Clarification on Post 911 GI Bill Housing Benefits


There has been some confusion over the past several days regarding the Post-9/11 GI Bill Housing Allowance and what VA will or will not pay. Secretary Robert Wilke has clarified what VA will do in a statement released November 29, 2018.

The Secretary said that each and every Post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiary will be made 100 percent whole – retroactively if need be – for their housing benefits for this academic year based on Forever GI Bill rates, not on post-9/11 GI Bill rates. Once VA is in a position to process education claims in accordance with the Forever GI Bill – each and every beneficiary will receive retroactively the exact benefits to which they are entitled under that law.

Please see the statement from Secretary Wilkie:

If you have any questions or need additional assistance please contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Central Time, Monday-Friday. Thank you for your continued patience and may this holiday season be full of joy and happiness to you and your family.

VBA Education Service


Life is Growth

I want to share this email with you.

Life is growth.

And yet, we shrink in the face of opportunities to grow.

Because growth is pain. We don’t like pain.

So when life presents us with an opportunity to grow, we often choose to stay where we are.

“I’m not ready.” Or whatever reason we give ourselves.

And it’s a plausible excuse. Plausible, because there’s always some truth in it.

How much CAN one person handle at once? You need recovery time. You need time to relax and enjoy as well.

And it’s easy to buy into your own rationalizing when there’s truth mixed in.

However, while growth IS pain, growth is ALSO joy. Deep satisfaction. Real pride.

Grow personally and your influence, impact and income grow too.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Edison

Here’s what I’ve noticed.

You go through your days with an Inner Knowing that you’re capable of more, specifically in area X.

And one day you have an opportunity to do something about X.

There’s a catch: Acting on that opportunity, well… it’s gonna hurt.

You don’t feel ready.

You don’t have the money. You don’t have the time. You don’t have the knowledge. You don’t have _____.

And so you wait. And the opportunity passes you by.

Well, notice what just happened: You chose the illusion of comfort over growth.

I say the illusion of comfort because this comfort comes with a perpetual nagging inner voice, always reminding you that you’re settling for less than you’re capable of being.

AND really, it’s worse than that.

If you don’t push yourself to what you think is your limit, you never find out what your limits really are.

David Goggins didn’t wait to run his first 100 mile 24 hour race until he was ready.

Neither should you or I.

The point isn’t that you or I should run 100 miles in 24 hours. The point is that you and I each have our own version of a 100 mile race.

And when the opportunity to run that race shows up, you won’t feel ready.

Here’s what you must remind yourself of at that time:

No one is ever ready for their next big opportunity.

HOWEVER, it is those who commit to run their next “race” even before they know how they’ll finish… They’re the ones who feel the pride, joy and deep satisfaction of living.

The rest?

They get daily angst. And ultimate regret.

So next time your opportunity shows up, and you don’t feel ready…

Take it.

Dov Gordon

Scam Alert

Normally I wouldn’t post something like this but it is the holidays and I don’t want anyone to fall for it. This is for Clark County in Washington; please share.

Scam alert! Scammers are calling customers and threatening to disconnect power if the customer doesn’t pay. These scam calls are getting more and more sophisticated and convincing. Scammers are specifically targeting small businesses like bakeries, pubs and retailers and are telling people to pay their bill with a prepaid card, which is a sure sign of a scam. The calls even appear to be from Clark Public Utilities on caller I.D.. Please be on high alert and don’t fall for it!

If you receive a call threatening immediate disconnection if a payment isn’t made, hang up and call us back at 360-992-3000. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will happily check the status of your account for you.

Please be safe and help us spread the word to family and neighbors, especially the elderly and non-english speakers.

🍗 The One Most Important Thing to Remember This Thanksgiving

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us again. How did this year fly by so quickly?

Tomorrow many of us in the U.S. will gather with loved ones to give thanks for all the blessings the universe has delivered unto us. Whether you’re grabbing one of many seats around a large family table, sitting down for a meaningful meal with a few close friends, or plan on spending the day by yourself, we would encourage you to set aside just a little bit of time to acknowledge and appreciate what – and who – you have in your lives.

This small act of self-reflection allows for a deeper appreciation of all the advantages and good fortune we enjoy in our daily lives. In recognizing the many blessings we share, we are also reminded that many people go without those same benefits we too often take for granted.

Thanksgiving is also a time for unity. Every morning we wake up and are confronted by an extremely divisive chapter in human history. But, despite what politicians and pundits may suggest, existence is not a competitive sport and life on Earth need not be played like a contentious zero-sum game. The human mind is capable of amazing things – let’s aim to use it to lift one another up as we search for abundance and meaning on this journey, rather than waste that tremendous gift engaging one another in battle.

Come tomorrow, you may find yourself seated across from someone with whom you disagree. We would challenge you, if only for just one short meal, to set aside your squabbles – however passionate about them you may be – and instead focus on what brings people together during the holiday season in the first place: our innate love for one another, our shared awe in the majesty of the human spirit, and the unassailable bond we all share as brothers and sisters. This Thanksgiving, let us be reminded of – and thankful for – the one truth of which we can always be certain: we are all children of the same universe.

In that spirit, we wish a most Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

In peace and love,

ULC & Rev. Jaime A.

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Support the VFW

Shop Amazon, Support the VFW Foundation:

With the holidays quickly approaching, online shoppers have the opportunity to assist America’s veterans, service members, and their families by shopping at AmazonSmile and selecting the VFW Foundation as their charity of choice. Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the total purchase price to the Foundation upon checkout. Items eligible for donations are indicated on the products’ pages. Donations to the VFW Foundation support many vital troop support programs, such as financial grants to help military families during emergencies, veterans’ scholarships, assistance with filing VA claims, and more. You can even select the VFW Foundation as your AmazonSmilecharity of choice after the holidays are over. Call the Foundation at (816) 968-2720 if you have any questions.


If you’re like me, you’re SOOOOO sick of news channels. Yes, all the big players are biased and have their own agenda – and this agenda is primarily to sow discord and get people angry, so we keep watching their news. At the same time, Facebook and YouTube are purging whatever news sources they don’t like (this happens on the right and left). There is an interesting thing that I am keeping an eye on called  ISEGORIA  (horrible name but great concept). They are going to create a block-chain based news network for independent news that will provide alternative sources of news. I recommend that you keep an eye on it too.