GENERAL ORDERS


VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 4
UNITED FOR SERVICE TO AMERICA

October 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:

    TEAM VIRGINIA continues to charge forward. Posts continue to send in membership and reports. Members of the Department of Virginia ARE working as a team. These efforts show that each of you have our organization at heart. Together we will reach our goals. Remember we are UNITED FOR SERVICE TO AMERICA.

    I hope that each of you got through Hurricane Isabel without major damages. My prayers were with you and your families. We only received minor damages in our area. As you probably know by now, the Fall Council of Administration in Lynchburg had to be cancelled. Your Line Officers made the decision to cancel because we did not want to put anyone in more jeopardy than necessary. We will hold a modified Council of Administration at State Headquarters on October 4th. Committee Chairmen are asked to mail their report to headquarters. Council members are requested to attend the meeting.

    I am aware that Quartermasters are having a difficult time determining that money returned from National reflects what the Post is supposed to receive. This problem has been reported to National and the Department is trying to get the problems corrected. I sincerely hope that your Post continues to support the Direct Dues process. We knew it would have bugs and that they would have to be worked out. With patience we will smooth out all the problems.

    Please keep reminding Post members to send in their renewals.

    Respectively,
    Pete Snelling
    State Commander


  2. SPECIAL OFFER FROM STATE COMMANDER:

    I am offering a ONE TIME DEAL to make up the points that your Post may have lost due to missing one District Meeting.

    First your Post must attain 100% in Membership. If your Post recruits fifteen (15) new or reinstated members (MIPs do not count) above your membership goal, the Department will credit 1 & 1/4 points to your Post. These points will count toward the All State Program.

    Pete Snelling
    State Commander


  3. MEMBERSHIP:

    Thanks to all District and Post Commanders that helped make our recruiting trip a success. Special thanks to John King from the First District and Don Beach from the Twelfth District. Both of these comrades went the extra mile to help us out.

    Dan Pestinger wanted me to relay his personal thank you for all of the hospitality and comradeship that he received while in our Department.

    All of the numbers aren't in yet, but as of September 16, 2003 we were able to recruit or reinstate 181 members. I expect we will total out over 200 after computation are completed.

    Again, I ask you to be patient with the Direct Dues system. I understand reporting from National is a little slow, but hopefully it will improve by next month's General Orders.

    T. W. Hines
    Membership Chairman


  4. POST MEMBERSHIP QUOTA:

    National Commander-in-Chief has announced he will not be giving credit for Life members who were reported as deceased in the 2002-2003 year. He believes Posts are down sizing by lowering their Quota, the amount of life members who are deceased. Therefore, he has readjusted your Post quota for the 2003-2004 year to include those life members who were reported as deceased in the 2002-2003 year. You can find your new quota for the 2003-2004 year by visiting the Memstats page of the Nationals VFW web site.

    Kim A. DeShano
    State Adjutant/Quartermaster


  5. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:

    The new cut off for General Orders is the 20th of the month. NO EXCEPTIONS.


  6. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

    FIRST - 11-23-03 - POST 7167 WARSAW, Lunch 11:00 a.m., Meeting to follow, Representative State Commander Pete Snelling

    SECOND - 11-15-03 - POST 3160 NORFOLK, Meeting 12:00 Noon, Representative Senior Vice Commander Tom Hines

    THIRD - 12-13-03 Representative Senior Vice Commander Tom Hines

    FOURTH - 11-9-03 - POST 622 PETERSBURG, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Senior Vice Commander Tom Hines

    FIFTH - 11-16-03, POST 8467 MEADOWS OF DAN, Lunch Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Junior Vice Commander Dan Boyer

    SIXTH - 11-9-03, SPONSORED BY POST 5895 BUCHANAN AT VA MEDICAL CENTER BLDG 76, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Surgeon Jimmy Lee Wallace

    SEVENTH - 12-14-03, POST 9760 BERRYVILLE, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting to follow, Representative Senior Vice Commander Tom Hines

    EIGHTH - 11-16-03, POST 7728 REMINGTON, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Commander Pete Snelling

    NINTH - TBA, POST 4667 MARION, Pete Snelling If schedule permits

    TENTH - 11-30-03 Representative Junior Vice Commander Dan Boyer

    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


  7. CHANGES IN THE ROSTER:

    NATIONAL OUTREACH - Chairman is Fred L. Wolking, 10231 Lakent Lane, Richmond 23236, phone 804-276-5668

    THIRTEENTH DISTRICT - Commander is Bill Bovee, 10601 Mockingbird Lane, Spotsylvania 22553, phone 540-582-5936

    THIRTEENTH DISTRICT - Senior Vice Commander is Dearold Sherman, 1253 Signboard Road, Bumpass 23024, phone 540-872-2489

    THIRTEENTH DISTRICT - Junior Vice Commander is William R. Taylor, 10617 Mockingbird Lane, Spotsylvania 22553, phone 540-582-5016

    THIRTEENTH DISTRICT - Adjutant is Joe Martin, 539 Westwood Drive, Ruckersville 22968, phone 434-985-7987

    THIRTEENTH DISTRICT - Quartermaster is Richard Beal, 113 Riverview Circle, Colonial Beach 22443, phone 804-224-8485

    POST 647 - Fax number is 434-822-0231

    POST 2217 - Service Officer is Robert E. Lee, 131 N. Almond Street, Orange 22960

    POST 4698 - Commander is Curtis Ball, General Delivery, Grottoes 24441, phone 540-249-5365

    POST 4698 - Senior Vice Commander is David Good, Route 2 Box 499, Grottoes 24441, phone 540-249-5438

    POST 4698 - Junior Vice Commander is Jack Cupp, 14371 South Eastside Highway, Grottoes 24441, phone 540-249-4394

    POST 4698 - Adjutant is Lyall Steger, 41 Circle Lane, Grottoes 24441, phone 540-249-4356

    POST 4698 - Quartermaster is Louis Stipic, P O Box 245, Grottoes 24441, phone 540-249-5156

    POST 4698 - Meets Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Post Home, Grottoes

    POST 8469 - Address is 5703 Vogue Road, Fairfax Station 22039-0008

    POST 9382 - Adjutant is Russell Ragle, 4161 Pughsville Road, Suffolk 23435

    POST 9872 - Address is P O Box 157, Hinton 22831

    POST 10387 - Commander is Terry H. Phillips, 2901 Beckwith Road, Richmond 23234

    POST 10387 - Senior Vice Commander is Roosevelt P. McMurien, 1590 S. Sycamore Street, etersburg 23803, phone 804-862-4374

    POST 10387 - Junior Vice Commander is James Rhymes, 400 Mars Street, Apt 16C, Petersburg 23803

    POST 10387 - Adjutant is Reginald O. Thurman, 515 Kenmore Drive, Petersburg 23805, phone 804-722-3123

    POST 10387 - Quartermaster is Walter Williams, 3700, Madison Street, Hopewell 23860

    POST 10387 - Meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. at 206 Winston Churchill Drive, Hopewell

    E-MAIL

    POST 647 - vfw647@hotmail.com

    POST 9382 - Commander Michael Pendergraft is mpendergraft4449@aol.com


  8. REPORTS AND FORMS:

    Please mailALL Reports to State Headquarters, P O Box 2067, Staunton, VA 24402-2067. This includes AMERICANISM, COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, DEATH REPORTS, HOMELESS VETERANS, HOSPITAL, INSPECTION, SAFETY AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES.

  9. 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 DUE at State Headquarters.


  10. IMPORTANT 2003-2005 DATES:

    Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2003 Southern Conference, Biloxi, Mississippi

    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

    June 17-20, 2004 State Convention Sheraton Richmond West

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

    August 20-26, 2005 National VFW Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah


  11. VFW CARNIVAL:

    The VFW Carnival and the VFW have sponsored at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Salem, Virginia, for the past 25 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, October 19, 2003, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00p.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 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 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 the Fall Carnival. Your Post and Auxiliary are invited to attend the Carnival that the patients are anxiously looking forward to.

    Yours in Comradeship
    Percy N. Bolton
    VFW-VAVS Representative


  12. SPECIAL ORDER NO. 319:

    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 William McKinley Robinson Post No. 644, Danville, Virginia mustered April 23, 1940, 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
    Raymond C. Sisk
    Commander-in-Chief


  13. AMERICANISM REPORT:

    Approximately 90 posts have not yet reported for the First Half. As Americanism is an All-State requirement, and as there is only one month to go, it's time to get those reports filled out and sent in! You may still include events as far back as 1 May 2003. And remember to include your ceremonies for Patriots Day, commemorating 11 September, and your flag and education programs for the new school year. Posts which have already submitted are urged to update their status with follow-on reports through the end of October.

    One hundred sixty-one reports have been received from 99 posts. Status as of 18 September 2003:
    DISTRICT 1 - Posts not reported: 176, 2296, 4856, 7167, 8629, 9358, 9636 (13 posts in district)
    DISTRICT 2 - Posts not reported: 100% Reported
    DISTRICT 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 2239, 6364, 8046, 8529, 10654 (18 posts) (65% Reported)
    DISTRICT 4 - Posts not reported: 637, 2163, 2584, 7897, 8048, 8599, 9618, 10570, (23 posts) (65% Reported)
    DISTRICT 5 - Posts not reported: 644, 647, 873, 6130, 7800, 8243 8467 (13 posts)
    DISTRICT 6 - Posts not reported: 484, 1444, 1841, 4165, 4920, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805 (19 posts) (50% Reported)
    DISTRICT 7 - Posts not reported: 1150, 7899 (13 posts) (85% Reported)
    DISTRICT 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 2524, 3103, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865 (11 posts)
    DISTRICT 9 - Posts not reported: 2719, 4667, 6000, 7969, 9343, 9864 (13 posts) (55% Reported)
    DISTRICT 10 - Posts not reported: 609, 7327, 7916, 8469, 9274 (11 posts) (55% Reported)
    DISTRICT 11 - Posts not reported: 452, 632, 3136, 3060, 4204, 4989, 7157, 7578, 8479, 9480, 10773 (21 posts)
    DISTRICT 12 - Posts not reported: 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9600, 10310, 10298, 10611 (12 posts)
    DISTRICT 13 - Posts not reported: 1827, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8697, 8717, 8947, 9887, 10295, 10574 ( 14 posts)

    J. Gary Wagner
    Vice Chairman for Americanism


  14. INSPECTIONS:

    These Posts and Districts HAVE NOT been inspected

    District 1 - 2296, 4856, 5500, 8629, 9358, 9636, District
    District 2 - 2582, 2894, 9382
    District 3 - 394, 1426, 2239, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9501, 10387, 10654, 10657, 11124
    District 4 - 622, 2163, 2584, 5371, 7166, 8163, 8228, 8759, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571
    District 5 - District
    District 6 - 484, 776, 1264, 4299, 4318, 4522, 5895, 8184 9877, District
    District 7 - 6044, 9660, 9872, District
    District 8 - ALL POSTS AND DISTRICT HAVE NOT BEEN INSPECTED
    District 9 - 1184, 7328, 7969, District
    District 10 - 609, 5412, 7916, 9274, 9478, District
    District 11 - 452, 2424, 3060, 4204, 4989, 7157, 7578, 8479, 10826
    District 12 - 4301, 8652, 9830, District
    District 13 - ALL POSTS AND DISTRICT HAVE NOT BEEN INSPECTED


  15. SAFETY REPORT:

    The following Posts have submitted Safety Reports for the 1st half as of September 11, 2003:

    District 1 - 824, 960, 3219, 5500, 6002, 8252, 9636
    District 2 - 993, 1211, 2582, 2894, 4411, 4809, 8545, 9382
    District 3 - 2583, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 10654, 10657, 11124
    District 4 - 622, 5313, 5371, 7059, 7819, 8163, 8228, 8902, 9855
    District 5 - 4637, 7568
    District 6 - 776, 2157, 4299, 4491, 5895, 9877
    District 7 - 621, 1860, 2447, 4698, 6044, 8613, 9760
    District 8 - 1811
    District 9 - 956, 1184, 7136, 7328, 7360, 9640
    District 10 - 1503, 3150, 8815
    District 11 - 1499, 2216, 2424, 3060, 4805, 7814, 8279, 8644, 9339, 10826

    District 12 - 1994, 9830
    District 13 - ------

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

    Rex Faris
    Safety Vice-Chairman


  16. COMMUNITY ACTIVITY REPORT:

    Programs Summary: Total Number of Reports submitted - 150; Total Number of VFW Volunteers involved in projects - 8,683; Total Number of hours donated to complete projects - 71,352; Total Miles driven to complete projects - 255,197 and Total amount of monies used to complete projects - $173,220.67.

    Post's which have not submitted Community Activity Reports.

    DISTRICT 1 - 176, 960, 2296, 4856, 7167, 8629, 9358, 9636
    DISTRICT 2 - 100% Reported
    DISTRICT 3 - 394
    DISTRICT 4 - 637, 2163, 2584, 7987, 8048, 8228, 8599, 9618
    DISTRICT 5 - 647, 873, 2820, 6130, 7800, 8243, 8467, 10840
    DISTRICT 6 - 484, 1033, 1444, 1841, 4165, 4920, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805
    DISTRICT 7 - 1150, 2123, 7899
    DISTRICT 8 - 472, 1177, 3103, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9865
    DISTRICT 9 - 2719, 4667, 6000, 7969, 9343, 9864
    DISTRICT 10 - 7327, 7916, 8469, 8815, 9274
    DISTRICT 11 - 452, 632, 3136, 4204, 4989, 7157, 7578, 8279, 8479, 9480, 10773
    DISTRICT 12 - 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 9600, 10298, 10611
    DISTRICT 13 - 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8717, 8947, 10295, 10574

    Lynn Harris
    Community Activity Vice-Chairman


  17. YOUTH ACTIVITY REPORT:

    We're off to a slow start in getting first half Youth Activity Reports submitted. Remember, the reporting period is from May 1 - October 31, 2003. If you have completed an activity, please do the paperwork so your Post can receive credit.

    The following Posts have NOT reported youth activities.

    DISTRICT 1 - 176, 2296, 3219, 4856, 7167, 8629, 9358
    DISTRICT 2 - 2582
    DISTRICT 3 - 394, 1426, 2239, 9501, 10387
    DISTRICT 4 - 637, 2163, 7166, 7897, 8048, 8599, 8617, 8902, 9618, 10571
    DISTRICT 5 - 647, 873, 2820, 6130, 7800, 8243, 8467, 10840
    DISTRICT 6 - 484, 1264, 1444, 1841, 4165, 4299, 4920, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805
    DISTRICT 7 - 1150, 2123, 7899, 9292, 9660, 9872
    DISTRICT 8 - 472, 1177, 2524, 3103, 4468, 7589, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
    DISTRICT 9 - 2719, 4667, 6000, 7969, 9343, 9864
    DISTRICT 10 - 609, 7327, 7916, 8469, 8815, 9274
    DISTRICT 11 - 452, 632, 3136, 4204, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8479, 9480, 10773
    DISTRICT 12 - 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600, 10298, 10310, 10611
    DISTRICT 13 - 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8717, 8947, 10295, 10546, 10574

    Yours in Comradeship
    James Martin
    Youth Activity Vice-Chairman


  18. 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 Due: 1 January 2004
    National Judging Due: 15 January 2004

    Teacher's Award Deadlines:

    Nominations Due: 1 November 2003
    Post Judging Due: 15 November 2003
    District Judging Due: 1 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
    National Judging Due: 15 January 2004

    All Posts should have contacted their schools, Scout Troops, etc. and begun their follow up. All schools received their materials from National in June.

    All District Commanders are reminded to send me the names, addresses and phone numbers of their District Chairmen for both programs. I need this information as soon as possible.

    Donald L. Hall, Department Chairman
    35 Eidson Creek Road
    Staunton, VA 24401
    E-mail:dhallvfw@hotmail.com or dlhall@ntelos.net


  19. 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, Virginia.

    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


  20. ENVIRONMENTAL:

    The Goal of the Virginia VFW Program is to make Virginia a better place to live, visit, work, raise our children and retire.

    With a current population of 6.8 million disperse over 54,000 square miles we need to stop and think a little about what we are doing. One report says that one of every six people who has a job in Virginia today owes that job to products of the forest. Another tells us that one of each four dollars that comes to the Treasurer of Virginia comes from the tourist and travel industry. So the question soon arises, what can we do to make sure that we leave Virginia for those who come after us, as good as or better than we found it?

    There are many ways: clean up a school, church yard, a play area or a cemetery. Demolish an obsolete building or structure (get owners permission). Remove piles of trash or debris from an open area, e.g., tires, vehicles. Adopt a segment of a stream or highway. Reduce, reuse or recycle papers, metals, glass, plastics, appliances. Set out feeding stations and nesting boxes for Bluebirds or songbirds. Plant seedling trees to replace those lost by fire, disease, flooding, lightning or maturity. Discuss with tree growing firms, e.g., Weyerhauser, ADM Georgia plans for a managed tree farm on your vacant lots. They do the work. You get the money.

    To get started your Post should pick a few hardworking comrades, tour your area then go to the library and talk with the librarian about what programs are already in place or planed by other organizations. Audubon, National Wildlife Federation, Izaac Walton League keep Virginia beautiful. There are many organizations that are interested today. Keep in mind that Environmental programs require: motivation, manpower, material and money. Talk with local public works officers and staff, nurserymen and foresters they may have some plans. Ask local banks and chambers of commerce if they are to participate. Tell them what you need. Let each contribute whatever they wish. Choose a project that you can handle within your Post budget. Select a suitable date and let everyone know what is going to happen. Send details to your news media. Ask the ladies to help. A job well planned is well done.

    Keep VFW membership applications handy on the work day. As every volunteer to join the VFW if they are eligible. Good volunteers make good VFW members. Don't be afraid to ask. Send applications to State. Let's keep VFW up top in membership where we belong.

    Respectfully submitted
    Ernest B. Glynn
    Environmental Chairman


  21. WWII REGISTRY TO HONOR VETERANS:

    "The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) is launching a web-based WWII registry to collect names of those who served in the War or contributed to the War effort."

    "According to Mike Conley, spokesman for the ABMC, prior efforts to gather names for the registry barely scratched the surface. We want to encourage more enrollments so we are making the registry available now, prior to the dedication. The registry is accessible on the National World War II Memorial website (www.wwiimemorial.com/). Toll free number: 1-800-639-4WW2. Anyone can submit and registration is free."

    "Construction on the site, opposite the Reflecting Pool from the Lincoln Memorial, began in September 2001. The WWII memorial dedication ceremony is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, May 29, 2004, on the National Mall." (From VFW Washington Weekly, July 14, 2003)


  22. LEGISLATIVE:

    URGENT!! THE FIGHT FOR CONCURRENT RECEIPT-DISABLED RETIREES NEED OUR HELP

    As background, U. S. Rep Jim Marshall (D. GA), introduced, on 12 June 2003, a motion for a discharge petition designed to bring Rep Mike Bilirahis Bill (H. R. 303) to the House floor for a vote. Rep Bilirahis Bill would permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability to receive both military retired pay by reason of their years of military service and disability compensation from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability. A total of 218 signatures by members of the U. S. House of Representatives is needed to bring H. R. 303 to the House floor for a vote.

    During period 12 June - 14 July 2003 a total of 202 Representatives signed the discharge petition. Only two Virginia Representatives have signed the petition - Robert C. Scott (D3VA) and James P. Moran (D8VA). The following nine Representatives have not yet signed: Jo Ann S. Davis (R1VA), Eric J. Cantor (R7VA), Edward L. Schrock (R2VA), Frederick Boucher (D9VA), J. Randy Forbes (R4VA), Frank R. Wolf (R10VA), Virgil H. Goode, Jr., (R5VA), Thomas M. Davis, III (R12VA) and Robert W. Goodlatte (R6VA).

    Members are encouraged to keep contacting their legislator, whether or not that individual has signed the petition or cosponsored a concurrent receipt bill. Send a message to these legislators, informing them that favorable action is expected from them during this session of Congress.

    The information provided above is current as of 20 September 2003.

    SELECTING YOUR CANDIDATES ON ELECTION DAY

    The last issue of the General Orders contained an article that provided recommendations for "Meeting the Candidates" prior to Election Day on 4 November 2003. There will be elections for all 140 seats in the Virginia General Assembly. Please take the time to review the recommendation that stated: "Research the candidates who are up for election or reelection. Read the candidate's campaign literature, direct mail letters, press releases, etc. Check the voting record of incumbents."

    Factors that should be considered in determining who to vote for are:

    *The record of what the incumbent candidate has done for the Veteran community, including military personnel on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserves.

    *What the incumbent candidate and challenger(s) have stated, for the record, regarding actions they will take, if elected, to materially help the Veteran Community.

    *The reputation of the candidates among fellow Veterans.

    For many years a critical issue that adversely affects veterans in the Commonwealth has been: the inadequate funding of the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs (VDVA). Personnel cuts in the Benefits Services Division of the VDVA have reduced the number of Claims Agents and concomitantly, the number of Division Offices serving veterans throughout the Commonwealth. As a result, many veterans, are either not served or undeserved by the VDVA. VFW members are strongly encouraged to ask candidates for office what they will do to correct this disgraceful situation. No commitment - no vote.

    RESOLUTIONS

    Now is the time for Post members to prepare their resolutions for the next Department Convention. The policies of the VFW at both the Department and National level are set by resolutions and it is imperative that we, the membership, take the time to express our views on issues that we feel are important. All resolutions of statewide, regional and national concern must be acted upon at the Department Convention. This means that all resolutions must be submitted to the Department Adjutant/Quartermaster no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the 2004 Department Convention in Richmond (17-20 June 2004). Please disseminate this deadline to the Post Membership.

    The importance of Post member involvement in the actual preparation of resolutions cannot be emphasized enough. The VFW is our organization and we, the members of 187 Posts spread throughout the Commonwealth, must get involved regarding the establishment of policy at Department and National Conventions.

    In recent years the great majority of resolutions approved or disapproved at the annual Department Convention were actually prepared at National VFW Headquarters. They were sent to our Department shortly before the annual Convention for review and recommendations and were submitted by Department Posts/members for 2003 Department Convention. Twenty-one were approved and one was disapproved by the General Membership at the Convention. To be blunt, we need more resolutions prepared by Post personnel in the Department. Apathy is an unmistakable sign of an organization in decline.

    The VFW 2003-2004 Leadership Manual contains an excellent section titled "Resolutions." It is well written. The preparation of a resolution is a relatively simple matter. There are two parts. First, there is a "WHEREAS" section which states the problem to be solved. Second, there is a "RESOLVED" section which recommends a solution to the problems. (Summary on Post) Members are urges to prepare resolution on topics deemed important.

    John P. McAnaw
    Legislative/Resolutions Chairman


  23. COMMANDER'S CLUB:

    Do to Hurricane Isabel the Fall Council Meeting was canceled. The Commander's Club will meet at the Winter Council Meeting in Williamsburg, January 2004.

    William Vigar
    Commander's Club President


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