Richard Humphrey, Department Commander

Richard Humphrey, Department Commander

By: Richard Humphrey, Department Commander, Published in February 2015

You are getting closer to that BACK TO BACK membership year.  I know this is old, but because our articles have to be in early, this is what I have.  As of December 30th membership report, we had 27 posts that reached or exceeded their 100% membership goal and 22 posts that were 90% or better for the 2014-2015 year.  I knew you would come through.  We are online to reach goal.  You are doing FANTASTIC.

Our Oratorical contest was completed on the 3rd of January with some excellent juniors and seniors taking part.  I would like to commend Roger Masse and Post 103 and ALL of the volunteers who assisted in this program.  There were some unexpected programs with the facility, but they made it work.  Excellent job.

Our Mid-Year Conference was again a big success especially the troop induction and I trust everyone in attendance had a great time.  The Department of Colorado still has a lot on our plate for the next several months.  The Washington Conference is coming up at the end of the February.  Individuals from the Legion, the Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion will be attending this conference in our nation’s capital.  We will be meeting with Colorado’s Senators and Congressman letting them know where we stand on certain issues.

How can the civilian community build 6 hospitals in the Denver Metro area before the Veteran’s Administration can get one built?  Why is The American Legion the only veteran service organization in Denver asking questions and protesting the lack and slowness in building the new hospital?  The United Veterans Council, which has representation from all VSO’s in Denver, to the best of my knowledge, has not come forward and said anything.  They have taken NO stand, pro or con, on the building of OUR hospital.  When will the veterans of this state come together as one and demand the Veterans Administration go back to doing what they do best, medical care, and stay out of building facilities.