Vietnam Veterans of America

Chapter 267

Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at 3001 Telegraph Rd. in Dearborn, MI 48124

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Message from The President

The COVID19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on our lives.   Enormous loss of life.  On behalf of the Chapter, I extend our most sincere sympathy for any loss you may have suffered.  Economics come second with some businesses having closed temporarily, indefinitely or permanently.  It looks as though we will ALL have to start over, somehow.

Some of our members are included among the losses, having passed from this directly or from underlying conditions that included COVID19 - Jim Brown, and 1st Sgt Dave Trevino, both of which I knew for some time and one that I was stationed with while in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

Some members are homebound -- can't get out of their houses, due to medical problems, or need assistance.  If youíre aware of that, let the Chapter know by calling one of the officers or myself at 313-720-2712 or email us.  It doesn't take much to let us in on the situation.  And family members are always welcome to call us if something happens.

This epidemic has also caused a toll on many fundraisers and meetings, shutting down the meeting location, or the fundraising location.  Such things, as our Chapter Christmas Party, which did not happen, the Annual Super Bowl Party, and the Help-A-Veteran Dance is at risk of cancellation.  The Annual Golf Outing is on for August 28, 2021 at Dearborn Hills Golf Course this year and planning has begun.

Speaking of fundraising:  due the cancellation of two fundraisers, we will have to use one of four of our State Raffle Licenses, to make up for the loss Ė with a raffle.  The cost of tickets once we get the license, will be $10.00 a ticket, with prizes of 1st Place $500.00, 2nd Place $200.00 and 3rd Place $100.00.  No tickets will be mailed, as it is against the State Gaming Authority to do so -- how other organizations do it, is beyond me.  I've been through that audit process and was informed (our committee) that we could not do it and the implication was that others were also barred from the practice.

Lastly, the three new presumptive conditions are now in place, and effective March 1, 2021, Bladder Cancer, Hypothyroidism and Symptoms of Parkinson's are official.  For those who have been pending, or denied, itís advisable to seek a Reopening or Reconsideration of your case.  You will receive arrears owed, depending on the percentage you ultimately receive.  If you have not filed Ė file NOW.  Surviving Spouses also should file a claim.

Letís hope we have a good year all around!  Do all that you can to help keep everyone safe and healthy.

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