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IMPORTANT

Post Consolidated reports should be turned into the County Adjutant prior to the May County meeting.  Also, the Children & Youth report is due.

If you need a hand with the report call your division commander.

A copy of your newly elected post officers should be mailed
to the county adjutant after the election.
Mail to:
Suffolk County American Legion
 c/o Robert Neville,
PO Box 995,
Southold, New York 11971


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Resolutions to be Considered at County Convention

RESOLUTION
Suffolk County, Department of New York
Ninety-Seven Annual Suffolk County Convention, Babylon, New York
June 13, 2015
Resolution No. 1
Subject: Cold War Service Ribbon

WHEREAS, the United States Military Forces engaged former Communist Armed Forces Nations from the years of 1945 to the dissolution of the former Soviet Union Empire in 1990; and

WHEREAS, The United States, during this forty-five year period, depended upon its manpower from the branches of service from the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marine Corps., who were sworn to protect and defend the United States from hostile Communist aggression; and,

WHEREAS, The success in bringing to the defeat of the former Soviet Union Empire and its former allies from the former Warsaw Pact Nations, constituted the most successful victory of the United States Armed Forces since the end of the Second World War; and

WHEREAS, Many members of the Armed Forces of the United States, have never been properly recognized with an appropriate service ribbon to honor their service to our nation during the Cold War Period; now therefore,
Resolved, National Organization of the American Legion, call upon the Congress of the United States to establish a Cold War Service Ribbon to recognize the significant contributions of the United States military personnel to the defense of the United States of America from Communist Aggression, and

Resolved, that upon adoption by the Suffolk County Organization of the American Legion assembled at Babylon, New York June 13, 2015 that it be forwarded to the American Legion Department of New York for action and if adopted by the American Legion Department of New York that it be forwarded to the National Organization of the American Legion for action, and implementation if so adopted.
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RESOLUTION
Suffolk County, Department of New York
Ninety-Seven Annual Suffolk County Convention, Babylon, New York
June 13, 2015

Resolution No. 2
Subject: To amend the Charter of the National Organization of the American Legion to allow all former U.S. military personnel who served on federal active duty during the Cold War Period from 1945 to 1990, to become eligible for membership in the American Legion.

WHEREAS, the Cold War Period from 1945 to 1990 was the longest and most expensive conflict for the United States Armed Forces to keep and defend democracies and freedom throughout the World's non-communist nations; and,

WHEREAS, millions of U.S. Military personnel while serving on active duty during the Cold War Period performed their sworn duty obligations to protect and defend the United States from the forces of Communist aggression while serving under frequent isolated, dangerous and hostile condition; and,

WHEREAS, U.S. Military personnel served in various World Wide campaigns, border crises, and hostile engagement in overlooked foreign lands over the major conflicts and wars on the Korean Peninsula and Vietnam; and,

Resolved, that the National Organization of the American Legion, call upon the Congress of the United States to amend the Charter of the American Legion to permit all U.S. Military personnel who served on active duty during America's longest period of conflict to become eligible for membership in the American Legion Organization; and,

Resolved, that upon adoption by the Suffolk County Organization of the American Legion assembled at Babylon, New York June 13, 2015 that it be forwarded to the American Legion Department of New York for action and if adopted by the American Legion Department of New York that it be forwarded to the National Organization of the American Legion for action, and implementation if so adopted.

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Past County Commander Tom Wagner Honored

Tom Wagner, County Commander for 2013-2014 was honored at a testimonial dinner on March 12nd at Joseph Loeffler Post 1006 in Brentwood. Members of Suffolk's Legion Family turned out in numbers to applaud his service to the County organization.

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10th DC Paul DeVaul Presents Tom with Proclamation.

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Past 10DC Tom Stone Congratulates Tom Wagner

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Susan Wagner presents Tom with his Past Commander Medal!

Jessica Norris Is State Oratorical Champ

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 The finalists pose with Department Commander Frank Peters. From left: Bridget Kennedy, Ingrid Castor, Lauren Litz, Department Commander Frank Peters, Jessica Norris, and Jasmeet Aujla. Photo by Doug Malin.


ALBANY — Jessica Norris, a home-schooled senior from Almond, NY, is The American Legion New York State oratorical champion for 2015, Oratorical Chairman Anthony Paternostro announced.
Jessica competed against four other finalists from a cross section of the state in the 78th Annual American Legion Department of New York Oratorical Contest.
Jessica won a $6,000 scholarship and will represent New York in the National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis, IN in April.

She was sponsored by Alfred American Legion Post 370 (Allegany County, 8th District). The “Constitutional Speech Contest” took place Feb. 28 at Sand Creek Middle School in Colonie.
The other finalists are:
– Bridget Kennedy, a senior at St. Pius V School in Melville, who won a $4,000 scholarship. Bridget was sponsored by the Greenlawn Post 1244 of Suffolk County, 10th District.

– Jasmeet Aujla, a senior at Immaculate Heart Central School in Watertown, who received a $2,500scholarship. Jasmeet was sponsored by Watertown Post 61 of Jefferson County, 5th District.

– Ingrid Castor, a senior at Spring Valley High School, who was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Ingrid was sponsored by Anthony Moscarella Post 199 in Monsey, Rockland County, 9th District.

– Lauren Litz, a senior at Niskayuna High School, who won a $2,000 scholarship. Lauren was sponsored by Niskayuna Post 1092 of Schenectady County, 4th District.

Zone 2 Oratorical Results
Bridget Kennedy of St. Pius V School in Melville was awarded 1st Place in the Zone 2 contest on Saturday, February 7. Bridget will represent the 2nd and 10th Districts in the NY State competition on February 22. Bridget was sponsored by Greenlawn Post 1244

10th District Oratorical Contest Results
Winners of the 10th District Contest held on January 17 at Joseph Loeffler Post 1006 were:
1st Place - Alena Varghese from Sewanhaka High School, Floral Park
2nd Place - Bridget Kennedy from St. Pius V School, Melville
They will both go on to compete in the Zone 2 Contest at Elmont Memorial Public Library on February 7 at 10:00 am.

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Pictured: L to R: Brooke Ferber - Great Neck South High School; Sophia Chung - Francis Lewis High School; Bridget Kennedy - St Pius School; Kiren Butt - Francis Lewis High School; Alena Varghese - Sewanhaka High School; Patricia Coleman, Judge; Dr. Angelo Grande, Judge; Frank Ciulla, Judge 


Suffolk County American Legion Oratorical Contest January 3, 2015


 Bridget Kennedy and Sarah Bogen were the 1st and 2nd place finishers in the Suffolk County High School American Legion Oratorical Contest on Saturday, January 3rd.
They are from St. Pius V School in Melville and were sponsored by Greenlawn Post 1244.
The contest was held at Babylon Post 94.
The other contestants were Amanda Michaels of St. Pius V and Reyna Vasquez, Angelina Santana and Leslie Morales of Brentwood High School. The Brentwood students were sponsored by Joseph Loeffler Post 1006.

Sarah and Bridget will represent Suffolk County in the 10th District Contest on January 17th at 10 am at Joseph Loeffler Post 1006 in Brentwood.

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Winners: Bridget Kennedy (R) and Sarah Bogen (L).
Both are students at St. Pius School in Melville and were sponsored by Greenlawn Post 1244.

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Judges - Front Row L-R:  Rev. Leonard M. Davis, Suffolk County Leg. Kevin McCafree and Mary Adams. Contestants - Rear Row L-R: are Reyna Vasquez, Angelina Santana, Leslie Morales, Amanda Michels, Sarah Bogen and Bridget Kennedy.



Department Visitation November 9, 2014

Joseph Loeffler Post 1006

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Suffolk County American Legion and Auxiliary
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L-R: PNVC Bob Neville, Dept. Cmdr Frank Peters, SC Cmdr Tom Wagner, 10D Adjutant Paul DeVaul

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SAL Detachment Cmdr. Charles M. Depo

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Auxiliary Madam President Diane Gerber

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L-R: PNVC Bob Neville, SAL PNC Chris Cerullo, SAL Detachment Cmdr Charles M. Depo

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At American Airpower Museum L-R: Unidentified Son, Det. Cmdr Depo, Dept Cmdr Peters, PCC Tom Wagner, Unidentified Son



Scenes from POW / MIA Ceremony in Babylon

September 19, 2014

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Post 1634 Commander Charlie Volpe adressing the audience. Behind him L-R County Vice Cmdr Joe Regina, Assemblyman Robert Sweeney and Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory

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Boy Scout from Troop 1634 performs "Taps."

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Suffolk County Auxiliary Secretary Sue Regina (R) salutes MIA / POW Table with Cristine Bernroth of New York MIA / POW Families organization.

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Girl Scouts also participated in the ceremony


PTSD Program Receives Funding

A check for $10,000 to fund our PTSD training program was presented to Suffolk County American Legion on October 1st. The donation was from Congressman Tim Bishop, The Long Island Federation of Labor AFL-CIO and the Nassau-Suffolk Building Trades Council. For information about the program please contact Rev. Fred Miller at 631-395-4646 or E mail Drfred72@GMail.com 

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Pictured L-R:  Cmdr of Arthur H. Clune Post 1533, Bob Mohn;  Congressman Tim Bishop;  Post 1533 Chaplain Rev. Fred Miller; Suffolk County Commander Gene Ordmandy; Roger Clayman - Executive Director of the Long Island Federation of Labor and Dick O'Kane - President of the Nassau-Suffolk Building Trades Council.


Congressman Tim Bishop Announces Donation for Suffolk County PTSD Training Program at September County Meeting

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County Vice Commander Dennis Morrill Accepts Americanism Award on Behalf of Eastport Post 1545

September 5, 2014

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County Vice Commander Dennis Morrill (L) Accepts Americanism Award from Suffolk County Commander Gene Ordmandy (R)


10th District Commander Paul DeVaul Presiding at the
July 29, 2014 10th District Organizational Meeting

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Boys State Delegate Chris Aliperti of Ward Melville HS
Speaks to Wilson Ritch Post

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Annual Pig Roast and Dedication of  Pavillion
In Honor of Lawrence Judd

Riverhead Post 273 September 6, 2014

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Annual Clam Bake Arthur H. Clune Post 1533
Mastic Beach August 9, 2014

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From Battlefield to Street
Post Traumatic Stress Management Training To Be Offered


From:  Rev. Fred Miller, Suffolk County PTSD Committee Chairman
The Suffolk County American Legion is in the process of establishing a pilot program to help our veterans who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Please read the attached letter and materials for information on how you and your post can be trained to assist veterans and their families who are suffering from the effects of this disorder.

Veterans and other individuals who would like to be trained to help active duty or returning combat veterans deal with the stress of returning to civilian life can receive professional training. Post Service officers, chaplains and others are urged to take advantage of this two-day program.
Please see link to letter and information on how you can help: Letter and Flyer
Please send your Post#. name, address, telephone number and e mail address to:
                                                    Rev. Frederick Miller
                                                Arthur H. Clune Post 1533
                                                           PO Box 72
                                                Mastic Beach, NY 11951
                                                    Call: 631-395-4646
                                              E mail TLEM@Juno.com



Spreading The Word
1st Division County Vice Commander Joe Regina and Greenlawn Post Post Commander Bob Santo set up an information table at the Half Hollow Hills East Library on Saturday, April 5th. They distributed literature and answered questions about the many benefits available to veterans and their families.

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L-R: Greenlawn Post Commander Bob Santo and County Vice Commander Joe Regina.


Past County Commander R. F. Smith III Honored

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PCC Robert F. Smith III was honored at a testimonial dinner on March 23rd at Joseph Loeffler Post 1006. Shown above from L-R: Honoree Robert. F Smith III, PCC Robert W. Smith and PCC Thomas Bergin.


95th Legion Birthday Celebration at Suffolk County
 March Monthly Meeting

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L-R: SCALA President Patricia Bianculli with two Juniors, County Cdr. Tom Wagner,
SCALA 1st Vice Pres. Pat Gallagher and SCALA 2nd Vice Evelyn Gerlette



Coming Up....

County Meeting
Friday, May 1st
William Merritt Hallock
Post 155
Romkonkama, NY

Suffolk County Convention
Saturday, June 13
Babylon Post 94
Babylon, NY