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WORLD’S LARGEST VETERANS’ ORGANIZATION VOLUME 32, NO. 2 New Jersey LEGIONNAIRE Official Publication of THE AMERICAN LEGION, DEPARTMENT OF NEW JERSEY Index Dept. Service Officer Column Dates to Remember Tom Lowe Membership Adjutant’s Column Page 3 2 3 4 Legislative Report 5 8 TRENTON, NEW JERSEY May 2016 COMMANDER’S MESSAGE As our Legion year comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Blue, Blue & White, White, and Red hats, for their total support and help throughout this entire year. The American Legion Family is composed of many dedicated and caring Legion, Auxiliary, and Sons of the Legion members. Our Riders are proving to be excellent supporters. There is still work to be done. Our Four Pillars will always be foremost on our minds and hearts. Veterans, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth are what we are all about. With these pillars always as our guide, we will continue to survive. Membership is our life-blood. We must continue to use all of our resources to entice, recruit and retain our fellow veterans. We must also continue to remind our female veterans that they are just that–fellow veterans. They do deserve to get the same benefits as The American Legion 98 th Annual Convention June 10 th , 11 th , 12 th , & 13 th Parade Day Yes, that’s right, the time of year when more than 5,000 New Jersey Legionnaires, Auxiliary members the SAL flock to Wildwood for this year’s 98 th Annual Convention for four days of “Fun, Sun and Comradeship.” v Wed., June 8 th – Registration Opens for all 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Legionnaire’s final DEC meeting before convention opens 3:00 p.m. at Wildwood Convention Center. v Thurs., June 9 th – Convention Opens for the Legion, Auxiliary and the SAL. Welcome addresses, Commit-tee Reports and Youth Champions. (Your American Legion at work!) The day ends with Nominations of Officers for the ensuing year. CONVENTION SCHEDULE MICHAEL C. BABLI, JR. everyone else. This year, under our National Commander Dale Barnett, we have heard about a new vision–Accountability! This is demanded throughout our entire country. From the V.A., to our politicians, to our own, this is not a new concept and should continue to be addressed. Our project this year has to do with half of our pillars: Veterans & their families and National Security. Our vans for Veterans Haven North & South will continue to aid our homeless and detox veterans on their travels to recovery and sustainability. The state of the art security system in Veterans Haven South, like that in Veterans Haven North, will provide secure feelings to those vets as well. This year’s travels, from county to county and post to post, have been exciting, eventful, and welcomed. From 100 year old birthdays, to Chinese auctions, to Nat-ional Monument dedications, to other various activities, I have been excited to visit as many functions as possible. I would like to thank you all for your hospitality, support and friendship! Two of the most sobering and somber events were placing a Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and our trip to Ground Zero in New York. Thanks to both John Baker and Chuck Robbins. This is a year in my life that I will always remember and cherish. I am extremely thankful for the support and love of my wife Jane, and am glad and honored that she could share in it. Without her support, none of this amazing year would have been possible. As I close this final article, let me again thank you all! Just remember the following: • FREEDOM IS NOT FREE; • THE FOUR PILLARS ARE OUR MINDSET; • ACCOUNTABILITY IS NECESSARY; • MEMBERSHIP IS THE LIFE-BLOOD OF OUR ORGANIZATION. Our American Legion Family must remain intact and functioning as just that – a family! We must all seek to make our organization grow! May God Bless all of you, our troops throughout the world, and this greatest nation in the world. n v Sat., June 11 th – Join Us for the 98 th Annual Department Convention Parade. The Parade “steps off” at 2:00 p.m. from 18 th street in North Wildwood to Bennett Ave. in Wildwood Crest. This year’s Parade theme is: v Fri., June 10 th – Final Committee Reports, Distin-guished Speakers followed by Final Nominations, Election and the Installation of Officers for 2016-2017 Legion year. “VETERANS SERVING VETERANS” Should be a Great Parade and a Great Fun Time! Bring the Family and Join Us for the Fun! Stay as long as you like or come just to Watch and Enjoy the Parade!

Commander’s Message

Michael C. Babli, Jr.

As our Legion year comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Blue, Blue & White, White, and Red hats, for their total support and help throughout this entire year. The American Legion Family is composed of many dedicated and caring Legion, Auxiliary, and Sons of the Legion members. Our Riders are proving to be excellent supporters.

There is still work to be done. Our Four Pillars will always be foremost on our minds and hearts. Veterans, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth are what we are all about. With these pillars always as our guide, we will continue to survive.

Membership is our life-blood. We must continue to use all of our resources to entice, recruit and retain our fellow veterans. We must also continue to remind our female veterans that they are just that–fellow veterans. They do deserve to get the same benefits as everyone else.

This year, under our National Commander Dale Barnett, we have heard about a new vision–Accountability! This is demanded throughout our entire country. From the V. A., to our politicians, to our own, this is not a new concept and should continue to be addressed.

Our project this year has to do with half of our pillars: Veterans & their families and National Security. Our vans for Veterans Haven North & South will continue to aid our homeless and detox veterans on their travels to recovery and sustainability. The state of the art security system in Veterans Haven South, like that in Veterans Haven North, will provide secure feelings to those vets as well.

This year’s travels, from county to county and post to post, have been exciting, eventful, and welcomed. From 100 year old birthdays, to Chinese auctions, to National Monument dedications, to other various activities, I have been excited to visit as many functions as possible. I would like to thank you all for your hospitality, support and friendship! Two of the most sobering and somber events were placing a Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and our trip to Ground Zero in New York. Thanks to both John Baker and Chuck Robbins.

This is a year in my life that I will always remember and cherish. I am extremely thankful for the support and love of my wife Jane, and am glad and honored that she could share in it. Without her support, none of this amazing year would have been possible.

As I close this final article, let me again thank you all! Just remember the following: • FREEDOM IS NOT FREE; • THE FOUR PILLARS ARE OUR MINDSET; • ACCOUNTABILITY IS NECESSARY; • MEMBERSHIP IS THE LIFE-BLOOD OF OUR ORGANIZATION. Our American Legion Family must remain intact and functioning as just that – a family! We must all seek to make our organization grow!

May God Bless all of you, our troops throughout the world, and this greatest nation in the world.

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