October 2016 Newsletter

Michael O'Day
By Michael O'Day October 6, 2016 11:14

Next Meeting:  October 24, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.                                                                   Issue: October 2016

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: mod199th@yahoo.com)

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

President:  Don Betz

1st Vice president:  Larry Farmer

2nd Vice President:  K. C. Jones

Treasurer:  Bob Doleman

Secretary:  Michael O’Day

Sergeant at Arms:  Thurmond Bethea

Service Officer:  Tony Musolino

Chaplain:  Abdul Shareef

AVVA Chapter Representative: Mary Skov

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


Once again VVA Chapter 885 came together and made a significant event happen, just like the 50th Anniversary; our chapter members reached deep within themselves and worked hard securing raffle items, donations, sponsorships and personally helping out on the day of the golf tournament and made it a success.  Yes, you did it! Sometimes things look tough but with leadership (yeah that’s you Mike!) the tough get going (even the Air Force!) and each member who participated knows exactly how proud we can be of our Chapter.

So many of you have been turning out for the fundraisers and it does make a difference! In fact the Chapter was able to have two events on the same day miles apart with members at each event. I would suggest that our Chapter is one of the most visible and active in the State.

Also our membership is growing even though we have recently lost our brother Ferrold Thomas in September. Please keep up the effort to reach out and seek new members during all of our events.  I believe we have an exciting future and some fun events coming up shortly.

I’m so proud to be among you each day!



Say a prayer and keep the faith. Plan ahead but keep the balance and take one day at a time. In the past couple of months we have seen as a chapter a lot of sickness and passing of friends and family. Even as I write these few lines funeral arrangements are being made for one of our members (Ferrold Thomas). Some of us will have the honor of being pall bearers. Be grateful to our Creator for each day. Be safe, be alert and continue to walk with pride and noble dignity.
Chaplain VVA 885
Abdul Rahman Shareef

If you know of a death or illness of a chapter member or their family, please notify our Chaplain, Abdul Shareef, and/or the office so that we may provide support to the family and get the information to Chapter members in a timely manner.


 VA Proposes Rule to Consider Certain Diseases Associated with Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune

VA to provide presumptive service connection for related diseases

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published proposed regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases affecting military members exposed to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The presumptive illnesses apply to active duty, reserve and National Guard members who served for no less than 30 days at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with the following conditions:

  • adult leukemia
  • aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • bladder cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • liver cancer
  • multiple myeloma
  • non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease

If you were at Camp Lejeune during the period noted, please come to the office and file a claim with Tony.

VA to Offer Routine Eye and Ear Appointment Without Primary Referral
Veterans receiving care at VA Medical Centers will now be able to schedule routine ear and eye appointments at local VA Audiology and Optometry clinics without a primary care referral.

Before now, veterans seeking appointments with audiologists or optometrists had to first make an appointment with a primary care physician for a referral for a routine clinic consult visit.  A clinic representative would contact the patient to set up the consult appointment, which could result in a several weeks’-long lag between the appointment and when the veteran was actually seen.

The new process, the Audiology and Optometry Direct Scheduling Initiative, which began as a successful pilot at three sites in 2015, is being expanded to all VA Medical Centers.

The Audiology and Optometry Direct Scheduling Initiative is expected to be fully operational within all VA Medical Centers by the end of 2016.

Tricare Pharmacy Network

Express Scripts Pharmacy Network Changing for TRICARE Beneficiaries

Express Scripts, Inc. (ESI) announced upcoming changes to the retail pharmacy network it manages on behalf of TRICARE. On Dec. 1, 2016, Walgreens pharmacy locations will join the network. CVS pharmacies, including those in Target stores, will leave the network on the same day. The new network will have more than 57,000 locations nationwide, and ensures TRICARE beneficiaries have timely access to retail pharmacies in their community.



October 8th & 9th                              Riverfest

October 15th and 16th                     Autumn at Topsail

October 29th                                     Harris Teeter, Hampstead

November 5th                                   Sam’s Club

November 6th                                   Marathon at the Battleship

Other Events

October 22nd, Fish Fry                     Leland

November 11, 2016                        Veterans Day at the Cemetery on Market St.

December 9th, Christmas party


Nothing to report this month.


It’s pick on the Navy month.

“Well,” snarled the tough old Navy Chief to the bewildered Seaman. “I suppose after you get discharged from the Navy, you’ll just be waiting for me to die so you can come and piss on my grave.” “Not me Chief!” the Seaman replied.  “Once I get out of the Navy, I’m never going to stand in line again.”

A Navy Chief and an Admiral were sitting in the barbershop.  They were both just getting finished with their shaves, when the barbers reached for some after-shave to slap on their faces.  The Admiral shouted, “Hey, don’t put that stuff on me! My wife will think I’ve been in a whorehouse!”  The Chief turned to the barber and said, “Go ahead and put it on.  My wife doesn’t know what the inside of a whorehouse smells like.”


With the passing of Chapter member Ferrold Thomas, I am reminded once again that life is much too short.  We are on this planet for what is a mere blip on the radar screen.  Let’s try to live that life as productively as possible and make a positive impact on our fellow man.

There is much too much conflict and turmoil in this world that needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, it seems that we cannot look to our political leaders to solve these problems or to set an example of good behavior as they are too busy tearing each other apart.  However, we, Chapter 885, can rise above that and serve as positive examples for our community by treating our fellow citizens with the courtesy that they deserve.


John Tullous                       8th

Mary Daughtry                  11th

Ken Fish                              11th

Eric Eberhardt                   16th

Jerry Finnigan                    16th

Curtis Gay                           20th

George Clark                     21st

Gene Pollock                     21st

Harold Pickett                   24th

David Miller                       25th

Peter Joyce                        27th

Fred Allen                           31st

Happy Birthday to all.

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


 3 Tips to Better Protect Yourself Online

Don’t Let Cyber Criminals Take Advantage of You.  Whether you’re going online to read the news headlines, manage your finances, shop or visit social media sites, it’s important to protect yourself from online threats. Here are three simple steps you can take to make sure your online experience is safe and enjoyable:

  1. Check the security of a page before you enter any financial information. If you are making an online donation, using banking services, etc., look to make sure the URL begins with https://. You may also be able to see a padlock icon preceding the URL. If you shop online, check your credit card statements often.
  2. Avoid entering contests and joining clubs or accepting “free” gifts or prizes, especially from unknown companies, charities and banks. These are tricks designed to get you to share personal information.
  3. Do not click on links or attachments from unfamiliar people or organizations and do not respond to emails requesting an update or confirmation of personal information.

As a final layer of protection, keep your security software up to date. Computer viruses and other malicious software often take advantage of known flaws in your software and older versions of security programs to steal your information or take control of your computer.

(CR) (HR 5325)

On Thursday, September, 29, 2016, President Obama signed into law a continuing resolution (CR) (HR 5325).  It gives VA officials $74.4 billion in discretionary spending next year, a nearly 4 percent increase but about $700 million below what the White House requested in its budget plan.  Still, department leaders have signaled support for that level of funding, especially considering more significant cuts proposed by House lawmakers.

Believe it or not!

If you just hung up the phone after talking with a VA employee consider the following.  Now your mood is so bad, you can’t muster the motivation to contact another VA representative, your VSO or Veterans Organization.

Beat your bad mood with the 90/10 rule.  About 90% of VA employees are reasonable and friendly; only 10% are unruly and difficult.  Since you just had an unpleasant run-in with one VA employee, your next nine are likely to be better. (Maybe this belongs in the humor section).

Sense of Congress on Agent Orange Blue Water Issue

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY) and Senator Chuck Grassley (IA), have introduced a non-binding Sense of Congress (H Con Res 161 and S Con Res 51 respectively) expressing support for those who served in the bays, harbors, and territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975, and should be presumed to have been exposed to the toxin Agent Orange and should be eligible for all related Federal benefits that come with such presumption under the Agent Orange Act of 1991.  While these measures, if passed, are non-binding, it will show Congressional support for the Blue Water Navy veterans and will hopefully convince the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide this presumption by regulation.  Please contact your congressman.


Besides the golf tournament we had 3 fundraisers during the month of September: Piggly Wiggly in Burgaw; the car show at the Battleship; and the Spot Festival.  We made a few buck for the Chapter and had a lot of laughs doing it.  Volunteers have been great, showing up in large numbers and even allowing us to participate in two events on the same weekend.  Thank you all.

 Chapter 885 Membership

As of August  31st, the Chapter has 181 members of which 152 are life members

VVA 885 Golf Tournament

Our golf tournament, held September 17, 2016, at Olde Point Golf & CC was a big success both financially and as a golfing event.  This one event brought in as much money as we make in 5 or 6 fundraisers combined.

Amazingly, we had a beautiful day for the tournament.  How that happened is beyond belief considering all the rain we had leading up to and right after the tournament.  We had 75 golfers and approximately 20 volunteers and it looked a little like organized chaos but somehow we pulled it off.

We had trophies for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams along with prizes that could have been won on the course: 2016 Chevy Silverado, for a hole in one; $50,000 putting contest; longest drive trophy and closest to the pin trophy.  There were other hole in one prizes to be won: set of irons; $500 clothing wardrobe and 4day/3 night golfing vacation.  Unfortunately, nobody won the hole in one prizes or the putting contest.  In addition we raffled off over $2,500 in gifts and had a silent auction for two tickets to the 2017 Daytona 500.

We have had feedback from many of the golfers and they all were amazed that this was a first time event and were impressed with how we pulled it off.  They said that they will be back again next year and will bring more of their friends along.  It looks like next year’s tournament has a good chance to be bigger than this year’s.

This was truly a team effort as we had many people involved in lining up sponsors, soliciting gifts for the raffle, helping find golfers and volunteering on the day of the tournament.  To all of you – a great big thank you.






















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By Michael O'Day October 6, 2016 11:14


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