Commander’s Corner – 03/15/2020

Corona Virus Update

In light of the recent developments with the rapid spread of the Corona Virus, we need to be extra vigilant with our aging Veteran population. The health of our Veterans, Staff, and Friends is of the utmost importance. We remain hopeful that the containment efforts will be effective and that we will be able to get back to normal lives soon.

The Department of Massachusetts has ordered the suspension of club operations in response to the Corona Virus outbreak. We will be closed beginning St. Patrick’s Day and we are expecting to be closed for approximately three weeks.

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Adopt a Unit Program:

We are in the process of adopting another Massachusetts National Guard unit. The 1st Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) has agreed to be adopted by Post 8049. In the coming month we are expecting to present to them our certificates of adoption and welcome them to our fold.

You may or not be aware that the Adopt a Unit Program gives us the ability to tap into Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters support.

A little about the 1st CST (WMD):

  1. Participates in most if not all large public events (Gillette Stadium, Boston Marathon, Independence Day—Boston, First Night—Boston).
  2. Chartered with providing support to monitor for Weapons of Mass Destruction.
  3. Works closely with State, Local, and Federal Agencies to coordinate support and provide liaison between organizations.
  4. The first of it’s kind in the nation.
  5. Joint unit with members from both Army and Air National Guard members.
  6. A sister unit to the 1st CST is a unit that is responsible for decontamination and medical support. We’re going to see if we can adopt them too!

So please keep an eye out for the formal announcement and scheduling of our “Welcome to Post 8049” activities. We are looking at 3 other units and will keep you posted.

From the Service Officer

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service. This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and today’s rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise.

Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services where offered to Veterans.

We at Post 8049 are fortunate to have our Service Officer also serving as the Town of Norton Director of Veterans Services.  Estelle Flett can be reached at 508.285.0274 or lett@nortonmaus.com.  Check your benefit status, file for a claim, or review your record with her to make sure you are getting all you have earned through your service to your country.


The Norton Veterans Council is looking for new members. If you are interested, please contact Ed Brault.

A reminder to those renewing their driver’s license  – if you bring your DD214 / Separation papers to the registry of motor vehicles when renewing your license they will add Veteran on your license – this added information  on your license  may help you receive discounts or proof that you are a Veteran for other military opportunities.

Estelle Flett

Office # 508-285-0274 or email veteranagent@nortonmaus.com


NOTICE: POST MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON THE SECOND MONDAY OF THE MONTH @ 6:30PM.  No meetings in July  and August


JOBS:

VFW Department of Massachusetts is advertising for a Department Adjutant.   See Posting

WWW.MASS.GOV/JOBQUEST ON THIS SITE YOU WILL GET JOB POSTINGS FOR CIVILIAN JOBS, WORKSHOPS, JOB FAIR POSTINGS, POSSIBLE TRAINING, AND A LIST OF THE CLOSEST CAREER CENTER.