Winners of the VFW Patriot Pen Awards
4th of July Parade 2017
Jim Stanko, American Legion Post #44 Adjutant presents a check for $450 to Sheri Yeager, leader of the Routt County 4-H exchange program. The donation was raised at the April Bingo event and will go toward helping this year's exchange group travel to Nashville Tn. to visit and stay with 4-Her's from that area. Also, in the picture are several of the local 4-H members that will be making the trip this summer.
Jim Stanko American Legion Post #44 Adjutant and Stan Bragg, VFW Post #4264 present a check for $350 raised at the March Bingo to Meg Tully Executive Director for the Routt County Council on aging and in coming Board President Pegi Simmerman. The donation is to go to the Council's Meals on Wheels Program.
In a special memorial ceremony, Stan Bragg of VFW Post #4264 and Jim Stanko of American Legion Post #44 present our Country's flag to Mrs. Joan Gibbs and her son in honor of the service of her husband Richard Gibbs a World War II veteran that passed away in February of this year.
Veterans do Flag Etiquette Presentation
On Tuesday March 7th, 2017, six members of VFW Post 4264 and American Legion Post #44 met with 15 home schooled children and 4 of their parents, from Oak Creek and Hayden Home School Program.
During the hour long presentation, the veterans discussed the history of the flag, and ways that the flag should be respected. One of the highlights was showing the children the proper way to fold the flag, and the meaning of each fold. Then the children were given the opportunity to practice folding the flag. The goal of the presentation was to instill that when we respect the flag, we respect the men and women who sacrificed to build this country and protect its freedom. When we honor the flag, we honor our country, our people and ourselves.
American Legion Member Jim Stanko visits Congressional Members on Veteran Issues.
Jim Stanko, the Adjutant of American Legion Post #44 was part of a delegation of Colorado American Legion members that visited the Colorado Legislators in Washington D.C. during the week of February 25th thru March 1st. During the visit Stanko and the other delegates presented the Congressmen with the veteran issues that the American Legion would like to see addressed in the 115th Congress.
Some of these issues included dealing with the Choice Program which is scheduled to expire in August of this year. The Legion believes that Program should not be allowed to expire, but combined with other Veteran Health programs to simplify the scheduling of appointments at local medical facilities, and prompt payments to the local medical providers.
Other issues discussed were support for legislation to modernize the Veterans Claim Appeals System, and give the Secretary of Veterans Affairs more authority to remove or fire VA administrators that are not performing their duties in the best interest of Veterans. Also concerns for better gender-specific health care for women veterans, reducing veteran suicide, and support for those who care for wounded veterans were expressed. The Legion also supports continued funding for programs to end veteran homelessness and veteran educational benefits.
Stanko is also the Vice Chairman of the American Legions National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission. This Commission met with Scott Blackburn the newly appointed Under Secretary Of Veterans Affairs and Christopher O’Conner the Assistant Secretary For Congressional and Legislative Affairs to get updates on the changes at the VA and what this means for future support of veteran programs.