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About the Committee on Military Affairs

MEGM Melvin Callahan

Greetings:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

Some of our members have experience some unbearable situations, because of their decision to step forward to support and defend our country and the Constitution. Some are still serving in harms way. Yes, for many of our members the price of serving has exacted a great toll. Yet! Regardless of the cost, our veterans did not hesitate to answer the call to serve and bear the cost of freedom because they realized that freedom is not free.

Over the years, federal, state and local benefits for veterans have evolved to meet their changing needs. This evolution in benefits has produce some complex and very mindboggling red tape. The language that it speaks is sometimes difficult to understand. Many of our brothers and sisters that are serving or have served in past wars, may not understand nor be aware of the benefits that they are entitled to. The members of this committee shall stand ready to assist, educate and advise our veterans about services pertaining to:

  • VA Healthcare
  • Veterans with Service – Connected Disabilities
  • VA Pensions and Rating increase
  • Reserve and National Guard
  • Transition Assistance
  • Benefits for Dependents and Services
  • Appeals of VA Claims Decisions
  • Military Medals and Records
  • Benefits Provided by Other Federal Agencies
  • VA Facilities
  • Burial and Memorial Benefits
  • Education and Training

Yours Fraternally,
SK James E. Hamms
Chairman, Committee on Military Affairs

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