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Weekly Reports – May 31, 2019

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Weekly Reports – May 23, 2019

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PROJECT: VetRelief Collecting Donations for Deland Veteran

PROJECT: VetRelief, a program of The American Legion, Department of Florida, is collecting donations to aid the 82-year-old U.S. Coast Guard veteran, from Deland, FL, who captured headlines after falling victim to a scam.  For complete details, please read the story below.

PROJECT: VetRelief is proud to work with the Deland Police Department in an effort to aid this veteran. All donations will go directly to the veteran.  PROJECT: VetRelief is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Two Arrested in Exploitation of Deland Veteran

(DeLand, FL) – Two people have been arrested in a scam to steal money from a DeLand veteran.

On May 8, DeLand Police officers were contacted by the Veterans Crisis Center in reference to an elderly man advising that he wanted to kill himself because he had no money left in his bank account.

When police arrived they made contact with the 82-year-old U.S. Coast Guard veteran, who was still on the phone with the Crisis Center. After speaking with the victim and gathering the facts, it was determined that Jessica Henry, 31, and Gregory Dushan, 28, knowingly obtained funds – more than $50,000 – and property from the victim.

According to the investigation, the victim told detectives that he had met Henry about three years ago and gave her money to feed her kids and for transportation to take them to school.

Then six months ago, Henry contacted the victim and told him she had been arrested and needed money to pay for a urine test administered by her probation officer. A male, later identified as Dushan, then got on the phone and demanded money for probation costs. The victim said Dushan would call him daily and demand sums of money from $150 to $1,000, threatened the victim with jail time if the victim did not pay and also threatened to seize the victim’s vehicle. Eventually, the victim gave Henry his vehicle so it would not get seized again. It has since been recovered.

Both suspects in this case intentionally coerced and deliberately deceived the victim causing him to deplete his bank account to support their drug habit, according the investigation. The victim was then notified by the bank that his account had a negative balance, which prompted him to want to kill himself because he felt this was his only solution.

The investigation revealed that Dushan and Henry spent more than $500 per day of money they stole from the victim to support their drug use.

As a result of the investigation, DeLand Police arrested and charged Henry and Dushan with exploitation of an elderly person between the amounts of $20,000 and $100,000. Dushan faces an additional charge of impersonating a correction/probation officer.

Additionally, the victim advised detectives that he received death threats prior to the Dushan’s arrest Wednesday advising that he needed to drop the charges on Henry or he would be killed in a half-hour. Police are still looking into the threats made against the victim at this time and more charges could be filed.

Both subjects were transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail where they remain in custody.

Date: 05/15/2019
Media Contact: Chris Graham
386-626-7117
grahamc@deland.org

Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: https://volusia.crimewatchfl.com/delandpd/42614/post/two-arrested-exploitation-deland-veteran

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Weekly Reports – May 16, 2019

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Weekly Reports – May 9, 2019

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Kirby Stewart American Legion Post 24 held its third 100th Anniversary Pistol Match

(R) 1st Place David Youngclaus, (C) 2nd Place Dan Roberts, (L) 3rd Place Jerry Ham

Bradenton ~ On April 17, 2019 the Kirby Stewart American Legion Post 24 held its third 100th Anniversary Pistol Match at the Shoot Straight Range in Sarasota, FL. Six members participated in this iron sights only match for pistols and revolvers shooting three stages consisting of Slow, Timed and Rapid Fire. The top three shooters received awards at the May 3nd Post Meeting. First Place went to David Youngclaus, 2nd Place to Dan Roberts and 3rd Place to Jerry Ham, Chairman of Pistol Competitions.

Our next competition is open to Legion Family Members and will be held after Memorial Day on May 28th at the Shoot Straight Range in Sarasota. Anyone interested in shooting should contact Jerry Ham at the email address indicated below. We are also interested in friendly low pressure competition shooting against other veterans organizations in the Manatee County area. If interested, please contact us at the email address below.

For God and Country,
Jerry Ham, Chairman Pistol Competitions
Post 24 Bradenton, FL
thecommish1672@verizon.net

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Weekly Reports – May 2, 2019

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Phil Hearlson

We are sorry to report that Past Department Commander, Phil Hearlson, was admitted into the hospital on Saturday, April 27th after sustaining injuries from a car accident earlier in the week. Phil is currently in ICU. Any new information will be shared through email and on our website.

Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.

Get well wishes can be sent to 14050 SE 53rd Ave., Summerfield, FL 34491-3121.

 

***UPDATE 5/1/2019*** PDC Phil Hearlson is improving, but will remain in ICU at Advent Hospital of Ocala. Please check back here for any updates.

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Get Ready for the 2019 Dept Convention

Are you ready?

The American Legion, Department of Florida is gearing up for its 101ST Annual Statewide Convention to be held June 27-30, 2019 at the World Center Marriott, Orlando, FL.

We hope that you will be joining us this year for this four-day event of learning, comradery, and fun. Here are a few things to help you get prepared:

VENUE
The main venue, the World Center Marriott, is now completely sold out. We hope you have already made your reservations, but if not, we do have two overflow hotels very close to the main venue:

The Caribe Royale Orlando is offering their standard rooms for $139 plus tax, per night and villas for $314 plus tax, per night. To book now, call (888) 258-7501, and be sure to ask for The American Legion, Department of Florida room block. A mandatory $12.50 resort fee per night is also required. All reservations require a non-refundable first night room and tax deposit, which MUST be paid by credit card.

Buena Vista Suites is offering their standard rooms for $129 plus tax, per night and villas for $304 plus tax, per night. To book now, call (800) 537-7737, and be sure to ask for The American Legion, Department of Florida room block. A mandatory $14.95 resort fee per night is also required. All reservations require a non-refundable first night room and tax deposit, which MUST be paid by credit card.

Click here for more information, including parking information.

AGENDA
A tentative Agenda is available online. We strongly recommend that you wait closer to the event before printing this agenda, as there are likely to be minor changes. View our tentative agenda by clicking here.

CLASSES
Each year the state convention offers a wide variety of leadership trainings available to all members for the development and betterment of their local American Legion Post.

The pre-registration form for Post Service Officer Training School is now available online. This is a two-day, informative VA&R class that covers all veteran benefits. A certificate and certification card are provided upon completion. To attend you must pre-register, attend both days (Thursday/Friday), and be appointed Post Service Officer by your Post Commander. The course is filled based off first come, first served interest. Click here for additional information.

Online pre-registration is also available for PROJECT: VetRelief Advocate Training. Attendees can expect a closer look into the VetRelief Advocate role, and not just an overview of the program. Be sure to pre-register as space is limited. Click here for additional information.

All other classes do not require registration and are open to attend as space is available.

The American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders will also conduct their own series of courses.

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION RAFFLE
The American Legion, Department of Florida is proud to announce its upcoming Centennial Celebration Raffle where you could win OVER $15,000 in awesome prizes; including the *BONUS RAFFLE* drawing for a chance to win an American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Three-Coin Set.

In the next 2 to 3 weeks, a select group of members will receive the Centennial Celebration Raffle packet. To participate, complete and return the enclosed tickets for your chances to win these exciting prizes!

Didn’t get a packet? No worries, just complete our online form before May 31, 2019 and we will mail one to you. After May 31st, you will only be able to purchase tickets at our Department Convention, June 27-29, 2019.

DEPARTMENT CONVENTION BOOK
Advertise in the 2019 101st Annual Florida Convention Book! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to advertise your business or Post, send well wishes, special recognition, special announcements and more. Legion Members get half off all advertisements.

We provide our attendees, free of charge, with an annual convention book, very similar to a yearbook. This book would be a great resource to advertise your products and services to interested veterans and patriots, as well as support The American Legion.

Hurry and get your advertisements in now, the deadline of May 1st, has been extended to May 15, 2019. Click here to purchase online.

HISTORY BOOK
We’re also pleased to announce the upcoming release of The American Legion, Department of Florida- Our History – 1919-2019 book. This book details the first 100 years of the Department of Florida, with fascinating facts for each decade and lots of photos depicting some of our greatest accomplishments.

This book will be a limited edition, one time run only, with limited quantities. Available in paperback or hardcover. Pre-order your piece of history now, and get the Department of Florida Centennial lapel pin FREE. Reserve your copy now at floridalegionstore.org.

*This book is different from the History and Directory book sold previously. It includes a more comprehensive Department History and does not include the member directory.

2018-2019 DEPARTMENT CONVENTION T-SHIRTS
Get your Official Convention T-Shirts showcasing the 2018-2019 year. This year’s shirt will be red in Gildan soft style; available in Men and Women’s crewneck. Sizes tend to run a size small; extended sizes, 2x -5x, brand and style may vary. Pre-order now at floridaleigonstore.org.

COMMANDER’S AND PRESIDENT’S BANQUET
The Commander’s and President’s Banquet will take place Friday, June 28, 2019 at the World Center Marriott, Orlando in the Canary Ballroom. A farewell to outgoing Department Commander, Dianne Boland and outgoing Department President, Michele Degennaro. The Banquet will feature a German Dinner Buffet and entertainment by Not Quite Fab (a popular Beatles Cover Band) A cocktail hour will be served prior to the banquet, tickets are required to attend and are available online for purchase. Tickets must be pre-purchased and are limited.

TEXT ALERTS
Sign-up now for Florida Legion Text Alerts, by clicking here or texting FLCON to 74121. You’ll get important announcements, reminders, exclusive Emblem Sales Discounts, a chance to win prizes and interactive fun! Activities include: Legion Quest and Lost Lectures.

VENDORS AND SPONSORS
Approximately 3,000 American Legion members will be in attendance at Department Convention, making this an excellent opportunity for vendors to showcase their products and services. Our vendors are vital to the success of our events. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or know someone who may be interested, please click here to learn more.

DISTRICT CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCES
District Constitutional Conferences will begin starting May 4, 2019. Your District Conferences are important to attend. Please view a complete schedule by clicking here.

DEPARTMENT CONVENTION DEADLINES
Department Convention deadlines are fast approaching for Posts and delegates. Please click here for more information.

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Dept of Florida Centennial Celebration Raffle

The American Legion, Department of Florida is proud to announce its upcoming Centennial Celebration Raffle where you could win OVER $15,000 in awesome prizes; including the *BONUS RAFFLE* drawing for a chance to win an American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Three-Coin Set.

In the next 2 to 3 weeks, a select group of members will receive the Centennial Celebration Raffle packet. To participate, complete and return the enclosed tickets for your chances to win these exciting prizes!

Didn’t get a packet? No worries, just complete our online form before May 31, 2019 and we will mail one to you. After May 31st, you will only be able to purchase tickets at our Department Convention, June 27-29, 2019.

On June 29, 2019, ten (10) CASH winners and one (1) BONUS winner will be chosen for the following Centennial Celebration Raffle prizes:


BONUS DRAWING PRIZE:
American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Three-Coin Set with authenticity certificate

Enter to win these great prizes by sending in your tickets along with a suggested donation of $5 per ticket, six tickets for $20 or all twelve tickets for $30! For a chance to win a remarkable piece of history, include your gold ticket with an additional $5 donation.

By mailing in your tickets with your gift, you play and important part in our programs that serve our brave service members, their families and honor the legacy of the 1.6 million Veterans in Florida. We are making a difference one Veteran at a time!

The Golden Ticket

Centennial BONUS Raffle

Return your enclosed golden ticket with an additional suggested donation of $5 for a chance to win the LIMTED EDITION Centennial American Legion Coin Set with US Mint certificate of authenticity: includes $5 Gold Coin, Silver Dollar and Clad Half Dollar.

Golden tickets are independent from Centennial Celebration Raffle and will be kept separate. Winner will be drawn on Saturday, June 29, 2019 during the Annual Convention and streamed live on Facebook.

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WANT MORE CHANCES? Contact Jennifer Cooper at (407) 295-2631 or by email.

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