TO: VLOA Outlaws Reunion 2021 Attendees:
Unfortunately, the VLOA leadership has received devastating information about the Covid-19(D) virus and southern border situation that forces us to postpone this year’s reunion until September 22-26, 2022.
First, the Covid-19(D) situation across the nation and especially in San Antonio, TX is troubling to say the least. Requirements for masking and social distancing are going to be enforced at the hotel and venue locations. Hospital and medical information reflect that very few emergency room beds and ventilators are available at San Antonio hospitals for new Covid-19 infected people. Our reunion attendees would be competing against the 1.5 million residents in San Antonio for medical services, support, facilities, and equipment. If any of our reunion attendees became infected with Covid-19(D), they would more than likely not be able to return home in that condition, thereby causing additional hardships. Second, local information about illegal aliens flooding the San Antonio area does not bode well for us knowing who will be servicing our hotel, meals, and venues, and just as importantly how the agencies providing these services are dealing with their Covid-19 infected employees. Third, three of the key Outlaws who have major rolls to play in conducting the reunion are experiencing medical situations that now preclude them from attending the reunion this year. In turn, those responsibilities at this juncture would be difficult, if not impossible to replicate by someone else at such a late date prior to the scheduled reunion.
Therefore, we have notified our Reunion Planner, the Armed Forces Reunions (AFR), Inc. that we are postponing our reunion until September 2022. AFR will be fully refunding each person’s reunion registration 100%. Any penalty for this reimbursement will be paid for by the VLOA treasury. We sincerely apologize for having to make this decision, and for any other disruption it causes you and your family. We are convinced that we must do this in the best interest of the VLOA, its membership, and especially all those who were planning to attend the reunion. Reunion registrants will be contacted in the near future to ensure they receive information that the reunion has been postponed. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone/text me at 410-507-3366.
As you know, Tom Anderson made all arrangements for ordering and mailing VLOA shirts to those who ordered them. Additional shirts have been ordered and their delivery is expected from the embroidery company within about two weeks. Tom will mail them to you as soon as he receives them. On behalf of all of us, thanks Tom for a job well done!
Bert L. Rice
VLOA National Director