General Orders NO. 1                                                                    2019-20 Series 
1. Having been elected Commander-in-Chief and having been installed in office in accordance with the Bylaws of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, I hereby assume command.
2. The following officers have been duly elected and installed by the 120th National Convention and will be accorded the recognition due them:
Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief
Harold J. "Hal” Roesch, II, Post 3219, Phoebus, Virginia
Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief
Matthew M. "Fritz” Mihelcic, Post 2698, Sparta, Illinois
Quartermaster General
Debra L. Anderson, Post 7356, Parkville, Missouri
National Chaplain
James G. "Jim” Jenkins, Post 6401, Bonner Springs, Kansas
Judge Advocate General
J. Douglas "Doug” Whitaker, Post 9675, Papillion, Nebraska
Surgeon General
Curtis O. "Doc” Bohlman, Post 1335, Woodward, Oklahoma
National Council of Administration Members
Alabama George H. Jones, Post 6073, Scottsboro, Alabama
Alaska Walter W. Watts, Jr., Post 3629, Fairbanks, Alaska
Arizona Michael K. "Mike” Ferguson, Post 3632, Tempe, Arizona
Arkansas Ashley A. Little, Post 4548, Jacksonville, Arkansas
California Earl D. Fulk, Post 9934, Dana Point, California
Colorado Bruce R. Dolan, Post 7945, Thornton, Colorado
Connecticut Richard G. DiFederico, Jr., Post 7330, Oakville, Connecticut
Delaware William R. "Russ” Hall, Post 8801, Clayton, Delaware
Europe Norberto "Tony” Millet, Jr., Post 9342, Ansbach, Germany
Florida W. Benny Bachand, Post 4287, Orlando, Florida
Georgia Alfred J. "Al” Lipphardt, Post 12002, North Fulton, Georgia
Hawaii Stanley Y. Fernandez, Post 10276, Honolulu, Hawaii
Idaho Rick W. Johnson, Post 4902, Cottonwood, Idaho
Illinois Philip L. "Phil” Maughan, Post 3873, Naperville, Illinois
Indiana Johnny R. Capps, Post 972, Terre Haute, Indiana
Iowa Carol L. Whitmore, Post 9127, Des Moines, Iowa
Kansas Bobby J. Cox, Post 2715, McPherson, Kansas
Kentucky Robert O. "Bob” Hendrickson, Post 8639, Okolona, Kentucky
Louisiana Gerald G. "Snake” Dugas, Post 3121, Gretna, Louisiana
Maine David D. Williams, Post 1641, Rumford, Maine
Maryland R. Brian Sturgis, Post 5118, Easton, Maryland
Massachusetts Robert A. "Bob” Graser, Post 1822, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Michigan Gerald J. "Jerry” Gorski, Post 2645, Southfield, Michigan
Minnesota Thomas L. "Tom” Hanson, Post 1639, Willmar, Minnesota
Mississippi Steven M. "Steve” Organ, Post 5395, Pontotoc, Mississippi
Missouri Jessie L. Jones, Post 2657, Fulton, Missouri
Montana Arthur J. "Art” Widhalm, Post 3107, Glasgow, Montana
Nebraska Larry M. Gerlt, Post 2704, South Omaha, Nebraska
Nevada Gilbert "Gil” Hernandez, Post 2350, Elko, Nevada
New Hampshire Paul J. Lloyd, Post 1631, Concord, New Hampshire
New Jersey William F. "Bill” Thomson, Post 6192, Washington Township, New Jersey
New Mexico Kathie D. Schiebel, Post 401, Albuquerque, New Mexico
New York Robert E. "Bob” Barnhart, Post 686, High Falls, New York
North Carolina Gregory A. "Greg” Stafford, Post 6060, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
North Dakota James H. "Hoppy” Hapala, Post 7564, West Fargo, North Dakota
Ohio Christopher W. "Chris” Haynes, Post 7596, Franklin, Ohio
Oklahoma Robert A. "Robbie” Clark, Post 4876, Altus, Oklahoma
Oregon Bert W. Key, Post 4273, Sandy, Oregon
Pacific Areas Shawn C. Watson, Post 2917, Agat, Guam
Pennsylvania Robert C. Eiler, Post 7842, Linesville, Pennsylvania
Rhode Island Guyde A. Lombari, Jr., Post 2812, Thornton, Rhode Island
South Carolina Augustus "Gus” Singleton, Post 4262, Columbia, South Carolina
South Dakota Rick L. Williamson, Post 3164, Canton, South Dakota
Tennessee Henry Hooper, II, Post 11333, Memphis, Tennessee
Texas Daniel L. "Dan” West, Post 3413, San Marcos, Texas
Utah Dennis L. Parizek, Post 1481, Ogden, Utah
Vermont Allston J. "Joe” Gilmond, Post 782, Burlington, Vermont
Virginia Thomas F. "Tom” Gimble, Post 1503, Dale City, Virginia
Washington Frederick A. "Fred” Green, Post 2669, Port Orchard, Washington
West Virginia Todd C. Kingsbury, Post 3522, Charles Town, West Virginia
Wisconsin Gundel "Gundy” Metz, Post 1318, Madison, Wisconsin
Wyoming Rodney A. Birkle, Post 3558, Wheatland, Wyoming
3. All previous appointments having expired are declared null and void.
4. The following appointments are hereby announced:
Adjutant General
Kevin C. Jones, Post 7356, Parkville, Missouri
National Chief of Staff
Paul R. Phillips, Jr., Post 2863, Richardson Park, Delaware
Inspector General
Duane T. Sarmiento, Post 5579, Gibbstown, New Jersey
Assistant Adjutant General & Executive Director, Washington Office
Vincent B.J. Lawrence, Post 7686, Alamogordo, New Mexico
Assistant Adjutant General, Administration & Programs
Kim A. DeShano, Post 2216, Staunton, Virginia
Director, Administration & Economic Opportunity, Washington Office
Anthony J. Lowe, Post 341, Washington, DC
Director, Administrative Operations
Johnathan R. Duncan, Post 1829, Kansas City, Missouri
Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Washington Office
Joseph E. Davis, Post 3391, Pago Pago, American Samoa
Director, Member Service Center
David E. Prohaska, Post 4434, Belleville, Michigan
Director, Membership
Rick L. Butler, Post 7356, Parkville, Missouri
Director, National Legislative Service
Carlos U. Fuentes, Post 5627, College Park, Maryland
Director, National Security and Foreign Affairs
Johnathon N. Towles, Post 3150, Arlington, Virginia
Director, National Veterans Service
Ryan M. Gallucci, Post 3150, Arlington, Virginia
Director, VFW Programs
Lynn W. Rolf, III, Post 56, Leavenworth, Kansas
Director, VFW Properties
Brian T. Opalewski, Post 7397, Lenexa, Kansas
National Sergeant-at-Arms
Bryan P. O’Brien, Post 2550, Dunedin, Florida
5. For purposes of clarification, we do not operate as a men’s organization or a ladies organization, but as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its VFW Auxiliary.
6. Every Post chartered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States will be expected to participate in the following programs during the 2019-20 year: Voice of Democracy, Patriots Pen, Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teachers’ Awards, "Buddy”® Poppy and Veterans and Military Support Programs. Additionally, it is necessary that all Post and Department Commanders comply with all provisions of the National Bylaws and the Manual of Procedure and Ritual.
7. Post Commanders and District Commanders are directed to forward all resolutions or communications relative to federal legislation or to the policy or procedure of the Department of Veterans Affairs, or any other governmental agency, to their respective Department Headquarters for consideration and referral to the Adjutant General. Department Commanders will not take direct action on any such resolutions or communications without first obtaining full knowledge of existing National Headquarters policies governing such legislation or agencies. Posts, County Councils, Districts and officers and members thereof shall not publicly communicate or promulgate any such resolutions until reviewed by the Commander-in-Chief.
8. DEPARTMENT DUES RESERVE: Due to the passage of Bylaw Amendment B-38 at the 119th National Convention, it is no longer necessary for Departments to maintain a dues reserve fund effective August 24, 2018.
9. Attention of commanders at all levels is directed to Section 703 of the National Bylaws which requires that each accountable officer be bonded with an indemnity company in the sum at least equal to the amount of the liquid assets for which he may be accountable.
10. Attention of Post Commanders is directed to Section 218(a)(11)(b), Manual of Procedure, Trustees, which states that Post Trustees shall prepare and submit quarterly, through their Post Commander, a Post Trustees’ Report of Audit (VFW Store product #4214) to the Department Quartermaster for referral to the Department Inspector. The first report is due at the close of September. Do not mail these reports to National Headquarters.
11. Attention of Department and Post Commanders is directed to the requirement of timely filing of Internal Revenue Form 990 and 990/T, where applicable. Forms may be secured from your local Post Office or branch office of the Internal Revenue Service.
12. Posts are urged to start planning suitable programs now for the observance of Veterans Day (see Section 223 of the Manual of Procedure).
13. The passage of Manual of Procedure Amendment M-30 has modified Section 1001(25) to read, "The dispensation and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages or the use of smoking/vaping products in VFW meeting rooms during VFW meetings are prohibited.”
14. A thorough program of Post inspection is necessary to ensure compliance with National and Department Bylaws and directives. Department and District Inspectors shall make every effort to inspect every Post under their cognizance on an annual basis and correct such discrepancies as may be disclosed.
15. U.S. Army ARDEC has issued guidance on the operation and maintenance of the M1 Garand. The manual can be found in the VFW Training & Support section at or you can visit the M1 Garand Associated Website:
16. The distribution of VFW "Buddy”® Poppies will be conducted according to the provisions set forth in Sections 711 of the National Bylaws and the Manual of Procedure. Department, District, County Council and Post Commanders should arrange now for the distribution of "Buddy”® Poppies in their respective areas. All profits accruing from the distribution of "Buddy”® Poppies shall be used in accordance with Section 704 of the National Bylaws and the Manual of Procedure.
17. Certificates of charter evidencing consolidation have been issued to the following Posts:
Post Nos. 402 and 5756 consolidated as Post No. 402, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Post Nos. 8322 and 3592 consolidated as Post No. 8322, Chicago, Illinois
18. Announcement is made of the authorization of the charter for the following Post:
Post No. 12190 – Evans, Georgia

Kevin C. Jones
Adjutant General