Get Out the Vote

Get out the VoteThe American Legion encourages all to renew their commitment for continued service to this country by being politically active as individuals.

Visit the American Legion Vote site:

City of Palm Beach Gardens – Media Advisory

The following Media Advisory comes from the City of Palm Beach Gardens:

STOP DATE: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

City of Palm Beach Gardens
4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Contact: Christy Wolnewitz
Phone: 561-630-1107

Veterans Day Ceremony

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014 , join the City of Palm Beach Gardens at 11 a.m. to honor those brave individuals who have served or are currently serving in our nation’s Armed Forces.

The Veterans Day Ceremony takes place at Veterans Plaza, 10500 North Military Trail, PBG , and includes the Palm Beach Gardens Police and Fire Honor Guard presenting the colors, as well as music by the Palm Beach Gardens High School “Pizzazz” Chorus.

This event is complimentary and open to the public.
Call (561) 630-1100 or email for more information

Veterans Weekly … December 18th

Lane Closure on Avenue of the Masters

The golf maintenance facility on Avenue of the Masters has been under construction for over a year. The work is almost complete and the driveway apron coming in from Ave of the Masters needs to be repaired to correct a huge standing water problem that floods the sidewalk and street. This will require extensive lane closures on Avenue of the Masters. Get the details by clicking here.

New Rule Could Aid Veterans’ Access to Health Care for Some Traumatic Injuries

The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved new regulations to make it easier for veterans to receive health care and compensation for certain illnesses, including Parkinsonism, dementia, and depression, which have been linked to traumatic brain injury. Read the story here in the New York Times

Are you enrolled in the VA Health Care System?

All Veterans are encouraged to enroll in the VA Health Care System. To begin the process, you need to complete an Application for Health Care Benefits. You can submit the form online, or you may print the form and mail it to the VA at:

 VA Medical Center
Attention – Enrollment, MAS 136E
7305 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33410

You can get more details at this link: You can also bring the form to the Medical Center. The Enrollment Office is located on the first floor at the east end of the hospital. The application form is available at this link:

You’ll need your DD214 to enroll… here’s how to get a copy

Military personnel records can include DD 214s/Separation Documents, service personnel records found within the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), and medical records. Military personnel records can be used for proving military service or as a valuable tool in genealogical research. You can order a copy of your DD214 from the National Archives at this link:

West Palm Beach American Legion Riders Make Donations to VA Medical Center

ALRiders2013On December 13, 2013, members of the American Legion Riders donated $9000 to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center to benefit Veterans and returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.  The program was conceived by American Legion Rider Frank Cook, known as “Pipes”. Cook and his wife Kathy, known as “Cookie”, contacted the West Palm Beach VA Voluntary Service, verified Veteran need, and began the first Poker Run Fundraiser in 2008. Since then the American Legion Riders have raised over $55,000, including the 2013 contribution! – See more at:

Dental Insurance Anyone?

Eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), can now purchase affordable dental insurance. The new program is a partnership between VA, Delta Dental and MetLife.
Get the details at:

Detecting Intimate Partner Violence

Researchers at the VA Boston Healthcare System, the VA National Center for PTSD and Boston University School of Medicine teamed up recently to study a quick and easy screening tool that detects if a female patient has recently experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). – Learn more at:

Construction on Avenue of the Masters

Lane-Closure1The golf maintenance facility on Avenue of the Masters has been under construction for over a year.  The work is almost complete and the driveway apron coming in from Ave of the Masters needs to be repaired to correct a huge standing water problem that floods the sidewalk and street.

Contractors will be raising the level of the catch basin and putting in asphalt to match the roadway as well as adding new curbing and sidewalk in the area.

Work is scheduled to begin Jan 6th and is estimated to take 2 weeks to complete, barring any weather issue.

Starting Jan 6th, the contractor will have the South-bound lane on Avenue of the Masters closed in front of golf maintenance during most of the business hours.  They will have flagmen in the roadway controlling the flow of traffic.  Also during this time that section of sidewalk will be closed as well.

Where possible, it is recommended that you use and alternate route between January 6th and January 20th

Veterans Weekly … December 11th

West Palm VA Medical Center on Facebook

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, which provides for the health care needs of Veterans in the West Palm Beach area, is not on Facebook. If you are a Facebook user, be sure to have a look at:

Warning: VA ID Cards Easily Scanned

Anyone with a smartphone and a bar code app can scan any Department of Veterans Affairs identification card issued since 2004, and the cardholder’s Social Security number immediately pops up on the screen. The Department of Veterans Affairs published warnings about the veterans information cards (VICs) on their website in 2011, and again in July 2013. The alert states, “Some bar code readers, including those available as applications on cell phones, can scan the bar code on the front of the card and reveal the veteran’s social security number.” VA has begun to work on a new type of card, which will not contain a Social Security number. Meanwhile, veterans should treat their current ID cards as carefully as they do their Social Security card, thereby preventing identity theft.
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Is Lack of Access to Care Killing Veterans?

In a November 20 article by S. Bronstein, N. Black, and D. Griffin, posted on the CNN website, a CNN investigation found that in South Carolina, veterans are dying needlessly because of long waits and delayed care. What’s worse, the VA is aware of the problems and has done almost nothing to effectively prevent veterans dying from delays in care, according to documents obtained by CNN and interviews with numerous experts. The problem has been especially dire at the Williams Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina. There, veterans waiting months for simple gastrointestinal procedures—such as a colonoscopy or endoscopy—have been dying because their cancers aren’t caught in time.
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MST Bill

VVA Voices Support for Sen. Gillibrand’s MST (Military Sexual Trauma) Bill

On Tuesday, November 19, at a press conference in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, VVA National Vice President Marsha Four affirmed VVA’s unequivocal support for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY)’s “Military Justice Improvement Act” (MJIA). Said Four, “Today we ask that military leadership place themselves or their children in the position of the victims, and yes, even that of the accused. Wouldn’t they want the best legal system and most experienced legal representation? Wouldn’t they cry for equitable justice, a justice to which any citizen of this country should have access? Isn’t it against the law to deny this justice?”
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Veterans and Agent Orange

Agent OrangeOn December 3, The Institute of Medicine released Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2012. In its review of all relevant literature published between October 2010 and September 2011, the committee integrated new findings with the previously assembled epidemiological data on each health outcome assessed with respect to exposure to the chemicals constituting the herbicides used in Vietnam, including the dioxin contaminant 2,3,7,8-TCDD.
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Veterans Weekly … December 4th

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

The City’s annual Tree Lighting is tonight, December 4th at the Burns Road Recreation Center from 6:00 pm to 8:00 PM. This fun, family event will feature “Candy Cane Trail” with children’s crafts and activities, live music, face painting and of course a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Food and drink items will be available for purchase. No admission fee. Don’t forget your camera and your children or grand children! Details here.

8th Annual Mayor’s Veterans Golf Classic – Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Palm Beach Gardens 8th Annual Mayor’s Veterans Golf Classic will be played on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the newly renovated Palm Beach Gardens Golf Course. For the first time, the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation has partnered with the City and will be a Co-Sponsor of the event. The Foundation’s efforts will help maximize the tournament’s charitable benefit to local veterans.

Over the past seven years the Classic has donated a total of $153,000 to our local Veterans Administration Medical Center.The event is sold out, but they could always use a few good volunteers! For more information visit the Palm Beach Gardens Recreation Center, the Police Foundation website at or the Palm Beach Gardens Golf Course (626-0166). The course is located at 11401 Northlake Boulevard. A copy of the event brochure can be seen by clicking here. The Color Guard Ceremony is at 8:00 a.m. and the Shotgun Start is at 9:00 a.m.

Spotlight: Women Veterans

Women Veterans

From the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs we learned that the Sunshine State is home to the third largest population of women veterans in the nation, with more than 160,000.

Many women veterans apparently don’t know that they are eligible for the full range of federal and state benefits, to include special programs for them. The State’s Women Veterans’ Coordinator is Cynthia T. Brown and she can be reached at

The above link gives a number of phone numbers and website especially designed for female veterans.

VA Marks the 10-Year Anniversary of My HealtheVet

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of its award-winning Personal Health Record, My HealtheVet, the Department of Veterans Affairs is urging all Veterans and Service members to join the millions already accessing VA health care information and services online. You can learn more by clicking here or by going directly to the VA healthlink which is here.

Happy Thanksgiving to our PGA National Veterans!

Women Power: A guide to your health from the WPB Medical Center

A recent article in the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center website says “Make your health a priority so you have the energy to accomplish all the things you want and need to do now and as you age.” – Read the article by clicking here.

Is Lack of Access to Care Killing Veterans?

AC360 logoA recent report by Anderson Cooper of CNN shows that America’s war veterans are dying because of long waits and delayed care at Veterans Administration hospitals. What’s worse, the VA is apparently aware of the problems and has done little or nothing about it. It’s a report worth reading… or watching. Click here to access the CNN report. While it focuses on a VA hospital in South Carolina, the problem may be widespread throughout the entire VA system to greater or lesser degrees.

Veteran’s Preference Points

US VeteransDid you know that by law, veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non veterans both in hiring from competitive lists of eligible candidates and in retention during reductions-in-force? Read the article at this link

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors

The VA publishes (in .pdf format) an annual publication that contains a summary of Veteran’s benefits. The most current publication was effective Jan. 1, 2013. For additional information you can also visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs by clicking this link:


Proudly Display Your Honorable Service

On Your Florida Drivers License or State Identification Card

Florida is now 1 of 9 states to offer honorably discharged Veterans a special “V” designation on your driver license or state identification card.

The V designation on your drivers license turns it into an easily accessible discount card usable at stores like Lowes and Home Depot. Did you even know that these two great stores offer a 10% discount year round to military personnel and veterans? Certain restrictions apply of course. Have a look here for more information on these discounts.

Veterans DesignationIf you want the “V” designation added to your license or identification card you’ll first of all need a REAL ID. The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 set new standards for the issuance of state-issued driver licenses and identification cards. REAL ID was developed by the Department of Homeland Security in response to the 9/11 Commission recommendation that the U.S. improve its system for issuing identification documents.

Once you have your REAL ID, or in the process of getting it, you can bring your honorable discharge papers to the Motor Vehicle office and they will update your license or identification card with the V for Veterans designation.

You can get more information here>>>

New Monument Recognizes Military Women’s Service

Were you aware that the Army’s first statue of a female soldier was unveiled last week, just in time for Veterans Day?

Female Soldier

It’s a powerful symbol and a call to recognize the service of women in the military.

Last week, just in time for Veterans Day, the Army unveiled the Lt. FAWMA statue at Fort Lee, Virginia. It’s the first statue commissioned and placed on a military base time that features a woman soldier.

You can read more about it at the Military Times by going to this link.

Outstanding !

That’s the word that was resounding all throughout PGA National on Sunday afternoon, November 10th, 2013.

Dedication Ceremony

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And it was all in reference to the Dedication Ceremony at Veterans Garden in Masters Park. With an estimated 400 PGA residents and their friends as well as Federal, State, County and City officials in attendance, the Board of Governors of the PGA Property Owners Association (PGA-POA) formally dedicated the newly created Garden.The purpose of the Garden is to provide an area to honor, remember and reflect on the sacrifices provided by those PGA residents who have proudly served our great nation.

The afternoon started off with the Master of Ceremonies, Art Rogers,  calling for the posting of colors. The flag of our nation and the POW/MIA flag were brought forward and hoisted on the Garden flagpole by an Honor Guard made up of representatives of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, Fire Department and American Legion under the direction of Police Honor Guard Commander, Sergeant Paul Rogers. Five PGA National Veterans followed the Honor Guard and posted the colors of each military branch:  From the Army – Charles Suits; Marine Corps – Derrick Lyons; Navy – Edward Kearney; Air Force – Wayne McCotta; and for the Coast Guard – Lou Marks . Once the colors were raised, the St. Patrick Community Chorale sang the National Anthem, PGA-POA Vice President Mike Engelsher led the gathered audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and Chaplain Mike Tobey offered an Invocation. [Read more…]