“Help Save the State Commander”

Posted on September 17th, 2014

Thom Skelley, our S.A.L. Commander has challenged me to earn funds for charity. He will be asking for donations to the Veterans’ Assistant Dogs of Texas and I will be collecting for the N.E.F. Who ever collects the most money for their charity will push the other into the pool at the Fall D.E.C. on Saturday September 27, 2014.

Save your Commander! Plan on making a contribution next week. Sheila Schulte will be collecting the funds for me.

See you next week.

Lynn Sparks

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.


Department Moble App launched

Posted on June 21st, 2014

We have created a mobile app for use on smartphones and tablets. It is available in the Apple App Store, iTunes, Amazon and Goggle Play Store. Download and enjoy. You can also click on the link above to get the app.

Post/Squadron Commander & Adjutant Report

Posted on April 27th, 2014

The New Post/Squadron Commander & Adjutant Report form from National has been sent out to all Posts, please fill out and return the two copies to Department Headquarters. This form should be submitted with your Post Office Certification Form.

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


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