Delaware Veterans Coalition

"Veterans Are Our Only Business"

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Middle East Conflicts Memorial
The Delaware Veterans Coalition proudly supports the future site of the Middle East Conflicts Memorial at the Kent County Memorial Park. This memorial will join the Vietnam Veterans and Gold Star Memorials already at the site.

If you wish to honor a family member or loved one who served, buy a brick to support the memorials.

DOVER – The Delaware Veterans Coalition will hold its bi-monthly meeting on Monday, November 24, at 7 p.m. at the FOP Lodge at 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover (Map).

Founded in May 2011, the coalition is a non-profit, pro-bono lobbying organization that works with elected officials and community leaders on issues that affect all generations of Delaware’s military veterans.

Army National Guard Lt. Col. Vincent M. Orlando will serve as guest speaker. Lt. Col. Orlando, who resides in Milford, is Director of Human Resources of the Delaware National Guard.
A volunteer member of the Delaware Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, he will speak about ESGR and its efforts to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.
ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,700 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service, bring a vast wealth of experience to assist employers, service members and their families to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve.

Veterans Coalition membership is open to all First State veterans regardless of conflict or era in which they served. The mission of the coalition is to ensure that the concerns of those who serve are heard. Its slogan is “Veterans are our only business.”

All Delaware veterans are invited, whether members or not. Coalition dues are $20 per year.

For more information call 302-697-8384 or click on www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com to download an application or to sign up for a free newsletter and an automatic notification of all proposed legislation affecting Delaware veterans.

From Joe Davis, Public Affairs Director, VFW Washington Office :

The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability (Choice) Act required VA to start implementation of Choice Program by November 5, 2014.

Starting today, veterans who live 40 or more miles away from a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility will have the opportunity to choose whether to receive their health care at VA or in their community. Veterans who live within 40 miles of a VA medical facility, but who are unable to obtain an appointment within 30 days, will begin receiving their cards later this month.

VA has begun issuing Veterans Choice Cards and expects that all veterans who were enrolled in the VA health care system on August 1, 2014, will receive their card by January 2015.

However, receiving a Veterans Choice Card does not instantly authorize you to start receiving health care from non-VA doctors. All care received through the Choice Program must be pre-authorized and coordinated by VA.

Find out if you are eligible for the Choice Program: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apps/choice/.

Inform yourself about the Choice Program: http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/documents/Choice-Program-Fact-Sheet-Final.pdf.

Once you receive your Veterans Choice Card, call the hotline to verify your eligibility and start receiving timely health care.

Military Reporter Bill McMichael of the News Journal recently posted an article about the Delaware Veterans’ Court. The Veterans’ court is a program designed to help veterans who have run afoul of the law, get back on the right track. This program has been very successful and is now expanding to include Sussex County.

Read the story on the News Journal.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2014
Contact Dave Skocik 736-8500 cell

Veterans Coalition Meeting Discusses New Program Proposal

Sam Chick of Dover, an Iraq war veteran; George Schofield of Camden, a WWII veteran; Dave Skocik of Dover; Bill Gay of Bethany Beach; John Knotts of Dover; and Paul Davis of Dover, all Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans, line up after the meeting. Messrs. Skocik and Davis serve as president and vice president of the Veterans Coalition. John Knotts is executive director of the Commission of Veterans Affairs.

Sam Chick of Dover, an Iraq war veteran; George Schofield of Camden, a WWII veteran; Dave Skocik of Dover; Bill Gay of Bethany Beach; John Knotts of Dover; and Paul Davis of Dover, all Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans, line up after the meeting. Messrs. Skocik and Davis serve as president and vice president of the Veterans Coalition. John Knotts is executive director of the Commission of Veterans Affairs.

At its bi-monthly meeting on September 22, the Delaware Veterans Coalition heard a presentation by veteran organizer Bill Gay concerning Delaware Joining Forces a state-wide public and private organizational network that guides policy and provides services through its partners to the state’s military and veteran communities.

Delaware Joining Forces is in place and is analogous with a chamber of commerce where each organization retains its own identity & mission while joining forces with other members on initiatives of common interest for the good of the greater community. The need is to entice organizations to join the “chamber” to create opportunities to share information and resources, thereby increasing capabilities and improving outcomes,” said Mr. Gay.

“No single organization can meet all the needs of our service members veterans and their families (SMVF), but a community of partners can provide an array of essential services. It also provides a network for referrals and a process for collaboration between service organizations,” said John Knotts, executive director of the Commission of Veterans Affairs.

Click on http://delaware.gov/vsd for more information.

The Delaware Veterans Coalition, established in May 2011, was founded to serve as a liaison between elected officials and issues affecting all generation of Delaware veterans. The Coalition is open to all honorably-discharged veterans who reside in Delaware. Membership includes veterans from WWII to current conflicts. Click on www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com or contact Paul Davis at 697-8384 for more information.

436 AW (AMC) Annual Retiree Day
Saturday October 4th, 2014
Landings Club on Dover AFB DE
Time 0800 – 1200

Table Displays open at 0800
Formal Presentations Begin at 0900

This will provide an opportunity for Retirees and their Dependents to get updated information on their benefits as well as activities available at Dover AFB.

Brunch will be available in Patterson Dining Hall located at 403 9th Street on Dover AFB. Beginning at 0600.

Coffee and Pastries will be available at the Landings Club provided by Dover Federal Credit Union (No Federal endorsement of sponsor intended)

For More information contact the 436AW Base Retiree Office
Phone: 302-677-4612
Email: dover.rao@us.af.mil

Open to all Retirees of the Military and their Dependents.  Must have a valid Military ID to get DAFB access.

 

BLACK-TIE-OPTIONAL FUNDRAISER DINNER

November 7, 2014; Friday
6 PM to 10 PM
Dover Modern Maturity Center
1121 Forrest Avenue

The Delaware Veterans Trust Fund provides assistance to honorably-discharged veterans living in Delaware in verified financial emergencies. One-hundred percent of donations go directly to the veteran.

Dinner tickets are $100 per plate. Mail check or money order payable to:

Delaware Veterans Trust Fund
c/o Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs
802 Silver Lake Plaza, Suite 100, Dover, DE 19904

NOTE: November 1st is last day to order tickets. Specify “Dinner” in memo area. Tickets will be at “Will Call” desk at the event.
For information call (302) 739-2794 or www.DelawareVeteransTrustFund.com

SPEAKER; Former U.S. Army Surgeon General, Dr. Ronald R. Blanck, Lt General, USA (retired) – read the flyer

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DOVER – The Delaware Veterans Coalition will hold its bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at the FOP lodge at 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover (Map).

Guest speaker will be Rich Jones, Delaware Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Guest speaker will be Rich Jones, Delaware Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The guest speaker will be Rich Jones, Delaware Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Mr. Jones served in the US Air Force from 1986 to 2006 after serving as a C-5 Crew Chief. He currently serves as the Veterans Emphasis Program Manager for NRCS in Georgetown, Del., and is also a member of the Civil Rights Advisory Committee. His emphasis is on Program Outreach, and Hiring of Veterans. NRCS helps America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners conserve the nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.

Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can receive financial assistance from NRCS to make improvements to their land. Founded in May 2011, the Delaware Veterans Coalition is a non-profit, pro-bono lobbying organization that works with elected officials and community leaders on issues that affect all generations of Delaware’s military veterans.

Membership is open to all First State veterans regardless of conflict or era in which they served. The mission of the coalition is to ensure that the concerns of those who serve are heard. Its slogan is “Veterans are our only business.”

All Delaware veterans are invited, whether members or not. The coalition dues are $20 per year.

For more information call 302-697-8384 or click on www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com for a membership application and to sign up for a free newsletter and an automatic notification of all proposed legislation affecting Delaware veterans.

To mark Memorial Day, the coalition has posted a tribute on its website to all who have served. The meeting will also serve as a third anniversary celebration.

May 26 is the Memorial Day. It also marks the third anniversary of the Delaware Veterans Coalition.

We are including the following “The Way of the Warrior” video in tribute to all those who have given the last full measure of service and devotion in defense of our nation and its values.

PLEASE NOTE:  Any ads or pop ups that may be embedded in this video or any other are beyond our control and do not reflect the policy of the Delaware Veterans Coalition, which is a non-partisan, non-profit organization.

May God continue to bless us and those who guarantee our freedoms, and take their families under his protection.

Dave Skocik, president
Delaware Veterans Coalition

David Skocik, Delaware Veterans Coalition President, Jennifer Vallee, 436th AW Chief of Community Relations, and Paul Davis, Delaware Veterans Coalition Vice-President

David Skocik, Delaware Veterans Coalition President, Jennifer Vallee, 436th AW Chief of Community Relations, and Paul Davis, Delaware Veterans Coalition Vice-President

Guest speaker, Jennifer Vallee, Chief of Community Relations, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, spoke at a Delaware Veterans Coalition meeting on Monday, March 24th, 2014.  She highlighted some of the issues facing our current young military men and women.

She discussed issues with service members receiving licensure and academic credit for military education, training and experience.   There are also issues with spouses who have received licenses in other states.  They must go through an extensive and costly re-licensure process when moving to Delaware.

One huge issue for military members is the problem with Medicaid and how it is applied to military members from state to state.  Because states set their own eligibility requirements, military family members may be on a waiting list for several years, exceeding their time on station.  Once they relocate, they need to start the process all over again and meet different eligibility requirements.

The Department of Defense website “Partnering to Support Military Families” (http://www.usa4militaryfamilies.dod.mil) lists ten key issues facing our troops.  Use the link below to see the issues affecting active duty military members in Delaware.  http://www.usa4militaryfamilies.dod.mil/MOS/f?p=USA4:HOME:0::::P1_STATE:DE

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