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Flag at half-staff

The president of the United States has issued a proclamation for display of the United States flag at half-staff until sunset on April 20, 2021, as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless act of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2021, in Indianapolis.

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How to do Transmittals

Department of Florida, Assistant Adjutant, Bruce Comer created this instructional video to help you with transmittals in the new MyLegion.org.

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Jimmie Johnson making INDYCAR debut this weekend

(Photo by Walter G Arce Sr.)

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champ Jimmie Johnson makes his highly anticipated INDYCAR debut this weekend in Birmingham, Ala., driving a car featuring American Legion branding prominently in its paint scheme.

The American Legion and Chip Ganassi Racing have entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement for the No. 48 Honda in the NTT INDYCAR Series. Johnson will drive the car during this season’s road races, while 2003 Indianapolis 500 champ Tony Kanaan will compete in oval races in a car featuring an even more prominent American Legion presence.

This weekend, Johnson will compete in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. The 90-lap, 214-mile race takes place on a 2.38-mile permanent road course featuring 17 turns and 80 feet of elevation change. For a complete weekend schedule, click here.

The race will be broadcast on NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET, as well as on the INDYCAR Radio Network and SiriusXM. Debuting during the television broadcast is an American Legion ad in which Johnson talks about the organization’s efforts both nationally and locally, continuing its tradition of “strengthening America through service.”

For more information on The American Legion and its NTT INDYCAR SERIES participation, visit www.legion.org/48. We’ve also created a printable, downloadable poster/flyer featuring the American Legion-sponsored 48 car and its scheduled appearances in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for 2021 so fans can keep up with the action and promote the competition in their communities. Click here for more info and here to download the poster.

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The American Legion calls for ending ‘Forever War,’ repealing, replacing Authorization for Using Military Force

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2021) –  Calling the White House plan to fully withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11, “a good start,” the leader of the nation’s largest veteran service organization, The American Legion, is calling for an end to the “Forever war,” nearly twenty years after troops were deployed there.

Acknowledging that  the United States “had little choice but to strike back hard” after the 9/11 attacks, American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford called for the repeal of the “outdated authorizations for use of military force” that are currently being used to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Today, there are men and women defending our nation in uniform who were born after 9/11.” Oxford wrote in the May issue of The American Legion Magazine. “Thousands of American lives have been lost or broken fighting the global war on terrorism. An entire generation grew into adulthood without knowing a time when the United States was at peace.”

Oxford’s position mirrors a national resolution titled “Addressing the ‘Forever War,’ passed by The American Legion National Executive Committee (NEC)  during its virtual meeting October 14-15, 2020.  The NEC Resolution also states, “Our servicemembers accomplished their original objectives in Afghanistan long ago at great cost…”

Oxford  penned the magazine piece weeks before the White House had announced its plan.  The editorial also calls for the construction of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial in a prominent location in the nation’s capital.

“We understand the value of alliances and certainly favor the elimination of imminent threats,” Oxford said. “But imminent is not the same as permanent. It’s past time to memorialize and honor those who made tremendous sacrifices on our behalf. It’s also time to put diplomacy first.”

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Introduction to the new MyLegion

Are you having issues getting in and navigating the National’s new MyLegion portal? Department of Florida, Assistant Adjutant, Bruce Comer created this instructional video to help you get started.

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The American Legion Calls POW/MIA Flag above White House “A Poignant Reminder”

WASHINGTON (April 9, 2021) – The leader of the nation’s largest veteran service organization praised the Biden administration for flying the POW/MIA flag atop the White House today.

“It is fitting that this important symbol of sacrifice serve as a poignant reminder to all that thousands of Americans remain unaccounted for after defending this great country,” said American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford. “Today is National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day. As far as The American Legion is concerned this flag should be displayed often and in as many locations as possible.”

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Important Information from National regarding Membership

Please review the information below from National.

Personify – Update

As you are aware, there have been some data and workflow issues with MyLegion as we have migrated to Personify. We wanted to update you on the project, the current issues and how we are addressing them.

Below are the currently known issues along with an estimated time for completion, if known. We will continue to update information about known issues and estimated timelines for completion as they become available. These items and their expected completion dates will be updated this week. We are working diligently to resolve each item based upon the severity and business impact. We appreciate your patience as we move forward.

Nearly 100 million records were moved from the old mainframe-based system to Personify. With a move of this size, we expected issues to arise. To address those issues, the team sets priorities based upon the impact to workflow. Many of the issues we have experienced did not appear during testing which began in late August. Since April 1 (six days including a holiday and weekend), we have processed 1,467 membership and other registrations (baseball), and 424 online transmittals comprised of 1,334 TAL/SAL memberships. Considering the scope of this project and the numbers shown in the first six days, the overall project has been successful. Again, we knew there would be problems and are working as quickly as we can to get all items resolved.

The Known Issues list will be located here.  (https://mylegion.org/PersonifyEbusiness/Resources/Help/Known-Issues)

Training and additional help resources are located or indexed here.

(https://mylegion.org/PersonifyEbusiness/Resources/Help)

Items known and already fixed:

  1. Transmittal history
  2. IMS Role queries
  3. National Users. Insufficient permissions for Financials
  4. Financials – Debits not matching Credits
  5. Membership converted credit balances
  6. Revenue distribution date for renewals
  7. Data Analyzer – Error on open
  8. Product – Invalid parent message
  9. Department users experience blank dropdowns for post selection in Online Transmittal
  10. Permission issues for Department Users
  11. Department users unable to login
  12. Opt-in/Opt-out interest area not recording changes

Status update of ongoing issues (assigned)

  1. Cache clearing issue when using a shared computer
    1. Assigned
    2. ETA: Evaluating currently
  2. Duplicate accounts caused by multiple registrations
    1. Assigned
    2. Fix requires members to use their registered email. Currently being handled by our Membership Support Services team individually.
  3. Duplicate lines – Online transmittal for transfers
    1. Assigned
    2. ETA: Evaluating currently
  4. Signup Session Expired. Please restart
    1. We are working with Personify to increase the timeout period
    2. The Personify security team has concerns we are attempting to work through
  5. Failure to receive the One Time Password (OTP)
    1. Assigned
    2. ETA: the primary fix has been put in place and we will continue to monitor for several days as there are many reasons an email may not show up right away.
  6. Continuous years missing or 0 in roster
    1. Assigned
    2. ETA: today
  7. Roster load limits
    1. Assigned
    2. ETA: a short-term fix has been put in place but have one item remaining for largest posts
  8. Dual Membership Not Merged
    1. Assigned
    2. ETA: Early to mid-week 4/12

Known issues but not yet assigned

  1. Member transfer – expires
  2. Adjutants cannot print member ID cards
  3. Cannot correct transfer amount due
  4. Committee positions
  5. Display issues related to permissions
  6. “Active” deceased count

95% and 100% Target Date

To ensure all departments have the ability to make the upcoming target dates, we are moving the 95% and 100% target dates. The 95% target date will now be on May 12, 2021 and the 100% target date will be June 9, 2021. However, with that being said, there are a few notable items that need to be addressed.

Target Dates

95% Target Date is May 12, 2021

100% Target Date is June 9, 2021

Delegate Strength Date is July 30, 2021

Race-to-the-Top

Race to the Top certification forms are due to IA & Membership Division by April 30, 2021. The end date for this award is still March 31, 2021. Membership reports are scheduled to be back on line mid-next week and departments can then verify the information, fill out the certification form, and email it to membership@legion.org, fax it to 317.630.1413 or mail it to P.O. Box 1055, Attn: IA & Membership Division, Indianapolis, IN  46206.

Extract for 2022 Membership Cards

This will take place April 16, 2021. Although the 95% Target Date has been extended, please transmit everything the post and department has on hand prior to this extract to ensure those members cards are correct and in place for all members. Keep in mind that if there are issues transmitting through the myLegion portal, we are still processing membership received through the mail. Those transmittals can still be sent to the scanner room for fulfillment. For the good of the member, it is important to transmit all renewals before the April 16th extract date. We want to maximize the number of members who will receive their 2022 Membership Card with the initial run of cards.

All Membership Awards

All membership awards due dates will stay as listed in the National Membership Awards Points Manual except for the Department Commander of the Year Award. This award may now qualify by the June 9th 100% target date. All others remain the same.

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Chip Ganassi Racing reveals Indianapolis 500 American Legion paint scheme in social media video blitz

(Photo by Adam Pintar)

The American Legion introduces new marketing logo as part of the unveiling.

INDIANAPOLIS (April 8, 2021) – In a series of humorous videos on social media this week, racing legend Jimmie Johnson finds the missing No. 48 Honda NTT INDYCAR SERIES car safe in the hands of his teammate, 2013 Indianapolis 500 Winner Tony Kanaan. Fans positively reacted to the Twitter and Facebook campaign in posts by Chip Ganassi Racing and The American Legion showcasing Kanaan answering phones at The American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis, hiding from Johnson and channeling his 20th run in the Indianapolis 500 in the red, white and blue American Legion livery.

“I’m excited to work with The American Legion this year,” Kanaan said. “Jimmie and I had some fun filming the unveil videos. This livery is really sharp looking, and I’m so happy to be running my 20th Indianapolis 500 in it. The American Legion is an important resource for veterans in helping make sure they get the benefits they have earned through their service, and I am proud to represent them, and all veterans.”

The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans service organization, is using its presence in INDYCAR to elevate awareness and introduce a new modern brand expression before millions of fans. The new logo will not replace the historic American Legion emblem, but rather complement it by honoring the history, heritage and symbols which Legionnaires hold dear.

“Just like each one of our military branches, The American Legion will always have and utilize our traditional seal which has deep meaning to each and every Legionnaire,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer for The American Legion. “Our new marketing logo on the No. 48 Honda livery looks fantastic and provides a modern and contemporary expression for the brand. The American Legion name is clearly visible and honors our nation’s veterans while still honoring who we are as an organization.”

The American Legion is prominently featured on the No. 48 Honda during every race in the 2021 and 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES. It is the primary paint scheme for two races in 2021, including, “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” — the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend – and at the Texas Motor Speedway May 2.

Throughout the year, The American Legion will use the series and national television exposure to bring attention to some of the most important issues facing today’s veterans, including veteran suicide, honoring the fallen and remembering the service and sacrifice rendered as a result of 9/11 and other topics. For more information on The American Legion and its NTT INDYCAR SERIES participation, visit Legion.org/48.

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Flag at half-staff

The United States flag is be displayed at half-staff effective immediately until sunset, tomorrow, Wednesday, April 7, honoring the life of U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, who passed away. Title 4 of the U.S. Code states that the United States flag shall be flown at half-staff on the day of death and the following day for a member of Congress.

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Flag at half-staff

The president has ordered that the United States flag shall be flown at half-staff until sundown on April 6, 2021, as a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of the victims of the United States Capitol attack on Friday, April 2

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