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HR 156 - Payment of DIC to Survivors of Former POW Died Before 30 Sep 1999

HR 156 - Payment of DIC to the survivors of former POW war died on or before 30 Sep 1999.

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Please send the following editable message to your Representative --

I urge you to co-sponsor and actively support H.R. 156, introduced by Representative Tim Holden on 4 January.

H.R. 156 would provide for the payment of dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) to the survivors of former prisoners of war who died on or before September 30, 1999.

Currently only survivors of POW's who died after September 30, 1999, are eligible for DIC. As we move forward with the war on terror it is important that we continue to honor those service members, and their families, that have previously served.

Again I urge your co-sponsorship of H.R. 156 and encouragement of your colleagues to do the same.  Please advise of your intentions.


Family Update:
The next Family Update will be held in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, September 16 . Each service casualty office is contacting MIA family members within a 350-mile radius of Seattle to encourage their attendance. Family members from any area are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact information for these updates may be found in the Family Information section of this web site.

Family Updates

We invite family members from all wars to attend our " Family Updates " held ten times each year to augment the annual briefings. The meetings provide a means to inform POW/MIA family members of ongoing accounting efforts. DoD conducts these meetings all over the country so families may have direct access to government officials. Over 100 family members and 30 government officials attend each meeting.

At the annual and regular update meetings, our briefers are senior officials, experts, and scientists who work the wide range of tasks associated with our mission. At the meetings, we present formal briefings, answer questions, and devote time for one-on-one sessions with family members.

We establish the schedule of family update meetings at least six months in advance. You can register to attend one of these meetings by going to the Upcoming Events section of our website. You can also contact your casualty office for information about the next meeting near your hometown.

Click Here to Visit Our Registration Page


National Alliance of Families

for the Return of America's Missing Servicemen

World War II - Korea - Cold War - Vietnam - Gulf Wars

Roger Hall 301/587-5055

 Call Congress Toll Free at 1-866/727-4894, ask for your Congressman

There is a sample letter on the last page


H.Res. 111 – To establish, in the House of Representatives a Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. Introduced January 30, 2007 by Congressman Peter King (R-NY), H.Res 111 calls for a select committee to "conduct a full investigation of all unresolved matters relating to any United States personnel unaccounted for from the Vietnam era, the Korean conflict, World War II, Cold War Missions, or Gulf War, including MIA's and POW's."

The Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs concluded in 1993 that; "There is evidence, moreover, that indicates the possibility of survival, at least for a small number, after Operation Homecoming...."

Isn’t it time we find out what happened to that "small number" and address the "unresolved matters" relating to our POW/MIAs

Since the last congressional hearings were held in 1996, much new information has surfaced regarding the mis-handling and suppression of POW/MIA information. A former analyst with the Defense POW/MIA Office, provided this information along with many other disturbing details requiring Congressional attention. Specifically, he detailed a report referred to, in house, as the "185 Report," This report discussed the possibility that as many as 185 American POWs were alive as late as 1976. During the same time frame the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC)concluded their own study. They found the possibility existed that as many as 57 American servicemen might be alive.

In March 2006, memos written by a former Defense Intelligence analyst while serving as an investigator with the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs were discovered. These memos detailed the Vietnamese admission that some 19 servicemen listed as died while missing were in fact captured. These servicemen survived in captivity for varying lengths of time, one by Vietnamese admission survived three years. The committee never addressed this matter. In an interesting side note, 10 of the nineteen servicemen Vietnamese official acknowledged "survived into captivity" are among the 57 our own (JCRC)concluded might still be alive.

In February of 2005, the Joint Commission Support Directorate, the investigative arm of the U.S./Russian Joint POW/MIA Commission concluded; "Americans, including American servicemen, were imprisoned in the Soviet Union." This is but the tip of the iceberg, requiring congressional attention. It is time to address the volumes of new information available on POW/MIA matters from World War II, Korea, Cold War, Vietnam and the Gulf.

It's time for Congress to take another look at the POW/MIA issue.

Sample Letter –


Dear Representative

Please co-sponsor H.Res. 111, introduced by Congressman Peter King of New York. H.Res. 111 calls for the formation of a Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. According to the legislation; "The select committee shall conduct a full investigation of all unresolved matters relating to any United States personnel unaccounted for from the Vietnam era, the Korean conflict, World War II, Cold War Missions, or Gulf War, including MIA's and POW's."

We are aware of past investigations and hearings conducted in both the House and Senate. Those investigations left many unresolved matters.

Since the last congressional hearings were held in 1996, much new information has surfaced regarding the mis-handling and suppression of POW/MIA information. A former analyst with the Defense POW/MIA Office, provided this information along with many other disturbing details requiring Congressional attention. Specifically, he detailed a report referred to, in house, as the "185 Report," This report discussed the possibility that as many as 185 American POWs were alive as late as 1976. During the same time frame the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC)concluded their own study. They found the possibility existed that as many as 57 American servicemen might be alive.

In March 2006, memos written by a former Defense Intelligence analyst while serving as an investigator with the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs were discovered. These memos detailed the Vietnamese admission that some 19 servicemen listed as died while missing were in fact captured. These servicemen survived for varying lengths of time, one by Vietnamese admission survived three years. The committee never addressed this matter. In an interesting side note, 10 of the nineteen servicemen Vietnamese official acknowledged "survived into captivity" are among the 57 our own (JCRC)concluded might still be alive.

In February of 2005, the Joint Commission Support Directorate, the investigative arm of the U.S./Russian Joint POW/MIA Commission concluded; Americans, including American servicemen, were imprisoned in the Soviet Union."

This is but the tip of the iceberg, requiring congressional attention. It is time to address the volumes of new information available on POW/MIA matters from World War II, Korea, Cold War, Vietnam and the Gulf.


Please add your name as a co-sponsor for H.Res 111, as introduced by Congressman King.

Very truly yours,

Give name and address so they know you are a constituent

The Top Seven Reasons We Need H. Res 111

1. The Gulag Study 5th Edition issued Feb. 11, 2005 - compiled by the Joint Commission Support Directorate (JCSD), the investigative arm of the U.S/Russian Joint Commission on POW/MIAs, concluded; "Americans, including American servicemen, were imprisoned in the former Soviet Union...."

2. The Tourison Memos - "My review of JCRC casualty files has surfaced several messages which list a total of nine American servicemen Vietnam has acknowledged were captured alive, all of whom are listed by DOD as having been declared dead while missing.... This information has come from Vietnamese officials a piece at a time over the past two years." Another memo states: "My review of POW/MIA case files disclosed DIA/JTFFA message traffic referring to individuals DOD now has information survived into captivity." Thirteen cases are cited representing 19 servicemen.

These memos were written by former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Sedgwick Tourison, during his tenure as an investigator with the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. Whatever the reason, this information was not made public during the life of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs.

3. Failure to Investigate the "185 Report" - In 1993, the Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO) received a report that 185 American POWs had been held in Southeast Asia after 1973, possibly as late as 1976. The report was recognized as possibly credible.

During the mid-l 990's a Russian geologist was interviewed and reported that he was told in 1976 by Vietnamese counterparts that the Vietnamese Government at that time was holding live American POWs. Neither report has been properly investigated.

4. Failure to Authorize Live Sighting Investigations and the attempt to limit Stony Beach activity. Reports of live POWs in Southeast Asia are not investigated.

5. Failure to Properly Investigate Reports of POWs in North Korea - A Background Paper prepared, in 1996, by I.O. Lee, analyst Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO) stated: "There are too many live sighting reports, specifically observations of several Caucasians in a collective farm by Romanians and the North Korean defectors' eyewitness of Americans in DPRK to dismiss that there are no American POW's in North Korea."

6. Failure to Properly Investigate the case of Capt. Michael Scott Speicher - A well placed source provided the following information to the National Alliance of Families in the summer of 2003; "The one source that claimed to have been held with Speicher and fed him on a daily basis stated they had been held for 10 years in the underground prison; that individual was released and left Iraq. The individual that reported feeding the pilot was talking to an individual outside Iraq when he made the claim, and the U.S. side never interviewed him.... Don't be misled by those who would pooh pooh the Speicher reporting."

7. Failure to follow-up on the Conclusions and Recommendations of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, January 1993 - " There is evidence, moreover, that indicates the possibility of survival, at least for a small number, after Operation Homecoming...." Isn’t it time we ask the next question..... what happened to that "small number?"


Why We Need H. Res 111

What the Documents Have to Say:

1. Report from the Escape and Evasion Section of the 6004th Air Intelligence Service Squadron, Oct. 19. 1955 - "Ashley and four crew members, (Turner, Olsen, Shaddick, and Ishida) were known to be alive in Communist hands as of the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53." What happened to these men?

2. Memo From John T. Berbrich, Defense Intelligence Agency dated 23, May 1973, to Commander Chuck Trowbridge - "Dr. Shields called on 21 May..... he viewed both situations as we did and that it appeared that he should not be adamant in denying that there are no U.S. PWs in SEA (Southeast Asia.) I agreed, adding that the Cambodian situation is also less than clear and conclusive."

3. "I am not certain that we have fully clarified everything. I know that quite a few documents were destroyed. However, one document, probably sensational, is still in storage. I have a copy of it. It's content is as follows: at the end of the 1960s the KGB (external foreign intelligence) was given the task of "delivering informed Americans to the USSR for intelligence gathering purposes." General Dmitri Volkogonov, Chairman Russian side of the U.S./Russian Joint Commission on POW/MIAs. Would General Volkogonov made such a statement without.... evidence?

4. Testimony of Avraham Shifrin before the Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws, Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate, February 1, 1973 - "First I must ask you to excuse my English, because I cannot speak like you. I learned my English in concentration camps and my first teachers were kidnaped American officers."

5. Dispatch No. 947 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic from American Embassy Moscow April 5, 1954 (note: on the document April is crossed out and May is handwritten in) - "The United States Government has recently received reports which support earlier indications that

American prisoners of war who had seen action in Korea have been transported to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and that they are now in Soviet custody."

6. Joint Casualty Resolution Center Message Traffic 282114Z Jan 92 - "The fact is an anthropologist with many years of experience rendered a professional opinion that based on the condition of Lt. Mc Kinnie’s (sic) remains, he was alive subsequent to Operation Homecoming...."

7. "As of now, I can come to no other conclusion,." Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director James Schlesinger before the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, when asked directly if the United States left men behind in Southeast Asia.

This information may be accessed from our website. Follow the link.

Documents Supporting the Case for H.Res 111


November2006 - Volume 7 - Issue 11

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I also want to commend the efforts of The Military Family Network to support our military families and increase community awareness of their needs. The programs and services provided by this organization are a great resource of information and aid to military citizens and their loved ones.

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The Military Family Network, with its community-based philosophy and far-reaching care, has helped our National Guard, veterans, active duty, and reserve soldiers keep in touch with their loved ones. Their hard work has enabled many of our heroes at home and abroad to maintain their task of ensuring our freedom and prosperity.

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Further, let me extend best wishes to the members of the Military Family Network for publishing this resource. By providing this list of community resources, the Military Family Network is helping military families forge stronger ties with the state and local community. Thanks again for your contributions to our State and nation

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New Hampshire Governor John H. Lynch

By providing this list of resources, the Military Family Network helps military families build relationships with the state and local community. New Hampshire is home to many organizations and businesses that reach out to the military community, and these ties help strengthen our state and our nation

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson

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Washington Governor Christine O. Gregoire

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ABF U-Pack Moving for Military Family Month and Veteran's Day

"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. We must take time, especially during the Military Family Month of November, to sincerely thank our service men and women for their selfless sacrifice," said Cynthia Ozick, U-Pack spokesperson.

U-Pack Moving is a service of ABF Freight System, Inc., one of the country's oldest and largest freight carriers. With 80+ years of safe driving behind our name, U-Pack is the solution for servicemen and women seeking to do a DITY move. Because U-Pack understands the complexities of military moving, we provide a convenient way to obtain empty and full weight tickets. And best of all, the U-Pack price includes all transportation fees including fuel, taxes, and tolls. With over 95% satisfaction from prior military moves, we believe you will be pleased with the service you receive. U-Pack is the smart choice for your next DITY move. Call 1-800-355-1696 or go online at for a free quote or more information.

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ABF U-Pack Moving is pleased to be chosen as a preferred vendor by the Military Family Network. We work hard to exceed our customer's expectations when it comes to affordable moving. We believe that dedication is especially important to our servicemen and women around the country who give of themselves to serve and protect our nation. Moving is a life event that brings about monumental changes for all members of the family. We want to make that transition as smooth as possible for military members and families.

Employment Focus

VA, 11/9, Defense Tech Security Clearance Recruiting Event, Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA, 1 PM to 6 PM

VA, 11/9, National Veterans Employment Summit, Scope Arena, 201 E. Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk, VA, Noon to 4 PM

CO, 11/9, M.O.R.E. Job Fair, Fort Carson, CO, visit for location and times.

CA, 11/9, VETERANS DAY JOB FAIR, Richmond International Raceway Commonwealth Building 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA, 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

VA, 11/14, USA Career, Elks Lodge, 95 Tide Mill Land, Hampton, VA, 3 Pm to 7 PM

DC, 11/15, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Career Fair, Washington DC Convention Center, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

DC, 11/16, Defense & Government Career Fair, The Sheraton Crystal City, 1800 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA, Noon to 5 PM

MO, 11/30, ACAP Job Fair, Pershing Club, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Community Connections Update

Your Veteran Benefits in Alabama

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Rights Related to Work

Any peace officer who becomes a member of the fund and who left employment and entered directly into the armed forces of the United States and who returned to work as a peace office within six months after release or discharge shall receive prior employment service credit for service in the military not to exceed five years. (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 36-21-69)

All persons who have been honorably discharged from the United States armed forces at any time shall have five points added to any earned ratings in examination for entrance to the state classified service. Those honorably discharged veterans with the present existence of a service-connected disability and entitled to pension, compensation or disability allowance under existing laws shall have 10 points added to any earned ratings. Wives and widows of certain disabled or deceased veterans may have the 10 point preference extended to them and added to any earned ratings. (Code of Alabama, Section 36-26-15)

Rights regarding Education

National Guard-The AL National Guard Education Assistance Program provides tuition reimbursement of up to $500 per semester or quarter. No more than $1,000 annually.

Financial Support Funding

A gratuity in the amount of $500.00 shall be paid to any person who entered the armed services while a bona fide resident of the state of Alabama and who was imprisoned as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia. If the person qualified for the payment of this bonus died while a prisoner, the gratuity shall be paid to the next of kin. All applications for bonus or gratuity payments must be made to the State Department of Veterans Affairs. No payment shall be made except on applications duly received and approved by the said agency. (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 31-7-1 thru 5)

Rights relating to tax obligations

Exemption is provided from ad valorem taxation of the home of any person who is totally disabled or who is 65 years of age or older, and who had a net annual income of $7,500.00 or less for income tax purposes for the last preceding year. (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 40-9-21)

The home of any veteran which is or was acquired by him pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 702, 80th Congress (specially adapted housing grant) as amended by (38 USC) regardless of its value shall be exempt as long as the same is owned and occupied as a home by the veteran or his un-remarried widow. (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 40-9-20)

The property of all incompetent veterans to the value of $3,000.00 is exempt from ad valorem taxation. (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 40-9-1 (17)

Any disabled veteran of WW II or of any hostilities in which the United States was, is or shall be engaged against any foreign state who owns an automobile which has been, is or shall hereafter be all or partly paid for with funds furnished for such purposes by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), under the authority of any act of the Congress of the United States is entitled to exemptions from all license fees and ad valorem taxes on such motor vehicle provided the veteran keeps the vehicle only for private use. (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 40-12-254)

Money paid by the United States to a person as compensation for active service as a member of the armed forces of the United States in a combat zone designed by executive order of the President of the United States shall not be subject to income taxes levied by the State of Alabama for the calendar year 1965 or any subsequent year. (Code of Alabama 1974, Section 40-18-3)

Effective January 1, 1989, and for all successive tax years, all retirement or compensation received as retirement benefits by any person retired from the military service of the United States of America and survivor benefits derived therefrom is hereby exempt from any state, county or municipal income tax or like tax whatever name called. (Code of Alabama 1975, Section 40-18-19 as amended)

Rights related to Medical-Hospital Services

The State of Alabama is extending this special kind of care to veterans through a partnership with the federal government and private industry. The Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City has been "home" to hundreds of veterans since its opening in 1989. In January 1995, Alabama opened two more homes to veterans, the Floyd E. "Tut" Fann State Veterans Home in Huntsville, and the William F. Green State Veterans Home in Bay Minette.

Rights of spouses and children

G. I. Dependents' Scholarship Program
This nationally renowned program was created by Act 633 and approved October 1947 by the Alabama Legislature. It is administered by the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs and is governed by the Code of Alabama 1975, Section 31-6-1. The veteran must meet the following qualifications to establish eligibility of his/her dependents. A dependent is defined as a child, stepchild, spouse or the un-remarried widow (er) of the veteran.

Military Service: The veteran must have honorably served at least 90 or more days of continuous active federal military service or honorably discharged by reason of service-connected disability after serving less than 90 days.

Entitlement: Four standard academic years or part-time equivalent at any Alabama state-supported institution of higher learning or a prescribed course of study at any Alabama state-supported technical school without payment of any tuition, required textbooks or instructional fees.

Age Deadline: The child or stepchild must initiate training prior to their 26th birthday. Age 30 deadline may apply in certain situations. There is no age deadline for submission of the application by the spouse or un-remarried widow (er).


To the citizens of the USA:
     I for one am fed up with the use of the phrase "Separation  of Church and State" by our Courts, Politicians and News agencies.  This Phrase IS NOT IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE USA OR THE Declaration of Independence.
     Their is NO reference to the word CHURCH in any of these documents or their Amendments.
     "Separation of Church and state" - the expression Justice William Rehnquist described as  "a misleading metaphor" - appeared in an exchange of letters between President Thomas Jefferson and the Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut. Thus it has NO LEGAL CONSTITUTIONAL meaning in any way, manner or form.  We are being duped by the Courts, Politicians and News agencies into believing that it does. The only reference in the Constitution or any other of the Founders Legal and binding Documents is in the First Amendment to the Constitution and I quote it " Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of Religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof".   That is it folks nothing more in our Constitution or Laws.
    The founding Fathers all of except 3 were Serious Practicing Christians.  Some of today's Justices are fond of saying the Constitution is a a living breathing Document that is subject to interpretation according to the times. This is pure BULL The founding Fathers clearly stated that no Change what so ever should occur in interpretation or Practice without an Amendment passed by two thirds of the People.
     I for one think it is about time we all wake up and stop the erosion of our Religious Liberties and Rights by the Courts and Politicians backed by the corrupt Secular News Media and get this Vital Information out to every citizen so we can bond together and stop this onslaught.
     What the founding Fathers were doing was protecting us from what happened in England when Henry the VIII  broke from Rome and declared himself the Head of the Church and established The Church of England demanding every citizen Practice his Religion and belong to and Swear allegiance to him and his Church.   Those who refused and remained True to Christ and his Church were Persecuted and Tens of Thousands put to Death.  This is why Our Constitution in the Fist Amendment Forbids our Goverment  from making any  Law respecting an establishment of Religion.   They understood this was a personal right of every citizen to decide on his own along with God his Creator.
     I realize I may be bothering some of you with this Rant of Mine However,; the Truth is the Truth and every American has the Right to know the Truth and stand up for their and our Religious Rights before they disappear completely.
     I Beg you one and all in GOD'S name to forward this information to everyone on your e-mail list and help wake up the people and restore our Religious Rights before it is to late.
Sincerely,     Thomas F. Crowley, Sgt, USMC (ret)

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Subject: state benefits for veterans
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2008 15:44:19 +0000
Small change could benefit veterans in a big way
Bucks County Courier Times
The change is expected to be only a sentence or two, but for war
veterans like 92-year-old Joseph Cannon of Springfield, it could mean
hundreds, maybe thousands, of dollars in savings.
The Upper Bucks resident served on a Navy destroyer in the Atlantic
fleet during World War II where he suffered life-threatening injuries
he's still not comfortable talking about.
About 10 years ago, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officially
declared that Cannon was "100 percent service-connected disabled,"
according to Dan Fraley, director of Veterans Affairs for Bucks County.
The designation meant that Cannon, who has used a wheelchair for
decades, was eligible for a series of federal benefits, including a
tax-free monthly payment and free health care. Cannon was also eligible
for a number of state and county benefits as well, the biggest being no
pay property taxes on his Springfield home because of a state law
concerning his combat injuries.
The only problem was that while Cannon was aware of his federal
benefits, no one told him he was entitled to state or county benefits.
He figures he paid thousands of dollars in school taxes he didn't have
to pay but said he would not seek back those taxes.
"I didn't know about it at first," Cannon said. "They told me to go to
the school board and get my money back, but I couldn't honestly do that.
I'm lucky to be alive and to be able to pay taxes in the first place."
Fraley said his office gets five to 10 calls a year from veterans
unaware of state veterans benefits such as the property tax exemption.
"Each state, each county has different benefits, so it's a little
confusing," Fraley said. "There's always a number of veterans that don't
know about what they're entitled to."
Fraley said he was unaware of any school board or municipal or county
government that has paid back a veteran for taxes he or she unwittingly
paid, since those boards and governments would not be compelled by law
to do so.
"There's really no obligation on any governing body to reimburse that
veteran," Fraley said.
There are about 2,400 veterans in Pennsylvania who have a disability
property tax exemption, including about 120 in Bucks, Fraley said.
About two months ago, Congressman Patrick Murphy, D-8, an Iraq war
veteran, and Congressman John Hall, D-N.Y., wrote a letter to Daniel
Cooper, the VA's undersecretary for benefits, encouraging VA officials
to better inform eligible veterans of their benefits.
"Most states have a number of different programs designed to reward
veterans for their faithful service to our nation," Murphy and Hall
wrote. "However, we are concerned that veterans may be unaware of state
benefits that could have a significant impact on their lives."
Last month, Cooper wrote back, promising to include a paragraph about
state benefits each veteran is entitled to in award notification
letters. The addition, which will be added to letters by spring, will
tell veterans to contact their state and county government to find out
what other benefits they can receive.
"It's a small thing, but it will go a long way to make sure veterans
receive all their benefits," Fraley said.
Brian Scheid can be reached at 215-949-4165 or
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       January 9, 2008 6:11 AM




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