Region 5 REPORT
BY LEVERETT HOBBS
I would like to apologize to the Michigan State Council
for my absence from its meetings. It seems as though when
I plan on coming, I have to go to a funeral instead. I
also would like to thank all of you for your prayers and
support since my mother had a stroke. It has been an emotional
time for my family with a lot of uncertainty. It has also
taken away from my travel.
On the business end, I urge you
to keep up with the bills in Congress and to let your congressional
representatives know our stand on the issues. Government
Affairs has put together our legislative agenda, and we
will be working to obtain our goals. One of our major efforts
will be assured funding for VA healthcare. Another bill
that should be reintroduced is to help incarcerated veterans
with reintegration into society through support in housing,
training, and other issues.
In Indiana, I proposed that
VVA get some legislators to submit a bill to provide funding
through the state for veterans’ organizations similar
to programs in Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois. I’ll
keep you posted on their progress.
The Resolutions and Constitution Amendments should
be in and processed by the time you receive this issue
of The VVA Veteran. Please discuss, dissect, and absorb
the proposals put forth. We will continue the process during
our Region 5 Conference, going over all the resolutions
and amendments. These are the guidelines the Convention
delegates will vote on to give our organization direction
for the next two years.
The Region 5 Conference will be held June 8-9
at the Clarion Westgate, 3536 Secor Road, in Toledo, Ohio.
There will be a reception starting at six o’clock
Friday evening, June 8. The following day will be very
busy, with seminars starting at 8:00 a.m., then opening
ceremonies and conference business running till 7:00, after
which there will be dinner and entertainment. The room
rate is $60 per night; registration for conference delegates
is $25. Contact the hotel at 419-535-7070 (phone) or 419-536-4836
(fax) to make reservations.