Since 1919 Post 43 has been composed of Hollywood’s finest professionals in the Entertainment industry. Here you’ll find your next star and the crew members to help get them there. Check out our members’ pages and discover the wealth of talent and experience this post has to offer. Our Clubhouse has been a landmark on Highland Avenue since 1928 and our halls are where many of Hollywood’s best and brightest have gathered.
Shown here at Marty Tregnan Golf Academy in Griffith Park is Post 43 First Vice – Commander Don Schilling and Post 43 member Mel Rogow with young people from the Yucca Park Community Center in Hollywood . Ranging in age from 7 to 17, Hollywood Post 43 provided funding for them to take a 10 week program of instruction on how to play golf.
CENTURY CITY, Calif. (May 16, 2014) – Members from Hollywood American Legion Post 43 met and offered congratulations to newest Medal of Honor recipient, Sgt. Kyle White today at the 20th Century Fox studios here.
White was awarded the nation's highest military decoration by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House Tuesday for his valorous actions during a Taliban ambush in Aranas, Afghanistan on Nov. 9, 2007.
White and his girlfriend Helen Ball were treated to a VIP tour of the studios and backlot at Fox, but it was Hollywood who was starstruck by White. “It was such an incredible honor to meet someone like Sgt. White and be able to thank him for all he’s done for us, said wide-eyed FX TV producer Eric Soto, whose son is currently a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy.
“As an American, it was a privilege to shake the hand of a true hero,” said Post 43 past commander, Jeric Wilhelmsen, “as a fellow veteran, it means so much more.”
About Post 43:
Hollywood Post 43, “Post of the Stars,” has been home to local veterans for 95 years. The post’s historic clubhouse on Highland Avenue has been a Hollywood landmark since 1929, its members included Clark Gable and Mickey Rooney among many Hollywood notables. Today, with over 500 members, Hollywood Post 43 Legionnaires continue serving America, supporting local veterans and the community. With a current membership of 2.4-million wartime veterans and 14,000 posts across the nation, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans’ affairs, Americanism, and youth programs.
Pictured (from L to R): Michael Hjelmstad, Fernando Rivero, Army Lt. Col. Steve Cole, Medal of Honor recipient Army Sgt. Kyle White, Brian Fagan, Jeric Wilhelmsen. (photo courtesy Hollywood American Legion Post 43)
Contact: Fernando Rivero, Public Relations Committee Chair, Post 43
Employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) destroyed veterans’ medical files in a systematic attempt to eliminate backlogged veteran medical exam requests, a former VA employee told The Daily Caller.
Audio of an internal VA meeting obtained by TheDC confirms that VA officials in Los Angeles intentionally canceled backlogged patient exam requests.
“The committee was called System Redesign and the purpose of the meeting was to figure out ways to correct the department’s efficiency. And one of the issues at the time was the backlog,” Oliver Mitchell, a Marine veteran and former patient services assistant in the VA Greater Los Angeles Medical Center, told TheDC.
“We just didn’t have the resources to conduct all of those exams. Basically we would get about 3,000 requests a month for [medical] exams, but in a 30-day period we only had the resources to do about 800. That rolls over to the next month and creates a backlog,” Mitchell said. ”It’s a numbers thing. The waiting list counts against the hospitals efficiency. The longer the veteran waits for an exam that counts against the hospital as far as productivity is concerned.”
By 2008, some patients were “waiting six to nine months for an exam” and VA “didn’t know how to address the issue,” Mitchell said.
VA Greater Los Angeles Radiology department chief Dr. Suzie El-Saden initiated an “ongoing discussion in the department” to cancel exam requests and destroy veterans’ medical files so that no record of the exam requests would exist, thus reducing the backlog, Mitchell said.
Audio from a November 2008 meeting obtained by TheDC depicts VA Greater Los Angeles officials plotting to cancel backlogged exam requests.
“I’m still canceling orders from 2001,” said a male official in the meeting
“Anything over a year old should be canceled,” replied a female official.
“Canceled or scheduled?” asked the male official.
“Canceled. … Your backlog should start at April ’07,” the female official replied, later adding, ”a lot of those patients either had their studies somewhere else, had their surgery … died, don’t live in the state. … It’s ridiculous.”
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