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VETERANS AFFAIRS AND REHABILITATION

CHERI THOMAS

CONTACT INFORMATION:

18676 Logan Road, Leavenworth, KS 66048

(913) 775-1700

chercruzan@aol.com

 

 
DISTRICT VETERANS AFFAIRS AND REHABILITATION CHAIRMAN
District One Cheri Thomas Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Two Tracey Disney Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Three Glennis Peck Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Four Claudia Maples Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Five Unknown Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Six Unknown Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Seven Edie Griffin Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Eight Ida Meyeres Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
The Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Program:

The Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Program promotes our mission to enhance the lives of veterans, military, and their families. The program provides service and financial assistance to veterans and their families. Auxiliary members are interested in restoring the veteran and his family to normal function — physically, mentally, socially and vocationally. Members provide emotional support and cheerful companionship while attending to the hospitalized, handicapped and homebound veterans' physical comforts. In a single year veterans' programs utilized the services of more than 100,000 hospital field and home service volunteers who donated millions of dollars and millions of hours to assist veterans. The Auxiliary's gift shops and holiday parties have become an essential part of the VA program. The Poppy program provides therapy and a means of earning money for handicapped and hospitalized veterans and their families. Members work with legislators and congressmen to pass legislation to increase government benefits and assistance for veterans. Essential equipment and supplies are purchased by caring members to upgrade and facilitate the level of care provided in veterans' facilities. Members furnish job assistance, transportation, food, clothing and medicine to thousands of needy, handicapped and homeless veterans. The Auxiliary plays a necessary and important role in the life of America's veterans.

Department of Kansas, Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation

Holiday Gift Shops at Kansas Veterans Rehabilitation Facilities Kansas Veterans Rehabilitation Facilities and VAVS Represenation

What Can You Do to Promote Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation:

Assist in activities that help homeless veterans.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Crochet hats, scarfs, or mittens to distribute to homeless veterans. Work with your post to assist in responding to requests for assistance from homeless veterans or homeless veterans service providers.
Volunteer a homeless veterans stand downs, events where homeless veterans receive free goods and services. Host a homeless veterans stand down in your community.
Compile "blessing bags" to be given to local police department or othe organizations that deal with the homeless veteran population. Participate in Veterans Affairs project CHALENG, through you local Veterans Affairs hospital.
Create a "Tree of Warmth" by collecting scaves, mittens, and hats, then attach them to a tree in a location the homeless frequent. Hold fundraisers to help veterans and their families through the Family Support Network for veterans at risk of loosing their hosuing or homeless veterans transitioning to permanent housing.
  Contact homeless veteran emergency shelters, transitional housing projects, and permanent housing projects in you community and identify the organization's volunteers and in-kind donations needed.

Support rehabilitation and healing of veterans through arts, crafts, and hobbies. Support the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival held each year.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Donate supplies to help supplement visual veteran artists' needs for their projects. Obtain and become familiar with the ALA Gudie for Volunteers.
Identify arts, crafts, and hobby projects targeted to veterans (writing, oral history recordings, visual/performing arts, quilting, and gardening). Help department gain recognition at National Convention for donations and support for the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.
Donate monies to help veterans attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.  

Help The American Legion, Kansas Department of Veterans Affairs, and Chamber of Commerce promote job fairs for veterans and their families.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Take part in a job fair by organizing or working at an information table. Host an information table at local job fairs.
Serve as a career e-mentor for women veterans. Suport your post by helping host a local job fair at the post home.
Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, specifically if a house build is supported by The American Legion.  

Enroll Auxiliary members as Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services (VAVS) volunteers at Veterans Affairs health care facilities.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
If you live near a Veterans Affairs facility, become a regular VAVS volunteer, and invite others to become VAVS volunteeers with you.. Work with VAVS directors to find suitable projects for both junior and senior Auxiliary members.
Send notes and provide supplies to support those who volunteer at Veterans Affairs facilities. Educate community members/partners about volunteer opportunities availagel ath Veterans Affairs medical centers, state veterans homes, Fisher Houses, and other Veteran Affairs health care locations.
Enter all of your VAVS hours into the VAVS tracking system. (This is a different system than the one for Auxiliary hour bars.) Always share concerns and suggestions with your local VAVS representative, so such can be passed along for location and national meetings.

Find opportunites for Auxiliary members to serve veterans in your area, is a Veterans Affairs facility is not close to your community. These hours count toward your Service to Veterans pin and hours bar.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Sew quilts for the Quilts for Valor project. Find more information about this project at: http://www.qovf.org. Become familiar with the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation: A Guide for Volunteers. Click here to view this guide.
Help a veteran use the Internet. Become a catalyst to find needs and encourage members to help veterans in their communities.
Supply postage for local veterans in rest homes or assisted living facilities. Provide hospitality for a job fair for veterans.
Buy school supplies, throw a baby shower, or send care packages to military kids who are headed to college. Coordinate with local quilt shops to help sponsor a quilting event in support of Quilts for Valor.
Report your service to veterans hours to you Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Unit Chairman for Hour Bar Recognition awards. For more information, see the awards section below. Contact your post's Service Officer and offer to help with needs that are requested from veterans families.

Educate yourself about resources so you can help veterans acccess all their Veterans Affairs benefits, not just health care. Transitioning back to civilian life is one of the biggest challenges veterans face today!
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Help eligilble veterans attain benefits through referrals. Coordinate with your post's Service Officer.
Encourage eligible veterans to use the Veterans Affairs health care system and its services, including hospitals, community based outpatient clinics, veterans centers, etc. Invite local, county, or state Service Officers to be the guest speaker at a unit or district event.
Veterans Affairs Healthcare Hotline for Women Veterans: http:/www.va.gov/health-care; 1 (855) 829-6636 Participate and encourage veterans and their families to participate in town-hall meetings organized by The American Legion in advance of the Legion's "System Worth Saving" site visits to Veterans Affairs health care system. See http:/www.legion.org/systemworthsaving

Assist and support caregivers of veterans.
MEMBER PROMOTION IDEAS: UNIT PROMOTION IDEAS:
Become a veteran caregiver peer suport trainer or volunteer. Familiarize your unit with the services of the Veterans Affairs caregiver support program.
Become a Legacy Corp AmeriCorps member, if the Legacy Corp project is offered near you. Familiarize your unit with the Military and Veterans Caregiver Peer Support Network.
Volunteer as a Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services volunteer support caregiver. Invite the Veterans Affairs caregiver support coordinator in the Veterans Affairs healthcare systems closest to you to make a presentation to your unit or community-wid meeting.

Member, Unit, and Department Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Awards:

CLASS AWARD NAME AWARD GUIDELINES
Member

SERVICE TO VETERANS

Hour Bar Recognition for Service to Veterans Volunteers

Hour Bar No entry form required; HOWEVER, you must turn-in/report your hours to receive recognition! Volunteers are recognized when specific hour milestones are reached: 50, 100, 300, 500, and 1,000. After the first 1,000 hour bar is awarded, the next bar will be earned in 1,000-hour increments to 20,000 hours. Hour bars are also offered in increments of 25,000 and 30,000 hours. After acheiving 35,000 hours, American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters will issue a separate Lifetime Service to Veterans pin.
Unit

SERVICE TO VETERANS

Most Outstanding Unit Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Program

Citation Plaque (one for each division) The entry must be typewritten in narrative format, not exceeding 1,000 words. The entry may include pictures, clippings, scrapbooks, folders, etc. ENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH NATIONAL AWARDS COVER SHEET. Click here to download the National Awards Cover Sheet. DEADLINE: June 1, 2019 (To Central Division Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Chairmain, postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.)
Department

SERVICE TO VETERANS

Best Department Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Program

Citation (one for each division) The entry must be typewritten in narrative format, not exceeding 1,000 words. The entry may include pictures, clippings, scrapbooks, folders, etc. ENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH NATIONAL AWARDS COVER SHEET. Click here to download the National Awards Cover Sheet. DEADLINE: June 1, 2019 (To Central Division Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Chairmain, postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.)

Member

Unit

Department

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival Support Recognition BRONZE-donation of $1,000-$2,499; SILVER-donation of$2,500-$4,999; and GOLD-$5,000-$14,999.

No entry form required. To be considered for this award, the member, unit, or department must make its National Veterans Creative Arts Festival donations to the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation between August 1 to July 31 of the following year. Monies will be forwarded to National Veterans Creative Arts Festival by National Headquarters in August.

Member

VETERANS AFFAIRS VOLUNTEER SERVICES (VAVS)

VAVS Volunteer of the Year Award/ Auxiliary National Advisory Committee Volunteer of the Year

Citation

$500 to VAVS facility of winner's choice

Candidates for these awards will be submitted by the chiefs of voluntary service to the national VAVS deputy. Nominee must serve in an established Veterans Affairs assignment, be defined as a regularly scheduled worker, be actively involved in working with veterans in any one of the following areas: outpatient clinics, nursing homes, homeless veteran programs, hosted veteran-related functions outside the Veterans Affairs, or visited veterans confined to their homes.

The American Legion Auxiliary selects the American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year. This nomination is forwarded for consideration as the National Advisory Committee Volunteer of the Year.

Member

VETERANS AFFAIRS VOLUNTEER SERVICES (VAVS)

10,000 Hours Volunteer Service Award

Citation

$100 to VAVS facility of winner's choice

No entry form required; HOWEVER, you must turn-in/report your hours to receive recognition. This award is given to volunteers who have reached more that 10,000 hours of service in a Veterans Affairs facility from April 1 to March 31 of the following year. Verification of hours must be received by Auxiliary National Headquarters by the first Friday in June each year.
Member

VETERANS AFFAIRS VOLUNTEER SERVICES (VAVS)

20,000 Hours Volunteer Service Award

Citation

$200 to VAVS facility of winner's choice

No entry form required; HOWEVER, you must turn-in/report your hours to receive recognition. This award is given to volunteers who have reached more that 20,000 hours of service in a Veterans Affairs facility from April 1 to March 31 of the following year. Verification of hours must be received by Auxiliary National Headquarters by the first Friday in June each year.
VAVS Rep.

VETERANS AFFAIRS VOLUNTEER SERVICES (VAVS)

Volunteer Recruitment and Service Department Award

Citation from Dept of Veterans Affairs No entry form required. This recognition will be awarded to the hospital representative at each facility that showe an increase in both volunteers and volunteer hours at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center from April 1 to March 31 of the following year. National VAVS will verify from its records.
VAVS Rep. and Deputy

VETERANS AFFAIRS VOLUNTEER SERVICES (VAVS)

100 Percent VAVS Meeting Attendance

Attendance Card from Dept of Veterans Affairs No entry form required. National VAVS will verify from its attendance records.

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Department

VETERANS AFFAIRS VOLUNTEER SERVICES (VAVS)

Department Recognition from The American Legion

Plaque from American Legion at National Convention

**This is not an American Legion Auxiliary Award specifically, but an American Legion Family Award.** This award will be given to The American Legion department that demonstrates American Legion Family involvement in homeless veterans initiatives that show outstanding support for activity in any or all of these areas: volunteerism, prevention, supportive housing, advocacy, and fundraising. The award nomination form can be found at: www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Veterans-Affairs---Rehabilitation.You will need your User ID and password to access the National website.

 

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Student Scholarship

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VETERANS AFFAIRS VOLUNTEER SERVICES (VAVS)

James H. Parke Scholarship

Plaque

Letter of Commit

**This is a scholarship awarded to student volunteers by Veterans Affairs** The American Legion Auxiliary contributes $2,000.00 annually to this scholarship. To be eligible, candidates must have completed 100 hours of regularly scheduled VAVS volunteer service during the calendar year prior to September 1, must be a student in 10th grade or above, and have not yet reached their 19th birthday. Nomination form should be completed to reflect the volunteeer service and background of the candidated and include: age, years of volunteering, number of volunteer hours, areas of service, and affiliated/supporting organizations, if any. The Medical Center Director nominates a candidate for the award by submission of the nomination form to the President of the Fund by November 1. See https://www.volunteer.va.gov/ParkeScholarship.asp for more information on the James H. Parke Scholarship.

 

Click this link to view the American Legion Auxiliary (National) Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Program Page: www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Veterans-Affairs---Rehabilitation. You will need your User ID and password to access the National website.

 

Mid-Year Unit Reports are due to the District Chairman by December 5, 2018.

Mid-Year District Reports are due to the Department Chairman by December 15, 2018.

Mid-Year Department Reports are due to Division Chairman by January 5, 2019.
Year-End Unit Reports are due to District Chairman by March 1, 2019. (Date might need to be adjusted depending the dates of District conventions.)
Year-End District Reports are due to Department Chairman by March 15, 2019.
Department Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Chairman's Year-End Report (Kansas Department Convention Book of Reports) is due to Department Headquarters by April 23, 2019.
Year-End Department Reports are due to Division Chairman by May 15, 2019
Unit's entry for the Most Outstanding Unit Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Program is due to the National Central Division Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Chairman by June 1, 2019. Must be postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.
Department's entry for the Best Department Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Program is due to the National Central Division Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Chairman by June 1, 2019. Must be postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.
LOOKING FOR DISTRICT FORMS. . . Visit the "Forms" tab on this website's main navigation menu, then select "District Report Forms".
Kansas Program Action Plan Unit Report Forms can be referenced, by District, at the top of this page, or by visiting "Forms" (then select your District), on this website's main navigation menu.
VA & R GUIDE FOR VOLUNTEERS- OFFICIAL MANUAL Homeless Veterans Coalition: http:/www.nchv. org
How to Increase Donations to the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival Quilts of Valor:http:/www.qovf.org
How to Raise Awareness about the Ever-Increaseing Number of Homeless Veterans Click here to visit the HUD Homeless Assistance Programs:
On-Call: Handbook for Homeless Veterans and Service Providers: http:/www.legion.org/publications/168493/homeless-veterans-handbook

The American Legion Family Support Network:http:/www.legion.org/familysupport

Veterans Affairs Healthcare Hotline for Women Veterans: http:/www.va.gov/health-care; 1 (855) 829-6636 National Veterans Creative Art Festival: http:/www.creativeartsfestival.va.gov
James H. Parke Scholarship information: https://www.volunteer.va.gov/ParkeScholarship.asp The American Legion's "System Worth Saving" site visits to Veterans Affairs health care system. See "http:/www.legion.org/systemworthsaving
  National Award Cover Sheet

 

 

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