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 Veterans and Family March

US Capitol Area#2, Washington D.C. May 26, 2012
The March and program was a great success! Thanks to all that supported this event.
   

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 Keynote Speaker 
MAJOR GENERAL ALLEN E. TACKETT

The MVM want to give a very special thank you to Major General Tackett for a job "Well Done" as Keynote Speaker at the first annual Veterans and Family March, held May 26, 2012. His unique ability to unite people of different backgrounds around a common goal were on display during this outstanding event.

Major General Tackett served in uniform for over forty-eight years (Almost a half a Century), including over 15 years as West Virginia's Adjutant General, the longest serving Adjutant General in the nation and in state history. He led the West Virginia National Guard through one of the most tumultuous periods in history, deploying nearly 11,000 Guard members overseas for Federal missions and directing the guards response to more than eighty state emergencies.

Senator Jay Rockefeller spoke at the General's ceremony. Below is the senator's speech:

Throughout his four decade long career, General Tackett has built the West Virginia National Guard into a nationally respected outfit that is always ready to answer the call to help, wherever it comes from. General Tackett has always taken the path that was best for the troops and for the state of West Virginia. He sought only what was best for our State and the nation. For that, we owe him our gratitude. I've been fortunate to call Allen a friend for many years and I doubt anyone who has watched his tenure can dispute the change he has made to the Guard. By extension, he has made West Virginia a better place to live and to work. He also has the unique ability to unite people of different backgrounds around a common goal. Most importantly, he does not believe in the words, "it can't be done".

General Tackett's modernization efforts have become an economic engine for communities throughout West Virginia that partnered with the Guard on more than $1 billion in construction projects. In the last 15 years, his leadership has been directly responsible for a tenfold increase in federal money to West Virginia military programs. This has resulted in the creation of more than 1,000 new full-time jobs since 1995.

He cares about people and his compassion is part of who he is. Not everyone sees the respect and honor he has paid to his folks in quiet ways, but I have shared so many exchanges where his true personal connection was evident. I remember his genuine interest in and connection with individuals, honoring them, their needs, and their families. He has seen off every unit prior to their deployment with special instruction to see that they return home, and he has frequently visited our men and women at Walter Reed Medical Center when they returned from combat wounded. As a former Governor of this great state, who had the privilege of serving as the state's Commander-in-Chief, I appreciate just how integral General Tackett's leadership has been to West Virginia.

General, I want to extend my deepest appreciation to you and Sallie Pat for all you have sacrificed for our Country and for West Virginia. You mean so much to this state. Your legacy lives on in the lives that you've touched and the remarkable Guard unit that you've built.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) today released a new national estimate of veteran homelessness in the United States. Data collected during the annual Point-in-Time Count conducted in January 2014 shows there were 49,933 homeless veterans in America, a decline of 33 percent (or 24,837 people) since 2010. This includes a nearly 40 percent drop in the number of veterans sleeping on the street.
– The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) today released the final report of its review of systemic issues with patient scheduling and access issues at the Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS). VA concurred with the recommendations in the final report and, in many cases, has already implemented action plans and made improvements that respond to the OIG's recommendations.
Dan Dellinger, American Legion National President, thanks for that kind introduction-and thank you all for your warm welcome. Let me first recognize your national leadership: Dan Wheeler, Adjutant; Peter Gaytan, Executive Director; your National Vice Commanders, Paul Dillard, Southeast; Robert Newman, Central; William Rakestraw, Northeast; Wayne Satrom, Midwest; and, Douglas Wooddell, Western Region; your Auxiliary President, Peggy Thomas; and, Kris Huntzinger, Commander, Sons Of The American Legion.
The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System; the next step in a series of actions VA has taken to replace its antiquated legacy scheduling system. The new system will improve access to care for Veterans by providing medical schedulers with cutting-edge, management-based scheduling software. The RFP will be made public by the end of September 2014; eligible vendors will have 30 days to respond from the day of issuance.
In order to more accurately identify and serve rural Veterans, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is improving the method it uses to define urban, rural and highly rural land areas.
Your donation of any amount will greatly assist our efforts to provide much needed resources to our veterans.
The MVM would like to thank our sponsor Mike Dickerson of Custom Logos, and our corporate donors Five Guys, Applebees, Wawa Inc., Sheetz, Food Lion, Martins, Pizza Hut, Walmart, Sams Club, Target, The Home Depot, Popeyes, Shoney's, Starbucks, Bed Bath and Beyond, Hull Street Outlet, Krispy Kreme, and Quality Inn. We would also like to thank our private donors, Pastor Teresa Johnson of Reapers For Christ Ministries, Mrs Claudia Waldrep, Mr. Frank Bradley III, Mr. Robert Bailie, Earl Spencer Jr., Spencer Brothers Citgo, and Stephanie Wall of Vallum Resources.  We would like to extend a very special thanks to Morse High School Cheer Squad, San Diego, California and to Community Clovia Lawrence, Radio One on air personality, for her continuous support of the Million Veteran March Organization, and Veterans in the Richmond area.
 
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