Vol. 2, No. 8
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"For generations, millions of Americans have answered the call to serve -- taking the sacred oath to defend and preserve our Nation's ideals of liberty and democracy. These patriots represent the best of us. On Veterans Day, we honor their service, dedication, and valor and are forever grateful for their sacrifice.” — President Joe Biden
Editor’s Message —
Greetings. November 11th Veterans Day is a time we set aside to honor our Veterans. In these volatile times, Veterans' contributions to our American Way of Life are even more evident. The VMF Caucus this year is participating in the National Bells of Peace remembrance (see details below) sponsored by The Doughboys Foundation and we invite every one of our DA members as well as all your acquaintances to participate! Knowing it is often difficult to participate in an event, we are bringing the celebration to you, no matter where you are! You do not need to visit a national cemetery or attend an official program ( but if you have these possibilities, please do!). Everyone, wherever you are on 11/11 at 11 am local time can participate by ringing a bell and if you do not have a bell, you can download the Bells of Peace App and have it ring automatically from your smart device! You can do this alone or with some friends! Take photos of your commemoration and send them to us, so we can document this wonderful event! You can also share your participation on social media using the hashtag #bellsofpeace.
Can we count on you? How incredible it would be to have 100% participation!
ABOUT #BELLS OF PEACE 2022
Toll “Bells of Peace” on 11/11 at 11am local time, and honor all those who served and sacrificed in WWI. Bells of Peace is a U.S. national "bell tolling" remembrance created in collaboration with the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS) to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the World War I Armistice, November 11, 2018. The Doughboy Foundation has since promoted it as an annual remembrance of those who served in WWI and of the moment when the guns fell silent, and bells tolled on the Western Front… on the 11th day of the 11th month, at the 11th hour in 1918, after four years of brutal combat.
"No Bells? No Problem!" A great solution is the free Bells of Peace Participation APP that can be used right off your smartphone, with a group of phones or from your phone using a public address system. The App is available for iOS and Android smartphones. Go to the Bells of Peace Participation App page to learn more.
Please join our caucus to show your support for the U.S. military!
VA closes gap in survivor benefits for LGBTQ+ Veterans and survivors October 13, 2022
Warrior Call Day Sunday After Veterans Day
Veterans can get tools, resources at Military OneSource
November 1-5 National Veterans Small Business Week
November 3 Interview Prep Workshop USO MVP Zoom 1600 CET
November 4 Mindfulness Meditation - 11a.m. to noon ET
November 6 Daylight Savings Time ends
November 10 US Marine Corps 246th Birthday
November 11 - Veterans Day Annual remembrance National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. in person or online at 10:30am Eastern LIVE STREAM YouTube.Com/c/TheDoughboyFoundation Bells of Peace is observed at the 11th hour (local time) of the 11th day of the 11th month.
November 13 - National Warrior Call Day
November 15 SkillBridge Info Session USO MVP Zoom 1700 CET
Traveling in the U.S. in November?
Thank you for your service! The National Park Service and Operation Live Well thank military personnel and their families for their service and invite them to enjoy their national parks.
Upcoming DA Activities
Voting issue or question?
Contact [email protected].
“Those who wish well to the State ought to choose to places of trust men of inward principle, justified by exemplary conversation. . . .And the people in general ought to have regard to the moral character of those whom they invest with authority either in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches.” John Witherspoon, 1815
November 8: General Election
November 8: Special General Election–California U.S. Senate, Oklahoma U.S. Senate
November 8: Louisiana Open Primary Election
December 6: Arkansas General Runoff, Georgia General Runoff
December 10: Louisiana General Election
WHAT’S CONGRESS UP TO?
H.R. 5918 To amend title 38, United States Code to ensure that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs repays members of the Armed Forces for certain contributions made by such members towards Post-9/11 Educational Assistance, and for other purposes passed by the House of Representatives September 28, 2022; September 29, 2022-Received in the Senate, read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
H.R. 7589 REMOVE Copays Act - September 28 passed by House of Representatives
H.R. 8510 Strengthening Whistleblower Protections at the Department of Veterans Affairs Act
Passed by House Sept. 29, 2022 after being edited and passed by Senate Sep. 19, 2022. Latest Action: Senate - October 11, 2022- Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
A letter, dated October 7, 2022, from several House Democrats (including all Dem HVAC members) to OPM regarding VA's regulation rule on abortion services.
Ensuring Access to Reproductive Health Care Memorandum from the Secretary of Defense
What to know now that Biden's student debt relief is temporarily blocked (October 22, 2022)
“Democrats believe America must continue to have the strongest military in the world…Our country has a sacred, moral responsibility to keep faith with all our veterans and wounded warriors. We must take care of those who have put their lives on the line to defend us.” DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLATFORM
Mindfulness Meditation - Join VA’s free, phone-based class Designed for Veterans of all eras, this class will help you manage the challenges and stressors of everyday life. Each class covers a topic related to mindfulness with a guided meditation practice. Classes are available from 11a.m. to noon ET on these upcoming days: November 4, December 2, January 6, and February 3. Join any or all classes.
The WWI Memorial "Virtual Explorer” for use at home or in school
Click here for our Spotlight Interviews with Veterans by Wiesbaden HS Students
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.
Here is the WebEx link for Wednesday November 9 at 0700 EST (Rotation 1).
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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)