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2014BoysState

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

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2013DistOratorical

22nd District Oratorical Contest
Post 490 - Janurary 9, 2014
Winner: Divya Chilukuri

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22nd District Post Ranking

NOTICE: Totals are as of Friday, July 8, 2014.


Post

Location

Commander

Total

Goal

% of Goal

366

Katy

J. C. Canyon

44

26

169.23

164

Katy

Greg Clock

235

200

117.50

416

Houston

Johnny Molock

94

82

114.63

654

Houston

Lyndon Howell

279

274

101.82

77

Houston

Bob Osborne

461

459

100.44

472

Houston

Joe Ramirez

253

255

99.22

52

Houston

David Hallinan

78

83

93.98

596

Houston

Daniel Chow

37

40

92.50

319

Deer Park

Bill Hutson

49

53

92.45

490

So Houston

Dan Rodriguez

1198

1299

92.22

521

Pasadena

Randy George

365

396

92.17

594

Houston

Larry Allen

237

261

90.80

428

La Porte

William Stone

38

45

84.44

391

Houston

Charles Amos

25

32

78.13

District

Totals

John Osborne

3393

3505

96.80

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Veterans Administration News

VA’s anti-backlog efforts create
new problems with care, claims

Testimony before Congress reveals
whistleblowers continually ignored

By Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times, July 14, 2014

The VA’s rush to cut a huge backlog of claims from disabled veterans has forced it to cut corners elsewhere, and yet the department is still botching about one out of every 10 claims decisions, top officials and whistleblowers testified to Congress on Monday, signaling that the problems go far beyond the hospital wait times that have plagued it.

The very program the Obama administration started to years ago to cut the backlog has resulted in bad decisions that have forced many veterans into a lengthy appeals process, and created backlogs in other claims such as dependents’ benefits, members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee concluded.

Whistleblowers, meanwhile, described important claims documents set to be shredded, a culture of ignorance and retaliation among managers, and pressure to quickly get through the backlog, which meant some veterans likely got shut out of benefits while others may have scammed the system.  All the while, appeals have shot up.

“These are veterans. I mean, somebody would be asleep at the wheel not to realize these things were going up,” said Ronald Robinson, a senior veterans service representative, former Army first sergeant, and one of three whistleblowers to testify.

In one dramatic moment, committee Chairman Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, posted a handwritten note one of his staffers had seen on a site visit to Philadelphia in which a top regional VA executive had written that committee investigators were to be ignored, and that singled out known whistleblowers.

“Without question — without question — we respect the oversight of this committee and your staffs.  What occurred on that day is not acceptable,” said a contrite Allison A. Hickey, VA undersecretary at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), who invited any whistleblowers to come straight to her with any issues they come across.

The revelations come even as the Veterans Affairs Department deals with the fallout from its secret wait lists and accusations of botched treatment for veterans seeking medical care.  Taken together, they show a department grappling with its mission at a time when its caseload is skyrocketing after more than a decade of the war on terror.

As with the health care scandal, the VA has cooked the books on wait times for disability benefits, and some offices stand accused of shredding mail or leaving it to pile up in bins, potentially obstructing some valid claims, the VA’s inspector general found.

The IG also said it’s seen instances when the VA was making multiple payments to the same veteran because his or her records were duplicated in the system — yet managers, who were made aware of the problem, didn’t consider it a priority to correct it.

“Improved financial stewardship is needed,” Linda A. Halliday, the VA’s assistant inspector general for audits and evaluations, said in testimony prepared for Monday’s hearing.

Ms. Hickey, the undersecretary, said delays in veterans getting their payments “has never been acceptable” and said the department has been trying for four years to get a handle on the situation.

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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 Jerry Blaylock 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

JOHN OSBORNE (77)
Commander

FELIX WHITE (654)
Vice Commander

HEATHER SMITH (416)
Adjutant

TOM LARSEN (490)
Finance Officer

BUTCH SPARKS (490)
Judge Advocate

Joseph Canyon (366)
Chaplain

GREGORY TREACY (490)
Service Officer

BILL HUTSON (319)
Public Relations

JANIE GARRETT (654)
Historian

JO PADGET (490)
Sgt-at-Arms

GEORGE HUDSON (52)
Asst. Sgt.-at-Arms

JERRY BLAYLOCK (490)
Past District Commander


DISTRICT COMMITTEES

SHERYLL JONES (164)
Americanism

TERRY MESSINGER (472)
Baseball

WENDELL DENNEY (490)
Bingo

DANNY L. KING (521)
Boy Scouts/S.A.L.

JUAN TORRES (472)
Boys State

JIMMY MITCHELL (77)
Children & Youth

BILL MANBECK (77)
Community Service

SHERYLL JONES (164)
Legislative

FELIX WHITE (654)
Membership

JIMMY MITCHELL (77)
National Security

TOM LARSEN (490)
Oratorical/School Awards

JOE LESLIE (77)
VA&R

JOHN D. MORRIS (594)
Constitution and Bylaws

BUTCH SPARKS (490)
Hubmaster

JERRY BLAYLOCK (490)
Webmaster


DISTRICT EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE

DAVID HALLINAN
Commander Post 52

JOHN R. OSBORNE, JR.
Commander Post 77

GREG CLOCK
Commander Post 164

BILL HUTSON
Commander Post 319

JOSEPH C. CANYON
Commander Post 366

CHARLES E. AMOS
Commander Post 391

JOHNNY MOLOCK
Commander Post 416

JIM HODGES, JR.
Commander Post 428

Joe Ramirez
Commander Post 472

DANIEL RODRIGUEZ
Commander Post 490

RUDY HOLLOWAY
Commander Post 521

LARRY D. ALLEN
Commander Post 594

DANIEL CHOW
Commander Post 596

LYNDON B. HOWELL
Commander Post 654


DISTRICT AUXILIARY OFFICERS


LETICIA VILLAFRANCO
President

vacant
Vice President

TERRI ESPINOZA
Secretary

BERTHA TORRES
Treasurer

RUBY CARPENTER
Chaplain

vacant
Historian

ANN NICHOLSON
Parliamentarian

PRENESS THOMAS-WHITE
Sgt.-at-Arms

CIARRA GUAJARDO
Asst. Sgt.-at-Arms

NATASHA HUDSON
Immediate Past President


AUXILIARY COMMITTEES

PRENESS THOMAS-WHITE
Cancer Research

DIANA KING
Legistrative

vacact
Americanism

DIANA KING
VA&R

LINDA NAVARRO
and JANET RUNDKE
Ways & Means

BERTHA TORRES
Girl's State


AUXILIARY UNIT PRESIDENTS

LINDA NAVARRO
President Unit 52

BETTY MANBECK
President Unit 77

LETICIA VILLAFRANCO
President Unit 416

PAULA RODRIGUEZ
President Unit 472

SHERRI CONTELLA
President Unit 490

DIANA KING
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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