Each week The War Library receives calls from anguished family members trying to hurdle the VA maze to get burial info or benefits for a deceased veteran because they cannot find the vet’s Report of Separation or other military documents. Whether or not you plan to live forever you MUST make arrangements for your death should your privately made plans to cheat ‘The Grim Reaper’ fail to work out. It is both unfair and callous to frustrate family members who run into VA roadblocks because you failed to prepare all of the information they will need.
To spare your survivors the anguish of VA bureaucracy you should do the following NOW:
1. Prepare an 8-by-12 envelope containing the following veteran-related information to be left on a shelf or in a drawer that can be easily found after your death:
a. a photocopy of your DD-214 (or Report of Separation) and other important military-issued documents
b. a photocopy of your Social Security card
c. a photocopy of your driver’s license
d. the location of the nearest VA Service Office for burial assistance benefits
e. a duplicate set of your military medals to be buried with you
f. the address and phone number of your local newspaper(s) to post your obit
g. your military medal Last Will and Testament naming the person you entrust your primary medal set to
h. the names and addresses of fellow veterans or veteran organizations you want your survivors to notify
i. cassette tapes in your voice narrating your most memorable military experiences (these tapes will become monetarily valuable over time/generations… you can make your great-great-grandchildren rich)
j. if applicable… the name(s) and last known locations of prior spouse(es) / mate(s) or child(ren) from any previous marriage(s) or relationship(s) you acquired in the US or abroad
2. Include also a page containing the following websites…
Find a nearby VA Service Officer to assist with deceased or burial benefits: http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash=1
Where to get basic info on VA burial assistance and entitlements: http://www.cem.va.gov/
Where to obtain duplicate medals sets for burial: http://www.amervets.com/replacement/other.htm
Where to obtain a Military Medal Last Will and Testament: http://www.amervets.com/medlwill.htm
Contact Person for this posting: Roger Simpson, PIO
Public Information Office: http://www.13105320634.com
The American War Library: http://www.amervets.com/
16907 Brighton Avenue
Gardena, CA 90247-5420
MOVIE: FLYING LEATHERNECKS with John Wayne!!
PLACE: Commemorative Air Force Jayhawk Wing (HEATED) Hangar, 2560 S. Kessler, Wichita, Kansas
TIME: Doors open at 6:00 pm and the movie should start at 7:30 pm. Come early for pre-movie activity/program.
ADMISSION: FREE with a requested donation to help fund our many programs. You must provide your own seating (bring your own chair).
CONCESSION: Popcorn, candy bars, bottled water, soda pop, snow cones.
AIRPLANE RIDES: World War II airplane rides will be available for sale with flying at a later date. These rides make great birthday, retirement or just for fun gifts. Temperature must be above 60 degrees and subject to weather conditions. Operation Officer must approve all flights.
AIRPLANE RIDE INFORMATION….. Buy an airplane GIFT CERTIFICATE!
Help us get the word out! Tell your friends and coworkers. Come as a group! Let us know if you will be attending and how many will be in your PARTY.
Click here for a short movie clip.
1946 Willys VEC CJ2 very first year with column shift 3 speed transmission (VEC Very Early Civilian) (only in 1946) matching numbers body,frame,serial and engine… Runs great, all the four wheel drive works, newer fuel pump, rebuilt master cylinder, new brake wheel cylinders and “s” line on the front. 5 new military tires and rims. New gas tank. Rear seat missing, has heater but not working, possible bad switch. Comes with doors and tow bar (pulls nice) Clear Kansas Title. email/call for more pictures.
Possible delivery, $1 a loaded mile
Located in Kingman, Kansas
I have a 1952 millitary 2 1/2 ton truck every thing on the truck works fine. This truck has a gas powered inline six cylinder engine, made buy red motors. All 11 tires are good it does have a fuel leak at the tank, an oil leak at the valve cover. It has a rebuilt fuel pump. I bought this truck to use the rockwell axels ( 6.72 to 1 gear ratio ) and belt drive air compressor for a rock crawler. I dont have the time. You could take this and use many parts to build a crawler. You would spend over $2000 for a pair of dana 60 axes this strong. you could use the parts you need and then part out the rest or scrap it for $160 a ton. Take the bed of and make a trailer. Use the frame to make a goose neck. On and on. Or use the truck around the farm, it does have a custom bilt two inch hitch. No title. $2400 cash. I may be able to hual it for a small fee or drive it home. Or take what you want and i’ll make $800 or so scraping the rest. Note I only check my email in the am.
This Saturday is our monthly meeting, chili luncheon and election of officers. Also, membership dues are due at this time.
Remember, there should be one vote per paid member.
See you at 9 a.m. on Saturday,