VOL. 3, NO. 7
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“We’re asking agencies to make it easier for spouses employed by the federal government to take administrative leave, telework and move offices. We’re creating resources to support entrepreneurs. And the executive order helps agencies and companies retain military spouses through telework or when they move abroad,” –First Lady Dr. Jill Biden
|Fort Liberty, N.C., June 9, 2023.
The President and First Lady, as a military family themselves, recognize the commitment and resilience of military-connected families as essential to the recruitment,retention, and readiness of our Armed Forces.U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Omar Joseph
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Editor’s Message —
Greetings. June 9th President Joseph Biden and Dr. Jill Biden visited Fort Liberty, North Carolina (formerly known as Fort Bragg) where the Department of Defense Education Activity has nine schools for the children of U.S. military families. During this visit, President Biden announced the Executive Order on Advancing Economic Security for Military and Veteran Spouses, Military Caregivers, and Survivors including an event that focused on Joining Forces, Dr. Jill Biden’s initiative that supports military and veteran families, caregivers, and survivors.
“You are loved. You are heard. You are understood. And you belong.”
–President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
June 10th during a Pride Month event at the White House, the Biden-Harris administration announced new Executive Actions to protect the LGBTQ+ community to Protect LGBTQI+ communities from attacks on their rights and safety, Support LGBTQI+ kids so they can thrive, Shield LGBTQI+ Americans from book bans that threaten their rights. The U.S. Department of Education publication entitled Creating Inclusive and Nondiscriminatory School Environments for LGBTQI+ Students is an invaluable resource.
What can we do? Contact our U.S. Senators and Representatives to let them know we support these initiatives and that we would like them to focus more on how these actions are followed on military bases throughout the world. Unfortunately at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, for example, scheduled Pride activities, including a Drag Story Time at the base library, were canceled in June because a commander was influenced by negative comments from a community member.
Happy Fourth of July! Never forget that our American Freedoms are for all Americans.
Please join our caucus to show your support for the U.S. military!
DEMOCRATS ABROAD AGM 2023 in D.C.
AGM 2024 in Costa Rica
Democrats Abroad DA ExCom 2023-2025 (Counsel Ann Brady not in photo)
What happens to resolutions? DC Statehood was one from 2022. Read next month's issue!
World War I Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Request your absentee ballot now!
September 5th: Rhode Island Special Primary in U.S. Congressional District 1
Request your absentee ballot up until August 6, 2023 now!www.VoteFromAbroad.org
Special primary election on Tuesday, September 5th, to fill a vacancy for the 1st Congressional District, which includes all of Bristol and Newport counties, and parts of both Providence County and the City of Providence. Service members, eligible family members, and overseas citizens can register to vote up until August 6, 2023. Voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote, request a ballot, and update any contact information. After completing the FPCA, voters must print, sign, and send it to their local election office.
Rhode Island voters in the 1st Congressional District who are already registered and want to receive a mailed ballot must send in the FPCA as a ballot request by August 15. Registered voters who prefer to receive their ballot by email or fax can request their ballot up until Election Day. Registered voters can send their completed, signed FPCA directly to their election office by email, mail, or fax.
Rhode Island voters in the 1st Congressional District can return their voted absentee ballot by mail, email, or fax and they must be received by September 8. UOCAVA voters may also access their voting materials including a PDF of their ballot, instructions, and certification document at vote.sos.ri.gov
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 Rhode Island from the menu, click "check the status of your voted ballot" button.
Democrats Abroad Get Together in Paris
Jeffrey Cheng, Terese Sarno, Ada Shen
ChooseVA Don’t miss out on VA benefits you may have earned.
The Equal Pay Act – 60 years of progress
Sixty years after the Equal Pay Act was passed,
The gender wage gap is smaller, but still persists.
Equality, equity and protection against discrimination all year long
Everyone deserves to feel safe at work and be free from harassment or discrimination. Protecting LGBTQI+ workers and ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is an important part of our mission – not just during Pride Month.
“The Bureau of International Labor Affairs and the Wage and Hour Division hosted a discussion on illegal child labor in the U.S. and abroad, and how we can all work together to eradicate this egregious form of labor exploitation.”
July is extra special for veterans because of National Hire A Veteran Day.
July 4 – Independence Day
July 7 – 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 E-mail [email protected].
July 8 – DA VMF Caucus Meeting 07:00 EDT
July 25 – National Hire A Veteran Day
July 28 – National Buffalo Soldiers Day
July 29 – Army Chaplain Corps Anniversary
Upcoming DA Activities
WHAT’S CONGRESS UP TO?
“At a time when folks are struggling with rising costs, from housing to groceries, veterans deserve absolute certainty when it comes to providing for their families. That’s why I’m proud to have worked with Senator Moran and our colleagues to deliver a cost of living increase to millions of disabled veterans and survivors across. the country—including 30,000 in my home state of Montana. As Chairman, I’ll always fight to make sure the men and women who put their lives on the line get the support they need and earned.” –Senator John Tester
S. 777: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2023
Signed into Law by President Joseph Biden on June 14, 2023
Fisher House Directory In Europe, there are two Fisher Houses in Landstuhl, Germany and in Birmingham, UK
#ICYMI Video: New benefits eligibility for Veterans exposed to toxins VA recently joined the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) on Instagram to discuss PACT Act benefits eligibility. Some of your couldn’t make it. Here’s the recap.
Breaking News from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – Requirements for Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) effective June 5, 2023
Section 208.3 of title 31, Code of Federal Regulations, requires all Federal payments made by an agency shall be made by direct deposit (EFT) to a US based (preferred) or Foreign Financial institution.
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty." —John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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GLOBAL VMF CAUCUS MEETINGS
The Global VMF Caucus Steering Committee meets once a month.
All Democrats Abroad members are welcome to attend.
WebEx link for 08 July at 07:00 EDT
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Let us know: [email protected]
Please join our caucus to show your support for the U.S. military!
Terese Sarno (Germany)
Veterans and Military Families Caucus Chair:
Kee Adams Evans (Guatemala)
“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand,
One Nation, evermore! — Oliver Wendell Holmes