THE AMERICAN LEGION COIN BILL
Most of you received our email forwarded from National on this bill. The American Legion has a golden opportunity. With your help, we can encourage Congress to mark The American Legion's 2019 Centennial with limited edition, exquisitely crafted commemorative coins. Not only will these coins raise public awareness about the greatest veterans organization in the country, proceeds from their sale will raise funds for our outstanding programs. Go to http://capwiz.com/legion/issues/alert/?alertid=78053626 and contact your Congressional representatives.
AMERICAN LEGION LEGISLATIVE ACTION CENTER
As you may know the American Legion is very active and well respected on Capital Hill. The National Commander and staff are testifying and providing counsel on any and all legislation pertaining to veterans. Want to see what they are doing? Want to get up to date and veteran legislation currently active in Congress? Then check out the Legislative Action Center webpage at http://capwiz.com/legion/issues/.
VETERANS' WRITING WORKSHOP: Creative Writing: Memoirs, essays, novels, short stories and/or poetry
Dan O'Connor of Post 246 will be holding a regularly scheduled drop-in workshop for, "U.S. Military Veterans only," in the upstairs meeting room. Discussion will adapt to whoever shows up, according to the primary interests of the participants.
The instructor/author/workshop facilitator, Dan O'Connor, a retired Danville Attorney and former U.S. Air Force Missile Launch Officer (1968-1972) and member of American Legion Post 246, has three published novels, along with published poems and a Golf & Restaurant Guide. Optional-in-class writing exercises may take place, according to class interest. Participants are invited to bring writing samples to class for potential group review and comment. Impromptu How-to lectures are anticipated. Any and all writing projects of any kind are welcome, so long as they are accompanied by a U.S. Military Veteran. No prior writing experience is required or expected.
Contact Dan at 925-838-4102, email@example.com for dates and times.
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VETERANS VOICES OF CONTRA COSTA:
Join your friendly neighborhood County Veteran Service Office, Nathan Johnson and his co-host Kevin Graves as they discuss issues facing the Veteran Community. Call in with information you have (925) 313-1170 or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The show is on the third Monday of every month at 7p.m. CCTV is channel 32 on Astound, channel 27 on Comcast, and channel 99 of AT&T U-verse. Streaming on www.contracostatv.org/veteransvoices.
We have powered scooters, wheel chairs and various types of walkers available to loan to veterans at no charge. We are here to help. Call our message center at (925) 277-7775 or telephone Service Officer Leroy Vares at (925) 828-0421.
SURPLUS UNIFORM ITEMS
We found some brand-new uniform items (purchased years ago) in our basement storage cage and would like to offer them to you our members at sale prices.
First, we have 2 men's official regular lined Garrison Caps, size 7 and 1 woman's (size 7 3/4). Catalog price is $48.95, our sale price to you is $32.00 (33% off).
Second, we have four official American Legion patriotic ties. Catalog price is $15.95, our sale price to you is $10.00 (33% off)
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 12:00pm at the Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., Danville, CA 94526, unless otherwise stated. Meetings are held upstairs in the conference room. Lunch is $7.00. Please leave a message on our answering service if you are planning to attend.
BOY SCOUTS SUPPORT
Alan Scharlach, one of our newest members has volunteered to become our Chartered Organization Representative for all four of the scout groups, Boy Scouts Troop 60 and 888 and Cub Scout Packs 995 and 997. Alan, Randy, and I had the honor of attending Pack 997 Cub to Boy Scout Bridging ceremony on Thursday, 16 February where 16, yes 16, boys took the next step in their scouting careers.
JROTC MILITARY BALL
I had the honor and privilege of attending the 17th Annual Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) Mt. Diablo High School Military Ball. Over 100 people were in attendance enjoying the dinner and event held at the Clarion Hotel in Concord. The cadets were splendid in their dress blues and ball dresses. I had the pleasure of dinning with the Mt. Diablo High School Principal and JROTC cadre SFC McGee and SFC Hernandez as well as Captain Casey J. Brown, Commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Company in Pleasant Hill. On behalf of Post 246, I presented medals and certificates for Scholastic Achievement to Cadet Ervin De La Cruz and Military Leadership excellence to Cadet Maricela Jiminez. Needless to say, the evening was a great occasion. by Alan M. Scharlach
(see pictures on our website)
VETERANS TO GET EXCHANGE PRIVILEGES
Honorably discharged veterans are getting limited online military exchange shopping privileges as of November 11, 2017. The Defense Dept announced the change Jan. 13 calling it a way to reward those who served their country and generate funds for the morale, welfare and recreation activities. The privilege will not extend to purchase of uniforms, tobacco or alcohol products. EOD views it as a win-win in that it is expected to bolster the exchanges' online retail operations, helping them develop inventory and improve service.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DOCENT PROGRAM!
The Docent Program for the Veterans Memorial Building and Museum guides visitors through the history of our veteran's service highlighted by the exhibits showcased in the building.
Docent shifts are for 3 hours during the weekdays, either in the morning or afternoon. You can volunteer for on shift a month or more. Please contact Art Gaskins at (925) 817-7980 for more information.
mT. dIABLO Post 246