Veteran Job and Resource Fair
Thursday, April 30 th
151 Eggert Crossing Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
ATTENTION ALL POST, UNIT, AND SAL MEMBERS
Your Post needs your active (immediate) assistance in the operation of your Post due to recent helpers
moving or resignations on the Board of Trustees. We have 305 members of Post 471 who live within a 15
minute drive of our Post. I realize that not all of you are physically able to do some tasks, but that
still leaves a large percentile of Post, Unit, and SAL members that need to step up and help your Post!
We also need to increase our Fundraising Efforts to help your Post fulfill our obligation to our Veterans
Programs. Your suggestions will be most helpful in this regard. Thus far, the Board has come up with
increasing social events on Columbus Day, St. Patrick’s Day (Unit), Appraisal Fairs, etc. at the Hall in
addition to Saturday Social Nights (bring your own snacks, etc.), Birthday of the Month, Couples Bartending
teams, etc. in the Lounge. WHAT’S YOUR IDEA(S)?
Your commitment, whether it be 1 or 2 hours per day, per week, or per month will help us in the operation
of the Post Home, our Banquet Facility rentals, and the Post Lounge. Now is the time for you, not the other
guy or gal, to finally come forward. Please review our needs below, and contact the Post on how you can help
your Post!! Thank You!!
IMMEDIATE HELP NEEDED – CALL 732-634-9119
BARTENDERS – SEVERAL NEEDED FOR POST AND BANQUET HALL
ACTIVITIES. HOUSEKEEPING-(DAILY CLEANUP OF HALL AND LOUNGE)
THIS CAN BE SPLIT AMONG SEVERAL VOLUNTEERS) BUILDING AND
GROUNDS – ASSIST COMMITTEE
Please Help. Thanks, Ron Davie - Commander
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Commander: ‘Time to begin the recovery'
Legion applauds mission success in Afghanistan, stands ready to welcome troops home after president’s announcement.
WASHINGTON (June 22, 2011) -- President Obama’s Wednesday announcement to begin systematically withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan was welcomed by American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster. However, he said, the withdrawal must be conducted “in a measured and reasoned manner.”
“Our military families have sacrificed on the nation’s behalf for nearly 10 years,” Foster said. “Lives have been irreparably changed. It is time now for our warriors and their families to begin the recovery process.”
Obama told Americans in an address to the nation that the United States can begin force reduction “from a position of strength,” having met or exceeded expectations to neutralize the Taliban and topple al-Qaida. He noted that over half of al-Qaida’s top leadership, including 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, are now dead. U.S. forces have also trained more than 100,000 Afghan troops to protect the country from a return to terrorist control.
Since Operation Enduring Freedom began in October 2001, more than 1,600 U.S. military personnel have been killed fighting in Afghanistan and another 11,000 have been wounded. Post-traumatic stress among those who have served in the theater is estimated at over 250,000.
Such sacrifices, Foster explained, is the reason the United States must be smart about the withdrawal. “Troop reductions should be driven by accomplishments of the mission and not external pressures, such as the federal budget,” he said. “We owe it to those who served in the war to be certain their sacrifices have not been in vain and that Afghanistan is fully prepared to assume command over its own security and freedom.”
President Obama said 10,000 U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and 30,000 will be out of harm’s way by the summer of 2012. From that point forward, he said, “Our troops will come home at a steady pace.” He said U.S. Armed Forces will be out of Afghanistan by 2014. “We have put al-Qaida on a path to defeat,” Obama said. “We will not relent until the job is done.”
Foster said it is important for President Obama to listen closely to his senior advisers, particularly military leaders in the field, to set the correct pace of force reduction. He said it is vital not only to Afghanistan’s success, but to global security for all peace-loving nations, that Afghan Security Forces are able to demonstrate their ability to ward off al-Qaida and control the Taliban.
Foster agreed with President Obama that those who have served in OEF – and the overall global war on terrorism so far – have succeeded in their efforts to control terrorism and put Afghanistan and Iraq alike on a course toward freedom and democracy. Obama added that “no safe haven” for terrorists will be tolerated by the United States in time to come and that Pakistan will continue to be a focus of his attention to stabilize the region. “Tonight, we take comfort in knowing the tide of war is receding,” he said.
“For now, the wartime veterans of The American Legion are proud to say well done and welcome home,” Foster said. President Obama said that the return of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan presents an opportunity to enlist those who have defended America abroad in the effort to rebuild America at home by giving the troops, veterans and their families the care, benefits and opportunities they deserve.
“Now, we must invest in America’s greatest resource – our people,” he said. “It is time to focus on nation-building here at home.”
Media contact: Marty Callaghan, email@example.com or 202-263-5758/202-215-8644.
Department of Veteran Affairs
May 17, 2011
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) App Helps Thousands
WASHINGTON – The PTSD Coach smartphone application (app), launched in April by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), has already helped more than 5,000 users connect with important mental health information and resources.
“This new tool is about helping Veterans and Servicemembers when and where they need it,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We are encouraged so many have already downloaded this resource and hope many more will utilize this convenient tool to access VA services.”
Since its launch, the PTSD Coach app has been downloaded by thousands of individuals. While 96 percent of the users so far are located in the United States, the app has also been downloaded in 25 other countries. The app lets users track their PTSD symptoms, links them with public and personalized sources of support, provides accurate information about PTSD, and teaches helpful strategies for managing PTSD symptoms on the go.
Currently, the PTSD Coach app has received perfect customer review scores on the iTunes App Store. Comments from Veterans and family members are overwhelmingly positive and one user describes the app as “a must for every spouse who has a family member with PTSD.” Professionals have sent positive reviews, suggestions and offers to collaborate on research evaluating the PTSD Coach app.
The app has also already proven to be a useful tool for the staff at the Veterans Crisis Line. Within the first two hours of the app’s official launch, the Crisis Line staff were contacted by a distressed Veteran who reported being instructed by the app to call the crisis line and was subsequently given an appointment at the local VA medical center. Crisis Line staff have begun to regularly recommend this resource to callers.
The app is one of the first in a series of jointly-designed resources by the VA National Center for PTSD and DoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology to help Servicemembers and Veterans manage their readjustment challenges and get anonymous assistance. Given the popularity of mobile devices, VA and DoD hope to reach tens of thousands of Veterans, Servicemembers, and their family members with the new suite of apps.
Information on the PTSD Coach app is on the VA’s National Center for PTSD Website: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/PTSDCoach.asp. More apps from DoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology can be found at: http://www.t2health.org/
ITEMS NEEDED BY OUR TROOPS
LOCATION: T. NULTY POST 471
25 BROWN AVENUE, ISELIN, NJ
DROP OFF TIMES: TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 4-9PM
American Legion T. Nulty Post 471’s Blue Star Family Support Group list:
- Bug Spray/Wipes
- Wet Ones, Dri Wash, Dri Wipes (travel size please)
- Snack items – dried fruit, nuts, trail mix, tuna/crackers, beef jerky (small packs)
- Q-Tips (small packs)
- Eye moisture drops, lens wipers, etc.
- Powdered drink mixes (to add to water bottles) – individual packets
- Tuna/chicken salad in pouches
- Sun Block
- Large 1 or 2 gallon size Ziploc bags for storing toiletries, clothing, etc.
- Socks (white, black, tan or green – cotton wool)
- Protein bars, Granola/cereal bars
- Slim Jims, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, etc.
- Hard candy
- Foot powder/insoles for boots
- Cookies (small packets)
- Hand sanitizers
- Hand warmers, feet warmers
Items Needed By Our Troops
NO AEROSOL CANS OR LIQUIDS IN GENERAL
Dear Patriotic Associate,
The American Legion T. Nulty Post #471, Iselin, N.J., is commencing a fund raising effort that is requesting your help. We are starting a program in which engraved, personalized bricks will be installed at our Legion Post. They will be displayed along the walkway that leads to the front entrance of our building at 25 Brown Avenue. They will be among other “honored” plaques, monuments and markers. Our Post is very active each week, and each person that enters our building will notice your name and thus, may lead to more business. Your contribution will also be listed on our Post website.
This effort will help us continue our many projects that we have for the veterans and their families of our area. Our programs include Blue Star Family Support Group, Menlo Park Veterans Home, Family Readiness Group for the Woodbridge Armory National Guard troops currently in Iraq, wake services for Post members, blood drives, holiday baskets, cub scout pack 148, high school scholarships, the N. J. Boys State program, and other elementary, middle school, and high school awards programs.
The brick is a standard size of four (4) inches by eight (8) inches and it is recommended that eighteen (18) characters per line be utilized with no more than three lines of text. The style of engraving is Helvetica because it engraves and looks the cleanest.
If you would care to, you may designate “IN HONOR OF” or “IN MEMORY OF” as the first line on the brick. The cost of each brick will be $75.00, and when we receive an order of a minimum of twenty five (25) bricks, the order will be placed with the company that does the engraving. When the installation has been completed, you will be notified so that you may come and view your personalized brick.
You may also order a brick-tile for $25.00 each and you could order more than one. In order to obtain a brick-tile, you must order the engraved brick. The brick-tile is the same dimension as the original, except thinner. Your brick-tile must have the same inscription as the full size brick. It has felt backing and comes with a display stand and may be displayed in your home or office.
If you would care to have more detailed information, please let us know and it will be forwarded to you as quickly as possible. Also, if you would care to speak to someone personally, please call 732-634-4174 and ask for Charlie Paul.
Enclosed you will find an application with instructions on how to complete the form.
Charles K. Paul II
Special Fundraising Chairman
American Legion Post #471
25 Brown Avenue
Iselin, New Jersey 08830
Yes, we’d like to reserve a permanent brick. Please engrave our brick as follows:
ANY SYMBOL IS CONSIDERED ONE SPACE (PERIOD, COMMA, DASH)
ALL TEXT IS CENTERED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
21 CHARACTERS PER LINE, 18 RECOMMENDED / 3 LINES OF TEXT
4 x 8 Brick
With your order, you may also order a Donor Brick-tile that is identical to the original,
only thinner and you can order more than one. It has felt backing and comes with a
display stand so it may be displayed in your home or office.
4 x 8 Brick-Tile: Quantity:
G O N E W T O N H I G H L I O N S
S T A T E C H A M P I O N S
2 0 0 2 , 2 0 0 3 , 2 0 0 4
EACH BRICK IS A $75.00 DONATION / EACH BRICK-TILE IS A $25.00 DONATION
PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM AND YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO:
The American Legion
T. Nulty Post #471
25 Brown Avenue
Iselin, New Jersey 08830
Name: ________________________________________ Phone: (_______) _________________________
City: ____________________________________ State: __________________ Zip: __________________
Email Address: ___________________________________________ Amount Paid: ___________________
If you have any questions, please contact Charles K. Paul II by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make copies of this form for each brick.