DEATH OF LAURA McCLAY

Laura McClay, wife of our classmate Tim McClay (21st Company), passed away on October 31, 2018. Laura was a wonderful woman in her own right – nurse, naval officer, mother – besides the soulmate of our shipmate. She will be missed. Family and friends may visit on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD, 21146. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD, 21146. Burial will be in Kansas on a later date.

TASK FORCE 73 AGENT ORANGE AND VETERANS HEALTH CARE CRISES PROGRAM – September 2018

As the results of the concerted efforts of many 73’ers, numerous classmates have been helped to successfully file VA health care claims related to exposure to Agent Orange.  If you are not familiar with our Class’ Agent Orange Initiative,  go to the Agent Orange Information page of this website.  This page contains a very comprehensive compendium of useful information.

Bill Short and others who have been involved with this initiative are “kicking things up a notch”, and intend to formalize the Task Force as a non-profit corporation.  Please read BIll’s note to the class to learn more: TF 73 Agent Orange Task Force Update 7 September 2018

DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE AWARD NOMINATIONS

We are in the middle of the 2018 Distinguished Graduate Award nomination cycle.Alumni Association Nomination Package Guidelines and the Class of 1973 Supplemental Guidelines are provided in the following links.

USNA DGA Nomination Packet Guidelines

1973 DGA Supplemental Guidance

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IVA LIFE INSURANCE BENEFITS INFO

The following information on VA Life Insurance Benefits was forwarded by Leif Hendrickson.  Some of us may benefit from these VA programs.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Regional Office and Insurance Center

Wissahickon Avenue and Manheim Street

P. O. Box 7208

Philadelphia, PA 19101

You are receiving this email as part of an outreach effort to familiarize Veterans with VA Life Insurance benefits. As a service-connected, disabled Veteran, you may find it difficult to obtain coverage through a private commercial life insurance company due to your health, or you may have to pay a high premium if you are able to get coverage. You have a limited time to apply for these benefits, so you should apply now before your eligibility expires.

Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (S-DVI)

S-DVI is a $10,000 life insurance policy for Veterans who have received a rating for a new VA service-connected disability within the last two years. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can be approved for this coverage regardless of your service-connected conditions. If you are unable to work due to your service-connected conditions, you may be eligible to obtain this insurance coverage without having to pay premiums, and you may also be eligible to apply for up to an additional $30,000 of coverage. To obtain more information about S-DVI go to: https://www.benefits.va.gov/insurance/s-dvi.asp.  To apply for S-DVI go to:https://www.insurance.va.gov/Sdvi/AreYouEligible/5eca7768-18a3-4fab-9ffc-40ac0da22d1b. Our records show that you received your new rating over 18 months ago, so your eligibility to apply for this coverage will expire soon.

Other VA Benefits

In addition to VA Insurance, you may also be eligible for other VA benefits due to your service-connected disabilities. You can view a summary of your VA benefits at http://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/benefits-summary/SummaryofVABenefitsFlyer.pdf.

For more information on these benefits go to www.va.gov.

For More Information On VA Life Insurance Benefits

For more information on VA Life Insurance benefits, go to http://www.benefits.va.gov/insurance.