LVMAC Tidbit: A Tribute to the Vietnam War Veteran

April 17, 2019

One of the best tributes to the real Vietnam War veteran, to include those of other nations who fought beside them, we have seen. It is about who they really were, what they did, and how they have and continue to sacrifice for our benefit:

And think of it, ten percent of their generation served in comparison to one percent or less now. Speaks to the scale of the “conflict” in comparison to those which followed. Incidentally, estimates for those who served in World War II range between 9 and 11 percent of all Americans (more than one generation).

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As of 17 April 2019


LVMAC Tidbit: The Army Goes Green Again

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

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As of 15 November 2018


LVMAC Tidbit: Department of Defense Toys with “Forever” GI Bill Dependent Benefits

July 21, 2018

Pentagon Announces Changes to Post-9/11 GI Bill

Washington D.C., 12 July 2018:  The Department of Defense issued a substantive change today to department policy on the transfer by service members in the Uniformed Services of“Post-9/11 GI Bill” educational benefits to eligible … Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: Desert Storm Memorial “Sited”

June 29, 2018

The decision ends a three-year debate over the best location to honor troops who served in that conflict.

Source: Desert Storm memorial to be built on National Mall near Vietnam Wall


LVMAC Tidbit — Borinqueneer Gold Medal Ceremony

May 27, 2016

PABMC65th logoWe normally do not take note of or report on ceremonies outside the Lehigh Valley.  There are others who are more qualified to do so.  However, as one of our member organizations, the Borinqueneers 65th Motorcycle Club, Pennsylvania Chapter, was actively involved in securing the Congressional Gold Medal for the 65th Infantry Regiment — a labor requiring both persistence and devotion to doing the right thing — we thought you might like to know of an upcoming Philadelphia event. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: NCC Offers “Off to War and Coming Home” Series of Lectures

March 4, 2014

NCC Lecture, War In Iraq and the Battle in Hollywood, 11Mar2014During the this year, Northampton Community College will be exploring the  topic “Off to War and Coming Home: Historical perspectives on Military Veterans During and After Their Service, 1946-Present” through a series of discussions, and presentations made possible by a grant form the National Endowment for the Humanities matched by generous donors. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit: OEF/OIF Vets Wanted for Walter Reed Comparative PTSD Study

February 17, 2014

National Intrepid Center of Excellence

Researchers at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence on the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, are currently recruiting for a study in which they provide free evidence-based therapy to OEF/OIF military veterans, service members, guardsmen, and reservists experiencing combat-related PTSD. Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbit — TRICARE Says Walking Is Not Good for Your Health (Service)

January 14, 2014

Walk-in Service to TRICARE Service Centers within the United States is ending 1 April, this year.  TRICARE service centers overseas are not affected. Joint Base Dix-Maguire-Lakehurst’s service center is among the 189 facilities affected.  Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer — The Lejeune Matter, Some Good News Finally?

July 31, 2012

U.S. Senate Finally Steps In

LVMAC Poster Art 2005

For months there has been a hold-up in the passage of an omnibus veterans benefits bill in Congress, H.R. 1627, but this time to the good. The bill had started life providing only “…for certain requirements for the placement of monuments in Arlington National Cemetery …”, evolved into The Honoring Americans Act of 2011 from the House and finally emerged, mutated, from the Senate as the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012.  What idiot said bill ‘riders’ are bad? Read the rest of this entry »


LVMAC Tidbits — Review of Medical Separations

August 15, 2011

DoD Physical Disability Board of Review is Reviewing Medical Retirement Ratings

Share this with the younger veterans you encounter. It may be old news, but it is worth repeating.

Roughly 70,000 vet­er­ans rated at less than 30% disability and given a  med­ical sep­a­ra­tion between Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 and Decem­ber 31, 2009 now have the chance to get their sep­a­ra­tions reviewed and pos­si­bly upgraded to a “med­ical retire­ment” status.  This could mean thou­sands in added ben­e­fits for dis­abled vet­er­ans who were orig­i­nally denied a mil­i­tary retire­ment.  The review is being con­ducted by the Phys­i­cal Dis­abil­ity Board of Review.  It will exam­ine each applicant’s med­ical sep­a­ra­tion records and make a rec­om­men­da­tion to the respec­tive  Ser­vice Sec­re­tary based on its find­ings. Read the rest of this entry »


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