Senate passes historic burn pit legislation

The U.S. Senate made history June 16, ensuring millions of veterans exposed to noxious fumes emanating from burn pits will have access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care and benefits. The bill was approved by an 84-14 vote.

The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act (PACT Act) addresses the full spectrum of issues affecting toxic-exposed veterans’ access to VA benefits and care, while also reforming VA’s presumptive decision-making process.

The sweeping legislation provides a comprehensive framework to improve the presumptive process for burn pit veterans by streamlining access to health-care benefits for those who served in areas of known toxic exposure — regardless of disability status — and provides health care for as many as 3.5 million veterans exposed to airborne hazards and burn pits.

American Legion National Commander Paul E. Dillard hailed the Senate and the 117th Congress for passing the PACT Act, calling the legislation a “historic bipartisan achievement.” 

“Today, the U.S. Senate has saved lives and truly delivered for veterans,” Dillard said. “By passing the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act, the 117th Congress has put substance behind the phrase, ‘Thank you for your service.’

“The American Legion is grateful for the service of millions of veterans who were exposed to burn pits, atomic radiation, Agent Orange and other environmental poisons. Thanks to the U.S. Congress, these men and women will be able to receive the care and benefits they have earned. The PACT Act is an historic bipartisan achievement. The American Legion thanks not only those who voted for this legislation but the thousands of Legionnaires and advocates who worked to make this happen. We look forward to President Biden signing the Honoring Our PACT Act into law.”

Toxic smoke and fumes from burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan included medical and human waste, jet fuel, chemicals, metal, munitions and unexploded ordnance, petroleum and lubricant products, plastics, Styrofoam and more.

From Legion.Org Written By Mackenzie Wolf June 16, 2022

Start getting your appetite ready…THE Famous SAL Breakfast is getting closer

The Famous “ All You Can Eat Breakfast “  hosted by the Sons of  the American Legion at the American Legion Post 29 in Marietta continues!  Open to the Public!  Bring the little ones for a fun, family breakfast.

Date : June 18th, 2022   Time:  8:00am to 11:00am.

Location : American Legion Post 29

921 Gresham Ave. NE

Marietta, Ga. 30060

Cost:  $10 per plate dine in, $12 a plate take out!

Come join us for the best breakfast in the city!

VetBuds

VetBuds is a non-profit group where the members share a common bond of military service and the desire to provide assistance to veterans directly within the scope of our personal resources, and indirectly by our combined business, social and personal knowledge and connections.

Mission:  VetBuds is a group of military veterans whose purpose is to provide assistance to other veterans.

Vision:  Veterans Supporting Veterans

The Uptown Cafe is OPEN! The Johns Creek VetBuds group meets on the THIRD Wednesday of each month from 0730-0900 at the Uptown Cafe 9850 Nesbit Ferry Rd, Johns Creek, GA.

The Cherokee County VetBuds group meets on the SECOND Wednesday of each month at 1130 hours in the Back Room of Semper Fi Grill, 9770 Main Street, Woodstock, GA.

The West Cobb VetBuds group meets on the FIRST Wednesday of each month from 0700-0800 at Marietta Perks, 800 Whitlock Ave, Suite 116, Marietta, GA.

VetBuds. www.vetbuds.us

Paul Blumsack, B.S., D.C.
Blumsack Family Chiropractic Offering Pediatric and Family and Upper Cervical Care

Empowering Families for Extraordinary Living, Especially the Children! (678) 741-8993
3770 Due West Rd. Suite 200
Marietta, GA 30064
www.blumsackfamilychiropractic.com

From the Auxiliary

Girl’s State is a National program of the American Legion Auxiliary and is a course of instruction in as well as a practical application of the fundamental principles and procedures of city, county and state government under the American system.   A session, usually lasting five days in June, is conducted with the top-ranking high school girls as citizens.   Under the guidance of skilled counselors and other staff members who are leading citizens, these girls learn and then practice through self-government, the duties, responsibilities, and privileges of American citizenship.   Unit 29 Auxiliary is sponsoring up to 6 girls to attend.  They do not need to be a junior member just interested in learning about our government.  Contact any board member for guidance in applying. 

It’s now time to renew your 2022 American Legion Auxiliary dues.  As of December 31, 2021, your card is no longer valid, and your membership is not current.   The Post has installed a new door card reader and the blue card is no longer useable for entrance into the Social Quarters.

Senior Membership Dues are $30 and Junior dues are $10.  You can renew in a few different ways:

  • Cash, check or credit card at Post 29 in the Social Quarters with any bartender (checks payable to ALA).  Your new membership card and yellow key card to you immediately.
  • Mail check to ALA at Post 29, 921 Gresham Avenue NE, Marietta, 30060, attention Auxiliary.
  • Pay online at  www.ALAforVeterans.org by clicking  “Renew” in the top right corner then log in and click on the “Pay Dues”. You will then be prompted to review your member info and input your payment information. You can pay with a credit/debit card online.   
  • Pay by phone by calling National Headquarters at (317) 569-4570.  Have your member ID ready.

We are striving to meet our department goal again this year for the fourth straight year so please renew as soon as possible.  In this crazy year, we have not lost sight of our Veterans and need to continue to support them and their families.  I hope we can count on your help once again.

Great news for the Unit 29 Junior members!  Membership has voted on a Scholarship Grant in the amount of $1000.  The Junior member must have been active for three years with Unit 29 and in good standing.  A completed application must be sent to president of the Auxiliary by the June 30 with a supporting acceptance letter/email from the postsecondary educational institution showing the student will be a full-time student.  The Educational Institution does not have to be in the State of Georgia.

Scholarship will be awarded directly to the student(s) at the August meeting.  Unit 29 is excited to continue this Scholarship Grant Program.  We encourage our Juniors to continue in our program and attend a college or university as they graduate high school and become senior members. Applications are available from any Auxiliary Officer.

For God and Country,

Linda Dudley, President

American Legion Auxiliary, Post 29