Passing of Ed Bello's mother posted 29nov18

SF                           CHAPTER 76
            South Florida Chapter 
           “The Green Berets”

November 29, 2018

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,
We have just found out about the passing of Ed Bello's mother.
Viewing is tonight at San Jose Palm Funeral Home from 6pm - 11pm at 4850 Palm Avenue, Hialeah 33010.
Ed’s email address for condolences is
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We are sorry for your loss Ed. RIP

Joe Pruett on behalf of
Ed Pijuan

Pre Retirement Seminar December 15th,2018

            CHAPTER 76
            South Florida Chapter 
           “The Green Berets”

November 15, 2018

From the 81st Readiness Division via Ed Pijuan to whom this may apply…


The 81st Readiness Division, Retirement Services Office, will be hosting a
Pre-Retirement Seminar on 15 December 2018 in Miami, FL from 0800-1630. If
you are receiving this e-mail you have 15 years or more of creditable Army
Reserve or National Guard service.

If you are a "GREY AREA" or Retired Reserves Member, you are NOT officially
retired until you begin to draw retirement pay.

1. This event is for information purposes ONLY and DOES NOT mean you or
Soldiers have been identified for retirement.

2. This briefing will provide necessary information on how a TPU/MDAY
Soldier may apply for retirement benefits such as RCSBP / SBP, DFAS,
Retirement Pay, Tri-Care, Social Security, VA, Thrift Savings Plan and other

3. The Letter of Instruction (LOI) with all required information is attached
for you to RSVP effectively.

***Please note, this event will require a valet parking fee of $11.

4.  Use this link to RSVP for this event:

   a. Scroll over link and hold "CTRL button" or Copy and paste link to
your Web Browser
   b. Pop-Up Blockers must be disabled on some Web Browsers to function
   c. Once all seats are filled, this RSVP invitation will be closed for
additional reservations.
   d. You must RSVP using this link to request your reservation. No emails
will be accepted.
   e. If you do not plan to attend this event, please don't action this
   f.  Once you have RSVP'd, please save your confirmation number as you
will not receive a confirmation email.  

5. Seats will fill quickly so please RSVP immediately to ensure you are
captured for the briefing, as there will be a very limited standby list
available. Once registration is complete you will not be able to register
for this event.

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding this event please
don't hesitate to contact the RSO team at the following email address

81st RSO Email:

Mrs. Sonya Jones
DHR, Retirement Services
81st Readiness Division
Fort Jackson, SC 29207
(O) 803-751-9864

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Veterans Day Discounts for Veterans posted 8nov18

SF                           CHAPTER 76
            South Florida Chapter 
           “The Green Berets”

November 7, 2018

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,
Below is a partial list of Veterans Day discounts and freebies available to current military members and veterans.  Have a happy and safe Veterans Day weekend.
4 Rivers Smokehouse – Atlanta, Carrollwood, Coral Springs, Orlando, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Kissimmee, Longwood, Orange Park, Tampa, Tallahesse, Winter Garden, Winter Park, FL
Veterans can enjoy a free sandwich on November 12. Please show a valid military ID at your local Smokehouse.

Brevard Zoo – Melbourne, FL
Current military members and veterans receive complimentary general admission on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11.

Castillo de San Marcos – St. Augustine, FL
Admission to the fort will be free in honor of Veterans Day. The Castillo is open from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Florida Aquarium – Tampa, FL
All active duty military, retired, prior service of the Armed Forces (includes Guards and Reserve), and Dependents, can receive one free general admission ticket on 11/11 and 11/12.

Florida State Parks
Free park entry for everyone at Florida state parks on 11/11/2018.

Harry P. Leu Gardens – Orlando, FL
Free admission for all Veterans and current military on 11.11.

Ker’s WingHouse Bar and Grill – Altamonte Springs, Bradenton, Clearwater, Daytona Beach, Daytona Speedway, Doral, Ellenton, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Kissimee, Lakeland, Largo, Miami, New Port Richey, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Sanford, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Wesley Chapel, FL
Free meal from a select menu for veterans and active duty on Veterans Day.

Legoland Florida – Winter Haven, FL
All veterans and active duty military can celebrate Veterans’ Day all month long by saving up to 25% on select dates during the month of November.

The Lightner Museum – St. Augustine, FL
All former military personnel with identification and their immediate families will be free on Veterans Day November 11th and on Veterans Day Observed November 12th.

Naples Zoo – Naples, FL
Veterans and active military service members get in free during Veterans Day Weekend (Saturday, Nov. 10 through Monday, Nov. 12.) Additional guests in the party receive discount to regular Zoo admission. Proof of service required

New York Prime – Boca Raton, FL
Sun., Nov. 11 New York Prime is honoring veterans and active duty military service members with a free entrée.

Old Town Trolley Tours – St. Augustine, Key West, FL
This Veterans Day, free Admission to the following:  Old Town Trolley Tours, Old Jail, Oldest Store Museum Experience and St. Augustine History Museum.

Orlando Science Center – Orlando, FL
In honor of Veterans Day and Aviation Month, a special admission offer for all veterans and active military from November 1–21, enjoy free admission for yourself and a discount for your family by presenting valid military ID.

Optimus Car Wash & Detail – Bradenton, FL
Veterans can have a free car wash all day on November 12.

Space Coast Area Transit – Brevard County, FL
All veterans ride for free on Veterans Day.

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum – St. Augustine, FL
Veterans receive free admission on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11 as well as a discount for their immediate family members. Active duty also receive free admission and so does their immediate family.

TooJay’s – Altamonte Springs, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Coral Springs, Hallandale Beach, Jupiter, Lady Lake, Lake Worth, Lake Mary, Lakeland, Ocoee, Orlando, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Plantation, Sarasota, Stuart, Tampa, The Villages, Vero Beach, Wellington, West Palm Beach, FL
Veterans and active duty miltiary eat free on Veterans Day from a select menu.

United Skates – Tampa, FL
Free Admission for active and retired Military & Families on Monday, November 12th 12:00-4:00pm.

World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum – St. Augustine, FL
Active-duty military, veterans, and their dependents get free admission for all  on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, 2018.

Zoo Miami – Miami, FL
Zoo Miami will offer free admission to all veteran, active, and reserves U.S. military personnel with the appropriate military ID, on Friday, November 9 through Monday, November 12.

Hurricane Grill & Wings list is available at the links below: provided the list below:
Participation may vary, so be sure to check with your local restaurant to confirm that they’ll be offering the Veterans Day special.

Free food and drink

Applebee’s : Every year on Veteran’s Day, Applebee’s serves a free meal to active duty and veteran military service members. Although the majority of Applebee’s restaurants participate, call your local franchise and ask about requirements.
54th Street Grill & Bar: All military personnel receive a FREE entree (up to $12). Dine-in only, on Veteran’s Day, Sunday, November 11.
Back Yard Burgers: On Sunday, November 11, Back Yard Burgers is offering a free Back Yard Classic Burger to all active duty service members and veterans who show their military ID, discharge papers, proof of service or are in uniform. Find a Back Yard Burger near you. No purchase is necessary for veterans to get this complimentary burger.
Bar Louie :  Active military and veterans will receive a free flatbread or burger up to $15 in value on Sunday, November 11, from open to close. Valid military I.D. must be shown.
BJ’s Restaurants: On Sunday, November 11, all military members who dine-in restaurant receive a complimentary entree up to $12.95 plus a free Dr Pepper beverage by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse location nationwide. And for the entire month of November, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and Dr Pepper are contributing 11,000 Pizookies® to the restaurant’s ‘Buy a Hero a Pizookie’ program. Current or retired military simply claim a Pizookie® by following this link from November 1 through November 30, while supplies last. Once claimed, the offer is emailed and valid for 72 hours. Guests who would like to honor these heroes can contribute $1 or more on their restaurant bill to the program.  With a contribution of $1 of more, Guests will receive a bounce-back coupon for a FREE Pizookie® with any food purchase of $9.95 valid through December 31, 2018.
Bonefish Grill: On Sunday, November 11th, active and retired service members with a valid military ID will receive a complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp® appetizer. You must present a valid military ID. Visit to find a location near you.
CentraArchy Restaurants : On Sunday, November 11,  CentraArchy Restaurants are honoring veterans and active duty military service members with a free entrée. Includes California Dreaming, New York Prime, Chophouse ’47, The Tavern at Phipps, Carolina Roadhouse, Joey D’s Oak Room, Burro Loco, Gulfstream Cafe, Chophouse New Orleans.
Chili’s Restaurants : Chili’s founder, Norman Brinker, proudly served in the U.S. Navy. On November 11, Chili’s offers a special menu for veterans to eat for free at the restaurant’s many locations across the United States. Valid ID is required. Call your local Chili’s for more information.
Chipotle : Chipotle is offering a special buy-one-get-one (BOGO) offer on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018. The BOGO promotion is available for all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses and retired military with valid ID, at all restaurants in the U.S. from open to close on Veterans Day. The offer (purchase one entree item and receive one of equal or lesser value) is valid on burritos, bowls, salads and taco orders, but only on in-store purchases. You may not combine with other coupons, promotions or special offers. Limit one free menu item per military ID, subject to availability.
Cracker Barrel: All military veterans will receive a free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert. Dine in only.
Cotton Patch CafeVeterans and active duty receive a free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken Fried Chicken on Veteran’s Day, November 11.
Denny’s : On November 11, veterans, retired, non-active and active duty military are eligible to receive a Free Build-Your-Own Grand Slam. You must show valid ID or DD 214. Offer is valid from 5 am to noon, November 11, and in-store only. Call your local Denny’s for more details.
Dunkin Donuts : On Sunday, November 11, veterans and active duty military are eligible to receive a free donut of their choice with no purchase necessary at participating Dunkin Donuts. Limit one per customer, in-store only. This offer is not available for orders placed on On-the-Go app.
Famous Dave’s: Get a FREE Two-Meat Salute (Two-Meat Combo served with your choice of one side and a corn bread Muffin) on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12 in honor of Veterans Day.
Friendly’s: Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military to a free dine-in breakfast, lunch or dinner from select menus on November 11, 2018.  A valid military ID or honorable discharge card must be shown.
Golden Corral: On Monday, November 12, 2018 from 5 PM to 9 PM, military veterans, retires and active duty personnel are invited to a free sit-in “thank you” dinner.
Green MillFREE menu item for lunch or dinner at participating locations. The offer includes any single item from the menu for dine-in only. Pizza is restricted to small one-topping Deep Dish pizza. Active duty military and veterans must show proof of service. Available only on November 11, 2018 at participating restaurants only. Not valid with any other discount or offer. Beverages and gratuity not included.
Grub Burger Bar: Veterans and active military get a complimentary entree on November 11.  Proof of duty required. Grub also provides an ongoing year round discount for veterans by offering a 10% percent off any purchase with a valid military I.D. or uniform.
HMSHost :Military veterans and active duty personnel may receive a complimentary Budweiser BBQ Cheddar Burger at one of its approximately 50 participating HMSHost-operated airport restaurants. The offer is valid on Monday, November 12, and customers must present valid identification. Follow the link for more details. HMSHost is also holding special Honor Our American Heroes events at select U.S. airports. HMSHost invites travelers to pause from their travels and write their messages of gratitude for veterans. You can also share messages of gratitude on social media using #HMSHostFoodFight.
Huddle House: Free order of Sweet Cakes to all active military members and veterans with proper I.D. from Nov. 9-12.
Hy-Vee : Most Hy-Vee’s provide a free breakfast buffet for veterans during regular breakfast hours on every Veterans Day.
Little Caesar’s Pizza : Little Caesars® Pizza will serve all United States Armed Forces veterans and active military a free $5 HOT-N-READY® Lunch Combo at participating stores. On Sunday, November 11, from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m., veterans and active military members can receive their free $5Lunch Combo ( four slices of Little Caesars popular Detroit-style DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish pizza, paired with a 20-ounce Pepsi product).
Metro Diner:The restaurant will offer 20% off to active and retired military with valid military ID on Monday, November 12th. Available at all diners. Visit to find a diner near you.
McCormick & Schmick’s:  Veterans and Gold Star families (parents and spouse) can enjoy a complimentary lunch or dinner at McCormick and Schmick’s on Sunday, November 11.
Mimi’s Cafe : Honorees with a military ID can choose from select menu items with the purchase of a non-alcoholic beverage. Menu items include: Slow-Roasted Turkey entree, Brioche Cheeseburger, Asian Chicken Salad, Brioche French Toast, Breakfast Tacos, or Four Buttermilk Griddlecakes. Offer is good only on November 11.
Veterans day menu
On the Border:  Simply present proof of military ID or service on November 11, and enjoy a Free Create-Your-Own Combo 2 Meal. Choose any two items off the combo menu like tacos, enchiladas, empanadas, mini chimis and more. All are served with Mexican rice and beans, plus endless chips & salsa.
Pilot Flying J: Pilot Flying J is offering those who serve a free breakfast. From November 10 to 12,  active-duty and retired military veterans can use the myPilot app to redeem an offer for a free Pilot Coffee of any size with their choice of a PJ Fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item or a Cinnabon Center of the Roll. The offer is valid at any of the participating Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers in North America.
Red Lobster: All active duty military personnel receive a 10% discount on purchases every Monday. On November 11 and 12, veterans, active duty and reservists will receive a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu.
Red Robin: FREE Double Tavern Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries. You must show proof of service. Offer valid only on November 11, 2018.
Rock and Brews: All active duty military, veterans, and first responders will receive a complimentary meal on Veteran’s Day at any Rock & Brews location nationwide. Contact your local Rock and Brews for more information.
Sagebrush SteakhouseAll veteran and active duty personnel are eligible to receive a complimentary meal from a select menu on November 11, 2018. The offer is valid from 11am to 10pm. All veterans will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card.
Shane’s Rib Shack: Shane’s Rib Shack locations will offer military personnel a free sandwich, regular side, and 20-ounce beverage. Offer is good November 8 through 10. Military ID or proof of service is required. Call your participating restaurant for more details.
Texas Corral: Veterans and active duty service members receive one entree from a special Veteran’s Day menu with a beverage (iced tea, coffee or lemonade).
Texas RoadhouseFREE meal from a limited menu to active, retired, and former military personnel on November 11.  Call your local restaurant for specific guidelines – each restaurant may offer different menu items.
Wienerschnitzel: On November 11, Wienerschnitzel is offering a free Chili Dog with a small fry and a small Pepsi to all veterans and active duty service members. Present your military ID or dress in your uniform.
Wild Wing Cafe: Military veterans, retirees, and active duty  may choose from any Awesome Salad, Wild Wrap, Beefy Burger or Chicken Sandwich. Please show proof of military service. Proof of service includes: U.S. Uniformed Services ID Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, veterans organization card (ie: American Legion, VFW), photograph of yourself in uniform, citation or commendation. Some restrictions may apply. Valid all day on November 11th at participating locations.
Vets Eat Free!

Other Discounts & Freebies

Aquarium of the Pacific : Admission is free for active duty and veterans of the military on November 11, 2018. Valid ID must be shown at the ticket window.
B&Bs for Vets: Veterans are eligible for one free night at participating B&Bs in the US and Canada. The offer is good for one night on or around Veterans Day, November 11. Visit the link for lodging near you or your destination. You must book directly with the business, and valid ID is required.
Brides Across AmericaFREE wedding gowns for military brides.
Goodyear Auto Service/Just TiresGoodyear Auto Service and Just Tires locations nationwide say “thanks” to those who serve by offering all active and retired military members and first responders FREE “Checks for Vets,” plus up to $250 off tires. The offer is valid from November 9 through November 11 – book appointments beginning November 9, but the offer can be redeemed through November 16. You can find more details here. The “Checks for Vets” offer includes FREE tire, brake and battery checks. Military and first responders will also receive 10 percent off tires instantly, which could save you $250 when used with additional in-store offers.
Grace for Vets : Active duty or veteran military service members are entitled to a free car wash on November 11. Use the search tool to find a participating car wash near you. All veterans and service personnel get a free car wash at participating locations. Grace For Vets is a non-profit organization that unites the car wash industry in U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia with this program.
Great Clips: FREE haircuts for veterans and active duty military.
National ParksFREE entry for everyone — even if you’re not a veteran or active military member — at all its parks on Veteran’s Day, November 11.
Dental Care: Pan Care Health, a Florida dental company is offering free health and dental care for veterans on November 9th.
Red Roof Inn : All active duty and veterans can enjoy 20% off the best available rate for stays reserved November 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019 when using VP#623095. The Home for the Holidays rate is only available when you book online at or by calling 800.RED.ROOF (800.733.7663). This offer may not be combined with other offers or discounts, and may not be available on high-demand nights. The offer is valid from November 1 to December 31, 2018.
Seaworld: Military veterans and active duty military get free entrance into SeaWorld theme parks for free or at lower cost when they access the theme park website through Waves of Honor. You must get the tickets through the Waves of Honor site – this offer is not available at the gate.
Sports Clips: Active duty and retired or veteran service members can get a free hair cut on November 11.


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From: Joe Pruett <>
Date: Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 4:53 PM
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SF                           CHAPTER 76
            South Florida Chapter 
             “The Green Berets”

November 6, 2018

Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,

Saturday morning January 12, 2019 at 1130 we will meet at Bass Pro Shops, 200 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida. 

SEE MAP LOCATION close to SW corner of Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport

Joe Pruett on behalf of
Ed Pijuan

Update Tom Young 29 Nov 18

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Hello SF Members and Friends of the Association,
FB update on Tom Young for non-Facebookers below.
Tom is at home now, feeling well, according to a later comment.  I know nothing more than this, Joe P J.

Xmas Packages for Troops

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From: Joe Pruett <>
Date: Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 10:20 PM
Subject: Troop Care Packages addresses needed ASAP
To: Joe Pruett <>

SF                           CHAPTER 76
            South Florida Chapter 
           “The Green Berets”

November 15, 2018

Hello to all,
Joe Motes of the American Legion is in need of addresses of service men and women serving in Iraq or Afghanistan so he can mail each a 30 pound Troop Care box. 

They have to be overseas for at least another 2+ months from now.

Please email Joe Motes the address as soon as possible…that’s

Joe Pruett on behalf of
Ed Pijuan

Chapter Blog is located at

Please update your email address to prevent interruptions

ED PIJUAN (C Co ’78-’85)








JOE PRUETT (C Co ’80-’89)