RIO RANCHO, NM
24 Nov 2008
Elaine Espinoza - Mitchell,
Where has the time gone? It’s almost time to welcome in a new year but first
let’s look back over 2008. We have held three successful fundraisers, attended the
New Mexico State DAV Conference and the 87th DAV and DAVA National Convention
in Las Vegas, NV. We have also managed to lose a great deal of money in the stock
market and elected a new President and gain a sense of hope for our future. We still
have Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. By-the-way the Chapter 5 Christmas
Party is scheduled for 12 Dec at the Rio Rancho Elks Lodge located on Barbara Loop.
The meal will be catered therefore we need a fairly accurate count on the number of
attendees by the 6 Dec meeting.
The celebration of Thanksgiving is a great time but we must always remember
we have men and women on the battlefield, in hospitals, serving in foreign lands and
away from their families. Please pray for them that this time next year they all might
be home. We must remember that when a veteran is homeless, abused, denied
benefits, denied medical care, publicly or privately ridiculed or ignored that those are
abuses and attacks on all of us who have given of ourselves in defense of this great
Nation. We can never pray enough for or thank our comrades and their families
enough for their sacrifices for freedom and liberty not just here but all over the world.
I know I get a little carried away but I am so proud of the warriors who serve in
the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corp and Coast Guard because when the
Commander in Chief has given the order we have never failed to answer the bell.
When you attend the Christmas Service in celebration of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ please pause to pray for our men and women on the battlefield. Tks
I hope all of you can join us at our next meeting which will be held on 6 Dec
2008 at 10:00 AM at the Knights of Columbus, 1020 Veranda Road SE, Rio
Rancho, NM. It sits on the corner of Southern and Veranda across from the
Super Wal-Mart. If you have questions please call me.
Elected Offices of DAV Chapter 5
Commander – Elaine Espinoza- Mitchell (H) 890-0291, E-mail
Sr. Vice Commander – Marty Cantu (H) 896-5599
1st Jr. Vice – Michael Tatum (C) 410-9277
2nd Jr. Vice – Gregg Rosenberg (H) 994-0850
Treasurer – Zachary D. Mutchler (C) 974-1080
Chaplain – Ernest Buckholz (H) 892-8357)
Adjutant – Edward C. Mitchell (H) 890-0291), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter Service Officer – Marty Cantu (H) 896-5599
Legislative Chairman – Edward C. Mitchell (H) 890-0291
Judge Advocate – Dean Buffard (H) 890-5524
Officer of the Day – Bob Rice
Sgt-at-Arms – Reggie Giles
Editor – Edward & Elaine Mitchell
Life membership may be purchased for a $40.00 down payment and interest-free
balance payments for the following age groups. Age 40 and under $250.00. Age 41
to 60, 230.00. Age 61 – 70, $180.00, Age 71 to 79, $140.00. Age 80 and above free.
New Mexico Department of Veterans Commission, Santa Fe office, John Garcia,
Secretary, Phone 1-505-827-6300
DAV Nat’l Svc Office, Albuquerque Office, 500 Gold Ave SW Room 3508
Albuquerque, NM 87102. Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00 AM to
3:00 PM, Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 AM-1:00 PM Phone 346-4864
DAV Nat’l” Hqs, Cincinnati, Ohio Office: Total Free number is 1-888-236-8313
Ext 3293. Hours to call are 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time).
Dept. of Veterans Affairs VA Regional Office Benefit Information and Assistance
From the desk of the Adjutant:
Release No. 10-16-08
Oct. 31, 2008
New law allows veterans' salutes during anthem
WASHINGTON (AFRNS) -- Veterans and active-duty military not in uniform can
now render the military-style hand salute during the playing of the national
anthem, thanks to changes in federal law that took effect this month.
"The military salute is a unique gesture of respect that marks those who have
served in our nation's armed forces," said Dr. James B. Peake, secretary of
Veterans Affairs. "This provision allows the application of that honor in all events
involving our nation's flag."
The new provision improves upon a little known change in federal law last year
that authorized veterans to render the military-style hand salute during the
raising, lowering or passing of the flag, but it did not address salutes during the
national anthem. Last year's provision also applied to service members while not
Traditionally, members of the nation's veterans’ service organizations have
rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the
national flag while wearing their organization's official head-gear.
The most recent change, authorizing hand-salutes during the national anthem by
veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel, was sponsored by Sen. Jim
Inhofe of Oklahoma, an Army veteran. It was included in the Defense
Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed Oct. 14.
The earlier provision authorizing hand-salutes for veterans and out-of-uniform
service members during the raising, lowering or passing of the flag, was
contained in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008, which took effect
Jan. 28, 2008. (Courtesy of VA News)
VA Now Accepting Online Claims Applications
Week of November 10, 2008
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is now accepting online applications
(VONAPP) for initial applications for disability compensation, pension, education,
and vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits. VONAPP allows users to
apply without the hassles of location, postage costs and time delays through mail
delivery. VONAPP also provides a link to apply for VA health care benefits. For
the application, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website. For more
information about VA benefits, visit the VA website or call 1-800-827-1000.
Veterans Benefits Act to Expedite Claims
Week of November 10, 2008
The new Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2008 (public law 110-
389) pushes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use electronic filing and
processing of claims to help expedite claim findings, reduce inconsistencies in
decisions involving similar issues, and decrease the number of claims that end
up being overturned. The law also creates a new authority to provide a temporary
disability rating for those veterans who have severe and multiple disabilities that
are not fully healed. The full text of the new law is available at the Library of
Congress' Thomas website.
New Grant Programs to Help Aging Veterans
Week of November 10, 2008
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $36
million in new grant programs to help keep older Americans, veterans, and those
with Alzheimer's disease in their communities and homes. The U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs (VA) will receive more than $19 million of those grant
programs. HHS' Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Veterans Health
Administration will administer the new programs, which are designed to reach
people who are not eligible for Medicaid, but who are at high risk of nursing home
placement and the spend-down to Medicaid that often occurs when private-pay
individuals enter a nursing home.
DoD May Raise Co-Pay for Some Medications
Week of November 10, 2008
The Department of Defense (DoD) pharmacy panel proposed moving certain
blood glucose test strips and overactive bladder medication to a $22 co-pay from
the current $9 copay. DoD will notify all beneficiaries currently taking the
medications of the increase so alternative medications can be considered. For
more information, contact TRICARE.
Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) and Concurrent Retirement and
Disability Payments (CRDP) Open Season:
If a retiree is eligible for both CRDP and CRSC, he/she may participate in the
CRDP/CRSC Open Season. This annual Open Season election period is Jan. 1
to Jan. 31, 2009, and allows the retiree to choose which payment is preferred
(Federal law states that the retiree can be in receipt of CRDP or CRSC; not
both). In late December, eligible retirees will be mailed a CRDP/CRSC Open
Season Election Form. The retiree needs to return the form only if making a
change from CRDP to CRSC or vice versa. If the retiree prefers to keep things
the way they are, do nothing. The payments the retiree now receives will
continue uninterrupted. To help the retiree make a more informed decision, the
form will include a comparison of the CRSC and CRDP entitlement amounts as
well as information about the collection actions and taxes to which each type of
payment is subject. If the retiree wants to change from CRDP to CRSC or vice
versa, the form must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2009. If the form is dated after
this date, it will not be processed and the current payments will continue
uninterrupted. The change in the payment will be effective with the first business
day of February 2009. Due to a 30-day processing timeframe, the retiree may not
receive their first payment until the first business day of March 2009, including a
retroactive adjustment for the payment that would have been paid on the first
business day of February. The retiree’s election will remain in effect unless
changed from CRDP to CRSC or vice versa in a subsequent annual Open
Season. Read more at http://www.dfas.mil/rnanews/
Tax Statements Available on myPay:
Below is the schedule for viewing your tax statement on myPay for the tax year 2008:
December 10, 2008 Retiree Account Statement
December 15, 2008 Retired 1099R
December 15, 2008 Annuitant Account Statement
December 15, 2008 Annuitant 1099R
From: Marty Cantu: Sr. Vice Commander
I have gotten a lot done this year but one of the most important accomplishments
was becoming the Service Officer for Chapter 5. I have already helped a lot of people
and I am available to help all of my fellow disabled veterans. If you need some
assistance with your claims please do not hesitate to contact me.
From: Ernest Buckholz: CHAPLAIN NOTES
C. Is for all the cards with loving care you send.
H. Is for the Happiness and Good Health you wish for friends.
A. Stands for Awareness of members, hospitalized or shut- in.
P. Is for the Prayers you give which guide and inspire us ll.
L. Represents Love you pass on to those in need.
A. Is for All the visits and calls to the elderly and bereaved.
I. Is the Inspiration and Interest with members you will share.
N. Stands for the Need of a Chaplain who understands and cares.
God Bless and have a wonderful day, and God Bless the U.S.A.
My goals as the Chapter Chaplain is to visit the members that are hospitalized, send get
well cards to those who are sick and at home. I will do my utmost best to fulfill the duties as
I ask if you are sick at home, or in the hospital PLEASE notify me. I can be reached at
892-8357 or E-mail at email@example.com. I will need to know your address and phone
number so that I may keep in touch with you. In case of hospitalization I will need to know
what hospital you are in...
The West Mesa Chapter 5 Christmas Party is scheduled for 12 Dec at the
Rio Rancho Elks, located off of Barbara Loop.
The menu will be Honey Glazed Ham and Boneless Roast Turkey with
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Buttered Green Beans, Dinner Rolls and
Christmas cake with raspberry filling.
Reservations and money must be turned in by the 6 Dec meeting. The
Commander must provide the number of attendees to the caterer at least a
week before the event. There will not be any tickets sold the night of the
Tickets will cost $6 for Chapter and Auxiliary Members and $12 for guests.
If you plan on attending please bring your money with you to the 6 Dec
meeting or call Treasurer Zack Mutchler (974-1080) or Adjutant Edward C.
Please take time to thank the managers and staff of your local
Applebee’s and Golden Corral for their hosting veterans on Military
If you do not wish to continue receiving the Newsletter please contact the
Adjutant and your name will be removed from the mailing list. As you are aware
the postage stamp just went up in price again. We’ll get a newsletter out at least
every three months. This way we can save on postage and you will receive it much
The latest newsletter and minutes from our meetings can be read on the
Chapter 5 website:
Editor’s Note: Articles submitted to this newsletter are the sole opinion of
the authors, and do not represent or is meant to represent the views of Chapter
5 or the DAV. Next Newsletter will go out in Feb 09, if you have something for
the newsletter please email to the adjutant.