REGION 4 REPORT
BY JOHN LOPROWSKI
It's been a pretty tough September
in Florida. First it was Hurricane Charley, then came Frances,
and then Ivan, and then Jeanne.
So, for four times this month we've been prepared to evacuate.
Of course, this time of the year all of Region 4 is prone to
hurricanes, from Puerto Rico to Mississippi. I am very proud
of how the region came together in assisting Florida in its
time of need. And it wasn't just the region. State councils,
chaptersall of VVApitched in to help. Truly, we are a
brotherhood and sisterhood of our own. To all of you, I speak
for all Floridians when we say, "Thank you and God bless." We
will always remember and forever be in your debt.
Congratulations to all newly elected state council and chapter
officers. Alabama elected a familiar face, Wayne Reynolds.
Seems he just left this post a couple of years ago. Welcome
back. Craig Tonjes of Florida stepped right up, as did James
Gilmer from Georgia and, of course, Jorge Pedroza in Puerto
To Ken Rollins, Albert Lewis, and Dave McMichaels: Thank you
for your dedicated service and devotion in serving the
veterans of your states. I know that stepping down is not
stepping away from being there when needed.
It was great to see so many of the newly elected officers at
the Leadership Conference in Nashville. There were 35
representatives in attendance from this region. I know that
they all came home full of energy, fresh ideas, and ready to
take the reins and lead their state councils and chapters to
serve veterans, their families, and communities.
Let's not forget our commitment to veterans. Push for
mandatory funding to insure that all veterans receive the
health care they deserve. It is the responsibility of the
administration and Congress, which sends our men and women off
to battle, to take the responsibility to care for them when
they come home.