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22nd District

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

“Serving San Diego County and Surrounding Areas”

Friday, November 11, 2016 VETERANS DAY 1

IN MEMORY OF ROD VAN ORDEN, PAST DISTRICT 22 COMMANDER 2013 AND FATHER OF DISTRICT 22 LEGIONNAIRE C OM MA N DE R 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 1 7 :

AUXIL IA RY PRESIDE NT 2016- 2017:

DESIREE HERRERA H

DONNA SMITH

Hello to the District 22 American Legion Family!

As a member of the District 22 delegation I was proud to attend the American Legion Department of California Convention in Fresno, California this summer. I was asked over and over again, "how do you do it?' "Is it just appearances?" "Can District 22 possibly work so well together as a group?" And these are good questions right? As the convention went on I found myself thinking about these questions, and about how lucky we are to be members of the Double Deuce. We've had the finest of leaders and teachers. I for one know I would not have become active in the Legion had I not met Tony Stewart (Post 434), Harry Woods (Post 255), Chuck Camarato (Post731), Rod Van Orden (Post 6), Bob Juers (Post 853), Jim Chutney (Post 460), Ted Pasnak (Post 537), Ralph Huskey (Post 867), Diane DeVries (Post 255), Ed Grimsley (Post 310), Edd Robinson (Post 146), Mike Threat (Post 332), Frank Zugaj

(Continued on Page 3)

This year’s theme for the American Legion Auxiliary is “Serving Veterans from Sea to Shining Sea.” We will be the Department of California Cruise line. The Districts will be “Cruise Ships” with the District Presidents serving as Captains.

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The Units within our District will be “Ports of Call” and the name of our District ship will be the USS San Diego, LPD 22 (one of my Legionnaire brothers helped me with that one – thanks C.C.!). So keep a weather eye open mates! One might wonder, why this constant striving for new members? The answer is simple – we must move forward. There is an ever increasing demand for the services of our organization. The needs of our Veterans and their families are constantly growing. The programs of the American Legion Auxiliary are becoming broader in scope and additional members are needed for service in our many activities. The opportunity for service “For God and Country” that the Auxiliary offers is unlimited. Our organization is recognized as a strong group of women, dedicated to “Love of Country,” to patriotic activities, and service to our Veterans. We stand firmly for the preservation of the principles of Americanism in the minds and hearts of young and old alike. We must work on membership every day of the year. Junior members should be sought not just for their ideas and energy, but to assure the Auxiliary’s future strength.

PLUS INSIDE...

Nat'l Commander Bio........Page 5

Service Officer Update.......Page 9

#Food4Warriors...............Page 14

Veterans Ball.................Page 22

What we do matters! “Service not self” is our story. Donna Smith President, American Legion District 22 Auxiliary

A PROUD CALIFORNIA AMERICAN LEGION PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARD WINNING PUBLICATION

POW/MIA Ceremony..... Page 26


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San Diego County American Legion www.LegionSD.org

“Serving San Diego County and Surrounding Areas”

COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND CHAIRMANSHIPS

DISTRICT 22 OFFICERS COMMANDER Desiree Herrera, Post 552 Commander@LegionSD.org

SERVICE OFFICER Harry Woods, Post 255 ServiceCorps@LegionSD.org

Aerospace Murrill Mccoy, Post 537

1st VICE COMMANDER Chris Yates, Post 365 Membership@LegionSD.org

ASSISTANT SERVICE OFFICERS (Service Corps) Rcf.14b@gmail.com

Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy R. Mike Thweatt, Post 332

2nd VICE COMMANDER Javier Collazo Webmaster@legionpost365.org ADJUTANT Ben D. Hyde, Post 460 Adjutant@LegionSD.org ADJUTANT ASSISTANT Sherry Hill, Post 434 FINANCE OFFICER Annette Grimsley, Post 310 Finance@LegionSD.org CHAPLAIN Sam Cummings Chaplain@LegionSD.org

Rmtktt@cox.net

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS Rick DeVries, Post 255 Alegion255@aol.com

Americanism Maurice Boulanger, Post 434 Mobeecal@prodigy.net Assistant: Ann Marie Brown, Post 6

HISTORIAN Lillian Moss, Post 310 Historian@LegionSD.org

Baseball

See District Commander

JUDGE ADVOCATE Diane DeVries, Post 255 Alegion255@aol.com

Boys’ State Scott Williams, Post 434 Tog84@cox.net Assistant: Tomas Luna, Post 282

JUNIOR PAST COMMANDER Anthony “Tony” Stewart, Post 434 Tony@US4Warriors.org

Leadership Harry Woods, Post 255 Hwoods3@Cox.net Legislation Hugh “Chip” Dykes, Post 365 Hdykes@cox.net Assistant: Steve Arends, Post 434 Naturalization Ann Marie Pina-Brown, Post 6 Ampb0929@aol.com Oratorical Frank Zugaj, Post 146 Assistant: Americanism Chairman Public Relations

Contact District Commander Children & Youth Roxanne I. Jones, Post 451 Rjones@score.com

Community Service Joe Rush, Post 310

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Law & Order Rick Devries, Post 255 Alegion255@aol.com

Joerush123@gmail.com

Publishing

Contact District Commander Ritual Ted Pasnak, Post 537 Teddybeare123@Att.net Assistant: Ed Grimsley, Post 310

Assistant: Larry Porter, Post 201 Scouting Dwayne Banks, Post 310 Assistant: John B. Kind, Post 731

Representing Posts: 201, 303, 479, 552, 853 Sam Flores, Post 731

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

Constitution & By-Laws Ralph Huskey, Post 867

Representing Posts: 146, 275, 364, 537, 625 Mark Parker, Post 460

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

Ralphhu@hotmail.com

Sons of The American Legion Edd Robinson, Post 146

Counter Subversive Activities Mark Parker, Post 460

Robinson68@cox.net

Representing Posts: 310, 332, 416, 460, 731 Melissa Smith, Post 255

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

Parkerma@sbcglobal.net

Valley Forge Workshop Rob Tade, Post 303

Tader@cox.net

Disaster & Emergency Services Wesley Schermann, Post 303

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

Wscher73@aol.com

Contact District Service Officer

Finance Annette Grimsley, Post 310 Annette.grimsley@ngc.com

Veterans Employment Joel Gregg, 201

Foreign Relations & National Security Jose Payne King, Post 275

Payneking@earthlink.net Housing (Veterans) Jose Payne King, Post 275 Payneking@earthlink.net

J-Gregg@cox.net

Assistant: Mike Tegardine, Post 434 Ways & Means

(2nd Vice Commander) Javier Collazo, 365 Fundraising@Legionsd.org American Flag Display & Sales Maggie Mudd, Post 6

Mjmudd2004@gmail.com (Continued on Page 4)

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS


San Diego County American Legion www.LegionSD.org

Friday, November 11, 2016 VETERANS DAY 3

“Serving San Diego County and Surrounding Areas”

C OMMA N DE R

MEETING SCHEDULE

GREETINGS FROM THE COMMANDER (Continued from Page 1)

2016 – 2017

(Post 146), Carl Asher (Post 149), or Ed Landis (Post 365). And this is just the start, I've left folks off this list I am certain. This shows what it takes to help just one Legionnaire to become worth her weight (well, part of that weight, anyway). I'm sure everyone reading this has their own list of Legionnaires who have helped them along the way. If you are like me, you joined the American Legion to "give back." To your country, your branch of service (Go Army, beat Navy!), your community, your family. Noble goals, all. Serving in the American Legion makes this easy. Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Whether it's a job fair, a hospital visit, a ride, or an afternoon of company, the American Legion Family of District 22 is there. To the American Legion Family of San Diego, Post 6, you’ve done a great job hosting lunch and bingo every month and the District thanks you for it. Stand Down would not be possible without the hard work of Andrew Pryor (Post 255).

GENERAL MEETINGS Date Time Location

August 7, 2016

9:00 a.m.

Post 731

October 9, 2016

9:00 a.m.

Post 731

December 11, 2016

9:00 a.m.

Post 731

February 12, 2017

9:00 a.m.

Post 731

April 9, 2017

9:00 a.m.

Post 731

June 4, 2017

9:00 a.m.

Post 731

National Security Our call for a full accounting of America's POW/MIAs is reiterated at every American Legion meeting in the soulful voice of 1st Vice Commander Chris Yates (Post 365).

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Americanism The U.S. flag, the Pledge of Allegiance. These too, we honor at every meeting of the American Legion. Thank you, Sergeant-at Arms Rick DeVries (Post 255).

Date Time Location

Children and Youth Boys State, Girls State, the Oratorical Competition, Child Welfare, and Temporary Financial Assistance programs. District 22 supports these programs and supports them well. Thanks to Richard Shick (Post 6), Scott Williams (Post 434), Donna Smith and Lauree Camarato (Units 310 and 731), Frank Zugaj (Post 146), and Roxanne Jones (Post 451).

We thank the folks who run these programs. And we thank the Legionnaires who support them. We also congratulate our new officers. 1st Vice Commander Chris Yates (Post 365) and 2nd Vice Commander Javier Collazo (Post 365). Adjutant Ben Hyde (Post 460), Finance Officer Annette Grimsley (Post 310), Chaplain Sam Cummings (Post 310). Executive Committee members Sam Flores (Post 731), Melissa Johnson (Post 255), Mark Parker (Post 460), Wes Schermann (Post 303), Curtis Witherspoon (Post 201), and Frank Zugaj (Post 146). Congratulations to all of our 2016 - 2017 Post Commanders, who take on the most challenging roles of all! Thank you and congrats to National Executive Committeeman Ed Grimsley, we look forward to seeing you in that red cap. Also, to new Chairman, Membership South Harry Woods. Make us look good gentlemen! I thank you for giving me the chance at a District do-over and I look forward to working with as many of you as possible. (Including this publication!)

July 10, 2016

10:00 a.m.

Post 731

September 10, 2016

10:00 a.m.

Post 434

November 12, 2016

10:00 a.m.

Post 149

January 14, 2017

10:00 a.m.

Post 282

March 4, 2017

10:00 a.m.

Post 416

May 13, 2017

10:00 a.m.

Post 255

AREA 5 MEETINGS Date

September 10 - 11, 2016

District City

**

29

VA Long Beach

November 5 - 6, 2016

731

22

San Diego

January 28 – 29, 2017

60

30

Brawley

March 18 - 19, 2017

519

21

Palm Springs

June 10 - 11, 2017

112

25

Ontario

If you get one thing out of this newspaper, I hope it is this. We are fortunate to be part of a team like this. We are blessed. Stay active in your Community. Ask questions of your District. Answer questions from your Post.

PAST COMMANDERS CLUB OF CALIFORNIA Outpost 22 Usually meets on 5th Saturdays

And of course, fly your American flag. Give blood. Do well and share it with others.

Desiree Herrera Commander, San Diego American Legion District 22 Email: Commander@LegionSD.org Web: www.LegionSD.org Director, Pacific Beach Town Council Web: www.pbtowncouncil.org

Post

Date Time Location

October 29, 2016

9:00 a.m.

Post 149

January 7, 2017

9:00 a.m.

Post 255

April 29, 2017

9:00 a.m.

Post 365

July 29, 2017

9:00 a.m.

Post 310

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS


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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) Speakers Bureau Anthony "Tony" Stewart, Post 434

Blood Donor Frank Zugaj, Post 146

Tony@us4warriors.org Distinguished Guests

(Junior Past Commander) Anthony "Tony" Stewart, Post 434 Tony@us4warriors.org

Trial Board Robert H. Juers, Post 853 Borregorebel@hotmail.com

Inter-Post Relations

Trial Board Members

Contact District Commander

(Total Of 3 Past Commanders) As Assigned

Military Affairs Manny Otero, Post 434 4Cornerstones@cox.net New Posts Eugene “Gene” Michonski, Post 364 Santeealpost364@gmail.com Posts' Activities

Proudly supports American Veterans

40/8 Liaison Charles E. “Chuck” Camarato, Post 731 Ccamarato@Yahoo.com American Legion Riders’ Liaison Paul "Roadblock" Patricio

Vc1post255@aol.com

(First Vice Commander) Chris Yates, Post 365 Cyates2002@gmail.com Religious Emphasis Samuel Cummings, Post 310 Chaplain@legionsd.org

Convention Housing Javier Collazo, Post 365 Webmaster@legionpost365.org Garage Crew Liaison

POW/MIA Raymond Johnson, Post 365

Heroes To Hometowns Richard “Sunny” Farrand, Post 434

Rkjohnson1@cox.net

Rcf.14B@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

Published quarterly by

SAN DIEGO COUNTY AMERICAN LEGION DISTRICT 22 c/o Adjutant 7245 Linda Vista Road San Diego, CA 92111 Phone: (619) 46SDVET (467-3838) Email: Admin@LegionSD.org

Publishing Commission Chairman: Rod Van Orden (Post 6) District Liaison: Desiree Herrera (Post 552) Auxiliary Liaison: Lois Cornish (Unit 434)

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Sons Liaison: Bill Hernandez (SAL 460)

DISTRICT COMMANDER Desiree Herrera (Post 552)

Riders Liaison: Paul "Doc" Robinson (Post 867)

DISTRICT ADJUTANT Ben Hyde (Post 460)

Garage Crew Liaison: Loretta Gabaldon (Post 820)

EDITOR Desiree Herrera (Post 552)

Staff Reporter: B.J. Coleman (Unit 6)

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

NEW EXCITING COMMUNITIES LOCATED: Upper Cielo in the Hillside Village of Rancho Santa Fe Southern Perserve in La Costa - 49 Home Sites For information about our communities, please visit calwestliving.com


San Diego County American Legion www.LegionSD.org 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 4) Membership

(1st Vice Commander) Chris Yates, Post 365 Membership@legionsd.org Operation Comfort Warriors Richard “Sunny” Farrand, Post 434 Rcf.14B@gmail.com ROTC Chris Yates, Post 365 Cyates2002@gmail.com Troop Support Services (Ts2) Manny Otero, Post 434

4Cornerstones@cox.net Va Hospital Bingo Activities

Contact District Commander Veterans Parade Activities Ron Harrell, 460

Ron.harrell@aol.com Veterans Stand Down Andrew Pryor, 255

62Impalapryor@gmail.com

Assistant: Tere Beckman, 434 Webmaster See Public Relations

Web@legionsd.org Audit Board

(3 Members) In Accordance With Bylaws Contact District Commander Resolutions

Past District Commanders Steering

Past District Commanders Publication Oversight Committee

As Assigned

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Friday, November 11, 2016 VETERANS DAY 5

C HA R L E S E . S C H M I DT

NATIONAL COMMANDER Bio of Charles E. Schmidt Charles E. Schmidt was elected national commander of the 2.2 millionmember American Legion on Sept. 1, 2016, in Cincinnati during the 98th national convention of America’s largest Veterans organization. Schmidt enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1965 and served on active duty until his retirement in1993. During that time he advanced from an administrative clerk to a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Officer Training School, earning a commission and assignments to Executive Support Officer positions at major headquarters. His Air Force assignments took him to Oregon, California, Montana, Nebraska, Colorado, England, Germany, Philippines and Vietnam. As an active-duty service member, Schmidt joined Story-Hardin Post 164 in Craig, Mo., in1984. After his military retirement as a major, he was employed by the Air Force Total Quality Management Program at Lowry Technical Training Center in Denver. He transferred his American Legion membership to Harney County Post 63 in Burns, Ore., when he moved to Oregon for a 15-year career at the Greater Oregon Federal Credit Union. He retired from the credit union as the executive vice president. An American Legion Paid Up For Life member, Schmidt served as the Department of Oregon commander from 2004-2005, and he’s served at every level of the Legion, including National Executive Committeeman from 2005-2016. While serving in the Air Force, Schmidt earned a Bronze Star, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, an Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with three oak leaf clusters, a National Defense Service Medal with a bronze star, a Vietnam Service Medal, an Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, an Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters, an Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with one silver oak leaf cluster, an NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon with oak leaf cluster, a Small Arms Expert Marksmanship with bronze star, an Air Force Training Ribbon with oak leaf cluster, a Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with four bronze stars. Schmidt resides in Hines, Ore., with his wife, Linda. They have two daughters, Andria and Cori, and two sons-in-law, Peter and Anthony. They also have six grandchildren: Madeline, Alex, Adam, Raymond, Nicholas and Thomas.

Chair Waldo “Joe” Brunner, Post 275 Waldoj@cox.net

George Simons, Post 146 SimonsG@cox.net Bruce Mackamul, Post 365 SgtMajMackamul@yahoo.com Richard “Sunny” Farrand, Post 434 Rcf.14B@gmail.com

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS


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San Diego County American Legion www.LegionSD.org

MEMBERSHIP REPORT DISTRICT 21ST STANDINGS

Post # Post Name & City

Do you know someone over 55 years of age who is strugglingto live independently due to chronic medical issues?

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

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San Diego, San Diego

160

55

30

5

0

90

56.25%

0146

Oceanside, Oceanside

523

186

58

38

0

282

53.92%

0149

J. B. Clark, Escondido

780

306

87

57

4

454

58.21%

0201

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

80

39

13

0

132

48.18%

0255

Larry E. Bennett, National City

390

153

52

20

1

226

57.95%

0258

Alpine, Alpine

160

11

35

12

0

58

36.25%

0275

La Jolla, La Jolla

81

15

17

5

0

37

45.68%

0282

La Mesa, La Mesa

520

198

79

40

1

318

61.15%

0303

El Cajon, El Cajon

447

151

50

66

16 283

63.31%

0310

Dennis T. Williams, San Diego

480

93

70

11

0

174

36.25%

0332

Ramona, Ramona

31

20

3

0

0

23

74.19%

0364

Santee, Santee

81

30

7

9

0

46

56.79%

0365

Alvin Myo Dunn, Vista

560

149

71

54

1

275

49.11%

0416

San Dieguito, Encinitas

430

136

35

41

0

212

49.30%

0434

Chula Vista, Chula Vista

990

349

146

61

1

557

56.26%

0451

San Diego Womens, San Diego

24

11

5

1

0

17

70.83%

0460

Albert J. Hickman, San Diego

378

114

48

23

9

194

51.32%

0468

Lincoln Deming, Julian

260

96

52

19

0

167

64.23%

0479

Poway, Poway

196

77

24

19

3

123

62.76%

0492

San Diego Downtown, Bonita

38

25

2

0

0

27

71.05%

0537

City Service, San Diego

216

69

67

7

3

146

67.59%

0552

Pacific Beach, San Diego

120

30

28

16

0

74

61.67%

0619

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

7

5

1

0

13

52.00%

0625

Leyte, San Diego, San Diego

15

0

0

3

0

3

20.00%

0731

Larry E. Holmberg, San Diego

301

0

58

23

0

81

26.91%

0776

Fallbrook American Legion, Menifee 40

22

2

4

0

28

70.00%

0820

Imperial Beach, Imperial Beach

460

145

51

31

2

229

49.78%

0853

Borrego Springs, Borrego Springs

336

101

26

28

0

155

46.13%

0867

Charles W. Turner, Chula Vista

50

14

13

4

0

31

62.00%

District 22 Total

8,366 2,643 1,160 611 41 4,455 53.25 %

St. Paul's Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) can help. We've provided free medical and social care to hundreds of San Diego seniors. And with our partnership with Bridge Housing, we may also be able to provide permanent affordable housing to those who qualify for St. Paul's PACE and are earning under $921/mo. or are at risk of homelessness*. So if you know anyone over 55 who has chronic medical conditions and is at risk of homelessness, please call us. We can help.

Veterans Welcome. Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (619) 677-3800 Hearing impaired may call (800) 735-2992 PACEenrollments@StPaulsPace.org StPaulsPACE.org

Leaders in Senior Care

*Housing available based on approval by SD Housing Commission & Bridge Housing, applicants must qualify for St. Paul's PACE. Housing criteria includes those at risk of homelessness, those earning under S921/mo. or those earning $922 - $1382/mo. and paying more than 50% of income in housing costs. St. Paul's PACE is a free program for those with Medi-Cal and no share of cost.

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS


San Diego County American Legion www.LegionSD.org

“Serving San Diego County and Surrounding Areas”

POST 731

A LT E R NAT E

Larry E. Holmberg

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEMAN

BICYCLE PROGRAM

Department of California

By Sam Flores, American Legion Post 731 www.calegionpost731.org Facebook: American Legion Post 731

By Edward J. Grimsley, ALT-NEC, Dept. of California (2016-2018)

Let me start by saying that I thank so much our American Legion District 22 Family for supporting me in getting elected to this prestigious position in the American Legion. I’m looking forward working with District 22 and the California Family though out my tenure (2 years!). Remember my motto: “motivate, inspire and lead.” I’d like to share with you the items below that might be of some interest to you and your family. 1. SB 1012; California to Require State and Local Government to purchase Flags Manufactured in the United States starting January 1, 2017. 2. Taking Military Sexual Trauma Seriously; One California court system is working to address the challenges facing women Veterans, still coping with abuse they endured during their service, http://bit.do/SeriousStuff. 3. CALVET – Flu Vaccination at Walgreens 4. Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Cross is finally saved from ACLU, see the San Diego Union-Tribune for more information; www.sandiegouniontribune.com/ news/2016/sep/08/soledad-final/ 5. Armed Forces Retirement Home – Now Accepting Applications for Residents, visit www.afrh.gov/apply or admissions@afrh.gov 1-800-422-9988

For God and Country Ed Grimsley

Friday, November 11, 2016 VETERANS DAY 7

Larry E. Holmberg Post 731 Bicycle Program

Every post has a specific program, or community service activities that makes them unique. Every post is its individual entity derivative of the mother organization. Although the pillars of the American Legion are set in place to be a basis of abilities that we can be a part of, they are just that, a basis to be creative. Every third Saturday of every month, we host a dart tournament. The competition that every family member contributes in helps to cope with the veteran that they are associated with. The family venue that is created is a unique atmosphere that everyone can be a part of. The donations from this particular event fund our post bicycle program. This program has been in existence for over 20 years and is still going strong. Every year, at the beginning of the school year we are partnered with a local elementary school (Chesterton Elementary School). For every month that the school is in session we donate two bicycles. Acknowledging academic excellence, perfect attendance, and other achievements deemed worthy by the school, in which we draw two names. This creates a motivational program for children of a varied grade level to have something to progress towards excellence. This program also provides exposure to the American Legion Organization throughout the community. Chesterton Elementary is located 3 blocks away from our facility and is within the heart of a military housing community. Being so close to said area this program also assists with membership for our post. This September 30th we drew our first pair of names for the school year. On the last Friday of every month the school hosts an awards assembly we children, teachers, and classrooms are recognized. This venue is when we draw our outstanding students to award them with this gift. We are extremely fortunate to have a continued partnership within this program all around with what we do.

The Spanos Family and the entire Chargers Organization thank and honor

Our Vietnam Veterans for their Service, Valor and Sacrifice to our Country

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS


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BECOME A

40&8er By Charles “Chuck” Camarato, Correspondent

Veterans Day Service Sunday November 13 @ 10:30a Mapleview Baptist Church

13076 Mapleview St. Lakeside CA 92040 All age Sunday School 9a Nursery available mapleviewchurch.com

Featuring: Christian High School Marching Band & Choir

with

Pat McCarty, Retired Army, West Point

Thank you for your service we appreciate you!

Palomar Voiture 1406, is looking for the “Cream of the Crop”

Proud to support

If you have a proven track record as a dedicated Legionnaire, with the credentials to back up that service, talk to any Voyaguer Militaire about applying for membership.

22ND DISTRICT OF AMERICAN LEGION

THE

THE

La Societe De Quarrante Hommes et Huit Chevaux, originally chartered as the “Honor Society” of the American Legion, still abides by that same spirit today. Applicants navigate a serious vetting process to establish their proven abilities. Contact: Harry Woods, Chef de Gare (619) 887-8102 | hwoods3@cox.net

www.PerryAuto.com

PERRY’S GOT IT ALL!

Chuck Camarato, Correspondent (619) 392-4958 | ccamarato@yahoo.com 4 Locations in San Diego County

PERRY FORD of National City

PERRY FORD of Poway

(800) 756-3514

(800) 670-4814

CHRYSLER • DODGE JEEP • RAM

(866) 711-2108

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

(866) 881-7008


San Diego County American Legion www.LegionSD.org

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Friday, November 11, 2016 VETERANS DAY 9

DI S T R IC T 2 2

SERVICE OFFICER UPDATE By Bud Lichtenstern, District Service Officer

Comrades,

September was Suicide Prevention Month and we are all called to service in this vital endeavor to reduced and hopefully eliminate Veteran suicide. Your Posts can play a pivotal role in preventing suicide. You don’t have to be a trained professional to support someone who may be going through a difficult time. I want to let you know that things you do every day, like calling an old friend or checking in with a neighbor, are strong preventive factors for suicide because they help your fellow patriot and warrior feel less alone. That’s what this campaign is about; encouraging us to be there for each other. The campaign also highlights VA resources that are available to support Veterans and Service members who are coping with mental health challenges or are at risk for suicide, and it encourages everyone to share these resources with someone in their life. Warning signs for suicide are; a comrade threatening to hurt or kill themselves; or looking for ways to do that and talking or writing about death or suicide. To save your comrade each of you and your Posts should have a plan. "What are you going to do if that call from a veteran or Post Member comes in". If you are concerned about someone you or your Post Officers can call the "Access & Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240. Each Post can go to www.Up2SD.org to get resources to assist you in your planning. You can also dial 2-1-1. Local VA Outreach "Vet Centers" Programs are a great source. Use Them. As always, Your Post Services is an important asset to your Posts and they stand ready to assist all comrades... Bud/District 22 Service Officer

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POST 731

Care Packages For

San Diego County American Legion www.LegionSD.org

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DEPLOYED YOUNG WOMEN

2ND VICE COMMANDER

By Lauree Camarato, Unit President

By Javier Collazo, 2nd Vice Commander

American Legion District 22 members, as your newly elected Second Vice Commander, I look forward to serving this district with the professionalism and pride that makes the 22nd District the tip of the spear in the Department of California. Looking ahead to the 99th Department of California Convention in Riverside, we are in negotiations with the hotel to lock our reservations. I will have the information immediately available to the members

In an effort to raise money for the District Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation (VA&R), I would like to announce an opportunity drawing of a 32” LED TV that will be held on the December District General Meeting. I also have a number of District 22 Red Shirts available and District 22 Pins. Please take the time to purchase these items as great welcome aboard gifts to your new post members.

Picture (left to right): Tina Engleman, Dawn Bertoni-Lynch, Annette Grimsley, Carmen Boaz, Stella Romriell, Alicia Romriell, Maria Moss, Caryn Krog, Sam Flores, Michelle Flores, Lauree Camarato

Javier Collazo 2nd Vice Commander webmaster@legionpost365.org

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American Legion Auxiliary Unit 731 is located in the heart of one of San Diego’s largest military housing neighborhoods. The members wanted to give back to the military community and developed a care package program for deployed young women. The Unit’s 2nd Vice President, Alicia Romriell, a military wife herself, reached out to a local connection and received the name of a Chaplain stationed with a MEU. Alicia and the Chaplain Hwang Song corresponded via email, where the Chaplain shared that many of the young women aboard the ship do not receive mail or packages. The Chaplain is in charge of the mail distribution and had direct knowledge of who might benefit from receiving a package. The Auxiliary members targeted Memorial Day for delivery of the first installment of packages. They were able to raise the money for the care packages by holding rummage sales along with a generous donation from the Post Chaplain, Gus Freeman, from his Friday Night Chili dinner. With some careful shopping and planning, the members were able to purchase enough supplies for 18 large packages. A fun afternoon was spent boxing up the items and writing personal notes and included a photo of the Unit members. The packages were sent directly to the attention of Chaplain Song so he could make sure the packages were delivered to the right young women. The Auxiliary recently received a thank you letter from Chaplain Song where he expressed his sincere appreciation for the packages. In his letter he referred to the members as “angels from God”. All members were brought to tears after reading this letter. The “Angels from God” has stuck and their care package project has adopted that name. The next shipments of care packages are planned for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Friday, November 11, 2016 VETERANS DAY 11

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR GREAT NATION

HAPPY VETERANS DAY “Our veterans and military families put their lives on the line for our country—and they deserve our deepest thanks. That’s why in Congress, I’m working to reform the VA system, improve mental health care and connect veterans with good-paying job opportunities here at home.” — SCOTT

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San Diego County American Legion www.LegionSD.org

2016 - 2017

MEMBERSHIP SOUTH CHAIRMAN By Harry Woods, Chairman, Membership South

Hello Comrades!

I am the team Membership South Chairman for 2016 2017. What that means is I am responsible for American Legion membership in Southern California. I wanted to briefly talk to you about why we should be extremely proud of our membership in the American Legion, where we stand in terms of membership, what we can do to help our membership grow and why it is important for military families and our communities. First, most members don't know that the American Legion was responsible for getting the GI Bill through Congress. That's a big deal because the GI Bill continues to help Veterans buy their first home and/or get a college education. Also, as a side note, American Legion District 22 has an endowment at San Diego State University that gives two Veterans funding to further assist them with their education. The amount distributed will continue to grow as the initial investment grows. We currently have a goal of approximately 90,000 members in the state of California. That's down from 166,000 in 1991. Therefore, it goes without saying that we need to get our membership back up to the glory days of the 1990's. So, what can we do? If you're a member, simply ask a fellow Veteran to join. Once they sign up help them find their way, don't just bring them in and forget about them. Help them find the appropriate volunteer opportunity. If you're not a member and you want to be, Google the American Legion Post closest to you, bring proof of service to the Post, and tell them you want to sign up.

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Friday, November 11, 2016 VETERANS DAY 13

POST 146

AUXILIARY PRESIDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION Oceanside, California

By Tony Azares, Commander, Oceanside Post 146

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A long-time Oceanside resident, whose husband and father served in the Marine Corps, was picked as Navy Fisher House Volunteer of the Year. Mary Thorsten received the “2016 Navy Fisher House Volunteer of the Year“ award.

Mary Thorsten was recognized for her volunteer efforts to help military families living at Camp Pendleton’s Fisher House during the recovery of a combat injured family member. The nonprofit Fisher House on base serves several hundred military families a year from across the country, while they are visiting Marines getting medical treatment at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton or other area military medical facilities. Thorston set up a volunteer driver program that takes veterans and family members from Camp Pendleton to the VA Healthcare Hospital in La Jolla when they have no other transportation and started bringing home-baked cookies over to Fisher House each Wednesday. It is now known as “Cookie Wednesdays.” Thorsten brings dozens of cookies baked with the help of volunteers from an Oceanside gym where she works out and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 146 in Oceanside, where she is president. When she drops off the cookies, Thorsten picks up Fisher House residents’ recyclables and uses the recycling refund to restock their water supply. Thornsten, who moved to Camp Pendleton in 1961 when her father was serving in the Marine Corps, started volunteering at the Fisher House when it opened last year. She also volunteers at the VA Clinic in Oceanside. “Most of what I do is small and simple but to the families at the Fisher House it is very meaningful,” Thornsten said. The 8,000 square-foot Fisher House on base is one of 70 such homes at dozens of major military and VA medical centers around the country, including two at Naval Medical Center San Diego, where service members’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one receives medical treatment. Tony Azares Commander, Oceanside Post 146

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San Diego County American Legion www.LegionSD.org

DI S T R IC T 2 2 C OM M A N DE R

AMERICAN LEGION HELPS SUPPORT #FOOD4WARRIORS By Anthony “Tony” Stewart, Past District 22 Commander Photos Courtesy of Barry Baron, Us for Warriors Foundation Associate Photographer

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It can happen to anyone. Living paycheck to paycheck and trying to make ends meet. Could be an elder veteran living on retirement, but not bringing home enough to sustain the household. Could be the veteran in transition trying to find a new career, but has yet to earn that first paycheck from a new job. Could be the family of a deployed soldier, sailor, airman or marine trying to keep a house together while budgeting to feed their children. Or, it could just be that moment in someone’s life where the income just doesn’t match the need. Whatever the reason, where there is a need to fill, the American Legion and area partners are there. Enter the American Legion and Us for Warriors Foundation partnership. Monthly Food4Warriors Food Drops, coordinated and funded by Us for Warriors Foundation, known as Us4Warriors, in partnership with Feeding America San Diego, Knights of Columbus and the American Legion, has ensured many have gained a nourishing hand up when they needed it most. Since developing the partnership in June 2016, the team has offered food to those in need each month. Near 20 tons of groceries have made their way to 750 active duty, post service veterans and their dependents leading to households that have fed over 1000 based on reported household sizes at times of registration. Leading the charge, American Legion Posts 434 and 731 as well as 146 via the Veterans Association of North County Building provided venues for hosting these events. Thanks to Post Commanders Sherry Hill of Post 434 and Sam Flores of 731, venue resources were ready and able to serve many. Several legionnaires representing San Diego American Legion District 22 Posts 146, 201, 275, 282, 303, 434, 460, and 731 assembled to support these Food4Warriors Food Drop events to help active duty, veterans and their families in need. Thanks to 80 proud volunteers from the Us4Warriors’ Veteran Volunteer Force comprised of active duty, veterans, community supporters and proud legionnaires, everything from vegetables, fruits, pastas and rice, various canned goods, snacks, desserts and many more are packed up in recyclable paper sacks and provided to each person who comes forward, whether via registration or just showing up on the date of delivery. Past District 22 Commander and Us4Warriors CEO, Tony Stewart, reports, “It takes a solid team to make this happen. What a great team! Volunteers like, District 22 Executive Board member, Curtis Witherspoon of Post 201; Carlos and Patricia Cuellar of Post 303, Knights of Columbus and Us4Warriors; and Dan Sutton, the U. S. Army Warriors Transition Unit Ombudsman and Us4Warriors’ Associate, have successfully ensured each food drop was supported, ready and equipped to help so many.” Food4Warriors Food Drop events have become a unique partnership that has come together based on need and mutual helpfulness. Thanks to San Diego American Legion District 22 legionnaires banding together with these valuable, local partners; active duty, veterans and their dependents can focus on other family challenges knowing that hunger isn’t one of them. Check out the website http://www.Food4Warriors. org for more information.

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Friday, November 11, 2016 VETERANS DAY 15

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DISTRICT 22 AT WORK

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THE AMERICAN LEGION � MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION THE AMERICAN LEGION � MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION THE AMERICAN LEGION � MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Name__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (First) (Initial) (Last) (Phone) Name__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (First) (Initial) (Last) (Phone) (Street) (City) (State) (Zip) Name__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (First) (Initial) (Last) (Phone) _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (Street) (City) (State) (Zip) (Membership ID# Former Member) (Email) (Post #) (Date) Address _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (Street) (City) (State) (Zip) Please check appropriate eligibility dates and branch of(Email) service below: (Membership ID# Former Member) (Post #) (Date) R WWI (4/6/17-11/11/18) R U.S. Army _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ R WWII (12/7/41-12/31/46) R and U.S. Navy Please check appropriate eligibility dates branch of(Email) service below: (Membership ID# Former Member) (Post #) (Date) R WWI Korea (6/25/50-1/31/55) R U.S. U.S. Army Air Force R (4/6/17-11/11/18) R R WWII Vietnam (2/28/61-5/7/75) R U.S. U.S. Navy Marines R (12/7/41-12/31/46) R Please check appropriate eligibility dates andCoast branch of service below: R Lebanon/Grenada (8/24/82-7/31/84) R U.S. Guard R Korea(4/6/17-11/11/18) (6/25/50-1/31/55) R U.S. Force R WWI R U.S. Air Army R Panama (12/20/89-1/31/90) R Merchant Marines (12/7/41-12/31/46 - Only Eligibility) R Vietnam (2/28/61-5/7/75) R U.S. Marines R WWII (12/7/41-12/31/46) U.S. Navy R Gulf War/War on Terrorism (8/2/90 until cessation R of hostilities) R (8/24/82-7/31/84) R Coast Guard RLebanon/Grenada Korea (6/25/50-1/31/55) RU.S. U.S. Air Force R Panama (12/20/89-1/31/90) R Merchant Marines (12/7/41-12/31/46 - Only Eligibility) R Vietnam (2/28/61-5/7/75) R U.S. marked Marines I certify that I served at least one day of active military duty during the dates above and was honorably discharged or am still serving honorably. R Gulf War/War on Terrorism (8/2/90 until cessation R of hostilities) RLebanon/Grenada (8/24/82-7/31/84) U.S. Coast Guard R Panama (12/20/89-1/31/90) RMerchant Marines (12/7/41-12/31/46 - Only Eligibility) I certify that I served at least one day active military theofdates marked above and was honorably discharged or am still serving honorably. R__________________________________________________________________________Name Gulf War/War onofTerrorism (8/2/90duty untilduring cessation hostilities) Signed By Applicant of Recruiter ____________________________________________________________________ IMail certify that I servedapplication at least one day active military duty during the datesHeadquarters, marked above and was honorably discharged or am still serving honorably. to of The American Legion National Attn: Internal Affairs. Annual dues must accompany completed application. Ask local contact for Signedcompleted By Applicant __________________________________________________________________________Name of Recruiter ____________________________________________________________________ amount due. For current department address, go to www.legion.org.

ALA 12/2013

Mail to The American Legion National Headquarters, Attn: Internal Affairs. Annual ____________________________________________________________________ dues must accompany completed application. Ask local contact for Signedcompleted By Applicantapplication __________________________________________________________________________Name of Recruiter amount due. For current department address, go to www.legion.org. ALA 12/2013 Mail completed application to The American Legion National Headquarters, Attn: Internal Affairs. Annual dues must accompany completed application. Ask local contact for amount due. For current department address, go to www.legion.org. ALA 12/2013

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Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Recruited by ______________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Veteran through whom eligibility is established _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (First) (Initial) (Last) (Street) (City) (State) (Zip) (Initial) (Phone) (Last) (a) Above is a member in good standing of Post No. ___________________________________________________________ Department of ____________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Veteran through whom eligibility is established _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (Street) (City) (State) (Zip) (Phone) OR (b) Above is a deceased veteran who served honorably from ____________________________________________________________to ____________________________________________________________ (a) Above is a member in good standing of Post No. ___________________________________________________________ Department of ____________________________________________________________ Veteran through whom eligibility is established _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (c) Relationship of Applicant to Veteran ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ OR (b) Above is a deceased veteran who served honorably from ____________________________________________________________to ____________________________________________________________ (a) Above is a member in good standing of Post No. ___________________________________________________________ Department of ____________________________________________________________ Has applicant previously been a member of the SAL? ________________________________________________________________ Where? ____________________________________________________________ (c) Relationship of Applicant to Veteran ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ OR (b) Above is a deceased veteran who served honorably from ____________________________________________________________to ____________________________________________________________ I hereby subscribe to the Constitution of the Sons of The American Legion and apply for membership. Has applicant previously been a member of the SAL? ________________________________________________________________ Where? ____________________________________________________________ (c) Relationship of Applicant to Veteran ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Email Address _________________________________________________________________________ Transmit $ ______________________________________ for 20 _______________ annual membership dues I hereby subscribe to the Constitution of the Sons of The American Legion and apply for membership. Has applicant previously been a member of the SAL? ________________________________________________________________ Where? ____________________________________________________________ Signed By Applicant (or Parent) ________________________________________________________________ Eligibility certified by __________________________________________________________________ Email Address _________________________________________________________________________ Transmit $ ______________________________________ for 20 _______________ annual membership dues I hereby subscribe to the Constitution of the Sons of The American Legion and apply for membership.

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Mail completed application to Sons of The American Legion department/state headquarters. Annual dues must accompany completed application. Ask local contact for amount Signed By current Applicantdetachment (or Parent) ________________________________________________________________ Eligibilityor certified by __________________________________________________________________ due. address, go to The American Legion department/state headquarters, visit www.legion.org. Email For Address _________________________________________________________________________ Transmit $ ______________________________________ for 20 _______________ annual membership dues ALA 12/2013 Mail completed application to Sons of The American Legion department/state headquarters. Annual dues must accompany completed application. Ask local contact for amount Signed By current Applicantdetachment (or Parent) ________________________________________________________________ Eligibilityor certified by __________________________________________________________________ due. For address, go to The American Legion department/state headquarters, visit www.legion.org. ALA 12/2013

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AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY � MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY � MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY � MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION APPLICANT INFORMATION

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/ / Mail you completed application to American headquarters. Have been a member previously? RYes Legion RNoAuxiliary department/state Signature of Applicant (or legal guardian if under 18)Ask local contact for amount Date due. Annual dues must accompany completed application. For current department address go to: www.ALAforVeterans.org/contact/state_headquarters. / / Mail Dues completed to American Legion Auxiliary department/state headquarters. include aapplication yearly non-refundable allocation of $3.40 for American Legion Auxiliary magazine. Signature of Applicant (or legal guardian if under 18) Date Annual dues must accompany completed application. Ask local contact for amount due.

Membership pending approval of application. For current department address go to: www.ALAforVeterans.org/contact/state_headquarters. Mail completed application to American Legion Auxiliary department/state headquarters. Dues include a yearly non-refundable allocation of $3.40 for American Legion Auxiliary magazine. Annual dues must accompany completed application. Ask local contact for amount due. Membership approval of application. For current department address go pending to: www.ALAforVeterans.org/contact/state_headquarters. Dues include a yearly non-refundable allocation of $3.40 for American Legion Auxiliary magazine.

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Friday, November 11, 2016 VETERANS DAY 19

Veterans THANK YOU

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I often get asked, “Who are the American Legion Riders?” and “What do they do?” Well, to put it very simply, The American Legion Riders (ALR) are first and foremost, Legionnaires, Auxiliary, or SONs and in order to join an ALR Chapter, you MUST be a member in good standing of one of these three organizations. Our primary purpose is to support our host Post and to spread the word about the American Legion while supporting Veteran causes. The ALR is not a motorcycle club, but rather an association of like-minded Legion Family members who enjoy family activities and the opportunity to advance the aims and goals of The American Legion. The American Legion Riders are the fastest growing program within the American Legion and are continually bringing in more and more members as well as starting new chapters throughout the state. The American Legion Riders attract veterans from all war eras as far back as WWII, as well as current Active-duty members. Many active duty military installations conduct motorcycle safety training programs in which American Legion Riders play an important part. District 22 is host to 10 of the 32 ALR Chapters in Area 5, with rider chapters from Posts 146, 149, 201, 255, 301, 365, 416, 434, 460 & 853, with well over 200 members. Within District 22, 2 of the 3 elected ALR State Officer, the State President, Mick Sobczak, and the State SGT-At-Arms, Steve Storey, are members of chapters in District 22. Additionally, the ALR Commissioner for Area 5 who is the liaison between the ALR and the American Legion, is also from a chapter in District 22. ALR Members are actively supporting their host Posts and some of the riders hold officer positions within their host post. We spend a lot of time on our motorcycles supporting each other and doing whatever we can to support Veteran causes. Between hosting events at our posts, i.e. breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and putting on major events, just as Poker Runs, Bike Nights, Toys for Tots, and other Social Events, the American Legion Riders donate tens of thousands of dollars annually to a multitude of Veteran’s charities.

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California Area 5 American Legion Vice Commander Recognized at POW/ MIA Ceremony at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton

CAMP PENDLETON - Last Friday was National POW/MIA Day for the families of the men and women who fought for our country that never returned home. Observances were held across the nation at various military and veteran organizations to remember those who will never be forgotten.

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Several American Legion members attended the special ceremony commemorating the sacrifices of these service men and women during the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton 26th annual ceremony. California American Legion Area 5, Vice Commander, Clay Baxter was one of the four individuals recognized as a MIA family member. “Every September 16th, I honor my father Joseph Clay Baxter, Jr. US Army Air Corps Bataan Death March Survivor”, says former Marine and Area 5 Vice-Commander Baxter. The last words of the Litany of Remembrance are the words to forever remember. “For as long as we live they too still live, for they are still part of us, as we remember them” says Naval Hospital Chaplain CDR Nick Hamilton. Also in attendance was 76th Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, Ret. Col USMC and The American Legion 2016 Legislator of the Year who offered his condolences to the attending MIA family members. The ceremony included REMEMBERING the six Missing in Action (MIA) corpsman still unaccounted for from Vietnam War by releasing six black and white balloons who were stationed at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

Pictured Top: MIA family members include California American Legion Area 5 Vice-Commander Clay Baxter with Naval Hospital Commanding Officer Lisa Mulligan, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (Col. Ret. USMC) and Pastoral Services Executive Assistant Vicki Miller. Pictured Bottom: MIA family member and California American Legion Area 5 Vice-Commander Clay Baxter pictured with Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Command Chaplain, CDR Nick Hamilton, CHC, USN and Pastoral Executive Assistant Vicki Miller.

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VETERANS BALL Saturday Feb 18th, 2017 By Colleen Collazo, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 365 President

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(Tickets available for purchase in the Club Room) Cocktail Hour: 1700 – 1800 Ceremony: 1800 – 1900 Guest of Honor: Haywood Bagley Jr. Past Commander – Vista Citizen of the Year

San Diego County American Legion www.LegionSD.org P OW / M IA C E R E M ON Y (Continued from Page 21) In addition, The American Legion also celebrated their 97th anniversary on September 16th, serving military and veterans adding to this very special day. California Area 5 American Legion encompasses five districts all surrounding Camp Pendleton, ranging from Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Imperial counties. There are 109 posts in 5 districts within the Southern California Area 5. The American Legion serves all family members which includes the Sons of American Legion Squadron, American Legion Rider Chapter and work closely with the American Legion Auxiliary Unit. The American Legion welcomes all active duty, wartime veterans and family members in the community. The San Dieguito American Legion Post 416 of Encinitas services active duty, wartime veterans and their families from North County San Diego, to include Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Assault Craft Unit Five. They hold their general membership meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 210 West F Street in downtown Encinitas. To learn more about your local American Legion contact M. Fisher, Media and Public Relations Officer at: (760) 908-3550, public.relations@Calegionpost416.org or visit their website at www.calegionpost416.org.

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DEPARTMENT HISTORIAN

POST 434

Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation

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By Lillian L. Moss, American Legion Department of California, Historian

First, I want to thank ALL of the CA Legionnaires who have been supportive of me as your Department Historian this past year. It is an honor to still be able to still serve my Country as a volunteer to further the cause of all Veterans, present and future.

By Susie Tozier, Auxiliary

District 22 has been extremely busy these past several months. VA Summer Sports Clinic was held in San Diego September 19-23, 2016. The Veterans participated in kayaking, archery, surfing, bike riding and sailing. I had the opportunity to participate in the sailing events as a volunteer. It was terrific seeing the smiles on their faces throughout the week. This is a great event to volunteer.

I was humbled to be able to sing the National Anthem on 07 September 2016, in honor of 9/11 for Homeland Security. Mayor Kevin Faulconer attended as well Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. I was excited to meet the oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor Raymond Chavez. Mr. Chavez is 104 years old and, was born in San Bernardino. We had the Homecoming for past Vice Commander representing Area 5, Edward Grimsley and Past Department President Suzie Tozier. We participated in Veteran Stand-down 2016 where the American Legion served over 1000 Veterans and their families on the official opening day of the three-day event. The target achievement this year was focused on getting homeless Veterans housing. Then there was the American Legion state convention where our own Comrade Edward Grimsley received unwavering support to become the Alternate National Executive Committeeman for the Department of California. Our Commander, District 22 had some extra fun, which caused her to revise her vote for Papa Ed. By reviewing the pictures, you should be able to tell which pictures are related to this incident. During the fall, DEC held at Post 108, Amador, CA, Michelle Steinmetz, from National Headquarters and Mick Sobczak, President of The American Legion Riders, conducted Leadership and Development (LEAD) training for the District 1st Vice Commanders. Topics included how to develop an effective membership team, Post Operations, mylegion.org, and public relations. All in attendance left with a wealth of knowledge they will be able to share with their Post’s. Mojo was their Mascot On to the National Convention, where our own Department Historian, took a pictures with Charles E. Schmidt, the Legion's first national commander from Oregon. ...and did not know it beforehand! As the Historian, it is my belief that pictures assist with any articles and sometimes they stand alone. Please enjoy the selection of pictures that support this article.

Volunteers are needed. You can volunteer one day a week at the hospital, CBOC (Oceanside or Chula Vista), and the ASPIRE Center in Old Town. All you have to do is complete the paperwork, blood test, and security screening. Contact the Voluntary Services Office at the hospital. 858-6422-3267. Congratulations to Mary Thorsten, ALA Unit 146, for being the volunteer of the year for the Fischer House in Pendelton. This is such a big honor. Holidays are coming. All of the volunteer groups are collecting items to fill 250 backpacks to be given to the patients at the hospital and the ASPIRE Center. Last year was our first year doing this activity. I have collected 120 baseball hats and visors from Shirley Reeves, Post and Unit 416. Thank you Shirley. I need 130 more. Please bring them to the District meeting no later than December meeting. A list of items will be provided at the October 2016 District meeting. Laptops for the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). We are looking for refurbished laptops for the SCI. These will be used by the Veterans to participate in telemedicine. The laptops have to be no older than 3 years. Remember the Veterans! Susie Tozier, Hospital Representative

If you have any complaints, please direct them to CommanderSD@legion.org. In the words of Department Commander, Gary Leach, “FULL SPEED AHEAD.”

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UNIT 552

PACIFIC BEACH ALA is like the Energizer Bunny! By Nancy Person, Treasurer/Secretary)

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As we approach the end of the first quarter of our seventh fiscal year, we stop to reflect on how this year is going so far. Like many a non-profit that depends upon its volunteer members, we’re getting a bit tired. Life just seems to get busier and busier, and it’s hard fitting everything in to one’s schedule. However, I am happy to report that our unit continues to welcome new members and we still have a strong core group of active and dependable women upon whom we can rely. Let’s take a quick look at the past three months to see what we’ve accomplished. Our new year began with several of our members volunteering at the Women’s Museum in Liberty Station on July 1st. Their mission is to educate and inspire present and future generations about the experiences and contributions of women by collecting, preserving and interpreting the evidence of that experience. We continued the month with the annual collection of new socks and the purchase of new shoes for veterans. Not only did we donate over 700 new pairs of socks and 45 pairs of new shoes, but we also volunteered our time at the San Diego Stand Down for homeless veterans and made a personal connection with some of the veterans. One of the four young women we sponsored at Girls State attended our July meeting. She enthusiastically shared her experiences with us and confirmed the fact that we truly changed her life. Including many details in her oration helped us to feel like we were right there with her! August found us donating money for a Bouncy House at the Tap Fever Studios annual performance bash. A few of us also helped out at this local non-profit’s event. We finished up the month donating 74 backpacks filled with school supplies to the attendees of Camp Hero. This day camp is for the children of active-duty military and is one of the wonderful programs offered by Armed Services YMCA in Murphy Canyon. See their thank-you photo. Our first-ever plant sale in September was a grand success and allowed us to donate money to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. To finish up the month, we donated money to the Pacific Beach Town Council, to help fund their annual event, PAESAN (Police and Emergency Services Appreciation Night). Several members also participated in the event. We’re into our second quarter and are we taking a break? Of course we’re not! On 10/1 we shared a booth with VFW Post 5985 at the Pacific BeachFest. Active-duty navy personnel stationed on the USS Paul Hamilton assisted us at this fun event. On the 2nd, several members welcomed home the World War II vets who visited Washington DC, thanks to Honor Flight San Diego. See photos. We will also be helping the Sons of the American Legion at their Oktoberfest at VFW Post 5985 on 10/8. Did I mention we’re tired? I guess it’s not hard to see why. We are very active in the community, with veterans and active-duty families. We are so grateful to live in a free country and are happy to show our appreciation by giving back. ALA Unit 552 really embodies the motto, “Service, not self.”

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AREA 5

POW/MIA CEREMONY at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton By Mary J. Whitler-Fisher, Press Release

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California Area 5 American Legion Vice Commander Recognized at POW/MIA Ceremony at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton

CAMP PENDLETON - Last Friday was National POW/MIA Day for the families of the men and women who fought for our country that never returned home. Observances were held across the nation at various military and veteran organizations to remember those who will never be forgotten.

Several American Legion members attended the special ceremony commemorating the sacrifices of these service men and women during the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton 26th annual ceremony. California American Legion Area 5, Vice Commander, Clay Baxter was one of the four individuals recognized as a MIA family member. “Every September 16th, I honor my father Joseph Clay Baxter, Jr. US Army Air Corps Bataan Death March Survivor”, says former Marine and Area 5 Vice-Commander Baxter. The last words of the Litany of Remembrance are the words to forever remember. “For as long as we live they too still live, for they are still part of us, as we remember them” says Naval Hospital Chaplain CDR Nick Hamilton. Also in attendance was 76th Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, Ret. Col USMC and The American Legion 2016 Legislator of the Year who offered his condolences to the attending MIA family members. The ceremony included REMEMBERING the six Missing in Action (MIA) corpsman still unaccounted for from Vietnam War by releasing six black and white balloons who were stationed at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

MIA family members include California American Legion Area 5 Vice-Commander Clay Baxter with Naval Hospital Commanding Officer Lisa Mulligan, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (Col. Ret. USMC) and Pastoral Services Executive Assistant Vicki Miller.

In addition, The American Legion also celebrated their 97th anniversary on September 16th, serving military and veterans adding to this very special day. California Area 5 American Legion encompasses five districts all surrounding Camp Pendleton, ranging from Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Imperial counties. There are 109 posts in 5 districts within the Southern California Area 5. The American Legion serves all family members which includes the Sons of American Legion Squadron, American Legion Rider Chapter and work closely with the American Legion Auxiliary Unit. The American Legion welcomes all active duty, wartime veterans and family members in the community. The San Dieguito American Legion Post 416 of Encinitas services active duty, wartime veterans and their families from North County San Diego, to include Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and Assault Craft Unit Five. They hold their general membership meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 210 West F Street in downtown Encinitas. To learn more about your local American Legion contact M. Fisher, Media and Public Relations Officer at: (760) 908-3550, public.relations@Calegionpost416.org or visit their website at www.calegionpost416.org.

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MIA family member and California American Legion Area 5 Vice-Commander Clay Baxter pictured with Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Command Chaplain, CDR Nick Hamilton, CHC, USN and Pastoral Executive Assistant Vicki Miller.


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By Roxanne Jones

Saturday began with Resolutions Training to better understand how write one and the pathway to National Headquarters. Most informative. This was followed by presenters of programs that had benefited from grants: Bully Prevention called Angels & Doves which has been successful in lowering the bullying incidents in schools by empowering youth in leadership roles; and Family Support Network that encourages support at all levels of the American Legion especially as the Guard is being activated more and more and help is needed for those left behind.

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We had a brief overview of Internet Crimes Against Children from a Task Officer of the FBI. We must be on guard and aware of what our children are doing on the internet, texting, and including all the little chat rooms that are constantly evolving. One major thing to now be aware of are the built in cameras on computers, baby monitors, etc. We are in a technological world and it’s not going away – Pandora’s Box as you might say.

Greetings one and all and welcome to another year in the American Legion. This was a summer of travel starting with the trip to Fresno for the Department Convention. The meeting was productive and we matched names to faces, and many were new to the team. District 22 is just awesome – great reports, fantastic photos of events, and timely reporting. This is one area that the team agreed needed some improvement by Districts. Aside from personal travel to the Midwest for another organization conference and a class Reunion (50 years), I made a trip to Indianapolis on a Call-In for Children & Youth. It was Even better than the previous year. The Committee was celebrating its 10th year of Children And Youth Conferences. The sessions were held Friday evening through Sunday morning. Friday evening was welcoming and opening remarks from the National Commander, Chairman of the American Legion Americanism Commission, National Secretary of American Legion Auxiliary, Chairman of Children and Youth American Legion Auxiliary and Children and Youth Sons of the American Legion, Chairman of Junior Shooting Sports Program.

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Following lunch there were presenters on Youth Education and Scholarships, Children and Youth Programs in the Auxiliary and Son of the American Legion. It was enlightening to hear what is being done in other areas in promoting the programs for Children and Youth beyond the usual holiday parties and fundraisers for particular programs. Working with schools and teachers is one not to be overlooked and should be year round rather than once-a-year-invite-a-veteranday. Sunday began with a Patriotic Religious Service that included a wonderful program on the MIA Table presented by local Juniors. Following a Continental Breakfast, the Session continued with presentations by Legion Child Welfare Grant Recipients: Our Military Kids which provides support for families through grants for children to enjoy enrichment programs that would be out of their reach, and the National Children’s Cancer Center Society which is promoting cancer awareness at schools through Hats/Sunglasses/ Sunscreen Program – both very worthwhile programs. I have information and contacts for any of the programs mentioned above. I hope many of you don’t go to conferences and conventions and pick up all the nice glossy brochures, read them and then toss them aside. Since it is almost Halloween it’s time to begin handing out those Halloween brochures and talking about the safety tips – it’s never too soon!


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Remembering Those That Protect And Serve By Lauree Camarato, Unit President

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American Legion Auxiliary Unit 731 wanted to find a way to remember 9-11 and to thank their local first responders for their service to the community. One of their members proposed a “cookie drop” at the fire stations in the area. Auxiliary members quickly organized and baked a variety of homemade cookies and treats for four area fire stations and their crews. They prepared large trays of cookies containing over 5 dozen cookies, with small American flags and red, white and blue trimmings. The Auxiliary members and their family’s caravanned from station to station, not knowing if they would find anyone available to receive their cookies. Everyone was a bit nervous at the first stop at Engine Co. 28, and they were so happy when they were met with big smiles and open arms by the firemen. They traveled next to Engine Co. 36, where they also found Engine Co. 23 (they were having a meeting). The firemen graciously posed for photos and let us wear their fire helmets. The last stop was Engine Co. 27, where the firemen gave the kids stickers and let them sit in the fire trucks. A small gestures turned into a heartwarming experience for everyone when the firemen shared how much they respected the mission of the American Legion and the job that our military men and women do. Auxiliary Unit 731 members that attended were Michelle Flores, Alicia Romriell, Stella Romriell, Dawn Bertoni-Lynch, Victoria Montgomery, Trisha Perkins and Lauree Camarato.

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JUST A COMMON SOLDIER (A Soldier Died Today) by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast, And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past. Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done, In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one. And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke, All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke. But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away, And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today. He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife, For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life. Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way, And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today. When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state, While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great. Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young, But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung. Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man? Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife, Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life? A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives. While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all, Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small. It’s so easy to forget them for it was so long ago, That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys, Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys. Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand, Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand? Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end? He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin, But his presence should remind us we may need his like again. For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start. If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise, Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days. Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say, Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

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