Friday, April 18, 2014

American Cold War Veterans Annual Meeting/USS Liberty



We have made some changes this year for our Annual Meeting and Commemoration. This year it will be
 held June 6-8
We will also be joining with the USS Liberty Veterans Association in their Memorial Service 
for those lost during the attack on June 8, 1967. 
We will also lay a wreath at the Victims of Communism Memorial.

American Cold War Veterans Annual Meeting and Commemoration-06-08 June 2014
USS Liberty Veterans Association Commemoration

Business meetings, luncheon and address to be held at the Rosslyn Holiday Inn, 
1900 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22209.
A special room rate of $89.00 is available to conferees. 

Please contact the hotel direct at (703) 807-2000 for reservations. 
 Mention that you are with the American Cold War Veterans
The hotel contact Ms. Melanie Smith may be reached by e-mail at Melanie.Smith@HIRosslyn.com

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, June 06, 2014
9:00 am-12:00 pm
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
1:30 pm-2:00 pm
3:00 pm-7:00 pm
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Congressional Visits
Lunch-Dubliner
Wreath-Laying: Victims of Communism Memorial
Registration and Check-In at Holiday Inn Rosslyn
Dinner (on your own)
Hospitality

Saturday, June 07, 2014
7:30 am to 8:00 am
Breakfast
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Opening of ACWV Business Meeting 
10:00 am to 10:30 am
Break
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
ACWV Business Meeting Continues
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunch-Speaker (tentative): Dr. Lee Edwards, Chairman, Victims of Communism 
Memorial Foundation
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Transit to Arlington Cemetery Cold War Commemoration;
 USS Liberty Commemoration
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Arlington Cemetery Cold War Commemoration; USS Liberty Commemoration
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Transit to Holiday Inn Rosslyn
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Informal Social Hour Followed by Dinner-TBD

Sunday, March 09, 2014
7:30 am to 9:30 am
Breakfast and Religious Observance
9:30 am to 10:15 am
Transit to US Navy Memorial
10:00 am to 10:30 am
Break
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Commemoration of the USS Liberty and Wreath-Laying-
U.S. Navy Memorial
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunch
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Check Out-Holiday Inn Rosslyn


EVENT COORDINATOR: CH (COL) Charles H. Nalls, 
cnalls@canonlaw.org; 202-262-5519




We hope to see you there. If you plan to attend please advise Fr. Charles Nalls cnalls@cannonlaw.org, Frank Tims ftims@aol.com, Al Lepine
ajlepine@roadrunner.com or myself Jerry Terwilliger jerterw@hotmal.com



---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996

American Cold War Veterans/USS Liberty Association Annual Meeting



We have made some changes this year for our Annual Meeting and Commemoration. This year it will be held June 6-8
We will also be joining with the USS Liberty Veterans Association in their Memorial Service for those lost during the
attack on June 8, 1967. We will also lay a wreath at the Victims of Communism Memorial.

American Cold War Veterans Annual Meeting and Commemoration-06-08 June 2014
USS Liberty Veterans Association Commemoration

Business meetings, luncheon and address to be held at the Rosslyn Holiday Inn, 1900 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22209.
A special room rate of $89.00 is available to conferees. 

Please contact the hotel direct at (703) 807-2000 for reservations.  Mention that you are with the American Cold 
War Veterans
The hotel contact Ms. Melanie Smith may be reached by e-mail at Melanie.Smith@HIRosslyn.com

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, June 06, 2014
9:00 am-12:00 pm
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
1:30 pm-2:00 pm
3:00 pm-7:00 pm
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Congressional Visits
Lunch-Dubliner
Wreath-Laying: Victims of Communism Memorial
Registration and Check-In at Holiday Inn Rosslyn
Dinner (on your own)
Hospitality

Saturday, June 07, 2014
7:30 am to 8:00 am
Breakfast
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Opening of ACWV Business Meeting 
10:00 am to 10:30 am
Break
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
ACWV Business Meeting Continues
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunch-Speaker (tentative): Dr. Lee Edwards, Chairman, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Transit to Arlington Cemetery Cold War Commemoration; USS Liberty Commemoration
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Arlington Cemetery Cold War Commemoration; USS Liberty Commemoration
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Transit to Holiday Inn Rosslyn
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Informal Social Hour Followed by Dinner-TBD

Sunday, March 09, 2014
7:30 am to 9:30 am
Breakfast and Religious Observance
9:30 am to 10:15 am
Transit to US Navy Memorial
10:00 am to 10:30 am
Break
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Commemoration of the USS Liberty and Wreath-Laying-U.S. Navy Memorial
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunch
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Check Out-Holiday Inn Rosslyn


EVENT COORDINATOR: CH (COL) Charles H. Nalls, cnalls@canonlaw.org; 202-262-5519




We hope to see you there. If you plan to attend please advise Fr. Charles Nalls cnalls@cannonlaw.org, Frank Tims ftims@aol.com, Al Lepine
ajlepine@roadrunner.com or myself Jerry Terwilliger jerterw@hotmal.com

---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MIA/POW SecDef Chuck Hagel Wants Them Found Quicker

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to reorganize its efforts to account for
U.S. troops missing in action from wars fought on foreign lands. He has ordered that a single agency
be formed in order to improve the accountability and speed the recovery and identity of remains.

Congress has been pressuring DoD to increase it's efforts to account for the more than 83,000 missing
US service personnel. There are 126 from the Cold War, 73,000 from WWII, more than 7,5000 from Korea, more than 1,600 from Vietnam, and the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Military Personnel
lists 5 from Iraq and the Persian Gulf.

The Pentagon spends about $100 million a year to find and identify the remains of about 70 people
a year, but there is a congressional mandate to increase its capacity to 200 annually by fiscal year
2015 beginning in October.

In a Pentagon news conference Sec. Hagel said, "There's not a more poignant, emotional, important
issue in our society today..than you take care of the people who gave their lives to this country,
and that you take care of their families."


"We will continue to do everything we can to account for and bring as many of our missing
and fallen service personnel as possible home here to the United States," he said.

In a report last year the Government Accounting Office said the effort to recover and identify
missing military personnel was "undermined by longstanding leadership weakness and a
fragmented organizational structure."

Hagel has ordered that the Pentagon is to consolidate two different offices, as well as part of an
Air Force laboratory into a single agency to be headed by a civilian appointee.

The new organization will be responsible for all communications with family members of
troops missing from past conflicts, giving them a single point of contact for information.

The agency will create a centralized database and case management system to track information
about missing troops. There will be a single medical examiner named as the authority responsible
for identification.

The American Cold War Veterans have long fought for, and petitioned congress to mandate
a complete accountability from foreign countries where our missing might be located.

Of the more than 83,000 U.S. military personnel still missing some 43,000 are considered
unrecoverable without additional information or the discovery of new technologies.

The need is there, why cannot a means be found to locate and identify the remains. There
should be a consolidated effort between the Pentagon and other outside groups, universities,
people doing research work on genealogy, or those searching for lost planes.

If you the mother of a missing loved on and you have not yet done so, it is important that you
supply a sample of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to your case worker or contact the
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)


It is so very important to the families and loved ones of those who are missing that every
available avenue, and every effort made to bring home our missing and bring closure to
those who wait and wonder: Where is my loved one? Is it possible they are still alive?

For those who are still among the missing You Are Not Forgotten, we will always remember.


---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New York Veterans Might Receive School Tax Exemption

In December 2013 Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that would allow school districts to implement a Veterans Tax Exemption for school taxes.

This exemption would be in addition to exemptions veterans are entitled to for county, city, town, and village taxes. The exemptions 15 percent reduction in assessed value for veterans who served during at time of war, another 10 percent for those who were in combat zones. and an additional reduction for service-connected disabilities.

It seems many school districts are taking their time to implement this exemption, and some have refused to allow this particular exemption to take effect; saying that this would shift the tax burden to non-veterans. One school district estimated that it would create an increase of $0.73 for non-veteran tax payers.


New York does have tax exemptions for veterans, the three exemptions are:
Alternative Veterans Exemption: Available only on residential property of a veteran who served during a designated time of war or who have received an Expeditionary Medal.

Cold War Veterans Exemption. Available only on residential property of a veteran who served during the Cold War.

Eligible Funds Exemption. Applies to property that a veteran or certain other designated person purchases. Such purchases must be made with pension, bonus, or insurance monies.

This school tax exemption would be another small way to say Thank You to our veterans, and should be granted.

---- Jerald Terwilliger  Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Maine House Enacts Veterans Tax Exemption Bill

The Maine House has approved a bill that will allow Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to take advantage of a property tax exemption that veterans of previous conflicts can receive now.

The vote was 144-0 and the bill now goes to the Maine Senate for final consideration.

Rep. Anne-Marie Mastraccio said "This unanimous vote did more than provide smart relief and assistance to Maine veterans." "It demonstrated that lawmakers are capable of coming together on issues that cross party lines and make the right choice for Maine."

The bill would clarify that veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible to exempt $6,000 of property value from their property tax assessment.

The exemption would take effect when they reach 62 years of age or if they are ruled 100 percent service connected disabled. This is a benefit that veterans of most other conflicts already receive.

These veterans of Afghanistan or Iraq currently do qualify for the exemption because they served during a federally recognized war period. Often, though veterans or town assessors who search online to determine who is eligible mistakenly conclude that these veterans are not eligible because there is
currently no reference to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This bill clearly states that Maine's Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are eligible and formally recognizes their service under Maine law.

So veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan if your are rated 100 precent by the VA, or if/when you reach
62 contact your local town assessor to apply for this tax exemption.  $6,000 might make a difference in your total property tax.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Social Security Disability and VA Disability

Recent news from the Social Security Administration.
Beginning March 17, 2014 veterans with a VA disability rating of 100 percent permanent and total (P&T) may receive expedited processing of claims for Social Security Disability benefits.

Both the VA and Social Security pay benefits of disability. However, their programs and criteria for receiving benefits are very different.

According to the Social Security, a VA rating of 100 percent Permanent and Total does not guarantee that you will receive Social Security disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration says that to be approved for Social Security benefits you must meet Social Security's definition of "disability." It goes on to say we consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:
1. You cannot do the work you did before.
2. We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medial condition(s); and
3. Your disability is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

If you receive VA compensation, this will not affect your Social Security benefits.
If you are a veteran rated 100 percent P&T in order to receive expedited processing for Social Security Disability benefits you must apply to Social Security. This can be done in one of three ways.
1. Fill out your application on line Social Security Disability Application
2. Call the toll free number 1-800-772-1213 for the deaf or hard of hearing you can call at TTY 1-800-325-0778
3. Call or visit your local Social Security Office, location and phone number can be found in your telephone directory.

I urge every veteran to first of all apply for your Veterans Administration benefits. If you are/or become Permanent & Total apply as soon as possible for your Social Security Disability benefits. It will take some time before your are approved.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996
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