Hello from Base Camp V.

Well the Holiday Season has passed and the island is returning to the quiet time of winter. We hope everyone had a Happy and Safe holiday and will have a Happy and Healthy New Year! Now that the weather is turning colder, please remember to check on our friends and neighbors who are alone and may need to be watched over. We are a strong and close community and this is a part of what makes Brigantine "An Island You Love For Life".

Members and their guests, Beverly has another great menu planned for your dining pleasure this Friday evening, starting at 5:30 PM. Then on Saturday evenings, starting at 6 PM, stop by for a Hamburger Platter and/or other surprise items that Beverly has in the kitchen. On Sunday mornings, from 11 AM to 12:30, stop by and pick up Breakfast Sandwiches for the family. You can call the Post at 609-266-9813 for the full Friday night menu or you can just stop and be surprised.

Members, plan to attend our next meeting on Thursday, February, 6th., at 7:30 PM. So please mark your calendars.

Veterans, remember that the state of New Jersey recently enacted a law to increase the state income tax deduction for honorably discharged veterans, from $3,000 to $6,000. To qualify, you must complete the State Exemption Form and send it, along with a copy of your DD-214, to the Division of Taxation. To get a copy of the form, and if you have internet access, go to nj.gov/treasury/taxation/pdf/veteransexemptionform.pdf.

For those veterans without Internet access, or if you need assistance with this process, you can contact Bob Frolow, the Atlantic County Veterans Service Officer, at 609-677-5700. Veterans, please do not pass up this Great Benefit.

Plan to stop by the V with some friends, to watch and cheer all of the College Championship, NFL Divisional Round, and all of the NBA and NHL action.

As our Post and Auxiliary are always looking for new members, if you are, or know a fellow veteran, who was Honorably Discharged, or if you are a family member of a Veteran who was Honorably Discharged and would like to become a member of the Auxiliary, stop by the Post with a copy of your or the family member who served in the military, form DD-214, and someone will assist you in applying for membership. You can then see all that the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Auxiliary, can provide to it's members and what it does for Veterans in Need and Our Community. No One Does More For Veterans!

If you are looking for a Hall to have a Baby or Wedding Shower, Birthday Party, Meeting or Get Together, stop by the V and check out our facility. It's available for rent throughout the year and very reasonable.

Finally, please remember to keep the brave men and women, stationed around the world defending our great nation, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers.

That's all for this week. Stay Safe and God Bless America!

Sgt. D

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