Published For RAUS MembersSummer 2013
In This Issue
Your Health
Military Reunion
National Military Family
Wounded Warrior Project
Online Renewal
History of Fireworks
Keep Us Accurate
Identity Theft Protection
Member Dues
About RAUS
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West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

As of July 2, 2013, 21 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of ten cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including one death, have been reported to CDC. Of these, three (30%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and seven (70%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.

West Nile Virus Activity by State
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List Your Military Reunion on the RAUS Website for Free

The USS Philippine Sea Association

The veterans of the USS PHILIPPINE SEA - "the most-decorated" aircraft carrier of the Korean war will meet:
CROWN PLAZA Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida
When: October 24th thru October 29th, 2013
Eligibility: Anyone, including U.S. Marine Corps, Air Groups and Squadrons, who ever served in any capacity onboard PHIL SEA from 1946 - her commissioning date until 1958 when she was decommissioned.
P.O. Box 496412
Port Charlotte, FL 33949-6412
(941) 743-5460

Contact us to send reunion information. Include dates of reunion, website link (if any), location of reunion, who is invited, additional information about the reunion, and contact information.

Just go to our website at and click on the Communications button
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The National Military Family Association is an organization with strong grassroots support. Not only do they support military families - they are military families. Spouses, parents, and family members make up their staff and board positions. They speak up on behalf of military families and empower husbands, wives, and children to understand and access their benefits.

Their mission is to fight for benefits and programs that strengthen and protect Uniformed Services families and reflect the Nation's respect for their service.

Founded in 1969, the National Military Family Association is the leading non-profit organization focusing on issues important to military families. They believe that all military families deserve comprehensive child care, accessible health care, spouse employment options, great schools, caring communities, a secure retirement, and support for widows and widowers.

Through continued advocacy on behalf of military families, they anticipate, listen, and react to the needs of military families through:
  • Offering more than $2,000,000 in scholarships to nearly 2500 military spouses to pursue their education goals.
  • Sending 45,000 children to Operation PurpleŽ summer camp, a free program for children coping with the absence of their deployed parent(s).
  • Organizing retreats to help military families reconnect after dealing with a war-related injury or after long separations.
  • Conducting research to assess the ever-changing military environment and its effect on families.
RAUS is a proud supporter of the National Military Family Association.
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Wounded Warrior Project
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to "honor and empower wounded warriors" of the United States Armed Forces with a vision to "foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history". The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) works to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

According to Charity Navigator, WWP allocates 55 percent of its revenue to program expenses and 44.8 percent to fundraising and administrative expenses.

The History page on the WWP web site currently states:

    Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.

RAUS is a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Renew Memberships Online
At the request of our members, RAUS is pleased to provide the ability to renew their membership online and pay by credit or debit card. Just go to our website at and click on the Online Dues Renewal button.

If you are considering converting to a Lifetime Membership, click on the Membership button and select Life Membership.

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History of Fireworks
Famous Chemistry Inventions
By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., Guide
Invention of Fireworks
Many people associate fireworks with Independence Day, but their original use was in New Year's celebrations. Do you know how fireworks were invented? Legend tells of a Chinese cook who accidentally spilled saltpeter into a cooking fire, producing an interesting flame. Saltpeter, an ingredient in gunpowder, was used as a flavoring salt sometimes. The other gunpowder ingredients, charcoal and sulfur, also were common in early fires. Though the mixture burned with a pretty flame in a fire, it exploded if it was enclosed in a bamboo tube.

This serendipitous invention of gunpowder appears to have occurred about 2000 years ago, with exploding firecrackers produced later during the Song dynasty (960-1279) by a Chinese monk named Li Tian, who lived near the city of Liu Yang in Hunan Province. These firecrackers were bamboo shoots filled with gunpowder. They were exploded at the commencement of the new year to scare away evil spirits. Much of the modern focus of fireworks is on light and color, but loud noise (known as "gung pow" or "bian pao") was desirable in a religious firework, since that was what frightened the spirits. By the 15th century, fireworks were a traditional part of other celebrations, such as military victories and weddings. The Chinese story is well-known, though it's possible fireworks really were invented in India or Arabia.

From Firecrackers to Rockets
In addition to exploding gunpowder for firecrackers, the Chinese used gunpowder combustion for propulsion. Handcarved wooden rockets, shaped like dragons, shot rocket-powered arrows at the Mongol invaders in 1279. Explorers took knowledge of gunpowder, fireworks, and rockets back with them when they returned home. Arabians in the 7th century referred to rockets as Chinese arrows. Marco Polo is credited with bringing gunpowder to Europe in the 13th century. The crusaders also brought the information with them.

Beyond Gunpowder
Many fireworks are made in much the same way today as they were hundreds of years ago. However, some modifications have been made. Modern fireworks may include designer colors, like salmon, pink, and aqua, that weren't available in the past. In 2004, Disneyland in California starting launching fireworks using compressed air rather than gunpowder. Electronic timers were used to explode the shells. That was the first time the launch system was used commercially, allowing for increased accuracy in timing (so shows could be put to music) and reducing smoke and fumes from big displays.
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UpdateKeep Us Accurate
To be sure your benefits are properly recorded, please advise the association when you change your name or address. If you receive inaccurate membership cards or other correspondence, we want to know. We do not mind reissuing membership cards.
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ID Theft Identity Theft Protection Service For RAUS Members

AllClear ID is the technology leader in the identity protection and credit monitoring market. The patented identity protection technology developed by AllClear ID makes it simple for you to protect your identity, and easy to take action if your personal information is compromised. RAUS members will enjoy a 20% discount off the regular monthly rate.

Just go to our website at and click on the Discounts button and select Technology & Security. From there, go to the AllClear ID login page and input the following Activation Code: "raus". This will allow you to register and receive the discounted rate.
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Membership Dues
40 or less$325
41 to 45$300
46 to 50$275
51 to 55$250
56 to 60$225
61 to 65$200
66 to 70$175
70 and up$100
Annual dues are $10 per year. Discounts apply for multiple year memberships: 3 years for $25 and 5 years for $40. Like memberships are available based on the age of the member at the time of the Life conversion. A Life Membership is exempt of dues increase and covers both the member and the spouse.
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About RAUS

    We are a non-political military association organized in 1970 to secure quality benefits for our members at rates only available to groups. Qualified retired and active members of the United States armed forces and related departments may join.

    Membership benefits include discounts and perks, self-help and financial calculators, time-savings and educational resources, along with TRICARE Supplement, CHAMPVA Supplement and other insurance products.

    RAUS is partnering with other organizations to establish a long term win-win relationship based on mutual benefits and information available to military families.

    For more information, visit our website at


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DONALD T. RUCK, President 

Retired Association for the Uniformed Services, Inc.


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