UPDATE FROM THE POST COMMANDER AND PRESIDENT

DAVID AND JUDY PEARL

AS COMMANDER AND PRESIDENT OF YOUR POST WE MAKE MOST OF OUR DECISIONS TOGETHER. AFTER MANY DISCUSSIONS, IT WAS DECIDED TO CLOSE THE POST. THE SAFETY OF OUR MEMBERS AND EMPLOYEES TAKE PRIORITY. WE ALSO TOOK INTO CONSIDERATION YOUR FAMILY AT HOME. WITH THAT BEING SAID WE HOPE THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAYING HOME ARE THE KEY TO HELP STOP SPREADING THE CORONA-VIRUS. WE HOPE THAT YOU ALL UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING HOME DURING THIS PANDEMIC. THE SANITIZINGNG OF OUR POST WILL BE COMPLETED BY MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020. ONCE THE SANITIZING OF THE POST IS COMPLETE THE DOORS WILL BE CLOSED. AS OF 5:00 PM, MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020 THE ONLY PEOPLE TO ENTER THE BUILDING WILL BE THE COMMANDER AND THE QUARTERMASTER. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE OR HELP DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME, THE COMMANDER IS A FIRST RESPONDER AND CAN BE OUT. PLEASE REACH TO THE COMMANDER AT 215-669-8430 FOR ASSISTANCE. WE WILL HELP YOU TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY. YOU ARE NOT ALONE, WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER!

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This page will give you all the updated info on Covid 19

Up to date info from Pa VFW HQ & Commander Wayne Perry

  

16 March 2020

Comrades,

I received a call from Commander Perry instructing that ALL VFW Canteens are to be closed effective at midnight tonight. They are to remain closed at least two weeks or until approval to reopen is received from Department.

In advance, thank you for your understanding as the Nation combats this virus.

Respectfully,

Tom

Thomas M.  Hauserman, Jr.

Commander VFW District 8

National Aide-de-Camp

45 Chatham Place

Newtown, PA 18940

VFW Email: Commander@VFWPADistrict8.org

Pers Email: thauserman@aol.com

Cell: 267-912-1175

Dist. Website: https://vfwpadistrict8.org 

From Senator Casey



There continues to be a lot of concern about the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Pennsylvania and across the country.  I'm reaching out to share some resources to help you, your family and your community navigate the challenges of these extraordinary times.

In a situation changing as quickly as this one, when people are scared and looking for strong leadership, Governor Wolf, Secretary Levine and local officials throughout the Commonwealth continue to take decisive action to protect the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians.  Throughout this pandemic, I have been working with my colleagues in Washington to provide direct assistance for the people who need it most: families, workers and small businesses.  As our Nation faces this unprecedented public health and economic crisis, I will continue fighting to ensure communities across the Commonwealth get the support they need as quickly as possible.
In accordance with the recommendations and orders of public health experts and state and local officials, my office remains ready to meet the needs of Pennsylvanians remotely.  Should you need direct assistance, please contact the office either by phone at (202) 224-6324 or through my website.

The significant increase in new cases over the past several days indicates that we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously.  Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe.

Sincerely,

 Bob Casey

Updates from our District 8 Commander

 

26 March 2020

Comrades,

I trust that you and your families are all safe. This is an unprecedented “war” that our Country is waging. I have a lot of empathy for those in New York where the virus is raging. Pennsylvania Governor Wolf has issued “stay at home” orders for both Lehigh and Bucks Counties.

The Department Commander, Wayne Perry has announced that the Dept. President Sandy Wilder’s Testimonial has been cancelled; all VFW Meetings as well that were scheduled during this event are cancelled. It was to be the weekend of April 17th, in Pittsburgh. There may be something for her at our State Convention in June. As of now this event has not been cancelled.

Our Posts and Canteens are still closed. I have sent an email to Department for direction. A couple of Post Commanders have contacted me about the financial burdens that closing the Canteens has had on their Posts. Cancelled hall dates, mortgage/rent due and bills to be paid. I have also contacted US Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s office and left a detailed message asking if our individual Posts can be considered as a Small Business under the stimulus package that is to be put into place shortly. I will advise you all with both Fitzpatrick’s and Department’s response.

We will be putting out additional information very soon on video conferencing for the Posts so that elections can be held in April. The Commanders should hold a brief meeting securing the election results. We will probably have our District Meeting the same way if the “stay at home” ban is not lifted.

Also, stay tuned regarding Loyalty Day. As of today, it is still on but the possibility of cancelling is real. Again, I will let you all know as soon as that decision must be made. SVC David Pearl has everything ready to go and Past District Commander Chuck Jackson is getting ready to go to press. Thanks to both of these Comrades for their efforts!

Please use this time to check in with your Post members, especially our older Veterans to make sure they are OK. It’s also a great time for your Team to follow up on Membership and dues. We have a few weeks left and we are so very close to being 100%.

Please stay safe!

Respectfully,

Tom

Thomas M.  Hauserman, Jr.

Commander VFW District 8

National Aide-de-Camp

45 Chatham Place

Newtown, PA 18940

Pers Email: thauserman@aol.com

Financial Help

 

The PenFed Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program was created to provide financial assistance to all Veterans, active military service members, and those currently serving in the Reserves and the National Guard who are experiencing a financial setback due to the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant amount will support 1 month of payment up to $1500 in the following areas:

-Rent
-Mortgage
-Auto Loan/Lease
-Utilities (Electric, Water, Heat)
*All checks will be sent directly to the creditor or landlord after the grant is approved. The Foundation can only support one emergency financial request per household.

Link to Apply:  https://penfedfoundation.org/apply-for-assistance/coronavirus-emergency-financial-assistance/

What You'll Need:
-DD214 or LES
-A bill or statement for the requested expense
-An explanation of how the financial setback is related to the COVID-19 pandemic (for example, loss of job due to quarantine and/or public health policies)

Eligibility Requirements:
To be eligible for this program you must be in one of the following
categories:
-A Veteran that has been honorably discharged
-A current active-duty service member
-Currently active in the Reserves
-Currently active in the National Guard

 

VA update

 

A video message for Veterans from Dr. Richard Stone, VHA Executive in Charge: VA is here for Veterans during COVID-19

dr richard stone vha executive in charge army combat veteran

VA has always been here for Veterans—and we will continue to be here for you during the COVID-19 crisis. Whether you need a prescription, telemedicine or in-person care, you can rely on VA.

Watch this message from Dr. Richard Stone, Executive in Charge of the Veterans Health Administration and a former U.S. Army combat physician. For the latest VA updates on COVID-19, visit www.va.gov/coronavirus

VA Cemeteries

  • New Procedures at VA National Cemeteries due to COVID-19
    Dear Funeral Directors:
    All Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemeteries are open and will continue to provide interments for Veterans and eligible individuals.  However, the National Cemetery Administration is continuing to adjust its services in light of the best practices urged by the CDC in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.  As a result, on Friday, March 20, NCA will only conduct committal services at our 142 cemeteries nationwide for groups of 10 or fewer people.  Larger groups will be asked to reduce  their numbers or be refused service.  We appreciate your continued support in communicating and reinforcing this direction.
    In addition, families should know that volunteer veterans honor guards may no longer be providing services at all cemeteries.
    Starting March 23, 2020, as a matter of public health and safety, committal services and the rendering of military funeral honors, whether by military personnel or volunteer organizations, will not  be conducted  until further notice at VA national cemeteries.  Immediate family members (limited to no more than 10 individuals) of the deceased may choose to witness the interment if desired.  There is no service involved with witnessing an interment.   Families will be able to view the interment of their loved one from a safe distance.
    We are asking for your assistance in communicating the changes in operations to families that have interments scheduled and contact honors providers to cancel their services.  Please contact the national cemetery where the interment is scheduled as soon  as possible if the family wishes to postpone the interment.  NCA will work to schedule a committal or memorial services at a later date for those families that choose to continue with the direct interment or postpone the interment.
    The National Cemetery Scheduling Office in St. Louis will continue to provide scheduling services for the duration of the current emergency. To schedule a burial, please call 800-535-1117, option 1.
    Our cemeteries will remain open to visitors, but we strongly urge all guests to obey local travel restrictions and avoid unnecessary travel.   Visitors should expect that certain portions of a cemetery typically open to the public may be closed (for example,  public information centers, chapels).  Please contact the local cemetery for more information.
    As warranted, NCA will provide updates on the operating status of individual national cemeteries on our social media pages:  https://www.facebook.com/NationalCemeteries and https://twitter.com/VANatCemeteries
    For more information about the government’s response to COVID-19 please visit: https://www.coronavirus.gov
        We have added additional subscriber options and are implementing new programs. Please update your Govdelivery profile and options so that we can keep you informed of program enhancements  and notifications, including weather and service disruptions in your area.
     
     
      

     

From CIC Doc Schmitz

VFW Mobilizing, Combating Effects of Invisible Enemy

The VFW remains an organization of veterans #StillServing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 19, 2020) – The Veterans of Foreign Wars, America’s largest organization of combat veterans, knows all too well the experience of fighting a sometimes invisible enemy. This unique understanding, and the situational readiness and dedication to country forged through military service is perpetuating the VFW and its members’ commitment to service through the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping the country. The VFW remains an organization of veterans #StillServing. 

VFW members across the nation have mobilized to provide much-needed support to coronavirus-stricken communities. Among them:

VFW Post 170 in Poughkeepsie, New York, is working to ensure children impacted by area school closures don’t go hungry, organizing as a community drop off point for food and donations to be delivered to affected children.

VFW Post 8452 in Gainesville, Georgia, is operating as a drop off point and drive-through distribution center, providing meals, bottled water, children’s books and other goods donated by area businesses to local residents.

Members of VFW Post 3762 have set out to help the elderly and disabled in Washington Court House, Ohio, who have difficulty getting to the store and are especially impacted by those bulk buying. As good stewards, the group is purchasing food and supplies from various stores and delivering them to those in need.

“This is what we do,” said VFW National Commander William “Doc” Schmitz. “For over 120 years our Posts have been the pillars of support in America’s communities and this proves we’re not slowing up despite the adversity presented by this unique situation,” he continued. “Kudos to all of our members and Posts out there who are safely meeting the needs of their communities. And for those not yet active in this fight, mobilize! Let the community know you’re there for them and make accommodations to join in the effort.”

Despite implementing relatively drastic measures to help slow the coronavirus spread to include the elimination of travel and expanding telework opportunities to its 212 employees, the VFW — which serves hundreds of thousands of veterans each year — remains committed to providing all those who utilize its programs and services with top-notch customer service and care.  

The organization continues to accept and process applications to all of its support programs and is working to maintain continuity in serving veterans in filing for and obtaining VA claims benefits and entitlements.

“The VFW has a job to do and a solemn promise to keep to those veterans, service members, and their families for which we work. Now more than ever we must find solutions in the face of adversity and strive to meet the needs of those who rely on the vital services we provide,” said Schmitz. 

The organization is also adapting to ensure its fraternal operations remain strong. The pandemic comes at the start of the fraternal election season where VFW Posts, Districts and Departments worldwide are mandated by the organization’s bylaws to gather to elect new leaders.

A recent Executive Order issued by the VFW National Commander states that while VFW entities are asked to proceed with the election of local and state officers within the limitations of recently imposed state and local mandates, they will not be sanctioned by the inability to operate in this capacity as a direct result of the pandemic.

Of concern to the VFW is the impact social isolation may have on the mental well-being of America’s veterans. 

“I’m asking all VFW members to check on your battle buddies, check on your friends and family who may be isolated during this time,” said Schmitz. “As many of us know, a simple phone call and show of support could make all the difference.”

He also asks that any veteran experiencing mental stress contact the Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1.800.273.8255 and press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Veterans who use services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs are encouraged to contact their local facility directly with any questions regarding access and care. 

FROM STATE REP GALLOWAY

  Dear Neighbor,

Our community is facing a very challenging time right now. What gives me hope is how everyone is coming together to help each other to get through this difficult period.  COVID-19 UPDATE
Yesterday, Governor Wolf extended the Stay at Home Order until April 30. Schools are closed indefinitely. Non-life-sustaining business closures remain in effect. Where to get info about COVID-19
The PA Department of Health (DOH) website is your source for the most up-to-date and accurate information, guidance and explanation on COVID-19. The DOH also provides a county-by-county breakdown as seen above, by clicking here. Schools to provide free meals to all children
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced this week that it received waiver approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow schools to provide free meals to all children during statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.Learn MoreHelp for Small Business Owners
Business owners like you are being challenged in unprecedented ways during this time. I’d like to share with you this list of information and resources available to you at the federal and state levels. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office either by phone at (215) 943-7206 or email.

State Resources for Businesses
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) offers working capital loans that may be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Through programs, like Small Business First, which is part of the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), businesses may obtain low-interest loans.

Information on PIDA can be found on DCED’s website.

Additionally, DCED and PIDA have recently launched the new COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program to provide loans to for-profit businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Information regarding this special program, including details on how to apply, can be found here.

Questions about the program can also be directed to the PIDA Office at 717-783-5046.

Additionally, DCED has an e-mail account for businesses to reach out to directly with questions and concerns about operations during the COVID-19 crisis. Email ra-dcedcs@pa.gov with your name, business, contact information, and concern, and someone from DCED will contact you. The customer service number is 1-866-466-3972.

Another DCED resource is its One Stop Shop, which provides guidance on every aspect of running a business. It can be accessed here.

Federal Resources for Small Businesses
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program offers low-interest loans.

The loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the impact of COVID-19. Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere (businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible); and 2.75% for non-profits.
Information about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program can be found here. PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates
PennDOT has announced that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, learner's permits, persons with disability placards, vehicle registrations, and safety and emissions inspections have been extended again as follows:

  • Driver licenses, photo ID cards, and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, 2020 are now extended through May 31, 2020.
  • Vehicle registrations, and safety and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, 2020 are now extended through May 31, 2020.
  • Persons with Disabilities parking placards scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, 2020 are now extended through May 31, 2020.

Mail-in Your Ballot
Last week, the Legislature postponed the primary election to June 2. Take advantage of this first-time opportunity to vote by mail. You just need to request a ballot online. Stay in the Know
With everything changing so quickly nowadays, the best way to stay connected to what is going on in Harrisburg and steps taken to mitigate COVID-19 is to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.  Though my office is closed to foot traffic, my staff and I are here for you as we work to continue serving you by phone at (215) 943-7206 and email.

Sincerely,

Rep. John Galloway



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UPDATES FROM PLCB

WHAT WE ARE DOING AT OUR POST

WHAT WE ARE DOING AT OUR POST

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ADVISORY NOTICE NO. 26

TEMPORARY CESSATION OF THE SALE OF FOOD AND ALCOHOL FOR ON-PREMISES CONSUMPTION RELATIVE TO COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

March 18, 2020

TO: All License Holders

The PLCB, upon authorization from the Governor, has the authority under the Liquor Code (47 P.S. §4-462) to mandate the closure of licensed establishments in times of emergency. Section 7101 of the Emergency Management Services Code (35 Pa.C.S. § 7101) gives the Governor wide latitude in dealing with disasters such as the public health crisis precipitated by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. As part of that authority and in response to the current public health emergency, the Wolf Administration had previously asked all retail establishments to cease selling food and alcohol for on-premises consumption. The PLCB had indicated that, pursuant to the Governor’s directive, licensees no longer needed to sell food and alcohol for on-premises consumption as a precondition to sell alcohol for off-premise consumption.

In that the crisis continues, and in consultation with the Wolf Administration and public health officials, the PLCB now directs that all retail licensees, clubs, permittees and producers must cease the sale of food and alcohol for on premises consumption, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 8 p.m. and until further notice, in the interest of slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and mitigating the unprecedented public health crisis the commonwealth faces.

Any licensee that fails to comply with this mandate risks citation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (BLCE).  Further, BLCE has agreed to notify the PLCB if any citations are issued relative to this issue. The PLCB may suspend a licensee’s operating authority under section 462 based on the circumstances.  A licensee who continues to operate after its operating privileges have been suspended risks further enforcement action by the BLCE.

Ultimately, citations may put the business’s liquor license at risk, both through the citation process and upon application for renewal to the PLCB. Further, licensees are reminded that, pursuant to section 494(a) of the Liquor Code, any person who violates the applicable sections of Article IV of the Liquor Code may be charged criminally with a misdemeanor.

WHAT WE ARE DOING AT OUR POST

WHAT WE ARE DOING AT OUR POST

WHAT WE ARE DOING AT OUR POST

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AT OUR POST WE ARE DOING A DEEP CLEAN IN THE ENTIRE POST TO INCLUDE THE UPSTAIRS AND OFFICES. THE COMANDER AND ALL THE OFFICERS ARE WORKING HARD AT KEEPING BUISINESS GOING AND WILL BE READY TO OPEN AS SOON AS THIS CLEARS. ANY MEMBER WITH QUESTIONS OR NEEDS HELP CAN CALL COMMANDER PEARL AT 215-669-8430 AND HE WILL CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE OFFICER TO HELP YOU.

THE CANTEEN

WHAT WE ARE DOING AT OUR POST

THE CANTEEN

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AS OF LAST NIGHT 2/21/2020 WE HAVE CLOSED ALL BUISINESS AT THE CANTEEN! THIS INCLUDES ALLSALES OF BEVERAGES AND FOOD. WE CAN NO LONGER MAINTAIN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR WORKERS AND VOLUNTEERS. PLEASE REMAIN SAFE AND HOME. KEEP COMING BACK FOR INFORMATION DAILY.