Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I want to take a few moments to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. To my Jewish friends I hope the 8 days of Hanukkah were special times of family connecting.

Today thousands of military members are deployed around the world and not with family and friends. To those special and giving people we say a silent prayer and hope for your continued safety.

To those who will always have an empty chair at your Holiday Table I will have one as well. I will never feel your pain but I can try to stand behind you in support. My heart is with you.. always.

We in the Patriot Guard stand with 200,000 brothers and sisters around this country ensuring that ever family who experiences loss feels a presence of Honor, Dignity, and Respect. That we must do this is sad but it is the human cost of freedom. It never has been, and never will be, free. It is our honor to do this.

As we celebrate these holidays it is important that we look to the ones we love and treasure them. To not value these special days is a loss of time you will never get back. Tell those you love that you do. Hold all children with special hugs because to often they don't get them. For these days remember why our family and friends keep us real and genuine.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Veterans Scam

We normally wouldn't post things like this but it was verified by the FACs.

Warning to All Veterans

Veterans Affairs Services is not the same as the VA, don't be fooled!



Forwarded by Kevin Secor, VSO Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the
Department of Veterans Affairs.

An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is providing benefit
and general information on VA and gathering personal information on veterans.
This organization is not affiliated with VA in any way.

VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close
resemblance to the VA name and seal. Our Legal Counsel has requested that we
coordinate with DoD to inform military installations, particularly
mobilization sites, of this group and their lack of affiliation or
endorsement by VA to provide any services.

In addition, GC requests that if you have any examples of VAS acts that
violate chapter 59 of Title 38 United States Code, such as VAS employees
assisting veterans in the preparation and presentation of claims for
benefits, please pass any additional information to Mr.Daugherty at the
address below.

Michael G. Daugherty
Staff Attorney
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of General Counsel (022G2)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420