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American Legion Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291
Legion Year 17 – 18 Newsletter No. 2
紐約華裔美國退伍軍人會會務簡訊
September, 2018

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。

為表彰並感謝紐約華裔退伍軍人會對國家及華人社區重要貢獻及其積極為退伍軍人服務,國會眾議員維樂貴絲在八月六日前親自到本會,贈送她特別為本會向國會申請曾經飄揚在華盛頓國會大廈的美國國旗。她告訴大家她的叔父亦是韓戰時服役的退伍軍人。她並指出她向來為有關退伍軍人福利的國會議案盡力支持。本會得到國會議員的重視及認同對社區的貢獻,感到非常榮幸。

來自維珍尼亞州的新當選主席巴拉、賴斯特在明尼蘇達州全國年會致就職詞時強調「承先啟後,繼往開來」是我今年從事重點,但不僅只滿足退伍軍人會過去一百年前賢創造的成就,我們在這百年慶典時更加要努力為將來製定並保持強勁的路線繼續服務退伍軍人及對社區作出貢獻。我們應該利用慶祝退伍軍人會百年的悠久歷史向社區宣揚過去的成就及貢獻,聯繫社區繼續為退伍軍人會努力發揚光大。

副總統邁克、彭斯參加美國退伍軍人會一百週年年會時指出軍人會歷史悠久,並稱贊「退伍軍人一世紀的服務及犧牲,他非常感謝退伍軍人的貢獻,並說我們正邁向強大的新一世紀,美國退伍軍人會一向是主力支持國家進展」。他亦重申美國政府對退伍軍人提供更利於得到應得的醫療及其他福利。

美國退伍軍人事務部部長羅伯特、威爾基在全國年會演說時強烈主張美國退伍軍人事務部是照顧及服務退伍軍人的最佳選擇,他認為美國退伍軍人事務部是不應該及不能替代,或被從新複製,或改為私有化。無論上述任何一點,他們都沒有美國退伍軍人事務部多年以來服務退伍軍人的經驗及專業知識,如脊髓損傷,腦創性損傷,盲人服務及自殺預防。他說美國退伍軍人事務部是以退伍軍人同一忠誠為國奉獻的精神向他們提供最佳的服務。

第一百屆紐約州年會於七月中旬在上州羅徹斯特城舉行,來自紐約史加哈利郡、第三區的加里、薩嘉獲選為二零一八至二零一九年度紐約州美國退伍軍人總會主席。此外,本會前任主席鄧遐勳獲選為二零八至二零一九度紐約州美國退伍軍人會第一區主席,這是值得大家向他致賀!

 

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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.

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/08/16/pentagon-to-open-online-exchange-shopping-to-vets-in-2017.html

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