Author: Vernon Jacks

Veterans Get a NO COST Flu Shot!

Flu Season is here! Veterans protect yourselves and get a NO COST flu shot!

The cold and flu season is upon us and the Department of Veterans Affairs has once again teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be able walk into any of the over 8000 Walgreens nationally (and the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York metropolitan area) to receive a vaccination at no cost.  Vaccinations will be available through March 31, 2018.

Veterans wishing to receive the no cost vaccination simply need to present a Veterans Identification Card and a photo ID, at any participating Walgreens to receive the vaccination. The Group ID is: VAFLU

In addition, after the Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine Walgreens will transmit that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient’s electronic medical record.

VA is committed to keeping Veteran patients healthy, and during this flu season, vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of flu.  No matter where you live, visit your local VA clinic or Walgreens to get a no cost flu shot.  

Thank you, Inspector General Lyons, for bringing this to our attention.


Imagine losing $1,000 a month (the “average” disability check), $12,000 a year and $60,000 over a 5-year period ($120,000.00 if you push it to 10 years). That’s what’s happening to many of our Veterans because they don’t take the time to do the paperwork to file their claims or they don’t follow through to the end of the process. They may even think they are not eligible for disability. That’s what NABVETS is here for and our service is FREE.

Brothers and Sisters, go to your meetings to find out more about disability inquiries; and, take a friend.  Support your chapters with your monthly (and annual) membership dues and attendance. Just as you were helped because your chapter had the money to assist you, help your chapter stay strong to assist other Veterans. We are stronger together, come join us. Be part of making the NABVETS a better and stronger organization. Let’s change the world starting with us.

Commander (Mr.) Connie McLauchlin
NABVETS Chapter #0014, Fayetteville, NC

One Man Can Make a Difference – Mike Moses

Introducing Mike Moses, NABVETS Commander Chapter #0096 of Southern Maryland and his commitment to the veteran community and recent accomplishments representing the National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. (NABVETS) and his Chapter.

Throughout the Month of June 2017, he has received several Community Awards pertaining to his veteran activities and support as a NABVETS Chapter Commander. The Plaque(s) state, 
“You are presented these awards “in grateful appreciation and support on behalf of the veteran community for strengthening the ties between the veterans and public,”” we present to you this community gratitude from the list of public sponsors:


·      Chairman Gilbert Bowing, Democratic Central Committee of Charles County.

·      Senator Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., President of the Senate

·      Senator Mack. Middleton, State of Maryland

·      Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, Democratic Whip, House of Representatives

·      Maryland Delegate Sally Jameson

·      DAV State Commander, John Patterson, Department of Maryland


In addition, during his tenure with the Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriots Park, he created a short film advertisement about the Museum, which was entered in the College of Southern Maryland’s Film Festival Competition where he placed in the Amateur First Place Category. The film screening will play during the month of July at local Black Box Theaters in Indian Head, Maryland for a special Mini-fest. 

Furthermore, as a NABVETS Chapter Commander, Mike was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan as World War I Commissioner until 2018.  Under this umbrella he is in the process of creating, filming, and producing four (4) documentaries:


·      Negro Participation During WWI and the Great Migration.

·      Negro Baseball Team Southern Maryland.

·      Triple Nickels Paratroopers/Jumpers (555), Sept. 2017 Dedication.

·      War 1812 Negro Freedom and the Defeat of Napoleon.


Moreover, every Monday from 9AM to 12 Noon he meets with and interviews 20+ veterans at the Andrews Air Force Vet Center to educate, support and assist veterans pertaining to claims (DBQ, Nexus Letter & E-Benefits Fact Sheets) coupled with explaining the various types of support resources that are available for ALL veterans.  Commander Mike Moses efforts in support of veterans expands 60+ volunteer hour’s monthly.


In conclusion, he is dedicated to the veteran population throughout and beyond Maryland’s boundaries. As Commander of NABVETS Chapter #0096, Mike Moses is a strong advocate for NABVETS and looks  to excel in his efforts to support ALL the thousands of veterans throughout the three counties under the umbrella of his Chapter. With all that Mike does, he is ensuring that NABVETS is and always will be a powerful force present and future.

The Sergeant Major Of The Army’s Top Ten Rules For Noncommissioned Officers

Can we “adopt” these rules in our everyday lives overseeing NABVETS in whatever position we may have?

The Sergeant Major Of The Army’s Top Ten Rules For Noncommissioned Officers

June 2, 2017 by Scott Faith – Posted in The Havoc Journal

Sergeant Major of the Army Dailey offered some powerful guidance for the “backbone of the Army,” the noncommissioned officers’ corps.  In case you missed it the first time we posted it, here it is:


No. 1. Yelling doesn’t make you skinny. PT does.

If you’re not out there saluting the flag every morning at 6:30, you can automatically assume your soldiers are not. Soldiers don’t care if you’re in first place. They just want to see you out there. This is a team sport.

PT might not be the most important thing you do that day, but it is the most important thing you do every day in the United States Army. The bottom line is, wars are won between 6:30 [am] and 9 [am].


No. 2. Think about what you’re going to say before you say it.

I’ve never regretted taking the distinct opportunity to keep my mouth shut.

You’re the sergeant major. People are going to listen to you.

By all means, if you have something important or something informative to add to the discussion, then say it. But don’t just talk so people can hear you. For goodness sake, you’re embarrassing the rest of us. Sit down and listen. Sometimes you might just learn something.


No. 3. If you find yourself having to remind everyone all of the time that you’re the sergeant major and you’re in charge, you’re probably not.

That one’s pretty self-explanatory.


No. 4. You have to work very hard at being more informed and less emotional.

Sergeants major, I’ll put it in simple terms: Nobody likes a dumb loudmouth. They don’t.

Take the time to do the research. Learn how to be brief. Listen to people, and give everyone the time of day. Everyone makes mistakes, even sergeants major, and you will make less of them if you have time to be more informed.


No. 5. If you can’t have fun every day, then you need to go home.

You are the morale officer. You don’t have to be everyone’s friend, but you do have to be positive all the time. The sergeant major is the one everyone looks to when it’s cold, when it’s hot, when it’s raining, or things are just going south. Your job is to keep the unit together. That’s why you’re there. The first place they will look when things go bad is you, and they will watch your reaction.


No. 6. Don’t be the feared leader. It doesn’t work.

If soldiers run the other way when you show up, that’s absolutely not cool.

Most leaders who yell all the time, they’re in fact hiding behind their inability to effectively lead.

Soldiers and leaders should be seeking you, looking for your guidance, asking you to be their mentors on their Army career track, not posting jokes about you on the ‘Dufflebag blog’. That’s not cool. Funny, but it’s not cool.


No. 7. Don’t do anything — and I mean anything — negative over email.

You have to call them. Go see them in person. Email’s just a tool. It’s not a substitute for leadership. It’s also permanent.

You’ve all heard it. Once you hit ‘send,’ it’s official, and you can never bring it back. Automatically assume that whatever you write on email will be on the cover of the Army Times and all over Facebook by the end of the week. Trust me, I know this personally.

No. 8. It’s OK to be nervous. All of us are.

This happens to be my favorite. It came from my mother. My mom always used to tell me that if you’re not nervous on the first day of school, then you’re either not telling the truth, you either don’t care, or you’re just plain stupid. [Being nervous] makes you try harder. That’s what makes you care more.  Once that feeling is gone, once you feel like you have everything figured out, it’s time to go home, because the care stops.  Don’t do this alone. You need a battle buddy. You need someone you can call, a mentor you can confide in. Don’t make the same mistakes someone else has made. Those are the dumb mistakes. Don’t do this alone.


No. 9. If your own justification for being an expert in everything you do is your 28 years of military experience, then it’s time to fill out your 4187 [form requesting personnel action] and end your military experience.

Not everything gets better with age, sergeants major. You have to work at it every day. Remember, you are the walking textbook. You are the information portal. Take the time to keep yourself relevant.


No. 10. Never forget that you’re just a soldier.

That’s all you are. No better than any other, but just one of them.

You may get paid a little more, but when the time comes, your job is to treat them all fair, take care of them as if they were your own children, and expect no more from them of that of which you expect from yourself.