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Attention Posts: March on Tallahassee

b69dfe02-490a-45a2-9d69-77e416a29c45Greetings Post Commanders,

The American Legion, Department of Florida will be hosting a March on Tallahassee on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. The purpose of this march is to lobby lawmakers to pass legislation that protects veterans’ rights and to discuss key veterans’ legislative issues. Included among these issues are:

  • Gaming machines in our posts homes
  • Free tolls for paralyzed veterans

We are requesting that each post sponsor two representatives to attend this march. Please note, the Department will be unable to provide reimbursement for any incurred expenses, each individual post will be responsible for covering the costs of the representatives they elect to send.  The event will begin with a Legislative Briefing to be held at Post 13, 229 Lake Ella Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303 at 9:00 am. Coffee and doughnuts will be served during the briefing.  The Legislative Briefing session will inform attendees, in full detail, of each legislative priority, prior to visiting Florida Legislators. Therefore, attendees will be uniformed and more easily able to articulate the legislative agenda.

It is of the upmost importance, that attendees schedule an appointment with their Florida Legislators in advance. Appointment times should be scheduled after 10:30 am on February 7th, following the Legislative Briefing. We encourage you to schedule appointments immediately, and avoid waiting until the last minute. The Department of Florida requests, that all confirmed appointments be reported to the Department headquarters office, to avoid duplicating our efforts. A list of confirmed appointments will be made available to all attendees as they are provided.

Here are a few resources to help you identify your House Representatives and Senators:

The Department is hoping for a large attendance from our veteran advocates, and urges you to make room reservations in advance. Below is an area hotel, that has agreed to a special rate of $99:

  • Wyndham Garden
    Apalachee Parkway

Click here for Hotel Reservations

Tallahassee, FL 32301

Phone Reservations: (850) 201-2028 reservation code: “The American Legion”

The American Legion, Department of Florida thanks you for your continued dedication and Americanism. Together, we will drive the engine of change to ensure our veterans receive the proper care and respect that they deserve.  Together, we will make a difference for ourselves, our comrades, our families and our communities. Join us February 7, 2017, and let our voices be heard.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Executive Assistant, Rachel Castleberry, (407) 295-2631 or by email to

For God and Country,

Michael McDaniel
Department Adjutant
The American Legion, Department of Florida