Big Bob
Is Honored
The American Legion, approved by an act of
congress, is a   social and armed forces. The organization
was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from Europe after
World War I,.. The group has nearly 3 million members in
over 14,000 Posts worldwide.

A Post is the basic unit of the American Legion and
usually represents a small geographic area such as a single
town or part of a county.

A Post is used for formal business such as meetings and  
a coordination point for community service projects.  A Post
member is distinguished by a navy blue garrison cap with
gold piping.

NY Legion Post 50 of Pelham, New York,
Westchester County
was established in  October 1923 ,  
dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead
high-quality lives with respect and dignity.We accomplish this
by ensuring that veterans and their   families,  can access the
full range of benefits available

We are a small post, we do not even have a building, and yet
we support a Boy Scout Troop  (1), we have scholarships,
sponsor  Boys State, and promote Americanism . We
participate in several military ceremony. In short, we are a
little post with a big agenda.

ATTENTION 100% Disabled Vets.  Your income level has been increased to $81,340

Purpose: To provide real estate tax exemption for any honorably discharged veteran who
is 100% disabled, a resident of the Commonwealth and has a financial need.

Veteran’s eligibility criteria:

Served in the military honorably
Served during established war service dates as determined by the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs The following decorations can also be used to establish wartime service:
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or Navy Expeditionary Medal.
Must have a 100% permanent and total service-connected disability rating by the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs or as the result of military service the veteran is blind or
paraplegic or has sustained the loss of two or more limbs
Blind: Visual acuity of three-sixtieths or ten two-hundredths, or less normal Vision
Paraplegic: The bilateral paralysis of the upper or lower extremities of the body
Must be a resident of the Commonwealth
Must occupy the real estate as his/her principal dwelling
Dwelling is owned solely by the veteran or as an estate in the entirety
Must prove financial need:
Veteran must prove financial need according to the criteria established by the State
Veterans Commission if their annual income exceeds $81,340

Applicants with an annual income of $81,340 or less are given a rebuttal presumption to
have a need for the exemption

**Upon the death of a qualified veteran, tax exemption may pass on to the unmarried
surviving spouse if financial need can be shown.  Legislation:  Constitution: Article VIII,
Section 2(c) (Establishes requirement to prove “Financial Need”)

Statute: Chapter 89, Title 51 Chapter 89, Title 51 (Amended)

Procedures: Chapter 5, Title 43

How is financial need established?  An applicant whose gross annual income exceeds
$81,340 will be considered to have a financial need for the exemption when the applicant’
s allowable expenses exceed the applicant’s household income. The applicant’s monthly
household expenses will be calculated to include a cost of living allowance and
dependent’s allowance.

What happens after the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs certifies a “financial
need” for the Disabled Veterans Tax Exemption and eligibility criteria has been verified?  
The Board for the Assessment and Revision of Taxes will grant the tax exemption. Cases
that have been granted tax exemption will be reviewed periodically (every 5 years) to
determine continued need for exemption from certain real estate property taxes.  

Click here for      PDF  Exemption instructions


2011-06-06 The Latest VA Burial Benefits Information

Here are the latest rules and benefits available to veterans as of January 2011.  Click
below and print the PDF document.  The first eleven pages has the important information.

Pages 12 through 16 are lists of the VA National Cemeteries.

The closest VA Cemetery to our area  is
Calverton National Cemetery
                                       210 Princeton Boulevard
                                            Calverton, NY 11933
                                          Phone: 631-727-5410
.  Pictures and info at the bottom of this page.  
Click here to  Link to PDF of Current Burial Benefits

2010-12-24 New diseases that are related to Agent Orange exposure

This information has been publicized already, but it is worth repeating.

The VA has added new diseases that are related to Agent Orange exposure, which is a "given" if you served in Vietnam
in any area. They do this from time to time but they never tell anyone who is not in the loop.  This latest adjustment has
them proactive and the VA reaching out to veterans who might be eligible for additional benefits.  For those of you with
VA disability ratings, it opens up the opportunity to get your rating at 100% or more if you fall into these new categories
and you have a form of "unemployability" factored in to your rating.

This could be vital if you pass away unexpectedly and may determine whether your dependents will be eligible to
continue certain benefits after your passing.  We're not spring chickens anymore and it's time to get your affairs in order
if need be.  Parkinson's Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, and the two forms of leukemia (hairy cell and chronic B cell)
are added now.  In addition, they mention chloracne, soft tissue sarcoma, and several others.

I would urge any of you who might just think you have a claim or qualify to follow up on it and ask if nothing else next
time you see your health care provider.  If you don't do it for yourself, do it for your family so they can receive the
benefits you earned for them with your service to this country.

NEW 2010 Federal Benefits for Veterans

Veterans Pension Program

Veterans Benefits Websites

Board of Veteran's Appeals
CARES Commission
CARES Draft National Plan
Center for Minority Veterans
Center for Veterans Enterprise
Center for Women Veterans
Clarification in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans
Classified Records Amer Gulf War Veterans Assoc Comp
Disab Assoc w/ the Gulf War Service
Compensation Rate Tables
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations
Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp
Due Process
Duty to Assist
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care
Environmental Agents
Environmental Agents M10
Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility
See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet
gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=206 Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2005 http://www1. OR,
Forms and Records Request
General Compensation Provisions
Geriatrics and Extended Care
Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG
Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health
Gulf War Subject Index
Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q & As
Homeless Veterans
HSR&D Home
Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams
Ionizing Radiation
Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA
M 10 for spouses and children <
M10 Part III Change 1
M21-1 Table of Contents
Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings
Mental Health Program Guidelines
Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence
My Health e Vet
National Association of State Directors
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings
OMI (Office of Medical Inspector)
Online VA Form 10-10EZ
Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders
Peacetime Disability Compensation
Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death http://www.access.gpo.
gov/uscode/title38/partii_chapter15_subchapteri_.html and, http://www.access.gpo.
Persian Gulf Registry
This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7,
Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers
Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress
gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002,
Annual Report To Congress
Phase I PGR
Phase II PGR
Policy Manual Index
Power of Attorney Project 112 (Including Project
Prosthetics Eligibility
Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page
Public Health/SARS
Publications Manuals
Publications and Reports
Records Center and Vault Homepage
Records Center and Vault Site Map
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses
Research and Development
Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance
Title 38 Index Parts 0-17
Part 18
Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation http://ecfr.
Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (also § 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed
illnesses found here)
c=ecfr&sid=1b0c269b510d3157fbf8f8801bc9b3dc&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfr3_main_02.tpl Title 38 PART 4--
Title 38 § 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on un employability of the individual. PART 4 SCHEDULE
FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart General Policy in Rating
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
VA Fact Sheet
VA Health Care Eligibility
VA Life Insurance Handbook Chapter 3
VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans
VA MS Research
VA National Hepatitis C Program
VA Office of Research and Development
VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War
VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address .htm
Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service
Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page
Veterans Legal and Benefits Information
VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals
VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives http://webmaila.juno.
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http: //
VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans Health
Vocational Rehabilitation
Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence
VONAPP online
WARMS - 38 CFR Book C
Wartime Disability Compensation
War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey
Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site
What VA Social Workers Do
WRIISC Patient Eligibility

2010-08-09  VA rule on Agent Orange, heart disease due soon

A new compensation rule for Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and B-cell leukemias
should be out within 30 days, based on a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Veterans Affairs Department officials had missed a 90-day deadline set by Congress to publish the compensation rule,
saying they had to wait for a review by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

But several veterans advocacy groups argued that the required review was negated in light of the mandatory deadline,
and the court agreed.

The ruling is important because a projected 200,000 veterans can’t receive benefits until VA publishes the rule, and
because the onslaught of veterans claiming benefits for ischemic heart disease — common among older Americans —
is expected to bog down the benefits claims process for everyone. Veterans groups have said VA adjudicators need to
begin work on those claims as soon as possible.

2010-08-08  VA Simplifies Benefits Application Again

As part of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki's effort to streamline access to benefits, VA officials have
removed the signature requirement for veterans who electronically submit an online 10-10EZ "Application for Health

"This singular action will reduce days, if not weeks, for veterans who apply online to access their hard-earned medical
benefits and upholds the promise to reduce access barriers to needed care for this nation's veterans," Secretary
Shinseki said.

Previously, veterans filling out the online application were required to print a copy, sign it and send to their local medical
center or wait for a copy to be mailed to them for signature and mailing before enrollment into the VA health care system
could occur.

For additional information, go to this VA website or call VA's toll-free number at 877-222-VETS (8387). The online form
is available here.

2010-07-23  Grand Opening for new Vet Center  

We attended the grand opening at the new Vet Center at 314 East Johnson Highway in Norristown..  The goal for this
center is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help
them make a satisfying readjustment to post war civilian life.  It is open to vets from Vietnam to the current conflicts in
Iraq and Afghanistan.  The staff is as follows:

Deborah Jessman LSW - Team Leader                           215-823-5800x17053
Allison Stanco MS, NCC Readjustment Counselor         215-823-5800x17052
Allan Schweizer M Ed LMJJ Readjustment Counselor    215-823-5800x17054
Tiffany Johnson Readjustment Counselor Assistant        215-823-5800x17053
            Frequently Asked Agent Orange Questions

What is Agent Orange?
When and where was Agent Orange used in Vietnam?
What are the long-term effects of exposure to Agent Orange?
What can concerned Vietnam veterans do?
What can a veteran expect from this examination?
How does a veteran benefit from taking VA's Agent Orange Registry examination?
Can Vietnam veterans get medical treatment for Agent Orange-related illnesses?
Do Vietnam veterans get disability compensation for Agent Orange-related
What about illnesses not listed above?
What about birth defects in children of Vietnam veterans?
Is additional information available?

Diabetes linked to Agent Orange exposure

What veterans will be affected when this condition is added as a presumptive
condition for those exposed to herbicides/dioxins?
What does "presumptive condition" mean?
VA has recognized a number of conditions for "service-connection" based on evidence of an association with Agent
Orange (or other herbicides used in Vietnam)
Must I have served "in-country" Vietnam to be eligible?
What does "in-country" mean? What if I served in support of operations in Vietnam, for example, on board a ship in the
Gulf of Tonkin?
Will private medical records be accepted as proof of my diabetes? Will I be required to undergo a VA examination?
Bob Boddie