Raul Arriaga, Veterans Committee
Applications for High School Diplomas for Michigan WWII Veterans: A state law passed last year (Public Act 181 of 2001), will make eligible an honorably discharged WWII veteran for receipt of a high school diploma from the State of Michigan. To be eligible, the veteran must have attended high school in Michigan and must have served in the military between September 16, 1940 and December 31, 1946. This is just one of five requirements to meet. The application may be completed by the veteran or on his behalf, by a spouse, brother or sister, child or grandchild. A copy of the veteran's discharge papers must accompany the application. The school that the veteran enrolled in prior to serving his country will verify the dates from their own records.
From National Veterans Legal Services Program: FEDERAL APPEALS COURT RULES VA MUST PAY RETROACTIVE BENEFITS TO VIETNAM VETERANS SUFFERING FROM PROSTATE CANCER AND DIABETES On April 1, 2002, in an important Agent Orange case the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected the VA's appeal of the U.S. District Court's December 1999 ruling in the Nehmer case. In that case, the District Court held that all Vietnam veterans prostate cancer claimants or their survivors are entitled to retroactive benefits to the date of the first filing of their claim for service connection or survivors benefits (as long as the prostate cancer claim was not final before September 25, 1985). The court also upheld the District Court's rejection of the VA's argument that only two years of retroactive benefits were due to some survivors of deceased veterans subject to the earlier Nehmer court order. NVLSP believes that this ruling should also apply to similar VA claimants with claims on diabetes in a Vietnam veteran. The decision follows. It's unknown whether the VA will appeal this decision; however, NVLSP feels the VA's chances of success if there is an appeal are unlikely. For more details call (202) 265-8305 ext. 119.
Since Sept. 11, 2001 we have seen the images of the horrific destruction caused by terrorist. The call to duty was answered by our military. Some of our fellow brothers and sisters were called up for duty. To them I say thank-you. But, it wasn't just the military answering the call to protect the U.S. Every American one way or another helped during this uncalled for crisis, by either donating money, blood, or volunteering their free time getting these donations. Old Glory could be seen flying in front of every home and business, as well as on personal vehicles. Flags were being bought off of store shelves, that business couldn't make them and deliver them fast enough. I very much like this show of patriotism. We all hear and see sayings for Buy Made In America products because it keeps us working. Well it upsets me that our very own flags like a lot of other products are being made overseas. Yes that's right, if you haven't checked some of the flags being sold in stores, look very carefully, (Made in Taiwan or elsewhere). The next time you go out to buy a flag, make sure that it says made in the USA. Fly your American flag proudly, and don't wait until your flag gets worn and torn to replace it.