Veterans Caucus of the AAPA

America's White Table

AMERICA’S WHITE TABLE

 

Materials Needed: Small round table with an Empty Chair tilted
  White Table Cloth, Folded Black Napkin
  Wine Glass (turned over), White Candle lit
  Lemon Slice and Grains of Salt on a Bread Plate
  One Place Setting (perferably white): fork, spoon, and knife, salt shaker
  A Red Rose in a vase tied with a Red Ribbon
  A Bible
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The table honors the men and women who served in America’s Armed Forces

The table is round- to show our everlasting devotion and concern for our fallen and missing comrades.

The cloth is white- symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, remind us of the life, and the blood that was shed, and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith and await answers.

The vase is tied with a red ribbon, symbol of our commitment, and continued determination to account for our missing.

A slice of lemon on the plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.

The salt is to remind us of the tears endured by those missing and their families who still seek answers.

The black napkin is a reminder of the isolation, deprivation, and cruel fate our missing.

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.

The glass is inverted- to symbolize their inability to share this evening with us.

The chair is empty and tilted -they are not here- and will remain so until they return or are accounted for.

"You are not forgotten so long as there is one left in whom your memory remains"


 
 

Military Exchange Online (8/20/2016)

Military Times: Pentagon closer to extending generous new benefit to millions of veterans

 

Karen Jowers, Military Times    6:35 p.m. EDT August 15, 2016

Plans are progressing to extend online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans, Military Times has learned.

The Defense Department’s Executive Resale Board voted unanimously Aug. 9 to recommend the policy change, sources said. Extended shopping privileges would apply only to the exchange system's online stores — not brick-and-mortar facilities located on military installations.


The Pentagon did not immediately confirm the board’s move, and it’s unclear what its next steps will be. Officials have said previously that they'd like to implement the expanded benefit on Veterans Day 2017.

Exchanges operate as discount department stores for the military community. Currently, access is authorized only for active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard personnel, retirees, veterans who are 100 percent disabled and immediate family members. Officials estimate that's about 10 percent of the nation's 21.7 million veterans.

If the plan proceeds, the Defense Manpower Data Center would be called on to verify veterans' status so they can shop at the exchange online.

The idea was proposed in May 2014 by Army and Air Force Exchange Service CEO Tom Shull, who touted it as a way to provide a modest benefit to veterans who didn’t serve long enough to retire from the military, including a number who have served multiple tours in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Navy Exchange Service Command CEO and retired Rear Adm. Robert Bianchi and Cindy Whitman Lacy, director of the Marine Corps Business and Support Services Division, have said they support the idea.

This would also benefit those currently serving, officials have said. Any increase in exchange profits would generate more money for the service's morale, welfare and recreation programs. According to one analysis, the exchanges could see an increase of $18 million to $72 million if online shopping is extended to all veterans.

Generally, about half of the exchanges' profits go to MWR dividends, and the rest goes to capital reinvestment in the exchanges, such as renovations and construction.

 



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"…to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.."                Abraham Lincoln; March 4, 1865

 

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