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Veteran’s Update

I will be out of the office the week of December 12-18, 2018. I can be reached on my cell 701-370-8986 even though I’ll be out of the area.
By Leon Hiltner
County Veterans
Service Officer
Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season. It’s this time of the year that we should concentrate more on giving than receiving. Let us remember our active duty service members who cannot be with family during this season of togetherness and the veterans in our community who are less fortunate than us. If possible, send them a care package full of special goodies, send them a card or letter letting them know that their family is being watch over in their absence, but most importantly, give them your gratitude for the sacrifices they are making and have made so that we may enjoy this season in peace and security. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Forever GI Bill Housing Benefit Payments
Statement by Secretary Robert Wilkie on Forever GI Bill Housing Benefit Payments. To clear up any confusion, I want to make clear that each and every post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiary will be made 100 percent whole –retroactively if need be – for their housing benefits for this academic year based on Forever GI Bill rates, not on post-9/11 GI Bill rates. I made this clear to Chairmen Isakson and Roe on calls Tuesday and want to reassure Veterans and taxpayers that is indeed the case.
Although VA has encountered issues with implementing the Forever GI Bill on Congress’ timeline, we will work with lawmakers to ensure that – once VA is in a position to process education claims in accordance with the new law – each and every beneficiary will receive retroactively the exact benefits to which they are entitled under that law.
Free Hunting & Fishing
Hometown Hero Outdoors provides FREE outdoor adventures for currently serving military, veterans, and law enforcement.
Find our closed group on Facebook to get connected with a group of like minded individuals and also to sign up for FREE trips/giveaways.
Visit us at Email us at Phone· (541)979·5321. Hometown Hero Outdoors is a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit.
What’s your personal brand?
One of the latest trends in writing resumes, Linkedln profiles, cover letters and other career communications is personal branding. This is a process whereby you create a personal branding statement that showcases your unique selling proposition (USP).
Think of your branding statement’ as the overriding theme of your resume – the theme that pulls all your experience together under one umbrella and clearly communicates, “This is who I am and this is the value I bring to your organization .”
To create your own personal brand, follow these steps:
• Define your career objective.
• Identify your top three to five skills, qualifications and
achievements that support your objective.
• Clarify your success traits as they relate to your objective.
• Combine the highlights of that information to write your personal branding statement – a single sentence, phrase or tagline that communicates your unique value.
In today’s world of online job-searching, Linkedln is a must for every job seeker. Therefore, you must transition your personal brand statement from your resume to your Linked In profile, where there is a 120-character limit. This may require you to edit your brand statement to fit into the allocated space. It is essential that your resume and your profile “match” closely so that there is consistency around your brand on all of your communications. In fact, you can even include it in your cover letters, email signature block and any other documents. Let your personal brand lead the way throughout your job search.
NEC adopts resolutions to open up American Legion membership eligibility
Membership eligibility in The American Legion is determined by Congress through the establishment of specific dates of declared hostilities in which U.S. military personnel were activated. Since its founding in 1919, membership in The American Legion has been open to veterans of World War 1, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon/Grenada. Panama and Gulf War/War on Terrorism.
There are at least 12 known combat operations that required an activated military personnel. such as the Cold War, Libyan Conflict and Persian Gulf Conflicts, and resulted in about 1,600 U.S. military men and women casualties. However, because these operations are unrecognized by the U.S. government as a period of war, those who served during these timeframes are not eligible for membership in the American Legion. The American Legion’s National Executive Committee passed a resolution during its annual Fall Meetings in Indianapolis Oct. l7 to change that.
Resolution No. 1, “Unrecognized armed hostilities recognition,” calls on Congress to declare that the United States has been continuously engaged in a state of war from December 7,1941 to present, and for Congress to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to qualify a wartime veteran as any military service personnel who served honorably under Title 10 for at least one day from December 7, 1941 to present.
Following the passing of Resolution No.1, the NEC adopted Resolution No.2, “Unrecognized armed hostilities membership date change,” which will change membership dates for The American Legion. This resolution will only be put in motion once the actions of Resolution No. 1 are approved by Congress. Once approved, membership in The American Legion will be open to the following war periods: April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918, and Dec. 7, 1941 to the date of cessation of armed hostilities as determined by the U.S. government.
The American Legion believes that membership in the organization should be extended to all U.S. military personnel who se rved on active duty during the hostile events that are not seen as a period of war.
Read Resolution 1 and 2 in the Legion’s Digital Archive at @

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