Military Appreciation Day at Keeneland

Military Appreciation Day

Military Appreciation Day at Keeneland

Keeneland invites all Active Duty, Guard and Reserve members, Veterans and their families to Keeneland on SUN 23 OCT 2011 for Military Appreciation Day. Military and family members with Military ID; Veterans may present a DD-214, VA Health Card or Veterans Service Organization (VSO) membership card to receive FREE General Admission at any pass gate and Reserved Seating in the grandstand.
8A Deployment Training Event – Families of KYNG 198th MPs, 1/149th IN, ADT3,3/20th SFG are invited to participate 11A The Keeneland Handicapper will give instruction about choosing a horse for making bets.

“Military Kids Zone” – Youth activities will be available in the until 2P SUN

General Information:
11A Gates Open
1:30P First Race. Races every 30 minutes with the last race going-off at 5:15P
For more information, visit

19 NOV 2011
SHORT FUSE RSVP: Deadline for reservations is SAT 15 OCT 2011

Marine Corps Recruiting Station Louisville (MCRSL) has graciously extended an invitation to all Kentucky Marines to celebrate the 236th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, Saturday 19 NOV 2011, at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, Kentucky.

Guest of Honor will be Master Sergeant Keith Bean, USMC (Retired).
Attire: Military Dress Blue “A;” Civilian Dress: Black Tie; Marine Corps League: Red Blazer (Formal).
6:00p Cocktail Hour
7:00p Ceremony
8:00p Dinner and Dancing (‘til Midnight)

Price per person: $55.00
Tickets are available through Dewey Amundsen (Marine Corps League);
Telephone (502) 239-2683.
Please Note: Dewey Amundsen does not have e-mail. Please call him for reservations.

Make checks payable to “Marine Corps League Det #729” and mail to:
Dewey Amundsen, 8924 Beulah Church Road, Louisville, KY 40291.
Please designate Beef, Chicken, or Vegetarian meal selection when making reservations.

“Hiring Our Heroes” Veterans Career Fair & Exhibition
TUE 25 OCT 2011
Lexington Convention Center (next to Rupp Arena)

Jobseeker Information
Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Career Fair welcomes veterans and their spouses to the event on October 25 at the Lexington Convention Center. Veterans from throughout Kentucky are welcome to attend. This event is free for jobseekers.
10:00a Registration* opens for jobseekers
(registration continues all day)
11:00a-6:00p Career Fair Open
Jobseekers are encouraged to pre-register for work at or
by visiting the Central Kentucky Career Center at 1055 Industry Road in Lexington.

By registering for work jobseekers will have their qualifications and information available to employers that currently have posted job openings. Registered jobseekers will be provided a KY number and they can bring that number to the job fair and receive assistance from Central Kentucky Career Center staff with their job search. Pre-registration is not required but will help shorten the time to sign in at the career fair.

“Hiring Our Heroes” Veterans Career Fair is part of a U.S. Chamber of Commerce 100-city-initiative, lead locally by the Commerce Lexington Business & Education Network in partnership with state and local organizations.

Have questions? Need more information? Call Commerce Lexington at 859-254-4447


At the recent Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention at Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. James E. “Ted” Bassett III was honored by the Society with the prestigious “Distinguished Citizen Award.” Mr. Bassett, who currently serves as Chairman of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK), was introduced to a formal black tie dinner crowd of over a thousand people, including 50 of our nation”s most valorous military veterans, all recipients of the Medal of Honor, with a video tribute depicting his many accomplishments. Mr. Bassett is a World War II Marine Corps combat veteran of the Battle of Okinawa, former Director of the Kentucky State Police, Chairman of Keeneland, and founder of the Breeders” Cup, among other positions of great responsibility. Mr. Bassett is a founder of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, which was responsible for the planning, financing, and construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia.

In accepting this honor, Mr. Bassett delivered what many in attendance believed to be most moving and meaningful remarks, which I and several other members of the MCCCK were privileged to witness. At the urging of fellow Marine Corps veterans, his comments have been transcribed and are set forth below. Mr. Bassett made us all proud to be Marines on this wonderful evening, in the presence of so many of our national military heroes, spanning all our armed conflicts from World War II to Afghanistan. Presentation of the “Distinguished Citizen Award” was made by SgtMaj Allan Kellogg (Medal of Honor, U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam, 1970).

I am truly pleased to share these remarks with you.

Semper Fi,
Ed Armento

OCTOBER 1, 2011

Thank you―Sergeant Major Kellogg―for that very kind and overly generous introduction―and thank you ladies and gentlemen for your support and presence this evening.

We are deeply honored to receive this prestigious award and to be invited to attend this very special 150th anniversary of this esteemed society.

As a citizen and ageing World War II octogenarian, I would like to take a few brief moments of my response to also pay tribute to our distinguished honored guests this evening, who have earned the right and the privilege to wear the coveted Congressional Medal of Honor.

Looking across this room I become uncomfortably aware of how microscopic my contributions are compared to the sacrifices and achievements of these decorated heroes.

These gallant warriors are universally admired and continue to serve as an inspiration to generations of citizens as a sterling example of extraordinary courage and leadership―earning the reverential respect of a grateful nation.

Having read the Medal of Honor commemorative book, one cannot help but be overwhelmed by the gravity of the challenge and the severity of the risk, which each of these men endured–facing a life expectancy rate of less than 50%. Few, if any, can comprehend the magnitude of their decision and their urgency to act.

As one of the thousands, who have served and been wounded in combat – who, upon reading your citations of valor, one cannot help to be vicariously challenged of how one would react if faced by the same dire tense circumstances.

Would we, in the heat of battle, have the same will, the same courage, the same determination as each of you to transform oneself from an individual gripped by fear and the cloak of self- preservation to an individual with a sense of purpose and a higher priority for the protection, the preservation of others and the will to achieve a strategic objective.

The question may never be answered, but each of you have, without question, answered the call.

And, the message that you would send in an unspoken way, resonates through each of your citations of valor – the nobility of service above self and the unbreakable will of never, never, ever―giving up!

Semper Fi !

VETERANS BENEFIT – Social Security Earnings Credit

If you served on active duty any time from 1940 through 2001, you qualify for a higher social security payment because of your military service (the program was done away with in January 2002). Up to $1200 per year of earnings credit will be credited at the time of application – which can make a substantial difference in social security monthly payments upon your retirement. You must bring your DD-214 to the Social Security Office – and you must ask for this benefit to receive it!

Visit the Social Security Administration website at for more info.

TAMP – Transitional Health Care for National Guard and Reservists

Leaving the military way of life can be stressful for service members and their families. When service members leave active duty, TRICARE offers a transitional health care option for eligible beneficiaries and their families while they look for new health coverage. The entire family is covered for an additional 180 days. This program is predominately for National Guard or Reservists separating from active duty and returning to a reserve program. The program is called Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) and extends TRICARE eligibility for sponsors and their family who involuntarily separate from the military prior to retirement. In order to qualify, the service member must:
Be involuntarily separated under honorable conditions.
Be a National Guard or Reservist who is separated from the military, following an active duty period of more than 30 consecutive days.
Separate from the active duty, but be involuntarily retained for reserve duty.
Separate from active duty, following a voluntary agreement to stay on active duty status for a period of less than one year.
A sponsor who receives a sole survivorship discharge.
Be separated from active duty and who agrees to become a member of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve of a reserve component.
Under TAMP the sponsor and family members are automatically covered under TRICARE Standard and Extra. During TAMP, dental care provided in military dental treatment facilities is on a space-available basis. For more info visit the TRICARE Dental Program website at or to learn more about TAMP and enrollment options, go to the TAMP website at

9-month Army Deployments to beginning JAN 2012

Army officials announced that most soldiers will deploy for nine months, giving them more time at home between deployments, beginning 01 JAN 2012. Army Secretary John M. McHugh signed a directive instituting a nine-month “boots on the ground” policy for deployed soldiers, providing more “dwell time” at home for soldiers and their families. Corps units and above, and individual augmentee deployments will remain at 12-month deployments, officials said, adding that the goal for the corps units is eventually to get to nine-month deployments. Most augmentees — those with particular skills or those in low-density skill sets and grades — will remain on 12-month deployments. This change in policy, to be implemented fully by 01 APR 2012, will affect soldiers in all named operations, including Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Noble Guardian in Kosovo and Multinational Forces Sinai in Egypt. Reserve and National Guard unit tour lengths will be the same 9-months as active duty. However, officials noted, deployment and mobilization are two different issues. Even though individuals/units may still be mobilized for 12 or more months, they will be deployed only nine months of a mobilization.

National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of 30 AUG 2011

The total number currently on active duty from the Army National Guard and Army Reserve is 71,128; Navy Reserve, 4,454; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, 10,295; Marine Corps Reserve, 5,956, and the Coast Guard Reserve, 740.This brings the total National Guard and Reserve personnel who have been activated to 92,573, including both units and individual augmentees. A cumulative roster of all National Guard and Reserve personnel who are currently activated may be found on line at

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