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22nd District

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

Sunday, November 11, 2018 VETERANS DAY 1

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C OM MA N DE R 2 0 1 8 - 2 0 1 9 :

AUXIL IA RY PRESIDE NT 2018- 2019:

CHRIS YATES

SUSIE TOZIER

The opening ceremonies of the 100th National Convention of The American Legion this past August dramatically outlined our purpose and responsibility as our nation’s largest veterans service organization. The program opened like most official meetings, but with more pizzazz. The National Colors were presented by the National Championship Color Guard from Newport Harbor Post 291, the National Anthem was performed by the Indiana Army National Guard 38th Sustainment Brigade Quartet, from Kuwait, and the opening concluded with a special acknowledgment of our WWII veterans who were assigned special seating in the front of the auditorium. Then, actors portraying Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and founders of The American Legion presented a Broadway-like musical and theatrical journey back to the origins of The American Legion, with brilliant video and photographs displayed on large screens.

The American Legion Family on the second Saturday of each month hosts bingo for the patients. The Auxiliary provides the lunches for 2 West and Spinal Cord. Snacks are provided for 2 South. It is an afternoon of fun for the patients and volunteers.

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The messaging of the performance was clear; referring to bonds that tie, unbreakable bonds that unite us as veterans for a lifetime. Our forefathers believed that those special bonds created in the darkest hours, our comradeship in service, and the values that held us together were one step away from citizenship in our communities. The actor portraying Theodore Roosevelt Jr. explained that “Together we could work to prevent another war, or prepare ourselves and others if it should happen again. Together, we could fight in Washington to ensure that veterans and their families are treated fairly by the government that sent them off to fight, and together we could do our best to ensure a square deal for our youth and children, no matter the circumstances.” As the performance ended, Theodore Roosevelt IV, chairman of The American Legion’s 100th Anniversary Honorary Committee, took the stage and saluted the man portraying his grandfather, the president’s son who went on after helping form The American Legion to earn the Medal of Honor in Normandy, France, during World War II. (Continued on Page 2)

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The 2018 Veterans Administration Summer Sports Clinic was held over the days from September 16 to 21. The purpose of this clinic is to help veterans heal. The veteran participants do cycling, canoeing, archery, surfing and sailing. The events are held at Coronado, Fiddler’s Point, La Jolla, Poway and Chula Vista. This is an opportunity for veterans to experience sports they thought they would never do. It is really amazing to see smiles on their faces when they find that they could do it!

Susie Tozier Auxiliary President District 22

Forgotten Hero.................Page 3

Girls State Tea.................Page 11

Post Excellence Awards....Page 12

You've earned the right to belong!

Join us!

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

Veterans Supporting Veterans and their Families

www.ALD22.org Legion22sd

@Legion22sd

[Editor’s Note: Susie Tozier is a longstanding, faithful volunteer with the VA&R program of VA Bingo at the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System hospital in La Jolla. Instead of a lengthy formal, written message, she offers photos of the monthly event and encourages other members of The American Legion Family in District 22 to attend, assist in volunteering, and provide support for hospitalized veterans at the hospital. Another of President Tozier’s favorite VA sponsored activities is featured in photos elsewhere in this Veterans Day issue. Photos of The American Legion Family at VA Bingo and the VA Summer Sports Clinic are featured on inside pages of this newspaper.]

A PROUD CALIFORNIA AMERICAN LEGION PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARD WINNING PUBLICATION

Honor Flight................. Page 25

9/11 Memorial............... Page 34


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C OM M A N DE R ' S M E S S AG E (Continued from Page 1)

DISTRICT 22 OFFICERS SERVICE OFFICER Richard “Sunny” Farrand, Post 434 Rcf.14b@gmail.com

“My grandfather could not place a period on his service — a period that might leave the men who returned home without comfort and aid. He knew their service demanded more of all of us; it demanded that we remember our veterans and their families — with concrete action, concrete action that does not falter, that does not waiver, that is not subject to the whims of politics — that belongs to neither party and no ambition other than memory and duty. And that, I am very proud to say, is the heart and soul of The American Legion, now entering its second tour of duty, its second hundred years,” Roosevelt said.

ASSISTANT SERVICE OFFICER Henry "Bud" Lichtenstern, Post 479 lichtensternb@yahoo.com

Which brings us to now, today. For us; a humbling, exhilarating, defining moment when we commit our ALL; our hearts, our compassion, thoughts, experience, wisdom and unbreakable bond to ensure that our foundation is strong enough to endure another 100 years of committed service to the Four Pillars of The American Legion.

2018 – 2019

COMMANDER Chris Yates, Post 365 cyates2002@gmail.com 1st VICE COMMANDER Sam Flores, Post 731 commanderpost731@yahoo.com 2nd VICE COMMANDER Curtis Witherspoon, Post 201 cspoon22@cox.net

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS Rick DeVries, Post 255 alegion255@aol.com

ADJUTANT Ben D. Hyde, Post 255 adjutantald22@gmail.com

HISTORIAN Lillian Moss, Post 731 llmoss17@yahoo.com

FINANCE OFFICER Annette Grimsley, Post 310 a_grimsley@att.net CHAPLAINS Sam Cummings, Post 310 Asst., Gus Freeman, Post 731 gfreeman@sdcoe.net

JUDGE ADVOCATE Diane DeVries, Post 255 alegion255@aol.com JUNIOR PAST COMMANDER Desiree Herrera, Post 552 Herrera.552@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

We encourage every Legionnaire and every Post to recommit themselves to the principles and core values of The American Legion by introducing and supporting one additional Four Pillar program or event not currently existing at your Post. If your Post hasn’t executed a law and order event, consider hosting one. If your Post doesn’t sponsor a delegate to Girls or Boys State, sponsor one. If your Post doesn’t have an oratorical contest, start one. If your Post doesn’t have an American Legion Baseball Team, create one. If your Post doesn’t sponsor a military unit, get on it. Join us on the second Saturday of each month for lunch and Bingo with hospitalized veterans at the VA Hospital in La Jolla. If you are a Legionnaire who hasn’t had an opportunity to join a committee or volunteer for an event, visit our website and contact one of our Commission Advisors or Committee Advisors for information on how you can get involved. If you are on active duty or a veteran who served during a time of war, we encourage you to join The American Legion today! For a list of American Legion Posts in San Diego County, go to www.ald22.org/directory-2 and call me at (714) 719-9549. We would be honored to welcome you to our team! In honor of all men and women who served and continue to serve this great county, Happy Veterans Day! We would also like to wish you, your family and friends a Happy Chris Yates, Commander Thanksgiving, a very Merry Christmas San Diego County District 22 and a Happy and safe New Year!

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

22nd District

Tony Azares, Post 146 Representing Posts: 303, 332, 364, 479 & 776

Melissa Johnson, Post 255 Representing Posts: 310, 434, 492, 820 & 867

Published by

Haywood Bagley, Post 365 Representing Posts: 146, 149, 275, 416 & 537

Desirae Storey-Smidt Representing Posts: 6, 365, 451, 460 & 731

DISTRICT 22

Roger Cain, Post 310 Representing Posts: 201, 255, 258, 282 & 552

Vacant – Contact Commander Yates Representing Posts: 468, 619 & 853

SAN DIEGO COUNTY AMERICAN LEGION 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 552)

San Diego County American Legion www.ALD22.org

To join The American Legion, visit a post of your

PUBLISHING COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: Chris Yates (Post 365) STAFF REPORTER B.J. Coleman (Unit 552)

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

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!


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DISTRICT 22

FORGOTTEN HERO

‘F ORG OT T E N H E RO’ OF KOR E A N WA R SHA R E S H I S S TORY I N I N DIA NA P OL I S

By: Henry Howard, Deputy Director of Media and Communications, The American Legion

In fact, Graham flew the same type of plane – a Panther – that Williams piloted during his unique 35-minute dogfight during the Korean War. “I just can’t imagine that airplane coming up against even one MiG and winning. That’s like entering your personal car in the Indy 500 and winning. It’s really unlikely. I’m just really amazed that he survived.” Graham, who joined the Navy in 1951 and later transferred to the Army National Guard before retiring in 1979, knew several people who were aboard Oriskany when Williams performed his feat.

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James Graham served as a Navy pilot but was unaware of arguably the most significant feat in naval aviation history until 65 years after it occurred. On Nov. 18, 1952, Navy pilot Royce Williams shot down four Russian MiGs during a single encounter, landed his bulletriddled plane safely on USS Oriskany and then was ordered to keep it a se-

cret. More than 50 years later, after Russia identified the downed pilots, details slowly emerged. Recently, the U.S. government declassified official reports, confirming the details. Graham, a member of American Legion Post 331 in Brownsburg, Ind., first learned of Williams and his heroics in an exclusive interview in American Legion Magazine, the first time the story was reported nationally.

Upon learning the details, Graham served as the catalyst for bringing Williams, who lives in San Diego, to Indianapolis to share his story. The two Korean War pilots met and shared their experiences. “It’s just a miracle that he was able to pull this off,” Graham said. More than 350 people, including American Legion members, other veterans, Junior ROTC cadets and military supporters attended the Aug. 16 event featuring Williams’ story at the Indiana War Memorial in downtown Indianapolis.

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Greg Ballard, the mayor of Indianapolis and a Gulf War era Marine veteran, welcomed the crowd. “We’re in a building that was dedicated to the men who fought in the war to end all wars,” he said. “But tonight we honor a man who fought in the ‘Forgotten War.’ Heroes like Royce Williams must never be forgotten.” Filmmaker and photo journalist C.J. Machado presided over the 90-minute presentation, which included her 15-minute film, “Forgotten Hero.” “His story was secret for a long time,” Machado said. “It’s about time we honor our forgotten heroes. Not much is known about the ‘Forgotten War,’ the Korean War, so that’s why we decided to do the film.” Williams, 93, mingled with attendees, signed autographs and participated in a panel discussion. He recapped his experience, which also included landing his plane, minus its hydraulic system, on the carrier at roughly 200 mph – almost double the usual speed.

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COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND CHAIRMANSHIPS Aeronautics & Aerospace Kevin Burns, Post 867

kevin.burns@cox.net Americanism Tony Azares, Post 146

tonyazares1@yahoo.com Baseball Peter Rolf Ohnstad , Post 416

iseapro@pacbell.net Blood Donor Frank Zugaj, Post 146 Boy's State Joseph Watt, Post 149 harleyjoewatt@gmail.com Children & Youth Roxanne Jones, Post 451 roxanne.i.jones@navy.mil

Oratorical Frank Zugaj, Post 146 POW/MIA Raymond Johnson, Post 365 rkjohnson39@gmail.com Ritual Sam Flores, Post 731 commanderpost731@yahoo.com ROTC Curtis Witherspoon, Post 201 cspoon22@cox.net Scouting John B. Kind, Post 731 Social Media "Committee of Three" Chris Yates, MaryJane Fisher, Lillian Moss

Constitution & By-Laws Ralph Huskey, Post 867

Sons of the American Legion Edd Robinson, Post 146

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robinson68@cox.net

Convention Housing Curtis Witherspoon, Post 201 cspoon22@cox.net

(3 members, past district commanders)

Trial Board

Edd Robinson, Post 146

Foreign Relations & National Security Haywood Bagley, Post 365

Anthony "Tony" Stewart, Post 434

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Troop Support Services (TS2) Manny Otero, Post 434

Law & Order Rick Devries, Post 255

veteransgolf@gmail.com

alegion255@aol.com

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Desiree Herrera, Post 552

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

herrera.552@gmail.com

Diane DeVries, Post 255

Veterans Employment Joel Gregg, Post 201

Legislation Wesley Schermann, Post 303

alpostlogan@gmail.com

wscher73@aol.com

Veterans Parade Activities Ron Harrell, Post 460

Media & Communications Mary Jane Fisher, Post 416 mjfisher1050@gmail.com

ron.harrell@aol.com

Naturalization Wesley Schermann, Post 303

wscher73@aol.com Operation Comfort Warrior Richard “Sunny” Farrand, Post 434

rcf.14b@gmail.com

HIRING HEROES

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VETS WITH BRAIN INJURY

LOCATIONS & MEETINGS

DI S T R IC T 2 2 D ONAT E S $ 1 0 , 0 0 0 TO H E L P V E T E R A N S W I T H B R A I N I N J U RY

2018 – 2019

By: Chris Yates, Commander, District 22

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On behalf of the American Legion District 22, Commander Chris Yates (Post 365) and Alternate Executive Committeeman Ed Grimsley (Post 310) presented a check for $10,000 to Doctor Kevin Murphy (Post 365). Doctor Murphy has developed enhanced treatments for servicemembers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), depression, and substance abuse. Neuromodulation, also known by the tongue-tangling title of “Personalized Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation” (PrTMS), is a non-invasive, non-pharmacologic, pain-free therapy. PrTMS uses a low amplitude of magnetic energy to stimulate or suppress brain neurons in identified functional brain areas that are underperforming, restoring resonant brain health and optimum human performance. The American Legion believes all health care possibilities should be explored and considered as appropriate treatments, therapies, and cures for veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD. These options, which include complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatments and therapies that are evidence-based, must be accessible to military members transitioning from active duty and all veterans. We will continue to raise funds, find and encourage veterans to participate in upcoming UCSD clinical trials for PrTMS and continue to urge Congress to provide oversight, allocate funding, and accelerate research efforts to accurately diagnose and develop CAM treatments and therapies for TBI and PTSD.

Post Street Address And City

Zip

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3563 Adams Ave, San Diego

146

Sons

Riders Legion Meeting

92116 NO

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 Tue @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

YES

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

14231 Garden Rd, Poway

92064 NO

NO

NO

4th Wed @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 YES

YES

NO

1st Sat @10:00am

776

1175 Old Stage Rd, Fallbrook

92028 NO

NO

NO

1st Sat@1:00pm

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

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS

Aux

91911 NO


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AREA 5

LEGISTATIVE REPORT By: Robert Brower, Legislative Commissioner, Area 5, Department of California

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The American Legion, Department of California, expends considerable time and resources on advocating for veterans-related legislation before the California Assembly and Senate. Information on such legislation comes from The American Legion, Department of California’s Legislative Advocate in Sacramento, Seth Reeb. On August 31, the California Legislature adjourned for its final recess of the 2017-2018 legislative session. The Governor had until October 1 to sign the bills into law or veto them. The California Legislature is scheduled to reconvene in the first week of December, when new legislators for the 2019-2020 sessions are elected. A complete listing of state legislative actions of interest regarding military veteran’s issues may be found on the District 22 website, www.ald22.org, under the heading of News/ Events.

“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.” — Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 VETERANS DAY 7

IMPROVING VETERANS CARE P E N C E VOWS TO C ON T I N U E I M P ROV I N G V E T E R A N S C A R E

By Henry Howard, Deputy Director of Media and Communications, The American Legion

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The White House has made it easier for veterans to access their health care and benefits, Vice President Mike Pence told American Legion members as its 100th National Convention drew to a close Aug. 31 in Minneapolis.

“We’ve expanded telehealth options, we’ve opened a new White House VA hotline run by veterans for veterans and we’ve made it easier for America’s veterans to get the mental health care services they need to treat the invisible wounds of war,” Pence said. He vowed to improve the services for the current generation of servicemembers returning home from war. “You do not carry that burden alone.” While touching on a range of issues, Pence highlighted efforts that he said showed the administration has worked hard to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs, noting there has been $55 million in retroactive benefits paid out to veterans. That work is thanks to the work and advocacy of The American Legion. “Throughout your storied history, The American Legion has advocated for its nation’s veterans in the highest levels of our nation’s government,” said Pence, who is the son of a Bronze Star recipient from the Korean War and is the father of a U.S. Marine. “Your work over the past century has made an incalculable difference for our nation’s veterans, those who serve in the armed forces today and their families.” Pence noted the historic 100th national convention of The American Legion. “A century of service and sacrifice,” he told the assembled crowd of veterans. “Thanks to the men and women of The American Legion, we are at the start of a new century of American strength, and The American Legion has been there every step of the way.” He thanked the veterans for their service. ”You, Legionnaires, answered that call in your time. You veterans are emblematic of American greatness.” Pence paid tribute to the late Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam War prisoner of war. “He did not yield,” the vice president said. “After he returned home, he entered a new kind of service in the halls of our nation’s Capitol. America will always remember and honor the lifetime of service of United States Sen. John McCain.” He also addressed national security and the various threats the U.S. faces, including the progress made against the Islamic State. “Together with our allies, we've taken the fight to radicalized Islam on their soil. ISIS is on the run, their caliphate has crumbled and we soon will drive ISIS from the face of the earth.” The vice president also praised The American Legion for its support of children and youth programs. In 1977, Pence won The American Legion Department of Indiana’s Oratorical Contest. “It began my lifelong love of the Constitution of the United States.” Throughout his roughly 25-minute address, Pence touched on a variety of programs and initiatives carried out by The American Legion. “Throughout your storied history you have advocated for veterans at the highest levels of our government, and your work over the past century made a difference for all those who serve in the armed forces and their families,” he said.

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VET SMART HOME SP E C IA L LY A DA P T E D SM A RT HOM E DE DIC AT ION C E R E M ON Y F OR M A R I N E C OR P S V E T E R A N SU P P ORT E D B Y G A RY SI N I SE F O U N DAT ION W I T H A M E R IC A N L E G ION FA M I LY I N AT T E N DA N C E

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Thank You For Your Service And To All Who Serve

By: Irene Clingman, Public Relations Chair, Historian & Food Drive Chair, Escondido Auxiliary Unit 149

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Specially Adapted Smart Home Dedication Ceremony for United States Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Brandon Dodson (Ret.) and his family on May 3. Through the efforts of the Gary Sinise Foundation, the DAV Foundation, Veteran’s United, General Electric, and many others, Brandon and his family now have a newly built home in Vista, mortgage free.

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Brandon was a drill sergeant in the Marines, who joined the military after September 11, 2003, at the age of 18, and was following in his father’s footsteps. Brandon wanted to serve to protect our country and went on to serve as a drill instructor and served five times in a combat zone. While serving in Afghanistan, Dodson stepped on an IED that had been buried, which caused it to explode. Brandon lost both legs as a result. We were told he never got discouraged but continues to have a positive outlook on life and has been known by his friends to be a very special person. Brandon’s wife Jazmine, and their five-year-old son, Indy, were present for the dedication, as were many Dodson family members, friends, and representatives of those entities that made this home dedication possible. I was informed that Indy was named after Indiana Jones, and that he loves Star Wars — as evidenced by items in his personal bedroom. A part of the Gary Sinise Foundation supports a program titled Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment (R.I.S.E.), in which they work to restore independence to those veterans who have sustained life-changing injuries. This is only one of nine outreach programs seeking to address our defenders’ complex and ever-changing needs before, during, and after the battle. Whether building adapted smart homes for wounded veterans, providing essential equipment for first responders, lifting spirits at military medical hospitals, or supporting defenders’ families in times of need, the Gary Sinise Foundation serves America’s heroes and their loved ones every day. As of spring 2018, 46 homes had been dedicated to families, and 10 additional homes were in the process of design and construction. Throughout the organization’s work, the Gary Sinise Foundation encourages participation by the local communities to help build a network of informed and invested supporters. If you would like find out more information regarding the Gary Sinise Foundation, you may contact them at P.O. Box 50009, Studio City, CA 91614-5001, or call Hannah Hauserman, Events Coordinator, at (818) 323-8975, or email bhauserman@garysinisefoundation.org. The Gary Sinise Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

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F ORG OT T E N H E RO (Continued from Page 3) “I slowed it down as best as I could. But it was like being in a blizzard with heavy winds,” he recalls, noting that the captain made an important last-minute maneuver to help the landing. “I couldn’t line it up …I didn’t think I would land on the ship.” Once aboard the ship, Williams was told not to share what happened with anyone. “There were NSA (National Security Agency) agents on board, and we didn’t want anyone to know,” he said, referring to the then-secret agency. “The information from radar and radio that they collected clearly showed those were Russian planes. Had this gotten out, it would have threatened World War III.” Former Navy pilot Peter-Rolf Ohnstad, who traveled to Indianapolis with Williams and Machado, was awed by the turnout for the event. “To me, it’s huge,” Ohnstad. “As a kid growing up, all I ever heard about was World War II. I had an uncle who served in the Korean War and received a Bronze Star but no one ever talked about it. No one knew he received the Bronze Star until he passed away. It was just the way the Korean War was – no one talked about it. It was a forgotten war.” Ohnstad and Williams are members of American Legion Post 416 in Encinitas, Calif. Along with Machado, they take these infrequent but educational trips. Their next appearance is scheduled to be at the Tailhook Association reunion in September. “Last year we went to South Dakota and Minnesota, where he was honored in his hometown,” Ohnstad said. “Since no one knew about (the MiGs being shot down), we’re left to wonder: What would we have done if it had turned out otherwise, if we had lost four planes? What was our contingency plan? Nobody talks about that.” Gen. J. Stewart Goodwin, executive director of the Indiana War Memorial, noted the difference between homecomings for World War II and Korean War veterans. “When World War II folks came home, they were dancing in the streets, kissing the girls and there was a lot of celebration,” Goodwin said. “When our Korean War brothers and sisters came home, they saw no such celebrations.” Noting that the memorial, which includes a museum, serves as an educational tool, Goodwin closed by talking about the importance of sharing stories like that of Williams.

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DISTRICT 22

2018 DELEGATES FOR GIRLS STATE LIST By: Lauree Camarato, Girls State Chair, District 22

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The 75th Session of American Legion Auxiliary’s California Girls State was held at Claremont-McKenna College in Claremont, CA from June 25 to 30, 2018. District 22 Auxiliary proudly sponsored 34 delegates for this session. The annual District 22 Girls State Tea and Orientation was held on May 20, 2018 at American Legion Post 731 with over 100 guests in attendance.

The following Auxiliary Units proudly participated in this year’s program. San Diego Unit 6 Midge Farrar, Chair Anna Clary - Santa Fe Christian School Kimberly Solis - Our Lady of Peace Academy Rachel Weiss - La Jolla Country Day High School Oceanside Unit 146 Sandra Brookins, Chair Naomi Campbell - El Camino High School Maritza Bernardo - Oceanside High School Honey Diaz - Fallbrook High School J.B. Clark Unit 149 Carol Halvorson, Chair Maya Reid - Escondido High School Gretchen Deal - Escondido Charter Melissa Vazquez - San Pasqual High School Maya Badrani - Mission Hills High School Larry E. Bennet Unit 255 Jill Johnson, Chair Monzerrat Roldan - Sweetwater High School Alpine Unit 258 Gigi Manno, Chair Jenna Olivieri - Granite Hills High School

La Mesa Unit 282 Shirley Hardin-Perez, Chair Calista Zaenger - Grossmont High School Mikala Cardo - Helix High Charter Natalie Sylliaasen - Valhalla High School Rachael Vaoliilii - West Hills High School Dennis T. Williams Unit 310 Janie Jackson, Chair Jolina Freeman - San Diego High School Alvyn Myo Dunn Unit 365 Colleen Collazo, Chair Sydney Danso - Rancho Buena Vista High School Elizabeth Johnson - Cathedral Catholic High School San Dieguito Unit 416 Linda Olsen, Chair Oona Flood - San Dieguito Academy Keelin Grubb - La Costa Canyon High School Gloria Kalt - Torrey Pines High School Chula Vista Unit 434 Lois Cornish, Chair Alexia Lopez - Hilltop High School Sofia Zaragoza - Eastlake High School

Chula Vista Unit 434 cont. Jazmine Lara - Olympian High School Allison Yetter - Bonita Vista High School Ashley Kim - Otay Ranch High School Albert J. Hickman Unit 460 June Coatney, Chair Natalie delos Santos – Scripps Ranch High School Lincoln Deming Unit 468 Michelle Huggins, Chair Tamar Diliberti - Julian High School Pacific Beach Unit 552 Margaret Smith, Chair Robyn Wilkinson - University City High School Clara Williams - Mission Bay High School Ella Denny - Clairemont High School Rara Watanabe - James Madison High School Larry E. Holmberg Unit 731 Lauree Camarato, Chair Dawn Bertoni-Lynch, Co-Chair Amanda Carlson - Serra High School

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DISTRICT 22

DISTRICT 22

GIRLS STATE DELEGATE

GIRLS STATE TEA

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By: Lauree Camarato, Girls State Chair, District 22

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Since 1947, American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation has provided aspiring young women leaders firsthand experience with practical insight into how the government at the national level works. Two participants per state, known as “senators,” are chosen to represent their respective ALA Girls State programs. The American Legion Auxiliary, District 22, was very proud about the Girls Nation 2018 Session in Washington, D.C., this summer, as Amanda Carlson took her place as a Senator at the session. Amanda was sponsored as the delegate to the California Girls State session by the Larry E. Holmberg Unit 731 in Linda Vista. Amanda shared her once-in-a-lifetime experience during the August District 22 meeting, where Legionnaires and Auxiliary members gathered to listen to her presentation. Amanda currently attends Serra High School, where she is recognized as a natural leader, she serves as president of several on-campus clubs, she is a member of the Serra Navy JROTC, and she is reported to be admired by her peers and teachers. She has stated that she was honored to attend Girls Nation and to represent District 22 and the State of California.

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On May 23, 2018, the annual Girls State Tea honoring delegates set to attend the 2018 Girls State Session brought together girls from throughout San Diego County. The Girls State Program is a nonpartisan leadership program. San Diego County American Legion Auxiliaries honored 34 delegates chosen and sponsored by their various Posts to attend this year’s Girls State Session. Attending with the selected delegates and their parents were American Legion Auxiliary members from 14 Posts representing District 22 in San Diego County. This year’s Girls State Session took place on June 25 - 30 at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. Escondido’s Post/Unit 149 American Legion Auxiliary sponsored four delegates this year. Escondido’s Post/Unit 149 American Legion Auxiliary sponsored four delegates this year.

Amanda’s father currently serves in the U.S. Navy on the USNS Mercy hospital ship. Amanda plans to follow in her father’s footsteps by pursuing a career in the military.

Girls Nation delegate Amanda Carlson, who was chosen as California Girls State delegate sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 731, and was honored as a State Senator chosen to go to the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C.

Escondido’s Post/Unit 149 American Legion Auxiliary sponsored four delegates this year. Pictured, from left, Cathy Wathen, Auxiliary President, Melissa Vazquez (San Pasqual High), Gretchen Deal (Escondido Charter High), Maya Badrani (Mission Hills High, San Marcos), Maya Reid ( Escondido High), and Carol Halvorson, Girls State Chairperson.

Photo courtesy of Lillian L. Moss

Photo courtesy of Irene Clingman

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POST EXCELLENCE

S A N DI E G O C O U N T Y ’ S DI S T R IC T 2 2 P O S T S E A R N A M E R IC A N L E G ION ’ S TOP HON OR S By: Chris Yates, Commander, District 22

Three American Legion Posts from San Diego County’s 22nd District earned the National Commanders Post Excellence Award. Department Commander Larry Leonardo and 5th Area Vice Commander Tracy Rascoe presented the awards to members of National City Post 255, Santee Post 364 and Vista Post 365. To be considered for the Post Excellence Award, a Post must exceed its previous year’s membership, sponsor youth activities, work actively in its community, and demonstrate service to America’s military and veterans.

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The Commander of National City Post 255, Paul “Roadblock’ Patricio stated, “We are very proud of our Annual Law & Order program, which recognizes the brave men and women of our local fire and police departments. Nathan York placing in the top three of the National Oratorical Contest was a proud moment for us as well!” The Commander of Vista Post 365, Art Haeussler, shared that his Post is very proud of all the Post’s programs. “This year, we had the fortunate opportunity to help in funding Vista High School’s Air Force JROTC building of a first-ever and award-winning Redbird TD2, FAAapproved flight simulator for use in a high school setting. Hearing from veterans who had their lives enriched and improved by PrTMS therapy and raising funds so that more veterans can get this therapy had to be amongst the most rewarding.” “I believe Boys State is one of our best Americanism programs and we are very excited about American Legion Baseball returning to San Diego County,” says Gene Michonski, Commander of American Legion Post 364 in Santee.

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Photos of Post Excellence awards presented to District 22’s Post 255, Post 364, and Post 365. Photos courtesy of Lillian L. Moss

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SUICIDE PREVENTION

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By: Richard “Sunny” Farrand, Service Officer, District 22, & Henry “Bud” Lichtenstern, Assistant Service Officer, District 22

Comrades, if you yourself are — or if you know of — a veteran in crisis, connect with the VA Veterans Crisis Line. This free support is: • Confidential • Available every day, 24/7 • And serves all veterans, all active service members, National Guard and Reserve, and their family members and friends

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September was Suicide Prevention Month, and with that in mind, we want to address important information concerning this terrible curse.

The VA released findings from its most recent study of veteran suicide data from all 50 states. This report produced several important facts to consider, including: Suicide rates increased for the entire U.S. population, showing that this is a national public health concern that affects all of us as Americans. However, the suicide rate increased faster among veterans than within the general population. A recent analysis found a suicide rate among veterans of about 30 per 100,000 of population each year, compared with the civilian rate of 14 per 100,000. The average number of veterans who died by suicide each day still remained unchanged at 20. Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) remains as the number one factor leading to suicide.

It was estimated that PTS afflicts almost 31 percent of Vietnam veterans, as many as 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans, and 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan. PTS is manifested in anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, depression and substance abuse disorders (20 percent!). Of all veterans of Iraq or Afghanistan who sought VA services, PTS was diagnosed to affect 13 percent, the study said. One major study concluded that two-thirds of homeless Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTS. This is a much higher rate than in earlier groups of homeless veterans, who had PTS rates between 8 percent and 13 percent. Most distressing is the fact that veterans account for 14 percent of all suicides, although we veterans account for only 8 percent of the total population. However, there is help any time of the day or night, 24/7: The Veterans Crisis Line; https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/#.

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UNIT 365

Sunday, November 11, 2018 VETERANS DAY 15 POST 853

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By: B.J. Coleman, Editor/Staff Reporter, District 22

By: Lee Quarcelino, Legionnaire, Post 853

An impressive legacy is wonderful to leave behind. And that is what Colleen Collazo has done. She stepped down from her position as President of the Vista Alvin Myo Dunn American Legion Auxiliary Unit 365 at the conclusion of the American Legion Year in July, readying to accompany her husband, Javier Collazo, on a work-related move to Japan.

Brothers and Sisters and all comrades, Post 853 in Borrego Springs is a little-known post in District 22. Summers are really hot unless you are used to it. But the Fall, Winter and Spring months are magical. Our Post is an especially great destination for a road trip, and we welcome visits from American Legion Riders chapters or any folks out for a weekend ride.

During her terms of service, Colleen Collazo has consistently staged creative, beautiful and effective fundraising events on behalf of programs supported by Vista Post 365 and Unit 365. Among her final entertaining events was a Western Murder Mystery Dinner evening. Tickets for the event included dinner and the chance to interact with cast members drawn from the Post 365 Legionnaires and ladies, so as to attempt to answer the murderous question, “Whodunit?” Clues were scattered around the post, and each dinner guest received a brief printed scenario describing the crime and offering clippings from the local Western newspaper about important town happenings that could explain why and how the victim was killed.

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The desert is great for 4-wheeling, golf, the desert parks and our great little town. Meetings at the Post are on the third Thursday of every month. Get on Facebook and look up American Legion Post 853 — and find out times for our events. We look forward to your visits!

(Javier Collazo likewise stepped down from his position as 1st Vice Commander for District 22, prior to the couple’s departure. Both will be greatly missed until their planned return.)

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Leaders in District 22 of The American Legion seek to build mutually helpful partnerships with veteran-owned businesses in San Diego County, including encouragement for advertising in this newspaper. JDog Junk Removal & Hauling is a recently started veteran-owned, veteran-operated company serving San Diego County. Jennifer Jordan, who co-owns JDog with her husband, Scott Jordan, brought a work truck and contingent of company employees out in support of the District 22 American Legion Baseball playoffs in La Mesa. Jennifer Jordan is shown at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce Spring Fling business mixer.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 VETERANS DAY 17 POST 275

On Thursday, September 27, La Jolla Post 275 Legionnaires gathered during a special evening meeting of Post 275 members and honored guests for officer installation and recognition of Boys Staters. Pictured, left to right, are Jim Simon, Boys State Chairman and Chaplain for Post 275; Chase Kellogg, Boys Stater who was elected Chief Justice of the California Boys State Supreme Court; and Post 275 Legionnaire Joe Garret. Young Kellogg thanked Post 275 Legionnaires for sponsoring his attendance at Boys State and said, “I learned I love law.” He further told meeting attendees that he has found speaking in public situations easier from his experiences at Boys State. And he stated that the Boys Staters were urged to vote; Chase is set to turn 18 on November 6, and he said as a well-informed Boys State alum, he would indeed be voting. Photo by: B.J. Coleman

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SDSU SCHOLARSHIP S A N DI E G O S TAT E U N I V E R SI T Y E N D OW E D V E T E R A N S S C HOL A R SH I P AWA R DE D TO A I R F ORC E V E T E R A N A N D F OR M E R F I R E F IG H T E R By; Chris Yates, Commander, District 22

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The 2017 recipient of The American Legion District 22 Endowed Veterans Scholarship at San Diego State University is Joseph Ross. Joseph served in the United States Air Force, and he's a former Firefighter with a degree in Fire Technology. Aside from his studies at SDSU, he is an advocate for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and enjoys volunteering with Honor Flight San Diego. Joseph is a recent member of American Legion Post 731 and aspires to continue his service to our nation as a politician. “I not only represent the veterans of this country, but I also represent many of our ideals. One that is near and dear to me is the American Flag, which I believe should fly high, and be treated with respect, and when needed, given a proper burial. These are just a few ideologies that I will hold resolute for the rest of my life, and that I will fight for as a politician,” writes Joseph. “Thank you for all that you do for our fellow veterans, both locally and nationally. Thank you for you for the opportunity, and I humbly accept this generous scholarship.” Officially established in 2016, The American Legion — District 22 Endowed Veterans Scholarship provides merit scholarships

to San Diego State University students who are U.S. military veterans. San Diego State University has a significant veteran presence and stable core of support. From the Veterans House on Fraternity Row to the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center on campus, to a student population of over 3,200 veterans and dependents, SDSU is the perfect place to serve a large group of transitioning veterans. The Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center will utilize the endowment to assist students who have honorably served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. The goal is to enable veterans to complete their education without interruption due to financial challenges.

must write a 500 word essay explaining past activities and classes completed that relate to The American Legion's Four Pillars of Service, as well as current events and classes sought that are consistent with the goals of The American Legion's Four Pillars. Applications for this year’s scholarships were submitted in October and are currently in review.

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SUMMER SPORTS CLINIC HELPS LOCAL VETERANS HEAL By: Susie Tozier, Auxiliary President, District 22

The 2018 Veterans Administration Summer Sports Clinic was held over the days from September 16 to 21. The purpose of this clinic is to help veterans heal. The veteran participants do cycling, canoeing, archery, surfing and sailing. The events are held at Coronado, Fiddler’s Point, La Jolla, Poway and Chula Vista. This is an opportunity for veterans to experience sports they thought they would never do. It is really amazing to see smiles on their faces when they find that they could do it!

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 VETERANS DAY 21 POST 460

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On September 8th, a division of chief petty officers selectees donated their time and labor to assist Albert J. Hickman American Legion Post 460 in Kearny Mesa. Their volunteer work was part of their community service efforts. That day, the chiefs painted the Post 460 marker in front of the Post, and the front and rear parking lot walls. They also spruced up Post 460's landscaping as well. They put in a quality effort for the Post, whose Legion Family members very much appreciated their efforts

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DISTRICT 22

BOYS STATE DELEGATES

A M E R IC A N L E G ION E N C O U R AG E S P ROM I SI N G YO U N G M E N TOWA R D C OM M U N I T Y SE RV IC E T H RO U G H B OYS S TAT E P RO G R A M By: B.J. Coleman, Editor/Staff Reporter, District 22

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Where will the next generation of community leaders come from? The American Legion, as the nation’s largest veterans service organization, has a partial answer, in the Boys State program, which taps young men of talent and promise after their junior year of high school, for a weeklong exercise in participatory democracy. San Diego County Boys State delegates gathered in May at La Mesa Post 282, for the American Legion California Boys State Orientation Meeting for the Legion’s District 22, which is roughly contiguous with county boundary lines. The program is eligible for college credits, and scholarships are available from the company Samsung to delegate-applicants who are direct descendants of wartime veterans. In 1996, Samsung donated $5 million to The American Legion in appreciation to military veterans. Also in 1996, the Boys State Foundation was set up as a nonprofit to raise money to offset program costs. Attendance at Boys State identifies a young man as a top student. Thirty percent of those enrolled in U.S. military academies are graduates of Boys State. Advisors at the orientation meeting urged the boys to list their Boys State participation on college applications and when applying for jobs.

sponsored by 22 of San Diego County’s 28 Legion Posts, with boys selected from 50 local high schools. At the May orientation meeting, the boys were advised to participate in as many activities as they could. Santee American Legion Post 364 Commander Gene Michonski said, “Gentlemen, you will get out of this program what you put into it. You’ve got to work.” On Thursday of their week’s activities, the boys visited the State Capitol in Sacramento. Two outstanding California delegates were chosen to represent the state at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. American Legion District 22 Commander Chris Yates served as emcee for the meeting, and he noted that he was a Boys State delegate in 1980. Yates said, “I promise you, you’ll come back very impressed with what you’ve learned.” Boys State Director Dick Shick is a San Diegan and Adjutant of San Diego Post 6. Shick has served as the program’s director for 50 years. He outlined details of administration and logistics for the gathered boys and their parents.

The California Boys State Program was held this year at California State University, Sacramento, June 16-23, bringing together young men from throughout California. The program’s goals and objectives are to develop civic leadership and pride, to deepen interest in and knowledge of state and local government, and to increase dedication to the bedrock traditions and beliefs undergirding American government.

Almost 50 years ago, attorney Bill Smelko was sponsored by La Mesa Post 282 as a delegate to Boys State. He now serves with the program as chief legal counselor. Smelko said, “This is the ultimate learn-by-doing experience.” The delegates, who are randomly assigned as members of the Whig or Federalist political parties, set up a functioning government for their polity, including city, county and state levels of government and a full and complete legal system. Oratory, athletics, music, art, and other talents are encouraged and provided opportunities for display.

This was the 81st year the American Legion California Boys State was called into session. This year’s group from within District 22 consisted of 61 boys as delegates, selected and

Smelko addressed the parents attending the meeting with their sons. “Parents, you will notice a difference in them when they return,” Smelko said. “This is the single best ex-

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perience in living a quality life in America that a young man can have.” Smelko confided that he was drawn to the law as a result of his time at Boys State, where he passed the Boys State “bar exam” and became a Boys State lawyer. He took pride in having won on appeal a case involving another Boys Stater who was accused and convicted of the crimes of “rape and murder of a spider.”


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DISTRICT 22

2018 DELEGATES FOR BOYS STATE LIST San Diego Post 6 Ryan McNamara St. – Augustine High School Quinn Perez – Coronado High School Jerry Yang – Scripps Ranch High School Max Hageman – Valhalla High School Oceanside Post 146 Eathan Prom – Carlsbad High School James Ledesma – Oceanside High School Andres Garza – El Camino High School Wesley Seo – Escondido Charter High School Drako Alva – El Camino High School J.B. Clark Post 149 Brendan Voges – Classical Academy High School Mathis Wouters – San Pasqual High School Thomas Tang – Escondido High School Charles Elliot – Escondido Charter High School Antonio Maqueda – Escondido High School

El Cajon Post 303 cont. Noah Sherman – Santana High School Ivan Jimenez – Helix Charter High School Chivas Powers – El Capitan High School Dennis T. Williams Post 310 Don Chapman – Lincoln High School Raul Garduno – Gompers Prep Academy Luis Aviles – Gompers Prep Academy Perez Rantins – Morse High School Ramona Post 332 Jacob Mask – Ramona High School San Diego Post 364 Benjamin Hale – Grossmont High School

Larry E. Bennet Unit 255 Hector Garcia – Sweetwater High School Nathan York – York Home School Group

Alvyn Myo Dunn Post 365 Conner Flanagan – Rancho Buena Vista High School Dylan Howard – Vista High School Donavan Piro – Mission Hills High School Trevor Soto Rios San Marcos High School Miguel Solis – Rancho Buena Vista High School

La Jolla Post 275 Ian Dickinson – La Jolla High School Chase Kellogg – The Bishops School

San Dieguito Post 416 Zachary Schubert – Sage Creek High School Blake Boeh – Cathedral High School

La Mesa Post 282 Christian Matabang – Mira Mesa High School

Chula Vista Post 434 Mathew Moncayo – Otay Ranch High School David Murillo – Chula Vista High School Jedrick Zablan – Otay Ranch High School Do Seok Jang – Eastlake High School David Pina – Hilltop High School Taewon Kim – Olympian High School

El Cajon Post 303 Shane Johnson West Hills High School Lacen Tade – Santa Rosa Academy Jonathan Owens El Capitan High School Caleb Faigin – Santana High School

San Diego Women’s Post 451 Ethan Crone – Henry High School Albert J. Hickman Post 460 Kevin Covarrubis – Serra High School Bradley Conner – Serra High School Jordan Salazar – Madison High School Johathan Allahverzi – Madison High School Lincoln Deming Post 468 Ryan Lay – Julian Union High School Patrick Davis Scholl – Julian Union High School Reece Elmblad – Julian High School Poway Post 479 Brandon Nguyen – Scripps Ranch High School Aishwarkya Kirawant – Scripps Ranch High School Phil Angelo Estrada – Westview High School Allan K. Walker Post 619 Ethan Rombal – Warner Springs High School Larry E. Holmberg Post 731 Max Guinn – Francis Parker School Fallbrook Post 776 Vincent Whizen – Mission Vista High School Imperial Beach Post 820 Dillyn Munoz – Mar Vista High School Charles W. Turner Post 867 Parker Fessia – High Tech High School

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POST 460

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT L E G ION FA M I LY M E M B E R S F ROM P O S T 4 6 0 SE RV E AS J U N IOR AC H I E V E M E N T I N S T RU C TOR S

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On Tuesday, March 17th at the Central Elementary School in National City, William (Bill) Hernandez and I conducted an instruction session for one each of the school’s 3rd and 5th Grade classes. We were Volunteers for the Junior Achievement classroom instruction:

3rd Grade - Our City-- Ron Harrell, Service Officer, Post 460; 5th Grade - Our Nation-- William (Bill) Hernandez, SAL Area 5 Vice Commander, SAL member 460. The subject matter and learning objectives instruct about how business entrepreneurs interact with city governments and the national government.

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Over 16.7 million people were affected by identity fraud in 2017 alone. Everyone is vulnerable; however, veterans are at a higher risk than civilians because of the military protocol they are accustomed to for personal identification. All veterans should be aware of the serious consequences that identity fraud can cause for both themselves and for their beneficiaries. Once a criminal has obtained personal information it can be misused in many ways. The two most common approaches, according to a 2017 Federal Trade Commission report, include credit card fraud where new accounts are opened in your name and tax fraud to obtain your tax refund. Bank account fraud and taking out loans and lines of credit in your name are other ways that criminals can take advantage of their victims, and you should consult your bank on what steps to take to prevent account fraud from happening. All of these actions can negatively impact your credit score, affect your ability to access your benefits including medical care and housing, and can take a significant amount of time and money to resolve criminal charges and to close bad accounts. So how can you prevent that from happening? Keep your personal information private. As a veteran, you are used to sharing your social security number to identify yourself as a service member and veteran. Consider the source asking for your social security number and never share it via text, social media platforms or publicly accessible sites. Shred your sensitive documents. Tax records should be kept for 7 years and you can shred any prior returns after consulting with your tax advisor. Make sure your documents are shred in a way that it is impossible to put back together for fraudulent purposes. Sign up for account alerts. Most financial service providers allow you to receive a text message or email if unusual activity or fraud is suspected on your accounts. You can even set threshold alerts for transactions over a certain dollar amount so you are in-the-know when money leaves your accounts. Regularly review bank and credit card account statements. Criminals will test to see if you notice small purchases they make on your account. If you don’t notice, they’ll use your account number to make large purchases that could prove devastating. Review your credit report three times a year. Obtain a free credit report annually from each of the three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) at www. annualcreditreport.com or by calling (877) 322-8228. In general, don’t check it more than three times a year as it could dink your credit. For additional identity protection information, visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs at http://www.va.gov/identitytheft or listen to a recent interview with the Western Bankers Association regarding how banks are helping individuals protect their identity at https://www.cvcb.com/identity-protection.

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Members of Pacific Beach Auxiliary Unit 552 ventured to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field International Airport on Sunday, September 30, with the purpose in mind to welcome home military veterans returning from an Honor Flight. Auxiliary Ladies from 552 and Girl Scouts waved flags and greeted the returning veterans. (An Honor Flight transports veterans free of charge to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C.) Photos courtesy of Maggie Frazier

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STAND DOWN S TA N D D O W N S A N D I E G O I N I T S 3 1 S T Y E A R

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A total of 787 homeless San Diego veterans and their families participated in the 31st Annual Stand Down from 29 June to 1 July 2018. American Legion District 22 has been proud to partner with the Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) since the very beginning. This event affords our battle-weary brothers and sisters the opportunity to renew their spirits, health and overall sense of well-being. Thanks to our District Stand Down Chairman, Andrew Pryor, for a well-planned and beautifully executed lunch on opening day. We are also extremely appreciative of our Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion, and American Legion Riders for their continued support in making this relationship possible. This three-day event at San Diego High School provides a variety of supplies and services, including food, clothing, Homeless Court, hygiene care, health screenings, VA benefits counseling, employment guidance, substance use treatment, mental health counseling, and some general camaraderie. "For our veterans who have lost everything and are living on the streets of San Diego, this year's Stand Down, coordinated by VVSD, will once again provide an opportunity for them to access services, connect with the community, restore hope and allow them to 'Stand Down' for a weekend," said Veterans Village President and CEO Kimberly Mitchell. Veterans are also provided access to housing acquisition services. Ultimately, many participants are inducted into Veterans Village's Veterans Rehabilitation Center, a residential program for homeless veterans battling alcoholism, drug addiction, and emotional trauma. "Stand Down is a place of miracles, if you believe in such; a place where a veteran suddenly thrust into homelessness can find an immediate solution and the same place where a chronically homeless person for more than 15 years can find a transitional place of recovery, treatment, education, and training," said Darcy Pavich, Veterans Village chaplain and Stand Down director. Veterans and volunteers at The American Legion District 22 lunch during Stand Down San Diego on opening day, June 29, 2018. The three-day event is intended to counter homelessness among veterans from the military, by providing access to services and interventions that address problems linked to military veterans living without a home in San Diego. Photos by Chris Yates

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POST 303

VETERAN BOOK SIGNING

E L C AJON A M E R IC A N L E G ION P O S T 3 0 3 HO S T S R E T I R E D A DM I R A L T U R N E D AU T HOR W HO SE RV E D P R E SI DE N T S AT C A M P DAV I D

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American Legion Posts within District 22 organize Legionnaire activities, events and programs according to a variety of models. Significant challenges confront those Posts lacking a building as Post home for meetings and social quarters meals, for drawing members to attend meetings and for facilitating ongoing camaraderie and personal communication among members. El Cajon American Legion Post 303 owns no Post property and stages evening general membership meetings each third Wednesday of the month at the Cajon Valley School District Board Room on E. Main Street in downtown El Cajon. Legionnaire leaders at Post 303 attract members to these monthly meetings by hosting an impressive guest speaker who addresses attendees on a subject of interest to military veterans, after a picnic-style dinner meal provided by the Post. One of these recently invited speakers was Michael Giorgione, who has fascinating personal stories to tell about American presidents taking a respite from White House duties. Giorgione retired from the U.S. Navy as a rear admiral in 2010, after serving in the Civil Engineer Corps. In October 2017, he published his first book, and he addressed East County Legionnaires about the subjects covered in his book. Giorgione was featured speaker at the evening general meeting of El Cajon American Legion Post 303 on Wednesday, July 18. The title of Giorgione’s book is Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat. For 26 months in 1999 through 2001, Giorgione was commander at Camp David, during the presidential terms of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In introducing Giorgione, El Cajon Post 303 Commander Wes Schermann stated that commanding Camp David is a premiere assignment in the Navy. “Giorgione is in great demand as a speaker,” Schermann said. Giorgione left the command of Camp David in August 2001, the month prior to the 9/11 attacks. One interesting fact he shared was that the information was recently declassified that Camp David was the “secure location” that

then-Vice President Dick Cheney was shuttled off to when the White House was considered to be at risk. Giorgione began his talk by noting that he had delivered this speech three dozen times and was moved by being part of the American Legion ceremony including presence of a POW-MIA table and the call for repatriation of all those unaccounted for in their military service to the country. “Thank you for the honor of being here,” Giorgione said. Giorgione related that he never planned to write the book, and it only came about because his daughters gave him a journal to record his Camp David service. He took notes after every presidential visit. The journal sat untouched in his roll-top desk for 17 years, until Giorgione thought to write about his experiences and those of other commanders of Camp David. Giorgione gave an outline of the history of Camp David, which sits on a hilltop in Maryland. The facility covers about 200 acres, with 220 people working there. The Navy has command of the retreat as a presidential rest spot replacing the presidential yacht, USS Potomac, during the presidential terms of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Marines have guarded the compound and its surroundings for 76 years. This in among the few assignments in which Marines serve directly under a Navy commander. Roosevelt dubbed the camp Shangri-La, and Dwight Eisenhower renamed the facility for his son, David. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited twice during World War II for face-to-face consultations with Roosevelt. “This is how you build relationships,” Giorgione said. Giorgione went on to discuss how Camp David has facilitated international agreements and understandings. He noted that Soviet and Russian leaders came to Camp David. President Jimmy Carter brought Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister

Michael Giorgione (Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired) delivering remarks to Legionnaires and guests at the monthly general meeting of El Cajon American Legion Post 303 on Wednesday, July 18. Giorgione spoke about his recently published book, Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat, where he served as commanding officer for 26 months during the presidential terms of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Wes Schermann, at left, Commander of El Cajon American Legion Post 303, presenting gifts of appreciation to Michael Giorgione after Giorgione addressed Legionnaires and guests at the monthly general meeting of El Cajon American Legion Post 303 on Wednesday, July 18. Giorgione (Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired) spoke about his recently published book, Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat, where he served as commanding officer for 26 months. Michael Giorgione (Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired) signing copies of his recently published book, Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat, after the retired admiral turned author spoke about his book to Legionnaires and guests at the monthly general meeting of El Cajon American Legion Post 303 on Wednesday, July 18. El Cajon American Legion Post 303 attracts to monthly general meetings a full house of attendees, who are members of American Legion Family organizations and interested guests. Photos by: B.J. Coleman

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POST 364

SANTEE HITS THE ROAD RUNNING E AS T C O U N T Y M I L I TA RY V E T E R A N M OTORC YC L E R I DE R S SH I F T G E A R S , H I T T H E ROA D RU N N I N G TO B E N E F I T V E T E R A N C OM R A DE S

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The eastern portions of San Diego County’s District 22 are prime country for motorcycle riders to go out on brief weekend rides or longer road trips. And in East County one of the best starting points for a ride is with the military veteran riders of the recently chartered American Legion Riders Chapter 364 in Santee. “We found the Santee veterans were very welcoming,” said “Irish,” the ALR Chapter 364 President known in non-Rider life as Rod Slavin. “Irish” was referring to members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9327 and the co-located veterans of Santee American Legion Post 364. These military veteran organizations, along with the companion VFW Auxiliary, have a post 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 American Legion Riders are military veterans and family members who ride motorcycles. They are widely acknowledged as movers and shakers within The American Legion’s programs and organizations. District 22 Commander Chris Yates recently praised the successful efforts of ALR Chapters. “The Riders are among the most effective programs, if not being the most effective program, in The American Legion,” Yates said. American Legion Post 364’s Junior Past Commander Gene Michonski gave background from the Legion Post’s side. Michonski said, “When 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.” So they did. The Santee Riders of Chapter 364 worked to express tangible gratitude to their fellow military veterans on Saturday, May 19, staging the group’s first big fundraising event, the First Annual Poker Run. The objective was

to boost both camaraderie among veterans who ride motorcycles and money available to support worthy causes benefiting military veterans. The run began at Indian Motorcycle of El Cajon in the morning and concluded at Santee American Legion Post 364 at midday. Wrangler Family Barbecue provided lunch to the riders who participated, coming to East County from throughout Southern California. During a motorcyclist poker run, riders receive a playing card at destinations along a specific route of travel, with the winning poker hand (or hands) tallied at the final stop on the ride. ALR Chapter 364 President “Irish” noted that his veterans service organization had hoped to break even on the event, as their initial foray into hosting fundraisers. While riders were still returning with their poker run cards, Slavin said, “This looks like a rip-roaring success.” Slavin estimated that the proceeds would be well over the event’s expenses. Each rider on the run paid $25 per ticket, with each passenger charged $5. Rules for this particular poker run offered prizes for High Hand and Low Hand, as well as Chapter Challenges for highest percentage and highest number of members on the ride. Money was also raised through raffle ticket and 50/50 drawing ticket sales. Representatives from Final Honor, one charitable endeavor slated to receive donations from the event were in attendance. Suzanne Porter described her nonprofit’s work. Every Monday at Miramar National Cemetery, Final Honor offers a horse-drawn carriage free of charge for military veteran funerals. During the Chapter 364 Riders meeting on Tuesday, July 10, officers demonstrated the success of their fundraising projects, with presentation of the group’s annual charity donations. The Santee Riders presented checks to two charity organizations that provide significant services to fellow military

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V E T E R A N B O OK SIG N I N G (Continued from Page 28) Menachem Begin to the retreat for 12 days of peace negotiations leading to what became known as the Camp David Accords. President Ronald Reagan used Camp David the most of any president, visiting the retreat for over 579 days. He used the camp as a getaway destination for time with his wife, Nancy. During the Occupy Wall Street civil unrest, President Barack Obama relocated the G8 Economic Forum from Chicago to Camp David. President Donald Trump has brought his whole cabinet to Camp David. “This is a good way to use it,” Giorgione said. Giorgione then turned to remarks about leadership. “I refer to this as the lonely sentry,” Giorgione said. Camp David itself is a place of loneliness, with only the commanding officer and his family living there full time. So is leadership at the top a place of loneliness, Giorgione noted. He spoke of both the experiences of the presidents that he observed first hand and his own experiences as commander of Camp David. “This is an unusual environment,” Giorgione said. “You are expected to be perfect but natural. It’s a constant balance, a constant challenge. And I had the honor of serving there.” Schermann presented gifts to Giorgione after the address, including a certificate of recognition, a Seabees pin and a book on the history of the Seabees. (Giorgione served in the Civil Engineer Corps and is currently Chairman of the Board for the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association.) El Cajon’s American Legion Post 303 has been in operation since 1956. Post leaders encourage members to attend regularly scheduled breakfast meetings during each month to boost fellowship among Legionnaires and their family members. More about the organization’s activities and upcoming speakers and can be acquired by phoning Post Adjutant Rob Tade at (619) 443-1778.

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S A N T E E H I T S T H E ROA D RU N N I N G (Continued from Page 30) veterans free of charge. The first donation recipients were indeed from Final Honors. The second donation recipient organization was Paws for Purple Hearts, which partners veterans in need with specially trained companion service dogs. George Glover, ALR Chapter 364 treasurer, is Rider-nicknamed “Gloves.” Glover spoke about the meaningfulness of these donations. “These are both great organizations, outstanding organizations,” Glover said. “What these groups do for veterans is incredible.” Glover further noted that the only other horse-drawn carriages available for military veteran funerals, besides Final Honor at Miramar, are offered at Arlington National Cemetery. Final Honor’s two horses, Katy and Kandy, transport 8 to 12 veteran caskets in a black carriage each Monday at the Miramar cemetery.

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Glover pointed out that this is first year the Riders of Chapter 364 have given a donation to Paws for Purple Hearts. “This is amazing, what this group does, giving trained dogs free to veterans who need them,” Glover said. ALR Chapter 364 President “Irish” presented the donation checks to representatives Suzanne Porter of Final Honor and Kristen La Torre of Paws for Purple Hearts. La Torre brought along as co-recipient a service dog in training named Valiant, a year and a half old, and six months into training to basic service commands.

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After receiving the donation check, Porter said, “This means so much to us. As a nonprofit charity, with what we do we are kind of a round peg in a square hole, and not often thought of by donors.” The money donated will pay for care of the horses, insurance fees, maintenance of the carriages, and transportation costs. Donation funds were earned from Santee Rider fundraising events, including the springtime motorcycle ride poker run and “burger burn” meal sales. Slavin said that the Riders met representatives of Final Honor a few years ago and began supporting the nonprofit last year. As for the second charity his Riders chose, Slavin related that the group learned of Paws for Purple Hearts during the spring, when that nonprofit organization opened a San Diego facility for training service dogs. ALR Chapter 364 meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. 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 ALR Chapter 364 can be acquired by email at americanlegionriders364@gmail.com. More information about the companion organizations and their events at the Santee Post can be found by phoning (619) 562-4022 or by emailing santeealpost364@gmail.com. More about Final Honor can be seen online at www.FinalHonor.net, and information on Paws for Purple Hearts can be viewed at www.paws4ph.org.

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ODE TO OUR VETERANS By: Nancy L. Person, Member, Pacific Beach American Legion Auxiliary Unit 552 How blessed I am to live free and proud. I sometimes want to yell out loud. Thank you Washington, Franklin too, Madison, Hamilton, and others who Framed the U.S. Constitution. This document was quite a revolution. Our union was formed and laws were made. Their importance will hopefully never fade. Establish justice, insure peace at home. Let’s all celebrate with some champagne foam. But what about our common defense? We need protection, it’s all so tense. Don’t worry now, there’ve always been Brave men and women who want to win. They risk their limbs, they risk their lives With guns and explosives and even knives. They’re proud and strong and united as one. They opt for war instead of fun. Our independence and liberty Are worth the threat of a casualty. So many wars to battle and fight, Hundreds of years of serious plight. We just can’t acknowledge every bout But the bigger ones certainly stand out. The Civil War was due to internal strife Should slavery stay a part of our life? World Wars I and II were just horrific, Americans’ courage and valor were quite prolific. You’d think with so much injury and death This country would want to take a breath. But Korea soon followed, and then Vietnam. Thank goodness we never dropped another atomic bomb. The first Gulf War was known as Desert Storm. The Iraqi War is just another form. Combat in Afghanistan is happening too. You see what I said before is true. There will always be Americans to serve. Our freedom and liberty spark a nerve. Thank you, veterans for all that you do. We hope our appreciation comes shining through. We honor and respect your determination To prevent America’s extermination. U.S. patriotism is there on top, Defending our rights will never stop.

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POST 201

9/11 MEMORIAL CEREMONY L E M ON G ROV E L E G ION NA I R E S C OM M E M OR AT E 1 7 T H A N N I V E R S A RY OF 9 / 1 1 AT TAC K S

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“Never forget,” is easy to utter. Really remembering as years pass by, and continuing to honor large-scale losses of life, requires dedication and commitment.

That is where members of The American Legion can and do shine — especially as the organization is readying for celebration of its centennial year of existence. Seventeen years on from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the memories return vividly, and for many with still-painful emotions of grief and loss. Legionnaires from Lemon Grove’s DeWitt C. Mitchell Post 201 commemorated that event with a memorial ceremony on September 11, 2018. Other Legionnaires from within District 22 were there, representing Dennis T. Williams Post 310 and Albert J. Hickman Post 460. Larry Porter, Commander of Post 201, opened the ceremony and welcomed attendees. Commander Porter counted the toll by the numbers. He noted that 2,977 lives were lost as victims in the assaults, 34 of them firefighters who responded in attempts at rescue. Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez appeared as featured guest speaker at the remembrance ceremony. “When I think of 9/11, I think of heroism, strength and bravery,” Vasquez said. This was the Post’s first-ever ceremony commemorating the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The ceremony was held around the Post’s front flagpole. Vasquez provided for Legionnaires and guests there a moving account of the self-sacrifice of her brother-in-law, Angel Vasquez, who was working in New York City that day. Angel Vasquez fled the World Trade Center’s South Tower to safety. But then, he returned into the smoke of endangered high-rise building, thinking to assist in rescuing others inside. And that is how Angel Vasquez perished. “Remember them,” Mayor Vasquez said. She called for a moment of silence. She recounted her experience and thoughts as that day unfolded. “We all remember where we were on 9/11,” Vasquez said. “As I watched the television, and I saw the coverage, I couldn’t comprehend what was happening at first. Nineteen terrorists affected people all around the world. They changed us, changed the way we handle security. And they united us that day.” Vasquez referred to groups of jihad-minded terrorists who hijacked four passenger-filled jetliners that crashed in New York, at the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., and in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Stephan Hamilton is a military veteran and Legionnaire at Post 201. Hamilton joined the post’s executive board this year and felt inspired to organize the 9/11 ceremony. Hamilton concluded the speaker portion of the event. “The unthinkable became thinkable,” Hamilton said. He read a poem he wrote recently in honor of the memories. Chaplain Samuel Cummings offered a benediction prayer. Lew Witherspoon played Taps. The post opened its doors after the ceremony for refreshments while attendees shared memories of 9/11. “Remember all the fallen,” Hamilton said. Porter added a parting thought, saying, “And remember to thank those protecting us today.”

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American Legion District 22 Veterans Day edition  

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