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									                                     Dakota County Post Service Officer’s Association
                   Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West, #420, West St. Paul, MN 55118-4772
                            Phone: 651-554-5601                             Fax 651-554-5839
                                                 vets@co.dakota.mn.us

                                               August 2010 Newsletter



      ***ASSOCIATION MEETING***                               In 1984, former Mississippi Congressman G. V.
                                                              "Sonny" Montgomery revamped the GI Bill. The
Date:         August 31st, 2010 (5th Tuesday)                 Montgomery GI Bill assured that VA home loan
Time:         7:00 p.m.                                       guaranty and education programs continued to
Place:        South St. Paul VFW                              work for veterans of the post-Vietnam era.
              111 South Concord Exchange
              South St. Paul, MN                              In 2009, GI Bill benefits were updated once again.
              (651) 455-1505                                  The new law gave veterans with active duty service
                                                              on, or after, September 11, 2001, enhanced
This is a tremendous opportunity learn about the              educational benefits to cover more expenses,
services provided by your local service officers and          provide a living allowance, money for books and
meet your fellow veterans.                                    the ability to transfer unused educational benefits
                                                              to spouses or children.

              VA CELEBRATES
          ANNIVERSARY OF GI BILL                                    MEDICATION CO-PAY INCREASE
                                                                        FOR SOME VETERANS
With the 66th anniversary of signing the GI Bill into
law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)                  Effective July 1, the Department of Veteran Affairs
announced it has issued more than $3.6 billion in             charge for a 30-day or less supply of medication
the bill’s newest manifestation, the Post-9/11 GI             provided on an outpatient basis for treatment of a
Bill. Benefit payments under the bill, implemented            non-service connected condition will increase from
last year, have gone to more than 285,000 people              $8 to $9 for veterans who generally have higher
and their educational institutions.                           incomes and no service connected disabilities,
                                                              which are referred to as Priority Groups 7 and 8.
On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt             The charge for a 60-day supply of medication will
signed the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of                   be $18 and for a 90-day supply will be $27.
1944, commonly known as the GI Bill of Rights.
The Veterans Administration, as it was known at               Veterans in Priority Groups 2 through 6 will not be
that time, was responsible for carrying out the               impacted by this change and will continue to pay
law's key provisions for education and training,              $8 for each 30-day supply or less supply of
loan guaranty for homes, farms or businesses, and             medication provided for a non-service connected
unemployment pay.                                             condition unless otherwise exempted.        Priority
                                                              Group 2-6 veterans will also continue to have a cap
Before World War II, college and homeownership                on the amount they can be charged in a calendar
were, for the most part, unreachable dreams for               year of $960.
the average American. Thanks to the GI Bill,
millions who would have flooded the job market                Veterans who have an injury or illness connected
opted for education instead.                                  with their military service resulting in a disability
                                                              rated 50 percent or greater and enrolled in Priority
In the peak year of 1947, veterans accounted for              Group 1 are exempt from this co-pay.
49 percent of college admissions. By the time the
original GI Bill ended, July 25, 1956, 7.8 million of
the 16 million World War II veterans had
participated in an education or training program.
           MEDALLION FOR                                   Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained
     MARKING VETERANS' GRAVES IN                           from national cemetery offices, www.cem.va.gov
         PRIVATE CEMETERIES                                or by calling VA regional offices at (800) 827-1000.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is offering
bronze medallions to attach to existing, privately
purchased headstones or markers, signifying a
deceased's status as a veteran.                                                 EVENTS

For veterans not buried in a national or state             For a list of veteran and family related events
veteran’s cemetery, or those without a government          in communities around Minnesota, please visit
grave marker, this option highlights their service         www.beyondtheyellowribbon.org      along   with
and sacrifices for our country.                            http://calendar.mdva.state.mn.us/CalendarNOW.a
                                                           spx.
The new item can be furnished instead of a
traditional government headstone or marker for
veterans whose death occurred on or after
November 1, 1990, and whose grave in a private                        DAKOTA COUNTY FAIR
cemetery is marked with a privately purchased
headstone or marker.

Veterans buried in a private cemetery are entitled
to either a government-furnished grave marker or
the new medallion, but not both. Veterans buried
in a national or state veterans cemetery will
receive a government headstone or marker of the
standard design authorized at that cemetery.
                                                           When:         August 9 – 15, 2010
The medallion is available in three sizes: 5 inches,
                                                           Where:        4008 – 220th Street West
3 inches and 1 ½ inches in width. Each bronze
                                                                         Farmington, MN 55024
medallion features the image of a folded burial flag
adorned with laurels and is inscribed with the word
                                                           Gate admissions:
"Veteran" at the top and the branch of service at
the bottom.
                                                                         Monday
                                                                         12:00 p.m. thru 10:00 p.m.
Next of kin will receive the medallion, along with a
kit that will allow the family or the staff of a private
                                                                         Tuesday – Saturday
cemetery to affix the medallion to a headstone,
                                                                         7:00 a.m. thru 10:00 p.m.
grave marker, mausoleum or columbarium niche
cover.
                                                                         Sunday
                                                                         7:00 a.m. thru 5:00 p.m.
Veterans with a discharge issued under conditions
other than dishonorable, their spouses and eligible
                                                           Military Day is Wednesday, August 11th.
dependent children can be buried in a VA national
cemetery. Other burial benefits available for all
                                                           As a thank you for serving our country, there is
eligible veterans, regardless of whether they are
                                                           FREE admission and FREE parking for all
buried in a national cemetery or a private
                                                           military personnel, veterans and their families with
cemetery, include a burial flag, a Presidential
                                                           proof of service.
Memorial Certificate and a government headstone
or grave marker.
                                                           For   more      information,        please     visit
                                                           www.dakotacountyfair.org.
The new medallions will be available only to
veterans buried in private cemeteries without a
government headstone or marker.      Families of
eligible decedents may also order a memorial
headstone or marker when remains are not
available for interment.
         HISTORIC FORT SNELLING                                      DAKOTA COUNTY
                                                                 VETERAN SERVICE OFFICE
There are plenty of exciting reasons to visit Fort
Snelling this summer and if you are a veteran, they     The staff at Dakota County Veteran Services
have added another. While supplies last, each           provides advice and assistance for veterans or their
veteran visiting will get a free limited edition pin    families filing claims for state and/or federal
commemorating your service. Identify yourself as        benefits, social security supplement income
a veteran when you enter Fort Snelling to receive       benefits, and other public and private programs.
this pin.
                                                        Our mission is to act as an advocate and provide
For     more      information,      please     visit    resources to the veterans of Dakota County, their
www.historicfortsnelling.org.                           families and survivors by assisting them in getting
                                                        the benefits they are entitled to under the law.

                                                        For questions, please contact the West St. Paul
                                                        office from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through
                                                        Friday. We are available in Apple Valley and
                          SERVING YOU                   Hastings by appointment only. Please call
                         BETTER SURVEY                  (651) 554-5601 to schedule an appointment at any
                                                        of these locations.

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has        Please    visit   Dakota    County’s    website    at
launched “Serving You Better”, which is a survey to     www.co.dakota.mn.us       as    it  offers   citizens
assist the Minnesota Department of Veterans             additional ways to learn about county government
Affairs to better understand how Minnesota              issues. Visitors can also sign up to receive updates
veterans use MDVA’s services and programs.              via e-mail.

The online survey is short and anonymous.               To sign up to receive e-mail updates or to be
Veterans, current service members and families          removed from this service, please go to
are encouraged to participate. To take the survey       www.co.dakota.mn.us/eNews.
visit, please visit www.MinnesotaVeteran.org and
click on the “Serving You Better Survey” button.         
                                                         



            BLUE STAR MUSEUMS

The Dakota County Historical Society announced
the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership
with the National Endowment for the Arts. Blue
Star families and more that 600 museums across
America offer FREE admission to all active duty
military personnel and their families from Memorial
Day through Labor Day, 2010.

The Blue Star Museums program applies to both
the Dakota County Historical Society/Lawshe
Memorial Museum located at 130 Third Avenue
North, South St. Paul and The LeDuc Historic
Estate located at 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings.

For museum hours and locations, please visit
www.dakotahistory.org. The complete listing of
participating Blue Star Museums is available at
www.arts.gov.

								
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