The American Legion of Montana
1:00 PM Opening – Helena Armed Forces Reserve Center (HAFRC) Auditorium, Fort Harrison
1:15 PM VA Enrollments/Veteran Choice- Todd Dunlap
2:15 PM Veterans Suicide- General Ireland
2:15 PM Coordinated Children & Youth meeting (American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, 8 & 40, Forty et Eight, SAL) committee members only at Department Headquarters
3:15 PM Membership Presentation- George Blackard
4:00 PM Future Leadership Department of Montana- Hal Rice
4:15 PM Dismiss
4:30 PM Commander’s Reception Post #2
7:00 PM 40 et 8 Cheminot Meeting – Jorgenson’s
7:00 AM Past Department Commanders Breakfast – Jorgenson’s
8:15 AM Committee Meeting:
Ways and Means
Education and Training
9:15 AM Membership Presentation- George Blackard
10:15 AM Reconvene Executive Board
1:00 PM Reconvene Executive Board
3:30 PM Sons of the American Legion
6:00 PM Cocktails - Jorgenson’s
7:00 PM Joint Banquet - Jorgenson’s – National Vice Commander Paul Espinoza, New Mexico
8:00 AM Memorial Service - Jorgenson’s
NOTICE - ALL DEPARTMENT OFFICERS AND CHAIRMAN ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE AN ORAL REPORT, AS WELL AS A WRITTEN
REPORT FOR THE CONFERENCE RECORDER.
A Block of rooms has been set aside at Jorgenson’s and will be held until October 18th. You should make your own reservations. The toll free number for Jorgenson’s is 1-800-272-1770
The Executive Committee meetings will be held at the auditorium in the Department Headquarters building (HAFRC)
To reach the building, enter through the main gate of Fort William Henry Harrison (not the VA, but the National Guard Fort) take the first left on Mt Majo St, proceed until you reach the large brick building on the right and park in the parking lot. Enter through the north door or the center door on the East side of the building. Make sure you have a picture ID to enter the Fort.
The Banquet on Saturday is Deluxe Baron of Beef Buffet; tickets are $25.25 and are available from Department Headquarters or at the conference.
AGENDA IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
The Montana Game Wardens would like to extend an invitation to the hero's of our United States Armed Forces who were wounded or disabled in the line of duty.
The Game Wardens in cooperation with landowners around the state are offering several private landowner hunts in various areas around the state.
For all our Montana Veterans, we would also like to show our appreciation for your service. If you would like to do a ride along with a Game Warden please contact your local Fish
Wildlife and Parks office, or your local Game Warden. In the future, we hope to expand our involvement with the Veterans of this great state with more opportunity for huntsand other activities. God Bless you for your service.
Montana Game Wardens
(Updated May 12, 2016) Action on this issue has moved to the Senate after the House of Representatives disappointingly failed to include the full repeal in this year's FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Senate Armed Services Committee is now considering their version of the NDAA and we are doubling down on our efforts to get this included in the final bill. Please contact your Members of Congress requesting their cosponsorship and support for the full repeal of this unfair penalty on this nation’s disabled veterans.
(March 24, 2016) Veterans provide the backbone of liberty for our nation. Our gratitude for their sacrifice is immense. The freedom we enjoy today is a direct result of their sacrifices. The retirement benefits that military retirees receive are but a small portion of the debt this nation owes them. VA service-connected disability compensation is another.
But for more than 100 years before 1999, all disabled military retirees were required to fund their own veterans' disability compensation by forfeiting one dollar of earned retired pay for each dollar received in veterans' disability compensation. Since 1999, Congress has enacted legislation to progressively provide relief for this unfair offset between military retired pay and disability compensation. However, Congress has not yet provided all disabled military retirees this relief. This is patently unfair and The American Legion has long supported measures to correct this unfair situation.
The American Legion calls this unfair practice by the federal government the 'Disabled Veterans' Tax', and we adamantly oppose this unfair 'tax' on our wounded, injured, and ill retired veterans who suffered their disabilities because of their military service to this country.
This is why we support the Retired Pay Restoration Act, H.R. 303 in the U.S. House of Representatives and S. 271 in the Senate, in the current Congress.
You can help us by contacting your Members of Congress and asking them to co-sponsor these bills. The Senate is on recess . The House is on recess . We need veterans’ advocates around the country to take advantage of the opportunity to meet and call while they’re on recess working in their state or district.
The American Legion Family is also encouraged to use the TAL Action Center to contact their Senators and Representative to ask their cosponsorship and support for these proposals.
The American Legion will not rest until all of our retired, service-disabled warriors receive both of the benefits they earned due to their selfless sacrifice and duty to our nation.