VETERAN TOWN HALL EVENT
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Veteran Town Hall Event
City Hall Council Auditorium
103 North Perry Street
Hosted by the Montgomery VA Regional Benefit Office
DATE: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
TIME 9:00 AM to 11 :00AM
The Montgomery VA Regional Benefit Office will host a Veteran Town Hall for Veterans, their family members and other beneficiaries. This event will give attendees an opportunity to provide valuable feedback to the Veterans Benefits Administration of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Nebraska Legionnaire elected American Legion National Commander
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CHARLOTTE (Aug. 28, 2014) – Michael D. Helm was elected national commander of the 2.4 million-member American Legion on Aug. 28, 2014 in Charlotte, N.C., during the 96th national convention of the nation’s largest veterans organization.
A U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam War, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C., and earned his Ranger tab in 1972. He has been a member of Jack Helt American Legion Post 313 at Lebanon, Neb., since 1972. Born in McCook, Neb., he grew up in Norcatur, Kansas, where he currently resides. He is a retired U.S. Postal Service rural mail carrier with more than 33 years of service.
Helm served as commander of the Department of Nebraska from 1987 to 1988 and as a national vice commander from 2003 to 2004. He also served as the national commander’s representative to the National Legislative Commission, the chairman of the National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission and the chairman of the Foreign Relations Commission.
He was Nebraska’s first Vietnam era veteran elected as department commander. Mike takes great pride in having been selected to serve as Nebraska’s official American Legion representative at the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982.
Mike's wife Debbie is active in The American Legion Auxiliary having served as District 9 president and as the Department Junior Activities Chairwoman. They are the parents of five young Legion family members. Aaron and his wife Robie, both graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; Rebecca and her husband Jaron Cox, both graduates of Kansas State University; Jacob, a senior cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy; Matthew, an Army ROTC cadet at Kansas State University and Timothy, a student at Decatur Community High School in Oberlin, Kansas.
Helm took the oath of office along with five other national officers. Serving as national
vice commanders are Doug Haggan, Department of France; Paul O. Sanford, Department of
Kansas; Richard W. Neville, Department of North Carolina; William R. Bryant, Department of Virginia; and Gerald L. Jacobs, of Wyoming. They each represent regions that cover the 50 states, District of Columbia and overseas departments of The American Legion.
National Historian Sue Mason, Long Beach, Calif..; National Sergeant-at-Arms Leon Hagan, of Beatrice, Neb.; and National Chaplain Randy Cash, Columbia, S.C., were appointed to their positions by Cmdr. Helm following the close of the national convention.
Media contacts: Joe March or John Raughter; Cellular: (317) 748-1926 or (317) 441-8847.
A photo of Nat. Cmdr. Helm can be downloaded from The American Legion website at: www.legion.org
SAL Preregistration for 2014 Detachment Convention
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Sons of The American Legion
Preregistration for 2014 Detachment Convention
9:00 AM Saturday, June 21st 2014 at The Huntsville Marriott, Huntsville, AL
Excerpt from the Constitution of the Sons of The American Legion Detachment of Alabama.
In the Sons of The American Legion, each Squadron shall be entitled to (1) delegate for every (10) members and (1) delegate for any fraction thereof, based on current membership ending (30) days prior to the opening session of the Detachment Convention and (1) alternate delegate for each delegate. (If your membership is 50 you have 5, delegates/alternates. If your membership is 51 you have 6 delegates/alternates.)
Squadron Adjutants registering in advance must register their delegates/alternates by June 9, 2014. Squadron Adjutants should submit a list of their delegates/alternates along with a $15.00 registration fee per person. Make check payable to; SAL Detachment of Alabama and mail to Department.
VA SECRET LIST “ABHORRENT”
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REPORT SAYS AT LEAST 40 PATIENTS DIED WHILE WAITING FOR APPOINTMENTS AT PHOENIX VA MEDICAL CENTER THAT WAS HIDING INFORMATION._
WASHINGTON (April 24, 2014) -- The Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Phoenix has been keeping a secret list of patients with long-delayed appointments, a practice which has been linked to the deaths of at least 40 veterans, according to an April 23 report by CNN.
The secret list kept by the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System was part of a cover-up created by VA managers to hide the fact that more than 1,400 veterans were forced to wait many months to see a doctor, according to CNN's interview with a retired VA doctor, Sam Foote, who worked at the facility for 24 years. American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said if the allegations are true, the secret list in Phoenix "is one of the most abhorrent acts ever committed in VA history." The American Legion is meeting with top VA Central Office officials in Washington today to discuss the issue and the department's response to it.
Dellinger is sending a team of American Legion experts to Phoenix next month to give local veterans a chance to discuss the quality of their VA health care. The team, part of the Legion's System Worth Saving Task Force, will also conduct a two-day site visit to the Phoenix medical center where they will interview administrators, medical staff and patients. Dr. Foote told CNN that the Phoenix hospital also maintains a "sham" list that it shares with VA's Central Office in Washington, which falsely indicates Phoenix has been providing timely appointments for its patients.
"If this is all true, it is a new low in a string of breakdowns at VA medical centers - Columbia, S.C.; Augusta, Ga.; Jackson, Miss.; the list goes on - that have caused the needless deaths of individuals who served this country with honor," Dellinger said.
"We're going to find out what happened in Phoenix," he added. "We are going to find out who was responsible for this secret list and if they are still working for VA. These preventable deaths keep mounting, and yet we see not a single VA manager being held accountable. The American Legion will work with Congress and the VA Central Office to find out exactly what has been happening, and why. It is not sufficient for VA to simply say it's going to try to do better next time, without holding people accountable."
The CNN report only fuels criticism about the department's reputation for a lack of accountability among senior leadership, Dellinger said.
"Preventable deaths, construction delays, cost overruns, gaming the system, over-medicating our veterans - where does it all end? This issue must be addressed at every level."
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