American Legion Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291
Legion Year 17 – 18 Newsletter No. 2
Dear Legionnaires 親愛的會友：
We are pleased to announce a new scholarship for this year. We want to express our thanks to Gary and Betty Lee and the Saunders family. They have made a donation of $10,000 to create a scholarship in memory of Gary’s father, Maj. Stanley G. Y. Lee, who had served honorably for 27 years in the Army and Air Force during WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War. The “Maj. Stanley G. Y. Lee Memorial Scholarship”, which will begin its first year of a ten year program of $1000 per scholarship given annually to one student, will be awarded during our annual Christmas Party.
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez presented an American Flag to our Post on Monday, August 6th. She ordered the flag to be flown on Capitol Hill on behalf of our Post to honor our continued contribution to the country and the community. She told us that her uncle was a Korean Veteran had served during the Korean conflict. She is working hard on all of the veterans’ legislation to ensure their sacrifices are not forgotten by the government. Our Post is proud of our legacy and our continued service to veterans and the community. It is such an honor that our services are being recognized by our elected official.
“My theme for the year is “Celebrating Our Legacy,” but it’s more than that. It’s also about charting the course for our future and remaining strong and relevant” said newly elected National Commander Brett Reistad, from Department of Virginia, in his speech to the thousands of Legionnaires attending the National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He said not to be satisfied by The American Legion’s many accomplishments but to continue to work hard in this centennial celebration. He also said, The American Legion’s centennial celebration is an opportunity to connect its legacy of accomplishments and communities to a vision for the future. He firmly believes in the empowerment of the local posts to tell the centennial story and increase the awareness of all The American Legion is and does at the community level. It is a unique opportunity for us to reflect in our accomplishments and share with our communities.
Vice President Mike Pence noted the historic 100th National Convention of The American Legion. He said “A century of sacrifice, thanks to the men and women of The American Legion, we are at the start of a new century of American strength, and the American Legion has been there every step of the way.” He also told the legionnaires that The White House has made it easier for veterans to access their health care benefits.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie in his address to the legionnaires strongly stressed that the VA is the best option for care for veterans and should never be replaced, replicated or privatized. The private sector cannot replicate the VA’s expertise on procedures for spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, services for the blind and suicide prevention. He said the VA is about serving the veterans well and honorably, and showing the same dignity and devotion that they gave to America.
In July, the Post leaders also attended the 100th Department Convention in Rochester, New York. Gary M. Schacher of Timothy Murphy Post 248, Schoharie County, and 3rd District was elected Department Commander of the Legion for 2018-2019. Also, congratulations are in order for our Past Commander Harvard Tang as he was elected 1st District Commander.
本會非常感謝李飛揚家人及Saunders家人為了記念已故 Maj. Stanley G. Y. Lee少校捐贈一萬元在今年增設獎學金，Maj. Stanley G. Y. Lee少校曾服役於第二次世界大戰，韓戰，越戰期間共二十七年。這個為期十年的「Maj. Stanley G. Y. Lee少校紀念獎學金」將於今年開始在本會聖誕節午餐時頒發這每年一千元的獎學金。
Pentagon to Open Online Exchange Shopping to Vets in 2017
A Defense Department retail board has given the green light to a plan to open online exchange shopping to all honorably discharged veterans, with hopes of starting the program on Veterans Day in 2017.
To get started, please visit the site to register:
The Exchange is excited to welcome Veterans of all United States Armed Forces as part of the Veterans online shopping benefit. We will soon be able to serve you through the lifelong shopping privileges you’ve rightfully earned.