Post Members Monthly Meeting


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, [Correspondence and hard copies of Reports are available in the VFW Post Office files.]


Commander St. Onge made the following temporary appointments for this meeting:  Comrade  Dzurissin - OOD. 

 Opening 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.


Commander - Bud St. Onge - Present

Senior Vice Commander - Andrew Dzurissin – Present

Junior 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  – Present

Bingo Chairman – Charlie Spain - Excused

Elementary 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:

            Gary Moore

            Anthony N Tsamardinos

            Mark Alexander                                                                 

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.

 QUARTERMASTER’S 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.


 SURGEON - See attached

JUDGE ADVOCATE – All is well.

CHAPLAIN – No Report

HISTORIAN – We are up to date.                                                                                        


COMMUNITY SERVICE Comrade Reyes – Reports are in.

SAFETY REPORT  - Report Attached.


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.

 Motion 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.


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:  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 and with the VAOPC Manila—both outpatient and the Benefits side of the building.  You can update with the Outpatient side via

LATE 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 Pesos

Post amount:       500 Pesos

Buddy 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

     Adjutant                                                 Commander