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Date: Nov 29, 2007 8:28 AM


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From: Michael P.Murphy Memorial
Date: Nov 28, 2007 11:04 PM


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Date: Nov 28, 2007 9:40 PM

Hello everyone…

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Thank you all,
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Dear Sean,

I’m writing today to ask you to please take a minute to help us out on an important issue that is affecting wounded servicemembers

When Jordan Fox was serving as a Private First Class in Iraq in May of this year, he was injured by a roadside bomb. The attack left him with a back injury and blind in his right eye, and as a result, the Army sent him home. A few weeks later, to his surprise, they sent him a bill for nearly $3,000.

The Army demanded that he return part of his enlistment bonus because he had been injured and medically discharged before completing his enlistment. Jordan had signed up to serve his country and was injured in the line of duty, and now the Army was asking for its money back.

Fortunately, there’s a new bill gaining momentum in Congress that would ensure this doesn’t happen to others in his situation. Pennsylvania Congressman Jason Altmire has introduced the “Veterans Guaranteed Bonus Act” (H.R. 3793), and IAVA is making a major push to ensure it gets passed as soon as possible. Please take a minute to send a message to your Representatives urging them to support it.

Throughout this fight, Jordan has maintained that he is proud of his military service, and would serve again if asked. But this is a loophole that needs to be fixed immediately. The men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan have served our nation proudly, and this is a terrible way to welcome them home.

So please take a minute now to send your Representatives a message, and tell them to support the Veterans Guaranteed Bonus Act.

On behalf of Jordan, and future wounded veterans, thank you.


Paul Rieckhoff
Iraq Veteran
Executive Director
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Letter Saxby Chambliss

Dear Mr. Ives :

Thank you for writing me regarding the fiscal year 2008 National
Defense Authorization Act (FY08 NDAA). It is good to hear from you.

As you know, the Senate passed its version of the NDAA on October 1,
2007. There are distinct differences in the version that was passed by
the Senate and the version that passed the House of Representatives.
As the bill goes through the conference process, I will keep your
comments in mind and work with my colleagues to ensure that the final
bill is as fair as possible for all who wear and have worn the uniform.

There is no higher priority than caring for our servicemen and women
who proudly serve our great Nation. I am deeply committed to promoting
the well being of our troops who serve our country to preserve our
freedom and way of life, and will make certain that their concerns are
given the highest priority in Congress.

As always, I appreciate hearing from you. Please do not hesitate to
contact me if I can be of assistance to you in the future. In the
meantime, if you would like to receive timely e-mail alerts regarding
the latest congressional actions and my weekly e-newsletter, please
sign up via my web site at: .

Edwards Answers Cold War Medal Question at N.H. Town Hall

Meredith Town Hall
Sunday, November 25, 2007 – 2:30pm
Hart’s Turkey Farm233 Daniel Webster Highway
Meredith, NH 03252
ACWV N.H. Chairman Glen Talon
Q: “Senator Edwards over several years the Cold War Medal has been victim of partisan politics, if the Cold War Medal Act is stripped from the NDAA of 08 would you issue an executive order to award the Cold War Medal.”

I am working on typing up a transcrpt of his answer

Audio: you can here his answer between 25th-27th minute of audio

Still hunting for video.

Sean P. Eagan

ACWV Public Affairs Director

CATSKILL – Greene County lawmakers have approved a county property tax exemption for Cold War veterans.

The exemption, unanimously adopted by the Legislature Tuesday, entitles veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces between Sept. 2, 1945 and Dec. 26, 1991 to a partial exemption on their county taxes.

About 500 Cold War veterans in Greene County may be eligible for the new exemption, according to information provided by county Real Property Tax Service Director Frank Algozzine. He said the loss to the county tax base if all those veterans took the exemption would be about 0.1 percent.

Under the new exemption, a veteran would be exempt from 10 percent of his or her primary property assessment, not to exceed $8,000 multiplied by the latest state equalization rate. A qualified veteran whose property is located in Catskill would receive an exemption up to a $4,998 on county property taxes based on the current state equalization rate of 62.47 percent.

The exemption also exempts a Cold War veterans from a percentage of the property’s assessment equal to one-half of any service connected disability rating not to exceed $40,000 multiplied by the latest final state equalization rate. A Catskill veteran with a service-connected disability would be entitled to a maximum exemption of $24,998.

Any veteran who currently receives the alternative tax exemption would not be entitled to the Cold War exemption. The alternative exemption applies to veterans of defined periods of war within the time frame of the Cold War, which includes the Korean War, Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War.

Prior to adopting the new exemption, lawmakers held a public hearing to take comment on the proposal. Several veterans in attendance thanked the Legislature for providing the tax break.

“I think it’s high time it was done,” veteran Joseph Zanchelli said.

Legislature Chairman Wayne Speenburgh, R-Coxsackie, said he was elated by the adoption of the new exemption. Speenburgh, a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam, said veterans should be recognized for their service.

A Cold War Veterans Forum is now open here:

either address works

A county lowers taxes for Cold War-era vets

tuesday, November 20, 2007

By Charles McChesney

Staff writer

Sullivan County has voted to offer a tax exemption to veterans of the Cold War, and nearby Greene County is considering doing so.

Sullivan County approved a 15 percent exemption last week. The Greene County Legislature has scheduled a hearing on the matter for this evening in Catskill.

The Cold War veterans tax exemption was passed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Eliot Spitzer this summer. It allows municipalities – including cities, towns and counties – to exempt from taxes 10 percent or 15 percent of the value of a veteran’s real estate.

The exemption, which cannot be greater than $12,000, is similar to those offered to veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam or the Persian Gulf conflicts. As currently written, the law requires each veteran to provide a local assessor with a certificate showing Cold War service in the U.S. military. Few veterans have the certificate and Spitzer has asked the Legislature to change the law so that only separation papers would be required.

Officials in other counties have declined to move on the Cold War veterans exemption until the Legislature acts, said a spokesman for the New York State Association of Counties.

Contact Charles McChesney at or 592-7140.

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