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Time to check on our battle buddies

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When we were in the military, we would never let our battle buddies down.

The same is true now. Only we have millions of buddies today — brothers and sisters who proudly defended our nation. We may have worn the uniform at the same time, before them or afterward. We may have served in the same branch, or a different one.

While our stories of military service differ, we all took the same oath and served our nation proudly. For each of us, a veteran is a veteran. Now what is important is that we have the backs of our battle buddies.

That’s where The American Legion’s Buddy Checks come into play. Twice a year, around Veterans Day and the American Legion Birthday, we engage in a concerted effort to check on our fellow veterans. It’s a great way to reach out to former members and those who don’t regularly visit the post.

As Veterans Day approaches, American Legion posts are encouraged to take some time to reconnect with these veterans in their communities. A toolkit has been prepared with scripts, an FAQ and other information to help guide post members through the Buddy Check process.

In the inaugural Buddy Checks last March, Legionnaires found many veterans who needed assistance, some of whom were too proud to reach out to ask for help. But thanks to the Buddy Check program and follow-through by Legionnaires, many of our buddies were able to get the assistance they needed.

That’s how we fulfill our promise to our battle buddies of today, by checking on them.


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2019 history contest winners announced

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During his speech to the National Executive Committee during Fall Meetings on Oct. 16, American Legion National Historian James Mariner announced the winners of the 2019 national history contests, judged by members of the National Association of Department Historians of The American Legion (NADHAL).

One-Year Department Narrative History Contest:

First award: Department of North Carolina

Second award: Department of Indiana

One-Year Department Yearbook History Contest:

First award: Department of Missouri

Second award: Department of Nebraska

Third award: Department of Georgia

Certificate of Participation:

Department of Georgia

Department of Missouri

Department of North Carolina

Department of Nebraska

Department of Colorado

Department of Wisconsin

Department of Ohio

Department of West Virginia

Department of New York

One-Year Post Narrative History Contest:

First award: Carroll Post 143, Carrollton, Ga.

Second award: CSM Gary W. Crisp Post 289, Clarksville, Tenn.

Third award: Pony Express Post 359, St. Joseph, Mo.

Certificate of Participation:

Missing Man Post 667, Universal City, Texas

Harold A. Todd Jr. Wisconsin Motor Post 537, Milwaukee, Wis.

Adams, Hanna, Moore Memorial Post 156, Ellicott City, Md.

Oregon Post 67, Ontario, Ore.

Frank B. Bartlett Post 7, Buckhannon, W.Va.

American Legion Post 250, Middleburg, Fla.

One-Year Post Yearbook History Contest:

First award: Julius L. Shryer American Legion Post 430, Durant, Iowa

Second award: Codington County Post 17, Watertown, S.D., and Brunswick Post 9, Brunswick, Ga.

Third award: Frierson-Nichols Post 8, Winter Haven, Fla.

Certificate of Participation:

Park Post 23, Livingston, Mont.

Bates-O’Brien-Howe-Wiegel-Roelli Post 214, Darlington, Wis.

Warren F. Hoyle Post 82, Shelby, N.C.

Martin Wallberg Post 3, Westfield, N.J.

Harry White Wilmer Post 82, La Plata, Md.

Harry Higgins Post 88, Ashland, Ohio

Blackwell-Frazier Post 142, Hominy, Ohio

Elmont Post 1033, Elmont, N.Y.

Canby Post 122, Canby, Ore.

Women Veterans of Southwest Missouri Post 1214, Springfield, Mo.

Milton Post 139, Milton, W.Va.

Horry County Post 111, Conway, S.C.

H. U. Wood Post 245, Seguin, Texas

Scotts Hill Post 243, Regan, Tenn.

Alley-White Post 52, Mountain Home, Ark.

Charles S. Hatch Post 79, Berwick, Maine

Mariner continued that NADHAL training earlier in the week included a number of new department historians, and the organization’s meeting featured an Auxiliary historian observer; the American Legion Auxiliary is preparing for their 100th centennial celebration. Robin Shingleton was elected NADHAL president.


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Fall Meetings resolutions available on Digital Archive

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During Fall Meetings in Indianapolis in October, the American Legion National Executive Committee passed 19 resolutions. These are now available to view in the Legion’s Digital Archive; see the full collection here.

In addition to these most current resolutions, the Digital Archive contains all the currently active resolutions from 1919 to present – around 2,000 that establish and guide the priorities and programs of The American Legion.


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2019 history contest winners announced

E-mail Print PDF

During his speech to the National Executive Committee during Fall Meetings on Oct. 16, American Legion National Historian James Mariner announced the winners of the 2019 national history contests, judged by members of the National Association of Department Historians of The American Legion (NADHAL).

One-Year Department Narrative History Contest:

First award: Department of North Carolina

Second award: Department of Indiana

One-Year Department Yearbook History Contest:

First award: Department of Missouri

Second award: Department of Nebraska

Third award: Department of Georgia

Certificate of Participation:

Department of Georgia

Department of Missouri

Department of North Carolina

Department of Nebraska

Department of Colorado

Department of Wisconsin

Department of Ohio

Department of West Virginia

Department of New York

One-Year Post Narrative History Contest:

First award: Carroll Post 143, Carrollton, Ga.

Second award: CSM Gary W. Crisp Post 289, Clarksville, Tenn.

Third award: Pony Express Post 359, St. Joseph, Mo.

Certificate of Participation:

Missing Man Post 667, Universal City, Texas

Harold A. Todd Jr. Wisconsin Motor Post 537, Milwaukee, Wis.

Adams, Hanna, Moore Memorial Post 156, Ellicott City, Md.

Oregon Post 67, Ontario, Ore.

Frank B. Bartlett Post 7, Buckhannon, W.Va.

American Legion Post 250, Middleburg, Fla.

One-Year Post Yearbook History Contest:

First award: Julius L. Shryer American Legion Post 430, Durant, Iowa

Second award: Codington County Post 17, Watertown, S.D., and Brunswick Post 9, Brunswick, Ga.

Third award: Frierson-Nichols Post 8, Winter Haven, Fla.

Certificate of Participation:

Park Post 23, Livingston, Mont.

Bates-O’Brien-Howe-Wiegel-Roelli Post 214, Darlington, Wis.

Warren F. Hoyle Post 82, Shelby, N.C.

Martin Wallberg Post 3, Westfield, N.J.

Harry White Wilmer Post 82, La Plata, Md.

Harry Higgins Post 88, Ashland, Ohio

Blackwell-Frazier Post 142, Hominy, Ohio

Elmont Post 1033, Elmont, N.Y.

Canby Post 122, Canby, Ore.

Women Veterans of Southwest Missouri Post 1214, Springfield, Mo.

Milton Post 139, Milton, W.Va.

Horry County Post 111, Conway, S.C.

H. U. Wood Post 245, Seguin, Texas

Scotts Hill Post 243, Regan, Tenn.

Alley-White Post 52, Mountain Home, Ark.

Charles S. Hatch Post 79, Berwick, Maine

Mariner continued that NADHAL training earlier in the week included a number of new department historians, and the organization’s meeting featured an Auxiliary historian observer; the American Legion Auxiliary is preparing for their 100th centennial celebration. Robin Shingleton was elected NADHAL president.


Read More
 

Fall Meetings resolutions available on Digital Archive

E-mail Print PDF

During Fall Meetings in Indianapolis in October, the American Legion National Executive Committee passed 19 resolutions. These are now available to view in the Legion’s Digital Archive; see the full collection here.

In addition to these most current resolutions, the Digital Archive contains all the currently active resolutions from 1919 to present – around 2,000 that establish and guide the priorities and programs of The American Legion.


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