Visit the following links to review membership and info for the listed organizations.
American Legion Post 6
DAV Chapter 28
Howard County Veterans Memorial Corporation
Howard County Vietnam Veterans Organization
Greentown American Legion Post 317
VFW Post 1152
40 & 8 Chapter 1103
MOPH Chapter 736 - David Bandelier (574) 601- 1816
Senator Donnelly’s most recent work related to Vietnam Era Veterans
U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly and John Boozeman (R-AK) introduced legislation to allow veterans who served in Thailand during the Vietnam War-era the opportunity to prove toxic exposure in order to qualify for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. VA currently awards service-connected benefits for exposure to toxic chemicals to veterans whose duties placed them on or near the perimeters of Thai military bases from February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975. This restriction arbitrarily disqualifies veterans who may otherwise be able to prove their exposure. For more than 20,000 conditions determined by the VA to be eligible for service-connected exposure to toxic chemicals in Fiscal Year 2016, 12,025 claims were filed by veterans who served in Thailand during the Vietnam War-era. Only 14 percent of those claims were approved for additional benefits.
Senator Donnelly sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin on November 15th, 2017. Senator Donnelly expressed concern regarding Secretary Shulkin’s recent decision to continue the already years-long review of “new presumptive conditions for service connection that may ultimately qualify for disability compensation”. In the letter, he urged the Secretary to make every appropriate effort to finalize VA’s decision on the relationship between conditions such as bladder cancer, Parkinson-like tremors, and hypertension and Agent Orange exposure.
Boozman, Donnelly Fight for Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange During Service in Thailand
Senator Donnelly Agent Orange Presumptive Letter
Veteran’s Assistance InformationIf you are a veteran and need help:
Steps You Should Take:
Contact: Your county Veterans Services Officer to determine to what benefits you are entitled. Veterans Service Officers provide free benefit claims counseling and information and referral assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors. Also contact the United Way in your county. United way is often best able to guide you to immediate sources of help while waiting for Veterans Affairs assistance. Be aware that not all county United Way organizations offer the same programs. Please use the Veteran’s Resource Guide by clicking on the link below.
Link to Veterans Assistance Guide
After you have contacted your county Veterans Services Officer and United Way, you may apply for help from the Military Foundation by following the guidelines below. In cases of immediate emergencies please feel free to contact MFI for assistance.
Military Foundation Inc. Financial Assistance Request Form Guide
Military Foundation Inc. Financial Assistance Request Form Guide September 24, 2017 This Financial Request Assistance form is presented for your convenience. The form is in PDF format. Requested information blocks should expand to allow you to enter all information you consider important. The completed form can be printed. The Military Foundation Incorporated (MFI) provides financial assistance to Veterans; specifically to help pay bills during a Veteran’s time of need. MFI does not lend cash to Veterans or present cash directly to Veterans. Requests for financial assistance from MFI are only accepted on this form when submitted by a Veteran, a Veteran’s Service Organization or other service organization. MFI asks that Veteran’s Service Organization (VSO) requests presented to MFI for assistance indicate funds previously disbursed to the Veteran by the VSO. The completed MFI request form may be mailed to Military Foundation, P.O. Box 644, Kokomo, Indiana 46903, presented in person to the MFI President or Secretary, or transmitted electronically from this website by activating the “Submit” button at the bottom of the web form. If the request for financial assistance is approved, MFI requests the veteran meet with the MFI treasurer, Kirk Daniels, for payment at his office located on 108 West Walnut Street, Kokomo, IN 46904. Mr. Daniels can be reached at 765 457 5117. The Treasurer requests the Veteran bring the unpaid or partially paid bill from the vendor who is to receive the funds. The Treasure will then write a check and mail the funds directly to the vendor.