Veterans Caucus of the AAPA


America's White Table


Materials Needed: Small Table with an Empty Chair
  White Table Cloth, Black Napkin
  Glass (turned over), White Candle
  Lemon Slice and Grains of Salt on a Plate
  One Place Setting: fork, spoon, and knife
  A Red Rose in a vase tied with a Red Ribbon


The table honors the men and women who served in America’s Armed Forces

“We cover a small table with a white cloth to honor a soldier’s pure heart when he answers his country’s call to duty.”

“We place a lemon slice and grains of salt on a plate to show a captive soldier’s bitter fate and tears of families waiting for loved ones to return.”

“We push an empty chair to the table for the missing soldiers who are not here.”

“We lay a black napkin for the sorrow of captivity, and turn over a glass for the meal that won’t be eaten.”

“We place a white candle for peace and finally, a red rose in a vase tied with a red ribbon for the hope that all our missing will return someday.”

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

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VA Health Care:

Effective January 1, 2015 (back dated) all Veterans who apply for VA health Care will no longer need to count assets.
What Does This Mean – VA will only consider a veteran's previous year’s gross household income (earned and unearned income) and deductible expenses to determine eligibility and/or copay responsibility for purposes of VA health care enrollment/benefit purposes. This is a potential game changer for many veterans who were reluctant to apply for VA health care due to asset disclosure requirements, and means that many veterans will not be burdened with large co-pays and decreased eligibility due to their assets.

John E. Padgett, PA-C, PhD
MAJ, US Special Forces (Ret)
Emeritus Founding Professor, Touro University Nevada