VFW Demands Removal of VA Supervisor

vfw_logo_high_res_gubsWASHINGTON (March 10, 2015) — The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is demanding that a Department of Veterans Affairs program manager at the VA Medical Center in Indianapolis be replaced.

Last December, Ms. Robin Paul sent an e-mail to her staff with photos of a toy elf in different poses and captions, two of which made light of mental health issues. Paul oversees a staff of more than 30 health care professionals in the Seamless Transition Integrated Care Clinic, which is responsible for assisting new veterans with their VA benefits, services and programs, to include mental health.

“There is nothing amusing about 22 veterans committing suicide every day,” said VFW National Commander John W. Stroud, “and it is absolutely inexcusable that a VA supervisor would make light of any issue that veterans face. Ms. Paul might be the most caring and dedicated employee the VA has, but this senseless attempt at gallows humor has caused her to lose the respect and trust of veterans. It is for that reason that the VFW demands she be replaced as program manager. Trust within the military means everything; it should mean no less inside the VA.”

As of this morning, Paul was still listed as the STICC program manager on the Indianapolis VA’s website.


ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation’s largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans organization. With nearly 1.9 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,800 Posts worldwide, “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.” The VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.

Contact: Joe Davis, Director of Public Affairs, VFW Washington Office, jdavis@vfw.org.


Leadership and QM Manual available online at VFW.ORG

For your information, the 2013-14 VFW Leadership Reference materials, that include the Commander’s and Quartermaster’s Manuals, are now available on-line. As with last year, you’ll need to Login at www.vfw.org.  Once logged in they are housed under “My VFW”.  Please let me know if you have any questions

Kevin C. Jones
Director, Administrative Operations
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
406 W 34th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111



Now that the State Convention is over and
we’ve started a new administrative year – its time to get back to work
with all our programs, reports, community activities …. and especially

Our newly elected Commander, Jim Golden, said at
the Convention he was ready to jump in with both feet to get his
Membership Program started. That’s great – and we all hope New Hampshire
has another good year …. but, keep in mind, this membership year is
not over till June 30th. The Department is 208 away from becoming 100%.
…. in 19 days — that’s less than 11 members a day! We can do it. You
can do it. Please – lets make it happen!

I am you newly
elected Department Quartermaster and look forward to working with each
and every Commander, Quartermaster, Post, and Member to assist in any
way I can.

It is vitally important for each District and Post officer that has a “webmail” address – log on, claim it … and use it !

they’re not using it – they’re obviously not reading this …. so it is
our duty to help them – get them familiar with it – and show them how
to have webmail forwarded to their personal accounts. District
Commanders especially must step up to the plate and see to it that at
least one person in each Post is receiving webmail.

Please keep me informed and let me know how I can help …. and I’ll do the same for you.

Yours in Comradeship, Service & Patriotism

Gregory P. Lynch
Department of NH VFW Quartermaster
and Post 1088 Quartermaster
1 Dulcie’s Point Rd.
Kingston, NH 03848
(603) 490-5750 cell

Yours in Comradeship, Service & Patriotism

Gregory P. Lynch
Department of NH VFW Quartermaster
and Post 1088 Quartermaster
1 Dulcie’s Point Rd.
Kingston, NH 03848
(603) 490-5750 cell



Thanks to   all of you and our many advocates,  the Senate passed S. 210 , the   Stolen Valor Act last night – below is the link to the new alert and a   letter you can send to thank your Senators. We were able to get through to all   100 Senate offices!  Kudos!

Have a   wonderful Memorial Day!


Teresa   Morris





VFW Legislative Alert: Urge Senate to Pass Stolen Valor Act Today!

Take Action!

Background:  Earlier this week, the House overwhelmingly passed their version of the Stolen Valor Act (HR 258), which makes it a federal crime to profit from falsely identifying yourself as having received certain valorous military medals and awards.  The crime could include a fine and/or up to one year imprisonment.
The Senate bill, S. 210, now needs your support.
Action Needed:  Contact your two U.S. Senators today and urge them to pass S. 210, the Stolen Valor Act before Memorial Day. Tell them that America holds her military service members and veterans in high regard, and those who falsely identify themselves as war heroes in order to reap benefits should be punished!
Tell them to support our heroes and pass S. 210 today!

M1 Garand Rifle Operation and Maintenance Guide

In response to recent reports of serviceability issues both with .30 Caliber Blank Ammunition and Maintenance Issues with Ml Garand Rifles that have led to both damaged weapons and personnel injury the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (ARDEC) Technical Community in the interests of improving safety for the user and better feedback concerning issues with both Ml Rifles and.30 caliber Blank Ammunition, has developed an Operations and Maintenance guide for use with the Ml Garand Rifle. This guide provides safety of use information, instructions for preventive maintenance checks and services, information about where to obtain assistance in the event of a mishap and information for ordering ammunition from JMC.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE M1 Garand Operation and Maintenance Guide- 2013



David E. Prohaska Deputy Director, Administrative Operations Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States 406 W 34th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Ex-POW Alan Gavan Funeral April 17th

he Funeral Service for former POW, Allan Gavan, will be held at the State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen on Friday, May 17th at 11:30 AM.
Allan helped review genealogical records and break red tape to posthumously honor 59 POWs from New Hampshire with Purple Hearts.
He was remembered at our POW Recognition Day Ceremony back in April – and now will be laid to rest. I hope you will be able to join with me and his Family on Friday morning. Many thanks to the Derry Firing Squad who will be on hand as well.
Thank you ……
  Yours in Comradeship, Service & Patriotism                         Greg 
Gregory P. Lynch  Dept. of NH VFW Commander