The American Legion Department of Ohio

2021 Mid-Winter Conference

The 2021 Mid-Winter Conference will be held at

The Crowne Plaza Hotel North

6500 Doubletree Avenue

Columbus, OH 43229


Friday, January 22, 2021 – Sunday, January 24, 2021

This is an American Legion Family event for The American Legion, Sons of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary and The American Legion Riders.

The purpose of the conference is to gather our American Legion family for assembly, Buckeye American Legion College training, camaraderie and fellowship. It is strongly encouraged that Department, District and Post leadership attend this conference.

To make reservations please call 614-885-1885. Select option #2 to receive the discounted group rate of $ 103.00 plus tax. Please reference “American Legion Mid-Winter” or the three-letter code “ALM” when making reservations.

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Please Click HERE to download and print this information.

Deadline is January 13th

For more information on the event contact Christie White at or call (740) 362-7478.


*Due to the current Pandemic, you must register on-line for this conference and events*

Please Click HERE for the 2021 Mid-Winter Schedule

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Post Coronavirus Grant opportunity


An exciting grant opportunity is now available to access through the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) Please Click on ‘Read More’ to learn more.                   OBM guidance for the grant application process

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OBM requires each post to complete an application on the OBM website at 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

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 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.

Funding Information

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 30, 2020.

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. 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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Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund



The Bar and Restaurant Assistance Fund is designed to assist Ohio’s on-premise liquor permit holders. This $38.7 million fund will help more than 15,400 licensees significantly impacted by COVID-19 and limited in the full use of their liquor permit. Funding for the program is from the CARES Act.

Visit BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov to access the online application. The application will open November 2, 2020. Permit holders may apply for the liquor assistance funding as well as the Small Business Relief Grant through the online application at BusinessHelp.Ohio.Gov. The Ohio Department of Administrative Services will be sending checks to permit holders as soon as applications are processed. Funds cannot be distributed after Dec. 31, 2020.


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The American Legion activates national Buddy Checks to save veteran lives amid rising suicide rates, urges Congress to pass bill to help

Posts across the country step up veteran-to-veteran outreach to

support those at high risk around Veterans Day

INDIANAPOLIS (October 29, 2020) — As COVID-19 cases rise and the holidays approach, The American Legion is activating its Buddy Check program to save veteran lives through peer support check-in calls. The nation’s largest veterans organization  is also urging Congress to pass the Buddy Check Bill which will make wellness checks a national priority for the Department of Veterans Affairs. With military suicides up 20% over this time last year, Legionnaires will make thousands of check-in calls to at-risk veterans across the nation, to offer support and access to health and wellness programs in the week surrounding Veterans Day and into the weeks ahead.

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The American Legion warns that veterans can be at particular risk for depression and suicide around the holidays and into the winter months. Many veterans are disproportionately hard-hit by the pandemic due to age, chronic health issues, post-traumatic stress disorder and isolation. The Buddy Check program is designed to give Legionnaires the tools to make contact, engage in conversation, assess risks and direct veterans in need to the appropriate services.


“The American Legion knows from 100 years of experience that it’s veteran-to-veteran contact that can make the difference for someone in a crisis situation,” says James W. “Bill” Oxford, national commander of The American Legion. “So, we’re putting some muscle behind this effort and giving our members the tools they need to reach out to fellow veterans in their hometowns who may be hard hit by the triple whammy of the pandemic, isolation and the holidays.”


The American Legion is also urging Congress to unanimously pass the Buddy Check Bill introduced with bi-partisan support from Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Doug Jones, D-Ala.; and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. The legislation will require VA to establish a “Buddy Check Week,” as well as provide educational opportunities, materials and references for veterans to learn how to conduct personal wellness checks. The bill also compels VA to expand resources for the Veterans Crisis Line to handle any potential increased volume during the designated week.


“Veterans are in crisis, and we need Congress’ help to take this program to the next level and stem the tide of suicide among our nation’s veterans,” Oxford said. “We need all hands on deck and all boots on the ground to fight for our nation’s veterans, just like they fought for us.”



The Buddy Check program encourages Legionnaires to make contact, lend a listening ear, and direct their peers to critical services. For Buddy Check information, visit For urgent help, contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.


About The American Legion

The American Legion is the largest veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in more than 12,000 posts across the nation. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome community programs, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security and continued devotion to servicemembers and veterans.


Media Contact: John Raughter, (317) 630-1350

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.

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