29 Mar 2018 -- Vietnam Veteran Program


29 March 2018
Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins
3:00 p.m.

Join the Nation
Thank a Vietnam Veteran
for Service to our Nation!

New Medicare Cards - and a related Scam


This is pretty important to get to people with Medicare, their families and friends or adult kids who help parents with Medicare. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself, family and friends throughout the US.

Starting 4/1/18 Medicare will start a year long project to replace all current Medicare cards for beneficiaries to convert to alphanumeric ID numbers. Currently the ID number is your social security number. This is starting to hit the media.
Scammers are opportunistic -
First of all the new Medicare card will come to you in the mail. You don't need to request it or do anything. It will show up.

Somebody from "MEDICARE " will call to tell you you are getting a new Medicare card. But until it comes you will need a temporary card. Fee for the card is between $5-50 dollars. They want personal information, bank account or credit card so they can process your temporary card.

Medicare will never call you unless you ask them to. Medicare does all communications by mail unless you ask them to call. Ditto for anybody saying they "work with Medicare to make sure you get everything you are entitled to" .

First of all spread the word. Feel free to share these notes. Use your answering machine to screen calls or just don't even answer a number you don't recognize. If it has happened to you or your friends or loved ones and personal info had been given out (happens considerably more often than you think so don't feel
bad or stupid ) immediately take action to protect yourself against identity theft.

This is the Government website;
https://www.medicare.gov/ forms-help-and-resources/your- medicare-card.html


12 Mar 2018 - Utah Golf Foundation Veterans on Course

The first Utah Golf Foundation Veterans on Course event of the 2018 season at Gladstan Golf Course opens for registration this coming Monday, March 12th at midnight. The event will be capped at 60 participants. Register here to claim your spot: https://www.classy.org/payson/events/voc-at-gladstan/e166624

Please forward this email to any veterans or active military you know who may be interested in Veterans on Course.  View the 2018 VOC schedule at utahgolffoundation.org.

Thank you for your service!
Megan Huntsman
Program Director
Utah Golf Foundation
(385) 347-5009
4444 S. 700 E. Suite 105, Millcreek, UT 84107

Addn'l note from Bruce Solomon: 

Vets here can apply for any of the dates and any of the courses but can only participate in one, but must understand that geographical preferences may not allow non-residents.

27 April 2018 - AFJROTC National Awards

Let me thank you once again for your awesome support of our AFJROTC program.  We honestly could not run this program without the many people like you who believe in these cadets as our future. Therefore, it is my pleasure to let you know, that our annual National Awards Ceremony is scheduled at the Pine View High School Auditorium on Friday, 27 Apr 2018. The actual ceremony starts at 1900 in the Pine View High Auditorium, with a Social and Light Meal starting at 1730 hours in the Pine View High School Commons Area.  We would like to ask you to ensure all of your organization’s members are aware so they can plan to show support to this great bunch of youth.
Please let us know who will be presenting your awards by providing their name, rank, title, phone number and e-mail address. If there are any specific requirements for your award that we need to be aware of, please let us know in order for us to ensure that the right person receives the right award. Thanks for your fantastic support throughout the years for the great students in this community! Please email any questions or concerns. We all are looking forward to your visit and support of tomorrow's leaders from Washington County.

Gerald A. Thomas, SMSgt, USAF (Ret.)
Aerospace Science Instructor
Pine View High School UT-20161
(435) 628-5255 (w)
(435) 632-8447 (c)
(435) 628-0327 (f)

29 Mar - Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day

Good Evening Everyone – VVA/AVVA, All Veterans and Veterans Supporters:

After Utah became the 23rd State to gain observance of March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day in legislation spearheaded by Dennis Howland, Representative Curt Oda, Utah State Council and Chapter 1079 Vietnam Veterans of America, we finally got our national day with the action of newly elected President Donald Trump last March.

I am organizing a ceremony at the Utah State Capitol for March 29, 1100 hours.  Will include a placing of a wreath at the memorial to honor the 366 young men from Utah lost in our War.  WILL BE ON THE WEST LAWN AT THE MEMORIAL.  PROBABLY NOT IN THE ROTUNDA.  I HOPE OUR COMMUNITIES WILL BE ON BOARD WITH PROCLAMATIONS HONORING ALL VIETNAM VETERANS.

Next year a ceremony from our Wall which will be dedicated July 14 in Layton Commons Park.  Please share this info and the Secretary's message below).
Thank you!
Dennis Howland
Utah State Council President
Vietnam Veterans of America

VA Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
In 2017, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act designating March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.  Our Nation's Vietnam War Commemoration is an opportunity for all Americans to recognize, honor, and thank our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice during one of the longest wars in our country's history.  As a commemorative partner, VA joins nearly 10,000 organizations across the Nation supporting the Department of Defense in this mission to honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans.  I encourage all VA leaders to either host ceremonies or participate in community events during the period March 25 – 29, 2018, to express our tremendous gratitude to this generation of warriors and their families.
The commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the United States' involvement in Vietnam—November 1, 1955 – May 7, 1975.  Nine million Americans, approximately 7.2 million living today, served during that period.  The commemoration makes no distinction between Veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years.  All answered the call to duty.
Thank you for your continued service to VA and America's Veterans.
David J. Shulkin, M.D.

21 February 2018 - Veterans Benefits Open House at Ivins Nursing Home

State and Federal Benefits Fair

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 11am to 3pm