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"Sons Stronger Together"



Detachment of Maryland Commander


Bob Manzo


Commander's Message

"Sons Stronger Together"

Greetings Fellow Sons,

Once again, I am privileged to serve you as Detachment Commander. I look forward to all the great things that the Squadrons of the Detachment do this year. As we begin this journey, I must start by saying there is a restart to this year's project. After consultation with leadership, it was felt that although my desire was for Squadrons to help local charities, we needed a main charity for the Commanders Project as a focus for direct donations. So, I gave this much thought and I am choosing a charity which has become very important to me personally and that I know many have also been touched by their mission. This year the main effort will be to support Catch-A-Lift Fund.

To remind you, Catch-A-Lift (CAL) is a Lutherville, MD based non-profit founded by the family of Army Corporal Chris Coffland, a Baltimore native, who was killed in Afghanistan in November 2009. Since its founding in 2010, the Catch A Lift Fund has helped thousands of post- 9/11 combat wounded veterans regain their mental and physical health through gym memberships, in home gym equipment, personalized fitness and nutrition programs and a peer support network. Veterans participating CAL programs are seeing and feeling results including dramatic weight loss, reduction in medications, improved sleep patterns, and strengthened relationships with family and friends, thanks to their healthier lifestyle. Veteran testimonials attest that CAL has "saved their lives"; the greatest impact of all.

I still want to promote Squadrons supporting local charities that need assistance from COVID Shutdowns. So, we are making this a part of the Commanders Project. Rather than asking Squadrons to send requests and donations to Detachment, which would then be sent out to charities, we encourage you to make donations directly to local charities, send a copy of your check to Adjutant Matoska and these donations will be recognized on the Commanders Project report.

We are also reintroducing the Commanders Challenge, Chairman Karl Kibler will be bringing more information, but the Squadrons that meet the 4 pillars of the challenge will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the planned 50th Convention Gala. This will take place up to the 50th Convention so participation each year will provide 8 complimentary Gala tickets.

All donations should be made out to: Detachment of Maryland and earmarked Commanders Project. Donations are encouraged to be presented at a DEC meeting, or can be mailed to William Matoska 3115 Orchard Ave. Baltimore, MD 21234.

Membership Chairman Fayer is working hard to get the Detachment to 100%. I encourage all Squadrons to make the jump to This is a safe and efficient way to process renewals, new members and transfers and membership data changes online. Dues are debited from your checking account and you get an instant receipt for your records, and the best part, the membership will show up in the next report. Save on checks and postage, go online.

Please remember to support our Legion programs, it's what drives us forward as a Detachment.

I look forward to seeing everyone, hopefully, this year.

Yours in Service,
Bob Manzo
Detachment Commander

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