VETERAN’S NEWS From the Internet
Gathered by Bob Kinsler, SSG (ret), US Army, VFW Dept. of Oklahoma, Public Affairs Team Member
America’s Gift to My Generation by Rebecca Redlin, VFW Post 83126, Hugo, OK
Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $54,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.
From left to right:
Scott Redlin, Christian Hickman, Linda Hawkins, Travis Turner, Corbin Norton, Rebecca Redlin
The essay contest encourages our youth to examine America’s history, along with their own feelings and experiences in today’s American society. Each student drafted a 300–400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. This year’s theme was “America’s Gift to My Generation.” The 6th graders of Mrs. Linda Hawkins Social Studies class of Rattan Elementary School, worked diligently expressing their beliefs and values of patriotism.
The 1st place essay winner was awarded to Christian Hickman, 2nd place awarded to Travis Turner and 3rd place was awarded to Corbin Norton. The VFW Post 8316, of Hugo, awarded $100 to 1st place, $75 to 2nd place and $50 to 3rd place for an outstanding job done well.
On the other hand, if you have or will be applying for that Veterans ID Card, the VA is facing some issues with the program, it seems they did not figure in the amount of veterans who would apply for it and the system is overloaded.
To apply for a card, users had to log in to the VA website using either a DS login or the ID.me system, provide a variety of personal information, and upload a copy of a government-issued ID. They also needed to provide a shoulders-up photo to be displayed on the ID card. VA officials said Nov. 29 that users could expect to receive their new ID cards within 60 days of application.
No date as to when it will be reopened at this time.
The Enhancing Veteran Care Act will allow the Directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) to enter into contracts with nonprofit organizations that accredit health care organization entities in order to ensure medical centers at the Department of Veterans Affairs are providing the highest quality care possible for our veterans.
“Today we are one step closer to holding VA care providers accountable by granting VISN and medical center directors the permanent authority to request outside oversight of their medical facilities,” said Senator Inhofe. “Our veterans deserve the highest standard of patient care, and empowering regional leaders with greater oversight ability will improve veterans care in Oklahoma and across the country. I will continue to fight for the best veteran’s care possible and look forward to President Trump signing this bill into law quickly as yet another example of his strong commitment to our nation’s veterans.”
“I’m pleased this important bill has passed the Congress and is now on its way to the President’s desk,” said Senator Lankford. “It will be another important tool for our leaders at our veteran’s facilities to ensure they’re able to provide the highest level of care for our veterans.”
“Without a doubt, we want our veterans to receive health care that is second to none,” said Congressman Mullin. “The Enhancing Veteran Care Act will bring transparency and accountability to VA medical facilities so that we can ensure our veterans are receiving care equal to the best civilian hospitals. Just as patients often look for a second opinion, so too should our VA clinics be able to recruit a second opinion when it comes to evaluating their medical facilities and services. I’m proud to see this bill pass the House today with bipartisan support so that we can better deliver on our promise to take care of our nation’s veterans.”
Senators Inhofe and Lankford are sponsors of S. 1266. Congressman Mullin is the sponsor of the House companion bill, H.R. 42. S. 1266 passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 423 – 0. The bill will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.