Legion witnesses Trump sign new executive order
President Donald Trump visited the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C., April 27 to sign an executive order authorizing the formation of an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.
Trump said that the new office would not only investigate wrongdoing, but also enable Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin to hold VA employees accountable for misconduct.
“Accountability is an important issue to us at VA and something that we’re focusing on to make sure that we have employees who work and are committed to the mission of serving our veterans,” Shulkin said in a public statement. “And when we find employees that have deviated from these values, we want to make sure that we can move them outside of VA and not have them working at VA.”
Verna Jones, executive director of The American Legion’s Washington Office, said Trump’s executive order is a step in the right direction. She’d like to see Congress codify this in an enduring manner by drafting legislation to this effect.
“The American Legion applauds this effort at increased transparency and accountability,” Jones said. “The establishment of this office is consistent with Resolution 3, which was approved last year at our national convention in Cincinnati.”
The resolution calls for Congress to enact legislation that provides the VA secretary an authority to either remove an individual from the VA department for wrongdoing, or transfer the individual to a general schedule position without increased monetary benefit.
The House of Representatives has already passed a bill to enable the VA secretary to fire, reassign or suspend poorly performing employees. The Senate also has similar legislation under consideration. … Read More
Legacy Run online registration already exceeds 200
In just over a month, more than 200 particpants already have registered online for the 2017 American Legion Legacy Run.
This year’s ride will leave Fort Dodge, Kan., Aug. 12 and travel west to Reno, Nev. – site of the 2017 American Legion National Convention. The route will take Riders along U.S. Route 50 through Kansas, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. Once a major cross-country conduit, Route 50 now is known as the “The Loneliest Road in America” during a stretch through Nevada.
“It’s beautiful country, and it’s going to be a very interesting ride,” Legacy Run Chief Road Captain Bob Sussan said. “But unfortunately, there are not many big Legion posts along U.S. 50. So we’ve had to be a bit creative.”
Because of the route and the distance needed to be covered, there won’t be lunch stops at Legion posts. Ride participants are encouraged to purchase lunches during registration; those who do not pre-purchase the lunches will be expected to bring their own food each day and safely transport it.
Meals must be ordered in advance of departure. There will be no food available for purchase on stops, and there will be neither time nor available food outlets for riders to leave the group to find and eat lunch on their own each day. Those who do not sign up for lunches during registration but later decide to add them can do so via email.
And in order to speed up organized fuel stops, pre-payment for fuel is mandatory on this year’s ride. Pre-payment is based on a formula assuming riders will fill up their motorcyles on their own each night and come to the morning rally with a full tank of gas.
There will be a dinner stop at Legion Post 2 in Pueblo, Colo., as well as a wreath laying at the city’s Medal of Honor Memorial. And in Green River, Utah, a town with 30-40 veterans among its population of around 900, the Riders will help dedicate a new veterans memorial. … Read More