US Veterans be wary. When you come across The American War Library (AWL) http://www.amervets.com you see a long list of links and web resources. One of the items they provide is information to help you determine your military service authorized awards. How do they do this: By asking you to send them some confidential documents with all of your personal information. From this, they will send you a response.
But why would this private organization want this material? Do they sell it? Do they use it for marketing products or services? Are you at risk for identify theft if you deal with The American War Library?
The American War Library
16907 Brighton Avenue
Gardena CA 90247-5420
On their front page, there is a list of links, several of which are broken, not a good impression for their front page. A store front with a broken door off its hinges does not impress new customers or visitors.Read more...
ONCE AGAIN FRAUD /SCAMS GET EXPOSED BY OUR MAN IN TEXAS
You need to know more about the American War Library (AWL), a long time fraud that has been circulating for years with all kinds of aliases used by Phill Coleman, the main man behind the AWL.
Cell Phone Numbers Go Public. All cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS (depending on our provider and your plan)To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.
It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.
HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON. It takes about 20 seconds https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspxRead more...
To all you soldiers, yeah its Rama. Well I am on Together We Served, and its a good soldier network. Great way to keep in touch. And just so you guys know its me, Stay Frosty, Rama ‘Toulon-Rouge’ ToulonEstablished in 2008 and now home to several hundred thousand Army Members, ATWS was specially created to enable Soldiers, of all eras, the opportunity to reconnect with those they served with, share in the camaraderie of other Soldiers and record their Army Service in the most comprehensive and accurate format available. Possibly the finest presentation of a military service available anywhere, a special “Shadow Box View” of your Army service is available to you as soon as you join.
WARNING TO VETERANS 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
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of General Counsel (022G2)
Subject: VA OFFICE OF SECURITY & LAW ENFORCEMENT
The following is an advisory sent out by the National Guard Bureau (NGB) in reference to a group called “Veterans Affairs Services”.
An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is providing benefit and general information VA and gathering personal information on veterans. This organization is not affiliated with the VA in any way. Websites with the name “VA services” immediately after with the “www” ARE NOT part of the Department of Veterans Affairs; the real VA website in .gov. If approached or called, do not offer them any information concerning yourself or data on other veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not randomly call veterans; no does it ask veterans for information which it does not already have. If you have not dealt with the VA previously and in person, then you receive a call from someone saying they are with the VA or something similar sounding, hang up the phone. Do not respond to emails which suggest that they are from the VA. The VA never conducts official business nor asks for personal information by email.
VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal. NGB legal Counsel has requested that the NGB Provost Marshal Office coordinate with DOD to inform military installations, particularly mobilization sites, of the group and their lack of affiliation or endorsement by the VA to provide any services.
My name is John Hien and I simply want to make you aware of Kansas bill HB 2132 making it’s way through the Kansas legislature. Please….take time to read……If you agree with what Kansas is doing, then do nothing. However, if you disagree, please do what you believe is appropriate…….
Who Am I?
I served in Vietnam from Jan. ’67 to Aug. ’68, for a total of 18 months, with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (11 ACR), mostly with H Co. on an M-48 tank. I was wounded early in my tour on Operation Junction City and received a Purple Heart. I, along with (2) other crewmen, extended our tour of duty an add’l 6 months because we became so close. Our tank commander, Ssgt. John Ortiz, was KIA while I was on leave for extending my tour of duty and I didn’t learn of his death until I returned.Read more...
The links below are cover letters and flyers from a group in Delaware that hosts weekends for our wounded soldiers and Marines. They are looking for donations and funding to continue their noble efforts to assist our wounded military personnel.
warriorweekend.com (Their Web Site Home Page is also listed on the Links Page)Read more...
I’ve noticed over the years in “The Blue Badge” and other military magazines, certain individuals improperly wearing the CIB. I’m sure it’s unintentional as many of us are retired and in some cases seniors citizens and may have forgotten proper protocol.
It should be noted that the CIB is to worn on the left side of a jacket or shirt and that no medal or badge is to be worn above the CIB. The CIB when worn properly is the single most honorable decoration we Infantrymen can receive and no medal, to include the MOH, DSC, Silver Star, Bronze Star or badges, i.e., jump wings is to be worn above the CIB. When I attend military functions or gatherings and see someone wearing the CIB I always ask where they earned the CIB and what their MOS was. Surprisingly, I’ve encountered some individuals who were unaware of the requirement for properly wearing the CIB. And on two occasions I’ve met three individuals wearing the CIB improperly who were phonies and had not earned it, needless to say, I asked them to remove it.
If each of us would pause for a moment and recall what we endured to earn the CIB, I’m sure each of us would want to properly wear the CIB with due respect and honor in which we earned it. Even now as an Army retiree and old grunt, I still wear my CIB proudly and with full respect for those that remember what it means to be INFANTRY.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and hopefully this information can be passed on to my fellow Infantrymen who read The Blue Badge. Wear the CIB with pride, you’ve earned it the hard way.
To Old Friend, Long Gone, But Not Forgotten
Bryan E. Middleton LM 1146
U.S. Army Retired
In today’s issue (Sun Jan 15) my hometown newspaper printed the attached story about an Army Captain, a chaplain, being awarded the Army’s fairly new Combat Action Badge. Please read the second sentence, second paragraph. Maybe I am over sensitive but that really galls my butt. The CAB is NOT THE EQUIVALENT OF THE CIB. Anyone who comes under fire – once – qualifies for the CAB. I know the article was written by some well-meaning but uninformed Public Affairs Officer but he needs to get it together. I did not earn my CIB and I’ll bet you didn’t either by defending an outpost one night, for one assault. I have already written a letter to the editor giving my view. I hope you will do the same. Please pass this on to any member you can and ask them to flood the Hickory Daily Record with letters making them aware that the CIB and CAB are not equals.
I really feel we need to make a statement on this.
Larry, Blue Badge EditorRead more...
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