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VFW Calls on Vietnam Vets to Return Mementos Brought Home from War

From the Military.com website

U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War have been asked to return memorabilia they brought home to aid in the effort to account for North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and Viet Cong missing-in-action troops they fought against.

The request came from Veterans of Foreign Wars ahead of the 120-year-old organization’s annual convention, which starts in Orlando, Florida, this weekend.

In a news release Monday, the VFW asked Vietnam veterans to go through their closets, attics and footlockers to dig out mementos from a war half-a century ago to aid Vietnam’s effort to account for its own estimated 300,000 missing. However, the group noted, “no weapons please.”

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Poor Diet Kills More People Than Smoking, Global Study Suggests

From the Everyday Health website

What you eat — and don’t eat — may pose a bigger threat to your health than smoking, drinking, and other common risk factors for premature death. An extensive new study on diet trends around the globe ties poor diet to 11 million deaths around the world in 2017.

More than one-half of those deaths were connected with eating too much salt, and not enough whole grains and fruits.

The research, published in April 2019 in the journal The Lancet, reported that bad diets mostly contributed to deaths linked to heart diseasetype 2 diabetes, and cancer.

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As Seen in Midweek: Peter Ching

Irwin Santos Photograph 

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Habitat For Humanity Leeward

Habitat for Humanity Leeward O‘ahu recently welcomed players to its second annual golf classic at Leilehua Golf Course.

In the photograph: (L-R) Peter Ching, Yaida Hernandez and Zongxu Li


Peter Ching is a retired member of the Hawaii Air National Guard. He was a weapons controller at the then-169th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron. HE was a active member of the Hawaii National Guard Officers Association.

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Fun in the sun: Flightline shorts on the way for overheated Nellis maintainers

From the Air Force Times website

Fixing aircraft at Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base can be a scorcher.

The mercury on its flightline can top 120 degrees during the dog days of summer, base officials said in a Thursday email, and airmen who work long hours there can be at high risk for heat stress.

To help airmen deal with that punishing heat, Nellis has a secret weapon: Dad shorts.

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Check Six: B-2 Spirit First Flight – 30 years ago

From the This Day in Aviation website

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17 July 1989: The first Northrop B-2A Spirit, 82-1066, took off from Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale, California, on its first flight. The crew was Northrop Chief Test Pilot Bruce J. Hinds and Colonel Richard Couch, U.S. Air Force. The top secret “stealth bomber” prototype landed at Edwards Air Force Base 1 hour, 52 minutes later.

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Baby boomers are more prepared for death than they are for their own lives

From the MarketWatch website

Sometimes it’s easier to face death than the grim realities of life.

More than eight in 10 middle-income boomers have made at least one formal preparation for when they pass away, like having a will or outlining their funeral preferences, according to a study released this week by the Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement.

But only about 32% have a plan for how they will receive care should their health fail in retirement, just 20% have long-term care savings, and fully 30% have less than $1,000 saved for emergencies like a healthcare issue. And most aren’t all that concerned about it either: 40% of middle-income boomers say that retirement care planning is a low priority or not a priority at all.

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Money mistakes you should never make after 60

From the Bankrate website

Recovering from money mistakes is easy when you’re young. Your 60s, however, are a different story: when it comes time to start divvying up your nest egg, making poor decisions can prove costly.

Financial planning is important at all stages in life, but it takes center stage as you near retirement. Between deciding when to start taking social security, figuring out health insurance and managing your investments, making the right choices will help ensure that you and your family are properly cared for.

Once you’re over 60, avoid these financial mistakes, and you’ll be better prepared to enjoy your life.

HIARNG Soliders Deploy to Tiger Balm 2019

Off the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Facebook page

Army National Guard Soldiers, and U.S. Army Soldiers of the 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1-23 Infantry Battalion, 1-23 Striker Brigade Combat Team; along with Bravo Company, 2-130 Infantry Battalion, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team; in partnership with Bravo Company, 5th Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment participate in Tiger Balm Exercise.

Tiger Balm is the longest running national partnership between the United States and Singapore since 1981. Tiger Balm 2019 was held in Singapore from July 8 – 19, 2019.

See more photographs by Staff Sgt. Thomas Foster

Maximizing Social Security Survivor’s Benefits

From the Elder Law Answers website

Social Security survivor’s benefits provide a safety net to widows and widowers. But to get the most out of the benefit, you need to know the right time to claim.

While you can claim survivor’s benefits as early as age 60, if you claim benefits before your full retirement age, your benefits will be permanently reduced. If you claim benefits at your full retirement age, you will receive 100 percent of your spouse’s benefit or, if your spouse died before collecting benefits, 100 percent of what your spouse’s benefit would have been at full retirement age.

Unlike with retirement benefits, delaying survivor’s benefits longer than your full retirement age will not increase the benefit. If you delay taking retirement benefits past your full retirement age, depending on when you were born your benefit will increase by 6 to 8 percent for every year that you delay up to age 70, in addition to any cost of living increases.

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Kūkā‘ilimoku: July 2019

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The Kūkā‘ilimoku is the official e-newsletter of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard. This 15-page issue includes the following stories:

– Airman Safety App
– ANG Director Visits
– Airman makes progress toward dream college
– Subject matter expert exchange held in Indonesia
– 204th AS returns to Europe for Swift Response
– Wing Commander’s ‘Fini-Flight’
– Raptors join dispersal exercise
– West Virginia ANG joins JBPH-H for training
– Strong Bonds event develops relationships

Review the entire July issue here: July 2019 Issue of the Kūkā‘ilimoku

The 154th Wing Public Affairs Office staff continues to produce a world-class publication. The staff includes:

Capt Justin Leong, Public Affairs Officer
MSgt Misti Bicoy

TSgt Alison Bruce-Maldonado
TSgt Tabitha Hurst
SSgt James Ro
SrA Orlando Corpuz
SrA Robert Cabuco
SrA John Linzmeier


154th Wing Public Affairs Office
360 Mamala Bay Drive
JBPHH, Hawaii 96853

Phone: (808) 789-0419
Email: 154wg.pa@us.af.mil

Check Six: First Flight – Boeing 367–80 – 65 years ago

From the This Day in Aviation website

In tanker configuration, the Boeing 367-80 refuels a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. | click to enlarge

15 July 1954: At 2:14 p.m., Boeing test pilots Alvin M. “Tex” Johnston and lifted off from Renton Field, south of Seattle, Washington, on the first flight of the Boeing 367-80, FAA registration N70700, a prototype military air tanker and commercial airliner. For the next 2 hours, 24 minutes they performed high- and low-speed handling tests before landing at Boeing Field, Seattle. When Johnston was asked how the “Dash 80” flew, he replied, “She flew like a bird, only faster.”

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Don’t Let a Disaster Destroy Your Retirement Lifestyle

From the U.S. News & World Report website

August 31, 2015 – click on photograph to enlarge

Whether it’s a hurricane or flood, an accident or illness, or even a market crash, a disaster could lead to a financial setback that will be difficult to recover from, especially for retirees living on a fixed income.

Retirees are filing for bankruptcy in record numbers. One in seven bankruptcy filers is age 65 or over, a five-fold increase over the past two and a half decades, according to a 2018 Consumer Bankruptcy Project report.

Adding a disaster to an already delicate financial situation can easily put retirees over the top. “There are lots of ways you can lose money to different risks,” says Dave Totah, a financial planner at Exencial Wealth Advisors in Frisco, Texas. “Your home can burn down, you can be in an auto wreck or you can get sued. You can at least try to cover yourself in most areas. For the areas you can’t cover, how do you lessen the risk?”

Here’s what financial advisors recommend to help prepare for and survive a disaster.


Earlier Retiree News post: How to Deal with a Financial Emergency in Retirement