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  • September 28th, 2011
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Welcome
It is our intention to provide current information regarding Post events, veterans benefits and information of general interest to veterans and their families.  We welcome comments and information that will help our members and the local veteran population, as well.

  • Meetings are the First Thursday of the month at 7pm at the hall on Main Street.
  • See the calendar for the year’s events.

Membership

  • If you are a veteran and wish to join, call the adjutant, Peter Duston at (207) 546-7559.
  • Dues are $40.00 per year.
  • Paid-Up-For-Life (PUFL) memberships are available and may be budgeted over three years. The cost is based upon the veteran’s age. Contact the Adjutant for details.
  • If you would like transfer membership to Post 8, contact the Adjutant.

 

War Era Dates of Eligibility
An individual is considered a wartime veteran with ONE (1) day of credible active service in the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marines, U.S. Coast Guard during the following periods:

 

  • WWI | April 6, 1917 – Nov 11, 1918
  • WWII | Dec 7, 1941 – Dec 31, 1946
  • Korea | June 25, 1950 – Jan 31, 1955
  • Vietnam | Feb 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975
  • Granada | Aug 24, 1982 – Jul 31, 1984
  • Gulf War I | Dec 20, 1989 – Jan 31 1990
  • Iraq/Afghanistan | Aug 2 1990 – still open as of September 1, 2011.
  • U. S. Merchant Marine Service counts for the period Dec 7, 1941 – Aug 15, 1945.

 

Note: Active Service does not include physicals for draft boards. Taking the oath, signing the contract, pay for at least one day, etc. counts.  The one day rule is to include military personnel killed or injured on their first day of service in line of duty where they would be eligible for a service connected disability. Examples include bus/train accident on the way to Boot Camp.  National Guard and Reserve service can count in these periods provided the active duty day is that and not a National Guard ANACDUTRA or training period.  Check with Department of Defense (DOD) regulations to determine eligibility if there is a question.

 

Peacetime Veterans
Service falling completely within dates not included in the above wartime dates. These are usually militia, national guard, reserve service or Cold War service from Jan 1, 1956 to Feb 28, 1961 and May 8, 1975 to Aug 23, 1982 and Aug 1, 1984 to Dec 19, 1989.

These veterans are entitled to a variety of benefits less than Active Wartime Service.  At the least, they are all entitled to a flag holder that says “US Veteran” and a flag for Memorial Day.

 

Fine print:  Check with the Veterans Administration, Dept of Defense, American Legion etc. for eligibility for certain benefits such as burial honors, flags, cemetery markers, etc.  The above information is for general information only to guide local cemetery committees and others interested in locating, inventorying and decorating veteran’s graves.