Department of Florida

Commander’s Corner

Hello fellow Legionnaires!  We have endured a good fight! Many have maintained that steadfast devotion to mutual helpfulness by providing support in a variety of ways, to all who were in need due to our 2017 Hurricane season.

Florida’s veterans and its communities are better off based on the direct support it received from our Florida American Legion family around the United States. Thank you to all who provided, assisted, endured, and supported our Hurricane Relief/Aid by way of sending provisions, funds, and manpower to expedite Florida’s relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts.

A grand kudo’s go out to The American Legion National Headquarters Social Media team that was dispatched and arrived the two days after Hurricane Irma slammed Florida, spending a full week, capturing video, still pictures, collecting stories, and providing live Facebook feeds of The American Legion in action supporting our Veterans, Families, and Communities around the state.

Our current battle is to steadily overcome our shortfalls statewide with our Membership Retention, Recruitment of New Members, Investments of our American Legion Programs that we integrate into our Communities and around the State.

We must Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome the many obstacles before us meeting the needs and demands requested by our American Legion. Remember to express to those who have yet to become a member of this great organization – who we are, what we do, and why it’s important for them to join our organization.

Florida has a grand opportunity to once again be a 100% plus Membership state.  We are getting closer and we to retain everyone onboard. We must renew now, be on the lookout to pursue new members, regain the edge of being a superior force that continues to fulfill its duty, honor, and commitment to our membership, our veterans, and our country.

Tis the holiday seasons and give the lasting gift of an American Legion Membership.  Helping each other out goes a long way.  It will inspire others to return the favor or pass it on to those who might otherwise not expect it.

For those that missed the Department Conference at the Renaissance SeaWorld Orlando Hotel November 3 – 5, 2017, Florida had the honor with visits by the National Commander Leading Candidate Brett Reistad (Virginia); National Legislative Committee Director Matthew Shuman, National American Legion Riders Advisory Committee Chairman Robert Sussan, and the National Baseball Director Steve Cloud.

Our National Vice Commander Bobby Bryant (Oklahoma) will be visiting our state in December and then our National Commander Denise Rohan (Wisconsin) will be here in January.

With the festive occasions rapidly approaching my family and I wish every one of you a joyful and blessed time regardless how you celebrate the rapidly approaching winter events.

For God & Country,

Steve Shuga
Department Commander

Donation request letters – Be sure to double check where the letter is coming from…

There are other American Legion Departments, including the National Headquarters that are soliciting donations to the Florida membership. Please make sure you DOUBLE CHECK where the letter is coming from and where they’re asking you to send in your donations.

The Department of Florida DOES NOT receive any portion of the donations going to National and other Departments. In order to insure your donation is staying within our state and benefitting our Veterans and their families, send them to the Department of Florida Headquarters Office.

Check out these photos below. If you take a closer look, these mailings are from National Headquarters and the Department of Oklahoma.

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Post Excellence Award:

The Post Excellence Award program honors posts that excellence in membership participation, youth activities, community service, and support to veterans and U.S. troops.


  • Membership. Post membership must be at least one member more than the previous year. A post officer must attend district meeting.
  • Youth activities. The post must sponsor and actively participate in a least one primary youth program: Boy Scouts of America or Junior Shooting Sports.
  • Community service. The post must organize a community service project that involves members of the Legion, Auxiliary or Sons of The American Legion. A monetary donation may only be one part of a project.
  • Service to troops or veterans. The post must organize a project supporting or veterans (for example, Family Support Network or Operation Comfort Warriors) that involves members of the Legion, Auxiliary or SAL outside the post. A monetary donation may only be one part of the project.


District Commander must certify Post as having fulfilled the four specified criteria, and submit a list of the posts name, address and commander’s name to department headquarters. If possible, accompany with copies of press releases submitted to local media that raise awareness for the project and enhance the Legion’s public image.


For more information, go to National’s website:

If you have any questions please let us know about first. or Call (407) 247-5232

Thank you for all you do for The American Legion Department of Florida!


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