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Service Officers Report: Veteran benefits which had been denied will be reviewed. Those include Agent Orange and Blue Water Navy claims. October 2nd will be the date of the Veteran Benefits Seminar in Batavia. The seminar will be held at the Batavia VFW post on Rt. 25. It will run from 9am to 3 pm. Our Post will pick up the cost of attending the seminar. 150 Attendees have signed up to attend so far.
Monument update: A motion was made to authorize the expenditure of $24,900 for the construction of a Veteran’s monument per terms of the agreement. The terms of the agreement spell out the payment of 25% for each stage of the construction of the monument. The motion was seconded and passed by Post vote. The village engineer is working on the plans for the placement of the memorial. The company doing the construction of the monument has indicated a 6–8-week time frame for the construction of the monument. Trees and landscaping will be removed by the flagpole. Lighting will be replaced, and new LED lighting will illuminate the monument and the flagpole. We are hoping for the monument to be dedicated by Veterans Day of this year. In the event there are delays, the company building the monument will store the monument until next year. The plan for the payment of the memorial will be a 25% deposit, 25% for the approval of the graphics (wording on the monument), 25% for the etching, and 25% 15 days before shipping.
Platt Hill will be doing the landscaping for the Veteran’s memorial. Contractors will be contacted to do the foundation work. The village will be used as a backup in case the contractor is not available to do the work.
New Business: Hines has started a program for the blind in which they are using Google maps to program their surroundings as Braille GPS.
On September 11th there will be a 911memorial ceremony at the Bloomindale fire station. Color Guard members are to meet at 7:30 a.m. Septemberfest parade members will gather later that morning for the parade. Post members will need to sign up for who will participate in the parade and who will set up and take down the booth and man the fest. . We may have a float in the parade. Also, we need to decide what if any items will be sold at the Septemberfest booth.
Stand-down at the General Jones Armory on August 26-27th.
Good of the Order: Former Post commander Ron Richardson was awarded a plaque for his leadership and service the past two years. The Veterans Administration is providing Free Covid-19 shots to any veteran and family member. Call your local V.A. clinic to make an appointment.
Our next meeting will be at the Bloomingdale Library.
Check your e-mail for the date of our next meeting.FYI: You can file an initial claim (that has not been previously decided by the VA), by submitting Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits.The National Archives will digitize the list of Blue Water Navy ships.Information and resources on the Blue Water Navy Act, eligibility, and how to file a claim, can be found online.
There is a Hines V.A. Hospital Advocacy group that deals with any issues a veteran
might have with their health care
For a listing of Illinois State V.A. benefits available please check the
If you live in the Bloomingdale Township Senior Center area and need a walker, wheel chair or other items, contact them. There is no cost for these items.
Membership: An online App for your smart phone,VFW mobile recruiter is available for those wishing to join
VFW Post 7539.
Go to the App store and get the App.
Make sure you put in our Post number 7539 to join.