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The Grunt’s War

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The enduring — and grossly inaccurate — stereotypes about Vietnam veterans.

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FODPAL News, February 2017

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FODPAL DUES It is February 2017 and you know what means - yes, it is dues time. Please check the list below and see if you owe 2017 dues. MEMBERSHIP DUES UPDATE Alaska 2017 Philippines 2017 France 2018 Hawaii 2017 Mexico 2017 Puerto Rico 2016 China Post #1 2024 Montreal Post #1 0 Toronto Post #5 2020 Fort Pepperrell Post #9 0 Tony Matthews Post #18 0 Canada Post #20 2016 Canada Post #21 0 Canada Post #75 2017 If you owe FODPAL dues, please mail them to Doug Haggan 5712 Riva Ridge Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46237 DUES AMOUNT $40 for a department $15 for a post FODPAL CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION Letters of nomination for the FODPAL Certificate of Appreciation Award are now being accepted. Letters of nomination must be submitted to the FODPAL secretary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than May 1. Who is Eligible 1. Legion Family member 2. Non-Legion member 3. Any division within the American Legion national organization 4. Any organization outside the American Legion Family Criteria & Rules for the Award 1. The Individual, division or outside organization nominated for the award must have made a major contribution to the advancement of The American Legion's programs, its values and high standards. 2. A written résumé of justification is required on the individual or group that is being nominated for the award. 3. State the relationship between the nominee and The American Legion. 4. No nomination will be accepted after 1700 hrs on May 1. 5. Judging of the award will be conducted on the Tuesday before the FODPAL Spring Meeting in Indianapolis. 6. Judges shall be all past FODPAL presidents who are present on said judging day, at a mutually agreed upon location and time. 7. The announcement and presentation will take place at the annual FODPAL Breakfast at the American Legion convention. FODPAL Internet Directory I emailed twice last week the new FODPAL Internet Directory for you to review. I have added some more websites and Facebook pages; if your information is correct please let me know, and if your information is not correct please let know so I can fix it. If your post has a website or Facebook page and it does not appear on the attached list, please email the information so I can add it. I really need help with the Department of Hawaii. Eagle Scout of the Year Applications for Eagle Scout of the Year are now being accepted at National Headquarters; applications can be found on the American Legion website. Cutoff date is April 1. Renewal by Credit Card Here is some GREAT news out of the National Headquarters IT Department. After several weeks of trials and tribulations, the IT Department has come up with a fix to the overseas credit card problem. Please inform your post commanders, post adjutants and members to spread the word that renewal of American Legion membership can once again be done with a credit card from any overseas location. National Membership Cutoff The next membership cutoff will be the 90 percent mark on March 8. We had three departments in FODPAL that did not make the 85 percent mark; one missed it by a mere 21 members. Let us get back on track and have all six FODPALs back on top.

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American Legion asks VA secretary to reverse Black Hills call

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American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt is calling on Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to reverse the department’s decision made under the previous secretary to end needed services at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs, S.D.

“The historic Black Hills VA Health Care System has saved countless lives over the years as veterans from rural areas of South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska have relied on this hospital for in-patient care,” Schmidt said. “Veterans who live far from metropolitan areas are already at a significant disadvantage when accessing their benefits. Relocating services to far-off facilities just compounds the problem. Dr. Shulkin is a physician who understands the importance of timely treatment and patient care. We are asking him to take quick action so VA can continue to serve these veterans who have sacrificed for their nation.”

While Hot Springs will continue to offer outpatient services, many veterans will have to travel to Rapid City in order to receive the medical care that they need. Delegates to the 2016 American Legion national convention unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming the organization’s support to keeping the facility and residential rehabilitation services in Hot Springs. The American Legion also called for the creation of a Center for Excellence to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, substance abuse and homeless prevention at Hot Springs.

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Col. Lewis L. Millett Memorial Post 38 hosts Four Chaplains ceremony

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On Feb. 4, 2017, Col. Lewis L. Millett Memorial Post 38, Seoul, South Korea, hosted a community-wide ceremony honoring the memory of four U.S. Army chaplains at the Yongsan Garrison South Post Chapel in Seoul. During World War II, when their transport ship, USAT Dorchester, was torpedoed, the Four Chaplains spread out on the ship, comforted the wounded and directed the others to safety. They distributed life jackets, and when they ran out they removed their own and gave them to four young men. As Dorchester sank, the chaplains were seen linked arm in arm, praying. The ceremony was led by Post 38 Vice William Wight, who read a brief biography of each of the Four Chaplains. They came from different faiths and backgrounds. John P. Washington was a Catholic priest from Kearny, N.J. Rabbi Alexander D. Goode was a native of York, Pa. Clark V. Poling was a minister in the Reformed Church in America at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady, N.Y. George L. Fox, a decorated World War I veteran, was a Methodist minister in Gilman, Vt. During the ceremony, guest speaker Col. Thomas Wheatley, the 8th United States Army Command Chaplain, spoke of the sacrifices of the Four Chaplains. A flower was placed in front of the photograph of each of the Four Chaplains by members of The American Legion. Representing the Department of the Philippines during the ceremony was Department Auditor Michael Napsey. Seoul American High School JR ROTC provided the color guard for the ceremony.

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New DoD electronic medical record system called a success

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WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s newly modernized electronic health record system was recognized as successful after a week-long deployment at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, officials there said Feb. 15, 2017.

Fairchild’s 92nd Medical Group became the first military hospital or clinic to use MHS GENESIS, a single, integrated electronic inpatient and outpatient health record that transforms health care delivery within DoD’s Military Health System, officials said.

Allows for Team Approach

MHS GENESIS enables a team approach in providing health services to patients, said Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Mark A. Ediger.

“In medicine today, we leverage a lot of different skill sets on a health care team,” he said. “[MHS GENESIS] goes well beyond the traditional doctor-patient interaction and leverages skill sets such as nutrition, exercise physiology and disease management. It’s a very collaborative tool that allows the team to share a common picture.”

Initial feedback from health care providers at Fairchild is positive, said Stacy Cummings, program executive officer of Defense Healthcare Management Systems.

Cutting-Edge Technology

The cutting-edge technology gives patients and health care providers a continuum of care and allows the Department of Veterans Affairs and private-sector health care partners the necessary data to collaborate and make the best possible health care decisions, Cummings said.

MHS GENESIS maintains electronic health record interoperability with VA medical facilities through the use of Joint Legacy Viewer, she noted. “We have integrated MHS GENESIS to be a tool that will continue to allow us to share data with VA and our commercial health care providers who are our partners,” she said.

The TRICARE military health system’s patient portal has been redesigned to allow for access to MHS GENESIS by patients and health care providers, officials said, adding that patient safety and the security of data is paramount in the new streamlined and intuitive system.

“We have a responsibility to provide the best possible user experience to our beneficiaries, and … we delivered on that responsibility,” Cummings said.

System To Expand Worldwide

In the next year, MHS GENESIS will deploy at three other military medical facilities in Washington state: Naval Hospital Bremerton in Bremerton; Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma and Naval Hospital Oak Harbor in Oak Harbor.

“Full deployment will be complete in 2022 across the nation and around the world for our facilities, medical treatment facilities and garrisons,” Cummings said. “We remain confident that MHS GENESIS will transform the delivery of health care and advanced data sharing through a modern electronic health record for service members, veterans and their families.”

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Did you know?

Military Funeral Honors ceremonies must be scheduled in advance.

The law requires that every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, which includes the folding and presentation of the United States flag and the playing of “taps,” upon the family’s request. This Department of Defense program calls for the funeral director to request military funeral honors on behalf of the veteran’s family.