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A Veteran Sweetheart

A Veteran Sweetheart…

Maj Bill White

Maj. Bill White

Maj. Bill White is the oldest living Marine at 104 years old, a Veteran of World War II and survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. “The fact that I even survived is something. There weren’t too many of us,” White recalled.

White was near the front lines of the battle on March 3, 1945, when a grenade exploded about six inches from, he and his fellow Marines. The injuries he sustained took him off the battlefield, but he recovered and went on to enjoy a long military career. “I spent 30 years active duty and 54 retired,” says White.

Maj. Bill White is “A Veteran Sweetheart” who has a special request this coming Valentine’s Day…. He has many medals and keepsakes from his long military career and life. This year the spirited veteran hopes to grow his collection of keepsakes with Valentine’s Day cards from friends old and new. “I’ll save every one of them…” he told Fox News.

Maj. Bill white is a fellow Veteran, and we would like to honor his request, and encourage all of you to do so as well. Such a simple request, that will have a huge impact on someone who has given so much of himself.

Join in and send a Valentine’s Day card to:

Operation Valentine
ATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)
The Oaks at Inglewood
6725 Inglewood Ave.
Stockton, CA 95207

A huge thank you to Fox News for bringing this story to the public eye.

You can purchase, personalize and send a printed card online through www.postable.com for a small fee.  (Postable is not a sponsor or paid advertiser. We do not give any guarantees or claim any liability to the service they provide.)

Source: Fox News https://www.fox35orlando.com/news/wwii-veteran-104-asks-for-valentines-day-cards-ill-save-every-one

We Stand United in Support of Our Troops

We Stand United in Support of Our Troops

We Stand United in Support of Our TroopsThe American Legion proudly decrees “For God and Country”. Today our Country calls us to unite, to put aside our differences, to put aside our political opinions, to put aside any disdain of our chosen leaders. Today we call on God to watch over our brave Troops, our Country, our Homes and our Families.

The American Legion is non-biased on many issues, but when it comes to the treatment and safety of our Service Members and Our Country, we are one united front and a force to be reckoned with. Today we throw our support behind our Leaders, trusting that God will guide them in the tough decisions to follow. We place our faith and pride in our Service Members, as they bravely leave their homes and their families to risk their lives for our protection and freedoms. Bless this country as we pull from the strength of our great Nation, and May God bless our American troops!

January 3, 2020 our President ordered an airstrike resulting in the death of Qasem Soleimani, who was hailed as a hero in Iran and beloved by Iranian troops. A hero to Americans, he is NOT! The pentagon credits Soleimani with the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more. The Defense Department stated that Soleimani was “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” Soleimani was undoubtedly an enemy to our country and our people, for his decommission we show no remorse.

Iran retaliates, endangering our American troops stationed there to aid in peace and order. They vow further attacks against our country and intend to divide us even more. To them we call their bluff and raise them 300 million plus citizens of the United States ready to protect, defend and support our Country.

What say you? Will we, the American people, unite in support of the protection of the United States of America and all that we hold sacred? Tell us at facebook.com/floridalegion. How do YOU choose to support your country?

Are you interested in supporting our Service Members, Veterans, Communities and Family? 



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The American Legion calls for reviewing vulnerabilities at U.S. military bases

(INDIANAPOLIS, December 9, 2019) — In the wake of the apparent terrorist attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the leader of the nation’s largest veterans organization called for greater scrutiny of all foreign nationals visiting or training at U.S. military installations.

“Our hearts break for the victims and families of this horrific attack,” said American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford. “Just like there were signs that U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan adhered to anti-American ideologies before he unleashed his attack at Fort Hood 10 years ago, there are disturbing reports that Mohammed Alshamrani revealed extremist views on social media before he engaged in Friday’s killing spree. The American Legion finds it disturbing that a military officer from Saudi Arabia had access to a firearm at a location where our own servicemembers were unarmed. Sen. Rick Scott of Florida called for a review of all U.S. military programs that train foreign nationals. The American Legion agrees. We understand the need to train our allies. But we must first ensure that we are not training those who wish us harm.”

Oxford added that the recent anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor is a poignant reminder that America must always be vigilant. “In addition to the tragedy in Pensacola, innocent Americans were killed in recent weeks at Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story in Virginia and at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. I recognize each case had entirely different circumstances, but servicemembers and civilian employees of our military work in an inherently dangerous profession. They take these risks on behalf of the United States of America. The American Legion believes that every effort must be made to reduce vulnerabilities and prevent such tragedies. This includes learning from each incident and making the necessary adjustments. It also means offering our complete support, compassion and prayers for those impacted.”


A time of special gratitude

Commander’s Message
National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford

Dear American Legion Family and Friends,

This is a wonderful time of the year for making special memories with family members, friends and other loved ones with whom we celebrate the holidays. It’s a time to count our blessings, give to others and express our gratitude.

I am thankful for you — the volunteers who make our veterans service organization the largest, strongest and most influential in the nation. We are truly blessed to have selfless volunteers who serve their communities day in and day out.

Just this past weekend, American Legion Family members from the Department of Kansas teamed up to deliver Thanksgiving meals — turkey and all the sides — to families at Fort Riley. It’s a gesture that warms hearts and fills bellies of the families who have a parent deployed or recovering at Fort Riley.

It’s just one of hundreds of example of American Legion posts bringing holiday cheer to families in their communities, now through the Christmas holiday. Share what your post is doing on our Legiontown website.

There are many other ways to spread cheer and goodwill at this time of the year. I hope that you consider:

  • Using AmazonSmiles to benefit The American Legion when you make purchases through the online service. When you sign on to AmazonSmiles using your Amazon account, simply choose The American Legion as your charity of choice. Then Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The American Legion — at no cost to you.
  • Purchasing a collector’s item, The American Legion centennial coins, for yourself or a loved one. Once 2019 turns into 2020, these centennial keepsakes will no longer be available.
  • Making a year-end donation to one of The American Legion’s vital programs that support veterans, military families in need, children and youth, and more.

All of these opportunities help fund American Legion programs for the coming year and beyond. You have my gratitude for all that you do for The American Legion today, throughout the holiday season and into the new year.

Building a foundation for the future,

James W. “Bill” Oxford
National Commander


Children Welfare Foundation Report

November 8, 2019 update: Last year the combined donations to The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation totaled $562,052.59 from The American Legion family. June 1, 2019 started our new awards years and tracking.

Donations for the Awards year end on May 31, 2020. Presently we stand at $177,791.08 in donations for the 2019/20 year.

At the October 2019 Board of Directors meeting we granted $811,282.00 to 22 Children Organizations for the 2020 year.

The following are the present donations from June 1, 2019 to November 8, 2019. Each organization with the highest donation on May 31, 2020 will be awarded the Garland Murphy Shadow Box award.

  • Presently the 8/40 Departmental de Arizona is leading in contribution with $576.00.
  • The Department of Kentucky Auxiliary is in 1st place with $4,402.00.
  • Department of Ohio American Legion is leading in donation with $10,100.00.
  • The SAL Detachment of Florida is in 1st place with $16,270.00 in donations.

Below shows 1st to 3rd place in donations:

  • 1st place 8 & 40 Aux Legion SAL Arizona, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida
    Donations $576.00 $4,402.00 $10,100.00 $16,270.00
  • 2nd Place Indiana, Florida, Arizona
    Donations $469.00 $3,407.00 $2,768.96 $8,900.00
  • 3rd place Texas, New York, Virginia, New York
    Donations $295.00 $3,181.94 $2,600.00 $7,503.43

All donations have to be in by May 31, 2020 to qualify for the Garland Murphy and U.S. Udie Grant awards.

Send Checks to:
Child Welfare Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206


A Century of Strengthening Our Nation

The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Today, those pillars remain at the Legion’s core as the organization continues its commitment to our Nation’s veterans, its servicemembers, their families, the youth of America, and ordinary citizens. The United States Mint is proud to mark The American Legion’s extraordinary milestone—a century of dedication—with a new ensemble of commemorative coins.

Learn More


National Americanism Report

Americanism Division
Weekly Report to the National Commander
November 8, 2019
Jill Druskis, Director – (317) 630-1203

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship
Online application for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship opens on November 15th at www.legion.org/scholarships/legacy. The American Legion Legacy Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship designed to fulfill a financial gap remaining after all federal and state educational grants/scholarships available to an eligible applicant have been utilized. Children of U.S. military members who died while serving on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and children of post-9/11 veterans having been assigned a combined disability rating of 50 percent or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs qualify. Each needs-based scholarship provides up to $20,000 in aid for undergraduate or post-graduate college. Recipients may reapply for additional annual awards up to six times.

Youth Education and Scholarships
During the month of October a total of 15 national-level scholarships totaling $35,403 were disbursed as two-party checks to youth and their academic institutions.

Dennis Boland


The American Legion Welcomes President’s Signing of POW/MIA Flag Act

(WASHINGTON, November 8, 2019) — The head of the nation’s largest veterans organization thanked President Trump for signing a bipartisan act which will require certain prominent federal properties to display the POW/MIA Flag every day with the U.S. Flag.

“Yesterday I was humbled to stand with my fellow veterans inside the Oval Office and watch the president of the United States sign this symbolic but important legislation,” said American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford. “It is important that Americans never forget that there are still more than 82,000 men and women who were taken prisoner or never had a full accounting. The American Legion reveres their memory and will continue to honor them at all of our meetings. I plan to visit the headquarters of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency later this month to observe their work firsthand. DPAA does a remarkable job of identifying and repatriating so many heroes who paid the ultimate price for freedom. The American Legion is eager to explore additional ways to lend our support.”

With a current membership of nearly two million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, patriotic youth programs and Americanism. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 13,000 posts worldwide. From the drafting of the original GI Bill to the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion is the most influential voice for America’s veterans. The American Legion, www.legion.org, will be celebrating its centennial through Veterans Day.


American Legion National Commander remembers Rep. Cummings

INDIANAPOLIS (October 17, 2019)—The head of the nation’s largest veterans service organization extended its condolences over today’s passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of this distinguished leader in Congress,” said The American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford. “He was a lifelong passionate champion of civil rights. He strived every day to make his country a better place and his voice will continue to resonate in congressional halls for decades to come. He will be missed by many.”

With a current membership of nearly two million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, patriotic youth programs and Americanism. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 13,000 posts worldwide. From the drafting of the original GI Bill to the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion is the most influential voice for America’s veterans. The American Legion, www.legion.org, will be celebrating its centennial through Veteran Day.