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2016 Reunion Site

Those members who attended the 2014 reunion voted while there and it was decided that the 2016 reunion site will be
San Diego, CA. probably in October but I do not have the exact dates yet.

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Reunion over

I am back home from the 2014 Reunion. Judging by the comments everyone had a GREAT time.
The Hotel was great, and the rekindling of past friends was great.
I heard a few stories I had not heard before.
I will start posting pictures etc. up here this weekend.
VP30 did fly a P8-A over and we got to tour the inside and take pictures of it.
A litle different than the P5 and a hell of a lot cleaner……
If you were unable to attend you missed a good one. Hope you can make the next one, which BTW will be
at San Diego in Oct 2016. I will post the date when it is firmed up.
see ya all there
Guy

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Hello Pensacola

I will be arriving in Pensacola tomorrow, so this will be the final
head count for the reunion.
We have 81 members and 133 total people attending the reunion this year.
GREAT turn out.
WE will have a ball and I feel bad for those who could not make it for one reason or another.
I will have pictures , stories etc. to post when I get back home.

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Pensacola

here is a web site for things to do while in Pensacola for our reunion
http://www.visitpensacola.com/listings/1745/?event_id=27203#event_27203

and here is the weather forcast for next week.
http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/32502?config=SZ=300×250*WX=FHW*LNK=TRVL*UNT=F*BGI=sunset*MAP=null|null*DN=www.visitpensacola.com*TIER=0*PID=1239489048*MD5=43621d3b50c73bdfd9c59818556896ee&par=WOWs0_1239489048&site=300×250&cm_ven=WOWs0&cm_cat=300×250&code=link&promo=10day&cm_ite=link&cm_pla=10day

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Two Pay and Benefits Bills for Disabled Vets to Watch

1. Two Pay and Benefits Bills for Disabled Vets to Watch
By Kellie Lunney
September 17, 2014
Congress has been working on some important legislation recently that will benefit the country’s service-disabled veterans.
The 2014 Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act (S. 2258) now heads to President Obama for his signature, after the House passed the bill on Tuesday. The legislation increases the COLA for vets’ disability benefits starting Dec. 1, 2014. The rate of the increase will be the same as the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients. The annual COLA legislation, which the Senate approved last week, also affects the disability payments and compensation for vets’ surviving spouses and children.
And on Wednesday afternoon, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved bipartisan legislation that would give disabled vets hired as federal employees access to their full year’s sick leave immediately upon starting their jobs.
Full-time federal workers in their first year on the job have no sick leave when they start, and accrue four hours of such leave per pay period. That amounts to a balance of 104 hours at the end of their first year. But disabled vets, who must attend regular medical appointments to take care of their health, and also to continue receiving their veterans’ benefits, quickly burn up their sick leave, according to the Federal Managers Association, which lobbied for the legislation. Many vets also have to travel far to reach the nearest VA facility to receive treatment, which can eat up leave time.
“FMA members have seen first-hand the stress this creates in the work environment, as both managers and employees try to meet congressionally-mandated missions and goals,” said FMA President Patricia Niehaus in a statement. “As these disabled veterans served their country on and off the battlefield, it is only right that the federal government provide this much needed leave.”
The 2014 Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act would apply to first-year federal employees with a service-connected disability rating of at least 30 percent. During their first year on the job, the veterans would still accumulate their normal sick leave. The employees would only be able to use their extra sick leave for treatments directly related to their service and would not be able to carry over the one-time “wounded warrior leave” after the first 12 months on the job.
Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., sponsored the bill, along with Reps. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C.; Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Blake Farenthold, R-Texas; and Walter Jones, R-N.C.; and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.
Twenty-one percent of disabled vets applied for disability compensation benefits; of those who applied, 73 percent received a disability rating from VA, according to VA’s 2012 National Survey of Veterans. The federal government is the largest employer of military veterans. “The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act will ensure that federal agencies’ and departments’ missions and goals will be met while treating our disabled veteran first-year federal employees with the treatment they deserve, and ensuring the federal government is a model employer,” Niehaus said. The American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union also support the legislation.
Veterans and the management of the VA have been front and center these last few months because of the controversy over reports of secret waiting lists for medical appointments and the major reform effort launched by new VA Secretary Bob McDonald. The spotlight on the quality of veterans’ care might be new, but problems with access to care are not.

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By Kellie Lunney
September 17, 2014

http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/pay-benefits-watch/2014/09/two-pay-and-benefits-bills-disabled-vets-watch/94403/

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Thomas W. McLees

I am pleased to announce a new member to our group,
Thomas W. McLees. Thomas was in VP40 from May 1953- August 1954. He was an AT3. WELCOME ABOARD Thomas.
He lives in Rocester, MN, and he will be attending our upcoming reunion in Oct. He should be the oldest member at the reunion. (Do I hear a challenge??)
You can find his info on our MEMBERS ONLY page. If you remember him or just want to say welcome aboard, give him a shout.

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2014 Reunion Update 9/20/14

I have received official word that VP30 will fly a P8-A over to NAS Pensacola on Thurs 10/9/14 for us. They will conduct a tour inside of it from 1300-1500.

Here is the new Reunion schedule.
Weds-10/8/14 Welcome Reception 1700-1800 in ready room

Thursday-10/9 1300-1500 P8-A tour at NAS Pensacola
1730-2000 dinner buffet at hotel poolside

Friday- 10/10 0900-1130 VA meeting in ready room
1400-1530- Business Meeting in ready room (members only)

Saturday-10/11 0930-1030 Paul Cardinal Presentation in ready room
1600-1700 Group Pictures at Naval Air Museum
1730-1830 Happy Hour at Flight Academy quarterdeck
1830-2030 Dinner at Flight Academy mess hall

Sunday- 10/12 1200 close 2014 reunion in ready room

The ready room will open at 1200 Weds 10/08/14 and close at 2230
Thurs, Friday and Sat. open at 0800 and close at 2230
Sunday open at 0800 and close at 1200

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Bill Bettis news

I received a phone call from Bill and he will be attending our reunion next month. He had a bad bout with
the West Nile Virus but he beat it. great news

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Carmen Yager

I received word from Mike Kane that CARMEN YAGER passed away in 2010.. Although Carmen was not a member of our group, many people remember him.

He was an ADR3 while in VP40 from 1964-1967. He resided in Seattle, WA. I do not have any other information.

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2014 Reunion Update

I have posted an update for the 2014 Reunion today.
you can find it under REUNIONS/2014 Reunion @ Pensacola, FL TAB.

please read it!!!!
I have to give the FLight Academy a head count for the dinner Sat night by 9/19/14

So SEND me your reunion registration form if you are attending this glorious event of the year.

thank you
Guy Fisk

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