VOL. 3, NO. 6
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“If we are to truly restore the soul of America, we need to protect the sacred right to vote. More people voted in the last presidential election than ever before in our history — in the middle of one of the worst pandemics ever. That should be celebrated. Instead, it’s being attacked.” –President Joe Biden
Editor’s Message —
Greetings! Recently on a cable TV channel, viewers saw a Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire showcasing one presidential candidate with audience questions from his devoted supporters. Robert Reich in his substack covered this with his usual aplomb, so I am sharing part of his article The danger is now:
“Friends, we do not have the luxury of waiting 18 months until the 2024 election.
The danger is now. We must speak out against Trumpian fascism.
Demand that Trump be held fully accountable for what he has done.
Condemn the media for allowing him to set the terms for appearing, and for magnifying and legitimizing his lies. Urge secretaries of state and other state election officials to refuse to put him on the ballot — under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which bars anyone from holding office who, having taken an oath to support the Constitution, has engaged in an insurrection against the United States.
And we must make good trouble, as John Lewis put it: Mobilize to protect equal rights and preserve the rule of law. Call out haters and bigots. Take to the streets, if necessary, to defend our democracy.”
Remember the saying “The pen is mightier than the sword.”? Contact your Senators and Representatives about how unAmerican this candidate’s positions are.
We must be proactive! Also urge them to support the Equal Rights Amendment!
Please join our caucus to show your support for the U.S. military!
DA Global Veterans and Military Families (VMF) Caucus Webinar
How the New Ohio Voting Law (HB 458) Affects Overseas Civilian and Military Voters
with Connie Pillich and Zach Roberts, Ohio Democrat
Stars and Stripes - Transition Guide - May 18, 2023
The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and thousands of museums across the country.
Work at VA–Leverage our resources to land a job at VA, where you’ll serve those who served by providing them with the care they deserve.
LEARN more about navigating the hiring process.
SEARCH for job openings at VAcareers.VA.gov.
Update: Overseas Military Service Coordinators
Overseas Military Service Coordinators (OMSCs) have extended virtual support operations to overseas Veterans, Service members, and their dependents. They will respond to emails and arrange phone interviews for assistance with all VA benefits.
Send your contact information to the email address listed for your location to set up a virtual appointment with an OMSC.
Veterans residing in European countries: [email protected]
Veterans residing in Asian countries: [email protected]
Germany Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) office: Ms. Phyllis Barnes, a US Army Veteran, is the new Officer in Charge (OIC) for the Germany Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) Intake Site located at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC).
Contact: [email protected] For time-sensitive inquiries please call
DSN: 314-590-8200 Comm: 06371-9464-8200. Staff hours: 8:00 am to 4:40 pm
Intake site hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00AM - Noon and 1:15PM - 3:00PM (CET)
“As we continue the sacred work of building a more perfect Union together, let our flag serve as a reminder to us, and to the world, that America stands for and strives for promise of freedom, justice, and equality for all.” –President Joe Biden
June 2 – Mindfulness Meditation 11:00 am to 12 noon ET offered via telephone:1-404-397-1596 or 1-833-558-0712 (Toll Free) Access code: 433 794 55
no registration required-for more information Email [email protected].
June 4 to 9 – Challenge, adventure awaits Veterans at 2023 VA Summer Sports Clinic
San Diego – www.summersportsclinic.va.gov
June 5 to 11 – International Museum Week 2023, celebrating its10th anniversary, will take place both online and offline and explore the important theme of the environment.
June 6 – D-Day
June 6 – NJ STATE PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
June 7 – Career Fair: Virtual Or In-Person 11:00 am-3:00 pm ET (Multiple Locations)
June 8 – World Oceans Day
June 12 – Women Veterans Day
June 14 – Army Birthday
June 14 – U.S. Flag Day
June 11 to 17 – National Flag Week
June 17 – DA VMF Caucus Meeting link 17:00 EDT, PW: dems, Mtg # 23106061838
June 17 – Bunker Hill Day
June 19 – Juneteenth
June 20 – VA STATE PRIMARY ELECTION DAY
June 23 – Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday 84th birthday
June 27 – PTSD Awareness Day
Upcoming DA Activities
MEMORIAL DAY 2023
Ambassador to Luxembourg Tom Barrett
DA Luxembourg Chair Lynette Stoltzfus
Luxembourg American Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony May 27, 2023
The DA Germany Veterans and Military Families Caucus (VMF) continued the tradition of laying a wreath at the Luxembourg Memorial Day Ceremony in collaboration with DA Luxembourg. The DA Luxembourg officers also organized a wonderful city tour!
DA Luxembourg Counsel Will Bakker
Lt. Gen. John D.Lamontagne
At the American Cemetery in Draguignan, France
Aaron Ambeau, Chapter Chair, DA Marseille and Susan Fitoussi, DA VMF Caucus at the American Cemetery in Draguignan, France
DA Central Italy attended the Memorial Day Ceremony
at the Florence American Cemetery in Impruneta.
WHAT’S CONGRESS UP TO?
H.R.2729 - 118th Congress (2023-2024): Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act of 2023–A bill to establish a commission to study how Federal laws and policies affect United States citizens living in foreign countries.
Ask Your House Representative To Join The Americans Abroad Caucus
PTSD VA Ratings: What You Need to Know Veterans who experienced traumatic events during their service may be able to receive disability compensation with non-taxed monthly payments and free health care, including specific PTSD treatment.
The Way Back: Songs of Healing by VA Veteran Nurses.
If you're a veteran, military, or family member interested in our program or looking for help, we're here for you! Contact - Freedom Sings USA
Foreign Medical Program (FMP) - Community Care A healthcare benefits program for U.S. Veterans residing or traveling abroad with a VA-rated, service-connected disability.
Foreign Medical Program Video
Download the VA Women’s heaRT Handbook Training Materials
The Veterans Integrated Service Networks
Veterans’ health care in the U.S. is separated geographically into 18 regions that work together to better meet local health care needs and provide access to care for Veterans.
American Red Cross offers free lifesaving skills training for volunteers
The American Red Cross also offers a 30% training discount for military, military families, Veterans and Veteran families for American Red Cross-sponsored classes on www.redcross.org/take-a-class. Code: MILITARYCOMMFY23 Expires 6/30/2023
U.S. House Office of Photography
Click here for our Spotlight Step Up for PTSD Awareness - Virtual Walk
Click here for our Podcast & Social Media Recommendations
Click here for our Poetry Corner
Click here for our Film and Book Recommendations
Click here for our Brain-Zone Quiz
Click here for our Educational Resources
Click here for our Virtual Museum
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 June 17 at 14:00 EDT. PW: dems Meeting No. 23106061838
Do you have a suggestion or comment?
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)
“Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.” –Michael J. Fox