December 2015 Newsletter

Michael O'Day
By Michael O'Day February 25, 2016 22:42

Next Meeting: January 25, 2016, at 7:00 P.M.                                                                Issue: December 2015

Published Monthly – Distributed to all members of VVA and AVVA

Chapter 885*

801 Princess Street

Wilmington, North Carolina

Tel: 910-762-4288

Editor: Mike O’Day (email:

Publisher: Mack Mitchell

“Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

President: Mack Mitchell

1st Vice president: Tony Mortillaro

2nd Vice President: Charlie Garner Jr.

Treasurer: Bob Doleman

Secretary: Michael O’Day

Sergeant at Arms: John Mitchell

Service Officer: Tony Musolino

Chaplain: Abdul Shareef

AVVA Chapter Representative: Deborah Musolino

               *Chapter 885 is a member of the New Hanover County Veterans Council.



As we come to the end of the year I want to thank everyone for all of the support given to me throughout the year and for your help in making our Chapter as good as it is. We have a lot of people who care very deeply for the Chapter and for that I am very grateful.

As the holiday season is now upon us I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and going forward I want to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy Holiday. Please remember to keep those serving our country, especially those in foreign lands, in your thoughts and prayers at this special time of year.


Remember our Veterans and those serving the Nation’s Military. A Time To Be Thankful Is All The Time. Two very important statements: Thank you and Welcome. Remember Good Reciprocates Good. Be good to your wife and family. Be good to your guest. Be good to your neighbor. Be of good benefit to your community and society. Read something good and share it.



The state of New Hampshire has published a number of benefits and bonus’ for Veterans. If you are from New Hampshire you may want to explore the possibilities. However, please remember that other states have similar programs and you may wish to follow up with the state that you were living in when you entered the service.

Vietnam Veterans Bonus

Bonus of $100 for those with active service of 90 days or more between August 5, 1964, and August 15, 1973, or those who served in Vietnam between July 1, 1958, and August 5, 1964, and earned the Vietnam Service Medal or the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Must have been a bona fide resident of New Hampshire at the time of enlistment and have received an honorable discharge. Claims made after August 22, 1977, must be approved by the Adjutant General and the Governor and Executive Council

Persian Gulf War Bonus

Persian Gulf War Bonus of $100. Each person who actively served as a member of the armed forces of the United States between August 2, 1990, and November 30, 1995, and who earned the Southwest Asia Service Medal, and who was discharged, released or has a certificate of service there from, under honorable conditions, and who at the time of entry on such service, and at the time of such service was a bona fide resident of this state shall be entitled to a $100 bonus. However, no individual who has received a Persian Gulf War Bonus payment from another state shall be qualified to receive the NH bonus. Program expires August 31, 2002, but there are provisions that allow for acceptance of applications after that date.

Global War on Terrorism Operations

Global War on Terrorism Operations Service Bonus of $100. Each person who actively served in any capacity as a member of the uniformed services of the United States on or after September 11, 2001 and on or before a date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense, and who earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal or Afghanistan Campaign, or Iraq Campaign Medal; and who was discharged, released or has a certificate of service there from, with an honorable discharge, or who is missing in action or who was killed in action; and who at the time of entry on such active service, and at the time of such service was a bona fide resident of this state shall be entitled to the benefits provided under this subdivision. Program ends on June 11, 2009, but there are provisions that allow for acceptance of applications after that date.




Indigent veterans may be buried at the expense of the municipality in which the veteran died.


Veterans are eligible for interment in the State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. The cemetery opened in September 1997. Contact NH Adjutant General’s Department at (603) 796-2026 for information.


Education Benefits


The child of a missing person who was domiciled in this State serving in or with the U.S. armed forces after February 28, 1961, is entitled to free tuition at vocational-technical college so long as said missing person is so reported/listed as missing, captured, etc.


Children of military members who die in service during wartime, and children of certain wartime veterans who die from a service-connected disability, may qualify for free tuition at New Hampshire public institutions of higher learning. A scholarship for board, room, rent, books and supplies up to $2500 per year for a period of no more than 4 years at such educational institutions may be furnished to these children if they are in need of financial assistance.


Postsecondary Education – Postsecondary Education has a section on financial aid programs for Veterans


Employment Benefits


Preference shall be given in appointing employees of the State Liquor Commission in selecting members of the State Veterans Council in appointing the Director of the State Veterans Council in appointing the Commandant and employees of the New Hampshire Veterans Home and veterans or their un remarried widows and spouses of disabled veterans in public departments and/or public works of state and local units.


Reemployment of veterans by towns and other political subdivisions upon application being made within 90 days after the veteran is discharged from active military service.


License Fee Exemption


Honorably discharged veterans who are residents of New Hampshire and who are permanently and totally disabled from service-connected disability may be issued a free perpetual Fish and Game License.


Patients at the V.A. Medical Center in Manchester, NH, and residents of the NH Veterans’ Home may be issued free fishing permits under certain conditions.


Service-connected disabled veterans and their un-remarried widows may be exempt from fees for a Peddler’s License.


An amputee or paraplegic classified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as permanently and totally disabled from service-connected disability who owns a motor vehicle received from or replaced by the Department of Veterans Affairs may be furnished a special license plate without charge for one motor vehicle. Recipients of the Purple Heart and Survivors of Pearl Harbor may be issued one set of special license plates upon payment of registration fees.


A veteran determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be totally blind because of a service-connected disability who owns a motor vehicle may be furnished a special license plate without charge for one vehicle.


Special license plates are available without charge to veterans who are former Prisoners of War (POWs).


Special license plates may be issued for motor vehicles owned by individuals with walking disabilities.


No registration fee is payable for a vehicle provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to an amputee, paraplegic or blind veteran classified as being permanently and totally disabled from service connection. Any motor vehicle bearing special disabled veteran license plates shall be allowed free parking time in any city or town if the vehicle is under the direct control of the owner.


No fee shall be charged for a permit to register a motor vehicle owned by a veteran who has been classified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as being totally blind as a result of a service connected disability.


No fee shall be charged for a permit to register a motor vehicle owned by a war veteran who is an amputee, paraplegic or who suffered the loss of use of a limb from a service connected cause as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs when the vehicle is received or a cash settlement in lieu thereof is received from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


No fee shall be charged for a motor vehicle operator’s license for a veteran who is an amputee or paraplegic and who received a motor vehicle from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nor for a veteran who has been classified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as being permanently and totally disabled due to service connected disability.



Christmas Party

The Chapter’s Christmas Party will be held December 5, 2015, between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The location is the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 160 Van Campen Blvd. (same street as the Cracker Barrel Restaurant). The Chapter is providing the main dishes but we would like some help with the side dishes, so if you can, please help out. There is a sign-up sheet in the office for those that will attend (we need to establish a head count) as well as a sign-up sheet for side dishes. We hope to see as many of you there as possible to join in some holiday fellowship.

Toys for Tots

The Chapter is participating in the Marine Corps 2015 Toys for Tots Campaign. There is a box in the Chapter lobby for all donated toys. Please bring in unwrapped new toys and place in the box. Be generous and bring a smile to a child who might otherwise not receive any gift at all this year. Toys will be picked up between December 7 and 14.

Chapter Elections

The Chapter elections will be held in April 2016 and it is not too early to start thinking about them. Three positions will be opening up; President, 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President as the incumbents plan on stepping down. Please give some thought to this and if you are interested in running please see Sam Colman. If you want input on how the Chapter is being run this would be a great way to do it.


Debbie Musolino is still struggling with her knee replacement and we wish her a full recovery and hope to see her posts here again in the future. In the meantime please remember that AVVA is offering a discounted lifetime membership of $100. This offer is good through the end of December.


Since no one has come forward with their funny stories I was forced to go to the internet and with some success. I want to preface this next story by saying there is no intent to denigrate our Marine Veterans. This is an equal opportunity Newspaper and in the future we will make sure that the zings are spread across all branches of the Armed Forces.

Airborne Ranger

A little boy was standing in front of a mirror in the restroom at JFK Airport, when in walked a Marine staff sergeant, dressed in his dress blues. The little boy turned to the Marine and said, “Wow! Are you a Marine?” Obviously he was visibly impressed. The Marine replied, “Why, yes I am, young man. Would you like to wear my hat?”

“Boy would I,” said the little boy. He took the hat and placed it on his head and turned to admire himself in the mirror.

As he was looking in the mirror, he heard the door open and through a ray of bright light, a man entered the room. But, this was not just a man – he was more than a man. He was an Airborne Ranger.

The little boy turned and went over to the soldier. As he approached him, he could see the reflection in his boots. His eyes widened as he stared up at the soldier’s chest full of medals and combat ribbons. He tried to speak, but he couldn’t. Finally he took a deep breath, and managed to say, “Excuse me, Sir. Are you an Airborne Ranger?”

The Ranger replied with a thunderous voice, “Why yes, I am! Would you like to shine my boots?”

The little boy smiled, and said, “Oh, no sir. I’m not a Marine. I’m just wearing his hat.”


As we enter the holiday season I want to wish everyone Peace on Earth, Good Will, and the Best of Yuletide Greetings.

As you celebrate the holidays in your individual ways I hope that you take a moment to remember our troops stationed throughout the globe. I am sure we can all remember back when we were overseas for the holidays and while we survived it, it wasn’t the happiest of times. So please say a prayer for our men and women overseas and for their safe return.

Happy Holidays and a very Happy and Healthy New Year to you all.


Happy Birthday to all.

Cleveland Herring             7th                         Anthony Mortillaro          7th

Lawrence Rittinger           8th                         James Delia                        12th

Henry Spool                       13th                       Abdul Shareef                    14th

Walter Samuels                 27th


If you do not see your birthday mentioned here please get in touch with the Chapter Secretary, Mike O’Day.



Donation from AARP

On November 7, 2015, Mack Mitchell and Claude McDonald, on behalf of Chapter 885, accepted a $1,000 donation from AARP. AARP made the presentation to the Chapter because we were the first Veterans organization in North Carolina to organize anything for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.



Piggly Wiggly

On November 14, 2015, the Chapter presented a certificate of appreciation and a 50th commemorative coin to Daniel Teachey, the general manager of Piggly Wiggly in Leland. Piggly Wiggly has been most generous in allowing the Chapter to conduct multiple fund raisers at their location.

Recent Fundraisers

November was a busy month for fund raising activity. We had fund raisers at:

Sam’s Club on November 7;

The half marathon at the Battleship on November 8 where it was a little chilly;

Piggle Wiggly in Leland on November 14;

Riverfest on November 21 and 22, Saturday was beautiful but Sunday was a cold damp day.


A big thank you to all who participated in the fund raisers; we raised enough money to pay some bills and had some laughs doing it. For those who have never participated in a fund raiser come out one day and join us, you might find out that you can have some fun for a good cause.

Trailer Needed

The Chapter is exploring the possibility of acquiring an enclosed trailer approximately 6/7 feet wide by 10/14 feet deep and if possible with a side door. The reason for the trailer is to be able to haul our merchandise, tables and chairs to and from fund raisers and allow us to store everything in the trailer, between fund raisers, without having to haul everything in and out of the Chapter.

If you know of anyone who wants to sell their trailer, or preferably, would be willing to donate their trailer please have them contact the office at 910-762-4288 and ask for Mack Mitchell.

Life Membership Offers

This is the last month to take advantage of VVA and AVVA life membership discounts. VVA National has offered to lower the payment for Life Time Membership through December 31, 2015. The cost to become a Life Time Member will be $100. AVVA National has also offered Life Membership at a cost of $100, through December 31, 2015. You may wish to consider taking advantage of one of these offers and become a life member.

Facebook Page


The Chapter has a new Facebook page. To follow us on Facebook go to VVA Chapter 885, hit like and continue to check in to see what is going on at the Chapter. The Facebook page is linked to the website as well as the website being linked to Facebook.





The Chapter has purchased a grill for our future use. The grill is the same one that was used for the cook-out, in April, as part of the 50th anniversary commemorating the start of the Vietnam War and was also used for the May cook-out for the nurses at the VA facility. The grill will also be available for rental by individuals or groups at a cost of $55 per day or $75 for two days. Please contact the office (910-762-4288) for availability.

Veterans Discount Program

Tammy Beasley, the New Hanover County (NHC) Register of Deeds, recently announced her office is launching a new Veterans Discount Program and needs local businesses to help.

The registrar for NHC said they will be giving veterans who have recorded their DD 214 (original or certified copy) in NHC a “Thank you for your service” photo ID card. The card will allow veterans to get discounts at participating businesses in NHC. “They will be able to go into a business and show them the card and the business will recognize it right away and give them their discount,” said Beasley. She said the goal is to make it simple and easy for veterans to get the discounts they deserve.

The new program is intended to both honor veterans and encourage them to record their DD 214 (discharge papers) in New Hanover County. Veterans won’t be able to get the discount card until their DD 214 is recorded in New Hanover County. If they have lost it, the Register of Deeds office will work with Veterans Services to help them find the documentation and record it. If they already recorded their DD 214, they will be able to come in and get their photo ID made starting in September.

Once the DD 214 is recorded, Beasley said no one except for immediate family will be able to look at it for 80 years. It has important information, including a veteran’s social security number, branch and how many years they served. “History for New Hanover County is here. Birth, marriage, death, the military and so much more,” Beasley explained. “Two hundred years down the line, if you want to search your family, you will be able to come and search and find out where they served our country.”

Participating businesses will be given a sign they can display if they want. The participating businesses will also be listed on the Register of Deeds website, and a list will be given to all veterans who come into the Register of Deeds office to get their photo ID made.

On the website businesses will be able to sign up themselves. Anyone encountering difficulties with the website and who wishes to participate should call Tammy Beasley, Registrar, at 910-798-7736 or email her at

Veterans were able to start using the cards on Veterans Day, November 11. is the source of info for the participating businesses in the New Hanover County veterans ID program.


Michael O'Day
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