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September 2014 Old Town Report Newsletter

96th Annual American Legion Convention

The Honorable Robert A McDonald, Secretary U S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spoke to the Legionnaires assembled at the 96th National Convention of The American Legion in Charlotte, North Carolina. Those concerned about recent issues in the VA Health Care System will find his comments informative.

In his comments he stated, "Again and again, I was asked: “Why do you want to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs?”

"Here’s what I told them – and I believe this very strongly. There's no higher calling in life than serving Veterans. I see leadership of VA as an opportunity to improve the lives of men and women I care deeply about."

You can view his speech below, we recommend you do.

Post 534 Pictures

Friday, Sept. 12

Saturday, Sept. 13
Auxiliary BBQ
Private Party
5 p.m. - ?

Sunday, Sept. 14
Guadalupe Parade

Monday, September 15
Town Hall Meeting
Santa Maria VA
5-7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27
6-9 p.m.
Live Music "Silvester"

October 9, Thursday
2014 Ride 2 Recovery

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Commander Memo

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Centennial Celebration
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The full text of Secretary McDonald's speech can be found on the VA web site.

Legionnaire Training

Thursday, August 21 Legionnaire Training

was held at Post 534 and covered operations of

The American Legion & Orcutt Post 534

On Thursday, Augus 21 Orcutt Post 534 conducted Legionnaire training. Twenty Legionnaires attended the training, including: Janet Somers, First Vice-Commder District 16; John Velasquez, Commander Post 371 Guadalupe & Jr. Past Commander District 16, Richard "Gumby" Theis, Commander Post 211 Lompoc, Joe Skoda, Commander Post 56 Santa Maria; from Post 125 Lompoc, Dan Hayes, Service Officer & Kim Dickerson, Sgt-at-Arms; Don Bailey, Vice President

Commander Maher, the Post 534 Executive Committee and a few other Legionnaires are working hard to make our Post better. Effective training is an important part of making things better. If you want to be part of the good changes taking place in our Post, attending the Legionnaire Training will help you be better prepared.

Training is open to anyone interested in helping The American Legion succeed!

Legion Training Flier

Veterans Crisis Line

"Last year, the United States lost one member of its military every 18 hours to suicide. Veterans and their family members who feel that they may harm themselves should call the Veterans Crisis Hotline, 1-800-273-8255, press 1."

Dan Delinger,
National Commander, The American Legion

Post 534 Video First Place
Post Web Site Took Second!

Congratulations Shody Lytle & Rick Pushies!

The music video which Auxiliary member, Shody Lytle created from the video she took of the 2013 Wounded Warrior Ride 2 Recovery took First Place for Videography in the California American Legion Press Association (CALPA) annual awards.

Our Orcutt Post 534 web site took Second Place in CALPA’s Tim Berners-Lee Award for best web site in the Department of California, for Posts with fewer than 300 members. Congratulations Rick Pushies.

“No one could be prouder than I am for the awards Post 534 has earned through the efforts of Shody Lytle and Rick Pushies. We often do not appreciate all the long hours of hard work that go into putting these things together. "Thank You" doesn't say enough!”

said Post Commander Maher about our new awards.

Workplace Giving

Also called employee fund drives - workplace campaigns are charitable solicitations of people conducted at their workplace.

Through workplace giving and payroll deductions to American Legion Charities, it’s easier than ever to stand up for our nation’s veterans and their families.  You support creative and innovative efforts to build better lives for veterans, service personnel and their families.  You ensure our war time veterans receive our sincere gratitude, and at the same time promote a genuinely patriotic cause.

Federal government employees can sign up through the Combined Federal Campaign, the largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign.

There are also unique campaigns for state and local government employees, and many corporations offer matching gift or other workplace giving programs.

When you choose payroll deduction to support American Legion Charities, you simply specify the amount you want to give and your payroll department takes care of the rest, giving you a tax receipt for your records.

For corporate workers, if your employer awards matching funds, American Legion Charities receives an added donation thanks to your participation.

More on Volunteering

Your Volunteer Time Has Value:

The estimated value of volunteer time in California for 2013 was over $26 per hour.

Report Your Volunteer Time

Volunteer Hours Report PDF

Online Report
Volunteer Time

The American Legion is a federally chartered organization in part because it fulfills needs and offers services that might not otherwise be provided. Members of The American Legion devote millions of volunteer hours, and raise millions of dollars that help veterans, military families and communities, every year.

American Legion volunteer opportunities are plentiful and varied, across the country. Legionnaires provide after-school tutoring programs and youth activities in urban communities. They can also be found in most VA medical centers and clinics, offering assistance to patients and their families. American Legion posts adopt military units, National Guard armories and Reserve centers to help out whenever needs arise. Young people participating in American Legion Baseball, Boys State, Junior Shooting Sports, Oratorical contests and other activities depend on volunteer leadership and organization.

The American Legion is dedicated to improving support for active duty servicemembers and veterans during their time of transition and rehabilitation and will continue to provide members with volunteer opportunities.

Orcutt Post 534
The American Legion

The American Legion is a powerful force in our nation’s Capitol! The American Legion is the nation’s largest (2.4 million members), most influential, effective and dependable veterans service organization (VSO). Since our very first meeting in Paris, France in 1919, The American Legion has a vision for a Strong America which includes four pillars of service:

  • Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation
  • National Security
  • Children and Youth
  • Americanism.


Orcutt Post 534, The American Legion, 145.wclark Avenue, Orcutt CA 93455-4624 * 805-937-0651


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