Speaking of winter — it is time for flu shots. Tricare and Tricare For Life cover the costs of the shot so please take advantage and get one. You may have to pay a co-pay if you go to your primary care physician. Remember to wash your hands, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and please stay home if you are sick.
There are many budget cuts being considered by Congress. Some of these impact military pay, retirement and health care. I urge all of you to educate yourself on these proposals and let your elected officials know your thoughts and desires. We need to learn from the past and not repeat the same mistakes, so remind our legislators of what didn’t work and why.
Do not think that it won’t affect you — the defense of our country rests on 1 percent of the population. If we do not have trained, well-equipped, career personnel, we are all in trouble. Just think of the sacrifices they make and realize that they have earned the medical services and retirement pay they receive.
The Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is holding a General Membership Meeting luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Elks Club, 143 Port Williams Road, in Sequim. Social hour starts at 11:30 a.m. All officers of the U.S. armed services are welcome — past and present. The speaker will be a Border Patrol agent. Lunch is a soup and sandwich buffet for $15.
We will be collecting old cell phones to turn in to Cell Phones for Soldiers to get calling cards for the troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. RSVP to me at 683-6419 if you are interested in attending — or if you can donate cell phones. I will be glad to pick them up.