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Boat Replica Donated to Post Officer

A replica of PT Boat 562 recently was dedicated and presented to American Legion Post 273. Pictured, from left, are first vice commander Mike Haygood; post member Harry Mulder, who donated the boat to the post; Monte Palmer; Commander Jim White and Adjutant Dan Koker. [Photo courtesy of Anthony Torregrossa]

A replica of PT Boat 562 was dedicated and presented to American Legion Post 273 Madeira Beach executive officer Monte Palmer, 94, who served on the boat during World War II.

Source:Tampa Bay Times


Groundbreaking Set for New State Veterans’ Nursing Home

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hosting a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie on March 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. 

The new 120-bed state veterans’ home will be located near 10700 SW Tradition Parkway in the Port St. Lucie community of Tradition. Parking will be adjacent to the ceremony site. 

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony at Tradition Town Hall, 10799 SW Civic Lane. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony and reception will take place at Tradition Town Hall.


Legion Family Cruise

Rick Johnson – All Aboard!!! It’s official, the Legion Family cruise is a go! It’s been about eight years since the Legion Family cruised together, and it’s high-tide we do it again.

There are limited spaces, based on a first-come-first-serve basis. You’ll need $100 per person to book now, and during the next couple of months various promotions will be offered.   Don’t delay and miss out on this opportunity.

We will be boarding the Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral on September 13, 2018, journeying to Nassau, and returning to Port Canaveral on September 16, 2018. Please see the attached flyer for complete details and full pricing information.

To make your reservations, please contact Maureen Williams PVP, at 800-819-3902 ext 85931, be sure to mention the American Legion Group Code 1KNQ25 to take advantage of our special rates.

Please note, this is not an official “Department of Florida” organized event. For all questions and requests for additional information, contact Rick Johnson, 2nd Vice Commander at 954-242-4496 or

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2018 Convention Voting Guide

During the 2017 Department Convention, the membership voted to adopt a new method for voting for Department Officers. All voting for Department Officers will now take place via ballots and scanned with electronic tabulation machines. This will provide a private setting in which to cast secret ballots and expedite the voting process. This guide will provide some pertinent information for the voting process at your 2018 Department Convention.

The annual election of Department officers shall be by special order of business, the results of which should be announced at 1:00 P.M., or as soon as practical thereafter, on the day set for adjournment of the Convention or at the call of the Chair.

Voting for all elected Department Officers shall be by official ballot provided upon registration to any Posts so registered based on paid delegate strength. All official ballots are the responsibility of the acting chairman of each delegation and shall not be replaced for any reason under any circumstances.

How does Department come up with delegate strength? Each Post shall be entitled to two (2) delegates and two (2) alternates and to one (1) additional delegate and alternate for each additional (100) one hundred members provided that the per capita tax is paid fifteen (15) days prior to the Department Convention.

Additionally, according to Section 6, Article 5 of the Department Constitution, a member of the Department Executive Committee shall be a delegate Therefore, the Post that they are a member of will receive one additional vote.

Each Post will receive one (1) official ballot for every paid delegate at the time of registration with the exception of the Past Department Commander’s ballot, which will be provided on the floor at the time of voting as detailed in Section 6, Article V of the Department Constitution. Ballots may either be voted collectively by the acting chairman of each delegation or individually by Post delegates to the Convention. The vote of any delegate absent and not represented by an alternate shall be cast by the majority of the delegates present from the Post.

Those candidates having an endorsement on file at Department by May 30, 2018, will be pre-printed on the ballot. The ballots shall provide for a write-in candidate for each office, should one be nominated off the Convention floor without prior endorsement by their respective Post.

Nominations for Department Officers shall be from the floor of the Convention. Nominating speeches shall be limited to five (5) minutes each. No more than two (2) seconding speeches shall be made for each candidate, each of which shall not exceed two (2) minutes.

Immediately following nominations, ballot voting shall begin on electronic scanning equipment provided by the Orange County Supervisor of Elections. All ballot voting shall be completed by 1:00 p.m. except Posts still in line to vote at that time. Once all the votes have been scanned the election is closed and tally begins.

A team of election officials will oversee the election process. These officials shall consist of an employee of the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office, the Assistant Department Adjutant, and the Department Assistant Judge Advocate or a representative appointed by the Department Commander in his/her absence.

The election officials will examine any ballot rejections to determine the intent of the ballot. If a ballot reflects votes for two (2) candidates for the same office that ballot will have that one (1) office’s vote cancelled and the balance of the ballot cast as presented. Should duplicate ballots be presented, the scanners will reject the votes from both ballots.

The election officials will supervise the vote tally collected by the scanners. The candidate for each office that receives the most votes shall be declared the winner. The results will be placed in an envelope which will be presented to the Secretary of the Convention (Department Adjutant) on the Convention stage to be announced.

In cases of a tie vote, a roll call of Posts for the purpose of casting their votes for the tied candidates shall continue until one candidate receives the majority of votes cast, the roll call is complete or until there shall be only one candidate for a particular Department office.

All official ballots will be retained as permanent record of the Department for a period of two (2) years.


National Commander Denise H. Rohan’s Visitation Schedule

Last update December 27, 2017

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

8:30am Depart Hotel
9:00am – 9:30pm Post 168, Key West
9:55am – 10:30am Post 28, Key West
11:40am – 1:00pm Post 154, Marathon (Lunch)
2:10pm – 2:45pm Post 333, Key Largo
3:25pm – 3:55pm Post 43, Homestead
4:30pm – 5:05pm Post 133, Palmetto Bay
5:35pm – 7:00pm Post 31, South Miami (Dinner)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

8:30am Depart Hotel
9:00am – 9:30pm Post 98, Coral Gables
10:35am – 11:05am Post 92, Hollywood
11:20am – 11:50am Post 310, Hallandale
12:20pm – 1:20pm Post 67, North Miami (Lunch)
2:05pm – 2:40pm Post 36, Ft. Lauderdale
3:05pm – 3:45pm Post 222, Ft. Lauderdale
5:45pm – 7:15pm Post 142, Pompano Beach (Dinner)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

8:00am Depart Hotel
12:30pm – 2:00pm Post 273, Madeira Beach (Lunch)
5:30pm – 8:00pm Post 347, Lady Lake (Dinner)

Friday, January 26, 2018

8:00am Depart Hotel
11:15am – 12:30pm Post 62, Stuart (Lunch)
1:00pm – 1:35pm Post 271, Jupiter
2:10pm – 2:40pm Post 268, Riviera Beach
3:00pm- 3:30pm Post 141, West Palm Beach
3:45pm – 4:15pm Post 199, West Palm Beach
4:35pm – 5:10pm Post 47, Lake Worth
5:45pm – 8:00pm Post 277, Boca Raton (Dinner)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

9:00am Depart Hotel
9:15am – 9:55am Post 162, Deerfield Beach
10:45am – 11:30am Post 180, Plantation
12:05pm – 1:30pm Post 157, Margate (Lunch)
6:00pm – 8:30pm Post 321, Cooper City (Southern Area Ball)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

9:00am Depart Hotel
1:30pm – 3:00pm 4 Chaplains Service
Coast Guard Station
7000 N. Ocean Dr, Dania Beach, FL
3:30pm – 5:00pm Post 304, Dania Beach (Food)
6:00pm – 8:30pm Post 164, Boynton Beach (Snacks)

Monday, January 29, 2018

11:00am Depart Hotel to West Palm Beach Airport
1:40pm National Commander Departs

Personal Preferences for National Commander Denise H. Rohan:

  • Beverages – Diet Coke and Decaf Coffee
  • Main Course – Beef, Pork and Chicken (nothing spicy)
  • Sizes – Polo Shirt Women L
  • Legion Project – Raise Funds for Temporary Financial Assistance and Veterans Service Officers

Personal Preference for Aide to the National Commander Mike Rohan:

  • Beverage – Diet Coke
  • Sizes – Polo Shirt XL

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VA Decision Ready Claims Program Expands to Include More Types of Claims

WASHINGTON — As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing efforts to modernize and improve Veterans’ experience with the disability claims process, VA unveiled its latest enhancements to the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) program, which will expand the pool of Veterans, surviving spouses and service members eligible to participate in the program. 

“These enhancements are another key step in modernizing VA’s benefits delivery to Veterans to a fully digital operating environment,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With electronic claims processing as a foundation, VA’s innovation will improve service to Veterans, their families and survivors.” 

In addition to claims for increased disability compensation (commonly known as claims for increase), Veterans will now be able to file certain claims for direct service connection, presumptive service connection and secondary service connection. Additionally, surviving spouses will be able to file certain claims for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, and transitioning service members will be able to file pre-discharge claims less than 90 days from leaving the military. Veterans who choose to submit their claim under DRC can expect to receive a decision within 30 days from the time VA receives the claim. 

To file under DRC, Veterans must work with an accredited Veteran Service Organization (VSO) representative, who will ensure all supporting evidence — such as medical exams, military service records, etc. — is included with the claim submission. This advance preparation by the VSOs allows claims to be assigned immediately to claims processors for a quick decision. 

In the future, VA aims to expand the DRC program, where possible, to ensure more Veterans can get faster decisions on their claims. For more information about DRC or to find an accredited VSO representative, visit


2nd Annual Challenge 22 hosted by Post 69

American Legion Post 69 will hosts its 2nd Annual Challenge 22. The Challenge 22 event is a 1 mile veteran suicide awareness walk.

If you have a Post Unit of Club Flag you are encouraged to bring it for the walk.

The event will be held Saturday, February 17, 2018  at 9:00am; American Legion Post 69, 1301 W Bell St, Avon Park, FL 33825.

For additional information please contact Larry Roberts, 850-718-7773.

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Post 273 Feeds More than 100 Veterans and Families

More than 60 volunteers from Post 273, in Madeira Beach, joined together to feed over 100 local veterans and families at their annual Veterans Christmas Day Party.

They would like to send a special thank you to Boy Scout Troop 371, from Largo, for their service!

Post 273 Volunteers
Boy Scout Troup 371



Luther’s Daily Log

Department Commander Steve Shuga has finally had it! He is Face-timing Santa. Santa is not too happy either.

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Luther’s Daily Log

LUTHER!!! You’ve done it now! Commander Steve Shuga won’t stand for this….Your antics have gotten totally out of hand!

#LutherLegionnaire #ThisWontEndWell #MischievousElf #UnhappyCommander #TheAmericanLegion #Florida #ElfOnTheShelf