Highlights of the 2016 Department Spring Conference
                                           MaGruder Hotel and Conference Center
                                                    Williamsburg, Virginia 23185

 

Topic:   Thrift Store Meeting
Speaker:  Adjutant Bob Cox


Thrift store property has not been deeded over to the Department yet.  Property should be deeded to the Department of Virginia by March 15, 2016.  The attorneys are also working on getting real estate exemptions.  Will have to pay property taxes until that is worked out. 
Thrift Store money belongs to the Department and not to the Chapters
Chapters will continue to receive bonuses
Thrift store financial statements will be published on a monthly basis and chapters will get copies
The Department CPA will audit the Thrift Store CPA on an annual basis
Chapters must maintain cash in the bank at an amount equal to three times the yearly operating expense so that chapters will have enough money to survive for three years in the event of….
The majority of thrift store funds must be spent for Service.  The Department is working on establishing a threshold whether the percentage is a 60:40 ratio, 70:30, ratio, or 80:20 ratio (Service and Other Operating Expenses) 

Topic:  Social Media Seminar
Speakers:  Jim Procunier/Shane Liermann/Diane Rubin


Is your Chapter ready for the Social Media Revolution?
Social Media is the #1 activity on the web
Veterans are 40% move likely to join DAV due to Social Media
Social Media consists of Facebook, twitter, periscope, websites, electronic newsletter
The Electronic Newsletter:  Activates members for meetings and engages members for monthly chapter meetings
Quick Guide for Newsletters (see Department Website)
If Chapters send the monthly meeting sign in roster with email addresses to the Department Social Media Committee, they will send out information to chapter members and keep them informed as to what is happening in the Department
Every chapter should be on Facebook
The Department can help promote your upcoming events on the Department Facebook if the chapter send the Department Social Media Committee information regarding that event
Contact Diane Rubin when having an event and she will take photos or chapters can send photos to her463618 

Topic:  Homeless Veterans
Speaker – Dennis Connolly


Workshop scheduled for April 9 or April 16
Precise Date and Location:  To Be Determined
Purpose:  To get all players on the same sheet of music
Attendees: Commander and Committee Members

 

Topic:  Welfare and Relief
Speaker: Ron Cobb


Emergency Relief (no longer called welfare and relief)
The Department receives about 10 applications per day; most of the applications are incomplete
The Department responsibility to assist veterans in such a way that they do not become homeless
Requests for Emergency Relief must come from the Department when required and not from Chapters.  If a Chapter receive a request from another Chapter, that Chapter should forward that request to the Department for further action

 

Topic:  STOP INCORPORATED
Speaker:  Ms. Charnitta Waters, 757-858-1360 x 140


STOP (Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)  is a Vet Re-Connect Program
STOP is funded by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
The primary focus on the Vet-Reconnect Program is to promote “Housing First” through a multitude of supportive services.
By placing Veterans and their families in a safe and permanent environment, their chances of achieving housing stability become much greater
STOP is a non-profit Agency that serves the six (6) Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach and the two (2) Counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton and Va. Eastern Shore  James /city County is also included.
To inquire about the program qualifications, please contact SSVF Program Intake Line, 757-858-1360 x 161 or Ms. Charnitta Waters 757-858-1360 x 140
Also, contact the above for any veterans that needs assistance with their Dominion Power Electricity Bill.  They have a fund set aside exclusively to assist qualified veterans with their electric bills 

 

Topic:  Veterans Affairs Home Front Homeless Veterans Outreach Program
Speaker:  Mr. Antione Hines, 757-401-0917, veteranshomefront@gmail.com
Theme:  Working together to eliminate Veteran Homelessness
Call for more information


 

Topic:  Incarcerated Veterans
Speaker – Director of Special Projects, Bob Bent


DAV is working with the Department of Corrections to ensure that veterans encountering the justice system are, in fact, identified as veterans, assessed for symptoms of PTSD, and where appropriate, are provided with alternative diversionary treatment options such as entry into a Veterans Treatment Court DAV also working with the Virginia Department of Corrections to address re-entry strategies and support transitional services for incarcerated veterans 39 Prison in the State of Virginia 12 Contract Prisons in the State of Virginia
Numerous veterans are in jail in cities and counties Approximately 31,000 prisoners in the state of Virginia; approximately 2,000 are veterans 87% of veterans are expected to be back in jail in 2 years after release Veteran Affairs are still trying to develop programs to take care of the veterans.  Goal is to identify and treat the veterans that are currently in jail; develop programs to provide specific assistance the last 6 – 3 months out to help with their transition after jail.


Some of the veterans did not inform VA Compensation Branch that they were in jail and continued to receive benefits (compensation).  If you were receiving a disability pension, your pension payment will stop the 61st day of your imprisonment following conviction of a felony or misdemeanor. You need to notify the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office immediately after you are incarcerated. If you do not notify VA and receive an overpayment, you could lose all payments until the debt is repaid. Payments may be resumed upon release from prison if you meet VA eligibility requirements, but it is not automatic. You must apply for them yourself upon your release 

Topic:  Veteran Services
Speaker:  Commissioner, - John Newby II


Veterans Affairs are still trying to develop programs to help medics and corpsmen land civilian health jobs after leaving the service
Medics and Corpsmen often find themselves at the bottom of the “totem pole” in civilian health fields after leaving the service.  Their skills translates to almost nothing in the civilian world Medics and Corpsmen are able to save lives in combat but the only jobs they can find in the civilian world are janitorial related Veterans Affairs are setting up Care Giver Programs/Training to help families take care of their veterans who cannot take care of themselves.  Go to www.caregiver.va.gov and enter your zip to learn more from your local Caregiver Support Coordinator. The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program has changed its name to reflect a broader focus on serving parents, spouses and other close caregivers of injured veterans.  The new name is Virginia Veteran and Family Support A veteran seeking help can first reach out to a spouse, parent, close friend or, in the case of elderly veterans, adult children who find themselves in the role of caregiver.  When veterans don’t reach out, family or friends can be the first to notice something is wrong. 

Topic:  Virginia War Memorial
Speaker:  Jon C. Hatfield, Executive Director,


Chapters can call 804-786-2060 and organize a tour of the Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere Street, Richmond, VA 23220.  The Holocaust Museum is really a great site to see.  Holocaust Museum: 2000 E. Cary Street, Richmond, VA., 23223, 804-257-5400 (Free) 10AM – 5PM

Topic:  Twitter & Periscope
Speaker:  Jim Procunier


What is twitter (tweeting)? – Short burst messages; 140 characters or less
Twitters for Dummies Books are available
Go to twitter.com and sign up for free account
Periscope.- Your private TV broadcasting station. 
Periscope is owned by Twitter
Can make a short video; post to Twitter and Facebook
Can download periscope App on iPhone, iPad, and android)
Can choose your personal handle

 

Speaker – Curtis Jennings
Legislative Committee


Veteran Care Centers.(Long term Care/Nursing Homes)  There is a shortage of care centers throughout Virginia
The Governor of Virginia is funding a Care Center in Virginia Beach and one in Northern Virginia.  Will ask for reimbursements later….Construction will start this year 

Highlights of the 2016 Department Spring Conference
MaGruder Hotel and Conference Center
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 

Topic:   Thrift Store Meeting
Speaker:  Adjutant Bob Cox

Thrift store property has not been deeded over to the Department yet.  Property should be deeded to the Department of Virginia by March 15, 2016.  The attorneys are also working on getting real estate exemptions.  Will have to pay property taxes until that is worked out. 
Thrift Store money belongs to the Department and not to the Chapters
Chapters will continue to receive bonuses Thrift store financial statements will be published on a monthly basis and chapters will get copies The Department CPA will audit the Thrift Store CPA on an annual basis Chapters must maintain cash in the bank at an amount equal to three times the yearly operating expense so that chapters will have enough money to survive for three years in the event of….The majority of thrift store funds must be spent for Service.  The Department is working on establishing a threshold whether the percentage is a 60:40 ratio, 70:30, ratio, or 80:20 ratio (Service and Other Operating Expenses) 

Topic:  Social Media Seminar
Speakers:  Jim Procunier/Shane Liermann/Diane Rubin


Is your Chapter ready for the Social Media Revolution?
Social Media is the #1 activity on the web
Veterans are 40% move likely to join DAV due to Social Media
Social Media consists of Facebook, twitter, periscope, websites, electronic newsletter
The Electronic Newsletter:  Activates members for meetings and engages members for monthly chapter meetings
Quick Guide for Newsletters (see Department Website)
If Chapters send the monthly meeting sign in roster with email addresses to the Department Social Media Committee, they will send out information to chapter members and keep them informed as to what is happening in the Department
Every chapter should be on Facebook
The Department can help promote your upcoming events on the Department Facebook if the chapter send the Department Social Media Committee information regarding that event
Contact Diane Rubin when having an event and she will take photos or chapters can send photos to her463618 

Topic:  Homeless Veterans
Speaker – Dennis Connolly


Workshop scheduled for April 9 or April 16
Precise Date and Location:  To Be Determined
Purpose:  To get all players on the same sheet of music
Attendees: Commander and Committee Members 

Topic:  Welfare and Relief 
Speaker: Ron Cobb


Emergency Relief (no longer called welfare and relief)
The Department receives about 10 applications per day; most of the applications are incomplete The Department responsibility to assist veterans in such a way that they do not become homeless Requests for Emergency Relief must come from the Department when required and not from Chapters.  If a Chapter receive a request from another Chapter, that Chapter should forward that request to the Department for further action. 

Topic:  STOP INCORPORATED
Speaker:  Ms. Charnitta Waters, 757-858-1360 x 140


STOP (Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)  is a Vet Re-Connect Program
STOP is funded by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
The primary focus on the Vet-Reconnect Program is to promote “Housing First” through a multitude of supportive services.
By placing Veterans and their families in a safe and permanent environment, their chances of achieving housing stability become much greater
STOP is a non-profit Agency that serves the six (6) Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach and the two (2) Counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton and Va. Eastern Shore  James /city County is also included.
To inquire about the program qualifications, please contact SSVF Program Intake Line, 757-858-1360 x 161 or Ms. Charnitta Waters 757-858-1360 x 140
Also, contact the above for any veterans that needs assistance with their Dominion Power Electricity Bill.  They have a fund set aside exclusively to assist qualified veterans with their electric bills 

Topic:  Veterans Affairs Home Front Homeless Veterans Outreach Program
Speaker:  Mr. Antione Hines, 757-401-0917, veteranshomefront@gmail.com


Theme:  Working together to eliminate Veteran Homelessness
Call for more information 


Topic:  Veteran Services

Speaker:  Commissioner, - John Newby II

Veterans Affairs are still trying to develop programs to help medics and corpsmen land civilian health jobs after leaving the service
Medics and Corpsmen often find themselves at the bottom of the “totem pole” in civilian health fields after leaving the service.  Their skills translates to almost nothing in the civilian world
Medics and Corpsmen are able to save lives in combat but the only jobs they can find in the civilian world are janitorial related
Veterans Affairs are setting up Care Giver Programs/Training to help families take care of their veterans who cannot take care of themselves.  Go to www.caregiver.va.gov and enter your zip to learn more from your local Caregiver Support Coordinator   
The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program has changed its name to reflect a broader focus on serving parents, spouses and other close caregivers of injured veterans.  The new name is Virginia Veteran and Family Support
A veteran seeking help can first reach out to a spouse, parent, close friend or, in the case of elderly veterans, adult children who find themselves in the role of caregiver.  When veterans don’t reach out, family or friends can be the first to notice something is wrong 

Topic:  Twitter & Periscope
Speaker:  Jim Procunier


What is twitter (tweeting)? – Short burst messages; 140 characters or less
Twitters for Dummies Books are available
Go to twitter.com and sign up for free account
Periscope.- Your private TV broadcasting station. 
Periscope is owned by Twitter
Can make a short video; post to Twitter and Facebook
Can download periscope App on iPhone, iPad, and android)
Can choose your personal handle

 

Speaker – Curtis Jennings
Legislative Committee


Veteran Care Centers.(Long term Care/Nursing Homes)  There is a shortage of care centers throughout Virginia
The Governor of Virginia is funding a Care Center in Virginia Beach and one in Northern Virginia.  Will ask for reimbursements later….Construction will start this yearType your paragraph here.