The CPN Veterans Organization finished off 2018 in style with a well-attended Christmas/Thanksgiving party. It was one to remember. I presented awards to Bill Wano and David Barrett for their years (no one could remember how many) of service in the capacity of secretary and treasurer, respectively. They have served in those capacities voluntarily because no one would come forward to work in these very demanding positions. We would not have a veterans organization without them. Herb Holton, our Color Guard and Honor Guard Team Leader, is responsible for the CPN Veterans Organization’s continued and increasing recognition in the community. He’s making us famous.

As everyone should know by now, former President George H.W. Bush passed away, and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilke released a statement on his passing.

“All of America’s veterans are saddened by the passing of President George H.W. Bush. His courage in combat was special even during the war in the Pacific, where our forces demonstrated some of the highest levels of valor and heroism in our history. When holding the highest offices in our country, he never forgot those who wore the uniform. The Department of Veterans Affairs sends its thoughts and prayers to the Bush family in remembrance of this extraordinary American.”

I believe that speaks for all true Americans.

On another issue, the secretary VA stated regarding the Forever GI Bill Housing Benefit Payments that every post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiary will be made 100 percent whole — retroactively, if need be — for their housing benefits for the 2018 academic year based on Forever GI Bill rates, not on post-9/11 GI Bill rates.

Remember, the CPN Veterans Organization meets every month on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall on the Potawatomi Powwow Grounds. All CPN veterans and their families are welcome. A meal is provided.

(Thank you),

Daryl Talbot, Commander

CPN VA Representative: Andrew Whitham

CPN Office Hours: First and third Wednesday each month, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Phone: 918-397-2566