|MARCH 2014 DEPARTMENT COMMANDER'S MESSAGE|
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The American Legion
Consolidated Post Report (CPR), in a recent Dispatch, National Commander Dellinger stressed the importance of EVERY post completing a CPR and getting them to your department headquarters on time. These reports provide the data which our national legislative committee uses when lobbying for veterans’ issues. Last week alone our legislative staff has been visiting with senators and representatives on Capitol Hill, addressing two bills to do with a new budget law that will reduce Cost-of-living retirement benefits for military retirees and another referred to as the “GI Tuition Fairness Act of 2013” This measure would mandate that public universities participating in VA educational assistance programs charge veterans, at the most, the in-state tuition rate regardless of the veterans official state of residence.
When NC Dillinger testifies before congress, the facts and figures he builds on come directly off the CPRs. The sad thing; nationally only 57% of American Legion posts submit their CPR and in the 2012-2013 year only 10 departments achieved 100% reporting. I am very proud to say that thanks to DA Julie’s persistence; Wyoming is one of those 100% departments. Although we can pat ourselves on the back for that, there’s still room for improvement, I’m talking about accuracy. I think the largest area we can improve on; is to get better at including the volunteerism and fund raising contributions of two of The American Legion’s best programs. Those being the SAL and the Riders; these are both programs of your post and all the wonderful things they do for the community, state and nation should be included on the post CPR.
The Mid-Winter Conference hosted by post 122, Rawlins was a huge success and in no small part due to the excellent facilities and the hard work of Commander Mike Sherr and a crew of dedicated legionnaires. Along with reports by your department officers, staff and committees, we were treated to informational updates by Ms. Laura Ward, the new National Guard Funeral Honors Director, Wyoming Veteran Commission Director, Larry Bartellbort and WVC Chairman, Al Elefson. National training specialist, Libby Vickers, presented a mylegion.org enhanced training course; this is a tool all adjutants should be taking advantage of. We were also honored to have in attendance the National Leading Candidate for SAL, Mike Moss; the Northwestern Division National Vice-President of the Auxiliary, Patricia Steranka; and Western Region National Vice-Commander Doug Wooddell. With 40% of the posts sending representatives, and leadership of all six districts in attendance, the conference ended with me requesting of all those present; to bring this information home and share it with your membership.
Check out the schedule in this issue to see when your District Conference is, I would like to see at least, the commanders of all posts attend their district conference and am looking forward to listening to your post reports. For more information on CPRs and mylegion.org check out the national website at www.legion.org , there is also a link on the department website, www.wylegion.org . I look forward to visiting with fellow legionnaires around the state. If any post has a specific time or an event they would like me attend, my contact information can be found on the department website.Respectfully Submitted