Honoring Korean War Vets

The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Veterans Service are partnering to say “Thank You” to Korean War Veterans for their honorable military service and personal sacrifice by hosting a special medal and certificate ceremony. This event will involve the presentation of the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador for Peace Medal and Georgia’s Korean War Veteran Certificate of Honor.

The ceremony will be Friday April 12th at 10:00AM. Deadline to submit your request for a Certificate of Honor is April 2nd. Download the flyer.

Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Korean War (June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953) is eligible to receive this certificate and peace medal lapel pin (This includes veterans with service in-country and those who were stationed elsewhere in other capacities). It is also available for veterans who participated in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations through the end of 1955. The Ambassador for Peace Medal began to be presented to veterans as a special memento for those American veterans who returned to Republic of Korea through the “Revisit Program.” The honor was expanded to veterans who have been unable to participate. The State’s Certificate of Honor is personalized with the Korean War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official Korean War logo. These certificates are signed by Governor Brian Kemp and GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby.

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

Georgia Bar Veterans Legal Clinic 3.30.2019

Service Members/Veterans Legal Clinic | March 30
The Military Legal Assistance Program is joining with Georgia Legal
Services Program of Columbus in order to sponsor a service-members/
veterans legal clinic on March 30 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Canaan Baptist
Church in Columbus. This date was selected to coincide with the NationalVietnam War Veterans Day.The program is looking for attorneys who
may be willing to volunteer for this clinic. In particular, they’re hoping tohave attorneys on site who can provide the following consultations:
1. Discharge Upgrades
2. Veterans Benefits (must be accredited with the VA)
3. Family Law (1 hour consultation and help completing pro-se forms.  No continuing representation)
4. Drafting/completing simple wills and advanced medical directives
5. Landlord-Tenant issues
6. Minor consumer law issues

For any attorney who provides 3 of these consultations through the clinic, he/she will be eligible for a CLE credit.
To volunteer, please contact Christopher Pitts.

Fishing For Freedom 4.27.2019

The American Legion Department of Georgia, 5th District




To our Service Members/Veterans and Families

Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Park @ Plant Wansley, Georgia Power

12 miles south of Carrollton, Ga. on Liberty Church Road

7AM – 4:00PM

This event is for Wounded Veterans, Veterans with War/Combat Related Injuries, Paralyzed Veterans and Gold Star Families.  Fishing tackle, bait, lunch and drinks provided.  Boats and guides will be available.  Limited rooms will be provided on a first call basis, NLT 15 Apr, if you live more than 150 miles away.  There is plenty of fish in the lake waiting for you!

Bring your chairs! Bring a cooler!

To register to attend, or for more information and directions please contact: 

Clarence Sinkler, Fishing for Freedom Chairman, e-mail: clarencesinkler57@gmail.com,

Cell: (678)389-1353.

East Cobb Veterans Meeting 3.20.2019

The East Cobb Senior Center Veterans Meeting is March 20th, 10:00am at East Cobb Senior Center

3332 Sandy Plains Road

Marietta, GA 3066

The speaker for our Mar 20th Veterans Meeting will be J. Drew Craig. Drew is with the Department of Veteran Affairs.

J. Drew Craig

Deputy Director

Benefits Experience (BX) Directorate

Veterans Experience Office (VEO)

Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)

Here’s a brief bio on Drew. I believe everyone will enjoy hearing about Drew’s Missions in Iraqi and his knowledge of Veterans Affairs. 

J. Drew Craig retired 9 years ago, but came directly out of a combat tour to retirement.  He was the CSM (Command Sargent Major) for a Military Policy Battalion working in Baghdad and all over southern Iraq. Drew’s Battalion was out every day on missions charged with closing with and destroying insurgents, partnering with Iraq Police and Iraqi Army units and providing security for many Iraqi towns and areas within Baghdad.

Mike Nichols

Veteran Outreach Program Leader

RSVP Program Leader

Cobb County Senior Services

1150 Powder Springs St., Suite 100

Marietta, GA 30064



Beware GA Power Scams

This is a friendly reminder that there are lots of scams out there.

Callers will often call you and say they have a crew on the way to turn off your power. Of course if you protest, they’ll offer to take a payment over the phone.

But GA POWER does not operate this way. They will never call you or show up at your door to collect.

Someone tried this scam on us this week. But we’re too smart. We get our power from Marietta Power.

Toys For Tots Update

Hello Russ,
I thought I would follow up on the “call for volunteers” that you sent out on behalf of Toy’s 4 Tots at the Marietta collection center.
Following is a list of those who answered the call:
Past Commander William (Bill) Beaudin and his wife Lorri (Auxiliary Unit 29) volunteered several hours each on 12/14, 17 & 18.
Legionnaire David Thomas and his son Austin on 12/14 volunteered for several hours each.
Sandy Thompson (Auxiliary Unit 29) volunteered several hours per day from 12/17 through the 21st. She also volunteered on Christmas Eve along with a friend that she brought with her to help.
Jerrie Clark (Auxiliary Unit 29) put in several hours per day from 12/17 through the 20th. She brought a friend with her on the 17th also. 
Jackie Brodie (Auxiliary Unit 29) worked a few hours a day from 12/17 through the 21st.
Legionnaire Robert King volunteered for several hours on both the 20th & 21st. 
I (Auxiliary Unit 29 & member of ALR Post 29) volunteered for 70.5 hours. A couple of days early in November (8 hours). The remainder of my time (62.5 hours) was spread out between December 4th and the 24th.
Thank you to all who answered the call and put in the hours to help us complete the mission.

Olga T. Noel 

Auxiliary Unit 29

ALR Chaplain Post 29