MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY
VA Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
In 2017, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act designating March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Our Nation’s Vietnam War Commemoration is an opportunity for all Americans to recognize, honor, and thank our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice during one of the longest wars in our country’s history.
As a commemorative partner, VA joins nearly 10,000 organizations across the Nation supporting the Department of Defense in this mission to honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans. I encourage all VA leaders to either host ceremonies or participate in community events during the period March 25 – 29, 2018, to express our tremendous gratitude to this generation of warriors and their families.
The commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the United States’ involvement in Vietnam—November 1, 1955 – May 7, 1975. Nine million Americans, approximately 7.2 million living today, served during that period. The commemoration makes no distinction between Veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years. All answered the call to duty.
Please visit www.vietnamwar50th.com
to learn how your organization or facility can become a commemorative partner and participate in this commemoration. VA currently sustains more than 400 commemorative partnerships, and I am so proud of their contributions to honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans. Importantly, a partnership provides historical media and the ability to request beautifully struck lapel pins and other recognition items for presentation to Vietnam Veterans.
Thank you for your continued service to VA and America’s Veterans.
David J. Shulkin, M.D.
Hello fellow veterans & VSOs,
This is pretty important to get to people with Medicare, their families and friends or adult kids who help parents with Medicare:
Have just gotten word about the newest Medicare scam.
Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself, family and friends throughout the US:
Starting 4/1/18 Medicare will start a year long project to replace all current Medicare cards for beneficiaries to convert to alphanumeric ID numbers. Currently the ID number is your social security number.
First of all the new Medicare card will come to you in the mail.
You don’t need to request it or do anything. It will show up.
Somebody from “MEDICARE ” will call to tell you you are getting a new Medicare card. But until it comes you will need a temporary card. Fee for the card is between $5-50 dollars. They want personal information, bank account or credit card so they can process your temporary card.
Medicare will never call you unless you ask them to.
Medicare does all communications by mail unless you ask them to call.
Ditto for anybody saying they “work with Medicare to make sure you get everything you are entitled to” . Scammer alert
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THIS ONE?
First of all spread the word. Feel free to share these notes.
Use your answering machine to screen calls or just don’t even answer a number you don’t recognize.
If it has happened to you or your friends or loved ones and personal info had been given out (happens considerably more often than you think so don’t feel bad or stupid ) immediately take action to protect yourself against identity theft.