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.

 



American Legion Extension Institute Training

Posted on February 20th, 2015

American Legion Extension Institute training will be held at the Omni Austin Southpark Hotel on April 18, 2015; we will begin at 9:00am.

The course fee for members of The American Legion and Sons of The American Legion registration is $5.00 and for Auxiliary members its $10.00. Course fees will be collected at the training.

The Omni hotel is located at 4140 Governor’s Row in Austin.

To registration go to the https://www.eventbrite.com/e/department-alei-training-tickets-15847196391 the event ticket will show no cost, but the course fee will be collected on site.

More information can be found on the Training page.



Availability of the new American Legion Citizenship Outreach Guide

Posted on February 18th, 2015

Helping lawful immigrants prepare for citizenship and assimilation into American society has been a longstanding and proud tradition of The American Legion since our founding.  Legion posts are recognized for having a leadership role in community betterment, and as such, are well suited to provide a welcoming and trusted space for immigrant communities.  In Washington D.C. last fall, National Commander Helm met with the Chief of Staff for the Office of Citizenship at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees lawful immigration into the United States.  Commander Helm returned from that meeting extremely enthused at the opportunities available to Legion posts in local communities throughout the nation for engaging in close collaboration with USCIS to promote and support the naturalization process for immigrants seeking the lawful path to citizenship.

To that end, the Americanism Commission is proud to announce availability of a newly developed Citizenship Outreach Guide that is conveniently accessible under the Americanism section of the Publications webpage on the Legion website at www.legion.org/publications.  The guide is chocked full of ideas, guidance and web links to online information and resources for collaborating with USCIS in the planning of naturalization activities.  National Commander Helm and the Americanism Commission urge you to share this with your district and post commanders, and further ask that you strongly encourage them to become actively involved.

You are also invited to encourage your posts or districts having an event in their community to share their story with national headquarters staff by emailing  immigration-citizenship@legion.org.  Thank you for your support of this important outreach initiative.  Assimilating immigrants seeking the lawful path to citizenship into American culture and life stream is in the best interest of our communities, states and nation.

For God and Country,

RICHARD W. ANDERSON

Chairman, Americanism Commission



Helm: New Defense Secretary Faces Enormous Challenges

Posted on February 18th, 2015

WASHINGTON (Feb. 18, 2015) –  “The biggest challenges since the end of the cold war,” is how American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm described the tasks facing new Defense Secretary Ash Carter.  “I congratulate Secretary Carter on his recent confirmation.  It is crucial that Congress and the president give Secretary Carter everything he needs to succeed. That means funding the military at a level needed to completely destroy the Islamic State and other like-minded terrorist organizations that are increasing in both activity and depravity.  Every day we hear about ISIS gaining new territory. Moreover, our elected officials must be reminded that protecting America is “Job One,” and that includes providing a high quality of life needed to field a strong volunteer force. The American Legion is eager to support Secretary Carter as he faces these daunting challenges.” -30-

Media contacts: Washington – Marty Callaghan:202-263-5758/202-341-8900, mcallaghan@legion.org or Indianapolis – John Raughter 317-630-1350 / 317-441-8847, jraughter@legion.org . A high resolution photo of Nat. Cmdr. Helm is available at www.legion.org.



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.



The Department “Visit the Capital” Legislative Event

Posted on February 3rd, 2015

The Department of Texas will be holding a Legislative “Visit the Capitol” Event. Beginning on Monday March 9, 2015 the Department Legislative Commission and Council will meet to discuss the Legislative issues that the Department of Texas is pushing during this Legislative Session, anyone who is going to visit the capitol is asked to attend this meeting so you can receive the correct information on our issues.

Tuesday, March 10th and Wednesday, March 11th we will “Visit the State Capital” to meet with our State Senators and Representatives to discuss our issues and get their support for our issues.

Everyone is invited to attend this event, but only members of the Legislative Commission and Council will receive reimbursement, everyone else is at their own expense.

If you plan to attend and wish to stay at the Omni Hotel (512) 448-2222 you have until Feb 16th to book your room at our group rate of $95.00, after that date you will have to pay the full room rate of $139.00



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.



National Commanders Membership Pin Award

Posted on September 1st, 2014

During the 2014-2015 membership year, National Commander Mike Helm will award his National Commander pin to any American Legion Family member who obtains three new members into The American Legion.

A new member is defined as any eligible person joining for the 2015 membership year who was not a member of The American Legion during the 2014 membership year. Follow the link for more details and for certification forms: http://www.legion.org/commander/pin



National Commanders “Legion Family” Membership Award

Posted on August 31st, 2014

During the 2014-2015 membership year, National Commander Mike Helm will award his National Commander Honor Ribbon to any American Legion Family that achieves 100 percent membership by June 30, 2015. For this award, the Legion Family is defined as a post and any combination of an Auxiliary unit, Sons squadron or Legion Riders chapter. Each branch must achieve 100 percent to qualify for the award.
Commander Helm’s Honor Ribbon incentive program will end June 30, 2015, or when supplies are exhausted.
For certification forms, go to http://www.legion.org/commander/ribbon



American Legion Centennial Celebration Website

Posted on February 3rd, 2014

The American Legion National Headquarters has created a Centennial Celebration http://centennial.legion.org. All Posts are asked to go to the webpage and register your Post to the site. The Department of Texas currently only has 9 Posts registered.

The American Legion Centennial Celebration is not only about honoring the past 100 years of our history, but also preparing to continue our legacy of service. Events and activities at posts all around the world will showcase The American Legion “Still Serving America.”