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Photo Pages are Back On Line
The Photo Pages of our County website were compromised by a hacker. Unfortunately, a number of photos were lost and new photos could not be entered.
However, we're glad to report that repairs are complete and this popular feature of the website will once again carry photos of current happenings.
A new album of pics from the Department Commander's visit to Morris County is now available for viewing.
Website Receives "Great American Website" Award
The American Legion of Morris County's website has received the Great American Website Award from US Military VA Loan.
It was named one of the top military websites on the web and was one of 20 honored for "exemplifying the great qualities of America".
Our sincere appreciation for this recognition.
Veterans Crisis Line Now Available
An average of eighteen veterans commit suicide in America each day! That's 6,570 a year or an estimated 65,700 over the past decade.
To help combat this nationwide crisis, the VA has created a confidential 24/7 Veterans Crisis Line that veterans and their families can call for help.
But the VA needs the help of Posts and Legionnaires to distribute and display information and outreach materials via newsletters, websites, displays and announcements.
An offering of materials is available for download by clicking here.
Please help a veteran in need by making this information known. Trained professionals are available at all hours to assist veterans and their families. The number to call is 1-800-273-8255, press 1. It is not necessary to be enrolled in VA to call this free, confidential service.
Does Your Post have a Website?
Link to Department and County Websites for Greater Exposure
Post websites have the opportunity to broaden their exposure by linking with the revitalized Department website and the award-winning Morris County website.
To link with Department, provide your URL (website address) to John Baker, Department Adjutant, via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. To connect with this County website, contact Bill DeGrosky, Webmaster, at e-mail address email@example.com.
Are you on Facebook?
The Legion Family of Morris County has a Page
Facebook is emerging as a major networking tool on the internet. It provides a free interactive vehicle for establishing your identity, viewpoints and news, and connecting with like-minded people and groups around the world.
Facebook is very user friendly and permits public and private messaging among members, chat and the posting of photos, videos and links.
A Facebook page has been established for the Legion Family of Morris County and is open to all Legion, Auxiliary, SAL, Riders and anyone with an interest. Currently there are about 160 "friends".
It is not necessary to go through anyone to post to the Facebook page. Anyone who has signed on as a "Friend" may post or communicate at will.
If you're already on Facebook, just use the search box for Legion Family of Morris County and, when it opens, sign on as a friend. If you're not on Facebook yet, just go to www.facebook.com and find out why people are so excited about this free way to network and communicate.
Morris County Goes
"Over the Top" in
13 of 24 Posts Top
Previous Year's membership
In an all-out, last minute effort, Morris County went "Over the Top" in membership with 3,589 members, a gain of 19 over the previous year, or 100.53%. Thirteen of the County's 24 posts topped 100%.
Morris held second place through most of the year, beating back a last ditch effort by Sussex County to move up from third. First Place, determined by percentage gain, was awarded to Cape May County which has seven posts and a total membership of less than 1,200.
Morris ran consistently ahead of the state , as a whole, which closed the year at 51,513 members, or 95.66%. A national report, dated June 20, 2012, shows New Jersey ranks 40th among the Legion's 55 Departments in membership performance.
Immediate Past County Commander Bill DeGrosky extended his thanks and congratulations to Mike McCorry, County Vice Commander and Membership Chairman, and to all the Posts and individuals who helped put Morris County over the top. "It was a nice going-away present", DeGrosky said, "and we can all take pride in a job well done."
Here are the final standings:
Place: Post: Location: Performance:
1. 312 Morristown 117.7%
2. 154 Butler 115.3
3. 421 E. Hanover 112.9
4. 279 Lincoln Pk. 110.4
5. 451 Rainbow Lks. 105.8
6. 245 Lk. Hopatcong 105.5
7. 344 Rockaway Twp. 105.4
8. 342 Chester 105.3
9. 423 Oak Ridge 104.0
10. 43 Florham Pk. 102.6
11. 155 Whippany 101.6
12. 390 Denville 101.2
13. 450 Pequannock 100.6
14. 27 Dover 99.1
15. 91 Wharton 97.7
16. 249 Lk. Hiawatha 96.8
17. 124 Boonton 94.1
18. 242 Pompton Plns. 93.1
19. 175 Rockaway 90.7
20. 59 Morristown 89.0
21. 484 Stirling 87.7
22. 391 Mine Hill 86.3
23. 315 Mendham 84.6
24. 422 Roxbury (s) 77.7
Jobs Website for Veterans
Launched by Legion and Avue
The American Legion and Avue Technologies have developed a joint website to substantially increase employment opportunities for returning veterans.
The new site is free to all users and will carry no advertising of any kind. The mission is not only to provide more jobs for veterans within federal agencies, but to also improve the quality of jobs and career opportunities being offered.
Visit the site by clicking here. It will also remain as an addition to the "Links" page.
You are Never Alone
Stressful problems are an unfortunate part of life. Wartime trauma, illness, emotional issues, addictions, bereavment, parenting, caregiving and other pressures can impact not only the quality of your life but also those around you.
Help could be as close as your telephone. There is a free service called "MASH"--Mutual Aid Self Help. Chances are, there are support groups concerned with your specific problem area, including PTSD. You will have help available from people who know what you are going through because they've been there.
The place to start is with the New Jersey Self-Help Clearinghouse, a non-profit program of St. Clare's Health Services. For free help in locating a support group, listing your support group, or learning how to start one, call 1-800-367-6274, or check it out online at www.selfhelpgroups.org.