COVID-19 Virus Concerns
As stated before, Due to an Abundance of Caution, we will be following the direction of our National, Department Directives and more importantly for our community the implementation of the City and County Declaration of Health Emergencies (see Attachments) because of the current situation of this COVID-19 Virus.
The city is shutting down many events and even discouraging gathering of more than 50 people or more than 10 people in social gatherings this includes VFW Canteens (bars) and Private Clubs. This is only for San Antonio until March 25, 2020 (See City Declaration above) unless extended.
Bexar County did not close Bars but restricts regathering closely as the city (see Bexar County Order above) until June 16, 2020. So said, we (VFW) need to follow suit for the protection of our members and their families.
Therefore the need to minimize unnecessary exposure is paramount.
Post Commanders need to evaluate Post functions very closely and act accordingly.
Please follow the instructions of our Medical Experts and I am very confident that we will prevail and get pass this Pandemic to fight another day. Thanks
See Attachment below
Rolando S. Webber, Commander
TX VFW District 20
Update to travel ban for essential/non-essential travel and VFW HQ and DC office operating procedures.
Effective immediately all non-essential travel through May 10, 2020 has been cancelled. This includes national representative travel, the upcoming NVS Training May 4 – 8 in King of Prussia, PA, and the suspension of the Commander’s in Chief seminar May 2 – 8, 2020 in Jamaica. We are working now with the resort to determine the possibility of rescheduling the CinC’s trip in September. More to come on this trip as we continue to work with VTS and the resort.
So you know, we have put in place a contingency plan for our employees effective today. We’ve expanded our flexibility of telework to many employees of the VFW National Headquarters and Washington DC office for the immediate future as a precautionary response to COVID-19 pandemic. As this situation continues to progress, we will continue to address non-essential and essential travel.
We’ve attached guidance for all departments along with an Executive Order from the Commander-in-Chief. The Executive Order will remain in place until rescinded.
As America’s largest combat organization, the health and well-being of our members, partners, associates and communities is our top priority. The VFW has a job to do and a solemn promise to keep those veterans, service members, and their families for which we work. Now more than ever we must find solutions in the face of adversity and strive to meet the needs of those who rely on the vital services we provide.
Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.
Kevin C. Jones
VFW National Headquarters
As a result of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the National Organization has suspended all non-essential travel effective immediately through April 11. The non-essential travel includes all national representative travel, all employee travel to miscellaneous department functions and other events. This recent decision includes the cancellation of the Sr Vice Commander/Adjutant Conference, April 2-5. Mission essential travel to maintain continuity of operations for the national organization will continue.
I’ve attached is a copy of the COVID – 19 information provided to all VFW employees along with a memo to Departments concerning how they are to proceed within their Departments. We highly encourage those Departments continue to evaluate all aspects of this virus as it pertains to their members who will be attending upcoming conferences. As the POTUS mentioned last evening, everyone needs to rethink attending large gatherings.
We’ll continue to provide updates as this situation continues to evolve.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Kevin C. Jones
VFW National Headquarters