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JetBlue offering police free flights to slain NYPD cops’ funerals
By Daniel Prendergast and Natasha VelezDecember 24, 2014 | 3:24pm
JetBlue offering police free flights to slain NYPD cops’ funerals Police officers watch over a makeshift memorial in remembrance of the two NYPD cops who were slain over the weekend.
Photo: Paul Martinka
JetBlue airlines said Wednesday it will be offering free flights to police officers from around the country who wish to attend the funerals for the two slain NYPD cops killed over the weekend.
The airline said it will allow up to two cops from each department to fly at no charge from anywhere across its route network to New York City.
NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos
“We’re honored to do what we can to support the communities we serve, and our team has made flights available to law enforcement agencies … who wish to send representatives to New York to support their brethren,” said JetBlue spokeswoman Sharon Jones.
Officer Rafael Ramos’ funeral will be held Saturday at the Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale, Queens, and is expected to be packed with cops from far and wide.
Funeral services for Officer Wenjian Liu have not been finalized, but JetBlue said it is working with a partner carrier to bring the cop’s relatives to New York from China at no charge.
Police departments looking to send representatives can send a written request to the airline at DearJetBlue@JetBlue.com.
Don’t credit me with the mongrel prose: it has many parents-at least 420,000 of them: Policemen.
A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.
Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are “new”. What they really mean is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace.
Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That’s a better average than you’d find among clergy!
What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He’s a strangely nameless creature who is “sir” to his face and “fuzz” to his back
He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.
But…If the policeman is neat, he’s conceited; if he’s careless, he’s a bum. If he’s pleasant, he’s flirting;if not, he’s a grouch.
He must make an instant decision which would require months for a lawyer to make.
But…If he hurries, he’s careless; if he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.
The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt.He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being “brutal”. If you hit him, he’s a coward. If he hits you, he’s a bully.
A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake.
A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding.
But…If he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he’s a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn’t, he’s a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen-but refused to remember.
The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.
And, of course, he’d have to be genius….For he will have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.
What is a policeman? And Now The Rest of The Story
By: Psychologist Barry Schwartz
Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz’s estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
THE PARADOX OF CHOICE
I would like for you to consider if having more choices in your life makes it easier for you. Especially with money decisions. Today we are asked to make decisions on financial issues, but we have limited skills in this area- if any. We are asked to choose where we are going to place our hard earn money: in a 401k, 457 , TSP or 403b retirement system. What mutual fund is best for us is left up to us to decide. Most of us LEOs do not have the background or knowledge to make an educated decision and later we fail to reach our financial goals. Were we set up for failure as LEOs, or have we gotten to the point where no one wants to make a decision? Well folks, listen to Dr. Schwartz, share with other LEO/Military and let me know what you think.
I want to talk to you about rejection. All of us have felt rejection before. It can come into our lives in many different forms, such as when you don’t get the grade you want, the job you want, or even the girlfriend or boyfriend you want. Many of the clients I talk to feel rejection with respect to money. They feel that rejection when they try to get a loan, a mortgage, a credit report. They feel rejection when they don’t have money for their bills, or when they can’t buy the things they want. Rejection can often lead people to feel depressed, sad, or even hopeless. I want to tell you about a few people who have been rejected in their lives. Abraham Lincoln was one of the great presidents of the United States. He actually ran for public office and was defeated seven times before he was elected president. Think about the rejection he must have felt in each of those elections, after all the time and effort put into campaigning- just to lose again. But Lincoln didn’t quit. He was defeated, he was rejected, but he didn’t give up. He kept going and he finally one. Let me tell you about a person who was a reject from society. Let’s see if you can guess his name. This guy was a teacher and preacher, but he was poor and never made much of a living at his work. He had a small following and a group of close friends, but many of them abandoned him and rejected him when he needed them the most. And then, worst of all, he was sent to help a nation of people, but they rejected him and called for him to be executed. The very people he was trying to save chose to free a convicted criminal rather than him when they had the chance to free him. After disparaging him, lying about him, selling his belongings, scattering his friends, and humiliating him, they finally watched him be killed when a court of law admitted that he had done no wrong. Talk about the ultimate in rejection, the ultimate injustice. Who was this man? My friends, it was Jesus. But even after all of this, even after being crucified on the cross, even after all of his suffering- did he give up? Did he quit his mission? Did he abandon all hope? No, my friends, he didn’t. He came back. He was resurrected and came back victorious. He finished teaching his disciples; he empowered them and sent them into the world to teach others. And now we think of him as being the most influential man who ever lived.
So friends, when we are feeling rejected, let’s be rejects the way Abraham Lincoln and Jesus Christ were rejects. Let’s be rejects who never give up. Let’s be rejects who persevere and emerge victorious.
As a member of USAA, I am proud to say that this is a company dedicated to those who have served. USAA does a great good at protecting our family through many of their products without taking us toward bankruptcy. I saw an article in the USAA Magazine that cuaght my eye and I wanted to pay it forward. Here is the story of Angelo Jones who not only got out of $42,000 in debt (disaster) but managed to save $25,000 allowing Jones to participate of the “American Dream” of purchasing a home.
For the rest of the story click on the following link (Logo):
Note: I am a USAA happy customer and I am not being paid. Best regards, Felix A. Montelara, Author: Potencial Millonario
Aquí esta el primer episodio de potencial millonario.
Wow, déjeme saber cual es su opinión sobre como ayudar a otras persona a llegar a estar libre de deudas, y llegar a tener mas dinero. Le doy las gracia a Luis Gierbolini por ser uno de los primero en hablar sobre su experiencia después de haber leído el libro Potencial Millonario
Do you know someone that has committed Financial Infidelity?
Well here is the most important thing to do when avoiding falling into financial infidelaty. “Share information.” for the rest of the story.
I will discuss the importance of creating and having an emergency fund, which is a separate savings account that is only used for emergencies.
law enforcement officers can greatly reduce stress, minimize ethical matters, obtain security clearances, by creating an emergency fund. It is reported that the national salary estimate of police and sheriff’s officer is $58,720. this is a gross estimate and those not include automatic deductions like, taxes, and health insurance costs.
Having an Emergency makes good personal financial sense specially if you have a family that depends on you. It advise that is found in the Bible as well. Proverbs 13:11 states “Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.” This passage deals with two aspects of money management: how you earn your money and how you save it.
First, how is your money earned? Do you work an extra part time job or several part time jobs? You must know that when you do this you are trading your time for money. The trade may not be a bad choice f you balance it. Times is one thing in this world you can’t get back. Treading your time for money is a means of paying for material things: utilities, homes, clothing, etc. It will not make a person happy by itself and can affect your life forever. Especially if you are missing out on lifetime events.
Creating an emergency fund can be interpreted as working and saving a portion of your income more diligently, or it could mean carefully making a budget so you can stop wasting your money on unnecessary things.
Many families with money problems actually earn enough- they are just unaware of how they are wasting their money. For example, do you know how much you spend on coffee, vending machine snacks, or personal appearance products each month? Could some of that money be saved instead? And you can participate of the lifetime events you would have missed. You would be surprised how much money you waste. This is why it is so important to make an honest budget and to really be aware of all of your expenditures each month. It is likely help you create an emergency fund and you could end richer each month if we chose to save rather than waste.
As Proverbs tells us- those who strive to use money carefully and wisely will be rewarded.
The reward for the careful gatherer of money is that it will grow. When you begin your savings account, it may seem painfully small. But the Bible encourages us to keep working at it. With time, the savings will grow. God may reward your diligence and care with other positive outcomes as well- but you will never reap those benefits unless you begin the correct way.
I encourage every law enforcement officer to take a look at how you earn your money and how you save it. You can’t begin an emergency fund or savings account until you understand where your money comes from and where it goes.
Keep in mind that as Proverbs says, “whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.” There is no shame in saving a dollar here or there, if that is all you can afford. Be proud of yourself for gathering that dollar, caring for it, and storing it away. This is how your money will grow, and this is how Scripture instructs us to act.
I have spent my share of money on “STUFF,”
I did not need but rather really wanted. Yes I needed some “R&R” and a reward once in while but you can go to far wasting money that you can save for your emergency fund that will reduce your stress and provide you with peace of mind.
Please leave me your comments and tell me that you how you are not wasting your time…
I was not able to find the original source of this document.
I got the information via a professional contact but the list has been posted on many sites. However, while researching the source of this list I found a great blog with a lot more information for veterans. So here is that link: http://veteransdaydeals.blogspot.com/ After the list I have the history of Veteran’s Day
Felix A. Montelara
Author: Bulletproof Finance
Check these out for Veterans Day, November 11, 2014. Identification of some type required for most. See highlighted note below.
Two notes before jumping in:
Participation: Always call ahead to verify locations, dates, times, and participation. Many of the companies listed are franchises, and may have different policies.
Proof of Military Service: Most companies require some form of military ID. These include: a Military ID Card(active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Drivers License with Veterans Designation, Photograph in uniform, wearing your uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may go by the honor system.
7 – Eleven: Veterans, active members of the US military and their immediate families can stop by 7-Eleven on Veterans Day and get a free small Slurpee drink. Just bring proof of current or former US military service to participating 7-11 stores.
Applebee Restaurants: The will again provide a meal at no cost for all military active, retired and veterans. Proof of service is required in the form of a Service Retired I.D. card or other such proof. For a restaurant near you go to www.applebees.com.
Bar Louie, Free meal on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Active duty military members and veterans can receive a free meal, up to $10 in value, and a free non-alcoholic beverage. Available at all locations, military ID or proof of service is required (source). Find a location near you.
BED BATH & BEYOND November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Big Lots – 10% off your entire purchase. Offer available to active duty, Guard/Reserve, veterans, retirees and their immediate family members, with valid ID. Call ahead to verify.
BJ’s Restaurant: Free Lunch Entree or Free 1 Topping Mini Pizza at Dinner
buybuyBaby November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Cabela’s. Cabela’s is giving their standard employee discount to all US military veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel. Discount varies from 5% to 20%, depending on the item.
California Pizza Kitchen. Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage for veterans and active military with valid ID or proof of service. Find a location near you.
Chammps. On Veterans Day – All Veterans & Active Duty Military will receive a free burger (excluding the Pepperjack Bacon Stack Burger and The Kobe Burger). Please visit Champps Facebook page for more information.
Cheeseburger in Paradise. Free meal from select menu with military ID or proof of service. Beverages and gratuity not included. Find a location near you.
Christmas Tree Shops November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Chilis. Free entree to Veterans and active duty military from 11am -5pm.
DELTA SONIC TO HONOR VETERANS WITH FREE SUPER KISS CAR WASHES AND FREE OIL CHANGES ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11: BUFFALO, ROCHESTER, SYRACUSE , NY; ERIE, PA; and CHICAGO, IL – Delta Sonic Car Wash, in an effort to honor the men and women who serve our country, is offering free Super Kiss Car Washes and free oil changes to all military veterans and active service men and women on Tuesday, November 11. Customers simply need to tell the car wash cashier or oil change technician that they are active or a veteran of the armed forces.
Denny’s: Get free all you can eat pancakes at Denny’s. Call your local Denny’s.
Dollar General. 10% discount on entire purchase on Veterans Day. Offer good for all active-duty military, retirees, veterans, Guard/Reserve, & immediate family members. The coupon can be found in the store circular, or by asking an employe. Also good online, use Coupon Code VETERANSDAY. More info.
Face Values Discount Health & Beauty November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Famous Dave’s. Participating locations (see their website), are offering different meal deals for current or retired military on Veterans Day.
Food Lion. 12% off all groceries (some exclusions) for Active & Retired Military Personnel with military ID and MVP card. More info.
Free Car wash. Thousands of car washes around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day,. Find a list at Grace for Veterans, which helped veterans receive 101,537 FREE Washes.
Golden Corral (Hours vary by location!): Military Appreciation – Golden Corral restaurants will host their Military Appreciation with a meal at no cost for all military active, retired and veterans. No proof is required to enjoy this buffet meal. Guests of veterans will have to pay the regular meal price. No take outs. For more information refer to http://goldencorral.com/military/faq.asp. If you have questions, can contact their Corporate Headquarters at Golden Corral Corporation, 5151 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612 919-781-9310. Headquarters says “You will need to contact the location you are planning to attend to find out their specific hours as some of the locations are making adjustments to accommodate the veterans.”
Grace for Vets: Offers Free Carwash. The Grace for Vets Program honors all veterans and military personnel by giving them a free carwash. The program has carwashes participating in all 50 states and includes 467 carwash companies representing 1,181 carwash locations. For more information and to find participating carwashes, visit the Grace for Vets website.
Great Clips: On Monday, Nov. 11, customers who come in for a service can get a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable until Dec. 31.
Home Depot Military Discount: The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations. The 10% military discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. You can also find Home Depot discounts online.
Hooters: Free Meal. Hooter’s is serving 10 Free Hot wings to military veterans all day on Veterans Day. Offer good for all veterans and active duty military personnel. Offer valid at participating Hooters only; open to all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of military service. Drink purchase required. For more information, visit,www.HootersVeteransDay.com.
Hy-Vee, Free Breakfast. Free Veterans Day breakfast from 7am – 11am at all Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining. Please call ahead to verify participation, and bring proof of service.
JCPenny: Veterans, active duty and family members receive an extra 20% off in stores Nov. 6-11 with coupon.
Knott’sBerry Farms: Annual tribute to the Military, past and present. FREE admission for Veterans or current serving military personnel and one guest with proper I.D. presented at turnstile. The eligible person must be present. Dependent I.D.s will not be accepted. Plus purchase up to six additional tickets for just $19.00 each! Tickets can be purchased at Knott’s. Check out Knott’s Berry Farms Website: http://www.knotts.com/public/admission/prices/deals.cfm
Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut and small coffee. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.
Little Caesars Pizza. US Military and vets get a free order of Crazy Bread, with proof of military status/service. Call your local Little Caesars to make sure they are participating in this deal.
Lone Star Steakhouse. (update): All veterans and active duty military will receive a FREE entrée from the Stars & Stripes Menu. ID required, please call ahead for verification.
Long Horn Steakhouse. Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage for Veterans and active-duty military members. Visit their site to find a location near you.
Lowe’s Military Discount: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays. You can also find exclusive discounts at Lowe’s.com.
Max & Erma’s. Participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering military members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, which includes tortilla soup or side Caesar salad, seasoned fries, and chocolate chip cookies. Locations.
McCormick & Schmick’s: Complimentary Lunch or Dinner. The McCormick & Schmick’s Veterans Appreciation Event on, is offered at participating restaurants to veterans defined as a person who served in the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy or Coast Guard. Verification of service is required (retired ID card or DD214). McCormick & Schmick’s highly encourage reservations for the Veterans Appreciation Event as tables fill up quickly for this event each year. You can easily make their reservations online through the restaurant’s website at www.McCormickandSchmicks.com.
Massage Envy: Participating Massage Envy locations in the Washington DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia region are offering a complimentary 1-hour massage to active military, veterans and spouses on Monday, Nov. 11.
Menchie’s Free Frozen Yogurt On Veterans Day, Veterans and active duty personnel get a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt. Show a valid ID or be in uniform to receive.
National Parks: National Parks will offer fee-free days to ALL visitors at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. Visit one of your national parks on Veterans Day, and you won’t be charged an entrance fee. And making the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own special offers.
Olive Garden: Veterans and active duty military get a free meal on Veterans Day. With proof of service, choose from a special menu with breadsticks and a choice of soup or salad.
On The Border. “Sizzling Salute to Veterans” promotion. Mention this special, and On the Border will donate 15% of your purchase to Carry the Load, a non-profit military organization. Veterans and Service members with ID who dine at On The Border will receive a certificate for a free entree (up to $10) valid at corporate locations only. Find a location near you.
Outback Steakhouse: As an expression of Outback Steakhouse’s appreciation to our Country’s veterans and active duty military*, a free Bloomin’ Onion and Coca Cola will be available to them at every Outback in the country. Learn more. Please visit www.outback.com for locations.
Paciugo Gelato Caffe Paciugo will thank our nation’s veterans and troops on Veterans Day with a free 12 oz Gelatte. Military guests will need to provide proof of military service.
Red Lobster. Free Appetizer on Veterans Day with military ID or proof of service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers. Find a location near you.
Red Robin. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. Red Robin is also partnering with Heinz for Veterans Day to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Red Robin will also donate $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. Find a location near you.
Pirate’s Dinner Adventure: November 8th-11th, Veterans and Active Military are free. One free admission per paid admission. Valid at CA locations only. Call 866 439-2469 to make reservation, and mention “Veterans Free”.
Sizzler: Veterans and Military can show proof of service get a free 6oz Steak Entree with the purchase of a second one.
Sports Authority – 15% off all purchases. All Veterans and Military personnel please stop by your local Sports Authority store to receive 15% OFF YOUR ENTIER PURCHASE!
Sport Clips – Veterans Day. Sport Clips offers a Heroes discount which includes active and retired military. Please call ahead to verify participation. Find a location near you.
Steve Madden. We’d like to salute our heroes by doubling our everyday military discount of 15% to 30% OFF for Veteran’s Day ONLY. Valid with a form of Military identification (past or present) in Steve Madden stores only (not valid online). *Full priced merchandise only. Find a store near you.
Subway (not all stores participate – call ahead): Free Six Inch Sub – Select Subway locations offer a FREE six inch sub to military veterans on Veteran’s Day. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may not be available everywhere. Please call ahead.
Texas Corral. Free entrée (dine-in only). Offer available to all active duty members and veterans with ID. Note: All Texas Corral locations also regularly offer a 50% discount to active duty police officers, firemen and military personnel dining in.
Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch. Offer varies by location; our local Texas Roadhouse is offering a free meal from opening until 4pm. Other locations may vary in offer, hours, or availability. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information.
T.G.I. Friday’s – Free Lunch: Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID. More details on TGIFridays.com.
The Olive Garden, Free entrée. Offer good for veterans and active duty military, during regular business hours. Chose from a special menu; all entrées include freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Off er good in US and Canada, proof of service required. More info.
Travel Centers of America Free Meal On Veterans Day, all CDL drivers who are Military Veterans eat FREE at participating full-service restaurants with proof of service. Must present valid ID.
Tucanos Brazilian Grill All active duty, reserve and retired military and veterans receive a complimentary Churrasco meal. Also, get 10-percent off the entire bill for veterans and troops who dine with their families, from Friday, Nov. 8 through Veteran’s Day.
Twin Peaks Free entrée for service men and women (up to $10). Good for veterans and active service personnel with valid ID or proof of service. Dine in only; gratuity not included. Locations
Uno Chicago Grill. Free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active duty and veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required. Find a location near you.
Veterans Day in Virginia: A list of Veterans Day Events and Memorials in the state of Virginia is available on the Vacation in Virginia website. Hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and inns across Virginia are offering special rates, reductions and promotions for Veterans Day. National Parks and National Park Service sites are also free to all visitors on Veterans Day in Virginia.
Cost Plus World Market November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
History of Veterans Day
Source: Department of Veteran affairs
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation”which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”
President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. From left: Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts
In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.
The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.
The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Over the past several years, the number of federal workers with million-dollar Thrift Savings Plan accounts has jumped dramatically. And the surge is neither scandalous nor illegal. (This statement does not cover Congress).
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In April, 2010 there were 75 federal workers with $1 million accounts. By August of this year, that number had jumped to 2,675. It is probably higher today because of the surging stock market.
By mid 2014, there were 102,910 active and retired feds whose TSP balances were worth more than $500,000. The TSP has a total of 4.6 account holders.
Why the big jump in TSP millionaires? It defnitely wasn’t pay raises! Feds got a 1 percent pay raise in January after three years of federal pay freezes. They are currently in line to get another 1 percent in January 2015. Even with the miracle of compounding, a 1 percent per year pay raise is not the route to millionaire status.
Financial experts say the boomlet in federal millionaires (outside of Congress) is the result of the post-recession rebound in the stock market and rollovers into the TSP from some high-income appointees who have joined the government. That includes people appointed to diplomatic posts and as federal judges.
To become U.S. Ambassador to some prestigious post, you don’t have to be a millionaire who donated to the winner’s political campaign. But it helps! If you doubt it, ask any career Foreign Service Officer. Some of them have seen some real losers, including a few disasters, appointed not for their knowledge of diplomacy and foreign affairs, but rather because of their ability to write big checks.
A growing number of feds became TSP millionaires the hard way. They invested in the C, S and I stock funds, never flinched when the markets plummeted and continued to buy shares at — as it turns out — bargain prices in 2007, 2008 and as the markets made their slow recovery.
In 2010, the Board that runs the TSP processed 2,700 checks of funds being moved into the TSP from outside retirement accounts. They were worth $66.4 million.
On Wednesday’s Your Turn radio show, we talked with financial planner and writer Allan Roth. (The show is archived on our home page, so you can listen anytime). He said the TSP is attractive for rollovers because of its low-fees and the super-safe Treasury securities G-fund option.
Despite the surge in rollovers into the TSP, nearly half the people leaving government (retirement, other jobs, etc.) in 2012 withdrew all their money from the TSP within a year. We’ve been asking people why they did it, and hope to have a report soon. Some of the reasons may surprise you.