GENERAL ORDERS



VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 6
UNITED FOR SERVICE TO AMERICA

December 1, 2003

403 Lee-Jackson Highway PO Box 2067
Staunton, Virginia 24402
540 886 8112 FAX 540 886 1732
In Virginia 800 888 3521
webpage: www.vfw-virginia.com


1. STATE COMMANDERS MESSAGE:

I would like to thank every VFW and Ladies Auxiliary member who took time out of their busy lives to welcome Commander- in -Chief Ed Banas to Virginia. Every Post that we visited ensured that their Post home was highly presentable and many were decorated in a patriotic theme. The Chief and Department Officers were warmly received and your receptions made us feel as if we were truly at home. Your efforts were noted by those in the visiting party and greatly appreciated by the Department. The Chief was highly impressed by his reception and commented many times about the teamwork and dedication of our Virginia members. He asked me to tell you that he thanks everyone for all the gifts he received and the hospitality of Virginia. I wish that we could have visited ever Post but the Chief's visit was short and we tried to show him as much of our beautiful state as possible. As the Christmas and New Year season approaches, I wish each of you continued success, good health, happiness, love and a joyful holiday. Please continue helping those in our communities who need assistance, our sick an shut-in veterans and the many homeless. I ask that you remember our troops who are in harms way. Pray for their safety, swift completion of their mission and a quick return to their families. I ask that every member of our great organization remember that we are "United for Service to America" and that as Team Virginia we have the power to reach every goal that we set.

Respectively,
Pete Snelling
State Commander

2. MEMBERSHIP:

Please see attached Membership Report.

Tom Hines
State Senior Vice Commander


3. BY-LAWS AND INCORPORATION PAPERS:

State Headquarters is in the process of updating all of our files. Therefore, I am requesting that each Post send in their By-Laws and Incorporation papers, providing you have them. Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.

Kim A. DeShano
State Adjutant/Quartermaster


4. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:

The cut off for General Orders is the 20thof the month. NO EXCEPTIONS.


5. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST - TBA

SECOND - 03-06-04 Post 4411 FRANKLIN, Meeting 1:00 PM , Representative State Surgeon Jimmy Lee Wallace

THIRD - 12-13-03 THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 pm, Dinner to follow Representative Junior Vice Commander Dan Boyer

FOURTH - 02-08-04 AMELIA VETERANS CENTER 2:00 PM Representative Junior Vice Commander Dan Boyer

FIFTH - 02-15-04 Post 4637 MARTINSVILLLE, Representative Commander Pete Snelling

SIXTH - 02-08-04 FLOYD VAMC BLDG 76, 2nd FLOOR, 2:00 PM, Representative State Judge Advocate Charles (Doc) Crouch

SEVENTH - 12-14-03, POST 2123 WINCHESTER, Lunch 11:30 AM, Meeting to follow, Representative Senior Vice Commander Tom Hines

EIGHTH - 03-14-04, POST 7589 MANASSAS, Meeting 1:00 PM, Representative Senior Vice Commander Tom Hines

NINTH - 01-11-04, POST 4667 MARION, Register at 11:00 AM, Joint Meeting 11:30 AM, Representative Commander Pete Snelling

TENTH - TBA

ELEVENTH - 12-14-03, POST 1499 LEXINGTON, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting to follow Representative Commander Pete Snelling

TWELFTH - 1-04-04, POST 1994 ABINGDON, Meeting 11:00 a.m., Representative Commander Pete Snelling

THIRTEENTH - 12-07-03, POST 7638 GORDONSVILLE, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Commander Pete Snelling


6. CHANGES IN THE ROSTER:

Department Chief-of-Staff - Rex Faris, 333 Burnett Road SW, Meadows Of Dan 24120-3701, telephone 276-952-2532, cell 276-728-6800, e-mail gfaris@site.net

Department Chaplain, Graves Registrar, SVC Post 392 - Edward L. Powers, 2120 Retreat Court, Virginia Beach 23454-2255

Eighth District Commander - Johnny Baker, 28526 Mine Run Road, Rhodesville 22542

Department Honor Guard - Captain George McCraken - 540-786-2334
Ronald Mills - 434-836-1934
Howard Ahola - 757-485-1963
Dean Breeding - 757-485-7633
Kenneth Creasy - 540-898-3775
Herb DeGroft - 757-357-6210
Allen Hardin - 757-831-3443
Douglas Hayes - 434-792-9473
Phillip Hewitt - 804-746-5167
Melvin Webb - 276-728-9810
Fred Wolking - 804-276-5668

Post 2820 - SVC Kenneth W. Peal, 1525 Blue Ridge Yacht Club Road, Bassett 24055

Post 3103 - JVC Richard Foster, 17 Pasture Lane, Stafford 22554 phone 540-752-0085
QM Alvin Vega, P O Box 234, Fredericksburg 22404

Post 3125 - SVC Walter Boone change Middle Initial from N to M

Post 7589 - Adjutant Edward R. Fishpaw, 9004 Quarry Street, Manassas 20110

Post 7814 - QM James Anderson, 2306 Davis Street, Staunton 24401

Post 8446 - Commander Calvin McIlroy, HC 02 Box 371, Buckingham 23921
ADJ/QM Jordan M. Taylor, Jr., HC 02, Box 399, Buckingham 23921
Post 8629 - Commander Gilbert J. Lang, 6175 Clark Street, Chincoteauge 23336, phone 757-336-2229
SVC James S. Baker, 33357 Mill Dam Road, Wallops 23337, phone 757-824-3759
JVC Charles W. Lewis, 3196 Main Street, Chincoteague 23336, phone 757-336-6059
ADJ/QM Michael T. Doyle, 3353 Ridge Road, Chincoteague 23336, phone 757-336-6168
Post 9865 - Commander Thomas C. Carpenter, 3514 Beautiful Run Road, Orange 22960, phone 540-672-2253
SVC David Wood, Route 1 Box 152, Orange 22960, phone 540-672-3053
JVC Fred Frye, P O Box 248, Madison 22727
ADJ David Wood, Route 1 Box 152, Orange 22960, phone 540-672-3053
QM Todd Johnson, P O Box 803, Orange 22960, phone 540-854-7121

Post 10611 - Commander Jack Dougherty, 126 Cedar Avenue, Gate City 24251-3610

E-MAIL:

Post 1499 - vfw1499@ntelos.net


7. VIRGINIA VETERANS CARE CENTER:

Once again, it is time to prepare for Operation Holiday Spirit. We must begin our program early to ensure that our 240 veterans will have the best holiday season possible. We are admitting more and more veterans who have no family and receive no outside support. Unfortunately, the monies donated by caring people like you purchase the only gifts they receive. Christmas is the only time during the year that we can fill boxes with personally chosen gifts that remind them someone cares. Therefore, we are asking that you help us achieve our annual goal of $15,000 by "adopting" as many veterans as possible for Operation Holiday Spirit 2003. Our goal to raise enough funds to purchase gifts that total $65.00 per veteran. Donations should be payable to VVCC Local Fund and mailed to P O Box 6334, Roanoke, VA 24017. Thank you for your support during the year for this special much needed program. May God bless you and yours this Holiday Season and always.

Patti Culver Smith
Volunteer Director


8. 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 September 30th which is NOW PAST DUE at State Headquarters.


9. IMPORTANT 2003-2005 DATES:

January 16-18, 2004 State Winter Council Meeting; Clarion Hotel, 500 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185. Rates are $52 per night, telephone 757-220-1410, FAX 757-220-4662 PLEASE NOTE THE CUT OFF DATE FOR RESERVATIONS IS DECEMBER 12TH.

June 17-20, 2004 State Convention Sheraton Richmond West

July 31, 2004 Satellite Training

August 14-20, 2004 National VFW Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio

September 16-19, 2004 Fall Council Wyndham Roanoke Airport Hotel phone 540-561-7908

November 19-21, 2004 Southern Conference Louisville, Kentucky


10. PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY:

Lynchburg VFW Post 8184 will host a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Program, Saturday, December 6, 2003 at Moose Lodge #715, - Route 221 - 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. We will be reserving a section for Pearl Harbor Survivors. Please feel free to bring any family members or guests. We sincerely hope you can attend and are looking forward to seeing you there.


11. SPECIAL ORDER NO. 67

Upon the recommendation of the Commander, Department of Virginia, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 210 of the National By-Laws, the charter of Montpelier, Post No. 394, Montpelier, Virginia mustered September 15, 1986, is hereby canceled and the Post declared defunct.

The Commander, Department of Virginia, ,will at once recover the charter, rituals, paraphernalia and all monies and other property of the Post in accordance with the provisions of the National By-Laws.

By order of
Edward S. Banas, Sr.
Commander-in-Chief

12. 2004 COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released September's inflation data, which finalizes the 2004 cost of living adjustment (COLA) for military retired pay and other federal annuities. The 2004 COLA will be 2.1 percent for military and federal retired pay, VA disability compensation, SBP survivor annuities, Social Security, and other federal programs. The COLA for these programs will be effective December 1st, and will be reflected in checks issues on January 2, 2004.


13. EMT, FIREMEN AND POLICEMEN AWARDS:

The deadline for submission of entries is January 1, 2004. Judging will be on January 3, 2004.

Leon J. Fields
Awards and Citations Chairman

14. HOSPITAL REPORTS:

The following Posts have not submitted a Hospital Report for the First Half..
DISTRICT 1: 100 %
DISTRICT 2: 100%
DISTRICT 3: 100%
DISTRICT 4: 2584, 7897, 8228, 8446, 8759, 9618
DISTRICT 5: 647, 873, 1115, 6130, 8243
DISTRICT 6: 484, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7: 100%
DISTRICT 8: 472, 1177, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9: 7360, 7969, 9343, 9696, 9864
DISTRICT 10: 100%
DISTRICT 11: 4805, 4989, 7814, 10773
DISTRICT 12: 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 10611
DISTRICT 13: 1827, 2044, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8717, 10295, 10574


Jimmy Lee Wallace
Hospital Committee Chairman


15. AMERICANISM REPORT:

The first half has ended. Posts which sent in reports which covered the first half but included early November events were credited with a first half report.

Two hundred sixty-one FIRST HALF reports were received from 151 posts. Status as of 19 November 2003:

DISTRICT 1 - 100% Reported
DISTRICT 2 - 100% Reported
DISTRICT 3 - 100% Reported
DISTRICT 4 - Posts not reported: 2584, 7897, 8599, 9618 (23 posts) (85% Reported)
DISTRICT 5 - Posts not reported: 873, 8243 (12 posts) (85% Reported)
DISTRICT 6 - Posts not reported: 484, 1841, 4165, 7814, 8184, 9805 (19 posts) (70% Reported)
DISTRICT 7 - 100% Reported
DISTRICT 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 8208, 9835, 9805 (11 posts) (65% Reported)
DISTRICT 9 - Posts not reported: 2719, 7969, 9864 (75% Reported)
DISTRICT 10 - 100% Reported
DISTRICT 11 - Posts not reported: 4989, 10773 (21 posts) (90% Reported)
DISTRICT 12 - Posts not reported: 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 10310, 10611 (12 posts)
DISTRICT 13 - Posts not reported: 1827, 2613, 7638, 8436, 8697, 8717, 10295, 10574 (12 posts)

Now is the time to calculate your Veterans Day events and get that first report of the second half sent in. And "Remember Pearl Harbor" early in December.

Posts which have reported for the SECOND HALF are: Posts 637 (Dist 4), 8613 (Dist 7), and 9478 (Dist 10).

J. Gary Wagner
Vice Chairman for Americanism


16. SAFETY REPORT:

The following Posts have submitted Safety Reports for the 1st half as of November 7, 2003:

District 1 - 176, 824, 960, 2296, 3219, 4856, 5500, 6002, 7167, 8252, 8629, 9358, 9636
District 2 - 392, 993, 1211, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 4809, 8545, 9382
District 3 - 1426, 2239, 2583, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 9808, 10387, 10654, 10657,11124
District 4 - 622, 637, 2163, 5313, 5371, 7059, 7166, 7819, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9855, 9954, 10570, 10571
District 5 - 647, 4637, 7568, 7726, 7800, 8467
District 6 - 776, 1444, 2157, 4299, 4318, 4491, 4522, 4920, 5311, 5895, 9760, 9877
District 7 - 621, 1150, 1860,2123, 2447, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9660, 9760, 9872
District 8 - 1177, 1811, 2524, 3103, 4468, 7589, 7728
District 9 - 956, 1184, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7328, 7360, 9343, 9640, 9696
District 10 - 609, 1503, 3150, 5412, 7327, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274, 9478
District 11 - 452, 632, 1499, 2216, 2424, 3060, 3136, 4204, 4805, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 8644, 9339, 9480,10826
District 12 - 1994, 8979, 9600, 9830
District 13 - 2044, 2217,8169, 8947, 10546

This is the final Safety Report for the First Half.

Please use the new Safety Report forms and mail all reports to Department Headquarters. Team VFW, Team Virginia!

Rex Faris
Safety Vice-Chairman


17. COMMUNITY ACTIVITY REPORT:

Post's which have not submitted Community Activity Reports for the first half. Of 187 Post's 146 have submitted reports. Congratulations to Districts' 1, 2 , 3 and 7 who were 100% for the first half.

DISTRICT 1 -100%
DISTRICT 2 - 100%
DISTRICT 3 - 394
DISTRICT 4 - 7987, 8228, 8599, 9618
DISTRICT 5 - 873, 8243, 10840
DISTRICT 6 - 484, 1841, 4165, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7 -100%
DISTRICT 8 - 472, 1177, 8208, 9865
DISTRICT 9 - 2719, 7969, 9343, 9864
DISTRICT 10 - 7327, 8469, 8815
DISTRICT 11 - 3136, 4204, 4989, 7157, 8279, 8479, 10773
DISTRICT 12 - 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 9600, 10298, 10611
DISTRICT 13 - 1827, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8717, 10295, 10574

Lynn Harris
Community Activity Vice-Chairman


18. YOUTH ACTIVITY REPORT:

The following posts have NOT reported youth activities.

District 1: 2296, 4856, 7167, 9358
District 2: 100%
District 3: 2239
District 4: 637, 2584, 7897, 8048, 8599, 8902, 9618
District 5: 873, 2820, 8243, 10840
District 6: 484, 1264, 1444, 1841, 4165, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805
District 7: 1150
District 8: 472, 8208, 9865
District 9: 2719, 7969, 9343, 9864
District 10: 100%
District 11: 4204, 4989, 7701, 7814, 10773
District 12: 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 10298, 10310, 10611
District 13: 1827, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8717, 10295, 10574

Yours in Comradeship
Jim Martin
Youth Activities Chairman

19. INSPECTION REPORTS:

These Post's and District's HAVE NOT been inspected.

District 1: 9636 and District
District 2: 100%
District 3: 3125, 4639, 6364,8356, 8529, 9501
District 4: 8228, 9954
District 5: 100%
District 6: 1264, 4318, 5895, 9877 and District
District 7: 100%
District 8: 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
District 9: 2719, 7328
District 10: 7916, 9274
District 11: 452, 4989
District 12: 100%
District 13:1827, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8436, 8717, 10295, 10574 and District

Henry E. Cluney
State Inspector


20. 2003-2004 PATRIOT'S PEN (YOUTH ESSAY)/TEACHERS PROGRAM:

Patriot's Pen Deadlines
Theme: "MY DREAM FOR AMERICA"

Student Entry Due: 1 November 2003
Post Judging Due: 15 November 2003
District Judging Due: 1 December 2003
Department Judging: 12 December
Department Winner to National By: 15 January 2004
Department Report Due to National By: 31 January 2004

Teacher's Award Deadlines:

Nominations Due to Posts: 1 November 2003
Post Judging Completed By: 15 November 2003
District Judging Completed By: 15 December 2003
Department Judging Due: 3 January 2004 ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED AT STATE HEADQUARTERS BEFORE 5:00 P.M., 2 JANUARY 2004 NO EXCEPTIONS!!
Department Judging Completed By: 10 January 2004
Due at National: 15 January 2004

Patriots Pen department judging will be 11 December 2003. Please be sure I have your district entries before 5pm 10 December 2003. Be sure you have included all necessary paperwork and pictures of your winners. You may mail them to me (702 Moore Street, Staunton, Va. 24401) or to Department Headquarters. Citizenship Education Teachers Award department judging will be 3 January 2004. ENTRIES MUST BE MAILED TO DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS before 5pm 31 December 2003. be sure you have included all necessary paperwork and pictures of your winners.


Donald L. Hall, Department Chairman
702 Moore Street
Staunton, VA 24401
E-mail:dhallvfw@hotmail.com or dlhall@ntelos.net


21. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:

2003-2004
Voice of Democracy Reporting Dates
9th through 12th Grade Students
"My Commitment to America's Future"


Student Entry Deadline: November 1, 2003
Complete Post Judging Deadline: November 15, 2003
Complete District Judging Deadline: December 1, 2003
Complete Department Judging Deadline: January 1, 2004
Department Winner to National Deadline: January 15, 2004
Department Report to National Deadline: January 31, 2004
Awards to be Given Community Service Conference

The District Winner must be to Earle (Buddy) P. Weekley, Jr., State Voice of Democracy Chairman, 595 Bowman Road, Dayton, VA 22821 by Saturday, December 13, 2003. No exceptions! Be sure you send all of the information that is needed. This means the Official Student Entry Form; Student Biographical Questionnaire Form; Parent/Guardian Release Form; and a good head and shoulders photo. No follow up phone calls will be done. If you do not have the information that is requested according to the guidelines, your District winner will not be eligible. Also, you must send, the District Chairman Report Forms listed on Page 17, 18 and 19 of the Voice of Democracy Chairmen's Workbook for 2003-2004.

State Judging will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at Post 8644 in Bridgewater.


Voice of Democracy Department Awards:

1st Place Winner Will receive $1,000.00 and expected to attend the State Convention Joint Session to be held in Richmond to read their entry and receive this award.
2nd Place Winner Will receive $600.00
3rd Place Winner Will receive $400.00

The Post Voice of Democracy Chairman will receive one night's lodging and a Banquet Ticket to attend the Community Service Conference in Washington, D.C. (Duplicate award will not be given if the chairman receives a National Appointment.) Each Post that participates in the Voice of Democracy Program will receive a Citation. The Post that sponsors the Department's 1st Place Winner will be awarded the Clarence E. Kelley Memorial Voice of Democracy Trophy and will be presented at the State Convention.

Earle (Buddy) P. Weekley
Voice of Democracy Chairman


22. LEGISLATIVE:

2004 LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL IN RICHMOND 15 JANUARY 2004 Please note that the Department's "Legislative Day on the Hill" in Richmond will be held on Thursday, 15 January 2004. VFW and Auxiliary members are urged to participate in this very important event. Mark January 15 2004 on your calendar. Remember, Legislators are most interested in meeting constituents from their respective districts. Do your part and show up. Numbers certainly do count! Important! There has been a change in our meeting location. We will assemble at 8:20 A.M. in House Room #1 of the State Capitol Building. Use the street level entrance in the middle of the building on the Broad Street (uphill) side. Coffee and rolls will be provided attendees.

STATUS OF VETERANS' LEGISLATION IN THE 108TH U.S. CONGRESS The legislative information provided below is current as of 19 November 2003. It clearly shows the influence of the Veteran Community on cited legislatoion. The many Virginia VFW members who voiced their concerns to the President and members of the 108th Congress deserve our sincerest thanks. Summary: 1. FY 2004 Defense Authorization Act (HR 1588) Cited bill has been passed by both the House and Senate. This $401 billion spending bill is cleared for the President's signature. It authorizes the following VFW-sponsored measures: a. A ten-year phase-in of concurrent receipt (a.k.a. the Disabled Veterans Tax) for those military retirees with service-connected disabilities rated at 50 % or more as well as those National Guard and Reserve retirees with at least 20 years service. It also extends coverage of last year's Combat Related Special Compensation Program (CRSC) to disabled retirees with combat or operations-related disabilities rated from 10% to 100%. The program is scheduled to begin in January 2004. b. Access to the TRICARE health care system for National Guard and Reserve members who do not have employer-provided insurance. c. A 4.1% pay raise for active duty personnel. d. An increase from $150 to $225 for imminent-danger pay. e. An increase in family separation allowances from $100 to $250 per month through December 2004. f. A reduction in housing expenses paid by service members from 7.5% to 3.5%. Note: This bill only authorizes expenditures on the items enumerated above. Contact your legislators to insure that cited provisions are included in the companion appropriations bill. 2. FY 2004 VA-HUD Appropriations Bill (HR 2861). The Senate approved this bill on 18 November 2003. This $90 billion spending measure includes a $2.97 billion increase for veterans health care programs. The House earlier passed its version of the VA-HUD bill. However, it only included a $1.4 billion increase for veterans health care programs over the previous year's amount. The bill now goes to a House-Senate Conference Committee to work out the differences between the two versions. Note: Contact your lawmakers and urge them to support the Senate increase of $2.97 billion for veterans health care. Please advise them that the VA desperately needs the additional funding to provide quality and timely health care to all veterans. 3. Bills signed into public law by President Bush: a. HR 3289 (PL 108-106): The Emergency Supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan will appropriate $87.5 billion for the war efforts in those countries. A total of $65.8 billion is set aside for military personnel and operations. b. HR 1516 (PL 108-109): The National Cemetery Expansion Act will authorize the construction of VA cemeteries in Alabama, California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. c. HR 3365 (PL 108-121): The Military Tax Relief Act will provide a tax-free death gratuity of $12,000, retroactive to 11 September 2001, to families of service members killed in action. It also provides a tax-free travel deduction for certain National Guard and Reserve members to and from duty, and excludes capital gains taxes from sale of primary residences for military personnel and members of the Foreign Service.

VFW LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY GOALS The following are the established goals of the VFW for 2003-2004: VA BUDGET Ensure that sufficient funding is authorized and appropriated for the Veterans Health Care Administration so that it can fulfill its obligation to care for all of our nation's sick and disabled veterans. Obtain mandatory funding structure for Veterans' health care to ensure that no veteran is denied or delayed their earned health care. EDUCATION Secure authority and full funding for a GI Bill for the 21st Century that recognizes the valuable contributions of those serving in uniform by providing for the full costs of tuition, fees, and living expenses for attendance at any institution of higher learning of a veteran's choosing. MILITARY RETIREES Ensure that Congress enacts legislation that authorizes and fully funds legislation that allows all disabled military retirees to receive their full military retirement pay and full disability compensation without offset. MILITARY QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES Increase Armed Forces pay to comparability with civil service counterparts. Obtain increased funding for improved active-duty housing and work facilities. DEFENSE READINESS Increase the strengths of each military service consistent with their long-term missions to fulfill national military strategy. Ensure an approximate match between National Guard and Reserve force strengths and equipment for their mission. Support ongoing efforts to complete our national missile defense system. Continue to invest in new equipment and weapons systems to retain the technological edge in the war on terrorism.

RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE AND OTHER WEB SITES FOR VETERANS The following web sites provide timely and valuable information for interested veterans:
VFW Washington Office: www.vfwdc.org
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: www.va.gov U.S.
Department of Defense: www.defenselink.mil
United States Senate: www.senate.gov
United States House of Representatives: www.house.gov
House Veterans Affairs Committee: www.house.gov/vaSenate
Veterans Affairs Committee: http://www.senate.gov/~veterans/
The White House: http://www.whitehouse.gov/
Thomas -- Library of Congress database of Congressional Activity (updated daily): http://thomas.loc.gov/
The Congressional Record: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces150.html
State Veteran Sites: http://www.ns.net/cadva/more/states.htm
U.S. Air Force Web Site: www.af.mil
U.S. Army Web Site: www.army.mil
U.S. Marine Corps Web Site: www.usmc.mil
U.S. Navy Web Site: www.navy.mil


John P. McAnaw

Legislative Chairman


22. ENVIRONMENTAL:

My Comrades, I have no wish to add further burdens to those of you who suffered wind and water damage Hurricane Isabel and the aftermath. However, a short walk through the areas of your Posts will indicate many items in need of attention. Fallen trees, litter and debris are scattered everywhere. Invite community minded organizations to participate and contribute whatever they wish in the clean up effort. Send details and photos to the local media. Ask the Ladies Auxiliary to make phone calls and keep count of what has been accomplished. Be sure to enter it on your Community Activity and Safety reports.

Surely, this will make Virginia a better place to live. Remember, the good work you do today will remain long after your backache is gone.

Respectfully Submitted,
Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman

23. CONDOLENCES:

Our deepest sympathy goes out to all the family members and friends of E. Ray Chappell, Past Department Commander and Chief-of-Staff who passed away earlier this month.


24. LADIES AUXILIARY VFW MEMBERSHIP VFW MEMBER AWARD PROGRAM

Department Award: A plaque will be given to the VFW Member and the Auxiliary Member who recruits the most members for the Auxiliary for the Department of Virginia Between July 1, 2003 and March 31, 2004 and form received at Department Chairman by April 30, 2004. This award will be presented at June 2004 Convention. Form attached.

National Award: A Pen/Letter Opener set to each VFW Member who recruits an eligible family member as a Ladies Auxiliary member between July 1, 2003 and March 31, 2003 and form received at National Headquarters by April 30, 2004. Form attached.


Wishing each and every one of you a Happy Healthy Holiday and a Prosperous New Year


Official: By Order of:
Kim A. DeShano Peter M. Snelling
State Adjutant State Commander




VIRGINIA AS OF TUESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2003
District Post Life New Reinstate Continous Current Prior Year Mips Percentage City
1 176 95 0 0 39 134 199   67.33 NEWPORT NEWS
1 824 48 0 0 17 70 77 5 90.91 GRAFTON
1 960 35 0 0 20 77 74 22 104.05 YORKTOWN
1 2296 16 1 0 40 58 64 1 90.63 TASLEY
1 3219 327 71 9 100 507 551   92.01 PHOEBUS
1 4856 33 0 0 28 61 80   76.25 EXMORE
1 5500 38 3 1 23 65 93   69.89 HAMPTON
1 6002 95 0 2 49 146 168   86.9 DENBIGH
1 7167 63 1 1 75 140 181   77.34 WARSAW
1 8252 133 1 7 47 200 187 12 106.95 GLOUCESTER
1 8629 10 0 1 6 22 37 5 59.46 CHINCOTEAGUE
1 9358 9 0 0 6 21 26 6 80.77 TANGIER
1 9636 18 0 2 11 31 36   86.11 DELTAVILLE
District Total 920 77 23 461 1532 1773 51 86.41  
2 392 963 52 17 277 1338 1515 29 88.32 VIRGINIA BEACH
2 993 92 1 1 39 144 166 11 86.75 PORTSMOUTH
2 1211 39 1 0 16 56 65   86.15 VIRGINIA BEACH
2 2582 28 1 0 15 44 51   86.27 SUFFOLK
2 2894 29 2 1 26 59 82 1 71.95 CHESAPEAKE
2 3160 541 10 4 130 735 820 50 89.63 NORFOLK
2 4411 68 2 0 30 100 136   73.52 FRANKLIN
2 4809 895 17 6 320 1296 1465 58 88.46 NORFOLK
2 8545 60 5 0 19 84 85   98.82 SMITHFIELD
2 9382 69 4 1 41 115 144   79.86 SUFFOLK
District Total 2784 95 30 913 3971 4529 149 87.68  
District Post Life New Reinstate Continous Current Prior Year Mips Percentage City
3 1426 26 0 0 12 39 56 1 69.64 MIDLOTHIAN
3 2239 123 2 1 83 209 249   83.93 COLONIAL HEIGHTS
3 2583 9 0 1 15 25 41   60.97 ASHLAND
3 3125 6 0 0 5 11 36   30.55 DOSWELL
3 4639 75 1 2 47 125 135   92.59 WILLIAMSBURG
3 6364 140 7 0 39 186 210   88.57 RICHMOND
3 8046 29 7 2 17 55 71   77.46 NORGE
3 8356 46 7 0 46 99 104   95.19 WEST POINT
3 8529 81 0 0 37 118 141   83.68 SANDSTON
3 9224 36 1 0 30 67 68   98.52 RICHMOND
3 9501 16 0 1 13 30 57   52.63 AYLETT
3 9808 547 5 0 114 821 776 155 105.8 MECHANICSVILLE
3 10387 23 0 0 4 27 129   20.93 PETERSBURG
3 10654 88 0 0 9 97 125   77.6 RICHMOND
3 10657 86 0 0 2 92 95 4 96.84 GLEN ALLEN
3 11124 14 0 0 14 28 33   84.84 QUINTON
District Total 1354 30 7 494 2045 2359 160 86.69  
4 622 42 17 1 37 97 128   75.78 PETERSBURG
4 637 148 3 3 167 321 395   81.26 HOPEWELL
4 2163 46 0 1 27 74 96   77.08 CHESTERFIELD
4 2584 20 0 0 11 31 47   65.95 CULLEN
4 5313 52 1 1 18 72 89   80.89 NOTTOWAY
4 5371 16 0 0 16 32 37   86.48 EMPORIA
4 7059 73 12 0 98 183 224   81.69 FARMVILLE
4 7166 146 1 0 62 214 391 5 54.73 SOUTH HILL
4 7819 75 0 0 41 116 146   79.45 CREWE
4 7897 20 0 0 18 38 51   74.5 BLACKSTONE
4 8048 18 2 0 33 53 69   76.81 LAWRENCEVILLE
4 8163 58 3 0 55 116 142   81.69 CLARKSVILLE
4 8228 3 0 0 16 22 53 3 41.51 CHASE CITY
4 8446 28 4 0 13 45 48   93.75 BUCKINGHAM
4 8599 1 0 0 6 7 11   63.63 BROOKNEAL
4 8617 30 0 1 21 52 64   81.25 GOOCHLAND
4 8759 35 0 0 23 58 87   66.66 AMELIA COURT
4 8902 12 1 0 4 20 26 3 76.92 KEYSVILLE
4 9618 1 0 0 5 6 19   31.57 CUMBERLAND
4 9855 16 15 0 34 65 78   83.33 APPOMATTOX
4 9954 106 0 0 49 155 178   87.07 VICTORIA
4 10570 18 2 0 13 33 46   71.73 POWHATAN
4 10571 35 0 0 16 51 55   92.72 PRINCE GEORGE
District Total 999 61 7 783 1861 2506 11 74.26  
District Post Life New Reinstate Continous Current Prior Year Mips Percentage City
5 647 227 6 5 144 383 449 1 85.3 DANVILLE
5 873 10 1 0 8 19 22   86.36 GRETNA
5 1115 598 8 0 480 1086 1447   75.05 HILLSVILLE
5 2820 14 1 0 26 44 56 3 78.57 HENRY
5 4637 69 4 2 73 148 167   88.62 MARTINSVILLE
5 6130 4 0 0 14 20 20 2 100 RIDGEWAY
5 7568 18 0 0 22 40 57   70.17 GALAX
5 7726 128 9 1 137 279 365 4 76.44 INDEPENDENCE
5 7800 76 10 1 33 124 126 4 98.41 STUART
5 8243 42 0 0 48 90 126   71.42 HALIFAX
5 8467 48 10 0 39 97 108   89.81 MEADOWS OF DAN
5 10840 27 0 0 18 45 56   80.35 ROCKY MOUNT
District Total 1261 49 9 1042 2375 3013 14 78.83  
6 484 38 0 0 27 65 76   85.52 ROANOKE
6 776 113 1 0 35 149 167   89.22 RADFORD
6 1033 108 2 1 152 263 324   81.17 COVINGTON
6 1264 247 9 23 119 398 441   90.24 ROANOKE
6 1444 55 0 4 8 67 96   69.79 ROANOKE
6 1841 54 0 0 88 142 166   85.54 TROUTVILLE
6 2157 118 8 2 107 242 284 7 85.21 BEDFORD
6 4165 28 0 0 42 70 79   88.6 ALTAVISTA
6 4299 27 1 1 10 39 84   46.42 CLIFTON FORGE
6 4318 33 1 0 34 68 85   80 SALEM
6 4491 67 1 2 34 104 125   83.2 NEW CASTLE
6 4522 137 0 2 39 178 231   77.05 VINTON
6 4920 9 0 0 10 19 33   57.57 ELLISTON
6 5311 64 2 1 59 126 185   68.1 CHRISTIANSBURG
6 5895 15 1 0 8 24 27   88.88 BUCHANAN
6 7854 67 13 1 31 112 125   89.6 FLOYD
6 8184 58 0 0 28 86 101   85.14 LYNCHBURG
6 9805 4 0 1 9 14 18   77.77 RUSTBURG
6 9877 11 0 0 19 32 55 2 58.18 AMHERST
District Total 1253 39 38 859 2198 2731 9 80.48  
District Post Life New Reinstate Continous Current Prior Year Mips Percentage City
7 621 125 1 0 101 227 266   85.33 LURAY
7 1150 17 1 0 5 23 28   82.14 SPERRYVILLE
7 1860 177 3 0 100 280 330   84.84 FRONT ROYAL
7 2123 267 1 1 87 356 437   81.46 WINCHESTER
7 2447 172 9 0 120 301 354   85.02 EDINBURG
7 4698 10 2 0 25 37 50   74 GROTTOES
7 6044 15 0 0 8 23 30   76.66 WINCHESTER
7 7899 17 0 0 33 50 65   76.92 STANLEY
7 8613 117 0 1 61 179 206   86.89 SHENANDOAH
7 9292 108 4 1 67 180 206   87.37 ELKTON
7 9660 55 2 0 66 135 151 12 89.4 BROADWAY
7 9760 85 2 2 100 189 239   79.07 BERRYVILLE
7 9872 39 0 0 29 68 82   82.92 MOUNT CLINTON
District Total 1204 25 5 802 2048 2444 12 83.8  
8 472 18 0 0 0 18 20   90 MADISON
8 1177 32 0 1 14 47 52   90.38 LEESBURG
8 1811 189 0 0 1 190 190   100 MANASSAS PARK
8 2524 204 3 0 67 274 320   85.62 CULPEPER
8 3103 185 0 4 146 336 411 1 81.75 FREDERICKSBURG
8 4468 39 0 0 0 39 42   92.85 PURCELLVILLE
8 7589 131 0 0 53 184 266   69.17 MANASSAS
8 7728 32 0 0 21 53 61   86.88 REMINGTON
8 8208 7 2 0 10 19 23   82.6 STANARDSVILLE
8 9835 28 1 0 14 43 50   86 WARRENTON
8 9865 1 0 0 0 1 20   5 MADISON
District Total 866 6 5 326 1204 1455 1 82.75  
9 956 41 5 0 33 79 101   78.21 DANTE
9 1184 119 3 1 57 181 231 1 78.36 PULASKI
9 2719 27 0 0 30 59 76 2 77.63 WYTHEVILLE
9 4667 506 7 2 292 807 1014   79.58 MARION
9 6000 136 0 1 86 223 290   76.89 NARROWS
9 7136 99 0 2 89 190 232   81.89 TAZEWELL
9 7328 27 1 3 51 84 120 2 70 SALTVILLE
9 7360 39 0 0 39 78 112   69.64 GRUNDY
9 7969 19 0 1 24 44 70   62.85 BLAND
9 9343 10 0 0 15 25 32   78.12 HONAKER
9 9640 100 0 0 50 150 183   81.96 RICHLANDS
9 9696 104 4 0 67 175 210   83.33 BLUEFIELD
9 9864 55 0 0 15 70 107   65.42 LEBANON
District Total 1282 20 10 848 2165 2778 5 77.94  
District Post Life New Reinstate Continous Current Prior Year Mips Percentage City
10 609 68 2 0 19 89 103   86.4 ALEXANDRIA
10 1503 1065 25 2 302 1396 1725 2 80.93 DALE CITY
10 3150 309 5 2 58 374 426   87.79 ARLINGTON
10 5412 42 0 0 29 72 83 1 86.75 BURKE
10 7327 365 7 0 112 487 551 3 88.34 SPRINGFIELD
10 7916 256 8 3 99 367 432 1 84.95 WOODBRIDGE
10 8241 149 6 1 62 218 247   88.25 MC LEAN
10 8469 142 3 1 46 192 218   88.07 FAIRFAX
10 8815 17 0 0 4 23 25 2 92 LORTON
10 9274 215 0 1 37 253 278   91 FALLS CHURCH
10 9478 45 3 0 14 62 65   95.38 STERLING
District Total 2673 59 10 782 3533 4153 9 85.07  
11 452 24 0 0 18 42 61   68.85 CRIMORA
11 632 326 4 3 158 491 607   80.88 HARRISONBURG
11 1499 72 5 2 35 114 138   82.6 LEXINGTON
11 2216 181 2 41 179 412 435 9 94.71 STAUNTON
11 2424 34 1 1 24 60 68   88.23 WAYNESBORO
11 3060 23 0 0 15 41 44 3 93.18 DEERFIELD
11 3136 31 0 0 31 62 83   74.69 MOUNT SOLON
11 4204 27 0 0 29 56 79   70.88 HOT SPRINGS
11 4805 10 0 0 23 35 66 2 53.03 BUENA VISTA
11 4989 61 0 0 0 61 60   101.66 MONTEREY
11 7157 16 0 1 14 31 46   67.39 FISHERSVILLE
11 7578 4 0 0 15 19 29   65.51 GLASGOW
11 7701 37 0 0 38 75 94   79.78 LOVINGSTON
11 7814 22 0 0 2 24 30   80 STAUNTON
11 8279 14 0 0 34 48 61   78.68 STEELES TAVERN
11 8479 6 0 0 11 19 29 2 65.52 LYNDHURST
11 8644 105 2 0 60 167 195   85.64 BRIDGEWATER
11 9339 53 1 1 41 96 116   82.75 STUARTS DRAFT
11 9480 35 0 0 11 46 53   86.79 CRAIGSVILLE
11 10773 18 0 0 13 31 39   79.48 GOSHEN
11 10826 21 5 0 41 67 84   79.76 VERONA
District Total 1120 20 49 792 1997 2418 16 82.59  
District Post Life New Reinstate Continous Current Prior Year Mips Percentage City
12 1994 34 16 1 42 95 98 2 96.94 ABINGDON
12 3782 30 1 0 12 43 54   79.62 HAYSI
12 4301 68 0 2 27 97 105   92.38 NORTON
12 5715 82 0 0 26 108 121   89.25 BIG STONE GAP
12 6975 377 5 23 365 771 1040 1 74.14 BRISTOL
12 8652 11 1 1 17 30 33   90.9 COEBURN
12 8979 67 6 0 60 133 179   74.3 CLINTWOOD
12 9600 74 1 0 93 168 209   80.38 POUND
12 9830 52 0 2 36 90 95   94.73 DAMASCUS
12 10298 42 1 2 29 74 87   85.05 PENNINGTON GAP
12 10310 32 0 0 17 49 71   69.01 EWING
12 10611 13 0 0 16 29 38   76.31 GATE CITY
District Total 882 31 31 740 1687 2156 3 78.25  
13 1827 125 0 0 87 212 259   81.85 CHARLOTTESVILLE
13 2044 37 2 0 9 48 51   94.11 EARLYSVILLE
13 2217 27 0 0 37 64 81   79.01 ORANGE
13 2613 3 0 1 6 10 26   38.46 COLUMBIA
13 7638 65 0 0 25 90 115   78.26 GORDONSVILLE
13 8169 8 0 0 21 29 33   87.87 SCOTTSVILLE
13 8436 20 0 0 14 34 44   77.27 YANCEY MILLS
13 8717 43 0 0 12 55 61   90.16 KING GEORGE
13 8947 104 1 0 32 137 155   88.38 LOUISA
13 10295 63 0 0 6 69 78   88.46 BOWLING GREEN
13 10546 73 0 0 14 87 125   69.6 SPOTSYLVANIA
13 10574 73 1 0 36 110 154   71.42 COLONIAL BEACH
District Total 641 4 1 299 945 1182   79.95  
  15048 402 3 24 324 753 840   89.64 STAUNTON
State Total 17641 519 249 9465 28314 34337 440 82.46  




DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

 

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES

AND

LADIES AUXILIARY

 

Winter Council of Administration Meeting

 

January 16 - January 18, 2004

 

Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Williamsburg, Virginia

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2004

 

     9:00 AM -   5:00 PM   Registration...................................................................................... Mount Vernon C

     3:00 PM                        Ladies Auxiliary Line Officers Meeting .................................................. Potomac Hall

     5:30 PM -   6:30 PM    District Presidents’ Meeting................................................................... Potomac Hall

     6:30 PM -   8:30 PM    Ladies Auxiliary Council Meeting.......................................................... Potomac Hall

     7:30 PM -   9:00 PM    Department Officers and District Commanders Meeting.................................Kenmore

     9:00 PM -   1:00 AM    Military Order of the Cootie Dance.............................................. Mount Vernon A-B

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2004

 

     7:30 AM -                      Ladies Auxiliary Floor Practice............................................................ Potomac Hall 

     9:00 AM -   5:00 PM     Registration.................................................................................... Mount Vernon C

     9:00 AM - 10:00 AM     Commanders Club Meeting........................................................................ Wakefield

     9:00 AM -   2:00 PM     Ladies Auxiliary Conference Meeting................................................... Potomac Hall

   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Advisory Committee Meeting..................................................................... Kenmore

   10:00 AM -  NOON         MOC Council of Administration Meeting....................................... Mount Vernon B

   11:00 AM -  NOON         Budget & Finance Committee Meeting....................................................... Kenmore 

   11:30 AM -    1:00 PM    Cash Lunch......................................................................................................... Deli

     1:00 PM -    4:00 PM     VFW Council of Administration Meeting.................................... Mount Vernon A-B

     3:00 PM -    5:00 PM     MOCA Council of Administration Meeting............................................... Wakefield

     5:30 PM - 6:30 PM        RECEPTION........................................................................................ Mount Vernon

     6:30 PM -    9:00 PM     BANQUET-Guest Speaker- _____________-Past National Commander-in-Chief                                                                                                                                .............................. Potomac Hall    

     9:00 PM -  12:00 PM     DANCE-............................................................................................. Potomac Hall

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2004

 

     9:00 AM -   9:30 AM     Joint Devotional Service............................................................. Mount Vernon A-B

     9:30 AM -  NOON         Ladies Auxiliary Conference, if needed................................................ Potomac Hall

     9:30 AM -  NOON        VFW Council of Administration Meeting, if needed.................... Mount Vernon A-B

 

COMBINATION BANQUET/DANCE TICKETS: $35.00 - Includes Reception, Banquet, and Saturday Night Dance.  Bottles will be permitted at the Dance. 

 

10th  DISTRICT HOSPITALITY ROOM WILL BE 201

DEPARTMENT HOSPITALITY ROOM WILL BE 224





December 2003

December 2003

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

1  Adj/QM out of Office visiting National Home

2

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6

7 Thirteenth District Meeting

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13  Third District Meeting

14 Seventh and Eleventh District Meetings

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25 Christmas State Headquarters Closed

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USO SHOW Memebrship


Ladies Auxiliary VFW

Department of Virginia

Membership Award

 

A plaque will be given to the VFW Member and the Auxiliary Member who recruits the most members for the Auxiliary for the Department of Virginia Between July 1, 2003 and March 31, 2004 and received by April 30, 2004.  This award will be presented at June 2004 Convention,

PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT ALL INFORMATION

 

VFW Recruiter’s Name _______________________________________________Post No____________

 

Auxiliary Recruiter’s Name__________________________________________ Auxiliary No__________

 

Recruiter’s Street Address________________________________________________________________

 

City________________________________________  State__________________ Zip Code___________

 

Verified By:____________________________________________________________________________

                                                         Signature of Auxiliary Treasurer                              Date

Auxiliary Number

New Member’s   Name

Member’s Number

Date Accepted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mail to or Email BY April 30, 2004:

Ellen Stogsdill, Membership Chairman

Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Virginia

1012 Hillview Blvd

Virginia Beach, Virginia   23464

ellenstogsdill@cox.net





USO SHOW Memebrship

 

Ladies Auxiliary VFW

MEMBERSHIP

 

VFW MEMBER AWARD

 

 

A Pen/Letter Opener set to each VFW Member who recruits an eligible family member as a Ladies Auxiliary member between July 1, 2003 and March 31, 2003 and received at National Headquarters by April 30,2004.

 

 

 

PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT ALL INFORMATION

 

VFW Recruiter’s Name _______________________________________________Post No____________

 

Recruiter’s Street Address________________________________________________________________

 

City________________________________________  State__________________ Zip Code___________

 

Verified By:____________________________________________________________________________

                                                         Signature of Department Treasurer                        Date

 

 

Auxiliary Number

New Member’s   Name

Member’s Number

Date Accepted

Relationship to Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 









 

Mail To:     Ladies Auxiliary VFW

                  Attn: Membership Awards

                  406 W. 34th St., 10th Floor

                  Kansas City, MO  641111

 

 

COMPLETED FORM MUST BE RECEIVED AT NATIONAL HEADQARTERS BY APRIL 30, 2004.





USO SHOW Memebrship

 

 

 

Ladies Auxiliary VFW

MEMBERSHIP

 

VFW MEMBER AWARD

 

A Special  ink pen from the National President of the Ladies Auxiliary to each VFW  Member who signs up one (1)   or more new members ( other than a family member) the Ladies Auxiliary member between July 1, 2003 and March 31, 2003 and received at National Headquarters by April 30,2004.

 

PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT ALL INFORMATION

 

VFW Recruiter’s Name _______________________________________________Post No____________

 

Recruiter’s Street Address________________________________________________________________

 

City________________________________________  State__________________ Zip Code___________

 

Verified By:____________________________________________________________________________

                                                         Signature of Department Treasurer                        Date

 

 

Auxiliary Number

New Member’s   Name

Member’s Number

Date Accepted

Relationship to Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











Mail To:     Ladies Auxiliary VFW

                  Attn: Membership Awards

                  406 W. 34th St., 10th Floor

                  Kansas City, MO  641111

 

COMPLETED FORM MUST BE RECEIVED AT NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS BY

APRIL 30, 2004.