Medal of Honor Ceremony Invitation

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March Meeting Highlights

At tonight’s post meeting, we welcomed in 4 new members:

  • Robert Hunt,USN Nam,transfer from 15049
  • Donald Schulz,USN Nam-transfer from 15049
  • Roger DeHart, USAF Nam-new Life member
  • Jim Armstrong,USN Nam- transfer from 8870

Welcome aboard one & all!

We had our 1st round of Officer nominations with the final round next month.  You still have time to step into a officer position.

We our proud to report that we have a Scout of the Year entry this year: Girl Scout Sophie Knudson.  Her entry looks very good and has been sent to Department of Washington for judging.

We will be awarding the VFW National Life Saving award this month to Rachael Boehme at MLT High School, where she coaches the Girls basketball team.  We sent in her recommendation to National for her saving the lives of 2 men whose car went into a water-filled ditch.

We have a Post member, Jim Raymond, who is going to D.C. on the May 30th Honor Flight.  Brian Seguin, Post Quartermaster,  will be his Guardian on the flight.

Everyone is reminded that April 5th is the District’s Memorial ceremony with Post 1040 Honor Guard providing full Military Honors, Please plan to attend at the Alderwood Youth Club at 1 PM. 

Last but not least..We “Remembered the Alamo” where 181 volunteers died for freedom after a 13 days of siege on March 6th, 1836.

The door prize drawings were:

  • Bill Endicott – $25 but lost it since he wasn’t present
  • Roy Ridderbusch– $25 also lost it for being absent
  • Because he was there, Don Ross won a jacket. Congratulations Don!

Next meeting is April 3rd at 7 PM, hope to see you all there. 

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D-Day Commemoration


Please visit or call 425-348-3200 for more information

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VFW Post 1040 Awards Law Enforcement Gold Medal

VFW Post 1040 awarded this year’s Law Enforcement Gold Medal Award to Lynnwood Police officer Robert “Todd’ DeGabriele in a ceremony held at the Lynnwood Police Station.

Officer DeGabriele has on numerous occasions served as an acting Sergeant of Police as the need arose. 

He recently has served on a committee that was tasked with revising report documents to enhance the efficiency of the Police Departments paperwork process.


L-R: VFW Post 1040 Sr. Vice Commander Frank Martinez, Lynnwood Police Chief Steve Jensen, Officer Robert DeGabriele, VFW Post 1040 Commander Martin Spani, and VFW Post 1040 Chaplain John Zambrano.

He is a 13 year Veteran of the Police Department, serving with distinction as a field training officer and firearms instructor in addition to his regular duties as a patrol officer.  He has been instrumental in the advancement of fundamental police training that has assisted numerous Lynnwood Police Officers in the performance of their duties.

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Vietnam Veterans Benefit From Agent Orange Rules

Vietnam veterans may be eligible for compensation and health care for certain diseases associated with Agent Orange, the defoliant sprayed to unmask enemy hiding places in the jungles throughout Vietnam.

Special health care and compensation benefits are available to the 2.6 million men and women who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975, only 3,300 of whom remain in uniform today. Those discharged during that period are the largest group of veterans receiving VA health care and monthly compensation.

A small percentage of their disability claims are for illnesses that scientists have listed as being associated with Agent Orange. VA presumes that all military personnel who served in Vietnam were exposed to Agent Orange, and federal law presumes that certain illnesses are a result of that exposure. This “presumptive policy” simplifies the process of receiving compensation for these diseases since VA foregoes the normal requirements of proving that an illness began or was worsened during military service.

Based on clinical research, the following diseases are on VA’s Agent Orange list of presumptive disabilities:

acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy

porphyria cutanea tarda


prostate cancer

chronic lymphocytic leukemia

respiratory cancers

Hodgkin’s disease

(lung, bronchus, larynx and trachea)

multiple myeloma

soft-tissue sarcoma,

acute non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Type II diabetes mellitus

In addition, monetary benefits, health care and vocational rehabilitation services are provided to Vietnam veterans’ offspring with spina bifida, a congenital birth defect of the spine. Children of female veterans who served in Vietnam are authorized health care and monetary benefits for certain additional birth defects.

Veterans who served in Vietnam during the war also are eligible for a complete physical examination. If a VA physician suspects a disease might be related to Agent Orange, VA will provide free medical care. Those who participate in the examination program become part of an Agent Orange Registry and receive periodic mailings from VA about the latest Agent Orange studies and new diseases being covered under VA policies.

Vietnam veterans and their families can contact VA for more information about these benefits. For the Agent Orange Registry physical examination, call a local VA hospital or clinic listed in the government pages of your phone book. To file a compensation claim for a current disability related to Agent Orange, veterans can call 1-800-827-1000 for an application form or visit VA’s Web site at:

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VFW Scholarships

The VFW “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program launched last fall with nearly 400 applicants. Both the VFW and Sport Clips Haircuts expect the program to grow as more veterans become aware of it.

Applications are now being accepted for the fall semester; the deadline to apply is April 30. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit


“The VFW is here to support our veterans as they transition to civilian life, and we know education is a crucial element to ensuring they succeed. The GI Bill is fantastic, but it has its limits, and this scholarship will help fill the gaps for so many veterans,” said VFW National Commander Bill Thien.

Sport Clips provides funding for the program through its annual “Help A Hero” campaign. In 2013, more than 1,000 Sport Clips locations across the nation raised more than $500,000 to benefit the program. Donations were collected in stores and at local fundraising events in the fall with efforts culminating Veterans Day, on Sport Clips’ “Biggest Haircut Day of the Year.” Stores donated a dollar from every haircut service to the scholarship program.

“Our scholarship recipients’ post-military career aspirations may vary, but the drive to make our country proud and make a contribution – this time, as civilians – is something they all have in common,” says Sport Clips CEO and Founder Gordon Logan, a U.S. Air Force veteran and lifetime member of the VFW. “It’s an honor for Sport Clips to join the VFW in this effort to support our nation’s heroes, and we’re grateful to our franchisees, team members, clients, and others for their contributions to make these scholarships possible.”

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VFW Post 1040 Honors Essay Contest Winners and Long-Time EMT

Please view the article in Lynnwood Today.

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District 1 January Mailing




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50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Ceremony – Seattle University – 11 Jan. 2014, 1100-1200

On behalf of the Seattle University Army ROTC and Major General Patrick H. Brady Battalion, the United State of America Vietnam War Commemoration would like to extend an invitation to you and your members to attend their commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War on 11 January, 2014 at 1100-1200.  The ceremony, to be held at Pigott Auditorium on the campus of Seattle University, will thank and honor Vietnam Veterans, their families, POWs and their family members as well as MIA family members, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States.


This is a very important event and we welcome you and all our Vietnam Veterans to attend and to support the Seattle University Army ROTC, The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration and most importantly, our Veterans .   Please  RSVP to: (206) 296-6430 or email: .  The attached flyer provides further information.


Thank you for your support of this great event

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January 2014 Meeting Highlights

We welcomed into Post membership the following:

  • Stanley Alex, US Army – Vietnam
  • Viol Hirsch, US Army – WWII, Korea
  • Ernest Schaer, US Army WWII
  • Michael Taglialavore, US Navy – Desert Storm
  • Ryan Miller, US Army – Gulf War

We reported that the Post presented their 98th Eagle Scout award to Spencer Davis, BSA Troop 7 in Mukilteo.
The Post Honor Guard was commended for having presented 57 Full Military Honors in 2013. Good job!
The Post door prize drawings were:

  • $25 – Gina Domingo-Quebral, however she wasn’t present so lost it.
  • $25 – Virgil Prodigalidad, he also lost it since he wasn’t present.
  • Lou Pirone was picked for the nightly door prize that was a Life Membership for the VFW National Home and since he was already a Life member he graciously awarded it to Richard Clark. Nice gesture on Lou’s part.
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