Coming home doesn't mean the battle is over. With over 10 times the amount of veterans lost to suicide than to combat operations, there has never been a more important time to TAKE A STAND and DO something to support our veterans!!
The Buddy Poppy Program has helped the VFW live up to its motto, "to honor the dead by helping the living." The Buddy Poppy - small red flower, symbolic of the blood shed in World War I, by millions of Allied soldiers in defense of freedom.
The term "Blue Star" is used as a reference to having a family member in active military service, while the term "Gold Star" refers to the loss of a family member in military service.
Help Us Support Those Who Have Defended Our Country, On Our behalf, By Becoming A VFW Sponsor. These businesses have selflessly donated time and/or money for the enrichment of veterans and their families, in Brigantine and our surrounding areas. Please patronize these organizations when you visit our Beautiful island.
Don’t forget to stop by the Post on Monday nights and play Free Bingo! There's food to eat and prizes to be won. First call is at 7 PM, so make sure you get there early!
As of March 17, 2021
The American Rescue Plan has some important provisions for veterans. They include:
- Ensuring veterans will not have any copays or cost-sharing for preventative treatment or services related to COVID-19 going back to April 2020 and authorizes the VA to reimburse those veterans who already submitted payments for their care during this period.
- More than $14.5 billion for VA to provide health care services and other related supports – including suicide prevention, Women’s health services, telehealth expansion, medical facility improvements – to eligible veterans and allows up to $4 billion in spending for the Veterans Community Care Program.
- Nearly $400 million for up to 12 months of retraining assistance for veterans who are unemployed as a result of the pandemic and do not have access to other veteran education benefits. This funding covers the cost of the rapid retraining program as well as a housing allowance for enrolled veterans.
- $272 million for the VA to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the benefits claims and appeals backlog. And emergency paid sick leave for VA’s frontline and essential health workers.VA COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- Veteran FAQs for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution:
- Currently, vaccines are available to those who are in Phase 1A which includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials as well as residents and staff of long-term congregate settings. Vaccines are also available to police and fire personnel. Once vaccine availability expands, vaccination will advance to Phase 1B, then Phase 1C, and then Phase 2. Currently, Phase 1B of vaccination will include frontline essential workers and individuals over 75; Phase 1C will include other essential workers, adults 65-74, and persons aged 16-64 with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19. Following these phases, the general public (Phase 2) will be eligible for vaccination. It is recommended that Veterans also sign up for the State’s civilian portal. Veterans then may have the option to receive a vaccine via the VA or through State distribution. Please sign up to be alerted when they are eligible to receive the vaccine through
- NJ COVID
- VA vaccination has expanded to Veterans aged 50–65 with first tier high risk conditions. VA patient lists sort by these conditions so they can identify the patient and call them. If a Veteran has a question about their condition, they should contact their PACT provider to discuss.
- The VA has developed a COVID-19 Vaccine information page with updated information which you can find here VA COVID vaccines
- Due to the necessary colder temperatures required for the Pfizer vaccine being distributed by the VA, they are only being distributed at VA Medical Centers and currently not Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).
The VFW is hosting two Homeless Veteran Stand Downs
Glassboro VFW Post 679 April 9th 10 to 2 Click HERE for flyerCranford VFW Post 335 April 21 10 to 2 Click HERE for flyer
Commanders and Quartermasters, please ensure the following reports are in by April 30th:
Trustee of Audit ReportsPost InspectionsCommunity Activity ReportsElection Reports (Quartermasters-please ensure the correct postal and email addresses are on the reports) Please file election reports on OMS.All of the reports can be found on our website HERE
Get your Buddy Poppy orders in ASAP. The form can be found in our website.
State Convention: June 16 to 19. The Days Inn is full and cannot accept further reservations. Registration and delegate forms will go out April 1st.
National Convention: July 31 to Aug 5 Baltimore MD. Room registration is open on vfw.org
Mail service at the State HQ is non-existent, please send all mail to:
Ken Hagemann140 Bass RdTuckerton NJ 08087
Attention Veterans! The VA is starting to accept all Veterans, regardless of age, for Covid-19 inoculations. To schedule an appointment, call either the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, at 215-823-4014, or the Wilmington VAMC, at 302-633-5200.
The Officers and Members would like to welcome new member Julie Brouse, to our Post. Julie served in the Navy, aboard an aircraft carrier, during the Iraq-Afghanistan conflicts. Make sure to welcome Julie, when you see her.
Veterans Benefits Newsletter | March 2021
Veterans Benefits Administration sent this bulletin at 03/05/2021 10:01 AM EST
Veterans Health Administration sent this bulletin at 02/24/2021 07:00 AM EST
I'm Vaccinated. What's Next?
What you can do to protect others
So, you received your second COVID-19 vaccine dose. What's next? Until vaccines are widely distributed, here are four ways to stay informed and keep yourself and others safe. Learn more.
Did you know regular eye exams are a critical part of self-care for diabetics? It's important to know how diabetic retinopathy happens, its symptoms, and how to prevent it. Learn more.
Before your next appointment, you can be better prepared to talk with your doctor. In this YouTube video, learn more about what VA Blue Button can do for you. Learn more.
There's no perfect weight for everyone. But there's a weight that's healthiest for you. Adopting healthy habits will serve your well-being better than any number on the scale. Learn more.
It's important to have a good relationship with your doctor. When you talk to them about your blood pressure, these questions can help you stay on track. Learn more.
Maintaining a balanced lifestyle that includes regular sleep, managing stress, and finding time to refocus is harder than it seems. Here are five apps we think can help. Learn more.
Joining the VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry can help you learn more about your health and get connected to care. Learn more.
Atrial fibrillation, or 'AFib,' is a common abnormality that affects millions of people. Living a heart-healthy lifestyle can lower your chances of problems. Learn more.
Taking steps to leave tobacco behind may seem daunting. But small changes you make today can add up over time and help you quit for good. Learn more.
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VETERANS BENEFITS INFORMATION &Assistance provided by a VFW Certified and VA Accredited Service Officer.
VA CLAIMS ASSISTANCE
If any New Jersey Veteran needs assistance with Benefits, Compensation or other benefits that the VA offers, please call 862-588-6130.
Brigantine Memorial Post is Now Open daily from 11 AM, for our Members and their Guests. We have resumed our Friday Night Dinners, which are Open To The Public, and Saturday Night Hamburger Platters. As of this date, we have discontinued Sunday Morning Breakfast Sandwiches.
We have Indoor seating for our Members and their Guests. We will be following all Social Distancing Regulations Between Individuals and Groups. All Patrons must wear their Mask when entering the Post through the Main Entrance. Patrons may only remove their masks, while they are seated.
Healthy Habits to Prevent the Flu
Here are a few steps to protect yourself from the flu:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands often. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when you touch something that is contaminated and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Get care now!
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, turn to us for a prompt diagnosis and comprehensive care. VISN 4 Tele Urgent Care allows you to connect virtually to a VA health care provider privately and securely over phone or using VA Video Connect.
Our programs support our service members while they are on the front line, as they are being discharged and long after they return. Your tax-deductible donation will be immediately directed to the VFW programs where your support is most urgently needed.
...we want to welcome today's military service members into our ranks to become part of our elite group.
WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Kosovo, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, War on Global Terror and other Peace-Keeping Expeditionary Campaigns throughout the globe.
You were not alone over there. You are not alone now. There are 20
million veterans who would give their lives for you. Please don't take
The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.