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June 23, 2008

City Hall – Committee Room “B” (1st Floor)

117 West Duval Street

Jacksonville, FL

Opening Ceremonies: Chairman, Hallie Williams-Bey opened the meeting and invocation was given by Chaplain, Lizette Kirby. The Council joined in the Pledge of Allegiance led by 2nd Vice Chairman, Bernard Reed.

Motioned by Bernard Reed, 2nd Barbara White that the minutes be approved with corrections if any. Motion carried.

Financial report by our Treasurer, Barbara White:

Regular: $1540.32

Emergency: $1019.82

Motioned by Bernard Reed, 2nd Lizette Kirby, that the financial report be accepted – pending audit. Motion carried.

Guests Introduced: Mr. Joseph Burden

1st African Chamber of Commerce

Honorable Clay Yarborough

City Councilman, District #1

Graciously received as the Council’s liaison for JAX City Council !!

It was expressed through the Council that Kathy Cayton, our former Secretary was absent due to her mother has experienced a heart attack. Chairman Williams-Bey asked us to keep she and her family in our prayers.

VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) State Convention was held last week, announced by 2nd Vice Chairman Bernard Reed.

State Representative Audry Gibson is hosting a Community Picnic. Fliers available with details for members’ convenience. Community Career Fair Work Source information is also available with details for those interested at tonight’s meeting.

Chairman announced that a Foreclosure Workshop to help home owner Veterans with problems is now available and they are welcomed to come to the VA Center for assistance.

Governor Charlie Crist has signed a few significant bills; i.e. House Bill #861 (FLA Vets Fund) and House Bill #1027 (Military Tags).

Plans are underway for the Purple Heart Ceremony on August 7th at 7pm. The Council will support the MOPH (Military Order of Purple Heart) and ready for any assistance needed. Chairman is Dave Seamans.

The National Disabled American Veterans hosted their annual convention this year in Las Vegas; reported by CMDR John Markiewicz. A big hit is always the tremendous and generous support by the Harley Davidson Corporation.

Flag Day Ceremony was be held 6pm on June 14th. Every Friday prior to Flag Day, it is recommended that all wear red shirts and carry flags in a united show of American spirit for our country’s symbol.

New VA Cemetery will cover South Georgia and North Florida. 1st interment will be in December. Will start to relocate others in about 2 years. Meeting scheduled for Wednesday in the Hadlow Bldg of Hospice (Sunbeam Rd) at 7pm. The Council will be responsible for “ceremonial shovels”.

At this time, we are not aware of any programs/ceremonies, etc. for the 4th of July holiday.

Our Treasurer, Barbara White, asked any organization interested in setting down flags the day before Memorial Day and remove the flags the day after to please contact her for next year.

Representative Clay Yarborough gave details about the VA Nursing Home Groundbreaking Ceremony. Fliers were distributed with information, time of activities and a map.

Our guest, Mr. Joseph Burden, made a special presentation on behalf of the 1st African Chamber of Commerce: This organization promotes businesses, service and programs within the community. Also provides an all-around service supported by the city Human Resources Division; Work Force Programs and a minority outreach & mentorship program is planned with their partner insurance corporations, including State Farm, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, and Met Life to coordinate financial plan strategies. Info line is 652-1500.

Dave Seamans, SGT at Arms, suggested a Land, Air & Sea Museum for the Veterans Community and Representative Clay Yarborough said he would look into the possibilities.

Chairman Williams-Bey thanked everyone for their presence and looks forward to their attendance at the next meeting scheduled for July 28th at 7:00 pm. Attendance: 15.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT:

None…

“Welcome aboard Delegates, Alternates and Organization Members”

With no further business, closing ceremonies commenced with prayer by our Chaplain, Lizzette Kirby and salute to the Flag led by SGT at Arms, Dave Seamans.


Northeast Florida Veterans Council

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

June 24

Community Career Fair

June 28

VA State Nursing Home Groundbreaking Ceremony, St. Johns County

June 30

Minority Business Outreach Program

July 4

Fleet Reserve Post #91 (Collins Road); 12:00 Noon

July 12

Community Day Picnic sponsored by Representative Audrey Gibson

August 7

Purple Heart Trail Ceremony

Available HANDOUTS:

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop: contact www.familyfoundations.org or phone 904-396-4846

State Representative Audrey Gibson 6th Annual District #15 Community Day Picnic

VA State Nursing Home Groundbreaking Ceremony in St. Johns County

Minority Business Outreach Program sponsored by 1st African American Chamber of Commerce

Community Career Fair WorkSource – Villages of Baymeadows

Submitted by:

Denise Mathis, Executive Secretary Hallie Williams-Bey, NEFVC Chairman

Minutes of the

Northeast Florida Veterans Council

 

June 23, 2008

City Hall – Committee Room “B” (1st Floor)

117 West Duval Street

Jacksonville, FL

Opening Ceremonies: Chairman, Hallie Williams-Bey opened the meeting and invocation was given by Chaplain, Lizette Kirby. The Council joined in the Pledge of Allegiance led by 2nd Vice Chairman, Bernard Reed.

Motioned by Bernard Reed, 2nd Barbara White that the minutes be approved with corrections if any. Motion carried.

Financial report by our Treasurer, Barbara White:

Regular: $1540.32

Emergency: $1019.82

Motioned by Bernard Reed, 2nd Lizette Kirby, that the financial report be accepted – pending audit. Motion carried.

Guests Introduced: Mr. Joseph Burden

1st African Chamber of Commerce

Honorable Clay Yarborough

City Councilman, District #1

Graciously received as the Council’s liaison for JAX City Council !!

It was expressed through the Council that Kathy Cayton, our former Secretary was absent due to her mother has experienced a heart attack. Chairman Williams-Bey asked us to keep she and her family in our prayers.

VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) State Convention was held last week, announced by 2nd Vice Chairman Bernard Reed.

State Representative Audry Gibson is hosting a Community Picnic. Fliers available with details for members’ convenience. Community Career Fair Work Source information is also available with details for those interested at tonight’s meeting.

Chairman announced that a Foreclosure Workshop to help home owner Veterans with problems is now available and they are welcomed to come to the VA Center for assistance.

Governor Charlie Crist has signed a few significant bills; i.e. House Bill #861 (FLA Vets Fund) and House Bill #1027 (Military Tags).

Plans are underway for the Purple Heart Ceremony on August 7th at 7pm. The Council will support the MOPH (Military Order of Purple Heart) and ready for any assistance needed. Chairman is Dave Seamans.

The National Disabled American Veterans hosted their annual convention this year in Las Vegas; reported by CMDR John Markiewicz. A big hit is always the tremendous and generous support by the Harley Davidson Corporation.

Flag Day Ceremony was be held 6pm on June 14th. Every Friday prior to Flag Day, it is recommended that all wear red shirts and carry flags in a united show of American spirit for our country’s symbol.

New VA Cemetery will cover South Georgia and North Florida. 1st interment will be in December. Will start to relocate others in about 2 years. Meeting scheduled for Wednesday in the Hadlow Bldg of Hospice (Sunbeam Rd) at 7pm. The Council will be responsible for “ceremonial shovels”.

At this time, we are not aware of any programs/ceremonies, etc. for the 4th of July holiday.

Our Treasurer, Barbara White, asked any organization interested in setting down flags the day before Memorial Day and remove the flags the day after to please contact her for next year.

Representative Clay Yarborough gave details about the VA Nursing Home Groundbreaking Ceremony. Fliers were distributed with information, time of activities and a map.

Our guest, Mr. Joseph Burden, made a special presentation on behalf of the 1st African Chamber of Commerce: This organization promotes businesses, service and programs within the community. Also provides an all-around service supported by the city Human Resources Division; Work Force Programs and a minority outreach & mentorship program is planned with their partner insurance corporations, including State Farm, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, and Met Life to coordinate financial plan strategies. Info line is 652-1500.

Dave Seamans, SGT at Arms, suggested a Land, Air & Sea Museum for the Veterans Community and Representative Clay Yarborough said he would look into the possibilities.

Chairman Williams-Bey thanked everyone for their presence and looks forward to their attendance at the next meeting scheduled for July 28th at 7:00 pm. Attendance: 15.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT:

None…

“Welcome aboard Delegates, Alternates and Organization Members”

With no further business, closing ceremonies commenced with prayer by our Chaplain, Lizzette Kirby and salute to the Flag led by SGT at Arms, Dave Seamans.


Northeast Florida Veterans Council

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

June 24

Community Career Fair

June 28

VA State Nursing Home Groundbreaking Ceremony, St. Johns County

June 30

Minority Business Outreach Program

July 4

Fleet Reserve Post #91 (Collins Road); 12:00 Noon

July 12

Community Day Picnic sponsored by Representative Audrey Gibson

August 7

Purple Heart Trail Ceremony

Available HANDOUTS:

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop: contact www.familyfoundations.org or phone 904-396-4846

State Representative Audrey Gibson 6th Annual District #15 Community Day Picnic

VA State Nursing Home Groundbreaking Ceremony in St. Johns County

Minority Business Outreach Program sponsored by 1st African American Chamber of Commerce

Community Career Fair WorkSource – Villages of Baymeadows

Submitted by:

Denise Mathis, Executive Secretary Hallie Williams-Bey, NEFVC Chairman

Minutes of the

Northeast Florida Veterans Council

March 24, 2008 — 7PM

City Hall — Committee Room “B” (1st Floor)
117 West Duval Street
Jacksonville, FL

Opening Ceremonies: Chairman, Hallie Williams-Bey opened the meeting and invocation was given by Chaplain, Lizette Kirby. The Council joined in the Pledge of Allegiance led by 2 Vice Chairman, Bernard Reed.

Motioned by Kathy Caton, 2’ Elbert Sawley, that the minutes be approved with corrections if any. Motion carried.

Financial Account reported by our Treasurer, Barbara White:
Regular: $1183.57
Emergency: $1019.82
Finance report accepted.

Chairman
Williams asked the Secretary to establish a paper trail for communications and maintain copies of correspondences, to be a part of our permanent record with minutes and various handouts distributed at monthly meetings.

OLD BUSINESS

Former Vice Chair. Bob Spruill’s body has been requested by his brother to be sent to Bushnell to be deposited. This is being entrusted to Victor Glover Solomon Funeral Directors who currently has possession of the Remains. The City of Jacksonville is out of the coordination for this process.
Flags for the Veterans Arena is still in the works. Hopefully to finalized by Veterans Day of this year.

NEW BUSINESS

Council Members are asking to place schedules/activities information on paper either through a mailout list, eMail distribution or Newsletter.
This will be complied with between the Vice Chairmen and Secretary to the best of their ability. American Legion Riders is sponsoring their 5th Annual Ride in memory of Bob Spruill on May 10, 2008. Motioned by Kathy Caton; 2 Elbert Sawley to donate $200 towards this effort from the Northeast Florida Veterans Council. Motion carried.

Planning to have the new National Cemetery Director and a representative from Community Hospice at our next meeting. Chairman is asking all to please make every effort to join us.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
April 10

Wounded Warrior Project - Navy Wives Sponsor Tour — Skinners Parkway__
April 12

Spread the Wealth — Fleet Reserve #126 (Blanding) Flag Retirement — Mike Shad Ford; 4:30pm
April 24

Carrier Preview Movie, Channel 7-WJCT; 6:00 PM
May 10

American Legion Riders 5 Annual Ride in Memory of Bob Spruill
May 15

Military Appreciation Day Luncheon (Clay County Program); 11:30 AM
May 17

Florida Fallen Heroes — Black Women Riders
May .1.-4

World of Nations
June 14

Flag Day (still awaiting suggestions for this program from the Council)
July 4

Fleet Reserve Post #137 (Collins Road); 12:00 Noon
August 7

Purple Heart Trail Celebration

Anyone wishing to participate in the Memorial Day Service please notify our 2 Vice Chairman, Bernard Reed. In the future the awesome presentation of the “Massing of Colors” will be a new standard at all Veteran programs. (an idea birthed by our late Vice Chairman, Bob Spruill)

Chairman Williams-Bey thanked everyone for their presence and looks forward to their attendance at the next meeting scheduled for April 28th at 7:00 pm. ATTENDANCE: 17.

Closing Ceremonies performed with prayer led by Lizette Kirby, our Chaplain; and saluting of the flag led by 1 Vice Chairman Dick Aquino.
Available HANDOUTS:
None...
MEMBERSHIP REPORT:
American Legion Post #197 (years 2008 and 2009)
The Retired Enlisted Association TREA”
Pacific War Veterans of America “PWVA”
"Welcome aboard Delegates, Alternates and Orginazation Members”

Submitted by: Denise Mathis, Executive Secretary

Hallie Williams-Bey, NEFVC Chairman




Minutes of the

Northeast Florida Veterans Council

February 25, 2008 – 7PM

City Council Committee Room “B” (1st Floor)

117 West Duval Street

Jacksonville, FL

Opening Ceremonies: Chairman, Hallie Williams-Bey opened the meeting and invocation was given by Chaplain, Lizette Kirby. The Council joined in the Pledge of Allegiance led by 1st Vice Chairman, Dick Aquino.

Motioned by Elbert Saules, 2nd David Pippin, that the minutes be approved with corrections if any. Motion carried.

Financial Account Reports:

Regular: $1114.35

Emergency: $1019.82

Finance report accepted.

Our Chairman envisions to have some serious bylaws to use as guidelines for financial support and establish consistent procedures. Dues will be enforced.

OLD BUSINESS

Flags for the Veterans Arena. Next meeting the Chair will have more information to discuss this in detail.

NEW BUSINESS

Approaching the deadline for the City to turn over the NCA land to give to the VA. This is 525 acres located at 4083 Lannie Road; Jacksonville, FL 32218-1247. (north JAX near the Intl Airport and Pecan Park Road) The representative is Ms. Arlene Vincente – Director for the Jacksonville Cemetery. First burials are planned for December, 2008 and a meeting is being held tomorrow to find out details. Chairman Williams displayed charts and pictures of the cemetery area and land. The Council is strongly supporting the efforts to secure participation for this. We are hoping to have our Past 1st Vice Chairman, Bob Spruill, as one of the first honored bodies to be placed there.

The state of Florida is establishing a Florida Veterans Coalition (in Tallahassee) basically similar to our NEFVC structure and using our bylaws as an initial guide and we’re honored that they are using our constitution as a guide. Meeting monthly with dues of $125 per year.

Florida Dept. of Veterans Affairs looking to have a direct service organization to have an avenue for donations to off-set some of the financial funding. Rosalyn Phillips is our Division Chief for the Northeast Florida Veterans Council.

Kathy Caton was just released from the hospital today. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. Chaplain Lizzette Kirby will send her a card on behalf the Council and Veterans.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Navy Tri-Base Job Fair, March 12; 9 to 2pm – Morocco Shrine Center (St. Johns Bluff Road) sponsored by the Navy Fleet and Family Support Centers of NAS Jacksonville, NSB Kings Bay and NS Mayport.

  • The Veterans Stand Down will be May 2-3, 2008. Vice Chairman Reed will have further info about this at our next Council Meeting.

  • Anyone wishing to participate in the Memorial Day Service please notify our 2nd Vice Chairman, Bernard Reed. In the future the awesome presentation of the “Massing of Colors” will be a new standard at all Veteran programs. (an idea birthed by our late Vice Chairman, Bob Spruill)

  • Chairman reminded all present to suggest something special on June 14th for Flag Day at our next Council meeting.

  • Southeast Region of Fleet Reserves #147 (Navy branch) will have a get together in June in Central Florida – check for some good hotel rates being offered.

  • Vice Chairman Reed distributed the attached timeline for employment avenues in the future for our reference.

Chairman Williams-Bey thanked everyone for their presence and enjoyed the atmosphere tonight. Attendance: 15. Next meeting is scheduled for March 24th.

Closing Ceremonies performed with prayer led by Lizette Kirby, our Chaplain; and saluting of the flag led by 1st Vice Chairman Dick Aquino.

Submitted by:

Denise Mathis, Executive Secretary Hallie Williams-Bey, NEFVC Chairman



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APPLICATION FOR THE FILIPINO-AMERICAN VETERANS SOCIETY  2009 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMELIGIBILITY: The applicant/recipient must be of Filipino-American descent and a dependent child of an Active duty, Reserve or Retired Military member and must attend a four (4) year accredited college full-time. High School graduates applying for college or university for the first time must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale to qualify. SELECTION: The Filipino American Veterans Society Scholarship Program Selection Board shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, or religious preference. Award is based on academic achievement, character, demonstrated leadership or leadership potential, and extracurricular activities. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Applicants are responsible for ensuring that ALL application material including high school transcripts are received by the Filipino American Veterans Society prior to the deadline date. Applicants should take care to ensure applications are complete, legible, and signed. AWARD: One student will be awarded a certificate and $500.00 check from FAVS at a presentation ceremony to be held July 4th, 2009 at the annual FAVS picnic. AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT:  The scholarship winner will be announced on Thursday, July 2, 2009. OPENING DATE: June 1, 2009       CLOSING DATE: June 30, 2009 Website: www.filamvetsociety.com STUDENT INFORMATION SHEET___________________________      ______________________     __________
Last Name                                                       First Name                                         Middle Initial
_______________________________________________________________________________        Address                                                                        City                       State                 Zip Code
 ________M / F__________________________________________________________________Age        Gender               Birth Date             Place of Birth (City / State / Country)
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FAVS  Member Full Name                                                        Relationship                  
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Phone                                                     Email                                                                                                     
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High School Currently Attending                                                          Grade Level
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School Address                                                              City                      State                Zip Code
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School Phone Number
SCHOOL VERIFICATION REQUIRMENTa. G.P.A.  _______          b. SAT Score _______          c. ACT Score _______         d. Community Service Hours _______Please have your school’s guidance staff confirm your Grade Point Average and Community Service Hours and sign below.____________________________           _______________________________         ________                Name                                                              Signature                                                      TitleAPPLICATION CHECKLISTThe completed application package must be received by the Filipino American Veterans Society on or before Tuesday, June 30, 2009.  Please pay special attention to the items listed below and ensure they are included:  IMPORTANT INFORMATION1.         Completed Scholarship Application2.         Student Information Sheet (Ensure phone number and email address is current)3.         Scholarship Activity Information Forms4.         One copy of Essay (Your full name on upper right hand corner of each page)5.         Two Letters of Recommendation 6.         Sealed High School Transcripts6.         Signed Signature Form              PLEASE NOTE: It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit a complete and accurate application. The application must be completed and submitted in one complete package.      Scholarship Activity Information(Attach separate sheet if needed) 1.      List school and community activities other than curricula:                                                                              
 Activity Office Held FR SO JR SRIntra-

Mural

Inter-

School

DuringSchoolAfter

School

          
          
          
          
          
 2.      List Volunteer work (If any): 
Organization/ Address/ PhoneSupervisory / Positions / TasksFrom

Mo/Yr

To

Mo/Yr

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Per Week

School

Year

Summer
       
       
       
       
 3.      List Honors Awards (If any): 
Scholastic Awards (Science, Math, National Merit, etc)Non-Scholastic Awards (Music, Athletic, Drama, etc.)
  
  
  
                                                                                                                                                                                                4.      List any Honor Societies you belong to such as National Honor Society, Cum Laude Society, etc. (If any): 
 
 
 
5.       College Career Plans  /   IMPORTANT NOTE:  PLEASE ATTACH COPY OF ACCEPTANCE LETTER IF AVAILABLE 
Which college(s) do you plan to attend? 
 
 
 
  6.      Which field(s) do you plan to major? 
 
 
 
  7.      Which career field do you plan to enter and why? 
 
  8.      Respond to the following topic in an essay.  The essay should have a maximum of    500 words, and must be typed and double spaced, two pages maximum. 

“How has your cultural heritage as an Asian American influence your life and what long term goals do you plan to contribute to society?”

  9.      Letter of Recommendation 

Please provide two letters of recommendation from a teacher, church leader, coach or other person in a leadership or mentorship position to recommend you for this scholarship.  This letter must be typed, one page only.

If I am awarded this scholarship, I understand and affirm the award will be used for the sole purpose of paying for college-related expenses. In addition, I certify that the information provided is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that the material I am submitting will not be returned.  I also understand that in the event I am awarded the scholarship that the information and material I submit may be submitted by FAVS for public announcement.

Applicant Signature / Date:

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Parent Signature or Legal Guardian / Date:

  

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Required if student will not be 18 years of age by application deadline of June 30, 2009

APPLICATIONS

Completed application forms together with all required enclosures must be sent not later than Monday, June 29, 2009 to:

2009 FAVS Scholarship Program
c/o  Bob Bontilao
1671 Misty Lake Drive,
Fleming Island, FL, 32003

 

For more information, please contact FAVS Scholarship Chairman Dave Pagaduan at 904-993-4759 (email: dp74hawaii@yahoo.com) or Bob Bontilao at 904-382-6439 (email: robontil99@juno.com).

 

  PLEASE NOTE:The above application materials must be sent together in one complete package. Please pay special attention to all instructions. Failure to follow instructions is ground for withdrawal of your application for consideration.GOOD LUCK!

Last modified 9/24/2008 - 8:51 am
Originally created 092408

VA clinic opens its doors in St. Marys


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The clinic is open to all retired veterans; more than 6,000 live in the area.


ST. MARYS - A new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic opens today in St. Marys, saving thousands of area veterans long drives for medical treatment and advice about benefits.


   

The 7,000-square-foot building includes primary medical and mental health care, as well as state Department of Veterans Service counseling on a variety of benefits including education and home loans.

The clinic will be fully staffed by December with 20 doctors, nurses, lab technicians and a pharmacist, said Dale Brown, the facility's chief medical officer.

"A veteran can come here from anywhere," Brown said. "There are no geographic restrictions."

Clinic officials estimate they will treat 5,000 patients from the region during the next year.

One of the advantages of the St. Marys location is its close proximity to the Southeast Regional Health System's hospital. Brown said the clinic is designed for outpatient treatment, but if patients need immediate hospitalization, they will be sent across the street to the hospital.

Howard Sepp, administrator of the Camden facility, said the hospital will provide lab work for patients with health problems that need immediate attention. Patients referred to the hospital by clinic doctors will be treated and stabilized until they can be moved to a VA hospital.

"We're going to work closely with them," Sepp said. "We're getting lots of positive response."

Ed Buczek, a spokesman at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, said the clinic will make it much easier for retired veterans from all branches of the military to get medical assistance.

"Now they won't have to go to Valdosta, Savannah, Lake City or Gainesville," he said. "It will save them lots of time and money."

Terry Smith, manager of the Department of Veterans Service's Brunswick office, said he will have a representative in the clinic one day a week beginning in October to help veterans fill out paperwork for benefits. The goal is to eventually staff the office five days a week.

"It's one stop if veterans need work on their claims," Smith said. "We've got over 6,000 people [retired veterans] in this area, and it's growing. We've been looking for this a long time."

Chris Daniel, director of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce, said the new clinic is a significant step in helping the thousands of retired veterans living in the region.

"We get calls all the time from people who have moved here with questions about facilities and services available to military retirees," she said. "It's another selling point for the county."

Veterans may make appointments by calling (912) 510-3420.

gordon.jackson@jacksonville.com, (912) 729-3672

CLYDE E. LASSEN USN
FLORIDA NURSING HOME
ST. JOHN COUNTY , FLORIDA

RIBBON CUTTING JUNE 28, 2008, 1000 HOURS

NORTHEAST FLORIDA VETERANS COUNCIL NEWS:

VA Cemetery named....”Jacksonville VA National Cemetery

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This was our preferred choice!!! © ©
VA Names New National Cemetery in Jacksonville
Vincenty Selected First Director
WASHINGTON (April 1, 2008) — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has named the national cemetery to be constructed in Jacksonville. Fla., as the “Jacksonville VA National Cemetery.”
“The veterans of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia deserve a final resting place worthy of their service to our nation,” said Dr. James B. Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “Our newest national cemetery in Florida will be a national shrine honoring them.”
The new cemetery is in the city of Jacksonville, north of the Jacksonville International Airport and approximately five miles from Interstate 295 on 569 acres acquired from the city. The cemetery will serve 189,000 veterans in the region who are not currently provided burial space by a nearby national or state veterans cemetery.
VA selected Arleen Vincenty as the first director of the new national cemetery. She begins her duties immediately.
Vincenty had been the director of the Puerto Rico National Cemetery since November
2006. She was cemetery director at the Natchez National Cemetery in Mississippi; and
Fayetteville National Cemetery in Arkansas. and the Salisbury National Cemetery Complex
in North Carolina.
VA anticipates construction of the first phase of development to begin this summer. VA has awarded a $1.25 million contract to the firm of England, Thims & Miller of Jacksonville to design the master plan for the project. Initial construction will prepare a small burial area to ensure that veteran burials can take place before all phase one facilities are completed.
In addition to burial areas, phase one will consist of approximately 50 acres, including roadways, an entrance area, an administration and public information center, a maintenance complex with buildings, a maintenance yard and parking, a flag assembly area, a memorial walkway and committal service shelters. Other infrastructure improvements will include grading, drainage, fencing, planting, an irrigation system and utilities.
Interment areas will include traditional full-casket gravesites. pre-placed crypts, in-ground cremated burial sites and a columbarium for cremated remains.
Veterans with a discharge other than dishonorable, their spouses and dependent children are eligible for burial in a national cemetery. Other burial benefits for eligible veterans include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and a government headstone or marker — even if they are not buried in a national cemetery.
in the midst of the largest cemetery expansion since the Civil War, VA operates 125 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico. 33 soldiers’ lots and monument sites. More than 3.4 million Americans, including veterans of every war and conflict — from the
VA Cemetery named.... “Jacksonville VA National Cemetery”

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Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror — are buried in VA’s national cemeteries.
Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from the Internet at
http://www.cem.va,gy or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at
1-800-827-1000.
Information about the Jacksonville VA National Cemetery is available by calling the cemetery director at (904) 358-3510.

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UPCOMING EVENTS—For your calendar:

Oct 2—Jacksonville Marine Corps Half Marathon and 5K

Oct 2—Military Appreciation Football Game—Jacksonville University vs. San Diego State

Oct 9—Touchdown for the Troops—Bolles School

Oct 9—Tri-Base Navy Birthday Ball, Hyatt

Oct 12—“The Art of War” Exhibit Community Celebration—Cummer Museum—4 to 8 pm

Oct 21—NS Mayport Change of Command

Oct 21-24—Jacksonville Salute to the Sea Services and National Navy League Convention

Oct 23-24—NAS Jacksonville Blue Angels Air Show

Nov 5—Congressman Ander Crenshaw Salute to Veterans—NS Mayport

Nov 5—Florida Fallen Heroes Banquet, 6:30 p.m., Fire Fighters Hall

Nov 6—US Marine Corps Birthday Ball--Hyatt

Nov 7—St Johns County Veterans Council Celebration and Show, 3 pm, Flagler College Auditorium, St. Augustine

Nov 8—Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Luncheon, Hyatt

Nov 9—Armed Forces Night—Cummer Museum—4 to 8 pm

Nov 10—Marine and Navy Corpsmen Memorial Service—Evergreen Cemetery

Nov 11—Beaches Veterans Memorial Park Dedication, 1400—American Legion Nat’l Commander Clarence Hill keynote speaker

Nov 11—Veterans Day—Parade in Downtown Jacksonville

Nov 13—Chili Cook Off to support Honor Air—Moosehaven in Orange Park

Nov 13—Veterans Ball—Filipino-American Veterans Society and VMA of Jacksonville, Hyatt. POC: Don Villanueva, 232-3621

Nov 14—Jacksonville Jaguars Military Appreciation Day

Nov 18—IA Appreciation Luncheon—NAS Jax, 1100—Speaker ASN M&RA Juan Garcia

Dec 27—All Service Academy Ball—Ocean Breeze Club—NS Mayport

May 21, 2011—First Coast Honor Air flig


NEWS,PHOTO AND UPDATES:
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

December 18, 2008                                  

 

VA to Provide Payments to Eligible Surviving Spouses

Quick Action Taken to Resolve Problem Identified by Senate Chairman

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced immediate actions to quickly identify and pay surviving spouses who are eligible to receive a one-time compensation or pension payment for the month of the veteran’s death.  

“This benefit payment is long overdue to many of our beneficiaries,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake.  “In these difficult economic times, it is imperative that we take aggressive action to fix this situation for the families of our veterans.”

Problems in VA’s implementation of a change in law that was effective in 1997 resulted in some surviving spouses not receiving the veteran’s compensation or pension payment for the month of death.  This problem was recently brought to VA’s attention by Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Peake immediately directed the formation of a special task force to identify and pay the beneficiaries who never received the benefit or were inadvertently required to repay the money issued for the month of a veteran’s death.  

Surviving spouses most likely to be affected by this processing problem are those who never applied to VA for survivors’ benefits following the death of a veteran. 

The task force is in the process of reviewing VA’s payment records for veterans who died after December 31, 1996, and who are survived by a spouse.  The review will identify those to whom VA owes retroactive benefits for the month of the veteran’s death.  Current address information is being obtained for as many of these beneficiaries as possible.

VA will begin issuing retroactive payments to eligible surviving spouses at the end of this month.  Payments will continue to be issued as additional unpaid beneficiaries are identified and VA is able to obtain current address information. 

 

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Because there are deceased veterans for whom VA does not have marital status information, a special Survivors’ Call Center has been established for spouses who believe they may be entitled to this retroactive month-of-death benefit. 

Surviving spouses are encouraged to contact the Survivors’ Call Center at the toll-free telephone number, 1-800-749-8387.  Call center agents will assist surviving spouses in providing VA with the information needed to determine their eligibility. 

The Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm central standard time.   Inquiries may also be submitted through the Internet at
http://www.vba.va.gov/survivorsbenefit.htm.

VA is aggressively changing its processing procedures to ensure this benefit is correctly paid to all surviving spouses in the future.  VA’s disability payment system will also be enhanced to automate the month-of-death payment for all eligible surviving spouses.

 

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Fight for a new vets clinic a war of its own

THE DELAYS You name it. The blueprints have changed, politicians have argued, and Hurricane Katrina didn't help. THE FRUSTRATION Congress OK'd the project in 1997. Meanwhile, thousands of patients are stuck with an old, small clinic.


After years of delay, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials say they have a target date for moving into a new outpatient clinic in Jacksonville: December 2011.

   

For John Peterkin, who at 79 is one of the youngest members of the Greatest Generation, the men and women who served in World War II, a wait of four more years is unacceptable. Last year, 2,139 World War II veterans were treated at the outpatient clinic near downtown Jacksonville, according to the VA.

"Very few World War II veterans will be alive in 2012," Peterkin, a resident of a retirement community in Ponte Vedra Beach, wrote in a letter he sent last month to several members of Congress.

"It's been way too long," conceded U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, a Republican from Jacksonville and a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.

Congress authorized building the new clinic in 1997. Some of the delay can be attributed to "the normal bureaucratic process," Crenshaw said.

But there have also been changes in plans, political disagreements and bad luck, he said.

As a result, veterans are frustrated, said Halley Williams-Bey, who served with the Marines in Vietnam and is chairman of the Northeast Florida Veterans Council.

"They should be frustrated," Crenshaw said.

But, given their experience in the military, they aren't necessarily surprised, Williams-Bey said.

"We're used to hurry up and wait," he said.

Too old, too small

VA officials don't argue that the Jacksonville outpatient clinic at 1833 Boulevard in Springfield is too old and too small.

"The building is old," said Debbie Ward, the clinic's administrative officer. "We recognize it is old."

"We're cramped for space," said Mary Kay Hollingsworth, spokeswoman for the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. "That's true of all of our facilities."

The VA outpatient clinic moved into the building, just off Eighth Street at the eastern edge of the Shands Jacksonville campus, in 1977. In those days, the clinic was dealing with a patient load of about 100 people a day, Ward said.

Thirty years later, that patient load has grown substantially. During the past fiscal year, the clinic averaged almost 500 patient visits a day. Last month's patient load was even larger, about 700 a day, according to figures furnished by the VA.

The growth is expected to continue to increase with the return of veterans from Iraq - one of the factors that delayed construction of a new clinic, Ward said.

One thing after another

In 2001, James Borland, who was chief medical officer of the clinic and is now chief medical officer for all of the North Florida/South Georgia system, announced that construction would begin in 2003.

But that timetable was delayed when officials realized that a new facility would have to be substantially larger than the current facility, Ward said.

Another delay came in the fall of 2004, after developers submitted bids for the project. Before he could sign a contract, the winning bidder died in an automobile accident.

Then Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, driving up the cost of building materials. As a result, the project was delayed again when Shands Jacksonville balked at the cost of building an 800-space parking garage to be shared by the clinic.

Disagreements over the garage carried into 2006 and at one point the VA threatened to move the clinic to Cecil Field.

That was resisted by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat, who insisted the clinic needed to remain in the downtown area. In a written statement last week, she said she considered it important to keep the clinic close to bus lines and close to Shands Jacksonville.

"The relationship with Shands will only help the quality of care for our area veterans," she said.

But although her statement was upbeat, in June 2006 she told the Times-Union that the many delays had become disheartening.

The impasse over the parking garage was finally resolved after the VA agreed it could do without one, Hollingsworth said.

Now plans for the new clinic, which will be built at 1640 Jefferson St. just south of Shands, call for 300 parking spaces, all in surface lots.

The current timetable has a developer being picked in the spring of 2009, construction to begin in the summer of 2010 and the new clinic to open for business in December 2011. But Hollingsworth cautions that all dates remain tentative.

Making do

Meanwhile, the building at 1833 Boulevard remains in business.

Peterkin calls it "physically the worst veterans clinic I have ever seen or read about."

Ward said that is unfair.

The building has problems, she conceded, and for several years upgrades were put off because of the expectation the clinic would soon be moving.

Now an effort is under way to make improvements, she said. Shands, which owns the building and has offices on the top two floors, has agreed to replace the two elevators, both slow and subject to frequent breakdowns. The carpeting in the building is being removed, replaced by tile floors.

Short-term solutions

Some of the operations also are being moved. The eye clinic has already been moved across the street into Shands.

Early next year, a 4,000-square-foot building on Salisbury Road near St. Luke's Hospital will become a new surgery center, housing gastroenterology, podiatry, orthopedics and the wound clinic.

There also are plans to lease a 2,000-square-foot building on Beach Boulevard to house the gynecology clinic.

The surgery center and the gynecology clinic will both be in leased buildings and will move back when the new building is ready, Ward said.

The new building should have about 100,000 square feet of space, a substantial increase over the 63,000 in the current building, she said.

That will not only relieve crowding, it will enable the clinic to add staff, Ward said. Currently, the equivalent of about 180 full-time medical personnel are employed by the clinic. Another 50 to 60 medical personnel work as volunteers or contract employees, she said.

As for the new building, "It's going to come," Ward said.

"And it's going to be needed."

charlie.patton@jacksonville.com, (904) 359-4413


VA clinic timeline

1977: Jacksonville veterans outpatient clinic moves into the building at 1833 Boulevard.

1997: Congress authorizes the construction of a new clinic in Jacksonville.

2001: Plans are announced to begin construction on the new clinic in 2003.

2004 (spring): The process is delayed in order to design a larger building.

2004 (fall): A contractor is selected but is killed in an automobile accident before he can sign a contract.

2005: Hurricane Katrina raises construction costs leading Shands Jacksonville to balk at building a parking garage to be shared by the new clinic.

2006: The impasse over the parking garage is resolved by the decision to rely on surface parking for the new clinic.

2009 (spring): A contractor is scheduled to be selected.

2010 (summer): Construction is scheduled to begin.

2011 (December): Building is scheduled to be ready for occupancy.

Sources: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Times-Union archives.~~~

 

THOUSANDS IN NEED

Last fiscal year, 21,441 veterans made a total of 122,129 visits to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs outpatient clinic at 1833 Boulevard in Springfield. Here's a breakdown by era of service. (Note: Some individuals are included in more than one era's total.)

WWII: 2,139

Pre-Korea: 67

Korea: 2,093

Post-Korea: 950

Vietnam: 8,598

Post-Vietnam: 2,379

Desert Storm: 4,952

Other: 434

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs~~~T NEWS

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THE DELAYS You name it. The blueprints have changed, politicians have argued, and Hurricane Katrina didn't help. THE FRUSTRATION Congress OK'd the project in 1997. Meanwhile, thousands of patients are stuck with an old, small clinic.


After years of delay, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials say they have a target date for moving into a new outpatient clinic in Jacksonville: December 2011.

   

For John Peterkin, who at 79 is one of the youngest members of the Greatest Generation, the men and women who served in World War II, a wait of four more years is unacceptable. Last year, 2,139 World War II veterans were treated at the outpatient clinic near downtown Jacksonville, according to the VA.

"Very few World War II veterans will be alive in 2012," Peterkin, a resident of a retirement community in Ponte Vedra Beach, wrote in a letter he sent last month to several members of Congress.

"It's been way too long," conceded U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, a Republican from Jacksonville and a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.

Congress authorized building the new clinic in 1997. Some of the delay can be attributed to "the normal bureaucratic process," Crenshaw said.

But there have also been changes in plans, political disagreements and bad luck, he said.

As a result, veterans are frustrated, said Halley Williams-Bey, who served with the Marines in Vietnam and is chairman of the Northeast Florida Veterans Council.

"They should be frustrated," Crenshaw said.

But, given their experience in the military, they aren't necessarily surprised, Williams-Bey said.

"We're used to hurry up and wait," he said.

Too old, too small

VA officials don't argue that the Jacksonville outpatient clinic at 1833 Boulevard in Springfield is too old and too small.

"The building is old," said Debbie Ward, the clinic's administrative officer. "We recognize it is old."

"We're cramped for space," said Mary Kay Hollingsworth, spokeswoman for the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. "That's true of all of our facilities."

The VA outpatient clinic moved into the building, just off Eighth Street at the eastern edge of the Shands Jacksonville campus, in 1977. In those days, the clinic was dealing with a patient load of about 100 people a day, Ward said.

Thirty years later, that patient load has grown substantially. During the past fiscal year, the clinic averaged almost 500 patient visits a day. Last month's patient load was even larger, about 700 a day, according to figures furnished by the VA.

The growth is expected to continue to increase with the return of veterans from Iraq - one of the factors that delayed construction of a new clinic, Ward said.

One thing after another

In 2001, James Borland, who was chief medical officer of the clinic and is now chief medical officer for all of the North Florida/South Georgia system, announced that construction would begin in 2003.

But that timetable was delayed when officials realized that a new facility would have to be substantially larger than the current facility, Ward said.

Another delay came in the fall of 2004, after developers submitted bids for the project. Before he could sign a contract, the winning bidder died in an automobile accident.

Then Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, driving up the cost of building materials. As a result, the project was delayed again when Shands Jacksonville balked at the cost of building an 800-space parking garage to be shared by the clinic.

Disagreements over the garage carried into 2006 and at one point the VA threatened to move the clinic to Cecil Field.

That was resisted by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat, who insisted the clinic needed to remain in the downtown area. In a written statement last week, she said she considered it important to keep the clinic close to bus lines and close to Shands Jacksonville.

"The relationship with Shands will only help the quality of care for our area veterans," she said.

But although her statement was upbeat, in June 2006 she told the Times-Union that the many delays had become disheartening.

The impasse over the parking garage was finally resolved after the VA agreed it could do without one, Hollingsworth said.

Now plans for the new clinic, which will be built at 1640 Jefferson St. just south of Shands, call for 300 parking spaces, all in surface lots.

The current timetable has a developer being picked in the spring of 2009, construction to begin in the summer of 2010 and the new clinic to open for business in December 2011. But Hollingsworth cautions that all dates remain tentative.

Making do

Meanwhile, the building at 1833 Boulevard remains in business.

Peterkin calls it "physically the worst veterans clinic I have ever seen or read about."

Ward said that is unfair.

The building has problems, she conceded, and for several years upgrades were put off because of the expectation the clinic would soon be moving.

Now an effort is under way to make improvements, she said. Shands, which owns the building and has offices on the top two floors, has agreed to replace the two elevators, both slow and subject to frequent breakdowns. The carpeting in the building is being removed, replaced by tile floors.

Short-term solutions

Some of the operations also are being moved. The eye clinic has already been moved across the street into Shands.

Early next year, a 4,000-square-foot building on Salisbury Road near St. Luke's Hospital will become a new surgery center, housing gastroenterology, podiatry, orthopedics and the wound clinic.

There also are plans to lease a 2,000-square-foot building on Beach Boulevard to house the gynecology clinic.

The surgery center and the gynecology clinic will both be in leased buildings and will move back when the new building is ready, Ward said.

The new building should have about 100,000 square feet of space, a substantial increase over the 63,000 in the current building, she said.

That will not only relieve crowding, it will enable the clinic to add staff, Ward said. Currently, the equivalent of about 180 full-time medical personnel are employed by the clinic. Another 50 to 60 medical personnel work as volunteers or contract employees, she said.

As for the new building, "It's going to come," Ward said.

"And it's going to be needed."

charlie.patton@jacksonville.com, (904) 359-4413


VA clinic timeline

1977: Jacksonville veterans outpatient clinic moves into the building at 1833 Boulevard.

1997: Congress authorizes the construction of a new clinic in Jacksonville.

2001: Plans are announced to begin construction on the new clinic in 2003.

2004 (spring): The process is delayed in order to design a larger building.

2004 (fall): A contractor is selected but is killed in an automobile accident before he can sign a contract.

2005: Hurricane Katrina raises construction costs leading Shands Jacksonville to balk at building a parking garage to be shared by the new clinic.

2006: The impasse over the parking garage is resolved by the decision to rely on surface parking for the new clinic.

2009 (spring): A contractor is scheduled to be selected.

2010 (summer): Construction is scheduled to begin.

2011 (December): Building is scheduled to be ready for occupancy.

Sources: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Times-Union archives.~~~

 

THOUSANDS IN NEED

Last fiscal year, 21,441 veterans made a total of 122,129 visits to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs outpatient clinic at 1833 Boulevard in Springfield. Here's a breakdown by era of service. (Note: Some individuals are included in more than one era's total.)

WWII: 2,139

Pre-Korea: 67

Korea: 2,093

Post-Korea: 950

Vietnam: 8,598

Post-Vietnam: 2,379

Desert Storm: 4,952

Other: 434

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs~~~T NEWS

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 The amendment was agreed to.
AMENDMENT 36 OFFERED BY MR. WAMP
Mr. WAMP. Mr. Chairman, I have an
amendment at the desk.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The Clerk
will designate the amendment.
The text of the amendment is as follows:
Amendment 36 offered by Mr. WAMP:
At the end of the bill (before the short
title), insert the following:
SEC. ll. None of the funds made available
in this Act may be used to modify the standards
applicable to the determination of the
entitlement of veterans to special monthly
pensions under sections 1513(a) and 1521(e) of
title 38, United States Code, as in effect pursuant
to the opinion of the United States
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in the
case of Hartness v. Nicholson (No. 04-0888, July
21, 2006).
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gentleman
from Tennessee is recognized
for 5 minutes.
Mr. WAMP. Mr. Chairman, I will be
very brief.
My amendment is very simple. It
says that the VA can not modify current
standards that are used to make
special monthly benefit payments and
therefore protects that benefit payment
for U.S. veterans who are eligible
for it.
Earlier tonight the chairman of the
House Veterans’ Affairs Committee offered
and withdrew two amendments
that would have decimated the information
technology budget at the VA to
fund a new entitlement program for
Filipino veterans. Had those amendments
passed, it would have stopped
key VA initiatives dead in their tracks.
We’re trying to get the VA to
streamline operations, reduce the time
it takes to process claims, and increase
interoperability between VA and DOD
medical records, not to mention that
the VA is going to need all of the $2.4
billion that the President requested to
help it roll out or new GI Bill.
Earlier in the year the chairman of
the authorizing committee tried to pay
for this bill by proposing to cut special
monthly pension benefits to U.S. veterans
currently receiving these benefits.
Now, let’s be clear here. We support
those Filipino veterans who fell
alongside U.S. forces in World War II.
But to provide them with a new benefit
to be paid for out of an account that
our veterans will immediately feel the
impact of is wrong.
An ‘‘aye’’ vote on my amendment
will tell our veterans that their benefits
will not be cut and let them know
we are trying to do everything we can
to get their claims processed as quickly
as possible.
I yield back.
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Mr. Chairman,
I move to strike the last word.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The gentleman
from Texas is recognized for 5
minutes.
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. I’m glad to
support this amendment and thank Mr.
WAMP for bringing it to the floor.
I yield back the balance of my time.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. The question
is on the amendment offered by
the gentleman from Tennessee (Mr.
WAMP).





































ANDER CRENSHAW                  

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE · SERVING FLORIDA’S FOURTH DISTRICT

Congressman

For Immediate Release
June 23, 2008

Contact: Jeremy Steffens

(202) 225-2501

 

  

Crenshaw Invites Vietnam Veterans to Participate in Ceremony

Congressman to Honor Vietnam Veterans at Annual Mayport Ceremony

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Ander Crenshaw announced he will again recognize the contributions of Vietnam War veterans living in the 4th Congressional District of Florida by presenting them with certificates of Special Congressional Recognition in honor of their service to our country.  Last year’s ceremony acknowledged 269 veterans.  This year’s recognition ceremony will be held on November 7, 2008, at Naval Station Mayport, but to participate, all eligible veterans must register before October 3, 2008.

Members of the armed forces who were awarded either the Vietnam Service Medal or the Vietnam Campaign Medal are eligible for this year’s ceremony.  The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to those who served in Vietnam and its contiguous waters and airspace between 3 July 1965 and 28 March 1973.  In addition, personnel serving in Thailand, Laos or Cambodia in direct support of operations in Vietnam during the same time period were also eligible for the medal.  Armed Forces members who qualified for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal by service in Vietnam between 1 July 1958 and 3 July 1965 will also be recognized. 

The Vietnam Campaign Medal was awarded to those who served for six months in South Vietnam during the period March 1, 1961 to March 28, 1973 or served outside the geographical limits of South Vietnam and contributed direct combat support to the RVN armed forces for an aggregate of six months. Criteria for both medals are set by the Department of Defense and recipients should have the medal listed on their DD-214s.  If you are a Vietnam veteran and were eligible to receive either the Vietnam Service Medal or the Vietnam Service Medal and live in the 4th Congressional District, please contact Congressman Crenshaw’s office or go to his website to obtain an application.

“Vietnam veterans served our country with honor during one of our most tumultuous times as a nation,” said Congressman Crenshaw.  “They answered the call of duty, but when they returned home many did not receive the recognition they properly deserved.  These brave individuals helped fight for freedom and democracy at a time when their country needed them – this ceremony will help show our appreciation.”

To determine eligibility for the certificate, veterans must complete an application and submit a copy of their service discharge document.  Veterans must be a current resident of the 4th Congressional District of Florida to participate in this program.

The deadline for submitting applications for this year’s ceremony is October 3, 2008.  Applications can be obtained on Congressman Crenshaw’s website, which can be found at http://crenshaw.house.gov/, or by contacting his local offices at 904.598-0481 or 386.365-3316 or for those in the 850 area code, 888.755-5607.  Completed applications and documentation should be mailed to the following address: 1061 Riverside Avenue, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32204.

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Crenshaw holds annual event honoring Vietnam veterans


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U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., held his annual Veterans' Recognition Ceremony at Mayport Naval Station, joining Rear Admiral Michael Vitale, commander of Navy Region Southeast, in honoring 200 Vietnam veterans from the 4th Congressional District.

"Vietnam veterans served our country with honor during one of our most tumultuous times as a nation," Crenshaw said in a news release. "They answered the call of duty, but when they returned home many did not receive the recognition they deserved. Today we pay tribute to these brave men and women that have given their blood and sacrifice in service to their country."

The ceremony included a presentation to each veteran of a Congressional Certificate of Recognition, a reading of Old Glory, a 21-gun salute, and the playing of taps.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

        April 1, 2008                                          

 

VA Names New National Cemetery in Jacksonville

Vincenty Selected First Director

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has named the national cemetery to be constructed in Jacksonville, Fla., as the “Jacksonville VA National Cemetery.” 

“The veterans of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia deserve a final resting place worthy of their service to our nation,” said Dr. James B. Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  “Our newest national cemetery in Florida will be a national shrine honoring them.”

The new cemetery is in the city of Jacksonville, north of the Jacksonville International Airport and approximately five miles from Interstate 295 on 569 acres acquired from the city.  The cemetery will serve 189,000 veterans in the region who are not currently provided burial space by a nearby national or state veterans cemetery. 

VA selected Arleen Vincenty as the first director of the new national cemetery.  She begins her duties immediately. 

Vincenty had been the director of the Puerto Rico National Cemetery since November 2006.  She was cemetery director at the Natchez National Cemetery in Mississippi, the Fayetteville National Cemetery in Arkansas and the Salisbury National Cemetery Complex in North Carolina.

VA anticipates construction of the first phase of development to begin this summer.  VA has awarded a $1.25 million contract to the firm of England, Thims & Miller of Jacksonville to design the master plan for the project.  Initial construction will prepare a small burial area to ensure that veteran burials can take place before all phase one facilities are completed.

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In addition to burial areas, phase one will consist of approximately 50 acres, including roadways, an entrance area, an administration and public information center, a maintenance complex with buildings, a maintenance yard and parking, a flag assembly area, a memorial walkway and committal service shelters.  Other infrastructure improvements will include grading, drainage, fencing, planting, an irrigation system and utilities.

Interment areas will include traditional full-casket gravesites, pre-placed crypts, in-ground cremated burial sites and a columbarium for cremated remains. 

Veterans with a discharge other than dishonorable, their spouses and dependent children are eligible for burial in a national cemetery.  Other burial benefits for eligible veterans include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and a government headstone or marker – even if they are not buried in a national cemetery.

In the midst of the largest cemetery expansion since the Civil War, VA operates 125 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico, 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites.  More than 3.4 million Americans, including veterans of every war and conflict — from the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror — are buried in VA’s national cemeteries. 

Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from the Internet at http://www.cem.va.gov or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at

1-800-827-1000.

Information about the Jacksonville VA National Cemetery is available by calling the cemetery director at (904) 358-3510.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 5, 2008

VA Contracts for Sarasota and Jacksonville National Cemeteries

Peake: National Shrines to Honor Veterans

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded two contracts totaling $8.2 million for construction of national cemeteries in Sarasota and Jacksonville, Fla.

“Providing national shrines to honor veterans in Florida has been a VA priority, and these contracts take us closer to bringing those facilities to reality,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake.  “These cemeteries represent our commitment to honor our nation’s heroes and their families in national shrines.”

For the Sarasota facility, US Builders Group, Inc., a service-disabled veteran-owned small business from Detroit, Mich., has received $4.2 million to develop a small section of the facility by early winter.

The initial project in Sarasota will develop approximately 20 acres with 2,000 pre-placed-crypt gravesites and 2,000 in-ground cremation burial sites, along with a temporary committal service shelter and an administration and maintenance complex. 

When the Sarasota cemetery’s full first phase of development is completed in 2011, 60 developed acres will provide 18,200 casket gravesites, a columbarium for cremation remains and a scattering garden.

The developed Sarasota cemetery will include a public information center with an electronic grave locator and public restrooms, a flag assembly area and two committal service shelters that will use solar panels.  VA purchased the 295-acre site in April for $14 million.  About 400,000 veterans live in southwestern Florida. 

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For the Jacksonville cemetery, VA has awarded a $4.2 million contract to LEI Construction of Tampa, Fla., a service-disabled veteran-owned business, to begin site preparation on a 569-acre tract north of Jacksonville International Airport.  The cemetery will serve about 190,000 veterans and their families within the region.

The Jacksonville contract calls for construction of roads, walkways, buildings, electrical work, utilities and pre-placed crypts.

Veterans with a discharge other than dishonorable, their spouses and dependent children can be buried in a national cemetery.   

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