President Trump just signed the "Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act" into law on June 26, 2019, a move that will fast-track disability compensation to veterans with medical conditins related to the chemical Agent Orange.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing to process Agent Orange exposure claims for "Blue Water Navy" veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975.
Many veterans may be eligible for presumption of herbicide exposure through Public Law 116-23, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, which was signed into law June 25, 2019, and goes into effect January 1, 2020 . They may also qualify for a presumption of service connection if they have a disease that is recognized as being associated with herbicide exposure.
The bipartisan Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act gives VA until January 1, 2020, to begin deciding Blue Water Navy related claims. By staying claims decisions until that date, VA is complying with the law that Congress wrote and passed.
In the meantime, veterans may start gathering evidence to pursue disability claims associated with Agent Orange exposure.
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From Commander Sarapata
Welcome to the new Legion Year of 2020. I would like to thank one and all for making 2019 a 100% membership year. Furthermore thanks for my election as Commander for my 10th year. The officers and membership have worked hard to make Post 280 the great Post that it is There is no place like 280. Thank you one and all. For God and Country, Wayne Sarapata - Commander
American Legion Great Bridge Post 280 Inc. Legionnaire of the year for 2019/2020 is Alan Giannerini.
Congratulations to Alan Giannerini (left) on being selected as the 2019/2020 Post 280 Legionairre of the Year. The Legionairre of Year is chosen by the past commanders of Post 280 and is based on member performance for the good of the American Legion during the previous membership year.
Congradulations again Alan, and thank you for all that you have done.
Post 280s 2019 Youth Baseball season gets underway shortly. Post 280 will be sponsoring one Senior and one Junior team this year. Come out and support them.
Post 280s 2019 Ravens Youth Shooting teams just finished their shoot in the Eastern Regionals and team 2 placed 2nd and team 1 placed 3rd. Great shooting, for a while Post 280 had the top two shooters at the regionals.
The Post 280 Facebook page can be found here
Definition of a Veteran
American Legion National is asking for help to identify and catalog all war monuments and memorials. Go to https://www.legion.org/memorials if you have any input.
The Post Services Officer is, Jon Criss Sr., he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Post 757-547-2120 or his cell 757-647-0533.
Veterans Service Representative, Linda Jacobs is at the Post every second and fourth Monday (2:00 to 4:00 P.M.) to answer questions and help with VA claims. Her phone number is 757-455-0814, her e-mail is email@example.com. For general veterans assistance, dial 2-1-1 or go to www.211virginia.org.
Post 280 has Wi-Fi for those of you who must stay connected.
VETERANS' AID AND ATTENDANCE - The Veterans Administration offers Aid and Attendance as part of an "Improved Pension" Benefit that is largely unknown. This Improved Pension allows for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing, medication dosing, or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an Assisted Living facility also qualifies. Please click here for more information.
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We have Post 280 Challenge Coins for sale. Cost is $10.00 each or 12 coins for $100.00. Click on the coin to enlarge.
Uncle Sam wants you to renew ASAP. Don't wait until the last minute. Remember your 2019 card expires on December 31st. Your legion benifits expire on February 28th 2020. If you haven't renewed by the end of May 2020, you will lose your years of continuous membership and all benifits.
Post 280 Meeting Dates and times are:
Post 280 - The second Thursday of each month at 7:30 P.M.
Post 280 E-Board -The third Thursday of each month at 7:30P.M.
SAL - The second Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M.
ALA - The Third Thursday of each month at 7:30P.M.
Club 280 operating hours are subject to change, but as of now are:
Closed Sunday. Open Mon thru Thu 5 - 9, Fri 4 - 11, Sat 2 - 11.
Club 280 phone number: 757-547-2120, call to see if there has been a change in oerating hours.
Hall Rental Phone Number: 757-609-3439. Rates are cheap (Post 280 member rates even cheaper), a full kitchen is available. NOTE: Sub-leaseing of the Hall is not allowed - period.