John Harold Buckley, Post 32

Department of Colorado Mid-Year Conference 2023 
The American Legion Family
Department Mid - Year Conference
Hosted by Post 32 Longmont
Friday January 26 - Saturday January 27, 2024

Link to more information: http://coloradolegion.org/index.html

There are 50 rooms blocked for the American Legion Family. This is just 1.5 miles down the road. There will be scheduled shuttles to the post.
HOTEL LOCATION: Hilton Garden Inn, 470 South Martin Road, Longmont, CO 80501.
PHONE: 720-759-4422
PRICE: $109 + tax
Rooms are available to book today. Make sure you reserve under CAL block to get the quoted room rate.
The room block and rate is good until 12/26/23.
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NOTE the following highlights are tentative, we will update as needed.

Friday 1/26:
Day begins at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm with Post 32 Daily lunch menu, open to all
Meetings will follow at 1 pm
Detailed schedule of individual meetings will be available at a later date
Post 32 Dinner 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Entertainment 7:00 -11:00 pm

Saturday 1/27:
Day begins with Post 32 Continental Breakfast 7:00 - 8:20 am
Joint opening session begins at 8:30 am
Break out sessions begin at 9:00 am
Four Chaplains' Memorial Service 11:15 am - Noon
Past Commander Lunch - Banquet Hall at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Meeting resumes 1:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Social Hour 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Banquet 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Entertainment (Karaoke Mike)
 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Sunday 1/28:
Post 32 Breakfast 8:00 am - 11:00 am



Department of Colorado AL Convention 2024



Volunteer Opportunity from Boulder County
Become a Companion Volunteer

Are you looking for a meaningful way to connect with an older Veteran who feels isolated or lonely?

Consider becoming a Companion Volunteer. Volunteers are matched with an older adult who lives alone or with family caregivers and visit their program partner two hours weekly.

The AAA Respite & Companion Volunteer Program invites adults 21 & older to apply to become a
Companion Volunteer. Applicants must pass a criminal background check and make at least a 6-month commitment. If this opportunity speaks to you, call (720) 864-6526 or email
infoRespite@bouldercounty.org for more information. Or submit your volunteer application to:

The contact information above can also be used for older Veterans or their caregivers who are
interested in receiving this service.



Advertise your business/talents/resources on the Post 32 website

If you're interested in advertising your business, talents, and/or resources to members of Post 32, please send the below information to the Senior Vice, Karl Paulsen, at karlpaulsen@yahoo.com.

Business Name (if applicable)
Specific services provided
Any limitations (i.e. service area, days available, etc.) and/or important details (i.e. minimum project/cost, wait time, etc.) 
Contact name(s) and information (phone/email/website)

PACT Act Eligibility

On August 10, 2022, President Biden signed the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act—known as the PACT Act. The PACT Act is one of the largest health care and benefit expansions in VA history. It helps us provide generations of Veterans and their survivors with the care they’ve earned and deserve.

 I wanted to forward along resources to learn more about the law as well as provide information to share in your district and state with Veterans and survivors. Below is a landing page to help “spread the word” on VA health care eligibility [link] and links to fact sheets (with additional language offerings on the eligibility website) that help you talk about the Department’s efforts to reach all Veterans and survivors.  


PACT Act Resources:


·         FACT SHEET: In State of the Union, President Biden to Outline Vision to Advance Progress on Unity Agenda in Year [link]


·         News on PACT Act [link]

·         PACT Act Overview Presentation [link]

·         PACT Act: Frequently Asked Questions [link]

·         Connect with VA Flyer [link]

·         PACT Act VA Benefits Specialist Flyer [link]

·         PACT Act Funding for VA Facilities - Map [link]

·         PACT Act: Health Care and Benefits Guide [link]

·         PACT Act: Health Care Eligibility [link]

·         Fast Facts: Toxic Exposure Screening [link]

·         PACT Act: Survivor Benefits [link]

·         PACT Act: Scams Information [link]

·         Camp Lejeune FAQ [link]

·         VA Exam Screening Differences [link]

·         PACT Act - Toxins Poster [link]

·         PACT Act: Gulf War and Post 9/11 Veterans [link]

·         PACT Act Cold War, Vietnam Veterans [link]


Veteran's Guide

Our mission is to assist veterans with the array of issues they may face, including obtaining proper disability compensation, financial assistance, information on the GI bill, and more. We have created some helpful guides and will continuously be adding more. Check out our organization below:

Veterans Guide - veteransguide.org/

Also, here is a guide on the VA rating process: veteransguide.org/va-disability/ratings/

What's important to us is providing resources and help for veterans and their families. We want to make sure vets have all the resources necessary to ensure they struggle with their health and finances as little as possible. I think our advocacy site could be a useful addition to your page for that reason. If you agree, would you consider sharing a link to our organization on your site?

Post 32 Fun and Games

On Mondays at 7 pm, we have a Pool tournament for members only.
Tuesdays in addition to the ongoing Poker tournament, we now have a Shuffleboard tournament going on. We are working to set up a Bunco game/tournament as well. You can email if you are interested in playing Bunco at jenbowar77@gmail.com. We now have a Bowling game that can be played on the shuffleboard. This is available for all members to use, to check it out you will need to use your I.D. We also have a nice dart set that was donated by Sean McCoy that can also be checked out with an I.D. card. Any member who is under the age of 16 must have supervision to use the pool tables, darts, dart board, and shuffleboard, we want everyone to be able to use them, and to keep them in the best shape possible.


Earn money for Post #32 when you use your King Soopers loyalty card

The King Soopers Community Rewards program makes fundraising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your Card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at King Soopers and swipe your Shopper’s Card.  


Here’s how it works:  

1.  Go to https://www.kingsoopers.com/ 

2.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to King Soopers Community Rewards  

3. Link your Card to Post #32. 

Sign in to your digital account. Hint: If you don’t have an account, you will need to set one up. Search for your organization here.  Hint: put “legion” in the search bar to find Post #32 more easily (see below).  Select the American Legion Post #32 from the list and click “Save”.  You can check the King Soopers Community Rewards section of your account to see if Post #32 displays. If so, everything is set!  

4. The Post earns every time you shop.  

Transactions using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program at no added cost to you.  

King Soopers donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending associated with all participating King Soopers Community Rewards organizations.  



Rocky Mountain Pilates & Yoga is offering free classes to Veterans

Taylor, the owner of Rocky Mountain Pilates & Yoga, offers free classes to Veterans and a boot camp prep-type training for someone joining the military, and a former SEAL teaches it. Please visit the website, https://rockymountainpilatesandyoga.com/vet-program/ to read an amazing story about why she is doing this program and supports Operation Hat Trick for Veterans. Click here for a flyer that has the FREE classes listed.


Auxiliary Hamburger Nights every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

We encourage all members and guests to come in during our burger sales. Your support helps us continue to fulfill the mission of serving the Veterans, Active Duty Military, and their families.

Hospital Loan Closet
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
4:15 - 5:15 pm

The Auxiliary Mailing address
American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 32
315 S. Bowen
Longmont, CO 80501


Colorado’s U.S. Navy Seabee License Plate

Effective 01January2024, the State of Colorado (per Senate Bill 23-212) is offering "U.S. Navy Seabees" license plates to individuals who served in the Naval Construction Forces.


About: Creation of this license plate was per Senate Bill 23-212.

Available For: Motorcycles, Passenger cars, trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, or a noncommercial or recreational vehicles and motor homes unless otherwise specified (not available for any vehicle registered as Tax Class A – International Registration Plan (IRP)).

Who Qualifies: Honorably Discharged Veteran, Retired, Active, or Reserve Members of a Construction Battalion of the United States Navy (including women veterans, and discharge LGBT veterans).

Requirements: Qualifying person must submit a copy of form DD214 (issued by the U.S. Government) or military orders that demonstrate they are or were members of a Construction Battalion of the United States Navy. (For the PWD versions of these plates, the DR 2219 will be required as detailed in CRS 42-3-204.

Fees: One set of plates is exempt from fees allowed by CRS 43-3-213(1)(b)(II)(D). A second or additional set requires a one-time fee of $50.00 for issuance or replacement of plates, in addition to other taxes and fees.

Personalized License Plate Fees: Not allowed.

Number of Plates Allowed: Unlimited, only the first set is exempt from fees.

Online: myDMV.colorado.gov

Plate Options:

· Passenger regular license plate

· Passenger person with disabilities

· Motorcycle regular license plate

· Motorcycle person with disabilities

Information: Research Colorado Revised Statute 42-3-213. Military License Plate Application(opens in new window) (Form DR 2002)

Step 1: Go to Colorado Department of Revenue Licenses https://dmv.colorado.gov/license-plates-military

Step 2: Click on "U.S. Navy Seabees".

Step 3: Complete "Military License Plate Application" (Form DR 2002) on-line or print out and complete.

Step 4: Make an appointment with the County Clerk where the vehicle is registered in the State of Colorado.

Step 5: Documentation options to bring to the County Clerk (copies or originals):

* DD214 (If you have one or if you were in the Reserve Component/Reservist, you may need to explain that Reservists do not have this documentation and substitute from the list below).

* Honorable Discharge Paperwork that shows your rate (if enlisted) or CEC Officers documentation.

* Official Military Correspondence or Citation letter.

* SCWS (Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist) Certificate.

* Navy Personnel Command Retirement Order listing Rate/Rank (if enlisted) or CEC Officers documentation.

Key points or lessons learned are: 1. *The first set of plates is FREE (of fees, not taxes)* for a motorcycle, passenger car or trucks that do not exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight, noncommercial or recreational vehicles and motor homes (not available for any vehicle registered as Tax Class A – International Registration Plan (IRP))! 2. The second set or subsequent sets of plates have a one-time fee of $50 (plus any taxes). 3. Be patient with the clerk on the otherside of the station or counter (they likely have not encountered these plates previous to yourself). 4. Be Prepared to Surrender your plates, if you are replacing an Active in-service set (or they may allow you to keep one or both to place above your bar, love me wall or add to the retired plates in your garage.) 5. You will be given a 60 day Temporary Tag and registration, to allow them to send the plates to your mailing address on your motor vehicle record. 6. Ensure that you have proof of insurance, proof of passing emissions and your proof of ownership for the appointment.