INFORMATION ON NEWS, ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS THAT AFFECT DISABLED VETERANS and/or ALL VETERANS WILL BE POSTED IN THE SECTIONS BELOW AS WE ARE MADE AWARE OF SUCH INFORMATION. Each event will be dated if deemed appropriate.
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS Chapter 22 AUXILIARY
Building Better Lives for America's Disabled Veterans Crow Wing County Chapter #22
Open Letter to Chapter 22 DAVA members
The National DAVA has voted to accept a proposal that DAVA chapters need only to meet four times per year. At the local level our members voted to meet the third Thursday of April, June, August and October. The meetings will be held at the Brainerd VFW. It is the hope that with this switch in policy that you would be able to attend each meeting..
The chapter strongly urges you to support the efforts of our DAV members. They work very hard to raise money to support veterans in our area. They are once again collecting used clothing and other household items, and they have some brat sales this summer as well.
If you would like to get on the list to receive emails from DAV Chapter 22 to see what they all have going on, please send your email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org and it will get passed on to the webmaster for the chapter.
DAVA Chapter 22 looks forward to seeing you at the meetings and also out supporting our DAV members at their various fundraising projects
DAVA Chapter 22
Officers for 2016-17
Commander- Tammy Hill
Sr Vice Commander- Diane Gildart
Jr Vice Commander- Shirley Hall
Secretary/Treasurer- Kathy Brastrup
Following are some of the activities and events that the members of chapter 22 participate in:
Clothing Drive: The chapter has an on-going clothing drive for any type of clothes, shoes or similar apparel. Chapter 22 uses the proceeds to assist disabled veterans, veterans programs, and families of veterans. Items can be dropped off at the Brainerd VFW Club.
Forget-Me-Not sales in late summer/fall
Christmas Party for members and immediate family of chapter 22 members.
Provide Honor Guard services (known as "The Memorial Rifles") for our fallen veteran comrades at the State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls on the 1st, Friday of each Month
Color Guard members represent the Chapter at local patrotic and veteran events.
It's official, DD-214's are NOW Online. Please pass onto other vets.
News Article from the Brainerd Daily Dispatch
MILITARY IDENTIFICATION CARDS
IF YOU ARE MEDICALLY RETIRED FROM THE MILITARY OR A 20 YEAR MILITARY RETIREE OR A 100% SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED VETERAN YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK THE EXPIRATION DATE ON THE BACK OF YOUR MILITARY IDENTIFICATION CARD. IT MAY HAVE EXPIRED! THE FRONT OF THE CARD MAY SAY INDEFINITE BUT IF YOU HAVE TURNED 65 YRS OLD SINCE THE LAST TIME IT WAS ISSUED IT NEEDS TO BE RENEWED.
CHECK THE DATE OF EXPIRATION ON YOUR SPOUSES ID CARD, THEY HAVE TO BE RENEWED EVERY 4 YRS.
TO HAVE YOUR ID CARDS RENEWED CONTACT:
Camp Ripley webpage: CLICK
OR CALL: Camp Ripley
Deb St. Sauver
The Veterans' Administration offers a Special Pension with Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefit that is largely unknown. This Special Pension (part of the VA Improved Pension program) allows for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assisted living facility also qualifies.
This most important benefit is overlooked by many families with Veterans or surviving spouses who need additional monies to help care for ailing parents or loved ones. This is a "pension benefit" and is not dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Most Veterans who are in need of assistance qualify for this pension. Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, nursing home or assisted living facility. A Veteran is eligible for up to $1,788 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,149 per month. A couple is eligible for up to $2,120 per month* and a Veteran with a Sick Spouse is eligible for up to $1,406*.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit is considered to be the third tier of a VA program called Improved Pension. The other two tiers are Basic and Housebound. Each tier has its own level of benefits and qualifications. While the objective of this site is to disseminate information about the Aid and Attendance Benefit, we urge you to read an important document prepared by the American Veterans Institute that clearly explains the Improved Pension program, its levels of benefits and the qualifications for each. If you or your loved one does not qualify for Aid and Attendance, you may want to check to see if you qualify for another level of the Pension.
*Excerpt taken from VeteranAid.org
To learn more about this go to the LINKS section under IMPORTANT INFORMATION and click on VeteranAid.org