PVR Bulletin – November 2017

2017 Fall Conference:

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 3-5, 2017.
Below is the list of opportunities to join us and learn more about the program. There will only be ONE chance to take the Advocate Training class and it’s open to the entire Legion Family. We are adding another course for Post Commanders and Adjutants for them to see how the Post can get involved.
Pick up NEW marketing materials (Vendor Area)
November 3-4 at 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Service Officer Presentation (Atlantis)
Friday, November 3 at 8:00AM
• Introduction to Post Leadership (Labrid B)
Friday, November 3 at 9:15 – 9:45AM
Advocate Training (Nomeus)
Friday, November 3 4:30-5:30PM
Legion General Session Presentation (Crystal DE)
Saturday, November 4 in the morning
Trained Advocates – We need volunteers to sit at the vendor table to answer questions, spark the interest of the Legion Family and pass out NEWmarketing materials. If you are able to help, please contact Jennifer Cooper at jcooper@floridalegion.org .
*Times and room locations are subject to change.

The Challenge is Back!

The PVR Challenge is back to support the growing needs of Florida veterans, active duty miliary and their families. Over the past 3 years we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of financial assistance applications. In fact, the amount of funds we’ve been able to distrubute to our service members in their time of need has doubled each year!
We are anticipating the need for our program to grow again this year. If we use the same trend as we’ve seen each year, we project the amount we will need to continue to support our fellow comrades is over $115,000!
We are asking for every member to the Legion Family donate $1.00 to continue our mission.
The PVR Challenge is based off the Posts’s membership goal and the Challenge to every Post is to raise $1.00 per member between now and May 31, 2018. This goal can be reached by a Post making a one-time donation, or several donations given within the year.
Remember, the Department Commander, Steve Shuga, chose PROJECT: VetRelief to receive the first $50,000 raised for his Commander’s project. Anything submitted to the Legion earmarked for the Commander’s Charity will account for the PVR Challenge.
Please continue to support our service members and families with your contribution to the PVR Challenge.

National Legion Changes TFA Guidelines

The American Legion National Headquarters has changed the funding criteria for the Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) Program. During the recent Fall National Executive Committee meeting in October Resolution 8, Restructure of Temporary Financial Assistance Policy , was passed to adopt the following changes:
• A single onetime non-repayable Temporary Financial Assistance grant of up to $1,500 will be permitted to qualified applicants
• A qualifying veteran is defined as a member of the United States Armed Forces serving on federal orders current under Title 10 of the United States Code, inclusive of all components, or any current member of The American Legion
• Formal documentation is required as part of the Temporary Financial Assistance investigation process and application packet for verification that all other forms of financial assistance available have been sought and applied for, or have already been denied
• Annual cumulative expenditure of Temporary Financial Assistance grants may not exceed $700,000 without prior approval of each chairman of the Americanism and Finance Commissions and the national commander
The changes made to National’s TFA program will directly affect PROJECT: VetRelief and increase our financial burden. We strongly urge all Legion Family members to participate in the PVR Challenge so that we can continue to serve our service members!