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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”

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AUXIL IA RY PRESIDE NT 2017- 2018:

This Memorial Day as in previous Memorial Days we honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation. We set this special day aside to decorate the gravesites of our fallen Service Members as a way to pay homage. The most significant gift we can give our fallen heroes and the families they leave behind is the gift of remembrance. This Memorial Day weekend I encourage you to fly your American Flag proudly, spend quality time with family and friends. Enjoy the beautiful California weather with barbeques, good beer from a local brewery; but please, make time to attend a local Memorial Day Service and wherever you are at 3:00 p.m., on Memorial Day, pause for just one minute to remember, respect and honor. Many fought and died so that we can!

As this year comes to an end I just want to say that it’s been an honor for me in representing the fines ladies of our Auxiliary. My responsibility as District President was to visit each unit and I sincerely thank you all for your gracious hospitality, rearranging some of your meetings to accommodate my visit and the great times we had during my visits. I learned so much of the many different ways each unit works our programs and observed your commitment as members of the American Legion Auxiliary in service for our Veterans, Military and their families. From serving up your fabulous dinners, to the many different fundraising events, to reaching out to our veterans and assisting them when they needed transportation or even just a shave and a haircut — our veteran hospitals, Camp Pendleton, MCRD & MCAS all know who the women of the Mighty 22nd are from the selfless and generous ways you’ve reached out to them throughout this year.

CHRIS YATES

MOE GIACALONE

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

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Veterans Supporting Veterans and their Families

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@Legion22sd

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Monday, May 28, 2018 VETERANS DAY 1

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In an attempt to reach out to the public and letting them know who we are and what we do, this year we brought our Facebook page back to life, we’ve posted on the legion website and steps are in place now to establish our own web page. Our attendance at the district meetings has been low and our membership isn’t up where it should be but it’s been like that across the board with other California districts. Thank you for your patience with Department as they struggled this year being under staffed, they are on the mend now as well.

New Treatment.................Page 3

Food 4 Warriors.................Page 7

PB Auxillary....................Page 10

Law & Order Dinner........ Page 22

I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by, I have been truly blessed, and I especially want to thank my officers and advisors. Oh! And to my husband! I certainly couldn’t have had such a great year without you!!! And to Commander Yates, congratulations! We made it!!! Maureen “Moe” Giacalone President, American Legion District 22 Auxiliary

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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 javiercollazo73@gmail.com 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 Assistant Gus Freeman, Post 731

San Diego County American Legion www.ALD22.org

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, 303, 479, 552 & 853

Haywood Bagley, Post 365 Representing Posts: 146, 275, 364, 537 & 625

Curtis Witherspoon, Post 201 Representing Posts: 255, 4343, 468, 492 & 820

Frank Zugaj, Post 146 Representing Posts: 149, 365, 451, 619, 776

Melissa Johnson, Post 255 Representing Posts: 310, 332, 416, 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 https://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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DISTRICT 22

LOCATIONS & MEETINGS

NEW TREATMENT

2017 – 2018

F OR C OM M ON C OM BAT V E T E R A N DIAG N O SE S

By B.J. Coleman, Editor/Staff Reporter, District 22, & Judge Advocate, California American Legion Press Association

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Leaders serving in American Legion District 22 have identified a promising new noninvasive, non-pharmaceutical treatment expected to alleviate common diagnoses for combat veterans. And they are bringing Legionnaires within San Diego County fully on board to support advancement of this therapy as a mission adopted for the current year by American Legion District 22. Known as transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy, this treatment has proven effective in relieving post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression and insomnia for a limited number of veterans who have undergone trial cycles of treatment. The particular treatment is also more formally called personalized repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (prTMS). One event in service of the mission to support and advocate for prTMS was held aboard the USS Midway Museum on Sunday, December 10, with military veterans from throughout Southern California gathering there to host Denise Rohan of Wisconsin, first-ever woman to serve as National Commander for The American Legion, during her travel around the country to visit the Legionnaires she commands for 2017-2018. Rohan and others at the event heard a special presentation describing prTMS. Dr. Harold M. Koenig, Vice Admiral, USN (Retired) explained the likely dramatic impact of this therapy, “I’ve seen a lot in medicine, lots of changes. But I’ve seen nothing like the potential this has.” Koenig retired as Surgeon General of the Navy in 1998. Ryan Garza agreed, “I call this a miracle treatment. This is the best thing that ever happened to me.” Garza served in the Marine Corps for 4 1/2 years, with four tours in Afghanistan. He was badly injured in late 2011, and subsequently lost his lower right leg in amputation. He also witnessed a close friend and fellow veteran commit suicide. “My life was absolutely miserable,” Garza said. He suffered anxiety attacks and could sleep at most three hours each night. Garza entered TMS therapy treatments recently, and said the effects were almost immediate. After his second day of treatment, he slept for eight straight hours. He could feel his anxiety lessening too.

Post Street Address And City

Zip

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3563 Adams Ave, San Diego

146

Sons

Riders Legion Meeting

92116 YES

NO

NO

3rd Sat @9:00am

1617 Mission Ave, Oceanside

92054 YES

NO

YES

3rd Sat @9:00am

149

230 Park Ave, Escondido

92025 YES

YES

YES

3rd Tue @6:00pm

201

8015 Broadway, Lemon Grove

91945 YES

YES

YES

3rd Tue @7:00pm

255

35 East 18th St, National City

91950 YES

YES

YES

3rd Thu @6:00pm

258

3328 Alpine Blvd, Alpine

91901 YES

YES

NO

3rd Mon @5:30pm

275

7811 Herschel Ave, La Jolla

92037 NO

NO

NO

3rd Thu@11:30am

282

8118 University Ave, La Mesa

91941 YES

YES

NO

4th Mon @6:00pm

303

750 E. Main Street, El Cajon

92021 NO

NO

NO

3rd Wed@7:00pm

310

465 North 47th St, San Diego

92102 YES

NO

NO

2nd Tue @7:30pm

332

1275 Main St, Ramona

92065 NO

NO

NO

4th Fri @7:00pm

364

8516 N. Magnolia Ave, Santee

92071 NO

NO

YES

3rd Tue @7:30pm

365

1234 South Santa Fe Ave, Vista

92084 YES

YES

NO

3rd Sat @10:00am

416

210 West F St, Encinitas

92024 YES

YES

YES

2nd Wed@7:00pm

434

47 5th Ave, Chula Vista

91910 YES

YES

YES

2nd Thu @6:00pm

451

Vets Mem Bldg, Balboa Park, SD 92101 NO

NO

NO

4th Tue @1:00pm

460

7815 Armour St, San Diego

92111 YES

YES

YES

4th Tue @7:00pm

468

2503 Washington St, Julian

92036 YES

YES

YES

1st Sat @10:00am

479

12342 Old Pomerado Rd, Poway 92074 NO

NO

NO

1st Thu @7:00pm

492

*Meets various locations

NO

NO

NO

3rd Tue @6:30pm

537

Vets Mem Bldg, Balboa Park, SD 92101 NO

YES

NO

4th Mon @7:00pm

552

853 Turquoise St, Pacific Beach

92109 YES

YES

NO

3rd Thu @6:00pm

619

30951 Hwy 79, Warner Springs

92086 YES

NO

NO

4th Sat @9:00am

731

7245 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego

92111 NO

YES

NO

1st Sat @10:00am

776

1175 Old Stage Rd, Fallbrook

92028 NO

NO

NO

1st Sat@12:00Noon

820

1268 Palm Ave, Imperial Beach

91932 YES

YES

NO

4th Tue @7:00pm

853

4515 Borrego Springs Rd, Borrego 92004 YES

YES

YES

3rd Thu @5:00pm

867

700 East Naples Ct, Chula Vista

NO

NO

2nd Tue @6:30pm

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Aux

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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

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

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY AMERICAN LEGION DISTRICT 22 c/o Adjutant 7245 Linda Vista Road | San Diego, CA 92111 DISTRICT COMMANDER Chris Yates (Post 365) DISTRICT ADJUTANT Ben Hyde (Post 255) EDITORS Ben Hyde (Post 255) B.J. Coleman (Unit 6)

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

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N E W T R E AT M E N T (Continued from Page 3) Christina Sanders described similar results. Sanders was in the Marine Corps for four years, and she was injured by an improvised explosive device in Iraq’s Anbar Province during 2006. She was diagnosed with TBI and PTS. “When I returned, I was a different person. I was confused, not focused,” she explained. She began twice daily weekday TMS therapy sessions on November 14. Her sleep improved, as did her sensory perception. “I could feel and see better, see deeper colors. And I could see the results recorded in my EEG,” she continued.

SERVICE OFFICER UPDATE F OR YO U R I N F OR M AT ION A N D AC T ION By Henry “Bud” Lichtenstern, Service Officer, District 22

Treatment is preceded by a baseline assessment EEG to determine problem areas in brain activity. Koenig offered a layman’s terms explanation of what the TMS treatment does, “When the areas of the brain are not all synchronized, not all on the same frequency, problems develop.” Koenig likened this condition to a mistuned radio, which sounds fuzzy and difficult to hear. Most of the patients treated only need a two week course of therapy, preferably twice daily. Chris Yates, American Legion District 22 Commander 2017-2018, explained how the local Legion decided to initiate this supportive collaboration. “What are we doing to help veterans? And what can we do?” he asked. Yates elaborated, “At our December District 22 general meeting, we decided to adopt this as our Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation program for the year. We had the opportunity to share the experiences of veterans who have had this therapy. And we’ve taken on a three-part mission to support prTMS treatment. Our mission is to connect veterans in need with this therapy. The first part is raising awareness of the therapy among veterans. The second part is fundraising to pay for veterans’ treatment. More important than anything is to develop a resolution and move this within The American Legion to do whatever it takes to make this widely available, whether encouraging legislation to be enacted or urging FDA approval so that DOD and the VA will provide this treatment free of charge to veterans, and insurance companies will pay for treatments. That’s our mission.” Yates was referring obliquely to the fact that prTMS has received FDA approval as a treatment for depression and for migraines but not yet for other military-service connected conditions. The fundraising element of the mission is geared toward raising $10,000 as financial support paying for prTMS treatments for veterans in urgent need for help in recovering from combat-related conditions. Another related aspect of the local American Legion mission is to connect veterans with an upcoming series of clinical trials to be sponsored by UCSD investigating the effectiveness of prTMS for those other conditions. Treatments are locally available through MindSet clinic services, located at 16918 Dove Canyon Road. More information can be found at www.mindset-hq.com.

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1. TRICARE Retiree Dental Program Coverage Changes Do you have TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) coverage? If so, you need to know that the TRDP will end on December 31, 2018. But, don’t worry: anyone who was in TRDP this year, or who would have been eligible for the TRDP plan, will be able to choose a dental plan from among 10 dental carriers in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). You can begin reviewing program options now at www.opm.gov/fedvip. You’ll be able to enroll in FEDVIP during the 2018 Federal Benefits Open Season, which runs from November 12 to December 10, 2018; coverage will begin on January 1, 2019. Previously, FEDVIP wasn’t available to Department of Defense beneficiaries, but it will now be available to those who would have been eligible for TRDP. As an added bonus, they will also be able to enroll in FEDVIP vision coverage, along with most active duty family members. More than 3.3 million people are currently covered by FEDVIP. You can choose from dental plans offered by 10 different carriers. To enroll in FEDVIP Vision, you must be enrolled in a TRICARE health plan. You can decide if one of four vision plans meets your family’s needs. You may only enroll in a FEDVIP plan outside of open season if you experience a Qualifying Life Event that allows you to do so. Any election in a FEDVIP plan remains in effect for the entire calendar year. For more information, visit the FEDVIP website at https://tricare.benefeds.com and sign up for email notifications. You’ll get an email when new information is available and key dates approach. Future updates will include eligibility information, plans, carriers, rates, educational webinars and more. 2. DoD Implements Plan to Refund Combat-Injured Veterans Pay The Defense Department (DoD) will begin notifying more than 133,000 combat-injured veterans who may qualify for a federal tax refund based on their disability severance. DoD will begin the process of refunding thousands of veterans who have been taxed on this pay since 1991, thanks to efforts by Senators John Boozman (AZ), Mark Warner (Va.), and Congressman David Rouser (NC). Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and are separated from the military are not supposed to be taxed on the one-time, lump sum DoD disability severance payment. Unfortunately, taxes on these payments have been withheld from qualifying veterans for a number of years due to the limitations of the DoD's automated payment system. More than 133,000 veterans may qualify for a refund. The Legion supported "Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act" (sponsored by the legislators listed above) that was enacted into law (H.R.5015, P.L. 114-292) in 2016. In order to correct the problem, the law is being implemented and directs the DoD to identify veterans who have been separated from service for combat-related injuries, received payment and were improperly taxed. The law requires the DoD determine how much the veterans are owed and notify them so they can recover the withheld amounts.

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SE RV IC E OF F IC E R U P DAT E (Continued from Page 5)

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3. Fairness for Korean DMZ Veterans Representative Thomas McArthur (NJ) and Senator Jerry Moran (KS) introduced H.R. 3605 and S. 2038, respectively, the Fairness for Korean DMZ Veterans Act of 2017. Currently, VA regulations provide that any veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971, in a unit that, as determined by the Department of Defense, operated in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) in an area in which herbicides are known to have been applied during that period, shall be presumed to have been exposed during such service to an herbicide agent.

By Jill Kernes, Auxiliary Member & AL Rider at Albert J. Hickman Post 460

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I am a Homeless Outreach Coordinator in Downtown San Diego. One of my security personnel brought back the items in the pictures. He said he acquired them from a homeless individual and thought I could hang them in our American Legion Post, but I immediately knew they were stolen. Due to my passion for the military, I also knew I had to find their deserving owner. Luckily both items had the individual's name on a gold plaque. I used one of my search sites to locate him. I contacted him and told him I have two things I believe belong to him. I described them and he was concerned as they were kept in his storage unit Downtown.

This bill would define the exposure to herbicides as a veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served in or near the Korean DMZ, during the period beginning on September 1, 1967, and ending on August 31, 1971. This change will provide veterans greater equity with respect to herbicide exposure and the presumptive diseases associated with it. Please urge your Representative to support and cosponsor H.R. 3605. I and your Post Service Officers stand-by to serve you. —Bud/District 22 Service Officer

Admiral Bennitt, who lives in Coronado, stated he was in Seal Beach but would be returning that same day. When I returned from a break, Admiral Bennitt was sitting in my office with his retrieved property. Upon inspection of his storage unit, it was discovered those were the only items taken.

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Monday, May 28, 2018 MEMORIAL DAY 7 DISTRICT 22

FIGHTING HUNGER

L E G ION NA I R E S PA RT N E R W I T H OT H E R SE RV IC E ORG A N I Z AT ION S TO F IG H T H U N G E R By B.J. Coleman, Editor/Staff Reporter, District 22, & Judge Advocate, California American Legion Press Association

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Legionnaires from District 22 are on the lookout for ever-more effective ways to serve those on active duty as well as their fellow military veterans too. Establishing collaborative partnerships with other veteran-friendly organizations is a method that has worked out very well.

On Friday, March 23, members of The American Legion from Lemon Grove’s DeWitt C. Mitchell Post 201, La Jolla Post 275, El Cajon Post 303, and Chula Vista Post 434 gathered in the parking lot at the El Cajon Elks Lodge, so as to partner with Food 4 Warriors, a program from the San Diego County-based nonprofit charity Us 4 Warriors. The program provides nutritious food to military and veteran families, in order to fight hunger and “food insecurity” -- which refers to conditions in which individuals or families are going hungry or lacking sufficient food to maintain health and wellness. Analysts estimate that food insecurity strikes about twice as many veterans and active-duty troops as within the general population.

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Also on hand to assist with that day’s food delivery were volunteers from Argosy University’s admissions department. The school, located in San Diego’s Mission Valley, is military-friendly. Joe Ramirez, the university’s senior director of admissions, retired from the Navy before embarking on another career in higher education. Dana Barger, an admissions representative, said, “We’re always happy to help and contribute to the community, especially to military and veterans. We will definitely come back and bring more staff next time. This is a great organization, a great partnership.” (Continued on Page 8)

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F IG H T I N G H U N G E R (Continued from Page 7) Tony Stewart is president and CEO of Us 4 Warriors and a Legionnaire from Chula Vista American Legion Post 434. He was there at the food distribution event as chief volunteer from what he dubs the “Board of Doers” of the organization. Stewart said of the Argosy University volunteers, “We are happy to have them. They were the first here today.” Stewart explained the simplicity and anonymity of the process for receiving food. Military recipients sign up online, and the amount of food assistance provided is based on size of the household. The volunteers had filled grocery bags with nutritious food early in the morning, and then when recipients arrived to pick up food the volunteers helped carry the bags of food to cars. A total of 105 individuals and families picked up the filled grocery bags that day. Another 25 shut-ins were set to have food delivered to their homes later that day. For those 130 food deliveries, around 750 people were being fed, Stewart said. He continued, “We’re always looking for donations.” He praised the Elks Lodge, “We love to partner with the Elks. They are welcoming, welcoming. And they are passionate about helping military.” One of the Elks there, Robert Revetta, agreed. “This is an annual event we host here. We are happy to do it. That’s what Elks are all about. We help needy families. We support the military. In fact, many Elks here are observing RED Day.” Revetta was referring to a campaign urging supporters of the military to wear a red article of clothing each Friday, with “RED” standing for “Remember Everyone Deployed.” Stewart went on to describe the importance of military food assistance in San Diego County. “The need increases each time we do this. The more people, the more the need for donations.” Stewart explained that no contribution is too small. “Even $5 or $10 can be stretched amazingly. If everybody who knows about this program gave a few dollars, I wouldn’t have to worry about money for this.” From 100 to 250 recipient families sign up each time a Food 4 Warriors event is staged. The El Cajon site is one of seven throughout San Diego County, where monthly Food 4 Warriors distributions are held. More information about the food distribution events and the group’s fundraising can be found online at the website www.Us4Warriors.org.

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Monday, May 28, 2018 MEMORIAL DAY 9 2018

ORATORICAL CONTEST

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The American Legion Oratorical Contest 2018

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American Legion Post 255 in National City discovered the Department of California’s Oratorical Champion and third place finisher at the National Oratorical Contest held in Indianapolis on 14 & 15 April 2018. Nathan York finished in third place out of 52 high school orators that spoke on the U.S. Constitution. Nathan earned a $14,000.00 scholarship for his outstanding skill and delivery.

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Nathan is a 17-year-old homeschooled student and is the sixth sibling in his family to be sponsored by American Legion Post 255 in National City to compete in the American Legion’s Oratorical Contest; however, he is the only one to make it to the national level. The achievement is one he attributes to maturity, support from family and American Legion Post 255, and a passion for speech and debate.

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“Public speaking is our sport. We see the benefits of being able to communicate as being invaluable for the rest of your life in all the areas that you use it,” said York, who is being sponsored by American Legion Post 255 to attend American Legion California Boys State this summer. “And the scholarship money is great because you have to pay for college or wherever you’re going to go. We also love The American Legion and veterans, they have been very supportive.”

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The contest started on 14 April with the young orators competing in the quarterfinals; the top nine contestants advanced to the semifinals. During both sessions, the contestants presented a rehearsed eight- to 10-minute oration on an aspect of the Constitution in front of judges, as well as a three- to five-minute speech on an assigned topic discourse — a phase of the Constitution selected from its Articles and Sections.

AMR honors all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Congratulations to Carlissa Frederich (middle) of Kentucky for winning an $18,000 scholarship, Emily Parker of Minnesota earned second place and a $16,000 scholarship; and Nathan York of California earned third place and a $14,000 scholarship.

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UNIT 552

HELPING VETERANS AND ACTIVE SERVICE MEMBERS PAC I F IC B E AC H A M E R IC A N L E G ION AU X I L IA RY U N I T 5 5 2 I S SP R E A DI N G T H E JOY

By Nancy Person, Treasurer & Secretary, Unit 552

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"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." This quote by Joseph Campbell is the perfect way to approach Memorial Day. This holiday is celebrated to remember military service members who have died in the line of duty. ALA Unit 552 believes that the best way to honor those who have died in service to our country, is to help those who served and survived, and those who are actively serving. To achieve this, our small unit partners with larger organizations that reach many individuals. Want to learn about just a few of the great nonprofits in San Diego with whom we collaborate to serve our Veterans and active service members? Read on! Armed Services YMCA provides innovative and quality social, educational and recreational programs to meet the needs of military service members and their families. Their mission is to enhance the lives of junior enlisted members and their families in mind, body and spirit by providing free programs and services relevant to the unique challenges of military life. Courage to Call is a local nonprofit where Veterans serve Veterans, active military, reservists, National Guardsmen and their families. They have programs such as a monthly food distribution, Operation Dress Code (helping female Veterans get back in the work force), a 24-hour hotline, and more. Shelter to Soldier’s slogan is “Saving Lives, Two at A Time.” This organization adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or other psychological injuries associated with traumatic service experiences. Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) assists junior active duty enlisted members and recently discharged Veterans and their families in Southern California facing financial crisis achieve long-term financial self-sufficiency through counseling, education and grants to alleviate critical near-term obligations. Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) has been serving Veterans since 1981. Their various programs offer prevention, intervention, rehabilitation and aftercare to the many homeless Veterans locally. Their annual Stand Down offers services to close to 1,000 homeless Veterans and their families. The great John F. Kennedy articulated, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." PB ALA Unit 552 firmly believes that actions speak louder than words. We work hard to donate money, contribute time, and work alongside many organizations that assist service members, Veterans and their families. Are we grateful for their service? You bet we are! Will we ever forget those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom? Not a chance! This Memorial Day, enjoy your BBQs, but please take a moment to remember and thank our Veterans and service members, living and gone.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: 1. President Vicky Seamon (in blue) at Stand Down 2017. 2. Member Mirranda Boshart (in red) at Stand Down 2017. 3. Member Amy Koss (in tan) at Stand Down 2017. 4. Eight members volunteering at the local Cub Scouts banquet. 5. Four members at the ASYMCA Camp Hero backpack distribution. We donated 100 backpacks with school supplies.

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POST 365

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American Legion Auxiliary Unit 149 is implementing a new award entitled “Auxiliary’s Volunteer of the Year.” This year’s designee is Peter (Pete) William Ellis. No matter the event, especially involving children and veterans, Pete is always there wanting to help with Auxiliary events by providing boxes of books, monetary donations, toys, etc. I had the opportunity to sit next to him at the Children’s Christmas Party, and he was excited seeing the children with Santa and wished more children could be there.

ROTC Students in front of a Cessna 182 fuselage with their new flight simulator. Vista Post 365 provided $2,000 to complete the purchase of the simulator with three monitors. The flight simulator has controls exactly as like the airplane’s. Students will be able to take simulator tests to pass their ground training. They do fly with the Civil Air Patrol out of Fallbrook Airport. Colonel Lottstetter projects that he will have six student pilots licensed in the near future. Post 365 planned to present Jr ROTC awards for Military and Scholastic Excellence at their awards ceremony on April 27, 2018.

For those of you who may not know Pete, he was born November 10, 1928, in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, to parents Orania and William Eliopilis. They had six children: Pete, three brothers, and two sisters. Pete served in the Army from 1951 – 1953 as a cook with a rank of PFC and was stationed at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, Camp Haven, Illinois, and Camp McCoy, in Wisconsin. After leaving the service, his employment included positions such as taxi cab driver, Ford Motor Company, Cadillac Coffee, and Metropolitan Life Insurance Salesman. He retired from GM Hydramatic, in Willow Run, Ypsilanti, Michigan. He has a great sense of humor and loves to tell the story of the worst job he had when he was working for the coffee company, because it was “such a grind.”

Courtesy of Terry Moxley, Finance Officer, Vista Post 365

Pete married Shirley Jean Whetstone, the love of his life, on December 8, 1957, and has had a long and loving marriage to this day. He spends many hours by her side in the nursing home where she now resides, and he enjoys eating meals with her and also going to the Elks, Moose, the Escondido Senior Center, and Post 149 -- enjoying meals along the way.

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He and Shirley are proud parents and grandparents, having had four children: William (deceased 1958-78), Rebecca, Robert, and Brian. Their grandchildren are: Eric La Ferney (Rebecca), granddaughters Luren and Heather (Robert), grandson, Zack Lamb and granddaughter Danielle Ellis (Brian).

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Pete has been a member of the American Legion since 1982. In 1985-86 he served as Commander of Post 419 in Pinckney, Michigan, until moving out to California to Post 149. He is also a Mason, Am Vet, Elk, and Moose, and he has received many awards throughout the years. Pete enjoys the company of friends and family and watching his friends sing Karaoke. He loves children and giving toys to them at the Legion, and he likes spending as much time as he can with Shirley. Pete received recognition as Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year on Friday, February 16, at the Auxiliary’s Friday night dinner. His award includes free breakfasts and free dinners for the remainder of 2018, when the Auxiliary has their monthly breakfasts and dinners. We appreciate his service and support of our programs! Congratulations, Pete! Thanks to Brian Ellis for sharing information and picture.

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By: Raymond Johnson, Historian, Vista Post 365

Our 2018 quota for delegates to the 81st annual Boys State session at California State University being held June 15 thru June 23 was for 57 delegates,. Well, how lucky we are, we just got awarded an additional four delegates for a total of 61 for this year, and those were snapped up by Post 460, 479 and 365. Thank you for taking the additional slots.

Four Posts have completed their interviews and paper work for their Delegates and Alternates and the rest of the Posts are working diligently on their quotas and expect to have them done by April 21st and Department's requirements completed. The Post Boys State Chairpersons have done an outstanding job this year and have some good delegates. Who knows, maybe a Boys State Governor from District 22 will be elected this year. Whatever position they fill will be a learning experience for the boys and they in turn will come back to their respective schools their Senior year and encourage the new crop of Juniors to participate in the program.

On January 9, 2018, a drain pipe broke at the Vista Boys & Girls Club due to heavy rain. The club was flooded, which emphasized the need to replace the roof on the 50+ year old building, at a price tag of $250,000.00. There is a fund-raising effort in place. On Wednesday afternoon, February 7, 2018, members of The American Legion Post 365, VFW Post 7041 and MOC Pup Tent 40, presented checks to the club to help with the new roof fund.

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I will say that without the help of all the Post Chairpersons, I could have not did what I have done to make this program a success. Thank you Post Chairpersons.

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BLUNT WORK PARTY LEFT TO RIGHT: Dani Witkowski, BGC Board of Directors President; Art Haeussler, Commander of American Legion Post 365; Terry Moxley American Legion Post 365, VFW 7041 and Vista Historical Society; Bruce Mackamul, VFW Post 7041 & Military Order of the Cootie Pup Tent 40; Joe Watt, American Legion Post 365; Matt Koumaras, Director of BGC; Juan Ramirez, BGC Board Secretary. Photo courtesy of Raymond Johnson

Volunteers gathered on Saturday, April 7, to work at the home of Fallbrook American Legion Post 776 member Issac Blunt, center, including Blunt’s comrades from Post 776. Photo courtesy of Fallbrook American Legion Post 776.

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TEENAGE ATHLETES

E F F ORT S U N DE R WAY TO R E V I V E SUM M E R P L AY F OR T E E NAG E AT H L E T E S

BY JOHN MAFFEI Reprinted with permission from The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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For decades, American Legion baseball thrived, the standard-bearer of summer competition.

Ted Williams, Tony Gwynn, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Piazza, Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, Johnny Bench and Stan Musial are among the more than 50 major leaguers who played Legion ball. Active players such as Albert Pujols, Kris Bryant, Wil Myers and Bryce Harper did as well. Legion ball was huge in the 1950s through the ’80s, but there was a disconnect somewhere along the line. Most say the advent of pay-toplay travel ball is to blame. There is, however, a groundswell of enthusiasm to bring Legion ball back to San Diego. The effort is headed by Peter-Rolf Ohnstad, baseball commissioner for the county’s Legion District 22. Ohnstad is a former Navy pilot who also served in the Merchant Marine. He was deployed in Vietnam, Desert Storm and Haiti. Ohnstad still works as an adjunct professor at the Maritime Institute of Technology. He never played Legion ball, though. “Got cut by my Legion team,” he said. “But I’m a baseball fan, and there is a need to provide high school players with a place to play in the summer.” After a number of organizational meetings, 10 high schools — Madison, Chula Vista, Montgomery, Ramona, San Pasqual, Sweetwater,

Patrick Henry, La Jolla Country Day, Coronado and Foothills Christian — have shown interest. Some have tentatively agreed to field teams this summer.

Beach-Carson area led the way with 11 teams, but that is down from a high of 25. The San Clemente area was strong, as was Temecula-Murrieta before five teams dropped out.

Interested players from other schools could join the 18-player rosters of those teams if there is room.

“We’re ecstatic we’re getting San Diego back,” Boyd said. “After going backward for a long time, there is momentum throughout the state.

Madison High will host a meeting Saturday with Legion state baseball Commissioner Bob Boyd to gauge the interest of those schools and others.

“I think we’ll field 70-75 teams this summer.”

“Legion ball in San Diego ended in ’85,” Madison baseball coach Robert Lovato said. “I know because in ’83, I was playing for Clairemont, and we beat Madison 1-0 in the championship game at Hoover. “It has been gone for a while, but I think this revival will work out great. “Legion ball is for players up to 19, but I think we’ll be geared toward 16-17-year-olds. This will be an opportunity for the younger guys to play games, for the kid who might have had eight varsity at-bats as a sophomore to get 5075 at-bats over the summer, play games and develop.” Ohnstad calls it “restoring the legacy.” About 10 years ago, there were close to 130 American Legion teams in California. Participation is down nearly 70 percent in baseball hotbeds like Texas, Louisiana and Florida. Last year, Boyd said, there were only 49 teams in California. In Southern California, the Long

The idea behind American Legion Baseball isn’t to put travel ball out of business, Ohnstad said, but to provide opportunities for all players. All costs — uniforms, baseballs, umpires, insurance, field use — are absorbed by American Legion posts throughout the county. Players will need to provide bats and catching gear. “Pretty much every player has a bat,” Lovato said. “And in today’s game, catchers have their own gear. If we need to share bats and catching gear to get this going, we’ll find a way.” Ohnstad would like to see about 25 games — mostly on weekday evenings — played at high school facilities. The American Legion season starts at the conclusion of the high school season, usually in the first week of June. Team names will come from military aviation. Seahawks, Tracers and Skyhawks already have been taken. It will cost about $5,000 to outfit each team, but 10 American Legion posts in the county have expressed interest in sponsoring a team.

“That doesn’t mean we don’t need sponsors,” Ohnstad said. “I’m sure there are veterans who own businesses or companies who would like to help. Vets who love baseball, who would love to get involved, we’d welcome that.” Over the years, the number of veterans who are involved in the American Legion has declined. Posts have closed. “Baseball is a way for the younger generation of veterans to get involved,” Ohnstad said. “The whole idea behind this is to give kids a chance to play at little or no cost to them. We raise the flag at every game and play the national anthem or say the Pledge of Allegiance. “It’s a simple thing, but it’s a way to honor our country and the men and women who served it.” Preps at Petco New netting has been installed at Petco Park to protect the fans, and the Padres want to test its effectiveness. With all the college teams out of town, Padres management turned to the high school ranks. La Costa Canyon and Vista will play a North County Tournament game at 7 p.m. today in Petco Park. “I have a relationship with Padres management,” said LCC coach Justin Machado. “I got a call asking if I’d like to move our game there. Of course, I said yes.” Seating will be limited, but admission is free. john.maffei@sduniontribune.com

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UNIT 365

Monday, May 28, 2018 MEMORIAL DAY 15 POST 364

PAINT PARTY

RIDERS

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Good lessons and good fundraising events are full of fun. A “Paint Party” at Vista’s Alvin Myo Dunn American Legion Post 365 proved that on the afternoon of Sunday, February 25. The hands-on guided painting session was staged by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 365, organized by Auxiliary President Colleen Collazo. The art teacher was Sara Thames, who brought along a simple and lovely acrylic landscape painting for the student partygoers to emulate. Throughout the session, Thames visited the participants’ painting stations for personalized advice and training on techniques for acrylic paints. The event raised money for programs supported by members of the Vista American Legion Family of organizations.

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San Diego County is prime country for motorcycle riders, with clement weather nearly all year-round, good freeway access, and also lots of great backroad territory to explore. And the eastern portions of District 22 offer American Legion Riders myriad opportunities to ride and serve.

No wonder, then, that East County has a new motorcycle club for military veteran riders, with a caveat. The recently chartered American Legion Riders Chapter 364 in Santee arose from members who started the El Cajon ALR Chapter 303 about three years ago. There are different ways for American Legion Posts to operate. The El Cajon ALR Chapter was affiliated with El Cajon American Legion Post 303, which has no permanent building as home, and instead gathers its general membership once monthly in meeting spaces in the El Cajon Valley School District offices. Not having a club house began posing significant difficulties for the Riders Chapter. “We needed a home,” said “Irish,” the ALR Chapter 364 President, known in non-Rider life as Rod Slavin. He explained further that the School District would not approve using the parking areas for fundraising events the Riders wanted to stage. So they began looking for an East County American Legion post for their relocation.

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Lead figures in opening the new American Legion Riders Chapter 364 in Santee, from left, Santee American Legion Post 364 Commander Gene Michonski, “Irish” (ALR Chapter 364 President Rod Slavin) and “Tank” (ALR Chapter 364 Sergeant-AtArms Ed Loya). The three are shown during a Sunday breakfast at Santee Post 364. ALR Chapter 364 held its first meeting in Santee during March. Photo by B.J. Coleman

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VETERANS HONOR WALL E L C AJON P O S T 3 0 3 PA RT N E R S W I T H G O OD S A M A R I TA N R E T I R E M E N T C E N T E R TO HON OR SE N IOR V E T E R A N S

By B.J. Coleman, Editor/Staff Reporter, District 22, & Judge Advocate, California American Legion Press Association

Memorial Day ceremonies are always poignant, for remembrances of those military service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives in defense of this nation and their fellow citizens’ rights and liberties. None of those being honored are present as they are being remembered with love and gratitude.

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Leading Legionnaires from El Cajon American Legion Post 303 partnered with El Cajon’s Good Samaritan Retirement Center, doing an about-face on those relatively impersonal and after-the-fact forms of recognition for service and sacrifice, with dedication of a Veterans Honor Wall on October 6. The wall honors those 13 senior-age veterans currently living in the facility, almost 20 percent of center residents. Around 50 attendees filled the area off the retirement center lobby, where resident seniors, Post 303 Legionnaires, Good Samaritan staff members and supportive community leaders participated in the dedication ceremony. Jason Ford opened the gathering as trumpet soloist, playing two military-themed movie music compositions. Susan Sorensen, administrator of the center, welcomed guests and residents, noting that the project had been some months in planning, and saying, “We want to say thank you to veterans here.” Sister Alexandra of the next-door convent then took the podium. The Chaldean Sisters Daughters of Mary Immaculate Conception own and operate the senior living facility. Sister Alexandra said, “This is a really special day for us.” She remarked that veterans have given of themselves to protect the country, and she urged those offering prayers to ask that America continue to be protected. She led the audience in reciting the Lord’s Prayer. (Continued on Page 17)

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V E T E R A N S HON OR WA L L (Continued from Page 16) Wes Schermann, Commander of El Cajon American Legion Post 303 delivered brief comments. “We have a lot to be thankful for, especially these veterans and their families who supported them and prayed for them,” Schermann said. “Younger veterans look up to the ones who went before them.” Derrik Staples, volunteer coordinator and veteran liaison with Apreva Hospice, led the honors portion of the ceremony, with reading of the names and branches of service for the 13 resident veterans being honored on the wall that day. Members of the Patriot Guard stood at attention alongside and saluted as each name was read. Later, after the ceremony, Staples said, “These men and women deserve utmost thanks for the sacrifices they made.” Millie Kearney was one of the honorees. She spoke after the wall unveiling about pride in her short military service as a Navy Corps Wave, a military service position today known as corpsman. “This is certainly a great honor,” Kearney stated. She joined the Navy when she was 17. She is now 91. “I was too young,” Kearney said. She met her husband at Oak Knoll Hospital in Oakland, they married in 1945, and then they moved to the San Diego area. Six of her children still live in East County. “This is amazing, how many veterans are here at Good Samaritan,” she continued. “We receive wonderful care. It’s a real blessing to live here.” She has been living in the facility for about 2 1/2 years and relayed that she is “pretty independent.” Noel Sullivan moved to San Diego from Ireland 10 years ago to set up operations as CEO of Apreva Hospice. His father was in the Royal Air Force during World War II. “Our inspiration for this was a need to make sure our veterans are revered for the immense sacrifices they’ve made along with their family members. I’ve really felt an affiliation with American military service people, because when they entered the Second World War, they changed the course of history, not only with the war effort but in the recovery of nations in Europe afterward. We think this is a great honor for us to be able to recognize these veterans.”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: 1. Good Samaritan Audience. 2. Wes Schermann at Good Samaritan Veterans Honor Wall Dedication. 3. Patriot Guard at Good Samaritan. 4. Trumpet Soloist, Jason Ford.

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ABOUT

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A native Californian, Mr. Park was born in Glendale and raised in La Canada. His father, Commander Don P. Park, retired from CBS after 32 years. His grandfather was Labor Editor and his uncle was a Sports Editor of the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Park received a Navy scholarship to the University of Southern California where he graduated with honors receiving his Navy commission 3 June 1970. Three days later, he married his high school sweetheart, Carol (McCoppin), a Mount Saint Mary’s College graduate from Glendale. They have four grown children: Patrick, Kathleen, Laura, and Kevin, and 21 grandchildren. Having lived in San Diego since 1970 in the Pacific Beach and La Jolla communities. As a Naval Officer, homeported in San Diego, his active duty tours included the Aircraft Carrier Ticonderoga, commissioning the Fast Frigate Bagley, and instructing U.S. and Allied Ships’ Personnel in Combat Systems at Fleet Training Group. A veteran of Vietnam, he extensively toured the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean areas. In 1976, while still on active duty, he earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration, graduating first in the class of

120 from National University. That same year, he joined Dunn, REALTORS®, went on to get his broker’s license, incorporate/relocate the firm, franchise and expand the offices. A retired Navy Captain, Mr. Park performed Active Duty for Special Work in the Navy’s Real Estate Department locally at Commander Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Division. Prior to that, he served as Commanding Officer, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet Headquarters Detachments 120 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and 420 in San Francisco. Formerly, he was Director of Manpower, Personnel, Training, Readiness, Plans, Policy and the Command Management Analysis Group for Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region 19. Before that, he was Commander Mine Division Five Four. His squadron included four mine countermeasure ships during Desert Storm. He has been awarded five Meritorious Service Medals. Other command assignments included Commanding Officer of Afloat Training Group San Diego Headquarters Detachment 419, Reserve Coordinator of USS Pluck, Commanding Officer of a Naval Ship Repair Unit and the staff of Inshore

Undersea Warfare Group One. His Navy tours included the Persian Gulf, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, the Philippines, Panama Canal, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, Rhode Island, Florida, Hawaii, The Pentagon, Washington D.C., Washington State and throughout California. Mr. Park currently is Chair of the All Hallows Parish Advisory Council and is a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and Sacristan. He previously served on their Board of Education as President and Vice President. He is also a Director of the San Diego Trojan Club. His wife Carol has been President of All Hallows Academy Parent Teacher Group and Women’s Guild. She currently has her own home based travel agency, Travel Travel by Carol, specializing in tours and cruises. She volunteers at St. Vincent De Paul, Birthline and as a Eucharistic Minister. Mr. Park is a past 3-term President of the San Diego Legatus Chapter and together they are also members of Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre.

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By Mary Jane Whitler-Fisher, Executive Committee, District 22, & Recruiter, Department of California

By Irene Clingman, Public Relations Chair & Historian, Unit149

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This year, The American Legion marked the ninety-ninth anniversary of its founding, with celebrations across the country, including here at San Dieguito Post 416. The evening began with Rolf Ohnstad's reading of "The American Legion 99th Birthday 2018," a commemorative speech prepared by National Headquarters. Following a brief group photo session was the ceremonial cutting of the Birthday cake, performed by the two Legionnaires in attendance -- the one with the most (John Tyler with 64 years of membership) and the one with the fewest years of Legion membership (Scott Marquette, who joined the Legion last month).

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On March 30, 2018, Linda Milford from the Escondido American Legion Auxiliary Unit 149 met with Carl Rimmele, Ph.D., Chief of the Aspire Center in San Diego, and Morgan Fransk, owner of the California Bean Company to present a $200 donation check in support of their Rehabilitation Treatment Incentive Program. A $100 donation from the Auxiliary had been presented prior to this donation to help implement the program. With this additional donation, the center is now able to reward patients at the Aspire Center with $3 in coffee coupons each time they achieve a goal. The program is working quite well for the patients! In addition, Linda donated seven handmade hygiene bags and a large bag of oranges from her trees. If anyone is interested in donating to this program, contact the Aspire Center.

Pictured left to right: Dr. Rimmele, Aspire Center; Linda Milford, Escondido American Legion Auxiliary Post 149, Chair of VA&R and Community Relations; and Morgan Fransk, owner of the California Bean Company. Photo Courtesy of Irene Clingman

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POST 255

ANNUAL LAW AND ORDER DINNER P O S T 2 5 5 HO S T S A N N UA L L AW A N D OR DE R DI N N E R A N D AWA R D C E R E M ON Y

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On the 24th of February 2018, The American Legion Larry E Bennett Post 255 held its fourteenth annual Law and Order Dinner and Award Ceremony. The Post provided the Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and their spouses a free dinner and an appreciation gift for their services throughout the year. Also honored were Post members who retired from the Police or Fire Departments. There were altogether 42 active-duty Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters and their spouses, 18 retired Safety Officer and their spouses and 32 people representing the city of National City, The American Legion District 22 and Post 255, and friends and family. The planning for any Post's Law & Order Program begins immediately after the previous program ends. It takes about $1,200 to put on the program, so fundraising begins immediately. For example, profits from Post 255's Tuesday lunches, as well as various other fundraising events and donations are the key source of funds. Many members and local merchants donate the door prizes. In September, the date is scheduled and the Law & Order Chairperson delivers the criteria packages to the Police and Fire Departments. Once the nominees for awards are received the plaques are ordered from Emblem Sales. The chairman then sets up volunteers, inventories hall decorations and fine-tunes all details. This year we honored Detective Marcus Macias (Meritorious Service Award) from the National City Police Department and Captain Brian Krepps, Engineer Jeremy Day, Firefighter Mike Mejia and Firefighter Jason Young (Award of Valor) from the National City Fire Department. After dinner special guests were introduced. This year’s ceremony was attended by the following dignitaries: • American Legion District 22 Commander Chris Yates • American Legion District 22 1st Vice Commander Javier Collazo and his wife Colleen • American Legion District 22 Executive Committee member Curtis Witherspoon and his wife Debra

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A N N UA L L AW A N D OR DE R DI N N E R (Continued from Page 22) • National City Mayor Ron Morrison • National City Vice Mayor Albert Mendivil • National City Council member Mona Rios • National City Chief of Police Manuel Rodriguez and his wife Irene • National City Assistant Chief of Police Jose Tellez • National City Police Department Lieutenants Graham Young, Greg Seward and Robert Rounds • National City Fire Department Battalion Chief Sal Mora • Retired Police Officers: Bill Devaney and his wife Elsa, Joe Rapoza, Kathy Rapoza, Richard Ensign and his wife Lorraine • Retired Firefighters: Don Miner, his wife Denise and daughter Savanna • National City Police Department’s Meritorious Service Medal awardee Marcus Macias, his wife Jessica, mother Lorraine, father Chuy, daughter Ivy and brother • National City Fire Department’s Award of Valor awardees Captain Brian Krepps, Engineer, Jeremy Day, Firefighter Mike Mejia and Firefighter Jason Young The Law and Order dinner was a huge success and would not be possible without our great volunteers (sorry if I missed anyone). A BIG THANKS to: Co-Chairs – Rick & Diane DeVries; 1st Vice Commander – Melissa Johnson; Chaplain – District 22 Commander Chris Yates; Sergeant-at-Arms - District 22 Executive Committee member Curtis Witherspoon; Photos – Von Murphy, Ken Knoof; Hall Set-up – Richard & Lorraine Ensign, Rick & Diane DeVries; Hall Decorations – Richard & Lorraine Ensign; Program folding – Richard & Lorraine Ensign and Diane DeVries; Tickets/Greeter – Thess Dull; Kitchen Crew – Wayne Dull, Larry Baldwin, Joe Hernandez, Leah Dull and her friend Keisa; Servers – Gloria Jean Nieto, Mary Saenz, Ashley Baldwin and Jill Johnson; Clean-up – Servers + whoever wasn’t busy; and finally Bartender – Tony Martinez. Thank you to the many folks who help us amass the door prizes, namely: American Legion Riders Chapter 255; Ball Honda; BJ’s Restaurant; Goulet Industries (engraving), H&M Landing and the boats Producer, Malihini, Premier and TopGun80; Napoleone Pizza House, National City Car Wash, National City Golf Course, Sam's Club, Starbuck’s, USS MIDWAY Museum and Walmart. Also, thanks to Jimmy Dorsey & Doris Haynes; Melissa Johnson; Virgie and Martin Munoz and Harry Woods.

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WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT D I S T R I C T 2 2 L E G I O N N A I R E S PA R T I C I PAT E O N A N D O F F C O U R T AT W H E E L C H A I R B A S K E T B A L L T O U R N A M E N T By B.J. Coleman, Editor/Staff Reporter, District 22, & Judge Advocate, California American Legion Press Association

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Issac Blunt served in the Marine Corps for 4 1/2 years. He retired in 2013. He is a Legionnaire at Fallbrook Post 776, and he plays on the local wheelchair basketball team Wolfpack. The Wolfpack is the only national all-military wheelchair basketball team. Members are active duty and veteran service members who have sustained injuries or diagnoses involving amputation, spinal cord damage, and orthopedic or neurological disorders. The team Wolfpack is based out of Naval Medical Center San Diego, and was among those participating at the Brad Rich Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, the largest nationally recognized wheelchair basketball tournament, held from Friday, February 9, through Sunday, February 11, in and near Balboa Park. The Wolfpack is supported by the local nonprofit Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, which oversaw staging of the tournament. Blunt started playing with the Wolfpack during 2012, took some time away, and has been playing continuously with the team since the end of 2016. In its second year, the Brad Rich Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament more than doubled in size. And The American Legion in San Diego County was represented during the three-day series of games by players and volunteers. Seventeen teams from throughout the country and as far away as Toronto were entered in this year’s tournament, compared with eight during the competitive event’s inaugural year of 2017. During an interview between tournament games, Blunt described his experiences with the Wolfpack and his expectations for success during the competition. Being on the Wolfpack restores the camaraderie of military service, Blunt said. Sandy Lehmkuhler, President of Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, added, “This gives guys the opportunity of going fast and doing combat again.” She referred to Blunt as the team’s “poster boy.” Indeed, a

photo of Blunt in court action graces the cover of a new informational pamphlet about the San Diego Wolfpack. “This is a great team,” Blunt continued. “I have a good feeling about how we are going to do in the tournament.” The team trains year-round, practicing three times weekly. He believes the Wolfpack will return again this year to the National Wheelchair Basketball Association playoffs in Louisville, Kentucky. Blunt not long ago received a specially designed, wheelchair-accessible home in Fallbrook from Homes for Our Troops. Blunt’s caregiver and companion, Kami Koplentz, offered the off-court perspective. “This program brings back mental clarity and passion for the guys. They are part of a brotherhood again.” For Blunt specifically, she noted, “I see how Issac lights up when he comes onto the court to be with the team. For all the guys, this adds structure, discipline and focus. This really improves their quality of life.” Most wheelchair basketball players must pay their own way for flights, hotels and meals while on the road. The Warrior Foundation Freedom Station covers all those Wolfpack expenses. For all participating teams at the Brad Rich tournament, the nonprofit provided each player a gray gym bag filled with water, sports drinks and snacks, as well as game-time towels and a smaller travel bag. Players compete in specially designed basketball wheelchairs, switching out from their “everyday” chairs. Games for the tournament were held simultaneously at the Municipal Gym in Balboa Park and the nearby San Diego City College Basketball Gym. This San Diego tournament is named in honor of Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Jacob Bradley Rich, who was an

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POST 364

NEW POST HOME SANTEE AMERICAN LEGION POST 364 MOVES INTO NEW POST HOME By B.J. Coleman, Editor/Staff Reporter, District 22, & Judge Advocate, California American Legion Press Association

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Those who have been in military service usually appreciate this truth better than others: Homecomings can be sweet, sweeter for the time away. But sweetest of all may be moving into a new home after a long time without one. On Saturday, February 3, Santee’s veterans service organizations hosted grand opening festivities celebrating their new home, located at 8516 N. Magnolia Avenue, Suite 203. The party for Santee American Legion Post 364, and the host Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9327 and the associated VFW Auxiliary was very sweet, because these groups were homeless for quite some time. Speakers at the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony mentioned the “long road” traveled to arrive there. At the podium to greet audience members was American Legion Post 364 Commander Gene Michonski, who thanked American Legion Riders motorcyclists who had shown up in honor of the Post opening. “This Post feels like home,” Michonski continued. “We’ve worked hard to get here. And we’re ready to do more. If you’re ready to work, I’m ready to work with you.” During an interview as the party continued in full swing inside the Post, Michonski elaborated, “This has been a long, hard road. I really want to thank the VFW for letting us operate our Legion Post in its house. We survived, we maintained without a place. And this has been a joint effort, with lots of late nights. Now veterans in East County have a place to go.” Michonski paused, and then went on, “We want everyone to feel like family here -- neighbors, friends, veterans. Whatever the community needs, we’re ready for good work. We’ll help the homeless, the hungry, children, whatever the community around here needs.”

VFW Commander Charles “C.J.” Walker, also a Post 364 Legion member, had opened the brief formal events, welcoming the packed house of attendees, who gathered outside the new Post’s doors. “I want to thank everybody for being here,” Walker said. “We have come a long way, and we have a lot of people to thank for helping us get here.” Walker singled out the Santee Eagles, former Santee Mayor Randy Voepel, others at Santee City Hall who assisted with building permits, and the volunteers who donated time, skills and effort to the project. Walker addressed the active-duty military personnel and veterans specifically, but included members of the Santee community as well, saying, “This is your house, your home. And remember to thank a veteran.” Santee VFW Auxiliary President Karen Watts Walker followed her husband, C.J., in speaking. She also thanked guests for attending, and acknowledged her Auxiliary, “We couldn’t have done it without you.” Leading city official at the ceremony was Santee Mayor John Minto, who said, “We thank veterans for their service. We’re here because of you.” Minto remarked on the concentration of active-duty service members and veterans living in Santee, and he delivered a Certificate of Recognition to the Post principals. Members of Santee’s Chamber of Commerce presented awards to both Post commanders as “a great addition to our community.” The ribbon-cutting ceremony concluded with raising of the flag by Santee Navy Recruiters. The organizations had kept up attenuated services and operations during their “homelessness” interim, despite being without a permanent Post. Having a real home

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W H E E L C HA I R BASK E T BA L L (Continued from Page 24) inspirational competitor in wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and hand biking marathons after his diagnosis in 2012 with cancer of the spine. Brad Rich died at the age of 28 on May 7, 2015 in his home state of Texas. El Cajon American Legion Post 303 Commander Wes Schermann, who volunteers with the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, was on hand to promote and help with the event. The foundation also assists injured military service members with pre-separation transitional housing, quality of life items and support services. More information about foundation programs can be acquired online at www.warriorfoundation.com.

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Members of Fallbrook American Legion Post 776 have been attending and serving at Thursday weekly lunches for the Fallbrook Senior Center at the Fallbrook Community Center. Fallbrook Legionnaires who have volunteered regularly at this event include Mike Bermudez, Jim Davis, and Bill Howard.

N E W P O S T HOM E (Continued from Page 25) will allow these veterans service members to do more. The journey began in mid-summer 2015, when the service groups received notice to vacate their former Post facility in a strip mall on Cuyamaca Street. With a deadline to move out by September 10, the Santee veterans organizations transferred their furnishings and set up operations during early September two years ago, as the Santee Eagles Club offered the groups temporary hosting at the Eagles club house. The local Eagles amended club bylaws to permit members in good standing of the three Santee veterans groups an implicit automatic sign-in authorization for the club. The Eagles further assisted the veterans groups with continuing their Friday night dinners, Sunday breakfasts and football game viewing events to raise money.

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And by the summer of 2017, these veteran comrades found the Magnolia site for a new permanent Post home of their own. The VFW acquired the property and commenced remodeling the two-suite complex. Saturday’s events concluded that “long, hard road” to a new home for East County veterans. Post officers said that monetary donations and community support will be welcomed and greatly appreciated. Information about the Santee Post can be found by phoning (619) 562-4022 or by emailing santeealpost364@gmail.com.

La Mesa Post 282 Commander Jack Porath, who dropped by his Post’s social quarters after volunteering at the San Diego Mission Bay Boat & Ski Club Easter children’s party on Saturday, March 31. Legionnaires within District 22 frequently partner as volunteers with other veteran-friendly organizations. Commander Porath had his face painted in patriotic red-white-blue at the event, while he served as barbecue griller to help children celebrate Easter weekend.

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California Legionnaires will soon be able to proudly show-off their department’s 100th Anniversary coin. The Ways and Means commission has worked hard to bring you a coin that we think represents the most iconic symbols of our great state. Through numerous iterations with the designer and with approval from national Emblem Sales, we now have centennial coins available for purchase. We are very excited to bring this fundraiser where proceeds will go towards our American Legion veteran service officers program. We will have certain numbered coins already ordered and engraved. You can also have a coin or many coins specifically numbered through a special order request. We must receive your special order and payment by Friday, May 11, 2018. No exceptions. At the convention, a table will be set up beginning Thursday, June 21. Time will be announced when confirmed. You will also be able to pick up and buy additional coins at the table. If you will not be attending convention, it can be mailed to you for an additional $5/coin. If someone wants to check out coins to sell, they will be responsible for the numbered coins he/she checked out. Coins sold must match the monies turned in plus any extra coins you no longer want to sell. Here are how the coins are going to be engraved that are ready for purchase and reserved.

• There will be numbered coins from 1 to 10 for auctioning at the convention. Those numbers are protected.

• The post coins are numbered 0001 to 1000. (Four character spaces). Each post coin will cost $100.00 each. The numbered coins that do not have a post associated with it will be sold for $30.00 each.

• District coins are numbered D1 to D30. They will be sold for $200.00 each. There will not be any other coins marked with a letter ‘D’ preceding it.

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PAT R IC K J. PA R K , M BA (Continued from Page 19) In 2009, Mr. Park served a fifth term as President of the La Jolla Real Estate Brokers’ Association (REBA), and has completed two terms as a Director of the San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR). Designated Realtor of the Year 2003 for the San Diego Association of Realtors, he has chaired REBA’s Professional Standards/Ethics and various other committees. He is a recipient of both of the Association’s R. K. Smith and S. Ralph Knox Awards, given annually to the broker and member “who best exemplifies the qualities of personal integrity, ethics, community activity, dedication to the real estate profession, salesmanship and cooperation with associates.” Additionally, he was 1989 President of the Mission Bay Real Estate Association (MBREA). Having been a director of these associations for over 30 years, SDAR Treasurer in 2002 and he is currently Treasurer of REBA. He chaired Investment Management and Real Estate Trustees, served on the Executive Steering, Strategic Planning, Budget & Finance Committees and is now serving as Chair of Professional Standards, Executive and Nominating Committees, a Sandicor Director and presides at Ethics and Arbitration Hearings. As a Prudential Franchise owner from 1987 until 2016, he received multiple prestigious Chairman’s Circle, President’s Circle, Leading Edge and Honor Society awards for sales activity. He attained the Prudential Certified Manager (PCM) designation for residential and commercial properties. His firm achieved over $240 million in real estate sales during 2005 and was designated a Cornerstone Office for Operational Excellence.

• Non-numbered coins without a gold bar (no engraved area) will be sold for $20.00. Again, special orders are due in by May 11. These coins will be $30.00. The special order coins will also be protected meaning no one else will be able to order that custom engraved coin(s). Example orders: (maximum total alpha/numeric is six (6) characters.) 123445 or ABCDEF / P1 to P999 (P for Post) / DOCADJ For example: Hollywood Post 43 can order a special P43. They can order as many as they want, but each one will cost $30.00. The order form is not quite ready yet, but it will be soon. Once the form is online on the department website, an email will be sent out along with a PayPal option. In the meantime, please email or call me with your pre and special orders. Janice Ways and Means Commission Chair 2017-2018 janicesomers@charter.net (805) 234.5547

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R I DE R S (Continued from Page 15) “We found the Santee veterans were very welcoming,” Slavin said, referring to veterans of Santee Post 364, who have co-located their Post with members of host organization Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9327. These military veteran organizations, along with the companion VFW Auxiliary, held grand opening ceremonies in early February for their new home at 8516 N. Magnolia Avenue, Suite 203. That facility has ample parking space for motorcycles, and moreover provides easy freeway access to all points on the compass. The Posts approved the Riders move in January, the El Cajon ALR members at their February meeting voted on the transfer, and the chapter members worked with the statewide level of the ALR on their renumbered charter. “And it was a done deal,” Slavin said. The 12 charter member Riders of ALR Chapter 364 acknowledge their status as original members of newly formed organization, with a little patch on their riding vests reading “DD12.” They call themselves the “Dirty Dozen.” ALR Chapter 364 convened its first meeting in Santee in March. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. American Legion Post 364 Commander Gene Michonski gave background from the Legion Post’s side. Michonski said, “We’re doing good now and moving along. On New Year’s Eve, ‘Big George’ approached us and said the Riders were interested in having a brick and mortar building. We were all for it and welcomed them with open arms. The VFW said absolutely, bring ‘em all in, the more the merrier.” Approval was unanimous. “The Riders are going to help us serve Santee,” Michonski said. “They hit the ground running.”

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The Santee ALR members plan to host breakfasts at the Post, stage barbecues and offer more events. The Riders’ first big fundraiser was scheduled to be on Saturday, May 19, with the group’s first Annual Poker Run. The event’s proceeds from registration fees and meal ticket sales will go to military veteran causes. “Everyone is welcome, this is an open event,” Slavin said. The run will begin at Indian Motorcycle of El Cajon and end at the Santee Post. The planned three-hour ride will conclude with lunch catered by Wrangler Family BBQ of El Cajon. Membership in the American Legion Riders is open to any member of an American Legion Family organization, including Legionnaires and also ladies in the American Legion Auxiliary and members of the Sons of The American Legion. More information about the organizations and their events at the Santee Post can be found by phoning (619) 562-4022 or by emailing or santeealpost364@gmail.com.

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Those American Legion Posts that lack physical facilities can experience predictable challenges. Maintaining camaraderie of members of The American Legion Family between monthly meetings can be more difficult than for those Posts in buildings with kitchens and social quarters. Membership outreach to grow the Post with new incoming Legionnaires can be harder, too, without spontaneous dropbys when currently serving military and military veterans notice a Post as a veteran-friendly place to visit. La Jolla American Legion Post 275 confronted these challenging circumstances early in 2018, with Post leaders deciding to relocate their monthly general meeting site from a beachside hotel to an especially veteranfriendly pub in downtown La Jolla. The Post’s first official gathering at Hennessey’s Tavern was for executive board members to tour the restaurant’s various meeting rooms and patios. Approval of the location transfer was unanimous, and Post 275 commenced general meetings for lunch on February 15. These La Jolla Legionnaires meet on the third Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. Post 275 Commander Jose Payne King explained further about the desirability of relocating at this juncture. The prior meeting location was a good one for the senior-age World War II veterans who formed a substantial portion of the members. But those stalwart Legionnaires have been lost to Post Everlasting during recent times. Post 275 needs to focus on recruiting younger members, and Hennessey’s Tavern offers a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, nighttime music entertainment, and food and happy hour drink specials that make the pub very much like an American Legion Post in pricing. After the February general meeting, Commander Payne King summed up, “This first meeting here was good. The purpose is recruitment. Hennessey’s has a friendly atmosphere. We intend to increase membership, and we are very appreciative to meet here, with a 20 percent discount VIP Card our members can use any time they come into the restaurant.” Post 275 is planning to host a Thanksgiving dinner at

Hennessey’s and to celebrate in December with a Christmas party there too. The move seems to have paid off, as two new members joined the Post during the first Hennessey’s luncheon. La Jolla Post Legionnaires plan to boost recruitment efforts by inviting potential new members to meetings and buying their lunches that day. Dan Lang, general manager of Hennessey’s Tavern La Jolla, said, “Welcome. We are looking forward to having Legionnaires hold various events here.” Server Casey comes from a Marine Corps family. She agreed, “I am honored to serve the members of The American Legion Society. Having a father in the USMC myself, I understand and appreciate their service.” La Jolla Post 275 has an interesting history and presence. Established in 1924, the La Jolla Post is among the oldest in San Diego’s District 22. Members of the La Jolla Post were responsible for constructing the earliest form of the Mt. Soledad Cross and Memorial, in acknowledgement and honor for the service of World War I veterans. Moreover, the La Jolla Post’s new meeting location is within an easy drive or bus ride from the VA Medical Center La Jolla. In addition to the VIP Card discount for American Legion Family members, Hennessey’s Tavern offers several specials on food and drink. The $5 Happy Hour on weekdays includes menu choices of small-bites appetizers and tasty drinks such as the “Hennessey’s Famous Irish Coffee,” whiskey shots, and the “Black Diamond Margarita.” Tuesdays feature two-forone options. And the “Chef’s Pick” early evening dining menu has entrees for $11.95. Hennessey’s Tavern La Jolla can be visited at 7811 Herschel Avenue in downtown La Jolla, phoned at (858) 551-8772. More information about La Jolla Post 275 can be found online at lajollaamericanlegion.com or acquired from Commander Jose Payne King, payneking@ earthlink.net, (858) 277-1052, or from Adjutant Eric Ferdinandwalters, e_ferdinand@hotmail. com, (619) 764-3525.

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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

Offer advanced training on filing claims and appeals

Fight for you until you receive maximum benefits

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

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Thank you for your service.

22nd district memorial day 2018  
22nd district memorial day 2018  
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