Veterans Caucus of the AAPA

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Welcome to the AAPA Veterans Caucus

Welcome to the new home site of the AAPA Veterans Caucus. The Veterans Caucus is a constituent caucus of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

The Veterans Caucus is made up of people who care.

The Caucus represents Physician Assistants (PAs) who are veterans of the Uniformed Services. Many of our members continue to serve our country in the active, reserve or guard components. We also have many affiliate (non-military) members who also support our goals.

Topics in the Tropics 2016 Brochure now available!!!!!

"KIDS FREE SPECIAL" at Topics 2016

One kid from 0 -12 years of age free, per each adult paid. Maximum two per room. In case of single room with two kids, one kid is free and the second one has to pay children rate. In case of 2 adults and 3 kids in a Kids & Co room, the third child between 0-12 should pay children rate. Always sharing the same room as their parents. “KIDS FREE” promotion is with booking window as of now: UNTIL AUGUST 31ST, 2016. After this date we will implement again the rate for children between 5 to 12 years.

NEW CAUCUS LAPEL PIN

Available for purchase in the Veterans Caucus Store. $10.00, S&H included.

Thanks to all who made the Memorial Ceremony and Reception a success!!!
See you in Puerto Vallarta -- Dec, 2016.

Using the following links to
SEARCH THE WEB or SHOP THE WEB
benefits the Veterans Caucus Scholarship Fund.


 
 

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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