Date: February 4, 2019
The name of the organization is Strawberry Ridge Veterans Group.
The objective and purpose of the Group is to be a social organization. It is a civilian Group open to all former members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and Allies, male or female.
The Group will have a chairman, secretary and treasurer.
The Group will maintain a Checking account and a summary report will be given at each meeting.
The Group will meet on the 1st Monday of the Month in the main room of the Activity Center at 7:00 pm.
Dues will be initially $20 to pay for a cap, labels and badges. There will be $5 annual dues.
Uniforms will only be worn at official events.
THE SANDAL was written by our very own Bob Burfitt. Bob, who is a member of the Strawberry Ridge Veterans Club, is retired and has lived in the Ridge with his wife, Judy, for many years. Retirement is not a word that is in Bob's vocabulary though. He's been very active in so many organizations here at the Ridge and is currently the Editor of our monthly Strawberry Toppings. Thank you, Bob, for all your contributions to the Ridge.
MAKE YOUR BED by William H. McRaven is another good read. Admiral McRaven was a Navy SEAL and was Commander of USSOCOM at MacDill AFB prior to his retirement in 2014. He is now the Chancellor at University of Texas where he gave the commencement speech in 2014. You can listen to the speech at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxBQLFLei70.
THE DISABLED VETERAN'S STORY by Miguel Reece, USAF, MSC Retired is another book you should read. He will present a workshop here on August 3 at the Activity Center. This event is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans Club.
All of the books are available at Amazon, and THE SANDAL is also available at the Strawberry Ridge Lending Library.
- The Memorial Day Ceremony was a success! Club Chairman Bob Casey thanked member Larry Caplinger Jr for managing/coordinating the ceremony. Our sincere “Thank You” goes out to those that supported the ceremony as well. 52 community residents were in attendance to honor our military fallen. Refreshments were well received following the events.
- The Flag Day Ceremony is being planned and managed/coordinated by member Harry Dunlap. The ceremony is scheduled for June 14, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Clubhouse Terrace Veterans flagpole near the indoor pool. Please bring your own chair and the veterans club will provide cool refreshments.
- If a Veteran has specialty housing needs that has to do with HVAC, bathroom, carport, kitchen, etc they should contact your VA Primary Care Manager or Doctor and work through them. Chairman Bob Casey is working on getting a guest speaker, Karen Powers from VA Service Representative, to come talk to the community veterans in September 2019. Information will be forthcoming soon.
- If a Veteran is desiring a “Help Me I fell” button that contacts emergency services please work through your VA Primary Care Manager or Doctor. There are no known monthly costs for the program and is connected to the local 911 system.
- There will be NO Veterans Club Meetings in July or August 2019. Please make note.
- Note to Disabled Veterans per Treasurer Michael Adams, according to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, if you buy a NEW car and you request Hand Controls to assist with your disabilities, the dealership must install them without charge.
- Member James Flack brought up the important issue of funeral arrangements and the costs associated with the process. This is a good issue to address so Please note: Veterans must get in “the know” regarding this expensive event so we ask that you contact a funeral home and/or provider of funeral services you are comfortable with…here are a few suggestions: 1) Dignity Memorial at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home 2) Southern Funeral Care, 3) Stowers Funeral Home, etc. Also contact the VA and find out details between what the military, VA or others will/will not pay at that critical time. There are multiple options available to fit your needs, just please don’t leave it to those left behind. Benefits of pre-planning smooths the process, eases the burden on family members and friends, and prevents any disconnects.
- Planning is in progress for having a combination veteran husband/wife Veterans Club meeting possibly in October serving light snacks and refreshments. Stay tuned for further information.
- Planning is starting for the November 11, 2019 Veterans Day ceremony. More information will be forthcoming soon.
- Note to Spouses of Veterans…anyone know of any spouse of a Veteran who served in a major conflict/war? Please contact a VA Service Representative, you may be entitled to benefits under current guidelines!
- Chairman Bob Casey won the 50/50 drawing. He donated 50% of the proceeds back to the Veterans Club.
You can order the ID card for $18.99 or the photo ID card for $19.99 at http://www.veteranprograms.com/id1366.html.
If you prefer to download the form and mail it in with our payment, go to http://www.veteranprograms.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/cardform0001.pdf
Veterans Corner Serving Those Who Served
Mar 29, 2013, 11:18 a.m.
You may have earned college credit for military service.
Use Navy Benefits to Pay
for a Degree
Attention Navy Veteran,
Credit for service and the GI Bill can make it faster and more affordable to earn a degree. Start using military benefits by finding schools with VA-approved programs.
1. Eliminate Classes with ACE and CLEP®: some schools offer credit for service and you can test out of some classes
2. GI Bill Pays Up to $52,500: includes stipends for books and housing
These benefits can be used towards an Associate's, Bachelor's or Professional Certificate.
To find schools that participate, go to http://edu.military.com/gibill/?ESRC=121022SOL_ed_navy_v.se