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Category Archives: Florida

Weekly Reports June 30, 2021

Final Reports June 30, 2021
LEGION REPORTS

Department Membership Summary
Post Membership Summary

*Final reports for 2020-2021 membership year.


SAL REPORTS

*SAL reports are not available at this time.

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58TH Annual National Membership Workshop

Virtual Through Microsoft Teams
July 26-29, 2021

Growing and Retaining Membership

MONDAY, July 26, 2021
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  1. GREETINGS FROM NATIONAL COMMANDER – Bill Oxford (NC)
  2. GREETINGS FROM THE NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP AND POST ACTIVIVITES CHAIRMAN – John W. “Jay” Bowen (CO)
  3. GREETINGS FROM LEADING CANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL COMMANDER – Paul Dillard (TX)
    MEMBERSHIP AWARDS FOR POST/DISTRICT/DEPARTMENTS – Nick Arnett (IN) Member Engagement Coordinator
  4. VETERANS EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT – Joe Sharpe (DC), Director
  5. VETERANS AFFAIRS & REHABILITATION – Mario Marquez, (DC) Director
  6. EMBLEM SALES – Kevin Carothers, Marketing Manager (SAL-IN)
  7. AMERICANISM – Jeff Hendricks, Deputy Director (IN)

ATTENDEE LINK: NMW Monday, July 26, 2021

TUESDAY, July 27, 2021
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  1. DISTRICT COMMANDER RESPONSIBILITIES – Ken George (CA) SAL/ALR Liaison
  2. POST ADMINISTRATION – Russell Myers (MD), Adjutant, Department of Maryland
  3. NATIONAL WEBSITE TRAINING MATERIALS – Michele Emery, (ALA-IN) Training/Member Engagement Coordinator
  4. MEMBERSHIP RETENTION – Ron Neff (IN), Member Engagement Coordinator

ATTENDEE LINK: NMW Tuesday, July 27, 2021

WEDNESDAY, July 28, 2021
3:00 PM – 5 PM

  1. MYLEGION MEMBERSHIP PROCESSING – Libby Vickers, (ALA OH) MyLegion/AIM Support Services, IT Division
  2. DISTRICT/POST REVITALIZATION – Michele Steinmetz, (CA) Member Engagement Coordinator
  3. CONSOLIDATED POST REPORTING – Kevin Mook (MD), Member Engagement Coordinator

ATTENDEE LINK: NMW Wednesday, July 28, 2021

THURSDAY, July 29, 2021
3:00 – 5 PM

  1. NATIONAL MARKETING CAMPAIGNS – Dean Kessel, Executive Director, Marketing Division
  2. RECONNECT/TRANSITION CENTERS – Doug Chace, (IN), Member Engagement Coordinator
  3. VETERANS STRENGTHENING AMERICA – Jeff Stoffer, (SAL-ID), Director, Media & Communications Division

ATTENDEE LINK: NMW Thursday, July 29, 2021

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The American Legion to Congress: ‘Pay the Guard’

(INDIANAPOLIS—July 19, 2021) –The head of the nation’s largest veterans organization warned Congress that the American people will “be furious,” if partisan gridlock causes a shutdown of the National Guard and delayed paychecks for its soldiers.

“Congress and the White House need to act immediately to ensure that our National Guard is fully funded and its members compensated for all of their drills, missions and deployments. Have they already forgotten the thousands of National Guard members who protected the Capitol during civil unrest just a few months ago? Or the crucial role of our National Guard members in America’s response to COVID-19?” American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford asked. “The American Legion spoke loudly two years ago when partisan bickering led to an in interruption of the Coast Guard being paid. We stepped up and provided more than $1 million of grants to help hundreds of Coast Guard families, but Congress still has failed to pass the Pay Our Coast Guard Act. Moreover, it isn’t the job of private nonprofit organizations to pay the military. As Americans, we should all demand that Congress never repeats that mistake.

“We are not simply talking about bureaucracies,” Oxford continued. “We are talking about families. The men and women of the National Guard have living expenses, bills due and other financial obligations that cannot be put on hold while politicians argue. The volunteers who defend America deserve better.”

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The American Legion Calls Biden’s Plan to Evacuate Afghan Allies a ‘Deep Disappointment’

WASHINGTON (July 8, 2021) – Calling the Taliban “the enemy of all human rights,” American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford expressed his organization’s “deep disappointment” that the White House isn’t offering a better plan to evacuate interpreters, family members and other Afghan allies who closely assisted U.S. military troops during the war.

“We welcome an end to ‘forever wars,’ but withdrawal must be conducted in an orderly and honorable manner. This falls short on both counts. Abandonment of those who assisted us is literally an issue of life or death,” Oxford said. “Any veteran who has worked with Afghan interpreters will tell you how valuable these brave heroes were to our mission there. It is precisely because of their dedication to our cause that they are primary targets for barbaric retribution by Taliban terrorists. Their families are also targets. They have already undergone extensive security screening and further processing can occur in Guam or other region safely out of harm’s way. It is a moral imperative that we offer them immediate and safe passage away from the enemy and to the United States. If we abandon such friends, how could we expect any assistance by potential allies in future missions?

“The president said today that his administration approved 2,500 Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) for Afghan nationals since January 20,” Oxford said. “Yet estimates of the backlog run as high as 18,000. If you include close family members, the administration should be prepared to quickly evacuate as many as 70,000. We saved many more lives when we left Vietnam, and even that wasn’t enough when you consider how many were left behind and slaughtered after our departure. A great nation such as the United States does not abandon its friends.”

Oxford also lamented that time is running out, in spite of the letters that he sent to President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken in April which raised alarms about the dangers faced.

“The American Legion passed a national resolution in 2018 asking the president and Congress to prioritize SIVs for our Afghan and Iraqi allies,” Oxford said. “This is not a new or recent issue. The American Legion is calling on the White House to immediately institute a better plan and evacuate our friends now. Delay means death for many of these brave people.”

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PDC Rick Johnson Update

PDC Rick Johnson is responding well with all treatments, and the doctors anticipate his release on Thursday, July 8th. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he continues to recover.

Get well wishes can be sent to 211 Dickinson St. NE, Palm Bay, FL 32907.

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Robert C. Schmidt

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Northern Area Vice Commander Robert C. Schmidt of Citrus Springs, Florida, who passed away on June 22, 2021 at the age of 98. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters Mary (Ron) Brown of Nashville, IL; Ruth (Ron) Wilton of Carlinville; Nancy (Norman) Shade of Chesterfield, IL; Carol (Billy) Rivers of Bolton, MS; Sandra Thacker of Carlinville; Clara Hicks of Citrus Springs, FL and son Robert T (Lori) Schmidt of Ocala, FL; 17 grandchildren especially his granddaughter, Heather Fritz; 42 great grandchildren; and 15 great-great grandchildren; brothers Rev. Carl Schmidt of Effingham, IL, Joseph Schmidt of Quincy, IL and sister Virginia Drew of Quincy, IL; several nieces, nephews, and many other relatives. There are no details regarding services at this time, but any new information will be communicated to you through email as well as posted on the website.

Robert was a U.S. Army WWII Era Veteran and a member of Dunnellon Post 58 with 51 continuous years of membership. Robert served as Post 58 Commander (1973-1978 & 1993-1997), 4th District Commander (1981-1982 & 1993-1994) and Northern Area Vice Commander (1996-1997).

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a Veteran’s organization of your choice. Condolences for the family can be left at www.robertsofdunnellon.com.

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The Main Event – Mike Take III

Join us July 3, 2021 at the Orlando World Center Marriott when “Old School McDaniel” squares off with “New School Comer“. The Main Event will take place following General Session on Saturday, at approximately 2:ishpm. You don’t want to miss this!

Place your wagers (aka Donations) now on who you think will reign supreme. https://www.floridalegion.org/mainevent

DISCLAIMER: Match is for entertainment purposes only. No one will be harmed during this mockery….or at least we hope not.

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Weekly Reports June 24, 2021

LEGION REPORTS

Department Membership Summary
Post Membership Summary


SAL REPORTS

Squadron Membership Summary*

*Currently these are the only SAL Reports available through the new MyLegion. 

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The Main Event – Bruce Take I

Sorry, Bruce, but nothing is “off the record” !

Join us July 3, 2021 at the Orlando World Center Marriott when “Old School McDaniel” squares off with “New School Comer“. The Main Event will take place following General Session on Saturday, at approximately 2:ishpm. You don’t want to miss this!

Place your wagers (aka Donations) now on who you think will reign supreme. https://www.floridalegion.org/mainevent

DISCLAIMER: Match is for entertainment purposes only. No one will be harmed during this mockery….or at least we hope not.

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The Main Event – Mike Take II

Join us July 3, 2021 at the Orlando World Center Marriott when “Old School McDaniel” squares off with “New School Comer“. The Main Event will take place following General Session on Saturday, at approximately 2:ishpm. You don’t want to miss this!

Place your wagers (aka Donations) now on who you think will reign supreme. https://www.floridalegion.org/mainevent

DISCLAIMER: Match is for entertainment purposes only. No one will be harmed during this mockery….or at least we hope not.

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