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 American Legion Post 383

   The Post will have a "Four Chaplains" Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4. Following the ceremony, the Post is honoring Mike Stacey with a birthday party and his devotion to the Post.

On Sunday, Feb, 6, the Post will have an auction at noon followed by a pig roast at 3 p.m. Proceeds go to the building fund for the Post.


AmVets grand opening

   William Crow  AmVets Post 447 in Inglis will have their long-awaited grand opening on Saturday, Feb 5.  There will be food, door prizes and a drawing every 30 minutes for a free drink and entertainment. For more information, call 352-447-4473.


World War II Veterans

   All World War II veterans are invited to the monthly meeting at Akins Bar-B-Q & Grill, 1160 S.Main St., Bell, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday Feb. 10. Bring your spouse or a fellow veteran and join the camaraderie.

   Our deepest sympathy to Ruby Duke on the loss of her husband of 60 years, Ed Duke. Ed served in the Navy in World War II, and was a very special person.

   If you have any questions call Virginia Lewis 352-528-2310 or Dot Halvorsen 352-542-7697.


No paper checks for VA Benefits after 2013 

   The Department of the Treasury has a new rule that will extend the safety and convenience of electronic payments to millions of Americans and phase out paper checks for federal benefits by March 1, 2013. 

   On that date, the VA will stop issuing paper checks. People who do not have electronic payments for their federal benefits by that time will receive their funds via a pre-paid debit card. 

Another deadline affects people receiving VA's compensation or pensions for the first time after May 1 of this year. Those people will automatically receive the benefits electronically. 

   For more information or to change VA benefits to direct deposit, visit www.GoDirect.org or call 1-800-827-1000.