Christmas Gift Program with the VA Outpatient Clinic

Legionnaires!  Please join us in supporting fellow Veterans in need! This year our Post will be participating in the Christmas Gift Program with the VA Outpatient Clinic here in Austin. 
 
They have asked for gender neutral items to be handed to the veterans at a refreshment table at the clinic the week prior to Christmas.  Last year they handed out over 700 gifts and it’s a great chance to let other Veterans know we care – and about our Post! 
 
You can donate a gift either wrapped or unwrapped. My request is that either way you include a card or note and sign it with your name and “American Legion Post 76”-its a small gesture to let Vets know the Legion is looking out for our brothers and sisters. If you wrap your own gifts, please indicate for the Voluntary Service Staff if the gift if for a male or female.  Here is a listing of some of the items that can be used for gifts:

Mittens/gloves, Scarves, Beanies

Socks (new unopened packages – normally athletic socks)

Wallets

Bracelets

Combs/Brushes

Writing Stationary

CDs/DVDs

Please plan to bring your gift to the December Post social meeting.  Thank you for continuing to serve!

Legionnaire Brad – Travis Post 76 Service Officer

 
 

Hiring Event Scheduled

The American Legion is hosting a hiring event Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the Omni Austin Hotel at South park.

Resume Workshop 8:30 to 9:45

Career Fair 10 AM to 2 PM.

Register and take advantage of this event! See the image for more details.

Helping Veterans in Need

Post 76,

With the approval of the Post Executive Committee it is my intent to share how we provide direct assistance to fellow Veterans in need. In order to respect those Veterans privacy I am going to use their initials.

On August 26th the Post received a request for assistance from Army Veteran JB. JB and his daughter has left an unhealthy family environment in the Houston area and needed assistance with a place to stay until additional funds arrived on Monday. Our Post assisted the Veteran with temporary housing for the weekend and followed up with JB over the days that followed in order to ensure he was seen at the VA Outpatient Clinic. Post 447 also assisted with temporary housing and Post 83 staff have offered assistance with permanent housing as well.

It’s part of what the Legion is all about – Veterans helping Veterans with a hand up and I’m honored to have been that hand for our Post.

Legionnaire Brad – Travis Post 76 Service Officer

First Rifle Team Meet of 2017

This past weekend Past Department of Texas Commander Walter Ivie began teaching a new class of juniors the basic elements of gun safety, education, enjoyment and competition the in the American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program.   Please click on the picture below for more images from this day of fun.  If you know someone that would enjoy this class please let us know!

Officer Induction Ceremony

On July 27th, Travis Post 76 along with our State Commander John Hince, swore in the Post officers for 2017-2018.  Please click on the image below for more pictures from our event:

Your Travis Post 76 Officers for 2017-18 are:

Commander: Wayne Courreges

1st Vice Commander: Derek Israel

2nd Vice Commander: Sean Bridwell

Adjutant: Walter Ivie

Finance Officer: Clayton Griffis

Chaplain: Tom Bodine

Judge Advocate: Lisa Cole (additional duty:  Membership)

Historian: Johnny Irvin (additional duty:  Post Newsletter)

Service Officer: Brad Houston

Sergeant-at-Arms: Ron Roy

2017-2018 Executive Committee Members

Ken Tooke           Steve Burke        George Ruiz

New Member Pin Incentive

Just a reminder that National Commander recognition is available for any Legion member that recruits one or three new members! Please make sure requirements and certification forms are available to all members in your departments by posting on your websites and newsletters. Mention during your Department Conventions.  Ensure your District Commanders have this information and help pass it down to post members.  Encourage recruiting legionnaires to let National  know of their achievements by submitting their certification form.  Post Adjutants can also submit forms on behalf of their recruiting legionnaires.  What an easy way for Post Leadership to show appreciation to its members!

Certification forms and details on how to earn the awards can be found at https://www.legion.org/commander/pin.  I have also attached the forms for your convenience.  All forms should be submitted to Membership:  Scan/email to ssparks@legion.org, rherron@legion.org,  fax to 317-630-1413, or mail to American Legion National Headquarters; Attn: Membership; PO Box 1055; Indianapolis, IN  46206.

Richard Overton Healing Garden Dedication

The Director of the

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

invites you to a celebration 

for the naming of the

Richard Overton Healing Garden

Friday, April 7, 2017

9:30 a.m.

at the

Austin VA Outpatient Clinic

7901 Metropolis Drive

Austin, Texas

Honoring Richard A. Overton

the oldest known living Veteran in the United States

Born May 11, 1906

Served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945

World War II

Refreshments following ceremony in Conference Room 1G-101

provided by the Veterans Canteen Service

To RSVP your attendance,

please email CTXPAO@va.gov

or call 254-743-1430