FROM THE COMMANDER
Thank you to all the Post volunteers. Our volunteers have spent over 8,000 hours giving their time to make the Post a better place.
Our Men’s Fashion Show was a great hit as well as a good fundraiser. Again, the occasion required a lot of help by volunteers and without their help it would have been impossible for the show to go on.
The Post Honor Guard has been called back into duty with the USCG for an at Sea Burial of a fallen veteran. The Guard will assemble on May 10, 2017 at Fort Myers Beach to catch a boat for the at Sea Burial.
We will join the VFW at their Post to celebrate Memorial Day on May 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM.
Memorial Day at the Pine Island VFW
May 29, 2017, the VFW Post 4353 of Pine Island is holding a Special Memorial Day observance starting at 11:00 AM. The ceremony is open to the public with lunch following the service. If you plan to attend the luncheon, a covered dish would be greatly appreciated. Hope to see you at the service.
Flag Day will be June 14, 2017, and again the Boy Scouts will help with the Ceremony. After the service the flag remains will be taken to the USCG to be buried at Sea. This is the only place in the nation where this ritual will take place.
For God and Country, Tom Lewis Commder Post 136
FROM THE SONS OF THE LEGION
Post 136, April ’17 Newsletter
“From the Sons of the Legion”
All Sons, this is the first announcement that Elections are coming up soon. The sheet for nominations and volunteers is on The Legion Board if you are interested in running for an office. Just put your name on the S.A.L. sheet under the office for which you wish to run. Elections will be held during the May 24 meeting.
This is your chance to aid Squadron 136 and The Post 136 Family to increase the amount of funds we raise to improve situations for Veterans, The Legion and Family, Florida children and the Pine Island Community. A listing of each office and the duties associated with that office can be obtained from Roger.
For God and Country,
Roger Beathard, Commander
FROM THE AUXILLARY
FROM THE SERVICE OFFICER
VA announced a number of changes to make participation in teh Veterans Choice Program easier and more convenient for Veterans who need to use it. The move, which streamilines eligibility requirements, follows feedback fro Veterans along with organizations working on their behalf.
Under the udated eligibility requirements, a Veteran is eligible for the Veterans Choice Program if he or she is enrolled in teh VA Health Care System and meets at least one of the following criteria:
Told by his or her local VA medical facility that they will not be able to schedule an appointment for care within 30 days of teh date the veteran's physician determines he/she needs to be seen or within 30 days of the date the veteran wishes to be seen if there is no specific date from his or her physician, lives more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest VA medical facility with a full time primary care physician, needs to travel by air, boat or ferry to the VA medical facility closest to him/her home, faces an unusual or excessive burden in traveling to the closest VA based on geographic challenges, environmental factors, a medical condition, the nature or simplicity or frequency of the care needed and whether an attendant is needed. Staff at the Veteran's local VA medical facility will work with him or her to determine if a Veteran is elibible for any of these reasons or lives in a state or territory without a full service VA medical facility which includes Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire (Note: this excludes New Hampshire Veterans who live within a 20 miles of the White River Juntion VAMC) and teh United States Territories (excluding Puerto Rico, which has a full service VA medical facility.)
Veterans seeking to use the Veterans Choice Program or wanting to know more about it can call 866-606-8198 to confirm their elibibility and to schedule an appointment. For more details about the Veterans Choice Program and VA's progress can visit www.va.gov/opa/choiceact
For God and Country, Dennis McKinley, Service Officer