Veterans’ Job Event 6.26 and 6.27

A two-day Job Readiness Workshop for Veterans will be held in conjunction with the GA Vocational Rehabilitation Agency on June 26-27 at the Riverside EpiCenter. This event is free, but registration is required.

9AM-3PM June 26 and June 27

Riverside Epicenter

135 Riverside Parkway, Austell, GA 30168

Call 470-273-2685 or Email denise.mils@gvs.ga.gov to register.

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…

Town Hall at the VA 4.13.2019

Attached is the flyer for the next Town Hall at the Atlanta VA Medical Center (Pete Wheeler Auditorium), 1670 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033 from 9-11:30 am. If you wish to attend RSVR with VHAATGVeteranTownHall@va.gov or call 404-321-6111 x205385.

The Atlanta VAMC is the parent organization for all the outpatient clinics in this area. If you don’t know what hospital your clinic belongs to, please click on this link https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?dnum=ALL&STATE=GA , then click on the clinic you use and it will tell you at the top of the page which hospital is the parent organization.  

Toys for Tots

Toy’s are coming in on a daily basis now. We are swamped with work to get them sorted for distribution. Please Help!

The address is:

829 Pickens Industrial Dr. Suite #8

Marietta , GA 30062

This is the Cobb county location and it is within 3 miles of American Legion Post 29.

Hours of operation are through 12/21:

M-F 12 PM to 4 PM 
Weekends 10 AM to 4 PM

If you have an hour or more available in your day, please contact Olga T Noel.

Olga has been sorting toys and most of the time she is the only one there doing this job. We need help to get it all done by 21 December. Thank you for your consideration. Be advised this is a warehouse type environment (i.e. cement floors, wear comfortable shoes, it can get cold with the shipping bays open to receive toys). If you are into “counting steps” you will get a whole lot in but the work is gratifying. 

If 1 or 2 people want to come help, they can just drop in. If 4 or more volunteer, please call to schedule a slot. Too many at a time gets to be chaotic and counterproductive.