Jean L. Wilson
Department Commander 2021-2022
My Fellow Veterans,
As I am sure you all have seen, the images of what is currently happening in Afghanistan are upsetting and painful to watch. These images have made many relive painful memories of their time in service causing severe physical and emotional pain why questioning was it worth it?
The answer is yes, it was worth it.
Your service to this country after the horrific events of 9/11 occurred was worth it. You brought evil to justice. You defended our country and secured our nation’s security and peace of mind when many feared another major attack. You brought hope and humility to oppressed peoples in war-torn nations. You helped thousands of young Afghani women chase their dreams and receive educations. You served this country well and with honor and made a positive difference. We will not let that be forgotten.
As Department Commander of the American Legion of Ohio, I am encouraging all posts to organize and conduct buddy-checks on Veterans of the War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is our duty as veterans to look out for our fellow brothers and sisters in arms to make sure they are OK and supported with whatever they need.
The mental health of our veterans is my top priority, and I will do everything within my power to stop this epidemic and make sure our fellow veterans are supported after all they have sacrificed in the name of service to our great country.
I urge you to reach out to Veterans today and keep close contact with them. We can never let them think that they don’t have someone who cares about them. Sometimes people just need to feel that there are people who care about them. Please, do your Buddy check today, tomorrow, and always. Thank you for caring and thank you for your service to our Country then, and now.
For God & Country,
Commander Jean Wilson
The American Legion’s new single sign-on for its web assets.
To American Legion members:
If you are a current registered user of American Legion national websites and have tried to sign on, you probably noticed the new login screen and re-registration requirement. The American Legion has created a new single sign-on process as its first stage of a multi-stage rollout that will allow The American Legion to provide a streamlined and better user experience within its web environment.
Read More to Register
To begin your one-time single sign-on process, current registered users of American Legion web assets must re-register. This re-registration will allow members and non-members to continue accessing the valuable information and tools provided on:
(Note: this requirement does not currently apply to registered users of the Emblem Sales website.)
The new platform that The American Legion is moving to requires each user to have a unique email address as the username. This, in conjunction with a move from a vendor proprietary system, which required the Legion to renew accounts for all American Legion web properties. Please note that all member information is still within MyLegion, securely and safely housed.
Your five steps to re-register:
- Click the “Sign In” tab on any American Legion web property. You will be taken to the single sign-on site.
- Click “Register as a new user.” Fill in the entire form using your best contact email address and member ID (if applicable). All information you provide is kept safe and secure.
- Enter and confirm your new password of choice.
- Click “Finish” to receive your confirmation email.
- Click the link to confirm your new account in the confirmation email (check your junk email inbox). The provided email will be from firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you register as a new user, please fill out the entire profile to continue accessing member-only benefits such as discount codes, the ability to print membership card and manage membership renewal all through MyLegion.org.
Your questions answered:
Q: Why am I told my account no longer exists?
A: The new platform that The American Legion is moving to requires each user to have a unique email address as the username. This, in conjunction with a move from a vendor proprietary system, which required us to renew accounts for all American Legion web properties. Please note that all member information is still within MyLegion, securely and safely housed.
Q: Should I fill out the entire profile?
A: Yes you should. By filling out the entire profile, especially your member ID, continued access to member-only benefits is ensured.
Q: What if I haven’t received the confirmation email after registering?
A: Please attempt to log in. You will be taken to the Please Confirm page or click here to generate a new message for the email address used during registration. You may need to enter your email address manually if you go directly to the page.
Q: What should I do if I confirmed my account but am still having trouble logging in?
A: Please verify that your new password is correct.
Look for more updates as The American Legion National Headquarters improves the web-user’s experience in the months to come.
To complete the registration process you must confirm the response email sent from email@example.com.
Mission Blue Post Assistance Program (PAP) Grant
The Mission Blue Post Assistance Program (PAP) grant is intended to assist posts whose revenue has been negatively impacted from the effects of the COVID-19 health crisis within the community, as well as any government-mandated restrictions. The funds distributed from this grant are to be exclusively used to meet financial responsibilities associated with maintaining post facilities and community presence.
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Grants are only approved to cover costs and fees associated with mortgage payments, rent, insurance premiums, and/or utilities. Recipient posts are prohibited from using funds to maintain or cover a loss of income from any registered post business (including but not limited to post bars, cantinas, restaurants, etc.) paying post employees, building upgrades or repairs, taxes, fines/fees/penalties, or funding post activities and programs. Posts who meet all the required criteria may receive up to $1,000.00 from the Mission Blue PAP fund.
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Veteran Post Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant opportunity
Application End Date Extension: December 31, 2021
An exciting grant opportunity is now available to access through the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) firstname.lastname@example.org. Please Click on ‘Read More’ to learn more.
OBM requires each post to complete an application on the OBM website at https://grants.ohio.gov/fundingopportunities.aspx under the Coronavirus Relief Fund – COVID Safety Funds to Veterans Posts funding opportunity. An authorized representative and grant contact will be required to be listed on the application. After the application is approved by OBM, the grant contact will receive an e-mail confirmation. Approved applications will be processed for payment. If you have any question call Department at 740-362-7478
The purpose of this grant is to provide active brick and mortar Posts to receive Coronavirus Relief Funding up to $5,000 dollars through the Ohio Office of Budget and Management. If a Post has any questions regarding their eligibility, please contact the Ohio Grants Partnership via e-mail at email@example.com.
The Department of Ohio can facilitate information and direct our Posts of this opportunity, we will have no bearing on being the proving authority on the acceptance and dispersal of each grant application. All questions regarding the grant should be directed to the appropriate OBM contact at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although we are not a part of the application, distribution, or oversight of the grant, we will work to spread the word of this opportunity for Ohio’s veteran community.
Funds were awarded to the State of Ohio as Federal Financial Assistance from the U.S. Department of Treasury. Funds were awarded under the Social Security Act, as amended by section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) as the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF).
This program provides funding to Congressionally chartered veterans service organizations in Ohio with an active post. Each active post is eligible up to a $5,000 grant to assist in operating safely during the COVID-19 public health emergency, including supporting increased sanitation costs, maintaining social distancing, purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other necessary costs to comply with public health orders, local health department recommendations, and best practices.
The CARES Act requires that the payments be used to cover expenses that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 31, 2021.
2020 Department CPR Impact Report
This report reflects The American Legion Department of Ohio totals of all Consolidated Post Report (CPR) reporting that Posts provided for the 2020 membership year. It contains statistic totals and CPR category descriptions from all reporting Ohio Posts.
Preamble to the Constitution: For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.