From the Desk of our NAAV Vice Commander, Nov 2023

Now we have Labor Day Let’s work together and keep getting things done. Convention is over, and what a great time we had.

We have updated our website. Check it out

WE ARE IN NEED OF A Newsletter Editor. Do you or someone you know want to help NAAV out? This is a lot of work for someone, maybe a couple of people. Keith & Mary Ann are doing the Newsletter, but we need someone to help with it. They’ll learn the ins and outs of putting the newsletter together, then off to the printing.

Convention: We toured the city of Oak Ridge, TN, a very secret City in the late 30’s and 40’s

We have new prices on some of our NAAV items in the store. I will get a new list out on the web page, soon. The jackets are $75.00, T-shirts are $35.00. and caps are $30.00.

Also, the board has raised the annual dues to $35.00 and the life membership to $350.00. VA is offering Veterans a fall alert free of any charges. It is called the ”Liberty Honor Alert.” Ask your doctor about this.

Keith Is staying busy with a lot of projects. He is a very busy person. We need to thank him for
the time he spends doing what he does.

We have many members and spouses with health problems. We need to keep then in our prayers.

Membership: We have lost several members due to age. We have been checking on members, who have not updated their information. If your dues are not up to date, you will not receive the next Newsletter.
Keith has set up an account to pay your dues online, or should you order from the store and want to pay online call Keith. His phone # is 612-232-6596.

I will repeat this. “Keep working with your state’s Congress to Get July 16th as Atomic Veterans Day annually. Also get a section of highway to become Atomic Veterans Memorial Highway.

State Commanders PLEASE. Please Make contact with your members and get members to get current in dues and Information. Until Dec. 31, just $25.00 will get them current. Please update your information. If your phone numbers are not current, e-mail or call with that information. When you send in dues, let us know of any changes. Thank you to members that send in extra dues earmarked for helping someone that needs
help with their dues and other support of NAAV. Please make checks out to NAAV, Not to me. Let’s help update the data base.

A big Thank you to the State commanders and members that have supported NAAV. Many of our life members have passed away and we were not notified.

Please stay safe and be careful.
Fred Schafer
National Vice Commander

From the Desk of the National Commander, Nov 2023

As you read this quarter’s newsletter, you’ll find it’s been a very busy three months. Atomic Veterans Day; keeping on top of moving our legislative Bills; planning, implementing, travel and wrap up of the NAAV Convention; preparation, travel, attendance of the AVCSM Award Ceremony; and writing articles for and preparation of the newsletter. (This is not all of the list.) I believe all those that attended really enjoyed this year’s Convention and AVCSM Ceremony.

At the convention, we launched a new look and feel to the NAAV Website, as well as, a DNA Testing program at a significantly reduced price. I encourage members to check the website out and you and your family participating in the DNA Testing. (Page 7) & (Pages 5 and 6)

Please support the legislative efforts by calling your Federal Senators and House member to support our Bills. (Page 6)

Unfortunately, with the increased costs of postage, printing and other supplies, we have had to raise the annual and lifetime membership rates. It has been well over a decade since we last raised these rates. (Page 11)

If you have had the VA deny a claim for Prostate Cancer or other form of Cancer, please contact Steve Johnson. We believe there is a pattern of blanket denial. If this proves to be the case, then we may be able to cause an investigation into this practice. (Page 9)

Thank you to all of the individuals that donated items to NAAV for the auction. Your generous donations helped offset convention costs and NAAV operational costs. (Page 9)

Five individuals were acknowledged for significant achievements, contributions and outstanding dedication to Atomic Veterans at the NAAV 2023 Convention. Unfortunately, due to errors, the plaques were not available to be presented and will be forthcoming. (Page 9)

Please keep in mind the following dates:

  • Coast Guard’s Birthday August 4th
  • Final Capping of Ruint Dome Sept. 6th
  • US Air Force’s Birthday Sept. 18th
  • International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons Sept. 26th
  • Navy’s Birthday Oct. 13th
  • Daylight Savings Nov. 6th
  • Election Day Nov. 8th
  • Marine’s Birthday Nov. 10th
  • Veteran’s Day (observed) Nov. 10th
  • Veteran’s Day (traditional) Nov. 11th Space Force’s Birthday Dec. 10th

Don’t forget all of the Veteran’s discounts available and the many companies that provide free meals on and around Veteran’s Day.

Thank you to those supporting the organization and your fellow Veterans.


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