2014 NABVETS Convention will be held in New York City, N.Y.

It is my prayer that this missive finds you and your families and the commands you govern and support, in great health, prosperity and eagerly awaiting the 2014 NABVETS NATIONAL COVENTION in New York City! We are excited and awaiting your arrival.

Our theme for the 2014 Convention is “Transitioning to the Next Level: Fighting for Your Focus”. This theme is appropos, as we not only handle the business of the organization, but we are celebrating the founder and visionary, the BG (Ret.) Robert A. Cocroft as he transfers the National Command to its next leader.
The Convention dates are August 14th to August 17th, 2014.

Click here to read more about the 2014 NABVETS Convention, including how to Register!

Register and Vote

From Richard Rodgers, National Director of Organizational Development 

As veterans and citizens we all have laid or lives on the line in one way or another to assure our right to vote.  Currently and always we have an opportunity to exercise our right to vote, determining who will represent us in local, state, and national elections.  Possibly the most powerful statement we can make in our lifetime is registering to vote, then voting (on election day, by voting early and/or voting by absentee ballot if necessary) as is our right and responsibility.

At present, there are efforts afoot in some areas of the U.S.A. to limit voting to those who are able to produce “valid” identification, typically a photo I.D. like a driver’s license or approved state photo I.D. card.  No doubt battles will rage-on in the courts over the I.D. issue for years to come.  The outcome isn’t clear.  But do not allow the photo I.D. barrier or your discouragement about it stop you from voting. Make the effort now to obtain a valid photo I.D., and use it to register and vote.

Additionally, if you really want to make a difference, assist others to do so as well.  Some of our friends and members of our families and communities may face challenges in getting an I.D.  If you are able to help with transportation, filling out forms, reading instructions or offering personal encouragement, be sure to do so.

Voting matters.  It is your right.  Use it.

History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919 , in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles , France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918 , is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
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