Thoughts on Afghanistan

As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the news coming out of Afghanistan in recent weeks has been tough to watch, especially for our Afghanistan veterans. Here are some poignant words from our comrade, Robert Kettle: I remember clearly 9/11 and the summer 20 years ago at SIXTH Fleet as we worked through Intelligence reporting and all the chatter about a pending strike.  I remember clearly too the COLE bombing…

Get Vaccinated at the VA

Vaccines are now available for eligible veterans at the VA (for more info go here). Quartermaster Harold Rodenberger received his vaccine and here’s a write-up about his experience: After we became eligible, I spent several days trying (and being disappointed) to get appointments for my wife and myself on the various sites handling vaccination appointments.   Thursday afternoon I received an email from the VA saying that eligible veterans could call to schedule…

Service Officer: Overview of VA Appeals

By Joseph Mesa Supplemental Claim appeal must add evidence that is new (or not provided to VA previously) and relevant to your case.  It is recommended that this appeal should be file within one year from the date on the decision letter.  Note:  This appeal will not allow a fiduciary claim or a contested claim. Higher-level reviews (HLRs) consist of de novo reviews of the issue(s) identified by requesters.  De novo review means the…

King County Veterans Consortium April Virtual Muster Notes

30 April 2020 The KCVC and greater PNW veteran community is truly digging deep to adapt, improvise, and respond to our people during this time.  We thank each and every one of you for your compassion, humor, and hard work to meet our community where they are at.  Here are some quick notes from today’s muster.  Ryan Mielcarek from KCVC  Follow up from meeting in March.  Informal volunteer network of…

Take Out Social at Post 3063

By Harold Rodenberger      With the Governor’s order to avoid gatherings and unnecessary movement, we decided to make a special effort to serve our regular third Thursday Social night dinner for take out. Chef Kay Seelig and husband, Russ, prepared a meal of sausage medallions with house-made mustard; smoked sockeye salmon, roasted potatoes and onions and roasted asparagus; with homemade cookies for dessert.      Members came by and…