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Disabled American Veterans

Department of Florida

Newsletter
By Al Linden
Executive Director


As of February 28, 2015 our membership was 59,810,
The goal for life membership for this year is 692 more.




Commander Guy Diffenbaugh’s Message

Commander’s Article
Chapter election for officers for the year 2015-201 6 is fast approaching. This is a serious event and you elect/appoint qualified officers to lead your Chapter for the upcoming year. Please ensure you conduct your elections properly and that any member is allowed to seek office in your Chapter.

A reminder to promptly complete your Chapter Officer Report and copies are sent to National and Department Headquarters as well as the St. Petersburg National Service Office. The Chapter Officer report should include ALL Chapter Service Officers appointed by your Chapter. Inasmuch as there is not room to list more than one—please ensure they are listed on the attachment to the report with name, address, membership code number and e-mail addresses

This year the Department had its largest turnout yet for the Chapter Service Officer Certification Training Program--approximately 170 CSO’s attend the Chapter Service Officer Certification Program. There were 3 CSO’s from Georgia and one from Massachusetts in attendance.

Unfortunately, we had 5-6 of our members unable to attend the National Commander’s Presentation before the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees and Mid-Winter Conference because of inclement weather in Washington. Myself, NEC John Markiewicz, Alternate NEC Richard Tolfa, Senior Vice Commander Buddy Rickman and Chapter 1 Treasurer Robert Duprey visited several of our Congressional Representatives and Senator Rubio and discussed DAV’s 4 major legislative priorities: Caregiver’s Act. Fully Developed Appeals, Adequate VA Budget and Women Veterans.

If available, I will be glad to attend your meeting and install newly elected/appointed officers. Lastly, a reminder that effective March 24, 2015, VA will require that all claims for service connection or increased ratings be submitted on VA Form 21-526EZ only and that all Notices of Disagreements be submitted on VA Form 21-0958. Lastly, all informal claims must be submitted on VA Form 21-0966.



Also be reminded that Chapter Annual Financial Reports are due by September 30 each year. Chapter Officers Reports are due within 10 days after installation each year or when changes are made

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BALANCE SHEET
As of February 28, 2015
TOTAL ASSETS $1,350,862
TOTAL LIABILITIES $80,561


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TOTAL LIABILITIES and FUND BALANCES $1,350,8621
FUND BALANCES
Bay Pines VAVS $100
Gainesville VAVS 0
Tampa VAVS $0
Lake City VAVS $333
WPB VAVS $0
MiamiVAVS $200
Orlando VAVS $0
Eglin CBOC $0




I have left employment with the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs to accept the role of Executive Director of Florida is for Veterans Inc. Colleen Krepstekies is the interim Legislative and Cabinet Affairs Director for the department and can be reached at or 850-487-1533.

If you need to reach me in my new role with Florida is for Veterans you can contact me at or 850-321-6010.

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BOOKS: VERY FEW CHAPTERS ARE TAKING ADVANTANGE OF THE LEE GREENWOOD GIFT BOOK "GOD BLESS THE USA".
WHAT AN EASY WAY FOR YOUR CHAPTER TO MAKE MONEY.
YOU MUST HAVE BOOKS ON HAND AT YOUR CHAPTER, AND USE THEM EVERY TIME YOU HAVE A FUNCTION AT YOUR CHAPTER OR COMMUNITY.
THE BOOKS WILL SELL IF YOU PRESENT. BOOKS COST YOUR CHAPTER $1.50 AND CAN EASILY BE SOLD FOR $5.00.
100 BOOKS SOLD WILL NET YOUR CHAPTER $350.00. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GET APPROVAL FROM THE DEPARTMENT OR PAY 10%.
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL ME AT , or 352-250-4743. I ALSO HAVE ABOUT 600 OF HIS BIOGRAPHY, SAME DEAL.



Online Prescription Tracker Gives Veterans 24/7 Online Access to Status


02/04/2015 01:55 PM EST

Online Prescription Tracker Gives Veterans 24/7 Online Access to Status
Veterans can now track the status of most of their prescriptions online, thanks to an innovative idea by a Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) employee. The new 24/7 service allows online tracking for most prescriptions mailed from the VA Mail Order Pharmacy.

The Prescription Tracker was recommended by VA employee Kenneth Siehr, a winner of the President’s 2013 Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award. Siehr’s idea focused on the use of technology as a way to save money and improve the services VA provides to its patients.

“Our nation’s Veterans deserve a first-class pharmacy and quality customer service as a part of the exceptional health care available from VA,” said Siehr, the National Director for Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacies. “It is an honor to be part of serving Veterans and to have been recognized for an idea that enhances our services to them.”



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Chairman Miller released the following statement regarding President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 VA budget request.

“I am committed to providing the Department of Veterans Affairs with the resources it needs to take care of our nation’s veterans. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last year, it’s that VA’s numbers cannot be trusted. Furthermore, whether it's funding, staffing, or information technology tools, Congress has given this administration nearly everything it has asked for to increase access to VA health care and overcome perennial challenges such as the department’s mountain of backlogged disability benefits compensation claims. For its part, VA has left hundreds of millions in health care funding unspent since 2010 as thousands of veterans languished on waiting lists and squandered more than $1 billion on a host of botched construction projects, acquisition failures and extravagant employee conferences. That’s why we will ensure President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 VA budget request receives the scrutiny it is due over the coming weeks. Additionally, the president’s idea to reallocate a portion of Veterans Choice Program funding to other areas of VA is a complete non-starter, which I will not support. When a near-unanimous Congress worked with President Obama last year to create the choice program, we made a promise to veterans to give them more freedom in their health care decisions. I will not stand idly by while the president attempts to renege on that promise. – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman
of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, as well as on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.



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Florida Membersip
February 28, 2015

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ibid: G - met or surpassed goal

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Florida Legislation
February 28, 2015


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