|VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS||
DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA
SERVICE, HONOR, PRIDE
September 1, 2002
1. STATE COMMANDER'S MESSAGE:
Comrades and Sisters, having spent a week in "Music City", Nashville, TN, at our National Convention, I am convinced we have a lot of work on our hands to make this Department shine above the rest.
Congratulations to all that have received awards and please do not let your ideas go to sleep, please pass them on to this year's Chairmen and Post Officials.
There was a lot covered during the convention, and as the information is put into final print from National it will be passed on to you.
I'd like to thank all that went to Nashville to represent Virginia. As usual, Joe Longstreet, his team along with members of our Ladies Auxiliary did an outstanding job with the hospitality room. Everyone that I met that visited our Department said they really appreciated the friendliness and kindness of our delegates.
The Fall Council of Administration will be held this month in Lynchburg at the Holiday Inn Select 13-15 September. If you plan to attend, please make your reservations NOW! Please check to insure your reports are sent to the appropriate chairman in enough time so that they will be able to report it as being received at the Council Meeting.
In closing, once again I ask if you need help, please CALL NOW, because by waiting could make a rock turn into a mountain.
Lawrence F. (Larry) Mattera
2. MEMBERSHIP REPORT:
There will not be a Membership Report in this General Orders due to the fact that we have not received Life Membership figures from National Headquarters.
3. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:
Membership Transmittals must be received at State Headquarters no later than September 26, 2002 to be counted for the month of September. 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 or via e-mail.
4. IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
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 Mark Huffman at firstname.lastname@example.org. The State Headquarters Staff E-Mail addresses are located in these general orders. The State Headquarters has voice mail, where you can call and leave messages before or after business hours. There is also for your convenience a mail box located right outside the front door, where you can drop things off before and after business hours.
5. DISTRICT MEETINGS:
FIRST - 09-29-02, EXMORE POST 4856, Meeting 11:00 a.m., Representative Michael J. Hoiness, State Junior Vice Commander
SECOND - 11-16-02, OCEANVIEW POST 3160, 12:00 NOON Lunch, 1:00 Lunch, Representative Tom Hines, State Judge Advocate
THIRD - 09-07-02, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander
FOURTH - 02-02-03, AMELIA VETERANS CENTER, Meeting 1:00 p.m. followed by dinner hosted by Post 8759, Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander
FIFTH - 11-17-02, STUART POST 7800, American Legion Post, Stuart, Lunch 12:00 NOON, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander
SIXTH - 11-17-02, VA MEDICAL BUILDING 10, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Lunch to follow Representative Michael Hoiness, State Junior Vice Commander
SEVENTH - 09-08-02, LURAY POST 621, Meeting 11:30 a.m., Representative Tom W. Hines, State Judge Advocate
EIGHTH - 09-22-02, CULPEPER, POST 2524, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Daniel D. Boyer, Jr., State Surgeon
NINTH - 09-22-02, BLUEFIELD MEMORIAL POST 9696, Registration 10:30 a.m., Joint Session 11:30 a.m., Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting to follow, Representative Peter Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander
TENTH - 09-08-02, SPRINGFIELD POST 7327, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Lunch to follow, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Commander
ELEVENTH - 09-08-02, STAUNTON POST 2216, Meeting 11:30 a.m., Representative Daniel D. Boyer, Jr., State Surgeon
TWELFTH - 01-05-03, POUND POST 9600, Pound Elementary, 11:00 a.m. Registration, 12:00 NOON Lunch, Meeting to follow Representative Dan Boyer, State Surgeon
THIRTEENTH - 09-08-02, MINERAL POST 8947, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Lunch to follow, Representative Michael Hoiness, State Junior Vice Commander
6. ROSTER CHANGES:
James F. Werner- PDC, 3502 Valley View Avenue, NW, Roanoke 24012 phone 540-362-2763
Thomas Gimble, Audit Committee Chairman, 12604 Harbor Drive, Woodbridge 22192, phone 703-491-9249<
C. Lee Willoughby- Audit Committee Member, 4244-D Wagonwheel Court, Harrisburg, PA 17109
Post 1115- Senior Vice Commander Robert Grey King (Spelling correction)
Post 3103 - Commander Johnny Baker (Post # correction)
Post 3103 - Service Officer Benjamin Thomas, 2016 Monitor Drive, Stafford 22554
Post 8241 - Commander Bernard Marquart, P O Box 579, Falling Waters, WV 25419
Post 8356- Senior Vice Commander B. Gary Cheatham, 8300 Virginia Avenue, West Point 23181
Post 8356- Quartermaster Wayne Carter 1320 East Euclid Boulevard, West Point 23181
Post 9636 - Adjutant/Quartermaster James E. Yarrington, 7528 General Culler Highway, Locust Grove 23092
Post 10574 - Quartermaster Venoy Gilbert, P O Box 39, Colonial Beach 22443
7. E-MAIL CHANGES:
James Tucker PDC - vfwjames@Richmond.pdc.com
Post 9835 - Commander John Turner - MajorJack@earthlink.net
State Headquarters - Administrative Assistant Angela Marshall - email@example.com
State Headquarters - Administrative Assistant Catherine Moeller - firstname.lastname@example.org
8. CONSOLIDATION BASSETT POST 2820 AND HENRY COUNTRY POST 7443:
General Order No. 2, 2002-03 series, will announce the consolidation of Bassett Post No. 2820, Bassett and Henry County Post No. 7443, Martinsville, the consolidated Post to be known as United Henry County Post 2820, Bassett, Virginia. Approved July 26, 2002. The senior muster date is December 7, 1961.
Thomas L. Kissell, Director
Member Services National Headquarters
9. REPORTS AND FORMS:
PLEASE NOTE THE INDIVIDUAL RECRUITING AWARD FORM, THE COMMUNITY ACTIVITY REPORT, HOMELESS VETERANS REPORT, HOSPITAL REPORT AND EVALUATION GUIDE CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE AND ALSO IN THIS GENERAL ORDERS. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE E-MAIL PLEASE LET US KNOW AND WE WILL SEND THE FORMS TO YOU. PLEASE SEND FORMS TO THE CURRENT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, NOT STATE HEADQUARTERS. THE ONLY REPORT THAT SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO STATE HEADQUARTERS IS THE DECEASED COMRADE FORM.
PLEASE NOTE: THE AUDIT REPORTS NEED TO BE SIGNED BY AT LEAST TWO TRUSTEES BEFORE SUBMITTING TO STATE HEADQUARTERS OR THEY WILL BE RETURNED.Forms Revised May 2002
10. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:
Attention is directed to Section 218, Manual of Procedure Duty of Trustees, Form P-113. Trustees Report of Audit, must be prepared in detail at the close of each quarter, one of which ended June 30th which is NOW PAST DUE at State Headquarters.
11. IMPORTANT 2002-2005 DATES:
September 11, 2002 Patriot Day - Per Presidential Proclamation, September 11th is designated as "Patriot Day". The President requests the flag of the United States to be flown at half-staff (sunrise to sunset) and a moment of silence observed in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on that day due to terrorist attacks on the United States. Posts and Ladies Auxiliaries are encouraged to dedicate a community service project in their names
September 12-15, 2002 Commander in Chief's Homecoming, Ontario, California
September 20, 2002 National POW/MIA Recognition Day - Posts should conduct an appropriate ceremony. Information on conducting a ceremony can be found in the current VFW Manual of Procedure and a speech is in the Citizenship Education Program Chairman's Booklet
Oct 31 Nov 3, 2002 Southern Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas
March 9-12, 2003 Community Service Conference, Washington, DC.
March 10-13, 2002 Legislative Conference, Washington, DC.
July 19, 2003 Satellite Training
August 23-29, 2003 National VFW Convention, San Antonio, Texas
August 14-20, 2004 National VFW Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio
August 20-26, 2005 National VFW Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah
12. BUDDY POPPIES:
Buddy Poppies are now $102.00 per thousand. We also have a limited supply of 9-11 Commemorative Poppies still available. The price is $115.00 per thousand.
13. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:
2003 July 11- 13 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $69.00; phone 434-528-2500
14. YOUTH ACTIVITIES:
Please send all Youth Activities material to: Donald L. Hall, Youth Activities Chairman, 35 Eidson Creek Road, Staunton, VA 24401.
15. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:
2002 September 13-15 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $65.00; phone 804-528-2500
2003 September 11-13 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $69.00; phone 804-528-2500
Please send any donations (WWII, phone cards, etc.) To VFW State Headquarters, P O Box 2067, Staunton, VA 24402.
17. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:
2002-2003 THEME: "Freedom's Obligation"
September is here and schools are in session, therefore The Voice of Democracy Program should be in the schools. At the School of Instruction, in Lynchburg, the question was posed to me as how could Posts participate in the program when the schools aren't willing to participate. There are many ways to participate in the program. Your Post can get the information to a Boy Scout or Girl Scout Troop, home schoolers, or you next door neighbor's children are all eligible to participate. If your Post cannot find anyone to participate then you do have another option. State Commander Larry Mattera has decided to let individual Posts who have exhausted all other efforts to sponsor a child to contribute $25.00 to the Department of Virginia, VFW to be used for the VOD Program. I have talked with Commander and the State Adjutant/Quartermaster and the money contributed will go to the Districts for awards at the District Level. The amount of money contributed by each District will go to that District, therefore, all Posts should be able to participate as well as be eligible for the State Awards. However, our National organization will not recognize your Post for National Awards unless you actually sponsor a student at the Post Level. All checks must be sent to the Department Quartermaster and designated for the VOD program.
|Dates to remember:||Post Judging by November 1, 2002|
|District Judging by December 15, 2002|
|Department Judging by January 15, 2003|
|National Judging February 1, 2003|
There is no reason why the Department of Virginia, VFW should not be 80% reported for The Voice of Democracy Program for 2002-2003. I encourage all District Commanders to work toward achieving 80% for your District in the program. If I can assist you in any way, please feel free to contact me at 540-879-2066 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Earle (Buddy) P. Weekley
18. PATRIOT'S PEN:
|2002-2003||THEME:||"My Pledge to America"|
|2002-2003||DEADLINES:||Student Entry - December 1, 2002|
|District Deadline - January 15, 2003|
|Department Deadline - February 1, 2003|
|National Deadline - February 10, 2003|
Please send all Patriotic Pen materials to : Earl E. Harris, Jr.,Patriotic Pen Chairman,2601 North Augusta Street, Staunton, VA 24401.
Please pick up your Youth Essay Books at Fall Council in Lynchburg.
19. VETERANS DAY PARADE:
There will be a Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Staunton, VA on 9 November 2002 at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend or participate for more information please call 540-885-8837 (day), 540-885-7970 (night) 0r 540-887-8024. VFW Post 2216 will have an Open House following the parade. Any donation would be gratefully appreciated; please mail the to: Veterans Day Parade, P O Box 1843, Staunton 24402.
20. MILITARY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SKINNY:
The Military Assistance Program (MAP) is just as it says - a program to assist active duty military personnel and in doing so, attract them to our ranks. All though the "re-up" rates in all services have been on the rise in the past year, more first termers - many of them VFW eligible veterans of Bosnia, Kosovo, the Gulf, or Afghanistan - leave the service than stay in.. Via Vet Jobs (http://www.vetjobs.com) our national organization has given us a means to help transitioning service men and women seek out employers who "hire the vet". Whether working a transition seminar at a local military base, volunteering and chewing the fat at a VA hospital or VET center, or catering to the G.I. Joes and Janes of your hometown - letting them know that the VFW is concerned with and involved in their future is a way of building life-long goodwill with them, and their families. Get the word Out.
M.C. "Connie" Agresti
Department MAP Coordinator
VFW "LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL" IN RICHMOND, VA IN JANUARY 2003
The VFW Department of Virginia will conduct its annual "Legislative Day on the Hill" in Richmond on Thursday, 16 January 2003. We will meet in the General Assembly Office Building at 8:20 a.m. in a conference room yet to be determined. Following a briefing and the distribution of Issues Booklets we will break down into teams and visit all 140 members of the General Assembly. Our Commonwealth senators and delegates are most interested in meeting with Veterans from their respective Districts. Therefore, it is important to have VFW and VFW Auxiliary representation at our "Legislative Day on the Hill" from throughout Virginia. Members are urged to join the senior leadership of the VFW Department of Virginia in Richmond on 16 January 2003. We need you!
TOWN HALL MEETINGS:
I am writing this article while attending the National Convention in Nashville, TN. The importance of Town Hall Meetings has been repeatedly been stressed at the meetings of the National Legislative Committee. In November, Virginia voters will pick all 11 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and one member of the U.S. Senate. A very effective way to find out where the candidates stand on various issues, including those of importance to the Veteran Community is to host Town Hall Meetings. Listed below are some questions for the candidates that are considered to be of importance to the VFW community:
VA HEALTH CARE:
1. VA funding has been flat-lined for nearly a decade and has only seen slight increases in the past couple of fiscal years. As a result, veterans are waiting months and even years for medical appointments. Would you support and work for passage of annual Budgets/Appropriations providing fully sufficient funding for veterans" medical care?
2. Currently, Medicare is prohibited from reimbursing VA for services provided to non-service connected Medicare eligible veterans. Would you support or introduce legislation that would allow the VA to be reimbursed for the treatment of non-service connected Medicare eligible veterans (Medicare Subvention)?
3. At this time VA Health Care is funded on a "discretionary" basis resulting in annual battles to secure sufficient dollars for this purpose in the Budget/Appropriations process. The result has been successive years of inadequate funding. Would you support legislation to fund our veteran's health care system on a "mandatory" basis in accordance with a formula to ensure adequate dollars as well as enhanced planning options for VA?
MILITARY RETIREE (CONCURRENT RECEIPT:
1. Recent Law authorized military retirees to receive both their military pay for longevity and their VA disability compensation without offset. However, Congress did not appropriate the funding to carry out concurrent receipt. Are you in favor and will you work towards providing full funding for concurrent receipt?
2. Will you vote in favor of concurrent receipt for military retirees following President Bush's announcement that he would veto the Fiscal year 2003 Defense Authorization Act if it contained any concurrent receipt language?
1. The VFW has long envisioned the creation of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, one modeled after the highly successful GI Bill of 1944. Would you support or introduce legislation that would provide an educational benefit that covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and related expenses along with a stipend to cover housing expenses, at the institution of higher learning at which a veterans accepted?
NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
1. Do you support a Department of Homeland Security as proposed by the President? If not, what do you envision?
2. There have been recent articles in the media reducing overall troop strength in order to be able to cover the costs of transitioning the force structure. Do you support reducing end strength to achieve this goal? Or would you support an increased Defense budget that would allow DOD to maintain current levels?
ACTIVE DUTY QUALITY OF LIFE:
1. With the changing demographics of the military, many more active duty members are married with children. Will you support legislation that will improve the substandard and often limited housing available to support our force structure?
2. Regarding reservists, many are required to deploy more often and for longer durations and their military pay is often significantly less than what they earn on their civilian job. This results in financial hardship. Will you support legislation to address this issue?
3. Given the continuing pay gap between military members and their civilian counterparts for equivalent work, Congress has approved significant increases in military pay in recent years. Will you support additional increases to completely eliminate this disparity?
4. Will you support legislation and funding for programs to provide assistance to the military spouses overseas for employment opportunities?
If you have any suggested input on matters of concern to the Veteran Community here in Virginia, please contact me or another member of the Legislative Committee.
John P. McAnaw
22. UPCOMING 2002 ELECTION
This year Virginia voters will select all 11 members of the U. S. House of Representatives and one member of the U. S. Senate. All VFW members should check early on to determine what Congressional District they are in since the boundaries have changed since the General Elections of 2000. Too often members do not receive their voter registration cards, containing current information, in a timely manner-if at all.
There are several ways to get your pertinent voter information now. The first is to contact your County/City Registrar. For those with e-mail capability, go to the following website: click on "ELECTION". The "WHERE DO I VOTE" block will appear. Follow the instructions and your current voter information will be provided.
Three key things that we can do in our GET OUT THE VOTE Campaign in 2002 are as follows: Host a Town Hall Meeting; Organize a voter registration campaign and Educate the candidates on the issues.
The number of Legislators in the U. S. Congress and at the state level with military experience continues to decline. It is our job to educated candidate regarding issues of importance to the Veteran Community. We want patriotic veteran legislators to represent us at the Federal, State and Local level. Also, we want legislators of good character who we can count on to honor their commitments to the veteran community. It is up to us to get our members and families to the polls in November to ensure that those elected shares the concerns of veterans. Does your part and make you count?!Legislators are well aware of the importance of the veteran's community to their future employment. Why? We vote.
23. COMMUNITY SERVICE REPORTS:
As of 21 July, this is a list of Post's that HAVE submitted reports for this reporting period: May 1, 2002 through October 2002. If your Post is not on this list, please submit your reports prior to the expiration date. The sooner, the better.
DISTRICT 1: 824, 3219, 9636
DISTRICT 2: 1211, 2894, 3160
DISTRICT 3: 2239, 9224, 9808, 10657
DISTRICT 4: 622, 2163, 2584, 7059, 7819, 9855
DISTRICT 5: 647, 873, 1115, 2820, 4637, 7726, 7800, 10840
DISTRICT 6: 1264, 4491, 4522
DISTRICT 7: 621, 1150, 2123, 2447
DISTRICT 8: 2524, 3103
DISTRICT 9: 956, 6000, 7328, 9640, 9696
DISTRICT 10: 3150, 7327, 8815, 9274
DISTRICT 11: 452, 2216, 8279, 8644, 9339
DISTRICT 12: 10310
DISTRICT 13: 8947
If you have any questions, please give me at 804-276-5457. You may also e-mail your Community Service reports to me at Post2163@aol.com or fax them to 804-276-6639.
Community Service Chairman
24. YOUTH ACTIVITIES:
As of August 19, 2002 the following Post's HAVE submitted a Youth Activity Report:
DISTRICT 1: 176, 3219
DISTRICT 2:1211, 8545, 9382
DISTRICT 3: 1426, 2239, 2583, 6364, 8529, 9224, 9501, 9808, 10654, 10657
DISTRICT 4: 622, 637, 2163, 2584, 7059, 9954
DISTRICT 5: 647, 873, 1115, 4637, 7726, 8467, 10840
DISTRICT 6: 4299, 4491, 4522, 5895
DISTRICT 7: 1150, 1860
DISTRICT 8: 2524, 3103, 7589
DISTRICT 9: 956, 7328, 9640, 9696
DISTRICT 10: 1503, 3150
DISTRICT 11: 452, 632, 2216, 3060, 3136, 4204, 4989, 7157, 7814, 8279, 8644, 9339, 9480, 10826
DISTRICT 12: 8979, 10310
DISTRICT 13: NONE
|Summary to date:||Total number of completed projects: 193|
|Total number of VFW volunteers involved: 763|
|Total number of hours donated: 3182.5|
|Total miles drive: 10, 921.20|
|Total amount of monies used: $15,920.01|
Youth Activities Chairman
Each Post Commander and Ladies Auxiliary President (based on election reports received by 30 June) should have received the Chairman's Booklet "Citizenship Education Makes a Difference" from the VFW National Headquarters. Inside are procedures for flag disposal as we as various other Americanism projects for consideration by your Post. There are also a number of speeches which you might use for such upcoming occasions as POW/MIA Day and Veterans Day. Consider adding some upcoming anniversaries to your Post calendar:
We are now in the final year of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemorative. Is your Post registered as a Korean War Commemorative Partner? Some of the requirements have eased. Call 866-KOREA-50 for information.
It may seem obvious to double check your reports before sending them in, but please ensure your Post number is included. And don't claim things like Veterans Day until we get into November nor Memorial Day, for example if your report covers 1 July - 15 August. Comments and summaries are helpful, but it is not necessary to include photos, news clipping, et. Save those for and Americanism Book and submit next Spring.
One hundred reports have been received from 74 Posts. As of 22 August 2002 the following Post's HAVE NOT reported:DISTRICT 1: 960, 2296, 4856, 6002, 7167, 8629, 9358, 9636
J. Gary Wagner
26. HOSPITAL REPORTS:
The following Post's HAVE NOT Submitted Hospital Reports for the 1st half:
DISTRICT 1: 960, 2296, 4856, 7167, 8629, 9358, 9636
DISTRICT 2: 2582
DISTRICT 3: 394, 2583, 3125, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9501, 10387, 11124
DISTRICT 4: 5313, 7559, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9855, 9954, 10570
DISTRICT 5: 644, 6130, 7568, 7800, 8243
DISTRICT 6: 484, 1444, 1841, 2157, 2515, 4165, 4318, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7: 4698, 6044, 7899, 9660, 9760, 9872
DISTRICT 8: 472, 1177, 2524, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9: 1184, 2719, 4667, 7360, 9343, 9864
DISTRICT 10: 609, 5412, 7327, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274
DISTRICT 11: 632, 1499, 2424, 3136, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8479, 9480, 9794, 10773
DISTRICT 12: 3782, 4301, 4805, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10611, 10673
DISTRICT 13: 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8717, 10295, 10546, 10574
27. SAFETY REPORTS:
As of August 23, 2002, the following Post's HAVE submitted Safety Reports:
DISTRICT 1: 176, 824, 3219, 9636, 8252
DISTRICT 2: 1211, 4411, 4809, 8545
DISTRICT 3 : 394, 1426, 2583, 3125, 6364, 8529, 8356, 9224, 9501, 9808, 10387, 10654, 10657, 11124
DISTRICT 4: 622, 2163, 2584, 7559, 9954
DISTRICT 5: 647, 873, 2820, 4637, 8467, 10840
DISTRICT 6: 776, 4491, 4522, 4920, 5895, 9877, 10540
DISTRICT 7: 621, 1150, 1860, 2123, 2447, 6044, 9760
DISTRICT 8: 2524, 3103, 7589
DISTRICT 9: 956, 7136, 7328, 9640
DISTRICT 10: 1503, 3150
DISTRICT 11: 452, 632, 2216, 2424, 3060, 4204, 8279, 8644, 10826
DISTRICT 12: 1994, 8979, 10310
DISTRICT 13: NONE
Victor A. Weaver
28. AUGUST GENERAL ORDERS CORRECTION:
Please note on the Homecoming insert included with August 2002 General Orders, the correct exit is 19 instead of 18. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Kim A. DeShano
|Official:||By Order of:|
|Lawrence F. Mattera|