Post by Category : Veterans Services

A Heartbreaking Moment

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Our Post often gets inquiries about veterans memorial services, flags, and funeral honors for a departed family member.  It is usually just before a planned service. At our meetings we often talk about this situation and how to better assist families in need.

 

The VA provides cemetery plots for all honorably discharged veterans. This includes the opening of the grave, burial, and funeral honors and presentation of a flag to the family. There is no cost to the family. There are procedures to follow and they are fairly easy to accomplish. You can even apply on-line for Pre-Need Burial Eligibility. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

 

We encourage all veterans to have a discussion with their family about their desires.  This includes the memorial service and location of wills, special instructions, and their Record of Discharge and Release from Active Duty (DD Form 214).  The DD Form 214 proves entitlement.  Lost or misplaced DD Form 214’s can be obtained from the National Archives.  You do not have to hire anyone to obtain a veteran’s DD Form 214.  It is a no cost service, but it will take time to obtain.  Do not wait. Keep this important document with the veteran’s  important papers.

 

Of course, preparation and transportation of a veteran’s remains or cremains are not a service of the VA.   

 

Veterans are encouraged to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars and our post.  There are many opportunities to serve local veterans and their families.  We need active veterans to provide assistance and serve on committees that provide scholarships, help veterans, provide advice and assistance, and more.  Contact us to join and make a difference where it counts.

Basketball Raffle Winner Announced

Each year our post holds a raffle to raise money for our Veterans Relief Fund. The raffle has two purposes. One is to raise money for veterans assistance. The other it to show the local community that we have an active and vibrant group of veterans by meeting and greeting passersby in beautiful downtown Chapel Hill.

World War II Vet Elmer Hughes passes out Buddy Poppies
World War II Vet Elmer Hughes passes out Buddy Poppies

We are proud to announce that our raffle was a great success. We sold every available ticket and we thank everyone who participated, especially our Carolina Alumni.

 

The drawing for the pair of season tickets for Tar Heel Men’s Basketball for the 2015-2016 season was held this afternoon. There were 300 tickets in the tub from which the winner was drawn. The winner was Lee Heavlin, a career Navy veteran from Carrboro who finished his career as the Administrative Officer for the Navy ROTC Unit on campus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

$3000 was raised from our raffle ticket sales. We can’t begin to tell you how important it is for our Chapel Hill VFW Post to help needy veterans who come to us for financial assistance. The fund into which the raffle ticket money went is our source for that help. We call it our Veterans Relief Fund.

 

Other money that goes into that fund is what we raise from our Buddy Poppy efforts. This is a nationwide VFW program to raise money for veteran assistance. You may see men and women in front of grocery stores or “big box” retailers, especially around Veterans Day, giving away small red and green flowers. These poppies are made by disabled veterans and are given to people by VFW members to remind them of the sacrifices made by members of our military. Donations are gladly accepted but not requested from those to whom the poppies are given. Again, every penny raised goes into the fund from which assistance is provided to veterans in financial need who approach the local VFW Post.

Wall of Honor for Local Veterans  0

The Chapel Hill Seymour Center  will unveil a new Wall of Honor on Monday, January 27, 2014, at 11:30 am.  The  Wall of Honor  will serve as a tribute to local veteran participants of the Seymour Center and consists of a portrait and brief biography display.  The wall display will change periodically to honor additional veterans.

Cydnee’ Sims, Senior Center Operations and Program Manager, said “The wall will feature eight to ten veterans at a time, and the display content will rotate each May and November.  This will enable veteran participants of the Senior Center(s) to be in the spotlight for a period of six months through a lottery system.”

You are invited to attend and  to learn about the wall’s inception and honor the heroic older adults of Orange Country.

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Sharing Computer Skills  0

Our host American Legion Post is going to have an open forum chalk talk on personal computer use.  Post Commander Heavlin will work with post members as they share computer problems and issues with other members.  Many user problems are common and shared by others.  The solutions are the same.

Also covered will be new software solutions that may be unfamiliar to post members.  Handheld smartphones are rapidly taking hold and many computer users now use a smartphone or tablet as their computer of choice.

This forum is open to all post members and to local veterans.  If you are interested in participating in a daytime session in the next few weeks, you can.  Watch for more information on this site.  Learn more

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Vets Get Free PC Repairs  0

A local business is helping veterans and members of  Veterans of Foreign Wars with free personal computer repair.  That’s right!  It is no-cost help.  Of course, parts are not included.

If a veteran’s personal computer needs parts, the repair shop will not sell them the part, but they will give them a list of needed parts and tell them where they can obtain them.  Parts will then be put in for the veteran.

So, if your personal computer is ailing and you are about to lose control, ask for help before you head to the big box super center to buy a new one.    Get some professional help.  Your computer may be fine.  It could be a software issue or a minor part.

The expert advice and assistance is offered by a local Hillsborough personal computer tech.  He is offering his no cost repair services to local veterans in Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, and Orange County.  Other veterans can get assistance if they are in the surrounding area and contact him for assistance.

PC EMT Ad for Repair

For many of our members, computer repairs are needed and they have limited funds.  This is a good opportunity for them.  To obtain assistance in this program, complete the attached form and send it to him at pcemt@aol.com.   Download PC EMT Request

For Post 9100 members, we can also arrange for you to drop off your computer at the American Legion Post on our meeting night for him to pick up.  Make sure you have made arrangements for pickup before you take your PC to the post.

Most computer parts, cables, memory, and accessories are available in Chapel Hill at Intrex Computers on Elliot Road at affordable prices and lower than many big box stores.

We applaud “Ben” for volunteering to help our post members and other local veterans.  And we also thank the Crime Prevention/Training Department of NC Department of Public Safety in Raleigh for sharing this service information.