Monday, June 19, 2017

Cold War Service Medal 2017

The struggle for recognition for Cold War Veterans continues, a fight that has been ongoing for at least 15 years.

On March 7 2017 Representative David Young, Republican  representing Iowa's third district introduced a new bill
H.R. 1419 The Cold War Service Medal 2017 that would
authorize a Cold War Medal to be issued to those who served
in the military between 1945 and 1991.

The long struggle to contain Communism cost many American
lives. Remember Korea and Vietnam were part of the  Cold War

In total there were over 81,481 battle deaths the Cold War ranks
as third most combat deaths. So the old line of "no shots were fired" is proven to be false and misleading.

Everyone in the United States (and much of the free world)
owes much to these brave men and women who placed their
lives in danger every day.

Contact your Congressman/woman ask them to cosponsor
this bill H.R. 1419 The Cold War  Service Medal Act 2017.
Also contact both of your Senators ask them to introduce a
companion bill in the Senate. And ask all your family and
friends to do the same. We need all the support we can get.

Those of you that belong to the VFW, American Legion,
AmVets or any other Veterans Service Organization, ask your
leadership to back the American Cold War Veterans in this
deserving and long delayed recognition and respect for
the Cold War Warriors.

The Cold War ended in 1991, 26 years is too long to wait for
these men and women to be told that what we did mattered
and we as a nation should thank all of them.

Let this be the year that our quest finally comes to fruition.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman Emeritus 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, May 31, 2017

New Cold War Memorial

On Monday May 29, in a ceremony following their Memorial Day Parade the city of Warwick, RI announced that the city will be building a new memorial.  A Cold War Memorial, dedicated who served and gave their lives during the Cold War; between Sept. 1945 and Dec. 1991.

This is a welcome and deserved honor our Cold War Veterans, Warwick joins the growing list of cities, towns and states that are
now acknowledging that the Cold War was a real and dangerous period of time in the history of our nation.

The Cold War is still a misunderstood and almost forgotten era, during which the world stood on the brink of nuclear annihilation.

There were numerous "hot" events that could have turned into something much worse, and possibly led to WWIII. Many American lives were lost, many more were injured; in the struggle to contain Communism and free the world.

Our thanks to the city or Warwick, and wonder when Congress will finally decide to recognize and honor all Cold War Veterans. The Cold War ended in 1991, 26 years is too long to wait; soon there will be no Cold War Veterans left.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman Emeritus 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

Friday, September 4, 2015

Veteran's I.D. Card-VA Answer To Question

Some of you may be aware of the bill H.R. 91 The Veteran's I.D. Card Act of 2015. This bill was passed by the House and the Senate and signed by President Obama becoming Public Law 114-31
on 07/20/2015.

This directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to issue a VA ID card to those veterans who did
not retire from our Armed Forces, nor are they enrolled in the VA Health Care System.

This is a simple ID Card, it does not entitle the bearer to VA benefits. It would be an easy way
for someone to prove that they are indeed a Veteran.

There are many business and enterprises that offer discounts to Active Duty and Veterans. For those
not covered by the retired/VA proof is usually a DD-214 which carry some information that many
do not want made public. So this ID Card is perfect, an official US Government issued method
of identification and verification of being a Veteran.

The bill as written said that within 60 the VA could begin to issue these cards.  More information can
be found in earlier posts, scroll down for that info.

I contacted the VA and questioned when the cards would be issued. Here is the response from the VA.
Recently you requested assistance from VA. Below is our response.

If you wish to reopen this issue, you may do so within the next 14 days.

Thank you for allowing us to be of service to you.
Response By Email (Dept of Veterans Affairs) (09/02/2015 02:45 PM)
While VA intends to issue Veteran ID cards to all veterans in the near future,we await more information and instructions on the issuance of these cards. At present, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides a Veterans Identification Card (VIC) for veterans to use at VA medical facilities. The VIC is issued only to veterans who are eligible for VA medical benefits and only for the purpose of identification and check-in for VA medical appointments. The card protects personal privacy by not showing Social Security Numbers or dates of birth on the front of the cards.

VA has Service Connected, POW and Purple Heart (PH) indicators on the new VIC. Veterans who have been awarded service-connected status after their VIC has been issued or SC status is not properly documented on their card, will need to present their letter showing their SC rating to the eligibility clerk at the local VA Medical Center where they obtain treatment. After verification, the eligibility clerk will submit a request to National Card Management Directory (NCMD) System for a new card to be issued to the veteran.

Once a veteran has his/her picture taken for the new card at the VA medical facility, the card will be mailed to the veteran at the address that has been provided. To ensure that a veteran receives the new VIC card, the veteran should please verify that VA has the correct address on file. If the U.S. Postal Service cannot deliver the card, it will be returned to the facility at which the card was requested. The card will then be held in a secure location at the facility for 90 days. If the card is not picked up within the 90-day period, the card will be destroyed.

With regard to the use of veteran ID cards for store discounts, please note: If these are valid store discounts for Veterans, a Veteran's DD-214 and a driver's license or non-driver's license should be appropriate. The VIC is the only ID card offered for veterans by VA; if a store will not accept this proof of veteran status, please check with your State's division of Veterans Affairs to see if they offer this service.


For all information about Veterans Identification Cards (what it is, how to get one, what to do if lost or stolen, when it can be used, etc.) go tohttp://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic/ for details.












So it looks like the usual VA waiting game. I am guessing another 4 to 5 months. Remember the VFW was against this while the bill was in progress; and the VA seemed not to be in favor of it either.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman Emeritus 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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New York Veterans To Receive Refund For Drivers License/State ID Card


New York Veterans who had the "Veterans" designation put on their Drivers License/State ID card will receive a
 rebate from the state.
When the "Veteran" designation was first available to be put on the drivers license/ID card on or
after Oct. 3, 2012 the state charged veterans
a fee of $12.50 for the "privilege" of having this included on the license/ID card.

Gov. Cuomo signed the bill in early August, but it has not yet taken effect. It is expected
 to be enacted soon.

The refunds will go to 10,834 veterans with an amount totaling $134,030. Those veterans
who paid the fee will not have to do anything
further, the Department of Motor Vehicles will issue the refunds automatically.

Thank you New York for doing the proper thing for our Veterans, the original fee
should never have been charged to begin with. Veterans
have given more than their fair share, and deserve the recognition and respect they have earned.



---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman Emeritus 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

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pennsylvania District To Honor Cold War Veterans

In Pennsylvania, State Representative Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has announced plans to Honor
Cold War Veterans from the 67th Legislative District; including Cameron, McKean, and Potter counties. If you live in this area you are invited to attend the ceremony. Contact information is
listed below, I hope all Cold War Veterans in the area join in the occasion.

Little things like this add up and it is a step in the right direction. Now if we could only grow this to a National level and have Congress take notice and stand up for Cold War Veterans.

It is the hope of the American Cold War Veterans to have the Cold War Service Medal issued to those who served during this long struggle to contain Communism, which we did do. Also in the future
plans are to have a Cold War Memorial built in Washington, DC


“The Cold War was a prolonged and very trying time in our nation’s history,” Causer said. “The men and women who served during this time played a vital role in preventing the spread of communism and preserving our democracy. They are certainly deserving of our thanks and appreciation.”
Causer is inviting veterans who served between Sept. 2, 1945, and Dec. 26, 1991, to take part in a recognition ceremony in Bradford this fall. To participate in the ceremony, veterans are asked to register by contacting Causer’s offices in Bradford (814-362-4400), Coudersport (814-274-9769) or Kane (814-837-0880), or sign up online at www.Rep.Causer.com.
The information requested will include the veteran’s name, address, contact information, branch of the armed services in which they served, rank and time of service. Widows or widowers of deceased service members are also invited to participate in the ceremony.
The event is open to all veterans residing in the 67th Legislative District, which includes Cameron, McKean and Potter counties, as well as their family members. Everyone who registers will be contacted with information about the ceremony when it is scheduled.
Causer previously hosted events to honor veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He plans to honor veterans who served in the Persian Gulf conflict and other subsequent operations in the future.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman Emeritus 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

Friday, July 31, 2015

Now That Congress Is in Recess


The month of August is here, that means that Congress is in recess for the month; and everyone is back in their home state.

Now is the time to call the local office, closest to you, of your elected official. Ask for a meeting with said official. A chance to look them in the eye and present your case. Get your facts together first, then
put it on the table. 

Be polite, courteous and smile. Then discuss Veterans issues...VA problems, maybe your experience with VA; other general concerns about our Armed Forces and Veterans, our US Military and the budget crisis.

Then....ask your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 2067 The Cold War Service Medal Act of 2015 and be sure to vote for passage when it reaches the floor for a vote.

Ask BOTH of your Senators to introduce an identical bill in the Senate. We need it on both sides to gain any traction. It is too late to have it included in the NDAA, so stand alone bills from the House and the Senate have to happen.

If anyone seems a little wishy-washy about it ASK THEM WHY NOT. 

Also ask for an investigation into the USS LIberty and the coverup. There has never been an official Congressional investigation into the murder of 34 Americans and wounding of another 174. 
An attack by the IDF (Israel Defense Force) on a clearly marked American
ship; practically unarmed,  with the purpose of killing all onboard and sinking the ship.

We as Cold War Veterans have been waiting since 1991 for recognition, it is time. The USS Liberty 
Veterans have been waiting since 1967 to get the truth, to finally know the why and the who.

DoD did have a very quick and brief investigation and called it a case of "mistaken identity."
The huge America Flag flying from the mast, and the big hull numbers on the side meant 
nothing to those who attacked the Liberty.

Write the letters, send the faxes, send the emails, make the phone calls, make the visits;  do it often.

Remember that you can visit or call the local office anytime. You can call the DC office and
ask to speak to their Veterans/Military aide and tell them what you want them to know.



---- Jerald Terwilliger Chairman Emeritus 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