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 PNC Frank Kisk

Good afternoon to all.  With sadness, I am announcing that PNC Frank Kish has reported to the Supreme Commandant and did so this past Saturday evening.

Thomas W. Hazlett, Sr.
Marine Corps League, Inc.
National Executive Director

Service will be held at:
Brust Funeral Home
135 S. Main Street
Lombard, IL
Thursday 27 April 2017 from 1500 - 2000

                           
             

Pennsylvania DMVA Announcement

 

Subject: Veterans Benefits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 20, 2017

 

Getting Help to Apply for Veterans Benefits Should Never Come With a Fee, says DMVA

 

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Veterans, active military and their dependents should never pay for help to apply for veteran's benefits, according to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

 

"Through the years we have seen businesses and individuals who offer 'free' help applying for veterans benefits, but in the end they issue a bill under the guise of financial planning or some other service rendered," said Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general. "Understanding and learning about benefits can be challenging at times, and the last thing our veterans and their families need to worry about is an unexpected charge for something that should be provided for free."

 

General Carrelli said there is plenty of free assistance from accredited veteran service officers through credible organizations such as the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, county veterans affairs offices, American Legion, VFW, Disabled American Veterans, and many more.

 

Accredited veteran service officers provide veterans and their dependents free assistance to identify, determine eligibility for and apply for a wide range of benefits on the local, state and federal levels, including:

 

 

  *   payment of burial allowances,

  *   ensuring grave markers and headstones are properly requested and placed,

  *   the Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program,

  *   veterans emergency assistance,

  *   blind and paralyzed veterans pensions,

  *   the Education Gratuity Program,

  *   service connected disability and non-service connected disability pensions,

  *   federal health care benefits, and

  *   survivor benefits.

 

To locate your County Director of Veterans Affairs or for more information on other veterans

service organizations and to find out more about veterans benefits, visit the DMVA online at www.dmva.pa.gov<http://www.dmva.pa.gov> and click on Veterans Affairs,

or follow DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva<http://www.facebook.com/padmva>

or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/padmva<http://www.twitter.com/padmva>.

 
 
     
   

VA’s Rule Establishes a Presumption of Service Connection for Diseases Associated with Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune


VA to provide disability benefits for related diseases


WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C.


The presumption of service connection applies to active duty, reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune for a minimum of 30 days (cumulative) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of the following conditions:


•           adult leukemia
•           aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
•           bladder cancer
•           kidney cancer
•           liver cancer
•           multiple myeloma
•           non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
•           Parkinson’s disease


 “We have a responsibility to take care of those who have served our Nation and have been exposed to harm as a result of that service,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. “Establishing a presumption for service at Camp Lejeune will make it easier for those Veterans to receive the care and benefits they earned.”


Environmental health experts in VA’s Technical Workgroup conducted comprehensive reviews of scientific evidence, which included analysis and research done by the Department of Health and Human Service’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the Environmental Protection Agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the National Toxicology Program, and the National Academies of Science. 


Veterans with 30 or more cumulative days of active duty service, at Camp Lejeune during the contamination period are already eligible for certain medical benefits, following passage of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012.


In the early 1980s, volatile organic compounds, trichloroethylene (TCE), a metal degreaser, and perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning agent, as well as benzene and vinyl chloride, were discovered in two on-base water supply systems at Camp Lejeune. The contaminated wells supplying the water systems were shut down in February 1985.


The area included in this presumption is all of Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, including satellite camps and housing areas.


The rule will be effective either 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, or following conclusion of the 60-day Congressional Review, whichever is later.

 
     


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National Mid-Winter
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and Conference

3 - 4 March 2017

Fredericksburg
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Deadline: TBA

2016 Spring Department
Staff Meeting

17 - 18 March 2017

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Deadline: 1 March 2017

2017 Northeast Division Conference

24-25 March 2017

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Deadline: 23 February 2017

2017 Department of Pennsylvania Convention

21-25 June 2017

Wyndham Gardens York


2000 Loucks Rd, York, PA 17408

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Room Rates: $92.00 plus applicable State and Local Taxes

P:717-846-9500
Deadline: 22 May 2017