Georgia AmLegion Post 304

This Weblog is for the exclusive use of members of Post 304 of the Georgia American Legion in Kennesaw/Acworth, GA. It may be used for numerous purposes but will be primarily a site for communicating information to our members.

If you wish to post a "blog" on this weblog, please contact me at: dburdette488@bellsouth - I will either post it for your or advise you how to do it yourself.

Snail mailing address for the Post: American Legion Post 304, P.O. Box 15, Kennesaw, GA 30156-0015.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

A New Defense Department program should ease the financial hardships of NATIONAL GUARDSMEN and Reservists who suffer income loss when on active duty. The program rules limit eligibility to only those at the very end of the longest mobilizations. RIRP will pay the difference between their total monthly military pay and their 12-month average civilian income up to a maximum of $3,000 per month. RIRP expires in 2008. Studies indicate that from 25% to 50% of Guardsmen and Reservists suffer income loss when on active duty. They now become eligible RIRP for any full month following the date they complete the requisite eligibility service requirements, which include one of the following: Be serving on active duty in an involuntary status and have completed 18 continuous months of involuntary active duty, (or) have completed 24 cumulative months of involuntary active duty within the last 60 months, ( or) be serving on involuntary active duty for a period of 180 days or more that starts within six months of separation from a previous period on involuntary active duty for at least 180 days. [Source: NGAUS NOTES - August 11, 2006]

Spouses of Seriously Injured Service Members May Get Education Benefits Sooner:
Senators Larry Craig (R-ID) and Daniel Akaka (D-HI), the Chairman and Ranking Member respectively of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, have introduced legislation that could possibly speed up education benefits to spouses of severely injured service members. Similar legislation is introduced in the House. Under current law, when a service member is discharged from the military as a "permanently and totally disabled" veteran, the veteran's spouse is eligible for education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs through a program called Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance. The change would allow spouses to have immediate eligibility for educational benefits when the service member is hospitalized or receiving treatment and awaiting discharge from the service. The Craig-Akaka legislation is expected to be acted on before the Senate adjourns for their October recess. It is also under fast-track consideration in the House. (Leg Update 22 Sept 06)

Veteran ID Cards and Patient ID Cards to Be Replaced:
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that all VA health care facilities are beginning an aggressive campaign to assure that enrolled veterans with old versions of its ID cards are issued the new Veterans Identification Card (VIC). VA decided to initiate the mass replacement to reduce veteran vulnerability to identity theft and to demonstrate VA's commitment to securing the confidential personal information of all enrolled veterans. VA indicates that prior versions of its identification cards display sensitive information such as social security number and date of birth on the front of the card. The new VIC, which was introduced in 2004, removed the sensitive information from the face of the card. Since the new VIC was introduced in March 2004, approximately 2.4 million enrolled veterans have been issued the new VIC. VHA estimates that between 3 and 4 million enrolled veterans have not yet been issued a new VIC. VA hopes to complete the massive replacement program within the next 12 months. For more information about the new VIC card, contact your Medical Center's Eligibility & Enrollment Office or visit the VA's Eligibility Web site at
American Legion to Sen. Kerry: Apologize Now

INDIANAPOLIS, October 31, 2006

The National Commander of The American Legion called on Sen. John Kerry to apologize for suggesting that American troops in Iraq are uneducated.

"As a constituent of Senator Kerry's I am disappointed. As leader of The American Legion, I am outraged," said National Commander Paul A. Morin. "A generation ago, Sen. Kerry slandered his comrades in Vietnam by saying that they were rapists and murderers. It wasn't true then and his warped view of today's heroes isn't true now."

While addressing a group of college students at a campaign rally in Pasadena, CA., Monday, Kerry suggested that they receive an education or "if you don't, you'll get stuck in Iraq."

"While The American Legion shares the senator's appreciation for education, the troops in Iraq represent the most sophisticated, technologically superior military that the world has ever seen," Morin said. "I think there is a thing or two that they could teach most college professors and campus elitists about the way the world works.

"And while we are on the topic of education, why doesn't the senator and his comrades in Congress improve the GI Bill so all of today's military members - reserves and guard included - can achieve the educational aspirations that the senator so highly values?" Morin said. "The senator's false and outrageous attack was over-the-top and he should apologize now."

The 2.7-million member American Legion,, is the nation's largest veterans organization.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Reminders for October, November, 2006

Meetings and Events Reminders to Post 304 Legionnaires:

(1) Regular Membership Meeting: GA National Guard Armory, 1901 McCollum Pkwy, Kennesaw. Thursday, October 19, 2006. Get-together at 6:45 p.m., meeting starts at 7:15. Front door will be open for this meeting, so you may park and enter through the front door.

(2) Veteran's Memorial Service - November 4, 2006, at United Methodist Church, 4340 Collins Circle, Acworth, Georgia 30101. Starts at 6:30 p.m. with displays from veteran's groups (including our Post 304) in the assembly hall and service will start at 7:30. This was an especially moving service last year and we hope that you will all take advantage of this occasion to honor your fellow veterans. Chorale groups from a couple of local high schools and an impressive color guard performed at the event. Call David Burdette at (770) 428-0400 if you need directions.

(3) Patriot's Point Veteran's Memorial Dedication - November 11, 2006 at Cauble Park (Patriot's Point) on Lake Acworth in Acworth. Dedication commences at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Most Veteran's Groups in North Cobb and Cartersville will be represented. This should be an impressive ceremony - please try to attend.

(4) District Five GA American Legion meeting - November 12, 2006. Will be at Post 294 in Powder Springs. Commences at 10:00 a.m. Usually over by 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be served ($5.00 each) and there is usually a 50/50 drawing. Hope to see you there.

(5) Regular Membership Meeting: GA National Guard Armory, 1901 McCollum Pkwy, Kennesaw. Thursday, November 16, 2006. Get-together at 6:45 p.m., meeting starts at 7:15. Front door will be open for this meeting, so you may park and enter through the front door.