Feb
22

2017 Legislative Conference runs Feb. 26 – March 2 in Washington

To Read And Download The Talking Points Package That The Members Will be Receiving At The Feb. 27 Meeting At The 2017 Legislative Conference Click The Link Below And Thank You.

Talking Points Package

VFW to Deliver Veterans’ Voice to Congress

2017 Legislative Conference runs Feb. 26 – March 2 in Washington

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Next weekend, more than 500 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., the nation’s largest and oldest war veterans’ organization begin rallying in Washington, D.C., to voice the concerns of veterans directly with the nation’s lawmakers during the 2017 VFW Legislative Conference, Feb. 26 – March 2.

The annual conference strengthens the VFW’s advocacy efforts on behalf of America’s veterans, service members and their families, as VFW members meet with elected representatives in the House and Senate to discuss the VFW’s stance on a number of high priority veterans’ issues.

The 2017 VFW Legislative Conference culminates on March 1, as VFW National Commander Brian Duffy testifies before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees, where he will lay out the VFW’s top legislative priorities for the year. Other highlights will include the presentation of the VFW Congressional Award to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the Voice of Democracy Parade of Winners, and the announcement of the national Voice of Democracy first-place $30,000 scholarship winner.

The VFW will again livestream from this year’s conference. Visit www.vfw.org/VFWDC2017 on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. EST to watch as the legislative conference kicks off with the Voice of Democracy Parade of Winners, followed by the delayed streaming of the VFW national commander’s testimony available on March 1 at 5 p.m.

Look for #VFWDC2017 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to visit www.vfw.org for all the latest legislative conference updates beginning Feb. 26.

Feb
22

MEMBERSHIP !!!!

Congratulations to Commander William Hamrick and Members of Post 6542 Barnesville on being the 12th Post in the Department to reach 100% Membership. There are currently 17 Post in the Department within 10 members of being 100%. Congratulations to 5th District for breaking 80%. Let’s not forget 1st  District Commander Kevin Hammond is leading the way with over 90% Membership. Keep Pushing.

 

Feb
21

Voice Of Democracy

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Our Georgia Teen Running to Win a $30,000 Scholarship from the VFW For The Voice Of Democracy !
Congrats And Good Luck Zoe Neal You Make Us Very Proud !! To Listen Her Essay Click The Link Below

The grand-prize winner will be announced on Monday, February 27, at the VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Feb
20

Department Of Georgia Mid Winter Conference 2017

Pictures  Of   The 2017 Department Of Georgia Mid Winter Conference  Have  Been Posted On The Gallery Page, If You Have  Any Pictures Of The Conference And Want  To Share Them Please Send Them To My Email Address daveworthen214@yahoo.com  And I Will Post Them.

Thank You Comrade Dave Worthen

Here Is The Link To The Gallery   Hope You Enjoy The Pictures

Photo Gallery

Feb
18

SHARE Initiative Video from Mid-Winter Meeting

 

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Feb
06

Georgia’s World War I Commission

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On Friday, 3 February, 2017 the Veterans of Wars Department of Georgia presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to Georgia’s World War I Commission.  Created by an act of the 2015 Georgia General Assembly and signed into existence by Gov. Nathan Deal on May 5, 2016. the Georgia Commission is charged with developing a program that educates all Georgians about the significance of WWI in world history and the role Georgians played in that war; honors those Georgians who sacrificed so much for their state and country; and properly commemorates the people, places, and events within Georgia that contributed to the liberation of war-torn Europe.
 
Pictured left to right are WWI Commission advisory member Keith Antonia and Commission Chairman Dr. Billy Wells, VFW Department of Georgia appointee as a Strategic Partner representing our Department, Past State Commander Al Lipphardt, University of North Georgia Military Science Department Commander Colonel Brent Cummings and Executive Officer Major Steve Devitt.  Unavailable to attend the presentation were Department of Georgia State Commander Bill Sandberg and WWI Commission member, Mr. Rick Elder appointed by Governor Deal.  Rick is a member of VFW Post 7116, Sylvania, Georgia. 
 
Two noteworthy items are, first, this is only the beginning of VFW Department of Georgia and Auxiliary’s financial and active support in engaging our members, as our charter directs, “To Perpetuate the Memory and History of Our Dead”.  What happens when you engage the community? Welcome to four of the newest VFW members.  Post 12002 North Fulton, Georgia will be welcoming these four men in the photo who are VFW eligible and enthusiastically applying to join our organization when asked.  Why did they join?  As combat veterans they know “No One Does More For Veterans Than The Veterans of Foreign Wars…….No One!
 
“Believe In What You Do – Do What You Believe In”
 
Yours in Comradeship and Service,
Al Lipphardt

Feb
05

VFW honors first responders

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Every year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars recognizes members of the Police and Fire Departments with a Safety Recognition Award.

Friday afternoon, Newnan’s Tom Fetchet of VFW Post 2667 presented awards to members from the Newnan Fire Department and Newnan Police Department. 

Award winners must have demonstrated recognition by their colleagues or those they serve, consistent excellence in the performance of their duties, and consistent dedication to their official responsibilities over a period of years and continuous growth in responsibilities and skills within their profession.

Lt. Bart Henson from the Newnan Fire Department was honored for his leadership of new recruits in the department and for helping save the life of two victims of cardiac arrest on the same day in May of 2016. 

“Henson personifies the Harvey Firestone saying, ‘The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership,’” Fetchet said. “The leadership he instills in young firefighters is building the future of the Newnan Fire Department.”

Henson also is a volunteer coordinator for all firefighter funerals. The funeral for retired Chief Wesley Meadows in December included transporting the casket on a vintage fire truck from downtown Newnan to Forest Lawn Cemetery. 

“It may sound like a small task, but working with a grieving family is a delicate situation,” Fetchet said. “Henson offers the support of the Newnan Fire Department with respect and dignity.”

Officer Charles Cox from the Newnan Police Department was honored for his proactive attitude toward policing – balancing aggressive patrols in high-crime areas while being an ambassador of goodwill among the community.

He played a role in saving a suicidal woman last December. Upon arriving at the residence, Cox heard a car running inside the closed garage attached to the house. When he entered the home and went into the garage, he found a woman sitting inside the car with the doors locked. 

As he approached the car, the female showed him a handgun and pointed it at her head, according to Fetchet. When Cox attempted to open the garage door, he found it padlocked. 

Realizing the situation, he directed an officer to keep an eye on the victim while he forced the door open with another officer. 

Cox then broke the window of the car and took the victim into the fresh air and stayed with her until emergency medical services arrived. 

Police Chief D.L. “Buster” Meadows praised both the police and fire award recipients.
“You both set good examples, but everyone here today does a great job,” he said. “We appreciate what you do, and Newnan is fortunate to have y’all here in the community.”

Fire Chief David Whitley echoed Meadows’ sentiments. 

“With Chief Meadows, we’ve never had any problems, and we back y’all 100 percent,” Whitley said. “We’re lucky to have you.”

Tuesday, the county version of the same awards will be presented at the County Administration Building to honor sheriff’s deputies and county firefighters before the county commission meeting at 6 p.m.  

Feb
04

Americanism Chairman Update

Comrades, you have been working hard on your Americanism reporting and I appreciate it. As a Department, you have logged more than 50,000 hours, traveled over 164,000 miles and contributed over $148,000.

We are almost to the end of this reporting year – February, March and April are the months that remain. Kudos to Post 4742 Cordele for submitting 108 reports.  You can click on Tools and Online Program Reporting ( http://ga.vfwportal.net/public/ )  to see what your post has reported thus far. Notify your commander  of your activities so it can get reported to give your post the credit it deserves.

In case you forgot the Americanism categories, here they are.

Loyalty Day

Memorial Day

Flag Day

Independence Day

Patriot Day

POW/MIA Day

VFW Day

Wreaths Across America

Veteran’s Day

Pearl Harbor Day

Buddy Poppy Program

Flag Presentation

Flag Raising

Color/Honor Guard

Participated in Patriotic Assembly

Conduct Flag Education

Parades

Get Out The Vote

Distribute Patriotic Literature

Flag Disposal

Teacher Nomination Forward to District

Other Americanism Projects

 

Your Department Officers thank you for your support if the Americanism program. If you have any questions, please contact me.

 

Yours in Comradeship,

Charles A. (Tony) Dobbins

Americanism Chair

Department of Georgia

Feb
03

Department Of Georgia VFW Raffle

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** NOTE **

RULES AND REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN POSTED ON THE WEBSITE FOR VIEWING AND DOWNLOAD

http://vfwga.org/state-vfw-raffle/

Feb
03

VFW National Legislative Committee Department of Georgia New Year Message

Al Lipphardt, VFW National Legislative Committee Vice Chairman 2016-2017

Now is not the time to sit back and wait for the new Congress and Administration to act.

In the January 2017 printing of the VFW Magazine our Veterans of Foreign Wars National Legislative Director, Ray Kelley says we must continue to tell Congress what veterans need in 2017. “January 3, 2017, marks the beginning of the 115th Congress.  During their campaigns, many of our elected officials promised to take care of veterans, service members and their families” said Director Kelley.  He continued by saying “Campaign promises don’t provide the health care and benefits veterans have earned and deserve.  It takes constant pressure from advocates to turn these promises into reality.”

Several years ago, the VFW Department of Georgia appointees to our National Legislative Committee began a concentrated focus of holding our Congressmen and Senators accountable, not for their rhetoric, but reporting their actions.  Blind partisanship can no longer be tolerated.  The “we” and “they” must translate into “us”.  That kind of division has created much of the gridlock that exists in Washington today.  The voice of the veteran must be heard.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States IS that voice and it has been since the beginnings of our organization.  VFW National leadership has transitioned from a “going along to getting along” attitude to stronger positions on legislation affecting veterans.  This has been achieved because our members are demanding action.  The “Action Corps” has been a positive tool in translating numbers into voices.  If you have not signed up, do so today and you will receive the “Action Corps Weekly via email.  Go to www.vfw.org/advocacy/grassroots-efforts

The VFW’s reputation for strong legislative advocacy, but more importantly, for our success in that advocacy, began in the 1930s by forcing Congress and the President to provide WWI veterans access to their war bonus, which were to be paid in 1945.  The Armistice was signed November 11, 1918 bringing an end to “the war to end all wars”.  The price of that war paid by those engaged on the ground, in the air and on water was the last breath by many but visible and invisible scars by all.  The bonus promised by politicians was to be paid long after the conflict resulting in many veterans dying before they received the promise made.  It is a historical fact, that with VFW support, and after marches and violent encounters with police and the military, Congress passed legislation to pay the full amount of the bonus in 1936.  VFW members stood up and demanded that the government deliver on its promise.  No one, and I do mean no one understands the inhumanity of war and the physical wounds and mental scars of armed conflict more than those engaged in battle.

Bold action to support the 115th Congress is needed and required.  I dare say combat veterans would do anything to avoid conflict, but we must no longer do nothing.   Someone asked me the other day, “Where are the teeth in the VFW when it comes to legislative advocacy?”  It’s in your voice and the teeth are in your mouth.  If you won’t take a “bite”, then you are just bumping your gums. 

Now is not the time to sit back and wait for the new Congress and Administration to act.

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