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 Planning Calendar - 2017-2018
 VFW Fact Sheet - 2017-2018
June 4, 2017 C of A minutes
 
All life members who are reported deceased between July 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017, will be removed from the Post rolls and the Post’s prior year membership count will be adjusted accordingly.
 

The deadline for newspaper articles is Aug 10. Please get them to me by then. If you know of someone else that should be getting this but I did not include, please forward it to them. If you get pictures at National, please forward them also. This paper will be out in Sept. The next paper will be out in January. If you have any activities planned at your post or District between Sept and Jan, please feel free to send in an advertisement about the event. This way everyone in the Department can know about it. Thank you for your help and cooperation. Mark Decker
 
New Mexico Post Earns National Award
 
New Mexico VFW Post Earns National Award Post 11999 provides rest and relaxation to America’s wounded warriors
 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 13, 2017) – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce Sacramento Mountain VFW Post 11999 in Cloudcroft, N.M., has been selected to receive the prestigious Fred C. Hall Memorial Outstanding Post Special Project Award in honor of its "Warriors in Transition Event” project.
The VFW’s Fred C. Hall award recognizes VFW Posts, County Councils, Districts and Departments for unique and outstanding community service projects.
 
VFW Post 11999 is being recognized for helping service members from the nearby Fort Bliss (Texas) Warrior Transition Battalion and their families to rest and recuperate from their traumas of war in a peaceful, alpine environment. Since 2011, Post members have generously donated their time and money, working with the local community to ensure visiting service members and their families receive accommodations, meals, and access to activities like fishing, hiking, swimming, and other outdoor recreational entertainment – free of charge.
 
"The healing, relaxation and peace VFW Post 11999 provides to the brave men and women of our Warrior Transition Battalions is extremely important,” said VFW National Commander Brian Duffy. "They — and their families — have already sacrificed so much for our country. This program truly exemplifies the VFW’s mission of service to others.”
 
Representatives from the Post will be honored at the 118th VFW National Convention in New Orleans, La., July 22-26, and receive a $10,000 service scholarship for future community projects. They will also receive a plaque congratulating them for this exceptional project.
 
Purple Heart Award Recipients to be Honored at Santa Fe Ceremony
Saturday, August 26 (10am)
Santa Fe Veterans Memorial
407 Galisteo St. (NW Corner of the Bataan Memorial Bldg.)

(SANTA FE, NM) –Our nation’s Purple Heart Award recipients will be honored at a special Purple Heart Recognition Ceremony in Santa Fe on Saturday, August 26.
Purple Heart recipients, their family members, friends, and the public are invited to attend the 10 a.m. ceremony at the Santa Fe Veterans Memorial, located at 407 Galisteo Street (on the northeast corner of the Bataan Memorial Building).
For more information, contact Josetta Rodriguez at josetta.rodriguez@state.nm.us, or terence.shotkoski@carriageservices.com.
 
 New VA Form Determines National Cemetery Eligibility
 
VA now provides eligibility determinations for internment in a VA National Cemetery prior to the time of need.
Interested individuals may submit VA Form 40-10007 "Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery” along with their DD214 or discharge document to the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office.
 Once Received, VA will review the application and provide the veteran with a written notice of eligibility.
 
Please Note: This program does not reserve spaces in a National cemetery, it only provides veterans with a document that will help to expedite the burial process once the need for service arises.
For more information and to obtain a copy of the form please visit www.cem.va.gov/pre-need/