The American Legion has a number of initiatives to help veterans and their families, one of which is the American Legion Scholarship Fund. The fund provides higher education financial support for children of veterans who have fallen in active duty post-September 11th, 2001, as well as children of veterans who have become disabled during this period. One of the major fundraising efforts of this scholarship is the Legacy Run, which is sponsored by USAA and has taken place annually over the past 12 years. This year’s run was held in the summer and spanned western parts of the country, including Colorado and Utah, after beginning in Kansas.
This year’s event raised more than $550,000, which will be used for new scholarships. All told, the Legacy Run events have brought in upwards of $7.4 million for the fund.
The author, Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD), retired from the Air Force in 2018. Currently, he is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC (https://buhlerconsulting.com), where he provides consulting services to commercial, industrial, and defense companies. Outside his professional life, Carl Buhler continues to support military organizations such as the American Legion.
VFW members around the nation are constantly doing their part to provide support to the veteran community. In New York, for example, Rich Synek founded an organization devoted to feeding hungry veterans after a chance encounter with one at a post office in 2008. After talking with the man, he found out that his family was chronically underfed. That’s when he decided to create Feed Our Vets, a program to ensure that veterans get the food they need to stay healthy.
There aren’t rigid requirements to qualify for the program. Veterans only need to present their DD-214 paperwork and photo identification/VA card to receive food from the pantry. To learn more about the organization and how you can help, please visit www.feedourvets.org.
The author, Carl Buhler, is a graduate of Valdosta State College and is a retired Air Force brigadier general (AF biography at (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD). He now serves as CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC (https://buhlerconsulting.com), where he provides subject matter expertise on production, efficiencies, and turnarounds to commercial, industrial, aerospace and defense companies. Still engaged with the military community, Brig Gen (ret) Carl Buhler is a supporter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) service organization.
One of the premier annual events hosted by the Air Force Association (AFA) is the Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition. Scheduled to take place from February 27 to March 1 in Orlando, Florida, the 2019 event will bring together distinguished Air Force leaders, as well as government officials and academics. During the event, discussions on present and future challenges facing the aerospace community and Air Force will occur. In the past, the three-day event has been attended by high-ranking individuals including the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Director of the Air National Guard, and Chief of the Air Force Reserve.
The 2019 symposium will feature more than 50 aerospace companies that have produced innovative technologies in air warfare capability, as well as 12 hours of exhibit time and an outdoor barbecue dinner that will allow Air Force leaders to converse and exchange ideas with exhibitors. For more information on the Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, please visit https://www.afa.org/events/calendar/2019/02/27/air-warfare-symposium.
The author, Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD) spent over 28 years in the United States Air Force in various leadership capacities and now serves as the CEO of Buhler Consulting (https://buhlerconsulting.com), a Virginia-based defense and aerospace consultancy company. In addition to his Air Force experience, Carl Buhler is a member of the AFA.