“The monthly meeting of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3234 was held at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 7, at the Burton Kyle McCord Hall located at 305 Memory Lane in Brady. Sixteen members were in attendance for this meeting, including officers. Members of the Post wish to welcome our newest member, Mr. James A. Johnson who has applied for membership within the past month. His application has been forwarded to National Headquarters. During the business meeting members voted to donate $500 for school supplies for children. The supplies will be distributed by the Helping Hands Center in Brady to students who require assistance and are attending any of the three McCulloch County Schools’Brady, Lohn or Rochelle. At a recent bingo session, the VFW Post experienced a loss of electricity and all in attendance were plunged into darkness for approximately 20 minutes. Members of the Post wish to express their appreciation to Mr. Brad Childs, a city employee, who was in attendance that particular evening for taking immediate action to notify the City of the situation; thereby ensuring a prompt response and correction of the problem. Emergency lighting fixtures are being looked into to ensure that the Post has adequate lighting in the future should the Post experience another loss of power while the building is occupied. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary invites all members of the community to their Covered Dish Potluck Supper that is held at the VFW Post on Memory Lane the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. (August 20). Those attending are requested to bring a covered dish of their choice. There is no charge for the meal. Donations are NOT accepted. Plates, cups, silverware and iced tea are furnished. This is a great opportunity to visit with friends and make some new ones as well. Come join us. The following is an excerpt from a recent article I received in a recent Retired Marines Newsletter and is published with their permission. “Congress has declared any service member who served in Vietnam during 2/28/1961 through 5/7/1976 was exposed to Agent Orange and such exposure may have caused several types of cancer. Diagnosis of any of these conditions will be considered “service-connected” by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The veteran may be entitled to compensation up to $2000 per month. If the veteran is retired from the military this could change him or her to a tax-free status. All Vietnam veterans should get a complete physical examination, compliments of VA. If a Vietnam veteran is afflicted with the following, it will be “service-connected”: – lung cancer, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s disease, lymphoma and prostate cancer – even if it happens many years after military service. Call 1-800-827-1000 for a claim form and submit it to the nearest VA facility. If difficulties are encountered, call your local Chapter, VFW Post, American Legion Post, Order of the Purple Heart, or any service organization for free help.” Remember: Bingo every Thursday evening at the VFW Post, beginning at 7 p.m. sharp. The next monthly Post meeting is scheduled for Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend.