Greetings to all of my fellow veterans and DAV Members.  I want to thank all of Members who attended the DAV National Mid-Winter Conference February 24-27.  Our National Legislative Staff did a wonderful job providing detailed information on DAV 's Critical Policy Goals.  
I want to thank our fellow Chapter 10 Members for joining me at the DAV Department of Virginia Commander's Coffee and met with our Legislators: Jim Procunier, Jeremy Villanueva, Jesse Bendahan, Richard Lane, Monti Zimmerman, Terri Williams, and Shane Liermann.   
      I was fortunate to chat with our recent Guest Speakers, the Board of Veterans Appeals Chairman Cheryl Mason and the VA Under Secretary for Benefits, Dr. Paul Lawrence at the DAV National Commander's Reception.
    Join us in honoring the service and sacrifice of women veterans throughout the month of March!  Check out more information below about DAV's commitment to improving benefits and healthcare for women veterans.       
     Due to scheduling conflicts, we have moved our March Meeting to the 4th Saturday of the Month.  So that means our next meeting is Saturday, March 23, 2019.  We will be providing the 2nd reading to the proposed changes to the Chapter Constitution and Bylaws.  We hope to see you there! 
In Comradeship,

Thomas Wendel
Chapter 10 Commander
News You Need to Know
DAV's Mid-Winter Conference
      The National DAV Legisaltive Mid-Winter Conference was a resounding success this past week. Mid-Winter, sponsored by the State Commanders & Adjutants Association, kicked off on Sunday, February 24th with the Opening Session where the National Legislative Staff provided a comprehensive look at DAV's Critical Policy Goals for 2019.  It culminated with DAV National Commander Dennis Nixon providing his testimony before a Joint Session of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees.  To see Commander Nixon's testimony, click the video link below!
National Commander Dennis Nixon delivers testimony before Joint Committee
National Commander Dennis Nixon delivers testimony before Joint Committee

Expediting Claims for Purple Heart Medal Recipients
     VA Secretary, Robert Wilkie announced on February 26, 2019, that the VA will accelerate disability benefits claims processing for Purple Heart Medal recipients.  "Those who hold the Purple Heart, the recognition of wounds taken in battle, will now receive priority consideration when it comes to claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs," said Secretary Wilkie.  The Veterans Benefits Administration will amend its priority processing categories to include initial claims received from Purple Heart recipients on or after April 1, 2019. Purple Heart recipients are already treated on a priority basis at VA hospitals and are exempt from co-payments for their medical care.  To read more, Click Here!
Upcoming Events!
Women's History Month Event on March 6th.
VA's Center for Women Veterans kicks off Women's History Month with 'Trailblazers' campaign o n March 6, from 2-4 p.m. at the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.  Sponsored by VA's Center for Women's Veterans, the event will feature 15 women Veterans representing all branches of military service in a 2019 campaign titled "Trailblazers: Women Breaking Barriers," celebrating the contributions of women Veterans in honor of Women's History Month and continuing through the rest of the year.  To learn more, Click Here! 
DAV National Virtual Career Fair on March 12, 2019
On March 12, 2019, t hrough our partnership with  RecruitMilitary , DAV is sponsoring  a National Virtual Career Fair.  To learn more and to register, Click Here!  Visit the DAV Employment page to learn about more resources and career fairs, Click Here!  
DAV Virginia Spring Conference March 13-17 
     Join your fellow DAV and DAVA members at our Spring Conference in Roanoke! Lots of classes and seminars are in store. The dinner theme for Saturday night will be: 50's and 60's.  To learn more visit the DAV Department of Virginia website, Click Here!
Women Veterans Fair March 21st-NOVA Woodbridge 
   DAV Chapter 48, the Virginia Employment Commission's Jobs for Veteran State Grant, and Health Information Technology Solutions, LLC (HITS) are hosting a Women Veterans' Hiring, Health, and Education Event on Thursday March 21, 2019 at Northern Virginia Community College - Woodbridge Campus. To learn more and register for the event, Click Here!
Chapter 10 Meeting on Saturday, March 23rd!     
     Our next Chapter 10 meeting is Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 10am and will be at American Legion Post #177, 3939 Oak Street, Fairfax, VA.  

     We will discussing upcoming events and follow-up on the recent DAV National Mid-Winter Conference, the DAV Department of Virginia Spring Conference and conducting the 2nd reading of our proposed changes to the Chapter Constitution and BylawsService Officers will be available to provide claims assistance.  If you need assistance and cannot make the meeting, please contact the DAV NSO Office in Roanoke or Washington DC, Click Here!  
DAV-Recruit Military Career Fair in Washington DC 
     On March 28, 2019, t hrough our partnership with  Recruit Military , DAV is sponsoring an All Veterans and Spouses Career Fair in Washington DC.  To learn more and to register, Click Here!  Visit the DAV Employment page to learn about more resources and career fairs, Click Here!  
National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic     
     The Winter Sports Clinic will be March 31, 2019 to April 5, 2019, at Snowmass, CO.  To learn more about the Winter Sports Clinic and how it is truly Miracle on the Mountainside, Click Here!  Chapter 10 is proud to be a Gold Sponsor again this year!    
Women Veterans 
Honoring Women Veterans in March  
       Women have served in the United States military with distinction for generations- from Women's Army Corps, Women Accepted for Volunteer Services and Women Airforce Service Pilots (better known as the WACs, WAVEs and WASPs) of World War II to combat nurses in Korea and Vietnam to Female Engagement Teams in Afghanistan.  Join DAV in our tribute to women veterans past and present!  Check out the video below!

Tribute to women veterans
Tribute to women veterans
DAV Women Veterans Report:  The Journey Forward 
   DAV's Women Veterans: The Journey Ahead follows our 2014 report Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home, giving credit for the work done and successes achieved while also spotlighting remaining needs and making recommendations for a road map forward. The journey ahead is not just for women veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs, among other institutions, has a responsibility to provide and administer effective programs, services and benefits these women have earned. Specifically, VA has an opportunity to utilize what we've learned about this population to transform the department with women veterans central to planning and decision making during this period of significant reform.  To learn more and read The Journey ForwardClick Here!
Chapter 10 Updates  
Chapter Chaplain Rev. John Hoffmann
      As your Chaplain, I am available i f you are in need of prayer or just need someone to talk to, please give me a call or send me an email.  If you become homebound or hospitalized, please let me know. To send me an email, Click Here!  My phone number is 703-508-0200.   
Thanks to Dr. Lawrence and James Gferer  
      On February 16, 2019, we were honored to have VA Under Secretary for Benefits, Dr. Paul Lawrence  and VA CIO James Gferer attend and spend nearly an hour taking questions and engaging in veterans issues with our members. 

Chapter 10 Adjutant Shane Liermann
     As a reminder, at our March meeting, we will be conducting the 2nd reading of our proposed changes to the Chapter Constitution and Bylaws.         
     Please remember to submit your LVAP Volunteer Hours for February 2019.  Click here to report LVAP Hours!
     We look forward to seeing you at our next Meeting on Saturday, March 23, 2019.  Thank you all for everything you do for our fellow veterans and their families.  
Shane Liermann
Chapter Adjutant

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