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					Volume 2, Issue 3

1 August 2007

P.O. BOX 20465 CLARKSVILLE, TN 37042


VA MEDICAL CENTER NASHVILLE 1310 24TH Avenue South Nashville, TN 37212 (615) 327-5361 ALVIN C. YORK VA MEDICAL CENTER MURFREESBORO 3400 Lebanon Rd. Murfreesboro, TN 37219 (615) 893-1360 VA OUTPATIENT CLINICS CLARKSVILLE 1731 Memorial Drive Suite 110 Clarksville, TN 37040 (931) 221-2171 FORT CAMPBELL Bldg 6139 Desert Storm Ave (270) 798-4118 CLAIMS ASSISTANCE

Commander’s Corner
I attended our 79th Tennessee State Convention on June 14-17 2007. The 14th began with delegate registration. Then we had our Executive Board & Committee meetings followed by a flag ceremony in front of the Doubletree Hotel, raising the United States Flag in memory of all of our past and present troops. On June15th we held our Memorial Service, followed by a Joint DAV/DAVA opening session. We elected State Officers in DAV/DAVA and filled every position from Commander down to District level. We then discussed business at every level of DAV/DAVA. On June 16 we conducted business and that evening we closed with a banquet & live action. Before we ate, we had the honor guard come in. We had a special ceremony, where we recognized a special person who had passed away a few months earlier and I, as your Senior Vice Commander, and 3 other DAV men had the privilege and honor of refolding the United States Flag in honor of a DAV member who had passed away. Hardy Shelby Chapter 45 had raised more money for the DAV/DAVA Convention than any other chapter in Tennessee. I would like to commend each and every one of you for your support in making this past year one of the greatest. We, as a chapter, are setting the standard for other chapters to follow. I'm very proud of all of you. Thanks. Carmen Cherry
Commander, Chapter 45 6th District Commander

Meeting Schedule

2007-2008 Officers
DAV Commander Carmen Cherry (931) 358-5698 DAVA Commander Margaret Lilly (931) 553-8393 DAV Sr. Vice Jorge Padro (931) 647-7964 DAVA Sr. Vice Colleen Price (931) 647-4910 DAV Jr. Vice Vacant DAVA Jr. Vice Galen Wiley (931) 647-4035 DAV Treasurer Robert Sisson (931) 551-8079 DAVA Treasurer
Mary Wade (931) 552-4294

We now have 2 Certified Chapter Service Officers to assist you with claims
DAV Chapter 45 Service Officers Jorge Padro (931) 647-7964 Saimi O’Byrne (931) 648-4289 DAV National Service Officers VA Regional Office 110 9th Avenue South, A-308 Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 695-6384

Senior Vice Commander
We are in need of volunteers to help with our fundraisers and to provide ideas for more ways to raise funds. If you have any ideas or can help in any way, please contact one of the Chapter officers. Jorge Padro
Senior Vice Commander/Chapter Service Officer

Junior Vice Commander
This position is currently vacant pending election of a replacement. If you know someone who would make a good Junior Vice Commander, or if you are interested, please contact one of the Chapter officers.

Legislative Officer
The Department Convention was very successful this year and we were privileged to see our own Past Commander, Art Taylor, elected as the Department Commander for 2007-2008. We also witnessed the election of Senior Vice Commander Carmen Cherry as the 6th District Commander. Additionally, I was appointed as the Assistant Legislative Director for the Department. Several of us also attended the Chapter Service Officer training session and our new Chapter Service Officer, Saimi O’Byrne, is now certified and ready to assist disabled veterans with their claims. During the convention we heard from Representative Charles Curtiss, who was the primary sponsor, in the House, of the disabled veterans’ property tax relief legislation It is my pleasure to announce to those who may not have heard already that this legislation, Senate Bill 0038 sponsored by our own Senator Rosalind Kurita, was passed unanimously in both the House and Senate and was signed by Governor Phil Bredesen on July 12, 2007, with an effective date of July 1, 2007. The official brochure on the tax relief program is posted on our web site and can be downloaded by anyone. There are also some pictures of the ceremonial signing of the bill. The Chapter presented Certificates of Appreciation to Senator Kurita and Representative Curtis Johnson for their hard work in getting the legislation passed in the General Assembly. A Certificate of Appreciation was also presented to Chantal Escoto of the Leaf-Chronicle for her many articles in support of this legislation and her support of all veterans’ issues. Some pictures from these presentations can also be found on the web site. Of special interest at the Federal level are S. 1645 (Veterans Affairs and Military Construction), S. 1547, S. 1548, S. 1549 and S. 1550 (National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008). The House has already passed its version of these bills, but they have not yet been considered by the full Senate. The House version of the Veterans Affairs and Military Construction bill (H.R. 2642) calls for $165 Million for VA construction projects, while the Senate version allocates $250 Million. We should obviously support the Senate version since it will mean a better chance of getting the VA Nursing Home built in Clarksville sooner due to the higher amount of money which will be available. Some good news from the Veterans Disability Benefits Committee is that the Committee has recommended full Concurrent Receipt of Military Retired Pay and VA Disability Compensation for everyone who has completed 20 or more years of service. They have also recommended elimination of the SBP/DIC offset so widows who would be eligible for both payments will be able to receive both. Be sure to write to your Senators and Representatives at both the State and Federal levels to thank them for what they have done for us and to urge them to continue their support for pending legislation, if applicable. At least be sure to thank Senator Kurita and Representatives Curtis Johnson (District 68), Joe Pitts (District 67) and Philip Johnson (District 78) for their support of the property tax relief legislation.

Retiree Appreciation Day at Fort Campbell: For the first time since May of 2001, Fort Campbell will be hosting a Retiree Appreciation Day at Cole Park Commons, near Gate 1, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2007. This event is open to all retired service members from any military service and will be for people from as far away as Indiana, Knoxville, Memphis and Chattanooga. There will be briefings from representatives of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), TriCare, and Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC). The Post Retirement Activities Office (RAO) will be publishing a Retiree Bulletin around the middle of August with more details on this and other matters affecting military retirees in the area. For more information, contact Ted Faulkner, Retirement Services Officer, at (270) 798-5280, or e-mail him at theodore.faulkner@conus.army.mil.

As many members already know, we now have a new web site which was provided by National Headquarters. We still have a great deal of information on the web site and everyone is encouraged to visit and give us your ideas and suggestions for improvements. The address is: http://www.davmembersportal.org/chapters/tn/45. As before, the contact information for all the Chapter Officers can be found on the web site as well as pictures of Chapter functions, links to other sites and many other items of interest to you, the member. Dan Hill
Chapter 45 Legislative Officer, Webmaster & Newsletter Editor Department of Tennessee Assistant Legislative Director

Hello. First of all, I'd like to thank DAV Chapter 45 for letting me, as a female, attend the Department Convention and get some information. Even though I did get much information, I still have so, so much to learn, to be able to share with other DAV members. I was blessed to have met some other females there who are knowledgeable about their jobs as DAV representatives. They were Helen, from Alabama, Lisa, from Tennessee, and Carol, from Memphis (who is also new). Most of the information from the females that was very beneficial for me to get started was from Helen. In fact, at the next meeting, I plan to get all the information together in an organized manner to be able to show you and the Commander exactly what I do have to learn from. This way all of you will know, and I can find out, if I should have something else that would be helpful for the sake of DAV. I also plan on having on hand, folders put together for the new DAV members that will be coming our way. As far as the convention itself was, I thought it went well, our guys that were with us kept me up to date on all the times and places I should be at. I didn't feel out of place or uncomfortable at all. Everyone took me under their wings. The evening that we went to the DAV hospital for Bingo, was also something that I enjoyed doing. I love volunteering and helping others who can't help themselves. God Bless us all, God Bless America... Very Respectfully, Saimi O’Byrne
Chapter 45 Adjutant & Chapter Service Officer

Past Commander
I just want to report on some of the happenings at the Department of Tennessee Convention held in June. The first item is the election of Senior Vice Commander Carmen Cherry as 6th District Commander. I am also happy to report that I was elected as Department Commander for the Department of Tennessee. Another item is the appointment of Legislative Officer Dan Hill as Assistant Legislative Director for the Department of Tennessee. Other items of interest were the completion of Service Officer training for Jorge Padro and Saimi O’Byrne. Now the Chapter will have two Chapter Service Officers again, which will take some of the load off Jorge. Dates for next year’s Summer Convention were proposed to be May, 29,30,31, 2008, because of conflicts with other events in the June time frame. A decision was made to continue visits to VA Hospital every year by Trench Rats. Legislative Officer Hill was accepted into the National Order of Trench Rats as a Life Member. Finally, a DAV Women Veterans Advisory Representative (Carol Baldwin) was appointed There will be more to come on this selection at a later date, although it was highly recommended that Saimi O’Byrne attend the National Convention to learn about this new program for women veterans.

Chaplain’s Corner
Even to your old age and gray hair, I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:4) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, Reflect On: Praise God: Isaiah 46:4 and 40:28-31. For his eternal vitality.

Offer Thanks: For God promises strength for the weary. Confess: Ask God: Any tendency to complain of your aches and pains rather than praying about them. To increase your strength and renew your energy.

Remember our military who are in harm's way. Pray for the fallen and the ones who are injured, in the hospitals and nursing homes. Also, remember the ones who have arrived home to their families. Pray that God will bring them peace in their hearts. Prayers and thoughts, Steve Grace
Chapter 45 Chaplain

DAVA Unit 45
PLEASE COME JOIN US!! The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary is happy to work side by side with our veterans. Our meetings are held monthly (3rd Monday) at the same location as the men. The purpose of the “Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary” shall be to uphold and maintain the Constitution and laws of the United States; to realize the true American ideals and aims for which those eligible for Disabled veterans; to cooperate with all patriotic organizations and public agencies devoted to the cause of improving and advancing the condition, health and interest of wounded, injured or disabled veterans and their families; stimulate a feeling of mutual devotion, helpfulness and comradeship among all members and encourage in all people that spirit of understanding which will guard against future wars. What qualifications determine eligibility for membership in the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary? The wife, widow, mother, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, husband, granddaughters, and great granddaughters/grandfathers of anyone who was injured or disabled in line of duty while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, during time of war. Gold Star relatives of persons who were killed or have since died of a disability; daughters, granddaughters, and great granddaughters or members of the Auxiliary and any woman who is eligible for membership in the Disabled American Veterans, shall be eligible for membership in the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.

For the Good of the Order
Due to the resignation of the previous Commander and Adjutant, the Senior Vice Commander has moved up to the position of Commander and the Junior Vice Commander has moved up to the position of Senior Vice Commander in accordance with the Chapter Constitution and Bylaws. The Sergeant at Arms has been appointed as Adjutant. This leaves two officer positions vacant. If you are interested in either position or know of a member who would be a suitable replacement, please contact one of the Chapter officers. There are also some proposed Bylaw changes to be considered. These must be read at three meetings and approved by the Membership before they can be forwarded to the State and National Organizations for final review and approval. Please come out and participate and help us make the Chapter better.

August 2007 6–Executive Committee Meeting 11-14–DAV National Convention, New Orleans, LA 20–General Membership Meeting November 2007 5–Executive Committee Meeting 9-12–Golden Corral Veterans Day Fundraiser 19–General Membership Meeting September 2007 4–Executive Committee Meeting (Tuesday) 17–General Membership Meeting December 2007 3–Executive Committee Meeting 17–Christmas Party, Location TBA October 2007 1–Executive Committee Meeting 12-14–Operation Stand Down in Nashville 15–General Membership Meeting January 2008 7–Executive Committee Meeting 10-13–Department of Tennessee Mid-Winter Conference 21–General Membership Meeting

Local Organizations That Support DAV Chapter 45
Fort Campbell PX & Commissary: Allow us to conduct fundraisers annually. Golden Corral: Held near Veterans Day, Military Appreciation Monday is a salute to military heroes by Golden Corral Restaurants across the nation. Belks: Annual Charity Event Rolling Thunder: Make a gracious donation annually to Chapter 45. Bellsouth: Made a gracious donation to Chapter 45. Krogers: Allow us to conduct fundraisers Walmart: The Walmart on Wilma Rudolph Blvd makes annual donations to our chapter allowing us to continue to assist veterans through our outreach program. Wayne’s Auto Body Shop: Provided transportation for the Chapter 45 members. Jenkins & Wynne: Donated Items for Hospitalized Veterans Home Depot: Donated Items for Hospitalized Veterans. It’s Time Clock Shop: Donated Items for Hospitalized Veterans Fort Campbell Credit Union: Donated Items for Hospitalized Veterans Please give these businesses/organizations your patronage, as they have supported veterans in the community!


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