Disabled American Veterans

Blind Veterans National Chapter #1

WEB SITE: http://www.davbvnc1.com/contents.htm

July/August Newsletter

Editor: Dennis O’Connell







Commander Carroll Prosser (SC)

Phone (843) 997-1981

Email: heypops43@gmail.com

Senior Vice Commander James Hogan (CA)

1st Junior Vice Commander Stephen Moffitt (RI)

 2nd Junior Vice Commander William Burgess (FL)

3rd Vice Commander Rick Calissi (FL)

4th Junior Vice Commander Charles Brooks (FL)

Judge Advocate Dennis O’Connell (NY)
Chaplain Rev. Tony Martino (WI)
Phone 847 736 2111

Adjutant/Treasurer Paul Kaminsky (FL) (also webmaster)

Phone 904 291-0576

Immediate Past Commander Richard Bugbee (AZ)


PLEASE, If you know of any member who is sick or deceased inform one of the officers whose contact information is listed above ASAPP.




William Bennett, Little Rock AR

Herschel Harris, Jonesboro GA




Paul F. Johnson, Barboursville WV

William H. Ledbetter, Saint Louis MO

Kenneth  Walsh, Farmingdale NY




The Disabled American Veterans held their annual reunion during the DAV National Convention in Orlando, FL.   Once more an excellent event topped off with the performance of Gary Sinise with his Lt. Dan Band.  This year there was a special appearance from President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama. 

Friday, August 9, 2013 the Blind Veterans National Chapter #1 annual reunion held its first business meeting at 9:00 am. At 4:00 pm the second business meeting was held.  Roll call of officers followed the opening invocation given by Rev. Tony Martino, and the Pledge led by Adjutant Paul Kaminsky. Officers present were Commander Richard Bugbee, Sr. Vice Dave May, 1st Jr. Vice Commander Carroll Prosser, 3rd Jr. Vice Commander Jim Hogan, 4th Jr. Vice Commander Steve Moffitt, Judge Advocate Dennis O’Connell, Chaplin Rev. Tony Martino, and Adjutant/Treasurer Paul Kaminsky.  2nd Jr. Vice Commander Gary Traynor was excused absent.  Delegates present were Tony Martino, Dennis O’Connell, Steve Moffitt, and Jim Hogan.  Alternate delegates present Rick Calissi, and Charles Brooks, and Ron Lester; Alternate Bill Burgess was present but requested to be relieved due to medical reasons. Standby Alternate Geoff Krizan was moved to Alternate to replace Bill Burgess.

Following the reading and approval of the previous reunions meeting minutes, the Treasurer’s Report was given. Following is the brief summary of the annual treasury report:

Blind Veterans National Chapter #1


Balance Sheet

As Of June 30, 2013 


Total Assets                                         $ 115,210.70

Liabilities & Securities


               Opening Balance Equity:                  $ 127,974.22

               Income:                                           $   17,698.97                                   

               Expenses:                                      ($   30,462.49)

          Total Equity:                                      $ 115,210.70

Total Liabilities & Securities                         $ 115,210.70


Several business items were also discussed during the business meetings.  Noted was that for the fifth consecutive year the Chapter had met its membership goal and received a fifth flag pendant from National Headquarters.

Commander Bugbee assigned committee responsibilities to the members present as were deemed necessary. Convention Committee Assignments: Ron Lester (Primary) Carroll Prosser (Alternate):  General Resolutions; Charles Brooks (PRI), Richard Bugbee (ALT):  Legislation & Vet Benefits; Dennis O’Connell (PRI) Geoff Kriazn (ALT):  Constitution & Bylaws; Jim Hogan (PRI) Rick Calissi (ALT):  Hospital and Voluntary Services; Rev Tony Martino (PRI), Steve Moffitt (ALT): Nominations; and Paul Kaminsky: Credentials. 

All Primary and Alternate attended all assigned committee meeting and all convention business meetings. The following individuals were elected or re-elected to the noted office position:

Commander:   Carroll Prosser (So. Carolina) (Elected)

Sr. Vice Commander:  James Hogan (California) (Elected)

1st Jr. Vice Commander:  Stephen Moffitt (Rhode Island) (Elected)

2nd Jr. Vice Commander: Bill Burgess (Florida) (Elected)

3rd Jr. Vice Commander:  Rick Calissi (Florida) (Elected)

4th Jr. Vice Commander:  Charles Brooks (Florida) (Elected)

Judge Advocate:  Dennis O’Connell (New York) (Re-elected)

Chaplin:  Rev. Anthony Martino (Wisconsin) (Re-elected)

Adjutant/Treasurer: Paul Kaminsky (Florida) (Re-elected)

          All officers were installed Monday August 12, 2013 during the Chapter’s Installation Breakfast.  Honored guest National 4th Junior Vice-Commander Dave Riley conducted the oath of office ceremony.

The closing event of the DAV National Convention was an evening where we attended the presentation of our new National Officers.  We then had a very nice dinner followed by entertainment.  Plan next year to attend in Las Vegas, NV from August 8 - 12 2014 (Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd South), and enjoy a terrific and well planned event. In closing following is our new DAV National Commander for 2013 – 2014 Joseph W. Johnston (Williamsburg, Ohio). 

Hope to see you next year!!




The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following copied this off the MTWS site. Thought some here might find it handy. Website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online:

This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his/her DD-214 for employment purposes. NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.
Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.
Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site. Because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized. The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and processing time.



TRAVEL PAY DEDUCTIBLE                  

“Deductible requirement is subject to a monthly cap of $18.00. Upon reaching $18.00 in deductibles or 6 one-way (3 round) trips, whichever comes first, travel payments made for the balance of that particular month will be free of deductible charges. $3.00 one way ($6.00 round trip)

Waiver of Deductible

 A waiver of the deductible will be provided if you are eligible for travel and you:

--       are in receipt of a VA pension or;

--       are a NSC veteran and your previous year’s income does not exceed, or your projected current calendar year’s income, in the year of application will not exceed the applicable VA pension rate, or

--       are a SC veteran and your previous year’s income does not exceed, or your projected current calendar year’s income, in the year of application will not exceed the applicable national means test income threshold or,

--       are traveling for a scheduled compensation or pension examination