Words from the Commander
As we approach the midterm CofA deadline for registration on the 30th please urge all Comrades who plan to attend to register on the DPA website. If you plan to attend and not stay at the designated Hotel please use the website and register only for the convention as well as the meals and events you wish to attend. The midterm committee has done an exceptional job in booking all the DPA needs however they need a final count by the 30th to ensure all required accommodations can and will be granted. That being said I am looking forward to spending time with each and every Comrade in attendance and hopefully the Council will have a lot of inputs on all your accomplishments as well as any ideas to ensure we stay on top and lead the way at National as well as ensuring all Post’s and District’s get their hats as well as fly their All State and All American banners which all of you deserve for all your hard work and dedication.
As you may have seen in the last ATP, I was invited to Republic of China on Taiwan. Every year they invite the DPA Commander for a visit as well as presentation of the VAC Medal of Honor. Comrades this honor was earned due to all the DPA does within the VFW, and without your support and trust I would have never received such an honor. I want to thank each and every Comrade of the Pacific for being the beneficiary of this award and I will wear it with pride always thanking and knowing that the Comrades of the Pacific earned this medal for your Commander.
I also just recently returned from the Western Conference Convention in Boise Idaho. Our Commander in Chief John Biedrzycki along with JVCinC Keith Harmon and several National Staff Directors shared a wealth of information and insights during their presentations as well training sessions and working groups which I plan to share at the CofA. For those who are not aware the VFW Flying Squadron training and workshops have been implemented to increase our knowledge this is just one of the many VFW educational tools available create your account on www.vfw.org and get involved.
The one topic I would like to share with you is the importance of each and every Comrade of the Pacific is to register for the Washington Weekly. The example given was Congress must end Sequestration (Bob Wallace). Action Corps Weekly only currently has 50,000 members I challenge all to sign up you can and will make a difference.
Comrades do not be scared or stray away from changes the term we always done it that way needs to cease and we need to realize that Education, Training, and Communication tools are advanced and available for use please take advantage of all that National offers us in ensuring that No One Does More For Veterans. Focus on Todays Future Reflect on the Past!
Since there will be no Typhoon in December I would like to thank each and every Comrade for all your time and effort you have put forth this Mid Term and I want to Wish All of You and Your Families a Safe and Happy Holiday Season.
DPA Thanks for all you do!
“Love your Freedom-
Thank a Vet!”