VMF August 2023 Newsletter


August 2023


VOL. 3, NO. 8

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"He helped liberate prisoners at a subcamp of Dachau. He joined the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. He performed for Nelson Mandela, John F. Kennedy, and Queen Elizabeth II, and recorded music with everyone from the Count Basie Orchestra to Lady Gaga. Bob Hope gave him his stage name. Frank Sinatra was his mentor. There's no doubt about it – Tony Bennett's life was legendary. And his contributions to the arts in America will endure."

–President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Editor’s Message

This fall the Supreme Court will hear a case that could result in post 9-11 veterans being eligible for additional education benefits

Last month we mentioned DA AGM resolutions and where they go and what they accomplish mentioning the resolution from the 2022 DA AGM concerning DC Statehood

Here is the follow-up: If the resolution does not contain language that states it should be sent to an organization outside DA, then it just stays on the records in DA, so it actually does not have any real effect. When I was in DC for the 2023 DA AGM, I visited DC Home Rule, an impressive exhibit developed by the DC Statehood Committee, at the DC History Center in the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square. I had the opportunity to speak with  members of the Committee and mentioned that DA passed a resolution on DC Statehood at our 2022 AGM  and they had no knowledge of this. They were most appreciative but it would have been considerate if someone in DA had notified them that we support their efforts because perhaps our support could possibly strengthen the Statehood Committee’s efforts as well as highlight DA’s activity.

How many of us knew that resolutions, when they are finally acted upon, normally just stay in house? Unless the resolution states that it should be sent to some outside group or individual for consideration, it remains in DPCA minutes as a passed resolution but nothing more.The membership should be thoroughly apprised of everything concerned with resolutions so that they include the necessary language in their proposals. Developing and perfecting resolutions takes a huge amount of time and energy and members want these resolutions to have an influence outside the inner DA chambers.

Terese Sarno


Please join our caucus to show your support for the U.S. military!

May 31-June 2, 2024 DPCA Annual General Meeting in Costa Rica 

2024 Costa Rica AGM Interest Form

(Memorial Day 2024 is celebrated/ observed on Monday, May 27th.)



The Election Assistance Commission report on the 2022 election: 

2022 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) Comprehensive Reports 

  • The UOCAVA section is at Chapter 4 (pp. 193-226), with charts on pp. 211-226.
  • The headline numbers from the Executive Summary (at page iv):

           Number of UOCAVA Ballots sent out in 2022: more than 650,000

  • Ratio sent to uniformed voters: ⅓
  • Ratio sent to civilians: ⅔
  • Percentage of ballots returned: slightly more than 40% (approximately 260,000)
  • Percentage of ballots counted: over 96%
  • Most common reason for rejection: Received after the deadline
  • Number of FWABs received: 4,000
  • Percentage received from uniformed voters: less than ¼
  • Percentage received from civilian voters: over ¾



August 8, 2023:

Ohio 2023 ballot measures

Ohio Issue 1, 60% Vote Requirement to Approve Constitutional Amendments 



Mississippi statewide primary

August 8, 2023-7 p.m. UOCAVA Absentee Ballot deadline by email or fax

Primary runoff: August 29, 2023

General: November 7, 2023

General runoff: November 28, 2023

Offices on the ballot: Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate, and State House



September 5, 2023:

Rhode Island Special Primary in U.S. Congressional District 1



October 14, 2023-Primary (Open - all candidates on ballot regardless of party, winner if greater than 50% of vote)

All overseas voters may vote in Louisiana state elections

Offices on the ballot: Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate, and State House

Deadline Information: www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting

 - Schedule of 2023 Elections (Revised Dec. 2022)

Registration deadline: September 13, 2023

Registration deadline: September 23, 2023 (GeauxVote Online Registration only)

Ballot request deadline: October 13, 2023, 4:30pm

Ballot return deadline: Received by October 14, 2023



STATE ELECTIONS: "Intend to return" and "Return uncertain" overseas voters may vote in Kentucky state elections

Offices on the ballot: Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State

November 7, 2023: General election

Registration deadline: October 10, 2023, 4pm

Ballot request deadline: October 31, 2023, 5pm

Ballot return deadline: Must be received in Kentucky by November 7, 2023 at 6pm (Mail only)

Go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org to request your ballot!

If a requested ballot has not arrived, use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) immediately at fvap.gov/FWAB. It works like a backup ballot. If your official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, complete and send in the official ballot, too. Only one will be counted.

To make sure your voted ballot is received, go to FVAP.gov, select your state from the pulldown menu and then click the "check the status of your voted ballot" button.


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Resources for Overseas Vets

How to Prepare for Financial Challenges When Retiring Overseas

Veterans Benefit Banking Program has converted 250,000 Veterans to direct deposit 

Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP) 

Veterans: There are VA Resources Available to Help You Find Employment 

US Department of Labor awards more than $58M to support delivery of services to help homeless veterans reenter workforce

VA Contact Centers modernize to improve the Veteran experience 

Veterans can now file supplemental claims online 

Appealing your health care decisions

Change Your Address In Your VA.gov Profile

MyVA 411 Options

Veterans Experience Office (VEO)

The Department of Veterans Affairs established 1-800-MyVA411 (1-800-698-2411) in 2020 to help Veterans, their family members, caregivers, and survivors understand and access the broad spectrum of VA benefits and services.


Supreme Court rejects controversial election law theory

Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE)
Twenty-four years after the Olmstead decision

Judge dismisses Tulsa race massacre reparations case filed by last known survivors

Calendar 2023 & Events


Antiterrorism Awareness Month

PACT Act benefits: claims received by August 9
will be eligible for 12 months of backdated compensation

August 1 – Ballot Request deadline Ohio Special Election
Ballot return deadline: Mail only: Received by August 12, 2023 (postal mail or diplomatic pouch) [*If sent by courier: Must be received by August 8, 2023 at 7:30pm]

August 4 – Coast Guard Day

August 6 – Deadline to request RI absentee ballot for Sept. 5 Senate Election 

August 7 – Purple Heart Day


August 10 – Global VMF Caucus Meeting 07:00 EDT Link PW: dems Mtg #23102602760 

August 10 – U.S. Department of Defense Birthday

August 10 – Agent Orange Awareness Day

August 11 – Mindfulness Meditation  11am to 12 noon ET by telephone 1-404-397-1596 or 1-833-558-0712 (Toll Free) Participant Access code: 433 794 55, no registration required-for more information Email [email protected].

August 13, 1961– The barbed wire surrounded Berlin as the Wall construction started.

August 14 – Navajo Code Talkers Day

August 15 – Stress Solution Workshop-Online  8pm EDT ( CEST 2:00 am August 16)

August 16 – National Airborne Day

August 29 – Marine Corps Reserve Birthday 


Upcoming  DA Activities



S.1952 - 118th Congress (2023-2024): A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand eligibility for care from the Department of Veterans Affairs to include members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT]

Secure Act 2.0: What You Need to Know The “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023”, signed into law by President Joseph Biden on December 29, 2022, included “SECURE 2.0 Act” with retirement savings provisions. What the new legislation could mean for you

Raskin passes on Senate bid

VA burial benefits for military spouses and children could become permanent



Health EquitySpecial issue of Health Equity devoted to improving care for minority Veterans


Appealing your health care decisions

VA apps provide personalized health care experience

Your Intent To File A VA Claim 

Veterans Living Overseas  

Foreign Medical Program (FMP)

PTSD Bytes #28: Video mental health appointments

First anniversary of Mammography and Medical Options Act (MAMMO Act)

Health Literacy to Achieve Health Equity in Minority Veterans 

Birth control is available at VA. Let’s talk about it.

View Or Change Dependents On Your VA Disability Benefits

Live Whole Health #176: Mindfulness in a minute

Live Whole Health #177: Playing with clouds

Live Whole Health #178: Imagining Danger

MHS GenesisMHS GENESIS is the new Electronic Health Record. This will become the single health record for service members, veterans, and their families.

MHS GENESIS Patient Portal Registration

PACT Act: claims received by August 9 will eligible for 12 months backdated compensation

Did You Serve Here?


How to Use the GI Bill to Study Overseas

Change Your GI Bill School Or Program 
GI Bill Student Newsletter - July 2023

Supreme Court agrees to hear case to expand VA education benefits 

G.I. Bill success story: Dariell Cooper's transition 

G.I. Bill success story: Rishell Chambers carved her own path 

G.I. Bill success story: Emmanuel Amponsah on being a first-generation college student

Veteran Recognition:

Veterans Legacy Program (VLP) 

Vietnam Veteran’s story one of many on July 4

Navy Veteran, VA employee, Gold Star mother remembers son

Army renames Louisiana base for Black WWI Medal of Honor hero.

Community Building Art Works makes sure certain women, non-binary Vets are heard

VA researcher helping to change the future of Alzheimer’s Disease

Preventing harassment for LGBTQ+ Veterans and VA employees 

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Click here for our Brain-Zone Quiz
Click here for our Educational Resources
Click here for our Virtual Museum


The Global VMF Caucus Steering Committee meets once a month except August 2023 

All Democrats Abroad members are welcome to attend.

WebEx link for 10 September 2023 at 07:00  EDT Password: dems 

Mtg # 23102602760


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Terese Sarno (Germany)

Veterans and Military Families Caucus Chair:

Kee Adams Evans (Guatemala)

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”      - Franklin D. Roosevelt