Widow needs to renew ID
May 22, 2012
Veteran’s widow wants to renew military ID
Dear Sgt. Shaft:
I am the widow of a deceased military, and I am eligible for the
military ID. I have been renewing it periodically. There are two
possible locations near Dallas, Texas, where I live where I can renew my
ID card. However, when I call, no one ever answers.
I live about 25 miles away from either the 300 Sustainment Brigade in
Grand Prairie or the 807th Medical Command in Seagoville, Texas. I do
not want to drive there and find it closed. How do I find out when they
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.
Via the Internet
I suggest you call the Grand Prairie Armed Forces Center at
972/343-4399; or the 300 Sustainment Brigade at 972/343-4126 or
• A recent letter sent from the Office of Management and Budget
to the General Accountability Office officially exempts the Department
of Veterans Affairs from mandatory budget cuts should sequestration
The letter, signed by OMB Deputy General Counsel Steven D. Aitken to
Julia C. Matta, GAO assistant general counsel for Appropriations and
Budget, clearly states that “all programs administered by the VA,
including veterans’ medical care, are exempt from
“Disabled veterans can breathe a sigh of relief today knowing
that VA programs are exempt from sequestration,” said Richard L.
DeNoyer, national commander of the 2 million-member Veterans of Foreign
Wars of the U.S. and its auxiliaries.
“This decision means the health-care plans and programs the VA
currently provides to millions of disabled veterans will continue
unabated, as will claims processing and veterans’ burial benefits,” he said.
“Protecting the VA is exactly what President Obama told me he
would do during a meeting in the Oval Office in March, and now he has
come through for America’s veterans and survivors. It’s a
great day to be a veterans’ advocate.”
• On the eve of Memorial Day, a star-studded line-up will grace
the stage for one of PBS’ highest-rated programs, the 2012
National Memorial Day Concert.
The multi-award-winning television event has truly become an American
tradition, honoring the service and sacrifice of all our men and women
in uniform, their families at home and those who have made the ultimate
sacrifice for our country.
The concert will feature riveting performances from some of the
world’s biggest stars. In addition, acclaimed actors will present
personal stories of love and sacrifice submitted by viewers through the
concert’s “Virtual Wall of Remembrance.”
The National Memorial Day Concert will air live in HD on PBS from the
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, May 27, from 8 to 9:30
p.m. ET before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at
home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American
The program is co-hosted for the seventh year by Tony Award-winner
Joe Mantegna of “Criminal Minds” and Emmy Award-winner Gary
Sinise “CSI: New York” -- two acclaimed actors who have
dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops
in active service.
They will be joined by an all-star line-up including: distinguished
American leader Colin L. Powell; the multiplatinum rock band Daughtry;
nine-time Grammy award-winner, singer and songwriter Natalie Cole;
country music superstar Trace Adkins; acclaimed film and television
actress Selma Blair; Emmy, Oscar and Tony award-winning actress Ellen
Burstyn; Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor and Vietnam veteran
Dennis Franz; and world renowned tenor Russell Watson in performance
with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops
conductor Jack Everly.
Consistently one of the highest-rated programs on PBS over the past
decade, the National Memorial Day Concert became the No. 3 top-rated
program in prime time on PBS during the 2010-2011 season with a 3.6
Nielsen rating, reaching more than 8 million viewers.
Featured stories in the National Memorial Day Concert will
* A heartfelt welcome home to our troops who have been serving in
Iraq and Afghanistan;
* The poignant story of a young widow who lost her husband in
* A segment profiling the heroic and brave efforts of veterans
from all wars; and
* A closer look at the plight of homeless American veterans.
“Each year on the eve of Memorial Day, we gather at the U.S.
Capitol to share the real stories of fallen and wounded heroes, their
families and their combat buddies as a way to remember, to grieve and
begin to heal,” Mr. Mantegna said. “Every one of your
stories of remembrance is important to us. We are honored to be able to
share these moving tributes from our loyal viewers as we remember the
sacrifices made by so many to preserve our freedoms.”
The U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff will also participate in the event
along with the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Chorus, the
Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters,
the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Armed Forces Color Guard and
Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington,
Send letters to Sgt. Shaft, c/o John Fales, P.O. Box 65900,
Washington, D.C. 20035-5900; fax 301/622-3330, call 202/257-5446 or