Women Veterans Conference June 7-8

Download the flyer or read the notice below. Should be a great event.

WARNER ROBINS, GA – A two-day conference focusing on women’s health and wellness is scheduled to take place in Warner Robins, Friday and Saturday, June 7 – 8, at the Georgia Veterans Education Career Transition Resource Center on South Armed Forces Blvd (31088).

Hosted by the Women Veterans Office of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, “Life After the Military” brings together state and federal agencies, as well as local non-profit organizations, who provide services targeted to the unique needs of women veterans transitioning into civilian life.

“Women who served our country in the military are strong and heroic, but their contributions have been under recognized, often by the veteran herself,” notes GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby. “We recognize the challenges of readjustment to post-military life affect women differently than men.”

Commissioner Roby will bring insight to the importance of the GDVS Women Veteran Office in his welcome to conference attendees scheduled for Friday (6/7/19) at 3 p.m.

“The unique needs of women veterans are varied and complex, spanning all aspects of health care, eradication of sexual assault, employment, finance, housing, and social issues,” points out Patricia Ross, VECTR’s Chief Operating Officer and the Chairwoman of the State Veteran Service Board. Ross served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in October 2014 at the rank of Colonel.

Friday’s agenda will also include interactive events focused on personal health and wellness lead by local holistic groups. American Legion Post 594 on Moody Road in Warner Robins will host a meet and greet later that evening from 7 – 9 p.m.

Saturday’s packed agenda includes panels focused on women’s health issues lead by the Central Alabama Women Veterans Health Committee and a women’s resource panel including participants from the GDVS Appeals Division and the women coordinators from VETLANTA and Warrior Alliance. There will also be resource information presented by the state’s veteran nursing homes and veteran cemeteries, the Georgia Department of Labor, and the AARP.

2019 Veterans Memorial 5k

The race committee for the 5th Annual  Veterans Memorial 5K and Military Appreciation Celebration would like to thank the entire American Legion Post 29 family for helping host the most successful 5K and military appreciation celebration that we have ever had.   We could not have been successful without the support of the entire American Legion Post 29 family. 

I would like to thank Commander Walt Cusick and his e-board for the support and guidance that they provided.  I really appreciate the efforts of the ALR members for their efforts at putting on a bike ride and providing motorcycles to lead our runners.   The ladies auxiliary provided help at pre-pack, and pickup , registration and made a donation as well.  The SAL made a wonderful donation to the race, and the SAL members really helped with the set-up and take down on race day.    The American Legion members stepped up in huge way, by being volunteers; manning water stations, set up and take down, and clean-up; buying polo shirts; and being phantom runners.  A special thank you to the Social Quarters staff for
their help in selling shirts, tickets and helping with the pick and pack. They are our secret weapon. Needless to say we appreciate the legion’s support of our wine tasting and the Banks and Shane concert.   

Race day was a huge success with over 400 runners ( exact number still being finalized). The simulcast provided by the Army National Guard, their sponsorship and support was outstanding, – it was fun, entertaining, but also very inspirational.  We cannot thank the Marietta Fire Dept. and the Marietta Police Dept. enough for providing an honor guard, a medical team and traffic control.   The weather was great, and it was great to have legion members being our DJ and singing the National Anthem.  The runners enjoyed to the day with many saying this is the best 5k of the year. 

The Military Appreciation Celebration was awesome!  From the ringing of the Bell on the Square to the POW-MIA ceremony  to our speakers and the concert it was tremendous!   A special thanks to Maj. Gen. Tom Carden for his remarks and to Cobb County Commission Chair and retired Marine Colonel Mike Boyce for his comments. The Georgia Symphony Orchestra was tremendous, and we appreciate them donating their time to be with us. 

When you write an open letter, you sometimes leave someone out when you are trying to recap your appreciation for the help we have received.  I hope this is not the case here.  But the race committee truly appreciated the support from the entire legion family for your time, effort, monies, and participation in this years Veterans Memorial 5K and Military Appreciation.

The finances for the race and all of the money totals are still in the works, for we are waiting on some invoices in order to complete the accounting.  I hope to have a final number by the June 6th general meeting. 

In closing I would like to thank all of our sponsors who supported us again this year, for none of this would be possible without them!  There are just too many to list here!  Finally, Peggy Beascoehea and I would like to thank our committee members who worked very hard to help make this event successful!  You guys and gals are the best! 

Have a great day!  Respectfully yours,

Peggy Beascoehea

Race Committee Chairman

Tom Bell

Facilitator

Our 5th Annual Veterans Memorial 5k Race and Celebration will be held Saturday May 25th, 2019. We have several events and lots of ways to be involved. Run, walk, sponsor, buy a shirt, donate, volunteer…

National Poppy Day 5.24.2019

The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. It reminds Americans of the sacrifices made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms. Wear a poppy to honor those who have worn our nation’s uniform.

Thanks to the Auxiliary, we have poppies available in the Social Quarters. Donations are appreciated.

Memorial Day Weekend Events

Welcome to one of our busiest weekends of the year, as we honor the fallen and remember their sacrifices.

Saturday, we hold our 5th Annual Veterans Memorial 5k Race on the Marietta Square. Various volunteers will gather between 0500 and 0700. The race starts at 0730, and will last until about 10AM. Then we set up for our Memorial Celebration at Glover Park on the Square. We’ll have distinguished speakers, a POW-MIA Honor Guard ceremony, and nearly two hours of patriotic music from the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday we will honor our namesake, Sgt. William Horace Orr at his grave in Mars Hill cemetery. The short ceremony will begin at 2:45 PM.

Monday, the official Marietta Memorial Day event will take place at the National Cemetery. Then at 2PM, we’ll serve our annual Memorial Day lunch to all our members and their families. Grilled chicken and grilled sausage will be provided, along with sandwich buns and toppings. Members are asked to bring picnic-style sides and deserts.

Sponsor the Guard in the 5k Race

Members of the Georgia National Guard will be out in force, running our Veterans Memorial 5k Race. Many will be in Marietta. But the Guard is currently deployed in many places, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Those deployed Guardsmen will be running simultaneously with us, and we’ll have a live video feed on the Square.

If you cannot run, but would like to sponsor a Guard member, you can do so for $20. Our registration page has an Entry Type for this.

2019 Boys State & Girls State

Georgia Boys State is a comprehensive one-week course in state and local government conducted by The American Legion Department of Georgia. Georgia Girls State is a similar but separate program, conducted by The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Georgia. Both programs are open to high school students who have completed their Junior Year.

The 2019 session of Boys State will begin May 26, 2019 and conclude June 1, 2019. Boys state will be held at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia. The 2019 session of Girls State will be June 9-14, 2019 at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.

Boys State and Girls State are Leadership Action Programs where qualified high school rising seniors take part in a practical government course. The program is designed to develop a working knowledge of the structure of government and to impress upon the citizen the fact that our government is just what we make it.

Please contact your local American Legion Post or your high school Guidance Counselor for more information. Applications are now being accepted. Additional information can be found at www.dogboysstate.org and georgiagirlsstate.org