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American Legion Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291

Legion Year 19 – 20 Newsletter No. 2

紐約華裔美國退伍軍人會會務簡訊

September, 2019

 

Dear Legionnaires 親愛的會友

We sincerely hope your summer was a good one. The Post will be busy working on the upcoming 75th anniversary celebration next June. We would like to remind you once again to step forward and volunteer your time and effort to ensure we have a successful celebration. We would like to encourage you to start working on your articles, viewpoints and commentary. Suggested topics for your writing could include historical recollection, personal experiences while in the armed services or life in the USA in general, as well as Kimlau Post related activities. If you’d like to share memories, please submit your military related photos for possible selection to print in the 75th Anniversary commemorative journal.

Those of you who registered for the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal with the Chinese American Citizen Alliance (CACA) to receive your medal by Veterans Day will have to wait a little longer. CACA has notified us that it is taking much more time than anticipated for the U.S. Mint to finalize and approve the design of the medal. The new target date will be sometime next spring. We will pass along any updated information to our members once we receive it.

Outgoing National Commander Brett Reistad spoke about the American Legion’s achievements over the past century. He was also proud of the historical accomplishments that the American Legion attained last year at the National Convention in Indianapolis. He was very pleased that the U.S. Congress and the White House have agreed to expand the definition of war eras to include all who served since December 7, 1941. The newly signed “Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act”, also known as The Legion Act, honors those veterans who are eligible to join the American Legion. The passage of this legislation allows those veterans have served honorably from December 7, 1941, who had been previously excluded by the Legion are now eligible to join. He said he always believed a veteran is a veteran. He is glad about the passage of the Blue Water for Navy veterans; now they are finally allowed to receive the disability benefits they deserve. He talked about the VA Mission Act, which will give the VA the ability to reform VA health-care infrastructure, streamline community care and increase access to private-sector health care. Commander Reistad was especially proud of how the American Legion members came together to support the Coast Guard when the government shutdown, cutting off their paychecks. The American Legion provided $1 million of financial assistance to the Coast Guard families with children.

Incoming National Commander Bill Oxford of North Carolina in his acceptance speech also praised members of the American Legion for what they have accomplished in the past century. He said “The things we did yesterday, we do today and we will do tomorrow are building the foundation for the future of our organization”. He appealed to the delegates and all of the members that we are all stakeholders in this organization; he needs everyone to be on his team to get off another 100 terrific years.

Vice President Mike Pence noted during the 101st National Convention of The American Legion, “The American Legion is making a difference for our veterans.” He also told the legionnaires that the White House has made it easier for veterans to access their health care benefits. He said the scandal at the VA is over and that more than 7,000 VA employees have been fired for negligence over the fate of our veterans. He reiterated that under this President and this administration, we will always stand for the national anthem; just like the American Legion, we will always defend the freedom and sacrifice it represents.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie in his address to the legionnaires strongly stressed that the VA is the best option for care for veterans and should never be replaced, replicated or privatized. He said the

New VA Mission Act, the most successful piece of legislation since the GI Bill, has revolutionized the VA’s job to fit the needs of veterans, instead of forcing America’s veterans to design their health care around the needs of the VA bureaucracy. He also happy to let the delegates know, I am the only member of the president’s cabinet who was ordered not to present any budget cuts to the Office of Management and Budget.

Fellow legionnaire and a Medal of Honor recipient James McCloughan received a rousing standing ovation when he thanked the thousands of veterans in attendance for their service. “When it was your turn to serve, you didn’t run and hide,” he said. “You joined and took the place alongside others to fight. You raised your right hand, took the military oath and reaffirmed your commitment to the American and its ideals. You signed your family’s name on a line and you agreed to die for your country, its people and our way of life, it came down to that.”

In July, the Post leaders also attended the 101st Department Convention in Buffalo, New York. Mike McDermott of Burns-McCauliffe Post 465, Cortland County, and 6th District was elected Department Commander of the Legion for 2019-2020. Commander McDermott is a U.S. Navy veteran and a former village mayor. Also, congratulations are in order for our Adjutant Gabe Mui as he was elected Department Vice Commander of the 1st and 9th District.

 

希望本會各會員暑期快樂。本會各職員在明年為慶祝七十五週年將會非常忙碌,工作繁多,極需要全體會員共同努力參與及幫助,務求達到一個成功的慶典。在此同時,我們想鼓勵你開始寫你的文稿或其它富有本會歷史性的記錄,文章,觀點和評論。建議你的寫作可能包括本會歷史記憶,個人經歷,在美國一般生活狀況,以及有關本會各種活動及軍旅生涯。如果您願意與大家分享,請將本會活動或軍旅有關的圖片,以便選擇在特刊中印出。

如果你在期待今年退伍軍人節期間能夠領取已經登記由美國同源主辦的第二次世界大戰美國華裔退伍軍人國會金章則需要再等待一段時間。同源會在最近發出訊息因為美國金章鑄造部門還沒有批准金章設計,以現在進展程度推測,很可能延遲到明年春季才能頒發金章。如果本會收到其他有關金章消息,定會及時轉告各會員。

即將卸任的全國主席巴拉、賴斯特為美國退伍軍人會在過去一個世紀取得的成就而欣喜。他在今年印第安納波利斯舉行的全國大會上向各代表表示他感到非常自豪,因為過去一年美國退伍軍人會取得很多的歷史性成就。他非常高興美國國會同意將戰爭時代的定義擴至包括自一九四一年十二月七日以來服役的所有退伍軍人。這個新簽署的“讓每個退伍軍人都有機會法案”,亦稱為美國退伍軍人會法案,凡自一九四一年十二月七日以來服役的所有退伍軍人均有資格加入美國退伍軍人會。所以他說他一直認為退伍軍人就是退伍軍人。他很高興國會通過海軍退伍軍人藍水法案,因此所有曾服役於越戰但只在近越南海外區域參戰的部隊終於可以獲得他們因越戰受損應得的殘疾福利。他談到了退伍軍人人事部使命法案,這將使退伍軍人人事部能夠改革退伍軍人醫院醫療保健基礎設施,簡化獲取護理手續,增加退伍軍人選擇私人醫療保健。賴斯特特主席特別高興當政府停止海岸國防警衛隊薪水時,美國退伍軍人會會員群起支持向海岸警衛隊家庭提供了一百萬美元的經濟援助。他對美國退伍軍人會會員熱心服務感到欣慰。

來自北卡羅來納州新上任美國退伍軍人會主席比爾、牛津致詞中也讚揚了美國退伍軍人會會員在過去一個世紀取得的成就。 他說:“我們昨天所做的事情,我們今天所做的事情以及我們明天將要做的事情正在為美國退伍軍人會的未來奠定基礎”。 他呼籲代表們和所有會員,我們都是美國退伍軍人會的重要份子; 他鼓勵每一個會員都要為未來一百年繼續為退伍軍人會發揚光大努力。

副總統邁克、彭斯在美國退伍軍人會第一百零一屆全國代表大會上指出:“美國退伍軍人會正在為我們的退伍軍人帶來改變。”他還告訴各代表,白宮讓退伍軍人更容易獲得醫療保健福利。 他說,退伍軍人事人事部過去的醜聞已經結束,超過七千名退伍軍人人事部員工因疏忽我們的退伍軍人而被解僱。 他重申,在川普總統和在本屆政府的領導下,我們將永遠尊重美國國及國歌; 就像美國退伍軍人會一樣,我們不能將所有為捍衛國家自由及軍人的犧牲而前功盡棄。

退伍軍人人事部部長羅伯特、威爾基在年會演講中強調,退伍軍人人事部是照顧退伍軍人的最佳選擇,他重視的行政措施包括退伍軍人人事部現代化,繼續減短醫療棑期問題,提高人力資源效率。他說了新的退伍軍人人事使命法案是自二戰後退伍軍人福利法案以來最成功的一項立法,它已經徹底改變了退伍軍人人事部工作效率,以滿足退伍軍人的需求及選擇合適自己的醫療服務,更不是迫使美國的退伍軍人在退伍軍人人事部規定及沒有選擇的醫療保健。他並非常高興地告訴參與年會眾代表,退伍軍人人事務部是川普總統內閣指定唯一個部門不能減少年度預算,可知川普總統對退伍軍人的重視及其真誠的感謝。

亦是美國退伍軍人會會員及獲得國家最高榮譽軍人忠勇勳章的詹姆斯、麥克勞恩在感謝出席年會代表的服務時獲得了熱烈的歡呼。 “當輪到你服務時,你沒有逃避,”他說。 “你加入軍隊與其他人並肩作戰。 你舉起右手,宣誓並重申你對國家及其理想的承諾。 你簽了你的名字,你願意為你的國家,人民和我們的自由而犧牲,這就是你們每一位立下的決定。“

第一百零一屆紐約州年會於七月中旬在上州水牛城舉行,來自紐約葛蘭郡、第六區的麥克、麥德莫獲選為二零一九至二零二零年度紐約州美國退伍軍人總會主席,麥德莫主席服役美國海軍及曾經任鎮長。此外,本會幹事梅本立獲選為二零一九至二零二零度紐約州美國退伍軍人會副主席,他將與第一區及第九區範圍內退伍軍人會聯繫溝通。這是值得大家向他致賀!

1. Post Activities 會務

The following motions were approved during the June 30, 2019 General Meeting:

本年六月三十日第一次會員大會通過下列各項議案:

a. Approved the Lt. Kimlau Post 1291 2019-2020 budget plan.

通過本會二零一九至二零二零年度預算。

b. Approve PPC Mark Eng to fill the vacant Assistance Adjutant position.

通過前任主席伍顯宗為助理幹事

c. Approve new members of the “Post Scholarship Committee” (Gabe Mui, Don Yee and Antonio Chuy) for the LY 2019-2022 term.

通過本會獎學金委員會新成員 – 梅本立、余超俊、朱超然,三人任期為二零一九至二零二二零年。

d. Approved new members of the “Post Compliance Committee” (Arvin Chin, Yuek C. Moy and Thomas Ong) for the LY 2019-2022 term.

通過本會順從法令委員會新成員 – 陳毓堂、梅若松、鄧燦業,三人任期為二零一九至二零二二年。

e. Approved to appoint Retired Judge, Honorable Randall Eng as the Post Judge Advocate Consultant for LY 2019-2020.

通過委任伍元天法官為本會本年度評議顧問。

f. Approved to appoint Robert E. Lee, Esq. as the Post Legal Consultant for LY 2019-2020.

通過委任李羅伯特為本會本年度法律顧問。

g. Approved a one-time $25.00 2019 transportation reimbursement for meetings and functions to all members with over 15 years of good standing membership status with the Lt. Kimlau Post (as determined by Post records as of June 2019). Deadline to claim the special reimbursement is December 31, 2019. See attached notice for special conditions with this motion.

通過本年度會員出席會議車馬費,凡會員入會超過十五年者(以本會記錄為準),每人二十五元。此車馬費必須於本年十二月三十一日前領取,逾時作廢。(詳情請參閱本期附件)

h. Approved to participate in the Lower Manhattan Historical Association’s July 4th Independence Date Parade and lunch for Legion, Auxiliary and SAL members after the parade.

通過參加由曼哈頓下城歷史文物會舉辦的美國國慶日遊行及午餐。

i. Approve the endorsement of Adjutant Gabe Mui to serve as Department Vice Commander for 2019-2020.

通過推薦梅本立幹事為紐約州美國退伍軍人會副主席。

j. Approve to provide full support to the New York County of this year’s Department Commander visitation activities.

通過全力支持紐約郡舉辦的歡迎紐約州退伍軍人會主席探訪節目。

2. News/Announcement/Gossip

The 2019-2020 Membership cards have arrived and ready for pick up. Members can remit the $25.00 membership dues by mail or in person. Members eligible (fifteen or more continuous membership years) for the Post 2019 Transportation Reimbursement can substitute this payment for annual dues and should consult the attached notice for additional information (See Para 1g above).

二零一九至二零二零年會員證已經開始分發(辦公時間,每日下午二時至四時),各會友請將二十五元會費以郵寄方式或親臨本會繳交。適合條件領取二零一九年會員出席會議車馬費會友可用車馬費代繳會費。詳情請參照本通訊附件辦理。

3. Taps 仙逝會員

We are sad to report the following legionnaires have passed on to the Commander of us all post everlasting.

 

May Our Comrades Rest In Peace!

Richard C. Lee 李 卓 豪 (May 18)

Edwin Lee 李 拔 龍 (Jul 18)

 

4. New/Transfer Members 新入會會員

There were total of six new members approved by the last two General meetings

去年第四次會員大會及本年第一次會員大會通過接納下列六位新入會會員:

 

Jenda Wu (Gulf – Navy)

Waiki Law 羅 慧 琪 (Gulf – Army)

Henry Wong (Gulf – Army)

Ieong Chan 陳 洋 (Gulf – Navy)

Wenjin Huang 黃 文 晉 (Gulf – Navy)

David Lu 廬 翰 暘 (Gulf – Navy)

 

Please join us to welcome the above new members. Hope to see all of you in future functions.

我們歡迎上述新會友加入我們的行列,更希望他們多參加本會各項活動。

We hope the above information will be of interest to you and we hope to hear from you soon. Let us know what we can do for you. Until we meet again, stay well!

我們希望這份簡訊,對你有所幫助,更希望在不久的將來,能得到你參予本會各種活動的回應。假如我們有任何可以為你服務之處,務請隨時提出意見。

 

THE STAFF

本會行政小組仝人敬啟

Antonio Chuy 朱超然

Randall Eng伍元天, Kai S. Chung 李禎年, Howard Chin 陳煥寧

Gabe B. Mui 梅本立, Mark Eng伍顯宗

David Lam 林善群, Paul Tam譚煥瑜

 

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Do You Know

We Will Celebrate Our 75th Anniversary In 2020

The Post Will Publish a Journal to Commemorate This Special Event

And We Need Your HELP!

 

WANTED

1. Articles – Historical recollection, suggestion and commentary (past, present and future)….related to our Post

2. Articles – Personal experience (humor or otherwise) while in the armed services or life in the USA

3. Pictures – About Post related activities

4. Any comic, art works that are of good taste

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED

No Pay, No Benefits, No Vacation

But….we promise lots of hard work and fun – You can tell us what you like to do or

We can assign you a task.

We need all the helps we can get to pull this off.

This will be a TEAM effort

Please be part of the TEAM!

 

Interested or For More Information

Contact Historian Mimi Wang, Adjutant Gabe Mui, Commander Antonio Chuy

本會第七十五週年紀念特刊籌備委員會

在本會第七十四屆第四次會員大會通過編印明年本會紀念七十五週年特刊暨其他慶祝活動,現已開始切實進行,因此特向全体會員廣泛徵稿,務求盡量充實特刊內容,爭取盡善盡美,藉此增加本會之聲譽。此實在有賴各會員共同努力參與其事。

茲將徵稿條例以及所須要之題材,資料等詳列如下:

一 凡具有本會歷史性之文章,例如本會始初籌劃組織之沿革以及成立後所經歷的犖犖大事。

二 對本會成立七十五年之回顧與前瞻。

三 對本會將來發展之建議。請詳列所建議之步驟與計劃。

四 從軍期間個人觀感。

五 服役期間所遇的趣聞趣事。

六 文藝園地,凡詩詞歌賦,小品文,雜文,時事論文,旅行遊記等等。

七 各種活動相片,只限在軍中服役或與本會有關並具紀念性之精選為主(用完後原相奉還)。

八 會員如有繪畫,書法,封面或圖案設計,漫畫等專長者,歡迎提供協助。

凡提供七十五週年特刊發表之文字,特刊編輯委員會有刪改權,不願者請事先聲明為要。最後再請各會友踴躍投稿或惠賜廣告。另外編輯委員會誠徵義務工作人員,有興趣者請與編輯委員會王咪咪會歷,或梅本立幹事,或朱超然主席聯絡。

 

 

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Attachment 附件

2019 Transportation Reimbursement Procedure 領取二零一九年車馬費辦法

Please note new requirement for transportation reimbursement

請注意本年度領取車馬費條件

 

  1. Post approved for a one time 2019 transportation reimbursement of $25.00 for members who have 15 or more years of good standing membership with our Post as of June 1, 2019.

本會通過本年度會員出席會議車馬費,凡會員入會超過十五年者(二零零四年六月一日前入會,以本會記錄為準),每人二十五元。

 

2.  This one time reimbursement must be claimed by the member, following conditions listed under paragraph 3 below. Any reimbursement not claimed after December 31, 2019 shall be automatically forfeited.

此車馬費必須於本年十二月三十一日前領取,逾時作廢。車馬費領取辦法照下列第三項處理。

 

3. There are four ways for members to claim the 2019 Transportation Reimbursement :

a. Members can personally visit the Post (Office hours 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm daily)

b. Members can personally call the Post (212-925-5528 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm daily)

c. Members can submit in writing request for the reimbursement (Address: 191 Canal St., NYC, NY 10013)

d. Members can email to Post (email: post1291@yahoo.com)

 

車馬費領取辦法如下﹕

a. 會員可以親臨本會辦理,辦公時間為每日下午二時至四時。

b. 會員可以致電本會辦理,電話號碼為 212-925-5528 辦公時間為每日下午二時至四時。

c. 會員可以致函本會辦理,地址: 191 Canal St., NYC, NY 10013

d. 會員可以電郵本會辦理,電郵地址: post1291@yahoo.com

 

4. Member wishes to substitute the 2019 transportation reimbursement for the LY 2019-2020 membership dues should following paragraph 3 above and indicate such. This is the recommended method to all members as it will reduce administrated time, increase efficiency and cut down on postage cost for our Post.

為節省大家時間、增進本會工作效率及減少郵資費用起見,本會鼓勵會員以二零一九年車馬費代繳二零一九至二零二零年度會費, 請照上述四項方法通知本會辦理。

 

 

 

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