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Ford is the lead ship of its class and the first new-design aircraft carrier delivered to the Navy since USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 1975. It is also the first aircraft carrier to join the fleet since USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) delivered in 2009. The future USS Gerald R. Ford honors the 38th president of the United States and pays tribute to his lifetime of service to the nation in the Navy and in the U.S. government.

Did you know that George Washington gained most of his pre-revolutionary military experience in Pennsylvania.  

George Washington was a raw and ambitious 21-year old when he was first sent to the Ohio Valley to confront the growing French presence in the region. His actions sparked the French & Indian War.

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Congratulations to Pennsylvania Department of Amvets on another successful State Convention. 

The 72nd Pennsylvania Department of Amvets State Convention was held this past weekend June 22 – 25, 2017 at the Crown Plaza Pittsburgh South in Bethel Park, PA.  McKeesport Amvets Post 8 held a great Beer Bash at their post on Thursday Night.  Their post was wonderful and everybody that attended had a great time. 

Department Commander Boyd “KC” Simpson, Ladies Auxiliary President E. Jean Lippincott, and Pennsylvania Department of Sons Commander John Wagner started the Convention on a positive note at the Joint Opening.   Thank you to Humana for the fantastic presentation on the Humana Warriors Closet Program. 

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When is it appropriate to use the Military Salute vs. Hand over Heart?

As veterans we have heard the debate time and time again of when you should salute and when you should place you hand over your heart. 

I hope to clear some of this up today and let you know why I have come to the understanding I have. 

NATIONAL ANTHEM

In 2008 a new provision was added to the Flag Code pertaining to veterans and saluting during the national anthem.  It stated:

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ANNVILLE, Pa. – More than 440,000 veterans have had the veterans designation added to their Pennsylvania driver’s license or ID card since the option was made available in 2014, PennDOT said.

The designation is an American flag with the word “Veteran” beneath it.

“People flash their driver’s license or ID card more often than we think, which makes the veterans designation an ideal way for veterans to show others how proud they are to have served in the armed forces,” said Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general in a news release.

 

Qualified applicants must have served in the U.S. military or its reserves. Further, they must not have been released from service with a dishonorable discharge.

There is no fee for the veterans designation. However, PennDOT said regular renewal or duplicate fees still apply.

Forms for driver’s license or ID renewals and duplicates have a box for applicants to certify they are a vet and to have the designation added. Once the designation has been added to the card, it will automatically appear each time the card is renewed.

 

Veterans holding a non-commercial driver’s license or identification card can immediately apply for the designation by visiting www.dmv.pa.gov and clicking on the American flag/veterans designation icon.

To renew a commercial driver’s license and add the designation, applicants must complete and mail in a DL-143CD form and applicable fees. To obtain a duplicate CDL with the veterans designation, applicants must complete and mail in a DL-80CD form and applicable fees.

The veterans designation does not entitle a veteran to any special consideration or discount. Rather, it identifies the bearer as a veteran.

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