Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have introduced VFW-supported S. 1436, Critical Health Access Resource and Grant Extensions (CHARGE) Act of 2023 to extend essential veteran programs and authorities that are set to expire on May 11. The bill includes provisions related to homelessness, caregivers, and State Veterans Homes. VFW National Legislative Director Pat Murray commented, “Combating veteran homelessness is more than just simply providing a roof over a person’s head, and oftentimes is accompanied by other financial struggles. A critical component of the CHARGE Act is allowing for more flexibility to assist veterans struggling to acquire food, clothing, hygiene materials, and other items needed for daily life. The VFW thanks Sens. Tester and Murkowski for their commitment to eliminating veteran homelessness.”
Visit PACTActInfo.org: The VFW-championed PACT Act added more than twenty presumptive conditions for burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxins, extending VA benefits and compensation to toxic-exposed veterans and their surviving families more than ever before. Who does the PACT Act affect? How do I know if I qualify? How do I join to help the fight? The VFW has developed a quick and easy questionnaire to determine potential eligibility under the PACT Act. Visit PACTActInfo.org to learn more about PACT Act eligibility and to be connected with a VFW Service Officer for assistance with your VA claim.
IMPORTANT NOTARY UPDATE! As of March 1, 2023, we are no longer offering Residency verification to apply for a Thai driver’s license or buy/sell a vehicle in Thailand. In Bangkok, please contact the Thai Immigration Bureau’s Chaeng Wattana Office (Counter B, 1st Floor) or the nearest regional immigration office in other provinces to obtain a certificate of residence from Thai Immigration Bureau. For more information, please refer to our Fact Sheet (PDF 181KB). https://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/notaries-public/ IMPORTANT PASSPORT UPDATE! Customers are required to mail adult passport renewal applications (Form DS-82) to U.S. Embassy Bangkok. There are no appointments available to renew adult passports at U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai. Customers who appear at U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai requesting adult passport renewal (Form DS-82) will be required to mail their passport application to U.S. Embassy Bangkok. From April 10th 2023, the U.S. Mission in Thailand will no longer provide a linkage letter with newly issued passports. You may present the cancelled and current passport to the Thai Immigration Bureau or the nearest regional immigration office in other provinces to have your Thai visa transferred to your new passport.
The 118th Congress is now in session. Although there were significant legislative victories for veterans in 2022, there is still work to be done. The VFW 2023 Priority Goals include Budget; Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs; Education, Employment, and Transition Assistance; Health Care; Military Quality of Life; and National Security, Foreign Affairs, and POW/MIA. The VFW will continue to work diligently to ensure members of the newly seated Congress improve care and benefits for veterans, service members, and their families.
An intention is about connecting with your mission, aspiration and purpose. Setting and revisiting your intentions can help you realize your goals. Evaluate where you are in your life, what matters most to you and set a goal for your own whole health! Take five minutes to set intentions for 2023 with this guided video meditation.
Now is a great time to get to know your TRICARE plan—especially if you recently enrolled in TRICARE or changed your plan during open season. Here are some TRICARE basics to be familiar with.
A announced it began processing PACT Act benefits claims for eligible terminally ill veterans as of Dec.12. While PACT Act claims for all other veterans will begin on Jan. 1, 2023, VA was able to expedite processing for terminally ill veterans to ensure these veterans receive their earned benefits on the earliest possible date.
Chiang Mai Immigration's new service point in Central Festival shopping mall Open from Monday - Friday 09.00-12.00, 13.00-17.00 Services offered are: 1. Short-term visa extension for tourist visa 2. Visa for teachers / instructors / students (private/government) that are already registered in the system 3. Family visa 4. Re-instatement of Thai nationality for a person whose father/mother is a Thai national 5. Transporting a current visa from an old passport to a new one 6. Requesting permission to re-enter the Kingdom 7. 90 days reporting
Have you recently come across a health care term and weren’t quite sure what it meant? It’s OK. Health care coverage is full of terms you may not know. To help you better understand your TRICARE benefit, here’s a list of commonly used health care terms and definitions.
We understand the challenges veterans, service members and military families can face and believe that experiencing financial difficulties should not be one of them. That's the premise behind the VFW's Unmet Needs program. Unmet Needs is there to help America's military families who have run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity or injury. The program provides financial aid grants of up to $1,500 to assist with basic life needs in the form of a grant - not a loan - so no repayment is required. To further ease the burden, we pay the creditor directly. The needs of our veterans, service members and their families should never go unmet. Let us offer you a hand up when you need it! For additional information, and to see if you or someone you know qualifies for a grant through the Unmet Needs program, please review the Unmet Needs eligibility criteria.
VFW National Home for Children: The National Home was founded in 1925 as a place where the families left behind by war could remain together. Today’s families face different challenges, and the National Home has evolved over decades to meet those needs. The community is open to the families of active duty military personnel, veterans, and relatives of VFW and VFW Auxiliary members. Families can be one or both parents with one or more children.
Make sure veterans, their family and friends understand the “Signs” and what to do if they see one or more of these signs. 1) Thinking about hurting or killing themselves, 2) Looking for ways to kill themselves, 3) Talking about death, dying, or suicide, 4) Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc., 5) Hopelessness, feeling like there is no way out, 6) Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, mood swings, 7) Feeling like there is no reason to live, 8) Rage or anger, 9) Engaging in risky activities without thinking, 10) Increasing alcohol and drug abuse, 11) Withdrawing from family and friends.
Finding the health care resources you need can be difficult, especially if you’re living or traveling overseas. That’s why International SOS Government Services, Inc., the TRICARE Overseas Program (TOP) contractor, created MyCare Overseas. This is a new self-service tool for those enrolled in TOP Prime, TOP Prime Remote, or TOP Select. And it helps you get all of the information you need from one place.
American Citizen Services (ACS) for U.S. Mission Thailand. We provide a range of services and information. All non-emergency consular services, including passport applications, notarizations and reports of birth abroad, require an appointment. We will not accept walk-ins. This assists us in providing prompt and efficient consular services to American Citizens residing in and visiting Thailand. We provide American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai.
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Provide a dues stipend to individuals to join our Post. ($30, maximum of 6 individuals) Provide a stipend to members wishing to upgrade to LIFE or LEGACY. ($100, maximum of 4 members) Contact Our Quartermaster, email@example.com.
IN COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THE WORLD, IN EVERY WAY IMAGINABLE, VETERANS ARE STILL SERVING. All Members are encouraged to become involved with our Post's Community Outreach, Ceremonies and Events. Families are always welcomed to become involved.
The POW/MIA flag is displayed at selected federal facilities on six designated days: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day. National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979. There is an annual Presidential proclamation commemorating the third Friday in September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
Would you like your business to be viewed every day by 100s of potential customers across Thailand? If so, help support our Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 12074 website. Donate $100 (or ฿3,000), and we will post your logo on our homepage for one year. When your potential customers click on your logo, they are directed to a dedicated page on our website that you control. You control the message on your dedicated page. You can post news relevant to your business and create links to your homepage, Facebook page, or other links to promote your business.
As yesterday's defenders of freedom, we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group. Our common bond is the battlefield, whether it is service while currently on Active Duty or any Veteran who has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, The Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, the war on terrorism or peace-keeping expeditionary campaigns or one of the many Operations where hazardous duty pay, or a campaign medal was awarded. Your courage and sacrifice have made a difference in preserving and defending world peace.
o Post Monthly Meeting at the Gymkhana ClubFirst Saturday of each Month
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Meeting ID: 837 1700 7800Passcode: 544950
Join us after the meeting for lunch and comradeship.
o Gather all personal information together in case of incapacitation or death. Don't make your situation any more stressful than it will be for your survivor. I've attached the "What My Family Should Know" form to make the collection of your personal information easier. To download Click Here.
...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.
WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.
A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. - William Shakespeare
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Our Mission: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.
"That the purpose of this Corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable, and educational: to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their surviving spouses and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies."
Roy Mark is the Quartermaster of VFW Post 12074 in Chiang Mai. His books, FIXIN’ TO DIE RAG and LIVE BY CHANCE, LOVE BY CHOICE, KILL BY PROFESSION, are available in print and e-book formats on Amazon.com and other online bookstores. His short story, THE TEXAN AND THE ICE-BOY, is available as an e-book on Amazon.com. He has other short stories that you may enjoy reading on his website, RoyMark.org.
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