We said goodbye to one more of the Bedford Boys last week. Ray Noell was originally a member of Company A, although he had been transferred out of the company in 1942 after Capt. Taylor Fellers sent him and a couple of others off to officer candidate school. He came ashore in Normandy two days after D-Day and commanded a platoon in another company in the brutal hedgerow fighting.
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”
The topics for this month are the widow befits programs of which there are two program, each distinctively different and each with its own eligibility criteria.
The first to be addressed is the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) program. For a survivor to be eligible for DIC compensation the veteran’s death must have resulted from one of the following causes;
1. A disease or injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while on active duty or active duty for training.
Nearly ten years ago, Americans looked on in horror as the events of September 11, 2001 unfolded. At the end of the day the skyline of one of our greatest cities was forever changed, the Pentagon, a symbol of America’s military strength was still smoldering, and a previously indistinguishable field in western Pennsylvania had suddenly and terribly become an unmarked grave for America’s newest heroes.