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22nd District

“The Nation that forgets its Defenders, will itself be forgotten.” San Diego County American Legion www.ALD22.org

“Serving San Diego County and Surrounding Areas”

C OM MA N DE R 2 0 1 7 - 2 0 1 8 :

AUXIL IA RY PRESIDE NT 2017- 2018:

CHRIS YATES

MOE GIACALONE

The American Legion in San Diego County comprises 28 American Legion Posts. Among those Posts there are 8,551 members, and also 18 Auxiliary Units totaling 3,000 members, and 17 Squadrons of Sons of American Legion with 1,200 members. Each Post family has its unique profile and commitment to the American Legion's Four Pillars of service within their respective communities. Collectively, we continue to make a positive impact in building a better society by serving veterans and their families, supporting a strong National Defense, promoting Americanism and wholesome Children and Youth programs! Written in 1919, The American Legion Preamble to the Constitution represents the core values of every American Legion Post and every Legionnaire. These ideals, memorialized in 10 clauses, leave us with a strong sense of duty to execute and uphold. San Diego’s District 22 is no exception. We strive to live by these words with every program, fundraiser and activity we embrace. We hope to instill in friends, family and fellow veterans our dedication to the spirit of the American Legion by action and not just words. Thinking globally but acting on the local level is what has driven our great organization for almost a century; in doing so, we’ve built synergies that have enabled us to achieve remarkable accomplishments.

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THE AMERICAN LEGION PREAMBLE "For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;

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You've earned the right to belong--

Join us!

Visit a local post today! We are the American Legion, California District 22-

Veterans Supporting Veterans and their Families

www.ALD22.org Legion22sd

Saturday, November 11, 2017 VETERANS DAY 1

@Legion22sd

/Legion22sd

Well, Hello There! Please allow me to introduce myself if we haven’t met yet.

PLUS INSIDE...

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My name is Maureen Giacalone, but everyone just calls me “Moe” because they can’t pronounce my last name!! For those who don’t know me, I have been a member of Unit 460 since 2006, and at 460 I’ve held the offices of President, 1st and 2nd Vice President, many, many chairs, and I am currently Secretary and Historian. In the District, I started out as Sergeant-At-Arms, and then served as Poppy Chair and National Security Chair before moving up the chairs. I am now proudly serving as your President. My father was a Veteran and used to take our family to the Post in the town where I grew up. I have two sons, one who joined the Army right after 9/11, and my oldest son is serving in the Air Force. So serving our Military and Veterans is very dear to my heart. Our theme this year is “Real Heroes wear dog tags, not capes,” our District is called “The Mighty 22nd” and Department of California President Loretta Marsh is encouraging us all to have fun with her theme, dressing up as our special super heroes, all in service for our Veterans, Active Duty Military and their families. I see there are lots of events planned by our Mighty 22nd District, and I can’t wait to hear all the results. Keep up what you’re doing, and bring in those new members, as growing our membership is so important for the life of the American Legion. Encourage your new members to attend our workshops, and I hope to see them at our District meetings.

Maureen “Moe” Giacalone President, American Legion District 22 Auxiliary

A PROUD CALIFORNIA AMERICAN LEGION PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARD WINNING PUBLICATION

Mobile Vietnam Wall.........Page 5

Boy State.......................Page 12

Annual Stand Down.........Page 20

Legion Baseball............. Page 22

Patriot Rally.................. Page 26


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COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND CHAIRMANSHIPS

DISTRICT 22 OFFICERS 2017 – 2018

COMMANDER Chris Yates, Post 365 cyates2002@gmail.com 1st VICE COMMANDER Javier Collazo, Post 365 webmaster@legionpost365.org 2nd VICE COMMANDER Sam Flores, Post 731 commanderpost731@yahoo.com ADJUTANT Ben D. Hyde, Post 255 adjutantald22@gmail.com FINANCE OFFICER Annette Grimsley, Post 310 a_grimsley@att.net CHAPLAINS Sam Cummings, Post 310 Gustave Freeman, Post 731 gfreeman@sdcoe.net

San Diego County American Legion www.ALD22.org

“Serving San Diego County and Surrounding Areas”

SERVICE OFFICER Henry “Bud” Lichtenstern, Post 479 LichtensternB@yahoo.com

webmaster@legionpost365.org

Naturalization Wesley Schermann, Post 303 wscher73@aol.com

ASSISTANT SERVICE OFFICERS Richard “Sunny” Farrand, Post 434 Rcf.14b@gmail.com

Americanism Anthony Azares, Post 146

Operation Comfort Warrior Richard “Sunny” Farrand, Post 434

tonyazares1@yahoo.com

Rcf.14b@gmail.com

Baseball Peter Rolf Ohnstad , Post 416 iseapro@pacbell.net

Oratorical Frank Zugaj, Post 146

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS Rick DeVries, Post 255 Alegion255@aol.com HISTORIAN Lillian Moss, Post 731 llmoss17@yahoo.com JUDGE ADVOCATE Diane DeVries, Post 255 Alegion255@aol.com JUNIOR PAST COMMANDER Desiree Herrera, Post 552 Herrera.552@gmail.com

Aeronautics & Aerospace Javier Collazo, Post 365

Blood Donor Frank Zugaj, Post 146 Boy's State Joseph Watt, Post 149 harleyjoewatt@gmail.com Children & Youth Roxanne I. Jones, Post 451

roxanne.i.jones@navy.mil Constitution & By-Laws Ralph Huskey, Post 867

ralphhu@hotmail.com Convention Housing Sam Flores, Post 731 commanderpost731@yahoo.com

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Distinguished Guest Introductions Desiree Herrera, Post 552

Wesley Schermann, Post 303 Representing Posts: 6, 258, 282 & 867

Mary Jane Whitler-Fisher, (Post 416) Representing Posts: 201, 364, 479, 552 & 853

Haywood Bagley, (Post 365) Representing Posts: 146, 275, 416, 537 & 776

Curtis Witherspoon, Post 201 Representing Posts: 255, 434, 468, 492 & 820

Frank Zugaj, Post 146 Representing Posts: 149, 365, 451 & 619

Melissa Johnson, Post 255 Representing Posts: 303, 310, 332, 460 & 731

herrera.552@gmail.com

haywood28@gmail.com Law & Order Rick Devries, Post 255 alegion255@aol.com

Legislation Wesley Schermann, Post 303

wscher73@aol.com

choice with a membership application and DD214 for proof of military service; or if you prefer, join online at www.legion.org/join, and follow that up with a visit to your local post with the copy of the DD214!

Religious Emphasis Samuel Cummings, Post 310 Ritual Sam Flores, Post 731 ROTC Curtis Witherspoon, Post 201 Curtis.Witherspoon@navy.mil Social Media "Committee of Three" Chris Yates, MaryJane Fisher, Lillian Moss Sons of the American Legion Edd Robinson, Post 146

robinson68@cox.net Trial Board

Foreign Relations & National Security Haywood Bagley, Post 365

Leadership Charles E. “Chuck” Camarato, Post 731 ccamarato@yahoo.com

To join The American Legion, visit a post of your

POW/MIA Raymond Johnson, Post 365 rkjohnson39@gmail.com

Media & Communications Mary Jane Fisher, Post 416 mjfisher1050@gmail.com Military Affairs Manny Otero, Post 434 veteransgolf@gmail.com

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

(3 members, past district commanders) Robert H. Juers, Post 853 borregorebel@hotmail.com Edd Robinson, Post 146 robinson68@cox.net Anthony "Tony" Stewart, Post 434 cpotonystewart@aol.com Troop Support Services (TS2) Manny Otero, Post 434 VA Hospital Bingo Activities Desiree Herrera, Post 552 Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Desiree Herrera, Post 552

herrera.552@gmail.com Veterans Employment Joel Gregg, Post 201

alpostlogan@gmail.com


San Diego County American Legion www.ALD22.org

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C OMMA N DE R

LOCATIONS & MEETINGS

GREETINGS FROM THE COMMANDER (Continued from Page 1)

2017 – 2018

to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a 100-percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness." The National headquarters of The American Legion has an excellent interpretation of The Preamble to the Constitution, which explains the meaning behind each clause. A link to the document can be found at www.legion.org/preamble. We encourage every Legionnaire and every Post to recommit themselves to the principles and core values of The American Legion by introducing and supporting one additional Four Pillar program or event not currently existing at your Post. If your Post hasn’t executed a Law and Order event, consider hosting one. If your Post doesn’t sponsor a delegate to Girls or Boys State, sponsor one. If your Post doesn’t have an Oratorical Contest, start one. If your Post doesn’t have an American Legion Baseball Team, create one. If your Post doesn’t sponsor a military unit, get on it. If you are a Legionnaire that hasn’t had an opportunity to join a committee or volunteer for an event, visit our website and contact one of our Commission Advisors or Committee Advisors for information on how you can get involved. If you are on active duty or a veteran that served during a time of war, we encourage you to join The American Legion today! For a list of American Legion Posts in San Diego County go to www.ald22.org/directory-2 and call me at (714) 719-9549. We would be honored to welcome you to our team!

Chris Yates, Commander San Diego American Legion District 22 cyates2002@gmail.com

Post Street Address And City

Zip

6

Sons

Riders Legion Meeting

92116 YES

NO

NO

3rd Sat @9:00 a.m.

146 1617 Mission Ave, Oceanside

92054 YES

NO

YES

3rd Sat @9:00 a.m.

149 230 Park Ave, Escondido

92025 YES

YES

YES

3rd Tue @6:00 p.m.

201 8015 Broadway, Lemon Grove

91945 YES

YES

YES

3rd Tue @7:00 p.m.

255 35 East 18th St, National City

91950 YES

YES

YES

3rd Thu @6:00 p.m.

258 3328 Alpine Blvd, Alpine

91901 YES

YES

NO

3rd Mon @5:30 p.m.

275 *Meets various locations, La Jolla 92038 NO

NO

NO

3rd Thu@6:30 p.m.

282 8118 University Ave, La Mesa

91941 YES

YES

NO

4th Mon @6:00 p.m.

303 750 E. Main Street, El Cajon

92021 NO

NO

NO

3rd Wed@7:00 p.m.

310 465 North 47th St, San Diego

92102 YES

NO

NO

2nd Tue @7:30 p.m.

332 1275 Main St, Ramona

92065 NO

NO

NO

4th Fri @7:00 p.m.

364 8516 N. Magnolia Ave, Santee

92071 NO

NO

NO

3rd Tue @7:30 p.m.

365 1234 South Santa Fe Ave, Vista

92084 YES

YES

NO

3rd Sat @10:00 a.m.

416 210 West F St, Encinitas

92024 YES

YES

YES

2nd Wed@7:00 p.m.

434 47 5th Ave, Chula Vista

91910 YES

YES

YES

2nd Thu @6:00 p.m.

451 Vets Mem Bldg, Balboa Park, SD 92101 NO

NO

NO

4th Tue @1:00 p.m.

460 7815 Armour St, San Diego

92111 YES

YES

YES

4th Tue @7:00 p.m.

468 2503 Washington St, Julian

92036 YES

YES

YES

1st Sat @10:00 a.m.

479 12342 Old Pomerado Rd, Poway 92074 NO

NO

NO

1st Thu @7:00 p.m.

492 *Meets various locations

NO

NO

NO

3rd Tue @6:30 p.m.

537 Vets Mem Bldg, Balboa Park, SD 92101 NO

YES

NO

4th Mon @7:00 p.m.

552 853 Turquoise St, Pacific Beach

92109 YES

YES

NO

3rd Thu @6:00 p.m.

619 30951 Hwy 79, Warner Springs

92086 YES

NO

NO

4th Sat @9:00 a.m.

731 7245 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego

92111 NO

YES

NO

1st Sat @10:00 a.m.

776 1175 Old Stage Rd, Fallbrook

92028 NO

NO

NO

1st Sat@12:00 p.m.

820 1268 Palm Ave, Imperial Beach

91932 YES

YES

NO

4th Tue @7:00 p.m.

853 4515 Borrego Springs Rd, Borrego 92004 YES

YES

YES

3rd Thu @5:00 p.m.

867 700 East Naples Ct, Chula Vista

NO

NO

2nd Tue @6:30 p.m.

3563 Adams Ave, San Diego

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Aux

91911 NO


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C OM M I S SION S , C OM M I T T E E S A N D C HA I R M A N S (Continued from Page 2) Veterans Parade Activities Ron Harrell, Post 460

Ways & Means

ron.harrell@aol.com

(2nd Vice Commander) Sam Flores, Post 731

Veterans Stand Down Andrew Pryor, Post 255 62impalapryor@gmail.com

Webmaster Chris Yates, Post 365 cyates2002@gmail.com

San Diego County American Legion www.ALD22.org

Veterans, we honor and salute you. It is USC’s civic obligation to offer resources and economic pathways to those who have provided extraordinary service for our nation.

Fat h er of Di s t r ic t 2 2 L e g ion n a i r e

ROD VAN ORDEN, POST 6 22nd District

Published by

SAN DIEGO COUNTY AMERICAN LEGION DISTRICT 22 c/o Adjutant 7245 Linda Vista Road | San Diego, CA 92111 USC NROTC OFFICER KEENAN WILES

DISTRICT COMMANDER Chris Yates (Post 365) DISTRICT ADJUTANT Ben Hyde (Post 255) EDITORS Ben Hyde (Post 255) B.J. Coleman (Unit 6)

Programs such as:

PUBLISHING COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: Chris Yates (Post 365) STAFF REPORTER B.J. Coleman (Unit 6)

• Schoen Family Scholarship Program for Veterans Endowment • School of Social Work Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families For more information visit: usc.edu

for the veteran community of Southern California.

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS


San Diego County American Legion www.ALD22.org

“Serving San Diego County and Surrounding Areas”

Saturday, November 11, 2017 VETERANS DAY 5

MOBILE VIETNAM WALL AT M I R A M A R A I R SHOW

As of May 30, 2017: There are 58,318 names on The Wall

1. Vietnam Era: 1 Nov 1955 – 15 May 1975 (by Congress in 1999) 2. At least one US Service member died in Vietnam every day from December 31, 1965 to December 9, 1970. A total of 1,804 days and 52,448 lives lost! 3. 379 Names added since 1982 4. There are 8 Females on the Wall all Nurses, 7 Army (1 KIA), 1 Air Force (7,484 Military women served in Vietnam, 6,250 were nurses.) 5. There are 40 sets of Brothers on the Wall and 1 set of Step-Brothers 6. There are 4 Fathers/Sons on the Wall – Including Richard B. Fitzgibbon III (02E, 077), 7-Sept-65 and Richard B Fitzgibbon Jr (52E, 021), 8-Jun-56 7. There are 16 Chaplains on the Wall, 7 Catholic (2 Medal of Honor Recipients), 2 Jewish, 7 Protestant

8. There are 10 Nurses on the Wall; 8 Female, 2 Male 9. There are 1343 Army Medics on the Wall 10. There are 691 Navy Corpsmen on the Wall 11. There are 8 Coast Guard on the Wall 12. Earliest to Die – Richard B Fitzgibbon Jr (52E, 021), 8-Jun-56 13. Highest Casualty Day – 31-Jan-68, 246 14. Highest Casualty Month – May-68, 2,416 15. Highest Casualty Year – 1968, 16,916 16. There are 76 Names on the Wall with ties to the Antelope Valley. 17. Medals of Honor – 159, Total for Vietnam 259 1. Army – 104 2. Marine – 44 3. Navy – 6 4. Air Force – 5

18. Native Americans – 227 19. Oldest on Memorial – Frank Luther Huddleston (16E, 109), 12-Aug-02, 68 yrs old (added in 2003) 20. Oldest to Die (in country) – Kenna Clyde Taylor (07W, 082), 21-Sep-70, 62 yrs old 21. Y  oungest – Dan Bullock (23W, 096), 7-Jun-69, 15.5 years old, Born: 21-Dec-53 22. 13 Soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old. 23. 3,135 Soldiers on the Wall were 18 years old. 24. 8,341 Soldiers on the Wall were 19 years old. 25. 40,394 Soldiers on the Wall were under 22 years old. 26. 234 KIA Battle of the Ia Drang Valley: 14/18-Nov-65; Panel 3W, Line 48-100

27. 1  35 Died USS Forrestal Fire: 29-Jul-67; Panel 34E, Line 13-47 28. 41 KIA (3 MIA) SS Mayaguez Rescue: 13/15-May-75; Panel 1W, Line 124-132 29. 5 KIA US Embassy Attack, Tet 1968: 31Jan-68; Panel 36E, Line 5,24,33,3 30. Panel 1E covers period from 8-Jul 1959 thru 6-June 1965; Panel 1W covers 15-Apr 1972 thru 15-May 1975 31. 9 years covered on 1E and 1W. Other 7 years – 138 Panels 32. 1968 alone requires 72 of 140 panels – first 37E and last 35W 33. All of the names on The Wall were read aloud – in chronological order – during dedication, on 10th (1992), 20th (2002), 25th (2007) and 30th (2012) anniversaries.

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THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS


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M OB I L E V I E T NA M WA L L (Continued from Page 5)

MEMBERSHIP REPORT DISTRICT 22 STANDINGS

Post # Post Name & City

rs be l d m a s e o ai er al Ls line nsf 15 M 7P 7G F Go 1 1 a n U 0 0 0 r % T O 2 P 2 2

0006 San Diego, San Diego

160

87

32

0146 Oceanside, Oceanside

523

306

61 104 57 528 100.96 %

0149 J. B. Clark, Escondido

780

486

87 130 81 784 100.51 %

0201 D. E. Witt C. Mitchell, Lemon Grove 274

154

41

56 22 273 99.64 %

0255 Larry E. Bennett, National City

390

297

55

47 43 442 113.33 %

0258 Alpine, Alpine

160

96

35

31 17 179 111.87 %

0275 La Jolla, La Jolla

81

25

19

14

0282 La Mesa, La Mesa

520

310

80

94 41 525 100.96 %

0303 El Cajon, El Cajon

447

198

51 184 59 492 110.07 %

0310 Dennis T. Williams, San Diego

480

286

72

56 16 430 89.58 %

0332 Ramona, Ramona

31

22

3

6

0364 Santee , Santee

81

56

7

19 16 98

0365 Alvin Myo Dunn, Vista

560

296

73 140 72 581 103.75 %

0416 San Dieguito, Encinitas

430

334

37 119 60 550 127.91 %

0434 Chula Vista, Chula Vista

990

570 147 155 68 940 94.95 %

0451 San Diego Womens, San Diego

24

17

5

1

0460 Albert J. Hickman, San Diego

378

218

49

63 42 372 98.41 %

0468 Lincoln Deming, Julian

260

155

52

40

0479 Poway, Poway

196

114

26

42 53 235 119.90 %

0492 San Diego Downtown, Bonita

38

26

2

3

0537 City Service, San Diego

216

109

67

21 10 207 95.83 %

0552 Pacific Beach, San Diego

120

55

29

27 11 122 101.67 %

0619 S. Sgt. Allan K. Walker, Warner Springs 25

10

5

3

0

18

72.00 %

0625 Leyte, San Diego, San Diego

15

0

0

5

0

5

33.33 %

0731 Larry E. Holmberg, San Diego

301

104

59 111 29 303 100.66 %

0776 Fallbrook American Legion, Menifee 40

39

2

7

0820 Imperial Beach, Imperial Beach

460

278

52

92 65 487 105.87 %

0853 Borrego Springs, Borrego Springs

336

196

27

67 11 301 89.58 %

0867 Charles W. Turner, Chula Vista

50

30

13

7

District 22 Totals

16 12 147 91.88 %

5

63

77.78 %

34. L arry E Smith and Larry E Smith are next to each other on Panel 14E, Line 109 35. T  here are five (5) Smith’s in a row on Panel 38E, Line 14 36. B  illie J Williams and Billie J Williams are next to each other on Panel 1W, Line 94; there is a Billy Joe Williams on Panel 11W, Line 119 37. Interesting Names on the Wall: 1. Walerija Chulchatschinow Panel 32e, Line 54 2. Jackie Frankenstein Panel 59w, Line 2 3. Arnold Garza Garza Panel 12w, Line 48 4. Gary G Gray Panel 19w, Line 119 5. Hood H Hunt Panel 43e, Line 23 6. Randolph Thomas Jefferson Panel 52w, Line 44 7. Jimmie Jack Jones Jr. Panel 13w, Line 92 8. Ronald I Mc Donald Panel 11w,

13 44 141.94 %

1

120.99

24 100.00 %

6 253 97.31 %

0

31

81.58 %

18 66 165.00 %

1

San Diego County American Legion www.ALD22.org

51 102.00 %

8,366 4,874 1,188 1,660 829 8,551 102.21 %

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Line 3 9. Francis B Midnight Panel 25e, Line 34 10. Arthur John Rambo Panel 16w, Line 126 11. Roy R Rogers Panel 8e, Line 116 12. Roy J Rogers Panel 13w, Line 55 13. Gary L Sargent Panel 10e, Line 2 14. Kenneth E Sargent Panel 3e, Line 104 15. Sim S Steverson Panel 31e, Line 89 16. Green Thomas Panel 10w, Line 117 17. Felix F F Leyva-Parra-Frias Panel 17e, Line 125 18. Abraham Trujillo-Trujillo Panel 36w, Line 24 19. Juan P Valdez Panel 49e, Line 48 20. George R Washington Panel 35E, Line 36


San Diego County American Legion www.ALD22.org

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Saturday, November 11, 2017 VETERANS DAY 7 POST 303

FOOD 4 WARRIORS

55+

Welcome!

E L C AJON A M E R IC A N L E G ION P O S T 3 0 3 PA RT N E R S W I T H E L C AJON E L K S L OD G E

INDEPENDENT ACTIVE LIVING By B.J. Coleman, Public Relations Chairman, Auxiliary Unit 6, & Judge Advocate, California American Legion Press Association

“I just love living here! I have great friends, I’m involved in a lot of activities, and it keeps me active because I can walk everywhere!”

- Patricia, Manor Resident

F

For several years, officers from El Cajon American Legion Post 303 have been reaching out to other volunteer organizations and businesses in their local East County community, with the goal of increasing the good works that can be done more effectively in partnership than alone. On Friday, August 25, Legionnaires from Post 303 came together with members of El Cajon Elks Lodge #1812 to support and assist other volunteers with Food 4 Warriors, a program offered by San Diego County-based nonprofit charity Us 4 Warriors. These volunteer assistants from the three organizations had filled grocery bags with nutritious food earlier in the day, and they also helped by carrying bags of food to cars of those set to receive assistance. The hour-long event, held in the parking lot of the El Cajon Elks Lodge, was designed to host and support food assistance distribution to San Diego area active-duty and military veteran families. The day began with El Cajon American Legion Post 303 Commander Wes Schermann and other members of his veterans service organization giving $100 as a donation in support of these efforts to overcome “food insecurity” among military families. That phrase describes the circumstances of individuals or families who are going hungry or who are lacking sufficient food for health and wellness. Although less well-known than homelessness as a military service-linked risk, food insecurity is a problem that analysts estimate afflicts about double the number of veterans and active-duty troops as those at risk in the general population.

YOU ARE INVITED!

Join us for our montly TLC Event - Tour. Lunch.Chat.

2nd Thurday of every month 11am - 1pm

You will get the opportunity to tour our community, meet our residents, and have a nice lunch.

“We want to help out as many people as we can,” said Bobby Erdmann, volunteer coordinator with Food 4 Warriors for a little over a year. Around 170 recipients had signed up for the program that day.

To RSVP call admissions at (619) 239-2097 or email admissions@stpaulseniors.org

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VOLUNTEER GROUP -- Volunteers gathered at El Cajon Elks Lodge #1812 on Friday, August 25, to assist with food distribution to military and veteran families at risk of going hungry or lacking enough food for adequate nutrition. The volunteers were Elks from the Lodge, members of El Cajon American Legion Post 303 and other volunteers affiliated with Food 4 Warriors, a program operating under the umbrella of nonprofit charity Us 4 Warriors.

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS


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F O OD F OR WA R R IOR S (Continued from Page 7) This was the second such effort in East County from the group. The first food distribution staged at the El Cajon Elks Lodge was in the spring, with about 20 families participating in getting the food assistance. That first food drop was supported by Food 4 Warriors volunteers, most or all from outside El Cajon, and paid for with funds from a construction company not associated with the local community. The August event was the first to incorporate significant local contributions from local volunteers. Schermann said of his post’s partnering with Food 4 Warriors, “This is a great organization that helps out warriors and does a lot for veterans. This is a great thing.” Tony Stewart, president and CEO of Us 4 Warriors, was there as chief volunteer from what he calls the “Board of Doers” for the three-year-old organization. Stewart is a Legionnaire from Chula Vista Post 434 in the South County area near San Diego. Stewart explained that military recipients sign up anonymously online to receive the help. The amount of food assistance is based on household size. “We want to make sure nobody goes hungry,” Stewart continued. Each food distribution event costs $500. Besides cash donations, the nonprofit pays for these efforts through ticket sales from special events. Will C, a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian, attended to assist and then to perform at one of those fundraising events the following evening. Will C had attended the first El Cajon food distribution. He said, “I am amazed at how much food and how many volunteers showed up this time. Everything is working like a fine, old machine today. This is amazing today.” Will C founded the organization Veterans of Comedy in 2014, as a group of military veterans who perform stand-up comedy professionally. Stewart said, “We are happy to see lots of smiles from the people we are helping.” The El Cajon site is one of seven throughout San Diego County, where monthly Food 4 Warriors distributions are conducted. September’s event was to be held in Oceanside, a North County location. The next East County food drop is planned for 2018. More information on scheduled fundraisers and upcoming food distribution sites is available online at the website www.Us4Warriors.org.

Recognition from State Senator Joel Anderson -- Volunteer Patricia Cuellar, at far left, smiling alongside (in turn) Andrew Hayes, area representative for California State Senator Joel Anderson, Carlos Cuellar, and Us 4 Warriors CEO-President Tony Stewart. Hayes attended a food distribution held at El Cajon Elks Lodge #1812 on Friday, August 25, which was designed to assist with food distribution to military and veteran families at risk of going hungry or lacking enough food for adequate nutrition. Hayes awarded certificates of special recognition from Sen. Anderson to these volunteers for their efforts and contributions to alleviate food insecurity among local military families.

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Twelfth Step House of San Diego Proudly supports the 22nd District American Legion


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ED ALVAREZ

T R A N SF E R S TO P O S T E V E R L AS T I N G

By Rees Lloyd

S

Ed was one of the best of the best in the California Legion. He was always ready, willing, and able to do what needed to be done, always urging all of us to think creatively to better serve veterans, and to make the Legion all that it could be in the noble cause of serving veterans who are serving; veterans who have served; children and youth; and our American values.

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Ed held many, many positions in the Legion, including, among others: Post Commander, District 29 Commander, Fifth Area Commander, Department of California Historian and aide to the Commander, and was serving as Judge Advocate of District 29 (representing all Posts in Orange County, CA), at the time of his passing. Ed and his loving wife, Pat, were a team: She was and is as active in the Auxiliary as Ed was in the Legion. Together, they were a dynamic duo, a true Legion family, who accomplished much good for an unaccountable many. Ed continued working although afflicted with serious health problems for many years. He was not able to attend the just concluded 99th National American Convention in Reno. When Pat Alvarez returned home from the Convention, she informs, she found that Ed had passed to Post Everlasting, finally overcome by his health problems. I have known Ed Alvarez as friend and comrade in the Legion for some twenty years. He was a stand up Legionnaire in all those years, always willing to do what needed to be done, a humble not self-advancing leader, never seeking personal recognition but instead completely dedicated, with Pat, to service to God, Country, and the American Legion. A Memorial for Ed Alvarez was held on Monday, August 28, at the Native American United Methodist Church in Anaheim. Military funeral ceremonies were then held at Loma Vista Cemetary, Fullerton, including the firing of three volleys by a sevenmember rifle team of the Newport Harbor Post 291 Honor Guard, and the playing of Taps. Private internment followed. May God bless and keep Ed Alvarez, this good man, veteran, American Legionnaire, American patriot. And may God comfort Pat Alvarez, and all who loved and cherished Ed Alvarez as he deserved to be loved and cherished – for a life unselfishly lived in service to God and country in war and in peace.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS S A N DI E G O P O S T 6 OP E N S D O OR S TO A L C OHOL IC S A N ON YM O U S M E E T I N G S A N D SE E K S L E G ION NA I R E M E E T I N G L E A DE R S

By B.J. Coleman, Public Relations Chairman, Auxiliary Unit 6, & Judge Advocate, California American Legion Press Association

struggle with drinking too much alcohol, and who may wish to explore these veteran-friendly AA meetings. Last year, CML had lost the job he’d held for over two decades, and that was on the basis of his employer learning that he had not been attending AA meetings, which had been made a condition for his continuing employment. He said, “I was in another spiral.” Doorway: The front doorway of San Diego Post 6 with an unobtrusive sign welcoming Alcoholics Anonymous members to an AA meeting held in the post.

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Alcoholics Anonymous has a peculiar organizational policy for publicity. Instead of personalizing success stories and events, the group routinely expunges names and other identifying details of members who reveal themselves. True to its own name, AA does indeed keep participants anonymous. Those were the ground rules under which one current local AA meeting leader agreed to be interviewed about his particular group. The AA meetings he leads are held mid-days on Thursdays and Fridays in The American Legion’s San Diego Post 6 at 3563 Adams Avenue in the community of Normal Heights. This “Current Meeting Leader” is a Legionnaire who served in the Marine Corps for over 10 years and who joined the Legion in 1997 in a different state. CML described AA’s perspective, “We want attraction rather than promotion.” These meetings began once weekly in the Post 6 hall almost a year ago, on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. CML demurred from focusing on himself, preferring to emphasize how the AA group attendees have appreciated being able to meet in the Post 6 building, and further how the AA members are grateful to Post 6 and Unit 6. But CML’s involvement has been central in getting the AA meetings set up within Post 6. And his experiences may also resonate with other local military veterans who

CML realized he needed work and he needed meetings with other alcoholics. So he asked the members of Post 6 to consider opening the post’s doors to AA. He brought other AA members to speak to the Legionnaires during a Post 6 general meeting. At the next month’s general meeting, Post 6 approved the request, with the understanding that an American Legion member must be present at the AA gatherings. In December 2016, with a humorous nod to the surrounding community AA meetings began for newly formed “The Abnormal Heights Discussion Group.” The group was successful enough after three months that CML asked Post 6 to open for a second weekly meeting each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Members of Post 6 again agreed. The meetings attract between six to 20 attendees, according to CML. “The membership has been happy,” he said. “The AA members have felt very comfortable in Post 6. They feel like there is a lot of character in this post and a lot of caring.”

another car waiting at a stoplight. He’d already lost his marriage to the drinking and was in divorce proceedings. He was in danger of losing custody of his toddler son and at risk of losing his job. AA eventually became his solution. He traces his alcoholism problem to situational and personality factors. In 1997, he was transferred for work in the transportation industry, required to move out of his home state of California. Lonely and uprooted, CML found comradeship in The American Legion, which had 10 posts scattered throughout a small region. “The people were warm, and the drinks were cheap,” he said. He found social activities, brunches, and a bar for companionship, drinking, smoking and gambling. His work was difficult, dangerous, and he experienced fatalities of over 10 people on the job. The odd work hours in transportation took a toll as well. He found himself at times drinking when he had just gotten off shift at 6 a.m. He reflected in retrospect, “I really began overconsuming. That was when my drinking reached a level of concern.” He landed back in California. After his 2006 DUI, he said, “I realized I needed a drastic change. I needed to change my drinking. I needed to lower the amount I was drinking.” Initially, he continued, “I believed I could learn to drink like a gentleman. I assumed

this would work.” A couple of weeks into outpatient rehabilitation for alcohol overuse, he changed his mind. “I recognized that this is an all or nothing thing. I needed to allow God to control the whole program.” Regular attendance at AA stabilized his life and kept his job until last year. But Post 6 meetings of AA have assisted very well in restoring CML’s ongoing recovery over the past several months. He began setting out on a new career path in October and is seeking another Legionnaire as a backup meeting leader, for those Thursdays and Fridays when he cannot be in attendance. If no other concurrent Legion and AA member can be found to be present and lead them, these meetings will be closed down permanently. “AA fosters fellowship,” just as the Legion encourages comradeship, this joint AA and Legion member noted. “The perspective I get from AA is to stop thinking about myself so much, to think of others and trust God. Even when I have other plans in mind, I have to have faith that God has a better plan for me than I have.” Any American Legionnaire interested in helping with continuation of these AA meetings may contact San Diego Post 6 by phoning (619) 281-3381 for more information. Anyone who calls will, of course, be assured anonymity.

CML mentioned the fact that Post 6 lacks socalled social quarters. “This is not a drinking post, and the AA members really appreciate that Post 6 doesn’t have a bar.” He went on with praise, “Post 6 has been donating to the community by allowing these meetings here.” He also pointed out that almost all AA meetings are in early mornings, lunchtime hours, and evenings. While those meetings accommodate most work-hour schedules, the meetings in Post 6 are among few locally that are convenient and accessible for people working in hospitality sector jobs. What led up to all these events for this fellow Legionnaire? The first downward spiral for CML reached a tipping point in July 2006, when he received a serious DUI charge for rear-ending

Post 6 Set Up: The American Legion’s San Diego Post 6, with the front meeting room bingo area set up for a meeting of “The Abnormal Heights Discussion Group,” a local Alcoholics Anonymous group that gathers in the post on Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. The hour-long meetings have been led by a Legionnaire who also belongs to AA.

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DONATION TO BENEFIT SERVICE DOGS

VOLU N T E E R S W I T H V I S TA P O S T 3 6 5 P R E SE N T D ONAT ION TO B E N E F I T SE RV IC E D O G S F OR M I L I TA RY V E T E R A N S By B.J. Coleman, Public Relations Chairman, Auxiliary Unit 6, & Judge Advocate, California American Legion Press Association

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Newly elected American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan, at left, with El Cajon Post 303 Commander Wes Schermann, at the August convention held in Reno, Nevada. Schermann described his experiences at the convention, including impressions about speeches delivered to the assembled Legionnaires from President Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Defense Department head Bob Gates, and VA Secretary David Shulkin. “This shows the power of the Legion,” Schermann said. “When the Legion speaks, the people in power listen.” Schermann made particular reference to the presidential appearance at the convention and its impact. President Donald Trump addressed The American Legion National Convention in Reno, Nevada, on Wednesday, August 23. During his appearance, President Trump signed into law a bill called the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, which he described as a “historic bill.” The new law is intended to streamline disability claims, with timely updates and faster decisions on veterans’ claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Around 470,000 veterans are awaiting decisions on their claims. Photo Courtesy of Wes Schermann

North County Supports Shelter To Soldier (NCSSTS) is a group of friends and associates united by a shared dedication to animals and veterans. NCSSTS was formed in 2016 as a support group to raise both money and awareness of Shelter To Soldier, a charitable nonprofit describing its mission as “saving lives two at a time,” first by rescuing dogs at risk of being euthanized for lack of shelter space, and second by training and partnering those dogs as psychiatric service companions for recently separated veterans of military service, especially those diagnosed as experiencing posttraumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and depression. Spearheading initiation of NCSSTS in 2016 were Colleen Collazo, President of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 365, and Post 365 Legionnaire Tim Herington. They were joined by others affiliated with Vista’s Alvin Myo Dunn American Legion Post 365, who agreed to serve on the NCSSTS Executive Committee to organize a series of fundraising and public outreach events throughout 2017. On Wednesday, September 13, the Executive Committee of NCSSTS assembled at the Veterans Memorial Park in Vista to deliver a check from this year’s fundraising efforts to representatives of Shelter To Soldier. Accepting the money on behalf of STS were Vic Martin and Jonathon Marroquin, both local military veterans who have received STS service dogs. Marroquin was accompanied by his canine companion, Berkley. Martin spoke with gratitude on receiving the check. “It’s one thing to donate. It’s another thing to see and make positive changes in lives,” he said. “You are amazing sponsors, and you are saving lives with this money. You have found a purpose in your lives. You are helping veterans.” On average, the care, boarding and training costs for each STS dog total $12,000. For this current fundraising year, NCSSTS set as the group’s goal to pay for one service dog for a veteran in need. The group shattered that figure, delivering a check totaling more than $19,000 to the STS recipients. Also present for the formal check handover were three volunteers from the most recent NCSSTS fundraising event, which was staged on Saturday, September 2, at Post 365. Chances to shave these formerly long-haired and bearded volunteers, Joe Kuntz, Alina Diaz, and Daniel Humann, had been raffled off during the afternoon gathering. Joe Kuntz, American Legion Riders Chapter 365 President, had hair to the middle of his back and a fine beard until September 2. Kuntz had challenged NCSSTS, that if the group could collect at least $10,000, he would agree to put his hair on the line to bring in more donations. The post-service casualty rate, according to the Veterans Administration, is loss of 22 to 23 U.S. military veterans committing suicide daily. Among homeless dogs, about 2.7 million are put to death annually, for scarcity of adoptive homes and shelter space. Those startling numbers inspired longtime dog trainer Graham Bloem and his wife, Kyrié, to found Shelter To Soldier in 2012. Information about NCSSTS can be acquired by email at NorthCountySSTS@gmail.com. Photo: Members of North County Support Shelter To Soldier presenting a check for more than $19,000 to East County representatives of Shelter To Soldier, a charity that provides psychiatric service dogs free of charge to military veterans in need. NCSSTS Executive Committee members attending the Wednesday, September 13 presentation at Vista’s Veterans Memorial Park are, from left, Margie Ernst, B.J. Coleman, Kerry Herington and Art Haeussler. Vic Martin and Jonathon Marroquin, at center holding the check, are both veteran recipients of Shelter To Soldier service dogs. Marroquin’s companion dog, Berkley, sits at his feet. Behind them is Tim Herington, another NCSSTS committee member. At right are Alina Diaz, Daniel Humann and Joe Kuntz, volunteers who raffled off chances to shave their heads at the most recent NCSSTS fundraiser. —Photo courtesy of North County Supports Shelter To Soldier

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POST 451

BOYS STATE DELEGATE SP ON S OR E D B Y S A N DI E G O WOM E N ' S P O S T 4 5 1 I S F I R S T- E V E R D UA L W I N N E R OF OR ATOR IC A L A N D L E G A L A DVO C AC Y C OM P E T I T ION S

By B.J. Coleman, Public Relations Chairman, Auxiliary Unit 6, & Judge Advocate, California American Legion Press Association

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Ben Kelly is a very promising, impressive young man. Most Boys State delegates are. Ben is a standout among them.

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Ben was a Boys State delegate for 2017, sponsored by San Diego Women’s Post 451. Ben is a student at Patrick Henry High School. Accompanied by his father, Ben addressed the General Meeting of District 22 on Sunday morning, August 6. Ben’s older brother had been a Boys Stater, and Ben’s mother, Gina Gianzero, was a Girls State delegate in Connecticut a generation ago. Ben did indeed have insider background on what to expect from his family members’ experiences. But Roxanne Jones, Commander of Post 451, told Ben beforehand, “Just because your brother went to Boys State and did well does not mean that you are a shoo-in.” Ben informed the Legionnaires assembled at the District 22 meeting that he clearly understood that message, “I was told, you’ll get out what you put in” at Boys State. Ben seems to have taken that to heart and put a lot into his participation in Boys State this year. Ben gave a description of his packed and productive schedule. He said that he was set to appear for the Oratorical Contest immediately after his bus from San Diego arrived in Sacramento. Ben chose freedom of speech as the topic of the essay he delivered. He said that he’d mulled over constitutional rights and duties of U.S. citizens, and then he began thinking about his status as a high school student, not yet old enough to vote and not ready for military service. Ben thought, though, that even at his young age, he had the right and the duty to use his constitutionally guaranteed liberties to speak out. Ben was the Boys State Oratorical Contest winner for 2017. He also entered the Legal Advocacy Arguments Competition. He took first place in that contest as well. This was the first time ever that the same boy had won top place for both oratorical and legal advocacy. Ben was elected to the Supreme Court during the Boys State session. And Ben was not done yet. He made the top four of the 1,200 boys in attendance, vying to be chosen as a California Senator to be sent to Washington, DC, for participation in Boys Nation. These youths selected as delegates for the 2017 weeklong program were gathered for the 80th Session of California Boys State. District 22 sent 57 boys to Boys State for the weeklong summer session of 2017. When each Sacramento session begins, the assembled delegates, who hail from throughout California, are randomly assigned as members of the Whig or Federalist political parties. The delegates write their respective political party platforms. And the Boys Staters

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B OYS DE L E G AT E (Continued from Page 12) set up a functioning government for their polity, including city, county and state levels of government and a full, complete legal system. Athletics, music, art, and other talents are also encouraged and provided opportunities for display. Past participants in Boys State sessions describe the learn-by-doing experience in American governance as life changing, and as establishing lifelong friendships and bonds. Ben said that his colleagues at the event were themselves remarkable young men. “The best thing about Boys State was finding any random boy there and asking questions to hear his story. California is such a diverse state, and there were incredible boys there,” Ben related to his District 22 Legionnaire listeners. “And the guys there were genuinely happy for me.” Ben described several of the episodes during his experiences as unsettling, from the outset. He stated that his initial brief interview with Commander Roxanne Jones was “the most nerve-wracking 15 minutes I’ve ever had,” in his objective to make a very good first short impression. “But this has been a terrific experience.” And the trip to Washington, DC, the nation’s capital? “The first thing I saw when I got off the bus there was a big banner that read ‘The Week that Shapes a Lifetime’.” Ben noted that this was also a unique experience, in that only around 7,000 boys have ever been there. At one juncture, Ben had been awake for 24 yours straight but said that he did not want to go to sleep. Ben described events on the day that participants in Boys Nation went to the White House. To Ben’s surprise, he was selected to present a Boys Nation T-shirt to President Donald Trump, who liked the shirt. “This was unlike any experience I’ve had. I thank God and the Legion and my father, who’s sitting right over there.” Ben recounted that his dad, Kevin Kelly, played a “very big part” in his participation in Boys State. Kevin Kelly said that he and his wife both encouraged Ben to pursue this endeavor. Ben concluded, “This was an experience I’ll take with me wherever I go. I’ll never forget it.” The Boys State program fulfills goals and objectives of The American Legion by developing civic leadership and pride in the young men who participate, deepening interest in and knowledge of state and local government, and increasing dedication to the traditions and beliefs guiding the United States system of government. The program is eligible for college credits, and scholarships are available from the company Samsung to delegate-applicants who are direct descendants of wartime veterans. Costs for participation in the California Boys State program, including registration, transportation and meals are borne by sponsoring Posts and sponsoring donors. More information on this program can be found online at www.boysstatecalifornia.org.

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Photo: Boys State delegate Ben Kelly speaking at the podium of the American Legion District 22 general meeting on Sunday, August 6, addressing assembled Legionnaires on behalf of his sponsor, San Diego Women’s Post 451. At left is Post 451 Commander Roxanne Jones. At right are Joe Watt, District 22 Boys State Committee Chairman, and at far right Ben Hyde, District 22 Adjutant. —Photo by: B.J. Coleman

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RECRUITER OF YEAR

T H E A M E R IC A N L E G ION DE PA RT M E N T OF C A L I F OR N IA AWA R D S R E C RU I T E R OF Y E A R 2 0 1 7 TO N ORT H S A N DI E G O C O U N T Y V E T E R A N

than 15 years fighting the Global War on Terror (GWOT). “How are they going to learn about what resources are available in their communities, if they do not connect directly with a veteran service organization?” says Fisher. When service members connect in to the American Legion they learn about The American Legion patriotic organization, which focuses on the four pillars and they start getting involved and learning about a variety of resources.

Our military personnel and wartime veterans are always needing to know what resources are available, and that is why Mary Jane Fisher wears her American Legion cover and volunteers to assist them everywhere she goes.

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“Access to specific resources is what most of our military and veteran population in the community are in need of,” said Fisher, who was recognized at The American Legion’s 2017 Department of California Convention as the Recruiter of the Year for recruiting 136 new members. “Our transitioning military members and retired veterans are searching for resources.” Without the American Legion, there seems to be a shortage of direct communication and knowledge about what resources are available,” says the United States Navy wartime veteran. This is understandable, especially when our warriors have been out of the country for more

In 1919, The American Legion was founded on the four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism and Children & Youth. The four pillars are us and we are them, with over 2 million members nationwide. The American Legion is not only founded on the four pillars, but Legionnaires are known for their focus on service to veteran organizations all the way to Congress. The American Legion is the largest wartime veteran service organization in the world. They are much more than American Legion Baseball, Boys & Girls State Programs and the Oratorical Contests. Every family member of a wartime veteran can become a member of the American Legion Family. “There’s no better feeling than educating our military service members and veterans about the benefits they earned through being a wartime veteran,” says Fisher. “Mary Jane has been one of the more active

veterans in the state of California for the past two years,” says Headquarters Department of California American Legion Membership Chairman, Mike Hooper, of Browns Valley, California. “Last year, she was awarded the Silver Brigade membership award for recruiting 28 new members. However, this year she picked the pace up by earning the Gold Brigade membership award, which is recognized for recruiting 50 or more new members. Once she learned about the American Legion programs and all they do for our military and veterans, that’s all it took,” says San Diego County, American Legion District 22 Commander Chris Yates.

zation from a distance. Fisher is also known as the person who hands out the hand-held American flags in the community to people. “When people ask for a flag I always give them one,” says Fisher. The flag and her American Legion cover are a great combination for ice breakers to learn about the American Legion.

She’s been traveling throughout the country and state of California in the past year and sharing the four pillars information with her fellow comrades. Fisher visits numerous military bases, college campuses, and veteran’s hospitals throughout her travels, always wearing her American Legion cover.

For the 2018 membership year, Fisher plans to communicate directly with the active duty through online applications, transition assistance classes, community involvement and contacting the veterans that have fallen off the radar through text and email management systems.

She has recently started reaching out to the active duty Family Readiness Officers (FRO’s) and various Volunteer Service Offices across the region to inform them of the American Legion community service program. In return, the military is volunteering and connecting with the communities in which they live in. If active duty individuals volunteer enough service hours, they can be awarded the Military Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM).

The American Legion helped her connect with resources; now she wants to give back to the veterans who are looking to do the same. Her main goal this recruiting year is to ask our members to invite just one veteran friend to become an American Legion member.

Wearing her cover is how people recognize The American Legion veteran service organi-

When the American Legion Department of California Commander Gary Leach came on board, he asked everyone to go “Full Speed Ahead” to assist the veterans in connecting with resources, and that’s exactly what Fisher started doing.

If you are interested in learning more about the American Legion, please contact the American Legion District 22 at 760-908-3550 or visit the American Legion District 22 website at ald22.org.

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POST 365

NCSSTS FUNDRAISER

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By B.J. Coleman, Public Relations Chairman, Auxiliary Unit 6, & Judge Advocate, California American Legion Press Association

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Alvin Myo Dunn American Legion Post 365 hosted a fundraising event staged by North County Supports Shelter To Soldier (NCSSTS) on Saturday, September 2, part of a Sadie Hawkins Party that day. The objective of raising the money was to benefit a nonprofit organization that provides service dogs free of charge to military veterans in need. Volunteers, who offered beforehand to lose their hair for charity, were Joe Kuntz, Alina Diaz, Daniel Humann, and Jake Jucenas. Chances to do the hair cutting and shaving were raffled off during the afternoon gathering. One surprise last-minute addition on the roster of volunteers to be shaved was J.D. Ernst, who has worked with NCSSTS along with his wife, Margie, since the beginnings of the support group in 2016. Daniel Humann spoke briefly and humorously as he waited to go under the shaver. Would he regret losing his long hair and beard? “I am getting a free haircut and shave,” he said. “And it’s for a good cause.” Would he miss his usual hairy appearance? “No,” he began, “I mostly let it grow because I’m lazy.” After going temporarily hairless for the charity fundraiser, Humann described how he felt, saying, “I feel lighter.” And he laughed. Joe Kuntz is now serving as American Legion Riders Chapter 365 President. Until September 2, Kuntz had hair to the middle of his back and a fine beard. Kuntz had challenged NCSSTS, that if the group could collect at least $10,000, he would agree to put his hair on the line to bring in more donations. The fundraiser collected $2,743.00. For the overall fundraising year through early September 2017, NCSSTS brought in over $19,000 from a series of events.

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EDITOR'S NOTE C ON C E R N I N G M E DIC I NA L M A R I J UA NA TO B E N E F I T V E T E R A N H E A LT H

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Editor's Note: The issue of possible use of medicinal marijuana may still strike some as controversial, given much federal resistance to decriminalizing the use of marijuana, even though many, if not most, states have decriminalized marijuana use in one form or another. It's a matter of some interest, though, that The American Legion has taken a position encouraging consideration of potential beneficial medical use of marijuana. The following is taken from the American Legion website, from an article posted September 21, 2017, headlined, "Legion to VA: Support Cannabis PTSD Study:" "On Sept. 20, American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan submitted a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin urging the secretary and his department to support an FDA-Approved Marijuana/PTSD research study taking place at the Scottsdale Research Institute in Arizona. "The study is being conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Health (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). In August during The American Legion National Convention in Reno, the doctor facilitating the study -- Dr. Sue Sisley — asked members of the Legion’s Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division to express their support for her study. "'We will not be able to achieve this without your help,' Sisley said. 'There is no way we’ll be able to complete this study without the Phoenix VA hospital opening their doors to us. Your leadership is well aware of this problem, and they’ve been very generous in trying to help us address this issue with the hospital. But we have not made any headway. "'The American Legion has already been immensely supportive of the study, but we’ve never formalized that. In fact, this falls within the parameters of the (Legion’s Resolution 11) passed last year... '" The Resolution 11 referred to was passed at the 2016 National American Legion convention, in which the Legion urged the DEA "to license privately-funded medical marijuana production and operations … to enable safe and effective cannabis drug development research," and it also urged that marijuana be removed from the federal listing of Schedule I controlled substances." Resolution 28, sponsored by the department of Ohio at the 2017 National convention, followed up by urging the federal government "to permit the Department of Veterans Affairs medical providers to discuss with veterans the use of marijuana for medical purposes" where allowed by state law.

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HELPING VETERANS

MANKIND COOPERATIVE I met Sean Major and interviewed him and want to share a little about him. You will see him reviewing some forms of cannabis to offer insights into what is helping him. Sean and another couple Vets will be writing reviews and experiences in ‘Veterans’ Corner’ on the www.Mankindcoop.com.

My Father was a captain in WWII. My adopted son was a Navy Corpsman and just left the military to work in a hospital. I have been interested in helping Vets alleviate pain, anxiety, hyper-vigilance etc. for years. Now I am in a position to help. I am the Director of Marketing and Community Involvement for Mankind Coop. We have already done some fun events for Veterans like on July 3rd we offered Red, white and blue medicated donuts FREE to Vets (see photo on right).

Sean Major, former Marine Sergeant, is out of the service now and was the first Active Duty to get a Doctor’s Recommendation for Medical Cannabis, from a retired army veteran doctor. Sean told the doctor that he had 4 traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), PTSD, sleep disorders. The doctor got emotional and said “no active duty have this rec” and it was a huge risk for the doctor and for Sean. Sean finished his career in the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton and became a Certified Hydroponicist and is working on a great vision “Eden After Service.” He got his Black Belt in Marine Corp Martial Arts. There is a great interview from Fox5 San Diego in Feb 2016, SAN DIEGO - U.S Marine Sergeant Sean Major is making a national push

for approval to be the first active duty service member to use medical marijuana. Major has received a physcians recommendation for medical cannabis use in October. He currently is prescribed more than 20 different pill variations. The 25-year old wounded warrior has suffered four traumatic brain injuries in his seven years of service."I sustained my first traumatic brain injury in 2010 on the Pacific Rim… I’ve had one coming back from my deployment," said Major. He's hoping the corps will hear him out and allow him to potentially be the first active member allowed to use the drug. He claims it would help with his sleeping habits and anxiety from PTSD."If I was missing an arm or a leg you could see that I was injured but with traumatic brain injury its almost like your computer is damaged," said Major. Major says he began researching cannabis after seeing its effect on his veteran father, but stands strong on his stance for medical use and not recreation.

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Healthy businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstone of our nation’s prosperity. As military veterans, we pride ourselves in looking after one another, and as a nation our mission is to “care for those who shall have borne the battle.” For over two centuries, our veterans endured the greatest of challenges, and learned the arts of flexibility, commitment, attention to detail and mission accomplishment. Many veterans transition from their military commitments by opening businesses in our communities and applying traits and principles learned during their days in the military. We encourage our Legion family of over 10,000 members and all citizens of San Diego County to establish relationships with our Veteran Owned Businesses; buy their products and use their services.

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District 22 Auxiliary was asked to participate in the 2017 Blue Star Families and American Legion Auxiliary 9/11 Remembrance and Resource Fair. This event in San Diego was chosen by the American Legion Auxiliary (National) for their site survey, to observe the impact that the grant they gave to this local Blue Star Families organization is having on the community. The event was held at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, 4203 Anderson Avenue, San Diego 92145 on Saturday September 9, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and what a BEAUTIFUL Day we had here in “Sunny” San Diego!

If yours is a Veteran Owned Business in San Diego County or American Legion Family Member Owned Business and you would like your business listed in District 22 publications, please contact cyates2002@gmail.com. For more Veteran Owned Businesses in San Diego County, visit our website at www.ald22.org BREWERY SpecHops Brewing Company 1280 Activity Drive Vista, California 92081 www.spechopsbrewingcompany.com

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POST 364

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S A N T E E A M E R IC A N L E G ION P O S T 3 6 4 W E L C OM E S FA M I LY I N TO T H E A M E R IC A N L E G ION FA M I LY F OL D, AWA R DI N G F I R S T A N N UA L T E R RY P OE M E M OR IA L S C HOL A R SH I P TO V E T E R A N ’ S S ON

By B.J. Coleman, Public Relations Chairman, Auxiliary Unit 6, & Judge Advocate, California American Legion Press Association

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The American Legion offers veterans of wartime military service opportunities for comradeship and support from other veterans, as well as programs for volunteer service on behalf of active-duty and veteran colleagues. In reciprocal measure, Legionnaire and veteran families can be honored and assisted through American Legion programs. On Tuesday evening, August 15, members of Santee American Legion Post 364 demonstrated this “devotion to mutual helpfulness,” pledged during each recitation of the Preamble to the Constitution of The American Legion. At the Santee Post general membership meeting that night, Post officers awarded the first annual Terry Poe Memorial Scholarship to John Flaherty, Jr., son of a local military veteran. The recognition comes with $1,000 to pay for post-high school education at a college or military service academy. Moreover, John Flaherty, Sr., was initiated as a new member of Post 364 before his son received the scholarship award. Carol Flaherty, wife and mother in the family, also attended the honors ceremony. John Jr. had just begun his senior year at Grossmont High School. “This was a surprise and the cherry on top of my participation in Boys State sponsored by Post 364,” he said. “I am amazed at this opportunity.”

and physics. He plans to study engineering. Young Flaherty applied to all five military service academies and is under consideration for acceptance. He also submitted applications to universities with both ROTC and good engineering programs, including University of San Diego locally. John Jr. is considering a military career either with the Army, in which case he will pursue mechanical engineering courses, or with the Marine Corps, opting for aviation engineering study. The inspiration and donation funding this new scholarship came in April from Mary Connolly-Poe, in memory of her late husband, Terry Poe, who died of mesothelioma in May 2016. Poe was an American Legion member as well as an All-American Past Post Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Connolly-Poe is a Past Auxiliary President with the Post, and she stated that she will fund the scholarship for as long as she can during years to come. Post 364 officers vowed that the award would continue “one way or another” in the future. The yearly scholarship competition will be open within the community to active-duty or veteran families to pay for continuing education for a child heading to college. Legionnaires from Post 364 will determine which applicant receives the award. In the running for the first Terry Poe Memorial Scholarship this year were young Flaherty and the other Boys Stater who attended that recent weeklong civics program through Post 364 sponsorship, Nicholas Ghosn. This was the third year that the

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ANNUAL STAND DOWN

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Thank you American Legion members and volunteers for all you do to support the Servicemembers and Veterans of the 80th Assembly District and across the country.

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Thank you to all the brave men and women who bravely serve our country.

By Chris Yates, Commander, District 22

San Diego County American Legion District 22 has supported Veterans Village of San Diego’s Annual Stand Down since its inception in 1988. Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) takes a holistic approach to serving homeless veterans. They offer mental, physical, spiritual and legal help in a variety of settings that are easily accessible for this target population.

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The three-day Stand Down is not necessarily a solution but a host of innovative intervention programs aimed to give homeless veterans resources required to help turn their lives around. This year marked the 30th Annual Stand Down, which ran from 21 through 23 July 2017 at San Diego High School.

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Nearly 1,000 veterans and family members living on the streets of San Diego County attended this year’s program. Rodney Dabney was a volunteer, after he had received services at a previous Stand Down, at a time when he was contemplating suicide. “They gave me hope that I could be a better person, that I could do something with my life and not keep going down the destructive path that I was on,” said Dabney.

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Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion members from San Diego District 22 purchase, prepare and serve lunch to the participants. “It’s always a pleasure to be part of a team that gives selflessly to our brothers and sisters in need. The intervention works; the resources from all these great organizations work, the American spirit works. The number of veterans counted on San Diego streets has declined over the past four years,” said Ed Grimsley, Alternate National Executive Committeeman for the American Legion representing California.

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• During the flag salute and pledge, members should not hold items in their left hands; each attendee’s right hand should be over the heart with the left hand void of all items • Improper recitation of the American Legion Preamble is to be avoided, watching for “s” on “Associations during Great Wars,” and no “s” on “accomplishment of the aims and purposes of the American Legion” • Conducting business without a quorum is not permitted • T  he name of any person who seconds a motion does not need to be recorded in the minutes • The content of discussion of motions need not be written in minutes • T  he presiding officer need not ask for “any corrections, additions or deletions” after the minutes are read: instead, just ask for “any corrections” (additions and deletions are corrections) • S  peakers should not speak across any meeting room, but rather address comments by speaking through the meeting chair • Any speaker must receive proper recognition from the meeting chair before speaking • Proceeding with action requires a second • Presiding officer of the meeting must repeat a motion on the floor • P  residing officer may not take part in discussion without giving up the podium to the secondary presiding officer, with presiding officer not returning to podium until after subsequent vote is taken • Amendments must be voted properly prior to original motion • Presiding officer must restate motion or amended motion before vote is taken • Multiple motions should not be on the floor at any time

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A RICH HISTORY OF AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL T H E H I S T O RY O F A M E R I C A N L E G I O N B A S E B A L L I N S A N D I E G O C O U N T Y IS RICH, AND IT IS TIME TO RESTORE OUR LEGACY

By Peter-Rolf “PR” Ohnstad, Baseball Commissioner, District 22, & Legionnaire, Post 416

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I wish to thank, B. J. Coleman, Staff Reporter for this newspaper, who provided this research done in the interest of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the American Legion and baseball in San Diego District 22. We are thankful for her efforts in writing of our glorious past. This research follows: Post 6 Centennial History & Related American Legion Baseball History “The first-blush search I did on American Legion Baseball here in District 22 was very interesting, to say the least. “Arguably, the Post 6 Baseball team was most successful ever here within District 22. San Diego 6 won the American Legion National Championship (AKA "World Series") in 1938 and 1941 -- Western Divisional Championships in 1938, 1940 and 1941. “And then San Diego 364 was Runner-Up National Championship team in 1952. After that, San Diego 492 won the National Championship in 1954.As far as I can discern, District 22 has been dry on AL baseball since then.” The absence of Legion baseball since those glory days is inexplicable. What We Need to do to Restore Our Legacy Recently the letter below was sent to the San Diego Padres, requesting/soliciting their support in the same manner the Minnesota Twins support American Legion Baseball in Minnesota, where there are 358 Legion teams. What is stated in this letter is what is required to put our District 22 “back in the game:” San Diego Padres Shedding some light on our request to “Restore the Legend” of American Legion Baseball in San Diego. We are a U.S. veteran based non-profit organization.

In 1919 the American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation; National Security; Americanism; and Children & Youth. Each of the pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation’s veterans, its service members, their families,the youth of America and ordinary citizens. Under the Pillar of Americanism is American Legion Baseball, established in 1926. Unknown or forgotten is the history of success in San Diego County in the 1930s, 40’s and 50’s, with National Championships in 1938, 1941, 1954, Runner-up in 1952. We believe we can restore San Diego to its once prominent status. Dave Winfield, as well as the two best hitters in baseball history, Tony Gwynn and Ted Williams, were Legion baseball players. What we are looking for from the Padres is pretty straight forward. As a veterans organization we are all quite mission oriented, but baseball management and sports team league management/ownership are not among our strengths. We want to develop a highly competitive Legion league in San Diego County that is accessible to our region’s best players, without concern of the financial burden encountered by many travel and showcase players. Extending the high school playing season “summer ball” affords more talent evaluation, exposure and skill development for our exceptional player pool. A relationship with the Padres can make this happen. 1. Program development and recognition-restoring the Legion game in SD County. 2.  Mentoring and guidance for players and management. 3. Access to facilities and equipment (used) if and when available. 4. Introduction to potential sponsors for start-up funding. 5. Advertising assistance and community outreach.

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NEW HOME

S A N T E E P O S T 3 6 4 SE T T L E S I N TO N E W P O S T HOM E

By B.J. Coleman, Public Relations Chairman, Auxiliary Unit 6, & Judge Advocate, California American Legion Press Association

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Santee’s American Legion Post 364 already has an interesting history, even as one of the youngest Posts within San Diego County’s District 22. Post 364 conducted its first official Legion meeting in mid-February 2013, reviving the former Lakeside Post 364, which disbanded in 2004 as its membership declined.

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Impetus for the Santee project came from then-Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9327 Commander Chris Hanson, who was instrumental in envisioning the need for a co-resident American Legion Post on the VFW Post premises in Santee. VFW restricts membership to those combat veterans who meet specific criteria for time and location for receipt of expeditionary medals as proof of combat duty. Legion membership is extended to any veteran who was on active duty (even one day) during specific periods of wartime service. Commander Hanson was struck by the number of young veterans attracted to Post events who were ineligible for membership, so he reached out to then-District 22 Commander 2012-2013 Rod Van Orden for support, subsequently asking his VFW members to approve an American Legion Post on the premises. In July 2012, he approached one local veteran holding a permanent VFW guest card, Eugene Michonski, who became first Commander of Santee Post 364. Michonski later was named 2013 Veteran of the Year for the 71st Assembly District.

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In mid-summer 2015, though, VFW Post 9327, the associated VFW Auxiliary Unit, and co-located American Legion Post 364 received notice to vacate their Post “home” in strip mall facilities at 8790 Cuyamaca Street, Suite F. Their deadline to move out was by September 10. These three veterans service organizations moved their furnishings and

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Gary Henriksen, at left, Santee Post 364 Adjutant, with his VFW counterpart, Bill Jones, Quartermaster of VFW Post 9327, beside their Posts’ new bar-under-construction in August. A “soft opening” transitioning into the new facilities began in September. — Photo by: B.J. Coleman

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N E W HOM E (Continued from Page 23) operations during early September two years ago, as the Santee Eagles Club offered the groups temporary hosting at the Eagles club house at 9317 Shadow Hill Road.

Hanson donated his work as an electrician to move the project forward. Pearson Plumbing and Heating, a veteran-friendly company, helped as well.

The local Eagles stepped up, by amending the Eagles bylaws to permit members in good standing of the three Santee veterans groups an implicit automatic sign-in authorization for access to the club. This provided the homeless veterans organizations with a base of operations, and the Eagles assisted the veterans groups with continuing their Friday night dinners, Sunday breakfasts and football game viewing events to raise money.

Jones went on, “Santee City Hall helped us a lot too.” The City of Santee waived more than $15,000 in fees for the veterans.

But the Santee veteran organizations remained on the hunt for a more permanent home of their own. By the summer of 2017, Legionnaires with Santee Post 364 and their VFW veteran comrades had found a new site. Post 364’s new Post home is now at 8516 N. Magnolia Avenue, Suite 203, still co-located with VFW Post 9327, and with the VFW as primary tenant. According to dual member John Galucci, the space was entirely empty when the veterans began rebuilding its interior rooms in the middle of July. Gary Henriksen, Post 364 Adjutant, and his counterpart, Bill Jones, VFW Post 9327 Quartermaster, described the progress of construction in early August. Former VFW Commander

Henriksen said of John Galucci and Bill Jones, “John and Bill have been doing 99 percent of the work.” Galucci said, “And we already feel like we’ve been here forever.” VFW dinners open to the public on Friday nights started at the new location in September as part of a “soft opening” transition to the new facilities. The VFW Auxiliary held a fundraising rummage sale on September 30, even while the Post was closed for final installation of tile flooring in the social quarters area. Gene Michonski is still serving currently as Post 364 Commander. He expressed gratitude toward all who have assisted the veterans, including the veterans themselves. Santee Post veterans represent every conflict from World War II to the Global War on Terrorism. Commander Michonski said, “We find ourselves being instant friends here. Our common experiences give us a common bond. We’re a large fraternity.” The Santee Post can be contacted at (619) 562-4022 or santeealpost364@gmail.com.

T H E R IC H H I S TORY OF BASE BA L L (Continued from Page 22) 6.  Access to Padre legends, players and coaches. 7. Padres membership on our Advisory board

A letter like this will be drafted for all potential sponsors. Rebuilding from the ground up requires cooperation and volunteering from every area we can get support. It is time to take our heads out of our Posts and breathe some fresh air in our communities, knowing we are fulfilling a large part of our Americanism commitments. As veterans, we all know about the seven Ps - Proper Prior Planning prevents … … performance. Monthly meetings will be conducted and rotated amongst the sponsoring Posts. We are reaching out to all who can help bring this about. Former Legion ball players are important to the program, as they bring their experiences to our organization. It will take a concerted effort from all Posts involved to assist in crafting a lasting program that will attract the players we need to represent the American Legion and

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put its rich baseball history back on our local sports pages. We are looking for volunteers in all aspects of team management, and we need to know quickly which Posts want to be included. Going forward, we hope to have each Post’s response by mid-October, as team registrations will start on the first of next year. Please advise of your Post’s chairperson’s name and contact info. Currently we are in the process of seeking approval from the State and National American Legion baseball committee for organizing an inaugural season in 2018. As all of the players come from the high school age group (ages 13-19), we are looking for guidance, input and support in this endeavor. Our season would run from the end of the high school season, with hopefully a shot at the National Championship in early August. As a minimum, we have to have four Senior Level teams to be eligible to

compete at the regional and national level. Our hope is that we could sponsor for our first season eight Senior teams and eight Junior teams. Only Senior teams can compete nationally. Rosters are limited to 18 players, so call-ups are allowed from the Junior teams in the event of injuries. American Legion Baseball is not a “pay to play” experience. Costs are covered by sponsorships. Over half of the current major league rosters have players that have excelled with American Legion baseball teams. Additionally scholarships are available in this program. As we go forward with this program, we are hoping with everyone’s cooperation and knowledge of the San Diego area, and with its high level of baseball talent, we can avoid mistakes and pitfalls in our inaugural season next year. Any interested members of the American Legion Family may contact me by phone at 760-809-1752, or by email at iseapro@pacbell.net.


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MEMORIAL DAY PATRIOT RALLY E N C I N I TAS P O S T 4 1 6 PA RT IC I PAT E S I N S TAG I N G M E M OR IA L DAY PAT R IOT R A L LY AC T I V I T I E S I N D OW N TOW N S A N DI E G O By Matthew Shillingburg, 2nd Vice Commander, Encinitas Post 416

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Encinitas American Legion Post 416 was a lead participant in Memorial Day weekend activities in downtown San Diego. On May 31st at 6 p.m. the international award winning documentary, No Greater Love, was screened at the USS Midway as a fundraiser in support of veteran and Gold Star charities. This event included free tours of the Midway. Gold Star families benefiting from this fundraiser were at the Padres baseball game on May 29th to be part of throwing out the opening pitch. The American Legion specifically used proceeds from this event to try and save one of their local Posts, which is in desperate need of renovations. No Greater Love is a feature-length documentary film that tells the story of Capt. (Chaplain) Justin Roberts’s deployment to Afghanistan in 2010-2011 with the “No Slack” Battalion, 101st Airborne Division. This is the first theatrical documentary filmed by an activeduty soldier and chaplain. No Greater Love recently received a Congressional Screening hosted by the House VA Committee and has won 11 awards at festivals across the country, including the San Diego Film Festival for Best Military Film. U.S. Army chaplains do not carry weapons. Instead, Roberts carried a camera and documented hardships that his soldiers endured. The 800-man battalion came home with more than 200 Purple Hearts (awarded for injuries sustained in combat) and 18 were killed in action. Upon return, Roberts and his associates embarked on a journey around the U.S. to speak with the soldiers, and rally the unit together to heal old wounds. "This film is about what we fought for...," said Sgt. Bob Evans, “No Slack” Infantryman. General Stanley McCrystal said of the film, "No Greater Love cuts to the heart of why our warriors serve and needs to be seen by every American."

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It is heartbreaking to see people lose their lives, homes, and businesses as a series of disasters impact the Gulf Coast and Central Mexico. But it's despicable when scammers exploit such tragedies to appeal to our sense of generosity. If you are looking for a way to give to a reputable organization that will use your money as promised, the National Commander of the American Legion Denise Rohan pledges support to storm victims through the American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program and our National Emergency Fund (NEF). Legionnaires are encouraged to donate to the National Emergency Fund by going to www.Legion. org/nef and selecting National Emergency Fund (NEF) in the Program Designation box.

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Members of Fallbrook American Legion Post 776 line up on Saturday, September 2, after their monthly general meeting, which concluded with approval of a “challenge” donation of $100 to the American Legion National Emergency Fund “Hurrricane Harvey.” The NEF “Hurricane Harvey” provides immediate financial assistance to Texas residents harmed by the storm’s damage, covering such expenses as food, water, clothing and temporary housing. Fallbrook Legionnaires from Post 776 are challenging all other Posts and members of American Legion Family organizations to donate to the NEF disaster relief fund. Members in attendance approving the donation were Post 776 Commander Lora Wood, Chris Leonard, M. Bermudez, Bill Howard, T. Lester, J. Dimento, R. Yadron, A. Ollivarez, D. Ritchie, I. Del Rio, D. Kieth, and James Davis. — Photo courtesy of Fallbrook American Legion Post 776

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W E L C OM E S FA M I LY (Continued from Page 19) Santee Post has sent promising young men to Boys State, which is a program of The American Legion. John Jr.’s winning essay for the scholarship award described his experiences at Boys State. He and young Ghosn have been friends since elementary school. John Jr. said that attending Boys State was another “amazing opportunity.” He was elected as a state assemblyman, and he also served as a county sheriff and police deputy. Ghosn was elected lieutenant governor during the 2017 session of Boys State. Young Flaherty focused on public speaking and parliamentary procedures, among training sessions offered during Boys State. Boys at Boys State are randomly assigned to one of two political parties, denoted as Whigs and Federalists. The boys write their respective parties’ platforms and run for election. John Jr. said that standing for election during open primaries was “a lot of fun,” and the political competitors were “happy go lucky” about opposing each other, but the exercise was “still serious.” He related that he came away from Boys State with a “renewed faith in the future of the country.” He explained, “These are kind, excellent young men, from all walks of life and different convictions. We had great late-night discussions, about the presidency, social matters and foreign policy. We were able to listen to each other and understand. And we treated each other with mutual respect despite our different views.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Dear Veterans, Those of us who have not served will never fully understand the sacrifices you've made both in times of peace and of war.

1st Photo: New Santee Post 364 Legionnaire John Flaherty, Sr., with Post 364 Commander Gene Michonski, immediately after Flaherty was sworn in for Post membership.

We will never fully understand what you were required to do or how you were able to do it.

2nd Photo: Santee Post 364 Commander Gene Michonski, at far right, offers congratulations and a handshake to John Flaherty, Jr., at center. Young Flaherty was announced as first-ever recipient of the Terry Poe Memorial Scholarship during the Post general meeting on Tuesday, August 15, as his parents, John, Sr., and Carol look on, with other Santee Post officers smiling.

We will never fully understand the depth of your scars.

3rd Photo: John Flaherty, Jr., at front left, first recipient of the Terry Poe Memorial Scholarship, expressing gratitude at the award ceremony during the general meeting of Santee American Legion Post 364 on Tuesday, August 15. Beside him are his father, John Flaherty, Sr., and his mother, Carol Flaherty. Santee Post 364 Commander Gene Michonski, at far right, presented the scholarship for $1,000 to young Flaherty while other Post officers, at rear, cheered. The annual scholarship competition will be open to active-duty and military veteran families for a child’s post-high school education in a college or military service academy.

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Aspen Risk Management Group sincerely thanks our military veterans and their families for their continued sacrifice and support of our country. We also thank the American Legion for always being there to lend a helping hand to the men and women of our armed forces. Aspen Risk Management Group is a verified Veteran Owned Small Business Aspen Risk Management Group is dedicated to providing effective safety, risk management, and human resources consulting & training services. We provide solutions that are realistic, long-lasting, and become embedded to an organization's culture and operation. Our core purpose is to save lives, prevent injuries and illnesses, and protect our clients from harm.

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Legionnaires from Fallbrook Post 776 shown with General Anthony Jackson and a manager from Silver Gate Retirement Residence, at a Flag Day Ceremony in June. The day’s events, which included entertainment and lunch, were hosted by the retirement facility to recognize the day and to honor military veterans, their families and their friends. —Photo by Bill Howard, Public Relations Chairman, Post 776

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San Diego County American Legion www.ALD22.org

Advancing Therapeutics, Improving Lives.

“Serving San Diego County and Surrounding Areas”

Saturday, November 11, 2017 VETERANS DAY 29

For more than 25 years, Gilead has worked to develop medicines that address areas of unmet medical need for people around the world. Our portfolio of medicines and pipeline of investigational drugs include treatments for HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer, inflammatory and respiratory diseases and cardiovascular conditions. Every day we strive to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses.

GILEAD SALUTES ALL OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY AND PROTECT US EVERY DAY.

For more information, please visit www.gilead.com. © 2016 Gilead Sciences, Inc.

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30 Saturday, November 11, 2017 VETERANS DAY

“Serving San Diego County and Surrounding Areas”

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San Diego County American Legion www.ALD22.org


San Diego County American Legion www.ALD22.org

“Serving San Diego County and Surrounding Areas”

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Saturday, November 11, 2017 VETERANS DAY 31


32 Saturday, November 11, 2017 VETERANS DAY

“Serving San Diego County and Surrounding Areas”

San Diego County American Legion www.ALD22.org

You served your country, but is your country serving you? Veterans Law Group is at your service, committed to helping you get the support you need & deserve.

OUR COMPREHENSIVE VETERAN SERVICES TEAM WILL: •

Ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to as a Veteran

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Be your ally that cuts through red tape & supports you every step of the way

GET HELP NOW: Call 888-811-0523 www.veteranslaw.com/consultation-request

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Thank you for your service.

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