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SCOUT OF THE YEAR PROGRAM ENTRY FORM PAGE 14

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THE CALIFORNIA VETERAN IS THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES, DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA It is an online magazine published four times a year to keep our members informed about important news affecting the VFW and veterans. Click here to Subscribe to our Mailing List to Receive Quarterly Issues of the California Veteran Magazine!


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MESSAGES FROM YOUR OFFICERS & CHAIRMEN

STATE COMMANDER Lamont Duncan

IT IS VERY ENCOURAGING TO SEE THE POSTS REPORTING WHAT THEY DO. SO FAR THIS YEAR THEY HAVE VOLUNTEERED 70,347 HOURS, $523,806 EXPENDITURES AND MADE 4,398 REPORTS. AS WW2 NISEI UNIT 442 SAID, “GO FOR BROKE,” TO MAKE CALIFORNIA THE POSTER DEPARTMENT OF THE VFW 2018-2019. – Lamont Duncan, State Commander

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Greetings to my Comrades, Sisters and Brothers,

6. I hope I can rectify that and visit each later this year.

If this were a State of the Department speech, it would be glowing regarding membership. We are still ahead of last year’s numbers and are well on our way to achieve that elusive 100% plus goal. I encourage all to continue recruiting and reinstating members that may have lost their way. Additionally, I want to give special recognition to Comrades Mark H. Letourneau and Carl L. Silva whom collectively have recruited 107 new members to the 3rd and 1st District.

Now, on to some more updates on how we are doing as a Department.

As of this writing, our Mid-Winter meeting is scheduled to take place in Sacramento where I will reveal some of my own incentives to Comrades for accomplishing certain milestones regarding membership and program participation. On a political note, it is discouraging that the Senator from Utah tanked the Bill that would have given our Vietnam Era Blue Water Sailors access to Agent Orange illnesses. His statement that the government cannot afford it is irresponsible. As many say, “don’t send them in harm’s way if you can’t take care of them when they come home”. Make sure that each of you subscribes to the VFW Action Corps to keep up with current goals/issues of the VFW at the National level. Unfortunately, due to multiple untimely deaths in my family, I was unable to complete my visits to Districts 2, 7 and

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In general, our districts are in pretty good shape, however as I look at the status report I have five that have not completed their Post inspections, three that have not submitted their June Audit, four that have not submitted their VOD Donation, and nine that have not completed a School of Instruction. Given our financial shortfalls and need for By-Laws to keep our posts alive and healthy, this is particularly discouraging. Commanders, you were entrusted with the well being of your Posts and you took an oath to ensure that it is done to the best of your ability. If you can look in the mirror and answer that question honestly, then God Bless You. If you can’t, I ask you to take this opportunity to reevaluate your commitment to your posts. It is very encouraging to see the Posts reporting what they do. So far this year they have volunteered 70,347 hours, $523,806 expenditures and made 4,398 reports. As WW2 Nisei Unit 442 said, “GO FOR BROKE,” to make California the Poster Department of the VFW 2018-2019. Yours in Comradeship, Lamont Duncan Commander


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I WOULD LIKE TO SAY BRAVO ZULU TO ALL OF THE DISTRICTS AND POSTS WHO HAVE DONATED NOT JUST THEIR MONEY, BUT THEIR TIME, EFFORT, AND NECESSITIES SUCH AS WATER, CLOTHING, TOILETRIES, BLANKETS, AND MORE. – Jerry Brady, State Adjutant

STATE ADJUTANT Jerry Brady

Well Comrades, we’ve made it through another holiday season and now head into the final five months of the VFW year. In December and January, I had the distinct honor and privilege to visit Districts 12, 6 and 7. Let me tell you that these Districts were highly impressive all around, but what most impressed me was the heart and the determination of the comrades and the auxiliaries to work together to accomplish our mission. Since my last report, we have bid “fair winds and following seas” to the following posts: Post 1637-1 (Calexico), Post 8809-6 (Arvin – consolidated with Post 7216), Post 6110-7 (Mint Canyon), Post 3197-11 (Baldwin Park – consolidated with Post 3208), and Post 12118-15 (Rancho Tehama – consolidated with Post 4218). These changes have brought us down from 293 posts to 288 throughout California. Administratively, 98% of posts have submitted their June audits while 87% have submitted their September audits. Only one post is two audits behind. In

addition, we’ve done above average with donations with 38% of posts having made the all-state mandatory donations. Speaking of donations, I would like to say BRAVO ZULU to all of the districts and posts who have donated not just their money, but their time, effort, and necessities such as water, clothing, toiletries, blankets, and more. I personally want to recognize Post 5731 (Gridley) Commander Cheyenne Bart and Post 1555 (Chico) Commander Mike Halldorson for their efforts in spearheading disaster assistance up in the Paradise area after that devastating fire. Not only that, I understand that there were Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas events for the victims. You both are truly amazing and you have done fantastic things. With respect to disaster assistance claims, we are processing claims of VFW members as we receive them. However, we do need to remind everybody that if a claim is filed a W-9 form MUST be attached. If you do not have access to one, call HQ and we will get it to you.

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I know there has been a lot of frustration regarding Post Service Officers and what they can and cannot do. As a result, we have reinstituted Post Service Officer training and will hold it both at Convention and Mid-Winter going forward. With respect to All-State, I offer this one piece of advice: yes, you made it to 100% membership and that’s absolutely fantastic, but you must now remain on guard to maintain this status. There is still an unpaid list that needs to be worked. Without this list, those left unpaid cannot be renewed and membership will drop. A decrease in membership could potentially take you out of the running for All-State. That being said, please work that list. If you need a copy of your unpaid list, please ask your Post QM. Enjoy your Spring Comrades. I look forward to seeing the comrades in Districts 1, 9, and 14 in the near future.


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STATE CHAPLAIN James Wright

This year’s Chaplains Workshop was completed Sep. 22, 2018, and it went very well. One of the things that we covered was a Chaplain’s Online Reporting Page link which has been added to the state website at www.vfwca.org. It is located under Helpful Links. The theme of this year’s workshop was suicide prevention, in honor of the fact that September was Suicide Prevention Month. We had a professional educator from the organization Mental Health America give us Suicide Prevention Training. And, since suicide is considered a mental health crisis issue, this training also served as a Change Direction Activity. The Change Direction Initiative is a fairly new VFW National Program objective. According to the VFW Program Director, there have only been three reports submitted to National from the great State of California so far. Please take part in Change Direction Activities or host a Change Direction Event at your Post or in your District. After the event is over always remember

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to report, report, and report! The VFW National Programs Director to report Change Direction activities to is Lynn Rolf. His email is lrolf@vfw.org. I also want to take time out to extend my condolences to the loved ones of all of our comrades who have moved on to Post Everlasting recently. I know that there are no words that can ease the pain of losing someone who was close to you, but please know that we are here to support you if and when you need us. Below is a list of Comrades who have passed away recently along with their posts. These are all of the names that I have received since our last State Convention in June of this year. If you know of a member who has passed away during this time, and their name is not on this list please contact me at jwrightcts@yahoo.com with the person’s name and the post information for them. Thank you. James Wright State Chaplain


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STATE SURGEON Patricia Werner I hope that the New Year is finding everyone well. Currently the flu season is still upon us. If you haven't been vaccinated yet please consider getting a vaccination now. The CDC is predicting that the worst part of the strain will start in March and could continue into May.

STATE HOMELESS VETERANS CHAIRMAN James Wright The state programs reporting system page is up and running. If you are like me, you have a lot of work to do in order to report all of your activities, so please get started. We can submit our reports on the state website,

Spring is just around the corner and so is allergy season. Remember that you can take precautions to prepare and help lessen the effects of your allergies.

Another place to control pollen is in your car. Keep your car windows closed and the AC on re-circulation to help keep pollen out of the car.

Sweep out the winter cobwebs and get ahead on your spring-cleaning. A deep spring clean includes dusting everything from the light fixtures to the bookcases, washing curtains, sweeping floors and rugs, even vacuuming furniture. This will remove any dust and pollen that has already made its way inside.

Change your air filter seasonally, or every 3 months. This helps keep the air inside your home clean.

When the weather is finally warm outside, it is tempting to turn off the heat, open windows, and let the fresh air in. This fresh breeze might feel nice, but it will also bring the pollen inside your home. Keeping your windows and doors closed will create a safe retreat during the peak pollen season.

www.vfwca.org under the “Make a Report,” tab. Once you reach the log in page, in order to make a report you will need to log in using the new log in protocol. The new user name is reporting@vfwca.org and the password is the same as before. If you do not remember the password or if you have any questions please contact me at jwrightcts@yahoo.com. The deadline for submitting reports for the Homeless Veterans Program is April 30th. Please submit these reports to me by then in order to ensure that you get credit for them and will be eligible for an award at our State Convention. If you have any interesting initiatives that you are doing for our Homeless Veterans that you would like

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Consider the changing weather before venturing out. Ensure you are ready for changing conditions. Yours in Comradeship, Patricia (Trish) Werner State Surgeon

to share, including any pictures that you may have, please send them to me. Also, I still do not have all of the names and contact information for the various District Chairpersons for the Homeless Veterans Program. If you are a Chair and you have not received an email from me, please contact me with your information. Thank you. James Wright State Homeless Veterans Chairman


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Citizenship Education (Americanism)

CHAIRMAN, CITIZENSHIP ED, COMMUNITY SERVICE & SAFETY COMMITTEES Robert “Brock” McMahon Winston Churchill once said, “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” As 2019 begins, I would like you to reflect back on your Post accomplishments in 2018. For example, were your reports made on-line using the vfwca.org on-line reporting system form? We are in the final three months of this reporting year. If your Post does the work, take the credit and report it! During the last week in April, I will have to provide my Committee’s award recipients list to Department, so do not delay in submitting your reports.

In the first nine months of the 2018 – 2019 reporting year, 86 Posts have made 347 on-line reports detailing their Citizenship Education (Americanism) accomplishments totaling 4,659 hours worked and $25,895 spent. Citizenship education is defined as providing knowledge about being a good citizen, but what does it mean to be a good citizen? It’s about what you do for your community; being a role model; standing up and making a difference; being a positive influence; helping others in need along with participating in projects to improve your community. Community Service In the first nine months of the 2018 – 2019 reporting year, 130 Posts have made 635 on-line reports detailing their Community Service accomplishments totaling 12,966 hours worked and $78,867 spent. Wikipedia defines Community Service as a non-paying job performed by one person or a group of people for the benefit of the community. I encourage each Post to join their local Chamber

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of Commerce to increase identity and networking opportunities in your community. The Chamber is great at promoting community awareness of organizations. Safety Recognition In the first nine months of the 2018 – 2019 reporting year, 15 Posts have made 24 on-line reports detailing their Safety Recognition accomplishments totaling 233 hours worked and $1,630 spent. Safety is one of those things that many of us take for granted until it's too late; it is every person’s responsibility to remember that any environment can be a potentially dangerous place. A safe attitude is essential to guard against complacency and to be aware of the risks to health and safety before an accident happens. Take steps to remove or control those risks. The success of these 2018 – 2019 programs is reflected in the difficult choice I must make in deciding on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall (Post & District) award recipients for each category. Thank you for your service to our great Department!


2018-2019 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY PROGRAM Sixteen finalists from Districts all over California visited Sacramento January 17-18 to learn more about California’s history and tour various notable museums and buildings including the California State Capitol. The Voice of Democracy program requires the entrants to write and record a three to five minute speech on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “Why My Vote Matters” and students from all over California entered the program for a chance to win various scholarships ranging from $2000-$500. The winner was announced on Friday evening at a banquet for the finalists, their families, and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California. Sydney Caulder, a senior at Clayton Valley Charter High School in Concord, CA, was named the first-place winner of the California statewide Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program by the VFWCA. Sydney will continue on to compete at the national level for the $30,000 T. C. Selman Memorial Scholarship Award. “The Voice of Democracy program provides high school students across the country with the opportunity to think, write and speak out on freedom and democracy,” said VFWCA State Commander, Lamont Duncan, “The program has been popular and successful since its beginning in 1946. We are proud to announce the state winner and send them on to the national level to compete alongside winners from all over the country.” Congratulations to Sydney and to all of the finalists!

Sydney Caulder, winner of the California statewide Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program by the VFWCA.


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NEW YORK, FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2019

Veterans’ Groups Compete With Each Other, and Struggle With the V.A. By JENNIFER STEINHAUER WASHINGTON — For generations, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts have been as integral to American political culture as pancake breakfasts, town squares and state fairs. In advocating for veterans — among the country’s most revered and coveted voters — the groups have wielded unquestioned power on Capitol Hill and inside the White House. Now, nearly a generation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the oldest and largest veterans’ service organizations — known colloquially as “the Big Six” — are seeing their influence diluted, as newer, smaller organizations focused on post-9/11 veterans compete for money, political influence and relevance. The newer organizations reflect cultural shifts in a smaller community of younger and increasingly diverse veterans who are replacing the older, predominantly male veterans — many of them having served because of a draft for now long-ago wars. The scores of upstarts include Student Veterans of America, which advocates

on education and job issues; Team Red, White and Blue, which promotes service and “camaraderie” events; and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, which focuses on the specific health and employment challenges those who served in those two wars face. Leaner and more financially efficient than their predecessors, these newer veterans’ organizations focus on issues such as education and job training rather than on brick-and-mortar meeting spaces for veterans to gather or on resources spent lobbying in Washington. In addition, many officials of the newer organizations say, their goals are to integrate veterans back into civilian communities where they feel misunderstood and have lost ties, while helping civilians who have had little contact with veterans — active-duty troops make up less than 1 percent of the United States population — understand their experiences. As older veterans die, so, too, do the V.F.W. halls, scores of which have shuttered in recent years. While accurate membership numbers are hard to as-

certain because many veterans pay dues to several organizations, a shrinking veteran population over all has caused memberships to fall and some groups to restructure. “The young vets are saying we need to do things differently with a different emphasis,” said Chuck Hagel, a former defense secretary and Vietnam veteran who is associated with a small organization, HillVets, that helps veterans find staff jobs on Capitol Hill. “The Vietnam vet is a different kind of vet than Afghan or Iraq war vets; they were draft vets and they wanted in and out. Most veterans today are married with families, and that means new demands, new interests and new pressures.” At times, the politically progressive leaders of some of the organizations — many from the Vietnam era — take positions that appear out of step with more socially conservative members from previous wars. This has irritated Robert L. Wilkie, the Veterans Affairs secretary, who views these as unwelcome partisan positions, said several agency and veterans’ group officials.

Read the entire article here: www.nytimes.com/2019/01/04/us/politics/veterans-service-organizations.html

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VFW CALLS NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE OFF-BASE WASHINGTON (January 5, 2019) — The national commander of America’s largest and oldest major war veterans’ organization is calling an article published yesterday in the New York Times off-base and biased against pre-9/11 veterans’ service organizations.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS REASONS TO JOIN THE VFW: • Camaraderie and fellowship that comes with being part of the nation’s largest group of combat veterans

‘‘The article, entitled ‘Veterans Groups Compete With Each Other, and Struggle With the V.A.,’ was biased, misinformed, and totally off-base as it tried to pit veterans’ organizations against one another, and for implying that we are losing our voice within not only the Department of Veterans Affairs but within this administration,” said B.J. Lawrence, national commander of the 1.6 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary.

• Opportunity to socialize and perform service with veterans who served on the front line and in support roles

“I read the article expecting balance, but unfortunately it was very much against any pre-9/11 organization and very much pro any organization that was created afterwards,” said Lawrence. “Every military quality of life program or VA benefit we have today is because of the strong advocacy of legacy organizations who’ve been there, done that, and who swore to make it better for following generations. The legacy organizations, the so-called Big Six, created and continue to create change because our size enables us to have the wherewithal to hire and groom subject matter experts, as well as retain them,” he said. “Our size also means we have the bandwidth to lobby on a multitude of issues on behalf of all veterans, service members and their families. It’s a track record of accomplishments after accomplishments that every member of Congress, every VA secretary, and every president knows.

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“There is much to be said about how relevant an organization — the VFW for example — must be in order to thrive for 119 years through multiple generations of veterans who all returned home from their wars and conflicts saying ‘no one understands me,’” said Lawrence. “A large number of VFW leadership positions are filled by post-9/11 veterans who understand what came before and who today are dedicated to ensuring this and ensuing generations of veterans are properly cared for by a VA that we helped to create almost 90 years ago,” he said. “No one in the VA, the administration or the media should ever drive wedges into what we do collectively on behalf of those too few who have served our country in uniform. I expected much better from the New York Times.”

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• Cut vacation expenses through discounts on travel and other services • Enjoy knowing other veterans, military personnel and their families • Help to generate patriotism and troop support through VFW programs • Relax and enjoy life knowing that the VFW has your back on many fronts

ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.6 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in 6,200 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org. MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Davis, VFW Director of Communications, Publications and Public Affairs, JDavis@vfw.org


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VETERAN HELPLINE 800-313-4200

Thank you, District 6 Commander Paul Petersen and Auxiliary District President Connie Cockrell for inviting me and giving me the opportunity to speak about the VFW National Home for Children during your District meeting and official visit January 5, 2019. During my talk, I provided an overview of the VFW National Home for Children and I spoke about the importance of the Military and Veteran Helpline AKA “the Helpline� 800-313-4200. It is very important for members of the VFW and Auxiliary to have this helpline number available so that you can provide it to a Veteran or military family in need. It is suggested that every member add the helpline number in your contacts list of your cell phone. The helpline is the direct link for a family to determine if they are eligible to live at the VFW National Home for Children and the caring staff at the other end of the line has access to an array of services in the area the family is calling from to provide additional help if needed. I also would like to thank the members of VFW Post 97. Pictured are Commander Timothy Machin and Quartermaster Bob Shaul who presented a $5,000 check for the National Home. Your donation is very much appreciated, and it was my honor to accept it on behalf of the VFW National Home. If your Post and Auxiliary is planning a special fundraiser for a VFW National Home project, please contact Sue Alverson, Director of Marketing and Development and she can provide assistance and guidance of current projects at the Home. She can be reached at 866-483-9642. If you would like me to talk to your members about the VFW National Home for Children, please let me know and I will do what I can to visit you. Renee Fulk VFW National Home, District 12 Trustee 714-469-9938 Renee.fulk@cox.net

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Scout of the Year Program

WHAT IS THE SCOUT OF THE YEAR PROGRAM?

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Annually, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States awards three individuals who are: Eagle Scouts, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, Venture Summit Award recipients and/or Sea Scout Quartermasters who have risen above their peers in exemplifying the qualities of that rank. Awards are as follows: $5,000 1st place National scholarship $3,000 2nd place National scholarship $1,000 3rd place National scholarship

AM I ELIGIBLE? To be eligible for the award, the candidate must: Be the recipient of the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout • Gold Award, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. Be a registered, active member of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, • Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship at the time the above reward was received. Have demonstrated exemplary citizenship in school, • Scouting and community. Prior National Scout of the Year winners are ineligible. Applicants still in high school who reach their 18th birthday during the nomination year remain eligible if otherwise qualified. A Scout may enter through only one VFW Post. A local Post can be identified by zip code at .

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES?

• Deadline for entry to VFW Post is March 1. One candidate with full entry criteria must be submitted by a VFW Post to the •nenext level of judging by April 1. The VFW Department (state) Scouting chchairman can provide this information.

The Department winner must be selected and submitted by their Department (st(state) Scouting chairman to the VFW National Headquarters by May 1.

Questions should be directed to 816-756-3390 ext 6155 during normal business hours Monday through Friday or emailed to scouting@vfw.org.

WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED? The following documentation should be submitted:

Photograph of the Scout — must be attached to this form. The Scout must appear in correct, complete uniform for their current rank. Recommended size 3" x 5".

School Participation Record — a single page, one sided resume of the candidate’s school activities indicating academic achievements, offices held, honors received and significant participation in other activities.

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MUST BE COMPLETED BY EACH CONTESTANT and submitted DIRECTLY TO A VFW POST IN YOUR COMMUNITY. __________________________________________________________________ Name: First, M.I., Last __________________________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip (

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Home Phone _____________________________ Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy)

_________________________________ Email _______________________________ Scout Troop Number

SCOUT/VENTURE CERTIFICATION I hereby certify that the foregoing information is accurate and if I am the winner, I will make myself available to receive the award at a presentation ceremony as designated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. _____________________________________ Scout/Venture Signature

UNIT LEADER'S CERTIFICATION I hereby certify that the above-named Scout/Venture is an active member of our unit or was when the award was received and the information supplied by the candidate is accurate to the best of my knowledge. _____________________________________ Unit Leader's Signature

_______________________ Date (mm/dd/yyyy)

PARENT'S CONSENT I hereby certify that all information on this application is correct. I willingly submit this name for consideration as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States' Scout of the Year. If this individual is selected as the winner, I will ensure that he/she is allowed to attend a presentation ceremony as designed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. _____________________________________ Father, Mother or Guardian Signature

For a downloadable version of this form click here.

_______________________ Date (mm/dd/yyyy)

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Scout of the Year Program

Scouting Record — maximum of three pages, one side only, listing of all Scouting participation beginning with Cub Scouts or Brownies - years of participation, unit numbers and sponsors. Also include when Eagle, Gold, Summit or Quartermaster Award was received and Palms. Identify leadership positions held at all levels, participation in Scouting activities (jamborees, Order of the Arrow conferences, etc.) and the candidate’s Eagle Scout, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit or Sea Scout Quartermaster Project.

Community Service Record — a single page, one sided resume listing participation in community and religious service organizations (excluding Scouting and school), noting leadership positions held and any recognition received.

Letters of Recommendation — Submit three letters, no more than two pages in length from: • A scout leader. • A community member.

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• A teacher/faculty member (if homeschooled, a parent letter is allowed). • In addition, you may include one or two additional letters, no more than two pages in length from local community members who have special knowledge of the candidate's abilities/accomplishments.

____________________________________ PHONE: ______________________________

SPONSORING VFW POST POST NUMBER: ________________________ ADDRESS: ____________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________ POST COMMANDER'S SIGNATURE: ____________________________________

Completed Entry Form – submitted to a local VFW Post. Local Posts can be identified by zip code at www.vfw.org/find-a-post.

WHO MAKES UP THE VFW SCOUTING TEAM? The backbone of Scouting in the VFW is the VFW Scouting Team. These VFW members are deeply involved in Scouting, most with decades of experience. Appointed by their Department commander, they are responsible for promoting Scouting in their state. They are available to encourage Posts to sponsor units, support units and individual Scout projects. They should be the Department’s “expert” on all phases of Scouting. Many Departments have multiple members of the VFW Scouting Team, but every Department should have at least one individual to promote the values of Scouting to youth and to the VFW itself. For more information on the VFW Scouting Team call 816-756-3390 ext 6155 or e-mail scouting@vfw.org

DISTRICT CERTIFICATION

IF APPLICABLE, CHECK WITH THE VFW DEPARTMENT (STATE) SCOUTING CHAIRMAN

DISTRICT #: ___________________________ DISTRICT CDR.: ________________________ ____________________________________

DEPARTMENT CERTIFICATION

MUST BE COMPLETED BY DEPT (STATE) VFW SCOUTING CHAIRMAN OR DEPT. COMMANDER

DEPARTMENT: _________________________ SUBMITTED BY: ________________________ Veterans of Foreign Wars 816-756-3390 ext 6155

____________________________________ SIGNATURE: ____________________________________ Revised 1/2019


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