“Totally Fearless” Vietnam Hero Finally Awarded the Medal of Honor
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Trump Fat-Shames a Supporter Mistaking Him for a Protestor, Reports Say — 'Everything's Good,' Supporter Responds. Trump has for years gleefully derided the protestors at his rallies
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John Brenner was born on May 23, 1943 and passed away on Friday, July 26, 2019. John was a resident of Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania at the time of passing. John graduated in 1961 from Northeastern High School in Manchester. John served in the Army during the Vietnam War in 1966 and returned home to actively serve in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2493, Mt. Wolf, for the rest of his life. Burial will be in Manchester Union Cemetery.
John A. Brenner. POSTED JULY 26, 2019 DIEHL FUNERAL HOME. MOUNT WOLF – John A. Brenner, 76, of Mt. Wolf, PA entered his heavenly home July 26, 2019. John was born in Sydney, NY, May 23, 1943 to the late Doris E. Brenner (Latham) and Clair Brenner. / Together, John and his beloved wife Sandra M. (Aughenbaugh) of 52 years raised three children; John S. Brenner of York (Adrienne), Jane M. Conrad of Mt. Wolf (Daniel), and Jeffrey R. Brenner of Woodbury Heights, NJ (Kristine). Proud of his 6 grandchildren; Matthew J. Schaeffer, Katelyn M. Schaeffer, Samuel J. Brenner, Alexandra M. Brenner, Tipton H. Brenner, Annabelle R. Brenner and his 3 step grandchildren; Ashlee E. Conrad, Bryan F. Conrad, Collin J. Conrad. Preceded in death by sister Mary Brenner, John is also survived by brother Richard Brenner of York (Janet), sister Sally Senft (Brenner) of York (Edwin), brother Robert Brenner of Wellsville (Mary), brother Thomas Brenner of Manchester (Sue) and sister Betsy Swartz (Brenner) of York (Byron) in addition to a large and loving extended family. / John became a volunteer firefighter with Eagle Fire Company No. 1, Mt. Wolf, at the age of 16. He was the elected secretary. / John served in the Army during the Vietnam War in 1966 and returned home to actively serve in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2493, Mt. Wolf, for the rest of his life. During his service in country he was a U.S. Army radio teletype operator. He received the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He served as Post 2493 Commander, District 21 Commander and State VFW “All-American” Commander. His commitment to veterans included service as the President of the Pennsylvania Veterans War Council and Chairman of the State Veterans Commission. In 2000 he was honored as the York County Veteran Meritorious Service Award recipient. / He was elected to Mt. Wolf Borough Council for 10 years, 2 of which as Council President. He was the elected Judge of Elections in Mt. Wolf Borough for 22 years. President of St. John Lutheran Church Council and an active member of the senior choir for over 50 years. He was active in the Northeastern and Pennsylvania Jaycees; U.S. Jaycees Ambassador and JCI Senator. He received the Lester Wise Memorial Award for distinguished community service. He volunteered as a cubmaster, youth sports coach, and umpire for decades. John graduated in 1961 from Northeastern High School in Manchester. / John retired from Pennsylvania Power & Light Company after 32 years as an electrician. He was a member of the Zeredatha Lodge #451. / Viewings will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, and 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church, 28 North Third Street, Mount Wolf, and Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the church. His service will begin at 11:00 AM Wednesday at the church. Officiating at the service will be his pastor The Reverend Jason Northridge. Burial will be in Manchester Union Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to The Diehl Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Mount Wolf. / As a community servant, he asked that those willing could offer support to the St. John Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or the Manchester Union Cemetery Veterans Memorial Project at P.O. Box 718, Mount Wolf, PA 17347. Kindly designate to which Memorial fund you are making your donation. / To share memories of John please visit www.diehlfuneralhome.com .
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4th Business Session JWV National Convention
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TONY SAVANT, the creator, co-writer, director, producer and 22-year Los Angeles cast member of "Welcome Home, Soldier", directs and acts in this east coast production. A new production opens November 2, 2019 and runs weekends through December 8th. BUY TICKETS HERE! General Admission: $22, Veterans: $15. This award-winning play, a tribute to Vietnam Veterans, tells true stories about the effects of the Vietnam War and the subsequent homecoming on veterans and their families.
Components of Proactive Health and Well-Being
Veterans Crisis Line: Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?
Start the Conversation: New Tools for Veteran Suicide Prevention. Use this toolkit to find information about common issues that many Veterans face, as well as concrete steps to help you support a Veteran who may be dealing with emotional distress or at risk for suicide.
Veteran Dies by Suicide in North Carolina VA Parking Lot
Military Psychologist on Emerging Therapies for PTS-D
American Legion commander allegedly stole more than $25K from home association
VA says “Don’t Go it Alone” on International Overdose Awareness Day
VA says “Don’t Go it Alone” on International Overdose Awareness Day
Program connects homeless Veterans to employment initiatives
#hackthenetwork Applies Human-Centered Design to Innovation: At the VHA Innovation Experience, VHA Innovators Network turns its own strategies onto itself to improve innovation in Veteran care
Blood test could predict future diabetes in Vets: VA study shows new way to identify risk years before disease develops
VA, local community gather in Tulsa for Veteran Mental Health Summit
VA’s VITAL program supports student Veterans across the U.S.
Artificial intelligence could help save kidneys: VA, DeepMind make progress on early detection of dangerous kidney condition
VA Secretary calls upon all Americans to help prevent Veteran suicide
#VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran Ann Gardner Windley
VFW Action Corps Weekly, August 30, 2019
USCIS Policy Manual Update: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues policy guidance on “residence” requirements for acquiring citizenship. This policy update specifically targets dependent children of U.S. military personnel and U.S. government employees. This policy change should be rescinded now.
Senate VA Committee Chairman Johnny Isakson of Georgia to Resign U.S. Senate Seat at end of 2019 (halfway through his third term): 'I have concluded that I will not be able to do the job over the long term in the manner the citizens of Georgia deserve’. He was presented the VFW’s 2019 Congressional Award for his unwavering support to secure the passage of numerous VFW legislative priority goals, to include expedited VA employee accountability, modernizing the VA appeals process, the Forever GI Bill, improving veterans’ health care through the VA MISSION Act, and expanding caregiver programs to veterans of all eras. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas is the second in order of seniority for committee Republicans.
Citing Health, Isakson, Chairman of Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Says He'll Retire
National Guard to Offer Vet Center Help During Drill Weekends
How Does the TRICARE Catastrophic Cap Work? On August 29th, TRICARE released a policy manual update that will be beneficial to some retirees who are enrolled in TRICARE Prime. The outreach letter will explain.
Retirees Could Receive Tricare Refund Check
V-J Day Commemoration: Visitors to the nation’s capital this long Labor Day weekend are invited to attend the 74th commemoration of the end of World War II at 11 a.m., Sept. 2, at the National World War II Memorial.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Returning home for burial with full military honors is Army Cpl. Gudmund C. Johnson, Jr., who was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, when he was captured by enemy forces near Unsan, North Korea. He reportedly died while a prisoner of war at Camp #5, where he was held by the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces. Following his death, his remains could not be recovered. Interment services are pending.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Returning home for burial with full military honors is Army Cpl. Charles H. Grubb, who was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 1, 1950, in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered. Interment services are pending.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Returning home for burial with full military honors is Army Sgt. Gerald B. Raeymacker, who was a member of Battery B, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, 31st Regimental Combat Team. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered. Interment services are pending.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Returning home for burial with full military honors is Navy Seaman 1st Class Stewart Jordan, who was assigned to the USS Nelson, which was anchored off the coast of Normandy, France. He was killed June 12, 1944, when the ship was hit by enemy fire. Following the war, his remains could not be identified. Interment services are pending.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Returning home for burial with full military honors is Navy Seaman 2nd Class Brady O. Prewitt, who was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma was hit multiple times which caused it to capsize quickly and caused the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Prewitt. Interment services are pending.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Returning home for burial with full military honors is Navy Fireman 2nd Class Albert Renner, who was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941The USS West Virginia sustained multiple torpedo hits, but timely counter-flooding measures taken by the crew prevented it from capsizing, and it came to rest on the shallow harbor floor. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 106 crewmen, including Renner. Interment services are pending.
DAV Supported Legislation Pending in Congress:
HR 713 - A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the eligibility for beneficiary travel for veterans seeking treatment or care for military sexual trauma in specialized outpatient or residential programs at facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
HR 840 – Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act
HR 1092 – Servicemembers and Veterans Empowerment and Support Act of 2019
HR 2798 – Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans Act
S 91 – Creating a Reliable Environment for Veterans' Dependents Act of 2019
S 318 – VA Newborn Emergency Treatment Act
S 374 – Servicemembers and Veterans Empowerment and Support Act of 2019
S 514 – Deborah Sampson Act
S. 2216 – Transparency and Effective Accountability Measures for Veteran Caregivers Act
VVA Supported Legislation Pending in Congress:
HR 299 – Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act [signed into law (Public Law 116-23 ) by the president on June 25, 2019]
IAVA Supported Legislation Pending in Congress:
H.R.663 – Burn Pits Accountability Act
FRA Supported Legislation Pending in Congress:
HR 333 – Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act
HR 464 – Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act
HR 553 – Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act
HR 613 – TRICARE Reserve Select Improvement Act
HR 801 – Reserve Component Employer Incentive, Compensation, and Relief Act
HR 1257 – ?
HR 2422 – SFC Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act of 2019
HR 2481 – Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act
S 164 – TRICARE Reserve Improvement Act
S 191 – Burn Pits Accountability Act
S 509 – ?
S 622 – Military Widow's Tax Elimination Act of 2019
S 697 – Next Step Act of 2019
S 785 — Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019
S 1370 – Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act
JWV Supported Veterans’ Bills Pending in Congress
HR 96 – Would amend Title 38 of the United States Code to require the Secretary of Veterans
Affairs to furnish dental care in the same manner as any other medical service to all eligible
HR 663 – Burn Pit Registry Act
HR 3356 – Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act
HR 3504 – Ryan Kules Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2019
S 191 – Burn Pit Registry Act
S 1539 – Securing American Non-Profit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019
S 1615 – MOMS Leave Act
S 1881 – Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act
Other Veterans’ Bills Pending in Congress:
HR 2617 – OATH (Service Member’s Occupational and Environmental Transparency Health) Act
For details and status on these and other bills, see: https://www.congress.gov/
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New Citizenship Policy to Affect Roughly 25 Military Children Per Year, Officials Say
SecDef Says He'll Work with VA on Vets' Environmental Health Concerns
Wilkie Promises No VA Budget Cuts in 2021 Request
Authorities Investigating 'Person of Interest' in Suspicious Deaths at VA, Senator Says
Former VA medical official charged in deaths of three patients
Authorities investigating 10 suspicious deaths at VA hospital, including one ruled a homicide
USS Arizona Memorial Repairs Near Completion
McAllen VA and Food Bank partner to fight hunger: More than 1,000 received food assistance at four events
New theme unites partners at VA/DoD Suicide Prevention Conference: “Many Roles. One Mission.
MOVE! Program graduates its first class
Trouble sleeping? Facebook Live event to offer expert help
Army Veteran’s ‘can do’ attitude helps him on golf course
Lease signature returns hope and pride to formerly homeless Veteran
A letter home: Edgar Andrews
#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Vito Monteleone
#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Ruth Kinzeler
Overdose Education for Veterans: Learning to Use Naloxone
Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Program
VA Center For Medication Safety (VA MedSAFE)
Veterans Crisis Line: Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.
Trump Signs Order For Disabled Veteran Loan Forgiveness
Emails show Veterans Affairs officials' scorn for 'Mar-a-Lago 3'
5 Indicted for Alleged Scheme to Steal Millions From Military Members and Veterans: Potential victims of fraud and identity theft will be notified, and Defense will provide free credit monitoring services.
Steve Cohen Is Spending Millions to Help Veterans. Why Are People Angry? The hedge fund billionaire’s efforts to assist veterans with PTSD have thrust him into the fight over privatizing the VA and led some people to question his motives.
Trump Signs Order For Disabled Veteran Loan Forgiveness
Trump Administration to Automatically Forgive Federal Student Loan Debt for Totally and Permanently Disabled Veterans: Presidential Memorandum builds on Secretary DeVos’ efforts to provide relief for eligible borrowers
Report on SOVA Activities at the VFP 34th Annual Convention
Deported Veterans Issues & Advocacy Project
The Initiative to Clean up Unexploded Bombs in Vietnam
Could a new drug treat veterans with severe depression? President Trump thinks so.
Millions of Veterans to Be Memorialized Online in VA Legacy Project
Community clinic is custom-fit ‘Jewell’ for prosthetic patient
Borne The Battle #160: Benefits Breakdown – Assistive Technology Program
The future of Patient Experience at VA: The way we treat Veterans today is the reason they will choose VA tomorrow
Biofeedback useful for headaches and other conditions: VA researchers' ‘evidence map’ summarizes past findings and highlights where more study is needed
VA partners with Clubhouse International to help Veterans with recovery: Creating a community for those with mental illness
Veterans find new careers, opportunities, through Operation (IN) Reach
VA psychologists help Veterans overcome self-stigma: Self-stigma can be a major barrier to seeking mental health support
Veterans: Your time is valuable – make the most of it. Join 4.9 million Veterans already using VA’s Online Patient Portal
TEE Tournament teaches golf for blind, amputees, paralyzed: Veterans talk about healing effects of adaptive sports on the greens
Let’s Roll: NCA and Carry The Load host a National Day of Service on September 11
Sec. Wilkie Statement on Chairman Isakson's Retirement
VA, DAV partner to help Veterans ‘TEE’ up: Annual event focuses on rehabilitation through adaptive golf and recreational activities
Deployment Really Can Give You a Pain in the Gut. The VA Is Researching Ithttps://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/08/29/deployment-really-does-give-you-pain-gut-va-researching-it.html?ESRC=eb_190830.nl