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PVR Bulletin – May 2019

 

ADVOCATE TRAINING – Next Opportunity

The American Legion, Department of Florida’s Annual Convention is just around the corner. The event will be held from June 27-30th, 2019 at the Marriott Orlando World Center in Orlando, FL.
 
There will only be one training opportunity this year. Be sure to visit the link below to reserve your seat today!
 
VETRELIEF ADVOCATE TRAINING:
Friday, June 28th
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Room: Canary 3-4
 
Registration Link:
 
The PROJECT: VetRelief Team will also have a table in the vendor area. Please stop by to see our case workers, Michael Beaven and Jeremy Gottschalk. You can collect any materials to take back with you to your Post or ask any questions you might have.
 
Calling all trained Advocates – We will be holding a special event for all trained VetRelief Advocates. If you are interested in learning more information on this event, and have already taken our Training course, please contact Jennifer Cooper, jcooper@floridalegion.org, for the details.
 
We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you there!
 
*Class day, time and location are subject to change.


WE SALUTE – Florida Legion Riders

The Florida American Legion Riders and PROJECT: VetRelief teamed up for the month of April to bring awareness to prevention, action and treatment in an effort to stop Veteran suicide. This is the first event that focused around the new initiative our program put forth last June.
 
The Riders kicked off a week-long Unity Ride event at Post 138 in Tampa on April 7th. From there, they made their way round the entire state of Florida stopping at various Posts to raise awareness and collect donations.
 
The ride concluded back in Tampa at Post 111 where they celebrated with the Statewide Rally. Food, raffles, silent auction and live entertainment was provided, along with wonderful memories.
 
Their work isn’t finished yet! Riders have the entire month of April to host local rides within their communities and raise more awareness and collect donations. The final results will be announced during the Department Convention in June.
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Upcoming Events

All of PROJECT: VetRelief’s financial support comes from the generosity of individuals and corporations who believe in what we do. Join us for one of our next events, or hold your own fundraiser.
 
If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Cooper at 407-295-2631 or jcooper@floridalegion.org.
 
 
Chapter 10 Armed Forces Day Event – May 18, 2019
Kissimmee, FL
 
6th Annual Golf Tournament – Sept 23, 2019
Bella Collina, FL
 
Coral Head Blues Fest- Oct 19, 2019
Marathon, FL
 
Coral Head Music Fest- Nov 2-3, 2019
Pinellas Park, FL
 
Post 35 Golf Tournament- Nov 16, 2019
Mt. Dora, FL
Details coming soon!

PVR Bulletin – April 2019

 

WE SALUTE – Florida Veterans Foundation

PROJECT: VetRelief gratefully received a grant from the Florida Veterans Foundation (FVF) for the support of the Emergency Assistance program. This makes the second grant our program has received from the Tallahassee based organization.
 
As a part of this opportunity, we provide a quarterly report to FVF that is used to influence decisions made within our state capitol. Our figures show the support that service members depend on during their difficult times; which could potentially open the door for future funding down the road.
 
We are so grateful for our partnership and having the ability to impact the lives of our veterans is something we are extremely proud of. The Florida Veterans Foundation, and this funding, gives us the opportunity to reach more families who need our support.
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


EVENT SPOTLIGHT – Rides and Rallies

WEST VOLUSIA CHAMBER CHARITY RIDE
When: Sunday, April 7th, 2019
Starting Location: Foxhead Lounge (Osteen, FL)
Cost: $20 / person | $10 for second Rider
All vehicles are welcome: bikes, cars, trucks, buses, etc.
 
Join us for Live Music provided by R & G Duo, auction, door prizes, raffles and 50/50. Participants also receive a free sloppy joe meal. Additional playing cards are $1.00 each for poker players.
 
Ride stops:
The No Name Saloon (Edgewater)
Critter’s Pub (Deltona)
Dales Ales (Orange City)
Blackie Saloon (DeBary)
 
 
LEGION RIDERS UNITY RIDE / STATE RALLY
The Florida American Legion Riders are proud to advocate for Veterans and Veterans’ issues. This year’s State Rally will support the PROJECT: VetRelief Suicide Prevention Initiative.
 
The Florida American Legion Riders and PROJECT: VetRelief are teaming up to bring awareness to prevention, action and treatment in an effort to stop Veteran suicide. We need your support, please join us!
 
When: Saturday, April 13th, 2019
Time: 1:00PM – 8:00PM
Food, Raffles, Silent Auction, Live Entertainment and much more!
 
Pre-register at http://bit.ly/ALRrally

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Upcoming Events

All of PROJECT: VetRelief’s financial support comes from the generosity of individuals and corporationswho believe in what we do. Join us for one of our next events, or hold your own fundraiser.
 
If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Cooper at 407-295-2631 or jcooper@floridalegion.org.
 
West Volusia Chamber Ride– Apr 7, 2019
Volusia County, FL
 
Legion Riders In-State Unity Ride / Concert – Apr 7-13, 2019
Tampa, FL
 
Chapter 10 Armed Forces Day Event – May 18, 2019
Kissimmee, FL
 
6th Annual Golf Tournament – Sept 23, 2019
Bella Collina, FL
 
Coral Head Music Fest– Nov 2-3, 2019
Pinellas Park, FL
 

PVR Bulletin – March 2019

Suicide Prevention Program – Update

As many of you are aware, the PROJECT: VetRelief Board of Directors decided to expand our services and create a Suicide Prevention Initiative. Although suicide was already a part of our mission, the members of the Board felt it was time take more of an action towards ending the epidemic.
 
During the 2018 November meeting, the Board formed a Committee to put together a well-sound program and are scheduled to report back during the next meeting; which will be held in June 2019. At the present time, this initiative is not complete, and their goal is to take time in developing an effective and complete program with measurable results.
 
The committee had their first meeting on January 8th at the Florida Legion Department Headquarters. They decided that PROJECT: VetRelief should focus on three main areas of service: Raise Awareness, Provide Quality Referrals, and Fund Existing Programs. In the upcoming months, the committee will be meeting with mental health professionals and establishing a network of credible programs and services that are already supporting mental health for our service members and their families.
 
Even though the program isn’t complete, the Legion Riders have chosen this initiative as their beneficiary for their In-State Unity Ride and Concert in April. The Legion Rider’s Chairman, Jim Wineland, sits on the planning committee and is passionate about getting the right kind of help to our veterans and their families who are dealing with mental health issues.
 
Although we realize it will take a lot of work to put a stop to the 22 suicides that happen every single day, PROJECT: VetRelief is adamant about establishing a program that will help end this horrific statistic.

Event Spotlight – Coral Head Music Fest

The Third Annual Coral Head Music Fest was held on February 16-17th at the Marathon City Park Amphitheater in Marathon, FL. The Department of Florida Assistant Adjutant, Bruce Comer, made the trip down with the PROEJCT: VetRelief trailer to support the two-day event.
 
We held our first social media contest and encouraged event attendees to stop by our booth and take a selfie with our trailer. Singer Jen was the winner of the contest and received a PVR Care Package.
 
The two-day line up consisted of Vince Neil , Jackyl , Mitch Perry , The Sweet , John Cafferty , Art Mulcahy , Lazy Bonez , Fiddle Rock , Caffeine Carl , John Bartus, and Singer Jen.
 
A special thank you goes out to Rich Anderson and Legion Riders Chapter 154 for putting on another spectacular event. We are so appreciative of all their hard work and dedication in supporting Florida’s veterans!
 
The Coral Head Music Fest is heading to Pinellas Park in November, so be sure to mark your calendars now. You won’t want to miss it!

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Upcoming Events

All of PROJECT: VetRelief’s financial support comes from the generosity of individuals and corporations who believe in what we do. Join us for one of our next events, or hold your own fundraiser.
 
If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Cooper at 407-295-2631 or jcooper@floridalegion.org.
 
Legion Riders In-State Unity Ride / Concert – Apr 7-13, 2019
Tampa, FL
 
West Volusia Chamber Ride– Apr 7, 2019
Volusia County, FL
 
Chapter 10 Armed Forces Day Event – May 18, 2019
Kissimmee, FL
 
6th Annual Golf Tournament – Sept 23, 2019
Bella Collina, FL
 
Coral Head Music Fest – Nov 2-3, 2019
Pinellas Park, FL

 
 

PVR Bulletin – Feb 2019

 

Providing a Life Line for Coast Guard

In the wake of the government shutdown, The American Legion went public to assist active duty Coast Guard members through the Temporary Financial Assistance program. Even though the initial outreach was directed at families with minor children, Project: VetRelief immediately stepped up and began providing assistance to those that did not have qualifying children.
 
Through both programs, the Department Staff processed nearly 400 applications received from Coast Guard members.
 
The wave of US Coast Guard member applications has been overwhelming, but all cases in which there was not a minor child in the home have been provided with a $250 gift card to Publix. To date, there have been 29 Coast Guard members funded for a total of $7,250 through PROJECT: VetRelief.
 
We realize that this immediate support does not quite cover their entire need and have waived the guideline of providing assistance once per year in the case of Coast Guard members. Assistance through the regular program is available by using the traditional form and application process.
The Department Staff would like to keep providing support for as long as there is a need; however, funds for both programs are limited. We ask that you along with the members of your Post take a minute to realize the impact a donation from your Post can have on someone defending your coastline and not
receiving a paycheck.
DONATIONS CAN BE MADE TO BOTH PROGRAMS:
 
PROJECT: VetReliefwww.projectvetrelief.org/donate
 
Temporary Financial Assistancehttp://bit.ly/TFAdonations

EVENT Spotlights:

Vets Invade the Canyon

On January 18th and 19th, the PROJECT: VetRelief Team went to Crystal River to attend the Vets Invade the Canyon Event. Each evening started by celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion and continued with an evening filled with great music, food, and camaraderie. Musical guests included Letters from Home, Scooter Brown Band, Buddy Brown, Sister Hazel, and Aaron Tippin.
 
Thank you to all Legion Posts and sponsors who supported the two-day event! We are so appreciative of all the time and hard work it took into planning and executing such a wonderful event. Kudos to the membership of Post 155 and all volunteers who made it all happen!
 

Coral Head Music Fest

VIP tickets, 2 Day and 1 Day passes are still available for the Coral Head Music Fest that will be held on February 16-17th. VIP includes preferred parking, FREE beer/wine, FREE food, preferred seating & more.
 
There are 10 Bands over the two-day event. Music includes: Vince Neil (voice of Motley Crue), Jackyl, The Sweet, John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band, Mitch Perry and MORE!!
 
For more information visit:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Upcoming Events

All of PROJECT: VetRelief’s financial support comes from the generosity of individuals and corporations who believe in what we do. Join us for one of our next events, or hold your own fundraiser.
 
If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Cooper at 407-295-2631 or jcooper@floridalegion.org.
 
Coral Head Music Fest– Feb 16-17, 2019
Marathon, FL (get tickets)
 
Legion Riders In-State Unity Ride / Concert – Apr 2019
Tampa or Daytona, FL
 
6th Annual Golf Tournament – Sept 2019
Bella Collina, FL
 
Coral Head Music Fest– Nov 2020
Pinellas Park, FL
 

PVR Bulletin – JAN 2019

 

EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Vets Invade the Canyon

Come and celebrate the American Legion’s 100th Birthday at the Vets Invade the Canyon Concert on Friday and Saturday, January 18th-19th at the Rock Crusher Canyon. This two-day birthday celebration is being hosted by American Legion Post 155 in Crystal River and have designated event proceeds to benefit PROJECT: VetRelief.

 FRIDAY NIGHT (1/18/19) CONCERT features Sister Hazel, Scooter Brown Band and Letters from Home

SATURDAY NIGHT (1/19/19) CONCERT features Aaron Tippin, Buddy Brown and Letters From Home

 PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS:

Visit www.vetsinvadethecanyon.com or contact Jennifer Cooper at the Department Headquarters Office before January 15th.


DID YOU KNOW: Program Facts

97% of every dollar donated to the program goes directly to our veterans and their families. The additional 3% is used for organizational compliance and accounting/banking fees.

  The PVR office was closed from December 22nd and reopened on January 2nd. Be patient as we work through calls received during that time.

  Legion Riders have already raised over $10,000 for our NEW Suicide Prevention Initiative and have future events planned to raise even more.

  We are collecting resources and contact names of Veteran Service Organizations our VetRelief Advocates work with to create a state-wide resource tool. If you have any contact you’d like to share, please visit to enter the information: https://www.projectvetrelief.org/vso-resource-entries/

  The Legions 5th District is encouraging Post 400 members to transfers into a local post. As an incentive, the 5th District will donate $5 of their dues to PVR.

  Jim Wineland, Florida Legion Riders current Department Chairman, joined the Board of Directors in November during the Fall Conference meeting.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Upcoming Events

All of PROJECT: VetRelief’s financial support comes from the generosity of individuals and corporations who believe in what we do. Join us for one of our next events, or hold your own fundraiser.

 If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Cooper at 407-295-2631 or jcooper@floridalegion.org.

 Vets Invade Canyon – Jan 18-19, 2019

Crystal River, FL (get info)

 Coral Head Music Fest – Feb 16-17, 2019

Marathon, FL (get tickets)

 Legion Riders In-State Unity Ride / Concert – Apr 2019

Tampa or Daytona, FL

 6th Annual Golf Tournament – Sept 2019

Bella Collina, FL

 Coral Head Music Fest – Nov 2020

Pinellas Park, FL

PVR Bulletin – DEC 2018

From the Board President: John Dollinger

Due to the increased demand to our program, we are already on track to surpass the total number of cases we funded from last year. Additionally, in October 2017, PROJECT: VetRelief received a large grant from the Florida Veterans Foundation that we will not be receiving again this year.

Therefore, the program growth and absence of funding will cause PROJECT: VetRelief to experience a significant strain due to the financial gap.

We are asking that you help ensure that we are able to continue our mission by making a year-end contribution. As you make your final 2018 tax-deductible donations, please consider the immediate, and in some cases life altering, impact you can make on Florida’s veterans, active duty military members, and their families.

Your year-end gift will move us one step closer to reaching our goal of helping one veteran or military family for every work day – that’s 260 families. Best wishes for a bright and beautiful holiday season, from our family here at PROJECT: VetRelief.

P.S. You will make a difference with your tax-deductible
donation of any amount.


ADVOCATE CORNER: New Resource Tool

As a part of our efforts to grow and meet the needs of our services members, we are developing a centralized phonebook of veteran organizations or resources. This list of organizations can help PROJECT: VetRelief in two very important ways:

  • create state-wide relationships to assist veterans
    in a larger capacity
  • develop a web-based platform for anyone to use to identify resources within their local area; whether it be a veteran looking for help, or a new Advocate looking to network

You can help us develop this tool by providing a list of organizations and/or any contact representatives you are already working with. We’ve created an easy online form that you can use to send in your point of contacts.

Here is the link:
https://www.projectvetrelief.org/vso-resource-entries/

Thank you for always stepping up to the plate and assisting veterans in whatever capacity needed!


2018 FALL CONFERENCE: Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone who took advantage of the many PROJECT: VetRelief opportunities during The American Legion, Department of Florida Fall Conference. Take a look at all of the exciting things that happened!

  • Trained nearly 40 NEW VetRelief Advocates
  • Hosted Networking Event for trained Advocates with key
    topics of discussion
  • Board of Directors voted to establish a suicide prevention
    program and brought on a new member, Jim Wineland
  • Presented during Service Officer School and Legion’s
    General Session
  • Distributed marketing materials at the PVR Booth

Mark your calendars: Upcoming Events

All of PROJECT: VetRelief’s financial support comes
from the generosity of individuals and corporations
who believe in what we do. Join us for one of our next
events, or hold your own fundraiser.

If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Cooper
at 407-295-2631 or jcooper@floridalegion.org.

  • Vets Invade Canyon – Jan 18-19, 2019
    Crystal River, FL (get info)
  • Coral Head Music Fest – Feb 16-17, 2019
    Marathon, FL (get info)
  • Legion Riders In-State Unity Ride / Concert – Apr 2019
    Tampa or Daytona, FL
  • 6th Annual Golf Tournament – Sept 2019
    Bella Collina, FL
  • Coral Head Music Fest – Nov 2019
    Pinellas Park, FL

PVR Bulletin – NOV 2018

 

YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED: We Are Growing

As we continue to grow and the word spreads, so does the demand  and workload on our team. In fact, each month, we receive over 1,500 phone calls from Florida veterans who are needing some type of assistance.

What does PROJECT: VetRelief do each month to accommodate these calls? Our caseworkers provide guidance and direction regardless of their inquiry; whether we are providing financial assistance through our emergency fund or guiding them through a VA sponsored program. Additionally, we are supported by and rely
on our advocates to conduct field interviews and help us determine the qualifications and merits of each financial case. It takes the collaborative efforts from our entire PROJECT: VetRelief Team, hired part-time caseworkers and volunteered advocates, to meet the demands of the veterans and their families who need us.


2018 FALL CONFERENCE: Come visit us! 

This month is The American Legion, Department of Florida Fall Conference. The event will be held at the Renaissance at Sea World in Orlando, FL from November 2-4, 2018. Check out the different activities we have going on:

ACTIVITIES:

• Pick up marketing materials (Vendor Area)
November 2-3 from 8:00AM – 5:00PM
• Service Officer Presentation (Palini)
Friday, November 2 at 8:00 AM
• EXCLUSIVE Networking Event
Friday, November 2 at 5:30PM
*MUST be a trained VetRelief Advocate.
• Legion Presentation (Crystal DE)
Saturday, November 3 around 12:00PM
• Advocate Training (Palini)
Saturday, November 3 at 2:15-4:30 PM

We are looking forward to seeing you all there!
*Times and room locations are subject to change.


Suicide Prevention… Update

Over the past few months, we’ve had a significant amount of interest in supporting a new suicide prevention initiative, especially from the Auxiliary and the Legion Riders. Our Board of Directors has been working diligently to establish how PROJECT: VetRelief can evolve to make a dent in the tragic statistic of 22 veteran suicides a day that happen throughout the nation.

ADVOCATE SPOTLIGHT: Larry Roberts

Larry Roberts has been much more than a VetRelief Advocate for not only PVR, but for the American Legion and other veteran service
organizations. He is a trained Post Service Officer and has also served as the Legion’s Entitlement Chairman. We are fortunate
that he will help guide us as we establish our action plans moving forward.

It will take the entire Legion Family working together to help bring awareness to this devastating epidemic our veteran community faces. Be on the lookout for fundraising events, such as the upcoming Winter Garden Post 63 Challenge 22 Ruck Walk on November 17th.

PVR Bulletin – Oct 2018

2018 Fall Conference: Come visit us!

The American Legion, Department of Florida Fall Conference is just around the corner. The event will be held next month from November 2-4, 2018 at the Renaissance at Sea World in Orlando, FL.
 
There will only be one training opportunity this year. Be sure to visit the link below to reserve your seat today!
 
VETRELIEF ADVOCATE TRAINING:
Saturday, November 3rd
Time: 2:15 – 4:00 PM
Room: Palini
 
The PROJECT: VetRelief Team will also have a table in the vendor area. Please stop by to see our case workers, Michael Beaven and Jeremy Gottschalk. You can collect any materials to take back with you to your Post, or ask any questions you might have.
 
Calling all trained Advocates – We will be holding a special event for all trained VetRelief Advocates. If you are interested in learning more information on this event, and have already taken our Training course, please contact Jennifer Cooper, jcooper@floridalegion.org, for the details.
 
We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you there!
 
*Times and room locations are subject to change.

The Results are in: Golf Tournament

The 5th Annual PROJECT: VetRelief Golf Tournament was held on Monday, September 24th at Bella Collina Golf Course in Monteverde, FL. At approximately 8:30AM, after attendees stood at attention for the National Anthem, the shotgun went off sending over 115 golfers on their way.
PVR Board Vice-President, Bob James, hosted corporate
 
partners, vendors and friends to a fun filled day of golf. He set a lofty goal to work towards for this year’s event. He was able to meet his goal, and provide a donation of a record setting $50,000 to PROJECT: VetRelief!

The following Legionnaires came to show their support by either playing golf or volunteering: Commander, Dianne Boland; 1st Vice Commander, Rick Johnson; NEC, Dennis Boland; Adjutant, Michael McDaniel; Asst. Adjutant, Bruce Comer; VA Entitlement Chairman, Larry Roberts; PVR Board President, John Dollinger; Legionnaires, PDC Omer Gene Smith, Kurt Gies, Michael Beaven, and Jeremy Gottschalk.
 
Our appreciation goes out to all of the sponsors, players, and volunteers for their continued support of Florida’s veterans!

PVR Bulletin – Sept 2018

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: We need you!

Are you interested in joining the VetRelief Team and helping us assist veterans within your community? We have an extreme shortage of Advocates to help us do interviews as a part of the financial assistance application process for emergency funding.
 
What does it take to become an Advocate?
Ideally, we would like for you attend a training course during the Department Convention or Fall Conference. If you are unable to make it, or want to help before the next class, you can chat with one of our Case Workers, Michael Beaven or Jeremy Gottschalk, and they will walk you through the requirements.
 
Who can be an Advocate?
Any member of the American Legion Family can be a VetRelief Advocate. Members of the Sons and Auxiliary are able to do interviews for PROJECT: VetRelief cases only. National’s Temporary Financial Assistance Program (TFA) requires an interview to be conducted by a member of a Legion Post.
 
How much time does it take to do an interview?
Typically, each case can require up to 2-5 hours to complete but will vary depending on the applicant and their family.
 
Do I have to go to the applicant’s home?
No, you can hold interviews at your Legion Post.
 
If you are interested, please send an email to Jennifer Cooper at jcooper@floridalegion.org.


YOU MAY HAVE HEARD: Suicide Prevention

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD that PROJECT: VetRelief was teaming up with The American Legion, Department of Florida’s Chaplain, Barry Roberts, 6th District Vice Commander, Kurt Gies, and Department VA Entitlement Chairman, Larry Roberts, to raise awareness on veterans’ suicide. This rumor is definitely true!
 
This team of dedicated veterans is passionate about ending veteran‘s suicide. The PVR Board feels like this would be a great addition to our mission, and expanding our efforts to help one veteran each day. Currently, we are referring to their initiative as Veteran’s H.O.P.E., but we will be operating under the established Legion program and 501c3, PROJECT:VetRelief.
 
At this time, we are all working together, under the guidance of the PVR Board, to iron out a step by step approach to assist a veteran in desperate need. This collaboration, in its infancy stage, will hopefully make a dent in the veteran suicide rate.
 
PROJECT: VetRelief welcomes the opportunity for these three veterans to help guide us within this new expanded initiative; not only to raise awareness, but to make a larger impact and hopefully save lives.
 
If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about PROJECT: VetRelief’s Suicide Prevention Program, please send an email to outraged@floridalegion.org.

PVR Bulletin – AUG 2018

Convention Wrap Up: What a Success!

We hope you were able to stop by and see us at some point during the American Legion, Department of Florida Annual Convention in July. We were excited to see all our VetRelief Advocates and share the accomplishments that they helped us acheive!
 
Check out a few highlights:
  • Collected $50,622.04 in Legion Family donations:
    • Legion – $21,830.87
    • Sons – $20,081.17
    • Riders – $8,210.00
    • Auxiliary – $500.00
  • 52 Memory Box Raffle entries. Congratulations to the winner, Teri Strong, and a special thank you to Roger Main for donating the wonderful Memory Box!
  • 61 VetRelief Advocates attended a PVR Training
  • Over 20 Advocates came to our Exclusive Networking Event for our All-Star Advocates
  • Nearly $400 was donated through our new dice game at the PVR vendor booth.
  • Presented during the Legion and Son’s General Sessions
If you didn’t make it to the Convention and catch one of our trainings, don’t worry! A class will be offered at the Fall Conference in November. There will only be one opportunity, so be sure to sign up when the details are announced. Stay tuned for more details.

Congratulations, Dianne Boland!

We would like to congratulate the incoming Commander, Dianne Boland, on becoming the first elected female Commander to the Department of Florida! We wish her the best of luck for a successful and productive year ahead.

 

OUR HATS ARE OFF TO Steve Shuga!

THE RESULTS ARE IN – After collecting, adding, and reconciling all of the donations that we received over the past year, the final total that the 2017-2018 Department Commander Steve Shuga collected was $104,457.70!!!
 
We are so very grateful to Steve for choosing PROJECT: VetRelief for his charity of choice. Not only did he raise a lot of money to provide more assistance to our service members and their families, but he increased the awareness of our program throughout the state of Florida. Because of him, more Legion Posts got involved in the program by either holding a fundraising event, making a donation, or getting their members to become VetRelief Advocates to help conduct applicant interviews.
 
Thank you to all of the Posts, Units, Squadrons and Chapters who helped Steve reach his goal!