Director of The American Legion’s National Security/Foreign Relations Division, Barry Searle, is attending a VSO/MSO meeting with White House staff, hosted by the Reserve Officers Association. Attendees identified “hot button” issue for their membership, which include veterans employment, TRICARE fees, the VA budget, PTS/TBI treatments and concurrent receipt.
Mr. Searle is also attending the second committee meeting for a five-year DoD program directed by Congress to study recovering warrior transition.
Legion’s Legislative Division Deputy Director Dean Stoline is attending the Senate Committee on Homeland Security’s hearing regarding the proposed Department of Homeland Security budget for the 2012 fiscal year.
Legion Legislative Division Director Tim Tetz is testifying before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. He is giving the Legion’s view of the Department of Veterans Affairs budget request for fiscal 2012.
Dean Stoline and Jeff Steele of the Legion’s Legislative Division are attending a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting concerning the Department of Defense Authorization Bill – the defense budget – for the coming fiscal year.
Freddy Gessner, assistant director of the National Security/Foreign Relations Division, is participating in a discussion with key members of the Department of State and USAID on the impact of the recently released fiscal 2012 budget proposal.
Americanism staff is sending out packets that contain materials for American Legion Boys State directors to acknowledge the Samsung American Legion Scholarship finalist that will be selected from each of their programs this spring. Each packet contains an award plaque and certificate for presentation to each finalist, and public relations materials.
Barry Searle, director of the Legion’s National Security/Foreign Relations Division, is meeting with the new Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. Searle and Sarah Farnsworth are discussing ways of streamlining communications between the Legion and the Department of Defense.