1st Region August 2018 Newsletter

1st Region August 2018 Newsletter

Publication Date
Thursday, August 23, 2018
August 2018

September 18th - Quarterly BBB At the Hilton
November - Veterans Day Breakfast

10th Mountain Division Around the World

Adopt a 10th Mountain Division Platoon

Soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division are preparing to deploy to Europe, Korea, Aftrica, and more.  If you would like to adopt a platoon, now or in the future, please contact Mike Plummer at PLUMMIKE@aol.com.  Your support is appreciated!

The Fort Drum Chapter of AUSA Help the First Annual Veteran's Ride to Victory on Aug 4th

The Northern New Your Chapter Association of the US. Army would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2018 Veterans Ride to Victory on 04 August 2018. Below are the winners of the poker run and events and a link to the ride.

Best Poker hade (2 pairs) -Darryll Sapoff - $250.00

Slow Ride – Evan (No Last Name)

Bike Show

Cruiser –Wayne Knowles

Custom Cruiser- Kris Spencer

Street – Brian Hewitt

Custom Street – Darryll Sapoff

Active Duty Army – Hooah Award – Matt Hermann

Best In Show – Kris Spencer

If you did not receive your plaque please contact me at 315-771-8798

AUSA News 

There is a lot to cover this month, from honoring four of our local Fort Drum soldiers to unexpected tax refunds on the horizon for Veterans as well as changes in the military retirement system.  Let's explore what's happening...
First on the list is an article from The Association of the United States Army, regarding big changes in the transfer of power of Army hospitals to the Defense Agency starting in October.

Army Hospitals To Be Transferred To Defense Agency

Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West said this is part of a management change that will make DoD—not the services—responsible for business operations across the military health care system, including health care administration and management, administrative policies and procedures, and military medical construction.
Transfer of patient care responsibility and management to the defense agency is the result of provisions in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which seeks to eliminate duplication of effort and improve and standardize treatment and patient experiences.

Big Tax Refunds Coming For 130,000 Veterans

More than 130,000 veterans are receiving letters on how to apply for refunds of taxes they paid on disability severance pay dating back to 1991 — a minimum of $1,750 per veteran.
The eligible veterans will have a year after the date of their letter from the Defense Department to file a claim for the refund, or three years after filing their tax return that reported the disability severance pay, whichever is later. Survivors of those who paid the taxes are also eligible for the refund, which would be paid to the estate of the veteran.

Big Change Ahead In GI Bill Transfer Rights

The ability to transfer earned GI Bill benefits to a spouse or children will be denied starting next year to service members with 16 or more years of service, preventing those at or near retirement from using the program.
With the change, benefits will remain limited to those who have at least six years of service but no more than 16 years who agree to serve four more years in the military.

Liberal transfer rights were part of the modern GI Bill when it was enacted in 2009, but Congress has been warning for several years that the benefit could be limited. The Senate Armed Services Committee suggested in 2015 that it was possible the benefit could be limited only to those with critical or undermanned skills but left the details of any change to the Defense Department.

Report:  VA Paid For Thousands Of Unneeded Medical Exams For Disabled Veterans.

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials are on track to waste more than $100 million over the next five years on tens of thousands of unnecessary medical exams for disabled veterans, according a report out this week from the department’s watchdog.
The VA Inspector General’s findings are based off a sampling of re-examination cases last year that indicated department officials may have requested unneeded medical check-ups in 37 percent of benefits cases.
In Local News...

City Council Honors Four Fort Drum Soldiers Who Received Bronze Star In Afghanistan

WATERTOWN — Four Fort Drum soldiers were recognized at Monday’s City Council meeting for receiving the Bronze Star for their involvement in a battle with the Taliban in Afghanistan last October.
Staff Sgt. Kevin F. Aetonu, 1st Lt. Tyler Wojtasinski and Specialists Brad Cook and Miles L. Shoemaker were ambushed on Oct. 26, 2017, by 30 Taliban forces, who were using rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machine gun fire.

BRS Breakdown:  This Service Leads By Far, In Troops Switching 

Halfway through the year, about 13.5 percent of service members facing a choice between the new and legacy military retirement systems have opted in to the new Blended Retirement System, according to Defense Department officials.
The BRS choice is available to active-duty service members who had fewer than 12 years of total service as of Dec. 31, 2017, and reserve-component members in a paid status with fewer than 4,320 retirement points as of Dec. 31, 2017. No one is automatically enrolled; they must make the move to opt in to BRS before the Dec. 31 deadline.

Soldiers Test Army's Newest Transport Telemedicine Technology

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Army Medicine is developing a technology to improve patient triage and communication during medical evacuations -- and looking for units willing to test the system. 
"Imagine you are a medic on the battlefield and you just pick up six of your wounded battle buddies for a casualty evacuation. You are busy trying to save their lives and get them to the next level of care, which is a nearby field hospital that has no idea how many patients you are bringing or their conditions," said Wang. "The goal is to keep the medic focused for performing life-saving tasks for multiple patients and remain unencumbered from documentation and reporting."
Corporate Highlight Midas Muffler
Texas Road House Watertown
Lively chain steakhouse serving American fare with a Southwestern spin amid Texas-themed decor.
Address: 20790 NY-3, Watertown, NY 13601
Texas Road House Watertown has been a proud supporter of our Troops and the AUSA Organization   Click here 

Classic Army Recipe 

US Army Meatloaf

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup bread
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 cup onion chopped
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/2 bell pepper chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon of mustard
1/4 cup ketchup
Mix first eight ingredients and place in baking dish. Mix topping ingredients and then spread over the top. Cook at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes until done.  Delicious, just like the Army made it!

Joke of the Month

What do you get when you drop a piano on an Army base?
 A Flat Major!