American Legion Defends Sen. McCain’s War Record

Posted on July 20th, 2015

National Commander Michael D. Helm issued the following statement regarding the records of Sen. John McCain and American POWs:

“For a number of reasons, The American Legion is reluctant to engage in the day-to-day character attacks that infest American politics. By our organization’s constitution, The American Legion is nonpartisan and prohibited from endorsing political candidates and political parties. However, criticism of Sen. John McCain’s service as a Vietnam War veteran is outside the bounds of normal political discourse. Senator McCain, his fellow prisoners in Vietnam, and American POWs held in other countries, often endured torture, starvation and sometimes death, while defending our great nation. They are heroes. There can be no argument about that.”  — National Commander Michael D. Helm, The American Legion.



Post Everlasting

Posted on July 20th, 2015

Past Department Chaplain(1996 – 1998), Gary Hall passed away July 17.  A graveside service at Bluebonnet cemetery, Colleyville Texas at 0930 and the a memorial service 1100 at Post 379, Bedford Texas, July 25, 2015.  A  reception will  follow at the Post..



Election of the 2015 – 2016 Department Officers

Posted on July 12th, 2015

Congratulation to John McKinny on being elected as State Commander for 2015 – 2016.

The other 2015 – 2016 Elected Officers are John Hince, Vice Commander; Susan Marty, Historian; Steve Watkins, Judge Advocate; Walter Ivie, Treasurer; Sergeant at Arms Ed Kegley and JT Forbus, Asst. Sergeant at Arms. Harvey Klee was appoint Chaplain by State Cdr McKinny



Exciting Announcement from the Legionnaire Insurance Trust

Posted on June 18th, 2015

We are excited to announce two great changes to  LegionCare , your No-Cost AD&D Program

Starting right now and for enrollments after 1/1/2015, anyone  enrolled in LegionCare will be covered for as long as they maintain  their membership in The American  Legion. This new “one and done” approach will save from needing to re-enroll every 5 years. The LegionCare program will continue to cover you for $1,000 of AD&D coverage plus provide the added benefit of up to $5,000 if the accidental loss occurs when on “official Legion business.” *

We want you to know too,  LegionCare is now available to all members of the Legion Family including the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion members 18 years and older. The Legionnaire Insurance Trust has been working hard to provide valuable benefits to your entire  family and we look forward to continuing to serve  veterans’ insurance needs.

To enroll, please visit www.TheLIT.com now.



National PUFL Application Processing Change

Posted on March 4th, 2015

MEMO: To All Posts Adjutants

MEMO FROM: Jack Querfeld, Director, Internal Affairs Division

SUBJECT: Paid-Up-For-Life Application Processing Change

In January 2014, National Headquarters introduced a new simplified pricing structure for its Paid-Up-For-Life (PUFL) plan which also included the ability for a member to apply online for lifetime membership.  This was done with the intent of simplifying the entire process for the member.

Beginning July 1, 2015, National Headquarters will no longer accept PUFL applications that were previously distributed in bulk to Departments or Posts. This includes any PUFL application reflecting a rate chart with the effective date of October 2009 or earlier.

All PUFL applications must be submitted to National by one of the three methods noted below. We will continue the policy of notifying the Post and Department when a member applies for a lifetime membership; this provides the opportunity for the Post to challenge the application, if necessary.

ONLINE APPLICATION: The member accesses the PUFL page on National’s website at www.legion.org/pufl to obtain a rate quote and/or submit an electronic application. Once the rate quote is received, the member can opt to apply online which will cause their record information to appear for confirmation purposes. Once confirmed and the payment information is completed, the member selects the Submit button to complete the application process.  NOTE:  If the member doesn’t have internet access, either themselves or through family/friends, this process should be performed by the Post or the Department. A quick link to the PUFL application website has been added to myLegion for Posts and Departments.

PRINTABLE APPLICATION:  The member accesses the PUFL page on National’s website at www.legion.org/pufl to obtain a rate quote and/or print an application. Once the rate quote is received, the member can opt to print a paper application to complete and mail to National Headquarters.  The application will be pre-filled with the member’s ID Number, Name, Address, Birth Date and the total cost of the PUFL membership. (If any of the member’s information needs to be updated, it can be noted on the application.) The member then simply mails the application and payment to National Headquarters at the address shown on the form.  NOTE:  If the member doesn’t have internet access, either themselves or through family/friends, the application should be printed by the Post or the Department and forwarded to the member for completion. A quick link to the PUFL application website has been added to myLegion for Posts and Departments.

CALL A CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST:  Any member can speak to one of National’s Customer Service Specialists by calling our toll free number at 800-433-3318.  They’re happy to answer any questions…print and mail a PUFL application…or even take the application over the phone.  However, this should not be considered the primary procedure since all members, Posts, and Departments have the same ability.

 



2015 National Convention Information

Posted on February 6th, 2015

The 2015 National Convention will be held in Baltimore, MD, from Aug 28th to Sept 3, 2015 and the registration fee is $25.00 per individual.

We will be staying at the Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel and our room rate is $154.00 per night, with 2 people per room. $10.00 for each additional person, the Tax rate is 15.50% so the total daily room rate price is $178.00

The Housing deadline will be MAY 15, 2015. After that date we cannot guarantee you will be in our hotel. If you think you are going to attend please submit your housing form to us by the deadline. All registration forms can be found on the National Convention page of the Department Website.

The Texas Party will be held on Sunday, August 30th at 7pm at TBA, the cost is $40.00 per person. Tickets need to be order by May 15th to provide head count for buses and food. (Must have a 100 people to hold event)

The National Commanders Dinner tickets cost $45.00 per person and tickets need to be pre-order. Please contact the Department Adjutant by May 15th to order tickets.



Renew your membership online

Posted on September 16th, 2014

Your annual dues help support the programs of The American Legion in your community, state and nation. American Legion programs and service include: Troop Support, Child Welfare Foundation, American Legion Baseball, our Department Service Officers, Family Support Network, Veterans Job Fairs and many other programs.

To renew your dues, simply click on the “Renew Your Membership Online” button at the right top of this website. You can also set up your dues to be automatically paid each year while you are on the renewal site.

Thank you for your continued support of The American Legion and ensuring that we remain the most powerful voice in American on behalf of our veterans, our servicemembers, their families and in communities across the nation.



IRS revises position on DD-214 requirement

Posted on December 11th, 2013

The American Legion recently reported that the Internal Revenue Service was fining Legion posts – up to $1,000 per day – for not keeping records of veterans’ DD-214s, the separation document given by the military to prove honorable service, or other valid documentation. The Legion felt it was being wrongly targeted, resulting in the passing of three resolutions during the organization’s national convention in Houston that called upon Congress to look into the IRS’ field investigations into Legion posts, while lawmakers wrote letters to the IRS asking why inspectors were asking posts to provide discharge papers or service records during reviews of their tax-exempt statuses.

The IRS has now revised its position on the DD-214 requirement in section 501(c)19 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Effective immediately, DD-214s are only required if an agent “possesses information that contradicts documentary information provided (by the veterans service organization) or if the organization fails to satisfy a reasonable request…”

If an agent requires proof of membership eligibility, he or she will first request four sets of documents before requesting DD-214s or other discharge documents.

Read the revised guidelines at www.legion.org/documents/legion/pdf/dd214irs.pdf