FROM THE COMMANDER
JUNE , 2017
Thank you to all the Post volunteers. Our volunteers have spent over 8,000 hours giving their time to make the Post a better place.
Our Men’s Fashion Show was a great hit as well as a good fundraiser. Again, the occasion required a lot of help by volunteers and without their help it would have been impossible for the show to go on.
The Post Honor Guard has been called back into duty with the USCG for an at Sea Burial of a fallen veteran. The Guard will assemble on May 10, 2017 at Fort Myers Beach to catch a boat for the at Sea Burial.
We will join the VFW at their Post to celebrate Memorial Day on May 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM.
Flag Day will be June 14, 2017, and again the Boy Scouts will help with the Ceremony. After the service the flag remains will be taken to the USCG to be buried at Sea. This is the only place in the nation where this ritual will take place.
Attention 4th of July, 2017 is coming Attention
Again, the American Legion Post 136 is proud to be hosting the 4th of July celebration. This GREAT EVENT is for all good American Citizens, families and children to come celebrate our Independence that we all enjoy. This is a great day for everyone to reflect what a great place America is to live. We are the Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free. The Legion is open to the public the entire day and Hamburgers and Hot Dogs will be served after the parade.
Parade Festivities: We hope you can join us and perhaps put a car or float in the parade with your logo on the side. Children and bikes are always welcome. Line up starts at 9:00 am. The parade will leave the Winn Dixie parking lot at exactly 10:00 AM and head north on Stringfellow Road to the Fire House at the center. Stringfellow Road will be closed at 10:00 AM until the conclusion of the parade. If you need more information or have any questions please contact Tom Ruscik at (239) 283-5270.
Fire Works: The fireworks are a WOW moment and open to the public starting at dusk. Fireworks will be held at the American Legion located at 4106 Stringfellow Road with ample parking. This is quite an event and we encourage everyone to come and enjoy the show.
This is a costly event and The American Legion is asking for donations from the public and business’s to help fund this special event. Feel free to send your donations to the American Legion Post 136, PO Box 776, Saint James City, FL 33956 or drop it off at the Post at 4106 Stringfellow Road. Please mark all donations ATT: 4th of July.
For God and Country, Tom Lewis Commder Post 136
FROM THE SONS OF THE LEGION
Elections for the SAL were held on May 24th. The new Board takes office at our July meeting. Don’t forget July Fourth is coming soon. The Post136 family puts on a great Patriotic Parade at the Center at 10:00am. At Dusk a Fireworks Display at Post 136 celebrating the Independence of the United States of America. Please attend our SAL Meetings on the4 th Wednesday of each month.
For God & Country, Roger Beathard Commander SAL
FROM THE AUXILLARY
This month we have two important dates, Wed June 14th is Flag Day with the ceremony to be held at dusk. June 18th is Father’s Day, the Auxiliary will serve a
Father’s Day Dinner with Dinner and One Drink free to all Fathers. This year the Department convention is at the end of the month, several members are going and will report at the July Meeting.
For God & Country, Claudine Alvarez, Auxiliary President
FROM THE SERVICE OFFICER
VA announced a number of changes to make participation in teh Veterans Choice Program easier and more convenient for Veterans who need to use it. The move, which streamilines eligibility requirements, follows feedback fro Veterans along with organizations working on their behalf.
Under the udated eligibility requirements, a Veteran is eligible for the Veterans Choice Program if he or she is enrolled in teh VA Health Care System and meets at least one of the following criteria:
Told by his or her local VA medical facility that they will not be able to schedule an appointment for care within 30 days of teh date the veteran's physician determines he/she needs to be seen or within 30 days of the date the veteran wishes to be seen if there is no specific date from his or her physician, lives more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest VA medical facility with a full time primary care physician, needs to travel by air, boat or ferry to the VA medical facility closest to him/her home, faces an unusual or excessive burden in traveling to the closest VA based on geographic challenges, environmental factors, a medical condition, the nature or simplicity or frequency of the care needed and whether an attendant is needed. Staff at the Veteran's local VA medical facility will work with him or her to determine if a Veteran is elibible for any of these reasons or lives in a state or territory without a full service VA medical facility which includes Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire (Note: this excludes New Hampshire Veterans who live within a 20 miles of the White River Juntion VAMC) and teh United States Territories (excluding Puerto Rico, which has a full service VA medical facility.)
Veterans seeking to use the Veterans Choice Program or wanting to know more about it can call 866-606-8198 to confirm their elibibility and to schedule an appointment. For more details about the Veterans Choice Program and VA's progress can visit www.va.gov/opa/choiceact
For God and Country, Dennis McKinley, Service Officer