Meeting Notes

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January

Service Officers Report: There will be SAVE training on April 16th  at the DuPage County building on how to recognize those with suicidal thoughts.

The location for the seminar is at the Linda Kurzawa Community Center, 115 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187.  It’s next to the DuPage Health Department. 

On May 9th at the Batavia VFW Post from 9-3p.m. there will be a benefit seminar about understanding veterans benefits. The cost is $20 per person and includes breakfast and lunch.  

Veterans can now register to have access to a commissary or Post Exchange on a Post. You will go to the visitor’s center to be processed. A background check and finger printing are part of the vetting process. A veteran can also get his/her veteran name placed on the driver’s license by bringing a copy of their DD 214 to a driver’s license facility.

The Veterans administration is also working on implementing a 988-suicide prevention hot line

On January 1, 2020, the Blue Water Navy Bill took effect. If your ship was within 12 miles of Vietnam, you may qualify for compensation if you develop a disease or illness.

Contact a Service Officer if you need assistance. 

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. 
 
More 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 which deals with any issues a veteran might have with their health care (Phone 1-708-202-2716).

For a listing of Illinois State V.A. benefits available please check the website:
https//www.military.com/benefits/veteran-state-benefits/illinois-state-veterans-benefits.html

Community Relations Report: The Jesse Brown facility has a VSAW program to help vets obtain employment. The 11-week program teaches them the skills necessary to help find a job. Fifty meals and snack bars were delivered to the Jesse Brown center and an Eagle Scout helped to collect approximately 7000 move-in essential items for our homeless veterans. Supplies were also picked up from St. Sophia’s Church, and 195 packages from Trinity were delivered to our veterans. Bloomingdale will again have a move-in essentials collection drive. Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselle, on February 16th will have programs to help our veterans. 

 

Good of the Order:  Our Post was able to provide 40 children with gifts from the Bloomingdale Sharing Tree during the holiday season. Sixty holiday meals were also delivered by members of our Post. Students are making Valentines for our vets. Our Post has shipped boxes to the troops since 2003.

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. 

 

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