West Point Class of 1955

Class Widows Support Program SOP



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Class Widows Support Committee

Mission: To conduct a committee-structured program that will enable widows of our Classmates to maintain such contact as they desire with our Class and our spouses, and to participate in Class activities.

Concept: Organize the geographic structure of the United States into several (5) regions and assign a committee to carry out the programs that are planned and which may be developed. Management of the effort will be conducted by a selected Class member and a widow who will be Co-chairs appointed by the Class President. Selection of the five Class members and widows who will manage the programs within the five regions (Region Coordinators) will be the responsibility of the Committee Co-chairs. Oversight of the general conduct of the Class Widows Support Committee will be the responsibility of the Class Historian and Class Scribe. Tours of duty for Committee members will be indefinite as long as the individuals are capable and interested in continuing. If financial support for minor administrative needs arise; the Executive Committee will provide support as deemed necessary.

General Responsibilities of the Committee:

a. A volunteer for the Committee will maintain a current and accurate list of Class widows in each region to include addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses if available, in coordination with the person who maintains the Class Roster. New lists of Class widows in each region will be provided to the Region Coordinators as required.

b. The Region Coordinators will periodically contact the participating widows in their region and provide them with appropriate information on West Point and Class activities for which they may be interested or wish to participate. This can be accomplished by telephone, mail, or e-mail.

c. The Co-chairs will provide periodic feedback on Committee activities to the Executive Committee. This will be coordinated as necessary with the Region Coordinators.

Marcia Cathey and Dick Wargowsky
Co-Chairs
July 2012



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Remarriage Note

Military survivor benefits cease upon remarriage of the widow, but if the subsequent marriage ends due to divorce or death, the widow is authorized reinstatement of the survivor benefit pension tax free, but must advise the service and the VA when such divorce or death has occurred and reapply under her military spouse.

Once the application is made for restoration of the benefit, the VA processes the request and the benefit can begin again from the date requested. But, cannot be retroactive for the preceding years during which they were unaware that the marriage had terminated.



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Widows Support Committee Co-Chairs

Marcia Cathey and Dick Wargowsky


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Regional Chairs

Central: Dick Baker

Mid-Atlantic: Marcia Cathey and Dick Wargowsky

Northeast: Natalie Wilcox and Roy Lynn

Southeast: Carol Riggs and Phil Enslow

West: Marlowe Viney and Bud DeMaris


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