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Flag Disposal Boxes for old, faded, damaged, or torn American Flags
The Dubuque VFW 9663 has installed a new flag disposal box at the New Dubuque VA Clinic at Plaza 20, 2600 Dodge St, Dubuque, Iowa, effective immediately.
This flag disposal box offers 24-hour access to drop older, faded, torn, or damaged American Flags for proper honorable disposal by military veterans.
A planned flag disposal box will be added to the Dubuque Freedom Center on Kerper Blvd in early 2020.
The Dubuque VFW 9663 meets monthly on the third Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the American Legion Post #6 Clubhouse, 1306 Delhi St, Dubuque, Iowa.
Social pages include Facebook @vfw9663dubuque
For more information, please contact VFW 9663 Commander Wayne Brown. Mail may be sent to 1306 Delhi St, Dubuque, IA 52001.
As a child who lived during the golden days of radio, it was exciting to get out of school and go home to listen to the latest chapter of one of our kids adventure programs. Especially if there was a prize in the latest package of cereal or if we received a package in the mail.
One of those exciting programs was Don Winslow of the Navy which was based on the Frank Martinek comic strip, and premiered on NBC October 19, 1937, and ran for two seasons. It followed the young Naval Intelligence commander in his pursuit of the evil mastermind, the Scorpion, the evil one’s daughter Tasmia, and their worldwide organization of corruption and sin. Don, played by Bob Guilbert was backed by his pal, Lieutenant Red Pennington, and best girl Mercedes Colby. Winslow was heard again on October 5,1942, for another Blue Network run. This time, Red Pennington said in announcing the series, the enemies were Japs and Germans; the action was global. And they weren’t kidding: Winslow and Penningon started the new series with a submarine battle and promised to give orders in future episodes on how the kids at home could keep the home front going. Under Post Toasties’ sponsorship, this Don was played by Radmond Edward Johnson, host of Inner Sanctum fame.
If you missed the latest chapter of Don Winslow already, you might catch the next chapter by listening to AM 1370 KDTH’s Big Broadcast heard every Sunday night from 6 to midnight.
Expanded Access to Exchange, Commissary
If you have an Exchange or commissary near you that you haven’t been able to use, that might change soon. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the Department of Defense is expanding the list of those eligible to use all the services: Exchanges, commissary, and morale, welfare and recreation locations on bases.
The new list includes Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war, veterans with service-connected disabilities and those who are the primary family caregivers of eligible veterans. While you’ve been able to shop the Exchange online since 2017, now you can go to the brick and mortar locations.
To use the facilities, you’ll need to present your Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). It will need to specify your eligibility status. (This is not the same as your Veterans Identification card.) Caregivers will need to show their eligibility letter, which was mailed from the Office of Community Care. Note that you’ll be dinged a small amount if you use a credit or debit card.
If you prefer to shop online or if you don’t have a VHIC (but are otherwise eligible), go to www.shopmyexchange.com. You’ll pay no taxes on purchases, get special deals and free shipping if you use your Military Star Card. If you don’t have an Exchange account, click Take the First Step in the upper right corner and check your eligibility. (You need to use your Star Card at least once every 12 months to protect your accumulated points.)
To get all the details, go online to read the factsheet at www.militaryonesource.mil/expanding-access. Click Download File to get the full FAQ.
Read carefully the fine print on eligibility, especially about the VHIC. You don’t want to drive a long way to the commissary and then discover you can’t get on the base or aren’t eligible.
© 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.
New Lounge Space Provides Comfort
I don’t like unfriendly words. Frustration is such a word. As a matter fact, it’s difficult to find the right antonym for the word frustration. You might say, that word has bugged me for a long time. Recently, a friend told this story at a social gathering. She was bubbling with glee when she related her dilemma about her missing glove. After all gloves come in pairs, all sizes, colors and materials. These gloves were of an expensive nature and had been bought for warmth, beauty, and general usefulness.
My friend, Brenda Grassle, was attending a meeting at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, located in Davenport, Iowa. But when she left the restaurant she noticed that one of her gloves was missing. It was a snowy, wintery day and she needed both gloves. She returned to the cashier and asked if a glove had been turned into the lost and found. It had not. She was frustrated.
Ironically, this frustration was mysteriously turned into an antonym of success. One month after losing her glove, Brenda returned to the same restaurant where she first missed her glove. When she drove into the parking lot, she happened to espy a dark shape atop a snow pile. She parked her car and went over to the hill of snow. Eureka! There was her glove.
It is still somewhat of a mystery as to how the glove survived the shoveling and snow removal during a winter of rain, sleet, and ice. But, this is one time when frustration turned into success. Brenda is a happy camper, so to say.
I guess we could all tell stories of frustration. Mine consist of the missing umbrellas I have lost, misplaced, or lost to the wind pulling them out of my hand. They never were found or returned to me. There is no success story here. And how many of you remember the old fashion thermos bottle that would be dropped or knocked off a table and shattered the fragile inside of the container? You could hear the crash before it hit the ground. Now, that is frustration big time!
Children often suffer from frustration because their tiny fingers just cannot control a task they are attempting to accomplish. When I am watching a child working feverishly to finish something, they have started, I become frustrated because I want to help them. But, my interference would probably not help them in the long run. We all need to discover our own limits on how to achieve our goals of accomplishment. “Don’t you agree?”