I ordered a wreath for the 4ID Monument at Arlington for Veterans' Day again this year. As I do every year on Memorial Day, July 4th and Veterans' Day, I drove to Arlington to make sure it got there. It did, and while I was there, I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Klug, and his wife, Stephanie. Jim is the National Public Relations Director and Historian of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He served with D/1/12 in Nam in 1967-68 and, I hope, will soon join our Association as well.
I did not make it to the Wall this year because I had spent the three days before on my feet at Baltimore's Irish Festival, to which I am counsel, so my right leg, which has a lot of surgical hardware from the time I was injured as a cop years ago, was talking back to me. I also had to get back because I needed to spend time with my wife who will undergo surgery on 11/20, as to which we're optimistic.
While I'm on here, let me take a moment to remind all our vets to send their war stories to Bob Babcock. It's critically and incredibly important that we preserve our legacy, especially for those of us who aren't getting any younger. In my case, I know I certainly didn't paint this grey in my hair.
I hope everyone used this Veterans' Day to reflect on the sacrifices of us who served and those of us who continue in these challenging and difficult times.
Personally, I also had the distinct pleasure and privilege of attending the Carolinas Chapter mini reunion in Myrtle Beach in October. Unfortunately, although the airline assured me my seat cushion was a flotation device, the flight attendant refused to let me take it with me even though I told her I was going to the beach. Life's filled with minor disappointments, I suppose.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
VA Offers Dental Insurance Program
WASHINGTON (Nov. 15, 2013) – VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced today.
“VA continues to explore innovative ways to help Veterans get access to the care and services they have earned and deserve,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “This new dental program is another example of VA creating partnerships with the private sector to deliver a range of high-quality care at an affordable cost, for our Nation’s Veterans.”
More than 8 million Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care can choose to purchase one of the offered dental plans. This three-year pilot has been designed for Veterans with no dental coverage, or those eligible for VA dental care who would like to purchase additional coverage. Participation will not affect entitlement to VA dental services and treatment.
There are no eligibility limitations based on service-connected disability rating or enrollment priority assignment. People interested in participating may complete an application online through either Delta Dental, www.deltadentalvadip.org, or MetLife, www.metlife.com/vadip beginning Nov. 15. Coverage for this new dental insurance will begin Jan. 1, 2014, and will be available throughout the United States and its territories.
Also eligible for the new benefits are nearly 400,000 spouses and dependent children who are reimbursed for most medical expenses under VA’s CHAMPVA program. Generally, CHAMPVA participants are spouses, survivors or dependent children of Veterans officially rated as “permanently and totally” disabled by a service-connected condition.
Dental services under the new program vary by plan and include diagnostic, preventive, surgical, emergency and endodontic/restorative treatment. Enrollment in the VA Dental Insurance Plan (VADIP) is voluntary. Participants are responsible for all premiums, which range from $8.65 to $52.90 per month for individual plans. Copayments and other charges may apply.
Historically VA’s free dental services have gone to Veterans with dental problems connected to a medical condition that’s officially certified as “service connected.” Free dental services will continue for those Veterans.
For more information on VADIP, visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vadip, or contact Delta Dental at 1-855-370-3303 or MetLife at 1-888-310-1681.
Veterans who are not enrolled in the VA health care system can apply at any time by visiting www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visiting their local VA health care facility.
Hope everyone has a great Veteran's Day
Welcome Home !!!!!
I would like to talk to some one that might remember me from A-troop 1/10th Cav. July 1968 to July 1969
To ALL Veterans, past, present and future....Thank You for your Service. Whether, a Combat Veteran, Cold War Veteran, stateside or overseas Veteran, or peace time Veteran, your Service is appreciated. May we NEVER forget the ones that gave us the Ultimate Sacrifice and the POW/MIA on this Veterans Day. THANK YOU !!
Steadfast and Loyal/Duty Not Reward
Richard "Rich" Blackaby
Hats off to the men I served with. Everyday since then is icing on the cake!
Everyone have a great Veteran's Day.
William G. ‘Bill’ Greenlee will receive the French Legion of Honor at 2:00 PM on Monday 11/11/13 at Bryon’s South End, 101 W. Washington Street, Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28203.
LTC Greenlee served with G & H CO’s 2/22 Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, WWII.
Bill is a charter member of the Carolinas Chapter.
Looking for anyone who served in this company during this time. Heavy Weapons company
I was in the Recoiless Rifle Platoon.S
To Christine Hamilton.
I can't help you with the person you are looking for.
I would like to know more about your dad.
I have searched for many Hamiltons' over the years.
There have been many, but yours is the first I have found
with the same years in country.
I have served as President of the California Chapter for the past 4-5 years. I have served the Finest Veterans the Army has. It has been an honor and a privilege. I never thought that as a Cold War Veteran that this would have ever happened. It has come, with much deliberation that I have stepped down from that position. My replacement is: John Lingar. John lives in South Lake Tahoe and a Vietnam Veteran. I have told John that I would help him in any way I possibly can during and after this transition. I have moved to Fountain, Colorado to be closer to my family and grand babies. God Bless America, and May God continue to Bless the 4th Infantry Division.
Duty Not Reward/Steadfast and Loyal
Richard "Rich" Blackaby
My father, Brian Howard Buchler, proudly served with the 4th infantry division in Vietnam from 66 to 67.
This has always been a defining part of my father's life.
Brian passed away at 2:20am on Wednesday morning, October 23rd, at Joliet Area Community Hospice from cancer.
A very kind and honorable man, Mr. Cliff Lauderdale, performed a respectful pinning ceremony at the hospice house just prior to his passing. Mr. Lauderdale has been invited to Abraham Lincoln memorial cemetery in Elwood, IL to help partake in a military funeral for my father on November 1st at 1:00pm. I am reaching out to you and the 4th Infantry community to ask that you post this information ASAP and help spread the word so that just maybe a long-lost brother will see this tragic and early loss and have the means and time to come to the events on November 1st.
Full details are available at the website www.brianbuchler.weebly.com.
I know this isn't much time to get the word out, but time waits on no one, and I know my father would be so proud and honored by to have a military presence from the 4th Infantry even if just one fellow soldier from his unit and service time. My father loved his unit, evidenced by the "ivy" tattoo I got for him a few years ago. He has been a short timer since last June and he has finally been called home.
It was his honor to serve.
Steadfast and Loyal
Ariel Nachtigal sent a message using the contact form at http://www.4thinfantry.org/contact.
I am writing on behalf of my wife Delilah Schmidt to try to find out more about her fathers actions. i'm not sure if this is the right place to start, but i'd thought i'd give it a shot. I know he was part of the 4th,and that he landed on Normandy on or around D Day. His name was Arthur Hubert Schmidt. Born in 1922 and passed away in 1994. Any information, or another place to start would be great.
Thank you for your time,
Hope to see fellow IVY Vets in Branson for Veterans week. 4th Division hospitality room at the Savannah House Friday November 8th 2 – 7 PM. If you are in town be sure to stop in.
Greetings to all of my IV comrades. It was quite an experience but one I would not have wanted to miss. Bless those who gave their all in combat and whose names appear on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D C.
My name is Geoff Gentilini and I am the lead researcher at Golden Arrow Military Research. We specialize in tracing the steps of individual WWII Veterans to show where they were and what they did during the war. This process is especially exciting because of the 1973 fire which destroyed millions of service records of individual WWII Veterans. If you have been told that your veteran's service records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, we may be able to help. Visit is at www.goldenarrowresearch.com to see if we can trace the steps of your WWII Veteran through the war.
I would like to here you guys
Robert Armstrong served with Company C, 3/12th Inf. Regiment, 4th Infantry Division during the Vietnam conflict 68-69. He passed this morning at 6:22 am and will be buried at Arlington. While with the 4th, he was awarded the Silver Star for action on 18 Jan 1969 and the Distinguished Service Cross for action on 11 March 1969. He will be greatly missed by his friends in the Charlotte, N.C. area.
If you have received an email from cafe press advertising a 4th Infantry Division Calendar, it is NOT the 4th Infantry Division Association calendar.
Please do not be confused by this ad, your 4th Infantry Division Association calendar will be mailed to you by the printer or myself if you joined after the addresses went to the printer.
I was squad leader of the "23" track,in B company, just curious if any of my "old" squad is on this site???
i am looking for a friend who's last name was boyce or boisie not sure of the spelling he was the 4th inf div in viet nam was a grunt who came back to ft carson colorado in 1969 or 1970 to b co rangers 75th inf was in 1st platoon and drove a green 1969 or 1970 chevelle 396 muscle car and he was from california. thats all i know cant remember his first name it was something different though if you know please have him contact me.
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