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Help for South Jersey Residents
from Congressman Norcross

   
         
   

A message from Commander Chuck Gant:

I recently received the letter shown below from U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross. Congressman Norcross represents NJ First District. He is a member of the Armed Services Committee: Seapower and Projection Forces and Strategic Forces. He is also a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee: Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions and Workforce Protections.

In this letter Congressman Norcross promised to make the people of South Jersey his priority. He offers his assistance to all of us, to help us with any problems we may have or answer any questions of concerns we may have.

The Office of Congressman Norcross
can be reached by phone at
856-427-7000

He can be reached by email at:
njcdl@mail.house.gov

   
       
         
       
         
   

Pleural Mesothelioma Center

   
         
   

Mr. David Sides, the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Pleural Mesolthelioma Center, has contacted our Post and asked if a link could be provided on our website to the website of the Pleural Mesolthelioma Center.

This link is now on the left side of Post 241's Home Page.

Many Veterans have been striken with Mesothelioma, a very serious disease.

If any of our members know anyone battling Mesothelioma, or would like information about the symptoms and treatments of Mesothelioma, click the link on our home page
or click on the link below:

   
         
       
         
       
         
   

2017 Visit to the
Veterans Home in Vineland

   
         
    On December 20, 2017 members of Post 241 made their Annual Christmas visit to the Veterans Home in Vineland, NJ.    
         
       
    Post 241 Financial Officer Howard Gant, Sr. presents a check in the amount of $400 to the Veterans Home.

Shown from left to right: Post Commander Howard Gant, Jr, Reverend George Franklin, Howard Gant, Sr., Veterans Home Activities Dept.Representative Michelle Sainsott, & John Cilla, Post Adjutant. In the foreground is Veteran Home resident Pete Tisa, a veteran of the Korean War and the Merchant Marine.

   
         
       
         
       
    Shown fron left to right: Reverend George Franklin, John Chlla, Veterans Home Representative Terri Prisinzano, Veterans Home resident Pete Tisa, and Howard Gant, Sr.    
         
       
    Howard Gant, Sr with Veterans Home Resident Ed Redman. Mr. Redman is a US Navy veteran of WWII and was a former resident of Glassboro, NJ.    
         
       
         
   

2017 National Convention

   
         
       
    Post Adjudant John Chila    
         
       
    Post Commander Chuck Gant & Reverend George Franklin    
         
       
    Nj Commander Darryl Reid    
         
       
    Denise Rohan National Commander    
         
   

Commander Chuck Gant Honored

   
         
   

On Saturday, September 24, 2016,
Duane Sarmiento, Director of the
the Gloucester County Veterans Administration
awarded Post 241 Commander Chuck Gant
the Military Service Medal.

Congratulations to our Commander
for this much deserved honor
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    Commander Chuck Gant with his lovely wife Francesca Gant.    
         
   

Charles Gallagher Certified

   
         
       
    For the last 2 years, Charles Gallagher has been the Service Officer for
Shaw-Paulin Post 241. He has now been certified by the
Veterans Administration as a Service Officer.
   
         
         
   

Treasurer Howard Gant, Sr.
Receives Proclamation

   
         
    On April 26 2016, Post 241's Treasurer, Mr. Howard Gant, Sr. was honored with a Proclamation by the Borough of Glassboro for his 25 year military service, his ongoing support of veterans and his extensive historical research that added many deserving local Civil War Veterans to Glassboro’s War Monument. He was also honored for 20 years of outstanding service on the Glassboro Memorial Day Parade Committee. Congratulations to Mr. Gant for this well deserved honor.    
         
       
    L-R Hector Cabezas, John Wallace, Anna Miller, George P. Cossabone, Sr.,
Howard U. Gant, Sr., Mayor Leo J. McCabe, Edward Malandro & Joseph D'Alessandro.

   
         
       
         
       
         
   

Post 241 Welcomes
Our New Service Officer

   
         
       
    Post 241 is happy to welcome Mr. Charles Gallagher
as Post 241's new Service Officer.
   
         
         
   

Photos from the
Millville Air Show 2015

   
         
    Many thanks to Robert Gant for these great pictures
from this years Air Show in Millville, NJ
   
         
       
         
       
         
       
         
       
         
       
         
       
    Robert Gant at the Millville Air Show.
Thanks again to Bob for the great photographs.
   
         
   

Veteran ID Card Act signed into law
By Brett Reistad, chairman National Legislative Commission - August 6, 2015
Posted in Digital Dispatch

   
         
   

On July 20, President Barack Obama signed into law P.L. 114-31, the Veterans ID Card Act of 2015 that creates a new identification card (ID) for a requesting veteran who is neither entitled to military retired pay nor enrolled in the VA health-care system. VA currently only provides VA-enrolled veterans with an ID card.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., requires the VA ID card to display the veterans name and photograph, and it serves as proof that the veteran has a DD-214 or other military service record. The card will not serve as proof of entitlement to any VA benefits.
With the new ID cards, veterans will not have to carry around their DD-214s, which decreases the potential for identity theft and fraud because they will not contain the same personal information that is contained on a DD-214.
The new VA ID card will be available to all honorably discharged veterans. A veteran requesting an ID card will have to provide a name, photograph and proof of his or her military service. VA will charge a fee for the card and there’s not a set date when the cards will be available.
House looks into veteran unemployability benefit
On July 15, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing to examine the Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefit in the Veterans Benefits Administration. The TDIU benefit is intended for veterans whose disabilities don’t meet the 100 percent rating by the ratings schedule, but whose overall disability picture prevents them from finding and maintaining gainful employment.
American Legion Legislative Director Ian de Planque testified on behalf of the Legion, citing concerns about a recent Government Accountability Office report that raised the possibility of reducing or discontinuing the benefit for veterans "above the working age, aged 65 or older." Not only does the law clearly state the benefit is intended to be considered without regard to the age of the veteran, de Planque noted that many veterans who receive the benefit have been on disability for much of their working lives, preventing them from accumulating a retirement portfolio as they would at a job. "These vulnerable veterans need the benefit to see them through their retirement years more than ever," de Planque said.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage of the workforce continuing to work over the age of 65 has more than doubled over the last 30 years, with half of those elderly Americans working full time. A panelist from Disabled American Veterans pointed out that a large number of Congress members aged 65 or older "still draw a paycheck every year" and expressed concern that this benefit would be considered for removal or reduction for veterans. Committee members stated they did not believe the benefit should be removed, but felt there may be a way to rename it or a way to ensure compensation for veterans at the top of the age bracket.
The American Legion suggested better income verification processes similar to what VA has moved toward in the pension program since there’s not an automated system with the TDIU benefit, which can lead to delays in benefits for veterans in need.

See more at:
http://www.legion.org/dispatch/229447/veteran-id-card-act-signed-law

   
         
   

Commander Chuck Gant
Receives Award

   
         
       
   

At December's Gloucester County meeting,
Walter Baily, Gloucester County American Legion Commander,
gave our Commander Chuck Gant an award
for increasing the membership of the American Legion.

   
         
   
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