Meeting Notes

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January 19, 2023


Veteran Affairs:   

Diapers and wipes are in need at the Jesse Brown V.A. facility for those veteran women who are homeless. A motion was made seconded and passed by Post vote to provide funds for the purchase of diapers and wipes. The items will be distributed to the Jesse Brown V.A.  A committee was formed to look into having a diaper drive.

For information about caregiver support log on to the support site at


The suicide and crisis number is 988.


Service Officers Report: The PACT Act is resolving claims as they receive them. If you are compensated for a claim, the money may be in your account before you know it is there. Check your mail

Any veteran with immediate suicidal tendencies may be treated at a private hospital. You are limited to a few days at the private hospital and may continue treatment at the facility if the V.A. hospital does not have room. Any on-going treatment must be at a Veteran’s Hospital.

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.

Copays depend on your disability rating, income level, and  military service record. There are 8 priority groups in the VA health care system. If you have a service-connected disability at 50% or more you won’t pay copays for any types of care, tests, or medications. 

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. 

Membership: You can donate items to help our veterans who are going from being homeless into housing. The donations can be brought to the Bloomingdale Village Hall, Library, Fire Depatment and Park District facilities.

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.  

Good of the Order: Our Post will pick up 80-100 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. These cookies will be donated to Joliet, Hines, Hoffman Estates, and Jesse Brown facilities.

For more than 15 years 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 Information:. Veterans who are in critical need of assistance will be given the highest prority in the processing of their claims.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has established a change in the law to allow veterans to go back and re-file a claim if you can prove your eligibility.  

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.

Membership: Members who have not paid their membership dues will be removed from our roster. Make sure to submit your DD214.

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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