Riders!

 

On September 4th your brothers-in-leather of Chapter 31 will be departing on an epic ride across the country to raise money for the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC).  Funds are desperately needed to complete Phase Two of the cemetery, allowing for in-ground burials. 

 

Please visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EpicRide2017/ or the website at www.EpicRide2017.org to learn more and find out the ways you can support the effort. 

We are offering two ways to help: Direct donations to the Cemetery Foundation and/or contributions to a GoFundMe account to help the riders and the road crew cover their expenses.  Every donation makes a difference. 

 

We also ask that you share this post (or copy and paste) on as many of your Facebook friends’ pages as possible.  We need the power of social media to really make this ride a success.

 

And for Riders in California, we invite you to join us as we inaugurate the ride and travel from Salinas to Needles on Day One.  We will be passing through many areas with ALR Chapters and would love to have you join us.  If you’re feeling really ambitious, stick around for Day Two, Day Three or more! 

 

Check the FB Events page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/EpicRide2017/events/?ref=page_internal for which portion of the ride will be in your area. Download and fill out the registration form from the website and catch up with us along the way.  We would love the company.

 

It’s going to be epic!

 

(More details to be presented at Convention in April.)

 


From: 09/22/2017 12:00 pm
Thru: 09/24/2017 2:00 pm

2017 State Rally. American Legion Riders Chap.739, Indio, Ca. 15 Min. from Shopping on Beautiful El Paseo. Palm Springs with it´s night life, restaurants, and shopping is 20 min. away. We have 5 local casinos, 5-15 min. away.

Included in registration is 3 meals, 2 rides to choose from on Saturday, event t-shirt,ride pin, entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening. Raffles,50/50, &vendors on the outside grass area. The Flash Back Boys will be playing all the oldies,classic rock,tex mex,and cumbia´s for your dancing pleasure Sat. eve.

Saturday we have the local gun range reserved for those who would like. Range of pistols,rifles,shotguns, and ak47. Cost of range is covered by Chap. 739. You pay for ammo only. $10.00 - $20.00. Saturday and Sunday morning golf T times have been reserved for 7:00am. $60.00 covers play,cart, and clubs at beautiful Terra lago (terralago.com), home of the skins game 1999 - 2002.

Full information and registration form go to alrindio.org. Any questions call Gene Hobdy 760-333-3114.

 

 

Have you ever wondered how the VA came up with the combined rating that it gave you?  Have you ever noticed that 1 + 1 does not equal 2 with the VA?  One of the most common complaints we get from veterans is ‘How in the word did the VA get the combined rating that they did with all the ratings I have?’

When it comes to service connected compensation claims, the VA takes the view that it should not add whole numbers together to get your rating but, instead, the VA takes percentages of percentages.  It is as if the VA says if you are 10% disabled then you are 90% healthy.  Therefore, the next rating is not added but is used to take a percentage of the ‘healthy’ 90%.  So for a veteran with two 10 ratings the first ten percent rating would be 10% of 100, which is 10%.  The second ten percent rating would be 10% of the 90% (again the ‘healthy’ percent of the veteran), which is 9%.  So the combined rating would be 19%.  The percentages are all rounded up or down to the nearest ten percent.  Here, the rating would be rounded to 20%.

The combined rating system doesn’t favor the veteran when he gets closer to 100%.  It gets harder and harder to get that higher rating, especially once a veteran is over 50%.  For instance, if a veteran has two ratings of 50% and two of 20% the combined rating is 80%.  So even though 50+50+20+20 equals 140 in real math; it is only 80 in VA math.  One can’t be more than 100% healthy, thus the rating system in place.

The difference that it leads to in compensation is huge.  According to the VA compensation rating table, a veteran, with no dependents, rated at 80% would receive $1,551.48 per month.  A single veteran rated at 100%, on the other hand, would receive $2,903.83 per month.  This veteran receiving a rating of 100%, which is only 20% greater than the 80% rating, gets almost 100% more money a month!

There are other factors that make the ratings change too.  For example, if a veteran has a rating on each leg or each arm then those ratings are combined together and give the overall combined rating an extra boost.  Also, if a veteran has too many ratings on one arm or leg then VA stops counting those ratings.  Further, a veteran can step up to 100% through total disability due to individual unemployability.  That veteran must show that he cannot work and that he meets a certain rating.

If you have any questions on your VA disability percentage, would like to add other issues, ask for a higher rating, or wonder how to get rated under the IU, don’t hesitate to contact your Veteran Service Officer. 

If You Served, You Earned!
George W. Smith
ALRDOC Service Officer

 


09/30/2017
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Join Chapter 555 for our 11th Annual Poker Run.  See flyer for details!  14582 Beach Blvd, Midway City, CA. (On Beach between CA-22 and I-405). Music, dancing, motorcycles....can it get any better?  How about lunch supplied by World Famous Joe Jost´s?  A Joe´s Special, pickled egg and pretzels!  Join us!  Proceeds to benefit "Our Heroes´ Dreams".

The mission of the Epic Ride for Dignity and Remembrance is to raise money for the continued development of the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC).  In particular, it is to fund a robust Phase Two which will include in-ground burial for those Veterans who desire it or whose faith or culture requires it.

After a quarter century of planning, designing, lobbying, determination and hard work; the CCCVC opened in October of 2016 on the property of the former Ft. Ord, to the acclaim and relief of Veterans and their families along the Central Coast.  Many families who had been holding their loved ones’ cremated remains in other locations began the transfer and inurnment of their family members.  As many as five or six Veterans every day have been brought to their final resting place in the newly constructed columbaria there.

Now the time has come to provide this vital service to those Veterans and their families who are required by their dearly held beliefs to lay their deceased loved ones to rest in an in-ground grave. No person who has served our country should be denied the dignity and honor of a military funeral nearby to loved ones, who desire to visit these final resting places on holidays and other special occasions. Our contract with our Veterans dictates that we expand the CCCVC to include this in-ground burial service.

However, like so many important aspects of living up to our communal obligations to Veterans, this takes financial resources to implement.  Funds are scarce and the clock is running.  Steps are being taken to find additional monies, and many concerned individuals and groups are stepping up to do their part.

One such group is the American Legion Riders – in particular, Chapter 31 from Post 31 in Salinas. CA.  Alternatively known as the “Black Sheep”, three of their members will embark on a 10,000 mile, month-long, cross-country motorcycle ride this Fall to raise awareness and money to help move to this important next step.

To that end the Epic Ride for Dignity and Remembrance is asking the local community, supporters of Veterans and their families, alumni of the former Fort Ord and all others who see the value and significance of this venture to donate to this noble cause and assist these riders in their quest. 

WE WILL START EACH DAY'S RIDE AT THESE LOCATIONS: 

04 SALINAS (START OF RIDE)

05 SEP NEEDLES, CA

06 SEP FLAGSTAFF, AZ

07 SEP ALBUQUERQUE, NM

08 SEP LUBBOCK, TX

09 SEP DALLAS, TX

10 SEP NATCHEZ, MS

11 SEP TUPELO, MS

12 SEP NASHVILLE, TN

13 SEP ASHEVILLE, NC

14 SEP ROANOKE, VA

15, 16 & 17 SEP WASHINGTON, DC

18 SEP CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON, NY

19 SEP LINCOLN, NH

20, 21 & 22 SEP BAR HARBOR, ME

23 & 24 SEP SCARBOROUGH, ME

25 SEP SARATOGA SPGS, NY

26 SEP BUFFALO, NY

27 SEP CANTON, OH

28 SEP INDIANAPOLIS, IN

29 SEP MARSEILLES, IL

30 SEP DES MOINES, IA

01 SEP SALINA, KS

02 OCT COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

03 OCT GRAND JUNCTION, CO

04 OCT KANAB, UT

05 OCT LAS VEGAS, NV

06 OCT BUTTONWILLOW, CA

06 OCT SALINAS, CA (END OF RIDE)

DATES AND STOPS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES.
And be sure to check the Epic Ride 2017 Facebook page for a full list of all the daily routes.

https://www.epicride2017.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/EpicRide2017/events/


10/07/2017
8:00 am to 7:00 pm

This is a ride in Area 5 to promote the brother & sisterhood among Chapters & Posts. A Rider purchases a Passport book and then attends the other chapter events, meeting or Post and gets their book stamped, then before convention turn in your book to the Area 5 VP team and a drawing is held. 50% of the money made will be donated to a Veterans Cause. Contact Area 5 VP Rey Ruiz, or Asst Area 5 VP's Gene Hobdy, Ray Ficek or Ron Huff for more information. 

The ALR Area 5 Passport Run will run from 7/27/2017 to 4/1/2018


10/08/2017
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

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From: 09/22/2017 12:00 pm
Thru: 09/24/2017 2:00 pm

2017 State Rally. American Legion Riders Chap.739, Indio, Ca. 15 Min. from Shopping on Beautiful El Paseo. Palm Springs with it´s night life, restaurants, and shopping is 20 min. away. We have 5 local casinos, 5-15 min. away.

Included in registration is 3 meals, 2 rides to choose from on Saturday, event t-shirt,ride pin, entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening. Raffles,50/50, &vendors on the outside grass area. The Flash Back Boys will be playing all the oldies,classic rock,tex mex,and cumbia´s for your dancing pleasure Sat. eve.

Saturday we have the local gun range reserved for those who would like. Range of pistols,rifles,shotguns, and ak47. Cost of range is covered by Chap. 739. You pay for ammo only. $10.00 - $20.00. Saturday and Sunday morning golf T times have been reserved for 7:00am. $60.00 covers play,cart, and clubs at beautiful Terra lago (terralago.com), home of the skins game 1999 - 2002.

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09/30/2017
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Join Chapter 555 for our 11th Annual Poker Run.  See flyer for details!  14582 Beach Blvd, Midway City, CA. (On Beach between CA-22 and I-405). Music, dancing, motorcycles....can it get any better?  How about lunch supplied by World Famous Joe Jost´s?  A Joe´s Special, pickled egg and pretzels!  Join us!  Proceeds to benefit "Our Heroes´ Dreams".


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