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If you are interested in putting the newsletter together and publishing the Calendar, contact Mary Steinbach 319-230-9318 mjonlyu@outlook.com.

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We need a  volunteer to take over the publishing of the calendar and newsletter. If interested, contact Mary at 319-230-9318. 

Contact Carl Benning or Darrell Blasburg if you would like to be contacted for Honor Guard.

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We need a  volunteer to take over the publishing of the calendar and newsletter. If interested, contact Mary at 319-230-9318. 

Contact Carl Benning or Darrell Blasburg if you would like to be contacted for Honor Guard.

Special Notice of Veterans’ Day Program

VETERANS DAY SERVICE

Waverly, Iowa

November 11, 2021

Waverly Area Veterans Post

1300 4th St. NW Waverly, Ia. 50677

Waverly-Shell Rock High School Band will play at 10:40am

WELCOME

VFW Commander Don Ryan

Advancement of the Colors

American Legion, AMVETS, Marine Corps League, VFW

“Star Spangled Banner”

Waverly-Shell Rock Band

INVOCATION at 11:00 am

Chaplin Rich Miller

INTRODUCTION

VFW Commander Don Ryan

SPEAKER

Don Ryan 

BENEDICTION

Chaplin Rich Miller

TAPS

Jeff Franzen

 

RETIREMENT OF THE COLORS

American Legion, AMVETS, Marine Corps League, VFW

DISMISSAL

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Those who wait also serve:

Navigating your VA Dependency and Survivor Benefits

As a dependent of an active-duty military member or dependent of a veteran, things are not always easy.

From awaiting the return of your loved one from deployment to the health and mental health challenges upon their exit from the military, many things can create significant barriers to leading a healthy and happy life.

Additionally, when a former military member passes away, the loss can be overwhelming as you experience the emotional and financial burdens that come with the loss of your loved one.

Family and friends are paramount during that time of grief with the barrage of calls and appointments to funeral directors, hospitals, government agencies, and non-profits to accomplish the dozens of tasks that present themselves at the time of their passing.

Luckily, there are plenty of people in those agencies that are tasked with making the process a little less overwhelming. One of those agencies, the veterans affairs office, is tasked to assist not only veterans but also their eligible dependents with any potential benefits they may be eligible for, even after the veteran’s death and regardless of whether the veteran was involved with the Veterans Administration prior to their death. Those benefits, ranging from monetary compensation, health care, property tax exemption, burial benefits, education, and life insurance can make a tremendous difference in your own well-being and financial livelihood.

Alas, not every dependent may be eligible for VA benefits for a myriad of reasons per federal and state laws. So how does one navigate the government red tape as a dependent or survivor of our former soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen or Guardians? The first step should be contacting your local VA office.

While it may be difficult to prepare for everything that life has to throw at us, knowing what may be available can certainly alleviate many of the stressors that present themselves before the need arises. Regardless of your particular situation, your local Veteran Service Officer can assist you in navigating your dependent and survivor benefits whether now or into the future.

Laws continue to change regularly and even those veterans or dependents who may have been denied benefits in the past may now be eligible and learning about the new programs available may make all the difference.

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Those who wait also serve:

Navigating your VA Dependency and Survivor Benefits

As a dependent of an active-duty military member or dependent of a veteran, things are not always easy.

From awaiting the return of your loved one from deployment to the health and mental health challenges upon their exit from the military, many things can create significant barriers to leading a healthy and happy life.

Additionally, when a former military member passes away, the loss can be overwhelming as you experience the emotional and financial burdens that come with the loss of your loved one.

Family and friends are paramount during that time of grief with the barrage of calls and appointments to funeral directors, hospitals, government agencies, and non-profits to accomplish the dozens of tasks that present themselves at the time of their passing.

Luckily, there are plenty of people in those agencies that are tasked with making the process a little less overwhelming. One of those agencies, the veterans affairs office, is tasked to assist not only veterans but also their eligible dependents with any potential benefits they may be eligible for, even after the veteran’s death and regardless of whether the veteran was involved with the Veterans Administration prior to their death. Those benefits, ranging from monetary compensation, health care, property tax exemption, burial benefits, education, and life insurance can make a tremendous difference in your own well-being and financial livelihood.

Alas, not every dependent may be eligible for VA benefits for a myriad of reasons per federal and state laws. So how does one navigate the government red tape as a dependent or survivor of our former soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen or Guardians? The first step should be contacting your local VA office.

While it may be difficult to prepare for everything that life has to throw at us, knowing what may be available can certainly alleviate many of the stressors that present themselves before the need arises. Regardless of your particular situation, your local Veteran Service Officer can assist you in navigating your dependent and survivor benefits whether now or into the future.

Laws continue to change regularly and even those veterans or dependents who may have been denied benefits in the past may now be eligible and learning about the new programs available may make all the difference.

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Membership

We are all vital pieces of the AMVETS “puzzle” that when put together, form a strong bond, coming together with a passion for our veterans, service members, and their families. We are an unstoppable forse when it come to this mission.

Growing our membership needs to be our #1 priority. Sure we have all heard the need to get the younger generation involved, but how? What programs or events are they looking for? What does the younger families need? It is time to “put our boots on the ground” and take action to get this done. 

Are we looking at our GOLD Star Families and inviting them to our meetings and to become members? Have we approached our AMVETS members for their spouses, daughters, sons, grandchildren to become Auxiliary members or Sons of AMVETS? Have we given the VA office information about AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and Sons of AMVETS including the members application to be given to those veterans appying for benefits?

It can’t just stop there. We have to welcome them and their family to “Our AMVETS Family”. Assign prospective members to a seasoned member, mentor them, ask about their current needs, and nurture then in any way we can.

Acceptance is the road to all change!

Carry a membershp application with you at all times.

We are not only IOWA Strong, we are AMVETS Strong

Written by:

Mary Steinbach current local President of AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #79 and Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 1st Vice President and membership chairman.

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The National Convention for the AMVETS will be August 23-29 in Greeenboro, North Carolina. If you are interested to can get information on the National AMVETS website, the National AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Website, or the Sons of AMVETS National website.

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Click to following link to read the full Articles https://www.amvets79.us

When you receive the monthly email notification for the newsletter, the entire articles are not included in the email. The messages and the calendar information are too big to send within an email. To view an entire article or to view the calendar you must click on the heading of the article (example: Commanders column) (or on your phone, tap the heading). This will take you to the actual website where you will have a drop down box from the HOME tab for the various articles. You can then read the entire article. There is also a tab on the top to view the calendar. When you hover over a date it will give you more information about a certain event. Also, on the top is a tab for tributes which includes a memorial page for those members we have lost. There is also a tutorial tab that you could read through to give you more information to navigate through the website.

Other helpful tabs include the “links” tab. Check out these links to access helpful information.

If you are still having issues pertaining to the newsletter and the website, please contact me at mjonlyu@outlook.com or call 319-230-9318

Mary Steinbach

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76th Department of Iowa State Convention

The 2021 State Convention will be held at the Best Western Regency Inn in Marshalltown Iowa
on June 4-6, 2021. Although we will be unable to host the veterans from the Iowa Veterans
Home due to the ongoing pandemic, a pulled pork sandwich dinner with a social hour will be
held. The event will be in outside poolside area of the hotel beginning at 5PM. Saturday
night will be the Annual Commander’s and Presidents Banquet with presentation of AMVETS
and Auxiliary scholarships and Sunday morning a special Memorial service recognizing all
those members who have passed on in the previous year. . Reservations may be made by
contacting the hotel at 641-752-6321. Advise them you are with AMVETS to get the special
rate.

If you have any membership questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am
making an effort to visit many Posts around the State. If you would like to
schedule a visit please contact the Department office. These visits allow me to
assist your Post with the necessary requirements to ensure your Post is in good
standing and meets all the requirements for recertification each year. My job is to
personally assist you to ensure your Post is successful in the AMVETS mission of
serving veterans. Posts will be holding annual meetings and electing new
officers in the coming months. Please ensure the Department office receives any
new updated contact information with your Post revalidation. We also ask you to
include an email address from someone in your Post to ensure we have good
communication. Revalidation forms were recently mailed to each Post.
Clark Leckington Executive Director Department
Office
319-290-0901
amvetsia@gmail.com

Operation Donation Tickets
Operation Donation tickets will be going out to respective Posts and
subordinate organizations. These tickets are used primarily to fund our
scholarship programs. Numerous Posts around the State have donated
prizes for this event. We ask that when you receive your tickets you make
every effort to get the tickets sold and return the money to the Department
prior to Convention. Numerous gift cards are being offered, a flat screen
tv, as well as many other prizes are being offered. For those purchasing
tickets at the State Convention Banquet there will also be several very nice
in house prizes as well. This is always a special part of the banquet.