Free Thanksgiving Sack Lunch for Vets

Please join us at VFW Post 2461, 1350 S. Broadway, Denver, CO …..and bring a friend.

VFW Post 2461 is proud to host the Rowley Family and various other sponsors on Thanksgiving morning at 8:30 to provide a sack lunch containing a turkey sandwich, a bag of chips, and an apple or orange, and a bottle of water to Veterans! If you know of any Vets in need please let them also know. Please get to Post right at 8:30 – last year all of the 260 lunches were handed out by 9am!

Thank you for your service, Thanksgiving Friends of Our Veterans




VA Photo ID Cards for All Veterans Coming in November

All honorably discharged veterans of every era will be able to get a photo identification card from the Department of Veterans Affairs starting in November due to a law passed in 2015.

The law, known as the Veterans Identification Card Act 2015, orders the VA to issue a hard-copy photo ID to any honorably discharged veteran who applies. The card must contain the veteran’s name, photo and a non-Social Security identification number, the law states.

A VA official on Wednesday confirmed the cards are on track to be available nationwide starting in November. Veterans may apply for the card online, but a timeline for how long it will take to receive a card after application has not been finalized, the official said.

No details were released on when that application process will open, what information veterans will need when applying or the web address they will use.

Although the law states that the VA may charge a fee for the card, the official said no fee is planned.

The change comes as the military exchange stores prepare to open online shopping to all honorably discharged veterans starting Nov. 11. Veterans who wish to use that new benefit must be verified through VetVerify.org.

Congress passed the ID law as a way to help veterans prove their service without showing a copy of their DD-214.

“Goods, services and promotional activities are often offered by public and private institutions to veterans who demonstrate proof of service in the military, but it is impractical for a veteran to always carry Department of Defense form DD-214 discharge papers to demonstrate such proof,” the law states.

Some veterans already carry such proof of service.

Those who receive health care from the VA or have a disability rating can get a photo ID VA health card, also known as a Veteran Health Identification Card. Military retirees also hold an ID card issued by the Defense Department.

Veterans are also able to get a proof of service letter through the VA’s ebenefits website. And some states will include a veteran designation on driver’s licenses if requested.

Editor’s Note: The fourth and fifth graphs have been updated with additional information from the VA.

— Amy Bushatz can be reached at amy.bushatz@military.com.


VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship”

The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. It’s just another way for us to say “thank you” to those who fought for our freedoms.

Scholarship Details:

  • Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to qualified applicants.
  • Awarded scholarships are limited to one per family per semester.
  • Applications for the fall semester will be accepted January 1 through April 30.
  • Applications for the spring semester will be accepted August 1 through November 15.
  • Fall semester scholarships will be awarded in August, and spring semester scholarships will be awarded in January.
  • Scholarships must be used by the end of the school semester for which the veteran is applying or they will become null and void.
  • Scholarships are restricted for tuition and fees only and will be paid directly to accredited schools.

Eligible Applicants Must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be retired, honorably discharged, active duty, or a member of the National Guard or Reserve.
  • Have completed Basic Training and follow-on training (Advanced Individual Training, technical school, etc.).
  • Separated with or currently hold a military rank of E-5 or below.
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
  • Participate in, be accepted to or currently enrolled in a VA-approved program or school at an accredited post-secondary institution.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TODAY




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