MONTHLY MINUTES FOR: 14 September 21
Due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine and travel restrictions throughout the island of Luzon, Republic of the Philippines this meeting was done using group video conferencing with the Zoom Application. Opening ceremonies for a regular meeting conducted in accordance with Veterans of Foreign Wars Ritual; meeting opened at 0900 hours. Opening prayers were given by Commander Webber.
ROLL CALL OF OFFICERS
• Commander – Rhett Webber – Present
• Senior Vice Commander – Andrew Dzurissin– Present
• Junior Vice Commander – Edward “Pete” Brozowski– Present
• Quartermaster – Tim Aukshun- Present
• Chaplain - James Rodgers - Present
• Trustee One – Garret Bridges - Present
• Trustee Two – Fred Russian – Present
• Trustee Three –Roscoe McGlynn – Present
• Adjutant – Bud St.Onge - Present
• Judge Advocate – Bud St.Onge – Present
• Surgeon –Andrew Dzurissin—Present
• Safety Officer – Rhett Webber – Present
• Service Officer – Bobby Reyes – Present
• Assistant Service Officer – Rhett Webber
• Scholarship Committee Chairman—Tim Aukshun—Present
• Seam Squirrel – Rhett Webber – Present
• National Home/POW/MIA Chairman - Rhett Webber – Present
• Webmaster – Pete Brozowski – Present
• Historian—Pete Brozowski—Present
• OOD—Garrett Bridges - Present
There were 12 members in attendance.
Commander Webber recognized the following distinguished attendees:
• All past Department, District and Post Commanders.
o Current District 7 Commander and past Post Commander: Bobby Reyes
o Past All American District 7 Commander and Post Commander: Tim Aukshun
o Past District 7 Commander and Post Commander: Bud St Onge
READING, REFERRING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS: Howard A. Williams has submitted an application to transfer to our post. His application was approved by the membership committee. Comrade Brozowski made a motion to accept Comrade Williams as a transfer, seconded by Comrade Reyes. No discussion. Motion approved.
READING OF MINUTES: The Minutes from the August 10, 2021 meeting have been posted on the Post website and distributed via email. A motion to accept the minutes, as distributed and posted, was made by Comrade Reyes, seconded by Comrade Brozowski. No discussion. Motion approved.
QUARTERMASTER’S REPORT: The Post’s financial status was read by QM Aukshun. A motion to accept the Quartermaster’s Report, upon audit, was made by QM Aukshun, seconded by Comrade McGlynn. No discussion. Motion approved. Comrade Allen Wilson made a generous donation of $200 USD to the post. Thank you!
READING OF BILLS: None
OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE: A letter was distributed to all posts within the DPA, written by the Department Chief of Staff, Pete Callaghan. He is asking for members to email him the details of their dealings with the FMP and to document the terrible service they received from that program. The more specific examples of FMP’s shortcomings we have, the more likely our complaints will not fall on deaf ears. It is important to provide him with specifics – names, dates (month and year), and details of the FMP’s poor performance. The complete letter is an attachment to these minutes and can also be found in the August 2021 edition of the Pacific Times.
COMRADE OR FAMILY OF A COMRADE IN DISTRESS:
• JD Keller, is convalescing at home.
• Joe Dager is convalescing at home.
• Larry Purdy is convalescing at home.
• Jim Kiper is convalescing at home.
REPORT OF SERVICE OFFICER:
• VAOPC Manila is now hosting VA Training by subject matter experts through Zoom in the USA. I will will be inviting D7 District and Post Service Officer to attend these one hour long training sessions. VA OPC Manila is seeking suggestions for future trainig sessions. Next training session will be on Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance, including Chapter 35.
• Unmet Needs may now be used overseas. Unmet Needs are to pay for rent, utilities, cellphone bills and car payments, etc. It may also be used to cover medical expenses if not covered by Tricare or FMP. The applicant must “sell it” to Lynn Rolf, VFW UNMET NEEDS Coordinator. Vets must apply directly to the Office On-line and must be receiving VA Pension or Disability to be eligible.
• CLAIMS: A reminder to look at our post Webpage and you will find the documents that most people would use to file a claim. Your post service officer and District Service Officer can assist you. The post Service Officer will forward the paperwork through the District 7 Service Officer and Assistant Department Service Officer. Claimants can set up a Zoom or telephone appointment with the Post Service Officer using the Email SO9892@vfwpacific.org VA Form 21-22 must be filled out giving the VFW Power of Attorney to assist with the claim.
• VAOPC Manila will continue to have telephone appointments until further notice, although they do have limited face to face appointments. We advise that you check with them prior to your appointment, to confirm it. Ensure that they have your current phone number on file, as they will be contacting you by phone or by secure messaging in My Healthy Vet. There are strict guidelines that must be followed for clinic visits. Some specialty doctors are no longer available at the clinic. Check with the clinic to confirm your options for receiving specialty care. In most cases you will have to be treated by a private doctor and seek reimbursement from FMP (Foreign Medical Plan).The VA can also provide you a VES exam with a local doctor at no cost to the Veteran.
• See our VFW 9892 Website entitled, “VA Survivors Benefits”. Here veterans and survivors can find information on filing and be able to download forms. There are many links to documents on our Website. We have been receiving positive feedback on its content. Of interest is the link “Planning Your Legacy”. It is a rather large download as this is a book that will give guidance to the veteran and family. www.vfwpost9892.com We have a link to the page on our Facebook also.
• Emailed information:
o Veterans Advisory Board meeting minutes August 18, 2021 o Information paper on the 4th quarter Veterans Advisory Board meeting (SSD)
o VSC (Veterans Service Claims) updates, August 18, 2021
o Accreditation and Discipline Program Office of General Council
o VA Solid start program
REPORTS OF OFFICERS:
• COMMANDERS REPORT: Sent via email
• SURGEON: Sent via email
• JUDGE ADVOCATE: None
• CHAPLAIN: None • HISTORIAN: None
• SAFETY OFFICER: Sent via email
COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REPORTS:
• COMMUNITY SERVICE: All CSRs shall be inputted on the new VFW DPA page at www.vfwpacific.org
• BUDDY POPPY: None
• NATIONAL HOME: Sent via email
• POW/MIA: Sent via email
• MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT: None
• BUDGET COMMITTEE: Sent via email
• SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE: None
• SEAM SQUIRREL: PT-7 meeting to follow VFW meeting
• CHILI COOK OFF: See unfinished business.
A motion was made by Comrade Reyes to accept all committee reports, seconded by Comrade McGlynn. Some discussion. Motion approved.
REMEMBER OUR NATIONAL HOME: A prayer was said by Chaplin Rodgers, in remembrance of our National Home.
• Post 9892 Birthday celebration is on hold and will be scheduled once we have our first physical GMM at Crown & Anchor.
• CHILI COOK OFF: We regret to inform everyone that this year’s event is officially cancelled. Many meetings were held with several Municipalities and Resorts to see if there was any way possible to make this work. Comrade Brozowski has put a lot of effort into finding a way to have this event. The COVID restrictions fluctuate here daily and having an assembly of a large group of people is not viewed favorably by the Philippine Department of Health. The risk of this being a failure, at a financial lose to the post, is very high. This is our annual fund raiser and we cannot run the risk of this being cancelled at any time prior to the event. Comrade Reyes made a motion to officially cancel the event for 2021, seconded by Comrade McGlynn, some discussion, motion approved. However, we will have our annual raffle on November 27th at 1200 hours. All the tickets are sold. Thank you to all that helped sell tickets
• The VAOPC Manila is providing the J&J Vaccine to ALL veterans until September 21st, or until they run out. Contact the VAOPC Manila to schedule an appointment to receive the shot. It is only for a limited time that the vaccine(s) will be offered to veterans' spouses and widows. Please get the word out and plan ahead. All those interested must register with the clinic and make an appointment. Walk ins may be accommodated Monday – Friday 0900 – 1100. If you make an appointment, you will be guaranteed to receive the vaccine. When their supply runs out, they have to wait for another shipment. Get your vaccine by September 21st. We will keep you updated on this each month.
GOOD OF THE ORDER:
• Comrade Reyes encourages all post members to follow/friend the two DPA Facebook Pages: "DPA Official Communications" and "DPA Around the Pacific" and to sign up for the VFW Action Weekly on www.vfw.org up to date information on what the VFW is doing on the legislative front and to get involved in the VFW “running membership drive”.
• The new Department of Pacific Areas Webpage is www.vfwpacific.org Log in to Members Only to input CSR data using the member’s VFW membership number and your last name as the password.
• VA ID: If you or a dependent need to replace a VA ID card, inform the receptionist, when you arrive for a scheduled appointment at the clinic and they will direct you to the staff that can help you. You must have a clinic appointment in order to request this additional service. Make sure you have two photo ID’s (Retirement ID/ card, US Passport, etc., to show at the check in desk.
• The deadline for submission of contestants for the annual Patriots Pen award is October 31, 2021. For more information on this, contact Commander Webber
50/50 DRAWING: None
BUDDY POPPY: None
Meeting closed at 1010 hours in accordance with VFW ritual. The next Col B.J. Smith VFW Post 9892 meeting will be October 12, 2021 @ 0900, at Crown & Anchor Resto, # 475 National Highway, Barangay Pagdalagan Sur, Bauang, La Union. However, if we are still in quarantine, we will have the meeting via Zoom.