Meeting Notes

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May 18, 2023


Good of the Order:   

Our Post has purchased a wreath to honor a deceased veteran from the Philippines. Our Post provided an honor guard ceremony for his memorial service. The wreath will be placed in the Philippines with the name of our Post on the wreath as a tribute to the veteran.  

Service Officers Report: Nothing new was reported: 

  Form 534-EZ may help a veteran to see if they are eligible under the new guidelines for a service-connected disability. If you have a 30% or greater disability, you are eligible for compensation to your dependents.

Form 21-681C will allow a veteran to have dependents receive compensation. If your form lists you as the single recipient of compensation, be sure to add your dependents to the list to receive additional compensation for your disability.

 If you wish to receive benefits you must contact veterans’ benefits. Go to the veterans’ benefits web site for more information. 

You can now apply for a future burial in a national cemetery. Application does not guarantee your burial, but it does get you into the system for future consideration. Go to the web site

The suicide and crisis number is 988.

Agent Orange information 

Veterans who are required to submit a co-pay amount for medication and are classified under the Agent Orange category are eligible for reimbursement. Contact your V.A. facility on how to be compensated for your co-pay amount.

If you have a service-connected disability rating of 10% or higher You won’t need to pay a copay for outpatient care.

If you don’t have a service-connected disability rating of higher than 10%,  you may need to pay a copay for outpatient care for any condition not related to your military service. You won’t need to pay any copays for X-rays, lab tests, or preventive tests and services or immunizations.

If your medical files are through the V.A., the claims process will be easier. Medical records through a private physician will need to be submitted to the V.A. for the processing of claims. 


Five new locations have been added for exposure to Agent Orange. They include any US base in Thailand January 9,1962-June 30, 1976; Laos December 1, 1965-September 30, 1969; Cambodia April 16, 1969-April 30, 1969; Guam & American Samoa January 9, 1962-July 30, 1980; Johnson Atoll January 1, 1972-September 1977.  


Bloomingdale VFW Post 7539  has worked with the Veterans Administration in providing assistance to Veterans in need. 

Now you can help in our ongoing effort to serve those who have served us.

Contribute just $5.00 a month to Bloomingdale VFW 7539 to help provide food and other needed items to Veterans in need.

The link is:

Veteran Affairs:

There is now form DD 214-1 for those who have served in the National Guard or the Reserves.

Illinois bill 101.0262 passed which will enable a veteran with a 50%  or greater disability, to get license plates for free. You will have to present proof of eligibility.

FYI: You can file an initial claim (that has not been previously decided by the V.A.), 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. 

  For a listing of Illinois State V.A. benefits available please check the website:


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.

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. 


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