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News Page (updated  9 November 2018)

November is Military Family Appreciation Month. 

GOD bless all of our brave and patriotic women and men that serve our country.  November is the month to thank their families for the sacrifices made by all family members  

 

Richard Bennett 11-28

Robert Coffman 11-24

Richard Dentzman 11-14

Steven Fisher 11-6

Gregory Genova 11-3

Richard Harris 11-4

William Matis 11-27

Melvyn Call 11-19

Betty Dawson 11-6

Celia Grant 11-24

Ben Steed 11-27

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The Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

Hundreds of visitors attended the Expo on Thursday, September 27th.  Members Merv Horner, Bob Mastrion, Jim Riggins, Art Horn, Bill Peppard, Bill Ferguson, and Fred Timmons represented Post 136 at the event.  

Fishing Tournament Director Bill Ferguson and Commander Art Horn at the MPCC Expo.

                                                       Bill Ferguson and Merv Horner manning the display table.         The new table cover for use at Post events.   

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Membership Clipart

The membership of Post 136 is increasing monthly at a pace that is equal to any post in the Nation.  Although forms state "membership", it should say Veterans because we are an exclusive organization.  Without military service to our country, no one is eligible for membership.  Our members are also renewing membership at a record pace.  Fact:  As of today, 55 members have paid their 2019 dues.  That is 36% of the total membership.  Thank you Veterans, let's continue to grow.    

 

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Manning the Table

Bill Ferguson manning the table at the Summerville Palmetto State Armory.  Bill gave flyers to about 80 customers at the Summerville Armory.  The flyers contained details of the American Legion Post 136 & VFW Post 10624 Fishing Tournament.

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Coffee service at the VA hospital

                          (left to right) Jim Riggins and Tom Mefferd preparing the coffee and bagels for the early morning arrivals at the VA hospital.  This service requires 3 people.  Tom has been a member of the team for several months and the veterans appreciate the work he is doing.  About 100 cups of coffee and dozens of bagels are served.  After the service is completed the men clean all equipment utilized and prepare the small kitchen space for the next morning.  

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Please note three officer positions remain vacant.  If you are interested in serving as an officer, please contact Commander Art Horn at (843) 437-4732.  No experience is required and assistance is provided by other officers. 

Post Commander               Art Horn

1st Vice Commander         Mark Nadobny

2nd Vice Commander         Bill Peppard

Adjutant                            Vacant

Finance Officer                   Vacant

Membership Officer            Vacant

Sergeant-at-Arms               Joy Datta

Judge Advocate                  Bob Mastrion

Chaplain                            Merv Horner

Tom Mefferd                       Executive Committee

Arthur Pinckney                 Executive Committee

David Farley                      Executive Committee

   

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USS Ralph Johnson Commissioning Ceremony

The top two photos were taken at the commissioning ceremony.  The photo of the destroyer was
taken by a member of the American Legion Auxiliary as the ship passed Sullivan's Island. 

 

Saturday was a special day for an estimated crowd of 6,000 that attended the commissioning ceremony for the USS Ralph Johnson destroyer.  This event will not soon be forgotten by those attending.  

On the morning of March 5, 1968, in the Quan Duc Valley of Vietnam, PFC Johnson's 15 man reconnaissance patrol was attacked by a platoon-sized enemy force.  As his team valiantly defended themselves against the enemy, a grenade landed in his fighting hole.  Without hesitation, PFC Johnson yelled a warning and hurled his body to shield his fellow Marines from the blast.  He was killed instantly, but his actions saved his fellow Marines by preventing the enemy from breaching the perimeter and allowed his team to fight on.  The naming of a destroyer formally recognizes him as one of our great Navy and Marine Corps heroes.   

PFC Johnson was born and raised in Charleston, SC.  His bravery earned him The Medal of Honor posthumously.

General Robert Neller, Marine Corps commandant said “This ship (the USS Ralph Johnson) was designed to fight.  It’s here to go fast and in harm’s way, and that’s what we expect ….. As long as we have citizens like Ralph Johnson, we’re going to be just fine.”   

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Veterans Identification Card (VIC) 

The Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015 was enacted on July 20, 2015.  The Act requires VA to issue an identification card to Veterans upon their request.   The Veterans Identification Card (VIC) will not take the place of a healthcare enrollment card, a Choice Card, or any additional identification card that confers VA benefits upon the cardholder – the card would simply confirm Veteran status and is intended to be used to obtain discounts from retailers.
 
VA will begin issuing the cards in November 2017.  Veterans must log into www.vets..gov/ to apply for the card.  If eligible, the Veteran will receive the card in the mail within 3 weeks.
 
Q1.  WHEN WILL THE NEW ID CARDS BE AVAILABLE?
A1:  VA will begin accepting applications for the Veterans Identification Card in November 2017.
 
Q2.  IS THE NEW VETERANS ID CARD THE SAME AS THE ONE I HAVE FROM THE VA MEDICAL CENTER?
A2: No.  The new ID card does not confer access or authorization to any VA benefits.  It simply verifies the Veteran status of the individual. 
 
Q3.  HOW CAN THE NEW VETERANS ID CARD BE USED?
A3: The new VIC cards will serve as proof of service in the Armed Forces and can be used to obtain discounts on goods and services offered to Veterans from retailers.
 
Q4. WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THE VIC?
A4: In order to qualify for the VIC Veterans must present a copy of their DD-214 or other official military personnel file that describes service and have a character of discharge of other than dishonorable.
 
Q5. ARE RESERVISTS AND NATIONAL GUARDSMEN ELIGIBLE FOR THE VIC?
A5: Individuals that served in the Army Reserve, the Navy Reserve, the Marine Corps Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, the Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard of the United States, or the Air National Guard of the United States may qualify for a VIC.
 
Q6. WILL VA CHARGE A FEE TO ISSUE THE CARDS TO VETERANS?
A6: Veterans will not be charged a fee for the VIC. VA has partnered with Office Depot to cover the cost of printing and shipping the ID Card directly to Veterans.
 
Q7. WILL THE VIC GIVE ME ACCESS TO ANY OTHER BENEFITS, GOODS, OR SERVICES THAT I DON'T ALREADY GET WITH MY STATE-ISSUED ID WITH VETERAN ENDORSEMENT, VETERAN HEALTH IDENTIFICATION CARD (VHIC), OR DOD RETIRED IDENTIFICATION CARD?
A7: No, if you have a driver's license with a Veteran designation, a VHIC card, or a retirement card issued by DoD, you do not need to apply for the VIC.  The VIC does not qualify you for additional benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and does not serve as proof for any benefits to which you may be entitled. 
 
Q8. HOW DO I APPLY FOR A VIC?
A8: Veterans must log into vets.gov to apply for a VIC.  If eligible, you will receive your ID card in the mail within 3 weeks.  For more information please go to:  https://www.vets.gov.
 
Q9. IF I DO NOT HAVE A VETS.GOV ACCOUNT; CAN I STILL APPLY FOR THE VIC?
A9: No, you must have a vets.gov account to apply for the VIC.  If you do not have a vets.gov account, you can create one by selecting "Register" on https://www.vets.gov/.
 
Q10. WILL THE VIC ALLOW ME TO ACCESS MILITARY POST OR INSTALLATIONS?
A10: No, the VIC will not grant access to military installations.
 
Q11. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS ID CARD AND THE ID CARD GENERATED IN EBENEFITS?
A11: Unlike the card generated in eBenefits, the VIC will contain the Veteran's photograph, as well a unique identification number.   A graphic representation of the card is provided below:
 
 
 
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The seven photos below were taken at the July and August 2017 monthly meetings.  Beginning with the September meeting photos will feature members that are attending our meetings.  Many Posts with a membership of 200, 300 and even 400 and above do not have as many members attending their meetings as we do at Post 136.  Thank you for making our Post active and helping us grow in membership. 

L to R - Dwight Cargile (Past District Commander), Bill Ferguson (2nd Vice Commander) & Mark Nadobny (1st Vice Commander).  Bill is a new officer and Mark previously served as the Membership Officer.

Just a few of our great members at the August meeting.

L to R - Past District Commander Dwight Cargile swearing in officers at the August monthly meeting.  Fred Timmons (Finance Officer), Joy Datta (Sergeant at Arms) and Bob Mastrion (Judge Advocate) 

L to R - Jim Riggins (Adjutant), Fred Timmons (Finance Officer), Bob Scherer (Past Department Commander), Art Horn (Post Commander) and John Valin (Membership Officer) accepting an award for an increase in membership.  Post 136 was 4th in percent of an increase in 2016.

 

 

A photo of the Certificate of Recognition presented to businesses and home-owners in Mount Pleasant that display the American Flag.

Jimmie Bartee accepts a Certificate of Recognition from Dwight Cargile.

L to R - Dwight Cargile (Past District Commander), Hal Freeman (Eggs Up Grill). Michael Cochran (Glasspro), Bob Scherer (Past Department Commander).  Mr. Freeman and Mr. Cochran accepting Certificates of Recognition for their businesses displaying the American Flag.

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