Department of Florida

From the Chairman


Vickie Van Buren, Children & Youth Chair

August 2018
Schools are back in session here in Florida, and now is a great time to reach out to the schools in your area to introduce all the programs the American Legion has to offer! Child welfare and safety deals with the many concerns that can endanger a child such as drowning, firearms, poisoning, accidents, substance abuse, etc. Youth Suicide is a major problem in our country, especially with all the bullying in the schools and on social media.

It is time to start your planning for a Halloween Safety night. There are pamphlets available from Department that you can obtain and hand out. Don’t forget to order your Halloween coloring books from our Department of Florida Emblems Sales. Click here to order now.

We are entering the height of hurricane season. Keep in mind that we have the Temporary Financial Assistance Program (TFA) and Project Vet Relief available for those who may need them. Please keep in mind that a Veteran applying for assistance through the TFA program must either be on Active Duty or a member of the American Legion. There is a $1500 limit through the TFA program. Also, there is the National Emergency Fund, which is there to assist displaced veterans in the event of a natural disaster.

I will be attending the National Children and Youth Commission in Indianapolis from Sept 20th-23rd in Indianapolis. I look forward to meeting representatives from all the Legion Departments and bringing back more suggestions for the Department of Florida.

Our Children and Youth theme this year is “HUGS” which stands for “Help Us Give Smiles”. I plan on having the pins available for sale by our fall conference. All proceeds from the sales will go to our Department Children and Youth Fund. This year’s fundraiser events will be sponsored by the whole Legion family (Legion, Sons, Auxiliary and the Riders).

We are planning several events during April 2019 which is Children and Youth Month. Our Annual Children and Youth Picnic is scheduled for April 6, 2019 at Post 117 in Palm Bay. Our Annual Children and Youth Golf Tournament is scheduled for April 27, 2019 at Harbor Hills Golf Club with dinner afterwards at Post 347 in Lady Lake. Flyers and applications will be posted to our Department Website soon. We will be looking for sponsors and items to raffle.

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