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First State Military Academy president to address Veterans Coalition

DOVER – The Delaware Veterans Coalition will welcome C. Scott Kidner, founding member and Board President of the First State Military Academy in Clayton, as guest speaker at it bi-monthly meeting on Monday, February 9, at 7 p.m at the FOP Lodge at 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover (Map). This meeting was rescheduled due to weather.

The First State Military Academy, a free public high school affiliated with the U.S. Marine Corps, is enrolling students for the Fall 2015

Mr. Kidner served on active duty in the US Army, and the Delaware Army National Guard for a total of 14 years. He was awarded numerous commendations, including the Bronze Star for service during Desert Storm in 1991

Modeled after the highly successful Delaware Military Academy, the school will be the first combination of JROTC and New Tech in the country. Learners will be engaged through Project Based Learning and collaborate on projects that require critical thinking, creativity and communication to solve real world problems. Visit www.fsmilitaryacademy.org for more information.

The Delaware Veterans Coalition, founded in May 2011 by Paul Davis and Dave Skocik, is a statewide, non-profit, pro-bono lobbying organization that collaborates 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 Coalition’s mission is to ensure that the concerns of those who serve are heard. Its slogan is “Veterans are our only business.” Non-members are welcome to attend meetings.

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.

The following are the current bills entered as of 01/29/2015 concerning Delaware Veterans and their families. Click on the bill number to take you directly to the bill at the Delaware Legislative Hall website.

Note: HB 21 has passed the House and Senate and is now awaiting the Governors Signature.

HB 21 (Matthews)

January 29, 2015

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES FOR HOLDERS OF GOLD STAR LAPEL BUTTONS.

This bill removes the $10 administrative fee for applicants requesting the Gold Star family special license plate in recognition of a close relative~s death while serving in the military.

Additional Sponsors: Rep. Carson, and Rep. Jaques, and Sen. Ennis
Co-Sponsors: Reps.: Baumbach: Briggs King: Keeley: Kenton: Kowalko: Lynn: Osienski: Paradee: Potter: B. Short: Spiegelman: Wilson: ;: Sens.: Cloutier: Hall-Long: McBride

Jan 29, 2015 – Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Jan 28, 2015 – Reported Out of Committee (VETERANS AFFAIRS) in Senate with 5 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits
Jan 20, 2015 – Assigned to Veterans Affairs Committee in Senate
Jan 20, 2015 – Passed by House of Representatives.
Votes: Passed 40 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Jan 15, 2015 – Reported Out of Committee (VETERANS AFFAIRS) in House with 22 Favorable
Jan 14, 2015 – Introduced and Assigned to Veterans Affairs Committee in House

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The following are the current bills entered as of 01/23/2015 concerning Delaware Veterans and their families. Click on the bill number to take you directly to the bill at the Delaware Legislative Hall website.

HB 21 (Matthews)

January 15, 2015

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 21 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES FOR HOLDERS OF GOLD STAR LAPEL BUTTONS.

This bill removes the $10 administrative fee for applicants requesting the Gold Star family special license plate in recognition of a close relative~s death while serving in the military.

Additional Sponsors:  Rep. Carson, and Rep. Jaques, and Sen. Ennis
Co-Sponsors:            Reps.: Baumbach: Briggs King: Keeley: Kenton: Kowalko: Lynn: Osienski: Paradee: Potter: B. Short: Spiegelman: Wilson: ;: Sens.: Cloutier: Hall-Long: McBride

Jan 20, 2015 – Assigned to Veterans Affairs Committee in Senate
Jan 20, 2015 – Passed by House of Representatives.
Votes: Passed 40 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Jan 15, 2015 – Reported Out of Committee (VETERANS AFFAIRS) in House with 22 Favorable
Jan 14, 2015 – Introduced and Assigned to Veterans Affairs Committee in House

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According to an article posted on Military.com News, Tricare users will need to identify themselves and their families on their 2014 tax forms as having healthcare coverage, Defense Department officials said, or risk paying a fine.

The Affordable Care Act requires Americans to hold what is known as “minimum essential coverage,” for their healthcare, either through their employer or purchased elsewhere. Those who did not have that coverage for 2014 could be charged a series of fees.

Read the entire article.

First State Military Academy President to Speak at Veterans Coalition Meeting

DOVER – The Delaware Veterans Coalition will welcome C. Scott Kidner, founding member and Board President of the First State Military Academy in Clayton, as guest speaker at it bi-monthly meeting on Monday, January 26, at 7 p.m at the FOP Lodge at 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover (Map).

The Delaware Veterans Coalition will welcome C. Scott Kidner, founding member and Board President of the First State Military Academy in Clayton, as guest speaker at it bi-monthly meeting on Monday, January 26, at 7 p.m

The First State Military Academy, a free public high school affiliated with the U.S. Marine Corps, is enrolling students for the Fall 2015

Mr. Kidner served on active duty in the US Army, and the Delaware Army National Guard for a total of 14 years. He was awarded numerous commendations, including the Bronze Star for service during Desert Storm in 1991

Modeled after the highly successful Delaware Military Academy, the school will be the first combination of JROTC and New Tech in the country. Learners will be engaged through Project Based Learning and collaborate on projects that require critical thinking, creativity and communication to solve real world problems. Click on www.fsmilitaryacademy.org for more information.

Founded in May 2011 by Paul Davis and Dave Skocik, the Delaware Veterans Coalition is a statewide, non-profit, pro-bono lobbying organization that collaborates 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 Coalition’s mission is to ensure that the concerns of those who serve are heard. Its slogan is “Veterans are our only business.” Non-members are welcome to attend meetings.

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.

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.

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