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                        NEWSLETTER MARCH 2007

Commanders Corner

 Hello my fellow Legionnaires First off let me be the first to welcome you to the first Post Newsletter, we have had published in two years. My intent of this Newsletter is to keep you, the Legionnaire, aware of Post activities and events, and VA changes and policies. As you know we held our annual Post elections on the 3rd of March, I would like to thank all those that showed trust in me to move JWP 79 ahead, Thanks for your vote of confidence in me, and I will not let you down. The other elected officers of this post are of the same mind set LETS MOVE THIS POST AHEAD. We can do this, but my fellow Legionaries we need your help and support to accomplish this, remember this is not my post but our post, let’s move it ahead together, and have fun in doing so, remember we are a family of Legionnaires with a common goal to keep the American spirit and traditions alive, we can do this and do it well, with your added support. In closing, I would remind all of us to say a prayer for all our service members, and their families deployed into harm’s way that the good Lord protects them and brings them home safely.


Robert Cramer

Post Commander 

1st Vice Commander News

Greetings my fellow LegionariesMany of you may not know me. I have been in JWP 79 going on 4 years now and have served as Sergeant of Arms for the post, and have also volunteered my time and efforts to support JWP 79 over these last few years in all events. I would like to take this time to thank each of you for the confidence you have in me, rest assured I will not let that trust or confidence down. I am here in your service, to support not only this post, but you the membership, and of course my fellow officers. However as stated throughout this month’s Post Newsletter we also need your support to help us move this post ahead. I urge each of you to come out and let your voice be heard and your vote be counted. I ask that you support us and this post, so that we can better serve and support you. Please keep in mind the next major event for this post is the Easter event to be held on the 7th of April in Neckarzimmer and starts at 1300 hours. Please come out and support this event for our youngster’s, I hope to see you there. In closing please keep those in harm’s way in your prayers and thoughts.

Darrel Shannon

1st Vice Commander

2nd Vice Commanders News

No input for this month

 Robert Rushing

2nd Vice Commander

 Chaplains Time

From the desk of Chaplain Nyman

Almighty and eternal God, Judge over us and nations, we stand before thee as loyal sons and daughters of our country, grateful for its splendid heritage. O, Thou, Who has given us this good land for our heritage, we pray Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. We ask Thy blessing to continue to abide upon our Republic. May America remain free and mighty and true to its best ideals? Bless the President of the United States, and all public servants, that they may walk in justice before Thee and that all their acts may redound to the greater welfare of our people. We ask Thy blessing upon the American Legion. May we who served our country in war continue in times of peace to serve and shield America throughout all our days? May we ever be loyal to our country and to our God Amen.

Post Chaplain

Rodney Nyman 

Service Officers News

Facility to Provide Free Lodging for Families of VA PatientsWASHINGTON – “Once again, the Fisher House Foundation is stepping forward to ease the lives of veterans and their families during times of great need,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson in announcing VA has approved a new Fisher House in Seattle. Safe, comfortable and affordable housing for families of veterans being treated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Seattle moved closer to reality with VA’s decision.  The house provides free lodging to the families of VA patients. “This compassionate gift will enable our patients to focus upon their treatment and permit them to receive the full benefit of VA’s world-class care,” Nicholson added. The new Fisher House will be built on the grounds of VA medical center in Seattle.  Construction is scheduled to begin in 2007, along with a previously announced new Fisher House at the VA medical center in Richmond, Va. Secretary Nicholson also announced plans to construct a new Fisher House in Boston. “We are honored to be able to help America’s veterans and their families,” said Fisher House Foundation Chairman Ken Fisher.  “While our number one priority continues to be those service men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan, these new facilities will also benefit veterans of all of our nation’s conflicts.”Nicholson expressed his gratitude to Ken Fisher, whose Fisher House Foundation has built multi-family living facilities at VA medical centers and military health care facilities that allow families to be with their loved ones during lengthy medical treatments and rehabilitation. Fisher Houses are built through public donations and contributions from the Fisher House Foundation.  VA assumes responsibility for operating costs of the finished homes. Currently, VA has eight Fisher Houses in: Albany, N.Y.; Bay Pines, Fla.; Cincinnati; Denver; Houston; Minneapolis; Palo Alto, Calif.; and West Palm Beach, Fla.  A ninth Fisher House is under construction in Tampa, with completion due in 2007

Donald Chamberlain 

Service Officer 

Historian News

Elections were held at the Arkus Restaurant, Happel Strasse 17, 74074 Heilbronn, on 3 March 2007, at 1400 hours. The turnout was every large and we were also able to swear in a couple of new members. Congratulation!  We all hope to see you at the end of month and assist us with more membership in our John Wayne Post 79 meets. Well another successful Award ceremony was possible on the 3 March 2007, too. This also occurred during the evening at the Arkus Restaurant, in Heilbronn. At the moment, we are still using Arkus as our post home until the paperwork is final on our NEW John Wayne Post 79 home being voted on this month. We will keep everybody informed as we get closer to the moving in party.Thank you all for your support and your time to share this Award ceremony here in Heilbronn.

Remi Drummond


S.A.L. Commanders Corner

If you meet the eligibility requirements for membership in the Sons of The American Legion, we'd love to have you join our ranks! Please contact me if you wish to join our Squadron Membership. Not everyone is eligible to become a member of the Sons of The American Legion. There are specific membership requirements. To be eligible, you must be a male descendant (includes stepsons and adopted sons) of a member of The American Legion. You would also be eligible to join the Sons of The American Legion if you are the male descendant   (stepsons and adopted sons included) of a veteran who died in service during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, or the Persian Gulf War. For more info please see me. Eligibility Dates are

World War I April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918
World War II  December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946

Korean War June 25, 1950 - January 31, 1955
Vietnam Era  February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975

In closing I would challenge all Squadron Members to come out and support your Squadron for the Easter event in Neckarzimmer on the 7th of March 2007. Who knows you just might have fun doing so.
Donald Chamberlain

S.A.L Commander

Finance Officer News

My Fellow Legionnaires I wish I could give you a financial update, however due to poor financial management of the past Finance Officer, I am unable to. Rest assured that once the audit committee is finished with their audit I will advise you on the status of this post finances  “NO, DON’T ASK FOR ANY MONEY CAUSE WE AIN’T GOT ANY”.Robert HaleFinance Officer

Adjutants News

My fellow LegionnairesLet me echo the words of our newly elected Commander. “LET’S MOVE THIS POST AHEAD”. As the Commander has stated, we need the help of all our members to make this post the best in the Department of France. I know we all have obligations, to job, family, and other endeavors. But I would encourage each of you to try to make at least the monthly GMM. (You do have a voice and a vote in all matters that concern this post and its future). Come out and let your voice be heard, you have been silent to long, and we could really use your support in accomplishing the challenge to make this the best post in the Department of France.  Now that we have the Post Newsletter, back up and running, the next big step is to get the post website updated. It, also was put on hold for the last 18 months or so. I hope to have it updated, with the release of this first Newsletter. I will post the monthly Newsletter on the site, however; I will not be able to post any of the pictures in the Newsletter, onto the Newsletter portion of the site. The url of our Homepage is   Please tell your family and friends about the post site, and to sign our guestbook, on their visit. Keep in mind the site is again operational but not fully updated at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding in resolving this issue. In closing please keep those in harm’s way, and their families not only in your thoughts, but your prayers as well.Yours in Comradeship

James Settle

Post Adjutant

 Department News  A reminder from the Department VCAL                 AWARDS REMINDER: As the chairman of the awards committee I strongly encourage each Post to submit an awards packet.  I would like the packets to include cover pages on each award category. For Instance, attach a clean page with the Post contact information (Commander  & Adjutant name, phone number, postal address and email address) on the center of the page and then four lines down also type the award category, like COMMANDER OF THE YEAR AWARD. Following this procedure will enable the awards committee to quickly sort each packet by the individual award categories and then return all papers back to the original Post packet. SO….to follow the timelines presented in the attached regulations please have your Post  Award Packets sent to me with a copy to Dept Adjutant Max no later than Wednesday, 9 May 2007.  We’ll have to arrange a special trip to hold the Awards Committee meeting on Saturday, 12 May 2007. If all the Posts that will participate in the Department Awards Program have already met their 100% Membership Goal please go ahead and send your packets as soon as possible. 

Respectfully yours, 

Carl Hale

Department VCAL

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             Post Officers:

Fianance Officer:ROBERT HALE
Judge Advocate: GARY HOLMAN
Sergeant-At-Arms: LARRY NICHOLS 

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Awards Committee:

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