South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary

 

VA&R

 2017 - 2018

Jeannine Loesch

Department 1st Vice President

VA &R Chairman (2017-2018)

Home: 605-224-4512

Cell: 605-220-9351

 Jeannine.loesch@gmail.com

Thank you for accepting the role of Veterans and Rehabilitation Chairman for your Unit.  This is a very exciting and rewarding program!  The VA&R Program promotes our mission to enhance the lives of U.S. veterans and military, and their families.  Included in this plan are several ideas how to promote this program in your unit, family and community.  The National Plan of Action for 2016-2017 is available online at www.va&ralaforveterans.org

What is this program, and why do we have it?

The Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation program promotes our mission to enhance the lives of veterans, military and their families. The Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Program and the 2014-2019 ALA Centennial Strategic Plan: Our work to enhance the lives of veterans, military and their families provides our members opportunities to serve in volunteer leadership roles within their local Veterans Affairs hospital (Goal 3), which broadens our membership pool (Goal 1) among a target population and builds brand loyalty (Goal 5) with the veterans themselves.

VA&R Awards Deadlines and Submission Requirements:

Taking the time to share a favorite story about the positive impact you or someone you know has had on our mission is worth doing! It helps us tell the world who we are, what we do, and why we matter. Just three simple steps to add your part to our national success story:

1) Please follow instructions as you fill out the National Report and Awards Cover Sheet found in the awards section of the Programs Action Plan.

 2) Provide details/examples about the activity as outlined in the award’s materials and guidelines section.

3) Submit as indicated in the Annual Supplement to the Programs Action Plan.

 National Report and Awards Cover Sheet, deadlines, and VA&R committee contact information may be found on the VA&R committee page on the national website, www.ALAforVeterans.org.

 Service to Veterans

B. Unit Award: Most Outstanding Unit VA&R Program · Deadline: June 1, 2018 · Send to national VA&R chairman postmarked or emailed by 5 p.m. EST on the deadline listed above.

 C. Department Award: Best Department VA&R Program · Deadline: June 1, 2018 · Send to national division chairman postmarked or emailed by 5 p.m. EST on the deadline listed above.

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) support recognition

A. NVCAF Award: NVCAF Support Recognition

· Deadline: July 31, 2018

· Send donations to the ALA Foundation to National Headquarters

VA&R 3 Veteran Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS)

A. National Award: VAVS Volunteer of the Year /ALA NAC Nominee

 · Deadline: November 1, 2017

· Submitted by the chiefs of voluntary service and department chairman to the national VAVS deputy

B. Member Award: 10,000 Hour Volunteer Service

· Deadline: March 31, 2018

· Verification of hours must be mailed or emailed to National Headquarters by the first Friday in June

C. Member Award: 20,000 Hour Volunteer Service

· Deadline: March 31, 2018

· Verification of hours must be mailed or emailed to National Headquarters by the first Friday in June

D. Individual Recognition Award: Volunteer Recruitment & Service Department

· Deadline: March 31, 2018

 E. Individual Recognition Award 100 Percent VAVS Meeting Attendance

· Awarded to each representative and deputy who has 100 percent attendance to VAVS committee meetings at her assigned facility.

F. Department Recognition from The American Legion Award: Michael Guty Homeless Veterans Outreach

 · Deadline: January 15, 2018

 · Entries must be approved by the department adjutant or department employment chairman and sent to The American Legion National Headquarters G. James H. Parke Scholarship

 · Deadline: November 1, 2017

· See www.va.gov for information on VAVS, James H. Parke Scholarship

Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Reporting:

Mid-Year Reports

 Mid-Year reports reflect the program work of units in the department, and are intended as an opportunity for mid-year correction. Each department VA&R chairman is required to submit a narrative report by January 5, 2018 to the division VA&R chairman, plus copy the national VA&R chairman.

 

Year-End Reports

 Annual reports reflect the program work of units in the department, and may result in a national award for participants if award requirements are met. Each department VA&R chairman is required to submit a narrative report by May 15, 2018 to the division VA&R chairman, plus copy the national VA&R chairman. Members and units should follow their department’s protocol and deadlines.

 

Service to Veterans recognizes volunteers who provide service to veterans, servicemembers and their families outside a VAMC. Volunteers conduct projects and work for military/veterans and/or families from their homes and in their communities. Service to VA&R 5 Veterans volunteers maintain their own recordkeeping and dollars spent. The Service to Veterans pin has been designed to reflect the work of those who volunteer in their communities and at home for veterans. Hour bars, which attach to the pin, are also available to earn. More information may be in the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation: A Guide for Volunteers available online for download at www.alaforveterans.org To purchase a printed copy, please visit www.emblem.legion

 

As part of your narrative report, please include answers to the following questions:

  • How did the units participate in the caregiver support program?
  • Describe any exceptional efforts members made in earning their Service to Veterans hours.
  • What assistance did units give at a stand down in your department? What did units learn about hosting a stand down? What went well; what would they do differently?

VA&R Awards Deadlines and Submission Requirements:

Taking the time to share a favorite story about the positive impact you or someone you know has had on our mission is worth doing! It helps us tell the world who we are, what we do, and why we matter. Just three simple steps to add your part to our national success story:

1) Please follow instructions as you fill out the National Report and Awards Cover Sheet found in the awards section of the Programs Action Plan.

 2) Provide details/examples about the activity as outlined in the award’s materials and guidelines section.

3) Submit as indicated in the Annual Supplement to the Programs Action Plan.

National Report and Awards Cover Sheet, deadlines, and VA&R committee contact information may be found on the VA&R committee page on the national website, www.ALAforVeterans.org