Message from the Department Commander
My fellow Legionnaires,
I'm sharing this email to highlight an important issue
that everyone should be aware of. Specifically:
*Following passage of Ballot Measure 96 by an 84-16 margin, the Governor of
Oregon is now proposing significant changes to the original terms of the
measure to reduce the lottery proceeds intended to help Veteran's programs
In response to the Governor's budget proposal, the United Veteran's
Groups of Oregon (UVGO) had a meeting on Wednesday, 7 December to discuss a
plan of action.
The outcome of this meeting was a unified UVGO message to the Oregon State Legislature
and the Governor to enact Measure 96 as it was presented...and overwhelmingly approved...by Oregon voters.
Our message is clear: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BALANCE THE OREGON BUDGET ON THE
BACKS OF OUR VETERANS.
Even the New York Times
took notice of the overwhelming majority that Measure 96 passed with.
*The next step is for UVGO to present testimony in support of Measure
96 to members of the Oregon legislature on Wednesday, 14 December. This
will be at in Conference Room A at the State Capitol in Salem. If
you can, I encourage all of you to attend and wear your Legion cover! I will
be speaking on behalf of the UVGO and the American Legion.
What else can you do? *Write an email or a letter (or call on the
telephone)* to your Oregon Legislative Representative and/or Senator as
soon as possible. Let him/her know how you feel about the proposal from
Governor Brown to reduce Measure 96 funding for Veterans.
Here is a link to an article in The Oregonian:
"Huge betrayal": Kate Brown angers veterans with cuts despite Measure 96
Jim Willis, Commander
Department of Oregon
Since our charter on June 23, 1923, our American Legion Post 99 has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble.
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