January 2021


Midway Chapter 16

P.O. Box 1774, Salina Kansas 67402-1774

January 2021                                Issue: 1


OFFICERS:  President – Fred Fanning 785-201-7824; Vice President – Gary Keil 785-822-4131; Secretary - Bill Vinyard 785-787-0655; Treasurer: - Roger Thull 785-827-7981; Chaplain – Moses Stewart 785-827-5956 




PRESIDENT'S REMARKS: Hello, everyone. I hope you had a Merry Christmas. With the newest vaccines now being used, I am praying we can get back to meeting each month. I don't know when that could happen, but I am watching the news. I pray that each of you has a better year in 2021 and that you avoid the pandemic virus. Thank you for sticking with us through this calamity. Once we start meeting again, we can get back to the strong chapter we were before. 


Fred Fanning


A MESSAGE FROM THE BROWNS:  Ron and Betty Brown (P.O. Box 1961, Pottsboro, TX 75076) sent a holiday card.  They are safe and well and said hello and that they miss the members of chapter 16 camaraderie. 


REST HOME/SICK/RECUPERATING:   William Long in Pinnacle Park, Room 211, 2936 Georgia Ave, Roger Thull,  Nelson Newell, and Dorothy Armster. Please continue to pray for their well-being and safety.


FINANCIAL REPORT:   Our expenditures were: $16.50 on stamps, $106.00 (increased from $92) annual Post Office Mailbox fee, donations of $25 to the Salvation Army, and $50 to Bill Fekas for Christmas Dinner; thus, the checkbook balance is $1244.61. Upcoming is a fee of $588  for storage.    Free Will Money Donations are appreciated.  Please send it to the above address on this Newsletter. 


VA LAUNCHES SINGLE ACCESS POINT TO ALL VA CONTACT CENTERS: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) announced today the formal launch of 1-800-MyVA411 (1-800-698-2411), a single access point to all V.A. contact centers. The number is available 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year to serve Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors.  According to V.A., 1-800-MyVA411 provides easy access to specialized contact centers and an option to talk to a live agent immediately. Veterans and their families can directly reach the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1, by Chat or by texting 838255. The White House VA Hotline is still available at 1-855-948-2311 for Veterans and their families to share compliments and concerns. 1-800-MyVA411 provides information on COVID-19 updates, health care eligibility and enrollment, V.A. benefits, such as disability, compensation and pension, education programs, caregiver support, insurance, home loans, and burial headstones and markers, among others; the nearest V.A. medical centers, benefits offices or cemeteries to Veterans; V.A. Medical Center operational updates and connection to V.A. Medical Center operators; directory assistance and technical support for www.VA.gov; and debt and payment options.


FEDERAL EMPLOYEES DENTAL AND VISION  INSURANCE PROGRAM (FEDVIP): If you successfully enrolled in the FEDVIP for 2021 Plan Year, you should receive a letter or e-mail from BENEFID. For questions, contact BENEFID at 1-877-888-FEDS (1-877-888-3337).


COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTED IN PHASES: to TRICARE MEMBERS: The COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available for TRICARE MEMBERS and their families. The Department of Defense (DoD), in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will provide COVID-19 vaccines in phases. As this critical response begins, you may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as when and how you can get it. More information will be forthcoming.  According to the V.A. clinic in Salina, Veterans will be notified by the V.A. on when they will be giving the vaccine.

THE YEAR 2020:  The past year has changed so much about our lives and has been a rough year. For example, a percentage (11.8%) of adults in Kansas 60 and older faced the threat of hunger, and many people needing food all over the USA. 


2021 NEW YEAR QUOTE: "A New Year resolution to remember to write 2021 instead of 2020."

                                                                                                UNITED WE STAND

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