Department Headquarters will be closed during the holidays

Posted on December 15th, 2014

The Department Headquarters will be closed from Wednesday December 24th through Friday January 2nd. The last date for processing any membership transactions will be Tuesday December 23rd which means they will have to be in the mail by Thursday December 18th at the latest. You are requested to still process any membership transactions and send them in but just remember they won’t be processed until January 5, 2015 at the earliest.



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.



National Emblem Sales Inventory Dates

Posted on December 5th, 2014

The American Legion Emblem Sales is taking our annual physical inventory after the New Year’s holiday.  In preparation for the inventory, we must shut down shipping during this time; however, we continue to take orders via our website, telephone, mail and fax.

In order to have your package arrive before the Christmas holiday, December 18, 2014, is the last day for express shipping.  When you place an order using express shipping, there will be additional “rush” shipping charges due to overnight, 2nd day or 3rd day delivery request.

Emblem Sales will resume our daily operations on 1/12/15.



MidWinter Training

Posted on December 3rd, 2014

The Department will be conducting training on Saturday, January 17, 2015 during the Midwinter Conference, training is open to anyone to attend. Please see the Midwinter Schedule to get the course topics, times and locations. Please click on the registration link to preregister, you can register on site the day of the training. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/midwinter-training-tickets-14759587323



Legion remains firm on immigration

Posted on November 21st, 2014

Though applauding some aspects of President Obama’s executive order, National Commander Helm reiterates organization’s long-standing position on the issue.

Though pleased with some aspects of President Obama’s executive order regarding illegal immigration announced this evening, American Legion National Commander Michael Helm reiterated the organization’s long-standing position on those who enter into and then reside in the United States illegally.

The president said that two focuses of his executive order would be increased border patrol/enforcement, and the deportation of people who threaten national security – both areas of emphasis applauded by American Legion National Commander Mike Helm.

But Helm said the Legion remains steadfast in asking that those who live in this country do so as legal, naturalized citizens.

“The American Legion opposes illegal immigration and supports legal naturalization for those from foreign lands who wish to become U.S. citizens,” Helm said. “While aspects of the president’s executive order are in line with what The American Legion has repeatedly advocated, this order begs this questions: How does it affect future immigration laws, how does it ensure that the current number of illegal immigrants does not increase, and how does it address illegal immigrants who have been in the United States less than five years? And how does this order affect existing laws? Does it now fall on Congress to ratify this? These all are questions that need answered.”

Helm also questioned how immigration officials would enforce a third area of focus in the president’s executive order: Getting undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for more than five years and are parents of U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents to register for, and pass, criminal and national security background checks.

“While this part of the order sounds great in principle, execution is another matter,” Helm said. “How many will be willing – or even know they are required to – come forward and submit to these checks?”

The national commander said that while deporting all illegal immigrants isn’t realistic, the threat of deporting individuals or specific groups can be effective. “Deportation of select groups is an option that should be executed,” he said. “Effective deportation and possible incarceration would serve as a deterrent to those considering migrating to the United States illegally in the future.”

Helm noted that more than 300 American Legion posts nationwide offered citizenship programs in 2013, helping immigrants who came to this country legally to prepare for the naturalization process. “The Legion supports regulated legal immigration into the United States so immigrants can be smoothly absorbed in society and the economy,” Helm said. “But it has always believed that a path to citizenship should be a legal one, not one laden with shortcuts that cheapen the road taken for those who followed the correct path.”

For The American Legion’s full policy on immigration, go to http://archive.legion.org/bitstream/handle/123456789/3730/2014N084.pdf?sequence=1.



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



Online Enrollment is Now Available for LIT No Cost AD&D

Posted on August 4th, 2014

The Legionnaire Insurance Trust is pleased to announce that online enrollment is now available for the LegionCare No Cost Accidental Death benefit. Please be sure to let your Department know about this one-of-a-kind benefit offered exclusively to Legionnaires.

LegionCare provides all Legionnaires with:

  • $5,000 in Accidental Death Coverage for covered accidents that occur if you are traveling on official Legion business.
  • $1,000 for all other covered accidents.
  • 24/7 protection that covers Legionnaires at home, at work and while they are travelling away from home available for all Legionnaires in your Department.

To learn more or to sign up, please visit http://www.thelit.com/no-cost-legioncare.

 



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.”