VA News

By BY RON HOLLOWAY,

VFW Post 4982 is very interested in getting participants involved in our Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests and the Scout of the Year and Teacher of the Year awards programs.  Entries for these programs must be received by the post by 31 of October 2019. 

The following short synopsis tells a little about each program.  If you would like more information please contact our programs manager, Mary Ann Hollingsworth, Commander J.G. Kufel or me.

• Voice of Democracy

This audio-essay competition annually awards nearly $2 million in scholarships to students in grades 9-12. First-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship.

• Patriot’s Pen

More than $1.2 million is awarded annually to students in grades 6-8 in this essay contest. First-place winner receives $5,000.

• Scout of the Year

Three scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding scouts. First place receives $5,000, second place receives $3,000 and third place receives $1,000.

• Teacher of the Year

The VFW annually recognizes one exceptional elementary, junior and high school teacher for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Awards include $1,000 for professional development, $1,000 for his/her school, and an all-expense-paid trip to attend the VFW National Convention. In addition, the top 10 high school Teacher of the Year recipients will have an opportunity to attend a graduate level Medal of Honor Character Development program at Freedoms Foundation.

The Department of Defense is updating its current paper-based uniformed services identification card issued to retired service members, family members and other eligible populations.

The “Next Generation” ID card will incorporate an updated design and security features to deter counterfeiting and fraud, and will be printed on a plastic cardstock. DOD is transforming the way service members and their families are supported through modernized ID cards and improved mechanisms to protect cardholder privacy and personal information.

The Next Generation ID card will incorporate a modified barcode which supports the last phase of the department’s elimination of the Social Security number from all DOD identification cards. Additional information and updates regarding the Next Generation USID card will be available in the coming months on DOD’s website.

The Next Generation ID card transitions the current ID card to plastic cardstock with enhanced security features and update topology. These enhanced features enable DOD to reduce the number of card types issued to eligible individuals from 10 to three.

The Next Generation USID card does not change the populations who are eligible to receive the current card.

Issue of the new card will began in early fall 2019, individuals with expiring ID cards will begin to receive the Next Generation ID card at card issuing facilities as they are equipped with the equipment and supplies necessary to issue the Next Generation ID card.

In an effort to conserve resources and limit the impact on ID card issuance facilities, cards will not be reissued solely for the purpose of obtaining the new card

This new law has just taken effect in the state of Mississippi:  Any legal resident of the State of Mississippi who is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States, and who is rated as having one hundred percent (100%) permanent service-connected disability by the Veterans' Administration will be allowed to purchase two motor vehicle license plates or tags in his county of residence.  The cost of each tag is one dollar for each, regardless of the make or model of the motor vehicle. 

No more than two vehicle license plates or tags shall be sold to any one veteran.

The surviving spouse of a deceased 100 percent disable veterans who was allowed to purchase license plates or tag shall be entitled to purchase two tags just as he or she had prior to death of the spouse.  This benefit stops when the spouse remarries.