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Tax-free state-approved military pensions

The Rhode Island House of Representatives recently backed the governor’s proposal to eliminate income taxes on military pensions, but eliminated it entirely in 2023 instead of postponing it for more than five years, as had been done. suggested the governor. The proposal was adopted during the approval of the state budget last week.

As former State Commander of Rhode Island Veterans of Foreign Wars, I am grateful to everyone who supported this tax proposal with our letter campaign, reaching out to elected officials, engaging in conversations at every opportunity. and testifying before the House and Senate Finance Committees. Thank you to everyone who participated in the State House rally on February 10. Our voice has been heard.

As the Department of Rhode Island Veterans of Foreign Wars moves forward, we welcome our new leadership team. Congratulations to Commander Tiger Patrick, Senior Vice Commander Rachael Garcia, Junior Vice Commander Mark Turner, Warrant Officer Joe Janeiro and Quartermaster Brad Donnelly.

Voice of Democracy winners participate in a leadership program at Valley Forge

More than 30 VFW 2022 Voice of Democracy State Laureates traveled to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to attend the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge’s Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program.

For years, the two organizations have been connected through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy program, a patriotic audio-writing competition that in 2022 saw nearly 25,000 high school students compete for the grand prize scholarship. national of $30,000.

Each year, the top 53 VFW honorees from the 50 U.S. states and overseas regions of Europe and the Pacific come to the Freedoms Foundation in June to participate in a Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program, a residential program four-day transformative that engages top students from across the country with the first principles of freedom. Their experience is filled with inspiring and educational activities, including a mock debate in Congress, a free enterprise challenge, workshops, and tours of historic sites while developing their leadership skills and identifying their future contributions to society.

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship Program offers high school students the unique opportunity to express themselves in a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 25,000 students in grades 9 through 12 from across the country register to win their share of more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

The first-place national winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s U.S. university, college, or vocational/technical school. A full list of other national scholarships range from $1,000 to $16,000, with the top winner from each state taking home at least one $1,000 scholarship. The theme for 2022-23 is: “Why is the veteran important? »

Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements at https://vfworg-cdn.azureedge.net/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Community/Youth-and-Education/Voice-of-Democracy- Rules-and-Eligibility.pdf

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july parade

The 4th of July Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and will descend at the corner of Chestnut Street and Hope Street (Route 114) and end on High Street, between State Street and Bradford Street.

Hope Street (Route 114) will be closed as of 8 a.m., including Poppasquash Road. Starting at 7 a.m., Chestnut Street, Naomi Street and Sherry Avenue will be closed to traffic. A ban on parking along the parade route comes into effect the day before the parade.

Amancio-Falcone-Gaccione Post 8955

In honor of Memorial Day 2022, Post members proudly posted at many area businesses in support of our Buddy Poppy campaign. These poppies are a reminder of the lives sacrificed during the First World War and the conflicts that followed. The red poppy was adopted as the official commemorative flower of the VFW shortly thereafter.

On behalf of Post 8955 members, we greatly appreciate the generous donations we received this Memorial Day weekend. These funds will be used to help area veterans in need.

Project Outreach’s mission is to help all veterans access VA and take advantage of all the benefits and programs they offer. The program is staffed by certified Chapter Duty Officers who have completed the annual Disabled American Veterans Training. The Service Agent provides the correct VA forms and guidance on correctly completing the required documents to then ensure they are properly represented at the VA. If a veteran is not in the VA system, he or his family is not eligible for all of the excellent services and benefits offered by VA. Hours: VFW Post 8955, first Wednesday and third Monday of each month, 5 p.m.

New members are always welcome to attend our next monthly meeting on July 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Post Home, 113 Beach St, Westerly. Voice of Democracy winners will present their winning essays at this meeting. La Poste meets on the first Wednesday of each month. There are two qualifications to become a member of the VFW, as stated in our national statutes. A person must meet both requirements to become a member: 1. Honorable service (must have served in the armed forces and received an honorable or general discharge (under honorable conditions) or be currently serving; 2. Service in a war, a campaign or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters This can be evidenced by any of the following:

  • An authorized campaign medal (see full list of qualifying medals and badges);
  • Receipt of Hostile Fire Pay or Imminent Danger Pay (verified by a military pay statement usually available through a veteran’s DD-214; if missing or incomplete, contact the National personnel records online or at 314-801-0800);
  • Service in Korea for 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days.

If you are not eligible for Veterans of Foreign Wars membership but have a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling or spouse who would be eligible, you may apply to become a member of the VFW Auxiliary (vfwauxiliary.org).

military history

1944 – Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Quentin R. Walsh and his small commando/reconnaissance unit forced the surrender of Fort du Homet, a Nazi stronghold in Cherbourg, France, and captured 300 German soldiers and freed 50 American paratroopers who had been captured on D-Day. his heroic actions, Walsh was awarded the Navy Cross.

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