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Happy New Year 2019! We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and we wish you a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

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The Bowie Memorial VFW Post 8065 will kick off 2019 with the Post meeting on Thursday January 3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the DAV Omaha Beach Chapter #7 Home. Hope to see you all there. Bring an eligible relative, friend or neighbor and invite them to join our post. Contact Quartermaster Connolly if you know someone that is interested in joining our post. We will need to obtain a copy of their DD 214 to document their overseas service and campaign ribbons/service medals. Our dues for an annual membership is $35.00.

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The Department of Maryland 50% Life Membership program will continue in 2019. One change in the program has been made. A new member joining a Maryland VFW post will no longer be eligible for the 50% Life Membership program. A continuous member will have to be current on their dues for the past two years to be eligible for this program.
Our VFW District #2 will also contribute 25% towards a Life Membership so if you are a continuous member and your dues have been current for the past two years you can get a Life Membership for 25%. 

Contact QM Connolly on 301-262-3520 if you are interested in this program.

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We hope to see you at the January 3, 2019 meeting. Pizza and refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Military service ingrains in all of us that we’re stronger together. Membership in DAV builds upon that principle by leveraging our strength in numbers to empower us through camaraderie and legislative action.

But did you know that you’re also helping fellow veterans with your DAV membership dues? While part of your dues helps produce DAV Magazine, which keeps you informed about topics important to you and your family, a portion of these funds is also redistributed to departments and chapters to directly support DAV programs and services that are offered in your community.

For example, membership dues can help purchase new vehicles for the DAV Transportation Network and support our incredible network of volunteers. The importance of that cannot be overstated.

I think of Marine Corps veteran James Childers, who used one of those vehicles to drive nearly 1,500 veterans to and from their VA medical appointments. He had volunteered more than 7,000 hours and traveled more than 186,000 miles as a volunteer driver when his house tragically burned down last year.

Although James and his wife Linda were unharmed in the fire, they lost just about everything they had. But because of DAV’s Disaster Relief Program, they were able to receive financial assistance and find temporary lodging to ease some of their immediate needs.

Membership dues also support initiatives to assist homeless veterans and provide supplies for our service officers.

Navy veteran Joseph Lightwies had been homeless for decades before connecting with DAV National Service Officer Joe Kauffman in 2015. This encounter proved to be the catalyst that changed his life.

Lightwies had a VA claim pending since his military discharge in 1968, so when his disability compensation was finally approved, the back pay made it possible for him to pick up keys to a new home.

As a DAV member, you can get involved and work with local DAV leaders who help decide how these funds are used. They identify the greatest needs of the veterans in your area.

DAV’s programs and services are free to those who need them, and membership dues are one way we all help ensure DAV continues to be there, in your community, fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. Thanks for making a direct impact in the lives of our fellow veterans.

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Military Times, WASHINGTON — Rolling Thunder’s annual roaring parade through the streets of the nation’s capital is coming to an end.

Group organizers said this year’s planned motorcycle ride in May, expected to draw more than 1 million riders and spectators to the National Mall, will be the last time the large-scale demonstration is held, citing cost concerns.

The event has become a fixture of Memorial Day commemorations in Washington, D.C. for more than 30 years, drawing attention to military members still missing in action. But the noisy, attention-getting demonstration also has become a victim of its own success.

Pete Zaleski, vice president of Rolling Thunder Inc., said costs for security and clean-up of the event have swelled to more than $200,000, an expense the group cannot continue to sustain.

“It really has exploded to beyond what we can support,” he told Military Times. “These costs didn’t exist 10 years ago.”

Zaleski said the size of the crowd both participating and watching have prompted additional security concerns at the Pentagon, where the annual ride typically starts. That has prompted several new costs and conflicts with local officials.

Still, the loss of one of the most public and recognizable national Memorial Day commemorations drew disappointment from members of the veterans community.

“These demonstrations and Rolling Thunder’s unbelievable work over the past 32-plus years has made a tremendous impact, keeping the search going for our missing and prisoners of war,” said Joe Chennelly, national executive director of AMVETS. “We as an organization are grateful.”

Chennelly called the group’s work “too important to our veterans, and really to all Americans, to simply let it stop.” His organization is looking at ways to support the Rolling Thunder chapters moving forward.

Zaleski said he hopes the announcement of the end of the tradition will bring even more attention to the event’s message.

“When word gets out that this is the last one, it’s going to draw even more people,” he said. “The next ride ought to be huge.”

The final ride is scheduled for May 26, 2019. More information is available on the Rolling Thunder web site.

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