Jr. Vice Commander’s Report

Greetings Comrades and Auxiliary members,


Where did the time go? It only seems like a few days ago that we were in Helena at our State Convention and now Mid-Winter is behind us, now looking forward to Billings and then on to National. I must be getting old faster than I did a few years ago or time has sped up. Just returned from Miles City where I was privileged to attend the 85th Anniversary Celebration of Post 1579 – An absolutely outstanding event. Fantastic job by the Post, Canteen Manager, and Auxiliary. You folks know how to make your guest feel welcome and appreciated. Thanks again. By the way, I will have another “Cuban” any time I am in town.


Let me congratulate all who have worked so hard to attain 100% in your post and district membership goals. Some of you are just inches away from the goal line. Keep up your hard work and if there is anything I can do to assist, please call me. 


A word about membership, it is the strength of our organization and I understand it sometimes is like that is all we talk about, but it is extremely important to our future as an organization but also important as our leadership educates and encourages our elected officials to do what is right for America’s Veterans. It seems like there is a war in Washington DC against veterans and especially those who served for a career and retired.


Please reach out to our younger veterans and encourage them to become members of this great organization. I know there are some who do not meet our eligibility requirements; however, there are large numbers of them who have been deployed to war zones and meet our requirements for membership. There are to my count, approximately 18 Montana Army National Guard Armories around the state and most of them have been deployed before. Contact their full time Readiness NCO and see if you can attend a weekend drill and address them at their morning formation for a few minutes. They are a treasure chest waiting to be opened.


Hope to see all of you at the upcoming spring district meetings.


Joe Fletcher

Jr. Vice State Commander