February / March 2020

Oro Valley Post/Auxiliary Unit/SAL/Riders 132 activities and info relevant to veterans 

Post and Auxiliary Meeting: NOTE: Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the March 19 Post and Unit meetings have been canceled. Meetings are 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:30pm. Auxiliary mbrs meet in a separate room, same time, same location. 

Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron 132 membership meeting: NOTE: Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the March 21 Squadron meeting had been canceled. Membership in the SAL is open to male descendants, of any age, of a parent or grandparent who served in the U.S. military during a period of American Legion eligibility and who is a member of the American Legion or who meets the service requirements but is deceased..

Riders Chapter 132 Membership Meeting: Thursday, MARCH 5, 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Golder Ranch Fire Station, 355 E. Linda Vista Rd. (just west of Oracle Rd), Oro Valley).Riders are members of the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and of the Auxiliary Unit, and who are motorcycle riding enthusiasts.

Dates and activities to remember:

March 10-13: Volunteers Needed for Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans Stand Down for Homeless and At-Risk veterans and their families: March 10 is set-up day, March 11 is the Resource Fair (more than 80 local assistance/service providers), March 12 is the Career Fair (more than 30 local employers), March 13 is final tear down. Location: Grand Luxe Hotel, 1365 W Grant Rd., Tucson, 85745. Purpose of Stand Down is to provide a safe environment where the veterans have access to services such as medical care, employment opportunities, housing, legal services, counseling, meals, clothing and care for their pets. Volunteers needed 3/10 for setup, 3/11 and 3/12 during the event and 3/13 for “tear down” (you do not have to be a member of the Oro Valley Post or Auxiliary to volunteer).                                                                                                Stand Down Signup at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094CAEAA2FA0FB6-2020 or contact Deborah Martinez-Garibay at 520-241-9595.

**Post 132 is collecting new socks, underwear and hygiene items and new and gently used casual clothes for the veterans. Bring your bagged or boxed clothing donations to Splendido at 13500 N Rancho Vistoso Blvd for pickup Monday, March 9 at 9am.

March 28, Saturday: Post 132 “Adopt-A-Road” clean-up: 0900 hrs. It’s that time again. Meet in parking lot of St. Marks R.C. Church, 2727 W Tangerine Rd in Oro Valley. Please provide name and phone number to POC Larry McNamee 262-251-2156 ljmcnamee@gmail.com Help pick up trash along a stretch of Tangerine while enjoying the company of fellow Post members.

April 5 Post annual picnic: NOTE: Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Post executive board had voted to cancel the annual picnic scheduled for April 5th

 

Activities/Information:

Feb 6: Post 132 sponsored American Legion Oratorical Scholarship program contest: A US Constitution knowledge based oratorical contest. The contest was held at BASIS School in Oro Valley with seven contestants competing. The top three contestants advanced to the District 2 competition which occurred February 15. The top three contestants, all sponsored by Post 132, advanced to the Area A competition to be held February 22.  The top two contestants at Area A will then advance to the state competition. Post 132 has sponsored three of the last five Dept of AZ delegates sent to the national competition.

We continue to make a difference in the lives of veterans and service members in need. How are we helping? The following is a partial list: Paid for repair of vehicles preventing loss of employment for several veterans, provided fuel and grocery store gift cards, school supplies, paid utilities preventing loss of electricity, covered rent deposit for a blind vet, rent assistance for seriously injured combat veteran, bus tickets for homeless veterans to travel to VA for services, two nights in a motel for families of two homeless veterans prior to placement in housing, paid for vehicle repairs allowing a female veteran, a single mom with children, to accept an offer of employment. Grocery store gift cards were provided to several Guard members struggling to provide for their families. “Your kindness reminded us of how blessed we really are. Thank you to the members of Post 132”.  Requests for assistance usually originate with a local agency or organization, and are thoroughly vetted by the agency or group before contacting us. Post and Auxiliary Unit 132 are the “go-to” veterans support organizations in the Tucson area.

By the Numbers:  Year 2019: The American Legion donated over $19M to VA and Children’s hospitals, Legion Emergency Fund, troop support, community service projects, Legion Endowment fund and others. Contributed over $12M to American Legion youth programs and members volunteered over 5.5M hours in support of American Legion community, youth and veterans and troop support programs.

DoD releases Agent Orange storage and test sites outside of Vietnam: Agent Orange and other herbicides used in Vietnam were tested or stored elsewhere, including some military bases in the United States. List of locations outside of Vietnam where tactical herbicides were used, tested or stored. The updated list includes Agents Orange, Pink, Green, Purple, Blue and White and other chemicals and will be updated as verifiable information becomes available. Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including an Agent Orange Registry health exam, health care and disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure. Their dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.

Officials consider limiting burials at Arlington: Officials are moving to limit the number of individuals eligible for bur

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