The American Legion will be celebrating its 100th year of service to our Veterans, Communities and Nation in the coming year. As such, Legion Posts’ throughout our “Great Nation” will be hosting a variety of events in honor of this centennial milestone.
The State of Florida is planning a two-day Concert Birthday Celebration, hosted by American Legion Post #155 of Crystal River, Florida and supported by fellow Legion Posts 237, 166, and 77. This event is known as “Vets Invade the Canyon” and is scheduled to take place January 18th and 19th, 2019. There will be two shows, one on Friday night (January 18th) and one on Saturday night (January 19th). Each night of the event will have two feature acts with a short ceremony between each act paying tribute to our Veterans.
The proceeds from the “Vets Invade the Canyon” Concert Birthday Celebration will be donated to the Florida American Legion Program called “PROJECT: VETRELIEF”, which is a 501c3 charitable organization. The mission of “PROJECT: VETRELIEF” is to provide support for our service men and women as they transition into civilian life, with the vision of one day to live in a nation where no service member stands alone. All funds raised from this event are slated for Veterans of Florida. The American Legion of Florida supports Florida’s service members whether they are active duty, newly returned, or have been honorably separated for years, in addition to their immediate family, at no cost.
Should you have any questions regarding the “Vets Invade the Canyon” Concert Birthday Celebration or PROJECT: VETRELIEF please contact Gerry Kaufman at (407) 218-9139, Doug Hockenberry at (727) 514-3742 or me directly at (352) 212-8750.
American Legion Post 155
“Tampa Bay Troop Support held another packing event at Post 273, and will be able to ship 210 boxes to our troops overseas!
Thank you Dave & Sharon Dabney. Their purpose is to make a difference in the lives of our Soldiers by sending care packages to different units in different places. We want them to know that they are in our thoughts, and we appreciate everything they do.
Thank you also to all the volunteers who helped out, and to Commander White and our Post 273 Auxiliary.”
2nd Vice Commander, Post 273
Commander Jim White(right) presents a $15,000 donation to Shentrela Diggins, manager of Fisher House at the Bay Pines V.A. on behalf of the Post 273 Legion, SAL & Auxiliary. Also pictured are Executive Officer Dick Karol(left) who led this year’s fundraising drive, and Finance Officer Dick Gifford(center). Post 273 has now donated a total of $50,000 to our local Fisher House at Bay Pines in the past three years.
Fisher Houses are onsite residences where military & veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. They have private bedrooms and baths, and families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room.
2nd Vice Commander
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the release of the 2018 Florida Military-Friendly Guide. The annual guide, created by the Florida Defense Support Task Force, offers a summary of Florida’s laws, programs and services benefitting military service members and their families. It also highlights Florida’s low tax and financial advantages, educational benefits, professional licensure opportunities and fee waivers for service men, women and their families stationed in Florida. A digital copy of the 2018 Florida Military-Friendly Guide is available HERE.
Governor Scott said, “As a proud Navy veteran, and the son of a World War II veteran, I want to make sure our military and their families have access to the services they need. Florida is the most military and veteran friendly state in the nation, and since I took office, we’ve invested hundreds of millions in funding for services and benefits for our military and veterans. Our Florida Military-Friendly Guide is another great resource for our military members to learn more about these great benefits and everything Florida has to offer to those who serve.”
Florida is home to more than 1.5 million veterans, 20 major military installations and three unified commands. Since 2011, under the leadership of Governor Scott, Florida has invested hundreds of millions in funding to support active military, veterans and their families – including more than $180 million in this year’s budget. Governor Scott’s focus on serving those that serve our nation has also helped drive down the unemployment rate for veterans in Florida to a low 2.9 percent – nearly an entire percent lower than the national average and a decrease of more than six percent since 2010. To foster enhanced cooperation between state agencies and Florida’s military installations, Governor Scott holds regular meetings with Florida’s base commanders and heads of state agencies.
Representative Jay Trumbull of Panama City, Chair of the Florida Defense Support Task Force, said, “The Florida Military-Friendly Guide is a great resource for military service men, women and their families in the Sunshine State. Enterprise Florida and the Florida Defense Support Task Force will continue to support military members and their families, and work to maintain Florida’s status as the most military-friendly state in the nation.”
The defense industry provides an annual economic impact of $84.9 billion and accounts for more than 801,000 jobs in Florida. Defense continues to be the fourth largest contributor to the state economy behind agriculture and tourism. The Florida Military-Friendly Guide is distributed annually to Florida’s military bases and defense communities.
Gov. Rick Scott has signed the annual Florida Purple Heart Day Proclamation. The governor calls upon Floridians to pay special tribute to those members of the Armed Forces who have received the Purple Heart, while also honoring the families of the fallen.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 is Florida Purple Heart Day.
Work has begun on the The American Legion Department of Florida 100th Anniversary Membership Directory. Directory questionnaires are being sent to all Members, some via email and some via USPS. Information on purchasing the directory is not included in this initial mailing, as the goal is simply to gather the directory listing information from those that want to be included. Only those members that provide information for their directory listing will be included in the directory.
This is a great opportunity for Department to get updated contact information for our members, we urge you to participate.
As privacy is a concern for many of our members, it’s important to note that only those members that provide their directory listing information will be included in the printed directory. The publisher works under a very strict confidentiality agreement and will only use the information provided for the purpose of contacting members to gather data and to sell the directory. Only American Legion, Department of Florida members can purchase this directory. It is copyrighted and cannot be used by any member for solicitation purposes.
Frequently Asked Questions
I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information. They said they were working on a directory for The American Legion, Department of Florida. Is this a legitimate project, or is it a scam? We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce our new members directory. PCI is a company located in Dallas, TX that publishes directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities and military organizations across the nation. This project allows The American Legion, Department of Florida to receive important updates to our database so we know more about our members and how we can better serve you and future members.
How do I know my information will only be used for directory purposes? The American Legion, Department of Florida has a contractual agreement with PCI that states:
The names, addresses and information provided to PCI by The American Legion, Department of Florida for the publication of the Directory will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Directory and except as required by court order or law.
The Directory will be made available only to members of The American Legion, Department of Florida. Upon completion of the project, PCI will return to The American Legion, Department of Florida any and all electronic files that have been supplied by The American Legion, Department of Florida or produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Directory.
I would like to verify and update my information. How may I do this? If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for The American Legion, Department of Florida project. The representative will verify all the information we have on file for you and make any updates where needed.If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information. If you have questions, you may call PCI’s customer service desk at 1.800.982.1590.
Can anyone purchase a directory? The American Legion, Department of Florida members Directory is available for sale only to The American Legion, Department of Florida members.
When will I receive my directory? The total duration of the directory project is about 12 months. Since we began the project in April 2018, the directories will be distributed in April 2019.
Can I choose some or all of my information not to be printed in the directory? When you call to update your information, you can tell the representative what information you would prefer to have excluded. You may also communicate this information to the PCI customer service desk (1.800.982.1590) or to the Department.
I ordered a directory/package over the phone and would like to cancel my order. How do I do this? Call the PCI customer service help desk at 1.800.982.1590, and they will take care of this for you.
PFC Robert H. Jenkins, Jr., Medal of Honor Company C 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion (Rein) Third Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force Pacific Fire Support Base Argonne Republic of Vietnam
The 3rd Recon Association, a non-profit war veteran’s group of over 1,700 former Marines and Navy Corpsmen, is extending an invitation to you and others in your Units to join with us at the United States Post Office Interlachen, FL on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM for the naming/dedication of the post office as the, “Robert H. Jenkins, Jr. Post Office, Interlachen, FL 32148”.
That afternoon, June 15th at 3:00 PM, we will be holding a service at Robert’s grave located in the SISTER SPRING BAPTIST CEMETERY. 137 Hickory Road , Interlachen , FL 32148 . From the intersection of SR 20 and CR 315 in Interlachen, take CR 315 north approximately 2.2 miles, to Holiday Drive. Turn right on Holiday Drive and then turn right on Hickory Road.
Robert was one of four Medal of Honor recipients our battalion, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, had during the battalion’s involvement while serving in the Republic of Vietnam, all posthumous..
Join us as we gather at the Post Office located at 100 Mathe Avenue in Interlachen, FL 32148 in our celebration honoring Robert’s sacrificing his life to save another’s.
Feel free in copying and posting the attached pages for forwarding to the American Legion Districts and individual American Legion Posts.
Please let me know if you will be able to join us for this celebration. If you have any questions; please… Contact: Len Rapuano 1526 NW 24th Terrace Cape Coral, FL 33993,
ph 239-772-7217 or cell 239-314-6206., Email 3C23rdRecon@centurylink.net
WE DID IT! – We helped the Commander reach his initial fundraising goal of $50,000 for PROJECT: VetRelief.
Additional monies collected for his project will now go towards ALL Florida Legion programs. Donations can still be made to PROJECT: VetRelief, just be sure to indicate where you’d like the funds to be applied in the memo of the check, or by making your check directly to PROJECT: VetRelief.
At the beginning of the year, the Commander set a goal to collect $50,000 during his one-year term as Department Commander for PROJECT: VetRelief. Once the goal of $50,000 has been met, he decided that any additional donations submitted and made payable to “The American Legion, Department of Florida” and indicating “Commander’s Project” in the memo line will go towards other Florida Legion Programs. However, the Legion Family can still contribute to PVR by making donations directly payable to PROEJCT: VetRelief, but be sure to include “Commander’s Project” in the memo.
Commander Shuga has decided to raise his fundraising goal to $75,000 to continue his efforts in providing funds for our Legion programs. He knows that with the generosity of the Legion Family and the passion they have for the Florida Legion programs, this goal is very attainable! Let’s help him reach his secondary goal, and ultimately help veterans and their families through our various programs!
The question has come up pertaining to a “number or percentage of votes required to win a contest during our Department elections”. According to Department ByLaws, Article I, Section 14, “The candidate for each office that receives the most votes shall be declared the winner.” And the Rules of Procedure #22 “…The Candidate for each office that receives the most votes shall be declared the winner…”
Here are pages from the Constitution & ByLaws and Rules of Procedure, from 2016 and 2017, which clarify this question: