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FCC and VA to Combat Illegal Robocalls Targeting Veterans



FCC and the VA are teaming up to combat illegal robocalls targeting Veterans and their families.

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Seal of the US Department of Veterans Affairs
Dear Veterans and Stakeholders,
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to team up to combat illegal robocalls targeting Americans, including Veterans and their families.
Each year, the FCC receives more than 200,000 complaints about unwanted calls. While this may seem like a big number, it pales in comparison to the millions of robocalls being made each day. The calls interrupt dinners and family time; they flood landline and mobile phones. Scam calls frequently solicit money for fake charities, including ones claiming to support America's Veterans - some even claiming to be VA representatives.  
We know that scam activity increases during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, so the FCC and VA urge you to be vigilant. We offer the following tips to help you avoid unwanted calls and scams.
  • Don't answer calls from unknown numbers. Scammers may spoof their caller ID to display a fake number that appears to be local.  If you answer such a call, hang up immediately.
  • Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother's maiden names, or passwords in response to unexpected or suspicious calls.
  • Be sure to set a password for all voice mail accounts to avoid being hacked.
  • Register your number on the Do Not Call List to block calls from legitimate telemarketers.
  • Ask your phone company about call-blocking tools and services for your landline phone, and check for helpful apps that you can download to your mobile phone.
Please help spread the word about robocall fraud among those who may need assistance particularly those who are frequently targeted by phone scams.  
For more information, visit: fcc.gov/robocalls.
Sincerely
Veterans Benefits Administration

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Veterans Benefits Administration · 810 Vermont Avenue, NW · Washington, DC 20420 · 1-800-827-1000

VA takes key step to improve its website to provide Veterans an enhanced digital customer experience

VA takes key step to improve its website to provide Veterans an enhanced digital customer experience
 
WASHINGTON — This week the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) took a key step in its digital modernization effort by revamping its website accessed by 10 million customers per month who use VA's tools and content online.
To improve this experience VA's Veterans Experience Office and VA Digital Service  gathered feedback from more than 5,000 Veterans, service members, their families, caregivers and survivors.
Many customers said they were having a frustrating experience, encountering a complicated collection of websites, forms, logins and tools.  Through feedback, VA learned that many of them struggled to find what they needed. By listening to Veterans and working across VA organizational boundaries, the new VA.gov website shifts from a "VA as an organization" to a "customer-first" platform.
"Veterans, their families, caregivers and our many customers have successful online transactions in their day-to-day lives," said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. "They should expect the same exceptional digital experience when coming to VA. Our customers will receive a more simple and intuitive experience when accessing our online front door – the new VA.gov."
The new site contains homepage content that focuses on the top 20 tasks that 80 percent of VA's customer's need, the ability to login to receive a personalized experience and easy to understand plain language content. Logged in customers will find a dashboard summarizing the current status of services they receive from VA, whether those services are provided by the Veterans Health Administration – such as prescription refills or the Veterans Benefits Administration – such as claim status. Customers can also update their contact information in one location rather than visiting multiple VA websites or making multiple calls.
VA is demonstrating that it is possible for Federal agencies to give the American people the online experience they expect and deserve. VA has been identified as the "co-lead" of the White House cross-agency priority goal on improving customer service.
 
Here is the link: https://www.va.gov/
Respectfully;
 
Mark A. Meadows  (CBSP) (GCDF)
Community Employment Coordinator
John D. Dingell VA Medical Center
4646 John R. Street Detroit MI 48201
Phone: (313) 576-4950
Cell: (313) 608-7615
United States Marine Corps Veteran
 
      
VA Core Values: Integrity Commitment Advocacy Respect Excellence
VA Core Characteristics: Trustworthy | Accessible | Quality | Innovative | Agile | Integrated
 
 
    
 
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Post Newsletter

The Post will begin publishing a monthly Newsletter starting in December. The plan is to get information from the VFW, VFW Auxiliary, and the Marine Corps League. The write-ups will provide detail on upcoming events, Post information, membership news, charity work, and other significant information. We will assemble all submissions into a document that will be linked to the Internet for easy viewing and printed for posting in the Lounge. You will be able to access the newsletter three ways.

1.  Emails users will receive a hotlink via email. Click on the link to open the newsletter.
2.  The newsletter will be posted in the VFW Post Blog. A blog page is dedicated to the newsletter for viewing and archiving the document. The newsletter page is at the Blog right sidebar.
3.  The Post will print some newsletters for distribution in the Post Lounge.

The Post Officers hope you enjoy this new feature to keep you informed about VFW Post 4012.


Post membership drive



At our October VFW meeting, the 4th District Commander joined us and gave us a rundown on the lack of membership issue within the VFW.  The Commander asked the Posts to make more effort in getting new members or encouraging old members renew. We took his message seriously, and our Post formed a Membership Committee and started a Post membership drive.  We are asking that all our members try to help and recruit new veterans into the VFW with enrollment into our Post 4012. The Membership Committee, along with Post Officers, is supporting the drive, and letters from our Commander were sent out to possible eligible veterans. However, each of us needs to try and recruit. To help in that process, the Membership Committee created Post Business Cards for all members to use. These cards list contact and other information for the Post that can be given to VFW prospects you may meet while you are out and about. You can add your name and phone number on the back of the card to personalize it. The cards are located at the Post Lounge -- ask the bartender for a few.  Feel free to use them in your recruiting activity.
  
Thank You,
Gary DeMars - Post 4012 Membership Chairman

Our mailing address is:
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Post Membership Committee

Post 4012 Members:
This email is in regards to Post 4012 forming a Membership Committee to help secure additional VFW membership. Our 4th District Commander Robert Caldwell joined us at our October Post meeting. Commander Caldwell provided us with an overview of the loss of VFW members in Michigan and the nation. He wanted all the Posts in Michigan to continue with all efforts to get old members back and get new members into our Post. To help in this effort, the Post formed a Membership Committee and Gary DeMars will be the point of contact as the committee Chairman. Our goal is to communicate with old and possible new members via email, direct mail, and direct home visits. If successful we will add new members to our Post. The Post leadership is asking for members to volunteer to this committee and assist our program. Gary may be reached via email at gary@demars.me and with a phone 248-982-1606. Please get in touch with Gary if you wish to help.

Sealing the parking lot at the VFW



The new owner is re-surfacing his parking lot on July 1, 2018.  Please remember that his lot is going to be half of our current parking.  Please park in the back by the dumpster on Sunday.

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Comrades,
Recently the building adjacent to ours, not owned by us has been sold to a new person. This person who bought the property paid for an independent survey and solicited all paperwork from Wayne County on the proper property lines. It appears that we have misunderstood the correct property line for many years. The property line is in the of middle of our parking lot. The new owner is re-surfacing his parking lot. Once that is completed he is going to allow us to park there like we did before.
The Commander is aware of this issue and we are working with our lawyer to verify some of the paperwork we had and thought was correct.
This email is to keep you informed. We ask that you take no action regarding this property line issue.

Our next Post meeting will be on July 10th at 7pm.

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Action Alert: Call on Senate to Fix VA Health Care


From: VFW Action Corps <vfwac@vfw.org>
Date: Mon, May 21, 2018 at 2:02 PM
Subject: Action Alert: Call on Senate to Fix VA Health Care




Background: The House of Representatives recently voted to support veterans by passing the VA MISSION Act 2018. Now it's the Senate's turn to show they support veterans and their caregivers. The VA MISSION Act would make significant improvements to the VA health care system, such as improving VA's ability to hire and retain high-quality health care professionals, expand caregiver benefits to pre-9/11 veterans, and establish a process to evaluate and improve VA buildings across the country to better serve veterans.
Take Action: Call your Senators and urge them to vote YES on the important and urgently needed VA MISSION Act of 2018.
Please show your support on social media:
On Facebook (copy and paste): The Senate must #CompleteTheMISSION by passing the #VAMISSIONAct. Veterans and their caregivers are counting on your support.
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Postponed Free class for ServSafe




This Class is postponed until we get more to attend.

Postponed
VFW-4012 presents a free ServSafe Class when we get more members interested.

The ServSafe Food Handler Program is a complete solution that delivers consistent food safety training to employees.

Please only reply if you plan to attend, thank you. 


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