May
22

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.

May
16

ALL STATE in the Department of Georgia VFW 2016-2017

Comrades,

 

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

May
04

Reminders From The Department’s Office

Comrades,

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 (adixon@humana.com) 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

May
02

Community Service Reports

Comrades,

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

May
02

Membership Update May 2, 2017

Comrades,

Ooooh, look at us go!  Again, please join Commander Sandberg and congratulate the following Post Commanders and members for reaching the 100% membership benchmark.

Post 10558, Cataula, Commander, Michel Johansen, 100%,

Post 1777, Valdosta, Commander, Christopher Rigg, 100%

Post 7720, Cornelia, Commander Bill Miles, 100.28%,

Congratulations to all for a job well done!

Department of Georgia is now at 94.31% in membership, with 49 Posts and 2 Districts at or above 100%.  We’ve been moving up almost a full percentage point each day—Here Comes GEORGIA!!!  Membership, membership, membership….  Keep up the good work!

Thanks for all you do,

Michael J. O’Steen

Department Adjutant

May
02

NRA Convention In Atlanta

Meet SFC Sammy Davis, Medal of Honor Recipient  Vietnam Veteran,   SFC  Davis Is A Life Time VFW Member, And He Stopped By  Our Recruiting Booth At The   NRA Convention In Atlanta, In The Picture Picture Is SFC Davis with His Wife, And Our Department’s Sr. Vice Attaway. 

Apr
28

Membership Update April 28th

Comrades,

Climbing up the charts!  Again, please join Commander Sandberg and congratulate the following Post Commanders and members for reaching the 100% membership benchmark.

Post 4985, Dalton, Commander Rosy Hester, 100%,

Post 12110, Columbus, Commander Donald Anthony, 100%

Post 5376, Calhoun, Commander Robert Bates, 100.70%,

Post 6445, Harlem, Commander Jack Giles, 100.73%

District 1, Commander Kevin Hammond, 100.18%,  our second District to reach 100%!

Congratulations to all for a job well done!

Department of Georgia is now at 93.69% in membership, with 46 Posts and 2 Districts at or above 100%.  We’ve been moving up almost a full percentage point each day and the texts and emails are coming in from other Departments—Here Comes GEORGIA!!!  Keep up the good work!

Thanks for all you do,

Michael J. O’Steen

Department Adjutant

VFW Department of Georgia

Apr
27

Membership Update April 27

Comrades,

Watch our Smoke!  Again, please join Commander Sandberg and congratulate the following Post Commanders and members for reaching the 100% membership benchmark.

Post 649, Augusta, Commander Mike Gilmer, 100.16%,

Post 2588, Brunswick, Commander Lorin Taylor, 101.08, and

District 3, Commander James Lynch, 100.76%, yes, our first District to reach 100%!

Congratulations to all for a job well done!

Department of Georgia is now at 93.17% in membership, with 42 Posts and 1 District at or above 100%.  We’ve been moving up almost a full percentage point each day and the texts and emails are coming in from other Departments—Here Comes GEORGIA!!!  Keep up the good work!

Thanks for all you do,

Michael J. O’Steen

Department Adjutant

VFW Department of Georgia

Apr
26

Membership Update April 26

Comrades,

Here we come!  Please join Commander Sandberg and congratulate the following Post Commanders and members for attaining the 100% membership plateau.

Post 5897, Lavonia, Commander Johann Phillips,  100%

Post 6605, Warner Robins, Commander Gary Tisdale,  100%

Post 9949, Peachtree City, Commander Stony Lohr,  100.56%, and

a big thanks to Post 5255 Lawrenceville, Commander John Veverka, currently the largest post membership (705) and 145.58%. Way to roll Lawrenceville!!!!

Department of Georgia is now at 92.61% in membership, with 40 Posts at or above 100%.  We now have 15 posts that need 10 or fewer members to reach 100%!

Keep on Charging!

Thanks for all you do,

Michael J. O’Steen

Department Adjutant

VFW Department of Georgia

Apr
25

Membership Update April 25

Comrades,

Georgia is on the rise!  Please join Commander Sandberg and congratulate the following Post Commanders and members for reaching the 100% membership mark.

Post 7331, Richmond Hill, Commander Fausto Tenen, 100%

Post 12002, North Fulton, Commander Jim Swain, 100.19%, and

Post 5255, Lawrenceville, Commander John Veverka, 110.88%!!!

Thanks for the tremendous effort!

Department of Georgia is now at 91.63% in membership, with 37 Posts at or above 100%, and 5 Districts above 90%!  We currently have 17 Posts that need 10 members or less to reach the 100% mark!

Continue to work your membership rosters, and remember this weekend is the closeout for Community Service reports and All State requirements!

Thanks for all you do,

 

Michael J. O’Steen

Department Adjutant

VFW Department of Georgia

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