Buddy Check National Week of Calling

Dear American Legion Family Members and Friends,

There is no better time than right now to encourage your members of Congress to approve The American Legion-supported bipartisan legislation for a Buddy Check National Week of Calling. Here’s how you can contact your representative.

https://www.votervoice.net/AmericanLegion/Campaigns/87480/Respond

As you know, The American Legion pioneered the Buddy Check concept under Past National Commander Brett Reistad. When we began these wellness checks the intent was for American Legion posts to conduct them twice a year — around American Legion Birthday and Veterans Day.

The initiative demonstrated immediate success. Soon the Buddy Check program transitioned to year round, allowing posts to conduct these whenever it made the most sense on the local level.

And throughout the pandemic, we have seen how important it is to check on our veterans. Posts have used Buddy Checks to help get prescription refills to veterans stuck at home. Others have connected with isolated veterans missing their comrades. In other cases, posts have delivered food, personal protective equipment and other resources to veterans after learning about their needs during a wellness check-in.

The U.S. Senate has approved legislation that would make this a national program. Now, let’s prod the U.S. House to follow suit. If our representatives don’t act before Congress recesses next month, it could be at least three months before they consider this legislation again. Or it could be dropped altogether.

We cannot let this legislation linger in Congress. Follow this link to join me in reaching out to congressional representatives to voice our support for this legislation. With a week dedicated to Buddy Checks across America, we will be able to reach even more veterans and save even more lives.

For God and Country,

Paul E. Dillard
American Legion National Commander

Virtual Benefits Workshop on June 29, 2021

Greetings all,

We will be hosting a virtual Benefits Workshop for Veterans and supporters of Veterans for the Veteran population in Hawaii and American Samoa on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 4PM to 6PM Hawaii time and 3PM to 5PM American Samoa time (see attached flyer).

This will be a virtual workshop using Cisco Webex. 

The workshop flyer and briefing slides can be accessed from the Honolulu Regional Office website at:  https://www.benefits.va.gov/honolulu/

Briefing slides will be available the week beginning June 7, 2021.  

Please help us to get the word out. 

Thank You,

Eric Gaskin
Coach

This is really sobering. First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city where you went to high school and look atthe names. Click on the name and it will give details of the person’s death, a picture or at least their bio and medals.
This really is an amazing web site. Someone spent a lot of time
and effort to create it.
I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what
those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country.
Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people.

New Grant Cycle Opens To Fund Farmer Veterans

One piece of equipment changed it all. Ben Martin of Forest Grove, Oregon, served in the Marine Corps. After returning home from war, he pursued a career in winemaking.

Ben credits a grant from Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) for making the difference in his budding wine business early on. Back in 2015, FVC awarded Ben the supplies needed to bottle his first vintage of wine.

“We were just starting out making wine in the back of a horse barn,” acknowledged Ben. “We had no sales, no exposure. And we needed to bottle the vintage of wine. But we had no bottles, corks, or labels. FVC stepped in and gave us a grant for the supplies.

If it weren’t for FVC we wouldn’t have…well actually, I don’t know what we would have done, honestly.”

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Walk In Vaccines Available At The VA

All VA facilities and clinics that administer COVID-19 vaccines are accepting walk-ins for eligible Veterans, spouses and caregivers.
This walk-in service ensures all Veterans enrolled in VA health care and those authorized under the SAVE LIVES Act have an opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination from the VA at a time convenient for them.
The effort is in support of the president’s goal of administering at least one vaccine shot to 70% of the U.S. adult population by July 4. The urgency to vaccinate as many eligible individuals as quickly as possible remains a top priority for the VA.
“VA encourages those who wish to get their COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment to check the walk-in hours and requirements at their local facility,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Health Richard Stone, M.D. “ Individuals taking advantage of walk-in vaccinations may need to wait for the vaccine to be prepared and will be screened when entering the facility.”
To date, the VA has vaccinated more than 2.7 million individuals, including over 60,000 individuals under the SAVE LIVES Act. For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations at the VA, click here.
The VA vaccination clinics are not open 24 hours. Facemasks are mandatory for all and physical distancing measures will be in place.

Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities
PT Kihei Position, Veteran Preference
Kamaole Beach Club Resort in Kihei is looking for a long term, part time receptionist on Saturdays, Mondays and occasional other days (20-30 hours per week, $15 per hour). Perfect for Retirees looking to supplement their income. Reliable applicants only. Duties are checking guests in and out, taking phone and email reservations, and other similar administrative and customer service functions.
Veteran Preferred Goodyear Jobs
Please share with any Veterans you know who are looking for employment. You can contact the Recruiter via the info at the end of the listing.
Below you will see the various locations we are staffing for in Hawaii:
Entry Level Automotive Technician – Kihei, Hawaii
Automotive Guest Advisor – Hilo, HI
Automotive Mechanic – Kailua Kona, Hawaii ($1,000 Sign on bonus)
Entry Level Automotive Mechanic – Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Mid Level Automotive Technician – Kailua Kona, HI
Automotive Guest Advisor – Kailua Kona, HI
Entry Level Automotive Technician – Honolulu, HI
Goodyear also has hundreds of openings not listed above and they can be seen on https://jobs.goodyear.com/search/ if anyone is interested please insert my name in the “referred-by” option in the application. It would help me track and process applications faster.
Osvaldo Montes
Talent Advisor
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Phone number: (312)966-3319