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American Legion Post 68

Leland, NC!

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Last Updated 1/11/21

URGENT NEWS TO POST MEMBERS!!!

MEMBERS:  Please review these time sensitive reminders!

NOTE: With Present Coronavirus Schedule Changes and Closings, Readers Should Confirm Event with Host Prior to Travel.

1. Post 68 holds 2nd annual Oratorical Contest with North Brunswick High School

Madilyn Smith, a sophomore at North Brunswick High School (NBHS), placed first in the John E. Jacobs American Legion Post 68, Leland’s Oratorical Contest – “A Constitutional Speech Contest”- held Saturday, January 9 at the Magnolia Greens Club Room.

Kaitlyn Shields, also a NBHS sophomore and a JROTC Cadet, placed second in the competition. 

Both contestants delivered an original eight-to-ten-minute prepared oration on aspects of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on the duties and obligations of American citizens with Ms. Smith focusing on the Bill of Rights and Ms. Shields focusing specifically on the First Amendment’s Free Speech clause. Each also delivered a 3-to-5-minute extemporaneous discourse on the assigned topic of Article III, Section 1 regarding the establishment of the Supreme Court.

Post 68 Commander John Hacker presented Madilyn with the first-place medal, certificate of distinction, and a check for $500.00.  Commander Hacker presented Kaitlyn with the second-place medal, certificate of distinction, and a check for $300.00.

Smith now advances to the American Legion District 9 Oratorical Contest on January 23rd at the St. James Community Center, St. James Plantation, NC. 

First place winner Madilyn Smith (left) and second place winner Kaitlyn Shields (right) receive their awards from Post 68 Commander John Hacker

2. COVID-19 Resources.

>Compilation of Information and Resources Available.
-Summary of Websites: LINK
-NC State University Food Safety FAQ: LINK
-NC DHHS Updates: WEBSITE
-VA Updates on Covid-19: LINK

>VA Executive Director  of Veteran Health Systems: VA is here for Veterans during COVID-19.
Dr. Richard Stone released an announcement regarding Veterans access to resources during COVID-19.  See LINK

3. Posting Received for VA Closings.

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices will be closed to the public starting March 19.

Regional offices will remain open, but will no longer accept walk-ins for claims assistance, scheduled appointments, counseling and other in-person services. This decision protects our older Veterans and those with underlying conditions as well as our employees.

Veterans can continue to get information about benefits or file a claim for benefits by visiting our website at www.va.gov. Veterans with claims specific or other questions may request information via Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) or telephone at 1-800-827-1000.

VBA benefits and services provided to Veterans, families, and survivors will continue to be delivered throughout the duration of COVID-19 impacts.

Please continue to check www.va.gov for updates. You also may follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you,
Veterans Benefits Administration

 

4. North Carolina DMVA Closings/Hours Changes.

  • All NCDMVA (NC Division of Military and Veterans Affairs) offices, veterans homes, and cemeteries, will operate at reduced capacity until further notice.
    • Visits to State veteran homes are suspended and exceptions will be made on a case by case basis (similar to US VA policy)
  • Veterans Service Offices (VSO) are taking appointments on an individual basis for immediate emergency needs only.
  • VBA (Veterans Benefits Administration) is notifying veterans who have filed an appeal that in-person hearings have been suspended
    • Hearings must be virtual
    • At the Regional Office this will be an informal conference with a DRO (Decision Review Officer) via telephone
    • For a BVA appeal, this will be a video hearing using a veteran’s a personal device
      • The device must meet certain technical requirements to include webcam, speaker and microphone
    • Veterans may opt to wait for in-person hearings to resume instead of having a virtual one.
    • Nobody can predict when in-person hearings will resume.

5. Military Pharmacy Operations Changes: Check Before Your Go.

See attached document regarding military pharmacy operations during the Coronavirus Crisis on changes that may affect how you use pharmacies on bases.  Check before you go. LINK

6. Latest News from American Legion National HQ and National Commander:   LINK

 

 

Meetings: Monthly on the 3rd Thursday

Blossoms Restaurant
Magnolia Greens,  1800 Tommy Jacobs Dr,
Leland, North Carolina   (map)

Legion Riders meeting begins at 4:45pm
Member sign-in begins at 5:30pm
General meeting begins at 6:00pm

Have dinner at Blossoms prior to meeting with us ~ 4:30 / 5:00pm

We Pending Directoion On Having Meeting in January due to Modified Stay-at-Home Order from the State.  Stay Tuned and Check Website!

 

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