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President’s Message

DECEMBER 2018
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I hope everyone had a good THANKSGIVING, I for one ate more and more.

Our November 21, 2018 meeting was held at the AL Post 488 in Monroe N.Y. A thank you goes out to all our members who were able to attend. A special thank you goes out to the Orange County Shields for their hospitality.

December 7, is PEARL HARBOR DAY and we must never forget the sacrifices that our ARMED FORCES made on this day and continue to make every day of the year.

It is December and the HOLIDAYS are just around the corner. On behalf of our BOARD OF OFFICERS I wish our members a Holy Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and a Healthy New Year.

We should always remember those less fortunate than us. There is always more joy in giving than receiving. This is something to keep in mind each day.

Our December meeting is Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the Kearsings & Edwards American Legion Post #1600 in Pomona N.Y.

This will be our last newsletter until March 2019.

Benefit Items:

In December Pension VSF will be mailed or deposited in a separate check.

In January 2019 your Social Security will have a 2.8% cost of living increase.

In November 2018 all members should have received a letter from Social Security informing them how much their IRMAA will be. This is their Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount based on their 2017 tax return. Do not throw out this letter it is needed to file for your IRMAA reimbursement with the city. Any questions you can call me.

There also will not be a Hudson Valley 1013 meeting in January or February. Our first meeting in 2019 will be on March 21, 2019 in Pomona N.Y.

Best Regards,

John Creegan,
President

 

 


 

Standing for the National Anthem is not an option:

(The following was written by Al Chestone, in response to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the National Anthem. )

How fortunate you are to play football in the NFL, Before rowdy or dedicated fans who boo and yell. The field and boundaries are all lined in white. In the center of the field a choir can be seen in the bright light.

Proud Americans stand as the National Anthem is about to be sung, As a reminder of our freedom and how it was won. The fighting soldiers were male and female, Black, Latino, Asian and White. Many of whom lost their lives, an arm, a leg and even their precious sight.

Battlefields were not manicured but rather bloodied with dirty old rags. They crawled in mud and filth to capture a mountain and plant a flag. Their game of war unlike football was hell on earth, never to be forgotten, Be it in Europe, Pacific, Viet Nam, Korea, The Desert, Iraq or Afghanistan.

Champions in sports are celebrated with parades, showered with confetti. Some soldiers of war have been showered with Agent Orange and so deadly. Let's turn back to Mr. K and his cowardly act of disrespect toward our Flag. Ask that he face the mothers and fathers who are left with only dog tags.

Ask Mr. K to face some Black, Latino, Asian, and White wounded warriors, And mention his refusal to stand at the playing of the National Anthem. Ask Mr. K to face the group of female soldiers who have lost arms and legs And state why he refuses to stand at the playing of the National Anthem.

These warriors have enabled us to look for all the tomorrows and sunsets to follow, For they have made this land so sacred, so hallow. They are like candles that will forever shine, For they have brightened up another place, more perfect, more precious, more divine.

So Mr. K, why not be a true role model and helper of the poor and address what you consider to be wrong-doings towards minorities, rather than act as a rabble-rouser And encourage disrespect of our Flag and our National Anthem.

About the Author: Al Chestone, a true patriot, was an accomplished individual. He was active in his community, wrote several books, fought in the Second World War, and worked as an agent for the FBI. Unfortunately, Mr. Chestone (at the young age of 94) passed away soon after he penned the above. May he rest in peace!

Richard Molloy




 

HV 10-13 attendees at Florida's February 2018 reunion.
Photo by John Briganti VP HV 10-13

 


 

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