Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DAV Updates please read

New DAV office hours: Tuesday thru Thursday 0900-1300! Closed on Mondays & Fridays for community outreach.

Be on the lookout for new VA Medical Cards. We will give you the details as we get them since there is a lot of conflicting guidance. Basically we as Veterans should be able to go to a primary caregiver of our choice if we live more than 30 to 40 miles away from a VA. Lots of confusion. We don't want you to end up having to pay a medical bill so stand by for the rules. We are planning on having a town hall meeting once we know how it all works.

CSO Training is mandatory for all CSOs and optional for any DAV member that wants to become a CSO. CSO training will be held monthly prior to the Chapter meeting.

Does anyone have any connections with a soda vending company??? We are looking for a donation or a cheap soda machine. I have contacted Coke & Pepsi but haven't heard anything back.

Upcoming events:

December 13, We will be at Dover Oklahoma for their Christmas parade at 10:30 AM! We are meeting at the Depot at 9 AM if you would like to ride down to Dover with us, If not the Commander ask's if everyone that is part of the parade to meet at 10 am in Dover!

December 20, Is are Chapter Christmas Party! The fun is starting at 6 PM at the Depot and all Veterans and their families are welcome!

Friday, August 29, 2014

RSVP Ribbon Cutting ceremony

RSVP is taking over management of the senior citizens building. They have invited us to their pre-opening reception on Sep 14th from 5-8pm and their ribbon cutting ceremony on Sep 15th at 0900.

They have also asked if we have some volunteers to paint 3 church pews between now and 14th.

Call Susan (?) at RSVP 233-5915 if someone wants to paint. I have drop cloths if needed.

__ Craig Vance __

Friday, July 25, 2014

VA Opening Burn Pit Registry (Different from the Persian Gulf registry

VA Opening Burn Pit Registry
VA Press Release
The VA is committed to caring for the needs of Veterans who have lung and other health conditions possibly related to their deployment to the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations. The Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry will enable VA to better assess the health of veterans exposed to burn pits and other airborne hazards.
The registry launch was postponed to allow adequate time to develop and test the software and hardware as well as to ensure data security and accessibility. Now that it is available, veterans may participate and need not be enrolled in VA’s health care system to do so, because a registry is an epidemiological research tool and the receipt of a registry examination(s) and tests does not constitute the receipt of care.
VA encourages all veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Djibouti, and the Gulf War to participate in the registry. Veterans should sign-up now for a Department of Defense Self-Service Logon (DS-Logon) in preparation for the launch of the registry. DS-Logon can be found at thiswebsite.
This registry will enhance our (VA) understanding of any identified long-term adverse health effects of exposure to burn pits and other airborne hazards during deployment—ultimately leading to better health care.

Helpful numbers

NWOKDAV FAX 580-234-5926
Van to VAMC OKC 580-478-7027
Enid van 580-242-3808
Enid VA Clinic 580-242-5100
Blackwell VA Clinic 580-363-0052
Stillwater VA Clinic 405-624-0334
VAMC OKC Operator 866-835-5273
VAMC OKC Eligibility 405-456-5774/2713
VAMC OKC Transfer Clinics Assignment 405-456-5421
V.A. REGIONAL OFFICE 800-827-1000

June 2014 Retiree Newsletter

Military Retirees, Annuitants and Former Spouses

The June 2014 Retiree Newsletter is ready for your review. It contains important information about managing your myPay password, updating your email addresses, and educating your loved ones and beneficiaries.

To access the newsletter, please click on the link below. You will find a list of topics for the June newsletter, and you will also have easy access to previous newsletters after you click the link. The links to the newsletter were consolidated into one link for your convenience.

The History of the DAV Emblem

The History of the DAV Emblem

Probably you have seen the DAV emblem in most of the forms existing today. It appears on lapel pins, flags, and shoulder patches. It is a familiar part of all DAV caps. It is used on stationery, official documents, awards, plaques, business cards, and many other forms of official DAV material. Ever wonder how or why the DAV adopted its official emblem?
Our emblem was selected as the official symbol of the Disabled American Veterans when our organization was founded, in 1921. At that time, the organization was known as the Disabled American Veterans of the World War.

The emblem is a replica of an original etching drawn and designed by a well known artist of that day - E. H. Blashfield - at the special request of President Woodrow Wilson. It was used as the central design on a certificate which was presented to every soldier, sailor, and marine who had been wounded in action during honorable service in World War I.
The impressive certificate was headed by the words, “Columbia Gives to Her Son the Accolade of the New Chivalry of Humanity.” The emblem was displayed under those colorful words. Below it, the name of the man and the unit with which he served was printed, and under that the following words: “Served With Honor in the World War and Was Wounded in Action.”

The certificate was signed by President Woodrow Wilson.
Several characters of importance are in the design. Our flag, of course, is seen in the right-hand background.
The woman in the long flowing white gown is Columbia. Who is Columbia? Several years before the Revolutionary War many of the people living in the thirteen colonies felt that our country should have been named Columbia after its discoverer, Christopher Columbus. Throughout the war, poets used the name “Columbia” to describe their new nation which was to become the United States. The name continued to become popularized after the war, and a symbolic figure of a woman dressed in flowing garments and holding an American flag emerged from the pens of artists. It became a familiar figure for statues and pageants to depict America. Some people think the statue on the Capitol dome in Washington, D.C., is Columbia. But it isn’t. That is a statue called the Statue of Freedom.

Columbia, in the DAV emblem, is knighting a World War I soldier. She is honoring him for his bravery in protecting humanity, and a group of soldiers stands at attention in the background.
President Wilson and the artist authorized our organization to use the design for the official emblem of the Disabled American Veterans of the World War. The emblem was adopted.
One of the original founders of the DAV, Judge Robert S. Marx, applied for and was granted a patent on the emblem in 1921. It has been used since that time.