New Jersey Legionnaire February 2014 : Page 1

WORLD’S LARGEST VETERANS’ ORGANIZATION New Jersey LEGIONNAIRE Official Publication of THE AMERICAN LEGION, DEPARTMENT OF NEW JERSEY Index Adjutant’s Column Page 2 3 3 4 5 4 Dept. Service Officer Column Dates to Remember Legislation Tom Lowe Baseball VOLUME 30, NO. 1 TRENTON, NEW JERSEY FEBRUARY 2014 COMMANDER’S MESSAGE Greetings everyone! I hope all of you had a very good Christmas and New Year. Now with that said, so far this year I have learned much regarding my position as your Commander. I am truly grateful for what I have been learning about The American Legion from my fellow Legionnaires, and this has been most helpful in keeping Jim’s Team on track. Now that I am midway through my term, we need to keep on track to have a successful year. I would like to expand on the Department Project, which is now in its sixth month. As of this writing, we are over $90,000 and climbing. Kudos to all for their response to date, but we need to reach our goal of $150,000.00. This amount is needed to cover the 100 rooms at Veterans Haven North, a place for homeless veterans to help them transition back into James Amos mainstream society here in the good ol’ USA. Each room will include a captain’s bed, dresser, desk and chair, and a night stand. With everyone’s generosity and help, we will attain this goal. Coming up in May will be the Golf Tournament. Plans are being drawn together at the time of this writing, so more information will be forthcoming. All proceeds of the tournament will be used for the Department Project. Membership is our greatest concern, as it is the lifeline of our great organization. As you know, our membership numbers are what we use to plead our arguments to Congress, so that no benefits will be taken away from you—benefits that have been earned by your service to our great country. Jim’s Team would like to be the first team to go over the top in membership since 2002. Hopefully, this would stop the declining membership of the past twelve years. With your help, Bob Salvini, the Department Membership Chairman and his team, will be able to accomplish this task. As you recruit new members, instill in them that we are here to help each and every veteran. We will go to bat for them with the help that they need by explaining what is available to them. In closing, as your Commander, I will continue to represent the veterans by putting my best foot forward for those new veterans returning home as well as those who continue to serve their fellow comrades at all times. With respect to all, full speed ahead. We have five months to go! Yours truly, Jim Amos, Department Commander provided to all amateur radio stations that work K9TAL on the air. In January 2005, the Legion signed an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to support emergency disaster preparedness. Subsequently, the Disaster Preparedness Booklet was made available to posts. Amateur-radio support was an integral entity. “The potential to serve here is limitless,” Morrill says. “Legionnaires who are hams can help others get licensed, coordinate with local emergency authorities, provide coun-seling and assistance to schools, and a whole array of other support. “While some people may think that ham radio is an old technology, the simple truth is that hams were working with digital transmissions long before folks had home computers, and they provided the impetus to make ‘wireless’ happen. They were transmitting emergency calls from their cars long before anyone had a mobile phone to do the same. Today, hams are conducting broad-spectrum experiments on ham bands that may eventually become routine ways to communicate for all of us.” Membership is free to members of The American Legion family. For information, or to join: k9tal@legion.org About TALARC (HAM RADIO) The American Legion has formed a special entity to provide a forum for military veterans who today are engaged in a hobby that can also provide emergency communications “when all else fails.” During the May 2011 Spring Meetings, the National Executive Committee authorized the establishment of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC). There are estimated to be 700,000 federally licensed amateur radio operators, or “hams,” in the United States. Over the years, countless members of the U.S. military were trained as technicians or engineers, and later obtained amateur-radio licenses to continue to use their abilities at home, as both recreation and a public-service commitment. “The beauty of amateur radio is that it attracts folks of all career interests, from doctors, Ph.D.’s, engineers, rocket scientists to mechanics, housewives, construction and office workers, students and everything in between,” says Robert L. Morrill, chairman of the Legion’s Public Relations Commission. “Hams provide backup communications to emergency-management agency offices across the country when ‘all else fails,’ and have done so with distinction in virtually every major disaster when cell towers and commercial communications have been knocked out after earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and man-made disasters.” The club has established an amateur radio station at National Headquarters with the call sign K9TAL (K9 The American Legion) in order to conduct special-event operations on The American Legion Birthday, Veterans Day, etc.; operate SKYWARN during local severe weather; and provide members an opportunity to operate the station during visits to National Headquarters. A special QSL card is

Commander’s Message

James Amos

Greetings everyone! I hope all of you had a very good Christmas and New Year. Now with that said, so far this year I have learned much regarding my position as your Commander. I am truly grateful for what I have been learning about The American Legion from my fellow Legionnaires, and this has been most helpful in keeping Jim’s Team on track.<br /> <br /> Now that I am midway through my term, we need to keep on track to have a successful year. I would like to expand on the Department Project, which is now in its sixth month. As of this writing, we are over $90,000 and climbing. Kudos to all for their response to date, but we need to reach our goal of $150,000.00. This amount is needed to cover the 100 rooms at Veterans Haven North, a place for homeless veterans to help them transition back into mainstream society here in the good ol’ USA. Each room will include a captain’s bed, dresser, desk and chair, and a night stand. With everyone’s generosity and help, we will attain this goal.<br /> <br /> Coming up in May will be the Golf Tournament. Plans are being drawn together at the time of this writing, so more information will be forthcoming. All proceeds of the tournament will be used for the Department Project.<br /> <br /> Membership is our greatest concern, as it is the lifeline of our great organization. As you know, our membership numbers are what we use to plead our arguments to Congress, so that no benefits will be taken away from you—benefits that have been earned by your service to our great country.<br /> <br /> Jim’s Team would like to be the first team to go over the top in membership since 2002. Hopefully, this would stop the declining membership of the past twelve years. With your help, Bob Salvini, the Department Membership Chairman and his team, will be able to accomplish this task. As you recruit new members, instill in them that we are here to help each and every veteran.We will go to bat for them with the help that they need by explaining what is available to them.<br /> <br /> In closing, as your Commander, I will continue to represent the veterans by putting my best foot forward for those new veterans returning home as well as those who continue to serve their fellow comrades at all times.<br /> <br /> With respect to all, full speed ahead. We have five months to go!<br /> <br /> Yours truly, Jim Amos, Department Commander

About TALARC (HAM Radio)

The American Legion has formed a special entity to provide a forum for military veterans who today are engaged in a hobby that can also provide emergency communications “when all else fails.” During the May 2011 Spring Meetings, the National Executive Committee authorized the establishment of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC).<br /> <br /> There are estimated to be 700,000 federally licensed amateur radio operators, or “hams,” in the United States. Over the years, countless members of the U.S. military were trained as technicians or engineers, and later obtained amateur-radio licenses to continue to use their abilities at home, as both recreation and a publicservice commitment.<br /> <br /> “The beauty of amateur radio is that it attracts folks of all career interests, from doctors, Ph.D.’s, engineers, rocket scientists to mechanics, housewives, construction and office workers, students and everything in between,” says Robert L. Morrill, chairman of the Legion’s Public Relations Commission. “Hams provide backup communications to emergency-management agency offices across the country when ‘all else fails,’ and have done so with distinction in virtually every major disaster when cell towers and commercial communications have been knocked out after earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and man-made disasters.” <br /> <br /> The club has established an amateur radio station at National Headquarters with the call sign K9TAL (K9 The American Legion) in order to conduct specialevent operations on The American Legion Birthday, Veterans Day, etc.; operate SKYWARN during local severe weather; and provide members an opportunity to operate the station during visits to National Headquarters. A special QSL card is provided to all amateur radio stations that work K9TAL on the air.<br /> <br /> In January 2005, the Legion signed an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to support emergency disaster preparedness. Subsequently, the Disaster Preparedness Booklet was made available to posts. Amateur-radio support was an integral entity.<br /> <br /> “The potential to serve here is limitless,” Morrill says. “Legionnaires who are hams can help others get licensed, coordinate with local emergency authorities, provide counseling and assistance to schools, and a whole array of other support.<br /> <br /> “While some people may think that ham radio is an old technology, the simple truth is that hams were working with digital transmissions long before folks had home computers, and they provided the impetus to make ‘wireless’ happen. They were transmitting emergency calls from their cars long before anyone had a mobile phone to do the same. Today, hams are conducting broad-spectrum experiments on ham bands that may eventually become routine ways to communicate for all of us.” <br /> <br /> Membership is free to members of The American Legion family.<br /> <br /> For information, or to join: k9tal@legion.org

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