Run As One

I’m a volunteer with Team Red, White and Blue, a veterans outreach organization that connects veterans to their community through phsyical and social activities. I wanted to inform you about a community event we’re hosting this Saturday…

Please find attached a press release and flyer – for your information, use and distribution – about Run as One at 10:30 a.m. March 28 at Point Defiance Park, meeting at Owen Beach.

Run as One is a joint run/walk and social event with fellow veteran service organizations Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues to celebrate the life of a veteran lost to suicide, Clay Hunt, and to celebrate the collaboration of our organizations in supporting our nation’s veterans. Please find additional details within the release.
Media are also invited to attend, and may contact me for more information at this email or at 703-501-4629.
Flavia Hulsey
Community Outreach Director

Team RWB JBLM RAO Flyer- 2015

VA Standardizes Veterans Claims Forms: New regulations eliminate informal claims despite VFW opposition

image005WASHINGTON (March 24, 2015) — The Department of Veterans Affairs last year proposed changes to regulations to eliminate informal claims that were not filed electronically. In addition, VA proposed requiring the use of a specific standardized form when veterans apply for VA benefits. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and other major service organizations fought against the proposals, saying that the elimination of informal claims was draconian and did not keep with VA’s mandate to be “veteran friendly.”

Despite such protests, VA recently finalized its regulations, meaning that effective today, VA will eliminate “informal claims” and substitute its newly-established “Intent to File a Claim” form to act as a date-of-claim place holder. VA also mandates the use of certain other standardized forms for benefits, such as for compensation, pension and appeals. These new forms can be downloaded at:

As this change goes into effect, here are some things veterans and their representatives will need to know:

These changes are a standardization of the forms and applications that claimants and their representatives are required to use. Effective March 24, service officers must use the forms mandated by this change. These forms include:
Disability compensation: eBenefits or paper Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits
Needs-Based Pension: paper Form 21-527EZ, Application for Pension
Survivors: paper Form 21-534EZ, Application for DIC, Death Pension, and/or Accrued Benefits

Intent to file a claim: While VA has standardized its forms and applications, veterans and their representatives must know that the following are the only three ways a claim may be informally initiated, thus protecting the effective date of an award upon adjudication:
Filing paper Form 21-0966, “Intent to File a Claim” form;
Calling the VA National Call Center, 1-800-827-1000, and requesting that a Call Center agent complete an “Intent to File a Claim” form for the veteran over the phone; or
Initiating, and then saving, an un-submitted claim either using eBenefits (for veterans) or the Stakeholder Enterprise Portal (SEP), for veterans service officers.

Upon receipt of an “intent to file a claim,” the veteran has one year to gather evidence to support a claim and to file a claim for benefits on a standard claim form.

Under the new VA regulations, 38 CFR 3.157 is rescinded and records and transcripts from state, county, municipal, recognized private or government hospitals or institutions, including uniformed services facilities, will no longer be accepted as informal claims in certain circumstances — rather the veteran has up to one year (from the date of medical records establishing an increase in disability) to file the “Intent to File a Claim” form.

Appeal of a VA decision: The change also mandates the use of the standardized notice of disagreement form, VA Form 21-0958, when an individual wishes to initiate an appeal of a VA decision. Before March 24, this was only an optional form.

Veterans who notify VA of their intent to file a claim without using the new “Intent to File a Claim” form will not be able to preserve their effective date, and may further delay the adjudication of their benefit claim. VA still has an obligation to furnish the requisite paperwork to veterans who are seeking to claim their benefits, but VA warns that the requisite paperwork will likely take months to arrive, meaning veterans will lose out on benefits.

Read more here.

March Post Meeting 3/3/15 at 7:30pm


Please take note that next Tuesday will be our March meeting.

We will be taking nominations for next years post officers. If you can not be present but have a desire to nominate or be nominating, please let me know.

For current post officers I need a copy of your DD-214 for national compliance.

If you have any questions, please let me know.


District 2 Meeting & Memorial 2/28 11:30am

The next District 2 Meeting is our District Memorial and business meeting is 28 February, at Ballard Eagleson Post 3063, 2812 NW Market St. 98107 (Note: the State Roster has wrong meeting place).

Lunch is at 11:30 and is being hosted by Seattle Post 6599 Auxiliary, please bring your $6.00 donation to help support this Auxiliary. Memorial is at 12:30 and the meeting will follow.

Hope to see you at lunch.Dist 2 Meeting.


2015-2016 VFW Scholarship Awards Now Open for Submission

Voice of Democracy 2015-16 “My Vision for America”

1st Place – $100 2nd Place – $50 3rd Place – $25

State level prizes range from $400 – $1,200

National level prizes range from $1,000 – $30,000

Each year, more than 45,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.

Knowing that a democratic society needs nurturing, the VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.

Students should record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording can be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes (plus or minus five seconds).

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000- $16,000 and the first-place winner from each (State) VFW Department wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Patriot’s Pen 2015-16 Theme “What Freedom Means to Me”

1st Place – $75 2nd Place – $40 3rd Place – $20

State level prizes range from $50 – $700

National level prizes range from $500 – $5,000

VFW believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism. That’s why we encourage youthful minds to examine our nation’s history and their own experiences in modern American society through our Patriot’s Pen youth essay-writing contest.

Annually, roughly 126,000 students from grades 6-8 (nationwide) enter. One first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on an — always patriotic — annual theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.

Youth Essay * 2015-16 Theme “Why is America my favorite Country”

1st Place – $50 2nd Place – $25 3rd Place – $15

State level prizes range from $50 – $100

*This is a State of Washington program only not National (yet)

This essay contest is for grades 3 thru 5. This is exclusively awarded by the VFW Department of Washington. Judging is done at the Local Post, District and State levels. The state winner will receive a Savings Bond. Youth Essay Entry Form

Life Line Screening at VFW Post 2713 on Friday, February 13, 2015

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!

  • If you are age 21-80 learn your risk for developing 6 different chronic diseases
  • $3 out of every $4 spent on healthcare is for treatment of chronic disease
  • Better lifestyle habits can help prevent 80% of heart disease and 90% of type 2 diabetes

The 6 for Life Health Assessment measures your risk of developing 6 chronic diseases, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes, COPD and lung cancer.  A customized report will determine which risk factors contribute most to your disease risk and are within your control to change.  Finger-stick blood tests along with biometric measurements are included with this assessment.

VFW #2713 will be hosting a Life Line Screening preventive health event on Friday, February 13, 2015.

Protect your health by registering today for the 6 for Life Health Assessment for $79. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit to schedule your appointment.  Take control of your health, knowledge is empowering.

Are you at Risk for Stroke, Heart Disease and Diabetes?

Did you know that a 10% decrease in cholesterol can reduce your risk for heart disease 30%?

  • Diabetes is the 5th leading cause of death in the US
  • Elevated CRP levels in the blood are indicators of risk for heart disease and high blood pressure
  • Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death

Life Line Screening offers finger-stick blood tests with results in 10 minutes. Protect your health by finding out your risk of diabetes and vascular disease by participating in the Life Line Screening that will be at VFW #2713 on Friday, February 13, 2015.

Register for the lipid panel (HDL, LDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides), glucose and CRP blood tests for only $129. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit  to schedule your appointment. Ask about our other stroke and heart tests. Taking control of your health doesn’t have to be hard.

Do you know your TSH level?

Thyroid Disorders TSH can indicate an underactive thyroid

  • 20 million Americans have an underactive thyroid but half don’t know it 
  • An underactive thyroid can cause an increased risk of heart disease and lead to an enlarged heart
  • Underactive thyroid is more common among men and women aged 60 and older

Life Line Screening offers a finger-stick blood test with results in less than 10 minutes. Protect your health by finding out your risk of an underactive thyroid by having a TSH screening.  Life Line Screening will be at VFW #2713 on Friday, February 13, 2015.

Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit to schedule your TSH screening for only $49.  Ask about our other stroke and heart tests.  Taking control of your health doesn’t have to be hard.

Attention all Men! 

Do you know your risk for Prostate Cancer?

  • A Prostate Cancer PSA test is the most accurate method for the detection of prostate cancer 
  • 1 in 6 men will get Prostate Cancer
  • PSA tests have been used for over 25 years

A simple PSA blood test could save your life.  Protect your health by finding out your risk of Prostate Cancer. Life Line Screening that will be at VFW #2713 on Friday, February 13, 2015.

Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit to schedule the PSA, test for only $49. Ask about our other stroke and heart tests. Taking control of your health doesn’t have to be hard.

No One Does More For Veterans


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