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FROM DENNNIS BOLAND, NEC

September 2019
National Commander Brett Reistad presented Mr. Roscoe Eagle, the VA Voluntary Services (VAVS) Worker of the Year award during the 2019 Washington Conference. Legionnaire Eagle, a 33 year Paid-Up for Life member of the General Billy Mitchell Post 85 in Arlington, Virginia, was accompanied to the ceremony by the Chief of Voluntary Services of the Washington DC VA Medical Center where he volunteers. Mr. Eagle has been a constant presence at the Washington DC VAMC for many years and he has accumulated more than 5,000 voluntary hours at the facility.

American Legion’s Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Servic (VAVS) program continues to support VA initiatives that support the care and treatment of veteran patients in VA medical facilities. During fiscal year 2018, Legionnaires volunteered at over 200 VA facilities, which included VA medical centers, community clinics, Vet Centers, Fisher Houses, state Veterans homes and national cemeteries.

An impressive total of 4,462 regularly scheduled volunteers contributed 706,996 hours and 13,932 occasional visits contributed an additional 59,568.75 hours for a grand total of 766,564.75 hours volunteered by American Legion members. With more than three quarters of a million hours volunteered, The American Legion saved the Department of Veterans Affairs more than $18,926 million dollars in 2018.

Dennis Boland
National Executive Committeeman
nec@legionmail.org

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