Thursday, April 14, 2016

Marine Corps Aircraft Deploy to Turkey for Operation Inherent Resolve

04/14/2016 04:16 PM

Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler aircraft have deployed to Turkey to support Operation Inherent Resolve, the effort to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Marine Corps photo
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Marine Corps Aircraft Deploy to Turkey for Operation Inherent Resolve

From a U.S. European Command News Release

STUTTGART, Germany, April 14, 2016 — EA-6B Prowler aircraft from Marine Corps Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 have deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to support electronic attack requirements in Operation Inherent Resolve, the effort to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The deployment is planned to last through September, U.S. European Command officials said.

The Prowler provides an umbrella of protection to coalition aircraft and ground troops in the fight against ISIL by intercepting communications as well as denying the enemy's ability to communicate, officials said.

"The EA-6B Prowler is a force multiplier continuing to do what it has for the past 45 years: support warfighters flying in the air and fighting on the ground by giving them the electronic communications dominance to ensure a decisive win," a Eucom statement said

Monday, March 14, 2016

DoD Condemns 'Heinous Acts' of Terror in Turkey 03/14/2016 12:45 PM CDT

DoD Condemns 'Heinous Acts' of Terror in Turkey

By Lisa Ferdinando

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2016 — The Defense Department condemns yesterday's terrorist attack in Ankara, Turkey, as another horrific act committed against the Turkish people, the Pentagon's press operations chief said today.

"We stand with our Turkish allies in the face of these heinous acts and will continue to deepen our ongoing cooperation in the fight against terrorism," Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters. "We do strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Ankara."

More than 30 people were killed in yesterday's car-bomb attack in the Turkish capital.

"We do offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims," Davis said.

The attack is only the most recent of numerous attacks in Turkey, the captain said. A bomb attack in February killed more than two dozen people in Ankara. An attack at a peace rally in October in the Turkish capital killed more than 100 people.

(Follow Lisa Ferdinando on Twitter: @FerdinandoDoD)

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Re: VFW Action Corps Weekly, March 11, 2016

On Mar 11, 2016 3:32 PM, "Ann Markel" <> wrote:

                                March 11, 2016
In This Issue:
1. Senate Military Personnel Hearing
2. Veterans Given a Year to Close Incomplete VA Enrollment Applications
3. Full Week of Testifying Ahead
4. Senate Appropriations Hearing on VA Budget
1. Senate Military Personnel Hearing: The VFW testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee regarding the Pentagon's fiscal year 2017 budget submission as it applies to military personnel posture. The VFW can support a lot of initiatives currently on the table, such as Force of the Future, and better suicide and sexual assault prevention and response programs. Some initiatives we want tweaked, such as matching military pay raises to the Employment Cost Index, increasing the government's Thrift Savings Plan contribution to 6 percent and extending it through retirement. Some initiatives the VFW opposes, such as starting the government's TSP match in Year 5 instead of Year 3, dismantling TRICARE on the promise that better service will follow after enrollment fees are first created or increased, and anything that impacts morale, such as the continuation of sequestration, which remains the law of the land. Watch video of the hearing and read the VFW's prepared statement at:
2. Veterans Given a Year to Close Incomplete VA Enrollment Applications: This week, VA announced that it will conduct intensive outreach to the 545,000 veterans with pending incomplete enrollment applications. In a year, VA will close incomplete applications, meaning veterans would have to reapply if they are not able to complete their applications within a year. The VFW will work with VA to ensure veterans who have incomplete applications are contacted and given the opportunity to complete their applications. If you would like to confirm the status of your enrollment application or would like to apply for VA health care, contact the VA Health Eligibility Center at: 1-877-222-VETS (8387).
3. Full Week of Testifying Ahead: The VFW will testify before Congress at three separate hearings next week. On March 15, at 10:30 a.m., Deputy Director, National Legislative Service, Aleks Morosky will testify before the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, and Oversight and Investigations, at a joint hearing entitled "Twenty Five Years After the Persian Gulf War: An Assessment of VA's Disability Claim Process with Respect to Gulf War Illness." To watch this hearing, click here: Later that day at 2:15 p.m., Senior Legislative Associate, Carlos Fuentes will testify before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee regarding proposed legislation to improve access to VA health care, the disability appeals process and accountability. To watch this hearing, click here: On Wednesday, March 16, at 2:00 p.m., Fuentes will testify before the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittees on Health and Economic Opportunity to discuss draft legislation to improve VA's hiring and retention of physicians. The hearing can be viewed here:
4. Senate Appropriations Hearing on VA Budget: On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs held a hearing to discuss VA's fiscal year 2017 budget request. During the hearing committee members discussed a number of issues facing VA, including issues with the Choice Program, accountability, and the recent investigation regarding misconduct by VA officials. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald detailed his plan to reform the department and asked the Senate to confirm Mike Missal, who has been nominated to become the next VA Inspector General. To view a video of the hearing, visit:
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Fwd: Mid-Winter 2016 Talking Points

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From: Moses A. McIntosh, DAV National Commander, Linda Stake, DAVA National Commander <>
Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Subject: Mid-Winter 2016 Talking Points
To: Sean Eagan <>

With the President's submission of the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget on February 9, DAV has added a new talking point dealing with the budget matters. All talking points for your upcoming meetings on Capitol Hill during our 2016 DAV Mid-Winter Conference are now available on the DAV website.
Our key legislative priorities and talking points for 2016 are as follows:
Reform of VA Health Care
The 2014 access-to-care crisis and aftermath have highlighted the need for significant reforms of the VA health care system. Efforts are underway both internally in VA and externally on Capitol Hill to fashion reforms that will better meet the needs of veterans.
Fiscal Year 2017 VA Budget
DAV is intensively reviewing this budget proposal, and we are working with the responsible committees to ensure that appropriations approved for VA in FY 2017 and FY 2018 are sufficient. We want to ensure that policies associated with this budget protect the interests of injured and ill veterans to receive timely, quality care from VA as well as the community and support a robust budget for VA to modernize and make necessary reforms.
Family Caregiver Support and Services
DAV has been working with Congress, VA and other advocates to expand the eligibility for comprehensive VA caregiver supports to veterans of all eras. Currently, only veterans severely injured on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible. Bills have been introduced and hearings have been held, yet only one bill to correct this inequity has been reported by the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Women Veterans
Meeting the transition needs of Women Veterans remains a key legislative priority for DAV in 2016.  DAV's special report-Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home identified gaps in benefits and services across the federal landscape for women service members and veterans. Both Congressional Veterans' Affairs Committees held hearings last year on women veterans issues and several legislative measures were introduced to correct deficiencies. Three measures highlighted in our report cleared the House on February 9, 2016 and have been sent to the Senate. 
Appeals Reform
With the help of DAV and other veterans service organizations, VA is attempting to address its unacceptable backlog in disability compensation appeals. DAV is working with VA and Congress on legislation to support these reforms.
Please use the talking points as a "leave-behind" for your meetings with Members of Congress. Paper copies will be available at the DAV Headquarters Office during the Mid-Winter Conference.

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 Sean Eagan

 Life Member VFW NY Post 53
 American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
Blog: Cold War Veterans Blog
Phone:  716 720-4000 
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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Garcetti Attacks Homeless Vet problem in LA

Hi Sean,

Here's a quick rundown of what we've been up to this week. 

In Case You Missed It:

Check out a quick video recap:


This week, I helped unveil two innovative tools to make life in L.A. smarter and easier. The Go L.A. app allows users to choose between cheaper, faster, or greener ways to get around the city, on everything from a bicycle to Lyft. Our brand-new Geo Hub centralizes data about L.A. for everyday Angelenos and City departments — using GIS technology to map everything from recreation programs to newly-filled potholes and fire hydrants. The Geo Hub will also ease the way for developers looking to build apps for everything from parking to permits.

I had the honor of hosting the first-ever White House Regional Convening on New Americans right here at City Hall. It was inspiring to hear so many great ideas for making the American Dream real for everyone in our city.

I was with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald to unveil the V.A.'s new master plan for the West L.A. campus, which will provide permanent supportive housing and other resources for our city's veterans. Later that day, I joined thousands of volunteers to take part in our annual homeless count — a vital tool to ensure that we get more Angelenos off the streets.



 Sean Eagan

 Life Member VFW NY Post 53
 American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
Blog: Cold War Veterans Blog
Phone:  716 720-4000 
Network: My Fast Pitch! Profile

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Helpful Resource For Veterans Filing Their Taxes Online


As many of you may already know, disabled Veterans are eligible for tax exemptions — and with tax season occurring, there's no better time to start thinking about how you want to file them. According to the IRS, more than 50 million people do their taxes themselves. Since doing your taxes online can range from easy to very complicated, wanted to inform the public of the different options of online tax software programs. They spent 80 hours digging into this industry to develop a resource to help families choose which tax service is best suited for their needs.

With the help of three tax professionals, scouring through dozens of articles and reviews, hours spent researching IRS data and personally testing out the finalists, the Reviews team found three leading programs out of 22 competitors. The top contenders all have top of the line customer service, easy-to-understand design and language that anybody could comprehend.

Because the last thing you want to do is make an error when it comes to your finances, they also complied a comprehensive guide and detailed comparisons, while also offering critical information on filing taxes.

To read their top choices for the best online tax software programs: