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Widow of Medal of Honor recipient can't afford to attend Arlington burial
ktvb.com ^ | 08/11/10 | Othello Richards

Posted on 08/11/2010 2:59:44 PM PDT by DFG

ST. MARIES, Idaho -- Strangers are stepping up to help the widow of a north Idaho veteran who received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Vernon Baker died at his St. Maries home in July and will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941, served and was wounded in World War II. Vernon was 90 years old.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arlington; baker; medalofhonor; moh

1 posted on 08/11/2010 2:59:48 PM PDT by DFG
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To: DFG

I find this not believable. What about the 2 grand a month he gets just for the award of Medal of Honor? Was he receiving veteran’s benefits? There is a Medal of Honor group that involves all the Medal of Honor winners. Are they saying they can’t afford to give this women a plane ticket? Something doesn’t smell right here.....more information in the article would have been helpful of course.


2 posted on 08/11/2010 3:04:09 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: DFG

I can’t see a way in the story to give money to the travel fund.If anyone knows how to do it could you either respond to this post or send me a PM? Thanks!


3 posted on 08/11/2010 3:06:47 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: DFG

I would very much like to be informed when the account is setup so I may donate.

What a pitiful state things have come to when Government elites use our money to jet themselves and their friends all over the world and the wife of a man who serviced this country so well is left to beg to attend his funeral!!

Maybe it is time to sake the thrist of the Tree of Liberty!


4 posted on 08/11/2010 3:08:18 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Gay State Conservative

If you read the story you’ll see that the Post Falls National Guard is working to set up an account at all American West Bank locations to help pay for Heidy and her family’s travel. The account should be established and ready for donations by Wednesday.


5 posted on 08/11/2010 3:08:59 PM PDT by rahbert (If there's no umlaut, is it really uber?)
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To: Gay State Conservative

“the Post Falls National Guard is working to set up an account at all American West Bank locations to help pay for Heidy and her family’s travel. The account should be established and ready for donations by Wednesday.”

Here’s a list of branches:

http://www.awbank.net/locations_all2.asp


6 posted on 08/11/2010 3:11:08 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: napscoordinator
I know the CMOH gets a monthly pension for about $1000, I dunno if that goes to their spouse once they die.
7 posted on 08/11/2010 3:11:38 PM PDT by Palter (Kilroy was here.)
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To: Palter
The medal of Honor receives $100 per month the last time I checked with William Charette who is a receiptant. They initially received $10 per month but they revised it upwards because of the expense they incurred attending various functions. This sum is non taxable.
8 posted on 08/11/2010 3:17:34 PM PDT by spookie (SPOOKIE)
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To: Kartographer; All

Account has been set up.

Currently it is walk in to any branches but they accept checks mailed to any branches. The account is “Heidi Baker Account” and call for the account number, I have it but not a good idea to post it publicly.

I imagine can wire xfer as well, but didn’t think to ask.

Branch listing again

http://www.awbank.net/locations_all2.asp


9 posted on 08/11/2010 3:17:55 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Palter

As of 2008 it was $1194 per month but I don’t think it is transferable to a spouse.


10 posted on 08/11/2010 3:19:37 PM PDT by rednesss (fascism is the union,marriage,merger or fusion of corporate economic power with governmental power)
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To: rahbert

Yes,I noticed that.I made my request with the thought that [erhaps someone located near this woman,for example,might see an updated local story and pass the latest info onto us (or to me,at least).


11 posted on 08/11/2010 3:23:48 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: napscoordinator
What about the 2 grand a month he gets just for the award of Medal of Honor?


What two grand a month?

12 posted on 08/11/2010 3:24:20 PM PDT by abortionisalwaysmurder (Before you kill your baby, ask yourself, What did the baby do?)
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To: spookie
The medal of Honor receives $100 per month the last time I checked with William Charette who is a receiptant. They initially received $10 per month but they revised it upwards because of the expense they incurred attending various functions. This sum is non taxable.

That's more like it, they should get two grand a month, but not with this congress.

13 posted on 08/11/2010 3:26:04 PM PDT by abortionisalwaysmurder (Before you kill your baby, ask yourself, What did the baby do?)
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To: abortionisalwaysmurder

I guess it is only one grand but there was a bill going through congress and was supposed to be signed by President Bush to make it 2000 dollars but I guess it was not passed. The Medal of Honor will get you 1 thousand dollars a month.


14 posted on 08/11/2010 3:26:48 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator

Please remember that this was a generation that was not raised to expect to be given handouts from the gubmint. Maybe he was too proud of his service and never applied for his stipend? Maybe he didn’t know he was entitled to the stipend, even if his fellow Medalists tried to tell him he could get it, maybe he felt he didn’t want to “take some from the government”. Maybe he just wanted to go home after the war and return to his life and felt that even though he was awarded the CMoH that he was just doing his duty.

My late Dad fought most of his post military life (1939-1962 USA Retired) 1962-1990 for the rights of all veterans including testifying to congress in the 70’s. He even fought his own brothers who would complain about the problems they had from some service connected issue because they didn’t want welfare or any other handout.

My point, and his is they are not handouts but obligations to our Veterans and he was serious about enforcing the contracts he signed and what Uncle Sam claimed they would do for him in those contracts (not handouts).

The red tape and hoops the VA makes you jump through are not easy for some to get through and yet others figure that it is just part of their duty to go home and not say anything.

One last note was there was a huge fire in St. Louis that destroyed hundreds of thousands of veterans records in the late 40’s or early 50’s and his was one of them...


15 posted on 08/11/2010 3:35:27 PM PDT by shotgun
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To: DFG

He retired from the army as an officer in 1968, he worked for the Red Cross for 20 years, he was drawing $1200.00 a month for the MOH and collected retroactively, so I guess he had social security, military retirement, $1200.00 MOH, maybe a Red Cross pension.

I’m surprised that she could not squeeze out a funeral flight.


16 posted on 08/11/2010 3:35:33 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: shotgun

You know I did not even think of that. That generation is pretty “proud” and would most likely not request this. My grandparents were in this group and they never asked for anything (even though they didn’t have anything...:) But thank you for that post because it really made me think.


17 posted on 08/11/2010 3:41:23 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator

They are “recipients”, not “winners”.

I say that just so you know, not to be snippy.


18 posted on 08/11/2010 3:42:25 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Thanks! I am learning a lot tonight. lol.


19 posted on 08/11/2010 3:44:39 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator
What about the 2 grand a month he gets just for the award of Medal of Honor?

The 2 grand is only awarded to recent winners of the medal, his award was most likely the 50 bucks a month they received for WWII winners. As for the rest of your post, I don't know, but he sure as he** didn't get rich by winning the medal, he merely saved other American soldiers lives.

20 posted on 08/11/2010 3:50:20 PM PDT by calex59
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To: ansel12

I am surprised the airline isn’t flying RT for free.


21 posted on 08/11/2010 3:58:11 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: DFG

We give Millions to teachers to “keep working” .. but can’t get a plane ticket for these people? This gov does not understand PRIORITY and DECENCY ... just VOTES and POWER. I’m going to use the only “N” word I know ... NOVEMBER!!!


22 posted on 08/11/2010 4:09:34 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: DFG

We give Millions to teachers to “keep working” .. but can’t get a plane ticket for these people? This gov does not understand PRIORITY and DECENCY ... just VOTES and POWER. I’m going to use the only “N” word I know ... NOVEMBER!!!


23 posted on 08/11/2010 4:09:43 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: calex59; napscoordinator

The Veterans Benefits Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-330) set up a formula for future increases in the Medal of Honor stipend based on the annual rate of inflation. The new law also provides for a retroactive payment of stipends to cover the period between the act of valor and the awarding of the Medal of Honor. For those previously non-covered months or years, the payment will be based on the rate in effect at the time of the act of valor.

Previously, each increase in the Medal of Honor stipend required a specific act of Congress. The rate went from $10 in 1916 to $100 in 1961, $200 in 1979, $400 in 1993, and $600 in 1998. Under the new rates, the payments rose from $600 monthly to $1,000 monthly. The new rate was reflected in regular monthly payments starting November 1, 2003. On December 1, 2005 the rate increased to $1,069 per month, on December 1, 2006 the rate became $1,104 per month, and on December 1, 2007 the rate became $1,129 per month..

Effective December 1, 2008 the rate is $1,194 per month.


24 posted on 08/11/2010 4:14:31 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Yehuda

“I am surprised the airline isn’t flying RT for free.”

I’m not surprised at all!


25 posted on 08/11/2010 4:22:54 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: spookie
You know William Charette? Cool! My daughter was in the Charette Battalion of the Sea Cadets.
26 posted on 08/11/2010 4:22:59 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: rahbert

“The account should be established and ready for donations by Wednesday.’

Thanks for that info, rahbert.


27 posted on 08/11/2010 4:27:44 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Gay State Conservative

Maybe that scumbag Chief of Police in California who has the retirement income of $800,000 per year could make the widow a loan.


28 posted on 08/11/2010 4:56:28 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: DFG

On more important news, mac daddy will be taking his 100 vacation this year to relax from his busy schedule.


29 posted on 08/11/2010 5:01:56 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Kartographer

I thought airlines still offered bereavement fares (its been a while)...


30 posted on 08/12/2010 11:00:29 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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