VFW Action Corps Weekly, February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020 In This Issue: 1. Independent Budget Releases a Critical Issue Update2. New Research on Challenges Faced by Minority Veterans3. Some Military Treatment Facilities to Stop Serving Ret

February 21, 2020

In This Issue:

1. Independent Budget Releases a Critical Issue Update
2. New Research on Challenges Faced by Minority Veterans
3. Some Military Treatment Facilities to Stop Serving Retirees and Military Families
4. Legislation Introduced to Study Cancer Among Fighter Pilots
5. New Research Project Honors the History and Legacy of Black Soldiers in WWII
6. Do You Know of an Endangered Historic American Battlefield?
7. VA Discussion on Prostate Cancer Treatment Scheduled Feb. 24
8. TRICARE for Life Webinar Scheduled Feb. 27
9. MIA Update
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Dear Freedom Center Supporter,
I am continuing my push to identify ways to help fund MI Freedom Center operations by finding easy ways for our supporters to contribute simply by doing what you already do. One of these ways to support us without any additional financial pain on your part is to join the Kroger Community Rewards Program and designate the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center as your beneficiary. When I last made this appeal, we had 26 supporters who had designated the MI Freedom Center as beneficiary. We now have 39 as our latest report from Kroger indicates.
While I can't be 100% sure, I bet that we have more than 39 supporters who shop at Kroger. If you are a supporter who shops at Kroger and who has yet to designate the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center as your Kroger Community Rewards Program beneficiary, please do so now by clicking on the following image.
If you don't shop at Kroger for your groceries, please ask if your grocery store has a program similar to Kroger's in which you can participate and share the information with me. I know that Meijer has a similar program. I will share information on their program in a future communication.

Thank you for your support of our mission to serve those who serve us!
Honored to serve,
Patrick Colbeck
MI Freedom Center, CEO
MAFHC | 755 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 2020, Troy, MI 48084-4925 3137447507
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Yankee Air Museum and Michigan Freedom Center Launch 2020 MI Freedom Tour!

Announcing the 2020 MI Freedom Tour!
2020 is the 75th Anniversary of Victory in World War II. Michigan played a vital role in this victory. Not only did over 600,000 Michigan residents serve in World War II, the entire state of Michigan played a critical role in our victory as the Arsenal of Democracy. To commemorate the preservation of our freedom through the sacrifices of the people of Michigan, the MI Freedom Center and the Yankee Air Museum are teaming up to launch the Michigan Freedom Tour! 

The Michigan Freedom Tour will give veterans across Michigan a special opportunity to fly aboard one of the Yankee Air Museum's vintage WWII aircraft – the Yankee Lady (B-17 Flying Fortress), the Yankee Warrior (B-25 Mitchell), or Hairless Joe (C-47).
Flights are set to launch from a total of 9 sites across Michigan:
1.      May 14: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti/Canton – Willow Run Airport (B-17)
2.      June 24: Detroit/Grosse Pointe – Coleman Young Municipal Airport (B-25)
3.      July 1: Midland/Bay City/Saginaw - MBS International Airport (B-17)
4.      July 15: Escanaba – Delta County Airport (B-25 or C-47)
5.      July 16: Iron Mountain – Ford Airport (B-25 or C-47)
6.      July 18: Muskegon – Muskegon County Airport (B-17)
7.      August 6: Pontiac/Clarkston - Oakland County International Airport (C-47)
8.      August 14: Grayling/Traverse City – Cherry Capital Airport (B-25)
9.      September 2: Grand Rapids/Grandville - Kent County Airport (B-17 or B-25 or C-47)
If you love freedom, you'll love the sights and sounds unique to these classic aircraft.

If you would like to learn more about how you can give a veteran that you love the opportunity to fly for free on one of these amazing aircraft, we would love to hear from you! Also, please note that these flights are made possible via our generous tour, site, and flight sponsors. Proceeds from these sponsorships will not only provide flight opportunities for our veterans of all eras, they will also help build a permanent home for these vintage aircraft. We are still seeking sponsors and would love to add you to our list. If you would like to recognize the service of our veterans and provide a home for these classic warbirds, we would love to promote your organization as a sponsor!
We can be reached via phone at (313)744-7507, via email at Freedom@MIFreedomcenter.org or via the web at MI Freedom Tour.

The Michigan Freedom Tour is a great opportunity for our entire state to say "Thank You" to all who have served to keep us free! 
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Veterans Benefits Newsletter | February 2020

Blue Water Navy | Finding a New Career | Black History Month | VBA Webcast | Volunteer with DAV

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February 2020

Veterans Benefits Newsletter

Under Secretary for Benefits, Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D. hosts webcast

Watch Our New Webcast Online 

View the latest update from the Under Secretary for Benefits, Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D. Learn about the Veterans Benefits Administration's accomplishments and challenges from the first quarter of 2020, as well as what's to come this year!

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Eight Ways to Avoid Fraud

Scammers use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. VA is actively working to protect Veterans, their survivors, and dependents from fraud, but the best line of defense against this criminal activity is you! Learn how to stay a step ahead of scams.

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Blue Water Navy Benefits

As of Jan. 1, 2020, VA extends benefits to Veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam, or in the Korean Demilitarized Zone during a certain time period, are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, such as Agent Orange. Learn what the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act means for you.

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Training for a New Career

VA VR&E assists service members and Veterans with service-connected disabilities and an employment barrier prepare for, find, and maintain suitable careers, or maintain a life of independence. Learn how the VR&E program can help you prepare for your future!

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Keeping Black History Alive

Veteran, Norman Smith, shares his passion for recording and preserving history. Smith has researched historical Black figures so that he may inspire others with their stories. His exhibit is currently on display in honor of Black History Month.
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Going Strong: 100 Year Milestones for DAV 

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has been making strides in protecting the rights and changing needs of Veterans for almost 100 years. In January, DAV staff hosted a surprise party to help local volunteer Harlan Plummer celebrate his 100th birthday in style. Plummer, a retired World War II (WWII), Korea, and Vietnam Veteran has spent an impressive 11,000 lifetime hours volunteering with DAV. With nearly 1,300 chapters and more than 1 million members across the country, DAV offers a wide range of opportunities for you to get involved. Learn more about what DAV has in store for 2020 and find out how you can volunteer your time here!

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BIG Home Loan Changes, Traveling Vietnam Wall Schedule, Veteran Scam Alert

Electronic Health Record and MISSION Act Updates

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Veterans ask, VA answers: Questions on electronic health record modernization

Over the next several years, VA will transition to a new electronic health record (EHR), a system used by health care providers to store and track patient data. This transition will begin in spring 2020 at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. As VA shifts to the new EHR, the Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization took the chance to answer your most frequently asked questions.


VA MISSION Act Making A Difference for Veterans

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Since implementing the VA MISSION Act this past June, VA is helping more Veterans access the care and services they need, when and where they need them.
Our new network now includes 880,000 community providers across the country, urgent care benefits and the expansion of VA telehealth, bringing care to Veterans in their communities and homes. 


Veterans are twice as likely as non-Veterans to be targets of online scams

Unfortunately, former service members are more likely than civilians to be targeted by online scammers while doing these things. Veterans are twice as likely to lose money to fraud because of identity theftphishingimpostor scams, and investment, loan, or donation deceptions. Learn how to protect your information.


Veterans have options for seeing Vietnam memorial wall

Vietnam Memorial
Veterans and the general public have several options to see Vietnam memorial walls in 2020 with the release of traveling wall schedules.
The Wall That Heals is operated by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, who unveiled the replica on Veterans Day 1996. Since then, more than 600 communities have seen the traveling display.


Your Next VA Home Loan

VA Home Loans
As of Jan. 1, 2020, it is now easier to use the VA home loan benefit to purchase, refinance, or construct a home with no down payment, regardless of the cost of the home.
The VA home county loan limits were eliminated as part of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 for Veterans and service members with full entitlement.


Become a Vietnam War Commemoration Partner

Vietnam Commemoration
Organizations who want to thank Vietnam Veterans for their service can join the Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner Program.
Many organizations host events around March 29, which is Vietnam War Veterans Day.
The commemoration recognizes all who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of duty location; and their families.



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