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RockVets Newsletter
December 2021
Volume XIII, Issue 12

 
Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!  


Wishing everyone a New Year filled with
Good Health, Much Happiness, Prosperity, and Peace!

Attack on Pearl Harbor:  80 Years Ago - December 7, 1941

Attack on Pearl Harbor: December 7, 1941
Story by: Jenny Ashcraft
Fold3.com
December 2nd, 2021

Photo:  The USS Shaw explodes after a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

Eighty years ago this month, a surprise attack by Japanese forces occurred at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The attack killed more than 2,000, injured 1,178, and led to America’s entry into WWII. During the attack, six U.S. battleships were sunk, and more than a dozen others were damaged. The Japanese also destroyed 300 airplanes. The attack lasted less than two hours, and the following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan.

Radioman 3rd Class Theodore Q. Jensen was born in a small Utah farming town. His father was an immigrant from Denmark and instilled a love of country and patriotism in his children. After graduating from high school, Theo and seven other young men from his tiny community enlisted together. Theo served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Oklahoma.

Continue reading on Fold3:  https://blog.fold3.com/attack-on-pearl-harbor-december-7-1941/?utm_source=find&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=find-Dec-2021


Here is another interesting link from the National Archives about the Attack on Pearl Harbor:
https://mailchi.mp/nara/0rjknzxchj-763809?e=0b68aa755c

Christmas Collection for the Troops


The Rockland County Marine Corps League are working on  their Toys for Tots annual campaign.

If you would like to donate any gifts to Toys for Tots, you can drop them off at the locations listed below.  Please do not wrap the gift.
If you would like to donate funds, please make checks out to:
Rockland Det. -- Rockland County MCL and mail them to:

Rockland County Marine Corps League
Kearsing-Edwards American Legion Post 1600
20 Station Road, Pomona, NY 10970
For further information, please contact:   Rocky - 845-406-2465
or Dale via email:  DROBIN137@ICLOUD.COM

The Rockland County Marine Corps League, together with a group of Hudson Valley Veterans known as The Bob Hope Division, will conduct their 10th annual Christmas Collection for the Troops.  

Gift packages for the troops should contain any of the following items:
Amazon Gift Cards, Playing Cards, Hair Brushes, Tooth Brushes, Tooth Paste, Soap, theater boxes of candy (Christmas Tree Store), Christmas Candy, Hot Cocoa Packets, Candy Canes, Hand & Foot Warmers, Power Bars (Costco), Beef Jerky, Small Packs of Holiday Cookies, non-perishable cookies, microwave popcorn, energy bars and Santa Hats (Dollar Stores).

Any donation of these items will be gratefully appreciated by the Troops as wherever they are deployed, they will know they are cared for by people at home.

Collection point for these items as well as Toys for Tots gifts will be:

  • Blauvelt Post Office, 545 Western Highway, Blauvelt, New York)
  • Garnerville Post Office, Route 202 and Central Highway, Garnerville, New York
  • Veteran’s Service Agency, 20 Squadron Blvd.,  New City, New York
  • Stony Point Post Office 81 Central Highway, Stony Point, New York
  • Signarama 27 N Middletown Road, Nanuet, New York
  • Senator Melnick’s office, 163 Airport Executive Park, Nanuet, New York
  • R.C. Marine Corps League, Hearsing-Edwards American Legion Post, 20 Station Road, Pomona, NY 10970 (after 3:00 p.m.)

If you would like to make a donation to help with postage fees, please make checks payable to the Marine Corps League (MCL Inc.) at Rockland Detachment, Kearsing Edwards American Legion Post 1600, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970.

Upcoming Events for December

Upcoming Events in Rockland County

Friday, December 10th, 2021:
Join us for our Veteran’s Game Day Holiday Social Luncheon on December 10th (Friday) from11:00am to 2:00pm at the Community Center Town of Clarkstown - Auditorium located at 31 Zukor Road, New City, New York 10956. All Veterans, Caregivers and Gold Star families are welcome to join us to play games, including BINGO for prizes, socialize and have fun! Bring your spouse or significant other. Everything including lunch provided free of charge by the Rockland County PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program. There is plenty of parking available and the auditorium is very large with plenty of room for folks to spread out and maintain social distance if they choose to do so. Doors open at 10:45 am. Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. You can come and go when you please. RSVP: Required for Lunch! Please contact Izzy Quintana at email iquintana@vettovetrc.org or call cell phone number 845-587-6497 to reserve a seat or if you have further questions.

December 6, 8, 10 (M, W & F) MEDITATION from 9:00 am to 9:30 am. Class elicits deep relaxation and helps reduce stress and anxiety. Instructor Brett Cotter has 20 years experience. Participate via Zoom. Meeting ID 983-8404-0455 Passcode: 535029 or click here for link:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/9838404045pwd=djE3VGhUTDJzRU1HMEJ6bnJxa3E2QT09

VETERANS WALKING CLUB at PALISADES CENTER.
December 8th: (Wednesday) at 9:30AM Meet in front of BRIDGES located on the 2nd Floor. The Mall at 9:30AM. Masks are required while in the mall, if not vaccinated. We will walk between 45 minutes to an hour. Join fast pace group, slow pace group or walk at your own pace. Just get walking!

December 9th (Thursday) from 9-10 am. QIGONG (Ancient Chinese Exercise). Gentle meditative exercises based on Universal Life Energy known as Qi. Reduces pain, stress & anxiety. Instructor Norman Galinsky, has 36 years experience in the art. POC: iquintana@vettovetrc.org

Presumptive Disability Benefits

Presumptive Disability Benefits
What is “Presumptive” Service Connection?
VA presumes that certain disabilities were caused by military service. This is because of the unique circumstances of a specific Veteran’s military service. If a presumed condition is diagnosed in a Veteran within a certain group, they can be awarded disability compensation.
https://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/serviceconnected/presumption.pdf

What are “Presumptive” Conditions?
If you are diagnosed with a chronic disease within one year of active duty release, you should apply for disability compensation. Examples of chronic disease include: arthritis, diabetes or hypertension.  Or, if you served continuously for at least 90 days and are diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) after discharge, you can establish service connection for the disease.

Veterans in the following groups may qualify for “presumptive” disability benefits:
• Former prisoners of war who:
• Have a condition that is at least 10 percent disabling
• Depending on length of imprisonment, specific conditions are presumed
Imprisoned for any length of time:
• Psychosis


Any of the anxiety states
Dysthymic disorder (or depressive neurosis)
Organic residuals of frostbite
Post- traumatic osteoarthritis
Heart disease or hypertensive vascular disease
Stroke and the residual effects
Osteoporosis, when the Veteran has posttraumatic stress disorder
 Imprisoned for at least 30 days:
• Beriberi (including beriberi heart disease)
• Chronic dysentery
• Helminthiasis
• Malnutrition (including optic atrophy)
• Pellagra
• Other nutritional deficiencies
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Peptic ulcer disease
• Peripheral neuropathy
• Cirrhosis of the liver
• Avitaminosis
• Osteoporosis

• Vietnam Veterans who were:
• Exposed to Agent Orange
• Served in the Republic of Vietnam or on a vessel operating not more than 12
nautical miles seaward from the demarcation line of the waters of Vietnam and
Cambodia between Jan. 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975

Specific presumed conditions are:
• AL amyloidosis
• B-cell leukemia
• Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
• Multiple myeloma
• Type 2 diabetes
• Hodgkin’s disease
• Ischemic heart disease (including but not limited to, coronary artery
disease and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease)
• Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
• Parkinson’s disease
• Parkinsonism
• Prostate cancer
• Respiratory cancers
• Soft-tissue sarcoma (not including osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma,
Kaposi’s sarcoma or mesothelioma)
Bladder cancer
Hypothyroidism

The following conditions, if they become greater than 10 percent debilitating within a year of exposure to an herbicide agent:
• Acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy
• Chloracne or other similar acneform disease
• Porphyria cutanea tarda
• Atomic Veterans exposed to ionizing radiation and who experienced one of the following:
• Participated in atmospheric nuclear testing
• Occupied or were prisoners of war in Hiroshima or Nagasaki
• Served before Feb. 1, 1992, at a diffusion plant in Paducah, Kentucky, Portsmouth, Ohio or Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Served before Jan. 1, 1974, at Amchitka Island, Alaska Specific presumed conditions:
All forms of leukemia ,except chroniclymphocytic leukemia
Cancer of the thyroid, breast, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, bile ducts, gall bladder, salivary gland, urinary tract, brain, bone, lung, colon or ovary
Bronchioloalveolar carcinoma
Multiple myeloma
Lymphomas, other than Hodgkin’s disease
Primary liver cancer, except if there are indications of cirrhosis or. hepatitis B

Gulf War Veterans who:
• Served in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations
• Have a condition that is at least 10 percent disabling by Dec. 31, 2026
• Specific presumed conditions are:
Medically unexplained chronic multi-symptom illnesses that exist for six months or more, such as:
• Chronic fatigue syndrome • Fibromyalgia
• Irritable bowel syndrome

Any diagnosed or undiagnosed illness that warrants a presumption of service connection, as determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
• Signs or symptoms of an undiagnosed illness include:
• Fatigue
• Skin symptoms • Headaches
• Muscle pain
• Joint pain
• Neurological or neuropsychological symptoms
• Symptoms involving the upper or lower respiratory
system
• Sleep disturbance
• Gastrointestinal symptoms
• Cardiovascular symptoms
• Weight loss
• Menstrual disorders

Gulf War Veterans who:
• Served in the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations or in Afghanistan on
or after September 19, 2001
 Manifest one of the following infectious diseases to a degree of
10 percent or more within 1 year of separation:
• Brucellosis
• Campylobacter jejuni
• Coxiella burnetii (Q fever)
• Nontyphoid Salmonella
• Shigella
• West Nile virus
• Malaria (or when accepted treatises indicate the incubation
period began during a qualifying period of service)
 Manifest to a degree of 10 percent or more at any time after
separation:
Mycobacterium tuberculosis Visceral leishmaniasis

Gulf War Deployed Veterans who:
• Served any length of time in the Southwest Theater of Operations
during the Persian Gulf War, or
• Served any length of time in Afghanistan, Syria, Djibouti or Uzbekistan
on or after September 19, 2001 and
• Manifests one of the following to any degree within 10 years from the
date of separation from military service: o Asthma
Rhinitis
Sinusitis, to include rhinosinusitis
https://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/serviceconnected/presumption.pdf

105 Year Old World War II Vet Receives Legion of Honor

WWII Veteran Who Beat Coronavirus Receives Prestigious Honor on 105th Birthday
RTM Staff by RTM Staff December 4, 2021


A World War II veteran originally from Alabama who beat the coronavirus in 2020 will be recognized on his 105th birthday Friday with the prestigious French Legion of Honor.

Major Wooten repaired bomb-damaged trains in France when he served as an Army private, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Now, he will be given the country’s highest decoration during a medal ceremony and birthday celebration in Huntsville, a statement from the French consulate located in Atlanta and his granddaughter, Holly McDonald, said.

“The Legion of Honor is bestowed upon French citizens as well as foreign nationals who have served France or the ideals it upholds, including individuals who have contributed to the country professionally, as well as veterans such as the Americans who risked their lives during World War II fighting on French soil,” the announcement read.

The consul’s general for France in the city, Vincent Hommeril, will decorate the veteran with the medal that was approved by French President Emmanuel Macron.

After being drafted in 1943, Wooten arrived in France the following year and was among four brothers serving during the war. He worked in Le Mans prior to being sent to work at a Paris railroad station, a summary of his service by the French said.

He came back home in 1946 and worked for U.S. Steel in Birmingham. The veteran tested positive for the coronavirus in November last year, however, he beat the illness in time to celebrate his 104th birthday in his own home.

Now, Wooten “is doing really well” and took part in Veterans Day celebrations recently, McDonald told the AP, adding his mental fuzziness that occurred during his illness has subsided and his strength has also recovered.

Link to full story:  https://resistthemainstream.org/wwii-veteran-who-beat-coronavirus-to-receive-prestigious-honor-on-105th-birthday/?utm_source=telegram

Link to video of ceremony honoring Major Wooten: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZfzSXZG_9s

Understanding Post Traumatic Stress and Treatment
Learn About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health issue that can develop after witnessing a life-threatening event like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. Symptoms may last for several months. The first step to helping those with PTSD is becoming aware of the symptoms and seeking help.

Four of the most common symptoms are:
  • Reliving the event
  • Avoiding things that remind you of the event
  • Having more negative thoughts and feelings than before the event
  • Feeling on edge or using substances to cope
Seeking treatment can help Veterans and their loved ones learn how to manage and understand what they are experiencing. Treatment may help improve overall quality of life and teach useful coping skills.  

E-Booklet:  Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment
https://www.ptsd.va.gov/publications/print/understandingptsd_booklet.pdf

Visit About Face to hear from Veterans who have shared their story on receiving treatment, what it’s like, and how it can help.  
Learn more at this link:    https://www.ptsd.va.gov/apps/AboutFace/
2022 Veterans Disability Compensation Rates
2022 Veterans disability compensation rates
Review 2022 Veterans disability compensation rates.
VA Information link:
https://www.va.gov/disability/compensation-rates/veteran-rates/

2022 Veterans disability compensation rates:
Compensation rates for Veterans with a 10% to 20% disability rating
Effective December 1, 2021

Note:
If you have a 10% to 20% disability rating, you won’t receive a higher rate even if you have a dependent spouse, child, or parent.
Disability rating = Monthly payment (in U.S. $)
10% =152.64
20% = 301.74


Compensation rates for Veterans with a 30% to 100% disability rating
Effective December 1, 2021
With a dependent spouse or parent, but no children
Compensation rates for 30% to 60% disability rating
Compensation rates for 70% to 100% disability rating
With dependents, including children
Compensation rates for 30% to 60% disability rating
Compensation rates for 70% to 100% disability rating
Note: We’re required by law to match the percentage of cost-of-living adjustments made to Social Security benefits. These adjustments help to make sure that the purchasing power of your benefits keeps up with inflation.
Get the latest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) information on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) website

How to use the tables to find your monthly payment

Find your basic rate
Go to the compensation rates for your disability rating. On the Basic rates table, find the amount for your disability rating and dependent status. This is your monthly basic rate.
Example (Veteran with no children):If you're a Veteran with a 30% disability rating, and you have a dependent spouse (no dependent parents or children), your monthly basic rate would be $522.39 each month.

Find your added amounts, if any apply
If your spouse receives Aid and Attendance benefits or you have more than one child, you may qualify for additional monthly payment amounts as listed in the Added amounts table.
Learn more about Aid and Attendance benefits
First, determine your basic rate.
Example (Veteran with children):If you’re a Veteran with a 70% disability rating, and you have a spouse, plus 3 dependent children under the age of 18, you would start with the basic rate of $1,754.95 (for a Veteran with a spouse and 1 child).

Next, look at the Added amounts table. Find the amount for children under age 18 ($64.00).
Since your basic rate already provides payment for 1 child, you would add the rate of $64.00 for each additional child (so $64 x 2).   
If your spouse receives Aid and Attendance, you would also add $119 (which is the added amount for a spouse receiving Aid and Attendance, for a Veteran with a 70% disability rating).
In our example of a Veteran with 70% disability rating, your total monthly payment amount would be:
$1,754.95 basic rate (1 spouse, 1 child)
+ $64 (second child under 18)
+$64 (third child under 18)
+$119 (spouse who receives Aid and Attendance)
Total $2,001.95

Please refer to the VA Website link for further details:
https://www.va.gov/disability/compensation-rates/veteran-rates/
Need a Gift Suggestion?  
If you're looking for a great gift idea for anyone, you might want to check out Vietnam veteran Roy Tschudy's book, "Endless."  Roy is the current President of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #333, and writes about a variety of experiences that our Vietnam vets encountered.  As with all good books, be prepared to experience a lot of emotions with this:  you will be intrigued, angry, surprised, maybe shed a tear or two, and laugh out loud at some of the shenanigans in this enjoyable tale of fact, fiction and myth.   All proceeds of "Endless" go to help veterans.  The book is available in paperback or Kindle edition from Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Endless-Roy-Tschudy/dp/1524668516/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Roy+Tschudy+Endless&qid=1638898608&sr=8-1#customerReviews


"Endless" is the second book authored by Roy.  His first book also had great reviews.  
  "Up Close and Personal" is available through Amazon as well.
Employment Opportunities and Information
Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS) Resources for Veterans
The Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) is committed to helping America's veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.
Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) Resources and Other Information

Grants and Opportunities  VETS provides critical resources, expertise, and training to assist veterans in locating and obtaining meaningful careers.
Grant Opportunities   Jobs For Veterans State Grants program provides federal funding to hire dedicated staff and assist employers fill their workforce needs with job-seeking veterans.
VA Employment Resources. VA Employment Resources allows veterans, service members, and their families to research, find, access, and manage their benefits and personal information.
Updates and Reports. Find the latest VETS updates and congressional reports.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Find answers to general and federal contractor questions.

FedEx Independent Service Provider
FedEx is looking to hire full time and part time drivers to deliver and pickup packages from Blauvelt, NY. Full time schedule is Monday – Friday and part time schedule has weekend positions available. Must be over 21 years old, have a clean drivers license, and be able to pass physical and drug tests. Background checks are also required. Salary for full time starts at $700 per week. Please contact 201-724-7781 to see if you qualify.

Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction of the Veterans Administration:
The link below lists current positions have been announced for the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction (OALC). This is not a complete listing of all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) vacancies and may not include all positions announced for OALC. You may access VA recruitment information on the VA Jobs site at this link: https://www.va.gov/jobs/
If you wish copies of announcements listed below, please contact the individual identified in the specific announcement.  Here is the link to the OALC Job Listings:   
https://www.va.gov/oalc/career.asp

Montefiore-Nyack Hospital, Nyack, New York 10960
See link for full listing and information about career opportunities at Nyack Hospital, Nyack, New York.  https://montefiorenyackcareers.org

Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, New York.  Good Samaritan Hospital is affiliated with Westchester Medical Center.  See this link for available employment - https://wmchealthjobs.org/search-jobs/

Rockland County Employment Information:
Here is a link to current job openings available in Rockland County
http://rocklandgov.com/departments/personnel/job-opportunities/

Rockland County Veterans' Credits:
http://rocklandgov.com/files/8115/1120/9567/Veterans_Credit_Info.pdf

New York City Civil Service Jobs, Tests, and Results as listed in The Chief:
http://thechiefleader.com/news/civil_service/

MTA Metro-North Railroad has ongoing employment opportunities:
To apply for current jobs with the MTA, please go to the MTA Employment Portal at:  http://web.mta.info/mta/employment/

NYC Green Book Online: The Green Book is the official directory of the City of New York.  An indispensable reference guide for anyone living or working in New York City. Includes detailed listings of agencies. Website: http://a856-gbol.nyc.gov/GBOLWebsite/
Rockland County Marine Corps League

Rockland County Marine Corps League regularly receives donations of handicap assistance equipment for disabled veterans from people who want to help. The donated equipment is available for free to military veterans and their families. The items include the following:


  • Motorized Wheelchairs
  • Manual Wheelchairs
  • Oxygen Generator
  • Walkers
  • Bath Chairs
  • Transfer Benches
  • Braces
  • Crutches
  • Canes

If you have need of any of this equipment, contact the folks at the Rockland County Marine Corps League - 845-323-8774 or via e-mail: drobin137@icloud.com.
RockVets Monthly Newsletter

RockVets is an Outreach program of New York Vets, Inc.,  a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization established in 1992, to advocate for those who have worn the uniform of the U.S. Military, no matter where or when they served.


The volunteers at New York Vets / RockVets publish this monthly e-newsletter.  We welcome your thoughts, questions, and feedback. E-mail: NewYorkVets@gmail.com.

We are not affiliated with Rockland County Government nor the Veterans Service Agency of Rockland.

Each month, our newsletter reaches more than 1600 local veterans or those who care about veterans' interests.  Please use this forum to let veterans know of any information, resources, links or events they might enjoy. Send information to NewYorkVets@gmail.com and thank you to all of you who pass this newsletter along to other veterans.

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