November 15, 2018
Heraclitus said the only constant is change. The Army, like the Navy, continues to prove its constant is a uniform change. Therefore, on Veterans Day, the Army officially announced a replacement (“pinks and greens”) to its current service uniform (Class A’s) inspired by its World War II uniform — “pinks and greens.” Army Blues will return to being a dress uniform. [Editor’s Note: The blouse is a dark shade of green and not the brownish color the photograph below might suggest to you.]
For more information, see the source article: “It’s official: Army approves ‘pinks and greens’ uniform on Veterans Day” , Army Times, 11 November 2018
As of 15 November 2018
November 7, 2018
Forget Yocco’s. Here is a big list of free meals and other freebies for Veterans Day 2018. Participating restaurants include Applebees, Olive Garden, Golden Corral and more. Bon appetit.
Source: 90 Restaurants Offering Free Meals This Veterans Day
As of 7 November 2018
November 7, 2018
Depleted uranium (DU) has 60 percent of the radioactivity of natural uranium. It is a byproduct of creating the enriched product for nuclear reactors and weapons. Because of its density, easy availability, and relatively low cost, the U.S. military found it to be useful in manufacturing tank armor and some bullets to penetrate enemy armored vehicles. The large-scale use of DU for this purpose began during the Gulf War and has continued. Read the rest of this entry »
October 19, 2018
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) announced today the opening of its fiscal year 2018-19 Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF) grant cycle.
A combined total of $800,000 in grant funding is available for the 2018-19 grant cycle: 1) $650,000 for grants of up to $50,000 to veterans’ service organizations (VSOs) with 501(c)(19) status and nonprofit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans granted 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Code. Read the rest of this entry »
October 11, 2018
From the Bethlehem Press (and ironically not the Morning Call):
“There will be a free public rededication of the plaque presented to Lehigh County in 1962 at noon Oct. 19 at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Lehigh County Plaza, Seventh and Hamilton streets. The event is sponsored by the county of Lehigh.”
For more details: LEHIGH CO. Rededication set for Oct. 19 | Bethlehem Press
For information on other monuments in the Lehigh Valley: click here. If we have missed one, let us know.
As of 11 October 2018
October 9, 2018
As an update, the Senate continues to stall since we have last written on the bill. From the VFW, which emphasizes the importance of acting now in whatever way you can:
“During the Vietnam War, veterans who served in the offshore waters of Vietnam drank, bathed in, and cooked with water contaminated by Agent Orange. They are now arbitrarily and unjustly denied benefits for illnesses associated Read the rest of this entry »
October 8, 2018
Our AARP Pennsylvania delegate to the Council, Steve Narracci, has brought this subject up at a council meeting recently. AARP, together with the U.S. Postal Service, has launched “Operation Protect Veterans” to help raise awareness of common scams targeting veterans. We have written about veterans as prey for scammers many times before (enter “scam” into the search engine). For some of the scams for which to watch out and for more information: click here.
As of 8 October 2018