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VAC JULY 2018 GENERAL MEETING AGENDA (LAFAYETTE)

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VETERANS ACTION COALITION OF SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA

GENERAL MEETING AGENDA

25 JULY 2018

7;00PM

SOUTH REGIONAL LIBRARY

CALL TO ORDER…………………………………………………………………….DERON SANTINY

PRAYER…………………………………………………………………………………CHARLES MCGOWEN

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE……………………………………………………….RODNEY HAMILTON

HOSPICE OF ACADIANA………………………………………………………….MARY BERNARD

VA CBOC UPDATE……………………………………………………………… ……CINDY HART

CBOC VOLUNTEERS………………………………………………………………….RAY BIAS

VETERANS MEMORIAL…………………………………………………………….SKIP PALMINTIER

VETERANS PARK………………………………………………………………………DERON SANTINY

LDVA UPDATE………………………………………………………………………….VANESSA MELANCON

OTHER BUSINESS…………………………………………………………………….ATTENDEES

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JULY 2018 VAC MEETING (LAFAYETTE)

Please join the VAC (LAFAYETTE) for our monthly meeting for JULY 2018

TONIGHT , WEDNESDAY, 25 JULY 2018 
7:00PM

*Please note the change of day.
Meetings are normally held on the LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH unless noted otherwise.

Meetings are held at the SOUTH REGIONAL BRANCH LIBRARY located off Johnston St.
They normally last 60-90 minutes.
All public is invited and you are urged to attend.

Hope to see you there.

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Volunteers Needed: Acadiana Honor Guard

Acadiana Veterans Honor Guard: Taking care of its own

The Acadiana Veterans Honor Guard was formed in March of 2014 by USAF Vietnam Veteran Karen Fontenot and United States Army bugler Gary Edmondson.

With a mission to provide military funerals for the veterans of Acadiana, AVHG rank and file consists of honorably discharged United States military veterans from all branches of the military. The all volunteer force is fully trained and prepared to deliver superior services at the greatest time of need.

The unit has traveled north to Ville Platte, south to Baldwin, east to Henderson and West to Jennings, logging thousands of miles in devotion to the families of the fallen.
Currently touting 37 active members, the AVHG has completed 55 funerals in 2018, and a total of 267 since its inception. The group has also participated in 17 community events this year.

The Acadiana Veterans Honor Guard post two members at the deceased casket one hour before services, provides flag folding and presentation of the memorial flag to the family, performs a 21 rifle salute and a bugler playing the final TAPS.

The Acadiana Veterans Honor Guard continues in its legacy, presenting to our veterans, the final salute.

If you are an honorably discharged US military veteran and would like to be part of this dynamic group, please contact the AVHG at
(337) 873-1526 or email: avhg@honorguard.com .
Website: www.avhonorguard.com ; www.facebook.com/avhonorguard/

 

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Progressive Baptist Church Veterans Ministry Veteran Benefit Briefing

Progressive Baptist Church
Veteran’s ministry

Pastor Lloyd Joiner, jr

2001 E. Simcoe St
Lafayette, La

Veterans Benefit briefing
Saturday, July 28, 2018
9:00 am

In the Fellowship Hall

125 Gallien St.
(around the corner from the church)

Representatives available:

Deputy Assistant Secretary
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs

Vanessa Melancon

La. State Representative Terry C. Landry

Veterans Benefit information will be available
Question and answer session to follow

Beverages & donuts will be served!

For more information:

Lisa Lazard
(337) 234-3924

PBC Veterans Ministry
Leo Dixon, Chairman

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FREE LEGAL ADVICE FOR VETERANS

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A final salute to an American Hero: Lloyd A. King

 

Mr. King Salute

The veteran community will gather to bid a final salute to their friend and patriot, Lloyd A. King, who passed away on March 27, 2018 in Kimberling City, Missouri after a short illness.

Mr. King’s final resting place is in Arlington National Cemetery.

Lloyd A. King served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. As squad leader with B CO, 2ND BN, 327TH INFANTRY, 101 ABN DIV “No Slack”; he served in Cam Ranh Bay, Ben Hoa, I-Corp, and the A Shau Valley.

For his combat service in Vietnam, Ssgt King was awarded the following medals: Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star medal with a “V” for valor, Purple Heart, National Defense Service medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Campaign medal, Vietnam Service medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Gold Star and 2 Air Medals.

The memorial service, sponsored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, William Mackenzie Chapter 504, is scheduled

for 9 am on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

The event will be held Walters Funeral Home 2424 N. University Ave Lafayette, La.

The public is invited to attend. For more information: vetmom01@aol.com or (337) 230-3513.

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Passing of VAC Board Member and Advocate Mr. Lloyd A. King

Lloyd King Vietnam

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of VAC Member and Veteran’s Advocate Lloyd A. King. Mr. King was active in a number of Lafayette, LA area Veteran Organizations.

He was instrumental in gaining the Purple Heart Monument located at Veterans Park  on 200 Feu Follet Rd. in Lafayette.

 ”He was a highly decorated and ultimately disabled Vietnam veteran soldier, having received the Silver Star for gallantry in combat, the Soldier’s Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, two Purple Heart Medals, two Air Medals, and nearly a dozen other medals and ribbons including The Republic of South Vietnam’s highest award, the Gallantry Cross with Gold Star.

Lloyd served during 1968 and 1969 in Vietnam as a non-commissioned officer, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Following his service Lloyd worked over 30 years in various fields focusing on safety and training roles in the oil and gas industry. A life-long Boy Scout participant and supporter, he was Scout Master for a troop based in Lafayette, La., that produced 16 Eagle Scouts during his tenure. Lloyd again enlisted in the US Army in 1987 and served in the Finger Lakes region as a recruiter for six years.

As an author, Lloyd’s book From ‘Nam with Love was the recipient of the 2006 Gold Medal for Best Book of Poetry, awarded by the Military Writer’s Society of America, as well as the 2010 Gold Medal in the Stars and Flags Annual Book Contest. A second book, Kings of the Green Jelly Moon also received a Gold Medal.

In later years Lloyd dedicated himself to furthering many causes as life member in numerous veteran support organizations such as the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Working tirelessly with members of the US Congress, local associations, his comrades, and the medical community, Lloyd pushed for more awareness and support for key health issues he and so many other Vietnam veterans face, such as the results of Agent Orange, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and ultimately Lloyd’s final health impact – Cholangiocarcinoma or Bile Duct Cancer which has been linked to in-country ingested parasitic river flukes.

No services will be held at this time as burial is being planned for Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the service organization of your choice.

 

Rest in Peace Mr. King. You will be missed.

2011 Mr. King Airborne Anniversary Banquet

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VETERANS MEMORIAL AT MONCUS PARK

Please help Honor and Support Our Veterans

 

A place of remembrance and respect will be created for Veterans and their loved ones in Moncus Park (being built by Lafayette Central Park).  Throughout the planning and design process for the park’s master plan, Veterans have been very engaged on many levels, ensuring that this beautiful space will serve the needs of many different types of Veteran events, including memorial ceremonies, military weddings, holiday celebrations, and much more.

While honoring past American conflicts, the space will also honor the present and future of all who continue to serve to protect our families and our freedom.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

If you’d prefer to mail in your tax-deductible gift for the Veterans’ Memorial, please use the following address:

Lafayette Central Park

2901 Johnston Street, Suite 304

Lafayette, LA  70503

MEMO LINE: Memorial

 

To give online and to find out more information click the link below:

Campaign Veterans Memorial

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VOLUNTEERS (LAKE CHARLES CLINIC)

Veterans, Families and Friends
(LAKE CHARLES CLINIC)

Many people have asked if they can continue to apply to volunteer. The answer is YES!. For an application, stop by the new Clinic and ask one of the volunteers for an application.

It’s only 1 page to complete and you can leave it with the volunteer or the VA STAFF .
If you rather complete the application from your home, you can go online and complete the PDF form, print it and sign it, then return it to the Clinic for processing.

The online link is : https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-7055-fill.pdf

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Veteran Benefits/Veteran Disability Compensation

Veterans, Families, and Friends

Below is  information to help better understand the Veterans Benefit Picture.

To view the article please click the link below.

Veteran Benefits/Veteran Disability Compensation