Monthly Archives: October 2021

PVR Bulletin – November 2021




This month is The American Legion, Department of Florida Fall Conference. The event will be held at the Renaissance at Sea World in Orlando, FL from November 5-7, 2021. PROJECT: VetRelief will have many opportunities for you to learn how to get involved, hear about the program’s successes, or introduce yourself to our new Case Worker, Lenora!

There will be two introductory Advocate Training classes this year; one of which is an exciting opportunity exclusively for Auxiliary members. During these classes, we will break down the details of the program and Advocate role. If you have attended one of our trainings before, this class is not for you.

For those who are already involved as a VetRelief Advocate, you should have received an email invitation to our special cocktail party that will be hosted by our Board President’s company, RL James, Inc. Bob James has also extended an invitation to his fellow Board Members and our Suicide Prevention Strategic Partners, so we hope that you will take advantage of this unique experience!

Be sure to check all Legion Family general session agendas, as PROJECT: VetRelief has been given the opportunity to provide a program report to all Legion Family entities! We are very happy about this, as it’s the first chance we will be able to present to the Auxiliary.

As always, we will have our spot in the vendor area for you to stop by to say hello or pick up any marketing materials. Since we are the charity of choice for both Jerry and Wanda Brandt, this would be a great time to share any upcoming events in support of their efforts or make a contribution to their fundraising project! – We hope to see you all there!


We are very excited to share with you that PROJECT: VetRelief is trending to reach a huge benchmark this month – assisting 1,000 veterans with financial support!

Each year, our program has been able to help more and more service members and their families. However, we are only able to continue this much-needed support through the donations we receive from the Legion Family, corporations, and individuals.

THANK YOU to our sponsors, volunteer advocates, and all those who believe in our mission, and continue to dedicate their time, energy, and support to our program! It takes us all working together to meet the demand of our veteran community. It’s because of you that we can be just that!


Calling all trained VetRelief Advocates – An email has gone out to our entire VetRelief Advocate database to ask if you are interested in continuing your volunteer role, or to be removed from our contact list. This is important because, after Fall Conference, the Advocate interview will become a part of our financial assistance process again. After January 1st, this will be mandatory.

For those who are attending Fall Conference, we have a special opportunity for you to join us for a cocktail party to learn more. To ensure we have enough food and drinks, please RSVP to your invitation. If you feel that you should have received an invitation and didn’t, please contact Jennifer Cooper,

PVR Bulletin – October 2021


The 8th Annual PROJECT: VetRelief Golf Tournament was held on Monday, September 27th at the beautiful Bella Collina Golf Course in Monteverde, FL. At approximately 8:30 AM, after attendees stood at attention for the national anthem, roughly 124 golfers were on their way as they listened to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”.

PVR Board President, Bob James, hosted corporate partners, vendors, and friends to a fun-filled day of golf. Participants were able to compete in the Wheatley Realty fastest hole contest and had an opportunity to take away $10,000 cash for the hole-in-one prize. But, the most amazing part was that everyone came together for one sole purpose… to support Florida’s veterans and their families.

Mr. James was able to meet his fundraising goal, and revealed the ‘BIG CHECK’ written for $65,000 to PROJECT: VetRelief during the awards banquet! This is a record-setting donation and is ALL net proceeds that directly benefit our mission.

We are grateful to Mr. James and his wife, Rita, and the entire RL James, Inc. team for their continued support of our organization, as they have been a tremendous part of our program’s overall success! Additionally, we are thankful to all the sponsors and players for their contributions to our mission. From the amazing volunteers who pitched into the awesome Bella Collina staff, it sure was one successful event!!


Please help us welcome Lenora James to the PVR Team! She started mid-September as our Veterans Case Worker and has already made an impact on our veteran community.

Lenora has always loved working with people and helping others in her daily and professional life. When the opportunity came for Lenora to consider our program, it felt like a natural fit. As a Navy wife and Coast Guard mother, Lenora recognizes the importance of support programs for military servicemembers as they make lifestyle transitions throughout their life. Her family has had to experience many transitions and had to move several times.




Fall Conference is coming up, and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to join us to learn about the program or introduce yourself to our newest Team Member, Lenora!

There will be two Introductory Advocate Trainings this year. We are so excited that we have the opportunity to hold a special class for Auxiliary members on Friday afternoon. Details on both classes will be shared through the Legion and Auxiliary agendas.

For the first time ever, we will be presenting during all Legion Family General Sessions. Be sure to attend those meetings to hear our successes and goals for the year! Please stop by our table in the vendor area to say hello and pick up materials to take back with you to the Post.

We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you there!