Post Update 6.21.2020

Hello everyone. We are pleased to provide important updates about our Post. Please read carefully.

The Legion Executive Committee held its monthly meeting on June 18th. After much deliberation, the EC voted to reopen the Post on July 1, 2020. We look forward to seeing all of you again!

As you know, our Post is subject to certain rules and regulations, from the city, county, and the state of Georgia, regarding operations during this COVID pandemic. We will abide by all of these rules, and we will require all members and guests to do the same while on the premises. The rules are too significant to list here, but we do want to highlight a few significant changes you will notice once we reopen:

  • We will reopen with full, normal hours for the Social Quarters. However, we will modify those hours if appropriate
  • Many of our usual activities will be prohibited. No Queen of Hearts, poker, card games, bands, or bar bingo will take place initially. We hope to restore these activities soon, and we will update you when they are allowed.
  • No outside food or drinks will be allowed. The SQ will have most of our usual offerings, but we will modify how food and drinks are served to ensure we meet all cleanliness guidelines. In addition, the various Post meals (SAL breakfasts, monthly dinners) will not yet return. 
  • SQ staff will wear masks when near customers, and we encourage all members and guests to wear masks when near others. You may bring your own, and we will have some to distribute as well.
  • Bar service will take place in designated areas at the bar. The staff will not provide table service. If you need assistance, let us know. There are no restrictions on how many people may sit together, but there are restrictions related to the bar. All patrons must have a seat. There is no loitering around the bar.
  • The post will be open to our members, members of other posts, and guests of our members. However, we are going to ask everyone to sign the ledger, not just guests. This will help us with tracking and notification if anyone becomes sick. Also, our maximum capacity is significantly reduced by state regulations. The Junior Vice Commander for the SQ will be responsible for limiting access, should that become necessary to remain within the regulations.
  • Whenever possible, we ask that members enter the SQ via the main (key card) entrance and leave via the deck. 

Our efforts are focused on opening the SQ on July 1st. Once the SQ is open and operating fully, we’ll turn toward cleaning and opening the main hall upstairs. Thus, there will not be an in-person monthly meeting for July. We are hoping to resume monthly meetings in August.

We appreciate your patience, and we are excited to welcome you back to Post 29!

Respectfully,

Post 29 Executive Committee

Post Status 5.15.2020

Horace Orr Post 29, Inc. remains closed until further notice. The Executive Committee met via phone conference on 4.30.2020 and confirmed that the Post is to remain closed. The Commander will prepare a full update on various issues soon. Here are a few key reminders.

The American Legion Department of Georgia has a directive which remains in effect that no member posts may reopen unless they follow all of the guidelines of the Governor and the CDC. Post 29 will not reopen until this directive can be met in full. Per the Governor, bars in Georgia must remain closed until at least May 31st. This restriction applies to our Social Quarters.

The state of Georgia remains in under a State of Emergency, and a Shelter In Place order is in effect for the sick, obese, those with medical conditions, and anyone over age 65. These restrictions are scheduled to remain in effect until June 12, 2020. This impacts a significant portion (a majority) of our member base.

Before establishments may reopen, they must put various health and safety protocols into place. It will take us time to make those happen. Of particular impact will be how we can fairly limit access, since there can be no more than 10 people per 300 square feet of space.

Lastly, please do not come to the post. Don’t hang out in the parking lot, and don’t try to enter. We will open in due time, with a proper plan to protect the safety of our members and staff.

Sadly, we know a few of our members have recently contacted the COVID19. And it is likely more will. Please stay safe, and well. Be responsible. Check on a buddy. Reach out if you need anything.

VA Update

Veterans will continue to see improvements in VA services, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said at “State of the VA” speech Feb. 5 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
These improvements for veterans include increased innovation—including the VA’s first 5G hospital—along with decreased wait times for appointments and better overall care. Veterans, especially those in rural areas, are receiving added attention through a VA program that focuses on faith-based groups that are interested in helping veterans in need. Visit VA.gov for more information.

Great VA Information Links

VA Experience Welcome Kit–Here is the weblink to the new VA Experience Welcome Kit 

You can download the information in black and white and color—the links are just below the article.

Mission Act–Here is a link to the final community care regulations under the Mission Act

National Center for PTSD—Here is the new weblink to PTSD Awareness to include a complete guide to PTSD basics, and a new PTSD app to manage PTSD symptoms called “PTSD Coach”.

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.