Summer is now officially here and as we prepare to end the 2017 membership year, I want to thank all those Legionnaires who worked and promoted the programs of the American Legion. There were ups and downs throughout the year as there always are, and I thank you for your dedication this year. Now as…Read more
We are fast approaching the end of another membership year in the American Legion and there is still work to be done. We must continue to work the membership if we are to maintain our status as the largest VSO in the land. Please continue to push to reach your goals. If you Post is not a quota Post you should still be working membership for 2017. Remember too, that your new 2018 membership cards will not be issued until you have certified your new Officers and submitted a Consolidated Post Report (CPR). This can be done online or by mail. I would encourage your new Post Officers for the upcoming year to familiarize themselves with the new membership manuals when you receive them. There have been many changes in the way our lap prizes and rewards will be distributed next year. Your membership committee has placed an emphasis on early renewals by rewarding Posts who attain quota goals early in the membership year.
As we near the end of Spring and many of our fellow Legionnaires, Auxiliary, and Sons Family members prepare for the many celebrations that come this time of the year I would like to encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities that you will have to promote the good will of the American Legion to the communities that you serve. The Friday before Memorial Day has been designated as “National Poppy Day” by a resolution passed by our National Executive Committee last fall. What a great opportunity to show the unity of our organization by standing side by side with our Auxiliary and SAL to promote this day as we remember those who have given so much for our freedoms. Many Posts will be utilizing their Color Guards and AL Riders groups on Memorial Day, to bring honor to those who have passed before us as we remember the lives of our family and loved ones. Encourage your members to take part in the parades and ceremonies of the day, even if it is only wearing the American Legion Cap in the crowd.
I would like to take a minute to congratulate those of you who will be serving you Posts, Counties, and Districts during the upcoming year. Thank you for your dedication to the organization. I wish you the best as you assume your new responsibilities to your Posts, Counties, Districts, and Communities. Remember that together we can “Grow the Family.”
Commander, Dept. of Ohio
The American Legion Family has returned home from Washington D.C., where our proud family members represented our Great Organization and visited our Representatives and Senators of the 115th Congress of the United States of America to present the legislative goals of our organization. Now that we are back home, we must continue to contact those Congressmen, Congresswomen, and Senators to keep our message fresh in their minds and to let them know that we will not accept anything less for those who have sacrificed for our Nation and the freedoms that we enjoy today.Read more
We have reached the half way point of our 2017 American Legion year. I have been able to visit our VA facilities in Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton, Toledo, and the Veterans home in Sandusky and Georgetown. In the near future I hope to be able to tour the Chillicothe facility. Our Mid-Winter conference is behind us…Read more
Happy Holidays to all of the American Legion Department of Ohio Family! During this festive time of the year I would like to remind each of you to remember those Veterans who are deployed, as well as, their families. In today’s world each of our communities are touched by men and women in uniform who…Read more
Our founders in 1919 gave us the tools to move forward with Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, Americanism, Children and Youth, and a strong National Security. These “Four Pillars” have become the cornerstones of our great organization. As we move into the Winter months of our Legion year we are just finishing our largest membership push…Read more
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by experiencing traumatic events such as combat, disasters, terrorism, serious accidents, or physical sexual assault. PTSD includes three types of symptoms:
1. Re-experiencing or reliving the trauma such as having flashbacks, nightmares, or becoming very upset when reminded of the trauma.
2. Avoiding or staying away from places or people because they bring back the trauma, isolating from others, and/or a feeling of being numb.
3. Experiencing increased arousal such as being on guard, being irritable, having trouble sleeping, or startling easily.
Recently, I, Department Adjutant Tom Simons, and Director of Internal Affairs and membership sat down with the Leading Candidate for National Commander at the membership Workshop held in Indianapolis and presented our plan to help the Department of Ohio develop and maintain a “Culture of growth.” We presented our strengths and weaknesses. It is our intent to build on the strengths and to confront the negative issues to reaffirm our reputation as the preeminent Veteran Service Organization in Ohio. We must drive the importance of membership into everything we do, and we must move away from the practice of waiting for membership to come to us and be more aggressive in our approach to retain and recruit, and to increase our market penetration.Read more
As we begin a new year in The American Legion Department of Ohio, keep in mind the cardinal principles of The American Legion: the rehabilitation of all disabled veterans, the care of the dependents who have answered the final call, the care of those who are now suffering from wounds, disease, and want, the education of our children, and service to the community, state, and nation. This is a promise that all of us who have served in an elected office of The American Legion have made at one time or another and many of us restated at the 98th Department Convention on June 26th as we were sworn in. It is now time for us to set our goals to make good on those promises.Read more