Legion Legislative Division assistant director Shaun Reiley is attending a House Foreign Affairs Committee session titled "Afghanistan and Pakistan Transition," while deputy director Ian de Planque monitors a hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
The director of the Legion’s Legislative Division, Tim Tetz, is monitoring a hearing of the “supercommittee” (the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee. While the "supercommittee" works to reduce the national deficit, the Legion is actively campaigning against budget cuts that would negatively impact the missions of the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.
Legislative Division deputy director Dean Stoline is attending a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing concerning the possible economic impact on national defense if a deficit reduction plan does not pass by the end of this year.
A Legion co-sponsored “Putting Our Veterans Back to Work” employment fair is being conducted today in Washington, D.C. Scores of local and federal government agencies, along with private sector firms, are being represented in hope of recruiting job-seeking veterans from D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Verna Jones, director of the Legion’s Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation division is testifying before the House Veterans Affairs Committee’s Health Subcommittee. Discussion is centered around the introduction of innovative technologies from private industry into veterans’ health care. Legislative Division Deputy Director Ian de Planque is in attendance.
Deputy Director Dean Stoline of the Legion’s Legislative Division is attending several House Armed Services Committee hearings this week. The first, today, is titled “The Defense Industrial Base: A National Security Imperative.”
A Legion honor guard from Northern Virginia is performing ceremonial duties at the dedication of the new Jewish Chaplains Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. Among the speakers is Bob Sussan, Department of Virginia 17th District vice commander, and New York Sons of The American Legion member Ken Kraetzer. It was Kraetzer who initiated the three-year campaign to erect the long-overdue monument dedicated to the memory of fallen Jewish chaplains.
Dennis Boland, chairman of The American Legion's National Commission on Children & Youth, is joining Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals in Orlando, Fla., for its annual event celebrating 2011 while planning for 2012. The CMN annual celebration brings together hospitals, corporate sponsors, media partners, children’s hospital patients and celebrities to celebrate achievements, share best practices and honor the children who benefit from fundraising efforts.