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What's The Scuttlebutt?

The term corresponds to the colloquial concept of a water cooler in an office setting, which at times becomes the focus of congregation and casual discussion. Water for immediate consumption on a sailing ship was conventionally stored in a scuttled butt: a butt (cask) which had been scuttled by making a hole in it so the water could be withdrawn. Since sailors exchanged gossip when they gathered at the scuttlebutt for a drink of water, scuttlebutt became Navy slang for gossip or rumours

Pierce County deputy killed by fleeing burglar is identified; manhunt for gunman underway

A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed late Sunday while chasing two burglars in the Frederickson area. It was about 11:25 p.m. when deputies were called to a home in the 5100 block of 200th Street East for a home invasion.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Navy Veteran and Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney, who lost his life this morning while bravely protecting citizens of Pierce County.

"He was 34 years old, married and the father of 3 young boys. His mother also wants everyone to know he is a proud Navy Veteran."

Prepare your family for burial preferences, do they know:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death.

A Government-furnished headstone or marker may be provided for eligible Veterans who died on or after Nov. 1, 1990 and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone. A Government-furnished medallion may be provided for eligible Veterans who served on or after Apr. 6, 1917 and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker.

Flat markers in granite, marble, and bronze and upright headstones in granite and marble are available. Bronze niche markers are also available to mark columbaria used for inurnment of cremated remains. The style chosen must be permitted by the officials in charge of the private cemetery where it will be placed.

When burial or memorialization is in a national cemetery, state Veterans' cemetery, or military post/base cemetery, a headstone or marker will be ordered by the cemetery officials based on inscription information provided by the next of kin or authorized representative.

Spouses and dependents are not eligible for a Government-furnished headstone or marker unless they are buried in a national cemetery, state Veteran's cemetery, or military post/base cemetery.

Note: There is no charge for the headstone or marker itself, however arrangements for placing it in a private cemetery are the applicant's responsibility and all setting fees are at private expense.

Standardized forms: What’s this new claims process all about?    

And who does it affect?

Big changes have taken place in the disability compensation program at the VA. I am told e-mails went out to vets but don't remember getting one. Just in case I am posting this article here so you will have a chance to read it. Please contact a Veteran's Service Organization Service Officer for assistance and help us pass the word. Thank you

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