By Ralph Bozella, Department NEC

 

Arriving in Washington D.C. on February 28th and staying through March 4th, members of the Colorado American Legion Family attended the National Legislative Conference, at the Regency Hotel, with trips to the Nation’s Capitol, the U.S. Department of State, other and important sites. The conference agenda included commission meetings, the Commander’s Call, legislative briefings and the annual trip to Capitol Hill to visit the Colorado Congressional Delegation regarding important issues affecting veterans and our families.  The trip was a great success! 

    Commander Gar Williams organized Colorado Legionnaires, Auxiliary, and Sons of The American Legion into three effective teams.  Thanks to Elaine Bock, our teams were able to meet with each Colorado Congressional Delegate in a timely manner and hold productive meetings.  The issues discussed included the proposed new VA Medical Center at Fitzsimons, Advanced Funding for the VA, the VA budget, the Global War on Terror, Support for our troops, the Disabled Veterans Tax, the Flag Amendment, and more.  The Colorado Delegation welcomed our American Legion Family and were pleased to offer support for our positions. As a result of our trip, we are assisting newly-elected Representative Betsy Markey to form a Veteran Advisory Council. NEC Ralph Bozella was able to meet privately with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and hand him the White Paper Report stating Colorado veterans’ position of a stand-alone, full-service VA Medical Center that includes a VA Hospital, a Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Center, an Outpatient Center, and a VA Nursing Home. Immediately after our meeting with newly-appointed US Senator Michael Bennet, he sent a letter to Secretary Shinseki, asking him to support our position on the VA Medical Center.

    Other highlights included Sons of The American Legion National Chaplain Rick Baldaserri and National Assistant Sgt.-At Arms Pete Sierminski as they attended ceremonies and placed wreaths at several war memorials and monuments. NEC Ralph Bozella attended a reception at the U.S. State Department.  

    Your Department leadership is looking forward to following up with the foundation laid at this conference, as we continue to build lasting positive relationships with our Congressional Delegation.  Those attending the conference from Colorado were:  Gar and LuAnn Williams, Frank McCurdy, Doug and Julie Wooddell, Brandt, Diane and Dee-Dee Erickson, Dee Haley, Pat Seranka, Pete and Candy Sierminski, Jim and Jo Stanko, Adjutant Pat Smith and Ralph Bozella.

By Ralph Bozella, Department NEC

 

Arriving in Washington D.C. on February 28th and staying through March 4th, members of the Colorado American Legion Family attended the National Legislative Conference, at the Regency Hotel, with trips to the Nation’s Capitol, the U.S. Department of State, other and important sites. The conference agenda included commission meetings, the Commander’s Call, legislative briefings and the annual trip to Capitol Hill to visit the Colorado Congressional Delegation regarding important issues affecting veterans and our families.  The trip was a great success! 

    Commander Gar Williams organized Colorado Legionnaires, Auxiliary, and Sons of The American Legion into three effective teams.  Thanks to Elaine Bock, our teams were able to meet with each Colorado Congressional Delegate in a timely manner and hold productive meetings.  The issues discussed included the proposed new VA Medical Center at Fitzsimons, Advanced Funding for the VA, the VA budget, the Global War on Terror, Support for our troops, the Disabled Veterans Tax, the Flag Amendment, and more.  The Colorado Delegation welcomed our American Legion Family and were pleased to offer support for our positions. As a result of our trip, we are assisting newly-elected Representative Betsy Markey to form a Veteran Advisory Council. NEC Ralph Bozella was able to meet privately with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and hand him the White Paper Report stating Colorado veterans’ position of a stand-alone, full-service VA Medical Center that includes a VA Hospital, a Spinal Cord Injury/Disease Center, an Outpatient Center, and a VA Nursing Home. Immediately after our meeting with newly-appointed US Senator Michael Bennet, he sent a letter to Secretary Shinseki, asking him to support our position on the VA Medical Center.

    Other highlights included Sons of The American Legion National Chaplain Rick Baldaserri and National Assistant Sgt.-At Arms Pete Sierminski as they attended ceremonies and placed wreaths at several war memorials and monuments. NEC Ralph Bozella attended a reception at the U.S. State Department.  

    Your Department leadership is looking forward to following up with the foundation laid at this conference, as we continue to build lasting positive relationships with our Congressional Delegation.  Those attending the conference from Colorado were:  Gar and LuAnn Williams, Frank McCurdy, Doug and Julie Wooddell, Brandt, Diane and Dee-Dee Erickson, Dee Haley, Pat Seranka, Pete and Candy Sierminski, Jim and Jo Stanko, Adjutant Pat Smith and Ralph Bozella.