|VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS||
DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA
OCTOBER 1, 2000
1. STATE COMMANDER'S MESSAGE:
Now that our Fall Council Meeting is behind us, it is time to start working on Membership Roundups. The Chairmen did a great job in reporting. Congratulations to all Districts who were 100% in reporting for the First half ending November 1st. Those Posts and Districts who haven't reported in the first half of the year, please get busy. Once November 1st is past, we cannot roll back the clock. You will loose valuable points toward awards given at the State Convention in June.
Let's all get out the word to keep Virginia on the plus side. I want everyone to know and appreciate all the hard work that you are doing.
The Commander and Presidents Homecoming was a great success, thanks to Chairmans Bob Klausing and Shirley Keyes and everyone who volunteered their time. A special thanks goes out to these Comrades and Ladies who made this night for Pat and I a night that we will never forget. A personal thanks goes out to those who presented me with special gifts. I will remember with pride the rest of my life.
Our guest speakers Past Commander-in-Chief Cooper T. Holt and Past National President Juanite Crowe did a great job. It was the high lite of our homecoming to have them with us.
Now that National has released the life membership numbers to us, there will be a Membership Report in this General Orders and on the Internet.
E. Ray Chappell
2. PHONE CARDS:
IF YOU WANT PHONE CARDS, PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT LOCATION SO WE CAN ORDER THEM FROM NATIONAL.
3. REPORTS AND FORMS:
PLEASE NOTE THE INDIVIDUAL RECRUITING AWARD FORM, THE DECEASED COMRADE FORM, THE COMMUNITY ACTIVITY REPORT, HOMELESS VETERANS REPORT, HOSPITAL REPORT AND EVALUATION GUIDE CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE E-MAIL PLEASE LET US KNOW AND WE WILL SEND THE FORMS TO YOU.
ALSO, STARTING SEPTEMBER 2000 THE AUDIT REPORTS NEED TO BE SIGNED BY AT LEAST TWO TRUSTEES BEFORE SUBMITTING TO STATE HEADQUARTERS OR THEY WILL BE RETURNED.Forms
4. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:
PLEASE NOTE: ANY information to be published in the General Orders must be in by the 25th of each month. Changes of address or phone numbers within the Department must be in writing.
5. FUND RAISERS:
We have received the State Convention Pins and Operation Uplink Pins. These are on sale at State Headquarters for $2.00 each.
6. IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
The Department of Virginia, VFW now has a Homepage. Your General Orders can be found on the Homepage at http://www.vfw-virginia.com. It is now possible for individual Posts, with their own Website, to become linked to our Homepage. Posts already with Website's can incorporate a Department of Virginia, VFW link on their Website. Please contact Robert Klausing at State Headquarters:
1-800-888-3521. Also, the State Headquarters E-Mail address is KLAUSING@AOL.COM.
The Adjutant/Quartermaster has a pager and the number is 1-800-680-7682. The State Headquarters also has voice mail, where you can call and leave messages after business hours. The State Headquarters also has a mail box located right outside the front door, where you can drop things off before and after business hours.
7. DISTRICT MEETINGS:
FIRST - 12-03-00, WARSAW POST 7167, Meeting 11:00 a.m., Lunch to follow, State Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Judge Advocate
SECOND - 11-18-00, NORFOLK POST 3160, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Judge Advocate
THIRD - 12-09-00, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 p.m., State Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Junior Vice Commander
FOURTH - 11-04-00, NOTTOWAY POST 5313, Meeting 2:00 p.m., State Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Junior Vice Commander
FIFTH - 11-05-00, STUART POST 7800, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, State Senior Vice Commander
SIXTH - 11-19-00, SALEM VAMC BUILDING #5, HOSTED BY ROANOKE POST 484 AND RADFORD POST 776, Meeting 2:00 p.m., State Representative Michael J. Hoiness, State Surgeon
SEVENTH - 12-10-00, WINCHESTER POST 2123, State Representative E. Ray Chappell, State Commander
EIGHTH - 11-12-00, REMINGTON POST 7728, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Lunch to follow, State Representative Paul T. Moore, Past State Commander
03-18-01, MANASSAS POST 7589
05-20-01, FREDERICKSBURG POST 3103
NINTH - 01-14-01, MARION POST 4667, Registration 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Meeting 11:30 a.m. - 12 Noon, State Representative E. Ray Chappell, State Commander
TENTH - 12-10-00, FALLS CHURCH POST 9274, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Judge Advocate
ELEVENTH - 12-03-00, STAUNTON POST 2216, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting to follow, State Representative E. Ray Chappell, State Commander
03-25-01, LEXINGTON POST 1499, Meeting 11:30 a.m.
05-06-01, HARRISONBURG POST 632, Meeting 11:30 a.m.
TWELFTH - 12-10-00, DAMASCUS POST 9830, Registration 11:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting to follow, State Representative Michael J. Hoiness, State Surgeon
THIRTEENTH - 12-03-00, GORDONSVILLE POST 7638, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Lunch to follow, State Representative James E. Tucker, State Senior Vice Commander
8. CHANGES IN ROSTER:
DISASTER RELIEF COMMITTEE - Member is J. Lawrence (Pete) Minetree, III, 7513 Candy Tuft Court, Springfield 22153-1803, phone 703-866-3095
FIRST DISTRICT - Quartermaster Frank I Smith's area code is 804
SEVENTH DISTRICT - Senior Vice Commander is Christopher E.M. Birch, 304 E. Main Street, Berryville 22611, phone 540-955-3311
SEVENTH DISTRICT - Junior Vice Commander is Charles H. Jackson, Sr., P O Box 194, Millwood 22646, phone 540-837-2951
ELEVENTH DISTRICT - Commander Earle P. Weekley, Jr.'s phone number is 540-879-2066
ELEVENTH DISTRICT - Quartermaster Harry C. Huff's address changed to 703 Stonewall Circle, Staunton 24401
THIRTEENTH DISTRICT - Junior Vice Commander is Herman Vanner, 4150 Hidden Acre Drive, Louisa 23093, phone 804-457-9242
NATIONAL SIXTH DISTRICT COUNCIL - Member is Robert B. Kesling, 553 S Linden Avenue, Clarksburg, WV 26301
LADIES AUXILIARY - Treasurer Barbara Grossnickle's phone number is 757-456-0507
POST 609 - Commander is Louis Kobus, Jr., Box 289, Mount Vernon 22121-0289, phone 703-765-8717
POST 609 - Senior Vice Commander is J. Howard Lanham, 2518 King Street, Alexandria 22301, phone 703-549-0424
POST 609 - Junior Vice Commander is John Ayers, 1702 DeWitt Avenue, Alexandria 22301, phone 703-683-4778
POST 609 - Adjutant is Kenneth Foran, 5001 Seminary Road, Alexandria 22311, phone 703-931-8824
POST 609 - Quartermaster is Richard Giannecchini, 6641 Wakefield Drive #618, Alexandria 22304, phone 703-765-6874
POST 609 - Meets Third Saturday at 12:00 Noon at 1450 Wilkes Street, Alexandria
POST 1033 - Commander Oliver R. Rice's phone is 540-962-2371
POST 1033 - Senior Vice Commander Jerry E. Hooker's phone is 540-965-4841
POST 1033 - Junior Vice Commander Ronald E. Hancock's phone is 540-962-1347
POST 1033 - Adjutant is Vern Keen, 1115 Monroe Avenue, Covington 24426, phone 540-962-6228
POST 1033 - Quartermaster Carl W. Irvine's phone is 540-962-6826
POST 2163 - Commander is George Beadles, Jr., 10679 West Providence Road, Richmond 23236, phone 804-674-8986
POST 2163 - Senior Vice Commander is Samuel Robinson, Sr., 4219 Berrybrook Drive, Richmond 23234-5510, phone 804-743-0013
POST 2894 - Quartermaster Leonard M. Kilian's zip code changed to 23320
POST 3782 - Commander is Larry Raines, P O Box 33, Birchleaf 24220
POST 3782 - Senior Vice Commander is Jack Mullins, Route 1 Box 60, Haysi 24256
POST 3782 - Junior Vice Commander is Doyle Dingus, P O Box 352, Clinchco 24226
POST 4639 - Adjutant is John R. Alpers, 3104 Maplewood Place, Williamsburg 23185, phone 757-253-8674
POST 5311 - Commander Charlie W. Elgin's address changed to P O Box 827, Elliston 24087
POST 5311 - Meets the Third Thursday
POST 5895 - Adjutant is Terry L. Gunter, 221 Berry Ridge Road, Buchanan 24066-9739, phone 540-254-1827
POST 6000 - Commander Randall W. Fletcher's address changed to 129 Dill Street, Narrows 24124, phone 540-726-3274
POST 7157 - Meets at 7:00 p.m.
POST 7578 - Commander Nathaniel C. Massie, Jr.'s phone number is 540-248-2301
POST 7578 - Junior Vice Commander is James C. Spangler, P O Box 56, Glasgow 24555, phone 540-258-2827
POST 7578 - Adjutant is Lawrence C. Collins, 802 Stoner Hollow Road, Natural Bridge Station 24579, phone 540-291-2481
POST 7819 - Quartermaster John L. Fanshaw, Jr.'s address changed to 147 Melody Lane, Crewe 23930-1035
9. STATE OPERATING PROCEDURE:
It was recommended at the Fall Council Meeting to appoint a committee to study and make appropriate changes to the State Operating Procedure (SOP) of Virginia. I have appointed a committee of three (3): Chairman Peter Snelling, Post 2157; Vice-Chairman George McCracken, Post 609 and Member James Hughes, Post 632. This committee will report their changes to the Council of Administration at the Winter Council Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia, for approval.
E. Ray Chappell
10. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:
The Quarterly Audit Report for September 30th is NOW DUE at State Headquarters.
11. FOURTH DISTRICT:
The Fourth District Picnic will be held October 14, 2000 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at South Hill-LaCrosse Post 7166. The State Membership Team will visit at Noon for lunch. All members from the Fourth District are invited to attend. Post Commanders should bring all reports and membership that they have not turned in. Commanders, Committee Chairman and District Officers want to take this opportunity to make the District 100% reported. We need everyone's help.
T. W. Hines
Fourth District SVC & Membership Chairman
12. WORKING SESSION:
There will be a working session of all the Council Members this year. These Sessions are open to anyone who would like to attend.
These working sessions are set up so we may address the problems that occur in the State.
Posts who need help and are unable to attend, submit your request in writing to your District Commander with copies to the State Commander and State Headquarters.
|Third Session||State Headquarters||December 2, 2000|
|Staunton, Virginia||Saturday 10:00 a.m.|
|Fourth Session||Winter Council Meeting||January 19, 2001|
|Williamsburg, Virginia||Friday 7:00 p.m.|
|Fifth Session||State Headquarters||March 10, 2001|
|Staunton, Virginia||Saturday 10:00 a.m.|
E. Ray Chappell
13. SIXTH DISTRICT:
The Sixth District School of Instructions will be held October 21, 2000 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Christiansburg Post 5311.
14. TRANSMITTAL DEADLINES FOR THE 2000-2001 YEAR:
|October||October 31 (Tuesday)|
|November||November 30 (Thursday)|
|December||December 29 (Friday)|
|January||January 31 (Wednesday)|
|February||February 28 (Wednesday)|
|March||March 30 (Friday)|
|April||April 30 (Monday)|
|May||May 31 (Thursday)|
|June||July 6 (Friday)|
The official membership close date will be the last business day of each month. All D-27's, cards and money in house on that date will be processed and will appear on the month-end report.
Should a holiday fall on the last day of the month, the cutoff will be on the day before.
Your continued support and cooperation in ensuring that all cards are received in a timely fashion will be greatly appreciated.
15. VFW POST 1115:
Grover King VFW Post 1115 now has its own site on the world wide web. You are invited to check it out at www.ls.net/~vfw1115. Any comments would be appreciated. You may e-mail Post 1115 SYSADMIN at email@example.com.
16. VFW POST 8469:
Blue and Gray VFW Post 8469 of Fairfax, Virginia now has NEW site on the world wide web. You are invited to check it out at www.vfw8469.com. VFW National and other related LINKS have been notified and changed incorporated. Any comments would be appreciated. You may e-mail Post 8469 at firstname.lastname@example.org. The previous Web Page www.webspawner.com/users/vfw8469 will remain active until January 2001.
17. STATE MIP PROGRAM:
Posts that sign up MIP members will be able to count them toward making Posts 100% for All State Posts, therefore, allowing Post Commanders and Quartermasters, to make All State Commanders and Quartermasters.
District Commanders whose Posts sign up MIP members can count them in making All State District Commander providing all Posts in his District are 100% in membership.
There is no money in the budget for personal recruiting awards, therefore, State will not be giving any personal awards.
Personal awards are being given by National (see 2000-2001 Membership Campaign).
All MIP members must be into State Headquarters no later than 17 May 2001 to be used in the State Judging. If you failed to meet this deadline you lose out (there will be no exceptions).
18. SERVICE OFFICER FEES:
SERVICE OFFICER FEES ARE NOW DUE AT STATE HEADQUARTERS. This fee is for two years: 1999-2001. The fee is $8.00 and we will send the Service Officer Guide Book to the Service Officer unless there is not one listed, then we will send it to the Post Commander. The following is a list, by District, of Posts which have NOT yet paid for Service Officer's Guide Books: District 12 - 5715, District.
19. BUDDY POPPIES:
Now is the time to order Buddy Poppies for Veterans Day. Enclosed in last month's General Orders was an order blank. When ordering, please give street address for shipment, NOT Post Office Box.Forms
20. IMPORTANT 2000-2003 DATES:
October 28, 2000 Statue of Liberty Birthday Celebration, Liberty Island, New York.
Saturday, October 28, 2000 "Make A Difference Day," national day of community service sponsored by USA Weekend and Points of Light Foundation.
November 2000 Promote a "Get Out the Vote" Rally the first weekend in November.
November 16-19, 2000 Southern States Conference, Charleston, West Virginia.
Saturday, November 18, 2000 National Family Volunteer Day.
December 1, 2000 First six months (May-Oct.) Department Community Service Work (hours and dollars) Report due to National.
February 24-March 1, 2001 VFW National Legislative Conference, Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Crystal City.
March 14-18, 2001 Ladies Auxiliary Mid-Year Conference, Orlando, Florida.
April 2001 Participate in March of Dimes WalkAmerica.
April 5-8, 2001 National VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Crystal City.
April 22-28, 2001 National Volunteer Week.
May 1, 2001 VFW Loyalty Day.
Department selection due at National for the new VFW Volunteer of the Year.
June 1, 2001 Department 12 month Community Service Work Report (hours and dollars) and Department selection of their Outstanding Community Service Post(s) due to National.
August 18-24, 2001 National VFW Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
November 15-18, 2001 Southern States Conference, Savannah, Georgia.
February 23-March 1, 2002 VFW National Legislative Conference, Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.
April 4-7, 2002 National VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference, Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Crystal City.
August 23-30, 2002 National VFW Convention, Nashville, Tennessee.
August 23-29, 2003 National VFW Convention, San Antonio, Texas.
21. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:
2001 July 12-15 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $62.00; phone 804-528-2500
22. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:
Enclosed are the Minutes of the Fall Council of Administration Meeting, September 15-17, 2000 at the Holiday Inn Select, Lynchburg, Virginia.
2001 September 19-22 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; phone 804-528-2500Fall Council Minutes
23. KOREAN WAR COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS FOR 2000:
Following are events planned for the first year of the three-year commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War. For more information or to find out how to get involved, visit the homepage at or write to: DOD, 50 Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee; 1213 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 702; Arlington, VA 22202-4303, or call (703) 604-0831.
Nations Parade New York City Nov 11
Changjin (Chosin) Reservoir Washington, D. C./Demilitarized Zone, Korea Nov 27
Evacuation of Hungnam Navy Memorial, Washington, D. C./Pusan, South Korea Dec 12
24. WINTER COUNCIL MEETINGS:
2001 January 19-21 George Washington Inn Ramada, 500 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 - Rates are $45.00; Phone: 1-800-666-8888
25. POLICEMAN, FIREFIGHTER & EMT:
The judging for the Policeman of the Year, Firefighter of the Year and EMT of the Year awards will be held Friday, January 19, 2001.
Luther E. Anderson
Awards & Citations Chairman
26. STATE CONVENTIONS:
2001 June 20-25 Hyatt Richmond, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $94 plus tax; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax 1-804-288-3961
2002 June 5-10 Hyatt Richmond, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $96 plus tax; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax: 1-804-288-3961
2003 Sheraton, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax: 1-804-288-3961
27. VFW CARNIVAL:
The VFW Carnival that the VFW has sponsored at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salem, Virginia, for the past 23 years, has been highly successful. Having met with overwhelming favor by the patients at the 400-bed medical complex in the past, we are again planning to sponsor the activity this fall. The Carnival is to be held in the Auditorium, Building 5, on Sunday, October 8, 2000 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In order to make this Carnival a success for our hospitalized veterans, we are asking that you and your fellow Post members support us in the food booths and prizes for the game booths.
A generous donation from your Post to help make this Carnival a reality would certainly be appreciated. Any excess funds for this project that might be collected would go toward expenses to fund a Thanksgiving
Day coffee hour, purchasing Canteen Books for indigent patients, and other worthwhile activities that may arise for our hospitalized veterans.
Please make your check out to me, earmarked for Fall Carnival. Your Post and Auxiliary are invited to attend the Carnival activities that the patients are anxiously looking forward to.
Percy N. Bolton
28. 2000-2001 TEACHERS PROGRAM:
Nominations can be submitted by fellow teachers, supervisors or other interested individuals. Self-nominees are not eligible.
Based on the nominees submitted by November 1st, local VFW Posts will recognize one outstanding teacher in grades, K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Posts then submit these winners' names to their District level judging who will forward their winners to the Department (or state level) by December 15. After judging, each Department then forwards the names of its winners to VFW National Headquarters for consideration in the national award contest.
VFW's National Citizenship Education Teacher Awards include: a National $1,000 cash award for each of the top K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 teachers for professional development expenses; $1,000 award to each winning teacher's school; plaques for both the winning teacher and school; and an all-expense-paid trip to attend VFW and Ladies Auxiliary National Community Service Conference in Washington, DC. Teachers who win first-place in each category will be invited to conduct a workshop at the conference, April 5-8, 2001.
A program brochure (designed to be duplicated for distribution) was mailed to all schools and this year's Post Commanders and Auxiliary Presidents in May. Additional information on how to conduct the program will be included in the Citizenship Education Program Chairman's booklet, mailed in July to 2000-2001 Post Commanders and Auxiliary Presidents.
29. VETERAN'S DAY PARADE 2000:
In order to honor the Korean War Veterans on the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War, and ALL veterans of ALL wars and conflicts, their families, and especially families who have lost loved ones; the members of VFW Post 2216, request and encourage the participation and support of all veterans' groups, businesses, civic organizations, schools, scout troops, etc. with sponsoring a Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Staunton on Saturday, 11 November 2000 beginning at 11:00 a.m.
It has been many years since Staunton has had a Veteran's Day Parade and it is long overdue. Please take this opportunity to recognize and honor all area veterans and help make this the largest and best Veteran's Day Parade in the area.
Donald Hall, Adjutant
30. NATIONAL LEGISLATION:
The VFW launched its "Get out the Vote" campaign at the 101st Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention held 19-25 August 2000 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Both major party Presidential candidates addressed convention attendees. The "Get out the Vote" campaign provides an opportunity for VFW members to play a more active role in the election process. The campaign is keyed to increasing voter awareness of the issues and voter turnout at the upcoming elections in November.
There is great interest by all contending political parties in the veteran vote. Why? The Presidential primaries proved once again that veterans, in great numbers, go to the ballot box. Department Commander Ray Chappell and his predecessor immediate Past Department Commander Paul Moore has repeatedly emphasized veteran involvement in the political process.
While the following ways Posts members can be involved in the political process and "make themselves count" have been covered before, they bear repeating. Be sure all members of your Post are registered to vote. Registering to vote in most states is now very easy with many states offering mail-in registration forms. Most states require you to be registered at least 30 days prior to an election. Get each and every VFW member to vote. Current election law permits you spend Post resources contacting VFW members and encouraging them to vote. Mailing and telephoning members to remind them to vote is still the most effective methods for running get-out-the-vote campaigns. Host or co-host with another veterans organization a town hall meeting. Invite the candidates and community members. Pick and campaign and get involved. While your Post will not endorse any candidate, VFW members should be encouraged to get involved in political campaigns, especially for their U. S. Representative. Invite the candidates to speak to your Post membership. Of course, you would invite each candidate for a particular office. The candidates will quickly learn your issues if they are coming to speak to your Post. Show up consistently. Most campaigns have a great need for volunteers. One way to make an impact is to volunteer for a "job" on the campaign and do it during the entire campaign. One day a week you could help in the office. Campaigns are often looking for drivers for a candidate. Giving four to eight hours a week to a campaign is a major contribution, and the candidate will remember your effort. Show up en masse. Recruit your fellow VFW members and volunteer to take responsibility for a project for the campaign. One effective tactic is to volunteer to "man" a telephone bank one night a week with VFW members. Host the candidate in your neighborhood. Candidates like to be introduced to voters by a resident of the neighborhood. Volunteer to host a campaign coffee, to go door-to-door in your neighborhood, or take the candidate to your local social event. Host a fund-raising event in your home. These events do not have to be fancy nor do they need to be expensive. An evening event in your home where 20-40 of your friends contribute $50.00-$100.00 would be a significant event for a congressional candidate. Politicians remember constituents who help them raise money.
Listed are the key objectives of the VFW National Legislative Committee for 2000-201. These objectives were addressed at length in Arlington, Virginia, during period 16-20 September 2000. VA BUDGET The VFW applauds Congress and the Administration for finally ending the years of flat line budgeting that has eroded the ability of the Department of Veterans Affairs to maintain this nation's sacred obligation to fully and compassionately care for her former defenders in their time of need. We urge Congress and the Administration to continue ample funding to ensure the ongoing operation and needed enhancements to the entire VA system so that no veteran will ever be denied or have delayed any benefit, entitlement or medical treatment for which he or she is eligible. NEW GI BILL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Our men and women in uniform need a new GI Bill that will recognize and reward them for their service to our country by providing full tuition covering the cost of all educational related fees and providing a reasonable stipend for living expenses at any institution of higher learning or training to which the veteran is accepted. This new GI Bill will provide our defenders with the opportunities they need to compete with their non-veteran counterparts and assume their proper place as federal, corporate and private sector leaders. DEFENSE READINESS AND QUALITY OF LIFE Too many missions with outdated equipment and not enough dollars have created an exodus of skilled active duty military personnel and a stumbling block to recruiting while undermining our national security. Active duty pay continues to lag approximately 11% behind comparable civil service pay. Our active duty forces have earned and deserve pay raises that exceed the annual COLA for the next several years or until there is no pay difference between the military and civilian sector. Guard and Reservists face longer and more frequent deployments, which place extreme pressure on employers and families. Active duty personnel, to include active reserve, and their dependents deserve timely access to quality health care and better housing. MILITARY RETIREE ISSUES Our military retirees continue to deal with an inadequate health care system and upon reaching age 65 find themselves forced into Medicare. They deserve the opportunity to enroll themselves and their dependents in a DOD sponsored health care program under the same terms available to other federal employees. Our military retirees are also subjected to waiving their longevity retirement pay in an amount equal to any compensation paid to them for service-connected disability by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This inequity must cease and legislation that allows concurrent receipt of military pay and VA compensation without any offset to the retiree pay must be enacted.
Enclosed please find an application for the Action Corps.
National Resolutions Chairman
31. HOMELESS VETERANS:
Homeless Veterans remain one of the most neglected and least understood segments of our Veteran population.
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT HOMELESS VETERANS:
* Veterans make up the largest single segment of the homeless population yet received less than 5% of available funding for the homeless.
* 500,000 Veterans are homeless at some time during the year.
* The VA serves less than 50,000 homeless veterans annually.
* 1/3 of all homeless have served our country in a military uniform.
* 2/3 of homeless veterans are combat veterans who have served our country for at least three years.
* The most effective programs for homeless are community-bases, vet helping vet groups.
* Government money for homeless veterans currently is very limited and reaches only one in 10 of those in need.
* There are over 200 community-based veteran organizations across the country that have demonstrated impressive success reaching homeless veterans.
Without support and compassion, few homeless Veterans can break out of their hopeless status. With a little support and compassion, many homeless Veterans can be returned to their community as proud, able, taxpaying citizens.
WAYS THE VFW CAN HELP HOMELESS VETERANS:
* Contact the homeless staff at VA Medical Centers and discuss ways to help.
* Hold a canned food/clothing drive in conjunction with local facilities.
* Volunteer at local soup kitchens or other homeless facilities.
* Attend local coalitions/homeless networkers and providers.
* Establish or participate in local Stand Downs.
* Help homeless veterans find employment and other assistance by providing a place where they can receive mail and phone messages.
* Encourage others to hire homeless veterans.
* Help homeless veterans file claims for VA and other public assistance.
* Create an adopt a vet program to provide encouragement and support.
* Provide/encourage others to provide eye exams and glasses, dental care or haircuts.
* Donate funding, vans, building space or housing to programs assisting homeless veterans.
* Establish revolving loan fund for security deposits, first month rent, or temporary housing.
* Renovate a house for transitional housing.
Many Posts are undertaking a variety of actions and activities to provide homeless Veterans the necessary hand up. Unfortunately, most of these efforts go unnoticed because Posts do not report them as part of their Community Service. Both the written General Orders and the Web site include a Homeless Veterans Report. By completing this form, your activities are forwarded to Department and National, and, as important, provide the basis to share ideas within the Department. If you are conducting a Homeless Veteran project or activity-REPORT IT. If you are not conducting a Homeless Veteran project or activity, consider starting one. Helping just one Homeless Veteran get back on his feet will fill your Post with pride. Next month look for a listing a resources and Points of contact and some very successful programs with the Department. For help or assistance contact any of the Homeless Veterans Committee: Larry Payne - 757-631-9286; Fred Brooks - 804-883-7014; William Carbin - 703-780-2546 or Waynard Caldwell - 540-774-3878.
Homeless Veterans Chairman
32. AMERICANISM REPORT:
Mike Gormalley, Citizenship Education and Community Service Director for National VFW has suggested three very important Americanism projects for the months of October and November. They are as follows:
1. Register and Vote - This November our state will be voting to elect a President of the United States, one U. S. Senator and all members to the U. S. House of Representatives. This is a very important election year for all veterans and their families. Let's all work to "Get Out The Vote."
2. Promoting the National Citizenship Education Teacher Award Program - All Post Commanders and Auxiliary Presidents have received information on this project.
3. VFW "Veterans in the Classroom Month" in November - Please contact teachers and school board
members in your area to inform them that you have VFW members who can talk to students about World War II, Korea, Viet Nam and other conflicts during the past 60 years. This is a great way to promote Americanism.
When you complete an Americanism project, please report it on the Community Activities Form.
Marshall E. Guy
33. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:
2000-2001 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY THEME: WHAT PRICE FREEDOM?
2000-2001 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY DEADLINES:
|Student Entry Deadline||November 1, 2000|
|District Deadline||December 15, 2000|
Post Commanders now is the time to move forward with the Voice of Democracy Program. If you have not appointed your Post VOD Chairman, do so now. Encourage his or her contact with area high schools. The Voice of Democracy is open to all Students in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. The "Chairmen's Workbook" was designed to consolidate contest information. If the workbook does not answer your questions, please feel free to contact me. Homer K. Bower, Jr., VOD Chairman, P O Box 578, Marion, VA 24354, phone 540-783-3842.
District Commanders it would be most helpful if you mail me the name, address and phone number of your District VOD Chairman.
Department judging will be held at Radio Station WMEV, Marion, Virginia on Wednesday, January 3, 2001 at 9:00 a.m.
Homer K. Bowen, Jr.
34. YOUTH ESSAY:
2000-2001 YOUTH ESSAY THEME: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PATRIOTIC?
2000-2001 YOUTH ESSAY DEADLINES: Student Entry Deadline - December 1, 2000;
|District Deadline||February 1, 2001|
|Department Deadline||February 15, 2001|
|National Deadline||February 20, 2001|
35. HOSPITAL REPORT:
The Department of Virginia reporting for the first half of the year has been outstanding. Of 197 Posts, 109 submitted reports. The Department is 55.3% reported in Hospital related activities.
Department of Virginia Hospital report for the period of 5/01/2000 through 9/21/2000: Hospital reports submitted - 220; Number of VFW members participating in activities - 3,329; Number of hours expended - 48,872.45; Number of Veterans who benefitted - 94,758 and Value of services rendered - $404,373.06.
36. KOSOVO CAMPAIGN MEDAL (KCM):
The KCM (with Bronze Star Device) and Campaign Streamers were approved by Executive Order 13154 of 3 May 2000 and further detailed in Joint Staff Message of 121501Z May 2000.
Eligibility Criteria and AOE: U. S. Service Member who participated in or serviced in direct support of Kosovo Operations:
ALLIED FORCE: 24 March 1999 to 10 June 1999
JOINT GUARDIAN: 11 June 1999 - TBD
ALLIED HARBOR: 4 April 1999 - 1 September 1999
SUSTAIN HOPE/SHINING HOPE: 4 April 1999 - 10 July 1999
NOBLE ANVIL: 24 March 1999 - 20 July 1999
TASK FORCE HAWK: 5 April 1999 - 24 June 1999
TASK FORCE FALCON (Coincides with JOINT GUARDIAN): 11 June 1999 - TBD
TASK FORCE SABER: 31 March 1999 - 8 July 1999
TASK FORCE HUNTER: 1 April 1999 - 1 November 1999
KOSOVO AIR CAMPAIGN (24 March 1999 - 10 June 1999) AOE: Total land area and air space of Serbia (including Kosovo), Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Italy and Slovenia; and the waters and air space of the Adriatic and Ionian Sea North of the 39th North Latitude.
KOSOVO DEFENSE CAMPAIGN (11 June 1999 to TBD) AOE: The total land area and air space of Serbia (including Kosovo), Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, and the waters and air space of the Adriatic Seas within 12 nautical miles of the Montenegro, Albania, and Croatia coastlines south of 42 degrees and 52 minutes North Latitude.
CRITERIA FOR AWARD: U. S. Service Member must be a Bona fide member of a Unit participating in or engaged in direct support of the operation for 30 consecutive days in the AOE or 60 nonconsecutive days provided this involved entering the operations AOE or meet one or more of the following criteria: Engaged in actual combat or duty regardless of time in AOE: While participating is wounded/or injured requiring medical evacuation from the AOE Regularly assigned crewmember flying sorties into, out of, within, or over the AOE in direct support.
SERVICE STARS: One BRONZE SERVICE STAR shall be worn on the suspension and service ribbon
of the KCM for qualified participation during the campaign periods shown above. An individual who participated in one campaign would wear the medal and/or service ribbon WITH ONE STAR. Meeting the qualifications of both campaigns would warrant the KCM and TWO BRONZE STARS.
Individuals who or 30 or 60 days began in Air Campaign and ended in the Defense Campaign would only qualify for ONE BRONZE STAR. The Secretary of Defense has granted an 'Exception to Policy' to the 30 consecutive day requirement to the following naval vessels: USS NORFOLK, USS MIAMI, USS BOSE, USS ALBUQUERQUE, USS NICHOLSON, USS PHILIPPINE SEA, and USS GONZALEZ. The KCM will not be available for issue to Service Members before January 2001.
37. SAFETY PROGRAM:
It appears that many VFW Posts across the state are answering the call to offer safety programs for the benefit of their communities. So far, according to reports received by the State Safety Chairman as of September 19, a total of 84 Posts have held safety programs. Fourteen of these - including 12 in the 6th District - have offered projects in all seven national safety reporting categories. Those which have completed all seven categories are the following: District 4 - Post 9640; District 6 - Posts 484, 1841, 2515, 4165, 4299, 4318, 4522, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877 and District 10 - Post 1503.
Credit also should be given to the following Posts which have completed at least one safety program in at least one category each: District 1 - Posts 824, 3219, 6002, 9636; District 2 - Posts 392, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 4809, 9382; District 3 - Posts 394, 1426, 1490, 2239, 2583, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 9808, 10387, 10657, 11124; District 4 - Posts 622, 2584, 5313, 7059, 8228, 9618, 9954; District 5 - Posts 1115, 7568, 8467, 10840; District 6 - Posts 776, 1033, 1264, 2157, 4491, 4920, 5895; District 7 - Posts 621, 6044, 8613, 9872; District 8 - Posts 1811, 2524, 3103; District 9 - Posts 1184, 9640, 9696; District 10 - Posts 3150, 5412, 7916, 8241; District 11 - Posts 452, 2216, 3060, 4204, 4805, 9480, 10826; District 12 - Posts 1994, 10298 and District 13 - Post 10295.
If your Post conducts any kind of safety program for the community, you can get credit for the program only if you include the figures in the safety section of your monthly community activity report, which you are supposed to submit to the Department Junior Vice Commander. However, if you conduct a major safety program which you feel could qualify for one of the state's top safety awards at the end of the year, you may send me a completed "Single Event Detail (Safety) Report" on the form which is included in this month's General Orders.
THINK SAFE - PLAY SAFE - AND STAY SAFE - and keep those reports coming.
State Safety Chairman
38. EAGLE SCOUTS:
I will be sending specifics to the District Team Members. Six Districts have provided names to the Team so far.
Carefully consider the statements for public office. Discuss their positions with your family members. On voting day go and vote for the candidate you feel will benefit your family most.
Assemble all military records, include discharge, separation and DD214. Assemble complete medical history. Show all treatment in both military and civilian service. Include marriage certificate and/or divorce decrees, Power of Attorney, if any, and latest income tax returns. List all retirement or pension plans. Show all insurances carried. Social Security coverage. Check to see if your survivor beneficiary designation is current. List all assets owned - home, stocks, bonds, vehicles, bank accounts. List all obligations: mortgages, vehicles, personal loans and credit cards. Combine any that can be, try to eliminate some. Sit down with family members and a Virginia Attorney and make a Will. A small fee now can save time and money later after your demise. Be specific for any items you wish a particular person to have. Next, write out the full details fo you burial wishes. Visit the cemetery of your preference and verify that there is space for both you and your spouse. Write down what Color Guard, Pall Bearers and type of service you want. List family members and others who should be notified, short obituary. Decide on the type of funeral: open or closed casket; church, chapel, funeral parlor or grave side service. Possible cremation. Obtain an estimate of a local funeral director and decide what funds will be needed for this expense. (Range can be from $4,000.00 to $7,000.00 for average). Finally, decide who should say when life support devices and systems should be terminated if you become terminally ill.
Do these things now - death comes to all often suddenly.
PUTTING YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER
Important correct note: I wish to correct my mistake in connection with your Wills in last moth's General Orders. First: take your Military Discharge or Separation Papers to the Clerk of your District Court. Ask that it be RECORDED. Second: take three copies of your Will. Typed if possible, checked by a lawyer if you can afford it. Witnessed by three persons and notarized. Ask that it be filed for "Secure Storage." Take one copy home and keep it with your records in a safe place. Three: tell your family what you have done.
Ernest B. Glynn
October is a wonderful moth to live in Virginia. You can make the most of it by planning our Post VFW Environmental Programs now. If each Post Commander and a few willing workers will tour the Post area they can make a list of possible programs. A visit to local officials and the local librarian will yield a list of programs that are already in place or planned for your area. Other agencies that could be contacted includes: National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy, Izaac Walton Society, American Forestry Association and the Weyerhaeuser Company. Some types of programs suitable for this includes: recycling papers, metals, chemicals, furniture, plastics; removal of an abandoned building or structure (with owners permission); set out a few trees and shrubs; put out feeding stations and nesting boxes for songbirds and Bluebirds and ask the local fire department to conduct a controlled burning of trash. October is an especially good time to clean up a cemetery in preparation for Veterans Day. Select a dedicated leader for the project Director. Contact area firms and ask them to participate in whatever way they wish. Money, manpower, material and equipment will all be welcome. Select a suitable date and notify all concerned. Especially the radio, news media and local politicians. Keep good records of all details. Take good pictures. Send details to State Headquarters. Ask volunteers on the work day to join the VFW if they are eligible. Send the completed application to State Headquarters. Sit down, ask yourself, what can I do to help - make up your mind to do it. If every one of our 197 VFW Posts will do something, Virginia will be a better place to live, visit, work, raise our children and to retire. Think about what you have. Make it better.
Ernest B. Glynn
41. DEEPEST SYMPATHY:
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Lawrence F. Mattera, Junior Vice Commander, and family for the loss of his mother.
|Official:||By Order of:|
|Robert J. Klausing||Early Ray Chappell|
|State Adjutant||State Commander|