Please join us for an amazing evening supporting our veterans who have temporarily found themselves homeless. The dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Double Tree Pittsburgh Airport at 5:30 for a cash bar and 7:00 dinner will be served.
The committee gives each person who attends the dinner a program book. You can purchase an ad for the Program Book and it will cost you an additional $5 if your ad has to be produced by the committee. A camera ready full page ad costs $70, and a camera ready ½ page ad costs $50. If your ad is not ready then the full page ad will cost $75, a ½ page ad is $55.
The deadline for the ads is December 27, 2014 and the deadline for the dinner tickets is January 4, 2015. This dinner sells out every year. Please do not hesitate and get your tickets NOW.]]>
The MoA will allow the Center and CAWP to leverage existing resources and increase coordination of activities to help women Veterans develop public service and community engagement skill sets, so they will be prepared for public and community service opportunities.
“Women Veterans often contact us for information about how they can continue serving,” says Elisa M. Basnight, Director of the Center for Women Veterans. “This MoA with the Center for American Women and Politics presents a prime opportunity for the Center to help prepare them for other forms of public service as it responds to a persistent need women Veterans tell us they have, which is the desire to continue to make a difference after the uniform.”
The Center, created in 1994 to monitor VA’s administration of benefits and services to women Veterans and to advise the Secretary on VA policy’s impact on Women Veterans, can provide advice to CAWP’s on how it focuses its resource information to address women Veterans’ issues.
CAWP is a source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women’s participation in politics and government and to enhance women’s influence and leadership in public life.
“The Center for American Women and Politics is delighted to collaborate with the Center for Women Veterans to provide more information and resources for women Veterans who want to engage more fully in their communities. Women who have already put their country first by serving in the military are exactly the people we need as public leaders,” said Debbie Walsh, Director of the Center for American Women and Politics.
Women Veterans represent one of the fastest growing segments of the Veterans population—about 10 percent of the total 22 million Veterans in this country. Today there are an estimated 2.2 million female Veterans. The Center for Women Veterans participates in collaborative initiatives with Federal/state/local governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, to improve opportunities for women Veterans.
For more information about women Veterans.]]>
More than 70,000 votes were cast by about 4,800 participants; each respondent could vote for up to 25 veterans from a list of 100 candidates put together by the Legion. Write-in candidates were also accepted.
A farm boy from Texas, Murphy became the most decorated soldier of World War II and pursued a postwar movie career that included starring roles such films as “The Red Badge of Courage” and “To Hell and Back.”
Murphy led a top 10 of veterans that included, in order: George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Alvin York, George Patton, Dwight Eisenhower, Norman Schwarzkopf, Robert E. Lee, Jimmy Doolittle and Ulysses S. Grant.
Making it into the top 25 were film star Jimmy Stewart, World War I air ace Eddie Rickenbacker, Navy SEALs Chris Kyle and Michael Murphy, Pearl Harbor hero Dorie Miller, NFL player Pat Tillman, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, John Paul Jones, John F. Kennedy, Medal of Honor recipient Bruce Crandall and legendary Marine Lewis “Chesty” Puller.
Several pop culture heroes finished in the top 100, including Bill Cosby, Mickey Rooney, Charles Schulz, Gene Roddenberry, Rod Serling and Buster Keaton.
For the full list and more information on each of the veterans selected, please visit.]]>
New software system intended to improve Veterans Access to Care Representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) met with Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) at the Washington VA Medical Center for a hands-on demonstration and discussion about VA’s telehealth programs and services.
The hands-on demonstration included a presentation of VA’s new Clinical Video Telehealth scheduling software which launched last month and is intended to improve how VA employees schedule telehealth appointments.
“As we launch new programs and services, it is important to include our VSO partners,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “The demonstration is an important part of our collaborative process. We welcome our VSO’s feedback. Like us, their goal is to ensure Veterans have the access to the quality care and services they have earned.”
Telehealth rapidly is becoming a popular option, particularly for Veterans who do not have a VA health care facility close to home. In fiscal year 2014, VA’s national telehealth programs served over 690,000 Veterans and accounted for more than 2 million virtual visits.
For more information about VA’s telehealth program, visit www.telehealth.va.gov/.]]>
Inside every American Legion post, legacies are shared and passed from generation to generation. Stories about courageous veterans, bravery in battle, patriotism at home, community services and humorous anecdotes that only get better with time.
The Legion has a proud history. It is a history written in the annals of local posts.
Did you know, for example, that George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were visitors of Gadsby’s Tavern, now the home of Post 24 in Alexandria, Va?
Posts across America have withstood natural disasters and rebuilt in order to keep serving their communities. Post 138 in Port Tampa City, Fla., is one such survivor. It was a two-story building until 1960 when Hurricane Donna tore the upper level away. No matter. Now, the post’s large back deck offers beautiful views of the sunset.
Every generation of Legionnaires has a knack for getting things done. Members of Post 11 (Wagner, S.D.) worked together to finance and construct their building in 1929. In fact, they dug the basement themselves by hand.
These are just three of dozens of entertaining stories on the Legion’s Centennial web page. Nearly every department is represented. Even though the centennial anniversary period is still four years away, now is a good time to show your pride and make sure your post is represented.
I understand that the Internet may be intimidating to some of our members. So to help you get started, Bob Ferrebee of Lloyd Williams Post 41 in Berryville, Va., has developed a step-by-step guide. Download the handy resource full of tips about how to get started, what to publish on the page and more.
The American Legion has a rich history that needs to be told so future generations will understand the rich legacy they are asked to continue. Visit the Centennial web page – http://centennial.legion.org/ – to learn about our history and to contribute stories and photos.
For God and Country,
This is a great story, with a neat ending Please take the time to watch it. These guys are getting fewer and their stories will eventually disappear forever. This Is the story of 101st Airborne Beer with an interesting account of WWII and the Battle of the Bulge.
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The Committee discussed the 2014 Oratorical Committee Report’s recommendations from Bob John, Chairman of last year’s Committee.
One recommendation was to open date that applications could be accepted to allow the initial contest date to be movable if the local students had college testing or other scheduling dilemmas prohibiting participation. This should increase the number of participants.
The report also suggested that the Department not set firm dates of the subsequent District, Inter-District, County, and Sectional contests, but leave the dates as deadlines to have the winners passed to the next level.
We decided to change the wording in the state brochure to reflect both of the suggested recommendations.
In addition to the traditional method of personal Legionnaire contact with school officials to educate and inform them about the program, the Committee also will spend an extra effort to inform the District Commanders and District Oratorical Chairmen. The need to instruct the post employees that answer the phone to refer the callers to the right Committee person is a critical part of the process that is often overlooked. It is imperative that we all create greater awareness of the program through local media and letters-to-the-editor. All of these issues discussed are crucial to the success of the Oratorical program.
Lastly, I wish to thank the Commander for the appointment to the Oratorical Committee.]]>
Today we gather around the dinner table with family and friends to share good food, warm laughter, and the happy memories of Thanksgivings past. But for many families, whose loved ones serve in the Armed Forces, this year’s Thanksgiving celebration will not be complete.
A familiar voice will not be heard and a chair at the table will remain empty because, they have someone far from home serving our country.
Today also, members of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coastguard (men and women, Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard alike) will gather in mess halls or tents across the globe as friends and comrades to enjoy the tradition of this special day. Pray for those on the front lines, for safety and protection.
So, as those of us who are blessed to be with our families celebrate and give thanks, let us remember in our prayers the homes that have an empty chair at the table and also offer a special prayer of thanksgiving and ask God’s Blessings for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, whose service and sacrifice will, we further pray, make the world a better and safer place. And a very special prayer dear God, for those homes that have an empty chair that will forever remain vacant and for those servicemen and women who have come back to us, may their sacrifice not have been in vain.
THE AMERICAN LEGION & AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY
DEPARTMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT COMMANDER & PRESIDENT
HOLIDAY HOSPITAL TOUR
DECEMBER 5 – 11, 2014
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014
Depart Department HQ 8:00 AM
Southwest State Veterans Home 12:00 PM
Oakland VAMC 3:00 PM
Overnight Comfort Inn
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2014
H.J. Heinz III Progressive Care Center 9:00 AM
Butler VAMC 12:30 PM
Overnight Erie Comfort Inn
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014
Pennsylvania Soldiers & Sailors Home 10:30 AM
Erie VAMC 1:00 PM
Overnight Altoona Grand Hotel
MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014
*Altoona VAMC 10:00 AM
* Hollidaysburg State Veterans Home 2:00 PM
Overnight Quality Inn Wilkes-Barre
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2014
Wilkes-Barre VAMC 8:00 AM
Gino J. Merli State Veterans Home 10:00 AM
Lebanon VAMC 2:30 PM
Overnight Quality Inn Wormleysburg
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2014
Philadelphia VAMC 10:30 AM
Delaware Valley Veterans Home 2:00 PM
Overnight Radisson North Philadelphia
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2014
Southeast State Veterans Home 10:00 AM
Coatesville VAMC 1:30 PM
Return to Department HQ
As of 11/07/14 – subject to change
* Please note the time change from last copy distributed – these are updated times
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