Award Winning Publication of Golden Valley VFW Post 1894, Ladies and Men’s Auxiliary The Post Home: 510 West Allen Street, Clinton, Missouri 64735 Telephone: 660-885-5980 Cathline Vest, Editor & Publisher—(660)885-9777 Email: VFWPost1894News@yahoo.com Commander: Harold Houk 351-1294 President: Barbara Danforth 492-7495 Adjutant: Roy Brandt Secretary: Pat Snyder 885-6817 Quartermaster: Bob Easton 885-4920 Treasurer: Mary Hubbard 885-7404 Chaplain: Jerry Day 885-5910 Chaplain: Cathline Vest 885-9777 Issue III MARCH 2012 COMMANDERS CORNER PRESIDENTS NOTES Veterans of Foreign Wars District 6 Awards for Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Winners On February 12th, 2012, winners of the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests and their families attended the District 6 meeting in Concordia, MO where they enjoyed lunch and were presented awards for their win at the district level. Golden Valley VFW Post 1894 members are very proud of the accomplishment of our two winners from Clinton. Each student received a certificate and savings bond award for their exceptional work. Brett Hendrich, 7th Grade at Davis R-12, won District 6 third place for his Patriot’s Pen written essay on the theme “Are You Proud of Your Country?” Taylor Sullivan, 12th Grade home-school student, won District 6 second place for her Voice of Democracy audio essay on the theme, “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?” These two scholarship opportunities are annual programs through the VFW, beginning with a stu- dent’s entry at the local post level. Area schools are provided with materials each year and gracious teachers assist by offering entries to their students or including the program in class activities. The following Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democ- racy themes have been set for the 2012-2013 school year: Grades 6-8, “What I Would Tell America’s Found- ing Fathers” and 9-12, “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” Details and contest entry forms are available through Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1894 in Clinton. Our congratulations are extended to Taylor Sullivan and Brett Hendrich for their work; and to their families for their encouraging these fine young students to take such patriotic interest in their country. RALLY at the CAPITAL Physical Disability Board Review Up- MO VFW Service Officer Fundraiser Pins. Available The main theme for Veterans Legis- date: Congress established a Physical through the Quartermaster, lation in the State of Missouri this Disability Board Review (PDBR) in Ladies Auxiliary Treasurer year will be a DEDICATED 2008 to review disability determina- or they can be available through YOU. FUNDING SOURCE to support tions of veterans discharged between For more info please contact the and build back the Missouri Veterans September 11, 2001, and December 31, QM or LA Treasurer for more info. Commission Capital Improvement 2009. Those with a combined disability Trust Fund (MVCCITF) for the fu- rating of 20 percent or less who did not FLAG SCHEDULE 2012 ture and not just one year at a time. ¡ New Years Day~ Sun-Jan. 1 Therefore, we have scheduled retire can apply for a review. Since the ¡ Martin Luther King Jr Day~ Mon-Jan. 16 programs creation, only 5 percent of ¡ Presidents Day~ Mon-Feb. 20 Rally at the capitol those eligible have applied to have their ¡ Armed Forces Day~ Sat-May 19 1st floor rotunda status reviewed. DOD is partnering ¡ Memorial Day~ Mon-May 28 with VA to reach out to others to notify ¡ Flag Day~ Thurs-June14 March 22, 2012 ¡ Independence Day~ Wed-July 4 them about the PDBR by sending let- ters to veterans this year. While the ¡ Labor Day~ Mon-Sept. 3 The time will be 0900-1000 assem- ¡ Patriot’s Day~ Tues-Sept. 11 collaboration will help ensure that vet- ble in the Rotunda and place unit ¡ Columbus Day~ Mon-Oct. 8 flags on the stairway. The program erans have access to their benefits, eli- ¡ Veterans Day~ Sun-Nov. 11 will begin at 1000. As time goes by gible veterans can also directly contact ¡ Pearl Harbor Day~ Fri-Dec. 7 we will advise all of you of any the PDBR immediately through their Flags up 6:50 am Flags Down 4:45 pm Meet: front of Elks Lodge (Ctr. N Side of Sq.) changes to what, when, where, etc. website. We also ask you share this Contact: Bill Harrison (660) 492-0183 Please pass this information along to information with everyone you know. your Posts, Districts, etc and ask For more, go to http://www.health.mil/ members to put this in their calen- About _MHS/Organizati on s/ dars now so we will have another successful event. Please wear your MHS_Offices_and_Programs/PDBR/ organizational covers (hats). pdbr-faqs.aspx We have to let our elected officials know all veterans want to keep our VFW NATIONAL HOME Missouri Veterans Homes open, our FOR CHILDREN Got a Great Recipe? Missouri Veterans Cemeteries open NEW website is up, Check it out at and our Veterans Outreach programs Share it the next http://www.vfwnationalhome.org/ strong. I hope to see you all there. newsletter!! If you’re not already a Life Member please consider it for this worthwhile All you need to do is send it to: organization. Cost is $35.00 and in- Bob Wonnell cludes a Life Member Pin. VFWPost1894News@yahoo.com VFW MO Publicity Chairman Solution - back page in Solution Corner. YOUNG AMERICAN CREATIVE PATRIOTIC ART TAKE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY ACTION Background: All military retirees and VFW Post #1894 Ladies Auxiliary, Clinton, are still seeking entries for our Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards contest open to 9th – 12th grade students in pub- lic, private, parochial, or home-school settings. The only students not eligible for this active duty service members will see contest would be a previous first-place national winners, foreign exchange students, or increases in their health care costs under students over the age of 20. the proposed Department of Defense (DOD) FY 2013 budget. Art entries must be on paper or canvas. Water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera paint, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink, or oil may be used. Digital art is not accepted. Do All existing fees and co-pays will drasti- not frame ! Canvas submissions should be on stretcher frames. Entries on paper should cally increase over the next five be matted on heavy white paper. Mounted and floating mats may also be used. Color years. Fees and co-pays will nearly dou- mats will not be accepted. The art should be no smaller than 8” X 10” but no larger ble for lower retirement pay earners; than 18” X 24”, not including the mat. If the American Flag is included in the artwork, however, because the budget proposals it must conform to the Federal Flag Code as to color, number of stars and stripes, and include tiers which tie future increases other pertinent code rules. Entry forms must be attached to the backside of the art- based on retired pay, many will pay work. Contact your local contest chairman for further entry rules and requirements. more than four times the current amount within five years. In addition to increas- Examples of previous winning entries may be found at: ing existing fees and co-pays (starting https://www.ladiesauxvfw.org/programs/scholarships.html Oct 1, 2012), the budget proposal would also institute entirely new and costly There are Local, Department (State of Missouri), and National awards of varying enrollment fees for TRICARE Standard amounts available; with the National first-place winner receiving $10,000, $5,000 for and TRICARE for Life (TFL). second, $2,500 for third, $1,500 for fourth, and $500 for fifth through eighth places. For example, a TFL beneficiary making Students are encouraged to accept this invitation as an opportunity to express their patri- less than $22,589 would pay $150 per otic artistic view of our country. Participants compete to win awards for their college individual by FY 2016, and the fee fund. Entries are being accepted until March 31st, 2012. would be indexed to civilian medical inflation thereafter. For additional contest details or entry forms, contact our VFW Post #1894 Ladies Aux- iliary chairman, Rai Remer at 885-8727. Active-duty service members and their families would also feel the pinch as co- pays for brand name drugs would double in 2013 for all pharmacy beneficiaries and would continue to rise each year. Salmon Rosti We cannot stand by and allow the De- 317 Calories per serving fense budget to harm the military and its Makes 4 servings, 2 cakes each personnel. VFW opposes any increases in healthcare costs for all military retir- 2 6– to 7-oz cans Salmon, 4 cups frozen hash-brown ees and our service members. boneless, skinless, drained shredded potatoes Congress must support a budget that 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion 2 Tbls. Extra-virgin olive oil does not include fee increases which 2 large eggs, plus 1 egg white, beaten 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream passes budget savings on to our service 1 Tbls. whole grain mustard 1 Tbls. Capers, rinsed, and chopped members and retirees. 3 Tsp. dried Dill, divided 1 Tsp. lemon juice 1/2 Tsp pepper & 1/4 Tsp. salt Action Needed: Combine salmon, onion, eggs and egg white, mustard, 2 Tbls. Dill, pepper and salt in Contact your Legislators today and urge large bowl. Add potatoes and stir to combine. them to block DOD’s authority to in- Heat 1 Tbls. Oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Fill a 1-cup measure 2/3 full crease any TRICARE fees as part of the with salmon mixture and firmly pack it down 4 times. Unmold into pan and pat to form a Defense Authorization bill. Those who 3-inch cakes. Cover and cook until browned on bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Gently turn over have fought for our country deserve no and cook, covered, until crispy on other side. Remove from pan and keep warm. Wipe less. Congress should insist that DOD out pan and cook 4 more cakes with remaining salmon mixture and tablespoon oil. find efficiencies in other areas and leave those who have fought and continue to fight for our country out of any budget savings! Let them know we expect any fee increases to be dead on arrival! All, A big THANK YOU to all who showed up for the Legislative Days last Monday Members of and Tuesday. It was the largest turnout that I have seen in the last ten years. We now have the backing of Governor Nixon, the Missouri Veterans Commission VFW Post 1894 and many members of the House of Representatives for our bills to get a dedi- cated funding source for the Missouri Veterans Commission with the primary bill currently deployed overseas. right now being HB 1160 for the $1 additional admission fee for the gaming Please provide information for those serving to the editor. boats. Although we have several State Senators who have stated their support for the bill in the Senate, the word we are getting from various sources there is it will LCPL Stephen Schildgen not pass in the Senate. Various reasons are being given such as "we are taking 3/7 Lima Co, 2nd Plt the funding from one source and not distributing it from several sources" and Unit 41590 "this is a tax on the gaming industry and we will not pass any new taxes". This FPO AP 96427-1590 means that we will have to work much harder on the senators in the coming Currently serving in Afghanistan weeks if we hope to have any chance of success. One of the efforts you can be- Feel free to drop them a line and let him know that we gin right now is to continually remind your Senator and Representative of the are thinking of him and supporting him!!! importance of passing a funding bill for the Missouri Veterans Commission that There’s nothing like a letter from home!! meets the total needs of the Commission. We should have the details ready for publication for the Veterans Rally in The Capitol on March 22, 2012 sometime Funding the Nat’l Dept of MO & Ladies Aux VOD Scholarship. this week and will make them available to all of you. Hopefully the legislation we are seeking will have passed the House and be in the Senate at that time and The Department Council of Administration voted to proceed with soliciting our rally can be directed toward the Senate. funds from Posts between now and the June Convention to support the cost. Call your State Senator today and let him/her know The one-time cost to refund the scholarship at $1500 would be $21,000, due you want them to pass HB 1160. It’s important. by December 31, 2012 with a commitment by July 15, 2012. If sufficient funds were not raised, there would be a vote at the Convention in June as to what the Department would fund. You may send your contributions stating now to Your Department Council of If you wish to have your lo- Department Headquarters. Be sure to mark your check as for National VOD Scholarship fund. Cost of a $1500 Scholarship would be less than $.50/ Administration voted to sup- cal memorial in the calendar member. Please encourage your District and Post to contribute at your next port Production, sale and dis- you may start now sending in Post and Ladies Auxiliary meeting. tribution of a 2013 Calendar. your pictures. Pictures should The Calendar would display a picture of selected War me- morials around the state sub- be sent via email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. **CLASSIFIEDS** mitted by posts or individuals. The calendar would include a A committee will be formed at some later point to choose Electronic Newsletter (Aka) Email, and it’s Free raffle where prizes would be the ones that get in the calen- awarded daily, weekly, dar this year. When a cutoff Register Today monthly and etc. from tickets date is established for receiv- drawn. Schedule of drawings ing pictures is determined you Simply send your information to: and amount to be determined will be notified. This en- later in the year. Calendars deavor has reaped many bene- vfwPost1894News@yahoo.com would be printed this spring fits for other states that have and have your next newsletter delivered and available for sale in June done it. Done properly, this directly to your Inbox. with drawings for prize could fund many of our De- partment Programs and save Benefits include: money starting in January your post from many solicita- x Early Delivery 2013. Iowa, Nebraska and x Full Color Display (can be printed in B/W too) Wisconsin have been quiet tions. x Easy to print single pages (8.5 x 11) successful with this program. x Save the Post $$$ on postage/handling. x Easy access to important links and information DAYS TO REMEMBER THIS MONTH **Solution Corner** To all those who have a birthday or anniversary this month…. Many Happy Returns and Best Wishes!! March 9-Post/Aux. Meetings, 7pm March 11-Begin Daylight Saving Time March 17—St Patrick’s Day March 20—First Day of Spring March 22—Fourth Thursday Social!!