We got a new number! S. 332 –By Senator Blumenthal of Conn. full text of the bill should be uploaded next week. House bill HR 566 By Congressman Joe Courtney of Ct. Agent Orange Exposure Fairness Act Please call all your Senators and Congressman to get on board as co sponsors. More to follow. Gerry
Today we honor the first black woman to join the elite group to guard the Tomb of the Unknowns, Sgt. Danyell Elaine Wilson! In 1997, at 22 years old, Wilson became the second woman to become a tomb guard at Arlington National Cemetery. A soldier from Alabama who said her state's civil rights struggle inspired her to succeed became the first black woman to guard the Tomb of the Unknowns, which honors the nation's unidentified war dead.
Sgt. Danyell Elaine Wilson, 22, of Montgomery, made her first walk as a tomb sentinel at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday after receiving the Army's tomb guard badge. Only 400 of the badges have been awarded since it was created in 1958.
Tomb guards, all volunteers, are members of E Company of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, known as the Old Guard. Until 1993, when a female military police unit was attached to the Old Guard, women were not eligible to volunteer for guard duty at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Wilson is only the second woman to earn the tomb guard badge. The first was Sgt. Heather Lynn Johnsen of Fremont, Calif.
"I wanted to do something different, and I figured this would be the highest honor as far as the Army goes, to guard the unknown soldier," Wilson said after receiving the badge from Capt. Robert Forte, commander of the Army company that guards the tomb 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To All CT Marines, Veterans and supporters:
The Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation, Inc. invites you to attend our ceremony to remember those who lost their lives in the Battle of Iwo Jima, especially the 100 from CT.
Date: Saturday February 23, 2019 (74th Anniversary of the famous flag raising)
Place: Iwo Jima Memorial Park, Ella Grasso Blvd., opposite Barbour Rd, New Britain CT. Off of Rte. 9
*Rifle volley and taps by Hardware City Detachment Marines
Questions: contact Ray Carrier 203-217-3810
DISEASES RELATED TO AGENT
We believe that contact with Agent Orange, a toxic chemical used to clear trees and plants during the Vietnam War, likely causes several illnesses. Find out if you can get disability compensation or benefits if you had contact with Agent Orange while serving in the military and now have 1 or more of the illnesses listed below.
Cancers believed to be caused by contact with Agent Orange
Chronic B-cell Leukemia: A type of cancer that affects your white blood cells (cells in your body’s immune system that help to fight off illnesses and infections)
Hodgkin’s Disease: A type of cancer that causes your lymph nodes, liver, and spleen to get bigger and your red blood cells to decrease (called anemia)
Multiple Myeloma: A type of cancer that affects your plasma cells (white blood cells made in your bone marrow that help to fight infection)
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: A group of cancers that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue (a part of your immune system that helps to fight infection and illness)
Prostate Cancer: Cancer of the prostate (the gland in men that helps to make semen)
Respiratory Cancers (including lung cancer): Cancers of the organs involved in breathing (including the lungs, larynx, trachea, and bronchus)
Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma,
Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma): Different types of cancers in body tissues such as muscle, fat, blood and lymph vessels, and connective tissues
Other illnesses believed to be caused by contact with Agent
AL Amyloidosis: A rare illness that happens when an abnormal protein (called amyloid) builds up in your body’s tissues, nerves, or organs (like your heart, kidneys, or liver) and causes damage over time
Chloracne (or other types of acneform disease like it): A skin condition that happens soon after contact with chemicals and looks like acne often seen in teenagers. Under our rating regulations, it must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year of contact with herbicides.
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2: An illness that happens when your body is unable to properly use insulin (a hormone that turns blood glucose, or sugar, into energy), leading to high blood sugar levels
Ischemic Heart Disease: A type of heart disease that happens when your heart doesn’t get enough blood (and the oxygen the blood carries). It often causes chest pain or discomfort.
Parkinson’s Disease: An illness of the nervous system (the network of nerves and fibers that send messages between your brain and spinal cord and other areas of your body) that affects your muscles and movement—and gets worse over time
Peripheral Neuropathy, Early Onset: An illness of the nervous system that causes numbness, tingling, and weakness. Under our rating regulations, it must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year of contact with herbicides.
Porphyria Cutanea Tarda: A rare illness that can make your liver stop working the way it should and can cause your skin to thin and blister when you’re out in the sun. Under VA’s rating regulations, it must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year of contact with herbicides.
High Blood Pressure: Newly linked to AO list.
If you have an illness you think is caused by contact with Agent Orange—and you don’t see it listed here—you can still file a claim for disability compensation. You’ll need to show that you have a disability and include a doctor’s report or a hospital report stating that your illness is believed to be caused by contact with Agent Orange.
Ct Food Bank in our area for a mobile Food Pantry:
Central Assembly of God, Plainfield 3d Wednesday of month at
St. Mary Church Putnam 4th Tuesday of month at 10:00 am
Pomfret Food Pantry is open to Pomfret residents as well as any veteran in need 207 Mashamoquet Road (Rt.44) in Pomfret open Monday 5:30-6:30pm and Tuesdays 11:30-12:30
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) values its partnership with you to honor Veterans with no known next of kin and insufficient financial resources with dignified burial in VA national and VA-grant funded State and Tribal Veterans cemeteries. We could not accomplish this without your efforts. For that reason, we are sending you this message so that you are aware of the revised 2019 reimbursements to ensure that unclaimed Veterans without financial resources may be honored with burial benefits earned through service to our Nation.
VA recently revised annual reimbursement allowances. The maximum allowable reimbursement payable in calendar year 2019 for qualifying interments is $2,681 for a casket and $162 for an urn. Please see the Casket/Urn Reimbursement for Unclaimed Veterans Remains Fact Sheet which explains the requirements and procedures for obtaining the reimbursement. Applicants must submit a VA Form 40-10088 Reimbursement of Casket/Urn
Additional resources are available to assist you with funeral and transportation expenses for unclaimed Veterans remains when there are insufficient resources. Please see this Unclaimed Veterans Remains Fact Sheet
Thank you for your continued support in providing honorable and dignified burials for unclaimed Veterans without sufficient financial resources. Should you have additional questions regarding the claim forms, please contact us using our Inquiry Routing & Information System https://iris.custhelp.com, so we can track inquiries and respond promptly.
For information on VA burial benefits, visit http://www.cem.va.gov or call (800) 827-1000. Please look for our future e-mails on burial and memorial benefits available for eligible Veterans and spouses. Also, please encourage your friends and colleagues to sign-up for notifications, future e-mail updates and information regarding VA memorial benefits through GovDelivery at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/usvanca/subscriber/new
2019 VA Disability Payment Increase
If you receive VA disability payments, you probably were happy to know that for 2019, you received a 2.8 percent raise in your benefits, the largest in 7 years. Disability payment benefits for a particular month are paid the first business day of the following month. When the first business day of the month falls on a non-business day or a holiday, VA benefits will be paid on the last business day of the month.
Walt Disney World Resort is saluting U.S. military personnel by offering promotional theme park tickets for visits in the New Year. Active or retired U.S. military personnel (including active or retired members of the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard,
ALL FEMALE HONOR FLIGHT TOUR OF OUR NATION’S CAPITOL....If you know a WW2 or Korean War Female Veterans, Please pass this on.
Also if you wish to be a chaperone om the flight, fill out the enclosed form.
Honor Flight “Victory” – Saturday, April 6, 2019.