The American Legion reports their national magazine is in the process of being added to the Legion’s permanent archive. All issues of the original American Legion Weekly are now available; American Legion Monthly issues and some American Legion Magazine issues are being worked on. There will soon be a total of 575 digitized magazine back issues available from July 1919 to April 1949, with more to come throughout the summer. And at the other end of the timeline, the current version is now available from January 2003 to December 2011. Users will be able to search the full text of these documents. The library will retain the master copies. You can check out what else is going on within the American Legion online at legion.org. The local American Legion post is located in Roscoe at 224 Loop 544, telephone number 766.8887. # Air Force Airman Brianne K. Drouncheck has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. She is the daughter of Kimberly Pollock and Eric Drouncheck of Pottsville, Pa., and daughter-in-law of Tera Hall of Merkel. She is a 2010 graduate of Merkel High School.
The VFW, according to their weekly email bulletin, has participated in a House VA Committee hearing entitled, "Restoring Trust: The View of the Acting Secretary and the Veterans Community." In the first panel, the committee heard from Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson, who spoke about the actions the VA is taking to regain veterans' confidence and to change the culture within the department. He said the single most important tool that he needs to reform the system is the authority to expedite personnel actions, and he defended the VA's recent request for additional resources on the grounds that they are necessary to provide non-VA care, expand capacity, and update their IT systems. On the second panel, National Veterans Service Deputy Director Ryan Gallucci laid out the VFW's actions in response to the recent crisis, and their concerns moving forward. They solicited comments through their toll-free national hotline. They are still interested if you're having any issues with the VA. That number is 1.800. VFW.1899. You can also check out the opportunities, information and assistance provided by the VFW by visiting them online at vfw.org. The local unit of the VFW is located at Avenger Field. Their number is 235.8105.