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“Along with unapologetic self-promotion, a strong sense of identity has enabled the Corps to exert a powerful influence on American politics and culture.”

Underdogs: The making of the Modern Marine Corps, Aaron B. O’Connell 2012

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1. TVD Meeting Minutes for 15 June 2017.
2. TVD Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting second Wednesday of every month.
3. We will be meeting, the third Thursday, at 1900 hours (7 PM) at: The American Legion Hall, Meridian, ID.
4. SCAM ALERT: Veterans Choice Program (VCP) Phone Line Impostor.  VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM (VCP) PHONE LINE IMPOSTOR FACT SHEET May 2, 2017 VCP Phone Line Impostor
5. Effectively Immediately – You will now be required to use your RX number on the pill bottle when you call the VA to order refills of your medications. Please have the RX number ready and available when you call the VA to re-order medications. Thanks,
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7. Military Legal Clinic “FREE” Will & Estate Planning by Idaho Military Legal Alliance (IMLA)
8. The Marine Corps League with the American Military University (AMU) for AMU to award two regular Marine Corps League members a full scholarship (four years) to receive a Bachelor Degree or a Master’s Degree in any degree offered by AMU.
9. 2017 Free Veterans Legal Clinics for Ada and Canyon Counties.
10. Marine Reunion Web Page: The Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller is encouraging all Marines to “get connected
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12. It’s official: Military exchanges plan to offer online access to veterans by Nov.
13. Marine Corps Year of the Reunion information
14. Purple Heart Recognition Day Monday, August 7th at 10:00 AM on the Capitol Steps, Boise.
15. Honoring Purple Heart recipients through enrollment in the Roll of Honor database submissions are being requested.
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1. Entered: 13 June 2017 To remove: 25 July 2017


Staring with May 2013 the Minutes of monthly membership meeting will be posted here for all to view before the next meeting. (Web Sergeant)

 

2. Entered:  1 January 2017 To remove: 1 January 2018

Notice: The TVD Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting.

Notice to all detachment members:

The TVD Board of Trustees (BOT) will meet the second Wednesday from 1830 to 2000 at Commandant Heyob’s home at 1049 W. Great Basin Dr, Meridian, ID. 83646. (Google directions before you head out.)   The primary purpose of the BOT meeting is to set the aganda for the next monthly meeting of the membership and continue Detachment business.  Members who want to submit an agenda item for the TVD membership meeting may either: PLEASE NOTE: There is a maximum ten minute limit on presentations. Five minute presentations are preferred.

  • OR:
  • Email your agenda item to the undersigned including complete: What, When, Where, Why, Who, and How information.  (weheyob@gmail.com)

The BOT meeting is for BOT members only and not the entire detachment. Members making presentations are only present during their presentation and not during the entire BOT meeting. NOTE: The BOT meeting is limited to 90 minutes, 1830 – 2000. It will start and end on time.  Accordingly, and for purposes of meeting management, please advise Commandant immediately if you intend to make a presentation.  If you do not notify me in advance you may not have the opportunity to make your presentation. Semper Fidelis, Bill Heyob  (C) 208-789-4406 or e-mail at weheyob@gmail.com  Attn: Agenda items:

3. Entered:  1 January 2017 To remove: 1 January 2018

Marines – The new meeting location for the Detachment. We will be meeting, third Thursday, at 1900 hours (7 PM) at:The American Legion Hall  22 W. Broadway Meridian, ID

The monthly meetings are held at the American Legion Hall, lower floor in Meridian.  The 3rd Thursday of the month.  A meet and greet starts at 6:30 pm (1830) for the opportunity of camaraderie.  With the Business Meeting starting at 7 pm (1900) lasting no later then 8:30 pm (2030).This is the home of American Legion Post 113, and they have been extremely generous in allowing us to meet at this location.

This hall is located directly west, across Meridian Rd, from Meridian City Hall.If you know of someone who regularly attends meetings and does not get e-mails, please let them know of the location change as well.

Semper Fi
Commandant
TVD Meeting Site

4. Entered:  2 May 2017 To remove: 30 June 2017

SCAM ALERT: Veterans Choice Program (VCP) Phone Line Impostor
VETERANS CHOICE PROGRAM (VCP) PHONE LINE IMPOSTOR FACT SHEET
May 2, 2017 VCP Phone Line ImpostorIt has come to the VA’s attention that a phone line has been set up by an unknown party to potentially “mimic” the VCP phone line. This impostor phone line may be intended to reach Veterans who inadvertently dial the VCP number incorrectly.The VA wants you to know that they are taking this seriously and to keep you aware of the steps they are taking.The VHA Office of Community Care (VHA CC) has reported the “mimic” line to the VA Office of Inspector General for a possible civil or criminal investigation.

“Mimic” Phone Line

The phone line established to “mimic” the VCP phone line is 1-800-606-8198. You know you have reached the wrong VCP phone line when:

·         The phone line offers callers a $100 rebate if the caller provides a credit card.

·         The phone line does not state the caller has reached U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or the VCP phone line.

Be aware that this phone number incorrectly confirms callers have reached the VCP if the caller asks that question.

VCP Phone Line

The correct VCP phone line is 1-866-606-8198. This line is for Veterans to check their eligibility for the VCP and ask questions about the program.

If you are unsure if you have reached the correct phone line, hang up and dial 1-866-606-8198 again. The phone line will state the caller has reached the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

5. Entered:  31 May 2017 To remove: 1 August 2017

Effectively Immediately – You will now be required to use your RX number on the pill bottle when you call the VA to order refills of your medications. Please have the RX number ready and available when you call the VA to re-order medications. Thanks,

Josh L. Callihan
Health System Specialist
Public Affairs Officer
Boise VA Medical Center
500 W. Fort Street
Boise, ID 83702
Office: (208) 422-1054
Cell: (208) 841-2431
Fax: (208) 422-1157

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7. Entered: 27 June 2017 To remove: 10 September 2017

Bill Heyob
Program Manager/State Service Officer
Office of Veterans Advocacy
Idaho Division of Veterans Services
Boise VA Regional Office
(208) 780-1380- Office
(208) 780-1381- Fax

8. Entered:  27 June 2017 To remove: 18 July 2017

Marines of the Marine Corps League;

The Marine Corps League has agreed with the American Military University (AMU) for AMU to award two regular Marine Corps League members a full scholarship (four years) to receive a Bachelor Degree or a Master’s Degree in any degree offered by AMU.  You must have an accredited Bachelor’s Degree in applying for the Master’s Degree.  AMU is the full sponsor of this program.

Only current, regular Marine Corps League members who are interested in applying for one of these degree programs can apply.  Application must be submitted no later than 15 July 2017.

Visit American Military University | Online Degrees & Certificates | 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu for choices of degrees and complete information on AMU.

This is a great opportunity to further your education.  These scholarships cover full tuition as well as the digital books (library) for attending.  Some degrees that require lab equipment, the awardees would be responsible for purchases of that lab equipment.

Please read the attached application and instructions for further details.  AMU is an on-line University.  This is a full four year scholarship for a Bachelor Degree or a full two year scholarship for a Masters Degree.  Their classes start at your convenience.  As soon as you are awarded the scholarship, you should be prepared to start the classes soon afterwards.

Look over the attachments and if you have a question, please e-mail me.  Go to AMU website and see who they are.  It is a great institution offering two Marine Corps League members a GREAT opportunity.

Semper Fi,

Johnny Baker
National Judge Advocate
Marine Corps League

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VFW Action Corps Weekly

Marine Reunion Web Page: The Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller is encouraging all Marines to “get connected … Reach out, catch up, and when needed, help others” by using a new Marine Corps web page designed to facilitate unit reunions. The “Year of the Reunion” page offers logistical advice for planning a reunion, as well as after action reviews of past reunions, a photo gallery and a list of upcoming reunions. Read about Year of the Reunion.

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13. Entered: 1 March 2017 To remove: 31 December 2017

14. Entered: 9 March 2017 To remove: 9 August 2017

Purple Heart Recognition Day

Monday, August 7th at 10:00 AM on the Capitol Steps.

This event is Free to the Public.
If you plan on attending please RSVP to mophidaho@gmail.com by May 1, 2017.
For more details regarding this event contact Donald Turano dturano@att.net

Idaho Division of Veterans Services
icontact@veterans.idaho.gov
351 Collins Road
Boise, Idaho 83702

15. Entered:  9 March 2017 To remove: 31 December 2017

Application of recipient of Purple Heart: Roll Of Honor Enrollment Application Print off and mail in.

Dear Idaho Veteran,

As you may know, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located in New Windsor, New York.  Our 7,500-foot facility includes exhibits, artifacts, and Purple Heart recipient stories, which offer visitors an incredible journey through our country’s military history. Our primary function, however, is to appropriately recognize and honor those men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart.

The Purple Heart is one of the most recognized and respected medals awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed or wounded by enemy action, and The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is the nation’s sole repository dedicated to the collection and preservation of the stories of human sacrifice and the cost of freedom.

Through enrollment in our Roll of Honor, Purple Heart recipients’ profiles and stories are preserved on our electronic database, which is accessible to the public in our main gallery and on our website (www.thepurpleheart.com). Because there is no comprehensive list of recipients upon which to draw, our database represents only a fraction of the estimated 1.8 million people who have received the Purple Heart.  We must, therefore, rely on friends, family, and the recipients themselves to share their information with us in order to properly honor them for their sacrifices.

I am writing to you to request your support and assistance in honoring Purple Heart recipients through enrollment in the Roll of Honor database.  You can help by sharing our information with those veterans and families who you service and encouraging them to share their stories with us. Enrollment is free.  Purple Heart recipients simply need to complete the enclosed enrollment form and send it to the Hall of Honor along with copies of the supporting documents. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 845-561-1765 if you would like additional information or have any questions.

Many thanks in advance for your time and assistance.  We truly appreciate your support in helping us to preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed so much for our country.

Sincerely,

Anita Pidala
Director
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Mail: PO Box 207, Vails Gate, NY 12584
Visit: 374 Temple Hill Road, New Windsor, NY 12553
Telephone: (845)561-1765| Fax: (845)569-0382

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“I want you boys to hurry up and whip these Germans so we can get out to the Pacific to kick the s**t out of the purple-pissing Japanese, before the Godda**ed MARINES get all the credit!”

Lt General George Patton, US Army 1945 (The person it took a Marine to properly portray in the movie.)