February 2019


                        Midway Chapter 16, P.O. Box 1774, Salina, KS 67402-1774

                             Issue: 2               Date: February 2019


OFFICERS:  President – Richard Trow 785-577-3442; Vice President – William Whitman; 785-488-2814; Secretary - Bill Vinyard 785-787-0655; Treasurer: - Shirley Wagner; Chaplain – Moses Stewart 785-827-5956  MEETING DATES/LOCATION: February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November  8, December 13 Salina Senior Center AT 1:00 pm, Board Room 

MEAL: Turkey, stuffing w/gravy, green beans, pears, wheat bread, and broccoli cheese soup


PRESIDENT’s COMMENTS: The upcoming chapter Raffle drawing for a TV is on March 8th at our Membership Meeting. Now for those of you, who may be having questions.  First, the payment of the $30.00 for ten tickets was to generate funds to cover the purchase of a TV from Walmart. Ticket prices for a chance to win a 55-inch UHD (7 series) Samsung Smart TV are one ticket for $5.00, three tickets for $10.00, and eight tickets for $20.00.   The price range is for each of you to use as you sell the tickets. You do not need to prepay for the tickets; however, as you sell each ticket, please record the ticket number and turn-in the filled ticket or tickets along with the collected cash/check to Roger Thull. Roger is maintaining Records of each transaction, that way at the Drawing we all will know who won and who sold that ticket. You can turn-in ticket/ tickets along with your cash collected for the drawing at our coffee gathering or our meetings (Monthly). Coffee is in the West Wing of Bayard’s Cafe around noontime. As planned, this is one of our Chapter fundraisers for 2019 and to increase the funds in our Checking Account so we can ensure another successful year of operation. In 2018, we celebrated by giving out cash and gift cards at our Christmas Dinner.  SO let's ALL SELL SOME TICKETS OR BUY THEM FOR OUR FAMILIES, MOST OF ALL let's HAVE SOME FUN. Your support is much appreciated. Your President Richard (Dick) Trow. THANK YOU ALL.


GUEST SPEAKERs: From Salina Regional Health Center, Rebecca Hansen, Registered Nurse Hospice of Salina Clinic Manager and Crystal Nashwick, Admissions Nurse Hospice of Salina Clinic.


REST HOMES:  William Long and Fredrick Ramirez. 




CBO SUGGESTS RAISING TRICARE FEES, CUTTING VETERAN BENEFITS TO SLASH DEFICIT:  With the deficit expected to top $1 trillion this year, the Congressional Budget Office in December published a list of options for reducing the imbalance over the next ten years, including three suggestions on Tricare and six that address veterans’ benefits. In its Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2019 to 2028, the CBO laid out 121 opportunities for curtailing spending and raising revenue. These include raising Tricare enrollment fees for military retirees, instituting enrollment fees for Tricare for Life and reducing veterans’ benefits. (Source Military.com)


JANUARY MEETING TIDBITS:  Attendance drawing winner was Robert Truex ($20 Gift Card). President R. Trow gave an update on Veteran Appreciation Day event for 2019. Secretary W. Vinyard gave an update on the Sunset Park War Memorial Expansion project. The chapter kicked off its fundraiser raffle for a chance to win a 55 inch LCD TV; tickets are on sale.  Roger Thull is in-charge of the lottery.  Treasurer's report for Dec 14 to Jan 11 was an ending checking balance of $688.90. 


VA NEW CLAIMS APPEALS PROCESS: The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that a new procedure for appealing disability claims decisions will begin Feb. 19, 2019. The new system, known as the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP), is touted by the VA as a major improvement in the claims appeals process. It is meant to fix the dismal delays veterans face when appealing the VA's decisions on disability claims. This new program was mandated by Public Law 115-55, The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. Read more about the new process at www.Military.com.


VALENTINES DAY QUOTE: “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” – William Shakespeare-- 


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