The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability (Choice) Act required VA hospitals to start implementation of Choice Program by Nov. 5, 2014. Today veterans who live 40 or more miles away from a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility will have the opportunity to choose whether to receive their health care at VA or in their community. Veterans who live within 40 miles of a VA medical facility, but who are unable to obtain an appointment within 30 days, will begin receiving their cards later this month. VA hospitals have begun issuing Veterans Choice Cards and expect all veterans who were enrolled in the VA health care system on Aug. 1, 2014, will receive their cards by January 2015.
As the Thanksgiving grocery list nears completion and turkeys are reserved at farms and food stores, a lumbering giant casts a large, round shadow over that Thursday of food, family, football and forty winks.
With rosey cheeks, long white beard and an overweight man’s gait, Santa Claus continues his annual mission: to crowd the national consciousness as soon as the calendar flips from October to November, completely eclipsing Thanksgiving in the process. Many folks talk about a “war on Christmas,” arguing that the phrase “happy holidays” robs them of their Yule
Tide pride. But the real national travesty can be seen on television daily—an endless parade of the red and green horror show that is Christmas consumerism.
I am not celebrating this mid-term election. What it means to me is set backs! “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”
Inequity and inequality will expand. There will be more unfair voting restrictions, more low wages for women and men, lack of affordable birth control and child care, and no concern for our planet. Fossil fuels will boom under corporations as they continue to pollute and destroy air, water and our food system. Renewable energy will be on the back burners along with good education and immigration reform for those who need and deserve it. The global corporations and their investors will rule. I believe the American dream is vanishing and an America run by the elite is rising.
On Oct. 30, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a Farmingdale High School student, after exiting the school bus, reported that a man in a dark-colored four-door SUV crossover-type car was parked near the corner of Secatogue Avenue and Hallock Street. The car pulled up next to the student, whistled and called to the student. The student did not recognize the driver, so the student continued home. The police were notified.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it was hard to avoid the story of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old Portland woman who ended her own life under Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act.”
Maynard quickly became the face of the hot-button topic when her stage four diagnosis of glioblastoma (a type of brain tumor) became public and announced that she was an advocate for the right to die.
I read with interest Fred Steinberg’s piece “Long Island’s Saltwater Fountain of Youth”(The Weekend, Sept. 17-23).
I also experienced, to my delight, a similar “seniors are free” encounter. Fifteen to 20 years ago, when I was 55 or 60 years old, I went to renew my pass to the parks of Nassau County.
(I’d previously paid $30 for the pass that was renewable in three years.)
West Africa has an ebola outbreak. It has become global. Hysteria abounds. It is not theirs alone. It is now humanity’s outbreak which has no borders. However, in fact, everything in the world today transcends borders: from the Internet to capitalism to climate change to wars.
Many confuse Veterans Day and Memorial Day, but the difference is easy to remember.
While Veterans Day is observed each Nov. 11 to honor veterans who have died, the holiday also thanks and honors all men and women who have served honorably in the military—in wartime and peacetime. Veterans Day is, for the most part, to thank living veterans for their service to the nation, acknowledging their contributions to national security and defending the freedoms of our country. All veterans, both living and deceased, who have served honorably, sacrificed and done their duty, are celebrated.
VFW’s congressional charter was signed in 1936, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt when the military consisted only of men. The VFW is asking members of the House and Senate to support passage of legislation that will update its congressional charted. H.R. 5441 and S. 2782 will make two small, but significant changes in the wording of the charter- replacing the word “men” with “veterans” and the word “widows” with “surviving spouses”.
VFW National Commander John W. Stroud said, “We’re changing it because being an eligible veteran is what’s important to our great organization, not one’s gender, and changing widows to surviving spouses is more representative of today’s military as of Dec. 1, 2014.
Senate Clears Cola:
Nov. 2 to 9 marks Long Island Restaurant Week, a glorious 8-day period when you have an excuse to try out that new eatery (or eateries) that you’ve been eyeing longingly.
The bi-annual event aims to garner publicity and new customers for local restaurants, and eateries all over Nassau County are eager to participate. And so are the customers.
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