Col. B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892
Km 264 Natl. Hwy., #473 Pagdalagan Sur, Bauang, 2501, La Union, Philippines
Reminder that the minutes of each meeting, are posted on our web site, www.vfwpost9892.com.
[Correspondence and hard copies of Reports are available in the VFW Post Office files.]
MONTHLY MINUTES FOR: 8 August 2017
Commander St. Onge made the following temporary appointments for this meeting: Comrade Dzurissin - OOD.
ceremonies for a regular meeting conducted in accordance with Veterans of Foreign Wars Ritual; meeting opened at 0900 hours. Commander St.Onge recognized the distinguished past and present Post and District Commanders. That were in attendance.
ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS:
Commander - Bud St.
Onge - Present
Senior Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin – Present
Vice Commander – Robert Reyes - Present
Quartermaster – Charlie Spain – Excused
Chaplain - James Rodgers – Present
Trustee One – Tim Aukshun – Excused
Trustee Two - John Mesaros – Present
Trustee Three - Thomas Darkus – Present
Adjutant – Charles Spain - Excused
Judge Advocate – Thomas Darkus - Present
Surgeon - Rhett Webber – Excused
Safety Officer – Rhett Webber – Excused
Service Officer – Robert Reyes
Bingo Chairman – Charlie Spain - Excused
Schools Chairman - Roger Limle – Present
Seam Squirrel – Tim Aukshun - Excused
National Home/POW/MIA Chairman - Rhett Webber – Excused
There were 10 members in attendance
READING, REFERRING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS: The following people have been recently voted into the Post with eligibility verified by the membership committee:
Anthony N Tsamardinos
READING OF MINUTES: The Minutes from the 11 July 2017 meeting have been posted on the Post website and distributed via email. A motion to accept
the 11 July 2017 minutes was made by Comrade Darkus. Motion was seconded by Comrade Limle. No discussion. Motion approved.
REPORT: QM Reyes provided a brief but accurate report and moved that his report be accepted subject to audit and signatures. Seconded by Comrade Rodgers, no discussion, Motion approved.
READING OF BILLS: QM Reyes – A final payment was made to our tax accountant, Fred Paragas, for resolving an issue with BIR we had, associated with the canteen closure and also for preparing a notarized
corporate resolution for the Post.
SERVICE OFFICER REPORT: Comrade Webber – See attached report.
COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS: Rhett Weber is currently
awaiting medical treatment for heart related issues.
REPORTS OF OFFICERS:
SURGEON - See attached
JUDGE ADVOCATE – All is well.
– No Report
HISTORIAN – We are up to date.
COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPORTS:
COMMUNITY SERVICE Comrade Reyes – Reports are in.
SAFETY REPORT - Report Attached.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & MICHAEL MURPHY MEMORIAL FUND:
See attached report.
SEAM SQUIRREL: There was no formal Scratch today due to a shortage of members, however we did have an informal meeting.
NATIONAL HOME – See attached report
POW/MIA - See attached report
NOTE: For more information please read all attached committee chairman reports.
to accept all committee reports was made by Comrade Rodgers; seconded by Comrade Dzurissin. No discussion. Motion approved.
REMEMBER OUR NATIONAL
HOME: A prayer was said in remembrance of our National Home.
Comrade Gaspard raised an issue regarding our logo for the Chili Cook Off, which is Toot Toot Chili. He pointed out that the word
“fart” written in Tagalog may be viewed by some people to be in bad taste. “No pun intended here”. A lively discussion followed. In the absence of our Chili Cook Off chairman, Comrade Spain, we unanimously decided to make
the final decision at our September meeting. Comrade Gaspard also pointed out that in the 26 years we have been hosting this event we have never created a logo that would be offensive.
NEW BUSINESS: The San Fernando Rotary Club and Lions Club has invited any interested VFW member to participate in a pool tournament which will be held at Déjà Vu Beach Bar and Restaurant (formally
JD’s Bar) on September 6 at 6:30 pm. Just show up to register. Membership participation is requested as this will give us an opportunity to meet and greet other active groups who support the community.
GOOD OF THE ORDER:
Comrade Reyes requested that any questions associated with the VA
Manila office should be forwarded to him. He will address your questions on the regular conference calls to the VA.
The FMP (Foreign Medical Plan)
goes into effect on Oct. 1. No more travel pay for visits to the VA clinic regardless of the type of appointment or distance traveled. No more LOA’s. You must now enroll in the FMP in order to file for reimbursement for treatment of
Service Connected Disabilities. Unlike an LOA, a veteran with a Service Connection issue can go to any hospital and see any doctor. The member will be responsible for non-serviced connected illnesses. If the hospital that the veteran goes
for Service Connected Treatment has agreed to bill FMP directly, then the member needs to show the hospital the FMP Authorization Letter that will be sent to the veterans once he/she enrolls in the system. The Veteran should carry this form regardless
on whether he /she uses a hospital that bills FMP directly or not. Forms were passed out to members present. Enrollment forms have also been sent out via E-mail to membership that have up to date E-mail addresses. Also the forms and instructions
can be found on our Col B J Smith Post 9892 Facebook site. Additionally, you can download the form and read more about the FMP Program here: https://www.va.gov/communitycare/programs/veterans/fmp/index.asp For more information contact Comrade
Reyes for information. Updates to the FMP will be sent out via E-mail for those who have up to date addresses and via our Facebook site. Remember to sign up early.
Presently, C & P exams are no longer performed at the VAOPC Manila. The contracted VES is scheduling C&P exams. So far, there are two locations where these exams are being conducted: Palayan City, Nueva Ecija and Cavite.
Travel pay is not authorized for these exams. More information will be provided by the VA on this issue.
Comrade Reyes reminds everybody to update their contact
information with E-Benefits, the VFW National site at www.vfw.org and with the VAOPC Manila—both outpatient and the Benefits side of the building. You can update with the Outpatient side via www.MyHealtheVet.gov.
NOTE: From Vicki Randal, Director of VAOPC Manila
Good morning Mr. Reyes,
Nothing is changing in the clinic. You can still get your primary and specialty
care, medications, labs, prosthetics, etc. as long as you are actively enrolled in the clinic. What has changed is all care in the community is provided by way of the FMP effective Oct 1st. The sooner you register with FMP the better because VA Manila will
not be able to pay for care in the community after Sept 30.
With regard to hospitals transitioning to FMP, we are currently meeting with hospitals to inform them of the change. We met with Lorma on Thursday and they agreed to bill FMP. However
please understand you must provide them a copy of your FMP benefits authorization letter. The letter details all of your service connected conditions and that is both you and Lorma's guarantee FMP will pay. Anything that is not on the letter e.g. Non Service
Connect is your responsibility.
Please understand when you get care outside the clinic and a physician prescribes you medications or prosthetics, these will have to be purchased by you and reimbursed from FMP.
All medications and
prosthetics prescribed by your VA doctor are provided by the clinic for your Service Connected condition.
We don't have a complete list of hospitals that have agreed to transition to FMP. The facilities that have agreed as of Friday are: Lorma
Medical Center, La Union; Sacred Heart, Angeles; The Medical City Clark; Baypoint, Olongapo; The Medical City, Ortigas; Manila Doctors and Divine Grace in Cavite. I have appointments already scheduled with the other hospital. Should have a complete list by
the end of August.
Veterans with appointments in the clinic are asked to complete FMP application before they leave. We have faxed over 400 applications to FMP.
50/50 Total: 1,000 Pesos
Winner: Comrade Darkus
Winner amount: 500
Post amount: 500 Pesos
Poppy: 230 Pesos
Meeting closed at 1100 hours in accordance with VFW ritual with 10 members present. The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will
be 12 September 2017 @ 10:00 a.m. at Paradise Inn, Acapulco Beach, San Francisco, San Fernando City, La Union.
/s/Charlie Spain /s/Wayne
"Bud" St. Onge