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75st Anniversary - 2016


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We are dedicated to a single purpose:
Empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.


Gerald A. Shonk
Chapter #70, Inc.

(Est. 1958)
our 57th year of service
for those who served

1039 North Paul Drive
Inverness, Florida 34450

This Chapter and the Auxiliary
welcome and appreciate donations.
a 501(c)(3)

The Chapter office is open on Tuesday mornings
9:00 AM to 11:30 PM for claim filing and processing.
Call 352 344-3464
or drop by - have some coffee and chat awhile

Joe Stephens

From The Commander

Pending upload
Sr. Vice Commander
Chuck Spikes

Jr. Vice Commander
Archie Gooding

Joe McClister

Carolynn Favreau

Dewey Drandy
Sgt. At Arms
Dewey Drandy

John Seaman

Ray Micheal
Officer of the Day
Ray Micheal


Joe McClister


Joe Stephens
Joe Stephens

Ken Bender


Dewey Drandy
Dewey Drawdy

Ronald O'Keefe

The order in which these names are place as nothing to do with ranking,
all have the same training, the first two have just been at it longer

Will be in the Hall on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Evening from 5 PM to 7 PM
Call 352-344-3464 (machine) leave your name and number, we will get back to you
about your appointment - other times maybe arranged.

"Freedom isn´t Free"
The Price Is Still Being Paid

Chapter Constitution and By-laws

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month
(except July and August) at 2:00 p.m.
That's 1400 for those in the corp
We have a lunch - starting at 1:00 p.m. (1300 hours)

Next Meeting is schedule for 12 February 2016


As items for this newsletter are added
they will be listed by date


Commander, Chaplain, Treasure before we open

Dewey Drandy doing his duty - Sgt at Arms

Phip Royal, our guest, speaking to the joint section

Commander is listening

Do to the an error on the webmaster's part - these are all the photos we have - sorry
Do hope the rest of the year is not like this.

As items for this newsletter are added
they we be listed by date

January 12, 2016

Hospice has a veteran's program

HPH Hospice, a partnering angency with the Department of Veterans Affirs (VA), provides tailored care for veterans and their families.
Providing care in home, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and staff is trained to provide Hospice care specific to illnesses and conditions unique to each military era or war. It also provides caregiver edcation and a recognition programs to honor veterans services and sacrifices.
HPH Hospice care and programs DO NOT affect veterans benefits.

Hospice welcomes veterans as volunteers
Hospices of Citrus and the Nature Coast offers volunteer opportunities for veterans who are interested in helping support veteran hospice patients and their families. Hospices of Citrus and the Nature Coast Veteran Volunteers bring military experiences and cultural bond to their hospice work and offer the outstanding ability to relate and connect with veteran patients and their families.
As a partner of the We Honor Veterans programs, the interdisciplinary team at Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast acknowledges the service of veterans in its care by medical, social, spiritual and emotional needs and wishes and by providing programs and services that honor and support.
Cost is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, most commercial insurances and donations. There is no out-of-pocket cost to the patient or family.
For imformation on veterans volunteer opportunities, call Lynn Routh 352-527-2020 or 366-642-0962, or visit

GI Bill Likely To Change

This item is from January of last year, but we are posting it again as some the changes will start this year.
The recent Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) report once again highlights the fact that the current, amazingly generous Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits aren't guaranteed to remain so glorious. Historically, educational benefits have shrunk during times of military downsizing, and we are in the middle of a serious downsize. Plus, I've said since day one that the current Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits are more than our country can afford to sustain. If you have earned the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and you think you have a plan to maximize the benefit to your family, then you might want to consider having a plan B. You might also need a plan C and a plan D.

For more details, see this Paycheck Chronicles post.

Suicide Intervention Training

Reposted again for its importants.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older -- regardless of prior experience -- who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. The ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk. To get involved: (1) attend an ASIST workshop in your area, (2) organize or sponsor an ASIST workshop, or (3) learn how to become an ASIST trainer and provide workshops to others.

For more information, visit the ASIST website.

For more mental health and wellness guides and tips, visit the Mental Health and Wellness section.

Joe McClister, Dewey Drawdy, Ron O'Keefe, Joe Stephens, Ken Bender Sr.
Our crew of service officers after training at Lake Mary this year - January 5 - 8, 2016
All passed testing without even looking at the others work.
Way to go guys!!!

Closed Captioning to Be Available on Some Airline In-Flight Entertainment Systems

Passengers who are deaf or hard of hearing will soon be able to use closed captioning on videos and other in-flight entertainment on some airlines. The National Association of the Deaf and Gogo LLC have reached an agreement to make closed captioning available for all programming streamed through Gogo's in-flight entertainment service, Gogo Vision. The service will be available by June 30, 2017 on airlines that offer Gogo Vision services.

January 2016

10 Things Jobseekers Should Know

1) Your Employment Rights - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guarantees that job applicants and employees with disabilities have certain rights. The ADA covers things like what questions employers can ask about your disability or medical condition during an interview and what pre-employment medical tests they can require you to take. The ADA also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Job accommodations are tools or modifications that help people with disabilities do their job. They can include assistive technology, such as screen readers for employees who are blind, or changes to work schedules, duties or locations. Teleworking can also be used as an accommodation for certain types of jobs. The Job Accommodation Network offers accommodation ideas by type of disability or limitation. If you feel you have been discriminated against on the job or during the interview or application process, you can file an employment discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) field office closest to where you live. Learn about other laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities in the workplace and the agencies that enforce them.

2) Job Placement Programs - Looking for assistance training for and finding a job? Your state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency can help! VR agencies provide career counseling, job training and job placement services for people with disabilities. They also offer job accommodations and other supports, such as job coaching, to help workers with disabilities stay on the job. Contact your state's VR agency for more information. The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) connects college students and recent graduates with disabilities with federal government employers nationwide for internships or permanent employment. Watch videos about the program or contact your school's Office of Disability Student Services to learn more. People who receive Social Security disability benefits and are interested in entering or returning to the workforce should check out the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work (TTW) program. Anyone ages 18 to 64 who receives SSDI or SSI benefits because of a disability is eligible to participate. For more information about the TTW program call 1-866-968-7842 (TTY: 1-866-833-2967). You can also watch a YouTube video about the program or register for a free Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar.

3) Writing Resumes and Cover Letters That Get Noticed - When you're looking to get into the job market, a good first step is to create or update your resume and cover letter. Think of these documents as your marketing tools to help an employer understand why you're the best fit for the job. The Harvard Business Review has great advice on how to write a strong cover letter, including tips like researching the employer and the specific job you're applying for and referencing that information. CareerOneStop has a very useful fact sheet on different types of cover letters and how to write them. Also from CareerOneStop is a resume guide that gives you a step-by-step plan for how to create a resume that will catch the eye of employers. More help can be found in the Department of Labor's Return-to-Work Toolkit. The WRP's "Effective Resumes" video also has helpful tips. Find information on resume design, tips, tricks and trends in Learn How to Become's Resume Revolution section.

4) A Social Angle - Social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter can provide many leads and opportunities when searching for a job. Using social media to look for work has numerous benefits, including increasing networking opportunities. Having a strong presence on social media websites, or creating a "personal brand," is a great way to connect with employers and others in your chosen field. Job recruiters use social media to spread the word about job openings, as well as to learn more about potential employees. This means it's important that any "digital footprints" on social media be appropriate and professional in order to make a good impression on recruiters. There are many smart strategies job seekers can use to make the most out of social media accounts, such as participating in industry-related Twitter chats and joining relevant Facebook groups. Jump start successful use of social media for job searching through this free email course. Different social media platforms can serve different functions in searching for work, so it's helpful to learn how to use and maintain social media profiles on popular networking sites.

5) A Deeper Look at LinkedIn - If you're looking for a job and you want to know where the recruiters are, look no further than LinkedIn. Ninety-five percent of recruiters say they use the site to search for and contact job candidates. Not only is it a great place to showcase what you have to offer, but LinkedIn is also a useful tool for networking with contacts, connecting with new people, conducting research and more. You'll want to begin by making sure your profile is up to date. Build a winning profile with a professional-looking photo, include details about your past work experiences and use common key words for your profession. The Society for Human Resources Management offers advice for networking and job searching on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Don't overlook LinkedIn Groups as a job-seeking tool. Groups allow you to connect with others in a similar field of interest and make yourself known by the information and articles you share in those groups. What'sNext lists the 10 best LinkedIn groups for job seekers. Temple University has a fact sheet on how to network on LinkedIn, which includes 10 helpful tips on how to connect with others while job searching.

6) Finding a Job - Your resume is in hand and you're ready to look for that new job opportunity. But where do you start? Get help with your job hunt through organizations that specialize in helping people find employment, such as your local American Job Center, state Vocational Rehabilitation agency or state job bank. Since much of the job search process takes place online these days, you may also wish to look for job postings on a variety of websites, particularly CareerOneStop. The site allows you to explore career options and search for jobs. If you're looking for federal government employment, all open federal jobs are posted on There are four basic steps to using the site: Create an account, which includes your profile and resume.

Search for jobs and carefully review the "Qualifications and Evaluation" section to make sure you meet the criteria.

Apply for jobs by following the instructions in the "How to Apply" section of each listing. Keep in mind that job openings on expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the published closing date, meaning that the agency will no longer accept applications after that time.

To check the status of your application or get answers to specific questions about the job posting, contact the agency directly.

You may also want to read these six tips about finding a job with the federal government and how to avoid government job scams. You should never pay to find information on government employment this information is available for free.

7) Ace That Interview - One of the keys to acing a job interview is to take steps beforehand to prepare. Recruiters are searching for candidates who not only have the necessary skills and experience for a position, but also demonstrate strong knowledge of a company or organization's culture. Start preparation for an interview by following this 7-Step Interview Prep Plan. Use this helpful Interview Checklist to stay on track with preparation efforts. Be sure to research the organization and read the job description carefully, taking note of facts that may be useful during the interview. Study commonly-asked interview questions and plan out the main points you'll use to respond to them. Also, take some time to plan questions to ask the interviewer. Before the interview, plan an appropriate outfit and gather things such as a notebook and a pen, copies of your resume and work samples and anything else the interviewer would likely request to see. Follow these interview tips, which include reminders to arrive early and to be confident, to help ensure a successful interview. Remember to always follow up an interview by sending a thank you note, either by email or hand written, to the person or people who interviewed you.

8) Moving from School to Work - As young people reach the age at which they are ready to enter the workforce, it's important to know what resources are available to aid in a smooth transition from school to work. The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth has a website that provides guidance on all aspects of the school-to-work transition process. First, it's helpful to have an understanding of the laws that protect people with disabilities in the workforce and well as job assistance services that are available, such as One Stop Centers and state Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies. To determine a career plan, youth can use the Guiding Your Success Tool on their own or in collaboration with peers, parents or guidance counselors. Families and caregivers can play key roles in mentoring and preparing young adults to move into the workforce by guiding the development of soft skills and other work-related skills. Parents, teachers and guidance counselors who work with youth with disabilities should always remember to encourage self-advocacy throughout the school-to-work transition process. Young people can take charge of their future by learning about options including employment supports and being self-employed. Learn more by reading's Guide to Student Transition Planning.

9) There's No Workplace Like Home - Working from home, sometimes called teleworking or telecommuting, is a popular option for many people with disabilities. It allows for more flexibility and eliminates the need for transportation, which can be a barrier to employment. has information for people interested in teleworking. It includes information about jobs with telework potential and a self-assessment you can take to see if you're ready for home-based employment. Learn about the traits of successful teleworkers and what it takes to work professionally from home. Telework can also be considered a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Looking for telework jobs? The National Telecommuting Institute (NTI) is a nonprofit organization that helps place people with disabilities in telework jobs. Learn about the types of work-at-home positions NTI offers. Employment Options is a certified Social Security Administration Employment Network in the Ticket to Work Program that helps people who receive Social Security disability benefits find work from home jobs. For information about teleworking in federal jobs, visit Unfortunately, some work-from-home jobs you see advertised may not be legitimate. Read the Federal Trade Commission's "Work-at-Home Businesses" guide for tips on avoiding common work-at-home scams.

10) Job Help for Veterans - There are many resources to help Veterans with disabilities find jobs and transition from military to civilian life. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Employment Center has a job bank, resume builder and military skills translator. The National Resource Directory has a section with employment information for wounded warriors, transitioning Service Members and Veterans about choosing a career, finding a job, starting a business and getting workplace accommodations. You can find additional assistance through the VA's Veteran Employment Service Office, including contact information for Veterans Employment Specialists in your area. Your State Veterans Affairs Office can also connect you to job training and placement programs near you. Use CareerOneStop's Veterans website to search for civilian jobs based on your military experience. Learn about the Gold Card Initiative for Post- 9/11 Veterans and how to get Veteran's employment services from your local American Job Center. Paralyzed Veterans of America's Operation PAVE also offers one-on-one vocational assistance to Veterans and their families. Want to work for the federal government? FedsHireVets has information about federal employment, including what Veterans' preference is and how it can be used. Use the Veterans' Employment and Career Transition Advisor to find resources in your state or visit My Next Move for Veterans for more information.

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Helping Older Adults Avoid Hypothermia

This tip sheet from the National Institutes of Health provides information to help older adults avoid hypothermia. Americans aged 65 years and older are vulnerable to this condition because their body's response to cold can be affected by medical conditions such as diabetes and some medicines including over-the-counter cold remedies. Hypothermia can develop in older adults after even mild exposure to cold weather or a small drop in temperature.

Beware of Fake Social Security Emails

The Social Security Administration (SSA) and Federal Trade Commission are warning Americans about a scam email with "Get Protected" in the subject line. The email describes new features from SSA that monitor unauthorized use of your Social Security number. If you get an email like that, don't click on any of the links or open attachments. Report it by forwarding the email to Visit to learn about common online scams and how to avoid them.

Nursing Center Settles Discrimination Suit for Denying Pregnant Employee Reasonable Accommodation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a disability discrimination suit with NHC Healthcare/Clinton, LLC of Clinton, SC. The nursing center allegedly violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to provide medical leave as a reasonable accommodation for a pregnant employee with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. The EEOC said the company then fired the employee because of her disability and pregnancy.

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"Freedom Isn´t Free"
the price is still being paid