-One (1) each $1,000.00 annual scholarship. (A

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Suicide The Silent Epidemic


In 1974 First Lady Betty Ford coined the phrase "Silent Epidemic "referring to breast cancer. Each year this cancer was killing thousands of men and women and no one was willing to talk about it until she as a survivor started to make it public. This awareness has spread and has saved many lives. We now have the complete month of October for cancer awareness. Today we have another "Silent Epidemic" and this one is affecting our Veterans. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from war has its own set of symptoms; one of those is depression which can and unfortunately does lead to some veterans thinking about suicide. We as veterans need to be talking to the public, to other veterans, and to anyone who will listen. This will help our veterans understand that they are not alone. Our vets need to know there are other vets to talk to and who have learned to understand it and have learned to live with it. Making the public more aware of what PTSD is, can help them understand which can ultimately bring a more positive approach to veterans' needs and perhaps save more veterans from the long term solution (suicide) for what could be a short term problem. I believe that it is very important for our younger veterans to see that it is alright to talk about PTSD and seek help and to see that it is not a form of weakness to ask for help. "It takes the courage and strength of a warrior to ask for help" and talk about it. Veterans 18-64 have accounted for 30% of the suicides and 20% are veterans over 65 in VA care. One thing which has been recently disclosed is that some of the VA's antidepressant drugs cause side effects which include suicidal thoughts. We need to This is why it is so important ask what medications these for the friends and family of veterans are taking and what our veterans to gain a better the side effects are. understanding of PTSD and to at least help our veterans Suicide and PTSD are known to seek help for depression to be connected, per a RAND which can lead to suicide. Corporation study. There are approximately 300,000 There are two different cat- veterans who have served in egories of veteran suicide, Iraq and Afghanistan who those who are serving and are suffering from PTSD those who are no longer serv- and only 20% have asked ing in the armed forces. The for help, so you can see the fact is if you are a veteran you problem will be on-going are twice as likely to com- for some time. Some of the plete suicide. reasons given for PTSD are the long deployments, mulNationally, it is estimated tiple deployments, death of a that 12,000 veterans under friend killed in combat, and VA care attempt suicide combat trauma. The suicide yearly and 6,000 succeed. rate for active duty members Studies show that suicide is of the armed forces is higher a multi-dimensional, multi- then it has ever been and has determined, and multifacto- gone up each year for the last rial behavior. More then one ten years. Suicide accounts condition of mental health for 15% of all casualties problems such as, substance in OEF/OIF active forces. abuse disorder, and/or The Marines have reported depression can affect the vet- that suicide has gone up erans who attempt suicide. also. The numbers for the The stressors of the 18-64 DoD and the VA are that age group usually are listed as in September of 2008, there problems with their intimate had been 4,700+ Americans partner, and for the over 65 casualties and 821 suicides it is usually health problems. on record. We know that we have lost over 5,000 but I could not find the total number of suicides. I do know that in Afghanistan ending in September 2010 we had lost 861 by combat and 731 by suicide. As more veterans will be returning home soon the problem can and will only get closer to home. If you suspect a veteran is depressed, remember the word A.C.E. "A"= ASK the veteran how he/she is doing, ASK if they are thinking about hurting themselves, "C"= CARE enough to talk to them, listen, share your own personal experiences and gain their trust. "E"= ESCORT them to get help, do not let them promise to get help. Then check up on them at a later date. I write this now because of the up-coming holiday season. The number of suicides goes up for all segments of society during this time of the year. I hope that we as veterans can help other fellow veterans through this time. I hope that this can be published in Department newspapers and Posts newsletters along with the SUICIDE HOT LINE NUMBERS. VA HOT LINE 1-800-TALK (8255) or the DoD HOT LINE 1-8001020. Some States have Hot lines within their own state Veterans Department. Place them in your local newsletter. SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS: THINKING ABOUT HURTING OR KILLING THEMSELVES LOOKING FOR WAYS TO KILL THEMSELVES SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR SUCH AS DRUG ABUSE, WEAPONS, etc. HOPELESS, FEELING LIKE THERE'S NO WAY OUT ANXIETY, AGITATION, SLEEPLESSNESS, MOOD SWINGS FELLING LIKE THERE IS NO REASON TO LIVE RAGE OR ANGER . ENGAGING IN RISKY ACTIVITIES WITHOUT THINKING INCREASING ALCOHOL OR DRUG ABUSE . WITHDRAWING FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS GIVING AWAY PERSONAL ITEMS OR PETS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THEM. Any of the above could show a need for help and the more symptoms which are present, the more chance a suicide attempt could be building. These are only a guide line for the signs, and many others problems could add to the mix.

Calabash Post 7288 hosted 150 veterans and guests at the special Veterans Day Event. Attendees included comrades, Ladies Auxiliary members, and Men's Auxiliary members. An emotional video entitled "Far From Home" was presented by Ladies Auxiliary President Fran Redfield. At the podium is Post Commander Ray Ketcham.

Garner Post 10225 presents a check for $5000 to the Garner Veterans Memorial Committee. This was a response to a challenge from their community partners, TT&E Iron and Metal Works. The post comrades, Ladies Auxiliary members, and Men's Auxiliary members all had fundraisers to raise this money. Left to Right: Faye Gardner, the Garner Veterans Memorial Committee Vice President, Post Commander Mark Judson, Post Quartermaster Tom Morey, Ladies Auxiliary President Etta Ballo, Men's Auxiliary President Scott Hood, and District 7 Commander Allen Daniels.

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The Veterans Village to Open in Surf City


Larry S. Dewey, the head of the LS Dewey and Associates company, has announced to the Department of North Carolina that he will be opening a special veterans' living community in Surf City, to be known as Surf City Village. It will cater to wounded warriors, homeless veterans and military retirees and spouses. Dewey emphasized that he has designed senior living communities for over 30 years, to include continuing care retirement communities, independent living, nursing care, assisted living units, and special care units for Alzheimer's care. He has provided services for many types of communities including both for-profit and nonprofit places, moderately priced to high-end prices locations, and both church and non-church affiliated communities. Dewey stated that, to his knowledge, the new Surf City Village will be the first one of its kind in the entire nation. Construction of the village is scheduled to begin this Spring. Phase One of the construction will consist of an active adult living complex featuring 110 units ranging in monthly rent and unit size. There will studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom apartments, according to the firms website at www. surfcityvillage.com. Monthly rent will range from $1995 to $3895 per month, and includes paid cable TV and all utilities, chef-prepared meals made from scratch daily, a fitness room, a wellness center with exercise pool, tow sets of live-in management teams, home health care, an activity calendar, transportation to appointments and errands, weekly housekeeping and linen service, onesite complimentary laundry facilities, billiards room & library, kitchenette, on-site beauty salon and barber shop, emergency response system monitored aroundthe clock, and individually controlled hearing and air conditioning in each suite. pointed out that the design of a cottage supports a deinstitutionalized care delivery system with large common room and open kitchen. A cottage will fit in among its Surf City Village neighbors architecturally, they being primarily American Craftsman bungalows built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The levels of care provided are homeless veterans, home health care, assisted living, acute care, dementia, and other disabiliPhase Two of the veterans' ties. project will consist of twenty 10-bedroom cottages that Finally in the Spring of 2013, will serve the needs of vari- 150 patio homes will be conous disabilities. This is the structed, ranging from 1100 form of assisted living recog- to 2000 square feet. 1 00% nized by the state of North VA financing is scheduled to Carolina in which personal be available for the purchase care services are provided as of these houses. needed by a licensed home health care system. Dewey Dewey also stated that the veterans' project supports the White House initiative of "Joining Forces." Retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal will assist in implementing the joining of forces that will advocate for and recognize the extraordinary stress endured by families of active-duty military, veterans, and spouses. Finally, Dewey pointed out that the facility will be built by and managed by veterans for veterans. More information on the project, to include veterans' financing options, can be found at the website. Reservations for Phase 1 will start in January, and for Phases 2 and 3 in March.

NC Department officers enjoy the company of the Azalea Belles of Mobile at the Southern Conference meeting in Mobile, Alabama, 4-6 of November. Left to Right are State Senior Vice Commander Ted Briggs, State Junior Vice Commander Ernie Allis, and State Commander Jason Schoolcraft.

NC Department Ladies also liked the Azalea Belles of Mobile at the Southern Conference. Left to Right are State Ladies President Barbara Icard, State Ladies Senior Vice President Ginger Amos and Ladies Voice of Democracy Chairman Farres Upton.

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