Memorial Day


Memorial Day is upon us…and we all know that 90% of our population thinks it is the kick-off of the Bar-B-Q season….But we Veterans know the real deal.

The list includes:

Assorted Memorial Day events at all posts,

Flag Displays, (half staff Monday morning till noon),

Buddy Poppy Distributions,

Recruiting events,

Selling VFW/Bass Pro Raffle Tickets,

Commander Sandberg wishes for everyone to do the many things that you have planned, and be safe while doing them..

Also, Department Headquarters will be closed Monday, 29 May…


Michael J. O’Steen

Department Adjutant

VFW Department of Georgia


GovTrack Update for May. 21

VFW members of the Department. We need to communicate with and encourage our legislators to support these issues by a yes vote. 
Additionally let your representative know you expect them to focus on the business of legislating healthcare, tax reform, National Security and stop wasting valuable resources on ancillary issues. 
We are watching their actions not listening to their rhetoric. 
Yours in Comradeship and Service
Al Lipphardt 
May 19, 2017 — Bill Text

H.R. 1329: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017

This bill’s text for status Reported by House Committee (May 19, 2017) is now available.

May 19, 2017 — Bill Text

H.R. 1725: Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017

This bill’s text for status Reported by House Committee (May 19, 2017) is now available.

May 19, 2017 — Bill Text

H.R. 2288: Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017

This bill’s text for status Reported by House Committee (May 19, 2017) is now available.

May 19, 2017 — Introduced

H.R. 2549: To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the administration of the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Coffman [R-CO6]

This bill was referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration.

Rep. Mike Coffman [R-CO6] is a member of the committee.

May 19, 2017 — Introduced

H.R. 2555: To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure compliance of medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs with requirements relating to the scheduling of appointments, to require appointment by the President and confirmatio

Sponsor: Rep. Mia Love [R-UT4]

This bill was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration.

Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA10] is a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.





Thursday-June 15, 2017

2:00 PM -5:00 PM : Registration

4:00PM : Council of Administration Meeting

7:00PM : Joint Memorial Service

Friday – June 16, 2017

8:00 A.M.-4:00P.M : Registration

8:30A.M. : Joint Session

1:00 P.M : Past Commanders Luncheon

2:00P.M. : Re-Convene Convention

5:00P.M. – 7:00P.M. : Sr Vice Commander/Sr Vice President  Reception

Saturday-June 17, 2017

8:00A.M.- 4:00P.M : Registration  Business 

8:30A.M. : Session Reception

5:30P.M. : No Host Bar

6:30P.M. :  Banquet Honoring All State Team, and Outstanding Presidents

Past Commanders Club Awards

Ms.VFWA Award- Mr./Ms. VFW Award

9:00P.M.-Midnight :Hospitality Room Activities

Sunday-June 18, 2017

8:30A.M.- 10:00 A.M. :Registration

9:00A.M. : 

Joint Devotional Service

Joint Business Session


Joint Session Adjourned

Business Session Call to Order

2017-2018 Council of Administration Meeting

(Immediately following close of Convention)


ALL STATE in the Department of Georgia VFW 2016-2017



Please join Commander Sandberg and Congratulate the following Posts and Districts for achieving the status of ALL STATE in the Department of Georgia VFW 2016-2017.


Post 2681        Marietta                       Commander Willie R. Guzman                      Quartermaster Clint White

Post 7402        Buchanan                    Commander  Richard M. Callahan                 Quartermaster Kevin F. Hammond


Post 5897        Lavonia                       Commander Johann W. Phillips                     Quartermaster Edward E. Helms

Post 7720        Cornelia                       Commander David W. Miles                          Quartermaster Michael A. Dale


Post 4180        Snellville                     Commander Jimmy T. Jackson                      Quartermaster James W. Lynch

Post 4706        Decatur                       Commander Betty R. Turner                          Quartermaster Ronnie L. Cook

Post 5255        Lawrenceville              Commander John Veverka                             Quartermaster George H. Bradley

Post 6330        Jonesboro                    Commander Barry R. Wearne                        Quartermaster Leonard D. Ott

Post 12002      North Fulton               Commander James B. Swain                          Quartermaster James C. Davis


Post 6445        Harlem                        Commander John W. Giles                             Quartermaster Janie M. Gray


Post 2667        Newnan                       Commander John H. Skinner                          Quartermaster Robert M. Ward

Post 3650        Fayetteville                 Commander Ronald W. Stubbs                    Quartermaster Thomas R. Morris

Post 9949        Peachtree City             Commander Stony R. Lohr                             Quartermaster Douglas (Doug) R. Gray

Post 12110      Columbus                    Commander Donald R. Anthony                    Quartermaster David B. Eaton


Post 6605        Warner Robins            Commander Gary D. Tisdale                          Quartermaster Martha (Carol) Hurst

Post 10825      Statesboro                   Commander Dean A. Rakoskie                      Quartermaster Chris M. Goodson

Post 10925      Soperton                      Commander Shane Scott                                Quartermaster Joel Edge


Post 4392        Thunderbolt                Commander Gary M. Schubert                       Quartermaster Bonnie L. Jacobs

Post 4583        Jesup                           Commander Daniel W. Jenkin                        Quartermaster Roger D. Simmons

Post 6602        Hinesville                    Commander Stephen H. Wheeler                   Quartermaster Glenn M. Hurt

Post 8385        Kings Bay                   Commander Patsy E. Schreiber                      Quartermaster Kathryn A Walker


Post 4742        Cordele                       Commander Michael T. Irish                         Quartermaster Alvin L. Penny

Post 4995        Thomasville                 Commander Frank L. Knight                         Quartermaster Gregory P. Thweatt

Post 8433        Cairo                           Commander Harold L. Roberts                      Quartermaster Douglas D. Taylor


District 1         Commander Kevin F. Hammond                   Quartermaster Donald E. Henry

District 3         Commander James W. Lynch                         Quartermaster Dean E. Smith


A Great Big CONGRATULATIONS to the 24 Posts and 2 Districts that have earned the recognition of All State as of 11 May 2017 !!! 


Thank you comrades for a job WELL DONE !!!

Recognition for All American is within your grasp—it will be the top 35 Posts and top 15 Districts on June 30th—top in membership—good luck to our All State Team.


Thanks for all you do,  



Michael J. O’Steen

Department Adjutant

VFW Department of Georgia


Armed Forces Day Special

Armed Forces Day Special At Burger King !!!


Memorial Day Event !!


State Convention

“REMINDER” The State Convention Is Just Around The Corner, If You Don’t Have Your Rooms Booked Yet Or Early Registration This Is A Good Time To Do It !!!



In honor of Memorial Day

Do you have a favorite story about a fallen hero in your life? A veteran who is a friend or family member who you greatly admire?

Would you like to share a little bit about what made them so special to you?

In honor of Memorial Day, the VFW is asking you to send in a story or message of gratitude for your fallen hero.

We plan to share some of them on our Facebook page and in our other communications. Please help us recognize the sacrifice and commitment of our nation’s heroes by sharing your story with the VFW today.


Reminders From The Department’s Office


If you have an EVENT (recruiting, health fair, job fair, feed the veterans, nursing home social, etc) planned between now and 31 December, and would like a little financial assistance (free money), send an email to Tony Dixon ( with the request.  He has offered at every district meeting, and has had only a few responses.  Deadline is TOMORROW, so it’s not too late! 

Also, if you have any VFW/Bass Pro Raffle stubs…please send stubbs and money to Headquarters.

Also, 4th quarter audit is now past due.

Also, register for the Department Convention, and get your Hotel Reservation made.

Also, Buddy Poppy drive for Memorial Day at your local Tractor Supply Store.

Also, get your post election report submitted, if not already done,

Also, Delegate fees, and New member admission fees have been mailed out,

Also, keep working membership!

Thanks for all you do,

Michael J. O’Steen

Department Adjutant

VFW Department of Georgia


Community Service Reports


The 2016-2017 Community Service reporting year has come to a close.  Reports have been tabulated and forwarded to National Headquarters.

May 1 (Loyalty Day) begins the 2017-2018 program year, please HOLD All Community Service reports until further notice, as our reporting system will be closed for maintenance.

Thank you for all you do,

Michael J. O’Steen

Department Adjutant

VFW Department of Georgia

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