-The Army is to begin providing Medical Care for Volunteers who participated in Chemical and Biological Substance testing. Those who been participants from 1942 to 1975 and have an injury or disease may be eligible.
-The Veterans ID Card program is on hold currently. The system was overwhelmed by the number of applications. More to follow as we track this program.
-Library Veterans-Health, 1681 encyclopedic entries (A-Z) at www.veteranshealthlibrary.org/Encyclopedia.
-VA form 21-527EZ Veteran application for pension. Do not think you are not eligible. This is an income based determination, especially all veterans who are disabled. This can help with additional income and open the door for domestic assistance. One such organizations is Home Instead. Phone 610-868-7333.
-On line VA scheduling now available through My HealtheVet. Go to MyHealtheVet.com and create an account for this tracking and appointment site. Phone use; 570-824-3521, press 0 to speak with a person to make an appointment. Allentown Clinic 610-776-4304.
-Alternative Dental Insurance (2017DEC). New plans see; www.va.gov/healthbenefits/VADIP.
-Source for mental health, NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness. They have resources to help the Veteran and family when there are some issues which should be addressed. Phone; 973-729-6534, email; firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site; www.nami-sussex-nj.org.
-Tricare users, not Tricare for Life, there are two areas now, East Coast and West Coast. Humana is the coordinator for the program. A letter will arrive for you to fill out with your payment option and info. This has to be filled out for continued coverage. Tricare standard and extra will be converted to Tricare Select. Tricare changes page; https://tricare.mil/changes.
-Any Veteran in need of temporary assistance, financial, food, shelter, fuel and clothing should find the resources at Http://www.dmva.pa.gov/veteransaffairs/Pages/default.aspx. Help a Vet. In need if they are having some difficulties.
COMMAND AND CONTROL:
-The Branch Christmas Party was Dec 09,20`7 at the Hanover Roadhouse and attendance was good despite the weather conditions. Most enjoyed the afternoon and one Shipmate was celebrating his 91st Birthday.
-Dec 16, 2017 is the Wreathes across America program at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Allentown at Noon. This is off Airport Road across from the Copperhead Grill. Branch members are representing the respective Sea Service Branches.
-At our next meeting we are having a candidate for Rep. Charlie Dents’ 15th District seat. He is a retired Navy CDR., former CIA field Operations Officer and the only Veteran on the slate. If you can make the meeting, please bring your questions and concerns for this candidate. I look forward to an intelligent discourse.
-Refer to the Newsletter for the upcoming date of our Branch Picnic. This is a fun afternoon of camaraderie and food. Try to attend.
-In closing I which you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Spread the word about the FRA and the member benefits to all your Brothers and Sisters.
We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 9:00 A.M. Have an informal breakfast the first, third and fourth Tuesday of the month at 8:00 A.M. all at City View Diner on MacAuthur Road, Allentown.