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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

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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.

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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
NEC

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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.

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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.

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Weekly Reports – October 10, 2019

LEGION REPORTS

Department Membership Summary
Post Membership Summary

 


SAL REPORTS

Detachment Membership Summary
Squadron Membership Summary

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American Legion National Commander: ‘We lost more than a national treasurer’

(INDIANAPOLIS, October 8, 2019) — American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford issued the following statement regarding the passing of the organization’s national treasurer, George A. Buskirk:

“The American Legion lost more than a national treasurer today. We lost a treasure. George A. Buskirk was the kindest of gentlemen. We will certainly miss his sound financial leadership, but we will mostly miss our time with this affable, decent and smart man. He served his country during the Vietnam War and rose through the ranks of the Indiana National Guard to become its adjutant general. His intellect was without question. A senior executive in the banking industry, we were fortunate to have this great Legionnaire as our national treasurer for 21 years. We were more fortunate to have known him. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are extended to the Buskirk family. We shall miss him.”

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Letter from National Commander

To my fellow Legionnaires in Florida,

This is an exciting time for our American Legion. This year, we passed a milestone that very few organizations ever get to accomplish: a centennial. Although we have a truly remarkable history that no organization can match, I like to remember the title of an old song, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!”

Our first century demonstrated the power that a large group of veterans can have in shaping national policy and communities from coast-to-coast and even regions overseas. In the early years, these endeavors succeeded without the use of widespread air travel, universal telephones or even national highways.

As we enter our second century, think of what we can accomplish through the use of social media, telecommunications and technologies in store for us that we cannot even begin to fathom. The theme for my year is a foundation for the future. And the main ingredient in the foundation is our membership.

We fought for passage of the LEGION Act not as a membership tool but because of the millions of veterans who served honorably during periods not recognized by Congress. Approximately 1,600 brave men and women were killed or wounded during hostile operations that occurred during those periods from the end of World War II to the beginning of the Gulf War. They too earned the right to be called “Legionnaires.” We would be foolish not to welcome the estimated 4.2 million living veterans from those periods into our ranks. When you consider all of their relatives, our American Legion Family can grow exponentially.

Even as we build a foundation for the future, our founding pillars and values remain the same. In my own shorthand, I like to refer to these pillars as V-DAY – that’s Veterans, Defense, Americanism and Youth.

V-DAY is what you all do every day when members of your department volunteer at the local VA, advocate for the needs of our military, retire an unserviceable American flag, or sponsor a teenager in one of our great youth programs.

I know that your department will continue to explore ways in which The American Legion will continue to serve America by combining our traditional values with a foundation for the future. Have a great conference.

For God & Country,

James W. “Bill” Oxford
National Commander

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Employment Opportunity

Department Director

The American Legion is seeking a qualified and committed individual to supervise the Department Veterans Service Division.  The American Legion of Washington is a non-profit Veterans Service Organization chartered by the US Congress in 1919.  It is committed to serving veterans and their families, our local communities and the United States of America.

Location

The primary office is located in the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in Seattle, WA.  There are multiple subordinate offices located throughout the state.

Duties:

The Department Service Officer is the Director of The American Legion Service Division responsible for a wide range of professional level work including the supervision and administration of the veterans service program throughout the State of Washington.

  • Supervise 16 – 25 full time and part time employees working at various locations throughout the state
  • Develop and administer the Department Service Division annual budget
  • Represent The American Legion at federal, state and community meetings
  • Provide advice and assistance to veterans and their family members regarding VA benefits and programs
  • Research, prepare and present written and oral arguments before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals Adjudication Officers in Seattle
  • Participate in 12 annual District conferences, annual Department Mid-Winter conference, annual Department convention, annual National convention, National training seminars and other meetings/conferences throughout the state and nation
  • Develop and manage the veterans’ service officer training program
  • Act as the Department Commander’s representative to the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Oversee Washington State contracts with the Service Division of The American Legion Department of Washington
  • Oversee all other contracts between other agencies and the Service Division of The American Legion Department of Washington

Desirable Qualifications:

The successful applicant will possess the knowledge, skills and abilities gained though education and experience to excel in the areas of program administration, personnel supervision, management and budget planning and oversight.  Training pertaining to VA case law and VA benefits programs will be provided.  The candidate should possess the following attributes.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong leadership abilities
  • Ability to apply quality standards effectively
  • Ability to prepare and administer budgets
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Experienced with common word processing, spreadsheet and presentation computer programs including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated ability to develop relationships with executive managers

How to Apply:

Mail, FAX or email resume and letter of interest to The American Legion Department of Washington, PO Box 3917, Lacey, WA 98509-3917; FAX (360) 491-7442 or adjutant@walegion.org.

Final Date to Apply:

Resumes must be received at the Department of Washington office no later than September 20, 2019.

Special Notes:

  1. This is a salaried position that may require occasional work beyond normal office hours and on weekends.
  2. Travel by airplane and automobile is required to fulfill the requirements of this position.
  3. The incumbent serves at the direction of the Department of Washington State Commander

Selection Process:

The Department Commander has appointed a selection committee to review the résumés, select applicants for interview and conduct the interviews of the candidates.  Initial interviews will be conducted in Lacey, WA with subsequent interviews in Seattle, WA, as required.

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $45,000- $55,000.  Benefits include 401K retirement plan and paid vacation and sick leave.  Health, dental and life insurance is available with employee contribution.

Veterans Preference:

Only wartime era veterans eligible for membership in The American Legion can be considered for this position.  The American Legion is an equal opportunity employer and actively supports diversity in the workplace.  Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and persons over 40 years of age are also encouraged to apply.

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FAQs about the change from ‘wives’ to ‘spouses’ in the Legion’s Constitution

By The American Legion Auxiliary, August 31, 2019

The American Legion Constitution and Bylaws has been updated to replace the word “wife” with “spouse,” related to the membership criteria for the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA).

Here are some common questions and answers to what this means going forward:

Question: Why change ALA membership eligibility?
Answer: In 1920, veterans were almost 100 percent male so the ALA was formed as the organization for the spouses of the veteran — those spouses just happened to be women.

Today, an estimated 16 percent of enlisted people and 18 percent of officers are women, who may be married to a non-veteran. To keep the ALA as the organization that supports spouses of the veteran, we need to change the ALA’s definition from wives to spouses, thereby updating the organization to represent the changing makeup of the military.

Q: How can this change help ALA membership?
A: Think about female spouses who are alone as their husband is deployed. They have the ALA to lean on. Who can the male spouse rely on? With this eligibility change, now male spouses who are ALA members can receive the same support while their wives are deployed.

Q: Would this change need to be approved by Congress?
A: No, because the American Legion Auxiliary is not chartered by Congress. The American Legion, which was chartered by Congress, created the ALA. The Legion approved the ALA to operate as a separate corporation; however, The American Legion has always set the eligibility requirements of the ALA in their bylaws.

Q: What about the previous communications issued by former ALA leadership claiming this change could not happen? Why is that information inaccurate?
A: Previously released messaging could have been interpreted by members to mean ALA needs congressional approval for this change to happen. That information is inaccurate. The American Legion Auxiliary is not chartered by Congress.

Q: ALA refers to itself as the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. How can we allow men to join?
A: Now that the resolution has been adopted by The American Legion, the Auxiliary will no longer call itself the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization.

Q: How would this change affect the American Legion Auxiliary membership application or signing up new members?
A: We anticipate taking applications on Sept. 1.

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