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The PACT Act and your VA benefits

The PACT Act and your VA benefits

Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act

https://www.va.gov/resources/the-pact-act-and-your-va-benefits/

File your PACT Act claim by August 9 to be eligible for backdated benefits you may receive benefits backdated to August 10, 2022. So don’t wait, apply today. 

The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances. 

The PACT Act will bring these changes:

  • Expands and extends eligibility for VA health care for Veterans with toxic exposures and Veterans of the Vietnam, Gulf War, and post-9/11 eras
  • Adds 20+ more presumptive conditions for burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic exposures
  • Adds more presumptive-exposure locations for Agent Orange and radiation
  • Requires VA to provide a toxic exposure screening to every Veteran enrolled in VA health care
  • Helps us improve research, staff education, and treatment related to toxic exposures

If you’re a Veteran or survivor, you can file claims now to apply for PACT Act-related benefits.

What does it mean to have a presumptive condition for toxic exposure?

To get a VA disability rating, your disability must connect to your military service. For many health conditions, you need to prove that your service caused your condition. 

But for some conditions, we automatically assume (or “presume”) that your service caused your condition. We call these “presumptive conditions.”

We consider a condition presumptive when it’s established by law or regulation.

If you have a presumptive condition, you don’t need to prove that your service caused the condition. You only need to meet the service requirements for the presumption.

VA will not rest until every Veteran gets the toxic exposure-related care and benefits they deserve. To apply today or learn more about what the PACT Act could mean for you, visit VA.GOV/PACT or call 1-800-MYVA411.  Or call your local Wilson County Veterans at 615-444-2460 Located at 228 East Main Street, Lebanon, Tennessee, 37087. Mon-Fri 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act

https://www.va.gov/resources/the-pact-act-and-your-va-benefits/

File your PACT Act claim by August 9 to be eligible for backdated benefits you may receive benefits backdated to August 10, 2022. So don’t wait, apply today. 

The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances. 

The PACT Act will bring these changes:

  • Expands and extends eligibility for VA health care for Veterans with toxic exposures and Veterans of the Vietnam, Gulf War, and post-9/11 eras
  • Adds 20+ more presumptive conditions for burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic exposures
  • Adds more presumptive-exposure locations for Agent Orange and radiation
  • Requires VA to provide a toxic exposure screening to every Veteran enrolled in VA health care
  • Helps us improve research, staff education, and treatment related to toxic exposures

If you’re a Veteran or survivor, you can file claims now to apply for PACT Act-related benefits.

What does it mean to have a presumptive condition for toxic exposure?

To get a VA disability rating, your disability must connect to your military service. For many health conditions, you need to prove that your service caused your condition. 

But for some conditions, we automatically assume (or “presume”) that your service caused your condition. We call these “presumptive conditions.”

We consider a condition presumptive when it’s established by law or regulation.

If you have a presumptive condition, you don’t need to prove that your service caused the condition. You only need to meet the service requirements for the presumption.

VA will not rest until every Veteran gets the toxic exposure-related care and benefits they deserve. To apply today or learn more about what the PACT Act could mean for you, visit VA.GOV/PACT or call 1-800-MYVA411.  Or call your local Wilson County Veterans at 615-444-2460 Located at 228 East Main Street, Lebanon, Tennessee, 37087. Mon-Fri 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Complied by Post 281 Service Officer, Patti Whitmore.   Contact Patti thru this website if you have a question or concern, or go direct to the Wilson County Veterans office

POST 281’s July meeting, tonight 11 JUL , MTJ SAC

POST 281’s monthly meeting,  TONIGHT,    11 July, @ the Senior Activity Center in Mt. Juliet.    

Events of Interest:    

  • MTJCA’s Abigail Whicker gives her state winning oratorical presentation.
  • Quilts of Valor are to be presented to members Dean Gregory and Mike Adam
  • Hear from each of the leadership team pertaining to Legion and Veteran issues.
  • Hear about Thomas W Bond’s funeral 3 July and the members that attended.
  • Updated information on the STATE/Wilson County Fair, 17-26 AUG…and our part. Possibly get in for free…!   
  • Join us for Pizza at 6 PM….regular meeting starts when everyone is full or we run out.    BRING A VETERAN FRIEND!!!!

 

June/July/August 2023 Newsletter

FROM THE COMMANDER:

Fellow Legionnaires Hello to all of the members and friends of American Legion Post 281. It is with great honor that I greet you as the newly installed Commander of the Tyler Cates American Legion Post 281 of Mt. Juliet. For those of you who attended the meeting and voted for me, thank you for your vote of confidence…

As I begin my time as Commander, I am reminded of the phrase “Veterans Strengthening America” that I’ve read and heard other leaders use. It’s a phrase that strikes my inner being and motivates me to look at the bigger picture of why we gather together, and how fortunate I am to associate with the best citizens our country has. We are the “ 6.5 percenters” of our Nation’s population that are/were willing to sacrifice for a cause bigger than ourselves or own self-interest. We all have served, and continue to serve, our fellow Veterans, our Nation, our Military, and communities we live in and especially our youth and children. I challenge you all to take an active role in the programs and events we are a part of as a post! Post 281 has a reputation for being active and volunteering to make a difference. Come and join in and make it happen with us.

Continuing to Serve, Terry Ward, Commander Post 281

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11th ANNUAL HONORING AMERICA’S FLAG EVENT

second 11th Annual Honor Americas Flag Single Sheet Flyer 2023

11thAnnual “HONORING AMERICA’S FLAG”

May 26-29, 2023

Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

Town Clock Center, N Mt. Juliet Rd & East Division Street

 

 

 

The Exchange Club of West Wilson County, and The American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281 are proud to host the 11th annual “Honoring America’s Flag”. This is an event, open to the public and free of charge, to raise awareness and funds for the on-going charitable services provided by our service organizations.

The grassy field at Town Clock Center (Train Station) will be transformed into a field of American Flags in perfect rows and columns in an awe-inspiring tribute to honor men and women who sacrifice their time, talents—even their lives for this great country. Each flag will fly in honor or in memory of a loved one.

Sponsor a flag for all who serve and sacrifice or for a personal hero in your life. At the end of the event take the flag home, to your business or present it to your hero to fly and continue the tribute.

To become a sponsor, dedicate a flag, volunteer or for additional information please visit our website at

www.healingfield.org/event/mtjuliettn23 or www.westwilsoncountyexchangeclub.com or call 615.289.7623

About Us . . . . .

The Exchange Club of West Wilson County is a group of men and women, working together to make our community a better place to live through four programs of Service:

  • Americanism
  • Community Service
  • Youth Activities
  • The Prevention of Child Abuse

For over a hundred years, Exchange club volunteer efforts have supported the needs of the country and of local communities, making it the country’s oldest American service club.

The Exchange Club meets the 4th Tuesday. Please call Nancy Britt 615-289-7623 for the location.

The American Legion Tyler Cates Post 281 in Mt. Juliet, TN is a group of men and women veterans who support the four pillars of the American Legion. Named after LCPL Tyler Cates who was killed in Iraq in 2004. We are committed to:

  • Pillar I: Veterans Affairs
  • Pillar II: National Security
  • Pillar III: Americanism
  • Pillar IV: Children and Youth

American Legion Post 281 meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM on the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center. For more information go to www.mtjulietalpost281.com.

 

August/September 2022 Newsletter

FROM THE COMMANDER:

Fellow Legionnaires, family, and friends, We hope that this newsletter continues to find you and your family members healthy and doing well. We continue to support our community through The American Legion’s founding principles of four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth.

We continue to be fortunate to have member Zabrina Seay, the Wilson County VSO, to address veteran’s questions about claims and other related matters. We joined her and others Veteran Organizations for booth duty at the State/WC Fair @ Veterans Building.

We held an Executive Committee meeting on 2 August. On 9 August meeting we had three Guest Speakers.

Gaye Lynn Wilson, Wilson Rides. They help to preserve the quality of life and foster a connected community for older adults. Rides are free for veterans, their spouses, and household pets. Rides are to and from your residence and destination; both must be in Wilson County. https://wilsonridesinc.org/, 615‐622‐5557.

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June/July 2022 Newsletter

FROM THE COMMANDER:

Fellow Legionnaires, family, and friends:

We hope that this newsletter continues to find you and your family members healthy and doing well. We continue to support our community through The American Legion’s founding principles of four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth.

We are fortunate to have the Wilson County VSO Zabrina Seay to address veteran’s questions about their claims or initiate a claim during our meetings. She was at the MJSAC on 31 May 2-5 pm to assist members.

Once again, we had Mrs Cynthia Brown, 615-574-9927 from Mid Cumberland Meals on Wheels addressed our members. http://www.mchra.com/meals-on-wheels She works out of the @ Mount Juliet Senior Activity Center. Anyone age 60 and older who is home bound, or meets the needs as determined by state guidelines, is eligible for Mid-Cumberland Meals-on-Wheels. She is soliciting help in delivery of nutritious meals to home bound seniors, including veterans. Training is provided and a background check is required before starting.

If you were not aware, support for this program is provided via Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee with the nutritious meals are distributed via Senior Citizens Centers and churches throughout Middle Tennessee.

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May 2022 Mintues

COMPILED/SUBMITTED BY:  ADJ Shawn R Taylor    

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES  Date: May 10th,  2022

Reviewed/Approved: CMDR Max Wix POST 281,  DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE      

CONVENED:  1900 hrs.    ADJOURNED:  2001 hrs.   

MEMBERS PRESENT: 25
VISITORS:  3
ELECTED OFFICERS:
TOTAL:   35

ASSEMBED

1800 hrs., doors of the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center (MJSAC) were opened. Out-Going Sgt-at-Arms Delmar Smith and newly elected Sgt-at-Arms Elliott Tadych provided Pizza and soft drinks. Members turning out for the social time was at normal level. 

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10th Annual Honoring America’s Flag Display May 27-30, 2022.

To Our Mt. Juliet Legionnaires, Friends and Families:

The Exchange Club of West Wilson County and American Legion Post 281 are so excited to be hosting our 10th Annual Honoring America’s Flag Display May 27-30, 2022.

We will display our flags at the Town Clock Center / Train Station. This Flag event which will display 250 flags over a 5-day period is the most patriotic event in Mt. Juliet. Our Field of Flags is visited by approximately 500 people over a 5-day period.

In the past 9 years, we have raised over $120,000 and sold over 3,900 American Flags. All funds raised are given to many veterans, non-profits, and needy families in Wilson County.

Here are documents available for download: (PDF)

  • Sponsorship Letter – View
  • Flag Sponsor Form – View
  • America’s Flag Display Event Flyer – View

May/June 2022 Newsletter

FROM THE COMMANDER:

Fellow Legionnaires, family, and friends,

We hope that this newsletter continues to find you and your family members healthy and doing well. We continue to support our community through The American Legion’s founding principles of four pillars:

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth.

We were fortunate to have the Wilson County VSO Zabrina Seay will answer veteran’s questions and addressed others with their claims. She will come back to the MJSAC on 31 May 2‐5 pm and address more claims for our members.

We had two guest speakers from Meals on Wheels. Mrs Cynthia Brown, 615‐574‐9927 and Mrs Dottie Critchlow from Meals on Wheels. They work out of the @ Mount Juliet Senior Activity Center and solicit help…

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