Membership Revitalization Events

Posted on January 27th, 2015

The Department will be conducting District & Post membership revitalization events in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston from Thursday, January 29th through Saturday, January 31st. We will be working with local Post members, District Officers, Division Officers, Department Officers, Department and National Staff Members to reach out to DMS, Expired, HQ Post 345 and potential new members to join, renew and transfer to a local Post. There will be Department/Post Service Officers at all locations to assist veterans with veteran’s benefits.

State Vice Commander Fred Rogers & State Adjutant Bill West will be working the Dallas/Fort Worth area at the following Posts:

5th District – Love Field Post 453, 2755 Bachman Dr, Dallas

12th District – Haltom City Post 655, 2817 Carson St, Haltom City

State Commander Lynn Sparks, National Vice Commander Richard Neville, ANEC Butch Sparks and DIA Mike Simon will be working in the Houston area at the following Posts:

8th District – Houston Post 578, 3415 Aldine Mail Rt, Houston

2nd District – Houston Post 472, 7599 Ave C, Houston

Hours will be 9:00am to 5:00pm but may vary as needed at each location. If you have time and want to help out or learn how to conduct a membership revitalization effort for your Post or District please feel free to stop by any location.



Legion Launches New Employment Center

Posted on December 9th, 2014

The American Legion has launched a new web platform to help those who served in uniform translate military skills to job skills, find employment, start businesses and make successful transitions.

Among the key features of The American Legion’s Veteran Employment Center are: (1) a Military Skills Translator and Veteran Job Search tool, powered by Military.com; (2) ten custom-produced videos to help veterans start and succeed in business; (3) a listing of American Legion-sponsored or produced veteran career fairs nationwide, with links to registration sites; and (4) links to important forms, sites and agency platforms that help veterans in the career search.

For more information, visit the American Legion’s Veteran Employment Center webpage at www.legion.org/careers.



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.”



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



New Texas Pin Available

Posted on April 15th, 2013

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New Texas pin now available! Pin is: 1.125” X 1”

Please send orders and check to:
Ron Bell
6428 Indian Path
San Angelo, TX  76901

• One pin: $2.25
• Five pins: $11.00 ($2.20 each)
• Ten Pins: $21.50 ($2.15 each)

I do not know what my status (health issues) will be for the Department Convention in Arlington or the National Convention in Houston so a mail order will be the easiest way to get these Convention Trading Pins to you.

Post 572 thanks you for your continued support.
Ron Bell
Adjutant