Post Service Officer.
Thomas V. Clarke (609) 871-3369 
The most vital link in a nationwide network of American Legion service to America’s veterans. Through the service officer, the  post can provide your community with a unique service. The duties of the post service officer call for a competent and dedicated person, preferably one who can serve  indefinitely, and should have a deep interest in fellow veterans, the post, and community. If the service officer is readily available to those needing assistance, it will be helpful.  Electing someone that works and lives close by will likely improve effectiveness. A good service officer should be retained. The value of a post service officer increases with  length of service. As the service officer’s reputation grows, so will the prestige of the organization in your community. Beyond the post,   The American Legion maintains a full staff of appeals representatives in Washington, D.C., and at VA Insurance Centers. A small mobile staff of field representatives provides  a constant flow of information concerning conditions in VA hospitals, domiciliaries, and regional offices throughout the country. A team of Legion representatives also provides  assistance and oral representation on behalf of former service members of the armed forces who petition Department of Defense boards for review of less than fully honorable  discharge or dismissal from the military services. The unit helps veterans in obtaining decorations and medals through the various Armed Forces and Decoration units.  Every department has trained service officers in the various VA regional offices and hospitals in many counties. The Post Service Officer  Guide prepared by the National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division provides the service officer with basic information. Necessary  claims forms can be secured from the department service officer. Information will come through department publications, National Veterans  Affairs and Rehab Bulletins, memorandums, and VA pamphlets.  Training schools for post service officers are held periodically in many departments to increase their knowledge and contacts. The post service  officer is responsible for bringing to the attention of all veterans and their dependents the rights and benefits granted them by law—law for  which The American Legion can accept a major share of credit. The service officer must know how to utilize the expert services available  through Legion channels, as well as those of other agencies in his community. It takes a dedicated person to get the information to the full-  time professionals to make certain that every veteran and dependents are adequately represented. With a large segment of today’s veteran  population made up of those who served during the Vietnam and the Persian Gulf Wars, the work of the service officer takes on increasing  importance.  Even more than older veterans, these men and women are apt to be not too well informed on veterans programs. The older veterans will continue to need advice on how to  integrate possible veterans’ benefits with their overall retirement plans. Dependents should be visited as soon as feasible after a veteran’s death. These and many other duties  are routine to a good service officer, but there is more, such as serving as chair of the veterans affairs and rehabilitation or service committee and working closely with the  children and youth committee, post employment officer, and the hospital visitation committee. The Auxiliary unit frequently needs help. The service officer’s report should be a  standard part of every meeting. Every Congress considers legislative matters of importance to veterans and to The American Legion. Working in cooperation with the post  legislative committee, the post service officer can aid in coordinating the support of the post with the national effort.  The Post Service officer is responsible for bringing to the attention of all veterans and their dependents the rights and benefits granted them by law. He/She must know how to  utilize the expert services available through legion channels, as well as those of other agencies in his community. His is the job of getting information to the full-time  professionals to make certain that every veterans and his dependents are adequately represented. Dependents should be visited by the Post Service Officer as soon as  feasible after a veteran's death. The Post Service Officer shall serve as Chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Committee and work closely with the Children and  Youth Committee. The Auxiliary Unit, The Post Employment Officer, and the Visitation Committee may frequently need this help.
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781 Rancocas Road Po Box 123 08060  County ot  Burlington  Towship of  Westampton  City of  Mount Holly  State of  New Jersey  United States of America  (1-609) 261 0163
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