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2014DistOritorical

22nd District Oritorical Contest
Post 490 - December 12, 2014

Winner: Lindsey Li, Cinco Ranch High School

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2014BoysState

22nd District Boys State Delegates
Austin - June 8-13, 2014

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Upcoming Events

BBQ Cook-Off
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22nd District Post Ranking

NOTICE: Totals are as of Tuesday June 30, 2015.


Post

Location

Commander

Goal

Total

% of Goal

472

Houston

Robert Rocha

255

263

103.14

164

Katy

Ernie Cormier

237

242

102.11

490

S. Houston

Faith Federspiel

1299

1312

101.00

654

Houston

C. Hasselbach

281

283

100.71

77

Houston

Jimmy Mitchell

465

465

100.00

416

Houston

Jerry Fee

95

93

97.89

52

Houston

Miguel Navarro

83

79

95.18

319

Deer Park

David Saucillo

53

50

94.34

521

Pasadena

Joseph Thomas

396

366

92.42

596

Houston

David Kang

40

35

87.50

594

Houston

Larry D. Allen

263

223

85.44

366

Katy

John R. Jones

45

37

82.22

428

La Porte

William Stone

45

37

82.22

391

Houston

Charles Amos

32

24

75.00

District

Totals

Juan Torres, Jr.

3587

3509

97.83

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Veterans Affairs News

Wait Lists Grow as Many More Veterans
Seek Care and Funding Falls Far Short

JUNE 20, 2015

One year after outrage about long waiting lists for health care shook the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency is facing a new crisis: The number of veterans on waiting lists of one month or more is now 50 percent higher than it was during the height of last year's problems, department officials say.  The department is also facing a nearly $3 billion budget shortfall, which could affect care for many veterans.

The agency is considering furloughs, hiring freezes and other significant moves to reduce the gap.  A proposal to address a shortage of funds for one drug - a new, more effective but more costly hepatitis C treatment - by possibly rationing new treatments among veterans and excluding certain patients who have advanced terminal diseases or suffer from a "persistent vegetative state or advanced dementia" is stirring bitter debate inside the department.

Agency officials expect to petition Congress this week to allow them to shift money into programs running short of cash.  But that may place them at odds with Republican lawmakers who object to removing funds from a new program intended to allow certain veterans on waiting lists and in rural areas to choose taxpayer-paid care from private doctors outside the department's health system.

"Something has to give," the department's deputy secretary, Sloan D. Gibson, said in an interview.  "We can't leave this as the status quo.  We are not meeting the needs of veterans, and veterans are signaling that to us by coming in for additional care, and we can't deliver it as timely as we want to."

Since the waiting-list scandal broke last year, the department has broadly expanded access to care.  Its doctors and nurses have handled 2.7 million more appointments than in any previous year, while authorizing 900,000 additional patients to see outside physicians.  In all, agency officials say, they have increased capacity by more than seven million patient visits per year - double what they originally thought they needed to fix shortcomings.

But what was not foreseen, department leaders say, was just how much physician workloads and demand from veterans would continue to soar - by one-fifth, in fact, at some major veterans hospitals over just the past year.

According to internal department budget documents obtained by The New York Times, physician workloads - as measured by an internal metric known as "relative value units" - grew by 21 percent at hospitals and clinics in the region that includes Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina; by 20 percent in the Southern California and southern Nevada regions; and by 18 percent in North Carolina and Virginia.  And by the same measure, physician care purchased for patients treated outside the department grew by 50 percent in the region encompassing Pennsylvania and by 36 percent in the region that includes Michigan and Indiana.

Those data include multiple appointments by individual patients and reflect the fact that patients typically now schedule more appointments than they did in the past.  But even measured by the number of individuals being treated, the figures are soaring in many places: From 2012 to 2014, for example, the number of patients receiving treatment grew by 18 percent at the Las Vegas medical center; by 16 percent in Hampton, Va.; and by 13 percent in Fayetteville, N.C., and Portland, Ore.

Mr. Gibson said in the interview that officials had been stunned by the number of new patients seeking treatment even as the V.A. had increased its capacity.  He said he was frustrated that the agency was running short of funds.  "We have been pushing to accelerate access to care for veterans, but where we now find ourselves is that if we don't do something different we're going to be $2.7 billion short," he said.

Last year's waiting-list crisis led to complaints that the department was divided by an acrimonious and retaliatory culture, where whistle-blowers were punished and constructive criticism was stifled.  But many experts say the principal problems were a shortage of doctors and nurses in the system, the nation's largest integrated health care organization, and a lack of office space for patient care - while demand rose sharply from aging Vietnam War veterans and service members from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The department's inspector general eventually concluded that "the systemic underreporting of wait times resulted from many causes, to include the lack of available staff and appointments, increased patient demand for services, and an antiquated scheduling system."

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Membership in The American Legion

Are you a member of The American Legion?   If you served during a wartime era, we extend to you an opportunity to become a member of this growing Organization.   The American Legion is an organization of veterans serving other veterans, their families, and the communities they live in.   We are the voice of the veteran in Washington DC fighting for the benefits and rights of all those who served our Country in the Armed Forces.   The 22nd District Commander Juan Torres would be pleased to have you as a member of this growing, community based Veterans' Organization.

If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information please email us at
District Commander or Webmaster.   To find a specific American Legion Post in your area, please go to our DIRECTORY which lists the specifics of each American Legion Post in the 22nd District.   Or you may use this application and mail proof of service (copy of DD214, etc) and a check for (see Specific Post Annual Dues) payable to "___Specific American Legion Post___."   Please Print (right click on the application and click on Print Picture) and include your phone number.   Your membership card will be mailed to you and you'll be contacted when the next post meeting is held.

Membership Application

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DISTRICT OFFICERS

22nd District Commander

JUAN TORRES, JR (472)
Commander

JIMMY MITCHELL (77)
Vice Commander

JOSEPH THOMAS (521)
Adjutant

SHERYLL JONES (164)
Finance Officer

BUTCH SPARKS (490)
Judge Advocate

MIKE WARREN (164)
Chaplain

GREGORY TREACY (490)
Service Officer

vacant
Public Relations

JANIE GARRETT (654)
Historian

TRAVIS HUNT (654)
Sgt-at-Arms

JOE CHAVEZ (77)
Asst. Sgt.-at-Arms

JOHN OSBORNE, JR. (77)
Past District Commander


DISTRICT COMMITTEES

FELIX WHITE (654)
Americanism

DAVID SAUCILLO (319)
Baseball

WENDELL DENNEY (490)
Bingo

JOSEPH THOMAS (521)
Boy Scouts

DAN KING (521)
S.A.L. ADVISOR

JOHNNY MOLOCK (416)
Boys State

TERRY MESSENGER (472)
Children & Youth

BILL MANBECK (77)
Community Service

JIMMY MITCHELL (77)
Membership

vacant
National Security

CRIS MARTINEZ (77)
Oratorical/School Awards

vacant
POW/MIA

MIGUEL NAVARRO, JR. (52)
VA&R

JOHN D. MORRIS (594)
Constitution and Bylaws

vacant
Credentials & Resolutions

WILLIAM COOK (77)
Legislative

BUTCH SPARKS (490)
Hubmaster

JERRY BLAYLOCK (490)
Webmaster


DISTRICT EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE

MIGUEL NAVARRO, JR.
Commander Post 52

JIMMY L. MITCHELL, JR.
Commander Post 77

ERNIE CORMIER
Commander Post 164

DAVID W. SAUCILLO
Commander Post 319

JOHN R. JONES
Commander Post 366

CHARLES E. AMOS
Commander Post 391

JERRY FEE
Commander Post 416

WILLIAM STONE
Commander Post 428

ROBERT ROCHA
Commander Post 472

FAITH FEDERSPIEL
Commander Post 490

JOSEPH THOMAS
Commander Post 521

LARRY D. ALLEN
Commander Post 594

DAVID KANG
Commander Post 596

CHARLES HASSELBACH
Commander Post 654


DISTRICT AUXILIARY OFFICERS


ANN NICHOLSON
President

JEAN PRUIETT
Vice President

TERESITA M. ESPINOZA
Chaplain

OPAL NICHOLS
Secretary

BERTHA TORRES
Treasurer

MYRA HESTER
Parliamentarian

PRENESS THOMAS-WHITE
Sgt.-at-Arms

CAROL FLUERY
Asst. Sgt.-at-Arms

LETICIA VILLAFRANCO
Immediate Past President


AUXILIARY COMMITTEES

DIANA KING, Unit 521
Distinguished Guest Chairman

LINDA NAVARRO and
JANET RUNKE, Unit 52
Ways & Means

CAROL FLEURY, Unit 521
Americanism

BERTHA TORRES, Unit 472
Girls State

PRENESS THOMAS-WHITE, Unit 654
VA&R

DIANA KING, Unit 521
National Security

PRENESS THOMAS-WHITE, Unit 654
Nurses Scholarship

PAULINE COOLEY, Unit 594 Cancer Research
LETICIA VILLAFRANCO, Unit 416 Junior Activities

AUXILIARY UNIT PRESIDENTS

LINDA NAVARRO
President Unit 52

BETTY MANBECK
President Unit 77

LETICIA VILLAFRANCO
President Unit 416

OLIVIA MANRIQUEZ
President Unit 472

CHARLOTTE JOHNSON
President Unit 490

CAROL CHANCE FLUERY
President Unit 521

PAULINE COOLEY
President Unit 594

DOROTHY CHOW
President Unit 596

PRENESS THOMAS-WHITE
President Unit 654


DISTRICT S.A.L.
OFFICERS

JUAN RAUL TORRES
Commander


DISTRICT 22 POSTS
WEB SITES:

POST 164

POST 319

POST 366

POST 416

POST 490

POST 521


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